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Source: African Union Commission (AUC) |

Interpol Representative to the AU presents Credentials

In a brief exchange following the presentation of the credentials, the outgoing AU Commission Chairperson and the Special Interpol Representative discussed key areas of cooperation including the fight against organised crimes

The outgoing Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has received the credentials of the newly appointed Special Interpol Representative to the African Union, Mr. Francis Rwego. The credentials were presented on Friday, 17 February 2017, at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In a brief…

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

Severe Food Shortages Hit Africa’s Refugees Hard – UNHCR and WFP Warn

UNHCR and WFP are concerned that sustained cuts to food assistance will have severe nutrition and protection-related consequences as refugees try to cope by skipping meals, pulling their children out of schools to stay at home or work and selling family assets

The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, are very concerned that critical shortages in food assistance are affecting some 2 million refugees in 10 countries across Africa. The shortages could worsen in coming months without new resources…

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Source: Deutsche Post DHL |

DHL Express makes global online shopping easier with On Demand Delivery in Sub Saharan Africa

On Demand Delivery is currently deployed in 6 markets across SSA – South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Mauritius & Tanzania, with plans to roll out to further countries in SSA throughout 2017

On Demand Delivery developed in response to significant growth in premium cross-border e-commerce volumes  Flexible shipping options designed to enhance the customer experience for online shoppers DHL Express (www.dpDHL.com), the world’s leading international express services provider, has announced the launch of On Demand Delivery for the Sub Saharan Africa (SSA)…

Source: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office |

New British Deputy High Commissioner for Lagos arrives Nigeria

Laure Beaufils looks forward to working with a variety of Nigerian partners to further progress on the UK/Nigeria relationship

The British High Commission in Nigeria has announced the arrival of Laure Beaufils, appointed as British Deputy High Commissioner for Lagos, Laure is the first female to head the UK mission in Lagos. She arrived Nigeria on Monday, 20 January 2017, and already looks forward to the tasks ahead. Commenting…

Source: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) |

IAEA Helps Burkina Faso Scale Up Fight Against Tsetse Flies

Burkina Faso today inaugurated the largest insect rearing facility in West Africa to apply a nuclear technique to suppress the tsetse fly, an insect harmful to both humans and animals

Burkina Faso today inaugurated the largest insect rearing facility in West Africa to apply a nuclear technique to suppress the tsetse fly, an insect harmful to both humans and animals. The plant was built with the support of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in cooperation with the Food and…

Source: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs |

Norway provides NOK 64 million for efforts to prevent famine in Somalia

The additional funds from Norway will be channelled through the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Norwegian humanitarian organisations that have many years’ experience of working in Somalia

Somalia has once again been hit by a severe drought, which could quickly develop into a famine. ‘A large proportion of the population is affected by the drought, and over six million people are in need of food aid. Norway is now increasing its support for humanitarian efforts in the country…

Source: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa |

Norwegian Support for Dental Health Service and Training Department in Addis Ababa University

The Ambassador emphasized that Norway and Ethiopia has had a long-term collaboration within the health sector and that the relationship now is a strategic one

The Dental Health Service and Training Department received a donation worth of 50 million NOK dental equipment from the University of Bergen and the Embassy provided financial support for transportation and installation of the equipment, purchase of spare parts, and capacity development of staffs and technicians in the dentistry field.…

Source: U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia |

U.S. Embassy Statement on Visa Issuance on Ethiopia

Rumors that limitations have been placed on the issuance of visas in Ethiopia are false and we continue to process visa applications as usual

We would like to clarify the most recent developments regarding U.S. visa issuance in Ethiopia.    Rumors that limitations have been placed on the issuance of visas in Ethiopia are false and we continue to process visa applications as usual. Applicants whose visa expired less than 12 months ago are eligible…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Drought is pushing food prices up sharply in East Africa

Soaring cost of basic staples is an extra challenge for pastoralists as livestock prices fall

Drought throughout East Africa has sharply curbed harvests and pushed the prices of cereals and other staple foods to unusually high levels, posing a heavy burden to households and special risks for pastoralists in the region. Local prices of maize, sorghum and other cereals are near or at record levels…

Source: Human Rights Watch (HRW) |

Ethiopia: Dams, Plantations a Threat to Kenyans

Lake Turkana Water Levels Down, Further Drop Expected

Dropping water levels in Kenya’s Lake Turkana following the development of dams and plantations in Ethiopia’s lower Omo Valley threaten the livelihoods of half a million indigenous people in Ethiopia and Kenya, Human Rights Watch said today.   Based on publicly available data from the United States Department of Agriculture,…