Experts strive to jointly regulate medicines in Africa

The experts have reiterated the urgent need for Africa to fast track the process of harmonizing medicines regulation on the Continent to guarantee access to quality medicines. The issue was front andcenter in the two-day event that brought together experts of the pharmaceutical sector in the framework of the 4th African Medicines Regulatory Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The experts considered recent advances in countries for regulation of medical devices, blood and blood products and in implementation of harmonization programmes in RECs. Moreover, they reviewed and adopted the African Medicines Regulatory Harmonization (AMRH) Implementation Toolkit and the draft Regional strategy for strengthening regulatory systems in the Africa.

Officially closing the Conference on behalf of the Director for Social Affairs, Dr. Janet Byaruhanga, Health Officer at the African Union Commission highlighted the fact that harmonization of medical products regulation is critical to ensure an Africa is free of diseases. However, she emphasized that the realization ofthis very important agenda will require human resources, requisite skills, and establishment of relevant research, academic and financial institutions, as outlined in the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

“The strategies and action plans for regulation of medical products, medical devices, diagnostics, biological products etc., I am sure, will not only serve the needs of the people within the borders of each country but through regional economic communities, willbenefit other African citizens across the continent.”, she said.

The Meeting also underlined the need for Member States to increase national investments for strengthening the regulatory capacity of NMRAs as well as the necessity forpartner organizations including the World Health Organization to provide countries with support to establish, assess and strengthen their regulatory systems taking the benefit of the WHO Global Assessment Tool.

Prof Aggrey Ambali, Head of the NEPAD Technology, Science and Innovation Hub commended the Member States for their commitment to strengthen regulatory capacity of NMRAs and noted that NEPAD will continue to take a leading role in coordinating activities highlighted during the Conference. “We [NEPAD Agency] commit to doing what you as AU Member States have requested us to do, we acknowledge that as an African led institution, we continue to provide leadership in facilitating and coordinating activities related to strengthening Medicines Regulation at National, Regional and Continental level” he said.

Dr. Ossy Kasilo, Programme area coordinator for Essential medicines and health technologies at WHO regional office for Africa reiterated WHO’s commitment to this process. “We reiterate WHO’s commitment to continue to work with partners such as NEPAD, AUC, BMGF, the World Bank, USAID and others to support countries in strengthening regulatory systems for medical products and supporting the process of alignment between AVAREF and AMRH Program. We look forward to working together as a team in the implementation of the recommendations of both conferences.” she said.

The 4th African Medicines Regulators Conference was preceded by the 2nd Biennial scientific conference on medecines regulations in Africa from 30th November to 1st December 2015 in Addis Ababa. These meetings took place in the wake of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa which was adopted in 2005 to facilitate the emergence of a local pharmaceutical industry on the continent.

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2nd FOCAC Summit – Africa and China leaders meet to advance their strategic partnership

Africa and China leaders renew their commitments to advance their strategic partnership to a higher level. This comes at the 2nd China-Africa Cooperation Forum (FOCAC) Summit, which kicked off today, Friday 4th December 2015, at Sandton Convention Center, Johannesburg, South Africa, in a high level presence of 50 African Heads of State and Government, The President of China, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, and heads of international and regional organizations.

Addressing the Summit, the Chairperson of the African Union and President of Zimbabwe H.E. Mr. Robert Gabriel Mugabe, expressed appreciation to the People and Government of China for the all rounded support provided to African countries, which he said, will significantly improve the socio-economic condition in the continent. He considered the cooperation as a win-win venture which aims at providing beneficiations and value addition to African products.

In her remarks at the opening ceremony, AUC Chairperson H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said that Africa and China need to work together for a win – win cooperation in priority areas, such as the promotion of political dialogue, industrialization, agricultural development, energy and development of natural and mineral resources. She also called for the acceleration of the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding on infrastructure that includes highways, Railways, aviation, Industrialization, energy generation, and public health system in Africa.

