DRC Offers the World an Immediate Climate Solution
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Everland launches inaugural webinar, Everland Presents: REDD+, A Force of Nature presenting the pioneering Wildlife Works Mai Ndombe REDD+ Project.
Everland, the exclusive representative of the largest portfolio of high-impact, forest conservation projects across the globe launched its inaugural webinar event REDD+, A Force of Nature, presenting the Wildlife Works Mai Ndombe REDD+ Project in the DRC highlighting the critical importance to protect the Congo Basin Rainforest.
REDD+ is an acronym for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, a climate change mitigation strategy introduced by the United Nations that is an essential part of the Paris Climate Agreement.
The REDD+ mechanism was designed to help stop the destruction of the world’s forests which is contributing massively to the climate crisis. REDD+ allows local landowners in the developing world to monetize their forest and biodiversity assets whether they are governments, communities, ownership groups, or private individuals.
The Congo Basin Rainforest is the second largest intact tropical forest on earth and left standing, offers the world an immediate low-cost climate solution that also protects habitat for threatened wildlife and a way to bring sustainable development benefiting the local the forest community.
Leading sustainability and corporate social responsibility executives, impact investors, policy makers and media from 26 countries were in attendance.
Expert speakers explained how REDD+ offers one of the most effective tools we have right now to combat the climate crisis.
June 30th is significant as it is Independence Day in the DRC which had experienced a long history of colonial oppression and post-colonial exploitation and put the country in a position of dire need of development.
Today, a progressive new coalition government in the DRC is focused on meeting the needs of its people, eager to find ways to address extreme poverty and to preserve the country’s natural resources for the benefit of all.
REDD+ as a market-based mechanism offers the DRC an approach to solve both the needs of its population and the environment.
To address the climate crisis, the DRC has demonstrated longstanding leadership in UN Climate negotiations, representing Africa and advocating for the importance of forest conservation.
Since 2011, Wildlife Works has been working with the DRC government on the country’s national and subnational REDD+ program.
Her Excellency Madame Jeanne Ilunga Zaina, Vice Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development for the Democratic Republic of the Congo discussed the DRCs ambition for a green new future and praised Wildlife Works for its numerous achievements to stop deforestation and bring much needed benefits to the local forest community.
Basabo Boot’Ombala, Chief of Batwa Pygymy Village of Ikita, one of 23 villages in the project area, was interviewed and she spoke about life in Ikita and what the Mai Ndombe REDD+ Project means to the Indigenous Batwa Pygmy community.
Chief Basabo said:
“Here in my village, the forest is our main source of everything. Our livelihood is highly dependent on the forest. That is the reason why we are saving the forest. We can’t survive without the forest. The forest is my and the whole (Ikita) populations survival.”
Other speakers included:
- Armin Sandhoevel, Chief Investment Officer Infrastructure Equity, Allianz
- Mike Korchinsky, Founder and President, Wildlife Works
- Jean-Robert Bwangoy, DRC Country Director, Wildlife Works
- Anna Lehmann, Global Climate Policy Director, Wildlife Works
- Naomi Swickard, Chief Program Officer, Verra
- Filip Agoo, Documentary Impact Photographer, Create The Change
- Josh Tosteson, Chief Operating Officer, Everland
- Moderated by Pamela Brazier, Vice President of Business Development, Europe, Everland
For more information about the speakers and the discussion:
About Mai Ndombe
The Mai Ndombe REDD+ project protects 300k hectares of critical bonobo and forest elephant habitat within the Congo Basin, the world’s second largest intact rainforest which also contains one of the most important wetlands of the planet. This project supports some of the worlds most impoverished and marginalized people in one of the least-developed places on Earth. The Mai Ndombe REDD+ project, developed and managed by Wildlife Works, utilizes carbon finance to address the basic development needs of 180,000 people that previously had little to no access to basic social services.
Wildlife Works is the world’s leading REDD+ program development and management company with an effective approach to applying innovative market-based solutions to the conservation of biodiversity. Over its 24-year history, Wildlife Works established a successful model that uses the emerging marketplace for REDD+ Carbon Offsets to protect threatened forests, wildlife, and communities.
Everland is a specialized marketing company representing the largest portfolio of high-impact, forest conservation projects, across the globe, that are focused on stopping deforestation. The company brings together forest communities and corporations in a common cause to protect some of the world’s most important and vulnerable forests.
