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  •  A Nigerian Non Governmental Organisation Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre CISLAC has called for the abolition of security votes allocated to the states or provide a framework for auditing the money Security vote in Nigeria is a monthly allowance that is allocated to the 36 states within the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the sole purpose of funding security services within such states CISLAC Executive Director Mr Auwal Rafsanjani told the News Agency of Nigeria in New York that allocation for security vote was not usually accounted for Rafsanjani spoke on the sidelines of the 77th session of UN General Assembly after a launch of Sustainable Development Goal SDG 16 Shadow Report 2022 The executive director said that the security vote meant to strengthening security in Nigeria or safety had been allegedly used for personal interest It should be scrapped because it is a money that is not audited for is money that is not accounted for we cannot be spending running to billions of Naira without accountability So security vote should be abrogated if not there must be a framework on how to use the security vote which should be accounted for This is the condition we are giving if you don t want to scrap the security vote there must be a legal framework on ensuring accountability on the spending of the allocation It must serve the purpose which is basically for to enhance security and safety he said According to the report despite spending 670 million dollars on security votes each year the insecurity situation continues to deteriorate It noted that 5 067 Nigerians were killed due to insecurity in 2021 and an average of 14 Nigerians were killed daily The findings show a 52 3 per cent rise in reported killings when compared to 2020 Findings from The Cable Index and the Council of Foreign Relations The report also captured the looming debt crisis quoting an official data that showed that Nigeria had a revenue of N1 63 trillion in the first quarter of 2022 It noted that the generated amount is not even enough to service not pay the debt of the country for that quarter which was at N1 94 trillion and also expressed captured prevalence of vote trading in the country s electoral process Speaking on buying assets abroad Rafsanjani said there was a recent report which showed three major scandals Pandora Panama and Paradise where some public officials both serving and retired both bought huge properties abroad He said it was proven that the money used to buy those assets were stolen money because they didn t have the money before they became government officials Our Constitution is very clear it has empowered Code of Conduct Bureau to ensure that it investigate claims of public officials so the government needed to strengthen to bureau to investigate and verify assets declared by the public officials Lastly you cannot be a public official and then be acquiring assets abroad It is illegal and against our law and therefore the assets of those found guilty should be confiscated NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CISLAC calls for abrogation of security votes
     A Nigerian Non Governmental Organisation Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre CISLAC has called for the abolition of security votes allocated to the states or provide a framework for auditing the money Security vote in Nigeria is a monthly allowance that is allocated to the 36 states within the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the sole purpose of funding security services within such states CISLAC Executive Director Mr Auwal Rafsanjani told the News Agency of Nigeria in New York that allocation for security vote was not usually accounted for Rafsanjani spoke on the sidelines of the 77th session of UN General Assembly after a launch of Sustainable Development Goal SDG 16 Shadow Report 2022 The executive director said that the security vote meant to strengthening security in Nigeria or safety had been allegedly used for personal interest It should be scrapped because it is a money that is not audited for is money that is not accounted for we cannot be spending running to billions of Naira without accountability So security vote should be abrogated if not there must be a framework on how to use the security vote which should be accounted for This is the condition we are giving if you don t want to scrap the security vote there must be a legal framework on ensuring accountability on the spending of the allocation It must serve the purpose which is basically for to enhance security and safety he said According to the report despite spending 670 million dollars on security votes each year the insecurity situation continues to deteriorate It noted that 5 067 Nigerians were killed due to insecurity in 2021 and an average of 14 Nigerians were killed daily The findings show a 52 3 per cent rise in reported killings when compared to 2020 Findings from The Cable Index and the Council of Foreign Relations The report also captured the looming debt crisis quoting an official data that showed that Nigeria had a revenue of N1 63 trillion in the first quarter of 2022 It noted that the generated amount is not even enough to service not pay the debt of the country for that quarter which was at N1 94 trillion and also expressed captured prevalence of vote trading in the country s electoral process Speaking on buying assets abroad Rafsanjani said there was a recent report which showed three major scandals Pandora Panama and Paradise where some public officials both serving and retired both bought huge properties abroad He said it was proven that the money used to buy those assets were stolen money because they didn t have the money before they became government officials Our Constitution is very clear it has empowered Code of Conduct Bureau to ensure that it investigate claims of public officials so the government needed to strengthen to bureau to investigate and verify assets declared by the public officials Lastly you cannot be a public official and then be acquiring assets abroad It is illegal and against our law and therefore the assets of those found guilty should be confiscated NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CISLAC calls for abrogation of security votes
    Foreign6 days ago

    CISLAC calls for abrogation of security votes

    A Nigerian Non-Governmental Organisation, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has called for the abolition of security votes allocated to the states or provide a framework for auditing the money.

    Security vote in Nigeria is a monthly allowance that is allocated to the 36 states within the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the sole purpose of funding security services within such states.

    CISLAC Executive Director, Mr Auwal Rafsanjani told the News Agency of Nigeria in New York that allocation for security vote was not usually accounted for.

    Rafsanjani spoke on the sidelines of the 77th session of UN General Assembly after a launch of “Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 Shadow Report, 2022.’’ The executive director said that the security vote meant to strengthening security in Nigeria, or safety had been allegedly used for personal interest.

    “It should be scrapped because it is a money that is not audited for, is money that is not accounted for, we cannot be spending running to billions of Naira without accountability.

    “So, security vote should be abrogated, if not, there must be a framework on how to use the security vote which should be accounted for.

    “This is the condition we are giving, if you don’t want to scrap the security vote, there must be a legal framework on ensuring accountability on the spending of the allocation.

    “It must serve the purpose which is basically for to enhance security and safety,’’ he said.

    According to the report, despite spending 670 million dollars on security votes each year, the insecurity situation continues to deteriorate.

    It noted that 5,067 Nigerians were killed due to insecurity in 2021, and an average of 14 Nigerians were killed daily.

    The findings show a 52.3 per cent rise in reported killings when compared to 2020 (Findings from The Cable Index and the Council of Foreign Relations).

    The report also captured the looming debt crisis, quoting an official data that showed that Nigeria had a revenue of N1.63 trillion in the first quarter of 2022. It noted that the generated amount is not even enough to service (not pay) the debt of the country for that quarter which was at N1.94 trillion and also expressed captured prevalence of vote trading in the country’s electoral process.

    Speaking on buying assets abroad, Rafsanjani said there was a recent report which showed three major scandals- Pandora, Panama and Paradise- where some public officials, both serving and retired both bought huge properties abroad.

    He said it was proven that the money used to buy those assets were stolen money because they didn’t have the money before they became government officials.

    “Our Constitution is very clear; it has empowered Code of Conduct Bureau to ensure that it investigate claims of public officials, so the government needed to strengthen to bureau to investigate and verify assets declared by the public officials.

    “Lastly, you cannot be a public official, and then be acquiring assets abroad.

