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  1. Sudan’s al-Bashir invites Congo and Gabon leaders to CAR peace talks

    http://sudantribune.com/spip.php?article66548

    November 3, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir extended an invitation to the Congo-Brazzaville’s President, Denis Sassou Nguesso and the President of Gabon Denis Sassou Nguesso to attend the opening session of Khartoum peace process to end the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR).

    According to a statement released in Khartoum on Saturday, Foreign Minister El-Dirdeiry Mohamed Ahmed Friday travelled to Congo-Brazzaville and Gabon on Friday to extend an invitation for the leaders of the two countries to take part in the opening session of the talks for peace in the CAR on 15 November.

    Following his arrival to Libreville, Derdeiry met with Gabon’s Prime Minister Emmanuel Essoze-Ngondeton and handed him a letter from al-Bashir addressed to President Bongo. On the same day, he handed over another letter to the Congolese President Sassou Nguesso at his residence in Oyo.

    "The Minister conveyed an invitation from President al-Bashir to his Gabonese and Congolese counterparts to attend these important discussions, pointing out that their personal presence will confirm the interest of African leaders in efforts to resolve the crisis in the CAR," said the foreign ministry.

    "The Congolese president agreed to attend the Khartoum talks on 15 November," added the statement.

    In mid-October, the Sudanese president sent his foreign minister to both Chad and the Central African Republic to rally support for the initiative to resolve a bloody conflict between the different groups of the central African nation.

    According to the statement, the Sudanese top diplomat explained during these meetings the preparatory talks held by Khartoum with the opposition groups, which agreed to join the Khartoum peace process. He further briefed them about the positive indicators of the meetings.

    The Sudanese presidential envoy also informed the two African leaders about the outcome of the meetings held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly with the African Union officials, African leaders and regional and international partners to push forward the ongoing efforts to end the crisis in the Central African Republic.

    Last August, the Sudanese government hosted a meeting for peace in CAR including the main armed groups, the Christian anti-Balaka militia of Maxime Mokom and Muslim Seleka armed faction led Noureddine Adam. The Central African government was not part of the Russian-supported meeting.

    The divided groups signed the Khartoum Declaration of Entente on 28 August 2018 where they accept to negotiate a peaceful settlement for the civil war that erupted in December 2012.

    However, Two of the five signatory groups of Khartoum Declaration: the National Defence and Security Council (CNDS) of Abdoulaye Hissène and the Unity for Peace in Central Africa (UPC) led by Ali Darassa distanced themselves from the agreement on 19 October.

    But El-Dirdeiry said they are conducting intensive consultations and meetings to convince all the armed groups to join the process.

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  2. France proposes UN peacekeeper support for Central African troop deployments

    https://thedefensepost.com/2018/11/...eper-support-central-african-republic-troops/

    The United Nations Security Council is weighing a proposal that would see U.N. peacekeepers in the Central African Republic offer support to newly-trained troops as they deploy across the country.

    A French-drafted resolution would authorize the U.N.’s Minusca mission to “provide limited logistical support” for troops that have been trained by the European Union, according to the text seen by AFP on Wednesday, November 7.

    The proposal is raising eyebrows, in particular from the United States, which is seeking to streamline peacekeeping operations to reduce costs and make them more effective, diplomats said.

    The council will vote next week backing “rapid extension of state authority over the entire territory” by supporting the deployment of the vetted and trained troops in areas outside the capital Bangui.

    President Faustin-Archange Touadera in April called for more peacekeepers to be deployed, and for Minusca to transition from peacekeeping to peace enforcement.

    Touadera’s weak government controls around a fifth of Central African Republic and relies heavily on Minusca for support. The rest of the country is controlled by at least 14 different militia groups who often fight each other for control of revenue from extortion, roadblocks or mineral resources.

    The draft resolution also extends the Minusca mission until November 2019 but maintains a ceiling of 11,650 military personnel. Last year, the council increased the authorized number of personnel by 900. Minusca is the U.N.’s fourth largest mission, after the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Mali.

    Training and equipping Central African forces
    The European Union has trained more than 3,000 personnel to serve in the Central African Armed Forces (FACA). In July, the bloc extended EUTM-RCA until 2020, pledging €25 million ($29 million) to help reform the country’s defense sector. The scope of the mission was also modified to give strategic advice to the president’s cabinet, interior ministry and police, as well as the military.

    Russian advisors also work with FACA and provide security and advice to Touadera. In August, Russia signed a military cooperation agreement with CAR offering the possibility for Central African officers and NCOs to be trained in Russian military schools.

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    Central African Republic troops give a demonstration of their skills at a ceremony to mark the completion of training of the latest group of CAR’s armed forces by Russian advisors, September 17, 2018. Image: Renaissance.cf/Facebook
    More than 1,000 FACA personnel have completed Russian training programs in CAR, which they undertake after completing the EUTM-RCA program. They are trained by Russian instructors in the use of weapons provided by Russia.

    The U.N. Security Council imposed its current arms embargo on CAR in 2013, but weapons shipments for the security forces can be authorized after special pre-approval by a sanctions committee. The embargo was last year lifted by the Security Council to allow delivery of Russian weapons, which the U.N. has since verified with the defense ministry and Russia.

    Russia’s Ambassador to CAR Sergey Lebanov said on September 17 that a second shipment of Russian arms and ammunition “is in preparation,” and will be delivered once it has Security Council approval.

    However, while on a visit to CAR on November 2, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced that France would “soon deliver” 1,400 assault rifles for FACA within a strict and transparent U.N. framework, adding that “it would be absurd to train soldiers and not to give them the means to perform their duties.”

    It is unclear if the intended French shipment is instead of or in addition to the proposed Russian delivery.

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    Some of the more than 70 vehicles donated by China’s Poly Technology group to Central African Republic’s military forces, August 8, 2018. Image: Renaissance.cf/Facebook
    In June, France, the U.S. and the United Kingdom put a hold on a CAR request for U.N. Security Council approval of weapons shipments from China.

    On September 26, Touadera reiterated a call for “the total lifting of the arms embargo that still weighs on our national army” in an address to the annual U.N. General Assembly.

    Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, the outgoing U.N. special envoy to CAR and head of Minusca, said the following day that the U.S. had also proposed sending “new quantities of weapons” to the country.

    Onanga-Anyanga said that the need for weapons was “undeniable” as the Central African Republic government builds its armed forces, but urged transparency in the flow of arms.

    France, Belgium, China and the U.S. have recently supplied equipment for CAR’s military, but that equipment is understood not to include weaponry.

    Competing peace efforts
    The draft resolution also takes aim at recent Russian efforts to broker peace deals in CAR by specifying that an African-led initiative is “the only framework” for a solution.

    Working with Sudan, Russia on August 28 convened talks in Khartoum where four ex-Seleka groups and a rival anti-Balaka group signed a declaration of understanding which said they had decided to “create a common framework for dialogue and action for a real and lasting peace.”

    However, on October 19, two of the ex-Seleka groups said they had withdrawn from the agreement, and a third withdrew days later.

    The Russia-brokered talks drew criticism from former colonial power France which said there was “no alternative” an on-going African Union initiative, but Russia’s foreign ministry has said Moscow “plans to continue its mediation efforts” in coordination with the A.U. and U.N.

    Supported by the U.N. and other international partners, an A.U. expert panel has been working to set up negotiations between the militias and the government since July 2017. France, Russia and the U.S. are observers in the A.U. iniitiative.

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    An African Union expert panel attempting to broker peace meets with representatives of Central African Republic’s armed groups to discuss their demands, Bouar, August 28, 2018. Image: @UN_CAR/Twitter
    Just days after the Khartoum declaration was signed, representatives from 14 militias held talks that could lead to negotiations with the government, a spokesperson for the A.U. expert panel said.

