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South African Dies In Zimbabwe’s Plane Crash

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A South African national was found dead, and two others critically injured, in a crashed plane belonging to the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZIMPARKS) in Zambezi Valley.

Local reports on Tuesday said that a fourth person, who was on the four-seat Cessna 182 light aircraft, is still missing.

It said a 25-man search team has been combing the Chewore Safari Area, Zambezi Valley, in northern Zimbabwe to find him.

The deceased is a South African researcher, who was conducting a game survey with a compatriot and two Zimbabweans, including the pilot, the newspaper said.

Rescuers found the pilot and the other South African researcher badly injured, about 48 hours after the plane disappeared from the radar.

Zimbabwean and Zambian authorities are jointly carrying out the search for the missing passenger.

ZIMPARKS spokesperson, Tinashe Farawo, confirmed the plane crash and said the injured had been taken to Kariba Hospital.

“It is not yet clear what caused the crash and investigations are still in progress.

“We have engaged authorities in Zambia to help in the search for the fourth person who remains missing.”

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Egypt Poverty Rate Decreases for 1st Time in 20 Years

In the latest figures released by CAPMAS, the country’s poverty rate declined to 29.7%, compared to 32.5% in the study of income and spending for FY 2017/18.

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The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) has disclosed that Egypt’s poverty rate has declined for the first time since fiscal year (FY) 1999/00.

In the latest figures released by CAPMAS, the country’s poverty rate declined to 29.7%, compared to 32.5% in the study of income and spending for FY 2017/18.

The results were revealed during a speech by CAPMAS head Khairat Barakat at a press conference in the presence of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and a number of ministers.

He explained that the average household income has increased 15% from EGP 60,400 to EGP 69,000, and the average family spending increased from EGP 61,000 to EGP 63,000.

He, however, pointed to the decline in extreme poverty from 6.2% in the previous research. to 4.5% in the FY 2019/20 research.

He also said that the average spending on food support for families reached 1,420, indicating that the number of families receiving support amounted to 84% compared to 88% in the previous research.

He attributed the decline to the Ministry of Supply’s re-review of those families eligible for subsidies.

Egypt’s Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala El-Said said that the study of income, expenditure and consumption is of special importance. By studying these aspects, the state can monitor the average and patterns of consumption and expenditure for families and individuals, according to the social, demographic and economic characteristics of the population.

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The study also provides data that are used to measure the living standards of families and individuals, as well as creating databases for measuring poverty, whether material or multidimensional.

The data additionally is used to calculate the average annual consumption expenditure of families and individuals, for each item of spending. It is used to study the factors affecting consumption, identify the relative distribution for household spending on different spending items, and uses them as weights in calculating the consumer price index.

The index is an indicator for measuring inflation, in addition to providing the necessary data for preparing national accounts. This includes tables of inputs and outputs and commodity scales and identifying the average household and individual income according to different sources of income.

El-Said added that all these indicators and data included in the research represent a basic pillar for development planning and directing the state’s efforts to achieve comprehensive and sustainable development.

“In recent years, the poverty rate decreased for the first time since 1999, decreasing to 29.7% compared to 32.5% in FY 2017/18, as the poverty rate decreased in all regions and the decline was greater in rural Lower Egypt by (4.73%), followed by rural Upper Egypt (3.79%),” El-Said, “The research also indicates an increase in the average annual net income for a family at  Egypt from EGP 60,400 in FY 2017/18 to EGP 69,100 in FY 2019/20, an increase of about 15%.”

“The average annual income of a family in urban areas rose from EGP 69,600 annually in FY 2017/18, to EGP 80,900 in FY 2019/20, reflecting an increase of 16.3%,” El-Said said, “The average annual income of a family in rural areas increased from EGP 52,700 annually in FY 2017/18 to EGP 59,700 annually in FY 2019/20, reflecting an increase of 13.3%.”

The minister also said that one of the most important indicators included in the research includes the increase in the proportion of poor with the increase in the size of the family, as large families are more vulnerable to poverty.

With this in mind, this places importance on controlling population growth rates and addressing the imbalance between the rate of population growth and the size of resources. In turn, this devours the results and fruits of the achieved growth and even threatens more pressures and economic and social challenges.

It also leads to a decline in the return from development efforts, as it increases the difficulty of facing the problems of unemployment and the disparity in development indicators between different regions and governorates.

The state must work to manage the housing issue, by controlling population growth, and upgrading population characteristics, such as education, health, job opportunities, and empowerment.

In this context, the state is also looking to meet this challenge by developing a comprehensive plan to control population growth rates. This will be implemented as of early 2021, in cooperation between all ministries and relevant authorities.

At the conclusion of her speech, El-Said confirmed that the relative improvement and positive indicators included in the income and spending research for this year indicates that Egypt is on the right path. This encourages the state to continue its efforts in this direction.

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Private Sector Key To Realising Sustainability Agenda In Africa – UN

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The United Nation Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed is asking African governments to leverage capital, technology, and manpower from industry to hasten realisation of sustainability agenda and pandemic recovery in the continent.

She made this call on Thursday during a virtual summit to discuss the role of business in the attainment of key Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) like poverty eradication, health, and gender parity in Africa.

Mohammed, in her remarks, emphasised that targeted investments from Africa’s indigenous businesses are required to catalyse inclusive growth in the continent amid COVID-19 linked economic shocks.

“The private sector in Africa should seize the opportunity to invest sustainably and create a peaceful, prosperous continent that is also resilient to the shocks triggered by the pandemic,” said Mohamed.

More than 2,000 delegates including policymakers, donors, and grassroots campaigners participated in the day-long virtual summit dubbed “Uniting Business for the Africa We Want: Decade of Action and Opportunities”.

The summit that was organised by the UN Global Compact in collaboration with local private sector networks in Africa, discussed market-led interventions that can revitalise the sustainability agenda in the continent.

The UN Deputy Secretary-General said that Africa requires private sector investments to address chronic underdevelopment, inequality, youth unemployment, and the public health crisis created by COVID-19.

“The business sector should be on the frontline of efforts to re-energise African economies and enhance their resilience to the pandemic by tapping into innovations,” said Mohammed.

She said that robust policies should be enacted to foster the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and tackle Africa’s gaping youth unemployment.

Hanna Tetteh, UN Secretary General’s Special Representative to the AU said that businesses should embrace sustainability principles across their key operations in order to strengthen the response to the climate crisis, pandemics, and civil disruptions in Africa.

“We should utilise the energy, innovation, and creativity of African entrepreneurs to boost recovery from the pandemic, create decent jobs for the youth and strengthen cohesion,” said Tetteh.

Sanda Ojiambo, Executive Director of UN Global Compact, on her part pointed out that the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a reawakening among African businesses on the need to invest in programmes that transform local communities.

“African businesses have been working hand in hand with governments to help defeat the pandemic by providing communities with sanitizers, clean water, and protective gear,” said Ojiambo.

“These businesses are providing local solutions to the challenge of poverty, hunger, lack of clean water, and disease.

“Those actions have ensured the continent is closer to realising the UN 2030 goals and Agenda 2063,” she added.

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UK Sends Troops To Mali On Peacekeeping

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The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has sent the first of 300 British troops to Mali to join the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and bolster the organisation’s peacekeeping in the West African country.

The first of the British troops have already arrived in Mali, with the rest due to follow within a week.

The UK’s defence ministry says the force will join 14,000 peacekeepers from 50 nations, to protect Mali’s population from growing Islamist violence.

The British troops will provide MINUSMA with a dedicated long-range ground reconnaissance capability that has been lacking since soldiers from the Dutch 11 Air Mobile Brigade completed their last patrol in April 2019.

Most of the British troops are drawn from the Light Dragoons and Anglian Regiments who will be supported by a detachment from 32 Regiment Royal Artillery, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) unit.

More than 5,000 French troops have underpinned the operation, but President Emmanuel Macron is under pressure to reduce his forces.

The mission to the Sahel region of Africa has been described as the world’s most dangerous peacekeeping deployment.

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