AU extends sincere wishes to Muslims in Africa and around the world as Ramadan begins.

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The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has extended sincere wishes to all Muslims in Africa and around the world as the holy month of Ramadan begins. In her message, the AU Commission Chairperson said, “Ramadan is a time for contemplation, self-reflection and devotion through prayer and fasting.”

The AU Commission Chairperson said that Ramadan is also an opportunity for Muslims around the globe to continue their efforts and commitment to helping through charity the less fortunate, in particular those struggling due to war, famine and economic difficulties.

In her message to Muslims, the AU Commission Chairperson, said that the blessed month of Ramadan every year, “reminds us of our shared responsibility, in our diverse continent, to support each other to create a prosperous, just and peaceful Africa.”

She concluded her message by calling for everyone to use this sacred time as a reminder of our joint responsibility to end the suffering of those experiencing senseless conflicts and violence, in Africa and elsewhere in the globe.

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The partner organizations reaffirm their support to the political dialogue in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and call on all Congolese stakeholders to work towards its successful holding

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The African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) and the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) are closely following the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The four organizations act under the framework of their partnership for peace and security in Africa, as well as their collective commitment to support the DRC in consolidating the achievements recorded during the last decade.

The four partner organizations underline once again the crucial importance of holding a successful political dialogue with all Congolese stakeholders leading to a consensus that would allow for free, fair, transparent and credible elections to take place in accordance with the framework of the Congolese Constitution, thus preserving peace and stability in the country and deepening the democratic process and the rule of law.

The four organizations reaffirm their full support to the facilitation efforts led by Mr. Edem Kodjo on behalf of the AU. In this context, they have agreed to set up a support group to the facilitation, which also includes representatives of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and to mobilize the expertise and resources needed to maximize chances of achieving a successful dialogue.

The four organizations underline the primary responsibility of the government and all concerned Congolese stakeholders to maintain peace and stability in the DRC, to preserve the hard-won gains and to strengthen democracy and the rule of law. In this regard, they urge all Congolese actors to join the dialogue and extend their full cooperation to the Facilitator, recalling that he is acting within the framework of the relevant bodies of the AU and resolution 2277.

The four organizations urge the Government and all political actors in the DRC to refrain from any action that could increase tensions or lead to violence. More than ever, restraint and the spirit of responsibility are needed at this particular moment of

the history of the DRC. The four partner organizations also call on the government to maintain its commitment to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution of the DRC, including by releasing political prisoners; bearing in mind that the preservation of political space and fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Constitution is a necessary condition to the success of the political dialogue, an outcome to which President Kabila has expressed his utmost commitment.

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Paramount Group Unveils New Generation Armoured Vehicle for the Global Defence Market

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Paramount Group (www.ParamountGroup.com), the African-based global defence and aerospace company, unveiled a new generation 8×8 (eight wheeled) armoured vehicle in Astana, during the annual Kazakhstan Defence Exhibition. The technologically superior Mbombe 8 infantry combat vehicle represents the pinnacle of land system innovation; it was designed to meet the world-wide demand for sophisticated and affordable military equipment that provides unrivalled protection for land forces personnel, in an era of unprecedented asymmetrical threats and conflict.

Paramount Group has been responsible for the development and production of a broad range of advanced armoured and mine protected vehicles that are in operation around the world. As such, the Mbombe 8 is at the vanguard of armoured vehicle technologies. It has been designed and developed to meet the increasing demand for multi-role, high mobility, and mine hardened platforms, providing a solution to the ever-changing demands of the global battlefield.

“This is a momentous occasion in the evolution of the Paramount Group’s offering, and we are very excited to develop this high speed, long-range, and low profile 8×8 armoured vehicle,” says Founder and Executive Chairman of Paramount Group, Ivor Ichikowitz. “In less than a decade, Paramount has designed, developed, and industrialised an armoured vehicle nearly every two years. We have built a reputation for pushing the boundaries and pioneering armoured vehicles that are groundbreaking in their design, protection levels, and mobility, without exception.”

