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AU Commission Chairperson to donate South African of the Year Award winnings to Youth Education Foundation
October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma-1st Woman Chairperson of African Union Commission Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma-1st Woman Chairperson of African Union Commission[/caption] The African Union Commission Chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has announced that her winnings from the ANN7 South African of the Year (SATY) Award would be donated to the “Thusanani Foundation”, a youth-led education initiative based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The SATY 2015 Award to Dr. Dlamini Zuma came with an amount of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousands South African Rands, (ZAR 250,000), and equivalence of about USD 19,000. Dr Dlamini Zuma said her motivations for donating her SATY Award winnings to Thusanani Foundation is in line with her strong conviction to support the youth training and skills development. “If sustained progress is to be made on the development of our continent, especially in light of the realisation of Agenda 2063 – The Africa we want, we must embark on and support the skills revolution,” Dr. Dlamini Zuma said. “The Thusanani Foundation is a well-established, youth-based and led organisation, which is committed to promoting training, and education and bridging the education information gap between township/rural and urban kids”. Dr. Dlamini Zuma explained further. She went on to highlight the fact that the organisation was established by young people to meet the needs of other young people, concluding that “these are the sorts of actions and innovations I love to support because they are what Africa needs in order to march confidently into the future.” The Thusanani Foundation, with an objective to provide “a holistic approach to youth development”, was created in 2011 with a mandate to “break the cycle of poverty through ensuring access and success in institutions of higher learning and sector specific/industry related skills development.” They also offer career guidance, mentorship and advisory services, peer to peer life skills development, information relating to higher education funding opportunities, etc. The foundation targets students between grades 9 and 12 in South African township and rural high schools, as well as first and second year students in universities and technical colleges. They currently have partnerships with a number of South African Universities and other institutions of higher learning, including the Universities of Johannesburg and Witwatersrand. They have facilitated the enrolment of over 300 students in 10 institutions around the country, with over 180 enrolled in 2014 alone. Dr Dlamini Zuma already provides a standing contribution of R1000 to Thusanani Foundation each month. And her hope is that this ZAR 250,000 from the SATY 2015 Awards will be used as seed money to establish an Endowment Fund for the Thusanani Foundation. The ceremony to officially hand over the cheque to the Thusanani Foundation will be announced in due course. *APO]]>

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AfDB President discusses role of agriculture in Africa’s transformation with Ghanaian Head of State
October 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

adesina-dramaniAfrican Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina paid a courtesy call on Ghana’s President, John Dramani Mahama, in Accra on Friday, October 16. Discussions centered on challenges and opportunities for development in the West African nation. Adesina and Mahama cited agriculture as the game changer, with the ability to create jobs for young people, while at the same time ensuring food security. The AfDB President was in Ghana alongside World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and other development partners ahead of End Poverty Day, on October 17, for the launch of the regional report “Poverty in a Rising Africa” in Jamestown, Accra. Adesina also participated in a “Shared Prosperity Forum” at the University of Ghana, alongside Kim; World Bank’s Vice President for Africa, Makhtar Diop; and Nigerian businessman and philanthropist Tony Elumelu. *Source AFDB]]>

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AfDB launches African Economic Outlook 2015 report in Nordic capitals
October 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

ED-Tunnanen1The African Development Bank has just concluded three back-to-back African Economic Outlook 2015 information seminars in the Nordic capitals of Oslo, Copenhagen and Helsinki. The seminars followed an invitation extended to the Bank’s Development Research Department in June by a visiting Danish delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to launch the AEO 2015 report in the Nordic countries. The AfDB mission included Heikki Tuunanen, Executive Director for Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and India; Abebe Shimeles, Acting Director, Development Research Department; and Anthony Simpasa, Principal Research Economist, Networking and Research Partnerships. The first of the three events was held in Oslo on October 6, followed by Copenhagen on October 7, before concluding in Helsinki on October 8. The Bank team was joined in Denmark by Henri-Bernard Solignac-Lecomte from the OECD Development Centre, one of the partner institutions for the AEO. In Helsinki, the event was hosted jointly with the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UN-WIDER), while the Oslo seminar was held at the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs. All three events were attended by high-level government officials. In his keynote speech, Morten Høglund, the State Secretary of Norway, underscored his country’s commitment to Africa’s development, noting the Bank’s strong leadership in this process. Africa has made tremendous progress, but more needs to be done to translate the gains into meaningful development outcomes, especially employment creation for the youth, he said. In Copenhagen, Birgitte Markussen, Head of the Africa Department at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, lauded the strong partnership between the Bank and her country, noting that Denmark remains committed to promoting Africa’s development and will strengthen its collaboration with the Bank under the leadership of the new Bank President, Akinwumi Adesina. The theme of the AEO 2015 Report – “Regional Development and Spatial Inclusion” – could not have been more appropriate in addressing Africa’s spatial inequality, Sinikka Antila, former Finnish Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania, observed. Echoing opening remarks by Pekka Puustinen, Director General at the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Antila noted that African countries need a concrete development model such as the one outlined in the report and Finland provides some valuable lessons on best practices. Like many African countries, Tanzania has enormous development potential, she said, but this has not been fully exploited, due in part to the lack of a coherent development strategy and weak institutions. AfDB Executive Director Heikki Tuunanen explained that the Bank’s interventions can only be as effective as the strength of the countries’ political and governance institutions, and development interventions must be informed by evidence-based research. The Bank is therefore both a “Development Bank and a Knowledge Bank”, he emphasized throughout the tour of the three Nordic capitals. He further noted that the African Development Bank has one niche – “it is an African Bank working for Africa’s development” and three words – “Inclusive Green Growth”, sustainable growth that is good for the environment and is felt by all – define the Bank’s central mandate. In the presentations, the Bank team highlighted the profound impact of global headwinds and regional factors on African economies. In particular, falling commodity prices have had an economic impact, especially in commodity-exporting countries. This is likely to lower Africa’s growth in the medium-term. These problems have been compounded by China’s slowing growth, prolonged economic challenges in Europe and prospects of a rise in interest rates in the United States. Across Africa, pockets of conflict and poor governance could also hold back Africa’s growth in the medium-term. Participants also raised concern on the potential danger of a debt build-up in selected African countries facing macroeconomic imbalances such as sharp depreciations of their currencies. The key message arising from the report presentations was that regional development in Africa must be holistic in nature, addressing problems presented by changing demographic dynamics, including high youth unemployment and spatial inequality. Infrastructure development must be accelerated and local assets will remain crucial to addressing Africa’s localized poverty and inequalities.

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AU Commission Chairperson mourns the death of Benin’s former President Mathieu Kérékou
October 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Benin’s former President Mathieu Kérékou Benin’s former President Mathieu Kérékou[/caption] The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has expressed her condolences to the government and people of Benin following the demise of Benin’s former President Mathieu Kérékou at the age of 82 The death was announced on Wednesday 14 October2015.. In her message, the AU Commission Chairperson said she was saddened to learn of “the great loss of one of Africa’s elderly statesmen” and expressed her heartfelt condolences to President Yayi Boni and to the people of Benin, on behalf of the AU Commission and the African continent. President Kérékou ruled Benin for 30 years, after a 20-year one-party state reign and two democratically-elected terms in office. He stepped down from power in 2006, aged 72, after reaching the constitutional age limit to serve as President. He also gained respect as a mediator in a number of conflicts on the continent, notably in the peace process in Cote d’Ivoire, and as head of the Conseil de l’Entente, a body aimed at building closer links between the West African francophone countries of Benin, Togo, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso. Benin has declared seven days of national mourning following the death of its former leader.]]>

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AfDB President calls for enhanced partnerships to unlock Africa’s energy potential as G20 adopts Action Plan on Energy Access in Sub-Saharan Africa
October 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

photo_verybig_3031African Development Bank Group (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina delivered the special keynote address at the first G20 Energy Ministers meeting held in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, 2015. The meeting organized under the theme “Inclusive Energy Collaboration: Delivering on the G20 Principles” was officially opened by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey, under the aegis of Turkey’s current G20 Presidency. President Erdogan emphasized the role of public-private partnerships in attracting investments to solve the infrastructure challenges. In this regard, he stated that “the key issue is not financing, but earning the trust of the private sector”. In his keynote, President Adesina thanked the Government of Turkey for its vision and leadership in choosing energy access in Sub-Saharan Africa as a focus theme for the G20. He went on to underscore the critical role of energy access for Africa’s sustainable development, and highlighted the negative impact that the of lack of energy access is having for millions of Africans – children not being able to study with “over 90% of the primary schools not having electricity”; businesses and industry not being able to operate effectively or competitively; and 600,000 people – mainly women and children – dying every year from pollution because they don’t have access to clean cooking energy.” This situation is no longer acceptable for Africa, he told the Ministers gathered at the meeting. It is even less acceptable given Africa’s huge energy potential, both renewable and conventional, and with “Africa having an opportunity to lead a renewable energy revolution.” President Adesina stressed that “we must make access to electricity a democratic human right” and called on leaders to “take bold steps, think differently and act with a greater sense of urgency.” This is why the AfDB has launched the New Deal on Energy for Africa to fast-track universal access to energy. He commended the G20’s focus on energy access in Sub-Saharan Africa and the adoption of the Action Plan on Energy Access in Sub-Saharan Africa by the G20 Energy Ministers. The Action Plan outlines several critical areas for addressing the energy access: strengthening the policy and regulatory environment, the importance of technology development and deployment, the mobilization of investment and finance at scale, capacity-building, regional energy sector integration, coordination and collaboration. While highlighting the objective of the New Deal on Energy for Africa to fast-track universal access to energy by 2025, President Adesina reaffirmed the commitment of the African Development Bank to “work hand-in-hand with our partners to increase the level of aspiration and investment in Africa’s energy sector,” building on the success of key initiatives such as President Obama’s Power Africa Initiative and in the Bank’s capacity as host of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Africa Hub. The G20 Action Plan on Energy Access in Sub Saharan Africa will be an important contribution to the transformative partnership on energy for Africa that the Bank will be launching. *AFDB]]>

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AUC Chairperson Approves the Deployment of African Union Short-Term Observers (STOs) Mission to Guinea
October 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

AUElections_1The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has approved the deployment of the African Union Short-Term Observation (STO) Mission to the 11 October 2015 Presidential Election in the Republic of Guinea. The STOs will arrive in Conakry, Guinea on 4 October 2015 and will remain in Guinea until 17 October 2015. This STO Mission follows the AU Pre electoral Assessment Mission (PAM) organized from 6 to 15 August in the said country. The African Union Electoral Observation Mission (AUEOM) will be led by His Excellency Dileita Mohamed Dileita, Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Djibouti. The mission comprises thirty (30) Short Term Observers (STOs) from AU Member States and will be deployed throughout the country to follow the electoral process and to meet with government and electoral officials, candidates and political parties, civil society representatives and media to provide a critical assessment of the conduct of election. The Mission has the mandate to observe the Presidential Election in line with relevant African Union and international instruments such as the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, the OAU/AU Declaration on the Principles Governing Democratic Elections in Africa, the African Union Guidelines for Election Observation and Monitoring Missions, the International Covenant on Civil Political Rights (ICCPR), the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the 2005 Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation to which the AU is a signatory and the national laws of the Republic of Guinea. The Mission shall provide an objective, independent and impartial assessment of the conduct of the elections in line with the aforementioned international and regional best practices and standards. *AUC]]>

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Ambassadors briefed on Africa’s health policy direction
October 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pledge to support the 2016 Global Fund Replenishment efforts 200 (1)African Union Ambassadors meeting Friday were briefed on the progress in the implementation of AU health policy frameworks that are due to expire at the end of December and the next steps in achieving universal health access. The meeting comes in less than a week after world leaders meeting in New York adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that supersede the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The ambitious goals will address the unfinished business of health related MDGs and lay a solid foundation to put the world on a path to sustainable development and end poverty within an ambitious 15 years’ timeframe. “Sustaining health and education gains is key in our collective efforts to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals” said H.E. Daouda Diabate, Ambassador of the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire to the United States of America. Goal three of the SDGs seeks to  ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages. Ending the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by 2030 is one of the key priorities of the SDGs. “The international community has made remarkable progress since 2000 to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and tens of millions of lives have been saved. However the global community needs to continue to invest in lifesaving health programmes,” said President of the Friends of the Global Fund US, Deb Derrick. “Countries should remain committed to growing domestic health budgets in a time of limited international development resources,” she added. African Union Ambassadors pledged to advocate for the current efforts to have a fully funded Global Fund in the 2016 replenishment cycle. Close to 70% of the Global Fund resources support programmes in Africa. The AU representatives were briefed on the ongoing review of the Abuja Call and the AU Roadmap highlighting the critical milestones, remaining challenges and emerging issues in addressing health on the continent. In less than  a  decade access to  HIV  treatment  in  Africa  increased  more  than  100-fold. Approximately 10 million people are now on treatment.  New HIV infections and  AIDS-related deaths in Africa south of the Sahara declined by 33% and 30% respectively. Malaria incidence was reduced by 31% in Africa. An estimated 337 million malaria cases and 3 million deaths were averted in Africa. Malaria mortality rates have declined by 54% overall and by 58% among children. Africa’s TB treatment success rate reached 86% in 2013. In 2013 the case detection rate had slightly improved at 52%. Africa outpaced other regions in determining the HIV status of all people with TB. However Africa still confronts the world’s most acute public health threats. AIDS remains a leading cause of death in Africa, killing 1.1 million people on the continent in 2013, with an estimated 1.5 million new HIV infections. An African child still dies almost every minute from malaria. The TB response will need to reach about 1.3 million people in Africa. The meeting also provided a briefing on the recent Ebola pandemic that has brought to the fore the need for improved surveillance, international coordination and response, as well as the consequences of poorly- resourced national health systems. The African Union Support to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA) deployed the biggest contingent of medical and public health experts (855) from 18 countries on the continent. To be better prepared for epidemics in the future the January 2015,  24th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the AU in Addis Ababa endorsed the establishment of the Africa CDC. The Africa CDC will serve as a specialised technical institution of the African Union with a vision for a safer, healthier, integrated and prosperous Africa in which Member States can prevent disease, detect, and respond together to crises of public health importance. The Africa CDC will establish early warning and response surveillance platforms to address in a timely and effective manner all health emergencies and support public health emergency preparedness and response. The African Union spearheads Africa’s development and integration in close collaboration with African Union Member States, the Regional Economic Communities and African citizens.  AU Vision An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena. Created at the Abuja 2001 Special Summit, AWA is an Africa-led instrument to stimulate leaders into action and mobilize the resources needed to address AIDS, TB and Malaria in an effective, sustainable and accountable manner. Friends of the Global Fight works to end the worldwide burden of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. We educate, engage and mobilize U.S. decision makers to support the Global Fund, the world’s largest public health financier.. The Global Fund is a 21st-century partnership organization designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. Founded in 2002, the Global Fund is a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases. The Global Fund raises and invests nearly $4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in countries and communities most in need. *APO]]>

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Integrity in Development Projects: AfDB and SNC-Lavalin settle corruption allegations
October 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

downloadThe African Development Bank Group (“AfDB” or “Bank”) on October 1st, 2015, announced the conclusion of a settlement with SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (“SNC-Lavalin”). The settlement follows an inquiry supervised by the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department (“IACD”) of the Bank and pertains to contracts awarded to SNC-Lavalin International Inc. (“SNCLI”) on two AfDB-financed projects in Uganda and Mozambique. The agreement resolves allegations uncontested by the company of illicit payments ordered by former SNCLI employees to public officials in order to secure contracts. Under the terms of the settlement agreement the AfDB imposes a conditional non-debarment on SNCLI for a period of two years and ten months. Further, SNC-Lavalin will make a settlement payment of CAD 1.5 million to flow into support of activities and programs combating corruption on the African continent. In addition, SNC-Lavalin commits to maintain an effective group-wide compliance program, subject to review by the AfDB, and to cooperate with IACD. “The sanctions imposed under the settlement agreement reflect the level of cooperation provided by the company in the investigation of the matter,” says Anna Bossman, Director of IACD. “SNC-Lavalin has demonstrated that it has undergone significant changes in the past two years, continuously improving ethics and compliance in its operations under a new management. IACD believes in crediting such dedication to ethical business and is at all times willing to resolve amicably instances of sanctionable practices with companies that show a sincere commitment to integrity by collaborating in the resolution of allegations and enhancing their compliance regimes.” SNCLI was contracted in October 2008 to supervise the construction of the 66-kilometre road and bridge construction project between Marrupa and Litunde in Niassa Province, Mozambique. In December 2010, the company was awarded another contract by the Uganda National Roads Authority to supervise the upgrading of the 75-km Kazo-Kamwenge road running from Nyakahita to Kamwenge in Uganda. The Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department of the African Development Bank Group is responsible for preventing, deterring and investigating allegations of corruption, fraud and other sanctionable practices in Bank Group-financed operations. *Source AFDB]]>

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Joint Communique by the AUC, OSAA, ECA, and UNIDO-Africa Must Industrialize
September 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

200 (2)Africa has seen remarkable economic growth since the turn of the millennium. It has become the second fastest growing region in the world and continues on this path despite the persistent global economic slowdown. There is still need to accelerate annual economic growth to more than 7% to effect real economic transformative growth. To be sustainable and inclusive, this progress must now be accompanied by structural transformation, which remains the only option to lift the people of Africa out of poverty. To fully benefit from its rich natural resources and to reap the benefits of the demographic dividend, Africa must industrialize. Heavily investing in the training and education of women and youth is indispensable. In order to achieve inclusive and sustainable industrialization, we must embark on a skills revolution particularly in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goal 9 recognize the centrality of inclusive and sustainable industrialization for development. African leaders made a bold statement towards inclusive growth and sustainable development in their own Common African Position on the post-2015 development agenda and the African Union’s 50th Anniversary Solemn Declaration, culminating in the Africa Agenda 2063, and its First Ten Year Implementation Plan. Many African countries have already proceeded to formulate national strategies to take advantage of the current global momentum for fostering inclusive and sustainable industrial development. In this context, the African leaders attending the High-level event on “Operationalization of the 2030 Agenda for Africa’s Industrialization” called upon the international community to raise its financial support in line with Goal 9 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and to back industrial and infrastructural projects underpinning this development, especially as articulated under Aspiration 1 of the Africa’s Agenda 2063, which calls for a prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development. In particular, they called upon the private sector to recognize Africa’s export and domestic market potential, and invited foreign investors to substantively increase their commitments to the continent. They also called upon international organizations to provide industrial policy advice and technical cooperation programmes to enable African countries to implement their strategies and to forge stronger regional and inter-regional cooperation. They emphasized the urgency for all countries to promote structural transformation, technological change and innovation. Regional Economic integration, intra-African trade, increased foreign direct investment and official development assistance, and South-South and triangular cooperation will be fundamental pillars of this process. UNIDO’s new Programmes for Country Partnership, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the African Mining Vision and the Action Plan for the Accelerated Industrial Development of Africa (AIDA) are promising mechanisms for mobilizing multi-stakeholder coalitions to promote industrialization. As also witnessed during the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, and the adoption of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, emphasis should continue to be placed on inclusive economic growth and sustainable industrial development. Now that the world has adopted the 2030 Agenda, we invoke all stakeholders to join forces and form a new global partnership for its implementation, particularly for the most vulnerable countries in Africa, including for the LDCs, the LLDCs and the SIDs. We need to seize this historical moment and take substantial steps collectively to achieve the transformative agenda of inclusive and sustainable industrial development for the benefit of all countries and their populations on the continent. The AUC, OSAA, UNECA and UNIDO fully commit themselves to support Member States in their calling upon the General Assembly to pass in 2016 a resolution for a Decade of African Industrialization 2016-2025. *AUC]]>

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AUC Chairperson joins world leaders to commit to gender equality and women's empowerment
September 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (R) and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (L), head of the African Union Commission UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (R) and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (L), head of the African Union Commission[/caption] World leaders have voiced overwhelming support and committed to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment aimed at achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The African Union Commission Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, joined global leaders and delegates to make commitments at a meeting co-organised by UN-Women and the People’s Republic of China in the margins of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York. In her remarks, the AU Commission Chairperson said the AU places a central focus on achieving gender parity and women’s empowerment in its Agenda 2063. She pointed out that in Africa, the year 2015 is the year of women’s empowerment and development toward Agenda 2063. She noted that during the last Summit of Heads of State and of  Government, a Gender Scorecard was developed to track progress made in achieving gender equality. Dr. Dlamini Zuma committed to refining this tool in the future by including more indicators. The Chairperson noted that while Rwanda is leading the world with the highest number of women represented in Parliament, 22 countries have at least 30% of women in Parliament, while 14 countries have 30% of women ministers, with Cape Verde leading Africa with the highest representation of women ministers. During the gathering, Chinese President Xi Jinping, among others, announced a donation of $10million USD to UN-Women to finance development and training projects aimed at promoting gender parity and women’s empowerment. While leaders announced various contributions and donations, some of the world leaders expressed political will and determination in advancing the course for women’s empowerment and gender parity. President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya said progress for women is progress for us all, and the whole world stood to gain from gender equality. Holding 20 years after the Beijing declaration and platform for action to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, the meeting was attended by UN Member States, Non-Governmental Organisations, the private sector and partners. *APO]]>

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Cameroon ready to host the Pan African University Rectorate
September 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

200 (2)The Government of Cameroon has indicated its readiness to host the Pan African University (PAU) Rectorate, which is currently located at the AUC Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Minister of Basic Education Adjidja Yusufa Alim, made the revelation in a meeting with the President of the PAU Council, Professor Tolly S. Mbwette, and other PAU Rectorate staff, who were on a two-day official mission to Yaounde. The PAU team also held discussions with the Cameroonian Prime Minister and Ministers of Higher Education, External Relations, as well as State Property and Land Tenure, on the modalities of relocating the Rectorate to Yaounde, and on deepening cooperation between the Cameroonian higher education sector and the Pan African University. The PAU officials were led on a tour of the temporary Rectorate building in Yaounde and the site for the construction of the permanent Rectorate complex. Following the discussions, the two parties agreed on a six-month roadmap, which will lead to the final relocation of the PAU Rectorate to Yaounde. Cameroon was designated host of the PAU Rectorate by the January 2015 Summit of the African Union, following a competitive bidding process involving five Member States. In a similar development, officials of the Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology, the PAU Rectorate and a team of African academics have concluded a five-day curriculum review and development seminar at the PAU Institute for Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences (PAUGHSS) in Yaounde, Cameroon. More than thirty social science and curriculum experts from across Africa and the African diaspora were involved in the exercise, which sought to reformulate curricular for the existing Masters in Translation, Interpreting, and Governance and Regional Integration programs at PAUGHSS. The seminar was also intended to develop curricular for new PhD programs the institute plans to introduce in the 2015-2016 academic year, and to explore the pedagogic use of the UNESCO volumes of the General History of Africa, to revitalize the common African History module being offered at all PAU institutes. The experts emphasized the need to formulate African education curricular taking into account the African perspective, and embed the PAU’s programs with relevant courses that reflect the continent’s collective past and current development agenda. *APO/AUC]]>

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President Akinwumi Adesina appoints Dr. Sipho Moyo as Director of the Cabinet and Chief of Staff in the Office of the President, African Development Bank
September 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dr. Sipho Moyo Dr. Sipho Moyo[/caption] “It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. Sipho Moyo, a citizen of Zimbabwe, as Director of Cabinet and Chief of Staff in the Office of the President” said Mr Adesina.. Dr. Moyo graduated with a Masters in Development Economics in 1989 and PhD in Financial Economics in 1994, both from Howard University, Washington DC, USA. She has had an illustrious career in international development spanning over 22 years. Until her appointment, Dr. Moyo worked as the Executive Director of the ONE Campaign, an international civil society organization, where she distinguished herself by significantly growing the organization and mobilizing strong advocacy and support behind major development issues in Africa. Prior to joining the ONE Campaign, Dr. Moyo worked at the African Development Bank for twelve years from 1998-2010, where she worked variously as Resident Representative and Country Manager for Nigeria and Tanzania country offices, Principal Country Economist and Senior Economist. From 1992-1994 she worked as Economist and Financial Analyst of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Rome, and at the World Bank. “I am delighted that Dr. Moyo will be joining us. She brings extensive experience in development and solid understanding of multilateral financial institutions. Her extensive managerial experience, deep understanding of critical development issues in Africa, passion for people-oriented development, advocacy and ability to achieve results, will add great value to the African Development Bank and its community.” Dr. Moyo will assume office on November 1, 2015. *AFDB]]>

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