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Mozambique: Filipe Nyusi to take office on 15 January
December 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Arnaldo Cuamba

The Constitutional Council, Mozambique’s highest body in matters of constitutional and electoral law, has announced that the winner of the 15 October presidential election, Filipe Nyusi, will take office in on 15 January.

Nyusi, which is going to second term, will be sworn into office at a public ceremony by the chairperson of the Constitutional Council, Lúcia da Luz Ribeiro.

Strangely the body made this announcement before it has even validated and proclaimed the results of the general and provincial elections held on 15 October. The announcement can be taken as a sure sign that the Council intends to validate the results announced by the National Elections Commission on 27 October.

Mozambique held its general elections on 15 October throughout the country, in which Nyusi, the Frelimo party’s candidate for the presidency of the republic, won its three opponents with 73% of the vote. On a turnout of 50.74%, Renamo’s Ossufo Momade came second with 21.88%, MDM’s Daviz Simango third with 4.38%, and Mario Albino of AMUSI got 0.73%.

“The results clearly show that we, FRELIMO, have achieved a unequivocal and unquestionable victory,” Nyusi said during his first speech after the announcement of the results by the National Election Commission. “The Mozambican people through this result, said yes, it is with you that it works,” he added.

With this scoreboard, Filipe Nyusi and his party can do whatever they want. In power since national independence in 1975, the Frelimo Government has been very closed and lacking in transparency, due to the country’s few years of democracy. After independence, the party chose to be a communist/socialist state, a situation that changed in 1990 when it introduced the democratic rule of law, based on the separation and interdependence of powers and pluralism.

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Zimbabwe Gears Up For 2023 General Elections With the Launch of Strategic and Gender Inclusion Plan
December 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Nevson Mpofu Munhumutapa

ZEC Chair-Person Priscilla Chigumba
ZEC Chair-Person Priscilla Chigumba

Three Hundred delegates from the Government among them top officials, Ambassadors, United Nation Representatives, Civil Society Organisations and the Media thronged in Harare at a local hotel to witness 2 twin strategic launches.

The first was the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Strategic Plan and the Gender Inclusion Launch. . Addressing Journalists in the capital city, ZEC Chair-Person Priscilla Chigumba said the country is this time is with a more revised version of a strategy meant to spear-head well-orchestrated more transparent, credible and fair elections.

‘’We have come with a new holistic approach to a strategy that will make us follow up and try to standardise the past 2018 election’s mistakes , improve on success areas and bring out more out of little .

‘’Our elections must be of International standards and order in the next general election 2023. The elections must be guided by new principles so that we can come up with new improvements. ZEC has responded fairly to stakeholders concerns in the past election. ‘’Excellent, we have to make a strong head-way to push for stronger inclusivity of women in decision making positions in Senate and Parliament.

The Chair-person pointed out on the increase in number of women in 2013 elections but later in the next election in 2018, the number decreased. She further got deep into explanations related to why the 2018 election was low in women in politics yet in 2013 there was an increase.

‘’ Women increased in 2013 but decreased in 2018 because of certain factors which we have cited out. This is why we have to look at gender inclusivity in political positions. In other words women must increase in number in 2023 election.’’

‘’Measures, we now have measures in place to foster a way-forward towards gender inclusivity. UN Women has helped us move forward by funding Gender -Inclusivity. We thank all the supporters in the playing field.

‘’Gender-Survey has been done. This is the other main reason why we have done this Launch. Infect the main objective is promote Gender-Equity, Equality, and Inclusivity.  Secondly to bring sanity, transparency, accountability, impartiality, credibility and inclusiveness to new elections .It is all about Gender Sensitivity looking sorely at values that promote women like Equality , empowerment , Sustainability , Social Justice , Democracy and participation .’’ She Said .

The synopsis of the strategy according to Chigumba looks at the reports of the observers in connection with previous elections of which there are strength and weaknesses. Stakeholders, political parties have also given their feedback. There are political dialogues to make new way-forward. Consultations have actually made a bee-line for a Gender Survey of the post-election.

Maria Ribero United Nations Country Representative called further for free, fair elections guided by transparency and accountability of ZEC. There are certain conditions to take consideration of firstly looking at participation, full inclusivity, equality and equity in terms of resources.

