Daily Archives: June 13, 2016

Soutenir les jeunes leaders africains pour œuvrer à la prospérité

JOHANNESBURG, 13 juin 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Plus de 140 jeunes leaders de premier plan d’Afrique australe se sont rassemblés à Johannesburg, en Afrique du Sud, du 9 au 11 juin 2016, pour discuter de leur rôle dans la création d’un développement durable et d’un futur prospère pour l’Afrique.

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders logo.

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USAID et IREX ont organisé la Conférence régionale d’Afrique australe à l’appui du Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders du président des États-Unis, Barack Obama. Elle a souligné comment les membres du Fellowship peuvent vivre par l’exemple, mobiliser des ressources et bâtir des sociétés inclusives pour atteindre les Objectifs mondiaux du développement durable des Nations-Unies. En tant qu’activistes communautaires, entrepreneurs sociaux et fonctionnaires de premier plan, les membres ont également discuté l’importance des partenariats publics-privés, la promotion d’une gouvernance transparente, et les stratégies visant à réaliser le programme 2063 de l’Union africaine.

Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, envoyée spéciale pour le genre de l’African Development Bank Group, a encouragé les membres à être novateurs et audacieux en traitant les questions auxquelles le continent se trouve confronté.

« Personne ne vous invite nécessairement à prendre une place à table, alors c’est à vous de la réclamer », a-t-elle déclaré.

Todd Haskell, secrétaire assistant adjoint pour l’Afrique australe et la diplomatie publique du Bureau des Affaires africaines au Département d’État des États-Unis, a exhorté les membres à travailler ensemble pour générer des changements positifs dans leurs communautés.

« Cette conférence reflète un principe fondateur du Mandela Washington Fellowship – le principe que des jeunes intelligents et dynamiques sont plus puissants en travaillant ensemble que seuls », a-t-il ajouté.

Les autres intervenants étaient le Dr. Joseph Chilengi, officier présidant l’Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC), Union africaine ; Phuti Mahanyele, présidente directrice générale de Sigma Capital ; Cheryl L. Anderson, directrice de mission d’USAID/Afrique australe ; et Kristin Lord, présidente et PDG d’IREX.

Au cours de la conférence de trois jours, les membres ont présenté leurs projets et leurs idées à des partenaires des secteurs à but non lucratif et privés dans le cadre de la « Pitch Competition » de la conférence, parrainée par BancABC, Procter & Gamble, Impact Hub, et CareerCore. Jane Nthanda Jere, membre du Malawi, a obtenu la première place pour son centre de réadaptation pour enfants handicapés.

« Nous voulons améliorer la fonction de ces enfants de façon à ce qu’ils soient plus indépendants et qu’ils aient une meilleure qualité de vie », a-t-elle confié.

Le Mandela Washington Fellowship invite des centaines de jeunes professionnels africains de l’ensemble du continent dans des universités américaines pour une formation en leadership dans les domaines des affaires et de l’entrepreneuriat, du leadership civique, ou de la gestion publique.

Les membres d’Afrique australe représentaient 14 pays – Angola, Botswana, Comores, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Ile Maurice, Mozambique, Namibie, Seychelles, Afrique du Sud, Swaziland, Zambie, et Zimbabwe.

Des photos et une vidéo de la conférence sont disponibles en ligne.

Contact :
Jennifer Nevin Anderson
202-628-8188

Supporting Young African Leaders to Build Prosperity

JOHANNESBURG, June 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — More than 140 rising young Southern African leaders met in Johannesburg, South Africa June 9 – 11, 2016 to collaborate on their role in driving sustainable development and a prosperous future for Africa.

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In support of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, USAID and IREX organized the Southern Africa Regional Conference. It emphasized how Fellows can live by example, mobilize resources, and build inclusive societies to achieve the United Nations’ Global Goals for Sustainable Development. As leading community activists, social entrepreneurs, and public servants, the Fellows also discussed the importance of public-private partnerships, fostering transparent governance, and strategies for achieving the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, Special Envoy on Gender, African Development Bank Group encouraged Fellows to be bold and audacious in addressing issues facing the continent.

“Nobody necessarily invites you to take a seat at the table, so you need to claim it,” she said.

Todd Haskell, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southern Africa and Public Diplomacy, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State urged Fellows to work together toward positive change in their communities.

“This conference reflects a founding principle of the Mandela Washington Fellowship – that smart, dynamic young people are more powerful working together than alone,” he said.

Speakers also included Dr. Joseph Chilengi, Presiding Officer, Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC), African Union; Phuti Mahanyele, Executive Chairperson, Sigma Capital; Cheryl L. Anderson, Mission Director, USAID/Southern Africa; and Kristin Lord, President and CEO, IREX.

Over the three-day conference, Fellows showcased their projects and ideas to partners from the private and nonprofit sectors at the conference’s “Pitch Competition”, sponsored by BancABC, Procter & Gamble, Impact Hub, and CareerCore. Jane Nthanda Jere, a Fellow from Malawi, received first place for her rehabilitation center for disabled children.

“We want to be able to improve the function of these children so they can be more independent and have a better quality of life,” she said.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship brings hundreds of young African professionals from across the continent to U.S. universities for leadership training in business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, or public management.

The Southern Africa Fellows represented 14 countries – Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Photos and video from the conference are available online.

Contact:
Jennifer Nevin Anderson
202-628-8188

Israel Detains 6 Palestinians, Sunday’s Arrests Hit 16

Israeli forces Monday detained six Palestinians from the West Bank districts of Hebron and Qalqilia, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).

In Hebron, forces detained five Palestinians after raiding their families’ homes.

They were identified as Montasir al-junaidi, Ahmad al-Junaidi, ‘Ammar al-Qawasmeh, Fares al-Qawasmeh, and Rami al-Haymouni.

Meanwhile, local Ayman Radwan, 23, was detained in the Qaliqilia area.

This brings the total number of Palestinians Detained since overnight Sunday from across the West Bank and Jerusalem to 16.

 

Source: Wafa

PEX: Index ‘Up’ at Start of Week’s Trading

The ‘Al-Quds Index’ of the Palestine Exchange closed Sunday trading at 501.62 points, up by 0.71 points (0.14%) compared to the last trading session, according to the PEX daily report.

A Total of 1,000,956 shares were traded with a value of $1,456,405.32 executed during 134 transactions.

Shares of 13 companies were traded; share price increased in four companies whereas decreased in six companies.

Top four gainers: AIB by (2.76%), PALTEL by (0.99%), ISBK by (0.77%), and BOP by (0.4%).

Top five decliners: GMC by (-6.85%), JCC by (-2.86%), PRICO by (-1.82%), QUDS by (-1.68%), and PADICO by (-1.67%).

 Source: Wafa

Environmental Affairs’ Deputy Minister to lead World Oceans Day celebrations and beach clean-up

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) will host the annual World Oceans Day (WOD) celebrations on Friday, 17 June 2016, at the Umgeni River Mouth (Blue Lagoon estuary and beach), Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

This year’s WOD, aims to highlight initiatives that are driven by the department in areas of ocean and waste management.

The event will serve as a platform to educate the public about the importance of our oceans and emphasise the need to contribute towards its protection through a beach clean-up, which will be led by the Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms. Barbara Thomson, and exhibitions by the department’s internal and external stakeholders.

This year’s event will seek to draw attention, specifically, to the ongoing threats posed by plastic litter to the ocean environment. In particular, the event will seek to raise awareness of how litter that is generated in catchment areas can eventually reach the coastline through rivers, storm water drains and sewer outfalls.

The Umgeni estuary is significant not only because of the sensitive mangroves situated along its north bank, but because it is a highly sought after site for camping, recreation and fishing and it connects the Umgeni River to the Indian Ocean.

At the event, the department will also launch the new cycle of the Working for the Coast programme. The new cycle constitutes a total budget allocation of R303,000,000.00 which will run for two years, covering the entire South African coastline, from Alexander Bay in the Northern Cape to Kosi Bay in KwaZulu-Natal. This programme and related projects will generate approximately 2,407 work opportunities and 5,526 Fulltime Equivalent over two years.

WOD is commemorated globally on the 8th of June, and is aimed at appreciating, protecting, restoring and honouring ecosystem services and resources provided by our oceans.

 Source: Department of Environmental Affairs