Bluewater appoints new general manager for South African operation in major restructure
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Bluewater AB, a world leading Swedish watertech company, has appointed Cape Town-based Janneke Brasecke as the new general manager for its South African organisation as part of a major restructure.
The realignment came as Bluewater sets out a growth-focused ambition to help Bluewater Africa rebound following the Covid19 epidemic by developing and growing existing and new business across the country. Bluewater Africa is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bluewater AB as of July 1, with an initial focus on continuing its well-established mobile water station business for the event, film and mining industries.
The Bluewater mobile water station dispenses purified chilled water that is served either still or sparkling. The stations are equipped with sensor technology rather than push buttons to control point-of-use water delivery aimed at reducing any potential for transmission of Covid-19 or other germs.
A regular sight at the Rocking the Daisies music fest and Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, the Bluewater mobile water stations have proven highly popular in South Africa’s television and film production industry as it moves towards environmental sustainability.
Bluewater’s unique mobile water purification stations were used on the Western Cape set of Raised By Wolves, the TNT sci-fi series from filmmaker Ridley Scott (The Martian, Blade Runner, Alien: Covenant), for example. Another film set serviced by Bluewater water stations serving up pure water to staff was the popular Netflix production, Blood and Water.
As Bluewater has placed planetary health at the heart of its business mission, Bluewater hydration stations have also been used in a variety of environmental and beach clean-up projects in and around Cape Town.
“This is a great moment for Bluewater Africa and I am absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to continue growing our purified water delivery solutions,” said Ms. Brasecke, who has worked with Bluewater since the company first arrived in South Africa in early 2018 as official water supplier to the Volvo Ocean Race stop-over in Cape Town.
“Our ambition is to drive profitability so we can ensure business sustainability, preserve and ultimately create jobs and deliver healthy, clean water to South Africans”, Ms. Brasecke said.
Bluewater is a world leading, Swedish water purification company with regional sales offices in the USA, China, South Africa and Europe. Bluewater innovates, manufactures and comercializes compact water purifiers for residential, business and public use that harness the company’s patented reverse osmosis technology to remove virtually all pollutants from tap water, including lead, bacteria, pesticides, medical residues, chlorine, microplastics, and lime-scale.
African Economic Outlook Supplement: Here is how African countries can deal with COVID-19, reopen economies and accelerate recovery.
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Charles Lufumpa, the African Development Bank’s Acting Chief Economist and Vice President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management speaks on the recent release of the African Economic Outlook 2020 Supplement. He shares policy recommendations to cushion the shock of COVID-19 on countries.
How has Africa’s economic trajectory changed since the 2020 African Economic Outlook launched in January?
Almost everything has changed since January. The outbreak COVID-19 pandemic has distressed the global economy, particularly African economies. At the time the projections for Africa’s economic growth and prospects were prepared in January 2020, no one anticipated the magnitude of disruptions that COVID-19 would cause.
Both the pandemic and the containment measures put in place by governments to limit its spread have had important economic implications. International travel restrictions, school and workplace closures, cancellation of public events, restrictions on public gatherings and closures of national borders and non-essential businesses have had an unprecedented impact on Africa’s economic, health and political landscape.
The direct and indirect consequences of the outbreak have upended the strong upward trajectory of many African countries through 2019. Our analyses, projections and forecasts in the AEO 2020 Supplement reflect this sharply changed landscape.
Why is the African Economic Outlook 2020 Supplement necessary at this time?
The pandemic has reversed the strong growth projections reported earlier in our 2020 African Economic Outlook due to the significant economic and health-related disruptions it is causing African countries.
To account for the impact of the pandemic on Africa’s socio-economic landscape, it was necessary to reassess the situation and revise our growth projections and outlook for 2020 and 2021.
The AEO 2020 Supplement presents revised projections for Africa’s economic growth and outlook for 2020 and 2021, assesses the impact of COVID-19, and offers policy prescriptions on safe strategies to reopen economies and accelerate recovery after the pandemic.
What are the main policy recommendations to spur 3.0 percent growth in 2021?
It is important to first underscore that projections of a 3-percent growth recovery in 2021 are subject to major downside risks arising from both external and domestic factors. For instance, there remains a non-negligible risk of a second wave of COVID-19 infection, which could necessitate that African countries reimpose physical distancing, lockdowns, and quarantines.
We should also not forget other natural catastrophes such as the locusts swarms in parts of East Africa that are hurting farmers’ yields and livelihoods. Other exacerbating factors such as subdued commodity prices, high debt burdens, and tightening global financing conditions are likely to increase the uncertainty of Africa’s projected economic recovery.
The AEO 2020 Supplement emphasizes a multi-pronged policy approach to addressing the pandemic that involves: a public health response to contain the spread of the virus and minimize fatalities; a monetary policy response to ease liquidity constraints and solvency risks, a fiscal response to cushion the impacts on livelihoods and to assist businesses; a labour-market response to protect workers and their jobs; and structural policies to enable African economies to rebuild and enhance their resilience to future shocks.
Actionable details on how to implement these policy responses are presented in Section 3 of the Supplement.
How can African countries build economies that are more resilient against future shocks?
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is certainly not the last major shock the continent will face. In the AEO Supplement, we emphasized the need to accelerate structural reforms to help African countries build more resilient economies and become better prepared to face future shocks.
By increasing productivity and addressing obstacles to the business environment, African countries could revive their productive base and increase levels of industrialization. These resilience-boosting reforms would require investment in human capital to build a workforce with the right skills for high-productivity sectors and bridging the infrastructure deficit to advance Africa’s industrial development.
Moreover, promoting economic diversification will help countries adapt to an increasingly volatile global economy and better shield their economies from future shocks. This will require targeted policies that boost agricultural productivity and move labor from low-productivity to high-productivity sectors as well as supporting competitive sectors such as agro-processing, digital technologies, or information and communication technology-based services, which have proved critical during the pandemic.
Other challenges that will need to be addressed in order to achieve faster-growing and more resilient African economies include: formalizing the informal sector; ensuring political stability, good governance and transparency, and stronger protections for property rights.
Post COVID-19: Africa’s growth stands to rebound to 3% in 2021, African Development Bank says in African Economic Outlook 2020 Supplement
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-Governments and development partners must respond in a more coordinated, targeted, and rapid manner to be effective in limiting impacts
-An additional 49 million Africans could be pushed into extreme poverty by the pandemic and its aftermath; West and Central Africa stand to be worst hit
Africa’s economic growth could rebound in 2021, provided that governments manage the COVID-19 infection rate well, according to updated forecasts from the African Development Bank, released on Tuesday.
In a comprehensive socio-economic assessment of the pandemic’s impact, the Bank said growth was now projected to rebound to 3% in 2021 from -3.4% in the worst-case scenario for 2020.
The predictions are contained in a supplement to the Bank’s African Economic Outlook, which was released on 30 January. At the time, Africa’s growth was forecast at 3.9% in 2020 and 4.1% in 2021.
The supplement cautioned that the growth outlook for 2021 and beyond would depend largely on African governments’ effectiveness in flattening the curve of the outbreak and policies to reopen economies.
Charles Leyeka Lufumpa, Acting Chief Economist and Vice President for Economic Governance and Knowledge Management, at the African Development Bank, said: “To reopen economies, policymakers needed to follow a phased and incremental approach that carefully evaluates the trade-offs between restarting economic activity too quickly and safeguarding the health of the population. “
“Economic activities can be restarted incrementally on the basis of the transmission risks of different sectors,” Lufumpa said.
The spread of the virus in Africa depends largely on the preparedness of countries to separate and treat infected patients, the supplement stated, noting that only 21 out of 54 African countries are clinically prepared to deal with epidemics.
Executive Director of the African Economic Research Consortium and Former Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya, Njuguna Ndung’u described the African Economic Outlook 2020 supplement as “a very important and useful policy tool for African countries who actually need it at this time.”
“It will be useful now and in the future. It gives us important short, medium- and long-term strategies,” he added, stressing crises like COVID-19 present a good opportunity for innovative reforms in countries.
The supplement noted that the curve of the pandemic in Africa was flattening gradually. However, COVID-19 remains a serious threat to lives and livelihoods, given weak healthcare systems and limited social protection. The continent also remains vulnerable to other regional threats such as the locust swarms that have struck East Africa, as well as to extreme climate events.
Under projected scenarios for contraction of growth, Africa could lose between $145.5 billion and $189.7 billion of GDP in 2020, according to the publication.