‘’Harmonised Elections remains our concern as we move on but I urge all Political Parties to be friendly  , peaceful and create new linkages of unity networks . Violence is condemned. For sure it was not seen in the 2018 election. My last concern is on disabled people. Let us think about them in the next election.’’ She said.

European Union made a total of 23 Recommendations. Tim Olkonnen says 6 Recommendations were identified.

1= The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s ZEC independence needs to be strengthened, free from Governmental over-sight in the approval of its regulations.

2= ZEC should provide effective and timely information on all steps of the Electoral preparations , making all information of public interest , including ZEC Resolutions and verifiable polling station results . This must be immediate and easily available.

3=Voter Registration needs to be enhanced in under registered districts of the country to ensure universal and equal suffrage.

4= Legal measures should be introduced to mitigate abuse of the advantage of the incumbency and abuse of state resources.

5= State owned media must abide by the legal obligation to be impartial and provide equitable treatment to all political parties and candidates.

6=Results Management process needs to be clear and fully explained to all stakeholders well in advance of the polls in-order to enhance transparency , verifiability and integrity of the results process .

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Kamari and ZeU Crypto Announce Joint Venture to build Lottery and Gaming Infrastructure Across Africa
December 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

African blockchain infrastructure project taps veteran development company for joint venture

Kamari, a project building blockchain infrastructure across Africa, has announced a joint venture (JV) with ZeU Crypto Networks, a leading blockchain technology innovation and development company out of Canada. The parties will create a Joint Venture entity with the mandate to build digital lottery and gaming applications that will run within the Kamari ecosystem and potentially serve millions of users across multiple countries in Africa.

Kamari looks to develop the fundamental infrastructure that will serve Africa’s population as it doubles to two billion over the next several decades. Africa’s GDP is predicted to increase from $2 trillion today to $29 trillion in today’s money by 2050. The “Blockchain Opportunity in Africa” will also have mobile technology at the center of its massive growth across the continent.

Dr. Chris Cleverly
Dr. Chris Cleverly

To begin building this ecosystem, the company has secured national lottery licenses across multiple African countries. Once the infrastructure has been created, and the product has been launched, the company will be able to market to over 50 million adult customers exclusively.

Kamari has agreed to set up a joint-venture with ZeU Crypto Networks Inc, a leading blockchain technology development company based out of Canada, to oversee the development of lottery and gaming applications that will eventually integrate with the Kamari mobile wallet. ZeU will handle the technical development of these applications and will also support the use of the KAM currency in its applications including the MulaMail Marketplace, allowing email users to exchange the token between themselves and access the Kamari Ecosystem’s service offering from within their email application. ZeU’s Mula planned peer-to-peer microlending will also be compatible with the Kamari ecosystem.

“We are excited to work with veteran technology developers on this joint venture to start building applications for the Kamari ecosystem,” said Dr. Chris Cleverly, CEO of Kamari. “Our vision is to create a new type of infrastructure that will unlock incredible, never before seen financial benefits for hundreds of millions of people. Essentially, our opportunity is to transform millions of peoples’ lives and provide them with fundamental infrastructure that is vastly more efficient and effective than countries in the Western world, allowing them to empower themselves. We’re looking forward to partnering with ZeU to begin integrating and building some of the applications for that.”

The two companies are in the process of establishing a joint venture entity that will oversee the development and the deployment of an integrated ecosystem.  The partners should initiate in short order Peer-to-Peer (P2P) e-commerce initiatives in gaming, eSport, and gambling through participants of Kamari projects running on ZeU protocol and are expected to be a trial by fire for ZeU public protocol.

The partners are planning to deploy in late December, for the purpose of intracompanies testing, a first innovative lottery game using the KAM token. Demonstration to gaming commissions and regulators should be conducted in Q1 2020.

The two companies plan to announce more details of the joint venture shortly.  For more information about the project visit:


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58 Migrants Confirmed Dead After Boat from The Gambia Capsizes Near Coast of Mauritania
December 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

File Picture:The risk for immigrants is enormous
File Picture:The risk for immigrants is enormous

 At least 58 men, women and children are confirmed dead after a vessel carrying an estimated 150 migrants sank as it approached the coast of Mauritania on Wednesday, according to IOM Mauritania

Eighty-three others, including two women and at least 10 minors who managed to swim to shore are receiving medical assistance.

