The CSC asks the media to no Longer broadcast the song “Safi” from May 11

The Superior Council of Communication has asked the media not to broadcast from this Thursday, the song ''Safi'' by the artist ''Blem'', which the councilors find it rude, obscene and discriminatory.

The Superior Council of Communication (CSC) invites all media managers to take appropriate measures to refrain from broadcasting the song "Safi" from this day May 11, 2023, informs the institution in a press release received by the AIB.

For the CSC, the complaints of attacks on moral and educational values, modesty, good humor and the dignity of the human person (in particular women), reproached to the song, are founded.

As a reminder, the artist-musician Blem, whose song is twice nominated for the annual high mass of Burkinabe music (Les Kundé), is in the crosshairs of feminists for the lyrics of its title, sung in the national language Mooré.

In ''Safi'', the artist gives thanks to God that the girl who rejected him for better-off people, has gone mad and at the mercy of all men.

On his Facebook page, Blem explained three days ago that the lyrics are not to be taken literally and are chosen for their musicality, to educate sons and daughters to be worthy sons and daughters.

Despite these explanations, the regulatory body considers that the remarks are rude, obscene and contain other shortcomings relating to racial or disability discrimination.

As a reminder, the CSC spoke after being seized by three human rights organizations including the Coordination of the collective of feminists of Burkina Faso and the Pananetugri Initiative for the well-being of women.

On March 23, the Superior Council of Communication had asked the audiovisual media not to broadcast the title “SOTRACO” by rapper Toksa, deemed denigrating for the image of the Ouagadougou public transport company.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Burkina: Cooperation, music and protection of personal data, on the daily menu

This Thursday's Burkinabè dailies evoke the musical news marked by the initiative called ''Kundé music export 2023'', the protection of personal data, without forgetting the cooperation between Burkina Faso and Ghana.

The dean of private Burkinabè dailies, L'Observateur Paalga, headlines: "Cooperation: The Ghanaian President in Ouaga", informing that the Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo was welcomed yesterday in Ouagadougou by the president of the transition, Head of State, Captain Ibrahim Traoré.

He reports that the two Heads of State discussed major issues in the sub-region, faced with the security challenge.

For its part, the private newspaper Le Pays adds that the two heads of state also discussed subjects common to the two peoples, linked by history and geography.

As for Sidwaya, the national daily, it publishes a press release from the Direction of Communication of the Presidency of Faso, presenting on the front page the image of Presidents Traoré and Akufo-Addo.

Speaking of cooperation, the private newspaper Le Quotidien informs that "China offers equipment worth 102 million CFA francs to Burkina", before also pointing out that "Prime Minister Kyelem de Tambila has arrived in Carcas in Venezuela". .

From another angle, Sidwaya headlined his front page “Protection of personal data: The Head of State discusses with African actors”.

The newspaper informs that the President of the Transition, Head of State, Captain Ibrahim Traoré received in audience this Wednesday, May 10, 2023 in Ouagadougou, a delegation from the African Network of Personal Data Protection Authorities.

According to the newspaper Le Pays, there was talk during this hearing of presenting the network to the Head of State.

The daily, Le Pays notes that the African Network of Personal Data Protection Authorities was created in 2016 in Ouagadougou, on the sidelines of the African Forum on the Protection of Personal Data.

The newspaper L'Express du Faso, published in Bobo-Dioulasso, continues that this meeting with the Head of State is part of the international conference on the protection of personal data.

In the same vein, the newspaper specifies that this meeting was held simultaneously in Ouagadougou with the 6th general assembly of the African Network of Personal Data Protection Authorities.

For its part, Today in Faso, another private daily, highlights: “Protection of personal data: The Head of State discusses with African actors”.

In another chapter, L'Observateur Paalga, the dean of private dailies in Burkina Faso, reads on its front page: "Kundé music export 2023: Framework for the promotion of Burkinabe works".

The Observer Paalga writes that the general police station of the kundé launched the first edition of the "Kundé music export" on Wednesday May 10 in Ouagadougou.

The same newspaper indicates that the objective of this innovation is to discover Burkinabè talents in music, give them a showcase with professionals and promote partnerships as well as the export of their music internationally.

