Sudan: Former president Omar Al-Bashir must be tried by International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes

17.April.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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Responding to news that former Sudan president Omar Al-Bashir is being detained in Kober prison in Khartoum, Joan Nyanyuki, Amnesty International’s Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said:

“Omar Al-Bashir stands accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide, and must be immediately handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for due process to be followed. His case must not be hurriedly tried in Sudan’s notoriously dysfunctional legal system. Justice must be served.

“An ICC trial is not only vital for the victims of the atrocious crimes that led to his indictment but must constitute a first step in ensuring justice and accountability in the country. Sudan must take urgent steps to rebuild its justice sector but, in the meantime, the only way victims of his alleged crimes will see progress towards justice are if Bashir faces a fair trial at the ICC”.

Meanwhile the authorities in Sudan must ensure that Al-Bashir, along with all other people arrested and detained since the military coup, are protected from torture and other ill-treatment that have been typical of imprisonment in Sudan.

“More than a decade after the first arrest warrant was issued against him in 2009, the time has come for Al-Bashir to face justice at the ICC,” said Joan Nyanyuki.

The ICC has issued two arrest warrants for Al-Bashir on the basis that there are reasonable grounds to believe that, along with war crimes and crimes against humanity including murder, extermination and rape, he has committed genocide against the Fur, Massalit and Zaghawa ethnic groups.

Amnesty International has cautioned countries against sabotaging justice for victims of the war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide that Al-Bashir is accused of by offering him asylum.

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Zim and Madagascar battle for promotion in U20 Barthes Cup

17.April.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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Hosts Zimbabwe and Madagascar enjoyed convincing victories in their opening matches in the Rugby Africa Group B Barthes Cup at Prince Edward High School in Harare

Zimbabwe came from 6-10 half time deficit against Ivory Coast, a quick change in the homeside’s game plan gave them a comfortable 26-10 win celebrated under a light rain shower.

The win means Zimbabwe will play against Madagascar in a decisive final that will determine which team will be promoted into Group A.

Madagascar had a flawless run at Morocco trouncing them 65-0, the Madagascans used brilliant backline and open play which was too much for the Moroccans to handle.

Zimbabwe’s head coach Farai ‘Bob’ Mahari says despite his charges falling back in their first half, they remain confident ahead of a meet up against Madagascar.

“We remain confident ahead of our game against Madagascar, at our half time I told the boys not to forget who we are and what we came here to do. The minute we did that it was a different game all together.

“Ivory Coast came to play hard and they did not come here to make up numbers. The goal for us was to get into the final game and that is what we did,” said Mahari.

Ivory Coast and Morocco will have to battle each other to avoid relegation into Group C.

The Barthes Cup is the first since Rugby Africa’s recent affiliation with Société Générale, the official partner for the development of rugby in Africa.

This represents a real breakthrough for the image of African rugby and, in particular, for rugby played by young people.

In the spirit of rugby all four team took time to observe a minute of silence in honour of the victims of Cyclone Idai which affected 2.6 Million people in Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe Rugby Union Sifiso Made said the teams were touched by this devastating natural disaster and the gesture is shows how sport can bring people together.

“The teams and the organising committee came together and this show how powerful rugby is in uniting communities in distress. As a rugby union we also took the opportunity and established a collection centre for donations to assist affected families.

“It touches my heart when I see Under-20 players spearheading such honourable gestures and the world and other young people will be inspired to come together in future events,” said Made.

Group B Fixtures:
20 April Ivory Coast v Morocco  10:00 hrs
20 April Zimbabwe v Madagascar  12:00 hrs 

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Merck Foundation brings together 15 African First Ladies to break the stigma of Infertility

17.April.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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Merck foundation First Ladies Initiative (MFFLI) Summit 2019 was attended by as many as Fifteen African First Ladies to discuss the strategy to break the stigma of infertility and empower women and girls in Education.

Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany conducted Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative (MFFLI) – Summit in on 30th -31st March and 1st of April 2019. The MFFLI Summit 2019 was attended by 15 African First Ladies.

Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and the Chairman of Merck Foundation Board of Trustees emphasized, “Merck through its foundation is committed to support the social and economic development of Africa, Asia and developing countries by building healthcare capacity. Our aim is to improve access to quality & equitable healthcare solutions across African continent”.

Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President, Merck More Than a Mother explained, “I am very proud to partner with the African First ladies to become “Merck more than a Mother” ambassadors and partner with them to build healthcare capacity , break the stigma of infertility and empower women and girls in education with special focus on STEM . During our strategy meeting, we shared experiences, discussed challenges and defined solutions to ensure continuous improvement and exchange variable aspects of different cultures in order to localize specific messages that can raise health awareness and create a culture shift to empower women and girls  across Africa.”

The Summit was attended by:

H.E. NEO JANE MASISI, The First Lady of Botswana;

H.E DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The First Lady of Burundi

H.E. BRIGITTE TOUADERA, The First Lady of Central African Republic

H.E. ANTOINETTE SASSOU-NGUESSO, The First Lady of Congo;

H.E. REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana

H.E. FATOUMATTA BAH-BARROW, The First Lady of The Gambia;

H.E. CONDÉ DJENE, The First Lady of Guinea Conakry;

H.E. CLAR WEAH, The First Lady of Republic of Liberia;

H.E. PROFESSOR GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA, The First Lady of Malawi;

H.E. MARIAM MINT AHMAD TEKBER, The First lady of the Mauritania;

H.E. DR. ISAURA FERRÃO NYUSI, The First Lady of Mozambique;

H.E. MADAM MONICA GEINGOS, The First Lady of Namibia;

H.E AÏSSATA ISSOUFOU MAHAMADO, The First Lady of Niger;

H.E FATIMA MAADA, The First Lady of Sierra Leone;

H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGW, The First Lady of Zimbabwe

A special training program was organized for the First Ladies’ technical teams to enable them to achieve the agreed objectives and follow up on Merck Foundation’s programs of building capacity in different sectors.

H.E DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The First Lady of Burundi said, “Thanks to Merck Foundation for inviting me. We recently launched their programs in my country, and they are proving to be very substantial. They will be proving clinical training on fertility and oncology to our doctors. We also provided together the Health Media Training to the journalists to understand the infertility issues and to break the stigma attached to infertility”

H.E. BRIGITTE TOUADERA, The First Lady of Central African Republic explained, “I am very proud to work closely to advance healthcare sector and empower infertile women in my country”.

H.E. ANTOINETTE SASSOU-NGUESSO, The First Lady of Congo emphasized, “I am happy to know that Merck Foundation will help train our doctors and media to raise awareness about health issues and improve patient care in my country .  This will prove to be very beneficial for our citizens.”

H.E. REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana explained, “Through Rebecca Foundation, we have been working closely with Merck Foundation to empower women and youth. Also, we have also launched together unique initiatives like media recognition, Film and Fashion Awards in our country to break stigma around infertility. I am sure that our partnership will go a long way towards benefitting the people of my country.”

H.E. FATOUMATTA BAH-BARROW, The First Lady of The Gambia emphasized, “Merck Foundation has provided training to first fertility specialists and first oncologists in The Gambia. We are making history together. We will continue this program in partnership with my foundation and Ministry of Health to improve access to cost effective and quality fertility and cancer care in the country.”

H.E. CONDÉ DJENE, The First Lady of Guinea Conakry said, “I am proud of our association with Merck Foundation. They supported the establishment of First IVF Centre in our country by providing expert. They also trained the first fertility specialists and specialized oncologists in Guinea. This is a great milestone. Together we will

Change the landscape of Fertility and cancer care in the country.”

H.E. CLAR WEAH, The First Lady of Republic of Liberia emphasized, “I am happy to partner with Merck Foundation. They will provide specialized training to our doctors in the field of Fertility, Oncology and Diabetes Management. They will also train media to break the infertility stigma and will launch initiatives to empower women and girls in education. We hope that our partnership will continue to benefit the people of our country.”

H.E. PROFESSOR GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA, the First Lady of Malawi said, “I am very proud and happy to be a part of MFFLI Summit and look forward to a long term partnership with Merck Foundation. We will closely work together on all their initiatives to build healthcare capacity and train our media to sensitize our communities on sensitive issues like infertility stigma.”

H.E. DR. ISAURA FERRÃO NYUSI, The First Lady of Mozambique emphasized, “I am excited to be a part of MFFLI Summit. I welcome all the initiatives of Merck Foundation in my country.”

H.E AÏSSATA ISSOUFOU MAHAMADO, The First Lady of Niger emphasized, “I am the Ambassador of “Merck more than a Mother”  in my country to help raise awareness about infertility prevention, management, male infertility and to break the stigma around infertile women to empower them, as they are not just child bearers. Merck Foundation has provided clinical training to our doctors in the field of Fertility, Oncology and Diabetes. I would like to thank them for this and hope they continue to support us.”

H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGW, The First Lady of Zimbabwe said, “I am very excited to be the ambassador of Merck more than a Mother Ambassador and welcome Merck foundation to our country. We hope that we will soon launch their programs in together so that the people of Zimbabwe can also benefit like other African Countries.”

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About ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ campaign;
“Merck More Than a Mother” initiative aims to empower infertile women through access to information, education and health and by changing mind-sets. This powerful initiative supports governments in defining policies to enhance access to regulated, safe and effective fertility care. It defines interventions to break the stigma around infertile women and raises awareness about infertility prevention and management. In partnership with academia, ministries of health and international fertility societies, the initiative also provides medical education and training for healthcare providers and embryologists to build and advance fertility care capacity in Africa and developing countries.

With “Merck More than a mother”, we have initiated a cultural shift to de-stigmatize infertility on all levels: By improving awareness, training the skills of local experts, building advocacy in cooperation with decision makers and by supporting childless women in starting their own small business. It’s all about giving every woman the respect and the help she deserves to live a fulfilling life, with or without a child. 

The Ambassadors of “Merck More Than a Mother” are: H.E. NEO JANE MASISI, The First Lady of Botswana; H.E. DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The First Lady of the Republic of Burundi; H.E. BRIGITTE TOUADERA, The First Lady of Central Africa Republic; H.E. HINDA DEBY ITNO, The First Lady of Chad; H.E. REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana; H.E. DJÈNÈ CONDÈ, The First Lady of Guinea-Conakry; H.E. FATOUMATTA BAH BARROW, The First Lady of Gambia; H.E. KEÏTA AMINATA MAÏGA, The First Lady of Mali, H.E. AISSATA ISSOUFOU MAHAMADOU, The First Lady of Niger; H.E. FATIMA MAADA BIO, The First Lady of Sierra Leone; H.E. ESTHER LUNGU, The First Lady of Zambia.

Also, part of the campaign is our Merck Embryology & Fertility Training Program, a three-month hands-on practical course in partnership with IRSI, Indonesia, IIRRH, India and Manipal Academy of Higher Education (Manipal University), India to establish the platform of fertility specialists across Africa and developing countries. Merck Foundation provided for more than 84 candidates, in clinical and practical training for fertility specialists and embryologists in more than 29 countries across Africa and Asia such as: Chad, Niger, Central African Republic, Cote D’Ivoire , Ghana, Ethiopia , Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania , Zambia , Nigeria, Benin, Mali, Burkina Fuso, Senegal, Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cameron, Rwanda, Botswana,  DR Congo , Congo Brazzaville, Gambia , Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Cambodia.

Merck Foundation is making history in many African countries where they never had fertility specialists or specialized fertility clinics before ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ intervention, to train the first fertility specialists such as; in Sierra Leone, Liberia, The Gambia, Niger, Chad, Guinea, Ethiopia and Uganda. 

Merck Foundation launched new innovative initiatives to sensitize local communities about infertility prevention, male infertility with the aim to break the stigma of infertility and empowering infertile women as part of Merck more than a Mother such as;

  • • Merck More than a Mother media recognition award and health media training 
  • • Merck More than a Mother fashion award 
  • • Merck More than a Mother film award 
  • • Local songs with local artists to address the cultural perception of infertility and how to change it

About Merck Oncology Fellowship Program
The Merck Oncology Fellowship Program, a key initiative of Merck Cancer Access Program, focuses on building additional capacity through medical education and training. The lack of financial means is not the only challenge in Africa and developing countries, but a scarcity of trained health care personnel capable to tackle the prevention, early diagnosis and management of cancer at all levels of the health care systems is even a bigger challenge.

Merck Oncology Fellowship Program focuses on building professional cancer care capacity with the aim to increase the limited number of oncologists in Africa and Developing countries. The program provides One-year fellowship program at Tata Memorial Centre – India, One and half-years Oncology Fellowship programs at University of Malaya – Malaysia, Two years Oncology Fellowship Program at University of Nairobi – Kenya and Two years Master degree in Medical, Surgical, Pediatric and Radiation Oncology at Cairo University – Egypt, in partnership with African Ministries of Health, Local Governments and Academia.

Launched in 2016, over 43 candidates from more than 21 African countries have rolled in the Merck Oncology Fellowship Program. The program will continue to build cancer care capability in African countries such as Botswana, Cameroon, CAR, Chad, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

About Merck Foundation:
The Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), established in 2017, is the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people and advance their lives through science and technology. Our efforts are primarily focused on improving access to innovative healthcare solutions in underserved communities, building healthcare and scientific research capacity and empowering people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) with a special focus on women and youth. All Merck Foundation press releases are distributed by e-mail at the same time they become available on the Merck Foundation Website.   Please go to www.Merck-Foundation.com to read more and/or register online to interact and exchange experience with our registered members.

About Merck:
Merck (www.MerckGroup.com) is a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials. Almost 53,000 employees work to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life – from biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, cutting-edge systems for scientific research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions. In 2017, Merck generated sales of € 15.3 billion in 66 countries.

Founded in 1668, Merck is the world's oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company. The founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed corporate group. Merck holds the global rights to the Merck name and brand. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the company operates as EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma.

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Siemens launches Atlas of Digitalization to measure readiness and potential for City 4.0

17.April.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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Siemens (www.Siemens.co.za) has launched a new web-based application which reveals the readiness and potential of six major cities to embrace digitalization and develop new ways of living, working and interacting. The Atlas of Digitalization focuses on 3 interconnected themes – Mobility, Sustainability and Opportunity – and assesses how the fourth industrial revolution has already augmented urban life around the world, and the potential impact it could have in the future.

Data from 21 indicators has been analyzed in Dubai, Los Angeles, London, Buenos Aires, Taipei and Johannesburg to produce a Digital Readiness Score, considering areas such as smart electricity and transport systems, internet connections and digital governance services. The score reveals the current level of maturity of each city’s digital infrastructure, and its preparedness for a connected future.

“Each city must address its own unique mix of challenges and opportunities by combining the physical and digital worlds; we believe embracing digitalization is the key to sustainable, livable future cities,” said Sabine Dall’Omo, Siemens CEO for Southern and Eastern Africa. “The Atlas of Digitalization gives us an all-important understanding of the current status of digitalization in key cities, and we hope it will inspire new ways of thinking to realize the full global potential of City 4.0. With intelligently applied technology and data analytics, we aim to shape the smart cities of tomorrow.”

The analysis also considers areas such as innovation, greenhouse gas emissions and time spent in traffic to give the cities a Digital Potential Score, indicating where there is opportunity to grow digital capabilities to transform society and economy. Together, the Readiness and Potential scores illustrate the different capacities each city already has, and where they can develop to effect change and growth.

While each city is unique, they all share one characteristic – their ingenuity in using digital technologies to make infrastructure more efficient and productive, and to address challenges such as air pollution, congestion, population growth and natural hazards.

With the integration of data gathered and analyzed by the Internet of Things, a city’s underlying infrastructure can be monitored, managed and improved; a transformation referred to as City 4.0.

Johannesburg’s low digitalization readiness score of 2/10 indicates that there is room for improvement, even though programs like smart metering are already in place. The digitalization potential score of 6/10 reveals that digitalization within Mobility and Sustainability could have a significant impact on Johannesburg. The city is investing heavily to increase overall public transport capacity and has begun the process of including renewables in the energy mix, this could impact the environment and jobs positively.  

“Although our progress is lagging compared to our European counterparts for example, we’re still making great strides towards becoming a digitally inclined city. Our Siemens FABRIC initiative is the perfect example of how data can be used to identify the needs of a city and ensure smart decision-making to advance it and make it more efficient for a growing population. For us to succeed as a city in this age of digitalization we need to embrace the possibilities and changes that it brings. Siemens is ready to contribute to the advancements of this city.” Sabine Dall’Omo

Data from the 21 indicators has been mapped across three themes: Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity, creating unique visualization of each city’s digitalization landscape. Visitors to the Atlas of Digitalization can interact with each city and explore its data, taking an in-depth look into how each is addressing its own challenges and opportunities, and how it will impact work and life in future cities.

To engage with the Atlas of Digitalization, please visit : Atlas.dc.siemens.com / or www.Siemens.co.za

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About Siemens AG:
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) (www.Siemens.com) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of power generation and distribution, intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems, and automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Through the separately managed company Siemens Mobility, a leading supplier of smart mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is shaping the world market for passenger and freight services. Due to its majority stakes in the publicly listed companies Siemens Healthineers AG and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital healthcare services as well as environmentally friendly solutions for onshore and offshore wind power generation. In fiscal 2018, which ended on September 30, 2018, Siemens generated revenue of €83.0 billion and net income of €6.1 billion. At the end of September 2018, the company had around 379,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.Siemens.com.

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UN Committee Against Torture to review Benin, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, and the United Kingdom

17.April.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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The UN Committee Against Torture will meet in Geneva from 23 April to 17 May, 2019 to review Benin, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

The above are among the 166 States parties to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and so are required to undergo regular reviews on how they are implementing the Convention and the Committee’s previous recommendations.

The public sessions will be held in the first floor conference room of Palais Wilson in Geneva on the following schedule:

Wednesday, 24 April

10:00-13:00 DRC

Thursday, 25 April

10:00-13:00 Mexico

15:00-18:00 DRC

Friday, 26 April

15:00-18:00 Mexico

Monday, 29 April

10:00-13:00 Germany

Tuesday, 30 April

10:00-13:00 South Africa

15:00-18:00 Germany

Wednesday, 1 May

15:00-18:00 South Africa

Thursday, 2 May

10:00-13:00 Benin

Friday, 3 May

15:00-18:00 Benin

Tuesday, 7 May

10:00-13:00 United Kingdom

Wednesday, 8 May

15:00-18:00 United Kingdom

The Committee will publish its findings on the respective States on 17 May and hold a press conference (to be confirmed).

The recommended hashtag for the meeting is #CAT66 and the sessions will be webcast live at http://webtv.un.org/live

Further information about the session is available on the session Web page. Further information is also available regarding media accreditation.

For more information and media requests please contact Julia Grønnevet +41 (0) 22 917 9310 jgronnevet@ohchr.org.

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Africa making progress in using Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) but more still needs to be done

17.April.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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The Africa Regional Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Forum was one of the pre-events of the fifth session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD 5) that took place Tuesday at the Palais des Congrès de la Palmeraie in Marrakech, Morocco.

The session raised opportunities for scaling up actions considering the role of STI in accelerating efforts to achieve the SDGs under review by ARFSD5. These SDGs are: SDG 4 (quality education); SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth); SDG 10 (reduced inequalities); SDG 13 (climate action); SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions); and SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals).

The high-level meeting was largely agreed that Africa will not make much progress if it does not change its education curricula to meet current technological trends; does not reskill its youth and use them as its driving force for development, especially through STI.

“We need to sharpen our policies for inclusive education that can create real jobs that can drive growth at a much high rate than what we are currently experiencing; and we need partnerships with the private sector if we are to go to that next level,” said Mr. Mmboneni Muofhe, Deputy Director-General, Technology Innovation at South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology.

Africa, he said, has a long way to go to ensure inclusive development and that no-one is left behind by development hence need for governments to embrace new technologies to leapfrog.

Ethiopia’s Science and Education Minister, Mr. Afework Kassu Gizaw, said his country is working hard to become an industrial powerhouse in Africa, backed by strengthened economic and communications technology policies.

He shared with participants what his country is doing through its National Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy to invest in STI infrastructure and youth innovation through relevant, quality education, among other programmes.

Egypt’s Deputy Scientific Research Minister, Yasser R. Abdel-Fattah, also spoke about his country’s efforts through scientific research and innovation to achieve sustainable development.

Egypt seeks excellence in higher education and scientific research, he said, adding his country was aiming to be one of the best 30 economies globally by 2030.

“We aim to be a creative and innovative society producing science, technology, and knowledge, within a comprehensive system ensuring the developmental value of knowledge and innovation and using their outputs to face challenges and meet national objectives,” said Mr. Abdel-Fattah.

African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) Director, Ms. Karima Bounemra Soltane, said Africa needs to tap into opportunities provided by STI to create new opportunities for its populace, especially its youth, if it is to create new jobs that can foster growth and ensure there is sustainable development.

Participants noted that government policies on the continent were increasingly recognising the role of science, technology and innovation in accelerating sustainable development but much more needed to be done.

The African Science, Technology and Innovation Forum, organized by the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), allowed participants to discuss how STI can help the continent to achieve sustainable development and Africa’s Agenda 2063.

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Uganda: calling for bids for varied projects in 2019/2020

17.April.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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The British High Commission’s (BHC) Post project budget is aimed at projects that will improve bilateral links between Uganda and the UK and support the UK’s foreign policy priorities in Uganda.

Our priority areas for project funding this year are:

strengthening the rules-based international system (including institutions)
ending sexual violence in conflict including ending stigma towards victims
human rights and democracy (concept should include rights for all vulnerable and minority groups)

Budgets

project cap should not exceed UGX 98,000,000 to be spent by the end of February 2020 and activities completed by March 2020. Implementers must have spent 90% of their total budget by December 2019
all project budgets must be presented in Uganda shillings
projects should have a clear purpose, demonstrate realistic outputs and represent value for money

What will the BHC projects budget not fund?

school fees, research or base line studies
core running costs, (eg. salaries, utilities, rent, transport, etc)
private commercial businesses, (eg. piggeries, poultry and other similar ventures)
micro-finance/loan schemes

Please do not apply for funding for any of the above.

Reporting and monitoring

Once a project concept has been approved, a full project concept form (ODT, 16.6KB) should be completed making a case for the funding of the project. The bid form should contain documentary evidence of any assertions made by the implementers about the intended area of work. Periodic reports will be required from all funded projects and should include full financial accounts for the money used. Original receipts must be submitted for any project expenditure. Physical checks will be made on all on going projects. We expect 70% spend by end of October, 90% spend by December and 100% spend by end of February.

A completion report will be required usually within one month of the end of the project. Final payments will only be made after this has been submitted and approved.

Note: Money is paid out 3 months in arrears after verification of receipts and expenses. Implementers are therefore expected to deliver activities and claim reimbursement every 3 months.

The window for bids will be from 23rd April through to 7th of May 2019. All proposals should be submitted to leah.sepuya@fco.gov.uk

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FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™: record number of member associations move forward with bidding process

17.April.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Fédération internationale de football association (FIFA)
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FIFA is pleased to confirm that it has received nine registrations in connection with the bidding process for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, namely from the following member associations (in alphabetical order by country):

·  Argentinian Football Association

·  Football Federation Australia

·  Bolivian Football Association

·  Brazilian Football Association

·  Colombian Football Association

·  Japan Football Association

·  Korea Football Association (expressing interest in a joint bid with DPR Korea Football Association)

·  New Zealand Football

·  South African Football Association

This represents the largest-ever list of MAs to have confirmed their intention to submit a bid for a single tournament in FIFA’s history, which further attests to the high levels of interest in hosting the 2023 edition of FIFA’s flagship women’s football tournament.

FIFA will now dispatch the various bidding and hosting documents, and the member associations will have until 4 October 2019 to submit their respective bids to FIFA. Before then, they will have the opportunity to attend a bid information workshop and observer programme in June during the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™.

FIFA is implementing a fair and transparent bidding process, which includes a clear evaluation model as well as a concrete commitment to sustainability and human rights. All bid books will be published in full on FIFA.com upon submission in October 2019. Further details on the process can be found in the following overview document.

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Economic and security cooperation discussed in Cairo

17.April.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Poland

“Egypt is one of Poland’s key partners in Africa and in the Arab world,” said the chief of Polish diplomacy Jacek Czaputowicz on Sunday, on the first day of his working visit to Egypt.

The Polish foreign minister and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Hassan Shoukry discussed bilateral relations with a focus on economic, security and defence cooperation, as well as cultural, scientific, and tourist links. The ministers also discussed international topics. Their talks focused on security, migration and Egypt’s role in the region. The officials also explored Egypt-EU relations and the Polish-Egyptian cooperation on the UN Security Council.   

‎“Poland sees a potential for forging cooperation in energy, mining and industry, specifically in the production of agricultural machines, and in the agri-food industry,” said Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, pointing to a great potential for bringing forward Poland-Egypt trade and investment. When speaking about the possibilities to foster cooperation between Polish and Egyptian defence industries, Minister Jacek Czaputowicz mentioned among others the modernization of military equipment.

Minister Czaputowicz stressed that Egypt is Poland’s key partner in Africa and in the Middle East.

In the context of Egypt’s presidency of the African Union, the foreign ministers discussed major security matters of the region, including the ongoing military actions in Libya, the political and social situation in Sudan, the Syrian conflict and challenges facing the Middle East peace process. “We are aware of Egypt’s leading role in North Africa and in the Middle East. That is why we would like to encourage our partners from Cairo to join the working groups established as a follow-up to the Middle East Conference in Warsaw on 14 February 2019,” said Minister Czaputowicz. He went on to say that Poland appreciates Egypt’s role in the stabilization of the region, in the context of both the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and Syria and Lebanon mediations, as a member of the anti-terror coalition and as part of the coalition of Arab states intervening in Yemen. 

“We welcome Egypt’s engagement in preserving international peace and security, especially its participation in UN peacekeeping operations. We praise Egypt’s initiatives on the UN Security Council in 2016-2017,” emphasized the Polish MFA chief. He also recalled Poland’s priorities on the Security Council, which include respect for international law, fight against terrorism, conflict prevention, UN peacekeeping operations, new threats to international peace and security, and UN Security Council reform. 

During plenary talks at the Egyptian MFA, Minister Jacek Czaputowicz expressed support for the Egyptian government’s involvement in the fight against terrorism and in economic and social reforms, aimed at achieving further stabilization and new momentum in the economic growth of the country with a population of a hundred million. He also expressed Poland’s support for the ongoing process to renew the dialogue between Egypt and the European Union. The minister underlined that as an EU member, Poland highly praises Egypt’s efforts to take forward its relations with the Community and to implement the goals set under the EU-Egypt partnership. 

‎Minister Jacek Czaputowicz also met with the Secretary General of the League of Arab States Ahmed Aboul Gheit. They discussed regional security, including developments in Libya and Syria and the Middle East peace process. They also looked at the outcomes of the Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East, which was co-organized by Poland and the US in February in Warsaw, and talked about its follow-up activities in the framework of the Warsaw Process. Minister Czaputowicz outlined the arrangements regarding the establishment of working groups under the process. 

The MFA head expressed his satisfaction with the recent high intensity of relations between the European Union and the League of Arab States. It was launched with the signing of a cooperation protocol in 2015, which has equipped the sides with the appropriate instruments to address common challenges, in particular as regards climate policy, migration, and the fight against extremism and terrorism.

In Cairo, Minister Czaputowicz also met with Pope Tawadros II, the Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church”Poland is interested in strengthening religious and cultural tolerance in North Africa and worldwide,” said the chief of Polish diplomacy. He stressed Poland's deeply rooted solidarity with Christians in the Middle East, as manifested by aid programmes delivered for the region by the Polish government and the Catholic Church. Minister Czaputowicz also noted the activities of the Egyptian authorities to ensure the survival and development of Christian communities.The MFA head positively assessed the role of the Coptic Church in the Muslim world. 

The chief of Polish diplomacy also took part in a reception organised by the Polish Embassy in Egypt on the occasion of the Third of May Constitution National Holiday. 

Today, Minister Czaputowicz meets with Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled El Anany for talks on the involvement of Polish archaeologists in research in Egypt, and with Sheikh Ahmad al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, to discuss Poland-Egypt cooperation on inter-religious dialogue.

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Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov’s meeting with Deputy Director-General of South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation Mxolisi Nkosi

17.April.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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On April 16, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov met with Deputy Director-General of South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation Mxolisi Nkosi.

The meeting was preceded by Mr Nkosi’s detailed consultations with senior officials from the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Latin American Department.

The parties had an engaging and substantive exchange of opinions on the situation developing in Venezuela and around it. Russia’s representative stressed the importance of settling the disagreements in this country solely and exclusively by peaceful means through establishing an inclusive dialogue between the Venezuelan political forces as well as through uniting the efforts of the global community in support of the UN Charter and norms and principles of international law.

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