Nov 272013
 
How Africa's natural resources can drive industrial revolution

LAGOS, Nigeria, November 27, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Tony Elumelu, the entrepreneur, philanthropist and chairman of Heirs Holdings Limited (http://www.heirsholdings.com), a pan-African investment company, argues that responsible resource-based industrialisation can power Africa’s economic growth, in an article co-authored with Carlos Lopes, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Photo [...]

Nov 272013
 
AfDB Board commits US $113 million to Regional Rusumo Falls Hydropower Project

TUNIS, Tunisia, November 27, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The African Development Bank Group’s (AfDB) (http://www.afdb.org) efforts to improve sustainable energy supply and access in Africa took a leap forward with the Board of Directors’ approval of the Regional Rusumo Falls Hydropower Project. The Bank Group allocated US $97.3 million from the African Development Fund [...]

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Nov 272013
 
CAR: UN must urgently deploy a peacekeeping mission

PARIS, France, November 27, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The UN Security Council met two days ago to discuss different options on how to respond to the growing crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), and are expected to vote next week on a draft resolution presented by France. In an open letter sent yesterday [...]

Nov 272013
 
Somalia: Struggling in the face of twin natural disasters

GENEVA, Switzerland, November 27, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Thousands of people in eastern Puntland are trying to cope with the aftermath of a devastating cyclone. Further south, in Middle Shabelle, tens of thousands are struggling to recover from major flooding by the River Shabelle, especially in and around the town of Jowhar. In Puntland, [...]

Nov 272013
 
World Bank Approves Funds to Strengthen Sierra Leone's Public Financial Oversight and Management

WASHINGTON, November 27, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The World Bank Board of Directors today approved an IDA* credit of $US12 million to support the Government of Sierra Leone’s plans to improve budget planning, accountability, and oversight of government finances. The funds will support Sierra Leone’s Public Financial Management Improvement and Consolidation (PFMIC) Project, designed [...]

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Nov 272013
 
“Global Health 2035: A World Converging within a Generation”

TUNIS, Tunisia, November 27, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The African Development Bank (AfDB) (http://www.afdb.org), together with the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) (http://www.cddep.org), the Commission on Investing in Health (CIH) (http://www.globalhealth2035.org), The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) (http://www.gatesfoundation.org) and The Lancet (http://www.lancet.com) invites you to the release of a report [...]

Nov 272013
 
AUC Chairperson meets with the African Standby Force (ASF) Assessment Team

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, November 27, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, on Monday, 25 November 2013, met with the team of experts, led by Professor Ibrahim Gambari, who are undertaking an assessment of the progress made towards the operationalization of the African [...]

Nov 262013
 
Remarks by amb. Adonia ayebare, AU permanent mission to the United Nations

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, November 26, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Remarks by amb. Adonia ayebare, AU permanent mission to the United Nations Mr. President, Members of the Security Council, Mr. Secretary-General, Secretary-General of the Economic Community of Central African States, Ladies and gentlemen, I would like, from the outset, to thank the United Nations Security [...]

Nov 262013
 
High-level consultations between Switzerland and South Africa

BERN, Switzerland, November 26, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The 5th session of the South Africa-Switzerland High-Level consultations taking place in Fribourg was co-chaired by Mr Yves Rossier, Swiss State Secretary of Foreign Affairs, and Mr Marius Fransman, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa. The high-level representatives of [...]

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Nov 262013
 
New law on demonstrations in Egypt seriously flawed and must be amended - Pillay

GENEVA, Switzerland, November 26, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday warned that a new law regulating demonstrations in Egypt could lead to serious breaches of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and must be amended. The law gives wide-ranging powers to local security authorities to [...]

Nov 262013
 
ECOWAS OBSERVER MISSION ADJUDGES MALI LEGISLATIVE POLLS ACCEPTABLE, TRANSPARENT

ABUJA, Nigeria, November 26, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM) said Mali’s legislative elections of Sunday 24th November 2013, took place “in acceptable conditions of freedom and transparency.” In its Preliminary Declaration in Bamako on Monday, the 100-member Mission led by Prof. Amos Sawyer, former President of Liberia’s Government of [...]

Nov 262013
 
European Union Backs IOM Efforts to Fight Child Trafficking and Gender-based Violence in Somalia

GENEVA, Switzerland, November 26, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM has received a donation of EUR 1.1 million from the European Union for a project which will help to fight child trafficking and gender- based violence (GBV) in Puntland, Somalia. Entitled “Prevention of Child Trafficking and Gender-based Violence, as well as Protection and Care for [...]