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    The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has dismissed as outrageous insinuation by  the Democratic Alliance (DA)  Member of Parliament (MP) David Maynier, that it funded the Progressive Youth in Business to the tune of R200 000. With facts that were provided by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies in response to a parliamentary question that was raised by DA MP Geordin Hill-Lewis, it is evident and disappointing that the DA choose to mislead the public with regard to the beneficiary and the amount that was dispersed by the dti towards youth economic development efforts.

    The department funded the Regoapele Capital Wealth to Engineering and not the Progressive Youth in Business as alleged by the DA. Such political opportunism do not serve the public interest and undermines youth empowerment economic efforts. The department wishes to reiterate as per the response provided by the Minister that it funded the Regoapele Capital Wealth Engineering to the tune of R100 000 and not R200 000 as alleged by the DA MP David Maynier.

    The amount paid was for a Mobile based Application initiative that will serve as a platform to connect youth led initiatives with government departments,  DFIs, JSE listed companies amongst others in providing access to information, technical and expert advice as well as improved access to incentives.

    The remaining R100 000 will be used for other youth development strategic projects in line with the mandate of the department. The department remains committed to contribute towards youth development and empowerment in line with the National Development Programme. 

    Distributed by APO on behalf of The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa.

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  • National Consultative Workshop on Disaster Risk Management Policy in South Sudan

    UNDP and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management are organizing a national validation workshop for the National Disaster Risk Reduction Policy at Dembesh Hotel. The workshop is a practical follow-up to the national high-level briefing on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction held in Juba on Tuesday. The consultative workshop will be attended by officials from the states, national line ministries, and representatives from the Embassy of Japan and UNDP.

    What: National Consultative Workshop on Disaster Risk Management Policy in the Republic of South Sudan

    When: Wednesday December 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

    Where: Dembesh Hotel

    Who:                    

    • Hon.  Hussein Mar Nyuot, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management
    • Mr. Banak Joshua, Undersecretary, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management
    • Representative of the Embassy of Japan
    • Representative for UNDP

    For further information, please contact: Kymberly Bays, UNDP, kymberly.bays@undp.org and +211 954 396 893.

    Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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  • EU trains Liberian fisheries inspectors

    European experts will be arriving in Liberia this week to conduct a two-day training of Liberian fisheries inspectors and monitoring personnel. The capacity-building event will take place in Monrovia on 8-9 December.

    Representatives of the European Commission (EC), the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA), the Spanish Fishing Monitoring Centre (FMC), the Liberian FMC and the Bureau of National Fisheries (BNF) will participate in the training.

    On the request of Liberia, the workshop will focus on remote tracking of tuna vessels. Participants will reinforce their knowledge of vessel monitoring tools such as the Automatic Identification System (AIS) and the satellite-based Vessel Monitoring System (VMS).

    The training has been organised in the framework of the five-year Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA) and protocol between the European Union and the Republic of Liberia, signed on 9 December last year.

    Under this agreement, Spanish and French purse seiners and surface long-line vessels who pay the appropriate licence fees can fish for tuna and tuna-like species in Liberian waters.

    In addition, the EU pays an annual compensation to Liberia, including money to support the Liberian fisheries policy. This includes measures to reinforce fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance, as a way to ensure sustainable fisheries in Liberian waters. This training further contributes to that goal.

    Distributed by APO on behalf of Delegation of the European Union to Liberia.

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