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  •   Brazil maintains first place Argentina second Qatar 2022 World Cup semi finalist Morocco is the highest ranked team in Africa in the December lists published yesterday by FIFA Morocco is 11th in the world rankings thanks to its excellent performance in the 2022 World Cup where it reached the semifinals of the tournament while Nigeria fell three places to 35th three places below its previous 32nd world ranking takes into account the results of matches of the last five years and weight matches according to importance For example a World Cup match is worth four times more than a friendly The December list is Morocco s second highest ranking in history having been ranked 10th in the FIFA world rankings in April 1998 The Atlas Lions provided the most unlikely World Cup story this year missing out on a third place finish in the World Cup Cup after losing 2 1 to Croatia in the bronze medal contest Behind Morocco among the African teams is Senegal ranked 19th Tunisia at 30th is the third best team in Africa while Cameroon at 33rd is fifth Nigeria is number five in Africa Meanwhile despite missing out on reaching the quarterfinals in Qatar Brazil remained at the top of the world rankings ahead of world champions Argentina France and Belgium respectively Spain which was seventh on the previous list dropped three places to tenth while Croatia jumped to seventh In total seven teams have risen more than 10 places in the Ranking since December 2021 After their respective passes to the World Cup quarterfinals Croatia 7th plus 5 and Morocco 11th plus 11 both have made spectacular leaps in the ranking In fact the Atlas Lions are the highest climbers of the year having accumulated no less than 142 points in the last 12 months Likewise Australia 27 plus 11 and Cameroon 33 plus 10 have World Cup performances to thank for their promotions of 11 and 10 places respectively while Saudi Arabia 49 plus 2 who beat Argentina in the of groups in Qatar moves into the top 50 as does Burkina Faso 50 plus 4 The next FIFA Coca Cola World Ranking will be published on April 6 2023
    Morocco top FIFA ranked team from Africa as Eagles drop three places
      Brazil maintains first place Argentina second Qatar 2022 World Cup semi finalist Morocco is the highest ranked team in Africa in the December lists published yesterday by FIFA Morocco is 11th in the world rankings thanks to its excellent performance in the 2022 World Cup where it reached the semifinals of the tournament while Nigeria fell three places to 35th three places below its previous 32nd world ranking takes into account the results of matches of the last five years and weight matches according to importance For example a World Cup match is worth four times more than a friendly The December list is Morocco s second highest ranking in history having been ranked 10th in the FIFA world rankings in April 1998 The Atlas Lions provided the most unlikely World Cup story this year missing out on a third place finish in the World Cup Cup after losing 2 1 to Croatia in the bronze medal contest Behind Morocco among the African teams is Senegal ranked 19th Tunisia at 30th is the third best team in Africa while Cameroon at 33rd is fifth Nigeria is number five in Africa Meanwhile despite missing out on reaching the quarterfinals in Qatar Brazil remained at the top of the world rankings ahead of world champions Argentina France and Belgium respectively Spain which was seventh on the previous list dropped three places to tenth while Croatia jumped to seventh In total seven teams have risen more than 10 places in the Ranking since December 2021 After their respective passes to the World Cup quarterfinals Croatia 7th plus 5 and Morocco 11th plus 11 both have made spectacular leaps in the ranking In fact the Atlas Lions are the highest climbers of the year having accumulated no less than 142 points in the last 12 months Likewise Australia 27 plus 11 and Cameroon 33 plus 10 have World Cup performances to thank for their promotions of 11 and 10 places respectively while Saudi Arabia 49 plus 2 who beat Argentina in the of groups in Qatar moves into the top 50 as does Burkina Faso 50 plus 4 The next FIFA Coca Cola World Ranking will be published on April 6 2023
    Morocco top FIFA ranked team from Africa as Eagles drop three places
    Football1 month ago

    Morocco top FIFA ranked team from Africa as Eagles drop three places

    • Brazil maintains first place, Argentina second Qatar 2022 World Cup semi-finalist, Morocco, is the highest ranked team in Africa in the December lists published yesterday by FIFA.

    Morocco is 11th in the world rankings, thanks to its excellent performance in the 2022 World Cup, where it reached the semifinals of the tournament, while Nigeria fell three places to 35th, three places below its previous 32nd.

    world ranking takes into account the results of matches.

    of the last five years and weight matches according to importance.

    For example, a World Cup match is worth four times more than a friendly.

    The December list is Morocco's second-highest ranking in history, having been ranked 10th in the FIFA world rankings in April 1998.

    The Atlas Lions provided the most unlikely World Cup story this year.

    , missing out on a third-place finish in the World Cup. Cup after losing 2-1 to Croatia in the bronze medal contest.

    Behind Morocco among the African teams is Senegal, ranked 19th, Tunisia at 30th is the third best team in Africa, while Cameroon at 33rd is fifth.

    Nigeria is number five in Africa.

    Meanwhile, despite missing out on reaching the quarterfinals in Qatar, Brazil remained at the top of the world rankings, ahead of world champions Argentina, France and Belgium respectively.

    Spain, which was seventh on the previous list, dropped three places to tenth, while Croatia jumped to seventh.

    In total, seven teams have risen more than 10 places in the Ranking since December 2021.

    After their respective passes to the World Cup quarterfinals, Croatia (7th, plus 5) and Morocco (11th, plus 11) both have made spectacular leaps in the ranking.

    In fact, the Atlas Lions are the highest climbers of the year, having accumulated no less than 142 points in the last 12 months.

    Likewise, Australia (27, plus 11) and Cameroon (33, plus 10) have World Cup performances to thank for their promotions of 11 and 10 places respectively, while Saudi Arabia (49, plus 2), who beat Argentina in the of groups in Qatar moves into the top 50, as does Burkina Faso (50, plus 4).

    The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on April 6, 2023.

  •   President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria s electoral process has been steadily improving since 2015 According to a statement by Garba Shehu presidential spokesman Buhari spoke in Washington DC USA in an interactive session titled A Conversation with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria Buhari said his administration remains determined to ensure free fair and transparent elections whose result is widely accepted by the contestants Since 2015 the conduct of our elections continues to improve steadily Since the 2019 general election by elections and off season elections in Edo Ekiti Anambra and Osun states have been held in vastly improved contexts to the satisfaction of contestants and voters Buhari said That is what we hope for in 2023 Through the observation roles of the international community the credibility of the elections can be further enhanced so that the acceptability of the result to the contestants and political parties is not an issue On democracy in West Africa Buhari said Nigeria will aggressively work with stakeholders to improve the quality of governance in the West African sub region where the survival of democracy is currently challenged He said this could be achieved through targeted investments that can enhance democracy dividends create strong livelihoods for people as well as promote accountability and transparency on the part of the political class I call on all of you here to continue to partner with us and our electoral management body in the necessary collaborative efforts that are critical to deepening and stabilizing democracy in Nigeria and the rest of Africa he said The recent turnarounds seen in Mali Burkina Faso and Guinea are truly unfortunate and ECOWAS continues to effectively engage with these countries This is to restore democracy to all ECOWAS member states and indeed to the entire African continent Buhari thanked Johnnie Carson the former US assistant secretary of state for African affairs and his team for inviting him back after his last visit in 2015 Buhari recounted his departure in 2015 in which he spoke at length about his administration s vision and focus in the three critical areas of security the economy and anti corruption Therefore today I am exceptionally pleased that this stage that served as my opening act has come forward once again as the curtains almost fell for the opportunity to share experiences and discuss the past seven and a half years When I met you in 2015 I was not unaware of the enormous national and international goodwill that you attracted Although I am a converted Democrat and not a run of the mill politician and therefore less inclined to engage in doublespeak my advisers may not be happy with me in this regard However I am measured when I speak but I am always sure that I will tell the truth and this has huge consequences in a political space where this is the exception and not the norm Credit https www thecable ng nigerias electoral process steadily improving since 2015 says buhari
    Nigeria’s electoral process has been steadily improving since 2015, says Buhari
      President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria s electoral process has been steadily improving since 2015 According to a statement by Garba Shehu presidential spokesman Buhari spoke in Washington DC USA in an interactive session titled A Conversation with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria Buhari said his administration remains determined to ensure free fair and transparent elections whose result is widely accepted by the contestants Since 2015 the conduct of our elections continues to improve steadily Since the 2019 general election by elections and off season elections in Edo Ekiti Anambra and Osun states have been held in vastly improved contexts to the satisfaction of contestants and voters Buhari said That is what we hope for in 2023 Through the observation roles of the international community the credibility of the elections can be further enhanced so that the acceptability of the result to the contestants and political parties is not an issue On democracy in West Africa Buhari said Nigeria will aggressively work with stakeholders to improve the quality of governance in the West African sub region where the survival of democracy is currently challenged He said this could be achieved through targeted investments that can enhance democracy dividends create strong livelihoods for people as well as promote accountability and transparency on the part of the political class I call on all of you here to continue to partner with us and our electoral management body in the necessary collaborative efforts that are critical to deepening and stabilizing democracy in Nigeria and the rest of Africa he said The recent turnarounds seen in Mali Burkina Faso and Guinea are truly unfortunate and ECOWAS continues to effectively engage with these countries This is to restore democracy to all ECOWAS member states and indeed to the entire African continent Buhari thanked Johnnie Carson the former US assistant secretary of state for African affairs and his team for inviting him back after his last visit in 2015 Buhari recounted his departure in 2015 in which he spoke at length about his administration s vision and focus in the three critical areas of security the economy and anti corruption Therefore today I am exceptionally pleased that this stage that served as my opening act has come forward once again as the curtains almost fell for the opportunity to share experiences and discuss the past seven and a half years When I met you in 2015 I was not unaware of the enormous national and international goodwill that you attracted Although I am a converted Democrat and not a run of the mill politician and therefore less inclined to engage in doublespeak my advisers may not be happy with me in this regard However I am measured when I speak but I am always sure that I will tell the truth and this has huge consequences in a political space where this is the exception and not the norm Credit https www thecable ng nigerias electoral process steadily improving since 2015 says buhari
    Nigeria’s electoral process has been steadily improving since 2015, says Buhari
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    Nigeria’s electoral process has been steadily improving since 2015, says Buhari

    President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria's electoral process has been steadily improving since 2015.

