Medenine: Opening of candidacies for election of members of National Council of Regions and Districts


Medenine: The independent regional authority for the elections (IRIE) in Médenine began accepting applications for the election of members of the National Council of Regions and Districts.

Regional director of the IRIE, Ali Zahmoul, told TAP the submission of files will continue until March 23 for the eight members of the Médenine regional council and the regional representative on the council of the fifth district.

Zahmoul announced that the preliminary list of successful candidates will be published on Sunday, March 24, after the examination of the applications on Saturday, March 23. The deadline for objections will be three days, he added.

Voting for the election of three of the eight members of the Medenine Regional Council to the National Council of Regions and Districts will take place at the IRIE headquarters.

The election of the representative of the council of the fifth district will take place at the headquarters of the governorate of Tataouine.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Gabes: Submission of 8 candidacies for elections to National Council of Regions and Districts


Gabes: The process of receiving candidacies for the elections to the National Council of Regions and Districts began on Thursday in Gabes, as well as in the different governorates of the country.

The number of applications submitted to the independent regional authority for the elections (IRIE) in Gabès on Thursday was eight, local coordinator in Gabès, Ali El Bez, told TAP.

It should be noted that the process of receiving applications will continue until Saturday, March 23, from 8:00 to 14:30.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Bizerte: 8 candidacies for elections to National Council of Regions and Districts received


Bizerte: The Independent regional authority for elections (IRIE) in Bizerte has received eight applications for the elections to the National Council of Regions and Districts.

The process of receiving candidacies will continue until March 23, Ibtissem Turki, head of the IRIE in Bizerte, told TAP, adding that the provisional list of candidates whose candidacies have been approved will be published on Sunday, March 24.

The deadline for challenges is two days, on March 25 and 26, she added, noting that if there are no challenges, the final list of candidates will be published next week.

The date for the election of the council will be set at a later date, Turki said.

It should be noted that the regional council of the Bizerte governorate, established on March 6, is made up of 14 members representing the region’s 14 delegations, while the council of the first district (governorates of Bizerte, Beja, Kef and Jendouba) was established on March 20.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Personal loans account for 98% of applications (CNRPS CEO)


Tunis: Since the new social loan formula has come into effect on February 1, 98% of the loan applications filed with the National Pension and Social Insurance Fund (CNRPS) are for personal loans, said CNRPS Chief Executive Officer Taoufik Katrou.

In a televised interview with TAP, Katrou pointed out that the fund has so far received 20,000 applications for personal loans against 70 applications for car loans and less than 50 for home loans.

He recalled that under the new social loan formula, the CNRPS adherents can obtain a personal loan of TND 25 thousand, repayable over 3 years instead of one year previously with a fixed interest rate of 8.25%.

The loan is provided to a CNRPS adherent for at least two years instead of three years before, Katrou added.

As regards the car loans, under the new loan formula each family that has been affiliated with the fund for three years (against five years before) can receive a single loan, the official explained, adding that the loan is capped at TND 50 thousand against
TND 10 thousand before, repayable over five years with an interest rate of 10%.

The loan can be used to buy a used car provided that the date of first entry into service does not exceed two years, he specified.

As for home loans, the CNRPS CEO said that they will now be capped at TND 100 thousand compared with TND 15 thousand before.

However, the implementation of this new social loan formula requires the revision of some laws on home loan granting, he added.

The home loan can be used to buy a new house, to complete the construction of a house or to acquire a lot of land. It is repayable over 20 years with an interest rate of 6.75%.

Katrou underlined that the fund does not intend to make any profit from the allocation of these loans as it is targeting the social assistance of its adherents, specifying that the financial income from these loans will be reinvested in the new loan system in order to be able to meet the highest possible number of applications.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

China gives 81 vehicles to the Burkinabè armyWorking session focuses on cooperation between Tunisia and Denmark in migration

The People’s Republic of China handed over to the Burkinabè army on Thursday a batch of 81 vehicles consisting of pick-ups, removal trucks, crane trucks, flatbed trucks, water tanks. water and fuel, as well as satellite phones to help in its fight against terrorism, noted an AIB journalist.

