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Les prix Stevie® annoncent les lauréats de la 18e édition des International Business Awards® du monde entier

Des entreprises récompensées pour leurs succès malgré la pandémie de COVID-19

Lauréats des prix Stevie

Les lauréats des prix Stevie 2021 seront célébrés lors d’un gala virtuel de remise des prix le 8 décembre.

FAIRFAX, Virginie, 17 août 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Des entreprises et dirigeants de haut niveau du monde entier ont été élus lauréats des prix Stevie® d’or, d’argent et de bronze dans le cadre des 18e International Business Awards® annuels, le seul programme international de récompenses pour les entreprises.

Les lauréats ont été sélectionnés parmi plus de 3 700 candidatures soumises par des organisations établies dans 65 pays.

Une liste complète de tous les lauréats des prix Stevie d’or, d’argent et de bronze 2021 par catégorie est disponible à l’adresse www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.

Cette année, plus de 260 cadres à travers le monde ont été membres de 11 jurys de sélection des gagnants des Stevies.

Le plus grand vainqueur des Stevies d’or, d’argent et de bronze est Ayala Land, à Makati, aux Philippines, avec 34 prix. Les autres lauréats des multiples prix Stevie sont LLYC (33 prix), IBM (23 prix), Viettel Group (22 prix), HALKBANK (20 prix), DHL Express Worldwide (16 prix), Masks4Missions (16 prix), Telkom Indonesia (15 prix), Yapi Kredi (13 prix), Wolters Kluwer (13 prix), Jeunesse Global (11 prix), Tata Consultancy Services (11 prix), Municipalité de Dubaï (10 prix), Zer Central Services and Trade (10 prix), Zimat Consultores (10 prix), AXA Sigorta (9 prix), Google (8 prix), Ooredoo Group (8 prix), Sberbank of Russia (8 prix), Isbank (7 prix), MTR Corporation Limited (7 prix), Thai Life Insurance (7 prix), pH7 Communications (7 prix), Sleepem Global, Inc. (7 prix), Ulled Asociadios C.R.P. S.A. (7 prix), Uniomedia Communications (7 prix) et VNPT VinaPhone Corporation (7 prix).

LLYC, société de conseil en communications et en affaires publiques basée à Madrid, a remporté 14 prix Stevie d’or, soit plus que toute autre organisation du concours.

Toutes les entreprises du monde peuvent participer aux IBA et peuvent soumettre leurs candidatures dans un large éventail de catégories récompensant les réussites dans des domaines tels que la gestion, le marketing, les relations publiques, le service à la clientèle, les ressources humaines, les nouveaux produits et services, les technologies, les sites Web, les applications, les événements, et bien plus.

Les prix seront remis lors d’une cérémonie virtuelle le 8 décembre 2021.

À propos des prix Stevie
Les prix Stevie sont décernés dans huit programmes : les prix Stevie en Asie-Pacifique, les prix Stevie en Allemagne, les prix Stevie au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique du Nord, les American Business Awards®, les International Business Awards®, les prix Stevie pour les grands employeurs, les prix Stevie pour les femmes entrepreneurs et les prix Stevie pour les ventes et le service à la clientèle. Les concours des prix Stevie reçoivent chaque année plus de 12 000 nominations émanant d’entreprises de plus de 70 pays. En récompensant les entreprises de tous types et de toutes tailles, ainsi que leurs collaborateurs, les Stevies reconnaissent les performances exceptionnelles sur le lieu de travail dans le monde entier. Pour en savoir plus sur les prix Stevie, veuillez consulter le site http://www.StevieAwards.com.

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Nina Moore
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O Stevie® Awards anuncia seus vencedores no 18° Annual International Business Awards® em todo o mundo

Empresas homenageadas por realizações em meio à COVID-19

Vencedores do Stevie Awards

Os vencedores do Stevie Awards de 2021 serão comemorados em uma festa de gala virtual no dia 8 de dezembro.

FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Organizações e executivos de alto desempenho em todo o mundo foram reconhecidos como vencedores dos prêmios Gold, Silver e Bronze do Stevie® Award no 18º Annual International Business Awards®, o único programa internacional de prêmios de negócios abrangente do mundo.

Os vencedores foram selecionados entre mais de 3.700 nomeações enviadas por organizações de 65 países.

Uma lista completa de todos os vencedores dos prêmios Gold, Silver e Bronze do Stevie Award 2021 por categoria está disponível em www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.

Mais de 260 executivos em todo o mundo participaram de 11 júris para apontar os vencedores do Stevie Awards.

A maior vencedora dos prêmios Steve Gold, Silver e Bronze é a Ayala Land, de Makati (Filipinas), com 34. Outros vencedores do Stewie Awards foram: LLYC (33), IBM (23), Viettel Group (22), HALKBANK (20), DHL Express Worldwide (16), Masks4Missions (16), Telkom Indonesia (15), Yapi Kredi (13), Wolters Kluwer (13), Jeunesse Global (11), Tata Consultancy Services (11), Dubai Municipality (10), Zer Central Services and Trade (10), Zimat Consultores (10), AXA Sigorta (9), Google (8), Ooredoo Group (8), Sberbank of Russia (8), Isbank (7), MTR Corporation Limited (7), Thai Life Insurance (7), pH7 Communications (7), Sleepem Global, Inc. (7), Ulled Asociadios C.R.P. S.A. (7), Uniomedia Communications (7) e VNPT VinaPhone Corporation (7).

A LLYC, uma empresa global de consultoria em comunicações e assuntos públicos sediada em Madri, Espanha, recebeu 14 Gold Stevie Awards, mais do que qualquer outra organização presente na competição.

Todas as organizações do mundo são elegíveis para competir nos IBAs e podem apresentar candidaturas em diversas categorias, como realizações em matéria de gestão, marketing, relações públicas, serviço de apoio ao cliente, recursos humanos, novos produtos e serviços, tecnologia, sites, aplicativos, eventos e muito mais.

Os prêmios serão entregues em uma cerimônia virtual de premiação em 8 de dezembro de 2021.

Sobre o Stevie® Awards
Os Stevie Awards são conferidos em oito programas: Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards (Ásia-Pacífico), German Stevie Awards (Alemanha), Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards (Oriente Médio e Norte da África), The American Business Awards® (Américas), The International Business Awards® (Internacional), Stevie Awards for Great Employers (grandes empregadores), Stevie Awards for Women in Business (mulheres no mercado) e o Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service (vendas e atendimento ao cliente). As competições do Stevie Awards recebem mais de 12 mil inscrições todos os ano de organizações em mais de 70 países. Honrando organizações de todos os tipos e tamanhos e as pessoas por trás delas, os Stevies reconhecem desempenhos excepcionais nos locais de trabalho em todo o mundo. Saiba mais sobre os Stevie Awards em http://www.StevieAwards.com.

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Nina Moore
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Micro Insurance Company and Hava Net Limited Partner to Provide Digital Insurance Solutions to Hava’s Corporate Riders

NEW YORK, Aug. 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hava Net Limited and Micro Insurance Company (MIC) have entered into a strategic partnership with the aim of providing digital insurance solutions to Hava’s corporate riders.

Hava is a technology-driven transportation solutions provider that offers online ride-hailing and delivery services in Kenya. Made by Kenyans, for Kenyans, Hava strives to balance both sides of the transportation equation – offering drivers a way to earn money and providing customers with access to an affordable transportation service. Under this arrangement, MIC and Hava will work together to provide need-based insurance and protection plans to safeguard riders from risks who use Hava’s platform. Such risks include loss of life, disability, incurred medical expenses, and loss of personal belongings while riding with Hava.

This partnership provides end-to-end enrollment, coverage, and claims settlement support, which reduces paperwork for customers and speeds up the entire process.