    According to a statement by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, Buhari spoke in Washington DC, USA, in an interactive session titled 'A Conversation with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria'. Buhari said his administration remains determined to ensure free, fair and transparent elections whose result is widely accepted by the contestants. “Since 2015, the conduct of our elections continues to improve steadily. Since the 2019 general election, by-elections and off-season elections in Edo, Ekiti, Anambra and Osun states have been held in vastly improved contexts to the satisfaction of contestants and voters,” Buhari said. “That is what we hope for in 2023. Through the observation roles of the international community, the credibility of the elections can be further enhanced so that the acceptability of the result to the contestants and political parties is not an issue.” On democracy in West Africa, Buhari said Nigeria will "aggressively work" with stakeholders to "improve the quality of governance in the West African sub-region where the survival of democracy is currently challenged." He said this could be achieved through targeted investments that can enhance democracy dividends, create strong livelihoods for people, as well as promote accountability and transparency on the part of the political class. “I call on all of you here to continue to partner with us and our electoral management body in the necessary collaborative efforts that are critical to deepening and stabilizing democracy in Nigeria and the rest of Africa,” he said. “The recent turnarounds seen in Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea are truly unfortunate and ECOWAS continues to effectively engage with these countries. “This is to restore democracy to all ECOWAS member states and indeed to the entire African continent.” Buhari thanked Johnnie Carson, the former US assistant secretary of state for African affairs, and his team for inviting him back after his last visit in 2015. Buhari recounted his departure in 2015, in which he spoke at length about his administration's vision and focus in the three critical areas of security, the economy and anti-corruption. "Therefore, today I am exceptionally pleased that this stage that served as my opening act has come forward once again as the curtains almost fell, for the opportunity to share experiences and discuss the past seven and a half years." . . “When I met you in 2015, I was not unaware of the enormous national and international goodwill that you attracted. “Although I am a converted Democrat, and not a run-of-the-mill politician and therefore less inclined to engage in doublespeak, my advisers may not be happy with me in this regard. "However, I am measured when I speak, but I am always sure that I will tell the truth and this has huge consequences in a political space where this is the exception and not the norm."
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  •   Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday reiterated the country s commitment to promoting peace security and political stability in West African countries Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS are making efforts to restore order in Mali Guinea and Burkina Faso the president said at the opening of the second ordinary session of the parliament of ECOWAS Nigeria is convinced that the rule of law must remain the norm in the sub region he added Buhari said his administration will also ensure credible polls are conducted in the general elections to be held in February and March 2023 in Nigeria Africa s most populous country Regionally Sierra Leone and Liberia are also preparing for elections he said and his country stands ready to provide support Xinhua
    Nigerian President reiterates support for stability in West Africa-
      Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday reiterated the country s commitment to promoting peace security and political stability in West African countries Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS are making efforts to restore order in Mali Guinea and Burkina Faso the president said at the opening of the second ordinary session of the parliament of ECOWAS Nigeria is convinced that the rule of law must remain the norm in the sub region he added Buhari said his administration will also ensure credible polls are conducted in the general elections to be held in February and March 2023 in Nigeria Africa s most populous country Regionally Sierra Leone and Liberia are also preparing for elections he said and his country stands ready to provide support Xinhua
    Nigerian President reiterates support for stability in West Africa-
    Foreign2 months ago

    Nigerian President reiterates support for stability in West Africa-

    - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday reiterated the country's commitment to promoting peace, security and political stability in West African countries.

    Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are making efforts to restore order in Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso, the president said at the opening of the second ordinary session of the parliament of ECOWAS.

    Nigeria is convinced that the rule of law must remain the norm in the sub-region, he added.

    Buhari said his administration will also ensure "credible polls are conducted" in the general elections to be held in February and March 2023 in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country.

    Regionally, Sierra Leone and Liberia are also preparing for elections, he said, and his country stands ready to provide support. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   A roadside bomb killed four troops in the north of Burkina Faso an area wracked by a jihadist insurgency for years the army said on Saturday The troops were killed when an improvised explosive device went off as an army escort drove along the Bourzanga Kongoussi road the army said in a statement adding that one person was also wounded The troops were returning after having escorted an aid convoy into the town of Djbo a security source told AFP One of the world s poorest countries Burkina has been struggling with a jihadist offensive since 2015 Thousands of civilians and members of the security forces have died and around two million people have been displaced Disgruntled army officers have carried out two coups this year in a show of anger at failures to roll back the insurgency The first in January saw a military junta led by Lieutenant Colonel Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba overthrow elected president Roch Marc Christian Kabore The second in September saw Captain Ibrahim Traore come to power as he and his supporters ousted Damiba Traore has been appointed transitional president with the declared aim of taking back swathes of territory held by the jihadists
    Roadside bomb kills four Burkina troops in north
      A roadside bomb killed four troops in the north of Burkina Faso an area wracked by a jihadist insurgency for years the army said on Saturday The troops were killed when an improvised explosive device went off as an army escort drove along the Bourzanga Kongoussi road the army said in a statement adding that one person was also wounded The troops were returning after having escorted an aid convoy into the town of Djbo a security source told AFP One of the world s poorest countries Burkina has been struggling with a jihadist offensive since 2015 Thousands of civilians and members of the security forces have died and around two million people have been displaced Disgruntled army officers have carried out two coups this year in a show of anger at failures to roll back the insurgency The first in January saw a military junta led by Lieutenant Colonel Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba overthrow elected president Roch Marc Christian Kabore The second in September saw Captain Ibrahim Traore come to power as he and his supporters ousted Damiba Traore has been appointed transitional president with the declared aim of taking back swathes of territory held by the jihadists
    Roadside bomb kills four Burkina troops in north
    Foreign2 months ago

    Roadside bomb kills four Burkina troops in north

    A roadside bomb killed four troops in the north of Burkina Faso, an area wracked by a jihadist insurgency for years, the army said on Saturday.

    The troops were killed when an improvised explosive device went off as an army escort drove along the Bourzanga-Kongoussi road, the army said in a statement, adding that one person was also wounded.

    The troops were returning after having escorted an aid convoy into the town of Djbo, a security source told AFP.

    One of the world’s poorest countries, Burkina has been struggling with a jihadist offensive since 2015.

    Thousands of civilians and members of the security forces have died and around two million people have been displaced.

    Disgruntled army officers have carried out two coups this year in a show of anger at failures to roll back the insurgency.

    The first, in January, saw a military junta led by Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba overthrow elected president Roch Marc Christian Kabore.

    The second, in September, saw Captain Ibrahim Traore come to power as he and his supporters ousted Damiba.

    Traore has been appointed transitional president with the declared aim of taking back swathes of territory held by the jihadists.

  •   Benin forces have clashed with gunmen near the country s northern border with Burkina Faso leaving four attackers dead the army said It did not identify a specific group but Gulf of Guinea states Benin Togo Ghana and Ivory Coast are facing a growing threat from Sahel jihadists over their northern borders The army said a dozen gunmen attacked a military post early Friday in Kaobagou near the border but troops resisted and pushed them back in a counter offensive After fleeing the enemy left behind four bodies and a large amount of weapons and ammunition the army s statement said The border area is also troubled by armed smuggling gangs Benin forces say they have faced more than 20 incursions since 2021 while neighbouring Togo has suffered at least five attacks in that time The Sahel conflict began in Mali in 2012 and spread to Burkina Faso and Niger Gulf of Guinea states met in Ghana s capital Accra earlier this week to discuss boosting cooperation with European partners to contain the spillover from conflicts in Burkina Faso and Niger Across the three Sahel nations thousands of people have been killed more than two million displaced and devastating damage has been inflicted on three of the poorest economies in the world
    Benin troops kill four gunmen near border
      Benin forces have clashed with gunmen near the country s northern border with Burkina Faso leaving four attackers dead the army said It did not identify a specific group but Gulf of Guinea states Benin Togo Ghana and Ivory Coast are facing a growing threat from Sahel jihadists over their northern borders The army said a dozen gunmen attacked a military post early Friday in Kaobagou near the border but troops resisted and pushed them back in a counter offensive After fleeing the enemy left behind four bodies and a large amount of weapons and ammunition the army s statement said The border area is also troubled by armed smuggling gangs Benin forces say they have faced more than 20 incursions since 2021 while neighbouring Togo has suffered at least five attacks in that time The Sahel conflict began in Mali in 2012 and spread to Burkina Faso and Niger Gulf of Guinea states met in Ghana s capital Accra earlier this week to discuss boosting cooperation with European partners to contain the spillover from conflicts in Burkina Faso and Niger Across the three Sahel nations thousands of people have been killed more than two million displaced and devastating damage has been inflicted on three of the poorest economies in the world
    Benin troops kill four gunmen near border
    Foreign2 months ago

    Benin troops kill four gunmen near border

    Benin forces have clashed with gunmen near the country’s northern border with Burkina Faso leaving four attackers dead, the army said.

    It did not identify a specific group, but Gulf of Guinea states Benin, Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast are facing a growing threat from Sahel jihadists over their northern borders.

    The army said a dozen gunmen attacked a military post early Friday in Kaobagou near the border, but troops resisted and pushed them back in a counter-offensive.

    “After fleeing, the enemy left behind four bodies, and a large amount of weapons and ammunition,” the army’s statement said.

    The border area is also troubled by armed smuggling gangs.

    Benin forces say they have faced more than 20 incursions since 2021 while neighbouring Togo has suffered at least five attacks in that time.

    The Sahel conflict began in Mali in 2012 and spread to Burkina Faso and Niger.

    Gulf of Guinea states met in Ghana’s capital Accra earlier this week to discuss boosting cooperation with European partners to contain the spillover from conflicts in Burkina Faso and Niger.

    Across the three Sahel nations, thousands of people have been killed, more than two million displaced and devastating damage has been inflicted on three of the poorest economies in the world.

  •   At least 14 people died in two separate attacks by jihadist groups in Burkina Faso s north including eight civilian army auxiliaries security and local sources said Tuesday One of the world s poorest countries Burkina has been struggling with a jihadist offensive since 2015 Thousands of civilians and members of the security forces have died and around two million people have been displaced Disgruntled army officers have carried out two coups this year in a show of anger at failures to roll back the insurgency Armed individuals attacked the village of Safi early Monday a security source told AFP with the auxiliary VDP militia losing eight people The attack was confirmed by a local source Six civilians were separately killed near Markoye the security source added The terrorists kidnapped three young people on the Salmossi Markoye road who were then found dead in the bush on Monday a relative of one of the victims told AFP They robbed several people and carried away vehicles The deterioration in the country s security situation has been used to justify the two coups this year The first in January saw a military junta led by Lieutenant Colonel Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba overthrow elected president Roch Marc Christian Kabore The second in September saw Captain Ibrahim Traore come to power as he and his supporters ousted Damiba Traore has been appointed transitional president with the declared aim of taking pack huge swathes of territory held by hordes of terrorists
    At least 14 killed in two attacks in Burkina Faso
      At least 14 people died in two separate attacks by jihadist groups in Burkina Faso s north including eight civilian army auxiliaries security and local sources said Tuesday One of the world s poorest countries Burkina has been struggling with a jihadist offensive since 2015 Thousands of civilians and members of the security forces have died and around two million people have been displaced Disgruntled army officers have carried out two coups this year in a show of anger at failures to roll back the insurgency Armed individuals attacked the village of Safi early Monday a security source told AFP with the auxiliary VDP militia losing eight people The attack was confirmed by a local source Six civilians were separately killed near Markoye the security source added The terrorists kidnapped three young people on the Salmossi Markoye road who were then found dead in the bush on Monday a relative of one of the victims told AFP They robbed several people and carried away vehicles The deterioration in the country s security situation has been used to justify the two coups this year The first in January saw a military junta led by Lieutenant Colonel Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba overthrow elected president Roch Marc Christian Kabore The second in September saw Captain Ibrahim Traore come to power as he and his supporters ousted Damiba Traore has been appointed transitional president with the declared aim of taking pack huge swathes of territory held by hordes of terrorists
    At least 14 killed in two attacks in Burkina Faso
    Foreign2 months ago

    At least 14 killed in two attacks in Burkina Faso

    At least 14 people died in two separate attacks by jihadist groups in Burkina Faso’s north, including eight civilian army auxiliaries, security and local sources said Tuesday.

    One of the world’s poorest countries, Burkina has been struggling with a jihadist offensive since 2015.

    Thousands of civilians and members of the security forces have died and around two million people have been displaced.

    Disgruntled army officers have carried out two coups this year in a show of anger at failures to roll back the insurgency.

    “Armed individuals attacked the village of Safi early Monday,” a security source told AFP, with the auxiliary VDP militia losing eight people.

    The attack was confirmed by a local source.

    Six civilians were separately killed near Markoye, the security source added.

    “The terrorists kidnapped three young people on the Salmossi-Markoye road, who were then found dead in the bush on (Monday)”, a relative of one of the victims told AFP.

    “They robbed several people… and carried away vehicles.

    ” The deterioration in the country’s security situation has been used to justify the two coups this year.

    The first, in January, saw a military junta led by Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba overthrow elected president Roch Marc Christian Kabore.

    The second, in September, saw Captain Ibrahim Traore come to power as he and his supporters ousted Damiba.

    Traore has been appointed transitional president with the declared aim of taking pack huge swathes of territory held by “hordes of terrorists”.

  •  45 leaders confirm attendance Forty five African heads of state and government have confirmed attendance at the U S Africa Leaders Summit held in Washington D C next month United States President Joseph Biden had extended an invitation to 49 African leaders Dana Banks the Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Advisor for the U S Africa Leaders Summit confirmed this yesterday via a teleconference on the upcoming Summit s agenda to strengthen U S Africa relations and highlight U S commitment to the African continent Banks noted that Biden invited 49 African leaders excluding those from Burkina Faso Guinea Sudan and Mali four countries currently suspended by the African Union AU All four countries are currently run by strong men who took power with guns The White House official said Biden used three criteria to invite African governments to the Summit President Biden invited all sub Saharan and North African governments that have not been suspended by AU states the U S government recognises and states with which we exchange Ambassadors Banks added that Biden looks forward to hosting leaders from across the African continent The Summit only the second such event of its kind will be the biggest U S Africa engagement in Washington D C since former President Barack Obama hosted African leaders in 2014 The gathering aims to advance shared priorities and foster stronger ties between the United States and Africa It will also provide an opportunity to advance the Biden administration s focus on trade and investment in Africa highlight America s commitment to Africa s security its democratic development and its people as well as emphasise the depth and breadth of the United States commitment to the African continent Africa will shape the future not just the future of the African people but of the world Africa will make the difference in tackling the most urgent challenges and seizing the opportunities we all face she said The Summit will be focused on nine pillars economic engagement peace security and governance democracy human rights and governance global health food security climate change diaspora engagement education and youth leadership and amplifying African voices The Senior Advisor noted that the Summit aims to amplify African voices to tackle global challenges collaboratively The goal of the Summit is rooted in recognition of the continent as a global player and how it will shape not just the future of the continent but also the world The breadth and depth of American partnership with African partners are based upon dialogue respect and shared values Also speaking yesterday Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the U S Department of State s Bureau of African Affairs Robert Scott said The U S knows that on most of the urgent challenges and opportunities we face Africa will make the difference We can t achieve our goals around the world without the leadership of African governments institutions and citizens Issues that affect the globe are in large going to be solved by Africans Furthermore there is an added element to the Summit There will be a U S Africa Civil and Commercial Space Forum
    Coups: U.S. excludes Sudan, Mali, others from Africa Leaders’ Summit
     45 leaders confirm attendance Forty five African heads of state and government have confirmed attendance at the U S Africa Leaders Summit held in Washington D C next month United States President Joseph Biden had extended an invitation to 49 African leaders Dana Banks the Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Advisor for the U S Africa Leaders Summit confirmed this yesterday via a teleconference on the upcoming Summit s agenda to strengthen U S Africa relations and highlight U S commitment to the African continent Banks noted that Biden invited 49 African leaders excluding those from Burkina Faso Guinea Sudan and Mali four countries currently suspended by the African Union AU All four countries are currently run by strong men who took power with guns The White House official said Biden used three criteria to invite African governments to the Summit President Biden invited all sub Saharan and North African governments that have not been suspended by AU states the U S government recognises and states with which we exchange Ambassadors Banks added that Biden looks forward to hosting leaders from across the African continent The Summit only the second such event of its kind will be the biggest U S Africa engagement in Washington D C since former President Barack Obama hosted African leaders in 2014 The gathering aims to advance shared priorities and foster stronger ties between the United States and Africa It will also provide an opportunity to advance the Biden administration s focus on trade and investment in Africa highlight America s commitment to Africa s security its democratic development and its people as well as emphasise the depth and breadth of the United States commitment to the African continent Africa will shape the future not just the future of the African people but of the world Africa will make the difference in tackling the most urgent challenges and seizing the opportunities we all face she said The Summit will be focused on nine pillars economic engagement peace security and governance democracy human rights and governance global health food security climate change diaspora engagement education and youth leadership and amplifying African voices The Senior Advisor noted that the Summit aims to amplify African voices to tackle global challenges collaboratively The goal of the Summit is rooted in recognition of the continent as a global player and how it will shape not just the future of the continent but also the world The breadth and depth of American partnership with African partners are based upon dialogue respect and shared values Also speaking yesterday Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the U S Department of State s Bureau of African Affairs Robert Scott said The U S knows that on most of the urgent challenges and opportunities we face Africa will make the difference We can t achieve our goals around the world without the leadership of African governments institutions and citizens Issues that affect the globe are in large going to be solved by Africans Furthermore there is an added element to the Summit There will be a U S Africa Civil and Commercial Space Forum
    Coups: U.S. excludes Sudan, Mali, others from Africa Leaders’ Summit
    Foreign2 months ago

    Coups: U.S. excludes Sudan, Mali, others from Africa Leaders’ Summit

    45 leaders confirm attendance Forty-five African heads of state and government have confirmed attendance at the U.

    S. Africa Leaders’ Summit, held in Washington D.

    C. next month.

    United States President, Joseph Biden, had extended an invitation to 49 African leaders.

    Dana Banks, the Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Advisor for the U.

    S.-Africa Leaders Summit, confirmed this, yesterday, via a teleconference on the upcoming Summit’s agenda to strengthen U.

    S.-Africa relations and highlight U.

    S. commitment to the African continent.

    Banks noted that Biden invited 49 African leaders, excluding those from Burkina Faso, Guinea, Sudan, and Mali – four countries currently suspended by the African Union (AU).

    All four countries are currently run by strong men who took power with guns.

    The White House official said Biden used three criteria to invite African governments to the Summit.

    “President Biden invited all sub-Saharan and North African governments that have not been suspended by AU, states the U.

    S. government recognises, and states with which we exchange Ambassadors.

    ” Banks added that Biden looks forward to hosting leaders from across the African continent.

    The Summit, only the second such event of its kind, will be the biggest U.

    S.-Africa engagement in Washington D.

    C., since former President Barack Obama hosted African leaders in 2014.

    The gathering aims to advance shared priorities and foster stronger ties between the United States and Africa.

    It will also provide an opportunity to advance the Biden administration’s focus on trade and investment in Africa, highlight America’s commitment to Africa’s security, its democratic development, and its people, as well as emphasise the depth and breadth of the United States’ commitment to the African continent.

    “Africa will shape the future — not just the future of the African people, but of the world.

    Africa will make the difference in tackling the most urgent challenges and seizing the opportunities we all face,” she said.

    The Summit will be focused on nine pillars: economic engagement, peace, security and governance, democracy, human rights and governance, global health, food security, climate change, diaspora engagement, education and youth leadership and amplifying African voices.

    The Senior Advisor noted that the Summit aims to amplify African voices to tackle global challenges collaboratively.

    “The goal of the Summit is rooted in recognition of the continent as a global player and how it will shape, not just the future of the continent, but also the world.

    The breadth and depth of American partnership with African partners are based upon dialogue, respect, and shared values.

    ” Also speaking, yesterday, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the U.

    S. Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs, Robert Scott, said: “The U.

    S. knows that, on most of the urgent challenges and opportunities we face, Africa will make the difference.

    We can’t achieve our goals around the world without the leadership of African governments, institutions and citizens.

    “Issues that affect the globe are, in large, going to be solved by Africans.

    Furthermore, there is an added element to the Summit: There will be a U.

    S.-Africa Civil and Commercial Space Forum.

  •   The African Continental Free Trade Area Implementation Support Project a joint project established and funded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa ECA the Enhanced Integrated Framework EIF Islamic Development Bank IsDB the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation ITFC http www ITFC idb org and the Trade Development Fund TDFD today announced a number of project milestone developments and the execution of key activities to support the operationalization of the African Continental Free Trade Area AfCFTA in Burkina Faso Guinea Niger Senegal and Togo In January and February 2022 consultations were held between ECA EIF ITFC TDFD and the beneficiary countries to prepare the Joint Project s Terms of Reference and the implementation schedule of key activities In the first phase of the project which runs until June 2023 the approved activities call for the implementation of thirty in country workshops and the development of insights studies which are organized into three major categories to support the operationalization of the AfCFTA Capacity building and sensitization on the AfCFTA Development of information tools on the AfCFTA Development of policy instruments to support AfCFTA implementation For the people of Africa it is important to achieve the AfCFTA s promise of greater and deeper economic integration to attract investment expand trade generate better jobs eliminate poverty and increase shared prosperity The successful implementation of the free trade agreement is essential for the fulfillment of this commitment and the Joint Project beneficiary countries of Burkina Faso Guinea Niger Senegal and Togo must have the capacity information tools and policy instruments to effectively implement the AfCFTA This is the rationale behind the development of the Joint project between EIF IsDB ITFC TDFD and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa to support the operationalization of the AfCFTA The project support activities were proposed by the beneficiary countries in accordance with the action plans included in their national AfCFTA strategies Since March 2022 the activities executed in the beneficiary countries include the following Burkina Faso Two national consultation workshops one workshop for private sector actors on the implementation of the AfCFTA and one for public administration actors on the implementation of the AfCFTA national strategy and a training workshop for industrialists and foreign trade actors on the Rules of Origin Guinea A training workshop on rules of origin and a workshop to raise awareness on the trade facilitation structures on the AfCFTA Niger Five workshops covering the training of members of the National Trade Facilitation Committee Rules of Origin Schedules of Tariff Concessions and Tariff Concession Lists for customs officers and the awareness on the challenges of the AfCFTA implementation in Niger Senegal An awareness campaign and a training workshop for support and supervisory structures on the AfCFTA Togo A national workshop for the revision of the lists of specific commitments in the five priority sectors of AfCFTA services During the next stage of phase one of the project the following themes and issues will be covered in project workshops events and studies to the building capacity and develop information tools and policy instruments The development of the maritime transport sector promotion strategy Market studies for the Exportable Supply to African Markets onions livestock potatoes sesame and petroleum product derivatives The Compliance of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures SPS and Technical Barriers to Trade TBT Development of a project bank for the mobilization of internal and external resources Development of the exporter s manual amp an e commerce platforms Formulation of service trade promotion strategies Over 15 approved workshops and other project events are planned in the five beneficiary countries
    Joint African Continental Free Trade Area Implementation Support Project Announces Progress Update
      The African Continental Free Trade Area Implementation Support Project a joint project established and funded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa ECA the Enhanced Integrated Framework EIF Islamic Development Bank IsDB the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation ITFC http www ITFC idb org and the Trade Development Fund TDFD today announced a number of project milestone developments and the execution of key activities to support the operationalization of the African Continental Free Trade Area AfCFTA in Burkina Faso Guinea Niger Senegal and Togo In January and February 2022 consultations were held between ECA EIF ITFC TDFD and the beneficiary countries to prepare the Joint Project s Terms of Reference and the implementation schedule of key activities In the first phase of the project which runs until June 2023 the approved activities call for the implementation of thirty in country workshops and the development of insights studies which are organized into three major categories to support the operationalization of the AfCFTA Capacity building and sensitization on the AfCFTA Development of information tools on the AfCFTA Development of policy instruments to support AfCFTA implementation For the people of Africa it is important to achieve the AfCFTA s promise of greater and deeper economic integration to attract investment expand trade generate better jobs eliminate poverty and increase shared prosperity The successful implementation of the free trade agreement is essential for the fulfillment of this commitment and the Joint Project beneficiary countries of Burkina Faso Guinea Niger Senegal and Togo must have the capacity information tools and policy instruments to effectively implement the AfCFTA This is the rationale behind the development of the Joint project between EIF IsDB ITFC TDFD and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa to support the operationalization of the AfCFTA The project support activities were proposed by the beneficiary countries in accordance with the action plans included in their national AfCFTA strategies Since March 2022 the activities executed in the beneficiary countries include the following Burkina Faso Two national consultation workshops one workshop for private sector actors on the implementation of the AfCFTA and one for public administration actors on the implementation of the AfCFTA national strategy and a training workshop for industrialists and foreign trade actors on the Rules of Origin Guinea A training workshop on rules of origin and a workshop to raise awareness on the trade facilitation structures on the AfCFTA Niger Five workshops covering the training of members of the National Trade Facilitation Committee Rules of Origin Schedules of Tariff Concessions and Tariff Concession Lists for customs officers and the awareness on the challenges of the AfCFTA implementation in Niger Senegal An awareness campaign and a training workshop for support and supervisory structures on the AfCFTA Togo A national workshop for the revision of the lists of specific commitments in the five priority sectors of AfCFTA services During the next stage of phase one of the project the following themes and issues will be covered in project workshops events and studies to the building capacity and develop information tools and policy instruments The development of the maritime transport sector promotion strategy Market studies for the Exportable Supply to African Markets onions livestock potatoes sesame and petroleum product derivatives The Compliance of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures SPS and Technical Barriers to Trade TBT Development of a project bank for the mobilization of internal and external resources Development of the exporter s manual amp an e commerce platforms Formulation of service trade promotion strategies Over 15 approved workshops and other project events are planned in the five beneficiary countries
    Joint African Continental Free Trade Area Implementation Support Project Announces Progress Update
    Africa2 months ago

    Joint African Continental Free Trade Area Implementation Support Project Announces Progress Update

    The African Continental Free Trade Area Implementation Support Project, a joint project established and funded by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) (http://www.ITFC-idb.org) and the Trade Development Fund (TDFD), today announced a number of project milestone developments and the execution of key activities to support the operationalization of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in Burkina Faso, Guinea, Niger, Senegal, and Togo. In January and February, 2022 consultations were held between ECA, EIF, ITFC, TDFD, and the beneficiary countries to prepare the Joint Project’s Terms of Reference and the implementation schedule of key activities.

    In the first phase of the project, which runs until June 2023, the approved activities call for the implementation of thirty in-country workshops and the development of insights studies, which are organized into three major categories to support the operationalization of the AfCFTA: Capacity building and sensitization on the AfCFTA Development of information tools on the AfCFTA Development of policy instruments to support AfCFTA implementation For the people of Africa, it is important to achieve the AfCFTA's promise of greater and deeper economic integration to attract investment, expand trade, generate better jobs, eliminate poverty, and increase shared prosperity.

    The successful implementation of the free trade agreement is essential for the fulfillment of this commitment and the Joint Project beneficiary countries of Burkina Faso, Guinea, Niger, Senegal, and Togo must have the capacity, information tools, and policy instruments to effectively implement the AfCFTA. 

    This is the rationale behind the development of the Joint project between EIF, IsDB, ITFC, TDFD, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa to support the operationalization of the AfCFTA.

    The project support activities were proposed by the beneficiary countries in accordance with the action plans included in their national AfCFTA strategies.

    Since March 2022, the activities executed in the beneficiary countries include the following: Burkina Faso – Two national consultation workshops (one workshop for private sector actors on the implementation of the AfCFTA and one for public administration actors on the implementation of the AfCFTA national strategy) and a training workshop for industrialists and foreign trade actors on the Rules of Origin Guinea – A training workshop on rules of origin and a workshop to raise awareness on the trade facilitation structures on the AfCFTA Niger – Five workshops covering the training of members of the National Trade Facilitation Committee, Rules of Origin, Schedules of Tariff Concessions, and Tariff Concession Lists for customs officers and the awareness on the challenges of the AfCFTA implementation in Niger Senegal – An awareness campaign and a training workshop for support and supervisory structures on the AfCFTA Togo – A national workshop for the revision of the lists of specific commitments in the five priority sectors of AfCFTA services During the next stage of phase one of the project, the following themes and issues will be covered in project workshops, events, and studies to the building capacity and develop information tools and policy instruments: The development of the maritime transport sector promotion strategy Market studies for the ‘Exportable Supply to African Markets’ (onions, livestock, potatoes, sesame, and petroleum product derivatives); ‘The Compliance of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)’ Development of a project bank for the mobilization of internal and external resources Development of the exporter’s manual & an e-commerce platforms Formulation of service trade promotion strategies Over 15 approved workshops and other project events are planned in the five beneficiary countries.

  •   Seven member states of the Accra Initiative a West African security cooperation initiative are considering establishing a standby military force to deal with armed insurgencies within the region a Ghanaian minister said on Sunday Albert Kan Dapaah Ghana s Minister of National Security revealed this at a press conference to shed more light on the steps that have been taken so far to protect the territorial integrity of member states and the sub region at large We are seriously considering setting up a standby force but what form it would take is still under consideration Dapaah revealed The respective defense chiefs of staff of our member states have been discussing the details of the standby force and once we are ready we will inform the general public about the form it will take he said It revealed that the porous borders in the subregion and the ungoverned spaces in the different countries were some of the main attractions for armed insurgents and jihadist groups One of our key considerations is to ensure that there are not too many ungoverned territories in our member countries We will also make it more difficult for jihadists to radicalize youth in border communities Dapaah said Youth unemployment is a critical factor in radicalisation Our ability to manage youth unemployment in a more coordinated way so that it does not become a threat to national and regional security will be key to confronting armed insurgencies in member states said she said The Accra Initiative was established in September 2017 to enhance intelligence and security cooperation among member states which include Ghana Benin C te d Ivoire Burkina Faso Mali Togo and Niger Xinhua
    West African countries assess reserve force to suppress insurgencies in the region-
      Seven member states of the Accra Initiative a West African security cooperation initiative are considering establishing a standby military force to deal with armed insurgencies within the region a Ghanaian minister said on Sunday Albert Kan Dapaah Ghana s Minister of National Security revealed this at a press conference to shed more light on the steps that have been taken so far to protect the territorial integrity of member states and the sub region at large We are seriously considering setting up a standby force but what form it would take is still under consideration Dapaah revealed The respective defense chiefs of staff of our member states have been discussing the details of the standby force and once we are ready we will inform the general public about the form it will take he said It revealed that the porous borders in the subregion and the ungoverned spaces in the different countries were some of the main attractions for armed insurgents and jihadist groups One of our key considerations is to ensure that there are not too many ungoverned territories in our member countries We will also make it more difficult for jihadists to radicalize youth in border communities Dapaah said Youth unemployment is a critical factor in radicalisation Our ability to manage youth unemployment in a more coordinated way so that it does not become a threat to national and regional security will be key to confronting armed insurgencies in member states said she said The Accra Initiative was established in September 2017 to enhance intelligence and security cooperation among member states which include Ghana Benin C te d Ivoire Burkina Faso Mali Togo and Niger Xinhua
    West African countries assess reserve force to suppress insurgencies in the region-
    Foreign2 months ago

    West African countries assess reserve force to suppress insurgencies in the region-

    - Seven member states of the Accra Initiative, a West African security cooperation initiative, are considering establishing a standby military force to deal with armed insurgencies within the region, a Ghanaian minister said on Sunday.

    Albert Kan Dapaah, Ghana's Minister of National Security, revealed this at a press conference to shed more light on the steps that have been taken so far to protect the territorial integrity of member states and the sub-region at large.

    "We are seriously considering setting up a standby force, but what form it would take is still under consideration," Dapaah revealed.

    "The respective defense chiefs of staff of our member states have been discussing the details of the standby force, and once we are ready, we will inform the general public about the form it will take," he said.

    It revealed that the porous borders in the subregion and the ungoverned spaces in the different countries were some of the main attractions for armed insurgents and jihadist groups.

    “One of our key considerations is to ensure that there are not too many ungoverned territories in our member countries. We will also make it more difficult for jihadists to radicalize youth in border communities,” Dapaah said.

    "Youth unemployment is a critical factor in radicalisation. Our ability to manage youth unemployment in a more coordinated way so that it does not become a threat to national and regional security will be key to confronting armed insurgencies in member states" , said. she said.

    The Accra Initiative was established in September 2017 to enhance intelligence and security cooperation among member states, which include Ghana, Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali, Togo, and Niger. ■



    (Xinhua)

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