‘This equipment, composed of logistical means, will strengthen the operational capabilities of combat units in this crucial stage of the fight against terrorism,’ rejoiced the minister in charge of defense, Brigadier General Kassoum Coulibaly.

For Mr. Coulibaly, this donation reflects the liveliness, pragmatism and sincerity of cooperation between Burkina Faso and the People’s Republic of China.

According to him, ‘this military cooperation, marked by mutual respect, perfectly meets our expectations’. This material constitutes the last batch of a donation agreement started in 2022.

According to the charge d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Burkina Faso, Wang Wenzhang, ‘the material is the embodiment of our friendship,
of our support for our Burkinabè friends. It is also a realization of the comprehensive security initiative formulated by the Chinese president.’

For him, China is still a credible partner of African countries on the path to security and development. ‘We will continue to work with our Burkinabè friends in this direction,’ he concluded.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Tunis: Cooperation between Tunisia and the Kingdom of Denmark in the field of migration was the focus of a working session held on Thursday between the Director General of the National Observatory for Migration and a delegation from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Director General of the Observatory recalled the many opportunities for cooperation between Tunisia and the Kingdom of Denmark and expressed his desire to develop and strengthen them and exchange expertise in the field of migration, the Observatory said in a statement.

He also praised Denmark’s contribution to the financing of the Joint Training Centre for Integrated Border Management in Nata, which provides exemplary training courses for members of the three security services (National Security, National Guard and Customs) in the field of integrated border management and combating cross-border crime and smuggling networks.

He also commended the role played by the Danish Refugee Council in Tunisia since 2012 in supporting Tunisia’s ef
forts to protect, assist and care for refugees and asylum seekers.

The Director General of the Observatory reiterated Tunisia’s commitment and readiness to contribute to all efforts aimed at strengthening joint action to achieve the goals of the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration and economic integration, in line with the UN 2030 Agenda.

For their part, the members of the Danish delegation expressed their country’s readiness to support Tunisia in several areas related to migration and its management.

They praised Tunisia’s experience in the field of statistics and in addressing the root causes of migration.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

French agricultural stakeholders worried about ‘the Russian threat’

Producers, exporters, cooperatives: more than 500 gathered Wednesday in Paris for a day of reflection on ‘the Russian threat’ weighing on the French cereal industry, at a time when Moscow is nibbling away at historic markets of France, reports Agence France Presse.

While in the mid-2000s, France was ‘the third largest exporter of agricultural and agri-food products in the world’ and remains the leading producer and exporter of cereals in Europe, it now faces ‘a certain number of obstacles’ that we must face, immediately declares Jean-François Loiseau, president of the cereals inter-professional association,

“Russia has developed an extraordinary combat armada to, excuse me for the term, invade the buyers’ playing field of cereals in the world and mainly Africa,’ he continues.

It ‘works in an extremely violent way, disintegrates the fundamentals of the market a little and puts us in a difficult position. So we must react. France must react. Europe must react,’ he argued.

Message received by the Minister De
legate for Foreign Trade Franck Riester, who states from the podium: ‘We must work together with you (…) to ensure that tomorrow, there are even more markets open to exports’ in the Maghreb, in Sub-Saharan Africa or China.

The minister assures that he will spare no effort, with the government, to ‘build a specific simplification plan for exporters’. ‘We need to lower customs duties, to secure trade,’ he said.

‘Imagine tomorrow if Vladimir Putin has in his hand not only Russian wheat, but Ukrainian wheat (…) This question of Russia in Ukraine is absolutely [an element] key for the future of your sector,’ he said. he throws.

Together, Russia and Ukraine represent more than a quarter of the world’s wheat supply, or, according to forecasts from the US Department of Agriculture, nearly 70 of the 212 million tonnes exported in the 2023-24 season. A colossal capacity, which would further increase in peacetime.

Encouraged by kyiv’s difficulties in delivering its cereals and sunflower seeds, Russia launched a vast
commercial offensive in Africa and the Middle East.

