Daily Archives: May 18, 2016

Former Grameenphone Director Joins Boloro Global Limited

NEW YORK, May 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Boloro Global is pleased to announce that Delwar H Azad, a mobile financial services pioneer and executive with over 25 years of mobile financial services, telecom, and operations experience has joined the management team as Executive Vice President Strategy, Product & Solutions.

“Azad brings a wealth of global experience in Mobile Money, Payment Transactions & Mobile Technology,” says Ann Camarillo, CEO & President Boloro Global. “His dynamic and innovative approach will be a great addition.”

Most recently, Azad served as a Director in Grameenphone, a major Telenor subsidiary and the leading telecom service provider in Bangladesh with 56 million subscribers. While at Grameenphone, he held several critical positions including Head of Financial Services for payment and transactional services, Head of New Initiatives responsible for all non-voice services and strategic projects, and Head of IS/IT Architecture, Business Process & Governance looking after IS/IT investments.

“Azad is an industry leader within Financial Services and was responsible for taking the first bill payment services by a mobile operator to the market. Within the Telenor Group he is considered one of the leading authorities on mobile financial services for the unbanked,” said Petter-Borre Furberg, CEO Telenor Myanmar. “Being responsible for the Telenor group initiatives on Financial Services I had the pleasure of both working with and learning from Azad.”

Azad also served on the Board of Directors of Tameer Micro-Finance Bank in Pakistan to assist in the launch of the innovative Easypaisa Branchless Banking initiative.

“I am delighted to be a part of Boloro, a truly next generation mobile payments network,” said Azad. “Boloro’s patented process, true interoperability and multiple applications will boost commerce, digital money growth and accelerate financial inclusion worldwide.”

Prior to Grameenphone, Azad was General Manager at Square, the largest conglomerate in Bangladesh with diversified businesses, where he led the group’s ICT transformation and the launch of first of its kind satellite based communication business in the country. Azad has also worked as the Head of ICT in a leading manufacturing company to lead the complete automation of manufacturing to administration including capturing machine data.

Azad has an Engineering degree and an Executive MBA with a Leadership Diploma from Stockholm School of Economics.

About Boloro Global Limited:

Boloro is a next-generation global payments network that offers consumers the ability to securely pay for goods and services using any kind of mobile phone and account. Boloro replaces cash and offers financial services to the many unbanked in emerging markets thus accelerating financial inclusion and access. Boloro delivers financial dignity to the population at large.

Headquartered in New York City, Boloro operates in South Asia, Middle East and Africa and soon entering Latin America, Caribbean and East Asia. For more information, visit www.boloro.com.

Media Contact:
Marc James: marc.james@boloro.com

Richard Scobey devient le président de la World Cocoa Foundation

WASHINGTON, 18 mai 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Le conseil d’administration de la World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’il avait nommé Richard Scobey à la présidence de l’organisation, et qu’il entrera en fonction le 11 juillet 2016. Il sera chargé d’imprimer la vision et l’orientation qui permettront de guider les activités de la WCF et de veiller à l’accomplissement de sa mission qui consiste favoriser le développement durable dans le secteur du cacao.

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Scobey rejoint la WCF après une brillante carrière à la Banque mondiale, où il travaillait depuis 1986. Il a été à la tête d’initiatives publiques-privées portant sur la gestion des ressources naturelles en Afrique, ainsi que d’initiatives de contrôle et d’évaluation. Son dernier poste à la Banque mondial était celui de directeur général adjoint du Groupe d’évaluation indépendante. Il a également été conseiller auprès du vice-président pour la région Afrique et directeur de l’intégration régionale en Afrique.

En faisant cette annonce, le président de la WCF, Barry Parkin, a souligné le caractère critique de la mission de cette organisation qui réunit 105 membres, à l’heure où le secteur du cacao doit relever des défis pour garantir son développement durable face à des menaces au nombre desquelles figurent la stagnation des rendements dans certains des plus importants pays producteurs de cacao au monde, l’accroissement de la pression exercée par les ennemis des cultures et les maladies, les changements climatiques et le manque d’intérêt chez les jeunes pour des carrières dans la culture du cacao.

