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IBRAF intermediates project to boost rice production chain in Ghana, with MoU between CAMPO and Intervalle
June 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Brazil Africa Institute is the facilitator for an agreement that will boost the rice production and value chain in Ghana, West Africa, opening doors for technology transfer and new business opportunities with Brazil.

On Tuesday (15), representatives of Campo Group and Intervalle Group, two of the largest companies in the agricultural sector in Brazil and Ghana respectively, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for three development projects focused on the modernization and mechanization of the supply and value chain of rice, with transfer of Brazilian technologies, participation of experts and monitoring of the local Ghanaian production chain.

“We will start with the project in the southern region of Ghana and also further north, on the border with Burkina Faso. We are prepared to provide all the technical support and transfer all the technology and knowledge about irrigated rice production that we have, using the best and most sustainable practices for tropical agriculture. We are prepared to provide this support and create this exchange. And we are going to learn a lot, as we are now within an effective production project”, says the Project Coordinator of Campo Group, Cézar Rizzi.

For the CEO of Intervalle Group, Njack Kane, the project marks a transforming moment for the country.

“The momentum is so perfect as Ghana is embarking in these new transformative projects. The big interest of this new partnership is that from day one will be able to jointly demonstrate on something concrete, and being on the basis of this partnership, being able to execute together such a project”, says Intervalle CEO.

Negotiations between the two companies have been taking place for about a year, initiated by the Brazil Africa Institute, which identified the potential for convergence for the initiative.

“The signing of the MoU is just the beginning, as I understand that we have something in front of us with unique possibilities. This project opens doors for governments, the private sector and civil society to engage. I am confident that Campo, for the work it is already doing in Brazil and Africa, and Intervalle, for its vast network and capacity to transform ideas into actions, will have a long life together, with IBRAF being the third arm of this initiative”, says the President of the Brazil Africa Institute. Prof. João Bosco Monte.

The calendar foresees that within a month the two companies will sign the formal contract.

“We were keen on returning to work in Ghana, an organized country, with a land that has the possibility of developing good agricultural work, so the expectation is very good. Even more so with the participation of Professor João Bosco in coordinating this work. We’ve been talking to him for years and now this opportunity arises. I thank IBRAF”, says Emiliano Botelho, CEO of Campo Group.

The Brazil Africa Institute will continue to facilitate the initiative, fostering dialogue with other stakeholders.

“This is a very special moment for the Brazil Africa Institute. We started the materialization of a project that, I hope, will be very intense for the next three, four years”, states IBRAF’s President.

*IBRAF

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FORMER PRESIDENT JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA TALK ABOUT GHANA MEDIA
June 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Maxwell Nkansah

Former President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama

The former President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama said, he thinks is populism, a certain group has taken control of the media in Ghana and it makes it difficult for people to discern the truth. He says as much as you are putting out the information, it is either being blocked or distorted.

According to the former President we have 300 FM stations in the country, and have seventy newspapers with all kinds of media. All kinds of media raises allegations against office holders. He stated that it cannot be on the basis that every allegation that is being raised should take action. It means he will change his cabinet so many times if he has to act on every single allegation against officers.

He further says for every allegation that was made against him, he had to consider the accusation seriously, to investigate and if those allegations are substantial that requires that he take action against a Minister, he will do so. John Mahama said he has done that in several cases, which led to change of Ministers.

The former President said when in power, he heard a lot of complaints and it is the very reason that he did everything to make people live a better life under his regime. According to him, unemployment building of infrastructure will get worse because there should be certain foundation upon which the economy can grow and create the jobs.

He says all the things the government did in his tunnel is what has grown the economy.  ”When investor’s comes into the country and are unable to send their children to school, with no good roads, and bad hospitals for their staff’s the investor may go elsewhere” he said. According to him, we need social infrastructure to act as a kind of stimulus that would create jobs and put money in people’s pockets.

The fact shows it is absolutely untrue that we are incurring debt because post HIPC, Ghana had a debt write off. But if you look at the period from 2006 until 2008, under the NPP government, they virtually doubled the debt again after it had been written off. He then releases what the debt figures were from independence till now; its shows the structure that our debt profile is currently $24 billion and in total, that is dollar and cedi debt, GHc104 billion.

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SANITATION IN GHANA: HOW CAN WE GET OUT OF THE QUAGMIRE?
June 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Maxwell Nkansah

One out of every five Ghanaian defecates in the open and about 90% of all our excreta end up in streams and rivers the same place drinking water comes from. If Accra, the national capital, had to dump human excreta into the sea for several years, then one can only imagine what happens in other towns and cities across the country.

 Solid waste management, on the other hand, is nothing to write home about although private sector involvement has caused some improvement. Our streets and gutters are still littered with waste and unpleasant sights of pest-infested, stinking and overflowing waste collection containers are not uncommon in our market centers and suburbs.

The result being annual outbreak of Cholera and other preventable diseases in the country. Sadly enough, sanitation-related diseases have over the years been among the top ten diseases reported at Out-Patients Departments (OPDs) in health centers costing the nation huge sums of money annually.

Estimates show that, Ghana loses close to US$300million every year due to poor sanitation – money that can be used to construct a grade 35 concrete road from Takoradi to Paga (about 900km). Yet, poor sanitation remains an unseen emergency to the public and decision makers because its effects are not as sudden as an earthquake or tsunami which claims thousands of lives within a short period.

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Ghana:AMEND LAW TO PREVENT CITIZENS FROM GIVING ALMS TO STREET BEGGARS- MP-FREDA PREMPEH
June 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Maxwell Nkansah

Former Minister for Gender, children and social protection, Freda Prempeh

The former Minister for Gender, children and social protection, Freda Prempeh says there should be an amendment of law which will prevent people from giving alms to those on the street.

Freda Prempeh responded to an investigation made by Ghana’s ace investigator Anas Aremeyew Anas said the government must amend a law which will prevent citizens from giving alms to beggars of the street

According to her we have some of the street beggars who can work to gain money to take care of themselves or school.She further explained that the ministry has taken monitoring and evaluation of
orphanages seriously and then the ministry will ensure that agonizing of children in orphanages will not repeat itself.

She stated that Orphanages are homes for children whose parents are dead or unbolt cater for them.The minister said apart from the fact that owners of orphanages are helping to cater for other children, others set up orphanages for their own selfish gains.

She says the ministry will ensure that the right thing is done in the case of the Echoing Hill Village since it cannot be closed down. She urged all Ghanaians to partake in catering for children in orphanages because it is a collective duty not that of government only.

The beggar’s on the street are nowadays becoming more dangerous due to the recent activities of personal attack on vehicles in traffic. The issue of robbery is getting out of hands. We as Ghanaians and foreigners should be careful in traffic when the red light is on because they will come close to your car in the name of asking for money but would rather be searching on how to attack you.

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Mozambique: Prison Guards Trading Female Inmates for Sex at Maputo’s women’s prison .
June 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Jorge Joaquim

Inmates at Maputo’s women’s prison are being sold for sex by prison guards, an investigation by the transparency NGO CIP has found.

Using hidden cameras and posing as clients, CIP researchers paid for meetings with women who testified that they were regularly taken out of the prison to have sex with clients — or beaten up by guards if they refused.

During the day, the women serving sentences in this prison undertake various activities, including training in courses such as dressmaking, breeding chickens and food cultivation. At night, they are prostitutes.

“Little doves”, “bunnies” are some of the terms used by the prison guards to refer to the female prisoners during interaction with the clients. Guards charged CIP researchers MZN15,000 ($240) for two hours with an inmate.

Normally the prisoners are taken out on the days when the guard with whom the deal was negotiated is on duty at the prison. Generally, the inmates are taken out at the weekends and on public holidays. But in some cases, they are taken out in the middle of the week. The day is chosen largely in accordance with the availability of both the guard and of the client. The inmate is treated merely as merchandise. Even in the middle of the week, a way is arranged to take the inmates out

According to CIP, there are inmates who leave 3 or 4 times a week to have sexual relations with people they say they do not know.

Reports say that the sexual exploitation of inmates is a phenomenon that has been happening for many years in the Maputo Women’s Special Prison and has remained hidden from the government authorities and from the organisations that defend human rights and the rights of prisoners.

The guards, taking advantage of the vulnerability of the prisoners and of the power they possess, push them into the world of prostitution in exchange for money. In addition, the inmates are sexually harassed and abused by the guards.

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Kenya to send 231 soldiers to DRC
June 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma

General Robert Kibochi Tuesday handed over the Kenyan flag to the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) proceeding to MONUSCO at Embakasi Garrison. Photo credit Kenya Defence Forces

Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) has released 231 troops to be deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of a peacekeeping mission.

The soldiers will be working under the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) to restore peace in the violence-rocked villages in the Eastern DRC.

The team had completed their training at the KDF Kangaita Camp in Mt Kenya and were handed over Kenya’s flag at an event in Nairobi on Tuesday, June 15.

Speaking during the handover of the flag, the Chief of Defence Forces General Robert Kibochi called on the troops to be peace ambassadors in the central African county.

He also urged them to remain disciplined during the exercise.

He said, “You are joining a mission similar to Amisom because you will be fighting their own people. This is not a peace keeping mission and you are lucky as some of you have served in Amisom and know what it is.”

“Be professional in your mission and ensure you are safe. Know it is not an easy task but with the training you will make it,” he added.

