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  •  The World Health Organisation WHO has unveiled a new initiative aimed at stopping the spread of an invasive mosquito species Anopheles Stephensi in Africa This is contained in a statement on Thursday The organisation had in a 2019 vector alert identified the spread of Anopheles Stephensi as a significant threat to malaria control and elimination particularly in Africa Originally native to parts of South Asia and the Arabian Peninsula Anopheles Stephensi has been expanding its range over the last decade with detections reported in Djibouti in 2012 Ethiopia and Sudan in 2016 Somalia 2019 and Nigeria 2020 Unlike the other main mosquito vectors of malaria in Africa it thrives in urban settings it said With more than 40 per cent of the population in Africa living in urban environment the WHO said that the invasion and spread of Anopheles Stephensi could pose a significant threat to the control and elimination of malaria in the region According to it the large scale surveillance of the vector is still in its infancy and more research and data are urgently needed Dr Jan Kolaczinski Head Vector Control and Insecticide Resistance Unit with WHO Global Malaria Programme said the organisation was still learning about the presence of the Anopheles Stephensi and its role in malaria transmission in Africa It is important to underscore that we still don t know how far the mosquito species has already spread and how much of a problem it is or could be Kolaczinski said He said that the new initiative aimed at supporting an effective regional response to Anopheles Stephensi on the African continent through a five pronged approach Increasing collaboration across sectors and borders and strengthening surveillance to determine the extent of the spread of Anopheles Stephensi and its role in transmission Others are improving information exchange on the presence of Anopheles Stephensi and on efforts to control it Also developing guidance for national malaria control programmes on appropriate ways to respond to Anopheles Stephensi We will also prioritise research to evaluate the impact of interventions and tools against Anopheles Stephensi he said According to Kolazincki where feasible national responses to Anopheles Stephensi shall be integrated with efforts to control malaria and other vector borne diseases He added that such vector borne diseases included dengue fever yellow fever and chikungunya Kolaczinski said that the WHO Global vector control response 2017 2030 provided a framework for investigating and implementing such integration He disclosed that the WHO Malaria Threats Map featured a dedicated section on invasive vectors including Anopheles Stephensi He said that all confirmed reports of the presence of Anopheles Stephensi should be reported to the WHO to allow an open sharing of data and an up to date understanding of its distribution and spread This knowledge will ultimately provide a basis to assess the effectiveness of any efforts to control or eliminate Anopheles Stephensi Kolaczinski said Also Dr Ebenezer Baba Malaria Advisor for the WHO African Region noted that integrated action would be key to success against Anopheles Stephensi and other vector borne diseases Shifting our focus to integrated and locally adapted vector control can save both money and lives Baba said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    WHO unveils initiative to halt spread of invasive malaria vector in Africa
     The World Health Organisation WHO has unveiled a new initiative aimed at stopping the spread of an invasive mosquito species Anopheles Stephensi in Africa This is contained in a statement on Thursday The organisation had in a 2019 vector alert identified the spread of Anopheles Stephensi as a significant threat to malaria control and elimination particularly in Africa Originally native to parts of South Asia and the Arabian Peninsula Anopheles Stephensi has been expanding its range over the last decade with detections reported in Djibouti in 2012 Ethiopia and Sudan in 2016 Somalia 2019 and Nigeria 2020 Unlike the other main mosquito vectors of malaria in Africa it thrives in urban settings it said With more than 40 per cent of the population in Africa living in urban environment the WHO said that the invasion and spread of Anopheles Stephensi could pose a significant threat to the control and elimination of malaria in the region According to it the large scale surveillance of the vector is still in its infancy and more research and data are urgently needed Dr Jan Kolaczinski Head Vector Control and Insecticide Resistance Unit with WHO Global Malaria Programme said the organisation was still learning about the presence of the Anopheles Stephensi and its role in malaria transmission in Africa It is important to underscore that we still don t know how far the mosquito species has already spread and how much of a problem it is or could be Kolaczinski said He said that the new initiative aimed at supporting an effective regional response to Anopheles Stephensi on the African continent through a five pronged approach Increasing collaboration across sectors and borders and strengthening surveillance to determine the extent of the spread of Anopheles Stephensi and its role in transmission Others are improving information exchange on the presence of Anopheles Stephensi and on efforts to control it Also developing guidance for national malaria control programmes on appropriate ways to respond to Anopheles Stephensi We will also prioritise research to evaluate the impact of interventions and tools against Anopheles Stephensi he said According to Kolazincki where feasible national responses to Anopheles Stephensi shall be integrated with efforts to control malaria and other vector borne diseases He added that such vector borne diseases included dengue fever yellow fever and chikungunya Kolaczinski said that the WHO Global vector control response 2017 2030 provided a framework for investigating and implementing such integration He disclosed that the WHO Malaria Threats Map featured a dedicated section on invasive vectors including Anopheles Stephensi He said that all confirmed reports of the presence of Anopheles Stephensi should be reported to the WHO to allow an open sharing of data and an up to date understanding of its distribution and spread This knowledge will ultimately provide a basis to assess the effectiveness of any efforts to control or eliminate Anopheles Stephensi Kolaczinski said Also Dr Ebenezer Baba Malaria Advisor for the WHO African Region noted that integrated action would be key to success against Anopheles Stephensi and other vector borne diseases Shifting our focus to integrated and locally adapted vector control can save both money and lives Baba said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    WHO unveils initiative to halt spread of invasive malaria vector in Africa
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    WHO unveils initiative to halt spread of invasive malaria vector in Africa

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has unveiled  a new initiative aimed at stopping the spread of an invasive mosquito species, Anopheles Stephensi, in Africa.

    This is contained in a statement on Thursday. 

    The organisation had, in a 2019 vector alert, identified the spread of ”Anopheles Stephensi” as a significant threat to malaria control and elimination, particularly in Africa.

    “Originally native to parts of South Asia and the Arabian Peninsula, Anopheles Stephensi has been expanding its range over the last decade, with detections reported in Djibouti in 2012. “ Ethiopia and Sudan in 2016, Somalia 2019 and Nigeria 2020. Unlike the other main mosquito vectors of malaria in Africa, it thrives in urban settings,’’ it said.

    With more than 40 per cent of the population in Africa living in urban environment, the WHO said that the invasion and spread of ”Anopheles Stephensi” could pose a significant threat to the control and elimination of malaria in the region.

    According to it, the large-scale surveillance of the vector is still in its infancy, and more research and data are urgently needed.

    Dr Jan Kolaczinski, Head, Vector Control and Insecticide Resistance Unit with WHO Global Malaria Programme, said the organisation was still learning about the presence of the ”Anopheles Stephensi;; and its role in malaria transmission in Africa “It is important to underscore that we still don’t know how far the mosquito species has already spread, and how much of a problem it is or could be,’’Kolaczinski said.

    He said that the new initiative aimed at supporting an effective regional response to Anopheles Stephensi on the African continent through a five-pronged approach.

    “Increasing collaboration across sectors and borders and strengthening surveillance to determine the extent of the spread of Anopheles Stephensi and its role in transmission; “Others are improving information exchange on the presence of Anopheles Stephensi and on efforts to control it.

    “Also, developing guidance for national malaria control programmes on appropriate ways to respond to Anopheles Stephensi.

    “We will also prioritise research to evaluate the impact of interventions and tools against Anopheles Stephensi,’’ he said.

    According to Kolazincki, where feasible, national responses to Anopheles Stephensi shall be integrated with efforts to control malaria and other vector-borne diseases.

    He added that such vector-borne diseases included dengue fever, yellow fever and chikungunya.

    Kolaczinski said that the WHO Global vector control response 2017–2030 provided a framework for investigating and implementing such integration.

    He disclosed that the WHO Malaria Threats Map featured a dedicated section on invasive vectors, including Anopheles Stephensi.

    He said that all confirmed reports of the presence of Anopheles Stephensi should be reported to the WHO to allow an open sharing of data and an up-to-date understanding of its distribution and spread.

    “This knowledge will ultimately provide a basis to assess the effectiveness of any efforts to control or eliminate Anopheles Stephensi,’’ Kolaczinski said.

    Also, Dr Ebenezer Baba, Malaria Advisor for the WHO African Region, noted that integrated action would be key to success against Anopheles Stephensi and other vector-borne diseases.

    “Shifting our focus to integrated and locally adapted vector control can save both money and lives,” Baba said.


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  •   In a 2019 vector alert the WHO identified the spread of Anopheles stephensi as a major threat to malaria control and elimination particularly in Africa where the disease hits hardest A new WHO initiative launched today aims to stop the spread of this invasive mosquito species in the region Native to parts of South Asia and the Arabian Peninsula An stephensi has been expanding its range over the past decade with reported detections in Djibouti 2012 Ethiopia and Sudan 2016 Somalia 2019 and Nigeria 2020 Unlike the other main malaria vector mosquitoes in Africa it thrives in urban settings With more than 40 of Africa s population living in urban settings the invasion and spread of An stephensi could pose a significant threat to malaria control and elimination in the region But large scale surveillance of the vector is still in its infancy and more research and data are urgently needed We are still learning about the presence of Anopheles stephensi and its role in malaria transmission in Africa said Dr Jan Kolaczinski who heads the Vector Control and Insecticide Resistance unit of the Global Malaria Program at the WHO It s important to stress that we still don t know how far the mosquito species has spread and how problematic it is or could be The new WHO initiative aims to support an effective regional response to An stephensi on the African continent through a five pronged approach increasing collaboration across sectors and borders strengthen surveillance to determine the extent of the spread of An stephensi and its role in transmission improve the exchange of information on the presence of An stephensi and on efforts to control it develop guidance for national malaria control programs on appropriate ways to respond to An stephensi by prioritizing research to assess the impact of interventions and tools against An stephensi Integrated action is key to success Provided that Where feasible national responses to An stephensi should be integrated with efforts to control malaria and other vector borne diseases such as dengue yellow fever and chikungunya The WHO Global Vector Control Response 2017 2030 provides a framework to investigate and implement such integration Integrated action will be key to success against Anopheles stephensi and other vector borne diseases said Dr Ebenezer Baba Malaria Advisor for the WHO African Region Shifting our focus to locally adapted and integrated vector control can save both money and lives he added Tracking the spread of Anopheles stephensi The WHO malaria threat map includes a section dedicated to invasive vectors including An stephensi All confirmed reports of the presence of An stephensi should be reported to WHO to allow open data sharing and an up to date understanding of its distribution and spread This knowledge will ultimately provide a basis for evaluating the effectiveness of any efforts to control or eliminate An stephensi
    The World Health Organization (WHO) launches a new initiative to stop the spread of the invasive malaria vector in Africa
      In a 2019 vector alert the WHO identified the spread of Anopheles stephensi as a major threat to malaria control and elimination particularly in Africa where the disease hits hardest A new WHO initiative launched today aims to stop the spread of this invasive mosquito species in the region Native to parts of South Asia and the Arabian Peninsula An stephensi has been expanding its range over the past decade with reported detections in Djibouti 2012 Ethiopia and Sudan 2016 Somalia 2019 and Nigeria 2020 Unlike the other main malaria vector mosquitoes in Africa it thrives in urban settings With more than 40 of Africa s population living in urban settings the invasion and spread of An stephensi could pose a significant threat to malaria control and elimination in the region But large scale surveillance of the vector is still in its infancy and more research and data are urgently needed We are still learning about the presence of Anopheles stephensi and its role in malaria transmission in Africa said Dr Jan Kolaczinski who heads the Vector Control and Insecticide Resistance unit of the Global Malaria Program at the WHO It s important to stress that we still don t know how far the mosquito species has spread and how problematic it is or could be The new WHO initiative aims to support an effective regional response to An stephensi on the African continent through a five pronged approach increasing collaboration across sectors and borders strengthen surveillance to determine the extent of the spread of An stephensi and its role in transmission improve the exchange of information on the presence of An stephensi and on efforts to control it develop guidance for national malaria control programs on appropriate ways to respond to An stephensi by prioritizing research to assess the impact of interventions and tools against An stephensi Integrated action is key to success Provided that Where feasible national responses to An stephensi should be integrated with efforts to control malaria and other vector borne diseases such as dengue yellow fever and chikungunya The WHO Global Vector Control Response 2017 2030 provides a framework to investigate and implement such integration Integrated action will be key to success against Anopheles stephensi and other vector borne diseases said Dr Ebenezer Baba Malaria Advisor for the WHO African Region Shifting our focus to locally adapted and integrated vector control can save both money and lives he added Tracking the spread of Anopheles stephensi The WHO malaria threat map includes a section dedicated to invasive vectors including An stephensi All confirmed reports of the presence of An stephensi should be reported to WHO to allow open data sharing and an up to date understanding of its distribution and spread This knowledge will ultimately provide a basis for evaluating the effectiveness of any efforts to control or eliminate An stephensi
    The World Health Organization (WHO) launches a new initiative to stop the spread of the invasive malaria vector in Africa
    Africa2 days ago

    The World Health Organization (WHO) launches a new initiative to stop the spread of the invasive malaria vector in Africa

    In a 2019 vector alert, the WHO identified the spread of Anopheles stephensi as a major threat to malaria control and elimination, particularly in Africa, where the disease hits hardest.

    A new WHO initiative, launched today, aims to stop the spread of this invasive mosquito species in the region.

    Native to parts of South Asia and the Arabian Peninsula, An. stephensi has been expanding its range over the past decade, with reported detections in Djibouti (2012), Ethiopia and Sudan (2016), Somalia (2019), and Nigeria (2020).

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    Unlike the other main malaria vector mosquitoes in Africa, it thrives in urban settings.

    With more than 40% of Africa's population living in urban settings, the invasion and spread of An. stephensi could pose a significant threat to malaria control and elimination in the region.

    But large-scale surveillance of the vector is still in its infancy, and more research and data are urgently needed.

    “We are still learning about the presence of Anopheles stephensi and its role in malaria transmission in Africa,” said Dr. Jan Kolaczinski, who heads the Vector Control and Insecticide Resistance unit of the Global Malaria Program at the WHO.

    "It's important to stress that we still don't know how far the mosquito species has spread and how problematic it is or could be."

    The new WHO initiative aims to support an effective regional response to An. stephensi on the African continent through a five-pronged approach: increasing collaboration across sectors and borders; strengthen surveillance to determine the extent of the spread of An. stephensi and its role in transmission; improve the exchange of information on the presence of An. stephensi and on efforts to control it; develop guidance for national malaria control programs on appropriate ways to respond to An. stephensi by prioritizing research to assess the impact of interventions and tools against An. stephensi Integrated action is “key to success” Provided that Where feasible, national responses to An. stephensi should be integrated with efforts to control malaria and other vector-borne diseases, such as dengue, yellow fever, and chikungunya.

    The WHO Global Vector Control Response 2017-2030 provides a framework to investigate and implement such integration.

    “Integrated action will be key to success against Anopheles stephensi and other vector-borne diseases,” said Dr. Ebenezer Baba, Malaria Advisor for the WHO African Region.

    “Shifting our focus to locally adapted and integrated vector control can save both money and lives,” he added.

    Tracking the spread of Anopheles stephensi The WHO malaria threat map includes a section dedicated to invasive vectors, including An. stephensi.

    All confirmed reports of the presence of An. stephensi should be reported to WHO to allow open data sharing and an up-to-date understanding of its distribution and spread.

    This knowledge will ultimately provide a basis for evaluating the effectiveness of any efforts to control or eliminate An. stephensi.

  •   Africa Oil Week www Africa OilWeek com is proud to announce Hon Rufin Benam Beltoungou will attend the African Oil Week The Minister of Mines and Geology of the Central African Republic will attend the main Oil and Gas event held in the heart of Cape Town Organized by Hyve Group Plc Africa Oil Week is the home of the African upstream and this unmissable event will bring together the main energy stakeholders from 3 to 7 October in Cape Town under the theme Sustainable growth in a low carbon world carbon We are honored to host the Hon Rufin Benam Beltoungou at Africa Oil Week His ability to position the region for the future of energy utilization will be highly sought after this year said Paul Sinclair vice president for energy and director of government relations for Africa Oil Week Rufin Benam Beltoungou is a key minister in the R publique centrafricaine His duty is to supervise Mines and Geology The Central African Republic is in the midst of a transformation process The local government facilitates access to natural resources such as gold diamonds lithium uranium and oil Country leaders have a mission to position R publique centrafricaine for the future The country received approval for a 35 million development fund from the World Bank for crypto in the public sector According to World Bank representatives this grant does not stop at the interest of their latest Bitcoin project This will allow R publique centrafricaine to modernize and expand its developing country R publique centrafricaine has started the process of modernizing its energy sources for its citizens and businesses alike On September 8 Central African countries signed an agreement to create a regional network of oil and gas pipelines and central infrastructure that sponsors say will strengthen energy supply and reduce reliance on imports of refined products The project aims to build three multinational oil and gas pipeline systems connecting 11 countries by 2030 According to the Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of OPEC member Equatorial Guinea the project was crucial in addressing energy poverty in the region Honorable Rufin Benam Beltoungou of R publique Centrafricaine joins the Minister of Hydrocarbons of the Democratic Republic of the Congo the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Djibouti and more than 30 other key ministers for the leading oil industry event https bit ly 3dxoGzF Sir Beltoungou s attendance is a valuable addition to Africa Oil Week we are looking forward to it added Sinclair Register your interest now to play your part in the sustainable development of our industry and Africa through upstream Attend the conference alongside high level delegates and more than 50 ministers and government leaders Africa Oil Week 2022 www Africa OilWeek com
    The Honorable Rufin Benam Beltoungou of the Central African Republic will attend the African Oil Week 2022
      Africa Oil Week www Africa OilWeek com is proud to announce Hon Rufin Benam Beltoungou will attend the African Oil Week The Minister of Mines and Geology of the Central African Republic will attend the main Oil and Gas event held in the heart of Cape Town Organized by Hyve Group Plc Africa Oil Week is the home of the African upstream and this unmissable event will bring together the main energy stakeholders from 3 to 7 October in Cape Town under the theme Sustainable growth in a low carbon world carbon We are honored to host the Hon Rufin Benam Beltoungou at Africa Oil Week His ability to position the region for the future of energy utilization will be highly sought after this year said Paul Sinclair vice president for energy and director of government relations for Africa Oil Week Rufin Benam Beltoungou is a key minister in the R publique centrafricaine His duty is to supervise Mines and Geology The Central African Republic is in the midst of a transformation process The local government facilitates access to natural resources such as gold diamonds lithium uranium and oil Country leaders have a mission to position R publique centrafricaine for the future The country received approval for a 35 million development fund from the World Bank for crypto in the public sector According to World Bank representatives this grant does not stop at the interest of their latest Bitcoin project This will allow R publique centrafricaine to modernize and expand its developing country R publique centrafricaine has started the process of modernizing its energy sources for its citizens and businesses alike On September 8 Central African countries signed an agreement to create a regional network of oil and gas pipelines and central infrastructure that sponsors say will strengthen energy supply and reduce reliance on imports of refined products The project aims to build three multinational oil and gas pipeline systems connecting 11 countries by 2030 According to the Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of OPEC member Equatorial Guinea the project was crucial in addressing energy poverty in the region Honorable Rufin Benam Beltoungou of R publique Centrafricaine joins the Minister of Hydrocarbons of the Democratic Republic of the Congo the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Djibouti and more than 30 other key ministers for the leading oil industry event https bit ly 3dxoGzF Sir Beltoungou s attendance is a valuable addition to Africa Oil Week we are looking forward to it added Sinclair Register your interest now to play your part in the sustainable development of our industry and Africa through upstream Attend the conference alongside high level delegates and more than 50 ministers and government leaders Africa Oil Week 2022 www Africa OilWeek com
    The Honorable Rufin Benam Beltoungou of the Central African Republic will attend the African Oil Week 2022
    Africa1 week ago

    The Honorable Rufin Benam Beltoungou of the Central African Republic will attend the African Oil Week 2022

    Africa Oil Week (www.Africa-OilWeek.com) is proud to announce Hon. Rufin Benam Beltoungou will attend the African Oil Week. The Minister of Mines and Geology of the Central African Republic will attend the main Oil and Gas event, held in the heart of Cape Town. Organized by Hyve Group Plc., Africa Oil Week is the home of the African upstream, and this unmissable event will bring together the main energy stakeholders from 3 to 7 October in Cape Town under the theme: Sustainable growth in a low carbon world.

    carbon.

    “We are honored to host the Hon. Rufin Benam Beltoungou at Africa Oil Week. His ability to position the region for the future of energy utilization will be highly sought after this year,” said Paul Sinclair, vice president for energy and director of government relations for Africa Oil Week. Rufin Benam-Beltoungou is a key minister in the République centrafricaine.

    His duty is to supervise Mines and Geology.

    The Central African Republic is in the midst of a transformation process.

    The local government facilitates access to natural resources such as gold, diamonds, lithium, uranium and oil.

    Country leaders have a mission to position République centrafricaine for the future.

    The country received approval for a $35 million development fund from the World Bank for crypto in the public sector.

    According to World Bank representatives, this grant does not stop at the interest of their latest Bitcoin project.

    This will allow République centrafricaine to modernize and expand its developing country.

    République centrafricaine has started the process of modernizing its energy sources for its citizens and businesses alike.

    On September 8, Central African countries signed an agreement to create a regional network of oil and gas pipelines and central infrastructure that sponsors say will strengthen energy supply and reduce reliance on imports of refined products.

    The project aims to build three multinational oil and gas pipeline systems connecting 11 countries by 2030.

    According to the Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of OPEC member Equatorial Guinea, the project was crucial in addressing energy poverty in the region.

    Honorable Rufin Benam Beltoungou of République Centrafricaine joins the Minister of Hydrocarbons of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Djibouti and more than 30 other key ministers for the leading oil industry event (https: //bit.ly/3dxoGzF).

    "Sir. Beltoungou's attendance is a valuable addition to Africa Oil Week, we are looking forward to it," added Sinclair.

    Register your interest now to play your part in the sustainable development of our industry and Africa through upstream.

    Attend the conference alongside high-level delegates and more than 50 ministers and government leaders: Africa Oil Week 2022 (www.Africa-OilWeek.com).

  •   UNHCR the UN Refugee Agency today published new guidance on eligibility for refugee status for Somalis fleeing their country The guide is intended to assist those adjudicating international protection applications for asylum seekers from Somalia and those responsible for setting government policy on this issue The ongoing armed conflict and widespread human rights violations continue to affect the civilian population putting lives at risk and forcing many to flee their homes in search of safety Insecurity and attacks against civilians continue in much of the country Ethnic and social minorities women children and people with disabilities are among the recipients A recent attack on the Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu left at least 21 civilians dead and 117 wounded UNHCR believes that other people at risk include clan elders electoral delegates government workers and officials police officers off duty soldiers and humanitarian workers among others The deteriorating security situation including human rights violations exacerbates the humanitarian crisis in Somalia and undermines the response capacity of the government and humanitarian actors Somalia is facing its worst drought in 40 years and there is a risk of widespread famine in the coming months The new UNHCR guidelines say that states must allow people fleeing Somalia to seek safety and have their refugee claims assessed in accordance with international law Those fleeing violence human rights abuses and persecution would meet the criteria for refugee status under the 1951 Refugee Convention or under regional instruments or UNHCR s broader mandate At the end of 2021 there were 836 300 Somali refugees and asylum seekers worldwide the majority of them nearly 80 percent more than 650 000 hosted in neighboring and regional countries including Ethiopia Kenya Yemen Djibouti Uganda and Sudan We applaud the commitment of neighboring countries to meet their international legal obligations by keeping their borders open to Somalis fleeing to safety But we urge all countries including those further afield to do the same They can also help provide more support to regional host countries and increase resettlement places for Somalis and other refugees at higher risk in countries of asylum
    The United Nations (UN) Refugee Agency publishes a new legal guide on the protection of Somali refugees
      UNHCR the UN Refugee Agency today published new guidance on eligibility for refugee status for Somalis fleeing their country The guide is intended to assist those adjudicating international protection applications for asylum seekers from Somalia and those responsible for setting government policy on this issue The ongoing armed conflict and widespread human rights violations continue to affect the civilian population putting lives at risk and forcing many to flee their homes in search of safety Insecurity and attacks against civilians continue in much of the country Ethnic and social minorities women children and people with disabilities are among the recipients A recent attack on the Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu left at least 21 civilians dead and 117 wounded UNHCR believes that other people at risk include clan elders electoral delegates government workers and officials police officers off duty soldiers and humanitarian workers among others The deteriorating security situation including human rights violations exacerbates the humanitarian crisis in Somalia and undermines the response capacity of the government and humanitarian actors Somalia is facing its worst drought in 40 years and there is a risk of widespread famine in the coming months The new UNHCR guidelines say that states must allow people fleeing Somalia to seek safety and have their refugee claims assessed in accordance with international law Those fleeing violence human rights abuses and persecution would meet the criteria for refugee status under the 1951 Refugee Convention or under regional instruments or UNHCR s broader mandate At the end of 2021 there were 836 300 Somali refugees and asylum seekers worldwide the majority of them nearly 80 percent more than 650 000 hosted in neighboring and regional countries including Ethiopia Kenya Yemen Djibouti Uganda and Sudan We applaud the commitment of neighboring countries to meet their international legal obligations by keeping their borders open to Somalis fleeing to safety But we urge all countries including those further afield to do the same They can also help provide more support to regional host countries and increase resettlement places for Somalis and other refugees at higher risk in countries of asylum
    The United Nations (UN) Refugee Agency publishes a new legal guide on the protection of Somali refugees
    Africa2 weeks ago

    The United Nations (UN) Refugee Agency publishes a new legal guide on the protection of Somali refugees

    UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today published new guidance on eligibility for refugee status for Somalis fleeing their country.

