Black Bombers to participate in international boxing tournament in New Zealand


The national amateur boxing team, the Black Bombers will be in New Zealand in June this year to participant in the International Professional and Amateur Boxing tournament in Auckland with their New Zealand counterparts.

According to Vice President of the Ghana Boxing Federation (GBF) Mr. Dauda Fuseni, the programme was to enable boxers of the two countries to test and sharpen their skills ahead of major international boxing events.

He said while the main team would be in Thailand to participate in the second World Boxing Qualifier for Paris 2024, the reserve side comprising other top young budding pugilists like Mohammed Aryeetey and Abu Kamoko would get the opportunity to travel to New Zealand for the project which is a bilateral relationship agreed by the Amateur Federations of the two countries.

Mr. Fuseni said the Black Bombers remarkable performance at the 13th?African Games where they bagged four gold, one silver and two bronze medals had been noticed and Ghana was still seen as a great boxing natio
n.

‘We need the exposure, our boys are good, but they lack international exposure and experience, they must go out to fight or we must invite other nationals here and it is not easy, so when such opportunities come we should not let it slip’ he said in a media interview.

Mr. Fuseni said the Black Bombers must be in Paris at all cost adding ‘We should be at the 2024 Olympic Games, we have made the history and we should maintain it’.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ethiopia Implements Homegrown Initiatives to Ensure Food Security, Mitigate Impacts of Climate Change

Addis Ababa: The government of Ethiopia has been implementing various homegrown initiatives with a view to mitigate the impacts of climate change and ensure food security of the people, Minister of Agriculture Girma Amente remarked.

The minister made the remark at the opening of High-Level Side Event on the margins of the 14th Session of the African Risk Capacity Conference of Parties in Addis Ababa.

The High-Level Panel aims to convene a diverse array of stakeholders, including policymakers, executives and representatives and experts of continental institutions to share lessons, build on existing strengths, and address the multifaceted challenges that the African food system faces.

The meeting will also addresses the interlinkages between climate change and food systems for food security, and resilience in Africa by fostering dialogue and knowledge exchange on climate-smart agricultural practices, technologies, and policies as well as resilience building efforts that enhance food security while mitigating
climate change impacts.

Attempting to identify Africa’s major opportunities and challenges in implementing climate-smart solutions and resilience building efforts at national, regional, and continental levels is also the other objetive.

Ethiopia’s Agriculture Minister Girma Amente said on the occasion that despite Africa is endowed with immense resources vital to ensuring food security; the continent has still been suffering from the harsh impacts of natural and manmade disasters.

However, he said Ethiopia is exerting efforts in order to alleviate the negative impacts of climate change and ensure food security in the country by implementing various homegrown development initiatives.

The minister mentioned the ongoing Green Legacy Initiative which has so far enabled the nation plant more than 32.5 billion tree seedlings stating that the objective is to reach 50 billion at the end of 2026.

The initiative is playing critical role in increasing the forest coverage of the country, he added.

The Minister has
also shared Ethiopia’s success registered in wheat development program that was initiated by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed pointing out the national wheat irrigation development currently underway on 3 million hectares of land across the country.

Girma said Ethiopia is sharing its success being registered in wheat development to other African countries.

Ethiopia has also been implementing National Food System Roadmap with view to successfully achieve efforts being carried out to ensure food security, the minister stated.

He called on African nations to strengthen cooperation in order to fight the impacts of climate change and food insecurity.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

SDGs’ Current Pace of Progress Insufficient to Achieve set Targets by 2030

Addis Ababa: Africa is making progress in 12 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but the current pace of progress is insufficient to achieve the goals by 2030, according to an experts report on the progress on Africa Sustainable Development.

The report launched ahead of the 10th Session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia indicates that progress on the SDG agendas varies across sub-regions.

The report was produced by a team of experts convened by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in collaboration with African Union Commission, the United Nations Development Programme Regional Bureau for Africa (UNDP-RBA), and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

On the occasion, the Deputy Executive Secretary for Programme Support at the ECA, Antonio Pedro underlined the lack of robust data as a major hurdle in tracking progress accurately. Improving data systems to effectively monitor and achieve the SDGs is essential, he stressed.

‘Addressin
g wide-ranging challenges-including social, political, environmental, and economic-is essential; specific focus areas like women’s empowerment, peacebuilding, and security need targeted attention,’ said Pedro, stressing the need to take advantage of technological advances, including artificial intelligence, to target interventions and achieve the SDGs with greater efficiency.

He said there is need to foster domestic resource mobilization through evolving a better and innovative tax system. Countries need to improve institutional governance, strengthen data collection, analysis and reporting and devise better strategies for debt restructuring.

Africa still accounts for over half (54.8 Percent) of global poverty. Particular attention therefore needs to be paid to addressing child poverty – the number of children living in extremely poor households, as about 7 out of 10 poor children live in Africa. In addition, lack of access to clean water, sanitation, energy, health, and education services coupled with ineq
uality, infrastructure gaps, climate change, ethnic conflicts and limited employment opportunities are among the key drivers of poverty in Africa.

On climate financing, the progress report shows the high climate financing gap in Africa. A large chunk of these resources emanates from public sector compared to private sector climate financing.

‘Issues of policies on carbon market, debt for climate swaps, and carbon tax on natural resources, as well as the establishment of national sustainable financial framework for climate change should be addressed,’ says the report.

The surge in debt across African countries is impeding Africa’s development, as debt servicing costs crowd out resources for social spending.

There has also been limited donor support for capacity building; on average, African countries spend a trivial 0.5 percent of GDP on science, technology, and innovation.

To bridge the gap and ensure that the continent achieves the SDG goals by 2030, the report recommends investing in data and capacity,
integrating different data sources, developing new and alternate indicators, identifying new partners with tools and solutions such as the private sector, NGOs/CSO and academia.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Attention Given to Startups Will Create Opportunity to Put Innovations into Practice: Startuppers


Addis Ababa: The attention given to startups will create opportunity to put innovations into practice, startupers told ENA.

Recall that Ethiopia has recently set its eyes on becoming a beacon of opportunity in the global startup landscape.

Startuppers who talked to the Ethiopian News Agency stated that the attention given to the sector will create opportunity to put innovations into practice.

Among the startuppers, Fitsum Sileshi the backend developer for ‘Adot, explained that the focus on startups is instrumental in securing financial support to initiate work by facilitating the introduction of creative projects.

This attention will enable startups to fulfill their role in supporting efforts to create job opportunities for citizens and contribute to economic growth.

According to her, Adot company aims to support mothers throughout their pregnancy journey and beyond by providing content, informative support, and access to doctors.

Fitsum emphasized the pressing issue of preventable or manageable disease
s leading to maternal mortality, stating that their mobile application seeks to address this by providing vital information to mothers in need.

The platform is a very cultural sensitive and also locally relatable product, according to the startupper, who added that this means mothers can understand what ‘we are giving them as article and also as content.’

‘We are targeting mothers who speak Amharic and also have access to smartphones. But soon we will be able to have more access to mothers speaking other languages and living in rural areas.’

The other startupper, Bereket Addis, has developed a technology called ‘Asbeza’ that includes e-commerce and logistics to easily provide an online grocery delivery service.

He highlighted the favorable conditions for startup growth in the country, adding that the government’s focus on startups, through the formulation of supportive policies and provision of other assistance, is fostering favorable conditions.

By fostering entrepreneurial environment and supporting st
artups, countries like Ethiopia can unlock a potent engine for sustainable development and prosperity, he noted.

According to Negede Yisak, an expert at Ministry of Innovation and Technology, the emerging trend of startups has been capitalizing on the favorable environment fostered in the country.

A recent announcement of a business plan competition attracted approximately 300 startups, with 20 of them advancing to the final round.

From this, 10 startups will be selected to receive support, including access to an incubation center, tailored training, and mentorship within their respective fields.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Ethiopia Intensifying Diplomacy to Connect Economy with Global Market: Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Addis Ababa: Ethiopia has been intensifying diplomacy to connect the nation’s economy with the global market, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In an exclusive interview with ENA, Foreign Affairs State Minister Mesganu Arga said that Ethiopia has embarked on rigorous economic reforms aimed at opening up and connecting it with the global economy.

