ENTEBBE, Uganda Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has highly commended the Muslim fraternity in Uganda for their contribution to the country’s economy. “They are good traders. It is through their trading with us that I got school fees. I encourage them also to explore farming,” he said. The President was speaking at the Iftar Dinner that he hosted last evening at State House, Entebbe for the Muslim fraternity to break their fast in this holy month of Ramadhan. The President, who congratulated the Muslim community in Uganda and elsewhere in the world for having accomplished 19 days of fasting so far, wished them a successful month of Ramadhan. "I want to congratulate you on coming this far on Ramadhan and I pray that we shall finish when we are in good condition," he said.
CAIRO, Egypt The World Food Programme (WFP) and Egypt’s Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade (MoSIT) signed a five-year agreement to strengthen social safety nets in support of the food and nutrition needs of the most vulnerable. Under the agreement signed, WFP will assist the government in identifying key areas where improvements can be made to national supply chains. These improvements would aim to reduce the cost of food supplied through the national subsidy programme and ultimately its price as well as make it more nutritious. “One of our shared objectives through this agreement is reducing food losses by linking farmers, especially smallholder farmers, to improved storage and transportation solutions,” said WFP Representative and Country Director in Egypt Menghestab Hail
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia Technology group Voith has opened its new East Africa Hub in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The company is highlighting its active contribution to the development of electricity generation from hydro power in East Africa. The technology group is planning and coordinating projects in nine countries in the east of the continent from this new facility. The opening ceremony was attended by Ethiopia's State Minister of Water, irrigation and Electricity Dr. Frehiwot Woldehanna, German ambassador to Ethiopia Brita Wagener, Uwe Wehnhardt, CEO of Voith Hydro and Member of the Corporate Management Board, and numerous guests from the business and political arenas. In his opening address, Uwe Wehnhardt emphasized the enormous potential of hydro...
ROME, ItalyCountries of the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region face numerous common challenges to achieving improved food security, nutrition and inclusive agricultural development. Recent conflicts and civil instability in some countries of the region as well as rapid population growth, increasing urbanisation, low growth in food production, scarce and fragile natural resources and the threat of climate change have been compounding the situation, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned yesterday. “Building resilience and sustaining peace are key to attain zero hunger and improve people’s well-being in the NENA region. Without this, the region cannot end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture, which are key t
CAIRO, Egypt StartEgypt has Partnered with Techne Drifts and Entreprenelle, to kick start the tour in nine Egyptian cities as part of its road shows and its female founders’ workshops. Cities of Alexandria, Port Said, Assuit, Sohag, Suez, Mansoura, Tanta, Luxor, and Aswan will hold the major events of the competitions In November 2017, the British Embassy in Cairo partnered with IFC and Flat6labs, offering a GBP 2 million, around EGP 47 million, grant to inspire and support thousands of Egyptian entrepreneurs through a number of entrepreneurial support services, awareness activities and a unique incubation program. The StartEgypt road shows and workshops focused on building the resilience and know-how of future entrepreneurs to help them start their own bu
BRUSSELS, Belgium The 81th AIPS Congress , set to be held in the Belgian capital next week (May 7-10), will welcome Massimo Busacca, Director FIFA Refereeing, and Johannes Holzmüller, FIFA Head of Football Technology Innovation Department, to foster a deeper understanding of the video assistant referee (VAR) among sports journalists. The new technology will be used at this summer’s World Cup in Russia. The International Sports Press Association is very pleased to welcome Busacca and Holzmüller on May 8th, the first day of the Congress, at Hotel Le Plaza in Brussels. They will present VAR to the Congress and explain the finer details of the system to the attending journalists. At times, even journalists still have a nebulous understanding of VAR. Director FIFA Refereeing Busacca
LAGOS, NigeriaAs the world's sports media converge in Europe's capital Brussels, the continental section of the 94-year old International Sports Press Association (AIPS) will switch on its recognition glare on the multiple award winner, Nyesom Wike. The Governor of Rivers State of Nigeria, Wike, will not only receive the highly coveted AIPS AFRICA Power of Sports Award but will also present a landmark paper on Peace and Progress Through Sports in The Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. Wike's presentation comes up in the morning of May 9th, a day after the opening of the 81st AIPS congress, the largest congregation of professional sports journalists. Honor for Wike will be the first of its kind by AIPS Africa since it took on a new coat from the Africa Sports Journalists Union(A
GENEVA, SwitzerlandThe Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Bahame Tom Mukirya Nyanduga, has condemned recent terrorist attacks in the country, and called for the immediate release of all children kidnapped or recruited as fighters in the country’s armed conflict. “The abduction of children by the Al Shabaab group and their recruitment and use by Government security forces in the armed conflict constitute a grave violation of the children’s rights,” the expert said in a statement at the end of a six-day mission to assess the human rights situation in the country. Mr. Nyanduga commended the Government for measures taken so far to rehabilitate children captured in combat, and for recognizing that such children were victims, but he u