Secretary-General on Africa

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  • 10 August 2017

    African airlines wait for open skies

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    Since relocating to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) two years ago, Firmin Agossou has had a variety of options when traveling home to Benin. Employed in the eastern city of Goma, he often returns to Cotonou to spend time with his family.

    The quickest way would be by car from Goma to Kigali and from there take a five-hour direct flight by RwandAir to Benin, Mr. Agossou told Africa Renewal.

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  • 9 August 2017

    Partnerships provide a lifeline for cash-strapped countries

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    South Africa and Nigeria may be Africa’s biggest economies, according to the International Monetary Fund, but thanks to public private partnerships (PPPs), Morocco, Rwanda, Côte d’Ivoire and a few other smaller countries can boast world-class infrastructure.

    In an article published in the August 2016 issue of the African Journal of Management Research, authors Bernadine J. Dykes and Carla D. Jones described PPPs as “cooperative arrangements between governments and multinational corporations that are created to finance, construct and manage infrastructural projects...

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  • 7 August 2017

    Wrapping up Africa trip, UN deputy chief vows to ensure displaced women return home in dignity

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    27 July 2017 – The United Nations deputy chief today wrapped up her visit to two African countries – Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo – where she stressed the importance of women's participation in peace, security and development processes.

    The final day's itinerary for Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed included a visit to the Mugunga camp for internally displaced persons, on the outskirts of Goma, which is the capital of North Kivu Province in restive eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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  • 23 June 2017

    Secretary-General's remarks at press conference with President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda

    Question: My question was that $358 million is only but a drop in the ocean on the amount of money that you anticipated to collected, which was $2 billion. What do we expect next? Are you going to be making more appeals to donors, or are you going to start working within a tight budget with this amount of money?    

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