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    • US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Bryan Hunt and Mozambique Navy Commander, Rear Admiral Eugénio Dias da Silva Muatuca
    • Rear Admiral Nancy S. Lacore, Vice Commander US Sixth Fleet and Mozambique Navy Commander, Rear Admiral Eugénio Dias da Silva Muatuca
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Chargé d’Affaires Hunt’s Remarks for Cutlass Express 2019 Senior Leaders Seminar

This year’s Exercise took place in three locations, stretching from Djibouti down the coast of East Africa to Northern Mozambique, and finally to the Seminar here in Maputo

By Chargé d’Affaires Mr Bryan Hunt Rear Admiral Muatuca, Commander of the Navy Rear Admiral Lacore, Vice Commander US Sixth Fleet, Honorable senior members of the Mozambican Ministry of Defense, Distinguished participants in the Senior Leaders Seminar, Ladies and gentlemen, Good morning. Please accept my congratulations as we gather here…

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H.E. The Ambassador calls on Hon. Kenji Wakamiya, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives

Discussions centered on Counter-Terrorism, TICAD VII to be held in Yokohama and Sustainable Blue Economy Conference follow up actions

H.E. Mr. S.K.Maina, M.B.S. paid a courtesy call on Hon. Kenji Wakamiya, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives at his office on Friday 15th February, 2019. During the meeting, Ambassador congratulated the Chairman on his new appointment. The Ambassador sought the support of Japan in Kenya’s…

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FAO sounds alarm on Desert Locust outbreak in northeast Africa and Saudi Arabia triggered by heavy rains

Increased vigilance, strict monitoring and early control needed to prevent further swarms forming and spread along both sides of the Red Sea

Heavy rains and cyclones have triggered a recent surge in Desert Locust populations, causing an outbreak to develop in Sudan and Eritrea that is rapidly spreading along both sides of the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, FAO warned today. The UN agency called on all the affected countries…

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Coastal Resilience Project launches in Fresco – Cote d’Ivoire, to protect Ecosystems and improve lives of thousands

The Fresco coastal landscape includes the Fresco Lagoon and the upstream watershed consisting of the Bolo and Niouniourou rivers

A new Initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is being launched in Fresco, southern Côte d’Ivoire, on Wednesday, February 13, to promote the wellbeing of households living in an area that is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and an urgent need to increase…

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A Critical Look at China’s One Belt One Road Initiative

There are reasons to believe that this strategy is seriously flawed, with working people, including in China, destined to pay a high price for its shortcomings

By Martin Hart-Landsberg China’s growth rate remains impressive, even if on the decline. The country’s continuing economic gains owe much to the Chinese state’s (1) still considerable ability to direct the activity of critical economic enterprises and sectors such as finance, (2) commitment to policies of economic expansion, and (3)…

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Boat made of recycled plastic and flip-flops inspires fight for cleaner seas along African coast

The boat gets its name from the 30,000 recycled flip-flops used to decorate its multi-coloured hull

After completing a historic 500km journey from the Kenyan island of Lamu to the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, the world’s first ever traditional “dhow” sailing boat made entirely from recycled plastic, known as the Flipflopi, has successfully raised awareness of the need to overcome one of the world’s biggest environmental challenges:…


Legal battle for control of Djibouti Ports comes to Hong Kong

China Merchants Port Holdings controls the controversial 1,150-hectare Port of Hambantota, which Sri Lanka handed over to China on a 99-year lease

One of the world’s largest port operators has sued a Chinese state enterprise in Hong Kong over infringement of its exclusive port agreement with a strategically located African nation, in the city’s first court case involving China’s Belt and Road Initiative. FactWire (www.FactWire.org) has obtained a legal filing by United…

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Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) adopt new Fisheries Partnership with Morocco including Western Sahara

A new agreement on the legal, environmental, economic and social governance of EU vessels’ fishing activities in Morocco and Western Sahara waters was approved on Tuesday

Sets fishing opportunities for EU vessels; does not prejudice political process on final status of Western Sahara; promotes sustainable fishing policy. The new Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA) includes the waters of Western Sahara and aims to take into account the conclusions reached by the EU Court of Justice on…

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    • The Four Points by Sheraton Monrovia is due to become the first internationally branded hotel in Liberia upon opening in 2020
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    • The Four Points by Sheraton Monrovia will offer 111 stylishly appointed guest rooms, along with meeting facilities and a multitude of food and beverage outlets
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Aleph Hospitality Signs Deal with Marriott International to Manage the First Four Points by Sheraton in Liberia

Four Points by Sheraton Monrovia to become first internationally-branded hotel in Liberia

Pioneering hospitality management company, Aleph Hospitality (www.AlephHospitality.com), today announced the signing of a franchise agreement with Marriott International for the first Four Points by Sheraton (Four-Points.Marriott.com) hotel in Liberia. Located in the capital city, Monrovia, the hotel is due to become the first internationally branded hotel in the country upon…

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Special Delivery: Liberian Couple Turns Back from Dangerous Route to Europe. And Become Parents!

Burkina Faso is a key transit country in West and Central Africa

 If things had gone differently, Baby Siaka* might have been born in Spain or France. Or Mali. Or Algeria. Or even at sea. All could have been plausible birthplaces for the first child of a young Liberian couple who left home in December 2017 to attempt a dangerous African crossing…