Daily Archives: December 17, 2018

XCMG Launches Third Stage of Water Cellar Project in Ethiopia

GUDURU, Ethiopia, Dec. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — XCMG, China’s leading construction machinery manufacturer, has announced the third stage of its African Water Cellar Project at bauma China 2018. The company’s 4.43 million yuan (US$643,119) joint donation with 26 strategic suppliers will enable to build 80 water cellars in Ethiopia, 40 for families and 40 in schools.

Established in 2016, XCMG’s water cellar project is one of the 14 in the company’s “For Better Life” global public welfare campaign in partnership with the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA). To date, XCMG has built 81 water cellars in Ethiopia that are benefiting 6,700 people, the last 40 of which were completed in Guduru (Kombolcha), Ethiopia in October and are already providing clean drinking and irrigation water to the people there.

“Almost one of every three people in Africa does not have access to clean water. Waterborne diseases like typhoid fever and cholera can be fatal to children, which is why we want to build water cellars for schools. As a leader in construction machinery industry, XCMG is fully committed to shouldering the responsibility of trying to improve the lives of the people who live in the areas we operate in,” said Xiaohui Xu, GM Assistant of XCMG.

In October, a team visited public primary schools in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa, and were astounded by the fact that 150 of the 230 schools are not equipped to provide clean water, 90% of the students drink less than 500ml of water a day, and children are getting sick from drinking unclean water. Only 2% of the students wash their hands with soap.

To help, XCMG will build 40 school water cellars in Addis Ababa in addition to 40 family water cellars in villages suffering from drought. Each school will be equipped with a 10,000-litre (2,641 U.S. gallon) carbon fiber water tank, VZN water filter, five drinking fountains and five washbasins, which together can provide 1,000 students with water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene for 2-3 days.

About XCMG

XCMG is a multinational heavy machinery manufacturing company with a history of 74 years. It currently ranks sixth in the world’s construction machinery industry. The company exports to more than 177 countries and regions around the world.

For more information, please visit: www.xcmg.com, or XCMG’s pages on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Economic Commission for Africa

As prepared for delivery.

Her Excellency, Sahle-Work Zewde, President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

His Excellency, Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the AU Commission

His Excellency, Ambassador Elsadig Bahelt Elfaki Abdalla, Chair of the 51st session of the Commission and Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Sudan to the African Union and ECA

Ms. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the UNECA

Senior Officials of Government of Ethiopia present,

Representatives from Partner Agencies,

UN Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my great honour to be part of this celebration. This day is for all of us, citizens of every member state of African Continent, and the multi-lateral institutions � the African Union, the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) , the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the and other African Economic Communities to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. I am very pleased to know that today we are celebrating not only the achievements of the past, but also the UNECA’s commitment to nurture a new culture of innovation.

Africa remains a continent of many opportunities, with its vast mineral wealth, youthful population and largely unexploited natural resources the next frontier of development is certainly on this continent because inspite of the opportunities, challenges abound. The continent still has up to 330 million of its population living in poverty; up to 60% of its young people without jobs, has huge infrastructure deficits of up to $93 billion a year that is holding the continent back among many other development ills. Our success as the UN Development System and collaborators will be measured against progress on this continent. I am pleased to note that ECA and a majority of other UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, including UNDP – has Africa as their priority. The future of development is on this continent.

Precisely, therefore, the UN Development Programme celebrates with the Economic Commission for Africa, our strategic partnerships in the region for sustainable economic development of Africa continent, for advancement of the African continent as a resilient community and for the well-being and prosperity of all African people.

The success of the recent annual African Economic Conference 2018 which took place in Kigali, Rwanda from 3 5 December which had a focus on Regional and Continental Integration for Africa’s Development, is an example of our long-standing collaboration on key development issues on the continent. The conference brought together 400 participants and reaffirmed economic integration as a game-changer and accelerator for sustainable inclusive development and the reduction of poverty in all its forms. It is pleasing to note that the conference also provided a platform for broadening collaboration in other areas of our work on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2063. To this end, the 2018 Africa Sustainable Development Report themed Towards a Transformed and Resilient Continent was also launched. The report was prepared jointly by the AUC, African Development Bank, the UNECA and UNDP as part of our partnership in monitoring progress on the global and continental development frameworks. UNDP on it part, is committed to deepening its engagement with ECA and other regional partners to ensure implementation of recommendations from our joint conferences and publications.

