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Source: Africa Oil Week |

Africa Oil Week 2017 Announces A-List Speakers

As Africa’s premier oil industry event, Africa Oil Week draws over 1,250 senior stakeholders from the global upstream ecosystem for five days of content, thought leadership, networking and deal making

ITE (www.ITE-Exhibitions.com) is proud to announce its top-level speakers and sponsors for the 2017 edition of the globally recognised Africa Oil Week, the world’s longest running oil and gas conference on the African continent, being held in Cape Town, South Africa, from the 23rd-27th October. As Africa’s premier oil industry…

Source: United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) |

Mohamed Ibn Chambas Briefing to the UN Security Council on recent developments in West Africa and the Sahel

Many political, security and humanitarian developments marked the first quarter of 2017 in the region of West Africa and the Sahel

Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), will present to the Security Council this Thursday 23 July 2017 his activity report covering the period from 1st January 2017 to 30 June 2017. Many…

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Source: International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) |

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group Promoting Connectivity for Sustainable Development, on the sidelines of WTO’s Aid for Trade Global Review 2017 in Geneva

The event was chaired by Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol, CEO of the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), on behalf of the Chairman IsDB Group, in addition to the special presence of Mrs. Aja Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang, Vice President, The Gambia, who had delivered the keynote speech

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group organized an event on “Promoting Connectivity for Sustainable Development”, on the sidelines of WTO’s Aid for Trade Global Review 2017 in Geneva. The event was chaired by Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol, CEO of the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) (www.ITFC-IDB.org), on behalf of…

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

Insecurity, economic crisis, abuse and exploitation in Libya push refugees and migrants to Europe, new study reveals

The study examined the changing dynamics and protection challenges affecting mixed migration flows to and within Libya and the evolution of migration trends, smuggling networks and routes

A study of mixed refugee and migrant flows by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has found that around half of those travelling to Libya do so believing they can find jobs there, but end up fleeing onwards to Europe to escape life-threatening insecurity, instability, difficult economic conditions plus widespread exploitation…

Source: International Monetary Fund (IMF) |

IMF Executive Board Approves US$16.1Million Disbursement Under the Rapid Credit Facility for The Gambia

The Gambia faces an urgent balance of payments need triggered by a weak agricultural season, lower tourism receipts due to the political turmoil early this year, and higher commodity prices

The Board’s approval enables the immediate disbursement of US$16.1 million, which is equivalent to 18.75 percent of The Gambia’s quota in the IMF. The IMF financial assistance is intended to address urgent balance of payments needs that have arisen on account of the shocks. Determined and strong policy implementation under…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

UN experts urge The Gambia to address past rights violations to avoid recurrence

The Gambia is witnessing encouraging signs in moves to shed light on past human rights violations, including enforced disappearances, but must involve families fully in the process, a delegation of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances said today. “We welcome the commitments made by the Government…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Enforced Disappearances: UN expert group launches first official visit to The Gambia

The expert body’s delegation, who visits The Gambia at the invitation of the Government, will meet with State officials, relatives of disappeared persons, representatives of civil society organizations and of relevant UN agencies

The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances* will undertake its first official visit to The Gambia from 12 to 19 June.   During the mission, a delegation comprised by Ms. Houria Es-Slami, who currently heads the Working Group, and Mr. Henrikas Mickevicius, will study the measures adopted…

Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)
Source: Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) |

ICD Extends $5 Million Line of Finance Facility to Arab Gambian Islamic Bank

The collaboration will focus on developing private sector, supporting economy, strengthening the balance sheet of the Bank, improving the living standard of the population by creating jobs, generating tax revenues for the government and promoting Islamic Banking in the country

The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (“ICD”) (www.ICD-PS.org), the private sector arm of IDB Group, and Agib Bank Ltd (www.AGIB.gm) have entered into a Joint Strategic Collaboration to finance private sector entities in The Gambia. On behalf of the CEO of ICD, Mr Khaled Al Aboodi,…

Source: United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) |

Regional Seminar on “The Role of Journalists and Media in Preventing Violence, including Violent Extremism in West Africa and the Sahel”

The United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the Switzerland Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, will organize, from 12 to 14 June 2017 in Dakar, a seminar on "The Role of Journalists and the…

Source: United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) |

IOM assists more than 4,000 stranded migrants so far in 2017

So far this year, IOM Libya has facilitated the VHR of 4,030 stranded migrants in Libya

So far in 2017, IOM Libya has assisted 4,030 stranded migrants to return home from Libya through its voluntary humanitarian return (VHR) programme. The latest return was last Thursday (25 May), when IOM helped 165 stranded migrants – 145 men and 20 women – return home to Nigeria. Among the…