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Wetangula says diplomats under instructions to promote Raila’s AU bid – KBC


Kenyan ambassadors across the continent are under instructions from President William Ruto to popularize Raila Odinga’s Africa Union Commission (AUC) chairmanship to ensure he clinches the seat come February 2025.

National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula said the envoys, including retired emissaries, have been directed to make use of their contacts in the different African countries to give impetus to the campaign.

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“The envoys and those of us who have worked in the foreign affairs docket have instructions from the president to make use of our immense contacts across the continent of Africa to ensure Raila sails through,” he said.

Wetang’ula asked the envoys to popularize Raila Odinga’s bid through their respective bids, adding that the government will make every effort to ensure that he wins the seat.

Speaking at Rabuor Primary School in Kisumu County during the homecoming ceremony for Kenya’s ambassador to Egypt Fred Outa, the Speaker said Raila Odinga was not a candidate by himself, but was being fronted and supported by the government to make the bid a success.

On his part, Outa, who thanked President Ruto for the appointment, said he was going to do everything possible through his mission in North Africa state to deliver victory for Raila.

“This is a directive from the appointing authority and we are taking it very seriously. Next week I will be traveling to Eritrea to plead with the president to support Raila Odinga’s bid,” he said.

He urged his colleagues across the continent to take the campaign seriously to deliver victory for Raila and Kenya.

If successful, Raila Odinga will replace former Chad Prime Minister Moussa Faki whose term comes to an end in February.


Al-Mandalawi participates in the first working session of the 36th conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union


Acting Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mohsen Al-Mandalawi, participated on Sunday in the first working session of the 36th Conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union held in Algeria, in the presence of the President of the Union, Ibrahim Bou Ghali, and the heads of parliaments and the participating delegations.
The media office of the Acting Speaker of the House of Representatives said in a statement received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA): “The heads of the participating Arab parliaments, councils and delegations extended their thanks to Al-Mandalawi, the former President of the Arab Parliamentary Union, for his great efforts that he made during the period of Iraq’s presidency of the Union and under difficult and exceptional circumstances that the region was going through.”
  “During the session, the agenda was approved, and the reports of the President and the Secretary-General, and the reports of the sessions (32, 33, and 34) of the Executive Committee of the Arab Parliamentary Union were presented for approval, in addition to the speeches of the heads of parliaments, councils, and delegations.”

Egypt, Italy review progress on $100m debt swap programme – Dailynewsegypt


Rania Al-Mashat, Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation, and Michele Quaroni, the Italian Ambassador to Cairo, convened the management committee for the Egyptian-Italian debt swap programme at the Ministry’s headquarters in the New Administrative Capital.

The Sunday meeting focused on the progress of the program’s third phase, valued at $100m, and discussed the potential scope of a fourth phase.

The third phase is funding a range of development projects in food security, agriculture, higher education, civil society, environmental conservation, cultural heritage preservation, women’s empowerment, wheat storage infrastructure, and child protection.

Al-Mashat commended the debt swap mechanism, noting that it serves as a model for other development partners. The program aims to alleviate Egypt’s external debt burden while supporting projects aligned with national priorities.

The committee emphasized the importance of regular meetings to ensure efficient implementation and maximum impact.

The meeting addressed the status of various projects within the third phase, including strategies to overcome obstacles and maximize the use of available funds. Al-Mashat underscored the Ministry’s commitment to coordinating with relevant ministries and stakeholders to develop a comprehensive vision for utilizing the remaining funds to complete ongoing projects by the end of the year.

Discussions also touched upon the potential for Italian participation in the “Hub for Advisory, Finance & Investment for Enterprises” platform, launched by the Ministry to streamline financial and technical services offered to the private sector by development partners.

Both parties agreed to initiate negotiations for a fourth phase of the debt swap program. The Italian ambassador emphasized Italy’s keen interest in supporting Egypt’s “NWFE” program, focusing on water, food, and energy. Potential areas of cooperation for the new phase include the agricultural food sector, support for marginalized groups affected by climate change and food insecurity, investment in human capital, and the establishment of agricultural technical schools.

Egypt and Italy have a longstanding partnership dating back to the 1970s. The first phase of the debt swap program, launched in 2001, saw the implementation of 54 projects, while the second phase, initiated in 2007, supported 32 projects. The current third phase, signed in 2012, is ongoing, bringing the total value of the three phases to approximately $350m.

Previous phases have funded a wide array of projects, from rural development and educational initiatives to green transformation projects and water supply system rehabilitation. The second phase focused on poverty reduction, job creation, waste management, industrial school modernization, and technical education complexes.

Nile Valley Solidarity, Al-Mahrousa mark Africa Day with cultural celebrations – Dailynewsegypt


The Nile Valley Solidarity Initiative and the Al-Mahrousa Foundation for Development and Participation jointly hosted a series of events on May 23 and 25 to celebrate Africa Day, marking the anniversary of the Organization of African Unity’s founding.

Researchers, media professionals, and young leaders from the Nile Valley region attended the two-day event, which included workshops and artistic performances. Several civil society activists were honoured for their contributions to the Nile Valley community. Among those recognized were journalist Saif Al-Buraq for his support of the Sudanese community in Egypt, director Mahmoud Al-Adawi for his artistic collaborations with the Gange Training Center, and coach Tarek Tower for his work promoting integration between Sudanese and Egyptian residents.

The first day featured a workshop titled “Community Mechanisms to Enhance Egyptian-African Communication and Cooperation to Combat All Forms of Hate Speech and Exclusion.” The workshop explored themes of community solidarity, national integration, and Egypt’s role in welcoming individuals displaced by war. It emphasized the importance of cultural diversity and rejecting exclusionary practices.

On the second day, celebrations moved to the historic Sultan Qaitbay Complex. Attendees enjoyed a musical concert led by artist Hiba El-Jazouli and her band. A Sultan Bazaar showcased Egyptian and Sudanese handicrafts, promoting cultural exchange and economic cooperation between the two countries.

The events underscored the importance of fostering unity and understanding within the Nile Valley region and celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Africa.

PM affirms Egypt’s full support for Somalia – Egyptian Gazette


CAIRO – Egyptian Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli affirmed Egypt’s full support for Somalia in light of close historical relations between the two sides.

Meeting with Somali Ambassador in Cairo Elias Sheikh Omar Abu Bakr, the premier emphasized the importance of achieving security, stability, and peace in Somalia as a fundamental pillar for achieving security and stability in the region as a whole.

The meeting was held at the Cabinet HQs in the New Administrative Capital.

Abubakar expressed his pride in his term as ambassador for his country in Egypt.

He praised Cairo’s active role in support of Mogadishu, especially given the political and security challenges it faces, which require the support of Arab nations, especially Egypt.

Algerian-Qatari-German Hospital: The Project Has Entered Its Implementation Phase – The Maghreb Times !



The Algerian-Qatari-German hospital project has entered its implementation phase with the creation of the company owned 60% by the Qatari Elegancia Fund and 40% by the National Investment Fund (FNI).

In a press release, the FNI recalls that this project called: “Algerian Qatari Healthcare Services”, is the “fruit of cooperation between the Algerian State and the Emirate of Qatar.”

“The hospital, with a capacity of 300 beds, will be located in Sidi Abdellah (West of Algiers, editor’s note), it will respond to a significant demand for specialized care such as Cardiac diseases, Neurosurgery, Oncology”, recalls the same source.

In October 2023, an agreement was signed in Algiers, for the launch of construction work on the Algerian-Qatari-German hospital, which is scheduled to enter service in 2025.

The project for this hospital will be accompanied by a training institute for medical staff, which reflects the desire of both parties to strengthen and develop this sector for the benefit of Algeria.

