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EU and AU Commissions step up their cooperation to support young people, jobs and peace

EU and AU Commissions step up their cooperation to support young people, jobs and peace

AFRICA, EUROPE, INTERNATIONAL
BRUSSELS, Belgium The African Union and European Union Commissioners have adopted concrete measures to address pressing global issues in key areas such as peace and security, migration, job creation and agriculture. This 9th Commission meeting of the two organisations was co-chaired by the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, with the participation of all African Union Commissioners and 16 European Union Commissioners. The two sides had agreed on a set of priorities at the November 2017 AU-EU Summit in Abidjan and today the two Commissions took stock of progress made to chart the way forward. At this occasion, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "We met today t
EU Operation Atalanta and Kenyan maritime authorities conduct joint exercises

EU Operation Atalanta and Kenyan maritime authorities conduct joint exercises

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, EUROPE, KENYA
NAIROBI, Kenya Senior Kenyan and European officials are  meeting in Mombasa where the flagship of the European Union's Atalanta operation, the ITS Carlos Margottini, is making a port visit. Kenya's National Assembly is represented by members of its Defence and Foreign Relations Committee, led by its chairman Hon. Katoo Ole Metito. The ITS Carlos Margottini, alongside the Spanish Warship ESPS Meteoro, is tackling piracy and armed robbery off the Somalian coast. European Union naval forces are also working with other organisations to strengthen maritime security and protect vulnerable shipping in the Horn of Africa and in the Western Indian Ocean. Since its launch in 2008 the Atalanta naval force, in co-operation with her counter-piracy partners, has become highly effective
President Museveni receives German tractor assembling plant CEO

President Museveni receives German tractor assembling plant CEO

AFRICA, BUSINESS, EAST AFRICA, UGANDA
ENTEBBE, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has received and held discussions with Mr Norbert Traublinger with the Chief Executive Officer of a German Werke Eicher Company, who is interested in setting up a tractor assembling plant in Eastern Uganda. President Museveni encouraged his guest, who called on him yesterday at State House, Entebbe to also consider starting a factory for manufacturing tractors in Uganda. Mr. Museveni and Mr. Traublinger concurred that the tractor plant should be built in either Tororo or Mbale Industrial Park in Eastern Region because it is easier to transport the heavy machines that are required for the plant using the railway. Mr. Traublinger revealed to President Museveni that his company will use solar panels to generate its own electricity to run...
South Africa’s Tourism committee condemns attack on tourists

South Africa’s Tourism committee condemns attack on tourists

AFRICA, BUSINESS
CAPE TOWN, South Africa South Africa's Portfolio Committee on Tourism has in the strongest terms condemned the attack on three German tourists in Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal. According to media reports, It was reported that the tourists were accosted by four men wielding an AK-47 on their way to King Shaka International Airport in an Uber taxi. The tourists were robbed of their luggage and other belongings, but were physically unharmed during the robbery. The acting Chairperson of the committee, Ms Lusizo Sharon Makhubele-Mashele, said that as tourism is a major driver of the economy, any threat to the safety of tourists has dire consequences. "South Africa has a lot to offer tourists in terms of natural beauty, sports, adventure and conference facilities. To...
ICRC staff member abducted in Somalia

ICRC staff member abducted in Somalia

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
NAIROBI, Kenya A German nurse working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been abducted in the Somali capital Mogadishu. She is a nurse who was working every day to save lives and improve the health of some of Somalia's most vulnerable people "We are deeply concerned about the safety of our colleague," said Daniel O'Malley, ICRC's deputy head of delegation for Somalia. "She is a nurse who was working every day to save lives and improve the health of some of Somalia's most vulnerable people." The abduction happened around 8 pm local time on Wednesday night when armed men entered the ICRC compound in Mogadishu. The ICRC is in contact with various authorities to try and secure her release. It is not appropriate to provide any additional information...
GROHE rolls out ‘Turn Water into Food’ program in Jordan

GROHE rolls out ‘Turn Water into Food’ program in Jordan

INTERNATIONAL
AMMAN, JordanGROHE, the world’s leading German manufacturer in sanitary fittings, in collaboration with the Jordanian Food Bank (JFB) and the Food Banking Regional Network will implement ‘Turn Water into Food’ in Jordan. This initiative aims to raise awareness of water scarcity by saving water in public areas with high consumption levels. Jordan will be the third country in the Middle East to host the award-winning project following its successful launch in Saudi Arabia in 2015 and in Egypt in 2016. Striving to highlight the vital importance of preserving water at schools, which are among the highest public spaces in terms of water consumption, GROHE replaced the taps at Al Juwaida High School for Girls in Jordan with its water saving faucets. The amount of water saved will
JEM and SLM/A met in Berlin to discuss the Darfur Peace Process

JEM and SLM/A met in Berlin to discuss the Darfur Peace Process

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
BERLIN, GermanyRepresentatives of the Government of Sudan, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) met in Berlin to discuss a per-negotiations agreement that would serve as a basis for the resumption of peace talks for the Darfur as part of the broader Sudan peace process. The event was hosted by the German Berghof Foundation. The AU/UN Joint Mediator and Joint Special Representative for Darfur, Germany and the United States served as facilitators. Norway and the United Kingdom were present as observers. The parties engaged and made a serious effort towards a compromise. However, while the parties made progress, they did not reach an agreement in their second Berlin meeting. The facilitators will consider options for further
SA Select Committee’s Chairperson welcomes Zara’s decision to remove copied designs

SA Select Committee’s Chairperson welcomes Zara’s decision to remove copied designs

AFRICA, BUSINESS, INTERNATIONAL
CAPE TOWN, South AfricaThe Chairperson of the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations, Mr Eddie Makue, has welcomed Zara’s move to remove Maxhosa socks, copied from a local designer. Mr Makue said the domination of the market by well established brands and companies was bad, especially if it led to the suffocation of local entrepreneurs. “Within the ambit of trade we looking at localisation, empowerment and inclusive growth that enhances the empowerment of black designers as well as patent laws,” Mr Makue said. Within the ambit of trade we looking at localization, empowerment and inclusive growth that enhances the empowerment of black designers as well as patent laws  He adds “The committee welcomes this move and wishes to emphasize that authorities nee