Ms. Wairimu Njoki, Country Manager, Micro Insurance Company, says:

“Hava is simplifying and improving the lives of the majority of Kenyans by providing easy and quick access to taxi services through the Hava ride-hailing platform. Micro Insurance Company is pleased to be their chosen partner to further drive this mission and add value by providing access to insurance for customers who choose Hava as their preferred ride-hailing platform. Through this partnership, users of Hava can travel and go about their day-to-day life with peace of mind, knowing they are covered.”

Also speaking on the Launch, Mohamed Nuur, Director at Hava, says:

“We are proud to provide trip insurance for Hava customers. Hava is a local ride-hailing platform made for Kenyans by Kenyans, and our top priority is the well-being, safety, and comfort of our clients and drivers. Our partnership with MicroEnsure (now part of Micro Insurance Company) gives both us and our clients the assurance that they are always covered and protected. We will have their backs every time they choose to ride with Hava.”

About Hava:

Hava is a modern, sustainable and fast-growing online ride-hailing company based in Kenya with an aim of balancing a Driver’s need to earn a livelihood with that of a Rider, affordable transportation across major cities and towns. With a wide range of options to choose from; vehicle types to drivers nearby, we are the panacea to all your conveyance ills. Riders can quickly request a ride from their mobile phone using the Hava app. Our drivers are at least 21 years of age, have a smartphone, with a courteous and a friendly persona. Their vehicles are in superb condition, clean and well maintained in addition to being fully certified and licensed.

For more information, please contact: mohamed@hava.bz or visit: https://www.hava.bz/

About Micro Insurance Company:

Micro Insurance Company (MIC) is a global insurance platform delivering technology, underwriting, policy management, and distribution. MIC provides insurance to platforms, micro & small businesses, and to the 4 billion people on the planet that are currently unserved. Whereas most insurtechs seek to improve existing monoline products and markets, we follow the concept of straight through processing. We do this in order to create highly relevant insurance products that we can offer globally at a very low cost via our platform to support people in their local communities. Micro Insurance Company is the world’s first global end-to-end digital microinsurance platform that combines reinsurance capacity, in-country insurance licenses, world class distribution, and market leading AI functionality.

For more information, please contact: wairimu.njoki@microinsurance.com or visit: https://microinsurance.com/

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New Branches for the 2Africa Subsea Cable System

MENLO PARK, Calif., Aug. 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The 2Africa consortium, comprised of China Mobile International, Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, stc, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone and WIOCC, announced today the addition of four new branches to the 2Africa cable. The branches will extend 2Africa’s connectivity to the Seychelles, the Comoros Islands, and Angola, and bring a new landing to south-east Nigeria. The new branches join the recently announced extension to the Canary Islands.

2Africa, which will be the largest subsea cable project in the world, will deliver faster, more reliable internet service to each country where it lands. Communities that rely on the internet for services from education to healthcare, and business will experience the economic and social benefits that come from this increased connectivity.

Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) has been selected to deploy the new branches, which will increase the number of 2Africa landings to 35 in 26 countries, further improving connectivity into and around Africa. As with other 2Africa cable landings, capacity will be available to service providers at carrier-neutral data centres or open-access cable landing stations on a fair and equitable basis, encouraging and supporting the development of a healthy internet ecosystem.

Marine surveys completed for most of the cable and Cable manufacturing is underway

Since launching the 2Africa cable in May 2020, the 2Africa consortium has made considerable progress in planning and preparing for the deployment of the cable, which is expected to ‘go live’ late 2023. Most of the subsea route survey activity is now complete. ASN has started manufacturing the cable and building repeater units in its factories in Calais and Greenwich to deploy the first segments in 2022.

Egypt terrestrial crossing already completed

One of 2Africa’s key segments, the Egypt terrestrial crossing that interconnects landing sites on the Red and the Mediterranean Seas via two completely diverse terrestrial routes, has been completed ahead of schedule. A third diverse marine path will complement this segment via the Red Sea.

About China Mobile International Limited

China Mobile International Limited (CMI) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Mobile, mainly responsible for the operation of China Mobile’s international business. In order to provide better services to meet the growing demand in the international telecommunications market, China Mobile established a subsidiary, CMI, in December 2010. CMI currently has over 70 terrestrial and submarine cable resources worldwide, with a total international transmission bandwidth of 98T, and more than 180 PoPs. With Hong Kong, China as its launchpad, CMI has significantly accelerated global IDC development, creating a strong network for data centre cloudification.

Leveraging the strong support by China Mobile, CMI is a trusted partner that provides comprehensive international information services and solutions to international enterprises, carriers and mobile users. Headquartered in Hong Kong, China, CMI has expanded its footprint in 37 countries and regions. For more information, please visit www.cmi.chinamobile.com.

About Facebook

Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Over 2 billion people use Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, or Messenger every month to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what is going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them. Facebook is defined by its unique culture – one that rewards impact. The company encourages people to be bold and solve the problems they care most about. The phrase “this journey is 1% finished” reminds the company’s teams that they have only begun to fulfill Facebook’s mission. As the company evolves its journey to bring the world closer together, it stays true to the same core values to guide the way it works and the decisions it makes every step of the way: be open, be bold, move fast, focus on impact, and build social value. For more information, please visit https://www.linkedin.com/company/facebook/about/.

About MTN GlobalConnect

GlobalConnect is a Pan-African digital wholesale and infrastructure services company, and an operating company in the MTN Group. GlobalConnect manages MTN’s international and national major wholesale activities, in addition to offering reliable wholesale and infrastructure solutions for fixed connectivity and wholesale mobility solutions that include international mobile services, Voice, SMS, signalling, roaming and interconnect. The MTN Group launched in 1994 is a leading emerging market operator with a clear vision to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world and is inspired by the belief that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected life. Embracing the Ambition 2025 strategy, MTN is anchored on building the largest and most valuable platform business, with a clear focus on Africa. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code “MTN”.

For more information, please visit www.globalconnect.solutionshttps://www.mtn.com

About Orange

Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 42.3 billion euros in 2020 and 139,000 employees worldwide at 30 June 2021, including 80,000 employees in France. The Group has a total customer base of 263 million customers worldwide at 30 June 2021, including 218 million mobile customers and 22 million fixed broadband customers. The Group is present in 26 countries. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In December 2019, the Group presented its new “Engage 2025” strategic plan, which, guided by social and environmental accountability, aims to reinvent its operator model. While accelerating in growth areas and placing data and AI at the heart of its innovation model, the Group will be an attractive and responsible employer, adapted to emerging professions.

Orange is listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

For more information on the internet and on your mobile: www.orange.com, www.orange-business.com or to follow us on Twitter: @orangegrouppr.

About stc

With its headquarter in Riyadh, stc group is the largest in the Middle East and North Africa based on market cap. stc’s revenue for 2020 amounted to 58,953 million SAR (15,721 million US dollars) and the net profit amounted to 10,995 million SAR (2,932 million US dollars). stc was established in 1998 and currently has customers around the globe. It is ranking among the world’s top 50 digital companies and the first in the Middle East and North Africa according to Forbes. It focuses on providing services to enterprise and consumer customers through a fiber-optic network that spans 217,000 kilometers. stc group was among the first in MENA region to launch 5G networks and was considered one of the fastest globally in deploying 5G network as stc already deployed around 4,000 5G towers as end of 2020. stc group has 14 subsidiaries in the Kingdom, gulf and around the world, and its own 100% of stc Bahrain, 51.8% stake in stc Kuwait and 25% stake in Binariang GSM Holding in Malaysia which owns 62% of Maxis in Malaysia.

In Saudi Arabia (the group’s main operation site) stc operates the largest modern mobile network in the Middle East as it covers more than 99% of the country’s populated areas in addition to providing 4G mobile broadband to about 90% of the population across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In addition to the above-mentioned, stc is a strong regional player in IoT, managed services, system integration, cloud computing, information security, big data Analytics fintech and artificial intelligence.  For more information, please visit https://www.stc.com.sa; or to follow us on Twitter: @stc , @stc_ksa

About Telecom Egypt

Telecom Egypt is the first total telecom operator in Egypt providing all telecom services to its customers including fixed and mobile voice and data services. Telecom Egypt has a long history serving Egyptian customers for over 160 years maintaining a leadership position in the Egyptian telecom market by offering its enterprise and consumer customers the most advanced technology, reliable infrastructure solutions and the widest network of submarine cables.  Aside from its mobile operation “WE”, the company owns a 45% stake in Vodafone Egypt. Telecom Egypt’s shares and GDRs (Ticker: ETEL.CA; TEEG.LN) are traded on The Egyptian Exchange and the London Stock Exchange. Please refer to Telecom Egypt’s full financial disclosure on ir.te.eg

For more information, contact:

The investor relations team

Email: investor.relations@te.eg

About Vodafone

Vodafone is a leading telecommunications company in Europe and Africa. Our purpose is to “connect for a better future” enabling an inclusive and sustainable digital society.  Our expertise and scale gives us a unique opportunity to drive positive change for society. Our networks keep family, friends, businesses and governments connected and – as COVID-19 has clearly demonstrated – we play a vital role in keeping economies running and the functioning of critical sectors like education and healthcare.

Vodafone is the largest mobile and fixed network operator in Europe and a leading global IoT connectivity provider. Our M-Pesa technology platform in Africa enables 50m people to benefit from access to mobile payments and financial services. We operate mobile and fixed networks in 21 countries and partner with mobile networks in 49 more. As of 30 June 2021, we had over 300m mobile customers, more than 28m fixed broadband customers, over 22m TV customers and we connected 130m IoT devices.

We support diversity and inclusion through our maternity and parental leave policies, empowering women through connectivity and improving access to education and digital skills for women, girls, and society at large. We are respectful of all individuals, irrespective of race, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, belief, culture or religion.

Vodafone is also taking significant steps to reduce our impact on our planet by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2025 and becoming net zero by 2040, purchasing 100% of our electricity from renewable sources in Europe and across our entire operations by 2025 and reusing, reselling or recycling 100% of our redundant network equipment.

For more information, please visit www.vodafone.com, follow us on Twitter at @VodafoneGroup or connect with us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/vodafone.

About WIOCC

WIOCC is building Africa’s first, truly hyper-scale network infrastructure. With the ability to efficiently deliver 100Gbps capacity and an extensive investment programme to develop our pan-African solution even further, WIOCC is the natural partner for OTTs, content providers, telecom operators, and ISPs looking to take advantage of Africa’s opportunities. The company utilises more than 55,000km of terrestrial fibre and in excess of 75,000km of submarine cable assets to offer affordable, reliable, managed connectivity to over 550 locations across 30 African countries. WIOCC’s international reach extends to key commercial centres in Europe, Asia, and North America, providing a one-stop shop for fully-scalable international connectivity into, within, and out of Africa. Operating exclusively as a wholesaler, the company’s focus is on putting you, our client, first. Building and maintaining strong, long-term relationships means WIOCC can develop bespoke solutions to meet your current requirements, with the flexibility to match future demands for growth and extra resilience and geographical expansion. You will find that only WIOCC has the depth of experience, local expertise, capacity, flexibility, and scalability to take you where you want to be. For more information, please visit http://wiocc.net/.

About Alcatel Submarine Networks

Alcatel Submarine Networks, part of Nokia, leads the industry in terms of transmission capacity and installed base with more than 650,000 km of optical submarine systems deployed worldwide, enough to circumnavigate the globe 15 times. From traditional Telecom applications to Content and “Over The Top” Service Provider infrastructures, as well as to offshore Oil and Gas applications, ASN provides all elements of a turnkey global undersea transmission systems, tailored to individual customer’s needs. An extensive Services porLolio completes its comprehensive offering for the submarine business, including project management, installation and commissioning, along with marine and maintenance operations performed by ASN’s fully owned fleet of cable ships. For more information, please visit https://web.asn.com/en/.

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People at Risk of Ebola in Ivory Coast Get Vaccinated

GENEVA – The World Health Organization has begun giving the Ebola vaccine to high-risk people in Ivory Coast, after a woman was diagnosed with the Ebola virus in Abidjan.

On Saturday, Ivory Coast declared its first case of Ebola in more than 25 years. An 18-year-old woman who arrived by bus from Guinea in Abidjan, a city of nearly five million inhabitants, was found to be infected with the deadly virus.

Officials have responded swiftly. Within 48 hours after the outbreak was declared, they began vaccinating people who had contact with the Ebola patient, as well as first responders and health workers.

World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said the vaccination campaign was able to get off the ground quickly because surplus vaccine doses the WHO had used to fight a four-month-long outbreak in Guinea were rapidly sent to Ivory Coast.

“This swift response is a reminder of how crucial preparedness and surveillance are to minimize the potential damage and to try to limit and to stop the spread of the virus by breaking that transmission chain,” he said.

The 18-year-old patient is currently receiving treatment in a local hospital, Jasarevic said, adding that health officials are tracing the nine people with whom she had come in contact. There is one suspect case.

Jasarevic added there is no indication the cases of Ebola in Ivory Coast are linked to the monthslong Ebola outbreak in Guinea earlier this year.

“Preliminary investigations and genomic sequencing to identify the strain show that there is a close link to the 2014 to 2016 outbreak in West Africa,” he said. “And we are probably looking here at the Zaire strain of the virus as well. Now, further investigations are needed really to confirm these early results.”

Since the Ebola outbreak was declared in Guinea in mid-February, WHO has been helping six countries, including Ivory Coast, prepare for a potential outbreak. This includes support in disease surveillance and screenings at border crossings, as well as setting up rapid response teams and improving testing and treatment.

An Ebola outbreak centered on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone killed more than 11,000 people between 2014 and 2016.

Source: Voice of America

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SADC Summit Begins in Malawi with Concerns Over COVID-19 Vaccine Hoarding

BLANTYRE, MALAWI – Malawi president Lazarus Chakwera has urged southern African leaders to increase efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic and called on wealthy nations to stop hoarding vaccine.

The Malawi leader was speaking at the annual summit of the 16-member Southern African Development Community in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe.

Speaking during the televised function Tuesday, Chakwera, who is also SADC’s current chairperson, said it was concerning that, despite the devastating social and economic impact of the COVID-19, wealthy nations continue hoarding vaccine.

Statistics show that less than 2% of Africa’s population is fully vaccinated. That is low compared with the rest of the world.

Chakwera blamed it on inequalities and disparities in the distribution and production of COVID-19 vaccine.

He said it is symptomatic of an old geopolitical framework that regards some human lives as more worthy of saving than others.

“Our message to those countries that perpetuate and promote those frameworks is simple, ‘You are using a failed and tired formula’. African countries are full members of the global community, period,” Chakwera said. “As such for the sake of human dignities everywhere, we as African have a moral duty to refuse to be treated as second-class citizens.”

Chakwera said that thinking would make it difficult for the region to reach herd immunity and reduce high infection rates.

Dr. Vera Songwe is executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. She said the Africa Vaccines Acquisition Task Team, put together by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, has procured 400 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for the continent.

Songwe also said Africa needs to do more than just procure vaccine.

“We also need to produce on the continent,” Songwe said. “SADC region is demonstrating its capacity do that by starting in South Africa with production of vaccines in South Africa. This is for us, as a continent I think, a first demonstration that Africa coming together can effectively [go] forward better sustainably in the crisis.”

The summit also aims to promote regional trade and building a regional defense force after its first deployment to fight insurgents in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province.

Speaking through a translator, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi thanked the SADC for authorizing the deployment.

“We congratulate countries of the region for the brotherhood and prompt solidarity demonstrated by the deployment of SADC standby force capabilities in the spirit of SADC Mutual Defense Pact which as launched on the 9th August 2021 in Pemba city,” Nyusi said.

Nyusi said he would speak more on the issue during a closed-door session.

The summit is expected to end Wednesday when a communiqué on resolutions will be read.

Source: Voice of America