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Ethiopia:Capacity Building, Technology Improving Urban Land Administration

By Mengisteab Teshome

Ensuring sustainable urban development comes to reality if and only if the urban land administration system can go in line with the common interest of residents and that of government.

Researchers indicate as many disputes among various bodies in the country – both appealed to court and settled with traditional mediation – had roots in land and land related property issues.

In view of this, the government has put in place a system which helps address gaps in the service delivery of land and land related property registration and information.

To make the service delivery more efficient, appropriate legal frameworks have been made effective. The public were ardent participant in the discussions before the laws come to full force. This time, proclamation, guidelines, directives and other packages set for the sector are fostering the standard of the urban development tasks across the country.

For instance, the proclamation [818/2013] has provisions that green lights a comprehensive right for the registration of urban land–a fundamental institutional requisite to generate reliable information for the country’s urban development.

The registration also levels the ground to render the required services, especially, in giving security for the land holding right of citizens as well as in accelerating the economic, social and environmental development of cities in a transparent and accountable manner.

No doubt, the provision of quality service–to residents, domestic and foreign investors–highly depends on the competency of the human power.

Land and Land Related Property Registration and Information Agency has planned and offered trainings to its employees on selected topics over the past fiscal year, its annual bulletin, Zena Cadaster, states.

The main goals of the trainings have been creating informed leadership and community on the duties and responsibilities of the Agency. In addition, workshops were also given to show the clear picture of directives and other operational manuals.

The Agency also plans to extend uniform land ownership registration system and to establish institution which oversees the process in 16 various towns including Bishoftu, Sebeta, Legetafo, Sendafa, Gelan, Shashemene, Nekemt and Jimma.

To raise the awareness of urban dwellers on the urban cadastral surveying regulation, the Agency co-operated with community radio stations. Hence, a series of informative programs has been broadcast to residents of Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa as well as to people living in urban centers in Amhara, Oromia and South Nations Nationalities Peoples States (SNNPs), the bulletin adds.

The efforts exerted so far are modifying the attitudes of urban dwellers. The service provision has also become more efficient.

Development partners as well are playing unrivalled roles in familiarizing the sub-sector with cutting-edge technological innovations.

For instance, Land and Geospatial Informatics Corporation (LX) of Korea has provided the Agency with five Total Stations [electronic/optical surveying equipment] with accessories that could worth one million USD, this writer witnessed the handing out event.

Urban Development and Housing Minister Dr. Ambachew Mekonen notes, during the handing out event, that such assistance fosters the achievement of targets set in the Sustainable Development Goals number 11. [The SDG has already been integrated to the second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP-II).]

[SDG goal 11 envisages making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, and resilient and sustainable.]

“We are working round the clock to make our urban planning and management more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable,” he indicates.

The use of cutting-age technology and joint efforts of pertinent stakeholders is so vital to realize the vision.

So far, absence of modern cadastral practice had been the major impediment to land and land related service provision. Due to this, the development of most urban areas faced various challenges.

To bridge the gap, the Ministry has been looking for development partners that could support the implementation of modern cadastral practices.

Dr. Ambachew described LX of Korea’s supports as a significant contribution to the institutional capacity building as well as human resource development in adopting state-of-the-art technological innovations. This in turn will help to modernize the cadastral practices. And it will make the urban areas better organized and livable.

LX of Korea Director, Cho Man Seung, believes that the instrument enhances the performance of cadastral surveying activities. “It increases cadastral works efficiency and reliability.”

Cho adds that the Corporation is looking at ways and means of strengthening technology transfer ties. It also envisages enhancing the urban land management system of Ethiopia.

Evidently, more joint works are vital to equip the Agency with appropriate surveying equipment. This ensures the reliability of the data which are crucial to the basic urban land tenure information production. Hence, it helps “build the foundation on basic urban land tenure information production and direct urban centers’ land and land related property rights securing effort… and lay the foundation for the efficient, sustainable and equitable administration of those tenure rights,” – which the Agency aspire to meet in the years to come.

For his part, Agency’s Communi cation Director Habtamu Zewdu summarizes that the capacity building works, the legal frameworks and the modern tools are transforming the service delivery meaningfully. “The staffs of the Agency have familiarized themselves with the legal frameworks. In addition, the digital equipment is helping to gather reliable data,” he says.

“We are on the right track to meet the 2025 vision,” he claims.

Recently, a World Bank team including consultants from Land Equity International worked closely with the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing to evaluate the urban cadastral context Technical Assistance project._This has been instrumental in improving the urban land administration.

Still, the Agency needs more up-to-date Geospatial mapping, measuring and analyzing technologies, he says. “As land is a major factor of production and a vital element in the socio-economic transformation of the country, we expect more assistance from development partners.”

Regarding human capital devel opment, pertinent government bodies discussed the issue and put solution to it. “The ministry of education coordinated short and long-term training programs which the various universities could offer to enhance the services of the Agency.”

The land and land related property registration and information tasks shows variations across states, Habtamu reveals. In some States like SNNPs the tasks are going smoothly. And few others are lagging behind.

As the system is sophisticated and prone to corruption, high leadership commitment is so important. In this regard, the better performances registered in some States has the better commitment of the leadership, he adds. “The leadership in all States should work hard to success the land and land related property registration.”

The Agency has planned to secure over 90 urban land and land related property registration and information in the GTP II.

So far the activities of the Agency in collaboration with states and city administrations have accomplished various tasks. Hence, activities relating to land ownership rights have been undertaken in cities like Hawassa, Dilla, Wolaita, Sodo, Dessie, Combolcha, Dire Dawa, Harar and Mekele. People in five cities in SNNPs and 26, 000 peoples in Addis Ababa were direct participants of the tasks.

Supports have also been given to the states and city administrations to enable them integrate land related documents to orthophoto (aerial photograph).

As urban areas are the growth engines of any country, the proper management of the scarce resource, land, catalyzes the overall growth of the country. Having understood this fact, the government has provided the required legal frameworks including Urban Cadastre Surveying Act and Urban Land Tenure Approval and Registration rules and regulations.

This demonstrates the firm political will of the government in advancing the urban land right issues.

Despite improvements as a result of it, there are still tasks which need to be executed sooner than later. Availing competent human power, installing modern data exchanging mechanisms and organizing reform army seems to be among the top tasks which respective bodies ought to execute, the writer believes.

Sudan:Islamic Development Bank Stresses Continuation in Providing Funds for Sudan Development Projects

Washington — The Islamic Development Bank Group has affirmed its continuity in support to Sudan and provision of funding for Sudan development projects.

This came during the meeting of the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, the Governor of the Central Bank of Sudan and the accompanying delegation with the President of the Islamic Development Bank Group.

The delegation also met with the Director General of the Arab Fund for Development, who expressed the bank’s readiness to intensify efforts to support and strengthen the Sudan economy.

The Finance Minister and the accompanying delegation also reviewed with the British World Bank’s Executive Director his country’s role in leading efforts to relief debt on Sudan.

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Morocco:SAP Commits to Youth Employment in Morocco

By Savious Kwinika

Johannesburg — THE attainment of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Morocco has received a major boost after SAP, the global software company, organised its first Social Sabbatical in the North African country. The initiative is ongoing until November 4. The SAP Social Sabbatical, a pilot project in 2012 and now a globally recognized CSR initiative, is a portfolio of volunteer programs in which SAP employees make available skills, expertise and know-how in single, short-term missions. Selected employees dedicate a month of their time to supporting and empowering emerging market organizations in the areas of education and entrepreneurship. The Moroccan leg will have 12 high-level SAP employees working with four local organisations – Enactus Morocco, Moroccan Center for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (MCISE), Start-Up Morocco and the United States Agency for International Development Career Centre. The organisations promote innovation, social entrepreneurship, economic growth and employability of young Moroccans. Frederic Alran, Managing Director of SAP Afrique Francophone, said the Social Sabbatical supports and complements the 17 SGDs of the UN by ensuring no one was left behind as the modern workforce prepared to interesting and rewarding jobs. He said SAP adopted the idea that training workers in a digital economy was its corporate responsibility. SAP believes large companies have a moral obligation to initiate people into the world economy, whatever their origins, the executive said. “The launch of social sabbaticals in Morocco perfectly complements our broader social development skills and initiatives in Morocco and provides local organizations with global skills and ideas to stimulate local development,” said Alran. “In the globally integrated economy as we know it today, SAP needs leaders and talents who understand the global implications of our world that has digitized at a tremendous rate, adopting the idea of diversity and lifelong learning and committed to embody our vision and leadership principles.” Meanwhile, of all countries participating in the SAP Skills for Africa,continental initiative for digital skills development, Morocco is the most committed with more than 165 000 young people. More than half of them women have been trained in basic skills in coding for the year 2016 alone.

