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  1. Seychelles represented at the 17th Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)

    Ambassador Claude Morel, Foreign Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs attended the 17th Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) held in Durban, South Africa on 18th October 2017.The Meeting was chaired by Hon. Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Foreign Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, as the new Chair of the Association. 

    The meeting was held under the theme “Uniting the Peoples of Africa, Australasia and the Middle East Through Enhanced Cooperation for Peace, Stability and Sustainable Development” and was represented by the 21 member states and 7 dialogue partners of the IORA.

    The meeting witnessed the official handing over of the two-year Chairmanship of the IORA from Indonesia to South Africa and handing of the Vice Chairmanship from South Africa to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Member States extensively praised the leadership and vision of Indonesia, the Outgoing Chair, who elevated the Association through a Leaders Summit in March 2017. Sincere appreciation was also expressed to Ambassador K.V. Bhagirath (India) who completes his second terms as Secretary General and oversaw substantial growth and change. Member States welcomed the appointment of Dr. Nomvuyo Nokwe (South Africa) as the Incoming Secretary General, who will commence in early 2018. To note that Dr. Nokwe was the former South African Ambassador accredited to Seychelles. 

    Ambassador Morel’s statement highlighted several important priority areas of the Association such as the importance of the Maritime Safety and Security to safeguard the security of the Indian Ocean region to ensure the prosperity of the region and beyond. The importance of Climate change was also touched upon as well as the Blue Economy concept which the IORA is giving more and more importance to and has called for the creation of a working group on the Blue Economy. Ambassador Morel ended his statement by reiterating Seychelles commitment to work closely with the secretariat, member states, dialogue partners and stakeholders of the IORA with the aim of achieving sustainable economic growth and development in the Indian Ocean rim.

    The Ministers issued the Durban Communiqué which, among other issues, emphasized the importance of the Jakarta Concord and the IORA Action Plan for 2017 – 2021 which was adopted at the Leaders’ Summit held in Indonesia last March.During the meeting, Member States also shared updates on upcoming initiatives including Ministerial Conferences on Renewable Energy (New Delhi, 8-9 December 2017) and on Women’s Economic Empowerment (Mauritius, 26-27 February 2018), as well as the launch of the Journal of the Indian Ocean Rim Studies. Countries made generous contributions to implement the Action Plan, including Australia, India and South Africa. Dialogue Partners also expressed their willingness to support IORA, noting significant support from Germany to strengthen expertise in climate change and disaster risk management.

    Ambassador Morel on behalf of the Ministry of Industry, Entrepreneurship Development and Business Innovation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Governments of the Member States of the IORA for the promotion of small and medium enterprises (SME).The aim of the MOU is to provide an appropriate platform to IORA SMEs to interact with each other, participate in trade fairs, facilitate buyer-seller meetings and visits of delegations, acquire appropriate technology and explore trade and investment opportunities. 

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

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  2. Note to the Correspondents from UNSMIL’s Spokesperson on the Joint Drafting Committee Meetings

    The meetings of the Joint Drafting Committee of the House of Representative and High Council of State demonstrated progress towards the finalization of the amendments to the Libyan Political Agreement. Bilateral and trilateral meetings with the UNSMIL team, as well as internal consultations within the delegations over the past two day succeeded in bringing both sides a step closer.

    A convergence of views emerged in the Committee on the separation of the executive authority into a Presidency Council and a ministerial cabinet. The competencies and responsibilities of each body were, for the most part, identified. The Committee also agreed on the size of the Presidency Council – limited to three members, their decision-making processes and their nomination criteria.

    More technical work is still required to further refine the outstanding texts. The Joint Drafting Committee will resume its session at UNSMIL today to bridge the few remaining gaps.

    Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

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  3. Italian contribution to the Somali Red Crescent Society

    “I have arranged through the Italian Cooperation Service for the emergency funding of 300,000 euros to the Federation of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent (FICROSS) to at least partly alleviate the tragic consequences of the terrorist attack in Mogadishu a few days ago” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano.

    “The Somali Red Crescent Society will be able to use this money from Italy to provide medical care to those injured in the attack,” added the Minister. Central Mogadishu was hit by a terrorist attack on 14 October last, killing 327 and injuring over 400. “Italy wishes to show its support to all the families of the victims and the injured,” concluded Alfano.

    Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy.

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  4. Africa Trade and Investment Global Summit 2018

    Prominent African and international business executives and investors to explore business opportunities at the Africa Trade and Investment Global Summit (ATIGS) (; a prestigious biennial conference and exhibition to be held on June 24-26, 2018 in Washington, DC, USA.

    Organized by GAA Exhibitions & Conferences (, the 2018 ATIGS edition will gather 2000-plus key economic players from more than 70 countries including government delegations, high-profile African leaders, project developers and international investors on June 24, 25 and 26, 2018 in Washington, DC. Designed to promote and facilitate international trade between Americas, Asia, Europe, United Arab Emirates and Africa, the 3-days event will provide a unique platform to gain strategic knowledge about local investment opportunities and business networking. 

    “Sub-Saharan African trade volumes are expected to quadruple by 2030. African markets are firmly on the radar of major investors and international trade as they hold many untapped opportunities for investors, exporters and companies. ATIGS aims to create an environment conducive to exchanges. It will allow participants to connect with key players to get their projects off the ground and expand their activities in Africa.” said Bako Ambianda, Director, GAA Exhibitions & Conferences. 

    Over 150 speakers, 160 exhibitors and 350-plus global investors and deal making will top the agenda at ATIGS 2018, covering 16 economic sectors particularly manufacturing, agribusiness, power, construction, transportation, IT, tourism, telecoms, and natural resources sectors. High-potential projects in Africa will be presented to international investors. Featured agenda items will include projects showcase, deal marketplace, exhibition, country presentations, and among others.

    ATIGS consists of 13 specific events including bilateral events, US-Africa Manufacturing Forum, UAE-Africa Business Forum, Africa-China Economic Forum, EU-Africa International Business Congress, and more under the umbrella of World Business Week on Africa, strategically positioned between the 27th World Gas Conference with over 12,000 delegates, and the 2018 Select USA Investment Summit - with over 1,200 global business investors, given ATIGS delegates more opportunity in June 2018. 

    Interested companies are invited to register to attend or exhibit, and receive regular information via the following website 

    Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Africa Trade and Investment Global Summit.

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  5. World Population Scientist descent to Cape Town to consult on population issues to advance policy and development programmes

    Discourse and solutions around population issues focusing on world poverty, mortality, and life expectancy, policy challenges in Africa, migration and many other population and development issues will be explored at the 28th International Population Conference (IPC) of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) to be held in Cape Town. Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) will host the conference from 29 October to 4 November 2017 on behalf of the government of South Africa. This event is held every four years and would be the first time that it is coming to sub-Saharan African soil in its 89-year history, following Stats SA successful bidding.

    President Jacob Zuma will address the gathering of 2 000 population scientists, policymakers, civic organisation and government leaders from 131 countries that will be in attendance. Amongst the dignitaries to deliver welcoming address is the Minister responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Chairperson of the Planning Commission, Mr Jeff Radebe, Dr Anastasia Gage, IUSSP President, Dr Natalia Kanem, UNFPA Executive Director and Dr Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General of South Africa and head of Stats SA. Professor Tukufu Zuberi from the University of Pennsylvania will deliver the keynote address.

    Date: Sunday, 28th October 2017
    Time: 16:00
    Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre

    Members of the media are requested to provide their details for accreditation to the event.

    For RSVP contact:

    Felicia Sithole Tel: 012 339 2401 Cell: 076 430 0693 Email:

    Oteng Makgotlwe Tel: 012 406 3407 Cell: 076 473 8336 Email:  

    Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Statistics South Africa.

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