APO Media Award: WIN $500 a month for one year, one lap top, one intercontinental flight ticket to a destination of your choice and more

 

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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(Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO (African Press Organization)

 

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.

 

Follow APO on Twitter: https://twitter.com/apo_source

 

Follow the hashtag: #APOMediaAward

 

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization).

 

Contact:

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+41 22 534 96 97

 

 

About APO

 

APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com) is the sole press release wire in Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa.

 

With offices in Senegal, Switzerland, Dubai, Hong Kong, India and Seychelles, APO has a media database comprising over 50,000 contacts and is the main online community for news relating to Africa.

 

It offers a complete range of services, including press release distribution and monitoring, online press conferences, interactive webcasts, media interactions, strategic advice, public diplomacy, government relations and events promotion. To find out more, please visit http://www.apo-opa.com.

 

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Ingenico Group renforce son positionnement sur le marché algérien

 

Ingenico Group et HB Technologies s’associent pour fournir des solutions de paiement innovantes et des services à forte valeur ajoutée au marché algérien

 

ALGER, Algérie, 20 août 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Ingenico Group (Euronext : FR0000125346 – ING) (http://www.ingenico.com), leader mondial des solutions de paiement intégrées, annonce aujourd’hui la conclusion d’un accord de partenariat de distribution avec HB Technologies, entreprise leader en Algérie dans le développement de solutions technologiques sécurisées à base de cartes intelligentes.

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Ce partenariat permettra à Ingenico Group d’étendre son activité sur le territoire algérien en proposant une offre complète de terminaux de paiement nouvelle génération. HB Technologies, fort de son expérience dans des domaines tels que les télécommunications, le bancaire ou encore l’identitaire, pourra ainsi renforcer sa contribution au développement de la monétique et du paiement électronique, mais aussi ses offres e-voucher et e-topup, en Algérie.

 

L’expertise d’Ingenico Group dans les solutions de paiement, alliée au savoir-faire de HB Technologies en matière de cartes intelligentes, leur permettront d’accompagner au mieux tous les types de marchands en leur proposant des solutions de paiement sécurisées et fluides ainsi que des services à forte valeur ajoutée.

 

« Nous sommes heureux de conclure aujourd’hui ce partenariat avec HB Technologies avec qui nous partageons les même valeurs telles que l’expertise technique et l’excellence dans le service pour accompagner au mieux nos clients. Ce partenariat reflète la volonté d’Ingenico Group de renforcer son positionnement sur le marché algérien que nous adressons depuis plus de 14 ans. En effet, l’expérience de HB Technologies et son engagement dans la promotion des solutions monétiques en Algérie vont nous permettre de proposer des solutions innovantes et de nous adresser à une cible plus large sur ce territoire.». déclare Rachid Oulad Akdim, Directeur Général Ingenico Africa.

 

Hamid Benyoucef, PDG de HB Technologies poursuit : «Nous sommes ravis d’avoir la confiance et le soutien d’Ingenico Group, leader mondial des solutions de paiement. Ce partenariat va permettre à HB Technologies de proposer des solutions innovantes « end to end » afin de contribuer au développement de la monétique et du paiement électronique en Algérie dans un environnement hautement sécurisé.»

 

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour Ingenico Group.

 

 

Contacts

Ingenico Group

Rachid Oulad Akdim

EMEA – Directeur Général Ingenico Africa

rachid.ouladakdim@ingenico.com

tel: + 33  6 21 18 30 95

 

Ingenico Group

Pierre Delaunay

EMEA – Directeur Marketing

pierre.delaunay@ingenico.com

tel: +33 1 58 01 87 31

 

A propos d’Ingenico Group

Avec son offre de solutions de paiement sécurisées sur l’ensemble des canaux de vente, Ingenico Group (Euronext: FR0000125346 – ING) (http://www.ingenico.com), leader mondial des solutions de paiement intégrées, accompagne les évolutions du commerce de demain. S’appuyant sur le plus large réseau d’acceptance dans le monde, nos solutions s’adaptent à la fois aux exigences locales et aux ambitions internationales de nos clients. Ingenico Group est le partenaire de confiance des institutions financières et des marchands, des petits commerçants aux enseignes référentes de la grande distribution. En nous confiant la gestion de leurs activités de paiement, nos clients peuvent se concentrer sur leur métier et tenir leur promesse de marque.

Plus d’information sur http://www.ingenico.com 

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ingenico.

 

A propos de HB Technologies

Spécialiste des solutions numériques hautement sécurisées à base de cartes intelligentes, HB Technologies est aujourd’hui une entreprise leader en Algérie. HB Technologies a pour stratégie de fournir ses propres solutions de sécurité pour garantir la meilleure prise en charge, fiabilité ainsi qu’une sécurité supérieure pour des secteurs tels que le bancaire, les télécommunications et l’identification. La production et personnalisation de cartes intelligentes, ainsi que dans le développement de systèmes d’exploitation et solutions de sécurité, sont aujourd’hui à la base de son succès sur le marché national.

Plus d’informations sur www.hb-technologies.com.dz

 

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Ingenico Group


 

Standard Bank report confirms strong growth in Africa’s rising middle class – and even faster future growth

 

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, August 19, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Africa has experienced substantial growth in its middle class over the past 14 years, according to a study by Standard Bank (http://www.standardbank.com).

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(Standard Bank senior political economist Simon Freemantle)

 

The report, entitled ‘Understanding Africa’s middle class,’ found there are 15 million middle-class households in 11 of sub-Saharan Africa’s top economies this year, up from 4.6 million in 2000 and 2.4 million in 1990 – an increase of 230% over 14 years. However, of the total number of households across these focal economies, 86% of them remain within the broadly “low income” band, emphasizing the nascent maturation of many of the continent’s markets.

 

The report also found that the combined GDPs of the 11 measured economies had grown tenfold since 2000.

 

The study uses a proven methodology widely employed in South Africa. The report, based on the Living Standards Measure (LSM), gives investors to Africa data on which to base their investment decisions.