According to the newspaper, Le Pays, according to the commissioner general of the kundé, Salfo Soré, known as Jah Press, this innovation makes it possible to create a framework for exchanges between artists or musical actors from Burkina and those from abroad.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Sousse: Meetings between Tunisian and Libyan businessmen to boost bilateral cooperation

Bilateral partnership meetings were held Thursday at the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Centre, in Sousse, between a delegation of Libyan entrepreneurs representing the Chamber of Commerce of Misrata (Libya) and their Tunisian counterparts from the Centre and the Sahel.

These meetings are held with the aim of stimulating cooperation between businessmen of the two countries, in order to increase trade and encourage joint investments, Nejib Mellouli, president of the Central Chamber of Commerce, told TAP.

On this occasion, the participants discussed the prospects and aspects of economic cooperation and investment opportunities available between the two Chambers in the interest of both sides.

Thus, several fields of activities were at the centre of the discussions, including packaging, raw materials of the aluminium industry, cement, gypsum and ceramics, engineering and architectural design.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Regional Meetings for Investment in Regions, mid-June

The Regional Meetings for Investment in Regions will be organised in mid-June by the Ministry of Economy and Planning, in collaboration with the relevant local authorities and structures.

These meetings are part of the implementation of the 2023-2025 development plan, more precisely boosting private investment and entrepreneurship, reads a Finance Department press release on Thursday.

These meetings will further present a clear approach on the national orientations, in terms of investment incentives, as well as the real opportunities available to implement projects, both under private investment and public-private partnership (PPP).

These regional meetings will be an opportunity to introduce the measures and reforms adopted recently to improve the business climate, to present the projects conceived under the development plan, to be carried out via a PPP, and to explain the investment opportunities in Tunisia in promising fields with high added value, whether they are environmental, economic or social.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Mahdia-THAMM Programme: First regional conference on regular migration channels

The governorate of Mahdia hosted, on Thursday, the first regional conference on the programme "Towards a Global Approach to the Governance of Labour Migration and Mobility in North Africa" (THAMM), funded by the European Union.

Ghada Hadhbaoui, head of communication of the programme, told the media on the sidelines of the conference that the objective of THAMM is to promote regular migration and raise awareness of its mechanisms.

"The number of regular migrants to France through legal channels (CDD, CDI, etc.), amounts to 9,000 migrants, including 2,500 under seasonal work contracts," she said.

For his part, Expert in education and guidance, Adel Gassoumi stressed that "these regional meetings aim to disseminate knowledge on the legal frameworks of regular migration and the means to benefit from them, with the objective of supporting the international effort to fight against illegal migration.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisia participates in Clean Up The Med campaign

The National Institute of Marine Sciences and Technologies (French: INSTM) announced its participation in the Clean Up The Med campaign - one of the most widespread environmental clean-up campaign in the Mediterranean Basin - due on May 12-14.

The INSTM will conduct awareness campaigns, in collaboration with several civil society organisations in Ghar El Melh.

Launched by Italian NGO Legambiente in 1993, this initiative is designed to protect Mediterranean beaches against plastic pollution and raise awareness among local communities about the negative impact of human activities, particularly poor waste management, reads a press release.

This campaign is promoted this year by the European Plastic Busters CAP project. The project, with a budget of 1.1 million euros, is co-funded by the EU's Eni CBC Med programme and involves seven countries, namely Tunisia, Italy, Greece, Spain, Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan.

The project is intended to increase the transfer of knowledge, experiences and best pracyoce tools to ensure the sustainable management of marine litter in the Mediterranean.

The campaign brings together organisations, universities, municipalities, public agencies, schools and citizens.

Over the last three years, the campaign was conducted as part of the COMMON project which saw over 2,000 volunteers from 20 Mediterranean countries take part in beach clean-up activities.

They collected more than 10 tonnes of waste from almost 24,000 km of coastline.

Out of 90,000 objects collected on Mediterranean beaches, 17,000 (about 20%) were

cigarette butts and 6,000 (about 7%) cigarette butts, data provided under the COMMON project for the period spanning 2020-2022 show.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Noureddine Ben Ayed elected head of UTAP

Noureddine Ben Ayed was elected president of the Tunisian Union of Agriculture and Fisheries (UTAP) following the elections held Thursday during the 17th conference of UTAP in Tabarka, Jendouba.

Ben Ayed received 80 votes, against 51 votes for his competitor Anis Kherbash.

The conference, involving 430 participants, kicked off on Monday, May 8 in Tabarka, in the presence of the Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources and several representatives of national organisations

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Seychelles signs Alliance Agreement between Tuna Cities for Sustainable Human Development

Seychelles signed the Alliance Agreement between Tuna Cities for Sustainable Human Development at the Bermeo Tuna World Capital Cities Forum, which was held in Bilbao and Bermeo, Spain, on May 3.

The forum is a global alliance between tuna cities committed to sustainable human development, according to a press statement from the acting Mayor of Victoria.

Mayor Lydia Charlie signed the agreement on behalf of Seychelles’ capital Victoria. She was accompanied by Philip Michaud, the acting chief executive officer of the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA).

Acting Mayor Lydia Charlie and acting SFA CEO Philippe Michaud (Office of the Mayor of Victoria) All Rights Reserved

The twinned cities in the agreement are Manta (Ecuador), Victoria (Seychelles), Pago Pago (American Samoa), Concarneau (France), General Santos (Philippines), Bermeo (Bizkaia, Spain) and Majuro (Marshall Islands).

The forum saw the participation of fishing-related institutions, scientific bodies, specialised UN agencies, and companies in the fisheries sector, among others.

The signed agreement “establishes a framework for cooperation between cities where tuna fishing represents a substantial part of their economy, their society, their environment, their history, their culture and their future,” according to the statement.

They are expected to use tools to avoid, prevent, mitigate and repair the environmental and social impact of this economic activity within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UN's 2030 Agenda.

“Port Victoria is a top port for the transfer of tuna in the Indian Ocean. The Seychelles lies right in the middle of the tuna migration route in the western Indian Ocean. This is a stretch of ocean over three times the size of California, which yields the biggest tuna catch in the Indian Ocean,” the mayor’s office noted.

Meanwhile, the Mayor of Bermeo, Aritz Abaroa, stated that “Signing this declaration is a major step towards a collaboration framework between local governments to guarantee the sustainability of this resource… We are worthy of being called Tuna World Capitals. We are aware that there are many cities with close ties to tuna, but by setting up and launching this Alliance, seven of them have already joined us.”

Source: Seychelles News Agency

7 milestones in the life of Anglican Archbishop French Chang-Him of Seychelles, celebrating 60 years of service in 2023

In March this year, the Anglican Diocese of Seychelles celebrated its Golden Jubilee. The diocese was established on March 25, 1973. Prior to that, since the introduction of missionaries of the church in Seychelles in 1813, Seychelles - 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean - belonged to the Diocese of Mauritius.

In a series of Buzz topics, the SNA will bring you interesting facts about the Anglican Diocese of Seychelles.

Our first in this series features are 7 milestones in the life of Anglican Archbishop Emeritus French Chang Him, who was born on May 10, 1938, to a father of Chinese origin -- Francis Chang Him – and a Seychellois mother – Amelia Zoe.

Now at the age of 85, Archbishop Chang Him is still active with his pastoral duties and currently serves at the St John Chapel of Glacis in the north of the main island of Mahe.

1.Ordination into priesthood

French Chang-Him was ordained to the priesthood in June 1963. This was after his theological studies at Lichfield Theological College in the United Kingdom. Over the years, he pursued other studies which included Post Ordination Studies at the St Augustine’s College in Canterbury, England, and at the Trinity College at the Toronto University of Canada.

Father French-Chang Him (personal archive) All Rights Reserved

2. 2023 – 60 years of service in the Anglican Diocese of Seychelles

This year marks the 60th anniversary since French Chang-Him gave his life to the service of the Anglican Church and community of Seychelles and the Indian Ocean. Over the years, he served in parishes all over the main islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue as well as for the Anglican community on Cousine and for the leper settlement on Curieuse Island.

Archbishop French Chang-Him addressing families and friends gathered to honour the late Davidson Chang-Him on June 5, 2013. (Le Seychellois/Facebook) Photo License: CC-BY

3. Survivor in a sinking ship incident

August 12, 1975, is a day that marked French Chang-Him. This was the sinking of the Ero, a wooden passenger schooner that capsized and sank, with 22 passengers, between Mahe and Praslin. Chang-Him was one of the passengers and, at the time, the young priest was left stranded at sea, threatened by sharks but recounted how he was protected by the dolphins, until he was rescued.

Painting of the Ero ship sinking - (Seychelles Weekly) Photo License: CC-BY

4. First Seychellois Anglican Bishop and Archbishop of the Anglican Province and Diocese

French Chang-Him served as the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Seychelles from 1979 until his retirement in 2004. He was consecrated by Bishop George Briggs, his predecessor, and Bishop Trevor Huddlestone, a leading anti-apartheid campaigner from South Africa, assisted by three other bishops from Madagascar.

The consecration ceremony in 1979 (personal archive). All Rights Reserved

In 1984, he appointed as of Archbishop of the Indian Ocean Province. Archbishop Chang Him was conferred the title of Archbishop Emeritus by the Indian Ocean Province of the Anglican Church in 2014.

Archbishop French Chang-Him, the first Seychellois archbishop (Anglican Diocese of Seychelles) Photo License: CC-BY

5. OBE from her Queen Elizabeth II

In December 2014, Archbishop Chang-Him was designated an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. This was for his services to reconciliation, human rights, charity, and democratic values, and also for his invaluable service to British nationals in Seychelles, past and present.

Archbishop French Chang-Him (right) receiving the insignia of the OBE from British High Commissioner Lindsay Skoll as his daughter Frances and grand-daughter Shannon look. December 2014. (Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC-BY

6.French Chang Him Road

One year after taking office as the new head of state, President Wavel Ramkalawan announced that 15 streets in the island nation's capital city of Victoria with names related to the island nation's June 5, 1977 coup d'état would be renamed.

Thus, Liberation Road – leading from Mont Fleuri to Bel Eau and Bel Air was renamed to become the French Chang Him Road.

Liberation Road was renamed French Chang-Him Road (Joe Laurence, Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC-BY

7.Archbishop French – marking the history of an island nation

Archbishop French, born from humble beginnings, has left his mark on the history of Seychelles. The octogenarian is the first Seychellois Anglican priest, celebrating 60 years of service on June 9, 2023. He became the first Bishop, Archbishop, and Archbishop Emeritus of the Indian Ocean Province of the Anglican Church.

The award of the OBE to Archbishop French was the first award of an order of chivalry in the British and Commonwealth honours systems given to a Seychellois citizen in 35 years.

Archbishop Chang-Him was the first Seychellois in almost 35 years to be designated an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II (Seychelles News Agency).

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Final preparations underway for Seychelles Nature Trail 2023 challenge

The Seychelles Nature Trail 2023 event will take place on Saturday, May 13, and the final preparations are underway as the island nation welcomes around 300 athletes for the 22km challenge.

The Department of Tourism is organising the event along with partners like Ilop Sport, a Reunion-based company that specialises in outdoor sports, with the goal of providing visitors with yet another activity to enjoy while visiting the country.

The event takes the athletes along the main roads as well as nature trails on the main island of Mahe.

To ensure there are no dangers to the participants, measures are being put in place to ensure the event takes place without a hitch.

This will include partial closure of certain roads and event some of the trails, to ensure minimum obstruction for the athletes.

“We will be deploying police officers at various areas, where they will be tasked with encouraging members of the public to stay out of certain areas, such as the Anse Major trail,” said assistant superintendent Marcus Jean of the Seychelles Police.

Participants will run the trails of Anse Major, Mare Aux Cochons and Casse Dents.

The event is expected to start in the early hours of May 13, next to the Contance Ephelia Resort.

The challenge will end in the western Mahe district of Grand Anse, where a prize giving ceremony will take place.

With Seychelles being very popular for its pristine natural environment, such a large number of people using the trails all at once, is a cause of concern for many.

However, the organisers of the event, Tourism Seychelles - the marketing arm of the Department of Tourism - has pledged that it will ensure all the trails remain the same as they were before the event takes place.

“While it is true that this is an international event, where we want to showcase other areas that tourists can enjoy in Seychelles, one of the things we put at forefront of everything was the protection of our ecosystem,” said Bernadette Willemin, the director general for marketing at the Department of Tourism.

This is the first time such an event takes place in Seychelles, after it was re-scheduled from its original date back in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: Seychelles News Agency