KHARTOUM, SudanThe Governments of Japan and Sudan have signed the amendment of the grant assistance for “the Project for Improvement of Water Treatment Plant in Kosti City” to help cover the needs of Kosti people for clean water. The amendment of this grant agreement was signed on the 4th of June, 2018 at the Ministry of International Cooperation between H.E. Mr. Shinji Urabayashi, the Ambassador of Japan to the Sudan and H.E. Mr. Idriss Suleiman Yousif, Minister of International Cooperation. The signing ceremony was attended by, H.E. Dr. Abul-Gasim Al Amin Baraka, Governor of White Nile State, Mr. Makato Takahishi, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Chief Representative. Japan has a long history of cooperation in the water sector in Sudan Although Sudan is a
GENEVA, Switzerland The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is temporarily suspending its refugee resettlement programme from Sudan in connection with two ongoing investigations launched in February and March by the organization’s independent Inspector General’s Office. A separate anti-fraud and integrity support mission is expected to be deployed shortly. “At present we are still dealing with allegations, based on reports that have come from refugees. Nonetheless these are worrying and the integrity of the Sudan resettlement programme has to be assured beyond any doubt,” said UNHCR Representative for Sudan Noriko Yoshida. “Should wrongdoing be confirmed, those responsible can expect the consequences to be severe.” Resettlement is one of the three main soluti
ENTEBBE, Uganda Uganda's President Museveni has urged Japan to think of economically linking up with Africa because the African Continent has ready and available market to consume Japanese products and services. “Japan has been growing at a small rate of like 1%. Japan should work with Africa because it has a growing population that has been under-consuming,” he observed. The President was receiving a delegation of Japanese investors, led by Ms. Kalpana Abe, who called on him last evening at State House, Entebbe and have expressed interest to invest in the banking, agriculture, and information and technology sectors in Uganda. The Japanese investors unveiled a proposal of starting up a ‘Smart City’ that would be self sustaining, technology oriented and would have a commercial
DUBLIN, Ireland The 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup, which doubles as a Rugby World Cup 2019 qualification tournament, has launched a new trophy and brand at the AIPS congress in Brussels. The Rugby Africa Gold Cup will be played across seven match days between 16 June and 18 August 2018 and features Africa’s top teams that have not already qualified for the Rugby World Cup 2019 – Namibia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Morocco and Tunisia. The action will get under way on 16 June at Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek, Namibia and the tournament will reach its exciting conclusion when the final is played on 18 August. The winner of the competition will qualify for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan as Africa 1, joining reigning champions New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and the repechage wi
PRETORIA, South AfricaOn 30 April 2018, President Trump signed Proclamations granting permanent country exemptions to a select number of countries and extended by one month the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariff duty exemptions for some. South Africa is disappointed that it was not granted an exemption from the duties. On 08 March, President Trump had signed a Proclamation imposing a 10 percent ad valorem tariff on imports of aluminum articles and a 25 percent ad valorem tariff on imports of steel articles that excluded select countries including Canada, Mexico, European Union, South Korea, Australia, Argentina and Brazil. The Proclamation followed reports from the Secretary of Commerce that imports of these products threaten to impair United States of America (US) national...
CAPE TOWN, South AfricaSouth Africa's Academy of Science Portfolio Committee on Science and Technology has completed its round of briefings with the Department of Science and Technology and its entities. The Committee received presentations on the 2018/19 annual performance plans (APPS) and budgets from the Department of Science and Technology, the Academy of Science of South Africa, the Human Sciences Research Council, the National Research Foundation, the National Advisory Council on Innovation, the Technology Innovation Agency, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the South African National Space Agency. One of the mandates of the committee is to approve the APPs and monitor the performance of the department and its entities on a quarterly basis. The commi...
PRETORIA, South AfricaSouth Africa will host the Japan–Africa Public Private Economic Forum at the Sandton Convention Centre from 3-4 May 2018. The Forum follows an announcement made in 2016, in Nairobi, Kenya by Japanese Prime Minister, Mr Shinzo Abe where he outlined intentions to accelerate the promotion of private sector led economic growth by encouraging further business encounters among Japanese and African companies. Discussions will zoom in on the challenges surrounding a private-sector-driven economic growth and showcase successful and innovative examples to explore way forward Minister Davies says that the Japan-Africa Public Private Economic Forum which is organized by the government of Japan in collaboration with South Africa, with full involvement of the bu
CAPE TOWN, South AfricaRugby Africa will kick start its first matches of the 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup with the defending champion, Namibia, facing Uganda at home while Zimbabwe, led by their new coach and former Springbok star, Peter De Villiers, will play the Moroccan challengers. As a reminder, the winners of the tournament will take on, amongst others, their big brother, South Africa, on September 28, 2019 at the Rugby World Cup to be held in Japan. To mark the start of this countdown, Rugby Africa is officially unveiling the new competition logo. Rugby Africa's Managing Director, Coralie van den Berg, says: "Promoting our events with a new branding identity is a logical step forward as we evolve. We now have seven international competitions that are widely ac