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  24 November 2017 Issue 215- Diversity - what?





I bump into a lot of industry initiatives. Not many of them are noteworthy. This one is!

Two years ago, I was invited by a friend to a small cocktail reception during one of the trade shows I regular attend. David was in a Q&A about his experience of being a black CEO with a Nigerian background in Europe and in the US.

Photo: Miss Zion Moreno hosting the awards

This was the premiere of Diversity TV and it had appeared to me as an initiative to support the development of the African TV sector. It is much more than that! This October, for the first time, the Diversity TV Award was presented at a small but very nice gala event at the Carton Hotel in Cannes during this year’s mipcom.

You’re still wrong when you believe it’s about racial diversity. The span is set much wider. 

The initiative aims at championing diversity, equality and inclusivity on the small screen and at improving the representation of racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. It’s about to become a strong voice for tolerance in a changing world!
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National Days

Zambia says her democratic credentials have remained admirable since the introduction of multi-party democracy.
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba says Zambia has successfully held six credible and democratic elections in the last 26 years.
He said this admirable record has made Zambia a flourishing democracy both at regional and continental level.
Mr. Mwamba was speaking during the commemoration of Zambia’s 53rd Independence celebration held at the Zambian Chancery in Pretoria South Africa attended by Minister of Lands and Natural Resources Jean Kapata and South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Human Settlement Zoe Kota Fredricks among other dignitaries who included Zambia’s football icon Kalusha Bwalya.
Ambassador Abd-El-Naceur Belaid of Algeria hosted a reception to celebrate the 63rd Anniversary of the launching of the Algerian Revolution. He said that it was the 63rd anniversary of First November 1954, the day of the launch of the armed struggle of liberation of the Algerian people after 124 years of extreme colonial violence.
Photo: Ambassador Belaid and Deputy Minister Inkosi Patekile Holomisa of Labour of the Republic of South Africa raising a toast
Ambassadir Belaid said that the celebration of the First November Revolution coincided, this year, with the celebration of South Africa of the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the icon Oliver Reginald Tambo.
Algeria and the Algerian people associate themselves with this event not only to pay tribute to this great anti apartheid militant and proud and committed panafricanist, he said, they do so also because the late Oliver Tambo had revolutionary and personally, strong ties with Algeria.
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Dr Laknath Jayasinghe: Strengthening India-Australia trade and diplomacy in higher education

This month in a conversation with the Global Editor for The Diplomatic Society Srimal Fernando spoke to Dr Laknath  Jayasinghe, Vice-Dean (Research) (pictured) at Jindal Global Business School (JGBS) in India. In addition to his role as Associate Professor in Marketing, Dr Jayasinghe is Associate Director for the Centre for India-Australia Studies (CIAS) located at the prestigious O. P. Jindal Global University in India.  Previously Dr. Jayasinghe taught at renowned Australian universities such as Monash University and Macquarie University. Australian born Dr. Jayasinghe is passionate about bringing together future leaders of India and Australia--across the political, business, cultural, and policy domains. Laknath gained his PhD in consumer anthropology at the University of Melbourne. His cultural research on Australian families, published in the elite Journal of Consumer Research, was acclaimed by the Marketing Science Institute as one of 16 “must read” scholarly marketing research papers published globally in 2013.


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