    The guide is intended to assist those adjudicating international protection applications for asylum seekers from Somalia and those responsible for setting government policy on this issue.

    The ongoing armed conflict and widespread human rights violations continue to affect the civilian population, putting lives at risk and forcing many to flee their homes in search of safety.

    Insecurity and attacks against civilians continue in much of the country.

    Ethnic and social minorities, women, children and people with disabilities are among the recipients.

    A recent attack on the Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu left at least 21 civilians dead and 117 wounded.

    UNHCR believes that other people at risk include clan elders, electoral delegates, government workers and officials, police officers, off-duty soldiers and humanitarian workers, among others.

    The deteriorating security situation, including human rights violations, exacerbates the humanitarian crisis in Somalia and undermines the response capacity of the government and humanitarian actors.

    Somalia is facing its worst drought in 40 years and there is a risk of widespread famine in the coming months.

    The new UNHCR guidelines say that states must allow people fleeing Somalia to seek safety and have their refugee claims assessed in accordance with international law.

    Those fleeing violence, human rights abuses and persecution would meet the criteria for refugee status under the 1951 Refugee Convention, or under regional instruments, or UNHCR's broader mandate.

    At the end of 2021, there were 836,300 Somali refugees and asylum seekers worldwide, the majority of them, nearly 80 percent (more than 650,000), hosted in neighboring and regional countries, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Yemen, Djibouti, Uganda and Sudan.

    We applaud the commitment of neighboring countries to meet their international legal obligations by keeping their borders open to Somalis fleeing to safety.

    But we urge all countries, including those further afield, to do the same.

    They can also help provide more support to regional host countries and increase resettlement places for Somalis and other refugees at higher risk in countries of asylum.

  •   The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs Shri V Muraleedharan will pay an official visit to the Republic of Djibouti on September 21 22 2022 This will be his first visit to the country 1 During the visit MoS will visit the Prime Minister of Djibouti H E Mr Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed and will hold talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Mahmoud Ali Youssouf and other dignitaries on bilateral regional and international issues of mutual interest He will also interact with the Indian community in Djibouti 2 During the visit an Agreement on exemption from the visa requirement for holders of Diplomatic and Official Service Passports and a memorandum of understanding will also be signed between the Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service SSIFS and the Djibouti Institute of Diplomatic Studies IDS 3 India and Djibouti share warm and friendly relations underpinned by historical and cultural ties Djibouti had provided extraordinary support in the evacuation of Indian nationals from war torn Yemen in 2015 Operation Rahat Shri Ram Nath Kovind the then President of India paid a state visit to Djibouti in October 2017 India opened a mission in Djibouti in 2019 Bilateral trade between the two countries was valued at US 755 million in 2021 22 A sizeable Indian community lives in Djibouti 4 The visit is expected to provide a further boost to the bilateral ties between India and Djibouti
    India: Visit of the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Shri V. Muraleedharan to the Republic of Djibouti (September 21-22, 2022)
      The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs Shri V Muraleedharan will pay an official visit to the Republic of Djibouti on September 21 22 2022 This will be his first visit to the country 1 During the visit MoS will visit the Prime Minister of Djibouti H E Mr Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed and will hold talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Mahmoud Ali Youssouf and other dignitaries on bilateral regional and international issues of mutual interest He will also interact with the Indian community in Djibouti 2 During the visit an Agreement on exemption from the visa requirement for holders of Diplomatic and Official Service Passports and a memorandum of understanding will also be signed between the Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service SSIFS and the Djibouti Institute of Diplomatic Studies IDS 3 India and Djibouti share warm and friendly relations underpinned by historical and cultural ties Djibouti had provided extraordinary support in the evacuation of Indian nationals from war torn Yemen in 2015 Operation Rahat Shri Ram Nath Kovind the then President of India paid a state visit to Djibouti in October 2017 India opened a mission in Djibouti in 2019 Bilateral trade between the two countries was valued at US 755 million in 2021 22 A sizeable Indian community lives in Djibouti 4 The visit is expected to provide a further boost to the bilateral ties between India and Djibouti
    India: Visit of the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Shri V. Muraleedharan to the Republic of Djibouti (September 21-22, 2022)
    Africa2 weeks ago

    India: Visit of the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Shri V. Muraleedharan to the Republic of Djibouti (September 21-22, 2022)

    The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri V.

    Muraleedharan, will pay an official visit to the Republic of Djibouti on September 21-22, 2022.

    This will be his first visit to the country.

    1.

    During the visit, MoS will visit the Prime Minister of Djibouti, H.E. Mr. Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, and will hold talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, and other dignitaries on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.

    He will also interact with the Indian community in Djibouti.

    2.

    During the visit, an Agreement on exemption from the visa requirement for holders of Diplomatic and Official/Service Passports; and a memorandum of understanding will also be signed between the Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service (SSIFS) and the Djibouti Institute of Diplomatic Studies (IDS).

    3.

    India and Djibouti share warm and friendly relations underpinned by historical and cultural ties.

    Djibouti had provided extraordinary support in the evacuation of Indian nationals from war-torn Yemen in 2015 (Operation Rahat).

    Shri Ram Nath Kovind, the then President of India, paid a state visit to Djibouti in October 2017.

    India opened a mission in Djibouti in 2019.

    Bilateral trade between the two countries was valued at US$755 million in 2021-22 .

    A sizeable Indian community lives in Djibouti.

    4.

    The visit is expected to provide a further boost to the bilateral ties between India and Djibouti.

  •   The Honorable Puot Kang Chol Minister of Petroleum of South Sudan made clear the county s role as a gateway for doing business and driving development throughout the East African region Speaking in an exclusive interview with the team at Energy Capital Power https EnergyCapitalPower com the Minister provided insights into a new agreement signed with Djibouti and how the country is well positioned to drive new growth in the sector regional energy How is South Sudan serving as a gateway to East Africa and what message has it been delivering at SSOP 2022 South Sudan is a gateway for two reasons First of all we are the largest producer in the region and we are pioneers in the region We have what it takes to advise not just the people in our region but beyond With this we would like to invite the world speak to everyone and say that South Sudan is the place to be I think we are now more stable than ever Now we have the opportunity to invite investors to South Sudan The number of blocks we have in South Sudan no one else in the region has We did a license round for 14 blocks and those blocks will be available all 14 of them Our goals are to diversify the sector and invite people from all over the world to invest directly and indirectly in the Republic of South Sudan Through us our brothers and sisters throughout the region will be able to connect with the rest of the world On the first day of SSOP 2022 South Sudan signed an agreement with Djibouti What is the meaning of this agreement Can we expect other deals with their East African counterparts South Sudan is a landlocked country and so far we have been using Port Mombasa and Port Sudan We have also felt that it is important for us to use the port of Djibouti because our largest production is on the border with Ethiopia and now that we have the B2 block it will be important for us to open the port of Djibouti so that when we have goods that are necessary for operate in the oil fields we can easily get them from Djibouti As a result we have signed this agreement and have also acquired land in Djibouti that will be used for goods destined for the operation in the oil fields The agreement signed is a good agreement for South Sudan What message do you have for investors interested in South Sudan opportunities I have three messages First of all South Sudan is peaceful stable and therefore the environment is conducive to investment Second we have better opportunities than anywhere else We are the youngest population in the world and more than 90 in all sectors remains untapped Coming to South Sudan and doing business here is the right place to be Thirdly in the oil sector we have opportunities We have blocks available as well as existing blocks for those who wish to do enhanced oil recovery or enhanced oil recovery We would like them to take advantage of the opportunities because it does not exist anywhere else South Sudan is the place to be and the place to do business
    South Sudan is East Africa’s gateway to development, says South Sudanese Oil Minister
      The Honorable Puot Kang Chol Minister of Petroleum of South Sudan made clear the county s role as a gateway for doing business and driving development throughout the East African region Speaking in an exclusive interview with the team at Energy Capital Power https EnergyCapitalPower com the Minister provided insights into a new agreement signed with Djibouti and how the country is well positioned to drive new growth in the sector regional energy How is South Sudan serving as a gateway to East Africa and what message has it been delivering at SSOP 2022 South Sudan is a gateway for two reasons First of all we are the largest producer in the region and we are pioneers in the region We have what it takes to advise not just the people in our region but beyond With this we would like to invite the world speak to everyone and say that South Sudan is the place to be I think we are now more stable than ever Now we have the opportunity to invite investors to South Sudan The number of blocks we have in South Sudan no one else in the region has We did a license round for 14 blocks and those blocks will be available all 14 of them Our goals are to diversify the sector and invite people from all over the world to invest directly and indirectly in the Republic of South Sudan Through us our brothers and sisters throughout the region will be able to connect with the rest of the world On the first day of SSOP 2022 South Sudan signed an agreement with Djibouti What is the meaning of this agreement Can we expect other deals with their East African counterparts South Sudan is a landlocked country and so far we have been using Port Mombasa and Port Sudan We have also felt that it is important for us to use the port of Djibouti because our largest production is on the border with Ethiopia and now that we have the B2 block it will be important for us to open the port of Djibouti so that when we have goods that are necessary for operate in the oil fields we can easily get them from Djibouti As a result we have signed this agreement and have also acquired land in Djibouti that will be used for goods destined for the operation in the oil fields The agreement signed is a good agreement for South Sudan What message do you have for investors interested in South Sudan opportunities I have three messages First of all South Sudan is peaceful stable and therefore the environment is conducive to investment Second we have better opportunities than anywhere else We are the youngest population in the world and more than 90 in all sectors remains untapped Coming to South Sudan and doing business here is the right place to be Thirdly in the oil sector we have opportunities We have blocks available as well as existing blocks for those who wish to do enhanced oil recovery or enhanced oil recovery We would like them to take advantage of the opportunities because it does not exist anywhere else South Sudan is the place to be and the place to do business
    South Sudan is East Africa’s gateway to development, says South Sudanese Oil Minister
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    South Sudan is East Africa’s gateway to development, says South Sudanese Oil Minister

    The Honorable Puot Kang Chol, Minister of Petroleum of South Sudan, made clear the county's role as a gateway for doing business and driving development throughout the East African region.

    Speaking in an exclusive interview with the team at Energy Capital & Power (https://EnergyCapitalPower.com/), the Minister provided insights into a new agreement signed with Djibouti and how the country is well positioned to drive new growth in the sector.

    regional energy.

    .

    How is South Sudan serving as a gateway to East Africa and what message has it been delivering at SSOP 2022?

    South Sudan is a gateway for two reasons.

    First of all, we are the largest producer in the region and we are pioneers in the region.

    We have what it takes to advise, not just the people in our region, but beyond.

    With this, we would like to invite the world, speak to everyone and say that South Sudan is the place to be.

    I think we are now more stable than ever.

    Now we have the opportunity to invite investors to South Sudan.

    The number of blocks we have in South Sudan, no one else in the region has.

    We did a license round for 14 blocks, and those blocks will be available, all 14 of them.

    Our goals are to diversify the sector and invite people from all over the world to invest directly and indirectly in the Republic of South Sudan.

    Through us, our brothers and sisters throughout the region will be able to connect with the rest of the world.

    On the first day of SSOP 2022, South Sudan signed an agreement with Djibouti.

    What is the meaning of this agreement?

    Can we expect other deals with their East African counterparts?

    South Sudan is a landlocked country and so far we have been using Port Mombasa and Port Sudan.

    We have also felt that it is important for us to use the port of Djibouti because our largest production is on the border with Ethiopia, and now that we have the B2 block, it will be important for us to open the port of Djibouti so that when we have goods that are necessary for operate in the oil fields, we can easily get them from Djibouti.

    As a result, we have signed this agreement and have also acquired land in Djibouti that will be used for goods destined for the operation in the oil fields.

    The agreement signed is a good agreement for South Sudan.

    What message do you have for investors interested in South Sudan opportunities?

    I have three messages.

    First of all, South Sudan is peaceful, stable and therefore the environment is conducive to investment.

    Second, we have better opportunities than anywhere else.

    We are the youngest population in the world, and more than 90% in all sectors remains untapped.

    Coming to South Sudan and doing business here is the right place to be.

    Thirdly, in the oil sector we have opportunities.

    We have blocks available as well as existing blocks for those who wish to do enhanced oil recovery or enhanced oil recovery.

    We would like them to take advantage of the opportunities because it does not exist anywhere else.

    South Sudan is the place to be and the place to do business.

  •   Taking place this week in Juba the South Sudan Oil Power SSOP 2022 conference and exhibition https bit ly 3A1hgvV focuses on the country s role as a gateway to energy development in East Africa and as such represents the official platform for the signing of agreements that will boost the regional energy sector In this sense during the first day of the conference a memorandum of understanding MoU was signed between Djibouti and South Sudan to improve cooperation in the energy sector of both countries The signing was carried out by the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Djibouti HE Yonis Ali Guedi and the Minister of Petroleum of South Sudan H E Puot Kang Chol Under the terms of the cooperation agreement the two countries agreed to expand cross border trade investment and energy opportunities leveraging regional collaboration to expand the energy sectors in Djibouti and South Sudan Djibouti is now open to East African markets We are waiting for all the investors to come to Djibouti We have facilitated all the processes to create the free zone in Djibouti Now we have signed the MoU and we will work together declared HE Guedi The agreement that we have signed is a cooperation agreement between the Republic of South Sudan and Djibouti in the area of oil and gas What is important is the fact that we are very interested in opening rooms not only for ourselves but for all South Sudanese As a landlocked country without access to the rest of the world we will not be able to export Now with the MoU we have three routes Through Sudan Kenya and now Ethiopia through Djibouti stated the Hon chol Furthermore HE Chol emphasized that the MoU has paved the way for South Sudanese companies and stakeholders to seize opportunities across the region with Djibouti representing the first step Now that we have signed this MoU you have the opportunity to go to Djibouti and explore the opportunities there as they will do the same here You have the opportunity to operate elsewhere We will be working closely with the country and we will encourage you to go there identify opportunities and we will support you Hon Chol concluded For South Sudan the MoU further reaffirms the country s position as an East African energy gateway allowing it to leverage and share its energy industry expertise in pursuit of regional market development Meanwhile for Djibouti as a relatively young energy sector the MoU triggers a new era of industry growth thanks to regional collaboration
    Djibouti and South Sudan sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for industry advancement during South Sudan conference
      Taking place this week in Juba the South Sudan Oil Power SSOP 2022 conference and exhibition https bit ly 3A1hgvV focuses on the country s role as a gateway to energy development in East Africa and as such represents the official platform for the signing of agreements that will boost the regional energy sector In this sense during the first day of the conference a memorandum of understanding MoU was signed between Djibouti and South Sudan to improve cooperation in the energy sector of both countries The signing was carried out by the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Djibouti HE Yonis Ali Guedi and the Minister of Petroleum of South Sudan H E Puot Kang Chol Under the terms of the cooperation agreement the two countries agreed to expand cross border trade investment and energy opportunities leveraging regional collaboration to expand the energy sectors in Djibouti and South Sudan Djibouti is now open to East African markets We are waiting for all the investors to come to Djibouti We have facilitated all the processes to create the free zone in Djibouti Now we have signed the MoU and we will work together declared HE Guedi The agreement that we have signed is a cooperation agreement between the Republic of South Sudan and Djibouti in the area of oil and gas What is important is the fact that we are very interested in opening rooms not only for ourselves but for all South Sudanese As a landlocked country without access to the rest of the world we will not be able to export Now with the MoU we have three routes Through Sudan Kenya and now Ethiopia through Djibouti stated the Hon chol Furthermore HE Chol emphasized that the MoU has paved the way for South Sudanese companies and stakeholders to seize opportunities across the region with Djibouti representing the first step Now that we have signed this MoU you have the opportunity to go to Djibouti and explore the opportunities there as they will do the same here You have the opportunity to operate elsewhere We will be working closely with the country and we will encourage you to go there identify opportunities and we will support you Hon Chol concluded For South Sudan the MoU further reaffirms the country s position as an East African energy gateway allowing it to leverage and share its energy industry expertise in pursuit of regional market development Meanwhile for Djibouti as a relatively young energy sector the MoU triggers a new era of industry growth thanks to regional collaboration
    Djibouti and South Sudan sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for industry advancement during South Sudan conference
    Africa3 weeks ago

    Djibouti and South Sudan sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for industry advancement during South Sudan conference

    Taking place this week in Juba, the South Sudan Oil & Power (SSOP) 2022 conference and exhibition (https://bit.ly/3A1hgvV) focuses on the country's role as a gateway to energy development in East Africa and as such, represents the official platform for the signing of agreements that will boost the regional energy sector.

    In this sense, during the first day of the conference, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Djibouti and South Sudan to improve cooperation in the energy sector of both countries.

    The signing was carried out by the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Djibouti, HE Yonis Ali Guedi, and the Minister of Petroleum of South Sudan, H.E. Puot Kang Chol. Under the terms of the cooperation agreement, the two countries agreed to expand cross-border trade, investment and energy opportunities, leveraging regional collaboration to expand the energy sectors in Djibouti and South Sudan.

    “Djibouti is now open to East African markets.

    We are waiting for all the investors to come to Djibouti.

    We have facilitated all the processes to create the free zone in Djibouti.

    Now, we have signed the MoU and we will work together”, declared HE Guedi.

    “The agreement that we have signed is a cooperation agreement between the Republic of South Sudan and Djibouti in the area of ​​oil and gas.

    What is important is the fact that we are very interested in opening rooms, not only for ourselves, but for all South Sudanese.

    As a landlocked country, without access to the rest of the world, we will not be able to export.

    Now, with the MoU, we have three routes.

    Through Sudan, Kenya and now, Ethiopia through Djibouti,” stated the Hon. chol.

    Furthermore, HE Chol emphasized that the MoU has paved the way for South Sudanese companies and stakeholders to seize opportunities across the region, with Djibouti representing the first step.

    “Now that we have signed this MoU, you have the opportunity to go to Djibouti and explore the opportunities there, as they will do the same here.

    You have the opportunity to operate elsewhere.

    We will be working closely with the country and we will encourage you to go there, identify opportunities and we will support you”, Hon. Chol concluded.

    For South Sudan, the MoU further reaffirms the country's position as an East African energy gateway, allowing it to leverage and share its energy industry expertise in pursuit of regional market development.

    Meanwhile, for Djibouti, as a relatively young energy sector, the MoU triggers a new era of industry growth thanks to regional collaboration.

  •  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the swearing of Willam Ruto as the fifth President of Kenya is a testament of what robust institutions can do in a democracy Osinbajo who was in Nairobi on Tuesday to represent Nigeria at the Kenyan presidential inauguration spoke with newsmen shortly before departing for Abuja Nigeria Chief Justice Martha Koome swore in Ruto at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani Nairobi Ruto who succeeded President Uhuru Kenyatta won the Aug 9 presidential election after defeating rival Raila Odinga Kenyan Supreme Court on Sept 5 upheld Ruto s election Osinbajo described the inauguration of Ruto as a celebration of democracy and democratic institutions in Africa He said Ruto s inauguration is a celebration of democracy and the reasons are obvious we found a situation where the elections and campaigns were quite fractious There were quite a bit of hostilities here and there but the institutions held up Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC the equivalent of our own INEC and the Judiciary They held up and ensured that not only were processes properly followed but also that justice was done Whenever we talk about the celebration of democracy we are really talking about the celebration of our institutions the institutions that guard democracy and the rule of law I think that what we have seen here in Kenya and the swearing in of Ruto is really evidence of robust institutions doing what they ought to do According to him the Kenyan experience was a great example for democracy in Africa He said that everybody was extremely pleased as evident in the turnout of African leaders We are all extremely pleased and am sure you have seen from all of the African Heads of State and Governments and their representatives who are present here today that there is an atmosphere of elation and joy because this worked he said No fewer than 20 presidents from Africa including those of Tanzania Uganda Rwanda Ethiopia Somalia Burundi South Sudan Djibouti Zimbabwe and Republic of Congo attended the historic event www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ruto’s swearing-in testament of robust institutions—Osinbajo
     Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the swearing of Willam Ruto as the fifth President of Kenya is a testament of what robust institutions can do in a democracy Osinbajo who was in Nairobi on Tuesday to represent Nigeria at the Kenyan presidential inauguration spoke with newsmen shortly before departing for Abuja Nigeria Chief Justice Martha Koome swore in Ruto at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani Nairobi Ruto who succeeded President Uhuru Kenyatta won the Aug 9 presidential election after defeating rival Raila Odinga Kenyan Supreme Court on Sept 5 upheld Ruto s election Osinbajo described the inauguration of Ruto as a celebration of democracy and democratic institutions in Africa He said Ruto s inauguration is a celebration of democracy and the reasons are obvious we found a situation where the elections and campaigns were quite fractious There were quite a bit of hostilities here and there but the institutions held up Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC the equivalent of our own INEC and the Judiciary They held up and ensured that not only were processes properly followed but also that justice was done Whenever we talk about the celebration of democracy we are really talking about the celebration of our institutions the institutions that guard democracy and the rule of law I think that what we have seen here in Kenya and the swearing in of Ruto is really evidence of robust institutions doing what they ought to do According to him the Kenyan experience was a great example for democracy in Africa He said that everybody was extremely pleased as evident in the turnout of African leaders We are all extremely pleased and am sure you have seen from all of the African Heads of State and Governments and their representatives who are present here today that there is an atmosphere of elation and joy because this worked he said No fewer than 20 presidents from Africa including those of Tanzania Uganda Rwanda Ethiopia Somalia Burundi South Sudan Djibouti Zimbabwe and Republic of Congo attended the historic event www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ruto’s swearing-in testament of robust institutions—Osinbajo
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    Ruto’s swearing-in testament of robust institutions—Osinbajo

    Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says the swearing of Willam Ruto as the fifth President of Kenya is a testament of what robust institutions can do in a democracy.

    Osinbajo, who was in Nairobi on Tuesday to represent Nigeria at the Kenyan presidential inauguration, spoke with newsmen shortly before departing for Abuja, Nigeria.

    Chief Justice Martha Koome swore in Ruto  at  the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Nairobi.

    Ruto, who succeeded President Uhuru Kenyatta, won the Aug. 9 presidential election after defeating rival, Raila Odinga.

    Kenyan Supreme Court, on Sept. 5, upheld Ruto’s election.

    Osinbajo described the inauguration of Ruto as a celebration of democracy and democratic institutions in Africa.

    He said: “Ruto’s inauguration is a celebration of democracy and the reasons are obvious; we found a situation where the elections and campaigns were quite fractious.

    “There were quite a bit of hostilities here and there, but the institutions held up – Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the equivalent of our own INEC, and the Judiciary.

    “They held up and ensured that not only were processes properly followed but also that justice was done.

    “Whenever we talk about the celebration of democracy, we are really talking about the celebration of our institutions, the institutions that guard democracy and the rule of law.

    “I think that what we have seen here in Kenya and the swearing-in of Ruto is really evidence of robust institutions doing what they ought to do.

    ’’ According to him, the Kenyan experience was a great example for democracy in Africa.

    He said that everybody was  extremely pleased as evident in the turnout of African leaders.

    “We are all extremely pleased, and am sure you have seen from all of the African Heads of State and Governments and their representatives who are present here today, that there is an atmosphere of elation and joy, because this worked,” he said No fewer than 20 presidents from Africa including those of Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Somalia, Burundi,  South Sudan, Djibouti, Zimbabwe and Republic of Congo attended the historic event.

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  •  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo alongside presidents of 21 other countries on Tuesday in Nairobi attended the inauguration of William Ruto as the President of Kenya The event held at the Kasarani Stadium is Kenya s fifth presidential inauguration Ruto was declared winner of the Aug 9 presidential election after defeating rival Raila Odinga Ruto 55 served as Kenya s deputy president since 2013 when he was elected as outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta s running mate In Oct 2014 he served as acting President when Kenyatta honoured invitation to answer to his criminal case at the International Criminal Court ICC in The Hague Netherlands Kenyatta s charges were later dropped The event featured inspection of guards swearing in military parades transfer of sword seal Kenyan Constitution to the new president musical renditions cultural display among others Presidents who attended the ceremony were those of Tanzania Uganda Ethiopia Djibouti Zimbabwe Republic of Congo Somalia Seychelles Mozambique Malawi Guinea Bissau Chad Rwanda Burundi South Sudan Comoros Zimbabwe Eswantini Sudan Equatorial Guinea and Sierra Leone Other countries represented in official capacity include Iran France Japan Palestine Egypt China UK India Qatar Botswana Morocco Germany Australia Togo Netherlands The Gambia UAE among others Chairperson of AU representatives of the Commonwealth other regional and international bodies were also at the event In his speech Ruto applauded the Kenya Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission for creditably acquitting itself under exceptionally challenging circumstances NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osinbajo graces Ruto’s inauguration
     Vice President Yemi Osinbajo alongside presidents of 21 other countries on Tuesday in Nairobi attended the inauguration of William Ruto as the President of Kenya The event held at the Kasarani Stadium is Kenya s fifth presidential inauguration Ruto was declared winner of the Aug 9 presidential election after defeating rival Raila Odinga Ruto 55 served as Kenya s deputy president since 2013 when he was elected as outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta s running mate In Oct 2014 he served as acting President when Kenyatta honoured invitation to answer to his criminal case at the International Criminal Court ICC in The Hague Netherlands Kenyatta s charges were later dropped The event featured inspection of guards swearing in military parades transfer of sword seal Kenyan Constitution to the new president musical renditions cultural display among others Presidents who attended the ceremony were those of Tanzania Uganda Ethiopia Djibouti Zimbabwe Republic of Congo Somalia Seychelles Mozambique Malawi Guinea Bissau Chad Rwanda Burundi South Sudan Comoros Zimbabwe Eswantini Sudan Equatorial Guinea and Sierra Leone Other countries represented in official capacity include Iran France Japan Palestine Egypt China UK India Qatar Botswana Morocco Germany Australia Togo Netherlands The Gambia UAE among others Chairperson of AU representatives of the Commonwealth other regional and international bodies were also at the event In his speech Ruto applauded the Kenya Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission for creditably acquitting itself under exceptionally challenging circumstances NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osinbajo graces Ruto’s inauguration
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    Osinbajo graces Ruto’s inauguration

    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, alongside  presidents of 21 other countries on Tuesday in Nairobi, attended the inauguration of William Ruto as the President of Kenya.

    The event, held at the Kasarani Stadium, is Kenya’s fifth presidential inauguration.

    Ruto was declared winner of the Aug. 9 presidential election after defeating rival, Raila Odinga.

    Ruto, 55,  served as Kenya’s deputy president since 2013 when he was elected as outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta’s running mate.

    In Oct. 2014, he served as acting President when Kenyatta honoured invitation to answer to his criminal case at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands.

    Kenyatta’s charges were later dropped.

    The event featured inspection of guards, swearing-in, military parades,   transfer of sword, seal, Kenyan Constitution to the new president, musical renditions, cultural display, among others.

    Presidents who attended the ceremony were those of Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Zimbabwe, Republic of Congo, Somalia, Seychelles, Mozambique, Malawi, Guinea Bissau, Chad, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Comoros, Zimbabwe, Eswantini, Sudan, Equatorial Guinea, and Sierra Leone.  

    Other countries represented in official capacity include Iran, France, Japan, Palestine, Egypt, China, UK, India, Qatar, Botswana, Morocco, Germany, Australia, Togo, Netherlands, The Gambia, UAE among others.

    Chairperson of AU, representatives of the Commonwealth, other regional and international bodies were also at the event.

    In his speech, Ruto applauded the Kenya Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission for creditably acquitting itself  under “exceptionally challenging  circumstances.


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  •   The Honorable Dr Riek Machar First Vice President of South Sudan officially opened the first day of the South Sudan Oil Power 2022 conference and exhibition https bit ly 3A1hgvV along with keynote addresses delivered by the Hon Puot Kang Chol Minister of Petroleum Republic of South Sudan Honorable Martin Gama Abucha Minister of Mining of South Sudan HE Yonis Ali Guedi Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Djibouti NJ Ayuk Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber https EnergyChamber org and H E Attorney Sandile Nogxina Special Advisor to the South African Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources https bit ly 3ePYcKg HE Terje Aasland Minister of Petroleum and Energy of Norway and HE Ihsan Abdul Jabber Minister of Petroleum of Iraq and Bro Dhieu Mothok Diing Wol Investment Minister of South Sudan also delivered the opening remarks We have a vision to become the economic center of this part of the world particularly East and Central Africa This is a land of plenty We have what it takes to make this country an economic hub We invite you to come and invest We are more geared towards increasing production so that from the revenue we can build our infrastructure base and provide necessary delivery services such as health education and clean water said Dr Machar As the only major oil producing nation in East Africa South Sudan is of strategic importance to the entire region and is well positioned to trigger new investment and long term development across the energy value chain We are looking for investors to come to South Sudan and connect with our national and local companies The Ministry of Petroleum in collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment launched a public tender for the initiation of environmental audits throughout the industry This will help the country review improve and strengthen environmental laws In terms of transparency and accountability the Ministry continues to report on the daily production and marketing of oil derivatives Currently we are also being audited since we are also under the law and must be audited by those who have the mandate to do so said Hon chol As regional markets seek to fuel exploration drives for energy security the energy transition calls for the adoption of new technologies and increases demand across the region South Sudan represents the gateway to doing business in Africa Oriental This is definitely the time when we need investment Energy is what we want today The transition from fossil fuels to green and clean energy is a demand of today s world Without this transition we will not be able to improve our livelihoods But most importantly a just transition is what we need today South Sudan has the potential to export not only to Africa but to the world Particularly the mining sector we have many minerals We will be the engine of the transition affirmed the Hon boo In 2022 South Sudan has prioritized and will continue to prioritize energy partnerships with the aim of improving exploration and production Countries such as South Africa and China present in South Sudan for several years are seeking to improve their presence in this high potential market We have identified South Sudan as one of our strategic partners and we are taking advantage of our production sharing agreement Soon we will begin aeromagnetic studies This is not an isolated exploration project but integrated with the opportunities to create a pipeline to export the resources and create refineries to process those resources Do we believe that these efforts will contribute significantly to the energy sufficiency of both countries declared the Hon Lawyer Nogxina Djibouti is not the largest country in terms of oil or gas production Therefore the gateway to East Africa will be here in Juba They will be able to produce and export oil and gas for us and the world affirmed SE Guedi As South Sudan Oil Power 2022 kicks off and a series of market focused panel discussions explore key issues and trends in the East African energy industry a new era of investment and regional development is on the horizon South Sudan and industry are at a crossroads with global forces and industry forces and with citizens calling for enhanced local content Oil and gas resources can be used to benefit the nation We are at a crossroads five years later when we are looking at licensing rounds because it is still the least developed and least explored region and at a crossroads when we ask how do we increase production improve local content Ayuk said adding that we have to be better We have to change how it is It is important that we begin to take advantage of untapped reserves not only of oil but also of young people Giving a video speech HE Aasland stated that The distance between the SS and Norway may be long however we have a lot in common such as rich energy resources Europe and Africa have been heavily affected by the COVID 19 pandemic climate change and the war in Ukraine The IEA perspective clearly shows us that a large part of Africa has been left out of the energy transition while 600 million people lack access to electricity As policymakers our most important task is to ensure energy security and how we can make the sector more robust for an ever changing world In addition to this HE Jabber stated that To get out of the current complications and ensure one of the most important objectives of sustainable development we must prioritize energy security Today when prices start to skyrocket it seems like the time to move fast and right in the direction of stable and sustainable energy Demand is projected to grow 50 by 2040 meaning it is imperative that energy remains affordable even in a complex and dynamic environment Investors who come to South Sudan want to know whether there is an investment friendly environment or not As Minister of Investments I can confirm that it is We have signed the peace agreement and implemented and negotiated it and now we are at peace South Sudan is not the only country blessed with resources That is why we try to be competitive making establishment plans based on legal frameworks to ensure competitive laws and regulations that protect investors said Bro Wol
    South Sudan First Vice President Officially Launches South Sudan Oil & Power 2022
      The Honorable Dr Riek Machar First Vice President of South Sudan officially opened the first day of the South Sudan Oil Power 2022 conference and exhibition https bit ly 3A1hgvV along with keynote addresses delivered by the Hon Puot Kang Chol Minister of Petroleum Republic of South Sudan Honorable Martin Gama Abucha Minister of Mining of South Sudan HE Yonis Ali Guedi Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Djibouti NJ Ayuk Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber https EnergyChamber org and H E Attorney Sandile Nogxina Special Advisor to the South African Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources https bit ly 3ePYcKg HE Terje Aasland Minister of Petroleum and Energy of Norway and HE Ihsan Abdul Jabber Minister of Petroleum of Iraq and Bro Dhieu Mothok Diing Wol Investment Minister of South Sudan also delivered the opening remarks We have a vision to become the economic center of this part of the world particularly East and Central Africa This is a land of plenty We have what it takes to make this country an economic hub We invite you to come and invest We are more geared towards increasing production so that from the revenue we can build our infrastructure base and provide necessary delivery services such as health education and clean water said Dr Machar As the only major oil producing nation in East Africa South Sudan is of strategic importance to the entire region and is well positioned to trigger new investment and long term development across the energy value chain We are looking for investors to come to South Sudan and connect with our national and local companies The Ministry of Petroleum in collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment launched a public tender for the initiation of environmental audits throughout the industry This will help the country review improve and strengthen environmental laws In terms of transparency and accountability the Ministry continues to report on the daily production and marketing of oil derivatives Currently we are also being audited since we are also under the law and must be audited by those who have the mandate to do so said Hon chol As regional markets seek to fuel exploration drives for energy security the energy transition calls for the adoption of new technologies and increases demand across the region South Sudan represents the gateway to doing business in Africa Oriental This is definitely the time when we need investment Energy is what we want today The transition from fossil fuels to green and clean energy is a demand of today s world Without this transition we will not be able to improve our livelihoods But most importantly a just transition is what we need today South Sudan has the potential to export not only to Africa but to the world Particularly the mining sector we have many minerals We will be the engine of the transition affirmed the Hon boo In 2022 South Sudan has prioritized and will continue to prioritize energy partnerships with the aim of improving exploration and production Countries such as South Africa and China present in South Sudan for several years are seeking to improve their presence in this high potential market We have identified South Sudan as one of our strategic partners and we are taking advantage of our production sharing agreement Soon we will begin aeromagnetic studies This is not an isolated exploration project but integrated with the opportunities to create a pipeline to export the resources and create refineries to process those resources Do we believe that these efforts will contribute significantly to the energy sufficiency of both countries declared the Hon Lawyer Nogxina Djibouti is not the largest country in terms of oil or gas production Therefore the gateway to East Africa will be here in Juba They will be able to produce and export oil and gas for us and the world affirmed SE Guedi As South Sudan Oil Power 2022 kicks off and a series of market focused panel discussions explore key issues and trends in the East African energy industry a new era of investment and regional development is on the horizon South Sudan and industry are at a crossroads with global forces and industry forces and with citizens calling for enhanced local content Oil and gas resources can be used to benefit the nation We are at a crossroads five years later when we are looking at licensing rounds because it is still the least developed and least explored region and at a crossroads when we ask how do we increase production improve local content Ayuk said adding that we have to be better We have to change how it is It is important that we begin to take advantage of untapped reserves not only of oil but also of young people Giving a video speech HE Aasland stated that The distance between the SS and Norway may be long however we have a lot in common such as rich energy resources Europe and Africa have been heavily affected by the COVID 19 pandemic climate change and the war in Ukraine The IEA perspective clearly shows us that a large part of Africa has been left out of the energy transition while 600 million people lack access to electricity As policymakers our most important task is to ensure energy security and how we can make the sector more robust for an ever changing world In addition to this HE Jabber stated that To get out of the current complications and ensure one of the most important objectives of sustainable development we must prioritize energy security Today when prices start to skyrocket it seems like the time to move fast and right in the direction of stable and sustainable energy Demand is projected to grow 50 by 2040 meaning it is imperative that energy remains affordable even in a complex and dynamic environment Investors who come to South Sudan want to know whether there is an investment friendly environment or not As Minister of Investments I can confirm that it is We have signed the peace agreement and implemented and negotiated it and now we are at peace South Sudan is not the only country blessed with resources That is why we try to be competitive making establishment plans based on legal frameworks to ensure competitive laws and regulations that protect investors said Bro Wol
    South Sudan First Vice President Officially Launches South Sudan Oil & Power 2022
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    South Sudan First Vice President Officially Launches South Sudan Oil & Power 2022

    The Honorable Dr. Riek Machar, First Vice President of South Sudan, officially opened the first day of the South Sudan Oil & Power 2022 conference and exhibition (https://bit.ly/3A1hgvV), along with keynote addresses delivered by the Hon. Puot Kang Chol, Minister of Petroleum, Republic of South Sudan; Honorable Martin Gama Abucha, Minister of Mining of South Sudan; HE Yonis Ali Guedi, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Djibouti; NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber (https://EnergyChamber.org/) and H.E. Attorney Sandile Nogxina, Special Advisor to the South African Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (https://bit.ly/3ePYcKg).

    HE Terje Aasland, Minister of Petroleum and Energy of Norway and HE Ihsan Abdul Jabber, Minister of Petroleum of Iraq; and Bro. Dhieu Mothok Diing Wol, Investment Minister of South Sudan, also delivered the opening remarks.

    “We have a vision to become the economic center of this part of the world, particularly East and Central Africa.

    This is a land of plenty.

    We have what it takes to make this country an economic hub.

    We invite you to come and invest.

    We are more geared towards increasing production so that from the revenue we can build our infrastructure base and provide necessary delivery services such as health, education and clean water,” said Dr. Machar.

    As the only major oil-producing nation in East Africa, South Sudan is of strategic importance to the entire region and is well positioned to trigger new investment and long-term development across the energy value chain.

    “We are looking for investors to come to South Sudan and connect with our national and local companies.

    The Ministry of Petroleum, in collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment, launched a public tender for the initiation of environmental audits throughout the industry.

    This will help the country review, improve and strengthen environmental laws.

    In terms of transparency and accountability, the Ministry continues to report on the daily production and marketing of oil derivatives.

    Currently we are also being audited, since we are also under the law and must be audited by those who have the mandate to do so,” said Hon. chol.

    As regional markets seek to fuel exploration drives for energy security, the energy transition calls for the adoption of new technologies and increases demand across the region, South Sudan represents the gateway to doing business in Africa Oriental.

    “This is definitely the time when we need investment.

    Energy is what we want today.

    The transition from fossil fuels to green and clean energy is a demand of today's world.

    Without this transition, we will not be able to improve our livelihoods.

    But most importantly, a just transition is what we need today.

    South Sudan has the potential to export not only to Africa but to the world.

    Particularly the mining sector, we have many minerals.

    We will be the engine of the transition”, affirmed the Hon. boo.

    In 2022, South Sudan has prioritized and will continue to prioritize energy partnerships with the aim of improving exploration and production.

    Countries such as South Africa and China, present in South Sudan for several years, are seeking to improve their presence in this high-potential market.

    “We have identified South Sudan as one of our strategic partners and we are taking advantage of our production sharing agreement.

    Soon we will begin aeromagnetic studies.

    This is not an isolated exploration project but integrated with the opportunities to create a pipeline to export the resources and create refineries to process those resources.

    Do we believe that these efforts will contribute significantly to the energy sufficiency of both countries?”, declared the Hon. Lawyer Nogxina.

    “Djibouti is not the largest country in terms of oil or gas production.

    Therefore, the gateway to East Africa will be here in Juba. They will be able to produce and export oil and gas for us and the world”, affirmed SE Guedi.

    As South Sudan Oil & Power 2022 kicks off, and a series of market-focused panel discussions explore key issues and trends in the East African energy industry, a new era of investment and regional development is on the horizon.

    “South Sudan and industry are at a crossroads with global forces and industry forces and with citizens calling for enhanced local content.

    Oil and gas resources can be used to benefit the nation.

    We are at a crossroads five years later when we are looking at licensing rounds, because it is still the least developed and least explored region; and at a crossroads when we ask how do we increase production, improve local content,” Ayuk said, adding that “we have to be better.

    We have to change how it is.

    It is important that we begin to take advantage of untapped reserves, not only of oil but also of young people.” Giving a video speech, HE Aasland stated that “The distance between the SS and Norway may be long, however, we have a lot in common, such as rich energy resources.

    Europe and Africa have been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and the war in Ukraine.

    The IEA perspective clearly shows us that a large part of Africa has been left out of the energy transition while 600 million people lack access to electricity.

    As policymakers, our most important task is to ensure energy security and how we can make the sector more robust for an ever-changing world.” In addition to this, HE Jabber stated that, “To get out of the current complications and ensure one of the most important objectives of sustainable development, we must prioritize energy security.

    Today, when prices start to skyrocket, it seems like the time to move fast and right in the direction of stable and sustainable energy.

    Demand is projected to grow 50% by 2040, meaning it is imperative that energy remains affordable even in a complex and dynamic environment.” “Investors who come to South Sudan want to know whether there is an investment-friendly environment or not.

    As Minister of Investments, I can confirm that it is.

    We have signed the peace agreement and implemented and negotiated it, and now we are at peace.

    South Sudan is not the only country blessed with resources.

    That is why we try to be competitive, making establishment plans based on legal frameworks to ensure competitive laws and regulations that protect investors,” said Bro. Wol.