ECOWAS Holds Workshop on Green Climate Fund


THE Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS in partnership with the United Nations Green Climate Fund, GCF, has held a three-day capacity building workshop to educate member states on how to access the Fund.

The training workshop which took place at the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja is geared towards assisting member states to develop and implement development projects and programmes taking into account climate change concerns.

The training is also meant to improve the capacity of member states so they can strengthen their connection with the GCF with a view of better harnessing the range of opportunities offered by the Fund.

According to the Head, Division Environment, Policies and Regulations of the ECOWAS, Bougonou Djeri-Alassani, the Green Climate Fund prioritises Adaptive and Mitigation measures.

Regional Advisor for Africa on Green Climate Fund, Alpha Kaloga, reiterating the potential opportunities available, said the fund is the first of its kind that ECOWAS countries have direct access to as it is being disbursed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), unlike other funds that go through UNDP, World Bank or other international institutions.

The Green Climate Fund was established by the sixteenth session of the Conference of the Parties, (COP 16), of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC, held in Cancun in 2010 to address climate change challenge in the continent, build resilience and green economy for the countries because of their high vulnerability to the negative impact of the phenomenon.

Credits: Leadership, Environews, Realnews


Nigeria to host WIPO Africa Office

Nigeria is to host the Africa Regional Office of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) alongside Algeria, after both countries emerged winners in an intra-African election process.

The Director-General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Mr. Afam Ezekude described the development as a landmark event and a positive nudge to the entire creative sector in Africa and the country in particular, while he attributed Nigeria’s success at the WIPO to its rising profile and fast growing creative industry.

He noted that Nigeria’s creative industry which includes Film, Music, Performing Arts, Advertising, TV and Broadcast, is now one of the fastest growing sectors of the global economy, boasting of the largest film industry in Africa and the second largest in the world.

Mr. Ezekude said that Nigeria was recorded to be the first African Country to have submitted a bid to host the Regional Office in Africa since 2009.

The formal process to conclude establishment of the WIPO External Office in Nigeria will be completed in October 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Headquartered in Geneva with a membership of 188 countries, WIPO is the United Nations agency designated to promote innovation, creativity and protect Intellectual Property rights globally.

Source: Nigerian Copyright Commission

Nigeria signs agreement with Britain on assets recovery

The Federal Government, on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, signed a new agreement with Britain to ensure transparent return of funds stolen from Nigeria.

The Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami and British Immigration Minister, Mr. Robert Goodwill signed the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of Nigeria and the UK, respectively.

The Attorney-General outlined the objectives of the MoU to include the fact that the processes of returning stolen assets was a partnership recognising the interest of both countries and based on mutual understanding, confidence and trust.

In his remarks, Mr. Goodwill, who is also a member of the British Parliament, noted that there was no safe place for stolen assets in the UK.

The agreement provides in clear terms, the processes by which stolen assets will be returned without being at risk of being misappropriated again.

Earlier this year, the UK government established a Global Forum for Asset Recovery to bring together collaborative efforts by governments including Nigeria and law enforcement agencies to work to recover stolen assets.

Credits: Vanguard

TICAD 6: Nigeria will ensure a conducive investment climate -Buhari

Japan is a power house in the Asian continent, the third largest economy in the world and a great force in technology. Over the years, the Asian country has been investing in growing African economies through The Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD).

From the road development projects in Uganda to health and agriculture in Tanzania, to modern ports in Kenya, Mozambique and Cote d’Ivoire, Japan remains a strategic partner in the advancement of the African continent.

On August 27, 2016 at the 6th TICAD Summit, Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe announced Japan’s pledge to invest $30 billion in Africa in the coming three years, targeting infrastructural projects such as roads, energy, ports, hospitals and training institutions.

President Muhammadu Buhari announced at the Head of States’ round table meeting with business leaders that his government will soon inaugurate an inter-ministerial council to oversee the efforts of government in order to ensure an enabling environment and investment climate in Nigeria.

President Buhari also used this meeting effectively in giving assurances that the problem of security is being addressed.

The two-day conference which was held in Nairobi also availed President Buhari the opportunity to meet with his Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta to strengthen bilateral relations and further talks on how both countries can share experience and promote private sector participation in trade, cooperatives, micro finance, cotton farming and palm oil processing.

African leaders present at the conference included Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari, South Africa’s Jacob Zuma, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and host, Uhuru Kenyatta among others.

TICAD was launched in 1993 by the government of Japan with the intention of refocusing international attention on the importance and urgency of African development issues as well as to promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners.

Credits: Face 2 Face Africa, The East African

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