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Forum On African Energy Interconnection Development Held In Beijing

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Forum On African Energy Interconnection Development Held In Beijing

The Forum on African Energy Interconnection Development was held on Tuesday in Beijing, as one of the activities of the 2018 Beijing Summit regarding the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

At the forum, the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO) and Guinea jointly launched the African Energy Interconnection Sustainable Development Alliance to deepen China-Africa energy cooperation, accelerate energy transformation in Africa and help African countries to achieve sustainable development.

The alliance aims to build a cooperation platform for mutual cooperation, joint construction, sharing and win-win scenarios, to give full play to the role of governments, organizations, enterprises and institutions, and to make full use of the technology, equipment, market and resources of Chinese and African enterprises.

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“To solve the problem of sustainable development in Africa, it is crucial to seize the key of energy, develop the resources advantages in Africa, promote resource development through clean development, promote economic transformation through energy transformation, promote regional integration through interconnection, and accelerate the construction of African energy Internet,” said Liu Zhenya, the chairman of GEIDCO.

At the forum, GEIDCO released the “African Energy Internet Planning Research” report for the first time, which proposed the overall idea of building an African energy Internet to accelerate the development of large-scale hydropower, solar energy, wind power and various distributed power sources in Africa and strengthen the backbone of each country. The construction of grids and distribution networks will promote the interconnection of transnational regions across the continent and promote the construction of interconnection channels between Africa and Europe and Asia.

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“That is why the cooperation with the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization to promote the concept of energy interconnectedness in Africa and facilitate clean energy development, as part of President Xi’s initiative, it’s basically important for us. But more importantly, for the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development goals, and the Africa we want in Agenda 2063,” said Vera Songwe, the deputy secretary general of the United Nations and also executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

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In addition, the project docking was carried out during the forum and a number of Chinese companies signed project cooperation agreements and strategic alliance agreements with African power companies and trade institutions.

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Uganda: Police Steps Up Deployments To Stop More Cases Of FGM

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Uganda: Police Steps Up Deployments To Stop More Cases Of FGM

Authorities in Uganda’s Eastern Sebei region have reported an increase in cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), that is illegal in the country. Police say they have stepped up their deployments to stop any more cases.

Local leaders and activists say some FGM ceremonies are now happening in public in spite of the practice being illegal in Uganda. Most of the victims are believed to be married women in their 20s and 30s who face stigma for not having undergone the procedure.

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A non-governmental agency says there have been at least 12 women who have undergone public circumcision, although there have been many more suspected cases.

FGM was banned in Uganda in 2010 with those committing the act facing up to 10 years in prison. Campaigning by the government and activists has led to a reduction in the practice.

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But now some women, who did not undergo the procedure before marriage, are said to be facing social isolation and pressure to get circumcised.

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Security Officers Repulse Suspected Al-Shabaab Attack In Kenya

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Security Officers Repulse Suspected Al-Shabaab Attack In Kenya

Four more suspects named by Kenyan authorities as wanted following last week’s attack at the Dusitd2 complex in the capital, Nairobi, have surrendered. They reportedly handed themselves in at a police station in Isiolo, north-east of the capital.

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Kenyan police also said on Monday, they have thwarted an attack by suspected Somali militants Al Shabaab on a Chinese-owned construction company in an eastern region, days after the Islamist group killed 21 people in Nairobi.

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The assailants wounded one person while they attempted to hit the site in Garissa county, not far from the Kenyan-Somali border, owned by a Chinese road construction company that is building the Garissa-Modogashe highway.

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County Police Commander David Kerina says, the attackers were repulsed since the security officers were very alert.

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South Sudan Govt Sets To Repair Oil Wells Damaged During Civil War

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South Sudan Govt Set To Repair Oil Wells Damaged During Civil War

South Sudan says it has begun repairing and pumping oil from wells damaged during the civil war that broke out in 2013. Oil Minister Ezekiel Lul Gatkuoth says the move will boost production by 70, 000 barrels per day by the end of the year.

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The country gained independence from Sudan eight years ago, and currently produces 160,000 barrels per day.

Gatkuoth says wells are being repaired with the help of Sudan after production plunged to less than half of pre-war levels. South Sudan’s President Salva Kirr and rebel leader Riek Machar signed what they called the “final final” peace deal agreement to end the civil war in august last year. But it has not been fully implemented.

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