 

In the past, the conventional wisdom was that as many as 300 million Africans are categorised as ‘middle class’. The report points out that investors using an unquantifiable assumption might find individuals they had thought were middle class were in fact highly vulnerable to lose that status in any economic shock.

 

The report suggests that while the middle class may be smaller than previously thought, two factors should give investors greater comfort: by any methodology Africa’s middle class is growing strongly; and Africa’s income accumulation is far more broad-based than had previously been thought.

 

Standard Bank senior political economist Simon Freemantle, author of the report, says the new report is cause for optimism among investors as it suggests even greater scope for future growth, and indeed the report forecasts acceleration in the accumulation of middle-class households in Africa.

 

Commenting on the lower than  anticipated total number of middle class households, Freemantle says any view “concerning the undoubted ongoing improvement in Africa’s economic performance has to be tempered with the reality that the level of this growth and the nominal size of the continent’s middle class had not until now been adequately measured”.

 

He argues the previous figure of 300 million ‘middle class’ Africans was viewed as a best-estimate that has now been confirmed as to trend if not as to the total aggregate. The report cites the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) influential 2011 study, ‘The Middle of the Pyramid: Dynamics of the Middle Class in Africa’, which by its methodology attached middle class status to individuals earning just USD4 to USD20 a day, and even a “floating class” of individual earning USD2 to USD4 a day, thereby categorising fully one-third of Africa’s people (over 300 million of them) as ‘middle class’.

 

“In fact, such individuals would still be exceptionally vulnerable to various economic shocks, and prone to lose their middle-income status,” explains Freemantle.

 

South Africa’s LSM measure as a methodology is not income-based but rather uses a wider range of analysis. The report covers 11 selected sub-Saharan African countries which combined account for half Africa’s total GDP (75% if excluding South Africa) and half its population. The methodology identified LSM5 and above as middle class and categorises household income into four distinct income bands: low income; lower middle class; middle class and upper middle class.

 

“Standard Bank has attempted to fill the knowledge gap by using comprehensive household income data and adopting our own measure of the middle class using South Africa’s LSMs as a framework in order to provide cross-quantifiable reference points for peer African economies.” The 11 focus economies are: Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

 

This methodology found there was an undeniable swelling of Africa’s middle class irrespective of which methodology was used. “Looking ahead, an even greater elevation in income growth is anticipated in the next 15 years; between 2014 and 2030, we expect an additional 14 million middle-class households will be added across the 11 focal countries – tripling the current number. Including lower-middle-class households, the overall number swells to over 40 million households by 2030, from around 15 million today,” the report states.

 

Furthermore, while figures for 1990, 2000 and 2014 all contain more lower-middle class than middle class households, by 2030 it is expected that “there will be notably more middle-class households than those in the lower-middle-class bracket (19.2 million versus 22 million)”

 

Freemantle says: “The swifter pace of middle-class growth is critical in its suggestion of a more marked income ascent in the next decade and a half, compared to the period since 2000.”

 

As a caution, the report states: “Though there has been a meaningful individual lift in income, it is clear that a substantial majority of individuals in most countries we looked at still live on or below the poverty line (measured as those with a daily income of USD2 or less).” Income discrepancies are vast among the 11 economies, with almost 86% of the 110 million households in the focal grouping falling within the low-income band. This is expected to fall to around 75% by 2030.

 

“In conclusion, while the scale of Africa’s middle class ascent has, we believe, been somewhat exaggerated in line with the at times breathless ‘Africa Rising’ narrative, there is still plenty of scope for measured optimism regarding the size of the middle class in several key SSA [Sub-Saharan Africa] economies. Reliable and proven data should if anything spur more interest in the continent’s consumer potential by adding depth to what was previously conjecture,” says Freemantle.

 

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Standard Bank.

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ross Linstrom

Standard Bank Media Relations

Mobile: +27 (0)83 262 1882

E Mail: ross.linstrom@standardbank.co.za

 

About Standard Bank Group

 

Standard Bank (http://www.standardbank.com), trading as Stanbic Group, is the largest African bank by assets and earnings. Our strategy is to build the leading African-focused financial services organisation using all our competitive advantages to the full. We will focus on delivering superior sustainable shareholder value by serving the needs of our customers through first-class, on-the-ground operations in chosen countries in Africa. We will also connect other selected emerging markets to Africa and to each other, applying our sector expertise, particularly in natural resources, globally. We operate in 20 countries on the African continent, including South Africa.

 

Standard Bank has a 151-year history in South Africa and started building a franchise outside southern Africa in the early 1990s. In recent years, Standard Bank has concluded key acquisitions on the African continent in Kenya and Nigeria. Africa is at our core and we will continue to build first-class on-the-ground banks.

 

The group’s nearly 49 000 employees in all regions deliver a complete range of services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking and wealth management.  Standard Bank’s Corporate & Investment Banking division offers its clients banking, trading, investment, risk management and advisory services to connect selected emerging markets to Africa and to each other. It has strong offerings in mining and metals; oil, gas and renewables; power and infrastructure; agribusiness; telecommunications and media; and financial institutions.

 

Normalised headline earnings for 2013 were R17.2 billion (about USD 1.8 billion) and total assets were R1 694 billion (about USD 162 billion). Standard Bank’s market capitalisation at 31 December 2013 was R209.4 billion (about USD20 billion).

 

The group’s largest shareholder is Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the world’s largest bank, with a 20,1% shareholding. In addition, Standard Bank Group and ICBC share a strategic partnership that facilitates trade and deal flow between Africa, China and select emerging markets.

 

For further information go to http://www.standardbank.com

Or if related to CIB deals:

For further information go to http://www.standardbank.com/cib

 

SOURCE 

Standard Bank


 

Nigerians Are Selling Unused Items Worth USD 526 million on MoboFree.com

 

MoboFree said it expects the total volume of items for sale in its marketplace to reach USD 1.5 billion by 2015

 

LAGOS, Nigeria, August 18, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ MoboFree.com (http://www.mobofree.com), the leading African social marketplace, today announced that the total volume of items currently for sale in its marketplace is worth USD 526 million and is expected to reach USD 1.5 billion by 2015.