Pour Parkin, qui a dirigé le processus de recherche d’un nouveau président qui a débouché sur la nomination de Scobey : « Rick est un dirigeant stratégique et innovant qui apporte à la WCF une vaste expérience du développement international et communautaire. Sa capacité éprouvée à créer de nouveaux partenariats, à exploiter les réseaux et à garantir un impact favorisera la mission de la WCF qui consiste à favoriser le développement durable dans le secteur du cacao, plus précisément grâce à notre stratégie CocoaAction. Je me réjouis à la perspective de collaborer étroitement avec Rick en vue de renforcer nos efforts visant à apporter des améliorations mesurables quant aux moyens de subsistance des cacaoculteurs et pour les communautés cacaoyères à travers le monde ».

Pour Scobey : « Je suis honoré d’avoir été choisi pour diriger la WCF, qui est depuis longtemps le fer de lance des partenariats publics-privés qui cherchent à favoriser le développement durable dans le secteur mondial du cacao. Je suis impatient de nouer rapidement le dialogue avec les membres de la WCF et d’autres partenaires clés pour mieux comprendre leur point de vue et bénéficier de leurs conseils. Avec le passage du stade de la conception à celui de la mise en œuvre de la stratégie CocoaAction, la WCF est à un carrefour particulièrement captivant de son histoire. Je suis prêt à mettre toute mon expérience et toute mon énergie au service de l’organisation ».

Scobey a été sélectionné au terme d’un processus de recherche auquel ont participé les membres de la WCF qui comptent plus d’une centaines d’entreprises et autres acteurs clés du secteur mondial du chocolat et du cacao.

Scobey entre en fonction après le départ, le 31 décembre 2015, de Bill Guyton, qui a été à la tête de la WCF pendant les 15 années qui ont suivi sa création.‎

À propos de la WCF : La World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) est un organisme international de membres qui favorise le développement durable dans le secteur du cacao. La WCF fournit aux cacaoculteurs le soutien dont ils ont besoin pour produire davantage de cacao de meilleure qualité et renforcer socialement et économiquement leurs communautés. Les membres de la WCF comprennent des fabricants de cacao et de chocolat, des transformateurs, des gestionnaires de la chaîne d’approvisionnement, et d’autres sociétés du monde entier, représentant plus de 80 pour cent du marché mondial du cacao. Les programmes de la WCF bénéficient aux cacaoculteurs et à leurs communautés dans les régions productrices de cacao de l’Afrique, de l’Asie du Sud-Est, et dans les Amériques. Pour plus d’informations, visiter le site  www.worldcocoafoundation.org  ou suivez-nous sur Twitteret Facebook.

Richard Scobey Appointed World Cocoa Foundation President

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) Board of Directors today announced that it has named Richard Scobey as the organization’s President, effective July 11, 2016. He will be responsible for providing the vision and leadership to guide WCF’s operations and to ensure fulfillment of its mission of promoting a sustainable cocoa sector worldwide.

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Scobey joins WCF after a successful career at the World Bank, which he first joined in 1986. He has led public-private efforts focused on natural resources management in Africa, as well as monitoring and evaluation efforts. His most recent position at the Bank was as its deputy director general in the Independent Evaluation Group. He previously also served as Advisor to the Africa Region Vice President and as Director for Regional Integration in Africa.

In making the announcement, WCF Chairman Barry Parkin noted the critical nature of the 105 member organization’s mission, at a time when the cocoa sector faces challenges to achieve sustainability in the face of threats that include stagnant yields in some of the world’s leading cocoa-producing countries, increasing pest and disease pressure, climate change and declining interest by young people to pursue careers in cocoa farming.

Parkin, who led the search process that identified Scobey, said, “Rick is a strategic and innovative leader who brings to WCF extensive experience in international and community development. His proven ability to create new partnerships, leverage networks and achieve impact will boost WCF’s mission to achieve sustainability in the cocoa sector, namely through our CocoaAction strategy. I look forward to working closely with Rick to accelerate our efforts to bring measurable improvements to farmer livelihoods and cocoa-growing communities around the world.”

Scobey said, “I am honored to be chosen to lead WCF, which has long been at the forefront of building public-private partnerships to help achieve sustainability in the global cocoa sector. I am eager to engage soon with WCF’s membership and other key partners to understand their views and benefit from their counsel. With CocoaAction moving from design into implementation, WCF is at an especially exciting point in its history. I am ready to bring my own experience and energy to all of the organization’s efforts.”

Scobey was selected following a search process that solicited input from the WCF membership of more than 100 companies and other key players in the global chocolate and cocoa sector.

Scobey assumes his duties after the December 31, 2015 departure of Bill Guyton, who guided WCF from its inception through its first 15 years.‎

About WCF: The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) is an international membership organization that promotes sustainability in the cocoa sector. WCF provides cocoa farmers with the support they need to grow more quality cocoa and socially and economically strengthen their communities. WCF’s members include cocoa and chocolate manufacturers, processors, supply chain managers, and other companies worldwide, representing more than 80 percent of the global cocoa market. WCF’s programs benefit farmers and their communities in cocoa-growing regions of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Americas. For more information, visit www.worldcocoafoundation.org or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

JORDAN, SOUTH AFRICA DISCUSS TIES, MIDDLE EAST

Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs, Mohammad Bani Yaseen, Tuesday, met Deputy Foreign Minister of South Africa, Nomaindia Mfeketo, for talks on Middle East issues and bilateral ties.

At the meeting, Bani Yaseen, told Mfeketo that Jordan is committed to the two-state solution, ending the Israeli occupation and establishing an independent Palestinian state on the 4th of July, 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

He also spoke about the burdens that Jordan shoulders as a result of hosting more than 1.3 million Syrian refugees.

“Jordan provides the Syrian refugees with all the services needed despite its limited resources”, Bani Yaseen, told Mfeketo.

In turn, the South African official hailed Jordan’s generosity shown towards Syrian refugees and for keeping the borders open to them.

She said her country underwent the same experience of hosting large numbers of refugees in Africa due to conflicts in neighboring African countries.

On Palestine, Mfeketo said that finding a solution to this issue will solve several problems and tensions in the region.

Mfeketo also said that Jordan plays an outstanding role in promoting international peace and security and praised the distinguished ties reached by the two countries.

SOURCE: NAM NEWS NETWORK

University of Fort Hare Centenary Inter-Ministerial media briefing

Ministers and Deputy Ministers

Premier of the Eastern Cape

Vice Chancellor

Directors-General

Members of the media

Ladies and gentlemen.

Good morning,

Welcome to a briefing by the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on the University of Fort Hare (UFH) Centenary Celebrations.

In November last year, President Jacob Zuma established the IMC to plan and coordinate the historic UFH centenary celebrations. The IMC comprises 11 Ministers and was tasked to oversee plans for the institution’s centenary celebrations set for Friday, 20 May 2016.

STATE OF READINESS

The university opened its doors in 1916 and is holding a year-long programme of events to showcase its rich 100-year history. The opening events to kick-start the centenary celebrations were held on 8 February 2016 while the national and Southern African Development Community celebrations will take place on Friday, 20 May 2016. The celebrations are being held under the theme “Celebrating 100 Years of Academic Excellence.”

President Zuma will deliver the keynote address at the formal event, while the President of Zimbabwe, Mr Robert Mugabe, is expected to speak as an alumnus of the university. Other alumni, who include African leaders, are expected to attend the event.

This centenary event coincides with Africa Month, which commemorates the founding of the then Organisation of African Unity, now called the African Union (AU). The AU aims to promote greater unity and solidarity between African countries. It seeks to accelerate the political and socio-economic integration of Africa.

The main event will take place at the Sports Complex of the UFH’s Alice Campus, with 2 500 attendees and an additional 1 000 members of the public hosted in the overflow marquee. An off-site venue will be provided in East London for students from other UFH campuses. Invitations have been issued and the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) is tracking confirmations. The cultural programme will feature popular South African musicians, including Nathi, Ringo Madlingozi and Mahotella Queens.

The Department of Science and Technology has commissioned three publications detailing the history of the UFH, including a number of short but comprehensive biographies of selected luminaries. The books will be launched in November this year.

The Department of Public Works (DPW) is overseeing the repairs to the Theology Building, the Fine Arts building and the Sports Complex, the installation of flagpoles and repairs to Livingstone Hall, Henderson Hall, Stewart Hall and the Staff Centre. The DPW is also working with the Department of Public Enterprises and has commissioned Transnet to undertake the restoration of the ZK Matthews House. President Zuma will unveil the artistic impression of the renovation on the morning of 20 May.

The UFH provided intellectuals opportunities that were restricted outside the campus, and it encouraged young leadership to rise beyond the limitations set by the colonial masters to have a dream of how a free society could be like. ZK Matthews became one of the first graduates of the university and later became a lecturer at the college. He would later, in the 1950s, play a pivotal role in the crafting of the Freedom Charter and played a significant role in shaping the intellectual mindset of the students at the UFH and inevitably played a mentoring role.

The DAC has started restoring the gravesites of Chief Tyali and John Knox Bokwe memorial sites, which will be completed during Heritage Month in September 2016. These memorial sites are part of preserving our heritage and the legacy of individuals who contributed to the formation of the UFH.

INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT AT THE UFH

Additional projects include the construction of a library to be shared by the Walter Sisulu University, UFH and UNISA. A new building to support the Early Childhood Development (ECD)/Foundation Phase is being constructed at the East London campus of the UFH and will also house facilities to support the development of bilingual English/mother tongue teachers.

In December last year, Cabinet approved the policy on ECD. The policy presents 15 strategic objectives to ensure universal access to ECD by 2030. Working with the Department of Higher Education and Training, the draft policy on minimum requirements for programmes will lead to the qualification of practitioners in ECD.

In February this year, the Department of Social Development launched its ECD Legacy Project with the UFH to ensure the training of ECD practitioners, mainly women, who may not have had formal education but have a wealth of experience. The Legacy Project will also serve as an on-site research centre for the implementation of the policy on ECD.

DOCUMENTARIES

The Department of Communications has commissioned a documentary on the UFH, to be shown on SABC, starting from 17 to 20 May 2016. The Government Communication and Information System has launched the “Tell Your Story campaign” aimed at profiling alumni of the UFH. The alumni and members of the public are requested to continue telling their stories of this university and post their videos, pictures and stories on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube using the hashtag #MyFortHare. For more information members of the public can visit this website: www.gov.za. We thank all those who have already shared their experiences.

PROVINCIAL PLANS GOING FORWARD

The province will lead a fundraising campaign, primarily for the infrastructure legacy projects. The dynamic partnerships between the university and the community will be supported through initiatives focused on teaching and research aimed at addressing the social, cultural and economic development objectives of society. The focus is to increase third stream income and ensure a financially self-sufficient institution. Of particular interest and focus this year is the construction of two key infrastructure legacy projects, the Alice Library and Postgraduate Centre.

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AND ENHANCEMENT

The university is focusing on providing support to academics and students through a variety of initiatives, programmes and services in three key areas:

” Teaching development which encapsulates professional development and professionalisation of academic staff;

” The development of student learning; and

” The integration of technology enhanced learning.

Going forward, the university will focus on building research capacity in areas which complement its historical niche as an African university, whilst ensuring its internationally recognized excellence.

