Murere wins Namibia’s fourth medal at Nottwil Grand Prix

Namibian T46 sprinter and long jumper Bradley Murere on Thursday won Team Namibia’s fourth medal with a seasonal best jump at the World Para Athletics (WPA) 2023 Nottwil Grand Prix in Switzerland.

The fifth round of the WPA Grand Prix is underway at the Sport Arena Nottwil located at the Schweizer Paraplegic Centre. This year’s Grand Prix forms part of the 10th anniversary of the WPA Grand Prix.

On what was the opening day of the championship on Thursday, Team Namibia walked away with four silver medals from the 200 metre (m) and long jump events.

Adding to the three medals that were won earlier on the day in the 200m sprints by T11 male sprinter, Immanuel Alfredo Bernado; T11 female sprinter Lahja Ishitile and T37 sprinter, Petrus Karuli; Namibian long jumper Murere jumped his seasonal best of 6.09m. He has a personal best jump of 6.25m.

Alejandro Ochoa Jose Messu of Colombia won the gold medal with a jump of 6.30m, while German athlete Dominik Jonas Winkeler took the last podium position with a jump of 5.53m.

Nine athletes and five guides are representing Team Namibia at the 2023 Nottwil Grand Prix, which ends on Friday.

The athletes are T11 male sprinters Ananias Shikongo, Kinda Chris and Alfredo Bernado; T11 sprinter Lahja Ishitile and T12 sprinter Lahja Ipinge; T13 sprinter Johannes Nambala; T46 sprinter Bradley Murere; T37 sprinter Petrus Karuli; and T44 sprinter Denzel Namene.

The athletes are accompanied by guides Even Tjiuiju, Hatango Murere, Kelvin Goagoseb, Philipus Paulus and Sem Shimanda.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Karuli and Ishitile win first gold for Namibia in Nottwil

Namibian T46 and T11 sprinters Petrus Karuli and Lahja Ishitile won Team Namibia’s first gold medals at the World Para Athletics (WPA) 2023 Nottwil Grand Prix underway in Nottwil, Switzerland.

The final round of the WPA Grand Prix is underway at the Sport Arena Nottwil located at the Schweizer Paraplegic Centre. This year’s Grand Prix forms part of the 10th anniversary of the WPA Grand Prix.

Day two of the Grand Prix saw Namibian athletes compete in the 400 metre (m) sprints. Karuli who competed in a mixed race of T37/38, walked away with gold from his sprint of 57:48 seconds.

Meanwhile, another gold for team Namibia came from T11 female sprinter Lahja Ishitile and her guide Sem Shimanda, who won their race with a time of 01:00:92. The men’s T11 400m sprint saw Ananias Shikongo and his guide Even Tjiuiju win a silver medal and Chris Kinda and his guide Riwaldo Goagoseb took a bronze medal.

Gauthier Makunda of France ran the best time out of the three 400m heats with a time of 52:64 seconds and walked away with the gold medal. Shikongo and Kinda clocked 54.23 seconds and 54.31 seconds to finish second and third respectively.

T13 sprinter Johannes Nambala also walked away with a silver medal in the 400m sprint, while T12 female sprinter Lahja Ipinge and her guide Fillipus Kotokeni took home a bronze medal, her first in this European Tour.

After two days of competition, Team Namibia has won 10 medals, of which two are gold, seven silver and one bronze.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Reinforcements from the ATMIS and its allies managed to repel the attacks

The African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) today confirmed that al-Shabab militants stormed its military base in southern Somalia.

Reinforcements from the ATMIS and its allies managed to repel the attacks launched by suicide bombers and other al-Shabab fighters earlier in the day in Bulo Marer, about 120 km southwest of Mogadishu, the mission said in a statement.

However, the AU mission did not reveal the number of casualties, saying it will continue working closely with the Somali government and other international partners to protect the country from al-Shabab and other armed groups.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Much anticipated green hydrogen project kick-starts

The Namibian Government and its preferred green hydrogen bidder, Hyphen Hydrogen Energy on Friday signed the Feasibility and Implementation Agreement (FIA) to kick-start the green hydrogen project in the Tsau ?Khaeb National Park in the ||Kharas Region.

Speaking at the signing ceremony at State House, National Planning Commission Director General, Obeth Kandjoze said the N.dollars 10 billion agreement marks the beginning of Namibia’s plans to become the clean energy of hub of Africa and Government’s recognition of the urgency to deliver tangible improvements in the lives of all citizens.

He said the project will create up to 15 000 jobs including 3 000 permanent employment during its operation of which 90 per cent will be sourced locally, mostly youth, adding the project will source up to 30 per cent of its procurement of goods, services and materials during the construction and operational phases from local SMEs and business.

Kandjoze emphasised that the project will generate significant income to the Namibian fiscus through the payment of land rentals, royalties on all project revenues and taxes, noting the government also has an opportunity to be a co-investor in the project with the right to take up to a 24 per cent equity interest at cost.

“Green hydrogen plays a crucial role in the global decarbonisation effort because of its versatility and unique ability to connect power, gas, chemicals and fuel markets, especially in hard-to-abate sectors. Namibia is investigating the feasibility of green hydrogen and ammonia as a transformative strategic industry to respond to the global cry,” he said.

Kandjoze noted Hyphen Hydrogen Energy is responsible for the technical, financial, environmental, social and commercial delivery of the first project, whist the government is responsible for the provision of land on which the project will be established, and providing development and implementing of the required legal, fiscal and regulatory environment necessary for the establishment and sustainable operation of Namibia’s green hydrogen industry.

Kandjoze also noted that Hyphen Hydrogen Energy was selected from nine dynamic proposals received from six different international developers.

At the same event, Hyphen Hydrogen Energy Chief Executive Officer, Marco Raffinetti said the Namibian green hydrogen project represents a global benchmark of economic and sustainable development as the world gears towards achieving decarbonisation.

“We feel the weight of the expectation of the country and working hand in hand with the government to deliver upon the ambitions set out in the Harambee Prosperity Plan. The project truly has the opportunity to transform Namibia’s economy,” Raffinetti noted.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Diplomat calls for women’s participation in conflict resolution

Angolan ambassador to Germany Balbina da Silva Friday in Luanda called on women to participate in peace negotiation processes in the countries involved in armed conflicts, as they (women and girls) are the most to experience the affects of the conflict.

Diplomat calls for women’s participation in conflict resolution

Luanda – Angolan ambassador to Germany Balbina da Silva Friday in Luanda called on women to participate in peace negotiation processes in the countries involved in armed conflicts, as they (women and girls) are the most to experience the affects of the conflict.The diplomat, who was speaking at the “I International Women’s Forum for Peace and Democracy”, said that it was urgent to create spaces for women to take part in conversation for reaching the peace in conflicts.

Also participated in the Panel on “The Role of Women in Peace-building and Conflict Prevention: Binto Keita head of MONUSCO (United Nations Mission in the Democratic

Republic of Congo), Osvalda Joana Ambassador of Mozambique to Angola, Bineta Diop, Special Envoy of the African Union (AU) for Women, Peace and Security, and Maria Manuel AU Commissioner for Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Balbina da Silva recalled that whenever women get involved in conflict resolution, the results are satisfactory, among other causes, because they are the managers of life.

“We join our voices to that of other ladies to reach our objectives, because the women’s fight is global”, she emphasised.

While Bineta Biop praised the figure of the former president of Liberia, Ellen Sirleaf, for her role in the pacification of the country. She cited the history of Africa, where women went through slavery, colonialism, apartheid and even genocide, hence their

proven resilience over the years.

She suggested the need to close the pyramid, proposing women to lead the peace talks. The African Union (AU) commissioner, Maria Manuel, reiterated that women, children and the elderly are the ones who suffer most in any armed conflict.

As an example, she cited the war in Sudan, where every two minutes a girl or woman is raped. Opened on Thursday by the Vice-President of the Republic, Esperança da Costa, the forum covered five panels.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Angola presents initiatives to ensure food security

Angola has presented the initiatives to ensure food and nutrition security, regulate the market and positively impact on the supply of basic food products.

This was during the 5th General Assembly of Governors of the African Development Bank started on 22 May in Egypt.

The initiatives are those of the National Plan for the Promotion of Grain Production (PLANAGRÃO) and the National Social Protection System Project, estimated at USD 420 million, aimed to provide cash transfers to some 1.6 million Angolan families.

The State Secretary for the Economy, Ivan dos Santos, who took part in the

event, also highlighted the Programme of Support Production, Diversification of Exports and Substitution of Imports (PRODESI), as a tool for economic diversification and on the Food Reserve (REA), which is being implemented to improve food and nutritional security, supply of basic and essential food products, in the desired quantities.

Ivan dos Santos also stressed the National Strategy for Renewable Energy in Angola, which foresees a 10-fold increase in the country’s electricity production capacity, through the installation of solar parks.

The official also said 1 million families could benefit from around 55,000 megawatts to be produced.

Ivan dos Santos assured that the Government is committed to the programmes, projects and plans to avoid food shortages in the coming years.

Angola is represented by a multi-sector delegation at the 5th General Assembly of the Governors of the African Development ending on 26 May.

The event gathers more than 50 African countries.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Minister calls for harmonisation of Portuguese and national languages

Angolan minister of Culture and Tourism Filipe Zau appealed Friday in Luanda to the member States of the Community of the Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) to promote cooperation between Portuguese and national languages.

Filipe Zau said the objective of the promoting cooperation between Portuguese and national languages is to enhance and ensure scientific research.

Delivering his speech, at the opening of the 2nd Extraordinary Meeting of Ministers of Culture of the CPLP, the official said bilingualism in each country will facilitate the organisation’s mission.

In view of this situation, the minister proposed to those in charge of the International Institute of the Portuguese Language (IILP) – the Executive Secretariat of the CPLP and the focal points – to outline a strategy for implementation of a project that takes into account that aspiration.

The minister defended a greater promotion and dissemination of Portuguese, as a second language, which includes the recognition of the existence of other cultures and languages.

Filipe Zau stated that the community views the culture as a key identity reference and a mean to promote creative industries aimed at employment, income generation and the eradication of poverty.

Meanwhile, he said, the II Extraordinary Meeting will provide an opportunity to assess the degree of implementation of the action plan to boost the exchange.

The one-day meeting is assessing the degree of implementation of the CPLP Multilateral Cultural Cooperation Action Plan (2022-2024) and the “Operational of the Strategic Plan (2022-2026)”.

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Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Huila: ANGOP announces plans for gradual expansion of production centres in municipalities

Angolan News Agency (ANGOP) will soon start a gradual expansion process of its production centres in some municipalities aimed to expand the news coverage to the country’s inland.

The pledge was made by the executive director for Contents of this Media House, José Chimuco, during a meeting with governor of the southern Huila province, Nuno Mahapi.

José Chimuco, who is visiting the southern region (Namibe, Cunene and Huíla), mentioned the municipality of Matala (Huila), which will also be in charge of the others, such as Quipungo, Jamba and Cuvango, as priority.

He also announced plans to create another production centre in Cacula, which will cover the municipalities of Quilengues, Caluquembe and Caconda.

Jose Chimuco requested the intervention of the provincial governor close to the municipal administrations.

ANGOP executive director is carrying out a 14-day tour that covers the provinces of Namibe, Cunene and Huila, as part of preparations for the 6th Expanded Consultative Council of the state-owned media company this year.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Luanda, Busan sign twinning agreement

Angolan capital, Luanda, and Busan city, South Korea, Thursday signed a twinning agreement providing for the exchange experience in management of the two metropolises, ANGOP has learnt.

The agreement was signed in Busan city by Luanda ‘s provincial governor, Manuel Homem, and the mayor of the South Korean city, Park Hyung-joon.

The twinning pact follows an agreement of intent signed on March 2 of the current year in Luanda, between the parties.

