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Mo Ibrahim: « Sudan is now at a turning point in its history »

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Mo Ibrahim: "Sudan is now at a turning point in its history"

Mo Ibrahim, president of the eponymous Foundation, welcomed the establishment of the Sovereign Transitional Council in Sudan. In an official statement, he believes this is a major turning point for the country and its citizens.

Indeed, this billionaire Anglo-Sudanese telecommunications entrepreneur and become a renowned international philanthropist hopes that this breakthrough will finally open a new chapter for Sudan and mark a peaceful transition to a stable democracy based on a civilian power.

« The road ahead is impressive and shows that a committed civil society, led by women and youth, and supported by continental and regional institutions, is able to achieve a peaceful and democratic transition. The commitment of all is now necessary to sustain this success, which is essential for the whole continent, « he said.

For the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the transition to a civilian democratic regime is the only way to guarantee that all Sudanese people benefit from good governance in the long term.

Therefore, she recommends, the pursuit of an inclusive dialogue between all actors, as well as the important support of the international community will be crucial for the success and sustainability of this transition.

« I am also pleased that the Sovereign Council now has two women among its members, including a representative of the Coptic Christian minority. I hope more young people and women will take an active role in the new government. We wish Abdallah Hamdok every success as he takes up his new duties and tackles the daunting task ahead, « said Ibrahim.

If this position of Prime Minister in Sudan has never before been occupied by a civilian personality, Abdallah Hamdok, chairman of the Consultative Council of the Ibrahim Index of Governance in Africa (IIAG) in the last six years, is the first.

At the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, no one doubts this man’s commitment to rigorous values ​​and shrewd leadership in the prioritization of economic prosperity, as well as the establishment of lasting peace throughout his country.

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Aged 63, Abdallah Hamdok, an economist and former UN collaborator, will also have to work with his government to lift the economy of Sudan that collapsed after the secession of the South in 2011. This country was deprived of all three quarter of its oil reserves.

As a reminder, Sudan is preparing this Wednesday, August 28, 2019 for the announcement of the composition of a new government, facing important challenges, after three decades of military power and months of protest that led to the fall of Omar al-Bashir.

Invested on August 21, Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok will appoint his cabinet members in the day among the names proposed by the Forces for Freedom and Change (FLC), spearhead of the protest movement.

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DRC: USD 100 million for the construction of the major cultural centre for Central Africa

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DRC: USD 100 million for the construction of the major cultural centre for Central Africa

Prime Minister Ilunkamba has just authorized, on Monday, October 14, 2019, the Minister of Urban Planning and Housing Then Mwabilu and the Minister of State for International Cooperation Guillaume Manjolo to sign two orders.

This, after his visit to the site where the great Cultural and Artistic Centre of Central Africa will be built as well as the INA Buildings, the National Institute of Arts, where he ordered the resumption of work.

DRC: USD 100 million for the construction of the major cultural centre for Central Africa

The first decree concerns the postponement of the decree of 14 October 2016 and the second concerns the decommissioning of a portion of land in favour of Sino-Congolese cooperation.

The Chinese company BEIJING URBAN CONSTRUCTION GROUP is in charge of building this large Centre for 30 months. The cost of the work is estimated at US$100 million.

After this visit to the field, the head of the Ilunga Ilunkamba Government himself presided over the signing ceremony of these two ministerial decrees for the implementation of the Chinese government’s donation to the DRC.

 

There was talk of ending the superposition of orders first by repealing the one that granted the same concession to Richesse Taylor.

DRC: USD 100 million for the construction of the major cultural centre for Central Africa

It should be noted that the cultural and artistic centre, one of the largest in Central Africa, will constitute, according to the Minister of State for Cooperation Guillaume Mandjolo, an innovative source for the public treasury and restore the DRC’s position as a leader in the world of African culture.

This large Centre will be located between the triumphal boulevard and Assossa avenues, a few metres from the People’s Palace.

The construction of this important cultural building includes the large 2,000-seat theatre, the small 800-seat theatre, meeting rooms, the gymnasium and a car park.

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DRC: Increasing progress in the fight against Ebola

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From 10 to 20 cases of contamination per day, the number of cases of Ebola has gone from 10 to 20 cases per day on Wednesday, October 02, 2019 to only one. In short, great progress has been made thanks to the curative and effective molecule discovered by Dr. Jean-Jacques Muyembe. Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamlba discussed the situation with the Ebola Virus Coordination Team.

Accompanied by the Deputy Minister of Health, Albert Mpeti Biyombo, team leader and virologist Muyembe Tamfum reviewed the disease’s progress in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri.

At the basis of this success, the organization of the fight associated with the administration of the curative and effective molecule that has been discovered. To this must be added the support of the population, which has a better understanding of the importance of its role as a component in the fight. Finally, the support and financing of partners.

The Ebola Virus Coordination Team Leader also indicated that coordination requires financial support. This will make it possible to continue to motivate the staff involved in the fight in the field so as not to lose all these achievements. And soon several partners involved in this fight will benefit from World Bank funding.

Dr. Muyembe asked the Head of Government to increase the number of these types of meetings for better information sharing with the objective of maintaining vigilance.

This working session took place on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Prime Minister’s Office.

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DRC: restitution of the Kenya meeting on the global biodiversity framework for the post-2020 period

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DRC: restitution of the Kenya meeting on the global biodiversity framework for the post-2020 period

A feedback workshop on the first meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the new Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework was held in Kinshasa from 1 to 3 October 2019 at the initiative of the General Secretariat for Environment and Sustainable Development, with the support of partners.

Experts from both public and private institutions in the DRC, representatives of environmental civil society organizations as well as indigenous peoples and local communities took part. The aim is to immerse ourselves in the results of the conference held from 27 to 30 August in Kenya.

The aim of this workshop was to encourage stakeholders to become involved in the preparatory process of the above-mentioned framework, as recommended in decision 14/34. And launch the consultation process on possible elements of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework as proposed.

Stakeholders shared the results of the first meeting of the Working Group for three days to select elements of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework relevant to the DRC. This will allow the DRC to better prepare itself to participate in the next meetings planned in the same framework and to share its agreed priorities in a consensual manner at the country level.

« Kenya’s meeting was important in that it reassured us that, at the international level, the priorities selected by the DRC in the field of biodiversity are beautiful and well integrated into this new global biodiversity framework. It should also be noted that the funding that will be mobilized globally for biodiversity in the next decade will be directed towards actions in line with this new framework, » said Mike Ipanga, focal point of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at the Ministry of the Environment.

DRC: restitution of the Kenya meeting on the global biodiversity framework for the post-2020 period

In practice, the new Global Biodiversity Framework is intended to succeed the Strategic Plan for Biological Diversity 2011-2020. It should therefore be based on the lessons learned from the implementation of the plan and the Aichi biodiversity objectives and the best available scientific knowledge.

« Today’s reflections have turned around three objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the first of which is zero deforestation, zero species loss and a 50% reduction in man’s consumption and production footprint, » said Alfred Yoko, head of the Wildlife and Wild Flora Programme at WWF/DRC.

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