Tuesday, 7 July 2015
The performance of the 2014 Fortaleza Summit is on a par with the BRICS four-year average of 70%, according to the report prepared by the BRICS Research Group.
The report presents the results of the monitoring study focused on BRICS countries’ compliance with eight priority commitments selected from the total 68 commitments made at the Fortaleza Summit in July 2014. It covers actions taken by the BRICS members from 15 July 2014 to 28 June 2015 to fulfil those promises. At 100%, the highest level of compliance was registered for the commitment to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity. All five members took concrete actions to protect endangered species and addressed economic and social aspects of the environmental agenda.
In second place, at 90%, were the commitments on attaining the education-related Millennium Development Goals, moving towards universal primary education and gender equality, and strengthening international anti-corruption cooperation, including law enforcement cooperation, in accordance with the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.
Most BRICS countries took steps to implement the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in all four of its priority areas, achieving a score of 80%.
The same score of 80% was achieved on complying with the commitment to ensure sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights for all. Brazil, Russia and South Africa fully complied, which was manifested, inter alia, in maintaining no restrictions on the number of children in a family.
The commitment to enhance cooperation on addressing tax base erosion and information exchange for tax purposesachieved a score of 60%. BRICS members actively collaborated with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and have begun incorporating the norms in the Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting into their national legislation. Most members have announced the launch of the automatic exchange of tax information in accordance with the OECD standards.
The average compliance score for the commitment to support Afghanistan’s stabilization also amounted to 60%. Russia, India and China provided assistance to ensure security, socioeconomic development and effective governance.
The only commitment on which BRICS countries failed to make any progress was the one on the reforming the Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU) of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Despite long-standing support of multilateral trade and the WTO’s primacy, BRICS members were unable to advance negotiations on DSU reform during the monitoring period.
The results of the compliance assessment carried out by the BRICS Research Group confirm the importance of enhancing “the efficiency of BRICS by improving the reporting process for previous commitments assumed by member countries,” as emphasized in the Concept of the Russian Federation’s Presidency in BRICS in 2015-2016.
The full 58-page report in English is available for download at http://www.brics.utoronto.ca/compliance/2014-fortaleza.html.
Sunday, 5 July 2015
Ghana’s President Mahama urges strengthened support from Afreximbank
Afreximbank President Designate Dr. Benedict Oramah (right) with Ghanaian President John Mahama.
Accra, 03 July 2015 – Ghanaian President John Mahama today in Accra urged the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) to further strengthen its trade finance support to the Ghanaian business sector, particularly in the areas of agro-processing and pharmaceuticals.
Speaking when Dr. Benedict Oramah, President Designate of the Bank, paid him courtesy call, President Mahama highlighted the increasingly important roles of those sectors in the country’s economy and also called on the Bank to increase its involvement in Ghana’s manufacturing, construction, renewable energy and other key sectors.
He commended Dr. Oramah on his appointment as the next President of the Bank and pledged Ghana’s continued commitment to working with Afreximbank to achieve its objective of promoting intra and extra-African trade.
Earlier, Dr. Oramah announced that Afreximbank had approved financing totaling about $2 billion for the Ghanaian government, corporates and financial institutions since 1993, with annual approvals increasing from $6.5 million in 1994 to $280 million in 2014.
“As at October 2014, Ghana was the sixth largest beneficiary of the Bank’s funding programmes,” said Dr. Oramah, who noted that the support had been mainly directed toward the energy sector, the financial sector, the agro-processing and industrial development sectors and to the promotion of higher local value-added in Ghana’s extractive industries.
The credit facilities provided by the Bank included a $150 million loan facility to the Volta River Authority to support capacity expansion and refurbishment activities and a further $300 million facility under negotiation; $70 million to a Ghanaian company to enable it offer mining and engineering services to international mining companies; $100 million to the Bank of Ghana to address short-term liquidity challenges; and $70 million to two Ghanaian-owned cocoa processing companies, he said.
Dr. Oramah announced that Afreximbank was considering a framework to scale up its intervention in the Ghanaian economy in recognition of the opportunities offered by the relatively stable socio-political and economic environment.
“The package shall include foreign exchange liquidity support to facilitate essential imports and deal with the transitory challenges as well as term funding to strategic sectors towards the realization of the country’s long-term development agenda,” he explained.
Dr. Oramah was accompanied on the visit by Kofi Adomakoh, Director of Afreximbank’s Project and Export Development Finance Department, and Joy Albright of the Legal Department.
