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Statement of the Nineteenth International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee Regarding the International Spread of Poliovirus

The low coverage with routine Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) vaccination in several countries neighboring DR Congo heightens the risk of international spread

The nineteenth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened by the Director General on 27 November 2018 at WHO headquarters with members, advisers and invited Member States attending via teleconference. The Emergency Committee reviewed the data on…

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    • DP World Limited handled 63.7 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) across its global portfolio of container terminals in the full year of 2016, with gross container volumes growing by 3.2% year-on-year on a reported basis, and 2.2% on a like-for-like basis. pic (c) maritimegateway.com
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Dubai sues China’s Merchants Port (By Paul Nyakazeya)

The lawsuit was filed in the High Court of Hong Kong for unlawfully procuring and inducing the Republic of Djibouti to breach various agreements between the African country and DP World

By Paul Nyakazeya UNITED Arab Emirates’ (UAE) DP World Limited and its subsidiaries has taken legal action against China for building an international free zone on a terminal being disputed with Djibouti. The lawsuit was filed in the High Court of Hong Kong for unlawfully procuring and inducing the Republic…

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MARTINENGO MILESTONES: “Two months of counter-piracy operations”

Since 11th August, significant acts of international cooperation have taken place, proving that EU assets in the area can make a substantial difference to the livelihoods and security of the countries around the Horn of Africa

EU NAVFOR’s Italian warship Federico Martinengo has been on counter-piracy operations for the last two months. Over this time, some significant milestones and world firsts have occurred building ground-breaking new relationships. Since 11th August, significant acts of international cooperation have taken place, proving that EU assets in the area can make…

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In Djibouti, a major contract was signed. Then the Chinese arrived. Everything changed. (by Simon Ateba)

Under the terms of the contract, Djibouti granted DP World exclusive rights over port and free zone facilities within Djibouti, including container handling facilities

When a major contract between DP World Limited and the Republic of Djibouti was signed, everyone seemed to be happy and satisfied with the business deal. Both sides pledged to respect the terms of the agreement, and it seemed back then, that Djibouti, a tiny but important country located in the…

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Zim general warns on foreign bases in Djibouti

One of Zimbabwe’s most senior soldiers and a key US congressman say trouble may be coming to the Horn of Africa

Major General Trust Magoba – who now serves as a special advisor to the African Union office for Peace and Security – has raised concern at foreign interference on the continent. “The establishment foreign bases and the involvement of external forces in the conflicts on the Horn of Africa is…

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Marriott International reveals Robust Expansion Plans across Africa: Expects to Increase Portfolio by 50 Percent with over 200 Hotels and 38,000 Rooms by 2023

Strong Demand for Select-Service Brands and Conversion Opportunities Spur Growth Amplified by Five New Hotel Signings

From the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) in Nairobi, Kenya, Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) (www.Marriott.com) today announced rapid expansion plans across Africa. Strong demand for select-service brands and conversion opportunities are driving the momentum of growth for the company, amplified by five new hotel signings. The new signings will further consolidate…

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Fresh peace deal, commitment to multilateralism, open ‘new chapter’ in Ethiopia Foreign Minister tells UN

At the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, Workneh Gebeyehu, the Foreign Affairs Minister of Ethiopia, hailed a recent peace deal with Eritrea, calling for the UN Security Council to lift its sanctions on the neighboring country in “light of these important and positive developments”

“Ethiopia and Eritrea have opened a new chapter in their relationship, ending two decades of conflict,” he told world leaders on the third day of the Assembly’s annual general debate. Citing his Prime Minister’s continued actions for peacemaking in the region, he detailed the extensive lengths to which Ethiopia has…

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Nigerian President calls for global action on climate change, Lake Chad crisis

A variety of “festering” causes and effects surround crises around the world, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, said on Tuesday, speaking on the first day of the high-level portion of the United Nations General Assembly’s annual general debate

“Most crises usually have a variety of festering causes and effects,” he explained. “It is the failure to address them early and effectively that lead to out-of-control conflicts,” he argued, noting that solutions include collective national and international actions. Speaking about the fight against international and local terrorism, “Boko Haram…

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Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Dr. Workineh Gebeyehu Negewo, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Today the Secretary-General met with H. E. Dr. Workineh Gebeyehu Negewo, Minister For Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The Secretary-General and the Foreign Minister exchanged views on the recent positive developments in the Horn of Africa and the way forward on resolving of the remaining challenges…

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Despotic Djibouti a dragnet to Horn of Africa development

From Said Aboubaker in Djibouti, Djibouti

Despite its immense economic potential, owing to its strategic location, Djibouti risks becoming an island of poverty in a sea of wealth as investors make the most of a conducive atmosphere promoted by respective governments in the Horn of Africa region. The Horn of Africa, with an estimated population of…