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AIChE Appoints Darlene S. Schuster as New CEO and Executive Director

New York, NY, April 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Board of Directors of AIChE®, the Global Home of Chemical Engineers, announced today that Darlene S. Schuster, PhD, AIChE’s current Chief of Technical Operations, Membership, and Business Development, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Institute. An experienced business leader, Dr. Schuster will become CEO and Executive Director effective April 25. She will succeed June C. Wispelwey, who is retiring on April 22.

In making the announcement, Christine Grant, AIChE’s 2022 President, said “The Board and I are delighted that Darlene will serve as AIChE’s next CEO and Executive Director. She has a deep knowledge of AIChE, and her background as a chemicals industry leader from a corporate, academic, and non-profit perspective, as well as her deep understanding of the dynamic of the chemical engineering professional, will be an asset to the continued growth of AIChE.”

Grant noted Schuster’s strong track record of developing and executing strategies to structure and achieve significant, sustainable growth, which will lead AIChE to its next phase. “Darlene personifies the values and integrity that are essential as the next leader of AIChE. I want to express my special thanks to the search committee for their commitment and hard work in this process,” added Grant.

June Wispelwey said, “I am confident that Darlene possesses the strategic and leadership skills necessary to help AIChE fulfill its commitment as an integrated community of chemical and related engineers, united in our determination to meet society’s challenges as the global leader of the profession.”

“I am excited by this opportunity to lead AIChE, an organization that has meant so much to me over the course of my career — as we expand our many points of excellence across the chemical engineering profession, inclusive of all,” said Schuster. She added, “In our ever-changing world, AIChE is pleased to be the global home of chemical engineers as we continue to provide career support and lifelong learning opportunities for the broad engineering community, and continue to serve the chemical engineering profession.”

Dr. Schuster received her BS from West Virginia University, her MS from the University of Pittsburgh and her PhD from West Virginia University — all in chemical engineering. She started her career working in the oil fields at Gulf Oil. Later, as a Bucknell University Clare Booth Luce Chair and Professor of Chemical Engineering, she was one of 50 inaugural female science and engineering faculty who worked to promote women’s entry into the study and teaching of engineering and science. Schuster is also an entrepreneur, and founded a consulting and distribution company specializing in medtech and biotech industry sectors. Over the past twenty years, Schuster has served AIChE as a volunteer, consultant, and employee — most recently leading AIChE’s publications, membership, meetings, business development, education, and technical entities as Chief of Technical Operations.

About AIChE

AIChE is a professional society of more than 60,000 chemical engineers in 110 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities, and government using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society. Through its varied programs, AIChE continues to be a focal point for information exchange on the frontiers of chemical engineering research in such areas as energy, sustainability, biological and environmental engineering, nanotechnology, and chemical plant safety and security. More information about AIChE is available at www.aiche.org.

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Delphix Appoints New Executives to Accelerate Growth

The DevOps Test Data Management company expands its management bench with industry veterans to support its next phase of growth

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Delphix, the industry leader in DevOps Test Data Management (TDM), today announced the appointments of Tammi Warfield to Chief Customer Officer and Alex Hesterberg to Chief Strategy Officer.

“We are excited about the leadership scale that both Tammi and Alex will bring to our customers, partners, and team,” said Steven Chung, President at Delphix. “They have excellent track records of accelerating growth by hiring great talent, improving performance, and creating a culture of customer value. Tammi and Alex also bring public company experience to our executive team as we expand our operations globally.”

As the Chief Customer Officer, Tammi leads onboarding, professional services, customer success, and support for Delphix worldwide with a focus on building and delivering a world class Customer Experience through all stages of the customer lifecycle. Tammi joined Delphix from Microsoft, where she served as VP, Worldwide Customer Success for the Business Applications Group, a multi-billion dollar division. Prior to Microsoft, she served in numerous customer success and services leadership roles at BMC Software.

As Delphix’s new Chief Strategy Officer, Alex Hesterberg leads strategic partnerships, OEMs, channels, solutions and systems engineering teams supporting the company’s technology innovation, corporate development and go-to-market efforts. Prior to joining Delphix, Alex served as Chief Customer Officer at Turbonomic, where he scaled the pre- and post-sales functions during the key stages before the company’s $1.5B + acquisition by IBM. Prior to Turbonomic, Alex served in executive customer success, presales, and services roles at Pure Storage (IPO in 2015), Sailthru (acquired by CM Group) and Riverbed Technology (IPO in 2006).