The deployment comes two months after President Uhuru Kenyatta and his DRC counterpart Felix Tshisekedi signed a deal on defence cooperation to promote peace, stability, and security in the region. The agreement was signed during President Kenyatta’s official visit to DRC in April.

Kenyan troops will be working alongside soldiers from Nepal, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Brazil, Malawi, Ghana, Uruguay, and Morocco.

An earlier had report indicated that the KDF contingent would be deployed in the provinces of Ituri, North and South Kivu to fight against the armed group in the eastern part of the nation.

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Opposition Chides Chakwera For Tainting Image of Malawi.
June 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Prince Kurupati

President Chakwera is accused by the opposition of tainting the image of Malawi

Malawian diplomats serving in South Africa were a few days back embarrassingly declared persona non grata by the South African government and ordered to leave the country. The incident forced the hands of the Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera to issue a response directly to South Africa. However, Chakwera’s response has since divided the nation with some castigating him for tainting Malawi’s image before the eyes of the world.

In his response to the incident of the expelled Malawian diplomats serving in South Africa, President Chakwera expressed regret over the conduct of the implicated individuals. He went on to state that “even before the unfortunate incident, all the bad apples in the foreign missions had already been served with letters of recall to come back home.” The President went on to state that the move to recall and replace the diplomats came after the realization that Malawian foreign missions deployed across the globe were “bad apples”.

The “bad apples” remarks made by Chakwera have since caused huge fiery debates in Malawi. On one side of the spectrum is the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) which has accused Chakwera of tainting the image of the country on the global stage via the remarks. In a statement, DPP’s national organizing secretary Chimwemwe Chipungu said “it is completely unprecedented and inconceivable in diplomacy for the President of a country to publicly demean and undermine the country’s diplomats while they serve our country abroad.”

Chipungu further castigated the President stating that even though the foreign mission serving in South Africa was implicated for wrongdoing, the President needed to have the decorum to protect them in the time they were still in a foreign land and only institute any disciplinary proceedings once they landed in Malawi.

“Although motivated by the desire to appease and please the South African Government, the President must remain mindful of the fact that the diplomats are his own citizens towards whom he owes a fundamental duty under our Constitution. The diplomats, while still in South Africa, therefore deserve the protection of their President and their own government. A demure and restrained expression of regret would have been a fitting response by our President towards his South African counterpart,” Chipungu said.

Though castigating President Chakwera for being a people-pleaser to South Africa, Chipungu said the decision taken by South Africa bearing the circumstances in mind cannot be faulted. “We acknowledge that it was within the powers and rights of the South African Government, under the law governing international relations (Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations), to declare the Malawi diplomats persona non grata,” he said.

In his apology to South Africa, President Chakwera also stated that his administration is already undertaking the selection process to identify the new diplomats to be deployed to South Africa as well as other missions across the globe. On this front, President Chakwera said the selection process they are conducting is “thorough, legal, meticulous and objective”. He said that this marks a “departure from past practice of filling out embassies with cronies sent without due process or due diligence.”

It is completely unprecedented and inconceivable in diplomacy for the President of a country to publicly demean and undermine the country’s diplomats while they serve our country abroad, says DPP National Organizing Secretary Chimwemwe Chipungu

DPP’s Chipungu however rubbished the remarks saying instead of “removing rubble”, Chakwera was actually “gathering rubble”. He said it is the President who is actually “trying to fill the embassies with his cronies, regardless of their conduct”.

In his concluding remarks, Chipungu said Chakwera is not an emblem of a corruption-fighter something which is trying to insinuate through the recalling and replacement of foreign missions – he is actually the opposite. “President Chakwera must know by now that he is not standing on any moral high ground in so far as fighting corruption is concerned. In fact, President Chakwera is on ground zero. President Chakwera had lots of undeserved goodwill at the start of his term. He has, unfortunately, squandered it all before the end of the year,” Chipungu said.

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COVID-19 Triggers Financial Crisis in Kenya.
June 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma

Treasury Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ukur Yatani

The Kenyan government has disclosed that it faces severe financial challenges that have affected operations across ministries, agencies and departments.

Treasury Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ukur Yatani said the crisis is a result of the coronavirus, which has taken a heavy toll on revenue performance.

Mr. Yatani spoke when he appeared before   the Senate Finance and Budget Committee to shed light on the delayed release of funds to county governments.

Governors on Monday threatened to shut down counties over lack of funds, accusing the Treasury of delaying to disburse funds amounting to sh102 billion ($1.02). According to the county bosses, the delay has interfered with delivery of services, payment of salaries and clearing of pending bills.

The CS told the committee that the Ministry will release ksh39 billion ($390 million) on Friday to curb the June 24 shutdown.

The committee castigated Yatani for treating counties like “step children” while disbursing national government funds on time.

“If you look at what is going on at national government, it is business as usual; military is working, Treasury and Parliament are working but counties are under severe stress,” said Senator Moses Wetangula.

However, he denied the favouritism allegations and attributed the delay to financial crisis facing the East African nation at the moment.

“Just because we are giving priority to Parliament and Parliamentary Service Commission, you can think that the rest are also smiling. We have serious issues.

“There is no preferential treatment. It is a challenge of revenue performance as a result of slowed down economic activities,” said CS Yatani.

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Des banques de développement annoncent 80 milliards USD d’engagement au profit du secteur privé africain
June 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

La Société financière internationale(SFI), la Banque africaine de développement(BAD), la Banque européenne pour la reconstruction et le développement(BERD) et la Banque européenne d’investissement (BEI) ont annoncé, le 13 juin 2021 en marge du sommet du G7 tenu au Royaume Uni, leur engagement de mobiliser 80 milliards de dollars au profit du secteur privé africain au cours des 5 prochaines années. L’objectif est de booster la reprise économique sur le continent et asseoir les bases d’une croissance durable.

En injectant ces fonds dans le secteur privé africain, ces institutions financières se voient accompagner un développement à long terme à travers la création d’emplois et une amélioration de la croissance.

« L’institution est consciente que le secteur privé jouera un rôle majeur dans le financement de l’avenir de l’Afrique en créant des millions d’emplois, essentiels pour assurer le croissance économique soutenue et la réduction de la pauvreté », a déclaré le directeur général de la SFI, Makhtar Diop.

En rappel, l’économie africaine a été durement affectée par la pandémie de Covid-19. En Afrique subsaharienne, la croissance devrait atteindre 2,8% en 2021, avant d’accélérer à 3,3% en 2022 selon les dernières prévisions de la Banque mondiale. Ce, après une contraction de 2,4% en 2020.

Source : agence de presse financiere

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EG Petroleum Minister announces truancy from Africa Oil Week in Dubai and urges African leaders to work more towards financing oil and gas.
June 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Minister Gabriel will engage in an aggressive investment drive over the next six months and will be in Cape Town, Houston, Doha, and other cities to promote investment opportunities in Equatorial Guinea

Republic of Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons Gabriel M. Obiang Lima

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons HE Gabriel M. Obiang Lima in a meeting held today in Malabo announced his ministry’s withdrawal of this Year’s edition of Africa Oil Week, due to be held in Dubai. The minister expressed his disappointment, that the organizers of this erstwhile for Africa critical event, London Based Hyve group had decided to move the event away from Africa.

Minister Obiang Lima further stated, that he will send a letter to all IOCs and service companies operating in Equatorial Guinea, strongly encouraging them not to go Africa Oil Week in Dubai. He urged fellow ministers and other industry stakeholders to not participate in the Dubai initiative.

The minister reminded the meeting about the story of President Obiang hosting the Africa Nation’s Football Cup with two months’ notice when Morocco declined to do so as previously agreed due to fears of the Ebola crisis, rather than let Qatar host the cup. This is not the time to abandon Cape Town, South Africa and Africa. In addition to this, the minister looks forward to seeing Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral Resources in Cape Town to further promote the African energy agenda through development and deal-making participation.

According to HE Gabriel Obiang, Duncan Clarke’s vision and love for Africa and it’s oil industry should not be forgotten. He credits Duncan Clarke for helping so many countries showcase their resources and attract investments and urged the African Energy Chamber to continue that legacy as it more critical now than ever.

“Our work to support the African Oil and Gas sector, will lead to a lot of changes on how Africa is viewed and how we respect this continent and it’s people.”

Minister Gabriel will engage in an aggressive investment drive over the next six months and will be in Cape Town, Houston, Doha, and other cities to promote investment opportunities in Equatorial Guinea. He pledged to work with other ministers from the CEMAC region and the African Energy Chamber on finding solutions concerning the Central Bank’s (BEAC) new currency regulations. According to him, IOCs and Independents have to be welcomed in the region and we must create and enabling environment.

The African Energy Chamber thanked the Minister for his strong support for South Africa and Africa.

“Many Africans got into Oil and Gas because of Duncan Clarke. He opened doors for so many. That legacy must be respected and preserved.” Stated Leoncio Amada Nze, President of the African Energy Chamber, CEMAC Region.

“When you’re dealing with an issue like this, you don’t need everyone. You just need to be effective and we thank Minister Gabriel Obiang for his effective advocacy for Africa in times of crisis.” Added Mr Amada Nze.

“Our work to support the African Oil and Gas sector, will lead to a lot of changes on how Africa is viewed and how we respect this continent and it’s people. We must be patient, whatever temporary inconvenience there may be, in the long run it will be better for everybody.” Concluded Mr Amada Nze.

*Africa Energy Chamber

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Through the looking glass: an optimist’s view of West Africa’s ten-year prospects
June 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Titilayo Adewumi, Regional Sales Director: West Africa at SAP

LAGOS, Nigeria, 15 June 2021 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- What will West Africa look like in ten years? Will we continue on the path of slow advancement, or will technology be a catalyst that could see us create a technologically advanced society such as the one embodied by Wakanda in the Black Panther movie?

Africa is arguably undergoing the most rapid and far-reaching changes of any region in the world, as a swelling population, consistent economic growth and greater digitisation of goods and services herald a new era of opportunity for progress and prosperity. 

The continent’s urban population is expected to swell by an estimated 24 million people every year between 2015 and 2045, with implied increases in consumption. 

By 2030, Africa’s under-18 population will grow by nearly 170 million, according to data by Unicef, and young Africans are expected to make up 42% of the world’s youth population by 2030. By the middle of the century, two in every five children under the age of 18 will live in Africa. 

This demographic dividend, if given the correct mix of skills development and economic opportunity, could transform Africa’s fortunes and usher in a rapid economic development similar to that of Vietnam and China over the past twenty years.

How we collectively approach the next ten years could determine whether West Africa – and the continent as a whole – realises its potential and achieves greater prosperity for its growing population. 

Africa on the move

Today, Africa accounts for 17% of the world’s population but only 3% of global GDP. This is due to change.

By 2025, household consumption in Africa could reach an estimated $2.1-trillion, and business consumption $3.5-trillion. The launch of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement has effectively started the process of creating a growing market of $1.3-trillion with a consumer base of 1.3 billion. 

While the pandemic has had a devastating effect on governments, citizens and businesses across Africa, there is much cause for hope and optimism. In West Africa and elsewhere on the continent, the growing adoption of digital technologies combined with African ingenuity and innovation are contributing to a transformation of the continent’s cities, schools, businesses and governments. 

Transforming learning and education 

The pandemic has had a severe impact on schools and education, with many countries instituting lockdowns that kept kids out of school. The forced switch to remote work has created greater urgency within education departments across the region to fast track the process of building better e-learning capabiltiies. 

The share of West African youth with post-secondary education is also rapidly increasing, from 13% in 2000 to 23% in 2020. If countries in the region can implement an accelerated education policy, we could see this share jump to 71% by 2040.

By 2030, we may well see urban and rural schools using hybrid teaching models that combine in-school and distance learning. The continued role of initiatives such as SAP Africa Code Week, which has introduced millions of kids to basic coding and digital skills since its launch in 2015, will be vital as public and private sector partners work with governments across the region to equip youth with the essential skills needed to succeed in the global digital economy.

Connectivity, digitisation creating new opportunities

Connectivity remains a challenge to improving not only the region’s e-learning capabilities, but its wider adoption of digital services. In 2015, only 15% of the population across West Africa had access to 4G technology, but this rate leapt to 63% by 2020. 

The arrival of 5G in the region will accelerate connectivity and help establish entirely new ways to learn, do business, purchase products and engage with government services. This faster connectivity may also see an acceleration of telco operator efforts at diversifying. Expect to see greater innovation in payments and digital services as telcos introduce tailored new offerings to subscribers. 

The switch to remote work has initiated an accelerated process of digital transformation in West African workplaces. Expect to see more mature systems and processes guiding remote and hybrid work models, with potentially new innovations from the region’s healthy startup ecosystem. 

The rise of regional technology hubs that can house and incubate a new breed of African innovation-led business also point to a bright future. West Africa is already home to 142 technopoles, regional technology hubs where a new breed of innovative African businesses can start-up and grow. These include the IT & Biotechnology Village in Côte d’Ivoire, as well as incubators such as Jokkolabs which is present in several countries in the region.

The shifting consumer landscape

Greater connectivity may also unlock the region’s immense e-commerce potential. While e-commerce market growth held steady at 9% annual growth from 2010 to 2017, the region’s dominant e-commerce companies have recently made huge strides forward, including Jumia, whose growth will be accelerated following the massive $570-million funding it raised in the past six months

However, some challenges remain before the promise of e-commerce can be fully realised across the region. Data by the Boston Consulting Group found that between 30% and 40% of products ordered over the internet are returned because the recipient cannot be found

The region’s underdeveloped retail sector could be a blessing in disguise, as there are fewer legacy aspects to change or overcome. In 2018, there were 136 physical retail stores per million people in Latin America, 568 per million in Europe, and 930 per million in the US. In Africa, there was only 15 formal retail stores per million people.

By the end of the decade, we may also see a transformation of the in-store shopping experience, as customer experience (CX) efforts mature and greater automation and choice become available. Self-service checkout counters, contactless mobile or biometric payments, and robotic workers assisting in-store staff with certain repetitive tasks may become common sights in the region’s retail environments.

Smart homes could become commonplace, connecting households to products and services through connected appliances and home automation systems. The falling price of sensors and prospect of 5G connectivity could see entirely new categories of smart devices emerge, including clothing, consumer goods and much more. 

The next ten years will be some of the most exciting and most important times in our history. As organisations in West Africa continue to invest in digital technologies and build towards becoming intelligent enterprises, new opportunities will emerge that could transform how we live, work, learn and play. I for one am excited to see how the place I call home steps into our technology-enabled future.

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Hydrocarbures : Total Sénégal paiera 7,284 milliards FCFA de dividendes à ses actionnaires
June 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Total Sénégal, filiale de la multinationale Total Energies Marketing et spécialisée dans la distribution de produits pétroliers, paiera à ses actionnaires en fin juillet 2021, au titre de l’exercice 2020, un dividende net annuel de 7,284 milliards FCFA (10,926 millions d’euros), ont annoncé les dirigeants de cette société basée à Dakar.

Rapporté aux 32.577.700actions qui composent le capital de cette entreprise, cela correspond à un dividende net par action de 223,6 FCFA contre 105,30 FCFA en 2019, soit une augmentation de 118,3 FCFA. Au terme de l’exercice 2020, Total Sénégal avait réalisé un bénéfice après impôts de 6,063 milliards de FCFA, en progression de 4%, par rapport à l’exercice précédent. Cette société avait vu son chiffre d’affaires baisser de 14%, passant de 454 milliards de FCFA en 2019 à 387 milliards de FCFA durant la période sous revue. Cette contreperformance a été occasionnée par les ventes de marchandises qui ont été comprimées de 64 milliards de FCFA avec une réalisation de 379 milliards de FCFA.

Au 31 décembre 2020, les charges d’exploitation de la société ont été comprimées de 15,37% avec un niveau global qui est passé de 431,690 milliards de FCFA en 2019 à 365,333 milliards de FCFA un an plus tard. Cette maitrise est liée essentiellement au poste Achats de marchandises qui s’est contracté de 80 milliards à 305milliards de FCFA contre 385milliards de FCFA en 2019. Sur la même période, la valeur ajoutée a connu une baisse de 6% à 21,907milliards de FCFA contre 23,284 milliards de FCFA au 31 décembre 2019. Quant à l’excédent brut d’exploitation, il s’était replié de 14%, s’élevant à 14,772 milliards de FCFA contre 17,106 milliards de FCFA en 2019. Le même constat est fait concernant le résultat d’exploitation qui s’est établi à 10,595 milliards de FCFA au 31 décembre 2020 contre 12,247milliards de FCFA à la même période de 2019(-13,48%).

Source : agence de presse financiere

Source : African Media Agency (AMA)

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Salima Amira nouvelle patronne de Microsoft Maroc
June 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Salima Amira vient d’être nommée Directrice Générale de Microsoft Maroc, annonce un communiqué de la boîte.

Salima aura pour mission de conceptualiser les stratégies, d’allouer les ressources nécessaires, de superviser les engagements et les priorités de Microsoft au Maroc, a indiqué la même source.

Elle sera également chargée de développer et de maintenir des relations au sein des départements commerciaux et marketing régionaux, ainsi qu’à travers les filiales de Microsoft.

Avec ses 17 années d’expérience comme leader dans un environnement commercial complexe et concurrentiel, Salima est bien qualifiée pour la réussite dans sa nouvelle mission chez Microsoft, a fait savoir le groupe, ajoutant que grâce à son esprit analytique et à sa formation technique, Salima a eu plusieurs responsabilités chez “IBM” où elle a passé ses deux dernières années comme Directrice territoriale pour le Maroc. Huit années auparavant, Salima était en charge des ventes de services et de solutions industrielles, et a passé également six années dans la vente au détail et en gros chez “Telco” tout en gérant l’une des filiales de cette dernière.

Dans son nouveau rôle, Salima concrétise son objectif de développement commercial, la réussite client et le renforcement des partenariats, en collaborant étroitement avec les clients et les partenaires pour comprendre leurs besoins spécifiques pour le marché et pour le secteur, précise le communiqué, notant qu’elle est également passionnée par le recrutement de nouveaux talents et leur développement, en liant leur travail au grand impact sur le client.

Fervente partisane de la promotion d’une culture d’inclusion, de transparence et de confiance, Salima reste guidée par ces principes, qui visent à encadrer avec succès son équipe, en inculquant un état d’esprit résilient et axé sur la croissance, pour mettre en œuvre les meilleures stratégies pour des résultats évolutifs et innovants qui comptent pour les clients et l’écosystème dans son ensemble.

