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Good Relations With The United States Of America (U.S.A) Earns Zambia Free Covid 19 Vaccines
July 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

U.S.A has provided over $28 Millon dollars to Zambia in fight against Covid 19

By Kelvin Mbewe

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, David Young at a public event in Zambia.Photo Chipo Tembo, USAID/Zambia

The United States of America says Zambia will soon receive another donation of 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine in an effort to fight the covid 19 pandemic.

Zambia yesterday received a total of 151,200 does of the Johnson and Johnson single dose covid 19 vaccine.

And the United States says it has  provided more than $28 million to fight COVID-19 in Zambia since the pandemic began.

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires David Young said this morning when he held virtual meeting with journalists that belong to the Media Science café (Mesica) adding that the donations are free of charge.

“The United States is committed to leading the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and accelerating global vaccine distribution as the world’s single largest donor to COVAX.  All countries, regardless of income status, need vaccines that meet rigorous standards for safety and effectiveness,” he said.

Mr Young said the US will continue aiding Zambia to ensure that covid 19 is put to an end.

“We lament the loss of life in Zambia due to COVID-19, especially during this tragic third wave and the delta variant.  We will continue working together to put an end to the pandemic’s high toll on life, livelihoods, and secondary social and economic impacts,” he said.

He said the US is sharing the vaccines to save lives.

“Our vaccines do not come with strings attached. We are doing this with the singular objective of saving lives sharing these vaccines also serve as another example of the strength of our partnership and our commitment to Zambia,” he said.

Dr Young said the President of the USA Joe Biden is committed to bringing the same urgency to international vaccination efforts that we have demonstrated at home.

“The vaccines were made available through the African Union COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility and are part of the U.S. pledge to provide at least 25 million of 80 million doses globally to Africa. The U.S. government coordinated closely with the African Union and Africa Centres for Diseases Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) on the country allocations, “he said.

He said the donation will help protect the Zambian people from the ravages of the COVID-19 virus and begin to reduce the barriers to building back the Zambian economy.

 And Dr Young expressed optimism at this latest stage of the U.S.-Zambian relationship, reassuring U.S. support to assist Zambia to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The United States is proud to strengthen our friendship through the donation of these life-saving vaccines. The third wave of COVID-19 has been especially difficult in Zambia.  Through these vaccines, and the additional U.S. shipments to come, we partner to save lives,” he said.

He said the 151,200 doses are part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to share the U.S. vaccine supply with the  world

“As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic at home and work to end the pandemic worldwide, President Biden promised that the United States will be an arsenal of vaccines for the world,” he said.

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PRESIDENT KENYATTA LAUNCHES YOUTH ARMY TO FIGHT MALARIA IN KENYA
July 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Kilifi,Kenya 22nd July 2021 – His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta, Thursday launched the Kenya Malaria Youth Army, a social movement that brings together young people from all the 47 counties of Kenya to champion malaria control and elimination in the country.  The Kenya Malaria Youth Army will support advocacy, communication, innovation, and community efforts geared towards ending malaria, improving maternal and child health, and advancing access to universal healthcare.

The unveiling of the Kenya Malaria Youth Army (KeMYA) builds upon the bold and ambitious agenda by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta – the chair of African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) – to eliminate malaria in Africa. In his four-point agenda, HE President Kenyatta envisioned an ‘ALMA youth army’ which will ensure that at the continental, regional and national levels, young people are mobilised through existing structures into a ‘youth army’ movement to contribute to ending malaria and expanding Universal Health Coverage.

“Now is the time to leverage the potential of young people to eliminate malaria by 2030, and work with them for faster and more effective delivery of health services at all  levels,” said President Kenyatta. “ Young people constitute the majority of our population, partnering with youth was a missing link in our concerted efforts as  leaders to defeat malaria,” he added.

The Kenya Malaria Youth Army will consist of young people aged 15 – 35, and will draw its membership from existing youth platforms, including youth groups, youth alliances, youth councils, youth societies and youth associations in Kenya. The army will be open to diverse cadres of young people, including: students, , young professionals, young leaders in political realm, public service and private sectors, and any other young persons willing to volunteer their time towards the malaria fight.

To fulfil its mandate, the youth army will support awareness raising, community sensitization activities, and dissemination of malaria messages in a bid to drive action towards malaria elimination. The army will advocate for resource mobilization and policy implementation while supporting community level malaria prevention and control efforts. These includes community-facing actions including the  distribution of insecticide-treated nets, spraying larvicides at the malaria breeding sites and performing indoor residual spraying of homes in the lake and coastal malaria-prone counties of Kenya. The youth will also take lead in innovating and scaling up the delivery of proven tools that will prevent, diagnose or treat malaria infections in a bid to save lives.

During the launch that took place in Kilifi, President Kenyatta called on young people to amplify their voices to champion for greater accountability from government decision-makers and the private sector, and for strengthening of health systems. He emphasized on the need for young people to advocate for improved malaria surveillance and data sharing, and for malaria decision-making spaces to be more inclusive.

“There has been no better time for the young generation to advocate for their own future – now is the time to own the malaria agenda. I encourage the malaria community to leverage the #KenyaNiMimi youth campaign, the Sawazisha Gumzo by the National Youth Council, and other initiatives for youth dialogue and engagement in social, economic, and leadership processes in the country to contribute to malaria and the broader health and development agenda,” said President Kenyatta.

Upon launching the national malaria youth army, President Kenyatta urged young people to support malaria prevention and control activities at the grassroots level. The youth army will leverage on existing frameworks such as the National Youth Service (NYS) and the Kazi Mtaani initiative to perform indoor residual spraying of homes in malaria-prone counties of Kenya. The newly launched Kenya-Cuba project in the Ministry of Health will also engage young people in spraying larvicides at the malaria breeding sites.

“Every two minutes, malaria claims the life of a child. This deadly disease has been stealing our future for far too long. From today, we shall demonstrate that as young people that if we come together, we are the generation that will eliminate malaria in our lifetime,” said Roy Sasaka Telewa, the Chief Executive Officer at National Youth Council.

During the launch, the President witnessed a demonstration on the use of drone technology in spraying mosquito breeding sites- an initiative of the End Malaria Council. The initiative demonstrates the use of public-private partnership in end-malaria efforts.

Kenya becomes the first country in Africa, and globally, to launch a national malaria youth army. The Kenya Malaria Youth Army has been established upon the premise that while significant progress has been made to combat malaria, action must be taken to accelerate progress, and overcome challenges from COVID-19. The youth army is also built on the idea that meaningful engagement of young people is essential in driving gains towards better health and wellbeing for all.

Malaria remains the leading cause of illness and death in Kenya and accounts for over five million outpatient visits reported in health facilities in the country, with the most at-risk population for malaria being pregnant women and children under the age of five years.

About ALMA Chair’s Agenda

The African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) is a ground-breaking coalition of African Union Heads of State and Government working across 55 African countries with various partners including Regional Economic Communities and development partners to eliminate malaria by 2030. On assuming the Chair of ALMA for the period 2020-2022, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta set his agenda outlining four key results-based priority areas. These are (1) digitalisation to provide real time access to health-related data including sharing of Scorecards for Accountability and Action at country level to facilitate evidence informed policies and programmes; (2) Engagement with Regional Economic Communities as the key pillars to implement AU Malaria commitments; (3) Establishing End Malaria Councils and Funds to boost multisectoral action, accountability, resource mobilisation and accountability and (4) Creating an ALMA Youth Army to create a broader social movement to fight malaria, improve maternal and child health, and improve access to universal health-care.

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Zimbabwe’s elections lobby organization dismayed by the failure of Electoral Commission to provide 2018 and 2019 accounts for audit .
July 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Wallace Mawire

FILE – In this May, 4, 2018 file photo, a man has his picture taken in front of an election campaign poster of Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa portrait, in Harare. Mnangagwa said Wednesday, May 30, 2018 that the country will hold elections on July 30. These will be Zimbabwe’s first-ever elections since independence from white minority rule in 1980 without the participation of Robert Mugabe, who resigned in November amid pressure from the military, his party and the public.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)

  Zimbabwe’s Election Resource Centre (ERC) reports that it is dismayed by the failure of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) to provide 2018 and 2019 accounts for audit to the Auditor General.

  ERC said that they took  the opportunity to remind ZEC that the Principles of Public Administration and Leadership under section 195 of the Constitution requires all institutions and agencies of government at all tiers to be accountable to parliament, cooperate with each other and 196 3 and to be accountable to the public for decisions and actions.

 The ERC said that the ZEC is not an exception and that the commission must comply with the provisions of the law and best practices.

 ‘The use of finances by any Election Management Body is governed by principles of election administration of which transparency and accountability are key characteristics to foster trust and confidence. As a public body, ZEC has a responsibility to open itself up to public scrutiny and to account on how it uses public funds,’ ERC said.

 It added that Parliament of Zimbabwe, equally, has the responsibility, on behalf of citizens, to hold ZEC to account periodically to foster a culture of transparency that should transcend all other functions of the public body.

 It said that if the use of public funds by an election commission is shrouded in secrecy, then chances are high that the management of the elections themselves could also suffer the same fate.

 ‘We, therefore, encourage the ZEC to fully disclose its budgets and use of public funds as part of its efforts of building public and stakeholder confidence in its work. The ERC insists that in between elections, the prioritization of the use of funds by ZEC should be targeted at enhancing the integrity of the electoral process,’ ERC said.

 It added that Zimbabwe cannot afford another disputed election.

 In light of the above, ERC said that it recommended  ZEC  provide its accounts and financials to the Office of the Auditor-General for the years 2018 and 2019 for audit purposes, Parliament of Zimbabwe through the relevant Portfolio Committees summons ZEC to appear and be answerable for the failure to submit the accounts for audit purpose, ZEC to comprehensively consult election stakeholders and also provide its calendar of events and activities to ensure accountability to the citizens of Zimbabwe and to electoral stakeholders.

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Vitol, Shoreline Energy, And Springfield Energy Executive To Drive Discussion On Natural Gas, Financing And The Energy Transition At African Energy Week 2021 In Cape Town.
July 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Recent speaker confirmations by Shoreline Energy International’s Kola Karim, Vitol Senior Investment’s Steven Brann, and Springfield Group’s Kevin Okyere to the upcoming African Energy Week 2021 in Cape Town aim to advance discussions on the role of gas in Africa’s energy future and the value of gas-to-power solutions.

Three new VIP speakers have just been confirmed for the highly anticipated African Energy Week (AEW) 2021, taking place in Cape Town on the 9th-12th of November. Confirmations by Kola Karim, Managing Director and CEO of Shoreline Energy International, Steven Brann, Senior Investment Manager at Vitol, and Kevin Okyere, CEO of Springfield Group further position the conference as Africa’s premier energy event. Serving as key players in the African energy industry and in line with AEW 2021’s agenda to promote the role of Africa in the global energy transition, Karim, Brann and Okyere will drive a productive discussion on the challenges and opportunities present in Africa’s power sector, as well as the role of natural gas and availability offinancing in Africa’s energy transition.  