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(MoboFree CEO and co-founder Neringa Kudarauskiene)

 

With 3.3 million registered users, including 2 million in Nigeria and a strong footprint in Zimbabwe, Uganda and Ghana, MoboFree.com is among the largest and most successful mobile social and trusted classifieds platforms in Africa.

 

MoboFree members upload thousands of new classifieds every day, generating an average of 60 million page impressions monthly.

 

The best-selling items on MoboFree.com are phones, tablets and mobile devices, followed by clothes, fashion and beauty and electronic devices.

 

The MoboFree technological platform makes buying and selling online easy for any African user with any device, not only for PCs and smartphones but also for old phones with small screens (so called “feature” phones).

 

“Africa is home to six of the ten fastest-growing economies in the world. Our strong performance once again confirms the success of our model and is indicative of the high level of activity in all markets in which we operate. We are now looking for new partners with which to share our exciting expansion plans as we see enormous opportunities arising in Africa,” said MoboFree CEO and co-founder Neringa Kudarauskiene.

 

MoboFree is a social marketplace with a unique user-centric approach rather than the traditional item-centric approach. MoboFree allows its buyers and sellers to obtain a large amount of personal information about one other – ranging from photos and mutual friends to ratings or other data that enables identification of whether or not a person is trustworthy.

 

Negotiation and communication during the buying/selling process is a very important part of African culture. MoboFree allows its members to communicate and negotiate conveniently without leaving the platform. They can do this via private messages or via chat. MoboFree members send over 8 million private messages per month.

 

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of MoboFree.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

Lawrence Karka

Public relations manager               

Email: lk@mobofree.com

Mobile: +370 656 59516

 

About MoboFree.com

MoboFree.com (http://www.mobofree.com) is a leading African social marketplace allowing people to buy, sell and swap products and services with other trusted people. MoboFree.com combines a social network and classifieds board into one integrated online platform and makes buying and selling online more fun, personal and safe.

 

Over 3.3 million users are registered on MoboFree and together they generate on average around 60 million page impressions monthly. More than 2 million registered users are from Nigeria.

 

MoboFree currently has more than 3.3 million registered users, with more than 2 million users in Nigeria and a leading position in several other African countries such as Uganda and Zimbabwe. MoboFree users generate on average around 60 million page impressions monthly and upload thousands of new classifieds daily. The project sees ~3000 new registered members added every day. http://www.mobofree.com

 

SOURCE 

MoboFree

Movitel – An evidence of Viettel’s successful business model in Africa

 

By Quang Phuong*

 

MAPUTO, Mozambique, August 18, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Movitel, a joint venture between Vietnam’s telecommunication Viettel Group and Mozambique’s SPI, has won the Mobile Innovations Awards for enterprises in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. This is the third consecutive year in a row that Movitel has been selected for the coveted award for its achievements and innovation in mobile technology.

This category presented to Movitel is not open for individual entries but considered by the Judges based on all the shortlisted entries in the awards. Movitel has outpaced many other strong telecom and electronic commerce companies to win the award thanks to its unique mobile operating solution in Mozambique initiating from the concept that telecom service is a kind of commodity that everyone needs. The solution is to popularize telecom services to every population, regardless of their locations or income conditions. This investment strategy has been successfully applied by Viettel in many telecommunications projects in different countries.

 

There are different business models applied by telecom companies. For instance, Vodacom follows a traditional operation method by building up the basic network infrastructure, then holding marketing and sale activities focusing in potential areas of customers. Another example is Airtel, which pursues an infrastructure sharing model for its telecom projects in many countries. As being late entrant to the Mozambican telecom market, Movitel has chosen to invest on a strong network infrastructure and distribution channel throughout the country to provide services nationwide.

 

While urban market with 40% total population witnesses a fierce competition among operators, the rural areas seems to be neglected. Therefore, Movitel has endorsed an initiative focused on offering full telecom services in rural and underserved areas in Mozambique, including mobile, fixed phone and Internet. The company has built up a great network infrastructure of 2,800 towers – accounting for 50% nationwide, 25,000km fiber optic cable – accounting for 70% nationwide. It has a widespread supplying chain to every village with 153 shops, 12,600 agents and points of sales and nearly 4,000 direct sales staffs. Especially, in order to take care of customers in the case of scattered and low-density population like in Mozambique, Movitel applies a door-to-door model. With Movitel, local people can be served and cared at their house instead of walking far away to reach the shop or agent. This unique way not only helps Movitel spread out its services quickly but also gaining strong support from the local people thanks to the jobs and services Movitel brings to them. As a result of this, it is currently dominating the rural areas with more than 80% of market share.

 

Besides, the low and flexibly tailored tariff plan for different customers also makes it easier for the people to access telecom services. Furthermore, with an aim for sustainable development before earning profit, Movitel has organized many social programs including free Internet broadband to schools, subsidizing handset cost for rural users, offering special packages designed to support low-income users such as farmers or students.

 

By deploying a mobile network infrastructure in rural and remote areas; providing free Internet to 2,500 schools; and generating nearly 20,000 jobs in rural areas; Movitel has considerably contributed to uplifting the telecommunication status of the country and creating the field for e-commerce in Mozambique. After 2 years, Movitel’s initiative has helped increase the telecommunications coverage in Mozambique from 60% to 85% nationwide and from 35% to 70% population. Mozambique is now among the top three nations in terms of fiber optical cabling infrastructure in Sub-Sahara Africa.

 

Consequently, Movitel has set the right platform, which is mutual beneficial for customer and itself. Movitel’s initiative is leading in increasing their subscriber base thus raising their market share. Customers are benefitting from a strong and reliable network available countrywide, majority of who will be loyal to Movitel’s brand due to their strategy and effort to reach them. For these reasons, the switching rate from Movitel’s competitors to become its customers can be expected. This can be proved by the number of 5 million subscribers (making up 32% of market share) it has achieved since its inception in May 15, 2012 and it is poised to take the lead in the market in the coming time. Total revenue in 2013 is US$154.5 million, bringing the company US$8.8 million profit.

