African-German Youth Initiative

Three day introductory and planning workshop on the African-German Youth Initiative

The Human Resources, Science and Technology department (HRST) is hosting a three day introductory and planning workshop on the African-German Youth Initiative. The workshops aim is to clarify mutual expectations, roles and responsibilities of stakeholders. The African-German Youth Initiative (AGYI) is a multi-lateral initiative of the African Union Commission and the German Government aimed at enhancing youth exchange and mobility between African countries and Germany in the context of education for sustainable development. The intention is to contribute to the development of essential competencies and skills in young people from African countries and from Germany in view of a ´global citizenship´.

The AGYI will contribute to furthering the visions and objectives of Agenda 2063, the African Youth Charter (Art. 10/11), the African Youth Decade Plan of Action 2009-2018, and of regional and national youth policies in African countries for youth empowerment and development. It will also contribute on a global level to building on and strengthening global partnerships (as expressed in the SDG 2030 Agenda, Goal 17)

Speaking at the opening Dr. Birgit Pickel spoke on the importance of youth exchange, being the right way to invest in young people – “we need young people to make all these global agendas happen”.

Dr. Beatrice Njenga, Acting Head of the Youth Division presented on Youth Policies, highlighting the AU Agenda 2063 at the African level and the SDGs at the global level. Accordingly she emphasised the importance of these strategies in implementing youth policies. She also spoke of the importance of young people being empowered and the opportunity on reaping the demographic dividend.

The initiative will be launched in June in Germany.

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The 4th Africa Business Forum – Your gateway to business in Africa

Africa Business Forum (http://www.AfricaBusinessForum.com) announced that registration is open for the 4th Africa Business Forum to be held on Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, East Africa.

AfricaBusinessForum.com is home to a global community of 9,500+ professionals, 19,500+ international companies, 60,000+ social media followers and 10 million website visitors. A discounted rate of 499 USD is available for conference attendees who register on or before May 15, 2016.

The conference will host distinguished panelists and speakers, including ambassadors, high government officials, business leaders, investors and CEOs. Keynote speakers and conference panelists include:

  • Representation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Ethiopia.
  • Representation from the Ethiopian State Ministry for livestock, Federal Republic of Ethiopia.
  • Representation from the Ethiopian State Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation, Federal Republic of Ethiopia.
  • Yohannes Tilahun– Former CEO to GE General Electric Ethiopia & Advisor to the commissioner at Ethiopian Investment Commission.
  • Craig Bridgeman – Executive Chairman of East Africa Oil Field Services and Founder of Adamantine Energy.
  • Dr Matteo Pianca – Economic and Commercial Affairs, Italian Embassy (Ethiopia) and Italian companies.
  • Representation from the Ethiopian Tourism Organization – Ethiopian Government.
  • H.E. Ayanle Salad – Deputy Ambassador of Somaliland (Ethiopia Mission).
  • Dahir Hussein, Head of Finance – Ericsson Telecommunications (East Africa).
  • James R Kanagwa – Country CEO at ECOBANK, one of the continent’s largest Pan-African Bank.
  • Marco Patrice Victor Silva – General Director of Industrial Development Institute of Angola for Angola Government.
  • Mohamed Ibrahim Yassin – CEO Daallo Airlines, National carrier of Republic of Djibouti.
  • Mohamud Kasil – Regional Head of Covestro AG (Germany’s Bayer Pharmaceuticals $12.3 billion materials science division).
  • Mr AJ Karwa – Director, Sub-Saharan Africa Region, Fircroft UK Oil & Gas Resourcing.
  • Saif Elyazal Mahgoub Mahmoud – General Manager, automotive, OGS Group Middle East.
  • Representation from the State Ministry of Industry, Federal Republic of Ethiopia.
  • Vijayakumar K – Commercial Counselor, Embassy of India (Ethiopia) and Indian companies.
  • Vipin Gupta Commercial Manager, Essel Group Middle East, turnover of over 12 billion USD.
  • Zulfikar Kilic – Commercial Counselor, Turkish Embassy (Ethiopia) and Turkish companies.
  • and many others; and business, non-profit and government leaders.

“We are very excited about the level of enthusiasm we have received from speakers, sponsors and attendees for this unique conference” said Rashed Ahmed, founder and chairman of Africa Business Forum& Young African Entrepreneur 2015. “We look forward to bringing together many business leaders and offering international companies considerable opportunities to enter and become successful in one of the fastest growing economies in the world.” Said Rashed Ahmed.

The panel topics at the 4th Africa Business Forum represent the areas of finance and capital investment; infrastructure, logistics and import/export; power and energy; agriculture, mining and livestock; consumer goods; ICT and many other related Industries.

The lead sponsor for the conference is MIDROC Group, owned one of the largest companies in Africa and Ethiopia’s biggest employer. Additional partners includeLondon School of Project Management, Axis Marketing, African Press Organization, AfricaGlobalTrade.com, EastAfricaBusiness.com, ICCS Express, International Cargo and Aviation Services. We would also like to thank the continuing support of Leading international law firm Addleshaw Goddard and their Africa Business Group which for many years has advised multinational companies such as Diageo, British American Tobacco and Britvic on their African requirements. They are part of the Sub-Saharan Africa Task Force, a business-led initiative chaired by the UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment and backed by UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, and are the only law firm among the UK businesses which comprise the Task Force.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Africa Business Forum.

For more information and to register for the conference please visit: www.africabusinessforum.com

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Mustafa Osman Ismail Elamin presents credentials to Director-general of the UN office Geneva

Mustafa Osman Ismail Elamin, new permanent representative of Sudan, presents credentials to the Director-general of the United Nations office at Geneva

Mustafa Osman Ismail Elamin, the new Permanent Representative of Sudan to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented his credentials to Michael Møller, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Prior to his appointment to Geneva, Mr. Elamin had been Minister of Investment from 2012 to 2014. He served as a Presidential Advisor from 2005 to 2012. He was Foreign Minister of Sudan from 1998 to 2005, after serving as Minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Elamin is a Member of the National Assembly (Parliament), and has served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa in the National Assembly since 2015.

After graduating from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Khartoum in 1978, Mr. Elamin worked at the Ministry of Health from 1978 to 1980. He was a teaching assistant at the University of Khartoum from 1980 to 1982; lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum from 1988 to 1991; professor of international relations at Omdurman Islamic University from 2011 until now; and professor of political science at the International University of Africa from 2014 up until now. He is the author of many books and articles.

Mr. Elamin has a PhD in international relations from Omdurman Islamic University (2010); a PhD from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom (1988); and a Master from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom (1985).

Mr. Elamin was born in 1955 in Romy Bakri, Northern State, Sudan. He is married with children.

 

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The Chairperson African Union Commission approves the deployment of an election expert observer mission to the re-run elections in the Union of The Comoros

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma approved the deployment of an African Union (AU) expert’s election observers mission to the re-run election in the Union of the Comoros scheduled for 11 May 2016.

The deployment of the Mission to the Union of The Comoros follows the decision of the country’s Constitutional Court that fresh elections be conducted in the 13 polling stations in Anjouan Island which encountered electoral irregularities during the second round of the presidential elections and governors held on 10 April 2016 and upon receiving an official invitation from the Government of the Union of The Comoros. The decision to deploy is also in line with paragraph VI (d) of OAU/AU Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections and paragraph 4.6 of the AU Guidelines for Elections Observation and Monitoring Missions.

The Mission is led by Honourable Barrister Barthélemy Kéré, Chairperson of the Independent National Electoral Commission of Burkina Faso. The Mission comprises a team of twenty (20) independent election experts from fourteen (14) African countries and will be deployed to the country from 7 to 17 May 2016.

