Handover Ceremony of Ambulance to Somaliland through United Nations Population Fund

On 14th March 2016, His Excellency Tatsushi Terada, Ambassador of Japan to Somalia, attended the Handover Ceremony of Ambulance to the Ministry of Health in Somaliland hosted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Hargeisa, Somaliland. The Government of Japan has supported UNFPA’s project on reduction of maternal and neomaternal mortality of Somali mother and newborn babies through the supplementary budget.

Ambassador Terada stated that UNFPA’s project that aims to improve reproductive and maternal health fits Japanese assistance policy to Somalia and commended the Ministry of Health in Somaliland for its commitment in improving maternal health and maintaining a good working relationship with UNFPA.

Mr. Nikolai Botev, UNFPA Representative, thanked the Government of Japan for being a reliable partner in the quest to ensure that no woman and child die during birth. Mr. Botev reiterated UNFPA’s commitment to support the investments in a safer and brighter future for the Somali mothers and children and pledged to continue supporting the project.

Mr. Hassan Dahir Dimbil, Vice Minister for Health, expressed Somaliland’s gratitude to the People of Japan and UNFPA for the assistance and partnership.

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Handover Ceremony of Ambulance to Somaliland through United Nations Population Fund

On 14th March 2016, His Excellency Tatsushi Terada, Ambassador of Japan to Somalia, attended the Handover Ceremony of Ambulance to the Ministry of Health in Somaliland hosted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Hargeisa, Somaliland. The Government of Japan has supported UNFPA’s project on reduction of maternal and neomaternal mortality of Somali mother and newborn babies through the supplementary budget.

Ambassador Terada stated that UNFPA’s project that aims to improve reproductive and maternal health fits Japanese assistance policy to Somalia and commended the Ministry of Health in Somaliland for its commitment in improving maternal health and maintaining a good working relationship with UNFPA.

Mr. Nikolai Botev, UNFPA Representative, thanked the Government of Japan for being a reliable partner in the quest to ensure that no woman and child die during birth. Mr. Botev reiterated UNFPA’s commitment to support the investments in a safer and brighter future for the Somali mothers and children and pledged to continue supporting the project.

Mr. Hassan Dahir Dimbil, Vice Minister for Health, expressed Somaliland’s gratitude to the People of Japan and UNFPA for the assistance and partnership.

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Exclusive cooperation between the Embassy of France, the Alliance Française of Nairobi and a network of 12 ´Pilots Schools in Nairobi

On March, 30th 2016, 12 Kenyan High Schools gathered at the Residence of France in order to sign 10 tri-partite MoU[1], together with the Embassy of France in Kenya, represented by H.E. Rémi Maréchaux, Ambassador of France, and the Alliance Française of Nairobi, represented by its President, Mr. Sam Ngaruiya.

The purpose of this multiple signing is to create an exclusive cooperation between the three parties within a network of 12 “Pilots Schools” in Nairobi, which will offer extra curricula intensive French classes, in order to reach an advanced level at the end of the secondary education.

The signing of these 10 MoU mean that the French Embassy and the Alliance Française of Nairobi are both committed to providing an exclusive support to improve the quality of French Teaching in each of the 12 schools, with specific training for their teachers, information meetings about studies in France, reduced prices for International French Certificates of Alliance Française, and twinning projects to be developed between Kenyan and French High Schools.

The commitments of the schools consist in setting up extra curricula intensive French classes in order to reach an advanced level at the end of the secondary education and providing a French Resource Centre to the students where a French Club will organize various activities.

The first pedagogical training for the teachers will be held on the 12th and 13th of April.

Each pilot school will get specific support and regular meetings will be organized between the three parties.

The students who will choose extra curricula intensive French-classes will have the possibility to access French higher education system and first class universities.

In 2016, French Language remains the first foreign language to be taught in secondary schools in Kenya, the main reason behind this is the fact that French is an African Language and is therefore a decisive vector of opportunities for students.

[1] One of the MoU covers the three schools of Braeburn Garden Estate, Braeburn School and Braeside School.

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Rising tax revenues are key to economic development in African countries

Tax revenues in African countries are rising as a proportion of national incomes, according to the inaugural edition of Revenue Statistics in Africa. The report, which contains internationally comparable revenue data for eight African countries, accounting for almost a quarter of Africa’s total GDP, will be discussed on Sunday 3 April in Addis Ababa during the 2016 African Union (AU) – Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Conference of Ministers.

In 2014, the eight countries covered by the report – Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritius, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia – reported tax revenues as a percentage of GDP ranging from 16.1% to 31.3%. Since 2000, all of these countries experienced increases in their tax-to-GDP ratios. The size of these increases ranged from 0.9 percentage points in Mauritius to 6.7 percentage points in Tunisia. Morocco, Rwanda and South Africa had increases of around 5 to 6 percentage points. In comparison, the OECD average of 34.4% was only 0.2 percentage points higher in 2014 than in 2000.

Revenue Statistics in Africa is produced jointly by the African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF), the African Union Commission (AUC), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the OECD Development Centre. The data has been assembled and presented in close collaboration with the governments of the participating countries. The report was conceived as part of the AUC’s Agenda 2063, which aims to “develop and implement frameworks for Policies on Revenue Statistics and Fiscal Inclusiveness for Africa.”

The increases in tax revenues in African countries reflect continuing efforts to mobilise domestic resources, as well as the result of tax reforms and modernisation of tax systems and administrations.

The biggest driver of tax increases since 2000 in countries covered by the report has been rising taxes on income and profits, and more specifically increases in corporate income tax revenue. There were also substantial increases in Value Added Tax (VAT) revenues.

Some African countries are significantly dependent on non-tax revenues, and more specifically on grants such as foreign aid and resource rents together with other property income. The countries with the lowest national incomes covered by the report had relatively higher non-tax revenues, which tend to be more volatile than tax revenues, making their finances less stable and predictable.

A special chapter in the report describes the benefits and limitations of collecting comparable data and how these issues relate to Africa. The new database responds to a demand from governments, citizens and policy makers for reliable and comparable revenue data to inform fiscal policy and provide a basis for the implementation of future reforms. The eight African countries covered by the new report will be added to the existing Revenue Statistics databases, which now cover 66 countries worldwide, allowing for greater international comparison, policy dialogue and cooperation between countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and the OECD.

Key findings

Tax to GDP ratios

In 2014, the tax-to-GDP ratios in the eight African countries covered ranged from 16.1% to 31.3% (the OECD average is 34.4%).
Tunisia had the highest tax-to-GDP ratio in 2014 (31.3%), followed by Morocco (28.5%).
Cameroon and Rwanda had the lowest tax-to-GDP ratios in 2014, at 16.1%, followed by Côte d’Ivoire (17.8%).
All eight countries saw increasing tax-to-GDP ratios over the 2000-14 period. These increases ranged from 0.9 percentage points in Mauritius to 6.7 percentage points in Tunisia. Morocco, Rwanda and South Africa had increases of around 5-6 percentage points.

Tax structure

The share of taxes on incomes and profits in total tax revenues is highest in South Africa, at 51.2 % in 2014. The share of personal income taxes in South Africa is higher than the OECD average, whereas it is lower for the other participating African countries.
The shares of corporate income tax revenue to total tax revenues were significantly higher than the 8.5% OECD average. In six of the eight African countries these shares ranged between 13% and 18%.
Consumption taxes yielded the largest share of the total tax revenue – over 55% – in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritius, Rwanda and Senegal. With the exception of Côte d’Ivoire, more than half of this category of revenue is generated by VAT.
Tunisia and Morocco displayed a more evenly spread tax mix compared with the other countries: around 30% of tax revenues came from taxes on incomes and profits; around 35% to 40% was from consumption taxes; and 20% to 28% was from social security contributions. The share of social security contributions to total tax revenue is far smaller in the six Sub-Saharan countries, ranging from 1.5% in South Africa to 11.3% in Côte d’Ivoire.

Non-tax revenues

The total non-tax revenues collected as a percentage of GDP in 2014 ranged from 0.6% of GDP in South Africa to 9.5% of GDP in Rwanda.

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President Michel Congratulates Baroness Scotland as she assumes office as Secretary General of Commonwealth and expresses thanks to outgoing Commonwealth head Mr Kamalesh Sharma

President James Michel has congratulated Baroness Patricia Scotland on behalf of the people and Government of the Republic of Seychelles as she assumes the Office of Secretary General of the Commonwealth today.

In his message President Michel remarked that Baroness Scotland’s election in November last year was strong recognition of not only of not only her capabilities and trust that the Commonwealth family have placed in your abilities but also a testament to the pivotal role that women assume in the context of the Commonwealth and the world.

“I wish to congratulate you as the first woman to take up the post of Secretary general. This is truly a momentous occasion for women and highlights their potential, said President Michel.”

President Michel also emphasised that Baroness Scotland’s appointment as Secretary General will give greater impetus to the agenda of Small Island Developing States within the Commonwealth whilst also ensuring that the international community continues to address the vulnerabilities of Small Island States such as Seychelles.

President Michel said, “count on our support in consolidating the important role that SIDS play in the development of our Organisation by making it a truly ‘Inclusive Commonwealth.”

Mr Michel also stressed the importance of the upcoming Commonwealth events to be hosted in Seychelles in the month of May, namely the Commonwealth Open Ended Ministerial Working Group Meeting on Small States and the Global Biennial Conference on Small States which will provide an important platform to continue the work to champion the development agenda of SIDS especially when it concerns combating climate change, promoting the Blue Economy and realising the sustainable development goals.

In a separate message President Michel also thanked the outgoing Commonwealth Secretary General Mr Kamalesh Sharma, expressing his sincere appreciation for the active role he played and stewardship of the Commonwealth.

In his message, President Michel recalled Mr Sharma’s visit to Seychelles as well as the other numerous exchanges they had on matters of pertinence to not only the functioning of the Commonwealth but also the role of Small Island Developing States within it.

President Michel remarked, “Seychelles very much appreciates the commitment that you have shown to our Organisation especially in terms of the various reforms undertaken to make the Commonwealth more responsive and more relevant to the needs of its members in the 21st century.”

He further added that Mr Sharma has ensured that the Commonwealth strengthens its role in carrying out its mission of building peace and solidarity and forging ever-closer ties of friendship and collaboration amongst the Commonwealth family.

“Your tireless work during your tenure as Secretary General, has today made the Commonwealth more connected to the people it serves and visible on the international scene,” said President Michel.

President Michel also noted that the Commonwealth family would continue to look to Mr Sharma for guidance as the Organisation embarks on a new chapter in its history.

“You leave behind a legacy of commitment towards the promotion of the development agenda of Small Island Developing States especially were it concerns the need to derive maximum benefit from the opportunities presented by our Blue Economy,” said President Michel.

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Libya: EU adds 3 people to sanctions list

On 1 April 2016, the Council added three names to the list of people subject to EU restrictive measures against Libya.

Agila Saleh, president of the Libyan Council of Deputies in the House of Representatives; Khalifa Ghweil, prime minister and defence minister of the internationally unrecognised General National Congress; and Nuri Abu Sahmain, president of the internationally unrecognised General National Congress, are viewed as obstructing the implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement of 17 December 2015 and the formation of a Government of National Accord in Libya.

The Council remains concerned about the situation in Libya, and in particular about acts that threaten the peace, security or stability of the country, and that impede or undermine the successful completion of Libya’s political transition.

On 16 March 2015, the Council recalled that only a political solution can provide a sustainable way forward and contribute to peace and stability in Libya. It urged against actions that could exacerbate current divisions.

The legal acts adding the three names were published in the Official Journal on 1 April 2016. The Council will keep these measures under regular review in light of developments on the ground.

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Libya: EU adds 3 people to sanctions list

On 1 April 2016, the Council added three names to the list of people subject to EU restrictive measures against Libya.

Agila Saleh, president of the Libyan Council of Deputies in the House of Representatives; Khalifa Ghweil, prime minister and defence minister of the internationally unrecognised General National Congress; and Nuri Abu Sahmain, president of the internationally unrecognised General National Congress, are viewed as obstructing the implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement of 17 December 2015 and the formation of a Government of National Accord in Libya.

The Council remains concerned about the situation in Libya, and in particular about acts that threaten the peace, security or stability of the country, and that impede or undermine the successful completion of Libya’s political transition.

On 16 March 2015, the Council recalled that only a political solution can provide a sustainable way forward and contribute to peace and stability in Libya. It urged against actions that could exacerbate current divisions.

The legal acts adding the three names were published in the Official Journal on 1 April 2016. The Council will keep these measures under regular review in light of developments on the ground.

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Round table on governance issues in the multi stakeholder responses to the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa

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WHAT: Round table on governance issues in the multi stakeholder responses to the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa

The opening ceremony will be addressed by the Commissioner/Director of the African Union’s Department of Social Affairs; Director of APSP/IPSS; Director APN/SSRC; Head of Oxfam Delegation to the AU and Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa

WHEN: Monday 4th April 2016

WHERE: The roundtable will take place at the AU Commission HQ in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 4 April 2016, starting at 09:00

It will be conducted in both in English and French.

WHO: The meeting will be attended by representatives of the African Union Commission, Member States especially officials from the affected countries, UN agencies, Scientists, CSOs, INGO, partner organizations involved in the response against the EVD, researchers, and policy makers.

WHY: The meeting is expected to achieve the following:

Create a platform for leading academics, civil society actors and policy-makers at the levels of national government, RECs and the AU to engage in deeper reflections and holistic stocktaking around governance-related lessons learned vis-à-vis the multi-stakeholder’s responses to EVD;
Provide a first-time opportunity for those who took the lead, at great cost, to mobilize national, regional, continental and global responses to share their first-hand experiences with key policy makers;
Give national governments, RECs and the AU an opportunity to re-evaluate available emergency response options, and the basis for future harmonization of such response options;
Produce critical insights and innovative outcomes capable of feeding into debate and deliberations on future health emergencies.

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Côte d’Ivoire to chair FAO Regional Conference for Africa for the next two years

Mr. Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa along with Mr. Germain Dasylva, FAO Representative to Côte d’Ivoire, briefed the press on the forthcoming 29th Session of FAO Regional Conference for Africa (4-8 April 2016, Sofitel Abidjan Hôtel Ivoire).

More than 50 Ministers of Agriculture and related sectors from 49 countries have confirmed their attendance as well as high officials from FAO and the host country. Representatives of regional, intra-regional and international organizations, civil society and the private sector are welcome as observers to the sessions of the Conference.

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Upscaling Sustainable Charcoal Production in Namibia

According to the best available estimates, 26-30 million hectares of Namibian farmland are affected by bush encroachment. Evidence exist that this phenomenon severely degrades rangelands and hampers agricultural productivity. At the same time bush encroachment creates unique opportunities for the Namibian economy if biomass is recognised as a valuable resource for existing and new value chains.

Acknowledging the overall importance of bush control, the governments of Namibia and Germany agreed on a 4-year Project to address both the challenges and opportunities that bush encroachment entails.

The Support to De-bushing Project runs from 2014 until 2017 and is a bilateral cooperation between the Namibian Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany. It is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

The Project’s overall objective is to trigger large-scale bush thinning activities. To this end a demand- driven approach is pursued, focusing on the identification and testing of potential bush based biomass value chains. The Project selected three value chains to be supported during the course of its project lifetime, namely the value chains of charcoal, animal feed and biomass energy.

The MAWF/GIZ Support to De-bushing Project conducted a first charcoal stakeholder workshop in November 2015 in Otjiwarongo to identify joint sector promotion activities for the year 2016.

The identified activities were based on the Sector Growth Strategy developed by the Ministry for Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development (MITSD). The charcoal stakeholders agreed on the joint vision to develop a fully functioning sector association and to introduce improved production methodologies in order to foster sustainable charcoal production in Namibia.

It is against this background that the MAWF/ GIZ Support to De-Bushing Project has signed a Financial Agreement with the Namibian Agricultural Union, to which the NCPA is currently affiliated.

The agreements foresees financial support of NAD 1,691,000 (ONE MILLION SIX HUNDRED NINETY ONE THOUSAND) and runs for the period April 2016 to December 2016.

The financial agreement encompasses the following activity areas: 1) re-shaping the organisational structures of the NCPA, 2) setting up a pilot project on improved production technologies and methodologies, 3) developing a marketing strategy for the Namibian charcoal sector, 4) developing informational material and training manuals.

The official start of this cooperation was celebrated during an inception meeting, which took place at the C’est Si Bon Hotel in Otjiwarongo on Thursday, 31 March 2016. The meeting was attended by NCPA management and members, NAU representatives, as well as representatives of MAWF/Directorate of Forestry and GIZ.

The NCPA will hold a Special Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday 25 April 2016 in order to confirm the planned institutional changes.

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Africa Development Week Kicks Off in Addis with Calls for Green Industrialization

The inaugural African Development Week opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Thursday March 31, with various speakers urging participants to engage in constructive debates that will promote Africa`s structural transformation through green industrialization.

The week, which will have highlights, including the launch of the Economic Commission for Africa`s flagship Economic Report for Africa 2016 report, began with a meeting of the committee of experts and is running under the theme “Towards and Integrated and Coherent Approach to The Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation of Agenda 2063, and the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Deliberations will over the week evolve around the transition from the millennium development goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Africa’s 50-year development plan; Agenda 2063.

“We will debate on how countries can adopt and implement effectively a common framework for meeting the goals of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development”, said Ms. Hamisi Mwinyimvua, Chair of the outgoing Bureau of the Committee of Experts and also Tanzania`s Ambassador to Ethiopia.

Commissioner for Economic Affairs at the African Union Commission, H.E. Dr. Anthony Mothae Maruping called on African countries to embrace an “integrated and coherent approach to implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Agenda 2063 and SDGs”.

“Current economic and financial challenges are spurring member states towards economic transformation,” he said as he urged member states to harmonise Agendas 2063 and 2030 for Africa`s transformation.

Deputy Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, Mr. Abdalla Hamdok, called for constructive debate and thought provoking discussions that will lead to the formulation of strategies for the effective implementation for the continent`s collective developmental vision.

He cautioned, however, that such strategies should not only focus on expediting the promotion of strong and sustainable long term growth but also ensuring that the benefits of such growth are widely shared in order to reduce poverty and improve African’s standards of living”.

Mr. Admasu Nebebe of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development of Ethiopia said the full implementation of Agenda 2063 and Agenda 2030 will improve the lives of more than one billion people on the African continent.

The expert committee, which will run until April 2nd 2016, marks the start of the African Development Week. It will be followed by the annual meetings of the Conference of the AU Ministers of Economy and Finance and the ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development on 4th – 5th April.

A number of meetings will also take place during the week, including the 17th Session of the Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa (RCM-Africa), the annual meeting of the Group of African central Bank Governors as well as more than 20 events and the presentation and launch of a dozen reports and publications, including the Economic Report on Africa (ERA 2016), the ECA country profiles, the Africa Governance Report and the evaluation of regional integration in Africa.

More than 1,000 high level delegates are expected during the African Development Week, including current and former heads of State, Central Bank Governors, and representatives of member-states, civil society, private sectors, media as well as international academics and experts and development partners.

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WHO coordinating vaccination of contacts to contain Ebola flare-up in Guinea

Hundreds of people who may have been in contact with 8 individuals infected with Ebola virus in Guinea’s southern prefectures of Nzérékoré and Macenta have been vaccinated with the experimental Ebola vaccine in a bid to contain the latest flare-up of Ebola.

WHO’s office in Guinea says more than 1,000 contacts have been identified and placed under medical observation. Nearly 800 have been vaccinated over the past week, including 182 who are considered to be high-risk contacts.

The VSV-EBOV vaccine currently being administered was found to be highly effective in preventing Ebola infection in a large trial conducted by Guinea’s Ministry of Health, WHO and partner agencies last year. It has since been used in Sierra Leone to contain a recent flare-up there, and now, once again, in Guinea.

The “ring vaccination” strategy involves vaccinating anyone who has come into contact with a person infected with Ebola, as well as contacts of theirs.

In this latest flare-up, there have been 8 cases of Ebola and 7 deaths since late February. The most recent case, an 11-year old girl, is being treated at an Ebola care facility in Nzérékoré and as of today, is reported to be in a stable condition. Six of the deceased are from three generations of the same extended family in the village of Koropara Centre.

Inter-agency response in full motion

Local health authorities reactivated the emergency coordination mechanism that was in place during the height of the Ebola epidemic in Nzérékoré and a large-scale inter-agency response is in progress.

WHO has a team of 75 staff members working in the affected areas to support the government-led response, including epidemiologists, surveillance experts, contact tracers, vaccinators, social mobilizers and infection prevention and control experts. WHO has also dispatched two top-level Ebola-experienced clinicians to assist at the Ebola treatment centre in Nzérékoré.

Households under medical monitoring are receiving a range of assistance from partner agencies, including food packages, hygiene kits and cash stipends to purchase additional items.

Infection prevention and disease control measures, including a public awareness campaign and other health promotion and community engagement activities, are taking place in the affected areas.

Tests from blood samples of the confirmed cases indicate that this latest cluster of Ebola stems from a known transmission chain and not a new chain introduced by the animal population.

Ongoing flare-ups expected

Both Nzérékoré and Macenta have been hard hit by Ebola in the West Africa outbreak. In the sub-prefecture of Koropara, at the centre of this latest flare-up, there were 24 Ebola cases, 15 deaths and 9 survivors between October and December of 2014.

This re-emergence of Ebola in Guinea is the first since the original outbreak in the country was declared over on 29 December 2015. WHO has continuously stressed that flare-ups like this one should be anticipated, largely due to virus persistence in some survivors, and that the three Ebola-affected countries must maintain strong capacity to prevent, detect and respond to further outbreaks.

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