10 Inside BUSINESS Monday, March 19 2018 | NEW ERA Big winner… A team from FNB Namibia with the eight PMR awards the bank received last week. The categories and awards were Banks (business banking), Diamond Banks (agriculture), Diamond, Banks (personal banking), Gold, Banks (credit cards), Diamond, Investment Services – Gold, Property Finance (commercial) – Gold, Annual Reports – Gold, Companies/Institutions held in high esteem as good corporate citizens based on their corporate responsibility initiatives and investments over the past 12 months – Gold. Johan van der the various categories. We are particularly proud of the business award, which we have won for the third consecutive year. Our brand mantra of How can we help you? remains central offerings and making banking affordable for all. We remain committed to Namibia and its people and look forward to another great year.” Photo: Contributed REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, WATER AND FORESTRY Tel: (264) 61 2087512 Directorate of Veterinary Services Fax: (264) 61 2087779 Private Bag 12022 Enq.: Dr. AF Maseke Ausspannplatz Email: Maseke.Adrianatus@mawf.gov.na WINDHOEK SUBJECT: REVIEW OF IMPORT CONDITIONS FOR READY-TO-EAT FOODS FROM THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA DUE TO OUTBREAK OF LISTERIOSIS CAUSED BY LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) would like to inform importers and the Namibian public about the review of import and in transit of ready-to-eat foods such as polony, russian, frankfurters, viennas, all types of hams and salamis from South Africa due to the outbreak of listeriosis caused by Listeria monocytogenes. This review is issued in terms of Section 11(1) of the Animal Health Act, 2011 (Act No. 1 of 2011). The new import requirements prohibit the following ready-to-eat foods or processed meat products from being imported into Namibia or in transit: produced under the following brands: Enterprise, Renown, Bokkie, Mielikip and Lifestyle produced by Enterprise Polokwane (ZA 33), Enterprise Foods Germiston (ZA 126) Kindly note that canned meat products that were produced before the ban on 04 March 2018 are excluded on condition that the hygiene sterilised at the appropriate temperatures, not contaminated on the surface and are not implicated in the Listeria outbreak. It should be noted that South Africa has suspended export of processed meat from the three establishments to all its trading partners until the establishments have fully implemented corrective actions that are audited by the regulatory authorities. Likewise Namibia has stopped the importation of processed products such as polony, smoked russian and other russian, viennas, sausages, frankfurters, all types of hams and salamis from these three establishments. The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry and Ministry of Health and Social Services will be implementing random sampling and testing of imported and locally produced ready-to-eat foods for all microbes including Listeria monocytogenes bacterium. Listeriosis food poisoning is caused by eating foods contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacterium. The disease can be more severe in pregnant women, young children and the elderly as well as other immune compromised persons. The symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches, sometimes nausea or diarrhea, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions. The disease is treatable thus the public should visit health facilities for medical assistance when experiencing some or all the symptoms aforementioned. Listeriosis can be prevented by practising safe food handling practices such as washing hands before and after handling food, washing hands after using the bathroom or toilet. Food must be cooked well and stored safely away from raw food. Drinking raw (unpasteurised) milk or eating foods that contain unpasteurised milk should be avoided. Ready to eat meat is any meat or meat products considered ready to eat and do not require additional cooking to be safely consumed. Dr. A Musilika-Shilongo is available at telephone: 061 2087505 or email: Albertina.email@example.com FLI highlights collaborative approach to inclusive Staff Reporter Windhoek The Financial Literacy Initiative (FLI) celebrated its 6th anniversary on Thursday through a stakeholder workshop with its platform of supporters and members of the media. Speaking at the event FLI manager Francois Brand highlighted the importance of a collaborative cation. The FLI is a national platform aimed at enhancing the financial capability of individuals and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) with regard to personal and products, services and institutions. by the Ministry of Finance together with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Government on March 15, 2012. Cabinet endorsed FLI in 2011 after recognizing the growing demand to enhance the living conditions of all Namibians by Since the inception of the FLI in 2012 it has reached many people across the nation through various channels, be it TV, print media, radio, social media, training, roadshows, public talks, trade fairs and many more public awareness activities. Through these activities FLI has received acclaim for educating decisions. The FLI has achieved a number of milestones in the past few years, namely: This year the FLI successfully - in 2017 and is currently developing a second festival from June 29-30. The festival aims to reinforce the link between start-ups, entrepreneurs, corporates, government and other stakeholders to strengthen and build the start-up environment in Namibia. It furthermore distributed approximately 200,000 educational booklets countrywide as well as translating one of them into six different local languages i.e. Oshiwambo, Silozi, and English: It also developed the InvestWise & TaxWise booklets that highlight the equipped almost 1,500 SMEs with with a number of platform supporter cational booklets with frequent radio shows the FLI has on different stations, combined with educative interviews on NBC’s ‘Good Morning Namibia’, that ensure educational information audience. accessible to the public, the FLI also launched and successfully runs an on which provides businesses and startups with information on access to an attempt to bridge gender inequality as well as equip women with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully make educated decisions on Expect more.
Monday, March 19 2018 | NEW ERA Inside BUSINESS 11 Digitisation, trade facilitation, safety and people development top agenda at WCS DALLAS The International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlighted four priorities for the future success of the air cargo industry: accelerating the digitization of the supply chain, enforcing regulations for lithium cilitation and developing the next generation of air cargo leaders. “Air cargo had an exceptional year in 2017 with 9 percent growth. And we expect a very healthy 4.5 percent expansion of demand in 2018. There are great opportunities in e-commerce and the movement of time-and-temperature sensitive goods such as pharmaceuticals. But we must accelerate the modernization of processes, enforce regulations for the safe transport of lithium batteries and improve tion. Longer-term, we also need to inspire the next generation of talent. The air cargo industry has agreed to focus on these key areas and we must follow through,” said Glyn Hughes, IATA’s global head of cargo. Speaking at the World Cargo Symposium (WCS) that took place in Dallas, 13-15 March, Hughes also called for “a strong collective voice against the building headwinds of protectionist measures.” The industry has been pursuing a digital process transformation known as e-freight for over a decade. A key element of e-freight is the market adoption of the e-air waybill (eAWB). Global penetration has nearly reached 53 percent and the industry is targeting 68 percent by year-end on enabled trade lanes. IATA is facilitating and supporting the modernization and transformation process through its industry transformation program, Simplifying the Business (StB) Cargo. “The penetration of eAWB currently stands at 53 percent. To achieve the scale and sustainability required to meet the skills need for future growth of the air cargo industry a more collaborative and concerted effort towards developing a sustainable workforce is required across out industry - Glyn Hughes The implementation of e-AWB is slower than anybody—especially our customers—would like. But we are over the half-way mark. And the industry has agreed to amend a number of resolutions and recommended practices to make the eAWB the default standard on enabled trade lanes. We can be optimistic that these should spur eAWB efforts forward in 2018,” said Hughes. Improving Enforcement of Safety Regulations for Lithium Batteries Safety is the industry’s main priority. Global standards and regulations are in place to ensure the safe transport of dangerous goods including lithium batteries. However, mis-declared or noncompliant dangerous good shipments, especially involving lithium battery consignments, continue. “We see too many examples of abuse including mislabeling of lithium batteries. Governments must step up enforcement of dangerous goods regulations and take a tougher stance against rogue shippers. This includes using their and custodial sentences on those violating the regulations,” said Hughes. It took an average of 1.41 days to clear goods through customs regional variation), according to IATA’s Cargo IQ statistics. “This is too slow for businesses that compete on speed to meet their customer needs. We need to work together with governments to cut the red tape and facilitate faster, cheaper and easier trade,” said Hughes. In particular IATA is pressing for governments to implement three important global standards: The Montreal Convention 1999 (MC99) enables digital documentation in customs documentation— a key enabler of the e-AWB. To date, 131 countries have implemented MC99. But some key countries where air cargo has an important role still need to come on board—including Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Ghana, Iran, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. Revisions to the Kyoto Convention of the World Customs Organization will facilitate smart border solutions that reduce complexity and cost. Also, the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement will make trade cheaper, faster and easier. 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