JETEX INTRODUCES SUSTAINABLE AVIATION FUEL BOOK & CLAIM

Jetex signs a milestone agreement with 360 Jet Fuel Ltd. to offer sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) book and claim option to its customers globally. Through the innovative 360 GREEN FUEL book and claim platform, Jetex aims to offer greater flexibility and accessibility to SAF.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 23, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Jetex entered in an agreement with 360 Jet Fuel Ltd. to offer its customers more flexibility and wider access to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

SAF is a liquid fuel currently used in commercial aviation which reduces CO2 emissions by up to 80%. It can be produced from a number of sources including waste oil and fats, green and municipal waste and non-food crops. It can also be produced synthetically via a process that captures carbon directly from the air.

Part of what makes SAF sustainable is ensuring sustainability in its supply chain. Transporting SAF to a specific airport or flight is not always possible and could lead to higher greenhouse gas emissions. The Book & Claim system provides a solution for these situations.

The new 360 GREEN FUEL book & claim system allows Jetex customers to source SAF based on their total aviation footprint in one transaction, rather than sourcing through each location individually. This means that SAF can be sourced for flights out of airports that do not have SAF supply available.

Sourcing SAF on a Book & Claim basis will allow purchasing any volume of SAF, including 100% of fuel needs or a carbon neutral scenario, without technical limitations such as blending limits.

Jetex customers will be able to claim the C02 emission reduction they achieved by the amount of fossil fuel replaced with SAF acquired They will receive a certificate specifying the amount of SAF purchased and an audited statement outlining the corresponding CO2 reduction. This documentation can be utilized for sustainability reporting purposes.

To ensure credibility and verifiable emission reductions, 360 Jet Fuel sources physical SAF quantities from ISCC+ certified suppliers, guaranteeing full traceability of the claimed amounts, and ensures delivery to an airline partner within the aviation sector. The solution provided by 360 Jet Fuel undergoes rigorous third-party auditing, ensuring traceability to each delivery batch and eliminating any doubts of double claiming.

The new agreement takes Jetex a step closer to being fully carbon-neutral globally and is aligned with IATA’s commitment to achieving 65% SAF share by 2050.

Click here to see Adel Mardini, Founder & CEO of Jetex, on progressing the sustainability agenda.

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Diplomat stresses the role to convey values to new generations

Angolan ambassador to the Republic of Namibia Jovelina Imperial highlighted the importance of transmitting values to the new generations, adding that in them lies the continuity of the struggle of ancestors and heroes in favour of affirming the dignity of African peoples.

The diplomat said so during an event ahead of the commemorations of the 60th anniversary of the creation of the African Union (AU) in this country.

During the activity, members of the diplomatic corps visited the Khmasdal school, which houses around 200 children with disabilities.

On the occasion, Jovelina Imperial highlighted that the group of African ambassadors decided to celebrate the date with children with disabilities as a way of expressing concern for education.

During the activity, the African Group donated goods to the school as a expression of their contribution to the education of these Namibian children.

The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of Namibia, Netumbo Ndaitwah, who was satisfied with the move that serves as an example of union and solidarity among Africans.

Similarly, Netumbo Ndaitwah referred to the need for the continent to have a common agenda, in order to achieve the development of the African peoples.

The African Union celebrates next Thursday, May 25, 60 years since its creation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1963. An organization made up of 55 countries that promotes their integration at the level of the African continent.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Former Costa Rican Vice President visits Angola

The Ex- Vice-President of Costa Rica Epsy Campbell Barr arrived Tuesday in Luanda to attend the first International Women´s Forum on 25 and 26 May.

Epsy Campbell told the press that she brought to Angola a great experience, as she was the first Afro-descendant to reach the position of Vice-President in Costa Rica, which gave her the opportunity to make key political, economic and social decisions in the country.

According to her, women are making significant inroad

At the global level and, in Colombia, there is also a female Vice-President and therefore we believe that much remains to be done.

At 4 de Fevereiro International Airport, the former Vice President was welcomed by the Minister of State for Social Affairs, Dalva Ringhot.

Epsy Campbell Barr was born in San Francisco de Dos Ríos, a district of the Costa Rican capital San José, on July 4, 1963.

A graduate in economics, in 2018 she became the first woman and Afro-descendant to assume the vice-presidency of her country, also becoming the first in Latin America.

Angola hosts on May 25 and 26 this year, in Luanda, the first International Women’s Forum for Peace and Democracy, aimed at uniting efforts for a better performance of women in all spheres of society.

The event takes place, under the motto “Technological innovation as a global tool for food security and the fight against drought on the African continent”.

The meeting focuses on women’s struggle for equality, emancipation, continental development for peace and democracy.

The activity is part of the Biennale of Luanda – Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence, an initiative of the Angolan Government, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ( UNESCO) and the African Union (AU).