“Je suis impatiente de rejoindre et de faire la rencontre avec l’équipe Microsoft Maroc, de comprendre et de m’imprégner de la culture Microsoft, et de pouvoir apporter mon soutien à chaque membre. Ensemble, en équipe, je pense que nous serons capables d’accélérer le plan de Microsoft pour le Maroc “, a déclaré Salima, citée dans le communiqué.

Source : agence de presse financiere

Source : African Media Agency (AMA)

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GHANA: PARLIAMENTARY SPEAKER PLEDGES COMMITMENT TO PRIORITISE UN SDG GOALS.
June 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Maxwell Nkansah

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has re-affirmed the commitment of the 8th Parliament to priorities issues of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ensures that committed Members of Parliament are recruited to champion these goals.

According to him, Parliament will soon approve amendments being made to the current standing orders so as to open the standing committees up for broader engagements.

The Speaker was addressing 15 resident heads of the United Nations Agencies in Ghana, led by Charles Abani, the UN Resident Coordinator, when they paid a courtesy call on him in Parliament.

The delegation had called on the Speaker to, among other things, discuss Parliament’s role in serving as a catalyst to achieving the SDGs as well as priorities for shaping new cooperation framework.

The UN Resident Coordinator stated that the COVID-19 pandemic had taught the world an important lesson of network multilateralism required to achieving the SGDs and peace.

He pledged the support of the UN systems in Ghana at working closely with the current Parliament to address the many challenges confronting the Ghanaian people, particularly, issues of protection for the marginalized and vulnerable.

He stated that the UN stands ready to support with the principal objective of enabling Ghana realize its ambition of a prosperous inclusive, democratic and egalitarian state, building forward positively and confidently.

Mr. Bagbin announced Parliament’s readiness this year to pass into law the Affirmative Action Bill which is currently before Cabinet. He, however, cautioned that passing the law alone will not be enough to achieving the recommended 30% representation of women in governance and reiterated the need for further education to change the mindset of the people.

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BANK OF GHANA TO USE HELICOPTERS TO CIRCULATE CASH OVER ATTACKS ON BULLION VANS- DR. ERNEST ADDISON
June 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Maxwell Nkansah

Last year the Governor of the Bank of Ghana Dr. Ernest Addison said the Vice Air Marshal was supporting the central bank to use helicopters to transport cash to banks around the country in order to prevent robbery attacks.

He explained that this followed the robbery attacks by criminals on bullion vans in the country. Answering a question regarding the measures that the central bank has put in place to deal with the recent attacks on bullion vans, while speaking at the Monetary Policy Committee press conference in Accra on Monday September 28 2020, Dr. Addison said the Bank Of Ghana had taken note of the attacks and steps have accordingly been taken to deal with the menace.

Dr. Addison said all of them are using these Nissan pickup trucks that have been converted into bullion vans. It is a matter that the Bank of Ghana has taken seriously look at it. He said last week, Securities met with the banks to decide on the way forward.

He stated that they have quite a good fleet of bullion vans and are asking them to see how they collaborate with the banks so that they will have a more secure way of transporting money around the country.

Further says he had met with the Air vice Marshall and he has offered to assist the bank with lifting of currency around the country using some of the aircraft that they have. So there is a lot of work being done to improve carrying currencies around the country.

Nine months after Dr. Addison announced this; there has been a gruesome attack on a bullion van leading to the death of a Police officer and one other person on Monday June 14, 2021. Following this attack, the Inspector General of Police, James Oppong-Buanoh has given banks up to the end of June this year to provide fortified armored vehicles for carrying currencies.

He threatened that the Police will withdraw its officers if the banks fail to comply with his order. The IGP in a statement reminded the Association of Bankers to provide fortified armored vehicles for carting currencies by the close of June 2021 as earlier agreed between them and the [Ghana] Police Service, lest the Police withdraw its officers for escort duties.

He further directed the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to take over investigations into the attacks.

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Rage as Malawi communications board spends $ 57,000 in Dubai.
June 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Joseph Dumbula

There has not been much to laugh about with Malawi plagued by scandals and crisis since President Chakwera took office

At a time when Malawi is sailing through economic turmoil, tensions are rising for President Lazarus to fire the board of Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) which spent MK 46 Million ($57,000) during a two week training in the United Arab Emirates.

MACRA, is a statutory body established under the Communications Act, 1998 to regulate the provision of services in the communications sector in Malawi comprising telecommunications, posts and broadcasting.

A recent media report has revealed that five board members and two management officers travelled to Dubai for training on corporate governance and regulatory masterclass on Information Communication and Technology (ICT) at Pinnacle Training Institute.

Although MACRA Communications Officer, Clara Ngwira has justified the training, saying it was already budgeted for in the institutions budget, human rights groupings are describing as ‘wasteful’.

‘’We can’t be making such expenditures at this time. That is why we want the Presidency to dissolve this board as soon as possible’’ says a statement buy vocal human rights grouping, the Human Rights Defenders Coalition.

Meanwhile, the matter has seen a skyrocketing social media storm which has reminded people of a failed inquiry into the expenditure of Covid19 funds.

At the moment, the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) is grappling to meet its tax collection as most institutions have not been as functional due to the effects of the Coivid19 pandemic.

Currently, the MRA is still required to collect MK1. 116 trillion in tax revenues in the 2020/21 financial year. There has not been any immediate comment from government

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La Tanzanie se prépare à « l’invasion » des crypto-monnaies
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Au vu de l’expansion des crypto-monnaies dans le monde, la Présidente de la Tanzanie, Samia Suluhu Hassan a souhaité que son pays s’y prépare.

Ainsi, la cheffe de l’Etat a demandé à la Banque centrale tanzanienne de commencer par travailler sur la question des crypto-monnaies pour ne pas être prise au dépourvu quand ces actifs numériques gagneront en popularité dans le pays.

La Présidente estime que les évolutions technologiques et la croissance de la mondialisation apportent de nombreux changements y compris dans le secteur financier.

«Nous assistons à l’émergence d’une nouvelle aventure grâce à Internet. Je sais que de nombreux pays, dont la Tanzanie, n’ont pas encore accepté ces actifs. Cependant mon appel à la Banque centrale est de commencer à étudier la question», a-t-elle déclaré, en marge de l’inauguration d’un bâtiment de la Banque centrale dans la région de Mwanza.

Un avenir favorable aux crypto-monnaies en Tanzanie ne serait pas surprenant, relèvent les observateurs, car le pays accueille déjà sur son sol IOHK, l’entreprise derrière la blockchain Cardano.

La société IOHK, qui compte contribuer à la transformation numérique décentralisée en Afrique, a annoncé en mai dernier, la signature d’un accord avec World Mobile Group pour «démocratiser l’accès aux services numériques, financiers et sociaux» dans le pays.

Cette sortie de Samia Suluhu Hassan intervient à un moment où quelques pays envisagent de suivre les pas du Salvador en donnant cours légal aux crypto-monnaies.

Dans des pays comme la Chine, les actifs numériques font l’objet d’une sévère répression de la part des autorités alors qu’émergent de plus en plus de projets de monnaies numériques de banques centrales.

Sur le continent africain, beaucoup de pays s’insurgent contre les crypto-monnaies.

 Source : AgenceAfriquecom

Source : agence de presse financiere

Source : African Media Agency (AMA)

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DP WORLD MAPUTO LAUNCHES FIRST DEDICATED LOGISTICS RAIL SERVICE BETWEEN MAPUTO AND HARARE.
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  • First dedicated logistics rail service between Maputo and Harare launched from DP World Maputo
  • The rail service’s operations will be expanded in coming months, and is key to DP World’s vision in connecting Maputo with Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland by rail
  • The landmark service will reduce transit times for customers in Zimbabwe
LEFT TO RIGHT: Vinay Maharaj, Mark Pretorius, Mark Neel (DP World), Christian Roeder (DP World)

MAPUTO (MOZAMBIQUE) JUNE 14, 2021 – DP World Maputo, which has the concession to manage, develop and operate the Maputo container terminal, last Friday handled the first dedicated container train service connecting Maputo and Harare, Zimbabwe. The new service is part of the company’s continued focus to expand its logistics and supply chain offering in the region, and key to its vision to connect several countries in Southern Africa – namely Maputo with South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland – by rail.

This new offering presents a multitude of new business opportunities for customers in Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Not only will this help enhance DP World Maputo’s position as a gateway to Zimbabwe, the service offers significantly better transit times for customers in Zimbabwe. In the past, transit goods on their way to Harare would often have to be transported far greater distances by sea and road, but this route will give customers a new, direct and faster option for delivery.

Following the launch of the bi-weekly rail service, DP World Maputo will continue to work with all the stakeholders involved to make this a weekly train service between the two cities, to allow even greater cost saving and planning opportunities for businesses and individuals who need reliable, efficient transportation of goods.

Christian Roeder, CEO of DP World Maputo said: “This rail service between Maputo and Harare is key to reopening the route between these markets to drive more efficient logistics in the region. Through this service, which we will facilitate and handle all port and border documentation, we can cut down transit times, give our customers better service and improve the connections between cities.” 

The rail service also follows the recent announcement of DP World Komatipoort in South Africa, handling its first transit import via Maputo, demonstrating that the Maputo Port can be seamlessly used as a gateway to South Africa’s hinterland using DP World Komatipoort. International container imports landed in Maputo port and destined for the South African hinterland, can now be moved under bond to Komatipoort, where full customs clearance can be provided and made ready for delivery across South Africa.

DP World will continue to develop the Maputo Corridor, a vital trade route in Southern Africa, through investing in new infrastructure to meet local demand, while DP World Maputo’s container terminal capacity will also be enhanced, having already doubled in size between 2016 and 2018.

About DP World  

We are the leading provider of worldwide smart end-to-end supply chain logistics, enabling the flow of trade across the globe. Our comprehensive range of products and services covers every link of the integrated supply chain – from maritime and inland terminals to marine services and industrial parks as well as technology-driven customer solutions.   

We deliver these services through an interconnected global network of 148 business units in 60 countries across six continents, with a significant presence both in high-growth and mature markets. Wherever we operate, we integrate sustainability and responsible corporate citizenship into our activities, striving for a positive contribution to the economies and communities where we live and work.  

Our dedicated, diverse and professional team of more than 54,620 employees from 137 nationalities are committed to delivering unrivalled value to our customers and partners. We do this by focusing on mutually beneficial relationships – with governments, shippers, traders, and other stakeholders along the global supply chain – relationships built on a foundation of mutual trust and enduring partnership.  

We think ahead, anticipate change and deploy industry-leading digital technology to further broaden our vision to disrupt world trade and create the smartest, most efficient and innovative solutions, while ensuring a positive and sustainable impact on economies, societies and our planet.  

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Les Principales décisions du Comité de Politique Monétaire de la BCEAO
June 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Le Comité de Politique Monétaire (CPM) de la Banque Centrale des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (BCEAO) a tenu, le mercredi 9 juin 2021, sa deuxième réunion ordinaire au titre de l’année 2021, par visioconférence, sous la présidence de Monsieur Tiémoko Meyliet KONE, Gouverneur de la Banque Centrale, son Président statutaire.

Le Comité a passé en revue les principales évolutions de la conjoncture économique internationale et régionale au cours de la période récente, ainsi que les facteurs de risque pouvant affecter les perspectives à moyen terme d’inflation et de croissance économique dans l’Union.

Au titre de la conjoncture internationale, le Comité a noté une reprise de l’activité économique au premier trimestre 2021, après la crise mondiale en 2020 causée par la pandémie de la COVID-19. Les avancées dans les campagnes de vaccination ainsi que la poursuite de la mise en œuvre de mesures de soutien budgétaire et monétaire ont renforcé la confiance des marchés et amélioré les perspectives économiques. Selon le Fonds Monétaire International, l’économie mondiale connaîtrait en 2021 une reprise forte, avec un taux de croissance attendu à 6,0%, après une contraction de 3,5% en 2020.

Sur les marchés internationaux, les cours des matières premières ont, dans l’ensemble, poursuivi leur tendance haussière pour le troisième trimestre consécutif, sous l’effet de la reprise de la demande à l’échelle mondiale et de la persistance de certaines contraintes pesant sur l’offre. Selon les données de la Banque Mondiale, les prix de l’énergie ont connu durant le premier trimestre 2021 une augmentation de 35,3%, après une progression de 8,4% observée au trimestre précédent. Parallèlement, les cours des produits de base non énergétiques se sont raffermis avec un accroissement de 27,8%, après une hausse de 11,8%. Dans ce sillage, l’indice des prix des matières premières non énergétiques exportées par les pays de l’UEMOA s’est accru de 5,1% au cours du premier trimestre 2021, après une progression de 2,7% un trimestre plus tôt. Pour sa part, l’indice des prix des principaux produits alimentaires importés par les pays de l’UEMOA a connu une croissance de 19,4% au cours du premier trimestre 2021, après une augmentation de 11,2% un trimestre auparavant.

Examinant la conjoncture interne, le Comité a relevé un raffermissement de la reprise de l’activité économique dans l’UEMOA au premier trimestre 2021, avec un taux de croissance du PIB réel de 3,2%, en rythme annuel, après 1,8% au trimestre précédent. Cette évolution a été portée par l’ensemble des secteurs d’activité, consécutivement au regain de vigueur de la demande intérieure. En perspective, le taux de croissance de l’Union est attendu à 5,6% en 2021, après 1,5% en 2020. La consolidation de la reprise de l’activité économique dans l’Union serait portée par une bonne exécution des plans de relance, le maintien des mesures de soutien budgétaire et monétaire ainsi qu’une amélioration de la situation sécuritaire.

L’exécution des opérations financières des Etats membres de l’UEMOA, au cours des trois premiers mois de l’année 2021, s’est soldée, en référence à la même période de l’année précédente, par une atténuation du déficit budgétaire global, base engagements, dons compris, ressortant à 2,9% du PIB contre 4,5% un an plus tôt. Cette évolution résulte d’un accroissement des recettes et dons plus important que celui des dépenses publiques.

Sur le marché monétaire, les conditions financières sont restées favorables, en ligne avec l’orientation accommodante de la politique monétaire menée par la Banque Centrale. Les taux moyens pondérés des adjudications sur les compartiments à une semaine et à un mois des guichets de la Banque Centrale sont demeurés à 2,00% contre des niveaux respectifs de 2,90% et 3,55% à la même période de l’année précédente. Le taux d’intérêt moyen pondéré sur la maturité à une semaine du marché interbancaire a baissé, s’établissant à 2,53% contre 2,62% au trimestre précédent. En ligne avec ces évolutions, le taux moyen des crédits bancaires a connu un recul de 16 points de base par rapport au quatrième trimestre 2020 pour se situer à 6,42% au premier trimestre 2021. Sur le marché des titres publics, les conditions de financement des Etats membres sont restées favorables sur la période. Le taux d’intérêt moyen pondéré des bons du Trésor est ressorti à 3,6% contre 4,5% un an auparavant.

Au plan monétaire, la masse monétaire a connu une accélération sur le premier trimestre 2021, avec une croissance, en rythme annuel, de 21,5% contre 16,5% un trimestre plus tôt. Cette progression a été portée par les hausses combinées des créances intérieures et des actifs extérieurs nets. En particulier, les créances sur l’économie se sont accrues de 6,5% sur un an. Les réserves de change de l’Union se sont consolidées par rapport au trimestre précédent pour représenter un taux de couverture de l’émission monétaire de 84,0% à fin mars 2021. Elles assurent 6,7 mois d’importations de biens et services contre 5,9 mois au trimestre précédent.

En dépit des tensions inflationnistes au niveau mondial, le Comité de Politique Monétaire a relevé une décélération des prix à la consommation au premier trimestre 2021, le taux d’inflation ressortant à 2,2% contre 2,7% un trimestre plus tôt. Cette baisse du rythme de progression des prix au niveau de la sous-région est imputable essentiellement à la hausse de moindre ampleur des prix des produits alimentaires, en raison de l’amélioration de l’offre de céréales, de légumes ainsi que de tubercules et plantains. A l’horizon de vingt-quatre mois, soit à fin mars 2023, le taux d’inflation devrait se situer à 1,9%, dans la zone cible [1,0% – 3,0%] définie pour la politique monétaire dans l’UMOA.

Sur la base de ces analyses, le Comité de Politique Monétaire a décidé de maintenir inchangés le taux d’intérêt minimum de soumission aux opérations d’appels d’offres d’injection de liquidité à 2,00% et le taux d’intérêt du guichet de prêt marginal à 4,00%, niveaux en vigueur depuis le 24 juin 2020. Le coefficient de réserves obligatoires applicable aux banques de l’Union demeure inchangé à 3,0%.

 SOURCE : FINANCIAL AFRIK

Source : agence de presse financiere

Source : African Media Agency (AMA)

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Cameroon: Hon. Joshua Osih Escapes “Expulsion” from SDF Party.
June 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

Hon Joshua Osih called for Cohesion and Reconciliation of the Party in his appeal

Honourable Joshua Osih’s stay in the opposition Social Democratic Front (SDF) party will continue after the National Executive Committee (NEC) ruled in his favour.

Meeting this June 12, and chaired by the National President Ni Joh Fru Ndi, the National Executive Committee “settles for a decision to cancel the application of article 8.2 on the 1st National Vice President – Hon Joshua Osih after in-depth debate highlighting the need for party cohesion and reconciliation.”

“Take note of the humble appeal made by the 1st Vice National President for Party cohesion and reconciliation under the current political climate,” the communiqué read in part.

“Rejects the petitions from Douala 1, the Coordination of Mungo South and that of Nkam for lack of quorum and facts and orders that the provision of article 14 (F) that says officers of the executive committee of every level of the Party shall remain in office after the expiry of their mandate until new officers are elected to be respected.” 

The complaint against the Member of Parliament came from the Littoral bureau who dissociated itself from all his acts deemed contrary to the party. The Littoral Bureau had asked NEC to implement article 8.2 which will completely remove Hon. Joshua Osih from the SDF Party.

Joshua Osih, Vice President and MP for Wouri Centre was accused by the SDF Littoral Bureau of anti-party activities such as signing a petition addressed to the American Parliamentarians on the subject of the expulsion of Cameroonians illegally present in the United States, something Jean Michel Nintcheu and Osih have clashed on.

He was also under suspicion of collusion with the regime in power; the poor management of the 2018 Presidential campaign; his rebellion against the NEC resolutions of March 13 through the organization of a media campaign in defiance of the NEC.

