On the Occasion of Africa Day: Foreign Ministry Launches Comprehensive #‎National program to Highlight Egypt’s Belonging to Africa .

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said that on the occasion of the Foreign Ministry’s celebration of Africa Day, which takes place May 25 of each year, the Ministry launched a comprehensive national program to highlight Egypt’s belonging to Africa, accompanied by an information campaign in the media and on the social networking pages and accounts of the Ministry to define Egypt’s role in supporting African issues. The celebration of Africa Day this year is of particular importance since the month of May coincides with Egypt’s presidency of the Security Council, through its membership in the Council to represent the African continent during the years 2016 and 2017, and also intersects with Egypt’s representation of North African countries in the African Union’s Peace and Security Council during the period from 2016 to 2018.
The spokesperson added that on this occasion the Foreign Ministry will organize an ” #‎Africa Day ” ceremony on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, attended by the African diplomatic corps, the African community in Egypt, members and directors of African organizations and institutions working in #‎Egypt, senior officials and leaders in African work, as well as a group of representatives of universities, centers, bodies, agencies and companies involved in African affairs. The Foreign Ministry will also raise the flags of African countries and the flag of the African Union with the Egyptian flag on the Foreign Ministry’s building while lighting the building (facing the Nile) with the word ” #‎AFRICA ” to celebrate the day. Moreover, embassies abroad will organize celebrations of Africa Day in collaboration with the African countries to which they are accredited.
On the media campaign launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the spokesperson said it will begin on Sunday, May 22, 2016, under the theme “Africa is a continent of struggle and hope”, and will continue until May 25. He added the first day will be devoted to identifying the founding of the Organization of African Unity; the second to defining institutions of joint African action; the third to highlighting Egypt’s role in Africa, historically and currently; and the fourth to shed light on the most prominent African personalities and important contributions in support of African issues. Finally, the campaign will conclude with an article by Foreign Minister SamehShoukry to be posted on the Foreign Ministry’s blog to highlight Egyptian foreign policy concerns in Africa and the role of Egypt in support of African issues and its vision for the future of the continent.
On the other hand, at the national level, Ambassador Mohamed Idris, Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs, pointed out that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is organizing on May 24 – in coordination with the Arab Organization for Industrialization – a visit by African ambassadors accredited to Cairo to the buildings of various agencies to explore possibilities in the fields of renewable energy, electronics and SUVs, and to share Egypt’s knowledge and expertise in these vital areas and open up new prospects for enhancing cooperation between the countries of the African continent. Moreover, the Foreign Ministry coordinated on the national level an extensive program of 15 events this year to be held throughout the month of May in the framework of Egypt’s celebration of Africa Day in cooperation with the Egyptian Parliament and the Ministries of Culture, Tourism, Youth and Sports, Higher Education, and the State Information Service, and in coordination with African embassies, the mission of the African Union and a number of concerned organizations and associations. These events include “Here is Africa” at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University; the conference titled “Africa: New Horizons” at the Institute of African research and Studies; an “Africa Youth” celebration at the African Society, and the conference of the General Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce, as well as a number of sport, cultural, artistic and social activities and fashion shows with the participation of the wives of African ambassadors, young African youths and the popular teams of the continent’s countries.

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British High Commissioner’s Top Priorities for 2016

British High Commissioner Dianna Melrose joined other high commissioners and ambassadors around the world in making a short video highlighting their key priorities for the year ahead. The videos coincided with the Queen’s Speech at the opening of Parliament in London on 18th May which set out the UK government’s plans.

The High Commissioner said:

“This year in Tanzania the UK is focused on partnership. First, prosperity: to increase trade & investment, make it easier to do business and create jobs & opportunities to benefit both Tanzania and the UK. Second: a scaled up partnership to drive out corruption through better investigation and prosecution. Third, to bring peace and security to Tanzania’s neighbour Burundi.”

