Local EU Statement on dialogue between the EU and Kenya on gender and youth policies - African Business Magazine
Local EU Statement on dialogue between the EU and Kenya on gender and youth policies

Comments are closed.

Related Posts

A woman, throwing some rice, works in a field near Ross Bethio on January 26, 2009. Food crisis, difficult access to Asian rice production and high consumption rice in the country lead to focus on local production in Senegal.    AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET

    Who gets to eat?

    Africa has the potential to be the world’s food basket, but huge challenges remain in attracting investors and ensuring that new ventures benefit the continent. Twenty-two …

  • picAfrofuturismKahiu_Pumzi_3w

    The weird worlds of African sci-fi

    African sci-fi features all manner of weird and outlandish things, from crime-fighting robots to technological dystopias. But could they be closer to predicting the future …

  • 000_Hkg2030548

    South32 goes it alone

    After a recent period dominated by wildcat strikes, wage disputes and erratic power supply – all against a backdrop of weak commodity prices – it …

  • 5354634200_4d976656be_b

    Will AGOA be a goer?

    A preferential trade deal with the US that has reportedly created 350,000 jobs since 2000 is set to expire in September. As Congress mulls over …

  • ABKAWinnersLR

    Africa’s Top Bankers Celebrated

    The African Banker awards honoured some of the continent’s leading banks and bankers at a lavish ceremony in Abidjan on Wednesday night. Moroccan institution Banque …

  • Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 10.31.13

    Mauritius powers down amid shortfall

    Facing an electricity shortfall, Mauritius is aiming to lower consumption through an energy efficiency programme. When Mahmood Hafez Amir was offered a free energy audit for …

  • Tunisian would-be immigrants wait for their belongings after they disembarked from the "Spica", an Italian Navy boat who rescued them at sea on March 15, 2011 in Lampedusa. 129 would-be immigrants were rescued by the "Spica" AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON

    Tunisia’s unfinished revolution

    The birthplace of the Arab Spring remains locked in transition, with high unemployment and stagnant growth, writes David Meffe.The yellow taxis and pluming diesel 

  • Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 09.24.46

    Tony Elumelu’s advice: Work hard

    Discipline, sacrifice and creativity are what makes a start-up become a giant, according to the Nigerian billionaire. Asked what makes a successful entrepreneur, Tony Elumelu runs …

  • A fisherman carries a swordfish on his head from the Indian Ocean waters to the market in Somalia's capital Mogadishu...A fisherman carries a swordfish on his head from the Indian Ocean waters to the market in Somalia's capital Mogadishu March 31, 2014. REUTERS/Ismail Taxta (SOMALIA - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS ANIMALS)

    Somaliland entices tourists

    The quasi-independent region of Somaliland is trying to market itself as a tourist destination. On the walls of the Oriental Hotel, built in 1953 and the …

  • BHPB-Klipspruit-D1_ACP1753_hires

    Analysis: the top 250 African companies

    This year’s list of Africa’s top-250 publicly listed companies shows a few small, but meaningful, changes in the upper slopes of the continent’s corporate landscape, …

  • IMG_0073

    Ghana’s entrepreneurs adapt to survive

    Ghana’s entrepreneurs have had to learn fast to navigate the country’s economic roller-coaster ride. Sena Kpodo reports from Accra, Ghana’s startup capital.Ghanaian startup consultant Donald Ward started his …

  • Leading opposition All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari (C) raises his hand during a campaign rally of the party in Maiduguri, on February 16, 2015. A massive crowd of cheering supporters mobbed Nigerian opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari in the embattled northeast city of Maiduguri on Monday, as the candidate vowed tough action against Boko Haram if elected. People flooded the streets surrounding the airport in the Borno state capital before Buhari's arrival, defying security fears in a city repeatedly attacked by the Islamist militants. AFP PHOTO/OLATUNJI OMIRIN

    Beyond the ‘Buhari Bounce’

    Currency traders are backing Muhammadu Buhari, but the Nigerian president-elect is still keeping his economic policies close to his chest. From his berth outside a handicraft …

  • A woman carrying a child stands in a  Foreign nationals refugees camp in Primrose, a little village near Johannesburg, on April 18 , 2015 following a wave of xenophobic violence against immigrants and other foreigners. Anti-foreigner violence has spread after erupting in the country's eastern port city of Durban several weeks ago, displacing thousands and sparking alarm at the United Nations and in neighbouring countries. Most of the victims targeted "are refugees and asylum seekers who were forced to leave their countries due to war and persecution," the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees noted.  AFP PHOTO / MUJAHID SAFODIEN

    A stain on the Rainbow Nation

    Fatima Bello and her husband travelled from Nigeria to Johannesburg five years ago to start a new family and find work. On 15th April, six …

  • Sierra Rutile Limited

Picture shows: Alex Kallon

This Photograph taken by VisualMedia is supplied with an indefinite license with full global rights for editorial purposes, marketing, advertising, prospectuses and communications requirements such as newsletters and commercial website use.

For further information please contact VisualMedia on +44 (0)20 7613 2555
Note to Press:
These images are supplied free of charge for editorial usage.
Mandatory credit: VisMedia

    Sierra Leone shows signs of recovery

    One of Sierra Leone’s largest companies has announced a major new investment – a tentative sign of growth in a country hit hard by the Ebola …

  • Screen Shot 2015-04-17 at 09.23.55

    Breaking stereotypes in Ugandan agriculture

    Entrepreneur Prudence Ukkonika is inspiring her fellow women to build careers in agribusiness, writes Patience Akumu.   Every day in Uganda’s markets, wheelbarrows of leftover …

  • People, tv, television, watching, Death, Horizontal, South Africa, Waiting, Politics, President, Capital Cities, Nelson Mandela, Human Interest, Former, funeral

    The digital switchover stalls

    Switching to digital TV could free up radio spectrum for mobile broadband, but many African countries will miss a June deadline.  In June 2006, the International …


    Unblocking African deal flow

    A new technology platform hopes to streamline mergers and acquisitions in Africa.  An influx of private equity money and rapid economic growth has driven a surge …

  • shutterstock_136522511

    Mauritius enters the dispute business

    The Indian Ocean island is trying to establish itself as a centre for international arbitration.  Routinely appearing at the top of African competitiveness and business …


    Water, power…Wi-Fi?

    Treating universal, affordable internet as essential infrastructure could have broad social and economic benefits.  Africa’s urban centres expand, authorities are under pressure to invest in …

  • A labourer walks alog a Metro-line construction in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa

    Metro rail gets off the ground

    Financing and regulation have held back mass transit systems in Africa.  Since the start of the year, commuters trapped in Addis Ababa’s traffic gridlock have …

  • IMG_0894

    Bittersweet success for cocoa farmers

    The fenced-off warehouses separated by wide expanses of red dirt and wild vegetation. At the end of the dry season it is washed with dust stirred …


    Dark days ahead for Eskom

    Power shortages are killing off South African businesses, but the power utility could be the crisis’s real casualty. Mike and Delyse Molfetas are closing down their Johannesburg …

  • 1

    Somaliland’s ‘unsung heroes’

    Cut off from most international assistance, entrepreneurs in Somaliland have built the would-be country’s economy from scratch.  The floor of Yahye Yusuf’s office is covered with …

  • Plateau commune

    Banks prepare for capital markets surge

    Dealmakers are still circling in African markets in preparation for a strong year of corporate and sovereign activity on debt and equity markets. Abidjan is …

  • 3d-printer

    The micro-industrial revolution

    As the costs of 3D printers fall, entrepreneurs are looking to the technology as an alternative way to get onto the manufacturing value chain. After …

  • media

    The reputation game

    African public relations is moving on from ‘reputation laundering’ as multinationals and local businesses look for more sophisticated communications. The mention of international PR firms …

  • agriculture

    Cooperation key to Indian Ocean prosperity

    Integration and harmonisation will allow island members of the IOC to find  competitive advantages, secretary general Jean Claude de L’Estrac says. The five island states …

  • Esta foto est· liberada para uso interno e externo, inclusive em publicidade. Ao baixar esta imagem, vocÍ concorda com os termos de utilizaÁ„o aqui mencionados.

    Taxing times for African mining

    The mining sector is likely to see restructurings and write-downs as falling commodity prices and political risk hit the industry. In 2011, the mining giant …

  • Kariba

    Saving Kariba

    The race is on to repair the massive Kariba Dam on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, as engineers warn that erosion threatens its great …

  • Solar Panel

    Early-stage risk casts shadow over solar

    Investors’ reluctance to invest in the early stages of infrastructure projects in Africa is holding back the development of renewable energy on the continent. From …

  • MalawiCar

    Malawi: Three wheels better than four?

    The three-wheeler motorised taxi, ubiquitous in Asia and parts of Africa, has arrived in Malawi, much to the chagrin of the minibus taxi operators who …

  • NigeriaCar

    Roll-out for first made-in-Nigeria cars

    Nigeria, now officially Africa’s largest economy, has joined the ranks of countries that manufacture vehicles locally. The Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Limited (IVM) rolled out …

  • CF_SA

    Has government seen the light?

    At long last, the South African government appears to be prepared to abandon euphemisms to cover up the country’s dire power situation and actually try …

  • Business

    Africa tops in business ease reforms

    Not so long ago, doing business in Africa was regarded a tortuous process at best and downright impossible at worst. Everything, it seemed, conspired to …

  • Solaris

    Sustainability now the name of the game

    Global research has revealed the highly sobering and often terrifying impact of our economic activities on both the natural as well as the human environments …


    Uber comes to Africa

    Uber, the mobile app-based taxi-calling service, has taken the world by storm, gaining praise and hostility in equal measure. Wherever the service has been introduced, …

  • Qatar3

    Qatar Airways A350 opens new era

    As part of his job, African Business editor Anver Versi has a heavy travel schedule and sometimes seems to spend more time in the air …

  • Jara set

    Spreading African TV and film magic

    Our Nigeria Correspondent, Fredrick Mordi meets Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, the regional director, M-Net West Africa. She talks about the changing TV landscape in Africa and how …

  • Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 15.17.47

    Mining: Production versus Productivity

    Productivity in mining has been an issue for some time. The declining quality of ore bodies, ageing infrastructure, rising labour costs and lower per-labour-unit output …

  • miningAfrica

    Mining in Africa

    Although 2014 was, to quote the Queen of England, an ‘annus horribilis’ for mining in general and African mining in particular, there is no reason …

  • -

    Nigeria Elections in Focus

    This month, on the 14th (now postponed to 28th March), Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy and most populous country, goes to the polls to elect a …

  • Malawi 2

    Malawi: Little sachets of evil?

    The Malawian government is facing down pressure from civil society to ban the sale of cheap and potent sachets of liquor, which campaigners believe is …

  • Ghana

    Ghana: An uninspiring and lazy tax?

    The Ghanaian Finance Ministry has released a new raft of potentially unpopular tax measures aimed at boosting government revenues and reining in an unsustainable twin …

  • CF-Nigeria

    Nigeria: Belt-tightening time again

    The current slump in the price of oil in the global market has forced the Nigerian government to announce austerity measures aimed at cushioning its …

  • ANC-SA

    Beginning of the end for ANC?

    The African National Congress is facing political turmoil as cracks appear in the ‘tripartite alliance’ between the ANC, the unions and the Communist Party. The …

  • Mining

    Aluminium prices soar

    Indonesia’s ban on the export of raw bauxite, used to make aluminium, and the auto industry opting to use the metal instead of steel is …


    Air connections increase

    As members of the Somalia diaspora return home in growing numbers – emboldened by an improving security climate and apparent political progress, commercial air transport …


    Turkey’s bold gesture

    Without banging any drums, Turkey has been steadily expanding its presence in Africa and now has 36 embassies across the continent, including one in Mogadishu, …

  • Solomon Belay, director of the Entoto Observatory and Research Centre

    Ethiopia: Enters the space age

    Ethiopia has joined a handful of African countries that have space observatories and are developing space science seriously. There are several tangible and intangible benefits …

  • Moulay Hafid Elalamy

    15 CEOs to watch in 2015: Moulay Hafid Elalamy

    Moulay Hafid Elalamy, President and Founder, Saham Insurance; Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy, MoroccoInvestment and Digital Economy, Morocco Entrepreneur and politician Moulay …

  • Gachao Kiun

    15 CEOs to watch in 2015: Gachao Kiuna

    Gachao Kiuna, CEO, Transcentury, Kenya If anyone knows Kenya’s long-term prospects, it is Gachao Kiuna, who was the principal consultant on the McKinsey team that …

  • Daniel Matjila

    15 CEOs to watch in 2015: Daniel Matjila

    Daniel Matjila, CEO, Public Investment Corporation, South Africa A former mathematics professor, Daniel Matjila – known in the industry as “Dr Dan” – was a popular …

  • Issad Rebrab

    15 CEOs to watch in 2015: Issad Rebrab

    Issad Rebrab, CEO, Cevital, Algeria The chairman of Algeria’s largest privately-owned conglomerate, Cevital, Issad Rebrab is reportedly his country’s first ever billionare, with a personal …

  • Sifiso Dabengwa

    15 CEOs to watch 2015: Sifiso Dabengwa

    Sifiso Dabengwa, CEO and Group President, MTN Group, South Africa As the former head of MTN’s Nigerian unit, Sifiso Dabengwa understands well that the sources …

  • Ahmed Heikal

    15 CEOs to watch 2015: Ahmed Heikal

    Ahmed Heikal, Founder and Chairman, Qalaa Holdings, Egypt At Citadel Capital, now Qalaa Holdings, Ahmed Heikal has led the creation of Africa’s largest private equity …

  • International - UPU E-Commerce Forum

    15 CEOs to watch 2015: Sim Shagaya

    Sim Shagaya, Founder and CEO, Konga.Com, Nigeria There are few companies that so aptly embody Nigeria’s nascent technology potential as Konga.com. The e-commerce business, which …

  • CGI_Annual_Meeting_2013

    15 CEOs to watch in 2015: Tony Elumelu

    Tony Elumelu, Chairman, Heirs Holdings, Nigeria In August 2014, Tony Elumelu was appointed chairman of the UBA Group, marking a return to the bank where …

  • Sim Tshabalala

    15 CEOs to watch in 2015: Sim Tshabalala

    Sim Tshabalala, Joint CEO, Standard Bank, South Africa Standard Bank is probably Africa’s best-known financial brand, operating in 32 countries around the world, 19 of …

  • James Mworia

    15 CEOs to watch 2015: James Mworia

    James Mworia, CEO, Centum Investments, Kenya Still in his 30s, James Mworia started at the bottom rung at Centum in 2001, working as an intern …


    15 CEOs to watch in 2015

    Africa is, once again, poised for a year of strong economic growth in 2015. The International Monetary Fund forecasts that aggregate GDP growth will be …

  • FuneralMandela

    Top business stories of 2014

    Here are some of the highlights of African Business’s year, and its viewpoint on Africa’s industries and its personalities. Africa is changing fast, and once …

  • miningroundup

    Mining Roundup, 2014

    Mining Roundup, 2014 January In South Africa, some 70,000 workers at Lonmin (right), Anglo American Platinum and Impala Platinum go on strike demanding a doubling …

  • Lagos-State-Governor-Babatunde-Fashola

    Smart cities in a smart Africa

    As Kilamba Kiaxi in Angola has shown, other forms of new African city need to be developed with the local markets and local needs in …

  • Africa2014

    How well did Africa do in 2014?

    Last year African Business predicted that 2014 was going to be the tipping point for the continent. Africa’s growth in 2014 has continued to surpass …

  • China-Africa

    Urban African: The Chinese example

    While African cities are growing organically, the Chinese government consciously decided that urbanisation should be made a national priority in order to create a workforce …

  • WEF_Cover

    Time to challenge the global elite

    World Economic Forum co-chair Winnie Byanyima, the executive director of Oxfam, is ready to call corporate and business leaders to task on global issues of …

  • Miguel Azevedo

    African entrepreneurs go global

    African corporates need to look for global capital and expertise, and to build their local management capacity, writes Miguel Azevedo, head of investment banking for …

  • WEF_Davos1

    How to power a clean future

    Since September 2011, Dr Kandeh K Yumkella has led the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative. In this guest column, the former Director-General of UNIDO …

  • Discussion at the Wisdom 2.0 Conference. 14 February 2014.

    There are no shortcuts to nation building

    Global challenges often stem from local failures in governance, which require a huge social and political commitment to overcome, writes Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda. …

  • constructionworkers

    A 21st century approach to infrastructure

    Skills transfer, human capacity development and the creation of jobs are all central to developing an infrastructure industry in Africa that is economically and socially …

  • Eko-Atlantic

    Crunch time for African Cities

    The march from rural Africa to urban centres is relentless and accelerating by the year. Cities are both becoming denser as well as expanding outwards …

  • A silver lining to the oil cloud?

    I, Anver Versi, Editor, African Business magazine has just spent two and a half weeks on assignment in Angola where I was amazed at the …

  • 0jose antonio maria da conceicao silva

    Angola’s urban transformation

    Angola’s Minister for Urbanism and Habitat, Jose Antonio Maria da Conceiçao Silva , discusses his country’s ambitious undertaking to completely transform its urban landscape, with …

  • Sothebys African art sale Nov 11 2014 biggest ever free use (2)

    The Blossoming of African Art

    African art is all the rage nowadays. After being ignored for decades, both antique and contemporary African works of art are now commanding high prices …

  • protest against tolls

    For whom the bell tolls

    The government’s hopes that imposing tolls on Gauteng province’s expressway network would raise the funding needed to revamp the province’s roads have turned into ashes. Fierce opposition to the system seems to have united all, including the Gauteng ANC faction. Tom Nevin has the details.

  • Male Pharmacist

    Pharma chains on the way

    While pharmacy chain stores are a common sight on the high streets of the US, UK or Japan, they are few and far between in …

  • dreamstime_xl_25880411

    The battle for African generics

    According to Kenya’s State Bureau of Statistics, the country spent $450m on importing drugs last year. Unlike in many other industries, the cost of actually …

  • nigeria-ebola-1

    How Nigeria beat Ebola

    Nigeria has shown that with knowledge, rapid and coordinated interventions and painstaking follow-up, the deadly Ebola virus can not only be stopped in its tracks, …


    The economic impact of Ebola

    While it is still too early to be able to count the cost of the Ebola epidemic on the economies of the three West African …

  • bonds

    Danger ahead for African sovereign bonds?

    Lifted by yield-seeking foreign capital, African sovereign bond markets have boomed. However, as the market faces a possible cool-down, new research suggests that a downturn …

  • chian-copper

    China slowdown hits copper hard

    China imports around 40% of the global output of copper so any hint of a slowdown in the Chinese economy sends shivers of apprehension among …

  • Nigeria_Telecoms

    Poor quality mars Nigeria telecoms

    However, not all is totally rosy; operators, the regulator, the government and subscriber groups continue to puzzle over the causes of the poor quality of …


    Africa’s urban revolution

    The future of Africa, as it is in other parts of the world, is urban. In fact Africa has already 52 cities with a population of …

  • Young men surf the internet at a cyber c

    ICT in Africa: Focus now on broadband

    The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) predicted in a recent report that over 50% of the global population will have internet access within the next three …

  • 76747287_f4441c3fe8_o

    Dancing with the Russian Bear

    Has South Africa already entered into a $10bn nuclear deal with Russia? Mystery surrounds the cryptic announcements made by Russia’s nuclear authority and South Africa’s …

  • DSC_3846

    Angola: Constructing a new country

    In 2002, Angola emerged from almost 30 years of internal conflict. Since then, the nation has developed into one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies. Africa’s second-biggest …

  • Bob-Collymore-2

    Can M-Pesa travel outside Kenya?

    Launched in 2007, the M-Pesa mobile money service – introduced by dominant mobile operator Safaricom – is used by 70% of Kenya’s adult population, and …

  • dreamstime_xxl_13283022

    ICT in Africa: The future is brighter

    The telecommunications boom has truly arrived in Africa. The last decade has witnessed a period of huge growth, skyrocketing investment and crucial technological advancement in …

  • T0A7060

    ACET: A roadmap for transformation

    Its vision is that by 2025 “all African countries will drive their own growth and transformation agendas, led by the private sector and supported by …

  • dreamstime_l_35995507

    Operators selling off towers

    Since 2012, African mobile operators have been emulating others elsewhere in the world by selling off tower infrastructure to independent management firms, who then lease capacity back to the mobile companies. Report by Tom Jackson.

  • kaldi 3

    Ethiopia: Smell the roasted coffee!

    Raw coffee has traditionally been Ethiopia’s main export commodity but, as James Jeffrey, finds out, modern Ethiopians have acquired what seems an insatiable taste for …

  • 76747287_f4441c3fe8_o

    NTA TV leads the pack

    On a Saturday afternoon in a typical Lagos middle-class home, which is likely to have at least two television sets, the man of the house …

  • Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede

    Profile: Aig-Imoukhuede

    Nevertheless, Aig-Imoukhuede has enjoyed good rapport with the government, which had appointed him chairman of a presidential committee to probe the alleged scam in the …

  • Stock market display

    Aig steps into the breach

    When business mogul Aliko Dangote announced his intention to step down as president of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) earlier in the year, he took …


    Pensions boom sweeps Africa

    In May, Helios Investment Partners hit the headlines when the firm took a minority stake in ARM Pensions Managers, a $2.2bn subsidiary of Asset and …


    IIAG: Focus on governance

    The Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) is convinced that good governance and leadership are the keys to African economic, political and social development, Neil Ford reports.


    Kenya’s Ultra-Slim war

    It would seem that Kenya’s leading mobile operator Safaricom, has recently become a staunch advocate of SIM card security. This has come in the wake …


    Having your cake and eating it

    Achieving economic growth and prosperity while reducing climate change isn’t – contrary to popular opinion – a contradiction in terms, according to global research and …

  • -

    Kenya: Milking opportunities

    Just days after Africa’s dairy producers gathered in Nairobi to discuss the challenges that afflict the continent’s dairy sector, packaging giant Tetrapak released the results …

  • 1_Akinsola-Akinfemiwa1

    Nigeria: Return of the banking czars

    Two of Nigeria’s legendary bankers, Jim Ovia, founder of Zenith Bank Plc, and Tony Elumelu, the former chief executive of the United Bank for Africa …

  • Mozambique

    All systems on go for Mozambique LNG

    While new oil and gas production in Niger and Cameroon will be welcomed by their respective governments, there is nothing on the west coast of …

  • -

    Tanzania: Going nuts over cashew

       In October, thousands of small-scale cashew nut farmers in the southern and coastal regions of Tanzania will begin to harvest their crop and sell …

  • agriculture

    Climate smart, not climate change

    In Africa, climatic events have always been so significant that the older generations’ and rural communities’ recollections of stories place historical periods in climatic context. …

  • Uganda East Africa Community

    The pros and cons of EAC monetary union

    However, the concept of a currency union is, perhaps rightly, perceived as inherently flawed. How can separate countries with widely differing economic performances and different …


    Ghana: Bracing against Ebola syndrome

    So far, the disease has claimed over 2,000 lives in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and still counting. For a disease that spreads through contact, …

  • Aviation

    Ebola clips wings of high-flying ASKY

    On 20th July, as the full scale of West Africa’s Ebola crisis was slowly becoming apparent, a 40-year-old Liberian man took a routine ASKY Airlines …


    Will appetite for African sovereigns last?

    Despite predictions to the contrary, Africa’s sovereign bonds have been performing well and the appetite for them seems to be growing. But can this appetite for African sovereign debt be maintained or will it peter out as alternatives become more attractive? Peter Guest discusses.

  • Top Bank

    A steady year for African banking

    Banks grow and banks fail but some things always seem to stay the same. Standard Bank Group remains, as ever, the biggest bank in Africa. …

  • Ecobank_Branch_3

    Ghana: Competition brings out the best

    In the fiercely competitive banking industry in today’s Ghana, banks that fail to innovate or offer new products to their customers are finding themselves rapidly …

  • Mobiles in Africa

    Mobiles made in Africa

    Mint Electronics a subsidiary of the South African company Sekoko Holdings, which has recently taken a 75% share in CZ Electronics, is due to launch …

  • poverty

    The two faces of Africa

    This year’s Africa Progress Panel report presents a sobering view, contrasting Africa’s economic growth on one hand with persisting poverty on the other. It sets …

  • Press statement by Peter Lundberg Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator A.I.

    Nigeria is facing the worst humanitarian crisis on the African continent. Currently up to 400,000 children face starvation and citizens suffer with little or no access to clean water, health, protection, education and food security.

    As I complete my first few weeks as the Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator a.i., I want to assure the Government of Nigeria of the international humanitarian community’s commitment to working closely with the federal and state mechanisms to accelerate our collective response. I welcome the recent announcement of the Inter-Ministerial Task Force and High Level Humanitarian Coordination Group, as well as the Borno State Humanitarian Response Committee and look forward to seeing a tangible impact in the coming weeks and months.

    I appreciate all the humanitarian assistance provided by the government and the humanitarian community at large who face insecurity and access constraints to reach the millions in desperate need. Humanitarian organizations should continue to maintain neutrality, impartiality and independence and we will continue to work where security permits. Needs are currently higher than the response capacity and we must ensure that we have both access and resources to scale up our humanitarian support in the months to come.

    We are grateful for the generosity of the UN Central Emergency Response Fund and the continued contributions of the wider donor community. However, the Nigerian Humanitarian Response Plan for 2016, which requires US$484 for life-saving interventions, is less than 37 per cent funded. Without the means to respond, innocent boys, girls, women and men will die. The highest priority requirement for this response remains food security which is just 25 per cent funded.

    I welcome the increase in air capacity with a second UN Humanitarian Air Service helicopter, transporting humanitarian workers and life-saving assistance to areas still inaccessible by road.

    The attack on the humanitarian convoy on 28 July and more recent the suicide bombing in Maiduguri on 12 October serves as a stark reminder that we must not let down our guard in such a high risk environment. The security of humanitarian actors remains a top priority for the humanitarian community.

    I look forward to leading the international humanitarian community in forging stronger relationships with our host government, as well as international and national non-government organizations, to support their valuable work and assist them with the necessary structures and mechanisms they require to safely carry out their work. Indeed recent, albeit limited improvements accessing displaced populations has created the opportunity for the establishment of field-based humanitarian hubs in selected Local Government Areas and I see this development as a springboard to continued improvements in access to affected populations.

