Jagdeo says Govt on uncertain path towards creating sound policy

first_imgDeveloping a new green strategyGuyana is far from producing cheap, clean energy and developing a sound green strategy that will foster economic growth and development while ensuring that the country’s natural assets continue to provide the resources and environmental services on which the well-being of Guyanese rest.This was the firm view expressed by Opposition Leader and General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Bharrat Jagdeo at a press conference held at his Church Street, Georgetown office on Thursday. Jagdeo claimed that Government has lost their way in creating a sound green strategy.He described the direction in which the Government has taken as one that is meander and does not have any clear objective and guidance. Rather, the Administration is being blown into directions that are unnecessary, which he believes will not yield any good result for the country.The PPP General Secretary did not fail to mention the opportunity the current Government lost out on in going forward with the Amaila Falls Hydroelectricity Project which started under the PPP and would have assisted in a large way to produce clean and cheap energy to a large section of Guyana.“The Amaila Falls, they’ve gone quiet on that so hydro power is dead under this Government… Cheap energy, it seems will be out of the window so people’s electricity bills will keep mounting or not be reduced and the business community will not have the required boost through a cheaper energy.”Meanwhile, commenting on recent reports that Government is now seeking assistance from the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) to provide solar panels to the hinterland region, Jagdeo said he does not support such a move as the Government seems uncertain or ignorant to several issues.According to the former Guyanese Head of State, the former PPP Government had left US$180 million through the Norwegian arrangement for this same project. He said US$17 million of that money was set aside as part of a project this year to do hinterland telecommunications.“That has not moved and we need to go and ask GGGI to tell us how to do this? We don’t need to do that or to ask them to help secure financing for these projects when we have money that the PPP left to the GRIF (Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund) that we haven’t even implemented as yet to many of these projects,” he said during the press conference lamenting that Government has indeed lost their way.Jagdeo said he has learnt that Government plans to also approach GGGI to look at a project for utility scale solar and to look at solar panels in the hinterland and to secure climate financing.“This shows how our Government has lost its way in relation to the climate change and the green sector. I was the President of the first assembly of the Global Green Growth Institute and I was part of the think tank before that… I know the purpose of the establishment of this organisation and to ask it to help you…”Again, Jagdeo reminded that 6000 plus solar panels were bought for various hinterland communities, which the current Government kept it in Georgetown. He also recalled that the PPP had initiated another project for 100 villages within the hinterland which would have made them beneficiaries of commercial scale solar panels. “We have prepared the villages already; we had gone out to procure the panels. Up to now that has not been implemented,” Jagdeo lamented.According to Jagdeo, at every available opportunity, President David Granger talks up his Government’s intention to develop huge wind farms, solar farms and hydropower plants; however, he hardly ventured into pointedly speaking about how he intends to attain those targets.Previously, the President had also pronounced that the Norway Funds will now be utilised for more strategic projects such as reforestation in mined-out areas, generation of energy apart from hydropower, coastal zone management and tackling the impacts of El Niño.But in light of certain actions taken by the current Administration, the former President believes that their promises are merely rhetoric for support of a green economy.Jagdeo has received many accolades and sat in high positions on various climate change related organisations. He is recognised as a global leader on climate change and climate finance.last_img read more

Fort St. John’s Adam Horst wins Crashed Ice event in Sweden

first_img“It’s something that you want from the very first time you enter a race,” said Horst. “To win… I really don’t know what to say! My first race was in Quebec in 2008… it’s something that I have hoped for for many years!”In Red Bull Crashed Ice, skaters descend a steep ice canal filled with bumps, jumps, rollers and obstacles four-at-a-time, jostling for position as they reach speeds of up to 70kph.Horst current sits in fourth position in the race for the 2012 championship.  The next and final stop in the 2012 Ice Cross Downhill World Championship is Quebec City, Canada, on March 15-17.- Advertisement –last_img read more

North Peace Alumni Hockey School almost here

first_imgFinal preparations for the upcoming North Peace Alumni Hockey Camps are underway.There are still a few spots available, but you’re encouraged to sign up quickly to guarantee your spot.This year they have added a few new instructors like Dennis Robertson and Braden Pimm. Both played Junior ‘A’ hockey in the BCHL this past season. Dennis played for the Langley Chiefs and Braden scored the national championship winning goal for the Vernon Vipers.- Advertisement -The camp is also offering registration assistance through our Goal to Assist program. Check out our website for more details… www.northpeacealumni.comThe two camps will take place August 8th to August 14thlast_img read more

A moment to savour: Shepherd delighted with expected Windies call-up

first_imgBy Brandon CorletteSince his Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) debut in 2018 for the Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW), it has been a road to success for the steaming fast bowler, Romario Shepherd. From a successful Regional 4-Day career for Guyana Jaguars to a successful stint with the West Indies A and in the 2019 CPL.Romario Shepherd bowls as Darren Bravo of Trinbago Knight Riders looks onThe right-arm paceman spoke exclusively to Guyana Times Sport moments after he got the news on his maiden One-Day International (ODI) selection and shared his sentiments on his call-up to the West Indies team that will face Afghanistan in November.“It’s a call every cricketer has been waiting for, when I got the call I was very happy to be selected in the ODI squad,” Shepherd stated.After finishing with 13 wickets in the recently-concluded CPL (the second highest by fast bowlers), Shepherd stated that it was a good tournament for him. “Starting the tournament, I told myself I will try to do my best in each game. I didn’t really have a target in terms of wickets; I tried to bowl my best deliveries. That was the plan; after the first few games, I was successful and that was a confidence booster,” Shepherd noted.Romario ShepherdHe added that breaking into the West Indies ODI squad was just the start for him. “Getting into the squad is the easier part but staying there is the harder part. I will do my best to stay there for a long time. When I am named in the starting XI, I will do what I do best and even work harder,” the humble Tucber Park cricketer declared.The 24-year-old Shepherd thanked Carl Moore of Tucber Park Cricket Club, who has always had that belief in him. “From day one he always told me that I have what it takes; he saw something in me before anyone did, so I must thank him for backing me 100 per cent, even if he is not around, he always calls and supports me,” Shepherd highlighted.The well-built fast bowling all-rounder had also shown his prowess with the bat, striking it big. “In terms of batting in the CPL, my team was aware that I can hit the ball, so I had made use of that. Coach (Johan Botha) always tells me when three overs is left, I have to go,” Shepherd explained.The prospering Berbician had earlier topped the Regional 4-Day charts with the most wickets by a fast bowler.In only 22 First-Class matches, Shepherd has 70 wickets at a staggering bowling average of 23.71. He has two five-wicket hauls with a best of 5-24. He has also played for West Indies A against India A where he showed his skill against some high-quality players from India. Known as a ‘death-bowling boss’, Shepherd has 17 wickets in 13 T20 matches at an average of 19.70. He has a best bowling figure of 4-13.In his List A career, he has 31 wickets in 22 matches with an economy rate of 5.33 and an average of 24.93. Since his success in 2018, Shepherd has continued to impress and only time will tell if he extends his success when he wears the marron colour.last_img read more

Fraser Institute releases new report on earthquakes and fracking

first_imgThe Fraser Institute is out with a new report on the risk of BC earthquakes as the result of oil and gas industry fracking.The study says a review of recent science shows fracking activities do not present a danger even though they have been conclusively linked to earthquakes.Earlier this year the Oil and Gas Commission found a 4.4 quake near Fort St. John was caused by fracking and that brought into play, current oil and gas industry permit conditions, which require, in the event of an earthquake over magnitude four, wells be shut down and the OGC notified.- Advertisement -However, the study notes while fracking can cause seismic activity, most of the aforementioned earthquakes are of such low magnitude they’re barely noticeable.That’s study author, Dr. Ken Green, who concedes more research is needed into the environmental impacts of fracking, and that it must be carefully monitored and regulated.Still, Dr. Green says Canada already has a robust regulatory process at both the federal and provincial levels and there’s no justification for unsubstantiated fears which have resulted in fracking bans in several provinces.Advertisement As for the use of gasses as a fracking agent alternative to water, Dr. Green says research is an ongoing process, and he adds:last_img read more

Lukaku not interested in Chelsea revenge, claims Everton boss Martinez

first_imgEverton boss Roberto Martinez says summer signing Romelu Lukaku is not interested in getting revenge on Chelsea this weekend.The Belgium striker left Stamford Bridge in the summer in a £28m move after refusing to be a bit-part player under Jose Mourinho following the arrivals of Diego Costa and Didier Drogba.Lukaku and his new side will welcome Chelsea to Goodison Park on Saturday but Martinez says his frontman will not be worried about bloodying the nose of his former employees.“His motivation is not about facing Chelsea but building his status at this club,” Martinez said. 1 Everton striker Romelu Lukaku in action against Arsenal last_img read more

Callahan can’t help himself

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.It’s the third three-game losing streak in four seasons under Callahan, who felt the heat turned up when Athletic Director Steve Pederson was fired this week. Texas A&M (6-2, 3-1 Big 12) won for the first time in six visits to Lincoln since 1955 and spoiled what Huskers fans hopes would be a day of celebration, welcoming back Osborne as interim athletic director. Penn State 36, Indiana 31: The Nittany Lions (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) forced four second-half turnovers, three of which led to short field goals, and Rodney Kinlaw ran 5 yards for the clinching touchdown in Bloomington, Ind. While Penn State became bowl eligible, the Hoosiers (5-3, 2-3) must wait at least one more week to end their bowl drought, which dates to 1993 and is the longest in the conference. Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick (broken ankle) and backup running back Matt Hahn (knee) will miss the rest of the season after being injured. Miami 37, Florida State 29: Colin McCarthy returned a fumble 27 yards for Miami’s second touchdown in 11 seconds late in the fourth quarter for the Hurricanes (5-3, 2-2 ACC) in Tallahassee. For the first time since 1977, the rivalry game that helped decide so many national titles during the 1980s and ’90s was played with neither team ranked. Fittingly, the Seminoles (4-3, 1-3) and ‘Canes combined for nine turnovers, five by FSU. Virginia 18, Maryland 17: Reserve running back Mikell Simpson capped a 90-yard drive with a 1-yard TD plunge with 16 seconds left, and Virginia (7-1, 4-0 ACC) won at Maryland (4-3, 1-2). From news services Days after Tom Osborne took charge of Nebraska football, Texas A&M showed him just how hard it will be to fix Coach Bill Callahan’s Cornhuskers. Stephen McGee set career highs with 35 carries for 167 yards and Jorvorskie Lane rushed for 130 yards and four touchdowns, leading Texas A&M to a 36-14 victory at Nebraska on Saturday. The Huskers (4-4, 1-3 Big 12) have been outscored, 122-34, during their three-game losing streak to Missouri, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. Tulane 41, SMU 34: Matt Forte scored on a 9-yard run in overtime and finished with a Conference USA record 342 yards on 38 attempts to lead Tulane (2-5, 1-2) in Dallas. After Forte scored his fourth touchdown of the game, the Green Wave defense sealed the win when Reggie Scott forced a fumble by SMU quarterback Justin Willis on the Mustangs’ first offensive play of overtime. SMU (1-6, 0-3) forced OT when Willis threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Zach Sledge with eight seconds left in the game. Arkansas 44, Mississippi 8: Darren McFadden ran for 110 yards, Felix Jones rushed for 101 and two touchdowns and defending SEC West champion Arkansas (4-3, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) earned its first conference victory, in Oxford, Miss. Casey Dick threw three touchdown passes for the Razorbacks. Ole Miss (2-6, 0-5 SEC) is the only SEC team without a conference victory and is 0-5 in the league for the first time since 1984. Clemson 70, Central Michigan 14: Cullen Harper matched a school record with five touchdown passes and Clemson rolled to its highest point total in 26 years at home. Harper completed 20 of 22 passes for 273 yards as the Tigers (5-2) ended up with 656 total yards. The Chippewas are 4-4. Purdue 31, Iowa 6: Curtis Painter passed for 315 yards and three touchdowns to lead Purdue (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten)over visiting Iowa (3-5, 1-4). Two of Painter’s touchdown passes went to Dorien Bryant, who posted a career-high 167 yards on nine catches. Wake Forest 44, Navy 24: Riley Skinner passed for 213 yards and two touchdowns to Kenny Moore, who caught 15 passes for 181 yards as Wake Forest (5-2) beat host Navy (4-3). Georgia Tech 34, Army 10: Rashaun Grant ran for 119 yards and a touchdown in place of injured star Tashard Choice and Georgia Tech (5-3) beat Army (3-5) in Atlanta. Choice suffered a knee injury that will be re-evaluated in the next few days. Wisconsin 44, Northern Illinois 3: P.J. Hill ran for 184 yards and two scores as host Wisconsin (6-2) went back to its power running game to snap a two-game losing streak. Northern Illinois is 1-7. NIU freshman running back Ricky Crider broke his left leg on the opening kickoff. Memphis 38, Rice 35: Martin Hankins’ 45-yard-touchdown pass to Maurice Jones propelled Memphis (3-4, 2-1 Conference USA) to a win over Rice (1-6, 1-2) in Houston. North Dakota State 27, Minnesota 21: Tyler Roehl rushed for a school-record 263 yards and a touchdown as the Bison (7-0) overpowered the Gophers (1-7) in Minneapolis. North Carolina State 34, East Carolina 20: Daniel Evans threw for 335 yards and three touchdowns while North Carolina State (2-5) built a 21-point first-half lead before holding on in Greenville, N.C. The Pirates are 4-4. Central Florida 44, Tulsa 23: Running back Kevin Smith had 170 yards and four touchdowns on 33 carries in the Golden Knights’ win over visiting Tulsa (4-3, 2-2 C-USA). UCF is 4-3, 2-1. Houston 49, Alabama-Birmingham 10: Anthony Aldridge ran for 117 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead Houston (4-3, 2-1 C-USA) over UAB (2-5, 1-2) in Birmingham, Ala.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Carter coach quits

first_img A witness to the incident, veteran Pacific wrestling coach and Pirates freshmen football coach Rick Castro, described a chaotic scene after the Carter loss. “I was right by the Carter team room as Carter was leaving,” Castro said. “These three guys came out of the stands. I think they were parents. They were mouthing off and saying how the team ‘sucks’ and ‘it’s horrible’ and ‘it’s all the coaches’ faults’ and how ‘we thought that old man knew something.’ Then they started in with some profanity. “They were being loud and obnoxious. One of my assistant coaches said, ‘Man, they’re just like our parents,’ because we sometimes have parents like that.” Castro said two Lions assistants were carrying the team’s headphones from the field and Churchill was in the basketball court area seeing that his team was getting on the bus. “All of a sudden, these guys started mouthing off to the assistants,” Castro said. “They were saying, ‘You guys suck’ and ‘You don’t know what you’re doing, especially that old man (Churchill).’ “They were walking by our basketball courts, and it’s dark there. Churchill was watching the guys get into the bus. The two assistants walked up, and I saw him say something to them and he pointed to the bus. “Then he pointed at (the allegedly abusive fans) and said, ‘Hey you guys. Yeah, you guys. I just want you to know that you guys probably know a lot more about football than I ever will. But I also know I’m still the head coach here, and I don’t want you talking or bothering my assistants or my team.’ “They looked shocked. One woman who was with them said, ‘Man, that Churchill’s got some (guts).’ Then he turned around and walked away.” Castro said the parents’ verbal abuse didn’t stop there. “Those same parents went by the refs and got into it with the refs,” Castro said. “One of the refs was going to take on one of the parents.” Castro is a long-time, well-respected San Andreas League coach. He also played baseball at UC Santa Barbara. Asked his opinion of what he saw, Castro said: “I thought he was sticking up for his assistants. I was surprised what I saw in the paper (about Churchill being suspended). I thought he came back to take the heat off these guys. Those parents were pretty mouthy. “If I had young assistants like that, I wouldn’t leave them hanging out there. I think (former Pacific coach Chuck) Pettersen or any veteran coach would have interceded. “They struck me as being like Junior All-American coaches talking like they’re playing John Madden 2005.” Added Castro: “I think Churchill’s getting the raw end of it, like a lot of coaches are.” It’s not the type of results Churchill envisioned when he took the job before the 2004 season (he had a 5-11 record in a 1“ seasons with the Lions). “I quit, but the bottom line is I may want to get another job someday,” said Churchill, choosing his words carefully. Added Churchill, who came over from Riverside Community College to start the program: “I thought that I wasn’t ready to quit coaching, and I still don’t feel that way. But some things just don’t work out, and so you roll with the punches. “But I know who I am. I feel disappointed because I thought this was a good situation.” Carter went 3-7 in its first year of football but did not have any seniors. The Lions were the consensus preseason pick to win the sub-par San Andreas League based on last season’s respectable effort for a senior-less team, the players it had coming back and Churchill’s glossy coaching record, . But Pacific’s upset and the postgame incident muddied those plans. Asked if he now second-guesses his actions in confronting the allegedly belligerent parents, Churchill said: “Time will tell. My daughter said there’s a reason for everything and that maybe this will be my ticket to ride.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We’ve accepted Mr. Churchill’s resignation,” said Rialto Unified School District spokeswoman Syeda Jafri as she read a prepared statement. “It’s active immediately, pending board of education approval. “Carter High School will move forward in support of promoting student achievement.” The development came six days after an incident following Carter’s 42-28 upset loss at Pacific. The incident led to Churchill being suspended Monday from coaching for a week, including Friday night’s game against Arroyo Valley. Eventually, the postgame altercation led to the demise of one of the area’s most celebrated prep football coaches. Churchill has a 144-69-1 record in 21-plus years of prep coaching. RIALTO – Mike Churchill resigned Thursday as the Carter High School football coach. Churchill confirmed Friday he handed in his letter of resignation the previous morning. center_img “Everyone thought it was going to be a match made in heaven, but it turned out not to be,” Churchill said by telephone Friday afternoon. The veteran coach, who won section titles at Riverside Poly in 1983 and ’84, is still the physical education department head at Carter. last_img read more

Second Grammy for Soweto Choir

first_img12 February 2008South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir won a second consecutive Grammy Award in the category best traditional world music for their album African Spirit at a glitzy ceremony at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on Sunday.Soweto Gospel Choir executive producer and director Beverly Bryer, who co-founded the group in November 2002 with David Mulovhedzi, told BuaNews on Monday that winning the second Grammy was an incredible feeling.“I have spoken to our musical director Lucas Bok who was at the awards to accept the Grammy, and the group’s absolutely ecstatic,” Bryer said.The group fended off stiff competition from four other international acts to win, following up on their 2007 award for the album Blessed.The Soweto Gospel Choir in its entirety is a 52-member group, but 26 members recently embarked on a tour to the UK, where they will be performing in 26 towns and cities between February and March.“The other 26-member choir is busy rehearsing for their ‘Unite of the Stars Gala Charity Event’ where they’ll be performing with Celine Dion and Danny K at the Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg on 14 February,” said Bryer.After the group’s UK tour, they will be jetting off for Lebanon, Australia, Fiji and a host of other countries, she said, adding that the live DVD album of African Spirit would be released in the middle of the year.The choir, which performs in six of South Africa’s 11 official languages, previously won Australia’s Performing Arts Award for best contemporary music concert in 2003.In May 2004 they scooped the 2003 American Gospel Music Award for best choir, following it up with another Gospel Music Award for best international choir in October 2004.In 2004 the Soweto Gospel Choir’s debut CD, Voices from Heaven, was also nominated for a South African Music Award (Sama) for best traditional gospel. In April 2007 the choir won the 2006 Sama in the category best live performance DVD.“It’s like being at a rock show, the people really love them and the response to the new album has been fantastic,” Bryer said.The other 2008 Grammy nominees in their category were: When the Soul is Settled: Music of Iraq by Rahim Al Haj with Souhail Kaspar, From Mali to America by Cheick Hamala and Bob Carlin, Live at Couleur Cafe by Konono No1, and Singing For Life: Songs of Hope, Healing and HIV and Aids in Uganda produced by Gregory Barz.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Africa’s education and gender equality goals ‘well achieved’

first_img5 November 2015Africa is on track with goals such as promoting gender equality and empowering women, according to the 2015 Millennium Development Goals Report released at the 10th African Economic Conference this week.The conference was held in Kinshasa, in Democratic Republic of Congo from 2 to 4 November. Increasing government spending on health care, education and support of vulnerable groups such as the elderly, were key topics discussed by experts at the conference.The annual conference is organised by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Development Programme and the UN Economic Commission for Africa. The theme of this year’s event was: “Addressing poverty and inequality in the post-2015 development agenda”. It provided a forum to explore the policy, institutional, and investment frameworks needed to boost Africa’s equitable, inclusive and environmentally sustainable development.Pali Lehohla, the statistician-general at Statistics South Africa, was one of the speakers at the event.Watch Lehohla explain the issues that need to be solved in Africa:Implementing better policiesConference discussion included debate about the call from economists for better policies to promote income distribution in Africa, according to the AfDB.While Africa as a whole had made considerable progress on poverty reduction since the mid-1990s as a result of rapid economic growth, it had yet to have a significant impact on income distribution, said the bank.“Since mid-2000, Africa’s (gross domestic product) growth has been high, averaging 5%, and well above the global average of 3% per year, instilling optimism about the continent’s economic prospects. However, the growth has not been inclusive or equitable, and has made little impact on poverty,” it said on its website.AfDB also said that better social policies could enhance income growth and income distribution, including “improving the complementarity between physical capital and education, especially at the basic educational level”.In addition, there was a need for policymakers in Africa to put greater emphasis on addressing income inequality, empowering women, narrowing the gaps in health, nutrition and education, and challenging prejudices and stereotypes that fed discrimination and marginalisation.Watch Abebe Shimeles, the acting director of development research at AfDB, talk about why poverty will continue in Africa unless policies are tackled per population:Speaking in a session at the conference, Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, the acting vice-president and chief economist of AfDB, underscored the need to take into account the political economy to effectively address income inequalities.“Public policy needs to take (into) account the role of local bureaucracy because they are affected by the same policies,” Kayizzi-Mugerwa said, pointing out that economic managers needed to consult local administrative structures in policy formulation to make it effective. He also spoke about agricultural productivity and industrialisation as necessary to feed the continent and for it to achieve sustainable development.“To feed Africa adequately, agricultural productivity must rise as well as farmers’ incomes.” -Kayizzi-Mugwerwa, #AfDB #2015AEC— AfDB_Group (@AfDB_Group) November 2, 2015“Africa’s industrialization is a must if the continent is to achieve sustainable development.” -Kayizzi-Mugerwa, #AfDB #2015AEC— AfDB_Group (@AfDB_Group) November 2, 2015According to experts, a small number of African countries is relying primarily on improving income distribution to reduce poverty. However, worsening income distribution is the major culprit in the majority of countries experiencing poverty exacerbation.Statistics also show that other regions of the world have performed better, showing that the gap between Africa and the developed world is increasing. This suggests that Africa must perform even better and set up measures to address income inequality to catch up with the rest of the world.There was a greater risk of high inequality in resource-dependent countries as 55% of resource-rich countries had experienced an increase in inequality compared to 50% of non-resource-rich countries, Professor Haroon Bhorat, of the University of Cape Town, in South Africa, argued in his presentation, “Resource dependence and inequality in Africa: impact, consequence and solutions”.He pointed out that high resource-dependent economies were associated with lower levels of civil society organisation, less transparent electoral processes and less effective government. Bhorat argued that drivers of inequality in resource- dependent economies included high initial capital cost of entry into natural resources and poor employment generation.“There is need for strong institutions and good governance to manage resources. There is also a need for greater emphasis on social protection,” he said, pointing out that while there were no clear success stories, countries such as Ghana and Botswana could provide some positive lessons to guide institutional arrangements that governed resource wealth.Report on Africa’s goalsThe Millennium Development Goals Report revealed that three of the seven goals for Africa were on track. These are:  Combating HIV/Aids, malaria, and other diseases: a downward trend is observed in the incidence, prevalence and death rates associated with HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis, especially since 2000.  Promoting gender equality and empowering women: for example, Africa has made the most progress in increasing the number of seats held by women in national parliaments, with an average increase of 15% between 2000 and 2014.  Achieving universal primary education: the average primary completion rate stands at 67%, and the youth literacy rate reached 69.61% in 2012, in part owing to increased access to universal primary education.  The goals that were not on track in Africa, were:  Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger: poverty is perpetuated by rising inequalities, unemployment, the youth bulge, unplanned urbanisation, lack of diversification, et cetera. Hunger declined by 8% in Africa excluding North Africa between 1990 and 2013.  Reduce child mortality: the under-five mortality rate fell by 55% between 1990 and 2012, while the infant mortality rate fell by 40%. Only Egypt, Liberia, Malawi and Tunisia achieved both targets on reducing child mortality.  Improve maternal health: by 2013, Africa had 289 maternal deaths per 100 000 live births, compared to the world average of 210 maternal deaths per 100 000 live births.  Ensure environmental sustainability: declining forest cover in Africa. More than 250 participants from across the continent and outside it, including policymakers, academics, and leaders of civil society and the private sector, attended the 10th African Economic Conference.Source: African Development Bank Grouplast_img read more