Zimbabwe: A Focus on sustainable economic growth and development for new UN Coordinator
October 31, 2019 | 0 Comments
By Nevson Mpofu Munhumutapa
Maria Ribeiro, the new United Nations Country Co-Ordinator presented her credentials to President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Harare yesterday, 30 October. In her words Maria called all the Zimbabweans, development partners and UN Families in Zimbabwe to work together towards Sustainable Human, Economic Growth and development.
Speaking at the glamorous occasion, Ms Maria pledged for more human development financial support to go towards poverty eradication and elimination by 2030. She emphasised that economic growth and development is linked to Human development under which there is need to lift up the general public addressing absolute poverty in the country.
‘’We have been very active in working towards humanitarian development, but what we look close to is economic growth and development. This is closely related to human development .She thanked the UN for the past work of development which has been done.
‘’Economic Growth and Development is a result of the success of Human Development. This has gone well as a success story in the country. Let us now work towards economic growth. This is what UN is to look at now.
‘’The country has received 51% development partners multi-lateral Aid worth US 240 million under the Revised Humanitarian Appeal. On the other hand UN contributes U$400 million annually. This is for sustainable Humanitarian development. This is part of our National development Plan 2021 to 2025’’.
UN has made strides of success under ZUNDAF, Zimbabwe Unite Nations development Assistance Framework. It gives special attention on HIV and AIDS, Gender equality, Nutrition, Governance and Poverty Reduction.
Companies Boost Mentorship and Training for Young People in Sub-Saharan Africa
October 31, 2019 | 0 Comments
|Nestlé founded Alliance for YOUth five years ago to help prepare young people to enter the professional world|
|ACCRA, Ghana, October 30, 2019/ — Nestlé (https://www.Nestle.com/) and its regional partners have joined forces to launch the Regional Alliance for Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa to promote employability for young people.|
The alliance, which will focus on creating and implementing employability programmes, mentorship and training initiatives designed to equip young people with essential workplace skills, is part of the company’s business-driven movement Alliance for YOUth (http://bit.ly/331EBf1), launched in Europe in 2014.
Today’s youth is the largest the world has ever seen – young people aged 15-24 account for one out of every six people globally, with 20% of the total youth population living in Africa alone (http://bit.ly/2BT6Ws8).
This demographic trend is also exacerbated by the 71 million youth worldwide who are unemployed, while over 500 million are under-employed or stuck in uncertain or precarious jobs. Unemployment among youth in Sub-Saharan Africa reached nearly 30% in 2016 (http://bit.ly/34iGd4z). Without concerted action, it is expected that nearly 50% of youth in the region will be unemployed by 2025 (http://bit.ly/2qZqIQJ).
“We believe that investing in youth is vital for thriving, resilient communities, and helps to build our business too,” said Rémy Ejel, Market Head for Nestlé Central and West Africa. “Young people are the next generation of employees who will keep our company competitive, the farmers who will grow the crops we need, and the entrepreneurs who will help us reach new markets, regardless of their field or level of expertise. This is just the beginning,” he added.
The Regional Alliance for Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa
The alliance was launched in Côte d’Ivoire today, October 30th. It will also be launched in Angola and South Africa on October 31st and November 4th, respectively.
With the support of the Government of Côte d’Ivoire through ‘Agence Emploi Jeunes’, a government agency that promotes youth employability and employment, and the International Labour Organization, the regional members of the alliance in Côte d’Ivoire also include Bolloré, Groupe NSIA, MTN, Nielsen, Publicis and Nestlé.
“Nearly 77% of the Ivorian population is aged under 35, which means that concrete actions must be taken to provide more opportunities and help to integrate these young people into the workplace,” said Zain Reddiar, General Manager for Human Resources at MTN in Côte d’Ivoire. “At MTN, we are ready to effectively contribute to this project, which we are sure will help a large part of that population.”
Similarly in Angola, the alliance will be launched in partnership with the Government of Angola, the Swiss Embassy, ADPP, Nestlé and other private companies from different sectors operating in Angola.
“The future can only be built with the next generation, the next sustainable competitive edge, especially on diversifying economies will have to rely on the youth. Young people will be better prepared than ever before for the next challenges, supporting the digital changes of the society we are living in, which at the end of the day will benefit all the stakeholders of the sub-Saharan region. Shaping the young people within our working context, in an inclusive environment, creating new capabilities, allowing within our domain to further develop technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Smart Data, as many others, shall support the youth to create the world of tomorrow that they will be in. We from our side will support the next generation on this journey, creating the basis for tomorrows challenges”, says Sérgio Filipe, Siemens Angola CEO.
The alliance will combine the efforts of partner companies on hiring, skilling up and training young people by targeting tier three and four universities and vocational schools in and outside of capital cities.