‘As part of the Homegrown Economic Reform Program, Ethiopia is now liberalizing and connecting our economy with the global economy.’

The Ethiopian Investment Board has recently issued a new directive outlining that foreign investors can engage in specific trade investments and in the previously reserved businesses including export, import, wholesale and retail trade investments.

According to the state minister, these economic reforms and initiatives have a paramount importance to opening up the economy and linking it with regional markets such as the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA.)

He added that Ethiopia is also gearing up to be part of the
World Trade Organization (WTO). The process being expedited is imperative to Ethiopia in order to access global trade opportunities.

The Ethiopian government has been currently implementing a new economic reform blueprint, dubbed Homegrown Economic Reform, with a major aspiration to unlock the country’s development potentials.

Following the reform program, Mesganu noted that promoting economic opportunities and investment potential has become at the heart of Ethiopia’s diplomacy.

‘We have realized that investment promotion and confidence building for global economic activities are pretty much imperative to our diplomacy. In this regard, attracting foreign direct investment and connecting our economy with the global market are important steps carried out.’

To realize these economic endeavors, trade and investment promotion activities have been conducted by foreign missions, consulates and diplomats, it was learned.

Looking for additional markets globally, attracting more investments, as well as promoting
domestic tourism potentials are at the epicenter of the economic diplomacy.

The state minster pointed out that Ethiopia’s foreign policy is anchored on strengthening partnership with neighboring countries, and the policy essentially prioritizes economic integration to achieve joint regional development.

Further elaborating on the country’s economy, Mesganu said that it has shown significant resilience amidst global challenges.

‘Our GDP has redoubled and our economy has registered a fast growing record. Thus, this has been encouraging us to reinforce the economic foreign policy missions in the region and beyond. We are really working hard as a country to bring about development and achieve growth internally and also sharing achievement to the neighboring countries.’

Moreover, he reaffirmed the commitment of Ethiopia to connecting with its neighboring nations in terms of infrastructure as well as sharing its development ambition and integration agenda through road and railway.

For the state minister, those
agendas are quite important and they are the main focus for our foreign policy since the economic dividend is for mutual benefits.

For the economic ambition of the country to come to fruition, Mesganu underlined that Ethiopia always seeks jointly and collaboratively working with the global community and with the neighboring countries.

In this respect, he explained that Ethiopia is committed to the securitization, joint development, and economic integration of the region.

‘So our agenda is peace, economic development, integration, trade promotion and large infrastructure connectivity between the neighboring countries,’ the state minister stressed.

Furthermore, Mesganu called on the neighboring countries to genuinely understand Ethiopia’s quest for access to sea.

‘Our right to have seaport access is based on rational ground,’ he noted, adding that there will also be opportunities for neighboring countries in the expanding economic activity and the large economy of Ethiopia.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Conference on Leveraging Digitalization to Improve Tax Compliance, Revenue Mobilization Concluded


Addis Ababa: A two-day conference aimed at leveraging digitalization to improve tax compliance and revenue mobilization has concluded in Addis Ababa today.

The international conference organized by Ministry of Revenues, in collaboration with the World Bank, has attracted many experts and stakeholders from emerging countries.

Briefing the media, Revenues Minister Aynalem Nigussie underscored the significance of digitalization in improving revenue collection by enhancing efficiency and minimizing cost.

Collecting revenue through digitalization also enables the tax administration to be fairer and transparent as compared with the manual system.

According to her, the Ministry of Revenues has been developing software to digitalize more the revenue collecting system.

At present, several platforms that enable tax payers to pay online have been established and those are contributing to enhancing the efficiency of collecting revenue.

World Bank Lead Governance Specialist in Ethiopia, Rajul Awasthi told ENA that t
he purpose of the conference is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of tax administrations by implementing digitalization.

Noting that there haven challenges in Africa for many decades in the sector, he added that the World Bank is now helping countries to address the challenges through financing and technical assistance.

For him, digitalization is the best way to move forward in improving efficiency and effectiveness of tax administration and the World Bank is committed providing continuous assistance to realize digitalization.

According to Awasthi, the conference has created a platform for peer-to-peer learning between countries in the field.

Delegates mainly from African countries, including Nigeria, Zambia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Sudan, and Somalia, as well as experts from other countries have participated in the conference, it was learned.

The World Bank lead governance specialist, who stated that the Bank has been involved in helping countries to
improve their tax systems, improve domestic revenue mobilization through financial and technical assistance, said the World Bank is working closely with ministries of Revenues and Finance to improve the capacity in the sector.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Economic Sectors Permitted for Foreigners Provide Multi-faceted Positive Impacts


Addis Ababa: The decision passed by the government to allow foreign investors to take part in economic sectors that were previously restricted only for Ethiopian citizens will have a multi-faceted positive impact on the economic development of the country, economists remarked.

The Ethiopian Investment Board has recently passed a directive that would allow foreign investors to participate in wholesale and retail trade in the country.

The economists who talked to ENA noted that the directive will reportedly provide more opportunity for legally viable competitive trade and would play a clear role in providing broader choices for consumers.

A senior economist, Constantinos Berhe remarked that allowing foreign investors to take part in wholesale and retail sale trade has greater value for economic development of the country.

Citing the experiences of several countries across the world, the economist added that foreign investors in the sector will bring in their work experience, capital expenditures which will
allow them to play a clear and positive role in the country’s economic development.

Companies who take part in foreign trade in Ethiopia will help to further expand foreign trade coverage and market network for the country and will enhance the nation’s capacity to compete in world trade.

Moreover, the directive is instrumental in increasing the quantity, quality and type of commodities that will be delivered at the international markets, Constantinos further added.

In addition, the directive will help to curb illicit foreign trade in live animals and will help to establish a standard framework to streamline foreign trade in the sector, he indicated.

Constantinos quoted a report from Global Financial Integrity which said the nation loses more than 1.5 billion USD due to illegal foreign trade transactions.

Allowing foreign companies to participate in wholesale and retail trade in the country will discourage illegal trade transactions and will pave the way for those illegal traders to join the formal and le
gal trade transactions, the senior economist further remarked.

He said those merchants who hoard commodities badly needed in the market and also those who demand higher prices for their goods as well as those who disrupt the normal market activity have been multiplying the grievances from consumers.

According to him, the participation of foreign investors in whole sale and retail trade will help to ensure stabilization of market prices and would play a positive role in promoting legal trade transactions across the country.

He added that the directive will help local merchants to be more competitive and thereby provide better choices for consumers.

Constantinos recommended that the government would need to carefully scrutinize the operational history of the investors, their current mode of operation and the values they would add to the national economy before issuing licenses for their formal operations.

Measures taken in introducing new financial policy which will provide for the formation of capital mar
ket and allowing foreign banks to operate in Ethiopia will help to expand the provision of financial resources for economic development.

Researcher of economics and instructor at Arsi University, Adem Fato said that inviting foreign investors to take part in whole and retail sale which was restricted only for Ethiopian nationals will have a multi-faceted positive impact on the economic development of the country.

He stated the decision made by the government will help to beef up foreign currency by promoting domestic and foreign trade which will in turn increase government revenue. Allowing the investors to take part in whole and retail trade will help to improve the quality of the commodities on market and would provide better choices for consumers.

Adem said that this would provide an ample opportunity for local traders to work in unison to engage in a meaningful competition in the market

The instructor further added that necessary guidelines that will promote competitiveness, the national economy and p
romotion of public benefits must be put in place as soon as the directives become operational.

The economists noted that economic measures taken by the government over the last 6 years in opening up the economy to the private sector have helped to promote sustainable economic development and competitiveness among the traders.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Ethiopia Set to Host African Cities Sustainability Forum


Addis Ababa: Addis Ababa will host the first African Cities Sustainability Forum in the upcoming September 2024.

The forum will be held under the theme ‘Sustainable Urbanization Planning for Africa’s Transformation – Agenda 2063,’ it was indicated.

As part of Ethiopia’s preparation to host the forum, Deputy Prime Minister Temesgen Tiruneh held an awareness raising forum today with the African Urban Forum National Coordinating Committee.

Addis Ababa is gearing up to host the African Cities Sustainability Forum anticipated to bring about more than 1,500 participants, the deputy PM shared on a social media page.

Temesgen also stated in his message that Ethiopia, as a historic country and a founding member of the United Nations and the Organization of African Unity, is prepared to fulfill its African responsibility by organizing this forum of African brothers.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

UN, AU Call for Stronger Collaboration to Address Africa’s Challenges to Achieve SDGs


Addis Ababa: The United Nations and the African Union have called for stronger partnership and collaboration to address challenges facing Africa in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The 10th Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development opened in Addis Ababa today.

Speaking on the occasion, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said Africa has been facing multiple crises, including debt increase by 183 percent, that is roughly four times higher than the region’s growth rate in (U.S.) dollar terms since 2010.

According to her, the total debt service accounted for a staggering 47.5 percent of government revenue in Sub-Saharan Africa last year.

The UN Deputy Secretary-General noted that ‘the gap is enormous. An additional 4 trillion USD must be invested every year to 2030 to have a chance of achieving the SDGs globally.’

This forum came ahead of a crucial international conference in September, presenting an opportunity for African leaders to advocate for a more equitable global fin
ancial system and secure increased investments and debt relief, it was learned.

Recall that UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for an SDG stimulus of at least 500 billion USD a year to scale up affordable long term financing for developing countries.

Amina insists that Africa’s leadership and collective voice will be essential to make the stimulus a reality.

African Union Commission (AUC) Deputy Chairperson, Monique Nsanzabaganwa, on her part reiterated Africa’s unwavering commitment to Agenda 2063.

She recalled that the AUC adopted the second ten-year implementation plan in February, acknowledging both the successes of the first decade and the need to address emerging challenges and opportunities.

The second plan seeks to address the emerging challenges and tap the emerging opportunities to accelerate the implementation of the Agenda.

According to her, domestic resource mobilization and stronger partnerships are key to achieving the development goals.

However, she stated that many African go
vernments have been facing self-inflicted and external challenges, and these challenges require stronger UN-AU partnership.

‘We need to go back to doing the basics of correcting all these gaps and inefficiencies, which is where our collaboration between the African Union and the United Nations is key, so that we bring back that conscious and that spirit of collaboration in our several multilateralism forum.’

Representing President Sahlework Zewdie, the Planning and Development Minister Fitsum Assefa called for prioritizing poverty eradication and the needs of the most vulnerable groups.

Eradicating poverty requires a holistic approach with substantial investments in peace building, education, healthcare, infrastructure, and sustainable livelihoods.

‘The enormous challenges we are facing today demand our resolute commitment to eradicating poverty and ensuring the delivery of sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions. (And) in doing so, we must prioritize the needs of the most vulnerable groups.’

The
forum that will be held until Thursday is aimed to serve as a platform for stakeholders to discuss solutions to accelerate progress towards the SDGs and Agenda 2063.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), in collaboration with the African Union Commission, organized the three-day forum.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

JISOP visits social protection institutions


A delegation of Journalists in Social Protection (JISOP) has called on key institutions to focus on issues of social protection.

The courtesy calls were to formally introduce JISOP to the institutions and establish a working relation towards a direct line of communication on social protection.

JISOP, within five days, called on the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), Deutsche Welle (DW), Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) Programmes Secretariat and the Ghana School Feeding Programme Secretariat.

It also called on United Nations (UN) institutions such as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), World Bank, World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Food Programme (WFP) as well as the International Labour Organistion (ILO).

There were dialogues among the representatives of the institutions and the journalists to solicit collaborations, which underscored the essence of the meetings.

Madam Emma Anaman, Head of Social Protection a
t WFP, during the engagement, said the gesture was commendable given the influence of news reports on social protection issues.

She reiterated the importance of JISOP as a team that delved into the issues of social protection, adding it was a step to give the subject the needed attention.

Mr Achaligabe Colson Akanbasiam, Head of Communication, LEAP Secretariat, expressed the Secretariat’s readiness to work with JISOP towards an enhanced social protection conversation in the interest of the public.

He noted that there was misinformation about the LEAP programme contrary to its activities, adding that liaising with JISOP would facilitate effective communication between the programme and members of the public.

JISOP, launched last year, is an independent network of journalists from various media houses trained to report on social protection.

It is a stakeholder in the Right Based Approach (RBA) to the social protection agenda of Ghana under the UNICEF’s social protection strategy and coordinated by the Just
ice Baidoo Consulting Limited (JBCL).

The members were drawn across all regions in the country and grouped into the Northern, Middle, and Southern zones.

Source: Ghana News Agency

JISOP visits social protection institutions


A delegation of Journalists in Social Protection (JISOP) has called on key institutions to focus on issues of social protection.

The courtesy calls were to formally introduce JISOP to the institutions and establish a working relation towards a direct line of communication on social protection.

JISOP, within five days, called on the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), Deutsche Welle (DW), Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) Programmes Secretariat and the Ghana School Feeding Programme Secretariat.

It also called on United Nations (UN) institutions such as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), World Bank, World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Food Programme (WFP) as well as the International Labour Organistion (ILO).

There were dialogues among the representatives of the institutions and the journalists to solicit collaborations, which underscored the essence of the meetings.

Madam Emma Anaman, Head of Social Protection a
t WFP, during the engagement, said the gesture was commendable given the influence of news reports on social protection issues.

She reiterated the importance of JISOP as a team that delved into the issues of social protection, adding it was a step to give the subject the needed attention.

Mr Achaligabe Colson Akanbasiam, Head of Communication, LEAP Secretariat, expressed the Secretariat’s readiness to work with JISOP towards an enhanced social protection conversation in the interest of the public.

He noted that there was misinformation about the LEAP programme contrary to its activities, adding that liaising with JISOP would facilitate effective communication between the programme and members of the public.

JISOP, launched last year, is an independent network of journalists from various media houses trained to report on social protection.

It is a stakeholder in the Right Based Approach (RBA) to the social protection agenda of Ghana under the UNICEF’s social protection strategy and coordinated by the Just
ice Baidoo Consulting Limited (JBCL).

The members were drawn across all regions in the country and grouped into the Northern, Middle, and Southern zones.

Source: Ghana News Agency

CAMIFF is heading for the sky – Minister’s representative says at opening night

The Cameroon International Film Festival, CAMIFF began in the mountainside city of Buea with a call for all stakeholders to come on board.

The Director of Cinema at the Ministry of Arts and Culture (MINAC), Prof. Fai Donatus representing the Minister stated during the opening night after screening the movie, Half Heaven.

The Cameroon Movie, Half Heaven thrilled audiences who showed up on Monday, April 22, 2024. Directed by Johnscott Enah, the film now streaming on Prime Video and Amazon was widely enjoyed as a relatable epistle and an example of the strides of the Cameroon Movie Industry.

Prof. Fai Donatus expressed respect and admiration for CAMIFF’s vision bearer, Prince Agbor Gilbert. He then went ahead to call all stakeholders of the movie industry to come on board.

The senior civil servant applauded the organization which he admitted from the movie night has already moved him. ‘Everything that had transpired has changed my thinking,’ he said.

Prof. Fai lauded the passion and noted that CAMIFF is a f
lagship festival in the country. He praised all other stakeholders who together take up the work as a common purpose.

‘CAMIFF is now the platform on which young boys and girls are depending to promote their talent,’ Prof. Fai Donald observed.

Saluting members of the seventh art who turned out, he reminded all that ‘Whether you are part of it or not, CAMIFF is heading for the sky.’

The Cameroon International Film Festival which is celebrated yearly brings together actors, online content creators, comedians, artists, and those passionate about filmmaking.

Ngimju Brighter, hosting the red carpet for Bliss TV said the opening night, ‘was a mixture of fashion and celebrities‚Ķ an electrifying experience and a glamorous night.’

About the film, Ngimju said the movie, Half Heaven, is excellent and brings out the dynamic characteristics of the Cameroon Movie Industry.

Master classes will run during the day time till Friday on documentary filmmaking, screenwriting, cinematography, directing, acting, and other movi
e-related fields at the Buea Mountain Hotel.

CAMIFF nights will be spiced with a mask night, an all-white night, a cultural night, and the grand award night on Saturday.

Source: Cameroon News Agency