UN welcomes security agreement between Rwanda Uganda and DR of Congo

Video of Council meeting [17mins] The accord, endorsed yesterday in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, was the result of talks among the foreign ministers of the three countries, organized by the United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Don Yamamoto, which followed from an earlier meeting in Washington, DC.The UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) attended as an observer, along with representatives of the European Union (EU) and Burundi.At UN Headquarters in New York, meanwhile, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, Ibrahima Fall, briefed the Security Council on progress towards an international conference scheduled to start with a 19 to 20 November summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Two regional preparatory conferences have been held.The conference is designed to sharpen the region’s focus on peace and security, democracy and good governance, economic development and regional integration, as well as on humanitarian and social issues.”Members of the Council took note of the conference’s principle of partnership and commended the role being played by the donors, including the Group of Friends of the Great Lakes Region. They reiterated their appeal to the international community to continue to provide sustained political and diplomatic, as well as adequate technical and financial assistance,” British Ambassador Adam Thomson said in a press statement.Britain holds the rotating Council presidency for October.MONUC spokesman Mamadou Bah told reporters in DRC’s capital, Kinshasa, that, contrary to Security Council resolutions, the Mission has suffered abuses at the hands of the DRC Special Presidential Guard in Kisangani. In addition to outright brutality, Mission staff had undergone searches of homes and vehicles, arbitrary detention, sequestering and confiscation of office materials.Representatives of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) arrived in Lubumbashi on Tuesday to investigate why a uranium mine in Shinkolobwe collapsed in July, killing several people, he added.The experts would also assess the level of radiation possibly emitted and the health and environmental effects of any contamination.MONUC’s chief of demobilization, Peter Swarbrick, told reporters that so far 11,185 people had been repatriated to neighbouring countries from the DRC. read more

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5member team from GWI in Netherlands undergoing training

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGWI says it invested $48M for equipment to swiftly service wellsAugust 7, 2018In “Business”GWI training gov’t engineers on waste water management strategiesJanuary 10, 2017In “Local News”GWI working to resolve water woes in LindenDecember 23, 2015In “Business” (From left to right) Craftsman, Timothy Sutton; Well Maintenance Engineer, Kerene Gordon; Driver/Expeditor, Sean Moore; Operations Director, Dwayne Shako; Q-Flow Director, Martin Bloemscheer and Maintenance Manager, Peter Barkoye.A five-member team from Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) is currently in the Netherlands undergoing a three-week well regeneration training which will enable the utility to better maintain its wells, while reducing the effects on customers during such exercises.Those participating in the training are: Operations Director, Dwayne Shako; Well Maintenance Engineer, Kerene Gordon; Maintenance Manager, Peter Barkoye; Driver/Expeditor, Sean Moore and Craftsman, Timothy Sutton.GWI had earlier this year announced the procurement of equipment for well maintenance, which included a regeneration vehicle which was sourced from Dutch company, Q-Flow International and which is equipped with the necessary well maintenance tools.According to a release from GWI, the training, conducted by Q-Flow International, equips the participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to adequately utilise said vehicle for well development, regeneration and capacity increasing. The practical component of the training sees the participants utilising that very vehicle.According to Dutch newspaper, Tubantia, upon completion of the training in the Netherlands, the regeneration vehicle will be shipped to South America and a second round of training will take place in Suriname.GWI has 141 wells countrywide and the company’s Operations Director, Dwayne Shako is quoted by Tubantia as saying “Guyana is a water-rich country, but we must be able to guarantee sufficient clean water and this means that all wells must be in excellent condition to be able to extract enough water. Our country and the company have invested a lot for this. They rely on us now.”The newspaper also quotes Engineer, Kerene Gordon, the only female team member as saying “Work is done very structured in the Netherlands – I love it. And the way in which maintenance takes place in Guyana, is basically the same. Only the methods here are much more developed. We will soon apply in Guyana what we have learned here.”As a result of the new equipment and the training of the utility’s key personnel to operate same, GWI will be able to prevent a reduced level of service and disruption of the water supply to citizens during the maintenance of its wells, the release added. read more

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