– ‘Political game’ –

As a symbolic gesture, Moscow delivered some 200,000 tonnes of wheat free of charge to six African countries. But, underlines Yann Lebeau, head of the Intercereals office covering sub-Saharan Africa, the wheat intended for the Central African Republic, transformed into flour in mills in Cameroon, was not free for the populations. For him, if we can speak of ‘donations’ to a regime, ‘to the population, no’.

More damaging for the French sector is the Russian offensive in Algeria, now ‘in the top 5 countries importing Russian wheat’, underlines Roland Guiragossian, head of Intercéales for this country.

Supporting graph, it shows the rapid evolution of trade: the market share of the former French colonial power which was around 90% of Algerian wheat imports in 2019-2020 fell to 20% for the current campaign ( 2023-2024).

In this country, as in others in Africa, the Russian initiative involves military cooperation and first and foremost t
he sale of Russian arms, which before the invasion of Ukraine represented “50% of the Russian arms sales market”. ‘weapons’ on the continent, underlines Thierry Vircoulon, associate researcher at the Institute of International and Strategic Relations (Iris).

The goal of Moscow, which had limited trade with Africa before the war – 20 billion dollars annually compared to 300 billion with China and 280 billion with the EU – is, through the Wagner group (and its new variations) , which combines ‘mercenarism, business and secret diplomacy’, first ‘to make money’, then ‘to oust the West and France in particular’, affirms the researcher.

The French cereal sector is aware of being at the heart of ‘a political game’ and therefore ‘needs political support in the face of Russian power and aggressiveness’, argued Philippe Heusèle, cereal producer in Seine- et-Marne in charge of international relations for the inter-profession.

While agricultural products are exempt from sanctions in the name of global food security, t
he Baltic states have already suspended imports of Russian products. And, according to press reports, the EU is now considering limiting imports of grains and oilseeds from Russia and Belarus.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

China gives 81 vehicles to the Burkinabè army

The People’s Republic of China handed over to the Burkinabè army on Thursday a batch of 81 vehicles consisting of pick-ups, removal trucks, crane trucks, flatbed trucks, water tanks. water and fuel, as well as satellite phones to help in its fight against terrorism, noted an AIB journalist.

‘This equipment, composed of logistical means, will strengthen the operational capabilities of combat units in this crucial stage of the fight against terrorism,’ rejoiced the minister in charge of defense, Brigadier General Kassoum Coulibaly.

For Mr. Coulibaly, this donation reflects the liveliness, pragmatism and sincerity of cooperation between Burkina Faso and the People’s Republic of China.

According to him, ‘this military cooperation, marked by mutual respect, perfectly meets our expectations’. This material constitutes the last batch of a donation agreement started in 2022.

According to the charge d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Burkina Faso, Wang Wenzhang, ‘the material is the embodiment of our friendship,
of our support for our Burkinabè friends. It is also a realization of the comprehensive security initiative formulated by the Chinese president.’

For him, China is still a credible partner of African countries on the path to security and development. ‘We will continue to work with our Burkinabè friends in this direction,’ he concluded.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Prevention of blindness: pan-African optician Lapaire calls for investment in training young people to meet the growing needs of populations (press release)

Prevention of blindness: pan-African optician Lapaire calls for investment in training young people to meet the growing needs of populations (press release)

On the occasion of the celebration of World Optometry Week, the pan-African optician Lapaire wishes to raise awareness among public and private stakeholders, as well as populations, of the importance of investing in eye health for the well-being of populations. .

According to forecasts from the IAPB (International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness), by 2050, half of the world’s population will be affected by myopia due to changing lifestyles. As a result, there will be an increased demand for eye care professionals to support optical equipment needs.

Based on the latest available data, the IAPB estimates that there are 331,743 optometrists worldwide but only 9,000 in Africa. 85% of them are in Nigeria (4,000) or South Africa (3,500).

The number of eye specialists significantly impacts access to eye and optical care since the density of profession
als outside these two countries is therefore 1 Optometrist per 500,000 inhabitants. The lack of professionals is partly explained by the low number of establishments able to train specialists: there are 27 across the continent, including 9 in Nigeria and South Africa, able to offer training. graduates in optometry.

Faced with this observation, there is a real need to fill the gap in eye health professionals, whether they are Opticians, Optometrists or Ophthalmologists. Thus, on the occasion of the celebration of World Optometry Week, which takes place from March 17 to 23, 2024, the pan-African optician Lapaire is joining forces to raise awareness among all public and private stakeholders, as well as the populations. the importance of implementing initiatives that can have a positive impact on the eye health of all.

As a major player in the optical industry in Africa, Lapaire believes that it is necessary to further develop training courses in visual health professions (optics, optometry, ophthalmology) and
to interest young people, to embrace these professions in order to meet the growing needs of populations. Unfortunately, it is important to note that the lack of available training and their high cost represent a major obstacle to generating vocations among young people. Lapaire therefore invites stakeholders to increase efforts in order to develop new training courses and revitalize existing ones in order to ensure the training of more eye specialists.

Also, the pan-African optician calls on all public and private stakeholders in the world of health and education to engage in large-scale education and awareness campaigns to inform populations about the importance of eye health and the preventive measures necessary to ensure good visual health throughout one’s life.

Currently, for many people around the world, access to eye care remains a major challenge. This is why for 6 years, the expert in Lapaire optics has been committed to carrying out awareness-raising and testing actions in the field, while being a
ctive in the media and on social networks so that everyone can take awareness that sight is precious. Furthermore, the pan-African optical company collaborates with various optical training institutes in West Africa in order to support their development and sustainability. Lapaire currently employs nearly a hundred eye care specialists across the continent and this number should continue to increase as the group develops, thus making it possible to better meet the needs of populations.

In conclusion, in a world where healthcare is a priority, it is essential not to neglect a crucial aspect of our well-being and health: eye health. Seeing well is a fundamental right, and both public and private actors have their part to play in guaranteeing access to quality eye and optical care for all. Let’s invest together to promote optics and vision professions in order to advance visual health.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Ouagadougou: Students from the Kouritenga CEG can now provide first aid

Students at the Kouritenga General Education Center (CEG) received training on first aid on Wednesday. This training is part of the initiative of the Russian-Burkinabe association to teach young people the behavior to behave when faced with a person who is in trouble.

The African initiativ association was at the Kouritenga CEG yesterday afternoon to train around fifty students in first aid procedures.

Like other schools and high schools, Dr Dimitri Doblnya who guided this training, showed the children what to do when faced with an unconscious person, a person who is choking, who has breathing problems, who is drowning, and who gets electrocuted.

He also stressed that it is always necessary to designate a person who will call the ambulance.

‘You must also and above all make sure that you risk nothing by trying to help this person. “, he added.

The students also have a pharmaceutical product kit which contains essential products, notably Betadine, compress, Efferalgan.

For Ms. Tiendrebéogo Alima trainee a
s a school life facilitator, this training is welcome because it would now be beneficial to them everywhere when faced with a crisis or accident situation.

She also thanked Dr Doblnya for the quality of the training provided.

Ouédraogo Clarisse and Zoundi Awa IInd twin, students in 6th grade appreciated this initiative.

For Zoundi Awa, the second twin, students in 6th grade , who dreams of becoming a doctor, finds this training has allowed her to have some knowledge of this profession that she dreams of pursuing later.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Tapoa: Life resumes in a village thanks to the action of the Fighting Forces

After a terrorist incursion in mid-October 2023 which caused significant material damage and loss of life, life has resumed in a village located a stone’s throw from Diapaga. This, thanks to a reconquest operation launched from February 8, 2024 by the men of Captain OT, supported by the VDP. They managed to secure and resettle the village, intervening on February 28, 2024, to the happiness of the populations who had lost all hope of return.

Economic lung of the commune of Diapaga, this village with its 17 km lake and its irrigated perimeter of 160 hectares, reclaimed, secured and consolidated, supplies the town with freshwater fish, vegetables and fruits and allows animals to drink there all season long.

On Monday March 18, 2024, twenty days after their installation, the AIB headed to this village in order to see first-hand the realities of these populations who have just regained their dignity.

The village is running at full speed, checkpoints at all exits manned by the FDS and VDP. Shops have reopened, f
ishing, the main activity in this village, has resumed, market gardening with more than 200 producers working hard to supply the town of Diapaga between now and the Easter and Ramadan holidays.

All this takes place under the watchful eye of the VDP, the local sentinel who takes over. Captain OT’s men are preparing other fronts as part of the reconquest of the territory.

Asked what he thinks, P. A, manager of the irrigated area, cannot believe his eyes; he is full of praise for the President of the Transition, Captain Ibrahim Traoré, but also for the place of the FDS and VDP whose determination and commitment allowed them to return home.

The same goes for the women selling fish who pray to God to cover the FDS and VDP with his grace so that they triumph over the enemies of the people.

However, the producers have a grievance: they are asking the President of the Transition, Captain Ibrahim Traoré to help them with agricultural inputs and to strengthen security so that other villages can taste the joy of res
ettlement.

If fish is already flooding the market in Diapaga, producers promise to supply the town with vegetables and fruits by the end of the month.

The operation continues and other villages are impatiently waiting to be resettled, especially since we know that some villages are in their second year without plowing.

Burkina Faso Information Agency

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Bassolma Bazié urges Burkinabè to return to traditions and customs to avoid shame

Minister of State Bassolma Bazié urged Burkinabè people to publicly practice practices linked to traditions and customs to avoid the shame caused by their rejection.

‘Today we give the impression that we are not like anyone else because we have sat on our traditions. We trampled them. We behaved differently,’ declared the Minister of State for the Civil Service, Bassolma Bazié, according to a video broadcast yesterday Wednesday by his communications service.

According to Mr. Bazié, who spoke on March 16, 2024 during the first promotional day for Ziro fruits, the Burkinabè will never know shame, provided they get to work, are sincere and respect customs and the traditions.

The minister indicated that this is the reason why President Ibrahim Traoré decreed May 15 as a day of homage to these ancestral values.

‘We want to take actions like that officially, because sometimes, when we see people returning to traditions, they return as if they were objects of shame. They hide to go there. If it’s not night, they
don’t go. And yet during the day, everyone gives the impression that these are places where one should not go. Now, at night, we all leave. This is precisely why I say that we have to stop lying to ourselves,’ explained Bassolma Bazié.

According to the minister, this day was established so that everyone at 8 a.m., at noon, at 2 p.m., at 3 p.m., at 4 p.m…. can go and bow at the grave of their grandfather in front of everyone.

‘If you have an old canary that your grandmother kept you with until you were a minister, don’t be afraid to take that canary down at 1 p.m., put it down and magnify it,’ added M .Bazié.

He asked the elders to ‘prepare’ the young people who are going to the front before their departure so that they can return safely and after their return, so that they do not lose control. For Bassolma Bazié, communities must be ready to confront the enemy and not only rely on the Defense and Security Forces (FDS).

‘One should not water their field, cultivate their field or harvest these products in
fear. (…) All of us who are here, from children to the elderly, everyone must consider themselves as VDP,’ he urged.

In addition, the Minister of State invited communities to have the courage to challenge and redirect anyone who makes a pact with the enemy.

‘It is up to each family to treat these traitors correctly, to take good care of them even on a cultural level so that security returns,’ says Bassolma Bazié.

Burkina Faso Information Agency

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Border management: The Burkinabè state wants to breathe new life into the process

The ministry in charge of Territorial Administration began discussions on Thursday for the implementation of new relevant guidelines and recommendations, in order to breathe new life into border management, in a context difficult security situation for Burkina Faso.

‘I invite you to frank and constructive discussions, so that at the end of this session, new directions and relevant recommendations are formulated to breathe new life into the management of our borders,’ indicated the minister in charge of the Territorial Administration, Emile Zerbo, who read the speech of the Prime Minister, Dr Apollinaire Joachimson Kyélem of Tambèla.

According to him, it has been ten years since the Burkinabè State put in place an institutional mechanism for better management of border management, with the creation of the National Border Commission (CNF) in 2013 and the adoption of the National Border Management Strategy (SNGF) in 2015 for the period 2016-2025.

The Minister of Territorial Administration, Decentralization an
d Security, Emile Zerbo, spoke Thursday in Ouagadougou, during the first ordinary session of the year 2024 of the Borders Council.

He specified that the meeting constitutes an opportunity to examine the progress of the various ongoing files, in terms of the materialization of borders and cross-border cooperation, with a view to identifying possible shortcomings and difficulties,

in order to take the necessary measures.

The first head of the department in charge of Territorial Administration explained that this session comes after that of last March and remains an appropriate framework to take stock of the implementation of actions to manage our borders during 2023.

‘Also, I call for the involvement of all stakeholders and the pooling of resources and actions around the conclusions that will be reached,’ he added.

Mr. Zerbo maintained that the objective of the SNGF is to contribute to the impetus of the sustainable socio-economic and cultural development of border areas in an environment of peace and secu
rity.

To listen to him, the axes concern, among other things, the control of the territorial limits of the country, the security of borders and border zones, the improvement of the presence and image of the State in the border zones, the support and strengthening of cross-border cooperation.

The minister praised all the stakeholders and technical and financial partners who, during these eight years of implementation, contributed in one way or another to achieving the set objectives.

Note that this session is being held in a particular context for Burkina Faso, in search of its sovereignty, materialized by strong decisions including the withdrawal from ECOWAS and the creation with the sister countries of Mali and Niger of the Alliance of the Sahel States.

The primary objective pursued is the restoration of security in these three states in order to boost development for the happiness of the populations.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Gnagna/Solidarity: An association offers food worth 3,600,000 FCFA to 240 households in Piéla

The Departmental Association for Economic and Social Development of Piéla offered, Thursday March 21, 2024 to Piéla in the province of Gnagna in the Eastern region, white corn worth 3,600. 000 FCFA to 240 households of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and vulnerable people in the locality.

The Departmental Association for the Economic and Social Development of Piéla (ADDESP) intends to contribute significantly to the peace effort. She donated around thirty tonnes of food worth 3,600,000 FCFA for the benefit of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and vulnerable people in the commune of Piéla.

The food was purchased from the National Food Security Stock Management Company (SO.NA.GE.SS) and made available to the beneficiaries.

The delivery of the food took place on Thursday March 21, 2024 in the presence of the administrative authorities at the ADDESP headquarters located in sector 2 of Piéla. According to the president of ADDESP, Jérémie Lankoandé, this donation aims to alleviate the burden of IDPs and vul
nerable people who experience enormous difficulties in feeding themselves.

Once again, he launched a vibrant appeal to the daughters and sons of the town of Piéla as well as all those of good will for more support for vulnerable people.

In total, 240 households, i.e. 200 IDP households and 40 households of vulnerable people, benefited from the donation. Each household received between 2 to 3 50 kg bags of corn depending on its size, for a duration of two months of ration. To do this, the departmental social service is responsible for distributing food according to the standards recommended by the National Council for Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation (CONASUR).

For Dahandi Dori, head of household beneficiary of the donation, the gesture is beneficial. Thanking donors, he pleaded with the administrative and military authorities for a return of all internally displaced people to their respective localities.

Visibly the chain of solidarity continues unabated in various localities. The representative of the
president of the special municipal delegation of Piéla, Ali Belemou, took the opportunity to thank the ADDESP for the multiple actions undertaken in the community. Given the number and living conditions of IDPs and certain vulnerable groups, Ali Belemou invited all the daughters and sons of the Piéla department to mobilize more in order to increase this type of action.

In addition to food, fuel worth 600,000 FCFA was given to the Volunteers for the Defense of the Fatherland (VDP) and pharmaceutical products to the Piéla Health District.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

HM the King, Commander of the Faithful, Pays Respects at Grave of Late HM King Mohammed VPassoré: The new president of the special delegation of Yako, Bouaké Zomodo installed

Rabat – His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, may God assist Him, accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, HH Prince Moulay Ahmed and HH Prince Moulay Ismail, paid His respects, on Thursday, at the grave of late HM King Mohammed V, on the occasion of the commemoration of the anniversary of the passing of the Father of the Nation, may God surround him with His infinite mercy, which coincides with the 10th day of the holy month of Ramadan.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

The secretary general of the Passoré province, Noélie Berehoumdougou/ Kaboré officially installed on Wednesday March 20, 2024, the new prefect and President of the special municipal delegation (PDS) of Yako, Bouaké Zomodo, in her news functions .

The new prefect and President of the special municipal delegation (PDS) of Yako, Bouaké Zomodo officially took office on Wednesday March 20, 2024 in Yako, capital of the Passoré province, in the Northern region, in the presence of his collaborators , provincial directors, department heads and friends and relatives of the prefect who entered and left.

Zomodo replaces in this position the civil administrator, Maxime Bako who spent a year and 6 months at the head of the Yako prefecture.

He also congratulated his predecessor Mr. Bako for the work accomplished during his stay at Yako prefecture and said he was aware of the multiple challenges that await him in his new functions.

The new prefect and municipal PDS of Yako also requested the support of the sons and daugh
ters of the locality in achieving the expected results.

Bouaké Zomodo also made a commitment to preserve the achievements of the outgoing PDS, Maxime Bako, and to remain available for dialogue in all circumstances.

Seizing the opportunity, the president of the ceremony and secretary general of the Passoré province, Noélie Berehoumdougou/Kaboré encouraged the new incoming PDS of Yako, Mr. Zomodo and wished good career success to the outgoing Mr. Bako.

As a reminder, the civil administrator, Boukaré Zomodo was appointed in the Council of Ministers on Wednesday February 28, 2024 as the new prefect of the Yako department.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

South-Central: microenterprise project leaders receive checks to develop their activities

microenterprise project leaders having difficulty taking out bank loans from the South-Central region received, Thursday, the South-Central regional consular delegation of the Chamber of Commerce and of Industry of Burkina Faso (CCIBF), checks with a total value of 21,950,000 CFA francs to initiate or develop their activities.

The ‘Centre-Sud Initiative’ association is the initiator of this operation which brought together 393 application files at the start of the process, across the three provinces of the region: Bazèga, Nahouri and Zoundwéogo.

‘ After examination of the files by the members of the selection committee, we selected 83 beneficiaries who will receive honorary loans varying between 100,000 CFA francs for the smallest sum to 500,000 CFA francs for the largest sum ,’ said indicated Emmanuel Zoundi, member of the file selection committee.

According to the president of the ‘Centre-Sud Initiative’ association and also president of the regional consular delegation of the Center-Sud of the CCI-BF
, Joseph Rouamba, the honorary loans granted to beneficiaries are loans ‘ without guarantee and without interest “.

For Mr. Rouamba who congratulates the president of the CCI-BF, Mahamadi Savadogo and his team for having found this formula of support for micro-enterprise actors most of whom have difficulty in taking out bank loans, the sums granted are intended to relieve beneficiaries and, in turn, enable the development of the local economy.

In total, 21,950,000 CFA francs including a contribution from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Burkina Faso (CCIBF), to the tune of 20 million CFA francs, constituted the total amount distributed, on the occasion of this first call for projects from the ‘Initiative Centre-Sud’ association.

Reines Ines Guigma, recipient of an honorary loan of 400,000 CFA francs, said she was happy with the gesture.

‘ I am in the weaving business and I opened a shop recently. Thanks to this money I will expand it a little and gradually my business will move forward ,’ she c
onfided.

The secretary general of the South-Central region, Abibata Ouo Bamouni, urged all beneficiaries to properly manage the funds allocated to them. She reminded her audience that the repayment of the said loans will thus make it possible to satisfy other beneficiaries in the next calls for projects.

‘ We hope that from 83 beneficiaries we can extend to 200 or even 300 beneficiaries the next time. And I am convinced that within two to three years, we will have people who will be able to stand out from the crowd to give testimony and say that through the funding received, they were able to emerge and are there to support other people . said Ms. Bamouni.

Source: Burkina Information Agency