Embassy of Morocco participated in Asia-Africa Bridge by Seisa Gakuen

Embassy of Morocco participated in “Asia-Africa Bridge” held on November 11 and 12 by Seisa Gakuen.

Seisa Gakuen holds this event to provide opporunities for the students and community members to have cultural exchanges with the countries in Asia and Africa. Mr. Jamoussi, Deputy Chief of Mission, talked about Morocco during the opening session, and Moroccan artisans were exhibited at the booth.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Japan.

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Message of the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, for World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 13-19 November 2017

Message of the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, for World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 13-19 November 2017:

The World Health Organization will join the global community to commemorate World Antibiotics Awareness Week from 13-19 November 2017. The theme this year is “Seek advice from a qualified health professional before taking antibiotics”. Antibiotics are medicines used to prevent and treat bacterial infections in humans and animals.

Antibiotics are in danger of losing their effectiveness due to over-prescribing and dispensing by health care professionals, misuse by patients such as not following the advice of healthcare professionals, overuse in farming and animal husbandry, poor infection control, and a lack of new antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria (not humans or animals) become resistant to the active ingredients in these medicines. Antibiotic resistant bacteria may infect humans and animals, making the infections they cause harder to treat, contributing to prolonged, more expensive treatments, longer hospital stays, lost productivity and increased mortality.

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health and development today, and is rising at alarming rates around the world. Infections such as pneumonia, tuberculosis and gonorrhea are becoming sometimes impossible to treat as antibiotics become less effective. For instance, the bacteria that cause gonorrhea are evolving rapidly to evade new classes of antibiotics to treat the infection. This puts women particularly at greater risk of developing complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility, as well as an increased risk of HIV.

Africa lacks adequate data to clearly grasp the scope and scale of the problem. However, we know that antibiotic resistance is rising because common bacteria which cause urinary tract infections, diarrhea, wound infections which can lead to sepsis, and pneumonia among other things, are becoming resistant to frequently available and prescribed antibiotics.

From being miracle life-savers, antibiotics are becoming ineffective. Antibiotic resistant infections can affect anyone, of any age in any country. Nothing less than global health security is at stake when antibiotics are misused.

Fortunately, there is hope that this trend can be reversed through strong country leadership to drive action across society, from the public, to the healthcare industry, to governments at local, national and international levels. Critical steps include close tracking of antibiotic-resistant infections, regulating the appropriate use of quality medicines, and warning the public about the dangers of misuse of antibiotics.

Patients should only use antibiotics when prescribed by a certified healthcare professional, and never demand them if they are unnecessary. It is important to follow doctor’s advice and never share antibiotics. The careful use of antibiotics is critical to keep them effective for as long as possible.

Healthcare practitioners should always follow good infection prevention and control practices, and only prescribe and dispense antibiotics when they are truly needed. They should inform patients on the appropriate use of antibiotics, and educate them on how to avoid common infections.

Farmers and food producers can help by giving antibiotics to animals (food-producing and companion animals) only to control or treat infectious diseases, and phase out the routine use of antibiotics to promote growth. By doing this, humans will be less prone to antibiotic resistance through the consumption of animal products.

Research and development is the cornerstone of new, effective antibiotics to save lives. However, since the 1980s there have been very few new antibiotics. Incentives such as public-private partnerships are urgently needed to stimulate the development of new antibiotics.

The World Health Organization (WHO) in the African Region has made the fight against antibiotic resistance a top health priority, and is working with countries to implement the Regional Emergency and Security Strategy. With WHO support, more countries are developing and implementing national action plans to combat antibiotic resistance and improve surveillance to provide reliable data for action. WHO will assist countries to build stronger health systems through regulation and policy actions to promote the appropriate use of quality antibiotics. We will continue to advocate for the development of innovative treatments.

Misuse of antibiotics puts us all at risk. Taking antibiotics unnecessarily speeds up antibiotic resistance, making infections more difficult and expensive to treat. Therefore I advise everyone to think twice, seek advice and always consult a qualified health professional before taking antibiotics.

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Tax base protection workshop ends with call for more support to strengthen Africa’s capacity

A four-day workshop on protecting the tax base of developing countries ended in Addis Ababa on Friday with participants being urged to use the new skills and knowledge they gained through the Italian government-sponsored program in implementing more effective and efficient tax systems that will ensure more resources are harvested for Africa’s development.

Speaking at the end of the technical workshop attended by revenue and tax experts from 23 African countries, Aida Opoku-Mensah, ECA’s Special Adviser on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, thanked Italy saying it was one of the very few developmental partners willing to support programmes that can give capacity to African governments to broaden and protect their tax bases.

She said it was crucial for Africa to have the necessary support so countries can continue to strengthen their potential and by extension improve their domestic resource mobilization which in turn aids the continent to fund their development, in particular the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

“SDGs and taxation, when you look at them you think they are poles apart but if we can support African countries to better manage their tax administration and to be able to increase their domestic resource mobilization, with the right governance strategy, it can lead to the implementation of the SDGs and lead to the reduction of dependency on aid and also put African countries in the driving seat in terms of their development priorities,” said Ms. Opoku-Mensah.

She told participants, who received certificates at the end of the workshop, of a Memorandum of Understanding that will be signed by the UN Secretary General and the African Union Chairperson in January next year on the implementation of the SDGs and Agenda 2063.

“It is an important step because we are going to embed into this framework the work that has already started with you in these workshops to protect the continent’s tax base, going forward,” said Ms. Opoku-Mensah.

Participants also discussed illicit financial flows (IFFs) through which Africa is losing an estimated $50 annually.

Curbing illicit financial flows, they agreed, would strongly bolster the continent’s efforts to fund her own development.


Giuseppe Sean Coppola, the Deputy Head of Mission at the Italian Embassy in Ethiopia, said his government will continue to support efforts to strengthen capacity in Africa for governments to broaden and protect their tax bases.

He said the availability of more resources to African governments can also improve their quest for regional integration, adding he hoped the training had been useful for participants so they can help protect their respective countries tax bases.

“Italy looks forward to continuing to engage with countries in the region and providing support to further strengthen their potential for domestic resource mobilization,” said Mr. Coppola.

“This is one step towards achieving Agenda 2030 and it’s also instrumental to achieving the AU’s Agenda 2063 and we are very pleased to be contributing to that.”

Elene Belleti of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), which ran the workshop, said the training was part of efforts to implement the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA).

“We need to tackle illicit financial flows because we cannot allow the leaking of resources from these countries to continue,” said Ms. Belleti.

“We want to tackle tax evasion but on the other hand we cannot only focus on the illicit component. We also have to focus on how to tackle tax avoidance and how to create more transparent tax systems; how to protect the tax base from erosion; how to prevent profit shifting and this I hope is part of the knowledge you gained during the past few days.”

Participants during the four days discussed cross-cutting subjects looking at specific issues related to tax base erosion, how to draft legislation to prevent that, international practices, environmental and extraction industry taxation.

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President Zuma to Launch the Kwazulu-Natal InvestSA One Stop Shop in Durban

The President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Jacob Zuma will officially launch the InvestSA One Stop Shop – KwaZulu-Natal (Invest SA OSS) on 18 November 2017 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre. The aim of the provincial Invest SA OSS is to provide strategic guidance, reduce regulatory inefficiencies, and reduce red tape for all investors looking to invest in KwaZulu-Natal.

The process leading to the launch has been an excellent example of collaboration between different levels of government, with the centre to be jointly operated by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) with the Provincial government and KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.

Minister of Trade and industry, Dr. Rob Davies says that the value-proposition for the Provincial One Stop Shops is the co-ordination and incorporation of the special economic zones, provincial investment agencies, local authorities and the relevant government departments involved in regulatory, registration, permits and licensing matters.

“South Africa has excellent investment opportunities in all sectors of the economy and a host of investment incentives and industrial financing interventions that are aimed at encouraging commercial activity and, trade rules that favour a further expansion in South Africa’s burgeoning levels of international trade,” says Davies.

The Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Mr. Willies Mchunu says this facility will assist in facilitating foreign direct investment. “Our long term vision is to become a prosperous province with a healthy, secure and skilled population and acting as a gateway to Africa and the World. As guided by the Provincial Growth and Development Plan, we are focusing on different sectors of the economy such as ICT, maritime, drilling of oil and gas and chemical manufacturing. We continue to invite potential investors representing these sectors, from other parts of the globe, and directing them to all corners of the province including the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone and the Dube Trade Port,” Mchunu points out.

President Jacob Zuma formally announced the establishment of InvestSA in the State of the Nation Address and also informed business leaders of the initiative in February 2016. Business people had informed government on many occasions of the difficulties and delays they incur when having to move from one department or institution to another to obtain licences and other services and government has responded through this initiative.

The InvestSA OSS is a government programme to prioritise and promote investment in South Africa. The National InvestSA One Stop Shop is housed at the the dti Campus in Pretoria.

Jointly issued by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government and KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development and Tourism.

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