SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS MAJOR GENERAL MUHAMMAD TAYYAB AZAM OF PAKISTAN AS FORCE COMMANDER OF THE UNITED NATIONS MISSION FOR THE REFERENDUM IN WESTERN SAHARA

 

NEW YORK, September 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ United Nations Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Major General Muhammad Tayyab Azam of Pakistan as the Force Commander of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).

 

Major General Azam will succeed Major General Major Imam Edy Mulyono of Indonesia, whose tour of duty ends on 17 September 2015. The Secretary-General is grateful to Major General Mulyono for his exemplary service and contribution to the work of MINURSO since July 2013.

 

Major General Azam brings to this position 30 years of national and international military experience. He currently serves as Inspector General of the Frontier Corps and prior to that has served as Director General and Deputy Director of the Intelligence Services from 2010 to 2014. He commanded an infantry brigade from 2009 to 2010. Major General Muhammad Azam has also served as United Nations Military Observer in Democratic Republic of Congo from 2000 to 2001.

 

He has Master’s degrees in Defense and Strategic Studies from the National Defense University of Islamabad and in International Affairs from the Balochistan University, Pakistan.

 

Born in 1966, Major General Azam is married and has four children.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS


 

SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS FADZAI GWARADZIMBA OF ZIMBABWE AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY

 

NEW YORK, September 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Fadzai Gwaradzimba of Zimbabwe as the Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security. Ms. Gwaradzimba succeeds Ms. Mbaranga Gasarabwe of Rwanda who was appointed as Deputy Special Representative for Mali in May. The Secretary-General is grateful for Ms. Gasarabwe’s dedicated service and management of the department as the first Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security.

Ms. Gwaradzimba brings a wealth of experience in strategic management and leadership, coupled with in depth knowledge of international development, crisis prevention and recovery, evaluation design and practice and gender issues. She has over 25 years of experience with the United Nations system, and most recently held the position of Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director, Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York.

Prior to that, she was the Division Chief for South and West Asia for six years. Ms. Gwaradzimba has previously been the Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in The Gambia, and Deputy Resident Representative in Malawi and Barbados. She began her career with UNDP in Somalia in 1989 and held various positions with UNDP in New York as a Programme Manager and Senior Evaluation Advisor and also served with DPKO as a Deputy Municipal Administrator in Kosovo from 2000-2001.

Ms. Gwaradzimba holds a PhD in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University, a Master’s degree in Public Affairs and International Studies from the University of Oregon, a Diploma in Economics from the University of Colorado, and a Bachelor of Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Zimbabwe.

 

Born in 1953, she is married and has one daughter.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS

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Swaziland National Day Message


 

Swaziland National Day Message

 

WASHINGTON, September 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Press Statement

John Kerry

Secretary of State

Washington, DC

September 4, 2015

 

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States of America, I send best wishes to the people of the Kingdom of Swaziland on your Independence Day.

The United States and Swaziland have enjoyed a long history of partnership on issues such as health and the protection of vulnerable populations. We look forward to continued cooperation between our two countries, especially towards our shared goal of an AIDS-free generation.

I wish all Swazis continued peace and prosperity on this 47th anniversary of your independence.

 

SOURCE 

US Department of State


 

Le Cameroun et la FAO décidés à renforcer leur coopération / Le Bureau de partenariat et de liaison et un Programme de coopération sont lancés

 

YAOUNDE, Cameroun, 4 septembre 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le Cameroun et la FAO ont signé aujourd’hui, d’une part, un Accord relatif à l’établissement d’un Bureau de partenariat et de liaison de la FAO au Cameroun, et d’autre part un Accord de partenariat de 20 millions de dollars pour appuyer le développement du secteur agricole du pays.

Le nouvel Accord pour ouvrir un Bureau de partenariat et de liaison de la FAO en République du Cameroun a été signé par le Ministre camerounais des Relations Extérieures, M. Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo, et le Directeur général de la FAO, M. José Graziano da Silva, en visite officielle de deux jours.

«En tant que partenaires, le Gouvernement et la FAO se tiendront mutuellement informés de leurs politiques et programmes respectifs dans les domaines de la sécurité alimentaire, de la nutrition et du développement agricole et rural», a déclaré le Ministre Moukoko Mbonjo.

Le nouveau Bureau assurera la coordination d’ensemble du Programme de partenariat entre la FAO et la République du Cameroun (PPFC), objet du 2ème Accord signé, qui portera sur les activités prioritaires nationales énoncées dans le Cadre de programmation pays de la FAO pour le Cameroun.

Le programme de partenariat de cinq ans prévoit également la possibilité d’un soutien aux activités de coopération Sud-Sud dans d’autres pays africains, qui sera financé par le Cameroun.

«La généreuse contribution du Cameroun est un signal fort qui nous rappelle que l’Afrique a le potentiel de lutter contre l’extrême pauvreté et la faim», a déclaré José Graziano da Silva, Directeur général de la FAO, lors de la cérémonie de signature à Yaoundé.

«Il est devenu évident que bien que nous pouvions éradiquer la faim en notre temps, nous ne réussirons que si nous travaillons ensemble, notamment les pays du Sud se prêtant mutuellement assistance», a-t-il ajouté.

«Le Cameroun s’est engagé à renforcer l’agriculture, secteur à la base du développement de l’Afrique, sur le plan national et au-delà», a déclaré le Ministre camerounais de l’agriculture et du développement rural, M. Essimi Menye, qui a signé l’Accord au nom de son pays.

«Nous sommes ravis de renforcer la coopération de longue date qui existe déjà avec la FAO. Cela permettra de renforcer notre travail en cours et d’ouvrir de nouvelles possibilités de travailler ensemble à la poursuite de nos objectifs communs.»

Le Cameroun est membre de la FAO depuis 1960 et l’Organisation a un bureau à Yaoundé depuis 1978.

Des Objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement aux Objectifs de développement durable

L’un des autres objectifs du programme consistera à renforcer l’interaction et les synergies entre les deux parties afin de permettre au Cameroun d’atteindre les Objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement (OMD) et les objectifs de l’Agenda pour l’après 2015.

Les domaines techniques prioritaires couvriront la mise en œuvre des stratégies nationales pouvant contribuer à la croissance dans le secteur rural; la promotion d’emplois agricoles pour les jeunes et les femmes; l’élaboration et la mise en œuvre des politiques et stratégies pour renforcer la résilience des ruraux aux catastrophes et aux crises.

Il est opportun de rappeler, aujourd’hui, que le Cameroun a reçu de la FAO une distinction pour la lutte contre la malnutrition.

Le gouvernement camerounais est à féliciter pour avoir atteint la cible de l’OMD consistant à réduire de moitié la prévalence de la sous-alimentation d’ici à 2015, et celle, plus rigoureuse, énoncée au Sommet mondial de l’alimentation en 1996: diviser par deux le nombre absolu de personnes souffrant de la faim d’ici à 2015.

Le Cameroun est en effet l’un des pays d’Afrique centrale à avoir atteint ces objectifs au moment où nous arrivons au terme de la période de suivi des Objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement.

La FAO a salué les efforts du gouvernement camerounais et lui a récemment attribué une distinction honorifique à Rome, en Italie, dans le cadre de sa lutte contre la faim et la malnutrition.

 

SOURCE 

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


 

Cameroon dedicates $20 million to support national agricultural development / Historic new cooperation program established between government and FAO

 

YAOUNDE, Cameroon, September 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Cameroon and FAO today signed two agreements: one creating a $20 million, five-year Partnership Programme aimed at promoting agricultural development in the Central African nation, the other establishing an expanded Partnership and Liaison office here in the capital.

 

The agreements were signed by Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo Cameroon’s Minister of External Relations, Essimi Menye, the country’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, during a two-day official visit.

 

The new FAO/ Cameroon Partnership Programme (FCPP) will focus on national priorities as set forth in the FAO Country Programming Framework for Cameroon. Priorities include implementing national strategies to boost rural growth, promoting agricultural jobs for youth and women, and developing and implementing policies and strategies to build the resilience of rural populations to disasters and crises.

 

The Programme also foresees the possibility of support to South-South Cooperation activities in other African countries, funded by Cameroon.

 

The new FAO office will be responsible for the Programme’s overall coordination.

 

“As partners, the government and FAO will continue to keep each other informed about their respective policies and programmes on food security, nutrition, agricultural and rural development”, said Minister Moukoko Mbonjo.

 

“This historic financial commitment highlights Cameroon’s strong commitment to food security and rural development. This generous contribution is an important recognition of Africa’s potential in the fight against extreme hunger and poverty,” FAO’s Director-General said.

 

“It has become clear that while we have the power to end hunger in our lifetime, we will only succeed if we work together, including through Southern countries assisting one another,” he added.

 

“Cameroon is committed to strengthening agriculture in-country and beyond, which is the sector at the basis of Africa’s development”, added Minister Menye.

 

“We are delighted to increase the already long existing cooperation with FAO. It will strengthen our ongoing work and open new opportunities to work together in pursuit of our common goals,” he said.

 

Cameroon has been member of FAO since 1960 and the Organization has maintained an Office in Yaoundé since 1978.

 

From Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals

 

Cameroon has already achieved both the MDG target of halving the proportion of the population suffering from undernourishment by 2015, and the more stringent World Food Summit target of 1996 of halving the absolute numbers of the hungry by 2015.

 

Moving forward, a key focus of the new partnership established here today will be joint efforts to work towards achieving new hunger targets outlined under the post-2015 development agenda to be established later this year.

 

FAO has commended the efforts of the Government of Cameroon and recently awarded the country for its fight against hunger and malnutrition at a ceremony at its Rome headquarters.

 

SOURCE 

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


 

La 541ème réunion du Conseil de paix et de sécurité de l’UA sur le dialogue politique dans la République de Guinée

 

ADDIS ABEBA, Ethiopie, 4 septembre 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le Conseil de paix et de sécurité (CPS) de l’Union Africaine (UA), lors de sa 541ème réunion, tenue le 31 août 2015, a reçu un exposé du Représentant Permanent de la République de Guinée sur le dialogue politique dans ce pays.

 

Le Conseil a salué la signature de l’Accord Politique en prélude aux élections. A cet égard, le Conseil a exprimé sa gratitude à Monsieur le Président, S.E. Pr. Alpha Condé, pour ses efforts en faveur du dialogue politique dans le but de résoudre tous les différents politiques relatifs au processus électoral.

 

Le Conseil a également félicité les acteurs politiques Guinéens pour avoir démontré leur maturité politique, leur bonne volonté, leur flexibilité, et leur engagement commun pour la tenue d’élections crédibles, inclusives et pacifiques en signant avec succès l’Accord politique.

 

Le Conseil a encouragé les acteurs politiques Guinéens à poursuivre sur cette évolution positive tout en continuant à travailler ensemble en vue de la réussite de l’organisation des élections sur la base de l’Accord signé.

 

Le Conseil a exhorté tous les acteurs politiques Guinéens à mettre en œuvre l’Accord de bonne foi, en vue de créer des conditions propices à la tenue d’élections libres, transparentes et crédibles dont les résultats seront non seulement acceptés par tous les acteurs politiques mais, aussi de contribuer à l’approfondissement du processus démocratique en Guinée et permettre au pays de parvenir à la cohésion nationale, sociale et de développement économique.

 

Le Conseil a souligné que soutien à la Guinée est nécessaire, parce que les échéances électorales constituent des moments de grande vulnérabilité politique et sociale pour les pays africains.

 

Le Conseil a demandé au Département des Affaires politiques de la Commission de l’UA de le tenir régulièrement informé de l’évolution de la situation en Guinée, en particulier en ce qui concerne les préparatifs pour les prochaines élections.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 4 September 2015

The 541th meeting of the AU PSC on the political dialogue in the Republic of Guinea


 

The 541th meeting of the AU PSC on the political dialogue in the Republic of Guinea

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, September 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 541th meeting held on 31 August 2015, received a briefing from the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Guinea on the political dialogue in that country.

 

Council welcomed the signing of the Political Agreement in preparation for the elections. In this regard, Council expressed its appreciation to H.E. President Alpha Condé, for his efforts in favour of political dialogue to resolve all differences relating to the electoral process.

 

Council also commended the Guinean political actors for demonstrating political maturity, goodwill, flexibility, and a shared commitment to holding credible, inclusive, and peaceful elections by successfully signing the Political Agreement.

 

Council encouraged the Guinean political actors to build on this positive development by continuing to work together in preparation for the successful organization of elections on the basis of the signed Agreement.

 

Council urged all Guinean political actors to implement the Agreement in good faith, with a view to creating conducive conditions for the successful holding of free, transparent and credible elections, whose results will not only be accepted by all political stakeholders, but will also contribute to the deepening of the democratic process in Guinea and allow the country to achieve national cohesion, social and economic development.

 

Council stressed the necessity of providing support to Guinea since elections constitute moments of political and social vulnerability for African countries.

 

Council requested the AU Commission Department of Political Affairs to keep the Council regularly informed about the evolution of the situation in Guinea, particularly, with regard to preparations for the upcoming elections.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


Le centre de traitement de données Tier III de MainOne, MDX-i, s’associe à Microsoft dans le domaine du cloud computing

Les services cloud de MDX-i fournissent une solution adaptée aux besoins des entreprises clientes en Afrique de l’Ouest

LAGOS, Nigeria, 4 septembre 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ MDX-i, filiale du centre de traitement de données de MainOne (http://www.mainone.net), a annoncé aujourd’hui le lancement de sa nouvelle offre de services basés sur l’informatique en nuage, en partenariat avec Microsoft. La solution, qui repose sur l’infrastructure de niveau entreprise Azure de Microsoft (http://www.microsoft.com), fournit aux sociétés un environnement informatique privé souple, hautement accessible et entièrement sécurisé selon un mode de paiement à l’utilisation. En combinant la maîtrise de technologies bien connues et éprouvées à une spécialisation géographique, les services cloud de MDX-i fournissent une solution adaptée aux besoins des entreprises clientes en Afrique de l’Ouest. La solution IaaS (infrastructure en tant que service) offre plusieurs avantages, notamment l’accès à de nombreuses ressources informatiques telles que des capacités de stockage, de CPU et de mémoire, des pare-feux de sécurité ainsi que de la bande passante réseau, le tout fourni sur la base d’un abonnement.

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Cette nouvelle solution est la première offre cloud lancée par MDX-i en partenariat avec Microsoft, leader mondial en matière de services cloud. Avec ce lancement, MDX-i est en mesure de répondre aux besoins en infrastructures informatiques des entreprises déployant des solutions cloud privées, publiques ou hybrides à partir de son centre de traitement de données Tier III à Lagos. Cette approche garantit la mise à disposition rapide et souple d’infrastructures à destination des entreprises et organisations  gouvernementales en fonction de leurs besoins, améliorant ainsi leur délai de livraison des applications et des services à la demande.

Lors de la conférence de presse, le directeur du développement commercial de MDX-I, Rob Lever, a indiqué que la nouvelle plateforme cloud était une alternative évolutive et économique aux ressources informatiques dédiées déployées en interne par les entreprises ; de plus, elle comprend des centres de traitement des données virtuelles gérés, des serveurs privés virtuels et des réseaux locaux virtuels afin de garantir aux utilisateurs une haute disponibilité.

« Les entreprises commencent à adopter les services cloud car ils devraient leur permettre de gagner en flexibilité et de réaliser des économies sur les coûts d’investissement et d’exploitation. Notre plateforme IaaS réduit les problèmes de complexité, d’interopérabilité et de sécurité de nos clients. Elle leur offre en outre l’avantage de tirer parti de notre infrastructure et du savoir-faire combinés de MDX-i et Microsoft, sans avoir à engager des sommes importantes pour déployer de telles solutions ».

Lors de l’annonce du lancement, Kabelo Makwane, directeur général de Microsoft Nigeria, a déclaré : « Le Cloud OS Network était un groupe mondial rassemblant des fournisseurs de services triés sur le volet qui collaborent étroitement avec Microsoft pour offrir aux clients des solutions cloud hybrides et compatibles avec Azure. En combinant de façon unique leur connaissance des technologies Microsoft, les exigences du client et une spécialisation géographique, les membres de Cloud OS Network fournissent la plateforme Microsoft Cloud adaptée à vos besoins particuliers ».

Au cours de ses déclarations, Christian Landmark, PDG de PCL Mobisafe, le client pilote de la nouvelle offre cloud, a fait part de sa confiance dans les niveaux de performance et de fiabilité de la solution : « Nous avons choisi MainOne comme fournisseur de services cloud en raison de l’excellente réputation de la société en termes de qualité et d’assistance dans le secteur des télécommunications. Nous sommes impressionnés par leur savoir-faire technique et leur volonté de faire tous les efforts possibles pour nous fournir une solution relativement complexe ».

Conformément aux tendances mondiales, MDX-i offrira au fil du temps un ensemble complet de solutions informatiques intégrées, à commencer par les solutions IaaS (infrastructure en tant que service), PaaS (plateforme en tant que service), SaaS (logiciel en tant que service) et BaaS (sauvegarde en tant que service), entre autres.

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour MainOne et Microsoft.

Contacts médias :

MainOne

Jumoke Akande

marketing@mainone.net

Microsoft

Seun Adaramola

v-seadar@microsoft.com

Notes aux rédacteurs

À propos de MDX-i

MDX-i est la nouvelle filiale de MainOne axée sur les services de Cloud Computing et de centres de traitement de données. L’entreprise exploitera le réseau sous-marin et terrestre en pleine croissance de MainOne, qui offre une importante couverture fibre dans les zones métropolitaines au Nigeria et au Ghana, pour fournir ces services à une base installée croissante de grandes entreprises et d’administrations. L’infrastructure de MDX-i a été conçue selon les normes techniques les plus élevées et a obtenu la prestigieuse certification Tier III Design délivrée par l’Uptime Institute. L’entreprise offrira à ses clients une infrastructure à haute disponibilité et à la sécurité optimale, à des coûts prévisibles.

À propos de Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq « MSFT » @microsoft) est l’entreprise leader en matière de plateformes et de productivité, pour tout ce qui a trait au mobile et au Cloud. Sa mission est de donner les moyens à chaque individu et entreprise sur la planète d’accomplir plus de choses.

SOURCE

Communiqué de presse conjoint de MainOne et Microsoft


 

Experts meeting on enhancing small arms physical security and stockpile management in the Sahel region concludes today in Addis Ababa

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, September 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The experts meeting on enhanced Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) control and physical security and stockpile management (PSSM) in the greater Sahel region held its deliberations at the AU Headquarters from 3 to 4 September 2015. The meeting was held within the framework of the joint project launched by the AU in collaboration with the Government of Germany and the support of the Bonn International Center for Conversion (bicc).

 

The meeting was attended by experts and practitioners of Member States of the greater Sahel region, Regional Economic Communities and Regional Bodies with a small arms mandate, International Organizations, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, research groups and academics. The experts discussed openly and constructively their experiences in designing and implementing PSSM projects highlighting the successes, challenges and lessons learned. The meeting was opened by Dr Tarek A. Sharif, Head of the Defense and Security Division of the AU Commission and Dr Thomas Göbel, Head of Division for Conventional Arms Control of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.

 

The meeting provided a forum to assess the effectiveness of interventions and programmes in the area of small arms and ammunition physical security and stockpile management which aim to mitigate the risk of diversion, misuse and mismanagement, as well as accidents and explosions at munitions sites. The experts discussed proposals and recommendations on how to enhance coordination among the various national, regional and international stakeholders and actors. They emphasized the need for shared understanding of the needs, gaps and priorities of the countries of the region, collectively and individually, as well as the need for sustainable interventions that are nationally owned and led and which support institutional capacity building and the effective transfer of expertise and capacities to the national stakeholders.

 

The recommendations and proposals for enhanced coordination made by the experts will be considered by a high-level meeting that will take place in October 2015.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


 

Workshop to finalize the guideline on the role of the African Standby Force in Humanitarian action and natural disaster support operations

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, September 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Peace and Security Department and the Department of Political Affairs of the Commission of the African Union (AU), held a three-day workshop to finalize the Guideline on the role of the African Standby Force (ASF) in Humanitarian Action and Natural Disaster Support (HANDS) Operations, from 1-3 September 2015, at the African Union Headquarters.

 

The workshop was opened by Mr. Sivuyile Bam, Head, Peace Support Operations Division (PSOD). In his statement, Mr. Bam underscored the importance of the ASF for effective planning and deployment of critical assets and personnel in situations of complex emergencies.”The ASF is able to harness civilian, military and police in support of the prevention and response to humanitarian crisis and natural disasters, thus, the Guideline calls for an enhancement of African capacity to deal with the emerging complex humanitarian emergencies,” he said.

 

On his part, the representative of the Department of Political Affairs, underlined the significance of humanitarian principles in peacekeeping operations. He further stated the need for a strong linkage between the AU Commission, the Regional Economic Communities/Regional Mechanisms (RECs/RMs) and the Member States for effective coordination of humanitarian action on the continent.

 

The workshop provided an opportunity to exchange views with relevant stakeholders on the role of the ASF in HANDS and on how the ASF can support the coordination of humanitarian crisis and natural disasters response, thus, creating a platform for an important contribution towards enriching and finalizing the Guideline, ensuring that all aspects of planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation are in line with international best practices.

 

Participants were drawn from a cross-section of policy makers and practitioners, including but not limited to the Regional Economic Communities/Regional Mechanisms (RECs/RMs), the AU Mission in Somalia, the AU Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa, the United Nations Office to the AU, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Norwegian Refugee Council Liaison Office to the AU and the Commission (PSD, DPA, Rural Economy and Agriculture and Department of Social Affairs).

 


SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


 

Communique de presse du Conseil de paix et de sécurité de l’UA sur la libération du Lieutenant Général Emmanuel Karenzi Karake, chef des services nationaux de renseignement et de sécurité de la République de Rwanda

 

ADDIS ABEBA, Ethiopie, 4 septembre 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le Conseil de paix et de sécurité de l’Union africaine (UA), en sa 534ème réunion tenue le 17 août 2015, a adopté le communiqué de presse qui suit sur la libération du Lieutenant Général Emmanuel Karenzi Karake, chef des services nationaux de renseignement et de sécurité de la République de Rwanda.

Le Conseil s’est félicité de la communication faite par le Représentant de la République du Rwanda et a rappelé son communiqué [PSC/PR/COMM. (DXIX)] adoptée lors de sa 519ème réunion, dans laquelle il a fermement condamné l’arrestation arbitraire du Lieutenant-Général Emmanuel Karenzi Karake, à Londres, Royaume-Uni, le 20 Juin 2015, alors qu’il était en visite officielle, sur la base d’un mandat d’arrêt délivré par un juge espagnol, ainsi que la violation flagrante du principe de la compétence universelle par certains Etats non africains à l’encontre de hauts responsables gouvernementaux africains et ses conséquences pour la paix et la sécurité sur le continent.

Le Conseil s’est félicité du rejet de la demande d’extradition contre le Lieutenant-Général Emmanuel Karenzi Karake par la Cour de Westminster Magistrates à Londres, suite à la confirmation par les autorités espagnoles que le Lieutenant-Général Karenzi n’avait pas à répondre aux accusations.

Le Conseil a exprimé sa gratitude pour la solidarité dont ont fait preuve les États membres avec le Rwanda, et a réitéré la nécessité de respecter la souveraineté et la dignité des Etats membres africains, tel que requis par le droit et les conventions internationaux.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


 

Press release of the AU PSC 534th meeting on the release of Lieutenant General Emmanuel Karenzi Karake, Chief of the National Intelligence and Security Services of the Republic of Rwanda

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, September 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 534th meeting held on 17 August 2015, adopted the following press statement on the release of Lieutenant General Emmanuel Karenzi Karake, Chief of the National Intelligence and Security Services of the Republic of Rwanda.

 

Council welcomed the briefing provided by the representative of the Republic of Rwanda and recalled its communiqué [PSC/PR/COMM.(DXIX)] adopted at its 519th meeting, in which it strongly condemned the arbitrary arrest of Lieutenant General Emmanuel Karenzi Karake, in London, United Kingdom (UK) on 20 June 2015, while on official visit, on the basis of an arrest warrant issued by a Spanish Judge, as well as the blatant violation of the principle of universal jurisdiction by some non-African States against African Government officials and its implications for peace and security on the continent.

 

Council welcomed the dismissal of the extradition request against Lieutenant General Emmanuel Karenzi Karake by the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, following the determination by the Spanish authorities that Lieutenant General Karenzi had no case to answer.

 

Council expressed appreciation for the solidarity demonstrated by Member States with Rwanda, and reiterated the need to respect the sovereignty and dignity of the African Member States, as required by international law and conventions.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 4 September 2015

IOM Evacuates Stranded Chadian Migrants from Cameroon


 

IOM Evacuates Stranded Chadian Migrants from Cameroon

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Two years since the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) began, IOM is continuing to help Chadian migrants stranded in Cameroon to return home. The migrants were living in CAR and had to flee during the conflict.

 

Last weekend (29/8) IOM transported 129 Chadian migrants from Cameroon to Chad by road with funding from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

 

The move follows operations earlier this year to help 191 migrants from Liberia, Niger, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Chad still living in IOM-built transit sites in Kentzou and Garoua Boulai in eastern Cameroon on the CAR border return home.

 

Some 299 Nigerians are still living in the sites, pending their repatriation. IOM has provided shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and medical services at the sites since May 2014. The World Food Programme has provided food.

 

As the result of the CAR crisis, which began in December 2013, over 18,000 migrants from Chad, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan were forced to flee to Cameroon.

 

“We have been working with the Chadian Embassy in Cameroon, IOM colleagues in Chad, the Cameroonian and the Chadian authorities to ensure the group’s safe transportation and return home by road,” said Roger Charles Evina, IOM Chief of Mission in Cameroon. “It took a long time to approve their request for repatriation, because of security concerns.”

 

IOM medical staff provided pre-departure “fit to travel” medical checks before the journey and travelled with the migrants to Chad. IOM also provided hot meals and water during the trip. The migrants were also given basic and non-food item kits which included blankets, mosquito nets, mattresses, and kitchen kits upon arrival in Chad

 

“The biggest challenge for this latest group of Chadian returnees and the other 60,000 who are still in the temporary sites in the Chadian capital N’Djamena and in the south of the country is their reintegration, stabilization and social cohesion with the host communities,” said IOM Chad Chief of Mission Dr. Qasim Sufi. “We are appealing to the donor community to continue providing financial assistance to IOM,” he added.

 

Another consequence of the crisis is that many migrants are in limbo in terms of their cultural identity. “The tensions between the communities caused by the crisis in CAR have led to the ‘return’ of people whose ancestors left Chad decades ago,” explained IOM Chief of Mission in CAR, Torsten Haschenz. “These people are ‘returning’ to a country they might have never lived in,” he added.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 4 September 2015

Over 2.1 Million Displaced in Nigeria: IOM


 

Over 2.1 Million Displaced in Nigeria: IOM

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Over 2.1 million people or 300,000 households are now internally displaced in northern Nigeria, according to IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM). The recent spike in attacks by insurgents triggered the increase.

 

Released yesterday (03/09) in Abuja, the 5th DTM report tracks displaced populations in the six northeastern states covered in the previous four rounds of the DTM – Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe. It also covers Nassarawa State and the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja in the north central part of the country.

 

The increase in the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the 1.3 million recorded in the June DTM report can be attributed to the intensification of attacks carried-out by the insurgents, as well as to improved access to previously inaccessible areas of Borno State, where the IDP population is now well over 1.6 million.

 

The report also reveals that the majority of the IDPs (92 per cent) displaced by insurgency now live in host communities, while the remainder live in camps or camp-like sites. Major needs listed by the IDPs include food (58 per cent), shelter (13 per cent) and non-food relief items (7 per cent).

 

IOM Nigeria Chief of Mission Enira Krdzalic notes: “Many IDPs, especially in host communities, have yet to receive basic items, including food and shelter. It is very important for the authorities and humanitarian partners to speed up the delivery of adequate assistance to these people.”

 

Since October 2014, IOM has been implementing the DTM program in close collaboration with Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS). The process includes assessment at local government level and site assessments, as well as registration in camps and host communities.

 

The DTM was extended from the northeast to other States in the north central and northwest parts of the country at the request of NEMA.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)


 

Central African Republic: United States Commends the Decision of the Transitional Constitutional Court to Uphold the Elections Ineligibility Clause

 

WASHINGTON, September 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Press Statement

Mark C. Toner

Deputy Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC

September 3, 2015

The United States welcomes the August 28 decision of the Central African Republic’s (CAR) transitional constitutional court to uphold the transitional national charter clause that precludes current and former senior transitional government members from running in the upcoming presidential and legislative elections currently scheduled for October and November 2015. We commend the court for its decision, which upholds the rule of law and provides a clear signal to the people of CAR that political authority in their country is bound by the tenets of the interim constitution, not arbitrary decisions. We call upon all members of the transitional government, past and future, to respect the court’s ruling.

The United States further commends the constitutional court for its strong rulings in January and July in favor of including refugees in the elections, an important decision that seeks to ensure that the elections are representative and that CAR’s future is inclusive of its entire population. We call upon the transitional government, including those in charge of elections preparations, to reinforce the spirit of the decision by redoubling efforts to organize and expand elections preparations.

 

SOURCE 

US Department of State


Conclusion des déclarations liminaires dans le procès Ntaganda à la Cour pénale internationale ; les audiences reprendront le 15 septembre 2015

Bosco Ntaganda est accusé de 13 chefs de crimes de guerre et de 5 chefs de crimes contre l’humanité

LA HAYE, Pays-Bas, 4 septembre 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le 3 septembre 2015, les déclarations liminaires dans le procès de Bosco Ntaganda devant la Chambre de première instance VI de la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) (http://www.icc-cpi.int) se sont conclues avec les déclarations des Représentants légaux des victimes, Maîtres Sarah Pellet et Dmytro Suprun, et de l’équipe de Défense de M. Ntaganda, menée par le Conseil de la Défense Maître Stéphane Bourgon. M. Ntaganda a également fait une déclaration sans serment à la Chambre.

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Le procès s’est ouvert le 2 septembre 2015 avec les déclarations liminaires de l’Accusation. La  présentation des preuves de l’Accusation débutera le 15 septembre 2015.

On s’attend à ce que le procès dure plusieurs mois. Durant la première partie du procès, le Bureau du Procureur présentera l’ensemble des moyens de preuve dont il dispose, soumettant à l’examen des juges un grand nombre des documents qu’il a compilé en l’affaire, ainsi que des enregistrements vidéo. Il citera également des témoins. Une fois qu’il a terminé d’interroger un témoin, la Défense aura l’opportunité de le contre-interroger.

Dès que l’Accusation aura terminé sa présentation, probablement dans quelques mois, il reviendra à l’Accusé, avec le concours de son Conseil, de présenter sa Défense. A l’appui de sa thèse, l’équipe de Défense peut faire comparaître un certain nombre de témoins. Ceux-ci seront interrogés par le Conseils de Défense et contre-interrogés par l’Accusation.

2149 personnes participent au procès en tant que victimes et sont représentées par leurs représentants légaux, Maîtres Sarah Pellet et Dmytro Suprun, qui présenteront leurs vues et préoccupations dans la salle d’audience.

Le procès se tient devant la Chambre de première instance VI, qui est composée de M. le juge Robert Fremr, juge président, de Mme la juge Kuniko Ozaki et de M. le juge Chang-ho Chung. Les juges veilleront à ce que le procès soit conduit de façon équitable et avec diligence, dans le plein respect des droits de la défense, de l’égalité des armes et du principe du contradictoire, ainsi qu’en tenant dûment compte de la nécessité d’assurer la protection des victimes et des témoins.

Contexte : Bosco Ntaganda, ancien chef d’état-major général adjoint des Forces patriotiques pour la libération du Congo (FPLC) est accusé de 13 chefs de crimes de guerre (meurtre et tentative de meurtre ; attaque contre des civils ; viol ; esclavage sexuel de civils ; pillage ; déplacement de civils; attaques contre des biens protégés ; destruction de biens de l’ennemi ; et le viol, esclavage sexuel, enrôlement, et conscription d’enfants soldats âgés de moins de quinze ans et leur utilisation pour les faire participer activement à des hostilités) et de 5 chefs de crimes contre l’humanité (meurtre et tentative de meurtre de civils ; viol ; esclavage sexuel ; persécution ; et transfert forcé de populations) qui auraient été commis en 2002-2003 en Ituri, en RDC. M. Ntaganda est actuellement détenu par la Cour.

•          Documents audiovisuels

Déclarations liminaires de Me Sarah Pellet, Représentante légale des victimes : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt_IVjIxj1s

Déclarations liminaires de Me Dmytro Suprun, Représentant légal des victimes : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV6-AyHMwoc

Déclarations liminaires de l’équipe de la Défense, menée par Me Stéphane Bourgon : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dMw0NYJkno

Plus d’informations sur le procès, des photos, ainsi que des documents audiovisuels pour téléchargement (en français et langue originale), sont disponibles sur cette page : http://www.apo.af/97RGrg.

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour la Cour Pénale Internationale.

Pour toute information complémentaire, veuillez contacter Fadi El Abdallah, Porte-parole et Chef de l’Unité des affaires publiques, Cour pénale internationale, au +31 (0)70 515-9152 ou +31 (0)6 46448938 ou à l’adresse fadi.el-abdallah@icc-cpi.int.

Les activités de la CPI peuvent également être suivies sur YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/IntlCriminalCourt) et Twitter (http://twitter.com/IntlCrimCourt).

SOURCE

International Criminal Court


Opening statements in Ntaganda trial conclude at International Criminal Court; trial hearings to resume on 15 September 2015

Bosco Ntaganda is accused of 13 counts of war crimes and five crimes against humanity

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, September 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ On 3 September 2015, opening statements in the trial of Bosco Ntaganda before Trial Chamber VI at the International Criminal Court (ICC) (http://www.icc-cpi.int) concluded with the statements of the Legal Representatives of Victims Sarah Pellet and Dmytro Suprun, and of Mr Ntaganda’s Defence team led by Defence Counsel Stéphane Bourgon. Bosco Ntaganda also delivered an unsworn statement to the Chamber.

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The trial opened yesterday, 2 September 2015, in The Hague, Netherlands, with the statements of the Prosecution. The start of the Prosecution’s presentation of evidence is scheduled on 15 September 2015.

The trial is expected to take several months. During the first part, the Office of the Prosecutor will be presenting the evidence at the Prosecution’s disposal, submitting to the attention of the judges a large number of documents which it has compiled in the case, as well as video footage. The Prosecution will also call witnesses to testify. When the Prosecution has finished examining each witness, the Defence Counsel is given the opportunity to cross-examine the witness.

Once the Prosecution has presented all its evidence, which will take a few months, it is the turn of the accused, with the assistance of their Counsel, to present the defence’s case. The Defence may call a number of witnesses to support their case. These will be examined by the Defence and cross-examined by the Prosecution.

2149 victims have been granted the right to participate in the trial. They are represented by legal representatives Sarah Pellet and Dmytro Suprun who will present their views and concerns in the Courtroom.

Trial Chamber VI is composed of Judge Robert Fremr, Presiding Judge, Judge Kuniko Ozaki, and Judge Chang-ho Chung. Judges will ensure that the trial is fair and expeditious and is conducted with full respect for the rights of the defence, the equality of arms and the principle of adversarial debate, having further due regard for the protection of victims and witnesses.

Background: Bosco Ntaganda, former Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Force Patriotiques pour la Libération du Congo [Patriotic Force for the Liberation of Congo] (FPLC), is accused of 13 counts of war crimes (murder and attempted murder; attacking civilians; rape; sexual slavery of civilians; pillaging; displacement of civilians; attacking protected objects; destroying the enemy’s property; and rape, sexual slavery, enlistment and conscription of child soldiers under the age of fifteen years and using them to participate actively in hostilities) and five crimes against humanity (murder and attempted murder; rape; sexual slavery; persecution; forcible transfer of population) allegedly committed in Ituri, DRC, in 2002-2003. Mr Ntaganda is in the Court’s custody.

•          Audio-visual materials (Audio: Floor/French)

Opening statements of Legal Representative of victims Sarah Pellet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt_IVjIxj1s

Opening statements of Legal Representative of victims Dmytro Suprun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV6-AyHMwoc

Opening statements of the Defence, led by Stéphane Bourgon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dMw0NYJkno

More information on the trial, photos, as well as audio-visual materials for download (in Floor and French language), can be found on this page: http://www.apo.af/a1B1wg.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the International Criminal Court.

For further information, please contact Fadi El Abdallah, Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs Unit, International Criminal Court, by telephone at: +31 (0)70 515-9152 or +31 (0)6 46448938 or by e-mail at: fadi.el-abdallah@icc-cpi.int.

You can also follow the Court’s activities on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/IntlCriminalCourt) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/IntlCrimCourt).

SOURCE

International Criminal Court

Posted by: APO | 4 September 2015

Africa’s Highest Hotel Price Point is Addis


Africa’s Highest Hotel Price Point is Addis

A survey of prices of international grade hotels in selected major African cities has revealed that Addis Ababa is the most expensive place for a good night’s sleep

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, September 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ A survey of prices of international grade hotels in selected major African cities, produced by hospitality research firm STR Global (https://www.strglobal.com), ahead of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) (http://www.Africa-Conference.com), taking place at the end of September, has revealed that Addis Ababa is the most expensive place for a good night’s sleep.

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(The Sheraton Hotel Addis Ababa, Club Room)

The average rate in US$ (constant currency) for a hotel room in the first six months of this year in Addis Ababa was $231.78/ night.  This compares with $215.75 for a room in Lagos, $144.76 in Nairobi, $122.30 in Cape Town, $105.73 in Casablanca, $103.54 in Cairo, $72.90 in Johannesburg and $70.70 in Sharm El Sheikh.

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When one notes that the price of a hotel room in Nairobi is almost double that in Jo’berg and the room rate in Addis is 60% more expensive than Nairobi, one is tempted to ask how prices can be so different.

Thomas Emanuel, Director of Business Development, STR Global, says: “A great deal of the reason for the difference in rates across major African cities is simply supply and demand.”  Addis Ababa has a shortage of top quality hotels.  However, with the Ethiopian economy growing at a rapid rate of more than 10% per annum for the whole of the last decade, with more conferences coming to the city by virtue of its status as the seat of the African Union and with Ethiopian Airways on a similar growth trajectory to the country, thanks to new routes and increased passenger numbers, there is a high demand for premium hotel rooms.  By comparison, Johannesburg is a long-established, sophisticated international city, with a large number of 5* hotels and a competitive market for accommodation.

Looking at how hotel prices have changed over the past year (year to date June ’14-’15), there have been substantial rate rises in Sharm El Sheikh, up 42.5%, Addis Ababa, up 14.9%, Johannesburg, up 11.0% Cape Town, up 10.8% and Cairo, up 10.6%.  Whereas, there has been a recovery in Lagos up 5.8% whilst Nairobi is broadly the same and Casablanca has suffered a 4.0% decline.

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The increases in Sharm El Sheikh and Cairo can be explained as a recovery in tourism to Egypt, following several years of political unrest.  Cape Town’s improvement is due predominantly to increased demand and no recent increases in supply since the 2010 World Cup.  In the face of the recent terrorism incidents in Kenya, Nairobi’s hoteliers have chosen to maintain rates but they have suffered with lower occupancy.  The rise in room rates in Lagos cannot be explained simply by supply and demand because there has been a combination of factors that would normally be expected to exert a downward pressure on price.  First, there is a hotel development boom in Lagos with 3,611 new hotel rooms in the pipeline, according to W Hospitality Group, second, there has been a collapse in the oil price, which is damaging Nigeria’s heavily oil-dependent economy and third, occupancy has fallen below 50%.  The rate decline in Casablanca is due in part to economic weakness in France, its major source market and in part to currency fluctuations.

At AHIF, Thomas will be reporting on year-on-year hotel performance in some of Africa’s key markets and adding further interpretation and analysis of the main trends.  Matthew Weihs, Managing Director, Bench Events, which organises AHIF, which attracts all the major international hotel investors in Africa, where this information will be discussed in detail, concluded: “The wide disparity in room rates with exceptional prices being achieved in places where there is a shortage of supply, make it clear that there are parts of Africa that offer very attractive prospects for hotel investors. The best way to gain a deeper understanding of this industry is to come to Addis and meet the people who are driving it forward.”

AHIF is the preeminent gathering of international investors in hotels in Africa.  It takes place in Addis Ababa on Sept 30 – Oct 1.  For more information, go to www.Africa-Conference.com.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Bench Events.

For further information and high resolution images, please visit http://www.africa-conference.com or contact:

–          Anja Eckervogt, Tarsh Consulting, Email: Anja@tarsh.com, Tel: +44 (0) 3301222648, Cel: +44 (0) 7871 040 170.

–          David Tarsh, Tarsh Consulting, Email: David@Tarsh.com, Tel: +44 (0) 20 7602 5262, Cel: +44 (0) 7770 816 070.

About STR Global

STR Global provides clients—including hotel operators, developers, financiers, analysts and suppliers to the hotel industry—access to hotel research with regular and custom reports covering Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and South America. STR Global provides a single source of global hotel data covering daily and monthly performance data, segmentation data, forecasts, annual profitability, pipeline and census information. Hotel operators can join the surveys on a complimentary basis and benefit from free industry data. STR Global is part of the STR family of companies and is proudly associated with STR (www.str.com), STR Analytics (www.stranalytics.com) and Hotel News Now (www.hotelnewsnow.com). For more information, please visit www.strglobal.com.

About The Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF)

AHIF is the premier hotel investment conference in Africa, attracting many prominent international hotel owners, investors, financiers, management companies and their advisers. It is organised by Bench Events (www.benchevents.com), which is known for producing, alongside Questex Travel + Hospitality and MEED Events, several other top-level hotel conferences around the world including Berlin (IHIF), Dubai (AHIC), Istanbul (CATHIC) and Moscow (RHIC).

Sponsors of AHIF 2015 are: AccorHotels, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts international as Platinum Sponsors; African Export-Import Bank, Areen Hospitality Design, Calibra, Colliers International, DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, Ethiopian Airlines, France 24, Grant Thornton, Honeywell, Horwath HTL, Hotel Partners Africa, HTI Consulting, HVS, Hyatt, IDC,  JLL, Kempinski Hotels, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Onlime, Samsung, STR Global, SVA, The Brand Co, The Great Hospitality, Wyndham Hotel Group and ZPC Group as Gold Sponsors.

SOURCE

Bench Events

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 4 September 2015

AUC and Partners Convene Progress Report Review Meeting


 

AUC and Partners Convene Progress Report Review Meeting

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, September 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Partners under the umbrella of the Joint Program and Financing Arrangement (JPA) – Institutions, Capacity Building and Communication (ICBC) and non-JPA, jointly with African Union Commission (AUC) concerned departments gathered today, Thursday, 3 September 2015 at the Headquarters of the African Union to review 2014 Year End and First Semester of 2015 reports for the ICBC Pillar as well as the Shared values Pillar (JPA-DPA).

 

The joint review meeting approved the 2014 annual report and the 2015 mid-year report. During the meeting presentations on ICBC, Administrative reforms, financial management reforms, Project Management and Evaluation Review, Internal Audit and Political Affairs were made by Directors/representatives of respective departments.

 

It was noted that the AUC has been registering laudable progress in recent years in the improvement of its institutional capacities and operational systems and procedures. Through the implementation of the ICBC, the Commission will further strengthen its institutional capacities and put in place measures to enhance its performance and operational efficiency in terms of finance, human resources and administration, conference and all other services. It undertakes these measures through benchmarking and adoption of international best practices.

About JPA Partners

–    JPA-ICBC agreement signed between AUC and Partners to support most of the projects under Institution, Capacity Building and Communication Pillar. These partners include Sweden, UK, the Netherlands, Germany/GIZ, Denmark, Canada, Norway, USA/USAID and EU. Turkey, France, ACBF, China and World Bank are other partners financing the ICBC Pillar but are not signatories of the JPA.

–    JPA-Shared Values-DPA (Election & Governance) agreement signed between AUC and Partners to support of the projects under Political Affairs Department. These Partners include DFID, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, USAID and EU.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 4 September 2015

HIGH COMMISSION WELCOMES BRITISH COMPANIES’ INTEREST IN MALAWI


 

HIGH COMMISSION WELCOMES BRITISH COMPANIES’ INTEREST IN MALAWI

 

LONDON, United-Kingdom, September 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Michael Nevin welcomes British investors’ interest in Malawi

 

A number of British-based companies will be visiting Malawi this week at the invitation of the Malawi Government to view for themselves the potential for trade and investment with Malawi. The British High Commission greatly welcomes this initiative by the Government of Malawi, and has been working with the Government to stimulate private sector interest in Malawi. This is in addition to DFID support to help create the conditions for economic growth and to improve the business environment in Malawi, including support to the Malawi Investment and Trade Centre.

 

Said the British High Commissioner, Michael Nevin,

 

“I greatly look forward to engaging with the companies visiting from the UK. We have seen an increase in the number of British-related companies showing an interest in Malawi. This reflects the effort by the current government to gradually move the country onto more of a trade and investment footing, which we encourage. H.E. President Mutharika has been clear that this is the direction that Malawi needs to take to gradually move from aid dependency. Since my time in Malawi, this is probably the most significant effort I have seen by any government to encourage overseas trade and investment.

 

This agenda is common to both the British and Malawi governments. The British High Commission also has objectives to increase trade and investment between the UK and Malawi as part of our prosperity agenda. Our data indicates that bilateral trade is at less than £80m and larger investments have tended to be historical rather than recent. While Malawi’s key export markets will be regional, we believe there is more that can be done to raise the profile of the opportunities in Malawi and for increased trade with UK companies too.

 

That should be of mutual benefit. The British and Malawi Governments share the same objectives and will work together to achieve them. We have been supporting the Malawi Government and the MITC to make connections with UK companies, complementing this initiative by the Malawi authorities. Malawi has many attributes it can promote, as the Minister of Trade and the MITC have recently highlighted – a stable country without a history of conflict, an English speaking democracy with a functioning rule of law, a range of opportunities opening up.

 

Of course there are challenges to doing business in Malawi, and it is important that the authorities tackle these, including more competitive tendering, countering corruption and reducing bureaucratic hurdles. Malawi also needs to appreciate the extent of competition from other countries to attract overseas trade and investment. The Malawi authorities will have to be focused and work swiftly to address these challenges, and to ensure they respond to the interest they are generating so as not to lose out to competitors. A cross-government approach is needed to punch through bureaucratic delays. I greatly welcome the Ministerial sub-committee that has been set up to do this.

 

It is also important to us that Malawi has the right policy frameworks which ensure benefit to the country and reduce poverty through commercial agreements, but which are also internationally competitive and attractive to the private sector. British companies have a strong reputation for quality, innovation and integrity which we believe will be of great benefit to Malawi’s economic development.

 

I encourage the public, civil society and the media to see the benefits of trade and investment to their and Malawi’s economic future. As President Mutharika rightly states, the Government cannot cater for all of Malawi’s needs without greater involvement of, and contribution from, the private sector, both domestically and internationally. It is important that potential investors feel a sense of welcome.

 

We look forward to working hand-in-hand with HE The President, the Government of Malawi and the private sector in Malawi on this new, welcome approach they have adopted. It is in both our interests that this agenda succeeds.”

 

SOURCE 

United Kingdom – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

AMISOM MOCC and AU PSSG conclude 16th Meeting in Addis Ababa – Note progress made in degrading Al-Shabaab

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, September 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The joint Military Operations Coordination Committee (MOCC) and the African Union Police Strategic Support Group (PSSG) for AU peace support operations convened its 16th meeting in Addis Ababa, on 01 September 2015. The meeting, chaired by the AU Commissioner for Peace Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, was attended by Chiefs of Defense Staff (CDS) and Chiefs of Police of Troop and Police Contributing Countries (Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Sierra Leone) and the Federal Government of Somalia. Representatives of partner countries and institutions (European Union, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, United Kingdom, United States of America, United Nations) also participated in the meeting.

 

The MOCC/PSSG considered the Report of the Ad-hoc Committee of Experts which had undertaken an assessment from 10 to 18 August 2015 on the enhancement of AMISOM operations. The key recommendations of the committee of experts included the need for adherence to the AMISOM chain of command, increased mobility, force protection as well as an increased UNSOA support package compatible to AMISOM operational requirements.

 

The meeting provided an opportunity to exchange views on the situation in Somalia, as well as make decisions on the findings and recommendations of the Ad-hoc Committee of Experts. The meeting further presented an opportunity to deliberate on progress in the development of the revised AMISOM Concept of Operations (CONOPs).The participants noted the tremendous progress made by AMISOM in degrading Al Shabaab capabilities.

 

The MOCC/PSSG appreciated the role played by Troop and Police Contributing Countries in support of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) towards the achievement of the political process in Somalia, as well as the support provided to AMISOM by the UN through UNSOA.

 

The MOCC/PSSG noted the progress made in generation of Air Assets for AMISOM and reiterated the urgency of generating additional force multipliers and enablers to enhance AMISOM efficiency. They stressed the need for implementation of the next phase of offensive operations to neutralize Al Shabaab and also called for the full participation of the Somali National Army (SNA) and the Somali Police Force (SPF) in the renewed efforts.

 

Whilst expressing appreciation to the international partners for the assistance extended so far to AMISOM and the SNA and SPF, the MOCC/PSSG called for enhanced and continued support to the FGS especially the SNA and SPF.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


 

Second Bureau Meeting Focuses on Strengthening the Interface between Youth Culture and Sport

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, September 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Among the guests present at the meeting were: The African Union Commissioner for Social Affairs H.E Dr. Mustafa Sidiki Kaloko; Youth and Civic Education Minister of the Republic of Congo H.E Anatole Collinet Makosso; the State Minister and Chief of Staff of the President Mr. Firmin Ayessa and African Union Commissioner of Human Resources, Science and Technology H.E Dr. Martial De Paul Ikounga.

 

The main objectives of the meeting included: An endorsement of the request to host the sub-committee on sport; review the progress on the implementation of decisions of the first meeting on youth, culture and sport; and discuss the proposed theme, date and venue for the Second Session of the Specialized Technical Committee Meeting on Youth, Culture and Sport.

 

A common sentiment shared by all the speakers was Africa’s need to empower the youth and foster a spirit of unity. Mr Makosso spoke on the importance of culture and sport to the development of youth. He also encouraged investing in and creating sustainable initiatives, so that the dividends would go towards developing young people.

 

AU Commissioner of Human Resources Science and Technology Dr Martial de Paul Ikounga described sport as a unifying factor. “We should work to ensure sport continues to unite people”, he said. Recalling African success at the recently ended the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) world championships athletics held in Beijing, Dr. Ikounga said: “We are happy that Kenya has demonstrated that Africa is on the way to actualizing its dreams.” Commissioner Ikounga also recalled that Africa’s development path is well mapped out in the continental Agenda 2063 Framework. “We don’t need to make another agenda”, he said.

 

While the continent is acknowledged for fostering some of the world’s top talents, some challenges still need to be addressed. There is a need to create sustainable solutions to problems that the youth face, which include unemployment and having a favorable business environment across Africa. These were the views expressed by State Minister and Chief of Staff of the President Mr Firmin Ayessa at the meeting.

 

The State Minister also reminded the guests that the youth are waiting for answers on three fronts: investment, opportunities and capacity building. He also touched on the Invention and Innovation meeting, which takes place every two years, as an opportunity for the youth to showcase their work and talents.

 

Today’s meeting took place against the backdrop of the 11th edition of the Africa Games which are due to be officially opened by Congolese President Mr Denis Sassou Nguesso on 4 September in Brazzaville, an occasion which will be attended by African Union Commission Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. The games this year also mark 50 years since the country hosted the first ever African Games in 1965.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 4 September 2015

PRESS CONFERENCE OF THE AUC CHAIRPERSON AT THE 11TH EDITION OF THE AFRICAN GAMES


 

PRESS CONFERENCE OF THE AUC CHAIRPERSON AT THE 11TH EDITION OF THE AFRICAN GAMES

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, September 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ MEDIA ADVISORY

WHAT: Press conference of the African Union Commission on the occasion of the opening of the 11th edition of the African Games

 

WHERE: VIP Lounge, Maya Maya Airport, Brazzaville, Congo

 

WHEN September 4 2015 at 13:30

 

WHO: The press conference will be addressed by H.E Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission in the presence of Dr Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, Commissioner of Social Affairs and Dr Martial de Paul Ikounga, Commissioner of Human Resources Science and Technology. The government of Congo will be represented at the press conference..

 

WHY: On the occasion of the opening of the opening of the 11th edition of the African Games, and the 50th anniversary of the games, the AUC Chairperson will address the media on the value of sport in realising the vision of the African Union i.e. to build an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa. H.E will discuss Africa’s 50 year development framework, known as Agenda 2063 as well as the key projects being implemented by the AU for the continent’s development.

 

BACKGROUND: The African Union Commission Chairperson will be in Brazzaville on the 4th of September to witness the historic opening of the 11th edition of the African Games, alongside Congolese Head of State, President Denis Sassou Nguesso. These games are significant in the history of sport in Africa as this edition marks the 50th anniversary of the games. They are particularly significant to Congo as it was the country that hosted the first games in 1965. Back then there were 29 participating countries with 2,500 athletes but the games have grown and this year, 7000 athletes are expected to participate. Under its Agenda 2063 framework, the African Union recognizes sport and physical activity as an effective tool to attain social and economic integration as well as the continent’s broader development goals.

 

Media personnel are invited to attend the press conference of the AU Commission Chairperson at 1.30 pm on 4 September at the VIP lounge of the Maya Maya International Airport in Brazzaville, Congo.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


 

Didier Reynders regrets prohibition of the viewing of the film “L’homme qui répare les femmes” in the DRC

 

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, September 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders regrets the decision of the Democratic Republic of Congo to prohibit the viewing of the film “L’homme qui répare les femmes” on Congolese territory.

Fighting sexual violence against women is a universal combat, supported jointly by Belgium and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Minister thinks that this noble objective would be served better by a viewing of this universally touching film on Congolese territory.

 

SOURCE 

Belgium – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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