The Human Settlements Degree and the Faculty of Health Sciences form part of the academic legacy of the centenary. In addition, the UFH aims to expand its academic offering to include a school of veterinary and marine sciences.

More recently, a fully-fledged Faculty of Health Sciences was launched, which is designed to discover a wealth of knowledge within the domain of health sciences through rigorous scientific learning and research.

The UFH partnered with the provincial Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform and the national Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on the Institute of Development Assistance Management (IDAM) project launched in March 2016. The IDAM project is designed to address the need for a strong and effective support capacity for future management of South Africa’s international development cooperation in the field of agricultural and food security in neighboring countries.

HISTORICAL JOURNEY OF UFH ALUMNI

The centenary celebrations are a significant milestone for the university, which is the oldest university that catered for the black community in the country and the continent. The celebration will acknowledge the role the university has played in the fight against colonialism and apartheid. The debates that took place at the university greatly contributed in generating ideas for a free country and a continent.

Since its inception, the university has attracted a number of students from across the continent and produced Presidents such as Sir Seretse Khama of Botswana, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, and Ntsu Mokhetle Prime Minister of Lesotho. University of Fort Hare has produced many intellectuals and liberation stalwarts such as former President Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Govan Mbeki, Robert Sobukwe, and Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

From the continent Herbert Chitepo of Zimbabwe, Elius Mathu and Charles Njonjo of Kenya. Poet Dennis Brutus, Drum journalist Can Themba, sculptor and painter Ernest Mancoba and African author and scholar Archibald Campbell Jordan. The historian, novelist and politician Stanlake Samkange was also among the many non-South Africans who spent their formative years at the UFH.

Notable South African women graduates from the UFH include Thenjiwe Mtintso, Phyllis Ntantala and the late Ministers Mantombazana Tshabalala and Ivy Matsepe-Cassaburi.

CONCLUDING REMARKS

African people found sanctuary in this historic institution and it served as a place where they could meet, draw strength from each other and voice concerns. It produced graduates who later challenged the unjust system not only in South Africa but beyond our borders. It produced teachers, social workers, nurses, leaders and administrators for the African continent.

Oliver Tambo, on the occasion of his installation as chancellor of the UFH and on being awarded the Honorary degree of Doctor of Laws on 19 October 1991, said:

“We had, at Fort Hare, the inestimable advantage of access to the intellectual traditions of the enlightenment, the richness of its thought, and a college blessed with men and women determined to attain the humane values implicit in that tradition.”

The celebration provides an opportunity to teach our children the importance of ideas and how these ideas can contribute to changing the trajectory of every society. The institution has demonstrated too that universities that were designed to perpetuate inequality actually played an important role to challenge the dominant discourse. This institution sheltered black people and became a space for the fight for freedom, equality and Pan Africanism. It produced graduates who later challenged the unjust system of apartheid that was founded on the principles of discrimination and segregation. It is also an opportune time for the university to reflect on how far it has gone to change its curriculum and liberate young minds, as envisioned by the then student leader Robert Sobukwe. Delivering a speech as President of the Students’ Representative Council in 1949, Sobukwe said:

“Fort Hare (University) must be to Africans what Stellenbosch (University) is to the Afrikaner. It must be the barometer of African thought.”

The centenary celebrations take place at a time when the transformations of universities are being called for and the identities of universities are being challenged. The struggles of this university and its students demonstrate the importance of a university that is able to address challenges facing the society they are located in, and that ideas can be contested without destroying what already exists. The history also points out the importance of universities in generating and developing leaders of tomorrow.

While the majority of our youth now have access to higher education that had been denied to many black South Africans previously, we understand that more needs to be done. We are witnessing intense debates on improving access to higher education and the quality of higher education, and it is incumbent on all of us to play our part to ensure the youth of today take their rightful place as the leaders of tomorrow.

I thank you.

SOURCE: Government Communication and Information System