11/08/2021 07:08 PM EST
Office of the Spokesperson
Special Envoy Jeffrey Feltman is currently in Ethiopia to underscore the United States’ grave concern with the escalation of the conflict and the risk of intercommunal violence, and to encourage all parties to engage in a dialogue on a cessation of hostilities.
From November 4 to 7, Special Envoy Feltman traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he met with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen Hasan, Minister of Defense Abraham Belay, and Minister of Finance Ahmed Shide. He also met with AU High Representative Olusegun Obasanjo, AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, UN Undersecretary General Martin Griffiths, and other international partners and government leaders.
From November 7 to 8, Special Envoy Feltman traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, where he consulted with President Kenyatta and other political leaders on the conflict in Ethiopia. The United States will continue to work with international partners to address the crisis in Ethiopia, including through action with the United Nations, the African Union, and other relevant partners and institutions. Special Envoy Feltman remains in the region and returned to Ethiopia today, November 8.
The hybrid roundtable is aimed at discussing and providing update on the Harmonization project and will come off on the sidelines of the Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) taking place in Durban, South Africa from the 15th to the 21st of November 2021.
Jeddah – 11th November 2021: The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), and the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), in partnership with the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and the African Organization for Harmonization (ARSO) announce the organization of a roundtable on the sidelines of the Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) on 17th November 2021 at 10:30 – 12.30pm (South Africa Time).
The hybrid event will serve as a platform to provide update on their common project called “Harmonisation of Standards for Pharmaceutical Products and Medical Devices in Africa”. The initiative which was launched under the umbrella of the Arab Africa Trade Bridges (AATB) Program in 2020, aims at harmonising African standards for pharmaceuticals and medical devices thereby enhancing intra-African trade and investment, reducing substandard counterfeit products, and building resilient regional health systems.
The roundtable shall be graced by Prof. Benedict Oramah, President Afreximbank; Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol, CEO ITFC; Dr. Sidi Ould Tah, BADEA Director General; Wamkele Mene, Secretary General AfCFTA; Dr. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Africa; H.E. Albert M. Muchanga, Commissioner, African Union Commission; Dr. John N. Nkengasong, Africa Centre for Disease Control; Dr. Hermogene Nsengimana, ARSO Secretary General and Dr Paulyne Wairimu,PPB, Kenya/AMDF and shall concurrently take place physically at the IATF venue and virtually on Zoom.
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frican Development Bank, AUC, and UNECA pledge more resources to improve land governance in Africa
Rwanda, 5 November 2021 - The African Development Bank, the African Union Commission (AUC), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) on Thursday pledged to work more closely with governments to beef up land governance systems.
In a joint declaration at the end of the 2021 Conference on Land Policy in Africa, the organizations pledged financial and technical assistance “to ensure that land governance and land policy processes in Africa are transparent, lucid and accessible and that state and indigenous systems are easily integrated.” They also pledged to work with practitioners in arts, cultutre and heritage to increase awareness and appreciation of land issues on the continent.
The theme of the conference was “Land governance for safeguarding art, culture and heritage towards the Africa We Want.” The Rwanda government hosted this year’s event in a hybrid format, with participants gathered physically in Kigali and online. Organizers integrated arts and culture in the conference, anchoring the power of the creative sector in land matters.
“At this time when the world is also engaged in the COP26 process, we wish to underscore the fact that large parts of our continent are deserts or semi-arid and are facing ecological damage. Yet, more than often, unequal distribution of land has relegated a growing population of small holder farmers, women, and youth to marginal areas, leading to increased pressure on land and land resource degradation,” said the declaration, read by Leontine Kanziemo, Advisor, Natural Resources Management at the African Development Bank.
The declaration called for greater land equity in order to broaden access to natural resources. It also said it was crucial to work with governments, artists and cultural leaders to ensure that women and youth have access to land. “The majority of our people rely on land for a living. Therefore, pro-poor land policy should be transparent to all land users, equitable, and free of corruption,” the partners said.
The declaration called for traditional custodians of African art, heritage, and culture to be included in all pro-poor land policies. “In addition, in the aftermath of the recently concluded UN Food System Summit, land governance should be critically considered as an influential enabler in the transformation of African food systems.”
King Mfumu Difima Ntinu, President of the African Traditional Authority, pointed out that efficient land governance requires political will and urged African countries to pay more attention to the role of women in land matters. “With your help, we will get there,” he added.
In his remarks, Rexford Ahene, Chair of the Conference’s Scientific Committee, made a point about the connection between land and the creative industries, saying land’s economic potential, and the benefits of creative industries, should not be underestimated.
According to the World Trade and Tourism Council, the creative industries will add $269 billion to African GDP by 2026 and more than 29 million jobs with skills that are attractive to young people. “It is important to take that into account,” Ahene explained.
He called on governments and development partners to invest resources in building the creative sector’s capabilities and preserving intellectual property and rights to “safeguard and protect the creativity and innovation that this sector delivers.”
The Conference on Land Policy in Africa is organized biennially by the African Land Policy Centre, a joint initiative of the UNECA, the AUC and the African Development Bank