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Ministry Of Finance Releases 3.7 Billions Leones For Olympic And Paralympic Respectively.
July 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Lamrana Barrie 

 The ministry of finance release the sum of Le3,783,987,412 for sierra Leone to partake in the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic  which will be in Tokyo, Japan.

On the press release from the ministry of finance states that the 3.7 billions Leones have transferred  to the National Sport Authority account for them to disburse it to the National Olympic comitee.

On the press release the ministry of finance states that the Money is meant for Allowances, accommodation,feeding and other expenses including return for the Athletes and officials of both Olympic and Paralympic Games respectively.

Eric Batillo Fomba The media and communication man for the National Sport Authority on a phone conversation  confirm that the said amount on the press release from the ministry of finance has been receive by National Sport Authority

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Covid 19 Vaccine (Astrazeneca) Recipients Recommend Vaccination.
July 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

Both people living with and without HIV have been vaccinated in Zambia and they share their experiences.

By Kelvin Mbewe

SOME Zambians that have completed their dose of the Astrazeneca covid 19 vaccine have recommended others to get vaccinated owing to what they described as improved immune system after they got their first and second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The recipients of the vaccine include people without and those with underlying conditions such as HIV, tuberculosis, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension among others.

They however reported having experienced side effects such as fever, headache, pain on the side of the arm where the injection was given.

These side effects where mostly experienced in a day, while some said to have had experienced it for about a week.

Mr Wilson Banda aged 63 of Kapata township in Chipata said he experienced improved health after receiving his first vaccination.

Mr Banda is living positively with HIV.

“Yes I had a fever after getting the injection but later on I appreciated the efficiency of it when everybody in the house got infected by a flu, I was the only one that didn’t get the infection despite my old age,” he said.

Another recipient Bertha Chipemba is a coivd 19 survivor and also a recipient of the coivd 19 astrazeneca vaccine.

“I got covid 19 before I got the vaccine and my experience was horrible, I was really in pain. I was lucky I did not reach the oxygen level. I then got the vaccine and got infected again but the experience was different, I could feel the flu but it was not that strong, it was very mild,” she said.

And United Party for National Development (UPND) candidate for Chipata central member of parliament Reuben Mtolo expressed shock when he found the que for receiving the covid 19 vaccine at Kapata clinic in Chipata empty.

“I’M in a campaign trail and I have just lost my campaign manager Mr Kiliti Phiri. He has died of covid 19. Another guy on the campaign trail is admitted due to the same virus. Im the only one that is okay and it’s because I got the first dose of AstraZeneca,” he said.

Mr Phiri has just received his second jab of the covid 19 vaccination.

And Centers for Disease control (CDC) Dr Jonas Hines says research on how the vaccines react to people living with HIV is currently underway but that information that has been gathered so far proves that a person living with HIV like any other person respond to covid vaccines as long as they adhear to treatment.

Dr Hines said this during an online media science café (Mesica) meeting which was discussing the differences and similarities between HIV and covid 19.

He said the similarities in the viruses are that both HIV and covid 19 are spread through viruses and that they both cause death.

Dr Hines however said that the two viruses differ in that HIV is a chronic infection while covid 19 is not chronic.

“HIV is a virus that our immune system is unable to control and eliminate. It causes a chronic infection that lasts for and not like covid 19 where flu like symptoms last only for a short time. Over time hiv destroys the immune system and optimistic infections such as qnuemonia and others lead to death,” he said.

Meanwhile Dr Hines said all the vaccines that have been recommended by the world health organisation (WHO) are effective with regards fighting the covid 19 pandemic.

And the Ministry of health on 15 th July, 2021 announced that the country has cumulatively admistered 189, 408 dose 1 vaccinations (182, 509 AstraZeneca and 6,899 sinopharm).

The ministry’s Facebook page states that Zambia is expecting more vaccines.

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Guinea: Under international pressure, Alpha Condé releases four political prisoners .
July 18, 2021 | 0 Comments
President Conde has a very battered image after changing the constitution to get additional term limits for himself.Photo credit AFP.BBC

Isolated and under pressure from the international community, Guinean President Alpha Condé made a limited “magnanimous” gesture towards the opposition on Friday by releasing, under conditions, four members of the UFDG executive board who were arrested and  imprisoned  in the wake of the disputed presidential election of October 18, 2020 in Guinea. They are Ibrahima Cherif Bah, former  Central Bank top official, Ousmane Gaoul Diallo, Abdoulaye Bah and Mamadou Cellou Baldé.

They were released after spending several months in a dismal Conakry prison reserved for the country’s common criminals.

The conditions of their release include, in particular, the prohibition to travel in the countryside without prior authorization from the prison authorities. In addition, they cannot organize political meetings, nor are they allowed to leave Guinean territory, a coercive regime already imposed on their UFDG boss, Cellou Dalein Diallo.

The release of these political prisoners coincides with the visit to Conakry of the Congolese leader  and current chairman of the African Union Félix Tshisekedi Tshilombo.

Diplomatic sources said that Mr. Tshisekedi Tshilombo was to discuss with his Guinean counterpart the political crisis in Guinea marked by repeated human rights violations and the turmoil in the sub-region, in particular the closure of Guinea’s borders with Senegal and Guinea Bissao.  It is expected that the Congolese President would  encourage Guinean counterpart to be flexible on these issues int order to break the deadlock.

Historical leader of the opposition turned president, Alpha Condé was once considered a hope for millions of Guineans, the one through whom socio-economic development was to come. But his categorical refusal to undertake reforms and especially his disproportionate ambition to remain in power for life at the end of his two constitutional terms, make him today an outcast on the international scene.

In September this year, the European Union, a key partner of Guinea, is due to consider sanctions to be taken against some twenty officials of the Guinean regime involved in various crimes ranging from the human rights violations to the misappropriation of public funds.

These officials, including the regime’s number 2 man and Defence Minister Mohamed Diané, could see their assets hidden abroad freeze and ban them from traveling to several Schengen countries.

“If such a measure is adopted by the European Union, it would further complicate the situation for Alpha Condé and I believe that the release of these opposition members is a calculated move that he would be willing to listen  in order to avoid a deeper isolation of his regime,” said a Abidjan guinean political expert who did  not want to be named .

*Source AlloAfricaNews

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S. Sudan: No Enemy In Politics; Bakosoro Rejoins President Kiir’s SPLM.
July 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Deng Machol

Juba – The leader of the National Movement for Change (NMC), Bangasi Joseph Bakosoro did a u – turn, dissolved his party and rejoined President Salva Kiir’s ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), after years of disagreement.

Mr Bakosoro is currently the Minister of Public Service and Human Resource Development in the Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity(R-TGoNU), on the SSOA ticket, announced his decision on Thursday in Juba.
Mr Bakosoro, a former governor of Western Equatoria State in Equatoria regions for nearly seven years where he was a fierce critic of President Kiir’s government.

He formed the party he dissolved in 2017 to oppose the political roadmap of president Salva Kiir’s government.
According to observers, his defection could spell an end to his term as a cabinet minister owing to the requirements of the power-sharing arrangement.

Kiir’s camp described his interest in rejoining significant milestones to reconcile party members. 
Bakosoro said he previously terminated his membership from the SPLM due to intimidation and assassination attempts from his political rivals.

“Several people might not imagine that I can take such a decision to return to the SPLM because of the humiliation and intimidations; hate characters assassination and all part of betrayal from our people, I had gone through, but I had to for the sake of history, the party and the country,”Bakosoro said. 
He further said the move to join SPLM again is a community demand 

“The decision to join SPLM was requested from the community and some senior leaders,” he said. A tough decision is taken for seeks unity. People should avoid history that will have effects on the next generation. People should be part of decision rather than to be part of the problem,”
Bakosoro called his supporters to embrace the NMC decision of merging back the party to SPLM for Unity of South Sudan.

“The decision we have taken can be positive or negative. It will have negative or positive effects from our brothers. But it is worthy taken,” said Bakosoro.Bakasoro left the ruling party SPLM before the 2010 elections in which he contested as an independent candidate. He defeated the then Western Equatoria State governor, Nunu Kumba.

Meanwhile; SPLM Acting Secretary-General Nunu Kumbu welcome back Bakosoro to the SPLM and urged political parties to return to the party. She acknowledged that the return of senior SPLM members to the party is in line with Arusha Agreement to reconcile SPLM liberators.

“I strongly believe that we will come together, we will unite, and we will take this country forward. I called upon all of you once again to leave the pass to the pass. Let us focus. Let us focus on our vision and our objectives. Let us work for peace,” said Nunu.

On 22 December 2015, Bakosoro was arrested after being summoned by NSS to their headquarters in Juba, four months after he was briefly arrested. President Salva Kiir had just fired him from his position as governor.

On April 27, 2016, the politician was released from detention in Juba without charge or trial.
There is no mention of whether he will also resign from the position of Minister of Public Service, a portfolio allocated to SSOA.

A unity government is now struggling and trying to forge unity, to restore peace and co – existence. Despite that peace deal remains fragile to national – conflict.

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Leaders arrive in Nairobi for Commonwealth parliamentarians meeting
July 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) for Africa meeting kicks off today, Friday, in Nairobi and will run until Sunday.

The CPA brings together parliamentarians in Commonwealth nations around the globe. It has more than 180 legislatures (or branches) divided up into nine geographic regions of the Commonwealth.

Delegates from 18 countries like Botswana, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia will take part in the meeting.

State and provincial legislatures from Nigeria, South Africa, and Tanzania will also attend the meeting by being subnational legislatures that form part of the membership of the CPA Africa Region.

The main agenda will be the role of African legislatures in implementing measures to avert the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The legislators will also deliberate on mainstreaming people living with the disability.

“We tell the rest of the world that Kenya is open for business and tourism. We are able to observe WHO and our Ministry of Health guidelines. The other sectors of the economy can borrow a leaf,” the National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi stated. He is the chairperson of the executive committee of the CPA (Africa Region).

According to Mr. Muturi, the Women’s League of the CPA will discuss women’s leadership.

The CPA Africa Investment Board, at the same time, will discuss investment proposals to make CPA sustainable.

Among the leaders that have arrived in Nairobi are Tanzanian Speaker Ndugai Job Yustino, South Africa Deputy Speaker Tsenoli Solomon Lechesa, Nigerian Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, and Zanzibar Speaker Maulid Zubeir Ali.

“When these countries meet together, there is a lot of growth of democratic cultures in various countries,” added Muturi.

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Washington: A sustained commitment to healthcare for Dr. Azim, Uphealth Inc.International CEO
July 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

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In his ongoing efforts to make Healhcare available to millions of people around the world, Dr. Sabahat S. Azim, Founder and CEO of Glocal Healthcare Systems, held a colorful reception on Friday June 25, 2021, at The Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington.


The evening emceed by Raissa Girondin, journalist and Co-Founder of GMedia, was an opportunity for the Indian native to share his personal story and discussed the challenges the world faces as millions lack access to basic healthcare.


Speaking to an audience that included US government officials, Ambassadors and stakholders involved in public policy matters, Dr. Azim spoke with emotion about his late  father who was killed by “an unnecessary surgery” in India years ago, a tragic situation that affected him deeply to the point he decided to do something. To that end, he went on to explain the agenda being pursued by his organization to address the critical issue of preventive medicine aimed at making it accessible, affordable and accountable. .


Using Cutting-edge technology and and optimized processes, Glocal Healthcare Systems has successfully been established and is currently operating in many countries around the world including a dozen in Africa.


Other  speakers at this event include Dr. Chirinjeev Kathuria, Co-Chairman and Co-Founder, UpHealth Inc. Richa Azim, Chief Budgets & Monitoring, Glocal Healthcare Systems, Dr. Al Gatmaitan, Chief Operating Officer, UpHealth Inc., Mariya Pylypiv, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, UpHealth Inc. and Dr. Azfar Malik, President, Behavioral Health, UpHealth Inc.


The evening provided an engaging, interactive event during which guests enjoyed drink, food and each others’ company as the nation makes progress in vaccination to square off the COVID-19 pandemic that has long kept people on home confinement.

Glocal Healthcare is a part of UpHealth Inc. a company that was recently listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). According to speakers, its “sophisticated services platform empowers healthcare providers, health systems and payers to manage care for people with complex medical,
behavioral and social needs”, improving dramatically patient access to primary care.


In 2020, Hellolyf CX, the organization’s digital clinic model, emerged as the public choice at the United Nations Health Innovation Exchange for achieving the sustainable development goals adopted by world leaders in September 2015

*AlloAfricaNews

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Sierra Leone:Sullay Kaikai Signs Two Year Contact With League One Side Wycombe Wanders.
July 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Lamrana Barrie

25 year old Sullay Kaikai a Sierra Leonean international has signed a two year contract with English league one side  Wycombe Wanders from Blackpool.

Kaikai spent two years with Blackpool  and also played an important role for Blackpool to gain promotion to the championship.

Kaikai signed a two year contract today after Blackpool release him on a free transfer to Wycombe Wanders. In an interview after he has sign he express how delighted he is to be at the club.

He further went on to say he will help the team  promote to the championship this season and hope to bring excitement to the fans.

Sullay made his first debut for Sierra Leone against Benin, He played an important role to see Leone stars qualify to the Africa cup of Nation 2022.

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Sierra Leone:Thomas Daddy Brima Set To Attend His First CAF Meeting.
July 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Lamrana Barrie

Thomas Daddy Brima

The Newly elected President of o f the Sierra Leone Football Association Thomas Daddy Brima departed Freetown yesterday to attend his first CAF members Association Presidents meeting holding in Casablanca Morocco on the 17th July, 2021.

In an Article from the official website page of the Sierra Leone Football Association confirmed that Thomas Daddy Brima arrived safely this morning  in Casablanca.

It Further states that after the meeting, Brima and CAF President Motsepe will witness the CAF champions league final between South Africa Kaiser Chiefs and Egypt Al Ahly at the Stade Mohamed(v) in Morocco.

Thomas Daddy Brima is expected to reunite with the former president of SLFA in Morocco, Madam Isha Johansen who is currently a member of FIFA council and CAF executive committee.

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City of Kigali, eight other districts under the third lockdown.
July 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Jean d’Amour Mbonyinshuti

The cabinet meet yesterday imposed a 10-day lockdown in the capital city of Kigali and in either other districts considered to be the hot spot of COVID-19 positive cases.

Rwanda, which is in what seems to be the third wave of the pandemic has been experiencing a surge of new positive cases and recorded an unprecedented number of fatalities over the past few weeks.  

As a result measures to curb the spread of the pandemic including the total lockdown in the City of Kigali and in other eight districts was imposed from July 17 to 26.

“The surge in cases has necessitated a lockdown in the city of Kigali and other 8 districts” read a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

“Citizens are urged to significantly reduce social interactions, and limit movements to only essential services,” it added.

The affected eight districts placed under lockdown alongside Kigali include Burera, Gicumbi, Kamonyi, Musanze, Nyagatare, Rubavu, Rwamagana and Rutsiro.

The cabinet meeting resolved that only essential services will be allowed to operate. They include food markets and pharmacies which will be allowed to operate at 30% capacity.

All schools, higher education institutions will close for 10 days, but primary and secondary school students who are doing national exams will continue amid tough measure to ensure they finish exams.

Then, the government will look for ways to transport them in their respective places.

Public transport, outdoor sports and recreational activities will not be permitted in the affected districts.

Air transport and tourism-related activities will continue under strict Covid-19 guidelines.

Rwanda has 30 district and the remaining districts will also observe measures put in place by the cabinet.

For instance, movements are prohibited between 6pm and 4am, and businesses will be closing at 5pm.

Inter-district movements are not allowed except for essential services.

Social gatherings like weddings are suspended, but vigils and funerals are allowed with attendance not exceed 10 and 15 persons respectively.

Rwanda recorded 10,761 Covid-19 cases and 160 related fatalities in the first two weeks of July, according to figures from the Ministry of Health.  

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Angola’s Onshore Bid Round Attracts Global Interest with Multiple Bids.
July 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

Angola’s oil and gas regulator, the National Oil, Gas and Biofuel’s Agency (ANPG) achieved an important milestone earlier this week, when it opened bids for its 2020 onshore licensing round.

All 9 onshore blocks received bids totalling over USD 1 billion in investment opportunities

Angola’s oil and gas regulator, the National Oil, Gas and Biofuel’s Agency (ANPG) achieved an important milestone earlier this week, when it opened bids for its 2020 onshore licensing round. All of the nine oil and gas onshore blocks in the Lower Congo and Kwanza basins received bids from a variety of oil and gas operators, a rare result in an increasingly competitive and investment-shy global environment. Forty-five proposals from fifteen different companies were submitted to the national petroleum agency, totaling a proposed investment sum of over USD 1 billion for Angola’s oil and gas sector.

This initial bid round result demonstrates Angola´s potential to continually attract interest from investors into its oil and gas sector. The ANPG, backed by promising data about its onshore acreage, is seeking to replicate past success borne by Angola’s prolific offshore fields. The onshore sedimentary basins on offer, – namely, the Lower Congo and Kwanza – have long been home to world-class hydrocarbon discoveries. Naturally, the expectation is that Angola’s prolific offshore basins hold petroleum systems with corresponding onshore counterparts; indeed, early onshore exploration activities in Angola have led to the discovery of approximately 13 commercial-sized oil fields and one natural gas field, with reserves ranging in size between 5 and 40 million barrels of oil. Significant upside potential remains by tapping into deeper targets in both the rift and transitional phase reservoirs. The ability to unlock onshore acreage via advanced seismic and drilling technologies is what the ANPG expects will be the outcome of onshore exploration activity. 

“From the initial data at our disposal, we believe strongly in the potential of the 9 blocks on offer. We look forward to finding the right partners for exploring them at the end of this process. It is our fervent hope that these blocks will play an important role in increasing Angola’s oil output in the future,” said Ms. Natacha Massano, Executive Director and board member at the petroleum Agency in charge of negotiations. The agency’s efforts in streamlining bidding requirements and cutting entry barriers by eliminating the one-million-dollar entry fee for companies wanting to bid, can be partially credited for the large turn-out.

Now, all proposals will be scrutinized by ANPG’s technical teams. Final official results are expected to be announced on August 25th, 2021.

“These promising early results are a good indication that the reforms made earlier to improve the operating environment in the Angolan oil and gas sector are bearing fruit” said Verner Ayukegba, Senior Vice President of the African Energy Chamber. “The ANPG has only been around for just under three years, and yet, they have been able to organize a bid round during a challenging pandemic. This is a testament of the commitment of the agency under the leadership of experienced oil veteran HE Paulino Jeronimo to stem the tide of declining production in Angola”, Mr. Ayukegba continued.

The proposals also included considerable commitments to the development of social and community projects, and the implementation of environmental protection measures to the tune of over several millions of dollars proposed commitments. These commitments are in reflection of the importance placed by the Agency to promote socially responsible and environmentally friendly exploration in Angola.

This tender is only yet another licensing round in line with Presidential Decree 52/19, which foresees yearly bid rounds until 2025. Angola’s regulator, the ANPG, is intent on attracting interest far beyond the traditional players in Angola’s oil and gas sector. Special attention has been given to attract mid-sized explorers to new exploration acreage Angola. 

