Monthly Archives: June 2014

Africa: Mauritania’s Presidential Election

Mauritania’s Presidential Election

Press Statement

Marie Harf
Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC
June 30, 2014

The United States congratulates the people of Mauritania on the successful completion of peaceful and orderly presidential elections on June 21. We greatly value our long-standing friendship and partnership with Mauritania and the Mauritanian people. The United States looks forward to continuing to work with President-elect Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and the Government of Mauritania to promote prosperity and regional security.

We also note Mauritania’s Chairmanship of the African Union and look forward to continuing to work with Mauritania to support an action-oriented U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

Africa: Burundi Independence Day

Burundi Independence Day

Press Statement

John Kerry
Secretary of State

Washington, DC
June 30, 2014

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send best wishes to the people of Burundi on the 52nd anniversary of your independence on July 1.

The United States and Burundi share a long history of friendship and cooperation based on a mutual commitment to peace and regional security. We continue to support the efforts of the government and people of Burundi to promote economic growth and development. We are deeply committed to Burundi’s continued progress as a peaceful and democratic country.

The United States wishes you a joyous celebration as you gather with family and friends to mark your national day.

President Obiang Asks for Greater Investment in Agricultural Sector

Closing session of the African Union Summit

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, June 30, 2014 – Equatorial Guinea’s President, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (, asked African countries to invest heavily in their agricultural sector to decrease their dependence on the developed world, ensure food security, and significantly reduce hunger in their countries. He made his remarks at the closing session of the Assembly of Heads of State of the African Union (AU).


(Equatorial Guinea’s President, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the AU Summit)

President Obiang said that Africa should reorient itself to ensure its independence and security of African states through the safe production of its own consumer goods. “Africa cannot be content to continue with the current dependence on the economies of the developed world. Africa is sailing upstream against a dependency that prevents them from moving toward sustainable development. Africa should rethink its relationship with the developed world to reduce as far as possible the gap that prevents access to development,” said Obiang.

“The development of agriculture can greatly reduce this dependence,” he said. “Africa can ensure food security and significantly reduce hunger in our countries. Africa should heavily invest in agricultural development to transform itself in order to accelerate growth to increase production and productivity,” said Obiang.

President Obiang proposed to the African Union the establishment of a program that focuses on the organization and exploitation of markets to promote trade and food security and to eradicate hunger, malnutrition and rural poverty. This will also reinforce the fight against climate change and agriculture.

He said that Equatorial Guinea is already investing in its agricultural sector. “As part of our diversification plan, Equatorial Guinea currently focuses on [agricultural] production to achieve these goals. It is imperative to ensure the security and stability of our states, since agriculture is the most vulnerable sector in times of instability, war and terrorism.” said Obiang

“It’s no coincidence that this session focuses on the issue of agriculture and food security in Africa. We cannot talk about the development of Africa if there is no agricultural development to ensure food security and avoid lifelong dependence on imports of consumer products.”

He noted that Africa counts on the support of organizations focused on agriculture and ways to improve the sector, and urged continued support for those organizations.

“The African Union must recognize and financially support the structures of non-governmental organizations, businesses and institutions created in Africa to support agriculture, such as the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).”

Obiang linked democratic and economic development. “Africa must contribute to a democratic development aimed at achieving economic development of society and the welfare of its citizens. It must be a democracy that seeks conflict reduction, he said.”

Obiang also urged his fellow Africans to prioritize South-South cooperation, a cooperation that respects the principles of equality.

“The last decade has marked considerable advancements of the African states. Many of them aspire to economic emergence in the near future. Nonetheless, the continent continues to be a victim of endemic diseases and insecurity that require a unified solution of the states.”

Obiang said it was a great honor for Equatorial Guinea to host the 23rd African Union Summit at “a moment that is crucial for the world nations as they struggle to find solutions to economic crises, security, hunger and poverty, and climate change that affect the world.” He said, “The participation of the heads of state and numerous guests in this summit shows the interest and commitment that Africa and its partners have to find solutions to current issues.”

A session on agriculture and food security under the slogan “Transforming Africa’s Agriculture, for Shared Prosperity and Improved livelihoods, through Harnessing Opportunities” was held in the afternoon.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

Media Contact:

Matt J. Lauer


About Equatorial Guinea

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea ( (República de Guinea Ecuatorial) ( is the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, and one of the smallest nations on the continent. In the late-1990s, American companies helped discover the country’s oil and natural gas resources, which only within the last five years began contributing to the global energy supply. Equatorial Guinea is now working to serve as a pillar of stability and security in its region of West Central Africa ( The country hosted the 2011 Summit of the African Union. For more information, visit

This has been distributed by Qorvis Communications, LLC on behalf of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. More information on this relationship is on file at the United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

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By Special Correspondent Linda Asante-Agyei

JOHANNESBURG, June 30 (NNN-GNA) — With less than 500 days to hit the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), global leaders are meetin here this week to analyse the progress made so far.

The 2014 Partners Forum here from Monday to Wednesday will identify success factors and outline the remaining challenges the world must collectively overcome to improve the health, education, equality and empowerment of every woman and child.

The forum, which is organized by The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), will witness the launch of a number of new reports, including the “Every Newborn Action Plan”, which was endorsed by the World Health Assembly and provides a concrete roadmap to reduce preventable newborn deaths and stillbirths.

Partners at the forum will also launch the Countdown to 2015 Report for 2014, which assesses progress toward the maternal and child health MDGs, and the Success Factors for Women’s and Children’s Health Report, which spotlights 10 countries that have made considerable progress in achieving the MDGs.

In addition, the forum will feature the Africa-focused launch of State of the World’s Midwifery 2014, which highlights progress and challenges delivering live-saving midwifery services in 41 sub-Saharan countries.

Since 1990, global poverty has been cut in half and more mothers and children are surviving childbirth than ever before. Countries such as Nepal, China, Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Rwanda have made significant progress and have provided a blueprint for the rest of the world.

however, this progress has been uneven: each year nearly 300,000 mothers still die in childbirth and 6.6 million children do not live to see their fifth birthdays, including nearly three million newborns.

Speakers at the forum will include Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway, Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan, Nigerian Minister of Health Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, Philippe Douste-Blazy, the Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary-General on Innovative Finance for Development, and Christopher Elias, President for Global Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.



By Athlenda Mathe

MARIKANA, SOUTH AFRICA, June 30 (NNN-SABC) — The South African government is stepping up efforts to improve the lives of mining families in the platinum belt where the just ended five-month long strike by members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has had numbing effects on families.

Miners in Marikana in North West Province have been unable to pay their bills or buy food as they went without a steady income during the country’s longest ever mining strike and most families are now left impoverished. They have had to rely on hand-outs and soup kitchens.

On Sunday, children, youth and women were prioritized for ID documents, social and child support grants while others were screened for illnesses by health professionals. Mothers applied for their children’s birth certificates.

“I’m happy. I couldn’t register my child because the dad was on strike for five months; today I’m happy I came with him to register the child for a birth certificate,” said one of the mothers.

About 1,500 pupils received new uniforms, while 10 youth-headed households were given food parcels, and blankets.

Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini said there was still more work which needed to be done.
“We need to give support to early childhood developments, to NGOos, strengthen co-orporatives, work with youth and vulnerable groups.”

Dlamini say that it was important to try and ensure that there is social cohesion, that people are integrating and that they are provided with psycho-social services and full work by social development. The department plans to profile the area’s household needs to continue its relief efforts.