On August 27, starting at around 07:20 p.m. (local time; August 28, around 03:20 a.m. JST) for about 25 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting Tunisia to attend the The 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 8), paid a courtesy visit to H.E. Mr. Wavel John Charles RAMKALAWAN, President of the Republic of Seychelles.
The summary of the courtesy call is as follows.
Minister Hayashi initially praised the peaceful and democratic transition of power in Seychelles after his election two years ago.
President Ramkalawan expressed his condolences to former Prime Minister Abe and Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude.
Minister Hayashi stated that Japan intends to support Seychelles' initiatives, including climate change countermeasures, and stressed that Japan shares with Seychelles, which has a large EEZ, the challenges of realizing the Free and Open Indo-Pacific .
In response, President Ramkalawan, emphasizing the strong bilateral relations between Japan and Seychelles, expressed appreciation for Japan's extensive support for Seychelles.
They confirmed to further develop bilateral relations based on the initiatives that Japan announced at TICAD 8.
Minister Hayashi then stated that it is essential that the international community cooperate in its response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, and that Japan intends to continue to contribute to strengthening food security in Africa.
President Ramkalawan expressed his appreciation for Japan's support.
Minister Hayashi also raised the importance of transparency and fairness in development finance, and the two sides confirmed that they will cooperate with each other.
In addition, the two sides shared the view of continuing to work together to respond to regional and international problems, such as North Korea, including nuclear, missile and hijacking issues, and strengthening the functions of the United Nations as a whole, including the reform of the Security Council.
They also confirmed coordinating to maintain and strengthen the NPT regime following the recent NPT Review Conference.
S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday praised Taiwan, pledged U.
S. solidarity and said her trip through Asia, which led to unprecedented military drills by an angry China, was never about changing the regional status quo.
Under the “One-China” policy, nearly all countries across the globe recognise Beijing’s sovereignty over Chinese Taipei, including the U.
S., which has no formal diplomatic ties with the territory but continues to support its anti-China stance and supply it with massive amounts of armaments.
S. House speaker, Nancy Pelosi’s diplomatic support to Taipei infuriated China, prompting it to hold live-fire military drills in the waters off Taiwan.
China’s state broadcaster said the military exercises that are set to end on Sunday, would be the largest conducted by China in the Taiwan Strait.
The exercises have involved live fire on the waters and in the airspace around the island.
Five missiles landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), prompting Tokyo to lodge a strong protest through diplomatic channels.
Speaking after the meeting with Pelosi, Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida said China’s military exercises aimed at Taiwan represent a “grave problem” that threatens regional peace and security and the missile launches need to be “stopped immediately”.
Nancy Pelosi, who previously asserted American commitment to democracy in Taiwan and elsewhere as “iron-clad,” said China will not isolate Taipei by preventing American officials from travelling there.
China’s Foreign Ministry, early on Wednesday, lodged a protest with U.
S. Ambassador Nicholas Burns over the unannounced visit by Pelosi to Taiwan, which Beijing calls its “breakaway province.
” The Chinese officials and experts warned Washington would bear all the consequences of this dangerous and provocative move.
Such a visit would also forever change the cross-Straits situation and negatively impact the already-difficult China-U.
Today, Captain Manmeet Singh Kurana, Commanding Officer of INS KOLKATA, paid a courtesy call to Minister Sylvestre Radegonde at Maison Quéau de Quinssy. Captain Khurana and his crew will participate in the National Parade this Wednesday, June 29, 2022.
During the meeting, Captain Khurana thanked the Minister for the invitation to participate in this year's national day celebration parade. They noted that since 1976 - Independence of Seychelles, India has always had the honor of participating in the parade. The Indian platoon will be made up of 30 men, including the ceremonial band of the Indian Navy. During their stay in Port Victoria, the INS KOLKATA crew will also carry out a series of activities, yoga sessions, blood donation and a performance by the Navy band.
INS KOLKATA would also conduct a joint EEZ surveillance exercise after the National Day ceremony with the Seychelles Coast Guard and Air Force. Minister Radegonde thanked Captain Khurana for India's continued support in the fight against piracy and other illegal maritime activities. “India has been a constant and reliable friend over the years. We appreciate all the support we have received from India, especially in the military field,” the Minister said.
They also took note of the various cooperations that exist between the two countries in the military field.
Also present were the Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Vivianne Fock Tave, the Director General for Bilateral Affairs, Ms. Lindy Ernesta, and the First Secretary, Ms. Wendy Isnard. Captain Khurana was accompanied by the Chief Chancellor of the Indian High Commission, Mr. Vikram Grewal.
Captain Gupta stressed that the fishing boat and its nine crew members do not have a single documentationPORT LOUIS, Mauritius, Jan. 14, 2022/APO Group/ --
As part of the action of the National Coast Guard (NCG) in combating the illegal activities that are occurring in the Maritime Zone of Mauritius, the CGS Barracuda was deployed for surveillance in the northern part of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Mauritius for a couple of days. While patrolling the area, he apprehended a suspicious fishing vessel that was not flying any flag.
This announcement was made today by the NCG Commander, Captain Vipin Gupta, at Pier D in Port-Louis.
In his statement to the press, Captain Gupta stressed that the fishing boat and its nine crew members do not have a single documentation and therefore, at this time, it is impossible to know where they come from. The ship, he noted, was about 600 nautical miles north of Port-Louis when it was intercepted by CGS Barracuda.
He noted that no further details about the fishing vessel can be revealed as the matter is still under investigation. He underlined that there are many issues that are suspicious regarding the fishing vessel and expressed his hope that the investigation will provide information and details about the illegal activities taking place in Mauritian waters.
This operation, Capt. Gupta stressed, shows what a large ship like the CGS Barracuda can do, such as sailing the high seas for a long period of time and stopping suspicious ships. He further recalled that the NCG also carried out a major drug seizure on December 16, 2021. The NSG, he assured, will continue to make every effort to ensure the safety of the Mauritius EEZ from any illegal activity.
As for the Superintendent of Police (SP), Mr. Viswarnath Virah Sawmy, stated that this operation is the result of a new strategy implemented by the Acting Police Commissioner regarding maritime security. He reported that a multisectoral approach has been adopted, which also allowed the competent authorities to seize drugs aboard a speedboat recently.
According to SP Virah Sawmy, the vessel was intercepted on January 10, 2022 while CGS Barracuda was patrolling the Mauritius EEZ. He also commented that the investigation to shed light on the suspected fishing vessel will be carried out by the Central Criminal Investigation Division of the Mauritius Police Force.
Central African countries and other countries on the continent already have abundant natural and human resources, but the real leadership challenge is having the right regulatory frameworks in place.BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of), December 8, 2021 / APO Group / -
A high-level debate on the role of transformative leadership in the implementation of industrialization and economic diversification strategies in Central Africa concluded on Monday at the Kintele International Conference Center, near the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, with calls for political predictability. , adequate infrastructure, especially in energy supply. and a better segmented private sector.
High-level speakers also highlighted strong mainland private sector partnerships, cross-border special economic zones, and well-thought-out professional training during the first day of the 37th session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Senior Officials and Experts for Central Africa (ICE). ), convened by the Central Africa Office of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (CEPA) and the Congolese Government.
“Central African countries and other countries on the continent already have abundant natural and human resources, but the real challenge of leadership is having the right regulatory frameworks so that they can trade goods and services with ease,” said Margaret Oghumu, associate vice president of renewable energy and energy. at Africa Finance Corporation (AFC).
Julien Paluku, Minister of Industry of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, lamented that Africa has eight of the 15 countries in the world with the most important essential minerals for modern lifestyles, but the continent operates from the lowest levels of the chains of mineral benefit value.
One of the main reasons for this, he argued, is that "our educational curricula are not designed to produce intellectuals who transform our local resources."
The immediate recourse to adequate professional and vocational training would be a leadership step to improve the strategies of industrialization and economic diversification of the next generation in the subregion, he said.
Anne Nga Ngo, Head of the Cameroonian delegation to the ICE meeting, speaking on behalf of her country's Industry Minister Gabriel Dodo Ndoke (whose virtual participation in the debate was interrupted by connectivity failures) said infrastructure deficits , especially in terms of power supply. and low technological intensity are hampering the implementation of industrial policies and strategies in the subregion.
"We have a weak financial ecosystem that can mainly support short-term loans, and this is not appropriate for consequential investments for structural transformation," he said.
"We cannot industrialize without adequate access to energy," agreed Jean Luc Mastaki, officer in charge of ECA's subregional officer for Central Africa.
But leadership towards subregional energy integration can help alleviate the problem, he continued.
He said that another limitation to implement industrial strategies is the dynamics of supply and demand in the subregion.
"We cannot continue producing what we do not consume, while we consume what we do not produce," Mastaki lamented, while advancing that leaders must encourage the private sector to dedicate itself to the production of items in demand in the subregion.
He said the subregion could better mobilize its human resources to drive its structural transformation, adding that "this human capital needs enabling environments such as Special Economic Zones to thrive."
“Large-scale cross-border EEZs could be more effective in achieving change in industrial productivity than the traditional national zones that the subregion has known so far,” Mastaki continued.
Ms. Carole Mbessa, Deputy General Manager Business Facilities Corporation SA (BFC), and member of the
The Cameroon Business Forum also championed strategic integration.
"The association of industry captains in the subregion and leaders of other business platforms must promote effective alliances with other continental, south-south organizations to pool their resources to support the visions that are being put in place," he said.
The debate culminated in visionary projections towards a Central Africa with better leadership foundations for implementing policies and master plans for trade-induced industrialization and economic diversification.
"We want to be at the center of the conversations for leadership and transformational change in Africa, leading to the construction of SEZs, benefiting products and maximizing the implementation of the AfCFTA in our countries, each according to its competitive advantages," he said. Oghumu from AFC.
"This is home. Nowhere else. Therefore, we will build Africa, do whatever it takes to do it."
“I would like to see a central Africa where countries trade more with themselves, finally measuring and even outperforming other sub-regions,” said Mastaki of the ECA.
“I envision a sub-region where transformational leadership would result in the free movement of goods and people to drive industrial productivity and economic diversification,” he enthused.
The economic reforms introduced by the executive of the Republic of Angola, in the new legal framework, will facilitate the improvement of the business environmentLUANDA, Angola, November 15, 2021 / APO Group / -
The Luanda-Bengo Special Economic Zone (ZEE) (ZEE.co.ao/en/) has launched a new useful tool for investors, the GAI (Guiché de Apoio ao Investidor), or Investor Support Office, which in addition to supporting the directive aimed at facilitating access for domestic and foreign investors, will remove bureaucratic obstacles that may hinder the actions of those who wish to access Angola's privatized assets or companies already established within the EEZ.
The GAI, which was officially launched on November 10, 2021, provides investors with a set of public and private services that will allow them to be harmoniously integrated into the business environment of the EEZ.
- reduce the time needed to access and resolve issues relating to the Angolan public administration
- contribute to a significant increase in the number of companies based in the EEZ
- develop national production and export of goods generated by the Angolan economy
- increase foreign direct investments in the Republic of Angola
The economic reforms introduced by the Executive of the Republic of Angola, in the new legal framework, will facilitate the improvement of the business environment, strengthen the attractiveness of the EEZ and the new Investor Support Office will provide unique advantages to domestic and foreign investors.
GAI's investor support office will be physically accessible with facilities at the ZEE. Applications can also be submitted through official pages, various digital platforms and social media sites.
By Chiazo Ogbolu
President Muhammadu Buhari said the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure Project, commonly referred to as the Deep Blue Project, was the benchmark for maritime security in the West Africa region. Center.
Buhari said this during the inauguration of the project on Thursday in Lagos.
He added that the project would facilitate an environment conducive to the development of the maritime sector and contribute to the diversification of the Nigerian economy.
He said the Deep Blue project is a critical step in achieving maritime security in the region and underscores Nigeria's commitment to provide the necessary framework, resources and cooperation with other nations and maritime users.
“The Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure Project, commonly referred to as Project Deep Blue, is being launched to advance the security architecture and ensure greater enforcement action in Nigerian waters and beyond.
“This assemblage of security assets comes at a critical time when global stealth is focused on piracy activity and the new dimensions it has taken in the Gulf of Guinea.
“Water represents over 80% of the transport environment of the global economy, and concerted efforts are therefore needed to address the anticipated security challenges.
"Therefore, the flag of the Deep Blue Project marks an important milestone in this regard and our collective efforts to address security challenges in the form of piracy and militant crimes in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea," he said. -he declares.
He stressed that this would serve as a benchmark for Gulf of Guinea member states and other relevant stakeholders to further develop innovative strategies and align efforts with the livelihood framework to improve security in the region.
He praised the initiative and assured his government's commitment to the sustainability of the project.
"I am confident that the project which provides a robust security architecture will improve maritime awareness capacity and improve law enforcement measures, especially in the prosecution of suspects and the suppression of piracy and others. maritime offenses that I promulgated in June 2019, "he said. mentionned.
In addition, the Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Ameachi, stressed that the financial and maintenance sustainability of the project would be developed by a committee charged with this responsibility.
Amaechi was pleased that the assets of the project have already been deployed to ensure security in the Lagos Secure Anchor Zone (SAA).
He commended the Ministry of Defense and the heads of the armed forces for their contributions throughout the preliminary stages of the project and encouraged them to maintain their support.
Defense Minister Major General Bashir Magashi said that with Project Deep Blue, security was guaranteed in the maritime sector and this would attract foreign direct investment (FDI) in the maritime domain.
He described the C4i intelligence center as the heart of the project, adding that with the exploitation of C4i and the whole project, piracy in the country's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and the whole of space. shipping would be processed.
Magashi stressed the need to use the assets of the Deep Blue project wisely and advised that proper maintenance be provided to ensure that the benefits of the project are fully maximized.
Dr Bashir Jamoh, director general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Agency (NIMASA), had earlier said that the project, initiated by the Federal Ministry of Transport and the Federal Ministry of Defense, was being put implemented by NIMASA.
He said that with the deployment of Project Deep Blue assets, the country has entered another level of national security designed for full spectrum maritime security and better domain knowledge, using some of the latest technology.
"This effort to secure our waters will give Nigerians more leverage to exploit the enormous resources of our maritime environment and contribute to economic diversification," he said.
According to him, the main objective of the Deep Blue project is to secure Nigerian waters to the Gulf of Guinea, and that the project has three platforms to fight against maritime security on land, sea and air.
Land assets include the Command, Control, Communication, Computing and Intelligence Center (C4i) for intelligence gathering and data collection.
“16 armored vehicles for coastal patrol; and 600 specially trained interdiction soldiers, known as the Maritime Security Unit. Maritime resources are two special mission ships and 17 rapid interception boats.
“The air assets include two special mission planes for surveillance of the country's exclusive economic zone; three special mission helicopters for search and rescue operations; and four unmanned aerial vehicles.
"The Deep Blue Project is the first integrated maritime security strategy in West and Central Africa with the aim of combating cases of piracy, theft at sea and other crimes at sea," he said. he declares.
Jamoh said the Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Crimes Act passed by the Ninth National Assembly would now provide legal support for the prosecution and punishment of offenders, which was a challenge.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that Project Deep Blue has a central command and control center based in Lagos.
The center oversees a network of integrated assets, including two special mission ships and two long-haul special mission aircraft.
It also oversees 17 fast-response vessels capable of reaching speeds of 50 knots, three helicopters and four airborne drones, providing 24/7 coverage for the region. (NAA)(NAN)
The Turkish research vessel Oruc Reis will conduct geological exploration of hydrocarbon deposits in disputed areas of Eastern Mediterranean until Oct. 27, an official said on Thursday.
The Office of Navigation, Hydrography and Oceanography of the Turkish Naval Forces said this on Thursday.
Turkey issued a new international Navtex alert, according to which the Oruc Reis vessel will conduct research with the Ataman and Cengizhan vessels south of the Greek island of Kastelorizo.
On Oct. 11, Turkey announced that Oruc Reis will conduct research with the Ataman and Cengizhan vessels south of Kastelorizo from Oct. 12 to 22.
The Greek Foreign Ministry said that the area belongs to the Greek continental shelf and is located just 6.5 nautical miles from the coast of Kastelorizo.
The territorial waters of the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea are defined at six nautical miles.
Ankara said the vessel operates exclusively on the Turkish continental shelf 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) off the coast of Turkey and 425 kilometers (264 miles) off the coast of Greece.
Similarly, the Turkish Foreign Ministry rejected the demand to stop geological exploration in the disputed shelf areas in the Mediterranean, adopted at the trilateral summit of Egypt, Greece and Cyprus.
Earlier this week, the leaders of Egypt, Greece and Cyprus held the trilateral summit in Nicosia and demanded from Turkey to stop exploration in the exclusive economic zones of Greece and Cyprus.
“We completely reject the statement following the Egypt-Greece-Cyprus summit, which contains unfounded accusations against our country as it was at the previous meetings of the three countries.
“The true intentions of these countries are revealed each time when their statements, which are said to be aimed at ‘supporting peace, stability and cooperation in the eastern Mediterranean,’ target our country,” the statement said.
The Mediterranean has become a flashpoint in regional tensions after the discovery of large underwater gas reserves.
Turkey has played a proactive role, claiming territorial rights over vast swathes of waters, drawing up deals with Libya and increasing prospecting around the divided island of Cyprus, and thus provoking a plethora of criticism from European nations.
Tensions between Turkey and Greece, in particular, escalated in August after Greece and Egypt had signed a maritime deal on an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the eastern Mediterranean.
Ankara then slammed the agreement as “null and void,” saying that Athens and Cairo share no sea border, and claimed that the area of the EEZ was in fact located on Turkey’s continental shelf.
The Greece-Egypt deal prompted Turkey to resume seismic research in eastern Mediterranean.
Edited By: Fatima Sule/Obike Ukoh
Israel is sticking to its agreement with Cyprus in which the two countries delimited their respective exclusive economic zones (EEZ) in the eastern Mediterranean, Israeli Ambassador to Cyprus Sammy Revel said Friday.
He commented on a statement by Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to a Turkish TV channel that "Israel, in order to sign an agreement with Turkey similar to the one Ankara signed with Libya, must cancel the agreement it signed with the 'Greek Cypriot administration'."
Turkey does not recognize Cyprus as a state, referring to the Republic of Cyprus as the "Greek Cypriot administration".
"Israel respects the rights of Cyprus in exercising its sovereign rights in its EEZ. Israel is fully committed to the agreement on the delimitation of the EEZ signed with the Republic of Cyprus in 2010," Revel told the official Cyprus News Agency, when invited to comment on Cavusoglu's suggestion.
Israel and Cyprus are currently engaged in negotiations for the joint exploitation of a Cypriot gas field which extends into the Israeli EEZ.
Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di-Maio on Tuesday arrived Athens to sign an agreement setting up exclusive economic zones (EEZ) between his country and Greece.
Di-Maio said that he would also discuss restarting tourism in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and global travel restrictions.
“Getting foreign tourists to Italy means work for shopkeepers, craftsmen, businesses. It makes the economy to grow.
”We need to deliver results, because we have to make up for the months of deadlock during the lockdown,”he said.
Edited By: Yahaya Isah and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)