Hanan Morsy, Director of the Macroeconomic Policy, Forecasting and Research Department at the African Development Bank, said “The African Economic Outlook 2020 Supplement shows that for the first time in the last half-century, Africa would be facing an economic recession as a fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. This would affect the gains achieved in poverty reduction as an estimated 49 million Africans could be pushed into poverty, with about 30 million jobs at the verge of disappearing. Policymakers need to act fast to alleviate the impact of the crisis on vulnerable groups through well targeted social safety net measures.”
Urgent interventions required
The report called for urgent policy interventions to mitigate the impact of the pandemic: “Across Africa, the response must be well-sequenced and multipronged, involving a public health response to contain the spread of the virus and minimise fatalities, a monetary policy response to ease liquidity constraints and solvency risks, and a fiscal response to cushion the economic impacts of the pandemic on livelihoods and to assist businesses.”
Other proposed interventions included labour market policies to protect workers and their jobs, and structural policies to enable African economies to rebuild and enhance their resilience to future shocks.
The supplement warned that the tourism, transportation, and entertainment sectors may take longer to recover. Between 2017 and 2018, African travel and tourism grew by 5.6%, compared with the global average of 3.9%.
According to Morsy, the supplement projected that, in the worst-case scenario, an additional 49 million Africans could be pushed into extreme poverty by the pandemic and its aftermath. The number of people in extreme poverty in Africa (using the $1.90 international poverty line) could reach 453.4 million in 2020 as a result of the pandemic, compared to 425.2 million under the no-outbreak scenario.
People in West and Central Africa faced a higher risk of falling into extreme poverty due to the pandemic, but COVID-19 would also deepen poverty in East and Southern Africa.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 54 African countries stood at 304,642, with 8,087 reported deaths as of 22 June 2020. According to the supplement, reported figures were likely to be higher in reality because of limited testing capabilities in most countries.
The authors said to reopen economies, policymakers needed to follow a phased and incremental approach that carefully evaluated the trade-offs between restarting economic activity too quickly and safeguarding the health of the population. They also must build public trust and buy-in and address structural bottlenecks that make the continent more vulnerable to future shocks.
Sierra Leone : President Bio Appoints New Attorney General And Minister Of Justice
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By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma
Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio has appointed renowned Lawyer Anthony Yiehwoe Brewah as the country’s new Attorney General and Minister of Justice replacing her predecessor Dr. Priscilla Schwartz ,the first ever female Justice Minister in the country.
“It has pleased His Excellency the President , Brig.(Retired) Julius Maada Bio to appoint Anthony Yiehwoe Brewah as Attorney General and Minister of Justice with immediate effect,’’ a statement from the office of President said on Monday.
Her replacement as Justice Minister has been mounting days after the government lost the treason case against former defence Minister and opposition politician Rtd. Alfred Palo Conteh with prominent lawyers , civil society activist , the media , citizens calling for her resignation as they felt she has wasted the states resources in a case where there were no evidences or need to have charged the matter.
The new Justice Minister becomes the third to hold that position since President Bio assumed power two years ago.
The former Justice Minister prior to her appointment as the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, worked as Senior Lecturer and the Director of the Energy and Natural Resources Law (Master of Laws (LLM) Programme, at the College of Professional Services, Royal Docks School of Business and Law, University of East. London, United Kingdom (2012-2018). She has also lectured at the University of Leicester, UK, (2007-2012), Queen Mary, University of London, UK (2008-2011), School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK (2011-2013).
Speaking on Local television on AYV’s Wake Up Sierra Leone on Monday, on Palo’s treason trial, Renowned Human Rights Lawyer Augustine Sorie Sangba Marah, said “She’s put the nation through enormous distress, enormous fear and I think the humble thing is for the AG to have her resignation”
Another Renown Lawyer, Law lecturer and former Ombudsman Francis Gabbidon also called for the Minister of Justice resignation on Local television AYV stating that ” the decision to ignore the Police investigation of unlawful possession and charge for treason is a big blunder, the attorney general should tender her resignation to the President”
These calls by these prominent lawyers including ordinary citizens critics believed that these could have pressured the President to replace her with another person on late Monday evening.
Popular journalist and editor of Salone Times Newspaper , Thomas Dixon, wrote on his Facebook account “AG Priscilla Schwartz out!…. We have A listening President.
