MEPI Student Leaders Program 2018

The Student Leaders program offers outstanding undergraduates from across the MENA region an intensive leadership training course of approximately 5 weeks in the United States. The program emphasizes lessons in participatory governance and the application of leadership skills.

The Student Leaders program is a rigorous exchange program for up to 60 undergraduate and graduate students from the Middle East and North Africa. Students are divided among U.S. academic institutions where they develop leadership skills and expand their understanding of civil society and participatory governance and how both may be applied in their home communities. Participants have the opportunity to meet their American peers, engage in local community service activities, and observe and take part in the governmental process on the local, state, and federal levels. The program includes academic coursework, as well as study tours to various regions of the United States.

Upon completion of the U.S.-based program, participants are mentored by the program implementer to leverage their experiences through sponsored alumni activities designed to effect positive social change in their home countries approximately 6 months after the U.S. portion of the program. A competitive follow-on training seminar may be held in the region upon completion of the U.S.-based program.

Who is Eligible?

This program is open to university students from Libya between the ages of 20 and 24. We seek a gender-balanced pool of candidates and give preference to traditionally under-served participants. While nominees may be undergraduate or graduate students in any field of academic specialization, it is critical that they exhibit a serious interest in pursuing leadership opportunities in their home countries and demonstrate a desire to deepen their civic engagement.

Those who have previously traveled to the U.S. or studied abroad are ineligible. Applicants should demonstrate sufficient English-language skills to participate in U.S. university-level classes and must be enrolled in and attending a university in their home countries. At the time of application and while participating in the program, participants cannot hold U.S. citizenship or be a U.S. Legal Permanent Resident.

How do participants apply?

Participants apply for the program online at and are then interviewed and nominated by U.S. Embassy Libya.

Expenses for the program are fully paid by the U.S. Department of State.


Applications for 2018 will be accepted from October 23, 2017, through December 14, 2017.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of U.S. Embassy in Libya.

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Kenya Elections

The United States urges all Kenyans to remain calm, reject violence, and uphold the principles of their Constitution in the election scheduled for today. We are deeply concerned about the continuing efforts of both parties to interfere with and undermine the independent operation of the electoral commission, the judiciary, and other essential institutions. We also condemn the attack on the bodyguard of the Deputy Chief Justice.

It is essential that there be immediate, open, and transparent dialogue between all parties and the IEBC to resolve the issues. Now is not the time for strife to divide Kenya, it is a time for all Kenyans to come together.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of U.S. Department of State.

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Ghana sows the seeds for growth and jobs through minerals

Despite the significant contribution of the mining sector to the economy of Ghana, the country is far from tapping its full potential in creating strong and sustainable linkages, both within the mining sector and more broadly with other industrial activities.

The African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC), the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), and the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) will jointly organize a workshop on 1-2 November 2017, at Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra, Ghana. The event will present detailed findings on opportunities for upstream value addition and to engage key stakeholders on moving forward with an innovative Supplier Development Programme for Ghana, which will link directly with the Government’s priorities for industrialization and transformation.

Few strong domestic upstream industries have been developed to supply the mining industry, regardless of recent attempts by Ghana to foster local content. As the country embraces its new reform programme and ‘sows the seeds for growth and jobs’, there is a need to recalibrate policies to better tap the potential of the mineral sector. The procurement market of the mining sector is particularly important, because it can provide substantial growth and development as well as employment opportunities.

The launch of a National Supplier Development Programme for Ghana and workshop on value addition in Ghana’s mineral sector will see the rolling-out of joint work by the partner institutions and also present substantive work on Local Content and Value Addition in the context of Ghana’s broader mandate to promote policies for economic transformation. Further, the workshop will cement Ghana’s position as a launching-point for regional mineral linkages and value addition across West Africa.

Workshop participants include a wide range of stakeholders already engaged in past consultative meetings in Ghana, as well as other relevant and vested stakeholders and parties.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

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Launch of the October 2017 International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Launch of the October 2017 IMF Regional Economic Outlook Report titled, Sub-Saharan Africa: Fiscal Adjustment and Economic Diversification

Where: In Zimbabwe, Meikles Hotel, Harare, Zimbabwe; In Senegal, Pullman Teranga, Dakar, Senegal
When: Monday, October 30, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. local time in Zimbabwe and 9:00 a.m. local time in Senegal
Who: Mr. Abebe Aemro Selassie, Director, African Department, IMF (to present in Zimbabwe); Mr. Roger Nord, Deputy Director, African Department, IMF (to present in Senegal)

Press briefings will also be held soon after at both locations:

• 11:20 a.m. – 11:40 a.m., Meikles Hotel, Harare, Zimbabwe
• 11:30 a.m. – 12 Noon, Pullman Teranga Hotel, Dakar Senegal

How: Media are invited to attend both press events.

Documents Under Embargo:
The Report on the October 2017 SSA Regional Economic Outlook, a Press Release, Feature Article, and Podcast will be available under embargo at the IMF Press Center on Friday October 27, 2017 at 12 Noon Washington D.C. time.
The embargo will lift on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 3:00 a.m. Washington, D.C. time (9:00 a.m. in Harare, 7:00 a.m. in Dakar).

For media queries and RSVP, please contact:
Lucie Mboto Fouda, / +1 202 384 0497 for Zimbabwe
Bruce Edwards, / +1 202 830 7128 for Senegal

To register/login to the IMF Press Center:

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