China Sees 1.8 Million Coal Layoffs Ahead

Posted On Dec 31 2020 by

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Kevin Yao and Meng Meng for Reuters:China said on Monday it expects to lay off 1.8 million workers in the coal and steel industries, or about 15 percent of the workforce, as part of efforts to reduce industrial overcapacity, but no timeframe was given.It was the first time China has given figures that underline the magnitude of its task in dealing with slowing growth and bloated state enterprises.Yin Weimin, the minister for human resources and social security, told a news conference that 1.3 million workers in the coal sector could lose jobs, plus 500,000 from the steel sector.China’s coal and steel sectors employ about 12 million workers, according to data published by the National Bureau of Statistics.“This involves the resettlement of a total of 1.8 million workers. This task will be very difficult, but we are still very confident,” Yin said.For China’s stability-obsessed government, keeping a lid on unemployment and any possible unrest that may follow has been a top priority.The central government will allocate 100 billion yuan ($15.27 billion) over two years to relocate workers laid off as a result of China’s efforts to curb overcapacity, officials said last week.China’s vice finance minister Zhu Guangyao quoted Premier Li Keqiang as telling U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Monday that the fund would mainly focus on the steel and coal sectors.The number of layoffs was reasonable based on the government’s capacity closure targets, said Jiang Feitao, an industry researcher with the China Academy of Social Sciences, a top government think-tank.He said the funds being made available would be used only after the enterprises go bankrupt and settle their debts. He said local governments would also be responsible for dealing with those debts.Full article: China expects to lay off 1.8 million workers in coal, steel sectors China Sees 1.8 Million Coal Layoffs Aheadlast_img read more


The Chief Information Office(r), Republic of Liberia

Posted On Jan 14 2020 by

first_imgWhen President Barack Obama took over in 2009 one of the first things he did was to appoint a Federal Chief Information Officer at the White House. Vivek Kundra (2009-2011) would lead Obama’s technology initiatives, direct the policy and strategic planning of federal information technology investments and have oversight of federal technology spending. He would also establish and oversee enterprise architecture ensuring system interoperability, information sharing, information security and privacy across the federal government. Kundra helped lower the cost of government operations and used innovation and the power of technology to improve performance and operational efficiency in the US Government.Vivek Kundra left the Obama administration in 2011 and is credited with saving taxpayers at least $3 billion by scrutinizing IT spending and identifying underperforming projects. His replacement, Steven VanRoekel who previously served as Managing Director for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and at Microsoft, also stepped down from the role in September 2014, and returned to USAID to advise the agency on technology matters in its response to the Ebola outbreak.  In Liberia, unlike President Obama, the establishment of the Chief Information Office did not make the first to-do list of President Sirleaf. It would take almost six years after her ascendency to nations highest office before the Government of Liberia began the establishment of the CIO Regime, and the subsequent appointment of the first Chief Information Officer of the Republic of Liberia.  But what is this office? What does it do; where is it; and who runs it?Enshrined in the National Telecommunications & ICT Policy 2010-2015 is a mandate for the establishment of the National ICT Governing Board to “oversee, monitor and evaluate the operations and implementation of ICT objectives and programs.” This Board is comprised of members of the ICT for Development (ICT4D) Steering Committee   which includes members from the Government of Liberia’s (GoL) ministries, agencies, corporations/commissions, the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) mobile, fixed and ISP operators, and other sector stakeholders.The policy further mandates the ICT Governing Board to commission a central implementing body to be called the Chief Information Office or CIO. This body according to the mandate “shall be housed at the Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications. The CIO shall comprise of core staff to include systems engineers, technicians, and several policy staff. It shall coordinate with every ICT unit across ministries and agencies to help the GoL determine how ICT can help transform government processes, by making it efficient, transparent and citizen-centric.”Another mandate from the Policy requires executive line ministries to “nominate a champion from each ministry who will become a part of the CIO Governing Council once the CIO regime is established.” This CIO Regime is headed by the Chief Information Officer, Republic of Liberia. The Chief Information Officer strategically focuses on improving practices in the design, modernization, use, sharing and performance of GoL information resources. In addition to being responsible for formulating programs in pursuit of the vision of the ICT Governing Board, the CIO is also responsible to handle and monitor GoL IT procurement to ensure cost effectiveness, standardization, and benefit from economies of scale.Liberia’s Chief Information Office is currently headed by Honorable Sekou Kromah. Honorable Kromah is the first CIO and comes to the job with a vast experience in the telecommunications sector. Prior to the CIO position, Honorable Kromah served as Managing Director of the Liberia Produce and Marketing Corporation (LPMC), and the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC), now LIBTELCO. He later moved from his role as the head of the national operator (LIBTELCO) to become the Deputy Minister of the Government’s telecommunications and ICT policy maker, the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.Unlike his American counterpart, Kromah’s job is more challenging since he inherited a totally disintegrated and “chaotic” government ICT landscape, where almost everyone is doing what he or she wants to do with Government ICT. Yet, he stands to pioneer a lot of ICT initiatives in government; one of them involving it’s e-government program. Kromah aims is to bring some “sanity” into government’s ICT landscape and hopefully bridge the gap between Government and the people through ICTs. His goal is to bring government services online and do away with “citizens standing in line.” In addition, he is working to apply sound procurement policies, ensuring standardization of the GoL ICT platform, and maintaining a highly skilled, efficient and effective team of professionals. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Olympia Summer Academy returns for 2015

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_imgThe Olympia Summer Academy (the Academy) announced its return to Greece for 2015. The Academy is an annual run institute that provides post-graduate students working towards a Masters or a PhD, and some advanced undergraduate students, the opportunity to engage with well-known educators in Greece, in a faculty that is on the cutting edge of academic research. The academy takes place over 10 days in July, in the picturesque port of Nafplio, and is an integral way for students to engage with a highly diverse, scholarly network from more than 30 countries, making the program’s social dynamic one that is not to be missed. The Academy began in 2002 and has been offering its students a wide range of specialised courses in the fields of political science and international studies ever since. For the past 12 years, the Academy has taken place at the birthplace of the Olympic Games in ancient Olympia. In 2015, the Academy will move to Nafplio; a picturesque seaport town which was the original capital city of modern Greece. The program is co-organised by the Navarino Network and the European International Studies Association, along with the sponsorship of many other organisations. The funding and support of these organisations allows for eight working days of intensive, high-level teaching, where six carefully defined social areas are taught in depth by a faculty of international standing. The 2015 teaching programs include the following:– Conflict & Political Violence (eight working days) – History, Philosophy & Sociology of IR (four working days) – Religion & Politics (four working days) – Terrorism & Counterterrorism (four working days) – Political Risk Analysis (four working days) – Nationalism and Ethnic Politics (four working days)The Academy will take place between 13-23 July, all applicants must be fluent in English and all interested applicants must apply by 30 April 2015. If you wish to take advantage of the incredible educational and social opportunities provided by the Academy, head to www.olympiasummeracademy.org for further information, including how to apply. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more