St Kitts and Nevis crowned as best destination to invest in according to 2023 CBI (CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT) Index

Basseterre, Sept. 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — St Kitts and Nevis has been recognised as the best CBI destination in the 2023 edition of the CBI Index, trumping 11 other countries with active citizenship by investment (CBI) programmes.

The country, which has made several sweeping changes to its CBI Programme in the last year, took top honours, scoring 77 points in a race between nations such as Dominica, Saint Lucia, Grenada, Antigua & Barbuda, Malta, Vanuatu, Turkey, Egypt, Austria, Cambodia, and Jordan.

The 2023 CBI Index noted that St Kitts and Nevis has been the most proactive CBI nation in the Caribbean when it comes to responding to security concerns raised by Western nations. The country ‘stands out for taking immediate and decisive action based on the ‘Six Principles’ framework. Moreover, it underscores a political will to take a proactive leadership role in the long-term sustainability of the industry through good governance, enhanced due diligence, and regional harmonisation with international partners.’

Now in its seventh year, the CBI Index utilises its established nine-pillar index architecture to provide investors with a data-driven framework with which to measure the performance and appeal of global CBI programmes. The nine pillars include Standard of Living, Freedom of Movement, Minimum Investment Outlay, Mandatory Travel or Residence, Citizenship Timeline, Ease of Processing, Due Diligence, Family and Certainty of Product.

St Kitts and Nevis scored full marks in Mandatory Travel or Residence, Ease of Processing, Due Diligence and Certainty of Product pillars.

The Mandatory Travel or Residence pillar examines the travel or residence conditions imposed on applicants both before and after the granting of citizenship. St Kitts and Nevis does not have travel or minimum residency requirements for its programme, making it straightforward for busy entrepreneurs and global citizens to attain citizenship in the country.

The Ease of Processing pillar measures the end-to-end complexity of the CBI application process. The overall effortlessness of the application process is a particularly vital component, and the promise of a smooth, hassle-free process can generate readiness to engage with a programme.

The Due Diligence pillar measures a programme’s integrity. St Kitts and Nevis retains its top position from the previous year due to the Citizenship by Investment Unit’s changes made as part of a rapid implementation of the ‘Six Principles,’ which include mandatory interviews and measures to stop financial irregularities in the real estate option to safeguard the Programme’s reputation.

The Certainty of Product pillar encompasses a range of factors that measure a programme’s certainty across five different dimensions including longevity, popularity and renown, stability, reputation, and adaptability. As the only country to attain a perfect score in this category, St Kitts and Nevis’ performance reflects not only its swift response to the recent unprecedented international pressure imposed on all Caribbean CBI programmes, but its continuous proactive approach to instituting industry leading changes.

“I am thrilled to once again to have the St Kitts and Nevis CBI Programme recognised as the best in the industry,” said Michael Martin, Head of the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Unit.

“This recognition by the CBI Index is another confirmation of why St Kitts and Nevis should be the first choice for any global investor. For four decades we have crafted solid, innovative and sustainable investment solutions, giving investors the confidence to attain their goals in the global arena.”

St Kitts and Nevis continues to provide an exemplary model to the investment migration industry. The country made bold changes to its Programme at the end of 2022 and further changes in July, the latter changes convincingly addressed security concerns raised by the United Kingdom, the European Union and previously the United States.

The country hosted four of the Caribbean’s CBI nations, along with a delegation from the United States, who all agreed on 6 Principles to be followed by the Caribbean nations. While many of the security measures were already in place as part of St Kitts and Nevis’ due diligence processes, the country was one of the first to institute mandatory interviews with applicants aged 16 years and older.

St Kitts and Nevis has also tightened regulations around how Authorised Agents and International Marketing Agents operate, requiring them to have their businesses registered under the laws of St Kitts and Nevis and limiting how they may advertise the St Kitts and CBI Programme internationally.

Other legislative changes include increased minimum investment thresholds, revised dependant eligibility, and the closing of loopholes for real estate investment options.

