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New five-year health cooperative agreement launched

New five-year health cooperative agreement launched

The Minister of Health and Social Services, Hon. Dr. Shangula, and the U.S. Ambassador to Namibia, Lisa Johnson, officially launched a new five-year cooperative agreement between the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Based on the current funding cycle, N$24,462,112 (US$1,744,117) is committed to this agreement for the period of April-September 2019.

“The partnership between the Mohss and CDC brings together an impressive and diverse skill set. The impact of the relationship is very clearly shown in the numbers. The Mohss recently announced that Namibia, in terms of meeting the UNAIDS 95:95:95 targets, is currently at 94:96:95. This is an incredible achievement,” Johnson said.

Meanwhile, the agreements are developed on a multi-year basis, with funding always committed one year at a time as per the funding availability through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) country operational plan for Namibia.

PEPFAR Namibia anticipates signing a new agreement with the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator later this week to confirm the next annual funding commitment, at which point additional money will become available to the CDC-MoHSS partnership.

The MoHSS and CDC have engaged in cooperative agreements since 2004 and PEPFAR is the largest commitment ever by a single nation toward an international health initiative – a comprehensive approach to combating HIV/AIDS around the world.


Caption : Mrs Anne-Marie Nitschke, Director: Directorate of Special Programs, Mr Benjamin Nangombe, Executive Director of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Honourable Dr. Shangula, Minister of Health and Social Services, Her Excellency Ambassador Lisa Johnson, U.S. Ambassador to Namibia and Dr. Eric Dziuban announcing the launch of the fourth 5-year cooperative agreement between the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


 

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia

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20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.