Seychelles: President Faure addresses the Commonwealth Youth Forum

President Danny Faure attended the opening of the Commonwealth Youth Forum at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London this morning, and addressed the plenary session.

He spoke on the theme ‘Building a Prosperous Future for All’ and how young people are vital to the Commonwealth’s inclusive and equitable development agenda. Focussing on sustainability and conservation related initiatives in Seychelles, the President provided various examples of successful youth-led and youth-engaging projects in Seychelles.

“Young people – you are the future. As policy-makers and leaders, we have a responsibility to ensure that you are placed at the centre of development. Youth mainstreaming is essential to inclusive development outcomes and Seychelles recognises young people as key participants in our Nation’s progress,” said President Faure.

“The engagement of young people being part of various initiatives and youth-led organisations is proof that young people in Seychelles are committed to the promotion and application of sustainability – not only for Seychelles but also for the world. The Government has an important role to play in contributing to this active citizenship,” continued President Faure.

President Faure is in London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018. The week of CHOGM begins with four forum events, including the Commonwealth Youth Forum. It provides an opportunity for the young people of the Commonwealth to come together and bring forward meaningful recommendations to the Heads of Government meeting. The Forum is focussed around CHOGM’s four themes: prosperity, security, sustainability, and fairness.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles.

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United States Embassy in Addis Ababa to Hold First Annual U.S. Government Exchange Program Alumni Conference

The U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa is organizing the first annual gathering of U.S. government exchange program alumni at the UNECA Conference Center. Approximately 250 alumni of various exchange programs are expected to attend. Ambassador Michael Raynor will deliver opening remarks, followed by a series of events and discussions to build connections and cooperation among our alumni, who represent every region of Ethiopia.

The United States Embassy in Addis Ababa invites the media to cover the opening session.

Date: April 21, 2018
Time: 08:45 am
Venue: UNECA Conference Center

RSVP to Zelalem Befekadu (091 150 9522) or Ali Suleiman (091 150 9510) no later than 4:00pm on Thursday April 19, 2018

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Cameroon: UK’s Actis to build Douala Grand Mall and Business Park

The British High Commissioner to Cameron, H.E. Rowan Laxton, and Mr. Luc Maglire Mbarga Atangana, Cameroon’s Minister of Commerce and personal representative of the Head of State, on the 11th of April 2018, laid the foundation stone for the construction of the Douala Grand Mall and Business Park.

The $200 million (FCFA 80 billion) worth investment funded by the British Investment Fund – Actis, consists of an 18,000 square meters commercial center, which includes a Carrefour super market, a five hall cinema multiplex operated by Genesis Group, and a wide range of restaurants and leisure boutiques. A second phase of the project will include a five star hotel and office spaces.

In remarks made during the event, the British High Commissioner celebrated trade between Cameroon and the UK, commending the support granted the Actis project by the local government.

British High Commissioner to Cameroon, H.E. Rowan Laxton said:

“This diversification of portfolio in Cameroon (investing beyond power sector) is a remarkable signal that Cameroon is a good business destination for multinationals like Actis.”

“As the British High Commissioner, I feel encouraged to persuade more UK investors to come.”

The Project funded by the British Investment Fund-Actis, is implemented in partnership with a local real estate developer, Craft Development, and is expected to create about 4,500 local jobs. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2019.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of British High Commission – Yaounde.

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Seychelles: President Faure meets with the Prime Minister of Malta

As part of the bilateral talks held in the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018, in London this week, President Danny Faure met with the Prime Minister of Malta and current Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, Dr. Joseph Muscat.

During the meeting President Faure and Dr Muscat reviewed some of the issues they discussed in Malta last year, during the “Our Ocean Conference”, which included efforts in drug prevention, development in the energy sector, tourism and waste management; issues that both our Small Island Developing States share.

The Prime Minister of Malta expressed his interests to actively engage with Seychelles in sharing best practices, bilateral training, and investment opportunities in these areas.

Editor’s Note: The Chair-in-Office is the leader of the Commonwealth country that hosts a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The two-year role comes into effect at the start of the CHOGM.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles.

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