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Tanzania: Child Marriage Creates Devastation to National Economy

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Angola: Aquaculture to Benefit Rural Women and Ex-Soldiers

Luanda — The Aquaculture Development Action Plan designed for small scale production of fish will benefit mainly the youths, rural women and ex-soldiers, Angop learned.

The information was released Friday in Luanda by the minister of Fisheries, Victória de Barros Neto.

The minister was speaking to journalists at the end of the 12th Ordinary Session of the Cabinet Council’s Real Economy Commission.

She said that in the first phase, eight provinces have been selected to host fish breeding stations.

Victória de Barros Neto stated that the programme includes the construction of ration plants to foment the fattening of the fish contained in the Aquaculture Development Plan.

She said Angola has the intention of increasing the continent’s contribution to fish breeding, under the Aquaculture Development Plan of Action, taking into account the country’s water, climate and market potentials, and thus reduce imports.

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Tanzania: Child Marriage Creates Devastation to National Economy

By Anthony Tambwe

GIRLS who marry early are often excluded from formal education and employment and are at a higher risk to get pregnancy, HIV infection, disease and maternal health complications, such as obstetric fistula and eventual maternal mortality.

SHE was too young to understand the magnitude of her ordeal, but her young mind told her that it was something which will require divine intervention.

Sitting outside her mother’s house, she was sure that in the next few minutes she will be summoned inside the house, where several people were in deep conversation with her parents.

Her young brother, two years her junior, brought her bits of information and the story was that the delegation inside her mother’s house had one agenda to discuss, her impending marriage.

At barely 14 years, Sarah Kawogo did not know what it impelled to be married and all she knew was that a married woman was supposed to live with her husband and eventually bear children for him.

Through a crack on the window, her brother had pointed out her intended husband and old man who was considered the richest in the village, but the problem was, he was older than her father.

Cases like this are rampant in Tanzania and although the media has not reported on most of them, child marriages take place every day in most parts of the country.

Due to inaccurate birth and marriage records, it is difficult to record exact figures of child marriage in Tanzania. Yet child marriage is particularly prevalent in rural areas where children get married as early as 11 years old. Some girls are forced to get married young to generate an income, or mahari (dowry), which can then be used by their brothers to secure a wife.

A 2008 survey on child marriage carried out by the non-governmental children’s rights organisation Children’s Dignity Forum found that child marriage was driven by various factors, including parents’ desire to get a dowry, especially when they are poor and lack of knowledge about the impact of such marriages.

The girl child in the country, apart from facing the marriage problem, are also faced with multitudes of other problems, which include female genital mutilation (FGM), exclusion from formal education, among others.

In a recent interview, the European Head of Corporation Observations, Eric Beaume said violations against children’s rights also have a spiraling and devastating effect and much wider impact on entire societies.

He said that child marriage affects not only girls and women themselves, but creates a cycle of poverty for generations to come, adding that girls who marry early are often excluded from formal education and employment and are at a higher risk of early pregnancy, HIV infection, disease and maternal health complications such as obstetric fistula and eventual maternal mortality.

“Across the world, thousands of children are denied the rights which the EU we often take for granted. Many are still unable to go to school; they are forced into marriage at an early age.

They have to work to provide for their families, they are victims of violence and human trafficking. In short, they are denied the basic human rights and the opportunity to meet their full potential as they grow up,” he says.

In Tanzania, the legal framework has been progressively strengthened with the adoption of the Children act by both Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar as the culminating outcome.

Important and commendable efforts are being deployed by national authorities of both mainland and Zanzibar to implement policy commitments and establish an integrated national social protection system as well as an effective Child Justice system, which can successfully protect the rights of the child and combat the multiple forms of violence against children.

“We trust that further progressive development suggested by the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) will see the light in the future Constitution of Tanzania.

I hear that the last draft of the Constitution sets the legal age for marriage at 18 years for both boys and girls and we certainly welcome this as an important milestone to curb early marriage,” he says.

The European Union through its development cooperation with Tanzania is spending a total of EUR 6 million (Tshs 13billion) to support the establishment of an effective and integrated child protection and justice systems at both national and local level, in the mainland and Zanzibar.

“At the EU Delegation we’re actively involved, among other areas, in the fight against child labor and child trafficking. We also support the national efforts to establish effective and integrated child protection and justice systems… The total value of ongoing partnerships is approximately 6 million euro (13bn/-),” he revealed.

During the screening of a documentary -’Girl Rising’ by an Academy Award-nominated director Richard Robbins which was jointly organized by Plan International Tanzania and the EU Delegation, Mr Beaume said that the protection of the children’s rights is hindered by many challenges and constraints.

The screening was a run up to the International Day of the Girl Child which is celebrated on October 11 every year and celebrations to mark the 3rd anniversary of Plan International’s global advocacy campaign for the promotion and protection of girl child rights-Because I Am A Girl (BIAAG).

As a sign of further commitment, Mr Beaume told our reporter that the EU was pleased to announce that a further EUR 600.000 (Tshs. 1.3 billion) shall be contributed later this year under the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights.

“Through this initiative we will be able to further support national efforts to end harmful traditional practices that legitimate sexual and gender-based violence, such as FGM and early child marriage,” the EU Delegation Head of Cooperation added.

Introducing the ‘Girl Rising’ film, the Country Director of Plan International Tanzania, Jorgen Haldorsen, said that the innovative feature film journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. “Girl Rising spotlights the stories of unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances.

It captures their dreams, their voices and their remarkable lives… by sharing their personal journeys, the girls become our teachers to better understand the issues that girls face across the globe,” he says.

Mr Haldorsen said that screening comes at an apt time for Plan International since on Saturday October 11, across the world, it will be launching the Because I am a Girl report for 2014.

The report produced annually to celebrate ‘The State of the World’s Girls’ and the Plan International Tanzania Country Director seized the opportunity to launch the report at the event.

According to him, ‘Girl Rising’ was very relevant to Tanzania since girls in the country also face similar problems as those that feature in the film.

“In Tanzania we recognize that child marriage is one of the major barriers facing girls, with 37 per cent of girls being married when they are below 18.

Early pregnancies are also an acute issue hindering girls’ right to their education,” Mr Haldorsen said adding: “Plan International is currently working with Children’s Dignity Forum and Tanzania Football Federation to design a programme to end child marriage and female genital mutilation through the use of football to engage men, as well as empower girls.”

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Angola: Angola Has 520 Vocational Training Centres – Minister

Luanda — At least 520 vocational training centres are operational in Angola, as part of policies outlined by the Government in the fields of training of personnel, creation of job, public administration and social security.

This was said Friday in Luanda by the minister of Public Administration, Employment and Social Security, Pitra Neto.

The minister said that as a result of this process of training, five million jobs have been created in the national economy.

Pitra Neto was speaking to Angop about the gains over the 39 years of independence of the country.

He on the occasion considered that an encouraging figure, in view of the difficulties that faced the country during the years of war.

The official said that his department has been implementing actions intended to help the society to contribute to the social and economic development of the country.

He underlined despite the progresses noted, there is a growing need for more and more specialised manpower to respond to the challenges.

According to the minister, several sectors of the country’s economy, such as agriculture, livestock, energy and water, sanitation, industry, geology and mining and transport show need for technicians, operators and collaborators of professional and specialised level.

Pitra Neto announced that a wide national plan of training is underway to cater for the main sectors of the country, including the implementation of a reinforcement plan of action, qualification and expansion of the professional training system, with a focus on the peri-urban and rural youth and females.

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Mali: WHO Warns of Ebola Risk As Infected Toddler Dies

The World Health Organization has warned that many people in Mali may be at risk of developing Ebola after being exposed to a toddler who showed symptoms during a bus journey. The two-year-old girl has died in hospital.
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Angola: Real Economy Commission Reviews Diversification Plan

Luanda — The Cabinet Council’s Real Economy Commission Friday in Luanda reviewed the Executive Programme of the Economy Diversification Acceleration Plan that comprises reforms intended to improve the sustainability of the structure of growth and development of the country’s economy.

The information is contained in a press release from the session chaired by the vice president, Manuel Domingos Vicente.

According to the source, the Commission recommended the ministerial departments of Economy, Finance and Reserve Bank to continue with the concert process.

The process of concert is one that involves all ministries that play a part in the real economy, seeking to bring into the forum of discussions more direct and indirect actors involved in the national economy diversification process, including the banks and financial institutions.

The 12th Ordinary Session of the Real Economy Commission also recommended the drafting of an action plan for the immediate implementation of actions based on investments made by the State in infrastructures and plants in various sectors around the country.

