Canada Funds Mission in Central African Republic to Restore Security and Protect Religious Freedom

OTTAWA, Canada, December 16, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced that Canada will contribute $5 million to the UN-mandated trust fund to support the international mission led by the African Union in the Central African Republic (CAR).

“Canada’s financial support will contribute to efforts by the African Union to restore security and protect all communities in the country.

“I remain deeply concerned by the dire security and humanitarian situation in the CAR. The civilian population is suffering, and I am particularly troubled by reports of people being targeted because of their religion.

“Canada welcomes the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2127, which mandates the African Union-led international support mission in the CAR (MISCA) to stabilize the country and protect its citizens. Canada also welcomes the French military intervention in support of MISCA.

“We have already contributed over $6.9 million this year to help meet the urgent humanitarian needs of those affected by this conflict and will continue to assess how our contribution can best support the work of humanitarian partners.”

Source: APO

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ECOWAS POLL OBSERVERS CHARGED ON INTEGRITY, DEDICATION

ABUJA, Nigeria, December 15, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Head of ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Sunday’s second round Parliamentary polls in Mali, Prof. Amos Sawyer, has urged the 50 regional observers “to bring their experience, integrity, commitment and dedication to bear,” on their conduct as the region accompanies the country to exit its political and security crises.

“We must also bring love to and solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Mali since no one country in our region can achieve its full potential without taking others along,” Prof. Sawyer, former President of Liberia’s Interim Government of National Unity, told the ECOWAS observers in Bamako on Saturday 14th December 2013, before their deployment to the various regions of the country.

He described election as a “delicate operation” that could be used to deepen democracy and good governance, but which can also be a source of violence that can thwart the same principles and undermine development.

Prof. Amos Sawyer, who also led the 100-strong ECOWAS observers to the first round Parliamentary voting on 24th November 2013, is supported this time by Ambassador Leopold Ouedraogo, a Member of the ECOWAS Council of the Wise.

The first-round ended inconclusively, with only 20 deputies elected, including two women, out of the 147-seat Parliament with a voter turnout of 38.4%. Four of the elected deputies are from Kidal, one of the volatile northern regions.

Prof. Sawyer expressed optimism that Malians would turn out massively on Sunday to lend credibility to the electoral process. He also expressed the hope that adequate security arrangement would accompany the exercise for a successful process.

Earlier, the Head, ECOWAS Election Assistance Unit, Mr. Francis Oke, had informed the regional observers that normally, ECOWAS observed Presidential elections by Member States, but decided to go the extra-mile to observe the legislative run-off because of the country’s peculiar situation and as further demonstration of the region’s determination and commitment to accompany Malians in ensuring the successful conclusion of the political transition.

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Somalia / SRSG Nicholas Kay visits Hiraan region

MOGADISHU, Somalia, December 15, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia Nicholas Kay, visited Beledweyne, capital of the Hiraan region in his first visit to the central regions of Somalia.

Upon arrival SRSG Kay said: “I chose to come to Beledweyne on my first visit to south-central regions outside Mogadishu because Hiraan is at the heart of Somalia. What happens here can shape the future of Somalia.”

The Governor of Hiraan region, Abdi Farah Laqanyo welcomed SRSG Kay, briefed him on the challenges facing the region, especially security, and commended the work of the UN agencies.

SRSG Kay reiterated UNSOM and the UN family’s continuous support and announced his intention to open an UNSOM office in Beledweyne in 2014.

Kay further praised the role of AMISOM and especially the Djiboutian contingent. “The dedication and great humanity of the Djiboutian forces have helped save lives and build stability. AMISOM and the Somali National Forces trained by Djibouti have the determination and the skills to defeat the threat from Al Shabaab.”

Kay also visited the SNA military camp, Lamagalay, which is being rehabilitated thanks to the generosity of Djibouti and AMISOM.

Not far from the scene of two recent suicide bombings, Kay held an open-air public meeting with traditional elders and civil society, including women and youth groups to listen to their concerns. He heard a clear message about the need for better security and a wish to see the end of Al Shabaab.

Addressing the gathering, SRSG Kay stated: “This is the time for reconciliation and Somalis know how to do it. This is not the time for clan fighting. It is is the time to be strong and united against Al Shabaab to defeat them politically and militarily. Al Shabaab are your children and relatives. You must not allow your children to be misled. You have to show them the choice is between more years of conflict or a peaceful and prosperous Somalia.”

