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Daily-Nation-Newspaper-Proprietor-Richard-Sakala-480x377Richard Sakala, the Daily Nation proprietor and editor must not think that all Zambians are so forgetful, and stupid. He can fool some, but not everyone. Actually, majority Zambians still remember who Richard Sakala is.

We remember the type of person the Daily Nation editor is. This is a person who together with his corrupt friend Chiluba ransacked the national treasury for their little monetary wishes. Today, when one reads about the editorials in the Daily Nation newspaper, all written by Richard, one may think this corrupt convict has been a very honorable person when in fact he isn’t.

Even though, Sakala’s body language negates being convoluted into corrupt activities with Chiluba and his sycophants, it is very evident to all that the Chiluba led regime, which Richard Sakala served so devotedly as press aid, has a corruption legacy.

Stupidly, Sakala has even gone further to advance what he wishes was reality, by trying to defend what can’t be defended, the corruption of his messiah Chiluba. In his editorial comments, Sakala has been blatantly alleging that Chiluba was a victim of an illegal, vicious and violent Western judicial system with inherent prejudices and hatred for Africa. Richard Sakala, has also relentlessly charged that we must not talk about Chiluba’s corruption because he isn’t here, to defend himself. Realistically, what is there to defend about a Lazo? The truth of the matter is that Chiluba, although he was acquitted by his partner in crime Rupiah, led a very corrupt government and he need not be alive to defend himself.

It doesn’t need anyone to be alive to defend themselves; one only needs their legacy to speak for them. It is this reason why, noble people like Nelson Mnadlea who through his deeds, behavior with a laudable legacy is today being praised even in death! Even if Mandela was to be criticized today, his legacy is there to speak for him. This is the truth with life, and it is how God created it.

This is a lesson politicians and leaders must learn from dishonorable people like Richard Sakala and his partner in crime, Chiluba. Society is organized to make death seem invisible, to keep it several steps removed. That distance may seem necessary but it comes with a terrible price: the illusion of limitless time. Perhaps, it is this reason why Chiluba and his sycophants like Richard Sakala thought that they had a limitless life and that they could steal and kill the innocent people of Zambia. Chiluba and his minions took away the plight of Zambians.

Unfortunately,Richard Sakala can’t change this today . The reality, which we know chokes and suffocates Richard Sakala is that the Chiluba led regime was extremely corrupt, it is even the reason why the Daily Nation editor was jailed. He is a convict.

It doesn’t need much emphasis or evidence to prove that the Daily Nation editor is a corrupt criminal. Today Sakala has subjected the Patriotic Front government to rampant baseless criticism accusing it to be corrupt. We wonder what Richard Sakala truly believes in. While it isn’t wrong to criticize corruption, which all must in fact do, what about Sakala’s own corruption with Chiluba. Why does the Daily Nation editor seek to remove filthy in other people’s eyes when he himself has reeking sludge in his eyes? This propagandist, political prostitute and corrupt shameless old man has no senses. He behaves like a dog, which can eat its own vomits and doesn’t not know how to differentiate anything, it can even go to bed with its parent. For criminals and political prostitutes like the Daily Nation editor, principles have no meaning.

Richard Sakala must be the last person who should lecture others of how to behave, and conduct themselves in government. This is so because while press aid in the Chiluba regime, Sakala behaved like a king with his emperor Chiluba. The people of this country where treated as subjects. The people where paying taxes so that Sakala and his demigod, Chiluba could plunder. Mulekwatako nensoni ba Richard Sakala, ba sakalanyong imwe.

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By Mthuli Ncube

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More than 30 million Africans (about three per cent of Africa’s total population) are living outside their home countries. This figure includes those living within other African countries. These African migrants send money to their families in Africa.

Remittances by African migrants play an important role as a source of financing and foreign exchange for African households and countries. A recent report published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) shows that remittances sent to the world’s poorest countries including 33 African countries have increased to US$27 billion in 2011 from $3.5 billion in 1990. For Africa as a whole, remittance inflows have more than quadrupled since 1990, reaching $40 billion in 2010. This represents about three per cent of Africa’s total GDP.

Globally, the amount of remittances reached $300 billion in 2010, surpassing foreign direct investments (FDI) and official development assistance (ODA) combined. The estimate for the Africa figure is widely believed to be conservative, given the evidence of underreporting as some remittance transfers are sent through informal channels. Accounting for informal flows could raise the total amount of remittances to Africa by about 50 per cent.

Benefits from migrant remittances

Remittances by African migrants provide many benefits to both African households and governments. Available evidence suggests that, all things considered, poor households receiving remittances tend to have better living conditions than their counterparts without access to this source of income. According to the World Bank, remittances by African migrants could support between 10 to 100 people, by boosting household income and spending on healthcare and education. Thus remittances play an important role in poverty reduction and improving human development.

At a macro level, flows of remittances could improve the balance of payments and bolster a country’s foreign exchange reserves. By stimulating savings, remittances can also have an impact on financial development and foster long-term economic growth. Since remittances generally accrue to low-income households, the latter may be induced to save a portion of these flows, thereby connecting them to the formal financing system. Furthermore, remittances could be a catalyst for investment and economic growth by supporting small business startups.

Leveraging the role of remittances in Africa

Although migrant remittances offer sizable benefits to Africa, existing policies in a number of countries create barriers for deployment of these flows for national gain. Savings by African immigrants amount to $50 billion per year, which is higher than the $30 billion of the annual infrastructure funding gap in Africa. The bulk of this money is stashed in foreign bank accounts. Attracting these funds to Africa could significantly improve market liquidity, which could be used to finance the region’s investment requirements, particularly in infrastructure. Thus, African governments should devise measures aimed at encouraging the African diaspora to send back their savings into African economies. The measures may include the following:

Fostering the role of micro-finance institutions: Due to exclusivity agreements, the African remittance market is currently dominated by Western Union and Money Gram, two leading global transfer companies. These two companies control 65 per cent of all remittances payout locations in Africa, in partnership with selected commercial banks and other financial institutions. This dominance has been reinforced by tacit restrictions imposed by African countries on companies that can offer remittance services. Lack of competition has translated into higher transfer costs. For instance, in Africa costs are still 25 per cent higher than in Latin America and Asia, which have experienced marked reduction in costs.

To overcome the challenge of high transfer costs, African governments should foster the involvement of smaller organisations such as micro-finance institutions and post offices to facilitate transfer of remittances. This may improve access to remittance transfers by the poorest especially in rural areas as micro-finance institutions and post offices have larger geographical reach than banks. According to an International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) report, expanding the number of institutions offering remittance transfer services could more than double payment points in Africa. Saving and credit cooperatives and rural banks, would also be used as payment points for remittances.

Creating enabling regulatory and investment environments: Restrictive or even lack of a regulatory framework for remittances is hampering their power as an economic and social driver. Regulatory frameworks in many African countries need to be examined and improved to allow remittances play a better role as a social transformative tool. Reforming the regulatory framework is an overriding step to leverage the impact of remittances on social transformation. African policymakers should adopt measures to ensure that remittance flows go into the formal financial system. This could be achieved by setting up a regulatory framework aimed at improving flow of information, strengthening competition and reducing transfer costs in order to encourage migrants to use formal channels of money transfer.

Improving the business climate in Africa is another means to attract remittance flows from the diaspora. A business-friendly environment may induce African migrants to send more money to their home countries and invest in productive domestic projects. A possible avenue for investing remittances would be the diaspora bonds, which some African governments have been contemplating. According to estimates, sub-Saharan African countries can raise between $5 billion and $10 billion per annum through the issuance of diaspora bonds. In 2011, Ethiopia launched its second diaspora bond aimed at funding the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam, which is expected to be Africa’s largest hydroelectric power plant.

Adopting new technologies of money transfer: An estimated 30 to 40 per cent of remittances to Africa are sent to rural areas where banking facilities are generally non-existent. As a result, people travel long distances to receive their money. This cost of travel represents an additional burden to the already high cost of transfer. Expanding payment networks to small-scale merchants and encouraging the adoption of new technologies such as payments through the internet or mobile phones can widen the reach of remittances and enhance financial inclusion to the people that need it most.

Mthuli Ncube is the chief economist and vice president of the African Development Bank

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Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president, has warned western companies they must change their old “colonial” approach to Africa or risk losing out even more to the accelerating competition from China and other developing powers.

Western businesses and governments have a “psychological problem” and are still prone to lecturing Africa, Mr Zuma said in an interview with the Financial Times. He advised them to resist warning against the embrace of China and rethink their own investment strategies.
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“I’ve said it to the private sector from the western countries: ‘Look. You have got to change the way you do business with Africa if you want to regain Africa. If you want to treat Africa as a former colony … then people will go to new partners who are going to treat them differently’,” he said.

In particular he cited mining companies that he accused of still being interested only in extracting ore and not in fostering support industries, such as diamond-polishing, in the host nations.

Mr Zuma’s warm message to China and other developing nations comes ahead of South Africa hosting its first Brics summit this month. The country was incorporated into the bloc of Brazil, Russia, India and China last year even though its economy is a fraction of the size of the other four.

Mr Zuma tempered his argument by highlighting that Europe was still the “big one” including Africa’s “biggest partners in business and trade”. He also echoed his cautionary comments of last year about Beijing, stressing that Africa was aware of the risks of being bossed around by China. “Africa does not want to be dominated again.”

In the past decade China has wrong-footed the west as it has expanded diplomatic and commercial ties across sub-Saharan Africa. Driven by its hunger for commodities, it has offered cheap infrastructure loans in exchange in particular for access to oil. Between 2000 and 2011 bilateral trade rose from around $11bn to $160bn, but mainly in oil exports to China, a deficit economists say needs addressing.

Human rights groups and western officials have criticised China’s readiness to strike deals with oppressive governments. But South Africa’s ruling African National Congress, which admires China’s state-led capitalism, has promoted the relationship arguing South Africa has the laws and diplomatic clout to defend its interests.

“China is doing business in a particular way and we think we can see the benefits, but we are very, very careful,” he said, citing Africa’s experience of colonialism. Such a relationship must “benefit both. And this is what we and China have been agreeing.”

He said financial institutions had “squeezed Africa”. “Instead of saying: ‘Let us help you’, they come and they say: ‘Change your economic structure. Don’t do this. Do that.’

“Now we are dealing with a new partner who is not putting all these strings attached.”
SOURCE http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/7824cc28-83ed-11e2-b700-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2MY66sLkx

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  • Express company expands footprint from 300 to more than 1,000 DHL Service Points within six months
  • DHL expands its role of connecting Africa with over 220 countries and territories worldwide

DHL Express, the world’s leading international express services provider, has expanded its network of DHL Service Points in Sub-Saharan Africa from the initial 300 to over 1000, in just a few short months. The move is an aggressive expansion into the market, which is aimed to further cement the company’s leading position in Africa but also to offer local consumers and small businesses an efficient, convenient way of shipping overseas.

The logistics and express company, which is present in 52 Sub-Saharan Africa markets including Zambia, has been looking to improve access for cash and account customers, creating enhanced accessibility for customers and increasing connectivity between African markets and the over 220 countries and territories that DHL currently serves worldwide.

“In our recent 2012 Global Connectedness Index, which measures the state of globalisation around the world, Sub-Saharan Africa remained the globe’s least connected continent,” comments Mrs Nomsa Mumba, Country General Manager for DHL Zambia. “However, it did average the largest increase from 2010 to 2011 and boasted the top five ‘gainers’ –  Mozambique, Togo, Ghana, Guinea and Zambia. This tells us that there is still major opportunity to improve connectivity across the continent, and access to logistics services and international markets are both key to this improvement.”

The logistics operator had also identified the need for increased convenience for small to medium enterprises (SMEs), as a recent study by global information and analytics company, IHS, showed that accessibility to international markets was a driver of small business success. “The SME is sector is growing at an amazing pace and this investment will help to connect African SME’s to the rest of the world,” notes Mumba.

The drive to increase consumer access points has been as a result of a multi-pronged retail strategy, which looks at retail offerings from a small kantemba shop in Zambia to a telecommunications company in Angola or a post office in Mauritius.

“Africa is a complex market to operate in but we’ve proven that, with a bit of creativity, you can expand your footprint and provide a way to service the continent’s growth,” concludes Mumba. “Ensuring the people within Africa can access global markets, and transfer skills, goods and information, means we are able to support and spur on the continued African resurgence. Expanding our retail presence is just the first step.”

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Emirates marked its 130th international destination today, with its inaugural flight to Algiers. From left to right: Pradeep Suvarna, Global Head – DVPC, VFS (GCC) LLC, Jean Luc Grillet, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations for Africa, Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President Engineering and Operations, H.E. Hamid Chebira, the Algerian Ambassador to the UAE, Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Planning and Research, Dr. Abdulla Al Hashimi, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Group Security, and Hiran Perera, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Cargo Planning and Freighters.
Emirates marked its 130th international destination today, with its inaugural flight to Algiers. From left to right: Pradeep Suvarna, Global Head – DVPC, VFS (GCC) LLC, Jean Luc Grillet, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations for Africa, Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President Engineering and Operations, H.E. Hamid Chebira, the Algerian Ambassador to the UAE, Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Planning and Research, Dr. Abdulla Al Hashimi, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Group Security, and Hiran Perera, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Cargo Planning and Freighters.

New gateway marks the 130th destination milestone for the airline

Emirates, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, has launched its daily non-stop service from Dubai to Houari Boumediene Airport today. It is the 22nd gateway for Emirates in Africa and the airline’s 130th international destination.