Ben Jansen, CEO of Paramount’s armoured vehicle business said: “The Mbombe 8 is world-leading in its class, this is a product that we are very proud of. We pioneered mine-resistant flat floor technology which is central to the design of the new 8×8 platform. The development of Mbombe 8 has enabled Paramount Group to provide potential customers with a complete family of 4 x 4, 6 x 6 and 8 x 8 AFVs which share over 80% of common components to reduce through life costs and make for easier training and logistics. This presents a unique opportunity for the global market, affording a prospective end-user of all three vehicles significant savings in the areas of maintenance and logistical support.”

The Mbombe 8 is based on the design of the Paramount Group’s Mbombe 6 – an infantry combat vehicle that employs an inventive new form of provide unprecedented levels of protection, while keeping its profile to a minimum. The Mbombe 8 also draws on the Paramount Group’s experience of designing the highly effective and battle-tested Marauder and Matador mine-resistant vehicles.

This highly advanced and comprehensive vehicle addresses the threats and operational requirements that are unique to the Commonwealth of Independent States region, and represents the innovation and transfer of technology at the heart of the strategic industrial partnership between Paramount Group and its partners in Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering.

Key features of the Mbombe 8 include:

  • Gross weight of 28 tonnes and kerb weight of 19 tonnes
  • Payload of 9 tonnes
  • Max speed of 110km/h
  • Operating range: 800 km
  • High levels of ballistic and mine protection: ballistic protection: STANAG 4569 Level 3+ and blast protection: STANAG 4569 Level 4a and 4b
  • The cooling systems and driveline have been tested and proven in winter conditions of -55 Celsius and desert conditions of +55 Celsius

The first advanced prototype of the Mbombe 8 will soon start extensive mobility trails, and production will be undertaken in South Africa and Kazakhstan.

“South Africa has been leading the world in armoured vehicle and land mine protected technologies for decades. We have a truly remarkable skills base; we are home to some of the best engineers in the world, who have developed technologies that are used globally to save lives daily,” concluded Ichikowitz.

For further information about Paramount Group visit www.ParamountGroup.com

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London Stock Exchange welcomes ICD, a member of the Islamic Development Bank Group

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London Stock Exchange (www.lseg.com) today welcomes ICD (www.ICD-ps.org), a member of the Islamic Development Bank Group, to open trading on London’s markets and mark the listing of its MTN Programme and inaugural $300 million five year Sukuk on London Stock Exchange.

ICD will use the proceeds of the Sukuk to support investments in private sector projects in line with its mission to promote economic growth in its member countries through private sector development. In 2016, ICD has to date raised $850 million in long term funds or about 70% of its $1.2 billion funding program for the year. The MTN program, which is a Wakala structure, will serve as ICD’s main funding platform for regular issuance of Sukuk. HSBC was the arranger for the MTN Program and the syndicate group for the Sukuk included 13 international and regional banks.

Khaled Al Aboodi, Chief Executive Officer of ICD said: “We are delighted to have listed our MTN Program and Sukuk on the London Stock Exchange. Given LSE and London’s status as the largest international center for debt issuance and trading, this listing gives ICD access to a large and diverse pool of fixed income investors globally and supports the primary market execution and secondary market liquidity of its Sukuk. Aside from marking a key milestone in our funding activity in the international capital market, the Sukuk also supplements our role to promote Islamic finance in member countries. ICD was the lead advisor for Côte d’Ivoire’s debut Sukuk and we are keen to replicate its success in other member countries.

ICD is a multilateral organization and a member of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group. The mandate of ICD is to support economic development and promote the development of the private sector in its member countries through providing financing facilities and/or investments which are in accordance with the principles of Sharia’a. ICD also provides advice to governments and private organizations to encourage the establishment, expansion and modernization of private enterprises. For more information, visit www.ICD-ps.org

More information: http://www.lseg.com/markets-products-and-services/our-markets/london-stock-exchange/equities-markets/raising-equity-finance/market-open-ceremony/welcome-stories/london-stock-exchange-today-welcomes-icd

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Uber Sub-Saharan Africa chooses APO for Press Release Distribution and Monitoring in Africa

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APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.APO-opa.com), the sole press release newswire in Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa, today announced it has been selected as exclusive supplier for press release wire distribution in Africa by Uber SSA (www.Uber.com).

Uber provides a smartphone application that connects drivers with people who need a ride. Uber helps people get a ride at the push of a button – there’s no waiting on the street or walking through unfamiliar neighborhoods to find a bus. It’s the most convenient way to get a safe, reliable and affordable ride – the app detects your location, tells you about your driver in advance, and you can pay seamlessly with cash or debit/credit card.

Uber’s press releases will be distributed via Africa Wire® (www.APO-opa.com/press_release_distribution.php), the newswire service for press release distribution and monitoring in Africa.

Used by some of the world’s largest companies, PR agencies, institutions and organisations, APO Africa Wire® has a potential reach of 600 million and guarantees the most extensive outreach in Africa, acting as a channel that allows APO’s clients to target audiences in all parts of the continent and also the world.

“We’re excited that APO will be supporting Uber in their expansion in Africa, a continent experiencing a boom in consumer spending, which is set to rise from USD 860 billion in 2008 to USD 1.4 trillion in 2020”, comments Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, APO Founder and CEO.

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More information about Africa Wire®, the service for newswire press release distribution in Africa, is available at http://www.APO-opa.com/services.php

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EUCAP Sahel Mali: EU increases the mission’s budget by close to EUR 5 million

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On 6 June 2016, the Council increased the budget of EUCAP Sahel Mali by EUR 4 925 000, bringing the total budget of the mission for 2016 to EUR 19 million. This EU civilian mission supports the three Malian internal security forces: police, gendarmerie and national guard.

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UK peacekeepers arrive in South Sudan

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Michael Fallon today confirmed a small military team has deployed to South Sudan as the UK starts to increase support to the UN Mission.

UK personnel will provide vital engineering work to strengthen infrastructure as well as further advisory support, underlining the UK’s continued commitment to peace and security for the people of South Sudan.

The deployed UK team form the first group ahead of further deployments across 2016.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

The arrival of British personnel clearly demonstrates our commitment to supporting UN efforts to improve conditions in some of the world’s most destabilising conflicts.

The arrival follows the Prime Minister’s announcement last year that the UK would double its contribution to active peacekeeping in 2016 – including sending up to 300 troops to South Sudan, and around 70 to Somalia.

UK Armed Forces already carry out peacekeeping support in a number of countries, and has valuable experience working in varied and often difficult environments, giving them the necessary skillset to support the UN in South Sudan and Somalia.

In South Sudan, UK troops will be split into two engineer squadron groups, with associated support elements. This forms part of a wider contribution to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), and a recce was carried out earlier this year to determine the best way to utilise UK support.

The first UK troops have also already arrived in Somalia following the initial deployment last month.

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High Commissioner’s speech to the SWAG Awards

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I am so delighted to have been asked to speak here today and thank the Sportwriters Association of Ghana for their kind invitation.

The British High Commission is committed to partnership with Ghanaian media houses. Indeed, we regard our collaboration with you as an essential part of our work here.

I’d particularly like to greet my friend the Honourable Minister for Youth and Sports, as this is my first chance to thank him publicly for the time and effort he spent last week in accompanying our royal visitor, HRH Prince Edward during his visit to Ghana. HRH was mostly here to promote the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme and its Ghanaian affiliate, the Head of State Awards Scheme. And that served as useful reminder that the Minister oversees the Ministry of Youth and Sport, not just the Ministry of Sport, so I really hope the visit was useful for your important task, too, Honourable: thank you again.

But it is, indeed, sport that brings us together this evening. And sport is about its players and participants, its administrators, its followers, indeed all those who are passionate about it, and above all, this evening, it is about those who write about it.

When I say sport, I do mean all sport, not just football. But, let’s face it, it’s scarcely a secret – in Ghana, in the UK and in a clear majority of all the countries around the world, football is the number one sport, and often by a very large distance. So, let’s start with football.

My own single earliest memory is from when I was just 3 ½, the same age my own son is now. I recall vaguely people jumping up and down in the front room of our then house in front of the TV – an unfeasibly chunky and not very reliable box with an unstable, grainy black and white picture – as England won the World Cup. It was 1966.