    Distributed by APO on behalf of Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

    Media files
    Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
    Download logo

  • Nova edição da Semana do Consumo Responsável

    Na semana de 25 e 28 de Outubro, a ONG Cabaz di Terra e seus associados realizam uma nova edição da Semana do Consumo Responsável; as atividades, organizadas no âmbito do projeto Mulheres+ financiado pela União Europeia, têm como objetivo promover o consumo consciente e responsável valorizando assim os produtos locais e a economia solidária como fator de desenvolvimento.

    A “economia solidária” é uma forma diferente de produzir, vender, comprar e trocar que pretende não explorar ou destruir o ambiente, reforçando dinâmicas de cooperação comunitária.

    A programação tenta valorizar a cultura guineense, em particular os produtos artesanais e tradicionais do país.

    Distributed by APO on behalf of Delegação da União Europeia na Guiné-Bissau.

    Media files
    Delegação da União Europeia na Guiné-Bissau
    Download logo

  • EU-African Union relations: joint communiqué of the AU Peace and Security Council and the EU Political and Security Committee

    On 25 October 2016, the African Union Peace and Security Council (AU PSC) and the European Union Political and Security Committee (EU PSC) held their 9th Annual Joint Consultative Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, as part of their regular dialogue within the framework of the Africa – EU partnership. The meeting was co-chaired by Ambassador Catherine Muigai Mwangi (Kenya), Chairperson of the AU PSC for the month of October 2016, and Ambassador Walter Stevens, Permanent Chair of the EU PSC. The Joint Meeting brought together  the Ambassadors of EU PSC and AU PSC Member States, Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, the Deputy Secretary General of the EU External Action Service, Ambassador Jean-Christophe Belliard, the Deputy Director General of the EU Commission (DEVCO) as well as Senior Officials from  the AU Commission, the EU External Action Service, the EU Commission and the EU Council Secretariat.

    The Joint Consultative Meeting was preceded by an informal Joint Retreat of the AU PSC and the EU PSC, held on 24 October 2016, which provided a platform for an informal exchange on countering terrorism, radicalisation and violent extremism, as well as on migration.

    Both meetings took place in a constructive atmosphere, facilitating substantial exchange and the convergence of approaches on different topics. The discussion during the Joint Consultative Meeting focused on conflict and crisis situations in Africa namely, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Somalia, Sahel/Mali, South Sudan, Burundi and Guinea Bissau, as well as the enhancement of AU and EU cooperation on peace and security issues and the support to AU activities in these areas.

    On the Democratic Republic of Congo, where both the AU and the EU are members of the support Group to the facilitation of Dialogue, the AU PSC and the EU PSC agreed on the need to avoid recurrence of violence. They acknowledged progress made with the Agreement signed on 18 October 2016 resulting from the Dialogue facilitated by Mr. Edem KODJO, the AU Facilitator for the National Dialogue in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This Agreement should pave the way to a more inclusive process with the Congolese political stakeholders who did not participate in the Dialogue, in order to broaden support for a peaceful roadmap towards elections in the country. The AU PSC and EU PSC stressed that the elections should be inclusive and transparent and that respect for the Constitution must be ensured, taking into account the provisions of the Agreement. They further called on the leadership and the opposition to seek necessary compromise for the peace, stability and democratic consolidation in the DRC as well as drew attention to the persistent insecurity in the east of the country.

    On the Central African Republic the AU PSC and the EU PSC, while acknowledging the impressive progress made by the Government in post-conflict stabilisation during the last three years underlined that the situation remains fragile. They agreed on the need for substantial reforms in CAR, in particular in the fields of Security Sector Reforms (SSR), Disarmament, Demobilization, the creation of integrated national army, DDRR,  reconciliation, as well as on the continued need for assistance from its neighbours and international partners. To this end, the upcoming Brussels Conference on CAR on 17 November 2016, co-chaired by HRVP Mogherini and CAR President Touadera, will b-e a key event in CAR’s attempt to secure stronger international support. The AU PSC and EU PSC welcomed the outcome of the 9th International Contact Group on CAR (ICG-CAR) held on 25 August 2016, which transformed the ICG-CAR into an International Support Group for the CAR and underlined the need for close coordination of efforts on the ground between the AU, EU and the UN.

    On Somalia, the AU PSC and the EU PSC agreed that a continued strong engagement to support the political process leading to democratisation and federalisation, and the fight against Al Shabaab, will remain the priorities for the AU and the EU. They also agreed on the need for the Somali leadership to adhere to the agreed electoral timelines and, equally important, to observe standards for a credible and legitimate process, including respecting the quota reserved for women. The electoral process should be a milestone towards a more democratic and federal state. The AU PSC and the EU PSC also stressed the need to progress on the security sector and to build sustainable national security architecture with balanced federal and regional forces that would allow AMISOM transition as agreed. They emphasized the need for timely support these efforts and in particular also the financial support to AMISOM. They also underlined the importance of visible peace dividends for the population of the liberated areas.

    On the Sahel/Mali, the AU PSC and the EU PSC expressed their deep concern with the increase in terrorist activities, in particular the spreading of terrorist attacks and violent extremism to the centre and south of Mali, as well as in the Sahel region as a whole, with a potential spill-over effect on the whole sub-region. They reaffirmed their commitment to supporting the implementation of the peace agreement and called on all the stakeholders, particularly the Mali Government and armed groups to ensure its effective implementation. Moreover, they agreed on the need to strengthen cooperation with the G5. The AU PSC and EU PSC underscored the importance of the Nouakchott Process, as a key platform for information sharing and coordination in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel. The AU PSC and the EU PSC commended the progress made by the Multinational Joint Taskforce (MNJTF) in combating the Boko Haram terrorist group and expressed their willingness to continue working closely together in further supporting the MNJTF in its efforts in combating terrorism in the Sahel. They also stressed the need to address the root causes of terrorism as well the tremendous humanitarian needs in the region. They took note of the proposal by the Sahel countries to mobilise a regional force to combat terrorism.

    On South Sudan, the AU PSC and the EU PSC expressed alarm at the deep crisis that the country continues to face on many fronts namely, security, humanitarian, political, economic and developmental. They reaffirmed their continued engagement in order to avoid an outbreak of renewed violence, especially at the end of the rainy season. To this end, the Transitional Government of National Unity should facilitate the immediate deployment of the Regional Protection Force, lift restrictions on operations of United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and all sides should ensure unhindered humanitarian access and respect international humanitarian law. The AU PSC and the EU PSC called for a more inclusive political process in the country. They were pleased that the AU Commission has started work on the Hybrid Court, transitional justice and reconciliation and healing, and stressed the importance of establishing other institutions for the promotion of healing, reconciliation and nation building as provided for in Chapter V of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, while reiterating the urgency of establishing this institution without delay. They welcomed the work of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission.

    On Burundi, while noting the AU PSC assessment during its visit to the country in June 2016, that the security situation has improved in the country, the AU PSC and the EU PSC expressed their continued preoccupation with the security situation in the country and encouraged efforts to continue improving it. They agreed to remain seized with the matter.  They also agreed that the East African Community (EAC) facilitation needs to succeed on the understanding that only an inclusive dialogue can bring a viable solution. The AU PSC and EU PSC commended the mediation efforts deployed by President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, the EAC Mediator and former President Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania, EAC Facilitator in the Inter-Burundian Dialogue. They expressed hope that the report of former President Mkapa, to the recent EAC Summit, and the response of Heads of State, can accelerate the process. They called on Government and opposition to engage genuinely in the Dialogue. Moreover, they agreed on the need for the full deployment of AU observers in the field, both civilian and military.

    On Guinea-Bissau, the AU PSC and the EU PSC welcomed the recent agreement on a consensual solution to the political impasse the country, and underscored the key role played by Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on this achievement. They stressed the need for all political actors in Guinea Bissau to engage in good faith to implement and take forward the agreement, including the installation of an inclusive government, in order to ensure stability, functioning institutions and economic recovery.

    And finally, on enhancing EU-AU cooperation on peace and security issues, the AU PSC and EU PSC renewed their commitments to enhance cooperation between both continents, with a view to consolidating peace where it has been restored. They underscored their determination to further deepen the existing partnership that aims at promoting peace and security and at preventing crises and conflicts, as well as providing support to peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction efforts on both continents.

    The joint consultative meeting concluded with a debrief by the AU PSC on the AU Peace Fund and the outcome of the Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union on Maritime Security and Safety and Development held in Lomé, Togo on 15 October 2016. They also received an update from the EU PSC on the Portuguese Presidency of the G7++ Friends of Gulf of Guinea Group with respect to maritime security issues.

    The AU PSC and EU PSC agreed to meet again in 2017 in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia and to undertake a new joint field trip in the region.

    Distributed by APO on behalf of Council of the European Union.

    Media files
    Council of the European Union
    Download logo

Join our mailing list

If you would like Independent, Informative and Invaluable news analysis on the African continent, delivered straight to your inbox, join our mailing list.

Help us deliver better content