On the side-lines of the Islamic Development (IDB) Group 42nd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors held in Jeddah recently, the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) (www.ITFC-idb.org), member of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group has signed two Murabaha agreements between the Republic of Tunisia represented by the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company to contribute to financing… Read more on http://itfc.africa-newsroom.com/press/itfc-provides-us1-billion-of-financing-for-the-development-of-strategic-commodities-in-member-countries?lang=en

Experts at the International Telecoms Week conference in Chicago have highlighted the need to accelerate investment in Africa to facilitate the continent’s broadband data explosion. Based on the theme “Achieving A Connected Continent: Leading The Data Explosion Across Africa”, the expert panel session with participation from Google, Facebook, WIOCC, Liquid Telecom and Angola Cables discussed… Read more on http://mainone.africa-newsroom.com/press/mainone-advocates-need-for-greater-investments-to-drive-data-explosion-in-africa?lang=en

UNFPA, United Nation Fund for Population, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and IFRC, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, have jointly organized a training on “Gender Based Violence Multi-Sectoral Coordination in Libya” during the period 14th to 18th of May 2017. The overall objective of the training is to raise awareness of GBV in humanitarian settings in the region… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/gender-based-violence-gbv-multisectoral-coordination-in-libya?lang=en

IMF team reached a staff-level agreement with the authorities on the economic policies needed to complete the third review of the ECF which is subject to approval by the IMF Executive Board. The rebound in economic activity that started in 2015 has continued and become more entrenched and growth has been supported by high cashew prices, increased construction activity, and continued improvements in… Read more on http://imf-fmi.africa-newsroom.com/press/imf-staff-completes-review-visit-to-guineabissau?lang=en

Posted by: APO | 19 May 2017

AU Hosts 2017 “Girls in ICT” Day

On Girls in ICT Day, marked annually on the fourth Thursday in April, the African Union Commission jointly with the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – Regional Office for Africa, UN Women, the UNDP Regional Office and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa hosted more than 200 high schools Girls from Addis Ababa and 10 high schools Girls from Tanzania at the AU… Read more on http://african-union.africa-newsroom.com/press/au-hosts-2017-girls-in-ict-day?lang=en

Los embajadores africanos ante las Naciones Unidades en Ginebra reiteran su apoyo al Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus para que sea el próximo director general de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), y anima a que los otros grupos regionales y los Estados miembros de la OMS apoyen su candidatura. El Dr. Tedros ha sido aprobado por la Unión Africana como el candidato más cualificado para la… Read more on http://african-union.africa-newsroom.com/press/african-ambassadors-urge-support-for-dr-tedros-adhanom-the-african-unionendorsed-candidate-for-world-health-organization-directorgeneral?lang=pt

Les Ambassadeurs africains accrédités auprès des Nations Unies à Genève ont réitéré aujourd’hui leur soutien au Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus qui aspire devenir le prochain Directeur général de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) ; ils ont exhorté les autres groupes régionaux et les États membres de l’OMS à soutenir sa candidature. La candidature de Dr Tedros a été entérinée… Read more on http://african-union.africa-newsroom.com/press/african-ambassadors-urge-support-for-dr-tedros-adhanom-the-african-unionendorsed-candidate-for-world-health-organization-directorgeneral?lang=fr

African ambassadors to the United Nations in Geneva today reiterated their support for Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to become the next Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), and urged other regional country groups and WHO Member States to support his candidacy. Dr Tedros has been endorsed by the African Union as the most qualified candidate in next week’s election, which marks… Read more on http://african-union.africa-newsroom.com/press/african-ambassadors-urge-support-for-dr-tedros-adhanom-the-african-unionendorsed-candidate-for-world-health-organization-directorgeneral?lang=en

The African Development Bank in collaboration with the African Union Commission and the World Economic Forum has launched the second edition of the Africa Visa Openness Index. The Index analyses the visa regime in Africa and how open countries are in terms of relaxation or elimination of visa requirements for citizens from other African countries traveling to their countries. The report examines which… Read more on http://african-union.africa-newsroom.com/press/africa-visa-openness-index-notes-that-africans-were-able-to-travel-more-freely-across-the-continent-in-2016-compared-to-2015?lang=en

The African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid has welcomed the European Commission’s External Investment Plan, which aims to improve investment in Africa and the EU neighborhood, in order to promote decent job creation, sustainable development and root out some of the causes of migration. “I welcome the commitment by the European Commission in support of building… Read more on http://african-union.africa-newsroom.com/press/au-welcomes-eu-external-investment-plan-calls-on-innovative-ways-of-mobilising-resources?lang=en

Today, the Department of Trade & Industry (dti), Woolworths and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) officially opened the doors of K9 Pet Foods’ new 3 600 m² factory premises in the Western Cape. This opening is testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of a team of black women who put to test the intent of the Black Industrialist Programme initiated by the dti and Woolworths’ commitment… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/a-collaboration-between-the-department-of-trade-and-industry-woolworths-and-the-idc-sees-doors-opening-for-black-women-entrepreneurs?lang=en

– National flagship Event celebrating Ireland-Africa links set to attract 30,000 visitors in Farmleigh, Dublin on Sunday, 21st May – Events will also take place in Cork, Kilkenny, Kildare, Limerick and Galway The Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh T.D., has welcomed Africa Day 2017 celebrations which are taking place on Sunday, 21st May at Farmleigh Estate… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/minister-joe-mchugh-welcomes-free-africa-day-2017-events?lang=en

Amid an unprecedented global trade slowdown, African policy-makers, negotiators and trade analysts will meet on 25-26 May 2017 in Mauritius to discuss priorities for reviving world trade and strengthening their trading capacity. Since 2014, world trade has declined by more than US$3 trillion with Sub-Saharan Africa’s combined exports falling by about 40 per cent – from US$403 billion to less than… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/commonwealth-african-countries-to-discuss-priorities-for-reviving-world-trade?lang=en

A Organização das Nações Unidas para a Alimentação e a Agricultura (FAO) inicia na próxima segunda-feira (22 de Maio), no distrito de Nhamatanda, província de Sofala, uma formação em matérias de Adaptação às Mudanças Climáticas (AMC), no âmbito da implementação das actividades do projecto “Fortalecimento das Capacidades dos Produtores Agrários para gerir o Impacto das Mudanças… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/fao-capacita-tecnicos-provinciais-em-materias-de-adaptacao-as-mudancas-climaticas?lang=pt

The Acting Executive Director of the Fashion Council of Namibia, Mr. Kalistu Mukoroli has been invited to participate in a visit to Germany, themed “Berlin Fashion Week – The Creative Industries and Sustainability”. The visit takes place from 2 until 8 July 2017 and is part of the Visitors Programme of the German Federal Government. Together with specialist journalists, young designers and other… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/acting-executive-director-of-the-fashion-council-of-namibia-invited-to-germany?lang=en

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler, strongly condemns the unprovoked attack on the Buraq al-Shati airbase in southern Libya yesterday. “I am outraged by reports of significant numbers of fatalities, including civilians and by reports that summary executions may have taken place. Summary executions and… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/martin-kobler-condemns-attack-on-buraq-this-vicious-attack-undermines-political-efforts?lang=en

The Secretary-General notes the announcement by the Algerian Constitutional Council of the results of the 4 May 2017 elections to the People’s National Assembly. He congratulates the people and Government of Algeria for the peaceful conduct of the elections. The Secretary-General would welcome any further steps the Government and all stakeholders can take to continue to strengthen the democratic process.… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/statement-attributable-to-the-spokesperson-for-the-secretarygeneral-on-algeria?lang=en

Posted by: APO | 19 May 2017

EU-Seychelles partnership for climate action

Mahé (Seychelles) – The Head of Cooperation of the European Union to the Republic of Seychelles opened the second Steering Committee of the “Seychelles Global Climate Change Alliance project”. She reiterated the relevance of activities foreseen to address the recurrent flooding problems on La Digue. According to Ms Carla OSORIO, Head of Cooperation of the Delegation of the European Union to the… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/euseychelles-partnership-for-climate-action?lang=en

Au point de presse de ce jour, le porte-parole a fait les déclarations suivantes : […] 2 – Egypte – Entretien de M. Jean-Yves Le Drian avec son homologue égyptien (18 mai 2017) M. Jean-Yves Le Drian s’est entretenu hier avec son homologue égyptien, M. Sameh Choukri. Le ministre de l’Europe et des affaires étrangères a souligné son attachement au partenariat stratégique entre la France et… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/france-egypte–quai-dorsay-declarations-du-porteparoledrc?lang=fr

Le Conseil de paix et de sécurité (CPS) de l’Union africaine (UA), lors de sa 685ème réunion tenue à Addis-Abeba, le 12 mai 2017, a examiné le renouvellement du mandat de l’Initiative de coopération régionale pour l’élimination de l’Armée de Résistance du Seigneur (ICR- LRA) et a adopté la décision qui suit : Le Conseil, 1. Prend note du rapport [PSC/PR/RPT. (DCLXXXV)] du Président de… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/communique-of-the-685th-psc-meeting-on-the-renewal-of-the-mandate-of-the-regional-cooperation-initiative-for-the-elimination-of-the-lords-resistance-army-rcilra?lang=fr

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 685th meeting held in Addis Ababa on 12 May 2017, considered the renewal of the mandate of the Regional Cooperation Initiative for the Elimination of the Lord’s Resistance Army (RCI-LRA) and adopted the following decision: Council, 1. Takes note of the Report of the Chairperson of the Commission on the Status of the Implementation… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/communique-of-the-685th-psc-meeting-on-the-renewal-of-the-mandate-of-the-regional-cooperation-initiative-for-the-elimination-of-the-lords-resistance-army-rcilra?lang=en

« Au nom du président de la république, SEM Macky SALL, je vous remets les clés de l’ambulance médicalisée qui est la première du genre à être livrée » a dit Mme Eva Marie Colle Seck, Ministre de la santé et de l’action sociale lors de la cérémonie de remise de dons au district sanitaire de Ngaye Meckhé le 16 mai 2017. En recevant les clés, le Maire de la commune de Meckhé, M.Magatte… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/remise-de-dons-a-ngaye-meckhe–le-maire-magatte-wade-magnifie-le-geste-de-la-fondation-hopital-assistance-internationale?lang=fr

The nutritional feeding centre for malnourished children supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Baidoa, Somalia has more than twice as many young patients this year as one year ago, underscoring the large food needs in the country. “One look at our nutritional feeding centre shows how high the needs are for Somalia’s children,” Dominik Stillhart, the global director of… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/somalia-big-influx-at-nutritional-feeding-centres-for-children?lang=en

As part of activities marking the two-day Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) in Addiss Ababa, high level representatives from some African countries on Thursday shared their successes and challenges in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2063. During the plenary session titled, “Challenges and opportunities arising in achieving inclusive growth… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/panelists-share-experiences-on-the-implementation-of-agenda-2063-and-the-sdgs?lang=en

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