Emirates also flies daily between Dubai, Lusaka and Harare.

“The launch of our operations in Algiers will provide a wealth of new travel options for customers in Algeria, who will be able to fly non-stop to our industry leading hub in Dubai and conveniently connect to points across the Middle East, the Asian Subcontinent, the Far East and Australasia,” said Adel Al Redha, Executive Vice President Engineering and Operations.

Travelers to Algiers will fly on Airbus A330-200 aircraft, with a three class configuration featuring Emirates’ award-winning service and passenger comforts, including hundreds of channels of on-demand inflight entertainment, the ability to send and receive emails and text messages, meals prepared by gourmet chefs and superior service from the airline’s international cabin crew recruited from over 130 countries.

“With the start of our daily non-stop service from Dubai, Emirates looks forward to introducing a whole new audience to Algeria, bringing leisure travellers from around the globe to experience this country’s unique attractions. We are confident that Algeria will be a popular destination for business and leisure travellers alike, boosting tourism and opening new markets for business and trade.” added Mr Al Redha.

On board today’s inaugural were Emirates’ Executive Vice President Engineering and Operations, Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Planning and Research, Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Group Security, Dr Abdullah Al Hashimi, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations for Africa, Jean Luc Grillet, and Emirates Senior Vice President Cargo, Planning and Freighters, Hiran Perera.

Their special guests on the flight included the Algerian Ambassador to the UAE, Mr Hamid Chebira, Global Head-DVP, VFS (GCC) LLC, Pradeep Suvarna, and Managing Director of Michelin, Prashant Prabhu.

The new daily non-stop flight to Algiers, operated by an A330-200 with a belly hold capacity of 12 tonnes, will take Emirates SkyCargo’s weekly cargo capacity into and out of the country to more than 160 tonnes. Imports into Algiers include a wide range of manufactured goods, while the top exports include frozen fish, lobsters, oil and gas equipment and palm oil.

Starting 1st March, EK 757 will depart Dubai daily at 0845hrs and arrive at HouariBoumediene Airport at 1330hrs. The return flight, EK 758, departs Algiers at 1535hrs and lands in Dubai at 0055hrs the next day.

Algiers the capital and largest city of Algeria, is located in the west side of a bay of the Mediterranean Sea. The city is home to numerous attractions, including the Great Mosque, the National Library, Martyrs Square, the Bardo Museum and multiple monuments and forts.

It is also home to a rich variety of architecture and a vibrant cultural scene with a diverse heritage of Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and French influences,. The country also boasts some of the world’s most spectacular coastline as well as vast mountainous and desert landscapes.

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I recently reached out to Kumbukilani Phiri, a Zambian who works at the Sunshine Kaidi New Energy Group and who speaks fluent Mandarin after studying Civil Engineering in Guangxi university. As someone whose professional and educational experiences are the product of the Sino-African relationship, I am so very fortunate that someone with his insight and background allowed me to interview him.

1) What do “China-Africa relations” mean to you?

The China-Africa relationship would be more meaningful if it was a win-win situation. The current state of affairs is that while China knows what they need from Africa and are ready to tailor their agreements and contracts based on what they need,however African countries do not seem to know about what they need from China. This has resulted in a situation where people are beginning to feel that African’s are getting a raw deal from China which is not the case. My belief is that if African’s would sit down and strategise on how to engage China, things would improve for them.

2) What is one thing that Chinese people and/or African people are doing well in that relationship?

The one thing that Chinese people and African people are doing well in this new relationship is a two sided thing.
-The Chinese investment that is coming into Africa is of course a very good gesture from the Chinese.
-Africa allowing China to invest in Africa is also equally a good thing. However, this would be even better if Africa gave terms of how China should go about their investment in Africa. Firstly it is common knowledge that, when China does an investment, most of the senior management jobs including technician jobs are given to the Chinese and Africans only get jobs of labourers which is of course not good for technology transfer which Africa dearly needs to develop its local based capacity.

3) What is one thing that Chinese people and/or African people can improve on in that relationship?

The one thing that both China and Africa need to do to improve this relationship is for Africa to rise up and challenge the current status quo. Firstly I would like to say that China needs Africa and vice versa but Africa has more to gain from China if they understood how to engage China. Africa is now a landlord to China and they have a better advantage to negotiate good terms of partnering with China. If this situation is not changed soon, I see many problems arising from this new relationship as Africans one day will wake up and realise that they have been treated unfairly by China, and this will cause a lot of problems in some cases might even be worse and lead to civil strife.

Note: this style of three-question interview was suggested by Eric Olander.

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