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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: 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: 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: 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…

Source: African Union Peace and Security Department |

The AU strongly condemns the terrorist attack against the Regroupement Camp of Signatory Forces to the Peace Agreement in Gao, Mali

The Chairperson of the Commission expressed her most sincere condolences to the bereaved families, as well as to the people and Government of the Republic of Mali and wished a prompt recovery to the injured

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, learnt with great dismay and deep sadness the odious terrorist attack on 18 January 2017 against a Camp hosting members of the Malian Armed Forces and armed movements, signatories of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, issuing from…

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

Seychelles to Review the Country’s Renewable Energy Target Following the President’s Return from the World Future Energy Summit

On the margins of WFES, the President had the opportunity to hold a bilateral meeting with the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces

The President of the Republic, Mr Danny Faure, returned from his first World Future Energy Summit (WFES) yesterday, which was held in Abu Dhabi from the 16th to the 19th January. The WFES, part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, is the world’s most influential event dedicated to advancing the use…

Source: Federal Republic of Somalia - Office of the President |

Press Statement on the Drought Appeal

It is estimated that the drought is affecting close to 5 million people and they are in need of emergency food, water and medical supplies.

The President of Somali Federal Republic, H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, hold a breakfast meeting for the Arab League Ambassadors and representatives in Mogadishu with the National Drought Response Committee, which consists of FGS FMS, Civil Societies. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the drought situation and its implications…