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  •   On September 26 2022 the trial was opened in the case of El Fiscal v Mahamat Said Abdel Kani before Trial Chamber VI of the International Criminal Court ICC or the Court http www ICC cpi int composed of Judge Miatta Maria Samba Judge President Judge Socorro Flores Liera and Judge Sergio Gerardo Ugalde God nez As an alleged former Seleka commander Mr Said is accused of crimes against humanity imprisonment or other severe deprivation of liberty torture persecution enforced disappearance and other inhumane acts and war crimes torture and cruel treatment allegedly committed in Bangui CAR in 2013 The trial began with the reading of charges against Mr Said The Chamber was satisfied that the accused understood the nature of the charges The defendant pleaded not guilty to all charges Said is represented by lead attorney Jennifer Naouri and her team Court Prosecutor Karim AA Khan KC and Senior Trial Attorney Holo Makwaia addressed opening statements This will be followed by opening statements from Victims Legal Representative Sarah Pellet and the Defense The first prosecution witness is scheduled to begin testifying after the end of opening statements The prosecution is currently expected to call 43 witnesses After the meeting the Victims Legal Representative may present observations and the Defense will have the opportunity to present its case and summon witnesses At the end of the trial hearings the Judges will issue a sentence within a reasonable time The Trial Chamber will convict someone only if it is satisfied that the charges have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt Background The arrest warrant against Mr Mahamat Said Abdel Kani was issued sealed on January 7 2019 for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Bangui CAR in 2013 Mr Said was handed over to the ICC on January 24 2021 The initial appearance before the Court took place on January 28 and 29 2021 The confirmation of charges hearing https bit ly 3SBUHFU took place from January 12 to 14 on October 9 2021 On December 9 2021 Pre Trial Chamber II confirmed the charges brought by the Prosecution against Mr Said and referred him to a Trial Chamber to stand trial on the confirmed charges crimes against humanity imprisonment or other severe deprivation of liberty torture persecution enforced disappearance and other inhumane acts and war crimes torture and cruel treatment On February 21 2022 Trial Chamber VI scheduled the opening of the trial for September 26 2022 For more information on this case click here https bit ly 3dKdz6w
    This trial opens in the International Criminal Court
      On September 26 2022 the trial was opened in the case of El Fiscal v Mahamat Said Abdel Kani before Trial Chamber VI of the International Criminal Court ICC or the Court http www ICC cpi int composed of Judge Miatta Maria Samba Judge President Judge Socorro Flores Liera and Judge Sergio Gerardo Ugalde God nez As an alleged former Seleka commander Mr Said is accused of crimes against humanity imprisonment or other severe deprivation of liberty torture persecution enforced disappearance and other inhumane acts and war crimes torture and cruel treatment allegedly committed in Bangui CAR in 2013 The trial began with the reading of charges against Mr Said The Chamber was satisfied that the accused understood the nature of the charges The defendant pleaded not guilty to all charges Said is represented by lead attorney Jennifer Naouri and her team Court Prosecutor Karim AA Khan KC and Senior Trial Attorney Holo Makwaia addressed opening statements This will be followed by opening statements from Victims Legal Representative Sarah Pellet and the Defense The first prosecution witness is scheduled to begin testifying after the end of opening statements The prosecution is currently expected to call 43 witnesses After the meeting the Victims Legal Representative may present observations and the Defense will have the opportunity to present its case and summon witnesses At the end of the trial hearings the Judges will issue a sentence within a reasonable time The Trial Chamber will convict someone only if it is satisfied that the charges have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt Background The arrest warrant against Mr Mahamat Said Abdel Kani was issued sealed on January 7 2019 for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Bangui CAR in 2013 Mr Said was handed over to the ICC on January 24 2021 The initial appearance before the Court took place on January 28 and 29 2021 The confirmation of charges hearing https bit ly 3SBUHFU took place from January 12 to 14 on October 9 2021 On December 9 2021 Pre Trial Chamber II confirmed the charges brought by the Prosecution against Mr Said and referred him to a Trial Chamber to stand trial on the confirmed charges crimes against humanity imprisonment or other severe deprivation of liberty torture persecution enforced disappearance and other inhumane acts and war crimes torture and cruel treatment On February 21 2022 Trial Chamber VI scheduled the opening of the trial for September 26 2022 For more information on this case click here https bit ly 3dKdz6w
    This trial opens in the International Criminal Court
    Africa3 days ago

    This trial opens in the International Criminal Court

    On September 26, 2022, the trial was opened in the case of El Fiscal v.

    Mahamat Said Abdel Kani before Trial Chamber VI of the International Criminal Court ("ICC" or "the Court") (http://www.ICC-cpi.int) ), composed of Judge Miatta Maria Samba (Judge President), Judge Socorro Flores Liera and Judge Sergio Gerardo Ugalde Godínez.

    As an alleged former Seleka commander, Mr. Said is accused of crimes against humanity (imprisonment or other severe deprivation of liberty, torture, persecution, enforced disappearance and other inhumane acts) and war crimes (torture and cruel treatment) allegedly committed in Bangui (CAR).

    ) in 2013.

    The trial began with the reading of charges against Mr. Said. The Chamber was satisfied that the accused understood the nature of the charges.

    The defendant pleaded not guilty to all charges.

    Said is represented by lead attorney Jennifer Naouri and her team.

    Court Prosecutor Karim AA Khan KC and Senior Trial Attorney Holo Makwaia addressed opening statements.

    This will be followed by opening statements from Victims' Legal Representative, Sarah Pellet, and the Defense.

    The first prosecution witness is scheduled to begin testifying after the end of opening statements.

    The prosecution is currently expected to call 43 witnesses.

    After the meeting, the Victims' Legal Representative may present observations, and the Defense will have the opportunity to present its case and summon witnesses.

    At the end of the trial hearings, the Judges will issue a sentence within a reasonable time.

    The Trial Chamber will convict someone only if it is satisfied that the charges have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

    Background: The arrest warrant against Mr. Mahamat Said Abdel Kani was issued sealed on January 7, 2019 for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Bangui (CAR) in 2013.

    Mr. Said was handed over to the ICC on January 24, 2021.

    The initial appearance before the Court took place on January 28 and 29, 2021.

    The confirmation of charges hearing (https://bit.ly/3SBUHFU) took place from January 12 to 14.

    on October 9, 2021.

    On December 9, 2021, Pre-Trial Chamber II confirmed the charges brought by the Prosecution against Mr. Said and referred him to a Trial Chamber to stand trial on the confirmed charges: crimes against humanity (imprisonment or other severe deprivation of liberty; torture; persecution; enforced disappearance and other inhumane acts) and war crimes (torture and cruel treatment).

    On February 21, 2022, Trial Chamber VI scheduled the opening of the trial for September 26, 2022.

    For more information on this case, click here (https://bit.ly/3dKdz6w)

  •  The war crimes trial of former rebel leader of Central Africa Republic CAR Mahamat Said Abdel Kani opened at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Monday Said was accused of seven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan said Said 52 insists he was innocent Said was a commander of the predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels who overthrew President Fran ois Boziz in 2013 They ruled by dictate by fear by terror Khan charged He said the rebels persecuted Christians raped women and girls and arbitrarily murdered tortured or imprisoned men According to the indictment Said ran a torture centre in the CAR capital Bangui People were held there in windowless cells but also in an underground dungeon directly below Said s office According to the prosecution prisoners were beaten with rifle butts and whipped He said numerous people had suffered serious damage and were severely traumatised According to the prosecution the accused did nothing to protect the prisoners He allegedly also took an active part in the crimes The prosecutors wanted to present numerous pieces of evidence and summon eyewitnesses including former Seleka fighters Said was extradited to the ICC by Central African Republic s authorities in 2021 The mineral rich but extremely poor country with around 4 7 million inhabitants has been on the scene of conflicts for years After the fall of Boziz in 2013 fighting ensued between Christian militias and splinter groups According to the United Nations more than 60 000 people have fled to neighbouring countries to escape the violence NewsSourceCredit NAN
    War crimes trial of former Central African Republic’s rebel leader opens at ICC
     The war crimes trial of former rebel leader of Central Africa Republic CAR Mahamat Said Abdel Kani opened at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Monday Said was accused of seven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan said Said 52 insists he was innocent Said was a commander of the predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels who overthrew President Fran ois Boziz in 2013 They ruled by dictate by fear by terror Khan charged He said the rebels persecuted Christians raped women and girls and arbitrarily murdered tortured or imprisoned men According to the indictment Said ran a torture centre in the CAR capital Bangui People were held there in windowless cells but also in an underground dungeon directly below Said s office According to the prosecution prisoners were beaten with rifle butts and whipped He said numerous people had suffered serious damage and were severely traumatised According to the prosecution the accused did nothing to protect the prisoners He allegedly also took an active part in the crimes The prosecutors wanted to present numerous pieces of evidence and summon eyewitnesses including former Seleka fighters Said was extradited to the ICC by Central African Republic s authorities in 2021 The mineral rich but extremely poor country with around 4 7 million inhabitants has been on the scene of conflicts for years After the fall of Boziz in 2013 fighting ensued between Christian militias and splinter groups According to the United Nations more than 60 000 people have fled to neighbouring countries to escape the violence NewsSourceCredit NAN
    War crimes trial of former Central African Republic’s rebel leader opens at ICC
    Foreign3 days ago

    War crimes trial of former Central African Republic’s rebel leader opens at ICC

    The war crimes trial of former rebel leader of Central Africa Republic (CAR), Mahamat Said Abdel Kani, opened at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Monday.

    Said was accused of seven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan said.

    Said, 52, insists he was innocent.

    Said was a commander of the predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels who overthrew President François Bozizé in 2013. “They ruled by dictate, by fear, by terror,’’ Khan charged.

    He said the rebels persecuted Christians, raped women and girls, and arbitrarily murdered, tortured or imprisoned men.

    According to the indictment, Said ran a torture centre in the CAR capital, Bangui.

    People were held there in windowless cells, but also in an underground dungeon directly below Said’s office.

    According to the prosecution, prisoners were beaten with rifle butts and whipped.

    He said numerous people had suffered serious damage and were severely traumatised.

    According to the prosecution, the accused did nothing to protect the prisoners.

    He allegedly also took an active part in the crimes.

    The prosecutors wanted  to present numerous pieces of evidence and summon eyewitnesses, including former Seleka fighters.

    Said was extradited to the ICC by Central African  Republic’s authorities in 2021. The mineral-rich but extremely poor country with around 4.7 million inhabitants has been on the scene of conflicts for years.

    After the fall of Bozizé in 2013, fighting ensued between Christian militias and splinter groups.

    According to the United Nations, more than 60,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries to escape the violence.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The Ministry of Industry Mines and Energy in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and under the chairmanship of the Head of Government Najla Bouden organized on 1 and 02 September 2022 the event TUNISIA TICAD INNOVATION 2022 Crossroads of Business and Innovation in Africa In this context the Head of Government presided over the opening of the International Exhibition of Innovation Research and Invention as well as the award ceremony of the 3rd edition of the National Competition of Invention and the 1st World Championship of Invention and Scientific Research as part of the parallel events to the Tokyo Conference for Development in Africa TICAD 8 These events were organized by the Agency for the Promotion of Industry and Innovation APII http www TunisieIndustrie nat tn in the presence of the ambassadors of Japan Egypt and the European Union the President of UTICA high level official delegations national and international organizations institutions and funding and investors The exhibition saw the participation of 15 countries of different nationalities including African countries among which Tunisia The best innovations and research candidates for the third edition of the National Competition of Invention and the first World Championship of Invention and Scientific Research as well as startups and innovative companies especially in the sectors and services of automotive components and aerospace were reviewed in addition to the participation of support structures involved in the system of innovation research and technology promotion The Prime Minister together with the Minister of Industry Mines and Energy presented the prizes to the winners of the National Invention Competition in its third edition and the World Invention Championship both competitions were evaluated by an international jury of experts of different nationalities the results of which resulted in the crowning of a set of individual and institutional inventions within the framework of the national competition and the victory of candidates from different countries within the framework of the World Invention Championship as follows 3rd edition of the National Invention Contest CATEGORY INDIVIDUAL INVENTOR 1stprize Mr Sofiane BEN ABDALLAH Invention Digital system for voice warning of road drivers by infrared digital road signs 2nd prize Mr Hamadi BEN MIM Invention Propeller alternator that charges the batteries of electric cars 3rd prize Ms Fatma AROUSSI Invention Waterproof stockings and leg prosthesis fixers CATEGORY INSTITUTIONAL INVENTOR 1stprize Ms Erij MESSAADI Institut Pasteur de Tunis Invention Lebecetin LCT a molecule derived from snake venom as a neovascularization inhibitor in the treatment of ocular diseases cancers or inflammatory disorders with neovascular component 2nd prize Ms Basma HADJ KACEM Biotechnological Center of Sfax Invention Pharmaceutical preparation with high anti hemorrhagic power 3rd prize Ms Nidhal SALEM Borj Cedria Biotechnology Center Invention Process for obtaining a meat bioconservative based on a natural colorant 1st International Championship of Invention and Scientific Research The winners of the World Championship were crowned with world prizes and titles such as the Europe Prize awarded by the European Union the Africa Prize awarded by the African Development Bank ADB and the Tunisia Prize awarded by the Deposit and Consignment Office and funded by the World Bank CATEGORY INVENTOR 1stprize TUNISIA Ms Basma HADJ KACEM Invention Pharmaceutical preparation with high anti hemorrhagic power 2nd prize KUWAIT Ms HAWRAA MAIRZA Mr Talel AL HIZAMI Mr Mohamed Salah EL DHAFIRI Mr Abderrazak EL KHALAF Mr Mohamed Nawef EL BAHR Invention Special Machines based on IOT technology 3rd prize KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA Ms HESSA ABDALLAH EL HUWEISH Invention Tool for identifying ocular inclinations CATEGORY RESEARCHER 1st prize TUNISIA Ms YOSR GHOZZI Mr ADEL MOHAMED ALIMI Ms IKHLASS BEN AYED Mr SABER MASMOUDI Mr TARAK MOHAMED HAMDANI Invention Application to search for similar dysmorphic images 2nd prize JORDAN Mr FADI CHAHROURI Invention Design of low voltage integrated circuits 3rd prize TUNISIA Mr EL AKRAM HAYOUNI Invention Development of an intensive breeding system of edible insect species to initiate the basis of tomorrow s human and animal food JORDAN Ms ALAA YOUSSEF GHIDHAN Invention Nanotechnological applications in medicine These prizes were awarded by the European Union the African Development Bank the World Bank the Deposit and Consignment Office the Abdelwahab Ben Ayed Foundation the structures and support institutions under the Ministry of Industry Mines and Energy as well as by the Global Universal Innovations GOIDI and the International Federation of Invention IFIA The Prime Minister also visited the pavilion of startups specializing in technology sectors and useful innovations in the fields of environment green economy artificial intelligence and health She also visited the Automotive Hackathon area which brings together several teams of engineers specialized in the field of information software for the development of innovative software in the automotive components sector which allowed her to meet young innovative creators capable of creating inventions with high added value for the future of a smart industry based on innovative and groundbreaking rules The following is a list of the winners of the awards presented by the Minister of Industry Mines and Energy and awarded by the German Cooperation Program Hackathon HACK AFRICA AUTOMATIVE I First challenge Challenge sponsor VISTEON Smart troubleshooting application 1st Laureate As the results expected by the challenge holder and the organizers were not achieved the first prize for the selected challenge will not be awarded 2nd Laureate NEURODATA team consisting of Yassine Hamdaoui Bacem Ben Hamdaoui Feriel Haouala II Second challenge Challenge sponsor FRACAMA Mastery of the requirements in terms of carbon Foot print 1st Laureate BOTVERSE team consisting of Eya kaabachi Semah kadri Chaima khemiri Fares moalla Moez bouchoucha 2nd Laureate LAB DIGITAL BONTAZ team consisting of Jemli Ghassen Mohamed Ali Hosni Ahlem Mahmoud Imen Ben Samir Mohamed Weslati III Third challenge Challenge sponsor StartupGateX and ACTIA AFRICA SMART ASSISTANCE CAR DASHBOARD USING AI TECHNOLOGY 1st Laureate TONOM team consisting of Achraf gazzeh Ahmed marnissi Oussema jlassi Meryem soltani Khawla soltani 2nd Laureate Bug Busters team consisting of Zahra Soula Maudhaffer Bouallegui Dorra Makhloufi Yasmine Daly Nour Sbaoul TEAMCAD team consiseting of Mohamed ali zormati Hana ben Ghezail Yassine ayadi Ranim saidi Anis ben ghanem Pitching Sessions Among the side events organized is a matchmaking gathering of startups in the fields of technological innovation under the joint organization of the APII and the Startup Tunisia Foundation which focuses on the promotion of projects the creation of a space for exchange and networking of young researchers and funding These projects include Startup Sector Founder Sghartoon EdTech Hidayet Ayadi A learning application for children using interactive cartoons exercises and games with content adapted for dyslexic children Bako Motors Automobile Boubaker Siala Bako Motors manufactures electric vehicles with a solar power system to ensure a range of 40 km per day and offers professional adaptation solutions for a rapid entry into electric mobility Pixii Motors Mobility Anis Fkih Manufacture of an intelligent two wheeled electric scooter designed for two people with a removable battery including an intelligent dashboard combining software and hardware engineering Ezzayra Solutions AgriTech Yasser Bououd Development and integration of technological products for agriculture Software hardware and robotics KUMULUS GreenTech Iheb Triki Kumulus specializes in building machines the size of mini fridges producing 30 liters of drinking water per day using only solar energy and atmospheric humidity Wattnow Energy solutions Malek Attallah Wattnow offers an IoT power monitoring and control solution that helps businesses reduce waste and improve energy efficiency Historiar Creative Tech Houda BAKIR et Jihed Makni HistorIAR relies on artificial intelligence and augmented reality to offer a mobile application for immersive augmented tours to visitors of archaeological and heritage sites Med tn HealthTech Issam Bellaj Med tn is a platform for making appointments medical directory and teleconsultation NextAv Mobility Hichem Mokni NextAV provides innovative solutions and services for aerial mapping and photography starting from ultralight aircraft to large scale drones RoboCare Agritech Imen Hbiri Robocare offers a solution to the rapid spread of diseases in greenhouse plants and the extensive use of pesticides Robocare detects diseases at an early stage using spectral technology which will improve the quality and quantity of crops and reduce the use of pesticides Cynoia Business management Nassreddine Riahi Cynoia is a platform that brings together all your communication and collaboration tools under one roof simply and efficiently Recommendations from the TUNISIA TICAD INNOVATION 2022 1 Perpetuate TTINN 2022 to ensure annual follow up of the TICAD International Conference preparatory actions focusing on economic themes and priorities for Africa s transformation through innovation and industrialization 2 Consolidate through the establishment of the Africa Japan Symposium on Society Science and Technology AFJASSST a multidisciplinary international conference which will focus on economic technical scientific and technological innovation in partnership with TICAD member countries 3 Establishing a network of technoparks incubators and school innovation centers This includes the establishment of networks of technoparks schools high schools universities and incubators connected in Africa for the promotion of regional and international partnerships in all high value added sectors and investments in knowledge and innovation with TICAD countries and the rest of the world drawing on Japanese expertise in this field 4 Creation and launching of the initiative of creating an Invention Industrialization Fund and a platform bringing together researchers and industrialists on the African continent 5 Annual organization of the International Championship of Invention and Scientific Research by the international organizing committee composed of Everest International for Invention member of Global International Development Investment Agencies and International National Financial Institutions The headquarters of this committee will be in Tunisia The applications of the countries wishing to host the 2nd edition of the international championship of invention and scientific research will be known later All these events will only be possible if a national and international steering committee associated with the TICAD organizing committee is quickly set up in partnership with the countries of the African continent It is worth highlighting that the event featured several workshops on various industry and innovation axes including one on technology transfer strategies another on water energy and material sciences for sustainable development in Africa as well as on biotechnology health food agriculture information and communication technologies as well as innovative relationships between personal medicine genetic engineering nanotechnology and innovations and the Crowdfunding project Of the 2 985 who registered 1 583 attended the event with 764 online attendees 253 partnership applications and 89 exhibitors The organizers of the event have sought to strengthen the role of Tunisia as a strategic partner of Africa and promote its presence in the scientific field to the international community in partnership with Japan and the TICAD countries and technology transfer to developing countries
    The Prime Minister Presides Over the Award Ceremony of the Winners of the National Competition and the World Championship of Invention
      The Ministry of Industry Mines and Energy in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and under the chairmanship of the Head of Government Najla Bouden organized on 1 and 02 September 2022 the event TUNISIA TICAD INNOVATION 2022 Crossroads of Business and Innovation in Africa In this context the Head of Government presided over the opening of the International Exhibition of Innovation Research and Invention as well as the award ceremony of the 3rd edition of the National Competition of Invention and the 1st World Championship of Invention and Scientific Research as part of the parallel events to the Tokyo Conference for Development in Africa TICAD 8 These events were organized by the Agency for the Promotion of Industry and Innovation APII http www TunisieIndustrie nat tn in the presence of the ambassadors of Japan Egypt and the European Union the President of UTICA high level official delegations national and international organizations institutions and funding and investors The exhibition saw the participation of 15 countries of different nationalities including African countries among which Tunisia The best innovations and research candidates for the third edition of the National Competition of Invention and the first World Championship of Invention and Scientific Research as well as startups and innovative companies especially in the sectors and services of automotive components and aerospace were reviewed in addition to the participation of support structures involved in the system of innovation research and technology promotion The Prime Minister together with the Minister of Industry Mines and Energy presented the prizes to the winners of the National Invention Competition in its third edition and the World Invention Championship both competitions were evaluated by an international jury of experts of different nationalities the results of which resulted in the crowning of a set of individual and institutional inventions within the framework of the national competition and the victory of candidates from different countries within the framework of the World Invention Championship as follows 3rd edition of the National Invention Contest CATEGORY INDIVIDUAL INVENTOR 1stprize Mr Sofiane BEN ABDALLAH Invention Digital system for voice warning of road drivers by infrared digital road signs 2nd prize Mr Hamadi BEN MIM Invention Propeller alternator that charges the batteries of electric cars 3rd prize Ms Fatma AROUSSI Invention Waterproof stockings and leg prosthesis fixers CATEGORY INSTITUTIONAL INVENTOR 1stprize Ms Erij MESSAADI Institut Pasteur de Tunis Invention Lebecetin LCT a molecule derived from snake venom as a neovascularization inhibitor in the treatment of ocular diseases cancers or inflammatory disorders with neovascular component 2nd prize Ms Basma HADJ KACEM Biotechnological Center of Sfax Invention Pharmaceutical preparation with high anti hemorrhagic power 3rd prize Ms Nidhal SALEM Borj Cedria Biotechnology Center Invention Process for obtaining a meat bioconservative based on a natural colorant 1st International Championship of Invention and Scientific Research The winners of the World Championship were crowned with world prizes and titles such as the Europe Prize awarded by the European Union the Africa Prize awarded by the African Development Bank ADB and the Tunisia Prize awarded by the Deposit and Consignment Office and funded by the World Bank CATEGORY INVENTOR 1stprize TUNISIA Ms Basma HADJ KACEM Invention Pharmaceutical preparation with high anti hemorrhagic power 2nd prize KUWAIT Ms HAWRAA MAIRZA Mr Talel AL HIZAMI Mr Mohamed Salah EL DHAFIRI Mr Abderrazak EL KHALAF Mr Mohamed Nawef EL BAHR Invention Special Machines based on IOT technology 3rd prize KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA Ms HESSA ABDALLAH EL HUWEISH Invention Tool for identifying ocular inclinations CATEGORY RESEARCHER 1st prize TUNISIA Ms YOSR GHOZZI Mr ADEL MOHAMED ALIMI Ms IKHLASS BEN AYED Mr SABER MASMOUDI Mr TARAK MOHAMED HAMDANI Invention Application to search for similar dysmorphic images 2nd prize JORDAN Mr FADI CHAHROURI Invention Design of low voltage integrated circuits 3rd prize TUNISIA Mr EL AKRAM HAYOUNI Invention Development of an intensive breeding system of edible insect species to initiate the basis of tomorrow s human and animal food JORDAN Ms ALAA YOUSSEF GHIDHAN Invention Nanotechnological applications in medicine These prizes were awarded by the European Union the African Development Bank the World Bank the Deposit and Consignment Office the Abdelwahab Ben Ayed Foundation the structures and support institutions under the Ministry of Industry Mines and Energy as well as by the Global Universal Innovations GOIDI and the International Federation of Invention IFIA The Prime Minister also visited the pavilion of startups specializing in technology sectors and useful innovations in the fields of environment green economy artificial intelligence and health She also visited the Automotive Hackathon area which brings together several teams of engineers specialized in the field of information software for the development of innovative software in the automotive components sector which allowed her to meet young innovative creators capable of creating inventions with high added value for the future of a smart industry based on innovative and groundbreaking rules The following is a list of the winners of the awards presented by the Minister of Industry Mines and Energy and awarded by the German Cooperation Program Hackathon HACK AFRICA AUTOMATIVE I First challenge Challenge sponsor VISTEON Smart troubleshooting application 1st Laureate As the results expected by the challenge holder and the organizers were not achieved the first prize for the selected challenge will not be awarded 2nd Laureate NEURODATA team consisting of Yassine Hamdaoui Bacem Ben Hamdaoui Feriel Haouala II Second challenge Challenge sponsor FRACAMA Mastery of the requirements in terms of carbon Foot print 1st Laureate BOTVERSE team consisting of Eya kaabachi Semah kadri Chaima khemiri Fares moalla Moez bouchoucha 2nd Laureate LAB DIGITAL BONTAZ team consisting of Jemli Ghassen Mohamed Ali Hosni Ahlem Mahmoud Imen Ben Samir Mohamed Weslati III Third challenge Challenge sponsor StartupGateX and ACTIA AFRICA SMART ASSISTANCE CAR DASHBOARD USING AI TECHNOLOGY 1st Laureate TONOM team consisting of Achraf gazzeh Ahmed marnissi Oussema jlassi Meryem soltani Khawla soltani 2nd Laureate Bug Busters team consisting of Zahra Soula Maudhaffer Bouallegui Dorra Makhloufi Yasmine Daly Nour Sbaoul TEAMCAD team consiseting of Mohamed ali zormati Hana ben Ghezail Yassine ayadi Ranim saidi Anis ben ghanem Pitching Sessions Among the side events organized is a matchmaking gathering of startups in the fields of technological innovation under the joint organization of the APII and the Startup Tunisia Foundation which focuses on the promotion of projects the creation of a space for exchange and networking of young researchers and funding These projects include Startup Sector Founder Sghartoon EdTech Hidayet Ayadi A learning application for children using interactive cartoons exercises and games with content adapted for dyslexic children Bako Motors Automobile Boubaker Siala Bako Motors manufactures electric vehicles with a solar power system to ensure a range of 40 km per day and offers professional adaptation solutions for a rapid entry into electric mobility Pixii Motors Mobility Anis Fkih Manufacture of an intelligent two wheeled electric scooter designed for two people with a removable battery including an intelligent dashboard combining software and hardware engineering Ezzayra Solutions AgriTech Yasser Bououd Development and integration of technological products for agriculture Software hardware and robotics KUMULUS GreenTech Iheb Triki Kumulus specializes in building machines the size of mini fridges producing 30 liters of drinking water per day using only solar energy and atmospheric humidity Wattnow Energy solutions Malek Attallah Wattnow offers an IoT power monitoring and control solution that helps businesses reduce waste and improve energy efficiency Historiar Creative Tech Houda BAKIR et Jihed Makni HistorIAR relies on artificial intelligence and augmented reality to offer a mobile application for immersive augmented tours to visitors of archaeological and heritage sites Med tn HealthTech Issam Bellaj Med tn is a platform for making appointments medical directory and teleconsultation NextAv Mobility Hichem Mokni NextAV provides innovative solutions and services for aerial mapping and photography starting from ultralight aircraft to large scale drones RoboCare Agritech Imen Hbiri Robocare offers a solution to the rapid spread of diseases in greenhouse plants and the extensive use of pesticides Robocare detects diseases at an early stage using spectral technology which will improve the quality and quantity of crops and reduce the use of pesticides Cynoia Business management Nassreddine Riahi Cynoia is a platform that brings together all your communication and collaboration tools under one roof simply and efficiently Recommendations from the TUNISIA TICAD INNOVATION 2022 1 Perpetuate TTINN 2022 to ensure annual follow up of the TICAD International Conference preparatory actions focusing on economic themes and priorities for Africa s transformation through innovation and industrialization 2 Consolidate through the establishment of the Africa Japan Symposium on Society Science and Technology AFJASSST a multidisciplinary international conference which will focus on economic technical scientific and technological innovation in partnership with TICAD member countries 3 Establishing a network of technoparks incubators and school innovation centers This includes the establishment of networks of technoparks schools high schools universities and incubators connected in Africa for the promotion of regional and international partnerships in all high value added sectors and investments in knowledge and innovation with TICAD countries and the rest of the world drawing on Japanese expertise in this field 4 Creation and launching of the initiative of creating an Invention Industrialization Fund and a platform bringing together researchers and industrialists on the African continent 5 Annual organization of the International Championship of Invention and Scientific Research by the international organizing committee composed of Everest International for Invention member of Global International Development Investment Agencies and International National Financial Institutions The headquarters of this committee will be in Tunisia The applications of the countries wishing to host the 2nd edition of the international championship of invention and scientific research will be known later All these events will only be possible if a national and international steering committee associated with the TICAD organizing committee is quickly set up in partnership with the countries of the African continent It is worth highlighting that the event featured several workshops on various industry and innovation axes including one on technology transfer strategies another on water energy and material sciences for sustainable development in Africa as well as on biotechnology health food agriculture information and communication technologies as well as innovative relationships between personal medicine genetic engineering nanotechnology and innovations and the Crowdfunding project Of the 2 985 who registered 1 583 attended the event with 764 online attendees 253 partnership applications and 89 exhibitors The organizers of the event have sought to strengthen the role of Tunisia as a strategic partner of Africa and promote its presence in the scientific field to the international community in partnership with Japan and the TICAD countries and technology transfer to developing countries
    The Prime Minister Presides Over the Award Ceremony of the Winners of the National Competition and the World Championship of Invention
    Africa6 days ago

