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Diversifying economies reduces dependence: Tanzania bank chief

Youth and rural populations in Tanzania are looking to increase their access to financial services, according to Bank of Tanzania Governor Benno Ndulu.

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News in Brief 1 June 2017 (PM)

End of dispute between Somali leaders welcomed by UN

The end of a long-running conflict, which has been formally settled by the leaders of two central states in Somalia, was welcomed by the head of the UN Mission to the country on Thursday.

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The people of South Sudan “are suffering”

The people of South Sudan “are suffering”; that’s according to Ellen Løj, the head of the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

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East Timor, Australia and Indonesia hold ‘historic’ trilateral talks

In what has been described as an “historic occasion,” the Governments of Australia and Indonesia today met with authorities from East Timor for the first-ever trilateral talks, as the United Nations Transitional Administration (UNTAET) highlighted the key role of East Timorese officials in representing the territory just three months away from its independence.

East Timor: UN Mission says draft constitution has strong human rights provisions

Provisions to strengthen human rights protections are among several significant changes to the latest draft of East Timor’s first constitution, the UN Transitional Administration in the territory (UNTAET) reported today.

UN decolonization efforts bearing fruit, Assembly panel told as it opens session

Opening the annual session of the United Nations decolonization committee, UN Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette today hailed the forthcoming independence in East Timor as a milestone accomplishment.

East Timor: Assembly sets first presidential elections for early April

The Constituent Assembly of East Timor today approved a motion recommending that the territory’s first presidential election be held in early April 2002, and affirmed that the formal transfer of powers and sovereignty from the United Nations to democratically elected East Timorese institutions would take place a month later, on 20 May.

UN peacekeeping force in East Timor begins downsizing process

The United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) today began the gradual reduction of its peacekeeping component with a ceremony to mark the imminent departure of the 264-strong Kenyan contingent.

UN slated to start downsizing East Timor peacekeeping force next week

The gradual downsizing of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in East Timor is scheduled to start next week as the territory heads towards its independence in early 2002, the UN Transitional Administration (UNTAET) said today.

Security Council backs UN plan to help East Timor when it gains independence

The Security Council today endorsed United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's recommendations that the UN continue its role in East Timor after the territory's independence next year, stressing that a premature withdrawal of the international presence could have a destabilizing effect in a number of crucial areas.