Accomplishing menstrual hygiene in Cameroon, huge task

Much still has to be done in Cameroon to ensure that women and girls are able to overcome period poverty as well as understand how to manage their menstrual cycles.

The world celebrated menstrual hygiene day on May 28, with a focus on ways to stop discrimination towards girls and women.

According to Bihnwi Pamela in Douala, many women are still facing stigma and deprivation, as a result of menstruation.

“The knowledge of menstrual hygiene is still very far from most girls as they aren’t taught at home by their parents” Pamela points out.

“They don’t know what it means, how to manage the situation, or even how to communicate it. They don’t know about sanitary pads let alone having access to them.”

Besides creating awareness on World Menstrual Hygiene Day, Pamela highlights that knowledge on menstrual hygiene needs to be given wider attention.

“Parents should be encouraged to discuss it with their girl children at tender ages so that they know these things and have their minds ready, so that when the changes finally come they can better manage the situation and also talk about it freely.”

During this year’s celebration of the menstrual hygiene day on Sunday, May 28, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Natalia Kanem said “A girl’s first period should be a happy fact of life, a sign of coming of age with dignity.”

She added that “The girl should have access to everything necessary to understand and care for her body and attend school without stigma or shame.”

According to the Word Bank, at least 500 million women and girls across the world lack access to the facilities they need during their periods.

UN Women adds that more than 2.25 billion women and girls worldwide have no safe private toilet to go to.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

President João Lourenço congratulates Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan on victory

Angolan head of State João Lourenço Monday sent a message to congratulate Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his electoral victory for another term at the head of the destinies of the Republic of Turkey.

“I am convinced that your re-election is the re-assertion of the Turkish people’s trust for believing in deep achievement of the policies you have been carrying out, with visible successes, aimed at building and consolidating a prosperous and developed nation”, reads the message published on the Presidential

Facebook page.

President João Lourenço finally expressed the desire to see the two Governments committed to the permanent deepening of bilateral relations during President Erdogan’s next term.

According to the election results, the current Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was re-elected in the second round of the election, which took place on Sunday (28), with 52.54 percent

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Civil service absorbs over 811,000 employees

Around 811,000 workers, including military and paramilitary personnel, are currently included in the State’s Integrated Financial Management System, the Minister of Public Administration, Labour and Social Security, Teresa Dias, said on Monday.

Teresa Dias disclosed the figure when delivering her speech at the opening of the National Meeting of Public Administration, Labour and Social Security, stating that in the management and control of civil service personnel, there were 398,815 employees until in 2018.

That number, she explained, fluctuated over the period under review, with a total of 399,820 employees by 2022.

She said, on the other hand, that the approval and entry into force, in 2022, of the Basic Civil Service Law, has allowed this ministerial department to reduce the probationary period from five to one year.

This enabled to include all agents in the permanent staff of administrative staff under contract, in total of 7,200, in addition to the transfer of employees from the special scheme to the general scheme, without the need for an appeal public tender.

“We would like to point out that the Executive also worked on the approval of Presidential Legislative Decree No. 3/22, of May 12, which established the general principles relating to the organisation and application of the indicative structure of the salary grids, as well as subsidies or additional remuneration from the Civil Service,” she stressed.

The Minister recalled that, as part of the training of civil servants and workers in the public sector of companies, the National School of Administration and Public Policies (ENAPP) trained 44,905 agents, having exceeded the target of 32,000 established in the National Development Plan (PDN).

The National Meeting on Public Administration, Labour and Social Security gathered members of the Executive, social partners, academics, journalists, among other guests.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

CAF to bring more international events in Angola

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) intends to bring its major events to Angola, with a view of also to host those from the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA).

This was said Monday in Lubango, Huíla province, by the head of professional football at CAF, Muhammad Feizal Sidat.

The official was speaking at the opening of the international workshop on the online club licensing platform, which brings together 14 countries, from May 29- June 2.

He said that Angola has to organise more CAF and FIFA’s events as well, hence this one, 13 years after its first on Angolan soil, the CAN2010, a training that serves as the opening of a phase to be present in the FIFA major events”.

“The last major event that CAF organised in Angola was CAN2010, so we brought this training. It is a commitment that I have as a Portuguese-speaking citizen, because I arrived at CAF with the support of President Artur (Almeida e Silva)”, he stressed.

He said it was the 4th regional workshop, a process that had already been carried out in Tunisia, Benin and Tanzania, which is now ending with Angola.

The platform, according to the Mozambican, is to be implemented immediately, being mandatory for clubs that want to participate in African competitions.

In the case of Angola, said the CAF official, there will be sanctions in case of non-compliance, which is a great moment for Angola, because federations will join and on Friday a specific one for the Angolan clubs.

“Angola will be the 4th country in Africa to have a direct session with its teams. It is a great benefit and these teams will be better prepared to use this new CAF online club licensing platform”, he highlighted.

The international workshop on the online club licensing platform is attended by 60 technicians from the countries such as Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini, South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Mauritius, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Principe and Seychelles

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

72% of the country to have electricity access by 2050

More than 6.4 million families may have access to electricity by 2050 in order to achieve 72 percent of electrification goal, according to the Long-Term Strategy (ELP Angola – 2050).

The goals show the country’s electrification rate increase from 43% in 2022 to 53% in 2030 and 72% by 2050.

In terms of renewable energies (including hydroelectric), the percentage of energy supply that, since 2022, is around 56% will increase to 70%, by 2030, and 94%, in 2050.

While that of thermal source will rise from 6.0%, attained in 2022, to 12.4% in 2030 and 32.9% by 2050.

With this strategy, states the document, the Government intends to ensure sustainable, efficient and inclusive energy sector that supports development, boosts economic growth and attracts large-scale private investment.

