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COASTWEEK, August 04 - 11, 2000

Coastweek -- AFRICA ONLINE TALKS: Senior executives from Africa Online’s offices in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Namibia met at Jadini Beach Hotel on Mombasa south coast for a pan-African strategic planning session.  Mr. Ayisi Makatiani  the Chief Executive of Africa Online was seen comparing notes with Mr. Ralph Nkambule the General Manager of Africa Online Swaziland and Mrs. Lucy Kiboi  the Corporate Head of Human Resources.

MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT confirmed theappointment of Dr. Johnson M. Kazungu to be the new Director of Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI). Dr. Kazungu, born 42 years ago holds a BSc degree from University of Nairobi and an MSc degree from Tokyo University, Japan where he specialized in Marine Chemistry. He obtained his PhD in Analytical Chemistry (aquatic ecosystems) in 1996 from University of Brussels, Belgium and since then he has been the Chief Scientist at KMFRI. Dr. Kazungu has twenty years experience at KMFRI and has co-ordinated various Research Projects both locally and inter-nationally and represented KMFRI in various confe-rences and foras. He becomes the third Director since KMFRI was formed in 1979 through the Science and Technology Act.

JAMAICA - ASALI Tamu Farm in Mtongwe were among Youth Groups which were lucky of the Aid of AMREF while they were constructing a well.  Seen at the ground breaking ceremony was Mrs. Matilda Nyoka in action.  The ceremony was witnessed by the Guest of Honour, Likoni Division D.O., Mr. A.S. Madei followed by Mtongwe Chief Athman Ngoma Looking on were Silvanus Ochieng Omondi Chairman, followed by Assistant Chief Mtongwe, Salim Baya, Mrs. Margaret Belewa, Tototo Representative Mombasa, and Mrs. Doris Kiia, District Agricultural Officer Mombasa and other members of the group.

THREE STRATEGIC BUSINESS UNITS: In his opening speech at a seminar held in Mombasa for the Coast members of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Tom Borghols, the ABN AMRO Bank Coast Area Manger, announced that the Bank is in the process of restructuring its operations into three largely autonomous strategic business units. During the seminar, Tom Paanakker, who heads the Treasury Department, explained the functioning of foreign exchange markets and covered technical issues on foreign exchange dealings. Costa Malai, the Deputy Manger for the Coast, presented a paper on the credit process.      

HEADTEACHERS’ ENVIRONMENTAL SYMPOSIUM:  Mrs. Lydiah Mpate (Acting M.E.O.) delived a speech during  closing ceremony of the Primary Schools Headteachers’ Environmental Symposium organised by Environment Trust of Kenya. Others present were Hassan M. Hassan (Fort Jesus Museum), Mr. Daniel Gathine (Kenyatta University) , John Baya (Coast Forest Conservation Unit - Ukunda), Momanyi Getuno and Evans Gachie both ETK officials. ETK and Municipal Education Office had been collaborating to promote environmental issues in schools to creat an environmentally concious generation.

SENIOR STUDENTS at Coast Academy  presented an art exhibition of their own work at Ratna Square, Nyali. Some of the most impressive paintings in the show were successfully sold. The exhibition was entirely on the initiative of the students themselves, and was much enjoyed by the many visitors who signed the visitors’ book. Main contributors to the Coast Academy at exhibition were seen with their artworks Mustafa Khanbhai, Malti Gohil, Lamya AIi, Priya Gudka, Saeed Soud, Raj Vyas and Suad Saleh and Vishal Shah.

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