On December 4, commencing at approximately 5:25 p.m. for around 30 minutes, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a foreign ministers’ meeting with H.E. Mr. Henry Rabary-Njaka, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Madagascar, who is accompanying H.E. In response, expressing gratitude for Japan’s support, Minister Rabary-Njaka stated that he agrees with the points Minister Kono raised, and he hopes to further strengthen the long-standing friendship between the two countries. Minister Rabary-Njaka also expressed his intention to promote Madagascar’s economic reform and social stability placing Japan as a role model. Minister Rabary-Njaka also expressed understanding for Japan’s position on the abduction issue.
December 07, 2017 12:45 UTC
But it was only when CNN broadcast a video in mid-November of a slave auction of African migrants in Libya that the world took note. Those images, evoking a ‘despicable trade … from another era’ as African Union (AU) chairperson Alpha Condé put it, made slavery the unofficial but real theme of the 5th AU-European Union (EU) summit in Abidjan on 29 and 30 November. Around 80 heads of state and government from the 83 states gathered to discuss their joint interests. The official theme, ‘Investing in Youth for Accelerated Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development’, was upstaged by the crisis of the day. Several urgent meetings were held on the margins of the summit – involving the AU, EU, UN and the governments of Libya, France, Germany and others – to try to draft an appropriate response to the outrage.
December 07, 2017 10:07 UTC
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is poised to take over as the new leader of the ruling party after receiving endorsements from an overwhelming number of ANC branches for the December 16th conference scheduled to hold at Nasrec expo centre in Johannesburg. A look at the nomination tally shows that he was nominated to succeed scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma as the leader of the ruling party by 1,860 ANC branches, while 1,330 backed his main rival Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Obviously, this edge means he has taken the lead in the race, although ANC nominations don’t conclusively show who will win an election. Despite Ramaphosa taking the lead the election, his toughest challenge is that ANC’s two biggest regions – KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga – are supporting Dlamini-Zuma. These two provinces would be sending the most delegates to the conference, making it unclear if Cyril will win at last.
December 07, 2017 09:33 UTC
More than 4,000 construction industry professionals including architects, contractors and developers are expected to take part in the second edition of The Big 5 Construct North Africa which kicks off in Morocco next year. Almost 3,000 Moroccan construction professionals visited the launch event earlier this year, sourcing innovative construction products from over 170 exhibiting companies. For its second edition in Casablanca, The Big 5 Construct North Africa 2018 will bring even more international suppliers, featuring thousands of innovative solutions and products for the Moroccan and North African construction industry, said the organisers. Dubai Exports’ Muhamed Almheiri, who was at the debut expo, stated that The Big 5 Construct North Africa was indeed an excellent opportunity for building mutually beneficial business relations. According to Kazi, for the first time, The Big 5 Construct North Africa 2018 will feature five events under one roof.
December 07, 2017 09:00 UTC
The new Kivu Security Tracker will map violence by armed groups and Congolese security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern Kivu provinces, Human Rights Watch and the New York University-based Congo Research Group said today. The joint project will monitor the worst violence in North and South Kivu provinces through maps, graphs, and analytical reports. “As civilians suffer alarming attacks in eastern Congo, the Kivu Security Tracker will provide policy makers, journalists, activists, and others with an innovative new tool to better understand the violence,” said Ida Sawyer, Central Africa director at Human Rights Watch. The Tracker records violent incidents by armed groups and members of the Congolese security forces, both in armed conflict and political violence. “Levels of displacement in Congo today are higher than ever recorded,” said Jason Stearns, director of the Congo Research Group.
December 07, 2017 09:00 UTC
The legendary forward was held up as the man to emulate for young Moroccan players. Work hard, take the risk to go abroad and try rugby at a higher level, and maybe you could do what Benazzi did. I was young and focused on the rugby.”So what was is it like for a North African in French rugby? If you come and take someone’s place and do better than a French guy, sometimes they don’t accept it. “I have some Tunisian friends who came for rugby, some Moroccans.
December 07, 2017 08:15 UTC
Interview with Mauritanian human rights activist Biram Dah AbeidToday in Mauritania, children are still being born into slavery. It is the most prevalent and most extreme expression of Arab racism in North Africa, says human rights activist Biram Dah Abeid and it is time to consign it to the past. Human rights protesters are continually being arrested or thrown into prison. There was an Arab slave trade, but ethnic groups such as the Fula and the Tuareg were also involved. In 2013 he received the United Nations Human Rights Award for his commitment to their cause.
December 07, 2017 08:05 UTC
African startups have been invited to apply for the Norway-based Katapult Accelerator, an impact-tech programme that offers startups hands-on assistance and US$150,000 in funding. Applications are open until December 15 for the Katapult Accelerator, which is looking for startups using artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and virtual reality (VR) technologies to solve environmental and societal challenges. Selected startups will receive US$150,000 in return for eight per cent equity in the business, and will be given access to hands-on training and mentorship over the duration of the programme. Kenyan startup Sky.Garden was one of the 12 startups selected to join the last cohort of the Katapult Accelerator. Sky.Garden is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform for mobile commerce that is built specifically for African businesses.
December 07, 2017 06:45 UTC
Less than 30 per cent of African e-commerce startups are profitable, as ventures tackle issues such as lack of funding, shortage of trust and logistical difficulties. Yet fewer than 30 per cent of startups surveyed in the researching of the report said they were profitable, while funding for e-commerce startups has also proven inconsistent as investors are scared off by the long wait for returns. Nigeria emerges as a stand-out leader for e-commerce on the continent, with 40 per cent of Africa’s e-commerce ventures located in the country. “It is evidently extremely fashionable to launch e-commerce startups in Africa, with platforms emerging in a variety of niches across the continent. The full list of 264 African e-commerce startups is also being made available.
December 07, 2017 06:00 UTC
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December 07, 2017 04:30 UTC
The cause of human trafficking is certainly widespread poverty, unemployment, recession and poor infrastructure hampering small and medium scale businesses. And Libya being a transit country has now become the African slave 'market'. Little wonder the African Union the other day called on Libyan authorities to investigate the "slave markets" of black Africans operating in that nation. Obviously, human trafficking is an international humanitarian crisis across Africa and should not be treated with kid gloves. For those victims still in Libya, the authorities there should reassess migrants' detention conditions and make them more human-friendly and habitable.
December 07, 2017 04:18 UTC
Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem further isolates the US on the middle east peace process and destroys the credibility of US mediation efforts between the Israelis and Palestinians. King Mohammed VI, Chairman of the Al-Quds (Jerusalem) committee, expressed “deep concern” regarding Trump’s decision. Jordan and Egypt, two countries maintaining diplomatic ties with Israel, voiced their outright rejection of Trump’s decision. Pope Francis called for the preservation of Jerusalem’s “identity” in the wake of Trump’s decision. The French, UK and German governments all joined their voice to global condemnations of Trump’s decision stressing the need for a consensual solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
December 07, 2017 01:18 UTC
Abductions of foreigners — with ransoms paid by Western countries — are AQIM's most lucrative source of funding, the center noted, with illegal drug trade becoming increasingly important. By 2012, AQIM vaulted to the top of al-Qaeda's table of richest branches solely by "vast sums it obtained through ransoms," Fanusie and Entz noted. From 2008-2013, AQIM netted $91.5 million from just seven abduction payments from governments — including those of Austria, Spain and Switzerland — and a state-run French company, FDD noted. "The U.S., in collaboration with European partners, should support better governance by Sahelian countries and encourage wealthy nations to stop paying ransoms. Degrading AQIM's financing starts with a strict enforcement of a ransoms ban," Fanusie and Entz wrote.
December 06, 2017 23:17 UTC
‘Steps to Christ’ is available in Arabic, Farsi, Turkish, Kurdish, and French[Photo credit: Middle East and North African Union]Although Steps to Christ is one of Ellen White’s well-known books among Adventists around the world, it is a still a new book to some Adventists in the Middle East and North Africa Union (MENA) territory. “I first read Steps to Christ when I was 17 years old,” said McEdward. MENA executive committee members and staff celebrated the presentation of Steps to Christ on November 20 as the special book for the 2018 spiritual revival initiative in the Middle East and North Africa territory. Nearly all church members in MENA will be able to read Steps to Christ in their mother tongue. The plan is that church members read a chapter a day and share the book with others.
December 06, 2017 22:30 UTC
Egypt and Morocco have moved swiftly to censure a controversial decision by the United States recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, warning that the move will offend cultural and religious sensibilities and provoke unnecessary tensions in the Middle East.A Foreign ministry statement released in Cairo on Wednesday said the adoption of such unilateral resolutions is contrary to international legitimacy and will not change the legal status of Jerusalem as being under occupation and the inadmissibility of any actions that would change the status quo in the city. Moroccan King Mohammed VI, in his capacity of Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee of the International Islamic Conference, on Wednesday dispatched a letter to UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, expressing deep concern over US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and its decision to transfer the American embassy there. “We sent you last July, in our capacity as Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a message about Israel’s actions in the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Al-Quds, in an attempt to denounce the violation of the resolutions of the international legality related thereto “, part of his statement said. He warned that any violation of the recognized legal and historical status of the holy city, important to Jews, Muslims and Christians is likely to exacerbate religious and sectarian conflicts, while undermining international efforts to create conditions conducive to the resumption of peace talks and jeopardize the chances for peace.
December 06, 2017 21:11 UTC