The ELP predicts that the demand for electricity in Angola will increase more than five times by 2050, and indicates that it is essential to ensure a sustainable system, making tariffs converge to the real cost of the system, reducing losses and attracting private investment in scale, to finance the growth.

The aim is to unlock economic growth in Angola, building a resilient economy that benefits all citizens

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Improved business environment attracts investments – President

Angolan head of State João Lourenço reiterated on Monday in Luanda that improving the business environment is a fundamental condition for attracting more investment, in what he described as a challenge for all Angolans.

The president’s Statement is expressed Monday on his Facebook account, stating that in addition to the increased supply of electricity, water, as well as roads, all agents of the public administration and the private sector must fulfill their tasks with zeal and dedication.

João Lourenço stressed that by acting on this path, Angola could be an open market and worthy of receiving more investments that generate more wealth and more jobs for families.

As part of the encouragement of entrepreneurship, the Head of State participated last week in the Italy-Angola Economic Forum, organised by the business association Confindustria Assafrica in collaboration with the Investment Promotion Agency private sector and exports, during which, he said the success of the Angolan diplomacy also depends on the insight of the business class to seize the opportunities offered.

During the activity, which took place within the framework of his State visit to the Italian Republic, he also spoke of the importance of Angolan diplomacy in the mobilisation of resources and know-how countries with proven experience.

However, as part of its governance programme, endorsed in the 2022 elections, the Executive intends to work to improve the business environment, essentially to encourage and attract private investment, in particular foreign direct investment, as well as to boost economic growth in all sectors of the Angolan economy.

Likewise, the government plans to transform the country into an increasingly open nation, transparent to business, with a strong and diversified economy, as well as the implementation of reforms aimed at removing the obstacles that still hinder the country’s ability to attract investment.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

National Road Safety Plan 2022-2027 gets green light

Angola’s Cabinet Council approved Monday the National Plan for Road Safety and Prevention 2023-2027, a document that contains the strategic and operational objective aimed to reduce the number of road accidents in the country.

The Plan, according to the final communiqué of the meeting, chaired by the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, also contains the actions to be implemented in view of the factors identified which contribute to road accidents in the country.

The Executive intends to improve the training process for vehicle drivers, develop a culture of road education, guarantee efficient management and increase the levels of safety of infrastructures, vehicles and road users.

The project also aims to improve and expand rescue and assistance to the victims of accident, thus reducing the death toll resulting from road accidents.

Water Sector

The session also approved the Regulations for Commercial Relations of Supply and Wastewater Sanitation Services as well as the Regulatory Information Regulation of the Water and Wastewater Sanitation Subsector.

The measure aims to boost the legal framework applicable to the Water and Sanitation Subsector, with regard to the duty of information of the Management Entities to the Regulatory Entity, thus allowing the creation of an ecosystem of concise, credible and easy to interpret information.

The session also approved the Regulation on the Quality of Service Provided in the Public Water Supply and Wastewater Sanitation Subsector, a document that also establishes, within the scope of reinforcing the powers of the IRSEA, the minimum levels of quality that must comply with the services provided in the said subsector, as well as the due compensation in the event of non-compliance.

The session approved the Sanctioning Regulation of the Water and Wastewater Sanitation Subsector, a diploma that establishes the sanctioning regime applicable to transgressions, infractions or non-compliance with the rules on the exercise of public water supply and sanitation of wastewater.

The determinations and recommendations of the Regulatory Entity of the Water and Wastewater Sanitation Subsector were also endorsed, also stipulating the norms that conduct the contravention process and the general rules on deadlines, notifications and decision.

Energy Sector

In this regard, the Cabinet Council took note of the General Guidelines for the Preparation of the National Plan for Rural Electrification.

The said planning instrument’s main objective is to bring electricity to remote areas of the country, in order to improve the quality of life of the population and promote the economic and social development of these regions.

Health area

As for the Health Sector, the Cabinet approved the National Contingency and Emergency Plan for the Prevention of Influenza A (H1N1), an instrument that establishes a set of guidelines and procedures that, within a certain framework, aim at an effective response in the face of the threat of a pandemic by Influenza A.

To this purpose, the Executive intends to secure the continuity of essential services to the population, safeguarding people and the country’s economic and social situation.

The plan foresees, among other strategic actions, the establishment of a multi-sector and multi-disciplinary coordination mechanism at national, provincial and local level; analysis of the risk of introducing and transmitting the disease in the country.

It also plans, promotes and monitors the implementation of the measures contemplated in each phase of the Contingency and Emergency Plan; the reinforcement of the National Public Health Epidemiological Surveillance System in relation to possible suspected cases in risk groups.

The same programme foresees the notification of flu cases; reinforce the institutional capacity of laboratories and establish mechanisms for detection and screening of the H1N1 virus in suspected human and animal cases; and implement preventive measures from an agricultural point of view and community awareness and mobilisation.

Reform of Business sector

As part of the implementation of the Roadmap for the Reform of the Public Business Sector, the session approved the transformation of Road Cargo Transport companies (Unicargas, U.E.E.) and Public Urban Transport of Luanda (TCUL, U.E.E.), into joint-stock companies.

However, reads the statement from the Cabinet Council, both institutions become companies in the public domain.

Thus, the said companies, henceforth, are renamed “Unicargas – Empresa de Transporte Rodoviário de Cargas, S.A.” or abbreviated “Unicargas, SA.” or even “Unicargas” and TCUL – Empresa de Transporte Colectivo Urbano de Luanda, S.A. or abbreviated “TCUL, S.A.” or even “TCUL”.

The Executive intends, with this transformation, to give a new dynamic to the structure and operation of these companies, through a business management model that ensures the achievement of greater efficiency and openness in the segments of freight transport, logistics operation and people and goods.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)