Washington D.C , United States of America China is engaged in large-scale theft of American research and technology from universities, using spies, students, and researchers as collectors, experts told Congress on Wednesday. Compounding the technology theft, the administration of President Barack Obama weakened U.S. counterintelligence efforts against foreign spies by curbing national-level counterspy efforts, a former counterintelligence official disclosed during a House hearing. Michelle Van Cleave, former national counterintelligence executive, said shortly after the creation of the office of the director of national intelligence in 2004, a national counterspy program against foreign spies was restricted during the administration of President George W. Bush. "Unfortunately, ...
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America: In response to the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as President of South Africa by the National Assembly, after the resignation of Jacob Zuma, Freedom House issued the following statement: “With the election of President Ramaphosa, South Africa has an opportunity to turn a page and address some of the fundamental issues – such as corruption and the outside influence of private interests – that have stood in the way of good governance for too long,” said Jon Temin, director for Africa programs at Freedom House. “President Ramaphosa, to whom we offer our congratulations, should swiftly restore transparency, accountability, commitment to the rule of law and good governance at all levels of government. "The leadership change
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America: The Navy joins the nation in celebrating the history of African American Sailors and civilians during African American/Black History Month, Feb. 1-28. This year's theme is "African Americans in Times of War," which recognizes the contributions African Americans have made to the nation during times of war from the Revolutionary War to present-day conflicts. ALNAV 007/18 encourages commands to participate in heritage celebrations and special observances throughout the year that honor the contributions, unique histories and cultures Navy's diverse Sailor and civilian team. This month's observance has its origins in 1915 when historian and author Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Dr. Woods...
OTTAWA, Canada: As part of Canada’s re-engagement with Africa and its commitment to work together to address challenges facing the continent, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, will travel to West Africa from February 1 to 8, 2018. During her visit to Senegal and Benin, which coincides with International Development Week, the Minister will meet with woman leaders, development partners and government officials, as well as representatives of La Francophonie institutions, to discuss issues of mutual concern, including efforts to advance the rights of women and girls in Africa. Discussions will focus on education, the need for greater access to sexual and reproductive health services; decreasing child, early
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America: After more than a year since the launch of the economic reform program, GDP growth is strengthening and inflation is declining. The government trimmed the budget deficit, tourism revenues and remittances are increasing, and the country’s foreign exchange reserves have been rebuilt. The floating of the pound and the initial steps to improve the business climate have helped boost growth. “This macroeconomic turnaround at home and the supportive global economic environment provide a unique opportunity to carry the reform momentum into areas that have historically been hard to tackle. Deep and lasting structural reforms are needed to create jobs as speedily as needed for Egypt’s growing population,” said Subir Lall, head of t
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America: IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and President João Lourenço met today (January 23, 2018) on the margins of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The Angolan economy is enjoying a mild recovery, but significant imbalances remain. The authorities are fully aware of the challenges and have announced policy actions designed to restore macroeconomic stability. The meeting was an opportunity for the Managing Director to commend President Lourenço for the recent policy announcements. Madame Lagarde reiterated the IMF’s commitment to work with the Angolan authorities to ensure that the economy achieves high rates of sustainable and inclusive growth to reduce poverty.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: The Ambassador of the United States of America Michel A. Rayner hosted a reception for the launch of the book “Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom”. Minister of Tourism and Culture Dr. Hirut Woldemariam and His Holiness Abune Matthias attended the launch along with Ambassadors, artists, photographers, scholars and journalists. The book has 544 pages of more than 800 spectacular photographs of churches and monasteries of Lalibela, Tigray, Gondar and Tana. It is destined, I am sure, to significantly boost worldwide awareness and appreciation of these amazing treasures Ambassador Rayner on his remark stated that “Cultural heritage endures as a reminder of the contributions and historical experiences of humanity” adding that “
OTTAWA, Canada: The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on the inauguration of George Weah, the new president of Liberia: The election of President Weah is a historic moment in the first democratic transition in more than seven decades for Liberia “Canada congratulates the new president of Liberia, George Weah, on his inauguration and the Liberian people for holding peaceful elections.” “The election of President Weah is a historic moment in the first democratic transition in more than seven decades for Liberia.” “Canada thanks and salutes outgoing president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for all she has accomplished with the Liberian people over the past 12 years—and for her efforts to ensure a peaceful tr