Le projet de réserves d’eau de XCMG en Éthiopie améliore la vie quotidienne et apporte de l’espoir dans le pays en sècheresse

ADDIS ABEBA, Éthiopie, 6 mai 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Le projet de réserves d’eau Afrique-Ethiopie de XCMG a donné des résultats impressionnants depuis que la première réserve d’eau a été construite à l’école primaire Oda Nebe dans la capitale du pays, Addis Abeba, en août 2016.

Au cours des neuf derniers mois, les nouvelles réserves d’eau construites par XCMG ont apporté de l’eau potable dans les écoles, les foyers et de l’eau propre pour l’irrigation agricole dans les fermes dans plusieurs villages éthiopiens.

Tasew, un habitant du village de Kitcha, cultive des citrons et des oranges comme source de revenus. Mais le manque d’eau signifiait qu’il devait parcourir 15 kilomètres tous les jours pour acheter de l’eau pour l’irrigation. Aujourd’hui, les nouvelles réserves d’eau en construction à Kitcha sont sur le point de changer sa vie. Elles donneront aux villageois un accès facile à l’eau potable grâce aux technologies de la société qui vont augmenter la capacité de stockage, mais également conserver également l’eau propre et saine.

« J’aide les experts et les équipes de construction à construire nos réserves d’eau. Tout est en place, une fois que le projet est terminé, je serai en mesure d’étendre la zone de plantation. Je suis très reconnaissant pour ce que XCMG et la CFPA (la fondation chinoise pour la réduction de la pauvreté) ont fait pour nous, ils ont amélioré notre vie avec de l’eau propre », a déclaré Tasew à la CFPA récemment.

En partenariat avec la CFPA et le bureau de Mme Roman Tesfaye, la Première Dame d’Éthiopie, le projet des réserves d’eau de XCMG apporte une aide précieuse dans un pays où la sècheresse la plus grave en 30 ans affecte tous les aspects de la vie. La société a fait don de 1,85 million CNY (268 743 USD) à la CFPA pour établir la fondation BlueDream et 750 000 CNY (108 949 USD) ont été investis pour construire 50 réserves d’eau afin de répondre aux besoins de plus de 4000 villageois et étudiants en Éthiopie.

« L’initiative des réserves d’eau fait partie de notre campagne de bien-être public internationale “Pour une meilleure vie” qui comprend 14 projets bien positionnés pour réellement soutenir l’éducation et le développement communautaire. XCMG est pleinement engagé à respecter ses promesses et à contribuer au progrès social dans le but de faire du monde un endroit meilleur », a déclaré Wang Min, le président et le chef de direction de XCMG.

À propos de XCMG :

XCMG est une société multinationale de fabrication de machinerie lourde dotée d’une histoire de 74 ans. Elle se classe actuellement en neuvième place mondiale dans l’industrie des machines de construction. La société exporte vers plus de 177 pays et régions à travers le monde.

Pour obtenir plus d’informations, veuillez visiter : www.xcmg.com, ou les pages de XCMG sur Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn et Instagram.

Afadzinu to head Team Ghana to Bahamas

Accra, The Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) has appointed Mr. Mawuko Afadzinu as the Chef D’ Mission of Team Ghana for the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in Bahamas.

Mr. Afadzinu, who is an executive member of the GOC and head of the Sponsorship and Marketing Sub-Committee and President of the Ghana Table Tennis Federation (GTTF), will use his rich experience in sport administration to lead the team to a successful competition.

The appointment was contained in a press statement from the GOC on Sunday.

The sixth edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games would commence on July 19 and end on July 23, 2017.

Ghana will participate in Athletics, Amateur Boxing, Beach Volleyball, Cycling, Swimming and Tennis.

Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah, President of the GOC in a statement said, team sports like rugby and beach soccer were not included in the selected disciplines, due to financial constraints.

He added that each discipline would present two athletes thus one male and one female and will be accompanied by five officials and a press attache.

Mr. Nunoo Mensah said, Ghana’s participation in the Games will cost about $US130, 000, the GOC would support with $US50, 000 while the Ministry of Youth and Sports will cover the remaining $US80, 000.

Source: Ghana News Agency

DGI commemorates Hand Hygiene Day

Accra, Divine Group International Foundation (DGI) has marked the Global Hand Hygiene Day in Tamale to raise awareness of the importance of hand washing with soap in reducing child mortality.

A statement signed by Mr Ebenezer Kofi Adu-Lartey, the Chief Executive Officer of the Divine Group International Foundation, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said hand hygiene is a social health campaign marked globally.

Madam Hilda Ayamsegna, Northern Zone supervisor of DGI foundation, also urged all school pupils to take part in its 21 days behaviour change programme.

The programme aims at encouraging pupils to adopt handwashing behaviour on five critical occasions � before breakfast, lunch, and dinner, after visiting the toilet, and during the daily bath � and spread the message to their family and friends.

The programme was able to reach a total of 567 school pupils of Faith Hill Community School of Tamale and a handwashing water tank was donated to the school.

Madam Ayamsegna said: At DGI foundation, our commitment is to change the handwashing behaviours of 10 million Ghanaians by 2022 through educating and empowering underprivileged communities.

Every year, preventable diseases like diarrhoea and pneumonia claim the lives of 2.8 million children across the globe before they reach the age of five.

Such deaths can be significantly reduced if children, mothers and caregivers alike are taught to embrace the simple, yet often neglected act of handwashing with soap she said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana-Japan to strengthen trade relations for mutual benefits – Dr Bawumia

Accra, Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has said Government is determined to co-operate with companies and countries interested in providing high quality infrastructure in the country, especially in the areas of construction and manufacturing.

He said as part of the Government’s industrialisation plan, it was more than willing to allow those companies to set up and operate in the country.

Vice President Bawumia said this when a delegation led by Mr Suematsu Shinsuke, Japanese Minister of State for Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), paid a working visit on him at the Flagstaff House in Accra.

Mr Shinsuke was in the country for the Ghana-Japan High Quality Infrastructure Conference organised by the Japan-Africa Infrastructure Development Association in collaboration with the Government of Ghana, the Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors of Ghana, the Association of Road Contractors and the Progressive Road Contractors Association.

The conference provided a platform for information exchange and opinion sharing on infrastructure needs and business development activities in Africa between member companies.

Twenty-six representatives of Japanese companies engaged in construction, consulting, engineering and manufacturing, trading, finance and insurance attended the conference.

Addressing the delegation comprising businessmen and industrialists, Dr Bawumia expressed Government’s desire to have a relationship with the international community driven by mutual trade.

He recalled the long-standing relationship between Ghana and Japan, and thus, called for even greater ties between the two countries.

The bond between Ghana and Japan goes a long way and it is an unbreakable bond. Mention can be made of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research which was established in 1979 as a gift from the Japanese government in memory of Dr Hideyo Noguchi to Ghana. The Institute has maintained the high quality and ethical standards in the conduct of research, he noted.

The Vice President also recognised the contribution of Japan to Ghana’s development over the years, and expressed government’s appreciation to the Japanese government for resumption of the grant of highly concessional loans after a 15-year break.

He thanked Japanese government for the assistance it has provided to the country in the areas of infrastructure and health and cited the provision of Community-based Heath Planning Services (CHPS) compounds, the construction of a new bridge on the Volta Lake to make movement between the Eastern and Volta regions easier, as well as supporting the countries within the Gulf of Guinea with maritime assistance.

I am confident that the Ghana-Japan Parliamentary League would deepen the co-operation between our two countries. he stressed.

For his part, Mr Shinsuke congratulated the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s led government on its electoral victory in the 2016 polls and assured Japanese government’s readiness to deepen ties with Ghana and assist the Government to achieve its objectives.

Mr Shinsuke was accompanied to the Flagstaff House by his deputy Kaibori Yasuaki, Counsellor for Global Strategies at the MILT; Mori Takehiro, President of Japan-Africa Infrastructure Development Association; Miyamoto Yoichi, Japan Ambassador to Ghana; Yoshimura Kaoru and Ghana’s Ambassador to Japan, Mr Parker Allotey.

Heads of various companies including Fujita Corporation, Sakai Heavy Industries Ltd, Nihon Sekkei Inc, Shimizu Corporation, Taisei Corporation, Sojitz Corporation, Toa Corporation, JGC Corporation, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC and Nippon Koei Co., Ltd were also in attendance.

Source: Ghana News Agency

“No room for SADA scandals in my government” – President Akufo-Addo

Accra, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Saturday reiterated his government’s commitment to establishing the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP) � the vehicle which will ensure that each of the 275 constituencies receives the equivalent of $1 million per year for infrastructural development.

He said the Fund would be administered by three (3) development authorities, namely, the Coastal Belt Development Authority, the Middle Belt Development Authority and the Northern Development Authority, disclosing that the Bill for the establishment of these Authorities would be laid before Parliament when the House reconvenes later this month.

President Akufo-Addo said this at a meeting with the Ghanaian community resident in Cote d’Ivoire, as part of the activities he undertook during his 3-day official visit to that country.

This year’s budget contains the money for the 1 million per year per constituency policy, the financial provision has been made. However, because my government and I are accountable to the Ghanaian people, we want to be diligent in everything we do. I do not want a repetition of the scandals that rocked SADA (Savannah Accelerated Development Authority) to befall my government and the three development authorities we want to establish, the President said.

So, I will plead with you and the Ghanaian people, who are eagerly awaiting the commencement of this policy, to exercise a little patience as we seek to do the correct thing. It might even be the case that, once the bill is laid before Parliament, some may even suggest improvements to the bill. But, at least, we have made provision in this year’s budget for this policy to begin.

Touching on his broad vision for the country, he told the audience gathered at the packed theatre in Treichville, a suburb of Abidjan, that his vision was hinged on modernising Ghanaian agriculture to enhance its productivity; a clear industrial policy, and rationalising the financial sector so that it supports growth in agriculture, and growth in manufacturing and industry.

He told the gathering that it was for this reason, that on April 19, 2017, he launched the programme for Planting for Food and Jobs, at Goaso, in the Brong Ahafo Region.

He said the programme was the basis of the answer to the twin-problem of the migration of youth to city centres in search of non-existent jobs, as well as an end to the disgraceful spectacle of Ghana importing food stuffs from neighbouring countries.

With a looming shortage of agricultural extension officers in Ghana in the next two to three years, largely as a result of the then Mahama administration’s decision not to employ any of the 3,200 graduates from the country’s 5 Colleges of Agriculture between 2011 and 2015, President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that that his government has, in the last 3 months, employed 1,200 of these graduates.

He said in 2018, we will employ 2,000 more extension officers, with the solemn pledge of employing more graduates from our Colleges of Agriculture in the subsequent years.

On the economic front, President Akufo-Addo said his government has introduced measures to stimulate growth of the private sector. Amongst others, a monetary policy that would stabilise the currency and reduce significantly the cost of borrowing, in addition to a raft of tax cuts, he said, have been put in place to bring relief to businesses, with the aim of lowering the cost of doing business and shifting the focus of our economy from taxation to production.

This process of economic transformation, the President stressed, has to go along with ensuring that the most basic elements of social justice are met.

To this end, we want to make quality basic education, i.e. education from kindergarten through to secondary school, accessible to all of Ghana’s children. Beginning with the intake from the 2017/2018 academic year, parents will no longer bear the cost of taking their children to secondary school. Free SHS is coming from September 2017, he added, to a rapturous response from the packed auditorium.

President Akufo-Addo also assured the Ghanaian community in Cote d’Ivoire of his government’s commitment of engaging with the Electoral Commission to ensuring the full implementation of the Representation of the People’s Amendment Law (ROPAL), to enable them exercise their franchise in local elections.

There are many countries in West Africa and around the world that do allow their citizens overseas to vote. I cannot understand why, in Ghana, we do not allow that to happen, he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency