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  •  Burkina Faso s military leader said he was in talks to restore calm on Friday after gunfire and a blast in the capital raised fears of a second coup in eight months Soldiers and military vehicles took to the deserted streets of Ouagadougou after dawn on Friday cutting off access to administrative buildings By mid morning the city usually buzzing with motorbikes and cars was quiet Schools businesses and banks were shut state television stopped broadcasting It was not clear if the gunfire near a military base and the explosion was part of a coup attempt but security sources say there had been frustration within the military at a lack of progress in combating Islamist militants Damiba who took power in a coup in January urged calm in a statement Certain members of the armed forces overcome by moods swings had created a confused situation he said His whereabouts were unknown The latest unrest bore the hallmarks of other power grabs that had swept across West and Central Africa over the past two years undoing years of democratic progress The coups had been driven in part by violence committed by Islamist groups who had taken over large areas of northern Burkina Faso and parts of neighbouring Mali and Niger Civilian populations had cheered military juntas in the hope that they would be more successful at containing the insurgents than their democratically elected predecessors NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Burkina Faso junta leader urges calm after gunshots raise coup fear
     Burkina Faso s military leader said he was in talks to restore calm on Friday after gunfire and a blast in the capital raised fears of a second coup in eight months Soldiers and military vehicles took to the deserted streets of Ouagadougou after dawn on Friday cutting off access to administrative buildings By mid morning the city usually buzzing with motorbikes and cars was quiet Schools businesses and banks were shut state television stopped broadcasting It was not clear if the gunfire near a military base and the explosion was part of a coup attempt but security sources say there had been frustration within the military at a lack of progress in combating Islamist militants Damiba who took power in a coup in January urged calm in a statement Certain members of the armed forces overcome by moods swings had created a confused situation he said His whereabouts were unknown The latest unrest bore the hallmarks of other power grabs that had swept across West and Central Africa over the past two years undoing years of democratic progress The coups had been driven in part by violence committed by Islamist groups who had taken over large areas of northern Burkina Faso and parts of neighbouring Mali and Niger Civilian populations had cheered military juntas in the hope that they would be more successful at containing the insurgents than their democratically elected predecessors NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Burkina Faso junta leader urges calm after gunshots raise coup fear
    Foreign2 months ago

    Burkina Faso junta leader urges calm after gunshots raise coup fear

    Burkina Faso’s military leader said he was in talks to restore calm on Friday after gunfire and a blast in the capital raised fears of a second coup in eight months.

    Soldiers and military vehicles took to the deserted streets of Ouagadougou after dawn on Friday, cutting off access to administrative buildings.

    By mid-morning, the city, usually buzzing with motorbikes and cars, was quiet.

    Schools, businesses and banks were shut, state television stopped broadcasting.

    It was not clear if the gunfire near a military base and the explosion was part of a coup attempt, but security sources say there had been frustration within the military at a lack of progress in combating Islamist militants.

    Damiba, who took power in a coup in January, urged calm in a statement.

    Certain members of the armed forces overcome by “moods swings’’ had created a “confused situation,’’ he said.

    His whereabouts were unknown.

    The latest unrest bore the hallmarks of other power grabs that had swept across West and Central Africa over the past two years, undoing years of democratic progress.

    The coups had been driven in part by violence committed by Islamist groups who had taken over large areas of northern Burkina Faso and parts of neighbouring Mali and Niger.

    Civilian populations had  cheered military juntas in the hope that they would be more successful at containing the insurgents than their democratically-elected predecessors.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Heavy gunfire rang out from the main military camp and some residential areas of Burkina Faso s capital on Friday and a large blast was heard near the presidential palace Reuters reporters said Armed soldiers took up positions along the avenue leading to the presidency and blocked access to administrative buildings and the national television which had stopped broadcasting the Reuters said Military vehicles were also along several streets remained deserted as residents stayed indoors A government spokesman could not be reached It was not clear yet if this was a coup attempt but it bore the hallmarks of other power grabs that have swept across West and Central Africa over the past two years A military junta led by Colonel Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba took power in Burkina Faso in a coup on Jan 24 Damiba s whereabouts is unknown his government had been expected to hold a press conference on Friday afternoon to brief the media on the security situation and recent attacks His January takeover was largely celebrated by civilians fed up with former President Roch Kabore s civilian government that was unable to rein in Islamist militants linked to Islamic State and al Qaeda The militants have killed thousands of civilians in recent years and taken over large parts of the north and east In his first statement after the January coup Damiba often seen in public in military fatigues and aviator sunglasses pledged to restore security But attacks in the impoverished West African country have worsened and the army is in disarray The rank and file which gave Damiba their support in January havem grown frustrated at the lack of progress security sources say This week unknown assailants killed 11 soldiers in an attack on a 150 vehicle convoy taking supplies to a town in northern Burkina Faso fifty civilians are missing Militants have blockaded areas of the north leaving communities stranded Government convoys and air drops deliver essential goods to trapped civilians Meanwhile many cities and towns not under siege have seen their populations swell as people flee the violence from the countryside Health systems are stretched Drought has led to high levels of malnutrition Protests against the military have cropped up in cities across Burkina Faso this week including one in the northern town of Kaya on Saturday to demand that the government do more to improve the security situation Much of the country has become ungovernable since 2018 millions have fled their homes fearing further raids by gunmen who frequently descend on rural communities on motorbikes Thousands have been killed in attacks Burkina Faso has become the epicentre of the violence that began in neighbouring Mali in 2012 but which has since spread across the arid expanse of the Sahel region south of the Sahara Desert As well as Burkina Faso Mali Chad and Guinea have all seen coups since 2020 raising fears about a backslide towards military rule in a region that has made democratic progress in recent decades NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Gunfire, blast jolt Burkina Faso capital, soldiers on streets
     Heavy gunfire rang out from the main military camp and some residential areas of Burkina Faso s capital on Friday and a large blast was heard near the presidential palace Reuters reporters said Armed soldiers took up positions along the avenue leading to the presidency and blocked access to administrative buildings and the national television which had stopped broadcasting the Reuters said Military vehicles were also along several streets remained deserted as residents stayed indoors A government spokesman could not be reached It was not clear yet if this was a coup attempt but it bore the hallmarks of other power grabs that have swept across West and Central Africa over the past two years A military junta led by Colonel Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba took power in Burkina Faso in a coup on Jan 24 Damiba s whereabouts is unknown his government had been expected to hold a press conference on Friday afternoon to brief the media on the security situation and recent attacks His January takeover was largely celebrated by civilians fed up with former President Roch Kabore s civilian government that was unable to rein in Islamist militants linked to Islamic State and al Qaeda The militants have killed thousands of civilians in recent years and taken over large parts of the north and east In his first statement after the January coup Damiba often seen in public in military fatigues and aviator sunglasses pledged to restore security But attacks in the impoverished West African country have worsened and the army is in disarray The rank and file which gave Damiba their support in January havem grown frustrated at the lack of progress security sources say This week unknown assailants killed 11 soldiers in an attack on a 150 vehicle convoy taking supplies to a town in northern Burkina Faso fifty civilians are missing Militants have blockaded areas of the north leaving communities stranded Government convoys and air drops deliver essential goods to trapped civilians Meanwhile many cities and towns not under siege have seen their populations swell as people flee the violence from the countryside Health systems are stretched Drought has led to high levels of malnutrition Protests against the military have cropped up in cities across Burkina Faso this week including one in the northern town of Kaya on Saturday to demand that the government do more to improve the security situation Much of the country has become ungovernable since 2018 millions have fled their homes fearing further raids by gunmen who frequently descend on rural communities on motorbikes Thousands have been killed in attacks Burkina Faso has become the epicentre of the violence that began in neighbouring Mali in 2012 but which has since spread across the arid expanse of the Sahel region south of the Sahara Desert As well as Burkina Faso Mali Chad and Guinea have all seen coups since 2020 raising fears about a backslide towards military rule in a region that has made democratic progress in recent decades NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Gunfire, blast jolt Burkina Faso capital, soldiers on streets
    Foreign2 months ago

    Gunfire, blast jolt Burkina Faso capital, soldiers on streets

    Heavy gunfire rang out from the main military camp and some residential areas of Burkina Faso’s capital on Friday and a large blast was heard near the presidential palace, Reuters reporters said.

    Armed soldiers took up positions along the avenue leading to the presidency and blocked access to administrative buildings and the national television, which had stopped broadcasting, the Reuters said.

    Military vehicles were also along several streets remained deserted as residents stayed indoors.

    A government spokesman could not be reached.

    It was not clear yet if this was a coup attempt but it bore the hallmarks of other power grabs that have swept across West and Central Africa over the past two years.

    A military junta led by Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba took power in Burkina Faso in a coup on Jan. 24. Damiba’s whereabouts is unknown; his government had been expected to hold a press conference on Friday afternoon to brief the media on the security situation and recent attacks.

    His January takeover was largely celebrated by civilians fed up with former President Roch Kabore’s civilian government that was unable to rein in Islamist militants linked to Islamic State and al Qaeda.

    The militants have killed thousands of civilians in recent years and taken over large parts of the north and east.

    In his first statement after the January coup, Damiba, often seen in public in military fatigues and aviator sunglasses, pledged to restore security.

    But attacks in the impoverished West African country have worsened and the army is in disarray.

    The rank and file, which gave Damiba their support in January, havem grown frustrated at the lack of progress, security sources say.

    This week, unknown assailants killed 11 soldiers in an attack on a 150-vehicle convoy taking supplies to a town in northern Burkina Faso, fifty civilians are missing.  

    Militants have blockaded areas of the north, leaving communities stranded.

    Government convoys and air drops deliver essential goods to trapped civilians.

    Meanwhile, many cities and towns not under siege have seen their populations swell as people flee the violence from the countryside.

    Health systems are stretched.

    Drought has led to high levels of malnutrition.

    Protests against the military have cropped up in cities across Burkina Faso this week, including one in the northern town of Kaya on Saturday, to demand that the government do more to improve the security situation.

    Much of the country has become ungovernable since   2018, millions have fled their homes, fearing further raids by gunmen who frequently descend on rural communities on motorbikes.

    Thousands have been killed in attacks.

    Burkina Faso has become the epicentre of the violence that began in neighbouring Mali in 2012 but which has since spread across the arid expanse of the Sahel region south of the Sahara Desert.

    As well as Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad, and Guinea have all seen coups since 2020, raising fears about a backslide towards military rule in a region that has made democratic progress in recent decades.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The International Executive Committee of the All Africa Music Award AFRIMA www AFRIMA org together with the African Union Commission AUC on Tuesday appointed Mr Makhtar Diop as the national director of AFRIMA in the Republic of Senegal The decision reflects AFRIMA s principle of inclusion especially with regard to the unification of the entire continent through the tool of music With Diop s new appointment AFRIMA is poised to deepen its impact within the West African region and other francophone regions within the continent AFRIMA is made up of real people with core passions and energetic enthusiasm It is a collective of people with a pan African spirit who draw strength and inspiration from the concept and vision of AFRIMA which is the highest recognition of African music worldwide positioned to boost the creative economy of the continent as well as to be a unifier between Africans at home and in the diaspora We are pleased to have Diop in charge of AFRIMA s stronghold in Senegal as the country has a very rich legacy of African music and culture that needs to be preserved and promoted And that is also at the core of AFRIMA s operations With Diop we believe that AFRIMA s presence is well represented and the overall vision of the AU AFRIMA and every single African will be achieved through the efforts that will be made in Senegal said AFRIMA President and Executive Producer Mike Dadaist Commenting on the development the Head of the African Union Commission AUC Culture Division Ms Angela Martins noted that We are always working to expand the fold and make sure all the right hands are on the ground on deck to help us achieve this african dream We welcome Diop and are sure that his selfless efforts will help improve the creative scene in Senegal and across the continent Diop s appointment cements his pioneering efforts within the music industry in Africa Born in 1983 Diop built his legacy within the Senegalese music scene being a music event organizer promoter and record label executive With his Soubatel Music Group he has successfully managed and developed big names including Malian superstar Sidiki Diabate and has worked with other great talents such as Pape Diouf Wally B Seck Youssou Ndour Samuel Eto o among many others Instructively the Country Director plays a key role in the comprehensive stakeholder based approach of the AFRIMA International Committee through a high level of strategic leadership and partnership He directs leads builds and maintains alliances and relationships between stakeholders governments and policymakers entertainment music and creative industry the media and fans of African music He is ultimately responsible in his country office for all aspects of AFRIMA s strategic partnerships leading the consolidation and development of the AFRIMA programme In association with the African Union Commission AUC the All Africa Music Awards AFRIMA is a music and cultural initiative developed to celebrate reward and showcase Africa s rich musical heritage stimulate conversations between Africans and between Africa and the rest of the world about the great potentials and values of African culture and artistic heritage in order to create jobs reduce poverty draw the attention of world leaders to Africa and promote the positive image of Africa in the world Meanwhile the 2022 All Africa Music Awards will now take place from December 8 to 11 2022 A special announcement regarding the host country and location of the awards will be made on September 30 2022 AFRIMA awards will feature a 4 day party of music glitz and glamor with the aim of celebrating Africa recognizing talents and expanding the economic frontiers of culture and the creative industry on the continent The event is scheduled to kick off with the welcome evening followed by the AFRIMA Music Village host city tour Africa Music Business Summit and exclusive nominees party and concluded with the live broadcast of the award ceremony awards to more than 84 countries around the world Fans of African music superstars can participate in the awards process by voting for their preferred nominees in each of the 39 categories respectively The voting portal is available on the AFRIMA website at www AFRIMA org and will be closed on December 10 2022 which is the eve of the awards Fans are also encouraged to follow RoadToAFRIMA2022 by visiting AFRIMA s website at www AFRIMA org as well as its social media platforms Instagram TikTok Afrima official Facebook Afrimawards Twitter Afrimaofficial and they can watch coverage of the event by tuning in to their local and cable TV providers In partnership with the African Union Commission AFRIMA is a youth focused music platform that recognizes and rewards the work and talent of African artists across generations AFRIMA primarily stimulates conversations among Africans and also the rest of the world especially about the potential of the creative arts to foster real human enterprise as well as contributing significantly to social cohesion as well as sustainable development in Africa The Events Program is in line with the AU Agenda 2063 which describes Aspiration 05 as the development of the arts and culture sector including its cultural and creative industries to drive the development of the African economy
    The All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) names Makhtar Diop as Country Director of Senegal
      The International Executive Committee of the All Africa Music Award AFRIMA www AFRIMA org together with the African Union Commission AUC on Tuesday appointed Mr Makhtar Diop as the national director of AFRIMA in the Republic of Senegal The decision reflects AFRIMA s principle of inclusion especially with regard to the unification of the entire continent through the tool of music With Diop s new appointment AFRIMA is poised to deepen its impact within the West African region and other francophone regions within the continent AFRIMA is made up of real people with core passions and energetic enthusiasm It is a collective of people with a pan African spirit who draw strength and inspiration from the concept and vision of AFRIMA which is the highest recognition of African music worldwide positioned to boost the creative economy of the continent as well as to be a unifier between Africans at home and in the diaspora We are pleased to have Diop in charge of AFRIMA s stronghold in Senegal as the country has a very rich legacy of African music and culture that needs to be preserved and promoted And that is also at the core of AFRIMA s operations With Diop we believe that AFRIMA s presence is well represented and the overall vision of the AU AFRIMA and every single African will be achieved through the efforts that will be made in Senegal said AFRIMA President and Executive Producer Mike Dadaist Commenting on the development the Head of the African Union Commission AUC Culture Division Ms Angela Martins noted that We are always working to expand the fold and make sure all the right hands are on the ground on deck to help us achieve this african dream We welcome Diop and are sure that his selfless efforts will help improve the creative scene in Senegal and across the continent Diop s appointment cements his pioneering efforts within the music industry in Africa Born in 1983 Diop built his legacy within the Senegalese music scene being a music event organizer promoter and record label executive With his Soubatel Music Group he has successfully managed and developed big names including Malian superstar Sidiki Diabate and has worked with other great talents such as Pape Diouf Wally B Seck Youssou Ndour Samuel Eto o among many others Instructively the Country Director plays a key role in the comprehensive stakeholder based approach of the AFRIMA International Committee through a high level of strategic leadership and partnership He directs leads builds and maintains alliances and relationships between stakeholders governments and policymakers entertainment music and creative industry the media and fans of African music He is ultimately responsible in his country office for all aspects of AFRIMA s strategic partnerships leading the consolidation and development of the AFRIMA programme In association with the African Union Commission AUC the All Africa Music Awards AFRIMA is a music and cultural initiative developed to celebrate reward and showcase Africa s rich musical heritage stimulate conversations between Africans and between Africa and the rest of the world about the great potentials and values of African culture and artistic heritage in order to create jobs reduce poverty draw the attention of world leaders to Africa and promote the positive image of Africa in the world Meanwhile the 2022 All Africa Music Awards will now take place from December 8 to 11 2022 A special announcement regarding the host country and location of the awards will be made on September 30 2022 AFRIMA awards will feature a 4 day party of music glitz and glamor with the aim of celebrating Africa recognizing talents and expanding the economic frontiers of culture and the creative industry on the continent The event is scheduled to kick off with the welcome evening followed by the AFRIMA Music Village host city tour Africa Music Business Summit and exclusive nominees party and concluded with the live broadcast of the award ceremony awards to more than 84 countries around the world Fans of African music superstars can participate in the awards process by voting for their preferred nominees in each of the 39 categories respectively The voting portal is available on the AFRIMA website at www AFRIMA org and will be closed on December 10 2022 which is the eve of the awards Fans are also encouraged to follow RoadToAFRIMA2022 by visiting AFRIMA s website at www AFRIMA org as well as its social media platforms Instagram TikTok Afrima official Facebook Afrimawards Twitter Afrimaofficial and they can watch coverage of the event by tuning in to their local and cable TV providers In partnership with the African Union Commission AFRIMA is a youth focused music platform that recognizes and rewards the work and talent of African artists across generations AFRIMA primarily stimulates conversations among Africans and also the rest of the world especially about the potential of the creative arts to foster real human enterprise as well as contributing significantly to social cohesion as well as sustainable development in Africa The Events Program is in line with the AU Agenda 2063 which describes Aspiration 05 as the development of the arts and culture sector including its cultural and creative industries to drive the development of the African economy
    The All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) names Makhtar Diop as Country Director of Senegal
    Africa2 months ago

    The All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) names Makhtar Diop as Country Director of Senegal

    The International Executive Committee of the All Africa Music Award (AFRIMA) (www.AFRIMA.org), together with the African Union Commission (AUC), on Tuesday appointed Mr. Makhtar Diop as the national director of AFRIMA in the Republic of Senegal .

    .

    The decision reflects AFRIMA's principle of inclusion, especially with regard to the unification of the entire continent through the tool of music.

    With Diop's new appointment, AFRIMA is poised to deepen its impact within the West African region and other francophone regions within the continent.

    “AFRIMA is made up of real people, with core passions and energetic enthusiasm.

    It is a collective of people with a pan-African spirit who draw strength and inspiration from the concept and vision of AFRIMA, which is the highest recognition of African music worldwide, positioned to boost the creative economy of the continent, as well as to be a unifier between Africans at home.

    and in the diaspora.

    “We are pleased to have Diop in charge of AFRIMA's stronghold in Senegal, as the country has a very rich legacy of African music and culture that needs to be preserved and promoted.

    And that is also at the core of AFRIMA's operations.

    With Diop, we believe that AFRIMA's presence is well represented, and the overall vision of the AU, AFRIMA and every single African will be achieved through the efforts that will be made in Senegal," said AFRIMA President and Executive Producer Mike Dadaist.

    .

    Commenting on the development, the Head of the African Union Commission (AUC) Culture Division, Ms. Angela Martins, noted that: “We are always working to expand the fold and make sure all the right hands are on the ground.

    on deck to help us achieve this.

    african dream.

    We welcome Diop and are sure that his selfless efforts will help improve the creative scene in Senegal and across the continent.” Diop's appointment cements his pioneering efforts within the music industry in Africa.

    Born in 1983, Diop built his legacy within the Senegalese music scene, being a music event organizer, promoter and record label executive.

    With his Soubatel Music Group, he has successfully managed and developed big names, including Malian superstar Sidiki Diabate, and has worked with other great talents such as Pape Diouf, Wally B Seck, Youssou Ndour, Samuel Eto'o, among many others.

    Instructively, the Country Director plays a key role in the comprehensive, stakeholder-based approach of the AFRIMA International Committee through a high level of strategic leadership and partnership.

    He directs, leads, builds and maintains alliances and relationships between stakeholders; governments and policymakers; entertainment, music and creative industry; the media and fans of African music.

    He is ultimately responsible in his country office for all aspects of AFRIMA's strategic partnerships, leading the consolidation and development of the AFRIMA programme.

    In association with the African Union Commission (AUC), the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, is a music and cultural initiative developed to celebrate, reward and showcase Africa's rich musical heritage, stimulate conversations between Africans and between Africa and the rest of the world about the great potentials and values ​​of African culture and artistic heritage in order to create jobs, reduce poverty, draw the attention of world leaders to Africa and promote the positive image of Africa in the world.

    Meanwhile, the 2022 All Africa Music Awards will now take place from December 8 to 11, 2022.

    A special announcement regarding the host country and location of the awards will be made on September 30, 2022.

    AFRIMA awards will feature a 4-day party of music, glitz and glamor with the aim of celebrating Africa, recognizing talents and expanding the economic frontiers of culture and the creative industry on the continent.

    The event is scheduled to kick off with the welcome evening, followed by the AFRIMA Music Village, host city tour, Africa Music Business Summit and exclusive nominees party, and concluded with the live broadcast of the award ceremony.

    awards to more than 84 countries around the world.

    Fans of African music superstars can participate in the awards process by voting for their preferred nominees in each of the 39 categories, respectively.

    The voting portal is available on the AFRIMA website at www.AFRIMA.org, and will be closed on December 10, 2022, which is the eve of the awards.

    Fans are also encouraged to follow #RoadToAFRIMA2022, by visiting AFRIMA's website at www.AFRIMA.org, as well as its social media platforms (Instagram/TikTok – @Afrima.official; Facebook - @Afrimawards; Twitter – @Afrimaofficial ), and they can watch coverage of the event by tuning in to their local and cable TV providers.

    In partnership with the African Union Commission, AFRIMA is a youth-focused music platform that recognizes and rewards the work and talent of African artists across generations.

    AFRIMA primarily stimulates conversations among Africans and also the rest of the world, especially about the potential of the creative arts to foster real human enterprise, as well as contributing significantly to social cohesion as well as sustainable development in Africa.

    The Events Program is in line with the AU Agenda 2063, which describes Aspiration 05 as the development of the arts and culture sector, including its cultural and creative industries, to drive the development of the African economy.

  •   In response to the situation of thousands of migrants stranded in Niger the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS deployed a high level humanitarian mission in Niamey The mission is led by Prof Fatou Sow Sarr ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs and is expected to draw up an appropriate recovery and reintegration plan for the migrants The team made up of ECOWAS experts and representatives of the most affected member states Guinea Nigeria Mali Senegal Ivory Coast Niger Burkina Faso Liberia Gambia Sierra Leone and Benin has been in Niamey since on September 26 2022 with the support of the International Office for Migration IOM The mission s activities began on Tuesday September 27 with a visit to the Agadez migrant center followed by a meeting in Agadez Governorate with the authorities in charge of the vast region of northern Niger along the borders with Algeria Chad Libya and Mali which is facing a massive flow of migrants expelled from Algeria and Libya to a lesser extent During the visit to the IOM led center in Agadez Prof Fatou Sow Sarr accompanied by HE N dri Guillaume Gnamien ECOWAS Resident Representative in Niger held talks with Niger s Minister of Health Mr Illiassou Mainassara and the Governor of Agadez Region Mr Magagi Maman Dada who also came to learn about the conditions of stay of migrants served by the United Nations agency specializing in migration issues The mission s program also includes a two day roundtable to take place on 28 29 September 2022 between ECOWAS representatives of the most affected Member States IOM and the Nigerien authorities to share points of view and discuss sustainable and effective strategies to ensure adequate care for migrants in Niger as well as their return and reintegration in their country of origin In her opening speech Professor Fatou Sow Sarr expressed concern about the number of women and young children among the migrants and the number of people who lost their lives during their attempt to migrate or during their expulsion from Algeria or Libya She praised the efforts of IOM which is working with the Nigerien authorities to receive the migrants and repatriate them to their respective countries The ECOWAS Commission stands ready to support member states in addressing the challenges related to the irregular migration of citizens from the region concluded Prof Fatou Sow Sarr Speaking at the opening ceremony Niger s Minister for Humanitarian Action and Disaster Management Mr Magagi Laouan welcomed the efforts of ECOWAS and its technical and financial partners in particular IOM for their support in management of the migration crisis in the West African region as well as its support to Niger in the care of migrants It should be noted that Commissioner Fatou Sow Sarr and HE N dri Guillaume Gnamien attended the opening of the round table on the financing of Niger s national migration policy 2020 2035 and its first five year action plan chaired by HE Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou Prime Minister of Niger on the morning of Wednesday September 28 2022 At the end of their mission in Niger the experts and representatives of the Member States present in Niger will draw up an action plan and make recommendations to the ECOWAS authorities Member States and partners in order to propose adequate solutions in the short medium and long term for the proper management of transit migration in Niger
    The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and its partners come together to find a lasting solution to the plight of migrants stranded in Niger
      In response to the situation of thousands of migrants stranded in Niger the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS deployed a high level humanitarian mission in Niamey The mission is led by Prof Fatou Sow Sarr ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs and is expected to draw up an appropriate recovery and reintegration plan for the migrants The team made up of ECOWAS experts and representatives of the most affected member states Guinea Nigeria Mali Senegal Ivory Coast Niger Burkina Faso Liberia Gambia Sierra Leone and Benin has been in Niamey since on September 26 2022 with the support of the International Office for Migration IOM The mission s activities began on Tuesday September 27 with a visit to the Agadez migrant center followed by a meeting in Agadez Governorate with the authorities in charge of the vast region of northern Niger along the borders with Algeria Chad Libya and Mali which is facing a massive flow of migrants expelled from Algeria and Libya to a lesser extent During the visit to the IOM led center in Agadez Prof Fatou Sow Sarr accompanied by HE N dri Guillaume Gnamien ECOWAS Resident Representative in Niger held talks with Niger s Minister of Health Mr Illiassou Mainassara and the Governor of Agadez Region Mr Magagi Maman Dada who also came to learn about the conditions of stay of migrants served by the United Nations agency specializing in migration issues The mission s program also includes a two day roundtable to take place on 28 29 September 2022 between ECOWAS representatives of the most affected Member States IOM and the Nigerien authorities to share points of view and discuss sustainable and effective strategies to ensure adequate care for migrants in Niger as well as their return and reintegration in their country of origin In her opening speech Professor Fatou Sow Sarr expressed concern about the number of women and young children among the migrants and the number of people who lost their lives during their attempt to migrate or during their expulsion from Algeria or Libya She praised the efforts of IOM which is working with the Nigerien authorities to receive the migrants and repatriate them to their respective countries The ECOWAS Commission stands ready to support member states in addressing the challenges related to the irregular migration of citizens from the region concluded Prof Fatou Sow Sarr Speaking at the opening ceremony Niger s Minister for Humanitarian Action and Disaster Management Mr Magagi Laouan welcomed the efforts of ECOWAS and its technical and financial partners in particular IOM for their support in management of the migration crisis in the West African region as well as its support to Niger in the care of migrants It should be noted that Commissioner Fatou Sow Sarr and HE N dri Guillaume Gnamien attended the opening of the round table on the financing of Niger s national migration policy 2020 2035 and its first five year action plan chaired by HE Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou Prime Minister of Niger on the morning of Wednesday September 28 2022 At the end of their mission in Niger the experts and representatives of the Member States present in Niger will draw up an action plan and make recommendations to the ECOWAS authorities Member States and partners in order to propose adequate solutions in the short medium and long term for the proper management of transit migration in Niger
    The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and its partners come together to find a lasting solution to the plight of migrants stranded in Niger
    Africa2 months ago

    The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and its partners come together to find a lasting solution to the plight of migrants stranded in Niger

    In response to the situation of thousands of migrants stranded in Niger, the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) deployed a high-level humanitarian mission in Niamey.

    The mission is led by Prof. Fatou Sow Sarr, ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs, and is expected to draw up an appropriate recovery and reintegration plan for the migrants.

    The team, made up of ECOWAS experts and representatives of the most affected member states (Guinea, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Niger, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Gambia, Sierra Leone and Benin), has been in Niamey since on September 26, 2022, with the support of the International Office for Migration (IOM).

    The mission's activities began on Tuesday, September 27, with a visit to the Agadez migrant center, followed by a meeting in Agadez Governorate with the authorities in charge of the vast region of northern Niger along the borders with Algeria, Chad, Libya and Mali, which is facing a massive flow of migrants expelled from Algeria and Libya to a lesser extent.

    During the visit to the IOM-led center in Agadez, Prof. Fatou Sow Sarr accompanied by HE N'dri Guillaume Gnamien, ECOWAS Resident Representative in Niger, held talks with Niger's Minister of Health, Mr. Illiassou Mainassara and the Governor of Agadez.

    Region, Mr. Magagi Maman Dada, who also came to learn about the conditions of stay of migrants served by the United Nations agency specializing in migration issues.

    The mission's program also includes a two-day roundtable, to take place on 28-29 September 2022, between ECOWAS, representatives of the most affected Member States, IOM and the Nigerien authorities to share points of view and discuss sustainable and effective strategies to ensure adequate care for migrants in Niger, as well as their return and reintegration in their country of origin.

    In her opening speech, Professor Fatou Sow Sarr expressed concern about the number of women and young children among the migrants and the number of people who lost their lives during their attempt to migrate or during their expulsion from Algeria or Libya.

    She praised the efforts of IOM, which is working with the Nigerien authorities to receive the migrants and repatriate them to their respective countries.

    “The ECOWAS Commission stands ready to support member states in addressing the challenges related to the irregular migration of citizens from the region,” concluded Prof. Fatou Sow Sarr. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Niger's Minister for Humanitarian Action and Disaster Management, Mr. Magagi Laouan, welcomed the efforts of ECOWAS and its technical and financial partners, in particular IOM, for their support in management of the migration crisis in the West African region.

    as well as its support to Niger in the care of migrants.

    It should be noted that Commissioner Fatou Sow Sarr and HE N'dri Guillaume Gnamien attended the opening of the round table on the financing of Niger's national migration policy 2020-2035 and its first five-year action plan, chaired by HE Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou, Prime Minister of Niger, on the morning of Wednesday, September 28, 2022.

    At the end of their mission in Niger, the experts and representatives of the Member States present in Niger will draw up an action plan and make recommendations to the ECOWAS authorities, Member States and partners in order to propose adequate solutions in the short, medium and long term for the proper management of transit migration in Niger.

  •  The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria PSN Kwara Chapter on Wednesday in Ilorin pledged to support the State Hospital Management Bureau in repositioning the healthcare system across the 16 local government areas of the state Mr Majid Ojerinde the Former Chairman of PSN Kwara stated this Members of PSN Kwara during a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of the Kwara state Hospital Management Bureau in Ilorin during a courtesy visit of the association on the newly appointed Executive Secretary of the board Dr Abdulraheem Malik Ojerinde described Malik as a hard working dedicated pharmacist who is passionate about the health of citizens in Kwara According to him the actions of the executive secretary in returning to his root from diaspora to contribute his quota to the health sector in the state is commendable He asserted that the PSN would give maximum support to the board at ensuring that the administration of Gov AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq achieve the set objectives in revamping the state s health sector Responding Malik commended the PSN for the goodwill adding that he needs all the support he can get from his constituency He observed that the state government is passionate about repositioning the health sector adding that through communal efforts much progress will be achieved in the provision of quality healthcare The executive secretary pledged that the board would also ensure that necessary changes that would be beneficial for the progress of the hospitals were executed for maximum efficiency In her good will message Hajia Aduke Kuranga a former Commissioner for Health in the state expressed joy and optimism that Malik would bring his expertise on board and make a difference in the health system of the state She recalled that Kwara was used as case study by other states especially in the area of Essential Drug Programme adding that various states came to understudy the programme Kuranga expressed optimism that the initiatives such as the Quality Control Laboratory for analysis of drugs would be revived Also speaking Dr Sa ad Abdullahi the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Ilorin however appealed to the executive secretary on students of the university internship programmes to be included at the general hospital He explained that currently the university is offering PharmD programme adding that at 500 level to 600 level students of Pharmacy will be expected to undertake their clinicals NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Healthcare: PSN pledges support for Kwara hospitals
     The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria PSN Kwara Chapter on Wednesday in Ilorin pledged to support the State Hospital Management Bureau in repositioning the healthcare system across the 16 local government areas of the state Mr Majid Ojerinde the Former Chairman of PSN Kwara stated this Members of PSN Kwara during a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of the Kwara state Hospital Management Bureau in Ilorin during a courtesy visit of the association on the newly appointed Executive Secretary of the board Dr Abdulraheem Malik Ojerinde described Malik as a hard working dedicated pharmacist who is passionate about the health of citizens in Kwara According to him the actions of the executive secretary in returning to his root from diaspora to contribute his quota to the health sector in the state is commendable He asserted that the PSN would give maximum support to the board at ensuring that the administration of Gov AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq achieve the set objectives in revamping the state s health sector Responding Malik commended the PSN for the goodwill adding that he needs all the support he can get from his constituency He observed that the state government is passionate about repositioning the health sector adding that through communal efforts much progress will be achieved in the provision of quality healthcare The executive secretary pledged that the board would also ensure that necessary changes that would be beneficial for the progress of the hospitals were executed for maximum efficiency In her good will message Hajia Aduke Kuranga a former Commissioner for Health in the state expressed joy and optimism that Malik would bring his expertise on board and make a difference in the health system of the state She recalled that Kwara was used as case study by other states especially in the area of Essential Drug Programme adding that various states came to understudy the programme Kuranga expressed optimism that the initiatives such as the Quality Control Laboratory for analysis of drugs would be revived Also speaking Dr Sa ad Abdullahi the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Ilorin however appealed to the executive secretary on students of the university internship programmes to be included at the general hospital He explained that currently the university is offering PharmD programme adding that at 500 level to 600 level students of Pharmacy will be expected to undertake their clinicals NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Healthcare: PSN pledges support for Kwara hospitals
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    Healthcare: PSN pledges support for Kwara hospitals

    The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Kwara Chapter, on Wednesday in Ilorin, pledged to support the State Hospital Management Bureau in repositioning the healthcare system across the 16 local government areas of the state.

    Mr Majid Ojerinde, the Former Chairman of PSN-Kwara stated this Members of PSN-Kwara during a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of the Kwara state Hospital Management Bureau in Ilorin. 

    during a courtesy visit of the association on the newly appointed Executive Secretary of the board, Dr Abdulraheem Malik.

    Ojerinde described Malik as a hard working dedicated pharmacist, who is passionate about the health of citizens in Kwara.

    According to him, the actions of the executive secretary in returning to his root from diaspora to contribute his quota to the health sector in the state is commendable.

    He asserted that the PSN would give maximum support to the board at ensuring that the administration of Gov. AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq achieve the set objectives in revamping the state’s health sector.

    Responding, Malik commended the PSN for the goodwill, adding that he needs all the support he can get from his constituency.

    He observed that the state government is passionate about repositioning the health sector, adding that through communal efforts, much progress will be achieved in the provision of quality healthcare.

    The executive secretary pledged that the board would also ensure that necessary changes that would be beneficial for the progress of the hospitals were executed for maximum efficiency.

    In her good will message, Hajia Aduke Kuranga, a former Commissioner for  Health in the state, expressed joy and optimism that Malik would  bring his expertise on board and make a difference in the health system of the state.

    She recalled that Kwara was used as case study by other states, especially in the area of Essential Drug Programme, adding that various states came to understudy the programme.

    Kuranga expressed optimism that the initiatives,  such as the Quality Control Laboratory for analysis of drugs, would be revived.

    Also speaking, Dr Sa’ad Abdullahi, the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Ilorin, however appealed to the executive secretary on students of the university internship programmes to be included at the general hospital.

