Daily Archives: November 15, 2017

Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs G. Katrougalos meets with Spanish Secretary of State J. Toledo (Athens, 15 November 2017)

The Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs, Giorgos Katrougalos, today met with the Spanish Secretary of State for the European Union, Jorge Toledo.

Issues of bilateral and European interest, as well as issues of bilateral cooperation within the framework of the European Union were discussed.

Responding to a relevant question, Mr. Toledo confirmed that Spain will support the candidacy of Migration Policy Minister Ioannis Mouzalas for the position of the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights.Moreover, it was agreed that the countries of the European south should also cooperate on other issues, such as firefighting.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic

ALGERIAN FM TO ATTEND WASHINGTON CONFERENCE ON TRADE, SECURITY, GOVERNANCE IN AFRICA

ALGIERS, Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel will participate in the Ministerial Conference on Trade, Security and Governance in Africa to be held in Washington D.C. on Friday, at the invitation of United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement here Tuesday that the meeting would bring together the foreign ministers of about 40 countries, as well as African and American business leaders and officials of leading American institutions cpncerned with these matters.

The statement added that this important meeting would provide an opportunity for Messahel to present the Algerian experience in counter-terrorism, de-radicalization and national reconciliation policies.

Before leaving for the US, Messahel will attend the Algeria-Tunisia-Egypt tripartite ministerial meeting on Libya to be held in Cairo on Wednesday.

This meeting, which follows the Algiers tripartite meeting held in June, will allow the three countries’ ministers to review the latest developments in Libya and examine together the factors which can be brought to bear to contribute a rapid settlement of the crisis in that country as part of the Libyan Political Agreement of Dec 17, 2015, added the statement.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Department to engage on water debt recovery

The Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation has advised the Department of Water and Sanitation to engage with Cooperative Governance Department (COGTA) and National Treasury to ensure the withholding of owing municipalities’ equitable share.

The suggestion was made during a meeting held in Cape Town on Wednesday, where the department, led by department’s Acting Director-General Sifiso Mkhize presented the second quarter performance to the committee.

On water debt recovery, particularly with regards to the municipalities, the committee suggested that the department engages both COGTA and National Treasury to ensure the withholding of owing municipalities’ equitable share.

This action would result in a particular municipality signing a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to pay the department the amount owed from the equitable share. The municipality would then stand the chance of forfeiting the share if it defaulted.

The municipality would also be obliged to prove to COGTA and National Treasury that the said debt had been paid. National Treasury would only then release the balance of the equitable share to the municipality.

The department was also advised to re-negotiate the terms of the repayment of the Water Trading Entity overdraft, and that it should be over a longer term. It is suggested that this could be one way of releasing some of the funding to continue work on the planned infrastructure projects that stand a chance of either being stopped, or not even started, the department explained in a statement issued following the meeting.

Bucket Eradication Programme

The issue of Bucket Eradication Programme also took centre stage, as it was evident that the March 2018 deadline for completion would be missed, due to lack of funding.

The meeting decided that there needs to be close collaboration with the Department of Human Settlements, in order to ensure that no new bucket toilet systems would arise in any new housing developments.

Department’s performance

The department said that the presentation, which included both financials and non-financials, aimed to allow oversight by the committee members on the department’s performance against the Annual Performance Plan, as presented to and signed off by Parliament.

The main issues were for the department to explain how far it was progressing in terms of its achievements on both the main account, currently at 60 percent of achieving its targets, and the water trading entity, currently standing at 75 percent.

It was also important to explain how the non-achievement gets to be defined, that being un-achieved targets as per impact of a number of influences, including budget cuts, late appointment of service providers, unforeseen technical or geographical impediments, non-payment of department’s debt by water service authorities, water users, and even other sister government departments, the department said.

The committee members encouraged the department to do an on-going, preferably quarterly analysis of compliance to the Public Finance Management Act and National Treasury prescripts.

This, the committee said, would assist the department to actively see what challenges it faces and timeously attend to them, reducing any possible negative outcomes.

Source: South African Government News Agency

ALGERIAN FM TO ATTEND WASHINGTON CONFERENCE ON TRADE, SECURITY, GOVERNANCE IN AFRICA

ALGIERS, Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel will participate in the Ministerial Conference on Trade, Security and Governance in Africa to be held in Washington D.C. on Friday, at the invitation of United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement here Tuesday that the meeting would bring together the foreign ministers of about 40 countries, as well as African and American business leaders and officials of leading American institutions cpncerned with these matters.

The statement added that this important meeting would provide an opportunity for Messahel to present the Algerian experience in counter-terrorism, de-radicalization and national reconciliation policies.

Before leaving for the US, Messahel will attend the Algeria-Tunisia-Egypt tripartite ministerial meeting on Libya to be held in Cairo on Wednesday.

This meeting, which follows the Algiers tripartite meeting held in June, will allow the three countries’ ministers to review the latest developments in Libya and examine together the factors which can be brought to bear to contribute a rapid settlement of the crisis in that country as part of the Libyan Political Agreement of Dec 17, 2015, added the statement.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs G. Katrougalos meets with Spanish Secretary of State J. Toledo (Athens, 15 November 2017)

The Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs, Giorgos Katrougalos, today met with the Spanish Secretary of State for the European Union, Jorge Toledo.

Issues of bilateral and European interest, as well as issues of bilateral cooperation within the framework of the European Union were discussed.

Responding to a relevant question, Mr. Toledo confirmed that Spain will support the candidacy of Migration Policy Minister Ioannis Mouzalas for the position of the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights.Moreover, it was agreed that the countries of the European south should also cooperate on other issues, such as firefighting.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic