Ambassadors at FAO discuss Africa’s priorities

Rome – The “Key Priority Group” of African ambassadors and representatives at FAO Thursday in Rome defended the inclusion of more personnel from the continent in the UN organisation’s regional offices, with a view to their valorisation and expertise upgrading.

Chaired by Angolan ambassador Maria de Fátima Jardim, the forum was created in June this year to support and recommend to the African Group at FAO the continent’s priorities concerning political strategies and programmes towards agriculture and food security.

“Africa’s challenges are enormous, so the present moment must be of convergence of response, sharing of ideas and common priorities, seeking to turn agriculture and food security into a challenge so that our countries can produce food accessible to their citizens,” said the Angolan ambassador.

Therefore, at its first meeting, the group defended a wider inclusion of African technicians and officials in the structures of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation as way for Africa to raise its voice louder in a near future.

The African representatives at FAO recommended a change to the forms of access and opportunities within the organisation, with a view to a more active role and relevance on matters concerning the African Agenda and projects contained in local programmes and national priorities.

As to Covid-19, the ambassadors considered crucial a stronger resilience in the food systems, seeking the mitigation of the effects of the pandemic, as  well as the participation in FAO regional conference on Africa scheduled for 14-18 September in Zimbabwe.

Comprising Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal and Zimbabwe, the group also discussed matters concerning the forthcoming food systems summit, stressing the need for Africa’s active participation in the event, with recommendations from its various sub-regions.

 

 

Source: Angola Press News Agency

 

Angola and South Africa discuss covid-19

Luanda – Angolan President João Lourenço and his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa, spoke Thursday on the phone about the covid-19 pandemic and the Libyan conflict.

The information is contained in a press release from the President’s Press Office that says the two Heads of State also discussed oil production in line with the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) plans.

According to the source, João Lourenço and Cyril Ramaphosa, who is currently the acting Chair of the African Union, also examined the tension stemming from the construction of the giant power dam by Ethiopia on the Nile.

 

 

Source: Angola Press News Agency

Covid-19: 24 new positive cases, two deaths

Luanda – Angola has detected 24 new positive cases of covid-19 in the last 24 hours, its highest in one day since the pandemic emerged in the country, bringing the total to 315 infections.

According to the secretary of State for Public Health during the daily covid-19 update briefing, two deaths were also reported in the last 24 hours.

Franco Mufinda said the new cases involve 18 locally transmitted infections and six with unknown links.

With the new cases, Angola’s covid-19 records show 315 infections (231 locally transmitted, 35 imported and 17 with unknown links), 97 recoveries, 201 active patients and 17 deaths.

 

 

 

Source: Angola Press News Agency

 

Covid-19: Angola banned from European airspace

Luanda – Angola Airline (TAAG) has been banned from flying to Portugal and the whole European Shengen Space, due to the rising cases of the covid-19 pandemic hitting the country as of late.

The decision follows recommendations from a meeting of the European Union’s concerned organisation that has spared Africa’s Rwanda, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco, out of a list that includes Brazil and the United States of America.

According to a note from the meeting that reached Angop on Thursday, only  planes from 11 countries which have the covid-19 pandemic under control are free to operate in the said EU airspace.

Commenting on the fact, TAAG spokesperson, Carlos Vicente, considered the ban fair as Angola is not the only country affected by the measure on account of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

In 2019, TAAG was recertified to unrestrictedly operate until 22 May 2021, after the company complied with all IATA’s Operational Safety Audit requirements (IOSA).

IOSA is an internationally recognised evaluation system to check the compliance of air companies’ operations and has nothing to do with the present EU ban which is solely associated with covid-19.

In the last 24 hours, Angola has detected 24 new positive cases of covid-19, its highest in one day since the pandemic hit the country in March this year, bringing the total to 315 infections.

According to the secretary of State for Public Health during the daily covid-19 update briefing on Thursday evening, two deaths were also reported in the last 24 hours.

With the newly reported cases, the country’s covid-19 records show 315 infections (231 locally transmitted, 35 imported and 17 with unknown links), 97 recoveries, 201 active patients and 17 deaths.

 

 

Source: Angola Press News Agency