President John Mahama of Ghana (centre) joined by (L-R) Mona Quartey, Deputy Finance Minister, Kofi Adomakoh, Director, Project and Export Development, Afreximbank, Dr. Benedict Oramah, Afreximbank President Designate, and Joy Albright of Afreximbank Legal Department
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Mlezi wa chama cha wafanyakazi madereva Tanzania (TADWU), Mkuu wa Wilaya ya Kinondoni, Paul Makonda (katikati), akizungumza na madereva kabla ya kukabidhiwa rasimu ya maboresho ya maslahi ya madereva hao na cheti cha utambulisho wa chama hicho Dar es Salaam jana. Kulia ni Katibu Mkuu wa Chama cha Wafanyakazi Madereva Tanzania (TADWU), Abdallah Lubara na Mwenyekiti wa zamani wa Umoja wa Madereva Tanzania, Clement Masanja.
Katibu Mkuu wa Chama cha Wafanyakazi Madereva Tanzania (TADWU), Abdallah Lubara (kulia), akimkabidhi Mkuu wa Wilaya ya Kinondoni, Paul Makonda, rasimu ya mkataba wa maslahi ya madereva waliyokuwa wakiidai serikali kwa muda mrefu Dar es Salaam jana.
Mwenyekiti wa zamani wa Umoja wa Madereva Tanzania, Clement Masanja (kushoto), akimkabidhi Mkuu wa Wilaya ya Kinondoni, Paul Makonda cheti cha utambulisho wa chama chao kipya kitakachoitwa Chama cha Wafanyakazi Madereva Tanzania (TADWU) baada kuundwa rasmi ambacho kitazindulia Julai Mosi mwaka huu.
Naibu katibu mkuu wa chama hicho, Rashid Said (kulia) akizungumzia yaliyomo kwenye rasimu hiyo na maboresho ya maslahi yao.
DC Makonda akisalimiana na madereva baada ya kumaliza kwa mkutano huo.
Madereva wakiwa wamesimama wakisubiri kusalimiana na mlezi wao DC Paul Makonda.
Ni usikivu kwa mlezi wao wakati akihutubia.
Hapa ni furaha tupu kwa madereva hao.
Madereva wakiwa kwenye mkutano huo.
Madereva wakishangilia hutuba ya mlezi wao Paul Makonda.
Wanahabari kutoka vyombo mbalimbali wakichukua taarifa hiyo.
Na Dotto Mwaibale
CHAMA cha Madereva nchini nchini kimemkabidhi mlezi wao Mkuu wa Wlaya ya Kinondoni Paul Makonda rasimu ya mkataba uliobeba maboresha ya maslahi waliokuwa wanaidai kutoka kwa wamiliki pamoja na Serikali.
Katika hatua nyingine madereva hao Julai Mosi mwaka huu wanatarajiwa kuzindua chama chao ambacho kitaitwa Chama cha Madereva Wafanyakazi Tanzania (TADWU).
Hatua ya kutengeneza rasmu hiyo hiyo imekuja baada ya kikao walichokaa Juni 21 mwaka huu ambapo lengo lilikuwa ni kuwashinikiza waajiri kuwapa mikataba ya kudumu wakiwa kazini ikiwa ni pamoja na likizo za uzazi.
Akizungumza na waandishi wa habari Dar es Salaam jana, Naibu katibu mkuu wa chama hicho, Rashid Said alisema rasimu ya mkataba huo imebeba maboresho ya maslahi yao waliyokuwa wanadai.
Alisema madai hayo ni pamoja na bima ya maisha , mazishi yenye staha, muda wa kazi kisheria, matibabu, na nauli ya kwenda kazini.
"Leo tuna chama cha wafanyakazi madereva Tanzania , pia tumepewa mkataba hivyo nawatangazia madereva wote kuwa tumepata chombo cha kuzungumzia tofauti na ilivyokuwa awali.
Kwa sasa imebaki kujadili na serikali kuhusu kuboreshwa kwa mishahara hivyo napenda kuwatangazia madereva kuwa tumepata mikataba tuliyohitaji miaka mingi,"alisema.
Katibu huyo aliongeza kuwa chama hicho hakitasita kumchulia hatua za kisheria mmiliki atakayekiuka sheria hizo na kuongeza hakitasitakumpeleka kwenye vyombo vya sheria kama walivyokuwa wanawafanyia mwanzoni.
Akikabidhiwa mkataba huo kwa chama hicho, Mkuu wa Wilaya ya Kinondoni, Paul Makonda alisema mahali walipofikia madereva hao kwa sasa ni jambo la kuleta maendele makubwa.
Alisema watanzania wanatakiwa kutambua kuwa madai hayo si kwa ajili ya madereva peke yao bali ni kwa ajili ya taifa zima na kwamba kutatuliwa kwa changamoto hiyo kutapunguza ajali zinazoendelea kutokea nchini.
Makonda alisema asilimia kubwa ya madereva wamekuwa wakipata ajali kutokana na kuchoka hivyo wanaposinzia usahau kuwa wanaendesha vyombo vya moto hivyo kusababisha ajali.
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