Foreign Secretary statement on UN Security Council resolution on arms smuggling in Libya

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said:

I welcome the UN Security Council’s decision to unanimously adopt the UK drafted resolution targeting arms smuggling in the high seas off the coast of Libya.

The resolution demonstrates the international community’s commitment to tackle the illegal flow of weapons into Libya, which fuels internal conflict. It enables international and regional organisations to stop vessels thought to be carrying arms, and acts as an important deterrent to those seeking to smuggle arms into the country by sea.

The UK is committed to bringing this conflict to a close and give the Libyan people the security and political stability they deserve. We call upon the international community to act quickly and firmly on this resolution, and to collectively tackle other flows of arms that continue to destabilise the country.

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Regional Government heads and international industry leaders to gather in Accra to discuss opportunities for West African fertilizer and agribusiness trade

The West Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness conference (www.WestAfricaFertilizer.com) is being organised by CRU Events (www.CRUgroup.com/events) and the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) on 10-12 July at the Movenpick Hotel Accra. It comes at a time when the Ghanaian fertilizer and agribusiness sector is undergoing an incredible boost from the country’s new leadership, making it the perfect moment to explore the region’s potential using the conference’s main themes of partnership, investment and innovation.

“The three-day conference and networking event will attract over 250 attendees and feature specialist workshops, keynote presentations, interactive panel discussions, break-out sessions and a site visit to the Nestle Tema factory,” says CRU Events CEO Nicola Coslett.

“Sessions will explore critical issues such as how the cost of fertilizer for West African farmers and how supply chains of agricultural inputs can be improved, how local government and international suppliers of fertilizer can work in partnership to build strong agribusiness,” said Pierre Brunache, Chief Agribusiness Officer at AFAP.

“The conference will also look into how innovation in areas of finance or communication can be used in West African agribusiness, financing tools to enable fertilizer trade and investment in the agribusiness value chain and how to encourage youth participation and support women in agribusiness,” continued Mr. Brunache.

The agenda features over 25 speakers including opening keynote presentations from Hon. Hackman Owusu-Agyemang the Chairman of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) and Tchambacou Ayassor the Commissioner of Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources at The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Fertilizer industry leaders such as Onajite Okoloko, Group CEO and MD of Notore Chemical Industries and Danquah Addo-Yobbo, MD of Yara Ghana will also give their views.

“We are pleased that the conference has the support of organisations like OCP Africa, Nectar Group, Omni Fert and Yara Group who are sponsoring the conference. This event will be unmissable for everybody involved in the West African fertilizer and agribusiness sectors,” said Ms. Coslett.

The conference marks the second in the continuing collaboration between CRU Events and AFAP. This unique partnership offers unrivalled networking opportunities with senior decision makers from the biggest fertilizer buyers and manufacturers in some of the world’s fastest growing fertilizer markets.

Full details of the conference can be found at www.WestAfricaFertilizer.com.

Distributed by APO on behalf of CRU International Limited.

About CRU:
Founded in 1969, CRU Group (which stands for Commodities Research Unit) (www.CRUgroup.com) is the leading, independent, global metals, mining and fertilizers analysis, consultancy and conference business. CRU is located in London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Pittsburgh, Santiago, New York, Mumbai, Sydney, Tokyo and São Paulo; and is dedicated to providing high quality analysis and insight to its global customer base. CRU employs more than 220 expert staff, including economists, engineers, metallurgists, geologists and chemists.
For more information visit: www.CRUgroup.com or contact: Michael.Cluskey@CRUgroup.com.

About CRU Events:
CRU Events has a well-established portfolio of events for the metals, mining and fertilizer industries, including Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness, Fertilizer Latino Americano, Sulphur, Middle East Sulphur and Phosphates.
For more information visit: www.CRUgroup.com/events.

African Fertilizer Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP):
The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) (www.AFAP-partnership.org) is an independent non-profit African social enterprise founded in 2012 by a partnership of African development organizations.

AFAP provides services to the public private sectors on sustainable development programs and policies focused on market-driven business solutions in the agriculture inputs and agribusiness value chain. AFAP combines technical expertise with entrepreneurial innovation to meet or exceed its clients’ expectations.

AFAP adds value to the agriculture inputs and agribusiness value chain by building the capacity and linking African SMEs and Smallholder Farmers to global inputs and output market companies, promoting the use of high quality and affordable balanced crop nutrition products, partnering with technology and equipment providers, and facilitating trade finance for fixed assets and inventory via the Agribusiness Partnership Contract (APC) mechanism.