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African Refiners And Distributors Association Executive Secretary Drives Downstream Energy Transition Dialogue At African Energy Week 2021.
July 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

Executive Secretary Mr. Anibor Kragha is expected to drive a discussion on the role of clean fuels in Africa’s adapted energy transition.

The African Energy Chamber (AEC) is excited to announce that Mr. Anibor Kragha, Executive Secretary of the African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARDA) will attend and participate at Africa’s premier energy event, African Energy Week (AEW) 2021. Representing the only pan-African organization for Africa’s downstream oil sector, Mr. Kragha is expected to drive the discussion around the need for a unique African energy transition plan, emphasizing the role that clean fuels and targeted financing play in both Africa’s downstream oil sector and overall energy future.

Since his appointment to Executive Secretary in April 2020, Mr. Kragha has been instrumental in expanding Africa’s downstream sector, driving a strong narrative that Africa requires its own adapted energy transition plan. Notably, Mr. Kragha has been a key defender of Africa’s oil sector, reiterating that oil will continue to have a vital role to play in addressing increasing energy demand and accelerating socio-economic growth.

According to Mr. Kragha, the International Energy Agency’s Net Zero Emissions by 2050 plan does not take into consideration Africa’s rising population, significant energy crisis, or lack of development. Therefore, he proposes an alternative, Africa-centric plan that takes into account such factors, driving development through the adoption of clean fuels. He is expected to drive this narrative at AEW 2021, providing insight into the role and value of clean fuels in Africa’s energy sector. 

Mr. Kragha has and continues to be a strong advocate for clean fuels, emphasizing the continent’s need to upgrade its existing 36 refineries to produce petroleum products with a planned level of Sulphur content. According to him, in order for the continent to address critical health concerns as well as ensure a viable energy supply for its growing urban population, an upgrade to cleaner fuels is vital. By upgrading refineries to produce low-sulphur fuels, replacing biomass with Liquified Petroleum Gas, and developing the right storage and distribution infrastructure to support cleaner fuels, Africa will be able to transition to cleaner fuel sources while taking into account growing demand.

In addition to infrastructure upgrades, he justifies the need for supportive government policies and public financing. Speaking at an ‘Upgrading African Refineries to Produce Cleaner Fuels’ workshop hosted by the ARDA, Mr. Kragha suggested that Africa requires “cleaner, harmonized, pan-African fuel specifications,” emphasizing an intra-African approach to transitioning to cleaner fuel sources. By prioritizing policies to address public health and environmental issues for clean air, fuels and vehicles, Mr. Kragha promotes a harmonized energy transition plan and will drive a discussion on intra-African opportunities and challenges at AEW 2021.

“Africa cannot be expected to abandon oil and leapfrog to a renewable energy future without a plan and funding of local businesses. With population growth increasing demand and development challenges hindering growth, oil will continue to have a vital role to play. Mr. Kragha is a particularly valuable participant at AEW 2021 as he will drive a discussion on African downstream opportunities, challenges, and potential. He brings on board a reservoir of knowledge and tested leadership within the energy sectors that makes him one of the leading voices offering pragmatic common-sense solutions for the Energy sector,” stated NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman, the AEC.

What’s more, Mr. Kragha introduces the need for targeted financing within Africa’s downstream oil sector, recognizing the challenges in securing foreign capital for oil projects, in which he is expected to promote the various investment opportunities prevalent across Africa. Specifically, with Africa’s existing 36 refineries requiring approximately $15.7 billion in order to fully upgrade to clean fuels, Mr. Kragha promotes lucrative investment opportunities for regional and international investors. AEW 2021 presents the ideal platform for the downstream sector to showcase such opportunities, driven by the event’s promotion of oil’s role in Africa.

While the world tries to move away from oil, industry experts such as Mr. Kragha recognizes its value in addressing developmental challenges in Africa. Instead of rejecting oil’s potential and value, the utilization of cleaner fuels, achieved through refinery upgrades and clear fuel specifications, may be the best solution for Africa’s energy crisis and overall transition. AEW 2021 aims to promote oil’s role while at the same time recognizing the need for an energy transition.

For more information about Africa’s premier energy event, please visit www.aew2021.com or www.energychamber.org and/or reach out directly to Amina Williams at amina.williams@energychamber.org

For registration related enquiries, please contact registration@aew2021.com 

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Ghana Emphasizes The Value Of An Enabling Environment And The Role Of Natural Gas At African Energy Week 2021 Pavilion.
July 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

Hosted at African Energy Week 2021, the Ghana pavilion will drive a discussion on the value of Liquified Natural Gas as a power generation solution.

The African Energy Chamber (AEC) is proud to announce that Ghana will be hosting a pavilion at African Energy Week (AEW) 2021 taking place in Cape Town on the 9th-12th of November 2021. Led by Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Ghana’s Minister of Energy, as well as a delegation of industry leaders including Dr. K. K. Sarpong, CEO of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, the pavilion represents a new exhibition format that emphasizes specific market opportunities and will showcase Ghana’s existing energy developments, upcoming projects, and lucrative investment opportunities. Specifically, Ghana’s pavilion will highlight the value of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) as a power generation solution, providing an in-depth view of the current market and the enabling regulation driving progress and expansion.

As one of Africa’s leading natural gas producers, Ghana has demonstrated how, through gas directed investment and the right policy, the resource can address energy poverty and expand power accessibility on a regional basis. Specifically, Ghana’s recognition of the value of LNG as a cleaner, more accessible, and increasingly secure energy source has led to the development of large-scale LNG facilities, positioning the country as a both a regional power producer and LNG exporter. The Tema LNG Terminal, for example, serves as sub-Saharan Africa’s first LNG power generation facility, and holds the capacity to receive, store, regasify and deliver 3.4 million tons of LNG per year. In conjunction with the Sankofa Gas Project – a 1,000MW gas-to-power project that provides over 1.6 million households with a consistent power supply – the Tema LNG Terminal is positioning Ghana as an African leader and global competitor in natural gas developments and the AEW 2021 pavilion will further emphasize this.

In addition to directing investment in the natural gas sector, Ghana’s pavilion will emphasize the various upstream opportunities prevalent in the country. Notably, the country has made significant progress in advancing exploration and production within the oil sector, in which the presence of global oil majors has only accelerated progress. In addition to ongoing involvement by Italian multinational Eni and deepwater exploration company Kosmos Energy, Ghana’s national oil company has emerged as a competitive participant in the country’s burgeoning oil sector. By showcasing the country’s oil sector achievements thus far, emphasizing the role that the Ghana-based Springfield E&P Ltd. has played in expanding the sector, the pavilion will highlight that Ghana is a force to be reckoned with, and that oil continues to play a valuable role in Africa’s energy future.

Meanwhile, the pavilion will also promote the value of supportive legislature in accelerating energy sector growth and success. With one of the most transparent and productive regulatory frameworks in Africa, Ghana places energy-focused policy at the forefront of development. Consequently, the country has already attracted significant investment, built against a backdrop of transparency, and aims to promote its enabling environment at the AEW 2021 pavilion. At the pavilion, Ghana will emphasize how a market-driven, local content-focused regulatory framework is one of the key determinants to attracting investment, spurring sectoral growth, and ensuring energy developments translate into tangible benefits for local communities.

“Ghana’s pavilion at AEW 2021 will not only provide valuable insight into the country’s competitive natural gas and oil sectors, but will demonstrate how progressive legislature, market-driven policies, and transparent regulatory frameworks only serve to advance the sector. Through an enabling environment, Africa can attract international investment and increase private sector participation across multiple sectors. Ghana’s pavilion will only emphasize this further,” stated NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the AEC.

AEW 2021 serves as the ideal platform whereby Ghana, among other energy nations, will be able to increase domestic exploration and production, drive investment in new and existing energy developments, and expand regional power sectors. Pavilions such as Ghana’s will showcase the best of what Africa has to offer, emphasizing both market potential and multi-sectoral investment opportunities. Unlike traditional energy conference formats, AEW 2021 focuses on networking and innovative exhibitions to drive foreign investment in Africa, initiating long-term, sustainable energy sector growth in the process.

For more information about Africa’s premier energy event, please visit www.aew2021.com or www.energychamber.org and/or reach out directly to Amina Williams at amina.williams@energychamber.org

For registration related enquiries, please contact registration@aew2021.com 

For sales-related enquiries, please contact sales@aew2021.com

For media-related enquiries, please contact media@aew2021.com

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African Heads of State Call for an Ambitious Replenishment of the IDA20 to Support Their Recovery Agenda.
July 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

ABIDJAN, July 15, 2021 – Thirteen African Heads of State and governments concluded their one-day meeting in Abidjan today with a strong resolution to accelerate economic recovery from the shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic, scale-up investments in human capital, and increase their job creation efforts.

They called for a robust twentieth replenishment of the World Bank Group’s International Development Association (IDA20) to support these efforts. In a joint declaration endorsed at the meeting, the Heads of State emphasized that economic recovery, job creation, and investments in human capital – including expanding access to vaccines – are critical to help people recover from the shocks of the pandemic, get out of extreme poverty, and build a more resilient and inclusive future. 

“The funding process that begins in Abidjan this week, will conclude at the end of this year with a policy and financial package to support specific projects in the 74 IDA countries over the next three years. The goal to mobilize an IDA20 replenishment envelope of at least $100 billion, for three years, would be the largest amount raised in IDA’s history. This is a good opportunity to demonstrate that solidarity is effectively essential for the good of all and that we can act together to return to the path of income convergence that we were on prior to the pandemic and build a safer and prosperous world,” said President Alassane Ouattara of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire.​

 “We know that when the World Bank has the backing of all its stakeholders, it has the capacity and oversight to make a difference.” On jobs, the leaders committed to job creation efforts by developing the private sector, with emphasis on improving productivity through broad based digitalisation, mechanisation, African manufacturing – including vaccines, and improved access to finance and better business environment.

On human capital, the leaders called for education systems that support the acquisition and use of skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow, and resilient health systems, adaptive safety nets and service delivery systems. On economic recovery, the Heads of State expressed their determination to support structural and spatial transformation of economies, through better economic diversification and regional development within countries and regions, coupled with macroeconomic stability with special attention to public debt sustainability, security and peacekeeping issues, as well as better preparedness to protect economies and populations from various crises. 

Acknowledging the high financing volumes needed to match the level of ambition of their development agenda, the leaders highlighted the importance of maximising both domestic and external financing resources. They observed that with the continent’s additional financing needs estimated at $285 billion over the next five years, to fight the pandemic, climate change, and accelerate economic recovery, their enhanced domestic resource mobilization efforts would fall short. They therefore called for an earlier IDA20 replenishment of at least $100 billion by the end of 2021 to meet with aspirations for the continent. 

“Today we heard from the Heads of State how this pandemic has affected their countries and their need for stable future financing to meet their development ambitions. IDA is a big part of financing and recovery solutions for all these countries,” said Axel van Trotsenburg, World Bank Managing Director for Operations

“An ambitious IDA20 will be a powerful force helping countries with a green and inclusive recovery to get back to the 2030 goals.”  The meeting was attended by leaders of Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mauritania, Madagascar, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda, as well as Heads of regional commissions including the West African Economic and Monetary Union, Economic Commission for West Africa, Central African Economic and Monetary Community, and the African Union. The meeting was also attended by World Bank Group leadership and representatives of IDA donor governments. 

 About IDAThe International Development Association (IDA) is one of the largest sources of funding for fighting extreme poverty in the world’s lowest income countries. IDA provides zero- or low-interest loans and grants to countries for projects and programs that boost economic growth, build resilience, and improve the lives of poor people around the world. Since 1960, IDA has provided about $422 billion for investments in 114 countries. As an institution of the World Bank Group, IDA combines global expertise with an exclusive focus on reducing poverty and boosting prosperity in the world’s lowest income countries. 

*World Bank

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Africa Must Step Up Its Fight Against Corruption- ZACC Chairperson Loicy Matanda Moyo.
July 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Nevson Mpofu

Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) Chairperson Loicy Matanda Moyo.Photo courtesy

Africa has been urged to work in co-operation in fighting corruption from all levels and platforms in communities. Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) Chairperson Loicy Matanda Moyo addressing journalists on 11 July, which is the day recognized as the Africa Anti-Corruption Day pointed out that Africa is being dragged backwards due to massive corruption in the African region.

 This comes as African countries work in co-operation to end corruption which costs its economy US 1 trillion dollars annually in diseconomies of scale and financial arrears. There is need as well to look at some forms of it like illicit finance flows, externalization, money laundering , capital flight and poor corporate governance which are ill forms of mismanagement which lead to problems currently facing the continent .

“” Africa must come to together and co-operate and fight corruption which is one of the major challenges the continent faces.

“”Together with illicit finance flows, externalization, money laundering, capital flight and poor corporate governance, Africa is economically burdened as well by mismanagement.””

“”This is the challenge the continent faces at the moment. With co-operation and sense of mind to end all ill forms of graft in communities, the continent may face no challenges at all. “She said.

The continent celebrates the day with the theme “Regional Economic communities- Critical Actors in the implementation of the African Union Convention on preventing and combatting corruption. African Union adopted the African Convention on preventing and combating corruption ”.

Information at hand is that the continent has up to this time lost US$ 1 trillion through all forms of corruption but further it is a fact that grant corruption which is the highest of all forms together with political corruption has cost the continent absolute poverty, extreme poverty and some forms of poverty affecting Africa’s large population.

According to some African corruption analytical experts, Africa has a corruption burden of US $148 billion yet it needs US$ 96 billion for infrastructural economic growth and development. .

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Russian denies being asked to provide troops in Mozambique
July 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Jorge Joaquim

The Russian ambassador to Mozambique, Alexander Surikov, has said that Russia has not been asked to send troops to help fight terrorism in Cabo Delgado province, and that there is no Russian military presence in the country.

Russia was ready to provide the necessary help if asked, he told AIM. Surikov expressed his confidence in the Southern African Development Community force and the 1,000 Rwandan troops being sent to Cabo Delgado.

During the delivery of donations to terrorism victims, Surikov said that he believed that the measures taken by Mozambique would be enough to “calm or bring tranquillity to the area”.

The governor of Cabo Delgado, Valige Tauabo, has told a town near the frontline of the fighting with terrorists in that province to cooperate with foreign forces being deployed in the province.

Speaking in the town of Quitunda on Thursday, on the outskirts of TotalEnergies’s natural gas project site on the Afungi peninsula, Tauabo said: “We have to maintain this support, which is necessary for our district to be free from this enemy”.

He was meeting refugees from the town of Palma, who took refuge in Quitunda after the 24 March attack by insurgents on their town. He told the meeting that Mozambique’s Defence and Security Forces had now created the conditions for people to return to Palma.

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Kenya received 305 635 visitors between January and June 2021-07-14
July 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

 By Samuel Ouma

A report shows that 305,635 tourists visited Kenya between January and June 2021, decreasing from 470,971 who visited the country between January and October 2020.

According to the Tourism Research Institute report, the United States of America, Uganda, Tanzania, China and the United Kingdom are the top five market sources.

 Kenya’s Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala attributed the drop in arrivals from the United Kingdom to travel restrictions that saw Kenya on the red list.

“We are encouraged by the numbers, although we are not there yet. Because this is only a fifth of the two million visitors, we received in 2019. But we understand this is because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdowns that ensued, which affected the travel trends this year.

“We are still engaging and we hope these travel restrictions will be lifted not only by the UK but across the world. Meanwhile, we are still continuing to observe safe travel protocols,” said Balala.

Out of the 305,635 visitors, 94,241 visited families and friends, 92,828 meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions, 87629 holiday, 15,811transit, 8,637 education, 3592 medical purposes, 1722 religious purposes and 1175 for sports.

The arrivals consisted of 209632 men and 96003 women.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Moi International Airport, Mombasa, and Wilson Airport were the major entry points in terms of air transport.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic struck in 2019, the East African country received 1,718,550 visitors.

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2023: Nigeria’s political vehicles need a makeover.
July 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Richard Mammah

Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Chukwuma Soludo is a front in the Anambra gubernatorial elections Photo courtesy.

Unfolding events in the Nigerian political space signal that a major make-over moment may soon be in the works.

And if current developments are anything to go by, the forthcoming Anambra 2021 gubernatorial polls may be the first major outward development in that regard.

At the moment, former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Chukwuma Soludo is rated by bookmakers as the man to beat given that he has currently secured the platform of the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance in the state.

But that in itself does not bring endearing comfort as the party is presently enmeshed in what analysts say is a critical challenge of definition.

Indeed, the APGA challenge has been one that it has grappled with since its inception. At that time, factional conflicts between two of the leading lights of the party, Victor Umeh and Chekwas Okorie dragged on endlessly such that the only unifying elements were its control of Anambra State and the all-towering image of its founding leader, the iconic Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.

However, Ojukwu’s transition, the untidy succession from Peter Obi to incumbent Governor, Willie Obiano and the emergence of the fractious Victor Oye leadership of the party, and most significantly Obiano’s failure to rise up to the task of leading a massive redefinition and reconstruction of the party has led to a situation where the party’s potential capacity to play the beautiful bride in the political arena has continued to be hobbled.

It is against this backdrop then that APGA is entering the gubernatorial fray this time around and rather than being the surefooted pacesetter, it is coming across as a most vulnerable drunken elephant that has been set up for the poachers knives.

Feelers at the moment are that talks may be ongoing between the APGA leaders and the All Progressives Congress, APC with a view towards literally integrating APGA into the APC machinery.

While the APC has not made any pretence of its avowed intention towards ensuring that it overcomes its perceived liability of being an hamstrung vehicle that has serious sustainability challenges through incorporating as many of Nigeria’s political players from far and near into its fold. Sources close to the party say that this is a deliberate measure towards ensuring that its candidate secures presidential victory in 2023, but there is also a poser in the seeming willingness of the lead drivers of the APGA ship to capitulate to the APC’s overtures as there is very little rational explanation for what APGA as a party stands to benefit in the process.

Indeed, the caution from the political commentator, Clem Obanya is that APGA’s leaders should be wary of getting themselves enmeshed in the same disturbing scenario that the leaders of the then ACN had gotten themselves into through their laid-back subordination of all the values that they and the South West region had long been known for in their 2014 merger with the CPC party that had since led to a wholesale marginalisation of the ACN tendency in the Nigerian political field of play. 

On his part, the explanation from Kola Ologbodiyan, spokesman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP is that a lot of the defection and absorption going on in the political field at the moment is being driven chiefly by intimidation. According to him, the defectors, including three of his own party’s governors who have already made the switch, have only moved over because they are afraid that the incumbent central ruling party may come after them.

There is however a third reading, and that namely has to do with the tendency of Nigerian politician to do everything possible to align with any party that they perceive has the upper edge in the political arena.

This is also the reason why commentators believe that there would even be some more defections that would be witnessed even as the political process continues to unfold.

Says Obi Azukor:

‘As things are turning out now, some governors in the South East may defect from their existing frames to pursue their senatorial and other ambitions. As for the parties themselves, the PDP and perhaps APGA may remain in one form or the other but evidently there would be more alignments and realignments going forward across the board.

And you could also have some defectors who are now going over to the APC now on account of the lure of central power returning to their old fold or making even new moves on account of their interests not being properly accommodated on getting there. So at the bottom, it returns to self-interest.’

The circus continues.

