International Organisation for Migration  (IOM), the UN Migration Agency, reports that 171,635 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea during 2017, with just under 70 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

The Swiss Federal Council has extended for one year the freeze on the assets of ousted presidents Ben Ali (Tunisia) and Yanukovych (Ukraine) and their entourages. The decision was reached to support the judicial cooperation between Switzerland and the two countries.

 The African Economic Conference, organized by the African Development Bank and partners, convened for its second day of deliberations on Tuesday, to explore the impact of foreign aid on domestic tax collection and the effective utilization of donor aid in Africa.


African researchers have indicated that improved governance and structural transformation on the continent will naturally depend on the advancement of regional integration initiative.

 

The parliament of DRC has adopted a new mining code which should boost taxes and royalties paid by mining firms operating in the country. The news which was disclosed this week-end, was relayed by many international media such as Reuters and BBC Africa.

An international gathering of MPs has called for renewed momentum to conclude international trade negotiations that foster sustainable development, known as the Doha Development Round. The parliamentarians urged all WTO Members to show flexibility and the willingness to compromise in order to conclude this trade round that has already lasted too long.

 

Participants at the 12th African Economic Conference have urged African countries to add value to their exports in order to score a competitive edge when trading with Europe under the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA).

APO Group has been appointed by World Rugby’s African Association as the Official Partner of Rugby Africa in a release issued by the association.

As part of his official visit to Washington DC, H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), on 15 November 2017, met with Rep. Karen Bass and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) in Washington DC before addressing the representatives of the African Diaspora and African American community.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, World Bank Group, and European Commission has launched the WB-EU Partnership for Evidence-Based Policy Making in Agriculture.

 

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, has deployed the first batch of election observers of the African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) to Kenya.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Brazil-Africa Institute (BAI) have launched the Youth Technical Training Program (YTTP) - an initiative that aims to train young African professionals in research and technology transfer, contributing to local capacity development.

SOUTH AFRICA – Absa Bank Limited (www.Absa.co.za), a subsidiary of the Barclays Africa Group (BAGL) (www.BarclaysAfrica.com), has successfully concluded a five year $100 million Special Facility Agreement with the China Development Bank (CDB). 

Conflict, violence and disasters have caused more than 9 million new internal displacements globally in the first half of 2017, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

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