Considered one of Nigeria’s most successful entrepreneurs, Karim is both the founder and CEO of Shoreline Energy International, an indigenous power solutions company focused on power generation and power equipment manufacturing activities, operating throughout sub-Saharan Africa. With extensive experience in construction, commodity trading, oil and gas, engineering and the power sector, Karim is well-versed on Africa’s energy industry and committed to driving investment and growth across Africa’s power and energy sectors. With a focus on developing reliable and sustainable power supplies and creating integrated energy solutions throughout sub-Saharan Africa, Karim’s participation will foster dialogue on Africa’s power sector, addressing key concerns and offering feasible solutions to expanding regional power networks and driving industrialization.

Meanwhile, as Senior Investment Manager at Vitol – an energy and commodities trader involved in exploration and production, refining, terminals and trading – Brann is committed to driving investment in Africa’s impressive oil and gas sector. With a focus on gas and power solutions, Brann will advance discussions on natural gas monetization, challenges associated with the financing of Africa’s large-scale LNG projects and the value of gas as a transitionary resource. Driving a strong narrative that access to power is key to Africa’s industrialization, Brann will promote gas-to-power as a viable alternative power generation solution that can boost socioeconomic growth continent-wide.   

In line with AEW 2021’s recognition of the growing role of natural gas, participation from Okyere from Springfield Group – the Ghanaian exploration and production firm responsible for a series of historic discoveries offshore Ghana – will contribute to discussions on natural gas’ place in Africa’s energy future. With a focus on exploring cleaner sources of energy, Springfield is committed to developing its natural gas fields and accelerating gas-to-power developments to fast-track Africa’s industrial revolution and economic transformation. Accordingly, Okyere’s participation proves particularly valuable, as he will be able to provide an Africa-focused narrative on natural gas monetization and utilization, backed by experience and success in Ghana’s sector.

“We are proud to announce that Kola Karim, Steven Brann and Kevin Okyere have all committed to AEW 2021. These industry leaders will contribute to AEW 2021’s natural gas agenda, further promoting the value and benefits of the resource not only in Africa’s energy transition, but in spurring economic growth, promoting energy sector development and alleviating energy poverty by 2030,” stated NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber.

Karim, Brann and Okyere are all committed to the same objective: transforming Africa’s energy sector to drive industrialization and economic growth. AEW 2021 unites multiple stakeholders from varying industries, providing a valuable platform for discussion regarding Africa’s energy future, against a backdrop of integration and engagement. AEW 2021 believes in unity, partnerships and cooperation as the key to African energy success and is proud to host a variety of VIP speakers under one forward-thinking agenda.

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

For registration-related inquiries, please contact registration@aew2021.com  

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

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

For speaker-related inquiries, please contact speakers@aew2021.com

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A Burgeoning Energy Sector: African Energy Week In Cape Town Committed To Promoting Investment In Zimbabwe.
July 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

NJ Ayuk presenting a copy of his book Billions At Play to President Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe

During a working visit to Zimbabwe, African Energy Chamber Executive Chairman NJ Ayuk met with H.E. President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa to discuss extensive investment opportunities across the country’s renewable, natural gas and mining sectors.  

Committed to driving attendance at the upcoming African Energy Week (AEW) 2021 interactive conference and exhibition taking place in Cape Town (November 9-12) – as well as promoting pan-African investment opportunities – NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber, conducted a working visit to Zimbabwe to open a dialogue on the country’s promising energy sector. Meeting with H.E. Emmerson Dumbudzo Mnangagwa, President of Zimbabwe, and presenting his recently published book, ‘Billions at Play: The Future of African Energy and Doing Deals,’ Ayuk emphasized how AEW 2021 will position Zimbabwe as a top investment priority in November, driving development across multiple energy sectors.  

Ayuk’s meeting with the H.E. President Mnangagwa focused on Zimbabwe’s energy potential and delineated strategies by which this potential can be achieved. Across the country, power generation and transmission remain some of the most critical investment opportunities, as existing coal-fired power stations require upgrades and untapped natural gas and renewable resources lack exploitation. Therefore, Zimbabwe is seeking new investors and projects to increase installed power generation capacity, diversify its domestic energy sector and boost country-wide energy security, in which AEW 2021 will be a key driver.

With approximately 30 billion tons of coal in 21 known deposits that could have a lifespan of over 100 years, Zimbabwe’s coal reserves have the potential to address energy supply challenges and meet demand across the region. Currently, the country’s largest thermal power station, Hwange Thermal Power Plant, has a capacity of 750MW, supplying critical electricity to the population. However, with ageing power plants requiring upgrades and the country opting to reduce its reliance on coal, alternative power generation solutions are being considered and significant investment opportunities have emerged. 

Ayuk’s visit initiated a dialogue on one of the country’s most promising sectors: renewable energy. Zimbabwe is home to impressive hydropower potential – estimated at 18,500 GWh per year, of which 17,500 GWh is technically feasible – and aims to drive further investment and associated development to establish domestic energy security and independence. To date, only 19% of the country’s hydropower potential has been exploited, with most of Zimbabwe’s electricity supply produced at the 750MW Kariba Dam Hydroelectric Power Station. With further potential from the Zambezi River, as well as several small-scale prospects across the country, the resource could potentially position the country as a regional renewable competitor. 

Furthermore, Zimbabwe holds significant exploration opportunities for stakeholders. Despite the lack of proven oil and natural gas reserves – and the continued dependence on crude imports to supply the nation – Zimbabwe is redirecting its focus on exploration, specifically of natural gas. Having experienced critical electricity shortages for decades, Zimbabwe is seeking alternative power generation solutions, in which natural gas may be a viable alternative. The Southern African nation is pursuing partnerships and investment deals with international stakeholders, focusing on accelerating exploration and driving energy sector diversification and growth. 

Meanwhile, according to the International Trade Administration, Zimbabwe’s lithium deposits are the largest in Africa. With the rapid increase in global demand given the mineral’s importance to the energy-battery industry, the country has the potential to become a major exporter, while contributing to the global energy transition. To position itself as a clean energy player, Zimbabwe requires significant investment in mining, with additional opportunities available in mining supplies, transportation infrastructure and materials. In a bid to attract further investment, the government has proposed regulatory changes to the Mines and Minerals Act, making its more progressive and investor friendly. With a renewed interest in increasing domestic production, the government is seeking significant capital investments, in which AEW 2021 will play a major role. 

“AEW 2021 is committed to promoting Zimbabwe. With established sectors requiring upgrades, and emerging sectors seeking international participation and investment, the country offers significant potential for both regional and international players. By showcasing these opportunities at Africa’s premier energy event, AEW 2021 aims to drive investment in Zimbabwe, initiating energy sector expansion and diversification,” stated Ayuk. 

H.E. President Mnangagwa has declared a commitment to developing a robust energy sector in Zimbabwe to meet rising power demand brought about by an increasingly vibrant, productive and resilient economy and people. With significant potential across multiple segments of its energy economy, Zimbabwe hopes to attract both regional and international investment, utilizing its energy sector as a catalyst for wider socioeconomic growth. AEW 2021 aims to further this agenda, placing Zimbabwe as a top priority and showcasing all that the country has to offer. 

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

For registration-related inquiries, please contact registration@aew2021.com    

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

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

For speaker-related inquiries, please contact speakers@aew2021.com

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Sierra Leone: Suckling Mother Gets Le 100 Million Bail Over Allegation Of Illegally Abstracting Electricity.
July 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Lamrana Barrie

Isatu Marrah, a suckling mother was granted Le 100 million bail after she was brought before Magistrate Kekura at the Freetown magistrate court No. 1 in the on-going early investigation on allegations of illegally abstracting electricity.

On the 3rd July, 2021, at black hall road Freetown police alleged that the accursed persons fraudulently used electricity supply from the electricity Distribution and supply Authority. To be diverted to the said house, within Black Hall Road, The accused persons have appeared six times before Magistrate Kekura on one count of using electricity supply contrary to section 68, of the national electricity Act No. 16 of 2011.

Marrah was granted bail after his lawyer Pujeh told Magistrate Kekura that the second accused Isatu Marrah is a suckling mother with a three month old baby and both of them are seriously sick and need proper medication. He said they will only have access to a doctor if Marrah is granted bail, he further  said that his client will always be available when needed at court.

Magistrate Kekura said that the surety must be a resident in Freetown and should produce identification card of his or her address and the bail bond should be approved by the Deputy Assistant Register.

Magistrate Kekura granted the bail with Le 100 million plus one surety who must be an elderly person and a responsible citizen. But Ramatu Turay, Mohamed Kamara, Mohamed Santigie Kamara, Abdul Kassim Komeh and Sallieu and Ibrahim kamara with who they were jointly charge to the male and female correctional centre in Freetown.

This matter was prosecuted by ASP Ibrahim S. Mansaray. Magistrate Kekura adjourned the matter to Friday 23rd July 2021 for further hearing.

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National Mosque In Ghana Shows Unity In Diversity – Andrew Egyapa Mercer-MP
July 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Maxwell Nkansah

Member of Parliament for Sekondi Andrew Egyapa Mercer has observed that the construction of a National Mosque in a Christian dominated country by the Nana Addo-led government is a laudable demonstration that there is unity in diversity.

According to him, he is confident that the National Mosque will serve as a significant reference point for Christians and Muslims that irrespective of their faith, there is no difference.

The commissioning of the National Mosque by the President, his Vice, the National Chief Imam together with leaders of other religious faiths with one accord is ample evidence and demonstration that Ghana occupies a unique place on the face of this earth.

Hundreds of Muslims in Accra and its environs converged at the refurbished Sekondi Methodist Park to mark the Eid prayers. Western Region Chief Imam Dr. Sheikh Ostaz Ali Hassan Ali led the prayers.

Speaking through an interpreter, the regional Chief Imam entreated the gathering to continue to live in harmony with one another. He indicated that all the prayers will be meaningless if they do not allow the teachings of Islam to reflect in their daily activities.

Member of Parliament Andrew Egyapa Mercer, who joined the prayers together with the regional minister, Kwabena Okyere-Darko Mensah, and the Sekondi-Takoradi Mayor, Abdul Issah Mumin, said the peace the country is enjoying should not be taken for granted.

According to him, as government thrives to unite the country, it behooves on every Ghanaian to also play his or her part.

The selection of the Muslim Vice President in itself should tell people that we are a diverse and multi-faith country. And that we should strongly believe in this unique diversity. That we do not discriminate as the Constitution enjoins us to do against people of different faith. He said we are people with common destiny therefore different faiths notwithstanding we can live together for many years.

Sekondi-Takoradi Mayor Abdul Issah Mumin, on his part, encouraged the citizenry to observe protocols on Covid-19. He elaborated that the country is seeing an upsurge in Covid-19 cases across the country. It is important that they take responsibility for their health and safety because the virus is still with us.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ghana:Economy Recovering Faster – President Akufo-Addo
July 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Maxwell Nkansah

President Nana Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has lauded the measures put in place by his government in putting the country’s economy back on the recovery track.

Despite showing promise in the period prior to the coronavirus, Ghana’s economy was hit by the global pandemic with the gains made receding drastically

However, the president promised in March, 2020 that his government cannot bring lives lost back but knows how to bring the economy back in one of the classical statements made by a head of state during the pandemic.

“We know how to bring the economy back to life. What we do not know is how to bring people back to life,” he stated on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

Addressing Muslims at the National Mosque Complex at Kanda on Tuesday, July 20, President Akufo-Addo stated that the economy is recovering at a faster rate than many countries’ across the world.

H said the country is making a faster economic recovery in comparison to many around the world with the economy expanding by 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2021.

According to the President many economies around the world have been affected of Covid-19, and so governments are finding it difficult to attract the needed investment in the productive areas of their economies. He indicated that Ghana’s situation appears to be different.

The president further stated that investor community continues to cast a vote of confidence in the economy and several companies are making investments in the economy that will create jobs for the young people of Ghana.

The fifth president of the Fourth Republic said the love of the country is still burning hot within him and he will do everything possible to get the youth job opportunities in the country. “We are determined to pursue our agenda of job creation in order to give opportunities to our youths to nurture their talents for the development of our country.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kenya Airways partners with TDE Tourism to boost tourism.
July 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma

Kenya Airways has collaborated with American company TDE Tourism to increase the number of tourists in Kenya.

Frontier Marketing has facilitated the partnership, Kenya’s marketing firm to increase the number of visitors on direct flights from New York to Nairobi.

TDE Tourism is run by US-based former Hollywood actress and Broadway theatre veteran Lady Toussaint Duchess popularly known as Lady T.

“Following a year of unprecedented uncertainty, we continue to join arms to catalyse a generation of opportunities and establish a path to a more sustainable business with our customers at the heart of driving our purpose. As you fly with us, I hope you see and feel the commitment we have placed to serve our customers better and meet their rising expectations at every point of their journey, whenever and wherever they travel with us.” Kenya Airways Chief Commercial and Customer Officer Julius Thairu stated.

According to the Managing Director of Frontier Marketing and partner in TDE, Mr. Joseph Kimotho, the partnership was directly inspired by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s clarion call last year during Madaraka Day celebrations for entrepreneurs to reimagine existing business models in the post-COVID economy to spur economic growth and deepen Kenya’s integration in the global economy.

The campaign christened ‘Journey to Africa with Lady T’ targets African American Society, many of whom trace their origin from Africa.

Last week’s report released by the Tourism Research Institute shows that tourist arrivals in Kenya between January and June 2021 reached 305635.

The US emerged top source Market for the East African nation, followed by Tanzania, Uganda, China, UK, India, and Rwanda.

Some visitors came to visit families and friends, meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions, holidays, transit, education, medical purposes, religious purposes, and sports.

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Cape Verde: Down but not out for Alex Saab as fight for his release intensifies
July 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

The case against Alex Saab has divided international opinion.Photo courtesy

Diplomatic officials, human rights activists and even a former cellmate of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela have all called for the immediate release of Venezuelan diplomat Alex Nain Saab Moran, who has been “illegally” arrested in Cape Verde.

In a video put out by Pangea Risk, a spirited defence is been put up for Mr Saab who was arrested in Cape Verde I June 2020. Officials , his defence team and associates want the Cape Verde government to send him home to Venezuela and not extradited to the USA.

To his team, the arrest of Alex Saab is to intensify pressure on President Nikolas Maduro to step down and that this is how the USA uses its long arm of its law as it tries to do around the world.

Cape Verde which is experiencing the worst economic crisis in 45 years is noted for corruption with human rights abuse and police brutality rife in the country, the report says. In addition, the report says that the country is also battling with organized crime and high rate of money laundering.

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Huawei, Kenya partners to enhance ICT development in training institutes
July 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma

Representing a strategic partnership between the ICT industry and academia, the MOU was signed by Dr. Margaret Mwakima, Principal Secretary State Department for Vocational Technical Training and Fiona Pan Deputy CEO, Huawei. Photo credit HUAWEI

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd and Kenya’s Ministry of Education have signed a partnership deal to improve the ICT infrastructure within Vocational and Technical Training institutions.

The deal was signed by Dr. Margaret Mwakima, Principal Secretary State Department for Vocational Technical Training, and Fiona Pan, Deputy CEO, Huawei.  

The new partnership will also offer support in administering ICT skills surveys to understand better the state and level of ICT skills and better address them.

It also aims to offer job or internship opportunities through the Huawei ICT Academy program and strengthen the competency-based curriculum at the Vocational and Technical Training institutions.

“Ministry has taken note of Huawei initiatives to develop the ICT and digital talent of the youth in the country and beyond. It is for this reason that the ministry will sign a partnership to expand Huawei ICT Academies in our TVET institutions,” said the Principal Secretary, Dr. Margaret Mwakima.

The agreement will see the institutions from across the country partner to enhance capacity building among their 150 trainers and offer industry-level training to more than 1000 students to better prepare them to work in the ICT industry and other related areas.

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Cameroon: The Fomunyoh Foundation Women Empowerment Centre Reopens
July 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

The centre was closed down in 2018 but now operational with three vocational skills like Hairdressing, tailoring and catering

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

Metuge Epole, Director – The Fomunyoh Foundation WEC.Photo Boris Esono Nwenfor,Pan African Visions

The Fomunyoh Foundation Women Empowerment Centre (TFF/WEC) which was suspended for some years due to the spiral of violence in the Anglophone Regions has been reopened with training envisaged in the weeks ahead.

The centre was opened and went operational in 2017 after the General Assembly in Bamenda where the outcome was for the creation of a women empowerment centre in both Bamenda and Kumba.

“The two centres had to run simultaneously and were charged to take care of internally displaced persons,” Metuge Evelyne Epole, Director – The Fomunyoh Foundation Women Empowerment Centre, SWR (Kumba) told Pan African Visions during the distribution of some food and non-food items to some internally displaced persons in Kumba on Tuesday, July 20.

“With the crisis, the Centre had to host several displaced persons from the villages and the interiors who had fled violence. The worst part is that when the people came to town they had nothing to do.”

She added: “The centre had over fifty young girls and widows upon going operational. They were trained in hairdressing and tailoring. We carried this project right up to 2018 when the crisis went to an apex where we had to close down temporarily.”

With the situation in the Region improving, officials at the Centre feel like there are still some displaced persons who could benefit from this project and that is why the Kumba Centre was re-launched.

Some additional skills have been added to the training programme like catering, according to the Director. She said: “We hope that by the time you have gone through the training you can earn a living for yourself because where you were before you must have been earning something,” Evelyne Epole added.

“Giving them these vocational training is a lifetime experience which they will always need it. The training will be important not just for themselves but for the family as a whole. We are going to give low-interest loans to a few so they can start their own business; we will help others to have employment connections.”  

The TFF-WEC aims to train young gilrs, widows in hairdressing, tailoring and catering. Photo Boris Esono Nwenfor, Pan African Visions

She went further to encouraged the displaced persons to come and get the training at the centre which is very vital for them. She said the training as before is free and all they need to do is to come to the office and show their willingness to learn any of the trades that are on offer.

The Director said: “You people should be the ones to come to the training centre and not for us to look for you. We will give you training so that after a couple of months you can earn your own money. We believe that if women are empowered, society will be a better place.”

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Cameroon: The Fomunyoh Foundation To The Rescue With Vital Assistance To IDPs, Schools in Kumba.
July 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

The Fomunyoh Foundation WEC staff and the displaced persons in Kumba.Photo credit Boris Esono Nwenfor ,Pan African Visions

As part of its Relief and Hope Project, The Fomunyoh Foundation has made available some food and non-food items to internally displaced persons and some educational establishments in Kumba, South West Region of Cameroon.

Some 100 Internally Displaced Persons in this first phase were July 20, in Kumba provided this assistance with items consisted of rice, groundnut oil, soap, and salt to take care of their basic needs.

The conflict that started in 2016 has seen thousands of people who have been killed, maimed, kidnapped and others forced to flee their homes for shelter in neighbouring Nigeria and other parts of the country.

This initiative is spearheaded by Dr Christopher Fomunyoh, Senior Associate and Regional Director for Central Africa Programs at NDI. This is not the first time that Dr Fomunyoh or the Fomunyoh Foundation is carrying out such gestures. In addition to this one in Kumba, some other four donation exercises have been carried out in Buea and Limbe this year.

“The IDPs are coming from the outlets of Meme like Mbonge Road, Mabanda, Kosala and those areas where IDPs are choked up and also around Kasava farms. We did not want to base ourselves to take just one quarter but we decided that we will take from all the quarters and do the same in the upcoming distribution quarters,” Metuge Evelyne Epole, Director – The Fomunyoh Foundation Women Empowerment Centre, SWR (Kumba) told Pan African Visions.

Metuge Epole, Director – The Fomunyoh Foundation WEC.Photo Boris Esono Nwenfor, Pan African Visions.

“When we give to Kosala, the people in Mbonge road may be aware and maybe thinking we have forgotten about them but we have explained to them that we have selected the first few names and the process is going to continue.”

To Felix Ndum, Moghamo Cultural and Development Association (MOCUDA) General President Kumba and also one of The Fomunyoh Foundation representatives: “We have close to six hundred names with us and I just want to say anyone person who goes without having today should not be disappointed as we still have other phases of the distribution coming up.”

The distribution exercise is expected to be done in four phases and at the end of the exercise, some 500 displaced persons are expected to benefit from this relief and hope project. The project will not only consist of aid distribution but the provision of life skill training has also been taking into account.

The gifts from The Fomunyoh Foundation were well-received by the displaced persons who went on to explain the precarious situations they were in due to the crisis and with the deteriorating situations, had to abandon their homes.

“With the situation in Mbalangi we had to hide in the bush and even there we still faced problems so we had to live for Kumba. With the so many mouths we have at home, this donation will go a long way to help us. I want to thank Dr Christopher Fomunyoh for thinking about us,” Tita Wenong Paul, an IDP from Kwakwa currently living in Kumba said.

“I am so grateful for the largess that Dr Fomunyoh has given to us. I lack words to express my happiness and in my way will like to work with Dr Fomunyoh so I can teach brail to the hundreds of visually displaced persons,” Obase Jean Marie said.

The Fomunyoh Foundation donates to Champion Nursery and Primary School.Photo credit Boris Esono Nwenfor, Pan African Visions.

TFF extends Largess to educational establishments

Taking into consideration the fact that not just displaced persons need these aids, The Fomunyoh Foundation extended this gesture to some educational establishments like the Ephatha Insitute for the Deaf Primary and Nursery School and Champion Nursery and Primary School Pulletin Quarters.

Like the case of the displaced persons, bags of rice, salt, groundnut were provided to the children. These educational establishments have been harbouring displaced persons for the past years.

To the children, Felix Ndum while appreciating the work done by the teachers despite the fact that their peers have been killed, encouraged the students that: “Dr Fomunyoh will need for you is that you should be serious with your education and that tomorrow will be a better day.”

“This is a surprise for me and it is the first gesture I am receiving since I came up with the centre. I want to thank The Fomunyoh Foundation for this gesture and pray for its founder,” Shengang Richard, Proprietor/ Founder of Champion Nursery and Primary School Pulletin Quarters said indicating that there are about 68 displaced children in the school.

“Where we were we could not bear the problems so we had to leave the area. We appreciate the Fomunyoh Foundation for the wonderful gesture and that God will replenish the source,” Ituka Dingoke, an IDP mother said.

To the Head Teacher of the Ephatha Insitute for the Deaf, Epie Justine, said “we are very happy and grateful that you thought of us. We are grateful and thank you so much. We will be waiting for you again.”

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American Politician Scott Taylor Strengthens U.S.-Africa Relations Through African Energy Week Participation In Cape Town.
July 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

Confirmed as a speaker at Africa’s premier energy event, Scott Taylor is expected to drive a discussion on U.S.-Africa cooperation, engagement and partnerships.

African Energy Week (AEW) 2021, taking place in Cape Town on the 9th-12th of November 2021. With extensive experience in international relations, Taylor’s participation will drive a discussion on global energy cooperation with a focus on strengthening U.S.-Africa partnerships and connecting U.S. service providers, financiers, and stakeholders with competitive African projects. 

Taylor will lead a delegation of U.S. industry leaders and service providers to AEW 2021 in Cape Town in a bid to introduce American companies to African opportunities, promoting increased collaboration and engagement. Previously a member of the Virginia House of Delegates for the 85th District, Scott Taylor served as the U.S. Representative for Virginia’s 2nd congressional district from 2017 to 2019. A former Navy Seal, serving from 1997 to 2005, Taylor transitioned from military service to politics, working in security consulting and critical infrastructure protection in between. Taylor’s legislative accomplishments include laws regarding energy, the workforce, and veterans’ issues. His participation is expected to further promote U.S.-Africa communication lines with regards to energy, infrastructure, and investment.

The U.S. has already made notable progress in driving energy sector growth in Africa with established partnerships and investment deals. Across the energy value chain, U.S. companies have played a vital role in driving African project developments. American multinational oil company ExxonMobil, for example, is one of the largest foreign investors in Africa, with over $24 billion committed to energy exploration and development. Additionally, American-based Chevron, responsible for significant discoveries across Africa, rank among the top petroleum producers in Nigeria and Angola. As Africa drives for economic growth backed by focused energy developments, and the U.S. aims to increase a penetration in emerging African markets, one can expect a rapid increase in Africa-directed investments.

Meanwhile, with the Biden administration calling for enhanced partnerships with African economies, and initiatives such as Prosper Africa promoting increased economic engagement between the U.S. and African nations, capital injections in African markets are expected to rise. In line with Prosper Africa, USAID is launching a $500 million trade and investment program to facilitate more deals between the U.S. and African businesses. Additionally, the World Bank, in partnership with USAID, is directing $5 billion of investment in the sub-Saharan African energy sector by 2024; adding 3.3GW-hours of energy storage financed by 2024; supporting 60 million new connections by 2030; adding 5,000km of transmission infrastructure – constructed or rehabilitated – by 2030; and supporting 30,000MW of new energy generation by 2030.

“Africa represents the most promising investment destination globally with significant potential across multiple facets of the energy sector. As the continent aggressively pursues both a COVID-19 recovery and accelerated economic development, there have arisen numerous opportunities for U.S. stakeholders. The U.S. has a critical role to play in African markets. AEW 2021 serves as the best platform for U.S. companies to be introduced to African opportunities, driving engagement, investment, and deal-making that will fast-track African growth,” stated NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman, the African Energy Chamber.

Taylor is an advocate for expanding energy developments, recognizing the sector’s potential to create jobs and drive economic development. Taylor’s participation is expected to open a dialogue on enhanced U.S.-Africa relations, emphasizing America’s role in driving African energy growth and development. Utilizing his experience in international relations and diplomacy, Taylor is committed to driving multilateral energy progress between the U.S. and Africa.

What’s more, Taylor’s participation at AEW 2021 is expected to promote engagement, address risk perceptions, and market Africa as the premier investment destination for U.S. stakeholders. With energy sector developments comprising a key priority for both African stakeholders and international partners, Taylor’s participation at AEW 2021 will drive a partnership narrative, promoting increased collaboration between U.S. technical and financial service providers and emerging African projects.

AEW 2021 will showcase the best of Africa’s energy opportunities through hosted pavilions, interactive exhibitions, and key networking events, driving long-term investments in Africa’s energy sector. By presenting a range of lucrative investment opportunities across the entire value chain, including but not limited to petroleum, natural gas, power infrastructure, renewable energy, and energy storage, AEW 2021 will be a key facilitator and driver of Africa-directed investments.

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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For 25 Years, At Least, CPLP Exists By Its Historical Name.
July 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Kester Kenn Klomegah

Luanda, the capital of Angola, hosted the 13th Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) with the key objective of reviewing the historical past and discussing effective pathways for the future. Through its history, the CPLP has largely been known as an organization, besides that, much has been shrewd away from public domain including its development processes, collective challenges and achievements, and impact on global scene.

In mid-July, Angola hosted the conference under the theme: “Building and Strengthening a Common and Sustainable Future” and the theme, without doubts, highlights the importance of building a common and sustainable future that promotes sustainable development and the effective improvement of the population’s quality of life.

During the conference, as expected, the heads of state and government had the opportunity to discuss relevant issues for the respective countries and establish a cooperation framework in line with the current international situation. A number of representatives also had the chance to address the strategic views for the organization.

According to reports, Angola takes over the presidency of the organization for the next two years (2021-2023). As the host of the 13th conference, at the same time, marks the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the CPLP organization, Angolan President João Lourenço, delivered both his welcome and closing addresses full of all diplomatic niceties, reminding detailing the primary objectives and vividly itemizing various tasks as the way forward into the future.

Monitoring those issues, as contained in his speech, sparked off one significant proposal. President Lourenço launched the challenge of creating an investment bank for the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP). “We can be a relevant economic force if we work for this we have left the challenge of starting to think about the pertinence and feasibility of creating a CPLP Investment Bank.”

According to his analysis, belated though, the creation of this potential bank is in line with the intention to include a new economic and business pillar, one of the priorities of the Angolan CPLP presidency.

President of the Business Confederation of the Community of Portuguese-Language Countries (CE-CPLP), Salimo Abdula, explained that it was with “satisfaction” that he had heard the announcement from Angola’s President, João Lourenço, about fortification plans for an economic pillar among the members of the ornization.

“We want to congratulate Angola,” Abdula said. “We know that it wants to invest in a fourth pillar – the economic one, and business cooperation. This is exactly what the Business Confederation of the CPLP (CE-CPLP) has been developing for years,” he said, adding that the idea of creating an investment bank, as proposed by President Lourenço in his inaugural speech as holder of the presidency, “is welcome, it is in fact a project that the Business Confederation has been developing for some time.”

Abdula, who comes from Mozambique, recalled that in 2014, there was a conference in Lisbon attended by representatives of central and commercial banks from almost all CPLP member states, “under the coordination and leadership of the Confederation, with the aim of studying an investment or development bank, which could support the integration of companies and not only, but also the needs for investment in infrastructure in a large part of the countries” mainly in Portuguese-language countries in Africa.

While acknowledging that this type of project is complex and takes time to implement, Abdula noted that the Confederation had, at the time, made a proposal for the CPLP to go ahead and create such a bank. “That was during the East Timor presidency, in 2014,” he recalled. It took some time to respond but, when it did, it gave a positive response, yet to date nothing has moved forward. The CE-CPLP did not, however, give up on the idea, according to Abdula.

“We have indeed consulted some states about what type of bank would be acceptable, whether with mixed capital or public capital, and the trend is towards mixed capital, that is public and private,” he said, explaining further that it would thus be “a bank with less political interference, with a more impartial governance, in order to ensure the interests of all countries across the board.”

More recently, the Confederation took up the issue again, at a business summit it organized in May in Malabo, capital of Equatorial Guinea, a CPLP member since 2014, which Abdula noted was attended by some political leaders. According to the Confederation President, “there was a positive manifestation from the government of Equatorial Guinea that it would look at this project” and several commercial banks have showed interest in this project.

Taking his turn at the conference, Portugal’s Prime Minister António Costa discussed, at length, the agreement on free movement within the Community of Portuguese-Language Countries (CPLP) and offered an assurance that parliament will ratify at the beginning of the next legislative session in September.

“The government is thus making an immediate priority of the parliamentary ratification of this agreement as well as the respective legislative framework on free movement and on academic qualifications. As soon as the work of the Portuguese parliament reopens, we will present this agreement for ratification and also the legislative framework that will allow for speeding up both the circulation and recognition of (academic) qualifications, because this is fundamental to people’s lives,” Costa told the conference gathering.

Costa then referred to problems that have existed in the past between Portuguese-language countries, such as Portugal and Brazil. “With this agreement, we will not again have the crisis of Brazilian dentists in Portugal (as in the 1980s), or, more recently, of Portuguese engineers in Brazil,” he said, referring to two situations where there was no mutual recognition of qualifications. Costa then moved to temper expectations, saying that the framework agreement on free movement “still requires development” and further diplomatic work.

Prime Minister of São Tomé and Principé Jorge Bom Jesus also comment positively on the mobility agreement will create a great space for movement and will allow movement within the CPLP. “We have to join forces to find new solutions to old structural problems, particularly from an economic point of view,” he said.

It is necessary for bilateral meetings to discuss cooperation, share several economic dossiers, debt, investments in the areas of energy, agriculture, industry, human resources and other strategic investments, Jorge Bom Jesus said and added “These are precisely for us to join forces and face the problems because they are common, which is why the solutions also have to be common.”

For many delegates, the conference is a platform to express primarily their views and to reiterate vehemently the huge untapped potentials among the members. Portuguese-Mozambican businessman Paulo Oliveira said by illustrating the fact that the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) is a house where you must apply for a permit to go from the bedroom to the kitchen, to illustrate barriers to investment. “The way of approach is completely different from one country to another, within the CPLP, and this, sometimes delays investment that could be carried out in a faster way,” he stressed.

As a further indication of optimism, Paulo Oliveira frankly believes opening of borders to greater mobility should be gradual – without throwing the doors wide open – with businesspeople, students and cultural agents in the front line. In his argument, it is necessary to take additional collaborative efforts towards shaping business development among the members. For example, in order to enhance investments in this organization, a common CPLP visa for business people and specialized labor would be a possible mechanism. In practice, all countries have things to offer if there is a different kind of mobility.

In an interview with Portuguese News Agency Lusa in Lisbon ahead of the conference, Portugal’s Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva indicated that Portugal expected what he described as “firmest and most absolute solidarity” from all member states of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) over the situation in Cabo Delgado in Mozambique.

Asked about a strengthening of multilateral cooperation under the CPLP, the head of Portuguese diplomacy was more cautious, but noted that there are missions from Portugal and other countries underway as well as from organizations such as the European Union and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), to help with security in Mozambique.

The conference, however, saw some progressive steps. The members signed an Agreement on Mobility and on Economic and Investment Cooperation.

The agreement on mobility establishes a “framework for cooperation” among all member states in a “flexible and variable” manner and, in practice, covers all citizens. Member states are offered range of solutions enabling them to take on “mobility commitments in a progressive manner with differentiated levels of integration”, taking account of their own internal specificities in their political, social and administrative dimensions.

In this context, the “freedom in the choice of the mobility modalities, of the categories of persons covered” as well as of the countries of the community with which they wish to establish partnerships. For two decades, the question on facilitating movement has been discussed consistently among the members without any concrete decision. Strengthening economic cooperation is another thorny question still on the table.

During the conference, Namibia’s President Hage Geingob commended Portuguese-speaking countries for their effort to open up borders to foster economic co-operation and hails Lusophone unity necessary for pursuing their multifaceted ambitions. He said the agreement on mobility among CPLP member states that “is an important step in making sure that our borders remain open to strengthen and promote business and economic relations in times of the pandemic.”

President Geingob added explicitly that, “As observer states, we join hands with CPLP members to strengthen our local, regional and global governance architecture. The values of international cooperation and multilateralism that underpin the CPLP are fundamental for the promotion and strengthening of peace and security and socio-economic development. The equality of all states cannot be over-emphasized, as stipulated in the Charter of the United Nations. Let us, therefore, continue to treasure the unity of our nations, a unity forged in blood and defined by kinship.”

President of the Republic of Cabo Verde, Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca, praised the political and diplomatic coordination in improving the assertion of CPLP countries in the international arena, reiterated its commitment to strengthening solidarity and cooperation aimed at ensuring the economic and social development of the peoples.

In short communique referred to as the “Luanda Declaration” signed by the Heads of State and Government and their representatives at the end of the 13th CPLP Conference, the participants reiterated their commitment to peace and harmony, the rule of law, democracy, human rights and social justice.

The leaders welcomed the choice of the motto “Building and strengthening a common and sustainable future” for the event and pledged to promote political dialogue, exchange of experiences and cooperation, with a view to enhancing the achievements of the CPLP in all areas.

As considered an additional challenge to the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals within the community, expressed regret at multiple factors hindering this development process. The CPLP reiterated the need to build public policies aimed at creating the necessary infrastructure to democratize access to new technologies, promoting training and education suitable for their use.

The Heads of State and Government decided to increase multilateral action in terms of capacity building, sharing of experiences, networking initiatives and development of partnerships, within the scope of promoting trade and investment aimed to preserve and create decent jobs, income and productive capacity.

They reiterated the importance of progressively integrating economic cooperation into the general objectives of the CPLP, as well as the consolidation of a multilateral community agenda for the sector, with a view to contributing to the economic and social development of the member states.

They adopted the Mobility Agreement between member states, an instrument that aims to effectively, contribute to greater circulation within the community, to increase cooperation relations in all areas and to promote the feeling of belonging to the CPLP.

Attended the ceremony also the Presidents Cabo Verde Jorge Carlos Fonseca, Guinea-Bissau Umaro Sissoco Embaló and Vice President of Brazil Hamilton Mourão. There were representatives of the Heads of State of Mozambique, East Timor and Equatorial Guinea, Special Representative of the United Nations François Lounecény Fall, as well as representatives of the United Nations and the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS).

There were social and cultural aspects of the conference. Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa donated his José Aparecido de Oliveira prize, stressing that the CPLP “is a community of common principles and values” while he presented the prize awarded  by the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), to the victims of terrorism in Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique.

Established in 2011 and biennial in nature, the José Aparecido de Oliveira prize, named after one of the main creators of the CPLP, honors personalities and institutions that stand out in the defence, appreciation and promotion of principles and values and community objectives, as well as in carrying out studies and related research work.

Mozambique’s Leonardo Simão appointed CPLP Goodwill Ambassador, a new resolution approved at the Luanda concerns the approval of new CPLP Goodwill Ambassadors. Among those appointed for a four-year mandate, renewable for a further four years, were Leonardo Santos Simão, a former Foreign Minister of Mozambique, for the area of political and diplomatic consultation, and Filipe Silvino de Pina Zau, a University Professor and Researcher in Angola, for the Portuguese language area.

Two leading athletes from Portugal – Olympic triple-jump champion Nelson Évora, and another triple-jump athlete, Patrícia Mamona, who this year won the gold medal at the indoor European Athletics Championships, are the ambassadors for the areas of youth, sport and gender equality.

The fundamental role of CPLP Goodwill Ambassador is to “widely promote the objectives and disseminate the activities of the CPLP.” These are social and cultural developments at the 13th Conference of Heads of State and Government, chaired by Angola, so also was the signing of an agreement on free movement and the declaration of a new priority: strengthening economic relations.

With headquarters in Lisbon, CPLP is a multi-regional organization created in 1996. It comprises Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe and East Timor. The CPLP Conference of Heads of State and Government is the community’s highest organ. It meets every two years and is responsible for defining and guiding its general policy and strategies.

The Associate Observer and Consultative Observer status, without the right to vote, were established in 2005. Consultative observers, of which there are now more than 100, are civil society organizations that may develop joint projects with the CPLP. Namibia is among 19 observer countries to the CPLP together with Uruguay, Senegal, Georgia, Japan, Turkey, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Hungary, Mauritius, Argentina, Chile, Italy, Andorra, France, Luxembourg, Serbia, and the United Kingdom.

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Sierra Leone : Kei Kamara on $10,000 Bonus
July 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Lamrana Barrie

Players should have what they deserve,says Leone star Kei Kamara

On Saturday 17th July 2021, Leone Stars player Kei Kamara spoke about the $10,000 the president gave them for qualifying to Afcon 2022.

Kamara acknowledge that he has receive the $10,000 live on Facebook today, He said the Money was supposed to be shared among all the players that are on the campaign of the qualification, He also said even those that trained with the team but did not make it to the Final list should have a share.

“Me, Umaru and Keister discussed this on a meeting and agreed that everyone should have a share, about 57 players in total”, said.

He Further says that they discuss this with Thomas Daddy Brima about that he told them that they are the players if they decide to do that no problem.

Kei Kamara also spoke about the list that came out with 57 players he said the list is not a fake list of players and SLFA sat down together to give that list.

Kamara expressed concern that some of the officials who have already have the plots of land should not have the $10,000. He said they are being paid and should not have same match bonus like them.

He concluded by saying he stands for the players and they should have what they deserve.

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Kenya Airways Launches Fahari Innovation Challenge.
July 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer, Allan Kilavuka.

NAIROBI, 1st July 2021 … Today, Kenya Airways PLC (KQ) launched the Fahari Innovation Challenge, a springboard for new ideas and data-driven innovations to accelerate impact-driven solutions that address some of the societal and business challenges. The Fahari Innovation Hub is part of KQ’s strategy in contributing to the sustainable development of Africa by empowering, partnering and co-creating innovative ideas and strategies with local start-ups and the small-medium enterprises (SMEs) ecosystem.

“We understand that collaborating with start-ups or SMEs is a key driver for meaningful change and mutual benefits and we are looking forward to creating an enabling environment that will accelerate innovative ideas, knowledge exchange and impact business operations,” said Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer, Allan Kilavuka.

“It is for this reason that the KQ Fahari Innovation Hub curated a virtual workshop for innovators and entrepreneurs dubbed the ‘KQ Aviation 101 Workshop’ that brought together various think-tanks, industry leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs and introduced them to opportunities within the aviation industry which includes airports, the food industry, tourism and digitisation. During the workshop, we introduced the KQ Innovation Challenge where we invited entrepreneurs to innovatively find solutions to address some of our business problems and pain points,” he added.

At the pace at which change accelerates, especially now in the middle of a global pandemic, corporates have become increasingly aware of the need to tackle innovation from different perspectives. Kenya Airways recognises that start-ups and SMEs are an invaluable source of innovation that can catalyse growth and provide much-needed business solutions to everyday challenges.

The workshop provided a line-up of speakers from the industry, including Boeing Horizon X, IATA, Kenya Tourism Board, Nas Airport Services, General Electric, Hivos East Africa, and Funkidz Limited. Kenya Airways is running the challenge in partnership with Strathmore University, Qhala and Sndbx who were also present during the event.

“Countless synergies exist between large corporates and startups within many ecosystems. As a company, we are founded on the power of digitisation and its potential to transform industries.  Aviation can appear intimidating to those operating outside the sector, but this challenge gets to show the many opportunities in which startups and SMEs can plug into the diversification of Kenya Airways and the aviation sector,” said Dr Shikoh Gitau, CEO of Qhala.

“The aviation value chain goes so much further than the manufacturing of aircraft. Safety, technology, baggage, communication, meals, tourism, and hospitality are just a few examples of areas that entrepreneurs and corporates can collaborate in the aviation space. This initiative views start-ups as thinking partners, and it will be exciting to see the types of innovative solutions that come out of it,” noted Joram Mwinamo, CEO of Sndbx.

About Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways, a member of the Sky Team Alliance, is a leading African airline flying to 41 destinations worldwide, 34 of which are in Africa and carries over four million passengers annually. In 2020 KQ was named Africa’s Leading Airline by the World Travel Awards. It continues to modernize its fleet with its 32 aircraft being some of the youngest in Africa. This includes its flagship B787 Dreamliner aircraft. Kenya Airways offers services Cargo services to key locations including London, Amsterdam, Guangzhou, Sharjah, Mumbai and over 25 intra-Africa routes in addition to its passenger network. The on-board service is renowned and the lie-flat business class seat on the wide-body aircraft is consistently voted among the world’s top 10. Kenya Airways takes pride in being at the forefront of connecting Africa to the World and the World to Africa through its hub at the new ultra-modern Terminal 1A at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.

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V&A Waterfront Endorses African Energy Week 2021, Contributes To Tourism Recovery
July 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

Official endorsement by the country’s leading tourism destination reaffirms the value of events in a post-COVID-19 context.

  • The African Energy Chamber is proud to announce that the V&A Waterfront, the country’s leading tourism destination, as official host partner of the upcoming African Energy Week (AEW) 2021, taking place in Cape Town on the 9th-12th of November 2021.
  • Representing the first and only in-person Africa-focused energy event taking place in Africa in 2021, AEW 2021 is expected to have significant impacts on Cape Town’s event industry, driving revenue and tourism in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Endorsement and support by the V&A Waterfront furthers AEW 2021’s agenda of ensuring Africa-focused energy events remain in Africa, ensuring African people and African industries fully benefit.

Cape Town, 20 July 2021 – The African Energy Chamber’s (AEC) flagship event, African Energy Week (AEW) 2021, takes place in Cape Town on the 9th-12th of November at the iconic V&A Waterfront. Representing Cape Town’s premier socio-cultural location, and one of Africa’s most visited tourism destinations annually, the Waterfront’s support is significant for AEW 2021, driving the narrative that Africa-focused energy events should remain in Africa. 

Situated in the oldest working harbor in South Africa, and with the magnificent Table Mountain as its backdrop, the Waterfront comprises more than 80 eateries, 12 hotels, 500 retail stores, five museums and 22 heritage sites. With direct linkages to Cape Town city center and a variety of attractions attracting an impressive amount of both regional and international tourists each year, the Waterfront’s integration of social, cultural, sports and entertainment in one location perfectly portrays the wonders that South Africa has to offer.

Notable attractions at the Waterfront include the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art, the largest museum of contemporary African art in the world located in the historical grain silo; Chavonnes Battery Museum and Battery Park, located on the site of a historic 18th century Cape Town fort; and the Robben Island Jetty 1 museum, housing information about the history of Robben Island. Considered the heart of Cape Town’s history, the Waterfront is a premier destination for all history and cultural enthusiasts.

What’s more, the Waterfront boasts one of the busiest events industries in Cape Town with multiple conference and venue locations attracting tourists from the business, sports, entertainment, and educational sectors worldwide. The Waterfront not only provides a “beautiful setting, but its historic architecture and world-class facilities make it an ideal conferencing destination.”

With AEW 2021’s focus on interactive networking, and the move towards alternative event structures, the Waterfront comprises the ideal location for Africa’s premier energy event. By utilizing multiple venues across the Waterfront, AEW 2021 not only provides attendees with a revolutionary event format, but enables participants to visit some of Cape Town’s top tourist attractions. Additionally, the multi-platform approach of AEW 2021, enabled by the Waterfront’s diverse venue options, complies with COVID-19 social distancing and gathering restrictions, ensuring that the event accommodates a large audience while enforcing government regulations. Accordingly, both AEW 2021 and the Waterfront are emphasizing that Africa-focused events can and should be held in Africa in 2021.

“The return of major events such as African Energy Week 2021, bringing with them international visitors back to the Mother City, will be key to revitalizing our marketing efforts as the world reopens for business as we learn to live with the Covid-19 pandemic. We look forward to welcoming the delegates of African Energy Week and reintroducing them to the heritage, diversity and vibrant spirit of our neighborhood,” stated David Green, CEO, the V&A Waterfront.

“By utilizing the Waterfront as the location for AEW 2021, the AEC emphasizes the role of energy events in initiating community developments and impacts, as well as demonstrates that decisions regarding Africa’s energy sector should be made in Africa. AEW 2021 does not only seek to expand the African energy sector, but aims to contribute to tourism and event industry growth. Endorsement by the Waterfront only furthers this agenda, enabling increased socio-economic benefits in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” stated Katie Briant, Operations and Event Director for AEW 2021.

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

For speaker opportunity-related enquiries, please contact speakers@aew2021.com

*African Energy Chamber

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Petroleum Bill To Boost Nigeria: African Energy Week In Cape Town Committed To Driving Collaboration, Investment, And Deal-Making In Nigeria’s Energy Sector.
July 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

During a recent visit to Nigeria, AEC Executive Chairman NJ Ayuk met with industry leaders, national oil companies and private sector executives to discuss how the upcoming African Energy Week 2021 will promote Nigeria as the premier destination for investment in 2021 and beyond.

NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber (AEC), recently conducted a working visit to Nigeria with a sole mandate to expand cooperation, reaffirm critical energy partnerships, and promote the country as a premier investment destination, backed by the recently passed Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and the Decade of Gas initiative. By reiterating the value of the Cape Town-hosted African Energy Week (AEW) 2021 as a platform whereby Nigeria can facilitate impactful energy deals, market the country’s reformed energy sector, and attract both regional and international investor interest, both the AEC and AEW 2021 remain committed to driving investment and associated deals in Nigeria.   

Backed by the country’s recently passed PIB, the Decade of Gas initiative, and the prioritization of local content, Ayuk’s visit to Nigeria comprised meetings with industry leaders, including H.E. Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, and officials from the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR); private sector executives; and national oil companies including representatives from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). As Nigeria promotes the fact that it is officially open for business, AEW 2021 serves as the ideal platform to market the country, uniting international investors with lucrative Nigerian opportunities.

Notably, the visit aimed to emphasize the role of Nigerian oil and gas developments in a bid to attract international investor interest to new and existing projects. Through meetings with marginal field producers, the NNPC and the DPR, Ayuk opened a discussion on the role of oil and gas in Africa’s energy transition, drawing attention to the value and competitiveness of African projects. By showcasing the country’s new and existing oil and gas projects – such as the $2.8 billion, 614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano pipeline and the $10 billion Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas Train 7 project – both Nigeria and AEW 2021 aim to drive oil and gas directed investment, expanding Nigeria’s sector and accelerating long-term socio-economic growth.

Meanwhile, with the country’s Decade of Gas initiative – a comprehensive strategy to enhance gas monetization and utilization through a number of large-scale projects – comprising top of the agenda in 2021, a meeting with H.E. Chief Timipre Sylva served to promote Nigeria’s gas industry, with the Minister declaring an ambition to enhance gas-directed investments, accelerating growth across the sector and the wider economy. Under the Decade of Gas initiative, Nigeria is committed to fully exploiting its natural gas reserves – which represent the largest in Africa estimated at 206.53 trillion cubic feet – and is, therefore, prioritizing gas-to-power projects and associated developments. H.E. Chief Sylva remains committed to energy investments and has confirmed that the upcoming AEW 2021 will serve as the ideal platform for deals to be made that will kickstart Nigeria’s Decade of Gas enabled by the passage of the PIB.

Ayuk’s meeting with the Minister additionally focused on the benefits initiated by the PIB, reiterating the role that this progressive legislature will play in spurring investment in Nigeria. The recently passed PIB will pave the way for an influx of international energy investments across the entire value chain in Nigeria, creating an enabling environment for international stakeholders, in which reduced taxes and royalties coupled with Hydrocarbon tax exemptions for deep offshore oil and gas production has positioned Nigeria as one of the most competitive investment destinations in Africa. Accordingly, the PIB has not only completely overhauled the country’s regulatory structure, but has significantly enhanced its attractiveness, serving as a catalyst for new investments that will drive growth in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. AEW 2021 will showcase Nigeria’s post-PIB opportunities in a bid to drive investment and deal-making.

“Nigeria is open for business. The passing of the PIB coupled with demonstrated political will has emphasized and reaffirmed the country’s enabling environment and we can expect an increase in both regional and international partnerships and investment. AEW 2021 will work hard to promote Nigeria as a top investment destination, with the Nigerian delegation offering valuable insight into new and existing project developments and opportunities. There are many deals to be made in Nigeria and AEW 2021 will be the place to make them,” stated Ayuk.

Additionally, meetings with Nigerian service companies led to a discussion on the role of local companies and the private sector in driving regional energy growth and Africa’s energy transition. By emphasizing the role that Nigerian companies can play in regional markets – including but not limited to Angola, Gabon, and the Republic of Congo – both Ayuk and the Minister promoted the value of Nigerian businesses in sharing valuable experience, showcasing successful projects, and consequently, driving growth across the entire region. Increasing Nigeria’s footprint in regional markets will not only initiate regional growth but will open up numerous investment opportunities for both Nigeria and the wider region.

With regards to Africa’s energy transition, Ayuk’s visit opened a dialogue on Nigeria’s pragmatic approach to an energy transition, emphasizing the value of a Nigerian-focused and adapted strategy to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Meetings with both the NNPC, the Minister and the DPR comprised in-depth conversations around the role of oil and gas in Africa’s energy transition, the recognition of the private sector as a key driver, and the need for a multi-stakeholder approach. AEW 2021 will extend on this narrative, emphasizing the fact that Africa’s energy transition is market-based and cannot conform to Western ideologies. Rather, both Nigeria and AEW 2021 will demonstrate how an Africa-centric approach is most suitable in initiating an energy transition while at the same time ensuring energy poverty alleviation and economic development.

Serving as a form of prelude to AEW 2021, Ayuk’s visit to Nigeria introduced valuable discussion points which will be further examined at AEW 2021. With a strong delegation of industry leaders, private sector executives, and national oil company representatives coming to Cape Town in November, led by H.E. Chief Timipre Sylva, AEW 2021 comprises the official platform whereby deals regarding Nigeria’s energy sector will be made. Both the AEC and the Ministry are fully committed to driving investment in Nigeria, facilitating deal-making, networking and collaboration.

Africa’s premier energy conference is fully committed to African narratives, African people, and African energy. Register for AEW 2021 and gain valuable insight into some of Africa’s most competitive markets.

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

For registration related enquiries contact registration@aew2021.com

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Mozambique recovers containers of wood smuggled to China .
July 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Jorge Joaquim

Mozambican authorities have recovered 66 containers of wood smuggled out of the country to China last December, the environment minister, Ivete Maibaze, announced. The containers were part of a batch of 76, and Maibaze said that the other 10 were being returned.

She added that Mozambican and Chinese authorities had a memorandum of understanding to guarantee that wood smuggled out of Mozambique was returned. Many studies have reported that Mozambique is suffering from illegal logging.

The government has introduced new rules to restrict the production and export of timber in response.

The provincial forest service in Cabo Delgado province has denied being involved in the smuggling of timber shipped out of the port of Pemba in January.

According to a source at the service, the wood was under the authority of the province’s judicial court, which had prohibited its export in August last year, due to the alleged illegality of the process, which resulted in the arrest of nine civil servants.

The same source said that the wood was then smuggled using the export certificate of the company Zambeze Agro-Florestal, adding that the company did not ask for authorisation to export the wood, and yet it still left for China.

A study commissioned by the Civil Society Learning and Training Centre says that communities in northern and central Mozambique prefer collaborating with smugglers, especially Chinese, because the government takes much longer to pay for timber.

The study says that villages from the provinces of Niassa, Nampula and Zambezia have not received 20% of the resource exploitation fee since 2019. Lázaro Mabunda, a CESC consultant, said that they preferred to deal with the Chinese and other illegal operators because there was no bureaucracy and they got paid immediately.

According to Dionísio Nombora, co-author of the study, licensed operators did pay the fees due in 2019 and 2020 to the government, but communities did not see the money. Mabunda recommended involving local communities in the drawing up of all forest and wildlife concessions, to generate trust and avoid tensions between communities and operators.

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A3+1 retreat ongoing in Nairobi
July 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma

Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau

The United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) block of three elected African members’ retreat kicked off in Nairobi on Monday, July 19, 2021, and will run until Friday, July 23, 2021.

During the retreat, the members will seek to reinvigorate the group’s role in executing the agenda of Africa and the Caribbean at the UNSC.

While inaugurating the event, Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau said the retreat is part of Kenya’s execution of her peace and security mandate at the UN Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council.

The A3 refers to the bloc of the three (3) African members of the UN Security Council, where Niger, Kenya, and Tunisia are its current members, with the plus 1 incorporating the additional member of the Caribbean region presently Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations, in New York, is also participating at the A3+1 retreat, read the statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Ambassador Macharia Kamau welcomed A3+1 delegates saying that the A3+1 arrangement had become a formidable part of the UN Security Council Political workings, in addition to providing a critical platform for the prosecution of Africa’s Agenda – and that of the Sixth Region (the Caribbean) – at the UN Security Council.

He stated he is looking forward to adopting a common approach to matters affecting the African continent, noting it is essential in the development of long-term working methods and institutional capabilities that would provide the necessary safeguards for the A3+1 legacy.

On the other hand, the delegates thanked the Kenyan government for hosting the retreat saying Kenya’s membership to the Council had brought the necessary gravitas for serious engagements and deliberations on matters Africa at the Council.

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ECOWAS should shift focus to reforms that stimulate regional trade and growth.
July 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Jibran Qureishi*

Jibran Qureishi is Head of Africa Research at Standard Bank Group

Last month, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) announced that it would postpone the launch of its single currency, the ‘eco’, to 2027, due to challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the move does not come as a surprise given the inherent complications with such an endeavour, the pandemic has made it increasingly difficult for member states to meet various convergence criteria.

While the eco is placed on ice, ECOWAS should shift its focus to reforms that boost trade and drive economic growth in a region home to more than 380 million people. Reforms are essential for the adoption of a single currency to become viable.

Of the 15 member states that have agreed to adopt the eco, eight currently use the CFA franc, which is pegged to the euro. The other seven countries have their own currencies that are not freely convertible or transferable. These currencies remain susceptible to bouts of volatility and sporadic liquidity.

The adoption of the eco would allow these markets to transition toward a more fully convertible and transferable currency. Additionally, a single currency will increase trade between members, lower transaction costs, and improve payment platforms and mechanisms between member states.

The role of monetary policy in the eco 

For this arrangement to function, central bank independence is going to be pivotal. This of course presents these countries with an opportunity to strengthen institutions and further improve the policy environment.

However, member states will have to give up monetary sovereignty through the adoption of a common currency. This includes the right to issue currency, determine or change the value of the currency, and regulate the use of the currency. As it stands, some member states use these rights as the basis of their monetary policy interventions, making it difficult for them to converge to new standards. 

The majority of member states have not been able to achieve long periods with a stable currency and low inflation, indicating that policy transmission is compromised.

For the eco to succeed, it has to be a collaborative effort bringing about the necessary reforms and aggressively alleviating structural deficiencies. It will be imperative that monetary policy is strictly aligned to decision making to achieve optimal output outcomes. All central banks will need to read from the same script, as a single currency and monetary policy frameworks must be aligned.

Addressing structural issues and the AfCFTA

In the interim, ECOWAS should shift its focus to addressing the structural deficiencies that weigh down productivity in their member states. These include land border closures, non-tariff barriers, unreliable power supply, inadequate transport nodes and political instability, such as that recently seen in Mali and its subsequent suspension from the bloc.

Several of the bloc’s member states are under enormous economic pressure which has been amplified by the pandemic and thus struggling to pay their national debt. Focus must also be placed on restoring public debt on a more sustainable path in the region before it can adopt a single currency. Creating an inclusive growth environment and restoring debt sustainability are prerequisites.

The Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) offers huge potential for growth in the region and across the continent. As AfCFTA gains traction it should improve trade and competitiveness, giving Africa more relevance in global trade negotiations.

ECOWAS can use AfCFTA as a springboard to economic integration and as a strategy to enhance growth in the region. For AfCFTA to succeed, focus must be placed on developing and upgrading productive infrastructure and transport routes across the bloc to allow for the efficient movement of goods to market.

Demonstrating their ability to successfully implement AfCFTA and reap the economic benefits it offers will be key to assessing the viability of the eco. Should ECOWAS member states showcase commonality through the successful implementation of AfCFTA over the next six years, there would be reason to believe the eco could succeed too.

Ultimately, a single currency and continued regional integration will support growth over time in the region, however economic and structural reforms will remain a pivotal prerequisite. Furthermore, the successful implementation of AfCFTA across ECOWAS must be prioritised to boost regional trade and showcase cohesion, allowing the idea of a single currency to grow traction and support when the time comes.

*Head of Africa Research at Standard Bank Group

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Climate activists laud move to remove Salonga National Park from List of World Heritage in Danger.
July 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

Africa–On Monday, UNESCO announced that The Salonga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger. The World Heritage Committee cited improvements in the state of conservation of the park, as the reason for the decision.  

This new development is a big win for environmentalists and conservationists in DRC and around the world, who have worked tirelessly to stop oil exploration in Salonga National Park. However, more needs to be done to protect ecologically-diverse protected areas such as Virunga National Park that still faces the challenge of oil exploration.

Christian Hounkannou, 350Africa.org Regional Organizer said:

“We are happy to learn of the move to remove the Salonga National park from the list of World Heritage in Danger. We hope this  move will go a long way in ensuring the conservation of these protected and fragile ecosystems.  We must however note that yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Virunga National Park, is under threat due to the issuance of licences of oil exploration in the park. We appeal to the DRC government to cancel all oil exploration licenses in Virunga National Park in order to save Africa’s oldest national park.”

Justin Mutabesha, based in Goma and working with AJVDC said:

“As local activists living in the area, we welcome this decision and call for an immediate halt to the process for granting oil exploration licences in Virunga Park, which is still in danger with consequences on the lives and rights of the people. We want our government to respect the laws of the Republic and international conventions on protecting the environment, promoting and protecting human rights. The government should prioritise investments in renewable energy to promote the sustainable development of local economies within protected areas.”

According to the World Heritage Committee, the DRC national authorities have clarified that the oil concessions overlapping with the Salonga National Park property are now null and void and that these blocs will be excluded from future auctioning. It also observed an  improvement in the management of the park, notably with regard to the strengthening of anti-poaching measures. 

The Salonga National Park, which is Africa’s largest tropical rainforest reserve, was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1984. The park plays a fundamental role in climate regulation and the sequestration of carbon. The park is also home to numerous endemic endangered species such as the pygmy chimpanzee (or bonobo), the forest elephant, the African slender-snouted crocodile and the Congo peacock. Salonga had been inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 1999, due to pressures such as poaching, deforestation and poor management. In addition, the government of DRC later on issued oil drilling licences that encroached on the protected area, posing a threat to the wildlife-rich site.

Activists recently launched the Fossil Free Virunga short film highlighting the threat of oil exploration activities in the Virunga National Park. They also launched a petition to call for a halt to the issuance of oil exploration licences in such sensitive ecosystems.

*350Africa.org

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Nigerian Government Charged with Ethnic Cleansing, Systematic Terror, Rape and Slaughter of Landholding Yoruba Tribes.
July 20, 2021 | 0 Comments
President Buhari and others are accused of been complicit in fostering genocide against the Yoruba people in Southern Nigeria

Newark, N.J., U.S. – July 19, 2021 – A group of 22 international organizations led by the Yoruba Strategy Alliance have filed claims to the International Criminal Court against leading members of the Nigerian government. The claims allege that these members of the Nigerian government are complicit in fostering genocide against the Yoruba people in Southern Nigeria. Those charged include Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s president, and a number of military, police and other security officials.

The complaint alleges that the systematic rape and slaughter of the Yoruba people is part of a land annexation strategy being carried out by Fulani cattle herdsmen functioning as militia at the behest of the Nigerian government. The Nigerian government is currently dominated by members of the Fulani tribe.

“The Fulani are not indigenous to Nigeria, but have made no secret of their desire to have the whole country – including its oil money – to themselves. In the name of ‘one Nigeria,’ the Yoruba People initially welcomed Fulani herdsmen to share our ancestral lands, but now that they control the government they seek to dominate, terrorize and enslave the Yoruba,” said Aderemilekun “Ade” Omojola, Esq., a New Jersey attorney who filed the complaint in The Hague against Nigerian officials. “These so-called ‘herdsmen’ are the forward guard – storm troopers acting as militia and given free reign by the government to rape, slaughter and terrorize the Yoruba people with impunity as they take the land. Many of them aren’t even Nigerian. They’re brought in from surrounding countries, given a green light, handed AK-47s and sent into Yoruba territory.”

The complaint, filed with the International Criminal Court, accuses multiple members of the Nigerian government of genocide, torture, and crimes against humanity amongst other charges. Those government officials named in the complaint are:

Muhammadu Buhari, President; Hameed Ibrahim Ali, Comptroller-General, Customs; Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, Police, Former Inspector General; Mohammed Adamu, Police, Former Inspector General; Usman Alkali Baba, Police, Current Inspector General; Tukur Yusuf Burutai, Former Chief of Army Staff; Farouk Yahaha, current Chief of Army Staff; Sadik Abubakar, Air Force, Former Chief of Air Staff; Ahmed Abubakar Audi, Former Commandant General, Security & Civil Defense Corps; Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, current Commandant General, Security & Civil Defense Corps;  Muhammed Babandede, Comptroller General, Immigration Service; Abubakar Malami, Lawyer,
Minister of Justice, Attorney General.

“The state-sponsored terrorism against the Yoruba people has to stop,” said Omojola. “These so- called herdsman are merely death squads with cattle. They terrorize with impunity and have done so since Muhammadu Buhari took power as president in 2015 and placed Fulani tribesman in key police, military and legal positions.”

In 2016 the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a statement on a reported slaughter of the neighboring Igbo people “by armed Fulani herdsmen and associated militia,” in the Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Southern Nigeria. In the massacre, the UN noted that at least 40 people were reported killed in “what appears as a well-prepared raid carried out by some 500 men armed with guns, bows and machetes.”

Pointedly, the UN further noted that authorities were said to have been given advanced warning of the attacks but effectively failed to act.

Although the Nigerian government had communicated that it would “investigate” the matter, the UN Commissioner further noted that he was “worried by the complete impunity enjoyed so far by perpetrators of previous attacks,” citing more than 300 murders and 20,000 displaced in attacks by Fulani herdsmen that entirely destroyed 13 villages earlier that same year.

“Nothing has changed,” said Gani Alagbala, spokesperson for the Yoruba Strategy Alliance. “It’s only gotten worse in Southern Nigeria. The militia herdsmen actually video themselves now raping and beheading the Yoruba people so they can spread their terror even further. They do what they want because they know they will not be punished – they have government support and sanction for their atrocities. The International Criminal Court must act now – before this turns into Rwanda.”   

The complaint against Nigerian public officials has been filed with the International Criminal Court and awaits decision by the Office of the Prosecutor as to whether an official investigation will be opened.

The complaint filed at the International Criminal Court can be viewed at the link below, BUT WARNING, the evidentiary pictures and video contained therein contain images of rape, murder and what can only be described as a gruesome beheading.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lCZjuSoC2_bS9uNJ5H-UwSwB98ZWjwOT/view?usp=sharing

Attorney Aderemilekun “Ade” Omojola can be reached via ade@oapc.law

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Be Measured In Your Utterances To Avert Chaos– Adib Sani To Politicians.
July 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Maxwell Nkansah

A security expert, Mr Adib Sani has asked politicians to control their tongues in order to throw the country into chaos and anarchy. He said what politicians say in the media affect the thinking of their followers in several ways.

According to him whatever Politicians say has a direct implication on the thoughts, processes, opinions and perceptions of people they inspire. Adib Sani, stated that they should not forget it was under the same circumstances that a journalist named  Ahmed Suale was killed by words from a member of parliament and for chairperson of Defence and Interior  Committee of Parliament  to say such disparaging things , such irresponsible things  is what he can’t seem to wrap his mind around. That is worrying.

He hope the leadership of parliament takes action because it has become one too many.This comes after Speaker of parliament Alban Bagbin has referred Mr Agyapong to the Privileges Committee of Parliament for his utterances against a journalist with the Multimedia Group, Erastus Asare Donkor.

Mr Agyapong on Friday, July 9, is reported to have allegedly threatened to attack Mr Asare Donkor, “for the journalistic work that the latter undertook during the recent shootings and killing incident at Ejura” on his television station.

The Multimedia Group filed a formal complaint against Mr Agyapong. On Wednesday July 14, the former Broadcaster raised the issue on the floor of the house and asked the Speaker to refer the matter to the Privileges Committee.

He said “Mr Speaker, I think that as a former journalist I feel obliged to draw the House’s attention to this conduct of an Honorable colleague of this house which in my view, brings this house into disrepute.

“Mr Speaker, I urge you to exercise your powers  under 27 and refer this conduct of the Honorable which is becoming unacceptable, to the Privileges Committee to ascertain the veracity  of the comments that were made and recommend sanctions if possible  that will act as deterrent to other members who may be tempted  to act like him.”

In response to his request, the Speaker accordingly referred Mr Agyapong to the committee. He said he cannot take a decision on Mr Agyapong over his utterances against a journalist in Ghana.

That decision to determine whether or not the conduct smacks of abuse of privileges, he said rests with the lawmakers as a House, to take.

According to the Speaker, he is compelled to refer it to the Privileges Committee

Meanwhile, reacting to this on his radio station Oman FM on Thursday July 15, Kennedy Agyapong said “You cannot use the media to and the Police to gag me.  You make a statement that I should be referred to the Privileges Committee of Parliament.

“I want to insult. He is a foolish MP, Suhuyini is stupid. He hasn’t achieved anything in life so he wants Ghana to burn”.

Kennedy Agyapong said, he is so disappointed in his colleague and also uses everything for politics. He hold the view that the privileges committee is made up of human beings or they think being an MP is all I have; they think being MP is the only thing I rely on.

He insisted that the business owner of Joy FM told him that the workers had resolved to sabotage the government because the New Patritoic Party (NPP) administration is not taking care of them, a claim the management of Joy FM denied.

He further laminated that they are corrupt, he therefore dare the owner of the private media house Kwasi Twum to denied the claims if he didn’t say it, he should be ashamed of himself. He said the owner made that statement in his office that the staff of Joy FM are threatening to sabotage the government because we don’t take care of them. If they push I will expose all the things about Joy FM.

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Ghana-Denmark in Collaboration To Strengthen Maritime Governance
July 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Maxwell Nkansah

The National Security Co-ordinator, Major General Francis Adu Amanfoh, has said Ghana’s prospect in developing a robust and sustainable blue economy is dependent on security of her maritime domain.

Opening the National Integrated Maritime Strategy Implementation workshop in Koforidua, Major General Adu Amonfoh emphasized the need to build a blue print for maritime governance.

”Lack of proper co-ordination within the maritime space over the years had contributed to challenges that confront the Gulf of Guinea States especially Ghana,” he said.

Major General Adu Amanfoh said “the objectives of the National Implementation Maritime Strategy, (NIMS), of ensuring the safety and security of the maritime domain and develop a blue economy and protect the marine and coastal environment are critical to maritime governance

Ghana initiated steps to address challenges and harness the benefits along the 540 kilometres coastline, thereby developing the NIMS with relevant stakeholders, government agencies to secure our oceans.

The NIMS was developed through inter-agencies lead by the National Working Group under the auspices of the Security Governance Initiative office of the National Security Secretariat and support from Civil society and research organization including CEMLAWS and Centre for strategy studies, CSDS, and Gulf of Guinea.

The Global Maritime Crime Project Manager, Anais Rois urged stakeholders to help strengthen the legal framework to ensure efficiency delivery in the industry.

The workshop was funded by the Denmark government and UNODC, united nation office on drugs and crime.

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Ghana : Health Minister Sweats At Sputnik-V Vaccine Committee Hearing.
July 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Maxwell Nkansah

The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, on Monday, July 19 appeared before the nine-member bi-partisan committee set up by Parliament to probe the botched contract between the government of Ghana and Emirati middleman Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum to procure Sputnik V vaccines. It was the second time the Minister was appearing before the committee after he did so on the first day of sitting on Thursday, July 15.

However, when a question was posed to the Minister regarding who first approached who for the supply of the overpriced vaccines to Ghana, there was confusion following his answer.Mr Agyeman Manu, who is also Member of Parliament for Dormaa Central, told the committee that he, first, contacted the office of the Sheikh via phone, in contrast to his press statement on Wednesday, June 9 that the Office of the Sheikh rather approached the government.

According to the Minister he doesn’t see where the confusion arises, he told the committee. The minister said, the initial contact to the Sheikh was on phone call in his desperation to get vaccines, when the normal channels were failing, he spoke to people, Ghanaians and therefore he cannot remember who really gave him the indication of the likely supplies from Al Maktoum.

But after indicating that he had called the Sheikh’s office, the Chair of the Committee sought to clarify the issues to the Minister. Mr Agyemang Manu later said: he thinks he is even getting more confused. But the Chair of the Committee Alexander Afenyo-Markin insisted the “use of certain words within the context of law and the use of certain words within the context of public communication have to be reconciled so that nobody questions his credibility.

The committee is probing the circumstances under which government entered a deal with the Sheikh without Parliamentary approval to procure the vaccines at $19 per dose instead of the factory price of $10. The contract has since been terminated, according to the Health Minister.

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Ghana:Registrar-General Reviews Companies Listed For Strike Off.
July 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Maxwell Nkansah

The Registrar-General’s Department (RGD) has said it has commenced a review of the sample group of companies listed on its website for strike off.

The exercise is to validate companies that complied with the directive for dormant companies to file their returns or risk being delisted from the companies register at the end of June 30, 2021.

A statement from the Department, issued and signed by Mrs Jemima Maama Oware, the Registrar-General, said the three-month long review began on July 1, 2021 and would end on September 30, 2021

It said the review had become necessary after the final notice was issued on March, 18, 2021, to officials of dormant companies to file their annual returns to be in good standing with the Department.

It said the Department had earlier issued two notices on March 12, 2020 and December 01, 2020, and had published them in the national dailies and the Department’s website respectively in accordance with the Companies Act 2019, Act 992.

The statement said the Companies were Public/Private Companies Limited by Shares, Public/Private Companies Limited by Guarantee (Associations, Fun Clubs, Churches, etc.), Private Unlimited Companies and External Companies.

It said the strike off exercise became necessary because the Department’s Company database became bloated with names of dormant Companies entered onto the Companies Register.

  The statement said, 257,241 Companies existing in the new database had not filed their Returns or Amendments with the Department and that also, 670,282 Companies in the Legacy system had not carried out their re-registration as at the release of the first notice in March, 2020.

The statement said Companies due for strike off still in default after the three-month review would be published in the national sallies and on the Department’s website.

It said a Company’s status during the period would be classified as being inactive and would not be able to be accessed for any business transaction for 12 years except by a court order to the Registrar.

The statement said such Companies were, therefore, advised to use the three-month review to undertake all the necessary measures to be in good standing with the Department.

The Department urged all clients to visit its website www.rdg.gov.gh, click on news and scroll down to view the list of Companies the Registrar intended to strike off the Register.

The statement said penalty for late filing remained GH¢450.00 with GH¢50.00 for filing of Annual Returns for each year.

It asked Company Officials to include their Beneficial Ownership information when filing their Annual Returns.

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AU Chair Takes Swipe At Violence in South Africa.
July 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Nevson Mpofu

AU Chair Faki says the rule of Law must prevail

MOUSSA Faki Mahamati took a spike stance of critic condemn over state of affairs of South Africa’s peace and human security instability. A statement passed on to South African media fellows’ states that African Union Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat calls for urgent restoration of order, peace stability and observance of the rule of law in accordance with the constitution of South Africa.

Moussa Faki Mahamat is saddened by the death of 27 people by the end of yesterday. His calls for order, peace, stability and rule of law as measure to bring sanity. He fears this may spread in the region if no solutions are put in place any time soon.

‘’I urgently call for order, peace, stability and rule of law in South Africa. My condolence message goes to the families who face the death of 27 dead victims. This may spread in the whole region if no immediate action is taken ‘’

This violence has been characterized by looting in shops and killings which have brought negative prospects of human rights observance. This civil – unrest according to sources in the South African government rose up in flames after the imprisonment of Former South African President Jacob Zuma for 15 months after being charged with failure to attend court over abuse of office a case that had been subject to jurisprudence. Jacob Zuma has a number of cases which he committed .during his reign tenure up to 2017.

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Malawi’s former leader facing probe by the Anti Corruption Bureau .
July 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Joseph Dumbula

Former President Mutharika has denied any wrong doing and thinks the present administration of using the witch hunt against him to mask its gapping short comings.Photo courtesy

Malawi’s Anti Corruption Bureau will from tomorrow start interviewing former President Peter Mutharika over how his taxpayer identification number (TPIN) was used by other individuals while he was in office.

There have been reports that his TPIN was used to import 800 000 bags of cement worth K5 billion from Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Among other things, Mutharika’s personal bodyguard Norman Chisale and State Residences chief of staff Peter Mukhito.

They are answering various charges including money laundering, abuse of office, falsifying documents with intent to deceive, smuggling, aiding and abetting smuggling.

A statement from the ACB has however insisted that the interview is a normal process that people should not draw out of proportion.

Previously, Mutharika has been denying any wrong doing and has publicly said his regime was not corrupt.

At a recent press briefing, Mutharika blamed the current administration over rising cost of living and a series of corrupt acts reported including the alleged mismanagement of Covid19 funds.

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