The UAE's relief efforts continue to support the Somali people by meeting the needs of more than 2.5 million drought-affected residents.
A United Arab Emirates aid ship carrying more than 1,000 tons of food and relief items arrived at the port of the capital Mogadishu last month in coordination with UAE aid agencies represented by the Relief Authority.
the Emirates Red Crescent, the Zayed Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation and the Khalifa container.
Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation for Humanitarian Works.
Over the past week, drought relief distribution has been expanded to include food support to displaced people in the worst-affected areas, including camps in Mogadishu and in the Mahas and Mataban areas of Hiran Governorate in the Hiran region.
This came in coordination with UAE aid agencies and the Somalia Disaster Management Authority.
Somalia is one of the countries in the Horn of Africa most affected by the drought currently plaguing the region.
The drought crisis facing Somalia is the worst in decades and requires international organizations to step up humanitarian efforts to prevent drought from turning into famine.
The United Nations World Meteorological Organization has forecast that the country will brace for a fifth consecutive unsuccessful rainy season.
According to estimates by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, more than seven million Somalis face difficult humanitarian conditions and are in need of food assistance.
The President of the Republic, Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan, together with Vice President Ahmed Afif, chaired a meeting yesterday at the Seychelles Institute of Teacher Training (SITE) auditorium focused on disaster management and preparedness following the fire at Landfill 2 in Providence this week.
The purpose of the meeting was primarily to discuss weaknesses, challenges and the way forward providing greater clarity and ensuring effective planning for future incidents at the national level.
In his opening remarks, President Ramkalawan thanked all stakeholders present for attending such an important meeting.
After observing him at the landfill fire incident site and through various communications, he expressed that he called for greater coordination and collaboration among partner agencies.
He urged all involved, including national emergency operating centers, command posts and other interested agencies, to develop a comprehensive manual with relevant strategies that promote a collaborative approach.
Regarding the lack of equipment, the President also informed the meeting that the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has donated a shipment of masks, canisters and fire hoses.
“First of all, I would like to express my appreciation and thanks to everyone who was at Landfill 2 during the incident; namely, Disaster Risk Management Division (DRMD), Red Cross, Seychelles Fire and Rescue Services Agency (SFRSA), Seychelles Police, Vijay Construction (Pty) Limited, Ministers, Management Agency Landscaping and Waste Management (LWMA), Vijay Construction, Civil Construction Company Limited (CCCL) and many others.
I salute your courage, determination and commitment,” said the President.
He continued: “From my observation, I have noticed that there has been a lack of communication and coordination between the different agencies and Ministries.
There has also been a lack of coordination in getting the necessary equipment and resources on site.
In terms of this effect, I would like each of you to take a look at the existing framework, discuss the weaknesses, focus on an effective preparedness program that is well defined for everyone and ensures that there is this effective collaboration and communication throughout the whole process.
the incident reoccurs.
Not just at the landfill, but anywhere else where there is a chance of an incident happening.” For his part, the Minister of the Interior, Mr. Errol Fonseka, underlined the importance of said consultation, the need for a unifying command and why all networks must be aligned.
In addition, he highlighted the need for all those involved to have the necessary training that allows them to deal with incidents of this level.
“This is an important milestone in our effort to bring together our thinking and understanding of risk and disaster management preparedness.
This meeting demonstrates political commitment at the highest level.
The purpose of this meeting today is to clarify 'who is responsible for what?' In such a complex undertaking under a crisis scenario, such as disaster management, this is the moment for such a question.
In the face of a series of conflicting demands and pressures facing decision-makers at all levels, it is crucial in crisis management and for commanders to make quick decisions,” said Minister Fonseka.
The General Director of Risk and Disaster Management (DRMD), Mr. Robert Ernesta during his intervention explained the tactical requirement of the Bronze and Silver levels as well as his responsibilities.
There was also a presentation on the Operationalization of the National Integrated Emergency Management Plan (NIEMP).
The opening discussions focused on the Bronze and Silver level topics where participants from the different Ministries and agencies had the opportunity to present their challenges, proposals and the way forward.
Based on the deliberations, President Ramkalawan requested a report with the necessary follow-up actions and that before December 2022 there will be another meeting to review the status.
The president also requested a master plan for all landfills, including those on Praslin and La Digue.
He will also attend the autopsy meeting regarding the fire at Landfill Two. The Head of State also called on the Emergency Brigade and the volunteers to come forward and unite for such important causes where the necessary training will be provided.
Concluding, he said: “I feel everyone's commitment, concern and willingness to improve the current problem.
I appreciate the different issues presented, whether you are small or large agencies, you all have a role to play.
I wish to call on all organisations/agencies, you are all professionals, and all Ministers in your respective ministries, to reconsider the disaster element more seriously and how there can be better coordination.
How you can help other places, to encourage other agencies like SFRSA and DRMD.
Get involved with other agencies, know their standard operating procedures.
When training is necessary, act immediately.
I would like to emphasize that risk management is what will prevent a disaster from happening.
As a country and we are all responsible for their safety.” The meeting was attended by the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ted Barbe, Ministers, the Attorney General, Mr. Frank Ally, representatives from the Disaster Risk Management Division (DRMD), the Seychelles Police Force (SPF), the Health Care Agency (HCA), Public Health Authority (PHA), Seychelles Fire and Rescue Services Agency (SFRSA), Seychelles Port Authority (SPA), Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA), Defense Forces Authority (SDF), Seychelles Meteorological Authority (SMA), Ministry of Government and Community Affairs (MLGCA), Land Waste Management Agency (LWMA), Seychelles Infrastructure Agency (SIA), Seychelles Maritime Safety Authority ( SMSA), Seychelles National Parks and Gardens Authority (SNPGA) and other supporting ministries and agencies.
President Wavel Ramkalawan has sent a message of thanks to all the workers and first responders, including several private companies that, since yesterday, have been working tirelessly or in one way or another have been involved in fighting the landfill fire in Providence.
Following his late-night visit to the site, the President commended them for their courage and commitment.
The President will convene a special meeting on Saturday, October 1, with all relevant stakeholders for a comprehensive assessment of the country's state of preparedness for various incidents that may occur.
President Ramkalawan, on behalf of the country and on his personal behalf, also expressed his gratitude to the UAE government for the donation of high-powered pumps to the Seychelles Fire and Rescue Services Agency (SFRSA), which will be of great help with operations.
Sri Lanka’s privately-owned airline, FitsAir would launch its international passenger flights in October, a move expected to boost foreign visitor arrivals in the South Asian country, local media reported on Tuesday.
FitsAir is a budget airline under the privately-owned investment conglomerate Aberdeen Holdings headquartered in Colombo.
It would begin international flights on Oct. 5, with the first flight from Colombo to the UAE’s Dubai, a statement from the airline was quoted as saying.
The service for flight to Male, the capital of the Maldives would start from Oct. 10 and that to India’s Trichy from Oct. 28. FitsAir would become Sri Lanka’s first private scheduled international passenger carrier by launching international passenger flights.
Sri Lanka’s privately-owned airline FitsAir will debut in October its international passenger flights, a move expected to boost foreign visitor arrivals in the South Asian country.
FitsAir, a budget airline under the privately-owned investment conglomerate Aberdeen Holdings headquartered in Colombo, said on Tuesday that it would commence international flights on Oct. 5, with the first flight to fly from Colombo to the UAE’s Dubai.
The airline said in a statement that the service for flight to Male, the capital of the Maldives would start from Oct. 10, and that to India’s Trichy from Oct. 28. “By inauguration of international passenger flights, FitsAir will become Sri Lanka’s first private scheduled international passenger carrier,’’ it said.
His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, met with Liberata Mulamula, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation for East Africa of Tanzania.
The meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, addressed a number of issues on the assembly's agenda, including climate change and efforts to promote the use of renewable energies.
renewables in African countries, as well as international cooperation to meet the challenges of food security.
The two sides also reviewed the bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to further develop the joint partnership in various fields, including trade, economy, renewable energy and others.
For her part, Mulamula expressed her country's aspiration to strengthen bilateral cooperative relations with the UAE in various sectors, praising the leadership stature enjoyed by the UAE at the regional and global levels and the outstanding development it has achieved in all fields.
The meeting was attended by Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, Minister of State.
Spire Solutions, a cyber security provider, says it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CPX Holding, a United Arab Emirate-based digital-first cybersecurity solutions to improve organisations’ cyber maturity.
A statement issued by Spire Solution in Lagos on Monday said that the collaboration would assist organisations along their digital transformation journey.
According to the statement, the MoU was signed when cyber attacks in the Middle East was becoming increasingly frequent and more costly for organisations.
“In parallel, 45 per cent of organisations recently surveyed by IDC in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa region are now embedding security into the planning and assessment phases of all new business initiatives.
“The collaboration between CPX and Spire Solutions would review the next wave of technologies that could accelerate organisations’ digital transformation journeys.
“This will include pioneering new strategies that governments and enterprises can use to protect their business-critical assets while contributing to best practices across the region.
“Such efforts will ultimately help organisations unlock business value and drive growth with peace of mind,” it said.
The Chief Executive Officer of CPX Holding, Khaled Al Melhi, said: “As governments and businesses race to maintain their competitive advantage by adopting new technologies, they are also being exposed to more sophisticated cyber threats.
” Al Melhi said that with their strategic partners, they were planning to augment security policies to instil trust for clients, but also for the wider cybersecurity ecosystem.
Sanjeev Walia, the President of Spire Solutions said: “The UAE’s National Cybersecurity Strategy (NCSS) envisions the creation of a safe and resilient cyber infrastructure that enables citizens to fulfil their aspirations and empowers businesses to thrive.
“We are honoured to partner with CPX, a leading enabler of achieving this national vision.
His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, met with Ramtane Lamamra, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Algeria, on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. His Highness Sheikh Abdullah and Lamamra discussed the brotherly relations between the UAE and Algeria and ways to enhance cooperation in all domains to achieve the common interests of the two brother countries and peoples.
They also reviewed issues on the agenda for the General Assembly session, including climate change, renewable energy supply and food security.
The two sides also discussed regional and international developments.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed highlighted the depth of the ties between the UAE and Algeria and his enthusiasm to foster them at all levels.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested two freight agents at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, (MMIA), Ikeja Lagos alleged attempt to smuggle 26.20kg cannabis.
The Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
Babafemi said that the consignment which was concealed in cereal packs was smuggled through the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) shed for export to Dubai, UAE.
He said that the consignment was abandoned at the shed before the airport security transferred it to NDLEA.
According to him, further investigation by the agency led to the arrest of one Olatunbosun Abimbola, 34, “The suspect who works at Ashadox Logistics Services, a cargo company, was arrested on Friday.
“He confessed to the crime but stated that he acted on the instructions of his Managing Director, Oloyede Abiola, who was promptly arrested.
“The 40-year-old indigene of Ibadan West Local Government Area of Oyo State claimed that due to the strict security measures put in place by the NDLEA, he was forced to abandon the cargo to avoid being detected, ” he said.
Babafemi quoted the Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa as commending the anti-narcotic officers of MMIA Command for their resilience.
Marwa charged them and others across the country to remain vigilant and committed to the collective goal of saving Nigeria from drug scourge.
His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, met separately with several Foreign Ministers of the countries participating in the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York. His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed met with Dr. Faisal Mekdad, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Syria; Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates; Stanley Kakubo, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Zambia; Donika Gërvalla-Schwarz, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora of the Republic of Kosova; and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Pakistan.
His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and his counterparts discussed various issues on the agenda of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly and exchanged views on regional and international developments.
During the meetings, the parties reviewed the bilateral cooperation and partnership between the UAE and these countries in various sectors, including sustainability, energy, renewable energy, food security, economy, education, tourism, investment and culture.
HH also briefed the ministers on the UAE's efforts to combat climate change and its preparations to host the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) in 2023.
The meetings were attended by Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation; Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of State; Khalifa Shaheen Al Marar, Minister of State, Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, Deputy Minister for Political Affairs and Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations, and Omar Saif Ghobash, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Cultural Affairs and Public Diplomacy