Daily Archives: July 27, 2017

XCMG’s Global Excellent Operator program highlights intelligent technology

XUZHOU, China, July 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Global leading manufacturer XCMG has kicked start the fourth Global Excellent Operator program (the “Program”) at the XCMG Technician College, a total of 71 trainees from nine countries have joined the series of training sessions led by experienced experts and instructors.

Trainees from nine countries have joined a series of training sessions led by experienced experts and instructors of XCMG.

In addition to the classic training courses such as simulated operation and component assembly training, the fourth Program has shifted the focus to intelligent technologies in the construction machinery. The trainees visited XCMG’s two smart manufacturing bases of loader and concrete machineries and gained deep understandings of the XCMG quality.

“The trainees of this session will experience XCMG’s smart and integrated training system, manufacturing system in the internet era. We wish that they could be inspired by XCMG’s ‘craftsmanship and innovation’ attitude and persistent pursuit, witnessing our company’s strength in smart manufacturing and world-class quality,” said Wang Min, chairman of XCMG.

The Program features three classes of loader operation, pump truck operation and overseas service engineer with durations of eight to 25 days. XCMG has designed customized training models for all trainees that include corporate culture orientation, theory teaching, field practice, exchange forum with industry experts and special experience activities.

The international trainees who have enrolled in this session come from Canada, Mongolia, Uganda, Kenya, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Indonesia and United Arab Emirates. XCMG prepared additional team building and cultural experience activities to introduce the history, culture and folk customs of Xuzhou while making new friends.

“Here is a fine tuned XCMG, everywhere reflects the fine management of XCMG in characteristic culture, humane care, and staff with good professional quality,” said Issac Muisyo, an overseas service engineer trainee from Kenya.

The Program is part of XCMG’s 14 precisely positioned projects in the “For Better Life” global public welfare campaign which has benefited 303 trainees worldwide, including 149 operators and 156 international service engineers. XCMG has also worked with 54 overseas dealers and local vocational colleges to host 76 product maintenance skill workshops per the company’s commitment to education.

About XCMG

XCMG is a multinational heavy machinery manufacturing company with a history of 74 years. It currently ranks ninth 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 pages on FacebookTwitterYouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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Women Advancing Africa placing women at the centre stage of Africa’s Economic Advancement

The Women Advancing Africa Forum is set to bring some of the continent’s best and brightest minds together to shape a common agenda to accelerate the economic advancement of women in Africa

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, July 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The inaugural Women Advancing Africa (WAA) Forum is a new Pan-African flagship initiative launched by the Graça Machel Trust to acknowledge and celebrate the central role women play in shaping Africa’s development agenda and by driving social and economic transformation.  The Forum will take place from 9-12 August in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania at the Hyatt Kilimanjaro.

Mrs. Graça Machel says, “Africa has experienced tremendous development in the last few decades, however a significant gap in the economic advancement of women remains a huge challenge.”

“Africa is in a second liberation era – the economic liberation. Women can no longer be secondary or marginal, and through Women Advancing Africa the Trust wants to enable women to take centre stage in the economic advancement of Africa. The Trust is establishing a platform for women to claim their right to sit at the table where the decisions are made and to shape the policies, plans and strategies for our futures and those of the generations to come.”

The Trust is honoured to have H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan, Vice-President of the United Republic of Tanzania and member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment join the WAA Forum to share her insights on issues that will be discussed over the four days. The Forum will consist of interactive sessions organised around three core pillars: Financial Inclusion, Market Access and Social Change.

Inter-generational and inter-sectoral mix of participants attending WAA Forum

With an estimated attendance of 200 participants from across the continent, the WAA Forum will play host to a diverse mix of women and youth representing thought leaders and influencers from the private sector, philanthropy, academia, civil society, government, development agencies and the media who will bring their voices, experiences and ideas to strategize, set priorities and craft a common agenda to drive Africa’s social and economic transformation.

A number of speakers from key economic sectors such as mining & extractives, agri-business, banking, telecommunications, media, healthcare, and goods and services will bring their knowledge and expertise to the Forum. Notable speakers include Leymah Gbowee, the Liberian peace activist and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize; Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission; Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Vice Governor of the National Bank of Rwanda; and Sheila Khama, Practice Manager at World Bank’s Energy and Extractive Industries Global Practice.

A Social Progress Agenda

A series of side events will also be held alongside the WAA Forum on variety of issues including Food and Nutrition, Education and Child Marriage, Leadership and Wellness, to drive home the importance of social change as an integral part of addressing women holistically.

We are honoured to be joined by Gertrude Mongella, former President of the Pan African Parliament who will be joined by some of Africa’s leading women giants who have shaped the women’s movement in the past and will bring legacy and the future face to face in a gathering at the side of the Forum.

The WAA Forum will also celebrate the diversity of African culture and creativity in all its forms, from language, to design and fashion, to movie making and dance.  This year’s Forum will celebrate African female writers and storytellers who are challenging the status quo, reshaping narratives and developing a deeper understanding and appreciation of the creative industries and their role in driving social progress.

Research looking at the Narrative and Economic participation of Women in Africa

A number of reports will also be launched during the Forum. Together with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Graça Machel Trust will be launching a study on “The Female Economy in Africa.”  The study analyses the participation of the women’s work in Africa focussing on gender gaps in the economy, participating in national politics, financial inclusion and sectoral segregation.  The study provides a baseline to track and measure the progress in women’s economic activity and advancement, with regular updates on the Index being shared.

The Graça Machel Trust’s Women in Media Network will also launch a research report on the coverage and portrayal of women in media entitled: “Women in Media – What is the Narrative?” The session will be broadcast as a Facebook Live event with interactive participation in the post launch In Conversation series to stimulate a broader conversation about the narrative of women in media as well as other storytelling formats and platforms.  Announcements will be made on the WAA website www.womenadvancingafrica.com and the WAA Facebook page  – WAA, closer to the time.

Another highlight of this year’s inaugural WAA Forum will be the launch of a coffee table book entitled “Women Creating Wealth: A Collection of Stories of Female Entrepreneurs from Across Africa.” The anthology celebrates women trailblazers in business with a collection of inspirational stories from Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The book features a number of enterprising women from the Trust’s women’s networks and a foreword by Mrs. Machel.  The book can be pre-ordered here.

A movement of women focused on economic advancement

What makes WAA unique? Mrs. Machel explains, “Women Advancing Africa provides a space to bring together the energy, innovation and creativity of women from all parts of the continent to share solutions to make us stronger, united and unstoppable. The Forum is really the catalyst to creating a much larger movement of women centred around the economic advancement of women who will collectively shape and drive a development agenda that is measurable and sustainable.” With a Pan-African footprint spanning 20 countries, the Graça Machel Trust will leverage our women’s networks in Agribusiness, Business and Entrepreneurship, Finance and the Media to work with the larger WAA movement to catalyse the Forum’s agenda into actions with measurable and sustainable outcomes.

To be part of this exciting initiative, you can register here or take up one of the available exhibition or side event options available.

The Trust would like to thank our generous partners who have helped make our vision a reality.  Special thanks to The UPS Foundation, the Intel Foundation, American Tower Corporation, and UN Women.  Media partners include: the ABN360 Group, incorporating CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa; the Nation Group and locally based Azam Media Group. The WAA Forum’s convening partner, APCO Worldwide has worked closely with the Graça Machel Trust, providing expertise and insights to develop this one-of-a-kind women’s network.  These partners share the Trust’s belief that advancing women economically is crucial to the health and prosperity of African families, communities and nations.


To find out more or to register go to www.womenadvancingafrica.com or join the conversation on Twitter: @WomenAdvAfrica or on Facebook  – WAA or post your photos on the WAA Instagram platform on waa_forum

The Graça Machel Trust
The Graça Machel Trust is an organisation that works across the continent to drive positive change across women’s and children’s rights, as well as governance and leadership. Through our support of local initiatives and connecting key stakeholders at a regional, national and sub-national level, we help to catalyse action where it is needed.  By using our convening power the Trust seeks to: amplify the voices of women and children in Africa; influence governance; promote women’s contributions and leadership in the economic social and political development of Africa. For more, please visit www.gracamacheltrust.org/new.

The Graça Machel Trust:  Women’s Networks
The Network of African Business Women (NABW)
The Network of African Business Women (NABW) provides women with opportunities to freely and effectively participate in the economic development of their countries through the establishment of sustainable business ventures. Through training, mentorship and capacity building, the Network supports business women’s associations and existing business women generating a much needed upsurge of growth-oriented, African women entrepreneurs.

African Women in Agribusiness (AWAB )
The African Women in Agribusiness Network (AWAB) addresses challenges in food security and identifies opportunities for women in the agricultural sector. The network advocates for initiatives that enhance women’s competitiveness in local and global markets. AWAB also seeks to foster market linkages for women, connecting them to projects in the agricultural sector that can improve their access to resources, knowledge and training.

New Faces New Voices (NFNV)
New Faces New Voices (NFNV) advocates for women’s access to finance and financial services. The network aims to bridge the funding gap in financing women-owned businesses in Africa and to lobby for policy and legislative changes. The overall objective of the network is to advance the financial inclusion of women by bringing more women into the formal financial system.

Women in Media Network (WIMN)
The Women in Media Network (WIMN) is the latest Pan-African network established by the Trust.  It comprises a network of African women journalists who individually and collectively use their influence and voice to help shape and disseminate empowering storylines about Africa’s women and children.

APCO Worldwide
APCO Worldwide is a global communication consultancy. We help the most innovative organizations adapt and thrive in this fast-moving, interconnected and complex world, enabling them to reach their business and societal goals. We bring our clients’ work to life creatively and digitally through diverse thinking and a campaign mentality that is not limited by any particular service or discipline, but embraces a variety of integrated tactics to achieve success. APCO is a majority employee- and women-owned business. For more information, please visit www.apcoworldwide.com.


Ghanaian Bicycle Company’s CEO prepares for three-city U.S. Fundraising Tour for the Foundation

Brong Ahafo Region, Ghana, July 26, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — With its fifth distribution of ecologically-friendly, free bamboo bikes in Amasu, in Dormaa Central Municipal District, in Central Ghana’s Brong Ahafo Region, today, the African Bicycle Contribution Foundation (ABCF), a U.S.-based 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has now distributed 140 Eco-Ride, Ghanaian-made bikes to transport-dependent students, teachers, small farmers and healthcare workers, in Ghana.

Today’s event, attended by more than 400 local residents, students, school officials and community leaders, was highlighted by a welcoming address by Nana Barima Dei Kusi Gyabaah, Ankobeahene of Dormaa Traditional Area; by remarks from the CEO and Founder of Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative (GBBI), which manufactures the bamboo bikes, in Kumasi; and by GBBI Development Officer Solomon Owusu-Amankwaah; by speeches from Mr. Armstrong Asante, (surrogate of Mr. Isaac Nsiah Edwards, Municipal Director of Education); and Mr. Iddrissa Quattara, Municipal Chief Executive, Dormaa Central Municipality.

Previously, since September of last year, ABCF has provided free bicycles, produced by GBBI, in Sekyere Afram Plains District, in the Ashanti Region; in Koforidua; in Kumasi and in Accra.

Today’s event, wherein an additional 35 under-resourced, transport-dependent students, small farmers, teachers and healthcare workers received free bamboo bikes made in their own country, was hosted on behalf of African Bicycle Contribution Foundation by its Kumasi-based partners, GBBI and Bright Generation Community Foundation (GBCF).

ABCF plans to distribute a total of 2500 free bamboo bikes, in primarily rural areas of Ghana, over a five-year period.

As part of that overall plan, ABCF has invited Ms. Dapaah to visit the U.S., in Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, D.C., in late September, to participate in a three-city awareness, economic development and fundraising tour, to meet with public- and private-sector leaders, and to make presentations to university business school students and faculty, to entrepreneurial audiences, and to Ghanaian business organizations, in the U.S.

During today’s event, in Central Ghana, Ms. Dapaah and Mr. Owusu offered remarks on behalf of ABCF’s chairman, A. Bruce Crawley, and its executive director, Patricia Marshall Harris. In their remarks, both GBBI leaders emphasized how the ABCF program has been designed to improve school attendance, punctuality and academic achievement for students, to contribute to greater operating efficiency for rural farmers, and to facilitate higher levels of timely accessibility to those in need, for Ghana’s healthcare workers.

Ms. Dapaah and Mr. Owusu also mentioned that an additional benefit of the ABCF program will be a greater demand for GBBI’s bicycles, overseas, and a related, expanded effort to create new trade relationships between Accra and Philadelphia, in support of the export of Eco-Ride bicycles to the U.S. Such relationships should lead to increased employment opportunities at GBBI’s manufacturing facilities, in Ghana, and to the creation of bicycle assembly jobs, in the U.S.

To date, the ABCF program has been well received by bicycle recipients, and by community and public-sector leaders, in Ghana. In fact, former Ghanaian President John Kufuor, in his current capacity as United Nations Special Envoy on Climate Change, participated in the re-branding announcement of the Eco-Ride bamboo bicycles, and the initial ABCF bike distribution event, in Accra, last year, together with Ms. Dapaah and ABCF Executive Director Patricia Marshall Harris.

Who Is ABCF?

The African Bicycle Contribution Foundation (ABCF) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to generate funding to underwrite the distribution of bicycles to needy students, families and transport-dependent small business owners on the African continent. The Corporation has made a commitment to finance the free distribution of 2,500 bicycles, in Ghana, over its first five years of operation.

ABCF works in partnership, in Ghana, with the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative, Bright Generation Community Foundation, The Respect Alliance, and the U.S.-Ghana Chamber of Commerce. Included among the foundation’s corporate and charitable nonprofit sponsors are Independence Blue Cross and the Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

For further information about ABCF, please contact the ABCF office: info@africanbike.org.

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Meaghan F. Washington
African Bicycle Contribution Foundation

Solomon Owusu-Amankwaah
Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative