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  •  The accession of King Charles to the British throne has stirred renewed calls from politicians and activists for former colonies in the Caribbean to remove the monarch as their head of state and for Britain to pay slavery reparations Charles succeeds his mother Queen Elizabeth who ruled for 70 years and died on Thursday afternoon The prime minister of Jamaica said his country would mourn Elizabeth and his counterpart in Antigua and Barbuda ordered flags to half staff until the day of her burial But in some quarters there are doubts about the role a distant monarch should play in the 21st century Earlier this year some Commonwealth leaders expressed unease at a summit in Kigali Rwanda about the passage of leadership of the 56 nation club from Elizabeth to Charles And an eight day tour in March by now heir to the throne Prince William and his wife Kate to Belize Jamaica and the Bahamas was marked by calls for reparation payments and an apology for slavery As the role of the monarchy changes we expect this can be an opportunity to advance discussions of reparations for our region Niambi Hall Campbell a 44 year old academic who chairs the Bahamas National Reparations Committee said Thursday Hall Campbell sent condolences to the Queen s family and noted Charles acknowledgment of the appalling atrocity of slavery at a ceremony last year marking the end of British rule as Barbados became a republic She said she hopes Charles would lead in a way reflecting the justice required of the times And that justice is reparatory justice More than 10 million Africans were shackled into the Atlantic slave trade by European nations between the 15th and 19th centuries Those who survived the brutal voyage were forced to labor on plantations in the Caribbean and the Americas Jamaican reparations advocate Rosalea Hamilton said Charles comments at the Kigali conference about his personal sorrow over slavery offered some degree of hope that he will learn from the history understand the painful impact that many nations have endured til today and address the need for reparations The new king did not mention reparations in the Kigali speech The Advocates Network which Hamilton coordinates published an open letter calling for apologies and reparations during William and Kate s visit The Queen s grandchildren have the chance to lead the reparations conversation Hamilton added Jamaica s government last year announced plans to ask Britain for compensation for forcibly transporting an estimated 600 000 Africans to work on sugar cane and banana plantations that created fortunes for British slave holders Whoever will take over the position should be asked to allow the royal family to pay African people reparations said David Denny general secretary of the Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration from Barbados We should all work towards removing the royal family as head of state of our nations he said Jamaica has signaled it may soon follow Barbados in ditching royal rule Both remain members of the Commonwealth An August survey showed 56 per cent of Jamaicans favor removing the British monarch as the head of state Mikael Phillips an opposition member of Jamaica s parliament in 2020 filed a motion backing the removal I am hoping as the prime minister had said in one of his expressions that he would move faster when there is a new monarch in place Phillips said on Thursday Allen Chastanet a former St Lucia prime minister and now leader of the opposition told Reuters he backed what he said was a general movement toward republicanism in his country I certainly at this point would support becoming a republic he said YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Charles’ succession stirs Caribbean calls for reparations, removal of monarch as head of state
     The accession of King Charles to the British throne has stirred renewed calls from politicians and activists for former colonies in the Caribbean to remove the monarch as their head of state and for Britain to pay slavery reparations Charles succeeds his mother Queen Elizabeth who ruled for 70 years and died on Thursday afternoon The prime minister of Jamaica said his country would mourn Elizabeth and his counterpart in Antigua and Barbuda ordered flags to half staff until the day of her burial But in some quarters there are doubts about the role a distant monarch should play in the 21st century Earlier this year some Commonwealth leaders expressed unease at a summit in Kigali Rwanda about the passage of leadership of the 56 nation club from Elizabeth to Charles And an eight day tour in March by now heir to the throne Prince William and his wife Kate to Belize Jamaica and the Bahamas was marked by calls for reparation payments and an apology for slavery As the role of the monarchy changes we expect this can be an opportunity to advance discussions of reparations for our region Niambi Hall Campbell a 44 year old academic who chairs the Bahamas National Reparations Committee said Thursday Hall Campbell sent condolences to the Queen s family and noted Charles acknowledgment of the appalling atrocity of slavery at a ceremony last year marking the end of British rule as Barbados became a republic She said she hopes Charles would lead in a way reflecting the justice required of the times And that justice is reparatory justice More than 10 million Africans were shackled into the Atlantic slave trade by European nations between the 15th and 19th centuries Those who survived the brutal voyage were forced to labor on plantations in the Caribbean and the Americas Jamaican reparations advocate Rosalea Hamilton said Charles comments at the Kigali conference about his personal sorrow over slavery offered some degree of hope that he will learn from the history understand the painful impact that many nations have endured til today and address the need for reparations The new king did not mention reparations in the Kigali speech The Advocates Network which Hamilton coordinates published an open letter calling for apologies and reparations during William and Kate s visit The Queen s grandchildren have the chance to lead the reparations conversation Hamilton added Jamaica s government last year announced plans to ask Britain for compensation for forcibly transporting an estimated 600 000 Africans to work on sugar cane and banana plantations that created fortunes for British slave holders Whoever will take over the position should be asked to allow the royal family to pay African people reparations said David Denny general secretary of the Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration from Barbados We should all work towards removing the royal family as head of state of our nations he said Jamaica has signaled it may soon follow Barbados in ditching royal rule Both remain members of the Commonwealth An August survey showed 56 per cent of Jamaicans favor removing the British monarch as the head of state Mikael Phillips an opposition member of Jamaica s parliament in 2020 filed a motion backing the removal I am hoping as the prime minister had said in one of his expressions that he would move faster when there is a new monarch in place Phillips said on Thursday Allen Chastanet a former St Lucia prime minister and now leader of the opposition told Reuters he backed what he said was a general movement toward republicanism in his country I certainly at this point would support becoming a republic he said YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Charles’ succession stirs Caribbean calls for reparations, removal of monarch as head of state
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    Charles’ succession stirs Caribbean calls for reparations, removal of monarch as head of state

    The accession of King Charles to the British throne has stirred renewed calls from politicians and activists for former colonies in the Caribbean to remove the monarch as their head of state and for Britain to pay slavery reparations.

    Charles succeeds his mother, Queen Elizabeth, who ruled for 70 years and died on Thursday afternoon.

    The prime minister of Jamaica said his country would mourn Elizabeth, and his counterpart in Antigua and Barbuda ordered flags to half-staff until the day of her burial.

    But in some quarters there are doubts about the role a distant monarch should play in the 21st century.

    Earlier this year, some Commonwealth leaders expressed unease at a summit in Kigali, Rwanda, about the passage of leadership of the 56-nation club from Elizabeth to Charles.

    And an eight-day tour in March by now heir-to-the-throne Prince William and his wife, Kate, to Belize, Jamaica, and the Bahamas was marked by calls for reparation payments and an apology for slavery.

    “As the role of the monarchy changes, we expect this can be an opportunity to advance discussions of reparations for our region,” Niambi Hall-Campbell, a 44-year-old academic who chairs the Bahamas National Reparations Committee, said Thursday.

    Hall-Campbell sent condolences to the Queen’s family and noted Charles’ acknowledgment of the “appalling atrocity of slavery” at a ceremony last year marking the end of British rule as Barbados became a republic.

    She said she hopes Charles would lead in a way reflecting the “justice required of the times.

    And that justice is reparatory justice.

    ” More than 10 million Africans were shackled into the Atlantic slave trade by European nations between the 15th and 19th centuries.

    Those who survived the brutal voyage were forced to labor on plantations in the Caribbean and the Americas.

    Jamaican reparations advocate Rosalea Hamilton said Charles’ comments at the Kigali conference about his personal sorrow over slavery offered “some degree of hope that he will learn from the history, understand the painful impact that many nations have endured ’til today” and address the need for reparations.

    The new king did not mention reparations in the Kigali speech.

    The Advocates Network, which Hamilton coordinates, published an open letter calling for “apologies and reparations” during William and Kate’s visit.

    The Queen’s grandchildren have the chance to lead the reparations conversation, Hamilton added.

    Jamaica’s government last year announced plans to ask Britain for compensation for forcibly transporting an estimated 600,000 Africans to work on sugar cane and banana plantations that created fortunes for British slave holders.

    “Whoever will take over the position should be asked to allow the royal family to pay African people reparations,” said David Denny, general secretary of the Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration, from Barbados.

    “We should all work towards removing the royal family as head of state of our nations,” he said.

    Jamaica has signaled it may soon follow Barbados in ditching royal rule.

    Both remain members of the Commonwealth.

    An August survey showed 56 per cent of Jamaicans favor removing the British monarch as the head of state.

    Mikael Phillips, an opposition member of Jamaica’s parliament, in 2020 filed a motion backing the removal.

    “I am hoping as the prime minister had said in one of his expressions, that he would move faster when there is a new monarch in place,” Phillips said on Thursday.

    Allen Chastanet, a former St. Lucia prime minister and now leader of the opposition, told Reuters he backed what he said was a “general” movement toward republicanism in his country.

    “I certainly at this point would support becoming a republic,” he said.

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  •  Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Americas NIDOA has met to discuss on ways to mentor Nigerian youths to reduce unemployment among the population and prepare them for brighter future The News Agency of Nigeria reports that mentorship is one of the focuses of NIDOA in its three day 2022 Annual General Meeting ended in New York on Sunday Hosted by NIDOA New York 15 chapters of the organisation attended the meeting both in person and virtual with the theme NIDOA Renaissance Leveraging New Generation Leadership Speaking to NAN on the meeting the President of NIDOA New York Mr Bobby Digi said the organisation wanted to scale up mentorship in all its chapters Our youth is about 60 per cent of the population and unemployment is high among that population so we have looked at this challenge and discussed ways to minimise it The only way we can reduce this trend is mentorship where knowledge and know how can be transferred from those who have experience to the younger ones he said Earlier while presenting the report of NIDOA New York chapter Digi said the chapter had been empowering the youth by hosting monthly youth forum He said the chapter had partnered with the Consulate of Nigeria in New York to distribute Personal Protective Equipment PPE to Nigerians in New York and New Jersey at the point of departing from the U S We co host information forum with the Consulate to inform and educate Nigerians about passports National Identity Number NIN capturing and visa processes he said Speaking on achievements of NIDOA South Savannah Georgia its President Mr Collins Ikegwuonu said the chapter had established NIDO online radio calling on all the chapters to key into the project On mentorship Ikegwuonu said the chapter was working to explore recruiting young Nigerians especially students to participate in NIDOA activities and to encourage then to give back to the society The chapter is also exploring the possibility of premium free group life insurance for members he said Similarly the President of NIDOA Calgary Canada Mrs Lillian Alli Balogun said the chapter had partnered with Calgary University to mentor Nigerian students She told the meeting that the association was working hard to implement its strategic plan which among others focused on effective partnership with the Nigeria Mission in Canada We collaborate with the Nigeria Mission on cultural events and passport intervention exercises she said Also the President of NIDOA Ohio Mr Bukola Okioye said the chapter had been collaborating with Nigeria mission to organise passport intervention for its members We are in touch with the Consulate of Nigeria in New York to organise another passport intervention soon he said A cross section of NIDOA New Jersey Chapter at AGM in New YorkNew Jersey chapter in a report presented by its Vice President Mr Anozie Ugenyi spoke on areas of partnership with the Consulate on culture and immigration progarmmes He said the chapter was also planning to donate two water fountains to Nigeria House to provide water for compatriots waiting to collect their passports he said According to him the chapter will organise its annual flag raising ceremony to celebrate the Independence Day in October At the event the Consul General of Nigeria in New York Amb Lot Egopija commended the members for their contribution to their homeland Represented by Consul in charge of Immigration and Community Relations Egopija commended the collaboration and support of NIDOA to improving consular services in the Consulate If not for your collaboration the Consulate would not have attained the height it achieved in providing improved services to its nationals he said NAN reports that a legislative breakfast preceded the AGM while a Pre Conference meeting held on Friday at New Jersey for the members delegates and friends from USA Canada Brazil Belize and other chapters nanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Diaspora organisation holds AGM, focuses on mentorship to reduce unemployment  
     Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Americas NIDOA has met to discuss on ways to mentor Nigerian youths to reduce unemployment among the population and prepare them for brighter future The News Agency of Nigeria reports that mentorship is one of the focuses of NIDOA in its three day 2022 Annual General Meeting ended in New York on Sunday Hosted by NIDOA New York 15 chapters of the organisation attended the meeting both in person and virtual with the theme NIDOA Renaissance Leveraging New Generation Leadership Speaking to NAN on the meeting the President of NIDOA New York Mr Bobby Digi said the organisation wanted to scale up mentorship in all its chapters Our youth is about 60 per cent of the population and unemployment is high among that population so we have looked at this challenge and discussed ways to minimise it The only way we can reduce this trend is mentorship where knowledge and know how can be transferred from those who have experience to the younger ones he said Earlier while presenting the report of NIDOA New York chapter Digi said the chapter had been empowering the youth by hosting monthly youth forum He said the chapter had partnered with the Consulate of Nigeria in New York to distribute Personal Protective Equipment PPE to Nigerians in New York and New Jersey at the point of departing from the U S We co host information forum with the Consulate to inform and educate Nigerians about passports National Identity Number NIN capturing and visa processes he said Speaking on achievements of NIDOA South Savannah Georgia its President Mr Collins Ikegwuonu said the chapter had established NIDO online radio calling on all the chapters to key into the project On mentorship Ikegwuonu said the chapter was working to explore recruiting young Nigerians especially students to participate in NIDOA activities and to encourage then to give back to the society The chapter is also exploring the possibility of premium free group life insurance for members he said Similarly the President of NIDOA Calgary Canada Mrs Lillian Alli Balogun said the chapter had partnered with Calgary University to mentor Nigerian students She told the meeting that the association was working hard to implement its strategic plan which among others focused on effective partnership with the Nigeria Mission in Canada We collaborate with the Nigeria Mission on cultural events and passport intervention exercises she said Also the President of NIDOA Ohio Mr Bukola Okioye said the chapter had been collaborating with Nigeria mission to organise passport intervention for its members We are in touch with the Consulate of Nigeria in New York to organise another passport intervention soon he said A cross section of NIDOA New Jersey Chapter at AGM in New YorkNew Jersey chapter in a report presented by its Vice President Mr Anozie Ugenyi spoke on areas of partnership with the Consulate on culture and immigration progarmmes He said the chapter was also planning to donate two water fountains to Nigeria House to provide water for compatriots waiting to collect their passports he said According to him the chapter will organise its annual flag raising ceremony to celebrate the Independence Day in October At the event the Consul General of Nigeria in New York Amb Lot Egopija commended the members for their contribution to their homeland Represented by Consul in charge of Immigration and Community Relations Egopija commended the collaboration and support of NIDOA to improving consular services in the Consulate If not for your collaboration the Consulate would not have attained the height it achieved in providing improved services to its nationals he said NAN reports that a legislative breakfast preceded the AGM while a Pre Conference meeting held on Friday at New Jersey for the members delegates and friends from USA Canada Brazil Belize and other chapters nanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Diaspora organisation holds AGM, focuses on mentorship to reduce unemployment  
    Foreign1 month ago

    Diaspora organisation holds AGM, focuses on mentorship to reduce unemployment  

    Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Americas (NIDOA) has met to discuss on ways to mentor Nigerian youths to reduce unemployment among the population and prepare them for brighter future.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that mentorship is one of the focuses of NIDOA in its three-day 2022 Annual General Meeting ended in New York on Sunday.

    Hosted by NIDOA New York, 15 chapters of the organisation attended the meeting both in-person and virtual with the theme, “NIDOA Renaissance: Leveraging New Generation Leadership.

    Speaking to NAN on the meeting, the President of NIDOA New York, Mr Bobby Digi said the organisation wanted to scale up mentorship in all its chapters.

    “Our youth is about 60 per cent of the population and unemployment is high among that population so we have looked at this challenge and discussed ways to minimise it.

    “The only way we can reduce this trend is mentorship where knowledge and know-how can be transferred from those who have experience to the younger ones,’’ he said.

    Earlier, while presenting the report of NIDOA New York chapter, Digi said the chapter had been empowering the youth by hosting monthly youth forum.

    He said the chapter had partnered with the Consulate of Nigeria in New York to distribute Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Nigerians in New York and New Jersey at the point of departing from the U.

    S. “We co-host information forum with the Consulate to inform and educate Nigerians about passports, National Identity Number (NIN)  capturing and visa processes,’’ he said.

    Speaking on achievements of NIDOA South Savannah Georgia, its President, Mr Collins Ikegwuonu said the chapter had established NIDO online radio, calling on all the chapters to key into the project.

    On mentorship, Ikegwuonu said the chapter was working to explore recruiting young Nigerians, especially students to participate in NIDOA activities and to encourage then to give back to the society.

    “The chapter is also exploring the possibility of premium free group life insurance for members,’’ he said.

    Similarly, the President of NIDOA Calgary, Canada Mrs Lillian Alli-Balogun said the chapter had partnered with Calgary University to mentor Nigerian students.

    She told the meeting that the association was working hard to implement its strategic plan, which among others, focused on effective partnership with the Nigeria Mission in Canada.

    “We collaborate with the Nigeria Mission on cultural events and passport intervention exercises,’’ she said.

    Also, the President of NIDOA Ohio, Mr Bukola Okioye said the chapter had been collaborating with Nigeria mission to organise passport intervention for its members.

    “We are in touch with the Consulate of Nigeria in New York to organise another passport intervention soon,’’ he said.

    .

    A cross section of NIDOA New Jersey Chapter at AGM in New YorkNew Jersey chapter, in a report presented by its Vice President, Mr Anozie Ugenyi spoke on areas of partnership with the Consulate on culture and immigration progarmmes.  

    He said the chapter was also planning to donate two water fountains to Nigeria House to provide water for compatriots waiting to collect their passports,’’ he said.

    According to him, the chapter will organise its annual flag raising ceremony to celebrate the Independence Day in October.

    At the event, the Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Amb. Lot Egopija, commended the members for their contribution to their homeland.

    Represented by Consul in charge of Immigration and Community Relations, Egopija commended the collaboration and support of NIDOA to improving consular services in the Consulate.

    “If not for your collaboration, the Consulate would not have attained the height it   achieved in providing improved services to its nationals,’’ he said.

    NAN reports that a legislative breakfast preceded the AGM while a Pre-Conference meeting held on Friday at New Jersey for the members, delegates and friends from USA, Canada, Brazil, Belize and other chapters.

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  •  Guatemalan Foreign Minister Mario Bucaro said on Tuesday that the Central American country will always support Taiwan after China conducted its largest ever military drills around the self ruled island earlier this month Meeting Taiwan President Tsai Ing wen at the presidential office in Taipei Bucaro said that Guatemala and Taiwan were like minded countries united by a democratic alliance Guatemala will always support Taiwan because we have a firm belief in the principles of peace sovereignty and territorial integrity Peace is non negotiable but especially sovereignty is non negotiable said Bucaro The remarks come just a few weeks after Beijing concluded a barrage of military drills around Taiwan in response to a visit to the island in early August by U S House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi The official did not mention China in his remarks but said his visit to the self ruled island was about telling the world the importance of showing solidarity to the people of Taiwan in the belief that only dialogue can prevail in the face of any conflict China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said in a daily briefing that authorities in Taiwan s ruling Democratic Progressive Party were deceiving themselves using diplomatic ties for political manipulation which cannot stop the historical inevitability of China s reunification Zhao urged Guatemala to make decisions in line with the historical trend Tsai noted in her remarks that Taiwan was the first Asian country Bucaro visited since being appointed foreign minister and thanked Guatemala for its diplomatic support in the wake of China s military drills Guatemala is one of only 14 countries to retain formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan and one of three allies left in Central America the other two being Honduras and Belize China views democratically ruled Taiwan as one of its provinces with no right to the trappings of a state a view Taiwan s government strongly disputes and has been stepping up pressure to win over the island s remaining friends In December China re established ties with Nicaragua and the government has openly said it is gunning to bring down the number to zero The issue has broader geopolitical implications as the United States has been concerned about China stepping up its activities in Central America In the run up to the November presidential election in Honduras a visiting U S delegation made clear it wanted the Central American country to maintain its Taiwan relations Now President Xiomara Castro who had floated the idea of ditching Taipei for Beijing during the election campaign has subsequently stood by Taiwan YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Guatemala pledges support for Taiwan, China accuses island of ‘political manipulation’
     Guatemalan Foreign Minister Mario Bucaro said on Tuesday that the Central American country will always support Taiwan after China conducted its largest ever military drills around the self ruled island earlier this month Meeting Taiwan President Tsai Ing wen at the presidential office in Taipei Bucaro said that Guatemala and Taiwan were like minded countries united by a democratic alliance Guatemala will always support Taiwan because we have a firm belief in the principles of peace sovereignty and territorial integrity Peace is non negotiable but especially sovereignty is non negotiable said Bucaro The remarks come just a few weeks after Beijing concluded a barrage of military drills around Taiwan in response to a visit to the island in early August by U S House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi The official did not mention China in his remarks but said his visit to the self ruled island was about telling the world the importance of showing solidarity to the people of Taiwan in the belief that only dialogue can prevail in the face of any conflict China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said in a daily briefing that authorities in Taiwan s ruling Democratic Progressive Party were deceiving themselves using diplomatic ties for political manipulation which cannot stop the historical inevitability of China s reunification Zhao urged Guatemala to make decisions in line with the historical trend Tsai noted in her remarks that Taiwan was the first Asian country Bucaro visited since being appointed foreign minister and thanked Guatemala for its diplomatic support in the wake of China s military drills Guatemala is one of only 14 countries to retain formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan and one of three allies left in Central America the other two being Honduras and Belize China views democratically ruled Taiwan as one of its provinces with no right to the trappings of a state a view Taiwan s government strongly disputes and has been stepping up pressure to win over the island s remaining friends In December China re established ties with Nicaragua and the government has openly said it is gunning to bring down the number to zero The issue has broader geopolitical implications as the United States has been concerned about China stepping up its activities in Central America In the run up to the November presidential election in Honduras a visiting U S delegation made clear it wanted the Central American country to maintain its Taiwan relations Now President Xiomara Castro who had floated the idea of ditching Taipei for Beijing during the election campaign has subsequently stood by Taiwan YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Guatemala pledges support for Taiwan, China accuses island of ‘political manipulation’
    Foreign1 month ago

    Guatemala pledges support for Taiwan, China accuses island of ‘political manipulation’

    Guatemalan Foreign Minister Mario Bucaro said on Tuesday that the Central American country will “always support” Taiwan, after China conducted its largest-ever military drills around the self-ruled island earlier this month.

    Meeting Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen at the presidential office in Taipei, Bucaro said that Guatemala and Taiwan were “like-minded countries” united by a “democratic alliance”.

    “Guatemala will always support Taiwan because we have a firm belief in the principles of peace, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.

    “Peace is non-negotiable, but especially sovereignty is non-negotiable,” said Bucaro.

    The remarks come just a few weeks after Beijing concluded a barrage of military drills around Taiwan in response to a visit to the island in early August by U.

    S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

    The official did not mention China in his remarks but said his visit to the self-ruled island was about “telling the world the importance of showing solidarity to the people of Taiwan, in the belief that only dialogue can prevail in the face of any conflict.

    ” China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said in a daily briefing that authorities in Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party were deceiving themselves using “diplomatic ties for political manipulation”, which “cannot stop the historical inevitability of China’s reunification”.

    Zhao urged Guatemala to make decisions “in line with the historical trend.

    ” Tsai noted in her remarks that Taiwan was the first “Asian country” Bucaro visited since being appointed foreign minister and thanked Guatemala for its diplomatic support in the wake of China’s military drills.

    Guatemala is one of only 14 countries to retain formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan and one of three allies left in Central America, the other two being Honduras and Belize.

    China views democratically ruled Taiwan as one of its provinces with no right to the trappings of a state, a view Taiwan’s government strongly disputes, and has been stepping up pressure to win over the island’s remaining friends.

    In December, China re-established ties with Nicaragua, and the government has openly said it is gunning to bring down the number to zero.

    The issue has broader geopolitical implications as the United States has been concerned about China stepping up its activities in Central America.

    In the run-up to the November presidential election in Honduras, a visiting U.

    S. delegation made clear it wanted the Central American country to maintain its Taiwan relations.

    Now-President Xiomara Castro, who had floated the idea of ditching Taipei for Beijing during the election campaign, has subsequently stood by Taiwan.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Following the recommendations of the Court of Appeal for the appointment of three special judges of appeal to hear the case of EEEL against Vijay Construction Pty Ltd the President of the Republic of Seychelles Mr Wavel Ramkalawan received the recommendations of the Appointments Authority Constitutional Courts CAA and has accordingly appointed Judge Winston Anderson as chairman of the panel and two other members Judge Carl Singh and Judge William Young to hear the case and make a final determination Justice Winston Anderson Chairman of the ad hoc appellate panel of judges is a judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice CCJ which is the highest court on civil constitutional and criminal appeals for four sovereign states Barbados Belize Dominica and Guiana He has been a CCJ Judge for twelve 12 years and is now the third longest serving Judge on the Court Justice William Young has served on the High Court the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of New Zealand Sir William is an Honorary Fellow of the Middle Temple and an Honorary Fellow of Gonville and Caius College Cambridge He has an honorary doctorate in law from the University of Canterbury Justice Carl Singh has served in the Supreme Court of Guyana followed by Chief Justice of Guyana and later in the Office of the Chancellor and Chief of the Guyana Judiciary He was also Professor and Head of the Department of Law at the University of Guyana
    Seychelles: Appointment of ad-hoc appellate judges
      Following the recommendations of the Court of Appeal for the appointment of three special judges of appeal to hear the case of EEEL against Vijay Construction Pty Ltd the President of the Republic of Seychelles Mr Wavel Ramkalawan received the recommendations of the Appointments Authority Constitutional Courts CAA and has accordingly appointed Judge Winston Anderson as chairman of the panel and two other members Judge Carl Singh and Judge William Young to hear the case and make a final determination Justice Winston Anderson Chairman of the ad hoc appellate panel of judges is a judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice CCJ which is the highest court on civil constitutional and criminal appeals for four sovereign states Barbados Belize Dominica and Guiana He has been a CCJ Judge for twelve 12 years and is now the third longest serving Judge on the Court Justice William Young has served on the High Court the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of New Zealand Sir William is an Honorary Fellow of the Middle Temple and an Honorary Fellow of Gonville and Caius College Cambridge He has an honorary doctorate in law from the University of Canterbury Justice Carl Singh has served in the Supreme Court of Guyana followed by Chief Justice of Guyana and later in the Office of the Chancellor and Chief of the Guyana Judiciary He was also Professor and Head of the Department of Law at the University of Guyana
    Seychelles: Appointment of ad-hoc appellate judges
    Africa2 months ago

    Seychelles: Appointment of ad-hoc appellate judges

    Following the recommendations of the Court of Appeal for the appointment of three special judges of appeal to hear the case of EEEL against Vijay Construction Pty Ltd, the President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, received the recommendations of the Appointments Authority Constitutional Courts (CAA) and has accordingly appointed Judge Winston Anderson as chairman of the panel and two other members, Judge Carl Singh and Judge William Young, to hear the case and make a final determination.

    Justice Winston Anderson (Chairman of the ad-hoc appellate panel of judges) is a judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice ("CCJ"), which is the highest court on civil, constitutional and criminal appeals for four sovereign states: Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Guiana.

    He has been a CCJ Judge for twelve (12) years and is now the third longest serving Judge on the Court.

    Justice William Young has served on the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of New Zealand.

    Sir William is an Honorary Fellow of the Middle Temple and an Honorary Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

    He has an honorary doctorate in law from the University of Canterbury.

    Justice Carl Singh has served in the Supreme Court of Guyana, followed by Chief Justice of Guyana, and later in the Office of the Chancellor and Chief of the Guyana Judiciary.

    He was also Professor and Head of the Department of Law at the University of Guyana.

  •   The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture SPT confirmed its upcoming visits to Australia Bosnia and Herzegovina Ecuador and Turkey in the second half of this year and announced plans to visit Croatia Madagascar Nicaragua and the State of Palestine during the first half of 2023 Visiting States Parties is essential to fulfilling our mandate to protect persons deprived of their liberty in a variety of settings for example not only in prisons but also in police stations psychiatric institutions closed refugee camps and detention centers of immigrants said Suzanne Jabbour President of the SPT During each visit the SPT will also meet with and assist the country s independent torture prevention watchdog formally called the National Preventive Mechanism NPM Another key part of our mandate is to strengthen the already designated NPM and support the establishment of the mechanism in countries where it does not yet exist added Jabbour The Subcommittee visited Brazil Tunisia Argentina and Lebanon in the first half of 2022 It will continue its program of visits during the rest of the year inspecting places of deprivation of liberty and measures to prevent torture in Australia Bosnia and Herzegovina Ecuador and Turkey The Subcommittee also announced that it would plan to visit Croatia Madagascar Nicaragua and the State of Palestine in the first half of 2023 These decisions were made at its last confidential session held in Geneva in June The SPT will announce more visits for 2023 after its next meeting in November During the June session the SPT met with representatives of the signatory States a delegation from the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture the UN Special Rapporteur on Migrants and the UN Special Rapporteur on Afghanistan among others The SPT also recommended different projects in relevant regions of the world for the OPCAT Fund to support The Fund helps finance the implementation of the suggestions made by the Subcommittee after its country visits and sponsors various educational programs conducted by NPMs In addition the SPT decided to add the Central African Republic which ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture in 2016 to the list of States Parties that do not comply with Article 17 Burkina Faso and Mongolia were removed from that list as these States designated their National Preventive Mechanisms which is a positive step for the prevention of torture The article 17 list lists States parties that are far behind in establishing their national preventive mechanisms The list currently consists of Belize Benin Bosnia and Herzegovina Burundi Central African Republic Democratic Republic of the Congo Gabon Ghana Liberia Nauru Nigeria the Philippines and South Sudan Under the Optional Protocol states are required to establish their NPM within one year of ratification
    UN torture prevention body announces visits for 2023
      The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture SPT confirmed its upcoming visits to Australia Bosnia and Herzegovina Ecuador and Turkey in the second half of this year and announced plans to visit Croatia Madagascar Nicaragua and the State of Palestine during the first half of 2023 Visiting States Parties is essential to fulfilling our mandate to protect persons deprived of their liberty in a variety of settings for example not only in prisons but also in police stations psychiatric institutions closed refugee camps and detention centers of immigrants said Suzanne Jabbour President of the SPT During each visit the SPT will also meet with and assist the country s independent torture prevention watchdog formally called the National Preventive Mechanism NPM Another key part of our mandate is to strengthen the already designated NPM and support the establishment of the mechanism in countries where it does not yet exist added Jabbour The Subcommittee visited Brazil Tunisia Argentina and Lebanon in the first half of 2022 It will continue its program of visits during the rest of the year inspecting places of deprivation of liberty and measures to prevent torture in Australia Bosnia and Herzegovina Ecuador and Turkey The Subcommittee also announced that it would plan to visit Croatia Madagascar Nicaragua and the State of Palestine in the first half of 2023 These decisions were made at its last confidential session held in Geneva in June The SPT will announce more visits for 2023 after its next meeting in November During the June session the SPT met with representatives of the signatory States a delegation from the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture the UN Special Rapporteur on Migrants and the UN Special Rapporteur on Afghanistan among others The SPT also recommended different projects in relevant regions of the world for the OPCAT Fund to support The Fund helps finance the implementation of the suggestions made by the Subcommittee after its country visits and sponsors various educational programs conducted by NPMs In addition the SPT decided to add the Central African Republic which ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture in 2016 to the list of States Parties that do not comply with Article 17 Burkina Faso and Mongolia were removed from that list as these States designated their National Preventive Mechanisms which is a positive step for the prevention of torture The article 17 list lists States parties that are far behind in establishing their national preventive mechanisms The list currently consists of Belize Benin Bosnia and Herzegovina Burundi Central African Republic Democratic Republic of the Congo Gabon Ghana Liberia Nauru Nigeria the Philippines and South Sudan Under the Optional Protocol states are required to establish their NPM within one year of ratification
    UN torture prevention body announces visits for 2023
    Africa3 months ago

    UN torture prevention body announces visits for 2023

    The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) confirmed its upcoming visits to Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ecuador and Turkey in the second half of this year, and announced plans to visit Croatia, Madagascar, Nicaragua and the State of Palestine during the first half of 2023.

    “Visiting States Parties is essential to fulfilling our mandate to protect persons deprived of their liberty in a variety of settings, for example, not only in prisons, but also in police stations, psychiatric institutions, closed refugee camps and detention centers. of immigrants,” said Suzanne Jabbour, President of the SPT.

    During each visit, the SPT will also meet with and assist the country's independent torture prevention watchdog, formally called the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM). “Another key part of our mandate is to strengthen the already designated NPM and support the establishment of the mechanism in countries where it does not yet exist,” added Jabbour.

    The Subcommittee visited Brazil, Tunisia, Argentina and Lebanon in the first half of 2022. It will continue its program of visits during the rest of the year, inspecting places of deprivation of liberty and measures to prevent torture in Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ecuador and Turkey.

    The Subcommittee also announced that it would plan to visit Croatia, Madagascar, Nicaragua and the State of Palestine in the first half of 2023. These decisions were made at its last confidential session held in Geneva in June. The SPT will announce more visits for 2023 after its next meeting in November.

    During the June session, the SPT met with representatives of the signatory States, a delegation from the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, the UN Special Rapporteur on Migrants and the UN Special Rapporteur on Afghanistan, among others.

    The SPT also recommended different projects in relevant regions of the world for the OPCAT Fund to support. The Fund helps finance the implementation of the suggestions made by the Subcommittee after its country visits and sponsors various educational programs conducted by NPMs.

    In addition, the SPT decided to add the Central African Republic, which ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture in 2016, to the list of States Parties that do not comply with Article 17. Burkina Faso and Mongolia were removed from that list. , as these States designated their National Preventive Mechanisms, which is a positive step for the prevention of torture.

    The article 17 list lists States parties that are far behind in establishing their national preventive mechanisms. The list currently consists of Belize, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Nauru, Nigeria, the Philippines, and South Sudan. Under the Optional Protocol, states are required to establish their NPM within one year of ratification.

  •   US President Joe Biden insisted on Thursday that there was unity at a summit of the Americas after the leaders of Argentina and Belize openly criticized him for excluding three leftist leaders Despite some of the disagreements related to turnout on the substantive issues what I heard was almost unity and uniformity Biden said He said he saw near total agreement on issues such as managing migration and combating climate change and called for more discussion on details before the summit closes on Friday Biden refused to invite leftist leaders from Cuba Nicaragua and Venezuela describing them as autocrats who are not welcome at a summit dedicated to democracy Mexican President Andr s Manuel L pez Obrador later refused to come in protest Argentina s centre left President Alberto Fern ndez who was persuaded to come after a call from Biden attacked the decision in front of the US leader at the Los Angeles summit Being the host country of the summit does not grant the ability to impose a right of admission to the member countries of the continent said Fern ndez He later shook hands with Biden before the US president who was in attendance alongside Vice President Kamala Harris spoke again and addressed the criticism Biden also drew criticism from the leader of one of the region s smallest countries Belize who said it was inexcusable not to invite all countries He praised the export of doctors employed by the state of Cuba a practice that US officials denounce as trafficking Prime Minister John Brice o called US sanctions on the island a crime against humanity
    Biden sees unity on ‘substantive matters’ after summit criticism
      US President Joe Biden insisted on Thursday that there was unity at a summit of the Americas after the leaders of Argentina and Belize openly criticized him for excluding three leftist leaders Despite some of the disagreements related to turnout on the substantive issues what I heard was almost unity and uniformity Biden said He said he saw near total agreement on issues such as managing migration and combating climate change and called for more discussion on details before the summit closes on Friday Biden refused to invite leftist leaders from Cuba Nicaragua and Venezuela describing them as autocrats who are not welcome at a summit dedicated to democracy Mexican President Andr s Manuel L pez Obrador later refused to come in protest Argentina s centre left President Alberto Fern ndez who was persuaded to come after a call from Biden attacked the decision in front of the US leader at the Los Angeles summit Being the host country of the summit does not grant the ability to impose a right of admission to the member countries of the continent said Fern ndez He later shook hands with Biden before the US president who was in attendance alongside Vice President Kamala Harris spoke again and addressed the criticism Biden also drew criticism from the leader of one of the region s smallest countries Belize who said it was inexcusable not to invite all countries He praised the export of doctors employed by the state of Cuba a practice that US officials denounce as trafficking Prime Minister John Brice o called US sanctions on the island a crime against humanity
    Biden sees unity on ‘substantive matters’ after summit criticism
    Foreign4 months ago

    Biden sees unity on ‘substantive matters’ after summit criticism

    US President Joe Biden insisted on Thursday that there was unity at a summit of the Americas after the leaders of Argentina and Belize openly criticized him for excluding three leftist leaders.

    “Despite some of the disagreements related to turnout, on the substantive issues, what I heard was almost unity and uniformity,” Biden said.

    He said he saw "near total agreement" on issues such as managing migration and combating climate change, and called for more discussion on details before the summit closes on Friday.

    Biden refused to invite leftist leaders from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, describing them as autocrats who are not welcome at a summit dedicated to democracy. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador later refused to come in protest.

    Argentina's centre-left President Alberto Fernández, who was persuaded to come after a call from Biden, attacked the decision in front of the US leader at the Los Angeles summit.

    "Being the host country of the summit does not grant the ability to impose a right of admission to the member countries of the continent," said Fernández.

    He later shook hands with Biden before the US president, who was in attendance alongside Vice President Kamala Harris, spoke again and addressed the criticism.

    Biden also drew criticism from the leader of one of the region's smallest countries, Belize, who said it was "inexcusable" not to invite all countries.

    He praised the export of doctors employed by the state of Cuba, a practice that US officials denounce as trafficking, Prime Minister John Briceño called US sanctions on the island a "crime against humanity."

  •   Prince William said on Friday that the British royal family would support Bahama s decisions about his future in the third stop of a Caribbean tour that has been met with protests in a region that increasingly weighs on its future relations with the UK monarchy Speaking at a reception hosted by the Governor General of the Bahamas in Nassau William whose official title is Duke of Cambridge marked the upcoming 50th anniversary of the former colony s independence from Britain And with Jamaica celebrating 60 years of independence this year and Belize celebrating 40 years of independence last year I want to say this We proudly support and respect your decisions about your future said William Relationships evolve The friendship endures Prince William and Kate s tour was meant to mark the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II s coronation But instead it has been met with protests and accusations of being a colonial tour In Jamaica on Tuesday protesters carrying signs outside the British High Commission ahead of the royals arrival demanded that the monarchy pay reparations and apologize for its role in the slave trade that brought hundreds of thousands of Africans to the island to work in inhumane conditions Prime Minister Andrew Holness then pointedly told William in front of television cameras that the nation was moving forward as an independent country The visit follows growing calls for Jamaica to follow Barbados and become a republic by getting rid of the queen as head of state William during that trip expressed his deep sorrow for the history of slavery calling the practice abhorrent It should never have happened he said But so far the British royal family has not issued any formal apology The visit came as Britain increasingly confronts its colonial past particularly its monuments to historical figures linked to the slave trade Source Credit TheGuardian
    Prince William says ‘supports’ Bahamas decisions about future
      Prince William said on Friday that the British royal family would support Bahama s decisions about his future in the third stop of a Caribbean tour that has been met with protests in a region that increasingly weighs on its future relations with the UK monarchy Speaking at a reception hosted by the Governor General of the Bahamas in Nassau William whose official title is Duke of Cambridge marked the upcoming 50th anniversary of the former colony s independence from Britain And with Jamaica celebrating 60 years of independence this year and Belize celebrating 40 years of independence last year I want to say this We proudly support and respect your decisions about your future said William Relationships evolve The friendship endures Prince William and Kate s tour was meant to mark the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II s coronation But instead it has been met with protests and accusations of being a colonial tour In Jamaica on Tuesday protesters carrying signs outside the British High Commission ahead of the royals arrival demanded that the monarchy pay reparations and apologize for its role in the slave trade that brought hundreds of thousands of Africans to the island to work in inhumane conditions Prime Minister Andrew Holness then pointedly told William in front of television cameras that the nation was moving forward as an independent country The visit follows growing calls for Jamaica to follow Barbados and become a republic by getting rid of the queen as head of state William during that trip expressed his deep sorrow for the history of slavery calling the practice abhorrent It should never have happened he said But so far the British royal family has not issued any formal apology The visit came as Britain increasingly confronts its colonial past particularly its monuments to historical figures linked to the slave trade Source Credit TheGuardian
    Prince William says ‘supports’ Bahamas decisions about future
    Foreign6 months ago

    Prince William says ‘supports’ Bahamas decisions about future

    Prince William said on Friday that the British royal family would support Bahama's decisions about his future, in the third stop of a Caribbean tour that has been met with protests in a region that increasingly weighs on its future relations with the UK monarchy.

