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  •   The ECOWAS mission to the Republic of Niger from 25 to 30 September 2022 on migrants stuck in Niger en route to North Africa and Europe has concluded its deliberations Consequently the mission issued a series of recommendations to member states technical and financial partners as well as the ECOWAS Commission The mission delegation included Prof Fatou Sow Sarr ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs as Head of Mission representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the most affected Member States Guinea Nigeria Mali Senegal Ivory Coast Niger Burkina Faso Liberia Gambia Sierra Leone and Benin the ECOWAS Director of Humanitarian and Social Affairs Dr Sintiki Tarfa Ugbe experts from the ECOWAS Commission departments in charge Human Development and Social Affairs as well as Free Circulation While the Mission deplored the increasingly frequent mass deportations of ECOWAS citizens from the Maghreb particularly from Algeria to the territory of Niger the Mission underlined its commitment to uphold respect for migrants in accordance with international law through dialogue and in an environment of bilateral and multilateral cooperation The representatives of the Member States present together with the ECOWAS experts issued a recommendation to the authorities of the respective Member States to promote a legal environment conducive to the good governance of migration and strive to give a human face to the management of migration migration between the ECOWAS countries and the Maghreb They issued a further recommendation inviting and urging ECOWAS to join member states through its platform Migration Dialogue for West Africa MIDWA for concerted migration management with the Maghreb A subsequent recommendation to development partners involved in migration issues called for support for initiatives aimed at putting a human face on migration strengthening national and transnational collaboration between technical departments and collaboration with respective governments on actions humanitarian measures to facilitate the return and reintegration of migrants For the Maghreb countries and all other regions the mission recommended discouraging the forced return of people in need of protection Finally the mission participants praised the efforts of the Government of Niger humanitarian and development partners international organizations and Civil Society to receive deportees from the Maghreb At the end of the Niamey mission Professor Fatou Sow Sarr on Friday September 20 2022 met with the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management of Niger Mr Laouan Magagi the Minister of the Interior Mr Adamou Souley the Minister for Women s Affairs and Child Protection Mrs Allahoury Aminata Zourkaleini and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research Prof Ag Arya Moussa
    An Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mission on the status of migrants trapped in Niger comes to an end
      The ECOWAS mission to the Republic of Niger from 25 to 30 September 2022 on migrants stuck in Niger en route to North Africa and Europe has concluded its deliberations Consequently the mission issued a series of recommendations to member states technical and financial partners as well as the ECOWAS Commission The mission delegation included Prof Fatou Sow Sarr ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs as Head of Mission representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the most affected Member States Guinea Nigeria Mali Senegal Ivory Coast Niger Burkina Faso Liberia Gambia Sierra Leone and Benin the ECOWAS Director of Humanitarian and Social Affairs Dr Sintiki Tarfa Ugbe experts from the ECOWAS Commission departments in charge Human Development and Social Affairs as well as Free Circulation While the Mission deplored the increasingly frequent mass deportations of ECOWAS citizens from the Maghreb particularly from Algeria to the territory of Niger the Mission underlined its commitment to uphold respect for migrants in accordance with international law through dialogue and in an environment of bilateral and multilateral cooperation The representatives of the Member States present together with the ECOWAS experts issued a recommendation to the authorities of the respective Member States to promote a legal environment conducive to the good governance of migration and strive to give a human face to the management of migration migration between the ECOWAS countries and the Maghreb They issued a further recommendation inviting and urging ECOWAS to join member states through its platform Migration Dialogue for West Africa MIDWA for concerted migration management with the Maghreb A subsequent recommendation to development partners involved in migration issues called for support for initiatives aimed at putting a human face on migration strengthening national and transnational collaboration between technical departments and collaboration with respective governments on actions humanitarian measures to facilitate the return and reintegration of migrants For the Maghreb countries and all other regions the mission recommended discouraging the forced return of people in need of protection Finally the mission participants praised the efforts of the Government of Niger humanitarian and development partners international organizations and Civil Society to receive deportees from the Maghreb At the end of the Niamey mission Professor Fatou Sow Sarr on Friday September 20 2022 met with the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management of Niger Mr Laouan Magagi the Minister of the Interior Mr Adamou Souley the Minister for Women s Affairs and Child Protection Mrs Allahoury Aminata Zourkaleini and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research Prof Ag Arya Moussa
    An Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mission on the status of migrants trapped in Niger comes to an end
    Africa2 months ago

    An Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) mission on the status of migrants trapped in Niger comes to an end

    The ECOWAS mission to the Republic of Niger, from 25 to 30 September 2022, on migrants stuck in Niger en route to North Africa and Europe has concluded its deliberations.

    Consequently, the mission issued a series of recommendations to member states, technical and financial partners, as well as the ECOWAS Commission.

    The mission delegation included Prof. Fatou Sow Sarr, ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs, as Head of Mission, representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the most affected Member States (Guinea, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal , Ivory Coast, Niger, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Gambia, Sierra Leone and Benin), the ECOWAS Director of Humanitarian and Social Affairs, Dr. Sintiki Tarfa-Ugbe, experts from the ECOWAS Commission departments in charge Human Development and Social Affairs, as well as Free Circulation.

    While the Mission deplored the increasingly frequent mass deportations of ECOWAS citizens from the Maghreb, particularly from Algeria to the territory of Niger, the Mission underlined its commitment to uphold respect for migrants in accordance with international law through dialogue and in an environment of bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

    The representatives of the Member States present together with the ECOWAS experts issued a recommendation to the authorities of the respective Member States to promote a legal environment conducive to the good governance of migration and strive to give a human face to the management of migration.

    migration between the ECOWAS countries and the Maghreb.

    They issued a further recommendation inviting and urging ECOWAS to join member states through its platform, Migration Dialogue for West Africa (MIDWA), for concerted migration management with the Maghreb.

    A subsequent recommendation to development partners involved in migration issues called for support for initiatives aimed at putting a human face on migration, strengthening national and transnational collaboration between technical departments, and collaboration with respective governments on actions humanitarian measures to facilitate the return and reintegration of migrants.

    .

    For the Maghreb countries and all other regions, the mission recommended discouraging the forced return of people in need of protection.

    Finally, the mission participants praised the efforts of the Government of Niger, humanitarian and development partners, international organizations and Civil Society to receive deportees from the Maghreb.

    At the end of the Niamey mission, Professor Fatou Sow Sarr, on Friday, September 20, 2022, met with the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management of Niger, Mr. Laouan Magagi, the Minister of the Interior, Mr. Adamou Souley, the Minister for Women's Affairs and Child Protection.

    , Mrs. Allahoury Aminata Zourkaleini, and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, Prof. Ag Arya Moussa.

  •   The ECOWAS Commission is convening an expert meeting on the implementation of ECOVISA from 11 13 October 2022 in Abuja Nigeria The meeting which is held in compliance with the mandate of the ECOVISA Working Group is to allow the latter to present its report and the recommendations of the study for validation by the Experts of the Member States The meeting is also an opportunity to discuss other emerging issues related to the implementation of ECOVISA such as the validation of the terms of reference for the contracting of competent local service providers to develop the technology to be used for ECOVISA The recommendations of this Expert Meeting will be taken forward for adoption at the highest level The 3 day meeting will bring together experts in charge of visa issuance experts in charge of visa control at points of entry as well as participants from the ECOWAS Commission and GIZ AUBP For reference the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government directed the ECOWAS Commission to develop the modalities for the smooth implementation of ECOVISA for Migrants from third countries In fulfillment of this mandate the ECOWAS Commission in collaboration with GIZ AUBP launched a study on modalities for the harmonization of Visa procedures and processes in the ECOWAS region An ECOVISA working group was established and a series of expert meetings with experts from Burkina Faso Benin C te d Ivoire Ghana Guinea Bissau Federal Republic of Nigeria and Senegal were held in April 2022 to review the results of the studio This meeting of experts is therefore to ensure the final validation to pave the way for the implementation of ECOVISA
    Meeting of experts on the implementation of ECOVISA
      The ECOWAS Commission is convening an expert meeting on the implementation of ECOVISA from 11 13 October 2022 in Abuja Nigeria The meeting which is held in compliance with the mandate of the ECOVISA Working Group is to allow the latter to present its report and the recommendations of the study for validation by the Experts of the Member States The meeting is also an opportunity to discuss other emerging issues related to the implementation of ECOVISA such as the validation of the terms of reference for the contracting of competent local service providers to develop the technology to be used for ECOVISA The recommendations of this Expert Meeting will be taken forward for adoption at the highest level The 3 day meeting will bring together experts in charge of visa issuance experts in charge of visa control at points of entry as well as participants from the ECOWAS Commission and GIZ AUBP For reference the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government directed the ECOWAS Commission to develop the modalities for the smooth implementation of ECOVISA for Migrants from third countries In fulfillment of this mandate the ECOWAS Commission in collaboration with GIZ AUBP launched a study on modalities for the harmonization of Visa procedures and processes in the ECOWAS region An ECOVISA working group was established and a series of expert meetings with experts from Burkina Faso Benin C te d Ivoire Ghana Guinea Bissau Federal Republic of Nigeria and Senegal were held in April 2022 to review the results of the studio This meeting of experts is therefore to ensure the final validation to pave the way for the implementation of ECOVISA
    Meeting of experts on the implementation of ECOVISA
    Africa2 months ago

    Meeting of experts on the implementation of ECOVISA

    The ECOWAS Commission is convening an expert meeting on the implementation of ECOVISA from 11-13 October 2022 in Abuja, Nigeria.

    The meeting, which is held in compliance with the mandate of the ECOVISA Working Group, is to allow the latter to present its report and the recommendations of the study for validation by the Experts of the Member States.

    The meeting is also an opportunity to discuss other emerging issues related to the implementation of ECOVISA, such as the validation of the terms of reference for the contracting of competent local service providers to develop the technology to be used for ECOVISA.

    The recommendations of this Expert Meeting will be taken forward for adoption at the highest level.

    The 3-day meeting will bring together experts in charge of visa issuance, experts in charge of visa control at points of entry, as well as participants from the ECOWAS Commission and GIZ-AUBP.

    For reference, the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government directed the ECOWAS Commission to develop the modalities for the smooth implementation of ECOVISA for Migrants from third countries.

    In fulfillment of this mandate, the ECOWAS Commission in collaboration with GIZ-AUBP launched a study on modalities for the harmonization of Visa procedures and processes in the ECOWAS region.

    An ECOVISA working group was established and a series of expert meetings with experts from Burkina Faso, Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Senegal were held in April 2022 to review the results of the studio.

    .

    This meeting of experts is therefore to ensure the final validation to pave the way for the implementation of ECOVISA.

  •  The Director General of Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency NIMASA Dr Bashir Jamoh says Nigeria has recorded zero sea robbery and piracy attacks in its waterways since the last quarter of 2021 Jamoh disclosed this while addressing State House correspondents at the weekly ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team on Thursday in Abuja According to Jamoh this feat was achieved following the deployment of an Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure in Nigeria codenamed Deep Blue Project powered by NIMASA The Deep Blue project which was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2021 was to ensure that the nation s waters and the Gulf of Guinea GoG are safe and secured Records indicate that about 70 per cent of maritime trade in the Gulf of Guinea is conducted in Nigeria s waters and this places enormous responsibility on the country to keep its maritime environment and by extension the entire Gulf of Guinea safe and secure He said that similar feat was also recorded in the entire Gulf of Guinea noting that there had not been piracy attack since March Jamoh said From the first quarter of this year to date we have not recorded a single accident or incident on our territorial waters in terms of piracy attack From the last quarter of 2021 till date it s over a year now no single attack This has led to the cancellation of the stigma placed on Nigeria as the most dangerous water in the world and the country was removed from the piracy list for the first time in March 2022 According to the NIMASA boss with this records Nigeria has continued to receive support from the international community including the International Maritime Organisation What we did was to establish what we call Joint Industry Working Group to open up our system to the international community and we told them that Nigeria is not the only country where there is insecurity or piracy but they always point on Nigeria only Through that group all stakeholders in our own industry now meet every month to discuss the progress of maritime insecurity in Nigeria and the entire Gulf of Guinea We now have an agreement between NIMASA Nigerian Navy and the International Coordinating Centre at Yaounde Cameroun so that we can address issues that have to do with maritime security So by extension in the entire Gulf of Guinea we have not had piracy attack since March he said Jamoh further said that there are ground and air patrols around Nigeria s waterways through the Deep Blue Project to ensure safety of ships and lives on board The regime introduced the Deep Blue Project where we had to buy a number of various platforms The President of Nigeria inaugurated the platform of the project which has made Nigeria proud and many nations are coming to see how we manage our maritime security We have two special mission vessels which have the capacity of dynamic positioning We can keep them at the high sea for a number of days he added Jamoh disclosed that NIMASA had taken delivery of three special mission helicopters 16 armoured vehicles specifically meant for creeks According to him the vehicles have special features and can enter into the creeks and search for criminals We also have two special mission aircrafts with 24 hour special cameras which they use to film any place or environment and send the signals immediately he added He further revealed that NIMASA had embarked on removing wrecks maritime litters and also collaborating with the Nigeria Meteorological Agency NIMET as part of measures to ensure the safety of the waterways We have now introduced what we call the marine litter and plastic action plan through which we remove wastes like empty water bottles and sachets of water which are harmful to aquatic lives We sent the plan to the international Maritime Organisation they approved and we are now implementing it The second thing is we now try to improve marine environment management in order to ensure that the environment is safer Any oil company found wanting will be forced to pay for such damages We also collaborate with NIMET to have weather forecasts for our own maritime domain in order to ensure the safety of navigation in our waters he said According to Jamoh NIMASA has so far enjoyed support from Japan and Korea Republic whereby Japan assisted the agency with 2 7 million dollars for the building of ships He revealed that South Korea on its part donated a warship to boost the capacity of NIMASA in fighting pirates and other criminals in the Gulf of Guinea NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Gulf of Guinea: Nigeria records 10 months zero sea robbery, piracy attacks – NIMASA
     The Director General of Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency NIMASA Dr Bashir Jamoh says Nigeria has recorded zero sea robbery and piracy attacks in its waterways since the last quarter of 2021 Jamoh disclosed this while addressing State House correspondents at the weekly ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team on Thursday in Abuja According to Jamoh this feat was achieved following the deployment of an Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure in Nigeria codenamed Deep Blue Project powered by NIMASA The Deep Blue project which was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2021 was to ensure that the nation s waters and the Gulf of Guinea GoG are safe and secured Records indicate that about 70 per cent of maritime trade in the Gulf of Guinea is conducted in Nigeria s waters and this places enormous responsibility on the country to keep its maritime environment and by extension the entire Gulf of Guinea safe and secure He said that similar feat was also recorded in the entire Gulf of Guinea noting that there had not been piracy attack since March Jamoh said From the first quarter of this year to date we have not recorded a single accident or incident on our territorial waters in terms of piracy attack From the last quarter of 2021 till date it s over a year now no single attack This has led to the cancellation of the stigma placed on Nigeria as the most dangerous water in the world and the country was removed from the piracy list for the first time in March 2022 According to the NIMASA boss with this records Nigeria has continued to receive support from the international community including the International Maritime Organisation What we did was to establish what we call Joint Industry Working Group to open up our system to the international community and we told them that Nigeria is not the only country where there is insecurity or piracy but they always point on Nigeria only Through that group all stakeholders in our own industry now meet every month to discuss the progress of maritime insecurity in Nigeria and the entire Gulf of Guinea We now have an agreement between NIMASA Nigerian Navy and the International Coordinating Centre at Yaounde Cameroun so that we can address issues that have to do with maritime security So by extension in the entire Gulf of Guinea we have not had piracy attack since March he said Jamoh further said that there are ground and air patrols around Nigeria s waterways through the Deep Blue Project to ensure safety of ships and lives on board The regime introduced the Deep Blue Project where we had to buy a number of various platforms The President of Nigeria inaugurated the platform of the project which has made Nigeria proud and many nations are coming to see how we manage our maritime security We have two special mission vessels which have the capacity of dynamic positioning We can keep them at the high sea for a number of days he added Jamoh disclosed that NIMASA had taken delivery of three special mission helicopters 16 armoured vehicles specifically meant for creeks According to him the vehicles have special features and can enter into the creeks and search for criminals We also have two special mission aircrafts with 24 hour special cameras which they use to film any place or environment and send the signals immediately he added He further revealed that NIMASA had embarked on removing wrecks maritime litters and also collaborating with the Nigeria Meteorological Agency NIMET as part of measures to ensure the safety of the waterways We have now introduced what we call the marine litter and plastic action plan through which we remove wastes like empty water bottles and sachets of water which are harmful to aquatic lives We sent the plan to the international Maritime Organisation they approved and we are now implementing it The second thing is we now try to improve marine environment management in order to ensure that the environment is safer Any oil company found wanting will be forced to pay for such damages We also collaborate with NIMET to have weather forecasts for our own maritime domain in order to ensure the safety of navigation in our waters he said According to Jamoh NIMASA has so far enjoyed support from Japan and Korea Republic whereby Japan assisted the agency with 2 7 million dollars for the building of ships He revealed that South Korea on its part donated a warship to boost the capacity of NIMASA in fighting pirates and other criminals in the Gulf of Guinea NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Gulf of Guinea: Nigeria records 10 months zero sea robbery, piracy attacks – NIMASA
    General news2 months ago

    Gulf of Guinea: Nigeria records 10 months zero sea robbery, piracy attacks – NIMASA

    The Director General of Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Jamoh, says Nigeria has recorded zero sea robbery and piracy attacks in its waterways since the last quarter of 2021. Jamoh disclosed this while addressing State House correspondents at the weekly ministerial briefing, organised by the Presidential Communications Team on Thursday in Abuja.

    According to Jamoh, this feat was achieved following the deployment of an Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure in Nigeria, codenamed “Deep Blue” Project powered by NIMASA.

    The Deep Blue project, which was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2021, was to ensure that the nation’s waters and the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) are safe and secured.

    Records indicate that about 70 per cent of maritime trade in the Gulf of Guinea is conducted in Nigeria’s waters, and this places enormous responsibility on the country to keep its maritime environment and by extension, the entire Gulf of Guinea, safe and secure.

    He said that similar feat was also recorded in the entire Gulf of Guinea, noting that there had not been piracy attack since March.

    Jamoh said, “From the first quarter of this year to date, we have not recorded a single accident or incident on our territorial waters in terms of piracy attack.

    From the last quarter of 2021 till date, it’s over a year now, no single attack.

    “This has led to the cancellation of the stigma placed on Nigeria as the most dangerous water in the world and the country was removed from the piracy list for the first time in March 2022.’’ According to the NIMASA boss, with this records, Nigeria has continued to receive support from the international community including the International Maritime Organisation.

    “What we did was to establish what we call Joint Industry Working Group; to open up our system to the international community and we told them that Nigeria is not the only country where there is insecurity or piracy but they always point on Nigeria only.

    “Through that group, all stakeholders in our own industry now meet every month to discuss the progress of maritime insecurity in Nigeria and the entire Gulf of Guinea.

    “We now have an agreement between NIMASA, Nigerian Navy and the International Coordinating Centre at Yaounde, Cameroun, so that we can address issues that have to do with maritime security.

    “So by extension, in the entire Gulf of Guinea, we have not had piracy attack since March,” he said.

    Jamoh further said that there are ground and air patrols around Nigeria’s waterways through the Deep Blue Project to ensure safety of ships and lives on board.