 

The significant success of Movitel has proved the unique but effective investment strategy of Viettel. Affiliates of the group in Cambodia and Laos, respectively Metfone and Unitel are leading the market in terms of subscriber and revenue. Others including Natcom in Haiti and Telemor in Timor-Leste are taking the second positions in the markets and promisingly opting the first position within this year.

 

*Author: Quang Phuong – Reporter of People’s Army Newspaper (Vietnam). He was granted many national press awards.

 

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of People’s Army Newspaper (Vietnam).

 

SOURCE 

People’s Army Newspaper (Vietnam)


 

África: o crescimento está à vista, mas para onde deve olhar?

 

Até 2030, Luanda podem chegar a ser mais populosas que Londres atualmente

 

LUANDA, Angola, August 14, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Os CEO de todo o mundo estão a reconhecer cada vez mais o potencial inexplorado da África Subsariana. Isto deve-se à margem demográfica ou dividendo demográfico inigualável de África. Prevê-se que em 2040 África possua a maior população ativa no mundo e que seja a economia com crescimento mais rápido, de acordo com um relatório publicado pela PwC (http://www.pwc.com).

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(Stanley Subramoney, Diretor Estratégico para os Mercados da Região Sul da PwC)

 

Estas projeções estão presentes no mais recente ‘Global Economy Watch’ (Observatório global de economia) da PwC, que se foca nas maiores cidades da África Subsariana.

 

A maioria das grandes empresas já estão ativas em pelo menos uma das quatro maiores cidades da África Subsariana: Lagos, Kinshasa, Nairobi e Joanesburgo.

 

Mas os economistas da PwC acreditam que as “Próximas 10″ maiores cidades da África Subsariana é que deveriam estar na mira dos investidores estrangeiros. Prevê-se que a população destas cidades atinja quase o dobro até 2030, totalizando cerca de 32 milhões de pessoas. De facto, as mais recentes projeções da ONU mostram que, até 2030, duas das “Próximas 10″ – Dar es Salaam e Luanda – podem chegar a ser mais populosas que Londres atualmente.

 

As cidades são normalmente os pontos de entrada das empresas que estão a tentar expandir para novos mercados internacionais, dado que permitem uma interação mais próxima com clientes num espaço geográfico relativamente pequeno, o que, por sua vez, ajuda a limitar os custos de distribuição.

 

Stanley Subramoney, Diretor Estratégico para os Mercados da Região Sul da PwC, afirma: “O relatório prevê que a atividade económica nas “Próximas 10″ cidades poderia crescer cerca de 140 biliões de dólares até 2030. Isto é praticamente o equivalente da produção anual atual da Hungria.”

 

Isto é uma estimativa conservadora, dado que não foi estabelecida nenhuma premissa para a apreciação da taxa de câmbio real, apesar da projeção de crescimento relativamente forte nestas economias.

 

“Além das tendências no que respeita a taxas elevadas do crescimento do PIB, urbanização rápida e a chamada margem demográfica que a África Subsariana possui, muitos outros fenómenos económicos na região estão a começar a apelar à comunidade de investimento global”, afirma o Dr. Roelof Botha, consultor económico para a PwC.

 

Estes incluem os seguintes:

 

•          novas descobertas significativas de minérios e recursos energéticos, especialmente a nível de ouro e gás;

 

•          investimento substancial em infraestruturas e formação de capital por parte do setor privado, que tem assistido a um aumento da percentagem de investimento total fixo em relação ao PIB de 17,7% em 2000 para 23% previstos em 2013;

 

•          crescimento sustentável no rendimento per capita, que impulsionou mudanças ao nível da procura com benefícios nos gastos no consumo doméstico em bens duráveis, semiduráveis e serviços;

 

•          a capacidade de um número crescente de países em aumentar o financiamento de projetos de infraestruturas no mercado de capital internacional, especialmente o Quénia e o Ruanda. Ambos os países conseguiram vender recentemente obrigações de dívida pública globalmente com taxas de rendibilidade de um dígito, o que evita a necessidade de custos excessivos do serviço da dívida.

 

Consequentemente, no ano passado, regressou-se a um crescimento sólido a nível do investimento direto estrangeiro (IDE) em várias das principais economias africanas, afirma o Dr. Botha.

 

Mas, de acordo com o relatório, existem três problemas que podem atrasar o ritmo a que as “Próximas 10″ maiores cidades da África Subsariana crescem. São problemas que os países subsarianos têm vindo a tentar resolver há muitas décadas com sucesso limitado:

 

•          fraca qualidade de infraestruturas físicas, como estradas e linhas ferroviárias;

 

•          infraestruturas imateriais inadequadas, como escolas e universidades; e

 

•          dificuldades provocadas pela dificuldade que as instituições políticas, jurídicas e regulamentares sentem em lidar com uma economia maior e muito mais complexa.

 

“O desafio para os governantes está em como converter o dividendo demográfico de África numa realidade económica superando estes obstáculos. A história sugere que este processo não será rápido nem fácil. O desenvolvimento de infraestruturas é um fator essencial para o progresso em África e um requisito crucial para um crescimento sustentável e socialmente inclusivo. No entanto, os investidores devem criar os seus próprios planos para combater estes problemas através do apoio às competências necessárias para a criação de infraestruturas e aos programas de desenvolvimento”, conclui Subramoney.

 

Distribuído pela APO (African Press Organization) em nome da PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC).

 

 

Contactos

Stanley Subramoney: Diretor Estratégico para os Mercados da Região Sul da PwC

Escritório: +27 11 797 4380

E-mail: stanley.subramoney@za.pwc.com

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Lindiwe Magana: Diretora de Relações com a Comunicação Social, PwC

Escritório: + 27 11 797 5042

E-mail: lindiwe.magana@za.pwc.com

 

Sobre a PwC

As empresas PwC (http://www.pwc.com) ajudam organizações e indivíduos a criar o valor que procuram. Somos uma rede de empresas em 157 países com mais de 184 000 pessoas empenhadas em proporcionar serviços de seguros, tributação e consultoria de qualidade. Diga-nos o que é importante para si e saiba mais em http://www.pwc.com.