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

President João Lourenço stresses importance of construction sector

Angolan President João Lourenço stressed Tuesday the importance of the construction and regional planning sector in building infrastructures to benefit the population.

The statements were made at the inauguration of the new Secretary of State for Urbanism and Housing, Manuel André da Costa Canguezeze, appointed Monday by presidential decree.

The Angolan Head of State highlighted the importance of the sector, since it is linked to the construction of infrastructures, such as roads, bridges and housing, which defines housing policies, “an essential asset for low-income populations.

“We hope that with this appointment and swearing in can help the holder of the portfolio to succeed in the mission he has been carrying out for some time,” the president said.

The Ministry of Public Works, Urbanism and Housing (MINOPUH) is the auxiliary body of the Holder of Executive Power, which is responsible for proposing the formulation of policies, executing and controlling the programmes and projects of the Executive in the areas of its activity.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Angola and Italy boost bilateral cooperation ties

The 47 years of diplomatic and cooperation relations between Angola and Italy, started on June 4, 1976, were marked by six bilateral commission meetings.

Bilateral Commission meetings discussed and approved the three-year programmes related to cooperation actions and projects in different fields.

The last session took place in 1991, during the political and military instability experienced in Angola, as well as the insolvency in the payment of Angola’s debt to Italian creditors.

Currently, Angola is Italy´s third sub-Saharan African trading partner, after South Africa and Nigeria.

The Italian government put Angola in its list of priorities, due to its cooperation strategy in the sub-Saharan African region since 1989.

Both countries formalised diplomatic and cooperation relations on June 4, 1976. The countries signed on August 3, 1977 a Technical Cooperation, the Memorandum of Intent through which Angola and Italy created a Joint Commission.

Both countries signed the first legal instrument called the Air Transport Agreement on April 10, 1976.

In 2014, the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Italy visited

Angola as part of the excellent political, diplomatic and cooperation relations between the two governments.

In 2015, the former Angolan Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, visited Italy. The visit marked the deepening of the political, diplomatic and cooperation relations between Angola and Italy.

Still, on the Angolan side, in April 2017, the former Speaker of the National Assembly, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, visited the Italy, during which the parties signed the Cooperation Protocol between the Angolan Parliament and the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Republic.

In July 2017, the former Angolan minister of National Defence, João Lourenço, visited Italy as the special envoy of the Republic of Angola, during which he met with the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of that country, Paolo Gentiloni Silveri.

From 26 to 27 November 2017, Paolo Gentiloni Silveri, was on a working visit to Angola for contacts aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation.

On October 24-25, 2018, Angola´s former Foreign Minister, Manuel Augusto, participated in the II Edition of the Italy and Africa Ministerial Conference.

The Conference contributed to establishing of a mechanism for dialogue on issues of mutual interest, as well as represented an opportunity to strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

On February 6, 2019, during the visit of the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella to Angola the parties signed the Memorandum of Understanding between the Angolan Ministry of Finance and Cassa Depositi and Prestiti S.p.A. of that European country.

On March 13, 2022, an Italian delegation, headed by the former Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio, visited Angola to evaluate and plan the current energy situation in the search for new partnerships, in the framework of energy transition and renewable energies.

In April 2022, an Italian delegation, led by the former Foreign minister, Luigi Di Maio, on behalf of the former president of Italy’s Council of Ministers, Mario Draghi, visited Angola.

The visit ended with the signing of the Declaration of Intent for Cooperation in the energy field by the Angolan minister of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas and the Italian Minister of Ecological Transition.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Angolan president leaves for Italy

The Angolan Head of State João Lourenço left Luanda Tuesday bound for Rome, Italy, to start as of Wednesday a two-day state visit at the invitation of the local authorities.

The statesman received farewell greetings from the Vice-President of the Republic Esperança da Costa and government officials.

João Lourenço is expected to meet his Italian counterpart, Sergio Mattarella, and the Italian Prime Minister, Giorgina Meloni.

João Lourenço visiting agenda includes a dinner to be offered by Sergio Mattarella.

The programme also features Angola-Italy business forum and audiences to businesspeople.

Angola and Italy established diplomatic relations on June 4, 1976.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Goagoseb dreams of competing in Paralympic Games

Riwaldo Goagoseb, the guide of T11 sprinter Chris Kinda, says his dream is to one day rub shoulders with the crème de la crème in the T11 100 metre (m) and 400m sprints.

Goagoseb, a sprinter himself, says he has committed all his time to guide as he has a dream of representing Namibia with Kinda at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Para Athletics Championships or Paralympic Games.

The sprinter said his dream is not impossible if he works hard at all the goals they have set for themselves.

“I became an athlete when I joined the Namib Lions Athletics Club through the recommendation of a friend, Michael Kawiwi. Despite joining the club as an athlete, I was soon introduced to guiding by coach Michael Hamukwaya, and I have never looked back,” said Goagoseb.

