Infectious Disease Holding Units Installed at Four Border Posts in Ghana

IOM Ghana in partnership with the Government of Ghana installed four infectious disease holding units at Sampa and Elubo Points of Entry (border with Cote d’Ivoire), as well as the Hamile and Paga Points of Entry (border with Burkina Faso), to enhance the screening and surveillance capacities for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and other communicable diseases at these key border posts.

The holding units will facilitate the isolation of suspected cases of infectious diseases prior to their referral to the nearest health facilities for further management.

The holding units are equipped with examination couches, washrooms, hand washing sinks and a store room which is stocked with Personal Protective Equipment (including disposable gloves, disposable face masks, hand sanitizers, disposable aprons) as well as hygiene and cleaning equipment, and laser infra-red thermometers. The units also have their own individual sewer systems which are separate from the general public sewage system to avoid contamination.

The provision of these holding units comes as a result of a joint IOM/Ghana Health Service assessment of some selected major entry/exit points in Ghana to evaluate their EVD preparedness, which was carried out in May-June 2015.

While the team realized that the Aflao border had a structure for a holding unit which received some support by way of equipment, Sampa, Elubo, Paga and Hamile land borders did not have any holding sites to isolate suspected cases, and as such risked exposing travellers and border staff to infection from sick travellers. These units will go a long way to helping Port Health and other key border agencies to properly manage sick travellers with high infectivity at these points of entry.

Between February 19 and 24, the four holding units were handed over to the respective District Health Management Teams and District Assemblies. The handing over brought together Regional Directors of Health, District Directors of Health, District Chief Executives, District heads of the Ghana Immigration Service, Port Health Unit, Customs Division, Police Service as well as other stakeholders and opinion leaders.

The IOM Chief of Mission in Ghana, Sylvia Lopez-Ekra participated in the handing over ceremony that took place in Sampa on 19 February 2016. On this occasion she reiterated the need to ensure that frontline Port Health Officers work in the best conditions of safety and effectiveness possible, but also stressed the importance of interacting with sick travelers in a way that fully respects their dignity and is non-stigmatizing.

“The Ebola epidemic in West Africa taught us two important things: First that the spread of Ebola was fueled among other things by the inability to control and screen population movements across borders, and second, that sick travelers should be swiftly identified and cared for with extra caution. With these new infectious disease holding units we are making an important contribution to addressing those two issues,” she said.

These activities are part of the IOM Ghana EVD Preparedness programme implemented since April 2015. The programme supports the government of Ghana’s efforts to prevent outbreaks of EVD and other infectious diseases, and to strengthening the capacity of border officials to conduct EVD surveillance.

The programme also protects frontline officers through the provision of protective and hand washing equipment, and EVD related screening and infection control procedures training and guidelines on the distribution of Health Declaration Forms.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of International Office of Migration (IOM).

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IOM Evacuates 250 Most Vulnerable Ethiopian Migrants from Yemen

IOM in Yemen resumed humanitarian evacuations of stranded Ethiopian migrants on 15 March, assisting a group of 250 most vulnerable individuals, including 129 women, 94 unaccompanied minors, and 24 persons with medical cases.

Since mid-September (2015), IOM had paused the operations that evacuated 4,222 migrants from Yemen due to lack of funding. Having recently received new financial pledges, IOM and government partners in Yemen – including Ethiopia’s embassy – and throughout the region have been working continuously to relaunch the much-needed evacuation operation.

“The operational plan for 2016 starting this month – during its initial phase – aims to evacuate 1,250 migrants stranded in Yemen,” said Chissey Mueller, IOM Yemen’s Migrant Assistance and Protection Officer. She added: “They are caught between the conflict’s front lines and unable to move forward or turn back.”

Since the escalation of Yemen’s conflict, migrants have been part of the civilian population affected by airstrikes, ground shelling and street fighting. Despite difficulties in reaching conflict-affected locations, IOM during the last two months has assisted more than 1,000 stranded and destitute migrants, mainly at the Migrant Response Points in Aden and Hodeidah, with medical care, non-food items, and temporary shelter for the most vulnerable cases.

Despite challenges posed by conflict context, IOM assisted over 13,000 vulnerable and stranded migrants in Yemen in 2015.

The evacuation will be carried out by using boat from Hodeidah, Yemen to Obock, Djibouti and by using land transportation from Obock to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In Ethiopia the returnees will be provided with post arrival assistance including post return medical treatment, temporary accommodation and family tracing and reunification for Unaccompanied Migrant Children.

“We thought that we are going to die here and I am very happy and I admit that nothing is better than returning back home,” said 20-year-old Tamria, a migrant from Ethiopia.

According to IOM estimates, there are several thousand more stranded migrants seeking to escape from Yemen’s conflict. IOM intends to operate both sea and air evacuations in the coming months, aiming to benefit 6,900 migrants.

The resumption of the evacuation operation from Hodeidah seaport was supported by IOM emergency funds while the IOM’s migrant assistance and protection operations are supported by the DFID, ECHO, US Department of State, Sida, UN-CERF, and USAIM.

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Death of United Nations Volunteer assigned to The United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI)

The United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme regrets to announce the death of a United Nations Volunteer who was serving as civilian personnel in the Engineering Section of UNOCI.

Mrs. Anita Andreevska Mitrovska was killed during the attack that took place on Sunday, 13 March in Grand-Bassam, outside of Abidjan, condemned by the Secretary – General of the United Nations.

The late Mrs Anita Andreevska Mitrovska had arrived in Côte d’Ivoire on 28 December, 2015 to take up her assignment as Camp Manager in Anankouakouté for ONUCI. Originally from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Anita Andreevska Mitrovska had also served as a UN Volunteer from 2012 to 2015 in Afghanistan.

UNOCI and UNV are sincerely saddened and express their condolences to the late Mrs. Anita Andreevska Mitrovska family, friends and colleagues.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Opération des Nations Unies en Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI).

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Sage Foundation supports education in Nigeria

Sage Foundation (http://www.Sage.com/company/sage_foundation) has partnered with Sesôr Africa (http://www.SesorAfrica.org), a Nigerian non-profit organisation, to completely refurbish the school library at the Strides Towers College in Lagos, Nigeria.

Sage volunteers are helping to refurbish the school library — a process that includes furnishing the library, painting and redecorating, and providing books and educational materials.

Sage, the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll, and payment systems, launched its global foundation to set a new benchmark for corporate partnerships through its 2+2+2 model for working with the community.

Under this unique model, Sage is committed to giving 2% of employee time (5 days paid volunteering per year), 2% of free cash flow and 2 donated software licences to eligible registered charities, social enterprises and non-profit organisations.

Sesôr Africa works to empower survivors of emergencies to improve their lives by providing disaster relief and supporting rehabilitation of survivors and their families. It is currently working with around 30 children at Strides Towers College who have lived through emergency situations.

Ivan Epstein (https://twitter.com/IvanEpstein), President for Sage International and Chairman of Sage Foundation: “Sage Foundation is committed to transforming the communities globally where we are present as well as the lives of those less privileged by investing time, money, expertise and technology. We believe in a socially-responsible world and in playing a positive role in societies. Focusing on education is one way that we can make a real impact. We hope that the library at Strides Towers College will help the children to prepare themselves for a bright future.”

“We are open about how we give, not only financially but through the participation of colleagues who are also empowered to give to the causes that matter to them,” says Magnus Nmonwu (https://twitter.com/mnmonwu), Regional Director for Sage West Africa. “It is inspiring to see how excited our team is to be part of this initiative.”

“Sesôr and our educational partner, Mend a Life Initiative, are proud to work with Sage Foundation. We are glad that disadvantaged children at this school will have the resources they need for a quality education. It is especially inspiring to see the Sage Team interacting with the children – this gives them a boost money cannot buy,” said Ier Jonathan-Ichaver, Executive Director at Sesôr.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Sage.

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Sage Foundation supports education in Nigeria

Sage Foundation (http://www.Sage.com/company/sage_foundation) has partnered with Sesôr Africa (http://www.SesorAfrica.org), a Nigerian non-profit organisation, to completely refurbish the school library at the Strides Towers College in Lagos, Nigeria.

Sage volunteers are helping to refurbish the school library — a process that includes furnishing the library, painting and redecorating, and providing books and educational materials.

Sage, the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll, and payment systems, launched its global foundation to set a new benchmark for corporate partnerships through its 2+2+2 model for working with the community.

Under this unique model, Sage is committed to giving 2% of employee time (5 days paid volunteering per year), 2% of free cash flow and 2 donated software licences to eligible registered charities, social enterprises and non-profit organisations.

Sesôr Africa works to empower survivors of emergencies to improve their lives by providing disaster relief and supporting rehabilitation of survivors and their families. It is currently working with around 30 children at Strides Towers College who have lived through emergency situations.

Ivan Epstein (https://twitter.com/IvanEpstein), President for Sage International and Chairman of Sage Foundation: “Sage Foundation is committed to transforming the communities globally where we are present as well as the lives of those less privileged by investing time, money, expertise and technology. We believe in a socially-responsible world and in playing a positive role in societies. Focusing on education is one way that we can make a real impact. We hope that the library at Strides Towers College will help the children to prepare themselves for a bright future.”

“We are open about how we give, not only financially but through the participation of colleagues who are also empowered to give to the causes that matter to them,” says Magnus Nmonwu (https://twitter.com/mnmonwu), Regional Director for Sage West Africa. “It is inspiring to see how excited our team is to be part of this initiative.”

“Sesôr and our educational partner, Mend a Life Initiative, are proud to work with Sage Foundation. We are glad that disadvantaged children at this school will have the resources they need for a quality education. It is especially inspiring to see the Sage Team interacting with the children – this gives them a boost money cannot buy,” said Ier Jonathan-Ichaver, Executive Director at Sesôr.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Sage.

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Sage Foundation supports education in Nigeria

Sage Foundation (http://www.Sage.com/company/sage_foundation) has partnered with Sesôr Africa (http://www.SesorAfrica.org), a Nigerian non-profit organisation, to completely refurbish the school library at the Strides Towers College in Lagos, Nigeria.

Sage volunteers are helping to refurbish the school library — a process that includes furnishing the library, painting and redecorating, and providing books and educational materials.

Sage, the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll, and payment systems, launched its global foundation to set a new benchmark for corporate partnerships through its 2+2+2 model for working with the community.

Under this unique model, Sage is committed to giving 2% of employee time (5 days paid volunteering per year), 2% of free cash flow and 2 donated software licences to eligible registered charities, social enterprises and non-profit organisations.

Sesôr Africa works to empower survivors of emergencies to improve their lives by providing disaster relief and supporting rehabilitation of survivors and their families. It is currently working with around 30 children at Strides Towers College who have lived through emergency situations.

Ivan Epstein (https://twitter.com/IvanEpstein), President for Sage International and Chairman of Sage Foundation: “Sage Foundation is committed to transforming the communities globally where we are present as well as the lives of those less privileged by investing time, money, expertise and technology. We believe in a socially-responsible world and in playing a positive role in societies. Focusing on education is one way that we can make a real impact. We hope that the library at Strides Towers College will help the children to prepare themselves for a bright future.”

“We are open about how we give, not only financially but through the participation of colleagues who are also empowered to give to the causes that matter to them,” says Magnus Nmonwu (https://twitter.com/mnmonwu), Regional Director for Sage West Africa. “It is inspiring to see how excited our team is to be part of this initiative.”

“Sesôr and our educational partner, Mend a Life Initiative, are proud to work with Sage Foundation. We are glad that disadvantaged children at this school will have the resources they need for a quality education. It is especially inspiring to see the Sage Team interacting with the children – this gives them a boost money cannot buy,” said Ier Jonathan-Ichaver, Executive Director at Sesôr.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Sage.

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Mobile: +27 (0) 82 086 0073
Joanne.VanDerWalt@sage.com

About Sage

Sage (www.Sage.com) is the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, supporting the ambition of the world’s entrepreneurs. Sage began as a small business in the UK 30 years ago and over 13000 colleagues now support millions of entrepreneurs across 23 countries as they power the global economy. We reinvent and simplify business accounting through brilliant technology, working with a thriving community of entrepreneurs, business owners, tradespeople, accountants, partners and developers. And as a FTSE 100 business, we are active in supporting our local communities and invest in making a real difference through the philanthropy of the Sage Foundation.

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President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and AU Envoy to Somalia discuss ways to improve SNA/AMISOM military operations

The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud met with the African Union Envoy and head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Jose Madeira.

The meeting discussed how Troop Contributing Countries (TCC) will implement the actions arising from the Djibouti Declaration (February 2016), and how to best strengthen the operational capacity of AMISOM and Somali National Army (SNA).

Among the issues discussed both in Djibouti and in Mogadishu, include providing the necessary resources to AMISOM and the SNA, and the more effective coordination, collaboration and efficient communication between AMISOM and the SNA.

The President and Ambassador Madeira agreed to form a task force that will implement and monitor the Djibouti TCC Summit outcomes and the ongoing cooperation between AMISOM and the SNA.

The meeting also discussed ways to provide basic stabilization needs to areas liberated from Al-Shabaab.
Military commanders from Somalia and AMISOM attended the meeting.

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More in store for African retail & consumer businesses – prospects remain positive: PwC report

Africa’s economy has seen modest growth in the wake of falling commodity prices, slowing revenues and volatile currencies. The moderation in growth impacts a range of industries and sectors, including retail and consumer products that must contend with rising costs, and a fall in prices.

Despite the decline in growth, the long-term outlook remains positive. The economic growth predicted for 2016 and beyond in some African countries and the growth expected in Africa’s consumer market provides major opportunities for retail and consumer companies looking to the future. These are some of the highlights from a report released by PwC today (www.PwC.com).

“As Africa has risen to prominence as an investment destination over the past several years, so the role of retail and consumer goods has taken on greater significance,” says Anton Hugo, Retail and Consumer Industry Leader, PwC Africa. “Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) remains one of the fastest growing regions in the world and the successful expansion of a number of global and African retailers and consumer goods companies across the region speaks to the opportunities that exist.”

“However, Africa’s fortunes are very much tied to those of the global economy. Pressure on emerging market currencies coupled with a decline in oil and other commodity prices has seen pressure on government revenues and the ability of governments to increase social expenditure and wages in the public sector. African retailers will need to focus their efforts on operational efficiency and managing the effect on their operations of volatile currencies,” adds Edafe Erhie, PwC Partner in Nigeria.

PwC’s inaugural publication entitled ‘So much in store’, is an in-depth study into the make-up of SSA’s retail and consumer goods industries, and provides an outlook for the coming five years by focusing on 10 African economies that we believe offer some of the most compelling opportunities for retail and consumer businesses looking to expand into Africa: Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Côte d’ Ivore, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

Trends shaping the retail and consumer sector in SSA

Significant global megatrends will help drive the retail and consumer goods industries and create future opportunities. Africa’s demographic dividend, its growing middle class and rising income levels, and rapid urbanisation will all have a part to play in the continued growth of the retail sector across the continent.

Currently, Africa is home to more than one billion people which is expected to increase to more than two billion by 2050Africa’s working age population is forecast to grow at a faster rate than its overall population. When the labour force grows more rapidly than the population dependent on it, resources become available for investment in economic development and personal consumption. This offers an opportunity for rapid economic growth.

More informed and healthier consumers

Changes in consumer lifestyles and ambitions are influencing purchasing behaviour and patterns, according to leading retailers. Overall, consumers in SSA are becoming more aspirational and brand-conscious. “Africans are becoming more connected to global trends than ever before as a result of growth in internet penetration and travel,” explains Hugo.

Those that can afford it are also becoming more health-conscious, favouring nutritious and healthy foods.

Home-grown champions make their mark

Closer to home, African organisations are becoming dominant players in local markets and expanding their presence across the rest of the continent.

Informal trade continues to lead

For the foreseeable future informal retail will continue to dominate sales in SSA. With the exception of South Africa and Angola, it is estimated that upwards of 90% of sales in the focus countries is through informal channels such as markets, kiosks, table-top sellers and street hawkers.

“However, the industry is in the process of modernising with a number of western-style shopping centres taking shape in countries like Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana. It is also interesting to note that in some countries such as Ghana, Nigeria and Zambia, many of the malls are anchored by South African retailers. For some countries, the building of shopping malls is a challenging and expensive business due to the difficulties in securing land, resources, and the costs associated with building,” says Michael Mugasa, PwC Partner in Kenya.

Local production on the rise

Increasingly there is a growing movement towards local production. This trend is driven by a number of factors. These include, amongst others, political stability and government incentives to boost local manufacturing. Despite the opportunities, manufacturing in Africa comes with numerous challenges.

Supply chain optimisation

A critical success factor for retailers and consumer goods companies moving into many African countries has been their ability to implement supply chains that deal with the operational challenges that exist. “Given the size of Africa, supply chains tend to be complex and expensive,” says Hugo. “Other obstacles include poor transport, inadequate local supply capacity and the dominance of informal retail trade.”

Distribution

The dominance of informal trade and Africa’s large rural population makes distribution a complex exercise. However, as 90% of sales are made through informal channels, those that ignore this segment are missing out on a significant share of potential revenue. There are also many examples of companies that have introduced innovative ways of improving their distribution in various countries.

Hugo concludes: “Each country in Africa has its own value proposition. Smart investing in Africa means investors need to understand key regions and local markets. Despite these risks, investors and retailers will continue to see the African market as a huge opportunity.”

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC).

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The 581st meeting of the AUPSC on the latest developments in the situation in Guinea-Bissau

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 581st meeting, held on 9 March 2016, received a briefing provided by Commissioner for Peace and Security on the latest developments in the situation in Guinea-Bissau.

Council, recalling the decision taken by the Assembly of the Union, at its 26th Ordinary session, held in Addis Ababa, on 30 and 31 January 2016, reiterated its serious concern about the institutional crisis in Guinea-Bissau. Council also expressed its concern at the risks that this crisis can have on the still fragile political and security situation, as well as on the efforts towards economic and social recovery of the country. Council noted that the divergences that emerged between the main authorities of the State institutions, in addition to those related to the interpretation of the provisions of the Constitution concerning the respective powers of the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister, are of a nature to further weaken the process of stabilizing Guinea-Bissau. In this regard, Council already noted the difficulties which this situation generates for the functioning of the public administration and economic activities, as well as a certain upsurge of insecurity and social unrest in the city of Bissau.

Council urged the political actors, as well as all the political and military authorities of Guinea-Bissau, to exercise utmost restraint and a high sense of responsibility, with a view to finding, through dialogue and consultation, the best solutions to their political differences, in order to preserve the still fragile gains made, thanks to the efforts of peace building and post-conflict reconstruction, with the support of the countries of the region, the AU and the international community, as a whole.

Council stressed the importance of respecting the Constitution and marked its readiness to support, if necessary, a revision of the Constitution, which would clarify the provisions, which are a source of divergent interpretations. Council reiterated the support of the AU to the drafting of a Stability Pact and the process for the organization of a Conference on national reconciliation.

Council welcomed the efforts made by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), particularly through the action of its current Chairman, President Macky Sall of Senegal and the former President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria. Council also welcomed the recent visit of the UN Security Council to Guinea-Bissau. Council, in addition, took note with appreciation, of the initiatives taken by the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) in favour of peace and stability in Guinea-Bissau.

Council agreed to immediately undertake a visit to Guinea-Bissau in order to assess the situation and identify the ways and means by which it can contribute to the resolution of the institutional crisis and stabilization of Guinea-Bissau.

Council agreed to remain seized of the situation.

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The Project for the Construction of Agriculture and Fishery Processing Factory for the Community Empowerment within the Marenga fishing village

The Government of Japan has been providing funds to local non-profit organizations through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) since 1989.

The Ground Breaking Ceremony of a GGP project “The Project for the Construction of Agriculture and Fishery Processing Factory for the Community Empowerment within the Marenga fishing village” was held in Budalangi, Bunyala, Busia County on 11th March, 2016.

The Grant Contract of this project had previously been signed at the Embassy of Japan in Nairobi on 26th of January, 2016 by H.E. Tatsushi Terada, the Ambassador of Japan to Kenya and the grantee organization, Bunyala Industrial Park Self Help Group. The signing ceremony had been witnessed by among others, Hon. Ababu Namwamba, Member of Parliament, Budalangi Constituency in Busia County.

The project received a grant of US$ 81,629 (approx. Kshs 8.0 Million) for the construction of a Processing Factory and installation of a processing machine for the Omena fish. A packaging machine will also be installed to enable transportation of the Omena and Rice to the market. This project aims to empower the community within the Marenga fishing village in Budalangi Constituency, Busia County.

Mr. Mikio Mori, The Deputy Ambassador of Japan to Kenya, congratulated Bunyala Industrial Park Self Help Group Oasis Group for initiating the project.

