The Department of Agriculture, Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD, for its acronym in English) confirms that it has managed to negotiate an agreement that will see the cleaning of citrus containers stuck at ports of entry in the European Union (EU).
To date we have managed to dispatch more than 300 of the 509 containers and we are processing the dispatch of the remaining containers.
The EU introduced new measures to regulate the risk associated with false codling moth (FCM) in citrus.
The new measures include additional amended phytosanitary declarations for grapefruit and baby citrus and a revised cold treatment regimen for oranges.
The measures were published on June 21, 2022 and came into force on June 24, 2022.
This meant that shipments arriving in Europe from July 14 had to comply with the new measures.
Taking the shorter sailing time to the EU meant that shipments leaving South Africa on June 24, 2022, three days after publication, should have been certified under the new measures.
The DALRRD explained to the European Commission (EC) in a meeting and by written communication that the date was not reasonable.
At the time of the publication of the new measures, there were shipments that were certified and had already left for the EU, as well as some that were in the process of being exported.
DALRRD's claims were that changing the inspection and certification system within three days was not realistic.
The reasonable date for compliance with the new measures would have been for shipments leaving SA on July 9, 2022, considering the required adjustments of the systems and the communication to the different regulatory sites, which required at least three weeks from the post.
However, the EC insisted on July 14, 2022 as the implementation date.
As anticipated, the DALRRD began receiving queries from exporters after the implementation date regarding the rejection of shipments at EU ports.
The EU authorities needed phytosanitary certificates that would comply with the new FCM measures.
The DALRRD segmented the cases into only documentation on grapefruit and tender citrus and compliance with the cold treatment on oranges.
The deadlock was later resolved by replacing the phytosanitary certificates with the correct additional declarations as of July 22, 2022.
The orange cases remained a problem until the industry in a meeting on July 25, 2022 presented DALRRD with possible measures.
of equivalence with respect to the treatment applied to these shipments.
under the South African systems approach to FCM.
The DALRRD undertook to negotiate with the EU through the relevant National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs) so that they consider these equivalent measures.
The first official letter was sent to the NPPO of the Netherlands on July 27, 2022 and a positive response was received on July 28, 2022.
Based on this agreement, it was agreed that replacement phytosanitary certificates will be issued for oranges with declaration of equivalent cold treatment.
The issuance of replacement phytosanitary certificates for oranges began on Monday, August 1, 2022.
In a meeting with the industry on August 3, 2022, the DALRRD agreed to include other ports of entry after receiving another positive response from Italy on the declaration.
of equivalent cold treatment.
The ports that the industry presented as those where South African oranges were rejected included ports in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.
More than 2,000 containers, with an estimated value of R 500 million, were affected by this blockade.
So far, the department, with the information sent by the industry, is recertifying the orange shipments blocked in the ports of the Netherlands and Italy and we are receiving confirmation that the containers are being cleared.
In addition, DALRRD held the meeting with the EC on 5th August 2022 on the handling of non-compliant shipment in EU ports and agreed on the interim measures, namely that the EU adhered to DALRRD's request to complete the cool down period.
in the EU Provisional measures provide for shipments to be treated at EU cold treatment facilities and the department to notify other EU member states.
The African Network Centre Sarl Ltd says made-in-Nigeria products will be on display in four Nordic countries- Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland in October.
Mr Ahmed Gombe, Chief Executive Officer of the centre, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja.
NAN reports that the Nordic Countries are a geographical and cultural region in Northern Europe and the North Atlantic.
Gombe said the region had overtime expressed strong interest to do business with their African counterparts through various government initiatives and private business forums.
He said the centre, in collaboration with other stakeholders, planned a business mission to four of the Nordic countries to promote made-in-Nigeria goods.
He explained that there were many high quality made-in-Nigeria products which could compete favourably in the international market to boost Nigeria’s non-oil sector and diversify the economy.
“Over the years the Nigerian Government and businesses have made increasing effort to steer away from being solely dependent on oil export as their economic mainstay, putting non-oil export in the spotlight.
“Recently the Central Bank of Nigeria has been advocating and carrying out a series of fora to promote non-oil export and also made-in Nigeria products.
“The economy of the Nordic Region is among the wealthiest in the world and has continued to thrive despite the impact of COVID-19, so we intend to introduce and market Nigeria to this region.
“From Oct. 23 to Oct. 31, we will work with the Nigerian Embassy in Sweden to go round the four Nordic countries of Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.
“We want them to know that Nigeria is a destination for non-oil export and also a good market for import of made-in Nigeria products,” he said.
Gombe also said that the centre was collaborating with the Nigerian Export-Import Bank to promote the export of made-in Nigeria products to other countries around the world.
He said many youths would be trained to be ‘exportpreneurs’ after the launch of the Nigeria Export-Import Corridor Initiative with a portal to register and train youths on export of Nigerian goods.
He also applauded the strides of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council in establishing the Export Trade Houses for made-in-Nigeria products in some African countries.
“We are going to work with them to establish a similar Export Trade House in Morocco; we are also looking at the Nordic region to establish it somewhere there.
“The idea is that when you want to look for made-in Nigeria products, you just go to that export warehouse.
“We are also going to deploy technology with an app or software where you can log in, download and get the necessary information and transaction as an exportpreneur.
“As we identify other destinations for made-in Nigeria products, we will continue to collaborate and promote this initiative,” Gombe said.
A Nigerian-based organisation, Hillspring Diagnostics, has won the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) global innovation award for one of the 10 projects that will advance the empowerment of women and girls worldwide.
The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that UNFPA announced the 10 winners to its first ever Joint Innovation Challenge on Thursday.
Joint Innovation Challenge is a cutting-edge competition to provide funding for social enterprises with innovative solutions that advance the empowerment of women and girls worldwide.
Speaking on the award at a news conference in New York, UN spokesman, Mr Stéphane Dujarric, said 10 organisations that won the award are headed by women.
Dujarric said Hillspring Diagnostics from Nigeria came up with a revolutionary method for detecting ectopic pregnancy, a condition which can have dangerous consequences including death of the mother and baby if not diagnosed and treated in time.
According to him, organisations headed by women from other nine countries of Costa Rica, Armenia, Mongolia, Uganda, Turkey, Colombia, Bangladesh, Rwanda, and Cameroon were honoured.
Dujarric said the winners pitched a range of innovations – from a portable diagnostic system for pre-eclampsia to a board game that shares information on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
“The 10 winners each received 60,000 dollars which will allow these organisations to move from pilot stage to scale,’’ he said.
The challenge was financed by UNFPA’s Equaliser Accelerator Fund, and implemented in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the International Trade Centre.
Entrants were given the incentive of a cash prize which would allow them to expand their ideas from the test stage, to full production, for the potential benefit of millions around the world.
The challenge received further funding from the Governments of Luxembourg, Finland, and Denmark.
Launched in 2021, UNFPA’s Fund provides equity-free investments in social enterprises that are led or co-led by women, and can show evidence of the impact they will have.
Reacting to the award, Dr Natalia Kanem, UNFPA’s Executive Director said, in relation to the competition, “creative thinking and innovative solutions are key to accelerate progress for women and girls around the world.
” According to her, the 2022 challenge is awarding 10 women-helmed organisations from five different regions globally.
Initially, a panel of experts received 300 submissions from 61 countries.
After 20 finalists pitched their innovative ideas to the panel, the eventual 10 winners then signed nine-month contracts with UNFPA and will be receiving an equity-free investment of 60,000 dollars.
The funding will allow winning organisations to transition away from the pilot stage, and begin manufacturing at scale.
UNFPA and its partners will also support the social enterprises with targeted mentorship, training opportunities, interactive workshops, and unique access to the global UN network.
The winning ideas varied in function, but were united in ingenuity, said the agency.
Other winners from Africa are the Global Pre-Eclampsia Initiative from, Uganda; Urukundo Initiative, Rwanda and Women in Entrepreneurship and Technology (WETECH), Cameroon.
Denmark goalkeeper and captain Kasper Schmeichel has ended an 11-year association with English Premier League (EPL) clubside Leicester City after joining Nice for an undisclosed fee.
The goalkeeper spent more than a decade at Leicester City after arriving from Leeds United.
He won an EPL title, an FA Cup and a Community Shield during his time at the King Power Stadium.
Schmeichel made 479 appearances in all for the Foxes, featuring in more Premier League games for Leicester City than any other player (276).
Barring injury, he will be a part of the Denmark squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year.
Club Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha spoke to Leicester City’s official website on the announcement of Schmeichel’s departure.
He said: “Throughout his time with us, and particularly as a captain and vice-captain, Kasper has always been a player willing to stand up and take responsibility, leading the team with distinction.
“His influence and his leadership on and off the pitch speak volumes about him as a professional, as a football player and as a human being.
“I know Leicester City supporters share the respect we all have for a player of Kasper’s standing after all his accomplishments as a footballer and captain.
“They will join me in wishing him the very best for the next stage of his career in France with OGC Nice. “It’s clear to everyone who has watched him perform that Kasper has given everything to Leicester City every time he has played.
”The experiences shared between him, the club and our supporters over the last 11 years mean he will always remain a part of this family.
” Schmeichel sits behind only West Ham’s Lukasz Fabianski (284) and Manchester United’s David de Gea (283) in appearances in the Premier League since the start of the 20142015 season.
Nice also announced the signing of young centre-back Mattia Viti from Empoli earlier on Wednesday.
This added to other new arrivals in the transfer window, such as Aaron Ramsey, Alexis Beka Beka, Rares Ilie and Badredine OLAL(
New rules on the sharing of parental leave came into force in Denmark on Tuesday that provides for 11 weeks of paid leave for each parent.
In addition, there would be 26 weeks that can be shared at will.
In Denmark, parents are entitled to a total of 48 weeks of paid leave for both of them together.
Until Tuesday, two were reserved for fathers and 14 for mothers.
The new arrangement is the result of an agreement that parliament passed by a large majority in March.
It follows a European Union (EU)’s directive of 2019, in terms which all member states must provide nine weeks of paid leave to each parent.
Trade unions see the new arrangement as a major step toward improved job opportunities for mothers.
Iceland, Sweden and Norway served as forerunners of the change.
To date, Danish mothers have tended to take the largest share of paid parental leave.
UN Women ESA Regional Director Dr. Maxime Houinato visited Ethiopia from 11-15 July 2022 to provide strategic guidance to the Ethiopia Country Office, Liaison Office and development partners on the regional priorities and commitments of UN Women.
The mission also aimed to ensure UN Women's partnership with the African Union and relevant UN system partners on the continental agenda of women, peace and security, humanitarian action and women's financial inclusion.
Discussions on strategic entry points and important levers for successful implementation of key global intergovernmental and normative frameworks on gender equality and women's empowerment were among the key specific objectives of the mission.
The mission gave Dr. Maxime the opportunity to share her vision for leadership with UN Women Ethiopia staff and Liaison Offices and solicit senior management views on how best UN Women can leverage partnerships, resources and existing programmatic and organizational frameworks to achieve transformational impact.
at national, regional and continental level.
Dr. Maxime's mission began with a bilateral meeting with the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ethiopia, Ms. Worknesh Mekonnen.
The two discussed changes in the leadership and governance of the UN Women representation in Ethiopia, AU and ECA and the UN Country Team (UNCT) accountability on gender and the potential for inter-agency initiatives.
Dr. Maxime met with development partners who are contributing to the Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment work through the UN Women Liaison Office with AU and ECA and the Ethiopia Country Office.
During the meeting, he welcomed their contributions to advancing gender equality and women's empowerment in Ethiopia and encouraged them, wherever possible, to adopt more integrated support across all thematic areas, thereby catalyzing transformative change across all areas of life.
Development partners participating in the meeting included Sweden/AIDS, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, France and the EU.
Dr. Maxime spoke with UNDP Regional Service Center Director, Dr. Stan Nkwain, and Gender Program Advisor and Team Leader, Ms. Odette Kabaya, about joint priorities for collaboration between UN Women and UNDP, and renewed commitment to collaboration.
At the African Union Commission's Directorate for Women, Gender and Youth, she spoke with Prudence N.
Ngwenya, Acting Director, and Dr. Tapiwa Uchizi Nyasulu Rweyemamu, Head of the Women and Gender Policy and Development Division for affirm UN Women's commitment to ongoing collaborations.
Dr. Maxime also had a fruitful meeting with His Excellency Mr. Tagesse Chafo, Speaker of the House of Peoples' Representatives of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, on strategic partnerships and important levers for successful implementation of normative and intergovernmental frameworks.
key global issues on gender equality and empowerment.
The Regional Director also had a bilateral meeting with HE Ambassador Tesfaye Yilma, Minister of State for Political and Economic Diplomacy to discuss UN Women's representation in Ethiopia and thanked the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia for the unwavering support to UN operations.
women in the country.
At the conclusion of his five-day mission in Ethiopia, the Regional Director witnessed the official signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Mr. Schadrack Dusabe, Officer-in-Charge of the UN Women Country Office in Ethiopia, and H.E. Mr. Dr. Ergogie Tesfaye, Minister for Women and Social Affairs (MoWSA).
The MoU includes a joint 4-year framework in support of the implementation of the Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Priorities as part of the 10-Year Outlook Plan of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
Before the signing, HE the Minister held a bilateral discussion with the UN Women ESA Regional Director on issues of common interest to promote gender equality and women's empowerment in Ethiopia.
In his remarks at the signing ceremony, Dr. Maxime reiterated UN Women's commitment to the Government of Ethiopia and the MoWSA to ensure that gender equality and women's empowerment are realized despite bottlenecks.
natural and man-made.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday said the rapidly spread of Monkeypox outbreak could be stopped with the right strategies in the right groups.
WHO Technical Lead on Monkeypox, Dr Rosamund Lewis, said at a press briefing at the UN health agency’s headquarters in Geneva that countries should act fast to stop the spread of the virus.
Lewis said “time is going by and we all need to pull together to make that happen”.
The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus, on Saturday, declared the spread of the virus to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
PHEIC is WHO’s highest level of alert.
“Through this, we hope to enhance coordination, cooperation of countries and all stakeholders, as well as global solidarity,” Lewis said.
WHO assessed the risk posed to public health by Monkeypox in the European region as high, but at the global level as moderate.
With “other regions not at the moment as severely affected”, declaring a PHEIC was necessary “to ensure the outbreak was stopped as soon as possible”.
In 2022, there have been more than 16,000 confirmed cases of monkeypox in more than 75 countries.
Lewis said the real number was probably higher.
Lewis pointed out that in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, several thousand cases were suspected, but testing facilities are limited.
“The global dashboard did not include suspected cases,” she said.
Some 81 children under the age of 17 were reported as having been infected globally, she added, with the majority of cases being among young men, with the median age being 37.
First identified in monkeys, the virus is transmitted chiefly through close contact with an infected person.
Until 2022, the virus which causes Monkeypox has rarely spread outside Africa where it is endemic.
But reports of a handful of cases in Britain in early May signalled that the outbreak had moved into Europe.
Lewis pointed out that stigma and discrimination must be avoided, as that would harm the response to the disease.
“At the moment the outbreak is still concentrated in groups of men who have sex with men in some countries, but that is not the case everywhere.
“It is really important to appreciate also that stigma and discrimination can be very damaging and as dangerous as any virus itself,” she said.
Monkeypox could cause a range of signs and symptoms, including painful sores.
Some people developed serious symptoms that need care in a health facility.
Those at higher risk for severe disease or complications include pregnant women, children, and immunocompromised persons.
Lewis said WHO was working with Member States and the European Union on releasing vaccines, and with partners to determine a global coordination mechanism.
She emphasised that mass vaccination was not required, but the WHO had recommended post-exposure vaccination.
