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Un voilier, fabriqué en partie en plastique recyclé, vogue sur le plus grand lac d’Afrique

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NAIROBI, Kenya, le 23 Septembre 2020,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/-Au début de l’année dernière, un boutre, un voilier traditionnel d’Afrique de l’Est, a parcouru plus de 500 km en direction du sud, le long des côtes du Kenya et de la Tanzanie, faisant escale dans près d’une demi-douzaine de ports.

C’est un voyage effectué par de nombreux bateaux. Cependant, le Flipflopi est un boutre différent, il ne suit pas les modèles traditionnels faits de bois, le bateau de 10 mètres de long et pesant 7 tonnes a été entièrement fabriqué à partir de déchets plastiques ramassés sur les plages du Kenya.

L’équipage du Flipflopi est partenaire de la campagne “Océans Propres” du Programme des Nations unies pour l’environnement (PNUE), qui vise à encourager les gouvernements, le secteur privé et la société civile à abandonner les plastiques à usage unique au profit d’une chaîne d’approvisionnement circulaire.   

Un an et demi après le succès de son premier voyage, le Flipflopi se prépare désormais pour une autre expédition, cette fois-ci pour faire le tour du lac Victoria, le plus grand lac d’Afrique.

“La raison d’être de cette expédition est de faire passer le message en amont”, explique Dipesh Pabari, co-fondateur du projet Flipflopi. Selon lui, plus de 90 % des plastiques de l’océan proviennent de huit grands fleuves, dont le Nil, dont une partie prend sa source dans le lac Victoria.

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L’équipage du Flipflopi a débuté son voyage autour du lac Victoria le 22 septembre. Selon lui, le navire, fabriqué presque entièrement à partir de plastique recyclé, navigue “comme par magie”. Photo : Dipesh Pabari

Le Kenya est l’un des nombreux pays d’Afrique qui ont, ces dernières années, intensifié leur lutte contre les déchets plastiques. Le mois dernier a marqué le troisième anniversaire de l’interdiction stricte des sacs plastiques à usage unique dans le pays. L’année dernière, le Kenya a rejoint d’autres pays pour la signature d’un accord mondial visant à mettre fin à l’importation de déchets plastiques, une mesure à laquelle s’oppose l’industrie chimique. En juin de cette année, suite à une directive présidentielle, le Kenya a interdit d’autres plastiques à usage unique : des bouteilles d’eau aux couverts jetables, dans les parcs nationaux, sur les plages, dans les forêts et les zones de conservation.

Malgré ces mesures, la pollution par les plastiques demeure un problème important dans ce pays d’Afrique de l’Est, tant sur la côte, où le projet Flipflopi soutient les initiatives locales de gestion des déchets, que sur les bords du lac Victoria. En une seule opération de nettoyage, près de cinq tonnes de plastique ont été collectées sur une plage de 5 km à Lamu, au Kenya.

Le lac, qui s’étend sur trois pays : le Kenya, l’Ouganda et la Tanzanie fait vivre plus de 40 millions de personnes. Cependant, il est soumis à une pression accrue en raison de la mauvaise gestion des déchets et de la pollution, ce qui a un impact sur la santé des communautés et menace la survie du lac.

“L’expédition du Flipflopi au lac Victoria porte un message simple mais essentiel à l’attention des gouvernements, des autorités locales, des parties prenantes et des communautés de la région : sauvez le lac Victoria avant qu’il ne soit trop tard”, déclare Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, directrice régionale du PNUE pour l’Afrique. “La destruction de cette source d’eau vitale implique la mise en danger des moyens de subsistance de millions de personnes. Il faut agir de toute urgence pour inverser la dégradation environnementale qui a de graves conséquences pour le lac et pour tous ceux qui en dépendent”.

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Lors de sa première expédition, le Flipflopi de 10 mètres et 7 tonnes a parcouru 500 km le long de la côte de l’Afrique de l’Est. Photo : Dipesh Pabari

Le 19 septembre, Journée mondiale du nettoyage, est un événement annuel destiné à souliger le problème mondial que constituent les déchets solides. Cette année, la Journée du nettoyage a également été l’occasion de la sortie d’un nouveau film d’animation qui raconte l’histoire des Flipflopi. Le célèbre acteur kenyan John Sibi-Okumu a écrit et raconté le film, été réalisé par Kwame Nyong’o, un réalisateur primé.

En attendant, l’aventure du Flipflopi au lac Victoria commencera avec l’arrivée du bateau au parc KWS Impala dans la ville kenyane de Kisumu le 22 septembre.

