The current session of the UN General Assembly provides a "solemn opportunity" to consider common challenges that are of great concern to the future of humanity, President Faustin-Archange Touadéra of the Central African Republic (CAR) told the global gathering.
on Tuesday “More than ever, the question of security, peace, the environment and health are entering a critical phase.
However, the warning signs are being ignored in favor of economic, geopolitical and geostrategic interests,” he said, speaking through an interpreter.
The theme of this year's General Assembly is A Turning Point: Transformative Solutions to Intertwined Challenges.
Honor your commitments For Mr. Touadéra, protecting the environment is one of the intertwined challenges that countries must overcome.
"It is time for the biggest polluters to honor their commitments, in particular the implementation of the Paris Agreement, as well as international solidarity for climate justice with respect to the most vulnerable populations," he said.
In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how global public health "is an imperative for all nations, without exception."
'Paradigm shift' in health The president said that the Central African Republic has welcomed the "paradigm shift" taking place in the health sector and the unprecedented push for solidarity that accompanies it, including access to vaccines against polio, COVID-19 and, soon, malaria.
He reported that the country has achieved polio-free status, while 50 percent of the target population has been vaccinated against COVID-19.
"I congratulate and encourage the health emergency preparedness initiative implemented by the World Health Organization (WHO)," he continued.
“The Central African Republic is proud to be the instigator and to be the first pilot country that is helping to tangibly improve our ability to manage epidemics.” Development at risk However, the national “march towards development” has been held back by serious security and public health crises, which have been exacerbated by the persistent lack of international financial support.
This has resulted in disruptions to agriculture, forestry, and mining.
“As a fragile state facing food insecurity and a glaring shortage of material and human resources, the Central African Republic continues to make enormous sacrifices to improve its macroeconomic management and fiscal governance,” he said.
"With the support of its partners, my country has been able to implement ambitious reforms to strengthen revenue mobilization and optimize public spending."
The CAR hopes that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reestablishes the extended line of credit, which had been suspended.
The measure will help boost internal resources and allow the digitization of small tax collection.
Cryptocurrency pioneer However, solutions are still needed to address other challenges, such as developing a resilient and diversified economy, and supporting the education system.
He reported that the Central African Republic was the first country in Africa to adopt Bitcoin as a reference currency and digital payment system, and the first in the world to unanimously adopt a law regulating cryptocurrencies.
“This ambitious and innovative initiative represents a huge opportunity to reposition the economy to improve prospects and change the destiny of the people of the Central African Republic at this time when we need to open ourselves to new horizons and solutions that go beyond the conventional.
,” he said.
Restoration of state authority Mr. Touadéra added that the Central African Republic has also undertaken several bold reforms and initiatives, with the support of international partners, to strengthen the rule of law and restore state authority throughout the country's territory.
In addition, the government's "courageous measures" to combat impunity, along with the implementation of a February 2019 peace agreement and other actions, have helped reduce tensions and build trust.
abolished the death penalty in June this year A law on combating human trafficking and a child protection code were passed in August Arms embargo The president also referred to the UN Security Council resolution the UN approved in July that eased the arms embargo on his country.Resolution 2648 also condemned attacks by armed groups against civilians.“I also noted with satisfaction the position ion of the Council against transnational trafficking networks, which continue to supply weapons of all kinds to armed groups.
I welcome the significant progress that has enabled a substantial lifting of the arms embargo imposed on our defense and security forces,” he said.
"I would like to convey the gratitude of the people of the Central African Republic to all friendly and brotherly countries that strongly support our request for a complete and total lifting of the embargo."
However, Mr. Touadéra said that he deplored "the maneuvers that seek to legitimize the armed groups and insidiously maintain the embargo."
Continuing the series of engagements with concurrently accredited diplomatic missions to Sri Lanka from New Delhi, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India Milinda Moragoda interacted with a second group of African Heads of Mission on September 16, 2022.
The interaction had aimed at increasing Sri Lanka's commitment.
with the states of the African continent, particularly in the commercial and economic spheres.
Earlier, on August 18, High Commissioner Moragoda had interacted with a group of nine African Heads of Mission who are simultaneously accredited or appointed to Sri Lanka from New Delhi.
This was the sixth time that High Commissioner Moragoda has met simultaneously accredited Heads of Mission in this way since she took office in New Delhi.
Previously, she had also interacted with the Heads of Mission of Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean.
High Commissioner Moragoda welcomed the invited Heads of Mission and expressed his enthusiasm to further strengthen Sri Lanka's relations with their respective countries, particularly in the trade and economic fields.
She promised them all possible support from her Office in carrying out her duties.
She also briefed the Heads of Mission on current economic and political developments in Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi functions as the main point of coordination between the 94 concurrently accredited Foreign Missions and the Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Green Energy Summit for Africa (GEAS) has announced the finalists for the Energy Investment Village, a selection of the most attractive local cleantech projects, who will have the opportunity to pitch to energy leaders with potential investments.
worth more than 100 billion dollars.
Energy Investment Village is a partnership with the Saldanha Bay Innovation Campus (SBIC), a Freeport Saldanha initiative, and the advisory firm of the Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability (RIIS).
The finalists were chosen from a field of entrepreneurs and start-ups and will have the opportunity to present themselves to potential investors at a launch event in October during GEAS.
In preparation for the event, the finalists will be invited to a focused training session to achieve perfect pitch.
"The launch event allows investors, entrepreneurs and start-ups to meet," says Freeport Saldanha CEO Kaashifah Beukes.
“There are compelling, innovative, investment-ready clean energy initiatives out there that can deliver attractive returns.
So it's a win-win for all players in the industry."
The 10 Energy Investment Village finalists are: HydroFuel Solutions An SA-based renewable energy company developing commercially viable green hydrogen production projects using waste plasma gasification and electrolysis.
www.HydroFuels.co.za SeaH4 A start-up developing algae-based biofuels as a carbon-free alternative to fossil fuels, initially by producing bioLNG as bunker fuel.
www.SeaH4.co.za Impact-free Water A South African company that has designed and patented a wave energy pump to provide seawater for desalination, mariculture and energy production without electricity.
www.ImpactFreeWater.com Keren Energy One of South Africa's first green hydrogen projects, a fully licensed project site in Vanrhynsdorp, Western Cape, using a 100KW solar photovoltaic system to produce green hydrogen.
https://KerenEnergy.co.za SlideLuvre A startup that has developed unique double-sided solar battens that generate power even when shaded, using high-efficiency solar cells to power both morning and evening generation.
www.SlideLuvre.com Brayfoil Technologies A company that designs turbine blades that change shape to reduce loads, allowing for larger, more efficient, more reliable and affordable devices that also last longer.
www.Brayfoil.com PWK Waste Management & Recycling A company that provides efficient and cost-effective waste management solutions by collecting recyclable waste, including used oil from informal motor mechanics.
www.facebook.com/PWKWaste Oceanergy Developer of Kite Fuel Ship technology, a ship-based mobile wind power plant for harvesting offshore wind power, with integrated H2 conversion and storage.
www.Oceanergy.com Atlanthia A project that uses solar, wind and battery storage to supply electricity for hydrogen electrolysis, desalination, air separation and green ammonia processes.
Zimi Charge An initiative that uses an app to connect people, their cars and charging stations with 100% renewable energy sourced from energy trading partners.
www.ZimiCharge.com “The Africa Green Energy Summit is about connecting South Africa's growing demand for innovative green energy with viable and affordable local solutions,” said Paul Sinclair, vice president for energy at GEAS.
“The Energy Investment Village helps to facilitate this and ensures that good, viable ideas are not left behind.”
Deng Huilin, former deputy mayor of southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for taking bribes.
The Intermediate People’s Court of Baoding in Hebei Province announced the sentence on Wednesday.
Deng, who was also head of the local public security bureau, was also given a 4-million-yuan (575,242 U.
S. dollars) fine as part of the penalty.
His illegal gains from bribery, as well as the interest it generated, were recovered and turned over to the state treasury.
Deng was found guilty of taking advantage of his former positions in Hubei Province and the Chongqing Municipality between 1999 and 2020 to assist others in business operations, acquiring license plates, job adjustment, and other matters.
In return, he illegally accepted money and valuables worth more than 42.67 million yuan in total.
The court statement said the sum of bribes Deng had taken was especially huge and the circumstances of his crime were especially heinous.
However, considering that he had truthfully confessed to his crimes during the investigation, showed repentance, and had been cooperative in returning all his illegal gains, a more lenient sentence was granted.
The Central Energy Fund and Africa Oil Week (https://Africa-OilWeek.com) are proud to announce a three-year partnership to boost investment and energy security in South Africa.
