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Help with unemployment, Oulanyah asks EU

Ljubljana, Slovenia The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, has called on the European Union to assist African countries in dealing with youth unemployment and underemployment. Speaking at the 6th Annual International Conference Africa Day held in Ljubljana, Slovenia on Thursday 18th May 2017, the Deputy Speaker also called for a bilateral relationship between the European Union (EU) and the Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. “After 40 years of partnership, an assessment of the impact of trade development on ACP states and future prospects of continuing relations has not led anywhere,” said Oulanyah. “Member states at the Conference should ensure that smaller focus groups like the 6th Africa International Conference help in moving Africa forwar

Parliament pays tribute to Mzee Boniface Byanyima.

By Ronald Kabuubi/KMAUPDATES. Kampala,Uganda The Ugandan Parliament has paid tribute to one of Uganda’s eminent pre and post-independence politician, Mzee Byanyima. The body was received by the Speaker of Parliament  Rt Hon Rebecca Kadaga at a gathering that was attended by a number of Democratic Party and National Resistance Movement Members of Parliament. Boniface Byanyima, father to Winnie Byanyima just passed  recently at  Nakasero Hospital. He is a former Chairman of the Democratic party (DP) –Uganda and leader of opposition in the Parliament during the 1980s. Byanyima,, one of Uganda’s pioneer pre-independence politicians is dead. Byanyima, is the father of Ms Winnie Byanyima, of former Mbarara Municipality MP and the current Executive Director of Oxfam Internation

AGCO reaffirms further commitment to Challenger farm machinery brand in Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Challenger’s product offering includes high-performance tracked tractors and sprayers built by AGCO in North America for the African market AGCO, Your Agriculture Company (NYSE:AGCO), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and solutions, is to further develop its Challenger farm machinery business in Africa as part of the Company’s global strategy for this leading brand. Challenger’s product offering includes high-performance tracked tractors and sprayers built by AGCO in North America for the African market. AGCO's Challenger Manufacturing Plant in Jackson, Minnesota has been the subject of multi-million dollar investments over the last five years including a 75,000 sq.ft (6967 m2) expansion to the tractor as

UN report exposes human rights violations and abuses against civilians in and around Yei

GENEVA, Switzerland/South Sudan The report exposes cases of indiscriminate shelling of civilians; targeted killings; looting and burning of civilian property and cases of sexual violence perpetrated against women and girls, including those fleeing fighting A United Nations report published today released the findings of an in-depth investigation into human rights violations and abuses committed in and around Yei town, Central Equatoria (150km southwest of the capital, Juba) between July 2016 and January 2017.The report by the Human Rights Division of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the UN Human Rights Office documents violations and abuses against civilians both sides of the conflict, based on ethnicity and/or their  presumed support for other side. T

Panelists share experiences on the implementation of Agenda 2063 and the SDGs

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, The session was moderated by Fatima Denton, Director of ECA’s Special Initiative Division, and chaired by Seleshi Awulachew, Ethiopian Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity – who urged governments to align the Agendas to their national development plans The Ugandan minister also said her government has focused enough resources towards empowering youth, given that “78% of our population is under age 35” As part of activities marking the two-day Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) in Addiss Ababa, high level representatives from some African countries on Thursday shared their successes and challenges in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2063. During the plenary session titled, “Challen

Somalia: Big influx at nutritional feeding centres for children

GENEVA, Switzerland, The nutritional feeding centre in Baidoa currently has 230 patients under the age of five The nutritional feeding centre for malnourished children supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Baidoa, Somalia has more than twice as many young patients this year as one year ago, underscoring the large food needs in the country. The humanitarian community must work as fast as it can to help the 6 million people in need in Somalia, including the 360,000 acutely malnourished children “One look at our nutritional feeding centre shows how high the needs are for Somalia’s children,” Dominik Stillhart, the global director of operations for the ICRC, said after visiting the feeding centre this week. “The good news is that assistance is comi

Communique of the 685th PSC meeting on the renewal of the mandate of (RCI-LRA)

Communique of the 685th PSC meeting on the renewal of the mandate of the Regional Cooperation Initiative for the Elimination of the Lord’s Resistance Army (RCI-LRA) ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, May 19, 2017/APO/ -- The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 685th meeting held in Addis Ababa on 12 May 2017, considered the renewal of the mandate of the Regional Cooperation Initiative for the Elimination of the Lord’s Resistance Army (RCI-LRA) and adopted the following decision: Council, 1. Takes note of the Report of the Chairperson of the Commission on the Status of the Implementation of the RCI-LRA (PSC/PR/RPT. (DCLXXXV), as well as the introductory remarks of the Commissioner for Peace and Security, delivered on his behalf by the Acting Di

ICD Signs MOU with the City Bank Limited to Strengthen Collaboration

The joint collaboration will encompass the areas of Term Finance, Public Private Partnership transactions, Lines of Finance and any other areas of mutual interest JEDDAH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, May 18, 2017/APO/ -- On May 18, 2017, the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (“ICD”) (, the private sector arm of Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding with City Bank, Bangladesh in order to strengthen collaboration for fostering private sector development in the country. The signing ceremony was held at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the IDB Group at Hilton Hotel, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The CEO of ICD, Mr Khaled Al Aboodi and Mr Sheikh Mohammed Maroof, Deputy Managing Director and Mr Mohammad