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Regional Government heads and international industry leaders to gather in Accra to discuss opportunities for West African fertilizer and agribusiness trade

The West Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness conference (www.WestAfricaFertilizer.com) is being organised by CRU Events (www.CRUgroup.com/events) and the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) on 10-12 July at the Movenpick Hotel Accra. It comes at a time when the Ghanaian fertilizer and agribusiness sector is undergoing an incredible boost from the country’s new leadership, making it the perfect moment to explore the region’s potential using the conference’s main themes of partnership, investment and innovation.

“The three-day conference and networking event will attract over 250 attendees and feature specialist workshops, keynote presentations, interactive panel discussions, break-out sessions and a site visit to the Nestle Tema factory,” says CRU Events CEO Nicola Coslett.

“Sessions will explore critical issues such as how the cost of fertilizer for West African farmers and how supply chains of agricultural inputs can be improved, how local government and international suppliers of fertilizer can work in partnership to build strong agribusiness,” said Pierre Brunache, Chief Agribusiness Officer at AFAP.

“The conference will also look into how innovation in areas of finance or communication can be used in West African agribusiness, financing tools to enable fertilizer trade and investment in the agribusiness value chain and how to encourage youth participation and support women in agribusiness,” continued Mr. Brunache.

The agenda features over 25 speakers including opening keynote presentations from Hon. Hackman Owusu-Agyemang the Chairman of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) and Tchambacou Ayassor the Commissioner of Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources at The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Fertilizer industry leaders such as Onajite Okoloko, Group CEO and MD of Notore Chemical Industries and Danquah Addo-Yobbo, MD of Yara Ghana will also give their views.

“We are pleased that the conference has the support of organisations like OCP Africa, Nectar Group, Omni Fert and Yara Group who are sponsoring the conference. This event will be unmissable for everybody involved in the West African fertilizer and agribusiness sectors,” said Ms. Coslett.

The conference marks the second in the continuing collaboration between CRU Events and AFAP. This unique partnership offers unrivalled networking opportunities with senior decision makers from the biggest fertilizer buyers and manufacturers in some of the world’s fastest growing fertilizer markets.

Full details of the conference can be found at www.WestAfricaFertilizer.com.

Distributed by APO on behalf of CRU International Limited.

About CRU:
Founded in 1969, CRU Group (which stands for Commodities Research Unit) (www.CRUgroup.com) is the leading, independent, global metals, mining and fertilizers analysis, consultancy and conference business. CRU is located in London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Pittsburgh, Santiago, New York, Mumbai, Sydney, Tokyo and São Paulo; and is dedicated to providing high quality analysis and insight to its global customer base. CRU employs more than 220 expert staff, including economists, engineers, metallurgists, geologists and chemists.
For more information visit: www.CRUgroup.com or contact: Michael.Cluskey@CRUgroup.com.

About CRU Events:
CRU Events has a well-established portfolio of events for the metals, mining and fertilizer industries, including Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness, Fertilizer Latino Americano, Sulphur, Middle East Sulphur and Phosphates.
For more information visit: www.CRUgroup.com/events.

African Fertilizer Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP):
The African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) (www.AFAP-partnership.org) is an independent non-profit African social enterprise founded in 2012 by a partnership of African development organizations.

AFAP provides services to the public private sectors on sustainable development programs and policies focused on market-driven business solutions in the agriculture inputs and agribusiness value chain. AFAP combines technical expertise with entrepreneurial innovation to meet or exceed its clients’ expectations.

AFAP adds value to the agriculture inputs and agribusiness value chain by building the capacity and linking African SMEs and Smallholder Farmers to global inputs and output market companies, promoting the use of high quality and affordable balanced crop nutrition products, partnering with technology and equipment providers, and facilitating trade finance for fixed assets and inventory via the Agribusiness Partnership Contract (APC) mechanism.

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Highlights from Power Africa at Africa Energy Forum

Power Africa attended the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) to further advance its goal to increase energy access and power generation in sub-Saharan Africa. Through grant signings, facilitated events, and targeted meetings with government and private sector partners, Power Africa plans to further increase the number of transactions that have reached financial close. Currently, the 76 projects that have reached this status are expected to generate over 7,107 megawatts (MW) since the initiative’s 2013 launch.

“Power Africa and its partners have added 10.6 million connections, which means tens of millions of people have access to power who did not four years ago before we were established. We look forward to using the momentum from AEF to continue to transform the energy sector in Africa in 2017,” stated Power Africa Coordinator Andrew M. Herscowitz.

Key highlights from Power Africa’s engagement at AEF include:

Power Africa Transactions Reaching Financial Close or Operations since March:

● Uganda: Hydro – Achwa 2 Hydropower Project: 42 MW

● Tanzania: Hydro – Rusumo Hydropower Project: 80 MW

● Uganda: Hydro – Muvumbe Hydropower Project: 6.5 MW

Partners making advances in competitive procurements across sub-Saharan Africa since March:

● Malawi: Solar PV ESCOM Prequalified Bidder: JCM Capital

● Zambia: IFC Scaling Solar Round I: Enel signed a PPA at a record low $0.0784/kWh

● Zambia: IFC Scaling Solar Round II Prequalified Bidders: Access Power, Ltd., Enel and Globaleq

New Power Africa Partners

● Actis. Actis is a leading investor in growth markets with over US$13bn raised since inception and a growing portfolio of investments across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Actis is Power Africa’s newest private sector partner. Actis’ energy business invests in buy-and-build power generation and distribution businesses. The opportunity is driven by market growth, scarcity of electricity supply in growth markets and demand for private investment. The funds have invested over US$2.1 billion in more than 31 companies across 25+ countries generating 15GW of energy capacity and directly impacted 68 million consumers. Power Africa and Actis look forward to building on their prior success, including Azura-Edo, a 450 MW natural gas project in Nigeria, under this new partnership.

Grant Signing & Approvals

● USTDA grant signing. On June 8, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a grant of $746,200 to Standard Microgrid Initiatives Limited to fund a feasibility study to support the deployment of 150 microgrid units in Zambia, providing access to electricity for 22,500 households over the next four years and demonstrating the competitiveness of U.S. solar and storage technologies. The project is expected to serve as the first large-scale deployment of photovoltaic solar with storage microgrids in rural Zambia.

USTDA approves funding for three grants:

● Madagascar Solar and Battery Storage Minigrid Project: USTDA granted funding to the Malagasy energy company Henri Fraise Fils & Cie (HFFC). It will conduct a feasibility study to evaluate the technical and economic viability of deploying solar photovoltaic-powered mini-grids with integrated battery storage at up to 100 sites across Madagascar. In partnership with the U.S. battery storage manufacturer Fluidic, Inc. , HFFC will install and operate a combined 10 megawatt peak of solar power generation and 87 megawatt hours of battery storage capacity, which could serve an estimated 27,600 households and businesses.

● Zambia Wind Power Project: USTDA approved funding for a grant to Access Zambia Wind One Limited that will fund a feasibility study to evaluate the technical and economic viability and environmental and social impact of developing a 130-140 MW wind power project in Zambia. The project would be Zambia’s first wind independent power production (IPP) project.

● Zambia Geothermal Power Project: USTDA approved funding for a grant to Zambian company Kalahari GeoEnergy, to fund a feasibility study evaluating the technical and economic viability and environmental and social impact of developing a 10-20 MW geothermal power project in Zambia. The project would be Zambia’s first geothermal power project.

Power Africa Events

● Women in African Power Event. Power Africa’s Women in African Power and Trinity International,, LLP celebrated women’s contributions to Africa’s energy sector at a June 8 event. The event featured keynote speaker, H.E. Honorable Irene Muloni, Minister of Energy and Mineral Development of Uganda. The keynote address was followed by a panel of experts speaking to the Business Case for Gender Diversity in the Energy Sector, featuring Sarah Dimson (Power Africa), Fransje Van der Marel (McKinsey), Ehi Obaseki and Angela Olanrewaju (Ibadan Electric Distribution Company) and Lisa Pinsley (Actis).

● Access Co-Development Facility Award. On June 7, Andrew M. Herscowitz participated in a judging panel for an award through Power Africa partner Access Power Limited’s Co-Development Facility (ACF). Access Power awarded up to $7 million in co-development funding and support to the following winners: Dobea Group Ltd (solar PV, Tanzania), Prime Energy Limited (run of river hydro, Rwanda), and Ghana Capital Partners (solar PV, Ghana).

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

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