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Road Map for the alliance on climate-smart agriculture

From the left, Dr Tobias Takavarasha, representative of South Africa, FAO; Dr Shadeck Moephuli, the CEO of the Agricultural Research Council, Patrick Verkooijen from the World Bank; Dr Xiangjun Yao, the Director of Climate, Energy and Tenure Division, FAO, Rome.

From the left, Dr Tobias Takavarasha, representative of South Africa, FAO; Dr Shadeck Moephuli, the CEO of the Agricultural Research Council, Patrick Verkooijen from the World Bank; Dr Xiangjun Yao, the Director of Climate, Energy and Tenure Division, FAO, Rome.

The third global conference on Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security and Climate Change held in Johannesburg in December last year, emphasised the need for the adoption of better ways of agricultural production and farming to ensure food and nutrition security for the world’s increasing population.
This conference discussed the latest research and policy developments to improve agriculture in Africa, and to develop strategies to leverage agriculture as a tool for small farmers to contribute to national food security. It underscores efforts in Namibia to teach small farmers in communal areas how to apply concepts such as conservation tillage, crop rotation, surplus production, and marketing strategies.

However, most importantly, the Conference marked the transition to the development of an Alliance on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) which requires farming practices that are environmentally friendly.
“The objective is to formally launch the CSA Alliance during the UN General’s Leaders’ Summit on 23 September 2014 in New York,” said Dr Shadrack Moephuli, CEO of the Agricultural Research Council.
The CSA Alliance is the culmination of three interrelated processes namely the building of the partnerships which are planning to be development with five regional consultative meetings before and after FAO regional meetings scheduled from February to May 2014.
The proceedings of the CSA Alliance will be guided by a charter of which the initial draft of the indicated elements will be prepared with the support of the interim secretariat as input to the five regional consultative meetings involving all stakeholders.
Development of work programme, identification of prioritise and early action to be developed through action group meetings which will be held virtually and face to face.
“Today we established three action groups namely investment, knowledge and enabling the environment to develop a work programmes which identify priorities and early action in support of the CSA Alliance,” said Dr Moephuli.
The objectives of the Alliance is to accelerate the development and implementation across a range variety of agricultural systems and scales.
The Alliance is based on the following three pillars – Being sustainability of agricultural productivity; Adapting and building resilience to climate change; and Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.
“The Alliance is intended to be open, inclusive and voluntary. We will also build on existing and ongoing work whilst focusing on concrete actions on the ground and not forgetting to promote collaboration, knowledge and information sharing,” concluded Dr Moephuli.

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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.