While frowning at part of the report, the National Executive Committee went further in calling for the Centre Regional President to “immediately reinstate all the duly elected officials of the Party in the Region.”

Hon. Jean Michel Nintcheu and Hon. Joshua Osih has been having a well-documented fight with accusations and counter-accusations. The saga has been playing out in the open with many factions forming between the two well-known SDF politicians.

Hon Joshua Osih was SDF Presidential candidate in the 2018 Presidential election

It is still uncertain of this decision from the National Executive Committee of the Party will go to resolving the differences the two politicians have as the Party has called for “reconciliation.”

The SDF Party that for long has been regarded as the main opposition party to the ruling CPDM has fallen drastically in recent times even to the extent of losing its second place at the National Assembly in the last elections. The two strongholds of the North West and South West Regions voted overwhelmingly for the ruling CPDM party.

Taking note of this, NEC has instructed the Regional Coordination of the South West, “as soon as it is put in place to re-launch part activities within the Region wherever possible.” 

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Les Cours et conseils constitutionnels d’Afrique de l’Ouest en conclave à Dakar
June 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Le Conseil constitutionnel du Sénégal  organise 17 et 18 juin à Dakar  une rencontre des Cours et Conseils  les constitutionnels d’Afrique de l’Ouest sur le thème « Regards croisés sur la justice constitutionnelle »

Selon l’Agence de presse sénégalaise qui rapporte l’information,  cette rencontre de Dakar organisée de concert avec la Fondation Konrad Adenauer.

Elle  aura lieu en présence du président de la Cour constitutionnelle fédérale d’Allemagne ainsi que de responsables des juridictions constitutionnelles du Bénin, du Burkina Faso, de la Côte d’Ivoire, de la République de Guinée, du Mali, de la Mauritanie du Niger et du Togo, précise un communiqué du Conseil constitutionnel sénégalais.

Il rappelle que cette rencontre s’inscrit dans la même dynamique du colloque tenu à Dakar au mois de décembre 2020, sur ’’la trajectoire, le bilan et les perspectives pour la justice constitutionnelle au Sénégal dans un contexte d’intégration régionale.’’

Source : agence de presse financiere

Source : African Media Agency (AMA)

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RDC : Lutte contre la 3 ème vague de la covid-19, les établissements scolaires et instituts supérieurs restent ouverts
June 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Félix Tshisekedi

Plus de peur que mal, c’est du moins ce que l’on peut dire après avoir suivi le message du chef de l’Etat Félix Tshisekedi ce mardi 15 juin 2021.

Dans un message diffusé sur les antennes de la Rtnc, le Président de la République, Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo qui s’est adressé à la nation au sujet de la troisième vague de la Covid-19 a annoncé quelques mesures pour contrer la propagation de la covid 19 en RDC qui semble être redoutable.

« Nous devons prendre des mesures fortes pour ralentir la propagation du virus », a-t-il dit sur les antennes de la Radio Télévision nationale congolaise.

Ainsi, après concertation avec le gouvernement, le secrétariat technique de riposte et la task force présidentielle, Félix Tshisekedi a dévoilé les mesures suivantes :

Le maintien et le renforcement du couvre-feu de 22h à 4h du matin : les patrouilles de la Police Militaire seront instaurées ;

Le port du masque obligatoire ainsi que le strict respect des gestes barrières dont le lavage régulier des mains dans tous les lieux publics ;

• Interdiction de tout rassemblement de plus de 20 personnes sur les lieux publics, l’entrée dans les marchés publics conditionnée par la prise de température, le lavage des mains et le port du masque ;

• L’interdiction de l’organisation des deuils et veillées mortuaires dans les salles et les domiciles : les dépouilles mortelles seront conduites directement de la morgue au cimetière avec un nombre d’accompagnateurs qui n’ira pas au-delà de 50 personnes ;

• Renforcement du contrôle sanitaire aux portes frontières nationaux : l’obligation de présenter un test PCR négatif, toute entrée sur le territoire national conditionnée par la réalisation d’un nouveau test PCR ;

• La fermeture des discothèques et des boites de nuit pendant une durée de 15 jours ;

Pour rappel, la deuxième phase de vaccination contre la covid 19 en RDC a été lancée le lundi 14 juin à l’hôpital général de référence de Kinshasa, ex maman Yemo. Objectif, permettre aux premiers vaccinés de respecter leur calendrier vaccinal.

PB

INTÉGRALITÉ DU MESSAGE DU CHEF DE L’ÉTAT SUR LA SITUATION SANITAIRE DU PAYS

Depuis Goma.

Chers compatriotes, malgré les sacrifices que nous avons collectivement consentis, il s’observe une recrudescence de la progression du virus, avec une troisième vague qui est déjà à nos portes.

Le variant indien sensiblement contagieux est déjà en opération en Rdc, il est très contagieux et cela nécessite des mesures efficaces pour cantonner sa progression.

J’ai décidé, avec la Task-force et les autorités sanitaires concernées notamment:

– Le maintien du couvre-feu de 22h à 5 h avec patrouilles militaires.
Tout contrevenant sera sévèrement puni;

– Le port des masques obligatoires dans les lieux publics et en extérieur;

– L’interdiction des veillées mortuaires dans les maisons et les funérariums;

– Interdiction de rassemblement de plus de 20 personnes, et toute entrée au marché sera conditionnée par la prise de température;

– La fermeture des discothèques et boîtes de nuit durant 15 jours, mais les restaurants seront opérationnels, avec les mesures barrières dont la prise de température et le lavage des mains;

– La prise en charge du gouvernement de tous les malades sur toute l’étendue de la république;

– Les églises sont astreintes de réduire le nombre des participants à leurs cultes et respecter les mesures barrières et la distanciation sociale;

– Pour les universités et écoles, la stricte observance des mesures barrières, mais elles ne seront pas fermées ;

– La couverture vaccinale pédagogique à travers toute l’étendue de la république pour accéder cette vaccination et convaincre les congolais à se faire vacciner;

– Le premier ministre prendra toutes les mesures d’encadrement et de suivi pour mettre en exergue ces mesures;

– Ainsi, toutes les activités prévues en marge des festivités du 30 juin fête de l’indépendance sont annulées.

Que Dieu bénisse le Congo.

L’article RDC : Lutte contre la 3 ème vague de la covid-19, les établissements scolaires et instituts supérieurs restent ouverts est apparu en premier sur Matininfos.NET – Information de la RDC en toute impartialité.

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Mozambique denies using landmines to combat terrorists
June 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Jorge Joaquim

The Mozambican defence ministry has denied reports that security forces are using landmines in the fighting with terrorists in Cabo Delgado province, where the battle has left more than 2,500 people dead and 700,000 displaced since the insurgency began in 2017.

The spokesman Colonel Omar Saranga said that the defence forces were committed to acting in line with all the treaties and conventions ratified by the country, adding that if there had been any mine explosions, “they can only be the work of the terrorists”.

Mozambique was declared mine-free in 2015 after a major demining effort.

Although it was heavily mined before the 1992 peace deal between the government and the Renamo rebels, Mozambique ratified the Ottawa treaty on the prohibition of landmines in 1998, and the defence forces destroyed their stocks of landmines.

Colonel Saranga also urged everyone, particularly the media, to preserve Mozambique’s good name and image.

The last major attack in Cabo Delgado was recorded on 24 March in Palma town, which is still partially occupied by terrorists, according to refugees who fled the area to the city of Pemba.

Terrorist attacks in the district are continuing, over two months after the first attack on the town of Palma, and that almost the entire population is fleeing the district.

The town of Palma and several villages in the district had been abandoned, as terrorists were roaming through villages, kidnapping and decapitating people and burning down their houses.

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Kenyan Governors threaten to shut down counties over lack of finances.
June 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma

Governor Wambora.

Operations across Kenya’s 47 counties would come to a halt on June 24 should the country’s Treasury fail to disburse the billions owed to devolved units latest by Friday.

The county governments, through the division of Revenue Act 2020, were allocated ksh316 billion  ($3.16 billion), but the Treasury had released ksh214 billion ($2.14 billion), leaving a balance of ksh102 billion ($1.02 billion).

The Chairman of Council of Governors (CoG) has accused the Treasury of violating the law by failing to comply with its cash disbursement schedule.

County Governments Cash Disbursement Schedule for the Financial Year 2020/21 generated by Treasury and approved by Senate states that resources should be disbursed to counties on the 15th day of every month.

“The continued delay in disbursement is eroding gains made in devolved governance and affecting the economic growth in the counties. Treasury has not only failed to comply with the constitution but even with its own document- the Cash Disbursement Schedule, 2020,” said Governor Wambora.

With only two weeks remaining to the end of the 2020/2021 financial year, CoG wants the funds to be released by June 18 to ensure smooth operations at the counties.

The Governors are also racing against time to meet the Controller of Budget’s requirements to clear all pending bills amounting to ksh11.5 billion ($115 million) by June 30.

Mr. Wambora decried over the usual delay of county funds, unlike the national government’s.

“While Kenyans continue to demand services from the County Governments, operations at the National Government continue uninterrupted owing to timely financing from the National Treasury, while those operations in the Counties are slowly grinding to a halt. This should not be tolerated by those who support the success of devolution in Kenya,” he said.

According to the governor, financing of the counties by the Treasury is not a favour but a constitutional obligation.

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Kenyan unionist Francis Atwoli re-elected as member of ILO
June 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma

Dr. Francis Atwoli

Kenyan unionist Dr. Francis Atwoli has been elected for a fourth time in a row as a member of the International Labour Organization (ILO) governing body in Geneva, Switzerland.

Kenya’s Central Organization of Trade Unions (Cotu) Secretary General’s re-election was confirmed during the ongoing 109th Virtual Session of the International Labour Conference, ILC.

Firebrand Atwoli was among the candidates who garnered several votes worldwide. He will now be tasked with the responsibility of representing the interests of working men and women on the African Continent for the four years of 2021-2024.

“On behalf of COTU (K)’s Executive Board, and on my own behalf, I would like to congratulate the COTU(K) Secretary General, Dr. Francis Atwoli, for his re-election to this important decision making body. We wish him Godspeed in his role,” said Deputy Secretary-General, Cotu, Benson Okwaro.

“As COTU (K) we take great pride in associating with Atwoli and for his leadership, mentorship and guidance. Indeed, the person of Atwoli commands a lot of reverence and admiration internationally considering his firm leadership and commitment to the plight of the workers globally,” he added.

The ILO is a United Nations agency mandated to promote social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights, pursuing its founding mission that labour peace is essential to prosperity.

It was formed in 1919 as part of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I to reflect the belief that universal and lasting peace can be accomplished only if it’s based on social justice.

Members of the organization meet three times a year in March, June, and November to take decisions on ILO policy, decide the Agenda of the International Labour Conference, adopt the draft programme and budget of the Organisation for submission to the Conference and elect the Director-General of the ILO.

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Kenyan airports receive Level one Mapping accreditation
June 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma

KAA Acting MD Alex Gitari

Three Kenyan airports have joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, announced Kenya Airports Authority (KAA).

On Monday, June 14, the authority said Jomo Kenyatta, Moi, Kisumu, and Eldoret International Airports have become the first airports in East and Central Africa to achieve Level one Mapping accreditation.

Airports Council International issued the accreditation. The Airport Carbon Accreditation programme is a global carbon management programme for airports.

“Reducing the effects of our operations on the environment is an important goal for us. It is our responsibility to future generations to engage in efforts that counter climate change. This accreditation is an important step in the right direction for our main airports, as the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme provides a framework to optimize and, eventually, minimize emissions,” said KAA Acting MD Alex Gitari.

The programme recognizes the efforts of airports to manage and reduce their carbon emissions through six levels of certification: ‘Mapping’, ‘Reduction’, ‘Optimization’, ‘Neutrality’, ‘Transformation’ and ‘Transition’.

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G7 Development Finance Institutions and multilateral partners to invest over $80 billion into African businesses over the next five years .
June 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

The G7 DFIs, the IFC, the private sector arm of the African Development Bank, EBRD and the European Investment Bank today announced that they were committed to investing $80 billion in the private sector over the next five years to support sustainable economic recovery and growth in Africa.

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a severe global economic and health crisis. The announcement is a welcome boost to support the long-term development objectives of African economies that have been negatively impacted by the crisis. It is the first time the G7 DFIs have come together to make a collective partnership commitment to the African continent.

The IMF estimates that sub-Saharan Africa needs additional financing of around $425 billion between now and 2025 to help strengthen the pandemic response spending and reduce poverty in the region.

The UK Minister for Africa, James Duddridge, said: “The UK is proud to back this commitment by world leaders at the G7 Summit to invest more than $80 billion in Africa’s private sector over the next 5 years.

“This investment will create jobs, boost economic growth, help tackle climate change and fight poverty. It comes at a crucial time as the continent rebuilds its economies, severely impacted by Covid-19.”

Nick O’Donohoe, the CEO of CDC Group, said: “The patient, high quality capital that DFIs provide is urgently needed if African economies are to start to rebuild quickly from the impact of the pandemic. CDC is committed to building long term investment partnerships in Africa that fuel sustainable private sector growth in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”

Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank, said: “The EIB welcomes G7 leadership to enhance support for high-impact investment across Africa during and after the pandemic. Last year the EU Bank’s engagement in Africa, as part of Team Europe, represented the largest ever support for climate action and investment in fragile states in 55 years of EIB operations on the continent. We stand ready to cooperate further with African and multilateral partners to tackle both COVID-19 and accelerate the green transition in Africa.”

Makhtar Diop, IFC’s Managing Director, said: “Ensuring an inclusive and sustainable recovery for people, businesses and economies across Africa in coordination with our development partners, is at the core of IFC’s development mandate today. We know that the private sector will play a major role in financing Africa’s future by creating millions of jobs that are essential to ensuring sustained economic growth and poverty reduction. We therefore welcome this important partnership and are proud to provide financing and to work with partners to help create the right conditions to bring more private investment to Africa.”

David Marchick, Chief Operating Officer of U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), said: “Under President Biden’s leadership, investing more in Africa is a top priority for DFC in fulfilling our development mandate. DFC is proud to be doubling down on our commitment to Africa alongside our G7 and multilateral partners and will continue to prioritize investments in vaccine manufacturing, COVID-19 response, climate mitigation and adaptation, and gender equity on the African continent.” 

Dario Scannapieco, Chief Executive Officer of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP), said: “Closer collaboration among Development Finance Institutions and multilateral partners is an essential factor in fostering sustainable economic recovery and growth in Africa. CDP looks forward to contributing to this strategic partnership, supporting the African continent in developing its entrepreneurial and financial private sector, to unlock its vast, untapped potential.”

Solomon Quaynor, African Development Bank VP, Private Sector, Infrastructure & Industrialization said: “We welcome this global partnership and the opportunity to provide the African voice, as Africa builds back better and boldly.  The opportunity to create jobs particularly for youth and women, from a focus on industrializing Africa underpinned by the African Continental Free Trade Area, will be our priority. Given the gap between the IMF estimates and what this partnership is committing to, we will seek to crowd-in African development partners, as well as African savings from SWFs, pensions, and insurance pools, estimated to have US$1.8 trillion AUM.”

Heike Harmgart, EBRD Managing Director, Southern & Eastern Mediterranean, said: “Harnessing the potential of the private sector is essential to supporting prosperity in Africa and meeting the continent’s development needs. In the North African countries where we work – Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia – we have invested over €11.5 billion in only 9 years, focused on boosting the private sector, developing green sustainable infrastructure and promoting youth and women participation in the economy. We will pursue our efforts to expand private sector investment opportunities at scale in the region in close cooperation with other development actors.”

Monika Beck, member of the DEG-Management Board, said: „Many of our African partner countries have been hit hard by the pandemic. We quickly developed new services to support private sector SME and to help protecting jobs and livelihoods. In Africa, DEG has always been specifically committed to creating prospects for the young, growing population. In addition to the continuing massive impact of Covid-19 we expect a further acceleration of the challenges connected to developments such as digitization and climate change. Therefore DEG welcomes and is proud to be part of the G7 DFI Africa initiative”.

Each DFI has its own investment criteria which are aligned to an assessment of need to achieve development impact across a range of sectors. DFIs play an important role in helping to build markets, mitigate risk and pave the way for other investors to enter new markets.

The G7 DFI group consists of CDCProparco (France), JICA and JBIC (Japan), DFC (US), FinDev Canada (Canada), DEG (Germany) and CDP (Italy). This commitment is also supported by the IFC, the Africa Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Investment Bank

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Veld fires an issue of national concern in Zimbabwe.
June 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Wallace Mawire

Zimbabwe’s environmental authorities and other concerned stakeholders are intensifying efforts to eradicate incidences of sporadic veld fires which are now reported to have become an issue of national concern given their wanton destructive nature, according to Mangaliso Ndhlovu, Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry at the recent 2021 national fire week launch, a few kilometres out of Harare.

 According to Ndhlovu, each year, the country loses over a million hectares of forests and grasslands depriving wildlife and livestock of pastures and leaving the country counting loses of property, crops and life.

 He said that the annual average burnt area from 2010 to 2020 was 1 million hectares.

  It is reported that an average of 60% of the total burnt area has been under the A1 and A2 resettlement areas established under the country’s land reform programme. 

  “Of the 18,000 A2 farmers, only about 400 have 99 year leases, which leases have specific clauses on environmental protection. This creates a possibility of massive information gap on the responsibilities of farmers in their properties,” Ndhlovu said.

 
 Every year, the second week of May in the country is set aside for education and awareness raising on the dangers associated with veld fires and  strategies for their prevention.

 It is added that statutorily, the veld fire season in Zimbabwe stretches from 31 July to 31 October each year.

 Ndhlovu said that what it basically means is that the veld fire season ends when the country receives the first effective rains to break the fire triangle, but the period has not differed significantly in reality despite the effects of climate change.

 According to the National Fire Management Strategy and Implementation Plan of 2006, the National Fire Week Launch is meant to raise awareness amongst communities on the need to prevent veld fires by undertaking pre-fire suppression measures such as fireguard construction, biomass reduction and early controlled burning.

 The theme for this 2021 national fire week commemorations is “Veld Fires and Food Security- Protect the harvest”, a theme with a focus towards revealing the nexus between veld fire management and sustaining food security. 

  “The country’s agricultural yield projection for the 2020/21 season indicates a bumper harvest, one of its kind in 37 years, which we should all celebrate and judiciously protect,” Ndhlovu said.

 He added that as the country celebrates the projection of a good national crop yield, citizens should be cognizant of the environmental factors which dominate   landscapes and it is not yet time to relax.   

