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Agricultural Automation Can Boost Global Food Production- UN Report

A new U.N. report finds agricultural automation can boost global food production and be a boon for small-scale farmers in developing countries.

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, has just released The State of Food and Agriculture 2022 report. The report’s authors said automation is rapidly changing the face of agriculture. New technologies, they say, are quickly leaving behind some of the old larger-type tractors and large machinery in ways that could benefit small holders in developing countries.

Parallels can be drawn with the introduction of cell phones. The World Bank, among other observers, notes that African and other developing countries can harness digital technologies to boost their economies by advancing from landlines to smartphones.

FAO said automation can play an important role in making food production more efficient and more environmentally friendly.

Chief FAO economist Maximo Torero said many emerging technologies would have been unimaginable years ago. He cited as examples fruit-picking robots that use artificial intelligence and sensors that monitor plants and animals.

“Automation allows agriculture to be more productive, efficient, resilient, and sustainable and can improve working conditions,” Torero said. “However, as with any technological change, automation also implies disruption to the agricultural systems. The risk is that the automation could exacerbate inequalities if we are not careful on how it is being done and developed and deployed.”

FILE - A weeding robot is pictured during a demonstration of new technologies at the Arvalis farm, an applied agricultural research organization, on June 15, 2016, in Saint-Hilaire-en-Woevre, eastern France.
FILE – A weeding robot is pictured during a demonstration of new technologies at the Arvalis farm, an applied agricultural research organization, on June 15, 2016, in Saint-Hilaire-en-Woevre, eastern France.
The report looks at 27 case studies from all over the world. They represent technologies at different stages of readiness suitable for large or small agricultural producers of varying levels of income.

Torero said the report investigates the drivers of these technologies and identifies barriers preventing their adoption, particularly by small-scale producers. The report, he said, also looks at one of the most common concerns about automation — that it creates unemployment.

“While it concludes that such fears are overblown, it acknowledges that agricultural automation can lead to unemployment in places where rural labor is abundant, and wages are low,” he said. “It is important to understand that in a continent like sub-Saharan Africa, where there is an enormous amount of youth population, we can build the skill sets of these people to be able to have access to these technologies.”

In areas where cheap labor is abundant, the FAO urges policymakers to avoid subsidizing automation while creating an enabling environment for its adoption. At the same time, the report said governments should provide social protection to the least skilled workers who are likely to lose their jobs during the transition.

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Voice-Operated Smartphones Target Africa’s Illiterate

Voice-operated smartphones are aiming at a vast yet widely overlooked market in sub-Saharan Africa — the tens of millions of people who face huge challenges in life because they cannot read or write.

In Ivory Coast, a so-called “Superphone” using a vocal assistant that responds to commands in a local language is being pitched to the large segment of the population — as many as 40 percent — who are illiterate.

Developed and assembled locally, the phone is designed to make everyday tasks more accessible, from understanding a document and checking a bank balance to communicating with government agencies.

“I’ve just bought this phone for my parents back home in the village, who don’t know how to read or write,” said Floride Jogbe, a young woman who was impressed by adverts on social media.

She believed the 60,000 CFA francs ($92) she forked out was money well spent.

The smartphone uses an operating system called “Kone” that is unique to the Cerco company and covers 17 languages spoken in Ivory Coast, including Baoule, Bete, and Dioula, as well as 50 other African languages.

Cerco hopes to expand this to 1,000 languages, reaching half of the continent’s population, thanks to help from a network of 3,000 volunteers.

The goal is to address the “frustration” illiterate people feel with technology that requires them to be able to read or write or spell effectively, said Cerco president Alain Capo-Chichi, a Benin national.

“Various institutions set down the priority of making people literate before making technology available to them,” he told AFP.

“Our way skips reading and writing and goes straight to integrating people into economic and social life.”

Of the 750 million adults around the world who cannot read or write, 27 percent live south of the Sahara, according to UN figures for 2016, the latest year for which data is available.

The continent also hosts nearly 2,000 languages, some of which are spoken by tens of millions of people and are used for inter-ethnic communication, while others are dialects with a small geographical spread.

Lack of numbers or economic clout often means these languages are overlooked by developers who have already devised vocal assistants for languages in bigger markets.

People look at the 'Superphone' Cerco's showroom in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Aug. 25, 2022.
People look at the ‘Superphone’ Cerco’s showroom in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Aug. 25, 2022.
Twi and Kiswahili

Other companies investing in the voice-operation field in Africa include Mobobi, which has created a Twi language voice assistant in Ghana called Abena AI, while Mozilla is working on an assistant in Kiswahili, which has an estimated 100 million speakers in East Africa.

Telecommunications expert Jean-Marie Akepo questioned whether voice operation needed the platform of a dedicated mobile phone.

Existing technology “manages to satisfy people”, he said.

“With the voice message services offered by WhatsApp, for example, a large part of the problem has already been solved.”

Instead of a new phone, he recommended “software with local languages that could be installed on any smartphone”.

The Ivorian phone is being produced at the ICT and Biotechnology Village in Grand-Bassam, a free-trade zone located near the Ivorian capital.

It came about through close collaboration with the government. The company pays no taxes or customs duties and the assembly plant has benefited from a subsidy of more than two billion CFA francs.

In exchange, Cerco is to pay 3.5 percent of its income to the state and train around 1,200 young people each year.

The company says it has received 200,000 orders since its launch on July 21.

Thanks to a partnership with French telecommunications giant Orange, the phone will be distributed in 200 shops across Ivory Coast.

 

VOA

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Africa

Lesotho: Journalists must specialise in different areas -Minister

The Minister of Communications Science and Technology, Mr. Tšoinyane Rapapa says it is high time for journalists to specialise in different areas of journalism to be able to report with understanding.

He said this when officially opening the two-day workshop on African Peer Review Mechanism (APMR) Media Training, a collaboration of APRM Continental Secretariat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, and the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Lesotho on Monday.

Mr. Rapapa noted that this training will go a long way towards cementing cordial relations between Lesotho and Ethiopia, saying the training will further serve as a network of Communication for disseminating APRM reports and publications while also creating awareness, informing, and educating the media about APRM processes.

He mentioned that Lesotho became the 12th African Union (AU) member state to voluntarily join APRM in July 2004 following its inception in 2003, noting that Lesotho like other member states view APRM as indeed Africa’s premier governance self-assessment and promotion tool towards enhancing economic development, participatory democracy, peace and eternal tranquillity.

Lesotho became the 12th African Union (AU) member state to voluntarily join APRM in July 2004 following its inception in 2003

He stressed that Lesotho was reviewed in 2009 and some of the lessons learned included the fact that priority needs to be given to the technical details in setting up the structures of APRM in countries submitting reviews, mobilization of resources, and the technical autonomous body to reduce delays in the assessment process amongst other things.

Also speaking, the National Director of MISA Lesotho, Mr. Ntsukunyane Lekhetho said the objectives of the media training are to sensitise and equip the media fraternity with requisite information on the APRM process in Lesotho.

He added that it is aimed at encouraging sustained consistent reporting and coverage of the APRM process by developing a national media strategy.

Again, the training is intended to establish a network of communicators to disseminate APRM reports and publications.

On the same token, Acting Chief of Staff, APRM Continental Secretariat, Adv. Batlokoa Makong said the primary purpose of APRM is to foster the adoption of policies, standards, and practices leading to stability, high economic growth, and sustainable development.

The inaugural meeting of the APRM of the communicators’ network was held in May 2019 in South Africa. It is against this backdrop that the APRM hosts the 1st media training on the 27th and 28th of June in Maseru Lesotho.

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U.S. Consulate Supports Mentorship Program for Young Women and Girls

The U.S. government is committed to supporting the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by connecting them with networks and opportunities needed to advance their careers and dreams in tech fields.

On Thursday, the TechWomen Alumni Association of Nigeria held the closing ceremony of a U.S. Consulate-supported TechWomen Nigeria Mentorship Project for emerging female leaders in STEM fields.

For six weeks, 10 mentees aged 18-30 were paired with 10 women leaders in STEM. The mentees shadowed their mentors at leading technology and STEM-related companies in Lagos, including Intel and Microsoft, and attended capacity building workshops with their peers.

The closing event celebrated the graduation of the participants, who in turn shared their experiences and highlighted how partaking in the program helped them to refine their skills and boosted their confidence to advance in their various careers.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the project in Lagos, U.S. Consul General Claire Pierangelo congratulated the young female STEM professionals on completing the mentorship program.

Pierangelo highlighted the importance of expanding young women’s networks in STEM fields, encouraging them to pursue tech careers and ensuring the sustainability of the mentor-mentee model in Nigeria.

The U.S. government is committed to advancing the rights and participation of women and girls in the STEM fields

“I am happy to see that our TechWomen Nigeria alumni have taken steps to replicate their exchange experience by providing mentoring opportunities for young women in STEM in their local communities,” Pierangelo said.

“The U.S. government is committed to advancing the rights and participation of women and girls in the STEM fields, by enabling them to reach their full potential in the tech industry. The TechWomen and TechGirls programs are perfect examples of this commitment.”

Country Account Executive for West Africa at Intel Corporation, Rita Amuchienwa, served as a mentor during the project. She described the benefits of the mentor-mentee model initiated by the TechWomen Nigeria Alumni Association

“Young women in tech can particularly benefit from mentoring as a means to build confidence, enhance skills, and set achievable career goals,” Amuchienwa said.

One of the mentees, Rofiat Korodo, explained that her participation in the mentorship program has strengthened her capacity, expanded her professional networks and exposed her to top female role models in her field.

“It has been an awesome experience. My mentor provided me insights into specific professional situations, negotiation tactics, opportunities and career path goals. I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this mentorship program,” Korodo added.

TechWomen is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It strengthens participants’ professional capacity, increases mutual understanding between key professionals, and expands young women’s interest in STEM careers by exposing them to female role models.

Since the program’s inception in 2013, 45 Nigerian women in STEM have participated in a unique five-week mentorship program to increase their specialized proficiencies, connect with valuable mentors and build a professional network of like-minded women.

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World

Meta launches Reels on Facebook across sub-Saharan Africa

Today, Meta (about.facebook.com/Meta) is expanding the availability of  Facebook Reels (https://bit.ly/3p8lc9w) for iOS and Android to more than 20 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. Meta is also introducing better ways to help creators to earn money, new creative tools and more places to watch and create Facebook Reels.

Prior to this launch Reels was available on Facebook in India, Mexico, Canada, the U.S, and is now available across sub-Saharan Africa in: Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania, Swaziland, South Africa, Seychelles, Senegal, Rwanda, Nigeria, Namibia, Mali, Malawi, Lesotho, Kenya, Guinea, Ghana, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Burkina Faso.

Commenting on the launch Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director for sub-Saharan Africa at Meta says, “We’ve seen that video now accounts for almost all of the time people spend on Facebook and Instagram, and Reels is our fastest-growing content format by far. This is why we’re focused on making Reels the best way for creators to get discovered, connect with their audience, and earn money. We also want to make it fun and easy for people to find and share relevant and entertaining content.”

Meta is also creating a variety of opportunities for creators to earn money for their reels. The Reels Play bonus program (bit.ly/3BI6L0W), part of Meta’s $1 billion creator investment (bit.ly/3t2u0ie), pays eligible creators up to $35,000 a month based on the views of their qualifying reels. In the coming months, the bonus program will be extended to more countries, so more creators can get rewarded for creating reels that their communities love.

As part of the launch Meta is also launching brand suitability controls, including Publisher Lists, Blocklists, Inventory Filters and Delivery Reports for Banner and Sticker Ads in Facebook Reels in every region they are available, giving advertisers more control over how their ads appear in places they don’t consider suitable for their brand or campaign. Additionally, Meta has been testing full-screen and immersive ads in between Facebook Reels since October of last year, and will roll them out to more places around the world over the coming months. Just like with organic content on Facebook, people can comment, like, view, save, share and skip them.

Meta has been testing full-screen and immersive ads in between Facebook Reels since October of last year, and will roll them out to more places around the world over coming months

More Editing Features

In addition to the features (https://bit.ly/3BLbBuu) announced last year, creators around the world will be able to access:

  • Remix: Create your own reel alongside an existing, publicly-shared reel on Facebook. When you create a Remix, you can create a reel that includes all or part of another creator’s reel.
  • 60-second Reels: Make reels up to 60 seconds long.
  • Drafts: You will soon be able to create a reel and choose to “Save As Draft” below the Save button.
  • Video Clipping: In the coming months, we’re planning to roll out video clipping tools that will make it easier for creators who publish live or long-form, recorded videos to test different formats.

 

Create and Discover Reels in New Places

Over the coming weeks, the following updates will be rolled out to make it easier to create and discover reels in new places:

  • Reels in Stories: You can share public reels to Stories on Facebook, making it easy to share favourite reels with friends and giving creators more visibility and reach. You’ll also be able to create reels from existing public stories.
  • Reels in Watch: You’ll be able to watch reels directly within the Watch tab and we’re developing tools to help you create reels in the Watch tab as well.
  • Top of Feed: We’re adding a new Reels label at the top of Feed so you’ll be able to easily create and watch reels in just a few clicks.
  • Suggested Reels in Feed: In select countries, we’re starting to suggest reels that you may like in your Feed from people you do not already follow.

 

Meta is also exploring ways to make it easier for creators to share Reels to both their Facebook and Instagram audiences, such as cross posting.

You can find Facebook Reels in Feed, Groups and Watch. When viewing a reel, you can follow the creator directly from the video, like and comment on it or share it with friends.

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Ghanaians now use National Identity Card as e-passport in 44,000 airports globally

It follows the recognition of the Ghana Card globally as an electronic passport that can be read and verified in all International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) compliant borders

At a ceremony,  held at the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal in Canada on Wednesday [February 9, 2022], Ghana was officially presented with the certificate to make the Ghana Card an e-passport to be accepted at 44,000 airports across the globe.

Graphic media reports that Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada, Ransford Sowah, received the ‘key’ to symbolically indicate Ghana’s entry into the ICAO family.

This means the Ghana Card, which is a unique biometric identification card, will be accepted as an e-passport in 197 borders globally and 44,000 airports in the world.

Holders of the Ghana Card will be allowed to board any flight to Ghana by just showing the card.

Ghana was officially accepted on October 13, 2021, as the 79th member of the ICAO’s Public Key Directory (PKD) community.

The ICAO Public Key Directory (PKD) is a central repository for exchanging the information required to authenticate e-passports.

Ghana’s delegation at the ceremony

Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada, Mr Ransford Sowah, in the company of a delegation from Ghana, including the Secretary to the Vice-President, Mr Augustine Blay; the Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA), Prof. Ken Attafuah, and other officials from the Presidency, received the key on behalf of
Ghana.

Also in the delegation were the Director-General of the National Information Technology Agency (NITA), Richard Okyere-Fosu; the Director of Passport, Mr Louis Kwame Obeng, and the Head of Technical Services, NITA, Mr Solomon Kofi Richardson.

With this, the Ghana Card as well as its future biometric equivalents can present it as official documentation at all 197 (ICAO) compliant countries and 44,000 airports worldwide and board flights to Ghana

The ICAO declaration follows an earlier hint, given in November 2021 by the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, that Ghanaians anywhere in the world would soon be able to travel back home using their Ghana cards.

Dr Bawumia had indicated that Ghana was expecting the certificate from ICAO by the end of the first quarter of 2022 and that, apart from acting as the major source of proof of identity, the Ghana Card will be used as an e-passport for Ghanaian citizens, all things being equal, by the end of the first quarter of 2022.

NIA

Officials of the National Identification Authority (NIA) have said with the Key Ceremony in Montreal over, the Ghana Card can now be verified internationally and border control authorities will be able to confirm in less than 10 seconds that a Ghanaian biometric e-passport (booklet) as well as the Ghana Card/e-passport were issued by the right authority, have not been altered, and are not copies or cloned documents.

A statement issued by the Authority read in part, “In practical terms, this means that it will now be faster and more effective for border control authorities to verify the identity of holders of Ghana’s passports. The Key Ceremony is the final stage of the implementation of Ghana’s e-passport project.”

In brief remark Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada, Ransford Sowah explained that the Ghana Card contains the biometric information of the holder with a cryptographic digital signature stored on a chip that can be used to authenticate the identity of travelers.

“This makes Ghana one of the few countries in the world where the national ID card also has an e-passport capability,” he added.

“For Ghanaians living or born in the diaspora, holders of the Ghana Card can be allowed to board any flight to Ghana without any visa requirement as we seek to give an inclusive Akwaaba experience to all children and descendants of our motherland.”

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NBC Grants DSB, IPTV Broadcast Licence To NYSC

The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has issued a DSB and IPTV broadcast license for Satellite Television broadcasting and Internet Television, respectively, to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Welcoming the DG, NYSC, Maj. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, to the Commission, the DG, NBC, Mall. Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, noted that the NBC is the agency saddled with the responsibility to regulate and monitor the broadcast industry in Nigeria.

DG NBC, Mall. Balarabe Shehu Ilelah

He added that he was very pleased that the NBC is today, carrying out one of its functions which is the issuance of a broadcast license to qualified organisations and the NYSC has proven that they are qualified.

The NBC Chief, pointed out that the National Broadcasting Commission issues broadcast licence in trust with full belief that it will be used for the purpose for which the licence was granted. He further urged the NYSC to adhere strictly to the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, while carrying out its operations.

Mall. Ilelah also congratulated Maj. Gen. S. Ibrahim on his elevation as a full General in the Nigeria Army, as well as, the good work the NYSC is doing in uniting the nation through its service scheme.

Receiving the provisional broadcast licence, Maj. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, expressed his delight in the licence issued to the body, saying it is one of his core goals to establish a broadcasting platform in order to help the NYSC inform the public on some of it’s projects and good works.

The presentation which took place on Wednesday 9th February, 2022, at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, had in attendance the DG NBC, Mall. Balarabe Shehu Ilelah; DG, NYSC, Maj. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim and the Managements of the NBC and NYSC.

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Canon inspires a world of change at Expo 2020 Dubai

Since the start of October 2021, Canon has helped to inspire a world of change through more than 20 sessions and workshops held at Expo 2020 Dubai, laying the path for a brighter future.

Set to run until 31 March 2022, the festival celebrates human brilliance and achievements in the fields of architecture, technology, innovation, music, arts and more. In its role as official printing and imaging provider, Canon has helped to showcase Expo 2020 Dubai to the world through on-site printing and photography capabilities, alongside an array of other supporting services.

Expo 2020 Dubai has also provided Canon with a platform to help inspire a world of change through thought leadership sessions, discussions and workshops that encourage the event’s global audience to consider how to change the world for the better.

Canon has focused its interactive sessions on the priority platforms of the ‘Future of the Planet’, the ‘Future of the People in it’ and the ‘Future of what is Possible’, covering a wide variety of topics including youth skills and education, the future of smart cities, sustainability and empowering female talent.

Highlight sessions to-date have included:

Expo 2020 Dubai represents a milestone moment in exploring how we can change the world for the better, and we at Canon are privileged to be playing a key role in the festival

  • Expo Live Impact Series: Bridging the Unemployment Gap(https://bit.ly/3HzlehC),  which saw Adam Pensotti, Head of Canon’s Young People Programme, discuss how creative skills and technology can come together to open up new career opportunities for young people
  • Canon Young People Programme: Climate Action and the Environment’ (https://bit.ly/3gzeMM5),  a session featuring Adam Pensotti alongside Neville Ngomane, Young Environmental Photographer of the Year (2019), where discussion centred on how creative storytelling can be used to inspire climate action
  • Frontiers of Innovation @ Expo 2020: How can businesses build resilience to climate impacts for a sustainable future?’ (https://bit.ly/3gzeMM5), a panel event where Peter Bragg, Sustainability & Government Affairs Director at Canon EMEA, discussed revolutionary new ways in which we can build a better future, alongside Priya Sarma, Head of Corporate Affairs & Sustainability at Unilever
  • Women in filmmaking: In the Spotlight’ (https://bit.ly/3gzeMM5), which focused on highlighting and celebrating a diverse range of women breaking new ground in the film industry, as well as the role Canon is playing in inspiring conscious choices to ensure women’s inclusion in the sector

Alongside panel discussions and workshops, Canon’s on-the-ground and interactive activities have proved really popular with Expo attendees. Over 8,000 people have captured memories from the event at the Canon Photography Studios, while more than 20,000 used the many Canon Digital Kiosks dotted around the Expo to snap and share photos.

Canon Professional Services have also been on hand to support media attending the event, with technicians providing check, clean and repair services, as well as loaning camera equipment.

“Expo 2020 Dubai represents a milestone moment in exploring how we can change the world for the better, and we at Canon are privileged to be playing a key role in the festival.” said Yuichi Ishizuka, President & CEO, Canon EMEA. “Alongside supporting the organisers in delivering a high-quality experience to attendees through our on-site printing, photography and technology capabilities, it has been incredible to see the ideas and visions for the future that are coming out the various presentations and talks at the event. Canon is dedicated to helping people reimagine what is possible through imaging, and we look forwards to this continuing for the rest of the festival.”

The sessions will continue in 2022, covering topics such how technology is enabling advancements in medicine, gender equality and sustainable communities and championing empowering women

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Economy

Nigeria to launch new satellite for effective service and revenue – Pantami

Nigeria will launch a new communication satellite (Sat 2) into orbit this year, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has said.

Pantami, who disclosed this during a one-day working visit and interaction with the staff of the Nigerian Communications Satellite in Abuja on Monday, said he had secured the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari to purchase another Communications satellite for the country.

The minister said the new satellite would boost the nation’s satellite communications capacity as well as the economy.

He also disclosed that he had gone further to lobby the Minister of Finance to ensure that this is included in the 2022 budget.

Daily Trust reports the federal government earmarked the sum of N2.5 billion for the satellite 2 project in the 2022 budget estimate.

The federal government had in 2017 announced plans to raise $550m required for the construction of two new communications satellites for Nigeria, which the Chinese Export and Import Bank accepted to provide.

Also, the minister said he had approved the establishment of some subsidiaries under NIGCOMSAT, as part of the ongoing effort to revive the institution to the path of progress and productivity.

‘‘Since 2019, I have been so passionate about the success of NIGCOMSAT. Starting with the suspension of the privatization of NIGCOMSAT.

“As a matter of fact, I have secured the approval of Mr President for purchasing of another Satellite. I went further to lobby the Minister of Finance to ensure that this is included in the 2022 budget.

“I have also approved establishment of some subsidiaries under NIGCOMSAT as part of efforts to revive the company and make it innovative and productive,” he said.

Pantami, who told the staff of the company that the innovation in the agency was not enough and needed to be improved upon, charged them to turn the institution around in order to justify the suspension of the proposed privatization plan.

The Minister said, “You need to turn things around through the unique and effective service you are able to provide and revenue you generate for the government.

“It is a difficult task to revive an institution and make it very successful, that you must make. The challenge of reviving NIGCOMSAT is not just a necessity but an obligation for all the staff,’’ he added.

Speaking on the revolution in NITDA, Pantami said through innovative policies and implementation, he succeeded in raising NITDA revenue from N7 billion to N19 billion annually, an agency that was supposed to be scrapped according to Orosanye report.

‘‘We revived NITDA and the agency has become a reference point for any IT project.’’

Earlier in her welcome address, the Managing Director of NIGCOMSAT, Dr Abimbola Alale, expressed delight for the support being given to the agency by the Minister and assured him that her staff would take up the new challenge and ensure that they deliver on the mandate given by the Minister.

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CSR-Accreditation Launches Arabic Website, Portal for Middle East and North Africa

The CEO of CSR-Accreditation, Richard Collins has announced the launch of CSR Arabia and the CSR Accreditation website in Arabic – https://csr-accreditationarabia.com which will offer an Arabic facing portal for all Arabic speaking countries.

This was contained in a press statement received by African Development Magazine (ADM), It was noted that CSR-Accreditation offers training and accreditation to businesses in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).  For the first time, businesses in the MENA region will be able to access CSR-Accreditation’s unique holistic approach to social responsibility.

Dr. Hana Albanna is CSR-A’s Global Representative of the Arabic services and a Consultant Partner and has herself undergone CSR-A’s training courses and provides CSR-A training to businesses in the MENA region.  Dr. Hana has translated all CSR-A’s educational materials and developed the CSR Arabia website.  Examples of CSR members in the MENA region are Abu Dhabi Ports and Abu Dhabi Terminals.

Dr. Hana is the International Initiatives Manager of Global One’s London office, a women’s rights charity, and an adjunct lecturer at the Hamad bin Khalifa University.

“Through this partnership, we want to make CSR-Accreditation and its training courses easily accessible to all Arabic speaking countries to drive change for good and to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.”- Hana noted.

CSR-Accreditation has an office in Bahrain in partnership with the International Union of Social Responsibility, which covers the Gulf States and is headed up by Dr. Ali al Abrahim.   Its sister organisation is the Regional Network of Corporate Social Responsibility (RNCSR). The network seeks for social responsibility to achieve its goals by providing training programs such as CSR-A’s training.

Richard Collins, CEO of CSR-Accreditation said “We are delighted to launch our Arabic offering thanks to the hard work and dedication of Dr. Hana Albanna. This is a significant step up for us and a huge opportunity to promote social responsibility to businesses and organisations throughout the Middle East and North Africa.”

CSR-A is currently developing further partnership with organisations in Egypt, Lebanon and the UAE.

CSR-A was founded in 2018 following the success of the International CSR Excellence Awards.  The globally-focused organisation offers all businesses and charitable/not-for-profit organisations, regardless of size and sector, the opportunity to obtain official Corporate Social Responsibility accreditation within 10 weeks.  In addition, CSR-A offers training courses, webinars and Impact Reports.

Accreditation is valid for three years and is priced on a per head basis, from sole traders to multinational corporations.

CSR-A has developed a relevant and holistic framework that delivers an up-to-date standard for social responsibility and addresses ESG Compliance, SDG alignment and social value enabling a sustainable, profitable business. This standard is based upon the four key pillars of environment, workplace, community and philanthropy.

This unique approach encourages social responsibility in every organisation and offers a means to engage, benchmark, measure, report and publicize CSR initiatives.

CSR-A has redefined the ‘C’ in CSR to be inclusive, to include companies, consumers, communities, charities and citizen/collective collaboration.

The mission of CSR-A is to provide a means to facilitate cultural change. The organisation has offices in the UK, Middle East, Asia and the United States

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