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India helps Mozambique to boost rail transport
July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Arnaldo Cuamba

Mozambican Transport and Communications Minister, Carlos Mesquita

Mozambican Transport and Communications Minister, Carlos Mesquita

Mozambique will acquire five new locomotives, 90 carriages, 300 wagons and five railcars valued at about US $ 95 million in an investment to be made in partnership with the Government of India.

The good news was announced on Tuesday by Mozambican Transport and Communications Minister, Carlos Mesquita, who said that the purchase will be made gradually by the end of May 2020, with the expectation that it will improve the transportation situation in the south and center of the country.

“The locomotives and wagons will bring additional capacity for the transportation of iron ores and others that move between the Ressano Garcia border and Maputo Port, with the aim of transferring more cargo from the highway to the railroad in order to avoid congestion and road accidents on the roads,” said Mesquita.

The purchase of the equipment will be carried out through an Indian government credit line.

The carriages, as indicated by Carlos Mesquita, will be distributed equally in the South and Center areas, and in the South the beneficiaries will be the corridors of Goba, Ressano Garcia and Chicualacuala, while in the Center will be Beira-Marromeu and Beira-Moatize.

“The northern region of the country has not been forgotten. It turns out that the northern logistics corridor has a private operation whose concession agreement also contemplates the transportation of passengers, so that whenever it is necessary the operator increases the capacity in the sections Nampula-Cuamba, Cuamba-Lichinga and Cuamba-Interlagos “, he explained.

The acquisition and management of the new equipment, carriages, wagons and railcars will be carried out by the state-owned company Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique.

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ICAEW appoints Zimbabwe national to Africa members advisory board
July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Wallace Mawire

Tinashe Rwodzi

Tinashe Rwodzi

ICAEW – the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales – has announced the appointment of Tinashe Rwodzi to its Africa Members Advisory Board. Rwodzi, who is the Zimbabwe and Malawi country manager at PwC, specialising in Financial Services, Energy and Mining.

Speaking during the announcement of Rwodzi’s appointment to the Advisory Board, Michael Armstrong, ICAEW’s Regional Director for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, said that his understanding of the Central and Southern Africa region would prove to be an advantage for the ICAEW.

“Having a large global footprint is key for our organisation as we strive to create and develop a strong global network of financial professionals. We are that confident that Tinashe’s experience will aid us greatly in our activities in Africa,” said Mr. Armstrong

The ICAEW Africa Members Advisory Board (MAB) is a volunteer advisory board, whose primary aim is to advise, guide and support the ICAEW Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) Regional Director and Africa team to implement ICAEW’s international strategy.

There are over 1.8m chartered accountants and students around the world, and African chartered accountants make up a considerable portion of the ICAEW’s membership. ICAEW trains, develops and supports each one of them so that they have the knowledge and values to help build local and global economies that are sustainable, accountable and fair.

“Tinashe joins us at a significant time as we continue to drive our strategy across the continent and build deeper relationships with our members and partners to leverage the globalisation of our profession for the continent’s economic growth,” he added.

Zimbabwe’s financial sector is relatively sophisticated, consisting of a Reserve Bank, discount houses, commercial banks, merchant banks, finance houses, building societies, the Post Office Savings Bank, numerous insurance companies and pension funds and a stock exchange. This, coupled with the presence of a well-educated population provides Zimbabwe with the platform to be an economic powerhouse on the continent.

Rwodzi, who is based in Zimbabwe, has been with PwC for his entire career. He serves as an audit partner and also sits on the PwC Southern Africa Governing Board.

“I look forward to making a great impact during my time on the Members Advisory Board. The team at the ICAEW recognise the importance of strong global networks to the development of our profession and I am excited to be taking up a strategic role at the firm to help shape and enhance that network,” said Mr. Rwodzi.

Rwodzi is a Past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe (ICAZ) and currently serves as Chairman of the Examination Board of ICAZ.

 

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Gambian Youths To Commemorate World Entrepreneurs’ Day
July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

Preparations are ongoing at the Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN) Gambia Chapter to commemorate the World Entrepreneurs’ Day (WED) on the 21stAugust, 2019 in grand style.

The World Entrepreneurs’ Day is a day set aside to create awareness for entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership throughout the Gambia.

“World Entrepreneurs’ Day is the perfect day to celebrate the people who started a business alone such as founders, managers, producers, contractors, industrialists, innovators, administrators, designers and producers,” says GYINer, Ahmad M. Ceesay, the lead coordinator of the celebration, while drafting the concept note on Friday, 12 July, 2019 at the GYIN Gambia Secretariat in Churchill’s Town.

On this day, he said, the entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to network, share experiences and possible ways to develop their businesses.

Ceesay explained that it will expose businesses to potential investors and partners as well as encourage start-ups to legally register their businesses and pay tax thus contributing their quota to the economic growth of the Gambia.

 According to him, bringing entrepreneurs’ and start-ups together will expose them to market linkages.

He added that the networking platform will bring together 100 entrepreneurs’ across the country, including start-ups and there will be profiling of 50 young entrepreneurs and 10 most successful entrepreneurs in the Gambia.

As part of the commemoration, Ceesay said there will be awareness creation in a form of a match pass and a night of inspiration and aspirations.

“The Commemoration will also feature short classes on entrepreneurship and introduction to business management for entrepreneurs’ who have not attended any form of business training,” he said.

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Gambia: Gov’t committed to Wipe out All Negative Activities Causing Inequity
July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

By: Bakary Ceesay

 Mai Ahmad Fatty, presidential advisor on governance and policy has said President  Barrow-led administration is committed to wiping out  all negative activities causing inequity, unequal and injustice in the country as well as creating an enabling environment for everyone in the security sector.

Fatty, former Interior minister was speaking during the Security Sector Reform (SSR) graduation of 43 security and women bureau officials on gender mainstreaming at a local hotel in Banjul on Friday.

“For those of you in the arm and security services you must not only notionally view the opposite gender as just women. But you must accord them the professional respect, required discipline and grant them the reward they deserve for their competency includes equal pay for equal contribution and participation,” he said.

He added that: “We are equal and we all Gambian citizen. We have equal entitlement and trainings; therefore, the respect must be exhibited in order to impose yourselves (women) on what you deserve within security sector,”

“The way we (men) perceive our women folk, the transformation must be realized through implementation and not just ordinary policy statement. It must be reflected in your (service men) attitude particularly those of you in command positions,” he stated.

“We must see professional women and girls. They also ought to deserve equal among of respect as citizens because this is not only a policy matter but a fundamental human rights issue,” he stated.

Fatty a professional lawyer further said the gender imbalance in the security must now be corrected, adding the training the security personnel obtain would empower them to correct the gender imbalance in their various security institutions.

“We must also look at the issues of sexual harassment and murder. We must talk about this as a society because these are issues that affect other societies beyond ours as well.”

He called on professional respect for women especially those in the security services, saying women have equal rights with men.

He urged women to contribute immensely in the implementation of the SSR, saying both men and women are equal in the SSR because there is no gender segregation in this reform process.

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Voith introduces efficient asset and workforce management software for the hydropower industry
July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments
  • OnCare.Asset offers reliable planning and monitoring of asset and workforce data
  • Plant operators significantly reduce administrative effort as well as maintenance and operating costs with the software
  • Holistic system provider approach by Voith offers high consistency and extensible app-based modules

HEIDENHEIM, Germany. Voith’s asset and workforce management software OnCare.Asset is now available for the hydropower industry. The app-based software solution enables customers to efficiently track and store their asset and workforce data. The application is backed by Voith’s high expertise resulting from decades of technical experience in the hydropower market and deep domain know-how, including the evaluation and interpretation of technical and digital data.

Reliable planning and monitoring of asset and workforce data
OnCare.Asset facilitates the maintenance management of hydropower plants – from planning, servicing and documentation through cost control to spare parts management. The service and software solution offers reliable planning and monitoring of key performance indicators and ultimately secures the timely initiation of maintenance activities. The software application was developed by maintenance specialists and offers an easy-to-operate user interface, clear functions and a high usability.

Reduction of administrative effort and maintenance costs 
Lack of maintenance data and data transparency can lead to inefficient maintenance processes, extensive administrative efforts and diminishing availability of hydropower plants. The asset and workforce management software from Voith enables customers to collect and process data in a centralized software solution whereby high administrative efforts are avoided, and data transparency is secured. “With OnCare.Asset, customers achieve a high level of system availability while substantially reducing maintenance and operating costs. When introducing intelligent digital solutions including an asset management software like OnCare.Asset, plant operators can reduce maintenance costs by at least 10 percent,” states Felix Lippold, Global Product Manager Voith Hydro.

Software based on IIoT platform OnCumulus
OnCare.Asset is based on Voith’s IIoT platform OnCumulus. Hence it can easily connect with other applications on the platform, such as OnCare.Acoustic or OnCare.Health Hydro. The digital service and software portfolio from Voith aims to provide hydropower plant operators with intelligent solutions that help them to master the challenges they are facing to-day. Voith’s IIot platform OnCumulus is based on open-source and highly standardized technologies and provides fast, reliable and secure access to data from local machines and systems in the cloud, as well as fast provisioning for value creation. The platform is scalable, flexible and extensible at any time.

For more information please visit: www.voith.com/oncare.asset

About the Voith Group
The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, the company today has more than 19,000 employees, sales of € 4.2 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide, and is thus one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.

Voith Hydro Division is part of the Voith Group and a leading full-line sup-plier and reliable partner for hydropower plant equipment. Voith develops customized long-term solutions and services for large and small hydro-power plants all over the world. Its range of products and services covers the entire life cycle and all the main components for large and small hydro-power plants, from generators, turbines, pumps and automation systems to spare parts, maintenance and training services and digital solutions for intelligent hydropower.

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Gambian Chief Justice Gets Nomination from ECOWAS Group
July 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

CJ Hassan Jallow

CJ Hassan Jallow

Hassan Bubacar Jallow, Chief Justice of The Gambia has been nominated by the ECOWAS Group of Ambassadors in Addis Ababa, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to represent the West Africa Region in the African Union Panel of EminentAfricans to oversee the pre-selection of the candidates of the senior leadership of the African Union Commission.

In a press release from the  Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad of the Republic of The Gambia is pleased to inform the general public that Honourable Hassan Bubacar Jallow, Chief Justice of The Gambia has been nominated by the ECOWAS Group of Ambassadors in Addis Ababa, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to represent the West Africa Region in the African Union Panel of EminentAfricans to oversee the pre-selection of the candidates of the senior leadership of the African Union Commission.

The candidates to be pre-selected will be competing to become the next Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Commissioners of the African Union Commission during the elections to be held in 2021 when the terms of the current office holders have elapsed.

The other Panel members are also individuals with distinguished career track records and international standings from the Central, East, North and South Regions of the African Union. They will also coordinate all the technical processes that will lead to the pre-selection of the best candidates to be appointed by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union as the next Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Commissioners of the African Union Commission.

The African Union Panel of Eminent Africans was created through Decision Ext/Assembly/AU/Dec.1(XI) of the 11th Extraordinary Summit of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union held from 17th to 18th November, 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Panel is part of the comprehensive reform package being implemented to ensure that the Africans with the right administrative and technical competences are appointed to leadership positions at the African Union Commission and the other Organs of the African Union.

The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad and the entire Foreign Service of The Gambia congratulate Honourable Justice Jallow on his nomination as a member of the African Union Panel of Eminent Africans on the pre-selection of the candidates to vie to become the next Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Commissioners of the African Union Commission.

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Gambia’s Afro-Reggae Singer Bala Rank Set for Debut European Tour
July 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

 Bala Ranks, one of Gambia’s finest Afro-reggae artiste has arrived in Germany ready for the first time European tour on 19th July, 2019 at Hamburg City. To be back by DJ King Buntallo during the tour.

 The Resistant European tour is organised by his label Mansa Jali Movement StandTall Promotions, where he will have shows in Germany, Italy, and Austria. Balla, also known as the Evil Hunter will record his next afro manding reggae album.

 On Monday, Bala said that: “Giving thanks to the Almighty Allah for the blessing, I arrived safely in Germany. The tour is on! Looking forward to see you all in my coming events. More love and blessings to all”

 Bala ranks is well known as Gambian afro Manding reggae artist he is pushing his music to the higher level by working with international producers and promoters around the world.

 Marshal Telisman, Bala Ranks manager urged all Gambians to do their bookings and come in their large numbers to supports Gambian music.

 “We want to reach out to wider audience and collaborate with different music guru around Europe by spreading positivity and entertain the people through the language of music,” Marshal Glasgow based Gambian promoter said.

 About Bala Ranks

Born on 26 July 1980, Musa Kuyateh, popularly known as Bala Ranks is a Gambian Afro- reggae artist born in a family of griots. His family has a number of singers and players of music instruments such as kora, balafong and some African instruments. His father was a renowned kora player and his mother was a singer.

At the age of 11, he began to learn how to play kora, but his father encouraged him to start learning religion at a local Arabic school. After completing his studies, he taught himself how to play kora because his father was too old to teach him anything.

In 2002, he moved Banjul and opened a carpentry workshop with his brothers. In 2005, he released two singles entitled ‘Am Not a Full’ and ‘Work Hard’. The songs were a hit and his fan base grew.

In 2006, he released two more singles titled ‘Allah Muta’, ‘Voice of The Children’ and two video clips namely ‘Am Not a Full’ and ‘Allah Muta’.

In 2008, he was part of the 30 young Gambian artists who were selected in a music competition called Gamcel Chart Busters. He was the first runner-up of the competition.

In 2009, he released two hits tracks called ‘Amako’ and ‘Badinyaa’. The songs were a national success and earned him a house hold name in the country’s music industry. In 2011, he released his debut album titled ‘E-Mira’.

The project features nine tracks such as ‘Allah Muta’, ‘Amakoyi’, ‘Badinyaa’, ‘Kafunyo’, ‘Kanay Dankong’ among others. In 2014, he released a second ten track album titled ‘My Home Land’.

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Nigeria: Obasanjo want an end to killings, banditry by Fulani Herdsmen
July 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Teslim Olawore

Olusegun Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has joined other dignitaries in Nigeria to commiserate the killing of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Chief Reuben Fasoranti, leader of Afenifere, by herdsmen.

Obasanjo in a commiseration letter to the bereaved family lamented the incessant kidnap and killings by herdsmen in the country.

He urge the government and other stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the country’s increasing level of insecurity.

The ex-President in his words said, “I received, today, the tragic news of the death of your beloved daughter, Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, who was killed by some suspected Fulani herdsmen.

“This is a worrisome development in our polity, especially at a time when all well-meaning Nigerians are preaching tolerance and political accommodation in national politics. I must say Nigeria as a whole is diminished by the manner of Funke’s death.

“As you mourn the tragic loss of our very dear Funke, please be assured of the sympathy and profound sorrow of many others like me who are saddened by the manner of her demise, especially as she still had a lot to contribute to the nation and her family to which she was highly devoted.”

He called on all security agencies and government at all levels to leave no stone unturned in finding and prosecuting the killers.

“We deplore this dastardly act and seize this opportunity to call on governments at all levels to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that our security agents vigorously pursue and find the perpetrators of such heinous crime and make them face the full weight of the law.

“We must, together, find solution to all acts of insecurity in the country, particularly acts of banditry, kidnapping, robbery and killing by the suspected Fulani herdsmen.”

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Oil Executives Join African Energy Chamber in visit to the Famous Slave Hub of Goree Island, Senegal
July 15, 2019 | 0 Comments
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Islamic Development Bank secures $ 99.7 million for Temane-Maputo line
July 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Arnaldo Cuamba

The Islamic Development Bank approved this month the concessional financing of US $ 99.7 million to support the development of the Temane – Maputo Transmission Line project, a source told Pan African Visions in Mozambique.

Thus, they are almost segured the US $ 550 million needed to implement the 400 kV high-voltage power transmission project between Temane, in the Inhambane province, and Maputo, south of Mozambique.

A portion of the value, about US $ 420 million, is World Bank financing and US $ 30 million from the Kingdom of Norway in the form of donations.

A source told Pan African Visions that the African Development Bank and the South African Development Bank are expected to participate for the same project with funding of $ 33 million and $ 50 million respectively.

Together these operations are expected to strengthen the production and transmission of energy in Mozambique and Southern Africa.

The project will allow a private investment of $ 750 million in production alone, in a total investment estimated at USD 1 300 billion.

The project is an integral part of the Southern African Power Pool’s efforts to increase production capacity and expand the regional transmission network, create conditions to provide access to millions of people in the region who live without electricity and reduce the carbon content of systems of Southern Africa.

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Kenya to host first purchasing and supply summit
July 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma | @journalist_27

Kenya will host the next International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) summit.

The four day event will run from September 10 to 13 in the Kenya’s second capital city, Mombasa. 250, 000 delegates across the global are expected to attend.

The summit will impart knowledge on participants on how to advance performance of both individual practitioners and organisations within the supply chains.

It is also set to help Kenya on how to develop procurement and supply chain at a global level during the event that will take place in Africa for the first time.

The Kenya Institute of Supplies Management, a national body for professionals in the practice of procurement and supplies management, the host, is already preparing for the historic event.

IFPSM is a global body of institutions engaged in procurement and supply chain management. It has 45 member countries with four being African.

 

 

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Kenya:SportPesa leads betting companies suspended by government
July 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma | @journalist_27

 

Kenyan government has suspended licenses of 27 betting companies over compliance to gambling laws.

Three months ago the Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i gave stern conditions that all companies were supposed to adhere to before getting new licenses latest by July 1.

They were to show that they operate within the law, pay tax, had performed well financially in the last four years and were financially stable.

Matiang’i also rued over adverse negative effects of gambling on youths. The betting vogue has turned into a source of pain for some families with some members taking away their lives after losing money in sports bet.

“We have about 500, 000 of our young people who have been blacklisted by these lending agencies who borrowed and are unable to pay. And they borrowed to bet. We are prepared to take any measures to ensure this situation is regulated,” he said.

The government has also ordered mobile money service providers, Safaricom, Airtel Kenya and Telkom to shut down the companies’ pay bill numbers and SMS codes.

Betting Control and Licensing Board acting director Liti Wambua wrote to the telcos on Wednesday, July 10 directing them to suspend their payment platforms.

“We wish to inform you that the licenses for the following betting firms were not renewed until they meet the outstanding renewal requirements as well as outcome of ongoing due diligence to determine if they are fit and proper to hold a license from this board. We request you to suspend their pay bills and short codes until otherwise advised,” read the letter.

The firms whose licenses have been revoked are SportPesa, Betin, Betpawa, Betway, PremiereBet, Elitebet, Lucky2u, 1xBet, Dafabet among others.

Betting firms had been slapped with a 10 per cent excise duty on every amount stake in the 2019/2020 national budget released by the Treasury. They also pay a tax of 15 per cent.

 

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