Au cours des prochains mois, la population locale sera encouragée à visiter le parc, à connaître les objectifs de la nouvelle expédition et à découvrir les détails de la fabrication du boutre en plastique.

Les plus grandes parties, la quille, les membrures et autres éléments structurels, ont été construites dans une usine de recyclage au sud de Lamu à partir de déchets de plastique, notamment des conteneurs, des sacs et même de vieilles bouteilles de shampoing, comprimés dans des moules en acier. Les planches ont été fabriquées en extrudant davantage de plastique recyclé et plus de 30 000 tongs abandonnées ont été utilisées pour tapisser la coque.

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L’équipage du Flipflopi prévoit de rester près du rivage car le milieu du lac Victoria est sujet à de puissantes tempêtes. Photo : Dipesh Pabari

Au début de l’année 2021, le navire effectuera un voyage d’un mois, d’abord dans les eaux ougandaises, puis tanzaniennes.

“Nous allons longer la côte car au large, le lac est particulièrement réputé pour ses vents et ses tempêtes très imprévisibles”, explique M. Pabari. “Et l’idée est d’être le plus près possible des habitants. C’est une histoire pour les habitants. Ce n’est pas une expédition classique. Nous ne sommes pas une bande d’explorateurs, qui relèvent un défi personnel. En fin de compte, notre cause est l’environnement.”

Lors de la première expédition, un boutre en bois ordinaire suivait le Flipflopi en cas de problème. Cependant, l’équipe est désormais satisfaite de la performance du navire en plastique. La construction en plastique est plus lourde que le bois, de sorte que le boutre a vogué à bonne hauteur dans l’eau sans avoir besoin des grandes charges de ballast que les boutres conventionnels doivent transporter.

“Il navigue comme par magie. Nous avons été frappés par la qualité de la navigation”, ajoute M. Pabari.

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Photo : Dipesh Pabari

Aux côtés du PNUE, de l’AFD, la branche du gouvernement français chargée du développement dans les pays étrangers, soutient cette initiative. Depuis vingt ans, l’agence s’efforce d’améliorer l’accès à l’eau potable des communautés vivant autour du lac Victoria. 

“En tant qu’acteur régional, historiquement impliqué dans la préservation de l’écosystème du lac Victoria, il est tout à fait naturel que l’AFD soutienne cette expédition clé”, déclaré Christian Yoka, directeur régional de l’AFD pour l’Afrique de l’Est. “Nous travaillons depuis 20 ans avec nos partenaires kenyans, ougandais et tanzaniens pour mettre en oeuvre un ensemble de solutions globales permettant aux populations des environs du lac d’avoir accès à l’eau potable et de préserver cette ressource grâce à la recherche ainsi qu’à des investissements dans des infrastructures d’assainissement adéquates. Nous sommes convaincus que les solutions pour atteindre les objectifs de développement durable impliquent une action collective et inclusive menée à l’échelle qui convient”.

Distribué par African Media Agency (AMA) pour UN Environment.

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Ghanaian female engineers take on a male-dominated automobile industry

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The automobile industry in Ghana is male-dominated but a team of Ghanaian female engineers is embracing this frontier and changing the status quo.
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Solartaxi Ghana, a green energy automobile start-up in the country has created the platform for a team of young female engineers to support the mission of finding greener solutions in the automobile industry.
Catherine Ama Wilson and Belinda Akaba together with nine others are taking Ghana’s automobile industry by storm by building solar and electric automobiles under Solartaxi.

‘I am the type of person who is always on the move to do something new. After hearing that we have a company making electric vehicles, I said, why not come here and try my talent to see whether I can build myself in other areas”, said Mary Kudaya, a mechanical engineer at Solartaxi Ghana in an interview monitored by Ghana Talks Business.

”Moving forward, I also want to stand on my own, have my firm that I will employ a lot of ladies into the engineering field”, said Belinda Akaba, an electrical engineer.

Despite the platform provided by the female engineers, SolarTaxi Ghana faces major challenge which its co-founder George Appiah, explained.

“We have engaged with the consumer power unit of the electricity company of Ghana, on the possibility of charging all our units across the country. But as a local assembling company that assembles electric vehicles here, being the bikes, the tricycles, and also we are moving towards the cars, we don’t have that support yet. Our biggest challenge has to do with the taxes that we pay. That is not something we are getting support for,’’ he said.

In a press briefing last year, the Growth Associate of the company, Eugene Amponsah, made it known that electric vehicles had the potential to mitigate climate change and provide affordable transportation to Ghanaians.

“They don’t produce fumes so we mitigate climate change. So, when we have more of these cars in the system, that would control the impact on the environment. We are trying to make a major statement in the transportation industry, we know that there is a huge influx of a lot of fuel cars in the system. We are also much concerned about climate change and with that, we want to try and help the environment by introducing cars that are efficient in terms of servicing, cost of fuel, and all that,” he said.

Recent launch by Solartaxi

Solartaxi Ghana launched the Cherry Tiggo 3xe 480 EV SUVs last year with the following specifications
 53.6 kWh battery good for a range of about 401 km (NEDC)
 95 kW motor producing 280 Nm of torque
 Top speed of 151 km/h
 Dimensions of the Tiggo 3xe 480 EV SUV are 4200 mm long, 1760 mm wide, and 1570 mm high.
 The wheelbase of the Tiggo 3xe 480 EV SUV is 2555 mm, and it has a ground clearance of 150 mm.

Besides electric cars, the company produces other products such as solar-electric bikes, tricycles, and charging stations.

ALSO READ: Usain Bolt launches a two-seater electric vehicle which starts at $9,999

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My favourite definition of ‘entrepreneurship’ is “the creation or extraction of value”. Simple, right?

It means wherever you are, if you are creating extra value for yourself or bringing out more worth in whatever you do, then you’re entrepreneuring! …if that’s a word. It means an entrepreneur need not only be those that start/have a business or a side hustle. By this definition, you might have countless ways and opportunities to be an astounding entrepreneur in your everyday life and not even know it.

Value comes from an idea becoming a business

When you get a great idea, it has all the potential in the world, and all the risk in the world too. These kind of cancel each other out. We tend to put too much value on just ideas and that’s the wrong approach because an idea is just the start, just the first and arguably the least of many hurdles to overcome until you milk actual value from said idea.

I don’t react the same way I used to when I chance on a great idea. Because a great idea is as valuable as no idea if nobody does something good with it. In fact, badly executing a good idea might cost you more than having no idea at all. A good idea might mean something, to someone, somewhere, but until the right idea is paired with the right person and the right systems, it means absolutely nothing.

Some people sit on an idea for decades, imagining the virtual value of the imaginary billions of dollars they will make when their idea takes off. An idea is nothing until it becomes a profitable, worthwhile endeavour that lives and breathes OUTSIDE OF YOUR HEAD. It is important that a good entrepreneur understands that the sky is the limit when a good idea takes off properly, and hell is the bottom if that idea should fail and fall when badly executed.

Nonetheless, it all still starts with an idea

We all at one point in time have had an idea about how to make more money, how to get more value. Don’t forget that by my favourite definition of entrepreneurship, you don’t have to leave your job and stop everything to be an entrepreneur. But from where do you start?

It starts from an idea, a great idea, a great and grounded idea, an idea you are passionate about, one that brings you satisfaction to see executed. One simple trick to getting that idea is to think of one thing that frustrates, and then think of how to solve it. Boom! Just like that you have your great idea.

I might have oversimplified it but it’s true. Some of the world’s biggest and brightest ideas have come from solving everyday problems. You don’t want to leave the house to buy stuff – shop online. There’s too much darkness around you at night– invent a lightbulb. Our very own Veronica Bucket is still proof that a great idea can still be a very simple one from our everyday lives.

3 questions about your idea

Is there really a market for your idea?

Don’t be a victim to misleading market demand. Let’s take rice for instance, simple rice. It’s a staple, it’s not hard to understand, and it’s literally everywhere, in every home. Everybody is eating it. So, if you were to import quality rice, people would buy it, right?

The answer is not an outright yes. Nonetheless, yes there is a huge demand in the current market for rice but how much of that market is truly YOURS? Misleading demands could make you think all is simply there for the taking. Without the proper business setup, you’d find everyone buying rice, but not yours.

Who can you share your journey with?

While developing your idea, it’s always best not to do it alone. Statistics show that companies that have co-founders grow a lot more faster than those that are run alone. Don’t separate yourself from the world with your trillion dollar idea. Find people you trust who can help you with your idea and guide you to focus.

Is it scalable?

To ensure your idea is easily scalable, imagine if you were doing a million times more of what you’ve started. Will you still be able to make profit after increased operational costs? A scalable business can maintain its performance levels as sales increase. Don’t be one of those people complaining to clients that you have a lot of workload so they have to understand why you’re failing them. People get that a lot with new businesses.

The current times we live in might make it easier to go global, but also easier to become obsolete. Markets are changing very fast and innovation is the word of everyday. Getting people with whom you trust to develop your idea, who share your passion for the journey, is also important to growing your business.

Running a Business

The most common notion of an entrepreneur involves running a business of some sort. If you want to run your idea as a business, then regardless of the nature of the business, you need to fundamentally understand these simple steps that complete a cycle.

→ Invest funds → Get Customers → Sell Goods/Service → Get Paid → Reinvest Funds… then the process restarts. Again, very oversimplified.

  • Inject Funds: An idea is not a business. Once you get a viable idea, you’d need to raise funds to turn that idea into a real business. A good idea for a business is one that fulfils your target customers’ exact needs.
  • Get Customers: It is important to have target customers clearly defined in your business plan. Effective business strategies should be adopted to build brand loyalty while selling your goods or service.
  • Sell Goods/Service: This is where you satisfy the customer by offering to them the goods they want or that service they need, with the hope that they’ll return for more business with you so you get more sales.
  • Get paid: Payments from the customers should ideally be enough to cover all operational costs and some extra: that extra is the profit. It is important to keep your business profitable for easy growth and expansion.
  • Reinvest funds: To keep going, payments to the company are reinvested back to cover increasing costs towards bigger sales. Growth and Expansion happens as the whole process restarts and repeat itself over and over again.
Now let the idea evolve outside your head

The moment you act on your great idea, it’s showtime! It’s no longer virtual reality. Extreme care should be taken so as not to start off on the wrong foot.

Know your peers. Don’t be looking for ideas concerning meaningful healthcare by talking to a taxi driver. He might say something smart every now and then but that’s not his field. It is important to find likeminded people in your sector that you’ll have discussions with.

Know your customers. RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH! Research a lot about the sector you are looking to get into. Remember what you read on misleading market demand earlier. Always ask yourself, ‘how much of the current market is MINE?” Don’t be too optimistic.

Prepare a business presentation. Continuously improve upon your pitch. A PowerPoint presentation presented to a friendly and frank audience will tell you if you have successfully gotten your idea across. Don’t forget, nobody is in your head; only you know what you know.

Learn to present your ideas concisely through practice.

The paranoid outlives the oblivious. Always assume you have a long way to go. After all, you just started, or you’re not there yet. The typical starter will not be able to get up after a few falls, even after one fall. So continuously remind yourself that “the paranoid outlives the oblivious”.

Trust yourself

Trust in yourself. If you don’t already have the stomach for it, business can be very intimidating. If you’re creating or extracting extra value in whatever you do, then you’re probably doing something different. Change is always difficult. Making that change permanent will require you going out of your way to do what you normally wouldn’t do. You will do things that are out of your comfort zone, and essentially re-evaluate what it means to be you to be an entrepreneur.

You also need the trust of your target market. A successful entrepreneur is trusted to deliver. Maybe you’re extracting extra value from an accounting job; you’d need to be trusted to deliver to get that promotion, or that extra work for extra pay. If run an e-commerce website, you’d need to be trusted to literally deliver on purchase orders. Some business men are not liked but trusted to be as their reputation narrates. Trust is essential to being an effective entrepreneur.

‘Entrepreneur In You’ Podcast – where you’ll find real value all year round

This year, my outlet of choice will be the ‘Entrepreneur In You’ column and podcast – audio and video. I will be sharing articles, funding offers, job opportunities, trade deals, mentorship programs, while also having conversations with famous and successful people we all know and read about. We will discuss their journey, how they got their spark, what drives their inner entrepreneur, and how they’ve been ‘creating or extracting value’ in many ways than we know. All these are in an effort to share ideas, offer real help and demonstrate life hacks that equip our audience with the proper tools needed to bring out the Entrepreneur In You.

Stay tuned!

Maxwell Ampong is an Agro-Commodities Trader and the CEO of Maxwell Investments Group. He is also the Official Business Advisor to Ghana’s General Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU) of TUC Ghana, the largest agricultural trade union in Ghana. He writes about trending and relevant economic topics, and general perspective pieces.

LinkedIn:/in/thisisthemax   Instagram:@thisisthemax   Twitter:@thisisthemax   Facebook:@thisisthemax   Website: www.maxwellinvestmentsgroup.com   Email: maxwell@maxwellinvestmentsgroup.com    Mobile: 0249993319

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Brand & Image et Kam Global Strategies : un premier partenariat stratégique en RP

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L’Agence Brand & Image et Kam Global Stratégies ont annoncé, lundi, la signature du premier partenariat en relations presse et publiques (RP) entre deux opérateurs du Maroc et d’Israël.
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