However there has been no statement from the former Justice since her replacement on Monday night.
The new attorney general was first appointed as Minister of Local government and Rural development but was sacked less than a year in that office.
Kenya:Schools To Remain Closed Until 2021
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By Samuel Ouma
As the cases of the Coronavirus in Kenya continue to rise, Education Ministry on Tuesday announced that pre-primary, primary and secondary schools will re-open in January 2021.
Addressing the press in Nairobi, Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Prof. George Magoha said the Ministry have taken the move following wide consultations with education stakeholders saying the pupils’ safety is a top priority.
Prof. Magoha also pushed forward this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) to next year. According to Magoha, all learners will repeat their classes. He noted 2020 academic calendar is lost.
“Stakeholders have shelved the initial proposal to reopen schools in September for Standard Eight and Form Four candidates,” he said.
However, the CS said the decision will be reviewed when daily Covid-19 cases reduce consistently for 14 days.
He added that colleges and technical and vocational education and training (Tvet) institutions will re-open in September subject to strict adherence to safety measures put in place to curb the spread of the novel virus.
“Universities will be allowed to re-open if they meet all the requirements set by MoH, and they must be inspected. Members of staff must agree on how they will do a phased reopening,” he said.
This comes hours after President Uhuru Kenyatta announced phased re-opening of the economy from a Covid-19 lockdown. Addressing the nation on Monday, June 6, the Head of the State lifted the cessation of movement in and out of Counties of Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera considered as the virus hotspots effective on Tuesday at 4am (local time).
President also permitted the gradual re-opening of places of worship but insisted that every service must last for one hour with only 100 worshippers per service. Congregants under the age of 13 years and above the age of 58 years and those with underlying conditions should not attend worship services, said Kenyatta.
Local air travel is set to resume on July 15 whereas international travel will begin on August 1.
“By reopening (the three counties), we must be cognisant of the fact that we are much more at risk when the restrictions were in place. We must exercise cautious optimism,” said the President.
Nevertheless, a ban on public gatherings in weddings, bars, political rallies was extended for 30 days as well as dusk to dawn curfew.
Namibia to Quarantine International Tourists
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By Andreas Thomas
Windhoek – International tourists who plan to vacation in Namibia once the country lifts border restrictions have to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival.
Namibia has announced plans to revive the tourism sector, the worst affected industry by the coronavirus pandemic.
However, President Hage Geingob has reiterated the government stance to quarantine all arrivals at their own cost.
“If you are not willing to quarantine for 14 days when you arrive, you should not come. If it was me, I will not come,” Geingob told media in the capital.
The government has set up a ministerial taskforce in collaboration with the private tourism sector to conduct an assessment of the targeted international tourism revival initiative from 15 July to 15 August 2020.
“Work to finalize preparations for the announced tourism revival initiative is ongoing, further modalities will be communicated. We want to be meticulous in the execution of this initiative, to safeguard our public health gains in the other regions of the country and deliver on our intended objective of reviving the tourism and hospitality sectors,” President Geingob has said.
Visitors from lower-risk countries are required to present a valid Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departing to Namibia once the borders reopen under Stage 5 of the State of Emergency.
Upon arrival into the country, they will once again test for Covid-19 before they commerce with a mandatory two week quarantine period.
The tourism sector employs over 100,000 Namibians. Namibia moved into Stage 4 from 30 June until 17 September.
Namibia will be the first country in the SADC region to open its borders to international visitors against the backdrop of Covid-19.
The United Nations World Trade Organization (UNWTO) has adopted an agenda for Africa to accelerate tourism recovery. UN tourism body said the African destinations have been hit hard by the restrictions on travel introduced in response to the pandemic.
It said in a statement that the sudden and unexpected drop in tourist arrivals has placed many millions of jobs at risk and threatened to roll back the progress made in sustainable development.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on tourism across the continent. However, UNWTO is committed to helping Africa grow back stronger and better and for tourism to emerge from this crisis as an important pillar of economies, jobs and sustainability,” says UNWTO secretary-general Zurab Pololikashvili.
Rwanda:Former PM Habumuremyi Under Arrest
July 5, 2020 | 0 Comments
By Maniraguha Ferdinand
Rwanda Investigation Bureau has arrested former Prime Minister, Dr Habumuremyi Pierre Damien over breach of trust and issuing a bounced cheque.
He was arrested on Friday, 3rd July 2020 according to Rwanda Investigation Bureau, while investigation is going on.
Dr Habumuremyi who was Prime Minister from 2011 to 2014, is alleged to have committed such crimes as the Chancellor of Christian University of Rwanda, a college in the capital Kigali which he co-founded.
Christian University which was founded in 2017, has been in the news recently, with staff decrying to spend months without salaries, which paralyzed teaching at the university.
Arrested also is Professor Egide Karuranga, the former Vice chancellor of University of Kibungo which was closed recently due to internal conflicts and mismanagement.
Karuranga is alleged to have misused public funds, nepotism among others.
Gambia CSOs Condemn Arrest of Human Rights Actvist
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By Bakary Ceesay
The Gambia civil society organizations (CSOs) have jointly condemned the arrest of a human rights activist Madi Jobarteh and warned the government to desist from applying all forms of draconian laws inherited from the previous repressive regime.
Jobarteh was arrested by the police on Tuesday and charged with false publication and broadcasting. His arrest came on the heels of his media comment for faulting the police for their failure to investigate the killings of Haruna Jatta, Ousman Darboe and Kebba Secka.
The Association of the Non-Governmental Organization of The Gambia (TANGO) has gathered its member groups including the Action Aid International, Gambia Press Union, Victims Centre, Beakanyang, etc. to release their message to the president.
“Barrow needs to listen to ordinary people. The politicians and not telling him the truth. The civil servants are not telling him the truth. So, he needs to listen to ordinary Gambians…” the executive director of TANGO, Ousman Yabo.
According to him, the president has failed in his promises he made before the international community and the Gambian people regarding his stance for total respect for democracy, rule of law and guaranteeing freedom of expression and ending unlawful arrests. “Unfortunately, never again is here to stay.”
Sheriff Kijera, Chairman of the Gambia Center for Victims of Human Rights Violations stressed that Madi Jobarteh has expressed an opinion and the state should only counter it if it is dissatisfied.
“What we are seeing in our current dispensation is so disturbing and disappointing. This victims centre is very concerned,” he said.
“What happened to Madi is the same old tactics of former president Yahya Jammeh to silence the critics to germinate and cement the dictatorship.”
He stressed that the police are not learning lessons from the past, arguing that the nation’s reform agenda including the Security Sector Reform is not making any meaningful changes.
Kijera also warned the government to desist from making any attempt to stifle free speech as it will not achieve any plan of playing tactics of silencing the citizens.
The civil society organizations in The Gambia hold meeting over Madi’s arrest“What happened to Madi is not an isolation. It has been building up. You go to all these government departments and they tell you how dangerous Madi is. That shows that it has been building up. This is a test. It is a rehearsal and we should send a signal loud and clear that this is not going to be condoned.
“This is the only way we can stop this thing from happening to everybody. We will stand with Madi, we will stand with anybody whose freedom of expression has been curtailed, or has been taken away and we want to make this loud and clear.”
He urged journalists to stand with their sources at all times. He stressed that as they turn against the sources, the next victims could be those providing them with the platforms to express themselves.
John Charles Njie, Chairperson of TANGO, said the hope in the Barrow government is dissipating at an alarming pace to all and sundry.
“Madi is charged with the same law that was designed under the previous government to muscle the dissents.”
He said the country has decided not to go back into the dictatorship as “we will not be silent and we can’t be silent. We are confident that Mr Jobarteh’s comment in the media falls within his constitutional and human rights.”
He stated that the civil society will not accept the police action against Madi.
“This has brought back old memories. The freedom of expression is the cornerstone of our democracy. The state as our protector should not use draconian laws inherited by dictatorship to prosecute Madi Jobarteh. The action of the police constitutes blatant abuse of power. Today, we say enough is enough…”
Among the seven-points demand directed to the state for action, the CSOs called on the state to ‘drop all charges against Mr. Madi Jobarteh and offer an unconditional apology to him.
Other points include urging the government to “refrain from ‘inviting’ citizens to question them about their opinions or remarks so long as those opinions do not constitute incitement of violence and hate speech.
“Ensure that the police always act within the law and with professionalism when dealing with citizens and non-citizens in the country,
“A repeal of all the repressive and repugnant laws that negate and dilute the enjoyment of the fundamental rights guaranteed under our constitution;
“Desist from using the same Yahya Jammeh era repressive laws to stifle freedom of expression and association or media freedom;
“Demonstrate transparency and accountability by informing the general public about the state of affairs into the investigation of the murder of Haruna Jatta and Ousman Darboe and trial of suspects in the murder of Kebba Secka among other cases of concern.”
Awards winning DJ People’s Choice Release Debut Single ‘Kumpo’
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By Bakary Ceesay
Awards winning Italian based Gambian prominent DJ People’s Choice, cum artiste has released his debut song called ‘Kumpo’ available in all digital platforms.
It is recorded at Atomizer Records available in YouTube and Spotify. Kumpo is a Senegambia cultural traditional masquerade blend with African cultural and historical backgrounds in Mandinka language with house music making waves international.
He is been the first person to blend house music and Afro-House in a African grand style which is well-known and accepted across the globe in live music scene.
DJ People’s Choice said he is currently on another song in the studio entitled ‘Manneh’ aim at blend the African tradition with house music.
“I am determined to sells our African culture to West to know that our culture is beautiful so that it can be an inter cultural exchange, dialogue and diversity across the globe,” he added.
He has colloborated with Gambia’s finest artiste ENC, in a song and Joe Nevix, a vateran music producer making waves across the globe.
Open for colloboration
The young determined DJ cum artiste calls on all artistes, Djs and promoters to come on board and work for the betterment of the industry across the globe.
He called on all Gambians and non to come and work with him.
Below the link of song:https://youtu.be/DL2TezW1soA
Honoris United Universities Welcomes Nile University of Nigeria to its Pan-African Network
July 3, 2020 | 0 Comments
|Expansion into Nigeria marks a major milestone in Honoris’ mission to provide Education for Impact across the continent.|
Honoris United Universities , Africa’s first and largest pan-African network of private higher education institutions, today announced its expansion into West Africa by welcoming Nile University of Nigeria, known for its strong academic credentials and best-in-class faculties, into the network.
Established in 2009, Nile University of Nigeria is a fully accredited university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Arts and Social Sciences, Engineering, Law, Management Sciences, Natural and Applied Sciences, and Medical & Health Sciences. Committed to the best development experiences for its students, the university’s campus located in Abuja provides modern learning environments and high-quality facilities, including outstanding sports amenities as well as secure hostel accommodation.
With the largest population and economy in Africa, Nigeria is poised to lead a new generation of African leaders and professionals. As high-quality education in public and private institutions increases in demand, Honoris is partnering with Nile University of Nigeria to support access, quality, and outcomes while extending its world-class African human talent mandates.
With Honoris United Universities, Nile University of Nigeria students will have access to diverse experiences across the entire network, including 21st century physical and digital learning environments using state-of-the-art professional technologies. Additionally, they will benefit from Honoris’ regional and international network of partners, providing opportunities for student and faculty exchanges and research programs. These experiences will support the growth of highly competitive graduates as well as contribute to the development efforts of Nigerian communities throughout the country.
As Honoris United Universities marks its third anniversary, the addition of Nile University of Nigeria to the Honoris network is a major milestone in its pan-African expansion. With a footprint that extends from Casablanca to Cape Town, and from Abuja to Tunis, the Honoris network now consists of 11 institutions in 10 countries and 32 cities, amassing significant expertise in contact, distance and online education. Its institutions are well established authorities within the disciplines of Medical & Health Sciences, Engineering, IT, Business, Law, Architecture, Creative Arts & Design, Media, Political Science and Education.
Commenting, CEO of Honoris United Universities, Luis Lopez, said, “As we welcome Nile University of Nigeria to the Honoris family of higher education institutions, we are undertaking an important step forward in our pan-African goal of widening access to quality higher education for young people in the continent. In light of Nigeria’s strategic importance to the development of Africa, we are pleased to be making this investment in the educational system of the country. Moreover, the high standards and the accomplishments of Nile University of Nigeria add significant collaborative intelligence and pedagogical capabilities to our network. I look forward to the contributions Honoris United Universities and Nile University of Nigeria will bring to our communities throughout Nigeria.”
Of note, Nile University of Nigeria’s medical school further strengthens the network’s health sciences vertical and complements the Honoris Medical Simulation Centre in Tunis, which trains more than 3,500 students and upskills health professionals within the wider medical community. Together, these programs highlight Honoris’ focus on professions and skills relevant to the students and to the communities they will impact.
About Honoris United Universities:
Honoris United Universities is the first and largest pan-African private higher education network committed to educating the next generation of African leaders and professionals able to impact regionally in a globalized world. Collaborative intelligence, cultural agility and mobile mind-sets and skills are at the heart of Honoris’ vision of higher education. Honoris United Universities joins the expertise of its member institutions to develop world-class African Human capital that is competitive in today’s fast-paced, demanding and increasingly digitized labour and start-up markets.
Honoris United Universities gathers a community of 45,000 students on 60 campuses, learning centres and via on-line, in 10 countries and 32 cities. The network counts 11 institutions: multidisciplinary universities, specialized schools, technical and vocational institutes, contact, distance and online institutions. Students have an opportunity to experience exclusive partnerships and exchange programs in more than 60 universities across Europe and the United States. Over 280 degrees are offered in Medicine, Health Sciences, Engineering, IT, Business, Law, Architecture, Creative Arts and Design, Media, Political Science and Education.
About Nile University of Nigeria:
Nile University of Nigeria is a private multidisciplinary university that offers undergraduate and postgraduate students a wide portfolio of programs across six faculties – Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Management Sciences, Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences and Faculty of Law.
Nile University of Nigeria was founded in 2009 to provide the country’s fast-growing number of secondary school leavers with a high-quality university education. It is well-known for its academic credentials and best-in-class faculties offering 26 undergraduate programs and 36 postgraduate programs to over 3,500 students. Its 113-hectare campus, based in Abuja, offers state-of-the art learning spaces, outstanding sports facilities (including basketball, tennis, football, volleyball and table tennis) as well as quality, secure hostels, all in a peaceful and safe environment.
Nile University of Nigeria degrees are accredited by Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) and professional authorities such as ICAN, COREN, Council of Legal Education and Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).
Since inception, Nile University of Nigeria has worked to provide students with the skills and competencies they need to face the challenges of a globalized and digital world. The University has signed MoUs with 25 international universities in Africa, Asia, Europe, United Kingdom and the United States and is a Member of the Association of African Universities and West African Universities. 1,700 alumni demonstrate the high quality of the institution and its academic excellence and discipline.
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European Travel Bans are counter-productive and hurting the Oil & Gas Sector’s ability to support Africa’s Economic Recovery
July 3, 2020 | 0 Comments
|Restrictions of visa issuance are de facto preventing a lot of projects to move forward and to successfully contribute to the recovery of the continent.|
The continuation of travel restrictions and suspension of visas and travel between Africa and Europe is heavily restraining the oil & gas industry’s recovery efforts. Because of its international nature, the oil & gas sector relies on global value-chains and successful cooperation and movement of people, goods and services between foreign and local contractors. The ongoing travel bans and restrictions of visa issuance are de facto preventing a lot of projects to move forward and to successfully contribute to the recovery of the continent.
Major international oil companies such as Total, BP, Shell, Eni, ExxonMobil, Chevron or Equinor and independents such as Kosmos Energy, BW Energy, Maurel & Prom or Tullow Oil that operate a major share of Africa’s daily oil and gas production are currently unable to operate fully and safely because of such travel restrictions. Similarly, they directly impact the operations of the major international services and EPC companies supposed to work on major projects, such as Saipem, TechnipFMC, Schlumberger or Halliburton.
“We cannot base our recovery narrative and hopes on the oil & gas sector and at the same time forbid the movement and travel of the workers and employees supposed to make that recovery happen,” declared Nj Ayuk, Executive Chairman at the African Energy Chamber. “We are urgently calling for pragmatism and the adoption of realistic measures that put workers’ safety and economic recovery at the center of public and travel policies priorities,” he added.
From West to Southern Africa, landmark energy projects worth billions of dollars have been delayed because of the ongoing pandemic of Covid-19 and its subsequent lockdowns and travel restrictions. However, and as economies gradually reopen, a new wave of travel restrictions, especially on the issuance of visas between Europe and Africa, is adding up to the list of challenges the industry faces to play its key role in the continent’s economic recovery. Such restrictions are threatening the efficient operations of global value-chains whose functioning is critical to enable Africa’s energy projects to move forward.
*African Energy Chamber