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Uganda Needs Consent to Use Nile Water

opinionBy Halima Abdallah

After resolving the cross-border evacuation route for its crude oil pipeline, Uganda will need to secure a permit from Nile Basin member countries to get water from Lake Albert during oil production.

Oil and gas development needs water and this could have an impact on local resources and potentially spark conflicts.

The oil and gas sector will require substantial water supply during the construction of necessary facilities and the operational phases. Uganda expects to get the water from Lake Albert, which it shares with Democratic Republic of Congo.

“Water extraction from Lake Albert requires the approval of the Ministry of Water and Environment and the Nile Basin Initiative,” said Energy Minister Irene Muloni.

The Nile Basin Initiative is an intergovernmental partnership between 10 countries: Burundi, Sudan, DR Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Eritrea participates as an observer.

Egypt in particular is often concerned with any project that has a direct impact on the flow and volumes of the River Nile.

The water demand at the peak of the production phase is estimated to reach 75,000m3 per day.

Owing to high possibility of contamination of natural public water bodies, Uganda will be expected to assure the Nile Basin Initiative countries that it will adhere to strict environmental conservation guidelines to avoid contamination as produced water always come with impurities that could be toxic.

The water issue is the latest list of things Uganda has to do in its bid to development adds to long list of must do things to start oil production by 2020. Other issues include infrastructure and logistics development, land acquisition, environment and social impact assessments.

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Ethiopia: Nation Expects Hike in Sesame Export

The country has earned about 307.5 million dollars from the export of sesame in the past fiscal year- the lowest in five years. Hoping there will be no further decline, the Ministry of Agriculture & Natural Resources (MoANR) plans to uplift the revenue from the export of sesame by 16pc in the current fiscal year.

Most of the problems occurred during the harvest of the seeds, according to Tesfaye Mengiste, state minister of MoANR. The process is labour intensive and the method of harvesting should be improved to prevent wastage. Seasonal health problems such as malaria, which affect majority of the labour force during the harvesting season contribute significantly to the low productivity of sesame.

Last year, the country exported 280,473tns of sesame to the international market; this is expected to increase by 20pc and reach 336,742tns this fiscal year, according to the Ministry.

At present, the Ministry is working to reform the sesame market as it did with coffee. The reform is expected to reduce the involvement of Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) in the market.

Ethiopia

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Nigeria: Coca Cola to Launch Safe Birth Initiative

In line with its long-standing commitment to Women and the Well Being of Communities, Coca Cola will support the Ministry of Health to reduce the high maternal and new born mortalities in Ivory Coast and Nigeria.

The Coca-Cola Company will launch a new program-The Safe Birth Initiative to support the Ministries of Health in Ivory Coast and Nigeria to tackle the high incidence of maternal and new born mortalities in the two countries. This was disclosed by the Coca-Cola Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Group President, Brian Smith, during a courtesy visit to His Excellency Alassane Ouattara,President of the Republic of Ivory Coast.

The program will focus on strengthening the capacity of maternity and neonatal units in selected public hospitals in Ivory Coast and Nigeria. With US$2million grant from Coca-Cola to Medshare International Inc., the US-based not-for- profit NGO will source essential equipment, kits and supplies worth about US $20million to enable safe deliveries and post-delivery emergency care for both mothers and their newborns.

The program will also include the training of biomedical technicians and other appropriate hospital personnel by Medshare International on the operation, repair and maintenance of the donated equipment as well as the reactivation of a huge stock of faulty or abandoned equipment in public hospitals which is a major challenge for the country’s health care delivery system.

This intervention comes as Ivory Coast, which has enjoyed stability and one of the fastest economic growth rates since the end of a civil war in 2011, grapples with some of the highest maternal and newborn mortality ratios globally. According to UNICEF’s 2016 State of the World’s Children report, 38 out of every 1,000 babies die within the first 28 days of birth while 645 out of 100,000 women die during or shortly after childbirth due to avoidable conditions. This translates to 31,000 newborns and 5,400 maternal deaths annually in a country with a population of 24 million people.

In Nigeria on the other hand, about 40,000 women and 260,000new borns (excluding 300,000 stillborn) die during or shortly after child birth annually. About 29% of the new born deaths (90,000) occur in the first 24 hours of birth. For this reason, neonatal mortality is considered as one of the worst public health crises in Nigeria and a major priority for the Government in its resolve to meet the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).

Brian Smith, Coca-Cola EMEA Group President stated,” The commitment to help promote sustainable development in our communities is a fundamental part of Coca-Cola’s strategy for sustainable business growth. This program which demonstrates this commitment will help save the precious lives of many mothers and new borns and also support the remarkable efforts of the Ivorian government at rebuilding this vibrant country”.

President Ouattara welcomed Coca-Cola’s support for the Health Ministry, noting that maternal and child health was an area the country recorded a weak performance under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).” Your new program will translate to improved health care and budget savings which will be channeled to other needs” President Ouattara said, adding that his Administration has been able to drive fast growth in the economy at an average rate of 9% over the last 5 years.” Our emphasis now is to boost social expenditure with a focus on health, education and youth employment in order reduce the poverty level further from 50% to about 25% by the end of my current tenure”.

Ivorian Minister of Health, Dr. Goudou Coffi, noted that improvement of maternal and new born health care is one of the public health priorities of the country and thanked Coca-Cola for theinitiative. “Coca-Cola’s support through the Safe Birth Initiative will significantly strengthen our health care capacity and boost our resolve towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets in relation to maternal and new born mortalities”, she said.

Peter Njonjo, President of Coca-Cola West Africa Business Unit said “Coca-Cola has a special relationship with women who are pillars for business, especially in Africa where women playa dominant role in our distribution and retail network. Just like our 5 by 20 Initiative, the Safe Birth Initiative which we will be implementing in Ivory Coast and Nigeria is a platform enabling us to promote the wellbeing of women, in this case, as it relates to the special but vulnerable experience of child birth”.

Nigeria: Maternal Health – U.S.$20 Million Safe Birth Initiative for Nigeria, Ivory Coast

By Chioma Obinna

Coca-Cola Company is set to launch a new programme tagged: “The Safe Birth Initiative” to support the Ministries of Health in Nigeria and Ivory Coast to tackle the high incidence of maternal and newborn mortalities.

Disclosing this during a courtesy visit to the President of the Republic of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, the Coca-Cola Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Group President, Brian Smith, said the programme will focus on strengthening the capacity of maternity and neonatal units in selected public hospitals in the two countries.

“With US$20 million grant from Coca-Cola to Medshare International Inc., the US-based not-for-profit NGO will source essential equipment, kits and supplies worth about US$20 million to enable safe deliveries and post-delivery emergency care for both mothers and their newborns,” Smith said.

“The program will also include the training of biomedical technicians and other appropriate hospital personnel by Medshare International on the operation, repair and maintenance of the donated equipment as well as the reactivation of a huge stock of faulty or abandoned equipment in public hospitals which is a major challenge for the country’s healthcare delivery system.

According to UNICEF’s 2016 State of the World’s Children report, 38 out of every 1,000 babies die within the first 28 days of birth while 645 out of 100,000 women die during or shortly after child birth due to avoidable conditions.

In Nigeria on the other hand, about 40,000 women and 260,000 newborns (excluding 300,000 stillborn) die during or shortly after childbirth annually. For this reason, neonatal mortality is considered as one of the worst public health crises in Nigeria and a major priority for the Government in its resolve to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.

Smith added that, “The commitment to help promote sustainable development in our communities is a fundamental part of Coca-Cola’s strategy for sustainable business growth. This program which demonstrates this commitment will help save the precious lives of many mothers and newborns and also support the remarkable efforts of the Ivorian government at rebuilding this vibrant country”.

Responding, the Ivory President Ouattara welcomed Coca-Cola’s support for the Health Ministry, noting that maternal and child health was an area the country recorded a weak performance under the Millennium Development Goals.

President of Coca-Cola West Africa Business Unit, Peter Njonjo, said “Coca-Cola has a special relationship with women who are pillars of our business, especially in Africa where women play a dominant role in our distribution and retail network.

Just like our 5by20 Initiative, the Safe Birth Initiative which we will be implementing in Ivory Coast and Nigeria is a platform enabling us to promote the wellbeing of women, in this case, as it relates to the special but vulnerable experience of childbirth”.

Nigeria: Coca-Cola to Launch ‘Safe Birth Initiative’ for Ivory Coast and Nigeria

In line with its long-standing commitment to Women and the Well Being of Communities, Coca-Cola will support the Ministry of Health to reduce the high maternal and newborn mortalities in Ivory Coast and Nigeria.

Lagos, October 5th 2017: The Coca-Cola Company will launch a new program – The Safe Birth Initiative – to support the Ministries of Health in Ivory Coast and Nigeria to tackle the high incidence of maternal and newborn mortalities in the two countries. This was disclosed by the Coca-Cola Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Group President, Brian Smith, during a courtesy visit to His Excellency Alassane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Ivory Coast.

The program will focus on strengthening the capacity of maternity and neonatal units in selected public hospitals in Ivory Coast and Nigeria. With US$2 million grant from Coca-Cola to Medshare International Inc., the US-based not-for-profit NGO will source essential equipment, kits and supplies worth about US$20 million to enable safe deliveries and post-delivery emergency care for both mothers and their newborns.

The program will also include the training of biomedical technicians and other appropriate hospital personnel by Medshare International on the operation, repair and maintenance of the donated equipment as well as the reactivation of a huge stock of faulty or abandoned equipment in public hospitals which is a major challenge for the country’s healthcare delivery system.

This intervention comes as Ivory Coast, which has enjoyed stability and one of the fastest economic growth rates since the end of a civil war in 2011, grapples with some of the highest maternal and newborn mortality ratios globally. According to UNICEF’s 2016 State of the World’s Children report, 38 out of every 1,000 babies die within the first 28 days of birth while 645 out of 100,000 women die during or shortly after child birth due to avoidable conditions. This translates to 31,000 newborns and 5,400 maternal deaths annually in a country with a population of 24 million people.

In Nigeria on the other hand, about 40,000 women and 260,000 newborns (excluding 300,000 stillborn) die during or shortly after childbirth annually. About 29% of the newborn deaths (90,000) occur in the first 24 hours of birth. For this reason, neonatal mortality is considered as one of the worst public health crises in Nigeria and a major priority for the Government in its resolve to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Brian Smith, Coca-Cola EMEA Group President stated, “The commitment to help promote sustainable development in our communities is a fundamental part of Coca-Cola’s strategy for sustainable business growth. This program which demonstrates this commitment will help save the precious lives of many mothers and newborns and also support the remarkable efforts of the Ivorian government at rebuilding this vibrant country”.

President Ouattara welcomed Coca-Cola’s support for the Health Ministry, noting that maternal and child health was an area the country recorded a weak performance under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “Your new program will translate to improved healthcare and budget savings which will be channeled to other needs” President Ouattara said, adding that his Administration has been able to drive fast growth in the economy at an average rate of 9% over the last 5 years. “Our emphasis now is to boost social expenditure with a focus on health, education and youth employment in order reduce the poverty level further from 50% to about 25% by the end of my current tenure”.

Ivorian Minister of Health, Dr. Goudou Coffi, noted that improvement of maternal and newborn healthcare is one of the public health priorities of the country and thanked Coca-Cola for the initiative. “Coca-Cola’s support through the Safe Birth Initiative will significantly strengthen our healthcare capacity and boost our resolve towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets in relation to maternal and newborn mortalities”, she said.

Peter Njonjo, President of Coca-Cola West Africa Business Unit said “Coca-Cola has a special relationship with women who are pillars of our business, especially in Africa where women play a dominant role in our distribution and retail network. Just like our 5by20 Initiative, the Safe Birth Initiative which we will be implementing in Ivory Coast and Nigeria is a platform enabling us to promote the wellbeing of women, in this case, as it relates to the special but vulnerable experience of childbirth”.

Health Ministry Launches U.S.$5 Million Spraying Drive Ahead of Malaria Peak Season

By Hudson Kuteesa

The ministry of Health has launched a $5,098,326 indoor residual spraying (IRS) campaign in Kirehe and Nyagatare, some of the malaria high risk districts in the country.

Launched early this week, the exercise will run through to October.

Information from the Malaria Division of the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) shows that a total of 200,278 structures are targeted in both districts, 114,405 of which are in Nyagatare and 85,873 in Kirehe.

In Nyagatare, 14 sectors, 108 cells and 637 villages will be sprayed while in Kirehe, the campaign will cover 12 sectors that boast 60 cells and 612 villages.

According to Dr Aimable Mbituyumuremyi, the head of the Malaria Division at RBC, the rationale of the campaign is to deal with the mosquitoes before the peak of malaria transmission in December to January each year,

“When we spray around this time, it is more effective than waiting to spray in December during the malaria peak when people are already infected,” he said.

According to the ministry, in Rwanda, the trend of malaria cases displays a bi-annual in May/June and then peak in November/December following the peaks of rainfall that come with water flooding and high density of mosquitoes.

According to the Malaria Operational Plan 2017-2018 of the Presidential Malaria Initiative, Kirehe and Nyagatare are the districts with a high malaria burden in Rwanda.

Actellic insecticide will be used in the exercise and it is estimated that up to 156,467 bottles of the insecticide will be mobilised.

This insecticide lasts for 10 months on sprayed walls and only one round of indoor residual spraying covers the two peaks of malaria transmission.

In total, 1669 community health workers will be involved in the spraying operation while 2666 community leaders from villages and cells will mobilise residents.

According to WHO, 2017, the primary vector control interventions to prevent malaria transmission in tropical region are sleeping under long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) and spraying the inside walls using a residual insecticide.

The two vector control tools have been proven to successfully reduce malaria transmission when the coverage is sufficiently high.

Indoor residual spraying is defined as the application of insecticide to the inside of houses, on walls and other surfaces that serve as a resting place for malaria-infected mosquitoes. IRS kills mosquitoes when they are exposed to treated surfaces, preventing disease transmission.

The objectives of IRS are to reduce, and ultimately interrupt, malaria transmission by reducing vector survivorship, density, and human-vector contact, in a manner that is safe for human health and the environment.

Ethiopia: Corbetti to Generate Power Next Month

The first phase of Corbetti Geothermal project is to start generating 20MW of electricity next month. The Geothermal project is located in Corbetti town of the Oromia Regional State.

Having a total electric generating capacity of 500MW, the project is estimated to cost around four billion dollars. The equity financing of the project is funded by Reykjavik Geothermal, an Iceland based company that mainly works on energy development projects.

The company had signed a framework agreement with Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) in October 2013. The agreement was facilitated by Power Africa Initiative, an initiative which works on increasing the power generation of the continent through Independent Power Producers.

The initiative is also currently supervising a bidding process held by the EEP for a Methara Solar project, currently at the financial evaluation phase and is expected to be concluded by mid-October.

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Media Bosses Meet in Belt and Road Initiative

By Daily News Reporter in Dunhuang

THE 2017 Media Cooperation Forum on Belt and Road opened in China’s ancient town of Dunhuang yesterday brought together more than 250 media managers and practitioners from various countries across the world.

Organised by China’s state newspaper, the People’s Daily, the forum seeks to solicit media’s support in promoting the Belt and Road Initiative launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013.

According to the event organisers, yesterday’s forum provided an avenue for dialogue between major Chinese enterprises, local and international media as well as opens a window for the world to better understand the Belt and Road Initiative.

The topics that were expected to be discussed include global coordination, the roles of governments and enterprises, smart manufacturing, the health care industry, the digital economy and cultural tourism industry. Highlights of the forum include influential think tanks seminars, themed speeches, high-end dialogues and media tours.

This will be the fourth media forum since 2014 when the annual event was held for the first time. Last year, the forum was attended by 212 delegates from 101 countries. This year’s forum has delegates from about 130 countries.

The Belt and Road Initiative which is China’s development strategy focusing on connectivity and cooperation, is expected to be one of the world’s largest infrastructure development projects. It seeks to revive the ancient Silk Roads and boost connectivity among trading partners throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Apart from roads and sea lanes, the initiative which will also include high speed railways, bridges and ports provides the potential for electricity grid connectivity and increased renewable energy development.

BRI plans to build increased transport routes out of China, by the land and sea, down into South East Asia via the sea into Horn of Africa, as well as multiple routes via land into Middle Eas, Europe and Eurasia.

About 70 countries including Tanzania, are part of the ambitious initiative on which China is set to commit not less than 150 billion dollars a year.

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Nigeria: Aviation Body Backs Establishment of National Carrier

By Chinedu Eze

A think-tank body known as Aviation Round Table Initiative (ARTI), has expressed support for the establishment of national carrier but noted that such airline must be fully funded by the private sector and not by government or its agencies.

The body, which observed that weak government policies were responsible for the failure of domestic airlines, said that this form of funding for the airline would ensure its survival and independence from interferences as well as ensure it operates professionally.

In a statement issued at the weekend and signed by Olu Ohunayo on behalf of the Initiative, ARTI said it supports the establishment of national carrier that is devoid of government financial input but driven strictly by investors, noting that government should provide the necessary enabling ground and aero-political support environment.

“ARTI support for this project is hinged on our recognition of the desirability of a national carrier and the observed floundering of our flag carriers on the international routes. These shortcomings are traceable to weak government policies and poor negotiations skills in various agreements.

“Therefore, the proposed national carrier should be granted full compliments of the appropriate status, independence to be the arrow head in the implementation of operational issues arising from Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASAs) and Multilateral Air Service Agreement (MASAs) to which Nigeria is a signatory unhindered by any concessions or agreements however made,” the body said.

It also noted that all existing concessions and agreements from which benefits are being derived by any person or corporate bodies capable of impinging on the operations of the proposed national carrier should cease forthwith at the inception of the national carrier.

ARTI urged that any outstanding obligations arising from agreements made prior to the emergence of the national carrier must be renegotiated between the national carrier and such flag carrier, which would be supervised by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

The corporate objective of the proposed carrier should be consistent delivery of excellent and competitive customer service; adopting global best standard practices; reciprocating all air service agreements and patriotically negotiated commercial agreement spinoff of BASA.

“We expect the government to take the following complimentary actions: it is vital that very knowledgeable aviators with cognate experience are selected to midwife the birth of the new national carrier; the governing board of directors of the national carrier should be composed of persons with proven track records of success in the aviation industry; the berthing process should last for a period not less than three years from inception and the national carrier should start with a fleet of 10 to 15 aircraft and shall be mandated to utilise the proceeds of all allocated frequencies strictly for fleet expansion and capacity building. This shall be monitored for compliance by NCAA,” ARTI said.

It also suggested that existing operators in the industry should be afforded the opportunity to observe and participate in the proposed national carrier project within stipulated guidelines and transparent process, adding that BASAs and MASAs should be reviewed with the objective of renegotiation where established to be unfavourable to Nigeria’s national interest.

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Africa: China’s Belt and Road Initiative to Help Tunisian Economy Revive From Slowdown: Former Envoy

Tunis — China’s Belt and Road Initiative will help Tunisian economy to revive after six years of slowdown, former Tunisian Ambassador to China Mohamed Sahbi Basly told Xinhua in a recent interview.

Basly, now the president of China-Tunisia Cooperation Council, hailed the initiative as “a perfect supportive approach for economic development.”

He said China has been “a significant investment partner” for Tunisia that “has the potential to contribute to the development of the Tunisian economy.”

“China has become a global economic locomotive in various fields, such as space, automobile, technology, real estate and agri-food,” Basly said. “Tunisia could play a role in the relocation of Chinese manufacturing industries, because the production cost in China is more expensive than that in Tunisia.”

“It will also help boost our country’s economy which has gradually recovered from the unrest in 2011,” he added.

Basly pointed out that Tunisian government announced a new investment law in April this year, which would provide potential benefits for Chinese investors.

“Recently, a big Chinese delegation has just finished a visit to the Zarzis economic zone in southeast Tunisia, which will promote the whole region’s economic development,” he said.

Basly praised the Belt and Road Initiative, under which China goes with other countries hand in hand to promote economic partnership and share economic development.

Proposed by Chinese PresidentXi Jinpingin 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative, or the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, aims to build trade and infrastructure networks connecting Asia with Europe and Africa, along the ancient Silk Road trade routes to seek common development and prosperity.

Trade volume between China and Belt and Road countries in 2016 topped 1.07 trillion U.S. dollars, as China’s direct investment in those countries stood at 14.5 billion dollars. Statistics showed that Chinese companies’ total investment and acquisition in Belt and Road countries already exceeded 33 billion dollars as of early August.

The China-Tunisia ties have enjoyed healthy and stable development since their establishment 53 years ago.

Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui, during an official visit to China in July, said that Tunisia fully supports the Belt and Road Initiative, and stands ready to be involved in the cooperation projects under the initiative.

“The Belt and Road Initiative encourages universal human contact,” Basly said, adding that tourism is one of the strategic pillars of the initiative by promoting not only economic relations but also social and cultural relations.

With a history of over 3,000 years, Tunisia is rich in tourism resources. Since mid-February this year, Tunisia has exempted Chinese citizens from entry visas to visit the country.

Basly pointed out that Chinese tourists, who are obviously interested in historical monuments and open to other cultures and histories, are well-cultivated and also good consumers.

“The mixed elements of North African history, Arab culture and Mediterranean scene, are combined harmoniously here, which makes Tunisia an attractive destination to Chinese tourists,” Basly added.

He said, to meet Chinese tourists’ demands, Tunisia would prepare adequate infrastructure, improve its tourism products and highlight its rich cultural and historical heritage.

Basly foresaw, by the year 2020, the number of Chinese tourists around the world would reach 300 million. “If Tunisia could attract 1 million Chinese tourists by that time, we will hit the jackpot in tourism,” he said.

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