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Her life, her choice, our future -UNFPA

Her life, her choice, our future -UNFPA

Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Dr. Natalia Kanem, called upon governments, civil society, communities and people from all sectors and walks of life to be bold and courageous, to do what is right for women and girls around the world on World Population Day.

In a statement this week, she said women have the right to make their own decisions about whether, when and how often to become pregnant, which was reaffirmed in 1994 in Cairo at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), where 179 governments agreed that sexual and reproductive health is the foundation for sustainable development.

“Despite considerable gains over the past 25 years, we still have a long way to go to live up to the promise of Cairo, to many continue to be left behind, too many are still unable to enjoy their rights,it is time to act now, urgently, to ensure that every woman and girls is able to exercise her rights,” she emphasised.

She explained that cost of inaction is simply too high because more women and girls are dying, more unintended pregnancies, more unsafe abortions, more pregnant girls shamed out of school, the potential of individuals and societies squandered.

“There is no time to waste, our future depends on it, that is why we work with countries and partners to deliver on the world we imagined 25 years ago, therefore our sights are firmly set on achieving three zeros by 2030, zero unmet need for family planning, zero preventable maternal deaths and zero gender based violence and harmful practices, such as child marriage and female genital mutilations,” she added.

According to Kanem high quality data will help them zero in on where the needs are greatest and end the invisibility of those furthest behind.

“Women and girls cannot wait, countries and communities cannot wait, the time to act on promises made and to deliver on family planning is now,” she concluded.


 

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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.