Inject More Money in Export Growth Fund – PSF

[New Times] There is need to inject more money in the export growth fund, for the government to see an improvement in economic growth and achieve its dream to decrease the gap between imports and exports, the Private Sector Federation said.

[New Times] There is need to inject more money in the export growth fund, for the government to see an improvement in economic growth and achieve its dream to decrease the gap between imports and exports, the Private Sector Federation said.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda

Finalists for Miss Geek Africa 2017 Competition Unveiled

[New Times] Five girls with innovative ideas have been selected as the finalists for the first ever Miss Geek Africa, a competition designed to inspire African girls to be part of solving the continent’s challenges using technology and encourage them t…

[New Times] Five girls with innovative ideas have been selected as the finalists for the first ever Miss Geek Africa, a competition designed to inspire African girls to be part of solving the continent's challenges using technology and encourage them to choose a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda

Preparations for Bob Marley Anniversary Celebrations in High Gear

[New Times] It’s 36 years since legendary reggae music icon Bob Marley died. The Jamaican singer, songwriter and guitarist achieved worldwide fame for the messages of peace, love and unity that he blended in his music.

[New Times] It's 36 years since legendary reggae music icon Bob Marley died. The Jamaican singer, songwriter and guitarist achieved worldwide fame for the messages of peace, love and unity that he blended in his music.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda

Zesco’s New Tariffs To Affect The Poor – Research

A newly commissioned research has shown that the increased electricity tariffs by ZESCO will mainly affect the poor. The research reveals that poorer households consume less electricity with average consumption of about 226 kilowatts each month, compared to 312 kilowatts … Continued

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A newly commissioned research has shown that the increased electricity tariffs by ZESCO will mainly affect the poor. The research reveals that poorer households consume less electricity with average consumption of about 226 kilowatts each month, compared to 312 kilowatts used by richer households. The research was conducted by the Policy Monitoring and Research Centre, PMRC. And PMRC Executive Director, Bernadette Deka, says while government’s aim of reforming subsidies by the end of 2017 is the right move, care must be taken to protect the poorest, when subsidies are cut. She says the research has also shown that in general, the richest Zambians currently receive nearly five times more in subsidies than the poor. Deka says it shows that the wealthiest 20 percent of the population, receive approximately 70 percent of all subsidies, whilst the poorest 50 percent of the population, receive less than 3 percent of the subsidies. She added that the research suggests that without alleviating measures, subsidy withdrawal could increase poverty. Deka has called on government and the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation, ZESCO to consider some options to alleviate the impact of the removal of the subsidies on the poorest households. ZESCO has adjusted tariffs with its officials saying this will allow a lot of people to enjoy more units at the same price. The proposed lifeline tariff simply allows customers consuming up to 300 units of electricity in a month, to pay only 15 ngwee per kWh (excluding monthly fixed charge and taxes), meaning that Zambian households can plan and control expenditure on electricity by keeping consumption to the lowest tariff band possible and implementing energy saving practices such as Switch and Save, CFL Bulb replacement, using alternative energy sources such as LPG cookers, solar geysers and solar lighting systems. “While adjusting the tariff, we are very mindful that a lot of people can’t afford the 75% tariff increase. And so we have a tariff called the lifeline tariff which is 100 units per 15 ngwee. We have applied to adjust that from 100 to 300 units so that a lot of people can enjoy that lifeline tariff at the same price,†said Managing Director Dr Victor Mundende has said. The post Zesco’s New Tariffs To Affect The Poor – Research appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Where to Unwind After Transform Africa Summit

[New Times] As the Transform Africa Summit (TAS) comes to an end, we recommend some of the country’s most interesting places and activities-from cool bars to great eateries and historic monuments.

[New Times] As the Transform Africa Summit (TAS) comes to an end, we recommend some of the country's most interesting places and activities-from cool bars to great eateries and historic monuments.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda

Chivaviro, Mtukudzi Duet Out Today

[The Herald] Music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi’s collaboration with Rev T T Chivaviro “Handinyarare” will be released today. Chivaviro said though they wanted to release it on the launch of his album “Maranatha” they decided to shelve it for a while befo…

[The Herald] Music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi's collaboration with Rev T T Chivaviro "Handinyarare" will be released today. Chivaviro said though they wanted to release it on the launch of his album "Maranatha" they decided to shelve it for a while before taking it to the public today.

source: AllAfrica News: Zimbabwe

Summit Discusses How Countries Can Build Smart Cities

[New Times] How can African nations build smart cities? A session at the ongoing Transform Africa Summit in Kigali, yesterday, delved into this to try and underpin how to realise what is seen as the future of cities.

[New Times] How can African nations build smart cities? A session at the ongoing Transform Africa Summit in Kigali, yesterday, delved into this to try and underpin how to realise what is seen as the future of cities.

source: AllAfrica News: Rwanda