    Speaking at a reception hosted by the Governor General of the Bahamas in Nassau, William, whose official title is Duke of Cambridge, marked the upcoming 50th anniversary of the former colony's independence from Britain.

    "And with Jamaica celebrating 60 years of independence this year, and Belize celebrating 40 years of independence last year, I want to say this: We proudly support and respect your decisions about your future," said William.

    “Relationships evolve. The friendship endures."

    Prince William and Kate's tour was meant to mark the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation.

    But instead it has been met with protests and accusations of being a "colonial tour".

    In Jamaica on Tuesday, protesters carrying signs outside the British High Commission ahead of the royals' arrival demanded that the monarchy pay reparations and apologize for its role in the slave trade that brought hundreds of thousands of Africans to the island to work in inhumane conditions. .

    Prime Minister Andrew Holness then pointedly told William in front of television cameras that the nation was "moving forward" as an independent country.

    The visit follows growing calls for Jamaica to follow Barbados and become a republic by getting rid of the queen as head of state.

    William during that trip expressed his "deep sorrow" for the history of slavery, calling the practice "abhorrent."

    "It should never have happened," he said.

    But so far, the British royal family has not issued any formal apology.

    The visit came as Britain increasingly confronts its colonial past, particularly its monuments to historical figures linked to the slave trade.

    Source Credit: TheGuardian

  •   The African Vaccine Procurement Trust AVAT launched a No Fault Compensation Scheme NFCS program for COVID 19 vaccines in participating African and Caribbean countries in Abidjan C te d Ivoire on Tuesday According to him AVAT NFCS provides eligible individuals with prompt fair and transparent compensation for unlikely adverse events associated with COVID 19 vaccines purchased or distributed under the AVAT initiative The Nigerian News Agency reports that AVAT NFCS is the first such consortium to be created AVAT NFCS is powered by Union AU Afreximbank Africa CDC and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa UNECA Other partners include ECONET and it will be managed by ESIS a wholly owned subsidiary of Chubb Insurance Company AVAT acts as a centralized purchasing agent on behalf of the AU Member States to secure the necessary vaccines and funding resources combined to achieve Africa s COVID 19 vaccination strategy It is designed to reinforce public confidence that in the unlikely event of vaccine related adverse events against COVID 19 quick and easy access to compensation is ensured Building this trust is essential to achieving widespread adoption of the vaccine Speaking on the sidelines of the event Prof Benedict Oramah President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Afreximbank highlighted the functions and benefits of the scheme He said AVAT NFCS provides eligible individuals with prompt fair and transparent compensation for unlikely adverse events associated with COVID 19 vaccines purchased or distributed under the AVAT initiative It is a framework designed to support the vaccines delivered under the AVAT scheme The principle of the no fault compensation scheme is that both the manufacturers and the public and even individuals want to be protected because of the way that vaccines were developed very expeditiously It was not normal What would have taken five to seven years was done between one year and 18 months So it was important that a compensation scheme be put in place so that if serious adverse events did occur people would have a predictable way to receive compensation For Africa it was not easy with 55 countries and smaller economies It was becoming a challenge We had to work to put in place a continental framework that would make it possible for those who had not been able to do so to do so Without her they wouldn t have had access to vaccines in the first place According to Oramah the No Fault Compensation Scheme is specific to the AVAT acquisition of Johnson and Johnson Vaccines as it is today He said that however there was collaboration with the COVAX facility On the modalities to access compensation he said For this specific scheme for you to make a claim you must have been vaccinated under the AVAT vaccine framework That s when you qualify You must be a citizen of the country participating in this plan There are 41 countries participating in this scheme These are some of the preconditions for you to qualify to seek compensation For Nigeria Oramah said that with the Government s plans to make Johnson amp Johnson the priority vaccine because it is a single dose vaccine AVAT NFCS becomes eligible This would help their approach tremendously because it provides the government with the cover for the government to tell citizens that these vaccines are there that they take them and they are also protected because we don t have them in Nigeria People may want to know if something happens what should I do How am I compensated This provides the answer and also protects the government from possible litigation by citizens who get vaccinated because the government asks them to get vaccinated he said UNECA Executive Secretary Dr Vera Songwe who praised the initiative said the pandemic had led to loss of life and pushed 55 million people into extreme poverty According to her the pandemic has also exposed certain pre existing vulnerabilities reversing the slow progress towards improving well being and achieving Africa s 2030 and 2063 agendas It is in this context that AVAT is so important and a game changer for the continent at the forefront of the largest immunization operations of our time This is a centralized agent for negotiation purchases and payments on behalf of the member states of the African Union and the member states of CARICOM he said These member states are Antigua and Barbuda bahamas Barbados Belize Dominican Grenade Guiana Haiti Jamaica and Montserrat a British Overseas Territory in the Leeward Islands Others are Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago She said Africa has shown that when left alone it can come up with innovative solutions not only to save our health and lives but also to save our livelihoods And the African Union the African CDC the Afreximbank clinging to the leadership of the AU Special efforts have shown that Africa can when it wants Dr Ahmed Ouma deputy director of the African Center for Disease Control Africa CDC also praised the initiative This is really the first time that Africa has stepped up planned negotiated bought and distributed its own vaccines on this scale And it s something we should be proud of as Africans and use it as a springboard for us to do even more in the future he said According to him the African Vaccine Procurement Task Force has opened up a very important target for public health need It has opened a very important door for Africa to be able to do similar things in all the other sectors that we prioritize We appreciate the team and because Africa CDC is part of it it has been a learning experience Ouma said
    African vaccine trust establishes compensation package
      The African Vaccine Procurement Trust AVAT launched a No Fault Compensation Scheme NFCS program for COVID 19 vaccines in participating African and Caribbean countries in Abidjan C te d Ivoire on Tuesday According to him AVAT NFCS provides eligible individuals with prompt fair and transparent compensation for unlikely adverse events associated with COVID 19 vaccines purchased or distributed under the AVAT initiative The Nigerian News Agency reports that AVAT NFCS is the first such consortium to be created AVAT NFCS is powered by Union AU Afreximbank Africa CDC and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa UNECA Other partners include ECONET and it will be managed by ESIS a wholly owned subsidiary of Chubb Insurance Company AVAT acts as a centralized purchasing agent on behalf of the AU Member States to secure the necessary vaccines and funding resources combined to achieve Africa s COVID 19 vaccination strategy It is designed to reinforce public confidence that in the unlikely event of vaccine related adverse events against COVID 19 quick and easy access to compensation is ensured Building this trust is essential to achieving widespread adoption of the vaccine Speaking on the sidelines of the event Prof Benedict Oramah President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Afreximbank highlighted the functions and benefits of the scheme He said AVAT NFCS provides eligible individuals with prompt fair and transparent compensation for unlikely adverse events associated with COVID 19 vaccines purchased or distributed under the AVAT initiative It is a framework designed to support the vaccines delivered under the AVAT scheme The principle of the no fault compensation scheme is that both the manufacturers and the public and even individuals want to be protected because of the way that vaccines were developed very expeditiously It was not normal What would have taken five to seven years was done between one year and 18 months So it was important that a compensation scheme be put in place so that if serious adverse events did occur people would have a predictable way to receive compensation For Africa it was not easy with 55 countries and smaller economies It was becoming a challenge We had to work to put in place a continental framework that would make it possible for those who had not been able to do so to do so Without her they wouldn t have had access to vaccines in the first place According to Oramah the No Fault Compensation Scheme is specific to the AVAT acquisition of Johnson and Johnson Vaccines as it is today He said that however there was collaboration with the COVAX facility On the modalities to access compensation he said For this specific scheme for you to make a claim you must have been vaccinated under the AVAT vaccine framework That s when you qualify You must be a citizen of the country participating in this plan There are 41 countries participating in this scheme These are some of the preconditions for you to qualify to seek compensation For Nigeria Oramah said that with the Government s plans to make Johnson amp Johnson the priority vaccine because it is a single dose vaccine AVAT NFCS becomes eligible This would help their approach tremendously because it provides the government with the cover for the government to tell citizens that these vaccines are there that they take them and they are also protected because we don t have them in Nigeria People may want to know if something happens what should I do How am I compensated This provides the answer and also protects the government from possible litigation by citizens who get vaccinated because the government asks them to get vaccinated he said UNECA Executive Secretary Dr Vera Songwe who praised the initiative said the pandemic had led to loss of life and pushed 55 million people into extreme poverty According to her the pandemic has also exposed certain pre existing vulnerabilities reversing the slow progress towards improving well being and achieving Africa s 2030 and 2063 agendas It is in this context that AVAT is so important and a game changer for the continent at the forefront of the largest immunization operations of our time This is a centralized agent for negotiation purchases and payments on behalf of the member states of the African Union and the member states of CARICOM he said These member states are Antigua and Barbuda bahamas Barbados Belize Dominican Grenade Guiana Haiti Jamaica and Montserrat a British Overseas Territory in the Leeward Islands Others are Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago She said Africa has shown that when left alone it can come up with innovative solutions not only to save our health and lives but also to save our livelihoods And the African Union the African CDC the Afreximbank clinging to the leadership of the AU Special efforts have shown that Africa can when it wants Dr Ahmed Ouma deputy director of the African Center for Disease Control Africa CDC also praised the initiative This is really the first time that Africa has stepped up planned negotiated bought and distributed its own vaccines on this scale And it s something we should be proud of as Africans and use it as a springboard for us to do even more in the future he said According to him the African Vaccine Procurement Task Force has opened up a very important target for public health need It has opened a very important door for Africa to be able to do similar things in all the other sectors that we prioritize We appreciate the team and because Africa CDC is part of it it has been a learning experience Ouma said
    African vaccine trust establishes compensation package
    Economy7 months ago

