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  •  Casper Ruud stumbled to defeat against Japan s Yoshihito Nishioka as the French Open and US Open runner up bowed out in the Korea Open quarter finals World number two Ruud lost 6 2 3 6 6 2 in Seoul on Friday as the Norwegian found the going too tough in his first tournament in Asia for three years Ranked 56th before this week Nishioka is one win away from vaulting back into the top 50 potentially going beyond his highest ranking of 48th if he reaches the final He said quoted on the ATP website I feel great My motivation is very high I am playing very well very smart Assessing top seed Ruud Nishioka said I know he came from Europe and played at the Laver Cup which is not easy matches He wasn t settled on this court or this country yet maybe I was ready I was focused on playing against him and I had a plan and it worked Nishioka had an outstanding run to the Washington final in August before losing out to Nick Kyrgios in the title match That was a major outlier in his season which has consisted largely of early round defeats His semi final opponent will be American Aleksandar Kovacevic a 24 year old world number 222 who is enjoying the biggest week of his career A lucky loser and handed his place in the draw when a spot opened up Kovacevic has taken full advantage He beat compatriot Mackenzie McDonald 4 6 6 3 6 2 in their last eight battle Canadian Denis Shapovalov still seeking a first final appearance of the year moved one step away by beating Moldova s Radu Albot 6 2 6 2 He set up a clash with American Jenson Brooksby who was handed a bye due to Cameron Norrie pulling out with illness OLAL NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ruud rocked as Nishioka pulls off Seoul shock
     Casper Ruud stumbled to defeat against Japan s Yoshihito Nishioka as the French Open and US Open runner up bowed out in the Korea Open quarter finals World number two Ruud lost 6 2 3 6 6 2 in Seoul on Friday as the Norwegian found the going too tough in his first tournament in Asia for three years Ranked 56th before this week Nishioka is one win away from vaulting back into the top 50 potentially going beyond his highest ranking of 48th if he reaches the final He said quoted on the ATP website I feel great My motivation is very high I am playing very well very smart Assessing top seed Ruud Nishioka said I know he came from Europe and played at the Laver Cup which is not easy matches He wasn t settled on this court or this country yet maybe I was ready I was focused on playing against him and I had a plan and it worked Nishioka had an outstanding run to the Washington final in August before losing out to Nick Kyrgios in the title match That was a major outlier in his season which has consisted largely of early round defeats His semi final opponent will be American Aleksandar Kovacevic a 24 year old world number 222 who is enjoying the biggest week of his career A lucky loser and handed his place in the draw when a spot opened up Kovacevic has taken full advantage He beat compatriot Mackenzie McDonald 4 6 6 3 6 2 in their last eight battle Canadian Denis Shapovalov still seeking a first final appearance of the year moved one step away by beating Moldova s Radu Albot 6 2 6 2 He set up a clash with American Jenson Brooksby who was handed a bye due to Cameron Norrie pulling out with illness OLAL NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ruud rocked as Nishioka pulls off Seoul shock
    General news21 hours ago

    Ruud rocked as Nishioka pulls off Seoul shock

    Casper Ruud stumbled to defeat against Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka as the French Open and US Open runner-up bowed out in the Korea Open quarter-finals.

    World number two Ruud lost 6-2 3-6 6-2 in Seoul on Friday as the Norwegian found the going too tough in his first tournament in Asia for three years.

    Ranked 56th before this week, Nishioka is one win away from vaulting back into the top 50, potentially going beyond his highest ranking of 48th if he reaches the final.

    He said, quoted on the ATP website: “I feel great.

    My motivation is very high.

    I am playing very well, very smart.

    ” Assessing top seed Ruud, Nishioka said: “I know he came from Europe and played at the Laver Cup, which is not easy matches.

    He wasn’t settled on this court or this country yet, maybe.

    “I was ready.

    I was focused on playing against him and I had a plan and it worked.

    ” Nishioka had an outstanding run to the Washington final in August, before losing out to Nick Kyrgios in the title match.

    That was a major outlier in his season, which has consisted largely of early-round defeats.

    His semi-final opponent will be American Aleksandar Kovacevic, a 24-year-old world number 222 who is enjoying the biggest week of his career.

    A “lucky loser” and handed his place in the draw when a spot opened up, Kovacevic has taken full advantage.

    He beat compatriot Mackenzie McDonald 4-6 6-3 6-2 in their last-eight battle.

    Canadian Denis Shapovalov, still seeking a first final appearance of the year, moved one step away by beating Moldova’s Radu Albot 6-2 6-2. He set up a clash with American Jenson Brooksby, who was handed a bye due to Cameron Norrie pulling out with illness.

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  •   Senior officials from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO have visited agricultural projects in Borno State northeast Nigeria which have transformed the lives of members of the conflict affected community Borno state which borders the Lake Chad region has been hit by a decade long insurgency that has reduced food security and destroyed livelihoods High food and fuel prices exacerbated by the war in Ukraine and the economic impacts of COVID 19 are also reducing food security In association with local authorities and partners FAO has established several projects aimed at improving production and nutrition and building resilience against future shocks In the Gongulong community in Jere the delegation saw FAO supported projects including integrated aquaculture and vegetable production centers for fish processing and briquetting for energy efficient stoves and a Farmer Field School where participants learn methods for better production What we have heard from the community today is that livelihood restoration projects are changing the lives of many people said Abebe Haile Gabriel FAO Assistant Director General and Regional Representative for Africa These projects show that investments in agricultural projects and programs in collaboration with partners can reduce acute food insecurity poverty and unemployment he said Innovative solutions for better production The integrated aquaculture and vegetable production project contemplates the training of aquaculturists to raise catfish in tanks Nutrient rich wastewater from the fish tanks is used to irrigate and fertilize nearby family gardens benefiting the community through access to nutritious fish onions spinach and okra and providing a new source of income I can teach others how to establish and maintain fish farming and vegetable production to earn more income said Bukar Suguli a fish and vegetable farmer adding that the business has restored livelihoods for the entire community The Farmer Field School FFS or school without walls helps improve the adoption of innovative and sustainable farming practices over the course of a farming season It has been widely adopted in Nigeria and throughout Africa as an effective method for agricultural extension services Since 2018 FAO has trained more than 100 facilitators and established more than 400 farmer field schools in five Nigerian states Participants have reported higher yields of up to 40 compared to other farmers At the FFS in Gongulong women farmers have learned how to overcome local challenges such as a parasitic weed that destroys cowpea crops They have tackled this by planting improved cowpea varieties that are resistant to weeds and have higher yields FAO has also launched the FAO Thiaroye Technology FTT fish smoking oven for the safe and efficient processing of farmed catfish The oven dramatically reduces smoke related health impacts on female processors compared to older methods and extends the shelf life of fish by 6 months Safe access to cooking fuel is another critical issue being addressed through FAO s work in Maiduguri Women and children who traditionally collect firewood are often at risk of attack when away from their homes The Safe Access to Fuel and Energy SAFE program was introduced by FAO through training to produce fuel efficient stoves and briquettes At the briquetting plant in Gongulong women are being trained to make and sell stoves and fuel providing them with a source of income Innovative stoves reduce firewood collection trips from 4 times a week to just over once a week on average and cut the amount of firewood normally needed in half Briquettes use agricultural bio waste reducing the need to cut down trees for fuel FAO s work in northeast Nigeria including Borno State is funded by Belgium Canada the European Union EU the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations ECHO Germany Ireland Japan Norway Sweden Switzerland and the United States Agency for International Development USAID FAO is also collaborating with other United Nations entities in implementing the interventions including the Central Emergency Response Fund CERF the International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR the United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF UN Women and the World Food Program The visiting delegation includes the FAO Assistant Director General and Regional Representative for Africa Abebe Haile Gabriel the Deputy Director of the FAO Office of Emergencies and Resilience Shukri Ahmed and the FAO Representative in Nigeria Fred Kafeero
    Innovative fish and vegetable production improves livelihoods of conflict-affected families in Borno State, Nigeria
      Senior officials from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO have visited agricultural projects in Borno State northeast Nigeria which have transformed the lives of members of the conflict affected community Borno state which borders the Lake Chad region has been hit by a decade long insurgency that has reduced food security and destroyed livelihoods High food and fuel prices exacerbated by the war in Ukraine and the economic impacts of COVID 19 are also reducing food security In association with local authorities and partners FAO has established several projects aimed at improving production and nutrition and building resilience against future shocks In the Gongulong community in Jere the delegation saw FAO supported projects including integrated aquaculture and vegetable production centers for fish processing and briquetting for energy efficient stoves and a Farmer Field School where participants learn methods for better production What we have heard from the community today is that livelihood restoration projects are changing the lives of many people said Abebe Haile Gabriel FAO Assistant Director General and Regional Representative for Africa These projects show that investments in agricultural projects and programs in collaboration with partners can reduce acute food insecurity poverty and unemployment he said Innovative solutions for better production The integrated aquaculture and vegetable production project contemplates the training of aquaculturists to raise catfish in tanks Nutrient rich wastewater from the fish tanks is used to irrigate and fertilize nearby family gardens benefiting the community through access to nutritious fish onions spinach and okra and providing a new source of income I can teach others how to establish and maintain fish farming and vegetable production to earn more income said Bukar Suguli a fish and vegetable farmer adding that the business has restored livelihoods for the entire community The Farmer Field School FFS or school without walls helps improve the adoption of innovative and sustainable farming practices over the course of a farming season It has been widely adopted in Nigeria and throughout Africa as an effective method for agricultural extension services Since 2018 FAO has trained more than 100 facilitators and established more than 400 farmer field schools in five Nigerian states Participants have reported higher yields of up to 40 compared to other farmers At the FFS in Gongulong women farmers have learned how to overcome local challenges such as a parasitic weed that destroys cowpea crops They have tackled this by planting improved cowpea varieties that are resistant to weeds and have higher yields FAO has also launched the FAO Thiaroye Technology FTT fish smoking oven for the safe and efficient processing of farmed catfish The oven dramatically reduces smoke related health impacts on female processors compared to older methods and extends the shelf life of fish by 6 months Safe access to cooking fuel is another critical issue being addressed through FAO s work in Maiduguri Women and children who traditionally collect firewood are often at risk of attack when away from their homes The Safe Access to Fuel and Energy SAFE program was introduced by FAO through training to produce fuel efficient stoves and briquettes At the briquetting plant in Gongulong women are being trained to make and sell stoves and fuel providing them with a source of income Innovative stoves reduce firewood collection trips from 4 times a week to just over once a week on average and cut the amount of firewood normally needed in half Briquettes use agricultural bio waste reducing the need to cut down trees for fuel FAO s work in northeast Nigeria including Borno State is funded by Belgium Canada the European Union EU the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations ECHO Germany Ireland Japan Norway Sweden Switzerland and the United States Agency for International Development USAID FAO is also collaborating with other United Nations entities in implementing the interventions including the Central Emergency Response Fund CERF the International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR the United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF UN Women and the World Food Program The visiting delegation includes the FAO Assistant Director General and Regional Representative for Africa Abebe Haile Gabriel the Deputy Director of the FAO Office of Emergencies and Resilience Shukri Ahmed and the FAO Representative in Nigeria Fred Kafeero
    Innovative fish and vegetable production improves livelihoods of conflict-affected families in Borno State, Nigeria
    Africa23 hours ago

