US Vice President-elect Mike Pence has told President Sirisena he will look to arrange a meeting soon between Trump and Sirisena.Pence and Sirisena had also discussed maritime security and disaster management. Trump will take office next year. (Colombo Gazette) US Vice President-elect Mike Pence telephoned President Maithripala Sirisena today and discussed future US-Sri Lanka relations.Pence and President Maithripala Sirisena had reportedly discussed further strengthening US-Sri Lanka relations under President Donald Trump.
In a statement released in New York, Mr. Annan said “it is with very mixed emotions that I have accepted the long-standing request” of Mr. Riza, 70, to retire on 15 January. Mr. Riza, who has been Chef de Cabinet since 1997, has worked for the UN both at Headquarters in New York and in the field since 1978, when he joined the world body after spending 19 years with Pakistan’s Foreign Service. He has held senior posts in the UN’s peacekeeping and political affairs departments, and has worked in the field in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Bosnia & Herzegovina.Mr. Annan said Mr. Riza “has always provided me with wise and trusted counsel” during his stint as Chef de Cabinet.
Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has entered into a long-term agreement with NFC Africa Mining (NFCA) to supply the necessary equipment and skills to effectively mine the lucrative South East Ore Body (SEOB) of the Chambishi copper mine in Zambia.With the assistance of Sandvik Zambia, the mine will enter into a four-year agreement to supply a comprehensive solution that will include automation of the mine, equipment, services, training and the company’s unique Trans4Mine optimization program.Sandvik will begin to supply NFCA with a complete suite of mining equipment to successfully mine the SEOB, beginning in March 2017 and running through 2020.“We believe this is just the start of a bright partnership with NFCA and its mother-company China Nonferrous Metal Mining Co. Ltd.” says Daniel Banister, Sales Area Manager for Central Africa at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. “Our investment in increasing the competence of our personnel is clearly paying dividends as we have the right people and products to support even the largest operations in the Central African region. It certainly paves the way for future similar successful partnerships with other mines in the region.”NFCA Senior Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Donghong Zhang affirmed the good working relationship that exists between the companies, adding that since the project started in 2012 Sandvik has shown tremendous support and commitment. He also commended the company on its ability to leverage its local and international expertise to find solutions for the Chambishi mine.“A project of this nature underscores Sandvik Zambia’s ability as a full-fledged solution provider, rather than just being a product driven company,” Zhang says. “This is just the kind of company that NFCA needs to be doing business with in the future.”Trans4Mine has had a number of successes around the world, not least the Chelopech mine in Bulgaria that has been extensively covered in past issues of International Mining.