- On the heels of the anniversary of 50 years since the foundation of the Organization for African Unity, the precursor of the African Union, Austria has invited the organization to open an office in Vienna. The Austrian government headed by Reinhold Lopatka has expressed its desire for an African Union office in Vienna. Vienna is home to many organizations such as the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the UN Office on Drug and Crimes (UNODC), the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) and others that have active projects in many African countries. Having an African Union office will bring closer cooperation and integration between organizations. https://www.friedlnews.com/article/we-invite-the-african-union-to-open-an-office-in-vienna
- French president François Hollande has given his support to the Malian government against the rebellious Islamist groups that have taken control of the northern part of the country. France has mobilized troops on Friday, January 11 with full backing from the US and the African Union. The ECOWAS organization was giving its support by sending deployed troops from Senegal and Nigeria. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20991719
- Germany and the Southern African Development Community have established a Regional Fund for Water and Basic Sanitation. Germany’s KfW Development Bank will finance an initial grant of 10 million for investments in water and sanitation on a regional scale. It is estimated that around 70% of water resources are shared among two or more states in the SADC. http://www.sadc.int/files/6613/5783/5076/Press_Release_signing_Water_Fund_Agreement_final_version.pdf
- Rwanda will host the Jamafest Festival sponsored by the East African Community. More than five venues across the country will host events such as carnivals, live musical performances, theatre, arts exhibitions, workshops. The theme of the festival is “Fostering the East African Community integration through the cultural industries” http://www.eac.int/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1184:eac-arts-and-culture-festival-jamafest-gets-website&catid=146:press-releases&Itemid=194
- General Katumba of the Uganda Chief of Land Forces has pledged the United Nations and the African Union to extend the mandate of AMISOM’s mission to Somalia. The current mission is set to expire in march 2013. The present peacekeeping force consisting of Ugandan forces is considered the most successful out of more than 10 that failed since 1991. The airport has been receiving more than 40 flights a day and the port has over 15 ships lining for dock each day since the situation has been taken into the hands of AMISOM. http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/638867-amisom-needs-more-time-in-somalia-katumba.html
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