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Special Forces Deployed At Home of Friend of Slain Police Spokesman

By Joseph Kato

Kampala — Special Forces Command (SFC) have taken over the security at the home of Ms Christine Mbabazi Muhoza, a woman said to be a close friend to slain police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, who is currently under siege.

Police spokesperson, Mr Asan Kasingye, confirmed that Ms Mbabazi alerted Nateete and Old Kampala police on Thursday that her house was under siege for unknown reasons.

Mr Kasingye said police found UPDF officers deployed inside Ms Mbabazi’s home in Lungujja, Rubaga Division and denied police officers entry despite their bid to explain that they had been instructed to “rescue her.”

In response, the UPDF officers insisted they had been instructed not to let anyone inside.

“UPDF officers did not allow our officers to get in. Our police officers tried to gain entry by use of force and this caused a standoff between police and UPDF officers and this lasted for some hours,” Mr Kasingye said.

Police said after the push and pull situation, police and UPDF leadership resolved to have a neutral force to man the security at the premises.

Mr Kasingye declined to reveal the neutral force. However, reliable sources said SFC has since taken over.

“What I can confirm is that the police and UPDF officers have left that place and a neutral force is now in charge of security at those premises. I will address that matter in tomorrow’s (Monday) press briefing,” Mr Kasingye said.

SFC’s spokesperson, Capt Jimmy Denis Omara, said he was yet to be briefed on the deployment, adding that he needs time to get details so that he could respond to our inquiries.

Defence and UPDF spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire, confirmed that the operation at Ms Mbabazi’s home was conducted by ISO but declined to offer details regarding the operation.

“It was (an) ISO led operation. Once army officers are attached to ISO, their conduct and operations are handled by ISO. It is ISO that can explain why the operation was conducted,” Brig Karemire said.

When contacted, the Director of ISO, Col Frank Bagyenda Kaka said he could not discuss the matter in the media because it is under investigation.

“Discussing it will tamper with our investigations. When an appropriate time comes, rightful channels will be used to tell the public,” he said.

In her social media rants, Ms Mbabazi claims she has been under house arrest for close to a month.

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Nigeria:CBN Pumps $306 Million Into Forex Market

By Obinna Chima

Players in the retail segment of the Nigerian interbank foreign exchange (forex) market received a $306.3 million boost from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Friday, following bids received from forex dealers by the Bank.

This is just as the naira appreciated by 21 kobo week-on-week to close at N360.43 kobo on the NAFEX.

The central bank on Friday indicated that the deals in the retail window represent requests from the various sectors in the Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS), thereby providing a boost to the respective sectors.

The Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, Mr. Isaac Okorafor, revealed that the central bank would continue to increase liquidity based on genuine demands in the market to enhance forex stability.

He reminded Nigerians that the CBN had kept faith with its resolve to sustain liquidity in the forex market and that the Bank had ensured that pressures on the market were removed by its continuous interventions.

But the naira exchanged at an average of N364 to a dollar on the Bureau de Change (BDC) segment at major trading points in Lagos, Abuja, Port-Harcourt and Kano.

While receiving his Forbes’ 2017 ‘Best of Africa Achievement’ award in Washington DC last week, CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, disclosed that in the past six months, Nigeria has seen about $10 billion in inflows through the Investors’ and Exporters’ (I & E) window.

He commended foreign investors for showing the confidence in Nigeria once again.

“But I think all this also is because President Muhammadu Buhari has always said that: we had unfortunately been hit by this exogenous shock and it had resulted in inflation and plummeting in reserves, but that we needed at some point to look at the items Nigeria imports into the country.

“Nigeria is a big market no doubt, 180 million people growing at an average population rate of three per cent annually. It is certainly a big market. But then it is important to cast our mind back and begin to ask ourselves: There was a time in Nigeria when we produced everything we were eating.

“We were producing rice, palm oil etc. Nigeria was the highest producer and exporter of palm oil in the world with over 40 per cent market share sometimes in the 60s and 70s. But unfortunately because we found oil, we decided to take things easy. What we are saying is that: the President said we had tested this before, we had done it before, it is not about re-inventing it again,” Emefiele explained.

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U.S. Speaks Out on Alleged Raila Visa Ban

By Kevin J. Kelley

A State Department official said on Thursday that the United States respects but regrets Nasa leader Raila Odinga’s announced intention to withdraw from the scheduled October 26 presidential election.

