Source: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office |

Preventing further conflict in Cameroon and the Lake Chad Basin

Statement by Ambassador Jonathan Allen, UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Security Council Briefing on UNOCA

Statement by Ambassador Jonathan Allen Thank you Mr President. I may I also thank Special Representative Fall and Ms Ghelani of OCHA for briefing the Council today and for all that your respective teams are doing in what is a complicated and difficult region as you’ve both set out. Today…

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President Bio Launches Quality Produce Fair in Kenema

The week-long event, the first in more than thirty years, brought together farmers and agricultural organisations from across the country, showcasing the quality of their produce

His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has officially launched the Quality Produce Fair organised by the Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Board (SLPMB) in the eastern district headquarter town of Kenema. The week-long event, the first in more than thirty years, brought together farmers and agricultural organisations from across the country,…

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East African bloc agrees to make regional trade cheaper, faster and simpler

Representatives meet in Nairobi in parallel with Africa eCommerce Week

Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania, and Uganda agreed today to make trade between them and with other countries cheaper, faster and simpler in a significant boost for economic integration in East Africa and continental trade facilitation. Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, representatives of the nations – who are…

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Smaller African nations should not fear but embrace African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), says Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)’s Songwe

Ms. Songwe said the ECA is strongly committed to continue supporting African Union (AU) member States towards the successful realization of the AfCFTA

Smaller African economies should not fear the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) but rather embrace the accord for the benefits it will bring to the continent through expanded intra-African trade, says Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe. In a speech read on her behalf at the…

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U.S. Supports Sustainable Tourism in Egypt’s Red Sea Governorate

This program is part of the $30 billion that the American people have invested in Egypt through USAID since 1978 to bolster self-reliance, foster stability, and promote economic growth

In support of Egypt’s economic development and the prosperity of the hundreds of thousands of Egyptians that work in Egypt’s tourism industry, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on December 13 participated in the inauguration of an interpretive center, an ecotourism enterprise, and a refrigeration facility to conclude a…

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Home Affairs Minister Cwele to issue IDs to Alexandra Fire Disaster Victims

The Department is working expeditiously to ensure that members of the affected community receive enabling documents to rebuild their lives as quickly as possible

The Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Siyabonga Cwele, is scheduled to visit Alexandra on Friday 14 December 2018 where he will issue IDs and birth certificates to victims of the recent fire. Officials of Home Affairs have been on the ground together with other stakeholders to assess the level of…

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UK aid for children caught up in Cameroon conflict

The UK is to supply new emergency aid to help tackle a humanitarian crisis in Cameroon, as the Minister for Africa, Harriett Baldwin calls for full humanitarian access to save thousands of children’s lives

ighting between Anglophone separatists and Cameroon security forces has displaced almost half a million people since tensions flared more than a year ago in the North-West and South-West regions of the country. The humanitarian situation on the ground is deteriorating, food supplies are critical and thousands of children are at…

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Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery Presentation

Lt Col Simon Westlake RM, Defence Adviser presented equipment to assist with the maintenance of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery in Accra

On Wed 12 Dec 18, at the British High Commission in Accra, the United Kingdom Defence Adviser to Ghana, Lt Col Simon Westlake RM, presented to the Director of the Department for Works and Gardens, Mr Ishmael Browne, a large quantity of equipment to assist with the maintenance of the…

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Violence displaces more than 50,000 in western Niger this year

Cross-border incursions and attacks by militant groups in Niger’s Tillaberi and Tahoua border regions have forced many to flee for safety to other nearby towns and villages

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is becoming increasingly troubled by ongoing violence in Niger’s border areas with Mali and Burkina Faso, which has forced 52,000 Nigeriens to flee their homes this year alone. Cross-border incursions and attacks by militant groups in Niger’s Tillaberi and Tahoua border regions have forced many…

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South Sudan: Aid agencies appeal for $1.5 billion to reach 5.7 million people with life-saving assistance

More than 4.7 million people have been assisted with food, health, water and sanitation, education, livelihoods, nutrition as well as critical protection services since the beginning of the year

The humanitarian community in South Sudan has today launched an appeal for US$1.5 billion to provide urgent and life-saving assistance to 5.7 million people affected by conflict, hunger and displacement.   Alain Noudéhou, the Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan, said: “As we prepare to enter 2019, South Sudan remains in…