About Delphix
Delphix is the industry leader for DevOps test data management.

Businesses need to transform application delivery but struggle to balance speed with data security and compliance. Our DevOps Data Platform automates data security, while rapidly deploying test data to accelerate application releases. With Delphix, customers modernize applications, adopt multi-cloud, achieve CI/CD, and recover from downtime events such as ransomware up to 2x faster.

Leading companies, including Choice Hotels, Banco Carrefour, and Fannie Mae, use Delphix to accelerate digital transformation and enable zero trust data management. Visit us at www.delphix.com. Follow us on LinkedInTwitter, and Facebook.

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Orlando.Debruce@delphix.com

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CS Global Partners: Commonwealth of Dominica Signs Roadmap for Cooperation with Kingdom of Morocco

LONDON, April 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In a move to bolster diplomatic ties, the Commonwealth of Dominica and the Kingdom of Morocco signed a roadmap for cooperation.

The Dominican Prime Minister is currently on an official visit to Dakhla as the government of Dominica opened a general consulate on behalf of The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in Morocco.

The significant and promising diplomatic presence will present an opportunity to further boost bilateral exchanges between the Kingdom of Morocco and OECS.

The OECS is an eleven-member grouping of islands spread across the Eastern Caribbean. Together, they form a near-continuous archipelago across the eastern reaches of the Caribbean Sea. They comprise the Leeward Islands: Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands; and the Windward Islands: Dominica, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada, Martinique and Guadeloupe.

“I am very happy to be here in Dakhla to inaugurate the embassy and to exchange views with his excellency on the bilateral relations between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Commonwealth of Dominica,” said Prime Minister Skerrit.

“I want to say to all of you, the citizens of the Kingdom of Morocco, that the relationship between Dominica and Morocco is strong and sincere. We value the leadership of His Majesty the King, especially in dealing with so many global challenges.”

Prime Minister Skerrit also stated that King Mohamed VI led the global fight with respect to climate change, migration, access to education, and economic prosperity.

“The opening of a consulate in Dakhla is the manifestation of the strong relationship that exists between the Kingdom of Morocco and the OECS,” he further emphasized.

Furthermore, the Dominican prime minister stated that Dominica reaffirms the royal vision of upholding stability and security in the Caribbean region through tangible social-economic projects.

With the opening of the general consulate in Dakhla, the Caribbean island country of Dominica has taken one step ahead in creating its presence in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region.

The meeting also features the promise of the promotion of the economic and cultural links by signing the first agreement. The agreement will aid both countries economically. It will also access the people of both nations to connect with each other culturally.

Caribbean and African ties run deep – the territories have shared history and a lot is being done to strengthen and foster Caribbean-African relations and increase their bargaining power with the world. Last September, for example, leaders from the African Union and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) convened the first Africa CARICOM Summit.

Bilateral diplomacy is a key building block of international relations and this participation by Dominica in regional and multilateral frameworks supports the country’s bilateral diplomacy goals by increasing a country’s capacity to respond to regional and global opportunities and challenges.

The strength of a country’s bilateral connections impacts its standing in the global arena.

All countries benefit from strong diplomatic cooperation. However, when it comes to small states’ foreign policy, the relevance of bilateral diplomacy is most visible. Though smaller states’ limited capabilities might place them in an inferior position when dealing with larger ones, the starting disadvantage can be overcome. This may include dependence on collective solidarity and the rule of law, a tight engagement on certain tasks, and the application of new solutions.

About CS Global Partners

CS Global Partners is the world’s leading government advisory and marketing firm, specialising in residency and citizenship by investment solutions. Governments around the globe partner with CS Global Partners, relying on our in-depth expertise about the citizenship by investment market. We work closely with government authorities to create synergies to protect and promote the security of their citizenship by investment programmes and attract prospective applicants through stringent due diligence processes.

Over the years, we have helped countries attract foreign direct investment into their markets, equating to more than half their GDP. We have been expanding our foreign direct investments and further focusing on recommending premium citizenship and residency programmes to our clients.

With our strong reputation, expertise and integrity, CS Global Partners has created a robust community, linking a well-established global business network with investment bankers, lawyers, high-net-worth individuals, and other like-minded professionals. Our objective is to educate markets, create awareness about global citizenship by investment, and ensure that international stakeholders work effectively with these programmes by properly educating their ultra-high net worth and mass affluent clientele about the best RCBI options available.

Headquartered in the heart of London, the venture was founded in 2012 by Micha-Rose Emmett. Emmett is a dual-qualified attorney and entrepreneur with years of practice in citizenship and residency by investment. Working across multiple time zones, the CS Global Partners team consists of passionate professionals, making it a highly international, multicultural, and multilingual name in the industry. CS Global Partners provides tailored guidance and advice with a global physical presence and an expert legal advisory and marketing team.

CS Global Partners holds government mandates to promote and develop citizenship by investment programmes for St Kitts and Nevis and Dominica.

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New Gavi Risk Sharing Partnership with MedAccess and the Open Society Foundations to help meet country demand for COVID-19 vaccines

New York, April 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

  • Gavi, MedAccess, and the Open Society Foundations announce a new partnership to create an innovative Risk Sharing Facility to support the COVAX Cost-Sharing Mechanism.
  • The partnership aims to build on intensive efforts by Gavi to extend its suite of innovative financing instruments to help donors and countries stretch their available resources as the pandemic shifts and to protect against future shocks. The Facility’s instruments also represent a pathway and toolkit to address future global health crises.
  • This new partnership comes as Gavi seeks to raise additional funds to support COVAX. April 8 will see Germany co-host the 2022 Gavi COVAX AMC Summit, where governments, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector will come together to renew their commitment to global vaccination.

MedAccess, the Open Society Foundations, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance today announced a new partnership to create a Risk Sharing Facility to help countries procure additional COVID-19 vaccine doses, including variant-adapted doses in response to risks and shocks. The $200 million facility is designed to enable countries to protect more of their people and support COVAX’s ambitions to make COVID vaccine procurement more sustainable and more tailored to country needs.

The Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment (Gavi COVAX AMC) provides COVID-19 vaccines free of charge for 92 of the world’s lowest-income countries, helping them to meet the objectives set out in their national vaccination strategies—with more than 1.2 billion doses already shipped to AMC countries. In addition, AMC countries can also use the COVAX Cost-Sharing Mechanism to order more doses using domestic resources or low-cost financing from their multilateral development bank (MDB) partners, enabling them to protect more people, more quickly.

The new guarantees are aimed at increasing take-up of the Cost-Sharing Mechanism by facilitating the financing of orders. MedAccess will provide a $100 million procurement guarantee to enable COVAX to order more doses from manufacturers on behalf of AMC countries choosing to participate in cost-sharing. By purchasing through COVAX, countries benefit from lower prices per dose negotiated for a range of COVID-19 vaccines.

The Open Society Foundations will provide a further procurement guarantee of up to $100 million alongside MedAccess, through the Soros Economic Development Fund. This will help COVAX to respond to country requests for additional doses in the event of a future shock or demand spike.

“COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on health and financial systems in every country,” said MedAccess CEO Michael Anderson. “Donors have stepped up with huge sums of money to drive COVAX’s initial dose allocations, but innovative finance can unlock even greater value. Our support for Gavi will enable COVAX to work with countries to speed up access to these essential vaccines and put their programmes on a more sustainable footing.”

“Innovative financing solutions are crucial to the success of global vaccination in 2022,” added Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. “Our partnership with MedAccess, thanks to the support of the Open Society Foundations, will allow countries to access additional resources through COVAX cost-sharing, helping them to meet the goals set out in their national vaccination strategies and respond to uncertainty and risks such as new variants. Together, we can break COVID-19.”

“The inequities in access to vaccines in poor countries is one of the biggest, collective global failings of our time,” said Mark Malloch-Brown, President of the Open Society Foundations. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, Open Society has responded in diverse ways to ensure that the most vulnerable have equitable access to vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics—just like those in rich countries. COVAX’s Cost-Sharing Mechanism is an additional and important way to ensure governments have the agency, on their terms, to determine if, how, and when they acquire low-cost doses for their populations.”

The COVAX Cost-Sharing Mechanism was launched in partnership between Gavi, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank in July 2021. Since then, the European Investment Bank has also joined and committed €300 million in financing for countries wishing to access additional doses through the mechanism. Countries with MDB-approved vaccination programmes can make requests to COVAX for additional vaccine doses. To date, Gavi has already ordered 140 million additional vaccine doses through cost sharing on behalf of 15 AMC countries, at a total value of $800 million.

Countries specify the preferred type of vaccine, number of doses and their desired delivery window, enabling COVAX to aggregate demand and exercise its options under agreements with vaccine manufacturers. The MDB provides a payment confirmation, which enables COVAX to confirm its order. Subject to finalisation of the legal agreement, MedAccess and Open Society’s support aims to provide a backstop for Gavi during the period from exercising its option to country payment being confirmed; without the guarantees Gavi would be required to hold donor funds in reserve. This guarantee provides financial independence to Gavi for the benefit of COVAX AMC country partners.

On April 8, 2022, Gavi will hold the 2022 Gavi COVAX AMC Summit, co-hosted by Germany. Gavi aims to raise at least $5.2 billion in urgent financial support for COVAX, including $3.8 billion in donor funding for lower-income countries supported by the Gavi COVAX AMC. At least $1 billion of the $5.2 billion is intended to come from cost-sharing.

To date, COVAX has shipped more than 1.4 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to 145 countries and territories.

Media contacts

Rob Kelly, Head of External Relations at MedAccess
+44 7867 132038
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Evan O’Connell, Senior Media Relations Manager at Gavi
+41 79 682 18 95
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Erin Greenberg, Senior Communications Officer, Open Society Foundations
erin.greenberg@opensocietyfoundations.org

About MedAccess

MedAccess is a U.K.-based social finance company with a mission to make global healthcare markets work for everyone. Its core purpose is to make medical supplies more widely available at lower prices in under-served markets. By applying the rigour and skills of business finance, it provides a novel solution to the challenge. MedAccess offers financial guarantees and debt products that reduce commercial risk and allow medical manufacturers to accelerate supplies into new markets at affordable and sustainable prices. In this way, vaccines, medicines, diagnostic tests and medical devices can reach patients far sooner than existing market forces would allow.

For more information see www.medaccess.org and follow MedAccess on Twitter @MedAccessUK.

About COVAX

COVAX, the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, is co-led by CEPI, Gavi and WHO – working in partnership with developed and developing country vaccine manufacturers, UNICEF, PAHO, the World Bank, and others. It is the only global initiative that is working with governments and manufacturers to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are available worldwide to both high-income and lower-income countries.

Gavi’s role in COVAX

Gavi leads on procurement and delivery at scale for COVAX: designing and managing the COVAX Facility and the Gavi COVAX AMC and working with its traditional Alliance partners UNICEF and WHO, along with governments, on country readiness and delivery.

As part of this role, Gavi hosts the Office of the COVAX Facility to coordinate the operation and governance of the mechanism as a whole, holds financial and legal relationships with 193 Facility participants, and manages the COVAX Facility deals portfolio: negotiating advance purchase agreements with manufacturers of promising vaccine candidates to secure doses on behalf of all COVAX Facility participants. Gavi also coordinates design, operationalisation and fundraising for the Gavi COVAX AMC, the mechanism that provides access to donor-funded doses of vaccine to 92 lower-income economies. As part of this work, Gavi provides funding and oversight for UNICEF procurement and delivery of vaccines to all AMC participants—operationalising the advance purchase agreements between Gavi and manufacturers—as well as support for partners’ and governments work on readiness and delivery. This includes tailored support to governments, UNICEF, WHO and other partners for cold chain equipment, technical assistance, syringes, vehicles, and other aspects of the vastly complex logistical operation for delivery. Gavi also co-designed, raises funds for and supports the operationalisation of the AMC’s no-fault compensation mechanism as well as the COVAX Humanitarian Buffer.

About Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership that helps vaccinate half the world’s children against some of the world’s deadliest diseases. Since its inception in 2000, Gavi has helped to immunise a whole generation—over 888 million children—and prevented more than 15 million future deaths, helping to halve child mortality in 73 lower-income countries. Gavi also plays a key role in improving global health security by supporting health systems as well as funding global stockpiles for Ebola, cholera, meningitis and yellow fever vaccines. After two decades of progress, Gavi is now focused on protecting the next generation and reaching zero dose children remaining deprived of even a single vaccine shot still being left behind, employing innovative finance and the latest technology—from drones to biometrics—to save millions more lives, prevent outbreaks before they can spread and help countries on the road to self-sufficiency. Learn more at www.gavi.org and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Gavi is a co-convener of COVAX, the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, together with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the World Health Organization (WHO). In its role Gavi is focused on procurement and delivery for COVAX: coordinating the design, implementation and administration of the COVAX Facility and the Gavi COVAX AMC and working with its Alliance partners UNICEF and WHO, along with governments, on country readiness and delivery.

The Vaccine Alliance brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private sector partners. View the full list of donor governments and other leading organizations that fund Gavi’s work here.

About Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We are active in more than 120 countries, making us the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights. The Soros Economic Development Fund supports Open Society’s mission through investments that advance the Foundations’ enduring commitments of equity, expression, and justice.

For more information, see www.opensocietyfoundations.org and www.soroseconomicdevelopmentfund.org

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Study Finds Africa COVID Infections Grossly Underestimated

A study by the World Health Organization finds the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa to be a fraction of the true number of people infected with the coronavirus that causes the disease.

A new analysis of the spread and the presence of asymptomatic cases of SARS-CoV 2, the virus that causes COVID-19, finds infections in Africa skyrocketed from 3% of the population in June 2020 to 65% by September 2021.

The WHO regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, said the analysis of 151 studies reveals the true number of COVID-19 infections in Africa could be 97% higher than the number of confirmed reported cases.

“This suggests that more than two-thirds of all Africans have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus,” she said. “And this compares to the global average, where the true number of infections is about 16 times higher than the number of confirmed reported cases … In real terms, this means that in September 2021, rather than the reported 8.2 million cases, there were in fact 800 million infections.”

The World Health Organization confirmed 11.6 million cases of COVID-19 on the African continent as of April 3, including more than 250,000 deaths. Given the new findings, the WHO acknowledged the number of actual infections is likely to be much larger.

Moeti said it is complicated to get accurate data in Africa because 67% of people with COVID-19 have no symptoms. She said that highlights the need to sustain high levels of routine testing and surveillance to stay ahead of the pandemic.

“With many social protection measures now being relaxed, it will become even more important to allow for tracking of the virus in real time, and monitoring of its evolution,” she said. “Our analysis is clear evidence of the continued significant circulation of the COVID-19 virus among the people on the continent. With this comes the heightened risk of more lethal variants that can overwhelm existing immunity.”

The WHO study finds exposure to the coronavirus rose sharply following the emergence of the beta and the delta variants.

People who become ill with COVID-19 enjoy some degree of immunity. However, Moeti said vaccination remains the best defense against infection as well as adding a level of protection against newly mutating strains of the virus.

Source: Voice of America

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Analysts Warn Tunisia Risks Drifting Back to Pre-Revolutionary Era

Political analysts say a quest for ever-greater power by Tunisian President Kais Saied risks sending the nation back to pre-revolutionary times of “strongman” rule.

On Wednesday, Saied announced changes regarding the coming legislative elections. Tunisians will now vote for individuals instead of lists in a two-round ballot. He also indicated there would be changes to the Independent Electoral Commission, which he said would supervise the election but not with its ”current composition,” Reuters reported.

In late March, Saied, 64, dissolved parliament after legislators defied his warning and blocked emergency powers that he granted himself in a bid to take hold of the executive and judiciary, a move criticized as a coup. Saied’s government described the parliamentary session as ”illegal” and said it would launch investigations into those who participated.

Analysts question whether there is any group capable of pushing back against Saied’s power grab.

“It is hard to pinpoint any single group with the necessary wherewithal and support” to challenge Saied, said Emiliano Alessandri of the Washington-based Middle East Institute. He said that included opposition parties, which he said suffer from a lack of legitimacy stemming from what he called questionable conduct in recent years.

Pressure from citizenry

But, he said, the overall political environment may trigger a public response to Saied.

”In my view, pressure will build up not because of some political initiative, but when ordinary citizens will see that some of their basic needs – including a better economy and accessible prices – remain unattended to even in the context of the new course. When this happens – and it will not take too long – now-discredited actors will be able to gather fresh new support,” he told VOA.

Last July, public fury over poverty, corruption and handling of the pandemic sparked mass protests in this North African nation. Subsequently, Saied suspended parliament and ousted his prime minister and other officials while granting himself extraordinary powers.

In a Facebook post on March 30, Saied said his decision to dissolve parliament was to ”protect the government, the institution and the Tunisian people.” He said this at a meeting with the National Security Council shortly after dissolving the legislature.

Aymen Zaghdoudi at the Institute of Press and Information Sciences in the Tunisian capital, Tunis, told VOA the unilateral posture of the Tunisian president was like that of an ”autocratic leader.”

”Media freedoms are dwindling, freedom of peaceful assembly is being restricted, and the civil space continues to be narrow. We have seen bloggers, lawyers in jail, and they were prosecuted by military courts, and prosecuting civilians in front of military justice is one of the symbols of dictatorship,” he said.

December elections

Saied has set December 17 for legislative elections. Zaghdoudi said per the country’s constitution, snap elections must be held within 45 to 90 days, noting that Saied’s resolve to adhere to an election date more than seven months from now is unlawful.

”This means he [Saied] will not respect the constitution, but he will follow his own path,” Zaghdoudi said.

Ahead of that parliamentary election, Tunisia will hold a constitutional referendum on July 25. Zaghdoudi said about 70% of Tunisians stand with the president. “This is where he gets his legitimacy,” the analyst said.

According to Zaghdoudi, events in other nations have made Tunisians wary of foreign interference. He said Saied thrives on these sentiments to ”adopt any unilateral decision despite opposition from the major political and economic elites.”

He added that ”to build a solid democracy for the future, we must hold an honest national dialogue that includes all political forces in Tunisia to agree on badly needed economic, political and social reforms.”

Source: Voice of America

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EU court rules in favour of Mubarak family on assets freeze

LUXEMBOURG— The European Court of Justice ruled in favour of the family of late Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and confirmed the unfreezing of assets blocked over a decade ago.

The European Union had decided in March last year to end sanctions it had imposed on Mubarak, his wife, two sons and their wives following Egypt’s popular uprising in January 2011 which toppled his 30-year rule.

The sanctions included a freeze on assets held in the EU and a ban on any citizens or entities from the 27-nation bloc making funding available to those on the blacklist.

The measures were applied to assist the Egyptian authorities in recovering misappropriated state assets.

But Wednesday’s ruling indicated that the “unnecessary prolongation of the measure” could not be reasonably justified.

In addition to granting the Mubarak family access to the funds, the court ordered the Council of the European Union to pay the costs incurred by the family.

If the council does not challenge the decision, the assets will be available after banks are notified and the time limit for the appeal has expired.

Mubarak and his family had repeatedly challenged the punitive measures in court, resulting in a legal battle that lasted over a decade.

The deposed president died in 2020 at the age of 91.

Source: Nam News Network

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IGAD welcomes South Sudan deal on unification of forces

JUBA— The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has welcomed the agreement signed by South Sudan’s main peace parties on the unification of command forces, in a move to form one professional army.

In a statement, IGAD’s Executive Secretary Workneh Gebeyehu applauded the step taken by peace parties toward the full implantation of transitional security arrangements.

“IGAD commended H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Vice-President H.E. Riek Machar and the parties to the agreement for the goodwill and thanked the Government of the Republic of Sudan, the Chair of IGAD, for brokering the deal.

“The Executive Secretary calls on all the parties to respect the terms of the agreement and implement it fully, faithfully and timely,” said Workneh.

Last week, there was tension in South Sudan’s capital Juba after President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar disagreed on how to implement some security arrangements as stipulated in the 2018 peace agreement.

But with Sudan’s efforts, the peace parties signed an agreement over the weekend to unify the forces into one professional army as stated in the 2018 peace deal.

South Sudan has suffered instability since its independence from Sudan in 2011.

The UN has repeatedly criticized South Sudan’s leadership for its role in stoking violence, cracking down on political freedoms and plundering public coffers.

Latest reports show that fighting continues in some parts of the country.

At least 440 civilians were killed in brutal fighting between rival militias in the country’s southwest between June and September last year, a joint report by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the UN Human Rights Office said earlier this month.

Source: Nam News Network