Artists from all over Africa gathered together last week in Dakhla, Morocco to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the International Festival of African Fashion (FIMA), a noted biennial fashion show in Africa.
The four-day landmark event on the continent’s artistic life is considered a platform for young and aspiring designers and models. Thirty-five designers from different African countries showcased their creative ideas in front of a huge audience.
Hadya Sinno, a stylist from Lebanon, said she was very impressed by the event.
The fashion show was divided into three categories, fashion designers, accessories designers, and models. Prizes were handed out for the best in each category. For participants, it was more than just a competition; it was also a display of talent.
Since 1998, FIMA has been a unique platform for culture exchanges in Africa as a catalyst for development, peace, and rapprochement.
Proposal For UN To Study Climate Technologies Rejected
A push to launch a high-level study of potentially risky technological fixes to curb climate change was abandoned at a UN Environmental conference in Nairobi late last week. Countries, including the United states, had raised objections.
Switzerland’s Environmental Ambassador Franz Xavier Perrez, said that was a huge disappointment. His country had proposed the UN assessment with the backing of eleven other governments.
“Geo-engineering” technologies are gaining prominence, and they aim to pull carbon out of the atmosphere, or block some of the Sun’s warmth to cool the earth.
Supporters say these technologies could help fend off some of the worst impact of runaway climate change, including worsening storms and heatwaves. Opponents, on the other hand, argue the emerging technologies pose huge potential risks to people and nature and could undermine efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Tanzania: Stiegler’s Gorge Hydro-Electric Project To Produce Thousands Of Jobs
Tanzanian government is optimistic that the implementation of Stiegler’s Gorge hydro-electric power station would produce thousands of jobs. It is also expected to generate more than two thousand mega-watts.
Energy Minister, Dr. Medard Kalemani, told the parliamentary committee on energy and minerals that five thousand Tanzanians would be employed as temporary workers, and four hundred others would be employed under permanent contracts.
Kalemani said the implementation of the project would not only uplift the livelihoods of Mloka villagers in Rufiji district in cost region, and of Kisaki villagers in Morogoro region, it would also enable the supply of electricity to 37 villages in Kibiti and Chalinze. He said twelve villages will be connected to electricity under Tanzania Rural Energy Agency program.
African Court Doubles Its Judicial Productivity
President of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, Justice Sylvain Ore, has said the pan African organ, based in Arusha, has doubled its judicial productivity, and is optimistic it will even do better this year.
Commenting on the on-going reforms at the African Union, initiated under the guidance of the immediate past chairperson, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Justice Ore wanted the court to be a model for internal reforms and an efficiency icon for the rest of the institutions and citizens of the continent.
The African court was established by the African Charter and began operations in two thousand six in Addis Ababa. It moved to its permanent seat in Arusha a year later. It has finalized 48 cases with a hundred thirty-five cases pending.
So far, 30 countries have ratified the protocol establishing the court, but only nine countries—Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, the Gambia, Ghana, Malawi, Tunisia, and hosts Tanzania—have made the declaration to allow individuals and NGOs to access the court directly.
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