St Kitts and Nevis has shown the most commitment to upholding the integrity and reputation its CBI programme in the international arena.

The CBI Index is a rating system designed to assess the performance and appeal of active CBI programmes across a diverse range of indicators and measures. Its purpose is to bring value to the CBI industry by providing a data-driven and practical tool for appraising programmes and facilitating the decision-making process for individuals considering them.

The CBI Index stands as one of the most recognised and reputable rating tools in the investment migration industry and has a reputation for providing valuable industry insights and knowledge.

Secretary of St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme
Government of St. Kitts and Nevis
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La Réunion annuelle sur l’investissement s’offre une nouvelle identité pour devenir le Congrès AIM et prépare sa 13e édition qui se déroulera à Abou Dabi en mai 2024

ABOU DABI, Émirats arabes unis, 15 sept. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sous la nouvelle étiquette de « Congrès AIM », le comité d’organisation de l’une des plus grandes plateformes d’investissement au monde accueillera cette année encore des dirigeants régionaux et internationaux, des décideurs d’élite et des pionniers à l’occasion de la 13e édition de la réunion annuelle qui se tiendra du 7 au 9 mai 2024 au centre national des expositions d’Abou Dabi.

La conférence se déroulera sur le thème « S’adapter à un paysage de l’investissement en pleine mutation en exploitant le nouveau potentiel du développement économique mondial ». Le Congrès AIM 2024 bénéficie du soutien du ministère de l’industrie et des technologies avancées, et compte le département du développement économique d’Abou Dabi (ADDED) comme partenaire principal.

Les Émirats arabes unis accueilleront une nouvelle fois les participants au cœur de leur belle capitale, et comptent bien faire un succès inédit de cet événement qui a attiré l’année dernière pas moins de 10 313 participants et 693 intervenants de 175 pays.

Son Excellence Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, le Ministre d’État au Commerce extérieur des Émirats arabes unis s’est montré très enthousiaste envers le Congrès AIM 2024, en déclarant que « Depuis plus de dix ans, le Congrès AIM démontre son ferme engagement en faveur de la promotion d’une coopération économique mondiale et de la mobilisation du potentiel de certains pays émergents. Dans un périmètre mondial de l’investissement en pleine évolution, il apparaît capital de faire preuve d’adaptation pour explorer de nouveaux axes de croissance. Le rassemblement du Congrès AIM demeure un événement majeur en 2024, et réunit les principaux acteurs économiques du monde autour d’un dialogue constructif ouvrant la voie à des investissements à fort impact qui contribueront à bâtir un meilleur avenir pour chacun ».

Son Excellence Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi, le Président de l’ADDED déclare pour sa part que « En capitalisant sur le remarquable succès de l’édition 2023 du Congrès AIM, nous relevons la barre pour répondre aux attentes de la communauté mondiale de l’investissement tout entière. En tant que capitale fédérale, Abou Dabi est la ville idéale pour mener le débat mondial sur les perspectives de l’investissement et ses dynamiques dans un monde en profonde mutation. Notre approche envers les flux d’investissement s’aligne sur notre engagement sans faille pour consacrer le développement humain, la durabilité et les technologies avancées au cœur de programmes socio-économiques à l’échelle nationale et internationale, tout en respectant le calendrier d’application des normes ESG et en favorisant des synergies à travers des initiatives de coopération internationale – pour que chacun d’entre nous ait de meilleures conditions de vie ».

Dawood Al Shezawi, le Président de la fondation AIM Global, a quant à lui souligné que « Renommer la Réunion annuelle sur l’investissement en Congrès AIM se fait sur fond de recul continu de la croissance économique mondiale dans une société en proie à de multiples enjeux ». Il ajoute que « Ce congrès se veut un événement majeur pour le monde de l’investissement et donne aux décideurs d’élite et aux dirigeants prestigieux du monde entier une occasion unique de se concentrer, ensemble, sur les défis les plus urgents, comme repenser le commerce mondial, rectifier les contours du paysage de l’investissement pour – in fine – créer un impact socio-économique durable dans plusieurs régions du monde ».

Le Congrès AIM repose sur cinq piliers : les investissements directs à l’étranger, les portefeuilles d’investissement étrangers, les start-ups, les PMEs et les villes du futur. La réunion consacrera ces sujets essentiels, et en encadrera les activités.

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Encontro anual de investimentos anuncia nova identidade enquanto AIM Congress, em preparação para a 13.ª edição em Abu Dhabi, em maio de 2024

ABU DHABI, Emirados Árabes Unidos, Sept. 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sob a sua nova identidade enquanto “AIM Congress“, a comissão organizadora da plataforma de investimentos líder a nível mundial junta, mais uma vez, os líderes, pensadores e inovadores regionais e internacionais na 13.a edição do evento que irá ocorrer de 7 a 9 de maio de 2024 no Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Tendo como base o tema “Adaptação a uma perspetiva de investimento em mudança: impulsionamento de novo potencial para o desenvolvimento económico mundial“, o AIM Congress 2024 é apoiado pelo Ministério da Indústria e da Tecnologia Avançada e pelo Departamento de Desenvolvimento Económico de Abu Dhabi (ADDED) enquanto principal parceiro.

Tendo novamente, lugar na vibrante capital dos EAU, o AIM Congress 2024 planeia superar o sucesso alcançado com a sua edição do ano passado, a qual atraiu 10 313 participantes e 693 oradores de 175 países.

Sua Excelência, o Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Ministro do Comércio Externo dos EAU, expressou o seu entusiasmo pelo AIM Congress 2024, afirmando que “Durante mais de uma década, o AIM Congress tem sido firme no seu compromisso de promover a cooperação económica global e impulsionar os mercados especialmente emergentes dos países. No âmbito do panorama em mudança do investimento global, é extremamente importante que os países se adaptem e explorem novas possibilidades de crescimento. Na edição de 2024, o AIM Congress continuará a ser o palco principal para o encontro dos agentes económicos mais proeminentes a nível mundial, facilitando o diálogo e o caminho para investimentos impactantes que impulsionam um futuro melhor e mais brilhante para todas as pessoas.”

Sua Excelência, Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi, Presidente do ADDED, declarou que “Tendo por base o enorme sucesso da edição anterior do AIM, estamos a elevar o nível do evento para atingirmos as expectativas da comunidade global de investimentos. Enquanto capital do capital, Abu Dhabi é palco para conversações globais sobre o panorama e a dinâmica dos investimentos, numa era caracterizada por grandes mudanças. A nossa abordagem aos investimentos internos e estrangeiros é orientada pelo nosso compromisso inabalável em colocar o desenvolvimento humano, a sustentabilidade e a tecnologia avançada no núcleo dos planos socioeconómicos aos níveis local e internacional, em apoiar as agendas ESG e em reforçar as sinergias através da cooperação internacional para a melhoria da vida de todas as pessoas.”

A este respeito, Dawood Al Shezawi, Presidente da fundação global do AIM, comentou: “Face aos diversos desafios que o nosso mundo enfrenta atualmente, e considerando o declínio contínuo do desenvolvimento económico global, emerge o anúncio da nova identidade do AIM enquanto AIM Congress, posicionando-se como o palco principal para o investimento e fornecendo a plataforma ideal para que os líderes e responsáveis pela tomada de decisões proeminentes de todo o mundo possam abordar coletivamente os problemas mais urgentes, reformar o panorama comercial e de investimentos global e, por fim, impulsionar impactos positivos e duradouros a nível económico e social em diversas regiões em todo o mundo.”

O AIM Congress tem por base os seus cinco principais pilares — IDE, IEC, empresas em fase de arranque, PME e futuras cidades — que sustentam os objetivos do evento e fornecem um fluxo de trabalho para as respetivas atividades.

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ANGOP denies reports on day off Monday

Angola Press Agency (ANGOP) denied information circulating on social media on alleged day off on Monday (18) decreed by the Angola Head of State João Lourenço.

ANGOP took notice of above news via WhatsApp groups, and therefore denies any involvement of its professionals in preparation of such content.

The media outlet strongly condemns and discourages internet users from carrying out the action.

ANGOP described the action as a direct attack against the company and its employees, perpetrated by people acting in bad faith, aimed at tarnishing its image and reputation.

The company’s board informs the public that the contents related to the Presidency of the Republic and other Angolan State representative bodies are based on official notes.

Meanwhile, ANGOP reiterates its commitment to producing ever better prepared information, which respects the assumption of correct data collection and contradictions

Source: Angola Press News Agency

Angola may surpass “black gold” production target

Oil production in Angola can reach the annual target above 1.1 million barrels per day, said this Thursday, in Luanda, the production director of the National Petroleum Agency (ANPG), Ana Miala.

The increase in levels is justified by the fact that the production of “black gold” reached 1.2 million barrels per day in the second half of this year.

The annual oil production target foreseen in the General State Budget (OGE) 2023 is 1,180,000 barrels/day at an average price of USD 75/barrel.

Ana Miala, who participated in the panel on “Exploration and production opportunities in Southern Africa” at the 4th International Conference and exhibition, Angola Oil and Gas 2023 (AOG2023), said that in the coming years, the goal is to be above current levels, looking towards the results of ongoing research and exploration, which are expected to be satisfactory.

Regarding the production losses that occur daily, she said that they are in the order of 15%, considering the period of a “good year”, as there is almost no such decline felt.

“In 2022, production was higher than what was produced in 2021, without advancing data,” she said.

But official data indicate that oil production, in 2022, amounted to 391 million barrels of crude at an average price of 101,10 dollars, resulting in gross revenue in the order of 39.94 billion US dollars.

The oil installations, that is, fields, date back to the 30s and 40s, which also influences the number of barrels produced compared to other crude producing countries.

But for the person responsible, the increase in oil exploration in the country must always be in alignment with international companies, investments in universities and young people, reversing the workforce in oil companies, equating national employees with foreign employees.

Dália field leads

But of the group of fields, Dália is one of the best in terms of production volume, having reached more than a billion barrels, that is, more than a billion barrels of oil, according to the person in charge who did not specify the period.

It has reserves estimated at more than 200 million barrels and additionally has resources that can be converted to reserves and production above 500 million barrels.

“It is a giant field and today the sharing of oil production/profit in the Dália field is 80% in favor of the State and 10% for contractor groups”, she said.

In her opinion, in the current scenario, sharing production/profit does not encourage the investor to continue investing, so a project is being developed that will allow the contractor group to have 20% resources.

The International Conference ended in the early evening of this Thursday, and took place under the motto “Energy Security, Decarbonization and Sustainable Development”.

It brought together African ministers and international experts, in an initiative by the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Petroleum with support from partners.

Source: Angola Press News Agency

Insecurity: CDS harps on timely intelligence sharing among services

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Christopher Musa, has urged service chiefs and commanders of military operations to promote intelligence sharing and collaboration within and across joint task forces.

Musa made the call at the opening of the Joint Task Force Commanders Conference organised by the Defence Headquarters, on Friday in Abuja.

He said the conference, with the theme, “Rejigging Defence Headquarters led operations”, underscored the vital importance of collaboration and synergy among the various branches of the nation’s armed forces.

The CDS said it had become imperative for the military to adapt its strategies and tactics to effectively counter emerging threats in a time where the security landscape was constantly evolving.

According to him, by fostering a spirit of synergy, “we can capitalise on our collective strengths and capabilities to safeguard our nation.

“We face a multitude of threats, ranging from insurgency, terrorism, and cybercrime to transnational organised crime, separatist movements, and inter-communal conflicts.

“Each of these challenges demands a comprehensive and multifaceted response, one that encompasses not only military action but also political, economic, and social dimensions.

“To effectively address these threats, we must emphasise the importance of intelligence sharing and collaboration both within and across our joint task forces.

“The exchange of timely and accurate information is the lifeblood of successful operations.

“By breaking down silos and fostering a culture of information sharing, we can enhance situational awareness, improve decision-making processes, and promote seamless coordination among our forces”.

Musa said the military must recognise the significance of capacity building and training in maintaining operational readiness.

He also urged the commanders to equip their troops with necessary skills, knowledge, and resources to carry out their duties effectively.

According to him, continuous professional development, realistic and rigorous training exercises, and the cultivation of a learning culture are essential ingredients for success in this ever-evolving security landscape.

He also urged them to always engage with the communities where they served, adding that the success of operations depended not only on military prowess but also on the trust and support of the local populace.

The CDS urged them to strive to build strong relationships with the communities in which they operated by listening to their concerns, addressing their grievances and providing them with the security and stability they deserved.

“By doing so, we can effectively isolate the adversaries and win the hearts and minds of the people.

“Our nation looks up to us to ensure their safety, security, and wellbeing.

“Let us be guided by the principles of professionalism, integrity, and respect for human rights as we discharge our duties.

“Let us be vigilant, resourceful, and adaptive in the face of evolving threats. And let us never lose sight of the fact that our ultimate goal is a peaceful, prosperous, and united Nigeria,” he added.

The Chief of Defence Training and Operations, Maj.-Gen. Emeka Onumajuru, said there was need for increased strategic guidance, operational review and evaluation towards addressing prevailing national security challenges.

Onumajuru said the purpose of the conference was to provide an opportunity for detailed briefing to the CDS by the JTF commanders.

He said the conference would also provide a comprehensive evaluation of various on-going operations with a view to charting new course towards addressing national security challenges.

He said the conference would, among others, deepen the interface between the military strategic leadership and operational commanders, while ensuring clearer strategic guidance.

According to him, it will also deepen synergy and interagency collaboration within the joint operation area.

“It will promote adequate operational resourcing, increase operational table efficiency and situational awareness in the various joint operational areas.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Emmanuel Ogalla and the Chief of Defence Intelligence, Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Undiandeye, were present at the event.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Group seeks Inclusion, appointment of women with disabilities in governance

The Network of Women with Disabilities on Friday sought for the inclusion and appointment of women with disabilities in governance and active decision making.

They made the call at a rally and press conference organised by Cedar Seed Foundation in partnership with Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), with funding support from MacArthur Foundation in Abuja.

Mrs Lois Auta-Udonkanta, the President of the group, said the exclusion, discrimination, sidelined, marginalisation and under-representation were challenges affecting Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the country.

Auta-Udonkanta, who is also the Founder, Cedar Seed Foundation, explained that in spite of that Nigeria was a signatory to the UN Conventions on the Rights of PWDs, Maputo Protocol and other treaties, women and girls with disabilities were excluded in governance structures.

According to her, some of the challenges affecting poor political participation of PWDs could be attitudinal, infrastructural, institutional, political, cultural and economical.

She, therefore, urged the government to adhere to Section 29 of the Discrimination against PWD Prohibition Act, 2018, which states a minimum appointment of five per cent quota for PWDs, with emphasis on women.

“Nobody from the disability community was appointed as a minister.

“We also have other parastatals that PWDs, especially our women, can be appointed as director generals, executive directors and executive secretaries.

“So we are still appealing to the government to listen to us to give us our rights of active participation by appointing us into these government agencies and parastatals.

“We also need to pay attention to the passionate and deliberate in implementing these beautiful laws and policies that we have,” she urged.

She also encouraged PWDs, especially women, to “come out and participate actively in politics.

“So women with disabilities out there if you’re listening to me, come out and join political parties not just by joining but attending meetings, and also aspiring for positions in those political parties”.

On the Nigeria Disability Act, 2018, the group’s president said: “One of the provisions is the transition period that was given in this Act; five years period, and it will be expiring in January 2024.

“Ramps are not put in our government infrastructures. Sign Language interpreters are not placed at strategic points.

“Braille materials are not provided in our schools and other public infrastructures and those are the barriers we are talking about.

“We need to remove these barriers to be able to include them accordingly.”

Similarly, Miss Cynthia Ukacho, the Training Coordinator for the network, stressed the need to amplify voices of women with disabilities, and organise a national dialogue with Sen. Oluremi Tinubu on inclusion in the Renewed Hope Initiative.

Also, Miss Rose Daniel, the Project Officer, said in collaboration with PLAC initiated the Disability Inclusion in Governance (DIG) programme to confront challenges affecting women with disabilities in electoral processes, governance structures and political discourse.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Nigeria has best aviation safety recorded in Africa – NSIB boss

The Director-General, Nigeria Safety Investigation Bureau (NSIB), Mr Akin Olateru, says Nigeria has the best aviation safety record in Africa with only two fatal accidents within a 10-year period.

In a statement issued on Friday in Abuja, Mr James Odaudu, NSIB’s Director of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, quoted Olateru as saying this at the 7th Aviation Africa Summit, held in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Seventh Aviation Africa 2023 took place at International Conference Centre Abuja between Sept.13 and Sept.14.

Akineru, who spoke on “Nigeria Evolving Approach To Aviation Safety And Learning From Occurrence Investigation – The NSIB Experience“ explained that the country recorded nine deaths within the period.

“In the last 10 years, there have been two fatal civil accidents leading to the unfortunate loss of 9 souls in Nigeria.

“Between 2005 and 2023, 78 accidents and serious incidents have occurred in the country with four incidents in the safety bulletin amounting to 82 while 260 safety recommendations have been issued.

“ Within the period, there were 12 incidents in the safety bulletin totalling 272 safety recommendation, “ he said.

According to him, the safety recommendations and their appreciable implementation and enforcements were largely responsible for the safety successes recorded since the inception of the current NSIB administration.

He said that the legislative changes and transition of legislative responsibilities over the years had been responsible for the improvement in the Nigerian Airspace.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

DEPOWA seeks support of DHQ for its humanitarian activities

The President, Defence and Police Officers Wives Association (DEPOWA), Mrs Oghogho Musa, has solicited the support of the Defence Headquarters in executing the association’s humanitarian activities across the country.

Mrs Musa made the call when she led the leadership of the association on a courtesy visit to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Christopher Musa, on Thursday in Abuja.

She said that DEPOWA would embark on various campaigns and initiatives to support women, orphanages, and internally displaced persons.

She said they would also support wounded soldiers and provide additional aid for their recovery, as part of their non-kinetic support of the fight against terrorism.

“We have together in the last two months trained over 40 youth of barracks community in information technology, makeup, production of household items and barbing at the DEPOWA Skills Acquisition Centre.

“At the end of the training all trainees were given start up capital with starter packs to further encourage them.

“We intend to commence training of widows drawn from all the associations by the end of this month, which is one of the integral objectives of the association.

“With all these identified target support areas, we know we cannot embark on this journey without your support.

“I know that we can rely on your cooperation and extensive insight as we are fully ready to keep contributing our part in nation building,” she added.

The DEPOWA president thanked the CDS, officers and soldiers of the armed forces for their commitment to addressing the security situation in the nation.

Responding, the CDS commended the women for their resilience and support for their husbands and the military.

Musa described wives of military personnel as super human, saying that other women would not be able to do what they do while their husbands were mostly not around.

“We are never ever around, we allow you to do most things; but this has turned you to be competent wives.

“On behalf of officers and men of the armed forces of Nigeria, we want to appreciate you, and even if we don’t say it more often, just know that anytime we look at you, we say thank you,” he said.

Musa also commended the women for their humanitarian activities in support of humanity, and pledged continued support to all DEPOWA projects and programmes.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

We must recalibrate our strength, defeat adversaries – Lagbaja

Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, has charged operational commanders of the Nigerian Army to recalibrate their strength to deal scientific blows to the enemies of the nation.

Lagbaja said this at the closing of the Combined Second and Third Quarters COAS Conference, on Thursday in Abuja.

He said the briefs and deliberations by the commanders during the conference depicted that the task ahead was not an easy one.

The COAS said the army was competent and remained committed to ensuring synergy with sister services and other security agencies to create enabling environment necessary for good governance and economic prosperity.

“Let me reitrate that we cannot afford to show any form of weakness because the adversaries we fight are emboldened by weakness.

“We must recalibrate our strength to give the scientific blows to the adversaries within and without appropriately.

“Therefore, the decisions arrived at during our deliberations will help refine our training and operational activities toward realising desirable outcomes,” he said.

Lagbaja said the conference provided the army top brass a veritable platform to brainstorm and appraise the army’s activities so far in the year.

He said the conference also afforded them quality time to review their training, operational and administrative activities that directly relate to security issues crucial to Nigeria and external environments.

According to him, formation commanders leading the various operations across the country’s geopolitical zone briefed the house in line with the conference programme.

He assured President Bola Tinubu of the unflinching loyalty and commitment of the Nigerian Army to the defence of the nation’s flourishing democracy and upholding of the constitution.

“In this regard, the Nigerian Army remains unwavering in its commitment to setting good examples for other armies to emulate,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some Next-of-Kins of personnel who died defending the nation were presented with cheques as payment of Group Life Insurance claims of the deceased

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Keetmanshoop residents join in clean-up campaign

Keetmanshoop residents on Friday joined the town’s municipality in its two-day clean-up campaign.

The residents started cleaning extension 7 informal settlement and along the B1 road.

Speaking to the media here, Sherina Witbooi, a municipality employee and one of the organisers of the campaign, said the aim of cleaning up along the highway is to ensure that it is clean as it tarnishes the town’s image if it is dirty.

“We will have other clean-up dates, we need to make it a regular event so that the community is aware of the importance of cleaning their surroundings and to have a healthy environment. We need to stay in a clean environment for us and our children to be healthy and we as residents have the responsibility to keep our environment clean,” she said.

A community member, Thusnelde ||Guruses who resides in one of the informal settlements in the town, said she decided to join the campaign to show her children the importance of keeping their surroundings clean.

“My children have to know while they are still young that their surroundings should be clean for hygiene purposes, that’s why I brought them to be part of this and as residents, we should do this on a daily basis to keep our homes clean,” she added.

Silvanus Kock, a student at the University of Namibia southern campus, said “We are currently having an environmental assignment at school on how the environment can be polluted and I deemed it necessary to participate. I am encouraging everybody not to litter because we have to keep the environment clean as there are a lot of things, we gain from the environment such as oxygen, so let us not pollute it.”

Members of the Namibian Defence Force, and employees of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism also joined the municipality and the residents in the clean-up campaign while businesses provided meals to the participants.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Police urge public to surrender illegal firearms

The Namibian Police Force are urging the public to surrender all illegal firearms, ammunition, armaments and all unwanted firearms at any police station countrywide.

Deputy Commissioner Mathew Nakadhilu of the Oshikoto Regional Police Headquarters stated this in an interview with Nampa on Friday.

Nakadhilu stated that as part of the AU Master Roadmap of Practical Steps for Silencing of Guns in Africa by the Year 2020 and its recent extension to the year 2030, Member States are encouraged to undertake activities on the surrender and collection of illegal weapons during September 2023.

“In this regard, the Cabinet had already approved the extension and granting of the amnesty every month of September,” reported Nakadhilu.

He said Africa Amnesty Month had been launched before its commencement at the end of August, paving the way for the African Amnesty Month to take place from 01-30 September.

“The recently held Senior Command Conference Resolution 7 directed regional commanders to sensitise the community on the silencing of guns and African Amnesty Month in September during the community awareness campaign,” said Nakadhilu.

Nakadhilu reported that they recovered 22 rifles, 14 shotguns, 11 pistols, five air guns, three AK47s and 1 482 rounds of ammunition in September 2021 and 1 200 rifles and four pistols last year September.

He stated that it is important to note that no person will be persecuted during the amnesty period of 01-30 September 2023.

“Do not miss this period, once the amnesty period has expired those that are found in possession of unlicensed firearms, armaments or ammunition will face the full wrath of the law. Please make the right choice to surrender firearms and make Namibia safe,” urged Nakadhilu.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

International ozone layer day celebrated at Gobabis

The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer was celebrated at Gobabis on Friday.

International ozone layer day is celebrated on 16 September every year, as designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1994, and it has been celebrated in Namibia since 1996.

During the event, Omaheke Region Governor Pijoo Nganate thanked the stakeholders for being part of ensuring that Namibia remains compliant to international protocol by observing such important days.

“I wish to commend all stakeholders for their unwavering support and concerted efforts in making this protocol a success. I also would like to extend our gratitude to all our Customs and Excise officers within and across our borders for their efforts in combatting illegal trade of ozone layer-depleting substances and ensuring that our country remains compliant to their protocol obligations,” he said.

Nganate further acknowledged vocational training centres for their effort in imparting alternative technological knowledge to the informal and formal industries respectively.

Ruben Fransisco, Acting General Manager of Information Communication Technology at the Namibian Training Authority, in his speech highlighted the importance of reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions to safeguard the ozone layers.

“It serves as a reminder of the challenges that persist and the responsibilities we bear to secure a sustainable future for our planet. The collaboration between technical institution the Gobabis Vocational Training Centre and the heating, ventilation, and cooling industry is a testimony to our commitment to innovation and sustainable practices,” he said.

Fransisco furthermore said when different institutions work together they can harness the power of technology, research and education to drive positive changes.

“Our shared mission is to develop and implement environmentally-friendly heating, ventilation and cooling solutions that not only enhance human comfort but also minimise the depletion of the ozone layer and reduce our carbon footprint,” he indicated.

Fransisco emphasised the importance of education and awareness, as their institution’s role of research and development and beyond.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Geingob remembers late Hishongwa for his political role

Late Ambassador Hadino Hishongwa was a hero, kind-hearted, loving, trustworthy and a mentor who left indelible footprints as a diplomat for Swapo in West Africa, the former West Germany, Australia and the Nordic countries during the 1970s.

These were the words of President Hage Geingob to describe the late Hishongwa at a memorial service held in his honour at Onekwaya in the Endola Constituency of the Ohangwena Region on Friday.

Geingob in a speech read on his behalf by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, said through his commitment and sterling efforts, Swapo was able to receive Volvo vehicles from Sweden which enabled the party to be mobile and therefore aided their Liberation Struggle greatly.

Later on, in the 1980s, he opened a Swapo Office in Austria and the Pacific countries as the Swapo Chief Representative after which he returned to Angola and was again appointed as Swapo’s secretary for youth in 1987.

“Even though at this stage he was 44 years old and no longer technically a youth, Swapo trusted him because he was a tried, tested, loyal and disciplined cadre who was committed and best suited to advancing the issues of the party youth cadres,” he said.

Hishongwa’s widow Ester Nghishiiko-Hishongwa described her late husband as a hardworking person, who entertained no laziness in any form or shape.

Nghishiiko-Hishongwa stated that hard work for her late husband was like a hobby, and any time he decided to do something he would stand up and do it.

“He was a man of great stamina, and when he starts doing something, he will press on until he accomplishes it even if it means it was not perfectly done,” she added.

Nghishiiko-Hishongwa indicated that her late husband was among those who restored the Oukwanyama Kingdom.

Meanwhile, mourners after mourners described Hishongwa as a gift not only to his family but the Namibian people at large, an educator and inspiration to many people.

Hishongwa served as the Swapo Chief Representative to the Nordic countries, West and East Africa, Swapo Organiser for Returning Exiles, for Youth and Elections and Foreign Secretary of the National Union of Namibian Workers.

He also served in Namibia’s Executive as Deputy Minister of Youth and Sport, Deputy Minister of Labour and Human Resources Development and has been a member of the National Assembly for 15 years.

Following his retirement from public office, Hishongwa went on to serve the community as Senior Headman of Omhedi District in the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority until his passing aged 80 on 01 September 2023.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency