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SA business people positive about the Russian market

SA business people positive about the Russian market

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa The South African businesspeople who participated in the World Food Moscow International Food Exhibition are in consensus that the country is abound with trade opportunities and they would follow up on the trade leads they acquired during the exhibition. The participation of the businesspeople in the week-long fair was funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), with the aim of helping them acquire export market in Russia and other counties. The Managing Director of Thandi Wines, Mr Vernon Henn says he came back to SA with quality promising leads that he will follow up on. “The Russian market showed interest in the South African wines and this would help expand his wines’ foot print in Russia. We made contacts with big wine importers and we
United Nations Information Center (UNIC) enjoins Nigerians

United Nations Information Center (UNIC) enjoins Nigerians

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LAGOS, Nigeria, The National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Nigeria, Oluseyi Soremekun, has enjoined Nigerians to imbibe the culture of peace and noted that "Peace is sacrosanct and non-negotiable. Everyone needs to imbibe the culture of peace by upholding mutual trust and respect for one another." Peace is sacrosanct and non-negotiable. Everyone needs to imbibe the culture of peace by upholding mutual trust and respect for one another He said this while speaking at a workout tagged, "Sweat4Peace" organised by a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Galaxy4Peace, in collaboration with UNIC as part of the countdown activities to mark the International Day of Peace (21 September). The event held at the Federal College of Education (Technical) Akok...
President Zuma arrives in New York, for the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly

President Zuma arrives in New York, for the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly

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PRETORIA, South Africa President Jacob Zuma has today, 17 September 2017, arrived in New York, United States of America, to attend the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA72), scheduled to take place from 19-25 September 2017. The theme for this year’s session is “Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for all on a Sustainable Planet”. This will be the first General Debate for the newly appointed Secretary-General, Mr António Guterres, who started his term on 01 January 2017. Mr Guterres identified his major priority as the achievement of sustainable peace and security through conflict prevention by establishing a “culture of prevention” in the UN – which South Africa fully supports. For South Africa, this General Debate coincides with the
Arbitrary and Prolonged Detention in Libya Workshop Concludes

Arbitrary and Prolonged Detention in Libya Workshop Concludes

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TRIPOLI, Libya As part of its effort to promote human rights and to elaborate a national reconciliation strategy in Libya based on an inclusive dialogue and a multi-stakeholders consultation, UNSMIL has facilitated a two-day workshop under the theme “Addressing Arbitrary and Prolonged Detention in Libya within a National Reconciliation Framework” on 13-14 September in Tunis. Prolonged, arbitrary detention without judicial review is an important factor of instability and a main source of grievances in Libya. Thousands of people have been deprived of their freedom without being brought before a judge, receiving judicial review, or being charged with an offense, and in some cases even without any apparent legal basis for their detention. The workshop, which gathered more than 40 repr
Humanitarian assistance for Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia

Humanitarian assistance for Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia

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CANBERRA, Australia, Today I announce the Australian Government will provide further assistance in response to widespread and devastating hunger and cholera in Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia. The Government will contribute $30 million in humanitarian assistance for people in these countries who are facing the risk of famine due to conflict and drought. In South Sudan and Somalia, millions have been forced to flee their homes and more than 13 million people require assistance. Australia is providing $20 million to support international relief efforts in the two countries. Our assistance will help deliver life-saving food to 50,000 people and deliver clean water and protection services to the most vulnerable, including medical and psychological support for survivors o...
Over 1,900 households affected by floods and mudslide to receive cash Support from UK Aid

Over 1,900 households affected by floods and mudslide to receive cash Support from UK Aid

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FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, As Sierra Leone recovers from the recent deadly floods and mudslide in Freetown that killed over 500 people with many more still unaccounted for, 1,908 affected households will be directly supported with cash through mobile money transfers to help them meet their immediate needs. The cash transfers could be a great relief to every affected household as they will provide a life line The cash transfers being funded by UK Aid from the British people (also known as DFID), World Food Programme (WFP) and facilitated by UNICEF in collaboration with the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA). The cash transfer will help all registered affected households to rebuild their lives and support their surviving families including women and children. This programme ...
Africa discusses stronger tax regimes in Abuja

Africa discusses stronger tax regimes in Abuja

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ABUJA, Nigeria, The 3rd International Conference on Tax in Africa (ICTA) planned for later this month in AbujaNigeria, will be opened by His Excellency The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON. The flagship conference of the African Tax Administration Forum, has its theme as: “Building Strong Domestic Tax Regimes in Africa: Strengthening VAT, PIT and CIT.” The conference will also celebrate and recognise the six African experts selected to serve on the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters. Five of the six members come from ATAF member countries and two of these are on the ATAF council! These include Mr William Tunde Fowler (Nigeria), the Chairperson of ATAF’s Council and Mrs Elfrieda Stewart Tamba (Liberia). This is a wonderful ackno
Equatorial Guinea Enters Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Agreement with Burkina Faso

Equatorial Guinea Enters Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Agreement with Burkina Faso

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MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons representing the Government of Equatorial Guinea, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of Burkina Faso to supply the West African country with LNG and build critical infrastructure to import, store and transport gas. The initial three-year agreement compels both sides to negotiate and sign an LNG sales and purchase agreement (SPA) and a terminal use agreement (TUA) that will be the basis for their first LNG exchange. The MoU also calls for Equatorial Guinea to explore and produce oil and gas in Burkina Faso. “We are very pleased to strike this agreement and be given the opportunity to supply our African brothers in Burkina Faso with crucial gas resources,” said H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Mi