Dec 182013
 
West Africa has potential to strengthen its agricultural sector / Food security in the region could improve with targeted policy support

ROME, Italy, December 18, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Boosting productivity, fostering competitiveness and ensuring that small-scale farmers have greater access to markets are key to West Africa realizing its full agricultural potential, according to a new study released today by FAO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The publication, Rebuilding West Africa’s [...]

Dec 182013
 
ADF US $26 million grant to expand electricity distribution networks in South Sudan

TUNIS, Tunisia, December 18, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) (http://www.afdb.org) approved an African Development Fund (ADF) Grant of US $26 million (1), to rehabilitate and expand the distribution networks in Juba, South Sudan, where only 1% of the population has access to grid electricity [...]

Dec 182013
 
High-level UN representatives travel to Central African Republic

NEW YORK, December 18, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui and the Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, are travelling to the Central African Republic (CAR) from 17 to 21 December to assess the impact of the conflict on the [...]

Dec 182013
 
AfDB gathers partners in Tunis to advance Sustainable Energy for All in Africa

TUNIS, Tunisia, December 18, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The African Development Bank (http://www.afdb.org) as host of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Africa Hub organized a two-day workshop in Tunis with representatives of partner institutions. The workshop was organized in collaboration with the Global Facilitation Team headed by Kandeh Yumkella, the Special Representative of [...]

Dec 182013
 
Agribusiness set to boom in Africa, says DHL

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, December 18, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — It is no secret that Africa is on the rise and increasingly offering lucrative opportunities to local businesses due to the continent’s steady economic growth, increased disposable income and high consumer confidence. Logo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/dhl_logo2.jpg Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/photos/131216.jpg Photo Charles Brewer: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/photos/charles-brewer.jpg (Charles Brewer, Managing Director for DHL [...]

Dec 182013
 
CONCERNED OVER SOUTH SUDAN FIGHTING, SECRETARY-GENERAL URGES GOVERNMENT GUARANTEE SECURITY OF ALL CIVILIANS

NEW YORK, December 18, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about reports of fighting between members of the SPLA (Sudan People’s Liberation Army) in Juba and about the risk of targeted violence against certain communities. He urges [...]

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Dec 182013
 
Minister for Africa calls for an end to hostilities in South Sudan

LONDON, United-Kingdom, December 18, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — FCO Minister for Africa calls for an end to hostilities in South Sudan and for leaders to resolve differences through political means. Following continued fighting in Juba, South Sudan, Foreign Office Minister for Africa Mr Mark Simmonds said: “I have been following with great concern the [...]

Dec 172013
 

GENEVA, Switzerland, December 17, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Armed clashes in Juba since 15 December have left hundreds in urgent need of medical care. Thousands of civilians, including women and children, have fled their homes in search of safety, taking very little with them. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is providing [...]

Dec 172013
 
NGO Bill threatens to hinder civil society's work in South Sudan, UN rights experts warn

GENEVA, Switzerland, December 17, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Three United Nations Special Rapporteurs today warned that the NGO Bill currently discussed by Parliament in South Sudan threatens the work and independence of civil society organizations in the country. “The Government oversight proposed in the draft law goes beyond simple notification requirements and veers into [...]

Dec 172013
 
Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the Declarations on the end of the M23's rebellion against the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

TOKYO, Japan, December 17, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — 1. Japan welcomes the Declarations signed on December 12 respectively by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the M23 and Chair of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, the President of Uganda, and Chair of the Southern African Development Community, [...]

Dec 172013
 
New Mission Commander for EU training mission in Somalia

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, December 17, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Brigadier General Massimo Mingiardi was today appointed new Mission Commander for the EU training mission in Somalia (EUTM Somalia). General Mingiardi, from Italy, will take up his duties on 15 February 2014. He will succeed Brigadier General Gerald Aherne, who had been in the [...]