President Zuma Arrives in Indonesia for Indian Ocean Rim Association Summit and State Visit

President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia to attend the Summit of the Indian Ocean Rim Association Business Forum and Leaders’ Summit and to undertake a State Visit at the invitation of President Joko Widodo.

The IORA Summit has been convened under the theme “Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous Indian Ocean” to commemorate 20 years of the Association’s existence. South Africa and Indonesia are both founding members of the IORA, which consists of twenty one coastal Member States bordering the Indian Ocean, stretching from South Africa in the west, running up the eastern coast of Africa, along the Gulf to South and Southeast Asia, ending with Australia in the east.

Indonesia served as Vice Chair of IORA from 2013 until 2015, and is the current Chair. South Africa served as Vice Chair from 2015 and will assume the Chair from October 2017 until 2019.

The Association’s current membership is:

  • Southern and Eastern Africa: Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, Somalia, and Tanzania.
  • The Gulf: Iran, Oman, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
  • South Asia: Bangladesh, India, and Sri-Lanka
  • The South Eastern Indian Ocean: Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand

The IORA is also supported by seven Dialogue Partners: China, Egypt, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

The IORA has observer status at the United Nations and the African Union.

The Indian Ocean region’s population is home to nearly one-third of the world’s population and is of great economic significance, due to its strategic location. Half of the world’s trade travels through this region. In addition, the ocean that binds the Rim together possesses a variety of natural resources that are vital for the wellbeing of its inhabitants, safe trade and environmental stability. The IORA’s vast coastline holds two thirds of the world’s oil reserves, carries half of the world’s container ships and one third of the bulk cargo traffic and produces goods and services worth over US$1 trillion, with intra-IORA trade amounting to some US$777 billion.

President Zuma will use the opportunity to promote stronger economic cooperation within the IORA countries. South Africa also wishes to see enhanced interaction between the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Association of South Eastern Asian Nations, to which many IORA countries belong, in order to advance greater South-South cooperation as was envisaged during the Bandung Conference in 1955 from which the Non-Aligned Movement emerged.

During the state visit, the President will promote stronger ties with Indonesia in business, trade and investment, as well as promote South Africa as a viable destination for Indonesian tourists, business and investments.

The President will also promote investment in the country’s ocean economy, in key areas such as marine transport and manufacturing, offshore oil and gas exploration, aquaculture, agro-processing, mining and mineral beneficiation, renewable energy, finance and tourism.

South Africa’s major exports to Indonesia include chemical wood pulp, ferrous waste, iron ore, aluminium, apples, pears, and mechanical appliances. Indonesia’s main exports to South Africa include: palm oil, rubber, coconut oil, automotives, original equipment components, ceramic wares, certain chemicals, and footwear. In recent times, South African companies have explored opportunities for investment in Indonesia, including SASOL, Old Mutual, Sanlam, Denel and the Paramount Group.

The President is accompanied by the Ministers of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Senzeni Zokwana and the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Republic of South Africa: The Presidency.

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Lebanon International Oil & Gas Summit Returns to Beirut for Third Edition

Leading oil and gas industry executives and experts from across the East Mediterranean will gather in Beirut this May, to gain invaluable insight to the newly presented opportunities in Lebanon’s energy sector, the challenges and the road ahead for companies and investors in the field.

Organizers of the Lebanon International Oil & Gas (LIOG) Summit (www.LIOG-Summit.com) have confirmed that the event will return 9 -10 May 2017 for its third edition, at the prestigious Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand Hotel, under the high patronage of HE Eng. Cesar Abi Khalil, Lebanon’s minister of energy and water, and in collaboration with the Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA).

The summit will highlight the recent progress by Lebanon’s new government to advance its vast oil and gas potential after developing highly advanced world-class regulatory and operational frameworks for this nascent industry.

Launched in 2012 to support Lebanon’s initial findings and to explore the potential of the country’s hydrocarbon resources, LIOG 2017 will build on the success of its previous editions which attracted hundreds of delegates and dozens of high-caliber speakers from over 30 countries representing over 150 local and international companies and organizations, including major international oil companies (IOCs).

Held under the theme ‘Lebanon – Moving Forward’, LIOG 2017 will cover key areas with over 30 Lebanese, regional and international expert speakers who will share their insight on the following:

  • Lebanon’s position as a key hydrocarbons player in the Mediterranean, highlighting recent achievements, showing the new potential of the country and providing delegates with an overview of the legal, financial and technical frameworks.
  • Current and expected market conditions and regional geopolitics, along with their impact on Lebanon. In-depth discussions will cover issues like providing return on investment even with low hydrocarbon prices and drawing on international experiences, particularly in terms of turning such challenges into opportunities for all stakeholders.
  • The many benefits that Lebanon has to offer and how has the country restated itself as an attractive destination for oil and gas investments.

All the above subjects will be presented in a well-structured, rich programme, held over two consecutive days.

In addition to the prequalified companies for Lebanon’s first licensing round, participants will include a wide range of service providers including drilling and well servicing contractors; engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors; banks and insurers; specialized law firms; HSE consultants and suppliers, and more.

Paul Gilbert, Managing Director organising company, Global Events Partners Ltd (GEP) (www.GEP-Events.com), said, “Following the recent approval by Lebanon’s council of ministers of the two crucial decrees and the official launch of the sector, everything is now in place for the Lebanese government to go ahead with the long-awaited first licensing round. We strongly believe that LIOG 2017 Summit has a pivotal role in this exercise, particularly in terms of promoting the country’s potentials and drawing investors.”

Dory Renno, Managing Director of the co-organising company, Planners and Partners S.A.L. added, “We believe in Lebanon and in its business climate, which makes it a great place for the conferences and exhibitions industry, We also strongly believe that successful conferences like LIOG reflect a positive image about Lebanon as an attractive investment arena, and highlight the many achievements by the government in terms of creating the right operational frameworks and promoting transparency in a sustainable manner.”

Renno added; “The Summit will also boast an international exhibition showcasing the latest products and services available by local, regional and international companies and organizations, and provide a unique branding opportunity for exhibitors.”

Lebanon, which is believed to have sizable hydrocarbon resources, has recently announced that five offshore blocks will be on offer in its first licensing round which is expected to take place during 2017.

Over 46 international companies were prequalified in 2013, and a new prequalification round is expected to take place in March 2017.

The 3rd LIOG-2017 Summit is organised by UK-based Global Events Partners Ltd (GEP) and Lebanese partner, Planners and Partners sal. Global Event Partners Ltd is affiliated to the dmg::events network.

dmg::events are the organisers of world renowned oil and gas events including Gastech, ADIPEC, the Global Petroleum Show and the World Heavy Oil Congress and are a subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc, one of the largest media companies in the UK.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Lebanon International Oil & Gas Summit (LIOG).

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To learn more about the event, how to participate and other details on the programme, participating delegates, speakers and sponsors, please visit: www.LIOG-Summit.com.

To confirm Interviews and appointments please contact Aimee Thompsett AThompsett@GEP-Events.com, +44 1737 784956

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International Criminal Court (ICC) President meets with President of Uganda

On 1 March 2017, the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC) (www.ICC-CPI.int), Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, who was on an official visit to Uganda, met with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at State House in Entebbe. The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Hon. Kahinda Otafiire, the Attorney General, Mr. Byaruhanga William and State Minister for International Affairs, Hon. Okello Oryem, as well as Mr Motoo Noguchi, Chair of the Board of the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV), also attended the meeting.

The ICC President held bilateral discussions with H.E. the President and reiterated the Court’s commitment to listen to concerns raised by Uganda. She emphasized the Court’s willingness to continue engaging with States Parties on improvements of its methods of work.

President Fernández expressed recognition for the historic role of Uganda in relation to the Court and thanked President Museveni for the cooperation of his government with the Court. She stated that “Uganda’s cooperation and support for the Court’s operations is and will remain crucial for the implementation of the Court’s mandate”.

President Fernández was on a one-week official visit to Uganda, where she visited victim assistance projects supported by the TFV, an independent body associated with the Court.

Though the TFV is separate from the Court, it was created under the Rome Statute system. The TFV supports and implements programmes that address harm resulting from genocide, crimes of humanity, and war crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court. To achieve this mission, the TFV has a two-fold mandate: (i) to implement Court-ordered reparations and (ii) to provide assistance through physical, psychological, and material support to victims and their families. The TFV’s current activities in Uganda involve the assistance mandate.

Distributed by APO on behalf of International Criminal Court (ICC).

For further information, please contact Fadi El Abdallah, Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs Unit, International Criminal Court, by telephone at: +31 (0)70 515-9152 or +31 (0)6 46448938 or by e-mail at: Fadi.eE-Abdallah@ICC-CPI.int.

Press in Uganda are invited to contact the ICC’s Outreach Officer, Maria Kamara, at +25 677 270 0655 or by e-mail at: Maria.Kamara@ICC-CPI.int.

You can also follow the Court’s activities on Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube and Flickr.

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On World Wildlife Day, U.S. Government Outlines Losses and Protection Efforts

The U.S. today joins countries around the world in support of World Wildlife Day. Established by the United Nations in 2013, March 3 is a day designated to celebrate the world’s biodiversity and to raise awareness about the need to protect this precious resource. The theme of this year’s World Wildlife Day is “Listen to the Young Voices.” Youth in South Sudan play an important role in protecting the nation’s heritage by fighting poaching and illegal trade in wildlife.

As conflict, food insecurity and economic hardship threaten the well-being of the people of South Sudan, so do these conditions threaten the country’s wildlife populations by exacerbating illicit trade in bush meat, rare species and ivory. Although the territory of South Sudan is host to one of the world’s largest mammal migrations, there has been a worrisome reduction in many of the country’s wildlife populations. According to the internationally renowned Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) partner, South Sudan has been suffering from the following losses since the 1970s:

  • Giraffes declined 99.7 percent, from 100,000 to 300
  • Elephants declined 97 percent, from 80,000 to fewer than 2,500
  • Tiang antelope declined 92 percent, from 2 million to 155,000
  • Mongalla gazelles declined 69 percent, from 900,000 to 275,000
  • White-eared kob antelope declined 20 percent, from 1 million to 800,000

To combat these negative trends, the U.S. Government, through USAID and its WCS partner, has since 2008 provided substantial technical and financial support to the Ministry of Wildlife and Natural Resources to combat poaching and illicit wildlife trafficking in South Sudan. This valuable and longstanding partnership includes assistance to local communities to develop and utilize livestock management practices. These practices help reduce inter-communal conflict, including disputes over grazing areas or land encroachment. With USAID’s support, WCS has also mapped South Sudan’s wildlife population, trained park rangers and educated communities on the importance of wildlife protection.

“South Sudan’s wildlife populations are a priceless resource for the country and for our shared global heritage,” said U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan Molly Phee. “Wildlife stock levels, already dangerously low in 2013, have suffered from additional death and displacement as a result of renewed internal conflict. We are proud of our partnership with the Ministry and local communities, and remain committed to collaboration on efforts to protect these wildlife populations. In support of this year’s theme, we call on the youth of South Sudan, who will inherit this extraordinary legacy, to join the effort to safeguard the country’s unique biodiversity.”

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