November 2016

Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai hosts a delegate led by the EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Michel Arrion at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House in Kaduna.

The meeting which was also attended by Mr. Fillipo Amato and the Kaduna state deputy governor, Barbabas Yusuf discussed ways in which EU in Nigeria can support Kaduna's development plans.
Mr. Arrion exchange pleasantries with Kano state governor
Round table talk
Mr Arrion
Governor El-Rufai listens to the delegates

Mr Fillipo Amato and Mr. Michel Arrion in a chat with Governor El-Rufai












Nigerian President, President Muhammadu Buhari hosts the Mr. Harry Kalaba, the Foreign Affairs Minister of Zambia at the Presidential villa in Abuja.


The Consul-General of the South African High Commission in Nigeria, Mr Darkey Africa, on Wednesday announced his government’s new plans to further support Nigeria in the development of her agriculture and tourism sectors.

Africa told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the South African Government’s move was to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s ongoing economic diversification drive.
“As we all know, the Federal Government of Nigeria is currently looking at how best to diversify its economy.
“We know how much that Nigeria is looking at the possibility of moving away from a single product economy into a multi-product economy.
“And we know how central the development of Nigeria’s agriculture and tourism sectors would be in this drive.
“So, we stand ready to make sure that all agreements signed between Nigeria and South Africa in the development of her agriculture and tourism sectors are well implemented,” he said.

The recent decisions by South Africa, Burundi, and Gambia to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC) are generating wide attention and speculation about a mass exodus from the court by African countries.  
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But think it’s clear where Africa stands on the ICC? Think again. A growing number of African governments have spoken out over the past week against withdrawal:
Côte d’Ivoire’s president, Alassane Ouattara, said in a local radio interview on November 1 that his country does not intend to leave the ICC.
Nigeria gave a strong statement in support of the ICC to the United Nations General Assembly on October 31, affirming “Nigeria’s continuous commitment to support and cooperate with the court.”
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The British Airways celebrate 80th anniversary in Nigeria.

In attendance at the reception held in Abuja was the Nigerian Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun. It was recalled that the first ever flight of the airline to Nigeria landed in Kano state.


The UK High Commission in Nigeria hosts the Kaduna state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai on November 3, 2016 at the Maitama residence of the high commisioner in Abuja.
Governor Kaduna

In a series of Tweets by the Governor, he narrated his experience on how impressed he was about the screening of a movie documentary, titled, #Nowheretorun.

The UK High Commission in Nigeria, however, thanked the Governor for attending the movie screening in Abuja.
Below are the tweets from the Executive Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai.



Artisanal and small-scale mining offers opportunities to generate jobs, reduce poverty, and provide livelihoods, but this sector has been largely ignored by policy-makers and donors, an UNCTAD official said. 

In addition, poor management of this sector contributes to serious health and environmental risks, said Yanchun Zhang from UNCTAD's Special Unit on Commodities at the UN  conference on Trade and Development.

"Artisanal gold mining, which accounts for more than 10 percent of the global gold supply, releases an estimated 1,000 tons of toxic mercury per year," she said at a three-day meeting on mining and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Geneva from 24 to 28 October. Some 15 million gold miners, including 4.5 million women and 600,000 children, are exposed to mercury.


Hosted by UNCTAD, the Annual General Meeting of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF)welcomed 250 participants from 39 member and 14 non-member countries, plus representatives from international organizations, industry associations, companies and civil society.
The 56-member IGF discusses practical issues relating to the sustainable management and development of the mining sector. Its overarching objective is to enhance capacity for governance at all stages of the mining life cycle.

Mining continues to play a key role in the economic growth of several resource-rich developing countries, but this growth has often failed to generate any meaningful benefits for the countries' populations. Artisanal mining may offer opportunities in this respect.

"As a labour-intensive mining process widely conducted on an informal basis, artisanal and small-scale mining is known to generate jobs, reduce poverty, and provide livelihoods for millions of people," Ms. Zhang said.
"To a large extent, artisanal and small-scale miners remain ignored and marginalized by policy makers, donors, and the general public," she added.

Economic transformation can revive Africa’s growth rates while promoting development and climate goals, according to a new report from the New Climate Economy.

The report, Africa’s New Climate Economy, is the first to bring economic transformation together with development and climate change in one comprehensive assessment.

In an effective economic transformation, productivity is boosted within sectors and there is some shift of workers from low-productivity sectors like agriculture to high-productivity sectors like industry and services. Sub-Saharan Africa is still at an early stage, with around 60% of employment in agriculture and only 5% in manufacturing, so the potential is enormous.

The region’s “growth miracle” of the early 2000s has slumped in the past two years, with growth in 2016 projected at just 1.6%. Recent progress in reducing poverty is at risk, especially considering Africa is expected to be the region worst affected by climate change, with a median loss in GDP of around 4%.

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“The choices that African leaders make in the next few years will have major implications for economic growth, human well-being and climate resilience in the decades ahead,” said Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former finance minister of Nigeria and a member of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. “It’s encouraging to see these three priorities brought together.”

Initial indicators of economic transformation are positive. By one estimate, it has already added about 1% to productivity growth across the region since 2000, rising as high as 4% for Rwanda, and 2-3% for Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda.

The report details actions that can promote economic transformation and green growth in 4 key economic systems: cities, land use, industry, and energy.

Unleashing the power of urbanization: By 2050, sub-Saharan Africa’s cities will increase by almost 800 million people. Urbanisation in Africa has been something of a missed opportunity so far, but a shift towards more compact, connected and coordinated cities can create agglomeration benefits and reduce air pollution and traffic costs.

Transforming agriculture and land use: Cropland in sub-Saharan Africa is expanding at twice the global rate due to low yields and rapid population growth. Intensifying yields per hectare with climate-smart agriculture techniques can help boost farmers’ incomes while protecting the environment.

Diversification into manufacturing and other high-productivity, modern sectors: Africa’s share of world manufactured export markets is so tiny – less than 1% – that even modest increases in its share can have a big impact on the sector’s growth.

Fostering a modern energy transition: Some 620 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity. Countries have an opportunity to “leapfrog” to modern, energy efficient technologies. The region has a rich portfolio of clean energy assets, including about 1,100 gigawatts of solar capacity, more than enough to meet total energy demand in the region.

“Across multiple sectors, economic, social, and environmental transformations can reinforce each other and create numerous virtuous circles,” says Milan Brahmbhatt, lead author of the report. “Many of the policy and institutional reforms needed to boost growth and reduce poverty over the next 15 years will also contribute to better management of climate risk.”

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