The Chairperson appeals for calm before, during and after the re-run elections. Accordingly, she wishes the people of the Union of The Comoros smooth, peaceful, and transparent conclusion of the elections and encourages the media to desist from making commentaries that may inflame emotions and incite electoral and post-electoral violence. She further encourages all political actors and stakeholders to utilise legal mechanisms for election disputes resolution.

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WHO expresses great concern over newborn deaths in Libya

WHO expresses great concern over the death of 12 newborns in the Sabah Medical Centre neonatal intensive care unit in Sabha, southern Libya. The deaths occurred as a result of a bacterial infection and lack of specialized health staff to provide medical care.

“These tragic deaths occurred as a result of easily preventable causes, and point to the major breakdown of the health system in Libya. The Sabah Medical Centre is the only centre of its kind providing neonatal care units in the whole of southern Libya. If urgent action is not taken, further loss of life is feared, particularly among the most vulnerable populations,” said WHO Representative to Libya Dr Jaffar Hussain Syed.

An already weakened health care system in Libya is on the brink of collapse due to critical shortages in health care workers and medicines, leaving almost 1.9 million people in need of health services.

WHO urges the Government of Libya and the international community to support the health component of Libya’s Humanitarian Response Plan. This support will allow WHO and partners to strengthen life-saving health interventions and mitigate unnecessary loss of life. The health cluster requires US$ 50.4 million, of which only 20% is funded to date. Of this amount, WHO requires US$ 15.2 million.

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WHO expresses great concern over newborn deaths in Libya

WHO expresses great concern over the death of 12 newborns in the Sabah Medical Centre neonatal intensive care unit in Sabha, southern Libya. The deaths occurred as a result of a bacterial infection and lack of specialized health staff to provide medical care.

“These tragic deaths occurred as a result of easily preventable causes, and point to the major breakdown of the health system in Libya. The Sabah Medical Centre is the only centre of its kind providing neonatal care units in the whole of southern Libya. If urgent action is not taken, further loss of life is feared, particularly among the most vulnerable populations,” said WHO Representative to Libya Dr Jaffar Hussain Syed.

An already weakened health care system in Libya is on the brink of collapse due to critical shortages in health care workers and medicines, leaving almost 1.9 million people in need of health services.

WHO urges the Government of Libya and the international community to support the health component of Libya’s Humanitarian Response Plan. This support will allow WHO and partners to strengthen life-saving health interventions and mitigate unnecessary loss of life. The health cluster requires US$ 50.4 million, of which only 20% is funded to date. Of this amount, WHO requires US$ 15.2 million.

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UN Secretary-General appoints Modibo Toure of Mali as his Special Representative to Guinea-Bissau

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Modibo Touré of Mali as his new Special Representative for Guinea-Bissau and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS).

Mr. Touré replaces Miguel Trovoada of São Tome and Principe, who completed his assignment on 30 April 2016. The Secretary-General is grateful for Mr. Trovoada’s leadership and for the accomplishments of the Mission during his tenure at UNIOGBIS.

Mr. Touré served as Special Adviser to the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region from 2013 to 2015. Prior to that, he was the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative ad interimof the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Kenya (2013).

He worked in 2012 as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim in the Central African Republic, and served as United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Chad and Ethiopia. He has held high-level positions in the African Development Bank and served as Minister of New Technologies, Telecommunications and Post Office in Mali.

Mr. Touré holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University, United States, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Ecole nationale d’administration in Mali.

Born in 1959, he is married and has three children.

New York, 5 May 2016

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AU calls for smooth and peaceful partial re-run of the elections in the Union of The Comoros

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, is following with concern the political situation in the Union of The Comoros and calls for smooth and peaceful during the partial re-run of the elections in Anjouan Island scheduled for 11 May 2016.

The AU Commission Chairperson respects the decision of the Constitutional Court which declared that the re-run of elections be conducted in the 13 polling stations which encountered some election irregularities during the second round of the presidential elections held on 10 April 2016.

The Chairperson would like to ensure that the electoral process in the Union of The Comoros is concluded peacefully and orderly in observance of law and all other agreements that the parties have concluded, including the 15 March Protocol d’Accord to enhance the credibility, transparency and security of elections. Accordingly, she has approved the deployment of African Union election expert observers to accompany the people of the Union of The Comoros in this process.

The Chairperson appeals to presidential candidates, their supporters and all stakeholders to live up to the expectations of the people of the Union of The Comoros and avoid violence before, during and after the elections. She encourages all political actors and stakeholders to utilise recognised non-violence channels to address any elections-related disputes.

The AU Commission Chairperson wishes the citizens of the Union of The Comoros peaceful, calm, transparent and credible by-elections.

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AU calls for smooth and peaceful partial re-run of the elections in the Union of The Comoros

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, is following with concern the political situation in the Union of The Comoros and calls for smooth and peaceful during the partial re-run of the elections in Anjouan Island scheduled for 11 May 2016.

The AU Commission Chairperson respects the decision of the Constitutional Court which declared that the re-run of elections be conducted in the 13 polling stations which encountered some election irregularities during the second round of the presidential elections held on 10 April 2016.

The Chairperson would like to ensure that the electoral process in the Union of The Comoros is concluded peacefully and orderly in observance of law and all other agreements that the parties have concluded, including the 15 March Protocol d’Accord to enhance the credibility, transparency and security of elections. Accordingly, she has approved the deployment of African Union election expert observers to accompany the people of the Union of The Comoros in this process.

The Chairperson appeals to presidential candidates, their supporters and all stakeholders to live up to the expectations of the people of the Union of The Comoros and avoid violence before, during and after the elections. She encourages all political actors and stakeholders to utilise recognised non-violence channels to address any elections-related disputes.

The AU Commission Chairperson wishes the citizens of the Union of The Comoros peaceful, calm, transparent and credible by-elections.

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IMF Staff Completes 2016 Article IV Mission to South Africa

An International Monetary Fund mission team led by Ms. Laura Papi visited Pretoria, Johannesburg, and Cape Town from April 18 to May 4, to conduct the 2016 Article IV Consultation discussions with South Africa.

At the conclusion of the visit, Ms. Papi made the following statement:

“South Africa faces a challenging economic environment. The IMF projects 2016 growth at 0.6 percent, entailing falling per-capita income. A muted recovery is envisaged from 2017. Risks to this outlook are tilted to the downside and include further shocks from China, heightened global financial volatility, and sovereign debt credit rating downgrades. On the upside, the recent dialogue between government and social partners could catalyze reform implementation and invigorate growth.

“South Africa needs to create an environment that facilitates high and inclusive private sector-led growth that creates more jobs. The government and the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) have taken appropriate steps to counter rising government debt and inflation. Moving forward, structural reforms are imperative to reduce policy uncertainty, boost confidence, tackle structural impediments, and lower vulnerabilities.

“The government is making welcome progress on addressing infrastructure bottlenecks, especially in the electricity sector, has committed to state-owned enterprise (SOE) reform, and is strengthening public procurement. A comprehensive package of structural reforms remains the preferred option to create jobs and reduce inequality. An initial, focused set of tangible measures could help generate sustained reform momentum.

“The government’s 2016 Budget targets are appropriately ambitious, but may be challenging to achieve if the IMF’s macroeconomic projections materialize. Policies to maintain debt sustainability are essential to preserve investor confidence, but need to be carefully calibrated to avoid pressuring an already-weak economy. Strengthening governance, private participation in SOEs and greater spending efficiency are key interventions to improve SOE performance and service delivery. After the SARB’s recent rate hikes, monetary policy may be able to remain on hold, though more tightening could be needed if inflation expectations and core inflation rise significantly.

“The government and the SARB are advancing key financial sector reforms, and stress tests carried out by the SARB suggest the banking sector remains resilient. Heightened monitoring of financial sector risks is warranted given the weak economy, tightening financial conditions, regulatory changes, and extensive linkages between macroeconomic and financial sector developments. The SARB could seize opportunities to build international reserves, especially in case of large, FDI-related foreign exchange inflows.”

