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Fourth industrial revolution will be driven by technology – Raila

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ODM party leader Raila Odinga speaks during the launch of Investera Plus Africa, August 3, 2021. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]

ODM leader Raila Odinga has said industrialisation will be driven by technology and not the bottom-up economic model.

Speaking during the launch of the one-stop-shop digital platform for business information dubbed Investera Plus Africa, Raila urged leaders to invest in infrastructure.

“I believe the fourth industrial revolution will be driven by technology and not telling people about wheelbarrows. We need to embrace the idea of Investera Plus Africa,’’ said Odinga.

Deputy President William Ruto has been popularising the bottom-up economic model, which has drawn criticism from many people among them Amani National Congress party leader Musalaia Mudavadi.

Kenya is focused on the fourth industrial revolution through automation of traditional manufacturing practices, using smart technology.

Among the government’s target is the development of the iron and steel industry through the establishment of an integrated steel mill.

Development of small and medium enterprise (SME) parks, industrial and technology parks, and industrial manufacturing clusters are also other ways. Raila, who is Africa Union High Representative for Infrastructure Development, emphasised the need for the country to invest more in infrastructure for meaningful development.

“As you know, infrastructure is crucial to any development and helps open up a country for investment and development. One way of solving a country’s problems is therefore investing in infrastructure,’’ he said. He blamed unequal international trade volumes, saying Europe has 70 per cent, intra-Asia (50), South America (25) and Africa (15) due to lack of infrastructure.

“That’s why I am fighting so hard to fast-track some of the intercontinental infrastructure development like highways, railway lines, information communication technology links, open air space among others,’’ said Odinga.

ODM party leader Raila Odinga. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard]

He said the recently launched African Union’s African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which creates a market of 1.3 billion people, will not be successful if infrastructure issue is not dealt with. Raila also called upon the government to create policies and laws that protect interests of local business people against manipulation by foreign firms.

“It is laudable that Investera Plus Africa has come with capital and technology to partner with people here. However, there must be certain regulations to protect the interests of our people so that our people are not used as vehicles to create a monopoly here and in the end, profits are repatriated to pay their shareholders back home. Let them come and make profits but not at the expense of our people,’’ said Raila.”

He cited United Arab Emirates(UAE) and Dubai, which he said have laws that are helping the country achieve such. “So why can’t we also come up with such laws that protect the interests of our people?” posed Raila.

He said many young people who come up with innovations are poor because their ideas are stolen by foreign firms.

Businessman Jimi Wanjigi welcomed Raila during the launch of the United Arabs Emirates-based company in Nairobi.

Also present were Chief Administrative Secretary for Industrialisation trade and development David Osiany, Principal Secretary, ICT, Jerome Ochieng and his housing counterpart, Charles Hinga.

‘‘We have some of the brightest minds and hardworking people in the world and our ideas have been taken away because maybe we don’t have money but ideas and visions are money. We must stop this drain now. In other countries, they protect it by having 51 per cent of shareholding. We must have laws that allow 51 per cent of local ownership,’’ said Wanjigi.

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Lockheed Martin Tapped For Aegis CSEA | UK And Kenya Sign Defense Agreement | DoS Approved Javelin Sale To Thailand

Americas

Lockheed Martin won a $108.8 million modification for AEGIS combat system engineering agent (CSEA) efforts for the design, development, integration, test and delivery of Advanced Capability Build 20. The Aegis combat system uses powerful computers and radar to track and guide weapons to destroy enemy targets. More than 100 Aegis-equipped ships have been deployed in five navies worldwide. Aegis, not an acronym, refers to the shield of the mythical Greek God Zeus. Work will take place in Moorestown, New Jersey. Expected completion date will be in December 2021.

The US Air Force has successfully demonstrated that the F-16’s Electronic Warfare System can receive software updates with new Mission Data File while airborne. The test was carried out during a recent Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) demonstration at Nellis Air Force Base. The jet downloaded the data file using an existing Beyond Line of Sight satellite communication system. It was processed by a custom-developed Center Display Unit software, and load into the ALQ-213 Countermeasures Signal Processor.

Middle East & Africa

The UK and Kenya have signed a new Defence Cooperation Agreement to tackle the shared threat from Al-Shabaab. According to the UK Ministry of Defense, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Defence Dr Monica Juma signed the deal. British troops currently help to train over 1,100 Kenyan soldiers every year before they deploy to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to fight Al-Shabaab and the British Army and Kenya Defence Force (KDF) conduct around five joint training exercises every year, involving around 750 Kenyan and 5,000 British troops.

Europe

The UK Ministry of Defense (MOD) today awarded BAE Systems approximately $348.77million to progress the design and development of Tempest, the UK’s Future Combat Air System (FCAS). The contract, signed by BAE Systems, officially marks the start of the programme’s concept and assessment phase. The programme is being delivered by Team Tempest – combining the expertise of the UK MOD, BAE Systems, Leonardo UK, MBDA UK and Rolls-Royce. Working with international partners, the team is leading progress towards a UK-led internationally collaborative Future Combat Air System.

