Crucial To Prevent Descent Into Communal Violence-Zeid

Crucial To Prevent Descent Into Communal Violence-Zeid

On May 1, in the PK5 neighbourhood of Bangui, at least 22 people were killed and 185 others injured
GENEVA, Switzerland
May 9, 2018

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Wednesday expressed deep alarm at the volatile situation in the Central African Republic, particularly given the worrying hate speech and incitement to violence on the basis of religion, as well as the recent killings and attacks in Bangui.

On May 1, in the PK5 neighbourhood of Bangui, at least 22 people were killed and 185 others injured after an armed group, led by Nimeri Matar Djamous (nicknamed “Force”), whipped up violence and attacked a Church in response to a Government attempt to arrest one of their leaders. This triggered revenge attacks by the Christian community, including the lynching to death of three Muslim individuals. Attacks continued into last weekend, with houses, hospitals, churches and mosques in many localities in Bangui attacked.

“Last week’s violence in Bangui demonstrates just how volatile the situation is, and how easily crowds can be manipulated into angry mobs ready to attack their neighbours on the basis of their religion,” Zeid said. “With hate speech and incitement to violence so prevalent in media and social media, I fear that spontaneous eruptions of violence like that of May 1 could become more widespread and difficult to contain.”

The High Commissioner called on the Government of the Central African Republic and the international community to be extremely vigilant and to take serious measures to curb the incitement to violence on communal grounds.

“Perpetrators of killings and violent attacks should be held individually criminally responsible so that an entire community is not tarred with the same brush,” the High Commissioner said. “This will make it more difficult for opportunistic armed groups to manipulate angry mobs into revenge attacks against an entire community. Central Africans know all too well what can happen if communal sentiments are stoked into violence.”*

High Commissioner Zeid called on all relevant national and international actors to take decisive action to effectively prevent future outbreaks of violence and human rights violations. The High Commissioner stressed that this recent violence must not be allowed to undermine the peace process facilitated by the African Union.

Distributed by APO Group 

Repost: What is an Entrepreneur?

Repost: What is an Entrepreneur?

By Fatima Balde

Entrepreneurship involves taking certain business risks, proper planning and being creative. An entrepreneur is someone who takes on the risk of starting a new business or creating a new product. Entrepreneurs often work in small niche markets to create a new product or service. The most obvious reasons why they do take the risk is money. Entrepreneurs, like every one else, need money to survive. But, entrepreneurs have a passion for doing things differently from every one else. They tend to think creative. They like challenge and the risk of a new business. Entrepreneurs have often shown a hint of entrepreneurship even as kids perhaps organizing a family garage sale, selling candy to friends on the school bus, or running the neighborhood lemonade stand.

Not everyone who starts a business is an entrepreneur. Some people start businesses to do between jobs. Entrepreneurs start businesses based on the passion for a dream and vision.  They often find new business ideas by trying to solve old problems.

What Makes a Successful Entrepreneur?

Risk-taking is just one of the qualities an entrepreneur must have to be successful. Good planning skills. Although, lack of a good business plan is one of the reasons why many small businesses don’t make it, but also with other people who are key to the business, like suppliers and lenders. Being a successful negotiator means you can always come up with a solution where everyone wins. No one walks away from the deal feeling like they were taken advantage of. This way, you’ll create the type of relationships that keep your business running long-term.

As a small business begins to grow, it becomes increasingly difficult for the entrepreneur to work alone. You’ll need to hire people to help you do some of the business tasks. Otherwise, the quality of work may suffer because you’re trying to do jobs you don’t have the time or skills to complete. Even worse, the business could fail.

Checking the work done by others

It’s not enough to delegate tasks and forget them. As an entrepreneur, you’re still ultimately responsible for the work done for your business. So, you have to make sure the jobs you’ve assigned are done on time, within cost, and at the quality you expect. Make sure your employees have the skills, money, and time they need to deliver what you’ve assigned.

Make it very long

Successful entrepreneurs take the time to plan out their business ventures before taking on the risk.

Entrepreneurs are always negotiating, not only with customers, but with other business negotiator and CEO of other companies and other people. So being an entrepreneur is that hard, just always have the key state of mind and creative idea. Thank You.

Communiqué on the Meeting between the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia

Communiqué on the Meeting between the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and the Prime Minister of Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, April 4, 2018/ — The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, was received today by the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Dr. Abiy Ahmed. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss a number of issues of mutual interest.

The Chairperson reiterated his congratulations to the Prime Minister following his confirmation by Parliament yesterday and praised the peaceful and smooth transition of power, which is a source of pride for Ethiopia and the entire continent. He assured the Prime Minister of the African Union’s full support to the Government and people of Ethiopia as they work to consolidate the remarkable socio-economic progress made by their country and further strengthen national unity and widen the political space. The Chairperson stressed the critical importance of Ethiopia’s stability and prosperity for the region and the continent as a whole.

The Prime Minister and the Chairperson also exchanged views on the overall situation in the Horn of Africa, including the IGAD-led process in South Sudan and efforts in support of the Government of Somalia towards lasting peace and stability. They pledged to work closely together in the pursuit of peace, security and stability in the region and beyond.

The Prime Minister and the Chairperson discussed issues relating to continental integration. The Chairperson commended Ethiopia for signing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), and encouraged speedy ratification. He looked forward to working closely with the Prime Minister on the implementation of the AfCFTA and other aspects of the integration agenda, including the Single African Air Transport Market and the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons and the African Passport.

The Prime Minister reaffirmed Ethiopia’s commitment to the ideals and objectives of the African Union and its determination to continue to play its rightful role towards their achievement. The Chairperson noted that the fact that he was the first dignitary to be received by the Prime Minister following his assumption of responsibility was a further illustration of the importance that Ethiopia attaches to the continental organization.

Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs, Giorgos Katrougalos, visits Ethiopia (26-27 March 2018)

Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs, Giorgos Katrougalos, visits Ethiopia (26-27 March 2018)

ATHENS, Greece, March 29, 2018/ — The expansion of cooperation and the deepening of economic relations between Greece and Ethiopia were the subject of the meetings Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs, Giorgos Katrougalos, had with representatives of the Ethiopian government, during his two-day visit to Addis Ababa. More specifically, Mr. Katrougalos met with the Deputy Foreign Minister, Dr. Aklilu Hailemichael, Culture Minister, Dr. Hirut Waldemariam, and the Minister to the Prime Minister, Dr. Fasil Nahum, who is competent for constitutional affairs. Mr. Katrougalos and Mr. Hailemichael signed an agreement on shipping, between Greece and Ethiopia.

The Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs also met with the African Union’s Commissioner for Economic Affairs, Prof. Victor Adrianaivo Harrison, and the Head of the European Investment Bank Representation Office to Ethiopia and the African Union, Christophe Litt.

Mr. Katrougalos and the entrepreneurs who, on the initiative of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, are participating in the mission met with Greek entrepreneurs active in Ethiopia and were briefed on the progress and prospects of the economy by Zekarias Assefa, Deputy Secretary General of the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce, and Teka Gebreyssus, Deputy Commissioner of the Ethiopian Investment Commission.

Mr. Katrougalos also met with representatives of Greek community organizations and members of the Orthodox community of Ethiopia.

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