AU Commission Chairperson concludes official visit to Belarus

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A bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Belarus, signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, holding talks with the Board Chairman of the Belarus National Bank and delivering a lecture at the University of Belarus. These are highlights of the maiden official visit of the African Union Commission Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma to Belarus. The visit took place from 21-24 April 2016.

In her meeting with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus, H.E. Andrei Kobyakov, the AU Commission Chairperson made a case for greater collaboration and cooperation between Africa and Belarus. She recalled the historic relationship that existed during the days of the Soviet Republic, and invited the Government of Belarus to create favourable conditions for Belarusian businesses to invest Africa at national, sub-regional and continental levels.

“We will never forget the support that Africa got during that time,” said Dr. Dlamini-Zuma. “That is why today we are urging the people of Belarus to invest in Africa as it implements its 50-year development plan, Agenda 2063.”

In line with a clear strategic direction, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the AU Commission Chairperson, Dr. Dlamini Zuma and the First Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of Belarus, Mr. Mikhnevich. Following the signing of the MoU, they agreed to put establish a working group to identify specific project areas of cooperation, based on Africa’s Agenda 2063, the 10-year implementation plan and the 12 flagship projects.

The Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Dr. Elham Ibrahim, who was part of the Chairperson’s delegation, would lead the working group from the Africa side.

Areas that would benefit from immediate cooperation include agriculture and agro-processing, transport, energy, ICT infrastructural and industrialisation projects of continental regional and continental reach.

“Belarus has no oil, no gas, and the weather isn’t always good. But we have the head and the hands that we have used develop expertise in the areas of agriculture and agro-processing, energy generation through wind, sun, wood and nuclear,” the First Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister said.

The same views were shared by the Chairperson’s delegation when they met separately with the Belarus Minister of Industry; the Chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technology; First Deputy Minister of Architecture; and the Chairman of the Board of the National Bank of Belarus.

Dr. Dlamini Zuma highly appreciated the involvement of the Banks at this early stage, given that Financing is often one of the principal challenges raised in international business transactions.

After meetings with Government officials, the AU Commission Chairperson also delivered a lecture at the University of Belarus, focusing on Africa’s Agenda 2063. The lecture was characterized by a lively and interactive discussion between the Chairperson and students.

It was agreed that a MoU would be signed between the Pan African University and the University of Belarus to facilitate, among others, the training of students but also the transfer of technology.

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Ted Cruz decisively wins Wisconsin state primary

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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has decisively won the Wisconsin state primary, US media project.

In the Democratic race, US media have projected that Bernie Sanders will score a victory over Hillary Clinton in the Midwestern state.

Mr Trump leads the Republican race, but there are concerns that he could fall short of the number of delegates needed to secure the party’s nomination.

Mr Trump’s rivals have pinned their hopes on a contested convention.

Source: BBC

HAPPY VAL’S DAY

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On every 14th February, the entire world celebrate the day as a day of love.

All About Africa wishes all wonderful readers a Happy Valentine Day.

Lets remember to show love to everyone especially to the less privileged.

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World Toilet Day: Open Defecation in Ghana has not ended

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World Toilet Day (WTD) is a United Nations (UN) observance, on November 19, to take action. It is a day to raise awareness about all people who do not have access to a toilet despite the human right to water and sanitation.

The purpose of World Toilet Day is to raise awareness about the lack of sanitation in parts of the world (especially in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia where access to improved sanitation is very low), and to encourage the policies that increase sanitation access among the poor.

The World Toilet Organization (WTO), have promoted World Toilet Day for years; hence, In 2013, the United Nations(UN) officially recognized November 19 as World Toilet Day in a bid to make sanitation for all a global development priority. It deemed the practice of open-air defecation as “extremely harmful” to public health.

According to United Nations (UN), the provision of proper toilets could save the lives of more than 200,000 people in the world. The countries where open defecation is most widely practiced are the same countries with the highest numbers of under-five child deaths, high levels of under-nutrition and poverty, and large wealth disparities.

“Equality and Dignity” is the theme of World Toilet Day 2014; thus, the campaign will inspire action to end open defecation and put spotlight on how to access improved sanitation.

Ghana began marking the day in 2009 even when the United Nations (UN) had not officially recognized to celebrate such day.

Last year’s commemoration brought together government institutions, the private sector, NGOs, Development Partners, children and youth of Ghana to discuss and build consensus on issues of sanitation in Ghana.

This situation of open defecation has been in existence for a very long time and still going on in this 21st century: with the aim of celebrating World Toilet Day, intensive campaigns to provide more toilet facilities to put an end to such activity are embarked upon.

Moreover, over one billion people defecate in the open due to lack of proper toilet facilities. Having to defecate openly infringes on human safety and dignity. Women and girls risk rape and abuse as they wait until night falls because they lack access to a toilet that offers privacy.

However, the situation has become very appalling upon which young people are losing their lives as a result of defecating near a big gutter or in a bush at night where wild animals can cause harm.

People especially those in the rural areas are suffering due to the absence of toilet facilities or few toilets facilities serving more people in an area.

Read this (Man dies during “free range” http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/regional/artikel.php?ID=332414)

After pondering on the existence of the WTD celebration and the ongoing open defecation activity, these questions came to mind: “What is the significance of celebrating World Toilet Day? What are the strategies or measures government is putting in place to end open defecation as far as the WTD is concerned?”

Open defecation can end when the government together with NGOs concerned engage in a massive project to construct more toilet facilities to each household in the country especially to those in the rural areas.

In addition, more seminars and public education must be organized to involve all the citizens on sharing ideas on how to provide possible means to ensure proper sanitation in the country as part of celebrating the World Toilet Day.

I think the media should give more publicity on the celebration to create the awareness to the public to also observe such a day by keeping the environment including the toilets clean and avoid open defecation to ensure sanitation in the country.

 

Written by Dorcas Aba Annan

Authors Dairy: A message to all the Youth to mark #InternationalYouthDay

Today we have the largest generation of youth the world has ever known. Young women and men should be in the driver’s seat of the world’s future; it will be their responsibility before we know it. As stated by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, they are the first generation that can end poverty, and the last generation that can act to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

It is essential to have the voices and actions of young women in the forefront of whatever we do.

Young people around the world – especially girls and young women – have been disproportionately affected by economic crises and recession. Globally, over 73 million youth are unemployed, and young people are three times more likely to be jobless than experienced workers and professionals. And despite some progress, girls and young women continue to face gender-based discrimination in all walks of life.

We want a world where young women and men are provided with equal opportunities and the necessary means to flourish. And we work every day with thousands of young women and men to achieve this goal. Empower Women enables young women and men to raise their concerns, advocate for change, learn new skills, share their stories, inspire and be inspired.

In celebration of today’s International Youth Day, we dedicate this newsletter to the voices and actions of young women and men as they come together to empower women and girls.

Source: EmpowerWomen

July 4 is Independence Day in USA: The one essential, exceptional, indispensible nation

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I’m proud to be an American because we have done something no other great nation in the history of the world has done – we have used our great power not to enslave others, but to enable them.

I am proud because America is exceptional for many reasons: for our constitution, our melting pot culture, our classless society, and because we, from our earliest days, have been the world’s land of opportunity.

But it’s more than just our unique history, or geography, or resources, or system of government.

It’s more than our ethnic diversity, our melting pot culture, or the land of opportunity, or our constitution that enshrines individual liberty.

We are exceptional also because we have built into our national DNA the ability to reinvent ourselves both individually and as a society, socially as well as economically.

Written by : K.T. McFarland

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Happy Independence to all our American readers.

Long Live United States of America

Long Live Americans

Enjoy your Day

World News: South Korea records 9 new infections after MERS cases shoot up to 50

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Nine more infections with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) were reported Saturday in South Korea, sending the total number to 50 since the first case was identified on May 20, the health ministry said.

Among the new cases, three contagions occurred in Pyeongtaek St. Mary’s Hospital where the patient zero, called super spreader, infected more than 30 people, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

The first patient had been admitted to the hospital in Pyeongtaek, about 60 km south of capital Seoul, for three days from May 15.

Five new cases were those who stayed at the emergency room of Samsung Medical Center in Seoul on May 27 or May 28 together with the 14th infectee.

It raised fears for the spread of the MERS virus in Seoul with a population of more than 10 million through the hospital.

The total number of people infected at the hospital reaches seven, including a doctor who allegedly had contact with thousands of unspecified individuals.

The Seoul metropolitan government said on Thursday that the 38- year-old doctor joined an event, attended by 1,565 people, and strode down the street in Seoul under suspected conditions of MERS infection.

The 14th infectee, who came to Seoul on May 27, was hospitalized at the Samsung Medical Center’s emergency room, where the infectees had contact with the 35-year-old man.

The man had been staying at the Pyeongtaek St. Mary’s Hospital along with the patient zero.

The ninth case was confirmed on Friday after contacting with the 16th infectee at an unnamed hospital where the tertiary infectee’s family were hospitalized together with the 16th infectee.

Source: Spy Ghana