The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has announced that there is no winner of the 2016 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.The announcement was made following a meeting of the independent Prize Committee, chaired by Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim, and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s Board meeting last weekend.Commenting on the decision of the Prize Committee, Dr. Salim said: “As I emphasize each year, a very high bar was deliberately set when the Prize was launched in 2006. We recognize and applaud the important contributions that many African leaders have made to change their countries for the better. But thePrize is intended to highlight and celebrate truly exceptional leadership, which is uncommon by its very definition. After careful consideration, the Committee has decided not to award the Prize in 2016.”The candidates for the Ibrahim Prize are all former African executive Heads of State or Government who have left their office during the last three calendar years (2014-2016), having been democratically elected and served their constitutionally mandated term.Since being launched in 2006, the Ibrahim Prize has been awarded four times. The previous Laureates are President Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia (2014), President Pedro Pires of Cape Verde (2011), President Festus Mogae of Botswana (2008), and President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique (2007). NelsonMandela was the inaugural Honorary Laureate in 2007.The Foundation looks forward to hosting its flagship event, the Ibrahim Governance Weekend, in Marrakech, Morocco, from 7 to 9 April 2017. The event will open on the Friday evening with a high-profile discussion titled “A Conversation on Leadership,” looking at the challenges of global leadership in the 21st century.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Twenty-two doctors will be the newest addition to Guyana’s public health sector. The newly trained doctors completed their scholarship in the medical field in Cuba.At a graduation ceremony held at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC) on Saturday, the doctors – eleven of whom were Guyanese, ten from the Caribbean and one Malaysian – received their certification and undertook the Hippocratic Oath under the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud. They will now be able to practice in Guyana as part of their internship.The newly trained doctors taking the Hippocratic Oath to uphold the ethical standards of the profession at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre on SaturdaySpeaking at the event, Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba, Halim Majeed, advised the graduates that this is the beginning to other such accomplishments which will be achieved in the future. They were urged to maintain a noteworthy professional outlook when serving patients.Ambassador Majeed later stated that with the input of the Cuban Government, it will foster development in the health sector across the Caribbean region.“We are on the threshold of a national renaissance and so the national interest must be out preponderating concerns. We are emerging from the dungeons of economic insecurity. We are building capacity in several areas of national development,” the Guyanese Ambassador said.Meanwhile, advisor with the Department of Public Service, Vincent Alexander delivered the feature address, in which he also underscored the benefits of the relationship which has been forged with Cuba. He said in this way, Guyana has acquired the opportunity to produce professionals in the field but they must be able to perform to the best of their abilities.“You have to take responsibility for what you do, and take responsibility to continue to ensure that you learn. You are really now on the learning curve. You are at the stage where there is so much more to be learnt,” he said to the doctors.The new doctors were also charged by the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Karen Boyle who reiterated the importance of responsibility and the need for focused individuals when dealing with all types of patients.“I urge you to be engaged. I’m taking about being physical, emotionally and mentally engaged. When you come to work, please show up. Be fully focused.”With the return of Ambassador Majeed to Cuba, it was revealed that 13 more students will be accompanying him. Presently, there are 62 Guyanese students pursuing careers in the medical field in the Spanish-speaking country.
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