The vessel left The Gambia last Wednesday (27/11) bound for the Canary Islands when it ran low on fuel, IOM Mauritania Chief of Mission Laura Lungarotti says.

“At the moment, access to migrants is limited as they are recovering from the shock and under the protection of the authorities,” she said. “IOM staff are supporting the medical response by providing first aid kits, blankets and other supplies.”

Consular officials from The Gambia are meeting today with the survivors. The injured have been transferred to the city hospital. An IOM doctor will arrive today to support the local response. 

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Afreximbank President Named Among Africa’s 100 Most Influential
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Prof. Benedict Oramah, President of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)
Prof. Benedict Oramah, President of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)

Prof. Benedict Oramah, President of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has been named among the 100 most influential Africans.

The list of the 100 most influential Africans, published by New African magazine, credits the President with playing “a leading role in driving Africa’s integration by overseeing the delivery of new game changing programmes and facilities to finance, promote and expand intra- and extra-African trade and develop Africa’s sectors, infrastructure, diversification, trade finance and economies”.

The article referenced Afreximbank’s announcement of the “allocation of $1 billion as an adjustment facility to help countries adapt to any negative impact that may result during the implementation phase of the AfCFTA”.

It also noted the launch of the Pan-African Payment and Settlement System, the first continentwide payment system focused on addressing the settlement challenges and market imbalances that have hampered intra-African trade.

“Oramah has also been the driving force in the creation and delivery of the Intra-African Trade Fair, which resulted in $32 billion of trade and investment deals being concluded at its 2018 event in Cairo, and is targeting $40 billion at Kigali in 2020,” continued New African.

President Oramah had also been a driving force in developing emerging partnerships to increase African trade and investment links with the BRIC economies, including Russia, where the Bank held its 2019 Annual General Meetings, added the magazine.

Other names on the list include Ethiopian President Abiy Ahmed; Industrialist Aliko Dangote; African Development Bank President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina; United Nations Under-Secretary General Amina Mohammed; Econet Founder Strive Masiyiwa; movie star Lupita Nyongo; Comedian Trevor Noah; Afropop star Burna Boy; and President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger.


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Security challenges in Nigeria:Buhari unveils Made-in-Nigeria war vehicles, launch National Security Strategy
December 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Amos Fofung

The vehicle first appeared in public this August
The vehicle first appeared in public this August

President Muhammadu Buhari has unveiled the first Made-in-Nigeria fighting vehicle named, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP). He presented the vehicle prior to the opening ceremony of the 2019 Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference in Kaduna that was proceeded by the launching of the National Security Strategy.

The security roadmap was launched at the State House, Abuja on Wednesday, a day after the President unveiled the first Made-in-Nigeria Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles by the military at the opening ceremony of the 2019 Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference in Kaduna.

He noted that the plethora of security challenges confronting the nation has made it expedient to come up with articulated, comprehensive and coordinated response that involves all segments of the society and all elements of the national power.

“As we continue to work towards completely ending insurgency in the north-east and laying the foundation of sustainable peace and development in the region, we are also addressing conflicts between farmers and herders, banditry and various forms of security challenges. In addition to security, economic diversification and fighting corruptions, our administration priorities for the second term include pursuing improvements in education, healthcare and agriculture.

“These priorities reflect our commitment to enhancing the social security of Nigerians as a means of improving their physical security”, he said adding.

“I’m happy to observe that the National Security Strategy reflects this thinking with emphasis on overall human security. I’m pleased also to know that the strategy emerged after a long time consultative and participatory process that elicited contributions primarily from our security, intelligence, law enforcement agencies and the armed forces.

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UNESCO report shows fewer than 5% of people in many countries benefit from adult learning opportunities
December 5, 2019 | 0 Comments
Adult education in Rwanda.Photo credit The New Times Rwanda

Paris, 04 December – In almost one-third of countries, fewer than five per cent of adults aged 15 and above participate in education and learning programmes, according to UNESCO’s fourth Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE 4). Adults with disabilities, older adults, refugees and migrants, minority groups and other disadvantaged segments of society are particularly under-represented in adult education programmes and find themselves deprived of crucial access to lifelong learning opportunities.

