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The second-place winner will be awarded $300 a month for one year, and the third-place winner will receive $200 a month for one year


DAKAR, Senegal, June 12, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com), the sole press release wire in Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa, announced today that entry is now open for the 2014 APO Media Award (#APOMediaAward).

The first-place winner will be presented with $500 a month for one year, one laptop and one intercontinental flight ticket to a destination of his or her choice as well as one year of access to over 600 airport VIP lounges worldwide.


The second-place winner will be awarded $300 a month for one year.


The third-place winner will receive $200 a month for one year.


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APO Media Award celebrates brilliant and inspiring stories about Africa. The subject matter may comprise a single topic or a variety of subjects, including – but not limited to – business, economy, technology, agriculture, health, energy, gender, logistics, tourism, motoring, aviation, not-for-profit issues, diplomacy, environment, mining, entertainment and more.


APO Media Award is open to African journalists and bloggers, whether directly employed or freelancers, working in the continent of Africa who have produced a story that has been broadcast or published in English, French, Portuguese or Arabic in the form of a printed publication, a television feature, a radio story, a website or a blog whose primary audience is based in Africa.


Stories must have been broadcast or published between January and August 2014.


Stories are judged on content, writing, analysis, creativity, human interest and community impact.


All stories must be submitted in electronic format:

a) Print: upload the scan(s) of the published article.

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c) Website: upload the URL.

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The deadline for entries is 1 September 2014.


The finalists will be announced on 15 September 2014.


The winners will be announced on 29 September 2014.


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Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 August 2014

UN Special Representative for Somalia deeply concerned by murder of Somali MPs


UN Special Representative for Somalia deeply concerned by murder of Somali MPs


MOGADISHU, Somalia, August 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, has condemned the murder today of Sheikh Aden Madeer, a Member of the Somali Federal Parliament, and expressed his concern over the continued attacks on MPs.


Mr. Madeer was killed in Mogadishu. He served as Chairperson of the Finance Committee of the Federal Parliament of Somalia. Mr. Madeer is the fifth MP to be assassinated in 2014.


“The assassination of Sheikh Aden Madeer is an appalling act,” SRSG Kay said. “The murder of MPs is an attempt to intimidate and undermine those working to build a better Somalia. Their killers will not achieve that objective.”


“I commend Somalia’s MPs for their courage and dedication in the face of continued attacks against them. The UN is committed to supporting the important work of the Federal Parliament,” he added. “Urgent action is needed to bring the perpetrators to justice.”


SRSG Kay offers his sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Madeer, as well as to the Federal Parliament of Somalia.





The African Union Commission chairperson urges accelerated action to stop Ebola transmission


ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, August 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The African Union Commission commends the ongoing continental and global efforts to turn the tide against the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The current epidemic is the biggest and most complex that the West African region has experienced since the first human outbreak occurred in 1976. The current epidemic has killed 729 people out of 1,323 infected since February according to the latest reports.


“The response to the Ebola outbreak needs concerted continental and global action to address the epidemic which poses a threat to global health and development” said Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission.


The Ebola virus epidemic is spreading throughout the Republic of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and one case has since been recorded in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. There is a possibility that the outbreak may spread to other countries in West Africa and beyond if effective measures including community engagement are not put in place. Various mechanisms will need to be put in place to ensure that African countries are prepared to deal with the threat.


Efforts by the African Union Commission to mobilise Member states, partners and the international community to complements the efforts of the affected countries, especially in replenishing the African Public Health Emergency Fund are underway. More resources are needed to meet the needs on the ground including the deployment of several hundred medical personnel in affected countries to ease the strain on overstretched treatment facilities.


Various actions that are needed to stop the epidemic include strengthening surveillance systems and community education. The Ebola outbreakhas further provided the impetus to urgently speed up the establishment of the African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention for early detection, preparedness and response.



African Union Commission (AUC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 August 2014

Japan-U.S. Cooperation in African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP)


Japan-U.S. Cooperation in African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP)


TOKYO, Japan, August 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — 1. As a part of Japan-U.S. development cooperation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will give a seminar on August 5th to the participants of the fifth annual AWEP International Visitor Leadership Program hosted by the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C. . The 29 Sub-Saharan African exchange participants will be in Washington July 31-August 6 to participate in forums on the margins of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, held from August 4th to 6th.


2. This collaboration is mentioned in “Fact Sheet: U.S.-Japan Global and Regional Cooperation,” which was issued when U.S. President Barack Obama visited Japan and met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan in April this year. It is one of the efforts in which Japan and the United States are cooperating in the area of vocational development and capacity building of African female entrepreneurs.


3. Japan and the United States have been strengthening cooperation to support African women entreprenuers as a key mechanism to foster trade, investment and development in sub-Saharan Africa. This collaboration is one of the concrete achievements of Japan-U.S. development cooperation.


[Reference 1] Concrete contents of the Japan-U.S. collaboration


On August 5th, JICA will host the “JICA session” to convene a workshop by Mr. Koichi Ieki (a former JICA senior volunteer) on “5S KAIZEN” for 29 African women business leaders participating in AWEP. In addition, JICA will invite Ms. Rumiko Seya (Director, JCCP M Co.,Ltd. / President, Japan Center for Conflict Prevention) and Ms. Bongiwe Kali (a business woman in South Africa) as panelists to hold a panel discussion which will be organized under the theme of strengthening the business partnership between Japan and Africa. Furthermore, on August 6th, the United States will host a networking event for female entrepreneurs in which Japanese officials and the above-mentioned two panelists will participate.


[Reference 2] “Fact Sheet: U.S.-Japan Global and Regional Cooperation”(extract)


Advancing Development around the World


The United States also took part in a Japanese-led program for African entrepreneurs and government officials in Yokohama, Japan, in February, and Japan is supporting the U.S. International Visitor Leadership Program for African female entrepreneurs in summer 2014. The United States and Japan are also collaborating to provide professional development and capacity building services to African women entrepreneurs through the U.S. African Womens Entrepreneurship Program and the Japan-Africa Business Women Exchange Program.



Japan – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 August 2014

Minister Flanagan statement on Irish citizens in Libya


Minister Flanagan statement on Irish citizens in Libya


DUBLIN, Ireland, August 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Charlie Flanagan, TD, made the following statement on the situation of Irish citizens in Libya.


“The security situation in Libya has deteriorated significantly in recent weeks as fighting between rival militia groups has intensified in Tripoli and other major cities. There have been repeated reports of damage to essential infrastructure, affecting access between Libya and Europe.


“Approximately 100 Irish people remain in Libya, most of them long-term residents. My Department has set up a Crisis Team and is currently in contact with these Irish citizens and their families, to offer advice and assistance.


“We are working closely with our EU partners, and will continue to provide direct assistance and updated information to Irish citizens and their families, over the coming days.


“I would encourage all Irish people in Libya who have not yet been contacted to register with the Department, and to follow our latest travel advice at http://www.dfa.ie or to call us at 00353 1 408 2000.”



Ireland – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


WHO Virtual Press Conference following the first meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Ebola Viral Disease


GENEVA, Switzerland, August 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — WHO Virtual Press Conference following the first meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Ebola Viral Disease


WHAT: On 6-7 August, the World Health Organization will convene an Emergency Committee meeting in order to ascertain whether the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa constitutes a “public health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC) and, if it does, to recommend appropriate temporary measures to reduce international spread. WHO will brief journalists on the committee’s decisions after the meeting.


WHEN: Thursday 7 August, early evening CEST, timing to be confirmed.


WHERE: Geneva-based journalists may participate in the Library Room at WHO Headquarters.


Journalists outside Geneva may dial in. Dial-in numbers will be sent to all media on Tuesday.



World Health Organization (WHO)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 August 2014





ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, August 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Media representatives are kindly informed that the African Union is organizing an extraordinary session of the Assembly of the Union dubbed Ouaga+10 scheduled to take place from 26 August to 7 September 2014 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso



Venue: Ouaga 2000 Conference Center, Ouagadougou


Theme: The theme of the Extraordinary Summit is: “Employment, Poverty Eradication and Inclusive Development”.


Specific dates for the meetings of the different AU organs and decision-making bodies during the Summit will be as follows:


26 August: Meeting of the Permanent Representatives Committee, Addis Ababa


2-3 Sept. 2014: Youth and Women Forum on Employment Poverty eradication& inclusive development, Ouagadougou.


3 Sept. 2014: Continuation of the meeting of the Permanent Representative Committee (PRC)


3-7 Sept. 2014: Exhibition on Employment


4 Sept. 2014: Extraordinary Session of the Executive Council


4-5 Sept. 2014: Social Partners’ Forum


5 Sept. 2014 Forum on leveraging remittances for job creation, poverty eradication and inclusive development


6-7 Sept 2014 Extraordinary Assembly of the Union



More information with regard to media accreditation and coverage of the Summit is provided on the special webpage of the Ouaga+10 Extraordinary Summit at the following web link: http://summits.au.int/en/ouagaplus10/registration


Journalists are kindly invited to register online for accreditation to cover this Extraordinary Summit of the African Union.


The dateline for submission of accreditation request is Monday 25 August 2014.

For further information please visit the special webpage of the Ouaga+10 Extraordinary Summit: http://sa.au.int/en/content/extraordinary-summit-african-union-employment-poverty-eradication-and-inclusive-development


You can also visit the official website of the host country at the following link: http://www.ouagaplus10.com



African Union Commission (AUC)


WHO Director-General assesses the Ebola outbreak with four West African presidents Dr Margaret Chan Director-General of the World Health Organization


CONAKRY, Guinea, August 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Dr Margaret Chan Director-General of the World Health Organization


Excellencies, honourable ministers, members of the press, ladies and gentlemen,

West Africa is facing its first outbreak of Ebola virus disease. This is an unprecedented outbreak accompanied by unprecedented challenges. And these challenges are extraordinary.

West Africa’s outbreak is caused by the most lethal strain in the family of Ebola viruses.

The outbreak is by far the largest ever in the nearly four-decade history of this disease. It is the largest in terms of numbers of cases and deaths, with 1,323 cases and 729 deaths reported to date in four countries.

It is the largest in terms of geographical areas already affected and others at immediate risk of further spread.

It is taking place in areas with fluid population movements over porous borders, and it has demonstrated its ability to spread via air travel, contrary to what has been seen in past outbreaks. Cases are occurring in rural areas which are difficult to access, but also in densely populated capital cities.

This meeting must mark a turning point in the outbreak response. The presence here of four heads of state is clear evidence of the high-level of political concern and commitment.

Let me give you some frank assessments of what we face. And by “we”, I mean your countries and your neighbours, WHO and its partners in outbreak response, including civil society organizations, and the international community, including countries on other continents that can give you the support you so clearly need.

First, this outbreak is moving faster than our efforts to control it. If the situation continues to deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives but also severe socioeconomic disruption and a high risk of spread to other countries. As I said before, this meeting must mark a turning point in the outbreak response.

In addition, the outbreak is affecting a large number of doctors, nurses, and other health care workers, one of the most essential resources for containing an outbreak. To date, more than 60 health care workers have lost their lives in helping others. Some international staff are infected. These tragic infections and deaths significantly erode response capacity.

Second, the situation in West Africa is of international concern and must receive urgent priority for decisive action at national and international levels. Experiences in Africa over nearly four decades tell us clearly that, when well managed, an Ebola outbreak can be stopped.

This is not an airborne virus. Transmission requires close contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, also after death. Apart from this specific situation, the general public is not at high risk of infection by the Ebola virus.

At the same time, it would be extremely unwise for national authorities and the international community to allow an Ebola virus to circulate widely and over a long period of time in human populations.

Constant mutation and adaptation are the survival mechanisms of viruses and other microbes. We must not give this virus opportunities to deliver more surprises.

Third, this is not just a medical or public health problem. It is a social problem. Deep-seated beliefs and cultural practices are a significant cause of further spread and a significant barrier to rapid and effective containment. This social dimension must also be addressed as an integral part of the overall response.

Fourth, in some areas, chains of transmission have moved underground. They are invisible. They are not being reported. Because of the high fatality rate, many people in affected areas associate isolation wards with a sure death sentence, and prefer to care for loved ones in homes or seek assistance from traditional healers.

Such hiding of cases defeats strategies for rapid containment. Moreover, public attitudes can create a security threat to response teams when fear and misunderstanding turn to anger, hostility, or violence.

Finally, despite the absence of a vaccine or curative therapy, Ebola outbreaks can most certainly be contained. Bedrocks of outbreak containment include early detection and isolation of cases, contact tracing and monitoring of contacts, and rigorous procedures for infection control.

Moreover, we do have some evidence that early detection of cases and early implementation of supportive therapy increases the chances of survival. This is another message that needs to be communicated to the public.

Excellences, ladies and gentlemen,

Let me assure you: you are not alone in facing this unprecedented outbreak with all its unprecedented challenges.

Affected countries have made extraordinary efforts and introduced extraordinary measures. But the demands created by Ebola in West Africa outstrip your capacities to respond.

I have made myself personally responsible for coordinating international response efforts under WHO leadership, and personally responsible for mobilizing the support you need, on the most urgent basis possible.

The needs are vast.

