Africa: Coordinator for Cyber Issues and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy To Participate in the U.S. – Kenya Cyber and Digital Economy Dialogue

Christopher Painter, the Secretary’s Coordinator for Cyber Issues, and Julie Zoller, Acting U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, will travel to Nairobi, Kenya from June 22-23 to discuss cyber and digital economy policy issues with government officials, the private sector, and civil society as part of the U.S.-Kenya Cyber and Digital Economy Dialogue.

During their visit to Nairobi, Coordinators Painter and Zoller will engage with senior Kenyan leaders to discuss policies related to cybersecurity, cybercrime, and legal cooperation as well as digital economy regulatory and commercial policies, cooperation at the International Telecommunication Union, and other cyber and internet policy issues.

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Cooperation with Angola is extremely advantageous to Hungary

“It is extremely favourable to Hungary from an economic perspective that it has the opportunity to cooperate with an African country that has a strong economy like Angola”, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said on Wednesday following talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Angolan Republic Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti.

At the press conference following the meeting, Mr. Szijjártó said the attention of the more developed and affluent part of the world is increasingly turning to Africa in view of that fact that it is the most dynamically developing continent, and because in addition to its economic significance its security role is also continuously increasing in view of the migration situation.

He highlighted the fact that Angola has one of the strongest and most dynamically developing economies in Africa and is the continent’s largest oil producer and sixth largest diamond producer.

As the Minister explained the diversification of the previously oil-based economy opens an opportunity for Hungarian enterprises to play a role in the modernisation of the Angolan economy. Hungary can primarily play a role in modernising the country’s electricity supply, and in meeting demand for food imports, he added.

Mr. Szijjártó also recalled that the Hungarian Embassy in Luanda had recently been re-opened.

At the press conference following the meeting, an inter-governmental agreement was signed on economic and technological cooperation, in addition to which Eximbank has opened a 95 million dollar credit line to facilitate Hungarian-Angolan economic cooperation.

The Minister told the press that two global companies operating primarily within the field of energy, and which have major production capacities in Hungary, are in negotiation with Angola with regard to shipping 400 million dollars’ worth of turbines and transformers. The companies plan to manufacture these in Hungary, to which Eximbank is providing the required credit, meaning equipment designed to modernise Angola’s energy market could be shipped after being manufactured in Hungary.

Mr. Szijjártó also said that exports of Hungarian food industry technologies and products would also be launches in addition to which Hungary has offered 20 scholarship places for Angolan students to study at Hungarian universities from September of this year.

The Minister also mentioned that the security situation had also been a subject of discussion at the meeting. Africa is one of the sources of migration, and accordingly there is a need for strong and dynamically developing, responsibly thinking countries like Angola on the continent, from where immigrant do not set off for Europe because of the country’s level of economic development, he explained.

African countries must be provided with assistance to ensure that their economic development enters a suitable trajectory, he declared, adding that Hungary wishes to place major emphasis on economic cooperation with African countries. There are 1.2 billion people living in Africa, and it is clear that the only way of preventing Africa from becoming one of the major sources of migration pressure is to develop its countries’ economies, so that it will no longer be worthwhile leaving the continent, he noted.

“For this reason, instead of the extremely hypocritically and undoubtedly politically hyper-correct European immigration policy, what we need is to handle the immigration crisis at its source, or possible source”, he declared.

Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti said he was glad Hungary and Angola has re-established their previous friendship and highlighted the fact that his country has a great need for the abovementioned turbines in view of the fact that they are in the process of constructing dams to provide electricity. The country would like to realise 7.1 megawatts of electricity production during the next three years, he added.

The Angolan Foreign Minister also said that according to plan, Mr. Szijjártó will be visiting the African country in October and expressed his hope that the newly concluded cooperation agreement will result in closer cooperation between the two countries.

The Minister also said that he was impressed by the way Hungary had organised its protection against migration, indicating that the African continent must also face the problems of migration and terrorism, and cooperation between countries is vital to ensure global security and reduce terrorism.

The two ministers also discussed the possibility of security cooperation, with relation to which Mr. Szijjártó pointed out that over a hundred low to middle ranked Angolan officers were trained in Hungarian military academies in the 1980s, which is a good foundation for expanding cooperation. As he explained, the parties are primarily thinking in terms of cooperation between the European Union and Angola, and believe the EU “must honour” the performance of those African countries that are contributing to reducing the migration pressure on Europe coming from Africa.

Accordingly, if Angola requires assistance to assure its stability and the protection of its borders, Hungary will be an advocate for it receiving this assistance within the EU, the Hungarian Foreign Minister said.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary.

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RAF Force Protection Wing deploy to Nigeria

A 66 person Short Term Training Team (STTT) from No 5 Royal Air Force (RAF) Force Protection Wing deployed from RAF Lossiemouth to Nigeria for a 6 week period to train the Nigerian Air Force Regiment. The focus of the STTT is to deliver a training package which enables students to operate effectively in the Complex Air Ground Environment (CAGE) by understanding their role to provide security and Force Protection operations both inside and outside an Air base. This forms a key part of a layered defence system; deterring and defeating an enemy away from the airfield whilst also assuring internal security of a base. Additionally, Commissioned and Non-Commissioned officers will be given the opportunity to enhance their tactical leadership and planning skills, whilst the Junior Airmen and Airwomen build on the skills they learned during basic training.

The detachment, the 3rd undertaken by 5 FP Wing g in a 5 year programme, comes after a request from the Nigerian Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar to assist in capacity building for the Nigerian Air Force Regiment. Air Marshal Abubakar said:

Given the importance of bases in the airpower delivery matrix, it is not inconceivable to expect our adversaries to target our airbases. As a matter of fact, we have had an attack on one of our airbases in the recent past, and current intelligence reports keep highlighting the possibility of attacks on our bases. All these reinforce the need to emplace a robust base defence concept that is capable of providing guidance for responding to a wide range of situations that may threaten our bases.

Officer Commanding 5 FP Wing, Wing Commander John Rees said:

We are delighted to be here again and, as always, humbled by the warmth of the Nigerian welcome. We are proud of our Royal Air Force heritage and the opportunity to represent our service in the Defence Engagement arena.

During time away from delivering training, STTT personnel have taken opportunities to expand their cultural awareness. A small group attended their first Nigerian church service, meeting local people and celebrating together. Others burn the midnight oil, thinking tactics and formations for the first of the UK vs Nigeria Air Forces football series.

Having already delivered the Train the Trainer package to 50 Non Commissioned Officers and Commissioned Officers, a further 250 students will now begin the Foundation Phase, bringing a total of around 300 Nigerian personnel to be trained across a mixture of ranks. The programme will culminate with a demanding final exercise at a live airfield to validate the understanding of all skills taught in a realistic environment prior to the graduating students deploying to their first operational assignment in the Nigerian Air Force.

Distributed by APO on behalf of British High Commission Abuja.

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Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s meeting with Egyptian Ambassador to Russia Mohammed Al-Badri

On June 21, Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov received Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the Russian Federation Mohammed Al-Badri at the latter’s request.

During their conversation, the officials exchanged views on the Middle East agenda, with an emphasis on settlement in Syria, the situation around Qatar and developments in Libya.

They also reviewed practical aspects of multi-faceted bilateral Russian-Egyptian cooperation.

Distributed by APO on behalf of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

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