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  •  The Communist Party of China CPC the world s largest political party celebrated its 99th birthday as the country is consolidating its economic recovery amid the COVID 19 epidemic Official data shows activities in many Chinese industries from auto manufacturing to e commerce are returning to pre epidemic levels Given the country s solid pace of recovery Fitch Ratings on Monday raised its 2020 GDP forecast for China to 1 2 percent from 0 7 percent The recovery is hard won though For months the COVID 19 epidemic coupled with lingering trade tensions and weak external demand has been testing the economic governance capacity of the CPC which led the country to transform from a vastly impoverished agricultural land into the world s second largest economy with better off people Based on the valuable experience it has accumulated over the past decades the CPC will steer the country toward a healthier and long term growth through deepening reform and widening opening up analysts say QUALITY MATTERS MORE IN TOUGH DAYSAfter four decades of breakneck expansion the CPC has been pushing China s economy to transition to high quality development putting emphasis on greener and more sustainable growth China lowered its economic growth targets over the past few years and even set no target for this year showing the country is relying less on using GDP to measure success This marks a great shift in the leadership s development philosophy which will continue to have far reaching impacts on economic and social life said Gao Peiyong vice president of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences In a bid to push forward high quality development China has given less weight to traditional high polluting and high energy consuming industries even though they are vital sources of jobs and tax revenues Instead the country has doubled down on support for new drivers of growth such as high end equipment manufacturing modern services and high tech industries Even in the first quarter when the novel coronavirus epidemic pushed China s economy into its first contraction in decades the country still avoided launching a massive stimulus and maintained a tight grip over the property sector Further rather than embarking on traditional infrastructure investment programs China is seeking more targeted investments in new infrastructure such as 5G networks big data centers and other projects that facilitate innovation and improve weak links in economic and social development Expanding investment in new infrastructure is not a stopgap It will not only boost consumption and benefit the people but also facilitate structural adjustments and enhance the sustainability of growth said Liu Duo head of the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology REFORM KEY TO ECONOMIC SUCCESSChinese policymakers innovatively started the reform and opening up policy in 1978 to eliminate the constraints of a planned economy nurture private sectors and advance state owned enterprise reforms step by step To unleash economic growth the government has been pressing ahead with reforms to reduce corporate burdens transform government functions and cut red tape A total of 2 36 trillion yuan about 337 billion United States dollars of taxes and fees were cut in 2019 for businesses well above the original target of 2 trillion yuan with manufacturing and micro and small businesses benefiting most In the face of the COVID 19 epidemic the country has not slowed its pace of reforms toward expanding marketization In May China issued a guideline to accelerate the improvement of its socialist market economy pledging to improve the market policies the rule of law and the social environment for supporting the development of private businesses and foreign invested enterprises Thanks to the deepening of reforms the country s entrepreneurial enthusiasm ran high and the market vitality stayed unabated despite downward pressures and trade tensions with 20 000 new businesses being set up each day on average last year The process of reforms is far from complete The advancing supply side structural reform will inject new impetus to the economy analysts say EMBRACING OUTSIDE WORLDAlong with the sustained efforts to invigorate the domestic economy via market reforms the CPC has been consistent in pushing opening up step by step Unlike many Western countries where policy initiatives are often overturned once an administration changes China s policies have always been consistent with effective implementation providing stable expectations for firms said Zhao Lei a professor with the Party School of the Central Committee of the CPC The CPC has been leading China s opening up through trial and error Pilot reforms were carried out in free trade zones designed to test water for new modes of international cooperation The number of sectors that are off limits for foreign investors was gradually reduced over the years as the country further opened up In its latest efforts to open the economy China unveiled a new negative list for foreign investment in late June cutting the number of sectors that are off limits for foreign investors to 33 from 40 in 2019 At a time when protectionism and anti globalization sentiments rise the CPC s opening up push is facing unprecedented challenges Despite the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic the country has reiterated that it would continue to broaden market access and open up its service sector vowing supportive measures to shore up foreign investment and trade Many thought that China would hit the brake on promoting the Belt and Road Initiative amid the pandemic but the country has been unwaveringly advancing it as evidenced in the recent High level Video Conference on Belt and Road International Cooperation Zhao said Under the CPC s leadership China is becoming ever more confident in the international market shifting its role from merely a participant to an active builder of globalization by pushing for the establishment and development of multilateral institutions he said XINHUA
    China Focus: Braving challenges, CPC to lead China to new economic success
     The Communist Party of China CPC the world s largest political party celebrated its 99th birthday as the country is consolidating its economic recovery amid the COVID 19 epidemic Official data shows activities in many Chinese industries from auto manufacturing to e commerce are returning to pre epidemic levels Given the country s solid pace of recovery Fitch Ratings on Monday raised its 2020 GDP forecast for China to 1 2 percent from 0 7 percent The recovery is hard won though For months the COVID 19 epidemic coupled with lingering trade tensions and weak external demand has been testing the economic governance capacity of the CPC which led the country to transform from a vastly impoverished agricultural land into the world s second largest economy with better off people Based on the valuable experience it has accumulated over the past decades the CPC will steer the country toward a healthier and long term growth through deepening reform and widening opening up analysts say QUALITY MATTERS MORE IN TOUGH DAYSAfter four decades of breakneck expansion the CPC has been pushing China s economy to transition to high quality development putting emphasis on greener and more sustainable growth China lowered its economic growth targets over the past few years and even set no target for this year showing the country is relying less on using GDP to measure success This marks a great shift in the leadership s development philosophy which will continue to have far reaching impacts on economic and social life said Gao Peiyong vice president of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences In a bid to push forward high quality development China has given less weight to traditional high polluting and high energy consuming industries even though they are vital sources of jobs and tax revenues Instead the country has doubled down on support for new drivers of growth such as high end equipment manufacturing modern services and high tech industries Even in the first quarter when the novel coronavirus epidemic pushed China s economy into its first contraction in decades the country still avoided launching a massive stimulus and maintained a tight grip over the property sector Further rather than embarking on traditional infrastructure investment programs China is seeking more targeted investments in new infrastructure such as 5G networks big data centers and other projects that facilitate innovation and improve weak links in economic and social development Expanding investment in new infrastructure is not a stopgap It will not only boost consumption and benefit the people but also facilitate structural adjustments and enhance the sustainability of growth said Liu Duo head of the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology REFORM KEY TO ECONOMIC SUCCESSChinese policymakers innovatively started the reform and opening up policy in 1978 to eliminate the constraints of a planned economy nurture private sectors and advance state owned enterprise reforms step by step To unleash economic growth the government has been pressing ahead with reforms to reduce corporate burdens transform government functions and cut red tape A total of 2 36 trillion yuan about 337 billion United States dollars of taxes and fees were cut in 2019 for businesses well above the original target of 2 trillion yuan with manufacturing and micro and small businesses benefiting most In the face of the COVID 19 epidemic the country has not slowed its pace of reforms toward expanding marketization In May China issued a guideline to accelerate the improvement of its socialist market economy pledging to improve the market policies the rule of law and the social environment for supporting the development of private businesses and foreign invested enterprises Thanks to the deepening of reforms the country s entrepreneurial enthusiasm ran high and the market vitality stayed unabated despite downward pressures and trade tensions with 20 000 new businesses being set up each day on average last year The process of reforms is far from complete The advancing supply side structural reform will inject new impetus to the economy analysts say EMBRACING OUTSIDE WORLDAlong with the sustained efforts to invigorate the domestic economy via market reforms the CPC has been consistent in pushing opening up step by step Unlike many Western countries where policy initiatives are often overturned once an administration changes China s policies have always been consistent with effective implementation providing stable expectations for firms said Zhao Lei a professor with the Party School of the Central Committee of the CPC The CPC has been leading China s opening up through trial and error Pilot reforms were carried out in free trade zones designed to test water for new modes of international cooperation The number of sectors that are off limits for foreign investors was gradually reduced over the years as the country further opened up In its latest efforts to open the economy China unveiled a new negative list for foreign investment in late June cutting the number of sectors that are off limits for foreign investors to 33 from 40 in 2019 At a time when protectionism and anti globalization sentiments rise the CPC s opening up push is facing unprecedented challenges Despite the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic the country has reiterated that it would continue to broaden market access and open up its service sector vowing supportive measures to shore up foreign investment and trade Many thought that China would hit the brake on promoting the Belt and Road Initiative amid the pandemic but the country has been unwaveringly advancing it as evidenced in the recent High level Video Conference on Belt and Road International Cooperation Zhao said Under the CPC s leadership China is becoming ever more confident in the international market shifting its role from merely a participant to an active builder of globalization by pushing for the establishment and development of multilateral institutions he said XINHUA
    China Focus: Braving challenges, CPC to lead China to new economic success
    Foreign2 years ago

    China Focus: Braving challenges, CPC to lead China to new economic success

    The Communist Party of China (CPC), the world's largest political party, celebrated its 99th birthday as the country is consolidating its economic recovery amid the COVID-19 epidemic.