It provides for coordination with municipalities, as well as implementation of sector policies and supervision of the management of primary, secondary and teacher training schools, middle and polytechnic institutes.

It also includes monitoring of urban infrastructures, including transport, energy, telecommunications and sanitation.

The letter of intent also proposes that the parties promote exchanges by organising meetings between officials and civil servants from both sides.

The Luanda and Busan authorities are urged to facilitate the exchange of delegations, through the holding of conferences, events, seminars, fairs, exhibitions and activities developed with the aim of achieving the objective proposed in the letter of intent, providing technical and human resources.

The agreement also covers infrastructure management, sanitation, macro-drainage and environment.

Busan is the second largest city in Korea, a maritime logistics centre in Northeast Asia with its world-class mega-ports and a gateway to the Eurasian continent.

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Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Angola defends high-quality campaigns to fight against poliovirus outbreaks

Angola has called for the implementation of a quick response and high quality campaigns to deal with the circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) outbreaks.

Angola’s stance was expressed Thursday by the general director of the National Institute for Health Research (INIS), Joana Morais, in her speech delivered at the plenary of the 76th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

The new oral vaccine against type 2 poliomyelitis is the preferred option to control outbreaks of poliovirus derived from of the vaccine.

Joana Morais, who expressed concern about the persistence of outbreaks of vaccine-derived poliovirus, suggested integrating polio vaccination into all health interventions.

The official also suggested other development sectors covering high-risk areas, while the polio be incorporated into the General State Budget (OGE), supplemented with resources mobilised from partners.

The INIS director pointed out four priorities to boost the 2018-2023 polio transition plan.

They are the sustainable reinforcement of routine immunisation, the consolidation of gains in areas of endemic transmission of the Wild Poliovirus, the prevention or immediate response to outbreaks in non-endemic areas and early identification of vaccine-derived poliovirus and ensure an immediate quality response.

Joana Morais also pointed the priority areas, which include strengthening national capacities in the field of immunisation, surveillance and outbreak response, monitoring and evaluation, operational investigations to improve performance, strengthening reference laboratories, efficient sample management, assistance WHO technique for outbreak response activities and surveillance.

The 76th World Health Assembly, which runs until the 30th of the current month, focuses on global architecture of preparedness and response to public health emergencies, construction of the proposal for an instrument on pandemics and non-communicable diseases.

The assembly seeks to find ways to prevent and control NCDs such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancers, promoting approaches on ways to improve access to healthy food, physical activity and essential medicines.

The agenda also includes the theme of universal health coverage (UHC).

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Angola, Italy sign agreements in field of higher education

Angolan Minister of Foreign Affairs Téte António witnessed Friday in Rome the signing of an agreement between the Degli Studi Roma Tre University and the National Institute for Scholarship Management (INAGBE), and another with the Venâncio de Moura Diplomatic Academy.

The initiative is part of the two-day, the first State visit, of the President João Lourenço to Italy, whose results, he said, exceeded the expectations and reinforced the bases for new cooperation areas.

While leaving the Degli Studi Roma Tre University, where he witnessed the signing ceremonies, the minister told the press that the partnership with INAGBE has to do with sending Angolan students to the Italian institution, known for its deep research on social issues.

As for the agreement between the Italian university and the Venâncio de Moura Diplomatic Academy, Téte António stressed that the ambitions of Angola require the existence of diplomats capable in terms of analysis, understanding of phenomena and negotiation.

In the future, the Angolan side intends that the cooperation with the Italian university will move forward so that the referred training can also be done in Angola and benefit a larger number of students.

“The two agreements will remain the basis for developing cooperation with the Angolan government and with Angolan academic institutions,” said the rector for international relations at the Degli Studi Roma Tre University, Raffaele Marchetti.

The academician confirmed that one of the agreements makes it possible for Angolan students to attend the Degli Studi Roma Tre University, via scholarships.

Raffaele Marchetti considered the understanding an important step and said that at the university where he works there are already some Angolan students.

“The idea of the agreement is to offer the same possibility to other students,” he said, adding that the Degli Studi Roma Tre University is bilingual, “but most courses are done in English.”

As for the Angolan President’s visit to Italy, minister Téte António stressed the availability of the “Italian government to cooperate with Angola.

According to the Angolan top diplomat, the Italian government’s action placed Angola in a very high position among its trading partners.

Cooperation between the two countries covers various fields, with stress to the energy, agriculture, defence and transport sectors.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Angola, Italy strengthens historic relations – Overview

The historical, cultural, political, diplomatic relations between Angola and Italy constitute a strong foundation for both countries, and have been strengthened with the state visit by the Angolan President to the European country.

“We are here to seal the ties of friendship and cooperation with Italy,” the Angolan Head of State said at the end of the meeting with his Italian counterpart, Sergio Mattarella, on Wednesday, the first day of the visit.

Angolan President João Lourenço expressed the country’s availability to welcome the Italian businesspeople who want to invest in the country’s market.

During two-day visit of João Lourenço to Italy, started on Wednesday, the two States (Angola and Italy) signed several cooperation agreements, particularly in the areas of oil, transport, finance and health.

The main focus went to the agreement signed between Italian company Eni and Angola’s Sonangol, formalised in the presence of the Angolan head of State João Lourenço and the Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

The Memorandum of Understanding aims to broaden areas of cooperation between the two companies, via studies in the area of agri-business value chain and other decarbonisation sectors.

At the Italian Parliament, João Lourenço met with the leader of the Senate, Ignacio La Russa, and with the president of that sovereign body, Lorenzo Fontana.

On Wednesday, President João Lourenço paid homage in Rome to the Unknown Soldier by laying a wreath at the monument known as “Altar of the Homeland”.

Still on Wednesday evening, João Lourenço was awarded by President Sergio Mattarella with the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

On the same occasion, the Angolan Head of State granted the Agostinho Neto Order to his counterpart Sergio Mattarella, as well as to the First Lady, Laura Mattarella.

On Thursday, the last day of the visit, the Angolan Head of State attended the Italy-Angola Economic Forum, organised by the business association Confindustria Assafrica in collaboration with the Private Investment and Export Promotion Agency (AIPEX).

At the meeting, the President of the Republic encouraged the Italian businessmen to invest in different branches of the Angolan economy and their participation in public investment projects.

Also on Thursday, the Angolan Head of State visited the Rome City Hall and the ENI Technological Centre.

This is an advanced centre for science and knowledge that has over 1,000 researchers, some of them Angolans.

More dynamic and diversified cooperation

Angola is Italy’s third sub-Saharan African commercial partner, after South Africa and Nigeria.

The Italian government has considered Angola a priority country for its cooperation strategy in sub-Saharan Africa since 1989.

The two countries formalised diplomatic and cooperation relations on 4 June, 1976 and on 3 August, 1977 signed the Technical Cooperation Agreement, as well as the Memorandum of Intent through which the Joint Commission was created.

Angola and Italy signed the first legal instrument, called the Air Transport Agreement, on April 10, 1976.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Angola and Portugal discuss environment cooperation

Angola on Thursday in Lisbon requested greater sharing of experience with Portugal for the preservation of the environment.

The statement was made by Angola Environment Minister, Ana Paula de Carvalho, following a meeting with her Portuguese counterpart, José Duarte Cordeiro.

Ana Paula de Carvalho said she acknowledges that the country has “much to learn” from the Portuguese experience in terms of preserving the environment, having emphasised that Angola counts on Portugal’s help to meet the multiple challenges ahead.

The two sides decided to continue exchanging experience to deepen relations in terms of environmental protection.

The Angolan minister, who has been on a working mission to the European country since the 23rd of the current month at the invitation of José Duarte Cordeiro, visited several places in Portugal.

During her stay in Portugal, Ana Paula de Carvalho attended the presentation of the iREC Projects – Inovar a Reciclagem and Cascais Smart Pole, as well as a meeting to the Voluntary Carbon Market

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)