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  •  African countries to use the COP27 climate talks in Egypt in November to advocate a common energy position Top energy official said on Tuesday that the proposal will argue that fossil fuels are necessary in the short term to expand economies and electricity access on the continent The African position criticised by environmental groups could overshadow global climate talks in Sharm El Sheikh The African position seeks to build on the previous Glasgow summit and make good on financing targets by rich nations to poorer countries that have fallen far short of the promised 100 billion dollars a year by 2020 We recognise that some countries may have to use fossil fuels for now but it s not one solution fits all It is not time to exclude but it is the time to tailor solutions for a context for a country and we cannot treat a city like a village because we have to tailor our sources of energy said Amani Abou Zeid the African Union AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy An AU technical study attended by 45 African countries on June 16 seen by Reuters outlined that oil and coal will play a crucial role in expanding modern energy access over the short to medium term In tandem with renewable sources Africa also sees key roles for natural gas and nuclear energy while the continent focuses on new technology and decarburisation measures to reduce harmful emissions from its fossil fuels industry Our ambition is to have fast growing economies competitive and industrialised Abou Zeid told Reuters on the sidelines of an oil and gas conference However seen as a global renewable hub given its vast solar wind and hydrogen potential Africa also has around 600 million people in its sub Sahara region living without electricity and almost 1 billion citizens without access to clean energy for cooking As far as we are concerned the first obligation we have as governments is to our people and to bring them out of energy poverty and poverty in general and to do this you need energy There is no way you can develop any economy any society without energy We are talking about coal we are talking oil and we are talking about gas At this time we are not discriminating said Omar Farouk Ibrahim secretary general of the African Petroleum Producers Organisation nanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    African countries to push common energy position at COP27
     African countries to use the COP27 climate talks in Egypt in November to advocate a common energy position Top energy official said on Tuesday that the proposal will argue that fossil fuels are necessary in the short term to expand economies and electricity access on the continent The African position criticised by environmental groups could overshadow global climate talks in Sharm El Sheikh The African position seeks to build on the previous Glasgow summit and make good on financing targets by rich nations to poorer countries that have fallen far short of the promised 100 billion dollars a year by 2020 We recognise that some countries may have to use fossil fuels for now but it s not one solution fits all It is not time to exclude but it is the time to tailor solutions for a context for a country and we cannot treat a city like a village because we have to tailor our sources of energy said Amani Abou Zeid the African Union AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy An AU technical study attended by 45 African countries on June 16 seen by Reuters outlined that oil and coal will play a crucial role in expanding modern energy access over the short to medium term In tandem with renewable sources Africa also sees key roles for natural gas and nuclear energy while the continent focuses on new technology and decarburisation measures to reduce harmful emissions from its fossil fuels industry Our ambition is to have fast growing economies competitive and industrialised Abou Zeid told Reuters on the sidelines of an oil and gas conference However seen as a global renewable hub given its vast solar wind and hydrogen potential Africa also has around 600 million people in its sub Sahara region living without electricity and almost 1 billion citizens without access to clean energy for cooking As far as we are concerned the first obligation we have as governments is to our people and to bring them out of energy poverty and poverty in general and to do this you need energy There is no way you can develop any economy any society without energy We are talking about coal we are talking oil and we are talking about gas At this time we are not discriminating said Omar Farouk Ibrahim secretary general of the African Petroleum Producers Organisation nanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    African countries to push common energy position at COP27
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    African countries to push common energy position at COP27

    African countries to use the COP27 climate talks in Egypt in November to advocate a common energy position.

    Top energy official said on Tuesday that the proposal will argue that fossil fuels are necessary in the short term to expand economies and electricity access on the continent.

    The African position, criticised by environmental groups, could overshadow global climate talks in Sharm El-Sheikh.

    The African position seeks to build on the previous Glasgow summit and make good on financing targets by rich nations to poorer countries that have fallen far short of the promised 100 billion dollars a year by 2020. “We recognise that some countries may have to use fossil fuels for now, but it’s not one solution fits all.

    “It is not time to exclude, but it is the time to tailor solutions for a context, for a country and we cannot treat a city like a village because we have to tailor our sources of energy,” said Amani Abou-Zeid, the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy.

    An AU technical study attended by 45 African countries on June 16 seen by Reuters outlined that oil and coal will play a crucial role in expanding modern energy access over the short to medium term.

    In tandem with renewable sources, Africa also sees key roles for natural gas and nuclear energy, while the continent focuses on new technology and decarburisation measures to reduce harmful emissions from its fossil fuels industry.

    “Our ambition is to have fast-growing economies, competitive and industrialised,” Abou-Zeid told Reuters on the sidelines of an oil and gas conference.

    However, seen as a global renewable hub given its vast solar, wind and hydrogen potential, Africa also has around 600 million people in its sub-Sahara region living without electricity and almost 1 billion citizens without access to clean energy for cooking.

    “As far as we are concerned, the first obligation we have as governments is to our people and to bring them out of energy poverty and poverty in general and to do this you need energy.

    “There is no way you can develop any economy, any society without energy.

    “We are talking about coal, we are talking oil and we are talking about gas.

    At this time we are not discriminating,”said Omar Farouk Ibrahim, secretary general of the African Petroleum Producers’ Organisation.

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  •   Nigeria 62 Nigerian Military s evolution from Frontier Force to giant Nigeria 62 Nigerian Military s evolution from Frontier Force to giant By Sumaila Ogbaje News Agency of Nigeria The Armed Forces of any nation represents its strength courage and sovereignty It is also a symbol of unity It defends and maintains nations territorial integrity national symbols and cohesion in their countries The Armed Forces of Nigeria AFN was established 159 years ago and has evolved through different stages With a force of no fewer than 223 000 active personnel today the Nigerian military is one of the largest uniformed combat services in Africa According to the latest Global Firepower index the Nigerian armed forces are the fourth most powerful military in Africa and ranked 35th globally The history of the Nigerian military dates back to 1863 when Lt Glover of the Royal Navy selected 18 indigenes from the northern part of present day Nigeria and organised them into a local force known as the Glover Hausas Glover then governor of Lagos used the group to mount punitive expedition into Lagos hinterland and to protect British trade routes around Lagos In 1865 the Glover Hausa became a regular force with the name Hausa Constabulary The West African Frontier Force the official progenitor of the Nigerian Army was a multi battalion field force It was established by the British Colonial Office in 1900 to protect the West African Colonies of Great Britain namely Nigeria Gold Coast Ghana Sierra Leone and The Gambia The Nigerian Navy on the other hand owes its origin to the Nigerian Marine Formed in 1914 after the amalgamation of the then Northern and Southern Nigeria protectorates the Nigerian Marine as it became known after 1914 was a quasi military organisation This Force later expanded to become the Southern Nigerian Marine in 1893 In July 1959 the Nigerian Naval Force transformed into a full fledged Navy as Queen Elizabeth II granted it permission to use the title Royal Nigerian Navy The title was changed to the Nigerian Navy in 1963 after Nigeria became a republic In 1960 when Nigeria became independent the Nigeria Military Force NMF became known as the Royal Nigerian Army RNA When Nigeria became a republic the RNA changed to the Nigerian Army In the same year the Army changed its uniform rank structure and instruments from those of Royal West African Frontier Force RWAFF to new ones including green khaki uniform The Nigerian Air Force NAF was officially established by a statutory Act of Parliament in April 1964 to achieve a full complement of the military defence system of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on sea air and ground Its birth sought to ensure a fast versatile mobility of the Armed Forces provide close support for the ground based and sea borne forces in all phases of operations among others Today the Nigerian military face a number of internal security challenges which undermine stability within the nation and the sub Sahara region as a whole Some of these threats include the ongoing conflict against the terrorist groups Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province ISWAP in North Eastern part of the country The military has waged this war since July 2009 There is also the recent menace of banditry kidnapping and violent crisis in the North West and farmers herders clashes in the North Central and other parts of the country Another group that has tested the resolve of the military is the Southeast based Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB and pipeline vandals and oil thieves in the Niger Delta region To meet these and other challenges posed by the dynamics in national and international security the Nigerian Armed Forces have committed to a number of wide ranging modernisation programmes These includes the acquisition of new armoured vehicles modern combat aircraft such as the Tucano and aerial reconnaissance drones and the refurbishing of naval vessels which had suffered prolonged period of poor or minimal maintenance The war against terrorism in the north east has largely been won with routine attacks of the insurgents now a rarity During a recent visit to Maiduguri Borno State President Muhammdu Buhari applauded the military for the success in the war against Boko Haram and ISWP Your collective efforts have resulted in the relative peace being enjoyed in the region today Under my watch the Armed Forces of Nigeria have been provided a firm strategy and clear sense of direction to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country Buhari said The success story of the military operation has not gone unnoticed among the people of the area The Northern Youth Network Convener Malam Abdulrahman Ahmed at a recent news conference commended them for restoring sanity in the area The Biafra war of 1966 1970 was the greatest test the Nigerian military It emerged from the battle with its head held high having fought gallantly to stop the secession quest of the self declared Republic of Biafra In his 2022 New Year Message the Chief of Defence Staff Gen Lucky Irabor commended the sacrifices of the military in keeping the country united and safe In retrospect the end of 2021 affords the AFN unique opportunity to remember the sacrifices of its men and women who work in extreme conditions in trenches in fields The work in far flung places away from the comfort of their loved ones to keep Nigerians safe and secure he said On the international scene the Nigerian contingent have played and continued to play active role in both the United Nations UN peacekeeping operations The Nigerian military has also been involved in African Union AU and Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS missions in Africa Notable among these operations are the ECOMOG missions in Liberia and Sierra Leone in the 1990s The Minister of Defence retired Maj Gen Bashir Magashi said that Nigeria had contributed over 100 000 peacekeepers in over 40 peacekeeping missions in Africa and across the globe since 1960 He spoke at Joint World Press Conference on Tackling Insecurity in Nigeria organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture recently One area political and security experts overall the military has performed excellently except its incursion into politics which started with the 1966 coup led by Maj Kaduna Nzeogwu Some have argued that the military intervened to been to stabilise the polity and restore sanity into the polity After the coup the subsequent counter coups and interruption of democratic governance totaling over decades the military returned Nigeria to civilian rule in 1999 though The Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Farouk Yahaha says to hit higher heights in regional and global operations the military personnel must remain professional and apolitical I want to enjoin all formation and unit commanders on the need to be vigilant and aware of all situations through constant monitoring They should also ensure proactive solution to situations he said in Abuja at the closing session of the 2022 Chief of Army Staff 3rd quarter conference NANFeatures If used please credit the writer and News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria @62: Nigerian Military’s evolution from Frontier Force to giant
      Nigeria 62 Nigerian Military s evolution from Frontier Force to giant Nigeria 62 Nigerian Military s evolution from Frontier Force to giant By Sumaila Ogbaje News Agency of Nigeria The Armed Forces of any nation represents its strength courage and sovereignty It is also a symbol of unity It defends and maintains nations territorial integrity national symbols and cohesion in their countries The Armed Forces of Nigeria AFN was established 159 years ago and has evolved through different stages With a force of no fewer than 223 000 active personnel today the Nigerian military is one of the largest uniformed combat services in Africa According to the latest Global Firepower index the Nigerian armed forces are the fourth most powerful military in Africa and ranked 35th globally The history of the Nigerian military dates back to 1863 when Lt Glover of the Royal Navy selected 18 indigenes from the northern part of present day Nigeria and organised them into a local force known as the Glover Hausas Glover then governor of Lagos used the group to mount punitive expedition into Lagos hinterland and to protect British trade routes around Lagos In 1865 the Glover Hausa became a regular force with the name Hausa Constabulary The West African Frontier Force the official progenitor of the Nigerian Army was a multi battalion field force It was established by the British Colonial Office in 1900 to protect the West African Colonies of Great Britain namely Nigeria Gold Coast Ghana Sierra Leone and The Gambia The Nigerian Navy on the other hand owes its origin to the Nigerian Marine Formed in 1914 after the amalgamation of the then Northern and Southern Nigeria protectorates the Nigerian Marine as it became known after 1914 was a quasi military organisation This Force later expanded to become the Southern Nigerian Marine in 1893 In July 1959 the Nigerian Naval Force transformed into a full fledged Navy as Queen Elizabeth II granted it permission to use the title Royal Nigerian Navy The title was changed to the Nigerian Navy in 1963 after Nigeria became a republic In 1960 when Nigeria became independent the Nigeria Military Force NMF became known as the Royal Nigerian Army RNA When Nigeria became a republic the RNA changed to the Nigerian Army In the same year the Army changed its uniform rank structure and instruments from those of Royal West African Frontier Force RWAFF to new ones including green khaki uniform The Nigerian Air Force NAF was officially established by a statutory Act of Parliament in April 1964 to achieve a full complement of the military defence system of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on sea air and ground Its birth sought to ensure a fast versatile mobility of the Armed Forces provide close support for the ground based and sea borne forces in all phases of operations among others Today the Nigerian military face a number of internal security challenges which undermine stability within the nation and the sub Sahara region as a whole Some of these threats include the ongoing conflict against the terrorist groups Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province ISWAP in North Eastern part of the country The military has waged this war since July 2009 There is also the recent menace of banditry kidnapping and violent crisis in the North West and farmers herders clashes in the North Central and other parts of the country Another group that has tested the resolve of the military is the Southeast based Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB and pipeline vandals and oil thieves in the Niger Delta region To meet these and other challenges posed by the dynamics in national and international security the Nigerian Armed Forces have committed to a number of wide ranging modernisation programmes These includes the acquisition of new armoured vehicles modern combat aircraft such as the Tucano and aerial reconnaissance drones and the refurbishing of naval vessels which had suffered prolonged period of poor or minimal maintenance The war against terrorism in the north east has largely been won with routine attacks of the insurgents now a rarity During a recent visit to Maiduguri Borno State President Muhammdu Buhari applauded the military for the success in the war against Boko Haram and ISWP Your collective efforts have resulted in the relative peace being enjoyed in the region today Under my watch the Armed Forces of Nigeria have been provided a firm strategy and clear sense of direction to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country Buhari said The success story of the military operation has not gone unnoticed among the people of the area The Northern Youth Network Convener Malam Abdulrahman Ahmed at a recent news conference commended them for restoring sanity in the area The Biafra war of 1966 1970 was the greatest test the Nigerian military It emerged from the battle with its head held high having fought gallantly to stop the secession quest of the self declared Republic of Biafra In his 2022 New Year Message the Chief of Defence Staff Gen Lucky Irabor commended the sacrifices of the military in keeping the country united and safe In retrospect the end of 2021 affords the AFN unique opportunity to remember the sacrifices of its men and women who work in extreme conditions in trenches in fields The work in far flung places away from the comfort of their loved ones to keep Nigerians safe and secure he said On the international scene the Nigerian contingent have played and continued to play active role in both the United Nations UN peacekeeping operations The Nigerian military has also been involved in African Union AU and Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS missions in Africa Notable among these operations are the ECOMOG missions in Liberia and Sierra Leone in the 1990s The Minister of Defence retired Maj Gen Bashir Magashi said that Nigeria had contributed over 100 000 peacekeepers in over 40 peacekeeping missions in Africa and across the globe since 1960 He spoke at Joint World Press Conference on Tackling Insecurity in Nigeria organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture recently One area political and security experts overall the military has performed excellently except its incursion into politics which started with the 1966 coup led by Maj Kaduna Nzeogwu Some have argued that the military intervened to been to stabilise the polity and restore sanity into the polity After the coup the subsequent counter coups and interruption of democratic governance totaling over decades the military returned Nigeria to civilian rule in 1999 though The Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Farouk Yahaha says to hit higher heights in regional and global operations the military personnel must remain professional and apolitical I want to enjoin all formation and unit commanders on the need to be vigilant and aware of all situations through constant monitoring They should also ensure proactive solution to situations he said in Abuja at the closing session of the 2022 Chief of Army Staff 3rd quarter conference NANFeatures If used please credit the writer and News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria @62: Nigerian Military’s evolution from Frontier Force to giant
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    Nigeria @62: Nigerian Military’s evolution from Frontier Force to giant

    Nigeria @62: Nigerian Military’s evolution from Frontier Force to giant Nigeria @62: Nigerian Military’s evolution from Frontier Force to giant By Sumaila Ogbaje, News Agency of Nigeria The Armed Forces of any nation represents its strength, courage and sovereignty.

    It is also a symbol of unity.

    It defends and maintains nations’ territorial integrity, national symbols and cohesion in their countries.

    The Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) was established 159 years ago and has evolved through different stages.

    With a force of no fewer than 223,000 active personnel today, the Nigerian military is one of the largest uniformed combat services in Africa.

    According to the latest Global Firepower index, the Nigerian armed forces are the fourth most powerful military in Africa, and ranked 35th globally.

    The history of the Nigerian military dates back to 1863, when Lt. Glover of the Royal Navy selected 18 indigenes from the northern part of present day Nigeria and organised them into a local force, known as the “Glover Hausas”.

    Glover, then governor of Lagos used the group to mount punitive expedition into Lagos hinterland and to protect British trade routes around Lagos.

    In 1865, the “Glover Hausa” became a regular force with the name “Hausa Constabulary”.

    The West African Frontier Force, the official progenitor of the Nigerian Army was a multi-battalion field force.

    It was established by the British Colonial Office in 1900 to protect the West African Colonies of Great Britain, namely: Nigeria, Gold Coast (Ghana), Sierra Leone and The Gambia.

    The Nigerian Navy on the other hand, owes its origin to the Nigerian Marine.

    Formed in 1914 after the amalgamation of the then Northern and Southern Nigeria protectorates, the Nigerian Marine, as it became known after 1914, was a quasi-military organisation.

    This Force later expanded to become the Southern Nigerian Marine in 1893. In July 1959 the Nigerian Naval Force transformed into a full-fledged Navy as Queen Elizabeth II granted it permission to use the title `Royal Nigerian Navy`.

    The title was changed to the Nigerian Navy in 1963 after Nigeria became a republic.

    In 1960, when Nigeria became independent, the Nigeria Military Force (NMF) became known as the Royal Nigerian Army (RNA).

    When Nigeria became a republic, the RNA changed to the Nigerian Army. In the same year, the Army changed its uniform, rank structure and instruments from those of Royal West African Frontier Force (RWAFF) to new ones including green khaki uniform.

    The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) was officially established by a statutory Act of Parliament in April 1964 to achieve a full complement of the military defence system of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on sea, air and ground;.

    Its birth sought to ensure a fast versatile mobility of the Armed Forces; provide close support for the ground-based and sea borne forces in all phases of operations, among others.

    Today, the Nigerian military face a number of internal security challenges which undermine stability within the nation and the sub-Sahara region as a whole.

    Some of these threats include the ongoing conflict against the terrorist groups, Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in North Eastern part of the country.

    The military has waged this war since July 2009. There is also the recent menace of banditry, kidnapping and violent crisis in the North West and farmers-herders clashes in the North Central and other parts of the country.

    Another group that has tested the resolve of the military is the Southeast-based Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB); and pipeline vandals and oil thieves in the Niger Delta region.

    To meet these and other challenges posed by the dynamics in national and international security, the Nigerian Armed Forces have committed to a number of wide-ranging modernisation programmes.

    These includes the acquisition of new armoured vehicles, modern combat aircraft such as the Tucano and aerial reconnaissance drones, and the refurbishing of naval vessels which had suffered prolonged period of poor or minimal maintenance.

    The war against terrorism in the north east has largely been won, with routine attacks of the insurgents now a rarity.

    During a recent visit to Maiduguri, Borno State, President Muhammdu Buhari applauded the military for the success in the war against Boko Haram and ISWP.

    “Your collective efforts have resulted in the relative peace being enjoyed in the region today.

    “Under my watch, the Armed Forces of Nigeria have been provided a firm strategy and clear sense of direction to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country”, Buhari said.

    The success story of the military operation has not gone unnoticed among the people of the area.

    The Northern Youth Network, Convener, Malam Abdulrahman Ahmed at a recent news conference commended them for restoring sanity in the area.

    The Biafra war of 1966-1970 was the greatest test the Nigerian military.

    It emerged from the battle with its head held high, having fought gallantly to stop the secession quest of the self-declared Republic of Biafra.

