Togo : US and Togo To Co-Host the 2017 AGOA Forum in Lomé

The United States and Togo To Co-Host the 2017 AGOA Forum in Lomé, Togo

The United States and Togo will co-host the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum in Lomé, Togo August 8-10. The Forum will bring together senior government officials from the United States and 38 Sub-Saharan African AGOA-eligible countries to discuss ways to boost economic cooperation and trade between the United States and Africa. The African Union and regional economic communities will also participate.

The theme of this year’s Forum is “The United States and Africa: Partnering for Prosperity through Trade.” The 2017 Forum will explore how countries can continue to maximize the benefits of AGOA in a rapidly changing economic landscape, and highlight the important role played by women, civil society, and the private sector in promoting trade and generating prosperity.

Representatives from the private sector, civil society, and the U.S.-sponsored African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) will participate in Forum activities August 8-9. The Ministerial plenaries will follow on August 9-10, bringing together senior government officials from the United States and the 38 African beneficiary countries.

U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer will lead the U.S. delegation, which will include senior officials from the U.S. Departments of State, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Transportation, Treasury, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, as well as the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the U.S. African Development Fund. Members of Congress and their staff from both parties are also invited to attend the Forum.

The AGOA law, which enhances market access to the United States for qualifying sub-Saharan African countries, has been the cornerstone of the U.S. government’s trade policy with sub-Saharan Africa since 2000. The law mandates that each year a special Forum be convened to discuss issues related to the implementation of the law and issues of economic cooperation and trade in general.

For general information about the 2017 AGOA Forum and accreditation procedures, visit: www.agoa-togo.tg.

For specific information about the AGOA Forum private sector dialogue, please visit: www.corporatecouncileonafrica.com.

For specific information about the civil society/AWEP event, please visit: http://www.agoacsonetwork.org.

For information about AWEP Togo, please visit: http://aweptogo.tg.

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Agenda highlights – EU-Egypt Association Council, 25/07/2017

The Association Council between the European Union and Egypt will take place on 25 July in Brussels. It will be co-chaired by the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt Sameh Hassan Shoukry.

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Zambia : Zambian Chevening Scholars donate to charity

The donation to Dorothy’s Dream, a community school for underprivileged children in Chainda, Lusaka, is part of the many activities that Chevening Alumni, a body of scholars who where sponsored by the British Government to study in the UK, has planned to support communities and contribute to Zambia’s development.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, the Acting High Commissioner Andrew Hamilton said:

“I am delighted to see Zambians who have studied at top UK universities using not only their skills and knowledge acquired to contribute significantly to Zambia’s development but also supporting their local communities through volunteerism, a culture that is common both in the UK and Zambia.”

“The UK has a global reputation for excellence in the field of education and skills, rooted in our centuries-old yet forward-looking educational system. It’s a tradition of learning that we continue to share with the world, including Zambia. It is gratifying to see Zambian future leaders who spent time studying in UK contributing to such a worthwhile cause.”

Mr Hamilton said one of the Information Technology (IT) experts from among the Chevening Alumni has volunteered to train pupils and staff at the school so that they are empowered with IT skills that will enable them to use the computers effectively.

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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South Africa : Fight agains plastic pollution

Dr. Jenna Jambeck, U.S. Expert on Marine Waste, Joins South Africa’s Fight Against Plastic Pollution

The U.S. Mission to South Africa hosted Dr. Jenna Jambeck, an expert on plastic waste from the University of Georgia, for meetings with environmental leaders, local government officials, academics and members of the public in three provinces along South Africa’s coastline July 9-18, 2017. She travelled to Port Elizabeth, Plettenberg Bay, Hermanus, Cape Town and Durban this week.

Dr. Jambeck’s visit was part of the U.S. Embassy’s support of South Africa as a regional leader in addressing marine debris through building scientific research and promoting capacity building. Dr. Jambeck and other U.S. Government experts participated in a conference in Port Elizabeth, organized by the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST), on the newly-launched African Marine Waste Management Network and efforts to draft a Pan-African marine pollution strategy July 9-13, 2017.

On July 14, she visited the Plettenberg Bay’s Hope Spot Committee to talk about solutions to reduce plastic inputs from land into the ocean. Dr. Jambeck traveled to Gansbaai on July 17 where she visited the Dyer Island Conservation Trust’s African Penguin Sanctuary and took 67 minutes to mark Mandela Day by helping to clean-up and record trash with volunteers from Shark Watch SA at a beach near Danger Point lighthouse.

Dr. Jambeck toured a landfill site and recycling center in Hermanus, and spoke with young about pursuing careers in engineering and science. Her southern Cape visit ended with a public lecture at the Hermanus Civic Auditorium where Overstrand Deputy Mayor Dudley Coetzee introduced her talk, “Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean,” hosted by the Cape Whale Coast Hope Spot Committee.

On July 18, Dr. Jambeck participated in a panel discussion at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town. She spoke about global and local solutions to plastic pollution in our oceans. “It may be easier to have policy changes happen at the municipality scale or community scale and grow [changes] from there,” said Dr. Jambeck. “That is perhaps a strategy I am putting out there for folks, if they think about initiatives at a smaller scale and grow them larger.”

Also on July 18, Dr. Jambeck participated in a panel discussion at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Campus: Ocean Pollution –The Impact on the Environment and Health. The event was attended by Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) members, and specialists from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), from the Ethekwini council, and local NGO’s.

On July 19, Dr. Jambeck conducted a presentation at the Durban City Hall on “Sustainable and Innovative Waste Management Practices.” The event was attended by members of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife-Sciences Services, KZN Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Department of Environmental Affairs and number of local NGO’s in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. She also had a round table discussion with KwaZulu Natal Sharks Board staff.

On July 20, she visited the eThekwini Waste Materials Recovery Industry Development Cluster plastic recycling facility, which was followed by a meeting with Chris Whyte, the Managing Director of USE-IT, who is currently working with an American consortium under a signed agreement with the City of Durban to assess feasibility planning for waste to energy options for the city.

On July 20, Dr. Jambeck and a team of researchers published their findings in the journal Science Advances showing that “humans have created 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics since large-scale production of the synthetic materials began in the early 1950s, and most of it now resides in landfills or the natural environment.” The same team of researchers led a 2015 study published in the journal Science that calculated the magnitude of plastic waste going into the ocean. They estimated that eight million metric tons of plastic entered the oceans in 2010. “There are people alive today who remember a world without plastics,” Jambeck said. “But they have become so ubiquitous that you can’t go anywhere without finding plastic waste in our environment, including our oceans.”

Distributed by APO on behalf of U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa.

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