African Union, ECOWAS, European Union and United Nations Joint Security Sector Assessment Mission to Guinea-Bissau

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, March 13, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — An African Union (AU) led Joint Security Sector Assessment Mission (JAM) to Guinea-Bissau was conducted on 2 – 12 March 2015. The mission was carried out upon request by the Government of Guinea-Bissau, and comprised of representatives from the AU, the United Nations (UN), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the European Union (EU), the African Security Sector Network (ASSN) and the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP). The mission was led by Ambassador Ovidio Pequeno, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission (SRCC) and Head of the AU Liaison Office to Guinea-Bissau.

The mission offered an opportunity to assess the current status of security sector reform initiatives with a view to arriving at a common understanding of the fundamental sectors involved in the reform process. In particular, the mission aimed at making recommendations on the gaps, deficiencies as well as opportunities to assist the Government of Guinea-Bissau in its efforts towards the reform of the country’s security institutions in line with national priorities, the AU Policy Framework on SSR and UN Security Council resolution 2203 (2015). The mission observed that the Government and people of Guinea Bissau are committed to security sector reform, and noted the important steps already taken by the Government and the international community in this regard. The recommendations of the mission will align with existing security sector reform guidance developed by the AU, the UN and ECOWAS to improve accountability, efficiency, effectiveness and responsiveness to democratic control of security institutions in Guinea-Bissau.

In the course of its work, the mission consulted with a wide range of national authorities and international partners, including President Jose Mario Vaz and Prime Minister Domingos Simões Pereira, other high-level Government officials and the civil society, including traditional leaders. The President highlighted the need for security and justice to reinforce socio-economic development The Prime Minister commended the support already being extended to Guinea Bissau by the international community in this regard. The mission also met with high level officials in the defence, security and justice sectors.

On 11 March, the mission conducted a one-day combined consultation workshop with representatives of all security sector stakeholders to brainstorm and consolidate the findings and recommendations. The workshop was opened by the Minister of National Defence, Cadi Seide. The JAM was considered to be timely as it coincides with the final stages of the country’s preparation for an International Roundtable with partners scheduled for 25 March 2015 in Brussels, at which security sector reform will feature prominently.

The Joint Security Sector Reform Team is now in the process of preparing the mission report that will be shared with the Government of Guinea-Bissau for consideration on the way forward, and with the various partners for their support. The AU remains committed to work with the international community to support security sector reform as one of the key components for building sustainable peace and development in the Republic of Guinea-Bissau.

Source:: African Union, ECOWAS, European Union and United Nations Joint Security Sector Assessment Mission to Guinea-Bissau

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IOM Trains Journalists, Officials on Human Rights-based Reporting in Puntland, Somalia

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 13, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM has organized training on human rights-based reporting for journalists and Ministry of Information officials in Puntland, Somalia.

The training, which was funded by the European Union (EU), aimed at increasing their knowledge of the sensitivity and confidentiality required in reporting cases of child trafficking and gender-based violence (GBV) in Somalia.

“The media are crucial social actors in preventing GBV and child trafficking in Somalia. If they’re able to report on these issues accurately, it will help public opinion not to accept this violence as a norm,” said Michele Cervone d’Urso, the EU Ambassador to Somalia.

The Secretary General for the Media Association of Puntland (MAP), Fatuma Mohamed Mohamud said: “The role of media in educating the public about child trafficking and GBV in Puntland is paramount. The training will educate the journalists on ethical practices and the protection of survivors from harmful exposure.”

GBV and human trafficking cases have been documented in Somalia and some cases have been reported by the media. But in some instances confidentiality and protection of the identity of survivors has not been respected.

Both the EU and IOM recognize the need to establish partnerships work with all actors to prevent and respond to GBV and human trafficking in Puntland.

IOM has supported the creation of a referral mechanism for victims of trafficking. It has also assisted the Puntland authorities through training security officers on combating human trafficking and GBV.

Source:: IOM Trains Journalists, Officials on Human Rights-based Reporting in Puntland, Somalia

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Richard Attias & Associates, executive produces the Egypt Economic Development Conference for the Egyptian Government (13-15 March 2015, Sharm El Sheikh)

SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt, March 13, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Richard Attias & Associates ( is proud to have been selected to organize the Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC) (, opening today for 3 days of exchanges in Sharm El Sheikh, under the patronage of H.E. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt. The meeting will bring together heads of state from over 20 countries and top global business leaders.


Having pioneered country-branding meetings over 20 years ago, Richard Attias was responsible for the inaugural World Economic Forum conference in Cairo in 1996.

The primary objective of the EEDC is to tell Egypt’s new story and that the country is on a new track, with abundant opportunities for foreign investors in sectors including: Agriculture & Agri-business, Housing & Construction, ICT, Industry & Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Mining, Power, Retail and Internal Trade, Tourism, and Transportation.

The conference has gained unprecedented global attention for a country-level meeting, and attendance will include more than 2500 global leaders, including heads of state, public figures, chairmen and CEOs of multinational corporations and over 1000 media.

Institutional partners include the global consultancies McKinsey & Co., Booz Allen Hamilton, Arthur D. Little, and Strategy& (formerly Booz & Co.), Endeavor Global in addition to international media including CNN, CNBC, Thomson Reuters, Al Arabiya, and SkyNews Arabia.

The roster of speakers already confirmed to participate in the EEDC includes:

• Jeff Immelt, General Electric

• Bob Dudley, BP

• Paul Polman, Unilever,

• Mohamed El-Erian, Chair, Global Development Council for U.S. President Barack Obama

• Li Keping, China Investment Corporation, China

• Christine Lagarde, The International Monetary Fund

• Tony Blair, Former UK Prime MInister

• Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al Assaf, Minister of Finance, Saudi Arabia

• Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, United Arab Emirates

• Ken Jacobs, Lazard

• Ken Allen, DHL

• Peter Orszag, Citigroup

• Jin-Yong Cai, International Finance Corporation, World Bank

• Sir Martin Sorrell, WPP

• Mohamed Alabbar, Emaar Properties

• Lubna Olayan, Olayan Financing Company

• Arif Naqvi, The Abraaj Group

• Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, Etisalat Group

• Fadi Ghandour, Aramex

• Amr Awadallah, Cloudera Inc.

• Shayne Nelson, Emirates NBD

• Habib Haddad, Wamda

• Ahmed Heikal, Qalaa Holdings

• Naguib Sawiris, Orascom Telecom Media & Technology

For more information on the conference and to follow the live stream:

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Source:: Richard Attias & Associates, executive produces the Egypt Economic Development Conference for the Egyptian Government (13-15 March 2015, Sharm El Sheikh)

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2015: a year of more pressure on African governments to have stronger enforcement of anti-bribery and corruption regulation

LAGOS, Nigeria, March 13, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — 57.6% of companies see the development of policies and procedures that can be practically applied in all countries as the most challenging internal anti-corruption and compliance issue.* This is one of the topics discussed today at a webcast with Uche Orji, CEO and Managing Director, Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), hosted by Control Risks’ CEO Richard Fenning (

• While FCPA and UKBA still lead anti-bribery and corruption regulation, in a number of African countries the governments feel increasing pressure to join the current trend of stronger enforcement of anti-bribery and corruption regulation in developing countries

• An integrated, global approach to mitigate corruption risk is important, but local adjustment is key

• “The way that things have always been done” is changing in many African countries and often management determination and the acceptance of “wasted” time and higher costs can avoid the need for bribes to secure business.

• Only 66% of internationally operating companies have policies in place that forbid facilitation payments


Tom Griffin, Managing Director West Africa, Control Risks, comments on the discussion:

“Often companies try to roll-out a global anti-bribery and corruption programme from Western headquarters and are then surprised that it is not effectively implemented in other markets – this is not unique to African countries. Companies need to adapt the policies and initiatives to the local culture, for example the type of training for employees. Some of our clients with their headquarters in Africa are more effective in their fight against bribery and corruption than those headquartered elsewhere, as they have an anti-bribery and corruption programme very focussed on the specific issues of their market.”

“Knowing the local market and the country you are operating in is key to implementing a successful anti-bribery and corruption programme.”

“Control Risks sees a change in ‘how things have always been done’ in many African countries. The fight against corruption is higher on the political agenda than ever before and when we discuss the corruption problems in operating in these countries, we need to acknowledge this.

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* Source: International business attitude to corruption, Control Risks, 2015:

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Source:: 2015: a year of more pressure on African governments to have stronger enforcement of anti-bribery and corruption regulation

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Mauritius’ National Day

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement

John Kerry

Secretary of State

Washington, DC

March 12, 2015

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Mauritius as you celebrate the 47th anniversary of independence on March 12.

Mauritius is an example to other nations in the region your most recent election demonstrates your legacy of peaceful democratic transitions, good governance, and the power of the vote which Mauritian citizens have exercised time and time again.

The United States and Mauritius work together to advance regional security, enhance trade and investment, and defend human rights.

On this day of celebration, I wish the people of Mauritius continued peace and prosperity.

Source:: Mauritius’ National Day

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UN Special Representative for Somalia condemns attack in Baidoa

MOGADISHU, Somalia, March 12, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, condemns, in the strongest terms, today’s attack in Baidoa town in Somalia’s Interim South West Administration, which resulted in the death and injury of security personnel and civilian bystanders.

“I condemn today’s attack in Baidoa town. I have spoken to President Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan today and offered my deepest condolences for the tragic loss of life.” SRSG Kay said. “We remain resolute in our support for the Somali people. Despite such atrocities, Somalis are successfully rebuilding their government institutions and security forces with the full support of the international community. The United Nations will continue to work to help Somalis realise their hopes and aspirations for a peaceful and stable future.”

SRSG Kay offers his sincere condolences to the families and friends of those affected by today’s attack.

Source:: UN Special Representative for Somalia condemns attack in Baidoa

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