UK Export Finance unlocks African markets for UK Exporters

UK Export Finance (UKEF) has today announced that it has joined ATI, the pan-African export credit agency (ECA). The move comes as the UK government looks to encourage more UK businesses to trade with African countries as part of the nation-wide Exporting is GREAT campaign.

As an ATI member, UKEF will gain access to information about upcoming opportunities for exporters, as well as local knowledge of firms and projects. ATI will also provide a platform to raise awareness among project sponsors and buyers in African countries of the UKEF support available to importers of UK goods and services.

UKEF will be able to share risk with other ATI-member countries in strategically important markets, increasing risk capacity for projects in African countries sourcing goods and services from the UK.

Witnessing UKEF joining ATI, British High Commissioner to Kenya HE Nic Hailey said:

‘The UK is a global leader in many of the sectors for which Kenya has greatest demand: infrastructure, advanced engineering, energy, ICT and defence and security. In these and other specialist areas, UK expertise can help accelerate Kenya’s development and economic growth’

Louis Taylor, UKEF Chief Executive Officer, said:

‘UKEF’s ATI membership will help UK exporters unlock fast-growing markets in Africa. We will be able to offer even more comprehensive support to help UK companies win contracts in African countries, combining access to export finance with access to the local knowledge needed to enter new markets.’

George Otieno, Chief Executive Officer of ATI, welcomed UKEF’s membership, saying:

‘A close partnership between ATI and UKEF will give African buyers and UK suppliers access to each other. UKEF and ATI will be able to identify and promote real business opportunities where UK and African companies can work together, and to provide the local market knowledge needed to facilitate trade.’

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Anti-poaching aircraft reports for duty in Tanzania’s Selous

Today, Dr. Gerd Müller, Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany handed over a Husky aircraft to Prof. Jumanne Maghembe, the Tanzanian Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism. The aircraft will be deployed by Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) in close cooperation with the Tanzanian Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA) for surveillance of wildlife in the Selous Game Reserve and to support the fight against poaching.

The German Minister addressed the guests of the handover ceremony at Matambwe Airstrip in the Selous: “Poaching threatens biodiversity in many of Africa’s remaining wilderness areas and undermines security of nations and the livelihoods of people,” said Minister Müller. “Handing this aircraft over to the Tanzanian authorities and FZS is an important cornerstone of our longstanding support for the Selous Game Reserve and the adjacent communities.”

“For a large area like the Selous Game Reserve, one of the largest uninhabited protected areas of Africa, aerial surveillance is vital,” said Minister Maghembe. He thanked the German government for the support in countering the recent upsurge in poaching. “This aircraft will also help the Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority carrying out wildlife and habitat monitoring in the Selous as one of Tanzania’s biodiversity hotspots of global relevance,” Maghembe added.

The group visited the Rufiji River in the Selous Game Reserve to discuss the conservation challenges on-site. They also met with representatives of the private sector to explore ways to combine wildlife conservation and sustainable tourism.

The German Ambassador Egon Kochanke underlined that “The Selous Game Reserve is not only one of the largest protected areas in Africa but also the centrepiece of the new Tanzania Wildlife Authority.”

The area has been hit very hard by poachers: Between 2009 and 2014, the population of approximately 45,000 elephants at that time has been decimated to approximately 15,000. Today, all of Tanzania is estimated to have about 45,000 elephants, 60% less than in 2009.

“Poaching is a severe threat to biodiversity,” said Christof Schenk, CEO of Frankfurt Zoological Society, “not only because it can lead to local extinctions of targeted species like elephant and rhino, but because their disappearance can harm the ecosystem altogether. Frankfurt Zoological Society is committed to contribute to halting the deterioration of the Selous.”

In 1982, the Selous was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, the Selous is regarded as a World Heritage Site ‘in danger’. By UNESCO standards, extraction of mineral resources and large- scale land use change are prohibited. “Now is the time to enhance protection of the area to enable wildlife populations to regrow and to restore the secured status of the World Heritage Site,“ says Schenck.

The German Government, through the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, has provided funding for the acquisition of two Husky A-1C Aircraft to support the Tanzanian wildlife authorities in countering the poaching threat and monitoring wildlife and habitats.

