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Source: The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa |

Minister Davies to Visit the UK for Meetings on Investment

Minister Davies’ schedule will begin with a session attended by a number of Africa analysts from investment banks and consulting firms based in London

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies will proceed from Switzerland, where he attended the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, to the United Kingdom for a two-day visit which will take place from 23-24 January 2017.    “The visit is intended to engage the UK government on Brexit…

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) |

Nigeria: ICRC surgical teams caring for wounded after air strikes

Two surgical teams in Maiduguri have been operating on the most seriously wounded, including more than 20 children

Three days after air strikes at a settlement for internally displaced people at Rann in Nigeria, two surgical teams from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with the help of one Nigerian surgeon continue to care for those wounded in the blasts. Around 100 injured people were evacuated…

Source: United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) |

Côte d’Ivoire/ Human Rights: United Nations Expert Highlights Challenges to National Reconciliation

The Independent Expert expressed concern at the military and police mutinies, and the violent incidents at a high school in Abidjan, as well of civil servants’ strikes

The United Nations Independent Expert on capacity building and technical cooperation for Côte d’Ivoire in the field of human rights, Mohammed Ayat, today examined the challenges for the new Ivorian political and social landscape in view of the imminent withdrawal of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI).  …

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

Senegal: Around 45,000 have fled political uncertainty in The Gambia

The Gambia, itself, hosts some 8,000 refugees, mainly Senegalese, who remains anxious and worried over the unfolding political events in the country

Around 45,000 people are now reported to have arrived in Senegal from The Gambia – according to the Senegalese Government, amid the ongoing political uncertainty as Senegalese and West African troops entered the country on Thursday. It is feared that more people may continue to flee as the situation remains…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles |

President Faue expresses condolences following avalanche in Abruzzo, Italy

In his message of condolence, President Faure said "our thoughts and prayers go to the people of the Italian Republic, especially to the families of the bereaved"

Following the devastating avalanche that hit a hotel in the Abruzzo region of the Italian Republic, claiming many and injuring others, President Danny Faure has expressed his deepest sympathies to Mr. Sergio Mattarella, President of the Italian Republic. In his message of condolence, President Faure said "our thoughts and prayers go to…

Source: African Union Commission (AUC) |

Media Advisory: Invitation to Media Representatives

The overall objective of the 9th Gender Pre-Summit is to identify strategic areas of action for the realization of Pillar 4 of Africa’s Demographic Dividends agenda on “Human Rights, Governance and Youth Empowerment”, with particular emphasis on empowering young people, especially young women for leadership and civic participation

WHAT: 9th African Union (AU) Gender Pre-Summit will be convened under the theme: “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in the Youth.” WHEN: 22nd – 27th January, 2017 WHERE: The African Union Commission - Addis Ababa Ethiopia  WHO: The African Union Commission (AUC)’s Women, Gender and Development Directorate (WGDD) in…

Source: Kingdom of Belgium - Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation |

Didier Reynders congratulates the new President of The Gambia Adama Barrow

It is essential that Yahya Jammeh now withdraws and allows a negotiated solution for the crisis

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders congratulates President Adama Barrow, who was sworn in yesterday 19 January as President of The Gambia. This inauguration confirms the respect for the results of the presidential elections of 1 December and the choice of the Gambian people.   Belgium…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information |

Media Advisory: Minister Masutha to Brief the Media on the Traditional Courts Bill

The Bill has been approved by Cabinet for public consultation and will soon be tabled in Parliament

The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Adv Michael Masutha, will brief the media on the proposed provisions of the Traditional Courts Bill. The Bill has been approved by Cabinet for public consultation and will soon be tabled in Parliament.  The main purpose of the bill is to affirm values…

Source: United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) |

New Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan Arrives in Juba

Mr. Shearer succeeds Ms. Ellen Margrethe Løj, who completed her assignment at the end of November 2016, after serving for almost three years

The new Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for South Sudan and Head of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), Mr. David Shearer (New Zealand), has arrived in the country to assume his duties.  Mr. Shearer succeeds Ms. Ellen Margrethe Løj, who completed her assignment…

Source: African Union Commission (AUC) |

Invitation to Media Representatives

The meeting will bring together all the Ambassadors of the 54 African Union member states based in Addis Ababa and key AU officials

What: Thirty Third (33rd) Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) Theme: “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in the Youth” When: 22nd – 24th January 2017 at 09:00 Where: Medium Conference Hall - African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Who: African Union Commission  Why: The PRC will prepare…