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United Nations Fund for Population Activities celebrates three milestones

United Nations Fund for Population Activities celebrates three milestones

The United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) last week launched the 2019 State of World Population (SWOP) Report at the Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre.

The launch also witnessed the celebratration of 25 years of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) as well as the 50th Anniversary in Africa.

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Loide Kaiyamo said the State of World Population Report for 2019, is titled ‘Unfinished business the pursuit of rights and choices’, describing issues and information about population worldwide.

“We are grateful for the powerful information that is presented in the report that reproductive rights and choices have become a reality for more women than ever and how we are called on to address the issues affecting the vast number of women and girls and to ensure that they are empowered to make fundamental decisions about their own life with emphasis on choices,” she added.

UNFPA Representative Dennia Gayle said the ICPD25 and UNFPA@50 are historic milestones offering an opportunity to reflect on the world’s progress towards ensuring rights and choices for all, and to redouble our efforts to reach those still left behind 25 years later.

“This years SWOP report traces advances in reproductive health on the anniversaries of two important milestones highlighted, it has been 50 years since UNFPA began operations in 1969 as the first United Nations agency to address population growth and reproductive health need and 25th anniversary of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development,” she emphasised.

She said the ICPD held in Cairo in 1994, which is frequently referred to as the Cairo Conference, remains the largest intergovernmental conference on population and development ever held.

“We firmly believe that with the experience of 50 years as a UN organisation and the progress we have seen in the last 25 years, attaining the Promise of Cairo is doable, challenging as it may sometimes seem, but doable,” she explained.

The country’s Vice President, H.E Nangolo Mbumba, officially launched the SWOP Report. He congratulated UNFPA and said the report will serve as the needed platform and impetus to increase the awareness of all stakeholders on the critical issues required toward investing and supporting the future of women and young people.

“We are pleased that we have the commitment from UNFP and partners as strong proponents of the ‘the triple threat Es’, which states that our people need, Education, Employment and Empowerment, to make informed decisions and choices about their health, participation and leadership,” he concluded.


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


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.