The Selous aircraft will be operated by Frankfurt Zoological Society in close cooperation with TAWA.

With aerial support, poacher camps and illegal activities can be detected and the pilots can provide critical information to ranger forces on the ground. The Husky is well suited for monitoring and anti- poaching surveys as it operates at low heights and slow speeds. The other Husky aircraft is being deployed in the Tanzanian Serengeti National Park.

Since 2012 Germany has committed 100 Mio. EUR for biodiversity protection and rural development in Tanzania, including 18 Mio. EUR for the Selous Game Reserve. The Selous project is being implemented by FZS, KfW, GIZ, WWF in collaboration with MNRT and TAWA. Frankfurt Zoological Society’s Selous Conservation Project started in the early 1980s.

Notes for editors:

The Selous is one of Africa’s largest protected areas, with photographic tourism and hunting permitted in designated parts of the area. The Selous covers about 50,000 km2 which is an area larger than Switzerland and it is internationally recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in danger.

The Selous Game Reserve is a Miombo woodland area with a high density and diversity of species. It is home to large populations of wild dog, lion, hippo and buffalo. There are also important populations of ungulates including sable antelope, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, greater kudu, eland and Niassa wildebeest. In addition, there is also a large number of Nile crocodile and over 430 species of birds.

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On the HR/VP Federica Mogherini’s phone’s conversation with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al Sarraj and UN Special Representative for Libya, Martin Kobler

Today the HRVP Federica Mogherini spoke with the Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al Sarraj and the UNSRSG for Libya, Martin Kobler. They discussed the recent encouraging developments in the country and the support that the EU can provide for the next steps in the implementation of the Libya Political Agreement.

The HRVP congratulated Prime Minister Sarraj on his and the Presidency Council’s move to Tripoli and she reaffirmed the EU’s full commitment to assist with the transition on the basis of Libyan defined priorities.

Libyan ownership of the political process was also underlined as was the need for continued inclusiveness so as to further build support among all Libyans.

They agreed to continue to work together in the coming days and weeks.

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African leaders open Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Integration with encouraging messages on economic transformation

“Our future rests in our hands,” declared Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Mr. Haile Mariam Desalegn on Monday in his keynote speech at the opening of the Conference of the African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Integration, holding today 4 April 2016 at the Conference Center of the Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia .

Reflecting on harmonising and coordinating the different policies of the Sustainable Development Goals and Africa’s own Agenda 2063, Prime Minister Desalegn urged African states to be “strategic, ambitious, rigorous and disciplined” if they are to achieve sustainable and inclusive development for their people.

Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, implored African countries to improve young people’s skills in science and engineering. “With an average of over 90% of graduates in social sciences, Africa’s innovation and scientific skills lag behind.”

“There is general agreement on the skills crisis that we face on the continent: shortage of skilled personnel is amongst the concerns raised consistently by business leaders as undermining competitiveness and confidence. Africa’s contributions to innovation, science and technology and patents lag behind; and in the study by the African Capacity Building Foundation on capacity needs for Agenda 2063, the skills deficit in key areas such as engineers, scientists, including agricultural scientists run into the millions.” underlined the AUC Chairperson. She noted that with a burgeoning youth population, Africa has no choice but to look for solutions.

Dr Dlamini Zuma also spoke on industrialization, agricultural development and economic diversification, the development of infrastructure (transport, social, energy ICT) among others. “Africa imports over 83% of the processed food it consumes, putting pressure on our foreign currency reserve. As we therefore continue to talk about the need to industrialise, what are we doing as Ministers of Economic Planning, Finance and Integration to reverse this situation, product line by product line and working together to build regional value chains?” The AUC Chairperson further called on the Member States saying, “as we deal with effects of extreme weather conditions, we must respond to the immediate humanitarian situation faced by farmers and rural communities, but at the same time not delay what should be done today to build resilience and climate smart agriculture”. She said this will help to reduce import dependency. (See complete statement of Dr. Dlamini Zuma on the AU website: www.au.int )

Mr. Carlos Lopes, the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, noted that “African current growth has not generated sufficient jobs and has not been inclusive enough to significantly curb poverty. Fluctuations in price has made such growth vulnerable.”

