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AFRICA/CARIBBEAN NOW: President Trump Sending Delegation to Inauguration of Sierra Leone President Bio

Julius Maada Bio, leader of the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party who won Sierra Leone’s presidential runoff on April 5, will be sworn in on Saturday, May 12, 2018 in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump announced on May 3 that the U.S. delegation to the inauguration will be led by the Hon. Josephine K. Olsen, Director of the Peace Corps. Other members will include the Hon. Maria E. Brewer, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Sierra Leone; the Hon. Cyril E. Sartor, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs, National Security Council; and the Hon. Stephanie S. Sullivan, Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

According to Sierra Leone Telegraph, President Bio’s cabinet includes “a new super-ministry headed by a Chief Minister, Prof David Francis,” and “only four of the 27 full cabinet positions have gone to women,” including “Nabeela Tunis, wife of the Parliamentary Leader of the governing SLPP party.”

Government Eager to Resolve E-Voucher Challenges

Government will develop initiatives to identify and respond to challenges experienced in the previous farming season to improve productivity through an efficient electronic e-voucher system, according to the Zambia Daily Mail.

Minister of Agriculture Michael Katambo said that like any new system, the e-voucher was plagued with numerous challenges which if not addressed could in future result in the decline of the contribution to national food production by farmers under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP).

Mr Katambo said this recently in Lusaka in a speech read on his behalf by Ministry of Agriculture chief economist Anayawa Mutemwa during a media launch of the research findings of the implementation of the e-voucher in the 2017/18 farming season by the Policy Monitoring and Research Centre (PMRC).

Africa Trade Pact Set For AU After MPS Ratify Deal

Kenya will next week deposit legal instruments ratifying the Africa Continental Free Trade Area at the African Union Commission just a week after the National Assembly ratified the agreement that was signed in Kigali, Rwanda in March.

The instruments are expected to be lodged with the AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki as a sign of Kenya’s commitment to the integration of all the 54 African states.

This was revealed by State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu during his weekly press briefing in Nairobi on Sunday, May 6, 2018.

“Kenya attaches significant importance to the Tripartite Free Trade Agreement and AfCTA because of the huge market and investment opportunities that they will present to Kenya. That is why we want to be the first country to deposit our instruments of ratification,” Mr Esipisu said.

Last March, Kenya was among 27 countries that signed the protocol allowing for free movement of goods and services throughout the African continent during a ceremony held in Kigali, Rwanda, on March 21.

Grand Bahama Hosts Midwives Conference

Midwives and other childbirth professionals convened in Grand Bahama on Saturday, May 5, 2018, for this year’s Midwives Conference, according to a report in The Tribune a leading daily published in Nassau.

The conference, which coincided with International Day of the Midwife, was hosted by the Midwives Day Committee of Grand Bahama Health Services in collaboration with the Nurses Association of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

This year’s theme, “Midwives leading the way with quality care,” highlighted the vital role that midwives play in ensuring that women and their newborns navigate pregnancy and childbirth safely, and receive well-resourced maternity care.

Mottley Claims Has Solutions to Barbados Social Problems

Mia Mottley, leader of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP), promised that many social problems the island is now facing would disappear under BLP administration if her party is elected to govern the country in the May 24 general elections.

Speaking at the Weymouth pasture during the party’s campaign Lift Off, Mottley gave the estimated more than 10 000 on hand a sneak preview of some of the solutions to be brought to save the country, the Barbados Nation newspaper reported on Sunday, May 6.

Mottley said the South Coast Sewerage Project problems, a shortage of Transport Board buses and Sanitation Service Authority trucks, and free tertiary education were issues that would be solved immediately.

“We will buy the trucks. We will buy the buses. We will fix the South Coast Sewerage Project issues immediately,” Mottley asserted during her hourlong speech. “They keep asking how we are going to do it. We will show them how to do it.”

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