Published by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, the report monitors the extent to which UNESCO Member States put their international commitments regarding adult learning and education into practice and reflects data submitted by 159 countries. It calls for a major change in the approach to adult learning and education (ALE) backed by adequate investment to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to access and benefit from adult learning and education and that its full contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is realized.

“We urge governments and the international community to join our efforts and take action to ensure that no one – no matter who they are, where they live or what challenges they face – is left behind where the universal right to education is concerned,” says UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, endorsing the report’s recommendations. “By ensuring that donor countries respect their aid obligations to developing countries, we can make adult learning and education a key lever in empowering and enabling adults, as learners, workers, parents, and active citizens.”

The publication stresses the need to increase national investment in ALE, reduce participation costs, raise awareness of benefits, and improve data collection and monitoring, particularly for disadvantaged groups.

Progress in participation in adult learning and education is insufficient

Despite low participation overall, many more than half of responding countries (57% of 152) reported an increase in the overall participation rate in adult learning and education between 2015 and 2018. Low-income countries reported the largest increase in ALE participation (73%), trailed by lower middle income and upper middle income countries (61% and 62%).

Most increases in adult learning and education participation were in sub-Saharan Africa (72% of respondents), followed by the Arab region (67%), Latin America and the Caribbean (60%) and Asia and the Pacific (49%). North America and Western Europe reported fewest increases (38%) though starting from higher levels.

The data shows persistent and deep inequalities in participation and that key target groups such as adults with disabilities, older adults, minority groups as well as adults living in conflict-affected countries are not being reached.

Women’s participation must improve further

While the global report shows that women’s participation in ALE has increased in 59 per cent of the reporting countries since 2015, in some parts of the world, girls and women still do not have sufficient access to education, notably to vocational training, leaving them with few skills and poor chances of finding employment and contributing to the societies they live in, which also represents an economic loss for their countries.

Quality is improving but not fast enough

Quality ALE can also provide invaluable support to sustainable development and GRALE 4 shows that three-quarters of countries reported progress in the quality of education since 2015. Qualitative progress is observed in curricula, assessment, teaching methods and employment conditions of adult educators. However, progress in citizenship education, which is essential in promoting and protecting freedom, equality, democracy, human rights, tolerance and solidarity, remained negligible. No more than 3% of countries reported qualitative progress in this area.

Increase in funding for adult learning and education needed

GRALE 4 shows that over the last ten years, spending on adult learning and education has not reached sufficient levels, not only in low-income countries but also in lower middle income and high-income countries. Nearly 20% of Member States reported spending less than 0.5 per cent of their education budgets on ALE and a further 14% reported spending less than 1 per cent. This information demonstrates that many countries have failed to implement the intended increase in ALE financing proposed in GRALE 3 and that ALE remains underfunded. Moreover, under-investment hits socially disadvantaged adults the hardest. Lack of funding also hampers the implementation of new policies and efficient governance practices.

Download of the UNESCO Global Report on Adult Learning and Education:

About the UNESCO Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE)

The UNESCO Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE) monitors whether UNESCO Member States are putting their international commitments on adult learning and education into practice. These commitments are set out in the Belém Framework for Action (2009), the outcome document of the 6th International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI, Belém, Brazil), and the Recommendation on Adult Learning and Education (2015). In addition to this monitoring function, each issue of GRALE examines a particular topic, the 2019 edition focusses on participation. GRALE is published every three years. The Report combines survey data, policy analysis and case studies to provide policy-makers and practitioners with recommendations and examples of good practice. It presents evidence on how adult learning and education helps countries address current challenges and contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.


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Angola set to attract even more foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2020
December 5, 2019 | 0 Comments
Angola Oil & Gas Conference & Exhibition returns to Talatona June 16-17, 2020
LUANDA, Angola, December 5, 2019/ — Africa Oil & Power supports Angola with year-long FDI campaign in 2020 to promote capital inflow into bankable projects; Angola Oil & Gas Conference & Exhibition ( returns to Talatona June 16-17, 2020; “Angola: African Investment Capital 2020” will capitalize further on the critical reforms passed by Angola President H.E. President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço

Africa Oil & Power (, the continent’s premier platform for energy investment and policy, will return to Angola in 2020 for a year-long campaign to promote and attract foreign direct investment in one of Africa’s biggest economies. ‘Angola: African Investment Capital 2020’ will capitalize further on the critical reforms passed by Angola President H.E. President João Manuel

Gonçalves Lourenço to bring attention to the investment opportunities that exist in Angola’s economy.

Endorsed by the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Petroleum and in partnership with the African Energy Chamber, the Angola Oil & Gas (AOG) Conference & Exhibition will return for a second year as the focal point of an international investment drive aimed at bringing new deals to the table and signing up new entrants to Angola’s oil and gas sector. The next edition will be held June 16-17, 2020 in Talatona. Surrounding the conference will be a year-long global drive to present opportunities to a targeted audience of relevant investors.

“Thanks to the President’s sweeping reforms, Angola has embarked on an ambitious drive to attract foreign direct investment,” said Guillaume Doane, CEO of Africa Oil & Power. “Africa Oil & Power is proud to support those ongoing efforts with a global promotional campaign. The AOG Conference & Exhibition, which has become an unmissable, unrivaled national investment event, will provide a strong anchor point for the 2020 initiative.”

Capital inflows into bankable projects will be a primary objective of the 2020 effort. Ongoing initiatives being promoted include the 2020 oil and gas licensing round, marginal field development, gas monetization, Sonangol’s Regeneration Program and attractive projects across the value chain, including the international tender for the Soyo refinery and the ramp-up of the Cabinda and Lobito refineries.

The AOG Conference & Exhibition is the second edition following a highly successful inaugural event in June 2019 that brought more than 1,700 delegates, 67 speakers and nearly 50 exhibitors. Officially endorsed by the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Petroleum, AOG 2019 gathered key government officials and C-suite executives from across the energy value chain for a week of keynote presentations, moderated panel discussions, exhibitions, networking gatherings and investment facilitation. With two days of conference and exhibition, and one day of workshops led by Microsoft, PwC, Centro de Apoio Empresarial, Friburge and Administração Geral Tributária, Angola Oil & Gas 2019 was one of the most highly attended events in Angola’s oil and gas history. H.E. President Lourenço and H.E. Diamantino Pedro Azevedo, Minister of Mineral Resources and Petroleum, opened the conference, with speeches delivered by H.E. José de Lima Massano, Governor of the National Bank of Angola, Eng. Seabstião Pai Querido Gaspar Martins and Eng. Paulino Jerónimo, CEO of ANPG. Private sector keynotes and appearances were given by Total CEO Patrick Pouyanné and ExxonMobil’s Senior VP of Upstream Oil & Gas Deepwater Hunter Farris, among others. The event received strong support from the Angolan oil and gas industry, with major players including Sonangol, Total, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Eni, Equinor, BP, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, Halliburton and other international companies participating as sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and delegates.

The 2020 event aims to expand in size, scale and prestige. Anchored by a VIP program of senior government officials and global CEOs, AOG 2020 will be the premier gathering for deal making and networking. Discussion points will include offshore oil and gas exploration and licensing, gas monetization, market entry, the ease of doing business in Angola, digitalization and oilfield technologies. New to the conference will be a Digitalization and Technology forum, which will showcase advanced technologies pioneered in Angola on the exhibition floor.

* SOURCE Africa Oil & Power Conference
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Nj Ayuk Makes Top 100 Most Influential Africans List
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Described as an “energy broker”, the listing highlights Nj Ayuk’s voice in offering remedies for the continents’ resource curse and praises his best-seller on Amazon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, December 5, 2019/ — Nj Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber ( and CEO of the Centurion Law Group, has been named as one of the top 100 most influential Africans in 2019 by NewAfrican Magazine.

Providing a rapid review of some of the major events and developments across Africa, the Most Influential Africans (MIA) listing highlights key achievements of African individuals across geographies and industries this year.

The listing notably includes personalities and executives from sports such as Siya Kolisi, key politicians such as President Nana Akufo-Addo or Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, and movers and shakers of the business world such as Aliko Dangote and Ibukun Awosika.

Described as an “energy broker”, the listing highlights Nj Ayuk’s voice in offering remedies for the continents’ resource curse and praises his best-seller on Amazon, Billions At Play: The African Energy and Doing Deals (, for offering a comprehensive road map for Africa to do a better job at using its vast natural resources to fuel economic growth and improve the lives of millions of Africans.

“It is humbling, to be honored but in my heart, I know you did not buy into our message just for me, you did because you believe in what Africa and Africans can be. We should never apologise for being Pan African and Pro Africa,” declared NJ Ayuk. “This is proof that the message of the African Energy Chamber and Billions At Play: The African Energy and Doing Deals that energy must work better for Africans is being heard,” he added.

Others featured on the list include Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank; Marcia Ashong, Founder and CEO of The Boardroom Africa; Trevor Noah, Comedian and Political Commentator; Mark Bristow, CEO of Randgold Resources; Strive Masiyiwa, Businessman and Philanthropist and Tonye Cole, co-founder and former Group Executive Director of Sahara Group; Benedict Oramah, President of Afrieximbank to name a few.

Learn more about NJ Ayuk, Billions at Play: The Future of African Energy and Doing Deals and the African Energy Chamber here:

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Professor named National Academy of Inventors Fellow
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Valentine Nzengung, right, receives the Academic Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2016 from Derek Eberhart, associate vice president for research. (UGA file photo)
Valentine Nzengung, right, receives the Academic Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2016 from Derek Eberhart, associate vice president for research. (UGA file photo)

Valentine Nzengung, professor of environmental geochemistry in the Franklin College Department of Geology, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, becoming the eighth UGA faculty member to receive the honor, all since 2013.

Nzengung is the founder and CEO of MuniRem Environmental, which provides remediation products and services for soils and physical sites that have been contaminated by residues from munitions and also for the neutralization and destruction of explosives in support of demilitarization. He has developed multiple sustainable remediation technologies that MuniRem employs in its services. In October 2019, Georgia Trend magazine picked MuniRem as “a trendsetter and planet protector.”

The NAI Fellows program highlights academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Election to NAI Fellow is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors. To date, NAI Fellows hold more than 41,500 issued U.S. patents, which the organization says have generated more than 11,000 licensed technologies and companies and created more than 36 million jobs. According to NAI, $1.6 trillion in revenue has been generated based on NAI Fellow discoveries.

“This is a humbling endorsement of the applied research I have focused on as a faculty member at the University of Georgia,” Nzengung said. “I never thought of the solutions to environmental problems that I have developed as deserving of this very high level of recognition. My focus has been and remains developing and applying innovative solutions that benefit human health and our environment.”

The 2019 Fellow class represents 136 research universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutes worldwide and collectively hold over 3,500 issued U.S. patents. Among the 2019 Fellows are six recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology & Innovation or U.S. National Medal of Science and four Nobel Laureates, as well as other honors and distinctions. Their collective body of research covers a range of scientific disciplines including neurobehavioral sciences, horticulture, photonics and nanomedicine.

“Valentine’s selection as an NAI Fellow is a testament both to his ingenuity and dedication as a scientist and to UGA’s commitment to innovation that benefits the broader world,” said David Lee, vice president for research. “I congratulate him on this honor, and my hope is that he and our other NAI Fellows serve as inspirations to their fellow investigators at UGA.”

“My election happened in part because of the enabling environment created by UGA’s administration to foster innovation and academic inventions by its students and faculty,” Nzengung said. “The years ahead at UGA look even more promising for faculty and students engaged in applied research.”

The new NAI Fellows will be formally inducted at a ceremony during the NAI annual meeting, to be held April 10, 2020, in Phoenix, Arizona. Laura Peter, deputy undersecretary of commerce and deputy director at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will keynote the event.

A complete list of NAI Fellows is available on the NAI website.

*Source UGA Today

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IATF2020 Advisory Council Holds Fourth Meeting in Addis Ababa
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A moment during the meeting of the IATF2020 Advisory Council in Addis Ababa. In the picture (L-R): Kanayo Awani, Managing Director, Intra-African Trade Initiative, Afreximbank; Soraya Hakuziyaremye, Minister of Trade and Industry of Rwanda; Olusegun Obasanjo, Advisory Council Chairman and Former President of Nigerian; Jean-Louis Ekra, Council Vice Chairman and former President of Afreximbank; and Albert Muchanga, African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry.Photo credit Afreximbank
A moment during the meeting of the IATF2020 Advisory Council in Addis Ababa. In the picture (L-R): Kanayo Awani, Managing Director, Intra-African Trade Initiative, Afreximbank; Soraya Hakuziyaremye, Minister of Trade and Industry of Rwanda; Olusegun Obasanjo, Advisory Council Chairman and Former President of Nigerian; Jean-Louis Ekra, Council Vice Chairman and former President of Afreximbank; and Albert Muchanga, African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry.Photo credit Afreximbank

The Advisory Council for the second Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF2020) has held its fourth meeting in preparation for the continental trade exhibition scheduled to take place in Kigali from 1 to 7 September 2020, with Rwanda restating its commitment to ensuring that the necessary infrastructure is in place for the successful hosting of the event.

Advisory Council Chairman Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the former President of Nigeria, presided over the meeting which took place at the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa on 26 November.

The Trade Fair is being organised by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) in collaboration with the African Union Commission and is hosted by the Government of Rwanda.

Louise Kanyonga, Chief Strategy and Compliance Officer of the Rwanda Development Board, and representative of the Government of Rwanda on the Advisory Council, told the meeting that the government had concluded plans with relevant contractors for the construction work on the trade fair venue and that some activities had started.

She said that trade fair participants should expect worry-fee entry into the country as Rwanda had already implemented a visa-on-arrival policy for most African countries. In addition, discussions were ongoing with the customs authorities to ensure efficient and speedy processing of goods shipped into the country by exhibitors for use during the trade fair.

Chief Obasanjo commended the progress that had been made toward the holding of the trade fair and stressed the need for continued commitment on all sides.

The meeting reviewed the work plan for the trade fair, including the arrangements for the Trade Fair Conference, which is expected to attract several thousand participants.

It also heard updates from the various agencies engaged to support the hosting of the trade fair.

Also participating in the meeting were Jean-Louis Ekra, Deputy Chairman and former President of Afreximbank; Amb. Albert Muchanga, African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry; Kanayo Awani, Managing Director, Intra-African Trade Initiative, Afreximbank; Soraya Hakuziyaremye, Minister of Trade and Industry of Rwanda; Kebour Ghena, Executive Director of the Pan-African Chamber of Commerce; Ando Mensah, Manager, Industrialisation, Trade and Investment Climate, at the African development Bank; Dr. Edem Adzogenu, Chair of the AfroChampions Initiative; Hossam Elshafei, Director of Trade and Investment, Ministry of Trade and Industry of Egypt; Amadou Cire Sall, Senior Associate, Trade at the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation; Carol Weaving, Managing Director, Reed Exhibitions; and Terhas Berhe, Managing Director, Brand Communications.

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Canada, Gambia and Netherlands to form tripartite group on Rohinyga case filed at the International Court of Justice
December 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

By Bakary Ceesay

The Gambia filed a lawsuit at The Hague demanding accountability on the systematic violations of the rights of minority Rohinyga Muslims by the Government of Myanmar.

Following The Gambia’s filing of the Rohingya case at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Canada, Gambia and Netherlands have agreed to form a tripartite joint working group to pursue the case.  

The Honourable Minister of Foreign Minister, Dr. Mamadou Tangara, who returned from Jeddah where he attended the 50th anniversary of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, reported that The Gambia was highly praised by OIC member countries for its acceptance to pursue the case on behalf of the OIC.

While in Jeddah, Dr. Tangara held discussions with many of his counterparts all of whom renewed their countries’ steadfastness and support for The Gambia with a view to ensuring accountability for the potential crimes against the Rohinyga population.  

The Honourable Bob Rae, Canada’s Special Envoy to Myanmar, raised the need for accountability and Canada’s unflinching support to The Gambia in ensuring justice for the victims. The Indonesian Economic Affairs Minister, Mr. Darmin Nasution, also expressed his country’s support for Gambia’s bid to bring accountability for the Rohinyga minority.  

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud, assured Dr. Tangara that Saudi Arabia will continue working with The Gambia Government to pursue the case to its logical conclusion. Prince Faisal also revealed his country’s plan to open an Embassy in Banjul in the near future.  

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