NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
An official of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and
Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Roselyn Akombe, resigned on Wednesday,
calling for a halt to next week’s presidential elections.
statement released from New York, Commissioner Akombe said there is
need for the regulatory body to be courageous and speak out. The
election slated for Oct. 26 cannot meet the basic expectations of a
credible election, the statement said.
alleged a partisan approach by some of her colleagues, saying “it
has become increasingly difficult to continue attending plenary
meetings where commissioners come ready to vote along partisan lines
and not to discuss the merit of issues before them.”
commissioner was supposed to inspect the printing of the ballot
papers in Dubai,the United Arab Emirates, but instead went to the
become the face of the IEBC by conducting virtually all media
interviews on its behalf. She said she had tried her best, given the
circumstances, but “it has become increasingly difficult to appear
on television to defend positions I disagree with in the name of
political conditions did not exist when the Supreme Court issued
orders on Sept. 1 to organize the presidential election within 60
days, she said.
standoff between the ruling coalition led by President Uhuru
Kenyatta and the opposition coalition, the National Super Alliance,
occurred after the leader of the latter, Raila Odinga withdrew from
the repeat polls, accusing the IEBC of failing to implement the
reforms requested by them.
next week’s presidential poll should be postponed in light of the
ongoing political turmoil and disagreements among the stakeholders.
She said she
had shared detailed reports from staff in the four counties in
Western Kenya most hit by the ongoing protests—Nairobi, Siaya,
Kisumu, and Homa Bay, hoping it would bring sobriety to the IEBC’s
this was met with more extremist responses from most commissioners,
who are keen to have an election even if it is at the cost of the
lives of our staff and voters,” she said.
staff are getting last-minute instructions on changes in technology
and electronic transmission of results. In some parts of the
country, the training of presiding officers is being rushed for fear
of attacks from protestors, she added.
Algerian parties monitor 19th
CPC National Congress keenly
ALGIERS, (Xinhua) --
Leaders of Algeria’s ruling and opposition parties
both are showing keen interest in the 19th National
Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), given its major role
in China’s development as an economic power.
Zoulikha, a member of the central committee of the ruling National
Liberation Front, said China was a pivotal country and the CPC had
contributed to the development of China’s domestic and foreign
policies, transforming the country into an economic giant.
that the 19th CPC National Congress, which opened
Wednesday in Beijing, will analyze current international and
domestic situations and set guidelines and policies in line with the
trend of the times.
Laouar, a leader of the Movement of Society for Peace, Algeria’s
main opposition, said his party has been closely following all CPC
development stands at a new historical starting point, and socialism
with Chinese characteristics has entered a new phase of
development,” he commented.
national congress, held every five years, elects the party’s
leadership and draws a blueprint for national development for the
next five years and beyond.
Libyan court suspends presidential
council decision to form military zones
Tripoli, (Xinhua) --
The Benghazi Court of Appeal on Tuesday suspended a
decision of the Tripoli-based Presidential Council to form seven
said that it issued its ruling to the appeal filed by the Council’s
Vice-President Fathi al-Majbari, along with other deputies, against
the Presidential Council’s decision.
formally accepted the appeal and suspended the execution of the
decision, saying that the decision was taken by the President of the
Council and Prime Minister Fayez Serraj individually without
consulting his deputies, which is contrary to the Articles of the
issued a decision earlier in June to form seven military zones
throughout the country.
triggered disputes with the commander of the eastern-based army,
General Khalifa Haftar, who rejected the decision because of the
“explicit interference in the army’s tasks.”
News Analysis: Egypt’s fruitful
mediation in Mideast
ssues enhances Cairo’s regional role: experts
By Mahmoud Fouly, Abdel-Maguid Kamal CAIRO,
(Xinhua) -- Egypt’s fruitful mediation in
some hot issues in the Middle East region, including the recent
inter-Palestinian reconciliation, cease-fire deals in Syria and
factional dialogues in Libya, has enhanced Cairo’s leading role in
the turmoil-stricken region, said Egyptian political experts.
proved effectiveness and influence in gathering conflicting parties
together either for inner reconciliation as in the Palestinian case,
cease-fire agreements as in the Syrian crisis, or settlement talks
as in the Libyan issue.
last week the signing of a reconciliation agreement between rival
Palestinian movements Fatah and Hamas to end their long-time rift
and enable a unity government to take over and have full control of
the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
the Palestinian consensus government has already started
restructuring its ministries and departments in Gaza as part of the
Egyptian-brokered reconciliation deal.
deal under Egyptian sponsorship signifies that Egypt is in more
control than other regional powers over this issue,” said Mohamed
Gomaa, researcher at the Arab and Regional Unit of Cairo-based Al-Ahram
Center for Political and Strategic Studies.
between Egypt and Hamas have been tense since the Egyptian military
ousted former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, a Hamas ally, in
2013, and outlawed his Muslim Brotherhood group. Ties gradually
improved after Hamas showed security cooperation with Egypt and
disengaged itself from the brotherhood.
is not in good terms with Turkey and Qatar, as both hosted fleeing
members of the currently blacklisted brotherhood group following
positive progress signifying that Fatah and Hamas seem more earnest
to achieve reconciliation. It is in the end in favor of Egypt’s
national security and its anti-terror war in the restive North Sinai
province when Gaza is controlled by a unity government that is not
in constant confrontation with Israel.
the reunion deal reflects Egypt’s success until now in limiting the
influence of Qatar and Turkey on Hamas movement,” Gomaa told Xinhua,
adding that it also shows Egypt’s restoration of its sponsorship of
the inter-Palestinian reconciliation in a better shape.
mediation between Palestinian factions is closely linked with the
desire of the United States, whose ties with Egypt improved under
the U.S. president Donald Trump after a rift at the time of Obama
administration, to revive the stalemated Middle East peace process
between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
also enhances Egypt’s role in the region as it involves a kind of
coordination between Cairo and Washington despite their different
visions on the core of the settlement process,” Gomaa pointed out.
On the very
same day the inter-Palestinian reconciliation deal was signed in
Cairo last week, Oct. 12, Egypt hosted a cease-fire agreement signed
by three rebel factions holding a small pocket of a territory in
southern Damascus, capital of war-torn Syria, with a guarantee from
August, Egypt and Russia also brokered an agreement to create a
“de-escalation zone” and a cease-fire between the Syrian government
forces and armed rebels in the northern Homs countryside in Syria.
Cairo successfully brokered an earlier deal to de-escalate conflict
in Eastern Ghouta region in Damascus.
of the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad are backed by
Russia, Iran and Shiite militias.
in brokering several cease-fire deals in Syria asserts that Cairo is
assuming its place in the arrangement of Arab issues,” said Tarek
Fahmy, a political science professor at Cairo University.
thus, is restoring its role in Arab open issues as a result of the
good performance of the Egyptian diplomacy whether regionally or
internationally,” the professor told Xinhua.
Arabia as a regional key player seeks removal of Assad, Egypt sees
that a political settlement in Syria is the best option to end the
six-year conflict that claimed the lives of about half a million
people and displaced and wounded over 14 million.
rising players in the region like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab
Emirates (UAE), in addition to Qatar as well, but Cairo still has
the upper hand in regional leadership. Egypt still coordinates and
cooperates with Saudi Arabia and the UAE as significant regional
players with successful development and political progress,” Fahmy
professor expects further growth of Egypt’s regional influence as a
result of its growing credibility due to addressing issues in a
peaceful approach without interfering in other countries’ domestic
affairs or engaging in regional conflicts.
credibility in keeping the same distance with all parties and powers
without bias,” said the professor.
been engaged in a civil war since the 2011 ouster and death of
former leader Muammar Gaddafi, which eventually divided the country
into two governments, a UN-backed one in Tripoli and a
parliament-backed, military-oriented one in Tobruk.
self-proclaimed Libyan national army led by Field Marshall Khalifa
Haftar, the government in Tobruk refuses to recognize the
Tripoli-based unity government led by Fayez al-Serraj.
eastern Libya, Egypt is concerned that the war-torn country could be
a new incubator for affiliate militants of the Islamic State (IS)
terrorist group, particularly after the IS decline in Syria and
Iraq, posing a direct threat to the Egyptian national security and
that of the Arab world in general.
mediating dialogue between different Libyan factions and it is not
only in direct contact with the internationally recognized
parliament but also with some leading forces in the cities of
Tripoli and Misrata,” said Mohamed Megahed al-Zayyat, adviser to the
Cairo-based Regional Center for Strategic Studies.
that Egypt has started to adopt a clear regional policy and that the
aspects of the Egyptian regional role has started to crystallize
after years of absence,” he added.
managed in May to host a rare meeting between Haftar and Serraj, the
two key rival figures in the country, which shows growing
contribution of influential Gulf states in the region. France also
managed in July to rarely bring face to face Haftar and Serraj for
leadership of President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi supports the
self-proclaimed Libyan national army led by Haftar and the
parliament-backed government in Tobruk.
is influenced by several powers like Turkey, Iran and Israel whose
roles expand when Egypt’s role declines and relatively decline when
Egypt’s role expands with the support of Arab states, particularly
Gulf ones like Saudi Arabia and the UAE,” the researcher told Xinhua.
Libyan FM under investigation over
granting diplomatic passport to foreigner
TRIPOLI, (Xinhua) --
Libya’s national defense and security committee of
the eastern-based parliament on Tuesday called for an urgent
investigation into allegations about the Tripoli-based UN-backed
Foreign Minister granting a diplomatic passport to a foreigner.
a member of the committee, added that the defense committee called
on the general intelligence agency and the attorney general to start
an urgent investigation into this case, plus “officially order
cancelling of passports issued to foreigners, and circulate the
cancellation of passports to the ports.”
deputy foreign minister of the government of national accord,
accused earlier foreign minister, Mohamed Sayala, of granting
diplomatic passports to foreigners, including the Syrian wife of the
Vice President of the Libyan-Arab bank Mohamed Abdel-Jawad.
responded, saying that the passport was renewed “because it was
issued during the time of former regime by order of the previous
leader (Muammar Gaddafi) ... It was also renewed by the successive
governments that came after the February uprising.”
remains politically divided despite signing a UN-sponsored peace
agreement and appointment of a unity government.
Libya’s Tripoli airport closed over
TRIPOLI, (Xinhua) --
Clashes renewed in the center of the Libyan capital
Tripoli on Tuesday, which led to closure of the nearby Tripoli
international airport for the third time in less than two days.
erupted again in residential neighborhoods of Ghararat area hours
after security forces took control. Patrols of the Special
Deterrence Force came under heavy fire,” a security source told
are still continuing. Flights in the Tripoli International Airport
have been stopped because clashes are too close to the airport, and
ammunition could hit airplanes flying over the area,” the source
is the third in less than two days. It was closed on Tuesday morning
for a few hours before flights were resumed.
Deterrence Force of the Interior Ministry earlier declared taking
control of the area and considered it a “military zone.”
“Many of the
criminals have been arrested in Ghararat area. The area is now being
fully secured,” the Force said earlier.
clashes killed three and injured four others, including an officer
of the Deterrent Force, according to security and medical sources.
warned residents against “moving in places of clashes for their
suffers security vacuum and unrest since the uprising that toppled
former leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011. The country is
plagued with chaos and political division.
147 illegal immigrants rescued off
western Libyan coast
TRIPOLI, (Xinhua) --
Libyan coast guards on Tuesday rescued 147 illegal
immigrants off the coast of the western city Garabulli.
Guards vessel rescued 147 illegal immigrants of different African
nationalities off the coast of Garabulli,” the Coast Guards said.
illegal immigrants were taken to Tripoli naval base. Medical
assistance was provided by the International Medical Corps. After
that, they were handed over to the Anti-illegal Immigration
Department and transferred to Tajura reception center,” the Coast
Anti-illegal Immigration Department on Tuesday said that 40
Bangladeshi migrants were repatriated from Libya as part of the
humanitarian repatriation program of the International Organization
for Migration (IOM) and Libyan authorities.
Monday said that more than 8,000 illegal immigrants have been
repatriated voluntarily from Libya this year so far.
and chaos in Libya that followed the 2011 uprising led to massive
flows of migrants through the Mediterranean towards European shores.
Those who are rescued at sea by Libyan navy are detained in
reception centers with poor living conditions.
TRIPOLI, (Xinhua) --
Illegal immigrants are seen at a naval base after they were
rescued by Libyan coast guards in Tripoli, Libya, on Oct. 17,
2017. Libyan coast guards on Tuesday rescued 147 illegal
immigrants off the coast of the western city Garabulli.
XINHUA PHOTO: HAMZA TURKIA
Nigerian police moves to halt
incessant killings in central state
ABUJA, (Xinhua) --
Nigerian police said on Tuesday it had launched an
investigation into recent attacks which claimed many lives in the
central state of Plateau.
police had deployed more armed personnel to the areas of the state
where gunmen wreaked havoc, Terna Tyopev, a police spokesman, told
At least 29
people were reportedly killed and many others wounded by gunmen who
attacked a village in Nkyien-Doghwro area of the state on Monday.
persons were killed and scores of others wounded when some attackers
invaded Taagbe Village in the state on Sunday. And on Sept. 7, at
least 19 people were killed in a village attack in the state.
three units of riot policemen had been deployed to forestall further
killing in the areas, in addition to a joint aerial surveillance of
the affected communities between the police and the Nigerian Air
state is situated in Nigeria’s middle belt where the
Muslim-dominated north and the Christian-majority south meet.
UN Peacekeeping chief voices
concern over situation in South Sudan
UNITED NATIONS, (Xinhua) --
UN Undersecretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations
Jean-Pierre Lacroix on Tuesday expressed concern over the dire
security and humanitarian situation in South Sudan and the lack of
progress in the political process.
and human rights situation in the country remain grave as fighting
continued in various parts of the country, said Lacroix in a
briefing to the UN Security Council.
humanitarian situation continued to deteriorate as a result of
fighting and an increasingly challenging operating environment for
humanitarian aid delivery, he said. The government’s security
institutions as well as opposition forces continue to restrict the
UN mission’s freedom of movement, he noted.
highly effective humanitarian operation that has reached millions
with life-saving assistance, without a reduction in conflict and
improved access, humanitarian indicators are likely to continue to
deteriorate,” he warned.
More than 2
million people have fled the country since the start of the conflict
in 2013 and another 1.9 million people are displaced within the
country, he said, warning that further displacement can be expected
and any significant return of refugees or internally displaced
people remains unlikely.
to the political process, Lacroix said that the conflict is a direct
outcome of a prolonged disproportionate access to power and wealth.
He said that all future dispensations must therefore rest on the
principle of inclusiveness that leads to equitable power and
wealth-sharing. He added that South Sudan has been held hostage to
personality politics and conflicts and that all processes and
international support must strive to build institutions so that
politics shifts from ownership by individuals to those institutions
that are accountable to the people of South Sudan.
He said the
conflict in South Sudan is a man-made conflict for which the leaders
of the country bear a direct responsibility.
Sudan condemns deadly terrorist
bombing in Somalia
KHARTOUM, (Xinhua) --
Sudan’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday condemned the
terrorist bombing earlier this week in the Somali capital of
Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its strong condemnation of the
terrorist bombing which took place at the heart of the Somali
capital Mogadishu on Saturday evening,” said the ministry in a
described the bombing as “a crime contradicting all humanitarian
values and principles.”
condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and
people of Somalia.
stressed Sudan’s full solidarity with the government of Somalia in
facing the criminal acts, renewing its call for the international
community to intensify its effort and cooperation in the face of all
forms of terrorist and criminal activities.
At least 276
people were killed and more than 300 others injured in the bombing
that happened on Saturday in a shopping area of Mogadishu, making it
the deadliest single attack in Somalia’s history.
ANKARA, (Xinhua) --
An injured Somali is transferred to local hospitals at Ankara
Airport, Turkey, Oct. 16, 2017. Some 35 Somalis injured in
Saturday’s blast in capital Mogadishu arrived in Ankara for
treatment late Monday.
XINHUA PHOTO: MUSTAFA KAYA
Nigeria deploys warships, troops
for special exercise
LAGOS, (Xinhua) --
Nigeria has deployed four warships, gunboats and
troops for special training exercise, the Nigerian navy said
exercise, code-named “Exercise Pouncer,” is aimed at equipping
troops with requisite skills while checking their combat readiness
to tackle piracy and other criminality in the nation’s maritime
domain, said Rear Adm. Victor Adedipe, flag officer with Eastern
and one helicopter will take part in the exercise while smaller
crafts (gunboats) would operate at the backwaters,” he said.
the exercise would hone troops’ proficiency in maritime operation
and test strategies without actual combat.
He said the
navy was desirous to putting an end to maritime crimes such as
piracy, sea robbery, hijacking, illegal bunkering and crude oil
the exercise would be held in the nation’s territorial waters and
not be extended to the Gulf of Guinea.
The Gulf of
Guinea, which is believed to hold as much as 10 percent of the
world’s oil reserves, has been plagued by pirates, smugglers and
Sudan welcomes Arab League’s
support for lifting of U.S. sanctions
KHARTOUM, (Xinhua) --
Sudan on Tuesday expressed appreciation over stances
of the Arab League (AL) in support of Khartoum at all regional and
international forums, as well as on the lifting of U.S. sanctions.
Foreign Ministry said the country would continue commitment to work
for the AL objectives.
mentioned AL’s support to adoption of Sudan’s rehabilitation project
and the initiative by Sudan’s president regarding the Arab food
issued earlier a statement welcoming the U.S. decision to lift the
economic sanctions imposed on Sudan.
It said the
U.S. move came in line with the positive measures taken by the
Sudanese government to stop hostilities in all conflict areas,
improve the delivery and access of humanitarian aid, as well as to
cooperate with Washington to resolve regional conflicts and counter
States has been imposing sanctions on Sudan since 1997 and listing
it as one of the countries sponsoring terrorism.
High blood pressure tied to common
heart valve disorder: study
WASHINGTON, (Xinhua) --
A strong link has been for the first time established
between high blood pressure and the most common heart valve disorder
known as mitral regurgitation, a new study said Tuesday.
findings, published in the U.S. journal PLOS Medicine, showed that
the valve disorder, which is increasingly diagnosed worldwide,
particularly among older people, is not an inevitable consequence of
aging, as previously assumed, but may be preventable.
large and growing burden of mitral valve disease, particularly among
older people, we believe these findings are likely to have
significant implications for medical policy and practice around the
world,” lead author Kazem Rahimi, professor and deputy director of
the University of Oxford’s George Institute for Global Health, said
in a statement.
regurgitation can lead to a backflow of blood into the heart,
causing symptoms such as shortness of breath, tiredness, dizziness
and chest pain.
It is more
common in older people, and may be associated with a greater risk of
significant advances in the understanding of valve disease, mitral
regurgitation has until now been largely considered a degenerative
disorder, resulting from a weakening of the valve over time due to
“wear and tear.”
This has led
medical practitioners to focus on treatment, namely surgery to
repair or replace the valve, rather than prevention.
In the new
study, researchers used electronic health records to followed 5.5
million adults in Britain over 10 years.
that higher blood pressure in early life was associated with a
significantly greater future risk of mitral regurgitation.
the researchers, further research is needed to test whether lowering
blood pressure, through exercise, diet or blood pressure-lowering
drugs, could reduce the risk of the disorder occurring.
worldwide aging and population growth, we are likely to see an
increasing number of cases of this condition,” said Rahimi.
“We need to
find effective and affordable measures to tackle it, and our study
suggests one possible avenue for prevention, by reducing high blood
Interview: “Big lessons” to be
shared between Africa, China: UN-Habitat chief
By Wang Xiaopeng and Peter Mutai NAIROBI, (Xinhua)
-- Africa is in a crucial time and the
successful story of China in linking urbanization and development
would be a source of learning for the continent, Joan Clos,
executive director of the United Nations Human Settlements Program
(UN-Habitat), told Xinhua in an interview on Tuesday.
average GDP per capita of around 2,000 U.S. dollars, the current
economic picture in Africa was a little bit like what China was when
it initiated the opening-up process in 1978, he said.
a huge demand for development, with a young population searching for
a better future,” Clos said, adding that there were “quite big
lessons to be shared between Africa and China.”
Clos said an
array of measures taken by the Chinese government in pushing
urbanization and development over the last five years has left him
the question of environmental sustainability, for example, in the
case of Chinese cities, has been a very important one,” he said.
successful history of Chinese urbanization is a linkage between
urbanization and development,” Clos said, stressing that the success
did come at a price, like the issue of environmental problems.
China’s support at the United Nations conference on climate change
in Paris in late 2015 and its championing of sustainability in
tackling the issue within the country and beyond.
and policies taken by China add to an “already successful process of
linking urbanization with industrialization,” Clos said.
He is upbeat
about the future of China-Africa relations, noting that the last
five years has seen a very clear advance in ties between the two
The Belt and
Road Initiative, which was proposed by China in 2013 to connect the
vibrant Asian economic circle at one end and Europe at the other,
and then extend it further to other regions, is “another clear sign
of added impetus to this process of China-Africa cooperation,” Clos
UN-Habitat chief, who is scheduled to travel to Guangzhou, southern
China, to attend the global observation of 2017 World Cities Day on
Oct. 31, said he looks forward to enhanced relations between the UN
agency and China.
built a very positive relationship that we would like to continue in
the future,” Clos said.