 “We should therefore all work together to prevent catastrophic losses to our harvest from veld fires,” he said.

 The environment ministry says that it has already begun a comprehensive awareness programme with the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement through their Agritex extension services.

  It is reported that every farmer is expected to construct their fireguard in compliance with the laws of our country.

 The minister added that over the past 10 years veld fires have led to over 100 fire related deaths.

 “This is too big a figure to ignore. No life should be lost to veld fires because one life lost is one too many. Life is precious and hence we should thrive as a country to prevent loss of life,” he said.

 It is reported that the 2021 veld fire prediction undertaken by the Ministry through Environmental Management Agency (EMA), using biomass as indicated by the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) as a proxy for fuel load, and the previous fire behaviour as indicated by the burnt area in 2020, shows that the country is generally in the high risk (65.2%) to extreme risk (24.7%) to veld fires, compared to medium (43.3%) to high (23.1%) risk in 2020.

 It is added that following the heavy rains received, there is high biomass even in areas that traditionally have low biomas implying that, the  country is highly vulnerable to veld fires in the 2021 fire season. The Provinces at extreme risk are Mashonaland West, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland Central and Manicaland while the two Matabeleland Provinces, Midlands and Masvingo are this time around at high risk to veld fires.  

 “Given this background, l call upon all stakeholders to find a niche in the veld fire management strategy, especially landowners, occupiers, users and communities at large, as they remain key actors in veld fire prevention,” Ndhlovu said.

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Malawian Diplomats Booted Out of South Africa over Booze Scandal .
June 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Prince Kurupati

South Africa recently declared all Malawian diplomats stationed in the country persona non grata and gave them 72 hours to leave South Africa. The decision was reached after investigations by South Africa implicated the Malawian diplomats in illicit booze trade.

In a statement issued out on Friday 11 June, 2021 by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) spokesperson Clayson Monyela, the country’s presidium reached the decision to declare all Malawian diplomats stationed in the country persona non grata after they were found “guilty of engaging in illicit trade in duty-free alcohol”.

The statement went on to state that South African authorities undertook an intensive investigation into flouting of diplomatic privileges by the Malawian diplomats and the findings reached were conclusive hence the decision taken to expel the diplomats. The statement also stated that similar investigations are currently underway into similar transgressions by other missions stationed in the country. If found guilty, the missions will also meet a similar fate.

The Malawian government was quick to respond to the decision taken by South Africa saying it was appalled and expressed “regret” over the conduct of the Malawian diplomats implicated. Malawian government stated that all of the implicated individuals upon reaching home will face further disciplinary action.

The decision to expel the Malawian diplomats came just a day after the South African government had taken a similar action in expelling several diplomats of Lesotho over the same booze trade issue. The South African government said that it found clear evidence that the diplomats from Malawi (just like Lesotho) were bringing alcohol into South Africa without paying duty and then reselling it in bars and restaurants. In an effort to combat the spread of the corona virus, South Africa has been limiting the sale of alcohol with most outlets including township taverns banned from operating.

According to the Vienna Convention of 1961, diplomats have certain privileges, and one of the privileges is that of not paying tax in the hosting country. Alcohol happens to be one of the items that diplomats can bring into a host country without paying taxes.

Malawi’s former high commissioner to South Africa John Chikago said the investigations by the South African authorities hold water owing to the huge quantities of alcohol the diplomats were bringing into the country. Owing to the sheer high quantity of the alcohol the diplomats brought into South Africa, the argument that the booze was for consumption does not make any sense.

“We buy with the diplomatic card, and you can’t just buy any amount, unless you have a party at your house or there is national day (celebration) for your country… But if it is normal consumption, you should buy only one bottle or two bottles. But they were buying cartons. How? So, it appears there was a syndicate,” Chikago said.

Chikago went on to state that the debacle does not just embarrass the implicated individuals but it also embarrasses Malawi as a country – “That is the image we are giving to South Africa – that we are corrupt people, because embassies are the image of Malawi – so it must stop.”

Sheriff Kaisi who is a political science lecturer at Blantyre International University expressed concern that though the incident will not affect South Africa-Malawi diplomatic relations, they put the lives of Malawians living in South Africa in a precarious condition – “We have quite a number of citizens living in South Africa… They will be seen as people who are not trustworthy, people who cannot follow rules of the game.”

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera has since issued a statement saying that upon arrival the diplomats will face further disciplinary action. President Chakwera apologized to South Africa on behalf of Malawi and said that Malawi has already identified personnel to replace the disgraced diplomats and thorough vetting has been done to ensure that a similar debacle does not happen in future.

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Africa Energy Week 2021, Taking Place in Cape Town; Will Focus on Investment, Oil and Gas, Renewables and Energy Transition
June 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

AEW 2021 will showcase the first-ever African Energy Village, an interactive exhibition and networking event that seeks to unite African energy stakeholders

The African Energy Chamber (www.EnergyChamber.org) is set to host the first-ever African Energy Week (AEW)  in Cape Town on 9th – 12th November 2021; Replacing Africa Oil Week, the four-day interactive conference seeks to unite industry stakeholders, international speakers and movers and shakers from the African oil and gas sector; The conference comprises high-class networking events, innovative exhibitions, and one-on-one private meetings, with a golf tournament on the final day, providing a one-of-a-kind experience for stakeholders interested in the growth and success of the African energy sector.

The African Energy Chamber (AEC) is excited to announce the official launch of African Energy Week (AEW) 2021, taking place in Cape Town on 9th – 12th November 2021AEW 2021 will showcase the first-ever African Energy Village, an interactive exhibition and networking event that seeks to unite African energy stakeholders, drive industry growth and development, and promote Africa as the destination for African-focused events.

Commencing with a three-day conference and ending with a golf tournament on 12th November, the event’s primary focus is to define and promote the African energy agenda through development, deal-making, and private sector participation. Key topics include making energy poverty history before 2030 and the future of the African oil and gas industry; African upstream, midstream and downstream opportunities; African oil, gas and finance in the face of the energy transition – highlighting African financing institutions such as the African Development Bank, the African Export-Import Bank, the African Financing Corporation, Africa50, the Industrial Development Corporation and the Development Bank of Central African States; local content; women in energy and making African energy competitive for investment into a decarbonized Africa.

Additionally, the conference will address the role of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), the International Energy Agency (IEC), the African Petroleum Producers Organization (APPO), the International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC), and the American Petroleum Institute (API) and Africa. By opening the dialogue on Africa’s gas miracle and its potential in markets including Senegal, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Algeria, Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea, Congo-Brazzaville, and Angola ­–  as well as small-scale Liquified Natural Gas, intra-African trade and the African Continental Free Trade Agreement – the conference represents the ideal networking and deal-making platform for all African energy stakeholders.

The AEC’s commitment to hosting this Africa-focused event in Africa comes at a  crucial time for the oil and gas industry. In light of recent developments that seek to suggest that Africa is not capable of hosting events of global standards, the Chamber feels responsible to voice against this and lead by example by showcasing the continent and all its profound beauty.

With this in mind, the only African-focused, in-person energy event aims to capture the essence and cultural hub that exists in Cape Town. The AEC will not abandon the continent for international venues. AEW 2021 is an energy event like no other and the AEC is fully focused on promoting African development and growth through African-held events.

“We are happy with the tremendous support from so many in-and-outside Africa. Our Oil and Gas producers have been a force for good and we must be proud of this industry. We must also welcome energy transition and engage Africa with the most forceful conversation and solutions for the future. AEW 2021 offers a unique and interactive networking experience in which global energy stakeholders can unite and participate in the continent’s transformation. The time is now,” says NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman, African Energy Chamber.

“Africa Energy Week will have a bold message that encourages energy solutions that cut out entitlements, handouts and foreign aid. No one owes us anything and in order for so many Africans  who want to make energy poverty history to triumph, we must embrace all forms of energy in our energy mix. We must attract investors and push our leadership so that each country wins when we create and encourage an enabling environment,” adds Ayuk.

AEW 2021 is taking place with the full support of prominent African and global industry leaders and oil and gas organizations and is focused on expanding opportunities in Africa. Additionally, AEW 2021 will present innovative exhibition spaces at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront that aim to promote African heritage and culture, while showcasing the exciting technological advancements the industry has to offer.

“African energy producers can only grow and meet energy demand when we all do our best to mobilize our resources and advocate for important principles of personal responsibility, smaller government, lower taxes, free markets, personal liberty, and the rule of law. This will kick start investment and make a transition that works for Africa. Let’s do this in Africa, for Africa and for the energy sector,” concludes Ayuk.

Of equal importance, the event will take place under strict COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety of all attendees. In line with current government regulations, AEW 2021 will host a series of networking events across a variety of locations at the V&A Waterfront, thereby ensuring social gathering limits are in place at all times. Additionally, through mandatory testing and the availability of personal protective equipment and facilities, AEW 2021 aims to protect attendees while ensuring a successful and productive event.

For more information about this transformative event, visit www.AWE2021.com or www.EnergyChamber.org and/or email Amina Williams at amina.williams@energychamber.org
For registration related enquiries contact registration@aew2021.com
For sales related enquires contact sales@aew2021.com
For media related enquires contact media@aew2021.com
For speaker opportunity related enquires contact speakers@aew2021.com

*SOURCE African Energy Chamber

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