How solar power is changing lives in Africa

22.October.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

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In June 2018, Bouake, the second largest city of Cote d’Ivoire, suffered its first-ever shutdown of domestic water supply. The country’s dammed lake, which supplies 70 percent of the city’s water supply, completely ran dry. According to many experts, this was yet-again another consequence of climate change.

As a result of the drought, the people of Cote d’Ivoire went through extraordinary hardships affecting everything in their daily life, from acquiring clean drinking water and cooking to basic hygiene. The story of Bouake is one of many currently unfolding in Africa, where climate change has consequences of a magnitude never-seen-before globally.

To battle climate change, keep up with their pace of development and ensure food security, some countries, like Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe, have resorted to solar energy as a solution. A growing body of research from some of the world’s most renowned energy experts and researchers, has demonstrated in a crystal clear fashion that no other energy source, from hydro to wind, can provide power and have an impact as sustainably, reliably, and efficiently as solar.

Solarplaza decided to highlight this great life-changing potential by publishing “Africa Solar Impact Cases”, an extensive report focusing on a small number of impact cases across the three main areas of solar development in Africa: utility-scale, mini-grid/microgrid and off-grid. They are not all rosy success stories; challenges remain palpable. However, they are able to show that solar energy’s potential to positively impact lives for the long term is greater than ever

One of those cases is the Mashaba project, which is a small village in southern Zimbabwe that installed a 99 kW mini-grid to power 2 irrigation schemes, 2 business centers, 1 school and 1 clinic. Mpokiseng Moyo, a farmer and mother of three, has been able to harvest 15 tonnes of wheat with this new solar system, compared to barely one tonne before the mini-grid was installed. This way the devastating consequences of droughts – inherent to the region, but worsened by the effect of climate change – can be mitigated.  “Before being connected to the solar grid, we irrigated our crops using diesel pumps and traveled as far as Gwanda (more than 100km away) to buy diesel for the pumps. The pumps broke down many times, affecting productivity. But with solar energy we are able to farm throughout the year without any hassles,” Moyo said.

Learn more about the Mashaba mini-grid, as well as the deployment of solar vaccine refrigerators (Nigeria), the Tororo solar plant (Uganda), the Entasopia microgrid (Kenya), and several other inspiring stories in the ‘Africa Solar Impact Cases Report’ (https://Africa.UnlockingSolarCapital.com/africa-solar-impact-cases-report/).

If you would like to learn more about the challenges and solutions related to the development and financing of solar projects in Africa, consider attending Unlocking Solar Capital (“USC”) Africa, the African region’s largest and foremost conference on unlocking capital for new solar development. The 2-day conference is organized in partnership with the Global Off-grid and Lighting Association (GOGLA) and will be held in Kigali, Rwanda on the 7-8th of November, 2018. The event will be aimed at bringing together hundreds of solar stakeholders, such as representatives from solar developers, development banks, investment funds, EPCs, IPPs and others, and is wholly focused on unlocking capital for new solar project development in Africa. For more information on Unlocking Solar Capital Africa, please visit: https://Africa.UnlockingSolarCapital.com

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About Unlocking Solar Capital Africa
Unlocking Solar Capital Africa (https://Africa.UnlockingSolarCapital.com) is an event entirely focused on connecting solar project development and finance & investment across the entire African solar sector (On-grid Solar, micro-grids, off-grid lighting and household electrification). Unlocking Solar Capital Africa 2018 will bring together hundreds of representatives from development banks, investment funds, solar developers, IPPs, EPCs & other solar stakeholders to engage in extensive discussions to solve Africa’s solar energy funding gap – and get projects realized.
As a professional solar event organizer, Solarplaza has hosted over 100+ events in 36 countries around the world, ranging from exploratory trade missions in emerging markets to large-scale conferences with 450+ participants. Unlocking Solar Capital Africa 2018 is Solarplaza’s 12th conference on the African continent.

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Fortifying Affordable Housing’s Role in Expanding Economic Growth

22.October.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

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As the continent’s largest economy, international development experts, innovators and funders increasingly believe that Nigeria is positioned to provide a market-driven solution to one of the continent’s most significant challenges and opportunities: Affordable Housing.

While Nigeria’s size, ability to scale and recalibrated post-recession economy provides the ammunition for such a task, the scale of the endeavour requires the participation of multiple public and private sector participants to collaborate and make it a reality.

According to the Nigerian Mortgage Refinancing Company’s (NMRC’s) executive director for policy and strategy, Dr. Chii Akporji, major challenges mitigating against the robust growth of the housing sector in Nigeria include:

  • A challenging macroeconomic environment with high-interest rates and inflation;
  • Cumbersome land, titling and property registration procedures and the lack of a foreclosure mechanism;
  • A dearth of long-term finance for the mortgage origination business, though the NMRC is in business to mitigate this risk;
  • A dearth of affordable housing stock;
  • Poor mortgage literacy levels.

As a key driver in the sector, the NMRC is driving several ongoing efforts to de-risk the sector in collaboration with key housing sector stakeholders such as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), State Governments, Mortgage Banking Association of Nigeria (MBAN), the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), Family Homes Fund (FHF) and major developers.

As Akporji explains, “The NMRC is a private sector-driven mortgage refinance company with the public purpose of developing the primary and secondary mortgage markets through raising long-term funds from the capital market, and leverage this to refinance qualifying mortgage portfolios of mortgage lending institutions, thereby promoting affordable home ownership through mortgages.”

In recognition of these efforts the 4th annual West Africa Property Investment Summit taking place on November 15 and 16 in Lagos will dedicate the region’s most prime real estate event to driving the conversation forward. Featuring multiple sessions and panel discussions, this year’s summit will fortify the foundation for affordable housing as a driver of economic growth.

As one of this year’s key participants and stakeholders, Dr. Akporji will be involved in critical sessions during this year’s two-day summit.

While affordable home ownership enabled through cost-effective and accessible mortgages are long-term objectives for the NMRC, she believes that their work is beginning to gain traction by utilising platforms for dialogues like the West Africa Property Investment Summit.

“WAPI is a convening platform for all stakeholders along the housing value chain, on a sub-regional level. By virtue of its reach, it remains the go to event for networking and knowledge sharing on trends and development in the real estate and construction industry on the continent.”

Arguably one of the most strident and recognisable voices in her field, Akporji also confirmed that she will be joined by NMRC’s new Managing Director/Chief Executive Kehinde Ogundimu, who will also be participating in panel sessions that revolve around affordable housing and financing during the two-day, 500 people gathering.

Also joining Akporji on the top-level session to explore one of the most complex tasks that have bedevilled policymakers will be international speakers Feyi Borrofice from the World Bank Group, USA, and the International Finance Corporation’s Ifeoma Ezeokafor (USA). A stellar panel, the three will discuss how to best mobilise private and public-sector institutional development financing for affordable housing.

While the topic is complex and layered, Akporji believes that the solutions can be addressed if we distinguish between private and the public-sector focuses and challenges, for example:

“Between subsidised/social housing and that provided by private sector developers who are business-oriented; and facilitate the institution of an enabling regulatory and investment climate for housing investment – affordable interest rate regimes, flexible and affordable titling, property registration and foreclosure mechanisms.”

 Adding that for the private sector “The focus obviously will be on the bottom line but there could be a win-win partnership solution, especially with the leveraging of alternative building technologies and green construction methods to not only deliver affordable housing at scale but also positively impact the bottom line.”

Akporji points to the ongoing reforms and evolution of the roles of both the public and private sector along the housing value chain, which the NMRC, working with its partners is helping to achieve.

“State government partners are beginning to review their existing land and titling processes since they recognise its criticality to attracting investment in housing in the state and the importance of housing not only to citizens well-being but also for augmenting internally generated revenues. NMRC has signed MOUs with a number of these states for the adoption/passage of a draft Model Mortgage and Foreclosure Law.

“Kaduna state is the first state to pass the NMRC law and is already reaping the benefits including increased investment in the sector, enhanced ranking on the ease of doing business index, a reduced mortgage interest rate deal with a lending bank and mobilisation of development finance. Lagos state has amended an existing law alongside the MMFL following signing of an MOU with NMRC and remains the national leader in robust hosing policy, innovation and investment. Other states are the in the process of doing same, and projections are that these will begin to bear fruit following the elections early next year.”

For the host of WAPI, Kfir Rusin, providing such a high-level focus on affordable housing is aa recognition of the value of cracking the affordable housing code. “Africa’s future is urban. A recent World Bank report predicts that more than 1 billion Africans will live in cities by 2050; making it home to eight of the world’s fastest growing metropolises. Lagos, as one of the fastest growing off all, is set to double in size from 21 million to more than 40 million. In such a rapidly urbanising environment, we believe that aiding private and public-sector stakeholders in cracking the affordable housing code is a social imperative and arguably real estate’s biggest opportunity.”

