Tunis: Recent revisions to GDP have arisen following the adoption of newer versions of the System of National Accounts (SNA). The SNA represents a standard set of recommendations on how to compile measures of economic activity. It describes a coherent, consistent, and integrated set of macroeconomic accounts in the context of a set of internationally agreed concepts, definitions, classifications, and accounting rules. The SNA is intended for use by all countries, as it has been designed to accommodate the needs of individual nations at different stages of economic development.
The Right Hon Prime Minister Tsvangirai’s address to the Sadc Extraordinary Summit in Maputo, 15 June 2013: Your Majesty, King Mswati Your Excellencies Your Excellency President Guebuza, let me on behalf of my delegation, express my profound gratitude to the wonderful manner in which we have been received and the warm hospitality which the people of Mozambique have showed from the day we arrived. et me also appreciate and thank all of you for your continued real interest and stewardship of the Zimbabwe crisis, notwithstanding your busy schedules in your own countries.
New York: The evolving nature and tactics of conflict are creating unprecedented threats for children, United Nations officials told the Security Council on Monday, stressing that despite progress in protecting youngsters during war, dangerous new trends are making them even more vulnerable. “As new conflicts emerged or deepened in the course of the past 18 months, children continued to pay a heavy toll, perhaps the heaviest,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui said in her presentation to the Council of the Secretary-General’s 12th annual report on the subject.
Washington: The perception of Sub-Saharan Africa as a locus of economic underperformance and political instability is increasingly out-of-date, as underscored by the 2013 results of the GPI. Sub-Saharan Africa as a whole this year ranks above the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, and Russia and Eurasia in terms of peacefulness. In part, this reflects rising economic prosperity - Sub-Saharan economic growth has outstripped that of every other region in the world over the past two years - and, ironically, the region’s traditional marginalisation from the global economy has helped insulate it from the impact of the global financial crisis. However, it is clear that risks can arise where there is a public perception that the benefits of more rapid national growth are not being shared equitably.
Washington: The world – especially the Greater Middle East – has become less peaceful than it was five years ago, according to the 2013 edition of the annual Global Peace Index (GPI) released here Tuesday by the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP). Consistent with that trend, the Index also found that global peacefulness declined over the past year, chiefly due to the intensifying civil war in Syria; the rising number of homicides, especially in Mexico, Central America, and several sub-Saharan African countries; and increased military spending as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) in many nations.
Johannesburg: The question of how to ensure public access to government information without jeopardizing legitimate efforts to protect people from national security threats is the focus of a new set of global principles being unveiled today. The Tshwane Principles on National Security and the Right to Information are the result of over two years of consultations around the world involving governments, former security officials, civil society organisations and academics, which were facilitated by the Open Society Justice Initiative and culminated in a recent meeting in Tshwane, South Africa. The Principles address in unprecedented detail the balance between secrecy and the public’s right to know – in a world that has been transformed by global efforts to combat terrorism and the parallel rise of new digital technologies, as well as the rapid growth of right to information laws.
Bissau: Drug-trafficking in Guinea-Bissau is undermining the country’s stability, distorting its economy and intensifying the competition for power among political and military leaders, say analysts and observers. “Because drug-trafficking stokes instability, it affects every citizen. Moreover it gives the country a deplorable image, which tends to discourage donors. In a country where access to credit is difficult, some observers say that drug money has been used to fund the cashew nut trade, the country’s main export and a key revenue source for the rural population,” Vincent Foucher, a researcher with the International Crisis Group (ICG), told IRIN. He said drug money is also funding the personal security networks of top politicians and military personnel - an important element in ongoing power struggles and political strife.
Addis Ababa: African Union member states should enable their borderland populations to be architects and privileged beneficiaries of African integration, AU Peace and Security Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra, said here Friday as the organisation observed the African Border Day. “We must diffuse all tensions at national borders as part of our commitment to promote peace and security for integration of the continent,” Lamamra remarked while receiving historical documents from German archives on African borders.
Cairo: If the strategic vision of Egyptian foreign policy gives priority to the African dimension, Egyptian-Ethiopian relations are at the heart of this dimension. Ethiopia is a significant and influential country in the African continent and among its emerging economies. It is also an essential actor in the Horn of Africa region, which continues to witness political, economic and social dynamics that indirectly influence Egypt's national security. In addition, Ethiopia is Egypt's leading partner, along with Sudan, in the Nile Basin file, due to its sovereignty over the Nile's sources in the Ethiopian highlands in addition to its direct influence on the Equatorial Lake Plateau.
Abuja: Today is the first anniversary of the Dana crash that led to the unnecessary death of so many people, victims of an aviation industry that has been incapable of imposing safety standards in an industry where safety is of such paramount importance. The story of our aviation industry is of course a much larger story of a state that has been incapable of assuring the safety of citizens in general from religious extremists and insurgents, armed robbers, ethnic bigots and resource control militants. The Dana crash, like similar ones before it was a sad one for those of us who are members of the Nigerian elite.