The mission met with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, South African Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago, Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Performance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration Jeff Radebe, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies, Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel, Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service Tom Moyane; senior officials of the National Treasury, South African Reserve Bank, and government departments ; the National Economic Development and Labor Council; senior leadership of the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the Federation of Unions in South Africa; and financial market and business representatives.

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IMF Staff Completes 2016 Article IV Mission to South Africa

An International Monetary Fund mission team led by Ms. Laura Papi visited Pretoria, Johannesburg, and Cape Town from April 18 to May 4, to conduct the 2016 Article IV Consultation discussions with South Africa.

At the conclusion of the visit, Ms. Papi made the following statement:

“South Africa faces a challenging economic environment. The IMF projects 2016 growth at 0.6 percent, entailing falling per-capita income. A muted recovery is envisaged from 2017. Risks to this outlook are tilted to the downside and include further shocks from China, heightened global financial volatility, and sovereign debt credit rating downgrades. On the upside, the recent dialogue between government and social partners could catalyze reform implementation and invigorate growth.

“South Africa needs to create an environment that facilitates high and inclusive private sector-led growth that creates more jobs. The government and the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) have taken appropriate steps to counter rising government debt and inflation. Moving forward, structural reforms are imperative to reduce policy uncertainty, boost confidence, tackle structural impediments, and lower vulnerabilities.

“The government is making welcome progress on addressing infrastructure bottlenecks, especially in the electricity sector, has committed to state-owned enterprise (SOE) reform, and is strengthening public procurement. A comprehensive package of structural reforms remains the preferred option to create jobs and reduce inequality. An initial, focused set of tangible measures could help generate sustained reform momentum.

“The government’s 2016 Budget targets are appropriately ambitious, but may be challenging to achieve if the IMF’s macroeconomic projections materialize. Policies to maintain debt sustainability are essential to preserve investor confidence, but need to be carefully calibrated to avoid pressuring an already-weak economy. Strengthening governance, private participation in SOEs and greater spending efficiency are key interventions to improve SOE performance and service delivery. After the SARB’s recent rate hikes, monetary policy may be able to remain on hold, though more tightening could be needed if inflation expectations and core inflation rise significantly.

“The government and the SARB are advancing key financial sector reforms, and stress tests carried out by the SARB suggest the banking sector remains resilient. Heightened monitoring of financial sector risks is warranted given the weak economy, tightening financial conditions, regulatory changes, and extensive linkages between macroeconomic and financial sector developments. The SARB could seize opportunities to build international reserves, especially in case of large, FDI-related foreign exchange inflows.”

The mission met with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, South African Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago, Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Performance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration Jeff Radebe, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies, Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel, Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service Tom Moyane; senior officials of the National Treasury, South African Reserve Bank, and government departments ; the National Economic Development and Labor Council; senior leadership of the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the Federation of Unions in South Africa; and financial market and business representatives.

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[Media Advisory] UNMISS Press Conference – 11 May 2016

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) cordially invites you to attend its weekly press briefings brought to you by the Spokesperson and Media Relations Unit.

The briefing will cover a number of issues, and serve to inform and bring you up to date on the activities of the Mission on a weekly basis. Occasionally the Spokesperson will be joined by guest speakers of the Mission who will brief on other areas of the Mission’s work.

Our special guest this week will be Mr. Sam Muhumure, Senior Coordination Officer of the Relief, Reintegration & Protection (RRP) Section of UNMISS.

Date: Wednesday, 11 May, at UN House.

Venue: Yei Conference Room – UN House

Time: 10:10am

PLEASE NOTE:

UNMISS will provide transportation for the invited journalists to the press briefing and back to town after the event as follows:

Bus 1: departing from Custom Dire Petroleum – Customs Market area –departure time: 09:20am

Bus 2: departing from Juba University – 09:20am

Journalists who wish to arrive to UN House by their own means are invited to present themselves at the gates with a valid press card/ID not later than 09:50am.

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