This hospital, equipped with modern resources, includes 30 intensive care units, 15 operating theaters and 40 outpatient clinics, in addition to 20 areas dedicated to emergencies, bringing together high-level medical skills and cutting-edge technologies in diagnosis and treatment in only one place.

The project will also contribute to meeting a large number of medical needs, particularly in the field of specialized medical services such as complex heart diseases, liver surgery, neurosurgery and spinal deformities, as well as oncological surgery. and chemotherapy.


President Sisi directs officials to work on development of Egypt’s ports network – Egyptian Gazette


CAIRO – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Sunday issued instructions to officials to continue efforts of developing Egypt’s ports network, in line with state’s strategy to utilise the infrastructure established over the past years, in a way that boosts the state’s full capacities and creates more job opportunities for people.

This came during a meeting between the president and Minister of Transport Kamel el-Wazir, Commander of the Navy Vice-Admiral Ashraf Atwa and a number of top-brass commanders.

President Sisi was briefed on progress achieved in the establishment, upgrading and operation of ports across the state, in light of their vital role in all sectors of the state, as well as their role in reinforcing Egypt’s status as a regional and global hub for maritime transport, logistics and transit trade, according to Presidential Spokesman Ahmed Fahmy.

Lois Ann Frye Smith, 100


“Life is not fair, get over it!” Lois Ann Frye Smith said goodbye to her earthly existence, after passing the century mark on Feb. 7, and crossed over to the other side on Tuesday, April 30, 2024. Saying until we meet again to her six children, Steve Frye (Beth Blacker), Tim Frye, Kristin Kavanagh (Bill), Lisa Dawson (Tony), Melissa Case (Larry), and Erik Frye (Sheila), 11 grandkids, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Education was always important to Lois Ann and her five siblings growing up on their South Dakota farm. She started teaching at 16 and continued her higher education graduating magna cum laude from St. Olaf College. Her education career continued throughout her life at different school districts in the Twin Cities as both a teacher and administrator, then in retirement helping new citizens.

She was drawn to Montana with her sisters, working at Lake McDonald Lodge, where she met her first husband, Rodd Frye. This love for Glacier continued as the family grew and enjoyed summers at different ranger stations on Lake McDonald. The love for Montana lives on in her children and future generations who live here and regularly visit the Crown of the Continent. 

Mom was a traveler, especially with her second husband, Marv Smith and her longtime friend, Bobby Castren. A special journey was traveling with her siblings and spouses to their family roots in Norway; from Europe and Scandinavia to the pyramids in Egypt, even riding an elephant and bamboo raft in Thailand, Lois Ann experienced and lived a full life! 

She enjoyed the daily newspaper crossword puzzle, completing it in ink well into her 90s.

Covid isolation took its toll on Lois Ann with the onset of dementia. Though as that nasty disease robbed Lois Ann of her memory, she still recognized her children and enjoyed visits from her grand and great-grandkids and pictures of “her babies!” Mom spent the last three years in the Footsteps Memory Care of the Springs, and the family expresses our thanks for the loving attention and care of the staff there.

If you feel inclined to honor Lois Ann with a donation, please consider the Glacier Conservancy or the charity of your choice. A memorial for Lois Ann will be held later.

Somali Delegation Joins 36th Union of Arab Parliaments Session in Algeria to Foster Regional Collaboration


MOGADISHU, Somalia – A delegation from Somalia, led by MP Saeed Mohamed Mohamud, a member of the Executive Committee of the Union of Arab Parliaments, has arrived in Algeria to participate in the 36th session of the Union of Arab Parliaments.

This significant gathering, hosted by the Algerian government, aims to foster collaboration and strengthen relationships among Arab nations.

MP Saeed Mohamed Mohamud, along with the rest of the Somali delegation, will join representatives from various Arab countries to discuss a range of important topics and issues affecting the region. The conference provides a platform for Arab parliaments to exchange ideas, coordinate activities, and promote unity among member states.

The 36th session of the Union of Arab Parliaments is set to take place in Algeria from May 26-27, 2024. This event is a testament to the ongoing commitment of Arab nations to work together for the betterment of the region and its people.

During the conference, participants will engage in discussions on various topics, including regional security, economic cooperation, and cultural exchange. The aim is to enhance the exchange between Arab Parliaments, coordinate the activities of member parliaments in international arenas, and strengthen the bonds of brotherhood among Arab countries.

The Somali delegation’s participation in the 36th session of the Union of Arab Parliaments underscores the country’s dedication to regional cooperation and its active role in promoting peace, stability, and development in the Arab world. As the conference unfolds, it is expected that the delegates will contribute to the formulation of strategies and policies that will benefit not only Somalia but also the entire Arab region.

In conclusion, the Somali delegation’s arrival in Algeria to participate in the 36th session of the Union of Arab Parliaments is a significant step towards fostering unity and collaboration among Arab nations. The conference provides a unique opportunity for representatives from Somalia and other Arab countries to come together, share ideas, and work towards a brighter future for the region.

Vietnam Eyes Strengthening Multifaceted Cooperation with Africa


The celebration was attended by representatives from Africa’s embassies in Vietnam, including Egypt, Algeria, Angola, Libya, Morocco, Mozambique, South Africa, and Nigeria; diplomatic missions in Hanoi; and representatives from Vietnamese ministries and agencies.

Speaking at the celebration, Assistant Minister Nguyen Minh Vu emphasized the historical significance of Africa Day, which honors African countries’ resilient and persistent fighting spirit for national liberation in the past, as well as progress and achievements in the work of building and developing a peaceful and prosperous Africa in modern times.

Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Vu
Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Vu.

The Vietnamese diplomat affirmed that Vietnam values the African Union‘s (AU) position and prestige in the continent’s political-security, economic, and social life; and congratulated the African people, led by the AU, on achieving many great development achievements recognized by the United Nations and the international community, as evidenced by the AU’s official membership in the G20.

He expressed confidence that with African countries actively promoting the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Africa would become the world’s dynamic development center in the future.

Assistant Minister Nguyen Minh Vu expressed his appreciation for African countries’ achievements, affirming that Vietnam always values ​​and wishes to promote and deepen Vietnam-Africa multifaceted cooperative relations at bilateral and multilateral levels.

Vietnam has officially become an Observer of the AU from December 2023 and has recently made many practical contributions to the initial achievements of the AU’s 2063 Agenda with a vision of “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena”, especially in the four fields of peacekeeping, ensuring food security, developing digital infrastructure, and improving the quality of human resources. In the context of Vietnam’s trade with the rest of the world facing several challenges in 2023, the two-way trade turnover increased by 8.9% to 8.92 billion USD, up from 2022.

Moroccan Ambassador Jamale Chouaibi
Moroccan Ambassador Jamale Chouaibi.

Speaking at the ceremony, Moroccan Ambassador Jamale Chouaibi, Head of the Group of Ambassadors of African Countries in Hanoi, stated that Africa is emerging and undergoing an economic and systemic transformation with the ultimate goal of ensuring a fair and sustainable future. He also emphasized Africa’s role as a global growth engine and a “land of opportunity.”

Despite the significant challenges posed by political instability, climate change, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Africa is actively cooperating with partners to achieve long-term economic development.

Delegates of the celebration.
Delegates of the celebration.

Ambassador Jamale Chouaibi stated that with Vietnam’s strengths and experience and Africa’s huge natural needs and advantages, the two sides have a lot of potential for cooperation, particularly in food security, health, and energy, to build a prosperous and connected world.

At the celebration, Assistant Minister Nguyen Minh Vu and Ambassadors and leaders from Vietnam’s ministries, departments, and branches, visited the display counters of African embassies, which featured numerous unique cultural elements and traditional cuisine of African countries.

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The 10th African Investment, and Commerce Forum facilitated hundreds of business-to-business meetings, fostering partnerships and collaboration among stakeholders seeking entry to the African market.