Hisense Laser TV shines at the Kremlin

MOSCOW, Dec, 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hisense, an official sponsor of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, today saw its innovative and versatile 100″ Laser TV bring the Final Draw for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ to life at Moscow’s iconic Kremlin. As a proud sponsor, Hisense will engage in various global marketing and advertising activities for the competition […]

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Indonesian National Population & Family Planning Board (BKKBN) to Develop Initiatives, Accelerating Access to Family Planning, Family Development, and Population Management Programs

JAKARTA, Indonesia, Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The 14th International Inter-Ministerial Conference on Population and Development (IIMC) launched on November 28-29, 2017 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Around 250 participants from 26 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, gathered at the event to exchange experiences in population, reproductive health and family planning. The outcome includes the Yogyakarta Declaration: […]

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President concludes working visit to 5th AU-EU Summit

President Jacob Zuma has concluded his working visit to CAte d’Ivoire where he attended the Fifth African Union-European Union Summit in Abidjan.

The Presidency said on Friday there was a unanimous view from the leaders of both regions that there was an urgent need to change the nature of relations between the AU and EU from one of dependency to a new partnership of interdependence that addresses Africa’s development challenges and contributes to shared prosperity between the two regions.

Leaders from both regions raised the view that in order to strengthen relations, it is essential to assess and review the relationship between the two regions.

According to President Zuma, fundamental changes were needed because there is a common view that the relationship, which is evolving from a donor-recipient model, is largely benefiting European countries and that can no longer be sustained.

A number of leaders from both regions agreed that the continued underdevelopment of Africa and conflicts in certain part of the continent were, to a certain extent, the result of the history of our uneven relationship.

Therefore there was an urgent need to fundamentally transform the structure and content of our relations into a new meaningful and mutually beneficial partnership that will particularly benefit the youth and women, the President said in a statement issued after the talks.

Libyan migrants

President Zuma used the summit to express repulsion at the violation of the rights of African migrants who are unlawfully detained, abused and auctioned in Libya.

He condemned this gross violation of human rights in the strongest possible terms and the summit agreed to work together with authorities in Libya to urgently curb the practise.

We unanimously agreed that the Libyan government should immediately institute investigations on this matter and publish the report. We also agreed that the two regions and the United Nations will study that report and if there are any challenges or discrepancies, these institutions will have to intervene immediately.

The summit called on the international community to urgently provide financial, material and technical support for the efforts of the AU Commission, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the countries whose nationals are stranded in Libya, to facilitate the return of migrants who wish to be repatriated.

President Zuma said South Africa was of the view that there was a need for both regions to swiftly address the underlying factors that force migrants to flee their countries including conflicts, underdevelopment, poverty, unemployment and a lack of economic opportunities in Africa

South Africa-EU Strategic Partnership

On a national level, the summit gave new impetus to the South Africa-EU Strategic Partnership, especially as it is the 10th anniversary of the partnership.

To enhance this strategic partnership, President Zuma held a bilateral meeting with the EU Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, on the side-lines of the summit.

The two leaders agreed on the need to strengthen the partnership. Our meeting with EU Commission President was very successful and we agreed that we will hold a South Africa-EU Strategic Partnership summit early next year in Europe as the last summit was held in South Africa in 2013.

South Africa’s political and economic relations with the EU are strong and cordial and the President hoped that next year’s summit will further reinforce and cement relations.

United Nations Security Council

Furthermore, Pretoria used the summit to lobby the EU to support its campaign to get a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council next year.

It would be South Africa’s third turn on the peace and security decision-making body since 1994S if the lobbying is successful.

Pretoria was a non-permanent member of the Security Council in 2007 and 2011.

African Union leaders further used the summit to lobby the EU countries to support Africa and other regions’ call for the transformation of the United Nations structures for the benefit of all member states, not the few, and also to change the nature in which the UN is operating, particularly the Security Council.

Africa has been a driving force for representation at the UNSC, arguing for the right to permanent representation on an equal basis, including the right to veto � which is presently reserved for the existing five permanent UNSC members: Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States

South Africa further used the summit to enhance strategic economic and diplomatic relations through various engagements at the summit and during events held on the side-lines.

President Zuma was accompanied by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Bulelani Magwanishe.

Source: South African Government News Agency

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News in Brief 30 November 2017 (PM)

South-South expo draws to a closeRepresentatives from southern hemisphere countries have underscored their commitment to strengthening partnerships and cooperation to achieve global development goals.That’s the outcome of this week’s Global South-South…

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SA participates in AU Trade Ministers’ meeting

Trade and Industry Minister, Dr Rob Davies, is in Niger where he will participate in the 4th African Union (AU) Ministers of Trade Meeting, which gets underway today.

Progress made in the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) negotiations will be among the issues that the two-day Ministerial meeting will consider, which gets underway in Niger’s capital Niamey.

Friday’s meeting in the West African country was preceded by the 8th CFTA Negotiating Forum and a meeting of Senior Trade Officials.

The CFTA negotiations were launched during the 25th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government on 15 June 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The decision of the summit constitutes an attempt to fast�track the establishment of the African Economic Community (AEC) and to harness the benefits of an integrated and fast-growing African market of more than one billion people.

The aim of the AEC is to promote economic, social and cultural development as well as African economic integration in order to increase self-sufficiency and endogenous development, and create a framework for development, mobilisation of human resources and material.

Meanwhile, the third meeting of the AU Ministers of Trade held in Niamey, Niger, in June 2017 adopted the Modalities for Tariff Negotiations and the Modalities for Trade in Services Negotiations.

Earlier, Minister Davies said this will facilitate the exchange of tariff and services offers, as well as the finalisation of the CFTA Agreement. The Minister also emphasised the importance of enhancing intra-Africa trade and investment, and regional economic integration through the CFTA.

Minister Davies reiterated that South Africa is committed to a coordinated strategy that will boost intra-Africa trade and build an integrated market in Africa that will see a market of over 1 billion people and approximately US$2.6 trillion.

President of Niger Issoufou Mahamadou was mandated, during the 28th Ordinary Session of the African Union Heads of State and Government, to champion the process of the CFTA negotiations.

Source: South African Government News Agency

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