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Zambian treasury losing over $145m in unpaid taxes from illicit alcohol
October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Survey shows three-fold increase in fiscal loss since 2014

By Wallace Mawire

 

Zambian Breweries beer brands

Zambian Breweries beer brands

Illicit alcohol continues to flood the Zambian market, losing the country an estimated US$145.5 million in unpaid taxes in 2017 alone.

More than two-thirds of the alcohol sold during the period under review, was made by illegitimate unregistered suppliers, according to a new report released by Euromonitor International Consulting of the United Kingdom.

The study, whose objective was to understand the extent of the illicit alcohol trade in seven selected African countries, including Zambia, was undertaken at the request of Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the parent company of Zambian Breweries.

Illicit alcohol trade, according to the report, poses a substantial health threat to consumers, while the negative economic consequences for alcoholic drinks companies and governments are equally considerable. Euromonitor identified that the loss to the Treasury had increased threefold since the last survey in Zambia in 2014, when it identified a fiscal loss of more than US$50 million to government through smuggling and unpaid taxes.
Some 70 percent of the alcohol sold is now illicit, compared with 40 percent in 2014.

“This report makes worrying reading,” said Zambian Breweries country director Jose Moran. “We appeal to government to enforce existing legislation that will prosecute people involved in the illicit alcohol business as government is losing substantial amounts of money through the illicit alcohol trade. This will help curb negative health and social effects brought about by tujilijili and junta.”

The report explained that cheap, unregulated packaged spirits have moved away from sachets, which are now banned, to smaller sized bottles of 200ml. The majority of the distilleries making these are unregistered producers and are not paying tax.

Only an estimated 30 percent of local spirits production in Zambia in 2017 were traceable to legitimate, registered manufacturers. This represents a significant fiscal loss to the state.

According to the study, Market Analysis for Illicit Alcohol in sub-Saharan Africa, smuggling of packaged products into Zambia from Namibia at the Katima Mulilo border is the largest contributor to fiscal loss, with spirits and wine showing high levels of smuggling in 2017.

The report observes that the smuggling of alcohol from Namibia occurs through containerised vehicles. Contents are typically declared as fish and other perishables that are tax-free.

The report exposed Lusaka’s Comesa Market as a significant hub for illicit alcohol distribution but to a far less extent compared with 2014, due to the cholera clean-up from September 2017.
The report findings highlighted townships such as Matero, Mandevu and Chilenje in Lusaka as “competing” with Comesa Market in distributing smuggled alcohol and other illicit products.

The Euromonitor market analysis noted, however, that there had been an increase in government lobbying to strengthen the regulation of illicit alcohol, mainly because of alcohol-related abuse.

The report justifies part of government’s drive as health-related, citing interventions made during the cholera outbreak in 2017 that compelled government to intervene in alcohol consumption in urban compounds, epicentres of disease in peri-urban areas, and shut down outdoor trade.

Mr. Moran said Zambian Breweries would continue to collaborate with government and other stakeholders to enhance the National Alcohol Policy’s vision of having a nation free from the negative social, health, and welfare consequences of alcohol abuse in the population, in order to enhance national development.

“We therefore appeal to the government to address this issue from the root as exposed by the report. Recently, we signed an MOU with the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) on looking at how we can collaborate with government using evidence-based data to fight this illegal alcohol trade as it has negative fiscal, health and social impact,” Mr Moran explained.

 

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South Sudan rebel leader Machar to attend peace day celebrations in Juba
October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

By Deng Machol

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar shake hands

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar shake hands

Juba – South Sudan government on Tuesday confirmed main opposition leader Riek Machar will participate in peace day celebrations as a good gesture for cherishing reconciliation and unity.

The announcement was made in Khartoum on Tuesday, following a meeting between the oppositions leader Machar and the members of the National Pre-Transitional Committee (NPTC) who came to brief him about the progress, they achieved.

Riek Machar, leader of the Sudan People Liberation Movement – in Opposition, is expected to arrive in Juba on October 30 after two years of exile.

After the meeting, Machar confirmed his participation in the national peace celebration on the October 30, saying that the Revitalized Peace Agreement is the last chance for the political leaders to assume their national role to prevent the collapse of the country.

