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Lack of education and mismatched skills

Brussels, Belguim- 7th June 2017: The African Union Commission cautions that the future of Africa’s economic growth and the future of millions of Africans, is in jeopardy, if the underlying issues that hinder development are not adequately addressed. With Africa expected to double its population over the next 25 years and the working-age population expected to grow by approximately 450 million between 2015 and 2035, the African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson Ambassador Kwesi Quartey says it is critical to urgently address the lack of education and mismatched skills, as major causes of rising numbers of unemployment.

Speaking during the opening of the EU-Africa Business Forum in Brussels, Belgium, the Deputy Chairperson underscored the need to find linkages between education, training and the labour market, especially as the African Union focuses on the theme of the year “Harnessing the demographic dividend through investments in the youth”. He noted that institutions of higher learning in Africa need to review and diversify their systems of education and expand the level of skills, to make them relevant to the demands of the labour market.

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Good neighbours, France and South Africa

On Monday 12 June 2017, the Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr Christophe Farnaud, hosted a reception in honour of Brigadier General Franck Reignier, Commander of the French Forces in the Southern Indian Ocean, in order to highlight the strong defence/military relationship between France and South Africa.

Photo: (l-r) Rear Admiral Jamieson, Brigadier General F. Reignier and Ambassador Christophe Farnaud

A key milestone of the constructive defence/military cooperation between France and South Africa, Exercice Oxide will be held for the first time in La Reunion in November 2017. This major bi-yearly bilateral exercise, started in 2008, is dedicated to optimise mutual knowledge and interoperability between the forces, with a view to operate jointly in a wide range of missions, including search and rescue, relief operations, anti-piracy and hostage release.

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Welcome to South Africa

8 June 2017

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa received Letters of Credence from new Heads of Mission accredited to South Africa.

Photo: Standing (l-r) Mr Eric Franck Michel A SAIZONOU - Republic of Benin, Mr Ghorm Said MALHAN - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mr Ibrahim Mohammad AWAWDEH - Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Mr Nigel Philip CASEY - United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland.
Seated (l-r) Mr Sylvester Mwakinyuke AMBOKILE -    United Republic of Tanzania, Mrs Dumsile Thandi SUKATI - Kingdom of Swaziland, President Jacob Zuma,  
Mr Mahash Saeed Salem Mahash AL-HAMELI - United Arab Emirates, Mrs Elif Ҫomoğlu ŰLGEN -   Republic of Turkey and Mr Andrzej KANTHAK - Republic of Poland. (image: Katlholo Maifadi, DIRCO)

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Madagascar turns to SA for investment

15 June 2017

Malagasy President Henry Rajaonarimampianina has urged South African businesses to invest in Madagascar.

President Rajaonarimampianina said his country, which has recently come out of political instability, is in urgent need of investment.

"Our ambition is one, and that is to improve the lives of our citizens. We call upon the South African business community to partner with us in this goal. We are here to give you compelling reasons to invest in Madagascar," said President Rajaonarimampianina.

The conference was hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) in partnership with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) in Pretoria.

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Launching ties between Kakheti and Cape Winelands

On 14 June 2017, in South Africa’s Western Cape Province town of Stellenbosch, Mrs. Helena Von Schlicht, the Executive Mayor of Cape Winelands District Municipality signed the Agreement of Intent on cooperation with the Kakheti Region of Georgia. Mr. Irakli Kadagishvili, the Governor of Kakheti region will be the signatory of this Agreement from the Georgian side.

It is envisaged that the Agreement of Intent will promote the development of an active and meaningful relationship between the residents, business and community organisations of the Cape Winelands District Municipality and the Kakheti Region.

The above-mentioned cooperation has been initiated by the Embassy of Georgia in the Republic of South Africa, South Africa-Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Honorary Consul of Georgia in Cape Town.

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119th Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence

12 June 2017

Ambassador Joseph Gerard B. Angeles of the Philippines in South Africa hosted a reception to celebrate the 119th Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence. 

Photo: Ambassador Angeles and Mr Gert Oosthuizen, Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation of SA

In his remarks Ambassador Angeles said that on the economic front, the Philippines has been a top performer in the Asian region for a number of years already, attracting significant foreign investments due to sound macroeconomic policies of government. The World Bank expects a 6.9% steady economic growth for the Philippines for the next two years, driven by public and private investment. Expansionary fiscal policy has also boosted capital formation in the country, and remittances, credit growth and low inflation have bolstered private consumption.

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A selfless, defiant spirit and a pillar of democracy - Andimba Herman ToivoyaToivo

13 June 2017

Robben Island Museum (RIM) joins Namibians and the rest of the World in conveying our heartfelt condolences to the Republic of Namibia and the Toivo ya Toivo family for the untimely loss of a former Robben Islander and an African liberation struggle stalwart, Mr Andimba Herman ToivoyaToivo who passed away on 09 June 2017. “As a former Political Prisoner incarcerated at Robben Island Maximum Security Prison alongside other Prisoners like the late Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada and many others, our memories of him as a tower of democracy and influence in Namibia remain etched in the history of the Island. A gallant son of Africa has left a legacy that we need to cherish and live,” says Mava Dada, Chief Executive Officer of RIM.

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CHANGE NOW!

by Dieter Brockmeyer, Chairman Diplomatic Council Global Media Forum

14 June 2017

"Change Now”! That’s not an invitation, that is the description of an on-going process, around the globe, across all industries and more so all societies! The result is increasing uncertainty across humanity and a growing desire to return to the “good old days”!
Stop dreaming: They’ll never come back! And that’s what this column is all about: How to tackle this continuous pressure for change. In many cases change is technology driven, a digital revolution.

I’m coming from the media industry. If you look at it, media, no matter if you refer to it as audio (or music), filmed or written entertainment and even the news - if you break it down it's all “content”. And content is nothing but data and that's the reason why media industries were the first ones to be disrupted by digitalization. Has the industry learned its lesson? In many cases no, for a simple reason, change is still ongoing!

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The Diplomatic Council - a global Think Tank in cooperation with The Diplomatic Society

The Diplomatic Society has established a formal partnership with the Diplomatic Council (DC), a global think tank, business network and charity foundation in consultative status with the United Nations.

Photo: The three in the middle: Diplomatic Council Founding President H.E. Buddhi Athauda, Ambassador of Sri Lanka  H.E. Shi Mingde, Ambassador of China and Member of the Diplomatic Council´s Board of President, and Hang Nguyen, Secretary General, with Chairs and Directors of the Diplomatic Council

The main aim of the Diplomatic Council is to serve as a bridge between diplomacy, economy and society. Members of the Diplomatic Council believe that economic diplomacy provides a solid foundation for international understanding and a more peaceful interaction amongst nations. A thriving economy bringing prosperity to mankind is one of the best guarantors of peace. Based on this recognition, the Diplomatic Council has transformed its goal of promoting international understanding into an economic mandate. The global DC business network is linked to the diplomatic communication level of the different DC member states.

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16th Africa-Nordic Dialogue of Foreign Ministers

10 June 2017

South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane participated in the 16th Africa-Nordic Dialogue of Foreign Ministers, that took place in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

The Dialogue took place under the theme: “Ensuring sustainable development through trade and investment".

Photo: Group photo of the Ministers. (Yolande Snyman - DIRCO)

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane made presentations in the meeting under the sub-theme, “Promoting trade and investment as tools for sustainable development”, which she co-presented with the Finnish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Timo Soini.

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May 2017 Edition

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South Africa and Brazil enjoy strong relations 16 May 2017 South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane hosted the Minister of External Relations of the... <|> Ambassador Christophe Farnaud awards Alan Mabin On Monday 15 May 2017, the Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr Christophe Farnaud, hosted a reception in honor of Professor Alan Mabin to... <|> SKA SA bags yet another milestone 17 May 2017 The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) SA team has presented the first Array Release (AR) 1.5 images taken with MeerKAT 32, to Science and Technology... <|> Paint the World 21 May 2017 Ms Lika Torikashvili, a Georgian teenager and five of her friends took some balloons and a guitar to a hospital in Tbilisi to cheer up patients with colour and music.... <|> Easing travel regulations between South Africa and Kenya 3 May 2016 South Africa and Kenya have announced measures that will make travelling between the two countries easier. South African Home... <|> SA participates in National Urban Policy conference 21 May 2017 South African Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Andries Nel has participated in the Second International... <|> IDSA Organizes Successful Charity Bazaar 22 May 2017 The International Diplomatic Spouses Association (IDSA) organized a successful Charity Bazaar and Family Fun Day at the St. Mary’s DSG in... <|> AU - EU has a strong Partnership 22 May 2017 Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, the African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy has stated that the AU-EU partnership is one of the most structured of... <|> Travel across Africa 19 May 2017 Africa Visa Openness Index notes that Africans were able to travel more freely across the continent in 2016 compared to 2015. The African Development Bank in... <|> Hungary and South Africa Water cooperation 24 May 2017 Mr Szilverszter Bus, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for Hungary was in South Africa. A cooperation... <|>
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