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APO - Africa-Newsroom: latest news releases related to Africa
  1. Minister of Health launches Breast and Cervical Cancer policies

    The Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi will this week launch two critical cancer policies namely, Cervical and Breast Cancer policies aimed at addressing high mortality caused by these cancers, management of the condition as well as improve the quality of life of women in South Africa. 

    Breast and Cervical cancers have been identified amongst the leading cause of deaths among South African women, especially women aged 30 years and older.

    While the Cervical cancer prevention and control policy will assist to prevent the disease by promoting healthy lifestyle and provide Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, the Breast cancer control policy will focus on breast cancer awareness, early detection, treatment and care. The implementation of both policies will provide clinical support for women, who are both at risk of developing the disease later in life and currently undergoing treatment to survive and live healthy lives.

    The Department of Health is working on a 10-year plan to equip hospitals with the necessary facilities to care and support patients with cancer in an effort to address the Hospital Service Equity and accessibility for women.

    The Cervical Cancer prevention and control Policy will enable the introduction of new screening technique called liquid-based cytology which is an improvement from papsmear technique and is more comfortable and produce reliable results.

    The Breast cancer control policy will allow women who are diagnosed early to have access to treatment such as Trutusumab which will prolong life if treatment is completed and minimise the recurrence of the disease women.
    The media is invited to the launch as follows:
    Date: Friday, 25 August 2017
    Venue: Frere Hospital (Eastern Cape province), Cheltenham Road; East London
    Time: 10:00 - 12:30

    For more information go to:
    Follow us on: Twitter: @HealthZA; Facebook: ZA; Instagram: health_ZA 

    RSVPs: Howard Kgoa, 076 876 9247 or 076 374 0314.

    Distributed by APO on behalf of Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information.

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  2. Strategic Decisions Emerge from the 37th Ordinary SADC Summit for Heads of States and Governments

    Following two days of deliberations during the 37th SADC Summit for Heads of States and Government, numerous strategic decisions have emerged expecting to lead to new actions for the benefit of member states of the region.

    During the meetings, President Danny Faure made several interventions focusing on priority areas of strong interest to Seychelles. These include supporting the admission of the Union of Comoros in SADC, HIV/AIDS, the drugs scourge, and the industrilisation process of the region to bolster its economic growth.

    One the first day of the Summit Heads of States discussed the socio-economic situation in the region, the performance of the SADC economy, gender and development, and food security in the region.

    The final day of the Summit saw further discussions on important decisions relating to the admission of the Union of Comoros into the SADC Family, African Union Institutional Reforms, and as a conclusion the Summit's Communique was unanimously adopted.

    Namibia was elected Vice-Chair of SADC and declared that they will host the Summit in 2018.

    Distributed by APO on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles.

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  3. Africa Property Investment (API) Summit & Expo 2017 Presenting a New Chapter for African Real Estate

    A new reality for the African real estate industry, which has faced a number of geo-political and economic challenges over the last few years, is starting to emerge, and investors and developers have already started to look into how they can best redefine this new property landscape.

    Key Questions Covered in Press Conference:

    1. Leonard Michau, Head - sub-Saharan African Operations at Broll Property Group

    Once the darling of African real estate, the sentiment for West Africa has been largely negative over the last two years- is this narrative changing and can we expect Nigeria and Ghana’s real estate markets to start growing again?

    1. Bronwyn Corbett, Chief Executive Officer, GRIT Real Estate Income Group, Mauritius

    Grit recently completed a successful USD121 million capital raise. What are new and existing equity providers looking for and is their profile changing? Is there still appetite from London, Europe and the far east and are African pension funds becoming more accessible?

    1. Selwyn Blieden, Head of CPF Coverage: Rest of Africa - Barclay's Africa group (CIB), South Africa, Barclays Africa Group (CIB), South Africa

    Which sectors are providing the most promise of growth and sustainability? How do the LTV’s differ cross sector and what assets are lenders finding most defensive?

    Where: Online

    When: Thursday, August 24 at 11:00 GMT+2 (Time converter:    


    • Leonard Michau, Head - sub-Saharan African Operations at Broll Property Group
    • Bronwyn Corbett, Chief Executive Officer, GRIT Real Estate Income Group, Mauritius
    • Selwyn Blieden, Head of CPF Coverage: Rest of Africa - Barclay's Africa group (CIB), South Africa, Barclays Africa Group (CIB), South Africa

    Why: API Summit & Expo 2017 Presenting a New Chapter for African Real Estate

    Language: English

    How it works: This service is FREE and only requires a computer connected to the internet. Request accreditation here:

    Conference Overview

    The Africa Property Investment Summit and Expo (API) is Africa’s largest and most premier real estate event. It connects the most influential local and international Africa property stakeholders, driving advancement and investment into a wide range of real estate and infrastructure projects and developments across the continent. Under the “Developing Africa’s New Reality” the API Summit & Expo 2017 will focus on the following:

    Key themes:

    1. African real estate investment and development models realigned
    2. The move towards convenience retail malls
    3. Increasing influence of Pension Funds
    4. Debt restructuring and renegotiation of leases
    5. Lowering of company and construction costs
    6. Effective project delivery and mitigation of in-country risks
    7. Alternative debt and equity funding
    8. The importance of urban design, land registry and valuations in shaping the African cities of tomorrow

    Key Topics:

    1. The new terrain: African real estate investment realigned
    2. Insider’s guide to construction costs & procurement in Africa
    3. Cracking the code: capital raising & new debt for African real estate
    4. The seismic shift: African pension & sovereign fund capital moving from stock markets to real estate investments
    5. Cameroon: Africa’s new hotspot?
    6. Designing for density and overcoming the overcrowding issue: How can African cities become more economically dense — not merely crowded?
    7. Expansion, retreat or entry: where to next for Africa’s retailers?

    Key Speakers:

    1. Derrick Roper, Chief Executive Officer, Novare Equity Partners, South Africa
    2. Peter Rotich, Pensions Administration at TelPosta Pension Scheme, Kenya
    3. Louis Deppe, Partner, Actis Africa Limited, South Africa
    4. Peter Maila, Investment Director, CDC Group, UK
    5. Somik Lall, Global Lead for Territorial & Spatial Development, World Bank, United States of America
    6. Paul Onwuanibe, Chief Executive Officer, Landmark Group, Nigeria
    7. Maurice De Villiers, Divisional Director, Real Estate Development, Woolworths, South Africa
    8. Archbishop Anthony Muheria, Archdiocese of Nyeri & Apostolic Administrator of Kitui & Machakos Dioceses, Kenya
    9. Thapelo Tsheole, Chief Executive Officer, Botswana Stock Exchange
    10. Mike Collini, Vice President: Development, Sub-Saharan Africa, Hilton Worldwide

    Distributed by APO on behalf of Africa Property Investment (API) Summit & Expo.

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  4. Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry

    On August 21, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, who is in Moscow on a working visit.

    During the meeting, Sameh Shoukry delivered a personal message from President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

    The talks were held in the traditional atmosphere of openness and confidence, which informs the nature and substance of the overall Russian-Egyptian political dialogue. The parties confirmed the intention of Moscow and Cairo to continue active interaction on international issues and to strengthen the multidimensional and mutually beneficial cooperation between Russian and Egypt.

    There was an in-depth exchange of views on a wide range of issues on the regional and international agendas, with emphasis on the need to combine efforts to promptly resolve the crises in the Middle East and North Africa, including Syria, Libya, and Yemen. Considerable attention went to the problems related to the joint fight against terrorism and extremism, and prospects for creating a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. The prospects of reviving the Palestinian-Israeli settlement process were also discussed.

    While discussing key bilateral issues, the emphasis was on stepping up practical efforts to expand trade, economic and humanitarian cooperation, including preparing and organising the corresponding Intergovernmental Commission session in Moscow this September.

    Distributed by APO on behalf of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

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  5. IDEP strengthens capacities of African public officials in agricultural policy

    From 24 July to 4 August 2017, the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) organized a course on Agricultural Policy for African public officials.

    The course gathered 27 participants from the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa, Chad, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Swaziland, Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

    Among the 27 participants were two participants from regional institutions, namely the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

    The course aimed at providing training on agricultural policy with a view to strengthening and/or renewing the knowledge and capacity of African policy makers, including senior managers, negotiators, advisors, planners and analysts, to meet the core challenges of growing the agricultural sector as a central engine of national economic development and social policy.

    In doing so, the course exposed participants not only to the current state of knowledge and the comparative lessons which are available to Africa, but also to some of the best practices that serve as relevant examples of how an integrated and comprehensive agricultural policy regime has been used to promote economic transformation and social well-being.

    The course raised awareness for Africans to improve the terms of trade for African agricultural exports, and have a watchdog attitude regarding new issues centering on oligopolistic controls exercised by major corporations in the global seed market, the introduction of genetically-modified crops, the sustainability of the environment, and the increased interest of international financial speculators in international agricultural markets.

    The modules presented emphasized agricultural policy which is fit for the challenges faced by African countries and that must capture the complex inter-connections between domestic and global processes in order for durable national development to be delivered through the mobilization of the opportunities offered by the agricultural sector.

    Mr. Simon NJOE (OIC), on behalf of IDEP Director, Mrs. Karima BOUNEMRA Ben SOLTANE, recalled the importance of the topic with the example of the ECOWAS Agricultural Policy (ECOWAP), adopted by the ECOWAS Heads of States, as an instrument for the coordination of the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP).

    He also informed the audience that IDEP has now commenced in earnest its additional method of course delivery on an e-Learning platform, with specific mention to the on-going partnership with the UN Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR). He informed the participants that the e-Learning course on the ERA (Economic Report on Africa) 2017 titled ‘Urbanization and Industrialization for Africa’s Transformation’ had been launched with a commencement date of 23rd October 2017 and invited those interested in the course to register for it.

    At the closing ceremony, Mr. Modou MBOUP, the Technical Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment in the Government of Senegal who chaired the session on behalf of the Minister, reiterated the position that “Africa hosts a huge spectrum of suitable agro-climatic conditions that allow a broad range of diverse agricultural production. In addition, Africa still has vast arable lands, water and a young labor force. However, our countries are still importing large quantities of agricultural and food products that can be produced within the continent.”

    Dr. RUGUBE, the Course Director, underlined the interactions between participants by mentioning that the group was very conversant with the subject matter. He exhorted them to add value to the mix experience and practice so as to come up with very good policies for their respective countries.

    The diplomatic corps present at the closing ceremony, unanimously agreed on the need to strengthen the partnership between African countries and to financially support IDEP in its mandate to assist member States build their human resource capacities as a necessary prerequisite for promoting socio-economic development.

    Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

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