Highlighting Africa’s need for skilled personnel, Dr. Zuma called the Africa – China cooperation to be “the wind behind the sail of Africa skills revolution”. She also called for the promotion of cultural exchanges and tourism and to enhance people to people interactions including cooperation between the African and Chinese Women Federation. Referring to the Africa’s own developed transformative path “Agenda 2063: The Africa that we want”, she underlined the need for the two sides to join hands to achieve its laudable goals.

President of the People’s Republic of China and Co-chair of the Summit, H.E. Mr. Xi Jinping recalled the positive developments of the China-Africa partnership, through the FOCAC process and highlighted the new measures that China will undertake to support the development efforts of African countries in the areas of training and skills development, agriculture, industrialization, development financing, energy, infrastructural development and cultural promotion and people to people relations. It was disclosed that China will earmark a total of US$60 billion for implementation of these initiatives in the coming three years.

The meeting was officially opened by the Co-chair, the President of the Republic of South Africa H.E. Mr. Jacob Zuma who warmly welcomed the Heads of State and Government to South Africa. He expressed his appreciation for the new measures announced by the President of China which he said will further boost the relationship between the China and Africa.

The African and Chinese leaders will review and adopt the two outcome documents namely: Declaration of the Johannesburg Summit and the Johannesburg Action Plan (2016-2018), which outline specific measures aimed at consolidating the growing mutual partnership between Africa and China.

Held under the theme: “Africa-China Progressing Together: Win-Win Cooperation for Common Development”, 2nd FOCAC Summit, is historical as it is for the first time that African and Chinese leaders meet in Africa, in the 15-year history of the Forum.

The 2nd FOCAC Summit is expected to open new prospects for cooperation as well as new avenues for both China and Africa to further stimulate growth and unlock new opportunities between the two peoples on trade and other matters, and boost cooperation on Africa’s infrastructure and Industrialization.

On its sideline, the Summit features a number of high level events that reflect the multifaceted nature of Arica- China relations. These include: Exposition of the China-Africa Equipment and Manufacturing Industry, High-level Dialogue between Chinese and African Leaders and Business Representatives, photo exhibition on the Achievements of FOCAC, Closing Ceremony of the Fifth Conference of Chinese and African Entrepreneurs as well as Closing Ceremony of the Year of China in South Africa & China-Africa Culture Performance.

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Training Workshop on Trade in Services Negotiations for AU-CFTA Negotiators, Dakar, Senegal

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What: Training Workshop on Trade in Services Negotiations for AU-CFTA Negotiators

When: 7- 11 December 2015

Where: Dakar, Senegal

Who: The African Union Commission (AUC)

Objective: The General Objective of the workshop is to build the capacity of services negotiators in Africa to effectively benefit from trade in services opportunities at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels but most importantly to prepare for the CFTA negotiations on Services. The workshop will also provide a forum to share experiences of successful services exports and brain storm on a strategy for CFTA Services Negotiations.

Background:

The African Union Summit of Heads of Government in June 2015; during their XXV Ordinary Session in Johannesburg South Africa Launched CFTA Negotiations in Trade in Goods and Trade in Services, in light of the role of trade in services in African’s economic transformation. This new mandate comes at a time when AU Member States are negotiating Trade in Services at regional, multilateral, and bilateral level.

In spite of the task of negotiating and rule-making activity, at regional, continental and multilateral level; experience with services policy reforms is still young in Africa. Significant challenges exist in building the regulatory institutions that are needed to remedy market failures, appropriately sequence service sector reforms, and establish mechanism that promote the availability of essential services among poor people. Trade rules are complex and services negotiations are information and resource-intensive. Capacity building in services negotiations in key for African countries in order to effectively benefit from trade in services opportunities at bi-lateral, regional and multilateral levels but most importantly to prepare for CFTA Services negotiations.

JOURNALISTS ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TRAINING WORKSHOP ON TRADE IN SERVICES NEGOTIATIONS

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IOM Cote d’Ivoire Assesses Counter Trafficking Project on Liberian Border

IOM Cote d’Ivoire has led a two-day evaluation mission to the town of San Pedro on the Liberian border as a part of its Akoma counter trafficking project.

The project is an innovative cooperation between IOM and Interpol initiated in June 2015. Implemented in both Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana, it has rescued 48 child victims of trafficking and child labour in the cocoa industry.

Interpol is responsible for the law enforcement aspects of the project, while IOM is in charge of the rescued children’s recovery and provision of immediate and longer term assistance.

During the mission, the IOM team met with social workers working with the rescued children and received a comprehensive update. Assistance to the children and their families includes shelter, financial aid, and reintegration of the children in education.

A stakeholder workshop was also organized to bring together 35 participants from the Ministry of Solidarity, Family, Women and Children, Ministry of Social Affairs, the Police, Child Protection Unit in UNOCI, civil society organizations, local NGOs, beneficiaries, social workers and journalists.

The team also met with some of the children to identify possible areas for improvement, including follow-up techniques with rescued children, communication between different structures involved in the project, and training of police responsible for rescuing the children.

“I have been working in the cocoa industry. After being rescued, IOM has provided me with shelter and funded my vocational training as a mechanic,” said one of the rescued children.

IOM will conduct a final assessment in December, bringing the project to closure. Further follow-up tasks will be handed over to the government, notable the Ministry of Solidarity, Family, Women and Children, one of IOM’s main partners in the project.

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IOM Tanzania Targets Health, Mobility and HIV Prevention on World Aids Day

HIV / AIDS remains a major public health issue around the world and has been responsible for over 35 million deaths to date. Migrants and mobile populations are recognised as being at a high risk of HIV infection as they frequently face marginalisation, exclusion and various barriers to accessing health promotion and care.

In Tanzania HIV / AIDS remains the number one cause of mortality and to mark World AIDS Day 2015 on December 1st, IOM organized two events to target drivers of the epidemic.

During the first two days of December, IOM staff and volunteers from the Youth of United Nations Association of Tanzania (YUNA) distributed over 1,000 packages to bus drivers and travellers at Ubungo Bus Station. Ubungo is the central bus station of Dar es Salaam and is the transportation link to most large urban areas such as Arusha, Moshi, Morogoro and Dodoma.

The packages contained pamphlets providing information on HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases in Kiswahili, World Aids Day 2015 keyrings and condoms donated by Population Services International (Tanzania).

The advocacy event was designed to raise awareness of the scale of the HIV problem and to provide information on measures to control the spread of the disease.

Ubungo was targeted based on the findings of a 2014 IOM study: “Health Vulnerabilities of Mobile Populations and Affected Communities at the Port of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania”. The study highlighted the HIV vulnerability of mobile populations and surrounding communities on transport corridors, due to high levels of concurrent sexual partnerships and low rates of condom use.

On 2 December 2015, IOM also facilitated a round table discussion on HIV/AIDS at the Muhimbili University of Allied Sciences to increase the awareness of the disease among Tanzanian youth. Speakers included representatives from IOM, TACAIDS and the Muhimbili University of Allied Sciences.

Dr. Subilaga Kaganda of TACAIDS said: “This event is a great initiative. HIV in Tanzania is decreasing in all age groups except for the 15-24 age group. The youth are difficult to reach and this relaxed environment was a good place to start a discussion on the issue.”

While there is no cure for the HIV infection, effective antiretroviral (ARV) drugs can control the virus and help prevent transmission so that people with HIV can enjoy healthy and productive lives. UNAIDS estimates that there are currently 1.5 million Tanzanians living with HIV and in 2014, there were almost 70,000 new infections and 50,000 deaths recorded. In 2013, over a million Tanzanian children were orphaned as a result of the disease.

The events were run as part of IOM’s Partnership for Health and Mobility in East and Southern Africa (PHAMESA), which aims to contribute to improved standards of physical, mental, and social wellbeing of migrants and migration-affected populations in East and Southern Africa, enabling them to substantially contribute towards the social and economic development of their communities.