The Central Energy Fund (CEF) is a state-owned diversified energy company under the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy of the Republic of South Africa.
Its mandate is to contribute to the security of energy supply for South Africa and the Region through exploration, acquisition, development, marketing and strategic partnership.
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We are dedicated to creating prosperity and economic growth for South Africans,” said Paul Sinclair, vice president of energy and director of government relations for Africa Oil Week. “Our partnership with AOW will create a platform for CEF Group to initiate strategic partnerships aimed at attracting potential financiers to support its R67 billion portfolio of projects in the energy value chain.
We believe this partnership will also unlock our recently adopted strategy of being a 'strategic investor' in securing energy solutions to meet the region's energy needs, leading on energy security and a just transition agenda for South Africa,” said Dr. Ismael Poolo .
This strategy is reflected in the critical work being done in South Sudan through CEF's subsidiary, the Strategic Fuel Fund, as well as the acquisition of a 40% stake in the 865-kilometre gas transmission pipeline.
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Gong Dao’an, former deputy mayor and police chief of east China’s Shanghai Municipality, was sentenced to life in prison for taking bribes.
The Intermediate People’s Court of Tangshan in Hebei Province announced this on Wednesday.
Gong was deprived of his political rights for life, all of his personal property was confiscated, and his illegal gains from bribery, as well as the interest it generated, were recovered and turned over to the state treasury.
The court found that Gong had taken advantage of the multiple positions he formerly held in Hubei Province and Shanghai Municipality to assist others in matters including business operation, construction project contracting, case handling and job promotion, among others.
In return, Gong received money and valuables worth about 73.43 million yuan (10.56 million U.
The court statement said the sum of bribes Gong had taken was huge and the circumstances of his crimes were especially heinous, inflicting huge losses on the state and the people.
Gong had faithfully confessed to his crimes during the investigation, showed repentance and had been cooperative in returning all his illegal gains, a lenient sentence was granted, according to the statement.
The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Kukah, has called for discipline among political actors, as parties prepare for campaigns ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Kukah made the call at the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation’s 2022 peace conference on Tuesday in Abuja.
Kukah, a panellist at the conference electoral violence in Nigeria was attributable to lack of discipline among political actors.
“Ordinary Nigerians have no problem with religion; it is the manipulation and systemic manipulation of our different identities that is responsible for our violence,’’ he stressed.
He charged religion leaders to do their best to sensitise the public on the need for peace, but insisted that political actors must play their roles.
Another panellist, Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State said elected officials should regard themselves as being privileged or opportune to participate and contribute to nation building.
He said Nigeria needed a president who would be a leader for Nigerians across board and not a sectional leader.
In his contribution, the Regional Director for Africa at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), Prof. Christopher Fomunyoh, said Nigeria could not afford to erode its past election gains in 2023. The NDI is a non-profit American NGO that works with partners in developing countries to increase the effectiveness of democratic institutions.
“Elections have consequences; peaceful elections have a lot of benefits,’’ Fomunyoh, also a panellist said.
He stressed that other African countries were looking up to Nigeria as the giant on the continent to conduct peaceful elections.
“No country stumbles into credible, meaningful elections by chance; there has to be a national consensus that the citizens want meaningful elections.
“Once that national consensus is there, it is going to raise the bar for stakeholders to comply with that national consensus.
“The political leaders should make sure in their conversations with their supporters that they talk about non-violent elections,’’ he stressed.
Executive Director at Centre for Democracy and Development, Dr Idayat Hassan, in her contribution, urged all stakeholders to take responsibility toward a successful conduct of the 2023 general elections.
“It is not enough for us to point accusing fingers towards the electoral umpire; we all need to take responsibility,’’ she said.
The Director of Programmes, Yiaga Africa, Ms Cynthia Mbamalu, also a panellist, said political actors, media and civil societies must play their roles properly to ensure a peaceful election in 2023. Mbamalu said there was also the need for security agencies to pledge their alliance to the nation’s Constitution and not to a ruling party.
She also called for uniformity in the implementation of rules and regulations guiding the conduct of elections.
She said preparation for campaigns should not entail the amassing of arms and ammunition by politicians who should instead be sensitising their supporters to embrace peaceful conduct.
In his remarks, the Presidential Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Prince Adewole Adebayo, said Nigeria must seize the opportunity of the 2023 general elections to address injustices facing the country.
The theme of the conference was “Nation building: The role of peaceful elections in a multi-ethnic context.