Vaccine sharing should be done according to public health needs, country by country and location by location.
Not all regions had the same epidemiology, she explained.
Lewis stressed that countries with manufacturing capacity for smallpox and Monkeypox diagnostics, vaccines or therapeutics should increase production.
Countries and manufacturers should work with WHO to ensure they are made available based on public health needs, solidarity and at a reasonable cost to countries where they were most needed.
Lewis explained that some 16.4 million vaccines were currently available in bulk but needed to be finished.
The countries currently producing vaccines are Denmark, Japan, and the United States.
She reminded that the current recommendation for persons with Monkeypox was to isolate and not travel until they recovered; contact cases should be checking their temperature and monitoring possible other symptoms for the period of nine to 21 days.
“When someone is vaccinated it takes several weeks for the immune response to be generated by the body,” she said.
According to Lewis, the name “Monkeypox” is already present in the International Classification of Diseases, and a process had to be followed in order to potentially change its name.
The rapidly spreading monkeypox outbreak can be stopped, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, "with the right strategies in the right groups."
But "time is passing and we all need to come together to make that happen," warned Dr. Rosamund Lewis, WHO's technical lead on monkeypox, speaking at the regular news conference in Geneva.
A public health emergency
On Saturday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared the spread of the virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), the organization's highest level of alert. “Through this, we hope to enhance coordination, cooperation of countries and all stakeholders, as well as global solidarity,” said Dr. Lewis.
The WHO assessed the public health risk posed by monkeypox in the European region as high, but globally as moderate.
With "other regions not as severely affected at this time," declaring that a PHEIC was necessary "to ensure the outbreak is stopped as soon as possible."
This year there have been more than 16,000 confirmed cases of monkeypox in more than 75 countries. Dr. Lewis said the real number was probably higher.
He noted that in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, several thousand cases have been suspected, but testing facilities are limited. "The global dashboard did not include suspected cases," he said.
Some 81 children under the age of 17 were reported to be infected worldwide, it added, with most cases occurring among young men, with an average age of 37.
'Stigma is as dangerous as the virus'
First identified in monkeys, the virus is transmitted primarily through close contact with an infected person (you can read our detailed explanation of the disease here).
Until this year, the virus that causes monkeypox has rarely spread outside of Africa, where it is endemic. But reports of a handful of cases in Britain in early May indicated the outbreak had moved to Europe.
Dr. Lewis noted that stigma and discrimination should be avoided, as this would impair the response to the disease.
"At the moment, the outbreak is still concentrated in groups of men who have sex with men in some countries, but that is not the case everywhere," he said. "It's really important to also appreciate that stigma and discrimination can be very damaging and just as dangerous as any virus," she said.
Monkeypox can cause a variety of signs and symptoms, including painful sores. Some people developed severe symptoms that require care at a health facility. People at higher risk of serious illness or complications include pregnant women, children, and people who are immunocompromised.
Dr Lewis said the WHO was working with member states and the European Union on vaccine release and with partners to determine a global coordination mechanism. He stressed that mass vaccination was not required, but the WHO had recommended post-exposure vaccination.
Vaccine sharing should be done according to public health needs, country by country and place by place. Not all regions had the same epidemiology, he explained.
Dr. Lewis emphasized that countries with the capacity to manufacture smallpox and monkeypox diagnostics, vaccines or therapeutics should increase production.
Countries and manufacturers must work with the WHO to ensure they are made available based on public health need, solidarity and at reasonable cost to the countries where they are most needed.
Dr. Lewis explained that some 16.4 million vaccines were currently available in bulk, but needed to be completed. The countries that currently produce vaccines are Denmark, Japan and the United States.
He recalled that the current recommendation for people with Monkeypox was to isolate themselves and not travel until they recovered; contact cases should be checking their temperature and monitoring possible other symptoms for a period of 9 to 21 days.
"When someone gets vaccinated, it takes several weeks for the body to mount an immune response," he said.
What's in a name?
According to Dr. Lewis, the name "Monkeypox" is already present in the International Classification of Diseases, and a process had to be followed in order to change its name.
The White House said Sunday it was confident officials could "eliminate" monkeypox from the United States by accelerating the rollout of vaccines and treatments to combat the spread of the virus.
“I think monkeypox can be contained, absolutely,” Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, told CBS News talk show “Face the Nation.”
“We have acted quickly,” Jha said, rejecting accusations that President Joe Biden's administration was caught off guard when the first cases began appearing in US states more than two months ago.
He said Washington has undertaken a "very substantial" increase in its response, including recently procuring some 800,000 doses of vaccine from Denmark, since the US outbreak began in May, when the country's smallpox vaccine stockpile monkey were limited.
“The plan is to eliminate this virus from the United States. I think we can do that,” said Jha.
The World Health Organization declared the monkeypox outbreak a global health emergency on Saturday, affecting nearly 17,000 people in 74 countries.
US lawmakers and mayors have complained about the Biden administration's response, including House Democrat Adam Schiff, who wrote to the country's health secretary this week to warn that "the federal government is not giving the answer that is needed.
The center of the outbreak in the US is New York City, where the majority of recorded cases are in men who have sex with men.
Jha acknowledged that the virus is spreading primarily in the gay men's community, but stressed that "there are other people who are at risk as well," particularly those who are in close personal contact with infected people.
World's Best Club in FIFA Esports (www.FIFA.com) Crowned at Bella Arena in Copenhagen; Riders lift a new trophy for the first time; Winning prize of USD 100,000 claimed by winning the second week of the FIFAe Finals.Riders represented by Tuga810 and AndoniiPM lifted the new trophy at Copenhagen's Bella Arena after four days of world-class 2v2 team competition. The best clubs in the world competed on the biggest stage of the FIFAe Club World Cup 2022™ presented by EA SPORTS™ from July 20-23 to honor their crest and claim ultimate glory for their organization.Riders based in Spain is led by Tuga810, who had been competing for a number of years at the highest level without a major title to his name, but finally completed his personal challenge in Copenhagen, Denmark to become the FIFA Club World Champion. . His teammate AndoniiPM was an excellent partner in maintaining a very tight and concise defensive display, conceding just nine goals in the entire tournament.As the new FIFAe Club World Champion, Riders stood out as the best EA SPORTS™ FIFA 22 esports organization in the world and claimed the winning prize of USD 100,000. This brings the second week of FIFAe Finals 2022 to a close, but there is still more exciting action to come next week with the international pride of the FIFAe Nations Cup 2022™ presented by EA SPORTS. The final day, July 30, will be open to fans to celebrate the culmination of the FIFAe season and the last remaining tickets are available here (https://bit.ly/3Bae8ju).“This is an incredible moment for the organization to lift the new trophy. Congratulations to the players, the coach and the whole club,” said Adrian Rölli, FIFA Director of eFootball. "Their unique team spirit is ultimately what allowed them to rise above the challenge of the rest of the competition."“After four years of competing, I lost some big matches, I never won a Slam, I never gave up, I worked hard and now I am here as the FIFAe Club World Champion,” Riders captain Tuga810 said, “[My partner AndoniiPM] It's the best, he adopted me into the family like a brother. The cyclists, the coach, the organization, I am very happy to be here”.The first leg of the final began with SAF in the lead, creating opportunities to find the first lead, with Riders immediately equalizing just seconds later. It would stay that way until stage two, where the Riders would put even more pressure on and find the winner to finally lift the newly designed bespoke trophy for the first time in Copenhagen, adding their names to a list of previous champions such as Complexity Gaming. and Brondby eSport.Find all media assets and images from the FIFAe Club World Cup 2022 here (https://fifa.fans/3Ovd0dg). All results are available on FIFA.GG (https://bit.ly/3PshimW).The final week of FIFAe Finals 2022 will showcase the best nations in the world at the FIFAe Nations Cup 2022™ presented by EA SPORTS from July 27-30. More information about this event is available here (https://bit.ly/3vbOMhe).