Sirius Awards: FAS wins Social Responsibility Award

The Local Development Institute “FAS” won on Thursday night, in Luanda, the Social Responsibility Award category of the 9th Sirius Awards, an event that recognizes and distinguishes companies, projects and individual personalities that excell in some fields during a year in Angola.

FAS, formerly known as the Social Support Fund, won the prize from a total of six companies, for presenting the Social Protection Strengthening Programme known as ‘Kwenda”.

Kwenda has registered more than one million vulnerable households, 700,000 of whom have already benefited from monetary transfers, as disclosed by the director general of this institute, Belarmino Jelembi.

Announcing the winner of the category during the awards gala, the First Lady of the Republic and president of the Sirius Awards jury, Ana Dias Lourenço, highlighted the geographic scope, effectiveness and credibility, as well as the commitment, budget and value addition of this programme as the main criteria that contributed to attribution of this prize to FAS.

The First Lady underlined that the analysis of the numerous applications received was particularly challenging for the jury, taking into account the high quality of the projects presented by the competitors.

According to Ana Dias Lourenço, the Social Responsibility Award was one of the most prominent categories in this edition, as it registered a greater number of competitors, with a wide range of companies operating in the most varied areas of Angolan society.

Ana Lourenço considered the list of nominees for the award as a demonstration that companies/organizations are on the right track for the preservation and development of local communities.

“Currently, social responsibility must be part of the list of strategic objectives of organizations, accepting a commitment to the values of protecting society, with the aim of repaying, in a fair way, what communities offer”, the First Lady clarified.

The category recognizes companies that run, essentially, programmes aimed at education, health, the fight against hunger and poverty, contributing to the reduction of regional asymmetries to aid the country’s development.

FAS general director, Belarmino Jelembi, on his turn, said the award received is a recognition that increasingly motivates the organization to continue working hard, with a view to achieving the set goals.

Several other companies were awarded honourable mentions, such as the commercial bank BFA, Carrinho business group (with the school food delivery programme), Sociedade Mineira de Catoca, Sonangol and Unitel (e-Health mobile health programme), who were honored with the attribution of honourable mentions.

The 9th edition of the Sirius Awards recorded a total of 34 competitors, including companies/projects, managers and entrepreneurs, distributed in eight categories.

Held under the motto ‘Distinguishing excellence, promoting the future’, the Sirius Awards was launched almost five years ago, however temporarily halted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Deloitte CEO, José Barata, the initiative has resurfaced with reinforced ambition, maintaining the purpose of distinguishing and rewarding the main organisations, personalities and projects carried out during a year in Angola.

Under Deloitte promotion, the last edition (8th) of the Sirius Awards was held in November 2018, with the participation of 55 competitors (companies, managers and entrepreneurs) that competed for ten categories that were part of the event at that time.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

ICGLR Parliamentary Forum wants member states involved in Angolan initiative

The secretary general of the Parliamentary Forum of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), Onyango Kakoba, expressed this Friday in Juba, capital city of South Sudan, the need for member states to support the initiative of the Angolan President, João Lourenço, tending to the pacification of the region.

Speaking at the opening of the 13th Ordinary Session of the Plenary of the Parliamentary Forum of the ICGLR, Onyango Kakoba said that the member states of the organization should join the efforts of the Angolan President, whose objective is to achieve peace and stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Central Africa Republic (CAR), in particular, as a way of guaranteeing the well-being of the populations and the development of the region.

Onyango Kakoba highlighted the fact that Angola had made itself available to send a military contingent to the DRC to secure the areas where the M23 elements were stationed and to protect the members of the Ad-Hoc Verification Mechanism, following the cease-fire between government troops and the rebels.

According to Onyango Kakoba, the end of conflicts in the region, in a peaceful way, requires the commitment of all member states, engaging in the actions promoted by President João Lourenço.

Secretary general Onyango Kakoba asked the parliaments to promote advocacy actions with the respective governments so that the initiative of the Angolan statesman reach the envisaged objectives.

On his turn, the Vice-President of South Sudan, James Wani Igga, praised the efforts of President João Lourenço, and highlighted the need for a combination of forces to achieve peace and stability in the region.

According to James Wani Igga, member states must reinforce their commitment to peace, unity and stability, which are essential for the well-being of the populations and development of the region.

James Wani Igga also called for the advocacy of regional parliaments with local governments for joint and concerted action to guarantee and achieve peace and stability.

Angola is present at the 13th Ordinary Session of the Plenary Assembly with a delegation led by the President of the National Assembly, Carolina Cerqueira.

The Angolan delegation in the event has as current matter of great impact the mediation role of President João Lourenço in the pacification of eastern DRC and the sending, in the next few days, of 500 military personnel to lead the process of quartering the M23 troops.

During the event, which runs until April 1, parliamentarians from the region have on their agenda, among other issues, an approach to the conflict in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), peace and security, combating terrorism, as well as natural calamities.

The Parliamentary Forum of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region is an inter-parliamentary organization that brings together national parliaments from the 12 member states of the ICGLR, namely Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic (CAR), Congo, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Mozambique praises extension of Angolan military mission

The Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique congratulated the Angolan Parliament for the approval, Wednesday, of the extension of the mission of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA), for contributing to the efforts to combat terrorism.

The National Assembly of Angola approved, by 187 votes in favour, none against and no abstentions, the extension, for another three months, of the Angolan mission in the Standby Force of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) to Mozambique.

The three months correspond to the period from April 10th to July 11th of the current year. The mission includes 20 military personnel, from the air projection component, material means, including an aircraft, and financial means, equivalent to one million, 174 thousand, 307 dollars.

The Mozambican position was expressed this Thursday, in Luanda, by the leader of the National Group of the Assembly of the Republic of Mozambique in the African Parliament, Aires Bonifácio Batista Ali, at the end of a courtesy meeting with the First Vice-Speaker of the National Assembly, Américo Cunonoca, which also served to assess the cooperation between these two sovereign bodies.

“This firm and clear position of the Angolan deputies is to be encouraged, welcomed and we are happy in this regard”, said in statements to the press the Mozambican parliamentarian who is on a week-long working visit to the country.

According to the deputy, the permanence of this mission contributes to the fight against terrorism, a general evil currently affecting Mozambique.

Regarding the cooperation between Angola and Mozambique in the parliamentary domain, Aires Bonifácio Batista Ali said that “it is on the right path”, but he considers that there is always room for improvement, improving and showing vitality.

Last February, the chairpersons of the parliaments of Angola, Carolina Cerqueira, and of Mozambique, Vitória Esperança Dias, met in the Angolan capital.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Government to reserve 55 percent of scholarships for women

The Angolan government will reserve 55 percent of scholarships at national level for women, and channel 55 percent of funding to women for the development of scientific research, said Wednesday the Vice-President of the Republic, Esperança da Costa.

During an interview with the Public Television of Angola, in the ambit of tributes to “Março Mulher” (Women in March), Esperança da Costa highlighted the Executive’s policies aimed at empowering women, stating that they must meet the necessary requirements to access such benefits, having underlining that “it is not just a matter of numbers”.

During an interview, in which, among other issues, she clarified her role as Vice-President of the Republic, Esperança da Costa declared that the country is committed to women’s education, balanced development, gender equality and women’s empowerment.

To her the tendency, is to invest more and more in the training of women, so that they gradually reach more prominent positions in the State apparatus, “not just because they are women, but because they have the required capabilities and skills to carry out the responsibilities assigned to them”.

The Vice-President of the Republic added that the Executive is promoting the empowerment of rural women, through the granting of credit for this segment of the population, as well as to the most disadvantaged women, with the implementation of programmes such as Kwenda.

Esperança da Costa went on to say that, in addition to coordinating some councils and specialized consultation commissions of the Head of State, namely the National Multisectoral Commission for the Safeguarding of the World Cultural Heritage, the National Commission for the Fight against HIV/AIDS and Major Endemic Diseases, the National Council for Road Traffic and Road Traffic Planning, plus the National Water Council, she also monitors the ministerial departments of Education, Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, and Environment.

Angola increased conservation areas for flora and fauna

Angola has increased its flora and fauna conservation area from six to twelve percent, said Vice President Esperança da Costa.

In the domain of the environment, she highlighted the National Strategy for the Conservation of Biodiversity and the National Strategy for the Creation of Natural Parks, both aimed at the conservation of the national flora and fauna.

Ms Costa stated that the country is committed to mapping its vast natural resources as well.

According to the official, the intention is to continue to implement governance, through management plans capable of, while respecting biodiversity and protecting the environment, taking advantage of Angola’s natural resources for the growth and diversification of the economy, and promoting sustainable development.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)