27th AU Summit: African Union Commission signs Host Agreement with the Republic of Rwanda

The African Union Commission (AUC) has on Monday 2nd May 2016 signed the Host Agreement for the 27th AU Summit to be held from 10 -18 July 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.

The signing ceremony at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia took place between the Secretary General of the AU Commission, Ms. Djeneba Diarra and the Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the AU, H.E Mrs. Hope Tumukunde Gasatura. During the event, Ambassador Gasatura reiterated her country’s commitment to ensure a successful Summit of the AU. “Rwanda is committed and looks forward to hosting a memorable summit” She emphasized.

On behalf of the Chairperson of the AU Commission, H.E Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the AUC Secretary General thanked the Ambassador for the good cooperation between the Commission and the Rwandan Government in preparing the 27th AU Summit and assured her of the full support of the Commission in this regard.

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Urgent Need for Resumption of Burundian Dialogue

Press Statement

John Kirby
Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs

Washington, DC

May 2, 2016

While the United States strongly supports the regionally mediated Burundi dialogue, led by former President Mkapa under the auspices of the East African Community, we are disappointed the scheduled dialogue did not resume today.

Postponement of this dialogue only serves to worsen a crisis that has already resulted in hundreds of lives lost, thousands injured, more than 260,000 Burundian refugees displaced, and a worsening economic situation.

We call upon all stakeholders to ensure the dialogue resumes immediately and to commit to participating without preconditions or redlines.

Burundi’s political leaders owe it to their citizens to take concrete steps to resolve this crisis as soon as possible within the framework of the Arusha Accords, the foundation for peace and stability in Burundi. Now is the time for all parties to cease all violence and exercise restraint and engage in an inclusive and peaceful dialogue.

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Statement by the Spokesperson on the situation in Egypt

The storming of the Egyptian Press Syndicate’s building by the Egyptian security forces on the 1st of May is a worrying development, and continues a trend of restricting space for civil society and the freedom of expression, as manifested by the high number of arrests following the April protests.
Freedom of assembly and press freedom are essential for democracy, to guarantee that all peaceful voices are heard and respected.

Those detained for expressing their opinion should be released and the law regulating assembly should be brought in line with the Egyptian Constitution.

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Nearly 1 in 3 paid a bribe in Middle East and North Africa in past 12 months

Nearly one in three citizens who tried to access basic public services in the Middle East and North Africa paid a bribe, a Transparency International (www.Transparency.org) report said today, showing that governments across the region have failed to hear their citizens’ voices against corruption.

According to a public opinion survey by the international anti-corruption group of nearly 11,000 adults in 9 countries and territories, the majority of people (61 per cent) across the region think that the level of corruption has gone up over the last 12 months. The 30 percent who paid a bribe for a basic service represent the equivalent of nearly 50 million people. Click here for the full report: http://www.apo.af/mKZJhy.

“It’s as if the Arab Spring never happened. Leaders who fail to stop secrecy, fail to promote free speech and fail to stop bribery also fail to bring dignity to the daily lives of people living in the Middle East and North Africa. Peoples’ human rights are seriously affected,” said José Ugaz, Chair of Transparency International.

Public dissatisfaction with corrupt leaders and regimes was a key catalyst for change in region, notably with Arab Spring protests. Five years on, the survey finds governments have done little to enforce laws against corruption and bribery, nor have they done enough for transparency and accountability through the promotion of freedoms of the press, civil society and for individuals.

In Lebanon, numbers are alarming as nine in ten people (92 per cent) say that they think corruption has increased.

Government officials, tax officials and members of parliament are perceived to be the most corrupt groups in the region.

Based on the findings of the survey, here are our four top recommendations:

  • Governments in the region must speak out immediately and publicly about their commitment to end corruption. They must also finally deliver on their anti-corruption commitments made globally and regionally, such as under the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and the Arabic Convention for Combating Corruption.
  • Governments must eradicate impunity and bring the corrupt to justice so they can take responsibility for the consequences of their acts.
  • Governments must create a safe and enabling environment for civil society and the media to fight and report corruption.
  • Governments must involve their citizens in the fight against corruption and create the space to hold institutions to account and to help law enforcement institutions. This is especially important when the majority of citizens (58 per cent) believe they have the power to make a difference.

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Transparency International (www.Transparency.org) is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption.

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The Global Corruption Barometer 2016 question module was implemented by the Afrobarometer network and by several national partners in the Arab Barometer network. All fieldwork was completed using a face-to-face survey methodology. The survey samples were selected and weighted to be nationally representative of all adults aged 18 and above living in each country/territory, and all interviews were conducted face to face.

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Visit of AU High-Level Delegation to the Nordic Countries

An AU High Level delegation visited the Nordic Countries of Sweden, Finland and Denmark from 23-29 April 2016. The delegation was composed of the Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, and the AU High Representative for Mali and the Sahel and Head of the AU Mission for Mali and the Sahel (MISAHEL), former President of Burundi, H.E Pierre Buyoya.

In Sweden, the delegation held consultations with the State Secretary to the Minister of Defense, Mr. Jan Salestrand; Swedish Supreme Commander , General Micael Byden; Ms. Ulrika Modeer, State Secretary to the Minister for International Development Cooperation and the Director General of the Folke Bernadotte Academy, Mr. Sven-Eric Soder. The consultations between the two delegations were hailed as timely as the Swedish Government is in the process of developing a five year strategic plan for sub-sahara Africa that could take into account joint priorities of the AUC and the Swedish government.

In Finland, the delegation met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Timo Soini, and his Special Representative on Mediation, Mr. Pekka Haaviso and held discussions with Finland’s Former President Martti Ahtisaari who is currently the Chairman of the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI). In Denmark, the delegation met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kristian Jensen and interacted with members of the Danish Parliament and other senior officials from the Ministries of Defense, Foreign Affairs and the Danish international development cooperation (DANIDA). The delegation also had an opportunity to interact with students of the National Defense University of Finland and the Centre of African Studies, University of Copenhagen.

In all three countries, the discussions focused primarily on enhancing the partnership between the AU Commission and the Nordic countries in the areas of conflict prevention. They also exchanged views on the the latest developments in Mali, Libya, the Sahel, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lake Chad Basin, South Sudan, Somalia and AMISOM. The delegation also discussed the AU’s efforts to address violent extremism and radicalization in the framework of the Nouakchott and Djibouti processes meant to enhance regional security cooperation in the Sahel and East Africa.

The AU Commissioner for Peace and Security also briefed on the AU efforts to ensure sustainable and predictable funding for AU-led peace operations; noting that the urgency was to bridge the gap for AMISOM stipends following the EU’s decision to reduce support by 20 percent. The Commissioner highlighted that as part of its long-term strategy, the AU has appointed the High Representative for the Peace Fund, Dr Donald Kaberuka and that he is working around the clock to find sustainable solutions.

All three countries expressed interest in the work undertaken by the Commission on women, gender peace and security and the AU zero tolerance stance on sexual exploitation and abuse in peace operations and the upcoming AU Summit on Maritime Security, Safety and Development to be held in Lomé, Togo in October 2016.

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Launch of the Platform of analysis and measurement of population resilience in Sahel, West Africa

The Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), with the technical and financial support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has launched a technical Platform for the analysis and measurement of resilience of populations in the Sahel and West Africa (PTMR-SAO). The two organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which marks the beginning of joint activities in March 2016.

This platform represents a unique opportunity for producing harmonized and consensual information and analysis at national and regional levels. Those analyses will contribute to better guide investments oriented to reinforce populations’ resilience, and to assess the impact of ongoing policies as well.

Furthermore, this platform represents the basis of a more global and inclusive process for the construction of a harmonized and consensual tool to measure resilience in the Sahel and West Africa in the framework of the Global Alliance for Resilience Initiative (AGIR), as it was recommended by the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA), after its meeting of December 2013 held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

According to the Executive Secretary of CILSS, Dr Djimé Adoum, the launching of the platform gives a new impulse to the efforts driven by the governments in the region: “To develop a methodology and tools, both consensual and adapted to the regional context, is crucial for decision makers. Our objective is to provide the necessary information to adequately guide the policies aiming to reinforce population’s resilience in the Sahel and West Africa.”

Both organizations would like through this platform, to promote the synergies among regional and international partners active in the field of resilience.

Mr. Vincent Martin, FAO Representative in Senegal and Head of the sub-regional resilience Team for West Africa/Sahel (REOWA), adds: “In the context of repeated shocks faced by the most vulnerable populations, this multi-sectoral and inclusive approach will allow to better orientate the interventions aiming to guarantee food security and nutrition in a sustainable manner.”

A series of consultations will soon be organized at national and regional levels to identify the necessary data to undertake analysis and measurement of resilience at all levels, as well as, to define the analytic framework for measuring resilience in the region.

To ensure a genuine ownership of the new tools and methods, this initiative will focus on reinforcing the skills of the countries’ institutes of statistics, the national units in charge of food security analysis, the ministries of agriculture, the universities, research centers and inter-governmental and international organizations. These different actors will play a key role in conducting the national exercises of resilience measurement and analysis in Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Chad in an initial phase, as all countries from the CILSS-WAEMU-ECOWAS region should be covered. Nigeria has already shown interest in being part of the group of the six (6) countries, and beyond the Sahel and West Africa region, Cameroon has also shown interest in the topic of measuring resilience taking into account the importance of the crisis which currently affects the Lake Chad basin.

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between CILSS and FAO, marking the launch of the platform, follows a regional workshop organized in Dakar which brought together delegations from the six countries mentioned above directly targeted by the platform, as well as Cameroon and Nigeria which have increased their awareness on the methodology used to analyze resilience. The workshop has enabled to finalize the programming of resilience measurement and analysis exercises at country level.

The launching of the platform marks another step forward in the longstanding collaboration between FAO and CILSS, centered on the analysis, prevention and mitigation measures for food insecurity in West Africa and the Sahel. In this respect, the development of the Cadre Harmonisé for the analysis and identification of zones and populations facing food and nutrition insecurity in West Africa and the Sahel represents an example of joint success.

Developed progressively in the region since 2004, it allows a regular follow-up of food and nutrition security in seventeen countries of the CILSS, WAEMU and ECOWAS. The FAO-CILSS collaboration falls under the European Union – FAO partnership programme: Information for Nutrition Food Security and Resilience for Decision Making (INFORMED).

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Seychelles defends its interests at ACP and ACP-EU Ministerial Meetings in Dakar, Senegal

The 41st Joint ACP-EU Council of Ministers closed on 29th May in Dakar, Senegal, after two days of deliberations. The meeting was preceded by the 103rd session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Council of Ministers. Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Barry Faure, representing Foreign Minister Joel Morgan, has said that the meetings had presented an opportunity for Seychelles to defend its interests on a wide range of issues from climate change and fisheries to trade, financing for development and Small Island Developing States, amongst numerous other subjects of concern to the ACP.

The main focus of the ACP Council was to prepare for the 8th Summit of the ACP Heads of State and Government scheduled to take place in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, from 31st May to 1st June 2016, under the theme ‘Repositioning the ACP Group to respond to the challenges of Sustainable Development”. With regard to ACP-EU relations Post 2020, Faure pointed out the need to develop a more robust and prosperous cooperation framework, with the aim of promoting sustainable development for the benefit of all ACP states, irrespective of size, geographic location and development status. The Port Moresby Summit will thus be an historic opportunity for our Heads of State and Government to reset the ACP Group after 2020.

During the Joint ACP-EU Council, Seychelles called on the EU to resume the ESA-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations which had stalled since 2011. Given the lack of new market access offers from the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) region, the European Commission (EC) has been insisting on a critical mass of market access offers before full EPA negotiations can resume, whereas ESA Council has communicated to the EC its decision to allow interim EPA countries (Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Zimbabwe) to proceed to negotiate for a deeper and broader interim EPA. It is expected that talks with the EC would finally resume on a new footing in the near future.

On a brighter note, the Joint ACP-EU Council adopted a Seychelles proposal for the Intra ACP Work Programme 2016-2017 to include a study to define a Vulnerability and Resilience Index which was one of the outcomes of the Third International Conference on SIDS (Samoa, December 2014). The study is expected to feed into a new and moe favourable mechanism that the EC has proposed, in replacement of the Vulnerability Flex mechanism, to assist ACP states that are affected by exogenous shocks to their economies, to include additional factors like natural disasters and the drop in food prices.

Seychelles also participated in the Development Finance Ministerial Committee where it pushed for a study on innovative financing to be initiated by the ACP at the earliest in view of the need to implement the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) – a global framework for financing development post-2015 – and the need to deliver on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

On fisheries, Seychelles added its voice and pen to a Fisheries Resolution adopted by the ACP Council, to ensure amongst other things, that: (a) consideration be given to fisheries as one of the climate-sensitive areas under the 11th European Development (EDF) Intra-ACP Indicative Programme; and (b) the issues regarding fisheries subsidies and Special and Differential Treatment (which failed to be taken up during the 10th WTO Ministerial Council held in Nairobi in December 2015) are effectively pursued and included in the Post-Nairobi work programme.

Seychelles delegation to the ACP meetings also comprised of Seychelles Ambassador to the EU in Brussels, Selby Pillay.

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Official Visit of the United Nations Secretary General to Seychelles

At the invitation of the President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. James Alix Michel, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon will undertake an official visit to Seychelles from 7th to 8th of May. He is the first serving Secretary General of the United Nations ever to visit Seychelles since the country joined the Organisation in September 1976.

This visit is particularly timely and significant as Seychelles commemorates its 40th anniversary as a sovereign nation and its membership of the United Nations. It is a powerful testimony to the exemplary and fruitful partnership between Seychelles and the United Nations, as well as its agencies, in the political and socio-economic development of Seychelles over the years. This partnership draws its strength from the UN charter, the values it upholds and the opportunities offered by the Organisation for friendship and cooperation with the international community. It is nurtured by a common purpose: the progress of people, peace, justice and prosperity in the world.

As Seychelles prepares to welcome Mr. Ban Ki-moon and to express to him its appreciation for the role played by the UN in helping Seychelles attain nationhood, as well as his outstanding service and invaluable contributions to the UN, in particular in spearheading real action on climate change and sustainable development, the country will also celebrate the United Nations Secretary General’s recognition that Seychelles and other islands have a voice and vision worthy of his attention and engagement.

It will be recalled that President Michel has built a personal and special relationship with Mr. Ban Ki-moon and that Government and other stakeholders have successfully used the UN as a platform for championing the agenda of SIDS, especially where it concerns combatting climate change, promoting the Blue Economy, maritime security, realising the sustainable development goals, promoting gender equality, youth and women empowerment as well as dealing with other regional and global issues critical to Seychelles.

Mr. Ban Ki-moon will hold bilateral talks with President Michel on 7th of May and will be later hosted to a reception at State House.

It will be recalled that Mr. Ban Ki-moon from the Republic of Korea is the eight occupant of the post. He took office in January 2007. This year marks the end of his second and final, five year term as United Nations Secretary General.

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Establishment of the Transitional Government of National Unity of South Sudan

The Government of Japan welcomes that the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) of the Republic of South Sudan has been established in South Sudan on the 29th of April, 2016, based on the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan signed in August 2015. The Government of Japan also highly appreciates the efforts that the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) and the countries concerned exerted in bringing about this establishment of the TGoNU.

The Government of Japan hopes that all the parties cooperate in tackling various challenges such as the improvement of the humanitarian situation, restoration of security, and reconstruction of a sound economy, so that the people of South Sudan can enjoy peace and stability as soon as possible.

The Government of Japan intends to continue supporting South Sudan’s efforts toward peace and stability in coordination with the international community.

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Social Entrepreneurs provide sustainable solutions for Africa’ development priorities – Report

Is social entrepreneurship the new face of development? A recent impact report released by Reach for Change (www.Africa.Reachforchange.org) suggests it might be.

Social entrepreneurs across Africa are contributing to advances in education, healthcare, financial inclusion, environmental protection and other social issues. This was highlighted in the Reach for Change Africa 2015 Social Impact Report, which shared impact numbers and stories from social entrepreneurs supported in Reach for Change’s programs. In 2015, over 100 African social entrepreneurs were supported through the organization’s Accelerator and Incubator programs.

Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions for social challenges their communities face. Social entrepreneurship is seen as an alternative to traditional development projects, by empowering local entrepreneurs to come up with grassroots solutions that are scalable, financially sustainable and can ultimately contribute to permanent, positive changes within societies at large.

Reach for Change Africa partners with corporations, non-profits and individuals to find, support and develop some of the best social entrepreneurs Africa has to offer. Through its Accelerator and Incubator programs, Reach for Change supports high-potential social entrepreneurs to build sustainable, scalable organizations that achieve social impact and contribute to systemic change.

In 2015, Reach for Change Africa received 1,953 ideas for tackling social challenges from prospective social entrepreneurs from its innovation competitions in Ghana, Senegal, Chad, Ethiopia, DR Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania.

“Our 2015 Social Impact Report really emphasizes how much social entrepreneurship has grown in Africa,” said Amma Lartey, Reach for Change Africa’s Regional Director. “In 2015, the quality of ideas submitted to our innovation competitions improved substantially which tells us that the sector is growing and social entrepreneurs are finding creative ways to respond to social challenges through scalable innovations that have the potential to deeply impact societies.”

James Kofi Annan is a Ghanaian social entrepreneur working to end child slavery who is featured in the 2015 Social Impact Report. His organization, Challenging Heights rescues children from slavery in the fishing industry, providing them with rehabilitation center, and runs numerous programs to help prevent child slavery, through education and livelihood programs geared towards parents of children vulnerable to trafficking. James has benefitted from Reach for Change’s Incubator program since 2012 and in that time has been able to increase his organization’s annual revenues from under $200,000 US to $950,000 in 2015. He has had access to Reach for Change’s local and global networks that he used to attract attention from media and new supporters in Europe and North America, participated in strategic workshops that helped him to develop his organization’s long-term plans and made use of numerous opportunities to connect and learn from like-minded social entrepreneurs.

“Reach for Change’s Incubator brought direct benefits to me and Challenging Heights,” said James. “Today, Challenging Heights is a well-respected global leader in the fight against child trafficking, influencing policies not only in Ghana, but also in influential institutions such as the US State Department, the Senate, the Vatican and many more.”

James is just one of the 57 Change Leaders that Reach for Change Africa supported in 2015 through its Incubator program, and Lartey says the organization plan to support even more social entrepreneurs through various programs and initiatives in 2016.

Other social entrepreneurs featured in the report include Dominique Uwase Alonga who is helping thousands of children in Rwanda develop reading and creative writing skills every year; Evelyne Ines and Jean Luc Semedo of Senegal who were supported to develop a web and mobile application platform promotes blood donation; Faraja Nyalandu, who is providing the best educational content online to children in Tanzania; Didier Lalaye of Chad who is bringing mobile health solutions to thousands of rural children; and Naomi & Yvette Kuseyo who provide education for hospitalized children in the DRC.

“We really look forward to investing in more social entrepreneurs this year, and supporting them to take their innovations to scale” Lartey said. “Already this year we have welcomed an additional seven entrepreneurs – five in Ethiopia and two in Chad – and we will be working with these and our existing social entrepreneurs to improve their impact, operations, financial sustainability and communications.”

To further support the burgeoning social entrepreneurship sector across Africa, the report also highlights the creation of the African Social Entrepreneurship Network (http://www.asen.network) (ASEN), spearheaded by Reach for Change Africa. ASEN was designed to build strong national ecosystems for social entrepreneurship by establishing national networks of social entrepreneurs and the organizations that support them across Africa. These national networks aim to increase learning and innovation, funding, research and drive policy to promote further growth of the social enterprise sector. The first national network,SE Ghana (http://www.seghana.net), had its first general assembly in 2015.

To read the full report, visit africa.reachforchange.org/impact (http://africa.reachforchange.org/impact). Want to support Africa’s growing social entrepreneurship sector? Write to africa.partnerships@reachforchange.org.

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Media announcement / 27th AU summit

The Directorate of Information and Communication (DIC) of the African Union announces that the online accreditation process for the coverage of the 27th African Union (AU) Summit, scheduled for 10 to 18 July 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda has been launched on the AU website: www.au.int.

Journalists interested in covering the upcoming AU Summit should register through the following link: http://au.int/en/summit/27/accreditation

A media advisory note explaining all the detailed arrangements for media coverage of the 27th AU Summit is posted on the Summit web page: http://au.int/en/summit/27

Meanwhile representatives of the media are kindly informed that the 27th African Union Summit is scheduled to take place as follows:

Sunday 10 to Tuesday 12 July 2016: Thirty second (32nd ) Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC)

Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 July 2016 : Twenty ninth (29th ) Ordinary Session of the Executive Council

Sunday 17 to Monday 18 July 2016 : Twenty Seventh (27th) Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union.

Theme The theme of the Summit is: African Year of Human Rights with particular focus on the Rights of Women”

Journalists are invited to cover all the public sessions opened to the media.

A detail programme of the public events will be made available as soon as possible.

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U.S. Congressional Delegation Visits Egypt

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo is pleased to welcome Congressman Michael McCaul and accompanying delegation to Egypt. A member of the United States House of Representatives, Congressman McCaul is the Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, which has oversight of the Department of Homeland Security ensuring it is able to carry out its core mission of protecting the American people from terrorist attacks.

The delegation plans to meet with senior Egyptian officials to discuss counterterrorism efforts, the U.S.-Egyptian partnership, and shared interests in regional security and stability.

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