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May 19, 2013
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A three-day international meeting of African countries and the Franc zone is underway here in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, to discuss regional single currency regimes on the continent.
The government of Senegal has reiterated its commitment to supporting local poultry producers by indentifying ways of improving their sector for enhanced output and maximum gains from their trade.
The assurance comes amid concerns among chicken and other poultry producers in Senegal over reports of a possible plan to open the market to poultry import from the United States.
Ten years ago today, the Senegalese nation was plunged into deep mourning, when the ferry Le Joola sank in the Atlantic Ocean en route to Dakar, the capital, from the southern region of Casamance.
When the full picture emerged as to what had happened to the government-owned ferry, hundreds of people had met their untimely deaths, leaving scores of families and loved ones bereaved.
A Senegalese government minister has appealed to Mauritanian refugees living in Dakar to end their nearly three-week-old hunger strike.
--UNHCR report reveals
Some 175 children have reportedly been used by armed groups in northern Mali, with 17 cases of sexual violence reported by displaced women, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has said.
Turnout in Sunday’s legislative elections in Senegal was low and results are being awaited from the generally peaceful polls.
In an interview with West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR), an election official in the capital, Dakar, Adama Faye said that Sunday’s low turnout showed that “people in Senegal are really fed up with politics” because many politicians make empty promises.
--calls for change in reform process
Civil society groups have urged Senegalese authorities to change the process through which political reforms are carried out, as a new wave of reforms are announced by the country’s new leadership.
An executive of the Africa Travel Association (ATA), Ogo Sow has taken Africa’s media to task for dwelling too much on politics and downplaying promotion of the tourism sector, which could bring in billions of US dollars in revenues to the continent.
The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and The World Bank (WB) have joined forces to help strengthen transparency and accountability in public procurement through collaboration among government, civil society and the private sector.
According to The World Bank, public procurement represents about 50% to 70% of total government spending in many developing countries. It is also a major source of revenue to the private sector.
Britain is in favor of a diplomatic approach in solving the Malian crisis, where rebel groups have partitioned the country with their occupation of the north, Stephen O’Brien, the country’s Development Minister has said.