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Experts chart the best way forward for ICT in Africa

Addis Ababa – The crucial issues in seeking the way forward for Africa’s information and communication technology (ICT) are reflections on the past, assessing priorities and addressing challenges.

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EU-USA: so close, so far from Sahel

Brussels – In an interview with Afronline.org and Sahel media, Bérangère Rouppert, a researcher in the Group for Research and Information on Peace and Security (GRIP, based in Brussels), gave an update of the situation in Sahel, talking in particular about the strategies adopted by the United States and the European Union in the region and their impact among local and regional actors. The ambitions put forward by the international community could “lead to disappointment as soon as results are not obtained quickly or according to the initial expectations,” claims Rouppert.

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“Guinea Bissau Is Dangerously Close to Becoming a Failed State”

Lisbon – Guinea Bissau is “close to becoming a failed state,” but not due to ethnic or religious violence, which has never existed in that small West African nation, argues Nobel Peace laureate and United Nations envoy José Manuel Ramos-Horta. “The Guinea Bissau political leadership has never managed to have good relations with the military and vice versa, and it could be said that today the country is dangerously close to becoming a failed state,” Ramos-Horta, a former president, prime minister and foreign minister of East Timor, said in this interview with IPS during a recent visit to Lisbon.

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Subsidised companies must be transparent

In an open letter, published before the EU Tax Summit in Brussels on the 22nd of May, 2013, Catholic bishops from Europe and Africa call on the heads of state to fulfill their moral responsibility and act for financial transparency, against tax fraud.

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“CAP reform must put an end to dumping” – UN expert

“The CAP is a 50 billion euro contradiction of the EU’s commitment to help put developing world agriculture back on its feet, and will remain so under today’s reform plans. Farm subsidies of this magnitude will always produce distortions,” warned the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, in response to today’s CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) reform proposals from the European Commission.

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Namibia: No progress on access to European markets

Weariness surrounds the negotiations on an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) regulating trade access between Southern Africa and the European Union (EU).

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