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

Accreditation of New High Commissioner for Australia to Seychelles

President Faure congratulated High Commissioner Dee on being the new High Commissioner of Australia to Seychelles and wished her all the best for the work ahead

The new High Commissioner of Australia to the Republic of Seychelles, H.E. Ms Jenny Ann Dee, presented her credentials to President Danny Faure at State House this morning. President Faure congratulated High Commissioner Dee on being the new High Commissioner of Australia to Seychelles and wished her all the best…

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

Foreign Secretary receives first Seychellois UN AIDS Country Directory Dr Jude Padayachy

Dr Jude Padayachy will be stationed in Antananarivo, Madagascar

The Foreign Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Claude Morel and the Principal Secretary received the UNAIDS Country Director for Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles, Dr Jude Padayachy at Maison Queau de Quinssy today, where the latter presented his letter of accreditation. During the meeting, the Foreign Secretary remarked…

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

Customary land managers share lessons & experiences with Africa's land commissioners

The Land Commissioners, senior government officials and other land experts visited the Gbawe and Kwabenya Community Lands where elders and paramount chiefs explained these sensitive issues and others related to community land rights

The regional workshop for Africa’s Land Commissioners focusing on securing community land rights continued today with participants visiting two prominent communities to learn first-hand how local communities and land owning groups in Ghana manage their lands, secure land rights, interface with government agencies and deal with conflicts associated with land…

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

Pilot study tracking implementation of AU land declaration to be unveiled in Ghana

The workshop follows the joint LPI-Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) meeting with African Land Commissions on Securing Community Land Rights that is being attended by representatives from member States, regional economic communities (RECs), development partners and technical experts on land tenure and governance issues on the continent

The Land Policy Initiative (LPI) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), will on Thursday hold an inception workshop in Accra, Ghana, to launch the Monitoring and Evaluation of Land in Africa (MELA) project, a pilot study to track progress in the implementation of the African Union Declaration on…

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

African land commissioners’ workshop on securing community land rights opens in Accra

The LPI is a joint programme of the tripartite consortium and its main purpose is to support African countries come up with policies that promote fair and equitable distribution of land resources and lend impetus to the development process on the continent

The first ever meeting of African Land Commissioners opened in Accra Monday with Ghana’s Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John-Peter Amewu, lamenting the extreme levels of poverty in some parts of the continent despite the availability of vast arable land resources. In his opening address to the Land Commissioners, senior…

Source: United Nations Information Service Vienna (UNIS) |

Benin signs the United Nations Convention on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration

The Mauritius Convention on Transparency aims to provide States and regional economic integration organizations with an efficient mechanism that extends the scope of the UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration ("Rules on Transparency") to investment treaties concluded before the Rules entered into force on 1 April 2014

On 10 July, Benin signed the United Nations Convention in Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration ("The Mauritius Convention on Transparency"). The Convention has been ratified by Canada, Mauritius and Switzerland. It will enter into force on 18 October 2017. The Convention has further been signed by Belgium, Cameroon, Congo, Finland,…

Source: United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) |

Human Rights Committee Discusses Implementation of Civil and Political Rights in Swaziland

The Human Rights Committee today concluded its consideration of Swaziland’s implementation of the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, reviewed in the absence of a report.   In his opening remarks, Edgar E. Hillary, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs of Swaziland, regretted that the presentation…

Source: International Monetary Fund (IMF) |

IMF Executive Board Completes First Review under the ECF Arrangement, Increases Access, Approves US$86 Million Disbursement, and Concludes 2017 Article IV Consultation with Madagascar

Madagascar’s performance under its economic program supported by the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) has been strong

The program’s success hinges on building investment management capacity while safeguarding macroeconomic stability and debt sustainability. Reforms underway to promote the development and soundness of the financial sector, based on the 2016 Financial Sector Assessment Program, will contribute to a more inclusive and robust financial system that is responsive to…

Source: Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade |

High Commissioner to Mauritius

Australia and Mauritius enjoy warm relations based on strong economic and people-to-people links, particularly in education and marine economic activity

Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP: Today I announce the appointment of Ms Jenny Dee as Australia’s next High Commissioner to Mauritius with non-resident accreditation to Comoros, Madagascar and Seychelles. Australia and Mauritius enjoy warm relations based on strong economic and people-to-people links, particularly in education and…