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These Uganda Policemen Show A Powerful Display Of Feminism

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Balancing a heavy clay pot on his head with a baby tied to his back, policeman Francis Ogweng caused a scene as he marched down the busy highway towards Uganda’s capital, Kampala.
With traffic backed up to the horizon, crowds of men stared and laughed as the baby girl swaddled in white cloth slipped precariously down Ogweng’s back, pulling his khaki uniform into disarray.

“We want to put ourselves in the shoes of women,” Ogweng, an assistant superintendent in the Uganda Police Force (UPF), told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “Is it difficult to carry water? Is it difficult to carry a baby?”

Judging by the sweat dripping down his face, it is.Onlookers were surprised to see a senior officer marching to stop violence against women, in a force that opponents of Uganda’s long-serving President Yoweri Museveni accuse of spending more time suppressing dissent than tackling crime.

Police often break up opposition rallies in the east African nation with teargas and beatings, rights groups say they torture suspects to illicit confessions, and surveys often rank the force as Uganda’s most corrupt institution.

“Their image has been tainted,” said Regina Bafaki, head of Action for Development, a local women’s rights group.

“They have actually been more violators than protectors of citizen’s rights.”

But a spate of unsolved murders of young women, with more than 20 corpses found beside roadsides south of the capital since May, is putting rare public pressure on the police.
They have charged more than a dozen suspects with the women’s murders, listing possible motives range from domestic rows through sexual abuse to ritual murder linked to human sacrifice.

BATTERING OF WOMEN


Ogweng was not alone, flanked by three policemen carrying bundles of firewood, a 50-strong police brass brand and other officers carrying placards that read: “Peace in the home. Peace in the nation. Prevent Gender Based Violence”.

“Men can also carry water, men can carry babies … it does no harm at all, it doesn’t make a man less of a man,” said Ogweng, who describes himself as a feminist – a rarity in a country where women often kneel to show deference to men.

About half of Ugandans believe that domestic violence is justified under certain circumstances, such as when women neglect children or burn food, government data shows.

“There are those who still believe that battering of women, beating of women, is something normal,” said Asan Kasingye, assistant inspector general, another unlikely ally in Uganda’s fight for gender equality.

“We must invest our resources, our training, our recruitment … into fighting against gender based violence,” he said, seated in his top floor office at the police headquarters.

“It must percolate, it must be known by everybody. So it preoccupies us.”

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Kuwait Based NAS Expands It’s Pledged $50 Million Africa Operation Into Mozambique

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The National Aviation Services (NAS), an aviation services provider based in Kuwait, has added Mozambique to its network. This is part of the company’s initiatives to expand in emerging markets. Starting from July 2019, NAS will start offering cargo and ground handling services in Liberia and Mozambique. NAS together with its local JV partner, GLS, has already started building a cargo terminal in Monrovia, Liberia.

NAS Investments in Africa

The addition of Mozambique and Liberia to its network shows NAS’ commitment in its investments in Africa. The company has stated that it plans to invest 44 million Euros—an equivalent of US$50m—in Africa. The $50m investment in Africa will span a period of three years.  Mozambique is the first on the list of beneficiaries of these investments.

NAS’ activities in Mozambique will include import and export cargo handling. Furthermore, the company will offer storage for shipments passenger and engineering services. Additional services include aircraft maintenance and ramp handling. These services are not restricted to Mozambique’s capital at Maputo Mavalane International. The services will be provided at all airports in Mozambique.

Employment

The new investment will also incorporate investments in human capital. With the increasing demand for air transport in the region, there is a need to recruit more local employees in the sector. NAS has stated that it will recruit and train local employees to ensure secure and quality services. The company estimates that it will hire 1,000 Mozambicans to join their global operations.

Cargo Terminal in Monrovia

Meanwhile, NAS has already broke ground to build a cargo terminal in Liberia. The company has partnered with Global Logistics Services Inc. to build the cargo terminal at Roberts International Airport. The two companies will build a 2,700 square meter cargo terminal. The name of the project is Roberts Air Cargo Center–RACC.

The center will support export supply in Liberia, as well as improve cargo operations to meet international standards. Previous forecasts had indicated that there is a demand for around 3,500 square meters in air freight. Construction of the cargo terminal is set to be completed by April 2020.

According to Peter Malcom King, chairman of GLS-NAS, RACC will be the first of its kind in Liberia. The center will provide the much-needed infrastructure to improve trade barriers, boost Liberia’s position as the hub in the region, and enhance air cargo supply. The freight terminal will feature temperature controlled storage, dangerous goods storage, racking for storage, five loading docks, mail area, and a vault. The Liberia Airport Authority will also develop a separate freighter stand.

