APO News from Africa:
The international news network i24News (www.i24News.tv/en) and the executive committee of the Africa-Israel Summit (www.AfricaIsraelSummit.org) have signed a partnership agreement, making i24News the official media partner for the summit which will take place in Lomé, Togo, from October 23-27, 2017.
i24news, a channel broadcasted from Tel Aviv, will offer exclusive coverage of the event through its three channels (French, English, Arabic) in partnership with its Washington, Paris and New York offices.
The network will ensure the media promotion of the Africa-Israel Summit in the months leading up to the event and will be the official media partner with exclusive access to the summit.
i24News aims to strike deep and long-term roots in the African continent and expand its coverage beyond the countries where it is already present. Franck Melloul, CEO of the i24 news channel declared: “I am very honored and excited to launch our media partnership between our network and the Africa-Israel Summit. I am convinced that it is a great initiative to promote cooperation between Africa and Israel and that promoting the media coverage of the event is an excellent opportunity for i24. In addition, I believe that the Summit will serve as an ideal framework for our network to strike deep roots in Africa and further i24news' status as a global news network”.
The Africa-Israel Summit, an event jointly organized by the Togolese and Israeli diplomatic service as well as Africa-Israel Connect, will be held in October 2017 in Lomé, Togo and will host the senior leadership from both Africa and the State of Israel including PM Netanyahu and African heads of state for exclusive talks and discussions focused on political and business matters. Bruno Finel, CEO of the Africa-Israel Connect firm stated: “The Africa-Israel Summit is a unique opportunity to fulfill the formidable potential of heightened cooperation between Jerusalem and the African continent. Moreover, Lomé is an ideal venue to hold the Summit. Indeed, the city regularly hosts high-profile conferences and President Faure Gnassingbe is a historic and faithful friend of the Jewish state. In addition, the President's proven commitment to proactive and dynamic diplomacy is an invaluable asset to the success of the Summit”.
The theme of the Summit is ‘Innovation for a shared prosperity’.
i24 news, a subsidiary of the Altice Group (SFR, Portugal Telecom, Suddenlink, Cablevision, L'Express, BFM, Liberation, HOT) was launched in July 2013 and employs a staff of 150 people.
Distributed by APO on behalf of Africa-Israel Summit.
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A special summit of Heads of State and Government will be convened on Saturday 25th March 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya bringing together member states of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the international community and other stakeholders to marshal a comprehensive regional approach to deliver durable solutions for Somali refugees, whilst promoting sustainable reintegration of returnees in Somalia.
The summit will be preceded by a special session of the IGAD ministerial committee on durable solutions for Somali refugees on Friday 24th March 2017 bringing together ministers responsible for interior, security and refugee affairs from the Horn of Africa region. More than two million Somalis have been displaced in one of the world’s most protracted humanitarian crises that have now entered its third decade. An estimated 1.1 million people are internally displaced (IDPs) within Somalia and nearly 900,000 are refugees in the region.
Continuing political and security stabilization progress in Somalia, along with growing pressures in hosting countries, makes this a critical moment to renew efforts to find durable solutions for Somali refugees. The election of the new President of Somalia in February 2017 and Parliament in December 2016 marks a milestone in the country’s post-conflict transformation. This provides the opportunity to accelerate progress on national priorities, including: security sector development; completing the constitutional review process; building State institutions and local government; addressing humanitarian crises shocks and displacement; continuing dialogue with Somaliland; and improving public finance management and revenue collection.
You are most welcome to attend the official opening of both events. Please submit the names of those who will cover the events for accreditation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Jane Kariuki, Chief Information Officer, email@example.com
Distributed by APO on behalf of EU Delegation to Kenya.
President Jacob Zuma will today, 21 March 2017 lead the national commemoration of Human Rights Day in King Williams Town, Eastern Cape Province, celebrating the country’s human rights tradition and honouring those who sacrificed immensely for the achievement of liberation and democracy.
The commemorations will this year be held under the theme: “The Year of OR Tambo: Unity in action in advancing Human Rights”, celebrating the contribution of national icon and hero Mr Oliver Reginald Tambo in advancing unity in the struggle for liberation.
The commemoration of Human Rights Day originates from the tragic Sharpeville Massacre that took place on 21 March 1960 when 69 people were killed by the apartheid police during a peaceful protest march.
The highlight of the 2017 commemoration will be the honouring of Black Consciousness leader Mr Bantu Steve Biko. This year marks 40 years since the brutal murder of Mr Biko by the apartheid state. The President will join Mrs Nontsikelelo Biko and family at his home town in Ginsberg, to unveil the grave site and memorial of Mr Biko. This will be done in celebration of his contribution to the struggle for liberation and human rights for all in the country. The President will then proceed to the main commemoration event in King William’s Town
The details of the national Human Rights Day commemoration are as follows:
Date: Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Time: 09h00 (Media to start arriving at 08h00)
Venue: Victoria Sports Grounds, in King William’s Town
Enquiries: Dr Bongani Ngqulunga on 082 308 9373 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Distributed by APO on behalf of Republic of South Africa: The Presidency.