Signing of Political Agreement and Constitutional Declaration in Sudan (Statement by Press Secretary Takeshi Osuga)

19.August.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
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On August 17, 2019, the representatives of both the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change (DFC) reached a final agreement and signed the Political Agreement and the Constitutional Declaration.

Japan expresses its respect to the mediation efforts made by the African Union (AU) and Ethiopia. Japan commends the signing of the documents as a progress toward stabilization of the situation in Sudan. Japan continues to pay close attention to the situation in Sudan, including the expected establishment of a transitional administrative authority. Japan hopes that all parties concerned will comply with the agreement in good faith and address the challenges during the transitional period in a cooperative manner.

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U.S. Government Gives $186 Million to Support Humanitarian Projects in the Central African Republic

19.August.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Ambassade des États-Unis en République centrafricaine
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The United States Government (USG) will provide just over 186 million USD in funding for the humanitarian response in the Central African Republic (CAR) in fiscal years 2018-2019. These humanitarian response funds come from the United States Agency for International Development’s Offices of Foreign Disaster Assistance and Food for Peace (USAID/OFDA, USAID/FFP), and the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration at the U.S. Department of State (DOS/PRM).

Humanitarian assistance from the USG has provided life-saving emergency health and nutrition services, as well as water, sanitation, food, livelihoods, shelter and protection to displaced and conflict affected Central Africans.

The USG remains the largest single donor to the humanitarian response in CAR.

Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Bangui, Ms. Pamela Hack, emphasized the importance of humanitarian aid, saying, “The United States is committed to supporting humanitarian projects that help the people of the Central African Republic, and we thank our partners in the field for their important and courageous work.”

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UN human rights expert group begins seventh mission to South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia

19.August.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
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Members of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan will begin their seventh field mission to South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia today. The mission will take place from 19 to 29 August 2019.

The three Commissioners taking part in the mission, Yasmin Sooka (chairperson), Andrew Clapham and Barney Afako, will be in South Sudan for six days (19 to 24 August). They are expected to meet Government officials, including key ministers, members of civil society, religious leaders, diplomats and UN agencies and staff of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), including the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of United Nations Mission in South Sudan, David Shearer, to discuss the current human rights situation in the country.

The Commissioners also intend to visit camps and settlements for internally displaced persons across the country, including UNMISS Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites, to meet the people living there, community leaders and civil society organizations, including women organizations. 

The Commissioners will hold a press conference on Friday 23 August 2019 at 1100hrsJuba Conference Room in the UNMISS Tomping Base.

From 25 to 29 August 2019, the Commissioners will separately visit Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya, where they will engage with refugees who have been recently displaced from South Sudan. In Ethiopia, they will hold meetings with African Union leaders, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), senior UN officials, as well as other members of the international community.

The UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan is an independent body mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to, among other things; determine and report the facts and circumstances of, collect and preserve evidence of, and clarify responsibility for alleged gross violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes, including sexual and gender-based violence and ethnic violence, with a view to ending impunity and providing accountability. The Commission will present an oral update on the human rights situation in South Sudan to the Human Rights Council on 16 September 2019 and a comprehensive written report in March 2020.

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Extra UK aid support to help stop the spread of Ebola to vulnerable countries

19.August.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Department for International Development (DFID)
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Since the epidemic began last August, the UK has been a major donor to the Ebola response and has now allocated a further £8 million for countries neighbouring the DRC, such as Uganda, South Sudan, Burundi and Rwanda, as the likelihood of Ebola spreading to these countries is high.

Trusted partners will use this money for prevention work to help contain the outbreak and stop its spread. The funding will deliver more temperature checks at border crossings, support Ebola treatment units, provide clean water and sanitation, and enable engagement with local communities to raise awareness of the dangers of Ebola.

International Development Secretary Alok Sharma said:

“This UK aid to countries that neighbour the DRC will make a real difference in helping to prevent further spread of this deadly outbreak.

“Livelihoods depend on people being able to cross borders safely so it is essential we continue to put in place the tools to contain Ebola. If we don’t, the outbreak will spread and many thousands more could suffer – ultimately Ebola is a potential threat to us all.”

There have been more than 2,850 cases in the DRC and almost 2,000 people have died from the disease. Three cases of Ebola were found in Uganda in June. The treatment centre where the cases were taken in the first instance was funded by UK aid and swift action prevented the spread of infection.

During a visit to Uganda this week, Mr Sharma will see first-hand how existing UK support has helped to:

  • Build two treatment units
  • Train health workers in 22 districts
  • Fund 16 ambulances to help people in areas most at risk
  • Provide protective clothing for health workers and thermometers at borders to screen people
  • Vaccinate health workers

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Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the eastern part of the country: Dispatch of the Japan Disaster Relief Infectious Diseases Response Team

19.August.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
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The Government of Japan decided that the Assessment Team, which was already deployed to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will work as the Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) Infectious Diseases Response Team from August 19, in response to the request from the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo concerning the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the eastern part of the country.

The Government of Japan also decided to dispatch the second batch of JDR Infectious Disease Response Team. The Team will depart for the Democratic Republic of the Congo on August 23.

The Team will work for strengthening quarantine and other relevant activities in the country to prevent the spread of Ebola Virus, in collaboration with the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and international organizations.

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Global Thought Leaders Coming to Johannesburg for Inaugural Advertising Week Africa

19.August.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Advertising Week Africa

Advertising Week Africa ( – the very first African edition of the world’s premier event for advertising, creative, entertainment, marketing, media and technology professionals – will be held in Johannesburg from Monday 28 to Thursday 31 October 2019 at 1FOX Precinct.

Among the inaugural edition’s confirmed speakers include:

Jean Marie Dru – Chairman, TBWA Worldwide

Kwame Acheampong – CEO, Mall for Africa

Lolu Akinwunmi – Group CEO, Prima Garnett, Africa           

Faheem Chaudry – Managing Partner, MC Saatchi Abel, SA

Colleen DeCourcy – Co-President and Chief Creative Officer, Weiden + Kennedy

Jeff Goodby – Co-Chairman and Partner, Goodby Silverstein & Partners

Enver Groenewald – Africa Director: Media, Marketing & Enterprise Digital Transformation , Unilever

Thebe Ikalafeng – Founder and Group CEO, Brand Leadership

Monique Nelson – CEO, UWG

Ikechi Odigbo – Managing Director, DDB Lagos

Asha Patel – Head of Marketing, Google SA

Boniswa Pezisa – Group CEO, Net#work BBDO

Thabang Skwambane – Managing Director, FCB Africa

Jimmy  Smith – Founder & CEO, Amusement Park

Wole Soyinka – Renowned Author and Nobel Laureate

Led globally by Stillwell Partners and on the ground in Africa by Republicom Group, Advertising Week Africa ( 2019 brings a new, outstanding destination, joining the five other global cities as a place to recognise, celebrate and amplify Africa’s contribution to the global industry.

Over the past 15 years, Advertising Week events have provided the biggest platforms to showcase innovative approaches to the creative crafts, new collaborations and partnerships and next-generation thought leadership across the global marketing and advertising industry. Johannesburg now shares the stage with powerhouse cities, such as New York, London, Sydney, Tokyo and Mexico City, as the host of the prestigious four-day gathering, which will for the first time put Africa’s thriving creative industry on the global stage.

Advertising Week’s CEO Matt Scheckner says: “Many of the positive cultural shifts that we have seen in art, music, entertainment and film originate from Africa. It’s the perfect time to provide the international platform to share authentic African stories and showcase thought-provoking marketing and technological innovations sweeping the continent. It’s an exciting opportunity to bring internationally recognised professionals together with emerging talent to exchange ideas about how this vibrant continent is shaping global trends.”

“For us, Advertising Week provides a great platform to tell authentic African stories and showcase the great marketing and technology innovations and breakthroughs that has come out of Africa” said Tunji Adeyinka, Republicom Group Managing Director and Chair the Advertising Week Africa Advisory Council.

The first #AWAfrica ( will be held at 1Fox, FerreirasDorp, in centre-city Johannesburg from 28th to 31st October 2019. The inspiring, forward-thinking four-day programme, which is expected to attract 4,000 attendees, will include more than 100 curated events and involve over 200 leading speakers. Each day will feature the Global Keynote Series – a selection of thought leaders from around the world, who will share their high-level perspectives ranging from brands to cultural icons, agencies to tech companies. In addition, the #AWLearn workshops will offer intimate teaching and learning experiences, where delegates can interact with presenters to not only gain new knowledge, but walk away with actionable plans to position them at the industry’s leading edge.

Registration and tickets for Advertising Week Africa 2019 will be available on the website.

#AWAfrica packages include:

  • Platinum Pass: R10,350 for launch priced tickets

  • Delegate Pass: R4,200 for launch priced tickets

  • NewGen Pass: R1,300 for launch priced tickets

To register, please visit

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Advertising Week ( is the premier global event for marketing, brand, advertising and technology professionals. Now in five different major cities across the globe – New York, London, Tokyo, Mexico City and Sydney and coming to South Africa for the first time this year – each edition of Advertising Week presents endless opportunities to learn, network and liaise with the industry’s best.

This year, from 28 – 31 October, Johannesburg will join the other global destinations to host its maiden edition of Advertising Week Africa (AWAfrica). This will consist of thought leadership keynotes, seminars and workshops led by some of the greatest minds in the industry by day, to world class entertainment in some of the city’s iconic venues by night.

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The United States welcomes Sudan’s Adoption of the Constitutional Declaration

19.August.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Africa Regional Media Hub
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The United States congratulates the people of Sudan on the August 17 signing of the Constitutional Declaration and political agreement between the Forces for Freedom and Change and the Transitional Military Council. We are encouraged by this first step in the establishment of a civilian-led transitional government. The United States commends the mediators from the African Union and the Government of Ethiopia for their efforts to broker this landmark agreement. Special Envoy for Sudan Donald Booth was honored to witness the signing and will continue to support the process of implementing the agreements.

The Forces for Freedom and Change and the Transitional Military Council have taken an important step forward. We look forward to the swearing-in of the Sovereign Council on August 19 and the appointment of a prime minister on August 20. The United States will continue to support the people of Sudan in their pursuit of a government that protects the rights of all Sudanese citizens and leads to free and fair elections.

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National Mourning Day observed with due solemnity in Nigeria

19.August.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh

Bangladesh High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria observed the National Mourning Day with due respect & solemnity on 15 August, 2019, marking 44th martyrdom of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Solemn observance started with the hoisting of the national flag at half-mast at the Chancery at 9.30 am by Mr. Md. Shameem Ahsan, ndc, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Nigeria.

On the same day, recitation from the holy Quran (Quran Khani) was held from 3-6 pm at the Chancery for the salvation of the departed souls of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman & other martyrs of the family. In the evening, a discussion-cum-special prayer was held at the Auditorium. At the outset, the High Commissioner accompanied by his wife, Officers/Officials of the Mission & members of the community placed floral wreath on the portrait of the Father of the Nation. One minute silence was observed as a mark of respect for the Father of the Nation and other martyrs of 15 August, 1975. A documentary on the glorious life of the Father of the Nation was screened. This followed reading out of the messages of the President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and State Minister for Foreign Affairs on this occasion. In the discussion meeting, the speakers touched on the glorious life and achievements of the Father of the Nation. They urged all to work together to build a prosperous Bangladesh under the dynamic leadership of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to realise the dream of Bangabandhu for a Sonar Bangla (Golden Bengal). Mr. Leonard Oru, a senior Nigerian journalist who visited Bangladesh recently under Visit Bangladesh Programme, also spoke and paid tribute to the Father of the Nation.

In his remarks, the High Commissioner paid glowing tribute to Bangabandhu and highlighted on his active involvement throughout his life for just causes of Bangalees. In this regard, he urged the expatriate Bangladesh nationals to work unitedly for the implementation of Vision 2021 & Vision 2041 under the leadership of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Members of Bangladesh community, Nigerian guests including business leaders and members of the civil society, officials from High Commission, among others, were present along with families. A special prayer was offered for the salvation of the departed souls of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, other martyrs of the family and for the prosperity of the country. The guests were served with refreshments.

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Springbok Women qualify for 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup

18.August.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Rugby Africa

Springbok Women’s coach Stanley Raubenheimer was delighted on Saturday as his charges booked their place in the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand with a 39-0 victory against Kenya in the deciding match of the qualifiers at the Bosman Stadium in Brakpan.

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The win marked a clean sweep for the Springbok Women in the competition and wrapped up a full-house of points from their three matches following 89-5 and 73-0 victories against Uganda and Madagascar earlier in the tournament.

The Springbok Women ran Kenya ragged early on, which saw them earn their fourth try early in the second quarter and take a 24-0 lead at the break, and they built on this is in a competitive second stanza in which they added three more tries to their tally for the 39-0 win.

In the other match, Madagascar and Uganda played to 15-15 draw in a gripping encounter, in which both teams ran hard on attack and defended with intent.

“I am very pleased for the players, they worked very hard to achieve this. They put in a great effort and they deserve this achievement,” a delighted Raubenheimer said after the match.

He was pleased with the quality of his team’s performance throughout the qualifiers, but he said there was room for improvement as they prepare to face Spain once and Scotland twice in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town respectively in September and October.

“We scored a number of tries in our three matches in this tournament, so we are on the right track in that regard,” said Raubenheimer.

“But I think we can improve on our accuracy on attack, and I also think we need to work on our defence and kicking game. The good thing is that we will be able to work on those areas in the next few matches.”

Raubenheimer drew comfort from the fact that he had close to two years to prepare his team for the international showpiece down-under, and said: “It will certainly helps to qualify so well in advance. We didn’t participate in the 2017 World Cup, so we need to ensure that we reach the current world standards.

“The matches will also offer us an opportunity to experiment against quality teams, who are among the top 10 sides in Europe, and we can also try a few new things against them.”

The Springbok Women started the match with a bang, as centre Zintle Mpupha made a good break through the defence at pace in the fourth minute and touched down, and hooker Lindelwa Gwala added their second try minutes later thanks to some encouraging forward play.

The hosts continued to apply pressure as the match progressed thanks to their hard running on attack, and the rewards followed with Tayla Kinsey (scrumhalf) receiving a smart pass out wide with a clear tryline in front of her to score their third try.

Snenhlanhla Shozi (winger) added the bonus-point try early in the second quarter as the team moved the ball wide into space, and this pushed the Springbok Women into a confidence-boosting 24-0 lead.

Kenya fought back with intent before halftime and did well to retain possession and run hard at the home side, but they were denied any points as the Springbok Women’s effective defence stood firm.

Kenya stepped up the quality of their attack and defence after the break and they did well to keep the action in the middle of the field for several minutes, but the Springbok Women’s determined efforts saw Hele break through for their fifth try in the third quarter to stretch their lead to 29-0.

They continued to make their presence felt in the dying minutes, with replacement scrumhalf Mathrin Simmers taking advantage of an overlap and lock Rights Mkhari forcing her way over the chalk with a minute to play for a convincing 39-0 victory.

The first half between Uganda and Madagascar was hard-fought, with both sides running hard on attack and trying to find gaps in the defence, but their efforts were met by strong resistance as both teams tackled with purpose. Uganda, however, managed to cross the tryline once in the first half, while Madagascar were unsuccessful in their attempts, as handling errors at vital times cost them dearly.

They opted for penalty goals instead to get points on the board, but they only managed to slot over one, which saw them enter the break 7-3 down.

Madagascar built on this minutes into the second half as they capitalised on having an extra player on the field after Uganda received a yellow card, which pushed them into an 8-7 lead, and they added another try several minutes later.

Uganda struck back with a penalty goal and their second try in the fourth quarter, which saw them level the scores at 15-15. The dying minutes were intense as Uganda camped in the opposition’s half and tried hard to break the deadlock, but the tenacious defence allowed them to hold on for the draw. 

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Springbok Women 39 (24) – Tries: Zintle Mpupha, Lindelwa Gwala, Tayla Kinsey, Snenhlanhla Shozi, Aseza Hele, Mathrin Simmers, Rights Mkhari. Conversions: Tayla Kinsey (2).

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Women's Rugby World Cup African Qualifiers: South Africa defeated Kenya 39-0 on Saturday in Johannesburg during the Rugby Africa Women’s Cup

17.August.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Rugby Africa

On Saturday, the Springbok Women played against the Lionesses during the 2019 Rugby Africa ( Women's Cup, a qualifier for the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup. In an enthralling game, South Africa defeated Kenya 39-0.

The Springbok Women got off to a flying start as they grabbed two early tries through Zintle Mpupha and Lindelwa Gwala which unsettled the Lionesses.

Tayla Kinsey recorded two conversions to make it 14-0 to the hosts before she scored her first try to extend South Africa's lead.

The momentum was with the Springbok Women and they scored their fourth try through Snenhlanhla Shozi after a good move by South Africa, who were deservedly leading 24-0 at the interval.

The Lionesses were pinned back in their own half for long periods in the second-half, but the East Africans produced a determined defensive display to hold the hosts.

However, Stanley Raubenheimer's charges piled pressure on Kenya and they did score their fifth try through Aseza Hele to extend South Africa's lead.

Mathrin Simmers and Rights Mkhari then sealed South Africa's 39-0 victory over Kenya with late tries as the Springbok Women qualify for the Women's World Cup for the fourth time.

South Africa head coach Stanley Raubenheimer expressed his delight after guiding his side to the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup finals.

“Look, I am just happy we qualified. Now the hard work starts from here onwards. There are a lot of mistakes that we need to work on, but I am just delighted after qualifying,” he said.

“We have to go out there and represent Africa with pride. So, that is something that we will think about in the next two years and plan for what we want to do there.”

Kenya head coach Felix Oloo admitted that South Africa were the better side on the day and he is pleased with how his charges performed in the tournament.

“The game did not go our way because South Africa dominated the match. South Africa did very well in the setpieces,” he said.

“Yes, definitely, the players gained a lot of experience from participating in this tournament. They played their hearts out. We will try to improve in the next two years.”

South Africa finished at the top of the group after three rounds of matches and the Springbok Women were crowned champions of the 2019 Rugby Africa Women's Cup, and they have also qualified for the Women's Rugby World Cup to be held in New Zealand in 2021.

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Created in 1986, Rugby Africa (, previously the African Confederation of Rugby (Confédération Africaine de Rugby – CAR), is one of the six regional associations composing World Rugby (, the international organisation responsible for the governing of Rugby Union and Rugby Sevens. Rugby Africa unites all of the African countries which play rugby union, rugby sevens, and women’s rugby. Rugby Africa organises the qualifying competition for the Rugby World Cup, and Africa 7, a qualifying competition for the Olympic Games. Rugby Africa has 39 members, including 22 membres and associated members of World Rugby, 10 members and associated members of Rugby Africa and 16 new countries collaborating with Rugby Africa.

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