Sikuta returns as Shujaa squad to Dubai and Cape Town named

28.November.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Kenya Rugby Union (KRU)

Kabras Sugar back row Daniel Sikuta returns to the Kenya Sevens squad named to do duty at the opening rounds of the 2019/20 HSBC Sevens World Series in Dubai, UAE and Cape Town, South Africa in December.

Technical Director Paul Feeney has retained the 12 man squad that secured Olympic qualification by winning the 2019 Africa Men’s Sevens in Johannesburg, South Africa earlier this month, a tournament that Sikuta, who debuted during the 2012/13 World Series missed out.

Shujaa will kick off their Pool D fixtures at the Dubai Sevens with a clash against South Africa at 6.54pm EAT on Thursday 5 December before resuming action on Friday 6 December with clashes against England at 12.26pm and Spain at 6.32pm.

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Minister Shahid sends Independence Day greetings to Mauritania

28.November.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives
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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency Abdulla Shahid has sent a message of felicitations to His Excellency Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania on the occasion of their Independence Day.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

“It gives me great pleasure to extend warm felicitations and good wishes to Your Excellency, the Government, and the people of Mauritania on the joyous occasion of your 59th Independence Day.

Please accept, Excellency, my best wishes for your good health and well-being and for further progress of the people of Mauritania and the assurances of my highest consideration.”

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Press Release on the helicopter collision that killed 13 French troops in Mali

28.November.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Portugal
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The Portuguese Government deeply regrets the death of thirteen French troops during a combat operation against jihadists that took place in the Liptako region of northern Mali on 25 November. During this operation, two helicopters belonging to the French military stationed in the country accidentally collided.

The Portuguese government expresses its condolences to the relatives of the soldiers and reiterates its full solidarity with France, underlining the importance of the French contribution in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel region.

Portugal restates its commitment to the stabilisation of Mali and the larger region, namely within the multilateral framework and in strict coordination with the relevant international partners.

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Kwik Delivery partners with Winpart to deliver spare parts in less than 2 hours to customers in Nigeria

28.November.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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Kwik Delivery ( and Winpart announce today a partnership to ensure smooth, on-demand and flexible last-mile delivery of light auto spare parts to customers in Nigeria.

“The goal of Winpart, a division of CFAO Motors with a spread in several other African countries is to make available to motorists, quality auto parts from the Original Equipment (OEMs) Manufacturers like Denso, Bosch, Valeo, Philips, C-works, Riken, and a host of others explains, Olivier BUISSON, General Manager, Winpart.

“The heavy circulation of fake automotive spare parts in the Nigerian market has not only accounted for a great number of road accidents but also has led to the loss of lives and resources. We are changing this narrative.

“As we commence operation in Nigeria, we need a flexible, reliable and last-mile logistics partner that can adapt to the needs of each customer while delivering in less than two hours upon pick up of parcel. Kwik ticks all the right boxes and we are happy that this partnership will work for our customers”.

In Nigeria as in anywhere else, auto spare parts are fast-moving consumer goods. Thanks to Kwik, Winpart will be able to supply gas filling stations with their orders within 2-hours declares Romain POIROT-LELLIG, Founder & CEO of Africa Delivery Technologies, who operates the Kwik platform. “The goal is to support Winpart and their customers grow their business while managing their inventory with quasi just-in-time leanness.” Winpart provides auto spare parts to the Total gas station network in Nigeria, among others.

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About Kwik:
Launched in Lagos, Nigeria, in June 2019, Kwik Delivery ( is an on-demand delivery platform focusing on the rich and diverse B2B and B2B2C market. It is developed and operated by French-Nigerian company Africa Delivery Technologies. More information on

About Winpart:
A division of CFAO Automotive, WinPart is the new aftermarket (IAM) spare parts wholesaler exclusively dedicated to export to Africa. Its knowledge of the African market, supported by CFAO group’s, allows it to propose new products adapted to the entire fleet of vehicles of each country where it operates.