    “The regime introduced the Deep Blue Project, where we had to buy a number of various platforms.

    “The President of Nigeria inaugurated the platform of the project, which has made Nigeria proud and many nations are coming to see how we manage our maritime security.

    “We have two special mission vessels, which have the capacity of dynamic positioning.

    We can keep them at the high sea for a number of days,’’ he added.

    Jamoh disclosed that NIMASA had taken delivery of three special mission helicopters, 16 armoured vehicles specifically meant for creeks.

    According to him, the vehicles have special features and can enter into the creeks and search for criminals.

    “We also have two special mission aircrafts with 24 hour special cameras which they use to film any place or environment and send the signals immediately,” he added.

    He further revealed that NIMASA had embarked on removing wrecks, maritime litters and also collaborating with the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) as part of measures to ensure the safety of the waterways, “We have now introduced what we call the marine litter and plastic action plan, through which we remove wastes like empty water bottles and sachets of water which are harmful to aquatic lives.

    “We sent the plan to the international Maritime Organisation, they approved and we are now implementing it.

    “The second thing is, we now try to improve marine environment management in order to ensure that the environment is safer.

    “Any oil company found wanting will be forced to pay for such damages.

    “We also collaborate with NIMET to have weather forecasts for our own maritime domain in order to ensure the safety of navigation in our waters,” he said.

    According to Jamoh, NIMASA has so far enjoyed support from Japan and Korea Republic, whereby, Japan assisted the agency with 2.7 million dollars for the building of ships.

    He revealed that South Korea on its part, donated a warship to boost the capacity of NIMASA in fighting pirates and other criminals in the Gulf of Guinea.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The ECOWAS Commission convened an inaugural Regional Awareness Raising and Awareness Virtual Event on the West African Unique Identification for Regional Integration and Inclusion WURI program on 29 September 2022 The event was convened under the chairmanship of the Chief of the ECOWAS National Office in Guinea Bissau Ms Cristina da Silva Pedreira to provide a platform for the WURI projects that are implemented by the Member States and stakeholders to share information and their experience so that the institutions of the Member States with digital identification immigration and security management functions and the Heads of ECOWAS national offices are better informed about the WURI program The event was attended by representatives from Benin Cape Verde C te d Ivoire Gambia Ghana Guinea Bissau Niger Nigeria Sierra Leone Togo the World Bank and the ECOWAS Commission The Director of Free Movement and Migration speaking on behalf of the Commissioner for Economic Affairs and Agriculture Ms Massandj Tour Litse explained that as the regional component of the program is gaining momentum the Commission considers it necessary to convene this virtual meeting to raise awareness stakeholders with roles related to ID management in the ECOWAS region about the WURI program and also provide a platform for WURI participating Member States to share their experiences in implementing their respective projects He encouraged member states to learn more about the program and highlighted that the beauty of the program lies in its flexibility as other countries can join when they are ready and willing to subscribe to the regional goal of interoperability of foundational systems and mutual recognition of the founding identity Credentials for access to services The Director of Regional Integration Africa and the Middle East and North Africa of the World Bank Ms Boutheina Guermazi expressed the Bank s gratitude to the ECOWAS Commission for creating the platform to learn how the WURI program is being implemented in the pilot countries She pointed out that the program has a continental perspective and adopts a regional vision so its scope extends beyond the six 06 participating Member States She also expressed her confidence in the political will of the participating Member States and in the capacities of the countries to achieve the established goals before reiterating the Bank s continued and constant support to ensure the successful implementation of the program for the benefit of all The World Bank presented the general description of the WURI program that covered the development objective of the program the multiphase approach adopted to reach some 100 million people in the region by 2028 among others while the Commission explained its role the objectives regional cross border interoperability and mutual recognition of credentials prioritized activities for 2022 and achievements to date The exchange of experiences from Benin C te d Ivoire Niger and Togo indicated that the Member States implementing the program are at various stages of implementation and each has its own challenges However countries highlighted key milestones achieved that they hope will be a springboard to drive implementation The presentations made by the Member States during the deliberation session will be taken into account in the course of the execution of the programme The WURI is a multi phase program financed by the World Bank and implemented by Benin Burkina Faso C te d Ivoire Guinea Niger and Togo and the ECOWAS Commission with the aim of increasing the number of people in participating countries have a unique proof of identity recognized by the government that allows access to services Specifically the Commission aims to foster regional dialogues and cooperation for cross border mutual recognition of foundational identity systems for access to services
    Inaugural Regional Awareness Raising Event on the West African Unique Identification Program for Regional Integration and Inclusion (WURI)
      The ECOWAS Commission convened an inaugural Regional Awareness Raising and Awareness Virtual Event on the West African Unique Identification for Regional Integration and Inclusion WURI program on 29 September 2022 The event was convened under the chairmanship of the Chief of the ECOWAS National Office in Guinea Bissau Ms Cristina da Silva Pedreira to provide a platform for the WURI projects that are implemented by the Member States and stakeholders to share information and their experience so that the institutions of the Member States with digital identification immigration and security management functions and the Heads of ECOWAS national offices are better informed about the WURI program The event was attended by representatives from Benin Cape Verde C te d Ivoire Gambia Ghana Guinea Bissau Niger Nigeria Sierra Leone Togo the World Bank and the ECOWAS Commission The Director of Free Movement and Migration speaking on behalf of the Commissioner for Economic Affairs and Agriculture Ms Massandj Tour Litse explained that as the regional component of the program is gaining momentum the Commission considers it necessary to convene this virtual meeting to raise awareness stakeholders with roles related to ID management in the ECOWAS region about the WURI program and also provide a platform for WURI participating Member States to share their experiences in implementing their respective projects He encouraged member states to learn more about the program and highlighted that the beauty of the program lies in its flexibility as other countries can join when they are ready and willing to subscribe to the regional goal of interoperability of foundational systems and mutual recognition of the founding identity Credentials for access to services The Director of Regional Integration Africa and the Middle East and North Africa of the World Bank Ms Boutheina Guermazi expressed the Bank s gratitude to the ECOWAS Commission for creating the platform to learn how the WURI program is being implemented in the pilot countries She pointed out that the program has a continental perspective and adopts a regional vision so its scope extends beyond the six 06 participating Member States She also expressed her confidence in the political will of the participating Member States and in the capacities of the countries to achieve the established goals before reiterating the Bank s continued and constant support to ensure the successful implementation of the program for the benefit of all The World Bank presented the general description of the WURI program that covered the development objective of the program the multiphase approach adopted to reach some 100 million people in the region by 2028 among others while the Commission explained its role the objectives regional cross border interoperability and mutual recognition of credentials prioritized activities for 2022 and achievements to date The exchange of experiences from Benin C te d Ivoire Niger and Togo indicated that the Member States implementing the program are at various stages of implementation and each has its own challenges However countries highlighted key milestones achieved that they hope will be a springboard to drive implementation The presentations made by the Member States during the deliberation session will be taken into account in the course of the execution of the programme The WURI is a multi phase program financed by the World Bank and implemented by Benin Burkina Faso C te d Ivoire Guinea Niger and Togo and the ECOWAS Commission with the aim of increasing the number of people in participating countries have a unique proof of identity recognized by the government that allows access to services Specifically the Commission aims to foster regional dialogues and cooperation for cross border mutual recognition of foundational identity systems for access to services
    Inaugural Regional Awareness Raising Event on the West African Unique Identification Program for Regional Integration and Inclusion (WURI)
    Africa2 months ago

    Inaugural Regional Awareness Raising Event on the West African Unique Identification Program for Regional Integration and Inclusion (WURI)

    The ECOWAS Commission convened an inaugural Regional Awareness Raising and Awareness Virtual Event on the West African Unique Identification for Regional Integration and Inclusion (WURI) program on 29 September 2022.

    The event was convened under the chairmanship of the Chief of the ECOWAS National Office in Guinea-Bissau, Ms. Cristina da Silva Pedreira, to provide a platform for the WURI projects that are implemented by the Member States and stakeholders to share information and their experience so that the institutions of the Member States with digital identification, immigration and security management functions and the Heads of ECOWAS national offices are better informed about the WURI program.

    The event was attended by representatives from Benin, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo, the World Bank and the ECOWAS Commission.

    The Director of Free Movement and Migration, speaking on behalf of the Commissioner for Economic Affairs and Agriculture, Ms. Massandjé Touré-Litse explained that as the regional component of the program is gaining momentum, the Commission considers it necessary to convene this virtual meeting to raise awareness stakeholders with roles related to ID management in the ECOWAS region about the WURI program and also provide a platform for WURI participating Member States to share their experiences in implementing their respective projects.

    He encouraged member states to learn more about the program and highlighted that the beauty of the program lies in its flexibility, as other countries can join when they are ready and willing to subscribe to the regional goal of interoperability of foundational systems and mutual recognition of the founding identity.

    Credentials for access to services.

    The Director of Regional Integration, Africa and the Middle East and North Africa of the World Bank, Ms. Boutheina Guermazi, expressed the Bank's gratitude to the ECOWAS Commission for creating the platform to learn how the WURI program is being implemented in the pilot countries.

    She pointed out that the program has a continental perspective and adopts a regional vision, so its scope extends beyond the six (06) participating Member States.

    She also expressed her confidence in the political will of the participating Member States and in the capacities of the countries to achieve the established goals, before reiterating the Bank's continued and constant support to ensure the successful implementation of the program for the benefit of all.

    The World Bank presented the general description of the WURI program that covered the development objective of the program, the multiphase approach adopted to reach some 100 million people in the region by 2028, among others, while the Commission explained its role, the objectives regional cross-border interoperability and mutual recognition of credentials, prioritized activities for 2022 and achievements to date.

    The exchange of experiences from Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Niger and Togo indicated that the Member States implementing the program are at various stages of implementation and each has its own challenges.

    However, countries highlighted key milestones achieved that they hope will be a springboard to drive implementation.

    The presentations made by the Member States during the deliberation session will be taken into account in the course of the execution of the programme.

    The WURI is a multi-phase program financed by the World Bank and implemented by Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Niger and Togo, and the ECOWAS Commission, with the aim of increasing the number of people in participating countries have a unique proof of identity recognized by the government that allows access to services.

    Specifically, the Commission aims to foster regional dialogues and cooperation for cross-border mutual recognition of foundational identity systems for access to services.

  •  The Ministry of Transportation in collaboration with Nigeria International Maritime Summit NIMS says the 2022 NIMS will increase investment and efficiency in the Nigerian Maritime sector The duo said this in a statement signed by Dr Magdalene Ajani Permanent Secretary Ministry of Transportation and Mfon Usoro the Governing Board Chairperson of NIMS According to the group the Minister of Transportation Mu azu Sambo will host the summit from Nov 21 22 with a keynote address to be delivered by the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation Kitack Lim NIMS 2022 will feature government to government government to business and business to business exchanges towards increasing investment and efficiency in the Nigerian maritime sector The visit by Lim will be the first by an IMO secretary general to Nigeria in more than 20 years and is facilitated by the Ministry of Transportation in collaboration with the Governing Board of NIMS We are pleased to have this rare opportunity to host the world s top global maritime diplomat in Nigeria and to showcase the significant milestones achieved by this administration in the maritime industry The visit of the IMO secretary general reflects the importance attached to Nigeria s role in the Gulf of Guinea and her recent strides in confronting the challenge of maritime security and cleaner oceans It also opens opportunities for Nigeria in ongoing and emerging multilateral engagements the group said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the summit is Igniting the Blue Economy According to the group the secretary general will during the visit engage in high level consultations with government and private sector stakeholders with a special focus on the theme of the NIMS summit NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group says summit will increase investment,  efficiency in Nigeria Maritime sector
     The Ministry of Transportation in collaboration with Nigeria International Maritime Summit NIMS says the 2022 NIMS will increase investment and efficiency in the Nigerian Maritime sector The duo said this in a statement signed by Dr Magdalene Ajani Permanent Secretary Ministry of Transportation and Mfon Usoro the Governing Board Chairperson of NIMS According to the group the Minister of Transportation Mu azu Sambo will host the summit from Nov 21 22 with a keynote address to be delivered by the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation Kitack Lim NIMS 2022 will feature government to government government to business and business to business exchanges towards increasing investment and efficiency in the Nigerian maritime sector The visit by Lim will be the first by an IMO secretary general to Nigeria in more than 20 years and is facilitated by the Ministry of Transportation in collaboration with the Governing Board of NIMS We are pleased to have this rare opportunity to host the world s top global maritime diplomat in Nigeria and to showcase the significant milestones achieved by this administration in the maritime industry The visit of the IMO secretary general reflects the importance attached to Nigeria s role in the Gulf of Guinea and her recent strides in confronting the challenge of maritime security and cleaner oceans It also opens opportunities for Nigeria in ongoing and emerging multilateral engagements the group said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the summit is Igniting the Blue Economy According to the group the secretary general will during the visit engage in high level consultations with government and private sector stakeholders with a special focus on the theme of the NIMS summit NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group says summit will increase investment,  efficiency in Nigeria Maritime sector
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    Group says summit will increase investment,  efficiency in Nigeria Maritime sector

    The Ministry of Transportation, in collaboration with Nigeria International Maritime Summit (NIMS), says the 2022 NIMS will increase investment and efficiency in the Nigerian Maritime sector.

    The duo said this in a statement signed by Dr Magdalene Ajani, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation and Mfon Usoro, the Governing Board Chairperson of NIMS.

    According to the group, the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo will host the summit from  Nov. 21- 22 with a keynote address to be delivered by the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation, Kitack Lim.” NIMS 2022 will feature government-to-government, government-to-business and business-to-business exchanges towards increasing investment and efficiency in the Nigerian maritime sector.

    ”The visit by Lim will be the first by an IMO secretary-general to Nigeria in more than 20 years, and is facilitated by the Ministry of Transportation, in collaboration with the Governing Board of NIMS.

    ”We are pleased to have this rare opportunity to host the world’s top global maritime diplomat in Nigeria and to showcase the significant milestones achieved by this administration in the maritime industry.

    ”The visit of the IMO secretary-general reflects the importance attached to Nigeria’s role in the Gulf of Guinea and her recent strides in confronting the challenge of maritime security and cleaner oceans.

    ” It also opens opportunities for Nigeria in ongoing and emerging multilateral engagements,” the group said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the summit is, ”Igniting the Blue Economy”.

    According to the group, the secretary-general will during the visit, engage in high-level consultations with government and private sector stakeholders with a special focus on the theme of the NIMS summit.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Kwara United Football Club has rounded up its preparations for the First Leg First Round match of the 20222023 TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup competition against Renaissance Sportive de Berkane of Morocco billed for Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos on Oct 9 After eliminating AS Douanes of Niger Republic in the Preliminary Rounds of the competition the team has played series of friendly matches to tune up for the game on Sunday Aware that the RS Berkane challenge is more crucial the technical crew stepped up its trainings especially on the backdrop of their resolve to qualify for the Group stage of the second tier inter club competition in Africa The team left Ilorin for Lagos on Wednesday in continuation of its preparations as the coaches expressed optimism that they will achieve the set goal of scalling the RS Berkane hurdle Nickname The Oranges Boys RS Berkane was founded 84 years ago in 1938 to be exact and it is a professional football club based in Berkane Morocco that competes in Botola the top flight of Moroccan football They are the current holders of the CAF Confederation Cup title and Champion of Champions After the first leg at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos on Sunday Kwara United will visit Berkane Morocco for the second leg on Sunday Oct 15 with the 10 000 capacity Stade Municipal de Berkane Morocco hosting the match The winner over the two legs qualifies for the Group stage Just like the match against AS Douanes Kwara United need to win and win well on Sunday to reduce the presuure on the team in the return leg in Berkane This is Kwara United s third participation in CAF organised inter club competition after the 19992000 and 20062007 seasons CAFCC SECOND ROUND FIXTURES Al Akhder Libya v Azam FC Tanzania Hilal AlSahil Sudan v Pyramids FC Egypt AS Kigali Rwanda v Al Nasr Libya ASCK Togo v USM Alger Algeria Elgeco Plus Madagascar v M Gallants South Africa AS FAR Morocco v Anglogold Ashanti GBS Guinea Fasil Kenema Ethiopia v CS Sfaxien Tunisia Ferroviaro da Beira Mozambique v Diables Noirs Congo Kallon FC Sierra Leone v Future FC Egypt Kipanga Zanzibar v Club Africain Tunisia Kwara United Nigeria v RS Berkane Morocco Royal AM South Africa v Zesco United Zambia Sporting Gagnoa C te d Ivoire v JS Saoura Algeria St Eloi Lupopo DR Congo v GD Sagrada Esperan a Angola St Michel Seychelles v DC Motema Pembe DR Congo AS Real Bamako Mali v Accra Hearts of Oak Ghana The second preliminary round of the CAF Confederation Cup is scheduled for Oct 7 8 and 9 for the first leg and Oct 14 15 and 16 for the Second leg NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CAFCC: Kwara Utd brace up for RS Berkane challenge
     Kwara United Football Club has rounded up its preparations for the First Leg First Round match of the 20222023 TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup competition against Renaissance Sportive de Berkane of Morocco billed for Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos on Oct 9 After eliminating AS Douanes of Niger Republic in the Preliminary Rounds of the competition the team has played series of friendly matches to tune up for the game on Sunday Aware that the RS Berkane challenge is more crucial the technical crew stepped up its trainings especially on the backdrop of their resolve to qualify for the Group stage of the second tier inter club competition in Africa The team left Ilorin for Lagos on Wednesday in continuation of its preparations as the coaches expressed optimism that they will achieve the set goal of scalling the RS Berkane hurdle Nickname The Oranges Boys RS Berkane was founded 84 years ago in 1938 to be exact and it is a professional football club based in Berkane Morocco that competes in Botola the top flight of Moroccan football They are the current holders of the CAF Confederation Cup title and Champion of Champions After the first leg at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos on Sunday Kwara United will visit Berkane Morocco for the second leg on Sunday Oct 15 with the 10 000 capacity Stade Municipal de Berkane Morocco hosting the match The winner over the two legs qualifies for the Group stage Just like the match against AS Douanes Kwara United need to win and win well on Sunday to reduce the presuure on the team in the return leg in Berkane This is Kwara United s third participation in CAF organised inter club competition after the 19992000 and 20062007 seasons CAFCC SECOND ROUND FIXTURES Al Akhder Libya v Azam FC Tanzania Hilal AlSahil Sudan v Pyramids FC Egypt AS Kigali Rwanda v Al Nasr Libya ASCK Togo v USM Alger Algeria Elgeco Plus Madagascar v M Gallants South Africa AS FAR Morocco v Anglogold Ashanti GBS Guinea Fasil Kenema Ethiopia v CS Sfaxien Tunisia Ferroviaro da Beira Mozambique v Diables Noirs Congo Kallon FC Sierra Leone v Future FC Egypt Kipanga Zanzibar v Club Africain Tunisia Kwara United Nigeria v RS Berkane Morocco Royal AM South Africa v Zesco United Zambia Sporting Gagnoa C te d Ivoire v JS Saoura Algeria St Eloi Lupopo DR Congo v GD Sagrada Esperan a Angola St Michel Seychelles v DC Motema Pembe DR Congo AS Real Bamako Mali v Accra Hearts of Oak Ghana The second preliminary round of the CAF Confederation Cup is scheduled for Oct 7 8 and 9 for the first leg and Oct 14 15 and 16 for the Second leg NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CAFCC: Kwara Utd brace up for RS Berkane challenge
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    CAFCC: Kwara Utd brace up for RS Berkane challenge

    Kwara United Football Club has rounded up its preparations for the First Leg, First Round match of the 20222023 TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup competition against Renaissance Sportive de Berkane of Morocco, billed for Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos, on Oct. 9. After eliminating AS Douanes of Niger Republic in the Preliminary Rounds of the competition, the team has played series of friendly matches to tune up for the game on Sunday.

    Aware that the RS Berkane challenge is more crucial, the technical crew stepped up its trainings, especially on the backdrop of their resolve to qualify for the Group stage of the second-tier inter-club competition in Africa.

    The team left Ilorin for Lagos on Wednesday in continuation of its preparations, as the coaches expressed optimism that they will achieve the set goal of scalling the RS Berkane hurdle.

    Nickname ‘The Oranges Boys’, RS Berkane was founded 84 years ago, in 1938 to be exact, and it is a professional football club based in Berkane, Morocco, that competes in Botola, the top flight of Moroccan football.

    They are the current holders of the CAF Confederation Cup title and Champion of Champions.

    After the first leg at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos on Sunday, Kwara United will visit Berkane, Morocco, for the second leg on Sunday Oct. 15, with the 10,000 capacity Stade Municipal de Berkane, Morocco hosting the match.

    The winner over the two legs qualifies for the Group stage.

    Just like the match against AS Douanes, Kwara United need to win and win well on Sunday, to reduce the presuure on the team in the return leg in Berkane.

    This is Kwara United’s third participation in CAF organised inter-club competition, after the 19992000 and 20062007 seasons.

    CAFCC SECOND ROUND FIXTURES Al Akhder (Libya) v Azam FC (Tanzania) Hilal AlSahil (Sudan) v Pyramids FC (Egypt) AS Kigali (Rwanda) v Al Nasr (Libya) ASCK (Togo) v USM Alger (Algeria) Elgeco Plus (Madagascar) v M.

    Gallants (South Africa) AS FAR (Morocco) v Anglogold Ashanti GBS (Guinea) Fasil Kenema (Ethiopia) v CS Sfaxien (Tunisia) Ferroviaro da Beira (Mozambique) v Diables Noirs (Congo) Kallon FC (Sierra Leone) v Future FC (Egypt) Kipanga (Zanzibar) v Club Africain (Tunisia) Kwara United (Nigeria) v RS Berkane (Morocco) Royal AM (South Africa) v Zesco United (Zambia) Sporting Gagnoa (Côte d’Ivoire) v JS Saoura (Algeria) St Eloi Lupopo (DR Congo) v GD Sagrada Esperança (Angola) St Michel (Seychelles) v DC Motema Pembe (DR Congo) AS Real Bamako (Mali) v Accra Hearts of Oak (Ghana).

    The second preliminary round of the CAF Confederation Cup is scheduled for Oct. 7, 8 and 9 (for the first leg), and Oct. 14, 15 and 16 (for the Second leg).


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The Human Rights Council this morning concluded its general debate on agenda item nine on racism racial discrimination xenophobia and related intolerance follow up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action In the general debate many speakers welcomed the work of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent They said the comprehensive action oriented Durban Declaration and Program of Action remain an essential tool to combat racism and racial discrimination and are as relevant today as they were in 2001 when they were adopted by consensus at the World Conference against Racism in Durban Some speakers highlighted the importance of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action for the elimination of racism and racial discrimination and reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of the Declaration The implementation and comprehensive follow up of the Durban Declaration must continue to be a priority for all States Many speakers said that systemic racism and other forms of racial discrimination continued to deprive millions of people of their dignity equality and fundamental human rights Minorities and ethnic groups namely people of African Asian and Muslim descent have long been discriminated against and marginalized their rights have been violated and their security is under constant threat of violence Racism ethnic profiling and the glorification of past crimes seriously undermined efforts to promote international peace and security Some speakers expressed concern about the persistence of structural racism particularly in developed countries and their subsequent attempts to evade their historical debt to people who were victims of slavery Several speakers strongly condemned racial injustices and racially motivated violence perpetrated against people of African descent saying that the reports presented under the agenda item painted a bleak picture it was clear that the world was not doing enough to end racism and racial discrimination Some speakers highlighted cases of Islamophobia and strongly condemned any action that prevents Muslims from practicing their faith Aligning the actions of terrorist groups with religions such as Islam is an act of racial discrimination Some speakers said that in autocratic systems racist hate speech and dehumanization of ethnic or religious groups were often elevated to the level of state ideology with the aim of replacing any internal discourse with propaganda about the designated enemy Only through collective efforts can racism and racial discrimination be eliminated Diversity was a strength and not a threat to society Some speakers highlighted that although more than two years had passed since African American George Floyd died as a result of police violence discriminatory law enforcement against ethnic minorities and related violence and deaths continued to emerge in some countries Police racism and violence were issues of chronic systemic and structural racism and social inequality in certain countries with the legacy of slavery and colonialism in their history Some speakers said it was unfortunate that in some of the countries that proclaimed themselves leaders in human rights people were more likely to be extrajudicially detained or killed by law enforcement because of the color of their skin Although digital technologies including artificial intelligence presented increasing opportunities their misuse also posed risks to fundamental rights and democracy some speakers said They expressed deep concern about the rise of online hate speech and harassment which was often driven by algorithms programmed to record engagement generate more views and stimulate users to post hateful content Despite the opportunities digital platforms offered for public engagement and participation speakers were concerned that the misuse of those platforms could amplify hate speech and contribute to national ethnic racial or religious polarization It was essential to protect and promote the right to freedom of opinion and expression in the digital age There was a need to work on the use of technology as a means to contribute to the fight against racism and racial discrimination Some speakers called on relevant countries to address the serious problems of racism and racial discrimination in their countries and comprehensively review and review discriminatory policies review judicial and law enforcement bodies and thoroughly investigate cases of violence to hold criminals accountable and compensate victims States must adopt a victim oriented approach to the problems of racism and related intolerance to accelerate action for racial equality and address disparities and inequalities in human development The Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights should attach greater importance to the problems of racial discrimination and violence by law enforcement agencies and take the necessary measures Several speakers urged the international community to redouble its efforts to resolve international challenges and address problems related to any form of racism They said that the Council had a role to play in leading the discussion on the issue with a broad commitment and participation of States Some speakers discussed ways in which their countries were deepening national programs focused on eliminating racism and racial discrimination with civil society often playing a critical role in this process They described the specific legislation and mechanisms that had been established to prevent address eradicate and punish racial discrimination One speaker reported on specific programs that exist to deal with hate crimes in certain States including a free program that assists victims of anti Muslim hate through counseling advocacy and legal signaling services Speakers said that many States had been represented at the General Assembly in September where they commemorated the thirtieth anniversary of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic Religious and Linguistic Minorities Speaking in the general debate were China on behalf of a group of countries Armenia on behalf of a group of countries Cuba Venezuela China Namibia India Armenia Malaysia the United States Nepal Indonesia the United Kingdom Pakistan Benin Bolivia Ukraine Malawi Qatar Mauritania Sudan Germany Israel Ecuador Iraq Morocco Bahrain Democratic People s Republic of Korea Russian Federation Afghanistan South Africa Nigeria Peru Syria Belarus Algeria Suriname T rkiye Tunisia Egypt Iran Saudi Arabia and Georgia The following non governmental organizations spoke International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists International Movement of Youth and Students for the United Nations Al Baraem Association for Charity Work Social Organization Association of Women with University Education Elizka Relief Foundation Institute for NGO Research International Federation for the Protection of the Rights of Ethnic Religious Linguistic and Other Minorities International Service for Human Rights International Human Rights Association of American Minorities International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination Coordination Board of Jewish Organizations Afrique Esperance World Jewish Congress China Foundation for the Development of Human Rights Al Haq Law in the Service of Man Chinese NGO Network for International Exchanges Interfaith International Rencontre Af ricaine pour la defense des droits de l homme B nai B rith Fitilla Guinea Humanitaire and Center Europeen pour le droit les Justice et les droits de l homme Also speaking were the China Association for International Understanding the Chinese Society for Human Rights Studies the Youth Parliament for the SDGs International Lawyers Org the Center for Gender Justice and Women s Empowerment the International Humanist Union and Ethics the Meezaan Center for Human Rights Human Rights Information and Training Center Human Is Right Association Ma onah for Human Rights and Immigration Peace Track Initiative Sikh Human Rights Group International Commission of Jurists Conselho Indigenista Mission rio Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Conectas Direitos Humanas Association Bharathi Center Culturel Franco Tamoul Association pour les Victimes Du Monde Organization for the Defense of Victims of Violence Integrated Youth Empowerment Joint Initiative Group Platform for the Integration of Youth and Volunteering Association pour la d fense des droits de l homme et des rev endications d mocratiques culturelles du peuple Azerbaidjanais Iran Mother of Hope Cameroon Common Initiativ e Group Africa Culture Internationale Institut International pour les Droits et le D veloppement Global Institute for Water Environment and Health Iraqi Development Organization and LePont Speaking with the right of reply Azerbaijan and Armenia General discussion on agenda item nine on racism racial discrimination xenophobia and related intolerance follow up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action began at the previous meeting and a summary can be found here The webcast of the Human Rights Council meetings can be found here All meeting summaries can be found here Documents and reports related to the fifty first regular session of the Human Rights Council can be found here The Human Rights Council will resume its work at 3 00 p m this afternoon when it will hear the High Commissioner s oral presentation on the situation of human rights in Ukraine followed by an interactive dialogue The Council will then hear a presentation of the High Commissioner s report on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo followed by an enhanced interactive dialogue If time permits the Council will hear an oral update from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in South Sudan including the challenges facing the post conflict transition followed by an interactive discussion
    Human Rights Council concludes general debate on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance
      The Human Rights Council this morning concluded its general debate on agenda item nine on racism racial discrimination xenophobia and related intolerance follow up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action In the general debate many speakers welcomed the work of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent They said the comprehensive action oriented Durban Declaration and Program of Action remain an essential tool to combat racism and racial discrimination and are as relevant today as they were in 2001 when they were adopted by consensus at the World Conference against Racism in Durban Some speakers highlighted the importance of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action for the elimination of racism and racial discrimination and reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of the Declaration The implementation and comprehensive follow up of the Durban Declaration must continue to be a priority for all States Many speakers said that systemic racism and other forms of racial discrimination continued to deprive millions of people of their dignity equality and fundamental human rights Minorities and ethnic groups namely people of African Asian and Muslim descent have long been discriminated against and marginalized their rights have been violated and their security is under constant threat of violence Racism ethnic profiling and the glorification of past crimes seriously undermined efforts to promote international peace and security Some speakers expressed concern about the persistence of structural racism particularly in developed countries and their subsequent attempts to evade their historical debt to people who were victims of slavery Several speakers strongly condemned racial injustices and racially motivated violence perpetrated against people of African descent saying that the reports presented under the agenda item painted a bleak picture it was clear that the world was not doing enough to end racism and racial discrimination Some speakers highlighted cases of Islamophobia and strongly condemned any action that prevents Muslims from practicing their faith Aligning the actions of terrorist groups with religions such as Islam is an act of racial discrimination Some speakers said that in autocratic systems racist hate speech and dehumanization of ethnic or religious groups were often elevated to the level of state ideology with the aim of replacing any internal discourse with propaganda about the designated enemy Only through collective efforts can racism and racial discrimination be eliminated Diversity was a strength and not a threat to society Some speakers highlighted that although more than two years had passed since African American George Floyd died as a result of police violence discriminatory law enforcement against ethnic minorities and related violence and deaths continued to emerge in some countries Police racism and violence were issues of chronic systemic and structural racism and social inequality in certain countries with the legacy of slavery and colonialism in their history Some speakers said it was unfortunate that in some of the countries that proclaimed themselves leaders in human rights people were more likely to be extrajudicially detained or killed by law enforcement because of the color of their skin Although digital technologies including artificial intelligence presented increasing opportunities their misuse also posed risks to fundamental rights and democracy some speakers said They expressed deep concern about the rise of online hate speech and harassment which was often driven by algorithms programmed to record engagement generate more views and stimulate users to post hateful content Despite the opportunities digital platforms offered for public engagement and participation speakers were concerned that the misuse of those platforms could amplify hate speech and contribute to national ethnic racial or religious polarization It was essential to protect and promote the right to freedom of opinion and expression in the digital age There was a need to work on the use of technology as a means to contribute to the fight against racism and racial discrimination Some speakers called on relevant countries to address the serious problems of racism and racial discrimination in their countries and comprehensively review and review discriminatory policies review judicial and law enforcement bodies and thoroughly investigate cases of violence to hold criminals accountable and compensate victims States must adopt a victim oriented approach to the problems of racism and related intolerance to accelerate action for racial equality and address disparities and inequalities in human development The Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights should attach greater importance to the problems of racial discrimination and violence by law enforcement agencies and take the necessary measures Several speakers urged the international community to redouble its efforts to resolve international challenges and address problems related to any form of racism They said that the Council had a role to play in leading the discussion on the issue with a broad commitment and participation of States Some speakers discussed ways in which their countries were deepening national programs focused on eliminating racism and racial discrimination with civil society often playing a critical role in this process They described the specific legislation and mechanisms that had been established to prevent address eradicate and punish racial discrimination One speaker reported on specific programs that exist to deal with hate crimes in certain States including a free program that assists victims of anti Muslim hate through counseling advocacy and legal signaling services Speakers said that many States had been represented at the General Assembly in September where they commemorated the thirtieth anniversary of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic Religious and Linguistic Minorities Speaking in the general debate were China on behalf of a group of countries Armenia on behalf of a group of countries Cuba Venezuela China Namibia India Armenia Malaysia the United States Nepal Indonesia the United Kingdom Pakistan Benin Bolivia Ukraine Malawi Qatar Mauritania Sudan Germany Israel Ecuador Iraq Morocco Bahrain Democratic People s Republic of Korea Russian Federation Afghanistan South Africa Nigeria Peru Syria Belarus Algeria Suriname T rkiye Tunisia Egypt Iran Saudi Arabia and Georgia The following non governmental organizations spoke International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists International Movement of Youth and Students for the United Nations Al Baraem Association for Charity Work Social Organization Association of Women with University Education Elizka Relief Foundation Institute for NGO Research International Federation for the Protection of the Rights of Ethnic Religious Linguistic and Other Minorities International Service for Human Rights International Human Rights Association of American Minorities International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination Coordination Board of Jewish Organizations Afrique Esperance World Jewish Congress China Foundation for the Development of Human Rights Al Haq Law in the Service of Man Chinese NGO Network for International Exchanges Interfaith International Rencontre Af ricaine pour la defense des droits de l homme B nai B rith Fitilla Guinea Humanitaire and Center Europeen pour le droit les Justice et les droits de l homme Also speaking were the China Association for International Understanding the Chinese Society for Human Rights Studies the Youth Parliament for the SDGs International Lawyers Org the Center for Gender Justice and Women s Empowerment the International Humanist Union and Ethics the Meezaan Center for Human Rights Human Rights Information and Training Center Human Is Right Association Ma onah for Human Rights and Immigration Peace Track Initiative Sikh Human Rights Group International Commission of Jurists Conselho Indigenista Mission rio Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Conectas Direitos Humanas Association Bharathi Center Culturel Franco Tamoul Association pour les Victimes Du Monde Organization for the Defense of Victims of Violence Integrated Youth Empowerment Joint Initiative Group Platform for the Integration of Youth and Volunteering Association pour la d fense des droits de l homme et des rev endications d mocratiques culturelles du peuple Azerbaidjanais Iran Mother of Hope Cameroon Common Initiativ e Group Africa Culture Internationale Institut International pour les Droits et le D veloppement Global Institute for Water Environment and Health Iraqi Development Organization and LePont Speaking with the right of reply Azerbaijan and Armenia General discussion on agenda item nine on racism racial discrimination xenophobia and related intolerance follow up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action began at the previous meeting and a summary can be found here The webcast of the Human Rights Council meetings can be found here All meeting summaries can be found here Documents and reports related to the fifty first regular session of the Human Rights Council can be found here The Human Rights Council will resume its work at 3 00 p m this afternoon when it will hear the High Commissioner s oral presentation on the situation of human rights in Ukraine followed by an interactive dialogue The Council will then hear a presentation of the High Commissioner s report on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo followed by an enhanced interactive dialogue If time permits the Council will hear an oral update from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in South Sudan including the challenges facing the post conflict transition followed by an interactive discussion
    Human Rights Council concludes general debate on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance
    Africa2 months ago

    Human Rights Council concludes general debate on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance

    The Human Rights Council this morning concluded its general debate on agenda item nine on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance: follow-up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action.

    In the general debate, many speakers welcomed the work of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.

    They said the comprehensive action-oriented Durban Declaration and Program of Action remain an essential tool to combat racism and racial discrimination, and are as relevant today as they were in 2001 when they were adopted by consensus at the World Conference against Racism in Durban.

    Some speakers highlighted the importance of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action for the elimination of racism and racial discrimination and reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of the Declaration.

    The implementation and comprehensive follow-up of the Durban Declaration must continue to be a priority for all States.

    Many speakers said that systemic racism and other forms of racial discrimination continued to deprive millions of people of their dignity, equality and fundamental human rights.

    Minorities and ethnic groups, namely people of African, Asian and Muslim descent, have long been discriminated against and marginalized, their rights have been violated and their security is under constant threat of violence.

    Racism, ethnic profiling and the glorification of past crimes seriously undermined efforts to promote international peace and security.

    Some speakers expressed concern about the persistence of structural racism, particularly in developed countries, and their subsequent attempts to evade their historical debt to people who were victims of slavery.

    Several speakers strongly condemned racial injustices and racially motivated violence perpetrated against people of African descent, saying that the reports presented under the agenda item painted a bleak picture; it was clear that the world was not doing enough to end racism and racial discrimination.

    Some speakers highlighted cases of Islamophobia and strongly condemned any action that prevents Muslims from practicing their faith.

    Aligning the actions of terrorist groups with religions such as Islam is an act of racial discrimination.

    Some speakers said that in autocratic systems, racist hate speech and dehumanization of ethnic or religious groups were often elevated to the level of state ideology, with the aim of replacing any internal discourse with propaganda about the designated enemy.

    Only through collective efforts can racism and racial discrimination be eliminated.

    Diversity was a strength and not a threat to society.

    Some speakers highlighted that, although more than two years had passed since African-American George Floyd died as a result of police violence, discriminatory law enforcement against ethnic minorities and related violence and deaths continued to emerge in some countries.

    Police racism and violence were issues of chronic, systemic and structural racism and social inequality in certain countries, with the legacy of slavery and colonialism in their history.

    Some speakers said it was unfortunate that in some of the countries that proclaimed themselves leaders in human rights, people were more likely to be extrajudicially detained or killed by law enforcement because of the color of their skin.

    Although digital technologies, including artificial intelligence, presented increasing opportunities, their misuse also posed risks to fundamental rights and democracy, some speakers said.

    They expressed deep concern about the rise of online hate speech and harassment, which was often driven by algorithms programmed to record engagement, generate more views, and stimulate users to post hateful content.

    Despite the opportunities digital platforms offered for public engagement and participation, speakers were concerned that the misuse of those platforms could amplify hate speech and contribute to national, ethnic, racial, or religious polarization.

    It was essential to protect and promote the right to freedom of opinion and expression in the digital age.

    There was a need to work on the use of technology as a means to contribute to the fight against racism and racial discrimination.

    Some speakers called on relevant countries to address the serious problems of racism and racial discrimination in their countries, and comprehensively review and review discriminatory policies, review judicial and law enforcement bodies, and thoroughly investigate cases of violence to hold criminals accountable and compensate victims.

    States must adopt a victim-oriented approach to the problems of racism and related intolerance to accelerate action for racial equality and address disparities and inequalities in human development.

    The Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights should attach greater importance to the problems of racial discrimination and violence by law enforcement agencies and take the necessary measures.

    Several speakers urged the international community to redouble its efforts to resolve international challenges and address problems related to any form of racism.

    They said that the Council had a role to play in leading the discussion on the issue, with a broad commitment and participation of States.

    Some speakers discussed ways in which their countries were deepening national programs focused on eliminating racism and racial discrimination, with civil society often playing a critical role in this process.

    They described the specific legislation and mechanisms that had been established to prevent, address, eradicate and punish racial discrimination.

    One speaker reported on specific programs that exist to deal with hate crimes in certain States, including a free program that assists victims of anti-Muslim hate through counseling, advocacy and legal signaling services.

    Speakers said that many States had been represented at the General Assembly in September, where they commemorated the thirtieth anniversary of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities.

    Speaking in the general debate were China on behalf of a group of countries, Armenia on behalf of a group of countries, Cuba, Venezuela, China, Namibia, India, Armenia, Malaysia, the United States, Nepal, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, Benin , Bolivia, Ukraine, Malawi, Qatar, Mauritania, Sudan, Germany, Israel, Ecuador, Iraq, Morocco, Bahrain, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Afghanistan, South Africa, Nigeria, Peru, Syria, Belarus, Algeria, Suriname, Türkiye, Tunisia, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Georgia.

    The following non-governmental organizations spoke: International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, International Movement of Youth and Students for the United Nations, Al Baraem Association for Charity Work, Social Organization "Association of Women with University Education", Elizka Relief Foundation, Institute for NGO Research, International Federation for the Protection of the Rights of Ethnic, Religious, Linguistic and Other Minorities, International Service for Human Rights, International Human Rights Association of American Minorities, International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, Coordination Board of Jewish Organizations, Afrique Esperance, World Jewish Congress, China Foundation for the Development of Human Rights, Al-Haq Law in the Service of Man, Chinese NGO Network for International Exchanges, Interfaith International, Rencontre Af ricaine pour la defense des droits de l'homme, B'nai B'rith, Fitilla, Guinea Humanitaire and Center Europeen pour le droit, les Justice et les droits de l'homme.

    Also speaking were the China Association for International Understanding, the Chinese Society for Human Rights Studies, the Youth Parliament for the SDGs, International-Lawyers.Org, the Center for Gender Justice and Women's Empowerment, the International Humanist Union and Ethics, the Meezaan Center for Human Rights, Human Rights Information and Training Center, Human Is Right, Association Ma'onah for Human Rights and Immigration, Peace Track Initiative, Sikh Human Rights Group, International Commission of Jurists, Conselho Indigenista Missionário , Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Conectas Direitos Humanas, Association Bharathi Center Culturel Franco-Tamoul, Association pour les Victimes Du Monde, Organization for the Defense of Victims of Violence, Integrated Youth Empowerment - Joint Initiative Group, Platform for the Integration of Youth and Volunteering, Association pour la défense des droits de l'homme et des rev endications démocratiques/culturelles du peuple Azerbaidjanais-Iran, Mother of Hope Cameroon Common Initiativ e Group, Africa Culture Internationale, Institut International pour les Droits et le Développement, Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health, Iraqi Development Organization and LePont. Speaking with the right of reply, Azerbaijan and Armenia.

    General discussion on agenda item nine on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance: follow-up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action, began at the previous meeting and a summary can be found here.

    The webcast of the Human Rights Council meetings can be found here.

    All meeting summaries can be found here.

    Documents and reports related to the fifty-first regular session of the Human Rights Council can be found here.

    The Human Rights Council will resume its work at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon when it will hear the High Commissioner's oral presentation on the situation of human rights in Ukraine, followed by an interactive dialogue.

    The Council will then hear a presentation of the High Commissioner's report on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, followed by an enhanced interactive dialogue.

    If time permits, the Council will hear an oral update from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in South Sudan, including the challenges facing the post-conflict transition, followed by an interactive discussion.

  •   The Inter African Bureau for Animal Resources of the African Union joined partners during the week beginning September 26 2022 to support World Rabies Day and increase public awareness and understanding of the importance of preventing rabies Rage This year s theme Rabies One Health Zero Deaths highlighted the environment s connection to people and animals The celebrations were held in Abuja Nigeria hosted by the Government of Nigeria Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development On September 26 2022 AU IBAR and other partners in particular the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO USAID the World Health Organization BreakThrough Action and Research the Federal Ministry of Health Nigeria and the Nigerian Center for Disease Control participated in the launch of the National Strategic Plan for the Elimination of Dog mediated Human Rabies On Tuesday September 27 2022 AU IBAR joined other partners Global Alliance for Rabies Control Food and Agriculture Organization United Nations Environment Programme World Health Organization and World Organization for Animal Health at the Africa regional webinar under the theme One Health Building momentum for zero human deaths from rabies in Africa by 2030 The objectives of the webinar were Discuss regional progress towards elimination of rabies Promote awareness of the tools resources and technical support available to advance the rabies elimination agenda Leverage the One Health multisectoral approach to rabies elimination programs During opening of the webinar Dr Nick Nwankpa Acting Director of AU IBAR informed participants that annual livestock losses in Africa attributable to rabies are approximately US 28 0 000 000 resulting in a loss of gross domestic product of US 773 000 000 Outbreaks of rabies in wildlife originate primarily from the human animal wildlife interface around national parks and during hunting of wild animals The Acting Director emphasized that AU IBAR will continue to partner with Member States and Regional Economic Communities to develop and implement their national and regional strategic plans for rabies elimination The meeting was informed that AU IBAT has contributed to the development of strategies for Guinea Conakry in 2012 Kenya in 2015 Ivory Coast in 2016 RAHC ECOWAS in 2020 and recently Nigeria which was launched in September 2022 Access the full speech on World Rabies Day 28th September 2022 AU IBAR joined the commemorative events in Dukku Gombe State The highlight of the event was a massive dog vaccination banner with the community and school children
    The African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and partners celebrate World Rabies Day 2022
      The Inter African Bureau for Animal Resources of the African Union joined partners during the week beginning September 26 2022 to support World Rabies Day and increase public awareness and understanding of the importance of preventing rabies Rage This year s theme Rabies One Health Zero Deaths highlighted the environment s connection to people and animals The celebrations were held in Abuja Nigeria hosted by the Government of Nigeria Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development On September 26 2022 AU IBAR and other partners in particular the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO USAID the World Health Organization BreakThrough Action and Research the Federal Ministry of Health Nigeria and the Nigerian Center for Disease Control participated in the launch of the National Strategic Plan for the Elimination of Dog mediated Human Rabies On Tuesday September 27 2022 AU IBAR joined other partners Global Alliance for Rabies Control Food and Agriculture Organization United Nations Environment Programme World Health Organization and World Organization for Animal Health at the Africa regional webinar under the theme One Health Building momentum for zero human deaths from rabies in Africa by 2030 The objectives of the webinar were Discuss regional progress towards elimination of rabies Promote awareness of the tools resources and technical support available to advance the rabies elimination agenda Leverage the One Health multisectoral approach to rabies elimination programs During opening of the webinar Dr Nick Nwankpa Acting Director of AU IBAR informed participants that annual livestock losses in Africa attributable to rabies are approximately US 28 0 000 000 resulting in a loss of gross domestic product of US 773 000 000 Outbreaks of rabies in wildlife originate primarily from the human animal wildlife interface around national parks and during hunting of wild animals The Acting Director emphasized that AU IBAR will continue to partner with Member States and Regional Economic Communities to develop and implement their national and regional strategic plans for rabies elimination The meeting was informed that AU IBAT has contributed to the development of strategies for Guinea Conakry in 2012 Kenya in 2015 Ivory Coast in 2016 RAHC ECOWAS in 2020 and recently Nigeria which was launched in September 2022 Access the full speech on World Rabies Day 28th September 2022 AU IBAR joined the commemorative events in Dukku Gombe State The highlight of the event was a massive dog vaccination banner with the community and school children
    The African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and partners celebrate World Rabies Day 2022
    Africa2 months ago

    The African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and partners celebrate World Rabies Day 2022

    The Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources of the African Union joined partners during the week beginning September 26, 2022 to support World Rabies Day and increase public awareness and understanding of the importance of preventing rabies.

    Rage. This year's theme, Rabies: One Health, Zero Deaths, highlighted the environment's connection to people and animals.

    The celebrations were held in Abuja, Nigeria, hosted by the Government of Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

    On September 26, 2022, AU-IBAR and other partners; in particular, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), USAID, the World Health Organization, BreakThrough Action and Research, the Federal Ministry of Health (Nigeria) and the Nigerian Center for Disease Control, participated in the launch of the National Strategic Plan for the Elimination of Dog-mediated Human Rabies.

    On Tuesday, September 27, 2022, AU-IBAR joined other partners (Global Alliance for Rabies Control, Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations Environment Programme, World Health Organization and World Organization for Animal Health) at the Africa regional webinar, under the theme “One Health: Building momentum for zero human deaths from rabies in Africa by 2030.

    The objectives of the webinar were: • Discuss regional progress towards elimination of rabies • Promote awareness of the tools, resources and technical support available • to advance the rabies elimination agenda • Leverage the One Health multisectoral approach to rabies elimination • programs During opening of the webinar, Dr. Nick Nwankpa, Acting Director of AU-IBAR, informed participants that annual livestock losses in Africa attributable to rabies are approximately US$28 0,000,000, resulting in a loss of gross domestic product of US$773,000,000.

    Outbreaks of rabies in wildlife originate primarily from the human-animal-wildlife interface around national parks and during hunting of wild animals.

    The Acting Director emphasized that AU-IBAR will continue to partner with Member States and Regional Economic Communities to develop and implement their national and regional strategic plans for rabies elimination.

    The meeting was informed that AU-IBAT has contributed to the development of strategies for Guinea Conakry in 2012, Kenya in 2015, Ivory Coast in 2016, RAHC-ECOWAS in 2020 and recently Nigeria, which was launched in September 2022.

    Access the full speech on World Rabies Day, 28th September 2022, AU-IBAR joined the commemorative events in Dukku, Gombe State.

    The highlight of the event was a massive dog vaccination banner with the community and school children.

  •   HE the President of the Republic of Guinea Mamady Doumbouya received the credentials of HE Mohamed Kurdi Al Marri as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar non resident in the Republic of Guinea HE the Ambassador conveyed His Highness Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani s greetings to the President of the Republic of Guinea and His Highness s wishes for good health and happiness to His Excellency and continued progress and prosperity to the government and people of the Republic of Guinea For his part HE the President of the Republic of Guinea entrusted to HE the Ambassador his greetings to His Majesty the Emir wishing his Highness good health and happiness and the State of Qatar greater progress development and prosperity
    President of the Republic of Guinea receives credentials from the ambassador of Qatar
      HE the President of the Republic of Guinea Mamady Doumbouya received the credentials of HE Mohamed Kurdi Al Marri as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar non resident in the Republic of Guinea HE the Ambassador conveyed His Highness Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani s greetings to the President of the Republic of Guinea and His Highness s wishes for good health and happiness to His Excellency and continued progress and prosperity to the government and people of the Republic of Guinea For his part HE the President of the Republic of Guinea entrusted to HE the Ambassador his greetings to His Majesty the Emir wishing his Highness good health and happiness and the State of Qatar greater progress development and prosperity
    President of the Republic of Guinea receives credentials from the ambassador of Qatar
    Africa2 months ago

    President of the Republic of Guinea receives credentials from the ambassador of Qatar

    HE the President of the Republic of Guinea Mamady Doumbouya received the credentials of HE Mohamed Kurdi Al-Marri as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Qatar (non-resident) in the Republic of Guinea.

    HE the Ambassador conveyed His Highness Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani's greetings to the President of the Republic of Guinea, and His Highness's wishes for good health and happiness to His Excellency and continued progress and prosperity to the government and people of the Republic of Guinea.

    For his part, HE the President of the Republic of Guinea entrusted to HE the Ambassador his greetings to His Majesty the Emir, wishing his Highness good health and happiness and the State of Qatar greater progress, development and prosperity.

  •  FirstBank of Nigeria Ltd says it is joining the rest of the world to celebrate 2022 Customer Service Week while pledging continued support for individuals businesses to impact the economy positively Mrs Folake Ani Mumuney Group Head Marketing and Corporate Communications FirstBank said in a statement in Lagos on Saturday that the event will start from on Oct 3 to Oct 7 She said that the event with the theme Celebrating Service would be marked across its FBNBank subsidiaries in seven countries She said that the event would be marked in FBNBank UK FBNBank Ghana FBNBank Senegal FBNBank Gambia FBNBank Guinea FBNBank DRC and FBNBank Sierra Leone For us at FirstBank Celebrating Service the theme of the 2022 edition of the Customer Service Week is a reflection of our brand mantra You First This reiterates the essence of our existence since 1894 centred on putting You our customers first as we continue to support individuals and businesses to impact the economy With our dynamic and vibrant human led and digital led customer services operations we remain committed to rendering the gold standard of services to our customers and stakeholders regardless of where they may be across the globe Ani Mumuney said According to her Customer Service Week is an international celebration that highlights the importance of customer service and staff who serve and support customers daily to deliver exceptional service to customers She said that the bank s celebration of the 2022 Customer Service Week would include several activities considered integral to promoting a relaxed atmosphere whilst extending its participation to everyone irrespective of where they are She said the activities would include virtual engagement of customers on its social media handles firstbanknigeria on Instagram First Bank of Nigeria Limited on Facebook First Bank of Nigeria Limited on LinkedIn and FirstBankngr on Twitter Others are a video booth and photo frame funfair then a virtual party on the Friday of the weeklong event and a movie date for staff She said through the last 128 years of its operations FirstBank has played a leading role in utilising its robust customer service network and digital banking architecture to support its customers It cuts across diverse cultures tribes and races beyond the shores of Nigeria especially in meeting their individual and business needs The bank achieves this through its innovative interactive self service banking platforms like 894 Quick Banking mobile solution FirstMobile banking application Firstmonie Agents FirstOnline internet banking WhatsApp banking and ATM amongst many others The bank s electronic banking channels are constantly updated with new and exciting features to expose customers to exemplary services and experience to put them at an advantage in the industry NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Firstbank celebrates 2022 Customer Service Week
     FirstBank of Nigeria Ltd says it is joining the rest of the world to celebrate 2022 Customer Service Week while pledging continued support for individuals businesses to impact the economy positively Mrs Folake Ani Mumuney Group Head Marketing and Corporate Communications FirstBank said in a statement in Lagos on Saturday that the event will start from on Oct 3 to Oct 7 She said that the event with the theme Celebrating Service would be marked across its FBNBank subsidiaries in seven countries She said that the event would be marked in FBNBank UK FBNBank Ghana FBNBank Senegal FBNBank Gambia FBNBank Guinea FBNBank DRC and FBNBank Sierra Leone For us at FirstBank Celebrating Service the theme of the 2022 edition of the Customer Service Week is a reflection of our brand mantra You First This reiterates the essence of our existence since 1894 centred on putting You our customers first as we continue to support individuals and businesses to impact the economy With our dynamic and vibrant human led and digital led customer services operations we remain committed to rendering the gold standard of services to our customers and stakeholders regardless of where they may be across the globe Ani Mumuney said According to her Customer Service Week is an international celebration that highlights the importance of customer service and staff who serve and support customers daily to deliver exceptional service to customers She said that the bank s celebration of the 2022 Customer Service Week would include several activities considered integral to promoting a relaxed atmosphere whilst extending its participation to everyone irrespective of where they are She said the activities would include virtual engagement of customers on its social media handles firstbanknigeria on Instagram First Bank of Nigeria Limited on Facebook First Bank of Nigeria Limited on LinkedIn and FirstBankngr on Twitter Others are a video booth and photo frame funfair then a virtual party on the Friday of the weeklong event and a movie date for staff She said through the last 128 years of its operations FirstBank has played a leading role in utilising its robust customer service network and digital banking architecture to support its customers It cuts across diverse cultures tribes and races beyond the shores of Nigeria especially in meeting their individual and business needs The bank achieves this through its innovative interactive self service banking platforms like 894 Quick Banking mobile solution FirstMobile banking application Firstmonie Agents FirstOnline internet banking WhatsApp banking and ATM amongst many others The bank s electronic banking channels are constantly updated with new and exciting features to expose customers to exemplary services and experience to put them at an advantage in the industry NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Firstbank celebrates 2022 Customer Service Week
    Economy2 months ago

    Firstbank celebrates 2022 Customer Service Week

    FirstBank of Nigeria Ltd., says it is joining the rest of the world to celebrate 2022 Customer Service Week, while pledging continued support for individuals, businesses to impact the economy positively.

    Mrs Folake Ani-Mumuney, Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, FirstBank, said in a statement in Lagos on Saturday that the event will start from on Oct. 3 to Oct. 7.   She said that the event with the theme, “Celebrating Service”, would be marked across its FBNBank subsidiaries in seven countries.

    She said that the event would be marked in FBNBank UK, FBNBank Ghana, FBNBank Senegal, FBNBank Gambia, FBNBank Guinea, FBNBank DRC and FBNBank Sierra Leone.

    “For us at FirstBank, Celebrating Service, the theme of the 2022 edition of the Customer Service Week, is a reflection of our brand mantra, “You First”.

    “This reiterates the essence of our existence since 1894, centred on putting You, our customers first, as we continue to support individuals and businesses to impact the economy.

    “With our dynamic and vibrant human-led and digital-led customer services operations, we remain committed to rendering the gold standard of services to our customers and stakeholders, regardless of where they may be across the globe,” Ani-Mumuney said.

    According to her, Customer Service Week is an international celebration that highlights the importance of customer service and staff who serve and support customers daily to deliver exceptional service to customers.

    She said that the bank’s celebration of the 2022 Customer Service Week would include several activities considered integral to promoting a relaxed atmosphere, whilst extending its participation to everyone irrespective of where they are.

    She said the activities would include virtual engagement of customers on its social media handles: firstbanknigeria on Instagram; First Bank of Nigeria Limited on Facebook; First Bank of Nigeria Limited on LinkedIn and @FirstBankngr on Twitter.

    Others are a video booth and photo frame funfair, then a virtual party on the Friday of the weeklong event and a movie date for staff.

    She said, “through the last 128 years of its operations, FirstBank has played a leading role in utilising its robust customer service network and digital banking architecture to support its customers.

    “It cuts across diverse cultures, tribes and races beyond the shores of Nigeria, especially in meeting their individual and business needs.

    “The bank achieves this through its innovative, interactive, self-service banking platforms like *894# Quick Banking mobile solution, FirstMobile banking application, Firstmonie Agents, FirstOnline internet banking, WhatsApp banking, and ATM amongst many others.

    “The bank’s electronic banking channels are constantly updated with new and exciting features to expose customers to exemplary services and experience to put them at an advantage in the industry.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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