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Caribbean urged to focus on improving planning, implementation capacity amid climate change

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Tao Zhang

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Feb 14, CMC – Caribbean countries have been told they need to focus their efforts on improving project planning and implementation capacity in light of the risks posed by natural disasters and the intensification of climate change.

Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Tao Zhang, said grant financing, “remains small compared to the needs” of the region. He said that the focus of donors should also shift from supporting recovery to supporting preparedness.

Zhang, who arrived here as part of a visit to the Caribbean, said preparing for a disaster can make a huge difference” since it is more effective than responding after the event.

“Preparation not only reduces the immediate impact. Our research shows that,…

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Caribbean urged to focus on improving planning & implementation capacity

Caribbean countries have been told they need to focus their efforts on improving project planning and implementation capacity in light the risks posed …
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Commentary: African delegates urged to oppose exit plans

By the Rev. Lloyd T. Nyarota
Feb. 13, 2019 | Edmonton, Alberta (UMNS)


The Rev. Lloyd T. Nyarota.
Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

As we approach the special session of General Conference, I believe the exit plans before the delegates are an attempt to dissolve The United Methodist Church.

Given the significance of the African vote at this conference, there is widespread misinformation going around about exit plans. In the past few days, I have come across messages sent to delegates claiming that exit plans should be passed first. Some advocacy groups have supported this, while others have argued that all exit plans should be deferred until 2020.

I find it shocking and see this as a backdoor to the dissolution of the church. At this time, it is helpful…

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S/African cabinet urged to prioritise people’s welfare

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01.02.2019 at 07h21
APA News

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has, at the final day of the Cabinet lekgotla (meting) in Pretoria, urged his ministers to prioritise actions that accelerate inclusive economic growth, in addition to providing a more responsive public service that delivers quality services, the presidency has said.“President Ramaphosa called for the creation of an economy that will create opportunities for women, young people and millions of unemployed South Africans who should be productive participants in the economy.

“The President said that at a time when the global economic outlook was gloomy, South Africa presented significant opportunity which, if squandered,…

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Caribbean urged to tap Chinese tourism market | News


Jamaica and other Caribbean interests have failed to tap the lucrative travel market in China because of structural barriers and lacklustre marketing, says an agent leading the Chinese delegation to the Caribbean Travel Marketplace under way in the resort city of Montego Bay.

Dr Adam Wu, in an interview with The Gleaner on Wednesday, is urging the Caribbean to level the playing field – such as removing visa restrictions for Chinese travellers, as Jamaica has done – and promote regional destinations more vigorously in the Orient. He also blamed a shortage of airlift as a major inhibitor.

“It is because of the long distance; because there is no direct flight yet to any part of the Caribbean, apart from Cuba,” Wu, who heads the Chinese Business Network, explained,…

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African countries urged to increase domestic healthcare expenditure – Xinhua

by Ronald Njoroge

NAIROBI, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) — African lawmakers and civil society organizations on Friday urged governments to increase domestic healthcare expenditure in order to end life-threatening epidemics such as HIV, malaria and Tuberculosis (TB).

Stephen Mule, Kenyan legislator and chair of the Africa Parliamentary TB Caucus, told a health forum in Nairobi that African countries have not yet prioritized the health sector in their budgets.

“On average African governments health budgets are less than 1 percent of their gross domestic products (GDP) against an ideal figure of five percent,” Mule said during the Conference on Raising Resources for Kenya’s Health Pillar Under Agenda Four.

The day-long event brought together African civil society organizations and parliamentarians to…

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