    It is illegal and against our law, and therefore the assets of those found guilty should be confiscated.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Now in its tenth year the prestigious Tusk Conservation Awards www Tusk org in partnership with Ninety One raise the profile of conservation leaders and their significant impact on wildlife and communities in Africa Launched in 2013 this year s celebrations will be bigger than ever The evening s presenter at Hampton Court Palace will be broadcaster and Tusk ambassador Kate Silverton By recognizing and supporting recipients the Conservation Awards amplify the extraordinary achievements of conservation leaders The tenth year of the awards comes at a critical time for conservation Upcoming major global biodiversity summits including the CITES conference in Panama in November and the UN Biodiversity Conference in Canada in December will see the future of Africa s wildlife and protected spaces center stage Tusk is uniquely positioned to bring together African conservation leaders with the influence passion and experience to implement the plans forged at these summits The Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa celebrates these individuals and their potential to tackle the greatest threats to the continent s biodiversity Announcing the shortlist for the 2022 Tusk Africa Conservation Prize Charlie Mayhew CEO of Tusk said The threat to Africa s wildlife and biodiversity in general remains real and urgent With the devastating economic impact of COVID 19 still being felt across Africa this year s finalists for the Tusk Prize provide a beacon of hope as the continent s emerging conservation leaders working tirelessly on the front lines to protect the extraordinary natural heritage from Africa To mark the 10th year of these prestigious awards we are pleased to take the opportunity to reunite alumni of previous awards with this year s finalists The shortlist for the prestigious Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa presented in partnership with Land Rover includes Finalist David Daballen Director of Samburu Operations at Save The Elephants Kenya said David is an ambassador and a warrior of the elephants Over the past 20 years he has been involved in more than 100 collaring operations and can identify 500 people Described by distinguished National Geographic writer David Quammen as a high school graduate with a Ph D mind David has a deep understanding of ecology and animal behavior This stems from both his Samburu culture and his regular work alongside top international scientists He never fails to inspire with his enthusiasm knowledge and high personal standards He combines the challenges of running a research program in the field with successfully negotiating the complicated politics of northern Kenya We have to carry the mantle to the next generation What really gives me hope is that there are so many vibrant Kenyans with an interest in conservation behind me That is my engine and my strength David Daballen Dismas Partalala Ole Meitaya Ujamaa Community Resource Team UCRT and Program Coordinator Yaeda and Lake Eyasi Tanzania Dismas a Maasai from Loliondo District is a true grassroots conservationist someone whose first priority is to help indigenous communities secure their rights to their lands and natural resources define conservation from their cultural perspective and build a lasting system of land and wildlife protection on that basis In his role as program coordinator for the Ujamaa Community Resource Team the 48 year old self taught conservationist has been instrumental in securing land rights for the local Hadzabe community with 100 500 hectares of land secured by law since 2011 When I discovered that these communities needed help I knew it had to be me If I do this then I can die knowing that I did something in this world Dismas Partalala Miguel Goncalves Park Warden National Conservation Areas Administration Mozambique Miguel has worked in Maputo National Park since 1999 and became Park Warden in 2008 Under Miguel s inspiring leadership for the past 12 years the park has dramatically changed from a free for all hunting preserve to a landscape capable of supporting thriving populations of wildlife and recovering ecosystems both in the ocean and on land His drive and passion combined with his in depth knowledge of his local area have enabled him to become a leader and advocate for conservation and community education across borders and cultures I believe in the work I do with passion I can see the difference the team has made over the last 12 years and the impact we have had on the surrounding communities who are our main partners on the landscape Miguel Goncalves Hendrik du Toit Founder and CEO of Ninety One said Congratulations to the nominees for their outstanding achievements We honor your commitment to conserving and protecting Africa s wildlife Tusk provides tremendous support to conservation across the continent It has been a privilege for us to partner with the Tusk Conservation Awards for the past 10 years Laura Wood director of global brand public relations and partnerships at Jaguar Land Rover said Land Rover is proud to support the prestigious Tusk Conservation Awards now in its tenth year For more than two decades Land Rover and Tusk have worked in partnership to support vital conservation work across Africa From providing vehicles to sharing technology we are committed to supporting Tusk in its mission to protect endangered species safeguard biodiversity and empower communities local The winner of the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa will be announced at the ceremony along with the presentation of the annual Prince William Award for Conservation sponsored by Ninety One and the Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award sponsored by the Nick Maughan Foundation The Tusk Conservation Awards are made possible through the continued generosity and support of co sponsors ISPS Handa DHL Maia Fortemus Films Mantis Group Patrick Mavros EJF Philanthropies Justerini Brooks Accor and Shelton Fleming
    Shortlist for Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa announced as Awards enter their 10th year of Celebrating African Conservation Leaders
      Now in its tenth year the prestigious Tusk Conservation Awards www Tusk org in partnership with Ninety One raise the profile of conservation leaders and their significant impact on wildlife and communities in Africa Launched in 2013 this year s celebrations will be bigger than ever The evening s presenter at Hampton Court Palace will be broadcaster and Tusk ambassador Kate Silverton By recognizing and supporting recipients the Conservation Awards amplify the extraordinary achievements of conservation leaders The tenth year of the awards comes at a critical time for conservation Upcoming major global biodiversity summits including the CITES conference in Panama in November and the UN Biodiversity Conference in Canada in December will see the future of Africa s wildlife and protected spaces center stage Tusk is uniquely positioned to bring together African conservation leaders with the influence passion and experience to implement the plans forged at these summits The Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa celebrates these individuals and their potential to tackle the greatest threats to the continent s biodiversity Announcing the shortlist for the 2022 Tusk Africa Conservation Prize Charlie Mayhew CEO of Tusk said The threat to Africa s wildlife and biodiversity in general remains real and urgent With the devastating economic impact of COVID 19 still being felt across Africa this year s finalists for the Tusk Prize provide a beacon of hope as the continent s emerging conservation leaders working tirelessly on the front lines to protect the extraordinary natural heritage from Africa To mark the 10th year of these prestigious awards we are pleased to take the opportunity to reunite alumni of previous awards with this year s finalists The shortlist for the prestigious Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa presented in partnership with Land Rover includes Finalist David Daballen Director of Samburu Operations at Save The Elephants Kenya said David is an ambassador and a warrior of the elephants Over the past 20 years he has been involved in more than 100 collaring operations and can identify 500 people Described by distinguished National Geographic writer David Quammen as a high school graduate with a Ph D mind David has a deep understanding of ecology and animal behavior This stems from both his Samburu culture and his regular work alongside top international scientists He never fails to inspire with his enthusiasm knowledge and high personal standards He combines the challenges of running a research program in the field with successfully negotiating the complicated politics of northern Kenya We have to carry the mantle to the next generation What really gives me hope is that there are so many vibrant Kenyans with an interest in conservation behind me That is my engine and my strength David Daballen Dismas Partalala Ole Meitaya Ujamaa Community Resource Team UCRT and Program Coordinator Yaeda and Lake Eyasi Tanzania Dismas a Maasai from Loliondo District is a true grassroots conservationist someone whose first priority is to help indigenous communities secure their rights to their lands and natural resources define conservation from their cultural perspective and build a lasting system of land and wildlife protection on that basis In his role as program coordinator for the Ujamaa Community Resource Team the 48 year old self taught conservationist has been instrumental in securing land rights for the local Hadzabe community with 100 500 hectares of land secured by law since 2011 When I discovered that these communities needed help I knew it had to be me If I do this then I can die knowing that I did something in this world Dismas Partalala Miguel Goncalves Park Warden National Conservation Areas Administration Mozambique Miguel has worked in Maputo National Park since 1999 and became Park Warden in 2008 Under Miguel s inspiring leadership for the past 12 years the park has dramatically changed from a free for all hunting preserve to a landscape capable of supporting thriving populations of wildlife and recovering ecosystems both in the ocean and on land His drive and passion combined with his in depth knowledge of his local area have enabled him to become a leader and advocate for conservation and community education across borders and cultures I believe in the work I do with passion I can see the difference the team has made over the last 12 years and the impact we have had on the surrounding communities who are our main partners on the landscape Miguel Goncalves Hendrik du Toit Founder and CEO of Ninety One said Congratulations to the nominees for their outstanding achievements We honor your commitment to conserving and protecting Africa s wildlife Tusk provides tremendous support to conservation across the continent It has been a privilege for us to partner with the Tusk Conservation Awards for the past 10 years Laura Wood director of global brand public relations and partnerships at Jaguar Land Rover said Land Rover is proud to support the prestigious Tusk Conservation Awards now in its tenth year For more than two decades Land Rover and Tusk have worked in partnership to support vital conservation work across Africa From providing vehicles to sharing technology we are committed to supporting Tusk in its mission to protect endangered species safeguard biodiversity and empower communities local The winner of the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa will be announced at the ceremony along with the presentation of the annual Prince William Award for Conservation sponsored by Ninety One and the Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award sponsored by the Nick Maughan Foundation The Tusk Conservation Awards are made possible through the continued generosity and support of co sponsors ISPS Handa DHL Maia Fortemus Films Mantis Group Patrick Mavros EJF Philanthropies Justerini Brooks Accor and Shelton Fleming
    Shortlist for Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa announced as Awards enter their 10th year of Celebrating African Conservation Leaders
    Africa1 week ago

    Shortlist for Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa announced as Awards enter their 10th year of Celebrating African Conservation Leaders

    Now in its tenth year, the prestigious Tusk Conservation Awards (www.Tusk.org), in partnership with Ninety One, raise the profile of conservation leaders and their significant impact on wildlife and communities in Africa.

    Launched in 2013, this year's celebrations will be bigger than ever.

    The evening's presenter at Hampton Court Palace will be broadcaster and Tusk ambassador Kate Silverton.

    By recognizing and supporting recipients, the Conservation Awards amplify the extraordinary achievements of conservation leaders.

    The tenth year of the awards comes at a critical time for conservation.

    Upcoming major global biodiversity summits, including the CITES conference in Panama in November and the UN Biodiversity Conference in Canada in December, will see the future of Africa's wildlife and protected spaces center stage.

    Tusk is uniquely positioned to bring together African conservation leaders with the influence, passion and experience to implement the plans forged at these summits.

    The Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa celebrates these individuals and their potential to tackle the greatest threats to the continent's biodiversity.

    Announcing the shortlist for the 2022 Tusk Africa Conservation Prize, Charlie Mayhew, CEO of Tusk, said: “The threat to Africa's wildlife and biodiversity in general remains real and urgent.

    With the devastating economic impact of COVID-19 still being felt across Africa, this year's finalists for the Tusk Prize provide a beacon of hope as the continent's emerging conservation leaders, working tirelessly on the front lines to protect the extraordinary natural heritage.

    from Africa.

    To mark the 10th year of these prestigious awards, we are pleased to take the opportunity to reunite alumni of previous awards with this year's finalists."

    The shortlist for the prestigious Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa, presented in partnership with Land Rover, includes: Finalist David Daballen, Director of Samburu Operations at Save The Elephants (Kenya), said: David is an ambassador and a warrior of the elephants.

    Over the past 20 years, he has been involved in more than 100 collaring operations and can identify 500 people.

    Described by distinguished National Geographic writer David Quammen as "a high school graduate with a Ph.D. mind," David has a deep understanding of ecology and animal behavior.

    This stems from both his Samburu culture and his regular work alongside top international scientists.

    He never fails to inspire with his enthusiasm, knowledge and high personal standards.

    He combines the challenges of running a research program in the field with successfully negotiating the complicated politics of northern Kenya.

    “We have to carry the mantle to the next generation.

    What really gives me hope is that there are so many vibrant Kenyans with an interest in conservation behind me.

    That is my engine and my strength”.