As you are already aware, the United Nations-African Union Joint Framework on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s Agenda 2063 was finalised in January 2018 and the Action Plan adopted in June 2018. It is an exceptional achievement in the history of UN collaboration in the region; it is an instrument that has laid foundations for enhanced UN-AUC partnership for several decades to come. I am happy to note that previously, UNDP has collaborated with UNECA and AUC on trade issues including providing support to Regional Economic Communities to establish sustainable trade policy analysis capacity. UNDP also worked jointly with AU and African Trade and Policy Center of the UNECA to finalize Action Plans on Boosting intra-Africa Trade (BIAT) in Gabon, Botswana, Tanzania, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya and Zambia, creating enabling environment for the regional integration and innovation to take off.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Today we operate in a turbulent and complex world where multilateralism is under stress; but development carries a cost, and the high ambitions of the SDGs carry a big price tag. The global community has acknowledged that the old ways of financing development are simply not fit for this new purpose and that we all need to think and do business differently. In the current time, many African countries are faced with unprecedented humanitarian crises, which require us to focus on intricate cross-border, transboundary issues. Most of crises in Africa are conflict induced, and in order to effectively tackle the interrelated humanitarian-development challenges facing the continent, there is a need to enhance humanitarian, development and peace nexus.

As the UN System, there is a need to look beyond our individual agencies and mandates to support Africa towards peace and economic prosperity, which is inclusive and reaches to all, especially the most vulnerable people on the continent. In this noble effort, the UN and the African Union have partnered to explore innovative approaches to address multiple, pressing and inter-related challenges of the continent, including by enhancing the nexus between humanitarian actions and development work.

We are aware that the challenges of violent conflicts and its impact on socio-economic development in Africa has remained a daunting task. Countries coming out of conflict must take measures that seek to consolidate peace and prevent relapse to violence, promote sustainable, inclusive and equitable development and pave the way for growth and regeneration. Countries currently in conflict/crises situation, will require an integrated approach to peace, security and stability by implementing relief, rehabilitation, post conflict reconstruction, security and development at the same time. This is aligned with the African Union’s aspirations and priorities as highlighted in Agenda 2063 and in the 2015 Common African Position (CAP) on Humanitarian Effectiveness. The successful high-level event on the New Way of Working in the margins of the last General Assembly, is an example of UNDP-AUC collaboration to galvanise partnership for ‘whole of society’ approach in our efforts to save lives, reduce risks and promote inclusive growth in the continent.

I am confident that the AU reforms, including the conversion of NEPAD into the AU Development Agency and the establishment of African Humanitarian Agency, will provide a unique opportunity to further consolidate our partnership to assist the African Union to drive forward the goal of sustainable solutions to Africa’s humanitarian and development needs. Our partnership will build on ongoing UNDP-African Union flagship regional initiatives, including Acceleration and Domesticating of African Union Treaties that focuses on enhancing AUC technical expertise to assist countries for ratification of the continental treaties, protocols and conventions. Other initiatives are aimed at promoting structural economic transformation and governance; fostering gender equality and women’s political and economic empowerment; improving resilience to shocks and threats; and promoting sustainable development goals and south-south cooperation.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The coordination and collaboration are vital because approaching Member States separately on similar issues imposes high transaction costs and weakens national capacities. We need to be enablers for country level action and not inhibitors. Regular exchange of information, coordinated joined-up analysis drawing from system-wide expertise, and coherent UN planning and programming are key elements of our collective success.

Already, the synergies between the institutions’ mandates including successful collaboration between UN ECA and UNDP at regional and country levels, have supported initiatives around domesticating Africa’s Mining Vision, Continental Free Trade at the regional level, and preparing country diagnostics on Structural Transformation in Uganda. Building on these successes, we will further consolidate our partnership in support of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the 2063 Agenda of Africa.

First, UNDP looks forward to an enhanced technical and financial collaboration with the UN ECA and AU towards supporting countries in the region, particularly in the areas of governance, environment and climate change agenda, peace building, conflict resolution and building resilient communities. There are many streams of work, individually and collectively that we can build on, for Africa’s development.

Second, we are looking forward to more robust mechanisms for coordinating, tracking and sharing experiences in the implementation of the action plan especially in such areas as innovative development financing mechanisms, boosting intra-African trade, migration, preventing violent extremism, inclusive and equitable growth and sustainable industrialisation. I am aware of UN ECA’s novel work on Illicit Financial flows as part of the Addis Ababa Agenda for Action with estimated losses of up to $50 billion dollars a year. This work is complemented by our own work on domestic resource mobilisation through the Tax Inspectors Without Borders Initiative (TIWB) which has so far mobilised up to $244 million for Africa alone. Such innovative work needs to be commended and deepened through partnerships arrangements that we have between ourselves.

Third, I look forward to extending the support of the UN Sustainable Development Group to the UN ECA on its strategic re-positioning in the current UN reforms context and Africa continent’s development landscape.

A big congratulation to UN ECA and its team for outstanding 60 years, and best wishes for excellent partnerships, fostering innovation and prosperity in Africa!

Thank You.

Source: United Nations Development Programmed

EU steps up support for Ethiopia: emergency aid for refugees, internally displaced people and to tackle natural disasters

On an official visit to Ethiopia, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides has announced today Euros 89 million in humanitarian support for 2018-2019 whilst visiting EU aid projects in the Somali region in Eastern Ethiopia where many people have fled their homes due to internal conflict.

Speaking today from the Qologi camp for internally displaced people near Jijiga, capital of the Somali region, Commissioner Stylianides said: “Ethiopia is an important partner for the European Union. As the country undergoes profound positive political change, the EU will step up support for the most vulnerable Ethiopians. I have seen myself how crucial our EU humanitarian support is in the daily lives of displaced people. It helps them feed their children, provide them with medicines and send them to school. This is EU aid that saves lives.

The EU funding will be used to address the needs of people displaced within Ethiopia, refugees from neighbouring countries as well as tackling natural disasters such as drought. Currently there are close to 3 million people displaced within the country and around 1 million refugees from neighbouring countries.

The Commissioner is holding various meetings with the Ethiopian authorities. Yesterday he met Ethiopian President Ms Sahle-Work Zewde in Addis Ababa, where the Commissioner reiterated the EU’s strong partnership with Ethiopia and commitment to support the country’s reform process. Today in Jijiga he met with President of the Somali region, Mr Mustafa Mohammed Omar and with partners delivering aid on the ground to discuss the humanitarian situation.

The Commissioner is also due to meet representatives from the Government of Ethiopia, as well as the African Union.

EU humanitarian aid

EU assistance focuses on the supply of clean water, shelter and sanitation and hygiene, as well as the distribution of food, the treatment of malnourished children and the prevention and treatment of epidemics. In addition, displaced families receive essential items such as cooking utensils and other household goods.

The EU promotes access and rapid delivery of emergency aid in both areas of displacement and areas of return. Returns of displaced populations must be voluntary and safe. Aid should not contribute to policies or actions that may induce premature or involuntary returns.

Background

Conflict, population displacement and natural disasters have resulted in a major humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia. Close to 3 million people have fled inter-communal violence and conflict.

The dire conditions in the sites where people have sought shelter as well as the pressure on the displaced to return to their place of origin despite continued violence are of serious concern. More than half a million people lost their homes due to floods and drought.

In addition, Ethiopia is one of the largest refugee hosting countries in Africa. Hosting close to 1 million refugees, the influx of refugees is expected to continue especially from South Sudan and Eritrea.

Among the refugee population, malnutrition, lack of access to clean water and healthcare, and gender-based violence are among the biggest concerns.

Recovering from two successive droughts, an estimated 7.8 million people are in need of emergency food assistance, in addition to 7.9 million that are considered chronically vulnerable. Growing ethnic violence is currently the biggest driver of displacement.

Source: European Commission

WFP celebrates 50 years of Egypt with launch of knowledge-sharing partnership with government

CAIRO � Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Egypt, the Egyptian Government and WFP yesterday signed an agreement to benefit neighbouring and African countries through the exchange of knowledge and expertise in support of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular the goal of Zero Hunger.

The agreement allows for WFP and the Government to share and expand its expertise on interventions in areas such as water management, nutrition, diversification of livelihoods and increased agricultural productivity.

