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

South Africa: Deputy Minister Botes concludes his Working Visit to Algeria

The purpose of the high-level seminar was to enhance coordination, cooperation and coherence between the AUPSC and the African Union member States serving in the UN Security Council

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooper, Mr Alvin Botes, has concluded his Working Visit to Algeria, where he participated in the Ninth High-Level Seminar on Peace and Security in Africa. The purpose of the high-level seminar was to enhance coordination, cooperation and coherence between the AU Peace and…

Source: U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia |

Ambassador Jacobson Visits Hawassa, Sidama & Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP) Regions to Review United States (U.S.) Supported Projects

In commemoration of World AIDS Day 2022, the Ambassador visited a community health center providing services to people affected by HIV/AIDS

Ambassador Tracey Jacobson, Chargé d’Affaires of the U. S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, traveled to Hawassa to meet with the regional presidents of both the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP) and the Sidama regions.  She met with SNNPR President H.E. Ristu Yirdaw and President of Sidama Region H.E. Desta…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenya |

Business Deals, Scholarships and Trade Agreements Goodies from Kenya-Algeria Meeting

The meeting also agreed on an inaugural Algeria-Kenya Joint Commission for Cooperation for March, 2023 in Nairobi

In a high level bilateral meeting held in Oran city, Algeria, Cabinet Secretary of Foreign & Diaspora Affairs, Dr. Alfred Mutua bagged a handful of goodies for Kenya when he met with his Algerian counterpart, the Algerian Minister for Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Ramtane Lamamra. Noting the various opportunities available…

Source: U.S. Embassy in Zambia |

$8 Million United States (U.S.) Millennium Challenge Corporation Grant to Advance Progress on Development of Zambia Compact

MCC and the Zambian government are working together to identify investments that present the greatest opportunities for inclusive economic growth

The U.S. government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) announced USD $8 million (138.8 million kwacha) in new grant funding to the Zambian government to advance the development of an MCC compact program to reduce poverty through economic growth in Zambia.  MCC compact programs average approximately USD $350 million and are designed…

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The Dépositaire Central/Banque de Règlement signs MoU with Central Securities Depository Ghana (GH) LTD to deepen cooperation

The announcement was made at a signing ceremony led by DC/BR CEO Birahim Diouf and CSD of Ghana CEO Michael Mensah

WAEMU Central Depositary/Settlement Bank (DC/BR) (www.BRVM.org) and the Central Securities Depository (GH) LTD are pleased to announce the signing on Friday of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster a continuing relationship for the respective benefit of the financial services industry in the Republic of Ghana and West African Economic and…

Source: U.S. Department of State |

United States (U.S.) and Morocco Co-Host Proliferation Security Initiative Workshop

The workshop also featured expert briefings, a scenario-based tabletop exercise, and a visit to the Port of Tangier Med to observe a cargo inspection

The United States and Morocco co-hosted the North African Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) Workshop from December 6-8, 2022, in Tangier, Morocco. The workshop – the first of its kind in the region – demonstrated partnership and commitments to countering threats from weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the region.  Over the…

Source: The World Bank Group |

World Bank Approves $18 Million Additional Financing to Strengthen Disease Surveillance and Epidemic Preparedness in West Africa

The REDISSE program was approved in four phases in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 respectively with a total financing from the World Bank of US$657 million

The World Bank Group this week approved a total of $18 million in two additional financings from the International Development Association (IDA)*to reinforce health systems and support effective disease surveillance in West Africa. These additional financings will support the implementation of the ongoing Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement Program (REDISSE)…

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Source: The State Council Information Office: The People's Republic of China |

Xi meets with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Xi underscored that China firmly supports Egypt in choosing a development path that suits its national conditions and in safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests

Xi pointed out that as the regional and international environments are undergoing profound and complex changes, the strategic and overarching importance of China-Egypt relations has become all the more evident. The visions and interests that China and Egypt share mean that the two sides need to work together toward the…

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Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Youth And Sports Development Centre Co-Hosts China-Africa Youth Forum On Volunteering

The forum aims to facilitate international cooperation in youth volunteering, promote and implement the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development and contribute to global development

The success of the ECOWAS Youths Volunteers Programme was one of the major highlights of the China-Africa Youth Forum on Volunteering that took place in Jinan, Shandong Province, China from 2-4 December 2022 in a combination of online and offline event formats. The event which was proposed by President Xi…

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Africa’s Energy Sector Is in Need of Practical, and Not Reactionary, Solutions at the US and African Leaders Summit in Washington DC: (By NJ Ayuk)

U.S. and African Presidents must address energy poverty and a Just Transition

By NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman, African Energy Chamber (www.EnergyChamber.org) We are confident that, like previous meetings between American and African Leaders, the events of the highly anticipated Africa Leaders’ Summit, taking place Dec. 13-15 in Washington, D.C., will show America’s earnest and enduring commitment to Africa in the broad sense.…