    – David Daballen Dismas Partalala Ole Meitaya: Ujamaa Community Resource Team (UCRT) and Program Coordinator – Yaeda and Lake Eyasi - Tanzania Dismas, a Maasai from Loliondo District, is a true grassroots conservationist, someone whose first priority is to help indigenous communities secure their rights to their lands and natural resources, define conservation from their cultural perspective, and build a lasting system of land and wildlife protection on that basis.

    In his role as program coordinator for the Ujamaa Community Resource Team, the 48-year-old self-taught conservationist has been instrumental in securing land rights for the local Hadzabe community, with 100,500 hectares of land secured by law since 2011.

    “When I discovered that these communities needed help, I knew it had to be me.

    If I do this, then I can die knowing that I did something in this world."

    – Dismas Partalala Miguel Goncalves: Park Warden - National Conservation Areas Administration, Mozambique Miguel has worked in Maputo National Park since 1999 and became Park Warden in 2008.

    Under Miguel's inspiring leadership for the past 12 years , the park has dramatically changed from a free-for-all hunting preserve to a landscape capable of supporting thriving populations of wildlife and recovering ecosystems, both in the ocean and on land.

    His drive and passion, combined with his in-depth knowledge of his local area, have enabled him to become a leader and advocate for conservation and community education across borders and cultures.

    “I believe in the work I do with passion.

    I can see the difference the team has made over the last 12 years and the impact we have had on the surrounding communities, who are our main partners on the landscape.” – Miguel Goncalves Hendrik du Toit, Founder and CEO of Ninety One, said: “Congratulations to the nominees for their outstanding achievements.

    We honor your commitment to conserving and protecting Africa's wildlife.

    Tusk provides tremendous support to conservation across the continent.

    It has been a privilege for us to partner with the Tusk Conservation Awards for the past 10 years.” Laura Wood, director of global brand public relations and partnerships at Jaguar Land Rover, said: "Land Rover is proud to support the prestigious Tusk Conservation Awards, now in its tenth year.

    For more than two decades, Land Rover and Tusk have worked in partnership to support vital conservation work across Africa.

    From providing vehicles to sharing technology, we are committed to supporting Tusk in its mission to protect endangered species, safeguard biodiversity and empower communities local".

    The winner of the Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa will be announced at the ceremony, along with the presentation of the annual Prince William Award for Conservation, sponsored by Ninety One, and the Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award, sponsored by the Nick Maughan Foundation.

    The Tusk Conservation Awards are made possible through the continued generosity and support of co-sponsors: ISPS Handa, DHL, Maia & Fortemus Films, Mantis Group, Patrick Mavros, EJF Philanthropies, Justerini & Brooks, Accor, and Shelton Fleming.

  •   Webb Fontaine www WebbFontaine com a leading provider of AI powered trade technology and customs facilitation solutions to governments and trade administrations around the world celebrates its 20th anniversary this month In 2002 a group of leaders in their respective fields and early adopters of new technologies came together to form Webb Fontaine Their goal was clear to improve the Customs and Trade environment by providing state of the art knowledge and technology to government agencies and trading companies Customs solutions the company s starting point were the inspiration for its first solutions The market demanded cutting edge innovations that would improve efficiency and safety What Webb Fontaine customs solutions did was that and more Our Customs solutions were developed to address the fundamental problems that Customs departments around the world were experiencing Alioune Ciss CEO Webb Fontaine First implemented in Nigeria with its partnership with the Nigerian Customs Service Playing a proud role in one of the most advanced customs environments in the region supporting millions of Nigerian imports and exports annually Still today it allows customs revenue collection to continue on an upward trend despite the threat posed by Covid 19 and other similar industry challenges Following the success of its customs solutions in several countries it was clear that the trade industry as a whole could not continue to develop and keep up with demand without fundamental advances and investments in trade technology as a whole The trade ecosystem operated in a fragmented and suboptimal manner leading to serious and costly delays lost customs revenue and poor risk management Webb Fontaine focused its efforts on this by investing heavily in its research and development capabilities In order to support the development and expansion of its product portfolio The company was determined to produce solutions that not only used the latest technology but covered almost the entire spectrum of commerce Currently Webb Fontaine operates 5 state of the art research and development facilities around the world These centers of excellence continue to recruit the best minds in the industry to develop innovative products and services in line with the demands of modern international trade Today more than 300 highly talented and well qualified people work in these research centers and play a crucial role in the constant growth of the company s product portfolio Webb Fontaine solutions deployed in several countries around the world are now a fully integrated portfolio Supported by AI these include single window operations https bit ly 3d8IwAC customs systems https bit ly 3TLvmKO electronic payment gateways https bit ly 3x396lW AI Based Risk Management Port Community Systems https bit ly 3BpfOoY Government Reforms https bit ly 3Qss8ZN Trade Compliance https bit ly 3DgKz0u IT Infrastructure Development https bit ly 3RO8M2k automated tracking and classification of goods cargo management systems and many more Our portfolio was developed with the goal of fostering widespread access to critical business technology all of our products are fully portable to our partners support multiple languages and can be used in developed and non developed business environments All these years of investment and R D have paid off giving us a truly unique portfolio that we can confidently deploy in almost any environment Samy Zayani Webb Fontaine Chief Commercial Officer Over the years Webb Fontaine has enjoyed many collaborations with progressive governments in Bahrain Benin Niger Egypt Nepal Abu Dhabi Panama Nigeria and Ajman among others The development of its solutions continues with the recent launch of a state of the art AI powered Integrated Risk Management IRM Service in Egypt in partnership with Misr Technology Services As the company celebrates its 20th anniversary the dedication to building the future of commerce through technology remains as strong as ever We have never wavered in our mission to empower governments and commercial entities with future proof technology and expertise that will change the Customs and Trade environment for the better In recent years international trade has been under great pressure Technology is vital throughout the trading ecosystem to counter industry threats and keep trade flowing efficiently effectively and continuously We now have 25 entities around the world with close to 1 000 employees of which 30 are engaged in R D We are committed to expanding our efforts around the world so that everyone who engages with Commerce can benefit from the many game changing solutions we continue to build develop deploy and transfer Alioune Ciss CEO of Webb Fontaine
    Webb Fontaine continues its drive to expand and invest in business technology
      Webb Fontaine www WebbFontaine com a leading provider of AI powered trade technology and customs facilitation solutions to governments and trade administrations around the world celebrates its 20th anniversary this month In 2002 a group of leaders in their respective fields and early adopters of new technologies came together to form Webb Fontaine Their goal was clear to improve the Customs and Trade environment by providing state of the art knowledge and technology to government agencies and trading companies Customs solutions the company s starting point were the inspiration for its first solutions The market demanded cutting edge innovations that would improve efficiency and safety What Webb Fontaine customs solutions did was that and more Our Customs solutions were developed to address the fundamental problems that Customs departments around the world were experiencing Alioune Ciss CEO Webb Fontaine First implemented in Nigeria with its partnership with the Nigerian Customs Service Playing a proud role in one of the most advanced customs environments in the region supporting millions of Nigerian imports and exports annually Still today it allows customs revenue collection to continue on an upward trend despite the threat posed by Covid 19 and other similar industry challenges Following the success of its customs solutions in several countries it was clear that the trade industry as a whole could not continue to develop and keep up with demand without fundamental advances and investments in trade technology as a whole The trade ecosystem operated in a fragmented and suboptimal manner leading to serious and costly delays lost customs revenue and poor risk management Webb Fontaine focused its efforts on this by investing heavily in its research and development capabilities In order to support the development and expansion of its product portfolio The company was determined to produce solutions that not only used the latest technology but covered almost the entire spectrum of commerce Currently Webb Fontaine operates 5 state of the art research and development facilities around the world These centers of excellence continue to recruit the best minds in the industry to develop innovative products and services in line with the demands of modern international trade Today more than 300 highly talented and well qualified people work in these research centers and play a crucial role in the constant growth of the company s product portfolio Webb Fontaine solutions deployed in several countries around the world are now a fully integrated portfolio Supported by AI these include single window operations https bit ly 3d8IwAC customs systems https bit ly 3TLvmKO electronic payment gateways https bit ly 3x396lW AI Based Risk Management Port Community Systems https bit ly 3BpfOoY Government Reforms https bit ly 3Qss8ZN Trade Compliance https bit ly 3DgKz0u IT Infrastructure Development https bit ly 3RO8M2k automated tracking and classification of goods cargo management systems and many more Our portfolio was developed with the goal of fostering widespread access to critical business technology all of our products are fully portable to our partners support multiple languages and can be used in developed and non developed business environments All these years of investment and R D have paid off giving us a truly unique portfolio that we can confidently deploy in almost any environment Samy Zayani Webb Fontaine Chief Commercial Officer Over the years Webb Fontaine has enjoyed many collaborations with progressive governments in Bahrain Benin Niger Egypt Nepal Abu Dhabi Panama Nigeria and Ajman among others The development of its solutions continues with the recent launch of a state of the art AI powered Integrated Risk Management IRM Service in Egypt in partnership with Misr Technology Services As the company celebrates its 20th anniversary the dedication to building the future of commerce through technology remains as strong as ever We have never wavered in our mission to empower governments and commercial entities with future proof technology and expertise that will change the Customs and Trade environment for the better In recent years international trade has been under great pressure Technology is vital throughout the trading ecosystem to counter industry threats and keep trade flowing efficiently effectively and continuously We now have 25 entities around the world with close to 1 000 employees of which 30 are engaged in R D We are committed to expanding our efforts around the world so that everyone who engages with Commerce can benefit from the many game changing solutions we continue to build develop deploy and transfer Alioune Ciss CEO of Webb Fontaine
    Webb Fontaine continues its drive to expand and invest in business technology
    Africa4 weeks ago

    Webb Fontaine continues its drive to expand and invest in business technology

    Webb Fontaine (www.WebbFontaine.com), a leading provider of AI-powered trade technology and customs facilitation solutions to governments and trade administrations around the world, celebrates its 20th anniversary this month.

    In 2002, a group of leaders in their respective fields and early adopters of new technologies came together to form Webb Fontaine.

    Their goal was clear: to improve the Customs and Trade environment by providing state-of-the-art knowledge and technology to government agencies and trading companies.

    Customs solutions, the company's starting point, were the inspiration for its first solutions.

    The market demanded cutting-edge innovations that would improve efficiency and safety.

    What Webb Fontaine customs solutions did was that and more.

    “Our Customs solutions were developed to address the fundamental problems that Customs departments around the world were experiencing” Alioune Ciss, CEO Webb Fontaine First implemented in Nigeria with its partnership with the Nigerian Customs Service.

    Playing a proud role in one of the most advanced customs environments in the region supporting millions of Nigerian imports and exports annually.

    Still today, it allows customs revenue collection to continue on an upward trend despite the threat posed by Covid-19 and other similar industry challenges.

    Following the success of its customs solutions in several countries, it was clear that the trade industry as a whole could not continue to develop and keep up with demand without fundamental advances and investments in trade technology as a whole.

    The trade ecosystem operated in a fragmented and suboptimal manner, leading to serious and costly delays, lost customs revenue, and poor risk management.

    Webb Fontaine focused its efforts on this by investing heavily in its research and development capabilities.

    In order to support the development and expansion of its product portfolio.

    The company was determined to produce solutions that not only used the latest technology, but covered almost the entire spectrum of commerce.

    Currently, Webb Fontaine operates 5 state-of-the-art research and development facilities around the world.

    These centers of excellence continue to recruit the best minds in the industry to develop innovative products and services in line with the demands of modern international trade.

    Today, more than 300 highly talented and well-qualified people work in these research centers and play a crucial role in the constant growth of the company's product portfolio.

    Webb Fontaine solutions, deployed in several countries around the world, are now a fully integrated portfolio.

    Supported by AI, these include single window operations (https://bit.ly/3d8IwAC), customs systems (https://bit.ly/3TLvmKO), electronic payment gateways (https://bit.ly/3x396lW ), AI Based Risk Management, Port Community Systems (https://bit.ly/3BpfOoY), Government Reforms (https://bit.ly/3Qss8ZN), Trade Compliance (https://bit.ly/3DgKz0u ), IT Infrastructure Development (https://bit.ly/3RO8M2k), automated tracking and classification of goods, cargo management systems and many more.

    “Our portfolio was developed with the goal of fostering widespread access to critical business technology, all of our products are fully portable to our partners, support multiple languages, and can be used in developed and non-developed business environments.

    All these years of investment and R&D have paid off, giving us a truly unique portfolio that we can confidently deploy in almost any environment.” Samy Zayani, Webb Fontaine Chief Commercial Officer Over the years, Webb Fontaine has enjoyed many collaborations with progressive governments in Bahrain, Benin, Niger, Egypt, Nepal, Abu Dhabi, Panama, Nigeria, and Ajman, among others.

    The development of its solutions continues with the recent launch of a state-of-the-art AI-powered Integrated Risk Management (IRM) Service in Egypt in partnership with Misr Technology Services.

    As the company celebrates its 20th anniversary, the dedication to building the future of commerce through technology remains as strong as ever.

    “We have never wavered in our mission to empower governments and commercial entities with future-proof technology and expertise that will change the Customs and Trade environment for the better.

    In recent years, international trade has been under great pressure.

    Technology is vital throughout the trading ecosystem to counter industry threats and keep trade flowing efficiently, effectively and continuously.

    We now have 25 entities around the world, with close to 1,000 employees, of which 30% are engaged in R&D.

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  •  Three ships loaded with grain for the global market left Ukraine on Friday amid a mushrooming controversy over accusations that the war torn country is violating international law and endangering civilians in its defence against Russia s invasion The vessels loaded with more than 57 000 tonnes of Ukrainian grain departed Black Sea ports under a recent agreement between Moscow and Kyiv aimed at easing a global food shortage The government in Kyiv said on social media two ships carrying Ukrainian maize the Maltese flagged Rojen and the Turkish Polarnet set off from Chornomorsk while the Panama flagged Navistar departed Odessa Our main goal is to increase the trans shipment volume in our ports We have to process 100 carriers per month to be able to export the necessary amount of foodstuffs said Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov Grain shipments have resumed under a deal struck last month between Kyiv and Moscow mediated by Turkey and under the aegis of the UN in a bid to alleviate a crisis where food prices have soared in several countries But the rare diplomatic win has been overshadowed by a report Thursday in which Amnesty International listed incidents in 19 cities and towns where Ukrainian forces appeared to have put civilians in harm s way by establishing bases in residential areas Victim blamingUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky equated the accusations to victim blaming in an evening address in which he said the rights group had sought to offer amnesty to the terrorist state and shift the responsibility from the aggressor to the victim There is no condition even hypothetically under which any Russian strike on Ukraine becomes justified Aggression against our state is unprovoked invasive and terrorist he added If someone makes a report in which the victim and the aggressor are supposedly equal in some way then this cannot be tolerated After a four month investigation Amnesty said it had found that the Ukrainian military had established bases in schools and hospitals and launched attacks from populated areas asserting that the tactics violated international humanitarian law The group noted however that the tactics in no way justify Russia s indiscriminate attacks which have battered civilian populations On Friday the Ukrainian presidency reported Russian bombardments targeting several towns and villages including Nikopol and Kryvyi Rig in the east where houses and a gas station were damaged by shelling Several missiles hit the central city of Zaporizhzhia overnight where Moscow has been accused of storing heavy weapons at Europe s largest nuclear power plant in occupied Ukrainian territory There was also heavy bombardment of Ukraine s second city Kharkiv in the northeast where housing shops a market and an educational institution were damaged Counter offensiveEight people were killed and four wounded on Thursday by a Russian strike that hit a bus stop in Toretsk near the eastern frontline according to the regional governor Ukrainian forces are conducting a counter offensive in the country s south where they claim to have retaken more than 50 villages previously controlled by Moscow They also claimed to have liberated two villages in the eastern Donetsk region on Thursday and one near Kharkiv on Friday The attacks have not affected the grain shipment deal which provides for the establishment of secure corridors in the Black Sea to allow merchant ships to export between 20 and 25 million tonnes of Ukrainian grain held up in ports A similar agreement signed at the same time allows Russia to export its agricultural products and fertiliser despite Western sanctions Turkey hopes the agreements could build confidence and lead to a ceasefire between the two countries Separately the European Union on Thursday announced it was slapping sanctions on former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and his son Oleksandr for allegedly undermining Ukraine s security Yanukovych was overthrown in 2014 by a popular uprising against the pro Russian stance his government had taken Following his ouster Moscow moved to annex Ukraine s Crimean peninsula and backed separatists in the eastern Donbas region
    More grain leaves Ukraine amid military tactics row
     Three ships loaded with grain for the global market left Ukraine on Friday amid a mushrooming controversy over accusations that the war torn country is violating international law and endangering civilians in its defence against Russia s invasion The vessels loaded with more than 57 000 tonnes of Ukrainian grain departed Black Sea ports under a recent agreement between Moscow and Kyiv aimed at easing a global food shortage The government in Kyiv said on social media two ships carrying Ukrainian maize the Maltese flagged Rojen and the Turkish Polarnet set off from Chornomorsk while the Panama flagged Navistar departed Odessa Our main goal is to increase the trans shipment volume in our ports We have to process 100 carriers per month to be able to export the necessary amount of foodstuffs said Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov Grain shipments have resumed under a deal struck last month between Kyiv and Moscow mediated by Turkey and under the aegis of the UN in a bid to alleviate a crisis where food prices have soared in several countries But the rare diplomatic win has been overshadowed by a report Thursday in which Amnesty International listed incidents in 19 cities and towns where Ukrainian forces appeared to have put civilians in harm s way by establishing bases in residential areas Victim blamingUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky equated the accusations to victim blaming in an evening address in which he said the rights group had sought to offer amnesty to the terrorist state and shift the responsibility from the aggressor to the victim There is no condition even hypothetically under which any Russian strike on Ukraine becomes justified Aggression against our state is unprovoked invasive and terrorist he added If someone makes a report in which the victim and the aggressor are supposedly equal in some way then this cannot be tolerated After a four month investigation Amnesty said it had found that the Ukrainian military had established bases in schools and hospitals and launched attacks from populated areas asserting that the tactics violated international humanitarian law The group noted however that the tactics in no way justify Russia s indiscriminate attacks which have battered civilian populations On Friday the Ukrainian presidency reported Russian bombardments targeting several towns and villages including Nikopol and Kryvyi Rig in the east where houses and a gas station were damaged by shelling Several missiles hit the central city of Zaporizhzhia overnight where Moscow has been accused of storing heavy weapons at Europe s largest nuclear power plant in occupied Ukrainian territory There was also heavy bombardment of Ukraine s second city Kharkiv in the northeast where housing shops a market and an educational institution were damaged Counter offensiveEight people were killed and four wounded on Thursday by a Russian strike that hit a bus stop in Toretsk near the eastern frontline according to the regional governor Ukrainian forces are conducting a counter offensive in the country s south where they claim to have retaken more than 50 villages previously controlled by Moscow They also claimed to have liberated two villages in the eastern Donetsk region on Thursday and one near Kharkiv on Friday The attacks have not affected the grain shipment deal which provides for the establishment of secure corridors in the Black Sea to allow merchant ships to export between 20 and 25 million tonnes of Ukrainian grain held up in ports A similar agreement signed at the same time allows Russia to export its agricultural products and fertiliser despite Western sanctions Turkey hopes the agreements could build confidence and lead to a ceasefire between the two countries Separately the European Union on Thursday announced it was slapping sanctions on former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and his son Oleksandr for allegedly undermining Ukraine s security Yanukovych was overthrown in 2014 by a popular uprising against the pro Russian stance his government had taken Following his ouster Moscow moved to annex Ukraine s Crimean peninsula and backed separatists in the eastern Donbas region
    More grain leaves Ukraine amid military tactics row
    Foreign2 months ago

    More grain leaves Ukraine amid military tactics row

    Three ships loaded with grain for the global market left Ukraine on Friday, amid a mushrooming controversy over accusations that the war-torn country is violating international law and endangering civilians in its defence against Russia’s invasion.

    The vessels loaded with more than 57,000 tonnes of Ukrainian grain departed Black Sea ports under a recent agreement between Moscow and Kyiv aimed at easing a global food shortage.

    The government in Kyiv said on social media two ships carrying Ukrainian maize — the Maltese-flagged Rojen and the Turkish Polarnet — set off from Chornomorsk while the Panama-flagged Navistar departed Odessa.

    “Our main goal is to increase the trans-shipment volume in our ports.

    We have to process 100 carriers per month to be able to export the necessary amount of foodstuffs,” said Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov.

    Grain shipments have resumed under a deal struck last month between Kyiv and Moscow — mediated by Turkey and under the aegis of the UN — in a bid to alleviate a crisis where food prices have soared in several countries.

    But the rare diplomatic win has been overshadowed by a report Thursday in which Amnesty International listed incidents in 19 cities and towns where Ukrainian forces appeared to have put civilians in harm’s way by establishing bases in residential areas.

    Victim blamingUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky equated the accusations to victim blaming in an evening address in which he said the rights group had sought to offer “amnesty (to) the terrorist state and shift the responsibility from the aggressor to the victim”.

    “There is no condition, even hypothetically, under which any Russian strike on Ukraine becomes justified.

    Aggression against our state is unprovoked, invasive and terrorist,” he added.

    “If someone makes a report in which the victim and the aggressor are supposedly equal in some way… then this cannot be tolerated.

    ” After a four-month investigation, Amnesty said it had found that the Ukrainian military had established bases in schools and hospitals, and launched attacks from populated areas, asserting that the tactics violated international humanitarian law.

    The group noted, however, that the tactics “in no way justify Russia’s indiscriminate attacks”, which have battered civilian populations.

    On Friday, the Ukrainian presidency reported Russian bombardments targeting several towns and villages, including Nikopol and Kryvyi Rig in the east, where houses and a gas station were damaged by shelling Several missiles hit the central city of Zaporizhzhia overnight, where Moscow has been accused of storing heavy weapons at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in occupied Ukrainian territory.

    There was also heavy bombardment of Ukraine’s second city Kharkiv, in the northeast, where housing, shops, a market and an educational institution were damaged.

    Counter-offensiveEight people were killed and four wounded on Thursday by a Russian strike that hit a bus stop in Toretsk, near the eastern frontline, according to the regional governor.

    Ukrainian forces are conducting a counter-offensive in the country’s south, where they claim to have retaken more than 50 villages previously controlled by Moscow.

    They also claimed to have liberated two villages in the eastern Donetsk region on Thursday and one near Kharkiv on Friday.

    The attacks have not affected the grain shipment deal, which provides for the establishment of secure corridors in the Black Sea to allow merchant ships to export between 20 and 25 million tonnes of Ukrainian grain held up in ports.

    A similar agreement signed at the same time allows Russia to export its agricultural products and fertiliser despite Western sanctions.

    Turkey hopes the agreements could build confidence and lead to a ceasefire between the two countries.

    Separately, the European Union on Thursday announced it was slapping sanctions on former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and his son Oleksandr for allegedly undermining Ukraine’s security.

    Yanukovych was overthrown in 2014 by a popular uprising against the pro-Russian stance his government had taken.

    Following his ouster, Moscow moved to annex Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula and backed separatists in the eastern Donbas region.

  •  The Panamanian government and protesters opened a new round of negotiations Thursday to end more than two weeks of cost of living protests that have disrupted food supplies and damaged the economy Protesters demanding lower prices for fuel food and medicine blocked the crucial Pan American Highway and other major highways with stalled trucks and burning tires and some clashed with police I have absolutely no doubt that through sincere and respectful dialogue we can reach viable solutions President Laurentino Cortizo said at the start of the talks in the city of Penonom a few hours southwest of the capital Ciudad de Panama On Sunday the government and some protest leaders announced a deal to end the crippling expression of anger in the country of 4 4 million people But roadblocks and marches resumed this week as other groups rejected the deal saying they had not been consulted prompting the government to agree to a new round of talks mediated by the Catholic Church Opening the new negotiations Cortizo welcomed the lifting of most roadblocks across the country and called on protesters to end the remaining ones to allow economic activity to resume On the side of the protesters was the Anadepo alliance of civic groups unions and representatives of indigenous communities What we are doing at this table is for those who are in the street who have been beaten for those who are suffering said Luis S nchez leader of Anadepo at the beginning of the talks Concrete Answers Protesters are demanding lower prices on basic consumer goods fuel energy medicine and more spending on public education and health care They also want urgent action against corruption amid growing public concern over high civil service salaries and government profligacy at a time of mounting economic hardship We hope that the government will come up with concrete answers to the fundamental needs of the population Sa l M ndez general secretary of the Suntracs construction workers union that participated in the revolt said before the talks Despite its dollarized economy and impressive growth figures Panama has one of the highest rates of social inequality in the world with poor access to health services education and clean water in some areas The demonstrations have caused severe food and fuel shortages in parts of the country with the business sector saying some 500 million has been lost On Wednesday a convoy of some 200 trucks carrying much needed food to Panama City with an escort of police and members of Suntracs was held up at a roadblock Suntracs had described the caravan as a humanitarian rendition and the unions later denied they were responsible for their heist blaming unspecified thugs Police said they would make sure the cargo arrives safely on Thursday The government agreed over the weekend to cut gasoline prices to 3 25 a gallon after another cut announced last week to 3 95 from 5 20 a gallon in June was not enough to appease protesters
    New negotiations to end the protest over the cost of living in Panama
     The Panamanian government and protesters opened a new round of negotiations Thursday to end more than two weeks of cost of living protests that have disrupted food supplies and damaged the economy Protesters demanding lower prices for fuel food and medicine blocked the crucial Pan American Highway and other major highways with stalled trucks and burning tires and some clashed with police I have absolutely no doubt that through sincere and respectful dialogue we can reach viable solutions President Laurentino Cortizo said at the start of the talks in the city of Penonom a few hours southwest of the capital Ciudad de Panama On Sunday the government and some protest leaders announced a deal to end the crippling expression of anger in the country of 4 4 million people But roadblocks and marches resumed this week as other groups rejected the deal saying they had not been consulted prompting the government to agree to a new round of talks mediated by the Catholic Church Opening the new negotiations Cortizo welcomed the lifting of most roadblocks across the country and called on protesters to end the remaining ones to allow economic activity to resume On the side of the protesters was the Anadepo alliance of civic groups unions and representatives of indigenous communities What we are doing at this table is for those who are in the street who have been beaten for those who are suffering said Luis S nchez leader of Anadepo at the beginning of the talks Concrete Answers Protesters are demanding lower prices on basic consumer goods fuel energy medicine and more spending on public education and health care They also want urgent action against corruption amid growing public concern over high civil service salaries and government profligacy at a time of mounting economic hardship We hope that the government will come up with concrete answers to the fundamental needs of the population Sa l M ndez general secretary of the Suntracs construction workers union that participated in the revolt said before the talks Despite its dollarized economy and impressive growth figures Panama has one of the highest rates of social inequality in the world with poor access to health services education and clean water in some areas The demonstrations have caused severe food and fuel shortages in parts of the country with the business sector saying some 500 million has been lost On Wednesday a convoy of some 200 trucks carrying much needed food to Panama City with an escort of police and members of Suntracs was held up at a roadblock Suntracs had described the caravan as a humanitarian rendition and the unions later denied they were responsible for their heist blaming unspecified thugs Police said they would make sure the cargo arrives safely on Thursday The government agreed over the weekend to cut gasoline prices to 3 25 a gallon after another cut announced last week to 3 95 from 5 20 a gallon in June was not enough to appease protesters
    New negotiations to end the protest over the cost of living in Panama
    Foreign3 months ago

    New negotiations to end the protest over the cost of living in Panama

    The Panamanian government and protesters opened a new round of negotiations Thursday to end more than two weeks of cost-of-living protests that have disrupted food supplies and damaged the economy.

    Protesters demanding lower prices for fuel, food and medicine blocked the crucial Pan-American Highway and other major highways with stalled trucks and burning tires, and some clashed with police.

    “I have absolutely no doubt that through sincere and respectful dialogue we can reach viable solutions,” President Laurentino Cortizo said at the start of the talks in the city of Penonomé, a few hours southwest of the capital, Ciudad de Panama.

    On Sunday, the government and some protest leaders announced a deal to end the crippling expression of anger in the country of 4.4 million people.

    But roadblocks and marches resumed this week as other groups rejected the deal saying they had not been consulted, prompting the government to agree to a new round of talks mediated by the Catholic Church.

    Opening the new negotiations, Cortizo welcomed the lifting of most roadblocks across the country and called on protesters to end the remaining ones to allow economic activity to resume.

    On the side of the protesters was the Anadepo alliance of civic groups, unions, and representatives of indigenous communities.

    "What we are doing at this table is for those who are in the street, who have been beaten, for those who are suffering," said Luis Sánchez, leader of Anadepo, at the beginning of the talks.

    'Concrete Answers' Protesters are demanding lower prices on basic consumer goods, fuel, energy, medicine and more spending on public education and health care.

    They also want urgent action against corruption amid growing public concern over high civil service salaries and government profligacy at a time of mounting economic hardship.

    “We hope that the government will come up with concrete answers to the fundamental needs of the population,” Saúl Méndez, general secretary of the Suntracs construction workers union that participated in the revolt, said before the talks.

    Despite its dollarized economy and impressive growth figures, Panama has one of the highest rates of social inequality in the world, with poor access to health services, education, and clean water in some areas.

    The demonstrations have caused severe food and fuel shortages in parts of the country, with the business sector saying some $500 million has been lost.

    On Wednesday, a convoy of some 200 trucks carrying much-needed food to Panama City with an escort of police and members of Suntracs, was held up at a roadblock.

    Suntracs had described the caravan as a "humanitarian" rendition, and the unions later denied they were responsible for their heist, blaming unspecified "thugs".

    Police said they would make sure the cargo arrives safely on Thursday.

    The government agreed over the weekend to cut gasoline prices to $3.25 a gallon after another cut announced last week - to $3.95 from $5.20 a gallon in June - was not enough to appease protesters.

  •  New roadblocks emerged in Panama on Monday as social groups turned their backs on an agreement signed with the government to clear roads in exchange for lower fuel prices After union leaders consulted rank and file supporters about the deal announced Sunday it was decided to continue the protest said Luis S nchez leader of the civic group Anadepo We had warned the executive that we still have to consult the base he told the TVN 2 channel The agreement he added was signed under pressure and the members chose to continue the mobilization that had seen trucks and protesters with banners paralyze the strategic Pan American Highway Meanwhile there is no agreement S nchez said as he tore up a sheet of paper On Sunday the government and some protest leaders announced a deal to end more than two weeks of demonstrations over high fuel prices and rising cost of living in the country of 4 4 million people The biggest protest on Monday was in the capital Panama City with members of the Suntracs construction union closing off access roads with burning tire barricades causing massive traffic jams There were also new blockades of the Pan American Highway that connects Panama with the rest of Central America and is the main route for transporting goods through the country The protests have caused fuel and food shortages in some areas We are in a bad moment no food no buses He wanted to buy rice and what little he can find is very expensive The vegetables are bad said Ang lica Ruiz a resident of Pacora east of Panama City who also had trouble getting to work We will not weaken The government agreed on Sunday to cut the price of gasoline to 3 25 a gallon and continue talks on reducing food and drug costs that were key among protesters concerns Last week it had already reduced the price of gasoline to 3 95 from 5 20 a gallon in June but this was not enough to appease the protesters Following Sunday s announcement several unions said the deal was inadequate and had left many groups out We will stay in the streets said protester Juan Morales a farmer from Capira west of Panama City We will not weaken We need strong positive responses she told AFP The general secretary of Suntracs Sa l M ndez called for negotiations that included all groups to discuss the most pressing issues in Panama Those issues include lower costs for fuel food medicine and electricity he said as well as a general rise in wages and more public investment in education The protests come as Panama faces tough economic conditions with inflation at 4 2 percent recorded in May coupled with an unemployment rate of around 10 percent and fuel price increases of nearly 50 percent since January Despite its dollarized economy and high growth figures the country has a high rate of social inequality The renowned Panamanian singer and activist Rub n Blades spoke about the protests on Monday and said that the economic demands of the protesters are not enough to solve the country s problems The people have not demanded what we really need the replacement of the corrupt and outdated political paradigm that destroys us morally and economically he wrote on his personal blog
    New obstacles as protesters in Panama reject agreement
     New roadblocks emerged in Panama on Monday as social groups turned their backs on an agreement signed with the government to clear roads in exchange for lower fuel prices After union leaders consulted rank and file supporters about the deal announced Sunday it was decided to continue the protest said Luis S nchez leader of the civic group Anadepo We had warned the executive that we still have to consult the base he told the TVN 2 channel The agreement he added was signed under pressure and the members chose to continue the mobilization that had seen trucks and protesters with banners paralyze the strategic Pan American Highway Meanwhile there is no agreement S nchez said as he tore up a sheet of paper On Sunday the government and some protest leaders announced a deal to end more than two weeks of demonstrations over high fuel prices and rising cost of living in the country of 4 4 million people The biggest protest on Monday was in the capital Panama City with members of the Suntracs construction union closing off access roads with burning tire barricades causing massive traffic jams There were also new blockades of the Pan American Highway that connects Panama with the rest of Central America and is the main route for transporting goods through the country The protests have caused fuel and food shortages in some areas We are in a bad moment no food no buses He wanted to buy rice and what little he can find is very expensive The vegetables are bad said Ang lica Ruiz a resident of Pacora east of Panama City who also had trouble getting to work We will not weaken The government agreed on Sunday to cut the price of gasoline to 3 25 a gallon and continue talks on reducing food and drug costs that were key among protesters concerns Last week it had already reduced the price of gasoline to 3 95 from 5 20 a gallon in June but this was not enough to appease the protesters Following Sunday s announcement several unions said the deal was inadequate and had left many groups out We will stay in the streets said protester Juan Morales a farmer from Capira west of Panama City We will not weaken We need strong positive responses she told AFP The general secretary of Suntracs Sa l M ndez called for negotiations that included all groups to discuss the most pressing issues in Panama Those issues include lower costs for fuel food medicine and electricity he said as well as a general rise in wages and more public investment in education The protests come as Panama faces tough economic conditions with inflation at 4 2 percent recorded in May coupled with an unemployment rate of around 10 percent and fuel price increases of nearly 50 percent since January Despite its dollarized economy and high growth figures the country has a high rate of social inequality The renowned Panamanian singer and activist Rub n Blades spoke about the protests on Monday and said that the economic demands of the protesters are not enough to solve the country s problems The people have not demanded what we really need the replacement of the corrupt and outdated political paradigm that destroys us morally and economically he wrote on his personal blog
    New obstacles as protesters in Panama reject agreement
    Foreign3 months ago

    New obstacles as protesters in Panama reject agreement

    New roadblocks emerged in Panama on Monday as social groups turned their backs on an agreement signed with the government to clear roads in exchange for lower fuel prices.

    After union leaders consulted rank-and-file supporters about the deal announced Sunday, it was decided to continue the protest, said Luis Sánchez, leader of the civic group Anadepo.

    "We had warned the executive that we still have to consult the base," he told the TVN-2 channel.

    The agreement, he added, “was signed under pressure” and the members chose to continue the mobilization that had seen trucks and protesters with banners paralyze the strategic Pan-American Highway.

    “Meanwhile, there is no agreement,” Sánchez said as he tore up a sheet of paper.

    On Sunday, the government and some protest leaders announced a deal to end more than two weeks of demonstrations over high fuel prices and rising cost of living in the country of 4.4 million people.

    The biggest protest on Monday was in the capital, Panama City, with members of the Suntracs construction union closing off access roads with burning tire barricades, causing massive traffic jams.

    There were also new blockades of the Pan-American Highway that connects Panama with the rest of Central America and is the main route for transporting goods through the country.

    The protests have caused fuel and food shortages in some areas.

    “We are in a bad moment; no food, no buses. He wanted to buy rice and… what little he can find is very expensive. The vegetables are bad,” said Angélica Ruiz, a resident of Pacora, east of Panama City, who also had trouble getting to work.

    – 'We will not weaken': The government agreed on Sunday to cut the price of gasoline to $3.25 a gallon and continue talks on reducing food and drug costs that were key among protesters' concerns.

    Last week it had already reduced the price of gasoline to $3.95 from $5.20 a gallon in June, but this was not enough to appease the protesters.

    Following Sunday's announcement, several unions said the deal was inadequate and had left many groups out.

    “We will stay in the streets,” said protester Juan Morales, a farmer from Capira, west of Panama City.

    “We will not weaken. We need strong, positive responses,” she told AFP.

    The general secretary of Suntracs, Saúl Méndez, called for negotiations that included all groups to discuss "the most pressing issues" in Panama.

    Those issues include lower costs for fuel, food, medicine and electricity, he said, as well as a general rise in wages and more public investment in education.

    The protests come as Panama faces tough economic conditions, with inflation at 4.2 percent recorded in May, coupled with an unemployment rate of around 10 percent and fuel price increases of nearly 50 percent since January.

    Despite its dollarized economy and high growth figures, the country has a high rate of social inequality.

    The renowned Panamanian singer and activist Rubén Blades spoke about the protests on Monday and said that the economic demands of the protesters are not enough to solve the country's problems.

    "The people have not demanded what we really need: the replacement of the corrupt and outdated political paradigm that destroys us morally and economically," he wrote on his personal blog.

  •  Panama s government and indigenous leaders reached an agreement on Sunday to evict protesters from part of the Pan American Highway in exchange for lower fuel prices but other stretches of the strategic route remained blocked by protesters demanding more concessions The government released images of the signing of the agreement in a church in the western province of Chiriqu where most of the food in the Central American country is produced and of the cleaning of a blocked section of the highway Two weeks of rebellion in Chiriqu and other parts of Panama over high prices and corruption have made it difficult to feed the country Despite this deal most of Panama s Pan American Highway which links the country of 4 4 million people to the rest of Central America remained clogged Sunday with large trucks and banner waving protesters The Panamanian people deserve respect this is a mockery said Luis S nchez spokesman for the organizations promoting the protests In Panama City a hundred people gathered on the waterfront to demonstrate They all wore black in contrast to the white suits lawmakers wear during official ceremonies Food costs are higher than what you earn We have a big social problem lawyer Jaqueline Hurtado told AFP People are fed up and have taken to the streets to demonstrate so that things change Retiree Iliana Arango said In my 68 years of life I am tired of seeing governments that promise go up steal go down the next one follows and here we lack everything medicine education food Government delegations and protesters met again at a school in the town of Santiago de Veraguas 250 kilometers 155 miles southwest of Panama City We ask all the parties that today we can reach an agreement and above all clear the roads the Government Ombudsman Eduardo Leblanc said in the conversations An agreement was reached on Saturday to lower the price of gasoline but protesters expect price cuts on some 40 consumer products and medicines We keep fighting said farmer Juan Morales in Capira near Panama City Panama saw year on year inflation of 4 2 percent in May along with an unemployment rate of around 10 percent and increases in fuel prices of almost 50 percent since January Despite its dollarized economy and high growth figures the country has a high rate of social inequality Economic problems have caused fuel shortages in some parts of the country and stalls in the capital s food markets have run out of produce to sell
    Protesters in Panama abandon part of key highway
     Panama s government and indigenous leaders reached an agreement on Sunday to evict protesters from part of the Pan American Highway in exchange for lower fuel prices but other stretches of the strategic route remained blocked by protesters demanding more concessions The government released images of the signing of the agreement in a church in the western province of Chiriqu where most of the food in the Central American country is produced and of the cleaning of a blocked section of the highway Two weeks of rebellion in Chiriqu and other parts of Panama over high prices and corruption have made it difficult to feed the country Despite this deal most of Panama s Pan American Highway which links the country of 4 4 million people to the rest of Central America remained clogged Sunday with large trucks and banner waving protesters The Panamanian people deserve respect this is a mockery said Luis S nchez spokesman for the organizations promoting the protests In Panama City a hundred people gathered on the waterfront to demonstrate They all wore black in contrast to the white suits lawmakers wear during official ceremonies Food costs are higher than what you earn We have a big social problem lawyer Jaqueline Hurtado told AFP People are fed up and have taken to the streets to demonstrate so that things change Retiree Iliana Arango said In my 68 years of life I am tired of seeing governments that promise go up steal go down the next one follows and here we lack everything medicine education food Government delegations and protesters met again at a school in the town of Santiago de Veraguas 250 kilometers 155 miles southwest of Panama City We ask all the parties that today we can reach an agreement and above all clear the roads the Government Ombudsman Eduardo Leblanc said in the conversations An agreement was reached on Saturday to lower the price of gasoline but protesters expect price cuts on some 40 consumer products and medicines We keep fighting said farmer Juan Morales in Capira near Panama City Panama saw year on year inflation of 4 2 percent in May along with an unemployment rate of around 10 percent and increases in fuel prices of almost 50 percent since January Despite its dollarized economy and high growth figures the country has a high rate of social inequality Economic problems have caused fuel shortages in some parts of the country and stalls in the capital s food markets have run out of produce to sell
    Protesters in Panama abandon part of key highway
    Foreign3 months ago

    Protesters in Panama abandon part of key highway

    Panama's government and indigenous leaders reached an agreement on Sunday to evict protesters from part of the Pan-American Highway in exchange for lower fuel prices, but other stretches of the strategic route remained blocked by protesters demanding more concessions. .

    The government released images of the signing of the agreement in a church in the western province of Chiriquí, where most of the food in the Central American country is produced, and of the cleaning of a blocked section of the highway.

    Two weeks of rebellion in Chiriquí and other parts of Panama over high prices and corruption have made it difficult to feed the country.

    Despite this deal, most of Panama's Pan-American Highway, which links the country of 4.4 million people to the rest of Central America, remained clogged Sunday with large trucks and banner-waving protesters.

    "The Panamanian people deserve respect, this is a mockery," said Luis Sánchez, spokesman for the organizations promoting the protests.

    In Panama City, a hundred people gathered on the waterfront to demonstrate. They all wore black, in contrast to the white suits lawmakers wear during official ceremonies.

    Food costs are “higher than what you earn. We have a big social problem," lawyer Jaqueline Hurtado told AFP. "People are fed up and have taken to the streets to demonstrate so that things change."

    Retiree Iliana Arango said: "In my 68 years of life, I am tired of seeing governments that promise, go up, steal, go down, the next one follows and here we lack everything: medicine, education, food."

    Government delegations and protesters met again at a school in the town of Santiago de Veraguas, 250 kilometers (155 miles) southwest of Panama City.

    “We ask all the parties that today we can reach an agreement and above all clear the roads,” the Government Ombudsman, Eduardo Leblanc, said in the conversations.

    An agreement was reached on Saturday to lower the price of gasoline, but protesters expect price cuts on some 40 consumer products and medicines.

    “We keep fighting,” said farmer Juan Morales in Capira, near Panama City.

    Panama saw year-on-year inflation of 4.2 percent in May, along with an unemployment rate of around 10 percent and increases in fuel prices of almost 50 percent since January.

    Despite its dollarized economy and high growth figures, the country has a high rate of social inequality.

    Economic problems have caused fuel shortages in some parts of the country, and stalls in the capital's food markets have run out of produce to sell.

  •  Panama s president announced on Monday a reduction in gasoline prices and the freezing of tariffs on several other essential products in the face of ongoing protests against inflation and corruption I understand the discontent of various sectors with the situation we are experiencing caused by the effects of the pandemic and the consequences of the conflict in Ukraine Laurentino Cortizo said in a statement The price of gasoline for private vehicles will drop to 3 95 a gallon starting July 15 he said a 24 percent drop from the price at the end of June Public transport has already benefited from the lowest price since May On Monday hundreds protested in Panama in the second week of demonstrations against increases in fuel prices which have risen 47 percent since January Cortizo also announced that his government would draft a decree to freeze the prices of a dozen basic food products Several unions however say the protests will continue until there is a general reduction in prices and gas rates drop below 3 a gallon In the western provinces of Veraguas and Chiriqu near the border with Costa Rica protesters blocked the Inter American Highway which connects the country with the rest of Central America In Panama City a group of students clashed with police around the University of Panama where a group of people temporarily seized a patrol car and broke its windows Inflation means that fewer and fewer people can live with dignity said Sa l M ndez general secretary of the country s main construction union According to M ndez in order for citizens to recover their purchasing power the prices of medicine food electricity and fuel must be lowered or frozen in addition to a general increase in wages The Panamanian government installed a round table on Monday in the city of Santiago de Veraguas one of the centers of the protest but no agreement was reached
    Panama government reduces fuel prices in face of protests
     Panama s president announced on Monday a reduction in gasoline prices and the freezing of tariffs on several other essential products in the face of ongoing protests against inflation and corruption I understand the discontent of various sectors with the situation we are experiencing caused by the effects of the pandemic and the consequences of the conflict in Ukraine Laurentino Cortizo said in a statement The price of gasoline for private vehicles will drop to 3 95 a gallon starting July 15 he said a 24 percent drop from the price at the end of June Public transport has already benefited from the lowest price since May On Monday hundreds protested in Panama in the second week of demonstrations against increases in fuel prices which have risen 47 percent since January Cortizo also announced that his government would draft a decree to freeze the prices of a dozen basic food products Several unions however say the protests will continue until there is a general reduction in prices and gas rates drop below 3 a gallon In the western provinces of Veraguas and Chiriqu near the border with Costa Rica protesters blocked the Inter American Highway which connects the country with the rest of Central America In Panama City a group of students clashed with police around the University of Panama where a group of people temporarily seized a patrol car and broke its windows Inflation means that fewer and fewer people can live with dignity said Sa l M ndez general secretary of the country s main construction union According to M ndez in order for citizens to recover their purchasing power the prices of medicine food electricity and fuel must be lowered or frozen in addition to a general increase in wages The Panamanian government installed a round table on Monday in the city of Santiago de Veraguas one of the centers of the protest but no agreement was reached
    Panama government reduces fuel prices in face of protests
    Foreign3 months ago

    Panama government reduces fuel prices in face of protests

    Panama's president announced on Monday a reduction in gasoline prices and the freezing of tariffs on several other essential products in the face of ongoing protests against inflation and corruption.

    "I understand the discontent of various sectors with the situation we are experiencing, caused by the effects of the pandemic and the consequences of the conflict in Ukraine," Laurentino Cortizo said in a statement.

    The price of gasoline for private vehicles will drop to $3.95 a gallon starting July 15, he said, a 24 percent drop from the price at the end of June.

    Public transport has already benefited from the lowest price since May.

    On Monday, hundreds protested in Panama in the second week of demonstrations against increases in fuel prices, which have risen 47 percent since January.

    Cortizo also announced that his government would draft a decree to freeze the prices of a dozen basic food products.

    Several unions, however, say the protests will continue until there is a general reduction in prices and gas rates drop below $3 a gallon.

    In the western provinces of Veraguas and Chiriquí, near the border with Costa Rica, protesters blocked the Inter-American Highway, which connects the country with the rest of Central America.

    In Panama City, a group of students clashed with police around the University of Panama, where a group of people temporarily seized a patrol car and broke its windows.

    Inflation “means that fewer and fewer people can live with dignity,” said Saúl Méndez, general secretary of the country's main construction union.

    According to Méndez, in order for citizens to recover their purchasing power, the prices of medicine, food, electricity and fuel must be lowered or frozen, in addition to a general increase in wages.

    The Panamanian government installed a round table on Monday in the city of Santiago de Veraguas, one of the centers of the protest, but no agreement was reached.

  •   The president of Panama Laurentino Cortizo said Monday that he has blood cancer although the 69 year old man said he felt fine and was in good spirits In late May Cortizo s doctors detected a decrease in hemoglobin and white blood cell counts during routine tests the president said in a televised statement Specialists recommended that he have a bone marrow biopsy and samples sent to a US lab and he was diagnosed with intermediate risk myelodysplastic syndrome a type of cancer that makes it hard to make blood cells Cortizo said he will undergo a second evaluation in the US city of Houston in July to learn the extent of the disease I want to say that I feel good I am in good spirits and that I will continue with my regular work he added The disease that the president was diagnosed with is a type of blood cancer Julio Sandoval a doctor specializing in internal medicine and intensive care told AFP According to Sandoval this type of cancer causes a decrease in hemoglobin and abnormal levels of platelets and white blood cells which makes the patient feel tired and weak leading to weight loss The disease may be caused by a genetic disorder that develops silently and appears after age 60 Sandoval said Life expectancy which will depend on the specific type of cancer Cortizo has can range from six months to 15 years he added
    President of Panama announces blood cancer diagnosis
      The president of Panama Laurentino Cortizo said Monday that he has blood cancer although the 69 year old man said he felt fine and was in good spirits In late May Cortizo s doctors detected a decrease in hemoglobin and white blood cell counts during routine tests the president said in a televised statement Specialists recommended that he have a bone marrow biopsy and samples sent to a US lab and he was diagnosed with intermediate risk myelodysplastic syndrome a type of cancer that makes it hard to make blood cells Cortizo said he will undergo a second evaluation in the US city of Houston in July to learn the extent of the disease I want to say that I feel good I am in good spirits and that I will continue with my regular work he added The disease that the president was diagnosed with is a type of blood cancer Julio Sandoval a doctor specializing in internal medicine and intensive care told AFP According to Sandoval this type of cancer causes a decrease in hemoglobin and abnormal levels of platelets and white blood cells which makes the patient feel tired and weak leading to weight loss The disease may be caused by a genetic disorder that develops silently and appears after age 60 Sandoval said Life expectancy which will depend on the specific type of cancer Cortizo has can range from six months to 15 years he added
    President of Panama announces blood cancer diagnosis
    Foreign4 months ago

    President of Panama announces blood cancer diagnosis

    The president of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo, said Monday that he has blood cancer, although the 69-year-old man said he felt fine and was in "good spirits."

    In late May, Cortizo's doctors detected "a decrease in hemoglobin and white blood cell counts" during routine tests, the president said in a televised statement.

    Specialists recommended that he have a bone marrow biopsy and samples sent to a US lab, and he was diagnosed with “intermediate risk” myelodysplastic syndrome, a type of cancer that makes it hard to make blood cells.

    Cortizo said he will undergo a second evaluation in the US city of Houston in July to learn the extent of the disease.

    “I want to say that I feel good, I am in good spirits and that I will continue with my regular work,” he added.

    "The disease that the president was diagnosed with is a type of blood cancer," Julio Sandoval, a doctor specializing in internal medicine and intensive care, told AFP.

    According to Sandoval, this type of cancer causes a decrease in hemoglobin, and abnormal levels of platelets and white blood cells, which makes the patient feel tired and weak, leading to weight loss.

    The disease may be caused "by a genetic disorder that develops silently and appears after age 60," Sandoval said.

    Life expectancy, which will depend on the specific type of cancer Cortizo has, can range "from six months to 15 years," he added.

  •   Annul Roe v Wade the 1973 ruling that guaranteed nationwide access to abortion in the United States would run counter to international human rights standards the UN human rights chief said on Wednesday The possible decisions that are made at the national level in the US to reverse more than five decades of protection of sexual and reproductive health and rights through Roe v Wade are very worrying said Michelle Bachelet in an economic forum organized by the Bloomberg news agency in Panama Town It could be a massive setback for women s rights contrary to international human rights standards she said via videoconference A leaked draft opinion showed that the US Supreme Court s conservative majority was seriously considering overturning the landmark ruling sparking outrage and protests across the United States Polls show that most Americans support some form of abortion access But in recent months Republican controlled states have moved to restrict abortion rights with some seeking an outright ban on the procedure with no exceptions and repealing Roe would give them greater freedom to enact their policies Bachelet said that repealing Roe could affect millions of women especially those with low incomes and belonging to racial and ethnic minorities Evidence shows that highly restrictive laws have a disproportionate impact on marginalized groups of women particularly women living in poverty she said Globally unsafe abortion is a leading cause of maternal death and evidence has shown that restrictive abortion laws do not reduce abortion but hide it making it more likely to be unsafe Bachelet also urged US states to ensure that women have options What states cannot do is impose a certain perspective he said Instead they must ensure that all women according to their own beliefs religion or decisions about their own autonomy about their bodies can have access to all the different options
    ‘Massive setback’ if US abortion rights overturned: UN rights chief
      Annul Roe v Wade the 1973 ruling that guaranteed nationwide access to abortion in the United States would run counter to international human rights standards the UN human rights chief said on Wednesday The possible decisions that are made at the national level in the US to reverse more than five decades of protection of sexual and reproductive health and rights through Roe v Wade are very worrying said Michelle Bachelet in an economic forum organized by the Bloomberg news agency in Panama Town It could be a massive setback for women s rights contrary to international human rights standards she said via videoconference A leaked draft opinion showed that the US Supreme Court s conservative majority was seriously considering overturning the landmark ruling sparking outrage and protests across the United States Polls show that most Americans support some form of abortion access But in recent months Republican controlled states have moved to restrict abortion rights with some seeking an outright ban on the procedure with no exceptions and repealing Roe would give them greater freedom to enact their policies Bachelet said that repealing Roe could affect millions of women especially those with low incomes and belonging to racial and ethnic minorities Evidence shows that highly restrictive laws have a disproportionate impact on marginalized groups of women particularly women living in poverty she said Globally unsafe abortion is a leading cause of maternal death and evidence has shown that restrictive abortion laws do not reduce abortion but hide it making it more likely to be unsafe Bachelet also urged US states to ensure that women have options What states cannot do is impose a certain perspective he said Instead they must ensure that all women according to their own beliefs religion or decisions about their own autonomy about their bodies can have access to all the different options
    ‘Massive setback’ if US abortion rights overturned: UN rights chief
    Foreign5 months ago

    ‘Massive setback’ if US abortion rights overturned: UN rights chief

    Annul Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that guaranteed nationwide access to abortion in the United States would run counter to international human rights standards, the UN human rights chief said on Wednesday.

    “The possible decisions that are made at the national level in the US to reverse more than five decades of protection of sexual and reproductive health and rights through Roe v. Wade are very worrying”, said Michelle Bachelet in an economic forum organized by the Bloomberg news agency in Panama. Town.

    "It could be a massive setback for women's rights, contrary to... international human rights standards," she said via videoconference.

    A leaked draft opinion showed that the US Supreme Court's conservative majority was seriously considering overturning the landmark ruling, sparking outrage and protests across the United States.

    Polls show that most Americans support some form of abortion access.

    But in recent months, Republican-controlled states have moved to restrict abortion rights, with some seeking an outright ban on the procedure with no exceptions, and repealing Roe would give them greater freedom to enact their policies.

    Bachelet said that repealing Roe could affect millions of women, "especially those with low incomes and belonging to racial and ethnic minorities."

    "Evidence shows that highly restrictive laws have a disproportionate impact on marginalized groups of women, particularly women living in poverty," she said.

    “Globally, unsafe abortion is a leading cause of maternal death and evidence has shown that restrictive abortion laws do not reduce…abortion but hide it, making it more likely to be unsafe.”

    Bachelet also urged US states to ensure that women have options.

    "What states cannot do is impose a certain perspective," he said.

    Instead, they must “ensure that all women according to their own beliefs, religion or decisions about their own autonomy, about their bodies… can have access to all the different options”.