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Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Builds the Capacity of Negotiators from the States Parties of the African Continental Free Trade Area on Competition Policy

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The ECOWAS Regional Competition Authority (ERCA) and the ECOWAS Commission’s Directorate of Trade organised from 20 to 23 September 2022 in Accra, Ghana, training on competition policy for stakeholders from Member States with the technical and financial support of Expertise France.

The objective of this training session is to urgently provide ECOWAS Member States’ negotiators with basic knowledge of competition policy and law. The meeting highlighted the implications of adopting a competition policy at the continental level in relation to national and regional competition rules. Finally, it outlined a common ECOWAS position within the framework of the AfCFTA negotiations on competition.

The opening ceremony of the training featured three speeches. In his speech, Dr Simeon Koffi, Executive Director of the ERCA, on behalf of the President of the ECOWAS Commission, acknowledged the presence of all the expected national stakeholders and their commitment to the ongoing negotiations at the continental level. He further noted the positive dynamics of developing a competitive framework at national, regional and continental levels, with the harmonisation and adoption of rules in line with the best international standards, a development that the capacity building of stakeholders would consolidate.

Mr Augustine Owusu, the representative of Expertise France, expressed his satisfaction with the cooperation between the ECOWAS Commission and his organisation within the framework of the training session. He also hoped that this cooperation will be strengthened and expressed the availability of Expertise France to accompany ECOWAS in promoting a competitive environment and regional integration.

In his opening remarks, Mr Osvaldo Abibe, Chairman of the ECOWAS Trade Experts Meeting, recalled the issues to be discussed during the meeting and stated that the various stages of negotiations on competition reflect the need to equip the stakeholders concerned with useful knowledge to better understand the aspects and implications of competition laws at the continental level. He encouraged the participants to leverage the knowledge acquired during the training session. The participants thanked the two facilitators of the training, Ms Lynn Robertson of the OECD Competition Division and Mr Sami Ouattara, Regional Competition Consultant.

The issues addressed during the training session included the benefits of competition policy for a national economy; the fight against cartels and all horizontal and vertical agreements harmful to competition; the concept of the market; merger control, especially mergers; procedural fairness and transparency; competitive assessment of laws and regulations; the concept of competitive neutrality; market power and abuse of dominant position; state aid; the AfCFTA protocol on competition and its implications for ECOWAS and its member states.

The capacity-building session was an opportunity to highlight ECOWAS’ position on competition. The States Parties, negotiators of the AfCFTA protocol, were called upon to take ownership of the regional consensus on the protocol and to make the voice of ECOWAS heard in continental negotiations.

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Kenya marks world contraception day amid renewed optimism

Ministry of Health, Kenya

Myths and misconceptions surrounding contraception have been cited as a major barrier to modern use of contraceptives.

Speaking during commemorations to mark this year’s World contraception day, head of promotive and preventive services at the ministry of health Dr. Andrew Mulwa, who was representing health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, said misinformed decisions have contributed to poor health outcomes for the mothers and their children.

“Despite our successes in family planning service provision, myths, misinformation, and misconceptions around modern contraceptives are an existential threat to family planning uptake in Kenya. In particular, the youth below the age of 25 constitute approximately 66% of the country’s population and are the most vulnerable constituency to myths and misinformation.” Observed the health CS.

He said the government is working towards improving sexual and reproductive health literacy to address contraceptive fears through appropriate and gender-specific interventions to reach the youths with factual information while at the same time strengthening the use of community outreaches and counseling by community health volunteers to influence knowledge, attitude, skills, and practices related to family planning use at the community level.

Speaking during the celebrations, UNFPA representative in Kenya Anders Thomsen commended the Kenyan government on the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that sets up a sustainable financing mechanism for the procurement of Family Planning commodities, with the goal of gradually increasing the national budget allocation for the procurement of commodities up to 100% in 2026.
According to Lillian Mutea from USAID, by helping women and girls limit pregnancies, provision of family planning services is a cost-effective intervention that saves the lives of women and children.
While applauding progress made by Kenya in improving access to family planning, Dr. Samora Otieno from the Foreign commonwealth development office, said the unmet need for family planning has fallen from 18 % in 2014 to 14 percent currently. He however pointed out that there exist disparities among the different counties and between women in urban and rural areas.

According to Dr. Mohammed Sheikh, the Director General of the National council for population and development, this year’s theme breaking family planning myths in Kenya, resonates well with the government’s sustained efforts to ensure information and knowledge on voluntary family planning, which is universally accessible to all women of reproductive age in retaining and managing their desired families, is achieved.

World contraception day is premised on contraceptive choices that ensure every pregnancy is wanted by promoting family planning and contraceptive methods that are safe and preferred by the users.
Nairobi woman representative Esther Passaris, who was among those present during the celebrations, called for a holistic approach to family planning to ensure all social economic characteristics of the unmet needs are comprehensively addressed.

Kenya has progressively recorded tremendous gains to improve use and access to family planning methods. In the wake of interruptions occasioned by the COVID -19 pandemic, the country developed national guidelines and innovative strategies to protect gains made in family planning such as use of tele-medicine services.

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Japan: Meeting between State Minister for Foreign Affairs Yamada Kenji and Honorable Dr. Mamadou Tangara, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad of the Republic of The Gambia

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On September 27 at 9:40AM for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. YAMADA Kenji, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, held a meeting with Hon. Dr. Mamadou Tangara, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, the Republic of The Gambia, who is visiting Japan to attend the State Funeral for Former Prime Minister ABE Shinzo. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the outset, State Minister Yamada expressed his gratitude to Minister Tangara for his attendance to the State Funeral for Former Prime Minister ABE Shinzo, and stated that he wished to further develop excellent diplomatic relations established under former Prime Minister Abe. In response, Minister Tangara conveyed his sincere condolences to former Prime Minister Abe and stated that President Barrow also expressed deep condolences. State Minister then extended his appreciation to Minister Tangara for the participation of President Barrow in TICAD 8 held in August this year.
  2. State Minister Yamada then stated that he wishes to advance cooperation between Japan and The Gambia in the area of development with the goal of sustainable growth and poverty reduction. Minister Tangara expressed his appreciation for Japan’s extensive support for The Gambia and his expectations for further strengthening of bilateral relations. 
  3. Furthermore, the both sides exchanged their views on current international issues, such as the situation in Ukraine. State Minister Yamada also stated the importance of strengthening food security and securing transparency and fairness of development finance, and the both sides confirmed to cooperate with each other on these issues. They also confirmed to work for further development of bilateral relations, following up on the outcome of TICAD 8.

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Central African Republic: Said Trial Opens at International Criminal Court

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Mahamat Said Abdel Kani – a top-ranking leader of the mostly-Muslim Séléka militia – pleaded not guilty to all charges, which relate to atrocities carried out in 2013, in the Central African Republic capital, Bangui.

Much of the violence stemmed for clashes between Séléka and the mostly-Christian Anti-balaka faction.

Occupation

Before the crimes were committed, from late 2012 to early 2013, Séléka militia advanced towards the capital, attacking police stations, occupying military bases, capturing towns and regional capitals, and targeting suspected supporters of President François Bozizé.

They seized Bangui in March 2013 and with forces numbering up to 20,000, looted homes while searching for sympathisers of Mr. Bozize, shot those fleeing in the back or killed others in their homes.

“Women and girls were raped and gang-raped in front of their children or parents; some died as a result of their injuries,” the arrest warrant for Mr. Said stated.

Civilians targetted

“Part of the civilian population was targeted through multiple acts of murder, imprisonment, torture, rape, persecution on political, ethnic and religious grounds, and pillaging of houses belonging to non-Muslims and others perceived to be complicit with or supportive of the Bozizé government,” the warrant continued.

Mr. Kani’s charge sheet includes imprisonment, torture, persecution, enforced disappearance and other inhumane acts, committed in Bangui between approximately April and November 2013.

He saw “oversaw the day-to-day operations” of an infamous detention centre where men were taken after being arrested by Séléka members.

Appalling conditions

“Prisoners were held in small, dark, crowded cells with only a bucket as a toilet and little or no food, causing detainees to drink their own urine,” the ICC statement read.

Detainees were whipped with strips of rubber, beaten with rifle butts and told: “We’re going to kill you one by one”.

It was common for prisoners to spend several hours in a specific stress position so painful that some “would ask to be killed”. The position, known as “arbatacha”, involved tying a detainee’s hands and legs are tied behind their back, with their legs touching their elbows.

Extracting confessions

Mr. Said allegedly referred to the technique as “the most effective to obtain confessions”, the ICC warrant explained, while also noting that he was responsible for deciding which prisoners should be transferred to an underground cell located under his office.

At another detention centre known as CEDAD, where conditions were described as “inhumane”, the court maintained that Mr. Said was the “operations commander” and “kept a list of persons to be arrested” or ordered their arrest.

The trial continues.

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Create quality jobs and provide social protection, urges United Nations Secretary-General

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged governments across the world to quickly invest in quality job creation the and the provision of social protection for those without coverage.

Guterres was speaking at a high-level session to discuss the Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions (https://bit.ly/3rfWGUk) initiative during the UN General Assembly meetings in New York.

He told leaders to focus on concrete solutions to implement the initiative and warned, “the path of inaction leads to economic collapse and climate catastrophe, widening inequalities and escalating social unrest. This could leave billions trapped in vicious circles of poverty and destitution.”

The initiative, launched in 2021 by the United Nations International Labour Organization, brings together governments, international financial institutions, civil societies, the UN, and the private sector to create 400 million new, decent jobs, especially in the green, care, and digital economies, and extend social protection to more than 4 billion people worldwide that are currently without coverage.

The session was also addressed by various leaders from around the world including the President of the African Development Bank Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera, Uganda’s Vice President Jessica Alupo, and Egypt’s Minister for Planning and Economic Development Hala El-Said.

The UN chief praised Togo for protecting thousands of its citizens during the Covid-19 pandemic after deploying “innovative digital solutions to expand social protection to hard-to-reach populations.”

On its part, South Africa was praised for launching the Just Energy transition partnership, signaling an important step in the fight against climate change.

African Development Bank President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina highlighted the bank’s rapid response to the Covid-19 pandemic by launching a $10 billion facility which helped provide social protection for more than 28 million people. The bank also launched a $3 billion social impact bond on global capital markets in 2020, which at the time was the highest in world history.

“But that is not enough”, Dr. Adesina added, “We have to restructure our economies to be productive with education, infrastructure, energy and making sure we have productive sectors that can use people’s skills and absorb that into the economy.”

“At the African Development Bank, we have taken a proactive approach job, jobs, jobs approach,” said Adesina. As an example, he named the bank’s Jobs for Youth in Africa program to create 25 million jobs by 2025. Nearly half of those jobs had already been delivered, he said.

To generate more jobs, Adesina cited sectors such as agriculture where the bank is investing $25 billion to transform rural areas and turn the sector into a business.

In the energy sector, Adesina gave the example of the Sahel region. “We are investing $20 billion to build 10000MW of electricity that will provide energy for productive use and create millions of jobs,” Adesina said. He added it was time for Africa to build a manufacturing capacity for polysilicon material that is used for solar panels “so that we can create a lot of green jobs.”

The creative industry especially Nigeria’s film industry, popularly known as Nollywood, is another area that requires significant investment given its potential to generate $20 billion of revenue and create twenty million jobs, Adesina said.

The UN expects each government to commit to the Global Accelerator initiative and its objectives by, among others, developing national policies and integrated strategies for just transitions.

Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera said given the financial constraints his country was facing, implementing the initiative would require the support of partners, donors, international financial institutions, and policy support from the UN system.

He said the overlapping crises of the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change and the war in eastern Europe, Malawi is left “to grapple with downgrades of our sovereign credit ratings, leading to higher borrowing costs and intensified debt risks.”

President Chakwera said his country was ready to be part of the fact-finding work of the Global Accelerator initiative.

Uganda’s Vice President Jessica Alupo said her government has initiated efforts to increase jobs for Uganda’s under 30 who make up 75% of the country’s population.

“We are increasing investment in skills development, supporting informal social enterprises to transition into the formal economy and supporting the private sector to create jobs in key growth areas, including providing incentives to investors,” she said.

Egypt’s Minister for Planning and Economic Development Hala El-Said outlined various initiatives undertaken by her government to mitigate the impact of crises on people in Egypt.

“These include increasing beneficiaries of the cash transfer program to reach 5 million families in addition to substantially increasing food rations that benefit more than 64 million Egyptians,” she said.

“The government has embarked on an ambitious program, the Decent Life Initiative, to revamp the rural communities, and transform the lives of the more than 50 million Egyptians across 4,500 villages, constituting more than half of the total population,” she added.

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The African Development Bank Group is Africa’s premier development finance institution. It comprises three distinct entities: the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF). On the ground in 41 African countries with an external office in Japan, the Bank contributes to the economic development and the social progress of its 54 regional member states. For more information: www.AfDB.org

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South Sudan Violence Proliferating, Warn Independent Rights Experts

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Women and girls continue to be gang-raped and survivors have been described as “zombies, physically and emotionally dead”, according to the UN Commission on Human Rights in the world’s youngest nation.

Police the peace

In an alert, Commission chairperson, Yasmin Sooka, said that it was critical for the international community to monitor the country’s peace agreement, along with other reforms – including of the armed forces and the constitution.

Transitional justice bodies are also urgently needed, as per an agreement made four years ago by the country’s Government, the Commission noted.

Without these steps, we are likely to see millions more South Sudanese displaced or crossing borders, creating havoc for neighbouring countries and aid agencies,” Ms. Sooka said.

According to South Sudan’s 2018 peace agreement, elections have been postponed until late 2024.

Death threats

But conditions must be peaceful for a national poll to happen and South Sudanese people “who have questioned the government or exposed atrocities have received death threats, been detained or tortured”, the rights commission explained.

The panel noted that none of the three proposed transitional justice bodies agreed in 2018 have been created, namely the Commission on Truth, Reconciliation and Healing, the Hybrid Court or the Compensation and Reparation Authority.

The independent rights panel – which was established by the Human Rights Council in 2016 – said that “women raped by armed forces while collecting firewood are threatened with death if they report it”.

Often, the police are too ill-equipped to do their job; “they cannot arrest a soldier who is better armed and protected the Commission said in a recent statement.

Justice denied

In a further illustration of the lack of justice for survivors, the rights investigators noted that in Unity State and rural parts of Western Equatoria, “there is no formal court to deal with serious crimes like murder and rape, only customary courts”.

During a visit this month to Western Equatoria, the Commission described seeing “very young girls with babies around military bases” and hearing “multiple accounts of soldiers from both government and opposition forces abducting women”.

Speaking at a Global Survivors Forum in New York at the weekend, hosted by Nobel Peace Prize winners Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, to examine best practice for reparations for sexual violence, inquiry Commissioner Andrew Clapham said: “Survivors in South Sudan, particularly those of repeated incidents of sexual violence, tell us again and again that criminal accountability is the only way to guarantee their safety and peace for the country. That’s why setting up the Hybrid Court is non-negotiable.”

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Angolan National Oil Company (NOC), Sonangol, to Participate at Angola Oil and Gas 2022 as Diamond Sponsor

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Energy Capital & Power (https://EnergyCapitalPower.com) is proud to announce that Angola’s National Oil Company (NOC), Sonangol (www.Sonangol.co.ao), has been confirmed to participate at the Angola Oil & Gas (AOG) 2022 Conference and Exhibition (https://bit.ly/3Cdj47i) taking place on 29-30 November and 1 December in Luanda – as a Diamond Sponsor.

Sonangol’s participation at this year’s event is expected to enhance regional energy partnerships and drive critical deals across the African energy landscape, with the NOC actively seeking partners to advance Angola’s oil and gas sector, driving new exploration and production activities in a bid to spur socioeconomic growth and energy independence.

“We at ECP are very pleased and excited to confirm Sonangol as Diamond Sponsors at this year’s event. Representing the continent’s biggest oil producer, Angola’s impressive energy developments continue to invite a new era of cooperation, stability, and growth that ECP is proud to be a part of,” stated Miguel Artacho, International Conference Director for AOG, adding, “There has been no better time for regional and international energy players to explore opportunities across the Angolan energy landscape.”

Taking place on 29-30 November and 1 December in Angola’s capital city of Luanda, and under the auspices of the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas and in partnership with the National Oil, Gas and Biofuels Agency, AIDAC, and the African Energy Chamber, AOG 2022’s Third Edition will unite oil and gas industry leaders, international stakeholders, and regional governments for three days of networking, panel discussions, and deal-making.

For more information about AOG 2022, visit www.AngolaOilAndGas2022.com

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Equipment Support to the Cooperative of Beekeeper Women in Cameroon

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Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency provided equipment support to the cooperative of women doing beekeeping in Sao, in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon.

TİKA’s Yaoundé coordinator Burak Özden made a statement and said that FEMADS, a cooperative with nearly 50 members most of whom are women, was given beekeeping materials such as beehives, protective clothing, and smokers. Özden indicated that this project will help to double the honey production capacity. He also added that the required source has been provided for packaging, an important cost item for the producers in Cameroon.  

More women will have income

Pauline Ngono, the Head of FEMADS, gave a speech at the ceremony organised for the submission of the equipment and said they have increased production thanks to the equipment support. Ngono maintained that with the addition of new members, now, more women will have income. Ngono ended her speech by extending her thanks to TİKA. TİKA volunteers who visited Cameroon under the Experience Sharing Program 2022 were informed about the honey production process. The women working for the cooperative presented the voluntary students the honey they have produced.

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One Africa, One Voice: Digital Inclusion Holds the Power to Accelerate Africa’s Economic Growth

Africa Shared Value Leadership Summit

Says Tiekie Barnard, Shared Value Africa Initiative (SVAI) CEO and Founder:

“We are co-creating the global future on the African continent and this gathering in Kigali in October is possibly one of the most important conventions of leadership and executives since the launch of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2015.” ; “The connection between social progress and business success is increasingly clear, and companies must team up with governments, NGOs and yes, even competitors, to fully capture the economic benefits of creating shared value as a collective.” ; “When Africa wins, the world wins, and now more than ever, it has become imperative to develop meaningful and effective partnerships for development between the public and private sectors.  This Summit creates a unique opportunity and platform where leadership, as a collective, can discuss and provide input and solutions on how we can accelerate Africa’s growth through affordable, and accessible connectivity for all.”; “We have not yet cracked the code on mobilising the full power of business to drive social impact and profit on the African continent. While there is no silver bullet, the power of Shared Value is evident and there is a vast realm where Shared Value can be applied to drive a new wave of productivity and innovation on the continent that we call home. The time for change is now.”

Shared Value Africa Initiative (SVAI) and Shift Impact Africa have partnered with the GSM Association (GSMA), a global institution that represents the telco and digital service sectors, to bring together the sixth annual Africa Shared Value Leadership Summit and the Mobile World Congress Africa (MWCA).

Both events will take place alongside each other at the Kigali Convention Centre in Kigali, Rwanda, between 25 and 26 October 2022. His Excellency Paul Kagame, the President of the Republic of Rwanda, who will be joined by several other heads of state, will deliver the opening keynote.

Other speakers include, Sanda Ojiambo, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC); Mark Kramer, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School and Co-Founder of the Shared Value Initiative; Dr. Edem Adzogenu, Co-Chair of the AfroChampions Initiative; Jeremy Awori, CEO of Absa Kenya; Maria Cristina Papetti, Head of Global Sustainability, Infrastructure and Networks at Enel Group; and Lacina Koné, Director-General and CEO of Smart Africa.  

This partnership with GSMA heralds a first for Africa and the global Shared Value community. The event will gather major players across sectors to explore innovation, technology, and collaboration opportunities to find solutions for the digital inclusion challenges that Africa face.

Both in-person events will feature programmes that will examine where the future of connectivity on the African continent is heading. “We are co-creating the global future on the African continent and this gathering in Kigali in October is possibly one of the most important conventions of leadership and executives since the launch of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2015,” says Tiekie Barnard, SVAI CEO and Founder. “The connection between social progress and business success is increasingly clear, and companies must team up with governments, NGOs and yes, even competitors, to fully capture the economic benefits of creating shared value as a collective.”

The Africa Shared Value Leadership Summit’s unifying theme ‘One Africa, One Voice’ underscores this need for organisations to work together across borders and industries to benefit all Africans in a sustainable way. Business and other leaders will delve into questions such as the role of technology to address climate risks in a just way; how business can accelerate digital inclusion in Africa, particularly for disproportionately affected groups such as rural populations and women; how we ensure that digital connectivity and shared value become the drivers of Africa’s growth, as well as the role of shared value thinking and digital innovation to boost intra-Africa Trade.

“The African Union’s 2020-2030 Digital Transformation Strategy aspires to universal digital access and a single pan-African digital market by 2030. Achieving this would create a profound impact on the continent. For instance, the World Bank estimates that a 10% increase in mobile internet penetration could translate to a 2.5% increase in gross domestic product (GDP) on the African continent,” says Barnard.

“When Africa wins, the world wins, and now more than ever, it has become imperative to develop meaningful and effective partnerships for development between the public and private sectors.  This Summit creates a unique opportunity and platform where leadership, as a collective, can discuss and provide input and solutions on how we can accelerate Africa’s growth through affordable, and accessible connectivity for all.”

Technology holds the power to evermore change Africa’s future and address many of the continent’s systemic challenges. Yet the digital divide across Africa remains stark. Fewer than one-third of Africans have access to broadband connectivity. Of the 25 least-connected countries in the world, 21 are located in Africa. Three hundred million Africans live more than 50 kilometres from a fibre or cable broadband connection. At just 36%, Africa’s internet penetration compares poorly with the 62.5% global average, according to Statista’s latest global internet penetration rate.

“While digital innovation creates exciting new opportunities, it can exclude those who lack access to the digital economy. Creating a healthy and inclusive digital economy will require new thinking to generate safeguards against the many risks inherent in the application of technology, while channelling resources to areas of innovation that generate the greatest social impact on the continent,” says Barnard.

The Summit will host experts from across the industry for two days of networking, learning and collaboration. Sponsors include Abbott, Absa Bank Kenya, Old Mutual, Visa and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC).   

“The support of our sponsors – purpose-led companies that are committed to driving sustainability on the continent – has allowed us to plan an event that will be entirely different from years past. We would like to invite interested parties to register and join us in Kigali to connect, interact, and explore solutions to bridge the digital divide and fuel Africa’s growth,” says Barnard.

All registered delegates will have full access to both events for the duration of the Summit. There is also an option to attend the Summit virtually, via livestream, which includes access to the combined keynote addresses by some of the continent’s business luminaries.

“We have not yet cracked the code on mobilising the full power of business to drive social impact and profit on the African continent. While there is no silver bullet, the power of Shared Value is evident and there is a vast realm where Shared Value can be applied to drive a new wave of productivity and innovation on the continent that we call home. The time for change is now,” Barnard concludes.

Registrations have already opened, and there is no cost to attend.

Visit the Summit website, www.AfricaSharedValueSummit.com, to learn more and secure your place.

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For more information, or to arrange interviews, contact:
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Phone: +27 82 375 3554
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ABOUT SVAI:
The Shared Value Africa Initiative (SVAI) is a non-profit Pan-African advocacy, training and membership organisation, and the regional partner of the global Shared Value Initiative. SVAI has regional networks in India, Hong Kong, Australia, North and South America and Europe.

Shared Value is a business management concept, developed by economists and Harvard Business School Professors Michael Porter and Mark Kramer. It advocates for companies to focus on purpose as their driving force; profitably addressing societal and environmental challenges through the core business. This creates organisations that simultaneously contribute to a just society and a more sustainable environment.  

The global Shared Value Initiative is a network for thought leaders who are aligned and committed to the principle of Creating Shared Value and who are bringing about sustainable change and influencing others to do the same.

For more information about SVAI, click here (https://SVAI.Africa). 

ABOUT GSMA:
The GSMA is a global organisation unifying the mobile ecosystem to discover, develop and deliver innovation foundational to positive business environments and societal change. Our vision is to unlock the full power of connectivity so that people, industry, and society thrive.

Representing mobile operators and organisations across the mobile ecosystem and adjacent industries, the GSMA delivers for its members across three broad pillars: Industry Services and Solutions, Connectivity for Good, and Outreach.

For further information about GSMA, click here (https://bit.ly/2EscA7T).

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Health Development Partners Mobilized to End the Ebola Outbreak in Uganda

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The leadership of the Ugandan Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other health partners visited the Ebola-affected areas of Mubende district on 24 September to assess the health situation, understand the gaps and strengthen the response to the Ebola outbreak in the country.

The delegation was led by the Minister of Health, Honorable Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, and accompanied by the WHO Officer-in-Charge, Dr. Bayo Fatunmbi, representatives of various health development organizations and implementing partners, and three members of the Ugandan Parliament.

Starting with the National Task Force meeting at the City Hall in Mubende district, Health Development and implementing partners discussed the situation of the outbreak and engaged in their various capacities to support the response. They highlighted the need to strengthen community surveillance and risk communication as basics in any response outbreak.

“Ebola is real, and we need to eradicate this outbreak as early as possible. The cases we already have in the country are enough and we can’t afford to lose more. Let’s all mobilize our resources being technical, financial, or operational to tackle the outbreak,” Hon Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng Acero, the Minister of Health in Uganda.

“Since the beginning of this pandemic, WHO has always stood by the government to prevent its spread. We have deployed our staff and mobilized operational resources to Mubende district to strengthen the response in case management, risk communication, Infection Prevention, and Control, community engagement, and surveillance,” Dr. Bayo Fatunmbi, WHO Cluster Lead for Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases.

The team further visited communities composed of Community leaders, Village Health Teams, and other members to raise awareness of the outbreak and encourage them to corporate in the response.

“If you know any person with Ebola or who is a contact, please report. Early diagnosis is very important to reduce the death risk. I want to encourage Village Health Teams to move doors to doors to identify people with signs and symptoms of Ebola,” Dr. Jane Ruth added.

Health Development partners also visited some possible centres in Madudu district where Ebola health Centres can be installed for a quick response.

Since the Ebola outbreak was reported in Uganda on 20th September 2022, the country has so far registered 31 cases and 19 deaths as of 24th September, 2022.

WHO has deployed its staff to support the response in the affected districts. The organization has supported the training and deployment of the Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) and provided the Mubende Regional Referral Hospital with three Ebola kits to manage Ebola patients and save lives.

WHO support has also enabled the development of the National Response Plan and the activation of District Task Forces (DTFs) in 10 high-risk districts, including Mubende, Sembabule, Kyankwanzi, Kampala, Mityana, Kyegegwa, Gomba, Kiboga, Kassanda, Kazo, Kakumiro, and Kibaale.

There are several vaccine candidates for Sudan Ebola virus in development. Experts will examine these vaccines and see whether they can be used in Uganda. However, other health measures such as swift detection, community engagement, isolation of patients, and early supportive care have proven to save lives in similar outbreaks.

The population is encouraged to report all signs and symptoms of Ebola, including sudden onset of fever, headache, intense body weakness, muscle pain, sore throat, vomiting, bloody diarrhea or urine, and bleeding from a body opening.

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