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APO - Africa-Newsroom: latest news releases related to Africa

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APO - Africa-Newsroom: latest news releases related to Africa
  1. Media Invitation: International Day of UN Peacekeepers

    On the occasion of International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan cordially invites you to join the commemoration ceremony. 

    What: The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is observed on May 29. It is a tribute to people who serve or have served in UN peacekeeping operations. Peacekeepers, civilian and uniformed personnel, are honoured on this day for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage.
    When: Monday, 29 May 2017 at 9:15am
    Where: Parking area next to building 12, UN House, Yei Road, Juba

    Listen Live on Radio Miraya 101 FM. Photos for use by the media will be posted at:, @unmissmedia #investinginpeace.

    Bus pick-up schedule for journalists
    Bus 1: Departing from Custom Dire Petroleum, Customs Market area: 08:30a.m. 
    Bus 2: Departing from Juba University: 08:30a.m. 

    Journalists who wish to make their own way to the venue are requested to present themselves at the gates with a valid press card/ ID no later than 09:00a.m.                                                                 
    For registration and further information regarding the event please contact: Taban Kenyi Tel: +211912171681. 

    Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

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  2. Minister Davies to Launch the R42 Million Refurbished Babelegi Industrial Park in Hammanskraal, Gauteng

    The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies will launch the revitalised Babelegi Industrial Park in Hammanskraal, Gauteng on Tuesday, 30 May 2017. Minister Davies is expected to be joined by the Premier of Gauteng Mr David Makhura and the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Councillor Solly Msimanga.

    The R42-million project is part of the Revitalisation of Industrial Parks Programme of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti).

    According to Minister Davies, the main objective of the programme is to accelerate economic development in the lagging regions by attracting business investments to locate in these areas. It is also aimed at supporting job creation in manufacturing and related sectors.

    the dti has forged strategic partnerships for the implementation of the programme on a national scale working with the provinces, their agencies as well as municipalities. In the case of Babelegi the department is working with the North West Development Corporation who are also the owners of the park. The City of Tshwane has also played a strategic role in ensuring the smooth implementation of the programme,” says Minister Davies.

    The Babelegi Industrial Park has approximately 261 developed units which are available for leasing, and 188 of the units are occupied by firms operating in textiles, engineering, construction, light manufacturing, warehousing and distribution houses.

    The first phase of revitalisation of the Babelegi Industrial Park focussed on security upgrades which included installation of invisible fencing, control room, guard houses, swing gates and pedestrian gates, new boom gate and high mast lighting upgrade and maintenance.

    Distributed by APO on behalf of The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa.

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  3. Media Advisory: Launch of Project to Stop Use of Mercury by Small Scale Gold Miners

    WHAT: Reduction of Mercury use by Artisinal Gold Miners 
    WHO: Dan Kazungu, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Mining, Charles Sunkuli, Principle Secretary, MENR; UNDP Country Director Amanda Serumaga
    WHEN: 26th May 2017, 8:30 AM
    WHERE: Panafric Hotel 

    Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) is the largest global source of mercury releases into the environment from human activities, with about 35% of total releases from a number of ASGM sites in over 70 countries. The ASGM sector produces approximately 20% of the world’s annual gold, employs around 15 million people (of which 3 million women and children), while another 100 million people are indirectly dependent on ASGM for their livelihoods. 

    Mercury is often used in ASGM to help separate gold from sediments or ore using very basic processing methods. However exposure to mercury – even small amounts – may cause serious health problems, and is particularly dangerous to the development of the child in utero and early in life. 

    UNDP is supporting the Government of Kenya in the development and implementation of the GEF GOLD project for Kenya with a budget of 4.2 million US$. The project aims to do this through the provision of technical assistance, technology transfer and facilitating access to financing for the procurement of mercury-free processing equipment. 

    Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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  4. African chambers of commerce discuss best practices in use of single windows in enabling cross border trade

    The Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI), in collaboration with the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC), today concluded a two-day consultative meeting that discussed ways for African chambers of commerce to utilize single windows in enabling cross border trade.

    Solomon Afework, First Vice President of the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, speaking at the beginning of the meeting, said: “The adoption and use of the single window system as a key component of trade policy provides many benefits to the business community as it reduces the transaction cost of trade.”

    He added: “As we know, the entry into force of the World Trade Organisation Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) launches a new phase for trade facilitation reforms all over the world and creates a significant boost for commerce and the multilateral trading system as a whole.”

    He said it is forecast that full implementation of the TFA will reduce trade cost by an average 14.3 percent.

    The coordinator of the ATPC, David Luke, in his opening statement said the elimination of tariffs on the continent will not be enough to bring transformative benefits expected from the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) unless aided by the implementation of trade facilitation measures.

    Single windows could therefore help in ensuring that the benefits of the CFTA are felt more widely, said Mr. Luke.

    Guinea’s Ambassador in Addis Ababa, Sidibe Kaba, stressed the need to mobilize the continent’s governments and private sector in advancing regional integration.

    The meeting brought together representative s from the African Chambers of Commerce, EcoBank, African Alliance for E-Commerce, revenue and customs officials, private sector and academia, to share experiences and best practices in trade. They came out with key trade policy recommendations towards the implementation of the single windows.

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

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  5. Securing Privacy Online: Kaspersky Lab Presents Standalone VPN for Macs and PCs

    Kaspersky Lab ( has introduced Secure Connection in Nigeria, a solution for encrypting traffic on Windows and Mac computers. Based on VPN technology, it automatically enables encryption when the risk of data interception is most dangerous for the user, for example, when connecting to public Wi-Fi or using online banking or other sites containing private information.

    The unprotected, or poorly protected, transfer of data puts a person's privacy, data and even their money at risk. By using tools that are freely available on the Internet, intruders can read and use information transmitted over these connections, including messages, passwords and files.

    Kaspersky Lab’s Secure Connection ensures reliable encryption of transmitted data, and if the user forgets to enable it, the solution will display a reminder when it is most needed. For example, it will offer its services if a Wi-Fi network is unsafe or – in the case of the Windows version – if the user attempts to open a site with critical information (email, online banking, e-payment system, online store or social networking site) without encryption. If preferred, Secure Connection can also be set to manual control or continuous encryption.

    Management of Secure Connection is worth mentioning separately. Monitoring the time, duration and volume of encrypted traffic transmitted for each connection is easy via a My Kaspersky personal account, and the same portal can be used to control remaining megabytes in the free version.

    “User security is our priority, which is why we aim to provide multi-level protection at every stage where users are at risk of losing anything,” comments Andrei Mochola, Head of Consumer Business at Kaspersky Lab. “Traffic encryption is an essential component of digital protection, and we are now happy to provide it to all owners of Windows and Mac computers, and by the end of the year – to all mobile users as well.”

    Secure Connection is available locally and is provided on a freemium basis (an option that offers basic functions for free, and additional services for a fee). The free version allows 200 MB of encrypted traffic per device per day with no limits on the number of devices. For an additional fee, users can get unlimited traffic for five devices.

    Learn more about the solution here ( 

    Distributed by APO on behalf of Kaspersky.

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