    Innovative fish and vegetable production improves livelihoods of conflict-affected families in Borno State, Nigeria

    Senior officials from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have visited agricultural projects in Borno State, northeast Nigeria, which have transformed the lives of members of the conflict-affected community.

    Borno state, which borders the Lake Chad region, has been hit by a decade-long insurgency that has reduced food security and destroyed livelihoods.

    High food and fuel prices, exacerbated by the war in Ukraine and the economic impacts of COVID-19, are also reducing food security.

    In association with local authorities and partners, FAO has established several projects aimed at improving production and nutrition, and building resilience against future shocks.

    In the Gongulong community in Jere, the delegation saw FAO-supported projects including integrated aquaculture and vegetable production, centers for fish processing and briquetting for energy-efficient stoves, and a Farmer Field School where participants learn methods for better production.

    “What we have heard from the community today is that livelihood restoration projects are changing the lives of many people,” said Abebe Haile-Gabriel, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa.

    “These projects show that investments in agricultural projects and programs, in collaboration with partners, can reduce acute food insecurity, poverty and unemployment,” he said.

    Innovative solutions for better production The integrated aquaculture and vegetable production project contemplates the training of aquaculturists to raise catfish in tanks.

    Nutrient-rich wastewater from the fish tanks is used to irrigate and fertilize nearby family gardens, benefiting the community through access to nutritious fish, onions, spinach and okra, and providing a new source of income.

    “I can teach others how to establish and maintain fish farming and vegetable production to earn more income,” said Bukar Suguli, a fish and vegetable farmer, adding that the business has restored livelihoods for the entire community.

    The Farmer Field School (FFS), or 'school without walls', helps improve the adoption of innovative and sustainable farming practices over the course of a farming season.

    It has been widely adopted in Nigeria and throughout Africa as an effective method for agricultural extension services.

    Since 2018, FAO has trained more than 100 facilitators and established more than 400 farmer field schools in five Nigerian states.

    Participants have reported higher yields of up to 40% compared to other farmers.

    At the FFS in Gongulong, women farmers have learned how to overcome local challenges, such as a parasitic weed that destroys cowpea crops.

    They have tackled this by planting improved cowpea varieties that are resistant to weeds and have higher yields.

    FAO has also launched the FAO Thiaroye Technology (FTT) fish smoking oven for the safe and efficient processing of farmed catfish.

    The oven dramatically reduces smoke-related health impacts on female processors compared to older methods, and extends the shelf life of fish by 6 months.

    Safe access to cooking fuel is another critical issue being addressed through FAO's work in Maiduguri.

    Women and children who traditionally collect firewood are often at risk of attack when away from their homes.

    The Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) program was introduced by FAO through training to produce fuel-efficient stoves and briquettes.

    At the briquetting plant in Gongulong, women are being trained to make and sell stoves and fuel, providing them with a source of income.

    Innovative stoves reduce firewood collection trips from 4 times a week to just over once a week on average, and cut the amount of firewood normally needed in half.

    Briquettes use agricultural bio-waste, reducing the need to cut down trees for fuel.

    FAO's work in northeast Nigeria, including Borno State, is funded by Belgium, Canada, the European Union (EU), the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), Germany, Ireland, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

    FAO is also collaborating with other United Nations entities in implementing the interventions, including the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN Women and the World Food Program.

    The visiting delegation includes the FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa, Abebe Haile-Gabriel, the Deputy Director of the FAO Office of Emergencies and Resilience, Shukri Ahmed, and the FAO Representative in Nigeria, Fred Kafeero.

  •  The chief of Japan s lower house of parliament came under fire on Thursday for admitting he had links to the controversial Unification Church religious organisation Hiroyuki Hosoda a veteran ruling Liberal Democratic Party LDP lawmaker and speaker of the House of Representatives admitted in a statement that he had given two speeches and appeared in two meetings held by the Unification Church or related groups In the statement Hosoda said he attended such gatherings on four occasions in 2018 and 2019 and that he was interviewed by a related group in 2019 local media reported Hosoda also said a group with connections to the Unification Church had offered to support him in his previous election campaigns The group is based in his constituency in Shimane Prefecture western Japan His admission drew flak from opposition parties with Kazuo Shii head of the Japanese Communist Party lambasting and calling on him to step down as speaker of the lower house if he could not explain his links to the church The church is often referred to as a cult in parliament If he cannot do that he should immediately step down as lower house speaker Shii said The ruling LDP headed by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is already under pressure to explain its connections to the church known for coercing massive amounts of money from its followers in return for spiritual or karmic benefits Earlier this month an internal probe by the LDP revealed about half of the LDP s lawmakers had ties with the controversial organisation formally known as the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification Kishida is now expected to be cross examined by opposition parties over the matter in an extraordinary parliamentary session convened for Monday amid waning public support for the LDP according to recent polls The latest revelation said the LDP and the Unification Church come amid mounting concerns by opposition parties and the public that the dubious religious organisation has been seeking to influence politics in Japan by deepening its ties with the LDP NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Japan’s lower house speaker under fire for links with controversial religious group
     The chief of Japan s lower house of parliament came under fire on Thursday for admitting he had links to the controversial Unification Church religious organisation Hiroyuki Hosoda a veteran ruling Liberal Democratic Party LDP lawmaker and speaker of the House of Representatives admitted in a statement that he had given two speeches and appeared in two meetings held by the Unification Church or related groups In the statement Hosoda said he attended such gatherings on four occasions in 2018 and 2019 and that he was interviewed by a related group in 2019 local media reported Hosoda also said a group with connections to the Unification Church had offered to support him in his previous election campaigns The group is based in his constituency in Shimane Prefecture western Japan His admission drew flak from opposition parties with Kazuo Shii head of the Japanese Communist Party lambasting and calling on him to step down as speaker of the lower house if he could not explain his links to the church The church is often referred to as a cult in parliament If he cannot do that he should immediately step down as lower house speaker Shii said The ruling LDP headed by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is already under pressure to explain its connections to the church known for coercing massive amounts of money from its followers in return for spiritual or karmic benefits Earlier this month an internal probe by the LDP revealed about half of the LDP s lawmakers had ties with the controversial organisation formally known as the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification Kishida is now expected to be cross examined by opposition parties over the matter in an extraordinary parliamentary session convened for Monday amid waning public support for the LDP according to recent polls The latest revelation said the LDP and the Unification Church come amid mounting concerns by opposition parties and the public that the dubious religious organisation has been seeking to influence politics in Japan by deepening its ties with the LDP NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Japan’s lower house speaker under fire for links with controversial religious group
    Foreign2 days ago

    Japan’s lower house speaker under fire for links with controversial religious group

    The chief of Japan’s lower house of parliament came under fire on Thursday for admitting he had links to the controversial Unification Church religious organisation.

    Hiroyuki Hosoda, a veteran ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmaker and speaker of the House of Representatives, admitted in a statement that he had given two speeches and appeared in two meetings held by the Unification Church or related groups.

    In the statement, Hosoda said he attended such gatherings on four occasions in 2018 and 2019 and that he was interviewed by a related group in 2019, local media reported.

    Hosoda also said a group with connections to the Unification Church had offered to support him in his previous election campaigns.

    The group is based in his constituency in Shimane Prefecture, western Japan.

    His admission drew flak from opposition parties, with Kazuo Shii, head of the Japanese Communist Party, lambasting and calling on him to step down as speaker of the lower house if he could not explain his links to the church.

    The church is often referred to as a cult in parliament.

    “If he cannot do that, he should immediately step down as lower house speaker,” Shii said.

    The ruling LDP, headed by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, is already under pressure to explain its connections to the church, known for coercing massive amounts of money from its followers in return for “spiritual” or “karmic” benefits.

    Earlier this month, an internal probe by the LDP revealed about half of the LDP’s lawmakers had ties with the controversial organisation, formally known as the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification.

    Kishida is now expected to be cross-examined by opposition parties over the matter in an extraordinary parliamentary session convened for Monday, amid waning public support for the LDP, according to recent polls.

    The latest revelation said the LDP and the Unification Church come amid mounting concerns by opposition parties and the public that the dubious religious organisation has been seeking to influence politics in Japan by deepening its ties with the LDP.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The National Radio and Television Administration NRTA China has reiterated its commitment to deepen cooperation with African media to boost growth of China Africa relations Dr Yan Chengsheng Director General International Cooperation Department of NART said this during the interactive session with Journalists in Beijing under the auspices of China Africa Press Centre CAPC Programme 2022 He spoke on the development of the media industry of China and its international exchanges and cooperation saying the administration would exchange media programmes on philosophy that suits China Africa Yan said To improve the level of cooperation between China and Africa actually we have been thinking about that all the time we should continue to focus on programme exchange This is a good way to learn about each other and meet people s needs on various cultural products China promoted screening of Chinese TV dramas and documentaries in the past decade I think it is a way to help our African friends learn about the real situation in China and deepen China Africa relations During the China Africa media cooperation programme in August we screened Chinese platforms of over 30 programmes from 20 African countries He said that measures were taken to get feedback on results of African media contents in August also that some user platforms reflected that it was nice to have watched African contents in China According to him media programme exchanges will promote knowledge sharing between China and Africa China s philosophy of media operations is quite different from Western media I have studied in the United States and Japan and can say Western journalism focuses on critical thinking It is definitely not wrong that they will have negative opinions about something that they view about society in China we emphasize social responsibility practice of the media The media can play a more constructive role in reporting events and the phenomenon because lots of criticism does not solve problems We hope the media improves the situation solves problems and plays an active role in meaningful development we see achievements about Africa s development and are happy to report them At the same time there were of course some problems in Africa we report but focus on educating people which is much better than criticising the problems he added He reiterated the need for dialogue among journalists on media programme exchanges to be encouraged in ways that suit development of China and Africa The director general further said that China established its journalism philosophy in ways that suit the traditional situation of the country adding that such formed the basis of the culture of China On willingness by China to provide technological support for media growth in Africa he said that such could be related to the economic situation and social development of the country China had a low level of development of media but after several years of efforts we can say in some areas like 5G application China is leading in some technological areas What we can do for Africa is first with content we can provide Chinese programmes for you to broadcast and you also provide your programmes to China This is to support each other in our development of media outlets globally between China and African countries there have been aiding projects between the governments We can try business and commercial promotions in the media sector we should attach importance to both governmental levels The Chinese government will provide assistance to African countries the market is important for us in China with various enterprises and institutions having capabilities in broadcasting services you can rely on he added He however said that a lot could be learnt about the history and situation from China s regional development through such exchanges NRTA a ministerial level central government agency directly under the State Council of China is responsible for administration and supervision of radio television and online audio visual programme service in China and promotion of industrial development No fewer than 90 Journalists from 67 countries across Africa Middle East Europe Latin America and Asia Pacific are participating in the programme which began in June The programme which is being hosted by the China Public Diplomacy Association CPDA is expected to end in November NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Media Growth: China reiterates commitment to deepen cooperation with Africa
     The National Radio and Television Administration NRTA China has reiterated its commitment to deepen cooperation with African media to boost growth of China Africa relations Dr Yan Chengsheng Director General International Cooperation Department of NART said this during the interactive session with Journalists in Beijing under the auspices of China Africa Press Centre CAPC Programme 2022 He spoke on the development of the media industry of China and its international exchanges and cooperation saying the administration would exchange media programmes on philosophy that suits China Africa Yan said To improve the level of cooperation between China and Africa actually we have been thinking about that all the time we should continue to focus on programme exchange This is a good way to learn about each other and meet people s needs on various cultural products China promoted screening of Chinese TV dramas and documentaries in the past decade I think it is a way to help our African friends learn about the real situation in China and deepen China Africa relations During the China Africa media cooperation programme in August we screened Chinese platforms of over 30 programmes from 20 African countries He said that measures were taken to get feedback on results of African media contents in August also that some user platforms reflected that it was nice to have watched African contents in China According to him media programme exchanges will promote knowledge sharing between China and Africa China s philosophy of media operations is quite different from Western media I have studied in the United States and Japan and can say Western journalism focuses on critical thinking It is definitely not wrong that they will have negative opinions about something that they view about society in China we emphasize social responsibility practice of the media The media can play a more constructive role in reporting events and the phenomenon because lots of criticism does not solve problems We hope the media improves the situation solves problems and plays an active role in meaningful development we see achievements about Africa s development and are happy to report them At the same time there were of course some problems in Africa we report but focus on educating people which is much better than criticising the problems he added He reiterated the need for dialogue among journalists on media programme exchanges to be encouraged in ways that suit development of China and Africa The director general further said that China established its journalism philosophy in ways that suit the traditional situation of the country adding that such formed the basis of the culture of China On willingness by China to provide technological support for media growth in Africa he said that such could be related to the economic situation and social development of the country China had a low level of development of media but after several years of efforts we can say in some areas like 5G application China is leading in some technological areas What we can do for Africa is first with content we can provide Chinese programmes for you to broadcast and you also provide your programmes to China This is to support each other in our development of media outlets globally between China and African countries there have been aiding projects between the governments We can try business and commercial promotions in the media sector we should attach importance to both governmental levels The Chinese government will provide assistance to African countries the market is important for us in China with various enterprises and institutions having capabilities in broadcasting services you can rely on he added He however said that a lot could be learnt about the history and situation from China s regional development through such exchanges NRTA a ministerial level central government agency directly under the State Council of China is responsible for administration and supervision of radio television and online audio visual programme service in China and promotion of industrial development No fewer than 90 Journalists from 67 countries across Africa Middle East Europe Latin America and Asia Pacific are participating in the programme which began in June The programme which is being hosted by the China Public Diplomacy Association CPDA is expected to end in November NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Media Growth: China reiterates commitment to deepen cooperation with Africa
    Foreign2 days ago

    Media Growth: China reiterates commitment to deepen cooperation with Africa

    The National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA), China, has reiterated its commitment to deepen cooperation with African media to boost growth of China-Africa relations.

    Dr Yan Chengsheng, Director-General, International Cooperation Department of NART, said this during the interactive session with Journalists in Beijing under the auspices of China Africa Press Centre (CAPC) Programme 2022. He spoke on the development of the media industry of China and its international exchanges and cooperation, saying the administration would exchange media programmes on philosophy that suits China-Africa.

    Yan said, “To improve the level of cooperation between China and Africa; actually we have been thinking about that all the time, we should continue to focus on programme exchange.

    “This is a good way to learn about each other and meet people’s needs on various cultural products.

    “China promoted screening of Chinese TV-dramas and documentaries in the past decade; I think it is a way to help our African friends learn about the real situation in China and deepen China-Africa relations.

    “During the China-Africa media cooperation programme in August, we screened Chinese platforms of over 30 programmes from 20 African countries.

    ” He said that measures were taken to get feedback on results of African media contents in August, also that some user platforms reflected that it was nice to have watched African contents in China.

    According to him, media programme exchanges will promote knowledge sharing between China and Africa.

    “China’s philosophy of media operations is quite different from Western media.

    I have studied in the United States and Japan and can say Western journalism focuses on critical thinking.

    “It is definitely not wrong that they will have negative opinions about something that they view about society, in China we emphasize social responsibility practice of the media.

    “The media can play a more constructive role in reporting events and the phenomenon, because lots of criticism does not solve problems.

    “We hope the media improves the situation, solves problems and plays an active role in meaningful development; we see achievements about Africa’s development and are happy to report them.

    “At the same time, there were of course some problems in Africa we report but focus on educating people, which is much better than criticising the problems,” he added.

    He reiterated the need for dialogue among journalists on media programme exchanges to be encouraged in ways that suit development of China and Africa.

    The director-general further said that China established its journalism philosophy in ways that suit the traditional situation of the country, adding that such formed the basis of the culture of China.

    On willingness by China to provide technological support for media growth in Africa, he said that such could be related to the economic situation and social development of the country.

    “China had a low level of development of media, but after several years of efforts we can say in some areas like 5G application China is leading in some technological areas.

    “What we can do for Africa is first with content; we can provide Chinese programmes for you to broadcast and you also provide your programmes to China.

    This is “to support each other in our development of media outlets globally; between China and African countries there have been aiding projects between the governments.

    “We can try business and commercial promotions in the media sector; we should attach importance to both governmental levels.

    “The Chinese government will provide assistance to African countries; the market is important for us in China with various enterprises and institutions having capabilities in broadcasting services; you can rely on,” he added.

    He, however, said that a lot could be learnt about the history and situation from China’s regional development through such exchanges.

    NRTA, a ministerial-level central government agency directly under the State Council of China, is responsible for administration and supervision of radio, television and online audio-visual programme service in China and promotion of industrial development.

    No fewer than 90 Journalists from 67 countries across Africa, Middle East, Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific, are participating in the programme which began in June. The programme, which is being hosted by the China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA), is expected to end in November.


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  •  The Kwara Government says it has trained 117 personnel for implementation of digital literacy to support teaching and learning in the state Prof Shehu Adaramaja the Executive Chairman Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board KWSUBEB disclosed this during the grand finale of the 3 day Train the Trainers Workshop on Wednesday in Ilorin Adaramaja said that the hope of Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq administration to train the participants was to key into technology as a tool to support teaching and learning in the state He said that the selected teachers and security personnel for training cut across the 16 local government areas of the state The growth of any nation depends on its technological development Developed countries like South Korea U S Japan Russia and others all developed through technology Nigeria as a nation cannot continue to rely on oil We need to key into technology The world is now a global village Gov AbdulRazaq is aiming towards making Kwara first technology wise in the country We want everybody to be part of the technological project he said The chairman therefore urged the participants to be committed to their service and take technological revolution to their various centres He also enjoined them to pass the knowledge to students in their various schools and centres in order to make Kwara first We want our students to compete globally without any doubt We are selecting you to take the technology gospel to your various centres and pass it on to the upcoming generation Count yourself lucky to have been selected Grab the opportunity with both hands and discharge your duty effectively he said Adaramaja said there were 39 centres across the state where the participants would be able to train students He advised the security personnel to be faithful and be diligent to work in order not to land themselves in trouble The SUBEB boss advised the security personnel not to be absent from centres where they will be posted Stay at where you are posted You are to protect our computers at various centres Don t run away from work You will be held responsible when you are not on ground to monitor our computers he warned The National Coordinator of the training Mr Oriyomi Olukumbi tasked the participants to tick every box and think wide to effectively influence the students Olukumbi said the target was to ensure E learning has come to stay and as well allow students in the state to compete globally He commended AbdulRazaq for investing in the training and as well assure technology takes off from the state in the nearest future NAN reports that the theme for the training is Technology as a Panacea for Improving Learning Outcomes The 3 day training which commenced on Sept 26 ended on Sept 28 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kwara trains 117 personnel on digital literacy
     The Kwara Government says it has trained 117 personnel for implementation of digital literacy to support teaching and learning in the state Prof Shehu Adaramaja the Executive Chairman Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board KWSUBEB disclosed this during the grand finale of the 3 day Train the Trainers Workshop on Wednesday in Ilorin Adaramaja said that the hope of Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq administration to train the participants was to key into technology as a tool to support teaching and learning in the state He said that the selected teachers and security personnel for training cut across the 16 local government areas of the state The growth of any nation depends on its technological development Developed countries like South Korea U S Japan Russia and others all developed through technology Nigeria as a nation cannot continue to rely on oil We need to key into technology The world is now a global village Gov AbdulRazaq is aiming towards making Kwara first technology wise in the country We want everybody to be part of the technological project he said The chairman therefore urged the participants to be committed to their service and take technological revolution to their various centres He also enjoined them to pass the knowledge to students in their various schools and centres in order to make Kwara first We want our students to compete globally without any doubt We are selecting you to take the technology gospel to your various centres and pass it on to the upcoming generation Count yourself lucky to have been selected Grab the opportunity with both hands and discharge your duty effectively he said Adaramaja said there were 39 centres across the state where the participants would be able to train students He advised the security personnel to be faithful and be diligent to work in order not to land themselves in trouble The SUBEB boss advised the security personnel not to be absent from centres where they will be posted Stay at where you are posted You are to protect our computers at various centres Don t run away from work You will be held responsible when you are not on ground to monitor our computers he warned The National Coordinator of the training Mr Oriyomi Olukumbi tasked the participants to tick every box and think wide to effectively influence the students Olukumbi said the target was to ensure E learning has come to stay and as well allow students in the state to compete globally He commended AbdulRazaq for investing in the training and as well assure technology takes off from the state in the nearest future NAN reports that the theme for the training is Technology as a Panacea for Improving Learning Outcomes The 3 day training which commenced on Sept 26 ended on Sept 28 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kwara trains 117 personnel on digital literacy
    General news3 days ago

    Kwara trains 117 personnel on digital literacy

    The Kwara Government says it has trained 117 personnel for implementation of digital literacy to support teaching and learning in the state.

    Prof. Shehu Adaramaja, the Executive Chairman, Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board (KWSUBEB), disclosed this during the grand finale of the 3-day Train the Trainers’ Workshop on Wednesday in Ilorin.

    Adaramaja said that the hope of Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq administration to train the participants was to key into technology as a tool to support teaching and learning in the state.

    He said that the selected teachers and security personnel for training cut across the 16 local government areas of the state.

    “The growth of any nation depends on its technological development.

    Developed countries like South Korea, U.

    S., Japan, Russia and others all developed through technology.

    “Nigeria as a nation cannot continue to rely on oil.

    We need to key into technology.

    The world is now a global village.

    “Gov. AbdulRazaq is aiming towards making Kwara first technology wise in the country.

    We want everybody to be part of the technological project,” he said.

    The chairman therefore urged the participants to be committed to their service and take technological revolution to their various centres.

    He also enjoined them to pass the knowledge to students in their various schools and centres in order to make Kwara first.

    “We want our students to compete globally without any doubt.

    We are selecting you to take the technology gospel to your various centres and pass it on to the upcoming generation.

    “Count yourself lucky to have been selected.

    Grab the opportunity with both hands and discharge your duty effectively,” he said.

    Adaramaja said there were 39 centres across the state where the participants would be able to train students.

    He advised the security personnel to be faithful and be diligent to work in order not to land themselves in trouble.

    The SUBEB boss advised the security personnel not to be absent from centres where they will be posted.

    “Stay at where you are posted.

    You are to protect our computers at various centres.

    Don’t run away from work.

    You will be held responsible when you are not on ground to monitor our computers,” he warned.

    The National Coordinator of the training, Mr Oriyomi Olukumbi, tasked the participants to tick every box and think wide to effectively influence the students.

    Olukumbi said the target was to ensure E-learning has come to stay and as well allow students in the state to compete globally.

    He commended AbdulRazaq for investing in the training and as well assure technology takes off from the state in the nearest future.

    NAN reports that the theme for the training is: “Technology as a Panacea for Improving Learning Outcomes’’.

    The 3-day training which commenced on Sept. 26, ended on Sept. 28.  
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   On September 28 starting at 13 25 for approximately 25 minutes Mr MATSUNO Hirokazu Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan received a courtesy call from H E Mr Eng Kamel Elwazer Minister of Transport of the Arab Republic of Egypt who is visiting Japan to attend the state funeral of the late former Prime Minister Abe as President El Sisi s special envoy The summary is as follows At the beginning Minister Elwazer delivered President El Sisi s letter addressed to Prime Minister Kishida to Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno and expressed his deepest condolences on the passing of the late former Prime Minister Abe In response Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno expressed appreciation for Minister Elwazer s attendance at former Prime Minister Abe s state funeral and stated that he would like Minister Elwazer to convey Japan s deep appreciation to President El Sisi Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno welcomed the fact that the Japan Egypt relationship which was strengthened by the strong trust between former Prime Minister Abe and President El Sisi has borne fruit as the corporation in the Great Egyptian Museum GEM Line 4 of the Cairo metro Egypt Japan University of Science and Technology E JUST and Japanese education system in Egypt He also expressed his expectation of more investment by Japanese companies through the improvement of the investment environment in Egypt In response Minister Elwazer expressed his gratitude for Japan s support for Egypt in various fields both public and private and expressed his expectation of further Japanese investment in Egypt In addition both sides reaffirmed the partnership between the two countries and agreed to continue the corporation to further enhance the bilateral relationship
    Japan: Courtesy visit to the Chief Cabinet Secretary, Matsuno Hirokazu, by His Excellency Eng. Kamel Elwazer, Minister of Transport of the Arab Republic of Egypt
      On September 28 starting at 13 25 for approximately 25 minutes Mr MATSUNO Hirokazu Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan received a courtesy call from H E Mr Eng Kamel Elwazer Minister of Transport of the Arab Republic of Egypt who is visiting Japan to attend the state funeral of the late former Prime Minister Abe as President El Sisi s special envoy The summary is as follows At the beginning Minister Elwazer delivered President El Sisi s letter addressed to Prime Minister Kishida to Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno and expressed his deepest condolences on the passing of the late former Prime Minister Abe In response Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno expressed appreciation for Minister Elwazer s attendance at former Prime Minister Abe s state funeral and stated that he would like Minister Elwazer to convey Japan s deep appreciation to President El Sisi Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno welcomed the fact that the Japan Egypt relationship which was strengthened by the strong trust between former Prime Minister Abe and President El Sisi has borne fruit as the corporation in the Great Egyptian Museum GEM Line 4 of the Cairo metro Egypt Japan University of Science and Technology E JUST and Japanese education system in Egypt He also expressed his expectation of more investment by Japanese companies through the improvement of the investment environment in Egypt In response Minister Elwazer expressed his gratitude for Japan s support for Egypt in various fields both public and private and expressed his expectation of further Japanese investment in Egypt In addition both sides reaffirmed the partnership between the two countries and agreed to continue the corporation to further enhance the bilateral relationship
    Japan: Courtesy visit to the Chief Cabinet Secretary, Matsuno Hirokazu, by His Excellency Eng. Kamel Elwazer, Minister of Transport of the Arab Republic of Egypt
    Africa3 days ago

    Japan: Courtesy visit to the Chief Cabinet Secretary, Matsuno Hirokazu, by His Excellency Eng. Kamel Elwazer, Minister of Transport of the Arab Republic of Egypt

    On September 28, starting at 13:25 for approximately 25 minutes, Mr. MATSUNO Hirokazu, Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan, received a courtesy call from H.E. Mr. Eng. Kamel Elwazer, Minister of Transport of the Arab Republic of Egypt, who is visiting Japan to attend the state funeral of the late former Prime Minister Abe as President El-Sisi's special envoy.

    The summary is as follows: At the beginning, Minister Elwazer delivered President El-Sisi's letter addressed to Prime Minister Kishida to Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno and expressed his deepest condolences on the passing of the late former Prime Minister Abe. In response, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno expressed appreciation for Minister Elwazer's attendance at former Prime Minister Abe's state funeral and stated that he would like Minister Elwazer to convey Japan's deep appreciation to President El-Sisi. .

    Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno welcomed the fact that the Japan-Egypt relationship, which was strengthened by the strong trust between former Prime Minister Abe and President El-Sisi, has borne fruit as the corporation in the Great Egyptian Museum (GEM), Line 4 of the Cairo metro.

    , Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST) and Japanese education system in Egypt.

    He also expressed his expectation of more investment by Japanese companies through the improvement of the investment environment in Egypt.

    In response, Minister Elwazer expressed his gratitude for Japan's support for Egypt in various fields, both public and private, and expressed his expectation of further Japanese investment in Egypt.

    In addition, both sides reaffirmed the partnership between the two countries and agreed to continue the corporation to further enhance the bilateral relationship.

  •   On September 28 starting at 2 40 pm for approximately 20 minutes Mr KISHIDA Fumio Prime Minister of Japan received a courtesy call from H E Kembo CD MOHADI Vice President of the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front former Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe who is visiting Japan to attend the state funeral of former Prime Minister ABE Shinzo The summary of the meeting is as follows At the outset Prime Minister Kishida expressed his gratitude to Vice President Mohadi for his attendance at the state funeral of former Prime Minister ABE Shinzo and stated that he wished to further develop the excellent diplomatic relationship established under former Prime Minister Abe In response Vice President Mohadi conveyed his condolences to former Prime Minister Abe Prime Minister Kishida then expressed his willingness to help Zimbabwe which has abundant mineral resources so that Zimbabwe can fulfill its potential He also expressed his hope that the presidential elections scheduled for next year will be held peacefully and that democratization will continue to advance Vice President Mohadi expressed his appreciation for Japan s support for Zimbabwe and his expectation for further support from Japan In addition both sides exchanged views on international issues such as the situation in Ukraine and confirmed the importance of cooperation Prime Minister Kishida also stated the importance of strengthening food security and both sides confirmed that they will cooperate with each other on this issue They also confirmed working for further development of bilateral relations following up on the results of TICAD 8
    Japan: Courtesy visit to Prime Minister Kishida by Mr. Kembo Mohadi, Vice President of the African National Union of Zimbabwe – Patriotic Front
      On September 28 starting at 2 40 pm for approximately 20 minutes Mr KISHIDA Fumio Prime Minister of Japan received a courtesy call from H E Kembo CD MOHADI Vice President of the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front former Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe who is visiting Japan to attend the state funeral of former Prime Minister ABE Shinzo The summary of the meeting is as follows At the outset Prime Minister Kishida expressed his gratitude to Vice President Mohadi for his attendance at the state funeral of former Prime Minister ABE Shinzo and stated that he wished to further develop the excellent diplomatic relationship established under former Prime Minister Abe In response Vice President Mohadi conveyed his condolences to former Prime Minister Abe Prime Minister Kishida then expressed his willingness to help Zimbabwe which has abundant mineral resources so that Zimbabwe can fulfill its potential He also expressed his hope that the presidential elections scheduled for next year will be held peacefully and that democratization will continue to advance Vice President Mohadi expressed his appreciation for Japan s support for Zimbabwe and his expectation for further support from Japan In addition both sides exchanged views on international issues such as the situation in Ukraine and confirmed the importance of cooperation Prime Minister Kishida also stated the importance of strengthening food security and both sides confirmed that they will cooperate with each other on this issue They also confirmed working for further development of bilateral relations following up on the results of TICAD 8
    Japan: Courtesy visit to Prime Minister Kishida by Mr. Kembo Mohadi, Vice President of the African National Union of Zimbabwe – Patriotic Front
    Africa3 days ago

    Japan: Courtesy visit to Prime Minister Kishida by Mr. Kembo Mohadi, Vice President of the African National Union of Zimbabwe – Patriotic Front

    On September 28, starting at 2:40 pm for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, received a courtesy call from H.E. Kembo CD MOHADI, Vice President of the Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front, former Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, who is visiting Japan to attend the state funeral of former Prime Minister ABE Shinzo.

    The summary of the meeting is as follows.

    At the outset, Prime Minister Kishida expressed his gratitude to Vice President Mohadi for his attendance at the state funeral of former Prime Minister ABE Shinzo and stated that he wished to further develop the excellent diplomatic relationship established under former Prime Minister Abe. In response, Vice President Mohadi conveyed his condolences to former Prime Minister Abe. Prime Minister Kishida then expressed his willingness to help Zimbabwe, which has abundant mineral resources, so that Zimbabwe can fulfill its potential.

    He also expressed his hope that the presidential elections scheduled for next year will be held peacefully and that democratization will continue to advance.

    Vice President Mohadi expressed his appreciation for Japan's support for Zimbabwe and his expectation for further support from Japan.

    In addition, both sides exchanged views on international issues, such as the situation in Ukraine, and confirmed the importance of cooperation.

    Prime Minister Kishida also stated the importance of strengthening food security, and both sides confirmed that they will cooperate with each other on this issue.

    They also confirmed working for further development of bilateral relations, following up on the results of TICAD 8.

  •   On September 28 starting at 10 10 am for approximately 20 minutes Mr HAYASHI Yoshimasa Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan held a meeting with HE Ambassador Albert SHINGIRO Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation of the Republic of Burundi during his visit to Japan to attend the state funeral of former Prime Minister Abe The summary of the meeting is as follows At the beginning Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude to Minister Shingiro for his attendance at the state funeral of former Prime Minister ABE Shinzo In response Minister Shingiro expressed his thanks for the invitation to the state funeral In addition Minister Hayashi expressed his willingness to support Burundi s efforts to work for peace stability and regional development In response Minister Shingiro expressed his appreciation for the assistance provided by Japan so far particularly food assistance and his intention to continue working hard for regional stability and development The two Ministers exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine and confirmed the importance of coordination among members of the international community in response to the crisis Minister Hayashi also stressed the importance of strengthening food security and the transparency and fairness of development financing and both sides confirmed that they will cooperate with each other on this issue They also confirmed working for further development of bilateral relations following up on the results of TICAD 8
    Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Japan and Burundi
      On September 28 starting at 10 10 am for approximately 20 minutes Mr HAYASHI Yoshimasa Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan held a meeting with HE Ambassador Albert SHINGIRO Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation of the Republic of Burundi during his visit to Japan to attend the state funeral of former Prime Minister Abe The summary of the meeting is as follows At the beginning Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude to Minister Shingiro for his attendance at the state funeral of former Prime Minister ABE Shinzo In response Minister Shingiro expressed his thanks for the invitation to the state funeral In addition Minister Hayashi expressed his willingness to support Burundi s efforts to work for peace stability and regional development In response Minister Shingiro expressed his appreciation for the assistance provided by Japan so far particularly food assistance and his intention to continue working hard for regional stability and development The two Ministers exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine and confirmed the importance of coordination among members of the international community in response to the crisis Minister Hayashi also stressed the importance of strengthening food security and the transparency and fairness of development financing and both sides confirmed that they will cooperate with each other on this issue They also confirmed working for further development of bilateral relations following up on the results of TICAD 8
    Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Japan and Burundi
    Africa3 days ago

    Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Japan and Burundi

    On September 28, starting at 10:10 am for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a meeting with HE Ambassador Albert SHINGIRO, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation of the Republic of Burundi, during his visit to Japan to attend the state funeral of former Prime Minister Abe. The summary of the meeting is as follows.

    At the beginning, Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude to Minister Shingiro for his attendance at the state funeral of former Prime Minister ABE Shinzo.

    In response, Minister Shingiro expressed his thanks for the invitation to the state funeral.

    In addition, Minister Hayashi expressed his willingness to support Burundi's efforts to work for peace, stability and regional development.

    In response, Minister Shingiro expressed his appreciation for the assistance provided by Japan so far, particularly food assistance, and his intention to continue working hard for regional stability and development.

    The two Ministers exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine and confirmed the importance of coordination among members of the international community in response to the crisis.

    Minister Hayashi also stressed the importance of strengthening food security and the transparency and fairness of development financing, and both sides confirmed that they will cooperate with each other on this issue.

    They also confirmed working for further development of bilateral relations, following up on the results of TICAD 8.

  •  Opposition leader Lee Jae myung on Wednesday said that his party will hold the Yoon Suk yeol government responsible for what he calls a diplomatic disaster during the president s recent overseas trip In a speech at the National Assembly the chairman of the main opposition Democratic Party DP said Yoon s trip to Britain and the United States last week revealed the level of diplomacy of his government Lee and the DP have portrayed Yoon s trip to Britain New York and Canada as a diplomatic fiasco fraught with gaffes and blunders This includes his failure to pay respect to the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II before the state funeral and the lack of a tangible outcome from a summit with Japan It has also condemned Yoon s use of foul language caught on a hot mic during a trip to New York The DP as the majority party will clearly find out who is responsible for the diplomatic disaster Lee said vowing to respond strongly to any damage to the national interest and national status There can be no rehearsal in diplomacy likened to a war without gunfire However an excuse of being a beginner cannot be accepted in the harsh diplomatic war the chairman said in his first parliamentary speech after being elected the DP leader in August Meanwhile Lee also denounced Yoon for failing to discuss urgent pending issues with the U S such as impact from the Inflation Reduction Act and bilateral currency swap during his New York trip Lee then proposed a Constitutional revision to change the nation s presidential system from the current five year single term to a four year two term presidency On North Korea the DP leader said that it is a shocking and serious problem if the North intends to use its nuclear weapons not only for defence but also for a preemptive strike As a realistic alternative we propose conditional sanctions relief for the North and step by step simultaneous actions We don t support any unilateral policy only for North Korea Lee said promising to resolutely demand changes in the North s wrong practices and attitudes Edited by Halima Rabe Mani NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Opposition leader vows to hold Yoon govt. responsible for diplomatic fiasco
     Opposition leader Lee Jae myung on Wednesday said that his party will hold the Yoon Suk yeol government responsible for what he calls a diplomatic disaster during the president s recent overseas trip In a speech at the National Assembly the chairman of the main opposition Democratic Party DP said Yoon s trip to Britain and the United States last week revealed the level of diplomacy of his government Lee and the DP have portrayed Yoon s trip to Britain New York and Canada as a diplomatic fiasco fraught with gaffes and blunders This includes his failure to pay respect to the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II before the state funeral and the lack of a tangible outcome from a summit with Japan It has also condemned Yoon s use of foul language caught on a hot mic during a trip to New York The DP as the majority party will clearly find out who is responsible for the diplomatic disaster Lee said vowing to respond strongly to any damage to the national interest and national status There can be no rehearsal in diplomacy likened to a war without gunfire However an excuse of being a beginner cannot be accepted in the harsh diplomatic war the chairman said in his first parliamentary speech after being elected the DP leader in August Meanwhile Lee also denounced Yoon for failing to discuss urgent pending issues with the U S such as impact from the Inflation Reduction Act and bilateral currency swap during his New York trip Lee then proposed a Constitutional revision to change the nation s presidential system from the current five year single term to a four year two term presidency On North Korea the DP leader said that it is a shocking and serious problem if the North intends to use its nuclear weapons not only for defence but also for a preemptive strike As a realistic alternative we propose conditional sanctions relief for the North and step by step simultaneous actions We don t support any unilateral policy only for North Korea Lee said promising to resolutely demand changes in the North s wrong practices and attitudes Edited by Halima Rabe Mani NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Opposition leader vows to hold Yoon govt. responsible for diplomatic fiasco
    Foreign3 days ago

    Opposition leader vows to hold Yoon govt. responsible for diplomatic fiasco

    Opposition leader Lee Jae-myung on Wednesday said  that his party will hold the Yoon Suk-yeol government responsible for what he calls a diplomatic disaster during the president’s recent overseas trip.

    In a speech at the National Assembly, the chairman of the main opposition Democratic Party (DP) said Yoon’s trip to Britain and the United States last week revealed the level of diplomacy of his government.

    Lee and the DP have portrayed Yoon’s trip to Britain, New York and Canada as a diplomatic fiasco fraught with gaffes and blunders.

    This includes his failure to pay respect to the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II before the state funeral and the lack of a tangible outcome from a summit with Japan.

    It has also condemned Yoon’s use of foul language caught on a hot mic during a trip to New York. “The DP, as the majority party, will clearly find out who is responsible for the diplomatic disaster,’’ Lee said, vowing to respond strongly to any damage to the national interest and national status.

    “There can be no rehearsal in diplomacy likened to a war without gunfire.

    However, an excuse of being a beginner cannot be accepted in the harsh diplomatic war,’’ the chairman said in his first parliamentary speech after being elected the DP leader in August.

    Meanwhile, Lee also denounced Yoon for failing to discuss urgent pending issues with the U.

    S., such as impact from the Inflation Reduction Act and bilateral currency swap, during his New York trip.

    Lee then proposed a Constitutional revision to change the nation’s presidential system from the current five-year single term to a four-year, two-term presidency.

    On North Korea, the DP leader said that it is a shocking and serious problem if the North intends to use its nuclear weapons not only for defence but also for a preemptive strike.

    “As a realistic alternative, we propose conditional sanctions relief (for the North) and step by step simultaneous actions.

    “ We don’t support any unilateral policy only for North Korea,’’ Lee said, promising to resolutely demand changes in the North’s wrong practices and attitudes.

    Edited  by Halima Rabe Mani  
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   By Nina Bowyer Partner Herbert Smith Freehills and Barbara McNulty Associate Herbert Smith Freehills ahead of Africa Oil Week AOW https Africa OilWeek com 2022 Nina Bowyer Partner Herbert Smith Freehills and Barbara McNulty Associate Herbert Smith Freehills https www HerbertSmithFreehills com shares her thoughts and experience on Africa s competitive advantage as a clean hydrogen hub Nina Bowyer will moderate a panel at the Green Energy Africa Summit https GreenEnergyAfricaSummit com being held in conjunction with AOW on the topic Green Hydrogen Could we see Africa play a significant role in this space Africa s abundance of renewable resources coupled with a developed renewable energy sector where renewable energy can be produced cheaply a key ingredient for generating low cost green hydrogen gives Africa a clear competitive advantage as clean hydrogen center Africa is also well placed geographically to serve the European and Asian markets and is an established export route Since oil and gas are frequently exported from Africa to Asia Europe and the rest of the world hydrogen exporters can take advantage of these established routes to reduce some transportation export costs Africa s natural gas export infrastructure has the potential to be reused to transport hydrogen across Africa and Europe through the natural gas pipelines that connect North Africa to mainland Europe Africa Europe Route Foreign government support acceptance for this export route from Africa to Europe exists at EU level the EU Hydrogen Strategy refers to the import of renewable hydrogen from North Africa to meet the projected hydrogen demand in the context of its 2050 carbon neutral goals European bodies such as FCH JU a public private partnership that aims to foster development in the hydrogen industry emphasize this goal The EU communications call for investments to develop clean hydrogen production in North Africa EU support could be available for hydrogen projects in Africa in relation to various financing support schemes including the Connecting Europe Facility the Neighbourhood Development and International Cooperation Instrument and other more focused platforms the development The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has already started working with governments across the continent especially in Egypt and Morocco to study the challenges in deploying a hydrogen economy Following this trend Germany is in the process of developing a renewable hydrogen production and import chain in a joint project with West African countries Germany and Morocco have signed an agreement to develop green hydrogen production and further R D in space under which Morocco is expected to build Africa s first large scale green hydrogen production plant the Power to X Morocco has also signed a declaration of cooperation with Portugal to develop a partnership in the green hydrogen sector The Italian government is seeking to import clean hydrogen from North Africa given pipeline connections including the Trans Mediterranean pipeline and the lower cost of producing renewable energy in North Africa Development of the hydrogen sector in Africa Certain countries in Africa are already on the way to creating a hydrogen sector demonstrating strong government support for the development of the sector Morocco and South Africa are the notable pioneers Morocco has created a National Hydrogen Commission and is developing its national hydrogen roadmap Morocco is also part of the latest pilot phase of CertifHy a pilot plan for hydrogen guarantees of origin throughout the EU The South African government has published its hydrogen strategy roadmap and with its abundant wind and solar energy production South Africa is a natural candidate to become a green hydrogen exporter In South Africa as the first phase of the government s Platinum Valley initiative Anglo American announced a collaboration agreement led by the South African Department of Science and Innovation with ENGIE the South African National Development Institute and Bambili Energy to complete a study feasibility study to develop a Hydrogen Valley in the Bushveld geologic area rich in platinum group metals The South African government also announced a fuel cell hub project in South Africa that is currently undergoing an environmental impact assessment The African Hydrogen Partnership a pan African association dedicated to the development of a clean hydrogen economy in Africa will be helpful in considering an Africa wide hydrogen development roadmap and in considering macro issues across the continent such as networks Of transport At the first meeting of the African Hydrogen association in Ethiopia the development of green hydrogen for export to Europe and Japan was discussed Development of regulation and investment The development of regulation across Africa to effectively regulate the hydrogen supply chain production transportation storage etc and to provide the right comfort and incentives for financiers developers and pioneers will be key to unlocking Africa s potential in the hydrogen economy Regulation is particularly important at all levels given the large amount of capital required to invest at the scale needed to reduce costs and test the technology Capital is already being invested Sasol and Toyota South Africa Motors for example have partnered in South Africa to develop a green hydrogen mobility ecosystem with a pilot project focusing on fuel cell powered long haul trucks for use in one of the countries of the South The main freight corridors of Africa Anglo American is developing a 300 tonne hydrogen fuel cell powered truck for use at its mining operations in Mogalakwena South Africa with the ultimate goal of using it at its other mine sites We anticipate that other mining and energy companies will look to develop heavy duty vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells as a way to decarbonize their operations Given the limitations of standard electric batteries hydrogen fuel cells will likely have the upper hand in this race With growing interest in all aspects of the hydrogen industry regulation is paramount Africa s low carbon future The drive for decarbonisation and with the global green hydrogen market expected to grow from US 2 14bn in 2021 to US 135 73bn by 2031 green hydrogen is proving particularly attractive around the world the world and especially for Africa With its vast resources of sun wind and coastline Africa is in a unique position to harness these resources sustainably to meet its growing domestic energy demand and accelerate Africa s energy transition and with the potential for certain regions to be exporters net of green hydrogen also contribute to the energy transition of its neighbors in Europe and beyond
    Africa Oil Week Silver Sponsor Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) shares his experience ahead of Africa Oil Week (AOW) 2022 (by Nina Bowyer and Barbara McNulty)
      By Nina Bowyer Partner Herbert Smith Freehills and Barbara McNulty Associate Herbert Smith Freehills ahead of Africa Oil Week AOW https Africa OilWeek com 2022 Nina Bowyer Partner Herbert Smith Freehills and Barbara McNulty Associate Herbert Smith Freehills https www HerbertSmithFreehills com shares her thoughts and experience on Africa s competitive advantage as a clean hydrogen hub Nina Bowyer will moderate a panel at the Green Energy Africa Summit https GreenEnergyAfricaSummit com being held in conjunction with AOW on the topic Green Hydrogen Could we see Africa play a significant role in this space Africa s abundance of renewable resources coupled with a developed renewable energy sector where renewable energy can be produced cheaply a key ingredient for generating low cost green hydrogen gives Africa a clear competitive advantage as clean hydrogen center Africa is also well placed geographically to serve the European and Asian markets and is an established export route Since oil and gas are frequently exported from Africa to Asia Europe and the rest of the world hydrogen exporters can take advantage of these established routes to reduce some transportation export costs Africa s natural gas export infrastructure has the potential to be reused to transport hydrogen across Africa and Europe through the natural gas pipelines that connect North Africa to mainland Europe Africa Europe Route Foreign government support acceptance for this export route from Africa to Europe exists at EU level the EU Hydrogen Strategy refers to the import of renewable hydrogen from North Africa to meet the projected hydrogen demand in the context of its 2050 carbon neutral goals European bodies such as FCH JU a public private partnership that aims to foster development in the hydrogen industry emphasize this goal The EU communications call for investments to develop clean hydrogen production in North Africa EU support could be available for hydrogen projects in Africa in relation to various financing support schemes including the Connecting Europe Facility the Neighbourhood Development and International Cooperation Instrument and other more focused platforms the development The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has already started working with governments across the continent especially in Egypt and Morocco to study the challenges in deploying a hydrogen economy Following this trend Germany is in the process of developing a renewable hydrogen production and import chain in a joint project with West African countries Germany and Morocco have signed an agreement to develop green hydrogen production and further R D in space under which Morocco is expected to build Africa s first large scale green hydrogen production plant the Power to X Morocco has also signed a declaration of cooperation with Portugal to develop a partnership in the green hydrogen sector The Italian government is seeking to import clean hydrogen from North Africa given pipeline connections including the Trans Mediterranean pipeline and the lower cost of producing renewable energy in North Africa Development of the hydrogen sector in Africa Certain countries in Africa are already on the way to creating a hydrogen sector demonstrating strong government support for the development of the sector Morocco and South Africa are the notable pioneers Morocco has created a National Hydrogen Commission and is developing its national hydrogen roadmap Morocco is also part of the latest pilot phase of CertifHy a pilot plan for hydrogen guarantees of origin throughout the EU The South African government has published its hydrogen strategy roadmap and with its abundant wind and solar energy production South Africa is a natural candidate to become a green hydrogen exporter In South Africa as the first phase of the government s Platinum Valley initiative Anglo American announced a collaboration agreement led by the South African Department of Science and Innovation with ENGIE the South African National Development Institute and Bambili Energy to complete a study feasibility study to develop a Hydrogen Valley in the Bushveld geologic area rich in platinum group metals The South African government also announced a fuel cell hub project in South Africa that is currently undergoing an environmental impact assessment The African Hydrogen Partnership a pan African association dedicated to the development of a clean hydrogen economy in Africa will be helpful in considering an Africa wide hydrogen development roadmap and in considering macro issues across the continent such as networks Of transport At the first meeting of the African Hydrogen association in Ethiopia the development of green hydrogen for export to Europe and Japan was discussed Development of regulation and investment The development of regulation across Africa to effectively regulate the hydrogen supply chain production transportation storage etc and to provide the right comfort and incentives for financiers developers and pioneers will be key to unlocking Africa s potential in the hydrogen economy Regulation is particularly important at all levels given the large amount of capital required to invest at the scale needed to reduce costs and test the technology Capital is already being invested Sasol and Toyota South Africa Motors for example have partnered in South Africa to develop a green hydrogen mobility ecosystem with a pilot project focusing on fuel cell powered long haul trucks for use in one of the countries of the South The main freight corridors of Africa Anglo American is developing a 300 tonne hydrogen fuel cell powered truck for use at its mining operations in Mogalakwena South Africa with the ultimate goal of using it at its other mine sites We anticipate that other mining and energy companies will look to develop heavy duty vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells as a way to decarbonize their operations Given the limitations of standard electric batteries hydrogen fuel cells will likely have the upper hand in this race With growing interest in all aspects of the hydrogen industry regulation is paramount Africa s low carbon future The drive for decarbonisation and with the global green hydrogen market expected to grow from US 2 14bn in 2021 to US 135 73bn by 2031 green hydrogen is proving particularly attractive around the world the world and especially for Africa With its vast resources of sun wind and coastline Africa is in a unique position to harness these resources sustainably to meet its growing domestic energy demand and accelerate Africa s energy transition and with the potential for certain regions to be exporters net of green hydrogen also contribute to the energy transition of its neighbors in Europe and beyond
    Africa Oil Week Silver Sponsor Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) shares his experience ahead of Africa Oil Week (AOW) 2022 (by Nina Bowyer and Barbara McNulty)
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    Africa Oil Week Silver Sponsor Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) shares his experience ahead of Africa Oil Week (AOW) 2022 (by Nina Bowyer and Barbara McNulty)

    By Nina Bowyer, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills and Barbara McNulty, Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills ahead of Africa Oil Week (AOW) (https://Africa-OilWeek.com) 2022, Nina Bowyer, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills and Barbara McNulty, Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills (https://www.HerbertSmithFreehills.com) shares her thoughts and experience on Africa's competitive advantage as a clean hydrogen hub.

    Nina Bowyer will moderate a panel at the Green Energy Africa Summit (https://GreenEnergyAfricaSummit.com), being held in conjunction with AOW, on the topic "Green Hydrogen: Could we see Africa play a significant role in this space?" Africa's abundance of renewable resources coupled with a developed renewable energy sector where renewable energy can be produced cheaply, a key ingredient for generating low-cost green hydrogen, gives Africa a clear competitive advantage as clean hydrogen center.

    Africa is also well placed geographically to serve the European and Asian markets and is an established export route.

    Since oil and gas are frequently exported from Africa to Asia, Europe and the rest of the world, hydrogen exporters can take advantage of these established routes to reduce some transportation/export costs.

    Africa's natural gas export infrastructure has the potential to be reused to transport hydrogen across Africa and Europe through the natural gas pipelines that connect North Africa to mainland Europe.

    Africa-Europe Route Foreign government support/acceptance for this export route from Africa to Europe exists at EU level: the EU Hydrogen Strategy refers to the import of renewable hydrogen from North Africa to meet the projected hydrogen demand in the context of its 2050 carbon-neutral goals.

    European bodies such as FCH JU, a public-private partnership that aims to foster development in the hydrogen industry, emphasize this goal.

    The EU communications call for investments to develop clean hydrogen production in North Africa.

    EU support could be available for hydrogen projects in Africa in relation to various financing/support schemes, including the 'Connecting Europe Facility', the 'Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument' and other more focused platforms.

    the development.

    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has already started working with governments across the continent, especially in Egypt and Morocco, to study the challenges in deploying a hydrogen economy.

    Following this trend, Germany is in the process of developing a renewable hydrogen production and import chain in a joint project with West African countries.

    Germany and Morocco have signed an agreement to develop green hydrogen production and further R&D in space, under which Morocco is expected to build Africa's first large-scale green hydrogen production plant: the Power- to-X.

    Morocco has also signed a declaration of cooperation with Portugal to develop a partnership in the green hydrogen sector.

    The Italian government is seeking to import clean hydrogen from North Africa given pipeline connections, including the Trans-Mediterranean pipeline, and the lower cost of producing renewable energy in North Africa.

    Development of the hydrogen sector in Africa Certain countries in Africa are already on the way to creating a hydrogen sector, demonstrating strong government support for the development of the sector: Morocco and South Africa are the notable pioneers.

    Morocco has created a National Hydrogen Commission and is developing its national hydrogen roadmap; Morocco is also part of the latest pilot phase of CertifHy, a pilot plan for hydrogen guarantees of origin throughout the EU.

    The South African government has published its hydrogen strategy/roadmap and with its abundant wind and solar energy production, South Africa is a natural candidate to become a green hydrogen exporter.

    In South Africa, as the first phase of the government's 'Platinum Valley' initiative, Anglo American announced a collaboration agreement led by the South African Department of Science and Innovation with ENGIE, the South African National Development Institute and Bambili Energy to complete a study feasibility study to develop a 'Hydrogen Valley' in the Bushveld geologic area, rich in platinum group metals.

    The South African government also announced a fuel cell hub project in South Africa that is currently undergoing an environmental impact assessment.

    The African Hydrogen Partnership, a pan-African association dedicated to the development of a clean hydrogen economy in Africa, will be helpful in considering an Africa-wide hydrogen development roadmap and in considering macro issues across the continent: such as networks Of transport.

    At the first meeting of the African Hydrogen association in Ethiopia, the development of green hydrogen for export to Europe and Japan was discussed.

    Development of regulation and investment The development of regulation across Africa to effectively regulate the hydrogen supply chain (production, transportation, storage, etc.) and to provide the right comfort and incentives for financiers, developers and pioneers, will be key to unlocking Africa's potential.

    in the hydrogen economy.

    Regulation is particularly important at all levels given the large amount of capital required to invest at the scale needed to reduce costs and test the technology.

    Capital is already being invested: Sasol and Toyota South Africa Motors, for example, have partnered in South Africa to develop a green hydrogen mobility ecosystem, with a pilot project focusing on fuel cell-powered long-haul trucks.

    for use in one of the countries of the South.

    The main freight corridors of Africa.

    Anglo American is developing a 300-tonne hydrogen fuel cell-powered truck for use at its mining operations in Mogalakwena, South Africa, with the ultimate goal of using it at its other mine sites.

    We anticipate that other mining and energy companies will look to develop heavy-duty vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells as a way to decarbonize their operations.

    Given the limitations of standard electric batteries, hydrogen fuel cells will likely have the upper hand in this race.

    With growing interest in all aspects of the hydrogen industry, regulation is paramount.

    Africa's low-carbon future The drive for decarbonisation and with the global green hydrogen market expected to grow from US$2.14bn in 2021 to US$135.73bn by 2031, green hydrogen is proving particularly attractive around the world.

    the world, and especially for Africa.

    With its vast resources of sun, wind and coastline, Africa is in a unique position to harness these resources sustainably to meet its growing domestic energy demand and accelerate Africa's energy transition, and with the potential for certain regions to be exporters net of green hydrogen, also contribute to the energy transition of its neighbors in Europe and beyond.