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China Exempts Burkinabe Products from Customs Duties

“According to the trade agreement between Burkina Faso and China, 97 per cent of Burkinabe products are exempted from customs duties on Chinese territory.”

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The Chinese embassy in Burkina Faso on Monday presented a mechanism for exempting 97 per cent of products of Burkinabe origin from customs duties, in order to “boost trade cooperation” by increasing the volume of exports to its market, according to official sources.

“According to the trade agreement between Burkina Faso and China, 97 per cent of Burkinabe products are exempted from customs duties on Chinese territory.” This is a competitive advantage for our products,” the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Commerce, Boubacar Traoré, said after a ceremony to present the exemption mechanism.

Traoré stressed that although the Chinese market is the third-largest destination for Burkinabe products on the Asian continent, “only 0.4 per cent of exports worth an estimated US$13.7 million is destined for China”.

These exports consist mainly of unprocessed agricultural products.

Read also: China to intensify African investment prospects

According to the Director-General of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Burkina Faso, Issaka Kargougou, these actions will improve the positioning of Burkina Faso on the Chinese market, which is full of opportunities.

However, he noted the condition for economic operators in Burkina Faso is to prove the Burkinabe origin of products.

To this end, Burkina Faso has signed and communicated the names of specimen signatures of persons authorised to issue certificates for the Chinese market.

These are officials of the Ministry of Finance and those of the Ministry of Commerce, he said.

He added that Burkinabe economic operators who wish to benefit from these advantages on the Chinese market must take up the challenge of mastering the requirements of the Chinese market.

Related: Suspected Militants Kill 14 Soldiers In Burkina Faso

“The Chamber of Commerce strongly believes in the benefits of opening up the Chinese market. China is an example of success and resilience. We are convinced that the alliances that are being forged between our economic operators will enable us to carry out projects that are the levers of growth,” said Mr Kargougou.

He said he plans to open a representation of the Burkina Faso Chamber of Commerce in China as soon as conditions are favourable.

China’s ambassador to Burkina Faso, Li Jian, said that exports of Burkinabe products to the People’s Republic of China grew from CFAF 5 billion (US$9 million) in 2017 to CFAF 7 billion (US$12 million) in 2018 and CFAF 8 billion (US$14 million) in 2019, a growth of 1.6 per cent between 2018 and 2019.

Burkina Faso’s imports from China were estimated in 2019 at more than 290 billion CFA francs (US$500 million).

Burkina Faso and China re-established diplomatic relations in 2018, making Burkina Faso eligible for trade preference with China.

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Former Niger President Tandja Dies Aged 82

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Former Nigerien President, Mamadou Tandja has died at the age of 82, the country’s government has announced.

His death was announced on radio and national television with a three-day national mourning declared.

Tandja twice won the Presidential election when the West African country moved back to civilian rule in 1999. He was however toppled in 2009 after he changed the nation’s constitution to fulfill his term elongation.

Tandja, a retired Colonel in the Niger Army was first elected in 1999 after the government of Baba Mainassara was toppled. Despite an uneventful firs term, he won his re-election in 2004 amid criticisms from the opposition.

He walked a lonely path when he attempted to extend his term through a referendum. He claimed Nigeriens loved his government and wanted him to finish what he started.

In a dramatic toppling in 2010, he was kicked out of the Presidential Palace in an action that gained global attention. He was arrested afterwards but was released peacefully, and ever since remained so before his demise.

Mamadou Issoufou, Niger’s current President has mourned his predecessor, as he has promised to leave office at the expiration of his term.

This has been hailed by citizens, who have compared him with Ivory Coast’s Alassane Ouattara and Guinea’s Alpha Conde whose third term desires have caused conflicts in their country.

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Chika: Nigerian Rises From Suicidal Thoughts To Grammy Nomination

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Her very first music project, “No Squares” was released in April 2019. Ever since, Chika has been a Power Project herself. She gained greater reputation when she appeared in the movie starring Jamie Foxx and also wrote its theme song.

An overwhelming reaction when she discovered she’s been nominated for the Grammy Awards was a big statement of time and the things that have happened to the hugely talented rapper.

Born to Nigerian-American parents in 1997, Jane Chika Oranika, of Igbo descent, one of Nigeria’s foremost tribes, is one of America’s finest hip hop talents. She has walked paths that were never taken by her contemporaries; one of which was her open confrontation of Kanye West’s support for Donald Trump. Her freestyle using Kanye West’s ’Jesus Walks’ beats gave her massive attention, with stars like Erykah Badu, Jada Pinkett and others hailing her courage.

Chika’s 2019 singles, ‘High Rises’ and ‘Can’t Explain It’ are titles that perfectly describe the current time. Her high rising career almost has no explanation but the work has never stopped on her part.

She has used her music to fight against body shaming, as she once had suicidal thoughts over the lack of acceptance she suffered. Chika has also said in the past that she has never for once felt African-American.

On March 11 2020, she released ‘Industry Games’, her second EP to let out her feelings on what she has faced in the American music industry.

She was also featured on Jojo’s Sabotage which reached #18 on Billboard’s 100 and was also invited for the XXL’s 2020 Freshman Class.

Chika is highly rated in the United States as her fame keeps soaring. Earlier this year, her song ‘Crown’ was listed on Barack Obama’s 2020 Summer Playlist.

Chika, through her social media handles also supported #EndSARS protests in Nigeria and spoke against Police brutality in Africa’s biggest nation.

Her affiliation with Nigeria has never been hidden and she always calls herself one. She wears her roots with honour. Her favourite rapper is American hip-hop artiste of Nigerian descent, Wale Folarin.

In a 2019 interview with Kerby Jean-Raymond of Teen Vogue, Chika said;

“I’m Igbo. We’re all about our money. But it’s really just the energy that we bring to things. We’re a very family-oriented people.”

Battles Against Depression & Body-shaming

Chika hardly spares her thoughts on what she feels about body-shaming and what the society thinks of it.

With criticisms of movie roles by Eddie Murphy and other highly respected American legends, Chika says they played a part in the promotion of body shaming.

In various social media posts, she revealed how she rose through depression with music, a few friends, family members and her pet- a dog.

Her blossoming career has been tipped for even greater things and her Grammy nomination is the beginning she deserves.

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Ghana and Switzerland sign historic pact for Climate Action

Under the agreement, the National Clean Energy Access Programme (NCEP) will be implemented. It is expected to lead to the transfer of mitigation outcomes to Switzerland in exchange for financial resources and the extension of Swiss technical expertise as a demonstration of the scalability of Ghana’s conditional mitigation commitments.

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The government of Ghana and Switzerland has signed a bilateral pact as a framework for the implementation of Article Six (6) of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

After two years of negotiations between the two countries, the signing of the framework agreement marks the first of its kind in Africa, and second in the World. The new partnership will enable the adoption of green and low carbon technology solutions across the country resulting in social and environmentally beneficial outcomes.

With this Agreement, Ghana will receive funding from the Swiss side for sustainable development projects.  Switzerland will take carbon credits from the Ghanaian side for the emission cuts to meet her climate commitments without compromising Ghana’s effort to achieve her own climate actions.

The negotiations between technical teams of Ghana and Switzerland was further boosted by a Memorandum of Understanding signed in Bern between Ghana and Switzerland during the State visit to Switzerland by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in February, 2020.

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UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner stated, “We are proud to have been able to facilitate the dialogue between Switzerland and Ghana, build trust in the process on both sides and offer our technical support in the implementation…”

Article six (6) of the Paris Agreement on carbon markets is an innovative voluntary instrument available to countries to mobilise finance and catalyse private sector investments for the implementation of nationally determined contributions.

Steiner further explains “…We hope this bilateral agreement will enable Ghana’s national clean energy access programme (NCEP) to fulfil its objectives by abating up to 2 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, providing energy access to millions and head towards a green recovery.”

Read also: https://newscentral.africa/experts-kenya-global-emission-challenge/

In his speech, the President of Ghana H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway called on the private sector of both countries to consider “this bilateral cooperation as a step to further strengthen collaboration between Swiss and Ghanaian companies to identify commercially viable and sustainable development projects over the next decade”.  

​In formulating this agreement both parties have highlighted practical ways of operationalising the envisioned architecture of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

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Read also:https://newscentral.africa/fossil-fuel-human-cost-powering-africa/

Under the agreement, the National Clean Energy Access Programme (NCEP) will be implemented. It is expected to lead to the transfer of mitigation outcomes to Switzerland in exchange for financial resources and the extension of Swiss technical expertise as a demonstration of the scalability of Ghana’s conditional mitigation commitments.

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