    The Prime Minister Presides Over the Award Ceremony of the Winners of the National Competition and the World Championship of Invention

    The Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy, in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and under the chairmanship of the Head of Government, Najla Bouden, organized on 1 and 02 September 2022, the event TUNISIA TICAD INNOVATION 2022 "Crossroads of Business and Innovation in Africa.

    In this context, the Head of Government presided over the opening of the International Exhibition of Innovation, Research and Invention, as well as the award ceremony of the 3rd edition of the National Competition of Invention and the 1st World Championship of Invention and Scientific Research, as part of the parallel events to the Tokyo Conference for Development in Africa -TICAD 8.

    These events were organized by the Agency for the Promotion of Industry and Innovation (APII) (http://www.TunisieIndustrie.nat.tn), in the presence of the ambassadors of Japan, Egypt and the European Union, the President of UTICA, high-level official delegations, national and international organizations, institutions and funding and investors.

    The exhibition saw the participation of 15 countries of different nationalities, including African countries, among which Tunisia.

    The best innovations and research candidates for the third edition of the National Competition of Invention and the first World Championship of Invention and Scientific Research, as well as startups and innovative companies especially in the sectors and services of automotive components and aerospace, were reviewed, in addition to the participation of support structures involved in the system of innovation, research and technology promotion.

    The Prime Minister together with the Minister of Industry, Mines and Energy presented the prizes to the winners of the National Invention Competition in its third edition and the World Invention Championship, both competitions were evaluated by an international jury of experts of different nationalities, the results of which resulted in the crowning of a set of individual and institutional inventions within the framework of the national competition and the victory of candidates from different countries within the framework of the World Invention Championship, as follows :3rd edition of the National Invention ContestCATEGORY “INDIVIDUAL INVENTOR"1stprize – Mr. Sofiane BEN ABDALLAH Invention: Digital system for voice warning of road drivers by infrared digital road signs2nd prize  -  Mr.  Hamadi  BEN MIMInvention : Propeller alternator that charges the batteries of electric cars3rd prize – Ms. Fatma AROUSSIInvention : Waterproof stockings and leg prosthesis fixersCATEGORY "INSTITUTIONAL INVENTOR" 1stprize  - Ms. Erij MESSAADI– Institut Pasteur de TunisInvention : Lebecetin (LCT), a molecule derived from snake venom, as a neovascularization inhibitor in the treatment of ocular diseases, cancers or inflammatory disorders with neovascular component2nd  prize  - Ms. Basma HADJ KACEM– Biotechnological Center of Sfax.Invention : Pharmaceutical preparation with high anti-hemorrhagic power3rd prize   - Ms. Nidhal SALEM– Borj Cedria Biotechnology CenterInvention : Process for obtaining a meat bioconservative based on a natural colorant1st International Championship of Invention and Scientific ResearchThe winners of the World Championship were crowned with world prizes and titles such as the "Europe Prize" awarded by the European Union, the "Africa Prize" awarded by the African Development Bank (ADB) and the "Tunisia Prize" awarded by the Deposit and Consignment Office and funded by the World Bank.CATEGORY "INVENTOR"1stprize  - (TUNISIA)Ms. Basma HADJ KACEM Invention : Pharmaceutical preparation with high anti-hemorrhagic power2nd  prize -   (KUWAIT)  Ms. HAWRAA MAIRZA                  Mr. Talel AL HIZAMI,Mr. Mohamed Salah EL DHAFIRI              Mr. Abderrazak EL KHALAF         Mr. Mohamed Nawef EL BAHRInvention : Special Machines based on IOT technology3rd prize  - KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIAMs. HESSA ABDALLAH EL HUWEISHInvention : Tool for identifying ocular inclinationsCATEGORY "RESEARCHER"1st prize - TUNISIAMs. YOSR GHOZZIMr.  ADEL MOHAMED ALIMIMs. IKHLASS BEN AYEDMr. SABER MASMOUDIMr. TARAK MOHAMED HAMDANIInvention : Application to search for similar dysmorphic images2nd  prize -  JORDANMr. FADI CHAHROURIInvention : Design of low voltage integrated circuits3rd prizeTUNISIA -  Mr. EL AKRAM HAYOUNIInvention : Development of an intensive breeding system of edible insect species to initiate the basis of tomorrow's human and animal food.

    JORDAN -  Ms. ALAA YOUSSEF GHIDHANInvention : Nanotechnological applications in medicineThese prizes were awarded by the European Union, the African Development Bank, the World Bank, the Deposit and Consignment Office, the Abdelwahab Ben Ayed Foundation, the structures and support institutions under the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy, as well as by the Global Universal Innovations (GOIDI) and the International Federation of Invention (IFIA)The Prime Minister also visited the pavilion of startups specializing in technology sectors and useful innovations in the fields of environment, green economy, artificial intelligence and health.

    She also visited the Automotive Hackathon area, which brings together several teams of engineers specialized in the field of information software for the development of innovative software in the automotive components sector, which allowed her to meet young innovative creators capable of creating inventions with high added value for the future of a smart industry based on innovative and groundbreaking rules.

    The following is a list of the winners of the awards presented by the Minister of Industry, Mines and Energy and awarded by the German Cooperation Program:Hackathon « HACK AFRICA AUTOMATIVE »I.

    First challenge –Challenge sponsor: VISTEONSmart troubleshooting application1st LaureateAs the results expected by the challenge holder and the organizers were not achieved, the first prize for the selected challenge (will not be awarded)2nd LaureateNEURODATA team consisting of : Yassine Hamdaoui - Bacem Ben Hamdaoui - Feriel HaoualaII.

    Second challengeChallenge sponsor: FRACAMAMastery of the requirements in terms of "carbon Foot print"1st LaureateBOTVERSE team consisting of : Eya kaabachi - Semah kadri - Chaima khemiri - Fares moalla - Moez bouchoucha2nd LaureateLAB DIGITAL BONTAZ team consisting of : Jemli Ghassen - Mohamed Ali Hosni - Ahlem Mahmoud - Imen Ben Samir - Mohamed WeslatiIII.

    Third challengeChallenge sponsor: StartupGateX and ACTIA AFRICASMART ASSISTANCE CAR DASHBOARD USING AI TECHNOLOGY1st LaureateTONOM team consisting of : Achraf gazzeh - Ahmed marnissi - Oussema jlassi - Meryem soltani - Khawla soltani2nd LaureateBug Busters team consisting of : Zahra Soula  - Maudhaffer Bouallegui - Dorra Makhloufi - Yasmine Daly - Nour SbaoulTEAMCAD team consiseting of : Mohamed ali zormati - Hana ben Ghezail - Yassine ayadi - Ranim saidi - Anis ben ghanemPitching SessionsAmong the side events organized is a matchmaking gathering of startups in the fields of technological innovation, under the joint organization of the APII and the Startup Tunisia Foundation, which focuses on the promotion of projects, the creation of a space for exchange and networking of young researchers and funding.

    These projects include:Startup Sector Founder Sghartoon EdTech Hidayet Ayadi A learning application for children using interactive cartoons, exercises and games, with content adapted for dyslexic children.

    Bako Motors Automobile Boubaker Siala Bako Motors manufactures electric vehicles, with a solar power system, to ensure a range of 40 km per day, and offers professional adaptation solutions for a rapid entry into electric mobility.

    Pixii Motors Mobility Anis Fkih Manufacture of an intelligent two-wheeled electric scooter designed for two people with a removable battery, including an intelligent dashboard combining software and hardware engineering.

    Ezzayra Solutions AgriTech Yasser Bououd Development and integration of technological products for agriculture.

    Software, hardware and robotics.

    KUMULUS GreenTech Iheb Triki Kumulus specializes in building machines the size of mini-fridges, producing 30 liters of drinking water per day using only solar energy and atmospheric humidity.

    Wattnow Energy solutions Malek Attallah Wattnow offers an IoT power monitoring and control solution that helps businesses reduce waste and improve energy efficiency Historiar Creative Tech Houda BAKIR et Jihed Makni HistorIAR relies on artificial intelligence and augmented reality to offer a mobile application for "immersive augmented tours" to visitors of archaeological and heritage sites.

    Med.tn HealthTech Issam Bellaj Med.tn is a platform for making appointments, medical directory and teleconsultation.

    NextAv Mobility Hichem Mokni NextAV provides innovative solutions and services for aerial mapping and photography, starting from ultralight aircraft to large-scale drones.

    RoboCare Agritech Imen Hbiri Robocare offers a solution to the rapid spread of diseases in greenhouse plants and the extensive use of pesticides.

    Robocare detects diseases at an early stage using spectral technology, which will improve the quality and quantity of crops and reduce the use of pesticides.

    Cynoia Business management Nassreddine Riahi Cynoia is a platform that brings together all your communication and collaboration tools under one roof, simply and efficiently.

    Recommendations from the TUNISIA TICAD INNOVATION 2022:1/ Perpetuate TTINN 2022 to ensure annual follow-up of the TICAD International Conference preparatory actions focusing on economic themes and priorities for Africa's transformation through innovation and industrialization.

    2/ Consolidate through the establishment of the Africa-Japan Symposium on Society, Science and Technology (AFJASSST), a multidisciplinary international conference, which will focus on economic, technical, scientific and technological innovation in partnership with TICAD member countries.

    3/ Establishing a network of technoparks, incubators and school innovation centers:This includes the establishment of networks of technoparks, schools, high schools, universities and incubators connected in Africa for the promotion of regional and international partnerships in all high value-added sectors and investments in knowledge and innovation with TICAD countries and the rest of the world, drawing on Japanese expertise in this field.

    4/ Creation and launching of the initiative of creating an Invention Industrialization Fund and a platform bringing together researchers and industrialists on the African continent.

    5/ Annual organization of the International Championship of Invention and Scientific Research by the international organizing committee composed of Everest International for Invention (member of Global International Development Investment), Agencies and International National Financial Institutions.

    The headquarters of this committee will be in Tunisia.

    The applications of the countries wishing to host the 2nd edition of the international championship of invention and scientific research will be known later.

    All these events will only be possible if a national and international steering committee associated with the TICAD organizing committee is quickly set up in partnership with the countries of the African continent.

    It is worth highlighting that the event featured several workshops on various industry and innovation axes, including one on technology transfer strategies, another on water, energy and material sciences for sustainable development in Africa, as well as on biotechnology, health, food, agriculture, information and communication technologies, as well as innovative relationships between personal medicine, genetic engineering, nanotechnology and innovations, and the Crowdfunding project.

    Of the 2,985 who registered, 1,583 attended the event, with 764 online attendees, 253 partnership applications and 89 exhibitors.

    The organizers of the event have sought to strengthen the role of Tunisia as a strategic partner of Africa and promote its presence in the scientific field to the international community, in partnership with Japan and the TICAD countries, and technology transfer to developing countries.

  •   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 Touad ra 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 Touad ra 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 Touad ra 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 Touad ra said that he deplored the maneuvers that seek to legitimize the armed groups and insidiously maintain the embargo
    President of the Central African Republic calls to protect the environment
      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 Touad ra 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 Touad ra 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 Touad ra 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 Touad ra said that he deplored the maneuvers that seek to legitimize the armed groups and insidiously maintain the embargo
    President of the Central African Republic calls to protect the environment
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    President of the Central African Republic calls to protect the environment

    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."

  •  Environmental stakeholders on Tuesday listed measures to have better air quality in Nigeria insisting that the fabrication of air quality sensors and development of air quality index among other interventions can ameliorate environmental issues They made the call in a communique jointly signed by Prof Babatunde Rabiu Director Centre for Atmospheric Research CAR and Dr Olusegun Fawole of Portsmouth University UK at the just concluded International Conference on COVID 19 Air Quality and Environment The conference held at the Osogbo campus of Osun State University from Aug 29 to Sept 2 It was organised by CAR an activity centre of the National Space Research and Development Agency CAR NASRDA in collaboration with Osun State University and Penn State University USA They recognised that air pollution is a trans boundary global issue while pollutants can travel incredible distances from the source Pollutants exert negative effects in a far distant land hence Nigerians are admonished to strive towards a more responsible and sustainable living There is an urgent need to encourage local fabrication of air quality sensors such sensors would be better adapted to our climate and such measurements would be more appropriate for the development of air quality models There is an urgent need for Nigeria to develop its Air Quality Index this would enable relevant agencies particularly the Manufacturer Association of Nigeria to independently monitor and control the emissions from their factories The general public should become aware and conscious of the quality of air around them hence the need for air quality reporting to become a norm weather reports the stakeholders said Other recommendations include the need for the public to be sensitise on the benefit of waste separation particularly in their homes The communique said that appropriate waste management practice can be carried out on the different categories of organic and inorganic wastes by the waste management authorities According to it the air quality monitoring network over Nigeria should be densified leading to the generation of a rich blend of original data needed for ambient air quality monitoring model initialisation and evaluation Deforestation should be discouraged the general public should be encouraged to plant trees to enhance sequestration of atmospheric carbon The general public should be sensitised on the need to take charge and responsibility of their carbon fingerprint they should be educated on the need to partake in activities like carpooling cycling reuse recycling among others which would invariably lower their daily carbon fingerprint Government parastatals should collaborate more with academic and research institutions to help enrich research outputs necessary for policy making Government agencies should work in synergy and with relevant stakeholders to promulgate effectively communicate and enforce environmental protection laws the communique said The communique further urged the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency NESREA to augment emission permit fees that will effectively force manufacturers to consciously reduce their pollution It also recommended that state governments should be encouraged to set up and own air quality monitoring stations especially in urban cities and pollution hotspots It said research into low cost alternatives to harmful technology and practices should be encouraged and funded The relevant government agencies should be encouraged to make real time air quality data readily available preferably via mobile app and online media platforms for public use www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    BASHIR RABE MANI –Stakeholders list measures to have better air quality in Nigeria
     Environmental stakeholders on Tuesday listed measures to have better air quality in Nigeria insisting that the fabrication of air quality sensors and development of air quality index among other interventions can ameliorate environmental issues They made the call in a communique jointly signed by Prof Babatunde Rabiu Director Centre for Atmospheric Research CAR and Dr Olusegun Fawole of Portsmouth University UK at the just concluded International Conference on COVID 19 Air Quality and Environment The conference held at the Osogbo campus of Osun State University from Aug 29 to Sept 2 It was organised by CAR an activity centre of the National Space Research and Development Agency CAR NASRDA in collaboration with Osun State University and Penn State University USA They recognised that air pollution is a trans boundary global issue while pollutants can travel incredible distances from the source Pollutants exert negative effects in a far distant land hence Nigerians are admonished to strive towards a more responsible and sustainable living There is an urgent need to encourage local fabrication of air quality sensors such sensors would be better adapted to our climate and such measurements would be more appropriate for the development of air quality models There is an urgent need for Nigeria to develop its Air Quality Index this would enable relevant agencies particularly the Manufacturer Association of Nigeria to independently monitor and control the emissions from their factories The general public should become aware and conscious of the quality of air around them hence the need for air quality reporting to become a norm weather reports the stakeholders said Other recommendations include the need for the public to be sensitise on the benefit of waste separation particularly in their homes The communique said that appropriate waste management practice can be carried out on the different categories of organic and inorganic wastes by the waste management authorities According to it the air quality monitoring network over Nigeria should be densified leading to the generation of a rich blend of original data needed for ambient air quality monitoring model initialisation and evaluation Deforestation should be discouraged the general public should be encouraged to plant trees to enhance sequestration of atmospheric carbon The general public should be sensitised on the need to take charge and responsibility of their carbon fingerprint they should be educated on the need to partake in activities like carpooling cycling reuse recycling among others which would invariably lower their daily carbon fingerprint Government parastatals should collaborate more with academic and research institutions to help enrich research outputs necessary for policy making Government agencies should work in synergy and with relevant stakeholders to promulgate effectively communicate and enforce environmental protection laws the communique said The communique further urged the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency NESREA to augment emission permit fees that will effectively force manufacturers to consciously reduce their pollution It also recommended that state governments should be encouraged to set up and own air quality monitoring stations especially in urban cities and pollution hotspots It said research into low cost alternatives to harmful technology and practices should be encouraged and funded The relevant government agencies should be encouraged to make real time air quality data readily available preferably via mobile app and online media platforms for public use www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    BASHIR RABE MANI –Stakeholders list measures to have better air quality in Nigeria
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    BASHIR RABE MANI –Stakeholders list measures to have better air quality in Nigeria

    Environmental stakeholders on Tuesday listed measures to have better air quality in Nigeria, insisting that the fabrication of air quality sensors and development of air quality index, among other interventions, can ameliorate environmental issues.

    They made the call in a communique jointly signed by Prof. Babatunde Rabiu, Director, Centre for Atmospheric Research(CAR) and Dr Olusegun Fawole of Portsmouth University, UK, at the just-concluded International Conference on COVID-19, Air Quality and Environment.

    The conference held at the Osogbo campus of Osun State University, from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2. It was organised by CAR, an activity centre of the National Space Research and Development Agency (CAR-NASRDA), in collaboration with Osun State University and Penn State University, USA.

    They recognised that air pollution is a trans-boundary global issue, while pollutants can travel incredible distances from the source.

    “Pollutants exert negative effects in a far distant land, hence, Nigerians are admonished to strive towards a more responsible and sustainable living.

    “There is an urgent need to encourage local fabrication of air quality sensors, such sensors would be better adapted to our climate, and such measurements would be more appropriate for the development of air quality models.

    “There is an urgent need for Nigeria to develop its Air Quality Index, this would enable relevant agencies, particularly the Manufacturer Association of Nigeria to independently monitor and control the emissions from their factories. 

    “The general public should become aware and conscious of the quality of air around them, hence the need for air quality reporting to become a norm weather reports,” the stakeholders said.

    Other recommendations include the need for the public to be sensitise on the benefit of waste separation, particularly in their homes. 

    The communique said that appropriate waste management practice can be carried out on the different categories of organic and inorganic wastes by the waste management authorities.

    According to it,  the air quality monitoring network over Nigeria should be densified, leading to the generation of a rich blend of original data needed for ambient air quality monitoring, model initialisation and evaluation.

    “Deforestation should be discouraged, the general public should be encouraged to plant trees to enhance sequestration of atmospheric carbon.

    “The general public should be sensitised on the need to take charge and responsibility of their carbon fingerprint, they should be educated on the need to partake in activities like carpooling, cycling, reuse, recycling, among others which would invariably lower their daily carbon fingerprint.

    “Government parastatals should collaborate more with academic and research institutions, to help enrich research outputs necessary for policy making.

    “Government agencies should work in synergy and with relevant stakeholders to promulgate, effectively communicate, and enforce environmental protection laws,” the communique said.

    The communique further urged the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), to augment emission permit fees that will effectively force manufacturers to consciously reduce their pollution.

    It also recommended that state governments should be encouraged to set up and own air quality monitoring stations, especially in urban cities and pollution hotspots.

    It said, “research into low cost alternatives to harmful technology and practices should be encouraged and funded.

    “The relevant government agencies should be encouraged to make real-time air quality data readily available, preferably via mobile app and online media platforms for public use.

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  •   Today the investors and strategic partners behind the pioneering brands in the safari industry announced the formation of a new umbrella company called the Nawiri Group www NawiriGroup com The group s goal is to consolidate its investments in responsible travel and connected impact initiatives in sub Saharan Africa Nawiri Group has majority stakes in Asilia Africa https bit ly 3wvft12 Go2Africa https bit ly 3CARkdl and technology developer Bazaruto https bit ly 3coxhUP The travel organizations within the Nawiri Group which collectively employ more than 1 000 staff in 4 African countries share overlapping investors and support services but will continue to operate as distinct brands in their own target markets Nawiri Group works closely with a variety of long term focused non profit partners and expert organizations in East Africa including but not limited to Ahueni https bit ly 3AN8hzT Basecamp Explorer Foundation https bit ly 3RfjRcF Carbon Tanzania https bit ly 3KsxqDh Honeyguide Foundation https bit ly 3wrhueI Kamitei Foundation https bit ly 3wuX3xF Kenya Wildlife Trust https bit ly 3wvg56W Maa Trust https bit ly 3CvoFX0 and Six Rivers Africa The formation of the Nawiri Group follows the earlier steps of these investors and companies during the COVID crisis to take a more integrated and partnership based approach to business and create positive impact This includes itinerary booking technology and processes service models and close coordination with expert partners in an integrated agenda of long term positive impact In essence the group aims to bring together responsible tourism local communities and conservation initiatives in a mutually supportive way Nawiri Group has an established presence and long term commitments in some of Africa s most vital natural ecosystems This includes the Serengeti Mara ecosystem and the larger Ruaha Rungwa ecosystem among others These ecosystems contain some of the greatest remaining biodiversity on the planet meaning they are globally valuable but also under serious threat Our partner communities in these wilderness areas are directly dependent on these natural ecosystems for their livelihoods and are therefore especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change Recognizing this urgency the long term goal of the Nawiri Group its investors and partners is simple yet ambitious to create a prosperous and sustainable future for these vital ecosystems and the local communities that depend on them Jane Karuku Chair of the Nawiri Group Board of Directors comments This is a historic moment to achieve true impact at scale This combination of investment vision and experience will ensure a genuine and sustainable impact Jane Karuku is joined by Helen Gichohi PhD as non executive director and chair of the group s sustainability and impact monitoring committee I joined Nawiri Group because this organization is committed to driving a holistic development model understanding that nothing exists in isolation and that to be successful we need to invest in natural ecosystems communities and technology Key long term investors in the Nawiri Group in addition to the co founders include institutional investors Norfund and LGT as well as private impact investors Christian Sinding CEO of EQT and Reynir Indahl CEO of Summa Equity Christian Sinding said We are proud and excited to be part of the formation of the Nawiri Group Along with our fellow impact investors I have seen how important active collaboration is in addressing the key challenges experienced in these natural wilderness areas The opening this month of the Maasai Mara Wildlife Tourism College WTC in the Pardamat Conservation Area is the latest example of responsible tourism operators local communities and NGOs successfully working together in the future in in which the natural ecosystems and the people who live in these both areas prosper Nawiri is Kiswahili for flourish prosper
    New umbrella company Nawiri Group brings together some of the safari industry’s pioneering brands to make a positive impact at scale
      Today the investors and strategic partners behind the pioneering brands in the safari industry announced the formation of a new umbrella company called the Nawiri Group www NawiriGroup com The group s goal is to consolidate its investments in responsible travel and connected impact initiatives in sub Saharan Africa Nawiri Group has majority stakes in Asilia Africa https bit ly 3wvft12 Go2Africa https bit ly 3CARkdl and technology developer Bazaruto https bit ly 3coxhUP The travel organizations within the Nawiri Group which collectively employ more than 1 000 staff in 4 African countries share overlapping investors and support services but will continue to operate as distinct brands in their own target markets Nawiri Group works closely with a variety of long term focused non profit partners and expert organizations in East Africa including but not limited to Ahueni https bit ly 3AN8hzT Basecamp Explorer Foundation https bit ly 3RfjRcF Carbon Tanzania https bit ly 3KsxqDh Honeyguide Foundation https bit ly 3wrhueI Kamitei Foundation https bit ly 3wuX3xF Kenya Wildlife Trust https bit ly 3wvg56W Maa Trust https bit ly 3CvoFX0 and Six Rivers Africa The formation of the Nawiri Group follows the earlier steps of these investors and companies during the COVID crisis to take a more integrated and partnership based approach to business and create positive impact This includes itinerary booking technology and processes service models and close coordination with expert partners in an integrated agenda of long term positive impact In essence the group aims to bring together responsible tourism local communities and conservation initiatives in a mutually supportive way Nawiri Group has an established presence and long term commitments in some of Africa s most vital natural ecosystems This includes the Serengeti Mara ecosystem and the larger Ruaha Rungwa ecosystem among others These ecosystems contain some of the greatest remaining biodiversity on the planet meaning they are globally valuable but also under serious threat Our partner communities in these wilderness areas are directly dependent on these natural ecosystems for their livelihoods and are therefore especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change Recognizing this urgency the long term goal of the Nawiri Group its investors and partners is simple yet ambitious to create a prosperous and sustainable future for these vital ecosystems and the local communities that depend on them Jane Karuku Chair of the Nawiri Group Board of Directors comments This is a historic moment to achieve true impact at scale This combination of investment vision and experience will ensure a genuine and sustainable impact Jane Karuku is joined by Helen Gichohi PhD as non executive director and chair of the group s sustainability and impact monitoring committee I joined Nawiri Group because this organization is committed to driving a holistic development model understanding that nothing exists in isolation and that to be successful we need to invest in natural ecosystems communities and technology Key long term investors in the Nawiri Group in addition to the co founders include institutional investors Norfund and LGT as well as private impact investors Christian Sinding CEO of EQT and Reynir Indahl CEO of Summa Equity Christian Sinding said We are proud and excited to be part of the formation of the Nawiri Group Along with our fellow impact investors I have seen how important active collaboration is in addressing the key challenges experienced in these natural wilderness areas The opening this month of the Maasai Mara Wildlife Tourism College WTC in the Pardamat Conservation Area is the latest example of responsible tourism operators local communities and NGOs successfully working together in the future in in which the natural ecosystems and the people who live in these both areas prosper Nawiri is Kiswahili for flourish prosper
    New umbrella company Nawiri Group brings together some of the safari industry’s pioneering brands to make a positive impact at scale
    Africa1 month ago

    New umbrella company Nawiri Group brings together some of the safari industry’s pioneering brands to make a positive impact at scale

    Today, the investors and strategic partners behind the pioneering brands in the safari industry announced the formation of a new umbrella company, called the Nawiri Group (www.NawiriGroup.com).

    The group's goal is to consolidate its investments in responsible travel and connected impact initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Nawiri Group has majority stakes in Asilia Africa (https://bit.ly/3wvft12), Go2Africa (https://bit.ly/3CARkdl), and technology developer Bazaruto (https://bit.ly/3coxhUP).

    The travel organizations within the Nawiri Group, which collectively employ more than 1,000 staff in 4 African countries, share overlapping investors and support services, but will continue to operate as distinct brands in their own target markets.

    Nawiri Group works closely with a variety of long-term focused non-profit partners and expert organizations in East Africa, including but not limited to Ahueni (https://bit.ly/3AN8hzT), Basecamp Explorer Foundation (https: //bit.ly /3RfjRcF), Carbon Tanzania (https://bit.ly/3KsxqDh), Honeyguide Foundation (https://bit.ly/3wrhueI), Kamitei Foundation (https://bit.ly/3wuX3xF) , Kenya Wildlife Trust (https://bit.ly/3wvg56W), Maa Trust (https://bit.ly/3CvoFX0), and Six Rivers Africa.

    The formation of the Nawiri Group follows the earlier steps of these investors and companies during the COVID crisis to take a more integrated and partnership-based approach to business and create positive impact.

    This includes itinerary booking technology and processes, service models, and close coordination with expert partners in an integrated agenda of long-term positive impact.

    In essence, the group aims to bring together responsible tourism, local communities and conservation initiatives in a mutually supportive way.

    Nawiri Group has an established presence and long-term commitments in some of Africa's most vital natural ecosystems.

    This includes the Serengeti/Mara ecosystem and the larger Ruaha/Rungwa ecosystem, among others.

    These ecosystems contain some of the greatest remaining biodiversity on the planet, meaning they are globally valuable, but also under serious threat.

    Our partner communities in these wilderness areas are directly dependent on these natural ecosystems for their livelihoods and are therefore especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

    Recognizing this urgency, the long-term goal of the Nawiri Group, its investors and partners is simple yet ambitious: to create a prosperous and sustainable future for these vital ecosystems and the local communities that depend on them.

    Jane Karuku, Chair of the Nawiri Group Board of Directors, comments: “This is a historic moment to achieve true impact at scale.

    This combination of investment, vision and experience will ensure a genuine and sustainable impact.” Jane Karuku is joined by Helen Gichohi (PhD), as non-executive director and chair of the group's sustainability and impact monitoring committee.

    "I joined Nawiri Group because this organization is committed to driving a holistic development model, understanding that nothing exists in isolation and that to be successful we need to invest in natural ecosystems, communities and technology."

    Key long-term investors in the Nawiri Group, in addition to the co-founders, include institutional investors Norfund and LGT, as well as private impact investors Christian Sinding (CEO of EQT) and Reynir Indahl (CEO of Summa Equity).

    Christian Sinding said: “We are proud and excited to be part of the formation of the Nawiri Group.

    Along with our fellow impact investors, I have seen how important active collaboration is in addressing the key challenges experienced in these natural wilderness areas.

    The opening this month of the Maasai Mara Wildlife Tourism College (WTC) in the Pardamat Conservation Area is the latest example of responsible tourism operators, local communities and NGOs successfully working together in the future in in which the natural ecosystems and the people who live in these both areas prosper”.

    'Nawiri' is Kiswahili for 'flourish, prosper'.

  •  The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA has re affirmed its commitment to ensuring continued sustenance of safe and secure flight operations in spite of challenges facing the aviation industry The Director General of NCAA Capt Musa Nuhu made this known to aviation journalists at the Muritala Muhammed Airport MMA Lagos on Friday Nuhu promised that the regulatory agency would continue the implementation of its statutory responsibilities and duties to retain the confidence of the flying public He said investigations were still ongoing into the operations of the suspended Dana Air and it would remain grounded until all the identified issues had been resolved in compliance with Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations Nig CARs According to him the detailed report of the two audits on DANA shows the determination of the NCAA in ensuring that the safety of flights is foremost and overrides all other considerations The director general recalled that the NCAA had carried out a Financial and Economic Health Audit in addition to Technical Safety Audit of the airline The outcome of the two audit revealed a weak financial position and grave violations of Nig CARs which prompted the immediate suspension of the airline s Air Transport License ATL and Air Operators Certificate AOC However I want to express dismay at some negative comments on the NCAA in some social media platforms based on interview that took place on a television network Almost the entirety of the comments during the interview were direct quotes of NCAA findings of the two audits The details of these investigations and proactive action showed the professionalism of the apex regulatory agency Nuhu urged industry experts to seek clarification from the NCAA to make informed and balanced comments because it was opened to informed criticisms geared toward improving the industry The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that NCAA had in July suspended the operations of Dana Air s Transport License ATL and Air Operator Certificate AOC indefinitely Nuhu in a statement said suspension was because of the outcome of a Financial and Economic Health Audit and a Technical Safety Audit carried out on the airline s flight operations According to NCAA the airline was no longer in a position to meet its financial obligations and to conduct safe flight operations Nuhu had said that its action was made pursuant to Section 35 2 3 b and 4 of the Civil Aviation Act 2006 and Part 1 3 3 3 a 1 of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations Nig CARs 2015 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NCAA reiterates commitment to safe, secure flight operations
     The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA has re affirmed its commitment to ensuring continued sustenance of safe and secure flight operations in spite of challenges facing the aviation industry The Director General of NCAA Capt Musa Nuhu made this known to aviation journalists at the Muritala Muhammed Airport MMA Lagos on Friday Nuhu promised that the regulatory agency would continue the implementation of its statutory responsibilities and duties to retain the confidence of the flying public He said investigations were still ongoing into the operations of the suspended Dana Air and it would remain grounded until all the identified issues had been resolved in compliance with Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations Nig CARs According to him the detailed report of the two audits on DANA shows the determination of the NCAA in ensuring that the safety of flights is foremost and overrides all other considerations The director general recalled that the NCAA had carried out a Financial and Economic Health Audit in addition to Technical Safety Audit of the airline The outcome of the two audit revealed a weak financial position and grave violations of Nig CARs which prompted the immediate suspension of the airline s Air Transport License ATL and Air Operators Certificate AOC However I want to express dismay at some negative comments on the NCAA in some social media platforms based on interview that took place on a television network Almost the entirety of the comments during the interview were direct quotes of NCAA findings of the two audits The details of these investigations and proactive action showed the professionalism of the apex regulatory agency Nuhu urged industry experts to seek clarification from the NCAA to make informed and balanced comments because it was opened to informed criticisms geared toward improving the industry The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that NCAA had in July suspended the operations of Dana Air s Transport License ATL and Air Operator Certificate AOC indefinitely Nuhu in a statement said suspension was because of the outcome of a Financial and Economic Health Audit and a Technical Safety Audit carried out on the airline s flight operations According to NCAA the airline was no longer in a position to meet its financial obligations and to conduct safe flight operations Nuhu had said that its action was made pursuant to Section 35 2 3 b and 4 of the Civil Aviation Act 2006 and Part 1 3 3 3 a 1 of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations Nig CARs 2015 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NCAA reiterates commitment to safe, secure flight operations
    Aviation2 months ago

