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Eswatini Prime Minister, Ambrose Dlamini, Contracts Coronavirus

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Eswatini Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini has tested positive for Covid-19.

Dlamini, a business executive and the tenth Prime Minister of Eswatini, disclosed this on Sunday, adding that he was self-isolating at home.

He said that he was asymptomatic and was feeling well.

“I wish to inform the Nation that I have tested positive for COVID-19,” Dlamini said in a statement.

“I am asymptomatic and feeling well but in isolation, in line with health protocols, and being supported by the Ministry of Health medical personnel at home.

“I will continue working from home until I am cleared from the virus. All my close contacts for the past week are being tested and are expected to self-isolate and follow the necessary health guidelines.”

Dlamini urged his people to follow COVID-19 measures.

“May I take this opportunity to remind Emaswati the importance of adhering to all COVID-19 health guidelines at all times which include washing hands regularly with running water and soap or using a sanitiser, wearing a face mask in public and observing social distancing protocols,” he said.

“Avoid crowded places and ensure to only stay in properly ventilated spaces even when using public transport,” he instructed.

All the prime minister’s close contacts have been tested and are isolating.

The country on Sunday tested 384 samples out of which two were found to be positive, according to a statement from the health ministry.

So far, the kingdom has confirmed 119 COVID-19-related deaths and 6,095 infections, according to figures compiled by US-based Johns Hopkins University.

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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.

​Read also: https://newscentral.africa/rwanda-to-create-green-energy-bank/

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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Nigeria To Ban Fish Importation By 2022

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Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, says the West African country plans to ban fish importation in the next two years.

The minister, who said this when he spoke at the 35th Annual Conference of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria in Abuja on Monday, added that the Nigerian government had ordered fish importers to consider farming and production locally.

Nanono noted that President Muhammadu Buhari has initiated and is implementing programmes, especially in the agriculture sector, to diversify the economy.

Nanono, who was represented by the Director of Federal Department of Fisheries, Mr Imeh Umoh, noted that an estimated over 12 million Nigerians are actively engaged in primary fish production.

He added that contribution of fisheries to the national Gross Domestic Products is about 4.5 per cent.

He said, “Let me inform you that the vision of Mr President is to grow Nigeria’s agriculture sector to achieve a hunger-free nation, through agriculture that drives income growth, accelerate the achievement of food and nutritional security, generate employment and transform Nigeria into a leading player in the group of food and fish markets, and to create wealth for millions. It is in this regard that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, under this present administration, is pursuing a holistic approach to the development of the fisheries subsector through the diversification programme along the value chain process.

“In line with the theme of this conference, the ministry has developed various programmes to increase domestic food/fish production and the main target is the empowerment of the youth and other groups especially the women. All these programmes are tailored towards wealth and jobs creation, arrest and prevention of youth restiveness. Currently, the total demand for fish is 3.6 million tonnes annually while Nigerian is producing 1.1 million tonnes, leaving a deficit of about 2.5 million tonnes to be supplemented by importation.

“As part of the measures of the ministry to reduce this importation and generate employment, the government has directed all fish importers to go into backwards integration for local consumption and export to the international market. In this regard, several companies have complied with the policy and the ministry is optimistic that in the next two years, Nigeria will have no business with importation of fish.”

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Tunisia’s Jerandi To Chair IOF Session

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The Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Emigration and Tunisians Abroad, Othman Jerandi, will be in Paris on Tuesday and Wednesday where he will chair the 39th ministerial conference of the the International Organisation of the Francophonie (IOF).

The Tunisian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that this session, which will be chaired by Tunisia as the host country of the 18th Francophonie Summit, scheduled for 2021, will be mainly devoted to discussions on ways and means to strengthen cooperation and coordination among member countries in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The meeting will also look at several initiatives and activities relating to cooperation within the framework of the IOF.

These include those concerning the economic strategy of La Francophonie for the 2020/2025 period, the Women’s Support Fund and the role of the organisation at the international level.

Preparations for the next Summit will also be presented to participants at the 39th ministerial conference.

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