Un ancien dignitaire marocain lance un nouveau livre sur la voie du développement de la Chine à Pékin

PÉKIN, 27 décembre 2021 /PRNewswire/ — L’édition française du nouveau livre de Fathallah Oualalou, ancien ministre de l’économie et des finances du Maroc, ancien ministre de l’économie et des finances du Maroc, chercheur supérieur au Centre de politique pour le nouveau Sud, économiste, intitulé « La Chine et l’espace arabo-africain» a été publiée en France. L’auteur considère que les Nouvelles routes de la soie ou plus précisément la Ceinture et la Route est sans doute un moyen de redéfinir notre monde et son équilibre, en nous permettant de mieux comprendre la relation entre l’Afrique et les pays arabes et « la Ceinture et la Route ».

L’événement est conjointement organisé par les Éditions de la Route de la Soie et China National Publications Import and Export (Group) Co., Ltd.

Le 16 décembre 2021, le lancement du livre et le séminaire sur les « Opportunités et défis de la coopération sino-arabe et sino-africaine dans le cadre de l’initiative la Ceinture et la Route ont été organisés en ligne et hors ligne. Fathallah Oualalou; Mohammed Khalil, président de l’Association d’amitié Maroc-Chine; David Monyae, directeur du Centre d’études Afrique-Chine à l’Université de Johannesburg, Afrique du Sud; Khaled Elhaj Ahmed, sinologue et doyen du Département des langues orientales, Institut supérieur des langues, Université de Carthage, Tunisie; Sonia Bressler, rédactrice en chef des Éditions de la Route de la Soie; Mohamad Elkhatib, président de Digital Future Ltd., Xue Qingguo, professeur à l’Ecole d’études arabes de l’Université des études étrangères de Pékin (BFSU); Liu Xinlu, doyen de l’Ecole d’études arabes, BFSU; Zhang Yongpeng, chercheur à l’Institut pour l’Asie de l’Ouest et l’Afrique de l’Académie chinoise des sciences sociales ainsi que d’autres experts et universitaires chinois et étrangers ont discuté du contenu du livre.

Les intervenants au séminaire ont convenu que le livre est un ouvrage important qui montre l’initiative la Ceinture et la Route et son impact sur le continent africain et le Moyen-Orient, et qu’il constitue une réponse aux défis de la santé, de la pauvreté, de l’environnement, de la révolution technologique et du remodelage du monde. Les universitaires étrangers ont déclaré qu’une nouvelle structure mondiale se construit tranquillement dans la nouvelle situation, et que l’initiative la Ceinture et la Route apporte beaucoup d’espoir dans le processus de remodelage de la nouvelle structure mondiale, et que la Chine, comme la locomotive du développement mondial, est une force motrice qui devrait mieux participer à la construction de la nouvelle structure mondiale pour créer un avenir plus pacifique, équilibré, mutuellement bénéfique, amical et tolérant.

Le livre est d’abord publié en français, et dans l’avenir, les versions chinoise et arabe seront respectivement publiées par les Editions Guangming Daily de Chine et Digital Future Ltd. du Liban.

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Moroccan Former Statesmen’s New Book on China’s Development Path Launched in Beijing

BEIJING, Dec. 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — La Chine & lespace arabo-africain, the French version of the book titled “China and Arabic & African Regions Pursuing the Belt and Road Initiative” authored by the Economist Fathallah Oualalou, Former Minister of Economy and Finance of Morocco and Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, came out in France. The author holds that the New Silk Road, or rather the Belt and Road definitely represents a way to redefine our world and the world balance and enables us to get a deeper understanding about how the African and Arabic countries relate to the Belt and Road.

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On December 16, 2021, the new book launch and the seminar themed on China-Arabic and China-African Cooperation Opportunities and Challenges were held online and offline, organized by Les Éditions de la Route de la Soie and China National Publications Import and Export (Group) Co., Ltd. (CNPIEC). Fathallah Oualalou, Former Minister of Economy and Finance of Morocco, Senior Fellow at the Policy Center for the New South, Economist; Mohammed Khalil, President of Morocco-China Friendship Association; David Monyae, Director of the Center for Africa-China Studies at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa; Khaled Elhaj Ahmed, Sinologist and Dean of the Department of Oriental Languages, the Higher Institute of Languages, Carthage University, Tunisia; Sonia Bressler, Chief Editor of Silk Road Publishing House (Les Éditions de la Route de la Soie); Mohamad Elkhatib, President of Digital Future Ltd.; Xue Qingguo, Professor of the School of Arabic Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), Director of the BFSU Zayed Center for Arabic Language and Islamic Studies, and Vice President of the Chinese Society for the Study of Arabic Literature; Liu Xinlu, Dean of the School of Arabic Studies, BFSU; and Zhang Yongpeng, Researcher of the Institute for West-Asian and African of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences among other Chinese and foreign scholars and experts discussed the contents of the book.

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The speakers at the meeting agreed that it is a significant book expounding the Belt and Road Initiative and its impact upon the African continent and the Middle East, responding to the challenges related to health, poverty, environment, technological revolution and world reshaping. Overseas scholars indicate the new world landscape is taking shape under new circumstances and the Belt and Road Initiative has brought many hopes in this process. China is like a locomotive of the world’s development; it is a great driving force. It should better participate in the construction of the world landscape to usher in a more peaceful, balanced, mutually beneficial, friendly and inclusive future.

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The French version of the book was first published. In the future, the Chinese version and Arabic version will also be published by Guangming Daily Press of China and Digital Future Ltd. respectively.

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BOST serves as a national strategic asset – Mr Provencal

 

Tema, Dec. 27, GNA – The Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) has been categorized as a national strategic asset that must be defended and guarded at all times to serve its purposes, Mr. Edwin Provencal, the Managing Director has stated.

 

He said for a state institution to perform creditably, it needed period constructive feedback from strategic stakeholders, “not vilification, sabotage and undermining every policy move, such acts drained the energies of management and staff”.

 

Mr. Provencal stated during the end-of-year assessment stakeholder engagement with the media which was used to outline the company’s achievement for 2021 and plans for 2022.

 

The BOST MD noted that “I belong to the school of thought that, Government companies and institutions must be run efficiently and professionally. If Government institutions are managed well, the private sector will gallop.

 

“As the private sector depends largely on the strategic assets and foundations of the government institutions. Private sector actors need the state institution to survive. State institutions are not in competition with the private sector, but serve as an enhancer for the private to thrive”.

 

Mr. Provencal noted that BOST as a strategic institution had the mandate to develop a network of storage tanks, pipelines, and other bulk transportation infrastructure throughout the country.

 

It also rented or leased out part of the storage facilities to enable it generate income, keep Strategic Reserve Stocks for Ghana, to own, manage and develop a national network of oil pipelines and storage depots as well as to manage the “Zonalization” policy of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA).

 

He said BOST’s mandate also focused on the development of the Natural Gas Infrastructure throughout the country.

 

“In this regard, BOST is responsible for building strategic reserve stocks to meet a minimum of six weeks of national consumption in the short and medium-term and to increase the stock level to 12 weeks in the long term.”

 

Mr. Provencal said to adequately fulfill its mandate, BOST had developed a network of storage and pipeline infrastructure throughout the country and now had six Depots nationwide.

 

He said, “Our core mandate is to keep the national strategic petroleum reserves and transport petroleum products from one depot to another throughout the country, a task we at BOST consider as a highly critical and hence must be treated just as national security operations”.

 

He said BOST had been transformed dramatically, enhanced its working culture, and developed innovative and inexpensive methods for transporting petroleum products in a way that lives and property were kept free from danger.

 

“While at that, we have not reneged on what we have always stood for; being the number one fuel and Logistics Company and providing transparent access to our storage and distribution facilities.

 

“One of the essential things we have set out to do as leadership was to be able to expand Ghana’s current strategic reserves from six weeks to 12 weeks”.

 

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Train entrepreneurs before giving them start-ups — Economist advises

 

Tema, Dec. 27, GNA — The Centre for Greater Impact Africa (CGIA), has recommended that young entrepreneurs be equipped with effective skills and guidelines in finance and other business aspects before supporting them with start-up capitals.

Mr Samuel Akoetey, Director of Business Development, CGIA commended the government for the YouSTART initiative proposed in the 2022 budget, but stressed the need to train the would-be beneficiaries “if not it will be money flashed through the pipelines”.

 

Mr Akoetey stated at the Ghana News Agency, Tema Regional Office’s Industrial News Hub Boardroom Dialogue platform, which serves as a weekly media think-tank platform for state and non-state and commercial operators to communicate to the world on topical issues of national interest.

 

He said the government must make a deliberate effort to ensure that all the entrepreneurs regardless of the sectors they were coming from were able to manage the start-ups’ capitals well and keep records.

 

“It is good there is digitalization that at a given time you can track your expenditure, so we think that yes government efforts to be able to give something to local industries is commendable but the training is paramount and important,” he said.

 

Mr Akoetey added that the training should be moderate in order not to cost the government more than the fund it wanted to give out to help alleviate the unemployment of the teeming youth.

 

He explained that “if consultancy and for that matter, the training was causing more than the fund you are giving out, then it becomes self-inflicting hence, that aspect too should be looked at and be guided to ensure that training is given at a reasonable rate”.

 

Mr. Akoetey also appealed to the Government to ensure that, students from the basic schools who do not have the practical aspect of entrepreneurship should go on apprenticeship and learn through the process as a bid to help get their error margin reduced.

 

He said if that was not done, the government would not get the grants out and later it would be difficult to make benefits.

 

Mr Francis Ameyibor, GNA Tema Regional Manager explained that the Industrial News Hub Boardroom Dialogue platform formed part of a broader objective of the Agency towards revamping its operations.

He said the agency had embarked on a process of revamping its newsgathering operations, towards the production of digital news content and the acquisition of modern digital equipment to aid speedy transmission of stories from the field.

 

He added that GNA was poised to be the source of news on Ghana’s investment and industrialization drive, economic and tourism potential through story exchanges with its international partners, and Tema serving as a major industrial city, “GNA Tema Industrial News Hub Boardroom Dialogue Platform,” was critical.

 

 

Mr. Ameyibor said as an Industrial New Hub, GNA-Tema Regional Office found it necessary to engage experts to help educate the people as part of the agency’s contribution towards good governance.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Kadjebi Assembly fails IGF target

Kadjebi (O/R), Dec 27, GNA- Kadjebi District Assembly in the Oti Region has failed to meet its Internally Generated Fund (IGF) estimate of GHc306, 001. 00 target.

 

The Assembly’s cumulative IGF mobilized as at November, 2021 stood at GHc169, 869.89, representing 56 per cent.

 

“With barely a month to end the year, it is obvious that the IGF target cannot be met, and is a worrisome development”, Mr. Wilson Agbanyo, the District Chief Executive has revealed at the Third Ordinary meeting of the General Assembly at Kadjebi.

 

He said as the Chairman of the IGF team, he would stop at nothing to see an improvement in the local revenue mobilization to enable the IGF to assume its functional role in the expenditure pattern of the Assembly.

 

He said there were leakages in the revenue mobilization chain that required concerted effort to remove.

 

Mr Agbanyo, called on the Assembly members to help address some of the leakages by monitoring the activities of Revenue Collectors in their electoral areas.

 

He said they also needed to educate their electorates on the importance of paying taxes, rates, fees, and licenses to improve the Assembly’s IGF target.

 

This, he said, would help place the Assembly on a sound financial footing to deliver quality services to the citizens on District Assemblies’ Common Fund (DACF).

 

Mr Agbanyo said they received GHc548,000.00 as their Share of the fourth quarter of 2020 and first quarter of 2021 of the Assemblies Common Fund, while that of the MP’s Share was GHc171,870.39 as at November 2021.

 

The DCE said the Assembly’s expenditure as at November 2021 stood at GHc726,464.72.

 

Mr. Agbanyo said the Assembly has also been allocated an amount of GHc1,194,224 as Investment Grant and GHc54,378 for Capacity Building under DPAT 5, which was conducted during the year. He said they planned to apply the fund judiciously when released.

 

Mr Agbanyo said the Coastal Development Authority was also undertaking some development projects in the District, including; construction of 1 No. 3-unit classroom block with ancillary facilities at Kodibenum-Nyarko, Aboabo, Ahamansu Basic School, Papase Basic School, among others.

 

Mr Daniel Kojo Nyame, the Presiding Member, thanked Assembly members for keeping faith with him and asked them to help develop the district.

 

Mr Nyame said the development was a shared responsibility, so all must be committed to the development agenda and poverty reduction strategy.

 

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

TUC urges Parliamentarians to work together in 2022

Accra, Dec. 27, GNA – The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has urged leadership of both sides of Parliament to work together in the interest and progress of the country.

“We urge Members of Parliament to reflect on that unfortunate and unparliamentary incident and resolve to work together in the new year in the interest of Ghana and not in the parochial interest of their parties,” the TUC said.

 

In an End of Year Message signed and issued by its Secretary General, Dr Yaw Baah, the TUC, said “one of the strangest things we witnessed in 2021 was the fisticuffs in Parliament over the 2022 Budget and Economic Policy.”

 

It, therefore, called on the leadership of Parliament to work collectively in the interest and greater good of the country.

 

Some members of Parliament were engaged in fisticuffs in the Chamber of the House during the voting on the controversial E-Levy Bill on December 20.

 

The statement also congratulated all working people of the country for their contribution towards the development of the country.

 

“Like 2020, this year has been quite challenging due, mainly, to the Covid-19 pandemic. Joblessness and high cost of living have pushed many families below the poverty line,” the statement said.

 

It said, currently, the new variant of Coronavirus (Omicron) was creating fear and panic across the globe, making the future “very uncertain.”

 

The TUC, therefore, urged “all workers, their families and the good people of Ghana to exercise the greatest caution, especially in the Christmas and New Year season.”

 

“Keep observing all the relevant protocols to protect yourself and others from infection,” it added, and further urged workers to ensure that they were vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

It said: “We believe that Ghana has enough vaccines for everyone who wants to be vaccinated. Let us work together to defeat this deadly virus.”

Source: Ghana News Agency

Regional hospital in Sunyani records 17 new births in Xmas season

Sunyani, Dec. 27, GNA – The Regional Hospital in Sunyani recorded 17 new births between December 24 and 26, Mrs Susan Tiwaa, the midwife in charge of the hospital has said.

She said the babies, including twins, comprised 10 boys and seven girls were all in good health, though some of them were born through Caesarian Sections.

 

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani, Mrs Tiwaa said the mothers were between 21 and 36 years, saying many of the children were born on the eve of Christmas.

 

She advised pregnant women to attend regular antenatal and post-natal clinics to protect themselves and their babies.

 

Mrs Tiwaa also advised women to go for medical check-up at the nearest health facilities whenever they detected early signs and symptoms of pregnancies to prevent complications.

 

She said pregnancies were always accompanied by certain abnormalities in the body system, and urged pregnant women to eat a well balanced diet and avoid self medication as well.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

CCTH recognises retirees, awards distinguished staff

Cape Coast, Dec 27, GNA – The Cape Coast Teaching Hospital (CCTH) has recognized 14 retirees who worked tirelessly to the success of the facility during their tenure of services at the hospital.

One staff who distinguished himself and two Departments which were distinct in the line of duty were also rewarded.

 

The awardees received plaques, certificates of recognition, hampers, fridges, parcels, and other items at the maiden Thanksgiving / Carols and Awards ceremony.

 

Special Retirees Award winners were Dr Joseph Turkson and Dr Alex A.Kwakye.

 

The Overall long service award went to Mr Isaac Amanquandoh who served from April 1998- May 2021.

 

Mrs Theresa De-Graft and Mrs Judith Brew were adjudged the long service overall retiree nursing staff.

 

Short service nursing staff were Mrs Monica Gyepi, Ms Phyllis Ampah Korsah, and Mrs Philomena Acquah.

 

Supporting retiree staff who were recognized were Mr Francis Gyan, Mr Francis Amankwah, Mr John Mensah, Mr Peter Addae, Mr John Nkrumah, and Senior Support staff Mrs Elizabeth Davidson from March 2014 – June 2021.

 

For the current staff, only one person, Mr Samuel Opare Anakwa, a driver was awarded.

 

He received the CEOs Award for Outstanding Personality.

 

Some departments were also rewarded for their outstanding performances and the Laboratory Department won the Peer Review Award while the Outstanding Entity reward went to Eye Department and Maternal Health Department.

The First Runner Up was OPD/ Polyclinic Sub BMC and Second Runner Up went to the Maternal health sub-BMC.

 

Dr Eric Kofi Ngyedu, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CCTH, said over the years retired staff had not been recognized after their years of dedication and sacrifice hence, the maiden awards which will be expanded in subsequent years.

 

He said the program formed part of management’s efforts to appreciate the Almighty God’s protection for them throughout the year and also to appreciate varied contributions of individuals, Departments, and Units of the hospital for their collective contribution towards its performance.

 

Dr Ngyedu reiterated that health care services were, without doubt, the most dedicated vocation on earth, therefore distinguished personalities in the discharge of their duties ought to be rewarded and appreciated.

 

He said the awards were one of the surest ways to motivate staff to give off their best in taking care of the hospital’s clients.

 

The Covid-19 task team members, the CEO said, needed to be applauded because the year 2020- 21 came with its unique challenges, but the team stood firm to the challenges and worked around the clock with selflessness and dedication.

 

Dr Ngyedu said a CEO’s Special Awards scheme had been instituted by himself to annually recognize Sub BMCs, departments, units and individuals for their extraordinary performance based on certain criteria set out by him.

 

The criteria he mentioned included; impact on service delivery, contribution to the visibility of the hospital, the attraction of funding for service expansion, customer focus, and community support.

 

Others were; commitment to work, selflessness, availability, and presence in all hospital activities, adaptability, team player, and honesty.

 

He explained that issues of staff welfare and motivation continued to be the top priority of management in spite of the hospital’s financial difficulties.

 

The CEO expressed profound gratitude to various institutions and organizations that supported the hospital materially and financially.

 

He congratulated the awardees and prayed they continued to work hard for the hospital to reach greater heights in the years ahead.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency