Press review: Labor Day and the SNC on the menu of Burkinabe dailies

This Tuesday's dailies evoke the celebration of Labor Day in Burkina Faso and the opening of National Culture Week (SNC).

"SNC 2023: Three drumbeats to launch act 20", headlines the public daily Sidwaya.

The newspaper informs that the President of the Transition, Head of State, Captain Ibrahim Traoré, with three strokes of the drum, officially opened the 20th edition of the National Culture Week (SNC), on Saturday April 29, 2023 , in Bobo-Dioulasso.

The State Daily adds that a parade of communities and delegations, a choreography and a concert of artists-musicians furnished the ceremony.

On this same subject, the dean of the private dailies L'Observateur Paalga has on its headline, "SNC Bobo 2023: The biennial at the rhythm of resilience".

The newspaper indicates that the city of Sya has been vibrating since Saturday April 29, 2023 to the rhythm of National Culture Week (SNC) Bobo 2023.

After the grandiose opening ceremony presided over by the Head of State, Captain Ibrahim Traoré, the organizing committee continues to roll out its program of activities marked above all by the competitions for the National Grand Prix for Arts and Culture. (GPNAL).

“SNC Bobo 2023: The kick-off given by President Ibrahim Traoré”, headlines the private daily Le Pays.

In the columns of Le Pays, the colleague recalls that the SNC is placed under the theme "Cultural diversity, ferment of national unity" and that according to the Minister in charge of Culture, Jean Emmanuel Ouédraogo, this 20th edition of the SNC opens in a particularly difficult context for Burkina Faso, given the difficult security and humanitarian situation.

"SNC 2023: IB's gong to officially launch activities", headlined the private newspaper L'Express du Faso, published in Bobo Dioulasso.

From another angle, “Labour Day: Workers submit their grievances to the government”, headlines the public daily Sidwaya.

The newspaper reports that the Union Action Unit (UAS) organized, on Monday, May 1, 2023 in Ouagadougou, a march followed by a presentation of a protest platform to the Prime Minister, Apollinaire Joachimson Kyélem de Tambèla. The event is part of Labor Day 2023 activities.

On this same subject, Le Pays displays on its headline "Labour Day in Burkina: The 5-point platform of the UAS".

The newspaper informs that at the call of several public and private unions, the workers hit the pavement and held a meeting at the Labor Exchange, in Ouagadougou, to commemorate the International Labor Day, celebrated every 1 st May of the year.

The newspaper continues that this year again, the UAS (Trade Union Action Unit) was concerned about the security situation and submitted its five-point platform to the Minister in charge of the Civil Service, Bassolma Bazié, in the presence of the Prime Minister, Apollinaire Kyélem de Tambèla, at the modernization building, on May 1, 2023 .

"May 1 : the UAS sacrifices to tradition", headlines the oldest private dailies, L'Observateur Paalga, on its front page.

The newspaper indicates that the Union Action Unit (UAS) has sacrificed to the tradition of the May Day march- meeting . Leaving from the Labor Exchange, the marchers reached the Ministry of Public Service where they handed over their protest platform to the Prime Minister who was waiting there with other members of the government.

"Celebration of Labor Day in Ouaga: Trade unionists plead for a guarantee of the security of the populations and their property", headlines the private newspaper Le Quotidien.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

1st stage, Tour of Benin: Souleymane Koné arrives 3rd, 2 seconds behind the yellow jersey

Burkinabe rider Souleymane Koné arrived 3rd on Tuesday during the first stage of the Benin International Cycling Tour, run between Parakou and Djougou (132.53 km) and is 2 seconds from the yellow jersey worn by Moroccan Achraf Dogmy, we learned from the Burkinabè sports ministry.

The first stage of the Benin cycling tour, disputed between Parakou and Djougou, very rugged and 132.53 km long, was run this Tuesday, May 2, 2023. The Burkinabè Souleymane Koné arrives 3 rd at this stage and is already 2 seconds behind yellow jersey worn by Moroccan Achraf Dogmy.

Paul Daumont is wearing the tunic of the best young African for the rewards of this first stage. On the Etalons side, the harvest of the day is to be welcomed.

The 156.42 km long 2nd stage takes place this Wednesday, May 3 between Parakou and Savè.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Arts Market at the SNC: An opportunity to discover artistic treasures

On the occasion of the 20th edition of the National Culture Week (SNC), the Minister of Economy, Finance and Prospective, Aboubacar Nacanabo, proceeded to the opening of the Arts Market on Monday May 1, 2023 at the Maison de la Culture Mgr Anselme Titianma Sanon.

A special opportunity to celebrate the richness and diversity of art in the country, as well as to encourage artists to continue their creative work.

Art is in the spotlight at this 20th edition of National Culture Week (SNC). To this end, the Arts Market opened its doors to the public on Monday, May 1, 2023 at the Maison de la Culture Mgr Anselme Titianma Sanon.

The Minister in charge of the Economy, Aboubacar Nacanabo

The starting signal for the said market was given by the Minister of Economy, Finance and Prospective, Aboubacar Nacanabo, in the company of his counterparts in charge of Humanitarian Action, Nandy Somé and Digital Economy, Aminata Zerbo.

This market brings together artists and art lovers from all over the country. The Minister stressed the importance of culture and art in the economic and social development of the country.

He also highlighted the government's commitment to supporting artists and promoting their work. For him, the art market is an opportunity given to artists to express their talent.

“This talent can be transformed into positive energy for the economic and social development of Burkina Faso,” he suggested.

Listening to him, the artists are to be congratulated and encouraged because they occupy an important place in the development of Burkina Faso.

The visual artist, painter sculptor, Diangané Seydou Rogé Malogam hopes to win the first prize with his sculpture

"We think that the contribution of artists is really very important and we see how they demonstrate innovation, creativity and how they let their minds travel to bring us works that are really very beautiful," added the Minister.

After the Minister's speech, the ceremony was marked by the cutting of the symbolic ribbon to inaugurate the Arts Market and the exhibition of works in competition.

28 works in competition in three categories

Dozens of artists submitted their works to be reviewed by a jury, which will determine the winners in the three different categories.

We have 7 works in the Batik category, 9 in sculpture and 12 works in painting. The works in competition are exhibited in a gallery specially fitted out for the occasion.

The guided tour of the works in competition was led by a member of the jury, who explained the different criteria used to evaluate the works.

Visitors had the opportunity to discover exceptional works of art, ranging from paintings and sculptures, to batik.

28 works are in competition in three categories (Batik, sculpture and painting)

The painter and sculptor Diangané Seydou Rogé Malogam is present there with a sculpture composed of several subjects such as social cohesion, the conservation of tradition and culture, the sacred emblem of Burkina Faso and the torch of freedom.

It is not his first participation. He has already won the 3rd prize and a special prize twice. This year, he hopes to win the first prize with his sculpture.

Visitors were impressed by the quality and diversity of the works on display, which reflect the wealth of art in the country.

The event aroused the enthusiasm of artists and visitors, who welcomed this initiative to promote art in the country.

The SNC is a unique opportunity for artists to connect with a wider audience and share their creative vision with the world.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Allons à Bobo Music Festival: “After five days of festivities, we are very satisfied”, (Promoter)

After five days of festivities, the second edition of the Allons à Bobo Music Festival (FEMABO) has closed its doors. The promoter Siaka Coulibaly said Chako Lombardy takes stock of the event at the microphone of the AIB.

Burkina Information Agency (AIB): After five days of the festival, what is your assessment?

Siaka Coulibaly says Chako Lombardy:

After five days of festivities, we are very satisfied. We had a colorful ceremony, which highlighted the cultural diversity of our country and the joking relationship through the parade of the Peul, Bobo and Dioula ethnic groups. About twenty artists came to offer great performances at this festival.

AIB: What are the difficulties encountered?

Siaka Coulibaly says Chako Lombardy:

Difficulties abound. It is above all the mobilization side. It's true that the public responded favorably but we expected a lot more than that.

It turns out that there are many activities organized during the same period and this could be justified by the low mobilization.

The mobilization was a bit mixed, especially on the third day when the public did not respond as expected. Apart from that, the other days the public responded present.

AIB: How do you compare this edition with the first?

Siaka Coulibaly says Chako Lombardy:

It is a growing business. We will not say that it is maturity but in any case it has grown compared to last year. We tried to detect the faults of the first edition and to correct them.

AIB: What are the prospects for future editions?

Siaka Coulibaly says Chako Lombardy:

This year, we organized an evening dedicated to the Defense and Security Forces (FDS) and two live nights during the event. Next year, we will do the live the last two days.

One of the perspectives, for the next editions, is to take our artists to perform in other countries such as Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Ghana or in other regions of Burkina Faso.

AIB: What message do you have for sponsors, guests, artists and the public at the end of your activity?

Siaka Coulibaly says Chako Lombardy:

We only have one word, thank you. We had sponsors who were our shoulder, who supported us, who were our wing with certain partners, who did not hesitate for a moment to put their hand in their pocket to support us. We invite them to always have a look at our place for future editions.

We particularly thank Maître Yacouba Dembélé, Notary, who is a personal friend, a promoter, who, despite his social rank, remained by our side at the press conference and during the five days, every evening to follow the shows.

We thank him for his personal contribution to this festival. We can say that we are on the right track.

When we look at artists who are not known in Bobo-Dioulasso and who have left risky areas to come and bring color to this edition, we are very happy.

We do not forget our mothers, our sisters, our children, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who live in a difficult security situation because of terrorism. These people have left everything to save their lives. To support them, we brought them a donation of food before the opening of FEMABO.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Allons à Bobo Music Festival: Ella Nikiema and Rama N’Goni make the final show

The second edition of the Allons à Bobo Music Festival (FEMABO) closed its doors on Sunday night, in Bobo-Dioulasso with a final concert which featured two main tracks female music Ella Nikiema and Rama N'Goni.

The curtains fell on Sunday night on the second edition of the Allons à Bobo Music Festival (FEMABO), placed under the theme: "Music, a factor of resilience for a prosperous and inclusive Nation".

Rama N'Goni

It was a great concert that closed this event at Place Gana So de Belle Ville with the performance of about twenty artists, including two great female voices who are, the cantor of Gospel, Ella Nikiema and the talented virtuoso Kora Rama N'Goni.

At the end of the second edition of FEMABO, the promoter Siaka Coulibaly affirmed that the festival highlighted the religious diversity of our country, especially the kinship side with jokes.

Ella Nikiema

"The festival has made known many artists who were in the shadows," said the promoter of FEMABO, Siaka Coulibaly, who thanked the artists for the quality of their performances since the opening of the festival.

His joy is also reflected in the fact of having been able to invite Burkinabè from the Sahel region in a difficult security context in the country.

The promoter says he is happy because the festival for him was a real success.

He also paid tribute to the sponsor, Maître Yacouba Dembélé, for his availability and because he spared no effort to accompany the event.

Siaka Coulibaly said he was happy to have given a smile to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) by donating food to them in an atmosphere of communion.

The second edition of FEMABO took place over five days in Bobo-Dioulasso from Wednesday April 26 to Sunday April 30, 2023.

It was marked by performances by artists from various backgrounds every night at the Gana So space in Belle Ville with a mobilization of the populations.

The themes addressed in the songs focused on love, peace in Burkina Faso, unemployment and the evils that undermine our society.

The third edition of FEMABO is set for April 24-28, 2024.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

World Tuna Day: Seychellois students take a peek at one of largest tuna canneries

Students from secondary and post-secondary schools in Seychelles were able to learn more about all the work done up until tuna cans are put on the market during visits to the Indian Ocean Tuna (IOT) factory on Tuesday.

The visits, which coincided with World Tuna Day, to one of the world"s largest tuna canneries, which is managed by Thai Union, gave students the chance to know what job opportunities are on offer at the company.

The activity was organised in collaboration with the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA). The authority told reporters that the visit will help students to know what goes on at the factory, in case they wish to look for a career at IOT in the future.

"We wanted the students to have the opportunity to know what goes on at every stage of the factory and to also show them the importance of the factory here in Seychelles," said Darrel Antat, the assistant manager for public relations at SFA.

Antat explained that while this activity was done on World Tuna Day, he hopes that IOT will be open to more visits in the future from students.

IOT is located in New Port in Seychelles' capital, Victoria, and has over 2,000 workers producing 300 tonnes of the company's famous canned tuna per day. This kind of visit requires careful planning and it was done in small groups, to ensure the students' safety as well as ensuring limited disruption of the company's work.

The company processes tuna caught in the Indian Ocean that is used by some of the most famous seafood brands including John West, Petit Navire and Mareblu.

Thai Union owns 60 percent of IOT and the remaining 40 percent belongs to the government of Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean.

Two of the students who took part in the visit said that they were very pleased to have been given the opportunity to visit IOT and learned a lot.

"I enjoy everything about the ocean, including fish, so it was great to have seen how the whole process from cleaning the fish to putting them in cans goes," said Anushka Payet, one of the students.

Gibson Rosine said he was impressed with the level of importance that is put towards hygiene for the staff and also for the fish that is being processed.

"I got the chance to see the work done in the labs here and that was very interesting for me as I want to work in a lab one day," he said.

World Tuna Day is observed on May 2 every year to raise awareness about the importance of tuna fish and promote sustainable fishing practices.

This date represents the accomplishment of fishing communities, scientists, and environmentalists who collaborated to safeguard tuna schools around the globe and develop a model for sustainable fishing.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

UNEP-GEF offer Seychelles technical expertise for introducing electric mobility

Four international experts are evaluating and will advise the transport ministry on the best ways to implement electric mobility in Seychelles, the ministry said on Sunday.

The implementation of a two-year electric mobility project in Seychelles was launched in November 2022 and is expected to take four years to complete. It is being implemented with the help of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

UNEP-GEF are key partners in the project, offering technical expertise and a grant of $400,000.

In the first part of the project, the Seychelles Public Transport Corporation (SPTC) will introduce full electric buses to their fleet. Currently, SPTC has 200 buses which complete over 1,400 journey per day and use approximately 220,000 litres of fuel per month

The role of the experts is to provide the best way forward to implement a sustainable electric transport system in the Seychelles during a two-year period.

The experts have knowledge in international policy, business and strategy, international e-mobility technology, international battery technology and charging and renewable energy integration.

In a meeting with the Minister for Transport, Antony Derjacques, the UNEP delegation expressed their satisfaction for the progress that Seychelles has made despite the delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The head of the UNEP delegation, Annika Berlin, said that "strategy and capacity building is the core of the project. We hope to see 50 percent of buses and cars electrified by 2030 and for that we welcome other partners."

The experts met with key ministries and stakeholders to understand better the procurement of buses and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme, and environmental policies such as the disposal of batteries.

The project is also receiving the support of other partners such as IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency) and the Public Utilities Corporation (PUC) for its transport plan. A potential partner is Calstart, a clean transport expert based in America, which intends to help with the transition to electric mobility and its education.

UNEP-GEF have vast experience working with Small Island Developing States such as Mauritius, Madagascar, the Caribbean, Fiji and the Solomon Islands.

Source: Seychelles News Agency