In the fisheries domain, the Commission analysed the Plan of action for the Development of Agriculture in Angola for the 2014/2017 period, with the purpose of artificial production of various types of fish.

As to the regulation on the access to the development of the national mineral resources, the Commission reviewed a draft law for specific alterations to the Mining Code.

The said draft aims, among other purposes, at incrementing and participation of the State in the social capital of the mining societies and relaxation of the fiscal regime applicable to artisan production.

In view of the Angola Industrialisation Programme, under the National Development Plan for 2013/2017, the Commission reviewed a programme for restructuring the institutes under the Ministry of Industry.

The restructuring programme seeks the creation of more efficacious instruments to boost the national industry.

In this regard, new institutes will be created, like the National Institute of Innovation and Industrial Technologies and the Angolan Institute of Accreditation.

On the other hand, the Commission was informed on the process of financing and implementation of the Angola-Brazil Submarine Cable and its expansion to the United States of America.

The Economic Commission of the Cabinet Council is a technical organ of support for the head of the Executive in the formulation and management of the policy of foment of the productive sector and competitive and innovating companies in the attraction of national and foreign investments.

It ensures the management and foment of the production and companies, in line with the goals and priorities set by the productive sector, as per the Governing Programme of the President of the Republic.

The Real Economy Commission is chaired by the vice president, assisted by the Minister of Economy.

It includes the ministers of Planning and Territory Development, Finance, Oil, Energy and Water, Agriculture, Fisheries, Commerce, Geology and Mining, Industry, Transport and Construction.

Other parties are the ministers of Urbanisation and Housing, Telecommunication and Information Technologies, the secretary to the President of the Republic for Economic Affairs, the assistant for Economic Affairs to the vice president of the Republic.

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Tanzania: Stand United, Exim Bank Sign Partnership Deal

EXIM Bank Tanzania has signed a sponsorship agreement with the Mainland Premier League side Stand United of Shinyanga Region.

This is the first time for Exim Bank to support the club and a year sponsorship contract will help the newly promoted side to participate effectively in the top flight league this season.

“This close partnership brings together Exim bank and Tanzania’s biggest sport,” Exim Bank Tanzania lake zone Cluster Head, Justus Mukurasi said on Friday during a brief ceremony in Shinyanga.

“No other sport in Tanzania has more active participants, spectators and fans than football. The SUFC team particularly has a unique power to unite many Tanzanians in Lake Zone.

It is therefore only natural that Exim Bank whose customer base forms part of football fans – thus helps to guarantee a continuation of the broad popular support that characterises the SUFC football team.

Mukurasi said that the parties succeeded in negotiating an agreement that enables the bank to begin its sponsorship immediately. “For us, the agreement with SUFC is not just a logo sponsorship, it is a partnership that is long-term, mutual and beneficial for both parties.

“We suppose that we will be able to learn from each other – and achieve good results together. Exim can help football improvement at all levels to stand stronger – and football can give us an even stronger bond and shared values with our customers. There is a clear business reason in our entry into this partnership,” said Mukurasi.

The SUFC Chairman Aman Vicent said: “We are excited to be partnering with Exim Bank. We are enthusiastic to fostering this sponsorship well so as to ensure our team succeeds in the Vodacom Premier League this season.”

“On behalf of SUFC, I thank Exim Bank for its continued commitment and for supporting our footballers. We are dedicated to nurturing their football talents and making sure they succeed,” Vincent added.

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Angola: Sociologist Discusses Aspects, Consequences of Racism

Luanda — The racial discrimination, concepts, as well as the consequences of this social behaviour are discussed in the book titled “What is Racism”, by the Angolan sociologist Paulo de Carvalho.

The work was released Friday in Luanda and covers topics of various kinds, ranging from the social exclusion to mental health.

The 270-page book costs 1, 600 kwanzas.

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Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan to Select Consultancy Firm

Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have agreed to choose an international firm that will study the hydrological and socio-environmental impacts of Ethiopia’s massive hydro power plant project being built on the Nile river.

Delegates attending the Nile Basin Development Forum in Nairobi, Kenya on 6 October 2014 (Photo courtesy the NBDF)

Following the ongoing tripartite meeting in Cairo, the three countries have nominated seven international consultancy firms from Germany, Australia, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

The seven firms are reportedly due in Cairo to meet the three countries’ representatives.

The tripartite technical committee is scheduled to hold its next round of talks in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on 4 December while selecting a firm will take place on 16 December in Addis Ababa.

The 4.3 billion dollar power plant has become a source of dispute between Ethiopia and Egypt as the latter fears that the massive dam with 74 billion cubic metre reservoir will reduce its water levels.

Cairo says Nile river is the only water source for its over 90 million people and insists its historic water agreement, which give it enough water resources, are maintained.

However, other upper riparian countries led by Ethiopia, which is the source of 85% of the water resource are joined to reverse the colonial era treaty, demanding a fair and equitable share.

The neutral international consultancy firm to be hired is believed to narrow existing differences between the three countries by professionally helping over the studies to be executed by the 12 tripartite experts Committee withdrawn four from each country.

By doing so the firm is expected to avoid any further dispute and would build trust and confidence among the three countries.

Addis Ababa says the hydro power plant project being built in Nile River near Sudanese border has no significant impact on lower riparian countries of Sudan and Egypt. Ethiopian officials say the dam project should not be a source confrontation rather be a means of development cooperation and economic partnership.

Despite what the outcome of the tripartite talks turns out to be, Ethiopia insists nothing would stop the country from pushing forward the construction of the dam.

Last month, the three water Ministers of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan who met in Addis Ababa for talks over the dam visited the controversial power plant project.

Upon completion, the dam, which would be Africa’s largest, will have capacity of generating 6,000 megawatts of electricity, making the country a major regional power hub and further enabling it to sell electricity to more countries including to Egypt.

Ethiopia currently exports hydro power processed electricity to Sudan, Kenya and Djibouti.

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Angola: Angola and Vietnam Sign Order and Security Deal

Luanda — Angola and Vietnam signed this week in Hanoi a cooperation accord in the domain of public order and security.

The information was released to Angop on Friday by the Angolan minister of Interior, Ângelo de Barros Veiga Tavares.

The minister was speaking at the Luanda “4 de Fevereiro” International Airport, on arrival from a three-day official visit to Vietnam, at the invitation of the local authorities.

According to the minister, during the official talks, the parties outlined some actions to enforce the accord within the main central executive organs.

To Ângelo Veiga, his visit to Vietnam was extremely important as it paved the way for a stronger cooperation in the field of public security, particularly in the fight against transnational crime.

He explained that the relevant Vietnamese community in Angola justifies the two countries to exchange information, with a view to the defence of the interests of both sides.

While in Vietnam, the Angolan official was received in audience by the local president, Truong Tan Sang.

Accompanying the minister in the trip were the general commander of the National Police, commissioner Ambrósio de Lemos Freire dos Santos, the national director of the Migration and Foreign Services, and other officials.

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Sudan: Govt Frees Chinese Oil Worker Abducted in W. Kordofan

Khartoum — The Sudanese security services on Thursday managed to free a Chinese oil worker kidnapped in West Kordofan state and arrested killers of a Sudanese engineer shot in an armed attack in Baleela area last week.

The Sudanese oil minister, Makkawi Mohamed Awad, told the official news agency SUNA on Friday that the security services managed to capture the perpetrators and free the Chinese hostage, pointing the vehicle of the slain engineer was found in Ghibaish area.

Awad praised the government of West Kordofan state and the security apparatus, stressing the government’s keenness to protect foreign investors and oil workers.

The government did not disclose the identity of the abductors or their motivation.

Chinese oil and construction workers in Sudan continue to fall victims to armed conflicts in the country.

On 18 April, an armed group kidnapped three foreign oil workers including two Chinese and an Algerian during an attack on Kanar oil field in West Kordofan state.

Last September, two members of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) convicted of killing five Chinese oil workers in Abu Dafra oilfield in West Kordofan state in October 2008 were executed in Khartoums’s Kober prison.

In January 2013, four Chinese nationals were among fifteen workers at a road company taken hostage at gunpoint in Sudan’s volatile Darfur region.

The unidentified assailants abducted the Chinese along with eleven Sudanese colleagues in al-Kouma locality near the North Darfur capital El-Fasher. They were all working for China’s Poly Group Corporation.

In February 2012, the rebels in Sudan’s troubled oil-producing South Kordofan State kidnapped 29 Chinese construction workers. All were released unharmed about two weeks later by the rebel SPLM-N which is active in the area.

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