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British Investments in Egypt Hit 46 Billion Pounds

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Britain continues to massively invest in Egypt, with current figures indicating that the investments are worth over 46 billion pounds.  These impressive figures notwithstanding, Egypt Investment Minister is pushing for further boosting of economic cooperation between the two countries. The United Kingdom is keen on backing Egypt’s investments on human capital—especially on medical care and education.

The 46 billion pounds is an impressive improvement from 2018’s valuation of British investments in Egypt. According to Egypt’s Chamber of Commerce, British investments in Egypt reached $5.6 billion in 2018—as of May 16, 2018. The continued investments are therefore indicative of the good trade relations between the UK and Egypt. The investments span in the areas of finance, tourism, construction, services, industry, information technology, telecommunications, and agriculture.

Britain Trade Relations with Egypt

Britain and Egypt continue to maintain strategic relations in trade. Several consultative discussions between representatives of the two countries have beared fruits. In 2018, Egypt’s Minister of Industry and Foreign trade had talks with British Trade Envoy to Egypt.

The meeting between Amr Nassar and Jeffrey Donaldson was held to review the future of economic relations between Egypt and Britain. The discussion also featured post-Brexit trade relations between the two countries. A year after the talks, progress is being made on British investments in Egypt. The current 46 billion pound investments make Britain the biggest foreign trade partner to Egypt.

Egypt’s Economy

The increased investments by the UK in Egypt have the overall effect of boosting Egypt’s economy. This is a positive trend towards recovery after the effects of the Arab spring in 2011. Most economic activities in Egypt take place in the Nile Valley. The country’s tourism industry has also rebounded. According to the 2019 Index of Economic Freedom, trade freedom has increased to 71.8.  This freedom has created a conducive environment for both local and foreign investors.

2018 projections indicated that Egypt’s economy was to grow by 5.2 percent–in the fiscal year 2018-2019. The positive projections were based on the country’s economic reforms. The reforms were part of the conditions for a $12 billion loan from the IMF. Egypt has made progress on IMF’s austerity plans, and the initiatives have boosted the country’s economy. The country’s GDP grew by 5.3 percent in 2018. Egypt’s economy relies on tourism, agriculture, petroleum imports, natural gas, and media.

With Britain’s Brexit still not in effect, it’s important to evaluate the UK’s new trade partners post-Brexit. So far, Egypt continues to be a strong ally in Africa.

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Nissan Pledges $215 Million to South Africa for Navara Model

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Nissan Motor Company plans to inject $215 million to its South African plant. This further investment will be directed towards the production of the Navara Model. In 2018, the South African government renewed its industry manufacturing incentives. Nissan becomes the first automaker to commit further to South Africa since this incentive.

Increased Production

Currently, Nissan produces around 35,000 pickups of the Navara model each year. The South Africa plant will now be able to produce 30,000 units annually. This brings total production per year to 65,000 units. This increased capacitation and production will also create employment opportunities. 400 jobs are expected to be created through production of Navara model in the South African plant.

The increased production will produce enough cars for both the local market and for export. The South African plant will specifically focus on producing for the continent.

Nissan Navara

Nissan Navara is the model name for the D23, D40, and D22 generations of Nissan pickups that are produced for Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Asia, and Europe. In other markets such as South America, it is sold as Nissan NP300 or the Nissan Frontier.

Production of the Nissan Navara at the South African plant is expected to begin in 2020. Announcement for the production of the model was made at the plant in the presence of South Africa president Cyril Ramphosa.

South African Automotive Industry

The president stated that Nissan’s decision to produce the Navara model in South Africa shows the company’s increasing contribution to South Africa’s automotive industry. During the event, President Ramaphosa also stated that the automotive industry contributes around 7 percent of GDP annually. This makes automotive industry the largest part of the country’s manufacturing sector.

Nissan in South Africa

Nissan’s investments in its South African plant follows an agreement between the government and international firms to extend incentive programs to 2035. This attractive plan has also seen other major automakers operate their plants in South Africa. The companies include BMW AG, Volkswagen AG, and Toyota Motor Corporation. These companies get generous tax breaks for their continued investments in the country.

Nissan also plans to double its industrial reach in India, Africa, and the Middle East by 2022. The company plans to increase more factories in these regions. Projections indicate that demand in Africa is growing by more than 50 percent in the next six years, and Nissan is committed to meet this demand. This means more investments are expected at the plant.

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