4th African Union High Level Panel on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

What: High Level Panel on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (HPL on GEWE)

When: Thursday 29th to Saturday 1st July 2017, 0900 a.m.

Where: African Union Commission

Theme: The 4th HLP will be aligned to the 2017 AU Theme of “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in the Youth”, with special emphasis on “empowering young women and girls”.

Who: The African Union Commission (AUC)’s Women, Gender and Development Directorate (WGDD) in collaboration with the Department for Human Resource, Science and Technology (HRST), the Department of Social Affairs (DSA), the Office of the Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security (OSE), and in partnership with United Nations and Civil Society Partners, will convene the 4th HLP on GEWE to be held on the margins of the 29th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly.

Objectives and Expected Outcomes:

The overall objective of the 4th HLP on GEWE is to define concrete actions to empower young women and girls to scale up implementation of policy priorities and decisions in the four pillars of the AU Demographic Dividends Agenda that will translate into more tangible investments in young women and girls to harness the demographic dividends in Africa.

The specific objectives are to:

• Identify key strategies and recommendations for action to scale up implementation of decisions and policies on the demographic dividend agenda.
• Provide space for young people to influence policy.
• Build strategic partnerships to carry forward the DD agenda

The Outcomes of the 4th HLP are:
• A report with strategies and recommendations for action.
• Decisions on possible policy gaps.

Background:
The HLP on GEWE is a multi-stakeholder event convened on the margins of the AU’s mid-year (June/July) Summits. It has now become an established tradition as a mechanism for sustaining visibility of women’s rights and empowerment issues very high on the policy agenda of the AU, within the framework of its annual theme. The meetings are defined as high level to capture the essence of representation: expected individuals with policy making responsibility or authority or so designated; established scholars/ researchers and academics in the area of GEWE; leaders of civil society, especially Women’s Rights Organisations (WRO), as well as the high-level approach to the issues under discussion. The HLP on GEWE seeks to go beyond policy-making, which takes place at the AU’s January Gender Pre-Summit, and focuses more on guidance on policy implementation in terms of defining strategies and recommendations for action. The HLP also identifies any other policy gaps on GEWE and on the theme of the year, which may not be part of the decisions of the January pre-summit which are included in the Declaration of the AU Heads of State and Government.

Media personnel are invited to attend and cover this event. Date and breakdown of different events are below:

1. 29 – 30 June 2017- 4th HLP on GEWE.
2. 30 June 2017- Briefing meeting on “Girls’ and Women’s Education” co-hosted with AU/CIEFFA.
3. 30 June, 2017- Cocktail and Launch of two booklets developed by the Office of the Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security in partnership with UN Women:
a. African women in mediation and Elections observers;
b. Handbook for Reporters on WPS in Africa.

Distributed by APO on behalf of African Union Commission (AUC).

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New Permanent Representative of Burkina Faso presents credentials

The new Permanent Representative of Burkina Faso to the United Nations (Vienna), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Dieudonné Kere, presented his credentials today to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), Yury Fedotov.

During his career Mr. Kere has served in various capacities, among them:

Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative to the European Union, Deputy Head of Mission to the European Atomic Energy Community, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. in Brussels (2015-2016); Minister Counsellor at the Embassy in Brussels and Chargé d’ Affaires a.i. since 2015 (2014-2015); Director of International Cooperation at the National Assembly (2006-2013); Administrative Secretary for the African region of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie (PAF) (2009-2013); Administrative Secretary of the National Inter-parliamentary Group of Burkina Faso to the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) (2006-2013); Administrative Secretary of the Burkinabe Section of the PAF (2006-2013); Chargé d’ Affaires a.i., Embassy in Brussels (2000-2001); Second Counsellor, Embassy in Brussels (1999-2005); Head of Department Europe, America, Oceania, Foreign Affairs Ministry (1996-1999); First Secretary, Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark (1990-1994).

He holds Master degrees from the University of Grenoble – Pierre Mendès, France and the Catholic University of Mons, Belgium, as well as a Diploma from the European Institute of Public Affairs and Lobbying, Belgium and a Postgraduate Diploma from the National School of Administration and Magistracy, Burkina Faso.

Mr. Kere speaks Mooré, French and English.

Mr. Kere is married and has four children.

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Media Briefing on the Avian Influenza Outbreak in South Africa

Members of the media are invited to a briefing by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries Mr Senzeni Zokwana on the current outbreak of the Avian Influenza in the country. The Minister will explain government’s plan to deal with the outbreak.

The media briefing will take place as follows:

Date: Thursday, 29 June 2017
Time: 09h00 – 09h45
Venue: Tshedimosetso House, 1035 Francis Baard, Hatfield, Pretoria.

NB: There will be a video link to Imbizo Media Centre, 120 Plein Street, Parliament, Cape Town.

Members of the media attending the event are requested to confirm their attendance with
Jamela Nkanyane on 082 346 9781 or e-mail JamelaN@daff.gov.za .

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

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Resolution Insurance realises expansion plans with SSP Pure Insurance

Resolution Insurance has chosen global insurance technology specialist SSP (www.SSP-Worldwide.com) to provide a new, robust, flexible IT system to underpin its expansion plans. Following private equity investment, the insurer has diversified into the general insurance market and expanded from its Kenyan base into Tanzania.

The deal will see SSP Pure Insurance deployed as a single flexible, end-to-end core insurance solution across Resolution Insurance’s operations in Kenya and Tanzania, with local account management support from the Kenyan office.

Resolution Insurance’s vision is to become the recognised leader and preferred provider of insurance services in Africa, with extended access to insurance for millions of low income people across East Africa, leveraging Kenya’s strategic position as a regional leader and gateway.

SSP Pure Insurance will provide Resolution Insurance with the self-sufficiency and agility to deliver new products and schemes that meet the needs of these customers, as well as web-based portals that make it easier for brokers and consumers to do business with the insurer.

Steve Lathrope, Group Managing Director at SSP, says, “Kenya is an important market for general insurance that has grown by 20% compound over the last year. I am delighted to be working with Resolution Insurance, a company that shares SSP’s commitment to delivering innovative and quality solutions to this market, with the roll out now extended to include its operations in Tanzania.

“Resolution Insurance is part of SSP’s African insurance community, whose user group continues to play an important part in driving the roadmap for our Pure Insurance product and strategic investment.”

Maryanne Mugo, Managing Director at Resolution Insurance Tanzania said: “We are targeting 100% growth in GWP over the next five years. Although we originally launched as a healthcare insurer, general insurance will play a vital role in our growth plans by becoming the biggest element of the group, contributing around 60% of our GWP.

“To be able to realise these plans, we needed a proven, functionally-rich software platform designed specifically for the short term insurance market, and that is what SSP Pure Insurance delivers. As SSP has provided solutions that support the differing requirements of the African insurance market for over 30 years, we will benefit from both its experience and R&D investment in the platform.”

Distributed by APO on behalf of SSP.

Media contact:
Jacqui Rorke
Jacqui@FindleyPR.Co.Za
011 463-6372

About SSP:
SSP (www.SSP-Worldwide.com) is a global provider of technology systems and solutions across the entire insurance industry, using our expertise to enable our customers to transform their business and increase their profitability. SSP provides core technology solutions, distribution and trading capability, advanced analytics and solution delivery. We work with 8 of the top 10 UK insurers, 4 of the top 10 global insurers and over 40% of UK brokers. Our unique position in the market, including the largest market share of UK e-trading, enables us to provide leading data insight and unrivalled distribution. With over 30 years’ experience, our knowledge, talent and technology capabilities deliver innovative results that make us the partner of choice for our customers.

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