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Foreign Minister Brende to host Africa-Nordic Meeting of Foreign Ministers in Oslo on 26-27 May

‘I am looking forward to receiving colleagues from 12 key African countries on Thursday and Friday this week. They include the foreign ministers of Africa’s two largest economies, Nigeria and South Africa. Developments in Africa are important to Norway, and we have many common challenges. African countries are also important as cooperation partners and markets,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

The Africa-Nordic Meeting of Foreign Ministers is held once a year, and is hosted alternately by an African and a Nordic country. Last year’s meeting was in South Africa. The meetings provide a framework for an informal, open dialogue on international topics that are relevant both to the Nordic region and to Africa. This year, issues on the agenda include economic development, job creation, migration and terrorism. The foreign ministers of the following countries will be attending the meeting: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Ghana, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa and Sweden. Finland will be represented by the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, and Denmark by a state secretary from the Foreign Ministry.

‘Several of the world’s fastest growing economies are in Africa. The continent has a large population of young people and there is a huge need for more jobs. Through our cooperation with African countries, we will seek to create a good framework for investment and job creation. At the same time, several African countries are facing major challenges related to terrorism and violent extremism. This creates security problems for us as well, and greater effort and closer cooperation are needed to deal with these issues,’ said Mr Brende.

Members of the press are invited to meet the foreign ministers when they visit the Holmenkollen ski jump at 18:00 on Thursday 26 May. They are also invited to the opening of the meeting at Holmenkollen Park Hotel at 10:00 on Friday 27 May. The foreign ministers will take a boat trip on the Oslofjord starting at 17:15 on Friday. This will be hosted by the Norwegian–African Business Association, and representatives of the Norwegian business sector will also take part.

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Intra-Africa trade to play larger role in local GDP contributions

As growth in developed markets such as Europe, China and North Africa continue to stagnate, greater regional integration in Africa, amongst all role players, is needed to capitalize on the continent’s growth potential. This is according to Hennie Heymans, CEO of DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa (http://www.DHL.com), who says that when comparing intra-regional trade statistics, Africa’s rates are amongst the lowest in the world, with less than 20% of what is produced in the region, remaining on the continent.

“This, in essence, means that over 80% of what is produced in Africa is exported, mainly to the European Union, China and the United States. In comparison, over 65% of Europe’s trade occurs on its own continent, and in North America, the figure is around 50%(1),” says Heymans.

According to the latest IMF April 2016 World Economic Outlook report, developing economies and emerging markets will continue to account for a large portion of the world’s economic growth in 2016, which is expected at a rate of 3.2%. The report also reveals that growth in sub-Saharan Africa is also expected to remain low this year, at 3%, down 0.4% from 2015.

“Sub-Saharan Africa’s dwindling growth is influenced by factors such as slowed, moderate growth in advanced markets such as China, as well as the downward revision of growth for the region’s oil-exporting countries.”

Heymans says that intra-African trade has enormous potential to catalyze investment and foster growth on the continent. “To ensure that Africa is equipped to maintain and exceed its growth trajectory of 4% in 2017(2), business leaders, the government and the community need to work together towards making Africa an easier place to do business and to stimulate trade between the various African countries.”

“Trade blocs such as SADC (Southern African Development Community), EAC (East African Community), ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), all promote cross-border trade and are focused on facilitating trade and reducing bureaucracy within the region. However, more needs to be done to connect and encourage the movement of goods, services, people and capital across borders in Africa.

The World Bank recently reported(3) that intra-African trade costs are estimated to be approximately 50% higher than in East Asia due to the number of permits required when transporting goods across certain borders, or the fees payable for prolonged waiting periods at the border. Another issue is the varying de minimis values across the region. In Angola for example, the de minimis value is USD 350 (if imported via Luanda) while in Zimbabwe, the de minimis is USD 10. The varying values can often make it difficult for companies to plan market expansion strategies in Africa.

On the contrary, a new law in the United States has simplified shipping to the U.S. by raising the import de minimis limit from USD 200 to USD 800, which means that goods below USD 800 will not require formal customs procedures and will not be liable for duties or taxes. Heymans says that in light of poor global growth forecasts, the biggest game changer for Africa going forward will be its ability to boost connectivity and intra-Africa trade.

“The government and the private sectors need to continue to work together to create a sustainable and inclusive environment, and work on solutions to make it easier for African businesses to conduct business within their local and regional environment,” concludes Heymans.

(1) World Trade Organization: International Trade Statistics 2015 (http://www.apo.af/EEsKvX)
(2) International Monetary Fund (http://www.apo.af/I7AbqV)
(3) World Bank (http://www.apo.af/AB6nmN)

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Environment “cannot be an afterthought”, says Kenya’s President at opening of high-level environment assembly in Nairobi

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta today urged hundreds of key decision-makers from across the world to prioritize environmental action in support of economic and societal growth at the opening of the high-level segment of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2).

Over 170 countries, 120 represented at ministerial level, are represented at UNEA-2, where they are looking to drive action on issues ranging from the air pollution that kills millions of people every year to the illegal trade in wildlife, which is pushing species to the brink of extinction.

“Over the last two decades, we have seen, across the world, a movement emerge saying that the environment can no longer be a tertiary concern, that building a sustainable future cannot be an afterthought,” said President Kenyatta. “Your presence at this critical convening brings momentum to that movement and amplifies the urgency of the issue we are discussing.”

Held at the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, UNEA is the world’s most powerful decision-making body on the environment. Other issues on the table include food waste, the world’s natural capital and sustainable consumption and production.

“We are proud to have seen thousands of actions, people and initiatives congregate here over the years,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, addressing the opening of the assembly. “At Rio+20, heads of state called for a new era in environmental governance, for a new environment assembly. You are that dream come true.”

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said that action on all these issues under discussion was essential to implementation of both the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

“The decisions you will take are critical for the well-being of this and future generations,” United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told the gathering ahead of the commencement of negotiations. “They will have profound and lasting consequences.”

More than one thousand delegates from across the world – including business and civil society representatives – are attending attend UNEA-2. Among those are Edgar Gutiérrez Espelet, Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica and the new president of UNEA-2, and French Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal.

“We must take energetic and robust decisions,” said Mr. Gutiérrez. “The time has come for ambitious proposals and bold solutions. We have a mission to generate a renewed world alliance.”

A particularly key issue at UNEA-2 is the illegal trade in wildlife, which is pushing species to the brink of extinction, robbing countries of their natural heritage and profiting international criminal networks. UNEP and partners – with the backing of celebrities such as Gisele Bündchen and Neymar Jr. – on Wednesday launched a new campaign, Wild For Life, to engage the public in ending the trade.

Many of the speakers at the opening promised to back the fight against the illegal trade in wildlife and welcomed Kenya’s decision to earlier this month burn over 100 tonnes of poached ivory – the largest burn in history.

“(The ivory burn) was a very powerful signal indeed. On 30 April I signed a ministerial decree banning the import of ivory into France and called on Europe to do the same thing,” said Ms. Royal. “Courage is needed to stand up to powerful lobbies.”

Negotiations will continue until late Friday evening, when the resolutions agreed on will set the path for much of UNEP’s work for the next few years and provide momentum to early actions on achieving the 2030 Agenda and implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change.

About UNEA

The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) is the world’s most powerful decision-making body on the environment, and responsible for tackling some of the most critical issues of our time. The assembly holds the power to dramatically change the fate of the planet and improve the lives of everyone, impacting everything from health to national security, from the plastic in our oceans to the trafficking of wildlife. Thanks to UNEA, the environment is now considered one of the world’s most pressing concerns alongside other major global issues such as peace, security, finance and health.

This year, hundreds of key decision makers, businesses and representatives of intergovernmental organizations and civil society will in May gather at UNEA-2, taking place at the United Nations Environment Programme headquarters in Nairobi, for one of the first major meetings since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement. The resolutions passed at UNEA-2 will set the stage for early action on implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and drive the world towards a better future, more-just future. http://web.unep.org/unea

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Forests to cover one quarter of China in country’s bid to build “eco-civilization”

Almost one quarter of China will be covered in forest by 2020 if the country succeeds in its mission towards building an “eco-civilization”, a report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) finds.

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the first universally binding climate change agreement signed last year in Paris have renewed hopes that the world can shift to a low-carbon economy that uses natural resources more efficiently and fosters green economic growth.

To help drive this change, UNEP has released a series of reports at the second United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) that look at how individual countries are trying to achieve this transformation.

The reports look at China’s attempts to build an “ecological civilization”, Bhutan’s use of its novel Gross National Happiness Index, Germany’s attempts to build a circular economy, Costa Rica’s use of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) and Botswana’s Natural Capital Accounting.

The UNEP reports find that, although Bhutan faces challenges related to socioeconomic issues, and trade and aid dependency, the country has made “impressive progress in recent years”.

Costa Rica’s PES programme has also achieved notable successes, with nearly 15,000 contracts signed with landowners to improve land management. The programme has worked in over one million hectares of forests and distributed over $300 million, the report notes.

While more remains to be done, Germany’s attempts to apply the principles of a circular economy to its waste management plan has led to significant increases in recycling rates, created green jobs and increased resource efficiency.

Released today, UNEP’s Green is Gold report looks at the environmental dimension of China’s 13th five-year plan. As part of this plan, China has vowed that, by 2020, it will have decreased water consumption by 23 per cent, energy consumption by 15 per cent and CO2 emissions per unit of GDP by 18 per cent.

By 2020, China’s forest coverage will reach more than 23 per cent and the share of days per year with good air quality in cities at the prefectural level will exceed 80 per cent if the country succeeds in building its “eco-civilization” – a resource-saving, environmentally-friendly society that seeks to integrate ecological development with economic, social, cultural and political development.

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said, “There are numerous tools available for countries to develop an inclusive green economy, and in this report we see examples from across the developed and developing worlds.

“There is no one path to a low-carbon economy, but rather many different opportunities for countries to transform their economies and societies, and orient themselves toward sustainable development. The multiple pathways outlined in this report offer insight into what might work, and are a resource for governments looking to address resource and environmental challenges in non-traditional ways.”

China has already made a number of notable achievements, the UNEP report finds. By the end of 2014, China had built 10.5 billion m2 of energy-saving buildings in urban areas – roughly 38 per cent of the total area of urban residential buildings.

In addition, China’s production of new-energy vehicles increased 45-fold between 2011 and 2015. The country has also built the largest air-quality monitoring network in the developing world – 338 Chinese cities at the prefectural level and above are capable of monitoring six different air quality indicators. The country has also lowered energy consumption per unit of GDP and the amount of CO2 released per unit of GDP.

As part of its attempt to build an eco-civilization, China will build on these successes by:

· limiting total primary energy consumption to 4.8 billion tonnes equivalent of standard coal by 2020

· increasing the share of non-fossil fuel energy in primary energy consumption by up to 15 per cent and limit the share of coal consumption to 62 per cent by 2020

· reaching peak CO2 emissions by 2030

· building a green manufacturing system that is efficient, clean, low carbon and circular.

“If China succeeds in achieving these targets then it will have taken a major step towards shifting to a greener economy that uses resources more efficiently, limits the risks of climate change and improves the health of its people,” said Steiner.

Another UNEP report released today looks at the efforts of four other countries to transition to sustainable, socially inclusive societies, including Bhutan’s unique Gross National Happiness index.

The report, entitled Multiple Pathways to Sustainable Development: Further Evidence of Sustainability in Practice begins by looking at Germany’s efforts to introduce a “circular economy”, a system where products, components and resources are designed to be maintained, reused, remanufactured and recycled to reduce the high levels of waste produced by linear economic models of “take, make, dispose”.

In many parts of the country, pay-as-you-throw recycling schemes make it cost effective for households to produce less waste. The recycling rate of domestic waste grew from 50 per cent in 2000 to 64 per cent in 2013 while the amount of domestic waste has remained virtually constant over many years.

“As a result of its policies, Germany has achieved increasing resource efficiency, high recycling rates, virtually constant waste levels and more than 250,000 jobs in the waste industry,” the report says.

“However, despite being a frontrunner in the field, much is left to do to achieve a true circular economy, as the vast majority of raw materials used by German industry continues to be virgin materials (around 14 per cent derives from recovered waste).”

The report also looks at Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness (GNH), which the country uses instead of GDP to measure its development.

GNH aims for an economy that serves the spiritual, physical, social and environmental health of its citizens and natural environment instead of focusing purely on economic development.

The UNEP report notes that major improvements in Bhutan have been achieved. In the past 20 years, the country has doubled life expectancy and enrolled almost 100 per cent of its children in primary education. In the past 10 years, it has almost halved maternal mortality rate and, unique in South Asia, more than halved poverty.

“As a result, Bhutan achieved many of the Millennium Development Goals ahead of schedule, while at the same time following a cautious approach that puts preservation of traditional culture and environment ahead of economic growth,” the report states.

Since the financial crisis of 2008, GDP has become increasingly criticized as an insufficient metric of progress. Today, government initiatives to guide policy with more holistic measures of economic prosperity and well-being exist in Canada, China, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, among others.

“These countries demonstrate that the idea of GNH is relevant to a wide variety of national contexts” the report states.

The UNEP report also looks at Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) – payments made to landowners and farmers to manage land so that it continues to provide ecological services. The report focuses on Costa Rica, which became one of the first countries in the world to initiate a nationwide PES programme.

The report states: “The programme in Costa Rica has helped to reverse deforestation and has the potential to help reduce poverty by supporting indigent landowners.”

The report also analyzes Botswana’s use of Natural Capital Accounting (NCA), which is the process of calculating the stocks and flows of natural resources and measuring their contribution to a country’s economy.

The report states: “NCA helps the government to better determine the true contribution of natural resources, optimize their use, and assess how they can be used to diversify the economy and reduce poverty. Such accounts are of course no guarantee for sustainable development, but they can give important data support to decision makers that strive for it.”

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Download Green is Gold: The Strategy and Actions of China’s Ecological Civilization here:
http://web.unep.org/greeneconomy/sites/unep.org.greeneconomy/files/publications/greenisgold_en_20160519.pdf

Download Multiple Pathways to Sustainable Development here:
http://web.unep.org/greeneconomy/sites/unep.org.greeneconomy/files/publications/furtherevidencesustainabilitypractice_2016_web.pdf

About UNEA

The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) is the world’s most powerful decision-making body on the environment, and responsible for tackling some of the most critical issues of our time. The assembly holds the power to dramatically change the fate of the planet and improve the lives of everyone, impacting everything from health to national security, from the plastic in our oceans to the trafficking of wildlife. Thanks to UNEA, the environment is now considered one of the world’s most pressing concerns alongside other major global issues such as peace, security, finance and health.

This year, hundreds of key decision makers, businesses and representatives of intergovernmental organizations and civil society will in May gather at UNEA-2, taking place at the United Nations Environment Programme headquarters in Nairobi, for one of the first major meetings since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement. The resolutions passed at UNEA-2 will set the stage for early action on implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and drive the world towards a better future, more-just future. UNEA-2 is also inclusive, with myunea.org allowing citizens to feed their concerns into the meeting and take personal ownership of the collective challenges we face.

http://web.unep.org/unea

About UNEP

UNEP, established in 1972, is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment. UNEP work encompasses: assessing global, regional and national environmental conditions and trends, developing international and national environmental instruments and strengthening institutions for the wise management of the environment.

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Africa Day variety show

As part of the continent’s commemoration of Africa Day, which is celebrated annually on May 25, the United Nations in South Africa hosted a variety show of poems, song, dance and inspirational statements from prominent personalities, to underscore the importance of the Day.

The UN information Centre (UNIC’s) variety show in Pretoria, brought together Ambassadors and other senior members of the diplomatic corps, academics, students, representatives from civil society, the media and members of the public.

Head of the UN’s Population Agency UNFPA, Dr Ester Muia talked of the importance of women taking center stage in Africa – and encouraged all Africans to accelerate consciousness, determination and focus of eliminating poverty. “Partnerships and quality education were pertinent to Africa’s success.” said Dr Muia, as the audience chanted “Africa, let us unite!”

The colourful event, under the theme Celebrating Africa” – a valiant celebration of Africa, its history and prosperous future, featured poignant statements from renown South Africa Praise singer, poet and social activist Zolani Mkhiva who gave a heartfelt poem titled “Son of the Soil”, which placed emphasis on the uniqueness of African languages and the importance of respecting and protecting them.

Each speaker was punctuated by eclectic performances from the vibrant Dominican Convent School marimba band, the Warocka Tswana dance group as well as the Zamashenge Dancers, all of whom exhibited the different art forms from all parts of the continent.

Lindiwe Dlamini of the UN unpacked the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are the key development drivers of the new fifteen-year global growth and development agenda.

The colourful afternoon ended with displays and exhibitions from Grace Kalenga Creations, Dickson African Print and the Chadian Embassy – which encompassed an ingenious view of all things African, including arts, crafts and fashion. A luncheon and mingling session followed, which was enjoyed by all.

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H.E. Deputy Chairperson meets China Delegation on Cyber Space

H. E. Mr. Erastus Mwencha, Deputy Chairperson, African Union Commission says the Commission will explore ways of collaboration to develop Cyber Strategies with a vision for a safe and trustworthy cyberspace, not only for the Commission, but as a model the rest of Africa can replicate.

Speaking while he received a delegation from China led by H.E. Ms. Wang Xiujun, Deputy Minister, China Space Administration, the Deputy Chairperson observed that as the African Union migrates to broadband Internet, signs of internet crimes leaping to new heights make it paramount to put preventive actions to deter any cyber infiltrations. “…being wired to the rest of the world means we are now within the perimeter of cybercrime, making the continent’s information systems more vulnerable than ever before. There is a need to develop Cyber Strategies with a vision for a safe and trustworthy cyberspace” Mr. Mwencha stated.

Faced with the immediacy of cybercrime, which constitutes a real threat to the security of computer networks and the development of the information society in Africa, the Deputy Chairperson observed that there is a need to set the main orientations of the strategy for curbing cybercrime.

H.E Mr. Mwencha further stated “I am convinced that ICT is a powerful tool in the transformation of Africa, as development in the 21st century is largely enabled by digital highways. ICT is the means to our other goals, from health to education, from inclusive growth to gender equality, and many others aspects.”

The judicious use of ICT is a determinant factor for knowledge to be properly distributed to the ever demanding society with a quest to know more. However, the digital world is also faced with the challenge of vulnerability to attacks. Therefore, much as technologies empower the masses, their misuse can lead to damage and pose real threats to individuals and organization.

A memorandum of understanding is to be developed to define the collaboration framework between the African Union and China on Cyber Space matters of mutual interest.

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Ground Breaking Ceremony Joyful Women Organization 31st May 2016 approx. Kshs 11.8 Million

The Government of Japan has been providing funds to local non-profit organizations through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) since 1989. This year, the following organization is one of the few that has been selected to receive the grant.

Project :

The Project for the Construction of JOYWO Women Economic Empowerment Training Centre

Grantee:

Joyful Women Organization

Grant Amount:

US$119,490  (approx. Kshs 11.8 Million)

Event:

Ground Breaking Ceremony

Date:

31st May 2016

Time:

12:00 pm-14:00 pm

Venue:

Project Site : Kapseret, Eldoret-Kapsabet road, Kapseret Division,

Eldoret District , Uasin Gishu County

Joyful Women Organization Training Centre

(opposite to Eldoret International Airport)

Key Personalities:

H.E. Mrs. Rael RUTO

H.E. Hon. Jackson MANDAGO – Governor of Uasin Gishu County

Mr. Mikio MORI – Charge d’ Affaires ad interim of Japanese Embassy in the Republic of Kenya

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Message of H.E. Dr.Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Chairperson of the African Union Commission on theCommemoration of “AFRICA DAY” 25 MAY 2016

Fellow Africans on the Continent and in the Diaspora,

Our Friends and Supporters across the globe,

On this historic day of May 25, celebrating the 53rd Anniversary of the foundation of our beloved Continental Organization, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU), allow me to extend my warmest and most sincere best wishes for Africa Day as we celebrate continued progress by all daughters and sons of our beloved continent.

