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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. Political Party Funding Committee Extends Deadline for Submissions

    The Ad Hoc Committee on the Funding of Political Parties has extended the deadline for submissions and comments on the funding of political parties.

    The Chairperson of the Committee Mr Vincent Smith agreed that the deadline for submissions be extended until the end of business on 24 Monday, after the Committee had received requests that motivated for more time in accepting comments.

    The Committee is expected to finalise its business by year-end.

    Distributed by APO on behalf of Republic of South Africa: The Parliament.

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  2. Wang Yi Holds Talks with Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui of Tunisia

    On July 19, 2017, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks in Beijing with visiting Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui of Tunisia. Wang Yi expressed that China and Tunisia enjoy a long-standing friendship, and both sides have always supported each other on issues concerning respective core interests and major concerns. With the common care of the two heads of state, China-Tunisia relations have maintained a rapid and sound development momentum in recent years, and yielded positive outcomes from practical cooperation in various fields, benefiting the two peoples. China supports Tunisia's economic and social development, and will encourage Chinese enterprises to invest and run business in Tunisia. It is hoped the Tunisian side could provide Chinese enterprises with more preferential policies and security assurances. Appreciating Tunisia for supporting the "Belt and Road" initiative, China is willing to combine the "Belt and Road" construction with the implementation of cooperative measures under the frameworks of China-Africa Ten Major Cooperation Plans and China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, and enhance bilateral strategic integration, so as to realize common development. Supporting Tunisia's efforts in safeguarding its stability, China stands ready to increase support to Tunisia's endeavor in counter-terrorism, and will continuously support Tunisia in playing an important role in advancing the political settlement of the Libyan issue.

    Khemaies Jhinaoui expressed that Tunisia cherishes the traditional friendship between Tunisia and China, and appreciates China for providing great support and assistance for a long time. Tunisia staunchly upholds the one-China policy, and will continuously support each other with China on a series of major issues. The Tunisian side endorses the "Belt and Road" initiative, and is ready to actively participate in relevant construction. Tunisia welcomes Chinese enterprises to invest and start business in Tunisia and participate in the national development process of Tunisia. Tunisia has released visa-free policy for Chinese citizens to travel to Tunisia since this February, welcoming more Chinese tourists to the country. Appreciating China's long-term objective and just position on the Libyan issue, Tunisia hopes China to play a greater role in promoting peaceful settlement of the Libyan issue at an early date. The Tunisian side also stands ready to further enhance coordination and cooperation with China on such issues as the Security Council reform and counter-terrorism.

    After the talks, the two Foreign Ministers jointly inked the Agreement on the Establishment of the Consultation Mechanism between Chinese and Tunisian Foreign Ministries.

    Distributed by APO on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China.

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  3. GE leads the end to end power technology debate at PowerGen and DistribuTech 2017 event in Johannesburg
    • GE’s George Njenga shows how new technologies across the electricity value network are helping countries meet their electricity demands
    • Sustaining these investments is key to assuring Africa’s growth

    Technology available today can be employed to create reliable, sustainable, localized and more efficient energy networks. That was the message that George Njenga, GM, Steam Power Systems for Sub Saharan Africa delivered to delegates while making his keynote address at the opening session of this year’s Power-Gen Africa and DistribuTech event in Johannesburg.

    The electricity industry in Africa is undergoing massive transformation and the old linear model of conducting electricity affairs is being challenged and tested, as new models are emerging with far reaching impact.

    “Distributed generation, smarter & cleaner steam power, renewables, smart grids, storage, prosumers, innovative financing, evolving energy policies and new political imperatives mean that energy stakeholders need to embrace new capabilities and innovative business models for better outcomes and to bring more power to the population, faster and more sustainably than before,” said Njenga.

    GE ( has been partnering with energy stakeholders to deploy innovative technologies tailored to respond to the needs of the region. In South Africa, GE is deploying smarter, cleaner, steam technology ( solutions at the Medupi and Kusile Power plants. This super-critical steam technology ensures efficiency at the power plant that will reduce operating costs over the lifetime of the plant, while reducing CO2 emissions by up to two percent.

    In Angola, the government is using GE’s TM2500 mobile power plants ( and containerized balance of plant equipment to achieve its additional electric power generation targets of 2 gigawatts and bringing fast, efficient power to its citizens. These units differentiate on speed, low emissions and fast start-up. In Ghana, GE’s high efficiency fuel-flexible-heavy-duty gas turbines ( are being deployed by the government to address the country’s growing energy needs. These rugged machines can burn more than 50 types of fuels giving Ghana great flexibility on available fuels.

    “GE is committed to helping countries meet their growing energy demands with its full spectrum of energy solutions that will help them increase their energy capacity, and improve the reliability of their networks,” Njenga said. “Many of the solutions we are demonstrating at this event have already been deployed and are making a difference today,” he added.

    On the digital front, GE’s Predix* ( based Asset Performance Management (APM) ( software, is being deployed in new and existing installations across the region. This software leverages data analytics to monitor power generation and transmission equipment health to predict potential failures and thereby reduce unplanned downtime by up to 5 percent, lower operations and maintenance costs, and lower operational risks.

    Developing reliable power supplies across the continent is a global priority and a critical necessity to ensure Africa can reach its economic and human potential. PowerGen and DistribuTech brings together utilities, financiers and energy leaders from across the region to discuss and develop technical knowledge in the field of electricity generation, transmission and distribution.

    Distributed by APO on behalf of GE.

    For more information, please contact:
    Anne Ezeh
    Communications Manager, GE Africa
    +234 7031779857  

    Thomas Millas 
    Communications Manager, GE Power
    +1 910 515 7873 

    About GE:
    GE (NYSE: GE) ( is the world's Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry.  

    About GE Power:
    GE Power is a world leader in power generation with deep domain expertise to help customers deliver electricity from a wide spectrum of fuel sources. We are transforming the electricity industry with the digital power plant, the world’s largest and most efficient gas turbine, full balance of plant, upgrade and service solutions as well as our data-leveraging software. Our innovative technologies and digital offerings help make power more affordable, reliable, accessible and sustainable.

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  4. Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Angola

    Mrs Jessica Hand has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Angola and non-resident Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe in succession to Mr John Dennis, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mrs Hand will take up her appointment in February 2018.

    Distributed by APO on behalf of United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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  5. Training Session for Handlers of Explosive and Drug Detection Dog

    A training session was organized for twelve explosive and drug detection dog handlers from 10th to 14th July 2017 at the Sniffer Dogs Academy in Accra.

    To begin the session, the two French officers from the Dog Training Center in Cannes Ecluse in France, bomb detection expert Brigadier Christophe Bihoreau and drug detection expert Brigadier Stéphan Filipic, conducted an assessment of the six sniffer dogs and the group of twelve trainees made up of six military officers and six officers from NACOB selected for the training.   

    As the assessment revealed a poor level of motivation on the part of the sniffer dogs, the experts decided to increase the level of interaction between the canines and their handlers by engaging them in training exercises on the field. Next, following the request of the authorities of the Academy, the training officers tested a total of sixteen five month old puppies which are being bred for future training as sniffer dogs, nine of which belong to the Military and seven to the Immigration Service. The trainees were also taught specific recruitment tests to carry out in order to ensure an effective selection process. The practical aspect of the training was conducted at the Kotoka International Airport where the handlers and their dogs demonstrated their newly acquired skills on the luggage of travelers at the international arrival hall of the airport.       

    The Ghanaian authorities, during the closing ceremony where the Ambassador of France, H.E. François Pujolas, the Executive Secretary of NACOB, Provost Marshall COMMEY, as well as representatives from both the Ministry of Interior and Parliament were in attendance, thanked the French government for this new cooperation in the area of security. The Ambassador of France emphasized on ‘the importance of security and stability in Ghana and the sub-region in order to ensure progress in economic development. He stressed the need to develop initiatives like this one to better train security agencies officers in Ghana..’    

    The Head of the Academy requested that this cooperation exercise be continued next year in order to establish the Academy as a sniffer dog training centre of excellence to train not only handlers in Ghana but also those from neighbouring countries. This, he said, will make the Sniffer Dog Academy the first of its kind in the sub-region, maintaining security for all. The French Ambassador declared that ‘the regional position of this academy will serve to improve Ghana’s integration in West Africa. This is a new and concrete step towards a more integrated approach in the common fight of concerned countries against criminal activities.’ 

    The Sniffer Dog Academy, which is managed by the Ghanaian Military, has a total of 35 dogs made up of attack dogs and bomb detection dogs that are handled by military officers and drug detection dogs that are handled by the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB).

    Distributed by APO on behalf of Embassy of France to Ghana.

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