He ended by visiting a newly-opened rehabilitation centre for disengaged fighters where he interacted with the staff and residents. The young people were looking forward to learning useful trades. “I want to learn a skill, get a job and help my family,” explained one young man.

In a related visit on the same day, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Fatiha Serour, visited Baidoa to review plans for another rehabilitation centre to be set up there as well as to exchange views with local authorities, AMISOM, civil society and UN staff.

Source: APO

Canada Welcomes Conclusion of Kampala Dialogue

OTTAWA, Canada, December 15, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Honourable Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights, today issued the following statement:

“Canada welcomes the recent conclusion of the Kampala Dialogue between the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the M23 armed rebel group. We hope that this will result in a successful disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process, which will be key to durable peace in the eastern DRC.

“Underlying tensions in the eastern DRC must be addressed to bring peace to all Congolese, and an end to ethnic divisions, land disputes, conflict financing through the trafficking of minerals, and local political struggles. We remain deeply concerned by the lack of security in the region, the proliferation of local armed groups, as well as the grave humanitarian situation still prevalent in North and South Kivu.

“Canada is horrified by the widespread use of sexual violence as a weapon in this conflict, and calls on all parties to ensure that women are included as key interlocutors in its resolution. Survivors will play an important role in achieving the justice and security needed to prevent more women and girls from falling victim to these heinous crimes.

“We encourage the Congolese Armed Forces and the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC to pursue efforts to combat other armed groups that pose a threat to peace, security and stability in the eastern DRC.”

Source: APO

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Metito Awarded USD $25m Thermal Power Plant Project in Suez, Egypt

CAIRO, Egypt, December 14, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Metito (http://www.metito.com), the leader and provider of choice for total intelligent water management solutions in the emerging markets, has won a new project worth USD $ 25million to deliver water and wastewater systems for a new 650MW thermal power plant in Suez, Egypt.

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In the presence of Ahmed Emam, Egypt’s Minister of Electricity and Energy, Karim Madwar, Metito Africa Managing Director signed the contract with Hamdy Ibrahim, Chief of East Delta Electricity Production Company (EDEPC) in a ceremony attended by Gaber El-Desoky, Chief of Egyptian Electricity holding company and the PGESCO team assigned for the project.

This new win is a true reflection of Metito’s world class competitive edge as it comes after an international bid against some of the major water specialists in the market and compliments the Group’s impressive projects’ portfolio across Africa.

Commenting on this project, Karim Madwar, Metito Africa Managing Director, said: “We are very proud to be part of Egypt’s new development plan through implementing this significant project. Metito’s intelligent water management solutions will contribute to the country’s infrastructure and help meet the much needed power demand from industries looking to operate at optimum capacity as well as citizens’ power needs.”

The contract will see Metito design, supply and install water and wastewater treatment systems to produce demineralised water at the quality needed for operating high pressure boilers, condensate polishing units, hypochlorite generation and chemical injection systems.

The scope of the contract also includes providing the client with a wastewater treatment plant and a water/oil separation system to treat the effluent water for discharging within the standard limits predetermined by the local environmental authorities.

“Scheduled to be completed in 2016, the project introduces the Ultra Filtration technology to improve the treated water quality for other sites including; Damitta, Banha, Giza North and Suez and to help in upgrading the efficiency of power supply across the country,” added Madwar.

Since 2004, Metito supplied various water and wastewater treatment packages to Egyptian Electricity holding company for more than 10 power plant projects in Egypt including Nubaria, El Kuraymat, Tebbin and Cairo West Power plants among others.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Metito.

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About Metito

Metito (http://www.metito.com) is the leader and provider of choice for total intelligent water management solutions in the emerging markets with operations covering three business areas: design and build, specialty chemicals, and utilities. With over fifty years of operational experience, the group provides customized, comprehensive and advanced solutions across the full spectrum of its industry, from clean to dirty water.

With a mission to sustain the world’s water resources, Metito provides effective water management and treatment systems that can reconcile the ever growing water demand and the dwindling natural resources. Committed to a cleaner environment, Metito endeavours to utilise its world-class global knowhow to provide millions of people across the globe access to clean and safe water.

Metito is at the forefront of the water and waste water industry with a current global project portfolio in excess of US$ 1 billion and over 2500 employees across its worldwide operations.

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Source: APO

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