    Official data shows activities in many Chinese industries, from auto manufacturing to e-commerce, are returning to pre-epidemic levels. Given the country's solid pace of recovery, Fitch Ratings on Monday raised its 2020 GDP forecast for China to 1.2 percent from 0.7 percent.

    The recovery is hard won, though. For months, the COVID-19 epidemic, coupled with lingering trade tensions and weak external demand, has been testing the economic governance capacity of the CPC, which led the country to transform from a vastly impoverished agricultural land into the world's second-largest economy with better-off people.

    Based on the valuable experience it has accumulated over the past decades, the CPC will steer the country toward a healthier and long-term growth through deepening reform and widening opening-up, analysts say.

    QUALITY MATTERS MORE IN TOUGH DAYS

    After four decades of breakneck expansion, the CPC has been pushing China's economy to transition to high-quality development, putting emphasis on greener and more sustainable growth.

    China lowered its economic growth targets over the past few years, and even set no target for this year, showing the country is relying less on using GDP to measure success.

    "This marks a great shift in the leadership's development philosophy, which will continue to have far-reaching impacts on economic and social life," said Gao Peiyong, vice president of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

    In a bid to push forward high-quality development, China has given less weight to traditional high-polluting and high energy-consuming industries even though they are vital sources of jobs and tax revenues.

    Instead, the country has doubled down on support for new drivers of growth such as high-end equipment manufacturing, modern services and high-tech industries.

    Even in the first quarter when the novel coronavirus epidemic pushed China's economy into its first contraction in decades, the country still avoided launching a massive stimulus and maintained a tight grip over the property sector.

    Further, rather than embarking on traditional infrastructure investment programs, China is seeking more targeted investments in "new infrastructure" such as 5G networks, big data centers and other projects that facilitate innovation and improve weak links in economic and social development.

    "Expanding investment in new infrastructure is not a stopgap. It will not only boost consumption and benefit the people, but also facilitate structural adjustments and enhance the sustainability of growth," said Liu Duo, head of the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology.

    REFORM KEY TO ECONOMIC SUCCESS

    Chinese policymakers innovatively started the reform and opening-up policy in 1978 to eliminate the constraints of a planned economy, nurture private sectors and advance state-owned enterprise reforms step by step.

    To unleash economic growth, the government has been pressing ahead with reforms to reduce corporate burdens, transform government functions and cut red tape.

    A total of 2.36 trillion yuan (about 337 billion United States dollars) of taxes and fees were cut in 2019 for businesses, well above the original target of 2 trillion yuan, with manufacturing and micro and small businesses benefiting most.

    In the face of the COVID-19 epidemic, the country has not slowed its pace of reforms toward expanding marketization.

    In May, China issued a guideline to accelerate the improvement of its socialist market economy, pledging to improve the market, policies, the rule of law and the social environment for supporting the development of private businesses and foreign-invested enterprises.

    Thanks to the deepening of reforms, the country's entrepreneurial enthusiasm ran high and the market vitality stayed unabated despite downward pressures and trade tensions, with 20,000 new businesses being set up each day on average last year.

    The process of reforms is far from complete. The advancing supply-side structural reform will inject new impetus to the economy, analysts say.

    EMBRACING OUTSIDE WORLD

    Along with the sustained efforts to invigorate the domestic economy via market reforms, the CPC has been consistent in pushing opening-up step by step.

    "Unlike many Western countries, where policy initiatives are often overturned once an administration changes, China's policies have always been consistent with effective implementation, providing stable expectations for firms," said Zhao Lei, a professor with the Party School of the Central Committee of the CPC.

    The CPC has been leading China's opening-up through trial and error. Pilot reforms were carried out in free trade zones designed to test water for new modes of international cooperation. The number of sectors that are off-limits for foreign investors was gradually reduced over the years as the country further opened up.

    In its latest efforts to open the economy, China unveiled a new negative list for foreign investment in late June, cutting the number of sectors that are off-limits for foreign investors to 33 from 40 in 2019.

    At a time when protectionism and anti-globalization sentiments rise, the CPC's opening-up push is facing unprecedented challenges.

    Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country has reiterated that it would continue to broaden market access and open up its service sector, vowing supportive measures to shore up foreign investment and trade.

    "Many thought that China would hit the brake on promoting the Belt and Road Initiative amid the pandemic, but the country has been unwaveringly advancing it, as evidenced in the recent High-level Video Conference on Belt and Road International Cooperation," Zhao said.

    Under the CPC's leadership, China is becoming ever more confident in the international market, shifting its role from merely a participant to an active builder of globalization by pushing for the establishment and development of multilateral institutions, he said.


    (XINHUA)

  •  The Senate on Tuesday approved President Muhammadu Buhari s nomination of Prof Jummai Audi as Chairman Nigerian Law Reform Commission NLRC It also approved the nominations of Bassey Dan Abia as Commissioners representing South South and Mohammed Ibraheem representing South west for the NLRC It however stood down the confirmation of Mr Ebere Chima as Commissioner representing South East following his absence at the screening Senate s approval of the nominees followed a presentation of a report by Senate Committee on Judiciary Human Rights and Legal Matters by its Chairman Sen Bamidele Opeyemi APC Ekiti and consideration of same at the Committee of the Whole Senate also at plenary approved the nomination of Mrs Diana Okonta representing South South and Mrs Ya ana Yaro representing North East as Non Executive Directors of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation NDIC The approval of the NDIC nominees was also sequel to the presentation of a report by the Committee on Banking Insurance and other Financial Institutions by its Chairman Sen Sani Uba APC Karina and consideration of same at the Committee of the Whole Senate at plenary also approved four weeks extension to the Ad Hoc Committee investigating activities of the Interim Management Committee IMC of the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC over alleged mismanagement of N40 billion by the IMC The extension followed a request by the Chairman of the ad hoc Committee Sen Olubumi Adetunmbi APC Ekiti having cited order 43 of the Senate rule Adetunmbi told the Senate that the COVID 19 pandemic had slow down activities of the committee over the investigation He said the committee had written to the various stakeholders noting that the committee just began to receive response from the stakeholders hence the request for extension of time on the investigation Senate also at plenary considered for first reading of six bills The bills are Infrastructure Development Bill 2020 by Sen Stella Oduah PDP Anambra Emergency Economic Stimulus Bill 2020 by Sen Abdullahi Abubakar APC Kebbi among others Edited By Ifeyinwa Okonkwo Felix Ajide NAN
    Senate confirms Prof. Jummai Audi as Chairman Nigerian Law Reform Commission
     The Senate on Tuesday approved President Muhammadu Buhari s nomination of Prof Jummai Audi as Chairman Nigerian Law Reform Commission NLRC It also approved the nominations of Bassey Dan Abia as Commissioners representing South South and Mohammed Ibraheem representing South west for the NLRC It however stood down the confirmation of Mr Ebere Chima as Commissioner representing South East following his absence at the screening Senate s approval of the nominees followed a presentation of a report by Senate Committee on Judiciary Human Rights and Legal Matters by its Chairman Sen Bamidele Opeyemi APC Ekiti and consideration of same at the Committee of the Whole Senate also at plenary approved the nomination of Mrs Diana Okonta representing South South and Mrs Ya ana Yaro representing North East as Non Executive Directors of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation NDIC The approval of the NDIC nominees was also sequel to the presentation of a report by the Committee on Banking Insurance and other Financial Institutions by its Chairman Sen Sani Uba APC Karina and consideration of same at the Committee of the Whole Senate at plenary also approved four weeks extension to the Ad Hoc Committee investigating activities of the Interim Management Committee IMC of the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC over alleged mismanagement of N40 billion by the IMC The extension followed a request by the Chairman of the ad hoc Committee Sen Olubumi Adetunmbi APC Ekiti having cited order 43 of the Senate rule Adetunmbi told the Senate that the COVID 19 pandemic had slow down activities of the committee over the investigation He said the committee had written to the various stakeholders noting that the committee just began to receive response from the stakeholders hence the request for extension of time on the investigation Senate also at plenary considered for first reading of six bills The bills are Infrastructure Development Bill 2020 by Sen Stella Oduah PDP Anambra Emergency Economic Stimulus Bill 2020 by Sen Abdullahi Abubakar APC Kebbi among others Edited By Ifeyinwa Okonkwo Felix Ajide NAN
    Senate confirms Prof. Jummai Audi as Chairman Nigerian Law Reform Commission
    Politics2 years ago

    Senate confirms Prof. Jummai Audi as Chairman Nigerian Law Reform Commission

    The Senate on Tuesday approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s nomination of Prof. Jummai Audi as Chairman, Nigerian Law Reform Commission (NLRC).