Accurate and detailed mapping of the outbreak is urgently needed. All affected and at-risk countries need a national response plan, and these plans need to be regionally coordinated.

Facilities for isolation and supportive therapy need to be properly equipped and adequately staffed. Some facilities lack such essentials as electricity and a safe supply of running water.

Current numbers of national and international response staff are woefully inadequate. Personal protective equipment is absolutely essential, but it is hot and cumbersome, limiting the time that doctors and nurses can work on an isolation ward.

Work is also emotionally very stressful. For national staff, salaries need to be paid.

Dignified burial makes an essential contribution to public trust and eases family grieving, but this must be done safely. Traditional funeral practices are a well-documented spark that ignites further chains of transmission.

Contact tracing is a formidable challenge, for reasons I have mentioned. Again, more staff are needed.

Public awareness of the facts about this disease needs to increase dramatically. Messages from presidents and community and religious leaders are important, but this outbreak needs professionally designed and implemented campaigns, again with help from external experts.

Depending on the epidemiological situation, your governments may need to impose some restrictions, for example, on population movements and public gatherings.

Governments may need to use their police and civil defence forces to guarantee the safety and security of response teams. Some are already doing so.

Under the provisions of the International Health Regulations, I have convened an Emergency Committee that will meet on 6 August to assess the international implications of West Africa’s outbreak.

I am relying on the experts in this Committee, including those from West African nations, to heighten international awareness of the magnitude of this outbreak and the many challenges that need urgent support from the international community.

I am also here to learn first-hand your specific concerns and needs for support.

As I said, Ebola outbreaks can be contained. Chains of transmission can be broken. Together, we must do so.


Thank you.



World Health Organization (WHO)


L’Union africaine appelle à l’entrée en vigueur rapide de la Convention sur la coopération transfrontalière


ADDIS ABEBA, Ethiopie, 1er août 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ La Présidente de la Commission de l’Union africaine (UA), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, exhorte les États membres à signer et à ratifier, dans les délais les plus brefs possibles, la Convention de l’UA sur la coopération transfrontalière. Également connue sous le nom de Convention de Niamey, cet instrument a été adopté par la 23ème session ordinaire de la Conférence des chefs d’État et de Gouvernement de l’UA, tenue à Malabo, en Guinée équatoriale, les 26 et 27 juin 2014.

La Présidente de la Commission souligne l’importance que revêt l’entrée en vigueur rapide et la mise en œuvre effective de la Convention de Niamey, qui constitue une composante importante du Programme frontière de l’UA (PFUA), lancé en 2007 et dont les deux objectifs d’ensemble sont la prévention structurelle des conflits et l’approfondissement de l’intégration sur le continent. Elle rappelle que la Convention de Niamey vise notamment à promouvoir et à renforcer les relations de bon voisinage entre communautés frontalières, collectivités et administrations territoriales ou autres acteurs concernés relevant de deux ou plusieurs États, y compris à travers la conclusion d’accords et d’arrangements spécifiques à cet effet.

La Présidente de la Commission exprime l’engagement de la Commission à appuyer les efforts des États membres visant à donner pleinement effet aux dispositions de la Convention, une fois qu’elle sera entrée en vigueur. À cet égard, une attention particulière sera accordée à l’opérationnalisation du Comité consultatif sur les frontières, comprenant les représentants des Communautés économiques régionales et chargé, sous l’autorité de la Commission, de promouvoir la coopération transfrontalière, ainsi que du Fonds pour le PFUA, qui sera alimenté par des contributions volontaires des États membres et d’autres recettes diverses.




À propos de la Convention de Niamey: L’élaboration de cette Convention a commencé en 2009. Après les réunions d’experts organisées sur la question, le projet de Convention a été examiné par la troisième Conférence des Ministres africains chargés des questions de frontières, tenue à Niamey le 17 mai 2012, ainsi que par le Comité technique spécialisé sur la Justice et les Affaires juridiques, tenue à Addis Abéba du 6 au 16 mai 2014, avant d’être adopté par la 23ème session ordinaire de la Conférence de l’Union, tenue à Malabo, du 26 au 27 juin 2014.


La Convention poursuit notamment les objectifs suivants:


- faciliter la coopération transfrontalière aux niveaux local, sous régional et régional;


- faciliter la délimitation et la démarcation des frontières africaines qui ne l’ont pas encore été et le règlement pacifique des différends frontaliers;


- transformer les zones frontalières en éléments catalyseurs de la croissance, ainsi que de l’intégration du continent; et


- promouvoir la paix et la stabilité en Afrique.


La Convention prévoit des mécanismes de mise en œuvre aux niveaux régional et continental. Elle institue également un Fonds pour le PFUA. Elle entrera en vigueur trente jours après la réception du quinzième instrument de ratification ou d’adhésion.


À propos du Programme frontière de l’UA: Le PFUA a été lancé par la première Conférence des Ministres africains chargés des questions de frontières, tenue à Addis Abéba, le 7 juin 2007. Le PFUA vise à: faciliter la délimitation et la démarcation des frontières africaines qui ne l’ont pas encore été; promouvoir la coopération transfrontalière; renforcer les capacités africaines de gestion des frontières; et développer des partenariats et mobiliser des ressources en appui aux efforts des États africains. Deux autres Conférences des Ministres africains chargés des questions de frontières ont été organisées par la suite: à Addis Abéba, le 25 mars 2009; et à Niamey, au Niger, le 17 mai 2012. La quatrième Conférence ministérielle sur le PFUA devrait avoir lieu en octobre 2014.

Le lancement du PFUA s’inscrit dans le cadre des efforts des États africains visant à relever les défis liés à la gestion des frontières héritées de la colonisation, conscients qu’ils sont que la réalisation d’une plus grande unité et solidarité entre les pays et les peuples africains exige que soit atténué le poids des frontières qui les sépare. En effet, le dépassement de la frontière-barrière et sa promotion en tant que passerelle reliant un État à un autre permettront à l’Afrique d’imprimer une nouvelle dynamique à l’entreprise d’intégration continentale, de renforcer son unité et de promouvoir la paix, la sécurité et la stabilité. C’est dans ce contexte que l’OUA/UA a adopté nombre d’instruments politiques et juridiques pour guider les efforts des États membres dans la gestion des questions de frontières, y compris le principe du respect des frontières existant au moment de l’accession à l’indépendance, convenu au Caire, en juillet 1964; le principe du règlement négocié des différends frontaliers, affirmé par la 44ème session ordinaire du Conseil des Ministres de l’OUA, tenue à Addis Abéba, en juillet 1986; et le Protocole d’accord sur la Conférence sur la sécurité, la stabilité, le développement et la coopération en Afrique (CSSDCA), adopté par le Sommet de l’OUA tenu à Durban, en juillet 2002, qui engageait les États membres à parachever la délimitation et la démarcation des frontières africaines qui ne l’avaient pas encore été en 2012.


À propos des progrès réalisés dans la mise en œuvre du PFUA:


(i) Délimitation et Démarcation


Dès son lancement, le PFUA a accordé une attention particulière à la délimitation et à la démarcation des frontières africaines. En effet, l’absence de définition des frontières peut être source de malentendus, en même temps qu’elle entrave l’accélération des processus d’intégration (il est, par exemple, impossible de mettre en place un poste de douane conjoint pour faciliter les échanges commerciaux si l’on ne sait pas où passe exactement la frontière). Le Sommet de l’UA tenu à Malabo, en juillet 2011, a décidé de repousser à 2017 le parachèvement de l’exercice de délimitation et de démarcation des frontières africaines qui ne l’ont pas encore été.


Dans ce cadre, les initiatives suivantes ont été prises:


- le lancement, depuis 2008, d’un diagnostic panafricain des frontières, à travers un questionnaire envoyé à tous les États membres pour connaître le statut de leurs frontières. À ce jour, la Commission a reçu 31 réponses, sur la base desquelles elle travaille à la mise en place d’un Système d’information sur les frontières, qui permettra d’avoir un aperçu global et actualisé de l’état des frontières africaines;


- l’appui aux travaux de démarcation de la frontière entre le Mali et le Burkina Faso, qui ont été achevés en 2010. Le PFUA a permis l’accélération et l’achèvement de la démarcation des 413 derniers kilomètres. Les 1 303 km de frontière terrestre commune sont désormais entièrement démarqués;


- l’appui à la délimitation des frontières maritimes entre les Comores, le Mozambique, la Tanzanie et les Seychelles, qui a culminé avec la signature d’un Traité de délimitation le 17 février 2012;


- l’appui au parachèvement, en 2012, de la densification des 330 km de frontière entre le Mozambique et la Zambie, ainsi que de la frontière entre la Zambie et le Malawi (804 km). Un processus similaire est en cours pour les frontières terrestres entre le Mozambique, d’une part, la Tanzanie (671 km) et le Malawi (888 km terrestres), d’autre part;


- l’appui aux exercices en cours de délimitation et de démarcation entre le Sénégal et le Mali (362 km), le Sénégal et la Gambie (740 km) et le Sénégal et la Guinée (330 km);


- l’appui au lancement d’exercices de délimitation et de la démarcation entre d’autres pays, notamment entre le Rwanda et l’Ouganda, ainsi qu’entre le Burkina et le Niger, cependant que d’autres demandes d’assistance sont en train d’être examinées; et


- l’assistance au Groupe de haut niveau de l’UA pour le Soudan et le Soudan du Sud en vue de la délimitation et de la démarcation de la frontière entre le Soudan et le Soudan du Sud.


Sur la base des réponses au questionnaire sur le statut des frontières, approximativement 35,8% de la longueur totale des frontières africaines (hors frontières maritimes) peuvent être considérées comme ayant été délimitées, démarquées et réaffirmées. 13 000 kms de frontières font actuellement l’objet de réaffirmation. Lorsque ces travaux auront été achevés, le cap des 50% de la longueur des frontières continentales aura été franchi.


Par ailleurs, le PFUA a reçu de l’Allemagne, de la France, de la Belgique, de la Grande Bretagne, de l’Italie et du Portugal les archives coloniales relatives aux frontières africaines. La disponibilité de ces archives permettra d’accélérer les exercices de délimitation et de démarcation sur le continent.


(ii) Coopération transfrontalière


Outre, l’adoption de la Convention de Niamey, nombre d’initiatives ont été prises en ce qui concerne la promotion de la coopération transfrontalière. Après la démarcation du dernier segment de la frontière entre le Mali et le Burkina Faso, l’UA, avec le soutien de la GIZ, a appuyé la construction du centre de santé transfrontalier d’Ouarokuy – Wanian, qui sert les communes rurales de Madiakuy et Mafouné (Mali) et de Djibasso (Burkina Faso).


Il convient aussi de citer l’appui technique apporté à la mise en place d’une coopérative féminine transfrontalière sur la cueillette, la transformation et la commercialisation des mangues dans le secteur de Sikasso (Mali), Bobo Dioulasso (Burkina Faso) et Khorogho (Côte d’Ivoire). De même, le PFUA a soutenu techniquement la mise en place de radios communautaires en Afrique de l’Ouest pour aider à la promotion de la coopération transfrontalière.


(iii) Renforcement des capacités


Le PFUA a aussi enregistré des acquis importants en ce qui concerne le renforcement des capacités. Une assistance a été apportée à certains États membres, notamment en ce qui concerne la mise en place de Commissions de frontières.


Un autre acquis fondamental du PFUA porte sur la publication, en 2013/2014, de cinq Guides pratiques dont l’objectif est de faire connaître les bonnes pratiques dans des domaines spécifiques, aux fins d’appropriation par les différents acteurs concernés de manière à accélérer la mise en œuvre du Programme.


Ces Guides pratiques sont les suivants:


- Des barrières aux passerelles ? Recueil des textes relatifs aux frontières en Afrique de 1963 à 2012;


- Création et fonctionnement des Commissions des frontières en Afrique ? le Guide de l’utilisateur;


- Délimitation et démarcation des frontières en Afrique ? le Guide de l’utilisateur;


- Réalisation d’une infrastructure transfrontalière de service de base ? Guide pratique; et


- Délimitation et démarcation des Frontières en Afrique ? Considérations générales et études de cas.


Un Guide sur les mécanismes de règlement des contentieux frontaliers est en voie de publication.


Ces Guides pratiques sont accessibles en suivant le lien:




(iv) Partenariat et mobilisation de ressources


Dans leurs Déclarations successives sur le PFUA, les Ministres chargés des questions de frontières ont notamment demandé à la Commission d’initier une campagne de mobilisation des ressources et de développer des partenariats en vue de la mise en œuvre du Programme.

Dans le cadre du suivi de ces Déclarations, la Commission a développé un partenariat étroit avec la République fédérale d’Allemagne qui fournit un appui financier et technique important au PFUA, à travers la GIZ. En outre, et en consultation avec la Commission, la GIZ fournit un appui direct aux États membres en ce qui concerne la délimitation et la démarcation des frontières, la coopération transfrontalière et le renforcement des capacités. L’appui total de l’Allemagne de 2008 à 2014 s’élève à 23.7 millions d’Euros. Le Royaume Uni et le Danemark ont aussi apporté un appui financier au PFUA.

La Commission a également développé des partenariats avec d’autres pays et organisations. Des relations ont été nouées avec l’Union européenne (UE), pour tirer profit de son expérience dans le domaine de la coopération transfrontalière, et les Nations unies, à travers sa Section cartographique. Des relations de coopération ont été développées avec d’autres institutions, notamment le Centre régional pour la Cartographie des Ressources pour le Développement (RCMRD), à Nairobi, et le Réseau africain de Recherche sur les Espaces frontaliers (ABORNE), ainsi qu’avec l’Association des Régions frontalières européennes (ARFE).



(v) Relations publiques et sensibilisation


Le PFUA a produit, en 2011 et 2014, deux documentaires sur les résultats atteints jusqu’ici. Ces documentaires sont accessibles au public sous le lien suivant:




En outre, en 2010, les Ministres chargés des questions de frontières ont convenu de déclarer le 7 juin comme Journée africaine des frontières. Le Conseil exécutif a entériné cette recommandation, qui vise à sensibiliser tous les acteurs concernés sur l’importance du PFUA. L’ARFE a lancé une initiative pour que le 7 juin soit proclamé comme « Journée internationale de l’intégration par-delà les frontières nationales » au niveau des Nations unies.



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Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 August 2014

AUC delegation arrives in Washington DC for first US-Africa Leaders’ Summit


AUC delegation arrives in Washington DC for first US-Africa Leaders’ Summit


WASHINGTON, August 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A delegation of the African Union Commission, led by Chairperson H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will arrive in Washington on 2 August for the first and historic US-Africa Leaders’ Summit. The delegation will be joining about 50 African Heads of State and Government in high level dialogue and meetings with a cross section of top officials of President Barrack Obama’s Administration. The first ever US-Africa Leaders’ Summit is being organized from 4-6 August 2014, in Washington DC.


On the invitation of US President Barrack Obama, the leaders will hold a high level strategic dialogue under the theme: “Investing in the Next Generation.” It is expected that these discussions and other side engagements with further strengthen the cooperation between Africa and the US at the continental level, building upon the existing strong bilateral and regional cooperation.


The Summit will focus on three sub-themes: Investing in Africa’s Future; Peace, and Regional Security; Governing for the Next Generation (Capacity Development). Though invited on individual basis, Africa is expected to speak from a common position on these areas which are of critical importance to the continent’s future.


“The Summit offers another great opportunity to further refine our reflections on the Africa we want, and how to make it happen, with the support of partners such as the United States. Therefore, I look forward to discussing with the leaders about how we can drive strategies such a skills revolution for our young girls and boys, on financially and technically supporting the energy generation, infrastructural development that fast-track our regional integration agenda, and more as we envision our Agenda 2063.” Dr. Dlamini Zuma projects her expectations before leaving the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa for Washington DC.


Aside from other meetings preceding the Summit such as with the Private Sector, the Youth and AGOA forum, during which she will make statements, the AU Chairperson will on Sunday 3 August deliver an opening address at the “Believe in Africa Day” an Africa Diaspora-led initiative to showcase business opportunities in Africa.


On the final day of the Summit, Dr. Dlamini Zuma will co-grant a Press Conference with H.E. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and current Chairperson of the AU. This will follow the final Press Conference of President Barrack Obama.


Follow live coverage of the Summit on http://www.au.int; Twitter: @_AfricanUnion



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Africa: Only 1 Month Until APO Media Award Entry Deadline: WIN $6,000, one lap top, one intercontinental flight ticket to a destination of your choice and more


DAKAR, Sénégal, August 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com), the sole press release wire in Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa, announced today that entry is now open for the 2014 APO Media Award (#APOMediaAward).


The first-place winner will be presented with $500 a month for one year, one laptop and one intercontinental flight ticket to a destination of his or her choice as well as one year of access to over 600 airport VIP lounges worldwide.


The second-place winner will be awarded $300 a month for one year.


The third-place winner will receive $200 a month for one year.


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APO Media Award celebrates brilliant and inspiring stories about Africa. The subject matter may comprise a single topic or a variety of subjects, including – but not limited to – business, economy, technology, agriculture, health, energy, gender, logistics, tourism, motoring, aviation, not-for-profit issues, diplomacy, environment, mining, entertainment and more.


APO Media Award is open to African journalists and bloggers, whether directly employed or freelancers, working in the continent of Africa who have produced a story that has been broadcast or published in English, French, Portuguese or Arabic in the form of a printed publication, a television feature, a radio story, a website or a blog whose primary audience is based in Africa.


Stories must have been broadcast or published between January and August 2014.


Stories are judged on content, writing, analysis, creativity, human interest and community impact.


All stories must be submitted in electronic format:

a) Print: upload the scan(s) of the published article.

b) Radio: upload the SoundCloud link (SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform that enables its users to upload and share sounds they have created themselves – https://soundcloud.com).

c) Website: upload the URL.

d) TV: upload the YouTube link.


TV material must first be uploaded to YouTube (www.youtube.com) and radio material to SoundCloud (www.soundcloud.com). If you are not a member of these sites, you will need to sign up in order to upload the video or radio material. Once you have obtained the link, you must enter it in this online entry form when inputting your story details.


Online Entry Form is available here: http://www.apo-opa.com/apo_media_award.php?L=E


The deadline for entries is 1 September 2014.


The finalists will be announced on 15 September 2014.


The winners will be announced on 29 September 2014.


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SkyVision remporte un marché public pour un projet de communication réalisé avec la Bank of Africa au Burkina Faso


Une solution de télécommunications complète pour connecter le siège central de la BOA à Ouagadougou à ses agences réparties à travers le pays


OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina-Faso, 1er août 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ SkyVision Global Networks Ltd. (http://www.skyvision.net), l’un des principaux fournisseurs mondiaux de services de télécommunications, a annoncé la mise en œuvre de la première phase du projet réalisé conjointement avec la Bank of Africa (BOA) Burkina Faso, le deuxième établissement financier du pays. Le projet porte sur la mise en place d’une solution de télécommunications complète par le biais du service SkyVision VPN, dans le but de connecter le siège central de la BOA à Ouagadougou à ses agences réparties à travers le pays.

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« Ce projet est une réussite, et plus encore un important jalon pour SkyVision.


Nous sommes heureux de pouvoir engager un partenariat à long terme avec la BOA et apprécions cette relation à sa juste valeur. Nous espérons pouvoir étendre nos activités communes et proposer nos solutions à l’ensemble du Groupe BOA ». Commentaire du directeur général de SkyVision, Ori Watterman.


La solution combinée comprend un concentrateur (hub) UHP Romantis et SkyVision VPN, une solution de communication basée sur VSAT qui fournit aux entreprises et institutions une performance et une stabilité de réseau de haute qualité. La technologie de pointe utilisée pour SkyVision VPN assure aux clients une flexibilité améliorée qui leur permet un contrôle fiable et une gestion de systèmes à travers des contrées immenses et reculées, telles que celles que l’on trouve au Burkina Faso. Entièrement mis en place et géré par SkyVision, SkyVision VPN est rapidement en passe de devenir l’une des solutions idéales en Afrique, avec une connectivité maximale pour un coût minimal.


Le siège de la BOA à Ouagadougou abritera le concentrateur Romantis, qui sera lui-même connecté aux sites éloignés (succursales BOA) et qui fonctionnera dans un environnement entièrement autonome et dédié aux seuls sites BOA. Cette solution permet de connecter les bureaux des agences éloignées avec rapidité et efficacité, de partager l’information au moyen d’applications voix et données, et ce, sans devoir investir dans des infrastructures supplémentaires. Ainsi configurée, la solution clé en main répond aux besoins de communication de la BOA et prévoit un plan complet de restauration en cas de sinistre.


« En Afrique, et spécialement au Burkina Faso, la fiabilité de nos communications est indispensable à la bonne marche de nos affaires, et est l’une de nos priorités majeures. Nous nous sommes donc adressés à SkyVision pour bénéficier de la plus fiable et de la plus efficace des solutions de connectivité sur le marché, afin de garantir le fonctionnement sûr et fluide de nos opérations quotidiennes. Nous avons toute confiance dans la capacité de SkyVision de répondre à nos besoins, voire de les dépasser, et d’être pour nous un excellent partenaire dans la seconde phase de cet important projet », déclare Toni Sébastien, directeur général de la BOA Burkina Faso.


Le directeur général de SkyVision Burkina Faso, M. Pascal Vokouma, ajoute : « Nous avons eu la formidable opportunité de travailler pour le secteur financier au Burkina Faso et souhaitons continuer à fournir à la BOA une qualité de service et d’assistance client optimale. Nous considérons le secteur financier comme un marché stratégique et attachons une grande importance à notre partenariat avec la BOA et à la confiance qu’elle a placée dans notre société et ses solutions. »


SkyVision a commencé il y a une dizaine d’années à se concentrer sur l’amélioration de la connectivité en Afrique rurale, avec l’installation de concentrateurs et de points de présence (point of presence, POP) à travers le continent, dans le but de fournir des communications de qualité aux clientèles nationales.


Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour SkyVision Global Networks Ltd.



Pour davantage d’informations, contactez :

Iris Tovim

Marketing Communications Manager

SkyVision Global Networks

+44 20 8387 1750



En savoir plus sur la BOA-BURKINA FASO

La BOA-BURKINA FASO, acteur majeur dans le financement de l’économie nationale  est ouverte au public depuis  mars 1998.  Dotée d’un capital actuel de 11 milliards de F CFA, elle présente au 31 décembre 2013 un total de bilan de 414 milliards de F CFA, un niveau de ressources de 287 milliards de FCFA collectées auprès de la clientèle, des crédits distribués pour un montant de 273 milliards de FCFA. Elle enregistre dans ses livres 200 000 comptes et emploie plus de 300 collaborateurs répartis sur un réseau de 32 agences.


A l’instar des autres filiales du Groupe, BOA-BURKINA FASO est une banque commerciale à dimension universelle, qui apporte à sa clientèle l’expertise d’un Groupe puissant et structuré.


En effet, le Groupe BANK OF AFRICA est implanté dans 17 pays, dont 8 en Afrique de l’Ouest (Bénin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Sénégal, Togo et Ghana), 4 en Afrique de l’Est (Burundi, Kenya, Ouganda et Tanzanie), 1 en Afrique Centrale (République Démocratique du Congo), dans l’Océan Indien et Corne de l’Afrique (Madagascar, Djibouti et Ethiopie) ainsi qu’en France, (société financière spécialisée dans les transactions financières entre l’Europe et l’Afrique, notamment les opérations financières de la diaspora africaine en Europe).


Ce réseau comporte 17 banques commerciales, 1 société financière, 1 banque de l’habitat, 1 société de bourse, 2 sociétés d’investissement, 1 société de gestion d’actifs et 1 bureau de représentation du Groupe à Paris.


Depuis 2010, le Groupe BANK OF AFRICA est majoritairement détenu par BMCE Bank (Banque Marocaine du Commerce Extérieur), acteur majeur du secteur bancaire au Maroc. BMCE Bank apporte un soutien stratégique et opérationnel au Groupe BANK OF AFRICA, ainsi qu’un accès direct à des marchés internationaux grâce à sa présence en Europe et en Asie. Pour davantage d’informations, consultez www.bank-of-africa.net


En savoir plus sur SkyVision

SkyVision (http://www.skyvision.net) est un fournisseur mondial de services de télécommunications, qui propose des solutions complètes et intégrées pour répondre aux besoins des entreprises, des administrations publiques et des marchés de télécommunications. En mettant l’accent sur les besoins locaux ou régionaux spécifiques à ses clients, SkyVision offre des solutions de connectivité de réseau d’un niveau supérieur. Connue pour son approche innovante, la société propose un vaste ensemble de solutions personnalisées et de services répondant aux normes du secteur pour une connectivité IP de bout en bout (http://www.skyvision.net/service/fiber-solutions), gérée depuis ses passerelles internationales et certains de ses concentrateurs locaux. SkyVision possède un réseau de portée mondiale permettant à ses clients de se connecter à la dorsale Internet grâce à plus de dix plates-formes satellites et à un réseau de câbles en fibre optique de grande capacité, via ses passerelles en Afrique, en Europe, en Amérique du Nord et au Moyen-Orient, ainsi que ses multiples points de présence en Afrique. SkyVision gère actuellement un réseau satellite ainsi qu’un réseau de connectivité IP par fibre (http://www.skyvision.net/service/fiber-solutions) couvrant 100 pays. Les solutions de réseau VSAT (http://www.skyvision.net/services/lobby2/Internet%20Connectivity) sur bandes Ku et C tirent profit de l’important catalogue de produits de SkyVision dans le domaine spatial à partir des plus grands fournisseurs satellites, et leur capacité est adaptée avec précision aux besoins spécifiques des clients pour une rentabilité optimale. Consultez http://www.skyvision.net.



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SkyVision Wins National Bid for a Communications Project with Bank of Africa in Burkina Faso


A full communications solution through the SkyVision VPN service, connecting BoA headquarters in Ouagadougou to its branch offices throughout the country


OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina-Faso, August 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ SkyVision Global Networks Ltd. (http://www.skyvision.net), a leading global communications provider, announced the successful implementation of the first phase of its project with the Bank of Africa (BOA) Burkina Faso, the country’s second largest financial institution. The project included implementing a full communications solution through the SkyVision VPN service, connecting BoA headquarters in Ouagadougou to its branch offices throughout the country.

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“This project is an important win and an even more important milestone for SkyVision. We welcome the opportunity of a long term partnership with BOA and highly value our business relationship. We look forward to continue growing our mutual business and offering our solutions to the entire BOA Group”. Commented SkyVision CEO, Ori Watterman.


The combined solution included a Romantis UHP hub and SkyVision VPN, a VSAT-based communications solution that provides organizations with superior network performance and reliability. The advanced technology that drives SkyVision VPN provides customers with enhanced flexibility, enabling reliable control and system management across immense remote areas, such as those in Burkina Faso. Fully deployed and managed by SkyVision, SkyVision VPN is fast becoming one of Africa’s “solutions of choice,” delivering superior connectivity at a minimum cost.


BOA headquarters in Ouagadougou will host the Romantis hub, which will in turn converge to the remote sites (BOA branches) and operate in a fully autonomous environment dedicated solely to BOA sites.  This allows them to connect their remote branch offices and quickly and efficiently, share information by means of voice and data applications, with no investment in additional infrastructure. Combined, the end-to-end solution meets BOA’s communications’ needs, including a full disaster recovery plan. 


“In Africa, and in particular, Burkina Faso, reliable communications is mandatory to our business and one of our highest priorities. It is for this reason that we turned to SkyVision to deliver the most trustworthy and efficient connectivity solution on the market to ensure our daily operations run smoothly and securely. We have every confidence in their ability to meet and exceed our needs and to partner with us into the second phase of this important project.” said Toni Sebastien, CEO of BOA Burkina Faso.


General Manager of SkyVision Burkina Faso, Mr. Pascal Vokouma, also comments, “We have been awarded a tremendous opportunity to serve the financial industry in Burkina Faso and intend to continue to provide BOA with the utmost quality of service and customer support.  We view the financial industry as a strategic market and highly value our partnership with BOA and the trust it has put into the company and its solutions.”    


For over a decade, SkyVision has focused on enhancing connectivity in rural Africa, with the establishment of hubs and PoPs across Africa to deliver quality communications to customers nationwide.


Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of SkyVision Global Networks Ltd.



For more information, contact:

Iris Tovim

Marketing Communications Manager

SkyVision Global Networks

+44 20 8387 1750



More information about BOA-BURKINA FASO

BOA-BURKINA FASO, a leading player in the financing of the national economy, has been open to the public since March of 1998. With current capital of CFAF 11 billion, on 31 December 2013 it had a total of CFAF 414 billion in balance sheet assets, CFAF 287 billion in customer deposits, and CFAF 273 billion in customer loans. It has 200,000 accounts on its books and employs more than 300 people across a network of 32 branches.

Like other subsidiaries in the Group, BOA-BURKINA FASO is a universal commercial bank offering its customers the expertise of a strong and structured Group.


Today, the BANK OF AFRICA Group is established in seventeen countries, including eight in West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo and Ghana), four in East Africa (Burundi, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania), one in Central Africa (Democratic Republic of the Congo), in the Indian Ocean and the Horn of Africa (Madagascar, Djibouti and Ethiopia) as well as in France, (a financial corporation specializing in financial transactions between Europe and Africa, including financial operations in the African diaspora in Europe).


This network includes seventeen commercial banks, a financial corporation, a housing bank, a brokerage firm, two investment companies, an asset management company and a Group representative office in Paris.


Since 2010, the BANK OF AFRICA Group has been majority-owned by BMCE Bank (Banque Marocaine du Commerce Extérieur), a key player in the Moroccan banking industry.


BMCE Bank provides strategic and operational support to the BANK OF AFRICA Group, as well as direct access to international markets through its presence in Europe and Asia. For more information, visit http://www.bank-of-africa.net.


About SkyVision

SkyVision (http://www.skyvision.net) is a global communications service provider, offering comprehensive, integrated solutions to meet all corporate, government and telco market requirements. With an emphasis on its customers’ local or regional requirements, SkyVision offers superior network connectivity solutions. Known for its innovative approach, the company offers an extensive suite of both customized solutions and industry-standard services for end-to-end IP connectivity, managed from its international gateways and selected local hubs. SkyVision’s global-reaching network connects its customers to the Internet backbone with more than ten satellite platforms and a network of high-capacity fiber optic cables, via its gateways in Africa, Europe, North America and the Middle East as well as multiple points of presence (POPs) in Africa. SkyVision currently commands a satellite and fiber network IP connectivity spanning 100 countries. The company’s C-Band and Ku-Band VSAT network solutions draw on SkyVision’s extensive space segment inventory from leading satellite providers and its capacity is carefully tailored to customers’ individual needs for optimal cost-effectiveness. Visit http://www.skyvision.net.



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Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 August 2014

Africa: Remarks at the Atlantic Council


Africa: Remarks at the Atlantic Council


WASHINGTON, August 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Remarks

Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs

Washington, DC

July 31, 2014



Good morning. I am delighted to be here today and would especially like to thank Dr. Peter Pham for the invitation. This is a very exciting time for us. Next Monday, President Obama will welcome 51 Heads of State and Government and other senior leaders from across Africa to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. The Summit, which will take place over three days, is the first such event of its kind and the largest event any U.S. President has ever held with African leaders.

It is an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen U.S. ties with Africa and highlight our commitment to addressing issues that affect us collectively.

We have two main objectives: 1) We want African leaders, and African citizens, to come away with the clear message that the United States cares about their continent and is committed to an enduring, multifaceted partnership. 2) We also want to see the Summit lead to increased American investment on the continent and to more direct linkages between U.S. and African companies.

Overview of Summit

As you likely have heard, this will not be your typical Summit. At the explicit direction of the President, it is designed to be interactive and conversational. We have been working closely for months to set the agenda with our partners including African governments, Washington-based Ambassadors, private sector leaders, interagency stakeholders, and representatives of civil society for the Summit. This participatory format reflects the multilayered, long-term partnership that characterizes the U.S. relationship with Africa.

Perhaps as an even bigger demonstration of the depth and diversity of U.S. interest in Africa, we are currently tracking an incredible number of side events – more than 80 at last count – hosted by businesses, nongovernmental organizations, diaspora groups, and think tanks. This participation very clearly shows that it is not just the U.S. Government that cares about Africa, but also the American people. I know that many of you in the room today are playing major roles in these events, and I want to personally thank you for the time and energy you have invested in helping us make the Summit a success.

Some critics suggest that a regional Summit like this minimizes the importance of bilateral relationships. But I disagree. Bilateral ties are the bedrock of U.S. foreign policy. We have more Embassies in African capitals than any other country in the world. Our Ambassadors and their teams engage with our counterparts on a daily basis. This is precisely why Secretary Kerry urged the Senate to confirm our remaining Ambassadorial nominees – and why it is so crucial that they do so quickly – so that they can be in place to nurture these critical relationships.

That said, in today’s world many of our highest priorities are regional and global in scope. Transnational threats like violent extremism, climate change, health threats, trafficking of arms, narcotics, people and wildlife, economic insecurity, to name a few, have no regard for national borders and are too big for any one nation to resolve. So, just as we work bilaterally with African countries, we also work with them in regional and multilateral fora. It is why the United States is so deeply engaged with the African Union and why the Chairperson of the AU and several other senior officials will be here next week for the Summit.

We know the United States is not the only country looking to partner with African nations on a regional or bilateral basis. The suggestion that the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit is a reaction to some other event or some other country’s activities in Africa overlooks our five solid decades of collaboration and cooperation. Ambassador Rice stated clearly yesterday, the United States “does not see Africa as a pipeline to extract vital resources nor a funnel for charity.” We are not threatened by the presence of other nations in Africa. Rather, we encourage our African partners to determine what relationships, whether transactional or enduring, will most benefit the lives of their people.

Business/Economic Components

As I said, we hope to see increased U.S. investment as one of the Summit’s key outcomes. When we talk about the fact that most of the world’s fastest growing economies are in sub-Saharan Africa, we’re also seeing a burgeoning middle class of African consumers and an expanding market for U.S. direct investment. This means enormous growth opportunities for American business and new jobs for Africans and Americans.

Since 2000, the African Growth and Opportunity Act has played a fundamental role in our efforts to build sustainable inclusive economic growth in Africa and promote opportunities for U.S. companies.

President Obama has made it clear that his Administration will seek a seamless renewal of AGOA, and we have been working closely with our colleagues on the Hill in pursuit of that goal. It is up to Congress to decide when and for how long AGOA will be extended. What is important is that this has support on both sides of the aisle. We are looking forward to the AGOA Ministerial on Monday as a chance to celebrate AGOA’s successes and to reflect on ways to modernize and strengthen the program.

Later on Monday, small-group dinners for American CEOs, African Heads of State and Governments will be held all across the city. These dinners were arranged to give these individuals a chance to discuss what is needed on both sides to move our economic cooperation forward.

The following day, the Commerce Department and Bloomberg Philanthropies will co-host the U.S.-Africa Business Forum at the Mandarin Oriental. There will be approximately 300 participants from U.S. and African business leaders, African Heads of State and Ministers, U.S. Government agencies, and Members of Congress.

Representatives will attend from many sectors including power and energy, infrastructure, finance and capital investment, information communication technologies, consumer goods, and agriculture. Again, participation is limited to allow for more direct engagement.

Leaders Sessions

As Ambassador Rice mentioned yesterday, “We’ve deliberately focused the summit beyond the crises of the moment to envision the future we want and how we can work together to achieve critical goals—10 and 15 years from now.” On Wednesday, President Obama will host three Leaders Sessions at the State Department.

The first session, Investing in Africa’s Future, will be both an opening plenary and a discussion of inclusive, sustainable development and economic growth. I expect the discussion to draw from conversations that took place during the preceding two days at the AGOA Ministerial, the Business Forum, and the Power Africa event hosted by the Corporate Council on Africa.

A word about Power Africa, the initiative President Obama launched last summer to increase electricity generation capacity in sub-Saharan Africa by 10,000 megawatts. Beginning in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania, Power Africa represents a new model for development, leveraging private sector investment to meet generation and access goals.

Twelve U.S. Government agencies and other public and private sector partners are deploying development assistance, financing, investment, and diplomatic tools to accelerate dozens of energy transactions. Over the next five years, the United States will commit more than $7 billion in financial support, so that we can attract more private investment in Africa’s energy sector. So this is not about overnight solutions or one-off deals, but instead about long-term collaborative efforts.

Peace and Regional Stability is the theme of the second session. This session will focus on shared concerns and potential new ways to work together to find long-term solutions to regional security and peacekeeping challenges. Many African countries are facing significant threats from violent groups exploiting socio-economic challenges, as well as local grievances, ethnic group tensions, weak institutions, and porous borders. The United States supports African efforts to improve security at the sub-regional, national, and continental levels, with the clear understanding that our partners are in the lead. So, we work in cooperation with them in the African Union and across their security sector – with their police, other law enforcement agencies, justice systems, and armed forces.

How are we cooperating? To give just a few examples: since 2005 we have trained over a quarter of a million African peacekeepers in 25 countries through our Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance Program, or ACOTA. We are working to counter extremism in the Sahel region through the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership in the west, and the Partnership for Regional East Africa Counterterrorism in the east.

We are supporting the African Union-led missions in Somalia, and we supported the African Union-led Missions in Mali and the Central African Republic before they transitioned to a blue-helmeted UN operation. In these instances we are not imposing American solutions, but rather, helping build resilience, capacity, and partnerships that address instability’s complex root causes and not just its most troubling manifestations.

Wednesday’s last conversation will concern Governing for the Next Generation. This discussion will allow us to highlight areas where African governments are registering progress. It will also provide an opportunity for a candid exchange about how we might deepen our partnership to tackle obstacles to development and the full achievement of fundamental rights. The discussion will focus on strengthening public institutions, civil society, rule of law, and opportunities for youth while tackling the billions in lost revenue due to illicit finance and corruption.

Signature Events

These are not the only topics that will be addressed in the Summit’s official agenda. The U.S. Government will host six official side events, called “Signature Events,” that will bring together certain U.S. and African government Leaders and officials, members of African and U.S. private sector, the diaspora, and others. These Signature Events are designed to deepen awareness of some of the critical issues facing the continent and to foster collaboration on ways we might work together to resolve them.

The Signature Events are:

o Honoring the Contributions of the Faith Community

o The Civil Society Forum

o Investing in Women for Peace and Prosperity

o Investing in Health

o Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate

o Combating Wildlife Trafficking

Unfortunately we don’t have time here to detail each of these events, but I did want to tell you a little bit about the Civil Society Forum. On Monday morning, 600 representatives of governments, civil society, diaspora groups, the private sector and the philanthropic community will gather for a series of sessions and a Town hall hosted by Secretary Kerry. The event will demonstrate the importance of leveraging the knowledge, experience and resources of citizens and civil society and safeguarding civic space.

Youth Engagement

Before I conclude, a few words on the subject of youth engagement. This past week, 500 of Africa’s most inspiring young leaders from across the African continent gathered here in Washington. They are the first cohort of the newly renamed Mandela Washington Fellowship of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), President Obama’s signature initiative for engaging with youth in Africa.

In the past generation, Africa has experienced remarkable change. Now we must think about the change we hope to see for the next generation.

If the continent is to realize its potential for economic growth, African youth must be engaged. If it fails and this growth is not achieved, the continent will have the largest unemployed youth population on earth. Millions of youth will not be invested in the future of their nations or communities. Millions will live with the potential of being attracted to extremist ideologies or criminal activity because no positive alternatives seem accessible.

This is what YALI, the Mandela Washington Fellowship, and the Summit’s overarching theme of “Investing in the Next Generation” is about for us. Africa, just like the United States, needs dedicated young people to become leaders in all aspects of their societies – in schools, in business, in civil society. This is why President Obama invited his African counterparts to discuss their plans for youth engagement, to share best practices and help others build on successful models. As the President said on Monday morning in his YALI Town Hall,

o “Even as we deal with crises and challenges in other parts of the world that often dominate our headlines, even as we acknowledge the real hardships that so many Africans face every day, we have to make sure that we’re seizing the extraordinary potential of today’s Africa, which is the youngest and fastest-growing of the continents.”

In conclusion, let me stress that we see the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit as a reaffirmation of the United States’ ongoing commitment to Africa. We look forward to the energizing effect this Summit will have on our bilateral and regional relationships across the continent and on our investment and business ties. A decade from now or even five years from now, I am certain we will look back on this Summit as having deepened the partnership between the American and African peoples as we pursue a better future for us all.

Thank you. I would be happy to take a few questions.



US Department of State



Abertura do Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2015 – 150 000 USD em prémios para que os inovadores mais inteligentes do continente acelerarem o desenvolvimento de África


Com 2000 inovadores de 48 países a participar nos seus primeiros três anos, o IPA 2015 faz com que o investimento no desencadeamento e apoio à inovação sustentável realizada pelos Africanos aumente para mais de meio milhão de dólares americanos


JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, August 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ A African Innovation Foundation (AIF) (http://www.africaninnovation.org) está a chamar todos os inovadores africanos para apresentarem a sua candidatura ao concurso anual Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2015 (http://www.innovationprizeforafrica.org). O IPA é realizado anualmente, permitindo e encorajando os pioneiros africanos a desenvolver ideias e técnicas criativas para superar alguns dos desafios que o continente enfrenta e ajudar no desenvolvimento sustentável.

Video of IPA Winner 2014: http://africaninnovationnews.com/wp-content/uploads/video/2014/src/IPA_2014v2.mp4


Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1269
(AIF e IPA fundador Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais com as 2.014 IPA vencedores: Dr. Nicolaas Duneas & Mr. Nuno Pires eo nigeriano ex-ministro da Ciência e Tecnologia)


Logo Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA): http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/ipa-3.jpg


Logo African Innovation Foundation (AIF): http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/aif.jpg


“O objetivo do prémio é mobilizar e capacitar os inovadores e empresários mais promissores do continente para que percebam o potencial de África, mas reconhecemos também que este grupo precisa dos recursos e das oportunidades necessários para concretizarem a sua ambição” disse o fundador da AIF e do IPA, Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais. “A prioridade do IPA é o reconhecimento de que África não tem falta de ideias e soluções inovadoras para desenvolver o continente, mas sim falta de recursos para as desenvolver. O IPA é mais do que um prémio, ele permite aos participantes aproveitar as suas competências empresariais para ajudar a melhorar as vidas dos africanos e concretizar o potencial não explorado.”


O IPA está a tornar-se parte essencial da promoção de um pensamento inovador, da criatividade e do despertar da consciência para o excelente trabalho que está a ser feito em África pelos africanos. A AgriProtein, vencedora do IPA 2013, conseguiu posteriormente angariar 11 milhões de dólares para construir as suas duas primeiras quintas comerciais na Cidade do Cabo.


“África precisa de investimento significativo para aliviar a pobreza e proporcionar prosperidade inclusiva. Para que isso seja possível, temos de ser capazes de proporcionar ambientes que promovam investimento de qualidade para as pessoas e reduzam os riscos. Fóruns como o IPA são necessários para aproveitar ao máximo o investimento do continente” disse David Drew, tecnólogo da AgriProtein.


Todas as inovações são avaliadas com base nos seguintes critérios: originalidade, comerciabilidade, escalabilidade, impacto social e Manutenção/aspetos técnicos. A melhor candidatura será premiada com o grande prémio de 100 000 USD. O segundo prémio, no valor de 25 000 USD será atribuído ao inovador cuja inovação tenha o melhor potencial comercial e de negócios. Adicionalmente, ao inovador cujas inovações têm o melhor impacto na comunidade é atribuído um prémio especial.


O IPA encoraja a participação em cinco categorias principais: Agricultura e agronegócios, Ambiente, Energia e água, Saúde e bem-estar, Aplicações ICT e Indústrias manufatureiras e de serviços.


Reconhecendo o talento da criatividade do continente, o prémio contribui para o aumento do financiamento de novas empresas, a adoção de tecnologias novas e emergentes e o crescimento acelerado do setor privado. Com ambientes económicos e sociais em constante mutação, é essencial que as soluções propostas resolvam os problemas que afetam as vidas dos africanos e que sejam eficientes e diferentes das já existentes.


O IPA 2014 nomeou o Dr. Nicolaas Duneas e o Sr. Nuno Pires, da África do Sul, como vencedores do grande prémio. Eles receberam 100 000 USD pela sua matriz óssea osteogénica, Altis Osteogenic Bone Matrix (Altis OBM TM), o primeiro dispositivo médico injetável de proteína hosteomorfógena derivada de suíno em todo o mundo – um produto inovador para o tratamento de lesões e cavidades ósseas através do uso de um implante biológico regenerativo.


O IPA também convida todos os investidores, governos e outras partes interessadas em avaliar, investir e maximizar os recursos do continente a participar nesta iniciativa inovadora e habilitadora e a fazer uma mudança significativa através de contribuições generosas que irão ajudar na evolução da África.


O prazo para a apresentação de candidaturas para o IPA 2015 é até 31 de outubro de 2014 às 24h00 GMT. Para mais informações sobre as categorias em competição, as condições de participação e os detalhes da apresentação das candidaturas, visite: http://innovationprizeforafrica.org/.


Distribuído pela APO (African Press Organization) em nome da Prémio Inovação para África.




Janine Raftopoulos, Burson-Marsteller

Telefone: +27 11 480 8525

E-mail: Janine.raftopoulos@bm-africa.com


Pauline Mujawamariya, AIF    

Telefone: + 41 44 515 5466  

E-mail: ipainfo@africaninnovation.org


Sobre o IPA

O Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) (http://www.innovationprizeforafrica.org) é um prémio fundado pela African Innovation Foundation (http://www.africaninnovation.org). Ele permite mobilizar os inovadores e empresários africanos, concedendo um total de 150 000 USD aos vencedores que apresentem soluções orientadas para o mercado visando o desenvolvimento gerido pelos africanos. O IPA distingue e encoraja os feitos inovadores que contribuem para o desenvolvimento de novos produtos, aumentado a eficiência ou a poupança de custos em África. O prémio também incentiva os investidores de capital privados, governos e líderes de desenvolvimento a investir em vários setores e a criar um ambiente que fomente o crescimento económico de África. Para mais informações e documentos de referência adicionais, vá a http://www.innovationprizeforafrica.org e siga o IPA no Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/IPAprize) e no Facebook https://www.facebook.com/InnovationPrizeforAfrica).


Sobre a AIF

A African Innovation Foundation (AIF) é um novo modelo de fundações africanas da “próxima geração”, que mobiliza a inovação em todo o continente, para o benefício pessoal, cultural e económico de todos os africanos. Os projetos da AIF têm como objetivo libertar potencial não explorado em ÁFRICA, estimulando as ideias e as perspetivas dos africanos nas indústrias emergentes e em vários setores. Para mais informações, visite http://www.africaninnovation.org/



Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA)


Appel à candidatures pour le Prix de l’innovation pour l’Afrique (PIA) 2015 – 150 000 USD à partager entre les meilleurs innovateurs du continent pour accélérer le développement de l’Afrique


Le PIA a reçu plus de 2 000 candidatures d’innovateurs issus de 48 pays au cours de ses trois premières années. Avec l’édition 2015, ses investissements en faveur de l’innovation africaine durable dépasseront la barre du demi-million de dollars US.


JOHANNESBURG, Afrique du Sud, 1er août 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ La Fondation Africaine pour l’Innovation (FAI) (http://www.africaninnovation.org) invite tous les innovateurs africains à déposer leur candidature pour le concours 2015 du Prix de l’innovation pour l’Afrique (PIA) (http://www.innovationprizeforafrica.org). Le PIA est un concours annuel qui aide et encourage les innovateurs africains à concrétiser des idées et des techniques créatives pour relever certains des défis auxquels le continent doit faire face et soutenir le développement durable.

Video of IPA Winner 2014: http://africaninnovationnews.com/wp-content/uploads/video/2014/src/IPA_2014v2.mp4


Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1269
(Le fondateur de la FAI et du PIA, Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais, avec les vainqueurs du PIA 2014: Dr. Nicolaas Duneas & Mr. Nuno Pires et l’ancien ministre des technologies et de la science du Nigeria)


Logo Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA): http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/ipa-3.jpg


Logo African Innovation Foundation (AIF): http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/aif.jpg


« L’objectif de ce prix est de mobiliser et de donner aux innovateurs et aux entrepreneurs les plus brillants du continent les moyens de concrétiser l’Afrique et son potentiel. Nous avons également conscience que ce groupe a besoin de ces ressources et de ces opportunités pour réaliser ses ambitions », souligne le fondateur de la FAI et du PIA Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais. « Avant toute chose, le PIA permet de reconnaître que l’Afrique ne manque pas d’idées et de solutions ingénieuses pour développer ce continent. Ce dont elle manque, ce sont des ressources pour les concrétiser.  Le PIA est plus qu’un prix. Il permet aux candidats de mobiliser leurs talents et leur esprit d’initiative pour améliorer la vie des Africains et réaliser un potentiel inexploité. »


Le PIA est un élément essentiel qui encourage les idées révolutionnaires et la créativité et sensibilise au travail exceptionnel accompli en Afrique par des Africains. Le lauréat du PIA 2013, AgriProtein, a collecté 11 millions USD pour construire ses deux premières fermes commerciales au Cap.


« L’Afrique a besoin d’un investissement qui ait un sens pour réduire la pauvreté et promouvoir une prospérité qui profite à tous. Pour cela, nous devons pouvoir offrir un environnement qui encourage un investissement de qualité et réduit les risques. Des forums comme le PIA sont nécessaires pour faire le meilleur usage possible des investissements sur le continent », explique David Drew, technologue chez AgriProtein.


Toutes les innovations sont évaluées d’après les critères suivants : originalité, débouchés, évolutivité, impact social et aspects scientifiques et techniques. Le premier prix, d’une valeur de 100 000 USD, sera remis à la meilleure innovation.  Le deuxième prix, d’une valeur de 25 000 USD, sera décerné au candidat dont l’innovation aura le meilleur potentiel commercial et économique. Un prix spécial sera remis au candidat dont l’innovation affichera le meilleur potentiel d’impact social.


Le PIA encourage les innovations dans cinq domaines prioritaires : l’agriculture et les agro-industries, l’environnement, l’énergie et l’eau, la santé et le bien-être, les technologies de l’information et des communications (TIC), et l’industrie manufacturière et les services.


En reconnaissant l’ingéniosité innovante des pays africains, ce prix contribue à augmenter le financement des entreprises nouvelles, favorise l’adoption de technologies nouvelles et émergentes et accélère la croissance du secteur privé.   Dans un environnement économique et social en évolution constante, il est essentiel que les solutions proposées abordent les problèmes qui affectent la vie des Africains et qu’elles soient efficaces et différentes des solutions existantes. 


Le Dr Nicolaas Dunas et M. Nuno Pires, tous deux originaires d’Afrique du Sud, ont remporté le premier prix du PIA 2014. Ils ont reçu la somme de 100 000 USD pour la matrice osseuse ostéogénique Altis (Altis OBM TM). Il s’agit du premier composé médical injectable à base de protéines morphogénétiques osseuses d’origine porcine au monde, un produit innovant qui fait appel à un implant biologique régénérateur dans le cadre du traitement des lésions et carences osseuses.


Le PIA invite également tous les investisseurs, gouvernements et autres parties prenantes souhaitant évaluer, investir et optimiser les ressources du continent à participer à cette initiative innovante et valorisante et à faire une différence grâce à de généreuses contributions qui participeront au développement de l’Afrique.


La date limite de dépôt des candidatures pour le PIA 2015 est fixée au 31 octobre 2014 à minuit (GMT). Pour en savoir plus sur les domaines du concours, les conditions de participation et le dépôt des candidatures, rendez-vous sur : http://innovationprizeforafrica.org/.


Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour le Prix de l’innovation pour l’Afrique (PIA).




Janine Raftopoulos, Burson-Marsteller

Téléphone : +27 11 480 8525

Courriel : Janine.raftopoulos@bm-africa.com


Pauline Mujawamariya, FAI    

Téléphone : + 41 44 515 5466  

Courriel : ipainfo@africaninnovation.org


À propos du PIA

Le Prix de l’innovation pour l’Afrique (PIA) (http://www.innovationprizeforafrica.org) est une initiative de la Fondation Africaine pour l’Innovation (http://www.africaninnovation.org). Il mobilise les innovateurs et les entrepreneurs africains en attribuant 150 000 USD aux lauréats qui créent des solutions orientées vers le marché permettant de générer un développement mené par l’Afrique. Le PIA honore et encourage les réalisations innovantes qui contribuent au développement de nouveaux produits, à l’augmentation de l’efficacité ou à la réduction des coûts en Afrique. Le prix encourage également les investisseurs, les gouvernements et les leaders du développement à investir dans différents domaines et à créer un climat qui alimente la croissance économique de l’Afrique.  Pour en savoir plus et pour consulter d’autres articles, rendez-vous sur http://www.innovationprizeforafrica.org et suivez le PIA sur Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/IPAprize) et Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/InnovationPrizeforAfrica).


À propos de la FAI

La Fondation Africaine pour l’Innovation (FAI) (http://www.africaninnovation.org) est un nouveau modèle de fondation africaine « nouvelle génération » qui encourage des innovations à travers tout le continent pour le bienfait personnel, culturel et économique de tous les Africains. Les projets de la FAI visent à réaliser le potentiel inexploité de l’Afrique en encourageant les idées et les perspectives africaines au sein des industries émergentes et dans différents domaines.  Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur http://www.africaninnovation.org/



Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA)


Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2015 now open – USD 150,000 in prizes for continent’s brightest innovators to accelerate Africa’s development


With 2000 innovators from 48 countries entering in its first three years; IPA 2015 takes investment in unleashing and supporting sustainable African led innovation past half a million USD


JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, August 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) (http://www.africaninnovation.org) is calling on all African innovators to submit their entries for the fourth edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) competition (http://www.innovationprizeforafrica.org). The IPA is presented annually, enabling and encouraging African pioneers to develop creative ideas and techniques to overcome some of the challenges faced by the continent and support sustainable development.

Video of IPA Winner 2014: http://africaninnovationnews.com/wp-content/uploads/video/2014/src/IPA_2014v2.mp4


Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1269
(AIF and IPA founder Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais with the 2014 IPA winners: Dr. Nicolaas Duneas & Mr. Nuno Pires and the Nigerian Former Minister of Science and Technology)


Logo Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA): http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/ipa-3.jpg


Logo African Innovation Foundation (AIF): http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/aif.jpg


“At the African Innovation Foundation we are passionate about Africa and its potential, that we firmly believe will be led by empowering a new generation of African innovators and entrepreneurs.  But we also recognise that this new generation needs the resources and the opportunities to realise their ambition,” said AIF and IPA founder Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais.  ” IPA provides a platform to encourage and harness these entrepreneurial skills in order to help improve the lives of Africans and to help realise untapped potential. The prize is also a great way of unleashing creativity and promoting growth within the African continent.”


The IPA is becoming integral to facilitating ground-breaking thinking, creativity and driving awareness to the outstanding work being done in Africa by Africans. IPA 2013 winner, AgriProtein went on to raise $11 million to build its first two commercial farms in Cape Town.


“Africa needs meaningful investment to alleviate poverty and provide inclusive prosperity. To achieve this, we need to be able to provide environments that promote quality investment for the people and reduce risks. Forums like the IPA are necessary to make the most of the continent’s investment,” said AgriProtein spokesperson, David Drew.


All innovations are evaluated based on the following criteria: originality, marketability, scalability, social impact and scientific/technical aspects. The best submission will be awarded a grand prize of USD 100 000.  The second prize of USD 25 000 will be awarded to an innovator with an innovation which has the best commercial and business potential. An additional award is a special prize granted to the innovator whose innovation has the best social impact in the community.


The IPA encourages entries in five key categories: Agriculture and Agribusiness, Environment, Energy and Water, Health and Wellbeing, ICT applications, and Manufacturing and Services Industries.


Recognising home grown innovative ingenuity, the prize contributes to increased funding of start-ups, adoption of new and emerging technologies and accelerated growth of the private sector.   With ever changing economic and social environments, it is critical that proposed solutions tackle issues affecting African lives, and that they are effective and are different from the existing ones. 


IPA 2014 named Dr Nicolaas Duneas and Mr Nuno Pires from South Africa the winners of the grand Prize and received USD 100’000 for their Altis Osteogenic Bone Matrix (Altis OBM TM), the first injectable porcine derived BMP medical device in the world — an innovative product for the treatment of bone injuries and voids through the use of a regenerative biological implant.


The IPA also beckons all investors, governments and other stakeholders interested in evaluating, investing and maximising the continent’s resources to participate in this innovative and empowering initiative and make a significant change through generous contributions that will accelerate the Africa’s economic growth.


The deadline for submitting applications for IPA 2015 is 31 October 2014 at 24h00 GMT. For more information on competition categories, conditions of entry, and submission details, please visit: http://innovationprizeforafrica.org/.


Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA).




Janine Raftopoulos, Burson-Marsteller

Phone: +27 11 480 8525

Email: Janine.raftopoulos@bm-africa.com


Pauline Mujawamariya, AIF    

Phone: + 41 44 515 5466  

Email: ipainfo@africaninnovation.org


About IPA

The Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) (http://www.innovationprizeforafrica.org) is an award founded by the African Innovation Foundation (http://www.africaninnovation.org). It mobilizes African innovators and entrepreneurs by providing a total of USD 150 000 to winners who deliver market-oriented solutions for African-led development. The IPA honours and encourages innovative achievements that contribute toward developing new products, increasing efficiency or cost savings in Africa. The prize also encourages private equity investors, government and development leaders to invest across sectors and build a climate that fuels Africa’s economic growth.  For more information and additional media background go to http://www.innovationprizeforafrica.org , and follow the IPA on Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/IPAprize) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/InnovationPrizeforAfrica).


About AIF

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) (http://www.africaninnovation.org) is a new model of ‘next generation’ African foundations, mobilising innovation across the continent for the personal, cultural and economic benefit of all Africans. AIF’s projects are aimed at releasing untapped potential in Africa, stimulating African ideas & perspectives within emerging industries and across diverse disciplines.  For more information visit http://www.africaninnovation.org/



Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA)




GENEVA, Switzerland, July 31, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Director-General of the World Health Organization and presidents of west African nations impacted by the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak will meet Friday in Guinea to launch a new joint US$100 million response plan as part of an intensified international, regional and national campaign to bring the outbreak under control.


“The scale of the Ebola outbreak, and the persistent threat it poses, requires WHO and Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to take the response to a new level, and this will require increased resources, in-country medical expertise, regional preparedness and coordination,” says Dr Chan. “The countries have identified what they need, and WHO is reaching out to the international community to drive the response plan forward.”


The Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak Response Plan in West Africa identifies the need for several hundred more personnel to be deployed in affected countries to supplement overstretched treatment facilities. Hundreds of international aid workers, as well as 120-plus WHO staff, are already supporting national and regional response efforts. But more are urgently required. Of greatest need are clinical doctors and nurses, epidemiologists, social mobilization experts, logisticians and data managers. The plan also outlines the need to increase preparedness systems in neighbouring nations and strengthen global capacities.


Key elements of the new plan, which draws on lessons learnt from other outbreaks, include strategies to:

- Stop transmission of Ebola Virus Disease in the affected countries through scaling up effective, evidence-based outbreak control measures.

- Prevent the spread of Ebola Virus Disease to the neighbouring at-risk countries through strengthening epidemic preparedness and response measures.


WHO and affected and neighbouring countries will renew efforts to mobilize communities and strengthen communication so that people know how to avoid infection and what to do if they fear they may have come into contact with the virus.


Improving prevention, detecting and reporting suspected cases, referring people infected with the disease for medical care, as well as psychosocial support, are key. The plan also emphasizes the importance of surveillance, particularly in border areas, of risk assessments and of laboratory-based diagnostic testing of suspected cases. Also highlighted is the need to improve ways to protect health workers, a scarce resource in all three countries, from infection.


Finally, reinforcing coordination of the overall health response is critical. In particular, this includes strengthening capacities of the WHO-run Sub-regional Outbreak Coordination Centre, which was opened this month in Conakry, Guinea, to consolidate and streamline support to West African countries by all major partners and assist in resource mobilization.


The scale of the ongoing outbreak is unprecedented, with approximately 1323 confirmed and suspected cases reported, and 729 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since March 2014.



World Health Organization (WHO)


Mali – Entretien de M. Laurent Fabius avec M. Abdoulaye Diop, ministre des Affaires étrangères, de l’Intégration africaine et de la Coopération internationale (31 juillet 2014)


PARIS, France, 31 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay – Déclarations du porte-parole adjoint – 31 juillet 2014


M. Laurent Fabius, ministre des Affaires étrangères et du Développement international, rencontre aujourd’hui son homologue malien.


Cet entretien permettra de faire le point sur la coopération entre la France et le Mali après l’accident du vol d’Air Algérie AH 5017.


M. Fabius et son homologue reviendront également sur les négociations d’Alger entre le gouvernement malien et les groupes armés non terroristes, dont la première phase s’est achevée le 24 juillet et qui doivent reprendre au mois d’août.


M. Fabius rappellera enfin à cette occasion l’attachement de la France et de la communauté internationale au processus de dialogue, qui doit permettre de parvenir à une paix durable au Mali.



France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


L’insécurité alimentaire au Sud Soudan s’aggrave alors que les fonds s’épuisent / Les petits agriculteurs, pêcheurs et éleveurs ont besoin d’une aide vitale pour survivre


ROME, Italie, 31 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Les efforts déployés pour distribuer aux agriculteurs, aux éleveurs et aux pêcheurs du Soudan du Sud des kits de survie visant à sauvegarder leurs moyens d’existence sont menacés par le manque de financement, aggravant le risque de famine dans certaines parties du pays, a mis en garde la FAO aujourd’hui.

A ce jour, l’Organisation a reçu 42 millions de dollars des 108 millions sollicités dans le cadre du Plan d’intervention d’urgence révisé pour 2014. Les contributions reçues ont permis de venir en aide à plus de 205 000 ménages vulnérables – soit plus de 1,2 million de personnes – avec des kits de survie constitués de semences de cultures de base et de légumes, de matériel de pêche, de traitements vétérinaires et de vaccins pour le bétail.

Les distributions d’urgence de la FAO se font à un rythme dix fois plus élevé que l’an dernier. L’Organisation a fourni, dépensé ou engagé l’ensemble des fonds qu’elle a reçus, et les ressources sont désormais épuisées. La FAO sollicite 66 millions de dollars d’urgence pour pouvoir étendre son aide aux populations et les aider à subvenir à leurs propres besoins en pleine crise.

“Deux autres millions de personnes, ou 345 000 ménages vulnérables, pourront bénéficier d’une aide si nous recevons des fonds supplémentaires”, a déclaré Jeff Tschirley de la Division FAO des opérations d’urgence et de la réhabilitation.

“Nous ne pouvons nous permettre d’attendre l’aggravation de la situation déjà extrêmement critique ou la proclamation d’une famine pour intervenir car nous savons d’ores et déjà que ce sera trop tard. Il nous faut agir dès aujourd’hui pour sauver des vies et des moyens de subsistance”.

La Représentante de la FAO au Soudan du Sud et vice-coordonnatrice humanitaire des Nations Unies sur place, Sue Lautze, a insisté sur l’importance des kits de sauvegarde des moyens d’existence pour le pays, où jusqu’à 95 pour cent de la population dépend de l’agriculture, de la pêche ou de l’élevage pour satisfaire ses besoins alimentaires et économiques.

“La distribution des kits permet aux pêcheurs de pêcher, aux agriculteurs de semer et aux éleveurs d’assurer la santé de leurs troupeaux, ce qui leur procure du lait, des légumes, de la viande et du poisson, et a permis à une bonne partie de la population de survivre jusqu’à présent”, a-t-elle ajouté.

Augmentation de l’insécurité alimentaire

En mai, quelque 3,5 millions de personnes (près d’un habitant sur trois) étaient victimes d’insécurité alimentaire à des niveaux de crise ou d’urgence, et ce nombre est appelé à augmenter, s’élevant à 3,9 millions (soit 34% de la population totale) de juin à août 2014.

Plus de 1,5 million de personnes ont abandonné leurs logements depuis le début des conflits à la mi-décembre, et la situation a été exacerbée par le démarrage de la saison des pluies en juin. Entretemps, de violents affrontements continuent d’être signalés dans certaines zones malgré la signature d’un accord de cessation des hostilités en mai.

“Le meilleur moyen d’empêcher la famine au Sud-Soudan est d’arrêter les combats”, a déclaré Mme Lautze. “La violence est le facteur principal qui risque de transformer la famine en réalité”.


La FAO a intensifié ses opérations au Sud-Soudan depuis mars 2014, aux côtés du Programme alimentaire mondial et de l’UNICEF pour atteindre certaines des communautés les plus isolées, en expédiant des kits de survie par parachutage, pont aérien et camion.

Jusqu’à présent, plus de 329 000 kits ont été distribués grâce au soutien de la Belgique, du Canada, du Danemark, des Etats-Unis et du Royaume-Uni, ainsi que du Fonds africain de solidarité, du Fonds humanitaire commun des Nations Unies et des propres ressources de la FAO. La composition des kits et leur adéquation aux conditions locales est essentielle. La FAO travaille en étroite coopération avec les partenaires logistiques afin de veiller à ce que les kits apportent une aide immédiate à la population.

La distribution de fourneaux économes en combustible démarrera au cours des prochaines semaines, dans le but de réduire le risque de violence sexuelle contre les femmes contraintes à aller ramasser du bois de feu dans des zones reculées et lutter ainsi contre le risque de déforestation.

“Des camps ont surgi au beau milieu de nulle part et les femmes prennent des risques inacceptables pour aller chercher du bois, parcourant parfois des kilomètres”, a expliqué Mme Lautze.

“Je suis extrêmement fière de l’équipe de la FAO au Sud-Soudan en ce moment. Ils ont travaillé sans relâche depuis le début de la crise, et beaucoup continuent à risquer leur vie pour dispenser une assistance servant à sauver des vies et des moyens d’existence”, a-t-elle ajouté.

L’Organisation s’efforce également d’empêcher une escalade de la crise en 2015 en faisant en sorte que les agriculteurs soient prêts pour la campagne d’ensemencement de l’an prochain grâce au prépositionnement de semences, d’outils agricoles, de vaccins et de fourneaux économes en combustible.

“Un secteur agricole prospère est crucial pour la paix et le développement à long terme au Sud-Soudan,” a souligné Mme Lautze.

Au total, les organisations des Nations Unies et leurs partenaires n’ont reçu que 50 pour cent du 1,8 milliard de dollars requis dans le cadre du Plan de réponse à la crise 2014 pour effectuer les interventions humanitaires d’urgence dans le pays.



Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


Food insecurity continues to deepen in South Sudan as funds dry up / Urgent assistance needed for life-saving support to farmers, fishers and pastoralists


ROME, Italy, July 31, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Continued efforts to provide farmers, fishers and pastoralists in South Sudan with life-saving emergency livelihood kits are at risk due to a funding shortfall, aggravating the risk of famine in some areas of the country, FAO warned today.


The Organization has so far received $42 million of the $108 million it has appealed for as part of the revised Crisis Response Plan for 2014. Contributions received to date have been used to reach more than 205,000 vulnerable households – over 1.2 million people – with emergency livelihood kits, which contain crop and vegetable seeds, fishing equipment and livestock treatment kits and vaccines for veterinary support.


FAO is delivering emergency livelihood support at a pace ten times faster than last year. The Organization has delivered, spent or committed all of the funds it has received, and resources have now run out. FAO urgently needs an additional $66 million in order to further expand its support to help the South Sudanese help themselves through the crisis.


“An additional 2 million people, or 345 000 vulnerable households, can be supported if we receive additional funding,” said Jeff Tschirley of FAO’s Emergency and Rehabilitation Division.


“We must not wait for the current very critical situation to deepen or for a famine to be declared because by then we know that it will be too late for many. We need to act today to save lives and livelihoods.”


The FAO Representative in South Sudan and the UN’s Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Sue Lautze, underlined the importance of the emergency livelihood kits for the country, where up to 95 percent of the population depends on farming, fishing or herding to meet their food and income needs.


“The distribution of the kits provides the means for fishers to fish, farmers to plant and pastoralists to keep their herds healthy, which in turn puts milk, vegetables, meat and fish on the table, and that’s been keeping a lot of people alive right now,” she said.


Food insecurity deteriorating


In May, some 3.5 million people – almost one in three South Sudanese – were facing crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity, and the number is expected to increase to 3.9 million (34% of the total population) during June through August 2014.


More than 1.5 million people have fled their homes since conflict broke out in the country in mid-December and the situation has been further exacerbated by the onset of the rainy season in June. Meanwhile, violent clashes continue to be reported in some areas despite the signing of a cessation of hostilities agreement in May.


“The best means to prevent famine in South Sudan is for the guns to fall silent,” said Lautze. “Continued violence is the single most important factor in transforming a risk of famine into a reality.”


Looking ahead


FAO has been scaling up its operations in South Sudan since March 2014, working with the World Food Programme and UNICEF to reach some of the most remote communities in the country by transporting emergency livelihood kits via airdrop, airlift and truck.


So far over 329 000 kits have been distributed thanks to support from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, the United Kingdom and the United States of America as well as the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund, the UN’s Common Humanitarian Fund and FAO’s own resources. The composition of the kits and their suitability to the local conditions is essential. FAO is working in close cooperation with logistics partners to ensure that the aid that is delivered can be of immediate support to the population.


Distribution of fuel efficient stoves will begin in the coming weeks, aiming to reduce the risk of sexual violence against women while collecting firewood in remote areas and combat the risk of deforestation.


“Camps have sprung up in the middle of nowhere and women are taking horrendous and unacceptable risks in going out of the camps and getting firewood, sometimes walking for hours” Lautze explained.


“I am incredibly proud of FAO’s team in South Sudan right now. They have been working tirelessly since the beginning of the crisis, and many continue to risk their lives to deliver life and livelihood-saving assistance,” said Lautze.


The Organization is also working to prevent the current crisis from escalating into 2015 by ensuring farmers are ready for next year’s planting season, pre-positioning seeds, agricultural tools, vaccines and fuel-efficient stoves.


“A thriving agriculture sector is crucial to long-term peace and development in South Sudan,” Lautze stressed.


Together, United Nations agencies and partners have received only 50 percent of the total $1.8 billion requested under the Crisis Response Plan for 2014 to carry out urgent humanitarian interventions in the country.



Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 31 July 2014

U.S., partner nations gather in Malawi for Exercise Southern Accord 14


U.S., partner nations gather in Malawi for Exercise Southern Accord 14


LILONGWE, Malawi, July 31, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Civilian and military personnel from Malawi Defense Force, the U.S. and other partner nations have gathered in Lilongwe, Malawi to participate in the U.S. Africa Command-sponsored Exercise Southern Accord 14, July 14-31.


Comprising approximately 200 participants from ten countries, SA14 combines academics and team building into a command post exercise built around a fictional deployment in support of a United Nations peacekeeping mission.


“Over the next two weeks, we will help shape the future of military cooperation in southern Africa,” said Maj. Gen. RRK Chimowa, Commandant of the Malawi Armed Forces College (MAFCO), during the Opening Ceremony in Salima, Malawi on July 15.


The U.S. Army Africa-executed SA14 exercise is an example of U.S. and African countries training together to contribute to a desired end state of a secure and stable Africa.


“The purpose of this exercise is to sustain tactical proficiency, improve multi-echelon operations and to develop multi-national logistical capabilities in an austere, forward environment,” said Brig. Gen. Peter L. Corey, Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Africa. “Our desired endstate of this exercise is to help one another create a safe, stable and secure Africa — which in turn, supports common U.S. and Southern African security interests.”


Corey said the U.S. is proud to be affiliated with its African partners and the training and sharing of experiences made possible through the ‘Accord’ exercises.


“Partnering with African nations, whether bilaterally, collectively, or through regional organizations is fundamental to our ability to address our mutual security interests and to mitigate existing and developing security risks,” Corey said. “The professional relationships make us better Soldiers, and the friendships guarantee lasting results,” Corey said.


In addition to Soldiers from USARAF and the 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, other participants include officers from the German Bundeswehr Geospacial Intelligence Division, civilian instructors from the British Peace Support Team — Pretoria, and military personnel from Malawi, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Namibia.


Next year’s exercise is scheduled to be held in Zambia.



U.S Africa Command

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 31 July 2014





GENEVA, Switzerland, July 31, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Thousands of displaced South Sudanese living in congested camps with poor hygiene and sanitation are at high risk of contracting cholera. Since the beginning of July this year, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) teams in Upper Nile State have treated over 904 patients for cholera in two cholera treatment centres in Malakal and Wau Shilluk.

Only three weeks into the MSF intervention, and already 19 people have succumbed to cholera despite our teams’ best efforts. This situation is of grave concern and demands a rapid response to contain the spread. Since April 2014 a total number of 4,765 cases of cholera have been reported in South Sudan while a total of 109 people have died from the disease.

“Cholera is a treatable disease that can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated promptly. It causes severe dehydration that can lead to death in a matter of hours,” says Llanos Ortiz, MSF Medical Emergency Manager for South Sudan.

The vulnerability of people in these areas has been exacerbated by the conflict which broke out in December last year, and has forced people to seek refuge in crowded camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and protection of civilians (PoC) camps. The poor living conditions in these camps favour the spread of the disease.

The lack of clean and safe drinking water is a common problem in the area. In Wau Shilluk, an area with an estimated population of 50, 000 people, IDPs have been forced to use unprotected surface water and most people undertake open defecation given the extremely low number of latrines.

The ongoing heavy rains wash the faeces into drinking water sources, thus completing the oral-faecal transmission cycle which allows communicable diseases like cholera to spread. Aid agencies in the area are working to ensure that more latrines are constructed and sanitation standards maintained.

The prevalent food insecurity situation in Upper Nile and resultant malnutrition makes the population even more susceptible to infectious diseases such as cholera as their immune systems are weakened. To date, MSF teams have admitted over 3, 195 people, mostly children to its therapeutic feeding programs in Malakal, Wau Shilluk, Kodok and Lul in Upper Nile State. The ongoing rainy season makes it impossible for the population to plough their fields and means that malaria and other waterborne diseases are a real risk.

Since conflict broke out in South Sudan on 15 December 2013, different areas of Upper Nile including Malakal, the state capital, have faced violent attacks. Civilians are paying the price of these attacks and ongoing violence. Continual insecurity in the state is prevents people from seeking medical help in good time because they live in fear. It is imperative therefore that all parties involved in the conflict ensure that security is restored and people feel safe to access healthcare.

The surge of cholera cases and the need to prevent the spread has prompted MSF to mobilise its teams from different parts of South Sudan in response to the outbreak in Upper Nile State.

MSF has set up cholera treatment centres in different parts of South Sudan, including Torit and Juba. The organisation is also supporting the Juba teaching hospital with water and sanitation activities.

Together with community health workers affiliated to the Ministry of Health and other organisations present in Upper Nile, MSF is creating awareness on the causes, spread and prevention of the disease.



Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 31 July 2014

Remarks by the First Lady Before a Roundtable with Young African Leaders


Remarks by the First Lady Before a Roundtable with Young African Leaders


WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Omni Shoreham Hotel

Washington, D.C.


11:41 A.M. EDT


MRS. OBAMA: I don’t want to do too much talking because I just talked in there. You heard my thoughts. But I’m really interested in hearing from you.


As I’ve said — as you’ve heard, as Tina has shared with you — we are really focusing on education broadly in the United States, and girls’ education internationally. And this isn’t just something that I care about now in my role as First Lady. This is an issue that we’re going to have to continue to work on until I take my last breath.


And so that means that you all are going to be carrying a lot of this stuff that we begin over the finish line. And it’s so important to hear your voices and understand directly from you how these issues impact your life, how do you think somebody in my position can utilize my platform and my resources, again, not just in my role as First Lady, but as the years go forward.


So I really want to hear from you. And as you heard in my speech, I want us to speak as honestly and as openly as possible. Because I think that’s the only way we’re going to begin to chip away at some of these barriers and to really get a better, clear understanding of what the challenges really are if we’re going to solve this problem.


So with that, I’m going to stop talking. And I understand that a few of you have some specific presentations, but I also want to know that — as the press clears out, which they will — that we can also — because I know you haven’t had an opportunity to talk to us one-on-one; you talked to the President — but if there are any questions that you have, I’d be happy, happy to take some time to talk to you, as well.


But let me just say I’m so proud of you all. I really am. And we’re really going to need your insight and your focus and your expertise. So be bold, and be brave, and don’t be shy.



The White House


Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice “Africa and America: Partners in a Shared Future”


WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice

“Africa and America: Partners in a Shared Future” at the United State Institute of Peace, Washington, DC

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

As Delivered


Good morning, everyone. Thank you Kristin for that very generous introduction. And thank you all for being here. In particular I want to acknowledge and thank members of the African diplomatic corps for being here. And it’s wonderful to see so many friends and colleagues and folks that I’ve been honored to work with over many years. I want to thank the team—everyone here—at USIP, not only Kristin, but David Smock, so many of my friends and former colleagues in government, including Johnnie Carson, Princeton Lyman, George Moose, for all you have contributed to making this Africa Leaders Summit next week the historic event that we look forward to. Kristin, as you said, we’re at t-minus five days, and we’re all working flat out to make this Summit a great success.


As you know, these days there’s no shortage of demands on President Obama and our national security team. We’re addressing complex challenges from Russia’s illegal actions in Ukraine, and the conflict in Gaza, to the violence in Iraq and Syria. In every instance, the United States is at the center of international coalitions that are working to advance peace and security. But we are acting with equal energy and determination to seize opportunities for progress—including in Africa.


There’s long-standing, bipartisan support for strengthening America’s partnership with Africa. Africa is a region where we can improve lives and raise incomes for Americans and Africans alike—if we commit to working together. So, as we look ahead to the Summit next week, and to the future of our partnership with Africa, I want to highlight what we’re working to accomplish.


Let me begin by underscoring, as many of you know well, that today’s Africa is not at all the same place it was when I served as Assistant Secretary of State during the Clinton Administration. In less than 20 years, in the space of one generation—even as major challenges remain—Africa has witnessed remarkable change.


Back then, Sierra Leone was locked in a decade-long civil war with rebels hacking off limbs and abducting UN peacekeepers. Today, Sierra Leone still faces great challenges, not least Ebola, but it is also contributing, now, peacekeepers to missions of the United Nations and the African Union. And, last March, President Koroma decided Sierra Leone would join the Open Government Partnership. That’s one generation of change.


Back then, close to 60 percent of Africa’s population lived on less than $1.25 a day. Too many still live in poverty, but that number has now dropped below 50 percent. And, Africa is home to 6 of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world, an emergent middle class, and robust markets for foreign direct investment. That’s one generation of change.


In 2000, AIDS was ravaging Africa, and every projection showed the disease growing and spreading exponentially. But through PEPFAR—where President Obama has been able to build on an historic foundation laid by President Bush—the United States and our partners, together have broken that curve. We modernized our approach to match Africa’s progress, and today, we’re setting our sights on ending the scourge of AIDS. That’s one generation of change.


We can measure Africa’s progress along any number of dimensions, but one of my favorites is the attitudes and ambition of the young Africans who grew up in this era of transformation. I’m very much looking forward to meeting with many of them later today: 500 young public servants, entrepreneurs, and activists from across Africa, every African country, who are part of the inaugural class of Mandela Washington Fellows—the exchange program that President Obama launched last year in Soweto. For my money, the commitment of these young people is the best indicator of Africa’s progress and the most reliable predictor of Africa’s success.


The United States has enduring connections to people and partners across Africa, earned through decades of friendship and investment in one another. Africa also has strong ties with other regions and nations, but America’s engagement with Africa is fundamentally different. We don’t see Africa as a pipeline to extract vital resources, nor as a funnel for charity. The continent is a dynamic region of boundless possibility and, as President Obama said in Cape Town last year, we’re building “a partnership of equals that focuses on your capacity to solve problems, and your capacity to grow.”




Those are two important ideas—capacity and equality. By capacity, we mean Africa’s ability to ultimately provide fully for its own needs, without being dependent on assistance. We want Africa to create its own jobs, to feed itself, to care for the health of its people, and to prevent and resolve conflicts. Above all, we want to help Africa build the human capital that is so crucial to its future—and that’s what our young leaders initiative is all about. That benefits us all. When one billion Africans can live in greater prosperity, security, freedom, and dignity, America is better off.


The second key is equality. Obviously there are differences of resources and strengths both among African countries and between Africa and the United States, but an equal partnership means we deal with one another with mutual respect. We meet our commitments to one another. We work through differences together. Most importantly, equal partners tell each other the truth, even when we may not want to hear it.


So, as long-standing friends, it’s important that we speak to one another candidly. For all that Africa has achieved, progress has not come fast enough nor spread far enough. Discrimination and habits of corruption still undermine many countries’ ability to govern effectively. Some nations hold themselves up as global leaders on certain issues while insisting on lower expectations for Africa on other issues. But, leaders can’t pick and choose among the responsibilities that come with being full players in the community of nations. Leaders must lead—especially on difficult issues—and protecting the human rights of all their people—regardless of religion, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation—is a government’s first duty.


Of course, this truth-telling goes both ways. The United States can also do better. We have much more work to do to change outdated mindsets in which Africa is often marginalized. Too many Americans still only see conflict, disease and poverty, and not the extraordinarily diverse Africa, brimming with innovation that’s driving its own development. We need to acknowledge that African economies are already taking off, and that the United States can do more to compete to be a full partner in Africa’s success.


So, this is the moment to take our partnership to the next level.


And that’s why President Obama is hosting this historic Summit. Nearly 50 African Presidents and Prime Ministers are scheduled to attend. We’ll be joined by leaders from civil society, faith communities, and the private sector.


We’ve deliberately focused the summit beyond the crises of the moment to envision the future we want and how we can work together to achieve critical goals—10 and 15 years from now. We’re focused on three major priorities: investing in Africa’s future, advancing peace and stability, and governing for the next generation.


First, President Obama and African leaders will expand the trade and commerce that creates jobs in all our countries. That’s what the President’s Doing Business in Africa campaign is all about—making it easier for American companies to invest in African businesses. It’s why President Obama launched our Trade Africa initiative to boost regional trade within Africa while expanding Africa’s economic ties with the rest of the world. That’s why Secretary Penny Pritzker led a delegation of American companies to Ghana and Nigeria in May. And, that’s why we’re dedicating a full day of the Summit to the U.S.-Africa Business Forum. These efforts will lead to concrete progress – increased trade, more investment, deals that will support African growth and American and African jobs.


With our partners in every region, we’re building broad-based economic capacity. As part of this, President Obama will work with Congress to achieve a seamless, long-term renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act and to make it more effective.


Sometimes it’s easier for African nations to trade with Europe or even the United States than with their nearest neighbors, so we want to break down barriers that stymie regional trade. Since 2009, we’ve worked with public and private sector partners in Africa to reduce long wait times at their borders and to coordinate customs procedures. It used to take three days for goods to cross the border between Kenya and Uganda. Now it takes three hours—a time savings worth about $70 million a year. We’re utilizing Trade Hubs to improve border management and to help African firms compete in the international market.


And one of the best ways we can support business across Africa is by expanding access to electricity. That is the impetus behind President Obama’s signature Power Africa initiative, which is working with partners to double access to electricity and bring at least 20 million more households on to the grid across sub-Saharan Africa. With more than $9 billion in initial commitments from the private sector—and much more coming—we’re developing new sources of energy and enabling rural communities to plug into the global economy. And at the Summit, we will build on that progress, so that Power Africa becomes a lasting legacy for the United States on the African continent.


Of course, it’s hard to build a business if you’re struggling to feed your family or if you’re too sick to work. While Africa is no longer home to the majority of the world’s poor, economic privation is still deeply entrenched. And, critical to building Africa’s capacity for trade is investment in Africa’s development.


Rather than dictating outcomes, we recognize that Africa’s future will be determined by its own people. So, we’ve built our development programs around African leadership. Our focus on agricultural development stems from the African Union’s commitment to make food security a continent-wide priority. It’s not enough to react to crises—the latest drought or famine. We must break the cycle of hunger and poverty. And that’s why Feed the Future works directly with smallholder farmers to make sure people can feed themselves, by increasing crop yields and raising incomes. In the past two years, the New Alliance for Food Security and the Grow Africa partnership have helped more than 2.5 million farmers in ten African countries.


We’re taking the same approach to global health. We’re not just distributing medications and administering vaccines; together, we’re developing comprehensive health systems and strengthening nations’ ability to care for their own people. We’re reducing deaths from preventable diseases and improving outcomes, particularly in maternal health and child health. And, thanks to the historic commitments we continue to make, we are approaching the day when we can herald an AIDS-free generation.


The second key issue on the Summit agenda next week is how we can advance peace and regional stability. Here, progress has been particularly uneven. We’ve seen significant improvements in places like Liberia and Angola, but in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Sudan and South Sudan, violence and conflict have become entrenched. In Somalia and Mali, weak governance and extremism have enabled terrorist groups to take root.


Contrary to some claims, the United States is not looking to militarize Africa or maintain a permanent military presence. But we are committed to helping our partners confront transnational threats to our shared security. I say this as the person who got the 4 am phone call 16 years ago when al-Qaeda bombed our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Today, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is controlling parts of Mali, Boko Haram bombs markets and kidnaps young girls, and al-Shabaab terrorizes a shopping mall in Nairobi. That is why we are stepping up our efforts to train peacekeepers who are professional and effective forces who can secure the region, and by extension the global community, against terrorist threats, and against threats that derive from conflict.


For example, the African Union Mission in Somalia has weakened al-Shabaab and created the conditions for Somalia’s nascent government to operate. African nations provide AMISOM’s troops, while the United States and other international partners help with training, equipment, and salaries. We’re also supporting African Union forces working to root out the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda and Central Africa. Between 2010 and 2013, our cooperation has brought about a 75 percent drop in the number of deaths caused by the LRA and a 50 percent drop in abductions.


Since President Obama took office, the United States has contributed close to $9 billion to United Nations peacekeeping operations in Africa. Since 2005, the United States has trained almost a quarter of a million peacekeepers from 25 different African countries. More capable peacekeepers are now deployed across the continent. Rwandans, for example, who 20 years ago suffered a terrible failure of UN peacekeeping, are today among the largest and most respected contributors. And, we’re committed to making sure that African peacekeepers have the capacity to deploy quickly when conflict erupts in order to save lives and help avoid costlier international interventions down the line. And that will be a major focus of our discussions next week – an area where America will continue to increase our commitment in the months and years ahead.


Of course, true peace and security stem from a deeper place. People need to feel safe in their homes, confident that they won’t be targeted or victimized by corrupt systems. And that’s why we’re also partnering with African courts and legal systems and police departments to strengthen the rule of law and ensure justice is available for all.


And that brings me to the third major issue on next week’s Summit agenda: governing for the next generation. In the past ten years, 15 new democracies in every region have taken root in Africa. Earlier this year, Tunisia, for example, adopted a new constitution that enshrines core rights for women and upholds an inclusive political process. But, we’ve also seen countries backslide towards autocracy. The United States cannot and does not try to dictate the choices of other nations, but we are unabashed in our support for democracy and human rights. We will continue to invest in promoting democracy in Africa, as elsewhere, because, over the long-term, democracies are more stable, more peaceful, and they’re better able to provide for their citizens.


But the reality is, in President Obama’s words, “across Africa, the same institutions that should be the backbone of democracy can all too often be infected with the rot of corruption.” This is something the people of Africa know they must tackle head on—calling their governments to account and refusing to tolerate kleptocrats. And, wherever Africans stand up to demand change, the United States will be there, backing their efforts.


We’re supporting strong institutions that facilitate the peaceful transfer of power. So far, eight African nations have joined the Open Government Partnership, pledging to promote greater transparency and accountability. We are developing strategies to support civil society, particularly in areas where the space is closing for citizens to take action. We’re working with partners across the continent to strengthen protections for women, minorities, and members of the LGBT community, because countries do better when they protect human rights and harness the talents of all their people.


A major manifestation of our long-term commitment to Africa’s future is the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative.


This initiative has struck a chord in Africa, which is home to some of the largest “youth bulges” in the world, and is brimming with talented young people. Building on the success of this initiative to date, President Obama announced earlier this week that we’re creating four new Regional Leadership Centers to provide training, support for entrepreneurs, and regional networking opportunities in Senegal, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya.


Through the YALI Network, we’re connecting young leaders with one another and with opportunities here in the United States. And, over the next two years, we’re going to double the size of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program so that 1,000 young leaders every year can come to the United States, develop their skills, build networks, and then return home and contribute their talents to moving Africa forward.


Leaders like James Makini of Kenya. James is with us here today. Let me tell you his story.


When he was just 8 years old, James’ grandmother gave him a chicken. Pretty soon, he was selling the eggs, earning money to pay for school uniforms and help rebuild his family’s hut. That’s how he got the idea for the One Hen Campaign—if he could do it, he thought, so could other rural Kenyans. In the past three years, James has helped provide 50,000 women with chickens, generating more than $3 million for those women and their families.


But James isn’t stopping there. As a Mandela Washington Fellow, he’s gaining tools and a network that will help him take his work to the next level and expand the One Hen Campaign across Africa. James you and your colleagues in the Mandela Washington Fellows Program make us proud—and they inspire us to nurture and deepen the commitment between the United States and Africa. I want to thank all of you. Just one generation of change can mean so much. We’ve seen it. But, like James, we can’t rest on what we’ve achieved. We’ve got to keep working for progress, shaping change in the right direction.


And that’s what the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit is all about—an opportunity to recommit to ending extreme poverty and reaching the day when families don’t worry about where their next meal is coming from; it’s a chance to boost ties of trade and investment, even as we ensure the benefits are more broadly shared; it’s a moment to redouble our joint efforts to end violence where it has haunted Africa for too long.


That’s what America is all about – we’re about an equal partnership with Africa; one that builds African capacity, because we understand that Africa’s success is in our common interest. And 10 or 15 years from now, I’m confident that we’ll be able to look back on this Summit as a pivotal point.


Across a vast and energetic continent—from the northern sands of Morocco to the Maasai Mara in the east to the tropical forests of Madagascar—Africans are already seizing historic opportunities. So, as we prepare to host this unprecedented gathering of leaders, we want the people of Africa to know that the United States stands ready to join with you. We share your vision of a future that is more prosperous, more equal, and more free—a future that can be defined by the limitless potential of what Africa and America can achieve together, as equal partners.


Thank you all very very much.



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