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Private Sector, Investors enjoy legal protection and respect in The Gambia, President Barrow tells Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce
July 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

Barrow With Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce

Barrow With Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce

President Adama Barrow has described The Gambia as the best place for international businesses that are interested in exploring business and investment opportunities in Africa. Outlining the unique comparative advantages of the country during a meeting with the Director General and top officials of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce, President Barrow said The Gambia is strategically located in the West African sub region pointing out its close proximity to some of the biggest economies on the African continent.

He said his government is creating the right environment for investments and business to reach their fullest potentials, indicating that they were putting in place flexible policies and stringent legal cover for businesses to thrive unhindered.

‘’Our economy is driven by the private sector, which is why we have high regards and respect for the private sector’’, he said. ‘’We have legal protection for investors, we embrace free trade and have an open door police towards businesses’’.

President Barrow extended an invitation to the members of the business fraternity in Abu Dhabi to visit The Gambia and take advantage of the investment potentials that exist in agriculture, tourism, telecoms, health, among other sectors.

H.E Mohammed Helal Al Mheiri, Director General of Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce thanked the president for meeting and exploring with them the possibilities of investment in The Gambia. He said his association has a membership of 120, 000 and promised to work with members to visit and explore investment potentials in The Gambia.

Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs also thanked them for their interest in the Gambian market.  He revealed that the governments of The Gambia and Abu Dhabi had signed an MOU on trade protection, promising that a double taxation treaty will be presented to the next sitting of the Parliament.

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development

The President also held a separate closed-door meeting with officials from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.

 

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Kenya:Salah set to play his first match in Nairobi
July 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma | @journalist_27

Salah

Salah

Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah will lead his charges against Kenya in 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifier according to the draw done by Confederation of African Football on Thursday.

Following the draw, the North African giant was pitted against Kenya, Togo and Comoros Island. It is the first time Egypt will play a qualifier match against their East African opponent.

The qualifiers set to give the Pharaohs a chance to redeem themselves after woeful performance that saw them eliminated in this year’s AFCON. The hosts were bundled out of the tournament by South Africa in the round 16.

Salah fired blank few weeks after he had led Liverpool to their sixth Champions League victory against Tottenham in Madrid, Spain. Liverpool forward set the Merseyside club on their way to triumph with an early spotkick before Divock Origi sealed the win.

After the South Africa’s game, the star was overwhelmed with emotions following the outcome that dashed their hope of lifting the title in their home soil.

As a result Egypt’s head coach Javier Aguirre was shown the door. Egypt Football Association President Hany Abo Rida announced the firing of the Mexican coach few hours after the game.

Kenya on the other hand will fight tooth and nail to appear to the biennial tourney for the second time in a row for first time. Harambee Stars qualified to 2019 showpiece after 15 years of absence; however, they were knocked out in the group stage.

The East African giant was overcome by Algeria 2-0, Senegal 3-0 and won against their neighbors Tanzania. Togo and Comoros did not make it to the AFCON 32nd edition.

The 48 nations will participate in the qualifiers. The teams are divided into 12 groups with two top teams per group advancing to the tournament that will be held in Cameroon.

 

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Book on Zimbabwe’s frequently asked questions about climate change launched
July 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Wallace Mawire

Climate Change Management Department director Washington Zhakata

Climate Change Management Department director Washington Zhakata

A booklet titled: Zimbabwe’s frequently asked questions about climate change has been launched in Zimbabwe with support from partners involved in assisting the country to combat the climate change crisis.

According to Mr Washington Zhakata, Director, Climate Change Management Department in the ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement the initiative was started by author Anna Brazier and supported by the Konrad Adenuer Stiftung (KAS).It   saw the first version of the book being published before being reviewed  by several eminent authors from Zimbabwe’s top universities, captains of industry and government departments.

Highlighting on the importance of the book, Mr Zhakata said that whilst much of the climate discussions have been confined to teak-furnished and air-conditioned boardrooms, rural folks who constitute the majority of the population in Zimbabwe have largely been excluded from the climate discussion.

“This is partly due to language issues, complexity of the subject and poor infrastructure including energy and communication,” he said.

Mr Zhakata added that most experts, including government officials at provincial, districts and ward levels have difficulties in translating climate issues into the languages spoken by people they serve.

He said that sometimes it is   really not necessary for the officials including extension staff to be bogged down by translation issues which come at the expense of implementation of the climate issues.

“The use of vernacular therefore becomes critical,” Zhakata added.

He added that as the government prepares to implement devolved programming and devolution approach to work, it is   critical for the climate resources including information, education and communication material on the climate change subject to be in local languages which people are comfortable with.

Zhakata added that this necessitated the translation of the booklet which empowers people, especially the rural folks with information and knowledge on climate change

According to Zhakata, people in the rural areas are often accused of being primitive and relying more on their traditional beliefs, indigenous knowledge and spiritual beliefs.

“These are sometimes problematic when trying to manage climate change issues such as evacuations ahead of disasters, departure from historical ways of doing things such as planting dates, times to be working in the fields amongst others,” he said.

He said that one of the reasons for the so called resistance to change is simply lack of information.

He says that the booklet will   provide quick answers to people’s frequently asked questions on climate change.

It also   provides local insight of Zimbabwe’s climate priority areas, impacts as well as interventions that can be

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Nigeria: Unemployed Nigerians rises to 21 million
July 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Teslim Olawore

Joseph Ari, the Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has said that the number of unemployed Nigerians rose from 17.6 to 20.9 million between the last quarter of 2017 and the third quarter of last year.

Ari while speaking at a news briefing on Thursday in Abuja, said the unemployment record was sourced from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

He said, “Despite the fact that the number of people in employment increased from 68.4 million in the third quarter of 2015 to 68.72 million in the third quarter of 2016 to 69.09 million in the third quarter of 2017 and 69.53 million in the third quarter of 2018.

“The statistics are scary and staggering and should not only be a source of worry for any administration that is as committed to the welfare of Nigerians as the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari but indeed all patriotic Nigerians.

“This administration has made tremendous efforts to create jobs as could be seen in the increase in the number of people employed as cited by the NBS report.

“There are countless reasons for us to worry as government, as institutions vested with the arduous task of equipping Nigerians with life skills for employability and entrepreneurship we will do all we can, there is no doubt that unemployment has wrought a terrible damage on all facets of our national life.

“No reasonable analysis will divorce unemployment from the needless incidence of violence that has claimed thousands of lives across the nation. It will equally be difficult to separate rising criminality and harmful social vices that are being perpetrated by Nigerians because of unemployment and the attendant poverty. Consequently our population that should be a resource has become an albatross because we cannot provide a greater proportion of our population with a source of livelihood.

“ITF outlined 11 implementable programmes for 2019 which are: National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP); Women Skills Empowerment Programme (WOSEP); air-conditioning and refrigerator (training on wheels); design and garment making; training on wheels for Nigerian youths under passion to profession programme; skills training and empowerment programme for the physically challenge (Step C); aquaculture fish farming; manure production; crop production and greenhouse technology; poultry farming and training programme development on international marketing and test running.”

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WHO rejects idea of closing Rwanda-DRC border over Ebola
July 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Maniraguha Ferdinand

Health workers fighting Ebola outbreak in DRC

Health workers fighting Ebola outbreak in DRC

World Health Organization have rejected calls to  order  Rwanda to close its border with Goma city of Democratic Republic of Congo over Ebola outbreak.

Since August 2018, Eastern parts of Democratic Republic of Congo have  been hit by Ebola disease that  have claimed over 1600 lives.

WHO says that since the outbreak, there are 2512 confirmed or probable cases, including 136 health workers affected, with 40 deaths among them.

Early this week,  a new case was reported in Goma, a city in the East of Congo that borders with Rwanda.

The new patient was travelling from Beni, the epicenter of  the outbreak to Goma. Upon arriving to Goma, he went to the health center,  there he was confirmed to having Ebola and died hours later.

Many people who got in contact with patient were put in quarantine and are being monitored.

On Wednesday, 17 July 2019 in Geneva, WHO convened a meeting of the International Health Regulations  Emergency Committee for Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

On the agenda of the day, the current situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was reviewed.

The statement released after the meeting, said that  Beni remains the epicenter  of the outbreak, with 46% of the cases over the last three weeks.

On the new case that was found in Goma, WHO rejected the idea of closing border with Rwanda as to avoid the outbreak from spreading to neighboring  countries.

About 15,000 people cross the border from Goma to Rwanda every day, as Goma is an important centre of economic activities with Rwanda.

 

“Closing this border would strongly affect the population of Goma and have adverse implications for the response. There is a continuing need for increased awareness among the population on the outbreak situation and stronger engagement on health-seeking behaviors”, the statement says

WHO urges that no country should close its borders or place any restrictions on travel and trade.

“Such measures are usually implemented out of fear and have no basis in science. They push the movement of people and goods to informal border crossings that are not monitored, thus increasing the chances of the spread of disease”, WHO urges

Rwanda has placed surveillance cameras on the border with Congo that helps to screen Ebola on the people who cross every day.

WHO says  the level of preparedness in Goma and priority actions for Rwanda show  significant improvements .

However there is  fear that Goma is close to international airports which  could contribute in spreading  the disease.

WHO advised national authorities to  work with airlines and other transport and tourism industries to ensure that they do not exceed  advice on international traffic.

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Mozambique: Opposition candidate facing pre-election death threats and intimidation
July 19, 2019 | 0 Comments
Manuel de Araújo

Manuel de Araújo

The main opposition candidate in a landmark election for the governorate position of Zambézia province in central Mozambique is facing death threats and intimidation ahead of the October vote, Amnesty International said today.
Manuel de Araújo is the candidate for the main opposition party Mozambique National Resistance’s (RENAMO); he is currently the mayor of Quelimane. The 15 October vote is contentious as it will be the first time that a governor is chosen by the electorate, previously the position was filled by presidential appointment.
“These pre-election intimidation tactics are a terrible reminder of what tends to happen during elections in Mozambique; death threats and intimidation. We have witnessed this grim pattern time and time again as political leaders are harassed and even killed for their critical views,” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southern Africa.
“Elections should never be deadly, because after all it’s a battle of ideas. Violence has no place.”
Araújo received the latest anonymous letter on 10 July. The letter reminded him that he had been previously warned not to stand for the opposition party. It said he should be careful because he would be killed for standing for election. The letter was sent to his office and later printed and posted in local markets. It was also circulated on social media.
Prior to the October 2018 municipal elections – in which Araújo won the position of Mayor of Queliminane – he also received several intimidating and anonymous messages discouraging him from running. Araújo has consistently spoken out against corruption at the provincial and national level, making him a target of political attacks. On 27 September 2016, during the previous administration, a member of the ruling Frente de Libertação de Moçambique (FRELIMO) party in the municipal assembly of Quelimane threatened him during a session, saying that “the mayor deserves a bullet in his head”.
Politics – a dangerous game in Mozambique
 
Araújo is not the first leader within the main opposition RENAMO party to receive death threats this year. In May, Paulo Vahanle, the mayor of Nampula, also received a message instructing him to leave his position as the mayor, or else he would lose his life. He was told that the position he was occupying had an “owner”.
Paulo himself won a by-election in Nampula in January 2018, held after the murder of the former mayor, Mahamudo Amurane, member of the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) in October 2017.
Timeline of recent political murders and attempted murders
 
On 4 October 2017, an unidentified gunman assassinated the then Mayor of Nampula City, Mahamudo Amurane, at his home. Since his election as Mayor of Nampula in 2013, Mahamudo Amurane had embarked on a public quest to root out corruption in the city’s administration and revitalize public infrastructure.
On 8 October 2016, Jeremias Pondeca, a senior RENAMO member and part of the mediation team seeking to end the clashes between his party and the government, was shot dead in Maputo by unknown men, at least some of whom are suspected to be security officers.
On 16 January 2016, Manuel Bissopo, the then Secretary General of RENAMO, was shot and severely wounded by unknown assailants as he travelled in his car in Beira city, in Sofala province. His bodyguard died following the shooting. The incident took place hours after a news conference in which Bissopo had accused state security forces of abducting and killing members of his party.
Amnesty International is very concerned that the continued impunity for such crimes creates an environment of public fear and insecurity in which political opponents are dissuaded from participating in politics.
“Mozambican authorities must launch an independent and effective investigation into the allegations of death threats and intimidation and bring suspected perpetrators to justice,” said Deprose Muchena.
“Beyond that, authorities must guarantee the rights to freedom of association and expression ahead of the country’s general election in October, and beyond. Participation in the country’s politics should not expose anyone to the risk of death.”
Background
 
Mozambicans will vote in presidential and provincial elections scheduled for 15 October 2019. While provincial governors were previously appointed by the president, through a patronage system, it will be the first time that they are directly elected through elections this year.
*Amnesty International
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2019 OFID Annual Award for Development recognizes Vida Duti’s remarkable water and sanitation work in Ghana
July 19, 2019 | 0 Comments
Duti attended a presentation ceremony at The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)’s headquarters during the 40th Annual Session of the organization’s Ministerial Council in Vienna

VIENNA, Austria, July 19, 2019/ — The 2019 The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) (http://www.OFID.org/)Annual Award for Development has been conferred upon Vida Duti, in recognition of her remarkable work in striving for sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services for the population of Ghana. Duti, who is Country Director of the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre in Ghana, will receive US$100,000 from OFID in recognition.

Duti leads a team of 12 in Ghana. The team’s priority is advocating for greater financial and political support for WASH, while also supporting national government policies, standards and guidelines. Its priority in its partner district, Asutifi North, is to support the roll out of a WASH ‘master plan.’ This plan aims to provide universal WASH services for the entire population of the Asutifi district by 2030. Currently, only around half of the district’s 62,816 people have access to adequate water facilities and just 15 percent to decent sanitation. The project’s coalition includes local government, World Vision, the Conrad N Hilton Foundation, Safe Water Network and non-profit organization Aquaya.

Duti attended a presentation ceremony at OFID’s headquarters during the 40th Annual Session of the organization’s Ministerial Council in Vienna. She said she was humbled to receive the award and that it would motivate and strengthen her resolve to work harder to improve the quality of life of people in the developing world.

“I dedicate this award to the people of Ghana and the Asutifi North district for whose quest I gained this recognition,” said Duti. “I wish to express my profound gratitude to the Chairman and Ministerial Council, the management and staff of OFID. I assure you of my resolve to work harder towards improving the quality of life for people in the developing world, especially Ghana.”

OFID Director-General Dr Abdulhamid Alkhalifa said: “OFID recognizes the important role women play in the WASH sector, advancing solutions and encouraging behavioral change. Vida Duti’s engagement in this sector is exemplary and is helping to deliver access to safe, reliable and affordable water services to numerous people in Ghana.

“OFID hopes that bestowing this year’s Annual Award for Development to Mrs Duti will help accelerate action in sub-Saharan Africa, encourage the many women working in development, and highlight the important issues of safe water and hygiene.”

The OFID Annual Award for Development was introduced in 2006 to highlight the achievements of organizations and individuals in poverty reduction and sustainable development. Past winners include: Bangladesh-based BRAC, for its support of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh; the Foundation for Integral Development in Guatemala; Syrian refugee Doaa Al Zamel; the Children’s Cancer Hospital in Egypt; Kenya’s Kakenya Center for Excellence; Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan; Dr Mazen Al-Hajri, renowned ENT surgeon and philanthropist; Professor Muhammad Yunus; and Bartolina Sisa National Confederation of Peasant Indigenous Native Women of Bolivia.

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AFCON 2021 Qualifier draw: Cameroon in group F alongside Cape Verde
July 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

Draw for AFCON 2021 in Cameroon

Draw for AFCON 2021 in Cameroon

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.

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Cameroon:Christian Cardinal Tumi wins 2019 Nelson Mandela Memorial Award
July 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

Foretia Foundation's COO Fri Asanga hands the Nelson Mandela Memorial award to Cardinal Tumi, represented by Father Michael Tchoumbou

Foretia Foundation’s COO Fri Asanga hands the Nelson Mandela Memorial award to Cardinal Tumi, represented by Father Michael Tchoumbou

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.

Staff of Foretia foundation, guest speakers and participants during the International Nelson Mandela Day

Staff of Foretia foundation, guest speakers and participants during the International Nelson Mandela Day

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.

 

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Smart Africa Alliance enter a deal to advance next-generation technologies
July 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Jean d’Amour Mugabo

Panelists discuss how to accelerate African Single Digital Market in Kigali last year. Smart Africa is the organiser of annual Tranform Africa Summit. Courtesy photo

Panelists discuss how to accelerate African Single Digital Market in Kigali last year. Smart Africa is the organiser of annual Tranform Africa Summit. Courtesy photo

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.

Skill Africa Programme to offer ICT skills to African engineers

Skill Africa Programme to offer ICT skills to African engineers

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) spokesperson Mr Tatenda Chinoda

Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) spokesperson Mr Tatenda Chinoda

  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.

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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.

 

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