And of course, England won particularly thanks to the efforts of three players – Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters, all of whom played for West Ham United at the time. So, completely neutrally and objectively of course, I think it’s fair to say that, in fact, West Ham won the World Cup. That’s what I choose to believe anyway!

But it’s been a very long wait since then, exactly half a century in fact for England to win anything else. But I know that all of you sportswriters here are about confidently to write or broadcast next week that England will win Euro 2016. Just as I know that many of you predicted last August that Leicester City were going to win the English Premier League – I know that because some of you have claimed to me recently that you did, indeed, tip Leicester, though I am struggling to find the evidence!

In fact, how could England not win the Euros with 18-year old wonder kid Marcus Rashford up front? And, yes, Ladies and Gentlemen – 18 year old Marcus, really is … 18. A player’s football and official age should of course always happily coincide.

Now, I expect that all of you here are of the common opinion that sports writing plays a vital role in Ghanaian journalism. And of course sports journalism is journalism: it is one branch of it, not a different profession. So, like all journalists, sports writers have – in my humble opinion – both a duty and a responsibility.

Their duty – again this is just my view – is to report accurately, inform and entertain their audience, encourage deliberation and debate on sports-related matters, and serve the public interest. These duties will sometimes include a requirement for journalists to reveal bad practices in sport, investigate abuses of power and expose wrong-doing. That is, or should be, part of the nature of the work. Put it another way, if sports journalists know something is wrong in their sport and say nothing about it, then they are falling down on the job.

And that investigative side of their work makes them an essential part of a democratic, open and free society. They embody the need to hold accountable those who govern our sports, by seeking and reporting the truth, always of course in a responsible way, including by admitting it honestly when they get things wrong.

But we know that it is not always easy to uphold these virtues. Acting as an independent voice for the public, journalists should not be intimidated by power or influenced by special interests, advertisers or news sources. The independence of journalism ought not be compromised by conflicts of interest. Instead, journalists should ideally report what they believe to be the facts, not what someone pays them to say – or at least not unless they are planning a career move to the PR or advertising world!

Let me tell you two anecdotes from my last posting in Chile that demonstrate the importance and consequences of principled, questioning, hard-hitting journalism.

In Chile, I met a remarkable visiting British investigative sports journalist called Andrew Jennings. He’s the man who 10 years ago and more started an, at first very lonely, battle to reveal the stink at the heart of the world’s governing body, FIFA. He was at times lambasted, abused, ridiculed but … he never gave up. In my personal opinion, Andrew is a hero – without him, and then the other campaigning journalists convinced by the veracity of the information he was bringing to light, the old order within FIFA might still be with us and a new chapter of hopefully much greater transparency might never have begun.

And of course the revelations at FIFA continue: only yesterday it was revealed that Sepp Blatter and two of his top lieutenants awarded themselves over US $80m in pay and bonuses in just 5 years. Perhaps the salaries and perks of every senior FIFA official, even every national FA President should be transparently published, as well as accounts showing in detail how FAs spend every penny and pesewa of FIFA grant money?

My second recollection is that in the course of my business there, I got to know the head of the Chilean FA, a man called Sergio Jadue, who appeared to reign supreme and be untouchable. I’m talking about just 3 or 4 years ago. Do you know where he is now? He is on trial in Miami for various charges to do with gross corruption, much of which was revealed by the diligence and fearlessness of journalists in the country which I previously called home.

Several other recent former FA heads and FIFA officials from that same part of the world are now either in prison or on trial and have been publicly disgraced, as I’m sure you know. Personally, I would like to think that any current or former FA head anywhere – anywhere – who well knows that they have engaged in practices they would prefer to keep hidden and from which they have personally hugely enriched themselves might have increasingly good reason to look over their shoulders now and worry. All the more so if they know that journalists in their countries are doing their work, without fear and with strong ethics, and real perseverance.

So, I humbly encourage you sportswriters to work with those values in mind.

Now, here’s the thing: I have heard from some Ghanaian sportswriters privately and directly about this or that alleged transgression, some of them very serious ones, like: match-fixing; the suborning of referees; players or their families paying coaches to be selected; deliberate age and even name falsification, in order to increase the chances of a player being signed overseas, and more. But I almost never see any of that subsequently reported publicly by the same people who seem to have this knowledge privately.

Let me stress clearly here, lest anyone misquote me – I am not saying I think or know that any of that ever happens. I have not come here to offer any evidence that it does.

I am, however, saying that several Ghanaian sportswriters have unambiguously claimed to me that these things sometimes do happen, not just historically but in the here and now. But if you have that information – and I stress if – why talk about it privately to foreigners like me, but never publicly to Ghanaians, your audience?

Why? Is it fear? Is it a lack of support from media employers?

Is it, as I have heard alleged much more than once, because there are lists of quote unquote ‘tame’ journalists who pretend to be independent but are in fact in the pay of football authorities whose direct bidding they do, instead of reporting on them objectively?

Is it, perhaps, because one or two prominent and supposedly neutral football websites here were in fact set up, and are still owned by, someone in authority, as a supposedly neutral cover for putting out propaganda favourable to them?

In short, are there some deep conflicts of interest at play here which prevent transparent reporting? I only know some of the questions. I think you know all of the answers. I’m sure millions of ardent Ghanaian football fans would be a willing audience, if you wanted to share those answers fearlessly, as part of a new era of sports transparency and accountability.

After two years in Ghana, a country I have come to love deeply, it seems to me that some of those alleged football-related transgressions are ones everyone seems to know about, but hardly anyone is willing to talk openly about them, as if the subject of corruption in football is at the same time both an open secret and a huge taboo. Where are the Andrew Jennings of Ghanaian football journalism? Perhaps they are in this hall this evening?

Now, having said all that, of course we recognise that many sports journalists work under extremely tough conditions and are paid extremely poorly in a highly competitive and crowded media market which tends to push salaries down. That can in turn inadvertently increase temptations for some to neglect their own professional values and thereby affect their ability to remain neutral. So, it is appropriate, I think, strongly to urge the owners and management of Ghana’s many media houses to pay their journalists a decent living wage. To repeat, we know that journalists need, and deserve, to make a proper living. But accepting a secret, second income to produce unobjective propaganda is not the answer.

As I move towards a close, I said earlier that sport isn’t all about just football. But so far I have only really spoken about football. So I’ve fallen into that same trap. Allow me please to make a self-correction.

I would appeal to you, the sportswriters of Ghana to do a little more to balance reporting across the entire spectrum of Ghanaian sport. For example, I bet everyone in this room could hazard a guess at Avram Grant’s starting eleven for the next Black Stars fixture against Mauritius tomorrow. And, incidentally, on that I hold the very old-fashioned view that already highly paid footballers given the high and patriotic honour of representing their countries should not also expect large appearance bonuses for doing so.

But, back to the point, how many of you could tell me immediately which teams will be representing Ghana in Brazil at the 2016 Olympic Games which start in just two months from tomorrow?

Now let me make a complete confession: I had to research the answer to that myself yesterday in writing this speech. But now I know that Ghana will be sending boxers, weightlifters, track and field athletes, and a judoka. So, let’s all get behind them, cheer them on and encourage them along the way! Giving them the oxygen of media coverage they are normally starved of is one way of doing just that.

Another similar question: how many people in this room know how many athletes Ghana will send to the Paralympic Games, also of course in Rio?

The answer, I’m told at the moment is two. I know that Charles Narh Teye will represent Ghana at weightlifting. And after meeting him in Kumasi alongside His Royal Highness Prince Edward last week, I know that Alem Mumuni will represent Ghana at cycling. Charles and Alem are real Ghanaian sporting heroes. Indeed, I’d venture to say that they are simply national heroes. They are not paid thousands of dollars; they have overcome the huge challenges of their disabilities to be world class sportsmen; they train night and day in obscurity and in sub-optimal conditions – yet we hear so little about them. We should hear more. And we should vigorously support them when they fly high the flag of Ghana on the international stage. I lay down a friendly challenge to those sportswriters here inclined to do so please to give Charles and Alem the prominent coverage they richly deserve in the next few weeks, and indeed to all the athletes representing Ghana in the main Olympic Games too.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I began this speech by referencing how important sport is to all of us: it is hardwired into the fabric of our national, social and private lives. Like my own country’s, Ghana’s national identity has in a small but important way been forged through sporting achievement; dating back to the late eighteen hundreds and Arthur Wharton – who left Jamestown for the UK to become the world’s first ever black professional footballer – through to Azuma Nelson and right on up to the present day Black Stars who represent Ghana in football leagues all over the world. That sporting identity can be both a source of huge national pride and a great advertisement for Ghana.

So, it is vital that we never lose the love of sport, the joy and innocence of sport, the pure excitement of the unscripted drama of sport, however intense and sophisticated the competition becomes. We mustn’t lose the essence of sport, the simplicity of sport that we can see every weekend morning, in every public space, on the streets and in every school yard. We must work assiduously to preserve the beauty, integrity and unique characteristics and appeal of sport…..and no-one can do that more or better than sports journalists.

Good sports journalism is simply an inherent positive for all. Many of you here today are the future of sports journalism in Ghana. A free sports press plays a key role in sustaining and monitoring a healthy sports industry. And precisely because sport is so important to so many, you are important guardians of keeping sport healthy in every sense of that word.

I hope I’ve made a small contribution here to push this debate forward. It’s complex, I know. I am more than aware that some journalists may hate me for even raising some of the more sensitive subjects I’ve alluded to this evening. And of course I am just a foreign guest passing through your wonderful country for a brief moment in time. It doesn’t really matter what I think. But it does hugely matter what you think and what you report.

So, to those of you who are dedicating your lives in this country to the noble cause of honest, informative and entertaining sports journalism, I say the very best of luck to you. Be brave, be daring, be the Andrew Jennings of the future. More power to you!

Thank you very much for your time.

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The partner organizations reaffirm their support to the political dialogue in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and call on all Congolese stakeholders to work towards its successful holding –

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The African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) and the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) are closely following the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The four organizations act under the framework of their partnership for peace and security in Africa, as well as their collective commitment to support the DRC in consolidating the achievements recorded during the last decade.

The four partner organizations underline once again the crucial importance of holding a successful political dialogue with all Congolese stakeholders leading to a consensus that would allow for free, fair, transparent and credible elections to take place in accordance with the framework of the Congolese Constitution, thus preserving peace and stability in the country and deepening the democratic process and the rule of law.

The four organizations reaffirm their full support to the facilitation efforts led by Mr. Edem Kodjo on behalf of the AU. In this context, they have agreed to set up a support group to the facilitation, which also includes representatives of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and to mobilize the expertise and resources needed to maximize chances of achieving a successful dialogue.

The four organizations underline the primary responsibility of the government and all concerned Congolese stakeholders to maintain peace and stability in the DRC, to preserve the hard-won gains and to strengthen democracy and the rule of law. In this regard, they urge all Congolese actors to join the dialogue and extend their full cooperation to the Facilitator, recalling that he is acting within the framework of the relevant bodies of the AU and resolution 2277.

The four organizations urge the Government and all political actors in the DRC to refrain from any action that could increase tensions or lead to violence. More than ever, restraint and the spirit of responsibility are needed at this particular moment of the history of the DRC. The four partner organizations also call on the government to maintain its commitment to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution of the DRC, including by releasing political prisoners; bearing in mind that the preservation of political space and fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Constitution is a necessary condition to the success of the political dialogue, an outcome to which President Kabila has expressed his utmost commitment.

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2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature: Call for Entries

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Etisalat has announced its call for entries to the 2016 edition of the Pan-African Prize, Etisalat Prize for Literature (http://Prize.Etisalat.com.ng). This is coming just a few months after the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Fiston Mwanza Mujila won the 2015 edition of the Prize with his first novel, Tram 83.

Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher, who made this disclosure on Wednesday at a press briefing in Lagos, also announced the Judging Panel for the 2016 Etisalat Prize. The panel comprises Nigerian novelist and poet, Helon Habila, as the Chair of Judges, South African writer and activist Elinor Sisulu and Ivorian writer, Edwige Rene Dro as members. The Chair of judges was present at the briefing as well as two of the Prize Patrons: renowned literary icon, Prof. Kole Omotoso and awards-winning author, Dele Olojede.

Mr. Willsher, while speaking about the uniqueness of the Etisalat Prize, said it is designed to serve as a leading platform for the discovery and encouraging of creative writing talents as well as the celebration of literary arts by African writers.

“We are delighted to champion the cause for celebrating the richness and strength of African literature. Etisalat Prize for Literature is about discovering and bringing to the world stage the many creative talent Africa boasts of. The Etisalat Prize is about creativity, excellence, empowerment and reward; it is about celebrating our African diversity in very innovative ways through various forms of art, literature being one of them”, he said.

Willsher added that only books by debutant writers published not later than 24 months before submission, will qualify for entry. “They must also be by registered publishing houses not less than six years as incorporated publishers with registered ISBN Number or the equivalent, and who must have published a minimum of six authors. All entries should be accompanied by seven copies of the book entered along with an acceptance of our publicity terms. A publisher may submit a maximum of three books. The rules and guidelines for entry are available at http://Prize.Etisalat.com.ng, he said.

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About the Judging Panel

Nigerian-born Helon Habila is a writer, poet, author and an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at George Mason University, USA. His novels include, Waiting for an Angel (2002), Measuring Time (2007), and Oil on Water (2010). He is the editor of the Granta Book of African Short Story (2011).

Habila’s novels, poems, and short stories have won many honours and awards, including the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Novel (Africa Section), the Caine Prize, the Virginia Library Foundation Prize for fiction and most recently the Windham-Campbell Prize.

Habila has been a contributing editor for the Virginia Quarterly Review since 2004, and he is a regular reviewer for the Guardian, UK.

Elinor Sisulu is a Zimbabwean-born South Africa writer and human rights activist Elinor Sisulu combines training in history, English literature, development studies and feminist theory from institutions in Zimbabwe, Senegal and the Netherlands.

She is the author of the award-winning children’s book The Day Gogo Went to Vote. Her biography on her parents-in-law, Walter and Albertina Sisulu: In Our Lifetime secured her the prestigious 2003 Noma Award for publishing in Africa.

Elinor’s involvement in book promotion and literary development efforts for many years has culminated in her work with the Puku Children’s Literature Foundation. She has been a judge for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, the Sanlam Youth Literature Prize and the Penguin Africa Writer’s Competition.

Edwige-Renée Dro is an Ivorian writer and a translator. She is one of the 39 most promising voices under 40 from Africa, south of the Sahara as decided by the Africa39 project. She was the 2015 PEN International New Voices award judge.

Edwige-Renée currently works as the director of Danbé Collection, a new imprint of l’Harmattan Editions with a focus on the promotion of Ivorian literature in Abidjan. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and literary journals.

About Etisalat Prize for Literature

The Etisalat Prize for Literature is a Pan African prize (http://Prize.Etisalat.com.ng) that celebrates debut African writers of published fiction. Previous winners include Zimbabwe’s NoViolet Bulawayo (2013), South Africa’s Songeziwe Mahlangu (2014) and Democratic Republic of Congo’s Fiston Mwanza Mujila (2015).

The winner receives a cash prize of £15,000 in addition to a fellowship at the prestigious University of East Anglia, U.K. under the mentorship of Professor Giles Foden, the award-winning author of The Last King of England.

The Etisalat Prize also incorporates an award for Flash Fiction; an online-based competition for non-published African writers of short stories.

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African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson honored for exemplary cooperation efforts

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The President of the Republic of Serbia H.E. Tomislav Nikolic and the People of Serbia, have honored H.E. Mr. Erastus Mwencha, the Deputy Chairperson of the African Union, by bestowing him with the Highest Orders of the Republic of Serbia “The Order of the Serbian Flag First Degree”, as an acknowledgement of the development and strengthened peaceful cooperation and friendly relations between the Republic of Serbia and the African Union. H.E Dragan Mraovic, the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to Ethiopia and the Permanent Representative to the African Union, in his capacity as the Special Envoy of Serbia, conveyed the highest commendations for the role the Deputy Chairperson has played in raising the quality of the relations of the African Union and Serbia.