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of API Events.

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Email: murray@apievents.com  

About WAPI:
The West Africa Property Investment (WAPI) (http://www.WAPISummit.com/) is the region’s largest and most premier real estate event. It connects the most influential local and international Africa property stakeholders, driving investment and development into a wide range of real estate and infrastructure projects and developments across the region. 
API Events delivers Africa’s most renowned events in real estate investment and development. Our events across the continent have become the ultimate meeting places for Africa’s property market to learn, network and most importantly to do deals. The company also hosts the API Awards – these prestigious awards provide a platform for distinguished developers, suppliers and owners in the African real estate industry, to showcase their best projects and services.  
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Only a day to the 7th Remittance & Payment Expo, Lagos – Nigeria!

22.October.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

Remittance Africa

With only a day to the 7th Remittance and payment Expo (www.RemittanceAfrica.com) holding from Tuesday 23rd October to Wednesday 24th October, 2018 at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Nigeria, the event secretariat wishes to remind interested persons and organizations that the discounted online delegate registration process will close at midnight, Monday October 22, 2018.

Meet the largest gathering of money transfer and payment providers at this continental event on 23 and 24 of October at the Lagos Oriental hotel with the compelling headline theme ‘Unlocking Opportunities in Money Transfer and Payment systems in Africa’.

Engage decision makers and engage key influencers

The two days of inspiring presentations, interactive sessions and networking opportunities with more than 24 thought leaders covering eight sessions, 24+ hours of advanced content, networking and more than 250+ official delegates.

Network with leading money transfer and payment providers from MFSAfrica, Transferto, Paga, Flutterwave, MTN Cameroon, Sendittoo, African Payment Gateway, Verve and many others.

The conference which will hold in Nigeria, Africa’s largest remittance market, will aim to create a more competitive market place for players to foster and deepen their engagements across the money transfer and payment ecosystem in Africa.

Registration will continue at full delegate registration rate at the venue of the conference from 8.00AM on Tuesday 23rd October, 2018. Only pre-registered delegates will be fast tracked. You can still pre-register for onsite registration bey contacting the event organizers.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Remittance Africa.

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West Ekhator
Telephone: +234- 809-650-3987,
Email: kwest@mobilemoneyafrica.com
Website: www.RemittanceAfrica.com
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MDXI achieves Microsoft Gold Data Centre competency, SAP recertification

22.October.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

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West Africa’s largest full-scale data centre provider MDXI (http://www.MDX-I.com/), has attained the Gold Data Centre certification from Microsoft, thus strengthening its position as one of the leading Cloud Services providers in Africa demonstrating “best-in-class” capability to meet Microsoft's customers' needs. The Gold Data Centre is the highest partnership level with Microsoft in Data Centre Competencies and is the pinnacle for Cloud Productivity in Microsoft’s Partner Network program.

Attaining Gold Partner status is an important step for MDXI in its drive towards supporting local companies face issues on digital transformation, particularly in relation to their data centre and computing platform strategies. To obtain the certification, MDXI has demonstrated the highest commitment to the integration of the latest Microsoft products, with proven expertise to help costumers drive innovative solutions on the latest Microsoft platforms.

“The Gold Competency provides MDXI with a competitive advantage that helps us offer our customers the most relevant Microsoft solutions in the market. With this competency, MDXI is accredited as a partner to transform data centres into more flexible, scalable, and cost effective solutions using Microsoft Azure Cloud and hybrid solutions. This will enable us deliver greater value to our customers with best-in-class staff that have been subject to rigorous exams, proven implementation and satisfaction references auditable,” says Gbenga Adegbiji, General Manager, MDXI.

The new milestone proves MDXI’s commitment to enabling digital transformation for its customers through constant improvement in delivering only the best services with competency levels including Silver Cloud Platform; Silver Data Centre; Silver Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions; and Silver Application Development competencies.

In a similar vein, German business software maker, SAP, has given MDXI a clean bill of health with its recertification as a provider of infrastructure services for its cloud solutions. This recertification endorses the ability of the company to deliver high-quality cloud and infrastructure operations services for customers running SAP solutions and confirms MDXI can continue to host and manage SAP applications using the company’s enterprise cloud platforms. As a SAP-certified provider of hosting services, MDXI offers cost-effective yet reliable delivery models for mission-critical applications for customers of SAP. SAP customers that rely on MainOne’s data centre for hosting services are empowered to focus on the business value of their solutions and benefit from reduced operational expenses that a commercial data centre provides.

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Zambia Rugby joins Algeria and six others in 2019 Gold Cup

22.October.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

Zambia Rugby Union (ZRU)

Despite the hosts Zambia Rugby by a 31-nil scoreline against the visitors on a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon, Africa Rugby President Abdelaziz Bougja reviewed that both teams qualify for the Gold Cup.  

Mr Aziz said the decision was taken at the last meeting held in Tunisia to increase the number of teams participating in next year's games from 6 to 8. “As you know, Zambia beat Botswana and Madagascar in the Silver Cup South whilst Algeria beat Ivory Coast and Senegal in the Silver Cup North, so in this regard is was not a difficult decision to make”.

Meanwhile, Director of Sport at the Ministry of Youth & Sport Mr Gib Muyaule expressed delight at the news of Zambia's inclusion to compete against the elite of Africa. “The news by Africa Rugby comes as an opportunity for Zambia to feature on a much larger platform and we know it will be tough but we hope our technical bench will put measures in place to drill the team to expected standards”.

Speaking at the same function, MOPANI COPPER MINES Chief Operations Officer Deon van de Mersh said his company shall continue working with the Zambia Rugby Union to ensure progress. “We are very pleased with the announcement/ revelation that Zambia will participate in the Continent's show piece and we pledge our comapany's commitment to the partnership with the Rugby Union to ensure the team meets all it's game fixtures”, he said.

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Interview with Africa's richest woman, Isabel dos Santos of Angola

20.October.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

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Many people around the world are familiar with Aliko Dangote, a Nigerian who is often described as Africa's richest man. But Isabel dos Santos, 45, an Angolan businesswoman, is Africa's richest woman and the eldest child of Angola’s former President José Eduardo dos Santos, who was in power from 1979 to 2017.

In 2013, according to research by Forbes, her net worth had reached more than three billion US dollars, making her Africa's first billionaire woman. Five years have passed ever since and her wealth has continued to grow.

But being a woman in a male-dominated business world is not always easy, especially for African women.

In this interview, she talks about business, being a woman in a world dominated by men and how she keeps steaming forward in spite of daily challenges.

How have the men in your life (father, husband, others) supported your growth as a female leader in business, and what advice can you give to men to help contribute to the growth of female leaders?

I realised quite late in life that my education had been quite rare for an African girl. My father raised me exactly has he had done my brothers, and never told me: ”girls don’t do this” or “girls can not be that”. At age 18, going to university, I was undecided on what to apply for, and I remember my father persuading me to become an astronaut or a computer scientist, it never crossed my mind  that this is something that African girls don’t do and can not be.  

Finally, I choose to study Engineering at University, and there was only one other girl (Chinese) in my class. 

I do not ever recall hearing things like, “Don’t worry, your brothers will work and take care of you”, or “you are girl; one day will marry and find a  nice man to take care of you”. I was taught to make my own way in life, and never to depend on any man being it father, brother, or husband. 

This built in me a strong spirit of independence. My parents were both insistent on an education that focused on confidence and competitiveness.

As a woman I have also been lucky to have found and married an opened-minded husband who is also African, and who never saw my personal career or success as a threat, and who allowed me the time and space that I needed to dedicate to my work. 

My husband has been a pillar of support throughout my career – crucial to my success. He has provided me always with honest advice and encouragement. He is a great father to all of our four children, being there for them when I am absent, during my long work schedules and overseas trips.

The advice I would give to parents is to establish very early on a sense of confidence and responsibility in their girls. Teach them to fend for themselves and to rely only on themselves. Teach your daughter life skills. Teach your daughter the skills on how to best manage her finances, her salary, and her investments wisely. And moreover, treat her as an independent person and whole human being with a true role in society, equal to that of a man's.

In a male-dominated society, what are some of the biggest challenges you face as a female business woman? 

In the business world there are very few female peers, and it is till undoubtedly a very male-dominated society.  Discrimination and prejudice exists. On various occasions in business meetings it has happened to me that the other party with whom I am negotiating will look solely at my male advisor or male lawyer, to see what he has to say, even though I am the owner /shareholder of the business and have already clearly stated my decision. 

Your opinions are frequently second guessed simply because you are a woman. I am also often asked : “what business does your husband do? ” People just assume that as a woman and a mother you are someone less able to be negotiating at the table or that you built your own business. The toughest thing for women is to raise capital and investment for their business, as the financial system has “more confidence” in male-led projects.

Are there particular challenges that you face as an African woman? 

Being very often the only black person in the room … is a challenge, people tend to treat you differently.  Africa, has unfortunately been marketed in a very poor way. The narrative around African economies and African business isn't favourable, it’s full of negative connotations. Africa needs better marketing in order to promote its success stories better. There is very little knowledge of African businesses or key business players out there. 

How do you maintain your strength to carry forward?

As an African person, I was lucky to receive a top education. In this way I am privileged, and this provides me with a great sense of duty, to do more for others, for my country and for our people. To inspire and help others build their dreams, build their business, get good jobs, and educate their children. 

What opportunities exist currently in Angola or other countries in the continent for women who wish to make money and build successful enterprises? 

Opportunities for me always start with a simple question: What do you know how to do? What are you good at?  And there you will find your opportunity. 

Angola in particular has many untapped resources: from minerals and agriculture, manufacturing to services and tourism. Each one comes with a different level of complexity, different need for investment, but all are strong and possible starting points. 

The more complex the business, the more it will require, for you to be experienced and skilled, and the need for more capital. Today, the Angolan banking sector offers financing and loans for good projects and businesses, and it is true that interest rates are still high, and that some collateral or partial guarantees is required, as well as some starting capital (savings or land) as equity from the investors. Angola imports over $9 billion of food commodities and consumer goods. Today Africa as a whole continues to import vast amounts of commodities and consumer goods.

A good opportunity in Africa would be the medium scale production of agriculture  produce or animal farming or manufacturing. Also in some countries, there is a growing middle class with a growing disposable income, and thus internal tourism such as lodges, and countryside bed and breakfasts are also a developing opportunity for small family-owned businesses. Good quality private education and private health care clinics are also sectors of potential business growth in Africa, as people want to invest in education for their children.

Bigger opportunities, for more capital intensive investments and bigger deals, lie in industries, such as glass or steal manufacturing for construction, or mineral exploration.

How can we get started? 

Your best business bet is you, your skills, your motivation, and your passion.
You must have an idea, make a five year plan, prepare your money, ground your idea in detail, be persistent, and partner yourself with a trusted team. Stay passionate always, and execute –  don’t delegate. 

What are some tips and tricks you can share with young women about managing time, juggling responsibilities, and self-care with all your different ventures and responsibilities? 

Time unfortunately is one of those things that none of us has enough of! We always end up sacrificing something, wether it be less time with our family, or our friends, or having our social life. Or even less time at the gym!

It’s a challenge. Priorities are key. You must allocate your time to your priorities, and your priorities must match your life expectations.  

How do you manage your time with all your different ventures and responsibilities? 

Because you are the richest woman in Africa, many people must ask you for charity and support for their social ventures. 

Have you established a formalised way to give back? 

Supporting social ventures has always been a priority. From the start,  I have installed in my companies a specific division for social responsibility and sponsorship programmes. We sponsor several charities, and we run our own programmes. 

My vision is that to have a better society; it’s important for us to give back and help others. Today, giving back has become part of our company culture, and we have thousands of employees that are volunteers and help run our programmes in the community.

We created a culture that engages people, and each person has the opportunity to play an active role in our social ventures. We finance and run a large and diverse programme of social responsibility initiatives such as: supporting a children’s Pediatric hospital where we are one of the largest donors and partners; we finance and run the largest nationwide campaign for the fight and prevention against Malaria; we sponsor a charity for clean water initiatives in poor communities; with our volunteers we run a “special day “ programme for underprivileged or sick children in which organise special play days and fun adventures, for over 10.000 children in all the country, to give them the experiences they would never otherwise have. Last year, I have started the first Christmas telethon, on the nationwide television network, it allowed us to partner up with several companies and businesses to further help and support communities needs. 

I have encouraged all our employees to be part of our social responsibility programmes , as volunteers, as I believe we need to multiply our efforts and together we are stronger. I am personally very involved, as a donor, but also personally taking part in these actions, as well as in organizing social ventures and engaging with the community directly, as this is a firm commitment I have made to help improve our society. 

How do you decide what causes to support, and when to say no? 

I choose to support those initiatives that are focused on the needs of children, and with education and healthcare at the core of what I do. The fight against malaria is a cause that I carry very close to my heart and I am very committed to help to its eradication.

My commitment is for one day to see Africa brimming with entrepreneurs, from businesses small and big, with  ambitious initiatives,  full of perseverance, support and opportunities. In my vision, I believe that we have a true lever for change in Africa, and it’s not our resources, but our education. The quality of education we are able to give our children will determine  the future of Africa. Anyone that dreams of changing Africa,  education is the key. We must educate our girls, as they are the future mothers, and an encyclopedia of knowledge for their children. 

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Zambia Rugby Union boss appreciates visit by Rugby Africa boss

20.October.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

Zambia Rugby Union (ZRU)

“The visit by the President of Rugby Africa Mr Abdelaziz Bougja is an endorsement on how far we have come as a Union in our efforts to cement the game of rugby in Zambia starting at youth level, community level, girls/women's level, club and national level”. This was reviewed by the Zambia Rugby Union President when speaking at a dinner at the Mufulira Boating Club in honor of Mr Aziz on Friday 19th October, 2018.

Speaking at the same event, Mufulira Boating Club Manager Vince Andrews said the visit by Mr Aziz was of great significance to the Club as it had been restored using old and recycled materials from MOPANI COPPER MINES underground shafts. Mr Andrews said “Renovations started 3 years ago and it was amazing that we are now able to host events and personalities of global importance, we are even more proud because we used local materials and local labor making this the most affordable world class venue”.

In his keynote speech, Africa Rugby President Abdoulaziz Bougja paid tribute to the Zambia Rugby Union and its partners MOPANI for a well structured partnership that has brought great development to the game of rugby in Zambia whose fruits were being appreciated across the continent. “The partnership between Zambia Rugby Union and MOPANI COPPER MINES has started bearing tangible results, the whole rugby world is watching with keen interest and learning how an African Rugby Union has been able to do so much in such a short space of time. It is our sincere hope as Africa Rugby that in spite of the results against Algeria in this qualifiers, Rugby will be the ultimate winner”.

Also in attendance at the event was MOPANI COPPER MINES Operations Manager Maambo Chonya, Mufulira Rugby Club Chairman Thomson Ngulube, Zambia Rugby Union Head of Secretariat Noble Chisanga, Tournament Director Henry Shikopa, Match Commissioner Johnbosco Muamba, Citing Commissioner Juma Absalom, Get Into Rugby Zambia Project Manager Tom Chaloba and many others.

Earlier in the day, the Entourage was given a tour of MOPANI Central Training College (MCTC) where most of the Mufulira Rugby Club players are being trained in various courses such as Engineering, Electrical, Electronics, Heavy Duty Mechanics and many more before being employed by the mining company.

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Mission of the Lyon Confluence Museum in Addis Ababa

19.October.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

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The Confluences museum team came to Addis Ababa this week.

The objective: to lead a workshop for the national museum, that wishes to take again part in the section devoted to ethnography along its course.

This mission, under the auspices of the city of Lyon, was conducted with the help of the Embassy of France and made it possible to concretely address issues related to the conservation of collections and questions relating to their inventory, their documentation and exhibition.

After the opening of the Confluence Museum in Lyon for almost 4 years, the French know-how is exported!

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New Job Electronic Application Management System

19.October.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

The U.S. Mission to Cameroon is pleased to introduce a new electronic application management system which will be used to hire new employees of the Mission. Effective November 14, 2018, the Mission will no longer accept paper or email applications.  The entire application process will be done online, using the Electronic Recruitment Application (ERA) powered by Monster.com.

What is changing?

  • ALL Vacancy Announcements will be posted electronically.
  • ALL applicants MUST apply using the internet interface.
  • The new system and process will bring more standardization to the recruitment process, increasing efficiency and the ability to capture useable metrics.
  • The new system and process will rank applicants using vacancy-specific questions related to the major duties of the position and the Eight Qualities of Overseas Employees included in all Vacancy Announcements.

Candidates interested in applying for positions within the U.S. Mission – in Yaoundé or Douala – should familiarize themselves with the new application process.  Please click on the following link for additional information on ERA and on how to apply for jobs using ERA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cp77GCrDvzk

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Call for Project Abstracts and Full Proposals: U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

19.October.2018 · Posted in APO-OPA

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U.S. Mission Maputo is calling for project abstracts and full proposals for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2019 Small Grants Program.  Project abstracts submitted via email at MaputoPDProposals@state.gov will be accepted until 5:30 p.m. on November 9, 2018.  For proposal abstracts that advance to Round 2, the deadline for the full proposals is December 14, 2018.

About AFCP

The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) supports the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects, and forms of traditional cultural expression in more than 100 developing countries around the world.  AFCP-supported projects include the restoration of ancient and historic buildings, assessment and conservation of rare manuscripts and museum collections, preservation and protection of important archaeological sites, and the documentation of vanishing traditional craft techniques and indigenous languages. Cultural heritage endures as a reminder of the contributions and historical experiences of humanity. By taking a leading role in efforts to preserve cultural heritage, the U.S. shows its respect for other cultures.  Individual awards can range from $10,000 to $200,000 per project.

Special priorities for the 2019 AFCP competition: 

U.S. Mission Mozambique particularly encourages projects that promote American values, such as tolerance and respect for cultural diversity.

Funding areas

The AFCP Small Grants Competition supports the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects and collections, and forms of traditional cultural expression.  Appropriate project activities may include:

  1. In the case of cultural sites:  conservation of an ancient or historic building, preservation of an archaeological site, or documentation of cultural sites in a region for preservation purposes
  2. In the case of cultural objects and collections:  conservation treatment for an object or collection of objects from a museum, site, or similar institution—that include, but are not limited to, archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, and general museum conservation needs; needs assessment of a collection with respect to its condition and strategies for improving its state of conservation; inventory of a collection for conservation and protection purposes; the creation of safe environments for storage or display of collections; or specialized training in the care and preservation of collections
  3. In the case of forms of traditional cultural expression:  documentation and audiovisual recording of traditional music, indigenous languages and dance forms for broad dissemination as the means of teaching and further preserving them, or support for training in the preservation of traditional applied arts or crafts in danger of extinction
Special note regarding sites and objects that have a religious connection

The establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution permits the government to include religious objects and sites within an aid program under certain conditions.  For example, an item with a religious connection (including a place of worship) may be the subject of a cultural preservation grant if the item derives its primary significance and is nominated solely on the basis of architectural, artistic, historical, or other cultural (not religious) criteria.

What kind of organization can apply for an AFCP grant?

U.S. Mission Mozambique encourages AFCP proposals from reputable and accountable noncommercial entities, such as:

  • Non-governmental organizations;
  • Museums;
  • Government institutions dealing with cultural heritage and preservation; and
  • Similar institutions and organizations that are able to demonstrate the requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage.

Ineligible project applicants

AFCP does not award grants to individuals, commercial entities, or past award recipients that have not fulfilled the objectives or reporting requirements of previous AFCP awards.

Ineligible projects and specific line items

U.S. Mission Mozambique will not consider the following types of projects or specific line times for AFCP:

  1. Preservation or purchase of privately or commercially owned cultural objects, collections, or real property, including those whose transfer from private or commercial to public ownership is envisioned, planned, or in process but not complete at the time of proposal submission;
  2. Preservation of natural heritage (physical, biological, and geological formations, paleontological collections, habitats of threatened species of animals and plants, fossils, etc.);
  3. Preservation of hominid or human remains;
  4. Preservation of news media (newspapers, newsreels, radio and TV programs, etc.);
  5. Preservation of published materials available elsewhere (books, periodicals, etc.);
  6. Development of curricula or educational materials for classroom use;
  7. Archaeological excavations or exploratory surveys for research purposes;
  8. Historical research, except in cases where the research is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project;
  9. Acquisition or creation of new exhibits, objects, or collections for new or existing museums;
  10. Construction of new buildings, building additions, or permanent coverings (over archaeological sites, for example);
  11. Commissions of new works of art or architecture for commemorative or economic development purposes;
  12. Creation of new or the modern adaptation of existing traditional dances, songs, chants, musical compositions, plays, or other performances;
  13. Creation of replicas or re-creation of cultural objects or sites that no longer exist;
  14. Relocation of cultural sites from one physical location to another;
  15. Removal of cultural objects or elements of cultural sites from the country for any reason;
  16. Digitization of cultural objects or collections, unless part of a larger, clearly defined conservation effort;
  17. Conservation plans or other studies, unless they are one component of a larger project to implement the results of those studies;
  18. Cash reserves, endowments, or revolving funds (funds must be expended within the award period [up to five years] and may not be used to create an endowment or revolving fund);
  19. Costs of fund-raising campaigns;
  20. Indirect costs or operating expenses, i.e. expenses incurred during the day-to-day operational activities of an organization, such as office rent, utilities, license fees, and other costs for administrative time, services, or materials not directly related to performing project work;
  21. Contingency, unforeseen, or miscellaneous costs or fees;
  22. Costs of work performed prior to announcement of the award;
  23. International travel, except in cases where travel is justifiable and integral to the success of the proposed project;
  24. Travel or study for professional development;
  25. Individual projects costing less than $200,000; or
  26. Independent U.S. projects overseas.

Proposal process

U.S. Mission Mozambique’s AFCP Small Grants Program competition process is divided into two rounds:

  1. Round 1 – Project abstract (due November 9, 2018); and
  2. Round 2 – Full proposal (due December 14, 2018)
Round 1

The project abstract must include the following items:

  1. Project Basics, including title, project dates, location, and site.
  2. Project Applicant information, including contact information.
  3. Special Designations (national monument, World Heritage Site, etc.).
  4. Law/s Protecting the Site or Collection (citations only).
  5. Project Purpose that summarizes the project objectives and desired results.
  6. Statement of Importance highlighting the historic, architectural, artistic, or cultural (non-religious) values of the site or collection.
  7. Statement of Urgency indicating the severity of the situation and explaining why the project must take place now.

Project abstracts must be submitted via email to MaputoPDProposals@state.gov by November 9, 2018.

Round 2

U.S. Mission Mozambique will invite shortlisted institutions to submit full proposals upon favorable review of the abstracts. Full proposals must be submitted via email to MaputoPDProposals@state.gov by December 14, 2018. The proposals must fully satisfy the program objectives, funding areas and priorities, and the eligibility requirements specified above. Furthermore, to be considered complete, full proposals must include:

  1. Full and complete Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424), including Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424A), Assurances for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424B), and, if applicable, Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL).
  2. Project Basics, including title, project dates, location, and site.
  3. Project Applicant information, including contact information, DUNS Number, and SAM registration status.
  4. Special Designations (national monument, World Heritage Site, etc.).
  5. Law/s Protecting the Site or Collection (citations only).
  6. Project Purpose that summarizes the project objectives and desired results.
  7. Statement of Importance highlighting the historic, architectural, artistic, or cultural (non-religious) values of the site or collection.
  8. Proof of official permission to undertake the project and the full endorsement and support of the Mozambican Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
  9. Project Activities Description that presents the project tasks in chronological order. If the proposed project is part of a larger effort involving multiple projects supported by other entities, the plan must present the full scope of the preservation effort and the place of the proposed project within that larger effort.
  10. Project Time Frame or Schedule that lists the major project phases and milestones with target dates for achieving them. (NOTE: Applicants may propose project periods of up to 12 months [one year]; projects must begin before September 30, 2019, and conclude no later than September 30, 2020).
  11. Project Participant information, including resumes or CVs of the proposed project director and key project participants.
  12. Statement of Sustainability outlining the steps or measures that will be taken to maintain the site or collection in good condition after the AFCP-supported project is complete.
  13. Detailed Project Budget, demarcated in one-year budget periods (2019, 2020, 2021, etc.), that lists all costs in separate categories (Personnel, Fringe Benefits, Travel [including Per Diem], Equipment, Supplies, Contractual, Other Direct Costs, Indirect Costs, Cost Sharing); indicates funds from other sources; and gives a justification for any anticipated international travel costs.
  14. Budget Narrative explaining how the costs were estimated (quantity x unit cost, for example) and any unique line items in the budget.
  15. Ten (10) or more high quality digital images (JPEGs) or audiovisual files that convey the nature and condition of the site or museum collection and show the urgency or need for the proposed project (collapsing walls, extensive water damage, etc.).
  16. Relevant supporting documentation, such as historic structure reports, restoration plans and studies, conservation needs assessments and recommendations, architectural and engineering records, etc., compiled in preparation for the proposed project.
  17. Project applicant information, including:
  18. Contact information;
  19. DUNS Number; and
  20. SAM registration. 

Organizations applying for an AFCP Small grant must have a Dun & Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) prior to submitting applications. Applicants may acquire DUNs numbers at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNs number request line at 1-866-705-5711 or by requesting a number online at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform. SAM is the official, free on-line registration database for the U.S. Government. Registration in SAM is free: https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/

Language

All proposals and supporting materials must use English.  Proposals in Portuguese will not be accepted for this competition.

Cost Sharing and other Forms of Cost Participation

There is no minimum or maximum percentage of cost participation required for this competition. When cost sharing is offered, it is understood and agreed that the applicant must provide the amount of cost sharing as stipulated in its proposal and later included in an approved agreement. Cost sharing may be in the form of allowable direct or indirect costs.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of U.S. Embassy in Mozambique.
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