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  •   The IPPAS review mission findings will help us to strengthen our legislative and regulatory framework and to implement security upgrades at our facilities VIENNA Austria September 10 2021 APO Group An International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA team of experts completed a nuclear security advisory mission in Burkina Faso today which was carried out at the request of its Government The scope of the two week International Physical Protection Advisory Service IPPAS mission included the legislative and regulatory framework for the security of radioactive material regulatory practices licensing inspections and enforcement and coordination between all stakeholders involved in nuclear security The conduct of the mission included a review of the security systems and practices in place at selected facilities In August 2014 Burkina Faso ratified the 2005 Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material CPPNM and its incorporation into the country s nuclear security regime was also included in the scope of the mission The team observed that Burkina Faso has established a nuclear security regime with essential elements of the IAEA s guidance on the fundamentals of nuclear security The team offered recommendations and suggestions to support Burkina Faso in further enhancing and sustaining nuclear security Good practices were identified that can serve as examples to other IAEA Member States to help strengthen their nuclear security activities The team included four experts from Lebanon Niger Senegal and the IAEA They met in the capital Ouagadougou with officials from the Ministry of the Environment as well as with representatives of other relevant ministries and governmental organizations including the Ministry of Transport the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the Ministry of Justice Gendarmerie National Intelligence National Police Customs Civil Protection and the National Radiation Protection and the Nuclear Safety Authority ARSN As part of the review the team visited six facilities where radioactive sources are in use including the Nantou Mining Company two medical facilities a construction laboratory and two research centres The IPPAS team compared Burkina Faso s nuclear security regime against the CPPNM and its 2005 amendment the IAEA Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radiative Sources and IAEA nuclear security guidance said Elena Buglova Director of the IAEA Division of Nuclear Security By hosting the IPPAS mission and following up on its findings Burkina Faso demonstrates its strong commitment to nuclear security and its continued enhancement The IPPAS review mission findings will help us to strengthen our legislative and regulatory framework and to implement security upgrades at our facilities said Martial Zoungrana Director National at ARSN The recommendations and suggestions of the IPPAS mission will contribute to improving the nuclear security regime of Burkina Faso and we will do our best to implement these recommendations in close cooperation with IAEA
    IAEA Completes Nuclear Security Advisory Mission in Burkina Faso
      The IPPAS review mission findings will help us to strengthen our legislative and regulatory framework and to implement security upgrades at our facilities VIENNA Austria September 10 2021 APO Group An International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA team of experts completed a nuclear security advisory mission in Burkina Faso today which was carried out at the request of its Government The scope of the two week International Physical Protection Advisory Service IPPAS mission included the legislative and regulatory framework for the security of radioactive material regulatory practices licensing inspections and enforcement and coordination between all stakeholders involved in nuclear security The conduct of the mission included a review of the security systems and practices in place at selected facilities In August 2014 Burkina Faso ratified the 2005 Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material CPPNM and its incorporation into the country s nuclear security regime was also included in the scope of the mission The team observed that Burkina Faso has established a nuclear security regime with essential elements of the IAEA s guidance on the fundamentals of nuclear security The team offered recommendations and suggestions to support Burkina Faso in further enhancing and sustaining nuclear security Good practices were identified that can serve as examples to other IAEA Member States to help strengthen their nuclear security activities The team included four experts from Lebanon Niger Senegal and the IAEA They met in the capital Ouagadougou with officials from the Ministry of the Environment as well as with representatives of other relevant ministries and governmental organizations including the Ministry of Transport the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the Ministry of Justice Gendarmerie National Intelligence National Police Customs Civil Protection and the National Radiation Protection and the Nuclear Safety Authority ARSN As part of the review the team visited six facilities where radioactive sources are in use including the Nantou Mining Company two medical facilities a construction laboratory and two research centres The IPPAS team compared Burkina Faso s nuclear security regime against the CPPNM and its 2005 amendment the IAEA Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radiative Sources and IAEA nuclear security guidance said Elena Buglova Director of the IAEA Division of Nuclear Security By hosting the IPPAS mission and following up on its findings Burkina Faso demonstrates its strong commitment to nuclear security and its continued enhancement The IPPAS review mission findings will help us to strengthen our legislative and regulatory framework and to implement security upgrades at our facilities said Martial Zoungrana Director National at ARSN The recommendations and suggestions of the IPPAS mission will contribute to improving the nuclear security regime of Burkina Faso and we will do our best to implement these recommendations in close cooperation with IAEA
    IAEA Completes Nuclear Security Advisory Mission in Burkina Faso
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    IAEA Completes Nuclear Security Advisory Mission in Burkina Faso

    The IPPAS review mission findings will help us to strengthen our legislative and regulatory framework and to implement security upgrades at our facilities

    VIENNA, Austria, September 10, 2021/APO Group/ --

    An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts completed a nuclear security advisory mission in Burkina Faso today, which was carried out at the request of its Government.

    The scope of the two-week International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission included the legislative and regulatory framework for the security of radioactive material, regulatory practices (licensing, inspections and enforcement) and coordination between all stakeholders involved in nuclear security. The conduct of the mission included a review of the security systems and practices in place at selected facilities. In August 2014, Burkina Faso ratified the 2005 Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM), and its incorporation into the country’s nuclear security regime was also included in the scope of the mission.

    The team observed that Burkina Faso has established a nuclear security regime with essential elements of the IAEA’s guidance on the fundamentals of nuclear security. The team offered recommendations and suggestions to support Burkina Faso in further enhancing and sustaining nuclear security. Good practices were identified that can serve as examples to other IAEA Member States to help strengthen their nuclear security activities.

    The team included four experts from Lebanon, Niger, Senegal and the IAEA. They met in the capital Ouagadougou with officials from the Ministry of the Environment, as well as with representatives of other relevant ministries and governmental organizations, including the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, Gendarmerie, National Intelligence, National Police, Customs, Civil Protection and the National Radiation Protection and the Nuclear Safety Authority (ARSN). As part of the review, the team visited six facilities where radioactive sources are in use, including the Nantou Mining Company, two medical facilities, a construction laboratory and two research centres.

    “The IPPAS team compared Burkina Faso’s nuclear security regime against the CPPNM and its 2005 amendment, the IAEA Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radiative Sources, and IAEA nuclear security guidance,” said Elena Buglova, Director of the IAEA Division of Nuclear Security. “By hosting the IPPAS mission and following up on its findings, Burkina Faso demonstrates its strong commitment to nuclear security and its continued enhancement.”

    “The IPPAS review mission findings will help us to strengthen our legislative and regulatory framework and to implement security upgrades at our facilities,” said Martial Zoungrana, Director National at ARSN. “The recommendations and suggestions of the IPPAS mission will contribute to improving the nuclear security regime of Burkina Faso, and we will do our best to implement these recommendations in close cooperation with IAEA”.

  •   By Cecilia Ologunagba Nigerian ambassadors in North America and other dignitaries have called on Nigerians in diaspora to evolve practical solutions to security challenges in Nigeria The ambassadors who spoke virtually at the 2021 annual general meeting of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Americas NIDOA said insecurity had become a global challenge that needed a holistic approach to address Nigeria s Ambassador to the U S Dr Uzoma Emenike tasked the Nigerian diasporas on the need to change the wrong narrative about the security challenges at home rather than negatively projecting it in their host countries The earlier we showcase our country in the positive light the better for us because the challenge we face is not peculiar to Nigeria alone it happens everywhere We are the one to fix our country and we should also be good ambassadors wherever we are she said In his remarks the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN Prof Tijjani Muhammad Bande said the solution to insecurity in Nigeria was within our grasp The country Nigeria is important for all of us We need to be united we should not allow anybody coming from outside to divide us Let us collectively fix whatever is bad in our security system The issue of confidence building is important We have been saddled with self doubt listening to false stories about the country We have to be realistic Nigeria is a very important member of international community in AU and ECOWAS so we need to portray the country in a good light he said Also speaking the Consul General of Nigeria in New York Amb Lot Egopija commended the NIDOA for its contribution towards the attainment of social economic development in Nigeria Egopija tasked the diaspora for convening the meeting aimed at proffering workable solutions to the security challenges currently confronting the country I wish to thank NIDOA for this forum aimed at providing enduring and sustainable solutions to Nigeria s security situation the envoy said Also Consul General of Nigeria in Atlanta Amb Amina Smaila said the socio economic dynamics of a nation could not be separated from its security framework NIDO has a great role in positively influencing policy decisions making and implementation toward the continued and sustece of our common security she said She tasked the diaspora community to reject anything that would downplay the unity of their home country Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada Amb Adeyinka Asekun said the ongoing activities of bandits in some states were distracting Nigerians and the international community from focusing on the achievements in other sectors in Nigeria Asekun condemned the incessant attacks on institutions of learning regretting that it has adverse implications on the future generation and national development The keynote speaker Prof Kingsley Moghalu said that the 1999 Constitution stated that the security and welfare of the people should be the primary responsibility of the government Moghalu a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria while regretting the spate of insecurity in the country said Nigeria s security threats since independence had been largely internal In his opening remarks Chairman NIDOA Mr Obed Monago urged the federal government to tackle security issues such as terrorism banditry kidnapping and unknown gunmen Monago said the theme of the meeting Building a Sustainable Security Apparatus in Nigeria Diaspora Perspective is to look inwards and proffer solutions to the security challenges in the homeland He said Nigeria had the capacity to be great but that if insecurity persisted it would not attract the expected economic investment into the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was attended by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs Amb Gabriel Aduda National Assembly Committee Chairmen on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora among others Source NAN
    Nigerian envoys task diaspora on security challenges
      By Cecilia Ologunagba Nigerian ambassadors in North America and other dignitaries have called on Nigerians in diaspora to evolve practical solutions to security challenges in Nigeria The ambassadors who spoke virtually at the 2021 annual general meeting of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Americas NIDOA said insecurity had become a global challenge that needed a holistic approach to address Nigeria s Ambassador to the U S Dr Uzoma Emenike tasked the Nigerian diasporas on the need to change the wrong narrative about the security challenges at home rather than negatively projecting it in their host countries The earlier we showcase our country in the positive light the better for us because the challenge we face is not peculiar to Nigeria alone it happens everywhere We are the one to fix our country and we should also be good ambassadors wherever we are she said In his remarks the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN Prof Tijjani Muhammad Bande said the solution to insecurity in Nigeria was within our grasp The country Nigeria is important for all of us We need to be united we should not allow anybody coming from outside to divide us Let us collectively fix whatever is bad in our security system The issue of confidence building is important We have been saddled with self doubt listening to false stories about the country We have to be realistic Nigeria is a very important member of international community in AU and ECOWAS so we need to portray the country in a good light he said Also speaking the Consul General of Nigeria in New York Amb Lot Egopija commended the NIDOA for its contribution towards the attainment of social economic development in Nigeria Egopija tasked the diaspora for convening the meeting aimed at proffering workable solutions to the security challenges currently confronting the country I wish to thank NIDOA for this forum aimed at providing enduring and sustainable solutions to Nigeria s security situation the envoy said Also Consul General of Nigeria in Atlanta Amb Amina Smaila said the socio economic dynamics of a nation could not be separated from its security framework NIDO has a great role in positively influencing policy decisions making and implementation toward the continued and sustece of our common security she said She tasked the diaspora community to reject anything that would downplay the unity of their home country Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada Amb Adeyinka Asekun said the ongoing activities of bandits in some states were distracting Nigerians and the international community from focusing on the achievements in other sectors in Nigeria Asekun condemned the incessant attacks on institutions of learning regretting that it has adverse implications on the future generation and national development The keynote speaker Prof Kingsley Moghalu said that the 1999 Constitution stated that the security and welfare of the people should be the primary responsibility of the government Moghalu a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria while regretting the spate of insecurity in the country said Nigeria s security threats since independence had been largely internal In his opening remarks Chairman NIDOA Mr Obed Monago urged the federal government to tackle security issues such as terrorism banditry kidnapping and unknown gunmen Monago said the theme of the meeting Building a Sustainable Security Apparatus in Nigeria Diaspora Perspective is to look inwards and proffer solutions to the security challenges in the homeland He said Nigeria had the capacity to be great but that if insecurity persisted it would not attract the expected economic investment into the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was attended by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs Amb Gabriel Aduda National Assembly Committee Chairmen on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora among others Source NAN
    Nigerian envoys task diaspora on security challenges
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    Nigerian envoys task diaspora on security challenges

    By Cecilia Ologunagba

    Nigerian ambassadors in North America and other dignitaries have called on Nigerians in diaspora  to evolve practical solutions to security challenges in Nigeria.

    The ambassadors, who spoke virtually at the 2021 annual general meeting of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Americas (NIDOA), said insecurity had become a global challenge that needed a holistic approach to address.

    Nigeria’s Ambassador to the U.S., Dr Uzoma Emenike, tasked the Nigerian diasporas on the need to change the wrong narrative about the security challenges at home rather than negatively projecting it in their host countries.

    “The earlier we showcase our country in the positive light, the better for us because the challenge we face is not peculiar to Nigeria alone; it happens everywhere.

    “We are the one to fix our country and we should also be good ambassadors wherever we are,’’ she said.

    In his remarks, the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, said the solution to insecurity in Nigeria was within our grasp.

    “The country (Nigeria) is important for all of us. We need to be united, we should not allow anybody coming from outside to divide us.

    ”Let us collectively fix whatever is bad in our security system. The issue of confidence building is important.

    “We have been saddled with self-doubt; listening to false stories about the country.

    “We have to be realistic; Nigeria is a very important member of international community, in AU and ECOWAS, so we need to portray the country in a good light,’’ he said.

    Also speaking, the Consul-General of Nigeria in New York, Amb Lot Egopija, commended the NIDOA for its contribution towards the attainment of social-economic development in Nigeria.

    Egopija tasked the diaspora for convening the meeting aimed at proffering workable solutions to the security challenges currently confronting the country.

    “I wish to thank NIDOA for this forum aimed at providing enduring and sustainable solutions to Nigeria’s security situation,’’ the envoy said.

    Also, Consul-General of Nigeria in Atlanta, Amb Amina Smaila, said the socio-economic dynamics of a nation could not be separated from its security framework.

    “NIDO has a great role in positively influencing policy decisions making and implementation toward the continued and sustece of our common security,’’ she said.

    She tasked the diaspora community to reject anything that would downplay the unity of their home country.

    Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada, Amb. Adeyinka Asekun, said the ongoing activities of bandits in some states were distracting Nigerians and the international community from focusing on the achievements in other sectors in Nigeria.

    Asekun condemned the incessant attacks on institutions of learning, regretting that it has adverse implications on the future generation and national development.

    The keynote speaker, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, said that the 1999 Constitution stated that the security and welfare of the people should be the primary responsibility of the government.

    Moghalu, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, while regretting the spate of insecurity in the country, said Nigeria’s security threats since independence had been largely internal.

    In his opening remarks, Chairman, NIDOA, Mr Obed Monago, urged the federal government to tackle security issues such as terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and unknown gunmen.

    Monago said the theme of the meeting: “Building a Sustainable Security Apparatus in Nigeria: Diaspora Perspective” is to look inwards and proffer solutions to the security challenges in the homeland.

    He said Nigeria had the capacity to be great but that if insecurity persisted, it would not attract the expected economic investment into the country.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was attended by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Gabriel Aduda, National Assembly Committee Chairmen on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, among others.

    Source: NAN

  •   Only high vaccination levels will allow us to return to work and near normalcy ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia September 3 2021 APO Group The African Union AU through the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Africa CDC has worked with the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust AVAT to secure 12 000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson single shot COVID 19 vaccine for staff members of the African Union Commission AUC AU Embassies in Addis Ababa and their dependents The vaccines were handed over to the African Union s Medical Health Services Directorate MHSD today They arrived on the 1st of September The vaccines partly manufactured in South Africa were imported with the support of the government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Being able to offer vaccines to all AUC and AU Embassy staff and their dependents is also an important step in securing the AU s business continuity The AU MHSD is responsible for administering the vaccines to the AUC and African Union Embassy staff and dependents Vaccination for AU staff members started immediately after the handover following prior communication on the procedures and logistics by MHSD African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson Dr Monique Nsanzabaganwa who presided over the event on behalf of H E Mousa Faki Chairperson of the African Union Commission noted that to date only 25 5 of the AU Commission and the community of the AU member states based in Addis Ababa are fully vaccinated against COVID 19 This figure is far below where we need to be in order to be near normalcy and return to work It is therefore pertinent that all staff and supervisors should encourage colleagues to get vaccinated as this is the only way for us to return to our previous working environment she said Dr Nsanzabaganwa concluded by underlining the close collaboration between the African Union Commission and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia s Ministry of Health through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the delivery and clearance of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine for use by the AU Commission The Acting Director for AU Medical and Health Services Dr Naftal Kilenga said that as of today 1 500 individuals have been vaccinated from the AU and diplomatic community in Addis Ababa He recalled that the AU Commission also recently received a donation of 15 000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine from the People s Republic of China Today we are lucky to receive 12 000 doses of J and J from the Africa CDC thus creating a wide choice of vaccines to the community we serve Our community has no reason not to vaccinate Over time we will overcome this pandemic and go back to our normal working environment Breaking the transmission chain of COVID 19 virus starts with you said Dr Kilenga The Africa CDC Director Dr John Nkengasong welcomed the arrival of the vaccines Only high vaccination levels will allow us to return to work and near normalcy We are glad to be able to offer the single shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine with its track record of safety and efficacy to the Commission and Embassy staff and their dependents Commenting on this achievement the AU Special Envoy and AVAT coordinator Mr Strive Masiyiwa said We are pleased that we have been able to secure these vaccines which were paid for through donors through the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust Mr Masiyiwa also confirmed that Ethiopia had placed a large order of the Johnson and Johnson vaccines for its citizens through the AVAT
    Coronavirus: African Vaccine Acquisition Trust delivers 12 000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the African Union
      Only high vaccination levels will allow us to return to work and near normalcy ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia September 3 2021 APO Group The African Union AU through the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Africa CDC has worked with the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust AVAT to secure 12 000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson single shot COVID 19 vaccine for staff members of the African Union Commission AUC AU Embassies in Addis Ababa and their dependents The vaccines were handed over to the African Union s Medical Health Services Directorate MHSD today They arrived on the 1st of September The vaccines partly manufactured in South Africa were imported with the support of the government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Being able to offer vaccines to all AUC and AU Embassy staff and their dependents is also an important step in securing the AU s business continuity The AU MHSD is responsible for administering the vaccines to the AUC and African Union Embassy staff and dependents Vaccination for AU staff members started immediately after the handover following prior communication on the procedures and logistics by MHSD African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson Dr Monique Nsanzabaganwa who presided over the event on behalf of H E Mousa Faki Chairperson of the African Union Commission noted that to date only 25 5 of the AU Commission and the community of the AU member states based in Addis Ababa are fully vaccinated against COVID 19 This figure is far below where we need to be in order to be near normalcy and return to work It is therefore pertinent that all staff and supervisors should encourage colleagues to get vaccinated as this is the only way for us to return to our previous working environment she said Dr Nsanzabaganwa concluded by underlining the close collaboration between the African Union Commission and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia s Ministry of Health through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the delivery and clearance of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine for use by the AU Commission The Acting Director for AU Medical and Health Services Dr Naftal Kilenga said that as of today 1 500 individuals have been vaccinated from the AU and diplomatic community in Addis Ababa He recalled that the AU Commission also recently received a donation of 15 000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine from the People s Republic of China Today we are lucky to receive 12 000 doses of J and J from the Africa CDC thus creating a wide choice of vaccines to the community we serve Our community has no reason not to vaccinate Over time we will overcome this pandemic and go back to our normal working environment Breaking the transmission chain of COVID 19 virus starts with you said Dr Kilenga The Africa CDC Director Dr John Nkengasong welcomed the arrival of the vaccines Only high vaccination levels will allow us to return to work and near normalcy We are glad to be able to offer the single shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine with its track record of safety and efficacy to the Commission and Embassy staff and their dependents Commenting on this achievement the AU Special Envoy and AVAT coordinator Mr Strive Masiyiwa said We are pleased that we have been able to secure these vaccines which were paid for through donors through the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust Mr Masiyiwa also confirmed that Ethiopia had placed a large order of the Johnson and Johnson vaccines for its citizens through the AVAT
    Coronavirus: African Vaccine Acquisition Trust delivers 12 000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the African Union
    Africa1 year ago

    Coronavirus: African Vaccine Acquisition Trust delivers 12 000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the African Union

    Only high vaccination levels will allow us to return to work and near normalcy

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, September 3, 2021/APO Group/ --

    The African Union (AU), through the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), has worked with the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) to secure 12,000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson single-shot COVID-19 vaccine for staff members of the African Union Commission (AUC), AU Embassies in Addis Ababa and their dependents. The vaccines were handed over to the African Union’s Medical Health Services Directorate (MHSD) today. They arrived on the 1st of September.

    The vaccines, partly manufactured in South Africa, were imported with the support of the government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Being able to offer vaccines to all AUC and AU Embassy staff and their dependents is also an important step in securing the AU’s business continuity.

    The AU MHSD is responsible for administering the vaccines to the AUC and African Union Embassy staff and dependents. Vaccination for AU staff members started immediately after the handover, following prior communication on the procedures and logistics by MHSD.

    African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson, Dr Monique Nsanzabaganwa, who presided over the event on behalf of H.E Mousa Faki, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, noted that, to date, only 25.5% of the AU Commission and the community of the AU member states based in Addis Ababa are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

    “This figure is far below where we need to be, in order to be near normalcy and return to work. It is therefore pertinent that all staff and supervisors should encourage colleagues to get vaccinated as this is the only way for us to return to our previous working environment”, she said. Dr Nsanzabaganwa concluded by underlining the close collaboration between the African Union Commission and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during the delivery and clearance of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine for use by the AU Commission.

    The Acting Director for AU Medical and Health Services, Dr. Naftal Kilenga said that as of today 1,500 individuals have been vaccinated from the AU and diplomatic community in Addis Ababa. He recalled that the AU Commission also recently received a donation of 15,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine from the People's Republic of China.

    “Today, we are lucky to receive 12,000 doses of J and J from the Africa CDC, thus creating a wide choice of vaccines to the community we serve. Our community has no reason not to vaccinate. Over time, we will overcome this pandemic and go back to our normal working environment. Breaking the transmission chain of COVID-19 virus starts with you”, said Dr Kilenga.

    The Africa CDC Director Dr John Nkengasong welcomed the arrival of the vaccines: “Only high vaccination levels will allow us to return to work and near normalcy. We are glad to be able to offer the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine, with its track record of safety and efficacy, to the Commission and Embassy staff and their dependents”.

    Commenting on this achievement, the AU Special Envoy and AVAT coordinator Mr Strive Masiyiwa said: “We are pleased that we have been able to secure these vaccines which were paid for through donors through the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust”. Mr Masiyiwa also confirmed that Ethiopia had placed a large order of the Johnson and Johnson vaccines for its citizens through the AVAT.

  •   Neighbors of Libya need to be engaged as well in this process notably concerning the withdrawal of foreign fighters and mercenaries TRIPOLI Libya August 31 2021 APO Group Excellencies At the outset I would like to thank the Government of Algeria for organizing this important and timely meeting The presence of the high level representatives from the neighboring countries and regional and international organizations demonstrates the importance of this event gathering us in support of Libya I am coming from Libya where I held consultations with a wide range of actors leaders and officials including Her Excellency FM Mangoush to discuss how to safeguard and advance the course to national inclusive free and fair parliamentary and presidential elections this December and progress on other files security economic and human rights humanitarian established and followed by the Berlin process All interlocutors reiterated their commitment to holding elections on 24 December and the Government has provided the necessary funding for the HNEC and works on the security measures to ensure safe conduct of the elections Yet what is still missing is a legal framework and clarification of the constitutional basis to be enacted in due time in the coming days to enable the holding of presidential and parliamentary elections on 24 December In the meantime the House of Representatives HoR is in the process of finalizing electoral laws for both presidential and parliamentary elections but the time is running out I urged the leadership of HoR and the members of HoR to shoulder their legislative responsibility and enact both legislations without any further delay while following the necessary procedural requirements Against this backdrop the High National Elections Commission HNEC is continuing with the preparations for the elections that can be done in the absence of the legislative framework including voter registration that has reached an estimated total of registrants 2 86 million 43 women work on registration for out of country voting is still on going in consultation with Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Libya and will require cooperation and support from countries hosting Libyan citizens including your countries As confirmed by HNEC the GNU has allocated sufficient funding for the commission to enable the preparations and organization of elections on 24 December The UN continues to provide technical support to HNEC In order to help ensure the integrity of the electoral process international and domestic observation of the whole process is critical I urge all member states and regional organizations including your countries to send observation teams in coordination with Libyan authorities and institutions notably HNEC and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when the time will come Excellencies Approval by the HOR of a unified national budget which is still pending remains of critical importance to allow the GNU to improve the delivery of services and assistance to the people equitably throughout Libya and to create the conditions for a conducive environment for holding the elections in December of this year All this is happening in a very fluid and polarized situation to create the best possible conditions for preparing and running smooth safe secure inclusive free and fair elections with the results accepted by all Excellencies On 8 July I delivered the report of the international financial audit to the Presidency Council in the presence of the Prime Minister and the Governor and Vice Governor of the Central Bank of Libya CBL The main finding of the audit is that the unification of the Central Bank of Libya is no longer simply recommended but required While Libya s foreign currency reserves were largely protected during the past five years the division in the Central Bank of Libya has eroded the integrity of the banking system and impeded monetary reform In my recent meeting with the Central Bank Governor I was informed that there have been some steps taken in preparation for the implementation of the audit report recommendations The Central Bank Governor will be briefing the IFCL Economic Working Group in early September to provide an update on the authorities plan to implement the recommendations and initiate the unification process The GNU and PC have confirmed their willingness to support this process Excellencies On the security front the persistent efforts of the 5 5 JMC led recently to the reopening of the Misrata Sirte Coastal Road with the support of UNSMIL and UNMAS as well as the members of the IFCL Security Working Group The people of Libya warmly welcomed this development which brings clear benefits for all Libyans Nevertheless the continued presence of mercenaries foreign fighters and foreign forces remains a cause of concern for Libya and the international community including neighboring countries The Security Council in a number of resolutions notably in UNSCR 2570 and recent statement on 15 July strongly urged all Member States all Libyan parties and all relevant actors to respect and support the full implementation of the 23 October 2020 ceasefire agreement including through the withdrawal of all mercenaries foreign fighters and foreign forces from Libya without delay The deployment of an initial first group of UN ceasefire monitors is underway Temporary facilities in Sirte have been identified the first group will deploy conditions permitting in the coming weeks to support the Libyan led and Libyan owned ceasefire monitoring mechanism LCMM To ensure gradual buildup towards full implementation of the ceasefire agreement the 5 5 JMC intends to develop an action plan for a sequenced and a phased verifiable withdrawal starting with the withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign fighters The intention is to consult this plan with the respective international partners and seek their support and cooperation Neighbors of Libya need to be engaged as well in this process notably concerning the withdrawal of foreign fighters and mercenaries We are also working with FM Madame Mangoush on the Stabilization Initiative that has similar objectives We are also ready to support the Libyan led process of DDR and SSR for the stabilization of the country and the wider region to work on this with Libya and international partners including countries of the region Withdrawal of foreign fighters and armed groups has to be accompanied by scaled up efforts across Libya and the wider region to address root causes of instability notably through inclusive reconciliation peacebuilding and development programmes with a focus on the youth on women empowerment Coordinated complementary measures and programmes supported and co financed by the international community coupled with resolute international action against criminal traffickers of people weapons and drugs and cooperative measures to enhance control in the border areas including integrated border control and management must be a part of the solution if it is to be durable and sustainable Here partnership of the UN AU LAS and EU is critical Excellencies Paving the ground for inclusive reconciliation UNSMIL and AU participated in a series of workshops launched on 31 May by the Presidency Council to prepare the legal framework and structure of the Libyan High National Commission for Reconciliation This should lay the groundwork for a longer term national reconciliation process to promote unity and social cohesion ahead of the December elections Several events bring together women youth and diverse segments of Libyan society are envisaged to take place in the coming period A whole of government approach should guide the work I note the UN AU shared vision of this process that is grounded in key principles of justice accountability and human rights which is critical to ensure long term peace and stability and welcome the expressed readiness of Algeria to share its experience n national reconciliation In my meeting last week with President Menfi he reiterated the commitment of PC to make progress on this important file Excellencies I would like to reiterate the UN s long held position that Libya is not considered a safe port of disembarkation for migrants and refugees The international community needs to increase its collective and bilateral engagement to address the causes fueling irregular movements of people including lack of or only limited protection in the transit countries like Libya or in first countries of asylum and to provide legal pathways to avoid the continuing loss of lives on the central Mediterranean route Here I acknowledge the potential of proactive efforts of the AU EU UN Task Force on Libya Such arrangements or agreements should reflect Libya and neighboring countries responsibility to uphold the international principle of nonrefoulement that includes halting all collective expulsions of migrants and asylum seekers while facilitating voluntary humanitarian evacuation return and resettlement flights Excellencies It is important that Libya and neighboring countries manage and control their borders border control measures and procedures should however be implemented in line with applicable obligations under international law including international human rights and refugee law Positive developments in this regard are bilateral labor agreements currently being negotiated between Niger and Egypt with Libya towards managing migration flows At the same time efforts to sign and operationalize bi lateral and multilateral agreements to promote security and cross border cooperation between countries sharing a common border with Libya are essential in maintaining regional security fostering economic development and building trust for closer cooperation among themselves and with Libya The border management Quartet Agreement between Libya Chad Niger and Sudan is a positive example of multilateral cooperation in securing common borders and tackling trans national crime violent extremism activities of armed groups As cooperation continues to develop the potential of such agreements including bilateral agreements with Libya will continue to build peace and stability in the region Libya is at a critical stage where the significant achievements and progress of the past period must be consolidated with an added momentum to continue the political transition towards a unified fully sovereign peaceful and stable country This is important not just for the Libyan people but for the region as a whole Continued concerted and aligned efforts of neighboring countries and the international community are essential to support and encourage the various sides and parties in Libya to work together achieve the unification of State institutions and the full implementation of the ceasefire agreement deliver needed services protect and promote human rights justice and accountability for Libyans and migrants and set the stage for holding the parliamentary and presidential elections on 24 December I would like to reiterate my appreciation to the Government of Algeria for organizing this important event and the participation of Minister Mangoush and foreign ministers from neighboring countries of Libya is a reaffirmation of your commitment to peace security and stability of Libya and the wider region Libya s stability is Africa s stability too Thank you for your attention
    Remarks of the UN Special Envoy For Libya, Ján Kubiš at the consultative meeting of ministers of foreign affairs of the neighboring states of Libya
      Neighbors of Libya need to be engaged as well in this process notably concerning the withdrawal of foreign fighters and mercenaries TRIPOLI Libya August 31 2021 APO Group Excellencies At the outset I would like to thank the Government of Algeria for organizing this important and timely meeting The presence of the high level representatives from the neighboring countries and regional and international organizations demonstrates the importance of this event gathering us in support of Libya I am coming from Libya where I held consultations with a wide range of actors leaders and officials including Her Excellency FM Mangoush to discuss how to safeguard and advance the course to national inclusive free and fair parliamentary and presidential elections this December and progress on other files security economic and human rights humanitarian established and followed by the Berlin process All interlocutors reiterated their commitment to holding elections on 24 December and the Government has provided the necessary funding for the HNEC and works on the security measures to ensure safe conduct of the elections Yet what is still missing is a legal framework and clarification of the constitutional basis to be enacted in due time in the coming days to enable the holding of presidential and parliamentary elections on 24 December In the meantime the House of Representatives HoR is in the process of finalizing electoral laws for both presidential and parliamentary elections but the time is running out I urged the leadership of HoR and the members of HoR to shoulder their legislative responsibility and enact both legislations without any further delay while following the necessary procedural requirements Against this backdrop the High National Elections Commission HNEC is continuing with the preparations for the elections that can be done in the absence of the legislative framework including voter registration that has reached an estimated total of registrants 2 86 million 43 women work on registration for out of country voting is still on going in consultation with Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Libya and will require cooperation and support from countries hosting Libyan citizens including your countries As confirmed by HNEC the GNU has allocated sufficient funding for the commission to enable the preparations and organization of elections on 24 December The UN continues to provide technical support to HNEC In order to help ensure the integrity of the electoral process international and domestic observation of the whole process is critical I urge all member states and regional organizations including your countries to send observation teams in coordination with Libyan authorities and institutions notably HNEC and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when the time will come Excellencies Approval by the HOR of a unified national budget which is still pending remains of critical importance to allow the GNU to improve the delivery of services and assistance to the people equitably throughout Libya and to create the conditions for a conducive environment for holding the elections in December of this year All this is happening in a very fluid and polarized situation to create the best possible conditions for preparing and running smooth safe secure inclusive free and fair elections with the results accepted by all Excellencies On 8 July I delivered the report of the international financial audit to the Presidency Council in the presence of the Prime Minister and the Governor and Vice Governor of the Central Bank of Libya CBL The main finding of the audit is that the unification of the Central Bank of Libya is no longer simply recommended but required While Libya s foreign currency reserves were largely protected during the past five years the division in the Central Bank of Libya has eroded the integrity of the banking system and impeded monetary reform In my recent meeting with the Central Bank Governor I was informed that there have been some steps taken in preparation for the implementation of the audit report recommendations The Central Bank Governor will be briefing the IFCL Economic Working Group in early September to provide an update on the authorities plan to implement the recommendations and initiate the unification process The GNU and PC have confirmed their willingness to support this process Excellencies On the security front the persistent efforts of the 5 5 JMC led recently to the reopening of the Misrata Sirte Coastal Road with the support of UNSMIL and UNMAS as well as the members of the IFCL Security Working Group The people of Libya warmly welcomed this development which brings clear benefits for all Libyans Nevertheless the continued presence of mercenaries foreign fighters and foreign forces remains a cause of concern for Libya and the international community including neighboring countries The Security Council in a number of resolutions notably in UNSCR 2570 and recent statement on 15 July strongly urged all Member States all Libyan parties and all relevant actors to respect and support the full implementation of the 23 October 2020 ceasefire agreement including through the withdrawal of all mercenaries foreign fighters and foreign forces from Libya without delay The deployment of an initial first group of UN ceasefire monitors is underway Temporary facilities in Sirte have been identified the first group will deploy conditions permitting in the coming weeks to support the Libyan led and Libyan owned ceasefire monitoring mechanism LCMM To ensure gradual buildup towards full implementation of the ceasefire agreement the 5 5 JMC intends to develop an action plan for a sequenced and a phased verifiable withdrawal starting with the withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign fighters The intention is to consult this plan with the respective international partners and seek their support and cooperation Neighbors of Libya need to be engaged as well in this process notably concerning the withdrawal of foreign fighters and mercenaries We are also working with FM Madame Mangoush on the Stabilization Initiative that has similar objectives We are also ready to support the Libyan led process of DDR and SSR for the stabilization of the country and the wider region to work on this with Libya and international partners including countries of the region Withdrawal of foreign fighters and armed groups has to be accompanied by scaled up efforts across Libya and the wider region to address root causes of instability notably through inclusive reconciliation peacebuilding and development programmes with a focus on the youth on women empowerment Coordinated complementary measures and programmes supported and co financed by the international community coupled with resolute international action against criminal traffickers of people weapons and drugs and cooperative measures to enhance control in the border areas including integrated border control and management must be a part of the solution if it is to be durable and sustainable Here partnership of the UN AU LAS and EU is critical Excellencies Paving the ground for inclusive reconciliation UNSMIL and AU participated in a series of workshops launched on 31 May by the Presidency Council to prepare the legal framework and structure of the Libyan High National Commission for Reconciliation This should lay the groundwork for a longer term national reconciliation process to promote unity and social cohesion ahead of the December elections Several events bring together women youth and diverse segments of Libyan society are envisaged to take place in the coming period A whole of government approach should guide the work I note the UN AU shared vision of this process that is grounded in key principles of justice accountability and human rights which is critical to ensure long term peace and stability and welcome the expressed readiness of Algeria to share its experience n national reconciliation In my meeting last week with President Menfi he reiterated the commitment of PC to make progress on this important file Excellencies I would like to reiterate the UN s long held position that Libya is not considered a safe port of disembarkation for migrants and refugees The international community needs to increase its collective and bilateral engagement to address the causes fueling irregular movements of people including lack of or only limited protection in the transit countries like Libya or in first countries of asylum and to provide legal pathways to avoid the continuing loss of lives on the central Mediterranean route Here I acknowledge the potential of proactive efforts of the AU EU UN Task Force on Libya Such arrangements or agreements should reflect Libya and neighboring countries responsibility to uphold the international principle of nonrefoulement that includes halting all collective expulsions of migrants and asylum seekers while facilitating voluntary humanitarian evacuation return and resettlement flights Excellencies It is important that Libya and neighboring countries manage and control their borders border control measures and procedures should however be implemented in line with applicable obligations under international law including international human rights and refugee law Positive developments in this regard are bilateral labor agreements currently being negotiated between Niger and Egypt with Libya towards managing migration flows At the same time efforts to sign and operationalize bi lateral and multilateral agreements to promote security and cross border cooperation between countries sharing a common border with Libya are essential in maintaining regional security fostering economic development and building trust for closer cooperation among themselves and with Libya The border management Quartet Agreement between Libya Chad Niger and Sudan is a positive example of multilateral cooperation in securing common borders and tackling trans national crime violent extremism activities of armed groups As cooperation continues to develop the potential of such agreements including bilateral agreements with Libya will continue to build peace and stability in the region Libya is at a critical stage where the significant achievements and progress of the past period must be consolidated with an added momentum to continue the political transition towards a unified fully sovereign peaceful and stable country This is important not just for the Libyan people but for the region as a whole Continued concerted and aligned efforts of neighboring countries and the international community are essential to support and encourage the various sides and parties in Libya to work together achieve the unification of State institutions and the full implementation of the ceasefire agreement deliver needed services protect and promote human rights justice and accountability for Libyans and migrants and set the stage for holding the parliamentary and presidential elections on 24 December I would like to reiterate my appreciation to the Government of Algeria for organizing this important event and the participation of Minister Mangoush and foreign ministers from neighboring countries of Libya is a reaffirmation of your commitment to peace security and stability of Libya and the wider region Libya s stability is Africa s stability too Thank you for your attention
    Remarks of the UN Special Envoy For Libya, Ján Kubiš at the consultative meeting of ministers of foreign affairs of the neighboring states of Libya
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    Remarks of the UN Special Envoy For Libya, Ján Kubiš at the consultative meeting of ministers of foreign affairs of the neighboring states of Libya

    Neighbors of Libya need to be engaged as well in this process notably concerning the withdrawal of foreign fighters and mercenaries

    TRIPOLI, Libya, August 31, 2021/APO Group/ --

    Excellencies,

    At the outset, I would like to thank the Government of Algeria for organizing this important and timely meeting. The presence of the high-level representatives from the neighboring countries and regional and international organizations demonstrates the importance of this event gathering us in support of Libya.

    I am coming from Libya where I held consultations with a wide range of actors, leaders, and officials including Her Excellency FM Mangoush, to discuss how to safeguard and advance the course to national inclusive, free, and fair parliamentary and presidential elections this December and progress on other files – security, economic and human rights/humanitarian established and followed by the Berlin process. All interlocutors reiterated their commitment to holding elections on 24 December, and the Government has provided the necessary funding for the HNEC and works on the security measures to ensure safe conduct of the elections. Yet, what is still missing is a legal framework and clarification of the constitutional basis to be enacted in due time, in the coming days to enable the holding of presidential and parliamentary elections on 24 December.

    In the meantime, the House of Representatives (HoR) is in the process of finalizing electoral laws for both presidential and parliamentary elections, but the time is running out.  I urged the leadership of HoR and the members of HoR to shoulder their legislative responsibility and enact both legislations without any further delay while following the necessary procedural requirements.

    Against this backdrop, the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) is continuing with the preparations for the elections that can be done in the absence of the legislative framework, including voter registration that has reached an estimated total of registrants 2.86 million (43% women), work on registration for out of country voting is still on-going in consultation with Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Libya and will require cooperation and support from countries hosting Libyan citizens including your countries.  As confirmed by HNEC, the GNU has allocated sufficient funding for the commission to enable the preparations and organization of elections on 24 December. The UN continues to provide technical support to HNEC. 

    In order to help ensure the integrity of the electoral process, international and domestic observation of the whole process is critical. I urge all member states and regional organizations including your countries to send observation teams, in coordination with Libyan authorities and institutions, notably HNEC, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when the time will come.

    Excellencies,

    Approval by the HOR of a unified national budget, which is still pending, remains of critical importance to allow the GNU to improve the delivery of services and assistance to the people equitably throughout Libya and to create the conditions for a conducive environment for holding the elections in December of this year.. All this is happening in a very fluid and polarized situation, to create the best possible conditions for preparing and running smooth, safe, secure, inclusive free, and fair elections with the results accepted by all.

    Excellencies,

    On 8 July, I delivered the report of the international financial audit to the Presidency Council in the presence of the Prime Minister and the Governor and Vice Governor of the Central Bank of Libya (CBL). The main finding of the audit is that the unification of the Central Bank of Libya is no longer simply recommended but required. While Libya’s foreign currency reserves were largely protected during the past five years, the division in the Central Bank of Libya has eroded the integrity of the banking system and impeded monetary reform.

    In my recent meeting with the Central Bank Governor, I was informed that there have been some steps taken in preparation for the implementation of the audit report recommendations.  The Central Bank Governor will be briefing the IFCL Economic Working Group in early September to provide an update on the authorities’ plan to implement the recommendations and initiate the unification process. The GNU and PC have confirmed their willingness to support this process.

    Excellencies,

    On the security front, the persistent efforts of the 5+5 JMC led recently to the reopening of the Misrata-Sirte Coastal Road, with the support of UNSMIL and UNMAS as well as the members of the IFCL Security Working Group.  The people of Libya warmly welcomed this development, which brings clear benefits for all Libyans.

    Nevertheless, the continued presence of mercenaries, foreign fighters, and foreign forces remains a cause of concern for Libya and the international community, including neighboring countries.  The Security Council in a number of resolutions notably in UNSCR 2570 and recent statement on 15 July, strongly urged all Member States, all Libyan parties and all relevant actors to respect and support the full implementation of the 23 October 2020 ceasefire agreement, including through the withdrawal of all mercenaries, foreign fighters and foreign forces  from Libya without delay.

    The deployment of an initial first group of UN ceasefire monitors is underway.  Temporary facilities in Sirte have been identified, the first group will deploy (conditions permitting) in the coming weeks to support the Libyan-led and Libyan-owned ceasefire monitoring mechanism (LCMM).

    To ensure gradual buildup towards full implementation of the ceasefire agreement, the 5+5 JMC intends to develop an action plan for a sequenced and a phased, verifiable withdrawal, starting with the withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign fighters. The intention is to consult this plan with the respective international partners and seek their support and cooperation. Neighbors of Libya need to be engaged as well in this process notably concerning the withdrawal of foreign fighters and mercenaries.  We are also working with FM Madame Mangoush on the  Stabilization Initiative that has similar objectives. We are also ready to support the Libyan-led process of DDR and SSR for the stabilization of the country and the wider region, to work on this with Libya and international partners, including countries of the region.

    Withdrawal of foreign fighters and armed groups has to be accompanied by scaled-up efforts across Libya and the wider region to address root causes of instability, notably through inclusive reconciliation, peacebuilding, and development programmes with a focus on the youth, on women empowerment. Coordinated, complementary measures and programmes supported and co-financed by the international community coupled with resolute international action against criminal traffickers of people, weapons, and drugs, and cooperative measures to enhance control in the border areas, including integrated border control and management must be a part of the solution if it is to be durable and sustainable. Here partnership of the UN, AU, LAS, and EU is critical.

    Excellencies,

    Paving the ground for inclusive reconciliation, UNSMIL and AU participated in a series of workshops launched on 31 May by the Presidency Council to prepare the legal framework and structure of the Libyan High National Commission for Reconciliation. This should lay the groundwork for a longer-term national reconciliation process, to promote unity and social cohesion ahead of the December elections. Several events bring together women, youth, and diverse segments of Libyan society are envisaged to take place in the coming period. A ‘whole-of-government' approach should guide the work. I note the UN/AU shared vision of this process that is grounded in key principles of justice, accountability, and human rights which is critical to ensure long-term peace and stability and welcome the expressed readiness of Algeria to share its experience n national reconciliation.  In my meeting last week with President Menfi, he reiterated the commitment of PC to make progress on this important file.

    Excellencies,

    I would like to reiterate the UN’s long-held position that Libya is not considered a safe port of disembarkation for migrants and refugees. 