    African vaccine trust establishes compensation package

    The African Vaccine Procurement Trust (AVAT) launched a No-Fault Compensation Scheme (NFCS) program for COVID-19 vaccines in participating African and Caribbean countries in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire on Tuesday.

    According to him, AVAT NFCS provides eligible individuals with prompt, fair and transparent compensation for unlikely adverse events associated with COVID-19 vaccines purchased or distributed under the AVAT initiative.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that AVAT NFCS is the first such consortium to be created.

    AVAT NFCS is powered by Union(AU), Afreximbank, Africa CDC and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

    Other partners include ECONET and it will be managed by ESIS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chubb Insurance Company.

    AVAT acts as a centralized purchasing agent on behalf of the AU Member States, to secure the necessary vaccines and funding resources combined to achieve Africa's COVID-19 vaccination strategy.

    It is designed to reinforce public confidence that, in the unlikely event of vaccine-related adverse events against COVID-19, quick and easy access to compensation is ensured.

    Building this trust is essential to achieving widespread adoption of the vaccine.

    Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Prof. Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Afreximbank, highlighted the functions and benefits of the scheme.

    He said: “AVAT NFCS provides eligible individuals with prompt, fair and transparent compensation for unlikely adverse events associated with COVID-19 vaccines purchased or distributed under the AVAT initiative.

    “It is a framework designed to support the vaccines delivered under the AVAT scheme.

    “The principle of the no-fault compensation scheme is that both the manufacturers and the public and even individuals want to be protected because of the way that vaccines were developed very expeditiously.

    “It was not normal. What would have taken five to seven years was done between one year and 18 months.

    “So it was important that a compensation scheme be put in place, so that if serious adverse events did occur, people would have a predictable way to receive compensation.

    “For Africa, it was not easy with 55 countries and smaller economies. It was becoming a challenge.

    “We had to work to put in place a continental framework that would make it possible for those who had not been able to do so to do so. Without her, they wouldn't have had access to vaccines in the first place."

    According to Oramah, the No-Fault Compensation Scheme is specific to the AVAT acquisition of Johnson and Johnson Vaccines as it is today.

    He said that, however, there was collaboration with the COVAX facility.

    On the modalities to access compensation, he said: “For this specific scheme, for you to make a claim, you must have been vaccinated under the AVAT vaccine framework.

    “That's when you qualify; You must be a citizen of the country participating in this plan.

    “There are 41 countries participating in this scheme. These are some of the preconditions for you to qualify to seek compensation.”

    For Nigeria, Oramah said that with the Government's plans to make Johnson & Johnson the priority vaccine because it is a single dose vaccine, AVAT NFCS becomes eligible.

    “This would help their approach tremendously because it provides the government with the cover for the government to tell citizens that these vaccines are there, that they take them, and they are also protected because we don't have them in Nigeria.

    “People may want to know, if something happens, what should I do? How am I compensated?

    "This provides the answer and also protects the government from possible litigation by citizens who get vaccinated because the government asks them to get vaccinated," he said.

    UNECA Executive Secretary Dr. Vera Songwe, who praised the initiative, said the pandemic had led to loss of life and pushed 55 million people into extreme poverty.

    According to her, the pandemic has also exposed certain pre-existing vulnerabilities, reversing the slow progress towards improving well-being and achieving Africa's 2030 and 2063 agendas.

    “It is in this context that AVAT is so important and a game changer for the continent at the forefront of the largest immunization operations of our time.

    “This is a centralized agent for negotiation, purchases and payments on behalf of the member states of the African Union and the member states of CARICOM,” he said.

    These member states are Antigua and Barbuda; bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Dominican; Grenade; Guiana; Haiti; Jamaica; and Montserrat (a British Overseas Territory in the Leeward Islands).

    Others are Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

    She said: “Africa has shown that when left alone, it can come up with innovative solutions, not only to save our health and lives, but also to save our livelihoods.

    "And the African Union, the African CDC, the Afreximbank clinging to the leadership of the AU. Special efforts have shown that Africa can when it wants."

    Dr. Ahmed Ouma, deputy director of the African Center for Disease Control (Africa CDC) also praised the initiative.

    “This is really the first time that Africa has stepped up, planned, negotiated, bought and distributed its own vaccines on this scale.

    "And it's something we should be proud of as Africans, and use it as a springboard for us to do even more in the future," he said.

    According to him, the African Vaccine Procurement Task Force has opened up a very important target for public health need.

    “It has opened a very important door for Africa to be able to do similar things in all the other sectors that we prioritize.

    “We appreciate the team and because Africa CDC is part of it, it has been a learning experience,” Ouma said.

  •  Queen Elizabeth II called on the Commonwealth on Monday to show unity in difficult times as she missed a major event for the organization after a period of failing health The event with some 1 500 guests at Westminster Abbey in central London was to be the 95 year old monarch s first large scale public engagement in nearly six months But he stepped down on Friday raising questions about the extent of his involvement in future events to mark his 70th year on the throne British media said palace officials were concerned about her comfort in traveling to and from the service and its length The queen turns 96 next month She was previously seen with a cane and pulled out of an event last November with back problems She has also been heard complaining of mobility problems The Sun newspaper said on Saturday that she had been unable to walk her beloved corgis for the past six months while the Daily Mail said she had ruled out using a wheelchair on duty The next major event she must attend is the memorial service for her late husband Prince Philip who died last April aged 99 and whose funeral was held under Covid restrictions Despite her absence on Monday the queen sent a message to representatives of the 54 nation grouping mostly former British colonies which she heads In particular she renewed her pledge of lifelong service to the organization that she made as a young princess in 1947 calling it a family of nations Its role as a place to come together to pursue common goals and the common good giving everyone the opportunity to serve and benefit was more important than ever in the world he said In these difficult times I hope that you can draw strength and inspiration from what we share as we work together toward a healthy sustainable and prosperous future for all he added Charles takes office Elizabeth s eldest son Prince Charles 73 will take over as head of the Commonwealth when he becomes king after a lifetime as heir apparent He represented her on Monday with his second wife Camilla and their eldest son from his first marriage to Diana Princess of Wales Prince William and his wife Catherine He and Camilla will also be in Rwanda in June for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting which has been postponed twice due to the pandemic Charles is also expected to take part in the Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham central England in July and August Later this week William and Catherine head to Belize The Bahamas and Jamaica officially as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations But given that Barbados last year abandoned the queen as head of state it will also be seen as an attempt to dampen broader Republican sentiment in the Caribbean The queen is head of state in the United Kingdom and also in 14 other Commonwealth countries or realms The Commonwealth Day service is one of the biggest events on the royal calendar and the queen s absence marks the first time she has missed since 2013 That year he was recovering from a bout of gastroenteritis Before that he missed a service in 1993 because he had the flu Royal officials gave no reason for his withdrawal this time but he recently had what was described as a mild bout of covid She was forced to slow down in October last year after an unscheduled overnight stay in hospital which has seen her withdraw from a series of public engagements Buckingham Palace said it will continue with other planned engagements including in person audiences in the coming week Source Credit TheGuardian
    Absent queen delivers Commonwealth Day message
     Queen Elizabeth II called on the Commonwealth on Monday to show unity in difficult times as she missed a major event for the organization after a period of failing health The event with some 1 500 guests at Westminster Abbey in central London was to be the 95 year old monarch s first large scale public engagement in nearly six months But he stepped down on Friday raising questions about the extent of his involvement in future events to mark his 70th year on the throne British media said palace officials were concerned about her comfort in traveling to and from the service and its length The queen turns 96 next month She was previously seen with a cane and pulled out of an event last November with back problems She has also been heard complaining of mobility problems The Sun newspaper said on Saturday that she had been unable to walk her beloved corgis for the past six months while the Daily Mail said she had ruled out using a wheelchair on duty The next major event she must attend is the memorial service for her late husband Prince Philip who died last April aged 99 and whose funeral was held under Covid restrictions Despite her absence on Monday the queen sent a message to representatives of the 54 nation grouping mostly former British colonies which she heads In particular she renewed her pledge of lifelong service to the organization that she made as a young princess in 1947 calling it a family of nations Its role as a place to come together to pursue common goals and the common good giving everyone the opportunity to serve and benefit was more important than ever in the world he said In these difficult times I hope that you can draw strength and inspiration from what we share as we work together toward a healthy sustainable and prosperous future for all he added Charles takes office Elizabeth s eldest son Prince Charles 73 will take over as head of the Commonwealth when he becomes king after a lifetime as heir apparent He represented her on Monday with his second wife Camilla and their eldest son from his first marriage to Diana Princess of Wales Prince William and his wife Catherine He and Camilla will also be in Rwanda in June for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting which has been postponed twice due to the pandemic Charles is also expected to take part in the Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham central England in July and August Later this week William and Catherine head to Belize The Bahamas and Jamaica officially as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations But given that Barbados last year abandoned the queen as head of state it will also be seen as an attempt to dampen broader Republican sentiment in the Caribbean The queen is head of state in the United Kingdom and also in 14 other Commonwealth countries or realms The Commonwealth Day service is one of the biggest events on the royal calendar and the queen s absence marks the first time she has missed since 2013 That year he was recovering from a bout of gastroenteritis Before that he missed a service in 1993 because he had the flu Royal officials gave no reason for his withdrawal this time but he recently had what was described as a mild bout of covid She was forced to slow down in October last year after an unscheduled overnight stay in hospital which has seen her withdraw from a series of public engagements Buckingham Palace said it will continue with other planned engagements including in person audiences in the coming week Source Credit TheGuardian
    Absent queen delivers Commonwealth Day message
    Foreign7 months ago

    Absent queen delivers Commonwealth Day message

    Queen Elizabeth II called on the Commonwealth on Monday to show unity in difficult times as she missed a major event for the organization after a period of failing health.

    The event with some 1,500 guests at Westminster Abbey in central London was to be the 95-year-old monarch's first large-scale public engagement in nearly six months.

    But he stepped down on Friday, raising questions about the extent of his involvement in future events to mark his 70th year on the throne.

    British media said palace officials were concerned about her comfort in traveling to and from the service and its length. The queen turns 96 next month.

    She was previously seen with a cane and pulled out of an event last November with back problems. She has also been heard complaining of mobility problems.

    The Sun newspaper said on Saturday that she had been unable to walk her beloved corgis for the past six months, while the Daily Mail said she had ruled out using a wheelchair on duty.

    The next major event she must attend is the memorial service for her late husband, Prince Philip, who died last April aged 99 and whose funeral was held under Covid restrictions.

    Despite her absence on Monday, the queen sent a message to representatives of the 54-nation grouping, mostly former British colonies, which she heads.

    In particular, she renewed her pledge of lifelong service to the organization that she made as a young princess in 1947, calling it a "family of nations."

    Its role, as "a place to come together to pursue common goals and the common good, giving everyone the opportunity to serve and benefit," was more important than ever in the world, he said.

    "In these difficult times, I hope that you can draw strength and inspiration from what we share, as we work together toward a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future for all," he added.

    – Charles takes office: Elizabeth's eldest son, Prince Charles, 73, will take over as head of the Commonwealth when he becomes king, after a lifetime as heir apparent.

    He represented her on Monday with his second wife, Camilla, and their eldest son from his first marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince William and his wife, Catherine.

    He and Camilla will also be in Rwanda in June for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, which has been postponed twice due to the pandemic.

    Charles is also expected to take part in the Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham, central England, in July and August.

    Later this week, William and Catherine head to Belize, The Bahamas and Jamaica, officially as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

    But given that Barbados last year abandoned the queen as head of state, it will also be seen as an attempt to dampen broader Republican sentiment in the Caribbean.

    The queen is head of state in the United Kingdom and also in 14 other Commonwealth countries or realms.

    The Commonwealth Day service is one of the biggest events on the royal calendar, and the queen's absence marks the first time she has missed since 2013.

    That year he was recovering from a bout of gastroenteritis. Before that, he missed a service in 1993 because he had the flu.

    Royal officials gave no reason for his withdrawal this time, but he recently had what was described as a "mild" bout of covid.

    She was forced to slow down in October last year after an unscheduled overnight stay in hospital, which has seen her withdraw from a series of public engagements.

    Buckingham Palace said it "will continue with other planned engagements, including in-person audiences, in the coming week."

    Source Credit: TheGuardian

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    Coronavirus: Emergency Grant Aid promoting COVID-19 vaccination in Latin American and the Caribbean and African countries
     On February 25 the Government of Japan decided to extend the US 30 million Emergency Grant Assistance to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and Africa that are impacted by the novel coronavirus disease COVID 19 This assistance will provide 17 countries in the Latin American and Caribbean and African regions with cold chain equipment including medical equipment such as cold storage facilities and capacity building assistance to promote vaccination in each country among others like Last Mile Support through the United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF To overcome COVID 19 it is important to ensure and promote equitable access to vaccines around the world Japan will continue to make its contributions to supplying vaccines and strengthening delivery and vaccination capacities including through Last Mile Support and assistance through the COVAX Facility Recipient countries Latin America and the Caribbean 7 countries Ecuador El Salvador Colombia Dominican Republic Belize Bolivia Honduras Africa 10 countries Botswana Gabon Gambia Guinea Bissau Lesotho Namibia Niger South Africa Tanzania Togo nbsp
    Coronavirus: Emergency Grant Aid promoting COVID-19 vaccination in Latin American and the Caribbean and African countries
    Africa7 months ago

    Coronavirus: Emergency Grant Aid promoting COVID-19 vaccination in Latin American and the Caribbean and African countries

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