 

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PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC)


 

Africa: New report raises concerns about the pace of reform and possible implications for security in Kenya

 

The importance of security in Kenya for regional development makes security in Kenya a regional concern.

 

LONDON, United-Kingdom, August 14, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ The latest report from Think Security Africa (TSA) (http://www.thinksecurityafrica.org): National Security Profile on the Republic of Kenya, raises concerns about the pace of reform in Kenya, and the need to ensure that existing security challenges do not negatively interact with changes in Kenya’s new political and budgetary arrangements – intended to improve long-term security in Kenya.

Download the report at:
http://thinksecurityafrica.org/research/national-security-in-kenya

 

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The importance of security in Kenya for regional development makes security in Kenya a regional concern. Kenya plays a key role for sub-regional trade and logistics, and this role is set to expand with the inception of Lamu Port and Southern Sudan – Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET).

 

Key findings from the report:

 

National and regional economic development

 

Current infrastructure development plans provide a unique historical opportunity to align the interests of domestic and regional constituencies and may be instrumentalised to improve (a) motivation within the security forces, and (b) relations between security forces and communities in key security and development zones.

 

Impact of political reforms on existing security concerns

 

Devolution from 8 provinces to 47 counties is intended to bring governance closer to the people. However, it also makes it more feasible for the current spate of terrorist attacks (and radicalization within Kenya) to evolve into an insurgency – as there are now almost eight times as many governmental targets to attack. There is a need to take pre-emptive counter-insurgency actions in the eight counties currently impacted by terrorist-related violence, and potentially others such as Kitui.

 

Devolving the national budget and large scale investment

 

Enclaves of relative affluence within otherwise impoverished communities (in places such as Dadaab) have enabled the spread of harmful ideas and actors into Kenya from neighbouring countries. It is important to learn the lessons from this in plans to devolve a significant portion of the national budget or make large investments in counties, which have been historically marginalized and conflict prone. Strong national oversight is required to prevent these investments and budgetary allocations from fuelling conflict and other forms of insecurity.

 

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Think Security Africa (TSA).

 

 

Media contact: Joel Tavon

Email: info@thinksecurityafrica.org

Tel: +44 207 287 0008

 

Think Security Africa (TSA) (http://www.thinksecurityafrica.org) is an independent think tank specializing in security in Africa. Since its establishment in 2009, TSA has become a leader in forecasting security-related trends in Africa – with a view to preserving lives and development ecosystems.

TSA’s resources are used by governments, inter-governmental organizations, journalists and business to assist with their Africa-focused missions.

 

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Think Security Africa (TSA)

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Garmin, a líder mundial em tecnologia de satélite GPS, está a convidar compradores na África Austral

A equipa africana da delegação da África Subsariana da Garmin irá organizar encontros em Zâmbia para se reunir com compradores, potenciais revendedores e parceiros comerciais

LUSAKA, Zambia, August 14, 2014/ A equipa africana da delegação da África Subsariana da Garmin (http://www.garmin.co.za) irá organizar encontros em Lusaca, Zâmbia para se reunir com compradores, potenciais revendedores e parceiros comerciais. O objetivo da delegação comercial da Garmin é interagir e reunir com potenciais compradores, revendedores e parceiros comerciais que estejam envolvidos nas indústrias da pesca, agricultura, petróleo e gás, ordenamento do território, levantamento de dados, navegação e saúde e bem-estar.

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O CEO na África Subsariana, Walter Mech, convida-o para conhecer a delegação comercial da Garmin em Lusaca, Zâmbia de 26 a 29 de agosto.

Os produtos ou ferramentas de GPS Outdoor da Garmin são adequados para economias em desenvolvimento, onde existem grandes requisitos ao nível das infraestruturas e o mapeamento de novos limites, estradas e pontos de referência é essencial para a expansão dos países. A agricultura sustentável e as informações necessárias para traçar um campo, calcular a área para a plantação de sementes ou determinar a inclinação do terreno para selecionar a bomba mais adequada são apenas algumas das principais utilizações dos nossos produtos.

Os dispositivos Navigation da Garmin são fornecidos com mapas completos para dez (10) países pré-carregados: Angola, Botswana, Lesoto, Malawi, Moçambique, Namíbia, África do Sul, Suazilândia, Zâmbia e Zimbabwe. Com mais de 1,2 milhões de km de estradas, incluem autoestradas, estradas nacionais, regionais e locais e mais de 378 300 pontos de interesse que lhe permitem encontrar restaurantes, postos de abastecimento, alojamento, atrações turísticas, linhas ferroviárias e muito mais.

A gama Echo de localizadores de peixes utiliza GPS e tecnologia sonar para mapear e visualizar peixes debaixo de água, de forma que os pescadores consigam ver onde está o peixe e marcar o ponto de referência exato e possam manter um registo dos locais de pesca.

A gama de relógios Fitness da Garmin regista o tempo, velocidade, distância, calorias, cadência e até a frequência cardíaca. É ideal para corredores, ciclistas e frequentadores de ginásio. Outro setor interessante é o mercado de saúde e bem-estar, no qual se insere a pulseira de bem-estar VivoFit da Garmin que regista as atividades diárias, conta os passos e monitoriza os padrões de sono, com o objetivo de incentivar os utilizadores a serem mais ativos.

Se estiver envolvido numa destas indústrias associadas: ar livre, automóvel, marinha e fitness, tanto como revendedor, distribuidor ou comprador, convidamo-lo a reunir-se diretamente com a Garmin. Para efetuar o registo para uma reunião, visite www.garmin.co.za/southernafrica ou envie-nos um e-mail para Jennifer.vanniekerk@garmin.com

Distribuído pela APO (African Press Organization) em nome da Garmin Sub-Saharan Africa.

