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‘Look Africa Campaign’ to augment trade with Africa!

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ISLAMABAD: The Trade Development Authority has initiated ‘Look Africa Campaign ‘for increasing trade and investment ties with the African region.
“Look Africa Campaign” would play a pivotal role for bridging the trade gap between Pakistan and African region and provide a platform for enhancing the contact between the business communities of both sides, a senior official of TDAP told the Media here today. 
He said that Pakistan can promote trade with African countries in different sectors including textiles items, surgical and sports goods and agro- products for increasing exports.
Replying to a question, he said that we were working on the global value chain for promoting the demanded product in the international market to enhance the trade volume of the country.
He added that Pakistan ranks 107 out of 140 economies in the Global Competitiveness Index, which needs to be improved for economic stability and growth.
He said that for expansion of the trade infrastructure in the country, we were setting up expos centers at Islamabad, Quetta, Peshawar and other cities of the country.
He said that TDAP was planning to invite trade delegation and quarantine officers for rice from Mexico, meat regulation from China, Russia, and Mauritius and Indonesia and fisheries inspector from the USA for sharing the mutual expertise.

 

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Egyptian referendum to extend Sisi’s rule

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CAIRO: Polls opened today for a third and final day of voting in Egypt on constitutional changes that could keep President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in power until 2030.
Sisi, who handily won to become president in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018 after eliminating all serious political competitors, is widely expected to garner a comfortable win in the three-day referendum.
The sweeping changes would extend his current term until 2024 and would also give him the right to stand again for re-election for another six-year term. Other controversial amendments on the ballot include boosting his control over the judiciary and giving the military even greater influence in Egyptian political life.
The final results will be announced on 27 April. Media representatives saw pro-Sisi volunteers handing out boxed meals at several polling stations in Cairo to voters after they had cast their ballots. The boxes contained staples such as oil, rice, pasta, and sugar.

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Cricket: South Africa World Cup squad

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JOHANNESBURG: South Africa on Thursday named the following squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England and Wales:
Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wkt), JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen.

 

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Libya war crimes will be prosecuted, ICC

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THE HAGUE: The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor Tuesday warned she “would not hesitate” to broaden her investigation into Libya war crimes amid intensified fighting near the capital Tripoli which killed at least 174.
Fighting broke out on April 4 when military strongman Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive to take Tripoli, the seat of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).
“I will not hesitate to expand my investigations and potential prosecutions to cover any new instances of crimes falling within the court’s jurisdiction,” Fatou Bensouda said in The Hague.
“No one should doubt my determination in this regard,” Bensouda said in a statement. Bensouda called on “all parties and armed groups involved in the fighting to fully respect the rules of international humanitarian law” including commanders.
At least 14 civilians were among those killed and 36 among the 758 people wounded in the fighting between pro-government forces and Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.
Fighting in the southern outskirts of the capital has also displaced more than 18,000 people, according to the UN office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs. Bensouda’s office in March 2011 launched a probe into war crimes committed during the uprising which saw the toppling of long-time Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi.
His son, Seif al-Islam, 46, is being sought by the Hague-based ICC, with judges ruling earlier this month that crimes against humanity case could be brought against him. Set up in 2002, the ICC is the world’s only independent tribunal to prosecute the worst crimes when countries are unable or unwilling to do so.
But the court has suffered several setbacks over recent years. This including seeing some of its most high-profile suspects walk free and judges recently ruling against a request by Bensouda to probe war crimes committed in Afghanistan, including by US forces.

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