La Libra, Facebook's digital currency, announced for 2021 in reduced format

The launch of Facebook's digital currency, Libra , could take place in 2021. The project may benefit from favorable factors in the global economy, but regulators will have to be convinced first.  Facebook could launch Libra, its digital currency in 2021, we learn from the British media Financial Times, which quotes people close to the process. The product is expected to arrive in a limited version, after the project has met with great aversion from regulators, including in the United States, the country where the headquarters of the social media management company are located. The stakeholder association behind this digital currency project is now planning to launch a single version of Libra that will itself be pegged to the dollar, at the rate of one unit of US currency for each Facebook digital currency . “The other forms of currencies will be deployed at a later stage,” the FT source added. The exact launch date will depend on when the project

5 Africans among the finalists for the “Young Champions of the Earth” award

The list of finalists for the 2020 edition of the international "Young Champions of the Earth" award is known. It has just been made public by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Among the 35 candidates selected for their innovative approach to tackling environmental crises are five Africans.
 Fernanda Samuel, Ghislain Irakoze, Joy Egbe, Nzambi Matee and Richard Kakunga Wambua are the five African entrepreneurs who claim the title of “Young Champions of the Earth” for the year 2020. Originally from Angola, Rwanda, Nigeria and from Kenya, the start-ups, are among the 35 finalists of the 2020 edition of the international competition “Young Champions of the Earth”, selected by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). The annual competition aims to identify, support and reward exceptional people between the ages of 18 and 30 with innovative and evolving ideas for environmental protection. 5 Africans among the finalists for the “Young Champions of the Earth” awardOnly seven candidates will be selected in the final of the “Young Champions of the Earth” competition, including one entrepreneur from each region of the world (Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, West Asia and two from Asia and the Pacific). The winners will be selected by an international jury composed of the Executive Director of the Pnue, Inger Andersen; the UN Secretary General's Envoy for Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake; the UNEP's Creative Economy Officer, Roberta Annan; and Elizabeth Cousens, Executive Director of the United Nations Foundation.

The winners will receive seed funding of $ 10,000. The winners will also benefit from intensive training and personalized coaching to develop their various environmental projects.

Projects presented by Africans

The African entrepreneurs finalists in the “Young Champions of the Earth” competition deal with various environmental themes. Fernanda Samuel, Angolan petrochemical engineer has set up a project called “Otchiva”. His project aims for a sustainable use of mangroves in Angola; as well as the well-being of all living things that depend on it.

The second project presented was initiated by Ghislain Irakoze. Through his company Wastezon, the young Rwandan entrepreneur provides households and recycling stakeholders with cutting-edge technologies for the efficient collection, sorting and traceability of waste (electronic waste in particular). “To date, we have collected over 416 tonnes of electronic waste in Rwanda, which equates to 2,826.42 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions avoided,” says Ghislain Irakoze.

According to the founder of the company Wastezon, the next step will be to introduce a win-win solution called “Wastezon Smart Bin”, which meets both household waste collection needs and the growing demand for waste. 'fertilizer or compost. "Wastezon Smart Bin will offer automated sorting that will track waste decomposition, sterilize the scent of waste and provide real-time information to enable efficient waste circularity," said Ghislain Irakoze.

Green hydrogen to fight air pollution

Nigerian entrepreneur Joy Egbe has been fighting air pollution for several years with her "Just Add Water" technology. It is a device that uses compliant solar cells and water to generate green hydrogen through reversible fuel cells. According to Joy Egbe, the solution is in its pilot phase and currently serves 26 households in Nigeria and 5 businesses.

Nzambi Matee, the fourth African contender for the 2020 Young African Champions, has created the Gjenge Makers company, specializing in the manufacture of sustainable, alternative and affordable construction products. Currently, the Kenyan company produces environmentally friendly pavers that are made from recycled plastic and sand waste.

The fight against deforestation

The other project presented is that of Kenyan Richard Kakunga Wambua. The initiative is called GreenPap. “It's a web-based mobile platform that allows users to virtually plant trees through our green ambassadors, analyze and visualize data to monitor tree survival rates across the country,” through the use of drones and satellite images, ”explains Richard Kakunga Wambua. The platform also seeks to establish a paradigm shift by moving from sporadic tree planting to more targeted tree cultivation, recommending the best tree species to plant based on climatic conditions and soil composition. 'a given area.