South African Law Firm MDAttorneys Welcomes New Partner Mansur M. Nuruddin

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JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, January 13, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — MDAttorneys (, a corporate law firm based in Johannesburg, South Africa, announced that international corporate attorney Mansur M. Nuruddin has joined the firm as a partner, leading the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice.

Mansur M. Nuruddin

Mansur M. Nuruddin


Mansur is an Ivy League educated, international corporate lawyer with over 15 years of experience in complex corporate transactions. Mansur has had the unique experience of working on four continents, i.e., North America, Europe, Asia and now Africa. He began his legal career with the Wall Street law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where he spent nearly seven years between Cravath’s New York and London offices. Mansur has also worked for Herbert Smith in Hong Kong and most recently in South Africa for Bowman Gilfillan.

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Prior to joining MD Attorneys, Mansur was the Managing Partner of Nuruddin & Associates – a boutique legal and financial advisory firm. Mansur said “MD Attorneys has an exceptional group of attorneys that bring strong South African law capabilities to my international clients looking to do deals in South Africa. Further, MD Attorneys’ leading fund practice provides an ideal platform for building a world class M&A practice. I am excited to join a group of attorneys with a similar vision and commitment to excellence.”


Michael Denenga, Managing Partner of MDAttorneys, said “We believe that Mansur’s international corporate law experience is unparalleled in the South African legal market and his arrival will add an even greater level of expertise to the M&A team and will help us to increase the scope of services we provide to our clients.”


Mansur has a BA with honors from Columbia University in New York City, where he was the recipient of the Kluge Fellowship. Mansur also has a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications from New York University, where he received the NSEP Graduate Enhancement Fellowship and the ITP Academic Excellence Award. Mansur received his Juris Doctorate from New York University School Law, where he was the recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship. Mansur is admitted to the Bar in the State of New York, and is a member of the New York Bar Association; the American Bar Association; the Asia-Pacific Bar Association; and the International Bar Association.


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USAFRICOM Commander, General David Rodriguez, Visits the DRC

KINSHASA, Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) January 13, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa warmly welcomes the commander of U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM), General David Rodriguez, during his visit to the DRC from January 12-14. During his brief visit to Kinshasa, General Rodriguez will meet with senior DRC political and military leaders, as well as meet with MONUSCO Special Representative Secretary General (SRSG) Martin Kobler. General Rodriguez’s visit is intended to recognize U.S.-DRC cooperation on advancing peace and security in central Africaand highlight U.S. support for DRC’s strong commitment to building professional and capable military forces.

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WCC expresses shock over killings in Nigeria

GENEVA, Switzerland, January 12, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The World Council of Churches (WCC) has expressed deep shock over the attacks by extremist group Boko Haram in Nigeria, which is said to have cost the lives of more than 2,000 people, including children used in suicide bomb attacks.

“A mind-set which deploys young children as bombs and which indiscriminately slaughters women, children and elderly people is beyond outrage, and disqualifies itself from any possible claim to religious justification,” reads a statement issued by the WCC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on 12 January.

In the statement, the WCC calls on the Nigerian government to respond meaningfully to these attacks and to ensure protection of the people from any and all such atrocities.

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The WCC also joined its voice with those of Nigerian religious leaders who have called for the international community’s solidarity and engagement, expressing deep disappointment at the relative – even discriminatory – lack of international media coverage. “As much as the WCC joins in the international solidarity with the people of France in the aftermath of the recent attacks in and near Paris, we are deeply saddened that the tragic events in Nigeria have not attracted equivalent international concern and solidarity,” reads the statement.

The WCC has member churches in Nigeria. The Council have been actively engaged in inter-religious peace initiatives in the country in cooperation with local partners. A high-level Christian-Muslim visit to Nigeria in 2012 was co-led by the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit and Prince Ghazi of Jordan of the Royal Jordanian Aal Al-Bayt Institute (RABIIT). The two organizations have been working together to establish a centre to monitor religiously based violence and promote inter-religious harmony, justice and peace. The centre in Abuja will open during the first half of 2015.

Source:: WCC expresses shock over killings in Nigeria

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FCO Minister leads British trade delegation to Egypt


LONDON, United-Kingdom, January 12, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Minister for Middle East leads British trade delegation, with companies from energy, construction and retail sectors, to Egypt.


On Monday 12th January, British Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Tobias Ellwood will arrive in Cairo to boost trade and increase British investment in Egypt.

Mr Ellwood will be accompanied by over 40 leading British companies from the energy, construction, and retail sectors looking to do business in Egypt.


Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood said:


“This significant trade mission underlines Britain’s commitment to helping the Egyptian people build a successful future for their country – an Egypt that is more secure, more democratic, and more inclusive. Key to this future is a dynamic economy that creates jobs and opportunities for all.


“As the number one investor in Egypt, Egypt does not have a more important economic partner than Britain. In the last fiscal year, British investment totalled over $5bn, more than investment from all other countries put together.


“Britain stands ready to support Egypt implement economic reforms both to help make a more attractive environment for business and investment as well as making sure that economic growth benefits all Egyptians and meets their real and pressing demands for social justice. Together, these reforms will mean Egypt can build a strong, dynamic economy that creates jobs and lifts people out of poverty.”


Notes to Editors


Mr Ellwood and the trade mission have a 3-day programme of activities. On Tuesday 13 January, UK Trade and Investment and the British-Egyptian Business Association will co-host a conference on doing business in Egypt, which Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb is expected to attend.

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Norway’s Foreign Minister Brende condemns attack in Nigeria

OSLO, Norway, January 12, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — ‘I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news that once again a young girl has been used as a suicide bomber, this time at a market in the city of Maiduguri in north-eastern Nigeria. I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.


At least 15 people were killed and over 50 people injured in the attack, which came just a few days after the latest Boko Haram assault on the town of Baga, close to Lake Chad, which killed a great number of civilians. Baga and its surrounding villages are now deserted and uninhabitable following these attacks.


Boko Haram has forced 1.5 million people to flee their homes in Nigeria, and a great many people have taken refuge in the neighbouring countries Cameroon, Niger and Chad.


‘I would like to convey my deepest sympathy to the families of those killed and to all those who have been injured. I deplore this latest act of terror, and the many others carried out by the extremists in the terrorist organisation Boko Haram, in the strongest possible terms. I welcome the cooperation that has been initiated between Nigeria and its neighbouring countries to fight extremism of this kind. Norway will use relevant channels to support the Nigerian authorities and international and national organisations in their work to help the hard-hit population,’ Mr Brende said.

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Canada / Africa / Diplomatic Appointments

OTTAWA, Canada, January 12, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced the following diplomatic appointments:

Isabelle Roy becomes Ambassador to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria.

David Sproule becomes Ambassador to Libya.


Biographical Notes


Isabelle Roy (BSc [Mathematics], Université de Montréal, 1983; MSc [Economics], Université de Montréal, 1989; Diploma in Public Administration, École nationale d’administration, Paris, 1996) taught secondary-school mathematics in Gabon, undertook research on economic modelling for developing countries with the Centre de recherche et développement en économique [centre for research and development in economics] in Montréal, and worked as a consultant economist at the World Bank. She began her career with External Affairs and International Trade Canada in 1990 and has held progressively more senior positions in Ottawa in the Francophonie Affairs Division, the Economic and Financial Relations Division, the Western Europe Division and the West and Central Africa Division, where she served as deputy director and director. Ms. Roy has served abroad in Yaoundé and in Paris, at the Canadian embassy and as a member of the Canadian delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, respectively. In 1997, she became the first Canadian diplomat to participate in a diplomatic exchange at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2005 to 2008, Ms. Roy represented Canada as ambassador to Mali. Her most recent position was as director of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Division. Ms. Roy replaces Geneviève des Rivières.


David Sproule (BA Hons [Political Science], University of Alberta, 1978; LL.B., University of Alberta, 1981) began his career as a foreign service officer with the Department of External Affairs in 1981. Following his first posting abroad as third/second secretary in Singapore, Mr. Sproule held a number of positions, including first secretary in Bangkok and first secretary and counsellor in Washington, D.C. From 1999 to 2004, he served as counsel and deputy agent for Canada before the International Court of Justice, in the case of Yugoslavia v. Canada (Legality of Use of Force). Mr. Sproule was first appointed as a head of mission in 2004, serving as high commissioner in Bangladesh, ambassador to Afghanistan, ambassador to Thailand, and most recently, ambassador to Norway. At headquarters, Mr. Sproule’s assignments have included deputy director of the Economic Policy and Summits Division within the APEC Division and of the Human Rights Law Section in the Legal Affairs Bureau; director of the Oceans and Environmental Law Division and of the United Nations, Human Rights and Economic Law Division; and deputy legal adviser and director general of the Legal Bureau. Mr. Sproule has also held the position of director of the Asia Division at the Intelligence Assessments Secretariat of the Privy Council Office. Mr. Sproule replaces Colin Townson.

Source:: Canada / Africa / Diplomatic Appointments

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