Africa: Sao Tome and Principe National Day 2017

Press Statement by Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State:

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, congratulations to the people of Sao Tome and Principe on the 42nd anniversary of your independence on July 12th.

The U.S. commends Sao Tome and Principe’s long tradition of democracy, reinforced by the peaceful transfer of power after the presidential election of 2016. We applaud your efforts to develop your economy and protect marine areas.

The United States will continue to work in partnership with you to secure peace and security in the Gulf of Guinea.

Distributed by APO on behalf of U.S. Department of State.

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European Union injects EUR10 million into Liberia budget

Last week, the Government of Liberia received a grant of EUR 10 million (USD 11.2 million) from the European Union (EU). The EU disbursed the money directly into the treasury account of the Government to support the budget of the Republic of Liberia. This is the third payment under the EU’s budget support programme after a first payment of EUR 29.2 million (USD 33 million) in 2015 and EUR 16 million (USD 18 million) in 2016.

Disbursement of the third payment comes after the Government of Liberia made satisfactory progress in improving public financial management and toward specific targets relating to security and rule of law in line with the Agenda for Transformation, Liberia’s medium-term development strategy. Ambassador Tiina Intelmann, Head of the European Union Delegation to Liberia, said:

“The EU gives this 10 million euro expecting that the Government will use it to provide Liberians with the vital public services they deserve and it has committed to provide: health, education, security and rule of law. I encourage the Government to continue improving the management of public finances and fight against corruption. In particular, I applaud the operationalisation of four pilot county treasuries, the establishment of a Civilian Complaints Board for the police and immigration services and improved access to justice through magistrates’ courts and county courts for cases related to sexual and gender based violence. I encourage Government and the Judiciary to continue their efforts to better plan procurement for entities in the security and rule of law sector and to ensure that spending takes place as planned.”

The European Union withheld EUR 2 million due to the Government of Liberia’s failure or partial failure to meet indicators related to the timely publication of procurement plans for the Ministry of Justice and the Judiciary and spending less money than planned through entities in the security and rule of law sector.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Delegation of the European Union to Liberia.

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Four Moroccan students participate in TechGirls program in the United States

The U.S. Department of State’s TechGirls initiative empowers girls around the world to become leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

This year, the U.S. Embassy in Rabat is pleased to announce that 4 Teenage girls from Morocco will participate in the TechGirls exchange program from July 12–August 3. During their three week visit to the United States, TechGirls program participants Asmae Aannaque, Yasmina El Argoubi, Asmaa Hadir and Soukaina Tachoufti will strengthen and develop technical skills, form invaluable networks, and establish relationships with mentors that will influence their future tech careers.

TechGirls will attend leadership clinics and project management workshops at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA and in Washington, D.C. While at Virginia Tech, the teens will also participate in an eight day, interactive technology and coding camp conducted by the Department of Computer Science Training, participate in a day of job shadowing with top tech companies in the Washington, D.C.-area, and engage in community service activities. Top leaders in the tech industry from the United States and the Middle East and North Africa will mentor the girls throughout the program.

TechGirls program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State and totaled 130 alumnae. These young and smart beneficiaries have utilized the program’s lessons to train more than 2,300 peers in their home countries. The achievements of these alumnae and the talent of the incoming class contribute to the U.S. global commitment to advance the rights of women and girls around the world, as well as STEM education.

Join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #TechGirls.

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Program launched for the Development of Dates Sector in Medina Region

The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), the International Trade Centre (ITC) through Aid for Trade Initiative for Arab States (AfTIAS) Program Launch the Program for the Development of Dates Sector in Medina Region

The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) (www.ITFC-IDB.org), member of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group and the International Trade Centre (ITC) have signed an amendment to their partnership agreement for the implementation of Program for the Development of Dates Sector in Medina Region (PDDM). The signing took place on the side-lines of the Sixth Global Review of Aid for Trade at the WTO Headquarters, in Geneva between Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol, CEO ITFC, and Ms. Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director of ITC.

The objective of the project is to address the constraints at farmer, enterprise and institutional levels, to ensure full utilization of the dates’ sector potential in Medina and respond to increasing internal and external demand. To achieve this, ITC and ITFC will provide technical assistance to strengthen the capacities of both farmers and enterprises and assist them in improving and optimizing their value chains. The project will also help improve harvesting techniques, post-harvest services, warehousing and distribution. Training and coaching of producers, marketers and manufacturers, and preparing marketing and sales strategies will help achieve prices for dates.

Eng. Sonbol said: “This signing reflects our successful partnership with ITC, and with the great support and importance given by the Islamic Development Bank Group, together we will work towards improving the competitiveness and increase exports of the dates of Medina. This will generate better returns for farmers and create more jobs. The Kingdom produces about 1.2 million tons of dates annually, which has great potential to increase its exports and explore new export markets.”

To support economic diversification and to ensure better food security, the Government of Saudi Arabia is supporting the development and expansion of the agricultural sector, including the planting of palm dates trees. Part of the country’s New Development Strategy (NDS), the National Transformation Programme (NTP) that will be implemented during a five-year period (2016-2020) and will contribute to the long-term economic Vision 2030 Agenda.

Ms. Gonzalez said: “This project will support sustainable economic diversification and help job creation by boosting the capacities and business know-how of dates enterprises in the Medina Region. With the ITFC we will not only improve market opportunities for Saudi enterprises in the dates sector, but also work towards ensuring more stable incomes for people working in the industry.”

This signing follows the signing in Medina in June of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Chairman of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group, H.E Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed Hamza Hajjar and the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Madinah H.E Mr. Munir Mohammed Nasser bin Saad, under the Patronage of H.R.H. Prince Saud Bin Khalid Al-Faisal, Deputy Governor of Medina Region, to support the Chamber’s role in promoting the commercial and economic environment in the Medina region.

Since its founding in 2013, the Aid for Trade Initiative for the Arab States (AfTIAS) Program has strived to enhance the trade development in the Arab region, which still has the lowest level of intra-regional trade in the world despite preferential market conditions. Over the last two years, AfTIAS Program has worked hand in hand with its many partners, including the International Islamic Trade Financing Corporation (ITFC) and the International Trade Centre (ITC), to accelerate the pace of trade reforms and enhance competitiveness in global and regional markets.

Distributed by APO on behalf of International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC).

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