Jul 232014
 
Africa's oil & gas sector continues to show substantial growth, despite regulatory uncertainty and corruption, according to PwC Review

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, July 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The challenges facing oil & gas companies operating in Africa continue to be diverse and numerous fuelled by fraud, corruption, theft, poor infrastructure and a lack of skilled resources, among others. Regulatory uncertainty and delays in passing laws are severely inhibiting sector development in many countries [...]

Jul 232014
 
Secretary of State John Kerry and Egyptian Foreign Minister Shoukry Joint Statements After Meeting With Egyptian President al-Sisi

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Presidential Palace Cairo, Egypt July 22, 2014 FOREIGN MINISTER SHOUKRY: (Via interpreter) Good morning. It’s my pleasure to welcome U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry here in Cairo. This visit comes at a very critical time and in the midst of [...]

Jul 232014
 
African Civil Society Calls for Official Participation at US-Africa Leader Summit

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — With just weeks to go before the first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, which takes place August 4–6, a coalition of international NGOs and African civil society have called on President Barack Obama to provide official space for civil society participation and to address key issues of human [...]

Jul 232014
 
d.light Reaches 500,000th Pay-As-You-Go Customer, Launches Access Initiative

SAN FRANCISCO, July 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — d.light (http://www.dlightdesign.com), a for-profit social enterprise that manufactures and distributes solar lighting and power products in the developing world, today announced it reached sales of 500,000 financed units, providing modern energy access to 2.5 million people on a pay-as-you-go basis. In response to this success, d.light [...]

Jul 222014
 
Marines, sailors partner with task force in Gabon

STUTTGART, Germany, July 22, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Marines and sailors from Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 14 completed a partnership exercise in Gabon, June 28. The team of 15 Marines and sailors trained with their Gabonese counterparts from the Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux and the Gabonese military and Gendarmerie to demonstrate [...]

Jul 222014
 
Council of the European Union Conclusions on the Great Lakes Region

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, July 22, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Council adopted the following conclusions: “1 Recalling its conclusions of 22 July 2013 and 16 December 2013, the European Union (EU) confirms its commitment to promoting stability and development in the Great Lakes Region. Determined and concerted efforts will be required to maintain [...]

Jul 222014
 
EUCAP Sahel Niger extended

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, July 22, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Council today extended the mandate of EUCAP Sahel Niger, the EU CSDP mission in Niger, until 15 July 2016. EUCAP Sahel Niger, embedded in the EU strategy for security and development in the Sahel, provides advice and training to support the Nigerien authorities [...]

Jul 222014
 
Tanzania Acts to Protect Trafficked Children

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 22, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — To facilitate an effective response to protecting, assisting and referring victims of trafficking, especially children, IOM Tanzania, in collaboration with Tanzania’s Anti-Trafficking Secretariat, is this week convening a stakeholders meeting to develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). The three-day event, which began yesterday, is taking place today [...]

Jul 222014
 
IOM, ECHO Develop Malakal Protection Site for South Sudanese Fleeing Conflict

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 22, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Almost 10,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have moved into a new UN Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Malakal in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State, constructed by IOM and partners, and funded by the European Union’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO). In April, with [...]

Jul 222014
 
Interactive Alliance advocates creation of call centre association in Nigeria and across Africa

LAGOS, Nigeria, July 22, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Christopher Bell, Interactive Intelligence’s Channel Manager for Africa (http://www.inin.com), has recently called for the creation of a call centre association for Nigeria and other African countries as a way of promoting a standard for call centres. He mentions that such associations have already been set up [...]

Jul 222014
 
South Sudanese Rebels Attack the Northern Town of Nasir

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement Marie Harf Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 21, 2014 The United States condemns the South Sudanese opposition forces’ ground attack on the positions of the South Sudanese army (SPLA) in Nasir, Upper Nile State, on July 20. We call on [...]

Jul 222014
 
U.S. Concerned by Convictions of Swazi Human Rights Lawyer and Journalist

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement Marie Harf Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 21, 2014 The United States is deeply concerned by the convictions of human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and magazine editor Bheki Makhubu for contempt of court in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Their convictions [...]