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Outbreak of cholera in Nigeria

A cholera outbreak has killed 12 people and may have infected at least 134 others in the northeast Nigerian state of Adamawa, an official said on Wednesday (23/05/2018).

So far 12 people have died from the disease and there are many more cases”, said Ezra Sakawa, medical director of the general hospital for Mubi, the town where the disease has struck.

We have little manpower to deal with an outbreak of such magnitude,” Sakawa said, adding that nurses were on strike.

EU increases development fund

The European Commission proposes a long-term budget of €1,135 billion in commitments(expressed in 2018 prices) over the period from 2021 to 2027, equivalent to 1.11% of the EU27’s gross national income (GNI).

This level of commitments translates into €1,105 billion (or 1.08% of GNI) in payments (in 2018 prices).

This includes the integration into the EU budget of the European Development Fund – the EU’s main tool for financing development cooperation with countries in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific and which to date is an intergovernmental agreement. Taking into account inflation, this is comparable to the size of the current 2014-2020 budget (including the European Development Fund).

Created in 1957 by the Treaty of Rome and launched in 1959, the European Development Fund (EDF) is the EU’s main instrument for providing development aid to African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and to overseas countries and territories (OCTs). The total financial resources of the 11th EDF amount to €30.5 billion for the period 2014-2020.

Liberia’s Johnson Sirleaf won African leadership award

Liberian politician the former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has won a USD5 million Mo Ibrahim award, designed to improve the quality of African political leadership.

Ms.Johnson Sirleaf is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Africa’s first elected female head of state.

Recently the prize founded by Sudanese telecoms tycoon Mo Ibrahim has not been awarded on several occasions because there was not deemed to be a suitable candidate.

EU discusses future of Cotonou Agreement

Brussels. The EU Foreign ministers  will discuss the future of the EU partnership with African, Caribbean and Pacific states. The current partnership agreement, known as the Cotonou Agreement, will expire in 2020.

The Cotonou Agreement is the overarching framework for EU relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. It was adopted in 2000 to replace the 1975 Lomé Convention.

It is the most comprehensive partnership agreement between developing countries and the EU, covering the EU’s relations with 79 countries, including 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Cotonou Agreement is a close partnership based on a series of fundamental principles.

  • The partners to the agreement are equal.
  • The ACP countries determine their own development policies.
  • Cooperation is not only among governments: parliaments, local authorities, civil society, the private sector, economic and social partners play a role as well.
  • Cooperation arrangements and priorities vary according to aspects such as countries’ levels of development.

The Cotonou Agreement aims to reduce and eventually eradicate poverty and contribute to the gradual integration of the ACP countries into the world economy. It is based on three pillars: development cooperation, economic and trade cooperation, political dimension.

 

South Africa chairs BRICS

South Africa stepping in to chair the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa – from  January 1, 2018.  The decision has been taken at recent summit of members of BRICS association in Xiamen, China, in September 2017.

Vice President of BRICS New Development Bank, Leslie Maasdorp, said to Russian TASS news agency, that the South African government has not submitted the objectives and agenda of its chairmanship.

However one can presume the priorities of South Africa’s policy following its record of co-operation with the BRICS partners, formally shaping their agenda at the joint events in 2018, guided by the President Jacob Zuma’s speech at a special session of the BRICS Business Council held in September 2017 during the 9th summit in Xiamen.

Efforts to promote economic development and growth, increase trade volumes and attract investment to the industrial sector of South Africa’s economy are identified as the key objectives for the country’s participation in this format at that time. There are also expectations of investment in industry, following government’s plans support the creation of new jobs, poverty reduction.

 

 

Millions stolen in Ebola epidemic

The Red Cross has confirmed that more than USD 6 million of aid money was lost to fraud and corruption during the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Auditors found overpriced supplies, salaries for non-existent aid workers and fake customs bills.

The disease, which raged between 2014 and 2016, claimed at least 10,000 lives. It required a massive humanitarian operation costing hundreds of millions of dollars to bring it under control. As Ebola spread across Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the Red Cross Federation in Geneva was dispersing cash donations to the national Red Cross societies in each of those countries – altogether a sum of about USD100 million.

An investigation by Red Cross auditors has revealed that in Liberia USD 2.7 million disappeared in fraudulently overpriced supplies, or in salaries for non-existent aid workers. In Sierra Leone, Red Cross staff apparently colluded with local bank workers to skim off over USD 2 million while in Guinea, where investigations are ongoing, around USD 1million disappeared in fake customs bills.

The Red Cross told that it is deeply sorry for the losses. The organisation adds that has introduced stricter financial rules, and promised to hold any Red Cross staff involved to account. The Red Cross is the world’s best-known humanitarian organisation, and this revelation will be damaging, she adds.

Russia to joint anti-terrorism efforts in Sahel

Moscow has begun to assist the law enforcement agencies of the Sahel countries,  recently forming joint military forces to counter terrorism and organized crime, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said at the UN Security Council’s meeting.

According to the Russian diplomat, Moscow welcomes the establishment of a special counter-terrorism force of the Group of Five Sahel States (G5 Sahel, consisting of Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Mali, Niger and Chad), which has been approved by a UN Security Council Resolution.

“We believe that this is an appropriate response to the regional challenges based on the ‘African solutions to the African problems’ principle. We are confident that this is the only way to ensure sustainable peace in Africa,” the Russian permanent representative underlined.

“…In era of globalization, terrorism has gone global,” and the threat “can only be eliminated through the establishment of a broad front, which is what Russia has been calling for” – Nebenzya added. “Besides, our country has begun to assist the law enforcement agencies of the Sahel countries, and we intend to continue such cooperation because building the capacities of national armed forces is important for enhancing the effectiveness of the G5 Sahel joint forces,” the Russian UN ambassador pointed out.

“There is a concern over the situation in the Sahara and Sahel region,” which had been facing the threat of terrorism, and “transnational issues, which particularly include drug and arms trafficking, separatist tendencies, conflicts, as well as humanitarian, social and economic difficulties, further destabilize the situation” Russia’s permanent representative to the UN added that the NATO-backed overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in Libya had catalyzed instability in the region.

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