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Accroitre les investissements dans le secteur énergétique en Afrique:les experts ont jeté les bases a Washington DC

Du 09 au 10 Mars dernier,des experts,decideurs politiques,hommes d’affaires, Investisseurs, Membres de la Diaspora Africaines et Journalistes se sont reunis a l’Hotel Marriot Marquis a Washington Dc aux Etats-Unis dans le cadre de la troisieme edition du Sommet International Powering Africa Summit,une initiative de Energy Net dont le siege est a Londres en Grande Bretagne.

 

L’objectif de cette rencontre internationale a permis au participants d’analyser le climat d’investissement en Afrique dans le domaine de l’energie.La rencontre de Washington DC a egalement permis aux participants et surtout a la Diaspora Africaine d’echanger des opportunites d’investissements en matiere d’energie, de commerce et d’infrastructure sur le continent africain.

 

Ce fut egalement une occasion pour la Diaspora Africaine de mesurer l’importance de son implication dans la gestion des politiques energetiques en Afrique.Les impressions qui s’en ont suivis dans la video ci-dessous en disent long et temoigne de ce que le Sommet de Washington DC n’etait pas un de plus : http://www.energynet.co.uk/event/powering-africa-summit-2017

 

Durant les deux jours les participants ont suivi des communications variees et divers allant de la competitivite des Etats-Unis en Afrique dans le domaine de l’energie a la creation d’emploi et au renforcement des capacites energetiques en passant par le partenariat pubic et prive en matiere d’énergie.Le Sommet International sur l’Energie en Afrique se deroulait au meme moment que celui des Pays de l’Amerique Latine

 

Alain Coomlan Tchegnon-Afrik Diaspo News / Washington DC.

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L'edition 2017 du forum international de l'energie des pays de l'Amérique latine s'ouvre a Washington dc

L’edition 2017 du Forum International de l’Energie des Pays de l’Amerique Latine se tiendra du mercerdi 08 au vendredi 10 Mars 2017 a Washington Dc. Il reunira plus de 200 investisseurs americains selon les organisateurs.Outres les ministres des Mines et de l’Energie du Bresil, du Mexique, du Salvador, du Peru, de la Chilie, du Costa Rica, du Guatemala pour ne citer que ceux la,figurent egalement des autorites et responsables americains en charge de l’Energie,experts et représentants de compagnies petrolieres selon le communique final de Energy Net,l’un des partenaires cles dans l’organisation de cette conference internationale.

 

Le forum de Washington permettra aux participants de faire un bilan du dialogue energetique et de trouver les voies et moyens pour le renforcer. Devant le parterre d’invites,les representants de chaque pays de l’Amerique Latine  aura l’occasion de presenter les ressources en matiere energetique dont dispose son Pays. Le Forum International de l’Energie des Pays de l’Amerique Latine constitue un cadre formel d’echanges et de consolidation des relations.

 

Il permet aux participants d’aborder les perspectives petrolieres et gazefieres, le role des energies renouvelables dans les Pays de l’Amerique Latine. Occasion egalement est donnee aux representans des Pays invites de nouer des contacts d’affaires avec les investisseurs americains qui pour l’occasion ne menagent aucun effort pour assurer leur participation.


Alain Coomlan Tchegnon-Afrik Diaspo News / Washington Dc

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Former president of Malawi promotes disability rights at Harkin Summit in Washington dc

Former President of Malawi Joyce Banda says unless the international community and national governments provide the necessary mechanisms and environment to create employment for people with disabilities, all efforts to promote and protect the rights of people with disabilities will be futile.  

She was speaking at the inaugural Harkin International Disability Employment Summit held on December 8 and 9, 2016 in Washington DC, United States.

The main objective of the summit was to “begin a tradition of bringing together change agents to develop strategies for increasing disability employment around the world”.

Dr Joyce Banda said in ‘advancing disability employment’, it was imperative for stakeholders to have a clear understanding of the global scope of the challenges that people with disabilities face, particularly in the developing world, in order for them to come up with effective and relevant interventions.

In most countries, she said, disability rights are non-existent and that discrimination continues to deny persons with disabilities, as well as workers who become disabled, access to work.

“Households that have family members with disabilities have a lower living standard than the average. People with disabilities suffer various stereotypes, myths and stigma. In many developing countries, particularly in Africa, people with disabilities are regarded as outcasts,” noted Joyce Banda.

“Indeed, people with disabilities are more likely to be victims of violence or rape, and less likely to obtain police intervention, legal protection or preventive care.Women and girls with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to abuse,” said Banda.

She said “genuine political” could remove “the intrinsic barriers that deny people with disabilities their basic rights”,including to fully and actively participate in economic activity and access to employment.

Dr Joyce Banda said when she was Malawi’s President between 2012 and 2014, she endeavored to improve the plight of people with disabilities, including providing them with employment opportunities by strengthening the Ministry of People with Disabilities and appointing a disability rights activist to head that ministry, signing into law the National Disability Bill, introducing sign language on public television and ensuring that all public and private places, infrastructure and facilities were disability-friendly; and increased the capacity to train special needs educators at all levels in order to enhance access of learners with disabilities.

“I also directed the Ministry of Finance to allocate 30% of my salary to Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA), a government agency that works to help men and women with disabilities to become more independent and self-sufficient by providing vocational training centres,” she recalled.

Banda said these efforts were not only geared towards promoting the rights of people with disabilities but also creating an enabling and economically empowering environment that will enable people with disabilities to realize their full potential and ensure their full integration into the country’s socio-economic development processes.

She called upon the private sector to design and adopt affirmative policies, as a corporate responsibility drive, to ensure that people with disabilities have access to education, training and employment.

“I call upon governments, disability organizations, global development organizations, businesses and civil society to ensure programs, policies and funding fully include people with disabilities, with a specific objective to create employment for them to be self-reliant,” she said.

Other high-profile people who spoke at the two-day summit included Roberta "Bobbi" Cordano, the 11th president of Gallaudet University in Washington (she is the first deaf woman to hold this position), Andrew Imparato, Executive Director, Association of University Centers On Disabilities, Jack Markell, Governor of Delaware and Tom Harkin, US Senator.

Dr Joyce Banda was introduced by Tim Shriver, Chairman of the Special Olympics. In her remarks, Banda hailed Tim Shriver for being “hugely instrumental in promoting the rights of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the world.

Banda said she first met Shriver in January, 2013 at Global Development Summit at the Special Olympics in South Korea where she requested Special Olympics to assist Malawi develop the necessary programs and activities to become a model country in empowering children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

“In February 2014, my government, in partnership with the Special Olympics, hosted the first ever ‘African Leaders Forum on Disability’ in the capital, Lilongwe, to explore effective interventions’’ said Dr Joyce Banda.

READ ABOUT HARKIN SUMMIT HERE: http://www.harkinsummit.org/about

 

Stella Asani (Collaboration)

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