These will be achieved through CV and interview skills-building workshops, identifying career opportunities and accessibility, and offering career-counselling sessions – reaching about 1,000 youths in Angola by 2020, and 5,000 youths in Côte d’Ivoire by the same period. In addition, about 10,000 youths will be reached every year thereafter in Côte d’Ivoire.
As part of the alliance, a flagship initiative will be identified and be jointly owned and implemented by members.
Join the business-driven movement
Nestlé founded Alliance for YOUth five years ago to help prepare young people to enter the professional world. In 2017, it was launched in Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, and in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay a year later. It was also recently launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2019 with 20 other international organisations.
By joining the Regional Alliance for Youth, companies – irrespective of size or turnover – can help to create a long-lasting impact for young people, while also enhancing their business, staying competitive and reaching more consumers
Ghana: In Hogbetsotsoza 2019, the Anlo’s look beyond their exodus to foster peace and tranquility
October 31, 2019 | 0 Comments
By Ahedor Jessica
Hogbetsotsoza is one of the oldest, well known and the most prestigious festivals of the people of Anlo. It is celebrated on the first Saturday of the month of November every year. The festival is used by the Anlos to commemorate the exodus and the bravery of their forefathers, who through endurance and sacrifice found a new home for them at their present location when they left Nortsie.
Some school of thought explains the term Hogbetsotso, as been derived from three Ewe words – *Ho* to move, *Gbe* meaning day and *Tsotso* as the crossing over. Thus Hogbetsotso means the long journey of the Ewes through Norrtsie in the Republic of Togo to their present settlements in the Republic of Ghana.
The Hogbetsoso, as a unified commemorative event, has been celebrated for a few decades now,while many of the processes and sacraments such as Nugbidodo (the grand reconciliation) go far back in pre-history and antiquity. The first Hogbetsotso was celebrated in 1962 during the reign of Awoamefia, Torgbi Adeladzea II. This year’s celebration is christened ‘’historic’’ as the festival is set to witness the visit of the Asantehenhene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II from the Ashanti Region, the first-ever in the history of the Anlo state.
The move has been applauded by many who had known the Ewe and the Asante rivalry, even in modern Ghana. Other dignitaries to grace the occasion are The Ewefiaga Torgbui Agorkli XVI of the ancient Nortsie in the Republic of Togo, President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo Addo, and two former presidents of the Republic of Ghana, HE John Dramani Mahama and HE Jerry John Rawlings and other dignitaries from home and abroad. The Hogbe Institute, organizers of this year’s festival estimate patronage to be more than fifty thousand including locals and foreigners who will throng the area in commemorating this day.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Hogbe Institute, Dr Sylvanus Kwashi Kuwor intimated that, the theme for the festival “Uniting Anlo through its values for the benefit of its citizens and the Nation at large’’ is a clarion call on all Ewe people to utilize available opportunities in the land for the development of the area. He urges the citizenry to go beyond the celebration and foster peace and cohesion among themselves.
The Anlos –Ewes in the course of their exodus settled briefly at Notsie, currently within the territory of Togo after migrating from Southern part of Sudan, and crossing the Niger, to their present home in Ghana before the 14th Century and the advent of colonialization.
Available historical documents and oral history have it that the Anlos settled at Ketu in the Republic of Benin and Ile Ife in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Before migrating to live briefly in Notsie in the Republic of Togo. Each state of the journey has its epic story. For example when they were leaving Nortsie, the people had to move backward as they exited Nortsie, to deceive any pursuit. This backward movement is incorporated in a dance style called Husego or Misego in Anlo.
The Anlo-ewes are now widespread and located in different countries in West Africa, Togo, Nigeria, Benin and Ghana. They are the largest homogenous ethnic population in Ghana and Togo. They speak the Ewe language (Ewe: Eʋegbe) which belongs to the Gbe family of languages.
Kenya:All standard eight candidates will join secondary school
October 30, 2019 | 0 Comments
By Samuel Ouma|@journalist_27
Kenya’s deputy President Dr.William Ruto has said that all class eight candidates will get a chance in secondary school in line with 100 per cent transition policy. He was speaking at a Nairobi school where he oversaw the distribution of exam materials.
“We have set up adequate infrastructure in our secondary schools that guarantees class eight candidates a slot in form one; this is part of the Government’s 100 per cent transition plan from primary to high school to ensure equality,” he said.
Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations kicked off on Tuesday across the country with 1.08 million candidates sitting for this year’s assessment. The candidates started with Mathematics paper, followed by English language and composition exams in the midday and in the afternoon respectively.
The test continued on Wednesday with the administration of Science, Kiswahili language and composition exams. The three-day assessment will culminate on Thursday with Social Studies and Religious Education.
