400,000 Nigeria children at “famine risk” as we approach end of the year

The report comes ahead of an appeal by Nigeria as part of the UN’s global Humanitarian Response Plan, which is due to be announced in Abuja on Friday. It is estimated that $1.2 billion is needed to deal with the humanitarian situation. The ongoing insurgency in north east Nigeria is one that has a documented history of intensified fighting between insurgents and the Nigerian government. The resultant violence has forced thousands of children to flee, searching for safety.Most of these children arrive internally displaced (IDP) camps either as orphans or with their parents, with stories and scars of the horrors experienced in a battle that has been going on for over seven years. The Nigerian authorities have been accused of negligence and concealing the scale of the problem.

December 02, 2016 12:19 UTC

Infant Milk Market in Middle East and North Africa will Hit at 13.5% CAGR by 2021 – Satellite Press Releases

The MENA infant milk formula market is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 13.5% in terms of revenue from 2015 to 2021, to account for US$ 4,219.3 Mn by 2021. The infant milk formula market is segmented on the basis of the region into GCC, North Africa and the Rest of Middle East. The growth of the GCC infant milk formula market is primarily attributed to the high presence of foreign infant milk formula manufacturers and rapid economic development in the region. The report provides detailed information about various market trends and offers analysis and insights into the potential of the infant milk formula market in the MENA region. Furthermore, the infant milk formula market is segmented on the basis of type into starting milk formula, follow-on milk formula, and toddlers milk formula.

December 02, 2016 06:15 UTC

What is behind the conflicts in the Arab world?

What is behind the conflicts in the Arab world? What is behind the conflicts in the Arab world? In the days of the Cold War it was Soviet-backed revolutionary regimes like Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Libya and Algeria versus primarily monarchical conservatives. The Saudi strategy, with its pervasive impact on the Middle East and the Muslim world at large, long made perfect sense. As a result, Saudi Arabia is both part of the problem and part of the solution.

December 02, 2016 03:37 UTC

Corrosion Protective Coatings & Acid Proof Lining Market: Middle East and North Africa Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment, 2016-2026

MENA Corrosion Protective Coatings & Acid Proof Linings Market TaxonomyThe corrosion protective coatings & acid proof linings market in MENA is segmented as follows:By Product TypeBy End-user IndustryBy CountryBy product type, the MENA corrosion protective coatings market is segmented into polymer coatings and rubber linings. Rubber linings segment in the MENA corrosion protective coatings market is further sub-segmented into hard rubber lining systems and soft rubber lining systems. By product type, the MENA acid proof linings market is segmented into ceramic & carbon brick lining, tile lining, thermoplastic lining. MENA Corrosion Protective Coatings & Acid Proof Linings Market Analysis by Product TypePolymer coatings segment is projected to expand at a CAGR of 4.9% over the forecast period. mena corrosion protective coatings and acid proof linings marketCountry AnalysisOn the basis of country, the MENA corrosion protective coatings and acid proof linings market is segmented into United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Morocco, Egypt and Jordan.

December 02, 2016 02:42 UTC

Reversing Africa’s Brain Drain with Research & Development

Brain drain or human capital flight is the emigration of highly skilled or well-educated individuals from a country or society. Africa has a well-documented brain drain problem that ranks as one of the worst in the world. The award among other things assures that young African researchers receive equal recognition for their work irrespective of where they live. Top Rwandan ICT professionals see the potential and realize that it is possible to pursue a viable career path without needing to leave the confines of their country. It has benefited from foreign direct investments, which seek to use the pool of skilled ICT manpower the country provides.

December 02, 2016 01:59 UTC

‘Daughters of the Dust' is Back in Cinemas Okayafrica.

When Daughters of the Dust debuted in 1991 it made history as the first feature film directed by a black woman filmmaker to be distributed theatrically in the United States. 25 years after its historic release, the movie re-emerged in the pop-cultural landscape thanks in large part to Beyoncé. The film had its premiere at Sundance 1991, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize and walked away with the festival’s Cinematography Award. (You may know the film’s prolific cinematographer, Arthur Jafa, from his work on Solange’s A Seat at the Table music videos.) It opens in a ton more theaters throughout North America as of today.

December 01, 2016 23:43 UTC

Startups Collaborate to Innovate in North Africa & Middle East – Voice and Viewpoint

Their words are especially important given that these startups are operating at the heart of the innovation crossroad. And a lot of this comes down to leadership qualities, leadership styles and leadership skills. Reem says developing young leaders and employees requires investing in education, but also empowering and guiding them in the workplace. Bahaa makes the point that investing in a company’s young leaders includes trusting them, even enough to let them fail, since so much can be learned from failure. While some large corporates might hesitate to work with startups and SMEs, there are several platforms to bridge that gap through organizations such as Wamda.

December 01, 2016 19:52 UTC

Morocco Denounces AU Commission Chairperson’s Lack of Neutrality

With this blatant anti-Moroccan attitude, Dlamini-Zuma, an ardent defender of separatism, shows disregard for the AU constitutive act and the organization’s common practices. Her tenure at the AU was an utter fiasco. French paper, Le Monde, recently published a whole report entitled, how Dlamini Zuma Messed up with the AU, asserting that she willfully led the AU to the abyss due to a lack of vision. It took her eight months and the tragic death of 2800 persons to organize the first emergency meeting of the AU. Last September, Morocco has officially submitted a request to accede to the African Union (AU) Constitutive Act, and therefore, become a Member of the Union.

December 01, 2016 18:49 UTC

Morocco, Second Trade Friendly Country in Africa

Morocco has gained three places in the Global Enabling Trade Report ranking as the second most trade friendly country in Africa. Morocco jumped in the report, issued by the World Economic Forum, from the 52nd place in 2014 to the 49th in 2016 coming ahead of South Africa (55th), Tunisia (91st), Egypt (116th), Algeria (121st) and Nigeria (127th). At the continental level, Morocco shows the way in terms of facilitating international trade as it came second, only advanced by Mauritius. The ‘Global Enabling Trade Report 2016’ — published by WEF and the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation — assesses the performance of 136 economies by way of Enabling Trade Index (ETI). At the international level, Singapore tops the ranking followed by the Netherlands and Hong Kong.

December 01, 2016 18:35 UTC

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December 01, 2016 18:19 UTC

The five point plan: France and US sign new letter updates Joint Special Operations mission on the Global War on Terror

Among this plan is to establish an agreement to facilitate a forward special operations center in the Middle East for the Joint Special Operations Command and its French, UK, Iraqi, and Jordan counterparts to conduct counter terrorism missions. The most telling attendee however and chief adviser to this agreement was none other than the head of U.S. Special Operations Command, General Tony Thomas. In regards to the Middle East, one could make the argument that co-locating special operations forces within Baghdad alongside the Iraqi Special Operations Command could be advantageous. As the clandestine cooperation continues to matriculate and mature, time will tell how effective this new era of special operations mission sets will be. One thing is for certain, the Islamic State organization is on the clock and the 11th hour is approaching.

December 01, 2016 17:03 UTC

Minister for North Africa statement on civil society in Egypt

Foreign Office Minister, Tobias Ellwood, said:Britain supports a strong civil society in Egypt. At a time of economic hardship, Egypt needs civil society more than ever. So I am deeply concerned that this legislation will be used to prevent Egyptians from contributing to their country’s future, and will create obstacles to international support to Egypt. It leaves Egypt further than ever from implementing the civil society freedoms in the Egyptian constitution. I have raised these concerns with Egyptian Parliamentarians who visited London this week."

December 01, 2016 16:55 UTC

World Humanitarian Summit - Regional Consultation for the Middle East and North Africa Jordan, 3-5 March 2015 - Co-Chair's Summary [EN/AR/RU/CH]

The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) regional consultation for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) was held at the Dead Sea, Jordan, from 3-5 March 2015. The meeting was preceded by preparatory stakeholder consultations with 1,230 individuals representing their wider constituencies. The WHS regional consultation for the MENA region focused on six key issues that emerged from the preparatory stakeholder analysis. These were Protection of Civilians, Humanitarian Access, Protracted Crises and Displacement, Emergency Preparedness, Localizing Humanitarian Response and Humanitarian Financing. A number of other issues will be considered in the course of further stakeholder consultations in the region.

December 01, 2016 16:51 UTC

Tunisia ushers in new economic era after raising $14bn

"Tunisians had to make sacrifices, but these are now bearing fruit," Chahed said at the end of the Tunisia 2020 conference. "Tunisia has successfully completed its democratic transition, it must now succeed its economic transition," said Mohamed El Kettani, the chairman of Moroccan bank Attijariwafa. Some pledges may be more solid than others, such as those of European institutions: $2.6bn from the European Investment Bank and $650m from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Despite the absence of the United Arab Emirates, Arab countries also made their presence felt. *The conference was organised by a consortium including the French investment bank Arjil, the Tunisian consultants COMETE Engineering, and the media group Jeune Afrique, which owns The Africa Report.

December 01, 2016 13:31 UTC

MidEast traffic stable, but North Africa stalls in first half

According to CiR data in cooperation with CAPA, the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region now accounts for over 5% of global passenger traffic and has doubled in size in the last ten years. However, in the first half of 2016 North Africa struggled to overcome severe flight restrictions to Egypt. “The Middle East strongly dominates the [MEA] region with 68% of pax,” says CiR. Almost half of international flights originating from within the MEA region have a destination within the region, followed by flights to Asia, Europe and Americas. INDIAN TRAFFIC FROM MEA +19%Reinforcing this, total Indian passenger traffic departing MEA rose +19% HY 2016.

December 01, 2016 11:17 UTC

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