Opposition leader added that he is committed to the revitalized peace deal he has signed in Ethiopia a month ago

South Sudanese presidential adviser on security affairs, Tut Gatluak, who is also a chairman of the organizing committee, said all the opposition leaders that signed the revitalized peace agreement in Ethiopia are coming on Oct. 30 to attend the festivities for the national celebration of achieving the peace deal.

“The president and the government are ready to host the event and demonstrate to the region and the world that Juba is committed to bringing lasting, durable peace to the people,” Gatluak said in Khartoum.

However, President Salva Kiir and Machar, leader of the main oppositions, SPLM-IO, signed the final revitalized peace pact mediated by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an East African bloc, in an attempt to end the fifth year old conflict, which has killed hundred thousands of people and displaced 2.5 people from their homes, before the famine emerged.

South Sudan has descended into another civil war, just a two years of her independence from Sudan regime, the conflict that broke out in mid – December 2013, over  the power wrangling between president Kiir and the recently designated first vice president Machar, has now entered its fifth year after forces loyal to Kiir and Machar engaged in extensive combat in the past years till today.

Kiir and Machar first inked the 2015 peace agreement to end the violence but was just violated in months period in July 2016 when the rival factions resumed fighting in the capital Juba, forcing Machar to flee into exile.

Analysts said Machar’s decision to take part in the peace celebration is effective signals that have to send a reassuring message to South Sudanese about his commitment to the revitalized peace deal and to contribute to creating a suitable atmosphere for the implementation of the peace pact.

“Restoring security and stability in the country faces great challenges but needs a strong political will,” Machar told the NPTC members in Khartoum on Tuesday.

The opposition leader further also call for the lifting of the state of emergency, the release of political detainees and the prisoners of war and renouncing the hate speech aimed at promoting a climate of peace and reconciliation in South Sudan.

Of recently, president Kiir’s pardoned all the political opponents and further ordered for the release of political detainees and prisoners of war as gesture for the peace, forgiveness, and reconciliation, but the Juba government just released 20 prisoners, but some key detainees are still in jail and Juba keeps silent on the fate of others creating a climate of suspicion between the partners.

The peace’s celebration, which will be attended by the IGAD leaders, is seen by the president Kiir’s administrations as a confidence-building measure to show its commitment to the revitalized peace deal.

Millions of South Sudanese civilians are seeking refuge in neighboring countries as the conflict furies on.

The next transitional government with Kiir as president, Machar as designated first vice president and other four vice presidents, is due to be formed in May 2018.

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President Ramaphosa to lead the South Africa Investment Conference
October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Ahead of the Africa Investment Forum 2018 (AIF) in Joburg : World Bank must do more to eradicate energy poverty across the continent, say African leaders
October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Meet Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili, seeking to be Nigeria’s first female President.
October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

By Teslim Olawore

If elected Oby Ezekwesili will be the first female President of Nigeria

If elected Oby Ezekwesili will be the first female President of Nigeria

Since Nigeria got her independence from the British in 1960, Nigeria has never had a female president or vice–president. Oby Ezekwesili, a former World Bank Vice President, anti-corruption campaigner and one of the Nigerian status quo’s fiercest critics, is setting out to break the iceberg and occupy the highest office.

A seasoned public servant and fearless campaigner, Madam Katryn Ezekwesili, or ‘Aunty Oby’ as she is fondly called by most people, was born on April 23, 1963 in the eastern state of Anambra . From her earliest stages, she seemed to enjoy an education that primed her for a life of public service.

After bagging a Bachelor’s Degree from the famed University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos, as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

She started her career as a chartered accountant and was the co-founder of Transparency International, a global anti-corruption group, before working with Professor Jeffrey Sachs at the Centre for International Development at Harvard.

Before joining the World Bank in the year 2007, Ezekwesili worked and held several positions within the Country. She was Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence, Minister of Mineral Resources and later Minister for Education. It was during this time she earned the moniker ‘Madam Due Process’ for her dedication to cleaning up the process of public procurement and contracting at the federal level, a feature that has never been a strong point of successive Nigerian governments.