    In his 2022 New Year Message, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor commended the sacrifices of the military in keeping the country united and safe.

    “In-retrospect, the end of 2021 affords the AFN unique opportunity to remember the sacrifices of its men and women who work in extreme conditions in trenches, in fields.

    “The work in far-flung places away from the comfort of their loved ones to keep Nigerians safe and secure”, he said.

    On the international scene, the Nigerian contingent have played and continued to play active role in both the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations.

    The Nigerian military has also been involved in African Union (AU) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) missions in Africa.

    Notable among these operations are the ECOMOG missions in Liberia and Sierra Leone in the 1990s.

    The Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, said that Nigeria had contributed over 100,000 peacekeepers in over 40 peacekeeping missions in Africa and across the globe since 1960. He spoke at Joint World Press Conference on Tackling Insecurity in Nigeria organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture recently.

    One area political and security experts overall, the military has performed excellently, except its incursion into politics which started with the 1966 coup led by Maj. Kaduna  Nzeogwu.

    Some have argued that the military intervened to been to stabilise the polity and restore sanity into the polity.

    After the coup, the subsequent counter coups and interruption of democratic governance totaling over decades, the military returned Nigeria to civilian rule in 1999, though The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Farouk Yahaha, says to hit higher heights in regional and global operations, the military personnel must remain professional and apolitical.

    “I want to enjoin all formation and unit commanders on the need to be vigilant and aware of all situations through constant monitoring.

    “They should also ensure proactive solution to situations,” he said in Abuja at the closing session of the 2022 Chief of Army Staff 3rd quarter conference.  

    (NANFeatures) **If used please credit the writer and News Agency of Nigeria
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  •   The Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation Ms Candith Mashego Dlamini will travel to Liberia and Sierra Leone to deliver vaccines from September 26 to 30 2022 The Government of South Africa through the African Renaissance Fund ARF signed an agreement with the African Vaccination Acquisition Trust AVAT to provide a total of 2 030 400 doses of the Johnson Johnson COVID 19 vaccine to African countries AVAT was formed following the establishment of the African Union AU African COVID 19 Vaccine Procurement Task Team AVATT in November 2020 by President Cyril Ramaphosa as the then AU Chair The contribution that the Government of South Africa will make to the people of Liberia occurred at the giant pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Qhebera South Africa operated by Aspen Pharma South Africa and Liberia enjoy strong bilateral relations South Africa s contribution of 79 200 doses of J J COVID 19 vaccines is expected to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation with Liberia and enhance our friendship and relations with the people and Government of Liberia
    South Africa: Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini to travel to West Africa to deliver vaccines
      The Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation Ms Candith Mashego Dlamini will travel to Liberia and Sierra Leone to deliver vaccines from September 26 to 30 2022 The Government of South Africa through the African Renaissance Fund ARF signed an agreement with the African Vaccination Acquisition Trust AVAT to provide a total of 2 030 400 doses of the Johnson Johnson COVID 19 vaccine to African countries AVAT was formed following the establishment of the African Union AU African COVID 19 Vaccine Procurement Task Team AVATT in November 2020 by President Cyril Ramaphosa as the then AU Chair The contribution that the Government of South Africa will make to the people of Liberia occurred at the giant pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Qhebera South Africa operated by Aspen Pharma South Africa and Liberia enjoy strong bilateral relations South Africa s contribution of 79 200 doses of J J COVID 19 vaccines is expected to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation with Liberia and enhance our friendship and relations with the people and Government of Liberia
    South Africa: Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini to travel to West Africa to deliver vaccines
    Africa1 week ago

    South Africa: Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini to travel to West Africa to deliver vaccines

    The Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms. Candith Mashego-Dlamini, will travel to Liberia and Sierra Leone to deliver vaccines from September 26 to 30, 2022.

    The Government of South Africa, through the African Renaissance Fund (ARF), signed an agreement with the African Vaccination Acquisition Trust (AVAT) to provide a total of 2,030,400 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to African countries.

    AVAT was formed following the establishment of the African Union (AU) African COVID-19 Vaccine Procurement Task Team (AVATT) in November 2020 by President Cyril Ramaphosa as the then AU Chair.

    The contribution that the Government of South Africa will make to the people of Liberia occurred at the giant pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Qhebera, South Africa, operated by Aspen Pharma.

    South Africa and Liberia enjoy strong bilateral relations.

    South Africa's contribution of 79,200 doses of J&J COVID-19 vaccines is expected to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation with Liberia and enhance our friendship and relations with the people and Government of Liberia.

  •   UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres and African leaders launched a high level panel to assess the situation in the Sahel and make recommendations on ways to foster international engagement and map out responses to the region s complex challenges The independent panel was formally announced Saturday in New York on the sidelines of the annual General Assembly debate during a high level event on the Sahel held under the auspices of the United Nations the African Union AU Commission the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS and the Group of Five for the Sahel G5 Sahel The Sahel stretches across Africa from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Indian Ocean in the east and runs through parts of Burkina Faso Cameroon Chad Mali Mauritania Niger Nigeria Senegal and Sudan While the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs OCHA has said that the Sahel faces the worst humanitarian needs in years requiring an urgent scale up of the emergency response the Secretary General warned last week that rising insecurity including the proliferation of terrorists and other non state armed groups coupled with political instability is creating a crisis in the Sahel that poses a global threat The crisis is exacerbated by climate change and if nothing is done the effects of terrorism violent extremism and organized crime will be felt far beyond the region and the African continent he said In their remarks on Saturday the President of the AU Commission the President of the ECOWAS Commission the Executive Secretary of the G5 Sahel a joint force established in 2017 to respond to the expansion of armed and violent extremist groups and deteriorating security in the region and Mr Guterres formally launched the High Level Independent Panel on Security and Development in the Sahel led by former Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou They highlighted the underlying challenges in the Sahel including the rise of violent extremism the growing fragility of the region s economies due to the impact of climate change and the COVID 19 pandemic as well as complex political transitions They called for coordinated efforts at the international regional and local levels in the Sahel and the wider region to address current security governance and development challenges and adopt people centered approaches to security based on inclusive political strategies Participants also called on the international community to scale up responses according to the needs of the region including by providing much needed technical financial material and logistical support They reaffirmed the support of the four organizations for the work of the High Level Independent Panel and looked forward to the results of the Independent Strategic Assessment to be presented during the 36th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union to be held issued in February 2023
    High-level independent panel on security and development in the crisis-torn Sahel region launched at the United Nations
      UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres and African leaders launched a high level panel to assess the situation in the Sahel and make recommendations on ways to foster international engagement and map out responses to the region s complex challenges The independent panel was formally announced Saturday in New York on the sidelines of the annual General Assembly debate during a high level event on the Sahel held under the auspices of the United Nations the African Union AU Commission the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS and the Group of Five for the Sahel G5 Sahel The Sahel stretches across Africa from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Indian Ocean in the east and runs through parts of Burkina Faso Cameroon Chad Mali Mauritania Niger Nigeria Senegal and Sudan While the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs OCHA has said that the Sahel faces the worst humanitarian needs in years requiring an urgent scale up of the emergency response the Secretary General warned last week that rising insecurity including the proliferation of terrorists and other non state armed groups coupled with political instability is creating a crisis in the Sahel that poses a global threat The crisis is exacerbated by climate change and if nothing is done the effects of terrorism violent extremism and organized crime will be felt far beyond the region and the African continent he said In their remarks on Saturday the President of the AU Commission the President of the ECOWAS Commission the Executive Secretary of the G5 Sahel a joint force established in 2017 to respond to the expansion of armed and violent extremist groups and deteriorating security in the region and Mr Guterres formally launched the High Level Independent Panel on Security and Development in the Sahel led by former Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou They highlighted the underlying challenges in the Sahel including the rise of violent extremism the growing fragility of the region s economies due to the impact of climate change and the COVID 19 pandemic as well as complex political transitions They called for coordinated efforts at the international regional and local levels in the Sahel and the wider region to address current security governance and development challenges and adopt people centered approaches to security based on inclusive political strategies Participants also called on the international community to scale up responses according to the needs of the region including by providing much needed technical financial material and logistical support They reaffirmed the support of the four organizations for the work of the High Level Independent Panel and looked forward to the results of the Independent Strategic Assessment to be presented during the 36th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union to be held issued in February 2023
    High-level independent panel on security and development in the crisis-torn Sahel region launched at the United Nations
    Africa1 week ago

    High-level independent panel on security and development in the crisis-torn Sahel region launched at the United Nations

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres and African leaders launched a high-level panel to assess the situation in the Sahel and make recommendations on ways to foster international engagement and map out responses to the region's complex challenges.

    The independent panel was formally announced Saturday in New York on the sidelines of the annual General Assembly debate during a high-level event on the Sahel, held under the auspices of the United Nations, the African Union (AU) Commission, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Group of Five for the Sahel (G5 Sahel).

    The Sahel stretches across Africa from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Indian Ocean in the east and runs through parts of Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan.

    While the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said that the Sahel faces "the worst humanitarian needs in years requiring an urgent scale-up of the emergency response", the Secretary-General warned last week that rising insecurity, including the proliferation of terrorists and other non-state armed groups, coupled with political instability, is creating a crisis in the Sahel that poses a “global threat”.

    The crisis is exacerbated by climate change...

    “and if nothing is done, the effects of terrorism, violent extremism and organized crime will be felt far beyond the region and the African continent,” he said.

    In their remarks on Saturday, the President of the AU Commission, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, the Executive Secretary of the G5 Sahel [a joint force established in 2017 to respond to the expansion of armed and violent extremist groups and deteriorating security in the region], and Mr. Guterres formally launched the High-Level Independent Panel on Security and Development in the Sahel, led by former Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou.

    They highlighted the underlying challenges in the Sahel, including the rise of violent extremism, the growing fragility of the region's economies due to the impact of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as complex political transitions.

    They called for coordinated efforts at the international, regional and local levels in the Sahel and the wider region to address current security, governance and development challenges and adopt people-centered approaches to security based on inclusive political strategies.

    Participants also called on the international community to scale up responses according to the needs of the region, including by providing much-needed technical, financial, material, and logistical support; They reaffirmed the support of the four organizations for the work of the High-Level Independent Panel and looked forward to the results of the Independent Strategic Assessment to be presented during the 36th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union.

    to be held issued in February 2023.