The UK Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigate HMS Portland has completed first-of-class sea acceptance trials (SATs) of Ultra Electronics’ Sonar 2150 bow-mounted medium-frequency sonar. Trials took place over multiple days at sea, detecting and tracking a target and proving its passive and active performance.

Asia-Pacific

The US State Department approved a potential sale of 300 Javelin FGM-148 Missiles to Thailand accounts for another estimated $83.5 million. Thailand’s request would include 300 Javelin missiles, as well as 50 Command Launch Units, plus associated technical support and training. Thailand wants to use the Javelin to replace the 106mm Recoilless Rifles that the Royal Thai Army was given back during the Vietnam War; doing so will improve the country’s anti-tank capability and help with interoperability, according to the DSCA statement.

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Security Council calls for cooperation with UNAMID’s liquidation process

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UNAMID officially handed over the Mission's team site in Tine, North Darfur, to the Government of Sudan, on 19 October 2017 (UNAMID Photo


August 2, 2021 (KHARTOUM) – The Security Council Monday called for the cooperation of the Sudanese government and armed groups to terminate the UNAMID’s liquidation process.

“The Council reiterated its call on Sudan’s Government — as well as the Juba Peace Agreement signatories and non-signatory armed opposition movements — to cooperate fully with the United Nations and the African Union during UNAMID’s liquidation phase,” reads a presidential statement adopted on Monday.

The statement comes after a briefing on 27 July by the UN Operational Support Department head about the ongoing liquidation of one of the UN’s largest peacekeeping operations from 2008 to 2020 in Sudan’s Darfur.

In his oral report, Atul Khare spoke about the disruption of UNAMID movements — and in some cases, harassment of United Nations personnel and looting.

Darfur armed groups that recently returned from Libya are accused of undisciplined behaviour with the civilians and event recently attacked a police station to release their members.

However, their leaders often deny or speak about isolated attacks.

The presidential statement drafted by the Indian ambassador who chairs the Council for August also recognized the improvement of the security situation in some areas in Darfur.

However, it stressed the need for continued consolidation of peace and security including the swift formation of the joint protection forces. In addition, it encouraged further steps to promote and protect women’s rights and their full, equal and meaningful participation in all social, political and economic aspects of life.

Khare has to present a new report about the UNAMID’s liquidation no later than 31 October.

The liquidation period of the UN assets and equipment in Darfur will continue until the end of June 2022.

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Security Council calls for cooperation with UNAMID’s liquidation process

security council calls for cooperation with unamids liquidation process


UNAMID officially handed over the Mission's team site in Tine, North Darfur, to the Government of Sudan, on 19 October 2017 (UNAMID Photo


August 2, 2021 (KHARTOUM) – The Security Council Monday called for the cooperation of the Sudanese government and armed groups to terminate the UNAMID’s liquidation process.

“The Council reiterated its call on Sudan’s Government — as well as the Juba Peace Agreement signatories and non-signatory armed opposition movements — to cooperate fully with the United Nations and the African Union during UNAMID’s liquidation phase,” reads a presidential statement adopted on Monday.

The statement comes after a briefing on 27 July by the UN Operational Support Department head about the ongoing liquidation of one of the UN’s largest peacekeeping operations from 2008 to 2020 in Sudan’s Darfur.

In his oral report, Atul Khare spoke about the disruption of UNAMID movements — and in some cases, harassment of United Nations personnel and looting.

Darfur armed groups that recently returned from Libya are accused of undisciplined behaviour with the civilians and event recently attacked a police station to release their members.

However, their leaders often deny or speak about isolated attacks.

The presidential statement drafted by the Indian ambassador who chairs the Council for August also recognized the improvement of the security situation in some areas in Darfur.

However, it stressed the need for continued consolidation of peace and security including the swift formation of the joint protection forces. In addition, it encouraged further steps to promote and protect women’s rights and their full, equal and meaningful participation in all social, political and economic aspects of life.

Khare has to present a new report about the UNAMID’s liquidation no later than 31 October.

The liquidation period of the UN assets and equipment in Darfur will continue until the end of June 2022.

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Tanzania begins nationwide Covid vaccination roll out

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Tanzanians have started arriving at one of its 550 vaccination centres to receive their Covid jabs as a nationwide campaign gets under way.

The country, which is facing a third wave of the pandemic, has received a million doses of the single-jab Johnson & Johnson vaccine from the US under the Covax scheme.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who got her injection last week, said Tanzania has placed another order for the vaccine through the African Union as part of its plan to initially target more than 60% of the population.

The start of this campaign comes at a time when the public opinion is divided over the safety of the vaccines

President Samia, who has shifted the country away from the Covid scepticism of her predecessor, has urged Tanzania to come out and get the jab.

The country was one of the last on the continent to receive any vaccines. – BBC

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Tanzania begins nationwide Covid vaccination roll out

tanzania begins nationwide covid vaccination roll out
siluhu vaccine

Tanzanians have started arriving at one of its 550 vaccination centres to receive their Covid jabs as a nationwide campaign gets under way.

The country, which is facing a third wave of the pandemic, has received a million doses of the single-jab Johnson & Johnson vaccine from the US under the Covax scheme.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who got her injection last week, said Tanzania has placed another order for the vaccine through the African Union as part of its plan to initially target more than 60% of the population.

The start of this campaign comes at a time when the public opinion is divided over the safety of the vaccines

President Samia, who has shifted the country away from the Covid scepticism of her predecessor, has urged Tanzania to come out and get the jab.

The country was one of the last on the continent to receive any vaccines. – BBC

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Tanzania begins nationwide Covid vaccination roll out

tanzania begins nationwide covid vaccination roll out
siluhu vaccine

Tanzanians have started arriving at one of its 550 vaccination centres to receive their Covid jabs as a nationwide campaign gets under way.

The country, which is facing a third wave of the pandemic, has received a million doses of the single-jab Johnson & Johnson vaccine from the US under the Covax scheme.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who got her injection last week, said Tanzania has placed another order for the vaccine through the African Union as part of its plan to initially target more than 60% of the population.

The start of this campaign comes at a time when the public opinion is divided over the safety of the vaccines

President Samia, who has shifted the country away from the Covid scepticism of her predecessor, has urged Tanzania to come out and get the jab.

The country was one of the last on the continent to receive any vaccines. – BBC

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Hollywood to the Himalayas, One Woman’s Astounding Journey of Healing and Transformation

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Imperial creates value of over R200 billion over two years in Nigeria and South Africa

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In assessing the direct and indirect value created for Imperial’s stakeholders, these reports commissioned by Imperial, for Nigeria and South Africa looked at its impact through five themes, namely Imperial’s Greatest Asset (people), serving as the ‘Gateway to Africa’ (operations), reaching Beyond Imperial (external stakeholders), transforming by adopting a ‘Go Digital Go Green’ approach (adoption of digital technologies and focus on reducing negative impacts on the environment) and Going the Extra Mile (Corporate Social Investment). Each of these themes was assessed through a framework that systematically considered value to society, value to the logistics industry and to market access, as well as value to partners.

In addition, the socioeconomic impact on society was reviewed in light of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Aspirations for 2063 defined by the African Union, as various countries, including South Africa, have acted to integrate the goals and targets into their national development plans to align policies and institutions behind them. Imperial’s contribution to the applicable goals and aspirations is highlighted throughout these reports.

“The outcome of the reports also supports Imperial’s objectives to continue to operate as a responsible corporate citizen that is committed to delivering sustainable value and extending its impact to all key stakeholders across the organisation’s value chain,” adds Akoojee.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Imperial.

Notes to the editor: Highlights of the Socioeconomic Impact Assessment reports for F2020:

Value: R3.5bn employee related expenditure on over 13000 employees R483m taxes contributed R9bn procurement spend, 70% with B BBEE compliant suppliers 3.2% of operating profit spent on CSI R23m training spend; 900 000 training hours 10 teaching hospitals supplied with chemotherapy treatments in Nigeria 95% contract renewal rate in Nigeria

Savings: R11.5m in socio economic costs saved by avoiding accidents 12.8m litres of water and 1,266 tons of waste recycled; 541 940 kwh reduction in electricity Avoided 5,700tons of greenhouse gas emissions Patients saved R49m on healthcare costs via Imperial’s flagship Unjani Clinics In Nigeria, access to safe pharmaceuticals saved ~35,800 lives Fairly priced medicines saved patients Nigerian Naira (NGN) 59.5bn

Interesting facts and figures: More than 13000 employees 900,000 m2total warehousing under coverage Travelled 360x SouthAfrica’s road length for customer deliveries. Media Queries : Esha Mansingh Executive Vice President: Corporate Affairs & Investor Relations esha.mansingh@imperiallogistics.com Melissa Arjoonan Vice President: Marketing & Communications melissa.arjoonan@imperiallogistics.com About Imperial: Imperial is an African focused provider of integrated market access and logistics solutions, with a focus on the following key industries — healthcare, consumer, automotive, chemicals, industrial and commodities. Imperial takes its clients and principals’ products to some of the fastest growing and most challenging markets in the world. Ranked among the top 30 global logistics providers and listed on the JSE in South Africa, Imperial seeks out and leverages new technology to deliver innovative, end-to-end solutions. Through its significant African footprint and international expertise, and with the support of its 25 000 people, Imperial’s purpose is connecting Africa and the world — and improving people’s lives with access to quality products and services. For more information, visit www.imperiallogistics.com

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