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IOM Helps Stranded Malian Migrants to Leave Libya, Return Home

On Tuesday (1/12) IOM, in collaboration with the Libyan and Malian authorities, helped 170 stranded Malian migrants, including 20 women and 150 men, to return home from the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

On arrival in the Malian capital Bamako, the migrants were welcomed home by government officials including representatives of the Ministry of Malians Abroad, the Ministry of Interior and Civilian Protection, and the Ministry of Solidarity, Humanitarian Action and Reconstruction of the North.

The migrants, part of a group of 460 Malians waiting to return home from Libya, were transferred from the airport to a civilian protection reception center in Bamako, where they were registered, vaccinated and provided with food, health and shelter for a night.

IOM provided each migrant with the equivalent of EUR 50 for onward travel to their places of origin. Of the 170, 38 came from Kayes, 37 from Bamako, 28 from Koulikoro, 24 from Gao, 17 from Timbuktu, 13 from Sikasso, 10 from Segou and three from Mopti.

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IOM Helps Stranded Malian Migrants to Leave Libya, Return Home

On Tuesday (1/12) IOM, in collaboration with the Libyan and Malian authorities, helped 170 stranded Malian migrants, including 20 women and 150 men, to return home from the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

On arrival in the Malian capital Bamako, the migrants were welcomed home by government officials including representatives of the Ministry of Malians Abroad, the Ministry of Interior and Civilian Protection, and the Ministry of Solidarity, Humanitarian Action and Reconstruction of the North.

The migrants, part of a group of 460 Malians waiting to return home from Libya, were transferred from the airport to a civilian protection reception center in Bamako, where they were registered, vaccinated and provided with food, health and shelter for a night.

IOM provided each migrant with the equivalent of EUR 50 for onward travel to their places of origin. Of the 170, 38 came from Kayes, 37 from Bamako, 28 from Koulikoro, 24 from Gao, 17 from Timbuktu, 13 from Sikasso, 10 from Segou and three from Mopti.

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30th ACP-EU Assembly: terrorism and migration set to dominate debate

Universal healthcare cover, notably aspects relating to healthcare in ACP countries, migration, human rights and humanitarian refugees and the post-election situation in Burundi will be among the topics debated at the 30th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) in Brussels on 7-9 December.

The session will be officially opened by its co-chairs, Louis Michel for the European Parliament, and Fitz A. Jackson (Jamaica) for the ACP countries. It will be preceded and prepared by meetings on 4 December of the three standing committees, on economic development, finance and trade, political affairs, and social affairs and the environment.

The committees will report on the forty years of ACP-EU partnership, family businesses and ease of support for peace for Africa. Debates will also be devoted to good governance, the rule of democracy and COP 21.

Speakers will include EU International Cooperation and Development Commissioner Neven Mimica, for the European Commission, Finance Minister of Lesotho Mamphono Khaketla, for the ACP Council and Luxembourg’s Minister for Cooperation and Humanitarian Action Romain Schneider, for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The ACP-EU JPA’s two 2016 sessions should in principle take place in ACP countries.

Background for editors

The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA ) brings together MEPs and MPs from 78 European Union (EU) and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states that have signed the Cotonou Agreement, which is the basis for ACP-EU cooperation and development work.

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30th ACP-EU Assembly: terrorism and migration set to dominate debate

Universal healthcare cover, notably aspects relating to healthcare in ACP countries, migration, human rights and humanitarian refugees and the post-election situation in Burundi will be among the topics debated at the 30th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) in Brussels on 7-9 December.

The session will be officially opened by its co-chairs, Louis Michel for the European Parliament, and Fitz A. Jackson (Jamaica) for the ACP countries. It will be preceded and prepared by meetings on 4 December of the three standing committees, on economic development, finance and trade, political affairs, and social affairs and the environment.

The committees will report on the forty years of ACP-EU partnership, family businesses and ease of support for peace for Africa. Debates will also be devoted to good governance, the rule of democracy and COP 21.

Speakers will include EU International Cooperation and Development Commissioner Neven Mimica, for the European Commission, Finance Minister of Lesotho Mamphono Khaketla, for the ACP Council and Luxembourg’s Minister for Cooperation and Humanitarian Action Romain Schneider, for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The ACP-EU JPA’s two 2016 sessions should in principle take place in ACP countries.

Background for editors

The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA ) brings together MEPs and MPs from 78 European Union (EU) and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states that have signed the Cotonou Agreement, which is the basis for ACP-EU cooperation and development work.

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30th ACP-EU Assembly: terrorism and migration set to dominate debate

Universal healthcare cover, notably aspects relating to healthcare in ACP countries, migration, human rights and humanitarian refugees and the post-election situation in Burundi will be among the topics debated at the 30th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) in Brussels on 7-9 December.

The session will be officially opened by its co-chairs, Louis Michel for the European Parliament, and Fitz A. Jackson (Jamaica) for the ACP countries. It will be preceded and prepared by meetings on 4 December of the three standing committees, on economic development, finance and trade, political affairs, and social affairs and the environment.

The committees will report on the forty years of ACP-EU partnership, family businesses and ease of support for peace for Africa. Debates will also be devoted to good governance, the rule of democracy and COP 21.

Speakers will include EU International Cooperation and Development Commissioner Neven Mimica, for the European Commission, Finance Minister of Lesotho Mamphono Khaketla, for the ACP Council and Luxembourg’s Minister for Cooperation and Humanitarian Action Romain Schneider, for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The ACP-EU JPA’s two 2016 sessions should in principle take place in ACP countries.

Background for editors

The ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA ) brings together MEPs and MPs from 78 European Union (EU) and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states that have signed the Cotonou Agreement, which is the basis for ACP-EU cooperation and development work.

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Quantum Global group extends support for world class African focused research and publications

Quantum Global group (http://www.QuantumGlobal.ch) is currently bolstering its thought leadership and media relations expansion plans with a significant drive to support high level African focused research aimed at contributing to the continent’s fast moving growth narrative.

In September this year, Quantum Global group Advisory Board member Célestin Monga co-authored, The Oxford Handbook of Africa and Economics (published by Oxford University Press) in partnership with Justin Yifu Lin of the National School of Development at Peking University.

The publication also featured contributions from academic luminaries including Nobel laureates Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia University) and Roger Myerson (University of Chicago), and prominent economists such as Jeffrey Sachs Columbia University), Paul Collier (University of Oxford), Ha-joon Chang (University of Cambridge), Kaushik Basu (World Bank), Francois Bourguignon (Paris School of Economics), Ernest Aryeetey (University of Ghana), Mustapha Nabli (former Central Bank Governor of Tunisia) and Julia Cagé (Sciences-Po, Paris).

Launched in Vienna on December 1 during the 2015 UNIDO General Conference and deploying significant portions of research supported by Quantum Global group Founder, Mr Jean Claude Bastos De Morais, the Handbook represents a stellar piece of distinguished academic analysis exploring a raft of economic and socio-political underpinnings of Africa’s growing global significance.

Mr Monga, a former Senior Economic Advisor and Director at the World Bank, joined the United Nations Industrial Development Organization as Managing Director in January 2015. A long standing pro-bono Advisory Board member at the Quantum Global group and a Cameroonian national, he is recognized as one of the world’s foremost thinkers on African economics and socio-economic dynamics.

In the wake of that undertaking, Quantum Global group has recently collaborated with the prominent UK based think tank the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) – an independent platform for dialogue and research in global finance and economics – to produce a further far reaching publication The Convergence of Nations due to be launched at a ceremony in London on December 10th.

This new publication – edited by Quantum Global group Founder Mr Jean Claude Bastos De Morais – brings together the work of 31 of the world’s foremost authorities on global and regional economics whose individually authored chapters address topics essential to sustainable African economic growth and the future role of Africa’s sovereigns in the global economy.

Seeking to identify the essential strands of the emergent African capitalist model, the publication also hones in and examines the key challenges facing fast growing African states including corruption, disease and terrorist conflicts. It also addresses the potential offered by the so-called ‘demographic dividend’ offered by Africa’s young, dynamic and increasingly well-educated population as well as analysing the rapidly improving levels of transparency, governance and representative politics.

In the foreword, Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, writes:

‘As always, Africa must aim high. This time we can and we will achieve our aims. This expertly written book will heighten international understanding of and interest in our continent. This is a compellingly realistic summary of all the big themes affecting Africa’s future, and I warmly commend it.’

The Quantum Global group and its Founder, Jean Claude Bastos De Morais, is fully committed to coupling the group’s investment activities with a suite of carefully targeted projects and strategic platforms designed to bolster constructive African dialogue and support the growth and development of African society, economics and civic society.

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For further details on Quantum Global please contact: Mark Morley, Group Head of Communications.
Tel: +41 798707039 Email: mark.morley@quantumglobal.ch

For more details on OMFIF please contact:
Alan Hayden
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3008 5262 Email: alan.hayden@omfif.org
For more details of The Convergence of Nations visit:
http://www.omfif.org/analysis/the-convergence-of-nations-book/

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AU Special Representative for Somalia, Ambassador Madeira, formally assumes office

Ambassador Francisco Caetano Jose Madeira has formally assumed office today as the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC), for Somalia and Head of AMISOM. He takes over from his predecessor Ambassador Maman Sambo Sidikou.

“I take over as the head of AMISOM at a critical point in the history of Somalia, when the country is entering a rigorous political phase, with elections planned next year. Our priority will be to ensure, that together with Somali security forces, we provide a secure environment conducive for statebuilding. I commend my predecessor Ambassador Maman Sidikou, the entire team at AMISOM, the Federal Government and other partners for the massive achievements already made in stabilizing Somalia, and look forward to working with all to make even bigger strides,” said Ambassador Madeira on his arrival in Mogadishu.

Given his experience in diplomacy, counter-terrorism as well as in peace and reconciliation initiatives across the continent, Ambassador Madeira is expected to lead in building on the tremendous achievements made by AMISOM on both the political and Security fronts over the past few years.

Notes to Editors :

Ambassador Francisco Madeira was born on 4 April 1954, in Beira, Mozambique. He is a career diplomat who served as the AU Special Representative for Counter-Terrorism Co-operation and Director of the Algiers-based African Centre on the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT), a post he held concurrently with that of Special Envoy for the issue of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), from November 2011 to July 2014.

He served as Ambassador of Mozambique to several African countries, from 1984 to 1989, and diplomatic advisor at the presidency. He was a member of the Government delegation to the peace negotiations with RENAMO, which resulted in the signing of the August 1992 Rome General Peace Agreement for Mozambique. He held ministerial portfolios, having been, from 1995 to 1999, Minister in the President’s Office for Parliamentary Affairs and, from 2000 to 2010, Minister in the President’s Office for Diplomatic Affairs. He has contributed to several peace processes on the continent. In particular, he was the Special Representative of the Mozambican Government to the Great Lakes Region; member of former Presidents Julius Nyerere and Nelson Mandela facilitation teams in the Arusha Peace Negotiations on Burundi (1997 – 2000); Special Envoy of the AU Chairperson (former President Joachim Chissano of Mozambique) to Sao Tome and Principe, following the July 2003 coup d’Etat; member of the Southern Sudan facilitation team in the negotiations with the LRA; and OAU/AU Special Envoy for the Comoros (1999 to 2010). He is a holder of a Diploma in International Relations at the Center for Foreign Relations in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania, and a Law Degree at the University of Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique. He has been member of the National Parliament of Mozambique from January 2005 to January 2010.Ambassador Madeira was appointed AU Special Representative for Somalia and Head of AMISOM by the AU Commission Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on 7 October 2015.

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