He mentioned the strong ties of friendship between Japan and Kenya stating that Kenya is the largest recipient of Japan’s ODA in the Sub-Saharan Africa. One of the ODA projects, “The Lake Victoria Comprehensive Ecosystem and Aquatic Environment Research for Development Project” which was funded by the Government of Japan is currently ongoing in the area. It is a collaborative project which involves Maseno University, Nagasaki University and the governments of Kenya and Japan.

Mr. Mori explained that the Japanese people love eating fish from sea and rice with almost every meal in their food culture. He hoped that the similarities of the food culture with that of the project beneficiaries would create the first step towards entrepreneurial opportunities through exchange of ideas between the two countries. He also stated that Japan had a long history of technology and experience in fisheries and could contribute to the development of the Kenyan fisheries sector.

Mr. Mori informed the gathering that the next Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), the first TICAD ever held in Africa and out of Japan, would be in Kenya later in the year, on 27th and 28th August. Not only would the TICAD have historical significance, it would also further strengthen ties between Japan and Africa.

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The Project for the Construction of Agriculture and Fishery Processing Factory for the Community Empowerment within the Marenga fishing village

The Government of Japan has been providing funds to local non-profit organizations through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) since 1989.

The Ground Breaking Ceremony of a GGP project “The Project for the Construction of Agriculture and Fishery Processing Factory for the Community Empowerment within the Marenga fishing village” was held in Budalangi, Bunyala, Busia County on 11th March, 2016.

The Grant Contract of this project had previously been signed at the Embassy of Japan in Nairobi on 26th of January, 2016 by H.E. Tatsushi Terada, the Ambassador of Japan to Kenya and the grantee organization, Bunyala Industrial Park Self Help Group. The signing ceremony had been witnessed by among others, Hon. Ababu Namwamba, Member of Parliament, Budalangi Constituency in Busia County.

The project received a grant of US$ 81,629 (approx. Kshs 8.0 Million) for the construction of a Processing Factory and installation of a processing machine for the Omena fish. A packaging machine will also be installed to enable transportation of the Omena and Rice to the market. This project aims to empower the community within the Marenga fishing village in Budalangi Constituency, Busia County.

Mr. Mikio Mori, The Deputy Ambassador of Japan to Kenya, congratulated Bunyala Industrial Park Self Help Group Oasis Group for initiating the project.

He mentioned the strong ties of friendship between Japan and Kenya stating that Kenya is the largest recipient of Japan’s ODA in the Sub-Saharan Africa. One of the ODA projects, “The Lake Victoria Comprehensive Ecosystem and Aquatic Environment Research for Development Project” which was funded by the Government of Japan is currently ongoing in the area. It is a collaborative project which involves Maseno University, Nagasaki University and the governments of Kenya and Japan.

Mr. Mori explained that the Japanese people love eating fish from sea and rice with almost every meal in their food culture. He hoped that the similarities of the food culture with that of the project beneficiaries would create the first step towards entrepreneurial opportunities through exchange of ideas between the two countries. He also stated that Japan had a long history of technology and experience in fisheries and could contribute to the development of the Kenyan fisheries sector.

Mr. Mori informed the gathering that the next Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), the first TICAD ever held in Africa and out of Japan, would be in Kenya later in the year, on 27th and 28th August. Not only would the TICAD have historical significance, it would also further strengthen ties between Japan and Africa.

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The Project for the Construction of JOYWO Women Economic Empowerment Training Centre

The Government of Japan has been providing funds to local non-profit organizations through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) since 1989. This year, the following organization is one of the few selected to receive a grant.

Project : The Project for the Construction of JOYWO Women Economic Empowerment Training Centre

Grantee: Joyful Women Organization

Grant Amount: US$ 119,490 (approx. Kshs 11.5 Million)

Event: Grant Contract Signing Ceremony

Date: 16th March, 2016

Time: 9:10am (Kindly requested to be seated by 9:05)

Venue: Embassy of Japan in Kenya Mara Road, Upper Hill, Nairobi

Key Personalities:

H.E. Mrs. Rael Ruto,

H.E. Mr. Tatsushi TERADA , the Ambassador of Japan to Kenya

Representatives of the media are welcome to cover this event

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