United States and Israel Announce Partnership to Increase Energy Investment in Africa

Today, the Government of the United States and the Government of Israel entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to advance the common goals of reducing energy poverty and increasing access to energy in sub-Saharan Africa through innovative partnerships between private enterprise, African governments, and foreign assistance.

The U.S. Government will implement this MOU through the Power Africa Coordinator’s Office, led by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). At the ceremony to inaugurate the MOU, attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Power Africa Coordinator Andrew Herscowitz, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman signed the MOU on behalf of the United States and noted that: “This partnership will leverage cutting-edge technical expertise from the U.S. and Israel, thanks to our innovative private companies who are motivated to work with our governments to accelerate Africa’s development — particularly in the energy sector.”

Eli Groner, Director-General of the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, made the following statement: “The U.S.-Israel relationship is based on shared values and aligned interests. This is yet another manifestation of our collaboration to make the world a better place.”

The Government of Israel will implement this MOU through the Prime Minister’s Office, in conjunction with the Ministry of Economy and Industry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Energy and Innovation Authority. Collaboration with Power Africa will focus on strengthening economic ties and cooperation with African countries.

Through this partnership, the United States and Israel intend to collaborate on the following issues to accelerate progress towards our shared goals under Power Africa:

  • Increase outreach and collaboration among U.S. and Israeli companies to improve access to finance and explore investment opportunities;
  • Deepen collaboration to expand electricity access;
  • Expand on-grid renewable, and off-grid efforts to extend energy across sub-Saharan Africa; and
  • Encourage new projects involving Israeli and U.S. companies throughout the African continent.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of U.S. Department of State.

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U.S. Consulate Alexandria Takes Hip Hop to the “Next Level” in Egypt

The U.S. Consulate General in Alexandria is pleased to bring a group of talented hip hop artists to Alexandria and Cairo during the month of December through Next Level, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Meridian International Center. Next Level uses hip-hop music and dance to foster cross-cultural creative exchange in diverse communities, and builds on the historic legacy of the Department of State’s Jazz Ambassadors, who first traveled the world in the 1950s to connect with people through music. As part of the Consulate’s work in the field of entrepreneurship, this program will also focus on cultural entrepreneurship, conducting workshops and discussions on best practices today in the creative economy field.

According to Consul General Nancy Corbett of the U.S. Consulate in Alexandria, “Every day I am excited to witness the amazing cultural artists here in Alexandria. When we first heard about this program, we knew that Alexandria was the right place to bring them in Egypt. We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to facilitate collaboration between American and Egyptian artists, and we hope that this leads to more opportunities for young Egyptians in the cultural field.”

Next Level artists Kerwin Young (Beatmaker), Ryan “Future” Webb (Dancer), Desi Mundo (Writer/Aerosol Artist), Mikiea “Miki Vale” Perkins (MC) and Junious “House” Brickhouse (Dancer) will be conducting workshops and collaborating with local artists in Alexandria from December 4-13. Their final performance, exhibiting the results of their workshops and collaborations, will be held at the Bibliotheca Alexandria’s Great Hall on December 14 at 7:00pm. The performance is free and attendees are encouraged to appear one hour before the event is set to begin. The artists will then travel to Cairo from December 15-18, where they will conduct additional workshops and a performance for local communities at the Maq’ad Sultan Qaitbey in the City of the Dead.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of U.S. Embassy – Cairo.

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Kabaw and Batten El-Jabal Delegations agree on a set of mechanisms to address disputes in Nafusa Mountains

As part of its efforts to promote national reconciliation among Libyans, the United Nations facilitated a two-day meeting in Tunis on 27 and 28 November, between representatives from the cities of Kabaw and Tiji (Batten el-Jabal) to help reconcile their differences.

The meeting was the result of an official request for dialogue by both parties, and part of the United Nations efforts to promote local reconciliation efforts in Libya. The participants included members of the municipal councils, elders, notables, and civil society actors. Together, they discussed the root causes of grievances between the two areas, and the continued impact of the conflict on the daily lives of people living in those communities.

Traditional mediation and conflict resolution methods have failed thus far to address the root cause of the conflict opposing Kabaw, an Amazigh-dominated town, and the Si’yan Arab tribe, living in the two cities of Tiji and Badr. Land disputes, access to public services, identity issues and conflicting narratives of past grievances have fragmented the region, leading to a de facto separation between these two neighbouring communities of the Nafusa Mountains. For years, there have been very few opportunities for dialogue between both parties.

The representatives to this meeting identified concrete actions to rebuild trust and peaceful relations between members of the communities, and agreed on mechanisms that could address land disputes and deeper historical grievances. At the end of the meeting, the parties formed a communications committee to follow-up on the implementation of the agreed measures. This event facilitated the elaboration guiding principles for a future negotiation process, and established a constructive framework for reconciliation.

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U.S. Mission to South Africa Hosts South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) Wildlife Youth Forum 2017

The U.S. Mission to South Africa is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the 2017 SAIIA Wildlife Youth Forum, a regional Youth Summit at the University of the Witwatersrand focusing on wildlife conservation and combatting wildlife trafficking December 6 – 10, 2017. This program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, is being implemented though a partnership between the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA).

Bringing together 75 participants from South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the summit will utilize Model United Nations debating principles and structures. SAIIA is replicating a professional diplomatic setting where delegates will negotiate a cohesive youth-led position on wildlife conservation and combating wildlife trafficking. The summit provides a platform for youth to engage on the cross-cutting issues facing the region, developing skills that allow them to express their views and complex ideas in an international setting.

“We are delighted to partner with SAIIA, and impressed by the strong interest this opportunity garnered among South Africans and young people from across the region. Participants will strengthen their debate and negotiation skills while considering solutions for how best to conserve our incredibly diverse wildlife species, promote economic development, and combat the multi-billion dollar illicit wildlife trade within our borders, across our borders, and globally,” said Jessye Lapenn, the Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Mission to South Africa.

Youth@SAIIA is excited to partnering with the US Mission to South Africa to host this dynamic group of young Africans for our first Wildlife Youth Forum. The conference will provide a platform for youth-led negotiations related to wildlife conservation, trade and trafficking, and intersecting development issues. The week ahead for our delegates will be both challenging and exciting, and we look forward to the work produced by these outstanding young minds” said Thuli Montana, SAIIA Youth Programmes Officer.

Media are invited to cover the opening ceremony on December 7 from 09:00-10:30 and the forum negotiations on December 8 from 09:00-13:00 at SAIIA, Jan Smuts House, Wits East Campus.

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