Source: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office |

Zimbabwe: Boris Johnson hosts Foreign Minister Moyo for roundtable talks

Historic meeting ushers in a new era in UK-Zimbabwe relations

In the margins of CHOGM Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson welcomed his Zimbabwean counterpart Foreign (and Trade) Minister Sibusiso Moyo to London for a roundtable with other international partners. The historic meeting ushers in a new era in UK-Zimbabwe relations and symbolises Zimbabwe’s commitment to engaging meaningfully with the international community.…

Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

U.S.- Morocco Strategic Energy Working Group on Energy Cooperation

Discussions focused on recent developments in the Moroccan energy sector, including hydrocarbons exploration, renewables deployment, and energy efficiency

The U.S. Department of State hosted the second U.S.-Morocco Strategic Energy Working Group meeting in Washington, D.C. on April 19, 2018. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy Sandra Oudkirk and Director General Amina Benkhadra, National Bureau of Petroleum and Mines for Morocco, led the discussions. Officials from the…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of International Relations and Cooperation |

South Africa: President Ramaphosa congratulates the new President of Cuba

President Ramaphosa assured Cuba of South Africa’s continued support

President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated the new President of the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Miguel Diaz-Canel, after the Cuban National Assembly of People’s Power announced on 19 April 2018 that First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel will replace President Raul Castro as the President of the Council of State and…

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

UNHCR Briefing Notes - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees convoy reaches displaced people in southern Libya

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, managed to deliver this week urgently needed assistance to hundreds of displaced…

Source: African Union Peace and Security Department |

Press Statement of the 762nd PSC meeting on “Effective Take-off of the AU Humanitarian Agency (AUHA): Addressing the Impact of Terrorism and Armed conflicts on Africa’s Social Fabric”

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 762nd meeting held on 9 April 2018, received a briefing on “Effective Take-off of the AU Humanitarian Agency (AUHA): Addressing the Impact of Terrorism and Armed conflicts on Africa’s Social Fabric”. Council took note of the presentations…

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

Seychelles: President Faure meets Prime Minister Modi on the margins of the Executive Session of CHOGM 2018

Prime Minister Modi emphasised his Government’s commitment to continue supporting Seychelles in socio-economic development

President Danny Faure met with the Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi, in the margins of the Executive Session of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), at Lancaster House this afternoon. The two leaders reviewed the excellent bilateral relations that exist between the two nations and the forthcoming…

Source: European Investment Bank (EIB) |

European Investment Bank (EIB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) join forces to build capacity on financial inclusion and stability in Africa

The EIB will contribute with EUR 3m to IMF economic institutions, namely the African Regional Capacity Development Centers (AFRITACs) and the Financial Sector Stability Fund (FSSF)

EIB and IMF establish a new Capacity Development Partnership to promote financial inclusion and stability in Africa EIB will support IMF capacity development activities with EUR 3m until the end of 2020 EIB and IMF to launch online course on financial intermediation and inclusion Today, the European Investment Bank (EIB),…

Source: United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General |

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General on the death of H.E. Mr. Bernard Tanoh-Boutchoue, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire to the United Nations

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General on the death of H.E. Mr. Bernard Tanoh-Boutchoue, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire to the United Nations: The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the untimely passing of H.E. Mr. Bernard Tanoh-Boutchoue, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire…

Source: Department for International Development (DFID) |

Trade ministers welcome £140 million investment in Nigeria and Pakistan

New British business investment in Nigeria and Pakistan will boost jobs and economic development in the Commonwealth's growing market

The new investments were announced as Pakistan and Nigeria joined 53 nations in London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), with the benefits of intra-Commonwealth trade high on the agenda. New investment Global consumer brand Unilever will invest £86 million in new manufacturing capacity at its 4 factories…

Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) |

Review process underway for book on African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA)

The book is expected to serve as a valuable resource for future negotiators, academics, researchers, and policy makers, and enhance a greater understanding of how the Agreement came about

A two-day workshop to review draft chapters of a book that documents the evolution of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) kicked off on Wednesday, 18 April 2018, at the United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The workshop is organized by the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC)…