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· Speaking during a special session of the Africa Partnership Forum (APF) on Africa and climate change at the United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Prime Minister Zenawi says the move for the Africa Union to field a single negotiating team to represent the 53-
The objective of the special session is to build a coalition around Africa's immediate concerns and expectations on climate change in order to ensure that they are adequately addressed in a new climate change agreement.
The new climate change agreement is expected to be reached at the 15th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 7th to 18th December, 2009.
AU Liberation Day (25 May) next year will set the stage for the celebration of Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. The Pan-
· Botswana’s capital city Gabarone will play host to a three-
· Mr. Femi Falana-
According to SERAP, the people of Niger Delta are entitled to the internationally-
· In November ECOWAS will organize an international cycling tour across the region in order to promote free movement of citizens, the director of the ECOWAS Youth and Sports Development Centre, Simon Taro, has announced. ECOWAS is organising the event in partnership with the host countries to promote sports and to speak out against challenges facing the Community.
“The race will be in stages, covering a total distance of 324-
A tourism consultant has also bemoaned the low levels of tourism in West African region, which accounts for a paltry 10 per cent, as opposed to South and North Africa at 35 per cent each. He explained that this tour would help facilitate both tourism and free movement.
· In readiness for the African Union deadline of 2010 for which an exercise involving the standby forces of all the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) on the continent has been scheduled to take place, Chiefs of Defence Staff of ECOWAS have undertaken to review the security situation in West Africa and further seek means of ensuring stability in the region with a series of meetings, including the 25th quarterly meeting in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to review the security situation in the sub-
East African Community:
The theme of regional integration will take center-
Awards will be presented at the EAC Heads of State Summit scheduled for November. It will coincide with the 10th anniversary celebration of the signing of the treaty that established the regional bloc.
Kenya’s Ministry of Trade has come up with a new strategy to reflect recent changes in the trade policy of the government in line with the ambitious target outlined in the Kenya Vision 2030. Kenya Vision 2030 envisages the trade sector implement reforms and development projects to boost the capacity of entrepreneurs who will produce quality goods and cover bigger markets. It further envisions significant improvements in the trade regime to attract investment. The plan will include a monitoring and evaluation system, as well as diverse approaches to development.
In a move that will help defuse tension between newer members of the EAC bloc (Rwanda and Burundi) that the original three (Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) get most of the institutions hosted in their country, Rwanda, which joined the bloc in July 2007, may win the bid to host the EAC ICT Commission.
Tanzania has the biggest number of EAC institutions including the EAC secretariat, the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) and the East African Court of Justice.
Kenya is home to the Lake Victoria Basin Commission, while Uganda hosts the Inter University Council of East Africa.
It was disclosed at the meeting of the EAC Council of Ministers that concluded in Arusha, Tanzania, early September that officials had agreed on a further comprehensive analysis on the issue of equitable distribution of benefits.
South African Development Community:
· The 29th SADC Summit was held in Kinshasa, Congo DR from September 7–8, 2009. On the agenda was SADC’s review of allocation of ministerial positions in Zimbabwe’s inclusive government, the resolution of a dispute between ZANU-
· One of the key outcomes of the SADC Summit chaired by the new SADC president, DRC’s President Joseph Kabila, was the launching of a regional campaign against climate change in Kinshasa. Kabila has voiced support for the fight climate change, pointing out that the people living within the SADC region are suffering the effects of climate change, in the form of droughts, floods, drastic fall in water levels and attendant impact on agricultural production and food security.
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