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MENACW 2023 Highlights Future Minerals Forum’s Crucial Role in Shaping Sustainable Mineral Value Chains for the Clean Energy Transition

Future Minerals Forum at MENA Climate Week

The Future Minerals Forum panel discussion at the MENA Climate Week

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 17, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Middle East and North Africa Climate Week (MENACW) 2023, hosted in Riyadh, underscored the pivotal role of the Future Minerals Forum (FMF) in shaping the future of minerals.

The panel moderated by Aldo Pennini, Director of Strategy, Program, and Content for FMF, featured distinguished panelists, including Abdulrahman Al Belushi, Assistant Deputy Minister for Mining Enablement at the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources; Eng. Saud Al Mandil, Vice President of Technology, R&D, and Innovation at Ma’aden; Dr. Thamer Aldaajani, General Manager of Mining and Hydrocarbon Research at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology; Ali Al-Mutairi, Executive Director at FMF; Dr. Abdullah Al-Nabhan, Senior Director of the Survey and Exploration at the Saudi Geological Survey; and Professor Jim Skie, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

“Minerals represent a crucial pillar in powering numerous industries and projects,” said Abdulrahman Al Belushi. He stressed the need for sustainable operations that minimize environmental impact and ensure community benefits.

Saud Al Mandil emphasized Maaden’s commitment to sustainability in the mining sector. The company is dedicated to minimizing environmental impact and responsibly managing natural resources, aligning with the Kingdom’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement.

Thamer Aldaajani stressed the pivotal role of research in comprehending the economic and environmental impact of mineral resources and enhancing their value chains. He acknowledged the challenges faced by the mining sector in balancing the extraction of required minerals with environmental preservation.

Ali Al-Mutairi outlined FMF’s mission, stating, “FMF aims to shape the future of minerals in the context of the energy transition through multi-stakeholder dialogue and collaboration. The Forum serves as an international platform, fostering opportunities for entities involved in the mining sector to explore potential opportunities across the mineral super region, which stretches from Africa through West and Central Asia.”

Abdullah Al-Nabhan elaborated on the geological characteristics of the Arabian Shield, highlighting its abundant mineral resources essential for the green energy transition. Meanwhile, Professor Jim Skea announced, that for the first time, the IPCC will incorporate the role of minerals in the energy transition as part of its next multi-year report.

The third edition of FMF, under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, will be held from January 9-11, 2024, at the King Abdulaziz International Conference Center in Riyadh.

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Gap Inc., Cargill, and GSK Join the Water Resilience Coalition and WaterAid to Improve Access to Water in India as Part of the Coalition’s 2030 100-Basin Plan

New York, New York, Oct. 17, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Water Resilience Coalition (WRC), an industry-driven, CEO-led initiative convening global companies to address the global water crisis, today announced the launch of the Women + Water Collaborative, a flagship corporate collective action program to improve access to clean water and sanitation in India.

Gap Inc., Cargill, and GSK, in partnership with WaterAid and the Water Resilience Coalition, are launching the initiative to improve health, livelihoods, and climate resilience in water-stressed communities in India, beginning with the Krishna and Godavari basins. The WRC is an initiative of the CEO Water Mandate, a partnership between the UN Global Compact and the Pacific Institute.

This marks the first time that companies from different sectors spanning apparel, biopharma, and agriculture have united with shared goals, metrics, and governance to provide access to clean water and sanitation in the same communities. The Collaborative builds on the success of the previous USAID Gap Inc. Women + Water Alliance, which empowered over 2.4 million people to improve their access to water and sanitation in India between 2017 and 2023. This is one of 21 collective action projects in 15 basins underway across Asia, Africa, South America, and North America as part of the Water Resilience Coalition’s 2030 ambition to build water resilience across 100 Priority Basins.

The Women + Water Collaborative will improve the availability and quality of water in priority river basins through water replenishment and conservation using methods such as rainwater harvesting. It will provide communities with safe drinking water and climate-resilient sanitation and hygiene infrastructure and services. Although women in rural India play a crucial role in water collection and use, their participation in decision-making around water resources remains low. This program will leverage women’s leadership to build water resilience, improve water security, and enable equitable access to water and sanitation for communities at scale.

“As part of the Forward Faster Water Resilience Target and as members of the Water Resilience Coalition, the companies involved in this initiative have joined an alliance that thrives on collaboration and collective action. This cooperation will play a key role in achieving the WRC’s ambitious goals outlined in its 2030 strategy,” said Sanda Ojiambo, CEO and Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact and Co-Chair of the Water Resilience Coalition.

“The Women + Water Collaborative builds on Gap Inc.’s history of designing innovative programs with nonprofits and the public sector, and then convening corporate partners to drive sustainability at scale,” said Dan Fibiger, Head of Global Sustainability for Gap Inc. “By joining across food, fashion and biopharma, we can drive meaningful impact in communities that fuel our global supply chains.”

“Water is essential for human health, as well as for the ongoing production of our medicines and vaccines,” said Claire Lund, VP Sustainability at GSK. “Yet climate change and nature loss are impacting water and health in locally specific ways – with some countries being more vulnerable. That’s why we are focused on water as part of our commitment to contributing to a nature positive world. We are proud to be a founding partner of the Women + Water Collaborative to improve water quality, quantity, and access in India, in turn helping to support local community health.”

This flagship collective action program demonstrates tangible progress toward the Water Resilience Coalition’s ambition to contribute to water security for 3 billion people and enable equitable access to water, sanitation, and hygiene for more than 300 million people by 2030.

“We know that reliable access to clean water and sanitation is essential for people and agriculture. At Cargill, we are focused on improving access to safe drinking water and sanitation, with the goal of reaching 500,000 people in priority communities by 2030,” said Michelle Grogg, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at Cargill. “Partnership and collective action are a critical pathway to help us deliver on this ambition and we’re pleased to be a participating company in the Women + Water Collaborative.”

WaterAid will launch the program in five Indian states and six priority districts. The NGO is keen to bring on additional corporate partners to expand the reach.

“Our impact is limited only by the number of corporate partners we are able to bring on,” says Kelly Parsons, CEO of WaterAid America. “We know that solving the water crisis is a business imperative. We also know that none of the sustainable development goals will be achieved without global collaboration and partnership. By coordinating large, multi-stakeholder partnerships, we create holistic impact, at scale. That’s the power of collective action.”

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About the Water Resilience Coalition

The Water Resilience Coalition is an industry-driven, CEO-led initiative of the CEO Water Mandate that aims to elevate the long-term mounting crisis of global water stress to the top of the corporate agenda and to preserve the world’s freshwater resources through collective action in water-stressed basins and ambitious, quantifiable commitments. Since the Coalition’s launch in 2020, 35 global companies across multiple sectors with a combined market cap of US$4.8 trillion and operations in more than 140 countries have joined the effort. For more information, visit ceowatermandate.org/resilience.

About the Pacific Institute

Founded in 1987, the Pacific Institute is a global water think tank that combines science-based thought leadership with active outreach to influence local, national, and international efforts in developing sustainable water policies. From working with Fortune 500 companies to frontline communities, our mission is to create and advance solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges. Since 2009, the Pacific Institute has also acted as co-secretariat for the CEO Water Mandate, a global commitment platform that mobilizes a critical mass of business leaders to address global water challenges through corporate water stewardship. For more information, visit pacinst.org.

About the UN Global Compact

As a special initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General, the UN Global Compact is a call to companies worldwide to align their operations and strategies with Ten Principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Our ambition is to accelerate and scale the global collective impact of business by upholding the Ten Principles and delivering the Sustainable Development Goals through accountable companies and ecosystems that enable change. With more than 18,000 companies and 3,800 non-business signatories based in over 101 countries, and 62 Local Networks, the UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative—one Global Compact uniting business for a better world. 

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Gap Inc., Cargill, and GSK Join the Water Resilience Coalition and WaterAid to Improve Access to Water in India as Part of the Coalition’s 2030 100-Basin Plan

New York, New York, Oct. 17, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Water Resilience Coalition (WRC), an industry-driven, CEO-led initiative convening global companies to address the global water crisis, today announced the launch of the Women + Water Collaborative, a flagship corporate collective action program to improve access to clean water and sanitation in India.

Gap Inc., Cargill, and GSK, in partnership with WaterAid and the Water Resilience Coalition, are launching the initiative to improve health, livelihoods, and climate resilience in water-stressed communities in India, beginning with the Krishna and Godavari basins. The WRC is an initiative of the CEO Water Mandate, a partnership between the UN Global Compact and the Pacific Institute.

This marks the first time that companies from different sectors spanning apparel, biopharma, and agriculture have united with shared goals, metrics, and governance to provide access to clean water and sanitation in the same communities. The Collaborative builds on the success of the previous USAID Gap Inc. Women + Water Alliance, which empowered over 2.4 million people to improve their access to water and sanitation in India between 2017 and 2023. This is one of 21 collective action projects in 15 basins underway across Asia, Africa, South America, and North America as part of the Water Resilience Coalition’s 2030 ambition to build water resilience across 100 Priority Basins.

The Women + Water Collaborative will improve the availability and quality of water in priority river basins through water replenishment and conservation using methods such as rainwater harvesting. It will provide communities with safe drinking water and climate-resilient sanitation and hygiene infrastructure and services. Although women in rural India play a crucial role in water collection and use, their participation in decision-making around water resources remains low. This program will leverage women’s leadership to build water resilience, improve water security, and enable equitable access to water and sanitation for communities at scale.

“As part of the Forward Faster Water Resilience Target and as members of the Water Resilience Coalition, the companies involved in this initiative have joined an alliance that thrives on collaboration and collective action. This cooperation will play a key role in achieving the WRC’s ambitious goals outlined in its 2030 strategy,” said Sanda Ojiambo, CEO and Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact and Co-Chair of the Water Resilience Coalition.

“The Women + Water Collaborative builds on Gap Inc.’s history of designing innovative programs with nonprofits and the public sector, and then convening corporate partners to drive sustainability at scale,” said Dan Fibiger, Head of Global Sustainability for Gap Inc. “By joining across food, fashion and biopharma, we can drive meaningful impact in communities that fuel our global supply chains.”

“Water is essential for human health, as well as for the ongoing production of our medicines and vaccines,” said Claire Lund, VP Sustainability at GSK. “Yet climate change and nature loss are impacting water and health in locally specific ways – with some countries being more vulnerable. That’s why we are focused on water as part of our commitment to contributing to a nature positive world. We are proud to be a founding partner of the Women + Water Collaborative to improve water quality, quantity, and access in India, in turn helping to support local community health.”

This flagship collective action program demonstrates tangible progress toward the Water Resilience Coalition’s ambition to contribute to water security for 3 billion people and enable equitable access to water, sanitation, and hygiene for more than 300 million people by 2030.

“We know that reliable access to clean water and sanitation is essential for people and agriculture. At Cargill, we are focused on improving access to safe drinking water and sanitation, with the goal of reaching 500,000 people in priority communities by 2030,” said Michelle Grogg, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at Cargill. “Partnership and collective action are a critical pathway to help us deliver on this ambition and we’re pleased to be a participating company in the Women + Water Collaborative.”

WaterAid will launch the program in five Indian states and six priority districts. The NGO is keen to bring on additional corporate partners to expand the reach.

“Our impact is limited only by the number of corporate partners we are able to bring on,” says Kelly Parsons, CEO of WaterAid America. “We know that solving the water crisis is a business imperative. We also know that none of the sustainable development goals will be achieved without global collaboration and partnership. By coordinating large, multi-stakeholder partnerships, we create holistic impact, at scale. That’s the power of collective action.”

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About the Water Resilience Coalition

The Water Resilience Coalition is an industry-driven, CEO-led initiative of the CEO Water Mandate that aims to elevate the long-term mounting crisis of global water stress to the top of the corporate agenda and to preserve the world’s freshwater resources through collective action in water-stressed basins and ambitious, quantifiable commitments. Since the Coalition’s launch in 2020, 35 global companies across multiple sectors with a combined market cap of US$4.8 trillion and operations in more than 140 countries have joined the effort. For more information, visit ceowatermandate.org/resilience.

About the Pacific Institute

Founded in 1987, the Pacific Institute is a global water think tank that combines science-based thought leadership with active outreach to influence local, national, and international efforts in developing sustainable water policies. From working with Fortune 500 companies to frontline communities, our mission is to create and advance solutions to the world’s most pressing water challenges. Since 2009, the Pacific Institute has also acted as co-secretariat for the CEO Water Mandate, a global commitment platform that mobilizes a critical mass of business leaders to address global water challenges through corporate water stewardship. For more information, visit pacinst.org.

About the UN Global Compact

As a special initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General, the UN Global Compact is a call to companies worldwide to align their operations and strategies with Ten Principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Our ambition is to accelerate and scale the global collective impact of business by upholding the Ten Principles and delivering the Sustainable Development Goals through accountable companies and ecosystems that enable change. With more than 18,000 companies and 3,800 non-business signatories based in over 101 countries, and 62 Local Networks, the UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative—one Global Compact uniting business for a better world. 

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Déclaration officielle : Saurabh Chandrakar clarifie la malinformation concernant les dépenses de mariage et d’autres allégations

DELHI, Inde, 17 oct. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — À la lumière des récents reportages médiatiques concernant l’affaire Mahadev, M. Saurabh Chandrakar, un entrepreneur originaire de Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, estime qu’il est impératif de s’attaquer à la désinformation flagrante et aux accusations infondées dont il a été victime. En tant qu’homme d’affaires dévoué, au parcours irréprochable, M. Chandrakar a été surpris par les allégations sans fondement concernant son implication présumée dans des activités illicites.

Réfutant les rapports sensationnalistes, M. Chandrakar affirme avec véhémence qu’il a entièrement financé la cérémonie de mariage, qui a coûté environ 10 millions de dirhams émiratis, par ses propres ressources et épargnes. En effet, des dossiers méticuleux et bien documentés prouvant les sources de ses revenus sont disponibles. Des informations circulent suggérant un paiement deux milliards de roupies indiennes en espèces, et tout en mettant en question la faisabilité d’une transaction en espèces aussi énorme, M. Chandrakar souligne le caractère malcommode de ces scénarios.

M. Chandrakar réfute les affirmations concernant les prétendues dépenses extravagantes rapportées par certaines sources. Il indique spécifiquement que tous les aspects financiers de l’événement ont été supervisés par des gestionnaires d’événements professionnels et qu’aucune transaction en espèces n’a été impliquée à aucune étape de la planification ou de l’exécution ; insinuer le contraire est purement spéculatif et infondé. Des documents et des dossiers financiers sont disponibles pour étayer ces faits, fournissant des preuves claires qui dissipent tout soupçon d’irrégularité.

En outre, M. Chandrakar croit fermement que la présence de célébrités lors de l’événement était grossièrement exagérée. Il indique que tous ceux qui ont assisté au mariage ont été engagés par la société de gestion d’événements, ce qui a facilité leur présence. M. Chandrakar tient également à souligner que tous les artistes ont été embauchés exclusivement par la compagnie pour assister et présenter leur performance lors de l’événement. De même, Il n’y a eu aucune transaction financière directe entre M. Chandrakar et ces célébrités, tous les paiements étant traités en toute transparence par la société de gestion de l’événement, via les canaux bancaires légaux.

M. Chandrakar nie tout rapport présumé avec l’application Mahadev ou ses opérations. Les accusations le décrivant comme le « Fondateur/Promoteur/Directeur » de l’application Mahadev manquent de crédibilité et sont sans équivoque fausses. De plus, les allégations concernant son implication dans 60 plateformes offshore illicites sont totalement infondées.

M. Chandrakar dément avec fermeté tout lien suspect avec des individus ou des organisations impliqués dans des activités illégales. Toutes les allégations similaires ne sont que des rumeurs, totalement sans fondement, et rien de plus qu’un « produit de l’imagination » de ses promoteurs, exprimant son vif étonnement face à de telles allégations.

Il est également impératif de préciser qu’aucune opération au Pakistan, au Sri Lanka ou au Népal n’est associée à M. Chandrakar. De telles affirmations sont entièrement fausses et calomnieuses, dénuées de la moindre once de vérité. M. Chandrakar ne s’est jamais rendu dans ces pays et toute allégation selon laquelle il aurait participé à des activités illicites dans ces régions est dénuée de tout fondement et totalement diffamatoire.

M. Chandrakar exhorte sincèrement les médias à cesser de diffuser des rumeurs infondées et des histoires sensationnalistes et exagérées qui non seulement ternissent sa réputation, mais érodent également la confiance du public dans un journalisme responsable.

Le texte du communiqué issu d’une traduction ne doit d’aucune manière être considéré comme officiel. La seule version du communiqué qui fasse foi est celle du communiqué dans sa langue d’origine. La traduction devra toujours être confrontée au texte source, qui fera jurisprudence.

Source: Newsbeatwire

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Declaração oficial: Saurabh Chandrakar esclarece informações incorretas sobre despesas de casamento e outras alegações

DELI, Índia, Oct. 17, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — À luz dos recentes relatos dos meios de comunicação social em torno do caso da aplicação Mahadev, Saurabh Chandrakar, um empresário oriundo de Bhilai, Chatisgar, considera imperativo abordar a desinformação flagrante e as acusações infundadas que surgiram. Sendo um homem de negócios dedicado e com um currículo irrepreensível, o Sr. Chandrakar foi apanhado de surpresa pelas alegações infundadas sobre o seu alegado envolvimento em atividades ilícitas.

Contrariamente aos relatos sensacionalistas, o Sr. Chandrakar afirma com veemência que toda a cerimónia de casamento, que custou cerca de 10 milhões de AED, foi inteiramente financiada pelas suas poupanças e provisões internas. Existem registos meticulosos e bem documentados que comprovam as suas fontes de rendimento. As notícias que circulam sugerindo um pagamento de 200 milhões de rupias em numerário suscitam incredulidade e, embora o Sr. Chandrakar questione a viabilidade de uma transação em numerário tão avultada, sublinha a falta de viabilidade prática de tais alegações.

O Sr. Chandrakar refuta as afirmações sobre as supostas despesas extravagantes relatadas por certas fontes. Indica especificamente que todos os aspectos financeiros do evento foram supervisionados por gestores de eventos profissionais e que não houve transações em numerário em qualquer fase do planeamento ou da execução; insinuar o contrário é puramente especulativo e infundado. Existem documentos e registos financeiros que comprovam estes factos, fornecendo provas claras que dissipam quaisquer noções de irregularidade.

Além disso, o Sr. Chandrakar acredita firmemente que a menção da presença de celebridades no evento foi grosseiramente exagerada. Indica que todas as pessoas que assistiram ao casamento foram contactadas pela empresa de gestão de eventos, que facilitou as suas presenças. O Sr. Chandrakar também faz questão de sublinhar que todos os artistas foram contratados pela empresa exclusivamente para participar e atuar no evento. Não houve transações financeiras diretas entre o Sr. Chandrakar e estas celebridades, uma vez que todos os pagamentos foram processados com total transparência através da empresa de gestão de eventos, através de canais bancários legais.

O Sr. Chandrakar afirma veementemente que não tem qualquer ligação com a aplicação Mahadev ou com as suas operações. As acusações que o descrevem como “fundador/promotor/diretor” da aplicação Mahadev carecem de credibilidade e são inequivocamente falsas. Além disso, as alegações sobre o seu envolvimento em 60 plataformas offshore ilícitas são infundadas e não têm qualquer fundamento.

O Sr. Chandrakar nega veementemente quaisquer ligações suspeitas com indivíduos ou organizações que participem em atividades ilegais. Quaisquer alegações semelhantes são meros rumores, completamente infundados e nada mais do que “fruto da imaginação”. O Sr. Chandrakar manifesta o seu espanto perante tais alegações.

É igualmente imperativo esclarecer que não existem operações no Paquistão, no Sri Lanka ou no Nepal associadas com o Sr. Chandrakar. Estas afirmações são totalmente falsas e difamatórias, não tendo qualquer vestígio de verdade. O Sr. Chandrakar nunca viajou para estes países, e quaisquer alegações da sua alegada participação em atividades ilícitas nestas regiões carecem de qualquer fundamento e são completamente caluniosas.

O Sr. Chandrakar pede encarecidamente aos meios de comunicação social que cessem a difusão de rumores infundados e de histórias sensacionalistas e exageradas que não só mancham a sua reputação como também minam a confiança do público no jornalismo responsável.

Fonte: Newsbeatwire

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||Kharas education directorate career fair series kicks off at Keetmanshoop

KEETMANSHOOP: The Directorate of Education, Acts and Culture in ||Kharas on Tuesday kicked off its career fair series at Keetmanshoop.

Speaking here, Senior Education Officer Otillie Lamberth said the career fair serves as a platform for learners to connect with relevant service providers on what careers are available to them.

“We know some learners do not want to go into the academic fields, some want vocational training so at such a platform learners can then be introduced to such service providers. We get learners who are in Grade 11 or Grade 12 and still do not know what they want to become and it should not be so,” she said.

In a speech read on her behalf, Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) president Lucia Ndishishi called on educational institutions, both public and private, to forge partnerships with the industry and to equip students and learners with practical skills and experiences that will make them job-ready from day one.

“To the learners, the path to success may be riddled with obstacles, but it is your determination, resilience and unwavering spirit that will carry you through,” she added.

Keetmanshoop deputy mayor, Easter Isaak, at the same event urged teachers to offer mentorship to learners at schools and also when they leave schools to ensure that they achieve their dreams and become torchbearers for future generations.

“You must 20 years from now be able to direct others on the choices they have to make, take ownership of your destiny, the direction that you will have to take after leaving school is your own and 10 years down the line you cannot blame someone because of your choices,” he said.

The career fair, which is held in collaboration with Anglo-America Namibia and Namibia Grape Company trust funds, ends on Saturday in Lüderitz, while sessions will be held at Karasburg and Oranjemund on Wednesday and Friday respectively.

Grade 9 and Grade 11 learners from the Keetmanshoop Junior Secondary school, JA Nel secondary school, PK de Villiers secondary school and Suiderlig High Secondary School attended the session at Keetmanshoop.

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Oktoberfest slated for 27 and 28 October

WINDHOEK: The annual Oktoberfest hosted by Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) is slated for 27 and 28 October 2023 in Windhoek.

In a press release on Tuesday, NBL Corporate Affairs Manager, Surihe Gaomas-Guchu said the 63rd edition of the beer festival promises to host a larger crowd than the 2022 edition, which saw more than 6 700 festival goers attend.

“NBL, the creative force behind this festival, is beaming with pride and gratitude for the privilege of bringing the 2023 Windhoek Oktoberfest to life,” she said.

NBL Managing Director Peter Simon was quoted as saying the festival speaks to NBL’s purpose of ‘brewing the joy of true togetherness to inspire a better world.’

Gaomas-Guchu further noted that one of the highlights of the festival is the diverse array of culinary delights and beverages, noting that in 2023 festival goers can enjoy an expanded selection of food stalls catering to a wide range of preferences.

Tickets can be purchased online or at all Pick n Pay outlets countrywide.

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Ahtisaari understood our quest for freedom and justice: Geingob

WINDHOEK: President Hage Geingob on Monday extended a message of condolences to the people of Finland, following the passing of their former President Martti Ahtisaari.

He was aged 86.

Geingob, in his message, described Ahtisaari as a leading peacemaker who, through the United Nations, played a pivotal role in midwiving the birth of a new Namibia.

He said Ahtisaari was a friend of the Namibian liberation struggle, and his history is incomplete without Namibia, a country he was associated with in many roles that he occupied, first through his appointment as a senator to the Council of the United Nations Institute for Namibia (UNIN) in 1975, a position which later led to his appointment in 1978 by United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim as the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Namibia.

In 1989, he was appointed by the United Nations Secretary General to assume the difficult task as the leader of the United Nations Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG) in Namibia, which was globally hailed as a model in dealing with complex transitions from conflict to peace, Geingob said.

