In light of the Brussels conference “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region”, UNHCR Egypt launched this week an extensive aid plan in a joint event with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations to respond directly to both refugee and host community needs

UNHCR, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations jointly launched, early this week, the Egypt chapter of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), which is the programme strategy to respond to refugee protection and humanitarian needs, and strengthen the resilience of the host community, and state institutions to cope with the impact of the Syria.
The Egypt appeal for US $348 million aims to address the needs of 1.2 million members of the host community in addition to 113,000 targeted Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR and living in different governorates in Egypt. “Egyptian government, society and people are very hospitable towards refugees, Syrians and others. This generosity should be supported by concrete solidarity from the international community” said Mr. Karim Atassi, UNHCR Representative in Egypt. “The humanitarian care and assistance activities developed in this plan will alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees and will help creating conditions for them to have a dignified life” he added. As the Syrian crisis entered its seventh year with no end of the conflict in sight, the conference held in Brussels “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region” aims to raise sufficient funding to provide vital and much needed assistance to the 5 million Syrian refugees scattered around the globe and particularly in Syria’s neighbouring countries.
The European Union is hosting the conference, co-chaired by the United Nations and the governments of Germany, Kuwait, Norway, Qatar and the United Kingdom.
The conference will bring together over 70 countries, international organisations and civil society organisations in order to reconfirm existing pledges and identify additional support to Syrians inside Syria and in neighbouring countries.
In addition to the 3RP for the Syrian population, UNHCR has prepared a country response plan for refugees and asylum-seekers from Sub-Saharan Africa, Iraq and Yemen residing in Egypt, to respond to the protection needs, including health, education, as well as access to basic services and livelihoods.
As of the end of February 2017, UNHCR in Egypt has registered a total of 202,209 refugees and asylum-seekers including 120,154 Syrians, 34,671 Sudanese, 12,829 Ethiopians, 7,583 Iraqis and 2,959 Yemenis among others.

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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Africa in pictures : Côte d’Ivoire

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Ivory Coast,  or Côte d’Ivoire, officially the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, is a country located in West Africa. Ivory Coast’s political capital is Yamoussoukro, and its economic capital and largest city is the port city of Abidjan. Its bordering countries are Guinea and Liberia in the west, Burkina Faso and Mali in the north, and Ghana in the east. The Gulf of Guinea (Atlantic Ocean) is located south of Ivory Coast.

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Prior to its colonization by Europeans, Ivory Coast was home to several states, including Gyaaman, the Kong Empire, and Baoulé. Two Anyi kingdoms, Indénié and Sanwi, attempted to retain their separate identity through the French colonial period and after independence. Ivory Coast became a protectorate of France in 1843–1844 and was later formed into a French colony in 1893 amid the European scramble for Africa. Ivory Coast achieved independence in 1960, led by Félix Houphouët-Boigny, who ruled the country until 1993. The country maintained close political and economic association with its West African neighbors while at the same time maintaining close ties to the West, especially France. Since the end of Houphouët-Boigny’s rule in 1993, Ivory Coast has experienced one coup d’état, in 1999, and two religion-grounded civil wars. The first took place between 2002 and 2007 and the second during 2010-2011. As a result, in 2000, the country adopted a new Constitution.

Ivory Coast is a republic with a strong executive power invested in its President. Through the production of coffee and cocoa, the country was an economic powerhouse in West Africa during the 1960s and 1970s. Ivory Coast went through an economic crisis in the 1980s, contributing to a period of political and social turmoil. Changing into the 21st-century Ivorian economy is largely market-based and still relies heavily on agriculture, with smallholder cash-crop production being dominant.

The official language is French, with local indigenous languages also widely used, including Baoulé, Dioula, Dan, Anyin, and Cebaara Senufo. In total there are around 78 languages spoken in Ivory Coast. Popular religions include Islam, Christianity (primarily Roman Catholicism), and various indigenous religions.


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The Veep and the French Ambassador welcome the French Navy Pipe Band in Accra at Residence of France

The Pipe Band from Brittany, Bagad de Lann-Bihoué is on a four day visit to Accra, as a part of cultural activities organized by the French Embassy in Ghana to mark 60 years of diplomatic relations between France and Ghana as well as Ghana’s 60th Independence anniversary.

About the French pipe band: It has been over forty years since the Bagad of Lann-Bihoué, the only Breton musical band of the French Navy (see the attached presentation), visited Africa. They are here back to Africa, here in Ghana from 4th to the 8th of April.

On this occasion, the Ambassador of France to Ghana, François Pujolas expressed his priority also for cultural and artistic cooperation: “the partnership between France and Ghana is a global partnership. Not only does it cover political and economic issues but it also involves the development of our cultural and artistic exchanges. ”

Bi-lateral relations between France and Ghana are flourishing day by day. Apart from political, economic domains and security and defence, cultural and artistic cooperation is growing as well along with the support for French language. This partnership is consolidated with the construction of a new French embassy premises in Ghana, the foundation stone of which was laid by President Nana Akufo-Addo on 24th of March this year, which in itself is one of such symbols of confidence in the future of our bilateral relations.

Just like the rest of Europe, France is committed to the regional integration process in West Africa. In this respect, it assists Ghana in efforts to improve the teaching and learning of the French language and to better promote cultural diversity.

In this same context, the French pipe band ‘Bagad’, 29 ambassadors of a particularly rich and unique French tradition, have been invited to Accra to celebrate our cultural exchanges and explore possibilities of cultural and musical cooperation between our two countries. This Bagad is open to musical influences from other parts of world and Africa in particular. It played yesterday at the French Residence, at an exclusive reception hosted by the French ambassador and his spouse, presenting a unique musical performance bringing together renowned Ghanaian talents such as M.anifest, Lumina Orchestra and Winneba Youth Choir. This evening was a perfect symbol of cultural harmony through music coming from so different backgrounds. A stunning performance enjoyed by over 300 eminent guests from political, business and cultural domains of Ghana in the presence of the Vice-president of the Republic and Lady Samira.

On Friday 7th April at the Alliance Française, two of Ghana’s own artists Shikomé and Manifest, will join the Bagad to give a special free concert. All music lovers are invited to this unique event.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Embassy of France to Ghana.

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Delegation of the Committee on Food and Agriculture of the German Bundestag Visits Namibia

A delegation of the Committee on Food and Agriculture of the German Bundestag is visiting Namibia from 1 – 6 April 2017. The delegation is headed by Alois Gerig (CDU/CSU) and includes Artur Auernhammer (CDU/CSU), Hermann Färber (CDU/CSU), Carola Stauche (CDU/CSU), Rita Hagl-Kehl (SPD), Dr. Wilhelm Priesmeier (SPD) and Harald Ebner (BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN).
The visit by the delegation focuses on the effects of climate change on agriculture, the importance of land reform for the agricultural sector in Southern Africa, economic vocational und further training, the improvement of rural regions, the development potential for urban agriculture as well as the prospects of trade in the area of food and agriculture. The delegation will visit the north of Namibia and the capital Windhoek.
The delegation is planning an extensive exchange of ideas with members of parliament, representatives from government, farmers unions, initiatives and non-government organisations. The visit will include discussions with German political foundations, the KfW and GIZ. In addition, the delegation will visit a number of agricultural enterprises, projects of the German development cooperation, agricultural research stations and universities, empowerment-projects aimed at strengthening the foundation of agricultural enterprises as well as organisations of the food industry.

Distributed by APO on behalf of The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany – Windhoek.

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