    It also approved the nominations of Bassey Dan-Abia as Commissioners representing South-South and Mohammed Ibraheem representing South -west for the NLRC.

    It, however, stood down the confirmation of Mr Ebere Chima as Commissioner representing South-East following his absence at the screening.

    Senate’s approval of the nominees followed a presentation of a report by Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters by its Chairman Sen. Bamidele Opeyemi (APC-Ekiti) and consideration of same at the Committee of the Whole.

    Senate also at plenary approved the nomination of Mrs Diana Okonta representing South-South and Mrs Ya’ana Yaro representing North-East as Non-Executive Directors of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).

    The approval of the NDIC nominees was also sequel to the presentation of a report by the Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions by its Chairman, Sen. Sani Uba (APC Karina) and consideration of same at the Committee of the Whole.

    Senate at plenary also approved four weeks extension to the Ad Hoc Committee investigating activities of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over alleged mismanagement of N40 billion by the IMC.

    The extension followed a request by the Chairman of the ad hoc Committee, Sen. Olubumi Adetunmbi (APC Ekiti) having cited order 43 of the Senate rule.

    Adetunmbi told the Senate that the COVID-19 pandemic had slow down activities of the committee over the investigation.

    He said the committee had written to the various stakeholders, noting that the committee just began to receive response from the stakeholders, hence the request for extension of time on the investigation.

    Senate also at plenary considered for first reading of six bills.

    The bills are Infrastructure Development Bill, 2020 by Sen. Stella Oduah (PDP Anambra), Emergency Economic Stimulus Bill, 2020 by Sen. Abdullahi Abubakar (APC Kebbi), among others.



    Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Felix Ajide (NAN)

     

  •  The Senate on Tuesday at plenary received President Muhammadu Buhari s request for the confirmation of Prof Jumai Audi as Chairman of Nigerian Law Reform Commission Also to be confirmed were Mr Ebele Bernard Chima Commissioner South East Mr Bassey Dan Abia Commissioner South South and Mr Mohammed Ibraheem Commissioner South West In compliance with the provision of section 2 2 of the Nigerian Law Reform Commission Act No 7 of 199 I wish to forward to the Senate for confirmation of the under listed 4 names of nominees as Chairman and full time members of the Nigerian Law Reform Commission Buhari said Similarly the upper legislative chamber also received a request from the President for the confirmation of Diana Okonta South South and Ya ana Talib Yaro North East as Non Executive Directors of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation NDIC The President said that the appointment of the nominees was done in compliance with the provision of section 5 2 4 of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation Act to fill existing vacancies Senate Leader Mr Yahaya Abdullahi moved a motion relying on order 1 b of the Senate standing rules for the upper chamber to expedite action on the President s request for the confirmation of the nominees Senate President Mr Ahmad Lawan in his ruling underscored the need for the upper chamber to fast track the process to enable committees of the senate to screen the nominees Lawan thereafter referred the confirmation request of the NDIC nominees to the Senate Committee on Banking Insurance and Financial Institutions The Committee chaired by Sen Uba Sani APC Kaduna was given two weeks to report back to the upper chamber Edited By Shuaib Sadiq Ali Baba Inuwa NAN
    Buhari seeks Senate’s confirmation for Law Reform Commission, NDIC
     The Senate on Tuesday at plenary received President Muhammadu Buhari s request for the confirmation of Prof Jumai Audi as Chairman of Nigerian Law Reform Commission Also to be confirmed were Mr Ebele Bernard Chima Commissioner South East Mr Bassey Dan Abia Commissioner South South and Mr Mohammed Ibraheem Commissioner South West In compliance with the provision of section 2 2 of the Nigerian Law Reform Commission Act No 7 of 199 I wish to forward to the Senate for confirmation of the under listed 4 names of nominees as Chairman and full time members of the Nigerian Law Reform Commission Buhari said Similarly the upper legislative chamber also received a request from the President for the confirmation of Diana Okonta South South and Ya ana Talib Yaro North East as Non Executive Directors of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation NDIC The President said that the appointment of the nominees was done in compliance with the provision of section 5 2 4 of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation Act to fill existing vacancies Senate Leader Mr Yahaya Abdullahi moved a motion relying on order 1 b of the Senate standing rules for the upper chamber to expedite action on the President s request for the confirmation of the nominees Senate President Mr Ahmad Lawan in his ruling underscored the need for the upper chamber to fast track the process to enable committees of the senate to screen the nominees Lawan thereafter referred the confirmation request of the NDIC nominees to the Senate Committee on Banking Insurance and Financial Institutions The Committee chaired by Sen Uba Sani APC Kaduna was given two weeks to report back to the upper chamber Edited By Shuaib Sadiq Ali Baba Inuwa NAN
    Buhari seeks Senate’s confirmation for Law Reform Commission, NDIC
    Politics3 years ago

    Buhari seeks Senate’s confirmation for Law Reform Commission, NDIC

    The Senate on Tuesday, at plenary received President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for the confirmation of Prof. Jumai Audi, as Chairman of Nigerian Law Reform Commission.

    Also to be confirmed were Mr Ebele Bernard Chima, Commissioner, South East; Mr Bassey Dan Abia, Commissioner, South-South; and Mr Mohammed Ibraheem, Commissioner, South-West.

    “In compliance with the provision of section 2(2) of the Nigerian Law Reform Commission Act No. 7 of 199, I wish to forward to the Senate for confirmation of the under-listed (4)names of nominees as Chairman and full-time members of the Nigerian Law Reform Commission, ” Buhari said.
    Similarly, the upper legislative chamber also received a request from the President for the confirmation of Diana Okonta (South-South); and Ya’ana Talib Yaro (North-East) as Non-Executive Directors of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).
    The President said that the appointment of the nominees was done in compliance with the provision of section 5(2)(4) of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation Act to fill existing vacancies.

    Senate Leader, Mr Yahaya Abdullahi, moved a motion relying on order 1(b) of the Senate standing rules for the upper chamber to expedite action on the President’s request for the confirmation of the nominees.

    Senate President, Mr Ahmad Lawan in his ruling, underscored the need for the upper chamber to fast-track the process to enable committees of the senate to screen the nominees.

    Lawan, thereafter, referred the confirmation request of the NDIC nominees to the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance, and Financial Institutions.

    The Committee chaired by Sen. Uba Sani (APC- Kaduna) was given two weeks to report back to the upper chamber.


    Edited By: Shuaib Sadiq/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

  •  French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday said he hopes to break the deadlock in the country s pension reform dispute warning that the pension system must be balanced out of responsibility to the future generation The government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye after a cabinet meeting on Monday said Macron hopes to find solution at talks beginning on Tuesday with new Bill to be voted on in the National Assembly ahead of March s local elections Ndiaye added that the government was open to suggestion from social partners A particular sticking point is a planned raise of the standard age of retirement on full pension from 62 to 64 which the government hopes will plug the large financing gap in the pension system Observers predict that the government will make concessions on this point The strike has crippled France for more than a month now Monday again saw limited public transport service across the country with trains packed now that many have returned from holiday Indiaye said According to the State Owned Rail Company SNCF 36 per cent of train drivers are refusing to work on Monday However students were seen joining the action on Monday blockading some universities Among their grievances was the fact that important examinations had been scheduled to go ahead in spite transport strikes Meanwhile the examinations were postponed in December due to the lingering transport strikes However lawyers had earlier joined the strike though government hoped its pension reform would end the fragmentation of pensions into 42 different funds and introduce a universal points system Edited by Yahaya Isah Muhammad Suleiman Tola
    Macron hopes to break deadlock in pension reform crisis
     French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday said he hopes to break the deadlock in the country s pension reform dispute warning that the pension system must be balanced out of responsibility to the future generation The government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye after a cabinet meeting on Monday said Macron hopes to find solution at talks beginning on Tuesday with new Bill to be voted on in the National Assembly ahead of March s local elections Ndiaye added that the government was open to suggestion from social partners A particular sticking point is a planned raise of the standard age of retirement on full pension from 62 to 64 which the government hopes will plug the large financing gap in the pension system Observers predict that the government will make concessions on this point The strike has crippled France for more than a month now Monday again saw limited public transport service across the country with trains packed now that many have returned from holiday Indiaye said According to the State Owned Rail Company SNCF 36 per cent of train drivers are refusing to work on Monday However students were seen joining the action on Monday blockading some universities Among their grievances was the fact that important examinations had been scheduled to go ahead in spite transport strikes Meanwhile the examinations were postponed in December due to the lingering transport strikes However lawyers had earlier joined the strike though government hoped its pension reform would end the fragmentation of pensions into 42 different funds and introduce a universal points system Edited by Yahaya Isah Muhammad Suleiman Tola
    Macron hopes to break deadlock in pension reform crisis
    Foreign3 years ago

    Macron hopes to break deadlock in pension reform crisis

    French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday said he hopes to break the deadlock in the country’s pension reform dispute, warning that the pension system must be balanced out of responsibility to the future generation.

