HE Ameenah Gurib-Fakim PhD Scholarship Programme launches in Mauritius to award grants to African researchers

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  • The Planet Earth Institute (PEI) launched the “Her Excellency Mrs Ameenah Gurib-Fakim PhD Scholarship Programme”, a PEI and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation initiative in partnership with the African Academy of Sciences
  • The Programme will begin with 10 full PhD research grants for Mauritian researchers (or African researchers studying in Mauritius), and will be supported by the PEI and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

On Friday 6th May, the Planet Earth Institute (PEI) (www.PlanetEarthInstitute.org.uk), an international NGO and charity working for the scientific independence of Africa, announced the creation of the Her Excellency Mrs Ameenah Gurib-Fakim PhD Scholarship programme. The PhD scholarship programme is a PEI and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) initiative in partnership with the African Academy of Sciences (AAS).

The Programme will begin with 10 full PhD research grants for Mauritian researchers (or African researchers studying in Mauritius). Following the pilot 10 grants, the Programme is aiming to expand across Africa to award 10,000 PhD Scholarships in the coming decade in the areas of water, energy, agribusiness, health and blue sky research. The PEI and the BMGF hope that the areas of focus will help to equip Africa with the critical mass of scientific leaders it needs to become a continent of knowledge-based, sustainable economies.

The grants awarded to the initial ten researchers will cover the entire duration of the PhD, and will include both the full cost of academic and research time required at host universities, as well as a generous living expenses stipend. The scholarship winners will be announced by 1st July and the research placements will be intended to begin in September 2016.

Successful applicants will spend time at both an African and a UK host university, as well as time in industry, as relevance to the potential impact on economic growth and job creation are critical to the Programme. In Africa, the host institutions are the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Nairobi, the University of Cape Town, the University of Pretoria, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the University of the Witwatersrand, Rhodes University and the Sir Magdi Yacoub Research Network. In the UK, the host academic institutions are the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, the University of Greenwich, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow, Middlesex University and Newcastle University.

The Planet Earth Institute Foundation will run the Programme in its entirety, in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the African Academy of Sciences, as well as additional partners who will be announced in due course. A full-time Programme Co-ordinator will be based at the Planet Earth Institute Foundation in Mauritius to work alongside the senior Executive team.

HE Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius, and Vice Chairman and Trustee of the Planet Earth Institute

‘This PhD Programme is about offering a new and exciting opportunity for Mauritian researchers, and also to take a further step toward Africa taking its rightful place as a leader in global science race. If Mauritius is to become a knowledge-based economy and Africa a knowledge-based continent, we must invest in equipping our people with the skills they need to thrive. They must be problem solvers; job creators; innovators.

Given that there are 11 million young Africans entering the labour market each year, we must not let these talents go to waste. This programme, starting with Mauritius as a laboratory before its roll out across Africa, will support our talented young people to become entrepreneurs and to support the development of research critical to the future of Africa.’

Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho, Chairman of the Planet Earth Institute

‘With the Council Members of the Planet Earth Institute Foundation, including figures such as Lord Boateng, Sir Christopher Edwards and Sir Magdi Yacoub and with the support of leading scientists such as Professor Paul Younger, the PEI is committed to creating a world-class PhD Programme for Mauritian scientists.

We have partnered with the very best universities in the world in Africa and the UK, and we will now partner with the very best of the private sector. What’s more, through the PEI Foundation networks, the Ameenah Gurib-Fakim scholars will have opportunity to promote their research to a global audience.’

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Planet Earth Institute.

Interviews or further information

For further information on the Her Excellency Mrs. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim PhD Scholarship Programme or for interview requests with those involved, please contact:

James Knight on [email protected] or +(230) 5255-4461
Sarah Hambly on [email protected] or +447879 739 405

Notes to Eds

• The Planet Earth Institute (PEI) (www.PlanetEarthInstitute.org.uk) is an international NGO and charity working for the scientific independence of Africa
• All of our work is built around the three pathways we believe will help lead Africa to scientific independence: Higher Education, Technological Innovation and Policy and Advocacy
• The PEI is headquartered in London, UK, with offices in Port Louis, Mauritius and Luanda, Angola

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UNHCR appeals to Kenya over decision to end refugee hosting

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On Friday of last week (May 6th), the Government of Kenya announced that it intended to end the hosting of refugees, citing economic, security and environmental burdens. A statement issued by the Ministry of Interior, said the Government had disbanded its Department of Refugee Affairs and was working on a mechanism for the closure of Kenya’s refugee camps – a move that could affect as many as 600,000 lives.

It is with profound concern that UNHCR takes note of this announcement. For almost a quarter of a century Kenya has played a vital role in East Africa and the Horn of Africa in providing asylum to people forced to flee persecution and war. The safety of hundreds of thousands of Somalis, South Sudanese and others has hinged on Kenya’s generosity a

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nd its willingness to be a leading beacon in the region for international protection. Tragically, the situations in Somalia and South Sudan that cause people to flee are still unresolved today.

UNHCR has been, and will continue to be, in touch with the Kenyan Government to fully understand the implications of its statement. We recognize that Kenya has played an extraordinary role over many years as one of the world’s frontline major refugee hosting nations, and that inevitably this has had many consequences for the country and its population. It is for these reasons, that UNHCR has been a prominent advocate for robust international support for Kenya, including support for host communities and a careful listening to their concerns.

In today’s global context of some 60 million people forcibly displaced, it is more important than ever that international asylum obligations prevail and are properly supported. In light of this, and because of the potentially devastating consequences for hundreds of thousands of people that premature ending of refugee hosting would have, UNHCR is calling on the Government of Kenya to reconsider its decision and to avoid taking any action that might be at odds with its international obligations towards people needing sanctuary from danger and persecution.

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60th Global Summit of the Consumer Goods Forum in Cape Town 2016

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CEOs from the Coca Cola Company, Nestlé, Tesco, Alibaba and more to attend the 60th Global Summit of the Consumer Goods Forum in Cape Town this year

  • Consumer Goods Forum Global Summit convenes in Cape Town from 15th– 17th June
  • Delegates to explore theme of ‘Seizing opportunities in the face of disruption’
  • Programme features a range of not-to-be-missed presentations by some of the world’s most influential business leaders, including Tesco CEO Dave Lewis, The Coca Cola Company CEO, Chairman Muhtar Kent and Daniel Zhang, CEO of Alibaba
  • Rising stars entrepreneurs recognised for their early achievements and creativity will present alongside these established players

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) (http://www.TheConsumerGoodsForum.com) has announced that in just over six weeks, Cape Town will play host to scores of CEOs from the world’s most influential consumer and retail brands. The CGF Global Summit (http://www.tcgfsummit.com), expected to draw more than 800 delegates from over 365 companies from 40 countries, will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 15 to 17 June 2016.

The theme of this year’s Global Summit is ‘Seizing opportunities in the face of disruption’. Delegates and speakers will span the entire consumer goods ecosystem including retailers, manufacturers, service providers and trade associations. The Global Summit, which has become the industry’s most significant annual event, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

FMCG industry leaders and rising stars hit the stage

This year the line-up of speakers will serve to bridge the industry generation gap and will feature both legacy heavy-hitters such as Coca Cola Company CEO and Chairman Muhtar Kent, Tesco CEO Dave Lewis and Daniel Zhang, CEO of Alibaba, as well as a new generation of young entrepreneurs making waves of their own in the industry, including the CEO of Facebook Africa, Nunu Ntshingila and Affiong Williams, founder and CEO of ReelFruit, an emerging fruit processing company. With the CGF’s focus on collaboration, this will be an exciting juxtaposition of ideas coming together to create mutual inspiration – each side has much to learn from the other.

The Global Summit will focus on disruption in all areas of business, and the resultant opportunities. Innovators, CEOs and leaders of new business models from both emerging and developed markets will come together to challenge delegates to see disruption from new vantage points.

Additional renowned speakers set to deliver exclusive insights at the Global Summit include:

  • Sir Martin Sorrell, Founder and CEO at WPP, on ‘Lessons to be Learnt from Disruptive Communications’
  • Doug McMillon, CEO Wal-Mart Stores, ‘Responsible on Retailing for the Modern Consumer’
  • François Pienaar, former captain of the South Africa Rugby team
  • Zelda La Grange, Former Private Secretary to the Office of the President Nelson Mandela

How to go the distance in the digital world

Panel discussions scheduled for day two will see invited speakers debate and evaluate key issues facing the industry on a daily basis. Topics will include health and wellness challenges and ways in which the industry can do more to improve these issues through greater collaboration. The digital disruptors will also have their say on how integral digital platforms are key to the success of business today.

Other topics to be discussed include:

  • ‘Positive Impact, Real Business’, where fearless young entrepreneurs from Africa share their stories and provide refreshing, inspiring and innovative concepts for emerging markets
  • ‘Retail Growth Success Stories’, bringing together both ‘digital natives’ and established retailers that have successfully embraced new models and addressed new markets
  • ‘Building a Sustainable Future’, exploring how companies can build sustainable futures by looking at today’s challenges and turning them into tomorrow’s opportunities

A strategic one-stop-shop to stay ahead of the curve

In addition to the speaker programme, the CGF will host its Innovation Zone, called the ‘i-Zone’, showcasing the latest cutting-edge and creative ideas from the retail and consumer goods industries. This stylish display area offers a window to the most innovative concepts offered by members from across the world.

A key feature of the event is the Store Visits Programme. This top-class retail tour will offer invited participants the opportunity to participate in a custom-made retail tour that will showcase the very best of local retail. Guests will be given coveted access to senior industry executives and will be privy to some sought-after information regarding their business background as well as an opportunity to benchmark their own retail offer.

Peter Freedman, Managing Director at the Consumer Goods Forum, commented: “All industries experience waves of disruption but the consumer goods industry is arguably going through more disruption right now than we have seen in a lifetime. Digital is perhaps the biggest disruption because it affects how we produce, buy, sell and communicate. At the same time we are seeing disruption from new entrants – not just digital natives but also many others, ranging from the local “craft” industry to a new breed of emerging market-based multinationals. The Global Summit is the forum for our members to discuss how they can capitalise on the opportunities that lie beneath all disruptions. We will explore how the CGF’s mission to collaborate on consumer trust and industry efficiency can also unlock growth opportunities.”

The CGF works to create ‘better lives through better business’. Manufacturers and retailers partner with the CGF to develop common positions, drive business efficiency and positive societal change in four strategic priority areas for the industry: sustainability, health and wellness, product safety, and end-to-end value chain. Read more at http://www.TheConsumerGoodsForum.com and http://www.tcgfsummit.com/

Consumer Goods Forum Global Summit convenes at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 15th-17th June. Manufacturers, service providers and retailers within the consumer goods industry can register here to attend: http://www.tcgfsummit.com/register/register

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF).

About The Consumer Goods Forum
The Consumer Goods Forum (“the CGF”) (http://www.TheConsumerGoodsForum.com) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 2.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs.

For more information, please visit: http://www.TheConsumerGoodsForum.com.

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Janine Pedersen
Account Manager
Atmosphere Communications
021 461 2117 (ext. 1602)
[email protected]

On behalf of:
Isabelle Odesser
Director, Marketing & Communications
The Consumer Goods Forum
France
[email protected]

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Media Advisory: UNMISS Weekly Press Conference 11 May 2016

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The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) cordially invites you to attend its weekly press briefings brought to you by the Spokesperson and Media Relations Unit.

The briefing will cover a number of issues, and serve to inform and bring you up to date on the activities of the Mission on a weekly basis. Occasionally the Spokesperson will be joined by guest speakers of the Mission who will brief on other areas of the Mission’s work.

Our special guest this week will be Mr. Sam Muhumure, Senior Coordination Officer of the Relief, Reintegration & Protection (RRP) Section of UNMISS.

Date: Wednesday, 11 May, at UN House.

Venue: Yei Conference Room – UN House

Time: 10:10am

PLEASE NOTE:

UNMISS will provide transportation for the invited journalists to the press briefing and back to town after the event as follows:

Bus 1: departing from Custom Dire Petroleum – Customs Market area –departure time: 09:20am

Bus 2: departing from Juba University – 09:20am

Journalists who wish to arrive to UN House by their own means are invited to present themselves at the gates with a valid press card/ID not later than 09:50am.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

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Côte d’Ivoire: Trial of Simone Gbagbo opens

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While today’s trial of former first lady Simone Gbagbo is an important step towards ending impunity in Côte d’Ivoire, Amnesty International maintains that the Ivorian authorities should reconsider their refusal to comply with their obligation to surrender her to the International Criminal Court (ICC) pursuant to an arrest warrant against her on charges of crimes against humanity.

Simone Gbagbo is set to go on trial today in Abidjan on charges of crimes against humanity related to the post-election violence in 2010-2011. More than 1,000 people were killed in the violence that ensued when her husband Laurent Gbagbo refused to relinquish power after losing an election.

“Unless Côte d’Ivoire applies to the International Criminal Court to again challenge the admissibility of her case they must immediately surrender Simone Gbagbo to the ICC,” said Gaëtan Mootoo, West Africa researcher for Amnesty International.

“If the domestic trial continues, Côte d’Ivoire must ensure its proceedings comply with international human rights law standards, including the right to a fair trial. Côte d’Ivoire must show the world it is serious about delivering post-conflict justice to victims of all crimes.”

Background:

Simone Gbagbo has been charged by the ICC with crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, persecution and other inhuman acts. An arrest warrant was issued against her on 22 February 2012.

In 2014, an ICC Pre-Trial Chamber rejected a challenge by Côte d’Ivoire against the admissibility of the case, which was confirmed on appeal in 2015. Côte d’Ivoire has so far refused to surrender her to the ICC.

Simone Gbagbo’s husband, the former President Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé, an ally of Gbagbo’s and leader of a militant youth group, are currently on trial before the ICC for crimes against humanity in relation to the post-election violence.

Simone Gbagbo was previously convicted and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment on 10 March 2015 on charges of participation in an insurrectional movement, conspiracy against the State, and disturbing public order.

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Senior UK delegation conducts government communications training visit to Tunisia

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The objective of the training visit by UK Government communications experts, on 18-19 April, was to reinforce the role and importance of government communications, to share best-practice communications tools and to support Government of Tunisia communicators to develop as a profession.

The UK delegation was led by Alex Aiken, the Executive Director of Government Communications and included Conrad Bird, Director of the GREAT Britain campaign and Cross-Government Campaigns, Robin Gordon-Farleigh, 10 Downing Street News Planner and Ed Pikett, Head of Campaigns at the Cabinet Office.

A conference, hosted by British Ambassador to Tunisia, Hamish Cowell, and attended by close to 50 communicators from across the Government of Tunisia was delivered by the UK delegation. Alex Aiken conducted eighteen senior level meetings over the course of the two-day visit including meetings with President Essebsi and Prime Minister Essid. With the British Ambassador in attendance, both the President and the Prime Minister of Tunisia thanked the UK for its support in Government communications.

In his welcome address to the conference UK Ambassador Hamish Cowell said: “Our willingness and ability to speak to citizens must be coupled with a willingness and ability to listen to them, incorporating their needs and preferences, and engaging with them in a way that they want, through their trusted sources of information. The capacity to carry out two-way communication with citizens in a meaningful and ongoing manner is integral to the goals of democracy. Our intention is that with this partnership between our governments and through a strengthening of government communications, we can support Tunisia’s democratic transition“.

Alex Aiken said: “It’s an honour to be invited to share our experiences with the Government of Tunisia. Communication, alongside legislation, regulation and taxation, is one of the four main levers of government. I strongly believe that through bilateral programmes such as this, we can support our counterparts around the world to strengthen government communications and support the delivery of our prosperity and security objectives. I look forward to continuing this important programme in collaboration with the Government of Tunisia and strengthening the reputation of the UK as a global leader in government communications”.

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DR Congo: Crackdown on Presidential Aspirant

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Moise Katumbi and human rights

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrested at least 27 associates of Moise Katumbi, a presidential aspirant, and other opposition party members since late April 2016, Human Rights Watch said today. Congo’s justice minister announced an investigation into Katumbi on May 4, the day he announced his candidacy.

The arrests occurred between April 22 and May 7 in and around the southern city of Lubumbashi, where Katumbi is based. The investigation into Katumbi for his alleged “recruitment of mercenaries, [including] several retired American soldiers,” appears politically motivated, Human Rights Watch said. On May 7 the prosecutor’s office in Lubumbashi summoned Katumbi to appear on May 9.

“The arrests and attacks in Lubumbashi appear to be more than just the usual police harassment, but targeted actions against a presidential aspirant and close supporters,” said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “The government should urgently reverse course and ensure that opposition parties and all Congolese are freely able to express their views and peacefully assemble.”

On April 24, police fired teargas at Katumbi and a large crowd of peaceful demonstrators in Lubumbashi to block an opposition rally at which Katumbi was to speak. Two opposition party headquarters in Lubumbashi were recently vandalized.

Congo’s communications minister Lambert Mende told Radio France Internationale (RFI) on April 25 that “the police used teargas to disperse people who wanted to block traffic [on the roads in Lubumbashi]. There were some administrative arrests,” he added. “But without significant consequences, in my opinion.”

The recent developments in Lubumbashi come in the context of a broader crackdown against activists, opposition party members and others who have urged that presidential elections be organized according to the constitutional timetable, Human Rights Watch said.

Political parties organized public meetings in cities across Congo on April 24 to commemorate the country’s multiparty democratization process, which began 26 years ago. The opposition also sought to use the meetings to protest attempts to extend President Joseph Kabila’s stay in power beyond his constitutionally mandated two-term limit, which ends on December 19. The meetings in Kinshasa, the capital, and the eastern cities of Goma and Bukavu proceeded peacefully.

A similar meeting in Lubumbashi had been organized by the G7, a platform of seven political parties dismissed from President Kabila’s majority coalition in September 2015 after publicly calling on the president to organize presidential elections on time and support a successor. On March 30, the G7 announced their support for Katumbi as a presidential candidate. The former governor of Katanga province, Katumbi defected from Kabila’s political party in September to join the opposition.

Early in the morning on April 24, police deployed heavily throughout Lubumbashi’s neighborhood known as the Kenya commune, where the political meeting was to take place. Police searched all vehicles and passengers entering the neighborhood and blocked a number of streets.

After learning he would not be able to enter the neighborhood by vehicle, Katumbi entered on foot, avoiding the police barriers. A crowd of supporters accompanied him as he walked the several kilometers toward the Kenya stadium, the planned meeting site. As they neared the stadium, police began firing teargas toward Katumbi and the crowd around him, preventing the meeting from taking place.

Police and Republican Guard soldiers also blocked a team of human rights observers and security officers from the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Congo, MONUSCO, from entering the Kenya commune that morning. They were only able to enter toward the end of the day, by going around the police barriers.

In Lubumbashi during the days leading up to and following the scheduled public meeting, security forces arrested Katumbi’s former cabinet director; 6 of Katumbi’s employees; 2 sons of a G7 opposition leader, Pierre Lumbi, and 3 of their business employees; at least 10 opposition party members and others who had come out to participate in the scheduled public meeting; one of Katumbi’s former security guards; and 4 human rights activists who were observing as security forces searched Katumbi’s farm without a warrant. Sixteen of these have since been released, while 11 remain in detention. Human Rights Watch has received reports of additional arrests of those close to Katumbi that it is seeking to confirm.

Opposition party headquarters in Lubumbashi were attacked before and since the planned meeting. Police vandalized the headquarters of the National Union of Federalists of Congo (Union Nationale des fédéralistes du Congo, UNAFEC), one of the G7 members, in Lubumbashi on April 19 and 20 and have kept it shut under police guard. On April 26, unidentified assailants set fire to the Lubumbashi headquarters of another G7 party member, National Union of Federalist Democrats (Union Nationale des Démocrates Féderalistes, UNADEF).

After the justice minister’s announcement of the investigation into Katumbi on May 4, there were reports that Katumbi might be arrested or taken in for questioning. Three Congolese human rights activists went to Katumbi’s house on the morning of May 5 to monitor the situation from outside. They told Human Rights Watch that about a dozen vehicles with suspected National Intelligence Agency (Agence nationale de renseignements, ANR) and other security force officials, most in civilian clothes, were deployed along the avenue in front of Katumbi’s home. At about 3 p.m., an ANR official told the activists, “We know you very well, you work against the nation and you’re spying on our agents.” He then added, “We’re on an official mission, and we order you to leave the ‘sector’ immediately and not to come back.” The activists then left the area.

These recent incidents highlight the importance of MONUSCO increasing its military and police presence in Lubumbashi, a political hotspot where there is currently a minimal UN presence. MONUSCO should fully implement its mandate to protect all those at risk from political violence and threats in the area, Human Rights Watch said.