    The “positive” meeting ended with a single list of 104 demands, signed by the representatives of the 14 armed groups that would be be put to the government as “the basis for negotiations between the two sides,” Francis Che said.

    Touadera welcomed the A.U. meetings, saying that “the African initiative is the only frame of reference” for dialogue.

    To step up diplomatic efforts, the U.N. and A.U. plan to appoint a joint special envoy, while Onanga-Anyanga will become part of the A.U. panel leading the peace effort.

    A divided country
    Despite reserves of diamonds, gold, uranium, copper and iron, Central African Republic is one of the world’s poorest countries.

    The majority-Christian country descended into violence following the 2013 ousting of President Francois Bozize in 2013 by the Seleka, a coalition of mainly Muslim rebel groups.

    Seleka was officially disbanded within months, but many fighters refused to disarm, becoming known as ex-Seleka. Many others joined the mainly Christian anti-Balaka militia to fight the Seleka, leading to a spiral of violence between groups along both religious and ethnic lines.

    By the end of 2014, the country was de facto partitioned – anti-Balaka in the southwest and ex-Seleka in the northeast.

    Violence by both sides led to thousands of deaths. Nearly 700,000 people are displaced, 570,000 have fled the country and 2.5 million are in need of humanitarian aid, according to the U.N.
     
  3. Concordis International Open Office In Central African Republic

    Announced October 25th 2018 via their website

    http://concordis.international/new-programme-in-central-african-republic/

    http://concordis.international/we-open-a-new-office-in-paoua-central-african-republic/

    We open a new office in Paoua, Central African Republic
    Concordis has made a new home in Paoua, Ouham-Pendé province, north of the Central African Republic. The city is a hub of humanitarian and relief activities for the province – hosting an MSF hospital and an UN-secured airstrip. From our new office, we will be able to carry out our community dialogues and peacebuilding workshops right in the heart of important pastoral corridors between Chad, Cameroon and the south of CAR.

    Timea Szarkova, our CAR Programme Manager and Peter Marsden, our Director of Programmes, headed out to the field last month to prepare Concordis’ arrival in the country. They were delighted to find a home for our project. The office is not only an operational base, but aims to be a true home to our Project Manager, Financial Director and visiting staff. In addition to the house, our garden includes an outdoors, thatched-roof meeting room – or paillotte-, in the pure spirit of Central African dialogue traditions.

    We are very excited to open our office and start work in Paoua. With indefatigable enthusiasm, our Programme Manager is already back in the field to ensure a smooth start to our activities. We wish her a safe trip and can’t wait to welcome the project staff on the premises.

    New Programme in Central African Republic
    Concordis is delighted to announce that funding has been secured to commence a new programme in the beautiful Ouham Pendé Préfecture, in the north west region of the Central African Republic. With support from UK Aid Direct and the European Union Bêkou Trust Fund, Concordis will be able to leverage its expertise in dealing with conflicts related to cross-border transhumance and help local people identify their own mutually beneficial solutions to avoid recourse to violence in the management of their differences.

    Based in the pleasant sub-prefecture town of Paoua, Concordis will be able to carry out peace-building activities throughout the region, where conflicts between several armed groups, as well as between herders and farmers, make it hard for peaceful and safe transhumance to take place. These seasonal migrations, which occur not only in relatively small perimeters, but also across the borders with Chad and Cameroon, are one of the most important sources of income for the region. The lack of mechanisms to resolve conflicts and to ultimately allow the resumption of transhumance affects a large number of citizens of the region. We hope to help the local people set up such mechanisms.

    Concordis will also act as a consultant in several other prefectures in the north of the country, in order to help our partner organisations support them with conflict analysis, beneficiary feedback, and overall conflict sensitivity in implementing their development actions.
     
  4. Axmin Inc Insider/Institutional Holdings
    Mutual Funds
    PGIM Jennison Natural Resources Fund 666,158
    USAA Precious Metals and Minerals Fund 200,000
    Institutional Holdings
    Dickson Resources Limited British Virgin Islands 45,000,000
    Shanghai Shenglin Trading Co., Ltd. China 20,000,000
    AOG Holdings BV (3)The Netherlands 15,001,938
    Consulting Group (October 10th 2018 News) 3,460,000
    Director Holdings Common Shares - Does Not Include Options
    David De Jongh Weill 1,716,616
    Total Insider/Institutional Holdings: 86,044,712 out of 134 million
     
  5. World Bank Report For Central African Republic. Doing Business In CAR In 2019

    http://documents.worldbank.org/cura...WP-DB2019-PUBLIC-Central-African-Republic.pdf

    About Doing Business: The project provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 190 economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional level. Doing Business The project, launched in 2002, looks at domestic small and medium-size companies and measures the regulations applying to them through their life cycle. Doing Business captures several important dimensions of the regulatory environment as it applies to local firms. It provides quantitative indicators on regulation for starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency. also measures features of labor market regulation. Although does not present rankings of economies on the labor market regulation indicators or include the topic in the aggregate ease of doing business score or ranking on the ease of doing business, it does present the data for these indicators. Doing Business Doing Business Doing Business By gathering and analyzing comprehensive quantitative data to compare business regulation environments across economies and over time, encourages economies to compete towards more efficient regulation; offers measurable benchmarks for reform; and serves as a resource for academics, journalists, private sector researchers and others interested in the business climate of each economy. Doing Business In addition, offers detailed , which exhaustively cover business regulation and reform in different cities and regions within a nation. These reports provide data on the ease of doing business, rank each location, and recommend reforms to improve performance in each of the indicator areas. Selected cities can compare their business regulations with other cities in the economy or region and with the 190 economies that has ranked. Doing Business subnational reports Doing Business The first report, published in 2003, covered 5 indicator sets and 133 economies. This year’s report covers 11 indicator sets and 190 economies. Most indicator sets refer to a case scenario in the largest business city of each economy, except for 11 economies that have a population of more than 100 million as of 2013 (Bangladesh, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Russian Federation and the United States) where also collected data for the second largest business city. The data for these 11 economies are a population-weighted average for the 2 largest business cities. The project has benefited from feedback from governments, academics, practitioners and reviewers. The initial goal remains: to provide an objective basis for understanding and improving the regulatory environment for business around the world.
     
  6. Diamond & Oil mineral sectors in the Central African Republic are in the midst of starting back up again. This means that the Gold sector where Axmin inc is based should be ready to go shortly as well.

    http://www.diamondworld.net/Content/Central-African-Republic-Appeals-to-International-Mining-Community-to-Engage-In-Responsible-Sourcing/16793

    https://www.facebook.com/pg/centrafriquenews/posts/?ref=page_internal

    (converted to English from French via the CAR news page)

    MINISTER MBOLI FATRAN ATTENDS AFRICA OIL WEEK 2018

    CAR Minister of Mines and Geology, Mr Leopold Mboli Fatran, attended with Mr Francis Sodea, Director General of Petroleum, the 25th edition of Africa Oil Week held from 5-9 November 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa.

    Addressing as a member of the ministerial panel on national energy strategies on Wednesday, 7 November, Minister Fatran gave an overview of the CAR oil sector while indicating its prospects for development.

    He then discussed with Ms Andrea Brown, CEO of the South African company DigOil, who was exhibiting at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists meeting the first promising of the bloc C she is being exploring in the southwestern region of CAR.

    On November 8, the Minister of Mines met on the sidelines of the conference, Mr Zhou Song, Executive Director and President of SINOPEC, already established in CAR as a service provider in oil exploration and who would to strengthen its presence in the country.

    Finally, on November 9, Minister Mboli Fatran met with his Sudanese counterpart, Honorable Azhari Abdalla Abdelgader, with whom they committed to strengthen the ties in the near future between their respective departments through the formalisation of their bilateral cooperation.
     
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