About CFAO:
CFAO ( is a key player in specialized distribution in Africa and in French overseas territories, and a partner of choice for major international brands. The Group is a market leader in automotive and pharmaceutical distribution, and continues to grow in consumer goods, new technology and energy solutions. CFAO has a direct presence in 36 African countries and provides a gateway to 49 of the 54 countries that make up the African continent. The Group is also active in seven French overseas territories and in Asia. CFAO employs more than 15,000 people. CFAO is a subsidiary of the TTC Group (Japan). Find out more about the CFAO Group at

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South African (SA) Rugby confirm Match Official Panels for 2020

28.November.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

South African Rugby Union
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The SA Rugby Match Official Panels for 2020 were confirmed on Thursday, with 27 referees named on the National Panel, including Aimee Barrett-Theron, who handled two First Division Currie Cup fixtures earlier in the year.

The panel consists of a number of experienced match officials such as Jaco Peyper, who reached the double milestone of blowing the whistle in his 50th Test and 100th Vodacom Super Rugby match in the past season, as well as a number of promising match officials.

The complete SA Rugby Match Officials Panel for 2020 were confirmed following the annual selection and grading meeting held recently in Cape Town. This was followed by the Referees Department’s strategic planning meeting at the end of October in Stellenbosch.

SA Rugby Referees Manager, Banks Yantolo, said while South African match officials continue to play a prominent role on the international stage, a lot of work is being done behind the scenes to ensure local referees continue to perform to international standards and that a steady stream of young men and women’s referees are identified and developed with the future in mind.

The department’s strategic preparation, which last year culminated in the draft and implementation of a comprehensive mid-term plan, will ensure continue efforts will help to keep South African referees on a solid foothold.

Yantolo said: “The South African referees structures have always given us a tremendous sense of pride and achievement and it continues to do so, with our men’s and women referees once again making their presence felt in international tournaments during the year, including Vodacom Super Rugby, Guinness PRO14, the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and the 2019 RWC tournament in Japan.”

The promotion of three up and coming referees from the Academy Squad into the National Panel – Dylan November, Morné Ferreira and Sean Muller – will ensures a healthy influx of young match officials. Similarly, there are three newcomers onto the Women’s Panel, namely Siyanda Pikoli, Giana Viljoen and Angelic Bezuidenhout.

“We are inundated with enquiries by prospective women referees who want to follow in the footsteps of Aimee, who is doing so well locally and on the World Rugby Women’s Panel, as well as Ashleigh Murray on the World Rugby Sevens Panel,” said Yantolo.

“To have our two leading women referees, Aimee and Ashleigh, continue performing referee duties on the international stage shows we are on the right track, while we are delighted that we also have some very promising young women and men coming through our ranks.”

The SA Rugby Match Official Panels for 2019:

National Panel: Christopher Allison, Aimee Barrett-Theron, Stuart Berry, Johre Botha, Griffin Colby, Ben Crouse, Morne Ferreira, Stephan Geldenhuys, Quinton Immelman, AJ Jacobs, Cwengile Jadezweni, Jaco Kotze, Mpho Matsaung, Phumzile, Mbewu, Ruhan Meiring, Paul Mente, Vusi Msibi, Sean Muller, Bulelani Naka, Dylan November, Jaco Peyper, Jaco Pretorius, Rasta Rasivhenge, Egon Seconds, Archie Sehlako, Divan Uys, Marius van der Westhuizen.

Women’s Panel: Angelic Bezuidenhout, Maria Mabote, Lusanda Mtiya, Ashleigh Murray, Siyanda Pikole, Bulela Qwane, Giana Viljoen.

Television Match Officials: Christie du Preez, Johan Greeff, Marius Jonker, Joey-Klaaste Salmans, Pro Legoete, Lourens van der Merwe, Willie Vos, JJ Wagner.

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New EducationUSA Advising Center at World Learning as Number of Algerians Studying in United States Hits All-Time High

28.November.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Embassy of the United States in Algiers, Algeria
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With support from the U.S. Embassy in Algiers, EducationUSA launched a new advising center at the World Learning office in Bir Khadem, Algiers. The center will offer resources and advising services under the U.S. State Department’s EducationUSA program, which promotes U.S. higher education by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information worldwide about opportunities to study at accredited post-secondary institutions in the United States.

“Algeria is home to so many talented, ambitious young people, who often ask us about studying in the United States,” noted Mrs. Leah Bitat, World Learning’s Country Representative in Algeria. “We are very pleased that we can now counsel these youth on how to pursue their dreams, from researching options to applying to universities to obtaining financial aid and even overcoming logistical challenges.”

The new EducationUSA Advising Center will be open to the public, offering a regular schedule of group, individual, and online advising sessions to share information on every step of the process of pursuing U.S. higher education opportunities. The Center will also organize specialized workshops in Algiers and other cities in Algeria to expand access beyond the capital.

“EducationUSA presents an opportunity for young Algerians to spend time in the United States, obtain a world-class education, and then return home to contribute to building Algeria,” said Mr. Gautam Rana, Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Algiers.

According to statistics released last week, the number of Algerian students currently studying at institutions across the United States increased by 12.4% from 2018 to 2019. Despite this feat, the total number of Algerian students studying in the U.S. remains the lowest in the entire Middle East/North Africa region, ranking last out of 19 countries.

Young Algerians considering Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral studies in the U.S. are encouraged to visit the EducationUSA Advising Center and learn more about its services. Full details about EducationUSA services in Algeria from World Learning and the U.S. Embassy in Algiers are available at and

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Statement on Tanzanian Local Elections

28.November.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

U.S. Embassy in Tanzania
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The United States is deeply concerned by reports of irregularities in Tanzania’s November 24 local elections.  Election officials overwhelmingly excluded opposition candidates during the election process.  This troubling development calls into question the credibility of the election process and results.  The Government of Tanzania’s refusal to provide observation accreditation in a timely manner to credible, experienced organizations further erodes confidence in the process

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President of Assembly of the Representatives of the People of Tunisia Meets Ambassador of Qatar

28.November.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The State of Qatar
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HE President of the Assembly of the Representatives of the People of the Republic of Tunisia Rached Ghannouchi has met with HE Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Tunisia Saad bin Nasser Al Humaidi.

The meeting discussed cooperation ties between the two countries, as well as issues of mutual concern. 

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Launch Of The 13th Tanzania Economic Update

28.November.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

The World Bank Group
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The Agriculture sector provides livelihoods directly to around 55 percent of the population (and three quarters of the poor) and indirectly to a further 15 percent within related value chain functions such as traders, transporters and processors. The Tanzanian government recognizes the centrality of Agriculture to realizing its objectives of socioeconomic development, which are well-articulated in the Second Agriculture Sector Development Program (ASDP II).

The World Bank cordially invites accredited Members of the Media to cover the launch of the 13th Tanzania Economic Update titled, ‘Transforming Agriculture: Realizing the Potential of Agriculture for Inclusive Growth and Poverty Reduction,’ which makes the case for urgent supportive public policies and spending to help crowd in private sector investment and take advantage of the sector’s transformation which is currently underway.

The event will be hosted by Ms Bella Bird, World Bank Country Director for Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and will be graced by Hon. Japhet Hasunga, Minister of Agriculture.

When: Tuesday 3 December 2019

Time: 8.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Where: Hyatt Regency, The Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam

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His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed receives Zambian President

28.November.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Coperation
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His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received today, President Edgar Lungu of Zambia, who is currently visiting the UAE.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed welcomed President Lungu and conveyed to him the greetings of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

He also hoped that the visit would be an addition to relations between the two countries and provide a strong boost for ties in the best interest of the two friendly peoples.

During the meeting, they tackled ways to enhance bilateral relations in various fields and reviewed regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Sheikh Mohamed indicated the UAE's attention to promote ties with the African countries based on mutual respect and work for development, peace and stability for the peoples of Africa.

In turn, President of Zambia extended thanks to Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed for the warm welcome and stressed his desire to further develop ties with the UAE in various fields.

He also expressed appreciation to the UAE's pioneering development experience and its positive role at the African arena.

Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, and Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of the Court of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince were present.

Zambia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Malanji; Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Christopher Yaluma, and a number of officials attended from the Zambian side.

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