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GNPC CEO To Promote Local Capacity And Energy Sector Inclusivity At African Energy Week 2021.
July 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

The confirmed speaker attendance of the GNPC’s CEO, Dr. Sarpong, will advance a discussion on local participation, capacity and inclusivity across the entire energy sector value chain.

The African Energy Chamber (AEC) is excited to announce that Dr. K. K. Sarpong, CEO of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has confirmed his attendance at the upcoming African Energy Week (AEW) 2021 interactive conference and exhibition. Joining Ghana’s Minister of Energy, Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, and a delegation of industry leaders from the country, Dr. Sarpong will speak at the event, driving a dialogue around the value of local content, the pursuit of local capacity and participation, and the role of women in the country’s oil and gas sector.

An industry leader with over 35 years-experience in executive management, Dr. Sarpong has served as CEO of the GNPC since 2017. Under his leadership, the GNPC has made significant progress in accelerating exploration and production across the country. In 2019, the GNPC, in partnership with Springfield E&P, made a billion-dollar discovery in the West Cape Points Block 2, offshore Ghana, emphasizing the world-class standard of its local companies. Ghana has placed upstream activities at the forefront of sectoral growth and continues to attract significant levels of foreign investment through a favorable investor and enabling environment. However, it is local Ghanaian companies that are driving energy sector growth and Dr. Sarpong’s participation at AEW 2021 will only emphasize this.

Dr. Sarpong’s participation at AEW 2021 is set to drive a discussion on the value of local content, promoting the role of local companies and people in creating sustainable project developments. The GNPC’s primary vision “to be a leading global oil and gas company, whose operations have a profound impact on the quality of life of the people of Ghana.” With a mandate “to ensure that Ghana obtains the greatest possible benefits from the development of its petroleum resources,” the GNPC aims to maximize local content within the energy mix, empowering indigenous businesses within the value chain in a bid to boost job creation and economic growth.

Meanwhile, Dr. Sarpong is a strong advocate for the development of local capacity, promoting the role of Ghanaian companies and people in advancing the energy sector. During a speech at the 2nd Energy Summit in Ghana in 2019, Dr. Sarpong stated that “there is a recognized need to develop local capacity in all aspects of the oil and gas value chain through education, skills and expertise development, transfer of technology and know-how and promote an active research and development regime through collaborative efforts locally and internationally.” Dr. Sarpong promotes local participation as a “sustainable way of realigning the sector and the needs of the country in terms of employment creation and economic growth whilst reducing the impact of capital flight on the economy.” By driving a narrative around the value and role of local businesses and Ghanaian people in accelerating long-term, sustainable project developments, Dr. Sarpong will emphasize self-dependency at AEW 2021, pushing for an ‘Africa beyond aid.’

“Ghana serves as an example for other African nations looking to expand energy sectors and ensure long-term and impactful growth. With the goal of creating a viable, self-dependent economy on the back of sustained investor interest and an active local private and public sector, Ghana is leading the way in ensuring energy investments reap tangible benefits for the local community and overall economy. Dr. Sarpong’s participation at AEW 2021 in November will not only enhance the value of African local content, but place a direct focus on the potential of African nations, African people, and African businesses in fast-tracking continent-wide growth,” stated NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman, the AEC.

What’s more, Dr. Sarpong’s attendance is set to drive a discussion around the value of local content, gender equality and increase local capacity in the oil and gas sector. As a strong advocate for women’s participation in the energy workforce, especially considering board and executive positions, Dr. Sarpong is leading the way regarding gender inclusivity, recognizing the role that women have to play in accelerating progress and driving sectoral growth. 

For more information about Africa’s premier energy event, please visit www.aew2021.com or www.energychamber.org and/or reach out directly to Amina Williams at amina.williams@energychamber.org

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Sierra Leone: National Sports Authority Confirms Disbursement Of 100,000,000 Leones To each national team player and officials.
July 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Lamarana Barrie

Following the $10,000 the president promise each player for the qualification of the 2022 Africa cup of Nation in Cameroon, earlier this month the ministry of finance in a press release told the General public that 4.1 billions Leones has been deposited to the National Sport Authority account.

In a  press release from National Sport Authority yesterday confirm the disbursement of the 100,000,000 to the 11 official and the 30 players bank accounts.

The National Sport Authority further thanked the ministry of finance the players and officials for their tremendous effort.

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Benin: Long Ways, Long Lies
July 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Ambassador Omar Arouna, MBA*

Ambassador Omar Arouna is sounding alarm bells on third term designs of President Patrice Talon

The French expression is “a beau mentir qui vient de loin”. It’s a proverbial expression whose meaning is crystal clear.  Appeared at a time when the means of locomotion and communication were not very fast, “it was easy for a traveler returning from afar to tell lies about what he had seen during his journey, sure that it was that no one would go to check.” It is easy to lie when what is said is not verifiable or when no one can contradict the speech.

Fortunately, in this era, where the average time of information propagation is around 175 minutes, nothing remains hidden for too long, everyone knows, and all is true. The possibility of going back, the time of a comparative analysis, a statement or an affirmation, the possibility of reconstructing a context, of examining the author’s antecedents, of an affirmation or a promise is real and usually is only a few keyboards strokes away.

Was I surprised when last weekend internet-version-Benin was set on fire, following Patrice Talon’s statement.  The same Talon whom the political activist and human rights activist, Nathalie Yamb nicknamed “Mister I will only serve one term”.  

Indeed, he declared during his appearance at the work of the 2nd West African Citizens’ Summit on Good Governance and Democracy, that “Limiting mandates is, in all respects, for the benefit of the people, rather than letting each other remain in office forever.” It did not take more for some to get excited and applaud while others are already working to reinvent his qualities as a democrat… the same one who had promised that by moral obligation he would only serve one presidential term, to be in his second…

For example, among many others, in a frantic series of tweets, Senegalese activist Alioune Tine hastened to relay “the good news”.  Even if for some this enthusiasm can be excused if we really do not know Patrice Talon and what became of Benin under his dictatorship. This is certainly not the case of Alioune Tine who was until recently in Cotonou incognito at the invitation of Patrice Talon, all expenses paid, the time of a few meetings with several personalities handpicked by the power, in a deliberate effort to whitewash and conceal unpleasant or incriminating facts concerning the last electoral crisis.

Pathological liars?

And yet it only takes very little to realize that for almost six years of power Patrice Talon has made lies an instrument of governance in Benin.   The man has often knowingly and intentionally made false statements to finally make an about-turn of which only he has the secret.

All of Africa and the rest of the world is experienced the episode of “I will make my single mandate a moral requirement” and yet Patrice Talon did not bother to exclude all his challengers, stuff the ballot boxes and walk on corpses to offer himself a second mandate which he said he did not want. Less well known is the 2016 episode of  “I dream that Beninese will carry me in triumph in five years”  which several years later in the test of power turned into “I  never said that my compatriots were going to carry me in triumph at the end of my mandate”.  Or when he declares that he is not going to change the Beninese constitution, but that at the turn of a Halloween night, in one time three movements he quickly changed to tailor it to himself.

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me…

If we dwell on it, we realize it very quickly. A character like Patrice Talon who has an exaggerated sense of his own importance, a deep need for attention and excessive admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others will always tend to make statements or say anything to mark the moment for an instantaneous adulation.

To give credence to this new declaration not to run for a third term in view of the last five years of systematic dismantling of democracy, suppression of basic human rights, muzzling of dissenting voices of gratuitous relentlessness against young and promising leaders such as Komi Koutché exiled in the United States, all-out-arrest such as in the case of   Reckya Madougou and Pr. Joel Aivo, currently jailed and economic and financial abuses is a suicidal exercise.  

Moreover, in a sub-regional context where some heads of state have proclaimed urbi et orbi their intention not to run for a third term to renegade themselves at the last moment based on absurd and fallacious arguments.  So welcome to the autocratic republic of Benin… as if to say that Patrice Athanase Guillaume Talon will only leave power if he is driven out of power.

*Former Ambassador of Benin to the USA

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Ghana: MPs Have Made Progress on Rejection of $28m Car Loan Facility – Ablakwa
July 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Maxwell Nkansah

The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has revealed that he and some of his colleague lawmakers from across the political divide have made progress in getting parliament to reject the $28million car loan facility for the legislators.

He stated that he and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP, Patrick Boamah cosponsored a private member’s motion which the Speaker admitted for urgent debate this week.

Further stated that he is glad they made major progress today in their efforts to have Parliament reject the US$28million MPs’ car loan facility. “Really elated that my colleague NPP MP, Patrick Boamah and I cosponsored a private member’s motion which the Rt. Hon. Speaker admitted for urgent debate this week,”.

Mr Boamah who is the Vice-Chairman of Parliament’s Finance Committee has said that if he has his way, he will tell the legislators to reject the facility. According to him, if he has his way he will tell the colleague MPs to reject that facility for the simple reason that all the other arms of government vehicles are procured for them without having to go through this process where the media is always on the back of MP s for contracting a loan.

Ghana’s Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has submitted to parliament for approval a loan agreement of $28 million pending consideration by the Finance Committee. This is for the purchase of 275 vehicles for members of the 8th Parliament.

This move has divided opinions among members of the Ghanaian public on whether or not this is a good decision in the midst of the severe economic hardship Ghanaians are saddled with. But another lawmaker with the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Yusif Sulemana who is representing the people of Bole, expressed concerns about the backlash lawmakers are receiving regarding this loan facility.

He said “In some cases when MPs are living office the vehicles are even auctioned to them. That comes with a huge cost but the people are not aware of this and so the general public is not even looking at this. According to him all they hear is that MPs are taking loan to buy vehicles. This is a loan we are taking and the loan will be paid back. By four years is ended I should have paid back the loan. So I don’t see where the problem is. I don’t blame them because we have refused to engage them and to explain to them exactly what is happening.”

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Ghana:Leading Multimedia House Files Petition Against MP Ken Agyapong Over Threats to Journalist.
July 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Maxwell Nkansah

Hon Ken Agyapong

One of the giant media houses in Ghana, Multimedia Group has filed a formal complaint with the Ashanti Regional Police Command of the Ghana Police Service and copied notable personalities including the King of Asante, the Chief of Staff and Speaker of Parliament over the recent threats issued against its staff, Erastus Asare Donkor, by a person than Kennedy Ohene Agyapong.

The threats are said to have been issued by Member of Parliament for Assin Central Constituency on his Net 2 Television on Friday, July 9. According to the petition dated July 13, 2021, Mr Agyapong, who is also the Chairman of Parliament’s Defence and Interior Committee, called for serious beatings of Erastus Asare Donkor a journalist.

He is quoted as saying if he was to be the President of Ghana, he would have ensured that the Ashanti Region correspondent of Multimedia Group is beaten mercilessly.

Sometime in the recent past, Honourable Agyapong issued similar threats against Ahemd Hussein-Suale, who at the time had undertaken some journalistic works; Ahmed Hussein-Suale was later horribly killed.

Due to the circumstances, the media house lawyers file a formal complaint of threat by Honourable Agyapong against the life of Erastus Asare Donkor and request that the complaint is investigated and Erastus Asare Donkor given the required protection.

All this is in connection to Mr Asare Donkor’s reportage on the Ejura unrests on Tuesday, June 29 and his appearance on the three-member ministerial committee which was ordered by the President to find the perpetrators behind the murder.

The petition also copied New York-based Human Rights Watch and Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in Washington DC.

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Kenya to receive 20000 euros from World Safari Rally winner Sebastian Ogier.
July 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma

World Rally Champion Sebastian Ogiek with President Raila Odinga.Photo courtesy

The seven-times World Rally Champion Sebastian Ogiek has donated 20000 to assist the needy access education and support wildlife conservancy in Kenya.

In a post on his Facebook account on Tuesday evening, the Frenchman said half of the amount would be channeled to the Nakuru Children’s Project. The other half will go to the Olpejeta Conservancy.

Nakuru Children’s Project is a UK-based charity that helps children achieve their dreams through education, whereas the Olpejeta Conservancy

works to conserve wildlife, provide a sanctuary for great apes, and generate income through wildlife tourism for re-investment in conservation and community development.

The donations come just a few weeks after Ogiek emerged Safari Rally Kenya champion. The race was held in the East African nation after nineteen years.

“A few weeks ago, we were celebrating our 4th win of the season at the World Rally Championship in Naivasha, with incredible support from locals in the most amazing nature. It was my first time in Africa and I was overwhelmed by the beauty of Kenya, the warm-hearted people and its incredible wildlife.This wonderful country has got a place in my heart,” wrote Ogiek.

“I will support the Nakuru Children’s Project  with 10,000 Euros and another 10,000 Euros to conserve wildlife at the Olpejeta Conservancy,” he further stated.

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Cameroon – New FECAFOOT Texts Adopted after Dispute.
July 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

-82 delegates voted in favour of the adoption of the texts while 11 voted against with 2 null votes.

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

FECAFOOT interim President Seidou Mbombo Njoya (in blue) during the extraordinary general assembly this July 13

The extraordinary General Assembly of Cameroon’s Football governing body FECAFOOT finally took place this Tuesday, July 13after a dispute had ensued about the eligibility of the delegates to take part.

The adoption of the new statutes and texts for the structure paves the way forward for the election process to begin at the Departmental, Regional levels before the election at the National level will take place later this year. The texts were voted in conformity with the 2012 Statutes at FECAFOOT.

A total of 82 delegates voted in favour of the adoption of the texts while 11 delegates voted against its adoption. There were 2 null votes.

Cameroon’s Minister of Sports Professor Narcisse Mouelle Kombi had earlier suspended the holding of the General Assembly. In a letter addressed to FECAFOOT on July 8, Minister Narcisse Mouelle Kombi noted that the football governing body had disregarded the verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sports taken on January 15, 2021, and that of the Chamber of Conciliation and Arbitration of Sports at the Cameroon National Olympic and Sporting Committee.

FECAFOOT on its part stated that on January 16, 2021, correspondence from FIFA through the Court of Arbitration for Sports recognized the acting executives and noted that their term of office will be terminated when new members have been voted into the Cameroon Football Federation.

As presented in the response by FECAFOOT, the 2009 mandate ended in 2013 according to points 181, 182, 187, 198 and 221 of the decision of the Court of Arbitration of January 15, 2021.

The present bureau led by its interim President Seidou Mbombo Njoya has been duly recognized by CAF and FIFA who backed the bureau and called for the General Assembly to be held as programmed. The African and World football governing bodies even went further to designate two delegates of their own to ensure that the process went on smoothly.

The decisions from CAF and FIFA seemed to be have been the last straw as the government officials who were against the General Assembly conceded and gave the go-ahead.

FECAFOOT delegates vote for changes to the 2012 texts and statutes

Additional changes on the 2012 Statutes and Texts

The new texts that take into account the electoral code, code of ethics and financial status of the football governing body has witnessed a slight change from the 2012 statutes and text. Some three vital changes were adopted to give Cameroon’s football that professional touch it has been longing for.

The delegates agreed on the dissolution of the Professional Football League and the creation of a new league in view. This is one of the stumbling blocks that have created problems in Cameroon. The issues of management led to “fighting” between the Professional led by General Pierre Semengue and FECAFOOT. This resulted in the former being suspended and it is the issue that has dragged on till now.

Another additional change in the text is the reduction of the number of participating delegates from 90 to 60. From now each region will be represented by six delegates and not nine; while Six and not five club presidents will represent League One and Two from now on.

“The General Assembly held in a constructive and positive atmosphere, the delegates were curious and helped in the revision and adoption of the new texts that will in the future open doors to elections at FECAFOOT and generally, the growth of local football, and the upcoming 2021 AFCON”, FECAFOOT interim President Seidou Mbombo Njoya said.

The extraordinary General Assembly saw the presence of the Honorary President of CAF, Issa Hayatou, President of the Cameroon Olympic Committee, Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, two renowned football actors, Owona Pascal and Onana Vincent were all special guests.

Will the adoption bring things to normalcy? That is the million-dollar question that sports lovers in the country are asking. One will think that the adoption of the new texts governing FECAFOOT will calm the nerves of those who are against the present interim bureau at FECAFOOT.

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A Touch of Israeli Technology For Development In Rural Areas With Innovation Africa.
July 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

-Q & A with Innovation Africa CEO Sivan Ya’ari

By Ajong Mbapndah L

Innovation Africa has brought light to schools and medical centers and provided access to clean water to nearly 3 million people across 10 African countries, says CEO Sivan Ya’ari seen here in Tanzania

For the past 13 years, Innovation Africa has been working across the African continent providing rural communities with access to clean water and solar power using Israeli technology.  To date, Innovation Africa has completed over 500 solar and water projects and aims to complete an additional 2,000 projects over the coming 5 years.  Innovation Africa CEO Sivan Ya’ari sheds light on the work and vision of the non -profit organization in a Q & A with PAV.

What is Innovation Africa, for how long has it been in existence and what was the vision or logic behind its creation?

Sivan Ya’ari: Innovation Africa Is a non-profit organisation that brings Israeli solar, water and agricultural technologies to rural African villages. Access to solar energy can transform a community and since its establishment in 2008, Innovation Africa has brought light to schools and medical centers and provided access to clean water to nearly 3 million people across 10 African countries.

In what parts of Africa does Innovation Africa has operations in and how is the choice of countries made?

Sivan Ya’ari: Innovation Africa has projects across 10 African countries: South Africa, eSwatini, Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Cameroon, DRC, Senegal and Ethiopia. Tanzania was where the first Innovation Africa project was completed and from there, my team and I progressed village by village, identifying communities without access to energy and/or clean water. Innovation Africa has expanded to new countries, based on the needs of the populations and where the organization can establish local teams of engineers, field officers and managers.  

May we know the kind of reception Innovation Africa has received across the continent and may we have specific examples of projects that have been carried out across the continent?

Sivan Ya’ari: Innovation Africa has been warmly welcomed in the countries where we operate. We establish relationships with relevant ministers, ambassadors, regional commissioners, and other such representatives to help identify communities in critical need of our assistance and those which are not currently supported by the local governments. In schools and health centers, Innovation: Africa provides solar energy to provide light to the classrooms, clinics, and staff homes as well as to power laptops, projectors, solar vaccine refrigerators and other essential medical devices. Children are now able to study at night, have access to quality education and succeed academically. With access to light, doctors and nurses are able to provide improved medical treatment, deliver babies and perform operations safely at night. Access to clean water transforms a village and we see the community thrive, with improved health, elimination of waterborne diseases, improved food security, and establish income-generating opportunities. To date, Innovation Africa has completed over 500 solar and water projects and aims to complete an additional 2,000 projects over the coming 5 years.

Could you tell us what impact projects of Innovation Africa have hard on the lives of people in countries you have operations in?

Sivan Ya’ari: Without access to energy and water, there is no access to quality education, safe medical treatment and, most critically, clean water. At Innovation Africa, throughout the 500 villages we have worked in, we have seen the impact that access to light and water has on communities and individual. In schools, solar energy Increases the level of education students receive as they can study under the light and learn on laptops for the first time. In health centers, doctors are able to operate safely at night and use medical equipment including solar refrigerators to securely store vaccines and medicines. Most importantly, in villages, access to clean water transforms communities by improving their health and hygiene. Children no longer need to search for water, enabling them to return to school. Access to clean water creates food security, empowers women, and develops economic independence. In turn, this is helping to break the cycle of poverty and reduces inequalities.