The exercise is moving on smoothly despite the ongoing downpour in the country. The government deployed choppers to dispatch examination papers to areas worst hit by rain. This year’s KCPE is a special one after the Cabinet Secretaries abandoned their roles to supervise the workout.
“This is a serious exercise and to show the government commitment, we cancelled the Cabinet meetings to monitor the exams around the country. We are moulding the future leaders and that is why we are taking the whole process with the seriousness it deserves,” stated one of the ministers.
Kenya’s current education system 8-4-4 is set to end in 2022 following the roll-out of a Competency Based Curriculum (CBC). 8-4-4 system states that students take eight years in primary, 4 years in secondary and 4 years in the institutions of higher learning. The system introduced by Kenya’s former president Daniel Moi in 1985 has been criticized by education experts who argue that it does not impart students with necessary skills.
Under Competency Based Curriculum the learners will take 2 years in pre-primary, 6 years in primary, 3 years in lower secondary, 3 years in senior school and another 3 years in higher institutions. The new system stresses on developing of skills and knowledge and applying them in real life.
TLcom hosts inaugural Africa Female Founder Summit in Lagos
October 30, 2019 | 0 Comments
Africa’s top female tech leaders join forces to boost female representation in the industry
30th October 2019 – Lagos, Nigeria – TLcom Capital, the Africa-focussed venture capital firm, yesterday held its inaugural Africa Tech Female Founder Summit. Launched to build a collaborative network of Africa’s female tech founders, over 50 female founders from across Africa including, Odunayo Eweniyi of Piggyvest, Isis Nyong’o of Mum’s Village, Vivien Nwakah of Medsaf and Miishe Addy of Jet Stream, took to the stage to share insights on achieving massive value generation and scale in Africa. Senior female executives from TLcom’s portfolio companies including Twiga Foods, Kobo360, Terragon, Andela, and Ajua were also in attendance.
The keynote speaker for the Summit was Funke Opeke, founder and CEO of Main One, who delivered an inspirational talk on her career journey. She stated, “A clear message that should be taken away from the Summit is that the glass ceiling on female leadership can and will be broken. For incoming and incumbent women in our sector, today is a powerful display of what is possible throughout Africa’s tech scene. We had entrepreneurs from a variety of fields but what we all shared were common experiences and a shared vision for change. However, its critical we take our learnings back into our respective networks and share them with the next generation. It’s only then that we will begin to see real transformation.”
During the event, interactive sessions were held on the ever-changing role of the founder, the fundraising journey and attracting and retaining talent. The Summit also featured an in-depth fireside chat between the company’s Senior Partner, Omobola Johnson and Iris Shoor, serial entrepreneur and CEO of Israeli tech startup, Oribi.
Reflecting on the event, Omobola Johnson, Senior Partner at TLcom said, “While female participation in tech has generally improved, female tech founders are still a rare breed. However, there is a growing number of female trailblazers in African tech and we at TLcom believe this is a critical network to nurture and support.” Andreata Muforo, Partner at TLcom, also added that “With our senior team currently 50% female, supporting diversity is already part of our DNA and with events such as the Africa Tech Female Founder Summit, our team does and will continue to dedicate resources to mentoring female founders.”
With plans in place to hold the Summit on an annual basis, TLcom also announced their push to encourage more of their portfolio companies to boost female representation in their organisations.
As the most active VC in Africa in 2018 (according to the EMPEA), the event is an additional display of the company’s commitment to being an on-the-ground presence in African tech. Earlier this year, TLcom was also presented with the “Specialist Investor Award” at the 2019 Private Equity Africa Awards and participated in Kobo360’s recent $30mn Series A fundraise and Twiga’s $30m Series B fundraise – two of the largest in African tech this year.
Launched in 1999, the 20-year old Venture Capital firm manages total commitments of approximately 300 million USD. Based in Kenya, Nigeria and the UK, the company has developed a broad portfolio ranging from agriculture, data analytics and logistics, focussing exclusively on technology-enabled services and innovation for SSA, across all stages of the venture capital cycle.
TLcom Capital, is a Sub Saharan Africa focused tech VC, with offices in Lagos, Nairobi and London. The company invests in a number of areas including access to data service, financial services, eCommerce, B2C applications (including but not limited to: health, education, energy, media and entertainment); and software solutions to corporates and SMEs. TLcom also manages total commitments of approximately 300 million USD.
Zimbabwean aeronautical engineers assemble new crop spraying drone
October 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
By Wallace Mawire
Two Zimbabwean aeronautical engineers have initiated a new crop spraying drone technology to provide a more efficient, effective and sustainable crop spraying service for Zimbabwean farmers.
According to Piwai Chikasha, Managing Director at Alley Capital Group, a Zimbabwean engineering company offering crop spraying services using precision spraying drones, agriculture is one of the leading causes of water pollution affecting thousands of farm workers’ lives each year due to pesticide poisoning resulting from the shortcomings of traditional crop spraying methods.
Chikasha said that in August 2018, two Aeronautical Engineers, well versed in aeronautics and drone technology got together and decided to take action to remedy the situation affecting farmers.Chikasha has an MSc in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.
He added that self-funding themselves, they attempted to acquire a crop spraying drone, but were put off by the first few quotations that they received.
“So we settled on an alternative approach.We mobilised components and successfully assembled the crop spraying drone that we desired. We introduced crop spraying drone technology to the Zimbabwean market, providing more efficient, effective and sustainable crop spraying services. The drone sprayer comes as a replacement for traditional methods consisting mostly of tractor drawn boom sprayers, knapsacks and manned aeroplanes, which fell far short of accuracy and reliability expectations, consequently resulting in massive environmental pollution that will surely impact future generations,” Chikasha said.
He added that in a very difficult economy, they were able to mobilise crop spraying drone equipment, towards the end of 2018, and by April 2019 had closed five successful demonstrations and proof of concept exercises, including some work with a leading local Agricultural College.
They were also awarded the ‘Best young Entrepreneur’ at the 2018 – 2019 Green Enterprize Innovation challenge, received financial support, under the Green Enterprize programme, implemented by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), with support from the Government of Sweden.
“The funds were pivotal for the mobilisation of additional accessories required for the growth of our business. Further, we received business development support, characterised by a 12-month customised and personalised service package. Through this package, we were able also to join the Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Co-operation (CTA) community, and ultimately, the AfricaGoesDigital community. With the limited capacity at hand, we are making significant contribution to our nation,” Chikasha said.
Also in June 2019,according to Chikasha, Alley Capital Group engaged three horticultural famers in Goromonzi.
The objective was to improve effectiveness and efficiency of their crop spraying operations and help reduce environmental pollution.
The farmers relied on non-computerised tractors for crop spraying, pouring an excess of up to 5 litres of chemicals per hectare per week, which ends up in the environment, and negatively impacted local aquatic ecosystems.
It is reported that other farmers used knapsacks for spraying, a method that is deemed less accurate. “Our calculations showed that one farmer had an excess of 120 litres of chemical per hectare per year, all this eventually ending up in the environment.Lake Chivero, the primary source of Harare City water has in fact been seriously affected by algae, fuelled by chemical pollution, and now costing the government millions to manage. The algae growth in-turn also affects fisheries. The drone sprayer cuts this excess down, providing millilitre accuracy and accountability for each drop of chemical,” Chikasha said.
He added that in addition, the drone sprayer is battery powered, eliminating the need for diesel powered crop spraying equipment, considering that diesel is not only expensive in Zimbabwe, but is becoming increasingly scarce.
“One farmer required 6 to 10 litres of diesel per hectare for spraying, but with the drone, not a single drop of diesel is directly used to spray crops. Our objective was also to minimise the harmful side-effects farm workers endured due to pesticide poisoning during crop spraying. During a given season, workers reported up to four consecutive days of constant exposure to chemicals. This is not right! Farm workers actually die every year due to pesticide poisoning, most of them women and children,” Chikasha said.
He said that the drone, as an autonomous vehicle, ensures zero human exposure to chemicals during spraying.
“Sadly, most farmers only really care about farm productivity and not the effect and impact of farming activity on the environment or on humans,” Chikasha said.
He added that another of their objectives is to localize drone production by utilizing available skill and expertise in aeronautical engineering, so that purchase and maintenance of the equipment becomes sustainable.
He said that the most advanced crop spraying drone is probably the China manufactured series, sitting at a purchase cost of approximately US$ 18,000, each battery costing US$ 900.
He added that to make profit, a service provider will charge at least US$20 per hectare with this drone, consequently, repelling farmers, especially the medium and small scale.
“We assembled a suitable drone for under US$ 4,000, suitable for cheap in-house maintenance and repair and capable of using common off-the-shelf batteries worth approximately US$375 each.
“Ultimately, we offer affordability, attracting several farmers along the way, consequently positively impacting the environment, farm productivity and food security, as well as youth empowerment. Our strategy as engineers and academics, is to localize manufacture of the drones using our knowledge and skill, for adoption of the technology.A 3D printer and scanner, and moulding machine, means that we never have to buy a propeller again. If a drone gets damaged today, we must be able to sit down on a computer, draw the required components on the relevant computer design software, and immediately produce the component in-house using the appropriate machinery.
He also added that they are at the moment, the only drone based crop spray service provider in Zimbabwe.
“We purchased personal protective equipment for the drone operators, to send a clear message to farmers that the chemicals they are dealing with are in fact dangerous. We then took on the Goromonzi project, primarily focusing on vegetable farming. Through our work, drones for crop spraying will in time become almost naturally mandatory,” Chikasha said.
He added that drones employ ultra-low-volume spray technology, which has been scientifically proven to be more effective than traditional spraying.
“Where a farmer required 300 litres sprayed per hectare using the tractor, they now need 24 litres with the drone. Opportunities are endless, and through careful planning, we are flying into a future that is digital and sustainable,” he said.
He added that on the positive side, drone crop spraying has proven to be more accurate and efficient. He says that full implementation will result in cost savings of 20%.He said that farmers’ willingness to take a risk and adopt new technologies will pay off in the long run.
Chikasha said that while Africa is scaling up agricultural productivity it has to be mindful to the cost to the environment.
He said that drone crop spraying solves many serious environmental and health problems, while cutting crop protection costs by up to 30% and increasing productivity significantly.
“We recommend active support for this and other innovations across the continent, so that with multilateral backing, we may transform agriculture so that our children’s grandchildren may inherit an environment that is still fertile and conducive for farming while supporting biodiversity,” Chikasha said.
Siemens contributes to Coca-Cola Beverages Africa’s vision in advancing digitalization
October 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
|Digitalization provides flexibility to boost efficiency in Food and Beverage|
|NAIROBI, Kenya, October 28, 2019/ — Developing digitalization capabilities through skills development; Digitalization provides flexibility to boost efficiency in Food and Beverage.|
The Nairobi Bottler’s Embakasi Plant based in Nairobi, Kenya, which is a fully owned subsidiary by Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), received a Totally Integrated Automation training rig from Siemens Digital Industries South Africa (www.Siemens.com) to enable skills development in Digitalization Technologies.
The training rig completed with an extensive portfolio under Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) will serve as a pivotal role in training apprentices, trainees and current employees to understand the current and future value of Food & Beverage manufacturing plant operations. It will prepare engineers and technicians to take complete value of the latest automation solution and develop themselves for carrying out technical activities related to migration and management of S7-1500 PLC, HMIs, Servo Drives etc. This rig was configured and supplied in conjunction with International Energy Technik (IET), a local Kenyan Company and a Siemens Partner.
As Eric Nyakundi, Electrical Engineer at CCBA’s Embakasi plant, explains, “It perfectly fits into our business goals and overall strategy of capability development and asset care strategies. The bulk of our control systems are based on Siemens Products hence the direct transfer of skills and knowledge acquired in training to our manufacturing facilities. This is in in line with the new supply chain philosophy of growing and developing engineering capacity in our manufacturing facilities and the overall asset care strategy.”
Nyakundi further states, “The automation teams the machine specialists, the electrical artisans and the apprentices at CCBA will be trained on this rig. These teams are responsible for supporting the manufacturing facilities in realising the company business goals in manufacturing.
“The soft drink market is characterized by frequently changing and often short-lived trends. Soft drink manufacturers must always be able to rapidly adapt their production to new requirements – and to always work efficiently and produce optimal quality. Digitalization gives them the flexibility they need to accomplish this while also boosting energy efficiency, states Ralf Leinen, Senior Vice President for Siemens Digital Industries, Southern and Eastern Africa. Siemens and CCBA have a historic successful partnership in Africa. Digital Industries is proud to have contributed towards a fully automated solution that can assist with engineering skills.”
Siemens also created a 3D point cloud scan of the entire plant. This data from the scan can be utilized with Siemens NX platform tool to analyze and plan projects. This is a step closer towards digitalization, where engineering time will reduce thereby reducing time to market. Automation products, showcased in the rig, help in collecting the necessary data of process and packaging lines, which ultimately can value add information in the NX tool for further analysis.
“Ongoing education and training have a positive effect for both business and society. At Siemens we believe in investing in the long-term and creating value for our customers and the societies we operate in. We will continuously support CCBA’s vision in shaping their digital future,” concludes Sabine, Siemens CEO, Southern and Eastern Africa.
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) (www.Siemens.com) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. With its publicly listed subsidiary Siemens Healthineers AG, the company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2018, which ended on September 30, 2018, Siemens generated revenue of €83.0 billion and net income of €6.1 billion. At the end of September 2018, the company had around 379,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.Siemens.com.
* Siemens AG
Shared Value Africa Initiative announces the 4th Africa Shared Value Leadership Summit (4–5 June 2020 in Kigali, Rwanda)
October 28, 2019 | 0 Comments
|Seeking business solutions to the continent’s social challenges|
|JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, October 28, 2019/ — A network of some of Africa’s largest companies will gather in Kigali, Rwanda on 4-5 June 2020 at the 4th annual Africa Shared Value Leadership Summit (www.AfricaSharedValueSummit.com), to share ideas about how companies can build business initiatives around solving social problems at scale and contributing to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals on the continent.|
The event, the Africa Shared Value Leadership Summit, aims to increase awareness of how social and environmental protection can be incorporated into the strategies of businesses across industries and borders. The Shared Value Business Model, developed by Harvard Business School’s Prof Michael Porter and Mark Kramer and practised by an increasing number of businesses across the world, advocates that business has a responsibility to create both economic and social value.
The summit will provide delegates with an opportunity to learn from the Rwanda success story and why President Paul Kagame is widely regarded as having presided over an economic and social rebirth in the country.
In economic terms, Rwanda’s rate of economic growth has averaged 8% since 2001, according to the World Bank. It is one of four African countries included in the top ten fastest-growing global economies in the world in 2019, with medium term growth projected at 7-8%. In social terms, poverty rates have fallen, and Rwanda has made dramatic gains in health and development indicators.
“Rwanda has demonstrated how enormous challenges can be overcome if there is a willingness between public and private sector to work together, to create a thriving economy,” says Shared Value Africa Initiative CEO Tiekie Barnard. “The summit will offer participants insights into successful Rwanda and regional organisations that understand the responsibility of business in creating social change. It provides a learning environment, with participants sharing information on how they have achieved social impact through their business.”
The summit’s content is aligned with selected priority areas of Rwanda’s National Strategy for Transformation (NST1). Focus areas include the financial, agricultural, mining and health sectors. Innovation will be a cross-cutting topic. Discussion will also focus on opportunities for collaboration through regional relationships, such as those created by the African Continental Free Trade Area incorporating the current 27 African Union member states.
Over the two days of the summit, business leaders will discuss how businesses focused on “profit with purpose” can contribute to reducing inequality and building economic prosperity, thereby mitigating the risk and enhancing the profit potential of doing business on the continent.
This will be the fourth annual Africa Shared Value Leadership Summit – in May 2019, 350 business leaders from 18 countries met in Nairobi, Kenya. Speaker sharing their success and challenges included leaders such as the late Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore, Ladol CEO Dr Amy Jadesimi, Enel Head of Sustainability Projects Maria Cristina Papetti, KCB CEO Joshua Oigara, Barclays CEO Jeremy Awori, Old Mutual Head of Responsible Business, Khanyi Chaba and co-founder of the global Shared Value Initiative, Mark Kramer.
“At the heart of the Shared Value approach is the understanding that business can only be as successful as the environment in which it operates,” says Barnard. “This is not simply a way for companies to improve their reputations.”
Increasingly, companies and their shareholders are seeing that over the long term, a society’s inequality will also create problems for businesses. “Shared Value creates more responsible, and sustainable businesses by allowing companies to focus on solving persistent problems for unserved or underserved customers,” says Stephen Chege, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer of Kenya-based Safaricom and pioneer of M-PESA, one of the world’s most successful mobile phone-based money transfer, financing and microfinancing service.
As with previous years, the UN Sustainable Development Goals will be a theme throughout at the Summit as a guide to the business leaders to demonstrate how business can contribute to achieving the goals and to addressing e social challenges, a core part of their operations.
About Shared Value Africa Initiative:
The Shared Value Africa Initiative (SVAI) (www.SVAI.africa) , is a pan-African organisation and the custodian of the global Shared Value movement on our continent. The SVAI is the regional partner of the global Shared Value Initiative started by economists Prof Michael Porter and Mark Kramer from Harvard Business School. Prof Porter is a current member of the Rwandan Presidential Advisory Council.
* Shared Value Africa Initiative
Russia and Ethiopia sign cooperation agreement on peaceful use of atomic energy
October 25, 2019 | 0 Comments
By Wallace Mawire
Russia and Ethiopia have signed an intergovernmental framework agreement on cooperation in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy.
It is reported that the document was signed on the side-lines of the Russia-Africa Economic Forum by ROSATOM Director General Alexei Likhachev on behalf of Russia, and by Ethiopia’s Minister of Innovation and Technology Getahun Mecuria Kuma, the on behalf of Ethiopia.
Rosatom is the company behind the Centre of Nuclear Science and Technology (CNST) under construction in Chongwe, Zambia, under the 2018 engineering, procurement and construction contract signed in 2018 between the Zambian government and Rosatom.
It is added that the CNST, which will not generate electricity, will provide a wide range of applications of radiation technologies in medicine, agriculture and industry, which include a technological industry platform to enhance national industry development.
will also promote the enhancement of national education and science through the
training of highly qualified experts in various fields.
The intergovernmental agreement will serve as a springboard for starting active dialogue between the two countries in the field of nuclear technologies and practical implementation of specific projects within the framework of cooperation.
