Mombouli and Lowey Talk US -Africa Ties
July 19, 2019 | 0 Comments
The Ambassador of the Republic of Congo and Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps, Serge Mombouli, met on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, with Nita M. Lowey, Chairwoman of House Appropriations Committee in Washington.
The discussions focused on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the key role of the African Development Bank to achieve these goals.
During the meeting, Ambassador Mombouli -speaking on behalf of his colleagues in the diplomatic corps-, stressed the importance of relations between the United States and Africa. With this in mind, he called on the partnership of chairwoman Lowey in making a strong advocacy with her fellow congressmen, as well as within the Administration, to ensure a successful 7th General Capital Increase for the African Development Bank, and 15th replenishment of the African Development Fund.
According to Ambassador Mombouli, the institutional and policy reforms implemented since the 6th General Capital Increase in 2010 have enabled the Bank to substantially increase its delivery capacity, making it the best financial body to help accelerate Africa’s transformation agenda.
AFCON 2021 Qualifier draw: Cameroon in group F alongside Cape Verde
July 18, 2019 | 0 Comments
By Boris Esono Nwenfor
The draw for the qualifier for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations has been made known with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in group F. the draw was done on Thursday July 18, 2019 in Cairo, Egypt. Alongside Cameroon is Cape Verde, Rwanda and Mozambique.
Cameroon have already been guaranteed a place in the competition-qualifying due to being host of the competition while the two best teams in each groups will book their ticket to the competition.
The Indomitable lions of Cameroon are presently searching for a new Head Coach after patting company with Dutch duo Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert who had been in charge of the side for under a year. The coaches were dismissed after failing to reach the finals of the 2019 edition of the AFCON.
Ghana and South Africa who both had an underperformed competition have been scheduled to meet each other in Group C, while the super eagles of Nigeria, who finished third in AFCON 2019 is in Group L. The Pharaohs of Egypt are alongside Kenya in Group G.
The complete draw for the upcoming AFCON 2021 is as follows:
Group A: Mali, Guinea, Namibia and Liberia/Chad.
Group B: Burkina Faso, Uganda, Malawi, South Sudan or Seychelles.
Group C: Ghana, South Africa, Sudan, Mauritius or Sao Tome.
Group D: DR Congo, Gabon, Angola, Djibouti or Gambia.
Group E: Morocco, Mauritania, Central Africa Republic, Burundi.
Group F: Cameroon, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Rwanda.
Group G: Egypt, Kenya, Togo and Comoros.
Group H: Algeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana.
Group I: Senegal, Congo, Guinea Bissau, Eswatini.
Group J: Tunisia, Libya, Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea.
Group K: Ivory Coast, Niger, Madagascar, Ethiopia.
Group L: Nigeria, Benin, Sierra Leone, Lesotho.
In the preliminary round, Liberia will face Chad, South Sudan against Seychelles.
Mauritania battle Sao Tome and Djibouti against Gambia.
Cameroon:Christian Cardinal Tumi wins 2019 Nelson Mandela Memorial Award
July 18, 2019 | 0 Comments
By Boris Esono Nwenfor
His eminence Christian Cardinal Tumi has won the 2019 Nelson Mandela Memorial award, edging out Politician Edith Kah Walla and Achaleke Christian. He won the award during the Nelson Mandela International Day organized by the Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation on July 17, 2019 at the ST Muna’s Foundation in Yaounde.
In 2009, the UN General Assembly declared the 18th of July as “Nelson Mandela International Day” in honour of Nelson Mandela’s contribution to peace and human rights. Following that declaration the UN joins the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s call for people worldwide to spend 67 minutes every July 18 to acknowledge and celebrate President Nelson Mandela’s contribution and dedication to peace and human rights.
Receiving the award on behalf of Cardinal Tumi, Father Michael Tchoumbou-personal assistant to the Cardinal thanked all those who voted for the prelate and said it is a call for all Cameroonians to join hands advocate for peace, justice and human rights in the country.
For the past year, Cardinal Tumi has brought together religious leaders from various denominations under the Anglophone General Conference to brainstorm on ways of putting down proposals for an inclusive dialogue to end the crisis in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon. The conference has however suffered a series of postponement but an indication from one of the officials is that things are going on behind the scene.
Smart Africa Alliance enter a deal to advance next-generation technologies
July 18, 2019 | 0 Comments
By Jean d’Amour Mugabo
Smart Africa Alliance has entered a partnership with Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS) aimed to address skills shortage in technological industry and chart the way for the future of telecoms and IT infrastructure in Africa.
