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Alibaba Group et la CNUCED lancent l’initiative eFounders

Alibaba Business School et la CNUCED ont accueilli la classe inaugurale d’entrepreneurs africains en Chine pour un cours intensif de deux semaines sur le commerce électronique

HANGZHOU, Chine, 23 novembre 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Alibaba Business School et la Conférence des Nations unies sur le commerce et le développement (CNUCED) ont réuni 24 entrepreneurs basés en Afrique pour participer à la première initiative eFounders.

Alibaba Group and UNCTAD Launch eFounders Initiative

L’initiative eFounders est la première étape pour concrétiser l’engagement pris par Jack Ma en tant que conseiller spécial pour les jeunes entrepreneurs et les petites entreprises à la CNUCED visant à apporter de l’aide à 1 000 entrepreneurs de pays en voie de développement au cours des cinq prochaines années. Elle fait partie d’un ensemble de partenariats intelligents créés par la CNUCED pour atteindre les objectifs de développement durable. En réduisant la fracture numérique à laquelle sont confrontés les jeunes entrepreneurs dans les pays en voie de développement, l’initiative eFounders contribue à faire en sorte que personne ne soit laissé de côté par l’économie numérique, comme le préconise le Programme de développement durable à l’horizon 2030 des Nations unies. L’initiative eFounders est également conforme à la mission d’Alibaba visant à aider les petites entreprises à réussir sur leur marché local et au-delà en mettant à profit le pouvoir de la technologie.

Alibaba Group and UNCTAD Launch eFounders Initiative« Aujourd’hui, nous devons faire preuve d’intelligence pour ne pas rater l’occasion que représente le commerce électronique, à la fois en tant que moteur de croissance et comme source d’inclusivité », a déclaré Mukhisa Kituyi, secrétaire général de la CNUCED. « Il existe des différences notables dans la manière dont les pays l’utilisent et dont ils en bénéficient. Ce contraste est particulièrement frappant en Afrique, où moins de cinq pour cent de la population fait des achats en ligne. »

Les deux douzaines de participants ont été sélectionnées parmi plus de 700 candidats à travers un processus de candidature rigoureux. Tous les participants sont des pionniers dans leur domaine respectif, qui va des services de paiement mobile au big data en passant par la vente au détail, la logistique, et bien d’autres. Dans le cadre du programme, ils se sont engagés à être des agents du changement dans leur pays d’origine. Une fois diplômés, tous s’efforceront d’appliquer les enseignements du programme et de transférer leur savoir-faire aux autres pour améliorer l’infrastructure du commerce en ligne dans leur pays.Alibaba Group and UNCTAD Launch eFounders Initiative

Ces jeunes pionniers du commerce électronique sont venus de sept pays africains pour participer au programme au siège mondial d’Alibaba, à Hangzhou, et s’inspirer de l’expérience de la Chine pour construire un écosystème de commerce électronique. Le cours intensif de deux semaines a abordé le développement des capacités en matière de commerce électronique, de la gestion des stocks au commerce rural en passant par la logistique et les systèmes de paiement mobile, ainsi que la meilleure façon d’utiliser les données pour capturer les préférences des consommateurs. Les entrepreneurs ont également eu l’occasion d’assister au festival du shopping du 11/11, ainsi qu’à une réunion privée avec le fondateur et président exécutif d’Alibaba, Jack Ma.

Alibaba Group and UNCTAD Launch eFounders Initiative« À l’avenir, nous ne pourrons pas nous contenter du G20 et du B20 pour créer le développement inclusif dont le monde a besoin », a déclaré Jack Ma. « Nous avons besoin d’un G200 et d’un B200 », a-t-il ajouté, appelant à un engagement actif auprès des étudiants, des responsables gouvernementaux et des entrepreneurs des pays et des marchés de plus petite taille. Alibaba Group a pour objectif de servir 20 millions de consommateurs et de créer 100 millions d’emplois et 10 millions de PME rentables. Le B200 est un élément clé pour réaliser cet objectif. L’initiative eFounders est la première incarnation concrète de la promesse d’un B200.

L’une des participantes du Kenya, l’entrepreneuse de 29 ans Catherine Mahugu, a déclaré : « C’est la première fois que je vois ce que signifie le concept d’inclusion numérique. »

Damilare Ogunleye, entrepreneur nigérien de 31 ans, a ajouté : « Lorsque je reviendrai dans mon pays, je m’efforcerai d’enseigner à toutes les personnes impliquées dans mon secteur d’activité comment tirer profit de la technologie pour mieux capturer et analyser les données. »

« Cette initiative vise à autonomiser les entrepreneurs africains », a déclaré Brian A. Wong, vice-président d’Alibaba Group et responsable du programme Global Initiatives. « Nous croyons que ces entrepreneurs participants joueront un rôle très important dans la création d’une nouvelle économie dans leur pays. Nous souhaitons qu’ils deviennent les Jack Ma de leurs pays respectifs. »

Pour de plus amples informations, consultez :
Alizila : Entrepreneurs Chart New Course for African E-Commerce with Help from Jack Ma

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CNUCED : Faster, better and together: the road to inclusive e-commerce in Africa

Vidéo de Jack Ma et de la réunion de la CNUCED avec les jeunes Africains

KENYAN CHILDREN FED THE BEST DIET IN AFRICA, WHO REPORT SHOWS

NAIROBI, Children in Kenya are fed the best diets in Africa, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) report which shows that Kenya is the only country on the continent where data on child nutrition are available and which has a percentage measure of above 20 per cent of the minimum acceptable diet proportion.

The report, which was released in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, last week is a summary measure of diet quantity and quality for the child’s age and consumption of at least four food groups per day. According to the WHO, the average consumption of the minimum acceptable diet is 8.6 per cent.

This measure is lowest in Guinea at 3.7 per cent and highest in Kenya at 21.8 per cent. A total of 15 countries have percentages of 10 and above with six countries — Congo, CAte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea and Liberia — recording percentages below five per cent.

Elsewhere, health officials in Embu County in central Kenya are on high alert after new cholera infections were reported in the county this week. County Health Director Dr. Stephen Kaniaru said Wednesday the newest case was reported on Tuesday in Kamurugu area in Mbeere South sub-county.

This brings the number of cholera infections in the county to 47 since the first case was reported on Oct 21. Three people, one from Kanduri area in Embu East and two from Mbeere South sub-counties have since died of the disease, after failing to seek medical attention in time.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Deputy President Ramaphosa to pay a courtesy call on President JoAPound o Manuel Goncalves Lourenco

Pretoria � Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will tomorrow, Friday, 24 November 2017, pay a courtesy call on President JoAPound o Manuel Goncalves Lourenco of the Republic of Angola.

President JoAPound o Manuel Goncalves Lourenco is on a State Visit to South Africa from 23 � 24 November 2017.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa

Mnangagwa to Take Oath as Zimbabwe’s President

WASHINGTON / HARARE Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was fired Nov. 5 from his position as Zimbabwe’s vice president, will be sworn in as president Friday morning, ending 37 years of authoritarian rule by Robert Mugabe.

In a dramatic turn of events, Mnangagwa, who was relieved of his position amid a succession struggle with Mugabe’s wife, Grace, is scheduled to take the oath shortly before noon local time. The event will be held at the 60,000-seat National Sports Stadium in Harare.

Mnangagwa, 75, had spent the previous two weeks in exile. He spoke to cheering crowds in Harare upon his return to Zimbabwe Wednesday night and struck a conciliatory note, urging Zimbabweans to “bury our differences and rebuild a new and prosperous Zimbabwe, a country that is tolerant to divergent views.”

Known as “the Crocodile,” he has close ties to Zimbabwe’s army. Among the many tests he faces will be rebuilding the country’s economy, which was left shattered by nearly four decades of Mugabe’s rule.

Immunity for Mugabes

Mugabe and his wife have been granted immunity from prosecution. An official in the ruling ZANU-PF party and a Harare journalist confirmed the development to VOA’s Zimbabwe service on Thursday.

Robert Mugabe has been negotiating terms of his retirement with Zimbabwean generals and political leaders who forced him to step down Tuesday.

The military took over state institutions after Mugabe, 93, fired Mnangagwa and suggested he would appoint his wife, 52, to the post.

Human rights groups have accused Robert Mugabe of rigging elections, allowing large-scale corruption, and being responsible for the torture and killing of thousands of political opponents during his long rule.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has urged Zimbabwe’s new leaders to ensure the country holds free and fair elections.

“The people of Zimbabwe must choose their own leaders,” he said Tuesday.

Some Zimbabweans told VOA they have concerns about Mnangagwa, who was a close ally of Robert Mugabe for decades. They are concerned he will run Zimbabwe in the same ruthless fashion as his predecessor.

Better or worse?

It’s like the person who is coming was there before, and we don’t know what he is thinking because of the previous things that he and the other ZANU people were doing. I don’t know if those things are going to change, or if we’re going for the worse,” Phillippa Mukumba, 37, a Harare business owner, said.

Mnangagwa, and the government before � it’s the same. So what did they change? … If I’m looking at it, we are going to struggle the same way. So we want something in Zimbabwe which is better,” Terrence Mawere, a flag seller, said.

Mawere, incidentally, said he had enjoyed a brisk business this week, selling 350 Zimbabwean flags at prices ranging from $2 to $10.

John Campbell, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, said because Mnangagwa played such a key role in Mugabe’s administration, he did not expect a dramatic change in the style of governance in the short term.

“Nevertheless, the fact that there has been a coup, the fact that Mugabe has resigned, opens the range of possibilities,” Campbell told VOA. “Whether or not the Zimbabwean people will take advantage of that, it is too soon to tell.”

Source: Voice of America

Labour on National Minimum Wage

National Minimum Wage applies to all employees, Department of Labour tells unions and other stakeholders

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) applies to all workers and no employer can pay workers below that level, the Director: Employment Standard, Stephen Rathai told unions and other stakeholders on Thursday at uMhlathuze Municipality in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal.

The National minimum Wage will be the floor level below which no worker should be paid and cannot be varied by contract, collective agreement or law, Rathai said.

Rathai was addressing unions and other stakeholders on the upcoming National Minimum Wage which becomes active in May 2018 as well as amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) and the Labour Relations Act (LRA).

The National Minimum Wage constitutes a term of a worker’s contract except to the extent that the contract provides for a favourable wage and the employer cannot unilaterally alter the hours of work or other conditions of employment in implementing the National Minimum Wage, he said.

Rathai said, of the R20 per hour minimum wage level, Farm/Forestry workers will be paid R18; Domestic workers R15, whereas Extended Public Works Programme workers will get R11 from May 1 2018.

Rathai said that amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act deal with the monitoring and enforcement of the NMW including dispute resolutions thereof.

The amendments include the scope of the Department’s inspectorate in terms of monitoring the implementation of the NMW including securing undertakings, enforcement of NMW in sectors with collective agreements including bargaining councils and the referral of noncompliance to the CCMA.

Meanwhile, Ian Macun, the Chief Director: Employment Standards told the gathering that the amendments to the Labour Relations Act deal with the state of labour relations environment with respect to violent and protracted strikes.

Macun said that one of the amendments to the LRA is that a picket will be prohibited unless picketing rules are in place.

The next workshop is scheduled to take place tomorrow, Friday, from 10:00 till 13:00 at Tropicana Hotel, 85 OR Tambo Street in Durban.-ENDS-

Source: Government of South Africa