  •   The Bishops of the IMBISA Interregional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa Region http www IMBISA Africa gathered for their 13th plenary assembly in Windhoek Namibia and the Official Opening Ceremony was held on Saturday 24th September The theme of this assembly is Building Forward Together Reimagining the Church s Engagement with Youth in the IMBISA Region in Light of Pope Francis Exhortation Christus Vivit The ceremony began with the singing of the national anthems of Namibia and that of the African Union AU Archbishop Liborius Ndambukuti Nashenda OMI Bishop of the Diocese of Windhoek in Namibia welcomed all delegates to the plenary He gave a special welcome to the young people who came from our nine countries of the IMBISA region He highlighted how both the country and the Church in Namibia have developed since the last plenary session that was held in 1995 The President of IMBISA Bishop Lucio Andrice Muandula Bishop of the Diocese of Xai Xai in Mozambique welcomed newly ordained bishops in the last three years for this fraternity of bishops In his capacity as president of IMBISA he officially declared the plenary open The Apostolic Nuncio to Namibia Archbishop Peter Brian Wells also made his remarks explaining the Holy Father s call to Synodality and extended warm greetings from Pope Francis to all delegates to this XIII Plenary Assembly The Honorable Vice President of Namibia Dr Nangolo Mbumba delivered the opening address He thanked the Catholic Church of this region for the support provided to all countries during the liberation struggles in the region He also gave a special welcome to all delegates from the Republic of Namibia After the Opening Session State Function we had interventions from the USCCB SECAM and the Holy See Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development Dr James Nyawo a Zimbabwean professor currently lecturing in Nairobi Kenya will provide information on the Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit over the next two days He highlighted how the Apostolic Exhortation is an invitation from the Holy Father to build forward together The Holy Father s great concern in Christus Vivit is that the Church has been captured by those who make her old Allowing such backsliding makes the Church irrelevant to young people The Church needs to walk together to go very far cf CV 167 Mrs Dorrett Byrd also intervened on behalf of Catholic Relief Services which is doing a great job in our region The day concluded with the celebration of Holy Mass by the Apostolic Nuncio in Namibia Archbishop Peter Brian Wells who in his homily emphasized the theme of availability for service as bishops priests and religious
    The Plenary Assembly of the XIII Interregional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) begins
      The Bishops of the IMBISA Interregional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa Region http www IMBISA Africa gathered for their 13th plenary assembly in Windhoek Namibia and the Official Opening Ceremony was held on Saturday 24th September The theme of this assembly is Building Forward Together Reimagining the Church s Engagement with Youth in the IMBISA Region in Light of Pope Francis Exhortation Christus Vivit The ceremony began with the singing of the national anthems of Namibia and that of the African Union AU Archbishop Liborius Ndambukuti Nashenda OMI Bishop of the Diocese of Windhoek in Namibia welcomed all delegates to the plenary He gave a special welcome to the young people who came from our nine countries of the IMBISA region He highlighted how both the country and the Church in Namibia have developed since the last plenary session that was held in 1995 The President of IMBISA Bishop Lucio Andrice Muandula Bishop of the Diocese of Xai Xai in Mozambique welcomed newly ordained bishops in the last three years for this fraternity of bishops In his capacity as president of IMBISA he officially declared the plenary open The Apostolic Nuncio to Namibia Archbishop Peter Brian Wells also made his remarks explaining the Holy Father s call to Synodality and extended warm greetings from Pope Francis to all delegates to this XIII Plenary Assembly The Honorable Vice President of Namibia Dr Nangolo Mbumba delivered the opening address He thanked the Catholic Church of this region for the support provided to all countries during the liberation struggles in the region He also gave a special welcome to all delegates from the Republic of Namibia After the Opening Session State Function we had interventions from the USCCB SECAM and the Holy See Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development Dr James Nyawo a Zimbabwean professor currently lecturing in Nairobi Kenya will provide information on the Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit over the next two days He highlighted how the Apostolic Exhortation is an invitation from the Holy Father to build forward together The Holy Father s great concern in Christus Vivit is that the Church has been captured by those who make her old Allowing such backsliding makes the Church irrelevant to young people The Church needs to walk together to go very far cf CV 167 Mrs Dorrett Byrd also intervened on behalf of Catholic Relief Services which is doing a great job in our region The day concluded with the celebration of Holy Mass by the Apostolic Nuncio in Namibia Archbishop Peter Brian Wells who in his homily emphasized the theme of availability for service as bishops priests and religious
    The Plenary Assembly of the XIII Interregional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) begins
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    The Plenary Assembly of the XIII Interregional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) begins

    The Bishops of the IMBISA (Interregional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa) Region (http://www.IMBISA.Africa) gathered for their 13th plenary assembly in Windhoek, Namibia, and the Official Opening Ceremony was held on Saturday , 24th September.

    The theme of this assembly is Building Forward Together: Reimagining the Church's Engagement with Youth in the IMBISA Region in Light of Pope Francis' Exhortation, Christus Vivit.

    The ceremony began with the singing of the national anthems of Namibia and that of the African Union (AU).

    Archbishop Liborius Ndambukuti Nashenda OMI Bishop of the Diocese of Windhoek in Namibia welcomed all delegates to the plenary.

    He gave a special welcome to the young people who came from our nine countries of the IMBISA region.

    He highlighted how both the country and the Church in Namibia have developed since the last plenary session that was held in 1995.

    The President of IMBISA, Bishop Lucio Andrice Muandula, Bishop of the Diocese of Xai-Xai in Mozambique, welcomed newly ordained bishops in the last three years for this fraternity of bishops.

    In his capacity as president of IMBISA he officially declared the plenary open.

    The Apostolic Nuncio to Namibia, Archbishop Peter Brian Wells, also made his remarks explaining the Holy Father's call to Synodality and extended warm greetings from Pope Francis to all delegates to this XIII Plenary Assembly.

    The Honorable Vice President of Namibia, Dr. Nangolo Mbumba, delivered the opening address.

    He thanked the Catholic Church of this region for the support provided to all countries during the liberation struggles in the region.

    He also gave a special welcome to all delegates from the Republic of Namibia.

    After the Opening Session (State Function) we had interventions from the USCCB, SECAM and the Holy See Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development.

    Dr. James Nyawo, a Zimbabwean professor currently lecturing in Nairobi, Kenya, will provide information on the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Christus Vivit, over the next two days.

    He highlighted how the Apostolic Exhortation is an invitation from the Holy Father to 'build forward together'.

    The Holy Father's great concern in Christus Vivit is that the 'Church has been captured by those who make her old'.

    Allowing such backsliding makes the Church irrelevant to young people.

    The Church needs to walk together to go very far (cf CV 167).

    Mrs. Dorrett Byrd also intervened on behalf of Catholic Relief Services, which is doing a great job in our region.

    The day concluded with the celebration of Holy Mass by the Apostolic Nuncio in Namibia, Archbishop Peter Brian Wells, who in his homily emphasized the theme of availability for service as bishops, priests and religious.

  •  UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres and African leaders have launched a high level panel to assess the situation in the Sahel and make recommendations on ways to foster international engagement and map out responses to the region s complex challenges The Sahel extends across Africa from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Indian Ocean in the east and runs through parts of Burkina Faso Cameroon Chad Mali Mauritania Niger Nigeria Senegal and Sudan The independent panel was announced on Saturday in New York on the margins of the General Assembly s annual debate during a High Level Event on the Sahel The evet was held under the auspices of the United Nations the African Union AU Commission the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS and the Group of Five for the Sahel G5 Sahel According to the UN humanitarian affairs office OCHA Sahel faces the worst humanitarian needs in years requiring an urgent scale up of emergency response The secretary general had warned that rising insecurity including the proliferation of terrorist and other non State armed groups coupled with political instability is creating a crisis in the Sahel that poses a global threat The crisis is being compounded by climate change and if nothing is done the effects of terrorism violent extremism and organized crime will be felt far beyond the region and the African continent he said In their statements the Chair of the AU Commission the President of the ECOWAS Commission the Executive Secretary of the G5 Sahel and Guterres formally launched Panel on Security and Development in the Sahel led by former President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou They highlighted the underlying challenges in the Sahel including the surge in violent extremism growing fragility of the economies of the region due to the impact of climate change and the COVID 19 pandemic as well as complex political transitions They called for coordinated international regional and local efforts in the Sahel and in the broader region to address the current security governance and development challenges and adopt people centred security approaches based on inclusive political strategies The participants also called on the international community to scale up responses commensurate to the needs in the region including by providing much needed technical financial material and logistical support They reaffirmed the support of the four organisations to the work of the Independent High Level Panel and looked forward to the findings of the Independent Strategic Assessment being presented during the 36th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government set to be issued in February 2023 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: African leaders inaugurate panel on Nigeria, others
     UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres and African leaders have launched a high level panel to assess the situation in the Sahel and make recommendations on ways to foster international engagement and map out responses to the region s complex challenges The Sahel extends across Africa from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Indian Ocean in the east and runs through parts of Burkina Faso Cameroon Chad Mali Mauritania Niger Nigeria Senegal and Sudan The independent panel was announced on Saturday in New York on the margins of the General Assembly s annual debate during a High Level Event on the Sahel The evet was held under the auspices of the United Nations the African Union AU Commission the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS and the Group of Five for the Sahel G5 Sahel According to the UN humanitarian affairs office OCHA Sahel faces the worst humanitarian needs in years requiring an urgent scale up of emergency response The secretary general had warned that rising insecurity including the proliferation of terrorist and other non State armed groups coupled with political instability is creating a crisis in the Sahel that poses a global threat The crisis is being compounded by climate change and if nothing is done the effects of terrorism violent extremism and organized crime will be felt far beyond the region and the African continent he said In their statements the Chair of the AU Commission the President of the ECOWAS Commission the Executive Secretary of the G5 Sahel and Guterres formally launched Panel on Security and Development in the Sahel led by former President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou They highlighted the underlying challenges in the Sahel including the surge in violent extremism growing fragility of the economies of the region due to the impact of climate change and the COVID 19 pandemic as well as complex political transitions They called for coordinated international regional and local efforts in the Sahel and in the broader region to address the current security governance and development challenges and adopt people centred security approaches based on inclusive political strategies The participants also called on the international community to scale up responses commensurate to the needs in the region including by providing much needed technical financial material and logistical support They reaffirmed the support of the four organisations to the work of the Independent High Level Panel and looked forward to the findings of the Independent Strategic Assessment being presented during the 36th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government set to be issued in February 2023 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: African leaders inaugurate panel on Nigeria, others
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    UNGA77: African leaders inaugurate panel on Nigeria, others

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres and African leaders have launched a high-level panel to assess the situation in the Sahel and make recommendations on ways to foster international engagement and map out responses to the region’s complex challenges.

    The Sahel extends across Africa from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Indian Ocean in the east and runs through parts of Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sudan.

    The independent panel was announced on Saturday in New York on the margins of the General Assembly’s annual debate during a High-Level Event on the Sahel.

    The evet was held under the auspices of the United Nations, the African Union (AU) Commission, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Group of Five for the Sahel (G5 Sahel).

    According to the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) Sahel faces the worst humanitarian needs in years requiring an urgent scale-up of emergency response.

    The secretary-general had warned that rising insecurity, including the proliferation of terrorist and other non-State armed groups, coupled with political instability, is creating a crisis in the Sahel that poses a “global threat”.

    “The crisis is being compounded by climate change… “and if nothing is done, the effects of terrorism, violent extremism and organized crime will be felt far beyond the region and the African continent,” he said.

    In their statements, the Chair of the AU Commission, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, the Executive Secretary of the G5 Sahel and Guterres formally launched Panel on Security and Development in the Sahel, led by former President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou.

    They highlighted the underlying challenges in the Sahel, including the surge in violent extremism, growing fragility of the economies of the region due to the impact of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as complex political transitions.

    They called for coordinated international, regional and local efforts in the Sahel and in the broader region to address the current security, governance and development challenges and adopt people-centred security approaches based on inclusive political strategies.

    The participants also called on the international community to scale up responses commensurate to the needs in the region, including by providing much needed technical, financial, material, and logistical support.

    They reaffirmed the support of the four organisations to the work of the Independent High-Level Panel and looked forward to the findings of the Independent Strategic Assessment being presented during the 36th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government set to be issued in February 2023.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The independent panel was formally announced Saturday in New York on the sidelines of the annual General Assembly debate during a high level event on the Sahel held under the auspices of the United Nations the African Union AU Commission the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS and the Group of Five for the Sahel G5 Sahel The Sahel stretches across Africa from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Indian Ocean in the east and runs through parts of Burkina Faso Cameroon Chad Mali Mauritania Niger Nigeria Senegal and Sudan While the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs OCHA has said that the Sahel faces the worst humanitarian needs in years requiring an urgent scale up of the emergency response the Secretary General warned last week that rising insecurity including the proliferation of terrorists and other non state armed groups coupled with political instability is creating a crisis in the Sahel that poses a global threat The crisis is exacerbated by climate change and if nothing is done the effects of terrorism violent extremism and organized crime will be felt far beyond the region and the African continent he said In his remarks on Saturday the chairman of the AU Commission the chairman of the ECOWAS Commission the executive secretary of the G5 Sahel a joint force established in 2017 to respond to the expansion of armed and violent extremist groups and deteriorating security in the region and Mr Guterres formally launched the High Level Independent Panel on Security and Development in the Sahel led by former Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou They highlighted the underlying challenges in the Sahel including the rise of violent extremism the growing fragility of the region s economies due to the impact of climate change and the COVID 19 pandemic as well as complex political transitions They called for coordinated efforts at the international regional and local levels in the Sahel and the wider region to address current security governance and development challenges and adopt people centered approaches to security based on inclusive political strategies Participants also called on the international community to scale up responses according to the needs of the region including by providing much needed technical financial material and logistical support They reaffirmed the support of the four organizations for the work of the High Level Independent Panel and looked forward to the results of the Independent Strategic Assessment to be presented during the 36th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union to be held issued in February 2023
    High-Level Meeting on the Sahel: The United Nations, the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the G5 Sahel formally launch the Independent Panel on Security and Development
      The independent panel was formally announced Saturday in New York on the sidelines of the annual General Assembly debate during a high level event on the Sahel held under the auspices of the United Nations the African Union AU Commission the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS and the Group of Five for the Sahel G5 Sahel The Sahel stretches across Africa from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Indian Ocean in the east and runs through parts of Burkina Faso Cameroon Chad Mali Mauritania Niger Nigeria Senegal and Sudan While the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs OCHA has said that the Sahel faces the worst humanitarian needs in years requiring an urgent scale up of the emergency response the Secretary General warned last week that rising insecurity including the proliferation of terrorists and other non state armed groups coupled with political instability is creating a crisis in the Sahel that poses a global threat The crisis is exacerbated by climate change and if nothing is done the effects of terrorism violent extremism and organized crime will be felt far beyond the region and the African continent he said In his remarks on Saturday the chairman of the AU Commission the chairman of the ECOWAS Commission the executive secretary of the G5 Sahel a joint force established in 2017 to respond to the expansion of armed and violent extremist groups and deteriorating security in the region and Mr Guterres formally launched the High Level Independent Panel on Security and Development in the Sahel led by former Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou They highlighted the underlying challenges in the Sahel including the rise of violent extremism the growing fragility of the region s economies due to the impact of climate change and the COVID 19 pandemic as well as complex political transitions They called for coordinated efforts at the international regional and local levels in the Sahel and the wider region to address current security governance and development challenges and adopt people centered approaches to security based on inclusive political strategies Participants also called on the international community to scale up responses according to the needs of the region including by providing much needed technical financial material and logistical support They reaffirmed the support of the four organizations for the work of the High Level Independent Panel and looked forward to the results of the Independent Strategic Assessment to be presented during the 36th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union to be held issued in February 2023
    High-Level Meeting on the Sahel: The United Nations, the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the G5 Sahel formally launch the Independent Panel on Security and Development
    Africa2 weeks ago

    High-Level Meeting on the Sahel: The United Nations, the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the G5 Sahel formally launch the Independent Panel on Security and Development

    The independent panel was formally announced Saturday in New York on the sidelines of the annual General Assembly debate during a high-level event on the Sahel, held under the auspices of the United Nations, the African Union (AU) Commission, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Group of Five for the Sahel (G5 Sahel).

    The Sahel stretches across Africa from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Indian Ocean in the east and runs through parts of Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan.

    While the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said that the Sahel faces "the worst humanitarian needs in years requiring an urgent scale-up of the emergency response", the Secretary-General warned last week that rising insecurity, including the proliferation of terrorists and other non-state armed groups, coupled with political instability, is creating a crisis in the Sahel that poses a “global threat”.

    The crisis is exacerbated by climate change...

    “and if nothing is done, the effects of terrorism, violent extremism and organized crime will be felt far beyond the region and the African continent,” he said.

    In his remarks on Saturday, the chairman of the AU Commission, the chairman of the ECOWAS Commission, the executive secretary of the G5 Sahel [a joint force established in 2017 to respond to the expansion of armed and violent extremist groups and deteriorating security in the region], and Mr. Guterres formally launched the High-Level Independent Panel on Security and Development in the Sahel, led by former Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou.

    They highlighted the underlying challenges in the Sahel, including the rise of violent extremism, the growing fragility of the region's economies due to the impact of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as complex political transitions.

    They called for coordinated efforts at the international, regional and local levels in the Sahel and the wider region to address current security, governance and development challenges and adopt people-centered approaches to security based on inclusive political strategies.

    Participants also called on the international community to scale up responses according to the needs of the region, including by providing much-needed technical, financial, material, and logistical support; They reaffirmed the support of the four organizations for the work of the High-Level Independent Panel and looked forward to the results of the Independent Strategic Assessment to be presented during the 36th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union.

    to be held issued in February 2023.

  •   Growing Africa s aviation market through single air transport arrangement Growing Africa s aviation market through single air transport arrangement By Gabriel Agbeja News Agency of Nigeria The Single African Air Transport Market SAATM is a flagship project of the African Union AU Agenda 2063 It is an initiative by the AU to create a unified air transport market in Africa The single market is meant to allow significant freedom of air transport in Africa to aid the AU s Agenda 2063 of transforming Africa into the global powerhouse It is believed to serve as a manifestation of pan African drive for unity self determination freedom progress and collective prosperity under Pan Africanism and African Renaissance Many aviation experts have observed that SAATM will bring about enhanced connectivity across the continent leading to sustainable development of the aviation and tourism industry with immense contribution to economic growth job creation prosperity and integration across Africa They say active cooperation between eligible airlines and other Air Transport Service Providers in different Regional Economic Communities RECs will grows the industry Dr Amani Abou Zeid the Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy African Union Commission AUC said in a SAATM document on Flying Agenda 2063 that establishing SAATM is an effort toward building the Africa we want Abou Zeid who was in charge of sectors covering Energy Transport Tourism and ICT said the initiative was expected to enhance air connectivity across the continent to reduce the journey and waiting times for most passengers by more than 20 per cent According to her the vision will induce competition in air services resulting in fare reduction and contribute to the growth of the tourism industry in Africa and job creations in both sectors SAATM is the first flagship project of AU and it was launched and established on the 28th January 2018 during the 30th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly held in Addis Ababa Ethiopia The development is critical to the African Union s integration agenda Particularly it is a crucial logistic infrastructure for the successful operation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area AfCTA complemented by the protocol on the free movement of people and goods and the African Passport she said The commissioner said the AUC had the mandate to deliver both projects for the benefit of Africans According to her Africa today accounts for less than four per cent of the global world aviation traffic in spite of being home to no fewer than one billion people She is optimistic that Africa s market share of the sector will increase to more than 10 per cent with a fully operational single African air transport market Some experts contend that over all the project would boost Africa s economy Mr Muhammad Albakri the Regional Vice President Africa and Middle East International African Air Transport Market IATA says African governments will enjoy 1 3 billion incremental Gross Domestic Product GDP on the continent adding that no fewer than 155 000 new jobs would be created According to him passengers will enjoy a 75 per cent increase in direct services fare savings of 25 to 35 per cent while air transport would be available to at least 5 million additional potential travelers He said that under the leadership of African Union and African Civil Aviation Commission AFCAC with commitment of strong associations Africa s time had come to have its chunk of the aviation market Similarly stakeholders at the maiden National Aviation Conference in Nigeria recommended that responsible agencies in aviation industry not satisfied with modalities for the implementation of SAATM project should approach AFCAC for redress In recognition of the fact that in deed there are still challenges facing the implementation of the scheme the authorities say those issues are receiving adequate attention Mr Abderahmane Berthe the Secretary General of African Airline Association AFRAA said the association in collaboration with IATA AU AFCAC and Regional Economic Communities is at the forefront of advocacy on the effective implementation of the SAATM According to him a detailed action plan has been developed that focuses on key pillars to ensure that the aviation industry achieves the milestone for the prosperity of aviation sector in Africa AFRAA urges States that have signed up to go a step further to ensure they create an enabling operating environment for airlines so that they may realise the maximum potential of the SAATM and take advantage of benefits that aviation brings We continue our collaborative efforts towards successful realization of SAATM with aim of achieving far sighted vision of a SAATM that will help spur the development of African aviation he said The dream of a single aviation market in Africa is impossible if all the stakeholders do not see it from the same prism hen Group Capt John Ojikutu a former Commandant of the Muhammed Airport Lagos Nigeria has canvased for effective collaborations among relevant organisations in the aviation sector across the continent Ojikutu also called for unity among member states to actualise objectives of SAATM and AfCTA initiatives These African Economic or Commercial Organisations can work effectively only if there is unity among the member nations he said According to him stakeholders should deepen efforts toward achieving aims of SAATM and AfCTA He frowned at national airlines in the regions going into alliances with airlines outside the African continent Why some people in Nigeria think of partnering with foreign airlines outside Africa but on the same Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement BASA route with us Do those in the administration and management of our government agencies with international relationships really know what to look for Is it benefits for all or for themselves he asked Ojikutu observed that if the African citizens did not know what they were want it will be difficult to expect anything special from SAATM and AfCTA Mr James Odaudu Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the Minister of Aviation Mr Hadi Sirika said the main goal of the SAATM is to fully implement the 1999 Yamoussoukro Decision YD The YD is a treaty adopted by many African Union members It establishes a framework for the librasation of air transport services between African countries and towards a fair competition among airlines operating in Africa Odaudu is optimistic that Nigeria will maximise benefits of these opportunities with the emergence of its own national carrier The YD provides for the full liberation of intra African exercise of first second third fourth and fifth freedom traffic rights for passenger and freight air services by eligible airlines Nigeria is a very large market that everyone wants to exploit But then you don t have a national carrier to go into those countries to exploit opportunities the same way they do ours This is an issue that the soon to take off national carrier will address he said Experts say the extent to which these initiatives benefit the African continent is dependent on the political will among its leaders understanding and steadfastness on the side of operators as the compete with one another in the industry NANFeatures If used please credit the writer and the News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Growing Africa’s aviation market through single air transport arrangement
      Growing Africa s aviation market through single air transport arrangement Growing Africa s aviation market through single air transport arrangement By Gabriel Agbeja News Agency of Nigeria The Single African Air Transport Market SAATM is a flagship project of the African Union AU Agenda 2063 It is an initiative by the AU to create a unified air transport market in Africa The single market is meant to allow significant freedom of air transport in Africa to aid the AU s Agenda 2063 of transforming Africa into the global powerhouse It is believed to serve as a manifestation of pan African drive for unity self determination freedom progress and collective prosperity under Pan Africanism and African Renaissance Many aviation experts have observed that SAATM will bring about enhanced connectivity across the continent leading to sustainable development of the aviation and tourism industry with immense contribution to economic growth job creation prosperity and integration across Africa They say active cooperation between eligible airlines and other Air Transport Service Providers in different Regional Economic Communities RECs will grows the industry Dr Amani Abou Zeid the Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy African Union Commission AUC said in a SAATM document on Flying Agenda 2063 that establishing SAATM is an effort toward building the Africa we want Abou Zeid who was in charge of sectors covering Energy Transport Tourism and ICT said the initiative was expected to enhance air connectivity across the continent to reduce the journey and waiting times for most passengers by more than 20 per cent According to her the vision will induce competition in air services resulting in fare reduction and contribute to the growth of the tourism industry in Africa and job creations in both sectors SAATM is the first flagship project of AU and it was launched and established on the 28th January 2018 during the 30th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly held in Addis Ababa Ethiopia The development is critical to the African Union s integration agenda Particularly it is a crucial logistic infrastructure for the successful operation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area AfCTA complemented by the protocol on the free movement of people and goods and the African Passport she said The commissioner said the AUC had the mandate to deliver both projects for the benefit of Africans According to her Africa today accounts for less than four per cent of the global world aviation traffic in spite of being home to no fewer than one billion people She is optimistic that Africa s market share of the sector will increase to more than 10 per cent with a fully operational single African air transport market Some experts contend that over all the project would boost Africa s economy Mr Muhammad Albakri the Regional Vice President Africa and Middle East International African Air Transport Market IATA says African governments will enjoy 1 3 billion incremental Gross Domestic Product GDP on the continent adding that no fewer than 155 000 new jobs would be created According to him passengers will enjoy a 75 per cent increase in direct services fare savings of 25 to 35 per cent while air transport would be available to at least 5 million additional potential travelers He said that under the leadership of African Union and African Civil Aviation Commission AFCAC with commitment of strong associations Africa s time had come to have its chunk of the aviation market Similarly stakeholders at the maiden National Aviation Conference in Nigeria recommended that responsible agencies in aviation industry not satisfied with modalities for the implementation of SAATM project should approach AFCAC for redress In recognition of the fact that in deed there are still challenges facing the implementation of the scheme the authorities say those issues are receiving adequate attention Mr Abderahmane Berthe the Secretary General of African Airline Association AFRAA said the association in collaboration with IATA AU AFCAC and Regional Economic Communities is at the forefront of advocacy on the effective implementation of the SAATM According to him a detailed action plan has been developed that focuses on key pillars to ensure that the aviation industry achieves the milestone for the prosperity of aviation sector in Africa AFRAA urges States that have signed up to go a step further to ensure they create an enabling operating environment for airlines so that they may realise the maximum potential of the SAATM and take advantage of benefits that aviation brings We continue our collaborative efforts towards successful realization of SAATM with aim of achieving far sighted vision of a SAATM that will help spur the development of African aviation he said The dream of a single aviation market in Africa is impossible if all the stakeholders do not see it from the same prism hen Group Capt John Ojikutu a former Commandant of the Muhammed Airport Lagos Nigeria has canvased for effective collaborations among relevant organisations in the aviation sector across the continent Ojikutu also called for unity among member states to actualise objectives of SAATM and AfCTA initiatives These African Economic or Commercial Organisations can work effectively only if there is unity among the member nations he said According to him stakeholders should deepen efforts toward achieving aims of SAATM and AfCTA He frowned at national airlines in the regions going into alliances with airlines outside the African continent Why some people in Nigeria think of partnering with foreign airlines outside Africa but on the same Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement BASA route with us Do those in the administration and management of our government agencies with international relationships really know what to look for Is it benefits for all or for themselves he asked Ojikutu observed that if the African citizens did not know what they were want it will be difficult to expect anything special from SAATM and AfCTA Mr James Odaudu Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the Minister of Aviation Mr Hadi Sirika said the main goal of the SAATM is to fully implement the 1999 Yamoussoukro Decision YD The YD is a treaty adopted by many African Union members It establishes a framework for the librasation of air transport services between African countries and towards a fair competition among airlines operating in Africa Odaudu is optimistic that Nigeria will maximise benefits of these opportunities with the emergence of its own national carrier The YD provides for the full liberation of intra African exercise of first second third fourth and fifth freedom traffic rights for passenger and freight air services by eligible airlines Nigeria is a very large market that everyone wants to exploit But then you don t have a national carrier to go into those countries to exploit opportunities the same way they do ours This is an issue that the soon to take off national carrier will address he said Experts say the extent to which these initiatives benefit the African continent is dependent on the political will among its leaders understanding and steadfastness on the side of operators as the compete with one another in the industry NANFeatures If used please credit the writer and the News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Growing Africa’s aviation market through single air transport arrangement
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    Growing Africa’s aviation market through single air transport arrangement

    Growing Africa’s aviation market through single air transport arrangement Growing Africa’s aviation market through single air transport arrangement By Gabriel Agbeja, News Agency of Nigeria The Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) is a flagship project of the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063.  It is an initiative by the AU to create a unified air transport market in Africa.

    The single market is meant to allow significant freedom of air transport in Africa to aid the AU’s Agenda 2063 of transforming Africa into the global powerhouse.

    It is believed to serve as a manifestation of pan-African drive for unity, self-determination, freedom, progress and collective prosperity under Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance.

    Many aviation experts have observed that SAATM will bring about enhanced connectivity across the continent leading to sustainable development of the aviation and tourism industry with immense contribution to economic growth, job creation, prosperity and integration across Africa.

    They say active cooperation between eligible airlines and other Air Transport Service Providers in different Regional Economic Communities (RECs) will grows the industry.

    Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, the Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy,  African Union Commission (AUC), said in a SAATM document on Flying Agenda 2063, that establishing  SAATM  is an effort toward “building the Africa we want.

    “ Abou-Zeid, who was in charge of sectors covering Energy, Transport, Tourism and ICT, said the initiative was expected to enhance air connectivity across the continent to reduce the journey and waiting times for most passengers by more than 20 per cent.

    According to her, the vision will induce competition in air services resulting in fare reduction and contribute to the growth of the tourism industry in Africa and job creations in both sectors.

    .

    “SAATM is the first flagship project of AU and it was launched and established on the 28th January 2018, during the 30th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    “The development is critical to the African Union’s integration agenda.

    “Particularly, it is a crucial logistic infrastructure for the successful operation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA), complemented by the protocol on the free movement of people and goods and the African Passport,“ she said.

    The commissioner said the AUC had the mandate to deliver both projects for the benefit of Africans.

    According to her, Africa today accounts for less than four per cent of the global world aviation traffic in spite of being home to no fewer than one billion people.

    She is optimistic that Africa’s market share of the sector will increase to more than 10 per cent with a fully operational single African air transport market.

    Some experts contend that over all, the project would boost Africa’s economy.

    Mr Muhammad Albakri, the Regional Vice President Africa and Middle East, International African Air Transport Market (IATA), says African governments will enjoy $1.3 billion incremental Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on the continent adding that no fewer than 155,000 new jobs would be created.

    According to him, passengers will enjoy a 75 per cent increase in direct services, fare savings of 25 to 35 per cent while air transport would be available to at least 5 million additional potential travelers.

    .

    He said that under the leadership of African Union and African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) with commitment of strong associations, Africa’s time had come to have its chunk of the aviation market.

    Similarly, stakeholders at the maiden National Aviation Conference in Nigeria recommended that responsible agencies in aviation industry not satisfied with modalities for the implementation of SAATM project should approach AFCAC for redress.

    In recognition of the fact that in deed there are still challenges facing the implementation of the scheme, the authorities say those issues are receiving adequate attention.

    Mr Abderahmane Berthe, the Secretary General of African Airline Association (AFRAA), said the association, in collaboration with IATA, AU, AFCAC and Regional Economic Communities, is at the forefront of advocacy on the effective implementation of the SAATM.

    According to him, a detailed action plan has been developed that focuses on key pillars to ensure that the aviation industry achieves the milestone for the prosperity of aviation sector in Africa.

    “AFRAA urges States that have signed up to go a step further to ensure they create an enabling operating environment for airlines so that they may realise the maximum potential of the SAATM and take advantage of benefits that aviation brings.

    “We continue our collaborative efforts towards successful realization of SAATM with aim of achieving far-sighted vision of a SAATM that will help spur the development of African aviation,” he said.

    The dream of a single aviation market in Africa is impossible if all the stakeholders do not see it from the same prism hen Group Capt. John Ojikutu, a former Commandant of the Muhammed Airport, Lagos, Nigeria has canvased for effective collaborations among relevant organisations in the aviation sector across the continent.

    Ojikutu also called for unity among member states to actualise objectives of SAATM and AfCTA initiatives.

    “These African Economic or Commercial Organisations can work effectively only if there is unity among the member nations, “ he said.

    According to him, stakeholders should deepen efforts toward achieving aims of SAATM and AfCTA.

    He frowned at national airlines in the regions going into alliances with airlines outside the African continent.

    “Why some people in Nigeria think of partnering with foreign airlines outside Africa but on the same Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) route with us?

    “Do those in the administration and management of our government agencies with international relationships really know what to look for?

    Is it benefits for all or for themselves?

    “ he asked.

    Ojikutu observed that if the African citizens did not know what they were want, it will be difficult to expect anything special from SAATM and AfCTA.

    Mr James Odaudu, Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the Minister of Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika, said the main goal of the SAATM is to fully implement the 1999 Yamoussoukro Decision (YD).

    The YD is a treaty adopted by many African Union members.

    It establishes a framework for the librasation of air transport services between African countries and towards a fair competition among airlines operating in Africa.

    Odaudu is optimistic that Nigeria will maximise benefits of these opportunities with the emergence of its own national carrier.

    “The YD provides for the full liberation of intra-African exercise of first, second, third, fourth and fifth freedom traffic rights for passenger and freight air services by eligible airlines.

    “Nigeria is a very large market that everyone wants to exploit.

    But then you don’t have a national carrier to go into those countries to exploit opportunities the same way they do ours.

    “This is an issue that the soon-to-take-off national carrier will address, “he said.

    Experts say the extent to which these initiatives benefit the African continent is dependent on the political will among its leaders, understanding and steadfastness on the side of operators as the compete with one another in the industry.

    (NANFeatures) **If used please credit the writer and the News Agency of Nigeria.


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  •   President Cyril Ramaphosa has concluded his official working visit to the United States at the invitation of President Joseph Biden The two leaders deliberated on a variety of critical issues of national regional and global importance during their bilateral meeting where trade investment global peace and stability health as well as climate change and energy transition were discussed fair TRADE AND INVESTMENT On trade and investment there was agreement on the need to create a more attractive environment for US companies to invest in South Africa where some 600 US companies are already doing business in a variety of sectors A joint working group on trade and investment will be established to expand bilateral economic ties In 2023 South Africa will host the African Growth and Opportunity Act AGOA Forum which will chart the next phase of trade between Africa and the US President Ramaphosa welcomed the additional commitment from the US to improve the volumes of investment and bilateral trade which will create much needed jobs and economic growth in South Africa President Ramaphosa expressed South Africa s concerns about US tariffs on South African steel and aluminum products which South Africa views as unfair and punitive JUST ENERGY TRANSITION Leaders affirmed their commitment to the Just Energy Transition and agreed that South Africa will require more funding to achieve a just and effective transition that leaves no one behind and protects workers and communities who would be affected by the energy transition fossil fuels to clean energy Work on the investment plan for the Just Energy Transition Partnership between South Africa and the United States the United Kingdom France Germany and the European Union is expected to be completed by the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 27 in November 2022 in Egypt REGIONAL STABILITY AND GLOBAL SECURITY Discussions on global security and stability focused on attacks by insurgents in Mozambique President Ramaphosa acknowledged the assistance currently being provided by the United States to respond to the insurgent threat in Mozambique President Ramaphosa called for more US support in providing skills and resources to counter terrorist activities that are causing great suffering in Mozambique and threatening the stability of the SADC region FOOD SECURITY IN AFRICA Food security in Africa featured prominently in the meeting with both Heads of State After discussions at the G7 meeting held in Germany this year there is a consensus to support Africa s efforts towards fertilizer manufacturing which will strengthen Africa s independence to ensure the continent s food security said President Ramaphosa BIIL ON RUSSIAN MALIGNANT ACTIVITIES President Ramaphosa expressed concern about the bill to combat Russia s malign activities in Africa which is currently before the US Congress President Ramaphosa said that if signed into law the law would unfairly marginalize and punish African countries for exercising their sovereignty in their pursuit of development and economic growth President Ramaphosa emphasized the need for an urgent end to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and emphasized the leadership role that United Nations Secretary General Ant nio Guterres can provide in leading a peace process HEALTH AND HEALTH SYSTEMS TRAINING President Ramaphosa expressed appreciation for US support in training health services and preparing for future pandemics This includes continued support for PEPFAR s programs to combat HIV AIDS and tuberculosis and support during the COVID 19 pandemic President Ramaphosa applauded the leadership role played by President Biden in helping developing economies strengthen their health systems and for supporting the WTO s TRIPS exemption for vaccine manufacturing UNITED NATIONS REFORMS AND MULTILATERALISM Africa s representation in key multilateral institutions was highlighted by President Ramaphosa This includes the proposal for Africa s entry through the African Union AU into the Group of 20 countries G20 The lack of representation of Africa s 1 3 billion people on the United Nations Security Council remains a blight on the global democratic order said President Ramaphosa Both leaders agreed on the need for broader reforms of the United Nations BUILDING STATE CAPACITY President Ramaphosa submitted a proposal for a partnership with the US to support South Africa s efforts to develop public servants especially women In this regard the South African National School of Government will work closely with leading US institutions in designing training programs for South African civil servants Prior to meeting with President Biden President Ramaphosa met with Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris at her official residence where they discussed women s empowerment health and safety partnership in technology and space exploration
    President Ramaphosa concludes positive visit to Washington DC
      President Cyril Ramaphosa has concluded his official working visit to the United States at the invitation of President Joseph Biden The two leaders deliberated on a variety of critical issues of national regional and global importance during their bilateral meeting where trade investment global peace and stability health as well as climate change and energy transition were discussed fair TRADE AND INVESTMENT On trade and investment there was agreement on the need to create a more attractive environment for US companies to invest in South Africa where some 600 US companies are already doing business in a variety of sectors A joint working group on trade and investment will be established to expand bilateral economic ties In 2023 South Africa will host the African Growth and Opportunity Act AGOA Forum which will chart the next phase of trade between Africa and the US President Ramaphosa welcomed the additional commitment from the US to improve the volumes of investment and bilateral trade which will create much needed jobs and economic growth in South Africa President Ramaphosa expressed South Africa s concerns about US tariffs on South African steel and aluminum products which South Africa views as unfair and punitive JUST ENERGY TRANSITION Leaders affirmed their commitment to the Just Energy Transition and agreed that South Africa will require more funding to achieve a just and effective transition that leaves no one behind and protects workers and communities who would be affected by the energy transition fossil fuels to clean energy Work on the investment plan for the Just Energy Transition Partnership between South Africa and the United States the United Kingdom France Germany and the European Union is expected to be completed by the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 27 in November 2022 in Egypt REGIONAL STABILITY AND GLOBAL SECURITY Discussions on global security and stability focused on attacks by insurgents in Mozambique President Ramaphosa acknowledged the assistance currently being provided by the United States to respond to the insurgent threat in Mozambique President Ramaphosa called for more US support in providing skills and resources to counter terrorist activities that are causing great suffering in Mozambique and threatening the stability of the SADC region FOOD SECURITY IN AFRICA Food security in Africa featured prominently in the meeting with both Heads of State After discussions at the G7 meeting held in Germany this year there is a consensus to support Africa s efforts towards fertilizer manufacturing which will strengthen Africa s independence to ensure the continent s food security said President Ramaphosa BIIL ON RUSSIAN MALIGNANT ACTIVITIES President Ramaphosa expressed concern about the bill to combat Russia s malign activities in Africa which is currently before the US Congress President Ramaphosa said that if signed into law the law would unfairly marginalize and punish African countries for exercising their sovereignty in their pursuit of development and economic growth President Ramaphosa emphasized the need for an urgent end to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and emphasized the leadership role that United Nations Secretary General Ant nio Guterres can provide in leading a peace process HEALTH AND HEALTH SYSTEMS TRAINING President Ramaphosa expressed appreciation for US support in training health services and preparing for future pandemics This includes continued support for PEPFAR s programs to combat HIV AIDS and tuberculosis and support during the COVID 19 pandemic President Ramaphosa applauded the leadership role played by President Biden in helping developing economies strengthen their health systems and for supporting the WTO s TRIPS exemption for vaccine manufacturing UNITED NATIONS REFORMS AND MULTILATERALISM Africa s representation in key multilateral institutions was highlighted by President Ramaphosa This includes the proposal for Africa s entry through the African Union AU into the Group of 20 countries G20 The lack of representation of Africa s 1 3 billion people on the United Nations Security Council remains a blight on the global democratic order said President Ramaphosa Both leaders agreed on the need for broader reforms of the United Nations BUILDING STATE CAPACITY President Ramaphosa submitted a proposal for a partnership with the US to support South Africa s efforts to develop public servants especially women In this regard the South African National School of Government will work closely with leading US institutions in designing training programs for South African civil servants Prior to meeting with President Biden President Ramaphosa met with Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris at her official residence where they discussed women s empowerment health and safety partnership in technology and space exploration
    President Ramaphosa concludes positive visit to Washington DC
    Africa3 weeks ago

    President Ramaphosa concludes positive visit to Washington DC

    President Cyril Ramaphosa has concluded his official working visit to the United States at the invitation of President Joseph Biden.

