South Africa - African Union Commission

World Event Diary – 17th July 2012, Tuesday

French firm looking for Indian partners

A leading french firm in naval defence, DCNS is looking for tie-ups with Indian companies for production of equipment for Scorpene submarines.

Six such submarines will be delivered to the Indian Navy between 2013 and 2018. So, the first submarine is expected to be commissioned into the Navy by 2015. The company would produce around $75 million worth of equipment for the submarines, indigenously by entering into partnerships with Indian companies.

AU commission to be headed by a woman for the first time

South Africa on Monday elected a woman to head the African Union (A.U.) commission for the first time in history. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma won a tightly fought vote to become the new A.U. Commission head, thus ending a six-month impasse over the continental body’s top job. She was currently heading the South Africa’s Home Affairs Ministry.

Domestic Republics of Congo and Rwanda signed anti-rebel pact

Neighbours Congo and Rwanda have gone to war with each other in the past and have accused each other of backing rival rebel groups. But now, leaving behind such accusations , the Presidents of Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda have signed a regional pact to eliminate armed rebels in eastern Congo. The accord also forsees creation of an international millitary force to take on multiple insurgencies in the eastern Congolese provinces of North and South kivu.