Source: Rotary |

Rotary announces US$96.5 million to end polio

The announcement comes as Nigeria marks two years without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, following four reported cases in 2016

Rotary (https://www.Rotary.org) today announced nearly US$100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year. The announcement comes as Nigeria marks two years without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, following four reported cases in…

Source: United Nations (UN) |

The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator presents her credentials to the Government of Sudan

During the meeting, H.E. Ambassador Salah and Ms. Son discussed prospects for deepening the strategic partnership between the Government of Sudan the United Nations

The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Republic of Sudan, Ms. Gwi-Yeop Son of the Republic of Korea, presented her Credentials to H.E. Ambassador Salah Elguned, Director General of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sudan. During the meeting, H.E. Ambassador Salah and Ms. Son discussed…

Source: EXX AFRICA |

The Arms Trade in The Horn of Africa

The reluctance of western and other powers to act against Djibouti’s increasing arms trafficking activities poses an existential threat to the security of the Horn of Africa and imperils ongoing efforts to end long-running conflicts in the region

EXX Africa (www.EXXAfrica.com) published a special report on the arms trade in the Horn of Africa. The trade of illegal weapons in the Horn of Africa remains highly lucrative and is comprehensively entwined with transnational terrorist groups, drug smuggling, and the conflict in nearby Yemen. The focus of the regional arms…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

The African Development Bank Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Kapil Kapoor as Director General, Southern Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office

He has led numerous development initiatives in diverse country settings, ranging from fragile states like Afghanistan and Somalia

The African Development Bank Group (https://www.AfDB.org/en/) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Kapil Kapoor as Director General, Southern Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office with effect from 1st September 2018. Dr Kapoor, a citizen of India, has been the Director for Strategy and Operational Policies since February 2012, when he joined the African Development Bank. He has an established track record of effectively…

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Source: Foreign Policy |

Will Djibouti Become Latest Country to Fall Into China’s Debt Trap?

The African country houses a key U.S. military base, making it a particular concern for Washington

Djibouti lies more than 2,500 miles from Sri Lanka but the East African country faces a predicament similar to what its peer across the sea confronted last year: It has borrowed more money from China than it can pay back. In both countries, the money went to infrastructure projects under…

Source: European Union Naval Force ATALANTA (EU NAVFOR) Somalia |

EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta: ‘Mandate continues, Business as usual’

The mandate extension signals the EU’s commitment to continuing counter-piracy operations off the Somali coast

EU NAVFOR is pleased to confirm that following the decision from the Council of the European Union the mandate of Operation ATALANTA will continue until 31 December 2020. LINK TO EU COUNCIL ANNOUNCEMENT – (HERE) The mandate extension signals the EU’s commitment to continuing counter-piracy operations off the Somali coast.…

Source: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office |

Speech by UK ambassador during the Queen's Birthday Party in Mogadishu

Speech as delivered by Ambassador David Concar on the occasion of the Queen's Birthday Party in Mogadishu

Welcome Queen’s Birthday Party, our guest of honour H.E. Deputy Prime Minister, Mahdi Ahmed Khadar. This may be a humble patch of astroturf on an airfield but it’s greatly elevated by your presence. I know that one day, if your government’s vision for reform succeeds, we’ll be able to build…

Source: French Embassy in Kenya and Somalia |

Kenya and Somalia: Renovating the grave of a French veteran soldier

The principal master Sébastien Fortat, was in Eldoret town, the capital of Uasin Gishu county, to coordinate and supervise the works

Thanks to the financial support from the Directorate of Heritage, Memory and Archives of the Ministry of the Armed Forces, the defence mission of the French Embassy renovated the grave of Private Marange (number 14503), a French veteran who died on 26 June 1943 and was buried in the municipal…

Source: Council of the European Union |

EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta: Council prolongs the Operation and decides on new headquarters and new Operation Commander

It appointed Vice Admiral Antonio Martorell Lacave from the Spanish Navy as new Operation Commander to take command

The Council today extended the mandate of EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta until 31 December 2020. The Council also decided to relocate the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Operational Headquarters from Northwood (UK) to Rota (Spain), and to Brest (France) for the Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa (MSCHOA)…

Source: Federal Republic of Somalia - Office of the President |

Eritrea - Somalia Joint Declaration: On brotherly Relations and Comprehensive Cooperation

Cognizant of the deep bonds of friendship between the peoples of Eritrea and Somalia; Recalling that the peoples of Somalia and Eritrea have consistently evinced solidarity and provided support to each other’s aspirations for freedom, independence and progress; Determined to build on their historical brotherly relationship and mutual solidarity to…