As we prepare to chair the African Union in 2019, we are determined to take our strategic partnership with the United Nations and its specialized agencies to new levels, said Assistant Foreign Minister for Multilateral Affairs and International Security, Ambassador Ehab Fawzy.

The agreement was signed by WFP’s Senior Director for Strategic Coordination and Support, Stanlake Samkange and H.E. Ehab Fawzy during a joint anniversary celebration held by WFP and the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

I’m proud to witness WFP and the Government of Egypt take this direction towards expanding technical and learning experience with other developing countries, said Dr. Samkange. This is a great opportunity to showcase Egypt and WFP’s many success stories and contribute to the development aspirations of Africa as whole.

The agreement will be supported by the Luxor Coordination Center for Knowledge Sharing and Innovation to Promote Resilience in Upper Egypt. The centre developed by WFP in partnership with the Government, will facilitate knowledge-exchange activities, providing diverse and proven national expertise on development interventions.

WFP and Egypt’s longstanding partnership is deeply rooted on a history of thriving cooperation and mutual understanding, said WFP Representative and Country Director in Egypt, Menghestab Haile. WFP remains a committed partner of the Government to achieve the 2030 Agenda, particularly through the positioning of Egypt as a key actor for regional cooperation.

WFP has been in Egypt since 1968, working with the Government to respond to humanitarian needs and tackle the underlying causes of vulnerability to food insecurity and malnutrition in the country.

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The United Nations World Food Programme – saving lives in emergencies and changing lives for millions through sustainable development. WFP works in more than 80 countries around the world, feeding people caught in conflict and disasters, and laying the foundations for a better future.

Source: World Food Programme

GHANA’S CATHERINE AFEKU WINS WEST AFRICA’S ‘MOST ACTIVE TOURISM MINISTER’ AWARD

ACCRA, Catherine Afeku, Ghana’s Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, has been adjudged the Most Active Tourism Minister in West Africa at the African Travel Times’ 2018 Awards, in Accra.

Akwasi Agyeman, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority, was also awarded the Most Active Head of National Tourism in the Sub-region.

The African Travel Times, the organisers of the event, said their aim was to identify excellence among the travel and tourism industry and encourage actors to be more effective and efficient in the execution of their duties.

Awardees in the Airline Category included: British Airways � Most Trusted Airline (International); Ethiopian Airlines � Most Reliable Airline (Africa); ASKY Airlines- the Most Reliable Carrier (West Africa); and Kenya Airways- Most Supportive National Carrier for effective promotion of the Kenyan Tourism Board.

The South African Airways won the Most Supportive National Carrier for effective promotion of the South African Tourism Brand.

In the Hospitality Category: the Royal Senchi Hotel and Resort in Ghana was adjudged the Number One Resort (West Africa); Eko Hotel and Suite in Nigeria won the Number One Conference Venue (West Africa); and Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Nigeria, won the Most Corporate Hotel (West Africa).

Awardees in the Governments and Agencies Category included: the Ghana Tourism Authority � the Most Active Tourism Agency (West Africa); while the Bayelsa State Government in Nigeria was recognised for establishing, the International Institute of Tourism and Hospitality.

The Benin Republic and Togo were adjudged joint winners of the Authentic African Traditional Culture and Voodoo Capitals (Worldwide) award; while South African Tourism was decorated with the Most Effective National Marketing Tourism Agency (Africa) award.

The Awards the for Individual winners went to Herbert Acquaye, former President, Ghana Hotels Association; and Ikechi Uko � Outstanding Tourism Personality of the Year.

In the Ghana category, the winners included: Bassem Toura, General Manager of Holiday Inn received the award for the Three-Star Hotel category; while the General Manager Award for the Four Star Category went to Roman Krable of the Accra City Hotel.

The General Manager of the Five-Star Category as well as the Manager of the Year Award for went to Michael Rathgeb, of Movenpick Ambassador Hotel.

Golden Tulip won the Brand of the Year Award; Movenpick Ambassador Hotel picked the Conference Hotel of the Year Award; Oak Plaza Hotel was declared as the Best Bed and Breakfast Hotel of the Year; and African Regent Hotel won the Airport Hotel of the Year Award.

The Tang Palace Hotel, won the Best Hotel Management of the Year � International category; and La Villa Boutique Hotel, the Best Hotel Management of the Year � Ghana Category.

Source: NAM News Network