Independence Day in Eswatini (Swaziland) is celebrated on September 6

6 September 2022

This national holiday commemorates the independence of the Kingdom of Eswatini, then known as Swaziland, from Great Britain in 1968. Independence Day of Eswatini, also known as Somhlolo Day, is celebrated nationwide. The main celebration is held at the Somhlolo National Stadium in Lobamba, the royal and legislative capital of Eswatini.

Eswatini, also known as Swaziland, is a country in Southern Africa; it is one of the few remaining absolute monarchies in the world.

Swaziland became a British protectorate in 1906,following the British Empire victory in the Anglo-Boer War. The protectorate was governed by a British resident commissioner.

In 1921, the first legislative body in Swaziland was established. It consisted of elected white representatives. That same year, Sobhuza II became head of the Swazi nation. After the Second World War, Sobhuza with the support of the traditional Swazi leaders formed the Imbokodvo National Movement (INM) that protected the traditional Swazi way of life.

In 1964, the elections to the first Legislative Council of Swaziland were held. The INM won all the seats. On September 6, 1968, Swaziland became an independent nation. Originally, it was a constitutional monarchy, but in 1973, Sobhuza assumed full power. In 2018, KIng Mswati III renamed the country Eswatini (also spelled eSwatini).

The Diplomatic Informer Magazine wishes to congratulate the Government and the people of the Kingdom of Eswatini and we sincerely wish the Government & the people of Eswatini unity, peace and increased prosperity.

African Development Bank president to inaugurate Port of Maio during visit to Cabo Verde

06 September 2022

Cabo Verde PM José Ulisses de Pina Correia e Silva with African Development Bank Group President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina at a July meeting in Abidjan

African Development Bank Group President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina will inaugurate the upgraded Port of Maio on Wednesday during a three-day visit to Cabo Verde.

The President will travel to Cabo Verde at the invitation of Prime Minister, Dr. José Ulisses Correia e Silva.

In 2018, the African Development Bank approved a $26 million facility to upgrade the ports of Maio and Palmeira. The European Union co-financed the project with a grant of €10 million.

The growth of maritime transportation is critical for the West African country, given its geographic location. Cabo Verde is an archipelago in the central Atlantic Ocean.

The Cabo Verdean government is working to create a dependable transportation network to improve economic ties between the islands, lower transportation and storage costs, and promote inclusive growth. Tourism, which accounts for 25% of GDP, 23% of formal jobs and 55% of the nation’s exports, is critical to its economy.

During his visit to Praia- the nation’s capital, Adesina will meet with Prime Minister Correia e Silva and Finance Minister and deputy Olavo Correia to discuss the Bank’s strategic priorities, engagement, and opportunities for future partnerships.

Adesina will also meet with key partners of the Budget Support Group (Portugal, Spain, European Union, Luxembourg, and the World Bank) to discuss ways to support Cabo Verde’s efforts to strengthen its socioeconomic infrastructure. He will also meet with representatives of business associations about improving the business environment.

In July, Prime Minister Correia e Silva visited the Abidjan headquarters of the African Development Bank Group, where he discussed Cabo Verde’s economic condition with President Adesina. He sought support for his country to enable it tackle exogenous shocks such as those caused by the war in Ukraine and the Covid-19 outbreak.

The African Development Bank and Cabo Verde have been working together since 1977. Since then, the Bank has invested more than €619 million in 69 projects in the country.

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China unveils plans to boost green development of electrical equipment

5 September 2022

China on Monday unveiled an action plan to expedite the green and low-carbon development of electrical equipment as part of its efforts to meet the carbon peak and neutrality goals.

Efforts will be made to boost the green transition of power generation equipment, promote breakthroughs in core technologies and accelerate the smart transition of electrical equipment by deepening integration with new information technologies, according to the plan released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and four other government bodies.

Within five to eight years, a marked improvement will be made in the demand and supply structure of China’s electrical equipment, and the efficiency of its power grid will be significantly enhanced, the plan states.

The Embassy of Japan in South Africa together with Japan Foundation will host the 28th Japanese Film Festival in Johannesburg

4 September 2022

Announcing the 28th Japanese Film Festival!

Spring has arrived! That means it’s time for the much anticipated Japanese Film Festival.

The Embassy of Japan in South Africa together with Japan Foundation brings you four exciting films about family, living with difficulties, and protecting what you love.

It starts next month, 14 – 16 October at Rosebank Nouveau cinema in Johannesburg. If you miss it there, you can catch it again on 4 – 6 November at Labia Theater in Cape Town.

The first of the films showing, The Lone Ume Tree, is a touching drama following the lives of an autistic man and his mother.

The House of the Lost on the Cape is an animated film about two girls adrift in the world until they are taken in by an old lady to stay in her mysterious house on the coast.

A Long Goodbye is a family drama about coping with memory loss and saying goodbye.

We end off with Cinematic Liars of Asahi-za, an uplifting drama about a small group of people trying to save a 100 year old cinema.

Two weekends. Four films. Reels of fun!

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Tourism has the incredible power to advance prosperity and drive sustainable development

3 September 2022

Tourism has the incredible power and potential to advance prosperity and drive inclusive, sustainable development.

Sri Lanka is a popular island destination with serene beaches, timeless ruins,  famous tea, flavourful food and welcoming people. It is also has many hidden treasures across the provinces that can increase visitors and enhance tourism income.

Now, Sri Lanka’s 🇱🇰 tourism sector has been subject to a series of challenges but is at a critical juncture to leverage the current crisis to bounce back towards a greener, sustainable and environmentally conscious tourism offering outlines the country’s pathway to green development.

Together with European Union in Sri Lanka and the Maldives  and Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, we are supporting the #TransformingTourism initiative to train tour guides and spotlight hidden tourist destinations specially in the Central Province of Sri Lanka 🇱🇰:

 https://go.undp.org/SriLankaTourism

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Ethiopia’s President calls for enhanced actions on women empowerment

2 September 2022

The President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde, has challenged African women and girls to take up positions of leadership to steer the transformation of the continent. Speaking during a reception she hosted at the Grand Palace for the African Women Leaders’ Network (AWLN) National Chapters from across the continent, the President, an AWLN pioneer, and in her capacity as the Patron of the AWLN Ethiopian Chapter, lauded the AWLN for the progress and impact it has achieved since its establishment in 2017 during which thirty (30) National Chapters have been established in various member states across the continent.

Elaborating on the importance of developing and enhancing avenues for women empowerment while citing efforts to sustain women empowerment, the President cited the Presidential Leadership Program She launched early this year targeting women leaders in middle level leadership positions in the government, the private and civil societies. The training program aims at bridging the gap in women’s participation in leadership and decision-making positions in the country. Additionally, mentorship program is being implemented in five universities in the country.

H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde further shared her experiences in the ladder of leadership in the various positions she has held as the first-ever female President of Ethiopia, a diplomat, and as leader in the global peace and security sector. She encouraged women and the young generation to boldly tackle the challenges hampering the realization of gender equality, underscoring that women should not be characterized only as victims of inequality but as drivers of positive change and enablers of innovative solutions to existing and emerging challenges on women empowerment.

On her part, Bineta Diop, African Union Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security and co-convener of AWLN observed that the continent will not achieve its vision of sustainable development without the active and meaningful participation of women and youth in all spheres of life. In reflecting on the progress made by AWLN in its commitment to enhance the leadership of women in the transformation of Africa, in line with Africa Agenda 2063 Aspiration 6 which envisions an Africa that is people-centered, with gender equality, and where women are empowered and play their rightful role in all spheres of life, and aligned to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 5, Mme. Diop underlined the impact of the 30 AWLN national chapters in driving change at the national level through the mobilization of all women including those at the grassroot level, to ensure no woman is left behind.

Mme. Diop further noted the leadership role of H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia and AWLN Patron, in guiding the Network and drive chance toward the fulfillment of its vision. She particularly challenged the women to champion and advocate for the ratification, domestication and implementation of policies and frameworks that uphold and advance the rights of women.

Also present at the reception were Dr. Ergogie Tesfaye, Minister of Women and Social Affairs of Ethiopia, Amb. Konjit Sinegiorgis, an accomplished diplomat and former Ethiopia’s Permanent Representative to the African Union (AU), and Mrs. Awa Ndiaye Seck, UN Women’s Special Representative to AU and UNECA.

Established in 2017, AWLN envisions to serve as a conduit for enhanced mobilization of women, in various sectors, to impact the road to peace and development on the continent and serve as an overall instrument of transformation. The network comprises a diversity of women, including young women in leadership from all sectors of society including the political, public, and private sector, civil society, and grassroots women with recognized and emerging constituencies, and who actively engage in mobilization and participation at community levels.

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UNWTO Joins Partners in Galicia to Promote Thermal Tourism Regions

2 September 2022

Tourism, Heritage, and Experience!Within the framework of preparations for World Tourism Day 2022, UNWTO and the Historic Thermal Towns and Turismo de Galicia announce the celebration of the “International Congress on Thermal Tourism”

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has joined the European Historic Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA) and the Spanish region of Galicia in the north of the country (Axencia Turismo Galicia) to announce plans for this year’s “International Congress on Thermal Tourism”, which kicks off on World Tourism Day (27-29 September in Ourense, Galicia).

To coincide with the announcement, UNWTO and its Affiliate Member, the EHTTA, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at further promoting thermal tourism and its benefits.

The Association´s President , Manuel Baltar, said: “The growing demand for open-air and nature-based tourism activities after the pandemic makes thermal tourism an important segment for the future”.

The President of the Regional Government of Galicia and head of the Axencia Turismo Galicia, Alfonso Rueda added: “Galicia is the first thermal destination in Spain and the second in Europe, with admirable thermal stations such as Ourense”.

Thermal Tourism is closely connected to the natural and cultural environment and represents one of the most valuable forms of sustainable tourism. As well as promoting health, well-being, learning, entertainment and mindfulness, it also supports jobs and promotes social opportunity, including in rural destinations.  UNWTO is committed to promoting thermal tourism as a powerful tool to contribute to safeguarding the world’s cultural and natural heritage as well as to provide socio-economic benefits, including the revitalization of rural areas and the creation of stable employment and income-earning opportunities.

The UNWTO Affiliate Members will be part of the official World Tourism Day celebration, due to be held in Bali, Indonesia (27 September), bringing the voices of business, academia and civil society to conversations around this year’s theme of “Rethinking Tourism”.

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Nyusi invites Portuguese Companies to invest in Mozambique

President Filipe Nyusi and the Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa visiting FACIM this morning. [Photo Credit: Twitter/ @antoniocostapm]

2 Sep 2022

The president of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, on Friday invited Portuguese companies to invest in the country and explore its resources. The prime minister of Portugal said that Portuguese businesspeople “are not just passing through.

Filipe Nyusi and António Costa participated today in opening the Mozambique- Portugal Business and Investment Forum taking place on the sidelines of the 5th Luso-Moçambican Summit, after having visited three pavilions of FACIM (Maputo International Trade Fair) this morning, including Portuguese exhibitors.

In his speech, President Nyusi said that the forum aimed to bring together businesspeople from the two countries and facilitate business opportunities, in a “cooperation that is mutually beneficial.

Nyusi regretted the downward revision of the “good prospects for a quick and robust economic recovery,” but highlighted the “introduction of a package of 20 measures to stimulate the economy” in the country.

“The economies of our countries have a high degree of complementarity,” he noted, pointing out that “Portugal is among the top ten investors in Mozambique.

Considering that “more can be done,” Nyusi said that Portuguese companies “have shown skills” in sectors such as banking, construction and tourism.

“We invite Portugal’s private sector to explore the language that unites us” and explore Mozambique’s potential, such as “location, favourable weather conditions and the long coastline,” turning “existing resources into wealth.”

Pointing out that there are “mutual advantages,” the president urged Mozambican businesspeople to “build partnerships with the private sector in Portugal.

At a press conference after the opening of the forum, Nyusi expressed the country’s intention to be a “facilitator of the economy.

In his speech, Portugal’s Prime Minister António Costa pointed out that Portuguese investments are already underway in Mozambique, adding that there are “over 500 companies” in the country and that there are “1,500 Portuguese companies exporting to Mozambique.”

“Portuguese companies are not just passing through Mozambique, they have been there for a long time and have been at all times, in the difficult times and the promising times,” he said.

Costa said that “this is a promising time” for companies to invest in Mozambique, and “unique conditions are created to increase private business activity in Mozambique”.

During the press conference, Costa also highlighted the opportunity for Portugal to “import excellent quality Mozambican products”, which will “balance the trade balance and help the development” of the country.

During the Mozambique-Portugal Business and Investment Forum, nine bilateral cooperation agreements were signed, including the Lusophone Compact, which provides Portuguese state guarantees worth €400 million for investments in Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP) and another to review the Portuguese Cooperation Business Fund.

Another agreement involves GALP, the Camões institute and the Mozambican Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education. It aims to set up a reference centre in oil and gas in Cabo Delgado province.

A memorandum of understanding was also signed between Mozambique’s Hidroelétrica de Cahora-Bassa (HCB), Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM), and Portugal’s REN and Visabeira Global to identify “cooperation opportunities in the energy sector” and “collaboration in the construction, operation, maintenance of distribution networks, electricity transmission networks and energy production through wind farms and photovoltaics.

Source: Lusa

Deputy Minister Alvin Botes Receives Credential Letters from Mr Kennedy Mbekeani, Country Manager of the African Development Bank (AfDB), resident in South Africa

Photo Credit Dirco: L-R Mr. Kennedy Mbekeani, Country Manager of the African Development Bank (AfDB) with Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Mr. Alvin Botes

2 September 2022

Deputy Minister received credential letters from Mr. Kennedy Mbekeani, Country Manager of the African Development Bank (AfDB), resident in South Africa.

Mr. Kennedy Mbekeani is a seasoned development economist, originally from Malawi with over 20 years of experience in development finance, project management, policy advisory services, and knowledge generation, he was appointed as the regional deputy director for the Bank’s Southern Africa operations in 2021.

Commenting on his appointment in 2021, he said: “I am pleased to work with President Adesina to support execution of his vision for the Bank and the continent and accelerate delivery on the High 5s”.

Kennedy Mbekeani joined the AfDB in 2009 as Chief Trade & Regional Integration Officer, where he provided leadership in formulating the Bank’s trade assistance strategy to regional economic communities & policy research on international trade, economic integration & development.

He was Lead Regional Economist (2012-2014) at the South African Resource Centre. Prior to joining the AfDB, Mr Kennedy Mbekeani worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a Trade, Debt and Globalisation Advisor for East and Southern Africa. Prior to that he worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis, and as Senior Economist at the National Institute for Economic Policy in South Africa.

Mr. Kennedy Mbekeani holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree from the University of Malawi, MPhil (Monetary Economics) from the University of Glasgow, MA and a PhD in International Economics from the University of California. He has published on trade, regional integration, and infrastructure development in Africa.

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Mozambique: Portugal’s PM announces 40% increase in cooperation prog. – Watch

Photo Credit Notícias: (L-R)Portugal’s Prime Minister, António Costa and President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi

2 Sep 2022

Portugal’s prime minister, António Costa, announced on Thursday a 40% increase in the funds allocated to projects under the Strategic Cooperation Programme with Mozambique, representing more than €90 million.

“Within the scope of this summit, we can reinforce the amount of the next Strategic Cooperation Programme [PEC] 2022-2026, which is the foundation of our strategic partnership between Mozambique and Portugal and will thus have a 40% increase in the funds dedicated to programmes, projects and actions, which will exceed €90 million,” he announced.

Costa made this announcement in Maputo at a press conference at the end of a meeting with the president of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, as part of the 5th Luso-Moçambican Summit.

The PEC, signed in November 2021, is for five years. Costa said it “will focus on traditional areas of sovereignty, such as defence, justice, internal administration,” and “deepens and renews cooperation in the strategic areas of education and health.

Photo: Notícias

Indicating that until 2021 the PEC “spent €135 million”, Costa added that the new framework foresees “€185 million”.

Considering that the future “necessarily involves strengthening economic relations,” Costa also said that as part of the 5th Luso-Moçambican Summit, “two instruments to support business investment in Mozambique, the business fund for cooperation and the specific programme for business investment in Mozambique,” would be reviewed and modernised.

Costa added that, on the sidelines of the summit, the “Lusophone Compact” would be signed, a programme through which Portugal will provide guarantees of €400 million in funding from the African Development Bank for business investment in the community of Portuguese-speaking African Countries (PALOP).

The Portuguese prime minister also noted two other protocols that would be signed on Friday and that “aim to strengthen the development potential of the Cabo Delgado region,” with the installation of “a research centre dedicated to gas and oil and a vocational training programme in the area of gas, which will be aimed at around 1,200 young Mozambicans.

Photo: Domingo

“We are fighting terrorism not only from a military and humanitarian point of view but also from the point of view of the region’s development,” he noted.

Costa considered that Mozambique “has enormous potential from an agricultural point of view”.

“And if humanity faces a huge challenge in its energy transition, it faces no less of a challenge from the point of view of food security, and so diversification, increase and quality of food is an ever greater challenge and where Mozambique has a decisive role,” he told reporters.

The governments of Portugal and Mozambique signed six cooperation protocols on Thursday as part of the 5th Luso-Moçambican Summit in education, heritage rehabilitation, technical and operational skills of the Mozambican security forces and services, justice and agriculture.

“On all fronts, from the point of view of political cooperation, military cooperation in the fight against terrorism, development in the area of health or education, or from the point of view of economic relations, this 5th summit will certainly be a significant milestone in our relations,” Costa said.

Drawing a picture of the situation in Mozambique compared to the last summit in 2019, the prime minister said that the country “has a new framework, frankly favourable to investment,” particularly by Portuguese companies, with the resumption of financial support from the International Monetary Fund (after the hidden debts’ scandal) and the retreat of terrorism.

Source:TVM
Photo: Notícias

Photo Credit: Domingo