Over the past year and a half, government officials and security forces have arrested dozens of opposition leaders and activists, fired on peaceful protesters, banned demonstrations organized by the opposition, shut down media outlets close to the opposition, intimidated and threatened those who have considered joining the opposition, and prevented opposition leaders from moving freely around the country. In numerous recent cases, the justice system and other state institutions – including the ANR, police, and Republican Guard – have acted in a partisan manner on behalf of the government, Human Rights Watch said.

Preparations for presidential elections have stalled, and many senior government officials and members of Kabila’s ruling coalition have said that elections cannot be held before the end of the year. They have called for a national dialogue to discuss the way forward. Many of the main opposition parties have refused to participate in the dialogue, citing fears it is merely a ploy for Kabila to stay in power.

“Arresting those close to opposition leaders, vandalizing their party offices, and using teargas to disrupt peaceful demonstrations sends a frightening message about future election security,” Bekele said. “Government officials should get serious about their calls for dialogue by creating a climate of confidence and ending the campaign of harassment and violence.”

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Team of Oil Traders and Upstream Professionals Unveils DMWA Resources

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The firm combines a vast network of industry contacts with extensive African oil & gas industry experience to offer an unparalleled service to NOCs and multinational companies operating on the continent.

DMWA Resources will target plays and partnerships across West and Central Africa.

An oil & gas advisory, E&P and trading firm that aligns its unique industry skillset and network has landed on the African continent. DMWA Resources (www.DMWAResources.com) capitalizes on the extensive African knowledge and experience of its management and the financial firepower of large institutions to become the partner of choice for Africa’s governmental and private oil & gas institutions. The company is the brainchild of Sebastian Wagner, who previously worked as Business Developer and Trading Operations Manager for Trafigura and associated firms, managing oil trades across the barrel of African crude and refined products while simultaneously pursuing pre-financing opportunities with West and Central African sovereigns.

“DMWA Resources is a knowledge and relationship-driven oil & gas advisory firm,” said Mr. Wagner, the company’s Executive Director. “Our African-specific expertise provides a strong platform to showcase our value in the markets where we seek to provide advisory services, acquire prospective acreages and specialize in the resale of crude oil, natural gas and refined products. We assist our private sector partners in the industry’s ongoing consolidation, as well as our governmental clients in their financial and knowledge-based recapitalization.”

DMWA Resources is targeting various regions across Africa, including Equatorial Guinea, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville and Ghana. The company offers a range of petroleum industry and fiscal advisory services and partners with world-class partners with the capacity to undertake E&P ventures in Africa’s oil and gas sector. DMWA is built on a flat structure and is financially and structurally independent, which allows the company to partner with the energy industry’s heavyweights.

On June 6-7, 2016, DMWA will sponsor the Africa Oil & Power conference in Cape Town, South Africa, joining industry elites Gunvor Group, Marathon Oil, RoyalGate Energy, DeltaTek Group, General Electric and Centurion Law Group. DMWA will host a reception gathering African energy ministers, IOC’s, NOC’s and financial institutions. Mr. Wagner will moderate a Projects & Prospects Panel that discusses the reasons for success or failure of oil and gas projects in Africa’s competitive marketplace.

To learn more about DMWA Resources, visit www.DMWAResources.com.

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Zambian SME’s to benefit from the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC).

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Zambia and other Commonwealth member states are set to benefit from the Commonwealth-First programme, a new initiative that has been created by the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) to support internationalisation of the Commonwealth’s small and medium sized businesses.

During the launch of the Commonwealth-First programme held at Marlborough House, CWEIC Chief Executive Officer Mr. Oliver Everett introduced the concept of the programme and stated that the Commonwealth factor of shared language, legal system and business practices helped to make trade on average 19 per cent cheaper between Commonwealth member countries.

He informed the house that by the year 2020, Commonwealth trade is expected to double to US$1 trillion.

“With this launch today, over the next 3 years, 100 leading UK SMEs will be selected to become Commonwealth Export Champions. Through intensive training, mentoring, trade missions and business development support, these Export Champions will be supported in their quest to win new business in the fast growing Commonwealth markets. Their success will then be showcased as encouragement to the wider business community to make greater use of the Commonwealth network,” he said.

Commonwealth-First programme is a new initiative to support internationalisation of the Commonwealth’s small and medium sized businesses beginning with the pilot programme here in the UK. The initiative is supported by the Royal Mail.

Only 50 businesses from Africa will be chosen to be in the first phase of the project and Zambian SME’s are encouraged to take keen interest in the project and be part of transforming their businesses and Zambia at large.

The launch was attended by Zambia High Commission Counsellor Economic and First Secretary-Trade, some High Commissioners, other Diplomats and various organisations under the Commonwealth umbrella.

The Commonwealth-First website provides support for all businesses looking to trade and invest in Commonwealth countries, as well as an e-commerce platform developed by I-genius and funded by Royal Mail. The website is: www.commonwealthfirst.org

A list will be compiled and selection will be undertaken by the Commonwealth-First leadership and their team of mentors which includes among others, Mr Joseph Zammit Tabona, the Special Envoy to the Prime Minister of Malta for Investment promotion. Upon selection, the SME’s from all over Commonwealth will then be part of the mentorship programmes and trade missions after the initial 3-year focus on UK SME’s.

The Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) was established in July 2014 as a not for profit membership organisation. The main objective is to facilitate trade and investment throughout the 53 countries of the Commonwealth and support private sector companies and Governments in developing economic activity. CWEIC is mandated to promote intra-Commonwealth trade and investment.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Zambia High Commission in the United Kingdom.

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Investments in agriculture can unlock prosperity in Africa – IFAD President tells leaders in Kigali

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While Africa is expected to experience its slowest growth rate this millennium, Kanayo Nwanze, the President of the UN’s International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD), brings a strong message of optimism to government and business leaders gathering for the Grow Africa Investment Forum and the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF) in Kigali this week.

“Investments in agriculture can generate great riches for the continent and lift millions out of poverty and hunger,” said Nwanze en route to Rwanda. “There are high returns to those countries that take agriculture seriously.”

Since 2009 Africa has been seen as the next great investment frontier yet, according to the International Monetary Fund, economic growth on the continent is now predicted to be slower than the rest of the world for the first time in sixteen years. With many countries in southern and eastern Africa suffering from the worst drought in decades, and with fiscal deficits widening and conflicts increasing, some experts are questioning whether Africa is still on the rise.

Despite these dire predictions, Nwanze said Africa is still a continent of unprecedented opportunity, and supporting small-scale farmers and investing in rural areas are some of the best ways for countries to meet their broader development objectives, including poverty reduction. With the right investments, he said, Africa could double its agricultural productivity in the next five years.

“Half of the world’s uncultivated land which is suited for growing food crops is in Africa,” said Nwanze. “We need to work together to harness the continent’s potential and this means investing in small-scale farmers who are the backbone of African agriculture.”

Africa has 25 per cent of the world’s arable land, yet it generates only 10 per cent of global agricultural output. With a population growth of 2.7 per cent annually, food demand on the continent is expected to double every 30 years. Investments that encourage increased agricultural production would cut Africa’s annual US$35 billion food import bill, keeping this money on the continent to be used for broader economic development.

Nwanze said that investments alone will not transform the continent. Governments need to get their own houses in order and ensure that there is a strong commitment to policies and incentives that encourage higher food production by smallholder farmers.

“At IFAD we know that small-scale farmers do not want hand-outs. They want economic opportunities,” said Nwanze. “I am looking forward to discussing how we can create those opportunities and make agriculture a profitable sector and a powerful catalyst for development.”

The Grow Africa and WEF events will bring together global and regional heads of government, business and civil society. Nwanze will participate in a high-level panel discussion at Grow Africa on “Accelerating Agricultural Transformation.” While at WEF, he will moderate “Rethinking Agriculture,” a session on innovative ways to create sustainable food systems.

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While Africa is expected to experience its slowest growth rate this millennium, Kanayo Nwanze, the President of the UN’s International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD), brings a strong message of optimism to government and business leaders gathering for the Grow Africa Investment Forum and the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF) in Kigali this week.

“Investments in agriculture can generate great riches for the continent and lift millions out of poverty and hunger,” said Nwanze en route to Rwanda. “There are high returns to those countries that take agriculture seriously.”