As a former vice-president of the World Bank’s Africa Region, Ezekwesili recently acted as Senior Advisor on Africa Economic Development Policy at the Open Society Foundations in New York, assisting the Mano River governments with economic policy reforms. Ezekwesili is one of the federal government’s most feared critics who uses every opportunity to criticise governments wrongdoing. She is never quiet on policy issues of public importance, corruption or human rights abuses. As co-founder of the advocacy group Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG), she drew global attention to the rescue of the remaining Chibok schoolgirls who were kidnapped in April 2014 by members of the terrorist group Boko Haram.

For her activism and anti-corruption sitruggles, Ezekwesili was recently shortlisted for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).  In a rather unexpected move, Oby Ezekwesili declared her intention to run for the office of president with the aim of bringing down the old order and building up a new Nigeria.

In her words, she said, “I want to run for and win the 2019 presidential election to serve and put the citizens first by mobilising and taking decisive action on a number of big ideas that will help all of us build an exceptional nation that our future generations will be proud to call their own”. Ezekwesili under the umbrella of, the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, will be seeking to unseat incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Mastercard’s CEO meets with Uganda’s Prime Minister to discuss the role of technology in driving inclusive growth
October 23, 2018 | 0 Comments
During his visit, Mr Banga also hosted Mastercard’s first CEO Conversations event in Uganda, bringing together business leaders from across the country to share their insights on how technology and partnerships can help drive inclusive growth in Africa.

During his visit, Mr Banga also hosted Mastercard’s first CEO Conversations event in Uganda, bringing together business leaders from across the country to share their insights on how technology and partnerships can help drive inclusive growth in Africa.

KAMPALA, Uganda, 23 October 2018 -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Ajay Banga, President and CEO of Mastercard, visited Uganda this week where he met with Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister, Republic of Uganda. During their meeting, Mr. Banga reinforced Mastercard’s ongoing commitment to the country and also emphasized the role that digital payment ecosystems can play in enabling economic growth and driving financial inclusion, supporting Uganda’s Vision 2040.

During his visit, Mr Banga also hosted Mastercard’s first CEO Conversations event in Uganda, bringing together business leaders from across the country to share their insights on how technology and partnerships can help drive inclusive growth in Africa.
Mastercard, www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. Mastercard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone.
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South Sudan Resumes Oil Production, Seeks Investors
October 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth

Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth

Juba, South Sudan, Oct. 19 — South Sudan Oil & Power (SSOP) 2018 is returning to Juba on November 21 and 22, and is focused on attracting international investors and service companies into the country’s newly revamped oil industry.

The theme for the conference — Embracing the Private Sector — follows the successful resumption of oil production by the Greater Pioneer Operating Company this year and the introduction of new international companies into the market, including Russia-based JSC Zarubezhneft.

The Russian company is set to begin exploring the country’s open acreage and opportunities in trading after signing a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Petroleum this month.

Earlier this year, operating consortia investors CNPC and Petronas affirmed their commitment to improving and increasing oil production in South Sudan after re-signing production agreements with the government. Nigeria-based Oranto Petroleum began exploring for oil and gas in Block B3 in November 2017. With a new peace deal signed and in implementation, the government and existing investors in Juba are optimistic about prospects for energy sector growth.

“South Sudan is dedicated to expanding oil and gas operations to strengthen the economy, as well as pursue economic diversification through new infrastructure and power projects,” said Hon. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Minister of Petroleum, South Sudan.

“With two out of three of South Sudan’s operating companies producing again, it is imperative that new international service companies and providers enter the market to meet the demand for services. We are going to have an aggressive push and incentivize exploration activities with new blocks. South Sudan Oil & Power 2018 will be the venue for these deals to move forward.”

Following a successful event in 2017 — the country’s first dedicated energy and infrastructure conference — the two-day SSOP conference this year will include panel discussions on oilfield development; building the nation through energy infrastructure; and public private partnerships and initiatives; as well as a reception and gala dinner, presentations and workshops.

The 2018 conference will feature ministerial delegations from Sudan and Equatorial Guinea, and is held under the auspices of H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of South Sudan.

Keynote speakers will include H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President, South Sudan; Hon. Taban Deng Gai, First Vice President, South Sudan; Hon. James Wani Igga, Vice President, South Sudan; Hon. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Minister of Petroleum, South Sudan; H.E. Azhari Abdallah, Minister of Petroleum and Gas, Sudan and H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons, Equatorial Guinea.

*Culled from Africa Oil and Power

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Afe Babalola University Confers Honorary Doctorate Degree on African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina
October 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
In his acceptance address, Adesina lauded the Institution as an epitome of academic excellence commended its high standards of discipline
ADO EKITI, Nigeria, October 22, 2018/ — The Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti,  Nigeria, has conferred a Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa on the President of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), Akinwumi Adesina in recognition of his immense contributions to socio-economic development on the continent.

John Olachy Momoh, Chairman of Channels Media Group, Nigeria’s multi award-winning television station also received an Honoris Causa at the  6thConvocation ceremony of the University held on Sunday 21 October 2018 at the University Campus in Ado Ekiti.

“The honorary recipients are Nigerian ambassadors who have conquered the world due to the quality and functional education they received,” said Aare  Afe Babalola, Founder of the University.

“They were chosen on the basis of their distinguished reputations, outstanding achievements, exemplary leadership and extraordinary contributions to humanity. This is the highest honour an academic institution can give and today, they are richly-deserved,” he added.

In his acceptance address, Adesina lauded the Institution as an epitome of academic excellence commended its high standards of discipline. To the graduating students,”invest your time and energy in making the right decisions. The story and history of this great institution is one of the right decisions that should be well-studied by those involved in tertiary education globally,” he said.

Afe Babalola University is a private university established in 2010 in Ado Ekiti, Nigeria, with the ambition to address the disconnect between curricular programs and labor market demands.  The University operates through five colleges for undergraduates (Science, Social & Management Sciences, Law, Engineering and Medicine & Health Science) as well as a Post graduate school. In November 2013, it was appointed to mentor the College of Industrial Development (UID), Accra, Ghana thereby becoming the first university in Nigeria to mentor a foreign university. This year, a total of 4013 students graduated, including 43 pioneer medical doctors.

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Hippo Cull in Zambia is nothing to do with conservation, and everything to do with money, says Born Free
October 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
Umlilo Safaris advertisement for Hippo Hunting

Umlilo Safaris advertisement for Hippo Hunting

Reacting to the breaking news that the Zambian government has now given the green light to the ‘on-off’ cull of 1,250 hippos in the Luangwa Valley, Born Free’s CEO, Howard Jones, has provided the following comment:

“The Zambian government and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife have consistently failed to produce a shred of scientific evidence that there is an overpopulation of hippos in the Luangwa River and that the hippos are causing irreversible environmental damage – the key reasons the Zambian government is now giving as the rationale for this controversial cull.

“The Zambian government’s own published research has shown that previous hippo culls in Luangwa have singularly failed to ‘control’ the hippo population, and have, conversely, stimulated an increase in population growth. Put simply, previous culls have failed to reduce the hippo population, if that was the intention..

“The contract for the cull, awarded to Mabwe Adventures, is also shrouded in controversy. Not only does the contract breach the transparent, open tendering process required for the procurement of such services, but Mabwe sub-contracted the cull to a safari outfitter in South Africa, Umlilo Safaris, that has been openly selling the opportunity to kill hippos in Luangwa, to fee-paying trophy hunters.

“This cull has nothing to do with animal management or conservation, and everything to do with money. In September, the UK, Ireland, Finland and Sweden all suspended aid to Zambia because of alleged corruption in its administration.

The US Ambassador to Zambia, Daniel Foote, has reported that this move by the Zambian government may make it difficult, if not impossible, for him to attract investment that can help the country’s conservation sector. Born Free is requesting clarification on the position of the FCO and British High Commission on this same issue.”

 

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Corporate Council on Africa set to host U.S.-Africa Infrastructure Innovation Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, Nov 5-6, 2018
October 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), the leading U.S. business association focused solely on connecting business interests in Africa, will host its 8th U.S.-Africa Infrastructure Conference November 5-6, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. CCA is expecting over 300 U.S. and African participants, including innovative businesses and service providers, financiers, investors, private sector executives and government representatives to participate in this essential conference.

 

The African Development Bank estimates in its 2018 Africa Economic Outlook reports that the continent needs at least $130 billion a year in infrastructure development per year for at least the next decade to meet the needs of rapidly growing, increasingly urban countries. The sheer scope of the needs and the pace of population growth will demand innovation across the project cycle to be successful.

 

CCA’s conference will introduce innovative solutions in a range of sectors including ICT, energy, transportation, health and finance to African government and private sector actors and offer insights on novel approaches that infrastructure leaders have implemented to make ambitious projects a reality.

 

Attendees will hear from leading U.S and African industry experts on innovative technologies and solutions to infrastructure needs on the continent; Gain access to key U.S. and African government officials and decision makers driving infrastructure investment on the continent; Connect with U.S. and African business decision-makers from C-suite to business development and identify new business partners and investors; Obtain real-time business and investment leads that can result in sales and contracts; Showcase their company’s innovative solutions in infrastructure to leading businesses and key government officials.

 

The conference will also feature an exhibition center, which will allow businesses to display current and successful projects, initiatives or products that are presently being used to close the gap in infrastructure development.  Dedicated time will be scheduled for conference participants to meet project representatives and hear short presentations on the highlights of their technology or project.

The 2018 U.S.-Africa Infrastructure Conference is proudly sponsored by leading American and African businesses and organizations including: Acrow Bridge, AllAfrica Global Media, Barloworld Namibia(pty) Ltd, Caterpillar, Inc., Chevron Corporation, Citi, Covington and Burling LLP, Global Agri. Exchange (GAEX), Lockheed Martin, and South African Airways.

Established in 1993 to promote business and investment between the United States and the nations of Africa, CCA serves as a neutral, trusted intermediary connecting its member firms with the essential government and business leaders they need to do business and succeed in Africa. CCA uniquely represents a broad cross section of member companies from small and medium size businesses to multinationals as well as U.S. and African firms. Our members are invested in Africa’s most promising sectors including agribusiness, energy, finance, health, ICT, infrastructure, security, tourism and trade facilitation.

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Zimbabwe’s pro-democracy activist challenges government’s punitive tax
October 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

By Wallace Mawire

 Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube

Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube

A pro-democracy activist in Zimbabwe has hauled Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube to court seeking an order to suspend the imposition of a punitive tax on electronic transactions.

In an application filed in the High Court on behalf of Mfundo Mlilo by
Tendai Biti, a member of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, the
pro-democracy activist argued that government’s decision, which is now
being implemented by service operators, was made by Ncube without the
necessary backing of the law in particular the amendment of the income
tax or the regulation of the tax in a statutory instrument.

Mlilo argued that although Ncube had on Friday 12 October 2018
belatedly enacted the Finance (Rate and Incidence of Intermediated
Monetary Transfer Tax) Regulations Statutory Instrument (SI205/2018)
in which he sought to legalise and actualise his announcement done on
01 October 2018, the statutory instrument still remained
unconstitutional and a nullity for a Minister cannot in regulations
amend an Act of Parliament.

Mlilo wants the High Court to suspend the decision  taken by Ncube on
01 October 2018 to review the Intermediate Money Transfer Tax from 5
cents per transaction to 2 cents per dollar and to also forthwith
suspend the Finance (Rate and Incidence of Intermediated Money
Transfer Tax) Regulations published in SI205/2018.

Mlilo wants the High Court to suspend the decision  taken by Ncube on
01 October 2018 to review the Intermediate Money Transfer Tax from 5
cents per transaction to 2 cents per dollar and to also forthwith
suspend the Finance (Rate and Incidence of Intermediated Money
Transfer Tax) Regulations published in SI205/2018.