“As a Fin, former President Ahtisaari understood fully our quest for freedom and justice. Therefore, in the roles of diplomat, negotiator, peacekeeper and blue helmet, former President Ahtisaari served the Namibian people who were seeking self-determination and justice with flying colours,” he said.

Geingob further said as an icon in the imagination of the Namibian people, Ahtisaari was inscribed as an honorary citizen of the Republic of Namibia, with streets and schools having been named after him in remembrance and in celebration of his exceptional deeds in the birth of a free Namibia.

“We are not only mourning the loss of former President Ahtisaari, a friend and one of us, but we are also reaffirming the rich legacy of peace and the outstanding international public service of a Nobel peace laureate with an indelible association with Namibia,” Geingob maintained.

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Over 3 000 Swapo members expected at Otjiwarongo star rally

OTJIWARONGO: More than 3 000 Swapo Party members are expected to attend the party’s star rally planned for Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region on Saturday.

Swapo regional coordinator in Otjozondjupa, Immanuel Namaseb in an interview with Nampa on Tuesday said Swapo Party Vice President, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah will be the keynote speaker at the rally to be held at the DRC soccer field Saturday afternoon.

“The Swapo Party regional coordinators of the 14 regions, their regional executives, governors, central committee members, and the political bureau of the party and ministers have confirmed their attendance,” said Namaseb.

The rally is aimed at introducing Nandi-Ndaitwah, who will contest the 2024 Presidential and National Assembly elections, to the Otjozondjupa community, said Namaseb.

He added that the inhabitants of the region have also informed Namaseb that they are eager to hear the voice of their Swapo Party presidential candidate for the 2024 national elections.

“We are excited to announce to our supporters that we have managed to get her to visit Otjozondjupa over the weekend. Let us all come in big numbers from Tsumkwe, Grootfontein, Otavi, Okakarara, Otjiwarongo, Omatako and Okahandja so that we can hear from her and also talk to her since she is our party presidential candidate in next year elections,” he said.

The rally is planned for 10h00 on Saturday, starting with a street procession from the Swapo Party headquarters in town, to the DRC soccer field about five kilometres away where traditional music groups and the Ndilimani Cultural Troupe will entertain the public, said Namaseb.

This will be followed by a roundtable discussion on infrastructure development in the region Sunday morning at the Swanevelder Community Hall with Nandi-Ndaitwah and various regional heads.

Swapo Party Secretary-General, Sofia Shaningwa will also attend, said Namaseb.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

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Namibia a hotbed for hydrocarbon fuel: Geingob

WINDHOEK: President Hage Geingob on Tuesday stated that Namibia is currently a ‘hotbed’ for hydrocarbon prospecting with a share of 13 per cent of all offshore rigs operating in Africa.

Geingob made this observation during the three-day occasion Africa Energy Week held under the theme ‘The African energy renaissance: prioritising energy poverty, people, planet, industrialisation and free markets’ from 16-18 October 2023 in South Africa.

A statement issued by the Presidency on Tuesday quoted the president as saying that the country has witnessed more than 36 wells being drilled and today, Namibia is on the cusp of birthing a globally significant hydrocarbon industry and that for the African energy renaissance to be meaningful, Africa should be permitted to explore and exploit its natural endowments for the prosperity of the continent.

Geingob said the continent is experiencing a renaissance in renewable and non-renewable energy sources, which will permit it to arrest the challenges of poverty, the protection of the planet and the industrialisation of Africa.

“However, there are certain things we must get right in order to ensure that we meet the targets we have set for ourselves as countries, including as a continent. Convening of policy-makers and captains of industry on this scale during Africa Energy Week here in Africa is a step in the right direction as it facilitates unique platforms to dissect, learn and unlearn, while also drawing from the experiences of our counterparts for the betterment of our countries and the continent,” he said.

It is an opportunity that is impossible to pass up, Geingob noted, adding that in 2022, Shell and TotalEnergies announced major oil discoveries off Namibian shores, that if diligently developed, could result in light crude oil reserves estimated at three billion barrels.

“As a part of the drive to decarbonise its European refineries, in October 2023 TotalEnergies issued a call for tenders for the supply of 500 000 tonnes per year of green hydrogen while in 2022, Shell announced its final investment decision to build Europe’s largest renewable hydrogen plant which is expected to produce up to 60 000 kilogrammes of renewable hydrogen per day and will be operational in 2025,” the Namibian Head of State said.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

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Ya Ndakolo welcomes governance report consultations

OMUTHIYA: Oshikoto Region Governor Penda Ya Ndakolo has welcomed the consultation on the Development of the National Governance (DNG) Report for Namibia by the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).

At the consultation that took place in Omuthiya on Tuesday, Ndakolo said the event is a clear indication that the government embraces its mandate with enthusiasm, focus and dedication.

He added that the National Governance report is a self-assessment tool for promoting good governance as well as recommendations.

“This report is a sustainable way to measure qualitatively and quantitatively the performance of the most important aspects of democratic and political governance,” he said.

APRM National Governing Council member, Rosetta Nawases said their mandate is to strengthen democracy among member states, reinforcing best practices and achievements, rectify deficiencies in governance and socio-economic development processes, and encourage transformational leadership on the African continent, all through self-assessment and constructive dialogue.

“To date, implementation of the recommendations of the targeted review report on youth unemployment is ongoing in some areas, with the first progress report on the status of implementation expected in 2024,” said Nawases.

She added that the first-generation country review report covering the four APRM thematic areas: democracy and political governance, corporate governance, socio-economic development, economic governance and management was undertaken immediately after the completion of the targeted youth review.

“After consultation with the relevant stakeholders in the Oshikoto Region which include the public and private sector and civil society organisations, the National Programme of Action for the country review report was developed and submitted for consideration to the Cabinet and is expected to be launched in October 2023,” Nawases said.

She said it is worth noting that the APRM National Plan of Action is done in alignment with the country’s pre-eminent national policies by mainstreaming such through the various sectoral corporate plans of the government’s organisations, ministries, and agencies.

“The regional consultation seeks to provide credible, reliable and up-to-date data on the performance governance indicators and ensure periodic and continuous assessment of selected governance areas to detect areas requiring improvement,” Nawases said.

She added that the objective is to imbue a sense of ownership of the country’s governance and to assist the government to formulate informed policies and accurately guiding governance reforms, among others.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

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Hatuikulipi suffers another blow in court

WINDHOEK: An application by one of the Fishrot suspects, former Investec Asset Management managing director, James Hatuikulipi, challenging a restraint order by the Prosecutor General, Martha Imalwa, was dismissed with costs in the High Court on Tuesday.

Judges Herman Oosthuizen and Collins Parker made the dismissal order and subsequently removed the matter from the court roll.

Hatuikulipi constitutionally challenged provisions of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act (POCA).

Imalwa in November 2020 successfully applied for the order, freezing the bank accounts and properties of the suspects in the high ranking corruption scandal. According to Hatuikulipi, the restraint order violated his rights to be presumed innocent until found guilty. The presiding judges however found that since the restraint order proceeding were civil and not criminal in nature, the right to presumption of innocence in accordance with the Constitution did not apply. They found that Hatuikulipi’s rights were not violated as the restraint order is an interim order aimed at preserving the assets pending the conclusion of the criminal trial.

Prominent figures, including former justice minister Sakeus Shanghala and former fisheries minister, Bernardt Esau are also implicated in the saga.

Other suspects include former Fishcor Chief Executive Officer, Mike Nghipunya, former Investec Asset Management employee, Ricardo Gustavo, Pius Mwatelula, Phillipus Mwapopi, Otneel Shuudifonya, Nigel van Wyk, Tamson Hatuikulipi and Maren de Klerk.

The trial was initially set down for 02 October 2023, but was postponed due to a number of factors, including the unavailability of funds to pay legal costs. As such, various legal aid applications are pending.

The two former ministers have since approached the Office of the Attorney General, requesting that the office allocates funds to pay for their prepared lawyers.

This, they argue, is because they were in the employment of the State at the time of their arrests.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency