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ASECNA to Deploy Space-Based ADS-B in Western and Central Africa

Aireon and Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) will bring real-time air traffic surveillance to high-trafficked, terrestrial African corridors MCLEAN, Virginia, Jan. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Aireon announced today that it has signed a data services agreement with the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA). ASECNA, created in […]
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Zimbabwe’s Opposition Faces Rocky Road to Election as Leader Mulls Exit

HARARE, ZIMBABWE If Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai were to stand down, as he has hinted he might, the party he founded would face immediate instability and could even split, handing a gift to new President Emmerson Mnangagwa in an election this year.

The most visible opposition figure in the southern African nation since independence from Britain in 1980, Tsvangirai said Monday it was time for the older generation to make way for younger leaders in the party.

Mnangagwa, 75, rose to power last November after Robert Mugabe stood down following a de facto coup, ending a 37-year reign marked by economic mismanagement, corruption and vote rigging allegations.

Investors and Western governments who cheered the end of Mugabe's rule will be closely watching the election for evidence Mnangagwa can run a free and fair vote and turn a new page in Zimbabwe's history.

It was expected that Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) would pose a robust challenge to Mnangagwa's ruling ZANU-PF. But that prospect may now be in jeopardy.

Tsvangirai, who has been battling cancer for several years and looked frail at a meeting with Mnangagwa last week, did not explicitly say he would stand down, and his spokesman said he could not comment further.

Tsvangirai, 65, has three deputies, one who was elected and two others he handpicked in 2016 to help him run the party, a move that still irks some MDC members.

The MDC has known division twice before � in 2005 and in 2014 following a heavy election defeat to the ZANU-PF. And, though analysts said it was good in the long term for Tsvangirai to relinquish the MDC leadership after nearly 20 years in charge, the succession has to be handled carefully.

"Behind the scenes, the three party vice presidents are gladiating to take over from Tsvangirai," said Eldred Masunungure, a political science lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe.

"It should be a democratic process and not an autocratic change of power. If Tsvangirai takes that route, it will tear the party asunder. It will be a sad day if Tsvangirai's departure means the death of the MDC."

'Critical moment'

The MDC has weakened progressively since 2008, when Tsvangirai defeated Mugabe in the first round of voting.

After opting out of the runoff, alleging violence by the army against its supporters, the MDC formed a unity government with ZANU-PF that helped stabilize the economy until Tsvangirai was defeated in a 2013 presidential election by Mugabe.

A senior MDC official said Tsvangirai was still considering whether to call for a special leadership congress or have the party appoint a new presidential candidate.

"The MDC is at a very critical moment and the issue of transitioning to a new leader has been weighing heavily" on Tsvangirai, the MDC executive told Reuters, asking for anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Tsvangirai, 65, the self-taught son of a bricklayer who worked in a rural mine to support his family, cut his political teeth in the labor movement as a mine foreman, later becoming a top trade unionist.

In 1999 he was elected founding MDC president and built his political career as a one of the only people willing to stand up to Mugabe, making him difficult to replace.

He will have to juggle regional, tribal and gender considerations in looking for a successor.

"Those are salient issues that the MDC cannot run away from," said Masunungure.

Source: Voice of America

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First Programme Content Announced as Industry Shows its Support for the Second West African International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (WAIPEC) 2018

The organisers of the eagerly anticipated second West African International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference 2018 (WAIPEC) (www.WAIPEC.com), have unveiled an overview of its programme ahead of the event which is returning next month (7-8th February) to the Eko Convention Centre, Lagos, Nigeria.

Across the two-day event, the conference programme has again been developed by a leading steering committee and speakers to build on the discussions of 2017 and to provide real value and insight for all delegates. Representatives include;

Ademola Adeyemi-Bero, Managing Director, FIRST Exploration amp; Petroleum Development Company Limited and Nigerian Independent Oil Companies

Bayo Ojulari, Managing Director, The Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo)

Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB)

Tony Attah, Managing Director, Nigeria LNG

Emeka Ene, CEO, Oildata Energy Group

Roland Ewubare, Group General Manager, NAPIMS

Dr. Mazadu Bako, Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC)

Austin Ojunekwu Avuru, SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company

Mordecai Ladan, Director Department of Petroleum Resources

Gbite Adenji, Senior Technical Advisor on Upstream and Gas to Hon. Minister of State for Petroleum Resources

Jeffrey Ewing, Chairman and Managing Director at Chevron Nigeria Limited

Ahmadu - Kida Musa, Deputy Managing Director, TOTAL Exploration and Production

Set around the theme of 'New ventures in West Africa; driving oil and gas production through innovative strategies,' content will focus on unlocking strategic value, leveraging innovation, best practices and technology that will grow West Africa#39;s energy industry.

A mix of technical and strategic sessions will specifically address;

The future of the global oil and gas industries and implication of the trend

How Nigeria and African oil and gas industries can compete effectively in today#39;s challenging industries

Funding local content

Service company � operator collaboration models � drawing on experience from other oil provinces

Outlining the National Gas Flare Commercialization Program

Powering the industry - optimising domestic gas supplies, especially for power generation and industrial development

Funding and investment in Africa's oil and gas industry

Modular refining

Set to tip the scales, WAIPEC stands as not only the largest event in the centre of Nigeria's oil and gas hub, but also the only truly industry led event, held in partnership with the country's petroleum sector and hosted by the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) (www.PETAN.org).

WAIPEC 2018 is already projected to attract more than 200 exhibiting companies and 6,000 visiting professionals from across West Africa, Europe, Americas and Asia - with its programme poised to set the standards on content, delegates and industry support for all conferences in the West African petroleum sector.

Speaking ahead of the event, Chair of PETAN, Bank Anthony Okoroafor explains, Taking place at the beginning of the year, WAIPEC 2018 will set the trend and the pace for the West African oil and gas sector in 2018.rdquo; He added, The mindset behind WAIPEC is what makes it unique from other conferences � it is designed specifically to be a solutions conference and a platform for the very best representatives from across the West African energy industry to come together and discuss, deliberate and share their insight and knowledge towards creating beneficial strategies for the betterment of all areas of the industry.rdquo;

For full details on the West African International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, its content and how to participate, visit www.WAIPEC.com.

Source: West African International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (WAIPEC).

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