    NCAA reiterates commitment to safe, secure flight operations

    The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has re-affirmed its commitment to ensuring continued sustenance of safe and secure flight operations in spite of  challenges facing the aviation industry.The Director-General of NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu, made this known to  aviation journalists at the Muritala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos,  on Friday.Nuhu promised that the regulatory agency would continue the implementation of its statutory responsibilities and duties to retain the confidence of the flying public.He said investigations were still ongoing into the operations of the suspended Dana Air and it would remain grounded until all the identified issues had been resolved,  in compliance with Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) According to him, the detailed report of the two audits on DANA,  shows the determination of the NCAA in ensuring that the safety of flights is foremost and overrides all other considerations.The director-general recalled  that the  NCAA had carried out a Financial and Economic Health Audit in addition to Technical Safety Audit of the airline.“The outcome of the two audit revealed a weak financial position and grave violations of Nig.CARs,  which prompted the immediate suspension of the airline’s Air Transport License (ATL) and Air Operators Certificate (AOC).“However, I want to express  dismay at some negative comments on the NCAA in some social media platforms based on interview that took place on a television network.“Almost the entirety of the comments during the interview were direct quotes of NCAA findings of the two audits.“The details of these investigations and proactive action showed the professionalism of the apex regulatory agency.” Nuhu urged industry experts to seek clarification from the NCAA to make informed and balanced comments because it was opened to informed criticisms geared toward improving the industry.The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that NCAA had in July, suspended the operations of Dana Air’s Transport License (ATL) and Air Operator Certificate (AOC) indefinitely.Nuhu in a statement said suspension was because of the outcome of a Financial and Economic Health Audit and a Technical Safety Audit carried out on the airline’s flight operations.According to NCAA, the airline was no longer in a position to meet its financial obligations and to conduct safe flight operations Nuhu had said that its action was made pursuant to Section 35(2), 3(b) and (4) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part 1.3.3.3(a)(1) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), 2015.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The Merck Foundation https Merck Foundation com and African First Ladies announced the call for applications for 2 new 2022 award categories for media musicians fashion designers filmmakers students and potential new talent in these fields Merck Foundation More Than a Mother Awards 2022 to address topics such as Breaking the stigma of infertility Supporting girls education Ending child marriage Ending female genital mutilation Stopping gender based violence and o Empowerment of women at all levels Merck Foundation Diabetes and Hypertension Awards 2022 to promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness about the prevention and early detection of Diabetes and Hypertension The CEO of the Merck Foundation the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany acknowledged the congratulatory ceremony conducted by HE BRIGITTE TOUADERA First Lady of Central Africa and Merck Foundation Ambassador More than a Mother and HE BAZOUM HADIZA MABROUK First Lady of Central Africa Lady of Niger and Ambassador of Educating Linda to award the winners of the 2021 Merck Foundation Media Recognition Awards from their respective countries Senator Dr Rasha Kelej Executive Director of the Merck Foundation and President of the More than a Mother campaign said I am grateful to my dear sisters HE BRIGITTE TOUADERA the First Lady of the Central African Republic CAR and the Merck Foundation More Than a Mother and HE BAZOUM HADIZA MABROUK First Lady of Niger and Ambassador of Educating Linda for leading the award ceremony and personally presenting the medals and certificates to the winners who became alumni of the Merck Foundation Once again I congratulate the winner from CAR and Niger respectively and also appreciate all the efforts made by them to become the voice of the voiceless to raise awareness on sensitive social and cultural issues such as the stigma of infertility support for girls education and also health problems such as adapting the best protection measures during the coronavirus in the last year The Merck Foundation encouraged by the valuable contribution of the media has further rewarded the winners by providing them with one year s access to an online educational training program called MasterClass MasterClass is an immersive online experience and self paced learning course that can be accessed from anywhere with the internet The Merck Foundation in association with the First Lady of CAR has awarded 5 scholarships to young local doctors in the fields of Oncology and Diabetes A female doctor completed the Merck Foundation Oncology Program and became the first gynecologic oncologist at CAR As part of its Educating Linda program the Merck Foundation has also provided 3 000 sets of essential school supplies to girl students in the Central African Republic In addition the Merck Foundation in association with the First Lady of Niger has awarded 25 scholarships to young doctors in the fields of Oncology Fertility and Embryology and Diabetes Care Under its Educating Linda program the Merck Foundation has also provided 3 000 sets of essential school supplies to girl students in Niger The winners from the Central African Republic in association with HE Madam BRIGITTE TOUADERA the First Lady of the Central African Republic and Merck Foundation More Than a Mother Ambassador are MERCK FOUNDATION MORE THAN A MOTHER MEDIA RECOGNITION AWARDS 2021 RADIO CATEGORY FIRST Position Schella Claudicia Yemengali Radio Centrafrique CAR SECOND Position Stephane Kokanzo Radio Centrafrique CAR MERCK FOUNDATION MASK UP WITH CARE MEDIA RECOGNITION AWARDS 2021 ONLINE CATEGORY FIRST Position Ars ne Jonathan Mosseavo https bit ly 3vTayHc Winners from Niger in collaboration with HE Madam BAZOUM HADIZA MABROUK The First Lady of Niger and Educating Linda Ambassador are MERCK FOUNDATION MEDIA RECOGNITION MORE THAN A MOTHER AWARDS 2021 PRINT CATEGORY FIRST Position Issa Moussa Niger Times NIGER ONLINE CATEGORY FIRST Position Koami Agbetiafa Niger Inter Hebdo NIGER MERCK FOUNDATION MASK UP WITH CARE MEDIA RECOGNITION AWARDS 2021 FIRST IMPRESSION CATEGORY Position Koami Agbetiafa Niger Inter Hebdo NIGER Senator Rasha Kelej further added In association with my dear sisters the first ladies African I am happy to announce the call for applications from media musicians fashion designers filmmakers students and potential new talent in these fields for two award categories You can share your work with us at submit merck foundation com Award details Merck Foundation Media Recognition More than a mother 2022 to address topics such as Breaking the stigma of infertility Supporting girls education Ending child marriage Ending female genital mutilation Stopping the gender violence and empowerment of women at all levels Merck Foundation Media Recognition Diabetes and Hypertension 2022 to promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness of the prevention and early detection of diabetes and hypertension Last Submission Date October 30 2022
    The First Ladies of Niger and the Central African Republic congratulate the winners of the 2021 Merck Foundation Media Awards
      The Merck Foundation https Merck Foundation com and African First Ladies announced the call for applications for 2 new 2022 award categories for media musicians fashion designers filmmakers students and potential new talent in these fields Merck Foundation More Than a Mother Awards 2022 to address topics such as Breaking the stigma of infertility Supporting girls education Ending child marriage Ending female genital mutilation Stopping gender based violence and o Empowerment of women at all levels Merck Foundation Diabetes and Hypertension Awards 2022 to promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness about the prevention and early detection of Diabetes and Hypertension The CEO of the Merck Foundation the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany acknowledged the congratulatory ceremony conducted by HE BRIGITTE TOUADERA First Lady of Central Africa and Merck Foundation Ambassador More than a Mother and HE BAZOUM HADIZA MABROUK First Lady of Central Africa Lady of Niger and Ambassador of Educating Linda to award the winners of the 2021 Merck Foundation Media Recognition Awards from their respective countries Senator Dr Rasha Kelej Executive Director of the Merck Foundation and President of the More than a Mother campaign said I am grateful to my dear sisters HE BRIGITTE TOUADERA the First Lady of the Central African Republic CAR and the Merck Foundation More Than a Mother and HE BAZOUM HADIZA MABROUK First Lady of Niger and Ambassador of Educating Linda for leading the award ceremony and personally presenting the medals and certificates to the winners who became alumni of the Merck Foundation Once again I congratulate the winner from CAR and Niger respectively and also appreciate all the efforts made by them to become the voice of the voiceless to raise awareness on sensitive social and cultural issues such as the stigma of infertility support for girls education and also health problems such as adapting the best protection measures during the coronavirus in the last year The Merck Foundation encouraged by the valuable contribution of the media has further rewarded the winners by providing them with one year s access to an online educational training program called MasterClass MasterClass is an immersive online experience and self paced learning course that can be accessed from anywhere with the internet The Merck Foundation in association with the First Lady of CAR has awarded 5 scholarships to young local doctors in the fields of Oncology and Diabetes A female doctor completed the Merck Foundation Oncology Program and became the first gynecologic oncologist at CAR As part of its Educating Linda program the Merck Foundation has also provided 3 000 sets of essential school supplies to girl students in the Central African Republic In addition the Merck Foundation in association with the First Lady of Niger has awarded 25 scholarships to young doctors in the fields of Oncology Fertility and Embryology and Diabetes Care Under its Educating Linda program the Merck Foundation has also provided 3 000 sets of essential school supplies to girl students in Niger The winners from the Central African Republic in association with HE Madam BRIGITTE TOUADERA the First Lady of the Central African Republic and Merck Foundation More Than a Mother Ambassador are MERCK FOUNDATION MORE THAN A MOTHER MEDIA RECOGNITION AWARDS 2021 RADIO CATEGORY FIRST Position Schella Claudicia Yemengali Radio Centrafrique CAR SECOND Position Stephane Kokanzo Radio Centrafrique CAR MERCK FOUNDATION MASK UP WITH CARE MEDIA RECOGNITION AWARDS 2021 ONLINE CATEGORY FIRST Position Ars ne Jonathan Mosseavo https bit ly 3vTayHc Winners from Niger in collaboration with HE Madam BAZOUM HADIZA MABROUK The First Lady of Niger and Educating Linda Ambassador are MERCK FOUNDATION MEDIA RECOGNITION MORE THAN A MOTHER AWARDS 2021 PRINT CATEGORY FIRST Position Issa Moussa Niger Times NIGER ONLINE CATEGORY FIRST Position Koami Agbetiafa Niger Inter Hebdo NIGER MERCK FOUNDATION MASK UP WITH CARE MEDIA RECOGNITION AWARDS 2021 FIRST IMPRESSION CATEGORY Position Koami Agbetiafa Niger Inter Hebdo NIGER Senator Rasha Kelej further added In association with my dear sisters the first ladies African I am happy to announce the call for applications from media musicians fashion designers filmmakers students and potential new talent in these fields for two award categories You can share your work with us at submit merck foundation com Award details Merck Foundation Media Recognition More than a mother 2022 to address topics such as Breaking the stigma of infertility Supporting girls education Ending child marriage Ending female genital mutilation Stopping the gender violence and empowerment of women at all levels Merck Foundation Media Recognition Diabetes and Hypertension 2022 to promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness of the prevention and early detection of diabetes and hypertension Last Submission Date October 30 2022
    The First Ladies of Niger and the Central African Republic congratulate the winners of the 2021 Merck Foundation Media Awards
    Africa2 months ago

    The First Ladies of Niger and the Central African Republic congratulate the winners of the 2021 Merck Foundation Media Awards

    The Merck Foundation (https://Merck-Foundation.com) and African First Ladies announced the call for applications for 2 new 2022 award categories for media, musicians, fashion designers, filmmakers, students, and potential new talent in these fields; Merck Foundation "More Than a Mother" Awards 2022 to address topics such as: Breaking the stigma of infertility, Supporting girls' education, Ending child marriage, Ending female genital mutilation, Stopping gender-based violence and /o Empowerment of women at all levels; Merck Foundation “Diabetes and Hypertension” Awards 2022 to promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness about the prevention and early detection of Diabetes and Hypertension.

    The CEO of the Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, acknowledged the congratulatory ceremony conducted by HE BRIGITTE TOUADERA, First Lady of Central Africa and Merck Foundation Ambassador "More than a Mother" and HE BAZOUM HADIZA MABROUK, First Lady of Central Africa.

    Lady of Niger and Ambassador of "Educating Linda" to award the winners of the 2021 Merck Foundation Media Recognition Awards from their respective countries.

    Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, Executive Director of the Merck Foundation and President of the "More than a Mother" campaign, said: "I am grateful to my dear sisters HE BRIGITTE TOUADERA, the First Lady of the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Merck Foundation "More Than a Mother" and HE BAZOUM HADIZA MABROUK, First Lady of Niger and Ambassador of "Educating Linda", for leading the award ceremony and personally presenting the medals and certificates to the winners who became alumni of the Merck Foundation.

    Once again, I congratulate the winner from CAR and Niger, respectively, and also appreciate all the efforts made by them to become the voice of the voiceless to raise awareness on sensitive social and cultural issues, such as the stigma of infertility.

    , support for girls' education and also health problems such as adapting the best protection measures during the coronavirus, in the last year ".

    The Merck Foundation, encouraged by the valuable contribution of the media, has further rewarded the winners by providing them with one year's access to an online educational training program called "MasterClass".

    MasterClass is an immersive online experience and self-paced learning course that can be accessed from anywhere with the internet.

    The Merck Foundation, in association with the First Lady of CAR, has awarded 5 scholarships to young local doctors in the fields of Oncology and Diabetes.

    A female doctor completed the Merck Foundation Oncology Program and became the first gynecologic oncologist at CAR.

    As part of its "Educating Linda" program, the Merck Foundation has also provided 3,000 sets of essential school supplies to girl students in the Central African Republic.

    In addition, the Merck Foundation, in association with the First Lady of Niger, has awarded 25 scholarships to young doctors in the fields of Oncology, Fertility and Embryology, and Diabetes Care. Under its "Educating Linda" program, the Merck Foundation has also provided 3,000 sets of essential school supplies to girl students in Niger.

    The winners from the Central African Republic in association with HE Madam BRIGITTE TOUADERA, the First Lady of the Central African Republic and Merck Foundation “More Than a Mother” Ambassador are: MERCK FOUNDATION “MORE THAN A MOTHER” MEDIA RECOGNITION AWARDS ” 2021 RADIO CATEGORY FIRST Position: Schella Claudicia Yemengali, Radio Centrafrique, CAR SECOND Position: Stephane Kokanzo, Radio Centrafrique, CAR MERCK FOUNDATION “MASK UP WITH CARE” MEDIA RECOGNITION AWARDS 2021 ONLINE CATEGORY FIRST Position: Arsène-Jonathan Mosseavo (https://bit.ly/3vTayHc) Winners from Niger in collaboration with HE Madam.

    BAZOUM HADIZA MABROUK, The First Lady of Niger and Educating Linda Ambassador are: MERCK FOUNDATION MEDIA RECOGNITION “MORE THAN A MOTHER” AWARDS 2021 PRINT CATEGORY FIRST Position: Issa Moussa, Niger Times, NIGER ONLINE CATEGORY FIRST Position: Koami Agbetiafa, Niger Inter Hebdo, NIGER MERCK FOUNDATION “MASK UP WITH CARE” MEDIA RECOGNITION AWARDS 2021 FIRST IMPRESSION CATEGORY Position: Koami Agbetiafa, Niger Inter Hebdo, NIGER Senator Rasha Kelej further added: “In association with my dear sisters, the first ladies African, I am happy to announce the call for applications from media, musicians, fashion designers, filmmakers, students and potential new talent in these fields for two award categories.

    You can share your work with us at submit@merck-foundation.com.” Award details: Merck Foundation Media Recognition "More than a mother" 2022 to address topics such as: Breaking the stigma of infertility, Supporting girls' education, Ending child marriage, Ending female genital mutilation, Stopping the gender violence and empowerment of women at all levels.

    Merck Foundation Media Recognition "Diabetes and Hypertension" 2022 to promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness of the prevention and early detection of diabetes and hypertension Last Submission Date: October 30, 2022

  •  Chinese and U S scientists have proposed a new drug delivery system that can improve immune therapy treatment for brain cancer The researchers from Shandong University and the University of Wisconsin Madison designed an injectable hydrogel that contains nanoparticles targeting the glioma stem cells Glioma stem cells are known to be the main culprits for the recurrence of glioblastoma a highly invasive tumour in the brain after surgical removal of the initial tumour Nanoparticles within the proposed hydrogel can create chimeric antigen receptor CAR macrophages in situ after being injected into the resection cavity According to the study published this week in the journal Science Translational Medicine The macrophage is a large cell that is able to remove harmful substances from the body and is found in blood and tissue Such modified macrophages can seek and engulf residual glioma stem cells in the cavity by stimulating an adaptive antitumor immune response according to the study In a preclinical humanised mouse model the drug delivery system was shown to prevent post operative glioma relapse by inducing long term antitumor immunity in mice Also in combination with an antibody called CD47 the hydrogel increased the frequency of positive immune responding cells in rodents according to the study The work offers a potential treatment strategy for priming cancer stem cell specific immunity with broad application in patients suffering from recurrent malignancies and warrants further clinical study Prof Jiang Xinyi of the Shandong University said in the paper s co corresponding author NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Chinese, U.S. scientists design drug delivery tools for brain cancer
     Chinese and U S scientists have proposed a new drug delivery system that can improve immune therapy treatment for brain cancer The researchers from Shandong University and the University of Wisconsin Madison designed an injectable hydrogel that contains nanoparticles targeting the glioma stem cells Glioma stem cells are known to be the main culprits for the recurrence of glioblastoma a highly invasive tumour in the brain after surgical removal of the initial tumour Nanoparticles within the proposed hydrogel can create chimeric antigen receptor CAR macrophages in situ after being injected into the resection cavity According to the study published this week in the journal Science Translational Medicine The macrophage is a large cell that is able to remove harmful substances from the body and is found in blood and tissue Such modified macrophages can seek and engulf residual glioma stem cells in the cavity by stimulating an adaptive antitumor immune response according to the study In a preclinical humanised mouse model the drug delivery system was shown to prevent post operative glioma relapse by inducing long term antitumor immunity in mice Also in combination with an antibody called CD47 the hydrogel increased the frequency of positive immune responding cells in rodents according to the study The work offers a potential treatment strategy for priming cancer stem cell specific immunity with broad application in patients suffering from recurrent malignancies and warrants further clinical study Prof Jiang Xinyi of the Shandong University said in the paper s co corresponding author NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Chinese, U.S. scientists design drug delivery tools for brain cancer
    Foreign2 months ago

    Chinese, U.S. scientists design drug delivery tools for brain cancer

    Chinese and U.

    S. scientists have proposed a new drug delivery system that can improve immune therapy treatment for brain cancer.

    The researchers from Shandong University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison designed an injectable hydrogel that contains nanoparticles targeting the glioma stem cells.

    Glioma stem cells are known to be the main culprits for the recurrence of glioblastoma, a highly invasive tumour in the brain, after surgical removal of the initial tumour.

    Nanoparticles within the proposed hydrogel can create chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) macrophages in situ after being injected into the resection cavity.

    According to the study published this week in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

    The macrophage is a large cell that is able to remove harmful substances from the body and is found in blood and tissue.

    Such modified macrophages can seek and engulf residual glioma stem cells in the cavity by stimulating an adaptive antitumor immune response, according to the study.

    In a preclinical humanised mouse model, the drug delivery system was shown to prevent post-operative glioma relapse by inducing long-term antitumor immunity in mice.

    Also, in combination with an antibody called CD47, the hydrogel increased the frequency of positive immune responding cells in rodents, according to the study.

    The work offers a potential treatment strategy for priming cancer stem cell-specific immunity with broad application in patients suffering from recurrent malignancies and warrants further clinical study.

    Prof. Jiang Xinyi, of the Shandong University, said in the paper’s co-corresponding author.

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  •  The Ministry of Aviation on Tuesday in Abuja said its priority was to ensure the safety and security of air passengers and cargoes Mr James Odaudu the Special Assistant to the Minister of Aviation on Public Affairs made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria Odaudu said that the ministry and the agencies under its purview were working assiduously daily towards achieving the feat to boost confidence and integrity of the aviation sector in the country According to him the Minister of Aviation Sen Hadi Sirika has made safety and security of the flying public paramount since he assumed office Right from the inception of the administration the Minister of Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika has placed emphasis on safety and security of passengers and cargoes This is why any noticeable safety concern is thoroughly investigated and handled appropriately he said On Dana Air suspension Odaudu said the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA had to suspend Dana Air licence as a result of noticeable safety and financial concerns According to him the suspension is to enable NCAA carry out the necessary regulatory of ongoing audit If at the end of the process the Airline is found to be healthy its services will resume NCAA has said in a statement recently that DANA Air suspension is made pursuant to Section 35 2 3 b and 4 of Civil Aviation Act 2006 and Part 1 3 3 3 a 1 of Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations Nig CARs 2015 On Aero Contractors suspension he said that the airline s scheduled passenger flights were self imposed as a result of inability to meet operational costs occasioned by the high cost of aviation fuel The minister s aide added that Aero was however still operating charter and helicopter services and carrying out its Maintenance Repair and Overhaul MRO services In a related development Mr Mathew Pwajok the Acting Managing Director Nigerian Airspace Managing Agency NAMA however told NAN that suspension of Dana Airline and Aero Contractors would have negative impact on national economy According to him the downcast of the two airlines being currently handled by NCAA a regulator for both economic oversight and airworthiness on the airlines was a big concern to all relevant stakeholders in the industry Anything that will affect the volume of flights is a negative to NAMA capability and revenue as NAMA does not manage empty airspace In the absence of airlines there is no Airspace Management Agency We will not have anything to manage So it is of concern to us to ensure that the airlines are operating That is why we go about deploying latest facilities to upgrade our facilities to provide the service that is safe secure economical and efficient and cost effective to the airlines That is to ensure that the airlines are doing well and stay in business and also keep us in business We don t have business if there are no airline to manage NAMA boss said Pwajok said the agency had recently intensified efforts to acquire sophisticated tools that were effective and efficient to reduce flight challenges in the Nigerian air space On our own part we have done a whole lot in terms of reducing flight time fuel consumption for operator and flight delays by automating most of our processes And by implementing satellite base navigation to reduce flight time for the airlines by implementing total radar coverage network to ensure that aircraft are safe and secure This will reduce operating cost for the airlines and also ensure that they are comfortable and they can continue in the business he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Safety of air passengers our priority—Aviation ministry
     The Ministry of Aviation on Tuesday in Abuja said its priority was to ensure the safety and security of air passengers and cargoes Mr James Odaudu the Special Assistant to the Minister of Aviation on Public Affairs made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria Odaudu said that the ministry and the agencies under its purview were working assiduously daily towards achieving the feat to boost confidence and integrity of the aviation sector in the country According to him the Minister of Aviation Sen Hadi Sirika has made safety and security of the flying public paramount since he assumed office Right from the inception of the administration the Minister of Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika has placed emphasis on safety and security of passengers and cargoes This is why any noticeable safety concern is thoroughly investigated and handled appropriately he said On Dana Air suspension Odaudu said the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA had to suspend Dana Air licence as a result of noticeable safety and financial concerns According to him the suspension is to enable NCAA carry out the necessary regulatory of ongoing audit If at the end of the process the Airline is found to be healthy its services will resume NCAA has said in a statement recently that DANA Air suspension is made pursuant to Section 35 2 3 b and 4 of Civil Aviation Act 2006 and Part 1 3 3 3 a 1 of Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations Nig CARs 2015 On Aero Contractors suspension he said that the airline s scheduled passenger flights were self imposed as a result of inability to meet operational costs occasioned by the high cost of aviation fuel The minister s aide added that Aero was however still operating charter and helicopter services and carrying out its Maintenance Repair and Overhaul MRO services In a related development Mr Mathew Pwajok the Acting Managing Director Nigerian Airspace Managing Agency NAMA however told NAN that suspension of Dana Airline and Aero Contractors would have negative impact on national economy According to him the downcast of the two airlines being currently handled by NCAA a regulator for both economic oversight and airworthiness on the airlines was a big concern to all relevant stakeholders in the industry Anything that will affect the volume of flights is a negative to NAMA capability and revenue as NAMA does not manage empty airspace In the absence of airlines there is no Airspace Management Agency We will not have anything to manage So it is of concern to us to ensure that the airlines are operating That is why we go about deploying latest facilities to upgrade our facilities to provide the service that is safe secure economical and efficient and cost effective to the airlines That is to ensure that the airlines are doing well and stay in business and also keep us in business We don t have business if there are no airline to manage NAMA boss said Pwajok said the agency had recently intensified efforts to acquire sophisticated tools that were effective and efficient to reduce flight challenges in the Nigerian air space On our own part we have done a whole lot in terms of reducing flight time fuel consumption for operator and flight delays by automating most of our processes And by implementing satellite base navigation to reduce flight time for the airlines by implementing total radar coverage network to ensure that aircraft are safe and secure This will reduce operating cost for the airlines and also ensure that they are comfortable and they can continue in the business he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Safety of air passengers our priority—Aviation ministry
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    Safety of air passengers our priority—Aviation ministry

    The Ministry of Aviation on Tuesday in Abuja said its priority was to ensure the safety and security of air passengers and cargoes.

    Mr James Odaudu, the Special Assistant to the Minister of Aviation on Public Affairs, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria .

    Odaudu said that the ministry and the agencies under its purview were working assiduously  daily towards achieving the feat to boost confidence and integrity of the aviation sector in the country.

    According to him, the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, has made safety and security of the flying public paramount since he assumed office.

    “Right from the inception of the administration, the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has placed emphasis on safety and security of passengers and cargoes.

    “This is why any noticeable safety concern is thoroughly investigated and handled appropriately, “ he said.

    On Dana Air suspension, Odaudu said the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had to suspend Dana Air licence as a result of noticeable safety and financial concerns.

    According to him, the suspension is to enable NCAA carry out the necessary regulatory of ongoing audit.

    “If at the end of the process, the Airline is found to be healthy, its services will resume.

    “ NCAA has said in a statement recently that DANA Air suspension is made pursuant to Section 35(2), 3(b) and (4) of  Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part 1.3.3.3(a) (1) of Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), 2015.“ On Aero Contractors suspension, he said that the airline`s scheduled passenger flights were self-imposed as a result of inability to meet operational costs occasioned by the high cost of aviation fuel.

    The minister’s aide added that Aero was however still operating charter and helicopter services and carrying out its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services.

    In a related development, Mr Mathew Pwajok, the Acting Managing Director, Nigerian Airspace Managing Agency (NAMA), however, told NAN that suspension of Dana Airline and Aero Contractors would have negative impact on national economy.

    According to him, the downcast of the two airlines being currently handled by NCAA, a regulator for both economic oversight and airworthiness on the airlines, was a big concern to all relevant stakeholders in the industry.

    “Anything that will affect the volume of flights is a negative to NAMA capability and revenue as NAMA does not manage empty airspace.

    “In the absence of airlines, there is no Airspace Management Agency.

    We will not have anything to manage.

    So, it is of concern to us to ensure that the airlines are operating.

    “ That is why we go about deploying latest facilities to upgrade our facilities to provide the service that is safe, secure, economical and efficient and cost effective to the airlines.

    “That is to ensure that the airlines are doing well and stay in business and also keep us in business.

    We don’t have business if there are no airline to manage, “ NAMA boss said.

    Pwajok said the agency had recently intensified efforts to acquire sophisticated tools that were effective and efficient to reduce flight challenges in the Nigerian air space.

    “On our own part, we have done a whole lot in terms of reducing flight time, fuel consumption for operator, and flight delays by automating most of our processes.

    “ And by implementing satellite base navigation to reduce flight time for the airlines, by implementing total radar coverage network to ensure that aircraft are safe and secure.

    “This will reduce operating cost for the airlines and also ensure that they are comfortable and they can continue in the business, “ he said.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN