National Advocacy Campaign – Egypt

The UN Joint Team under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Population and in collaboration with the National AIDS Program organized a high-level event at the Egyptian Diplomatic Club. The event comes as part of the National AIDS Advocacy Campaign focusing on increasing public awareness on HIV and the recently launched campaign. The event was held with participation of Campaign Ambassador Nelly Karim.

The event was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Health and Population, Foreign Minister assistant Ambassador Ihab Fawzy, UN Heads of agencies and the UN Joint Team on AIDS, Foreign Ambassadors, Egyptian celebrities as well as youth led representatives of organisations and media representatives.

The aim of the event was to highlight Egypt’s political commitment to ending AIDS by 2030 in line with the political declaration.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of UN Information Centre in Cairo.

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UNHCR seeking 1,300 urgent resettlement places for vulnerable refugees in Libya

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, launched today (December 11, 2017) an urgent appeal calling for 1,300 resettlement places to be made available by the end of March 2018 for highly vulnerable refugees stranded in Libya.

“This is a desperate call for solidarity and humanity. We need to get extremely vulnerable refugees out of Libya as soon as possible,” said Volker Türk, UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection.

“Many refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons in Libya are victims of serious violations of human rights, including different forms of inhumane, cruel and degrading treatment,” says UNHCR’s Flash appeal*, which also notes that a large number of them are detained for an indefinite period of time in deplorable conditions.

As the refugee protection agency, UNHCR is strongly opposed to the routine detention of refugees and displaced people, and continuously advocates for alternatives to detention and for fair asylum systems.

“Given the imminent humanitarian needs and the rapidly deteriorating conditions in detention centres in Libya, UNHCR is actively working to organize more life-saving refugee evacuations to Niger in the coming weeks and months,” said Turk. A first group of 25 refugees of Eritrean, Ethiopian and Sudanese nationalities were evacuated from Libya to Niger last month.

Vulnerable refugees are to be evacuated to Niger and hopefully other emergency transit mechanisms pending their resettlement to other countries. They include unaccompanied children, single female parents, women at risk, people with serious medical conditions as well as people who have been severely tortured or ill-treated during their journey or in detention in Libya.

“In view of the current critical humanitarian situation in Libya and the appalling conditions in detention centres, UNHCR once again calls upon the solidarity of the international community,” said Turk.

“Given the seriousness of the situation for refugees in Libya, we need to explore all sorts of solutions, including resettlement, family reunification, evacuation to UNHCR-run emergency facilities in other countries, or voluntary return,” he added.

*UNHCR’s Resettlement Flash Appeal for Libya is available
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International Cooperation, Trade and Security Cluster to Brief Media on Progress Made in the Implementation of the MTSF 2014-2019 in the Second Quarter

International Cooperation, Trade and Security (ICTS) Cluster departments, will lead a media briefing to give an update on the progress made on the implementation of the MTSF 2014-2019 in the second quarter towards achieving the goals of the NDP: Vision 2030.

Members of the media are invited to the briefing as follows:
Date: Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Time: 12:00
Venue: GCIS Head Office, Tshedimosetso House, 1035 Frances Baard Street, Hatfield, Pretoria

NB: Please note that there will be a video link up to Imbizo Media Centre at Parliament, Cape Town

RSVPs:
Takalani Mukwevho (Pretoria)
Email: takalanim@gcis.gov.za
Cell: 082 227 9308

Andile Duka (Parliament, Cape Town)
Email: Andiled@gcis.gov.za
Cell: 063 237 6805

Follow the briefing on Twitter by using the hashtag #ICTSCluster

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information.

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The European Investment Bank and Banque Misr provide EUR 250 million to finance small and medium-sized enterprises in Egypt

The European Investment Bank (EIB) signed a financing agreement of EUR 250 million with Banque Misr to finance investments by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and midcaps in the manufacturing and services sectors to improve their competitiveness in Egypt. The financing agreement is expected to sustain thousands of jobs in Egyptian enterprises.

The EIB’s loan is the first tranche of EUR 500 million approved by the European Investment Bank’s Board of Directors. It will support Banque Misr’s ambitious plans to expand SME financing to meet the considerable growth expectations for SME lending in the coming years.

The finance, which will improve SMEs’ access to finance, is in line with the priorities of the Egyptian Government and the EU’s cooperation with Egypt. The European Investment Bank has provided a number of loans for SMEs and midcaps in Egypt. Since 2009 the EIB has provided financing to 246 SME projects in Egypt for a total value of EUR 743 million, most of which (56%) were in manufacturing sector. These projects helped to sustain over 40.000 jobs at private businesses. Additional financing to SMEs (such as this loan to Banque Misr) is continuously being made available in Egypt.

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