St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister charts new trajectory for twin-island nation at an exclusive event in Dubai

Dubai, Dec. 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr. Terrance Drew, set the tone for the direction his country will be taking at a recent exclusive invite-only event in Dubai.

The event was one of many engagements undertaken by the Prime Minister and his delegation which included the country’s tourism minister Marsha Henderson, Attorney-General Garth Wilkin and cabinet secretaries, Dr. Marcus Natta, Sylvester Anthony and Veira Galloway.

The new administration has been leading the country since August this year following a snap election and have set bold ambitions for the twin-island federation to become a premium business hub in the Caribbean that caters to intelligent and discerning investors.

Set against the backdrop of one of the world’s most notable success stories, Prime Minister Terrance Drew’s first visit to Dubai, signalled his intention to drive economic growth that will make the country a notable contender on the global stage.

Much of this growth will be financed by St Kitts and Nevis’ citizenship by investment programme – the oldest programme of its kind in the world.

Speaking at the event, Prime Minister Drew said, “Since Dubai is such an important financial hub and is swiftly becoming an epicentre for the global citizen, it is fitting that I am here this evening to discuss the attributes of my special nation, and more particularly our renowned citizenship by investment programme that stands apart from others.”

“In this ever-changing and unpredictable world, it is imperative that the government of St Kitts and Nevis and its citizenship by investment programme continue to adapt to the needs of our people and to attract the right kind of international investment necessary to uplift our country.”

For nearly 40 years, the citizenship by investment programme of St Kitts and Nevis has had a remarkable impact on the country, generating funds that have built and upgraded hospitals, schools, roads and diversified the economy from one mainly rooted in agriculture and tourism to a fledgling manufacturing and finance-centered one.

Dubai has emerged as one of the world’s most favourite economic destination for investors, consumers as well as job seekers and tourists. The resource deficient nation has galloped from a primitive social milieu and pre-industrial economic structure to reach what many have called the pinnacle of success.

Dubai derives just 6% of its GDP from oil and gas yet it has grown its economy’s size, start­ing around the year 2000, displaying annual monetary de­velopment rates higher than even China or the Asian tiger economies.

These are some of the insights the St Kitts and Nevis delegation sought to glean from the visit. This year, St Kitts and Nevis’ gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 13.39% compared to last year.

The economy of St Kitts and Nevis was traditionally depended on the growing and processing of sugar cane but decreasing world prices have hurt the industry in recent years. Tourism, export-oriented manufacturing, and offshore banking activity have assumed larger roles in the country.

The citizenship by investment programme has been a way for the government to hedge against and revitalize the faltering sugar sector while also bolstering revenue collection to better fund social programs.

With the current global environment asking more of governments around the world, the Drew administration has realized that to meet the needs of both locals and investors it needed to upgrade the programme which has been a financial pillar for the nation.

“The vision to use economic citizenship to attract international investment was innovative in 1984. The citizenship by investment programme’s first major evolution 27 years later in 2011 was bold and creative. Now, in the third iteration of its evolution, in 2022, after four decades of erudition and development, we must use that same creativity and boldness to ensure that the programme transcends to the modern age; and the security infrastructure is enhanced and strengthened.

“We need to ensure that our treasured citizenship by investment programme is mutually beneficial for all stakeholders, from the people of St Kitts and Nevis, the investors themselves, to the developers, to the local service providers and the international marketing agents.

“While we have always been the benchmark of the global investor immigration industry, we understand that in order to remain as one of the most sought-after economic citizenship programmes in the world, we need to continue to evolve and forge a path for ourselves that is sustainable in the long term,” added Prime Minister Drew.

The Prime Minister has been laser focused and hard at work since taking the helm and has had numerous consultations with stakeholders including local communities, developers, government officials, businesses and investors to understand where the programme was lacking and where updates needed to be made to ensure that the programme continues to meet the needs of an intelligent investment minded person looking for an enriching base for their families and businesses while also, more importantly, uplifting the Kittitian and Nevisian society through beneficial investment options that bring tangible value.

Prime Minister Drew also reassured guests at the event, which included high-level government officials, global investors, government approved agents and promoters, that stakeholders need not be apprehensive of the upcoming changes and that the programme would be guided by three fundamental principles: Sustainability, good governance and pragmatism.

The government has crafted a sustainable model that will continue to be the envy of the international community by injecting high levels of integrity. The programme has also been structured in such a way that it will allow for greater transparency and accountability, the hallmarks of the good governance framework that solidifies the foundation of any successful endeavour. And lastly, the government has tailored investment options to align with market realities while preserving the platinum brand that St Kitts and Nevis has nurtured for four decades.

Bold and innovative strides have been made to strengthen the legislative and administrative structures of the programme and to ensure that real estate projects funded by the programme are completed – “To this end, let it be known worldwide, that St Kitts and Nevis is seeking well respected and serious investors who see the potential of our nation and who are prepared to put capital behind innovative projects, investments and industries that will enhance our palatability to global immigration investors.”

Exact changes and information around the programme will be communicated in 2023.

The visit shows the world that St Kitts and Nevis is open for business and the Prime Minister has identified and discussed new areas of collaboration in advancing economic recovery, stability and reaffirming the solid foundation between St Kitts and Nevis and Dubai.

PR St Kitts and Nevis
Government of St. Kitts and Nevis
mildred.thabane@csglobalpartners.com

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Leading Global Operator Selects Synchronoss to Deliver Personal Cloud Offering

Leading Provider of Mobile, Telecommunications and ISP Services Rolling Out Personal Cloud Offering to Safeguard Files, Photos, Videos, and Other Digital Content

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Dec. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (“Synchronoss” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: SNCR), a global leader and innovator in cloud, messaging and digital products and platforms, today announced a multi-year agreement with one of the largest global operators to deploy Synchronoss Personal Cloud to tens of millions of subscribers on its network. This agreement will contribute to Synchronoss’s financial results this quarter, as deployment preparations are underway, and transition into primarily a SaaS-based revenue model as subscribers adopt the service.

As one of the world’s top providers of mobile devices and communications services, this international customer is partnering with Synchronoss to offer an array of value-added services, including the ability to backup and manage files, photos, videos, and digital content stored on mobile phones and other devices. Thanks to the scale and market reach of this service provider, the Company estimates this customer will become one of its largest cloud deployments over the next three to five years. The rollout of the Synchronoss-powered personal cloud solution enables operators to generate new revenue opportunities, improve ARPU, and reduce churn through improved engagement.

“This agreement represents a major milestone in the continued expansion of our cloud business. We continue to empower mobile service providers worldwide with strategic tools to improve customer value,” said Jeff Miller, President and CEO of Synchronoss. “This multi-year agreement exemplifies the increasing importance of cloud offerings to leading operators and further extends our global footprint, representing new growth opportunities for the Synchronoss Personal Cloud platform. Most importantly, the launch of a customer-branded personal cloud solution will enable this operator to form deeper connections with its subscribers and improve key business metrics.”

About Synchronoss
Synchronoss Technologies (Nasdaq: SNCR) builds software that empowers companies around the world to connect with their subscribers in trusted and meaningful ways. The company’s collection of products helps streamline networks, simplify onboarding, and engage subscribers to unleash new revenue streams, reduce costs and increase speed to market. Hundreds of millions of subscribers trust Synchronoss products to stay in sync with the people, services, and content they love. Learn more at www.synchronoss.com.

Media Relations Contact:
Domenick Cilea
Springboard
dcilea@springboardpr.com

Investor Relations Contact:
Matt Glover / Tom Colton
Gateway Group, Inc.
SNCR@gatewayir.com

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Francisco Oliva Named Business Development Manager, South America for Nikkiso Clean Energy and Industrial Gases Group

TEMECULA, Calif., Dec. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nikkiso Cryogenic Industries’ Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group (“Group”), a part of the Nikkiso Co., Ltd (Japan) group of companies, is pleased to announce that Francisco Oliva has been named Business Development Manager for South America.

Francisco has both a Mechanical Engineering and MBA degree and brings over 30 years’ experience in the Industrial Gas industry working with Air Products (previously Indura) in South America. He has been instrumental in implementation and optimization of business development, processes, and project management for national and multinational companies in the areas of acquisitions, business development and procurement in South America.

Based in Santiago, Chile, he will manage and develop business opportunities there and in the entire South American territory, and will report to Emile Bado, Executive Vice President, Sales and Business Development and George Pappagelis, President of Nikkiso Cosmodyne.

“We look forward to be able to grow and expand our support of this important market with Francisco’s industry and market knowledge, and to further develop opportunities in this region” according to Emile Bado.

With this addition, Nikkiso continues their commitment to be both a global and local presence for their customers.

ABOUT CRYOGENIC INDUSTRIES
Cryogenic Industries, Inc. (now a member of Nikkiso Co., Ltd.) member companies manufacture and service engineered cryogenic gas processing equipment (pumps, turboexpanders, heat exchangers, etc.), and process plants for Industrial Gases, Natural gas Liquefaction (LNG), Hydrogen Liquefaction (LH2) and Organic Rankine Cycle for Waste Heat Recovery. Founded over 50 years ago, Cryogenic Industries is the parent company of ACD, Nikkiso Cryo, Nikkiso Integrated Cryogenic Solutions, Cosmodyne and Cryoquip and a commonly controlled group of approximately 20 operating entities.

For more information, please visit www.nikkisoCEIG.com and www.nikkiso.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Anna Quigley
+1.951.383.3314
aquigley@cryoind.com

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Water For People Expands Country Programs in East Africa to Include Tanzania

Water For People Tanzania is the first program expansion in 10 years

Denver, CO & Dodoma, Tanzania, Dec. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — This fall, Water For People launched Water For People Tanzania, the first new country program in ten years and the fourth in Africa. Program expansions like this are critical for reaching the organization’s 2030 goals of bringing bring clean water and sanitation to 200 million people. These goals support U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 6 which ensures the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

“Tanzania has had comprehensive sector development plans since 2008,” says Co-CEO Samson Bekele.  “The national government’s desire for accountable and effective services mean means our ability to collaborate in the districts we serve will be much more fruitful. Because Water For People plans to eventually exit countries, partnering with governments and strengthening national systems is vital for sustainable access.” Additionally, Tanzania’s proximity to the successful Water For People programs in Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda creates a unique opportunity to use shared learnings.

The opening of the Tanzania program office in Dodoma will initially support regionwide WASH planning capacity with a special focus on the Mpwapwa district. Mpwapwa, one of the seven districts of Dodoma region, has a population of 375,523. There are 57 registered Community Based Water Supply Organizations that are unable to meet all operation and maintenance costs, and of the 119 public schools, 62 don’t have water.

Historically, Mpwapwa received a sizeable share of investment for water supply and the mix of rural and urban settlements mean that a range of WASH management institutions are present in the district; however, many installed/developed water infrastructure are no longer working and access to improved water supply coverage in the rural part of the district has remained below 40%.

“Collaborating in Mpwapwa gives us a chance to understand and address sector sustainability challenges firsthand,” says Country Director Rehema Tukai, “Sustainability is critical for making sure communities have access to safe water and sanitation forever.”

Water For People Tanzania:

P.O. Box 2120 | Plot No.12 / Block F/ House No.1 , Medeli/ Mazengo Street, Kisasa – Dodoma

Mobile No. +255 784 635245

About Water For People:

Water For People, motivated by the fact that water is a human right, is a nonprofit working across nine countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa to address the global water crisis. In bringing together communities, local businesses, and governments to build, operate, and maintain their own systems, Water For People’s approach ensures that every family, health clinic, and school has lasting access to safe water and sanitation.  This model, called Everyone Forever, secures sustainability for generations. Learn more at waterforpeople.org.

Hope Voelkel
Water For People
+1 (434) 409-2492
hvoelkel@waterforpeople.org

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PowerChina achieves common development through diversified cultural integration with countries across Southeast Africa

BEIJING, Dec. 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A report form CRIOnline:

Power Construction Corporation of China (PowerChina), one of the first batch of Chinese companies to expand their international business into Africa, has implemented many large-scale infrastructure construction projects in multiple countries across the southeastern part of the continent, making positive contributions to African economic development and the improvement in the livelihoods of local populations.

Karuma Hydropower Station, the largest such station under construction in Uganda, makes full use of water resources from the upper Nile River and will give a strong impetus to the country’s economic development once completed. Prior to commencing the project, PowerChina undertook eight impact studies during which experts were invited to evaluate the local biological environment and help decide the construction model, before finally deciding in tandem with the station owner to bury the generator set, large transformer and other equipment in an underground space. In addition, during the construction process, all work will be handled in such a way that all the original ground vegetation will be preserved to the greatest extent possible for peaceful coexistence with local indigenous wildlife.

In Zimbabwe, a country rich with local traditions and cultures, PowerChina conducted a series of systematic surveys with the local population before building the Hwange Thermal Power Station, the largest ever such facility in the country. To avoid conflicts due to misunderstandings, all Chinese employees were required to receive cultural competency training to respect local customs, while Chinese management concepts and systems were  made fully transparent to Zimbabwean employees.

Since the establishment of the project team for the Andekaleka Power Plant in Madagascar in 2018, PowerChina has pulled out all the stops to overcome the obstacles due to cultural, habitual and professional differences, and finally succeeded in implementing the project. The facility is expected to meet 50% of the electricity demand for the country’s capital of Antananarivo once it is put into operation by the end of 2022.

Despite the cultural differences, people have the same thoughts and aspirations everywhere. Every employee at PowerChina firmly believes that only by proactively engaging with the world’s many diversified cultures and interacting with the many social groups of every country and region in which they operate, can they inject lasting vitality into their international business and achieve common development with all customers, partners, stakeholders and local residents.

Security Council Report Monthly Forecast, December 2022

In December, India will hold the presidency of the Security Council.

India plans to organise two signature events during the month. The first signature event is an open debate on “New Orientation for Reformed Multilateralism” under the “Maintenance of international peace and security” agenda item. Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahman- yam Jaishankar is expected to chair the meeting. Secretary-General António Guterres and General Assembly President Csaba Korösi are expected to brief.

The second signature event is a briefing titled “Global Approach to Counter-terrorism—Challenges and Way Forward” under the “Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts” agenda item. Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is expected to chair this meeting also. Under-Secretary-General and head of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) Vladimir Voronkov and Acting Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) Weixiong Chen are expected to brief.

In December, the Council is expected to hold its semi-annual debate on the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT).

The outgoing chairs of the Security Council’s subsidiary bodies are also expected to brief the Council on their experiences of facilitating the work of those bodies.

African issues on the programme of work in December are:

Libya, briefing and consultations on the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL);

South Sudan, briefing and consultations on the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the briefing by the chair of the 2206 South Sudan Sanctions Committee;

Sudan, briefing and consultations on the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) and briefing by the chair of the 1591 Sudan Sanctions Committee;

Central Africa region, briefing and consultations on the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) and the implementation of the UN’s regional strategy to combat the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA); and

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), briefing and consultations on the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) and briefing by the chair of the 1533 DRC Sanctions Committee. The Council is also expected to renew MONUSCO’s mandate.

Middle East issues on the programme include:

Syria, monthly meetings on political/humanitarian developments and on the chemical weapons file;

Golan, consultations on the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) and the mandate renewal of UNDOF;

Yemen, the monthly meeting on developments;

“The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question”, the monthly meeting; and

Iraq, a briefing on the Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD).

In terms of European issues, the Council is likely to hold one or more meetings on Ukraine.

The only Asian issue planned in December is Afghanistan. The Council will hold its quarterly briefing and consultations on the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and will renew the mandate of the Monitoring Team assisting the 1988 Afghanistan Sanctions Committee. It is also likely to review the implementation of resolution 2615 of 22 December 2021, which established a humanitarian exception to the 1988 sanctions regime.

Regarding non-proliferation, the Council is expected to receive a briefing on the Secretary-General’s report on the implementation of resolution 2231 of 20 July 2015, which endorsed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear programme.

Other issues could be raised in December depending on developments.

Source: Security Council Report

The international community must respect the will of the sovereign people of Equatorial Guinea

What does the international community want for the Republic of Equatorial Guinea? That was the question posed by Anatolio Ndong Mba, Republic of Equatorial Guinea Ambassador Permanent Representative before the UN in New York, in an interview with TVGE. Ndong Mba, who has made no secret of his dissatisfaction with certain derogatory statements from the international community in relation to the recent presidential elections in our country, also briefly told the story of how the governing party in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea came into being.

While being interviewed by TVGE, in an effort to educate those who are still unaware of the PDGE’s history, and for those who already know it to fine-tune their observations, the ambassador went back a few years, saying first of all the following.

“The PDGE emerged from the process of Democratic Trial advocated by H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, in order to implement a multi-party system in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. Since then, the PDGE has been a pioneering party, the party of the people, and has been working, is working and continues to work with total coherence for the good of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea”.

“In fact” the diplomat continued, “I have had the good fortune to participate recently in the campaign for the presidential, legislative and municipal elections. And I have to say with great satisfaction that I have never seen a campaign like this before. It was a demonstration in which all social strata took part (young people, women, old people, the elderly) freely and with enthusiasm. And as we watched on television, in every corner of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, in every district of the country, the feeling was the same and the support was massive.

And what does that show? It shows what our charismatic leader Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has been doing since he took on the destiny of our nation on 3rd August 1979. In fact he has allowed the party to reap what he has sown at the head of the PDGE over the years. In other words, the course of the campaign was an unequivocal prelude to the outcome of the elections. The 94.9%, almost 95%, obtained by the PDGE in the latest polls is clear proof of this and shows the true situation, despite what is said by those who always see everything positive that happens in our country in a negative, contradictory way.

The people turned out to vote en masse despite the campaign to stop people firstly from registering and secondly from taking part in the vote. The opposite was the case. That shows the will of the people of Equatorial Guinea to live in peace, to live serenely. That means recognising the fine work of H. E., the President of the Republic, the President Elect. Work that is fully recognised. And the most curious thing, in fact, is the involvement of young people in this campaign, in this electoral process.

It is very important for our party. Young people have been fully involved in the campaign; they have been fully involved in voting massively and positively in favour of the PDGE candidate.

Now, what is regrettable, and I say this as Ambassador Permanent Representative of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea before the United Nations, is that several inconsistencies, incoherence and a lack of logic can be seen in certain international postures. Back in 2011 we witnessed one such decision regarding the Libya issue, and today that has degenerated into everything we know about armed groups in West Africa.

All in all, a destabilised country that has lost many people and where many people have lost their lives, and it is a source of regret. It is thus difficult to understand how it is that countries that have diplomatic representations in our country have witnessed first hand the course of the campaign and the voting process, where there has been no coercion whatsoever. Where the forces of law and order and the military have not been at the polling stations, but at the designated distance; where people have voted in the booths in secret in order to express their right to vote.

Where there have been counts at each polling station where the representatives of the political parties have taken part and the minutes have been signed. Where a result has been published that is a true reflection of what this electoral process has been like, and then they come out with statements branding the process as one of violations and lack of transparency. Then one has to ask, What do they really want? And I ask myself, What does the international community want for the Republic of Equatorial Guinea? Destabilisation? Disorder? Death?

Because the people of Equatorial Guinea want peace, they want continuity and they want dialogue. The people of Equatorial Guinea want their leader. That is something that the international community must understand once and for all. That the entire people of Equatorial Guinea are behind and support H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. If any doubts exist or existed in the minds of some, in the latest campaign and elections that took place, those doubts must have been dispelled. In our country’s elections, there were observers from the African Union, observers from the Economic Community of Central African States, in addition to observers from civil society. The pronouncement and verdict were clear. They were at the polling stations, they followed the voting process, but despite all this, comments emerge from some Western countries.

It is incomprehensible. How can one judge a process by pretending to have the truth in the face of international observers who were there, who visited the polling stations and who witnessed the entire campaign process, the entire voting process and, finally, the counting process during these elections? The result emerging from the count is the true picture, and there is no other. Indeed, the PDGE celebrated this well-deserved victory in style. This victory is a further guarantee that the Republic of Equatorial Guinea will continue to develop and will continue to live in peace and harmony, with continuity and dialogue. Because 14 political parties entered into a coalition with the PDGE. The leaders of these parties see the reality in the country and as a consequence of this tangible reality, they joined up with the PDGE. That is realistic politics.

And the result opens up excellent, brilliant prospects for the future of our country. The electoral process has been a celebration, and people, both nationally and internationally, have no choice but to recognise that fact.

Once again, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the people of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea on their great political maturity in massively supporting the people’s candidate.

I wish to congratulate the President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, on this huge renewal of the people’s trust in his distinguished person, because it is well-deserved. Congratulations are also due to all PDGE candidates for the Senate, Parliament and municipalities. Congratulations are due to the entire Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea and to its Secretary General. I would like to congratulate the director of the national campaign and his deputies, H. E. Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, Vice-President of the Republic Charged with Defence and National Security, for the great work and deployment throughout the country in support of the PDGE campaign.

This is, or has been, the election in a country in which the people voted en masse for their leader and their candidate. The elections were followed by international observers. Trying to undermine that fact does not really illustrate the point of those undermining countries or international organisations making judgements that do not match reality. Thus, from our Permanent Mission before the United Nations in New York and before the national media, I would ask those countries to congratulate the people of Equatorial Guinea. To congratulate H. E. the President of the Republic and our party on the great political maturity that the people have seen.

We know that the electoral processes in other countries result in of killings and violence. I don’t know if this is what is wanted for our country in order to make people happy. We have seen a celebratory process during the campaign. There have been no reports of mishaps. On polling day, we saw how everyone went to the stations voluntarily and many had to wait hour after hour for their turn to vote. This is political and civic maturity within the population that deserves congratulations. It is the sovereign will, it is the expression of the sovereign will of the people of Equatorial Guinea, and the international community must respect this sovereign will.

I would also like to congratulate the national media: RTVGE, ASONGA and all the nation’s official news media, for the excellent work done during this election campaign, covering the activities of all candidates without exception and showing everything that was happening.

I must also congratulate the Electoral Board, the Minister for the Interior and all members of the National Board for the commendable work carried out throughout the electoral process, which was a complete success”.

Source: EQUATORIAL GUINEA Official Web Page of the Government

Representatives of the UN Secretary-General agree to an annual meeting on issues related to peace and security in Central Africa

The first meeting of Representatives and Special Envoys of the Secretary-General in Central Africa initiated by UNOCA ended Thursday, December 1 in Luanda (Angola), after two days of work. The participants, who have decided to meet each year and on a rotating basis in different countries of the sub-region, include: Mr. Abdou Abarry, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Ms. Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO); Mrs. Valentine Rugwabiza, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Central African Republic and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and Mr. Huang Xia, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region. They discussed the political and security dynamics as well as the opportunities and potentialities of the sub-region.

The meeting allowed for in-depth reflection on the paths to follow for a coherent and concerted response by the United Nations to common challenges. At the end of the discussions, several points of convergence for better coordination were identified, including the need for regional entities to support MINUSCA and MONUSCO in the mobilization of regional actors and key (sub-)regional organizations. In this chapter, participants highlighted the importance of supporting joint bilateral and trilateral commissions on cross-border issues.

In addition, priority areas of intervention were explored. The creation of a synergy around the themes “Women, peace and security”, “Youth, peace and security” and on the issue of natural resources is one of them. It can be articulated within the framework of the realization of common projects and the mobilization of the actors concerned.

Countering hate speech and disinformation

In addition, senior UN officials have also advocated, among other things, for national and regional legislation on hate speech and disinformation. In this regard, they mentioned the need to capitalize on the draft regional strategy and action plan for the prevention and fight against hate speech in Central Africa adopted on June 24, 2022 in Kinshasa, highlighting its political dimensions. .

The recommendations take into account all the issues related to peace and security in Central Africa. Emphasis was placed on strengthening the role of (sub)regional organizations and UN country teams (agencies, funds and programmes) in addressing the links between peace, humanitarian development and climate change. The participants agreed to organize a meeting with the concerned partners during the first quarter of 2023 in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). These partners include the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (CIGLR), the Community of East African States (EAC), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), etc.

The Luanda meeting is in line with UNOCA’s mandate on the need to strengthen “coherence and coordination of the activities carried out by United Nations entities in the sub-region in favor of peace and security”. It was organized with the support of the United Nations System in Angola, under the leadership of Ms. Zahira Virani, Resident Coordinator. The opening ceremony (November 30) was honored by the presence of the Angolan Minister of External Relations, Mr. Téte António. The latter also granted, on the same day, an audience to all the representatives and special envoys of the UN Secretary General who took part in this event. All were also received on December 1 by President João Lourenço.

Source: UN Regional Office for Central Africa