Since 2009 Africa has been seen as the next great investment frontier yet, according to the International Monetary Fund, economic growth on the continent is now predicted to be slower than the rest of the world for the first time in sixteen years. With many countries in southern and eastern Africa suffering from the worst drought in decades, and with fiscal deficits widening and conflicts increasing, some experts are questioning whether Africa is still on the rise.

Despite these dire predictions, Nwanze said Africa is still a continent of unprecedented opportunity, and supporting small-scale farmers and investing in rural areas are some of the best ways for countries to meet their broader development objectives, including poverty reduction. With the right investments, he said, Africa could double its agricultural productivity in the next five years.

“Half of the world’s uncultivated land which is suited for growing food crops is in Africa,” said Nwanze. “We need to work together to harness the continent’s potential and this means investing in small-scale farmers who are the backbone of African agriculture.”

Africa has 25 per cent of the world’s arable land, yet it generates only 10 per cent of global agricultural output. With a population growth of 2.7 per cent annually, food demand on the continent is expected to double every 30 years. Investments that encourage increased agricultural production would cut Africa’s annual US$35 billion food import bill, keeping this money on the continent to be used for broader economic development.

Nwanze said that investments alone will not transform the continent. Governments need to get their own houses in order and ensure that there is a strong commitment to policies and incentives that encourage higher food production by smallholder farmers.

“At IFAD we know that small-scale farmers do not want hand-outs. They want economic opportunities,” said Nwanze. “I am looking forward to discussing how we can create those opportunities and make agriculture a profitable sector and a powerful catalyst for development.”

The Grow Africa and WEF events will bring together global and regional heads of government, business and civil society. Nwanze will participate in a high-level panel discussion at Grow Africa on “Accelerating Agricultural Transformation.” While at WEF, he will moderate “Rethinking Agriculture,” a session on innovative ways to create sustainable food systems.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

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Ending Hunger and Malnutrition in Africa

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The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have acknowledged the need to respect, protect and fulfill the fundamental human right to food and optimal nutrition in Africa. During extensive deliberations at the Second Ordinary Session of the Fourth Parliament, the Parliamentarians agreed to establish a Pan-African Parliamentary Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security.

Speaking at the Africa Parliament, Chimimba David Phiri, FAO Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa, expressed the Organization’s appreciation to the Pan-African Parliament for its commitment to advance the Food and Nutrition Security agenda in Africa.

“Notwithstanding the progress made in recent years, over 58 million children under the age of five are stunted, and all 54 African countries are confronted with overweight and obesity. These rising levels of overweight and obesity are linked to poor dietary habits and lifestyle, resulting in non-communicable diseases”, said David Phiri.

“There are also high levels of deficiencies in essential vitamins and minerals reported. When all segments of our populations should be healthy and actively contributing to economic development, African governments are spending huge sums of money on health,” he added.

The Session emphasized the need for Governments, Parliamentarians, Private Sector, Civil Society and other stakeholders to work under a unified umbrella of harmonized legislative frameworks and instruments backed by political will and joint strategic actions.

As a follow-up to the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN-2) framework for action and the CAADP Nutrition Initiative under the Malabo Declaration, FAO is working with African countries to create nutrition-sensitive food systems anchored on their national agriculture and food security investment plans.

Fruitful discussion on way forward

Many of the more than 100 parliamentarians present for the deliberations spoke of the existing challenges and opportunities. They re-echoed Africa’s commitment to food and nutrition security, demonstrated through the endorsement and ratification of several international and continental agreements and frameworks of action on food and nutrition security.

Recognizing their role as custodians of political commitments, the Parliamentarians have agreed to work with FAO to ensure food and nutrition security for all in the Continent.

The President of the Pan-African Parliament, Hon.Roger Nkodo Dang in his closing remarks, emphasized the important role of food and nutrition security to Africa’s development and invited FAO to continue its engagement with the PAP in the subsequent Ordinary Session later in the year.

The PAP supported the creation of the Pan-African Parliamentary Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security and expressed its desire to work closely with FAO.

FAO reassured the Parliamentarians of the Organization’s technical support, including the capacity development of the parliamentarians and sharing the extensive experience gained in Latin America and the Caribbean, to advance the launching and efficient functioning of the African Alliance.

The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) is an African Union organ that ensures the full participation of African peoples in the development and economic integration of the continent.

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