Alexei Likhachev noted: “We are glad to provide Ethiopia with access to more than 70 years of experience in the peaceful use of nuclear technologies in Russia and hope that our cooperation will contribute to the sustainable development of Ethiopia and improve the quality of life of the nation.”
The Intergovernmental agreement creates a legal framework for establishing cooperation between Russia and Ethiopia on a wide range of areas.
These areas include: fine tuning the projects for construction of the Center for nuclear science and technology (CNST) and nuclear power plant (NPP) on the territory of the Republic of Ethiopia, developing nuclear infrastructure in accordance with international recommendations; applying nuclear and radiation safety regulations; implementing fundamental and applied research for peaceful uses of nuclear technologies; producing and using radioisotopes in various industries, healthcare and agriculture; cooperating in the field of radiation technologies and nuclear medicine applications and education, training and retraining of specialists for the nuclear industry.
Netherlands donates $22 m for safe water, sanitation in South Sudan
October 25, 2019 | 0 Comments
By Deng Machol
Juba – The government of Netherlands has donated 22 million U. S dollars to the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) in South Sudan to support improved access to safe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) for thousands of vulnerable South Sudanese in dire need.
Netherlands has supporting water management and sanitation in the areas of central and eastern Equatoria over the past years.
Janet Alberda, Netherlands Ambassador to South Sudan said South Sudan globally has some of the worst water – related health indictors with only 41 per cent of the population having access to safe drinking water and worse still only 10 per cent of the 12 million population have access to adequate sanitation services.
According to Amb. Alberda, the 22 million U.S dollar project will be implemented in four areas namely Yambio, Torit, Bor and Rumbek respectively.
“The project is expected to provide 250,000 people with sustainable access to safe drinking water; 175,000 people with access to sustainable adequate sanitation facilities and 175,000 people with hygiene education,” Amb. Alberda told Journalists in Juba on Thursday.
South Sudan secured independence from north Sudan in 2011 after decades of a scorched – earth civil war that has killed two million lives but descended into its own political conflict in late 2013.
With latest peace deal, president Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar are expected to form a unity government on November 12, in an attempt to ending the country’s five – year conflict that has killed nearly 400,000 people and uprooted four million people both internally and externally from their homes, before devastated the country’s economy.
She disclosed that currently 50 per cent of the available water facilities in South Sudan are not functional, adding that poor access to water, sanitation and hygiene services contributed to over 60 per cent of the common diseases in the world youngest nation.
Amb. Alberda further revealed that they are looking toward investing in food preparedness and water resource management in the country, which has of recently witnessed heavy flooding, uprooted nearly 800,000 people in the northern Upper Nile and Jonglei regions – north-east and east of the country respectively.
Mohamed Ayoya, UNICEF Country’s representative, reiterated that lack of access to safe drinking water in the country is the leading cause of diarrheal diseases, which makes the country have one of the highest child mortality rates in the world.
“Water means life for the youngest ones in South Sudan and by investing in clean water, the Dutch people are saving lives every day,” Ayoya told press. “Access to clean water is an effective strategy for the future. A healthy population is better positioned to take a peaceful South Sudan forward.”
The Dutch’s four – year resilience program’s supporting, will contribute to reaching an overall target of vulnerable population with essential WASH services by August, 2023.
The project will focus on children, conflicted – affected and epidemic-prone communities in South Sudan.
Cameroon: Three Power Plants Financed by the African Development Bank to Reduce Power Cuts
October 25, 2019 | 0 Comments
|With an estimated 23,000 MW hydroelectric production capacity, Cameroon has the second largest hydroelectric potential in Africa and the 18th largest worldwide|
|ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, October 24, 2019/ — For many years, Cameroon’s national electricity supply has been notoriously unreliable and subject to power cuts. The last significant electric system outage, which lasted eight hours, occurred last March and affected several of the country’s regions (the Far North, North, Littoral, Adamaoua, South and Centre regions).|
However, three projects financed by the African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org) for $121.4 million in 2010-2011 are at last starting to provide long-suffering Cameroonians with much more reliable electricity.
Completion of work on transport lines, line maintenance and especially the replacement of wooden electricity transport poles with concrete poles are all part of the system improvements, whose goal is to increase the quality and reliability of public access to electricity.
The Lom Panga storage reservoir project is complete, but the dam’s generating plant is still under construction. In the meantime, two other power plants, Kribi and Dibamba, have begun working to strengthen Cameroon’s generating capacity.
In November 2011, the African Development Bank awarded $62.9 million for the construction of Lom-Pangar, the hydroelectric generation’s ‘lungs’ in the country’s East region. The project included the construction of a reservoir (6 billion cubic meters of water retained) for regulating the Sanaga’s flow and optimising generation during low water periods at the Song Loulou plant (335 MW) and the Edea plant (224 MW). The production from these two plants has grown from 450 MW in 2011 to 729 MW now.
A 30 MW hydroelectric generating plant is under construction at the base of the dam. It will be linked to the Bertoua thermal plant by a 105 km 90kV line that should start to work in May 2021 following the installation of an evacuation station and the construction of its four turbines. Lom-Pangar will provide electricity to 150 locations in the region and will significantly reduce power cuts in the area.
“The Lom-Pangar dam will help save water in other reservoirs,” said Theodore Nsangou, the General Director of the Electricity Development Corporation (EDC), in an interview with a government publication in March 2018.
The 216 MW capacity Kribi gas-fired generating plant began to work in 2013 after receiving $32.8 million from the African Development Bank in July 2011 for an expansion project. Its production goal is 330 MW. Currently, the power plant has a 100 km 225 kV transport line connecting it with the Magombe substation in the Edea region in the country’s South region. The plant operates with natural gas (with light fuel oil as emergency backup) from the Sagana South offshore gas field.
During the dry season, the Kribi plant and its nine simple cycle gas turbines are truly the system’s “oxygen”, maintaining the country’s energy flow, particularly to the South’s interconnected system, which receives its electricity from Kribi.
The Kribi gas-fired generating plant and the Dibamba generating plant provide access to electricity for close to half of Cameroon’s population.
The Dibamba heavy fuel oil generating plant was also designed to meet the serious problem of power cuts during the dry season. It was the first of the three plants to receive financial support from the African Development Bank of $25.6 million in April 2010. Built to mitigate the country’s shortage of electricity, high demand quickly outpaced its capacity the day after it began operations.
Located in the outskirts of Douala, Cameroon’s second largest city, Dibamba is an 86 MW thermal generating plant with a 2 km 90 kV transport line linked to the network serving the most remote and densely populated areas in the country’s West region.
With an estimated 23,000 MW hydroelectric production capacity, Cameroon has the second largest hydroelectric potential in Africa and the 18th largest worldwide. The country plans to complete the development of its hydroelectric industries by 2035. Construction of the Nachtigal hydroelectric generating plan began in 2019 and will be complete in about five years, with an estimated generating capacity of 420 MW.
The African Development Bank has awarded a funding package of $154.8 million for the completion of this generating plant. Other development partners, such as the World Bank, the European Investment Bank and Proparco, are also involved.
The African Development Bank Group (https://www.AfDB.org) is Africa’s premier development finance institution. It comprises three distinct entities: the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF). On the ground in 41 African countries with an external office in Japan, the Bank contributes to the economic development and the social progress of its 54 regional member states. For more information: https://www.AfDB.org
*SOURCE African Development Bank Group (AfDB)
Zambia nuclear science students join academy in Russia
October 25, 2019 | 0 Comments
By Wallace Mawire
Students from Zambia were among those invited to join counterparts from across the world for a specialised two-week programme of lectures and practical sessions delivered by distinguished experts in the field of radiation application and isotope production.
It is reported that the current session is running from October 14 to 25, 2019, in Obninsk, Russia’s first science city.
reported to be a a significant step in
the establishment of a system for training personnel for future Centers of
Nuclear Science and Technology (CNSTs).
On May 15, 2018, Zambia and Rosatom signed a general contract for the construction of a CNST in Chongwe.
will be implemented in several stages within 3 to 6 years from the start date.
“It is also important to note that there will be other resultant benefits such as increased foreign exchange earnings, creation of employment opportunities, gaining access to the international markets for Zambia’s agricultural products and increased competitiveness and viability of Zambian industries,” said former Higher Education Minister Hon. Nkandu Luo.
“The establishment of The Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology will be useful for training of personnel for nuclear programmes. It is also important to note that there will be other resultant benefits such as increased foreign exchange earnings, creation of employment opportunities, gaining access to the international markets for Zambia’s agricultural products and increased competitiveness and viability of Zambian industries,’ she added.
The research reactor (RR) is the heart of a Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology. Globally 243 research reactors are in operation in 55 countries, including Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Algeria, Congo and South Africa, and 10 more are now under construction.
Zambia will become the 9th African country to possess a research reactor of 10 MW. Its main applications in industry are transport installations, seawater desalination, hydrogen production, district heating, industrial radiography and other non-destructive testing methods, material modification and security screening systems.
Earlier this year, on February 22, 2019, Rosatom Technical Academy and the World Nuclear University (WNU) signed an agreement to hold a specialised WNU school on radiation technologies in Russia in preparation for construction by Rosatom of various Centres of Nuclear Science and Technology (CNSTs), around the world, including the one being built at Chongwe in Zambia.
It is held biennially by the WNU in collaboration with the IAEA. The previous school was organised in 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with the agency providing the school with financial support through scholarships.