Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

Ambassador Sales’ Meeting with Sudan Prime Minster Hamdok

Prime Minister Hamdok outlined the progress Sudan has made on democracy and human rights

Acting with the authorities of the Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, Ambassador Nathan A. Sales met Tuesday with the Republic of Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. Prime Minister Hamdok outlined the progress Sudan has made on democracy and human rights and expressed confidence that…

Source: U.S. Embassy - Cairo |

United States and Egypt Launch Center of Excellence for Energy at Ain Shams University

This new Center is part of a five-year, $90 million USAID initiative that also includes a Center of Excellence for Agriculture hosted at Cairo University in partnership with Cornell University

The Center of Excellence for Energy at Ain Shams University opened for business, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and in close cooperation with the Ministry of Higher Education and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The establishment of this new Center is part of…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

World food prices jump in November

Meat and vegetable oils lead Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food Price Index upwards, while cereal prices dip amid record output even as weather weighs in Africa

World food prices rose significantly in November, reaching their highest point in more than two years, driven by jumps in the international prices of meat products and vegetable oils. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly-traded food commodities, averaged 177.2 points over…

Source: U.S. Department of State |

The United States to Elevate Diplomatic Representation with Sudan

Prime Minister Hamdok has led Sudan’s transitional government, installed a civilian cabinet, and made key personnel changes

The Department of State warmly welcomes Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on his first visit to Washington.  Today, we are pleased to announce that the United States and Sudan have decided to initiate the process of exchanging ambassadors after a 23-year gap.  This decision is a meaningful step forward in…

Source: MSD |

Cote d’ Ivoire and Liberia both Launch National Immunisation Programmes for Human-Papillomavirus (HPV)

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women aged 15 to 44 years in Cote D’ Ivoire

MSD (www.MSD.co.za), known as Merck & Co., Inc., (NYSE: MRK) in the United States and Canada, congratulates both Cote d’ Ivoire and Liberia on the successful launch of the National Immunisation Programme (NIP) for the Human-Papillomavirus (HPV - the main cause of cervical cancer).[1] Approximately 530 000 women are diagnosed…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Powerful New Exhibition Launches Results of Artisanal Gold Mining Research in West Africa

Experts attending the event will present the key findings of the research conducted by IOM this year in the four target countries

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Regional Office for West and Central Africa, today unveils a powerful exhibition, Pour Tout l’Or du Monde (‘For All the Gold in the World’), documenting the plight of artisanal gold miners in West Africa.  The exhibition, which showcases the harsh living and working conditions for gold miners along…

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) |

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) preparing for major expansion of sports programs for people with disabilities

One country where the ICRC works with disabled athletes is South Sudan

With the goal of increasing sports opportunities and societal acceptance for people with disabilities, the International Committee of the Red Cross is in the midst of a major expansion of its sports programs for people with disabilities. Next year the ICRC will expand its programs into nine new countries*, bringing…

Source: U.S. Department of State |

Mauritania Independence Day Message

The United States is proud to have been the first country to recognize Mauritania’s independence, and our broad-based bilateral relationship has withstood the test of time

By Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State On behalf of the United States, I congratulate the people and Government of Mauritania on the occasion of your 59th Independence Day. The United States is proud to have been the first country to recognize Mauritania’s independence, and our broad-based bilateral relationship has…

Source: Embassy of the United States in Algiers, Algeria |

New EducationUSA Advising Center at World Learning as Number of Algerians Studying in United States Hits All-Time High

The Center will also organize specialized workshops in Algiers and other cities in Algeria to expand access beyond the capital

With support from the U.S. Embassy in Algiers, EducationUSA launched a new advising center at the World Learning office in Bir Khadem, Algiers. The center will offer resources and advising services under the U.S. State Department’s EducationUSA program, which promotes U.S. higher education by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information…

Source: U.S. Embassy in Tanzania |

Statement on Tanzanian Local Elections

The United States is deeply concerned by reports of irregularities in Tanzania’s November 24 local elections.  Election officials overwhelmingly excluded opposition candidates during the election process.  This troubling development calls into question the credibility of the election process and results.  The Government of Tanzania’s refusal to provide observation accreditation in…