    The two leaders deliberated on a variety of critical issues of national, regional and global importance during their bilateral meeting, where trade, investment, global peace and stability, health, as well as climate change and energy transition were discussed.

    fair.

    TRADE AND INVESTMENT On trade and investment, there was agreement on the need to create a more attractive environment for US companies to invest in South Africa, where some 600 US companies are already doing business in a variety of sectors.

    A joint working group on trade and investment will be established to expand bilateral economic ties.

    In 2023, South Africa will host the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum, which will chart the next phase of trade between Africa and the US.

    President Ramaphosa welcomed the additional commitment from the US to improve the volumes of investment and bilateral trade, which will create much-needed jobs and economic growth in South Africa.

    President Ramaphosa expressed South Africa's concerns about US tariffs on South African steel and aluminum products, which South Africa views as unfair and punitive.

    JUST ENERGY TRANSITION Leaders affirmed their commitment to the Just Energy Transition and agreed that South Africa will require more funding to achieve a just and effective transition that leaves no one behind and protects workers and communities who would be affected by the energy transition.

    fossil fuels.

    to clean energy.

    Work on the investment plan for the Just Energy Transition Partnership between South Africa and the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the European Union is expected to be completed by the United Nations Climate Change Conference ( COP 27) in November 2022 in Egypt.

    REGIONAL STABILITY AND GLOBAL SECURITY Discussions on global security and stability focused on attacks by insurgents in Mozambique.

    President Ramaphosa acknowledged the assistance currently being provided by the United States to respond to the insurgent threat in Mozambique.

    President Ramaphosa called for more US support in providing skills and resources to counter terrorist activities that are causing great suffering in Mozambique and threatening the stability of the SADC region.

    FOOD SECURITY IN AFRICA Food security in Africa featured prominently in the meeting with both Heads of State.

    "After discussions at the G7 meeting held in Germany this year, there is a consensus to support Africa's efforts towards fertilizer manufacturing, which will strengthen Africa's independence to ensure the continent's food security," said President Ramaphosa.

    .

    BIIL ON RUSSIAN MALIGNANT ACTIVITIES President Ramaphosa expressed concern about the bill to combat Russia's malign activities in Africa, which is currently before the US Congress.

    President Ramaphosa said that if signed into law, the law would unfairly marginalize and punish African countries for exercising their sovereignty in their pursuit of development and economic growth.

    President Ramaphosa emphasized the need for an urgent end to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and emphasized the leadership role that United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres can provide in leading a peace process.

    HEALTH AND HEALTH SYSTEMS TRAINING President Ramaphosa expressed appreciation for US support in training health services and preparing for future pandemics.

    This includes continued support for PEPFAR's programs to combat HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, and support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    President Ramaphosa applauded the leadership role played by President Biden in helping developing economies strengthen their health systems and for supporting the WTO's TRIPS exemption for vaccine manufacturing.

    UNITED NATIONS REFORMS AND MULTILATERALISM Africa's representation in key multilateral institutions was highlighted by President Ramaphosa.

    This includes the proposal for Africa's entry through the African Union (AU) into the Group of 20 countries (G20).

    “The lack of representation of Africa's 1.3 billion people on the United Nations Security Council remains a blight on the global democratic order,” said President Ramaphosa.

    Both leaders agreed on the need for broader reforms of the United Nations.

    BUILDING STATE CAPACITY President Ramaphosa submitted a proposal for a partnership with the US to support South Africa's efforts to develop public servants, especially women.

    In this regard, the South African National School of Government will work closely with leading US institutions in designing training programs for South African civil servants.

    Prior to meeting with President Biden, President Ramaphosa met with Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris at her official residence, where they discussed women's empowerment, health and safety, partnership in technology and space exploration.

  •   The United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel UNOWAS concluded a workshop on Maritime Insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea The theme of the workshop was Strengthening the adjudicative and enforcement jurisdiction of states in the fight against maritime crimes in the GoG by adhering to the relevant instruments of the International Maritime Organization IMO and the African Union AU The workshop brought together experts academics and government representatives from several countries in the subregion as well as from the United Nations system The objective of the workshop was to raise awareness among ECOWAS members about the importance of ratifying the relevant maritime security instruments and their incorporation into national legislation to empower the judicial authority in the fight against maritime insecurity Addressing maritime insecurity requires a holistic approach combining kinetic and non kinetic elements In addition to deploying operational forces state judicial authorities must be empowered to better prosecute perpetrators and curb impunity In their opening remarks the Special Representatives of the Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel Mahamat Saleh ANNADIF emphasized the importance of sharing information among relevant actors to ensure vigilance against piracy incidents and armed robbery at sea ANNADIF also referred to the role of UNOWAS together with UNOCA in carrying out advocacy work and good offices missions with regional partners namely ECOWAS ECCAS and the Gulf of Guinea Commission Through several sessions the participants discussed a series of issues and topics related to maritime insecurity in the GoG and relevant ways to strengthen the implementation and adherence of ECOWAS member states to the legal framework The workshop concluded with a series of recommendations Strengthen the capacity of African states to incorporate relevant legal instruments such as the 2005 SUA Convention and the Lom Charter States are encouraged to address discrepancies in the 2013 Yaound Code of Conduct as a matter of urgency States are encouraged to address other types of maritime crime in particular drug trafficking and unreported and unregulated IUU fishing that continue to threaten peace security and development in the subregion UNOWAS will continue to participate in the G7 FoGG forum together with UNOCA UNODC ECOWAS ECAAS and GGC to assess the implementation of the Yaound Architecture
    The United Nations for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) organized a workshop on threats to maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea
      The United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel UNOWAS concluded a workshop on Maritime Insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea The theme of the workshop was Strengthening the adjudicative and enforcement jurisdiction of states in the fight against maritime crimes in the GoG by adhering to the relevant instruments of the International Maritime Organization IMO and the African Union AU The workshop brought together experts academics and government representatives from several countries in the subregion as well as from the United Nations system The objective of the workshop was to raise awareness among ECOWAS members about the importance of ratifying the relevant maritime security instruments and their incorporation into national legislation to empower the judicial authority in the fight against maritime insecurity Addressing maritime insecurity requires a holistic approach combining kinetic and non kinetic elements In addition to deploying operational forces state judicial authorities must be empowered to better prosecute perpetrators and curb impunity In their opening remarks the Special Representatives of the Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel Mahamat Saleh ANNADIF emphasized the importance of sharing information among relevant actors to ensure vigilance against piracy incidents and armed robbery at sea ANNADIF also referred to the role of UNOWAS together with UNOCA in carrying out advocacy work and good offices missions with regional partners namely ECOWAS ECCAS and the Gulf of Guinea Commission Through several sessions the participants discussed a series of issues and topics related to maritime insecurity in the GoG and relevant ways to strengthen the implementation and adherence of ECOWAS member states to the legal framework The workshop concluded with a series of recommendations Strengthen the capacity of African states to incorporate relevant legal instruments such as the 2005 SUA Convention and the Lom Charter States are encouraged to address discrepancies in the 2013 Yaound Code of Conduct as a matter of urgency States are encouraged to address other types of maritime crime in particular drug trafficking and unreported and unregulated IUU fishing that continue to threaten peace security and development in the subregion UNOWAS will continue to participate in the G7 FoGG forum together with UNOCA UNODC ECOWAS ECAAS and GGC to assess the implementation of the Yaound Architecture
    The United Nations for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) organized a workshop on threats to maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea
    Africa3 weeks ago

    The United Nations for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) organized a workshop on threats to maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea

    The United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) concluded a workshop on Maritime Insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea.

    The theme of the workshop was "Strengthening the adjudicative and enforcement jurisdiction of states in the fight against maritime crimes in the GoG by adhering to the relevant instruments of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the African Union (AU)".

    The workshop brought together experts, academics, and government representatives from several countries in the subregion, as well as from the United Nations system.

    The objective of the workshop was to raise awareness among ECOWAS members about the importance of ratifying the relevant maritime security instruments, and their incorporation into national legislation to empower the judicial authority in the fight against maritime insecurity.

    Addressing maritime insecurity requires a holistic approach, combining kinetic and non-kinetic elements.

    In addition to deploying operational forces, state judicial authorities must be empowered to better prosecute perpetrators and curb impunity.

    In their opening remarks, the Special Representatives of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mahamat Saleh ANNADIF, emphasized the importance of sharing information among relevant actors to ensure vigilance against piracy incidents.

    and armed robbery.

    at sea.

    ANNADIF also referred to the role of UNOWAS, together with UNOCA, in carrying out advocacy work and good offices missions with regional partners, namely ECOWAS, ECCAS and the Gulf of Guinea Commission.

    Through several sessions, the participants discussed a series of issues and topics related to maritime insecurity in the GoG, and relevant ways to strengthen the implementation and adherence of ECOWAS member states to the legal framework.

    The workshop concluded with a series of recommendations: Strengthen the capacity of African states to incorporate relevant legal instruments, such as the 2005 SUA Convention and the Lomé Charter.

    States are encouraged to address discrepancies in the 2013 Yaoundé Code of Conduct as a matter of urgency.

    States are encouraged to address other types of maritime crime, in particular drug trafficking and unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

    that continue to threaten peace, security and development in the subregion.

    UNOWAS will continue to participate in the G7++ FoGG forum together with UNOCA, UNODC, ECOWAS, ECAAS and GGC to assess the implementation of the Yaoundé Architecture.