You are of Israeli descent; may we know what triggered your interest in Africa?

Sivan Ya’ari: The first time I visited Africa; I was only 20 years old. I was working in a factory for Jordache Jeans in Madagascar, and this was the first time I saw real poverty. I grew up poor, but the poverty I witness there was on a different level. While in Madagascar, I had the chance to spend time with women and children from a nearby village. One night, they took me to a medical center. Here, I saw women waiting to give birth in complete darkness. Doctors could not treat their patients. The only light was a candle and a small kerosene lamp. I then understood that without energy, medical centers can’t store vaccines and medications, people can’t access the water that exists just meters beneath their feet, and without water, people cannot drink, they cannot grow food, children are unable to attend school as they spend their days searching for water. By simply harnessing the energy of the sun, we can make a real and immediate change. 

When having access to clean water makes you feel like superman.Photo credit Innovation: Africa

What impact has the COVID -19 had on the activities of Innovation Africa?

Sivan Ya’ari: In light of COVID-19, we understood now, more than ever, the need and urgency to power medical centers and provide clean water to as many communities as possible. After all, how can we ask communities to clean their hands without access to clean water? Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, Innovation: Africa continued its work and secured essential worker permits for our local employees to ensure that we are able to continue with our projects and help combat the spread of the virus. In 2020 alone, Innovation  Africa doubled its impact and completed 206 projects, impacting the lives of over 1 million people.

What are some other challenges that Innovation Africa has faced in the course of its mission?

Sivan Ya’ari: Naturally, my team and I have learnt a lot and faced manage challenges over the years. At the beginning, one challenge we faced was that after installing solar energy at a school, the community refused to use it, as they believed in the practices of witchcraft and feared that this system would be detrimental to them. From this we learnt how crucial it is to engage with a community, to truly understand the cultural needs and practices.

Yet, as opposed to challenges that we have faced, Innovation: Africa focuses on the lessons we have learnt. It is important to always be innovative and open to new technologies that are always developing. The lesson to take away, is to never stop growing. We must work in a fast-paced environment and be creative problem solvers. For example, thanks to our Chief Engineer, Meir Yaacoby, we have developed the “Energy Box” which has the capacity to light an entire school and medical center from one streamlined system. We use lithium-ion batteries and special LED light bulbs that are made in Israel and can last 50,000 hours. This creates sustainability and efficiency while being cost effective. We are now beginning to install all our solar projects with this new technology we developed in-house. We have to constantly innovate.

May we know the nature of relations between Innovation Africa and governments in countries that you operate, how helpful have governments been in helping Innovation Africa carry out its mission?

Sivan Ya’ari: Whilst we are a non-governmental organization, in all the countries we operate, Innovation: Africa has established strong and positive relationships within the governments. On a local level, our local Innovation Africa teams meet regularly with the district and regional ministers to discuss government plans and share the projects that Innovation: Africa is carrying out so as not to duplicate our efforts and provide energy and/or clean water to communities which the government already plans to assist. On a regional level, Innovation Africa works closely with the country’s ambassadors to help establish positive relations and share the work we are doing across our countries of operation.

Could you shed some light on your upcoming tour to Africa, why the tour at this point and what countries do you plan to visit?

Sivan Ya’ari: I am currently in Tanzania for a field visit and a donor trip and plan to visit Zambia, Malawi, and Cameroon over the coming months.

What next after the tour and the rest of the year, any big announcements, or projects in gestation that you would like to make public through Pan African Visions?

Sivan Ya’ari: In 2021, Innovation: Africa is working hard to complete over 200 solar and water projects and we have set the ambitious goal of bringing clean water and light to an additional 2,000 villages over the next 5 years, impacting the lives of 10 million people.

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U.S.-Africa Energy Forum Kicks off with First Virtual Session, Previews Opportunities for Future U.S.-Africa Cooperation.
July 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

On Monday, the first virtual session of the U.S.-Africa Energy Forum 2021 explored investment success stories on the continent, along with bankable opportunities for future collaboration.

Jude Kearney, Chair of the U.S. Africa Committee, African Energy Chamber; Alexa Burr, Vice President for Standards & Services, American Petroleum Institute; NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber; H.E. Bruno Jean Richard Itoua, Minister of Hydrocarbons of Republic of the Congo, H.E. Gabriel Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea; Posso Ganame, Chairman, Texas-West Africa Chamber of Commerce; and Miguel Peñaloza, Business Development / Project Finance, U.S. Export-Import Bank

United States of America, July 12, 2021/ — In a bid to drive U.S. investment in the African energy sector, the U.S.-Africa Energy Forum (USAEF) 2021 kicked off on Monday with a virtual session – organized by Energy Capital & Power (EnergyCapitalPower.com) – featuring petroleum ministers from Republic of the Congo and Equatorial Guinea along with leading energy and finance industry leaders.

Under the theme, The U.S.-Africa Energy Partnership: Successes and New Horizons, the first of two virtual sessions identified key factors behind investment success stories on the continent, as well as leading opportunities for future cooperation, centering on the clean energy value chain and full implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

Opening remarks were given by H.E. Bruno Jean Richard Itoua, Minister of Hydrocarbons of Republic of the Congo – a veteran of the oil and gas industry and one of the founding members of the National Petroleum Company of Congo – and NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber (AEC).

“Cooperation between America and Africa will be a key factor for the global future,” said H.E. Minister Itoua. “In energy, Africa is not the problem. Africa is the solution. This becomes even more true when you talk about the transition. We have substantial quantities of oil, but more importantly, we have substantial quantities of gas – which is the first part of the energy transition – as well as one of the most important potentials for renewables.”

“We can no longer accept that more than 650 million on the African continent go without electricity every day, when there is an abundance of gas and petroleum resources that can be used,” said Ayuk. “At the AEC, we are committed to free-market policies, limited government and finding ways to integrate new projects into our continent. We welcome American ingenuity that has been the driving force behind the U.S. energy revolution to date.”

Panelists included H.E. Gabriel Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea; Alexa Burr, Vice President for Standards & Services, American Petroleum Institute (API); Akinwole Omoboriowo II, Chairman and CEO, Genesis Energy Group; Posso Ganame, Chairman, Texas-West Africa Chamber of Commerce; and Miguel Peñaloza, Business Development / Project Finance, U.S. Export-Import (EXIM) Bank.

For Equatorial Guinea, the U.S. represents the single largest foreign investor in the country and has played a critical role in its hydrocarbon development, as well as more recent domestic gas monetization drive, since the entry of ExxonMobil in 1994 and subsequent discovery of the prolific Zafiro field. According to a poll by ECP, 54% of respondents believe that the Gulf of Guinea remains sub-Saharan Africa’s most promising exploration hotspot. 

“American companies like ExxonMobil, Hess Corporation and United Meridian were the ones that made Equatorial Guinea what it is today. If we have energy, infrastructure and local capacity, it has been thanks to U.S. companies,” said H.E. Minister Lima. “Another critical element is the way that they have transferred technology and know-how. For example, the Zafiro field is 90%-operated by Equatoguineans. It hasn’t just been investment, but rather investment in human resources and involvement across upstream, midstream and downstream sectors. Finally, Equatorial Guinea has the highest per capita investment in infrastructure. U.S. companies and institutions advised us to invest in our base infrastructure, so if the oil ends, we can still continue with services.”

In addition to hydrocarbon exploration, panelists highlighted key integrated foreign investment and export opportunities along the clean energy value chain, as well as implementation of the AfCFTA, which aims to accelerate intra-African trade and boost Africa’s trading position within the global market.

“We see a rebound taking place as global energy demand returns to pre-pandemic levels,” said Burr. “Gas and LNG have a particularly important role to play, as the industry intends to expand its use of lower carbon hydrocarbon development and deliver affordable, clean energy while reducing our environmental footprint. This will have an impact on investments and portfolios. At API, we have recently come out with a climate action framework, demonstrating our commitment to investing in lower-carbon technologies. Through our partnerships, we hope to bring that to Africa and commercialize promising new industries that are leading the way.” 

“Tariffs for intra-African trade will be eliminated, which is a huge opportunity for U.S. companies to access all African nations and grow their businesses across the continent,” said Posso. “This will save costs. Instead of spending money on tariffs, companies will use that money to expand their business. This is a great opportunity for U.S. businesses to invest in Africa.”

The panelists also highlighted that developing and maintaining financial access to African markets ­was key to expanding Africa’s energy sector. According to a poll by ECP, 70% of respondents believe that blended financing is best suited to meeting Africa’s energy and infrastructure investment gap.

“With the U.S as a key partner to 54 African countries, there are various initiatives on which U.S. government entities and companies can endeavor to focus. One relates to blended concessionary financing, which has the capacity to enable projects that may not be commercially viable without support,” said Omoboriowo. “We need to get more American companies that are hands on with their investments. For example, companies in the U.S. produce solar batteries and panels. I’m sure we can find free trade areas on the continent where we can localize the factories. My sense is that there are practical, realistic initiatives that the U.S. can collaborate with identified countries.”

For its part, the U.S. EXIM Bank has a congressional mandate to support trade and investment to sub-Saharan Africa and has supported over $12.5 billion in investments in the region to date, with the largest being the five-billion-dollar direct loan to support the export of U.S. goods and services to the Mozambique LNG development.    

“As a government agency, we are demand-driven and a tool for U.S. exporters as they develop new technologies, products and services. We support them in being able to get their products sold to Africa,” said Peñaloza. “Power Africa, Prosper Africa under the previous administration, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, the U.S. Development Finance Corporation, the U.S. EXIM Bank – from a governmental perspective, we all try to collaborate and work together.”

USAEF 2021 seeks to introduce American companies to African opportunities, promote greater investment in African nations’ energy value chains, and advance an agenda of sustainable, long-term investment in African energy (including petroleum, clean energy, power infrastructure and mineral resources) and other sectors by U.S. organizations. An in-person networking event will be held in Washington D.C. on July 12, 2021, leading up to the main summit and gala dinner in Houston, Texas on October 4-5, 2021.

*Source Energy Capital & Power

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Three Entrepreneurs in Botswana, Zambia, and Malawi Beat over 1,000 Applicants to Win Prestigious SEED Award
July 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

Winners of the SEED Awards will be awarded matching grants of between EUR 10,000 – 15,000
Clement Kandodo – Founder & Managing Director of EcoGen, Malawi

A Botswanan company which trains farmers to use bees to stop elephants destroying their farms, a Zambian business which promotes sustainable bee-farming, and a Malawian start-up which turns leftovers into cooking gas have won the SEED Awards for Climate Adaptation (SEED Awards) . SEED was founded as part of a global partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

In Botswana, local entrepreneur Mavis Nduchwa founded Kalahari Honey to restore the balance between humans, wildlife, and the environment. The company gives farmers beehives and trains them to create a live fence of bees around their farms to deter local elephant populations. Not only does this reduce conflict between humans and wildlife, it gives farmers an added income as they can sell their bee products back to Kalahari Honey, which markets to customers globally. It also increases pollination through the propagation of bee colonies and the introduction of more indigenous, drought-resistant plant species reverses the ongoing desertification. The company currently works with 500 rural farmers, but under SEED’s expert provision it aims to work with an additional 1,500 farmers over the next year and expand the capacity of its processing factory.

EcoGen Biogas Bag, Malawi

In Zambia, entrepreneur Harry Malichi set up Wuchi Wami to train farmers in sustainable beekeeping. The company packages, brands, markets and distributes local raw and organic honey from its registered cooperative made up of 2,500 farmers. It uses modern beehives made from easy-to-plant pine, rather than the local miombo trees, which are destroyed in traditional beehive production. This type of beekeeping is less labour-intensive, enabling women, youths and orphans to farm honey. Deforestation is further reduced by providing an alternative income source for women and men engaged in charcoal burning. Under SEED’s guidance, the enterprise plans to increase the number of smallholder farmers in its cooperative to 10,000 in the coming year.

EcoGen, founded by Clement Kandodo in Malawi in 2019, provides advanced biowaste bins and biodigesters for households to recycle their leftover food and agricultural waste, turning it into biogas for cooking and organic fertiliser. The provision of renewable cooking gas, especially to rural customers relying on wood fuel, takes the pressure off local forest resources. Organic fertiliser increases yields and incomes of smallholder farmers, enhancing their climate resilience. SEED will help EcoGen scale its services to provide 4,000 households and institutions with access to renewable biogas energy by 2023.

EcoGen BioWaste Bin System, Malawi

Yves Wantens, General Representative of the Government of Flanders in the United States commented:“When it comes to the impacts of climate change, countries like Malawi, Zambia and Botswana are on the front line. They are the ones who will feel the effects of a rise in global temperature most acutely. That is why we are so proud to support the SEED Awards, which recognise and scale the impact of eco-inclusive enterprises across these local communities. As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, MSMEs are at the forefront of enabling green recovery and delivering on SDGs, for the good of the wider community and the planet.” The Government of Flanders is the primary sponsor of the SEED Climate Adaptation Awards.

The SEED Awards ceremony, taking place today at the UN’s High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), will also see SEED present its ‘Green Recovery Snapshot’ findings, which calls on governments, donors, and financial providers to increase targeted support for MSMEs as they stimulate economic growth in a post-COVID world. MSMEs are responsible for creating seven out of ten jobs across emerging markets, and green and social MSMEs deliver environmental and social impact through their activities, products, and services, making them essential actors in achieving a green recovery.

Kalahari Honey Bee Farm, Botswana

Winners of the SEED Awards will be awarded matching grants of between EUR 10,000 – 15,000 and will receive tailored one-to-one advisory services for up to a year to scale their operations, as part of the renowned SEED Accelerator programme. In line with the principle of ‘awarding the best and moving the rest’, 39 runners-up will also be supported through the SEED Catalyser programme, to refine their business models and optimise their impacts while advancing their investment readiness.

SEED’s Director of Operations, Rainer Agster, added: The calibre of SEED Award entries this year was outstanding, and we extend our congratulations to all nine winners and 39 runners-up. We hope the enterprises identified and promoted by the SEED Awards will be a source of inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs across emerging economies. Through the SEED Awards, we will support 48 enterprises in 2021, and through our other programmes, several hundreds more. For each of those, however, there are thousands more eco-inclusive enterprises furthering SDGs which can be amplified with the right support. Therefore, we strongly encourage policy makers and financial actors to take a closer look at these eco-inclusive businesses and start or scale support programmes for them.”

Kalahari Honey Products, Botswana

Of the 2021 SEED Awards cohort, 69 per cent of enterprise leaders are 18-35 years-old and 52 per cent are female-led enterprises. Since their inception in 2005, the SEED Awards have awarded 311 enterprises in 40 countries and have facilitated the disbursement of over EUR 1 million in grants. Each individual SEED enterprise has saved an average of 7,300 tonnes of CO2, generated more than 9,399 kWh of renewable energy, and created 28.4 jobs, out of which 32 per cent are offered to people at the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP).

For more information on the winners and runners-up, please visit the SEED website .

About the SEED Awards:
The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development (SEED Awards) identify and promote eco-inclusive enterprises in emerging and developing economies, giving them the opportunity to scale their businesses through grants, strategy advice, access to investors, and global profiling. The SEED Low Carbon Awards 2021 in Ghana, India, Indonesia, South Africa, Thailand, and Uganda are sponsored by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The SEED Climate Adaptation Awards 2021 in Malawi, Zambia, Botswana are sponsored by the Government of Flanders.



Wuchi Wami Team – Gibby Samuheha, Production Manager; Harry Malichi, CEO; Karthryn Mondela, Accountant & General Manager

About SEED:
SEED is a global partnership for action on sustainable development and the green economy.

Founded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, SEED believes entrepreneurship is key in driving sustainable development.

SEED’s enterprise support programmes in Asia and Africa support small and growing enterprises with business and capacity-building support. Its ecosystem programmes focus on policy, financing and collaboration instruments that multiply the social, environmental and economic impacts of entrepreneurship.

*SOURCE SEED

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Sierra Leone: Alpha Bedoh Conteh Set For First Professional Contract.
July 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Lamarana Barrie

Alpha Bedor Conteh from Central Parade Football Club who went to Israel last month with three other players on a month trial at top tier club Hapoel  Tel Aviv is at the verge of signing his first professional contract.

Sigismond Nicol the spokesman  of Central Parade football club  on a phone conversation with this reporter confirmed that the player excelled at his trials and the team has agreed on personal terms with the player.

He further indicated that that the Israeli team Hapoel  Tel Aviv and Central Parade have agreed on the transfer fee but reserved details for later.

More to follow.

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Brazil Africa Forum 2021 opens registrations .
July 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

Fortaleza, Brazil, July 13th – Registrations are now open for Brazil Africa Forum 2021. The event will be held virtually on November 23rd and 24th with the theme “Natural Resources: environmental protection and sustainable development”.

Consolidated as the main space for debate between Brazilian and African leaders and fostering dialogue with actors from third regions, Brazil Africa Forum repeats this year the successful 2020 virtual format, when it remotely brought together more than 60 speakers, reaching an audience of more than 1,200 registered participants.

The pandemic forced us to make a significant adaptation to the forum’s dynamics, all to ensure that urgent debates could be held. In 2020, our focus was to identify the main challenges brought by the crisis and propose solutions. Now we will continue analyzing the effects of the pandemic, but focusing on the necessary actions so that we can stop the impacts on the exploitation of natural resources”, says the President of the Brazil Africa Institute, João Bosco Monte.

Thematic axes

Natural resources, severely affected by the pandemic, are at risk of irreversible disruption if there are no concrete actions to stop exploration, invest in recovery and prevent future crises.

The international scientific community has solid evidence that there is a direct link between the destruction of nature and outbreaks of COVID-19. Rural areas face increasing pressure, deforestation is on the rise in many vital regions, and there are reports of illegal mining and poaching emerging in the daily news.

BAF 2021 agenda will be divided into four axes, each addressing central themes for the natural resources agenda: land, water, forests and action.

Each axis will bring together the main stakeholders to discuss courses of action, public-private partnerships and solutions that can bring results for Brazil and African countries when dealing with their own challenges, as well as those shared globally.

Confirmed Speakers

Confirmed speakers so far include Agnès Kalibata – Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the 2021 Food Systems SummitGilbert Houngbo – President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)Otaviano Canuto – Former Vice President and Executive Director at the World Bank; Patrick Dlamini – Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and Jennifer Blanke – Non-Executive Director at African Risk Capacity Insurance Company Ltd.

The event will show once again that even connected only virtually, it is possible to strengthen dialogues, create opportunities, encourage investments and contribute to overcoming this unprecedented crisis.

Info and registrations: https://forumbrazilafrica.com/

BAF 2020 teaser

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Sierra Leone: Babadi Kamara In Guinea To Build Bonds.
July 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Lamrana Barri

The chairman of Bo Rangers football club Babadi Kamara and the team manager Abdul Karim Bangura  are in Guinea for discussions with the President of the Guinea football Association on how the two Mano River Union nations can forge a strong cordial relationship  on football.

Kamara is also trying to create a technical relationship between Bo Rangers and Houroya A.C, a team that just won a ninth consecutive title in Guinea’s top flight football.

Babadi Kamara paid a visit to Antonio Souare Academy which is located just out side Conakry.  Souare thanked  Kamara for the visit and also promised that his club is always ready to form a strong Relationship with Bo Rangers football club

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