The commendation accurately underscored H.E. Mr. Mwencha’s personal efforts and contribution to the transformation, integration, building and forging relations that have been key particularly in consolidating Africa Union’s policies, priorities and programme of action, for the benefit of not only the African continent but the rest of the World. “He is a true son of Africa, he loves Africa, he loves people world-over and has built global relations that are cannot possibly be overlooked.” Ambassador Mraovic stated.

Ambassador Mraovic observed that the Deputy Chairperson’s visit to Belgrade in 2013, the first such high visit by the African Union, developed bilateral relations that have now matured into various collaborations of mutual interests and benefit for Africa and Serdia. He further noted that during the visit, the occasion presented an opportunity during which the Memorandum of Understanding on Economic cooperation between Serbia and the African Union was developed and later signed by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission H.E Dr. Dlamini Nkosazana Zuma in 2015.

In accepting the award, H.E. Mr. Mwencha expressed his gratitude to Serbia, stating his determination to enhance the bilateral cooperation between the Commission and Serbia, for continued mutual benefit and shared interest of Africa and the People of Serbia. He noted his regard for Serbia dated many decades back when he first visited Serbia 40 years ago, when it was federal unit within the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. It was his first visit outside of Africa.

As an African Union partner since 2006, Serbia has in recent years offered military assistance to the peace and security architecture of Africa, particularly, in peacekeeping missions in 6 countries; Liberia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Central African Republic, DR Congo and Somalia.

Serbia is also a strategic partner in strengthening the Information Technology capacity of the Pan-African University (PAU), in South Africa.

Ambassador Mraovic, during the bestowing ceremony held at the African Union Headquarters, further expressed the zeal of the Republic of Serbia, for more collaboration with the African Union, in the areas of development such as infrastructure, energy and mining, agriculture, education, information technology and environmental conservation

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AU-HOAI Second Ministerial Conference opens with a call for more synergies and coordination to address human trafficking and smuggling of migrants in the Horn of Africa

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Curbing the phenomena of Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants in the Horn of Africa require more cooperation and synergies between the Core countries of the Horn of Africa and the Neighboring countries. This comes at the opening of the Second Ministerial Conference of the African Union – Horn of Africa Initiative (AU-HOAI), Saturday 4th June 2016, at the Rixos -Seagate Resort in Sharm-El Sheikh, Egypt.

In his welcoming remarks, H.E. Mr. Mustapha Sidikie Kaloko, Commissioner of Social Affairs of the African Union Commission, acknowledges that human trafficking is an issue that ought to be a concern to every person because it debases common humanity and tears at our social fabric.

Highlighting the mechanisms and efforts to address human trafficking at the continental, regional and member states levels, Commissioner Kaloko noted that the challenges of migration and the problems of human trafficking in particular should be addressed from a regional and global perspective and must be situated in the context of poverty eradication and sustainable development.

“I urge all of us here to galvanise our commitments to this cause by ratifying the Trafficking in Persons Protocol and in implementing the outcomes of this meeting, to ,secure justice for victims on and from our continent, and end impunity for traffickers” he concluded.

Speaking earlier in opening remarks, H.E. Ambassador Hamdi Sanad Loza, Deputy Foreign Minister for African Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt, said that the Regional Conference is an important forum that brings together a large number of countries concerned with human trafficking and exploitation of migrants, which is one of the most dangerous crimes that target human dignity and rights. “We should strive to reach a common ground in which we can address the negative phenomenon resulting from human movements”, he added.

The Deputy Minister emphasized that a viable solution to this crisis is to look deeply into the roots of the problem and develop practical solutions in the short, medium and long term, and called on Member States to work together in finding solutions within the framework of this African initiative.

During the meeting, the Ministers deliberated on the way forward for strengthening collaboration and cooperation within the Initiative, in dealing with human trafficking and migrants smuggling within and from the Horn of Africa. They also considered and adopted the Declaration and the Report of the Senior Officials Meeting, held on 2-3 June.

Organized by the African Union (AU) in collaboration with the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the 2nd Regional Ministerial Conference was attended by Ministers and Experts from the AU-HOAI Core Countries of Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan, and the Neighboring Countries of Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan, as well as partner governments and institutions.

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