    The government spokeswoman, Sibeth Ndiaye, after a cabinet meeting on Monday, said Macron hopes to find solution at talks beginning on Tuesday, with new Bill to be voted on in the National Assembly ahead of March’s local elections.

    Ndiaye added that the government was open to suggestion from social partners.

    “A particular sticking point is a planned raise of the standard age of retirement on full pension from 62 to 64, which the government hopes will plug the large financing gap in the pension system.

    “Observers predict that the government will make concessions on this point.

    “The strike has crippled France for more than a month now. Monday again, saw limited public transport service across the country, with trains packed now that many have returned from holiday,“ Indiaye said.

    According to the State-Owned Rail Company (SNCF), 36 per cent of train drivers are refusing to work on Monday.

    However, students were seen joining the action on Monday, blockading some universities. Among their grievances was the fact that important examinations had been scheduled to go ahead in spite transport strikes.

    Meanwhile, the examinations were postponed in December due to the lingering transport strikes.

    However, lawyers had earlier joined the strike, though government hoped its pension reform would end the fragmentation of pensions into 42 different funds and introduce a universal points system.

    Edited by: Yahaya Isah/Muhammad Suleiman Tola

  •   The Head of Poland s Supreme Court Malgorzata Gersdorf on Tuesday contradicted governing Law and Justice PiS party saying a chamber it set up to discipline judges endangers the stability of legal order in the country One has to unequivocally state that continuing the activity of the Disciplinary Chamber seriously endangers the stability of legal order in Poland The nation s highest court ruled last week that the National Council of the Judiciary NCJ the body that nominates judges is not independent and that the disciplinary chamber does not qualify as a court Gersdorf said The ruling followed a Nov 19 ruling by the European Court of Justice ECJ The ruling was up to Poland s top court to determine whether its new disciplinary chamber is sufficiently independent to handle complaints brought by judges against early retirement Also Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki of the ruling PiS party said he would not allow judges to question the validity of appointment of other judges He however accused his critics of causing chaos and anarchy and undermining the right of Poland s government to create new laws The judicial reforms introduced by PiS have also been the main source of contention between Warsaw and the European Commission However the EU s top rule of law official Vera Jourova promised to be in Poland as soon as possible to discuss the issues in question Edited by Yahaya Isah Ali Baba Inuwa NAN
    Polish Supreme Court ruling: party spar on part of judicial reform
      The Head of Poland s Supreme Court Malgorzata Gersdorf on Tuesday contradicted governing Law and Justice PiS party saying a chamber it set up to discipline judges endangers the stability of legal order in the country One has to unequivocally state that continuing the activity of the Disciplinary Chamber seriously endangers the stability of legal order in Poland The nation s highest court ruled last week that the National Council of the Judiciary NCJ the body that nominates judges is not independent and that the disciplinary chamber does not qualify as a court Gersdorf said The ruling followed a Nov 19 ruling by the European Court of Justice ECJ The ruling was up to Poland s top court to determine whether its new disciplinary chamber is sufficiently independent to handle complaints brought by judges against early retirement Also Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki of the ruling PiS party said he would not allow judges to question the validity of appointment of other judges He however accused his critics of causing chaos and anarchy and undermining the right of Poland s government to create new laws The judicial reforms introduced by PiS have also been the main source of contention between Warsaw and the European Commission However the EU s top rule of law official Vera Jourova promised to be in Poland as soon as possible to discuss the issues in question Edited by Yahaya Isah Ali Baba Inuwa NAN
    Polish Supreme Court ruling: party spar on part of judicial reform
    Foreign3 years ago

    Polish Supreme Court ruling: party spar on part of judicial reform

    The Head of Poland’s Supreme Court, Malgorzata Gersdorf, on Tuesday contradicted governing Law and Justice (PiS) party, saying a chamber it set up to discipline judges “endangers the stability of legal order” in the country.

    “One has to unequivocally state that continuing the activity of the Disciplinary Chamber seriously endangers the stability of legal order in Poland.

    “The nation’s highest court ruled last week that the National Council of the Judiciary (NCJ), the body that nominates judges – is not independent and that the disciplinary chamber does not qualify as a court,“ Gersdorf said.

    The ruling followed a Nov. 19 ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

    The ruling was up to Poland’s top court to determine whether its new disciplinary chamber is sufficiently independent to handle complaints brought by judges against early retirement.

    Also, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, of the ruling PiS party said he would not allow judges to question the validity of appointment of other judges.

    He, however, accused his critics of causing chaos and anarchy and undermining the right of Poland’s government to create new laws.

    The judicial reforms introduced by PiS have also been the main source of contention between Warsaw and the European Commission.

    However, the EU’s top rule of law official, Vera Jourova, promised to be in Poland as soon as possible to discuss the issues in question.

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    Edited by: Yahaya Isah/Ali Baba-Inuwa
    (NAN)

  •  The Lagos State Government on Thursday inaugurated a three pronged reform to sanitise the red meat value chain end its unwholesome sales and ensure consumption of healthy meat Prince Gbolahan Lawal State Commissioner for Agriculture said at the occasion that the state government was committed to sanitising the value chain Lawal flagging off the pilot scheme of the reform at Ita Faji Market in Lagos Island said this would be done by embarking on three pronged strategies with the acronym A T M Abattoir Transportation and Market The commissioner said that the reform was in conformity with Section 4 of the Cap M3 Meat Inspection Law of Lagos State and the Forth Schedule Regulation 33 of the Law He added that the reform would not only ensure the consumption of wholesome meat by the people but it would also facilitate export of red meat to other countries Lawal said that the reform would be piloted in four local governments including Lagos Island Ita Faji Market Ikorodu Igando and Badagry axis He said the reform would go live across the 20 local government areas and 37 LCDA on Jan 5 2020 The pilot of the A T M reform starts today and it will last one month thereafter we will begin full implementation across the state on Jan 5 The three strategies which is Abattoir Transport and Market is to guarantee the safety and health of the populace by ensuring that only certified animals are slaughtered and wholesome beef is available in our markets This will also boost the international recognition of beef from the state thus opening up an export portal which will be a source of foreign exchange to the state government he said Lawal wondered why some African countries like Botswana Namibia Ethiopia and Kenya could export meats to Europe Saudi Arabia and other developed countries and Nigeria a naturally endowed and big country could not do same Botswana alone exports about 9 000 tons of meat to Europe and 10 000 tons to Saudi Arabia and also enjoys unlimited preferential market access to the European Union competing with meat exporting countries like Brazil So rather than only producing meat for local consumption Botswana exports meat that is hygienically tested and proven to meet the European market standard In the same vein Namibia also exports meats to about 18 European countries and China Its meat exports industry is quite lucrative and a sure revenue generator for the country The question is how did our brother African countries are able to do this while naturally endowed and big country like Nigeria is not able to do this The answer is solely because of the reforms they have been able to carry out in their red meat value chains which enable their red meat to meet the international standard he said Lawal said that it was important for the state government to raise the standard of slaughtering processing and marketing of red meat for hygienic reason He said the reform would also bring activities in the value chain to international best practices particularly as the government was committed to becoming a 21st century economy The commissioner said that series of engagements were held with critical stakeholders like the Butchers Association in the state Market women and men concessionaires and franchises among others Today after about 12 stakeholders engagement starting on the Sept 11 the stakeholders in the red meat value chain agreed with the ministry That it is of great importance for us to reform the red meat value chain in order to boost the profitability and productivity of the value chain In time past the processing of the animals has been a major challenge for the government of Lagos State Often times we have had to engage law enforcement officers to clean up the system by clamping down on illegal abattoirs But we still discover that they continue to spring up the best way of attacking the challenge is for us to wait for them in the market If we make sure that they do not have access to the market with that they will be forced to work with us in line with the law of the land That is why we decided to embark on the reform A T M he said Also Dr Henrietta Ojuri Chief Veterinary Officer in the ministry explained that with the new reform all butchers were henceforth expected to patronise only registered abattoirs and obtain a receipt Ojuri said that butchers were not allowed to transport meat in any other vehicles apart from the Eko Refrigerated meat van and they should wear white coat with cloves and a cutting table with net Commenting Mr Kamal Salau Bashua Chairman Lagos Island East Local Government commended the state government for introducing the reform Also Alhaji Wasiu Akande Chairman Butchers Association Lagos Island said that many opportunities were embedded in the new reform urging his members to embrace it Edited amp Vetted By Olagoke Olatoye NAN
    Lagos Govt inaugurates reform to end sales of unwholesome red meat
     The Lagos State Government on Thursday inaugurated a three pronged reform to sanitise the red meat value chain end its unwholesome sales and ensure consumption of healthy meat Prince Gbolahan Lawal State Commissioner for Agriculture said at the occasion that the state government was committed to sanitising the value chain Lawal flagging off the pilot scheme of the reform at Ita Faji Market in Lagos Island said this would be done by embarking on three pronged strategies with the acronym A T M Abattoir Transportation and Market The commissioner said that the reform was in conformity with Section 4 of the Cap M3 Meat Inspection Law of Lagos State and the Forth Schedule Regulation 33 of the Law He added that the reform would not only ensure the consumption of wholesome meat by the people but it would also facilitate export of red meat to other countries Lawal said that the reform would be piloted in four local governments including Lagos Island Ita Faji Market Ikorodu Igando and Badagry axis He said the reform would go live across the 20 local government areas and 37 LCDA on Jan 5 2020 The pilot of the A T M reform starts today and it will last one month thereafter we will begin full implementation across the state on Jan 5 The three strategies which is Abattoir Transport and Market is to guarantee the safety and health of the populace by ensuring that only certified animals are slaughtered and wholesome beef is available in our markets This will also boost the international recognition of beef from the state thus opening up an export portal which will be a source of foreign exchange to the state government he said Lawal wondered why some African countries like Botswana Namibia Ethiopia and Kenya could export meats to Europe Saudi Arabia and other developed countries and Nigeria a naturally endowed and big country could not do same Botswana alone exports about 9 000 tons of meat to Europe and 10 000 tons to Saudi Arabia and also enjoys unlimited preferential market access to the European Union competing with meat exporting countries like Brazil So rather than only producing meat for local consumption Botswana exports meat that is hygienically tested and proven to meet the European market standard In the same vein Namibia also exports meats to about 18 European countries and China Its meat exports industry is quite lucrative and a sure revenue generator for the country The question is how did our brother African countries are able to do this while naturally endowed and big country like Nigeria is not able to do this The answer is solely because of the reforms they have been able to carry out in their red meat value chains which enable their red meat to meet the international standard he said Lawal said that it was important for the state government to raise the standard of slaughtering processing and marketing of red meat for hygienic reason He said the reform would also bring activities in the value chain to international best practices particularly as the government was committed to becoming a 21st century economy The commissioner said that series of engagements were held with critical stakeholders like the Butchers Association in the state Market women and men concessionaires and franchises among others Today after about 12 stakeholders engagement starting on the Sept 11 the stakeholders in the red meat value chain agreed with the ministry That it is of great importance for us to reform the red meat value chain in order to boost the profitability and productivity of the value chain In time past the processing of the animals has been a major challenge for the government of Lagos State Often times we have had to engage law enforcement officers to clean up the system by clamping down on illegal abattoirs But we still discover that they continue to spring up the best way of attacking the challenge is for us to wait for them in the market If we make sure that they do not have access to the market with that they will be forced to work with us in line with the law of the land That is why we decided to embark on the reform A T M he said Also Dr Henrietta Ojuri Chief Veterinary Officer in the ministry explained that with the new reform all butchers were henceforth expected to patronise only registered abattoirs and obtain a receipt Ojuri said that butchers were not allowed to transport meat in any other vehicles apart from the Eko Refrigerated meat van and they should wear white coat with cloves and a cutting table with net Commenting Mr Kamal Salau Bashua Chairman Lagos Island East Local Government commended the state government for introducing the reform Also Alhaji Wasiu Akande Chairman Butchers Association Lagos Island said that many opportunities were embedded in the new reform urging his members to embrace it Edited amp Vetted By Olagoke Olatoye NAN
    Lagos Govt inaugurates reform to end sales of unwholesome red meat
    Agriculture3 years ago

    Lagos Govt inaugurates reform to end sales of unwholesome red meat

    The Lagos State Government on Thursday inaugurated a three-pronged reform to sanitise the red meat value chain, end its unwholesome sales and ensure consumption of healthy meat.

    Prince Gbolahan Lawal, State Commissioner for Agriculture, said at the occasion that the state government was committed to sanitising the value chain.

    Lawal, flagging off the pilot scheme of the reform at Ita Faji Market in Lagos Island, said this would be done by embarking on three-pronged strategies with the acronym A.T.M: Abattoir, Transportation and Market.

    The commissioner said that the reform was in conformity with Section 4 of the Cap M3 Meat Inspection Law of Lagos State and the Forth Schedule (Regulation 33) of the Law.

    He added that the reform would not only ensure the consumption of wholesome meat by the people, but it would also facilitate export of red meat to other countries.

    Lawal said that the reform would be piloted in four local governments including: Lagos Island, Ita Faji Market; Ikorodu, Igando and Badagry axis.

    He said the reform would go live across the 20 local government areas and 37 LCDA on Jan. 5, 2020.

    “The pilot of the A.T.M reform starts today and it will last one month; thereafter, we will begin full implementation across the state on Jan. 5.

    “The three-strategies, which is Abattoir, Transport and Market is to guarantee the safety and health of the populace by ensuring that only certified animals are slaughtered and wholesome beef is available in our markets.

    “This will also boost the international recognition of beef from the state, thus opening up an export portal which will be a source of foreign exchange to the state government,” he said.

    Lawal wondered why some African countries like Botswana, Namibia, Ethiopia and Kenya could export meats to Europe, Saudi Arabia and other developed countries and Nigeria, a naturally endowed and big country, could not do same.

    “Botswana alone exports about 9,000 tons of meat to Europe and 10,000 tons to Saudi Arabia, and also enjoys unlimited preferential market access to the European Union, competing with meat exporting countries like Brazil.

    “So, rather than only producing meat for local consumption, Botswana exports meat that is hygienically tested and proven to meet the European market standard.

    “In the same vein, Namibia also exports meats to about 18 European countries and China.

    “Its meat exports industry is quite lucrative and a sure revenue generator for the country.

    “The question is: how did our brother African countries are able to do this while naturally endowed and big country like Nigeria is not able to do this?

    “The answer is solely because of the reforms they have been able to carry out in their red meat value chains which enable their red meat to meet the international standard,” he said.

    Lawal said that it was important for the state government to raise the standard of slaughtering, processing and marketing of red meat for hygienic reason.

    He said the reform would also bring activities in the value chain to international best practices, particularly as the government was committed to becoming a 21st century economy.

    The commissioner said that series of engagements were held with critical stakeholders like the Butchers Association in the state, Market women and men, concessionaires and franchises, among others.

    “Today, after about 12 stakeholders’ engagement, starting on the Sept. 11, the stakeholders in the red meat value chain agreed with the ministry.

    “That it is of great importance for us to reform the red meat value chain in order to boost the profitability and productivity of the value chain.

    “In time past, the processing of the animals has been a major challenge for the government of Lagos State.

    “Often times, we have had to engage law enforcement officers to clean up the system by clamping down on illegal abattoirs.

    “But, we still discover that they continue to spring up; the best way of attacking the challenge is for us to wait for them in the market.

    “If we make sure that they do not have access to the market, with that, they will be forced to work with us in line with the law of the land.

    “That is why we decided to embark on the reform A.T.M,” he said.

    Also, Dr Henrietta Ojuri, Chief Veterinary Officer in the ministry, explained that with the new reform, all butchers were henceforth expected to patronise only registered abattoirs and obtain a receipt.

    Ojuri said that butchers were not allowed to transport meat in any other vehicles apart from the Eko Refrigerated meat van and they should wear white coat with cloves and a cutting table with net.

    Commenting, Mr Kamal Salau-Bashua, Chairman, Lagos Island East Local Government, commended the state government for introducing the reform.

    Also, Alhaji Wasiu Akande, Chairman, Butchers Association, Lagos Island, said that many opportunities were embedded in the new reform, urging his members to embrace it.

    Edited & Vetted By: Olagoke Olatoye
    (NAN)

  •  Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday that Italy would block a reform of the eurozone bailout fund if parallel proposals on a banking union stood against its interests The reform package is on the agenda of a meeting of the Eurogroup the panel of eurozone finance ministers Speaking in an interview with the Corriere della Sera newspaper Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said if you give me a proposal on the banking union which Italy does not like I will not sign up to the ESM European Stability Mechanism It s not blackmail it is a package approach putting everything on the table You can bet that they won t fool us The Eurogroup is due to discuss long delayed plans for a European deposit insurance scheme seen as a crucial step towards banking union and one of several reforms deemed necessary in the wake of the euro crisis Germany and others say the scheme can progress only if banks exposure to sovereign bonds is risk weighted This is anathema for Italy whose banks hold large amounts of its high public debt Conte is under domestic pressure to talk tough with euro partners Far right opposition leader Matteo Salvini has accused him of high treason for the proposed ESM changes which he claims controversially could edge Italy toward financial ruin Most economists dispute those claims but the main ruling party the populist Five Star Movement M5S partly shares opposition concerns The M5S and the League used to govern together with Conte as premier until August Edited amp Vetted By Hadiza Mohammed Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Italy’s Conte threatens to block reform of eurozone bailout fund
     Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday that Italy would block a reform of the eurozone bailout fund if parallel proposals on a banking union stood against its interests The reform package is on the agenda of a meeting of the Eurogroup the panel of eurozone finance ministers Speaking in an interview with the Corriere della Sera newspaper Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said if you give me a proposal on the banking union which Italy does not like I will not sign up to the ESM European Stability Mechanism It s not blackmail it is a package approach putting everything on the table You can bet that they won t fool us The Eurogroup is due to discuss long delayed plans for a European deposit insurance scheme seen as a crucial step towards banking union and one of several reforms deemed necessary in the wake of the euro crisis Germany and others say the scheme can progress only if banks exposure to sovereign bonds is risk weighted This is anathema for Italy whose banks hold large amounts of its high public debt Conte is under domestic pressure to talk tough with euro partners Far right opposition leader Matteo Salvini has accused him of high treason for the proposed ESM changes which he claims controversially could edge Italy toward financial ruin Most economists dispute those claims but the main ruling party the populist Five Star Movement M5S partly shares opposition concerns The M5S and the League used to govern together with Conte as premier until August Edited amp Vetted By Hadiza Mohammed Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Italy’s Conte threatens to block reform of eurozone bailout fund
    Foreign3 years ago

    Italy’s Conte threatens to block reform of eurozone bailout fund

    Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday that Italy would block a reform of the eurozone bailout fund if parallel proposals on a banking union stood against its interests.

    The reform package is on the agenda of a meeting of the Eurogroup, the panel of eurozone finance ministers.

    Speaking in an interview with the Corriere della Sera newspaper, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said, “if you give me a proposal on the banking union which Italy does not like, I will not sign up to the ESM (European Stability Mechanism).

    “It’s not blackmail, it is a package approach, putting everything on the table. You can bet that they won’t fool us.’’

    The Eurogroup is due to discuss long-delayed plans for a European deposit insurance scheme, seen as a crucial step towards banking union, and one of several reforms deemed necessary in the wake of the euro crisis.

    Germany and others say the scheme can progress only if banks’ exposure to sovereign bonds is risk-weighted.

    This is anathema for Italy, whose banks hold large amounts of its high public debt.

    Conte is under domestic pressure to talk tough with euro partners.

    Far-right opposition leader Matteo Salvini has accused him of high treason for the proposed ESM changes, which, he claims controversially, could edge Italy toward financial ruin.

    Most economists dispute those claims, but the main ruling party, the populist Five Star Movement (M5S), partly shares opposition concerns.

    The M5S and the League used to govern together, with Conte as premier, until August.

    (Edited & Vetted By: Hadiza Mohammed/Emmanuel Yashim)
    (NAN)

  •  Emir of Kano Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has called for the reform of Nigeria s Foreign Service to ensure effective application of Nigeria Foreign Policies stating that the Foreign Policies also needed to be reviewed Sanusi made the call on Tuesday in Abuja during the launch of the maiden Foreign Policy Journal by the Association of Retired Career Ambassadors of Nigeria ARCAN According to him some of the challenges facing the foreign service includes incoherence in Nigeria s foreign policy appointments of politicians as ambassadors rather than career foreign service officers He said that these amongst others were the challenges and battles facing the foreign service since the 1970 s that were yet to be resolved Sanusi said that one of the ways of addressing these challenges was for Public Servants to stand up to what was right and avoid being used by some selfish politicians These battles are still with us many years after they are relevant and fundamental issues and I still think that this community has the responsibility of carrying on with these battles The first battle I met my father fighting as permanent secretary was to protect the jobs of foreign service officers who were supposed to be sacked as part of the purge of the Murtala Obasanjo s administration If public servants stand up for the right thing things can work in this country if every other permanent secretary has stood up to the military and say we will not let people go who have not done anything wrong they will not be treated as puppets As a nation we often blame politicians we often blame people in political office but the truth is the things that happen in this country only happens because everyone that has been put as a check and balance decides to compromise And one of the greatest battles we have to fight now is the battle for the rediscovery of institutions and for professionals and civil servants to stand up and do the right thing because they are supposed to be there to guide the government The second battle is that he inherited a ministry that is filled with politicians as ambassadors and before he left as permanent secretary every ambassador was a career diplomat He said we cannot have a foreign policy that is of the liberation of Africa and have it run by politicians The reality is that the best insurance you have for being well represented abroad is to take people whom you have trained for years to represent you This is something we are all silent about Third was his insistence for the need of coherence in our foreign policy sanusi said Sanusi said there was need for Nigeria s foreign policy to be clearly defined as a policy that targeted the reversal of these inequalities and improvement in economical welfare of the country He disclosed that based on the world bank review an article revealed that in 10 years Nigeria would be home to over 25 per cent of poor people in the world if things continued the way they were The Emir explained that in some states over 90 per cent of the people were in poverty and this was poverty that translated into low per capital income malnutrition not finishing school Sanusi said it was important for Nigerians to know what Nigeria s foreign policy contained stating that it had not been well communicated to the populace He said that in 1970 s it was made very clear and everybody understood that the foreign policy in Nigeria was about the decolonalisation of Africa to get rid of apartheid liberate Angola Sanusi also said that it was important for the domestic policies to be set straight because for the foreign policy to work the domestic policies had to be effective and functional He said that in restoring Nigeria s past glory there was need for fixing the physical position of government and reducing Nigeria s dependence on debt explaining that Nigeria s vulnerability to creditors was critical for our Foreign policy If you go to China to borrow money for infrastructure you cannot at the same time confront China for dumping subsidised textile products that have destroyed your textile market sanusi said Edited amp Vetted By Chioma Ugboma Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Former CBN governor urges reform of Nigeria’s foreign service
     Emir of Kano Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has called for the reform of Nigeria s Foreign Service to ensure effective application of Nigeria Foreign Policies stating that the Foreign Policies also needed to be reviewed Sanusi made the call on Tuesday in Abuja during the launch of the maiden Foreign Policy Journal by the Association of Retired Career Ambassadors of Nigeria ARCAN According to him some of the challenges facing the foreign service includes incoherence in Nigeria s foreign policy appointments of politicians as ambassadors rather than career foreign service officers He said that these amongst others were the challenges and battles facing the foreign service since the 1970 s that were yet to be resolved Sanusi said that one of the ways of addressing these challenges was for Public Servants to stand up to what was right and avoid being used by some selfish politicians These battles are still with us many years after they are relevant and fundamental issues and I still think that this community has the responsibility of carrying on with these battles The first battle I met my father fighting as permanent secretary was to protect the jobs of foreign service officers who were supposed to be sacked as part of the purge of the Murtala Obasanjo s administration If public servants stand up for the right thing things can work in this country if every other permanent secretary has stood up to the military and say we will not let people go who have not done anything wrong they will not be treated as puppets As a nation we often blame politicians we often blame people in political office but the truth is the things that happen in this country only happens because everyone that has been put as a check and balance decides to compromise And one of the greatest battles we have to fight now is the battle for the rediscovery of institutions and for professionals and civil servants to stand up and do the right thing because they are supposed to be there to guide the government The second battle is that he inherited a ministry that is filled with politicians as ambassadors and before he left as permanent secretary every ambassador was a career diplomat He said we cannot have a foreign policy that is of the liberation of Africa and have it run by politicians The reality is that the best insurance you have for being well represented abroad is to take people whom you have trained for years to represent you This is something we are all silent about Third was his insistence for the need of coherence in our foreign policy sanusi said Sanusi said there was need for Nigeria s foreign policy to be clearly defined as a policy that targeted the reversal of these inequalities and improvement in economical welfare of the country He disclosed that based on the world bank review an article revealed that in 10 years Nigeria would be home to over 25 per cent of poor people in the world if things continued the way they were The Emir explained that in some states over 90 per cent of the people were in poverty and this was poverty that translated into low per capital income malnutrition not finishing school Sanusi said it was important for Nigerians to know what Nigeria s foreign policy contained stating that it had not been well communicated to the populace He said that in 1970 s it was made very clear and everybody understood that the foreign policy in Nigeria was about the decolonalisation of Africa to get rid of apartheid liberate Angola Sanusi also said that it was important for the domestic policies to be set straight because for the foreign policy to work the domestic policies had to be effective and functional He said that in restoring Nigeria s past glory there was need for fixing the physical position of government and reducing Nigeria s dependence on debt explaining that Nigeria s vulnerability to creditors was critical for our Foreign policy If you go to China to borrow money for infrastructure you cannot at the same time confront China for dumping subsidised textile products that have destroyed your textile market sanusi said Edited amp Vetted By Chioma Ugboma Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    Former CBN governor urges reform of Nigeria’s foreign service
    Foreign3 years ago

    Former CBN governor urges reform of Nigeria’s foreign service

    Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has called for the reform of Nigeria’s Foreign Service to ensure effective application of Nigeria Foreign Policies, stating that the Foreign Policies also needed to be reviewed.

