CNA Sports: Cameroon Cup 2023; early exit for YOSA, PWD humbles Dream Olympique, Gazelle crowned Futsal champions

The two darling clubs of the North West were in action Thursday, May 25, for their matches counting for the 32nd finals of the Cup of Cameroon.

PWD Social Club of Bamenda whitewashed Dream Olympique, an amateur club from the East Region, 7-1 at the Yaoundé Omnisports Annex Stadium thanks to a brace from Heka and goals from Blaise, Dieudonné, Tangko, Awahmukala, Bello Karim. The Abakwa boys will in the 16th finals face the winner of the match between Fauve Azur and Épervier of Ebolowa.

Yong Sports Academy of Bamenda on their part could not resist the current holders of the Cameroon Cup, Coton Sports of Garoua as the Boys of Blaise Ndikum bowed 0-4 at the Bertoua stadium.

This result summarizes the team’s difficult season this year.

Another Club from the North West Region that was scheduled this Thursday was Rangers of Bafut whose match against Union of Douala could not take place. Closed sources say the Director of the Bandjoun Stadium where the match was programmed, did not give them access to the stadium for unknown reasons.

Other matches will be played this Friday, May 26th with the Vice Champions of Cameroon, Bamboutos FC of Mbouda to face Africa FA at Limbe the Limbe Centenary Stadium.

Foncha Street of Bamenda will face Atlantic of Kribi at the CAF excellence centre.

32nd final matches of the 2023 Cameroon Cup scheduled to be played at the Mbouda Arena Stadium might be relocated.

The Mbouda Arena Stadium has temporarily been suspended for a 30-day period by the National Sports Facilities and Equipment Board.

The suspension note is contained in correspondence from the Board’s Administrator, François Félix Ewane to FECAFOOT President, Samuel Eto’o on Wednesday, May 24.

The main reason for the suspension as mentioned in the letter is the degrading nature of the pitch due to its high utilization rate, thus needing particular attention.

During this period, the pitch will be upgraded to normal standards.

Futsal 2023:

Gazelle FA of Garoua has won both the 2023 Futsal League and the Cameroon Cup.

The Boys from Garoua won both titles in the National Futsal tournament that ended on Thursday, May 25, 2023, at the Gymnasium of Mfandena in Yaoundé.

They beat AS Ngoto of the South region 5-1 to win the national championship and equally defeated the representative of the East region to win the Cup of Cameroon.

In the female category, EEFA of the West Region defeated AJSAC in a penalty shootout 5-4 to win the Cameroon Cup title while AJSAC won the league title.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Angola, Italy strengthens historic relations – Overview

The historical, cultural, political, diplomatic relations between Angola and Italy constitute a strong foundation for both countries, and have been strengthened with the state visit by the Angolan President to the European country.

“We are here to seal the ties of friendship and cooperation with Italy,” the Angolan Head of State said at the end of the meeting with his Italian counterpart, Sergio Mattarella, on Wednesday, the first day of the visit.

Angolan President João Lourenço expressed the country’s availability to welcome the Italian businesspeople who want to invest in the country’s market.

During two-day visit of João Lourenço to Italy, started on Wednesday, the two States (Angola and Italy) signed several cooperation agreements, particularly in the areas of oil, transport, finance and health.

The main focus went to the agreement signed between Italian company Eni and Angola’s Sonangol, formalised in the presence of the Angolan head of State João Lourenço and the Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

The Memorandum of Understanding aims to broaden areas of cooperation between the two companies, via studies in the area of agri-business value chain and other decarbonisation sectors.

At the Italian Parliament, João Lourenço met with the leader of the Senate, Ignacio La Russa, and with the president of that sovereign body, Lorenzo Fontana.

On Wednesday, President João Lourenço paid homage in Rome to the Unknown Soldier by laying a wreath at the monument known as “Altar of the Homeland”.

Still on Wednesday evening, João Lourenço was awarded by President Sergio Mattarella with the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

On the same occasion, the Angolan Head of State granted the Agostinho Neto Order to his counterpart Sergio Mattarella, as well as to the First Lady, Laura Mattarella.

On Thursday, the last day of the visit, the Angolan Head of State attended the Italy-Angola Economic Forum, organised by the business association Confindustria Assafrica in collaboration with the Private Investment and Export Promotion Agency (AIPEX).

At the meeting, the President of the Republic encouraged the Italian businessmen to invest in different branches of the Angolan economy and their participation in public investment projects.

Also on Thursday, the Angolan Head of State visited the Rome City Hall and the ENI Technological Centre.

This is an advanced centre for science and knowledge that has over 1,000 researchers, some of them Angolans.

More dynamic and diversified cooperation

Angola is Italy’s third sub-Saharan African commercial partner, after South Africa and Nigeria.

The Italian government has considered Angola a priority country for its cooperation strategy in sub-Saharan Africa since 1989.

The two countries formalised diplomatic and cooperation relations on 4 June, 1976 and on 3 August, 1977 signed the Technical Cooperation Agreement, as well as the Memorandum of Intent through which the Joint Commission was created.

Angola and Italy signed the first legal instrument, called the Air Transport Agreement, on April 10, 1976.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Diplomat calls for women’s participation in conflict resolution

Angolan ambassador to Germany Balbina da Silva Friday in Luanda called on women to participate in peace negotiation processes in the countries involved in armed conflicts, as they (women and girls) are the most to experience the affects of the conflict.

Diplomat calls for women’s participation in conflict resolution

Luanda – Angolan ambassador to Germany Balbina da Silva Friday in Luanda called on women to participate in peace negotiation processes in the countries involved in armed conflicts, as they (women and girls) are the most to experience the affects of the conflict.The diplomat, who was speaking at the “I International Women’s Forum for Peace and Democracy”, said that it was urgent to create spaces for women to take part in conversation for reaching the peace in conflicts.

Also participated in the Panel on “The Role of Women in Peace-building and Conflict Prevention: Binto Keita head of MONUSCO (United Nations Mission in the Democratic

Republic of Congo), Osvalda Joana Ambassador of Mozambique to Angola, Bineta Diop, Special Envoy of the African Union (AU) for Women, Peace and Security, and Maria Manuel AU Commissioner for Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Balbina da Silva recalled that whenever women get involved in conflict resolution, the results are satisfactory, among other causes, because they are the managers of life.

“We join our voices to that of other ladies to reach our objectives, because the women’s fight is global”, she emphasised.

While Bineta Biop praised the figure of the former president of Liberia, Ellen Sirleaf, for her role in the pacification of the country. She cited the history of Africa, where women went through slavery, colonialism, apartheid and even genocide, hence their

proven resilience over the years.

She suggested the need to close the pyramid, proposing women to lead the peace talks. The African Union (AU) commissioner, Maria Manuel, reiterated that women, children and the elderly are the ones who suffer most in any armed conflict.

As an example, she cited the war in Sudan, where every two minutes a girl or woman is raped. Opened on Thursday by the Vice-President of the Republic, Esperança da Costa, the forum covered five panels.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Angola presents initiatives to ensure food security

Angola has presented the initiatives to ensure food and nutrition security, regulate the market and positively impact on the supply of basic food products.

This was during the 5th General Assembly of Governors of the African Development Bank started on 22 May in Egypt.

The initiatives are those of the National Plan for the Promotion of Grain Production (PLANAGRÃO) and the National Social Protection System Project, estimated at USD 420 million, aimed to provide cash transfers to some 1.6 million Angolan families.

The State Secretary for the Economy, Ivan dos Santos, who took part in the

event, also highlighted the Programme of Support Production, Diversification of Exports and Substitution of Imports (PRODESI), as a tool for economic diversification and on the Food Reserve (REA), which is being implemented to improve food and nutritional security, supply of basic and essential food products, in the desired quantities.

Ivan dos Santos also stressed the National Strategy for Renewable Energy in Angola, which foresees a 10-fold increase in the country’s electricity production capacity, through the installation of solar parks.

The official also said 1 million families could benefit from around 55,000 megawatts to be produced.

Ivan dos Santos assured that the Government is committed to the programmes, projects and plans to avoid food shortages in the coming years.

Angola is represented by a multi-sector delegation at the 5th General Assembly of the Governors of the African Development ending on 26 May.

The event gathers more than 50 African countries.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Minister calls for harmonisation of Portuguese and national languages

Angolan minister of Culture and Tourism Filipe Zau appealed Friday in Luanda to the member States of the Community of the Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) to promote cooperation between Portuguese and national languages.

Filipe Zau said the objective of the promoting cooperation between Portuguese and national languages is to enhance and ensure scientific research.

Delivering his speech, at the opening of the 2nd Extraordinary Meeting of Ministers of Culture of the CPLP, the official said bilingualism in each country will facilitate the organisation’s mission.

In view of this situation, the minister proposed to those in charge of the International Institute of the Portuguese Language (IILP) – the Executive Secretariat of the CPLP and the focal points – to outline a strategy for implementation of a project that takes into account that aspiration.

The minister defended a greater promotion and dissemination of Portuguese, as a second language, which includes the recognition of the existence of other cultures and languages.

Filipe Zau stated that the community views the culture as a key identity reference and a mean to promote creative industries aimed at employment, income generation and the eradication of poverty.

Meanwhile, he said, the II Extraordinary Meeting will provide an opportunity to assess the degree of implementation of the action plan to boost the exchange.

The one-day meeting is assessing the degree of implementation of the CPLP Multilateral Cultural Cooperation Action Plan (2022-2024) and the “Operational of the Strategic Plan (2022-2026)”.

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Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Huila: ANGOP announces plans for gradual expansion of production centres in municipalities

Angolan News Agency (ANGOP) will soon start a gradual expansion process of its production centres in some municipalities aimed to expand the news coverage to the country’s inland.

The pledge was made by the executive director for Contents of this Media House, José Chimuco, during a meeting with governor of the southern Huila province, Nuno Mahapi.

José Chimuco, who is visiting the southern region (Namibe, Cunene and Huíla), mentioned the municipality of Matala (Huila), which will also be in charge of the others, such as Quipungo, Jamba and Cuvango, as priority.

He also announced plans to create another production centre in Cacula, which will cover the municipalities of Quilengues, Caluquembe and Caconda.

Jose Chimuco requested the intervention of the provincial governor close to the municipal administrations.

ANGOP executive director is carrying out a 14-day tour that covers the provinces of Namibe, Cunene and Huila, as part of preparations for the 6th Expanded Consultative Council of the state-owned media company this year.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Luanda, Busan sign twinning agreement

Angolan capital, Luanda, and Busan city, South Korea, Thursday signed a twinning agreement providing for the exchange experience in management of the two metropolises, ANGOP has learnt.

The agreement was signed in Busan city by Luanda ‘s provincial governor, Manuel Homem, and the mayor of the South Korean city, Park Hyung-joon.

The twinning pact follows an agreement of intent signed on March 2 of the current year in Luanda, between the parties.

It provides for coordination with municipalities, as well as implementation of sector policies and supervision of the management of primary, secondary and teacher training schools, middle and polytechnic institutes.

It also includes monitoring of urban infrastructures, including transport, energy, telecommunications and sanitation.

The letter of intent also proposes that the parties promote exchanges by organising meetings between officials and civil servants from both sides.

The Luanda and Busan authorities are urged to facilitate the exchange of delegations, through the holding of conferences, events, seminars, fairs, exhibitions and activities developed with the aim of achieving the objective proposed in the letter of intent, providing technical and human resources.

The agreement also covers infrastructure management, sanitation, macro-drainage and environment.

Busan is the second largest city in Korea, a maritime logistics centre in Northeast Asia with its world-class mega-ports and a gateway to the Eurasian continent.

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Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Angola defends high-quality campaigns to fight against poliovirus outbreaks

Angola has called for the implementation of a quick response and high quality campaigns to deal with the circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) outbreaks.

Angola’s stance was expressed Thursday by the general director of the National Institute for Health Research (INIS), Joana Morais, in her speech delivered at the plenary of the 76th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

The new oral vaccine against type 2 poliomyelitis is the preferred option to control outbreaks of poliovirus derived from of the vaccine.

Joana Morais, who expressed concern about the persistence of outbreaks of vaccine-derived poliovirus, suggested integrating polio vaccination into all health interventions.

The official also suggested other development sectors covering high-risk areas, while the polio be incorporated into the General State Budget (OGE), supplemented with resources mobilised from partners.

The INIS director pointed out four priorities to boost the 2018-2023 polio transition plan.

They are the sustainable reinforcement of routine immunisation, the consolidation of gains in areas of endemic transmission of the Wild Poliovirus, the prevention or immediate response to outbreaks in non-endemic areas and early identification of vaccine-derived poliovirus and ensure an immediate quality response.

Joana Morais also pointed the priority areas, which include strengthening national capacities in the field of immunisation, surveillance and outbreak response, monitoring and evaluation, operational investigations to improve performance, strengthening reference laboratories, efficient sample management, assistance WHO technique for outbreak response activities and surveillance.

The 76th World Health Assembly, which runs until the 30th of the current month, focuses on global architecture of preparedness and response to public health emergencies, construction of the proposal for an instrument on pandemics and non-communicable diseases.

The assembly seeks to find ways to prevent and control NCDs such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancers, promoting approaches on ways to improve access to healthy food, physical activity and essential medicines.

The agenda also includes the theme of universal health coverage (UHC).

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)