Therefore Africa should look into “structurally transforming, focusing on the potential offered by industrialization.” Mr. Lopes suggested Africa consider expanding commodities value chains, and attracting low-value manufacturing from Asia to Africa.

Mr. Lopes remarked that “transformation will not happen spontaneously but rather as a result of deliberate and coherent policies that are entrenched into a coherent development strategy, enlightened by a transformational leadership.”

Picking up on the theme of leadership, the Vice-President of Namibia, Mr.Nickey Iyambo, told the 800-strong audience “strong leadership is a prerequisite for fostering the continent’s development with healthy economies that grow and end poverty.”

He encourages African countries to learn from Namibia’s approach by cultivating the African spirit of self-reliance through a wise use of resources.

“Let’s take the torch in our own hand and develop our countries,” he said.

The Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mr. Augustin Matata Ponyo, views government as having a crucial role to play in bringing about sustainable development.

“Many African countries are already on track with transforming their economies. The role of governments in Africa is to offer inclusive and sustainable development which is important in addressing climate change and economic growth.”

The Conference of Ministers is an annual event jointly organised by the Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union Commission. The 2016 conference concludes on Tuesday.

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African leaders open Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Integration with encouraging messages on economic transformation

“Our future rests in our hands,” declared Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Mr. Haile Mariam Desalegn on Monday in his keynote speech at the opening of the Conference of the African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Integration, holding today 4 April 2016 at the Conference Center of the Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia .

Reflecting on harmonising and coordinating the different policies of the Sustainable Development Goals and Africa’s own Agenda 2063, Prime Minister Desalegn urged African states to be “strategic, ambitious, rigorous and disciplined” if they are to achieve sustainable and inclusive development for their people.

Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, implored African countries to improve young people’s skills in science and engineering. “With an average of over 90% of graduates in social sciences, Africa’s innovation and scientific skills lag behind.”

“There is general agreement on the skills crisis that we face on the continent: shortage of skilled personnel is amongst the concerns raised consistently by business leaders as undermining competitiveness and confidence. Africa’s contributions to innovation, science and technology and patents lag behind; and in the study by the African Capacity Building Foundation on capacity needs for Agenda 2063, the skills deficit in key areas such as engineers, scientists, including agricultural scientists run into the millions.” underlined the AUC Chairperson. She noted that with a burgeoning youth population, Africa has no choice but to look for solutions.

Dr Dlamini Zuma also spoke on industrialization, agricultural development and economic diversification, the development of infrastructure (transport, social, energy ICT) among others. “Africa imports over 83% of the processed food it consumes, putting pressure on our foreign currency reserve. As we therefore continue to talk about the need to industrialise, what are we doing as Ministers of Economic Planning, Finance and Integration to reverse this situation, product line by product line and working together to build regional value chains?” The AUC Chairperson further called on the Member States saying, “as we deal with effects of extreme weather conditions, we must respond to the immediate humanitarian situation faced by farmers and rural communities, but at the same time not delay what should be done today to build resilience and climate smart agriculture”. She said this will help to reduce import dependency. (See complete statement of Dr. Dlamini Zuma on the AU website: www.au.int )

Mr. Carlos Lopes, the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, noted that “African current growth has not generated sufficient jobs and has not been inclusive enough to significantly curb poverty. Fluctuations in price has made such growth vulnerable.”

Therefore Africa should look into “structurally transforming, focusing on the potential offered by industrialization.” Mr. Lopes suggested Africa consider expanding commodities value chains, and attracting low-value manufacturing from Asia to Africa.

Mr. Lopes remarked that “transformation will not happen spontaneously but rather as a result of deliberate and coherent policies that are entrenched into a coherent development strategy, enlightened by a transformational leadership.”

Picking up on the theme of leadership, the Vice-President of Namibia, Mr.Nickey Iyambo, told the 800-strong audience “strong leadership is a prerequisite for fostering the continent’s development with healthy economies that grow and end poverty.”

He encourages African countries to learn from Namibia’s approach by cultivating the African spirit of self-reliance through a wise use of resources.

“Let’s take the torch in our own hand and develop our countries,” he said.

The Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mr. Augustin Matata Ponyo, views government as having a crucial role to play in bringing about sustainable development.

“Many African countries are already on track with transforming their economies. The role of governments in Africa is to offer inclusive and sustainable development which is important in addressing climate change and economic growth.”

The Conference of Ministers is an annual event jointly organised by the Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union Commission. The 2016 conference concludes on Tuesday.

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Commissioner Fatima Haram Acyl chairs high level panel on financing Africa’s Pharmaceutical industry

On the fringe of the African Development Week, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) jointly organized, on 3 April 2016 in Addis Ababa, a high-level panel discussion on the theme “unleashing the potential of pharmaceuticals in the socio-economic transformation of Africa” under the chairmanship of Mrs. Fatima Haram Acyl, African Union Commissioner for Trade and Industry. The event took place at the Conference Center of the UNECA.

Facilitated by Mr. Souleymane Abdallah of the ECA’s Regional Integration and Trade Division, Dr. Janet Byaruhanga of the Social Affairs Department of the African Union Commission, Mrs. Josephine Ngure, Resident Representative of the African Development Bank in Ethiopia, Mrs. Si Chen of the Chinese Development Fund, the side event dwelt, among other things, on financing the production of medicines in Africa.

In her preliminary statement, Mrs. Fatima Haram Acyl briefly described the pharmaceutical industry in Africa as hardly accounting for 2 per cent of the world’s pharmaceutical market. She then underscored the importance of mobilizing resources to finance it.

Speaking in turn, some panelists said that for Africa’s pharmaceutical industry to develop, it must create an enabling environment through easing access to capital for investment, envisaging properly designed incentive measures that are limited in time, strengthening control of the regulations governing our markets and pharmaceutical industry, while at the same time enabling African businesses to accede to expertise and technology.

For others, there is need to fast-track implementation of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa adopted by the Heads of State and Government of the African Union, a Plan that will enable Africa to become less dependent on imports and thus gain in autonomy. According to the plan, a stronger and more reliable local pharmaceutical industry will also contribute to economic development, job creation, development of human resources and of related industries.

The discussions that followed the panel presentations concluded that there is need for Africa to equip its pharmaceutical industry with practical knowledge that will enable it manufacture medicines compliant with international standards and at competitive costs. Africa needs external capital for investment at affordable rates. Here, China is ready to enter into win-win partnerships will all African countries to develop strong pharmaceutical industries, said Si Chen.

Participants also appealed to Africa to protect its pharmaceutical industry against unfair competition with sometimes substandard and even counterfeit medicines.

Besides, they also broached the African initiative titled “Strengthening Pharmaceutical Innovation in Africa” approved by the Conference of African Ministers on Science and Technology that aims to improve access to medicines and local production. This will contribute to the development in Africa of a health innovation system that runs smoothly and that leverages the continent’s human capacities and natural resources to improve the health of the people and thus contribute to its economic development.

Thus, “thanks to these initiatives, the Pharmaceutical industry in Africa should experience an unprecedented boom in the years ahead”, the Chair of the panel concluded.

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Experts to engage ministers on development agendas, statistics and migration

The Expert’s segment of the Conference of Ministers concluded late Sunday with a range of recommendations around priority issues to be tabled on Monday and Tuesday at the Ministerial session. The event took place in the presence of high level officials from the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

The Conference is taking place under the banner of the African Development Week on the theme “Towards an integrated and coherent approach to implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals.” Recommendations focused on, among others, monitoring and reporting; financing and; the mechanisms and institutions to support implementation.

On the need for domestication and complementarity between Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063, the meeting called for the African Union and the Economic Commission for Africa to lead the development of a continent-wide, unified monitoring and evaluation reporting framework. The framework would need to have a harmonized set of goals, indicators and targets for ease of monitoring the implementation of the two agendas.

The meeting recognized the lack of financing as the primary impediment to the implementation of the two agendas and called upon member states to reduce dependence on external financing and formulate strategies to enhance domestic resource mobilization, as called for by the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. Domestic resource mobilization recommendations include: stepping up efforts to combat illicit financial flows, strengthened tax administration and, the adoption of policies to combat corruption in all its forms.

It was also recommended that the mandate of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) be enlarged to include review of progress, challenges and gaps in meeting the commitments outlined in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.

Addressing the urgent need for Africa to develop responses to the issue of migration, including the lack of national migration strategies, the meeting urged the African Union Commission and the Economic Commission for Africa to foster collaboration and cooperation among member States, regional economic communities and international partners to promote the rights of migrants and facilitate their movement with special consideration for reducing the vulnerability of women and youth migrants.

The Experts requested the African Union and Economic Commission for Africa to establish an institution to address migration in Africa, provide guidance and political support to the development of an African perspective on the issue.

A further request was made to the African Union, in collaboration with the African Capacity Building Foundation, to establish an African Policy Centre for economic research and management. The Centre would serve as a think-tank for critical studies to inform decisions and policies on issues impeding economic and social transformation.

In a similar context, a call was made for the operationalization of the pan African institutions of statistics namely; the African Union institute for statistics in Yamoussoukro and the Nelson Mandela Institute for Statistics in Tunis, to meet the pressing need for statistics in Africa’s efforts toward social and economic transformation.

The Conference of Ministers is a Joint annual meeting of the African Union Specialized Technical Committee of Finance, Monetary Affairs, Economic Planning and Integration and the Economic Commission for Africa Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development

The Ministerial segment will conclude on April 5.

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Africa’s media and arts contributing to continent’s Development

The African Union Commission (AUC) and the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) on Sunday convened a conversation with some of Africa’s best thought leaders in the arts and media sectors to discuss their perspectives on the continent’s transformation agenda. The event took place at the sidelines of the 9TH Annual Joint Meetings of the AU Specialized Technical Committee on Finance, Monetary Affairs, Economic Planning and integrated and ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic development holding at the Conference Center of the UNECA.

The round-table meeting, which was moderated by Mr. Eric Chinje, Chief Executive Officer of African Media Initiative, included Omar Ben Yedder, Group Publisher and Managing Director of leading publishing, events and communications company, IC Publications, Mulenga Kapwepwe, an influential figure in the Zambian arts and culture sector, Nigerian Media mogul Mo Abudu and founder of Ebony Life Television as well as Algerian singer and musician, Amazigh Kateb.

Chinje kick-started the discussion by saying the media had a responsibility together with the continent’s creative industry to help transform and develop the continent.

“The problem lies as much with media as it does with governments, civil society and the private sector,” he said, further stating that; “We will not see a sustained transformation in Africa without the full involvement of the media and creative industries.”

The conversation centre on how the role of the media in Africa can be improved in as far as development was concerned.

Chinje said the media and those in the creative sector can engage governments and the African Union of developmental frameworks such as Agenda 2063 and others so they can fully understand and tell the story without missing gaps or links.

Mulenga Kapwepwe said governments and institutions should also engage the media on issues they are working on, in particular sharing their vision on development and related issues.

“Whether it may be the United Nations or the African Union, such institutions should engage the creative industries and the media in order to help execute the treaties and agreements signed by African countries,” said Mulenga.

The discussion drew attention to the necessity of creating awareness on important issues on the continent and how the African media can attract and interest amongst African citizens around the globe around such issues.

The panelists agreed that the media should not only concentrate on entertainment but also take a keen interest in development and transformational issues on the continent.

In a nutshell, all on the panel agreed that for Africa to experience real growth and transformation, its media must also be equally involved, tapping into political, social and economic developments on the continent. The ordinary person, they also agreed, should have a voice in developmental issues in their respect areas.

“Citizens should be a part of the implementation agenda and should participate in the decision-making processes of the continent,” Chinje said.

He said the media and arts industry is powerful and continues to influence the course of events the world over. Africa’s development agenda should tap into the creative ideas of such powerful voices that harbour equally powerful views and ideas on creating the Africa we want, Chinje concluded.

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Africa’s media and arts contributing to continent’s Development

The African Union Commission (AUC) and the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) on Sunday convened a conversation with some of Africa’s best thought leaders in the arts and media sectors to discuss their perspectives on the continent’s transformation agenda. The event took place at the sidelines of the 9TH Annual Joint Meetings of the AU Specialized Technical Committee on Finance, Monetary Affairs, Economic Planning and integrated and ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic development holding at the Conference Center of the UNECA.

The round-table meeting, which was moderated by Mr. Eric Chinje, Chief Executive Officer of African Media Initiative, included Omar Ben Yedder, Group Publisher and Managing Director of leading publishing, events and communications company, IC Publications, Mulenga Kapwepwe, an influential figure in the Zambian arts and culture sector, Nigerian Media mogul Mo Abudu and founder of Ebony Life Television as well as Algerian singer and musician, Amazigh Kateb.

Chinje kick-started the discussion by saying the media had a responsibility together with the continent’s creative industry to help transform and develop the continent.

“The problem lies as much with media as it does with governments, civil society and the private sector,” he said, further stating that; “We will not see a sustained transformation in Africa without the full involvement of the media and creative industries.”

The conversation centre on how the role of the media in Africa can be improved in as far as development was concerned.

Chinje said the media and those in the creative sector can engage governments and the African Union of developmental frameworks such as Agenda 2063 and others so they can fully understand and tell the story without missing gaps or links.

Mulenga Kapwepwe said governments and institutions should also engage the media on issues they are working on, in particular sharing their vision on development and related issues.

“Whether it may be the United Nations or the African Union, such institutions should engage the creative industries and the media in order to help execute the treaties and agreements signed by African countries,” said Mulenga.

The discussion drew attention to the necessity of creating awareness on important issues on the continent and how the African media can attract and interest amongst African citizens around the globe around such issues.

The panelists agreed that the media should not only concentrate on entertainment but also take a keen interest in development and transformational issues on the continent.

In a nutshell, all on the panel agreed that for Africa to experience real growth and transformation, its media must also be equally involved, tapping into political, social and economic developments on the continent. The ordinary person, they also agreed, should have a voice in developmental issues in their respect areas.

“Citizens should be a part of the implementation agenda and should participate in the decision-making processes of the continent,” Chinje said.

He said the media and arts industry is powerful and continues to influence the course of events the world over. Africa’s development agenda should tap into the creative ideas of such powerful voices that harbour equally powerful views and ideas on creating the Africa we want, Chinje concluded.

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On the Occasion of the Republic of Senegal’s National Day

Press Statement

John Kerry
Secretary of State

Washington, DC

April 4, 2016

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send our very best wishes to the people of Senegal as you celebrate your independence on April 4.

The strong partnership between our two countries has flourished due to the shared values of our citizens and their common pursuit of prosperity and peace. The United States applauds the many contributions that Senegal has made to regional security and fully supports your efforts to expand economic opportunities, improve education and health, and strengthen democratic institutions.

On the occasion of the 56th anniversary of Senegal’s founding, I offer my congratulations to all, and look forward to deepening our friendship even further in years to come.

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Regional meeting in Abidjan: FAO sets tone for accelerating implementation of the Malabo Roadmap and Sustainable Development Goals

This year FAO sets “Transforming African Agri-food systems for inclusive growth and a shared prosperity” as its theme for the 29th Session of its Regional Conference for Africa (4-8 April, 2016).

More than 50 African Ministers of Agriculture and related sectors from FAO Member countries, high-level technical experts, representatives of regional organizations and institutions, the civil society and about 100 accredited media gather in Abidjan this week to take stock of progress made in food security and nutrition on the continent and agree on priority areas for the next two years.

“Global trends and issues are expected to have direct or indirect impacts on the food and agriculture sector, with specific manifestations and impacts in the Africa region”, explained Mr. Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa, in his opening remarks at the Senior Technical Officers Meeting(4-6 April 2016) that precedes the Ministerial Roundtable (7-8 April 2016).

“The national and regional actions that FAO can most effectively support in this context will be firmly grounded in the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) through the Malabo Implementation Strategy and Road Map and the commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals”,

Mr. Tijani added.

FAO priority areas in Africa will continue to focus on food security and nutrition; fight against poverty; climate mitigation and adaptation and sustainable use of natural resources, including energy and water scarcity; protection against transboundary animal and plant diseases and pests, and food safety threats; agri-food systems development and employment and trade, with a particular attention to gender and youth.

Tackling global trends and issues in food and agriculture

Three important global developments in 2014-2015 will frame national and regional action and FAO’s work in food and agriculture in the future: the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement adopted as an outcome of the UN Global Climate Change Conference (COP21), and the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and the Framework for Action adopted by the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2).

“The eradication of hunger remains at the heart of FAO. To date, the organization has helped deliver more than 90 agriculture and food investment projects across 40 countries, and these figures will continue to grow”, said with confidence the FAO Regional Representative for Africa.

The organization has provided substantial assistance in policy formulation, including the design and implementation of the ECOWAS Zero Hunger Initiative and the CAADP Regional and National Agriculture Investment Plans to address food security and nutrition.

FAO has developed a number of successful relationships with partner organizations to achieve this mandate and seeks to cultivate new partnerships with the private sector as this year’s Conference will explore opportunities in Public-Private Partnerships for Inclusive Growth.

Expanding regional initiatives for development

FAO has focused and integrated its work in the Region through three main Regional Initiatives. The Initiatives respond to the priorities of member States and will achieve demonstrable impact in a time bound manner, whilst responding to FAO’s Strategic Objectives.

In Africa, the Regional Initiatives were developed based on an in-depth cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary review of regional issues. They call for accelerated action by member countries in the fight against hunger (Africa’s Commitment to End Hunger by 2025); promote sustainable proven innovative practices and principles of production and post-production processes (Sustainable Production Intensification and Value Chain Development in Africa); and aim at strengthening resilience among vulnerable farming communities and pastoralists (Building Resilience in Africa’s Drylands).

“This experience about targeting specific actions for specific contexts has placed sharp focus on the critical role of policy, governance and institutional dimensions in successful programme implementation”, reported Mr. Bukar Tijani, adding that “it has also highlighted the need for improved data and statistics and the importance of addressing cross-cutting issues such as gender, climate change, nutrition and resilience building against crises and shocks.”

In the same vein, the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund (ASTF) is an innovative Africa-led fund to support Africa for African development initiatives. Its main goal is to strengthen food security across the continent by assisting countries and their regional organizations to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, eliminate rural poverty and manage natural resources in a sustainable manner.

The fund has allocated USD 35.5 million to 15 regional programmes and national projects covering 39 countries to boost efforts to eradicate hunger, widen market access, and support income and employment generation. During this biennium, the ASTF will also aim to support the establishment of an “African Centre for best practices, capacity development and South-South Cooperation (SSC)” in collaboration with AU and NEPAD.

Through more regional initiatives of this kind, FAO will seek to accelerate and strengthen the programming, mechanisms, capacity and delivery actions needed to translate into results the commitment to end hunger by 2025.

The opening session on Monday was chaired by the Ivorian Minister of Animal Resources and Fisheries, Mr. Kobenan Adjoumani, in the presence of the Ivorian Minister of Agriculture, Mamadou Coulibaly Sangafowa, and the FAO Deputy Director-General, Coordinator for Natural Resources, Ms. Maria Helena Semedo.

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The AU welcomes the arrival in Tripoli of Presidency Council and Prime Minister

The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, welcomes the arrival in Tripoli, on 30 March 2016, of the Head of the Presidency Council and Prime Minister of Libya’s Unity Government, Fayez El-Serraj and some members of his cabinet.

The Chairperson hails the courage of the Prime Minister to go to Tripoli with some members of his cabinet to unite all Libyan stakeholders with the overall aim of attaining peace, security and national reconciliation. She further calls upon all stakeholders, including those who are still outside of Libya to take similar steps in order to create a positive momentum that will culminate in the establishment of a Government of National Accord.

The Chairperson reiterates, in this regard, that the AU High Representative for Libya, former President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, will continue to undertake, in coordination with the United Nations, consultations with all parties, including neighbouring countries and other relevant international partners, on how best to assist in the consolidation of the peace process.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of African Union Commission (AUC).

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