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Morocco has won a seat at the United Nation’s Human Rights Committee.

The country secured the seat on Thursday at the end of a vote held at the 38th Meeting of States Parties to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Morocco received 127 votes of 171.

About 14 candidates were competing for nine seats at the committee.

Mahjoub El Haiba, former Secretary-General of the Consultative Council of Human Rights, currently the National Council of Human Rights, will represent Morocco at the committee.

El Haiba is also a lecturer in public law, regional planning law, human rights, and international humanitarian rights in several Moroccan universities.

The Moroccan expert will be part of the committee for a four-year term. The UN body is in charge of monitoring the implementation of commitments incumbent on States Parties under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights ratified to date by 173 countries.

The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement, applauded El Haiba’s appointment, saying that the success of his candidacy mirrors “the confidence and credit enjoyed by the far-sighted policy driven by his majesty King Mohammed VI.”

The ministry’s statement also touted Morocco’s democratic reforms, highlighting the country’s commitment to widening and strengthening its record on the protection of human rights.

For the Moroccan ministry, El Haiba appointment “constitutes an undeniable recognition and a clear support from the international community for the irreversible choices of the kingdom, which has made the promotion and defence of human rights one of the priorities of its national and international policy.”

The statement also recalled that the new appointment comes after the election of Mohammed Amrati at the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights on September 14.

Morocco is set to represent Africa at the committee for a period of four years.


#EndSARS Protests: Nigeria Loses N700 Billion During Demonstrations – LCCI



The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), says the Nigerian economy could have lost an estimated N700 billion to the #EndSARS protests in the last 12 days. The protest originated about two weeks ago on the issue of police brutality and extrajudicial killings. It has grown into a social crusade against bad governance.

A statement from the President of LCCI, Toki Mabogunje, states on the negative impact of the #EndSARS demonstrations on business activities across the country.

The statement is titled, ‘LCCI press release on the economic implications of EndSARS protest’.

It further explained that “The LCCI appreciates the value of citizens’ engagement and the demand for accountability which the EndSARS protest essentially represents.

“These are in consonance with democratic norms. They also form vital ingredients for good governance.

“Over the past twelve days, economic activities have been crippled in most parts of the country and has been particularly profound in the urban areas.

“The Nigerian economy has suffered an estimated Seven Hundred Billion Naira (₦700 billion) loss in the past twelve days,” Mabogunje adds.

She noted that the #EndSARS demonstrations had been impactful and profound, adding that it had the power of the people and the potency of the energy of the youth to bring about change.

According to the LCCI president, the protests have achieved some significant outcomes and has reawakened the need to reform the shortcomings in Nigeria’s political governance.

She recommended that the protesters dialogue with the government.

This, according to Mobogunje, is necessary to reduce the massive disruptions, blockades and barricades around our major cities and interstate highways.

Mobogunje urged the government to commit to rapid improvement in governance quality and accountability in the police and public sector. And urgently grant audience to the leadership of the #EndSARS to deliberate on the way forward and to agree on an action plan for the delivery of agreed outcomes.

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Uganda Establishes First Free Zone at Entebbe Airport



The government of Uganda through the Uganda Free Zone Authority (UFZA) has finalised plans to establish the first public free zone at Entebbe International Airport. The free zone is projected to boost export-oriented investment in the country.

The project will be implemented by the National Enterprise Corporation (NEC) on a five acre piece of land acquired from the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) at the Entebbe International Airport premises.

Under the arrangement, the project targets sectors which include food processing, mineral processing, warehousing, storage and simple assembly, where all operators in the public free zone will process their products for onward export through Entebbe International Airport.

The development of the Public Free Zone projected to cost UGX 48billion will, on completion house seven production units and trade houses such as offices of the Uganda Free Zones Authority, Uganda Revenue Authority, and other government offices to promote enterprise. The Government of Uganda (GoU) has already awarded UGX 12.5 Billion for the first phase of the project.

Speaking at the site handover event, Hez Kimoomi Alinda, the Uganda Free Zones Authority Executive Director, said the project is expected to contribute cargo volumes, create hundreds of direct jobs and significantly improve Uganda’s exports.

“On completion, the project will support increased production quality assurance and value addition to commodities that are widely produced by the masses to improve household incomes, create employment and eliminate poverty as well as improve the value of Uganda’s exports,” he said.

Alinda was speaking while handing over the site for the construction of the Entebbe International Airport Free Zone at which he said they had acquired five acres from the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority for the development and contracted National Enterprise Corporation, the commercial arm of the UPDF for the construction.

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