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Statement by the Spokesperson on the situation in Egypt

The storming of the Egyptian Press Syndicate’s building by the Egyptian security forces on the 1st of May is a worrying development, and continues a trend of restricting space for civil society and the freedom of expression, as manifested by the high number of arrests following the April protests. Freedom of assembly and press freedom […]

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Nearly 1 in 3 paid a bribe in Middle East and North Africa in past 12 months

Nearly one in three citizens who tried to access basic public services in the Middle East and North Africa paid a bribe, a Transparency International (www.Transparency.org) report said today, showing that governments across the region have failed to hear their citizens’ voices against corruption. According to a public opinion survey by the international anti-corruption group […]

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Visit of AU High-Level Delegation to the Nordic Countries

An AU High Level delegation visited the Nordic Countries of Sweden, Finland and Denmark from 23-29 April 2016. The delegation was composed of the Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, and the AU High Representative for Mali and the Sahel and Head of the AU Mission for Mali and the Sahel (MISAHEL), former […]

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Launch of the Platform of analysis and measurement of population resilience in Sahel, West Africa

The Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), with the technical and financial support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has launched a technical Platform for the analysis and measurement of resilience of populations in the Sahel and West Africa (PTMR-SAO). The two organizations have signed a […]

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Seychelles defends its interests at ACP and ACP-EU Ministerial Meetings in Dakar, Senegal

The 41st Joint ACP-EU Council of Ministers closed on 29th May in Dakar, Senegal, after two days of deliberations. The meeting was preceded by the 103rd session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Council of Ministers. Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Barry Faure, representing Foreign Minister Joel Morgan, has […]

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Official Visit of the United Nations Secretary General to Seychelles

At the invitation of the President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. James Alix Michel, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon will undertake an official visit to Seychelles from 7th to 8th of May. He is the first serving Secretary General of the United Nations ever to visit Seychelles since the […]

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Establishment of the Transitional Government of National Unity of South Sudan

The Government of Japan welcomes that the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) of the Republic of South Sudan has been established in South Sudan on the 29th of April, 2016, based on the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan signed in August 2015. The Government of Japan also highly appreciates […]

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Social Entrepreneurs provide sustainable solutions for Africa’ development priorities – Report

Is social entrepreneurship the new face of development? A recent impact report released by Reach for Change (www.Africa.Reachforchange.org) suggests it might be. Social entrepreneurs across Africa are contributing to advances in education, healthcare, financial inclusion, environmental protection and other social issues. This was highlighted in the Reach for Change Africa 2015 Social Impact Report, which […]

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Media announcement / 27th AU summit

The Directorate of Information and Communication (DIC) of the African Union announces that the online accreditation process for the coverage of the 27th African Union (AU) Summit, scheduled for 10 to 18 July 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda has been launched on the AU website: www.au.int. Journalists interested in covering the upcoming AU Summit should register […]

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U.S. Congressional Delegation Visits Egypt

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo is pleased to welcome Congressman Michael McCaul and accompanying delegation to Egypt. A member of the United States House of Representatives, Congressman McCaul is the Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, which has oversight of the Department of Homeland Security ensuring it is able to carry out its […]

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Supporting Economic Development in Southern Africa – German Government Backs EU Economic Partnership Agreement with SADC

On 27th April 2016, the German Federal Cabinet approved the signing of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) of the European Union with the SADC member states. The Agreement will guarantee permanent tax and quota free access to the European market for products from Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland. South Africa, as the most developed […]

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UK troops support UN mission in Somalia

Following a recce to assess options, this is the first UK team to travel to Somalia as part of United Nations (UN) support for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) that is working to build stability in the country and tackle the threat posed by extremist group Al-Shabaab. UK military personnel, drawn from Force […]

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