Goagoseb has previously competed at the Fazza International Championships Dubai Grand Prix and the Marrakech Grand Prix in Morocco and said qualifying for the World Para Athletics Championships and the Paralympic Games would make him happy.

“We need to work hard if we are to realise that dream. Going to the world championships will be difficult, but if we work hard and mentally prepare well with our coach, we will qualify for these games,” he said.

The athlete, currently being coached by Henk Botha, stated that to be the best in the world, they have to compete with the best in their category.

“We want to experience the intense competition amongst the world’s best as Ananias Shikongo, one of the best in the world, has been doing,” Goagoseb said, adding that he is enjoying his role as a guide because it’s in his nature to help people, but the job comes with its up and downs.

“Guiding is not an easy job as visually impaired people are sometimes difficult, but I have learned how to balance this. The good part of what I am doing is the exposure I get to see the world and learn from the different cultures,” he said.

He added that winning a bronze medal in the 100m and 400m at the 2022 Dubai Grand Prix was a good stepping stone, which they want to emulate at upcoming championships.

Michael Hamukwaya, the secretary-general of the Namibia Paralympic Committee (NPC), told this agency on Monday that guides are a crucial part of the visually impaired athletes.

“We are happy to be working well with Athletics Namibia but what I wish should be introduced is for these clubs to start having athletes with a disability in their clubs,” he said, noting that a guide is an athlete’s eyes. They are crucial for T11 and T12 athletes.

“If you look at T11 athletes, these guys are completely blind while the T12 can partially see light. That is why we must start introducing guidance in people’s lives even at the community level so that by the time they become professionals they are used to the system,” Hamukwaya said.

The NPC secretary-general added that visually impaired people are prevented from partaking in sports because they don’t have guides, and the NPC tried recruiting guides and it has not worked as planned as some people quit the job after pressure from people when seen holding hands while crossing the streets or walking in town or their communities.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Ipinge said such approaches allow for better planning and offer end-to-end solutions to prioritise road development.

The outgoing president of the African Road Maintenance Fund Association (ARMFA), Ali Ipinge, has called on African road funds to reposition themselves and adopt new revenue collection instruments in the face of global threats.

Ipinge, who is also the chief executive officer of the Road Fund Administration (RFA), said that the user-pay principle is one instrument that has proven to provide financial stability for road maintenance and generate value and benefits for road users and the public globally.

“Countries such as Namibia, Mozambique and Zambia have also positioned themselves to not only fund road maintenance and rehabilitation from road user charges, but are going beyond their traditional mandate and undertaking new development and construction with government support,” he said at the ARMFA presidential handover ceremony in Swakopmund today.

Ipinge said such approaches allow for better planning and offer end-to-end solutions to prioritise road development.

Ipinge also called for the construction and design of climate-resilient roads of high standard following increased flooding and other natural disasters on the continent, which have caused damage to roads and loss of life.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Government avails funds for completion of transport infrastructure

A total of N.dollars 4.2 billion for the financial year of 2023/24 and N.dollars 13.1 billion over the Mid-term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) has been allocated to the requisite infrastructure development sector.

Meanwhile, the transportation sector received a total of N.dollars 2.9 billion and N.dollars 9 billion for the 2023/23 financial year and MTEF respectively.

This was revealed by Deputy Minister of Finance and Public Enterprises, Maureen Hinda-Mbuende, at the African Road Maintenance Fund Association (ARMFA) Presidential handover ceremony in Swakopmund on Tuesday.

According to Hinda-Mbuende, this budget allocation is primarily for the completion of ongoing phases of road construction projects with contractual awards.

These include the finalisation of the Windhoek-Okahandja dual carriageway’s second phase, the Swakopmund-Henties Bay-Uis-Kamanjab road and the completion of phase one of the Windhoek-Hosea Kutako Airport road and the retention for the upgrades to Walvis Bay-Kranzberg railway line.

An additional N.dollars 1.5 billion was also allocated to the transport sector by the Road Fund Administration (RFA), to cater for road maintenance, rehabilitation of urban roads in Walvis Bay and the regravelling of roads in the Etosha National Park.

The deputy minister emphasised the importance of the existence of modern road infrastructure, which is synonymous with other important infrastructures such as telecommunications, energy and finance.

“Artificial intelligence is integrated in the cities of developed countries and modern vehicles are already fitted with software applications that interact with the roads, hence our roads need to come on par to be responsive to these vehicles. In order to achieve the objectives of a vision required, systematic interventions and credit should be given to ARMFA for crafting and adopting a five-year strategic plan and it is on that premise that is witnessed through its annual reporting and achievements emanating from the implementation of those identified strategic initiatives,” she noted.

Hinda-Mbuende called on ARMFA, through their strategic plan, to consider technological innovation that should further enhance road mobility, particularly in cities.

ARMFA was established in 2003 with the aim to promote and strengthen ties between road maintenance funds in Africa as well as provide support to emerging structures.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency