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Africa Needs To Modernise Agricutltural Sector To Feed Itself- AGRA

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Africa’s productivity in the Agricultural sector and ability to feed itself depends on the modernisation of local industries.

These remarks were made by Hailemariam Dessalegn former Ethiopian Premier and Former President of Tanzania Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete on Tuesday.

The two leaders made these remarks while touring Joydons (T) Limited in Bagamoyo, a maize flour processing factory owned by two women entrepreneurs, Joyce Donald Kimaro and Joyce Donatikimaro who are also cousins and beneficiaries of TADB’s loan facility.

Dessalegn is currently visiting Tanzania in his capacity as the Chairperson of Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

According to him, Tanzania and Africa’s productivity in the agriculture sector and ability to feed itself depends on the modernisation of local industries.

“Agriculture transformation can only take place if there is in the value chains processing plants like these ones that help small-holder farmers to increase their productivity, and supply to these kind of factories so that it is processed and sold with high value,” said Dessalegn.

He explained that AGRA is trying to bring Africa agricultural transformation at the centre of Africa’s renaissance and, “we are happy that it is in the making, and that Tanzania is leading this process.”

On his part, former President Kikwete doubling as a board member of AGRA, said that Tanzania has many projects that are being funded by AGRA. “After this visit, we are very happy to witness for ourselves how the Tshs1.2billion loan facility from TADB has managed to revolutionarise and impact the production of maize flour in this factory. I would therefore like to wish TADB all the best, because if the bank prospers, entrepreneurs in the Agricultural sector also prosper,” Kikwete explained.

The Joydons project is among the 11 other projects financed under a partnership agreement with AGRA. It tackles post-harvest loss by adding value to maize, it has been able to get the technology that also removes aflatoxins in maize flour.

Apart from that, matching grant with AGRA has enabled TADB to finance 11 SMEs with loans worth U$4.4 million of which U$600,000 grant has been offered by AGRA.

“This strategic partnership has enabled us to stimulate SME’s financing in the value addition of food crops. Joydons a female owned and led company is on of the SME’s we have been able to finance through this agreement,” explains TADB’s Acting Managing Director, Derick Rugemala.

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Rwanda Police Chief Concludes Visit To Malawi

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Rwanda National Police (RNP) and Malawi Police Service (MPS) have reaffirmed their commitment to jointly build capacities in counter-terrorism and to fight motor-vehicle theft.

These are some of the resolutions adopted on Friday, July 30, as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dan Munyuza concluded his official visit to Malawi at the invitation of his counterpart, Dr. George Kainja to further enhance partnership in national and regional security.

The two forces also agreed to further build their capacities through shared advanced training, establish or strengthen victim support units and to bolster the canine unit including bleeding of sniffer dogs.

IGP Munyuza’s visit to Malawi followed the visit of his counterpart, Dr. Kainja to Rwanda in June as the two Police Chiefs continue to spearhead the implementation of the cooperation pact signed between Rwanda National Police (RNP) and Malawi Police Service (MPS) in March 2019 to formalize cooperation and collaboration in sharing intelligence, tracking and exchange of fugitives, training as well as fighting terrorism and drug trafficking, among others.

During his week-long visit to Malawi, IGP Munyuza also toured some of the MPS facilities including Zomba Police College in the Eastern region, South-West Region Police headquarters in Blantyre Province, and Limbe Police Station.

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Saad Toma Named General Manager, IBM Middle East & Africa

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IBM announced today that Saad Toma has been named General Manager of IBM Middle East and Africa (MEA).

Mr. Toma succeeds Takreem El-Tohamy, who has been appointed General Manager, Global Strategic Sales at IBM.

Mr. Toma brings deep industry, services and technology expertise and over 30 years of experience at IBM working across multiple geographies.

He will be responsible for IBM’s overall business operations across Middle East, Africa and Turkey, driving business growth and client satisfaction.

“Saad is a highly respected leader with a reputation for developing high-performing teams and being a true partner to our clients, helping them with their transformation journeys,” said Marta Martinez Alonso, General Manager, IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“I would like to thank Takreem for his role in driving IBM’s business and footprint in Middle East and Africa over the past decade and wish him success in his new role.”

Mr. Toma previously led IBM’s Global Technology Services (GTS) business in MEA from 2011 until 2016.

Prior to his appointment as General Manager, IBM MEA, Mr. Toma most recently held the position of General Manager, GTS for Asia Pacific (APAC) where he was responsible for guiding clients on their digital transformation journeys through Hybrid Cloud, Data and AI.

During his tenure at IBM, Mr. Toma has held several leadership roles including Global Chief Operating Officer of GTS, in which he was responsible for the management of GTS business operations and adopting a more cognitive business model in support of IBM’s clients’ needs.

“We are at a pivotal point in shaping the future of our industry. Technology adoption is not only vital to a successful, more competitive business but a key driver to economic development and growth,” said Saad Toma.

“I am privileged to lead IBM Middle East and Africa and, together with my colleagues, work with governments and clients across the region to help them leverage IBM’s hybrid cloud and AI solutions, services and our ecosystem partners to transform and drive innovation.”

Both appointments are effective immediately.

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Rwanda Police Chief Visits Malawain Police College

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dan Munyuza, who is in Malawi for the bilateral visit, on Wednesday, July 28, visited Zomba Police College in the Eastern region. Earlier on Tuesday, the Police Chief also visited the South-West Region Police headquarters in Blantyre Province.

The tour is part of the week-long visit aimed at strengthening cross-border cooperation between Rwanda National Police (RNP) and Malawi Police Service (MPS) as entailed in the Memorandum of Understanding binding the two Police institutions signed in March 2019 in Lilongwe.

The MoU specifies partnership in joint areas of training, operations, tracking and exchange of criminals, combating terrorism, drug trafficking, cybercrimes, information sharing on fugitives and other security related matters.

During the bilateral meeting with his counterpart of Malawi, Dr. George Kainja, IGP Munyuza said that the two Police forces have made “strides including holding bilateral meetings, exchanging information, learning from each other and sharing expertise to jointly confront common threats affecting safety and social wellbeing of people in our two countries and our regions at large.”

“In the face of prevailing global and regional security threats, we value Malawi’s efforts on bilateral and multilateral stages to seek sustainable solution to security challenges in the region and beyond.

Rwanda stands together with Malawi and all other African countries’ resolve to end the unnecessary and destabilizing negative forces on our continent particularly violent extremism,” IGP Munyuza said during the meeting.

The host, Dr. George Kainja said that the cooperation is even more important in the context of Islamic insurgency that is terrorizing Mozambique.

“The Malawi Government in General, and the Malawi Police Service in particular will ensure that all efforts to defeat this insurgency are supported. In addition, the security apparatus of this country is working tirelessly to ensure that our country is not used in any way by elements bent on destabilizing the region,” Dr. Kainja said.

 

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