UN Representative for Somalia welcomes agreement of intent to form new administration in central Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia, July 30, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, welcomed today’s agreement in principle to form a regional administration in central Somalia.

Under the leadership of the Federal Government, representatives from the region signed a document in which they stated that they would work together towards the establishment of a new administration in central Somalia. The signing was witnessed by Envoys and senior representatives of the African Union, the European Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the United Nations.

“Though this is only the first step in a process of state formation in central Somalia, it is a sign of the country’s progress towards meeting the goals set out in Vision 2016 and the Provisional Federal Constitution,” SRSG Kay said. “The process of federalism is aimed at building a stronger, more united and peaceful Somalia.”

“Forming an inclusive administration in central Somalia will not be without its challenges, but these can only be resolved through consultation, dialogue and negotiation involving all parties,” he added. “I urge in particular the full participation of women in the process. It is also vital that the creation of a regional administration is done in a way that protects the interests of both emerging and existing administrations.”

“As a witness to today’s agreement, the United Nations is committed to supporting the Federal Government’s peace-building and state-building efforts,” Mr. Kay said.

Source: APO

Categories: AFRICA

Mozambique Unveils Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness Plans at USAFRICOM Sponsored Event

MAPUTO, Mozambique, July 30, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Government of Mozambique in partnership with the United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM) Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP), successfully concluded day one of the Cabinet Simulation Exercise on Disaster Preparedness and Response in Maputo, 28 July 2014.

More than 140 representatives of Mozambique’s government, military, national media, African partner nations and international organizations gathered at the Radisson Blu, Maputo to unveil Mozambique’s National Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan along with the Military Support to Civil Authorities Disaster Contingency Plan.

Senior officials attending the event included, Alberto Vaquina, Prime Minister of Mozambique; Jose Tsambe, Deputy Minister of State Administration; Agostinho Mondlane, Minister of National Defense; Joao Ribeiro, Director General, National Institute of Disaster Management; Mark Cassayre, Charge d’ Affaires, U.S Embassy Maputo; and Michael Hryshchyshyn, Chief, Humanitarian and Health Activities, USAFRICOM.

Prime Minister Vaquina presided over the unveiling of the plans. The ceremony marked the commencement of a five day event that includes a tabletop exercise and a review of Mozambique’s Disaster Management Strategic Work Plan (DMSWP) for defining future capacity and capability building activities. “Mozambique is a country that by its geographic location is vulnerable to natural disasters.” remarked Prime Minister Vaquina. He further noted “the simulation exercise this week will contribute to prevention measures that are being adopted by our country in order to respond to emergency situations that have affected our communities.”

In his opening remarks, Charge d’ Affaires Cassayre stated “today’s program will fine tune the work that has already been completed on these plans, while, at the same time, creating an opportunity for senior and mid-level civilian and military leaders to enhance their knowledge in disaster management and pandemic preparedness while strengthening civil-military disaster response coordination,”

The week-long exercise is structured to clarify the roles and responsibilities of civil and military authorities to respond to large-scale disasters. It also allows the Government of Mozambique to identify disaster management strengths, weaknesses and gaps. Participants will be grouped into five teams representing the National Emergency Operations Center (CENOE), Information and Planning, Communications, Infrastructure and Social Sectors.

“This simulation event is going to facilitate interaction and identify the sectors we need to focus on in the event of a natural disaster,” stated Director General Ribeiro. He also noted that holding a simulation activity is a way to “prepare to implement an appropriate response.”

Subject matter experts from African Partner Nations including, Benin, Liberia, Nigeria, Togo, Tanzania (Zanzibar) and Uganda are participating in the exercise as facilitators. Ultimately, the goal is to increase the collaboration of African nations to better respond to disasters.

“This event will assist you in reviewing your current capabilities and capacities,” said Hryshchyshyn. “It will further assist in identifying areas where we could work together when preparing for and mitigating a complex humanitarian emergency, such as in a severe pandemic disaster, flood, or other catastrophic situations.” Hryshchyshyn further stated that it is critically necessary for African Partner Nations to collaborate closely with neighboring countries, as many times these challenges know no borders.

The USAFRICOM DPP supports African Nations to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for and respond to disasters. DPP is being implemented by the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine.

Source: APO

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Swaziland / Singapore

SINGAPORE, Singapore, July 30, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The High Commissioner of the Kingdom of Swaziland presented its credentials to President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam at the Istana today:

The High Commissioner of the Kingdom of Swaziland

His Excellency Sotja Mphucuko Dlamini

HE SOTJA MPHUCUKO DLAMINI

HIGH COMMISSIONER TO THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE

KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND

BORN:

10 October 1971

AGE:

42

MARITAL STATUS:

Married

EDUCATION:

Associate of Science, Vincennes University, Indiana, USA, 1993

Bachelor of Science, Indiana State University, Indiana, USA, 1998

CAREER:

Apr 1993

- Aug 1993

Draughtsman-Apprentice, Ministry of Works

Feb 1996

- Dec 1997

Safety & Security Manager, SIMCO – Indiana, USA

Mar 1998

- Mar 2006

Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Defence and National Security

Mar 2006

- Mar 2008

Senior Human Resource Officer,

Teaching Service Commission, Ministry of Education

Mar 2008

- Apr 2009

Assistant Political Analyst, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Trade

May 2009

Under Secretary, Ministry of Defence and National Security

2013

Principal Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

30 Jul 2014

High Commissioner to Singapore

MEMBERSHIP:

Member of Afro-American Culture Committee,

1995-1996

Head of Secretariat, Inter-State Defence & Security Committee, Swaziland, 2000-2001

Co-Chairperson, Troika-Committee – Secretariat for Inter-State Defence & Security (Mozambique, South Africa & Swaziland), 2001-2002

Member of Defence Budget Committee 2000-2006

LANGUAGES

English, Siswati, Zulu

Source: APO

Categories: AFRICA

Morocco National Day

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement

John Kerry

Secretary of State

Washington, DC

July 30, 2014

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I extend my best wishes to King Mohammed VI and the Moroccan people as you celebrate the Feast of the Throne.

The strong and enduring friendship between our two countries grows stronger each day as we continue to expand our economic cooperation and increase trade, enhance our educational and cultural exchanges, and promote security and stability in the region. We look forward to building on our historic and proud partnership and working together to advance our common goals.

Congratulations and best wishes for peace and prosperity in the year to come. Eid Mubarak.

Source: APO

Categories: AFRICA

Trop-X, the Seychelles Securities Exchange, launches new Listed Derivatives Market

EDEN ISLAND, Seychelles, July 30, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Trop-X (http://www.trop-x.com), the Seychelles Securities Exchange, has launched its new Derivatives Market with 115 listed derivatives on major currency pairs, international equities, international equity indices and spot commodities all of which are available through the Trop-X live order book. All instruments traded on the Derivatives Market are settled in US Dollars. Tight spreads, deep liquidity and highly competitive fees are in place across the range of products.

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The Derivatives Market will be open 24/5 as most currency derivatives and international equities indices derivatives will be trading 24/5 with a short 5 minute daily break while others such as international equities derivatives will trade during the market hours of the exchange where the primary listing of the underlying asset is located. Trop-X has the ability to add over 3,000 additional listed derivatives on currencies, commodities, equity indices, single stock equities, bonds, interest rates and ETFs on short notice subject to demand from the investment community. Clients may simply ring their Trop-X derivative member broker to place an order on any of these instruments. The initial products being offered through the live order book are highly liquid. For instance, spreads on the EURUSD pair are as low as 0.1 pip (0.00001) with deep institutional liquidity beyond the top of book spread. Exchange and clearing fees are also highly competitive. The Trop-X Head of Markets, Dale Fick, says ‘in balance, the new Derivatives Market and overall product offering permits a wide range of investors to meet their objectives (e.g. best execution, best pricing, transparency, regulated market, central clearing) within the comfort of a regulated market place’.

Trop-X CEO, Bobby Brantley, added ‘the launch of the Derivatives Market is another milestone toward our mission to facilitate economic growth, wealth creation and socio-economic transformation by being the trusted marketplace for capital raising, risk transfer, trading, clearing and settlement for the AMEA (Africa, Middle East and Asia) markets. The launch of this Derivatives Market is one significant part of our overall plans and Trop-X is currently engaged with international banks and other partners to launch the next step of our development plan which we hope to announce by the end of the year.’

Trop-X went live in August 2013 with the launch of its Equities Market. It was recently admitted as a correspondent member of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) and is the National Numbering Agency of the Seychelles.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Trop-X Securities Exchange.

For Further information contact us:

Trop-X (Seychelles) Ltd

First Floor Eden Plaza, Eden Island, Seychelles

Tel: (+248) 434 6800

Email: info@trop-x.com

Website: http://www.trop-x.com

Source: APO

Categories: AFRICA

IOM Transports South Sudan Cholera Patients from Remote Areas to Treatment Centres by River

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 30, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The South Sudan Ministry of Health declared an outbreak of cholera on 15 May 2014 and to date over 5,176 cases of the disease have been reported throughout the country, including Upper Nile State, where an outbreak in Wau Shilluk has claimed the lives of at least 17 people.

With the high levels of mobility between the small towns and villages along the Nile River, there is a high probability that the cholera infection will quickly travel north in the coming months, according to IOM health workers on the ground.

More than 987 cases of cholera have been reported in the stretch of the river Nile between Malakal and Kodok. This area has one of the highest concentrations of cholera cases in the country.

With a Case Fatality Rate of 2.2 per cent, it is forecast that a large portion of Upper Nile State’s population, including over 177,000 IDPs, may be vulnerable to cholera in the coming months.

Though the majority of cholera patients can be treated with oral rehydration solution, those patients with severe symptoms need to access Cholera Treatment Centers (CTCs).

Through a grant from USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)-supported Rapid Response Fund, IOM is assisting in the South Sudan cholera response by transporting patients in need of further treatment from their villages to the CTCs in Malakal and Wau Shilluk using river boats.

The assistance will be available over the next two months and IOM will work with partners to identify patients in need and move them to the closest CTC for treatment.

Patients moved by river and road patients will be helped by medical professionals when necessary. IOM is also establishing oral rehydration posts and IOM health workers will lead community campaigns to raise awareness of cholera transmission and treatment.

Haley West of IOM’s Migration Health Unit says: “We heard of patients struggling while attempting to reach the CTCs. The provision of transportation will expedite their access to treatment, contributing to a reduction in avoidable mortality.”

By providing funding for emergency programming in South Sudan, the IOM-managed USAID/ OFDA Rapid Response Fund, established in 2010, has enabled humanitarian actors to respond to crises quickly and effectively. The fund has been adapted to support the humanitarian response to the ongoing 2014 crisis and resulting displacement.

Source: APO

Categories: AFRICA