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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
Mogadishu to Host International Conference to Stop Illegal Charcoal Trade

Mogadishu to Host International Conference to Stop Illegal Charcoal Trade

AFRICA, BUSINESS, INTERNATIONAL
MOGADISHU, SomaliaSomalia's high level Government officials, senior UN representatives, International and Somali environment experts, and International donor partners, will for the first time convene in Mogadishu, from 7-8th May, 2018, for a milestone Somali Government led conference to stop the illegal trade, and unsustainable production and use of charcoal in Somalia. The two day conference is supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Environment and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with funding from the European Union, Sweden and Italy. Export of charcoal from Somalia has been banned by a 2012 United Nations Security Council resolution and the Somali government due to its destructive effect on the environment, and its...
Girls in ICT Day celebrated in Somalia with the launch of an ICT initiative

Girls in ICT Day celebrated in Somalia with the launch of an ICT initiative

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, TECHNOLOGY
MOGADISGU, Somalia Somalia' s government has celebrated the International Girls in ICT Day in the capital Mogadishu with the launch on an initiative to create gender parity in Somalia’s ICT industry. Organized by Fursad.so in partnership with Somalia’s Research and Education Network (SomaliREN) and Ministry of Post, Telecom and Technology, the event was aimed at drawing the attention of policy makers, academia and the business sector on the challenges faced by girls in ICT. Abdulkadir Mohamed, Fursad.so manager, presented a survey they conducted on the share of women in total number of graduates in ICT. He said out of the 1,233 ICT graduates in 2017 from 23 universities across Puntland, GalMudug, SouthWest, Benadir, Jubbaland and HirShabelle only 9% were female. He added the few who man
Defence Committees conclude successful oversight to the DRC

Defence Committees conclude successful oversight to the DRC

AFRICA
CAPE TOWN, South AfricaThe Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans together with the Joint Standing Committee on Defence conducted a successful joint oversight visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The purpose of the oversight visit was for the two committees to interact with the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) peacekeepers in a foreign deployment area. The visit allowed Members of Parliament to gain insight into the circumstances of deployment, as well as to be briefed on operational achievements and challenges. In the process, the delegation was updated on issues such as reimbursements made by the United Nations (UN) for services rendered, logistical issues relating to procurement and transportation to and from the mission area, the repo...
Uganda signs grant agreement between the KOICA and UNICEF

Uganda signs grant agreement between the KOICA and UNICEF

AFRICA, ASIA, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
KAMPALA, UgandaThe Korea International Cooperation Agency and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)  have launched a five year programme to scale up water, sanitation and hygiene services in schools in Karamoja. The programme will be executed until 2022, benefiting 56,000 children from 100 schools in all Karamoja districts of Abim, Amudat, Kaabong, Kotido, Moroto, Napak and Nakapiripirit. The interventions will be implemented by UNICEF, together with the Ministry of Education and Sports and the seven District Local Governments of the Karamoja region. “The Government of Korea is proud to partner with UNICEF and the Government of Uganda to provide safe water, adequate sanitation and effective hygiene services to tens of thousands of vulnerable school going children in K
Libya Migration Working Group Convenes in Tripoli for third time

Libya Migration Working Group Convenes in Tripoli for third time

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
TRIPOLI, LibyaThe Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IOM, the UN Migration Agency co-chaired the third Migration Working Group meeting in Tripoli. During the meeting, held on 25 April, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, participants heard the national identified priorities for international assistance in the areas of migration and analyzed existing modalities to match them with offers of support, aiming to address current challenges. Some of the priorities highlighted the development of policies and strategies for migration management, called for modern Systems and processes to analyze and document the phenomena and identified  Capacity Building, Human Resources development as well as the improvement of conditions in  the current migrant detention centers and at disembark
Uganda Government selects Consortium comprising YAATRA, BHGE, LionWorks, and Saipem to develop, finance, construct and operate a greenfield Oil Refinery in Hoima District, Uganda

Uganda Government selects Consortium comprising YAATRA, BHGE, LionWorks, and Saipem to develop, finance, construct and operate a greenfield Oil Refinery in Hoima District, Uganda

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, REST OF THE WORLD, UGANDA
KAMPALA, UgandaFollowing the favourable evaluation of its private sector led offer by the Uganda Government, the Albertine Graben Refinery Consortium (AGRC) comprised of YAATRA Ventures, Baker Hughes, a GE company , LionWorks Group ) and Saipem, signed a project framework agreement confirming its selection for the realization of a 60,000 barrels per day capacity refinery with a project estimated value of around $3 billion. YAATRA Africa is an infrastructure development and financing company which provides innovative infrastructure solutions on the continent. LionWorks is a private equity company focused exclusively on pan-African infrastructure opportunities. Other companies involved are Saipem, a global leader in engineering, procurement, construction and installation, as wel...
Skills Development is critical – Minister Davies

Skills Development is critical – Minister Davies

AFRICA, BUSINESS
PRETORIA, South Africa South Africa's Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies has urged the government to focus on skills development because its critical to the economy and is non negotiable. He said this will at the launch of Lesedi Skills Development Academy in Atlantis, Western Cape, that was established to address the need for skilled artisans and to close the skills gap in the nuclear and broader energy sector as well as associated industries. Minister Davies said it was increasingly evident that as a requirement to get any industrial job one needed to have skills. He said at all levels of employment one now requires to be skilled. Government is aware that skills development in the past was limited to the minority and the majority of the people had less access,...