TCTS, an India-based global leader in transformative business operations and managed network services, announced Monday that the partnership will be implemented under the Skill Africa Programme.
The programme will see 150 engineers from across Africa trained on a variety of next-generation technologies including Cyber-security, Internet of Things, Cloud, Big data, Robotics and Smart Cities.
“We are committed to accelerate Africa’s journey to the 4th Industrial Revolution through enabling ICT infrastructure across the continent,” said Madhusudhan Mysore, Executive Chairman and CEO, TCTS, in a joint statement. “To ensure long term sustainability and growth in ICT services we need to address the skills gap. TCTS has launched this program to provide hands on experience in technology and operations of ICT networks.”
Through this skills development program, each of the 25 Smart Africa Alliance member states will designate six engineering professionals to take part in the Programme.
The engineers will attend the program at TCTS Renaissance Training Centre in India. Each 30-member cohort will be trained for an intensive one-week period with the first group expected to start in October with the final group expected to complete the training before the Transform Africa Summit 2020.
“In order for Africa to be ready for the jobs of the future, our engineers and professionals need to be equipped with the requisite skill sets. The Skill Africa Programme is about more than just training 150 African people but also about starting a skills transfer chain where the initial 150 can exponentially impart these skills to thousands across Africa,” said Mr Lacina Koné, Director General of Smart Africa.
Smart Africa Alliance is a continental governments and private sector’s initiative which is defining Africa’s Digital Agenda and driving the Continental Single Digital Market.
Launched in 2013 by seven African Heads of State, the alliance has grown to include 25 countries and several prominent private sector and academia members. Its founding members include the African Union Commission (AUC), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), African Telecommunications Union (ATU), New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the GSM Association (GSMA) and ICANN.
Zimbabwe road safety performance to undergo review by UN Secretary-General’s special envoy for road safety
July 18, 2019 | 0 Comments
By Wallace Mawire
The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General is this week sending a Special Envoy for Road Safety (the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the United Nations Commission for Europe (UNECE) to review Zimbabwe’s performance on road safety issues, according to the secretariat of the UN Road Safety Envoy.
According to a spokesperson for the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) Mr Tatenda Chinoda, the review will be undertaken from 29 to 31 July 2019. It is also reported that the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) has been tasked to co-ordinate the requisite logistics for the review process.
According to a letter from the UN Secretary General to Zimbabwe’s Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Engineer Joel Biggie Matiza, the road safety performance review will be done in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ENECE).
According to the envoy, the Road Safety Performance Reviews (RSPR) are a global initiative aimed at assisting countries to identify the most critical road safety priority needs and offering tailored recommendations.
“l am sure that this project would compliment Zimbabwe’s on-going road safety efforts and contribute to enhanced road safety,” according to the Secretariat of the UNECE sustainable transport division.
It is reported that the review process consists of five phases which will include phase one focusing on an in-country visit from UNECA, UNECE and the special envoy secretariat during which stakeholders will be engaged to determine priority areas for the review.
Phase two will focus on assessment of the road safety situation in the country by the national consultants, which is used for a draft review report. Phase three will focus on mobilising national stakeholders to review and provide feedback on the draft report during a validation workshop.
Phase four will focus on presentation of recommendations with suggested amendments from the stakeholders including comments and peer review from international experts being incorporated in the final report. Phase five will focus on an official launch of the review during an in-country mission of the special envoy.
It is also reported that capacity building support will be offered to the government on road safety issues.
International online ride hailing service inDriver starts recruiting Harare drivers
July 18, 2019 | 0 Comments
A unique international online ride hailing service, inDriver, which allows passengers to negotiate the fare with drivers, has begun recruiting drivers in Harare for the service, which it intends to launch in the capital towards the end of this month.
inDriver, which is headquartered in New York, has 26 million users in more than 200 cities throughout the world. The service is already operating in South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
The inDriver app is used by passengers and drivers to be linked up and negotiate fares. The app can also be used by drivers to apply to be registered on the app.
The coming to Harare of inDriver should benefit those in need of transport for a specific journey and the drivers. The passenger proposes a fare on the app. Nearby drivers can decide whether to take up the request at the passenger’s proposed fare or make a counter proposal.
The agreement between passenger and driver is entirely voluntary. A driver is not obliged to accept any proposal. He or she agrees to drive the passenger on a journey that will be profitable and fit in with his or her personal schedule.
Unlike other ride-hailing services, inDriver drivers can see the starting and ending points of a journey that are put by the passenger in the app. A safety button for both driver and rider, linked to emergency numbers has been incorporated into the app. In addition, both parties can share their GPS location and other details of rides in real time with trusted contacts.
For the first six months, drivers are not charged any commission. In other words they retain the whole fare without any payment to inDriver. Thereafter inDriver charges them a modest commission of no more than 10 percent, which is much lower than other ride-hailing services.
Drivers of taxis as well as private cars are eligible to apply for registration. They need to submit their identification document (ID), driver’s licence, a photo of the car to be used and background information.
The car should have four doors, be in good condition and no older than a year 2000 model. After reviewing the submitted documents, inDriver will inform the applicant if he or she has been accepted.
“We want the passengers and drivers to determine independently and directly a fair and favourable price for each route. In inDriver it is up to each driver to take a ride request, skip it or send a counter offer. We want to give the power of setting prices back into the hands of passengers and drivers. As a result, drivers will be able to get higher income while enjoying more transparency and flexibility,” said inDriver marketing director Yegor Fedorov.
Equatorial Guinea’s to boost Opportunities for African Services Companies with Upcoming Oil & Gas Meeting Day
July 17, 2019 | 0 Comments
|The Oil & Gas Meeting Day will offer the opportunities for African services companies to make deals with regional and international partners|
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 17, 2019/ — In order to strengthen cooperation amongst African companies, encourage the development of a strong African content and promote joint-venture opportunities, Malabo will be hosting the Oil & Gas Meeting Day on October 1-2, 2019.
The summit is part of Equatorial Guinea’s Year of Energy and will focus on exploring opportunities and deals amongst services companies, which are central to the development of strong African capabilities across the oil & gas value-chain.
The African Energy Chamber (https://EnergyChamber.org/) strongly supports the National Alliance of Hydrocarbons Service Companies (NAHSCO) in the organization of this upcoming Oil & Gas Meeting Day. We invite all our partners, especially national oil companies and public and private services companies, to come to Malabo in October. This will be a key platform for dialogue and deals with international, technology and services companies.
“Equatorial Guinea is rapidly becoming a hub for African service companies, driving a regional approach to local content based on partnerships and oil industry cooperation,” said Nj Ayuk, Executive Chairman at the African Energy Chamber and CEO of the Centurion Law Group. “The development of a strong African oil services industry is crucial if we want to get value out of our natural resources and create jobs. The way to build African capacities is to work together and create jobs, and we are happy Malabo is bringing everyone together.”
The Oil & Gas Meeting Day will offer the opportunities for African services companies to make deals with regional and international partners and drive global transformations within the oil services industry. More importantly, it will provide a platform to share experiences on local content and advocate for a regionalization of local content development within African oil markets. “With this meeting, African services companies and national oil companies have the chance to not only be part of the game, but change it to their benefits,” added Nj Ayuk.
African Energy Chamber’s Angola President to Lead Angolan Services Companies’ African Outreach at Upcoming Oil & Gas Meeting Day in Malabo
July 17, 2019 | 0 Comments
|The growth of Africa’s oil & gas sector presents the continent’s services companies with tremendous opportunities for partnerships and regional expansion|
LUANDA, Angola, July 17, 2019/ — Angolan and Mozambican services companies are answering to Equatorial Guinea’s call to cooperation and will be participating in the Oil & Gas Meeting Day in Malabo on October 1st and 2nd, 2019. The delegation will be led by President of the African Energy Chamber in Angola, Sergio Pugliese.
The growth of Africa’s oil & gas sector presents the continent’s services companies with tremendous opportunities for partnerships and regional expansion. As Africa’s second largest oil producer and thanks to its strong local content efforts, Angola is now home to countless services companies with the necessary capacities to expand across sub-Saharan Africa.
“Angola is known for having strong local services companies,” said Sergio Pugliese. “The growth of our local content is now accelerating thanks to the reforms made by President João Lourenço and his administration. We now have Angolan companies that developed strong capabilities and are ready to expand beyond Angola. They are seeking partnerships and deals with other African and international services and technology companies, to serve both their regional expansion plans but also to further support the growth of the Angolan industry at home. The Oil & Gas Meeting Day provides the perfect platform to seal such deals.”
The African Energy Chamber (https://EnergyChamber.org/)strongly supports the Oil & Gas Meeting Day, a Year of Energy event organsied by Equatorial Guinea’s National Alliance of Hydrocarbons Service Companies (NAHSCO). Malabo has positioned itself as the hub for services companies to engage in meaningful conversations on how to build the next-generation of African oil & gas leaders and companies. The services industry is a massive job creator and a strong pillar of the global oil & gas industry. As cooperation amongst African oil markets increases, the need for services companies to step up their game and pursue an aggressive outreach has become a necessity.
Cameroon: Head coach Clarence Seedorf, Assistant Patrick Kluivert Sacked
July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments
By Boris Esono Nwenfor
The head coach of the indomitable lions of Cameroon Clarence Seedorf and his assistant Patrick Kluivert have been sacked by the country’s Football Federation, FECAFOOT. The decree dismissing the duo was signed this Tuesday July 16, 2019 by FECAFOOT boss, Prince Seidou Mbombo Njoya.
Their sacking comes on the heels of comments made by the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi questionning the decision of the coach’s decision in certain matches and the disunity that existed within the squad.
Clarence Seedorf and Patrick Kluivert have only been in charge of the indomitable lions of Cameroon for just under a year before their dismissal. The duo were appointed in August of 2018 to lead the side in defending their AFCON crown which the team won in 2017 and to guide the side into 2021.
Seedorf took a very talented Cameroon team to the 2019 AFCON in Egypt but failed to bring out the best in the Team and as defending Champions the team won just one of 4 games before been kicked out of the tournament in the 16th finals by eventual semi finalists Nigeria.
Seedorf’s Era as Coach of Cameroon though less than 12 months old have been plagued by controversies ranging from players critizing him publicly to illogical selection fringe players, disagreement with his colleagues and arrogance towards his environment amongst others.
Below is a detailed excerpt of what the Minister of Sports and Physical education said while speaking during CRTV program “Presidence Actu” of Monday 15 July which led to the sacking of Clarence Seedorf, as transcribed by pavels-sportsbiz.com
“The inability of the coach to put in place a competitive and coherent team….. In four matches we noticed that he presented four different teams. We noticed his difficulty to understand the group and instil order and discipline…..
“There is also the inadequate and less pertinent changes like in the match against Nigeria during which we easily conceded three goals also not conserving the advantage that we had acquired at a certain moment. There also was the case of less productivity at the offense and defense levels which made the lions not to score even a goal in two matches against Ghana and Benin.
“According to a report coming from our representatives who went to Egypt, there is said to have been a misunderstanding between Clarence Seedorf and his assistant Patrick Kluivert together with other national assistants who might have been proposing better ideas which were never considered.
“His failure to instil discipline and fighting spirit in the team did not tie with the contract he had signed on August 10 2018. In this situation, the Ministry of Sports and FECAFOOT, Co-signers of the said contract, have the question of maintaining Seedorf at the helm of our national team clearly posed.
It doesn’t seem to me that this question could find reasonably and objectively, with regard to everything that I’ve evoked, a response in terms of renewal of contract. His maintenance is therefore problematic” Minister Narcisse Moelle Kombi concluded on the matter.
The indomitable lions who started the AFCON in group F, got kicked out (3-2) by Nigeria in the round of 16. This was after they had finished second in their group with 5 points, following a win and two draws against Guinea Bissau, Ghana and Benin respectively.
Cameroon will now go out in search of a replacement for the pair and other vacant places in the technical bench that may be created in the days ahead.
According to Kick442.com, Seedorf leaves with a disappointing win rate of 33% in 12 games as Coach of Cameroon.
Angola and DRC Wade Into Rwanda – Uganda Feud
July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments
By Maniraguha Ferdinand
Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo have vowed to mediate Rwanda and Uganda so as to end tensions that have been characterizing both countries.
The move was announced this Friday during a quadripartite meeting that brought together President João Lourenço of Angola and the host, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The statement that was released after the meeting, shows that their discussions focused on reviewing general situation in sub-region as well as the strengthening the cooperation among four countries.
They stressed “the importance of permanent, frank and open dialogue that should be strengthened both bilaterally between the states of the region and multilaterally , for the consolidation of peace and security and as fundamental premise for economic integration.”
On the agenda, the issue between Rwanda and Uganda was presented. Both countries ‘relations have been deteriorating, one country accusing another of threatening it security.
Rwanda accuse Uganda of supporting group rebels that want destabilize its security, incarcerate and torture Rwandans citizens living in Uganda who declined to cooperate with Rwanda’s dissidents.
Uganda in turn accuse Rwanda of sending spies on its territory to destabilize its security.
During quadripartite meeting of Heads of state, Angola was determined to mediate Rwanda and Uganda, with the support of Democratic Republic of Congo.
“As far as bilateral relations between the Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Uganda are concerned, the summit welcomed the willingness of the two parties to continue the dialogue with a view to finding a solution to the existing problem”, the statement reads in part
It adds “ In this regard, the summit welcomed the readiness of the Republic of Angola with the support of the Democratic Republic of Congo to facilitate this process.”
The four Heads of State agreed to continue their consultations on issues of common interest.
Tensions between Rwanda and Uganda have hurt the economy as since March this year Rwanda advised its nationals not to cross to Uganda due to their security.
Uganda is a route of goods from Mombasa port of Kenya heading to countries like Rwanda, Burundi and east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
India helps Mozambique to boost rail transport
July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments
By Arnaldo Cuamba
Mozambique will acquire five new locomotives, 90 carriages, 300 wagons and five railcars valued at about US $ 95 million in an investment to be made in partnership with the Government of India.
The good news was announced on Tuesday by Mozambican Transport and Communications Minister, Carlos Mesquita, who said that the purchase will be made gradually by the end of May 2020, with the expectation that it will improve the transportation situation in the south and center of the country.
“The locomotives and wagons will bring additional capacity for the transportation of iron ores and others that move between the Ressano Garcia border and Maputo Port, with the aim of transferring more cargo from the highway to the railroad in order to avoid congestion and road accidents on the roads,” said Mesquita.
The purchase of the equipment will be carried out through an Indian government credit line.
The carriages, as indicated by Carlos Mesquita, will be distributed equally in the South and Center areas, and in the South the beneficiaries will be the corridors of Goba, Ressano Garcia and Chicualacuala, while in the Center will be Beira-Marromeu and Beira-Moatize.
“The northern region of the country has not been forgotten. It turns out that the northern logistics corridor has a private operation whose concession agreement also contemplates the transportation of passengers, so that whenever it is necessary the operator increases the capacity in the sections Nampula-Cuamba, Cuamba-Lichinga and Cuamba-Interlagos “, he explained.
The acquisition and management of the new equipment, carriages, wagons and railcars will be carried out by the state-owned company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique.
ICAEW appoints Zimbabwe national to Africa members advisory board
July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments
By Wallace Mawire
ICAEW – the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales – has announced the appointment of Tinashe Rwodzi to its Africa Members Advisory Board. Rwodzi, who is the Zimbabwe and Malawi country manager at PwC, specialising in Financial Services, Energy and Mining.
Speaking during the announcement of Rwodzi’s appointment to the Advisory Board, Michael Armstrong, ICAEW’s Regional Director for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, said that his understanding of the Central and Southern Africa region would prove to be an advantage for the ICAEW.
“Having a large global footprint is key for our organisation as we strive to create and develop a strong global network of financial professionals. We are that confident that Tinashe’s experience will aid us greatly in our activities in Africa,” said Mr. Armstrong
The ICAEW Africa Members Advisory Board (MAB) is a volunteer advisory board, whose primary aim is to advise, guide and support the ICAEW Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) Regional Director and Africa team to implement ICAEW’s international strategy.
There are over 1.8m chartered accountants and students around the world, and African chartered accountants make up a considerable portion of the ICAEW’s membership. ICAEW trains, develops and supports each one of them so that they have the knowledge and values to help build local and global economies that are sustainable, accountable and fair.
“Tinashe joins us at a significant time as we continue to drive our strategy across the continent and build deeper relationships with our members and partners to leverage the globalisation of our profession for the continent’s economic growth,” he added.
Zimbabwe’s financial sector is relatively sophisticated, consisting of a Reserve Bank, discount houses, commercial banks, merchant banks, finance houses, building societies, the Post Office Savings Bank, numerous insurance companies and pension funds and a stock exchange. This, coupled with the presence of a well-educated population provides Zimbabwe with the platform to be an economic powerhouse on the continent.
Rwodzi, who is based in Zimbabwe, has been with PwC for his entire career. He serves as an audit partner and also sits on the PwC Southern Africa Governing Board.
“I look forward to making a great impact during my time on the Members Advisory Board. The team at the ICAEW recognise the importance of strong global networks to the development of our profession and I am excited to be taking up a strategic role at the firm to help shape and enhance that network,” said Mr. Rwodzi.
Rwodzi is a Past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe (ICAZ) and currently serves as Chairman of the Examination Board of ICAZ.