CAPE TOWN, South Africa Parliamentarians were well-placed to build bridges that turned country boundaries into open hearts reaching out to welcome those forced to seek refuge or a second home and it was important and urgent to strengthen inter-parliamentary cooperation and the global regime for migrants and refugees. “Without migration, most societies would never have achieved their current level of development,” said National Assembly Speaker Ms Baleka Mbete, during her address to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly’s General Debate . The three-day General Debate, which ends today, is about “Strengthening the global regime for migrants and refugees: the need for evidence-based policy solutions”. Parliaments, she said, should ensure there were mechanisms to
Entebbe, Uganda: Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has today held bilateral discussions with his visiting Rwandan counterpart, President Paul Kagame at State House, in Entebbe, Uganda on 25th March. The Rwandan leader who is new African Union (AU) Chairman, was in the country on a one-day day working visit to brief President Museveni on the recent AU Summit in Kigali that resulted in the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area by 44 AU member countries paving the way for the creation of one African market. The other areas that the two Heads of State discussed included the railway line works, electricity supply, airline operations and security between the two countries and the region. Addressing a joint news conference by the two leaders, President Museveni stres...
Kigali, Rwanda: African head of state and leaders signed a treaty to begin a considerable free-trade area that is meant to improve regional economic integration The agreement of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was signed at an extraordinary summit at Rwanda Convention Centre, in Kigali, Rwanda The agreement was signed by 44 representatives of the 55 African Union (AU) member states. During the signing, the Chairperson of African Union his Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat said: "Our peoples, our business community and our youth, in particular, cannot wait any longer to see the lifting of the barriers that divide our continent, hinder its economic takeoff and perpetuate misery, even though Africa is abundantly endowed with wealth” The agreeme
GENEVA, Switzerland: The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) decided to resume its visit to Rwanda, which was suspended on 19 October 2017. The exact dates of the visit will be announced in due course. It has also announced that it will visit Uruguay, Belize and Portugal during the first months of 2018. The visits were decided at the SPT’s February session, which took place in Geneva from 12-19 February, 2018. The SPT also decided that it would review the list of countries that have failed to establish a national detention monitoring body within four years after ratification, a serious violation of their obligations under the Optional Protocol. The list is now currently composed of Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, C
KIGALI, Rwanda: During a high-level visit to Kigali later this week the European Investment Bank is expected to confirm EUR 69 million of new infrastructure and private sector investment in Rwanda. This will include announcement of the EIB’s first public sector investment in the country to support construction of the first public sewage system in Rwanda. Once operational the new sewage network will both transform the urban environment in Kigali and further enhance recognition of Rwanda’s capital as a green city. The European Investment Bank is the world’s largest international public bank owned directly by the 28 EU member states and has operated in Rwanda since 1977. The visit to Kigali marks the start of a new era of EIB support for public sector investment i
KIGALI, Rwanda: The Africa Innovation Summit 2018 (AIS 2018) team in partnership with NEPAD Agency is announcing the meeting of the African Union (AU) High Level Panel on Emerging Technologies (APET) during the #AIS2018. The High Level-APET has been constituted in recognition of the need to harness both existing and emerging technologies for the economic development of Africa. The APET was created to identify and foster appropriate regulation and use of existing and emerging technologies of greatest help to Africa's economic development. Its works are coordinated by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency and the African Union (AU) Commission and aims to advise the AU on current and emerging technologies that have the potential to transform Afr
KIGALI, Rwanda: The AIS 2018 team is excited to announce its strategic partnership with NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa's Development) for Africa’s transformation in the framework of the second edition of the Africa Innovation Summit to be held in Kigali Conventions Centre, Kigali, Rwanda, from 6 to 8 June 2018. The CEO of NEPAD Agency, Professor Ibrahim Mayaki, confirmed his participation in the AIS 2018 and announced that NEPAD will also seize this opportunity to organise four events: Launch of reports of the AU High-Level Panel on Emerging Technologies. Meeting of the AU High-Level Panel on Emerging technologies. Launch of the African Innovation Outlook 3. Side event of the African Biosafety Network of Experts (ABNE).
KIGALI, Rwanda: The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Rwanda Woman of Courage Award. This annual award recognizes women from around the country who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment in Rwanda. The first U.S. Embassy Rwanda Woman of Courage Award was launched in 2015. The Woman of Courage Award honors women who are making history in Rwanda through their work to better their societies, to fight discrimination or strife, and to help resolve conflicts. Eligible candidates are women working in the political, human rights, economic, social, judicial, health, educational, press/media, peace and national reconci