    He explained that currently the university is offering PharmD programme, adding that at 500 level to 600 level, students of Pharmacy will be expected to undertake their clinicals.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Anne N Williams a trained agricultural specialist has taken the helm as USAID Madagascar s new mission director His appointment follows the US government s designation of Madagascar as a target country for both the global Feed the Future initiative and USAID s new resiliency initiative which promises significant new investment by the American people to help Madagascar improve its food security and develop its agricultural sector At a recent swearing in ceremony for Williams US Agency for International Development USAID Administrator Samantha Power emphasized that Madagascar needs someone who understands the country s political economic and cultural context she can earn the trust and respect of those who work for her and can be decisive yet collaborative informed and curious In all of those respects Anne is the perfect person to take on this new role The US Ambassador to Madagascar and the Comoros Claire A Pierangelo highlighted USAID s work in the region The entire Mission has worked hard on initiatives to increase resilience improve health outcomes strengthen management of natural resources promote sustainable economic development and address climate change Williams described Madagascar as a unique and fascinating country that however faces many daunting challenges stemming from both climate related impacts and extreme poverty USAID she added works to implement programs to help where we can most Williams a career member of the US Senior Foreign Service joined USAID in 2000 Previously she served as Deputy Director of Mission in Mali and held assignments in Senegal Afghanistan Bangladesh Egypt and Washington DC For nearly four For decades the US Government through USAID has been Madagascar s most important development partner working side by side with the Malagasy people as mpirahalahy mianala to help the country achieve its development goals In 2021 USAID provided Madagascar with 182 million in development assistance including 72 million to control malaria and improve maternal and child health family planning water and sanitation and nutrition The United States also donated 87 million for food security and emergency assistance 13 5 million to combat COVID 19 and 8 25 million to protect the environment
    Agriculture Specialist Leads Growing US Development Program for Madagascar
      Anne N Williams a trained agricultural specialist has taken the helm as USAID Madagascar s new mission director His appointment follows the US government s designation of Madagascar as a target country for both the global Feed the Future initiative and USAID s new resiliency initiative which promises significant new investment by the American people to help Madagascar improve its food security and develop its agricultural sector At a recent swearing in ceremony for Williams US Agency for International Development USAID Administrator Samantha Power emphasized that Madagascar needs someone who understands the country s political economic and cultural context she can earn the trust and respect of those who work for her and can be decisive yet collaborative informed and curious In all of those respects Anne is the perfect person to take on this new role The US Ambassador to Madagascar and the Comoros Claire A Pierangelo highlighted USAID s work in the region The entire Mission has worked hard on initiatives to increase resilience improve health outcomes strengthen management of natural resources promote sustainable economic development and address climate change Williams described Madagascar as a unique and fascinating country that however faces many daunting challenges stemming from both climate related impacts and extreme poverty USAID she added works to implement programs to help where we can most Williams a career member of the US Senior Foreign Service joined USAID in 2000 Previously she served as Deputy Director of Mission in Mali and held assignments in Senegal Afghanistan Bangladesh Egypt and Washington DC For nearly four For decades the US Government through USAID has been Madagascar s most important development partner working side by side with the Malagasy people as mpirahalahy mianala to help the country achieve its development goals In 2021 USAID provided Madagascar with 182 million in development assistance including 72 million to control malaria and improve maternal and child health family planning water and sanitation and nutrition The United States also donated 87 million for food security and emergency assistance 13 5 million to combat COVID 19 and 8 25 million to protect the environment
    Agriculture Specialist Leads Growing US Development Program for Madagascar
    Africa2 months ago

    Agriculture Specialist Leads Growing US Development Program for Madagascar

    Anne N.

    Williams, a trained agricultural specialist, has taken the helm as USAID Madagascar's new mission director.

    His appointment follows the US government's designation of Madagascar as a target country for both the global Feed the Future initiative and USAID's new resiliency initiative, which promises significant new investment by the American people to help Madagascar improve its food security and develop its agricultural sector.

    At a recent swearing-in ceremony for Williams, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power emphasized that Madagascar needs someone who understands the country's political, economic and cultural context; she can earn the trust and respect of those who work for her; and can be decisive, yet collaborative, informed, and curious.

    "In all of those respects, Anne is the perfect person to take on this new role."

    The US Ambassador to Madagascar and the Comoros, Claire A.

    Pierangelo, highlighted USAID's work in the region: “The entire Mission has worked hard on initiatives to increase resilience, improve health outcomes, strengthen management of natural resources, promote sustainable economic development and address climate change.

    .” Williams described Madagascar as "a unique and fascinating country" that, however, "faces many daunting challenges stemming from both climate-related impacts and extreme poverty."

    USAID, she added, works to implement programs "to help where we can most."

    Williams, a career member of the US Senior Foreign Service, joined USAID in 2000.

    Previously, she served as Deputy Director of Mission in Mali and held assignments in Senegal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, and Washington, DC For nearly four For decades, the US Government, through USAID, has been Madagascar's most important development partner, working side by side with the Malagasy people as “mpirahalahy mianala” to help the country achieve its development goals.

    In 2021, USAID provided Madagascar with $182 million in development assistance, including $72 million to control malaria and improve maternal and child health, family planning, water and sanitation, and nutrition.

    The United States also donated $87 million for food security and emergency assistance, $13.5 million to combat COVID-19, and $8.25 million to protect the environment.

  •   FIFA President www FIFA com Signs Memorandum of Understanding with WTO Director General Ngozi Okonjo Iweala The signing ceremony takes place on the opening day of the WTO s annual Public Forum Both organizations are committed to finding ways for football to promote greater economic inclusion FIFA has joined forces with the World Trade Organization WTO to look at ways to use football to promote economic inclusion especially in the developing world The partnership is detailed in a Memorandum of Understanding MoU signed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and WTO Director General Ngozi Okonjo Iweala where the two parties agreed to collaborate by exchanging views on their respective activities and preparing and implementing common strategies and projects I am really excited at the prospect of collaborating with FIFA to try to harness the cotton sector in a positive way for poor developing countries like the Cotton 4 said FIFA Director General WTO Ngozi Okonjo Iweala referring to WTO cotton program in Benin Burkina Faso Chad and Mali to be included in the partnership I am really excited that the collaboration with FIFA can help us bring these countries more into the global cotton value chain I am also excited at the prospect of working on gender empowerment we can drive this through trade to support women this is a positive sign added the WHO Director General FIFA redistributes its income among our 211 member associations to help them develop football in their countries by notably investing in infrastructure facilities competitions refereeing and training said FIFA President Gianni Infantino However we believe there is still more that football can do especially for young people in the developing world This important partnership can help us find ways to ensure that football can further promote sustainable development for all benefit from the global football economy Under the terms of the MoU the two organizations will also work together to analyze the economic impact of football and its role in unlocking the potential for global economic growth and explore options for the development of capacity building that supports the use of football as a tool for the economic empowerment of women
    FIFA joins forces with the World Trade Organization (WTO) to promote economic inclusion
      FIFA President www FIFA com Signs Memorandum of Understanding with WTO Director General Ngozi Okonjo Iweala The signing ceremony takes place on the opening day of the WTO s annual Public Forum Both organizations are committed to finding ways for football to promote greater economic inclusion FIFA has joined forces with the World Trade Organization WTO to look at ways to use football to promote economic inclusion especially in the developing world The partnership is detailed in a Memorandum of Understanding MoU signed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and WTO Director General Ngozi Okonjo Iweala where the two parties agreed to collaborate by exchanging views on their respective activities and preparing and implementing common strategies and projects I am really excited at the prospect of collaborating with FIFA to try to harness the cotton sector in a positive way for poor developing countries like the Cotton 4 said FIFA Director General WTO Ngozi Okonjo Iweala referring to WTO cotton program in Benin Burkina Faso Chad and Mali to be included in the partnership I am really excited that the collaboration with FIFA can help us bring these countries more into the global cotton value chain I am also excited at the prospect of working on gender empowerment we can drive this through trade to support women this is a positive sign added the WHO Director General FIFA redistributes its income among our 211 member associations to help them develop football in their countries by notably investing in infrastructure facilities competitions refereeing and training said FIFA President Gianni Infantino However we believe there is still more that football can do especially for young people in the developing world This important partnership can help us find ways to ensure that football can further promote sustainable development for all benefit from the global football economy Under the terms of the MoU the two organizations will also work together to analyze the economic impact of football and its role in unlocking the potential for global economic growth and explore options for the development of capacity building that supports the use of football as a tool for the economic empowerment of women
    FIFA joins forces with the World Trade Organization (WTO) to promote economic inclusion
    Africa2 months ago

    FIFA joins forces with the World Trade Organization (WTO) to promote economic inclusion

    FIFA President (www.FIFA.com) Signs Memorandum of Understanding with WTO Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; The signing ceremony takes place on the opening day of the WTO's annual Public Forum; Both organizations are committed to finding ways for football to promote greater economic inclusion.

    FIFA has joined forces with the World Trade Organization (WTO) to look at ways to use football to promote economic inclusion, especially in the developing world.

    The partnership is detailed in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and WTO Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, where the two parties agreed to collaborate by exchanging views on their respective activities.

    and preparing and implementing common strategies and projects “I am really excited at the prospect of collaborating with FIFA to try to harness the cotton sector in a positive way for poor developing countries like the Cotton 4,” said FIFA Director General WTO, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, referring to WTO cotton.

    program in Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali to be included in the partnership.

    “I am really excited that the collaboration with FIFA can help us bring these countries more into the global cotton value chain.

    “I am also excited at the prospect of working on gender empowerment.

    we can drive this through trade to support women, this is a positive sign," added the WHO Director-General.

    "FIFA redistributes its income among our 211 member associations to help them develop football in their countries by notably investing in infrastructure, facilities, competitions, refereeing and training," said FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

    "However, we believe there is still more that football can do, especially for young people in the developing world.

    This important partnership can help us find ways to ensure that football can further promote sustainable development for all benefit from the global football economy."

    Under the terms of the MoU, the two organizations will also work together to analyze the economic impact of football and its role in unlocking the potential for global economic growth and explore options for the development of capacity building that supports the use of football as a tool for the economic empowerment of women.

  •   Anne N Williams a trained agricultural specialist has taken the helm as USAID Madagascar s new mission director His appointment follows the US government s designation of Madagascar as a target country for both the global Feed the Future initiative and USAID s new resiliency initiative which promises significant new investment by the American people to help Madagascar improve its food security and develop its agricultural sector At a recent swearing in ceremony for Williams US Agency for International Development USAID Administrator Samantha Power emphasized that Madagascar needs someone who understands the country s political economic and cultural context she can earn the trust and respect of those who work for her and can be decisive yet collaborative informed and curious In all of those respects Anne is the perfect person to take on this new role The US Ambassador to Madagascar and the Comoros Claire A Pierangelo highlighted USAID s work in the region The entire Mission has worked hard on initiatives to increase resilience improve health outcomes strengthen management of natural resources promote sustainable economic development and address climate change Williams described Madagascar as a unique and fascinating country that however faces many daunting challenges stemming from both climate related impacts and extreme poverty USAID she added works to implement programs to help where we can most Williams a career member of the US Senior Foreign Service joined USAID in 2000 Previously she served as Deputy Director of Mission in Mali and held assignments in Senegal Afghanistan Bangladesh Egypt and Washington DC For nearly four For decades the US Government through USAID has been Madagascar s most important development partner working side by side with the Malagasy people as mpirahalahy mianala to help the country achieve its development goals In 2021 USAID provided Madagascar with 182 million in development assistance including 72 million to control malaria and improve maternal and child health family planning water and sanitation and nutrition The United States also donated 87 million for food security and emergency assistance 13 5 million to combat COVID 19 and 8 25 million to protect the environment
    Agriculture Specialist Leads Growing United States (US) Development Program for Madagascar
      Anne N Williams a trained agricultural specialist has taken the helm as USAID Madagascar s new mission director His appointment follows the US government s designation of Madagascar as a target country for both the global Feed the Future initiative and USAID s new resiliency initiative which promises significant new investment by the American people to help Madagascar improve its food security and develop its agricultural sector At a recent swearing in ceremony for Williams US Agency for International Development USAID Administrator Samantha Power emphasized that Madagascar needs someone who understands the country s political economic and cultural context she can earn the trust and respect of those who work for her and can be decisive yet collaborative informed and curious In all of those respects Anne is the perfect person to take on this new role The US Ambassador to Madagascar and the Comoros Claire A Pierangelo highlighted USAID s work in the region The entire Mission has worked hard on initiatives to increase resilience improve health outcomes strengthen management of natural resources promote sustainable economic development and address climate change Williams described Madagascar as a unique and fascinating country that however faces many daunting challenges stemming from both climate related impacts and extreme poverty USAID she added works to implement programs to help where we can most Williams a career member of the US Senior Foreign Service joined USAID in 2000 Previously she served as Deputy Director of Mission in Mali and held assignments in Senegal Afghanistan Bangladesh Egypt and Washington DC For nearly four For decades the US Government through USAID has been Madagascar s most important development partner working side by side with the Malagasy people as mpirahalahy mianala to help the country achieve its development goals In 2021 USAID provided Madagascar with 182 million in development assistance including 72 million to control malaria and improve maternal and child health family planning water and sanitation and nutrition The United States also donated 87 million for food security and emergency assistance 13 5 million to combat COVID 19 and 8 25 million to protect the environment
    Agriculture Specialist Leads Growing United States (US) Development Program for Madagascar
    Africa2 months ago

    Agriculture Specialist Leads Growing United States (US) Development Program for Madagascar

    Anne N.

    Williams, a trained agricultural specialist, has taken the helm as USAID Madagascar's new mission director.

    His appointment follows the US government's designation of Madagascar as a target country for both the global Feed the Future initiative and USAID's new resiliency initiative, which promises significant new investment by the American people to help Madagascar improve its food security and develop its agricultural sector.

    At a recent swearing-in ceremony for Williams, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power emphasized that Madagascar needs someone who understands the country's political, economic and cultural context; she can earn the trust and respect of those who work for her; and can be decisive, yet collaborative, informed, and curious.

    "In all of those respects, Anne is the perfect person to take on this new role."

    The US Ambassador to Madagascar and the Comoros, Claire A.

    Pierangelo, highlighted USAID's work in the region: “The entire Mission has worked hard on initiatives to increase resilience, improve health outcomes, strengthen management of natural resources, promote sustainable economic development and address climate change.

    .” Williams described Madagascar as "a unique and fascinating country" that, however, "faces many daunting challenges stemming from both climate-related impacts and extreme poverty."

    USAID, she added, works to implement programs "to help where we can most."

    Williams, a career member of the US Senior Foreign Service, joined USAID in 2000.

    Previously, she served as Deputy Director of Mission in Mali and held assignments in Senegal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, and Washington, DC For nearly four For decades, the US Government, through USAID, has been Madagascar's most important development partner, working side by side with the Malagasy people as “mpirahalahy mianala” to help the country achieve its development goals.

    In 2021, USAID provided Madagascar with $182 million in development assistance, including $72 million to control malaria and improve maternal and child health, family planning, water and sanitation, and nutrition.

    The United States also donated $87 million for food security and emergency assistance, $13.5 million to combat COVID-19, and $8.25 million to protect the environment.

  •   The Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission Her Excellency Damtien L Tchintchibidja as part of a mission to monitor the ongoing activities being implemented by the ECOWAS Commission and its partners in The Gambia engaged the Gambia Pilot project team to the Regional Stabilization and Development Fund to observe the status of implementation and collect key lessons that could be useful in designing intervention strategies for additional countries receiving support from the Fund namely Guinea Bissau Niger and Mali She congratulated the project team GAMWORKS and GIZ for the work done so far and encouraged them to speed up the implementation of the remaining activities as the project prepares to close in December 2023 She highlighted the importance of using the project to build resilience through the provision of basic social services and the creation of sustainable economic opportunities for women and youth Following engagement with the project team the Vice President embarked on visits to a fish processing site built by the project to support women s economic activities in Brufut as well as an 80 bed student dormitory built by the project to improve vocational training at the Gambia Technical Training Institute GTTI in Mansa Konko He noted some innovations developed by students and encouraged the Vocational Institute to take advantage of the support provided by the ECOWAS Commission and its partners to increase access to vocational skills development for youth in the country The Vice President also visited the newly created National Center for the Coordination of the Early Warning and Response Mechanism NCCRM the ECOWAS Regional Competition Authority ERCA the ECOWAS Military Intervention Headquarters in The Gambia ECOMIG and had a work session with Ms Miatta French ECOWAS Resident Representative in The Gambia the West African Police Information System WAPIS project team and partners from the International Criminal Police Organization INTERPOL and the European Union EU
    The Vice President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) visits the agencies and projects of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in The Gambia
      The Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission Her Excellency Damtien L Tchintchibidja as part of a mission to monitor the ongoing activities being implemented by the ECOWAS Commission and its partners in The Gambia engaged the Gambia Pilot project team to the Regional Stabilization and Development Fund to observe the status of implementation and collect key lessons that could be useful in designing intervention strategies for additional countries receiving support from the Fund namely Guinea Bissau Niger and Mali She congratulated the project team GAMWORKS and GIZ for the work done so far and encouraged them to speed up the implementation of the remaining activities as the project prepares to close in December 2023 She highlighted the importance of using the project to build resilience through the provision of basic social services and the creation of sustainable economic opportunities for women and youth Following engagement with the project team the Vice President embarked on visits to a fish processing site built by the project to support women s economic activities in Brufut as well as an 80 bed student dormitory built by the project to improve vocational training at the Gambia Technical Training Institute GTTI in Mansa Konko He noted some innovations developed by students and encouraged the Vocational Institute to take advantage of the support provided by the ECOWAS Commission and its partners to increase access to vocational skills development for youth in the country The Vice President also visited the newly created National Center for the Coordination of the Early Warning and Response Mechanism NCCRM the ECOWAS Regional Competition Authority ERCA the ECOWAS Military Intervention Headquarters in The Gambia ECOMIG and had a work session with Ms Miatta French ECOWAS Resident Representative in The Gambia the West African Police Information System WAPIS project team and partners from the International Criminal Police Organization INTERPOL and the European Union EU
    The Vice President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) visits the agencies and projects of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in The Gambia
    Africa2 months ago

    The Vice President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) visits the agencies and projects of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in The Gambia

    The Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission, Her Excellency Damtien L.

    Tchintchibidja, as part of a mission to monitor the ongoing activities being implemented by the ECOWAS Commission and its partners in The Gambia, engaged the Gambia Pilot project team to the Regional Stabilization and Development Fund. , to observe the status of implementation and collect key lessons that could be useful in designing intervention strategies for additional countries receiving support from the Fund, namely Guinea Bissau, Niger and Mali. She congratulated the project team (GAMWORKS and GIZ) for the work done so far and encouraged them to speed up the implementation of the remaining activities as the project prepares to close in December 2023.

    She highlighted the importance of using the project to build resilience.

    , through the provision of basic social services and the creation of sustainable economic opportunities for women and youth.

    Following engagement with the project team, the Vice President embarked on visits to a fish processing site built by the project to support women's economic activities in Brufut, as well as an 80-bed student dormitory built by the project to improve vocational training.

    at the Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI) in Mansa Konko.

    He noted some innovations developed by students and encouraged the Vocational Institute to take advantage of the support provided by the ECOWAS Commission and its partners to increase access to vocational skills development for youth in the country.

    The Vice President also visited the newly created National Center for the Coordination of the Early Warning and Response Mechanism (NCCRM), the ECOWAS Regional Competition Authority (ERCA), the ECOWAS Military Intervention Headquarters in The Gambia (ECOMIG) and had a work session.

    with Ms. Miatta French, ECOWAS Resident Representative in The Gambia, the West African Police Information System (WAPIS) project team, and partners from the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the European Union (EU).

  •  The Niger Republic Government has temporarily stopped issuing authorisations for oil product deliveries to neighboring Mali unless they are destined to the UN peacekeeping mission in the country In a statement dated Sept 21 and seen by Reuters on Tuesday Niger said it would also revoke authorisations that had already been issued but did not specify reasons for the suspension Niger is one of the few countries in West Africa that refines enough fuel for its local market from a small oil refinery with capacity of around 20 000 barrels per day bpd Excess production is exported to other countries in the region The U N has a peacekeeping mission in Mali to help fight an Islamist insurgency A Mali government spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment Niger reduced refined fuel exports by 75 per cent in May to protect and boost national stocks amid a global rise in fuel prices caused by the war in Ukraine It then banned refined fuel exports with immediate effect in June claiming its efforts were being offset by petrol stations making fraudulent international sales of refined fuel meant for local consumption NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Niger Republic suspends oil product deliveries to Mali, except for UN
     The Niger Republic Government has temporarily stopped issuing authorisations for oil product deliveries to neighboring Mali unless they are destined to the UN peacekeeping mission in the country In a statement dated Sept 21 and seen by Reuters on Tuesday Niger said it would also revoke authorisations that had already been issued but did not specify reasons for the suspension Niger is one of the few countries in West Africa that refines enough fuel for its local market from a small oil refinery with capacity of around 20 000 barrels per day bpd Excess production is exported to other countries in the region The U N has a peacekeeping mission in Mali to help fight an Islamist insurgency A Mali government spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment Niger reduced refined fuel exports by 75 per cent in May to protect and boost national stocks amid a global rise in fuel prices caused by the war in Ukraine It then banned refined fuel exports with immediate effect in June claiming its efforts were being offset by petrol stations making fraudulent international sales of refined fuel meant for local consumption NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Niger Republic suspends oil product deliveries to Mali, except for UN
    Foreign2 months ago

    Niger Republic suspends oil product deliveries to Mali, except for UN

    The Niger Republic Government has temporarily stopped issuing authorisations for oil product deliveries to neighboring Mali unless they are destined to the UN peacekeeping mission in the country.

    In a statement dated Sept. 21 and seen by Reuters on Tuesday, Niger said it would also revoke authorisations that had already been issued, but did not specify reasons for the suspension.

    Niger is one of the few countries in West Africa that refines enough fuel for its local market from a small oil refinery with capacity of around 20,000 barrels-per-day (bpd).

    Excess production is exported to other countries in the region.

    The U.

    N. has a peacekeeping mission in Mali to help fight an Islamist insurgency.

    A Mali government spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.

    Niger reduced refined fuel exports by 75 per cent  in May to protect and boost national stocks amid a global rise in fuel prices caused by the war in Ukraine.

    It then banned refined fuel exports with immediate effect in June, claiming its efforts were being offset by petrol stations making “fraudulent” international sales of refined fuel meant for local consumption.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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