    The international community needs to increase its collective and bilateral engagement to address the causes fueling irregular movements of people, including lack of or only limited protection in the transit countries like Libya or in first countries of asylum, and to provide legal pathways to avoid the continuing loss of lives on the central Mediterranean route. Here, I acknowledge the potential of proactive efforts of the AU-EU-UN Task Force on Libya.

    Such arrangements or agreements should reflect Libya and neighboring countries’ responsibility to uphold the international principle of nonrefoulement that includes halting all collective expulsions of migrants and asylum-seekers, while facilitating voluntary humanitarian evacuation, return, and resettlement flights.

    Excellencies,

    It is important that Libya and neighboring countries manage and control their borders; border control measures and procedures should, however, be implemented in line with applicable obligations under international law including international human rights and refugee law.  Positive developments in this regard are bilateral labor agreements currently being negotiated between Niger and Egypt with Libya towards managing migration flows. At the same time efforts to sign and operationalize bi-lateral and multilateral agreements to promote security and cross-border cooperation between countries sharing a common border with Libya are essential in maintaining regional security, fostering economic development, and building trust for closer cooperation among themselves and with Libya. The border management Quartet Agreement between Libya, Chad, Niger, and Sudan is a positive example of multilateral cooperation in securing common borders and tackling trans-national crime, violent extremism, activities of armed groups.

    As cooperation continues to develop, the potential of such agreements including bilateral agreements with Libya will continue to build peace and stability in the region.

    Libya is at a critical stage where the significant achievements and progress of the past period must be consolidated with an added momentum to continue the political transition towards a unified, fully sovereign, peaceful, and stable country. This is important not just for the Libyan people but for the region as a whole. Continued, concerted and aligned efforts of neighboring countries and the international community are essential to support and encourage the various sides and parties in Libya to work together, achieve the unification of State institutions and the full implementation of the ceasefire agreement, deliver needed services, protect and promote human rights, justice, and accountability for Libyans and migrants and set the stage for holding the parliamentary and presidential elections on 24 December.

    I would like to reiterate my appreciation to the Government of Algeria for organizing this important event, and the participation of Minister Mangoush and foreign ministers from neighboring countries of Libya is a reaffirmation of your commitment to peace, security, and stability of Libya and the wider region. Libya’s stability is Africa’s stability too.

    Thank you for your attention.

  •  By Emmanuella Anokam The Nigeria Netherlands Bilateral Working Group BWG highlighted the strategic partnership and continued bilateral relations between Nigeria and the Netherlands to boost trade and investment This was jointly agreed upon at the end of the first annual meeting of the Nigeria Netherlands Bilateral Trade and Investment Working Group on Tuesday in Abuja Amb Samson Itegboje co chair of the group speaking to reporters noted that as Nigeria is the Netherlands biggest trading partner in Africa in 2020 there is a need to strengthen relations Itegboje acknowledged the investments of the Dutch Development Bank as well as the projects funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency RVO He said these contribute to better access to finance and development while providing an enabling environment for young entrepreneurs and green economic growth in Nigeria The Nigerian News Agency NAN reports that the meeting discussed priority areas for economic collaboration as well as trade and investment opportunities Itegboje also director of the Department of International Organizations noted priority areas such as agriculture and horticulture Green economic growth Life sciences and health youth employment entrepreneurship and ICT In the context of agriculture and horticulture he focused on collaborative seed and dairy development programs the National Livestock Transformation Program NLTP and exploration of the technical support for breeding and the rehabilitation of pasture reserves The parties agreed to collaborate on the Nigeria Netherlands seed partnership dairy development export promotion process and capacity for research and knowledge exchange he noted As part of green economic growth the Netherlands reaffirmed its commitment to establish a circular business platform in Lagos and to connect Dutch and Nigerian companies in the recycled plastics and solar energy sector Other areas of mutual interest covered in the discussion included renewable energy and recycling circular economy and solar energy to help achieve the climate change mitigation and adaptation goals in the Paris Agreements Issues related to life sciences and health as well as health insurance plans were also covered Regarding youth employment entrepreneurship and ICT he noted that parties recognized Dutch initiatives such as Orange Corners Nigeria Work in Progress as well as support for the Next Economy program of SOS Children s Villages Nigeria reiterated the need to increase the number of beneficiaries ensure gender balance and geographic space in the implementation of youth development programs in Nigeria by the Dutch Nigeria has requested support for start ups and micro small and medium sized enterprises MSMEs the ambassador noted The meeting brought together participants from relevant MDAs partner organizations from Nigeria and Dutch counterparts Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Harry Dijk The others were Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs Amb Gabriel Aduda and his industry trade and investment counterpart Dr Nasir Sani Gwarzo among others NAA NAN
    Nigeria, Netherlands agree to deepen trade, investment opportunities
     By Emmanuella Anokam The Nigeria Netherlands Bilateral Working Group BWG highlighted the strategic partnership and continued bilateral relations between Nigeria and the Netherlands to boost trade and investment This was jointly agreed upon at the end of the first annual meeting of the Nigeria Netherlands Bilateral Trade and Investment Working Group on Tuesday in Abuja Amb Samson Itegboje co chair of the group speaking to reporters noted that as Nigeria is the Netherlands biggest trading partner in Africa in 2020 there is a need to strengthen relations Itegboje acknowledged the investments of the Dutch Development Bank as well as the projects funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency RVO He said these contribute to better access to finance and development while providing an enabling environment for young entrepreneurs and green economic growth in Nigeria The Nigerian News Agency NAN reports that the meeting discussed priority areas for economic collaboration as well as trade and investment opportunities Itegboje also director of the Department of International Organizations noted priority areas such as agriculture and horticulture Green economic growth Life sciences and health youth employment entrepreneurship and ICT In the context of agriculture and horticulture he focused on collaborative seed and dairy development programs the National Livestock Transformation Program NLTP and exploration of the technical support for breeding and the rehabilitation of pasture reserves The parties agreed to collaborate on the Nigeria Netherlands seed partnership dairy development export promotion process and capacity for research and knowledge exchange he noted As part of green economic growth the Netherlands reaffirmed its commitment to establish a circular business platform in Lagos and to connect Dutch and Nigerian companies in the recycled plastics and solar energy sector Other areas of mutual interest covered in the discussion included renewable energy and recycling circular economy and solar energy to help achieve the climate change mitigation and adaptation goals in the Paris Agreements Issues related to life sciences and health as well as health insurance plans were also covered Regarding youth employment entrepreneurship and ICT he noted that parties recognized Dutch initiatives such as Orange Corners Nigeria Work in Progress as well as support for the Next Economy program of SOS Children s Villages Nigeria reiterated the need to increase the number of beneficiaries ensure gender balance and geographic space in the implementation of youth development programs in Nigeria by the Dutch Nigeria has requested support for start ups and micro small and medium sized enterprises MSMEs the ambassador noted The meeting brought together participants from relevant MDAs partner organizations from Nigeria and Dutch counterparts Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Harry Dijk The others were Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs Amb Gabriel Aduda and his industry trade and investment counterpart Dr Nasir Sani Gwarzo among others NAA NAN
    Nigeria, Netherlands agree to deepen trade, investment opportunities
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    Nigeria, Netherlands agree to deepen trade, investment opportunities

    By Emmanuella AnokamThe Nigeria-Netherlands Bilateral Working Group (BWG) highlighted the strategic partnership and continued bilateral relations between Nigeria and the Netherlands to boost trade and investment.This was jointly agreed upon at the end of the first annual meeting of the Nigeria-Netherlands Bilateral Trade and Investment Working Group on Tuesday in Abuja.Amb. Samson Itegboje, co-chair of the group, speaking to reporters, noted that as Nigeria is the Netherlands' biggest trading partner in Africa in 2020, there is a need to strengthen relations.Itegboje acknowledged the investments of the Dutch Development Bank as well as the projects funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).He said these contribute to better access to finance and development, while providing an enabling environment for young entrepreneurs and green economic growth in Nigeria.The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the meeting discussed priority areas for economic collaboration as well as trade and investment opportunities.Itegboje, also director of the Department of International Organizations, noted priority areas such as agriculture and horticulture; Green economic growth; Life sciences and health, youth employment, entrepreneurship and ICT.In the context of agriculture and horticulture, he focused on collaborative seed and dairy development programs, the National Livestock Transformation Program (NLTP) and exploration of the 'technical support for breeding and the rehabilitation of pasture reserves.“The parties agreed to collaborate on the Nigeria-Netherlands seed partnership, dairy development, export promotion process and capacity for research and knowledge exchange,” he noted.As part of green economic growth, the Netherlands reaffirmed its commitment to establish a circular business platform in Lagos and to connect Dutch and Nigerian companies in the recycled plastics and solar energy sector.Other areas of mutual interest covered in the discussion included renewable energy and recycling, circular economy and solar energy to help achieve the climate change mitigation and adaptation goals in the Paris Agreements. .Issues related to life sciences and health, as well as health insurance plans were also covered.Regarding youth employment, entrepreneurship and ICT, he noted that parties recognized Dutch initiatives such as Orange Corners Nigeria, Work in Progress as well as support for the Next Economy program of SOS Children's Villages.“Nigeria reiterated the need to increase the number of beneficiaries, ensure gender balance and geographic space in the implementation of youth development programs in Nigeria by the Dutch.“Nigeria has requested support for start-ups and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs),” the ambassador noted.The meeting brought together participants from relevant MDAs, partner organizations from Nigeria and Dutch counterparts, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Harry Dijk.The others were: Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Gabriel Aduda, and his industry, trade and investment counterpart, Dr Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, among others. (NAA)(NAN)

  •   By EricJames Ochigbo The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to develop effective mechanism towards halting massive capital flight in Nigeria This followed the adoption of motion by Rep Afolabi Olalekan APC Osun at plenary on Tuesday in Abuja Moving the motion Olalekan said that capital flight has been one of the unresolved and persistent macroeconomic problems plaguing the nation for over four decades Ironically Nigeria is ranked among the highest producers of crude oil in the world and earns a huge amount of foreign exchange from its exports but still falls short of capital to develop maintain and upgrade its infrastructure he said He said that the country s under development was due to high capital flight compared to accumulated domestic investments The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development estimated that about 88 6billion dollars per year leaves the continent through money laundry tax evasion diverted revenues offshore investments and other forms of capital flights with Nigeria accounting for an estimated 46 per cent of the total capital flight or 40 7billion dollars per year Aware of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN Bulletin in 2015 which shows that the net flow of capital flight from Nigeria from 1986 to 2015 was quite worrisome with Nigeria losing a colossal sum of over 8 8 trillion dollars The alarming rate of foreign medical services being sought by Nigerians both private individuals and government officials which amounts to more than 6 5 billion dollars based on the statistics released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2015 while expenses on foreign education amount to more than 3billion dollars based on estimates released by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFUND in its 2014 annual report he said Olalekan said that there have been pleas by successive governments to foreign banks and other international financial institutions to release and repatriate stolen and diverted funds stockpiled abroad by corrupt leaders Capital flight exerts detrimental effects on both short and long term growth of the economy by reducing domestically available investible capital as it represents a foregone investment in manufacturing plants infrastructure social welfare reduction of a country s tax base and a contribution to the high debt profile among others he said In his ruling the Speaker of the house Rep Femi Gbajabiamila mandated the Committee on Legislative Compliance to ensure implementation NAN NAN
    Reps move to halt capital flight in Nigeria
      By EricJames Ochigbo The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to develop effective mechanism towards halting massive capital flight in Nigeria This followed the adoption of motion by Rep Afolabi Olalekan APC Osun at plenary on Tuesday in Abuja Moving the motion Olalekan said that capital flight has been one of the unresolved and persistent macroeconomic problems plaguing the nation for over four decades Ironically Nigeria is ranked among the highest producers of crude oil in the world and earns a huge amount of foreign exchange from its exports but still falls short of capital to develop maintain and upgrade its infrastructure he said He said that the country s under development was due to high capital flight compared to accumulated domestic investments The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development estimated that about 88 6billion dollars per year leaves the continent through money laundry tax evasion diverted revenues offshore investments and other forms of capital flights with Nigeria accounting for an estimated 46 per cent of the total capital flight or 40 7billion dollars per year Aware of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN Bulletin in 2015 which shows that the net flow of capital flight from Nigeria from 1986 to 2015 was quite worrisome with Nigeria losing a colossal sum of over 8 8 trillion dollars The alarming rate of foreign medical services being sought by Nigerians both private individuals and government officials which amounts to more than 6 5 billion dollars based on the statistics released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2015 while expenses on foreign education amount to more than 3billion dollars based on estimates released by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFUND in its 2014 annual report he said Olalekan said that there have been pleas by successive governments to foreign banks and other international financial institutions to release and repatriate stolen and diverted funds stockpiled abroad by corrupt leaders Capital flight exerts detrimental effects on both short and long term growth of the economy by reducing domestically available investible capital as it represents a foregone investment in manufacturing plants infrastructure social welfare reduction of a country s tax base and a contribution to the high debt profile among others he said In his ruling the Speaker of the house Rep Femi Gbajabiamila mandated the Committee on Legislative Compliance to ensure implementation NAN NAN
    Reps move to halt capital flight in Nigeria
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    Reps move to halt capital flight in Nigeria

    By EricJames Ochigbo

    The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to develop effective mechanism towards halting massive capital flight in Nigeria.

    This followed the adoption of motion by Rep. Afolabi Olalekan (APC-Osun) at plenary on Tuesday in Abuja.

    Moving the motion, Olalekan said that capital flight has been one of the unresolved and persistent macroeconomic problems plaguing the nation for over four decades.

    “Ironically, Nigeria is ranked among the highest producers of crude oil in the world and earns a huge amount of foreign exchange from its exports but still falls short of capital to develop, maintain and upgrade its infrastructure,” he said.

    He said that the country’s under development was due to high capital flight compared to accumulated domestic investments.

    “The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development estimated that about 88.6billion dollars per year leaves the continent through money laundry, tax evasion, diverted revenues, offshore investments and other forms of capital flights, with Nigeria accounting for an estimated 46 per cent of the total capital flight or 40.7billion dollars per year.

    “Aware of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Bulletin in 2015 which shows that the net flow of capital flight from Nigeria from 1986 to 2015 was quite worrisome, with Nigeria losing a colossal sum of over 8.8 trillion dollars.

    “The alarming rate of foreign medical services being sought by Nigerians, both private individuals and government officials, which amounts to more than 6.5 billion dollars based on the statistics released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2015, while expenses on foreign education amount to more than 3billion dollars based on estimates released by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) in its 2014 annual report,’’ he said.

    Olalekan said that there have been pleas by successive governments to foreign banks and other international financial institutions to release and repatriate stolen and diverted funds stockpiled abroad by corrupt leaders.

    “Capital flight exerts detrimental effects on both short and long term growth of the economy by reducing domestically available investible capital as it represents a foregone investment in manufacturing plants, infrastructure, social welfare, reduction of a country’s tax base and a contribution to the high debt profile, among others,’’ he said.
    In his ruling, the Speaker of the house, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila mandated the Committee on Legislative Compliance to ensure implementation. (NAN)

    (NAN)