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\From: Linda Waine

Dear Colleagues,

It is a great pleasure to invite you to the International conference on human rights and Elimination of Discrimination in all its Forms which will be held from July 22nd to 1st August 2014 in California United states and Saint-Louis Senegal. This Conference will bring together practitioners, researchers and educators from around the world who are engaged in human rights issues.

Note that all interested delegate that requires entry visa to attend this meeting in the United States abs Senegal will be assisted by the organization, in obtaining visa in their passport. Free air round trip tickets to attend this meeting will be provided to all participants. The conference welcomes paper presentation from any interested participants willing to present papers during the meeting.

For more information, please contact Dr. Julie Dundon via Email:

Please share the information with your colleagues.


Dr Linda Waine
Member Activities oordinatorr

DP World: Statement from Senegal President and DP World

From: News Release – African Press Organization (APO)

Statement from Senegal President and DP World

DAKAR, Sénégal, June 6, 2013/ — HE the President of Senegal Makky Sall today met Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP World ( and discussed the future of DP World Dakar and future plans.


Photo: (HE President Makky Sall today and Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP World)

The President assured Mr Bin Sulayem that he welcomes the DP World investment and assured him that their investment in Dakar is always welcomed and protected since Senegal and UAE enjoy a strong economic and bilateral relationship.

Mr Bin Sulayem assured the President of DP World’s commitment to boost and stimulate Senegal economy with further investment in ports and logistics.

The President confirmed that DP World Dakar continues to operate as usual under its current management and structure. “We thank DP World Dakar for its co-operation,” he said.

Distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf of DP World.

Media inquiries
Sanaa Maadad
Media Manager
DP World
Tel: +97150 5522610

DP World

Dakar: Rallying point of the Peoples of Africa / From 4 to December 8, 2012, Dakar, the capital of Senegal, will be hosting the 6th edition of the Africities Summit

From: News Release – African Press Organization (APO)


Dakar: Rallying point of the Peoples of Africa

From 4 to December 8, 2012, Dakar, the capital of Senegal, will be hosting the 6th edition of the Africities Summit

DAKAR, Sénégal, November 14, 2012/ — From 4 to December 8, 2012, Dakar, the capital of Senegal, will be hosting the 6th edition of the Africities Summit ( – a very high level meeting on a continental scale, initiated by the pan-African organisation United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) in partnership with the City of Dakar and the Association of Mayors of Senegal (AMS). Nearly 5000 participants are invited to this international event.


They represent a vast network of state institutions, local authorities, high-ranking officials from regional and local government agencies, political decision-makers, local public affairs administrators, university administrators, researchers, experts, consultants in development as well as many personalities from the world of business and investment from both the public and private sectors and partner organisations in development such as international cooperation agencies.

This 6th Africities Summit offers participants a series of conferences, exchanges and workshops for reflection and debate targeted around a highly significant theme: “Building Africa from its territories: what challenges for the local governments?”.


This Exhibition should attract 200 exhibitors from Africa and other parts of the world to display their products, expertise and best practices for serving populations. These exhibitors will not be just from the private sector. This business forum should also attract community players, NGOs, cities and national organisations of local authorities eager to share with delegates and visitors their experiences in decentralisation and local development, or simply eager to promote the discovery and enjoyment of the charms of their place of origin.

It will focus on areas of activity such as:

– Information and communication technologies

– Telecommunications

– Urban services (water, transport, etc.).

– Trading facilities

– Building infrastructures…

Distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf Africities Summit 2012.

For further information, visit the Africities websites: and

Venue :

Conference centre at the King Fahd Palace Hotel (formerly the Hotel Méridien Président)

Pointe des Almadies

BP: 8181

Dakar – Senegal

Contacts :

Mrs Zineb Benchekchou
+212 537 260 062

Mr. Gautier Brygo
+212 661 300 829

Africities Summit 2012


From: People For Peace
Colleagues Home & Abroad
Regional News


The wisdom of African ancestors is reflected in this Ghanaian proverb which says: “If you haven’t been to the war front, you’ll have the pleasure to chastise others for not fighting hard enough.” This is exactly what is happening with some African leaders who want to stay on power until death.

That is why, even though Senegal’s leader Abdoulaye Wade, 85, was booed as he cast his vote on Sunday in the capital, Dakar, even after losing in his own constituency in the middle-class Dakar neighbourhood of Point E, he still wants to stay on power.

Even after admitting that he may not have got enough votes to avoid a run-off he is not ready to step down honorably. According to unofficial results – with more than half of the vote counted when we were still on press – give Mr Wade 32 percent, with his closest rival and former Prime Minister Macky Sall on 25 percent.

Senegal’s constitutional court ruled that Mr Wade could stand again on the grounds that his first term had not counted since it began before the two-term limit was introduced in 2001, even though his decision to stand again sparked weeks of violent protests – leading to about six deaths – although polling day itself was largely peaceful. Analysts have warned of further unrest if Wade were to win the election.

The protests that have rocked the country began in 2011 when Wade attempted to rush a law through parliament that would have reduced the percentage a candidate needed to win on the first round from 50 percent to 25 percent. He was forced to scrap the proposal after riots immobilised the capital.

Wade is among a list of elderly leaders clinging to power in sub-Saharan Africa despite demands for them to step down. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe used his recent 88th birthday to lash out at critics and vowed to run for re-election.

Despite rumors that Mugabe is ill with cancer he appeared spry, pledging to defy critics who say he should step down because of his age. “I’m still strong. There’s no going back,” he said. “I won’t surrender.”

Mr. Mugabe led Zimbabwe to independence in 1980 and later to near-economic ruin and bloody conflict between political opponents. In 2000, he allowed his supporters to seize white-owned farms ahead of elections, prompting Western nations to impose sanctions and causing the economy to shrink by 50 percent over the next eight years.

His government responded by printing money, which destroyed the currency—a 100-trillion note was issued—emptied store shelves and set the stage for a bloody 2008 election cycle.

The Zimbabwe government has moved ahead with proposed changes to the constitution that will make it easier for Mugabe to run for re-election. The changes would allow for joint presidential and parliamentary polls next year and amend the rules for electing a new president if the post becomes vacant during the presidential term.

Zimbabwe’s official Herald newspaper on Saturday said the government had published a legal notice of the proposed changes, expected to be brought to parliament next month for debate.

In March, President Robert Mugabe claimed he had won full endorsement from his ruling Zanu PF party to stand for re-election next year, despite policies widely blamed for an economic meltdown.

Other longest strong men of African leaders who have refused to relinquish power include Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Paul Biya of Cameroon. What happened in the second half of 2011 in North Africa and more specifically in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya does not seem to have had any kind of effect on some of these Sub-Saharan African Leaders.

May be time will tell just like in 2011 when Africa for the first time witnessed the removal from power of three sitting presidents without an election. Three of the ten longest serving leaders have fallen – Ben Ali of Tunisia ruled for 23 years, Hosni Mubarak of Egypt ruled for 30 years and the longest, Libyan leader Gaddafi who ruled for 42 years.

Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea has ruled the country for 32, Jose Santos of Angola, 32, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe,31, Paul Biya of Cameroon, 29 and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, 25, King Mswati III of Swaziland, 24, and Blaise Campore of Burkina Fasso for 24 years, yet they are still claiming to be strong to rule until death.

In DRC police had to fire rubber bullets at a crowd when Joseph Kabila declared himself the president despite an outcry that he massively rigged the election. The crowd of about 200 gathered in President Street, carrying placards and handing out cards that bore a photograph of a DRC opposition leader, Etienne Tshisekedi whom they believed won the election.

While Senegal has done away with it, other Africa’s election schedule for 2012, Guinea-Bissau 18 March Presidential; The Gambia 29 March Parliamentary ; Mali 29 April Presidential (First Round); Mali 13 May Presidential (Second Round); Algeria May Parliamentary; Burkina Faso May Parliamentary; Lesotho May Parliamentary; Seychelles May Parliamentary; Senegal 17 June Parliamentary; Congo (Brazzaville) June Parliamentary; Egypt June Presidential; Mali 1 July Parliamentary (First Round); Mali 22 July Parliamentary (Second Round); Cameroon July Parliamentary.”

The rests are: “Angola September Presidential/Parliamentary; Togo October Parliamentary; Sierra Leone 17 November Presidential/Parliamentary; Ghana 7 December Presidential (First Round)/Parliamentary; Ghana 28 December Presidential (Second Round); Guinea Parliamentary; Libya Presidential /Parliamentary; Madagascar Presidential/Parliamentary; Mauritania Parliamentary; Tunisia Presidential; Zimbabwe Referendum/Presidential. “All dates are extremely tentative and are based on past poll scheduling patterns.” Kenya is not yet decided whether elections are held this year or 2013 March.

The challenges Wade is faced with if re-elected it to tackle the unemployment among the young people which according to the World Bank it stands at 23 percent. With population of 12,643,799, the birth rate in Senegal is very high. Annual population growth rate is estimated at 2.5 percent.

This is because Muslim is the predominant religion in Senegal at 94 percent, Christian 5 percent and, traditional at 1 percent. Muslims are allowed to marry up to 4 women. Infant mortality rate is at 56.4/1,000 while life expectancy stands at 59.78 years. Work force (5.53 million): Agriculture–77.5 percent (subsistence or cash crops) while Industry and services at 22.5 percent.

Senegal is a semi-arid country predominantly rural and with limited natural resources. As such Senegal depends heavily on foreign assistance, which in 2007 represented about 23 percent of overall government spending–including both current expenditures and capital investments.

Prostitution in Senegal is legal and regulated. Prostitutes must be at least 21 years of age, register with the police, carry a valid sanitary card, and test negative for sexually transmitted infections.

That is why Senegal prides itself on its success in keeping the HIV/Aids prevalence rate in the country at a comparatively low one per cent of the adult population despite the fact that sex trade continues to flourish.

People for Peace in Africa (PPA)
P O Box 14877
00800, Westlands

Tel +254-7350-14559/+254-722-623-578


From: Yona Maro

The ECOWAS Commission has followed closely in recent weeks developments in the political party campaigns leading to the forthcoming Presidential Elections in the Republic of Senegal, and whilst satisfied with the democratic nature of the electoral process generally, wishes to express serious concern for the rising tensions among political parties and citizens.

The Commission would therefore like to remind all Senegalese stakeholders in the electoral process of their responsibility to preserve peace at all times and in all circumstances in their country. It therefore urges political and administrative authorities, political parties and all citizens to scrupulously respect and obey institutions and laws of the Republic.

The Commission would also like to call especially upon political party leaders, their members and supporters as well as all other political and social forces, to show tolerance and restraint, and to refrain from any incendiary language, verbal or written, which are likely to undermine public order and the electoral process. At the same time, the Commission respectfully appeals to the authorities to ensure that all citizens enjoy equal treatment and fundamental rights in accordance with the laws of the Republic.

In the present circumstance, which is threatening to law and order, the Commission wishes to encourage all stakeholders to opt for dialogue, and consensus building with a view to the creation of a cordial and peaceful environment for the conduct of free, fair and credible elections.

The Commission would also like to take the opportunity to assure the Government and people of Senegal of its commitment to support the country for the successful completion of the electoral process and the consolidation of democracy in this valued Member State.

Karibu Jukwaa la
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