The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), which is convening its 137th General Assembly in St. Petersburg, Russia, has approved Morocco’s proposal to include on the agenda an emergency item on the ongoing humanitarian crisis of the Rohingya, Burma’s Muslim minority. The Moroccan proposal, supported by Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh, Kuwait, Iran, Sudan and Turkey, won 1,027 votes, according to the official news agency MAP. The 1,700 MPs participating in the IPU Assembly welcomed the proposal because of the suffering, persecution, discrimination and displacement endured by the Rohingya minority. A statement from the Moroccan House of Councilors, which is represented at the IPU General Assembly, had announced that the Moroccan delegation made a proposal in the framework of a discussion on the theme: “The fight against violence and discrimination against the Rohingyas in Myanmar: Inter-Parliamentary Union”. “The choice of this theme by the Moroccan Parliament confirms the Kingdom’s constant position with regard to the humanitarian crisis faced by the Rohingya minority in Myanmar,” the statement had stressed.
October 17, 2017 18:22 UTC
Rystad Energy: Northwestern Africa leading exploration activityBy Aatisha Mahajan on 10/17/2017OSLO -- Conventionally, African exploration has been focused in Nigeria, Egypt and Libya; most other frontiers were either underexplored or not explored at all. Exploration efficiency clearly highlights that overall exploration was a success in both East and West Africa. From 2013 to 2014 most of the discovered volumes in Africa were uniformly distributed between East, West and North Africa. All the major discoveries, like Ahmeyim and Yakaar, come from Senegal and Mauritania in North West Africa with operators including Kosmos Energy and BP. Thus, we can conclude that in the last couple of years, considerable value has been added through exploration in North West Africa as compared to the rest of Africa.
October 17, 2017 15:00 UTC
Morocco’s steady commitment to combat illegal immigration and terrorism were highlighted at the G6 meeting of the interior ministers of Spain, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and Poland. The participants in this meeting, attended by Morocco as guest country, commended the North African country’s contribution to curbing illegal migration and its important role in safeguarding regional stability and security. Morocco, which was represented at the meeting by Interior minister, Abdelouafi Laftit, was described as a reliable and credible partner who has a key contribution to Mediterranean security. The meeting was also an opportunity to showcase Morocco’s achievements in countering illegal migration and human trafficking as well as the Kingdom’s counter-terrorism strategy. Speaking at the event, Spanish Interior minister, Juan Ignacio Zoido, stressed the depth of bilateral ties with Morocco saying that the North African country is key to Spain’s efforts to address illegal immigration and counter terrorism.
October 17, 2017 10:41 UTC
Morocco’s education ministry is set to ban niqab at schools because it deems that the dress hinders communication and obstructs the achievement of pedagogical aims. The Moroccan press reported that the decision comes after several female teachers were given warnings to remove the full-face cover. Last January, Moroccan authorities have warned tailors and vendors of niqab and burqa to cease manufacturing and selling the full veil garment for security reasons. Several criminals have also used the burqa to perpetrate crimes including thefts. This dress was imported into Morocco from the Middle East in the late 1990s along with extremist ideologies alien to Moroccan society and the color-loving couture that is inherent to Moroccan costumes.
October 17, 2017 10:30 UTC
On Thursday, 12 October the annual MBA Tour hosted and featured top business schools from North America and Europe, where individuals saw top business schools which included: UPenn Wharton, Columbia, Chicago Booth, Toronto Rotman, and more. We had representatives from business schools that conducted specific talks, panels, and presentations which all gave insight on the importance of studying abroad and how this can benefit individuals. In 2014 alone, some of South Africa’s leading business schools recorded high registration numbers for prospective students enlisting for a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). The MBA Tour also emphasised that studying abroad is not something that is impossible and completely out of reach. We are looking forward to seeing how many South Africans seize the opportunity and enrol following this tour,” concluded von Loesecke.
October 17, 2017 10:18 UTC
The persistence of political and social unrest in the Arab region have become the main drivers of poverty. In Yemen, more than 50% of the population live in extreme poverty, whereas this malaise now affects around 1/3 of Libya’s population. Refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons in the region experience extreme poverty in a way unbeknownst to them hitherto. Depletion of resources, desertification and water scarcity are indiscriminately affecting countries in the Middle East and North Africa. It has given rise to an ecological crisis affecting the livelihood of millions of people and forcing people to flee.”He concluded stating that addressing the multidimensional elements of poverty in the Arab region requires adopting a holistic approach addressing the root-causes of extreme poverty in the Arab region.
October 17, 2017 09:22 UTC
Africa-Europe pipeline gas exports see small riseExports of pipeline gas from North Africa to Europe rose by 0.8% week on week in Week 41, to 862.7 MMcmExports of pipeline gas from North Africa to Europe rose by 0.8% week on week in Week 41, to 862.7 MMcm.
October 17, 2017 08:37 UTC
Duncan Goldie-Scot does not have the profile of a typical investor in African tech startups. I began to learn about microfinance, attended some training sessions and worked on a project in Nigeria,” he told Disrupt Africa. It seemed like a good idea to try to introduce M-Pesa to microfinance so in 2007 I set up an NGO to provide technical assistance to microfinance institutions in Kenya to use M-Pesa” Goldie-Scot said. As a result investor interest in African tech startups is growing, “albeit from a low base”. “It takes a huge amount of time and effort when they would rather be running their businesses,” said Goldie-Scot.
October 17, 2017 06:00 UTC
Floods displace hundreds of Angolan familiesFrom PEDRO AGOSTO in Luanda, AngolaLUANDA, (CAJ News) – ANGOLAN residents have been dissuaded from occupying high risk areas after heavy rains destroyed over 100 houses north of the country. The rains have pummelled the Malanje Province where hundreds of families are now displaced. “Some families insist on building in high risk areas,” Bernardo lamented. Angola, Southern Africa’s biggest country by size, has suffered a series of floods in 2017. At least seven people were killed and 700 homes destroyed in the Luanda Province in March.
October 17, 2017 05:15 UTC
London — Women in the Middle East now outnumber men in universities but this isn't translating into jobs - curbing the benefits of the "demographic dividend" that fuels economic growth. The demographic dividend refers to an acceleration of economic growth as the working-age population expands relative to the non-working-age. But without enough women, its impact will be muted in the Middle East, experts say. In parts of the Middle East, change is already happening. "Without a greater and equitable engagement of women, the demographic dividend will remain an elusive objective," it said.
October 17, 2017 03:56 UTC
It’s not every day that you find “Sahara” trending on Twitter accounts in Ireland and England, but Monday was no ordinary day as thousands of people marveled at skies turned orange and yellow, and a sun turned a striking red. People described “surreal skies” and a daylong eerie scene in London, where parts of the city grew dark as night in the middle afternoon. “Today the sky and sun had an incredible orange glow,” the UK Meteorological Office said in a short explainer video. The dust traveled with Ophelia, a major Category 3 hurricane found unusually far east and then north in the Atlantic before transitioning to a powerful post-tropical storm. Some 360,000 people were reportedly without power as Ophelia headed north and into Scotland.
October 16, 2017 18:56 UTC
By Alaattin DogruANKARAA delegation representing media in North African states visited Anadolu Agency’s headquarters in the capital Ankara on Monday. The program aims to develop cooperation among media organs and exchange views on Turkey’s foreign policy issues with various institutions and organizations. The delegation was welcomed by Anadolu Agency’s International News Editor-in-Chief Faruk Tokat at the Editors’ Desk. Tokat also responded to the questions of the delegation after briefing the delegation about Anadolu Agency’s principles of journalism, its future projects and the agency’s international operations. Emphasizing his pleasure over the delegation’s visit, Tokat stated that he is closely following the developments in the region and that the agency has a strong team in North Africa, especially in Tunisia.
October 16, 2017 17:48 UTC
ANC Leadership Race – With less than two months to go to the ANC’s make-or-mar elective conference, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma received an overwhelming support from the North West region over the weekend. The North West region publicly announced Dlamini-Zuma as its preferred presidential candidate over the weekend during its general provincial council, making it the first province to do so. In all fairness, Nkosazana’s campaign ship is doing wonderful but unverified reports from some ANC insiders have it that Zuma camp plans to replace her at the eleventh-hour with ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize. Mkhize is said to have since received President Zuma’s blessings and that he would be officially presented as his preferred choice after being prepared for the task ahead. Read Also: Ayanda Mabulu Humiliates Zuma And Dr. Dlamini-Zuma In Latest PaintingOther ANC presidential hopefuls include the party’s treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize, Minister of Human Settlements Lindiwe Sisulu, ANC national chairperson and speaker of parliament Baleka Mbete, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, and former ANC treasurer-general Mathews Phosa.
October 16, 2017 17:37 UTC
– Morocco-Algeria tensions –Western Sahara is the only territory on the African continent whose post-colonial status has still not been resolved. Located on the Atlantic coast, the Western Sahara covers 266,000 square kilometres (103,000 square miles). In 1979, Morocco took control of most of the Western Sahara after Mauritania gave up its part of the territory. A UN mission, MINURSO, has been in place since 1991 to oversee the ceasefire in Western Sahara. On August 16, former German president Horst Koehler was named new UN envoy to Western Sahara.
October 16, 2017 16:41 UTC
It is thought that either Cyril Ramaphosa, the current Deputy President of South Africa or President Zuma’s ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma would emerge the next President of South Africa. Over the weekend, the Deputy President was nominated by the Western Cape Gabby Shapiro branch to be the next ANC president. He’s vowed that all corrupt SA leaders will run and hide in holes if he gets to be in charge. The Deputy President was addressing a gathering at Durban’s Curries Fountain Stadium when he pointed out corrupt SA leaders have bedevilled the country and restricted its economic growth. “All those who are corrupt are going to run to hide in a big hole because we are going to be hunting them down,” he said.
October 16, 2017 15:33 UTC