DRC : Attack on ICGLR Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism Personnel

The Conference Secretariat of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) has learnt with great dismay of the attack early this month on Major Danny Amani MWEMEZ, personnel with the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism (EJVM), one of the ICGLR’s security organs based in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, while travelling with his family within that city.
The ICGLR Secretariat condemns this horrific act against a member of its mechanism in charge of consolidation of peace and security in the Great Lakes Region, particularly in Eastern DRC.
The ICGLR calls upon all stakeholders in the fight against the negative forces in the region to re-double their efforts to eradicate this threat to peace and stability in some of our Member States.

Distributed by APO on behalf of International Conference on the Great Lakes Region.

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Kenya : USTDA Supports U.S. Business Opportunities in Power Sector

The USTDA (U.S. Trade and Development Agency) signed a grant with Saigrene Energy Kenya Limited supporting the development of run-of-river hydroelectric plants at five sites in Kenya.

The grant funds a feasibility study that will evaluate the viability of the sites for power generation and examines the best approach for connecting the sites to the national grid. The five plants would collectively add approximately 17 megawatts of renewable energy to Kenya’s generation mix. The study will allow the developers to identify U.S. equipment manufacturers and service providers that are well-positioned to outfit the hydroelectric plants.

“USTDA is pleased to support this important study that will provide opportunities for U.S. industry to supply products and services, while advancing Kenya’s power goals,” said Lida Fitts, USTDA’s Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa.

“In addition to providing opportunities for the use of high quality U.S. equipment and expertise, the plants will also provide numerous benefits to the local community, such as job creation, and technical skills training for the youth,” said Paulo Gonçalves, Chief Executive Officer of Saigrene Energy Kenya Limited.

The U.S. engineering and environmental consultancy, Knight Piésold (Denver, CO), was selected to perform the feasibility study.

Distributed by APO on behalf of U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

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Kenya : UN Statement on the presidential election

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the presidential election in Kenya

Statement attributable to Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General:

The Secretary-General congratulates the people of Kenya for their peaceful participation in the presidential elections.

The Secretary-General takes note of the results of the presidential election in Kenya, and of the announcement by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta as President-elect. He calls on those political leaders disputing the elections results to address election-related disputes through the relevant constitutionally mandated institutions.

The Secretary-General calls on the political leaders to send clear messages to their supporters urging them to refrain from violence. The Secretary-General also stresses the importance of dialogue to defuse tensions.

The United Nations, in close collaboration with the African Union and other multilateral and bilateral partners, is fully engaged with Kenya’s political leadership and relevant stakeholders to facilitate the successful conclusion of the electoral process.

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Australia High Commissioner to Kenya Alison Chartres

Alison Chartres new Australian High Commissioner to Kenya

Today I announce the appointment of Ms Alison Chartres as Australia’s next High Commissioner to the Republic of Kenya, with non-resident accreditation to Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda. Ms Chartres will also be Australia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). She will be accredited to the East African Community and the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region.

Australia enjoys warm relations with East African countries through our shared membership of the Commonwealth, the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and the Indian Ocean Rim Association.

We collaborate closely with Kenya on education, agriculture and counter-terrorism. Our commercial relationship is strong with Australian companies investing in Kenya’s mineral, oil and gas sectors.

Ms Chartres is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was most recently Assistant Secretary, Development Policy and Education Branch. She has served overseas as Counsellor, Australian Mission to the United Nations, New York; Deputy Development Coordinator, Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI); Adviser, Solomon Islands Peace Monitoring Council; and as Second Secretary, Australian High Commission, Port Moresby.

I thank outgoing High Commissioner John Feakes for his contributions to advancing Australia’s interests in Kenya since 2015.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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