Nigeria to open Africa’s first
ABUJA, (Xinhua) --
Nigeria on Tuesday cleared the path for the opening
of Africa’s first petroleum university with President Muhammadu
Buhari signing a bill for its establishment.
University of Petroleum Resources will be located in the country’s
Delta region, focusing on petroleum engineering and
the largest oil producer in Africa and the sixth largest in the
Nigeria to pursue renewable,
low-carbon energy mix: official
LAGOS, (Xinhua) --
Nigeria’s commitment to attain a 30 percent renewable
and low-carbon energy mix at low cost by 2030 is clear, firm and
unshaken, a top official said Tuesday.
Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola reiterated the
government’s commitment at the third edition of the Africa Today
Summit in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
is a platform designed to discuss issues relating to African
economies with a view to advising governments on best policy
measures to improve their economy.
the government’s commitment to change the power outlook for Nigeria
and to exploit opportunities for renewable energy at a low cost and
low-carbon mix was being driven by necessity, contract and policies.
recalled that available power in May 2015 was 2,690 MW, 85 percent
of which generated by gas-fired plants.
said, made the nation vulnerable whenever there was a gas shortage
or damage to gas pipelines and assets.
resulted in the government’s plan to diversify energy sources and
optimize other assets for power production by producing an energy
mix that targeted 30 percent renewable energy by 2030, the former
Lagos state governor told his audience.
him, the government has signed 14 solar power purchase agreement
with developers with the potential to deliver over 1,000 MW of solar
government is in advanced stages of procurement for six small hydro
dams for private sector operation.
the government has expanded the national grid capacity for on-grid
power from 5,000 MW in 2015 to 6,900 MW in September.
of mini-grid regulations to guide registration and licensing for
small consumers and off-grid developers has started yielding
results, he said.
Nigeria stocks 2 bln liters of
petrol for year-end use
LAGOS, (Xinhua) --
The Nigerian government Tuesday said it had stocked
over 2 billion liters of petrol to ensure a hitch-free end-of-year
movement for motorists.
Baru, the Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation (NNPC), said in a statement reaching Xinhua in Lagos
that provision of adequate petroleum products would not only ease
transportation but make the roads safer for motorists during the
that other consumers would have no need to hoard highly inflammable
products in jerrycans, among others, which might pose safety
challenge to them.
speak, NNPC has over 2 billion liters of petrol and we want to
sustain this level from now on till the end of the year and beyond,”
the statement quoted him as saying.
him, the volume would give the country product sufficiency of about
60 days, well above the standard 30 days sufficiency threshold.
Africa’s largest net exporter of crude oil, but as result of poor
state of its three refineries, the country had to rely on massive
importation of refined petroleum products to meet its local demand.
Nigerian leader to start state
visit to Turkey
ABUJA, (Xinhua) --
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will on Wednesday
embark on a state visit to Turkey to address defense cooperation,
security, education and migration issues with Turkish authorities.
working visit to Ankara followed an invitation by President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan, according to a presidency statement on Tuesday.
leader is also billed to visit the Grand National Assembly of the
Republic of Turkey in Ankara, where he will meet with the Speaker,
Ismail Kahraman, the statement said.
visit coincides with the ninth D-8 Summit slated for Oct. 20 in
also known as Developing-8, is an organization for economic
development and cooperation between Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia,
Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey.
statement noted, would also use the occasion of the summit to
bolster warm and growing ties across a broad range of areas of
cooperation with leaders of the D8-member countries.
which will also mark the 20th anniversary of the founding
of the organization, is to focus on cooperation in the areas of
agriculture, trade, transport, energy and increased private sector
participation among member countries.
Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire agree to
implement tribunal ruling on maritime dispute
ACCRA, (Xinhua) --
Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire on Tuesday announced the
establishment of a joint commission to implement the ruling by the
International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on the
delimitation of their maritime boundaries.
agreement was reached at the end of a two-day official state visit
by Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara to Ghana.
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo and his Ivorian counterpart
expressed their commitments to ensure the smooth implementation of
the ITLOS ruling and indicated that the composition of the joint
committee would be decided later.
last month rejected Cote d’Ivoire’s claims that Ghana had infringed
its sovereign boundary in oil exploration within a disputed zone.
Hamburg-based tribunal prescribed new coordinates for the
demarcation of the maritime boundary between the two countries.
and Ouattara also agreed to work closely on a win-win strategy for a
sustainable cocoa industry, pledging to work together to enhance
border security to curb the smuggling of cocoa.
the press after both sides signed six Memoranda of Understanding (MOU),
Akufo-Addo said it was obvious that if Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire
remained in harmony and were determined to work together, the
benefits would inure to the wider group in West Africa, not just to
and can be and I believe that now we are making it clear to the
world that we are determined to be the vehicles that make possible
for the greater cooperation and integration of the people of West
Africa,” he said.
Slovenia, Egypt to enhance ties and
LJUBLJANA, (Xinhua) --
Slovenian foreign minister Karl Erjavec and his
visiting Egyptian counterpart Sameh Hassan Shoukry labelled their
meeting here on Tuesday as a new stage in ties between the two
countries at both political and business levels.
ever visit of Egyptian foreign minister to Slovenia will surely
contribute to enhancing political, economic and other ties, Erjavec
said after the two countries signed a memorandum on cooperation in
sport, according to the Slovenian Press Agency (STA).
that bilateral talks gave many opportunities to enhance cooperation,
while the two ministers also agreed that a new mixed economic
commission can be beneficial to bilateral trade.
highlights and reiterates the importance that Egypt places in its
relationship with Slovenia,” said Shoukry, calling for enhancing
discussed EU-Egypt relations as well. Their talks also touched on
regional and international affairs such as Syria, Libya, Iraq,
migrations and terrorism, said STA.
foreign minister also met President Borut Pahor and Prime Minister
Miro Cerar on Tuesday as part of his visit to Ljubljana.
Introduction of tilapia to boost
fish farming along Kenyan coast
By Joy Nabukewa MOMBASA, Kenya, (Xinhua) --
Kenyan maritime scientists said Tuesday the
introduction of tilapia, a fresh water species, to marine waters
along the Kenyan coast will help local fish farmers increase output
and tap export markets.
from Kenya Marine Research Institute, James Mwaluma and David Mirera,
told Xinhua during an interview in the coastal city of Mombasa that
the introduction of tilapia into the coastal waters will relieve
farmers of shortage of fish for seed and food.
practice has not been as lucrative and sustainable as was envisaged
which led us to borrow best practices from China to reduce pressure
on marine resources for communities living along the Indian Ocean,”
He said fish
farming in marine waters referred to as mariculture has been going
on for quite a while in the Kenyan coast but it has not been as
lucrative and sustainable as was envisaged and this led to exploring
of fresh ideas that would add value to fish farming.
said they have followed closely the footsteps of China and other
Asian countries that have diversified fish farming for local and
export markets and reduce pressure on marine resources.
leaf from China, a country that is miles away, we embarked on this
research to introduce tilapia and after a rigorous exercise that
lasted about one year, we were able to come up with these findings,”
specialist said the lessons learned from the Chinese, who have an
advanced fish farming sector, came to fruition after one year of
communities have already started harvesting tilapia, he said.
the findings of the research, which had financial and technical
backing from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,
convinced them to introduce a pilot mariculture project whose
results were quite fulfilling.
the findings, tilapia farmed in marine environment takes much less
time to mature and has more value than the normal milk fish which
has been farmed at the Kenyan coast.
they have been able to develop a pure breed of marine tilapia which
reproduces faster and can be ready for harvesting within four to
a farmer can harvest two to three times a year, earning more money
because of the ready and valuable market than the other species,” he
Marine and Fisheries Research Institute has for many years been
trying to help farmers get a steady supply of seed.
said the biggest challenge in fish farming along the Kenyan coast
has been availability of seed and that plans are underway to set up
a hatchery in Kenya’s south coast to address this problem as well as
that of value addition.
findings with marine tilapia means that farmers are able to get
fingerlings throughout the year, making fish farming a full-time
engagement for the fish farmers in the area,” said Mwaluma.
seed, he said, is easily available and does not depend on seasons
like other varieties where the fingerlings can only be obtained in
the month of April.
pilot-phase findings further revealed that a fish pond measuring
1,200 square meters can accommodate over 3,000 fish with a worth of
about 30,000 U.S. dollars per harvest.
researchers said the next step will be a campaign for more people to
take up fish farming.