This year, we commemorate this special day as we seek continental transformation, take stock and reflect on the achievements in the search of a better life for all the segments of the African people. We all aspire for a well-governed and prosperous Africa under the basic tenets of democracy, rule of law and full respect of human and peoples’ rights. We do so under the Theme: “Year of Human Rights, with particular focus on the Rights of Women;” a theme, which is, indeed, both an opportunity and a challenge for all Africans.

The African Union has created many frameworks and normative instruments to achieve an inclusive, democratic and prosperous continent, most of which have been ratified by our Member States. Yet, many challenges still lie ahead to effectively ensure these critical norms and laws become a reality for our people. This cannot happen without the collaborative efforts of the Government, Civil Society Organisations and other stakeholders. Malawi is a recent example having established a body whose sole responsibility is to ensure that all African Union Protocols, Charters and Treaties are ratified and domesticated.

Fellow Africans,

We must ask ourselves critical, legitimate and tough questions as we embark on the fulfilment of the AU’s Vision for an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and having a strong voice in the international arena. This is THE AFRICA WE WANT, as expressed by our people in Agenda 2063. The First 10-year Implementation Plan is already being executed. By issuing the African passport to our Heads of State and Government during the Kigali Summit in July this year, we hope to accelerate the free movement of people, goods and services as one of our Flagship Projects.

Our continental vision can only be successfully realised if we collectively work with Member States, as well as all other stakeholders, including civil society, private sector, religious institutions, academia and the media. We all are in this together.

Yes, good governance and inclusive democracy are important but human rights go beyond. Human rights are about investing in Africa’s most precious resource, the over one billion people, the majority of whom are young, and over half of whom are women. It is about investing in their health, quality education, access to basic services and infrastructure, freedom to move across the continent and beneficiating our rich natural resources. Human rights are, indeed, a fine balance between civic and socio-economic aspirations, which will render for us a continent that is peaceful and people centered and playing a dynamic role in the world.

This year we want to focus on women’s rights; it is our fundamental obligation and because it makes economic sense. Investing in our women is a guarantee for sustainable peace, community stability and cohesion. Investing in women contributes to the prosperity of families, communities and the continent.

Fellow Africans,

Agenda 2063, THE AFRICA WE WANT, gives us a clear sense of where we want to go. But we must realize that this cannot happen without a strong commitment and reflection on Pan Africanism and the principle of African solidarity, which we have demonstrated before in our liberation struggles and recent fight against Ebola. For this, I am confident that once again, we will rise to the occasion to accelerate the implementation of our key priorities and programmes.

Therefore, as we commemorate this important day, let us re-dedicate ourselves to Africa and to the ideals bequeathed to us by our Founding Mothers and Fathers. Together, we can facilitate Africa’s integration, unity and shared values of prosperity and lasting peace for all.

Long live Africa and her Diaspora!

Long live African unity and solidarity!

Happy Africa Day!

Thank you. Merci. Shukran. Muito obrigado

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

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Source:: Message of H.E. Dr.Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Chairperson of the African Union Commission on theCommemoration of “AFRICA DAY” 25 MAY 2016

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TMT Finance Africa in Lagos 2016 event announced in partnership with IHS Towers

TMT Finance (www.TMTfinance.com), the global telecom investment news and events provider, and IHS Towers (www.IHStowers.com), the largest mobile telecommunications infrastructure provider in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, have announced the launch of the inaugural TMT Finance Africa in Lagos, Nigeria conference on September 20, 2016. http://www.TMTfinance.com/lagos

The conference will gather key leadership from telecom, media and technology companies, global and regional financial institutions, government representatives, investors, professional and legal advisers to assess the best opportunities for co-investment and partnership across the Africa.

“We are delighted to partner with TMT Finance for this event which will bring key telecom, media and technology focused international institutions and investors to Lagos,” said IHS Towers Co-founder and Interim IHS Nigeria CEO Mohamad Darwish. “Nigeria, being Africa’s largest economy, has always been a large hub for investments into Africa, and this Lagos event is proof of this continued phenomenon. As telecommunications, media and technology continue to converge, sustaining investment in development is critical to the sector. We hope that this conference will create a valuable platform for all players in the region to contribute to an exchange of ideas.”

“We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with IHS, and bring the conference series and our global network of industry and finance executives to Lagos for the first time,” said Dominic Lowndes, Managing Director of TMT Finance. “Lagos has become a critical hub for investment in telecoms infrastructure and services across Africa and the event will assess some of the most exciting opportunities for partnership and investment worldwide.”

Over 20 speakers have already been announced for the event, including key C-level financial decision makers from MTN, Bharti Airtel, IHS Towers, MainOne, Standard Bank, IFC World Bank, First Bank Nigeria, Africa Internet Group and Access Bank.

In total, over 50 key speakers will be announced, including leading regional telecom and tech CEOs, CFOs and Strategy Heads, Regulators, Policy Makers, Global and Regional Heads of leading financial institutions, investors and advisers. The agenda will feature a series of Leadership Panels, Peer to Peer Round Tables, Keynotes and Breakout Networking session.

Key session themes announced include: Telecom Leadership Africa: Broadband Infrastructure Investment; Digital Africa; Mobile Infrastructure Strategies; Mergers and Acquisitions; Private Equity Africa Roundtable; Regulation and Policy; Financing Telecoms; Broadband Infrastructure; Investing in Mobile Data and Services; Mobile Banking, Fintech and M-Health; and Media and Convergence.

“We are inviting companies and representatives from across the region, as well as global players, to participate and we encourage local players to contact us if they would like to take part,” said Lowndes. “We will announce the first round of key speakers in May.”

TMT Finance events provide a unique platform for facilitating dialogue between leading industry executives and the global financial and advisory community. Speakers and delegates are telecom, technology and infrastructure CEOs, CFOs, CSOs, MDs and Heads of M&A, investment banking heads, private equity investors, government representatives, regulators and specialist legal and strategic advisers and thought leaders.

For more information go to http://www.TMTfinance.com/lagos

For sponsorship or speaking opportunities, contact enquiries@tmtfinance.com

Register at www.TMTfinance.com/lagos/register

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of TMT Finance.

Media contact:

Maria Henley
Events Manager
TMT Finance
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 3747 4602
maria.henley@tmtfinance.com

About IHS Holding Limited

IHS (www.IHStowers.com) is the largest mobile telecommunications infrastructure provider in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Founded in 2001, IHS provides services across the full tower value chain – colocation on owned towers, deployment and managed services. Today IHS owns over 23,300 towers in Nigeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia and Rwanda.

For more information, visit: www.IHStowers.com

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Remarks on Burundi by Farhan Haq, the Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General

“Special Adviser Jamal Benomar is traveling to Bujumbura today following the conclusion of talks on Burundi that took place in Arusha, Tanzania.

The Special Adviser hopes that the talks in Arusha were a first step towards genuine and inclusive dialogue. He welcomed the meetings and stressed the undeniable challenge of starting a viable political process. He urged all of those involved to work diligently in order for that to happen as soon as possible.

Mr. Benomar has been consulting with various stakeholders who attended the talks and will continue to reach out to and consult with others who did not attend. During his visit to Arusha, he reiterated to former President Benjamin Mkapa that he and his team are ready to assist and support the facilitator in moving the process forward.”

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Source:: Remarks on Burundi by Farhan Haq, the Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General

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