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China ready to partner Nigeria to enhance security cooperation, others



China has said it stands ready to enhance its security cooperation, expand inclusive development, improve connectivity and deepen people-to-people understanding with Nigeria through the Belt and Road initiative (BRI).

Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Zhou Pingjian, said this at the Abuja-Beijing Consensus Roundtable in Abuja on Thursday.

Zhou said his government’s commitment to work with Nigeria was to bring “more tangible BRI cooperation benefits” to both countries and peoples.

“The Belt and Road cooperation is entering a new stage, bringing enormous opportunities for high-quality BRI cooperation between China and Nigeria.”

The envoy recalled that the Belt and Road Forum held in Beijing in April was fruitful with the signing of agreements of over 64 billion dollars with different business representatives from participating countries.

The ambassador said China also signed over 100 bilateral and multilateral cooperation documents with relevant countries.

He added that the Coordinators’ Meeting on the implementation of the follow-up actions of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit would be held in Beijing in June.

Zhou said the meeting would facilitate prompt and efficient implementation of the eight major initiatives of the Chinese Government with African countries over the next three years.

The initiatives announced by Chinese Government at the FOCAC summit in Sept. 2018 covered areas ranging from industrial promotion, facility connectivity, trade facilitation, green development, capacity building, among others.

Also speaking, Mr Shuijin Ye, President, China General Chamber of Commerce in Nigeria, said the roundtable provided a forum to explore Nigeria-China cooperation and the BRI.

Shuijin said the Economic Recovery Growth Plan of the Federal Government was closely aligned with the policy direction of the BRI.

“The ERGP aims to achieve sustainable and high-quality development by strengthening infrastructure, expanding financing channels, promoting private sector development and focusing on solving the problems of energy, electricity.

“It also focuses on solving the problems of foreign exchange shortage, unfriendly business environment and lack of technology which hinders development.

“ERGP is a choice of the Nigerian Government and people to meet the needs of social development.”

He added that Nigeria-China cooperation had huge opportunities and potential and the ERGP, FOCAC and BRI were the driving platforms for enhanced cooperation between the two countries.

The former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Aminu Wali, said Nigeria should embrace the BRI and build a new framework to promote inclusive governance and for international cooperation.

“Nigeria should naturally welcome and work assiduously for a new framework for international cooperation and an inclusive global governance process such as the BRI that meets the earnest and legitimate struggle of African nations.”

Wali added that the participation of nearly 40 African countries in the second Belt and Road Forum held in April sought to promote issues at the core of the BRI.

Edited by Donald Ugwu


DR Congo refugees head home to Kasai region from Angola – UN





UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic said at a UN briefing in Geneva that the movement was in apparent response to reports of better security in their places of origin.

“This appears to be a response to reports of improved security in some of their places of origin.

“Anxiety to return home in time for the beginning of the academic year, is also a strong factor,’’ Mahecic said.n

He noted that the refugee departures reported from Aug. 18 were spontaneous as more than a thousand had already crossed into DRC.

He said that many others were moving toward the border to DRC’s Kasai region from the Lovua settlement in Angola.

Kasai province is recovering from deadly clashes between armed groups and DRC forces in 2017 that displaced over 1.4 million people from their homes.

Around 37,000 refugees from the violence crossed into Angola which hosts more than 60,000 refugees and asylum-seekers, primarily from DRC.

Mahecic said this week’s spontaneous returns from northeastern Angola are linked with presidential elections.

He added that recent discussions between the visiting DRC officials and refugees had also help.

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Kenya set for national census after ten years





Zachary Mwangi, director general of Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) told journalists in Nairobi that the last census was conducted in 2009 with minimal use of technology.

“The 2019 population and housing census will for the first time, capture data electronically through a mobile device in order to ensure more accurate information, security of data and faster processing of the results,’’ he said.

Mwangi added that enumeration will start on Saturday and end on Aug. 30.

The preliminary results will be released three months after the end of the exercise.

KNBS noted that the preparation, enumeration and tabulation of the census results are expected to cost 18.5 billion shillings (179 million U.S. dollars).

Mwangi observed that all those who will be within the Kenyan borders on the census night will be counted including persons on transit and outdoor sleepers.

According to the government official, the information to be collected will give an accurate picture of the number of people living in the country.

The official said the census is expected to help the country in the planning and formulation of policies to enhance the delivery of public services.


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Japan’s Abe sets out for G7 summit in France




Leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the U.S. will converge on the southern French town of Biarritz from Aug. 24 to Aug. 26.

According to local media, during the summit, Abe plans to discuss with fellow G7 leaders about global affairs including international trade and climate change,

Abe told newsmen before his departure that he would discuss and seek progress on issues of sustainable global growth and free trade promotion, as well as regional issues such as North Korea, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and Iran.

The local media added that in the tense atmosphere due to clashes between the U.S. and other members, Abe would attempt to play a part in preventing rifts within the G7 from widening,

The Japanese prime minister is scheduled to return to Japan on Tuesday.


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Kenya calls for more efforts to save African elephant



Kenya calls for more efforts to save African elephant


KWS made the plea at the ongoing Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Geneva, Switzerland.

It added that the theme of the convention was “the world stand for the survival of the giraffe and African elephant’’.

The KWS said in a statement issued in Nairobi that Kenya sought to get protection status by listing all nine giraffe subspecies in Appendix II.

It added that all elephants were also listed in Appendix I, adding that Kenya is preventing any down listing of elephants or reopening of ivory trade.

KWS said participants at the 18th Conference of the Parties of the CITES voted in favour of listing the species for the first time to protect it from unregulated trade.

According to conservationists, giraffe numbers have plummeted dramatically, by up to 40 per cent over the last 30 years, due to threats including international trade in their parts, as well as habitat loss, civil unrest and illegal hunting.

Giraffes are now listed in Appendix II to allow for trade monitoring and population status.

No down listing of elephants was allowed and no changes to allow ivory trade was allowed at the CITES meeting.

The Appendix II listing was proposed by the Central African Republic, Chad, Kenya, Mali, Niger and Senegal.

It was passed by 106 votes in support, with 21 votes against and seven abstentions.

An earlier vote on limiting the protection to apply only to sub-species outside of Southern Africa failed to achieve the required number of votes to pass.

In spite of the vote to save the giraffe, the KWS said, challenges remain in improving livelihoods, law enforcement, and closure of domestic ivory markets.

While giraffes fall prey to poaching for bush meat, bones, skin and tail hair, there is also a significant amount of international trade in their bone carvings and trophies, KWS said. (Xinhua/NAN)



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Chinese, other enterprises urged to invest in NW Zambia



Chinese, other enterprises urged to invest in NW Zambia


Chingola, Zambia, Aug. 23, 2019 (Xinhua/NAN) Chinese enterprises, among other international investors, have been urged to take advantage of the North West Expo 2019 to invest in various economic ventures in north-western Zambia.

Provincial permanent secretary Willies Manjimela on Friday said the expo has been a success as it received overwhelming response from both local and foreign stakeholders.

Manjimela said the expo has triggered investment opportunities through attracting both local and international investors.

“We are hopeful that investors such as the Chinese and others will consider investing in the province after being availed with the investment opportunities that prevail in the region,’’ Manjimela said.

The expo was officially opened by President Edgar Lungu on Aug. 19, and it ends on Aug. 24.

Recently, Mukumbi Kafuta, President of Northwestern Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the chamber, working in conjunction with the provincial administration, invited the Chinese enterprises to be part of the expo.

Kafuta said China has the resources and skilled manpower to invest in the province. (Xinhua/NAN)


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