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Desmond Tutu award for HIV prevention research and human rights to be presented to Linda-Gail Bekker at hiv research for prevention (hivr4p 2018)
October 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

By Wallace Mawire

 

Linda-Gail Bekker is a tireless and innovative leader of efforts to ensure effective HIV prevention for all,” says HIVR4P Co-chair Z Mike Chirenje of the University of Zimbabwe

Linda-Gail Bekker is a tireless and innovative leader of efforts to ensure effective HIV prevention for all,” says HIVR4P Co-chair Z Mike Chirenje of the University of Zimbabwe

Co-chairs of HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P 2018), the world’s only scientific meeting dedicated exclusively to biomedical HIV prevention, have announced that the 2018 Desmond Tutu Award for HIV Prevention Research and Human Rights will be presented to HIV researcher, physician and community advocate Linda-Gail Bekker of Cape Town, South Africa. The presentation will take place at the Opening Plenary of this year’s HIVR4P conference, Monday 22 October in Madrid, Spain.

 

Named in honor of South African cleric Desmond Tutu, one of the leading global advocates for HIV prevention and the dignity of all people, the award is presented every two years to an individual or organization that has worked in an outstanding manner to advance both HIV prevention research and the human rights of people affected by HIV.

 

“Linda-Gail Bekker is a tireless and innovative leader of efforts to ensure effective HIV prevention for all,” said HIVR4P Co-chair Z Mike Chirenje of the University of Zimbabwe. “From her clinics in the impoverished Masiphumelele and New Crossroads townships of Cape Town, to her role as chief operating officer of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation and in her capacity as immediate past president of the International AIDS Society, Linda-Gail’s fearless advocacy and personalized models of care have saved lives and helped to break down barriers of stigma and discrimination in HIV prevention.”

 

Bekker’s famously user-friendly clinics offer models of services that engage and welcome all, including young people, especially young women and girls, men who have sex with men and others traditionally overlooked by healthcare systems. The mobile “Tutu Testers” she has championed bring voluntary HIV testing, counseling and information to communities throughout South Africa. Her clinics have been known to provide services such as babysitting and clothes washing to individuals who could not otherwise keep their appointments, and sports and computer literacy services for young people using their services.

 

At the same time Bekker, who is also professor of medicine at the University of Cape Town, has advanced efforts to integrate the diagnosis, treatment and care of HIV and tuberculosis, the leading global killer of people living with HIV. She has also co-led international research studies to develop innovative new HIV prevention methods including HIV vaccines, vaginal rings for HIV prevention and oral and injectable pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Recently, Bekker used her position as international scientific chair of the AIDS 2018 conference to speak on a global stage in support of increased financial and political support for HIV prevention research.

 

“Linda-Gail Bekker reminds us every day that the goals of stopping HIV and protecting the rights of everyone affected by the epidemic are inextricably linked,” said HIVR4P Co-chair Susan Buchbinder of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. “Her belief in the dignity of all people is the key to her effectiveness – whether she is holding political leaders to account in international policy-making forums or working one-on-one with patients in the clinic.”

 

Previous recipients of the Desmond Tutu Award for HIV Prevention and Human Rights include Archbishop Tutu himself, who received the award in 2014, and Ambassador Deborah Birx, Coordinator of the U.S. Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS and Director of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, who was honored in 2016.

 

“I am both delighted and hugely honored to accept this award,” said Linda-Gail Bekker, “especially following in the footsteps of wonderful people like the Arch and Ambassador Birx. This award reminds us that, ultimately, all the work we do is to improve the lives and wellbeing of men, women and young people – fellow human beings everywhere – and that’s what really matters.”

 

HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P) is the world’s only scientific meeting dedicated exclusively to biomedical HIV prevention, including vaccines, antibodies, microbicides, treatment as prevention, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and new forms of HIV prevention. Founded in 2014 and emerging from the previous AIDS vaccine and microbicide conferences, the biennial HIVR4P meeting responds to a growing consensus that effective HIV prevention requires a combination of approaches and close collaboration between fields of HIV prevention research. Conference funders include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, U.S. National Institutes of Health, Gilead, ViiV Healthcare, anRs (French Agency for Research on AIDS & Viral Hepatitis), Janssen, GSK, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Gobierno de Espana, Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovacion y Universidades, International Partnership for Microbicides, MSD, and the South African Medical Research Council.

 

The conference secretariat is the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise. In 2020, the International AIDS Society will assume the secretariat role for the conference.

 

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