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

South Africa and Oman Commit to Enhance Trade Relations

Total trade between the two countries remained fairly consistent over the last five years and stood at R 5.9 billion in 2016, with Oman enjoying a trade surplus of R 4.7 billion, which is largely due to oil imports

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies and his Omani counterpart, Dr Ali Bin Masoud Al-Sunaidy addressed the SA – Oman Business Forum in Sandton, Johannesburg, today. The two Ministers committed themselves to ensure that overall trade and investment relations between the two countries are enhanced. The Ministers…

Source: UN Information Centre in Cairo |

IOM Trains Egyptian Officials on Labour Market Forecasting

The 10-day training on Building Labour Market and Demographic Scenarios for Egypt and the European Union is being attended by 12 CAPMAS representatives and aims at enhancing the Government of Egypt’s capacities to develop evidence-based policies on labour migration

IOM this week (19/03) launched the second in a series of trainings on migration data collection and analysis at Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS). The 10-day training on Building Labour Market and Demographic Scenarios for Egypt and the European Union is being attended by 12 CAPMAS…

The Rezidor Hotel Group
Source: The Rezidor Hotel Group |

Rezidor publishes its 2016 Annual Report

“Moving Forward in Perpetual Motion” – Rezidor’s all digital Annual Report is out now

The Rezidor Hotel Group (www.Rezidor.com), one of the world’s most dynamic hotels has published its Annual Report 2016. Themed “Moving Forward in Perpetual Motion,” this year’s annual report is fully digital (https://AnnualReport2016.Rezidor.com).   The Annual Report also contains the Corporate Presentation and the Responsible Business report 2016. The Responsible Business report…

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

IGAD Summit: UNHCR appeals for continued and strong support to Somalia and countries hosting Somali refugees

UNHCR called for global responsibility sharing with the region, where communities have been hosting and sharing limited resources with Somali refugees for years

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is appealing for support for efforts aimed at bringing greater stability inside Somalia, and to the countries hosting Somali refugees.  Speaking at the IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) Special Summit of Regional Heads of State on durable solutions for the protracted Somali refugee situation in…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Conflicts and protracted crises hamper progress made to end hunger in the Near East and North Africa

The FAO Regional Overview of Food Insecurity in the Near East and North Africa noted that the deterioration is largely driven by the spreading and intensity of conflicts and protracted crise

Food security and nutrition levels in the Near East and North Africa have sharply deteriorated over the last five years, undermining the steady improvement achieved before 2010 when the prevalence of undernourishment, stunting, anemia and poverty were decreasing, a new FAO report said today. The FAO Regional Overview of Food…

Source: United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) |

Invitation to a press conference on The Government of Japan contributes to UNMAS to support Sudan to meet its obligation under Ottawa Treaty

United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), Embassy of Japan, and the National Mine Action Center cordially invite you to attend and cover the press conference on the contribution of the Government of Japan for UNMAS to support Sudan to meet its obligation under Ottawa Treaty.  Presenters:  Mr. Habibulhaq Javed, UNMAS…

International Road Transport Organisation (IRU)
Source: International Road Transport Organisation (IRU) |

Saudi Arabia takes steps to boost trade with TIR – the global customs transit system

The country’s accession to TIR will open new road corridors along the spine of the Arabian Gulf – transforming the trade potential of the region

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced today its decision to accede to the global customs transit system for moving goods across international borders – the United Nations TIR Convention – (www.IRU.org/tir) and to make the system operational in 2017. Due to its strategic location, the KSA is the critical link…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy |

Famine risk, Alfano: "Emergency assistance from Italy for Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen"

Specifically, the action taken by Italian Cooperation will provide funding of three million euros for the WFP and UNICEF to distribute food rations and water in the States of North Eastern Nigeria, with particular attention being paid to children and pregnant women

"Responding to the appeal made by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, we have arranged, through Italian Cooperation, a package of humanitarian aid worth 10 million euros in response to the very serious food crisis that is endangering the survival of 20 million people in Yemen, South…

Source: Mara Group |

Mara Social Media Acquires Global Instant Messaging & Communications Platform “Nimbuzz”

The app has over 200 million users and is available for Android, iPhone, and Symbian, MIDP, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and PC & MAC clients

Mara Social Media (https://Mara.com), an African multi-channel platform of online and mobile tech innovations that are designed to connect people across emerging markets, has announced this week that it has acquired global platform Nimbuzz Assets. Nimbuzz, initially released in May 2008 is a powerful cross-platform mobile calling and messaging app.…

Source: Marriott International, Inc. |

Marriott International to Debut Aloft Hotels in Mauritius with Signing of the Brand’s First Adaptive Re-Use Project in Africa

9 Floor Office Building Will Transform into 150 Room Aloft Hotel Bringing the Brand’s Buzzing Social Scene to the Island

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) (www.Marriott.com), today announced plans to launch its cutting-edge Aloft brand (www.AloftHotels.com) in the capital city of Mauritius with the signing of Aloft Mauritius Port Louis. Slated to open in early 2019, the hotel will be the brand’s first adaptive reuse project in Africa. Located in the…