Responding to a Nation query, the official also said Mr Odinga is welcome to visit the US.

Sections of the Kenya media reported earlier this week that Mr Odinga had been denied a visa to travel to the United States.

That claim was attributed in those reports to State House Director of Digital Communications Dennis Itumbi.

Asked whether Mr Odinga had been blocked from visiting, the State Department official said, “It is our understanding that nothing prevents Raila Odinga from getting on a plane and flying to the United States.”

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Mr Odinga is in London, where he is expected to give an address on Friday at Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs.

In its email message to the Nation, the State Department reiterated that the US does “not back any part or candidate” in Kenya.

“We remain committed to supporting a free, fair and credible election that is consistent with Kenya’s Constitution, current laws, and institutions,” the official said.

“We respect the right of Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga and deputy presidential candidate Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka to withdraw from the Kenyan election scheduled for October 26, but we regret their decision to do so,” the official added.

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Liberia: Test Vaccines Produce Year-Long Immune Response in Most Study Participants

Results from PREVAIL I-a large Ebola vaccine study that enrolled more than a thousand Liberians at Redemption Hospital in Monrovia during the first few months of 2015- have been published in the October 12th issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

The results show that the two test vaccines, cAd3-EBOZ and rVSV-ZEBOV, pose no major safety concerns and can produce immune responses within one month after vaccination that last for at least one year.

The study was the first to be conducted by the Partnership for Research on Ebola Virus in Liberia, or PREVAIL. PREVAIL operates under the umbrella of a Joint Liberia-U.S. Clinical Research Partnership established in 2014 to assist Liberia develop vaccines and therapeutics to tackle Ebola.

From February 2 through April 30, 2015, PREVAIL enrolled 1,500 men and women ages 18 and older in the study. Enrollees had no reported history of Ebola virus disease. The participants were divided at random into three groups of 500 each.

One group received one test vaccine, the second group the other test vaccine, and the third group received a placebo (saltwater injection). It was important to include the placebo so that the research team could compare how well the test vaccines worked.

Participants gave blood samples before vaccination and again at one week, one month, six months, and one year post-vaccination. The study team tested each of these samples for infection-fighting antibodies against the Ebola virus.

After one week, only modest levels of antibodies were seen with both vaccines. However, by one month, 71 percent of cAd3-EBOZ recipients and 84 percent of rVSV-ZEBOV recipients developed an antibody response compared with three percent of placebo recipients.

At one year, the antibody responses were largely maintained in both groups: 64 percent of cAd3-EBOZ recipients and 80 percent of rVSV-ZEBOV recipients had antibody response compared with seven percent of placebo recipients.

Some participants who received the test vaccines had temporary mild to moderate side effects, including headaches, muscle pain, fever and fatigue. Overall, no major safety concerns related to the vaccines were identified.

“We were extremely thankful to have enrolled more than a thousand Liberian volunteers into the trial so quickly and to have more than 98 percent of those who enrolled return for their follow-up visits during the year,” says Dr. Stephen B. Kennedy, senior research scientist at the UL-PIRE Africa Center, an infectious disease research center based at the University of Liberia, and Co-Principal Investigator of the study.

“The study was a true collaboration with the people of Liberia who participated and made it a success. To each and every one of them, we extend our deep gratitude.”

PREVAIL conducts collaborative biomedical research in accordance with best practices, to advance science, strengthen health policy and practice, and improve the health of Liberians and people worldwide.

“We cannot succeed in the fight against Ebola unless we identify primary prevention tools. Through PREVAIL, we are developing vaccines and therapeutics in our region that can help Liberians and the rest of the world,” said Tolbert Nyenswah, Director General of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) and Chairman of the Executive Committee of PREVAIL.

The PREVAIL I study will continue to follow for several years those who had enrolled into the study to determine the long term benefits of the vaccines. The co-leaders of the study are Dr. Kennedy; Fatorma Bolay, PhD, Director, Division of Biomedical and Public Health Research at NPHIL; and Dr. H. Clifford Lane, Deputy Director for Clinical Research and Special Projects at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), which sponsored the study in collaboration with the Liberian Ministry of Health (MoH).

“By developing research capacity and infrastructure to answer questions about Ebola and other infectious disease that are threats to global health, PREVAIL has become a successful model for the implementation of clinical trials during health outbreaks in resource-constrained environments,” noted Dr. Kennedy.

The cAd3-EBOZ vaccine candidate was co-developed by NIAID’s Vaccine Research Center and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), while rVSV-ZEBOV, initially engineered by scientists from the Public Health Agency of Canada, is now licensed to Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., (Merck). GSK and Merck provided the test vaccines for the study.

Liberia:Test Vaccines Produce Year-Long Immune Response in Most Study Participants

Results from PREVAIL I-a large Ebola vaccine study that enrolled more than a thousand Liberians at Redemption Hospital in Monrovia during the first few months of 2015- have been published in the October 12th issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

The results show that the two test vaccines, cAd3-EBOZ and rVSV-ZEBOV, pose no major safety concerns and can produce immune responses within one month after vaccination that last for at least one year.

The study was the first to be conducted by the Partnership for Research on Ebola Virus in Liberia, or PREVAIL. PREVAIL operates under the umbrella of a Joint Liberia-U.S. Clinical Research Partnership established in 2014 to assist Liberia develop vaccines and therapeutics to tackle Ebola.

From February 2 through April 30, 2015, PREVAIL enrolled 1,500 men and women ages 18 and older in the study. Enrollees had no reported history of Ebola virus disease. The participants were divided at random into three groups of 500 each.

One group received one test vaccine, the second group the other test vaccine, and the third group received a placebo (saltwater injection). It was important to include the placebo so that the research team could compare how well the test vaccines worked.

Participants gave blood samples before vaccination and again at one week, one month, six months, and one year post-vaccination. The study team tested each of these samples for infection-fighting antibodies against the Ebola virus.

After one week, only modest levels of antibodies were seen with both vaccines. However, by one month, 71 percent of cAd3-EBOZ recipients and 84 percent of rVSV-ZEBOV recipients developed an antibody response compared with three percent of placebo recipients.

At one year, the antibody responses were largely maintained in both groups: 64 percent of cAd3-EBOZ recipients and 80 percent of rVSV-ZEBOV recipients had antibody response compared with seven percent of placebo recipients.

Some participants who received the test vaccines had temporary mild to moderate side effects, including headaches, muscle pain, fever and fatigue. Overall, no major safety concerns related to the vaccines were identified.

“We were extremely thankful to have enrolled more than a thousand Liberian volunteers into the trial so quickly and to have more than 98 percent of those who enrolled return for their follow-up visits during the year,” says Dr. Stephen B. Kennedy, senior research scientist at the UL-PIRE Africa Center, an infectious disease research center based at the University of Liberia, and Co-Principal Investigator of the study.

“The study was a true collaboration with the people of Liberia who participated and made it a success. To each and every one of them, we extend our deep gratitude.”

PREVAIL conducts collaborative biomedical research in accordance with best practices, to advance science, strengthen health policy and practice, and improve the health of Liberians and people worldwide.

“We cannot succeed in the fight against Ebola unless we identify primary prevention tools. Through PREVAIL, we are developing vaccines and therapeutics in our region that can help Liberians and the rest of the world,” said Tolbert Nyenswah, Director General of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) and Chairman of the Executive Committee of PREVAIL.

The PREVAIL I study will continue to follow for several years those who had enrolled into the study to determine the long term benefits of the vaccines. The co-leaders of the study are Dr. Kennedy; Fatorma Bolay, PhD, Director, Division of Biomedical and Public Health Research at NPHIL; and Dr. H. Clifford Lane, Deputy Director for Clinical Research and Special Projects at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), which sponsored the study in collaboration with the Liberian Ministry of Health (MoH).

“By developing research capacity and infrastructure to answer questions about Ebola and other infectious disease that are threats to global health, PREVAIL has become a successful model for the implementation of clinical trials during health outbreaks in resource-constrained environments,” noted Dr. Kennedy.

The cAd3-EBOZ vaccine candidate was co-developed by NIAID’s Vaccine Research Center and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), while rVSV-ZEBOV, initially engineered by scientists from the Public Health Agency of Canada, is now licensed to Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., (Merck). GSK and Merck provided the test vaccines for the study.

Nigeria:Nirsal, Moroccan Firms Sign Agreement to Expand Agric Insurance

By Ndubuisi Francis

Abuja — The Nigeria Incentive Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL Plc) has signed a partnership agreement with two leading Moroccan agricultural insurance and re-insurance companies, Mutuelle Agricole Marocaine D’Assurances (MAMDA) and MAMDA Reassurance respectively to expand the range of agricultural insurance products and coverage in Nigeria.

The partnership is designed to enable the exchange of ideas, enhance NIRSAL’s technical capacity to develop innovative and targeted insurance products to protect small, medium and large scale agricultural investments from natural disasters such as floods, droughts and crop diseases.

NIRSAL’s collaboration with MAMDA and MAMDA Re is a product of the bilateral agreements that President Muhammadu Buhari signed in December 2016 during the visit of the King of Morocco King Mohammed VI.

NIRSAL is an initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Bankers Committee(BC) and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development.

It provides guarantees in form of Credit Risk Guarantee (CRG) as a comfort for the banks to lend and incentivise the farmers through provision of Interest Drawback Programme (IDP) to be paid quarterly based on the agricultural project.

The guarantee ranges from about 30-75 per cent depending on the agricultural value chain involved. IDP also ranges from 20-40 per cent depending on the category.

Specifically, the partnership with the two Moroccan firm will include the design and development of named peril crop insurance, index- based insurance products including area, weather and yield.

It will also involve advanced technical training on surveying aggregated smallholder farmlands, large commercial and plantations farms and loss assessment methods, technical training on Geographic Information system(GIS),technology for agriculture and Remote Sensing application in Agricultural Crop Insurance;

Another significant part of the programme is the extensive training of NIRSAL employees in Morocco in all areas related to agricultural insurance and related risk management tools.

Other aspects include provision of technical assistance to NIRSAL in new insurance product development, training in the use of technology to enhance agricultural productivity and capacity building on parametric insurance establishment and development;

Speaking at the agreement signing ceremony in Abuja, the Managing Director of NIRSAL, Mr. Aliyu Abdulhameed said that “as a private sector-led policy tool of the government, exercising the mandate to de-risk agriculture, increase private sector investment to unleash the sector’s unmatched potential for job creation, food security and economic diversification” NIRSAL was particularly excited at the collaboration.

He added that the strong insurance focus of the collaboration was in line with NIRSAL’s corporate objective to expand insurance products for agricultural lending.

NIRSAL’s target, he stressed, was “to move insurance coverage from the level of about 0.5 million to 3.8 million agricultural primary producers.”

This, he said, will help reduce credit risks, increase lending and investment across the entire agricultural value chain.

He thanked President Buhari for his leadership and vision to entrench agriculture as the driver of Nigeria’s economy.

Abdulhameed also lauded the leadership of MAMDA and MAMDA Re for taking the bold step in partnering with NIRSAL.

According to him, this was in continuation of its mandate to de-risk agriculture and facilitate the flow of finance to the sector to help achieve the objectives of the Economic Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP) of the administration to diversify the economy, attain self-sufficiency in food production and entrench inclusive economic growth.

Nigeria: Iata-WCO Collaboration to Improve Air Cargo

By Chinedu Eze

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the World Customs Organisation (WCO) announced that IATA’s Cargo-XML messaging standard has been fully integrated into WCO’s Cargo Targeting System (WCO CTS), a risk assessment tool available to WCO member countries worldwide.

The integration of Cargo-XML in the WCO CTS enables electronic communication between airlines and customs authorities using the IATA Cargo-XML standards format. This will make communication simpler and more effective, and facilitate more accurate risk assessments by customs authorities using the WCO CTS application to capture advance electronic cargo manifest information.

Speaking on the development, Director General/ CEO of IATA, Alexandre de Juniac said: “Simplifying processes, enhancing efficiency, and maximising safety and security are in everybody’s interest-shippers, border authorities and airlines. Collaboration is critical. And the integration of Cargo-XML into WCO CTS is the latest example of the positive results that can be achieved. About a third of the value of goods traded across borders are transported by air. We look forward to the further expansion of our vital work with the WCO in support of efficient world trade.”

Also speaking, Secretary General, WCO Kunio Mikuriya said: “Effective electronic data exchange is integral for Customs authorities to build accurate risk assessments of cargo shipments. Integrating Cargo-XML into the WCO CTS will allow customs authorities using this tool to easily access detailed information about shipments, profile these shipments and identify those presenting a high-risk. Using standardized and quality information is key to enhancing security, expedite customs clearance, optimize customs resources and facilitate global trade.” IATA’s Cargo-XML eliminates the constraints posed by the traditional Cargo Interchange Message Procedures (Cargo-IMP) standard and is designed to promote broader and seamless data interfaces.

Cargo-XML is recognised as the universal language for improving e-commerce and therefore facilitates growth in trade and encourages participation in global commerce through electronic data submission for all air cargo shipments.

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