Swedish gov’t proposes tougher terrorist law

In a proposal referred to the Council on Legislation for consideration, the Swedish Government proposes that it should be made a punishable offence to participate in the activities of a terrorist organisation. It also proposes making it a punishable offence to collaborate with a terrorist organisation, for example by selling weapons, vehicles or other similar […]

Wallström speaks at seminar on feminist foreign policy

Excellencies, ambassadors, feminists, dear friends, When our embassy in Islamabad showed the photography exhibition ‘Swedish Dads’, they ignited a societal debate in Pakistan that influenced a decision which makes it possible for state-employed men to take ten days off when they become fathers. In Shanghai, Buenos Aires and Bogotá, these photographs have been shown in […]

Gender inequality costs the world trillions of dollars

“When you have women in positions of leadership, business does better and there’s more innovation, more value creation and more profit,” said Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission of Africa (ECA). Speaking at the launch of the Global Health 50/50 2019 Report – titled Equality Works – in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the […]

Liberia: ALJA warns of selective justice

The Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) says it welcomes the swift and robust action taken by the Liberian government in bringing to justice the alleged perpetrators linked to the missing 16 billion Liberian dollars scandal in the country.   But the association is cautioning the government against acts that insinuate selective justice in […]

German-African Energy Forum this month

The 13th German-African Energy Forum in Hamburg, Germany on March 27-28 is going to set the stage for German and African businesses as well as public enterprises to expand economic ties, do deals, create jobs, combat energy poverty, and use German know-how to spur growth. This dialogue organized by the German-Africa Business Association (Afrika-Verein der deutschen […]

How will Brexit affect Brits living in Norway?

The United Kingdom (UK) decision to leave the European Union (EU) is creating uncertainty for British citizens and their family members living in Norway. The UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019. After this date, British citizens will no longer be citizens of the EU. In addition, the UK will no longer be […]

Weah: It now takes 5 days to register a business in Liberia

Liberian President George Weah has revealed that the time to register a business in Liberia has now been reduced from 18 to 5 days. He said this was due to the work of a Business Climate Improvement Working Group, chaired by the country’s finance minister. Speaking Tuesday in Tel Aviv, Israel at the Israel-Liberia Forum for Economic […]

Swedish Foreign Minister’s speech to UN Rights Council

Thank you, Mr President, High Commissioner, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was drafted, 70 years ago, there were only two women members of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. These were the celebrated Eleanor Roosevelt and the Indian writer and independence activist Hansa Mehta. When the phrase “all […]

Brexit: Social security benefits for Swedish citizens in UK

The Swedish Government wishes to mitigate the consequences for Swedish citizens in the United Kingdom (UK) in the event that the UK leaves the European Union (EU) without reaching any agreement whatsoever on how this withdrawal is to take place.  Among other things, a government bill submitted to the Riksdag (Swedish Parliament) proposes that, in […]

UK to invest £30m in African projects

The UK is set to inject up to £30 million into prosperity and security projects across Africa as it steps up its investment in the continent, Minister of State for Africa Harriett Baldwin has announced Thursday 21. The funding boost comes as Britain signs a new strategic partnership with the African Union, strengthening the engagement […]