APO Media Award: WIN $500 a month for one year, one lap top, one intercontinental flight ticket to a destination of your choice and more

 

The second-place winner will be awarded $300 a month for one year, and the third-place winner will receive $200 a month for one year

 

DAKAR, Senegal, June 12, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com), the sole press release wire in Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa, announced today that entry is now open for the 2014 APO Media Award (#APOMediaAward).

The first-place winner will be presented with $500 a month for one year, one laptop and one intercontinental flight ticket to a destination of his or her choice as well as one year of access to over 600 airport VIP lounges worldwide.

 

The second-place winner will be awarded $300 a month for one year.

 

The third-place winner will receive $200 a month for one year.

 

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APO Media Award celebrates brilliant and inspiring stories about Africa. The subject matter may comprise a single topic or a variety of subjects, including – but not limited to – business, economy, technology, agriculture, health, energy, gender, logistics, tourism, motoring, aviation, not-for-profit issues, diplomacy, environment, mining, entertainment and more.

 

APO Media Award is open to African journalists and bloggers, whether directly employed or freelancers, working in the continent of Africa who have produced a story that has been broadcast or published in English, French, Portuguese or Arabic in the form of a printed publication, a television feature, a radio story, a website or a blog whose primary audience is based in Africa.

 

Stories must have been broadcast or published between January and August 2014.

 

Stories are judged on content, writing, analysis, creativity, human interest and community impact.

 

All stories must be submitted in electronic format:

a) Print: upload the scan(s) of the published article.

b) Radio: upload the SoundCloud link (SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform that enables its users to upload and share sounds they have created themselves – https://soundcloud.com).

c) Website: upload the URL.

d) TV: upload the YouTube link.

 

TV material must first be uploaded to YouTube (www.youtube.com) and radio material to SoundCloud (www.soundcloud.com). If you are not a member of these sites, you will need to sign up in order to upload the video or radio material. Once you have obtained the link, you must enter it in this online entry form when inputting your story details.

 

Online Entry Form is available here:
http://www.apo-opa.com/apo_media_award.php?L=E

 

The deadline for entries is 1 September 2014.

 

The finalists will be announced on 15 September 2014.

 

The winners will be announced on 29 September 2014.

 

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Posted by: africanpressorganization | 29 July 2014

Le Canada retire provisoirement son personnel de la Libye


 

Le Canada retire provisoirement son personnel de la Libye

 

OTTAWA, Canada, 29 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le ministre des Affaires étrangères John Baird et la ministre d’État (Affaires étrangères et consulaires), l’honorable Lynne Yelich, ont fait aujourd’hui la déclaration suivante concernant la situation en Libye et le retrait temporaire du personnel canadien de ce pays :

« Le gouvernement du Canada prend la sécurité et la protection de nos diplomates à l’étranger très au sérieux. En raison de difficultés opérationnelles, notamment le caractère imprévisible de l’environnement de sécurité à Tripoli, nous avons autorisé la suspension temporaire des activités de notre bureau à Tripoli.

« Le chargé d’affaires du Canada et les diplomates canadiens à Tripoli vont travailler temporairement depuis l’ambassade du Canada en Tunisie jusqu’à ce que des mesures appropriées soient mises en place pour répondre à l’environnement opérationnel changeant.

« Cette décision n’est attribuable qu’à des préoccupations concernant la sécurité de notre personnel et n’a aucun lien avec nos relations diplomatiques continues et de longue date avec la Libye. Le Canada demeure déterminé à appuyer la transition démocratique de la Libye, et nous exhortons toutes les parties à mettre fin à la violence et à résoudre leurs différends par des moyens pacifiques et démocratiques. »

Les citoyens canadiens en Libye qui désirent obtenir des services consulaires généraux ou des services de passeport doivent communiquer avec l’ambassade du Canada à Tunis, en Tunisie, au +216 70 010 200. Ceux qui requièrent une aide consulaire d’urgence peuvent également communiquer directement avec le Centre de surveillance et d’intervention d’urgence à Ottawa au +1 613 996 8885 à frais virés, ou par courriel à sos@international.gc.ca.

Affaires étrangères, Commerce et Développement Canada déconseille tout voyage en Libye depuis le 1er juin 2014.

 

Un document d’information présentant des renseignements consulaires suit.

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 29 July 2014

Canada Temporarily Withdraws Staff from Libya


 

Canada Temporarily Withdraws Staff from Libya

 

OTTAWA, Canada, July 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), today issued the following statement regarding the situation in Libya and the temporary withdrawal of Canadian staff from that country:

“The Government of Canada takes the safety and security of our diplomats abroad very seriously. Due to operational challenges, including the unpredictable security environment in Tripoli, we have authorized the temporary suspension of operations at our office in Tripoli.

“Canada’s chargé d’affaires and Canadian diplomats in Tripoli will temporarily work out of the Canadian embassy in Tunisia until appropriate measures are put in place to respond to the changing operational environment.

“This decision is solely due to concerns about the security of our personnel and has no connection with our continuing and long-standing diplomatic relations with Libya. Canada remains committed to supporting Libya’s democratic transition, and we urge all parties to stop the violence and resolve their differences by peaceful and democratic means.”

Canadians in Libya seeking routine consular and passport services should contact the Embassy of Canada in Tunis, Tunisia at +(216) 70-010-200. Those who require emergency consular assistance may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa directly at +1 613-996-8885 (collect calls accepted) or by emailing sos@international.gc.ca.

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada has advised against all travel to Libya since June 1, 2014.

 

A backgrounder containing consular information follows.

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 29 July 2014

UNMISS Commissioner of Police in South Sudan Briefing


 

UNMISS Commissioner of Police in South Sudan Briefing

 

JUBA, South Sudan, July 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Invitation:

 

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) cordially invites members of the media in South Sudan to attend a press briefing to update on UN Police’s (UNPOL) role under the new Mission’s mandate; UN contributing Force Protection Unit efforts in managing IDPs in the protection of civilians site, and progress made by the South Sudan National Police Service with support of UNPOL.

 

The briefing will be given by:

Fred Yiga, United Nations Commissioner of Police for South Sudan

Joseph Contreras, UNMISS Acting Spokesperson

 

 

Date: Thursday, 31 July 2014

Time: 2:00pm

Venue: Juba Conference Room, UNMISS compound in Tomping

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS


 

La MISCA fait un geste de solidarité envers la communauté musulmane Centrafricaine à l’occasion de la fête de Aïd Al-Fitr

 

BANGUI, République Centrafricaine, 29 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ À l’occasion de la fête de Aid al-Fitr, la Mission internationale de soutien à la Centrafrique sous conduite africaine (MISCA) a offert des moutons à la communauté musulmane de Bangui. La cérémonie a eu lieu à la Mosquée centrale de Bangui en présence de plusieurs dignitaires religieux.

S’exprimant à cette occasion au nom du Général Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko, Représentant spécial de la Présidente de la Commission de l’UA et chef de la MISCA, le Conseiller politique principal de la Mission a souligné l’importance et l’urgence que revêt la consolidation des avancées enregistrées dans la recherche d’une solution durable à la crise centrafricaine. À cet égard, il a exhorté l’ensemble des communautés et des acteurs centrafricains à saisir l’occasion qu’offre la fête marquant la fin du mois béni du Ramadan pour redoubler d’efforts en vue de surmonter définitivement les défis multidimensionnels auxquels la RCA est confrontée et d’ouvrir des perspectives plus radieuses pour leur pays meurtri.

Pour sa part, le représentant de l’Imam de la Mosquée centrale, en présence des autres Imams du quartier KM5, a remercié l’UA pour ce “geste venant du cœur, qui témoigne de l’attention que porte la communauté internationale, singulièrement l’UA, au sort des minorités religieuses et des lieux de culte”. Il a également saisi l’occasion pour saluer le “professionnalisme des soldats du contingent burundais de la MISCA qui protègent la Mosquée centrale et le quartier KM5 “.

Il convient de signaler que la Mosquée centrale de Bangui compte environ 5 000 déplacés. Il s’agit de populations ayant fui les violences massives ayant affecté la RCA ces derniers mois.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


 

La MISCA souhaite une bonne fête de fin du mois de Ramadan à la communauté musulmane Centrafricaine

 

BANGUI, République Centrafricaine, 29 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le Représentant spécial de la Présidente de la Commission de l’Union africaine (UA) en République centrafricaine (RCA) et chef de la Mission internationale de soutien à la Centrafrique sous conduite africaine (MISCA), le Général Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko, se joint à la communauté musulmane de la RCA à l’occasion de la célébration de la journée marquant la fin du Ramadan. Il souhaite à ses membres une bonne fête de l’Eid Moubarak.

Le Représentant spécial note que la célébration, cette année, de l’Eid Moubarak revêt un caractère particulier. Elle intervient, en effet, au lendemain de la signature de l’Accord de cessation des hostilités entre les groupes politico-militaires de la RCA lors du Forum de réconciliation nationale inter-centrafricaine tenu à Brazzaville, en République du Congo, du 21 au 23 juillet 2014. Cet Accord ouvre des perspectives encourageantes en vue du règlement de la grave crise que connaît la RCA et de la promotion de la concorde entre toutes les communautés du pays.

Réitérant l’importance cruciale que revêtent la restauration de la cohésion sociale, la promotion de la réconciliation nationale et la préservation de l’unité de la RCA, le Représentant spécial rappelle qu’au terme du communiqué final du Forum de Brazzaville, les Parties ont convenu non seulement de l’arrêt immédiat des combats entre les belligérants, mais aussi de la fin de toutes les campagnes de haine et de violence. Il exhorte l’ensemble des communautés et des acteurs centrafricains à saisir l’occasion de la fête du Eid Mubarak pour redoubler d’efforts en vue de surmonter définitivement les défis multidimensionnels auxquels la RCA est confrontée et d’ouvrir une nouvelle page, faite de paix, de concorde et de bien-être socio-économique, dans l’histoire de leur pays meurtri.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 29 July 2014

Solidarity Message to the entire Muslim Ummah


 

Solidarity Message to the entire Muslim Ummah

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, July 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson, African Union Commission,

on 2014 Eid-Al-Fitr for Muslims marking the end of the Holy month of Ramadan

 

It is with great pleasure that I heartily congratulate the entire Muslim Ummah in general and members of the African Union Muslim Community in particular as you celebrate this year’s Eid-Al-Fitr marking the end of the Holy month of Ramadan.

 

I know that this period has been a very special one of prayers, fasting and quite devotion as you have continued to support the less fortunate through charity and those struggling through various socio-economic and political difficulties. I hope that this sacred time served as a reminder of our joint responsibility to end the suffering of those experiencing senseless conflicts and violence, here in Africa and elsewhere in the world. It is our shared responsibility to collectively uphold peace and pursue justice for all our peoples.

 

My best wishes of good health, happiness, peace and prosperity to you all and your respective families.

 

Eid Mubarak!!!

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


 

IMF Executive Board Approves US$5-Billion Arrangement for Morocco Under the Precautionary and Liquidity Line

 

RABAT, Morocco, July 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today approved a new 24-month arrangement for Morocco under the Precautionary and Liquidity Line (PLL) in an amount equivalent to SDR 3.2351 billion (about US$5 billion, or 550 percent of Morocco’s quota at the IMF). The access under the arrangement in the first year will be equivalent to SDR 2.941 billion (about US$4.5 billion, 500 percent of quota), rising in the second year to a cumulative US$5.0 billion. Morocco’s first 2-year PLL arrangement was approved on August 2, 2012 (see Press Release No 12/287).

The Moroccan authorities have stated that they intend to treat the arrangement as precautionary, as they have done with the 2012 PLL, and do not intend to draw under the arrangement unless Morocco experiences actual balance of payments needs from a significant deterioration of external conditions.

The PLL arrangement will allow the authorities to pursue their homegrown reform agenda aimed at achieving rapid and more inclusive economic growth while providing them with useful insurance against external shocks.

The PLL was introduced in 2011 to meet more flexibly the liquidity needs of member countries with sound economic fundamentals and strong records of policy implementation but with some remaining vulnerabilities.

Following the Executive Board discussion on Morocco, Mr. Noayuki Shinohara, IMF Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chairman of the Board, made the following statement:

“Morocco’s sound economic fundamentals and overall strong record of policy implementation have contributed to a solid macroeconomic performance in recent years. Despite a difficult external environment, the authorities made important strides in reducing vulnerabilities, rebuilding policy space and addressing medium-term challenges over the course of the first arrangement supported by a PLL. They have been consolidating Morocco’s fiscal position while pursuing an agenda of structural reforms to address vulnerabilities, strengthen competitiveness, and promote higher and more inclusive growth. The significant progress made in reforming the subsidy system is particularly commendable.

“The external environment remains subject to significant downside risks. In particular, protracted and slower–than-expected growth in Europe than currently projected, heightened financial market volatility, or a surge in oil prices resulting from geopolitical tensions could significantly affect the Moroccan economy. In this context, the successor PLL arrangement will continue to provide insurance to support the authorities’ economic policies.

“The authorities are committed to further reducing fiscal and external vulnerabilities while laying the foundations for higher and more inclusive growth. To achieve these goals, it will be important to control expenditure as well as advance major reforms, including those of subsidies, pension and the tax system. The timely adoption of a new organic budget law will be essential in order to strengthen and modernize the budget framework. Moving toward a more flexible exchange rate regime, in coordination with other macroeconomic policies would also help support competitiveness and enhance the economy’s capacity to absorb shocks. Advancing structural reforms to improve the business climate, the judicial system, access to finance, and the labor market will be crucial to achieving higher growth and employment,” Mr. Shinohara said.

Morocco has been a member of the IMF since 1958 and has a quota of SDR588.2 million (about US$903.4 million).

 

SOURCE 

International Monetary Fund (IMF)


 

Remarks at the Presidential Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

 

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Remarks

John Kerry

Secretary of State

Omni Shoreham Hotel

Washington, DC

July 28, 2014

 

SECRETARY KERRY: Wow. What a great group. Thank you. Please, sit down. Sit down, sit down. Thank you. It is so good to see you all. Welcome. You having fun?

AUDIENCE: Yes.

SECRETARY KERRY: I’m glad to hear it. It’s just beginning. And the President’s going to get a chance to speak with everybody before long. That’ll be great. We look forward to it. I can’t tell you – I’m really excited to see you all here, and I hope you’re excited to be here. That’s important. (Cheers and applause.)

I cannot thank all the leaders all across the State Department and across the Administration – people have worked really hard to get here. Leaders on our campuses, college campuses all across the country, all of them have come together to help make this possible. And I’m particularly grateful to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Bureau of African Affairs, the Bureau of International Information Programs, USAID, the U.S. African Development Foundation, NGO IREX, and the staff of 20 – 20 – academic host universities. That’s a big group of people who helped make this happen, and we’re grateful for them. (Applause.)

But most importantly I want to thank you. I’m so honored and excited, as you can tell, I think – I hope you can tell – (laughter) – to welcome you all here. It is such a pleasure to welcome so many young African leaders to Washington. And as you know, the leaders of countries will be coming here in just a few days for a first-ever summit of all the African leaders. We’re really excited about that. The President’s been personally very focused on it. And right now, we have five hundred fellows from all 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. This is really remarkable. This is a first. And I know the real presence of a kind of excitement, a hopefulness, a sense of possibility that is accompanying and defining this meeting. I can almost feel my hair growing brown again. (Laughter.) It’s reversed.

I actually had a chance to meet a few of you – and I don’t know where you all are in the ground here. How many of you met me along the way in the last journey? There we go. Hands waiving over here and here. Anybody over here? Hello, again. Nice to see you. Anybody back here? Thank you. And that’s what gave me such a great belief in this, was when I was in Africa in May.

And I will never forget the story of one young woman named Haleta Giday – (cheers and applause.) Where’s Heleta? Yeah, stand up. Let everybody know. (Applause.) So Haleta graduated from one of the best schools in Ethiopia. She could pick any job she wanted to do, believe me. She had the chance to do the most lucrative job there is – make a lot of money, go into the big corporate world, and literally do anything. You know what? Instead, she chose to represent women and children who were the victims of violence. And when Haleta saw how many widows went bankrupt after they lost their husbands, she began a campaign to educate women about their legal and financial rights.

She’s already lived a remarkable life. But what’s even more remarkable is that she’s not alone. She is just one of many young African leaders who are taking on some of the toughest challenges, all of you.

We’re here today because the United States and countries across Africa are natural partners, and it’s time to take our partnership to the next level by investing in the continent’s greatest natural resource of all: its people. (Applause.) And that’s what the Young African Leaders Initiative is all about: investing in your future – and ours – by engaging in the promise of a new generation of great leaders in every single field of endeavor. And when 65 percent of Africa’s population is under the age of 35, let me tell you, we don’t have a moment to waste.

The fact is that we have reached an inflection point for the new Africa. It is a time and a place where all of you have the great opportunity of a lifetime to bend the arc of history toward change, not stagnation. You can bend it towards peace and prosperity, not conflict and retribution. Africa’s course – and this is not an exaggeration – it is ultimately up to you, the next generation of leaders who will seize the future and become the next generation of CEOs and community and political leaders, the national leaders. You will define that future.

When I look out at this audience, I’m not kidding you when I say I see the promise of that future. (Applause.) I see the human faces behind the story of just how far Africa has come. Just consider what all of you have witnessed over the course of your young lives.

You have seen real incomes across Africa increase more than 30 percent, reversing two decades of decline. You’ve seen African trade with the rest of the world increase by 20 percent – 200 percent, excuse me. You’ve seen 35 peaceful transitions of power – 35 peaceful transitions of power – and the number of democracies has more than tripled. That is a continent on the move. And you’ve seen HIV infections decline by nearly 40 percent and malaria deaths among children decline by 50 percent. And we are on a cusp of looking at the first generation of children who may be born AIDS-free as a result of the efforts that we are making. (Applause.)

So this really is a moment of great opportunity for Africa. But make no mistake, it’s not automatic. It is also a moment of great decision. The choices that African leaders make, the choices that you make, the choices that you push the political systems of your countries to make, the choices that you help to debate and put on the table and make part of the dialogue of your countries – all of that will determine the future.

You will decide whether or not a decade of progress leads to an era of African prosperity and stability or whether your countries tragically fall back into cycle after cycle of tragic violence and mark a governance that is weak and stifles the promise of a continent for too long – your promise, the promise that each and every one of you bring here to Washington, the promise that I know motivates you every single day as you pursue an education or begin to work as professionals and go out into the world, whether it’s in the private sector or the public sector, all of you committed to try to change the future. You have the ability to do that.

And that is precisely why President Obama launched YALI, to empower you with new skills, new resources, new networks so that you can not just demand action but you can go out and act on your own dreams and hopes and vision for the future. Your brief experiences here in the United States are just the start of what we hope will be lasting relationships between each of you but also with us. We’re investing in you so that you can invest in your countries and in the U.S.-Africa partnership. YALI embodies the United States continuing commitment to that vision. And I am very, very proud that you aren’t just heeding the call, you’re leading the charge. (Applause.)

I’m also inspired by the story of Hashim Pondeza. Hashim, where are you? (Cheers and applause.) Hashim, stand up. I wanted to – Hashim is from Tanzania and he is leading the charge to strengthen democratic institutions. That’s never easy work and it can carry risks in some places. He has worked on child protection issues for Save the Children and for Zanzibar’s Ministry of Labor. But today, he’s working to strengthen civil society and democratic institutions at the local level across Tanzania.

Hashim knows that promoting good governance isn’t just about whether you can work well on your side; it’s about working side by side. And as he says, “The biggest challenge is trying to get many factions to cooperate to reach the same aim.” Let me tell you something, as somebody who’s in the middle of trying to get some people to just get seven days of a ceasefire in the Middle East, I know what you’re talking about Hashim. (Applause.) It’s never easy, but that doesn’t mean you stop and that doesn’t mean you turn away. You have to keep doing it. Remember what Nelson Mandela said, “It always seems impossible, until it is done.” And that’s what we have to have as our guide. (Applause.) So I’m proud that the future of our partnership is in Hashim’s hands, in your hands.

I’m also inspired by Aichatou Tamba. Where’s Aichatou? Is she here somewhere? Aichatou. (Cheers and applause.) Aichatou’s from Ethiopia and she’s leading the charge to promote peace and security. Too often, in too many countries borders become a barrier – a barrier not just to communication but a barrier to trade, a barrier to the movement of talent, a barrier to technology. Aichatou has been working to turn those barriers into opportunities. She’s partnered with a dozen African states to promote conflict prevention, and she’s working with the African Union Border Program in Ethiopia to make a difference on the ground. I’m proud that the future of our partnership is also in Aichatou’s hands. (Applause.)

And I’m inspired by Zandile Lambu from Zimbabwe. (Cheers and applause.) Where is Zandile? Raise your hand. She is leading the charge to promote inclusive economic growth. And Zandile hasn’t just spoken words about shared prosperity; she’s walked the walk. She’s used her position at Econet Services to create new trade opportunities for mobile money products in Africa. She’s partnered with businesses to provide mobile money services to local communities. You know how hard it is to get money into people’s hands or move it or control it. Well, there’s a way to do that now in this mobile technological world that we all live in. And she’s being creative and grabbing the best of that, and she’s volunteered to teach other young women how to design and develop mobile apps. She’s not in this business to make money. She’s in it to make a difference, and I’m proud that the future of this partnership is also in Zandile’s hands. (Applause.)

Now we live in a very complicated world today, full of very close calls that can go either way, but I know this: When you promote democratic change, when you transform borders of conflict into bastions of peace, when you empower women to realize their aspirations, you create a better future, not for some, but for all. There is no way to win this battle in countries where women are left behind – you cannot leave half your team off the field and win the game. (Applause.)

I want you to know that the Obama Administration is inspired by the work that Hashim and Aichatou and Zandile are all doing, all of you are doing, and that’s why we are so committed to the Young African Leaders Initiative for the long haul – not just for this meeting, for the long haul. And when you leave here, I hope you will leave here with a renewed sense of purpose, with a renewed sense of hope, with a renewed commitment, with a renewed understanding of what is possible, and I hope you will take these connections you’ve made here and make the change that you seek.

The challenges may be real – no, they are real. We all know that. But guess what? So are the opportunities. Africa can be a beacon for the world. Dramatic transformations are possible. Africa will be the place of great growth in this century. You will be the witnesses to remarkable transformation. But how you transform; who benefits; what you become; what rights you protect; what opportunities you create and guarantee – that will write the real history. Each of you has an incredible opportunity to change lives for the better, and you can do – you can define your nations in the doing of that. It’s tough work. It requires sober commitment and a clear vision of a better future. But I have every confidence, and President Obama is more than convinced, which is why he convened this, that you will rise to the challenge and lift up and inspire citizens in your own countries, all of whom you know are hoping desperately for change.

I want to leave you with a thought from the man who inspired me when I was growing up, a younger brother of the youngest man ever elected America’s president, and a man who had a vision in his own right and went to South Africa in 1968 and laid it out to people at a time when it was still difficult – Robert Kennedy.

He said: “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events – and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.” He went on to say that each time a man or a woman works to strike out against injustice or change the lot of others, he or she sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other for a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples can build a current that will sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

My friends, this is your moment to write the history of Africa for the next generation. You have the will. You have the drive. You have the intelligence. You have the vision. You have the ability. You have the courage to stand up and say loudly and clearly, “I will be responsible.” And that is leadership. That’s the future that we can build together. And we are convinced that that future begins now, here, with these meetings and in the work that you will take back with you, and in our partnership over these next years.

Thank you all, and God bless. Thank you. (Applause.)

 

SOURCE 

US Department of State


 


 

Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Hirotaka Ishihara’s Visit to Mozambique, Guinea and Burkina Faso

 

TOKYO, Japan, July 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — 1. Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Hirotaka Ishihara is scheduled to visit Mozambique, Guinea and Burkina Faso from June 25 to July 4.

2. In Mozambique, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishihara will make a statement on behalf of the Government of Japan at a high-level session of the Third Review Conference of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, which will be held in Maputo. He is also scheduled to visit Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) project sites and exchange views with those concerned.

 

3. In Guinea and Burkina Faso, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishihara is scheduled to hold meetings with key Government officials in order to further strengthen ties with the two countries through follow-up discussions on last year’s Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) and the First TICAD V Ministerial Meeting, which was held in May this year.

 

(Reference 1) Itinerary of Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishihara’s Visit

 

June    25    Departure from Japan

June    26    Arrival in Mozambique

June    26    Arrival in Mozambique

June    28    Departure from Mozambique

June    29    Arrival in Guinea

July    1    Departure from Guinea

1    arrival in Burkina Faso

2    Departture from Burkina Faso

4    Arrival in Japan

(Reference 2) The Third Review Conference of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention

 

The Third Review Conference of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention is scheduled to be held in Maputo from June 23 to 27. Review Conferences are held every five years. The Third Review Conference aims to assess the progress that has been made in the past 15-year period since the Convention’s entry into force and to discuss remaining challenges. As of June 1, 161 states are States Parties to the Convention. Japan became a States Party on September 30, 1998.

 

SOURCE 

Japan – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

IMF Executive Board Concludes Article IV Consultation with the Republic of Congo

 

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of the Congo, July 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On July 21, 2014, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with the Republic of Congo.1

Recent economic developments in the Republic of Congo have been favorable. Growth in the last 5 years has averaged about 5 percent per year, higher than in regional peers. Gross oil revenue averaged more than US$8 billion per year in 2012 and 2013, equivalent to about 60 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Substantial fiscal savings have been set aside by virtue of the ongoing run of high international oil prices. However, poverty remains comparatively high, despite robust economic growth and large government spending. The poverty rate amounted to 46.5 percent in 2011 compared with 50.7 percent in 2005.

The overall fiscal surplus in 2013 remained sizable at 5.8 percent of GDP (13.9 percent of non-oil GDP) reflecting sizable oil revenues from high oil prices and increases in non-oil revenues. Public investment spending and arrears payments for social benefits and payments to suppliers pushed total cash government spending to about CFAF 2,735 billion in 2013, about 5 percent above the 2012 level when spending was raised in the aftermath of the Mpila ammunitions explosion, and up from CFAF 1,865 billion in 2011. External public debt has continued to trend upward, reaching 32 percent of GDP in 2013, up from 20 percent of GDP in 2010, when the Republic of Congo obtained debt relief through the Highly Indebted Poor Countries Initiative (HIPC) and the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI). Most of Congo’s borrowing is on concessional terms from China and is targeted at financing key infrastructure projects. Despite declining for the second year in a row, the Republic of Congo’s reserves at the Banque des Etats de l’Afrique Centrale (BEAC) continue to cover about 7 months of prospective imports of goods and services.

The country’s medium-term prospects are promising provided that progress is made with structural reforms and fiscal adjustment. The economy is projected to expand by about 6 percent per annum between 2014 and 2019, as a result of increases in oil production and the start of iron ore production. Inflation is easing, aided by lower food prices and real appreciation of the CFA franc. The government budget relies heavily on oil revenue. Therefore, oil price volatility and the exhaustibility of oil reserves could pose risks to macroeconomic stability and the authorities’ objective of attaining sustained high inclusive non-oil growth over the medium term. Other key risks to the economic outlook relate to a decline in oil prices associated with slower growth in advanced economies and major emerging markets, as well as social tensions arising from inequality and poor job opportunities.

Executive Board Assessment2

Directors commended the authorities for the overall good economic performance, including strong growth and low inflation. Directors noted that the medium-term economic outlook is favorable, underpinned by new mining production and the government’s ambitious investment program. They emphasized, however, that prudent policies and rigorous implementation of reforms will be critical to meet the country’s social and development needs, reduce poverty and unemployment, and boost non-oil growth, while ensuring macroeconomic stability.

Directors emphasized the need to contain the growth of government spending and recommended fiscal consolidation over the medium term to safeguard fiscal sustainability. They encouraged the authorities to strengthen the fiscal framework by adopting the non-oil primary balance as a fiscal anchor to insulate spending from the volatile and exhaustible nature of oil revenues. Directors agreed that broadening the tax base and reducing exemptions will also strengthen the fiscal position.

Directors supported the public investment program, aimed at improving infrastructure, diversifying the economy, and boosting employment. They stressed that increasing the efficiency of government investment will be key to achieving this goal. Directors underscored the need to strengthen public financial management to improve accountability, governance, and the quality of public spending. In this context, they called for expeditious enactment of the Fiscal Responsibility and Transparency law.

Directors noted the Republic of Congo’s low risk of debt distress. To preserve debt sustainability, they advised the authorities to continue to strengthen public debt management, particularly by developing a medium-term debt strategy and enhancing transparency.

To further promote the non-oil sector, Directors stressed the importance of structural reforms to strengthen the business climate, enhance financial development and increase access to finance by strengthening legal and informational systems. They recommended a careful analysis of the implications of recently introduced fiscal incentives for special economic zones. Directors also highlighted that programs designed to strengthen the education system and implement social spending to the poor should be well-targeted, evaluated and monitored to ensure their effectiveness.

Directors encouraged the authorities to fully comply with the regional CEMAC (Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa) obligations. They welcomed the authorities’ support for the ongoing review of the CEMAC’s reserves pooling framework and stressed that the planned establishment of a sovereign wealth fund, investing in higher yielding assets, should be consistent with the regional reserves pooling architecture.

 

SOURCE 

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 July 2014

Weltweite Sanktionen gegen Spieler aus Ghana und Malta


 

Weltweite Sanktionen gegen Spieler aus Ghana und Malta

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Die FIFA bestätigt die weltweite Gültigkeit der Strafen, die das Sportschiedsgericht (CAS) und der italienische Fussballverband (FIGC) im Zusammenhang mit Spielmanipulationen verhängt haben.

Am 28. Mai 2014 sperrte das CAS den maltesischen Spieler Kevin Sammut für zehn Jahre für jegliche Tätigkeit im Fussball. Grundlage waren die Ermittlungen der UEFA-Disziplinarorgane im Zusammenhang mit der Manipulation eines Qualifikationsspiels für die UEFA-Fussball-Europameisterschaft im Jahr 2007.

Am 7. Mai 2014 sperrte die FIGC-Disziplinarkommission den ghanaischen Spieler Mark Edusei wegen der Manipulation eines Spiels in der italienischen Serie B im Jahr 2009 für drei Jahre und sechs Monate für jegliche Tätigkeit im Fussball.

Der Vorsitzende der FIFA-Disziplinarkommission hat in beiden Fällen die Gültigkeit der Strafen gemäss Art. 78 Abs. 1 lit. c und Art. 136 ff. des FIFA-Disziplinarreglements weltweit ausgedehnt. Die Entscheide des Vorsitzenden wurden den massgebenden Konföderationen und Mitgliedsverbänden heute ordnungsgemäss mitgeteilt.

Die FIFA arbeitet bei der Bekämpfung von Spielmanipulationen eng mit ihren Mitgliedsverbänden und den Konföderationen zusammen. Im Rahmen der zehnjährigen Partnerschaft mit Interpol werden Ansprechpartner rund um die Welt bei Regionalseminaren geschult, während die E-Schulungsprogramme ebenfalls dabei helfen, Spieler, Trainer und Schiedsrichter über die Gefahren von Spielmanipulationen aufzuklären und sie davor zu schützen, selbst Opfer dieser Bedrohung für die Integrität des Fussballs zu werden.

Weitere Initiativen sind die Unterzeichnung einer Leumundserklärung durch Offizielle, die Überwachung des Wettmarkts durch die FIFA-Tochtergesellschaft Early Warning System (EWS) sowie ein E-Schulungs-Ethiktool, eine Integritätshotline und -E-Mail-Adresse und ein vertrauliches Hinweisgebersystem.

SOURCE 

International Federation of Football Association (FIFA)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 July 2014

Sanctions internationales contre un Ghanéen et un Maltais


 

Sanctions internationales contre un Ghanéen et un Maltais

 

GENEVE, Suisse, 28 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ La FIFA confirme aujourd’hui l’extension des sanctions imposées par le Tribunal Arbitral du Sport (TAS) et la Fédération Italienne de Football (FIGC) dans le cadre de manipulations de matches.

Le 28 mai 2014, le TAS a suspendu le joueur maltais Kevin Sammut de toute activité liée au football pour une période de dix ans dans le cadre d’une procédure menée par les instances disciplinaires de l’UEFA au sujet de la manipulation en 2007 d’un match de qualification pour l’EURO de l’UEFA.

Le 7 mai 2014, la commission de discipline de la FIGC a suspendu le joueur ghanéen Mark Edusei de toute activité liée au football pour une période de trois ans et six mois pour manipulation d’un match de Serie B italienne en 2009.

Dans les deux cas susmentionnés, le président de la Commission de Discipline de la FIFA a décidé d’étendre ces sanctions au niveau mondial conformément aux articles 78, al. 1c et 136ss du Code disciplinaire de la FIFA. Les décisions prises par le président ont été dûment notifiées aux confédérations et associations membres concernées.

La FIFA continue de travailler en étroite collaboration avec ses associations membres et les confédérations pour lutter contre les manipulations de matches. Dans le cadre d’un partenariat de dix ans avec INTERPOL, des séminaires régionaux sont organisés aux quatre coins du monde tandis que les programmes d’apprentissage en ligne permettent également d’instruire les joueurs, entraîneurs et arbitres sur les dangers de la manipulation de matches, et ce afin d’éviter qu’ils deviennent des victimes de ce fléau qui menace l’intégrité du football.

D’autres initiatives incluent la signature d’une déclaration d’intégrité par certains officiels, la supervision du marché des paris à travers sa filiale Early Warning System (EWS) et la création d’un guide didactique pour son Code d’éthique, d’une Hotline Intégrité et une adresse électronique et d’un système de signalement confidentiel.

SOURCE 

International Federation of Football Association (FIFA)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 July 2014

Sanciones mundiales para jugadores de Ghana y Malta


 

Sanciones mundiales para jugadores de Ghana y Malta

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — La FIFA ha confirmado hoy la ampliación de las sanciones por amaño de partidos impuestas por el Tribunal de Arbitraje Deportivo (CAS) y la Federación Italiana de Fútbol (FIGC).

El 28 de mayo de 2014, el CAS prohibió al jugador maltés Kevin Sammut participar en toda actividad relacionada con el fútbol durante un periodo de 10 años a raíz del proceso dirigido por los órganos disciplinarios de la UEFA en relación con el amaño de un partido clasificatorio para la Eurocopa en 2007.

El 7 de mayo de 2014, la comisión disciplinaria de la FIGC impuso al jugador ghanés Mark Edusei la prohibición de participar en toda actividad relacionada con el fútbol durante tres años y seis meses por amañar un partido de la Serie B italiana en 2009.

De conformidad con el art. 78, apdo. 1 c) y el art. 136 y ss. del Código Disciplinario de la FIFA, el presidente de la Comisión Disciplinaria de la FIFA ha decidido ampliar estas sanciones al ámbito internacional. Hoy se han notificado las decisiones del presidente a las confederaciones y asociaciones miembro correspondientes.

La FIFA continúa colaborando estrechamente con sus asociaciones miembro y confederaciones en la lucha contra la manipulación de partidos. En el marco de un proyecto de colaboración de diez años con INTERPOL, se están organizando seminarios internacionales con todos los actores implicados; por otro lado, las herramientas de formación en línea sirven para que futbolistas, entrenadores y árbitros estén preparados para enfrentarse a los peligros que entraña el amaño de partidos y evitar que terminen siendo víctimas de esta gran amenaza para la integridad del fútbol.

Otras iniciativas en esta dirección son la firma de una declaración de integridad por parte de los árbitros, la supervisión del mercado de apuestas a través de su filial Early Warning System (EWS) y la creación de una plataforma didáctica virtual, una línea directa y una dirección electrónica de atención y de un sistema de denuncias confidenciales.

 

SOURCE 

International Federation of Football Association (FIFA)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 July 2014

Worldwide sanctions imposed on players from Ghana, Malta


 

Worldwide sanctions imposed on players from Ghana, Malta

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — FIFA can today confirm the extension of sanctions imposed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and the Italian Football Association (FIGC) in relation to match manipulation.

On 28 May 2014, CAS banned Maltese player Kevin Sammut from all football-related activities for a period of ten years following proceedings conducted by UEFA disciplinary bodies in relation to the manipulation of a qualifying match for the UEFA European Football Championship in 2007.

On 7 May 2014, the disciplinary committee of the FIGC banned Ghanaian player Mark Edusei from all football-related activities for three years and six months in relation to the manipulation of a match in the Italian Serie B in 2009.

In the above cases, the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to extend the sanctions to have worldwide effect in accordance with article 78 paragraph 1(c) and article 136ff. of the FIFA Disciplinary Code. The decisions by the chairman have been duly notified to the respective confederations and member associations today.

FIFA continues to work closely with its member associations and the confederations to tackle match manipulation. As part of a ten-year programme of collaboration with INTERPOL, regional workshops involving key stakeholders are being held all over the world while e-learning programmes are also helping to educate players, coaches and referees on the dangers of match manipulation to help them to avoid becoming victims of this threat to football integrity.

Other initiatives include the signing of an integrity declaration by officials, the monitoring of the betting market via FIFA’s subsidiary Early Warning System (EWS) and the setting up of an e-learning ethics tool, an integrity hotline and e-mail address and a confidential reporting system.

 

SOURCE 

International Federation of Football Association (FIFA)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 July 2014

France / Libye


 

France / Libye

 

PARIS, France, 28 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay – déclarations du porte-parole – 28 juillet 2014

 

Q – Suite à la décision des Etats-Unis de retirer son personnel diplomatique, la France songe-t-elle à faire de même ? Comment la France peut-elle agir sur le front diplomatique ou tout autre pour freiner les violences ?

 

R – En réaction à la dégradation de la situation sécuritaire en Libye, la France a appelé ses ressortissants hier à quitter le pays en liaison avec l’Ambassade de France à Tripoli. Nous sommes en train de mettre en œuvre toutes les mesures pour faciliter le départ de nos ressortissants.

 

Des mesures de sécurité strictes sont en place. Nous continuons de suivre en temps réel la situation sur le terrain et nous tenons prêts à prendre toute mesure nécessaire.

 

La France est pleinement mobilisée pour aider la Libye à reprendre la voie d’une transition démocratique et pacifique. M. Denys Gauer vient de participer à une réunion des envoyés spéciaux pour la Libye à Bruxelles le 25 juillet, en vue de l’instauration d’un cessez-le-feu. Nous travaillons avec les Nations unies à un renforcement de l’action internationale pour inciter l’ensemble des parties à privilégier le dialogue.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 July 2014

France / Vol AH5017 Air Algérie


 

France / Vol AH5017 Air Algérie

 

PARIS, France, 28 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay – déclarations du porte-parole – 28 juillet 2014

 

Q – Selon la presse algérienne, Alger a demandé des clarifications à la France concernant sa gestion du crash de l’avion d’Air Algérie au nord Mali. Sur quoi porte cette demande de clarification ?

Concernant le vol Air Algérie, selon Canal+ citant une source israélienne, un haut responsable du Hezbollah aurait été à bord. Selon des medias algériens il y aurait également 33 soldats français ainsi que trois officiers de la DGSE. Pourriez-vous commenter ces informations ?

Les boîtes noires de l’avion d’Air Algérie sont-elles arrivées sur le territoire français ? Y a-t-il déjà de premières indications sur les causes du crash dans le nord du Mali ?

 

R – M. Laurent Fabius, ministre des affaires étrangères et du développement international, fera un nouveau point de situation sur la catastrophe du vol AH5017 d’Air Algérie avec M. Frédéric Cuvillier, secrétaire d’État aux transports, et le général Pierre de Villiers, chef d’état-major des armées, ce lundi 28 juillet à 16h au Quai d’Orsay.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 July 2014

France / Cameroun – Attaques terroristes (27 juillet 2014)


 

France / Cameroun – Attaques terroristes (27 juillet 2014)

 

PARIS, France, 28 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay – déclarations du porte-parole – 28 juillet 2014

 

La France condamne les attaques terroristes perpétrées dimanche à Kolofata, dans le nord du Cameroun, à proximité de la frontière nigériane, qui ont fait plusieurs victimes.

 

Dans ce moment difficile, la France présente ses condoléances aux familles des victimes et assure les autorités camerounaises de sa solidarité dans la lutte contre le terrorisme, dans le respect des droits de l’Homme, à laquelle elle continuera à prendre toute sa part.

 

Elle salue la mobilisation des pays de la région depuis le sommet de Paris du 17 mai dernier pour apporter une réponse coordonnée à ce fléau, notamment au moyen de la force multinationale créée le 22 juillet par les gouvernements nigérian, camerounais, nigérien et tchadien.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 July 2014

Letter from the President — War Powers Resolution Letter Regarding Libya


 

Letter from the President — War Powers Resolution Letter Regarding Libya

 

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AND THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE

 

July 27, 2014

 

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

 

As I most recently reported on June 12, 2014, U.S. Armed Forces have been in Libya to support the security of U.S. personnel in that country. During the period July 25-26, due to ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, embassy personnel and the U.S. forces supporting their security were temporarily relocated outside Libya. The U.S. forces departed Libya, via Tunisia, for U.S. bases in Europe. To support the safe departure of the embassy staff from Libya over land through Tunisia, U.S. military aircraft and additional military personnel entered Libya and Tunisia; those forces have also returned to bases in Europe.

 

This action has been directed consistent with my responsibility to protect U.S. citizens both at home and abroad, and in furtherance of U.S. national security and foreign policy interests, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive.

 

I am providing this report as part of my efforts to keep the Congress fully informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148). I appreciate the support of the Congress in these actions.

 

Sincerely,

 

BARACK OBAMA

 

SOURCE 

The White House


 

VOL AH5017 D’AIR ALGERIE / POINT DE PRESSE L. FABIUS/F. CUVILLIER/GENERAL P. DE VILLIERS A 16H

 

PARIS, France, 28 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ COMMUNIQUÉ TECHNIQUE

 

M. Laurent Fabius, ministre des affaires étrangères et du développement international, fera un nouveau point de situation sur la catastrophe du vol AH5017 d’Air Algérie avec M. Frédéric Cuvillier, secrétaire d’Etat aux transports, et le général Pierre de Villiers, chef d’état-major des armées, ce lundi 28 juillet à 16h au Quai d’Orsay.

 

Les journalistes, photographes et cameramen intéressés sont invités à se présenter, munis de leur carte de presse, à partir de 15h30, à l’entrée située au 1 rue Robert Esnault-Pelterie, Paris 7e (face à l’aérogare des Invalides).

 

 

N.B. : Ce communiqué ne constitue en aucune manière une annonce officielle. L’information qui est donnée ci-dessus est de nature strictement technique et ne vise qu’à aider le travail des journalistes.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 July 2014

NUSOJ Condemns new wave of Journalists’ Arrests in Somaliland


 

NUSOJ Condemns new wave of Journalists’ Arrests in Somaliland

 

MOGADISHU, Somalia, July 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) today accused the Somaliland authorities of waging a renewed campaign of intimidation against media after the police arrested two journalists.

 

On Sunday, 27 July 2014, journalist Ahmed Adan Robleh, editor of Baligubadle Online Media (http://baligubadlemedia.com/) was arrested after officers at Hargeisa’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID) summoned on 26 July. In a separate incident, Mohamed Aabi, director of Universal TV in Somaliland, was arrested Sunday evening (27 July) by the police.

 

Robleh was accused of “misreporting” and “spreading false information” with regard to health of Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud Silanyo. Baligubadle Online Media reported Silanyo is in London for medical treatment but officials denied and termed his visit for “family visit”. Robleh was summoned by the CID three weeks before but let him go after intensive questioning.

 

Police did not explain the reason behind the arrest & detention of Aabi but journalists and his co-workers believe that Mohammed Aabi was arrested for entertainment programme recorded in Hargeisa, which was broadcasted by Universal TV. Somaliland banned Universal TV to operate in its territory.

 

“Ahmed Adan Robleh and Mohammed Aabi are the latest victim journalists of the Somaliland government-led campaign to stifle media freedom and public debate on the current issues,” said Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ Secretary General. “There is systematic repression and brutal intimidation of media and journalists under the cloak of reporting ‘false information’ and illegitimate ‘ban’.”

 

NUSOJ called on Somaliland authorities to end the reign of repression that is being unleashed against free expression and journalism in Somaliland. “Somaliland journalists are citizens and are entitled to report on issues worth reporting without being harassed.”

 

SOURCE 

National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)


 

SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS ARNAULD ANTOINE AKODJÈNOU OF BENIN DEPUTY SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR MALI

 

NEW YORK, July 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Arnauld Antoine Akodjènou of Benin as his Deputy Special Representative in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

 

Mr. Akodjènou succeeds Abdoulaye Bathily of Senegal, who has been appointed as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa. The Secretary-General is grateful for Mr. Bathily’s dedicated service during his tenure in Mali and for his leadership in a very challenging environment.

 

Mr. Akodjènou, currently Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire since 2011, brings to MINUSMA over 25 years of humanitarian, political, mediation and management experience from his service with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and with the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI).

 

Mr. Akodjènou joined UNHCR in 1986 after several years with the World Social Prospects Association/United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in Geneva. After holding various positions in the Regional Bureau for Africa at UNHCR headquarters, Mr. Akodjènou served as UNHCR Representative in Mali and Sierra Leone and as Regional Coordinator for Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire.

 

Mr. Akodjènou graduated from the University of Benin in Cotonou before earning his post-graduate degree from the Institute of International Relations of Cameroon in Yaoundé. He also holds a PhD in political science from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS


 

POSTPONED: Press Invitation – UNMISS Commissioner of Police in South Sudan Briefing

 

JUBA, South Sudan, July 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) cordially invites members of the media in South Sudan to attend a press briefing to update on UN Police’s (UNPOL) role under the

new mission’s mandate; UN contributing Force Protection Unit efforts in managing IDPs in the protection of civilians site, and progress made by the South Sudan National Police Service with support of UNPOL.

 

 

The briefing will be given by:

Fred Yiga, United Nations Commissioner of Police for South Sudan

Joseph Contreras, UNMISS Acting Spokesperson

 

 

Date: Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Time: 2:00pm

Venue: Juba Conference Room, UNMISS compound in Tomping

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS


 

LYBIE : DEGRADATION DE LA SITUATION SECURITAIRE – EVACUATION DE LA COMMUNAUTE FRANCAISE.

 

PARIS, France, 28 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Déclaration du porte-parole du ministère des affaires étrangères et du développement international

 

Compte tenu de la dégradation de la situation sécuritaire, la France demande à ses ressortissants de quitter la Libye.

 

Tous nos ressortissants sont invités à entrer au plus vite en contact avec notre ambassade à Tripoli.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 July 2014

UN Special Representative for Somalia on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr


 

UN Special Representative for Somalia on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr

 

MOGADISHU, Somalia, July 28, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, extended his heartfelt greetings to all Somali people as they celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr.

 

“As Somalia celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr I wish all Somalis and their families Eid Mubarak. Today is a time to celebrate the completion of the holy month of Ramadan and to remember those that are less fortunate than ourselves. I hope this spirit of reconciliation and harmony can contribute to peace across Somalia. Ciid Wanaagsan!” SRSG Kay said.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS

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