    Sanusi made the call on Tuesday in Abuja during the launch of the maiden Foreign Policy Journal by the Association of Retired Career Ambassadors of Nigeria (ARCAN).

    According to him, some of the challenges facing the foreign service includes incoherence in Nigeria’s foreign policy, appointments of politicians as ambassadors rather than career foreign service officers.

    He said that these amongst others were the challenges and battles facing the foreign service since the 1970’s that were yet to be resolved.

    Sanusi said that one of the ways of addressing these challenges was for Public Servants to stand up to what was right and avoid being used by some selfish politicians.

    “These battles are still with us many years after, they are relevant and fundamental issues and I still think that this community has the responsibility of carrying on with these battles.

    “The first battle I met my father fighting as permanent secretary was to protect the jobs of foreign service officers who were supposed to be sacked as part of the purge of the Murtala/Obasanjo’s administration.

    “If public servants stand up for the right thing, things can work in this country, if every other permanent secretary has stood up to the military and say we will not let people go who have not done anything wrong, they will not be treated as puppets.

    “As a nation, we often blame politicians, we often blame people in political office but the truth is, the things that happen in this country only happens because everyone that has been put as a check and balance decides to compromise.

    “And one of the greatest battles we have to fight now is the battle for the rediscovery of institutions and for professionals and civil servants to stand up and do the right thing because they are supposed to be there to guide the government.

    “The second battle is that he inherited a ministry that is filled with politicians as ambassadors and before he left as permanent secretary, every ambassador was a career diplomat.

    “He said we cannot have a foreign policy that is of the liberation of Africa and have it run by politicians.

    “The reality is that the best insurance you have for being well represented abroad is to take people whom you have trained for years to represent you. This is something we are all silent about.

    “Third was his insistence for the need of coherence in our foreign policy,”  sanusi said.

    Sanusi said  there was need for Nigeria’s foreign policy to be clearly defined as a policy that targeted  the reversal of these inequalities and improvement in economical welfare of the country.

    He disclosed that based on the world bank review, an article revealed that in 10 years, Nigeria would  be home to over 25 per cent of poor people in the world if things continued the way they were.

    The Emir explained that in some states , over 90 per cent of the people were in poverty and this was poverty that translated  into low per capital income, malnutrition, not finishing school.

    Sanusi said  it was important for Nigerians to know what  Nigeria’s  foreign policy contained, stating that it had not been well communicated to the populace.

    He said that in 1970’s, it was made very clear and everybody understood that the foreign policy in Nigeria was about the decolonalisation of Africa, to get rid of apartheid, liberate Angola.

    Sanusi also said that it was important for the domestic policies to be set straight because for the foreign policy to work, the domestic policies had to be effective and functional.

    He said that in restoring Nigeria’s past glory, there was need for fixing the physical position of government and reducing Nigeria’s dependence on debt, explaining that Nigeria’s vulnerability to creditors was critical for our Foreign policy.

    “If you go to China to borrow money for infrastructure, you cannot at the same time confront China for dumping subsidised textile products that have destroyed your textile market,” sanusi said.

    Edited & Vetted By: Chioma Ugboma/Emmanuel Yashim
    (NAN)

  •  A Chinese envoy has said that China supports reasonable and necessary reform of the United Nations Security Council to meet the needs of the times With a collective rise of developing countries being the defining feature China supports reasonable and necessary reform of the Security Council to meet the needs of the times Zhang Jun China s permanent representative to the United Nations said He said this while addressing the 33rd plenary meeting of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly on the Question of Equitable Representation on and Increase in the Membership of the Security Council and Other Matters related to the Security Council Priority should be given to increasing representation and say of developing countries especially African countries Most of the UN members are small and medium sized countries However till now 63 countries have never made their way to the Security Council Some of the small and medium sized countries get a seat at the Council every 40 to 50 years This is regrettable and unfair said the ambassador Reform must increase the opportunities for the small and medium sized countries to sit in the Council and participate in their decision making processes This is the only way to make the Council more democratic transparent and efficient he added Noting that multilateralism is under attack and the most needed for the UN is unity and cooperation Zhang said Security Council reform concerns the vital interests of all UN members and the future of the UN and will lead to major adjustment of the global governance system and international order In depth communication and democratic consultation is needed to find a package solution that accommodates interests and concerns of all parties enjoys the widest possible political consensus and receives the support of all member states said the envoy The Intergovernmental Negotiations IGN is the only legitimate platform for discussion among member states on Security Council reform We hope that IGN of the current General Assembly session will keep to the right track of being membership driven and carry out in depth discussion under five clusters of issues through informal plenary sessions he said Stressing that the parties currently have serious disagreements on the general direction and approach of reform he said that rushing into a text based negotiation setting artificial time lines or even trying to force through any premature reform proposal would do no good to the sound development of the reform process That would only aggravate division and cause conflict or even confrontation he said Talking about the reform process the ambassador said that if not handled properly the process will not make any progress Instead it could jeopardize the consensus already reached and undermine the interest of all member states and would still less address the under representation of developing countries in the Security Council he said Zhang expressed the hope that the president of the General Assembly would appoint experienced candidates with just and objective perspectives to serve as co chairs of the IGN and China will support the co chairs in doing their work China calls upon all member states to demonstrate political will engage in IGN during this General Assembly session actively and constructively and work towards the widest possible consensus said the envoy China is ready to work with all parties to take the reform in the direction that serves the fundamental interests of all member states and the long term interests of the UN he added Speaking of the UN s history the ambassador said that the UN the most important outcome of World War II came after the fight against fascism in which so many people made the ultimate sacrifice As the core of international collective security mechanism the Security Council has played and has been playing an irreplaceable role in maintaining international peace and security and in preventing another world war he said Looking ahead we must learn from history and war and reflect on the causes of war support the status and role of the UN and uphold the core values of the UN Charter to shape a better future free from the scourge of war for generations to come said the envoy Reform of the Security Council has been a subject of interest for many member states since the early days of the UN Formal discussion about reforming the Security Council began with the 1993 establishment of the Open ended Working Group on the Question of Equitable Representation on and Increase in the Membership of the Security Council and Other Matters related to the Security Council After more than a decade of the working group member states decided in September 2007 to move discussions to an Intergovernmental Negotiations process YEE Edited amp Vetted By Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    China supports reasonable reform of UN Security Council – Envoy
     A Chinese envoy has said that China supports reasonable and necessary reform of the United Nations Security Council to meet the needs of the times With a collective rise of developing countries being the defining feature China supports reasonable and necessary reform of the Security Council to meet the needs of the times Zhang Jun China s permanent representative to the United Nations said He said this while addressing the 33rd plenary meeting of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly on the Question of Equitable Representation on and Increase in the Membership of the Security Council and Other Matters related to the Security Council Priority should be given to increasing representation and say of developing countries especially African countries Most of the UN members are small and medium sized countries However till now 63 countries have never made their way to the Security Council Some of the small and medium sized countries get a seat at the Council every 40 to 50 years This is regrettable and unfair said the ambassador Reform must increase the opportunities for the small and medium sized countries to sit in the Council and participate in their decision making processes This is the only way to make the Council more democratic transparent and efficient he added Noting that multilateralism is under attack and the most needed for the UN is unity and cooperation Zhang said Security Council reform concerns the vital interests of all UN members and the future of the UN and will lead to major adjustment of the global governance system and international order In depth communication and democratic consultation is needed to find a package solution that accommodates interests and concerns of all parties enjoys the widest possible political consensus and receives the support of all member states said the envoy The Intergovernmental Negotiations IGN is the only legitimate platform for discussion among member states on Security Council reform We hope that IGN of the current General Assembly session will keep to the right track of being membership driven and carry out in depth discussion under five clusters of issues through informal plenary sessions he said Stressing that the parties currently have serious disagreements on the general direction and approach of reform he said that rushing into a text based negotiation setting artificial time lines or even trying to force through any premature reform proposal would do no good to the sound development of the reform process That would only aggravate division and cause conflict or even confrontation he said Talking about the reform process the ambassador said that if not handled properly the process will not make any progress Instead it could jeopardize the consensus already reached and undermine the interest of all member states and would still less address the under representation of developing countries in the Security Council he said Zhang expressed the hope that the president of the General Assembly would appoint experienced candidates with just and objective perspectives to serve as co chairs of the IGN and China will support the co chairs in doing their work China calls upon all member states to demonstrate political will engage in IGN during this General Assembly session actively and constructively and work towards the widest possible consensus said the envoy China is ready to work with all parties to take the reform in the direction that serves the fundamental interests of all member states and the long term interests of the UN he added Speaking of the UN s history the ambassador said that the UN the most important outcome of World War II came after the fight against fascism in which so many people made the ultimate sacrifice As the core of international collective security mechanism the Security Council has played and has been playing an irreplaceable role in maintaining international peace and security and in preventing another world war he said Looking ahead we must learn from history and war and reflect on the causes of war support the status and role of the UN and uphold the core values of the UN Charter to shape a better future free from the scourge of war for generations to come said the envoy Reform of the Security Council has been a subject of interest for many member states since the early days of the UN Formal discussion about reforming the Security Council began with the 1993 establishment of the Open ended Working Group on the Question of Equitable Representation on and Increase in the Membership of the Security Council and Other Matters related to the Security Council After more than a decade of the working group member states decided in September 2007 to move discussions to an Intergovernmental Negotiations process YEE Edited amp Vetted By Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    China supports reasonable reform of UN Security Council – Envoy
    Foreign3 years ago

    China supports reasonable reform of UN Security Council – Envoy

    A Chinese envoy has said that China supports reasonable and necessary reform of the United Nations Security Council to meet the needs of the times.

    “With a collective rise of developing countries being the defining feature, China supports reasonable and necessary reform of the Security Council to meet the needs of the times,” Zhang Jun, China’s permanent representative to the United Nations, said.

    He said this while addressing the 33rd plenary meeting of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly on the “Question of Equitable Representation on and Increase in the Membership of the Security Council and Other Matters related to the Security Council.”

    “Priority should be given to increasing representation and say of developing countries, especially African countries.

    “Most of the UN members are small and medium-sized countries.

    ”However, till now, 63 countries have never made their way to the Security Council.

    ”Some of the small and medium-sized countries get a seat at the Council every 40 to 50 years.

    ”This is regrettable and unfair,” said the ambassador.

    “Reform must increase the opportunities for the small and medium-sized countries to sit in the Council and participate in their decision-making processes.

    “This is the only way to make the Council more democratic, transparent and efficient,” he added.

    Noting that multilateralism is under attack and the most needed for the UN is unity and cooperation, Zhang said, “Security Council reform concerns the vital interests of all UN members and the future of the UN and will lead to major adjustment of the global governance system and international order.

    “In-depth communication and democratic consultation is needed to find a package solution that accommodates interests and concerns of all parties, enjoys the widest possible political consensus and receives the support of all member states,” said the envoy.

    “The Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) is the only legitimate platform for discussion among member states on Security Council reform. We hope that IGN of the current General Assembly session will keep to the right track of being membership driven and carry out in-depth discussion under five clusters of issues through informal plenary sessions,” he said.

    Stressing that the parties currently have serious disagreements on the general direction and approach of reform, he said that “rushing into a text-based negotiation, setting artificial time lines, or even trying to force through any premature reform proposal would do no good to the sound development of the reform process. That would only aggravate division and cause conflict or even confrontation,” he said.

    Talking about the reform process, the ambassador said that if not handled properly, the process “will not make any progress.”

    “Instead, it could jeopardize the consensus already reached and undermine the interest of all member states, and would still less address the under-representation of developing countries in the Security Council,” he said.

    Zhang expressed the hope that the president of the General Assembly would “appoint experienced candidates with just and objective perspectives to serve as co-chairs of the IGN and China will support the co-chairs in doing their work.”

    “China calls upon all member states to demonstrate political will, engage in IGN during this General Assembly session actively and constructively, and work towards the widest possible consensus,” said the envoy.

    “China is ready to work with all parties to take the reform in the direction that serves the fundamental interests of all member states and the long-term interests of the UN,” he added.

    Speaking of the UN’s history, the ambassador said that the UN, the most important outcome of World War II, came after the fight against fascism, in which so many people made the ultimate sacrifice.

    “As the core of international collective security mechanism, the Security Council has played and has been playing an irreplaceable role in maintaining international peace and security and in preventing another world war,” he said.

    “Looking ahead, we must learn from history and war, and reflect on the causes of war, support the status and role of the UN and uphold the core values of the UN Charter, to shape a better future free from the scourge of war for generations to come,” said the envoy.

    Reform of the Security Council has been a subject of interest for many member states since the early days of the UN. Formal discussion about reforming the Security Council began with the 1993 establishment of the Open-ended Working Group on the Question of Equitable Representation on and Increase in the Membership of the Security Council and Other Matters related to the Security Council. After more than a decade of the working group, member states decided in September 2007 to move discussions to an Intergovernmental Negotiations process.

    YEE

    (Edited & Vetted By: Emmanuel Yashim)
    (NAN)

  •   Two protests one staged by medics demanding a promised wage increase and the other organised by opponents of a municipal reform brought several thousand of people to Latvia s parliament building on Thursday local media reported The healthcare workers protest dubbed A Day without a Doctor which included a one day strike and a picket was held After the government had failed to raise the medics salaries by 20 per cent as promised and only offered a 10 per cent pay increase The protest was joined by all kinds of medical employees from physicians medical nurses and their assistants to residents and also medical students The medics stressed that they were fighting not for their salaries but for healthcare in Latvia as the outflow of underpaid medics from the country has caused severe staff shortages in many healthcare institutions nationwide According to the Latvian Medical Association the medics rally outside the parliament building drew some 4 000 participants including members of the public As the healthcare workers were holding their protest opponents of the municipal reform planned by the Regional Development Ministry also arrived to stage their people s rally against the much criticised reform plan The protest against the municipal reform organised by the opposition Greens and Farmers Union and the Latvian Association of Regions blended with the medics rally but the events passed off peacefully under heavy police presence Responding to the medics protest Parliament Speaker Inara Murniece and Health Minister Ilze Vinkele offered apologies to the healthcare workers for the government s inability to provide the required funding They blamed the previous government coalition for making reckless promises that could not be kept against the backdrop of weaker than expected economic growth Xinhua NAN HS AIB Edited by Halima Sheji Abdulfatah Babatunde
    Thousands protest in Riga over healthcare funding, municipal reform
      Two protests one staged by medics demanding a promised wage increase and the other organised by opponents of a municipal reform brought several thousand of people to Latvia s parliament building on Thursday local media reported The healthcare workers protest dubbed A Day without a Doctor which included a one day strike and a picket was held After the government had failed to raise the medics salaries by 20 per cent as promised and only offered a 10 per cent pay increase The protest was joined by all kinds of medical employees from physicians medical nurses and their assistants to residents and also medical students The medics stressed that they were fighting not for their salaries but for healthcare in Latvia as the outflow of underpaid medics from the country has caused severe staff shortages in many healthcare institutions nationwide According to the Latvian Medical Association the medics rally outside the parliament building drew some 4 000 participants including members of the public As the healthcare workers were holding their protest opponents of the municipal reform planned by the Regional Development Ministry also arrived to stage their people s rally against the much criticised reform plan The protest against the municipal reform organised by the opposition Greens and Farmers Union and the Latvian Association of Regions blended with the medics rally but the events passed off peacefully under heavy police presence Responding to the medics protest Parliament Speaker Inara Murniece and Health Minister Ilze Vinkele offered apologies to the healthcare workers for the government s inability to provide the required funding They blamed the previous government coalition for making reckless promises that could not be kept against the backdrop of weaker than expected economic growth Xinhua NAN HS AIB Edited by Halima Sheji Abdulfatah Babatunde
    Thousands protest in Riga over healthcare funding, municipal reform
    Foreign3 years ago

    Thousands protest in Riga over healthcare funding, municipal reform

    Two protests, one staged by medics demanding a promised wage increase and the other organised by opponents of a municipal reform, brought several thousand of people to Latvia’s parliament building on Thursday, local media reported.

    The healthcare workers protest dubbed ‘A Day without a Doctor’, which included a one-day strike and a picket was held.

    After the government had failed to raise the medics’ salaries by 20 per cent as promised and only offered a 10 per cent pay increase.

    The protest was joined by all kinds of medical employees from physicians, medical nurses and their assistants to residents and also medical students.

    The medics stressed that they were fighting, not for their salaries, but for healthcare in Latvia as the outflow of underpaid medics from the country has caused severe staff shortages in many healthcare institutions nationwide.

    According to the Latvian Medical Association, the medics’ rally outside the parliament building drew some 4,000 participants, including members of the public.

    As the healthcare workers were holding their protest, opponents of the municipal reform, planned by the Regional Development Ministry, also arrived to stage their people’s rally against the much-criticised reform plan.

    The protest against the municipal reform, organised by the opposition Greens and Farmers Union and the Latvian Association of Regions, blended with the medics’ rally but the events passed off peacefully under heavy police presence.

    Responding to the medics’ protest, Parliament Speaker Inara Murniece and Health Minister, Ilze Vinkele offered apologies to the healthcare workers for the government’s inability to provide the required funding.

    They blamed the previous government coalition for making reckless promises that could not be kept against the backdrop of weaker than expected economic growth. (Xinhua/NAN)

    HS/AIB

    Edited by Halima Sheji/Abdulfatah Babatunde

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