Contacto: Michelle Hohls

Tel.: +27 11 251 9964

E-mail: michelle.hohls@garmin.com

Para obter opiniões e mais informações sobre novos produtos, características, preços e disponibilidade de produtos e serviços da Garmin Southern Africa (GSA) contacte a Michelle ou visite www.garmin.co.za. Para as informações mais recentes, novidades, eventos divertidos e fotografias que o comprovam, siga a GSA em:

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/#!/GarminSA

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/GarminSA

SOBRE A GARMIN:

A Garmin (http://www.garmin.co.za), a líder mundial na navegação por satélite tem sido bem sucedida na criação de dispositivos de navegação e comunicação que se adaptam às necessidades do estilo de vida e enriquecem as vidas dos utilizadores desde 1989. Os produtos inovadores da marca abrangem várias áreas de interesse, que incluem automóvel, marinha, fitness, atividades de exterior e aplicações para aviação e sem fios. A Garmin Southern Africa (GSA) é um membro da Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq:GRMN). Este grupo de empresas concebeu, fabricou, comercializou e vendeu dispositivos e aplicações de navegação, comunicação e informações, a maioria dos quais com tecnologia GPS. Contacte a GSA para serviços diretos inigualáveis e suporte através do número (011) 251 9999 ou visite a sede da GSA em Honeydew, Joanesburgo, no Kimbuilt Industrial Park, Zeiss Road 9, Laser Park.

Aviso sobre declarações relativas ao futuro:

Este comunicado inclui declarações relativas ao futuro sobre a Garmin Ltd. e as suas atividades. Tais declarações baseiam-se nas expectativas atuais da direção.  Os eventos e as circunstâncias relativos ao futuro discutidos neste comunicado podem não acontecer e os resultados reais podem ser materialmente diferentes devido aos fatores de risco e incertezas conhecidos e desconhecidos que afetam a Garmin, incluindo, mas sem se limitar a, fatores de risco listados no Relatório Anual no formulário Form 10-K para o ano civil de 2011, entregue pela Garmin à Securities and Exchange Commission (Comissão de Valores Mobiliários) (número de processo da Comissão 0-31983).  Está disponível uma cópia do Form 10-K em www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html.  Não pode ser garantida nenhuma declaração relativa ao futuro.  As declarações relativas ao futuro referem-se apenas à data em que foram feitas e a Garmin rejeita qualquer obrigação de atualizar ou rever publicamente qualquer declaração relativa ao futuro, seja como resultado de novas informações, futuros eventos ou outras situações.

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Garmin Sub-Saharan Africa

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Garmin, the Global Leader in GPS Satellite Technology, is calling on buyers in Southern Africa

The Africa team for Garmin Sub-Saharan Africa will be hosting meetings in Lusaka, Zambia to meet with buyers, potential resellers and business partners

LUSAKA, Zambia, August 14, 2014/ The Africa team for Garmin Sub-Saharan Africa (http://www.garmin.co.za) will be hosting meetings in Lusaka, Zambia to meet with buyers, potential resellers and business partners. The purpose of the Garmin trade delegation is to engage and meet with prospective buyers, resellers and businesses partners who are involved in the fishing, farming, agriculture, oil and gas, land development, surveying, navigation, and health and wellness industries.

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The CEO of Sub-Saharan Africa Walter Mech invites you to meet the Garmin trade delegation Lusaka, Zambia from the 26 – 29 August.

Garmin’s Outdoor GPS products or tools are suited to developing economies where infrastructure requirements are extensive and mapping out of new boundaries, roads, waypoints are key to the countries expansion. Sustainable farming and the information required to plot out a field, calculate the area for planting seedlings or determining the land gradient of your farm to select the most suitable pump are just some key uses of our products.

Garmin Navigation devices come preloaded with full map coverage for ten (10) countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. With more than 1.2 million km of roads, including motorways, national and regional thoroughfares and local roads and over 378,300 points of interest allowing you to find restaurants, petrol/gasoline stations, lodging, attractions, railways and more.

Marine Echo range of fish finders make use of GPS and sonar technology to map and view fish under water, so fishermen can see where the fish are, and mark the exact waypoint so they can keep record of their fishing spots.

Garmin’s range of Fitness watches track time, speed, distance, calories, cadence and even heart rate, perfect for runners, cyclists and gym goers. Another exciting sector is the health and wellness market where Garmin VivoFit wellness band tracks daily activities, counts steps and monitors sleeping patters encouraging users to be more active.

If you are involved in any of these associated industries; Outdoor, Automotive, Marine and Fitness, either as a reseller, distributor or buyer, we invite you to meet directly with Garmin. To register for a meeting visit www.garmin.co.za/southernafrica or email us directly on Jennifer.vanniekerk@garmin.com

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Garmin Sub-Saharan Africa.

Contact: Michelle Hohls

Tel: +27 11 251 9964

Email: michelle.hohls@garmin.com

For review units and additional information on new products, features, pricing and availability regarding Garmin Southern Africa’s (GSA) products and services please contact Michelle or visit www.garmin.co.za. For additional fresh info, what’s happening, fun events and pics to prove it, follow GSA on:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/GarminSA

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/GarminSA

ABOUT GARMIN:

Garmin (http://www.garmin.co.za), the global leader in satellite navigation has been successful in creating navigation and communication devices which embrace lifestyle needs and enrich the lives of customers’ since 1989. The brands innovative products span various areas of interest, including automotive, marine, fitness, outdoor recreation, and aviation and wireless applications. Garmin Southern Africa (GSA) is a member of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq:GRMN). This group of companies has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Contact GSA for unmatched direct services and support on (011) 251 9999 or visit the GSA headquarters in Honeydew, Johannesburg, in the Kimbuilt Industrial Park at number 9 Zeiss Road, Laser Park.

Notice on Forward-Looking Statements:

This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations.  The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983).  A copy of such Form 10-K is available at www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html.  No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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Garmin Sub-Saharan Africa


 

Africa: Growth is on the horizon but where should you look?

 

By 2040, Africa will experience faster economic growth than any other region

 

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, August 14, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ CEOs around the world are increasingly recognising the untapped potential of sub-Saharan Africa. This is driven by Africa’s unparalleled demographic edge or demographic dividend. By 2040, Africa is expected to have the biggest labour force in the world and experiencing faster economic growth than any other region, according to a report issued by PwC (http://www.pwc.com).

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(Stanley Subramoney, Strategy leader of PwC’s South Market Region)

 

The projections are contained in the latest PwC ‘Global Economy Watch’, which puts the spotlight on the largest cities in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Most major corporations are already active in at least one of the four largest cities in sub-Saharan Africa – Lagos, Kinshasa, Nairobi and Johannesburg.

 

But PwC economists believe it’s the ‘Next 10′ biggest cities in sub-Saharan Africa that should also be exciting foreign investors. The population of these cities is projected to almost double by 2030, growing by around 32 million people. In fact, latest UN projections show that by 2030 two of the ‘Next 10′ – Dar es Salaam and Luanda – could have bigger populations than London has now.

 

Cities are the typical entry points for businesses trying to expand into new overseas markets, because they enable closer interaction with customers in a relatively small geographic space, which in turn helps contain distribution costs.

 

Stanley Subramoney, Strategy leader of PwC’s South Market Region, says: “The report projects that economic activity in the ‘Next 10′ cities could grow around $140 billion by 2030. This is roughly equivalent to the current annual output of Hungary.”

 

This is a conservative estimate as no premise has been made for real exchange rate appreciation despite relatively strong projected growth in these economies.

 

“In addition to the trends with regard to high rates of GDP growth, rapid urbanisation and the so-called demographic edge that sub-Saharan Africa possesses, a number of other economic phenomena in the region are starting to appeal to the global investment community,” says Dr Roelof Botha, economic advisor to PwC.

 

These include the following:

 

•          Significant new discoveries of mining and energy resources, in particular gold and gas;

 

•          Substantial investment in infrastructure and capital formation by the private sector, which has witnessed an increase in the ratio of total fixed investment to GDP from 17.7% in 2000 to an estimated 23% in 2013;

 

•          Sustained growth in per capital incomes, which has led to demand shifts that are benefiting household consumption expenditure on durables, semi-durables and services;

 

•          The ability of a growing number of countries to raise financing for infrastructure projects on the international capital market, in particular Kenya and Rwanda. Both of these countries have recently managed to sell government bonds globally at single-digit yields, which obviate the need for excessive debt servicing costs.

 

As a result, a return was made last year to sound growth in foreign direct investment inflows (FDI)) into a number of key African economies, says Dr Botha.

 

However, there are three problems that could slow the pace at which the ‘Next 10′ biggest cities in sub-Saharan Africa grow, according to the report. These are issues that sub-Saharan countries have been trying to tackle for many decades with limited success:

 

•          Low quality of ‘hard’ infrastructure like roads and railways

 

•          Inadequate ‘soft’ infrastructure like schools and universities, and

 

•          Growing pains arising from political, legal and regulatory institutions struggling to deal with a bigger and more complicated economy.

 

“The challenges that policy makers face is to convert Africa’s demographic dividend into economic reality by overcoming these hurdles. History suggests this will not be a quick or easy process. Infrastructure development is a key driver for progress across Africa and a critical enabler for sustainable and socially inclusive growth. However, investors should form their own plans to mitigate these problems by supporting infrastructure skills and development programmes,” concludes Subramoney.

 

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC).

 

 

Contacts

Stanley Subramoney: Strategy leader of PwC’s South Market Region

Office: +27 11 797 4380

Email: stanley.subramoney@za.pwc.com

OR

Lindiwe Magana: Media Relations Manager, PwC

Office: + 27 11 797 5042

Email: lindiwe.magana@za.pwc.com

 

About PwC

PwC (http://www.pwc.com) firms help organisations and individuals create the value they’re looking for. We’re a network of firms in 157 countries with more than 184,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services. Tell us what matters to you and find out more by visiting us at http://www.pwc.com.

 

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PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC)


 

Louis Berger supervise la construction d’un tronçon de l’autoroute Yaoundé-Douala au Cameroun

 

Le Cameroun est un axe de transit privilégié pour les pays enclavés d’Afrique centrale

 

YAOUNDE, Cameroun, 14 août 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Louis Berger (http://www.louisberger.com), une société mondiale pesant plus d’un milliard de dollars, vient de signer un contrat de cinq ans pour la maîtrise d’œuvre des travaux de construction du premier tronçon de l’autoroute Yaoundé-Douala au Cameroun. La valeur totale du marché de construction de ce projet, financée localement, s’élève à près de 7 millions d’euros.

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(Jean-Pierre Dupacq, head of Louis Berger’s operations in Africa)

 

Ce tronçon autoroutier permettra de relier Yaoundé, siège des administrations et des ambassades, à Douala, capitale économique dotée d’un port en eau profonde.

 

Actuellement, le taux de mortalité routière sur cet axe est le plus élevé d’Afrique centrale. Plusieurs facteurs sont en cause : la sinuosité de la route, la chaussée dégradée, le faible niveau d’entretien des routes, la densité de circulation, notamment de gros porteurs et de semi-remorques. La réalisation de ces travaux permettra d’améliorer le tracé et la qualité de la route, ainsi que la sécurité routière.

 

« De par sa situation géographique, le Cameroun est un axe de transit privilégié pour les pays enclavés d’Afrique centrale. Ainsi, cette nouvelle autoroute de 236 km permettra de diminuer les temps de transport, et favorisera le transit international » a déclaré Jean-Pierre Dupacq, Directeur Général Délégué – Afrique de Louis Berger.

 

Implantée sur le continent africain depuis plus de 50 ans, Louis Berger supervise actuellement dix projets au Cameroun, et en a réalisé 20 au cours des vingt dernières années. Dans le cadre de ces projets, Louis Berger a fourni des prestations dans des domaines variés: l’appui institutionnel, le renforcement des capacités et la formation des autorités publiques, les études de préfaisabilité et de faisabilité, la planification du transport urbain, la stratégie régionale des transports, la gestion de projet et la supervision de travaux.

 

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour Louis Berger.

 

 

Contact:

Madalina Randasu

mrandasu@louisberger.com

 

Louis Berger

Société mondiale pesant plus d’un milliard de dollars, Louis Berger (http://www.louisberger.com) fournit des services professionnels à des clients dans les secteurs des infrastructures et du développement, et les aide à trouver des solutions aux défis les plus complexes. Nous sommes un partenaire respecté par les agences gouvernementales (locales ou nationales), les institutions multilatérales, et les industries du monde entier. Nous nous concentrons sur les besoins de nos clients afin de mettre en œuvre des projets de qualité, sécurisés et rentables, tout en respectant nos principes d’intégrité. Ainsi, nous nous engageons à tenir notre promesse d’apporter des Solutions pour un monde meilleur.

 

SOURCE 

Louis Berger


 

Louis Berger to Oversee Yaoundé-Douala Highway Segment Construction in Cameroon

 

Cameroon is a key transit country for the landlocked countries of Central Africa

 

YAOUNDE, Cameroon, August 14, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Louis Berger (http://www.louisberger.com), a $1 billion global professional services corporation, has recently signed a five-year project management contract financed by local funds for the construction of the first segment of the Yaoundé-Douala highway in Cameroon. The total construction value of the project is almost €7million.

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(Jean-Pierre Dupacq, head of Louis Berger’s operations in Africa)

 

The road segment will connect Cameroon’s government and diplomatic hub in Yaoundé to the country’s economic center and deep water port in Douala. The current road between these cities is extremely congested and is one of the deadliest roads in the Central African region, characterized by its many curves, changes in road grade, poor maintenance and heavy truck traffic, including logging semi-tractor trailers. The improvements will result into a straighter 2-lane road motorway, safer and of better quality.

 

“The new 236-kilometer highway will lead to reduced travel time and will hopefully have a positive impact on the international transportation because Cameroon is a key transit country for the landlocked countries of Central Africa” said Jean-Pierre Dupacq, head of Louis Berger’s operations in Africa.

 

Louis Berger has more than 50 years of experience in Africa and more than 20 years of experience working in Cameroon. The company’s work in the country includes 10 ongoing projects and more than 20 projects completed in the last twenty years. These projects have included a broad range of  services from institutional strengthening, capacity building and training of the central public authorities, feasibility studies, urban transport planning, regional transportation strategies and project management and construction supervision.

 

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Louis Berger.

 

 

Contact:

Madalina Randasu

mrandasu@louisberger.com

 

Louis Berger

Louis Berger (http://www.louisberger.com) is a $1 billion global professional services corporation that helps infrastructure and development clients solve their most complex challenges. We are a trusted partner to national, state and local government agencies; multilateral institutions; and commercial industry clients worldwide. By focusing on client needs to deliver quality, safe, financially-successful projects with integrity, we are committed to deliver on our promise to provide Solutions for a better world.

 

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Louis Berger


 

As empresas africanas continuam a beneficiar do acordo comercial entre os EUA e África, segundo a DHL

 

DHL apoia a proposta de renovação do AGOA quando este expirar no próximo ano

 

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, August 14, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ A relação comercial entre os Estados Unidos da América e a África e o African Growth and Opportunity Act (Lei relativa ao crescimento e oportunidades em África [AGOA]) – que permite que os exportadores tenham acesso ao lucrativo mercado dos EUA, sem a aplicação de impostos – estiverem recentemente sob escrutínio no Fórum de Cooperação Comercial e Económica EUA/África Subsariana, conhecido como Fórum AGOA, de 2014, que coincidiu com a Cimeira dos Líderes Africanos nos EUA, convocada pelo Presidente Barack Obama, em Washington na semana passada.

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(Charles Brewer, Diretor-Geral da DHL Express da África Subsariana)

 

Charles Brewer, Diretor-Geral da DHL Express da África Subsariana (http://www.dpdhl.com), afirma que a empresa verificou um aumento de volume significativo na região da África Subsariana, no que diz respeito ao comércio com os EUA desde a introdução do AGOA em 2000 e que, por isso, tal como muitos outros líderes mundiais, apoia a proposta de renovação do AGOA quando este expirar no próximo ano.

 

“As vias de comércio em África aumentaram significativamente devido ao levantamento das barreiras comerciais, o que teve um impacto positivo em muitas empresas locais. Um componente essencial deste crescimento tem sido o African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), o qual tem promovido o comércio e os investimentos entre África e os Estados Unidos da América.”

 

A DHL tem verificado um aumento significativo no comércio entre a África Subsariana e os EUA, o qual contribuiu para um forte crescimento positivo no ano passado.

 

Ele aponta para os números apresentados pelo AGOA(1), os quais revelam que os EUA importaram bens no valor de 8,468 milhões de dólares americanos em 2000 e de 19,869 milhões em 2012 da região da Comunidade para o Desenvolvimento da África Austral (SADC). Os valores divulgados pela Administração de Comércio Internacional do Departamento de Comércio dos Estados Unidos(2) revelam que, em 2013, as importações dos EUA provenientes da África Subsariana, ao abrigo do AGOA, atingiram um total de 39,3 bilhões de dólares. As três principais vias de comércio da região da África Subsariana para os EUA tiveram origem na Nigéria, em Angola e na África do Sul com valores na ordem dos 11,72, 8,74 e 8,48 bilhões de dólares, respetivamente.

 

Brewer explica que esta Lei oferece incentivos tangíveis a aproximadamente 40 países beneficiários na África Subsariana, como por exemplo, o acesso ao mercado dos EUA sem a aplicação de impostos ou quotas em determinados tipos de produtos. “O AGOA facilitou o comércio entre a África Subsariana e os EUA ao permitir os processos comerciais e ao promover, com êxito, a integração da África Subsariana na economia global. Estas condições de comércio favoráveis também permitiram maximizar as oportunidades disponíveis e aumentar as exportações desta região”, afirma Brewer.

 

Brewer refere que após a introdução do AGOA, a DHL África verificou um aumento nos sectores comerciais primários, como a indústria transformadora, de vestuário e de calçado – devido ao apoio direto do AGOA. Além disso, também se assistiu a um aumento nos sectores secundários dependentes da agricultura, do petróleo e dos gases naturais.

 

O Acordo AGOA deverá terminar em 2015 e cabe ao Congresso dos EUA decidir se o prolonga ou corrige. Brewer afirma que o crescimento da África Subsariana ainda depende da facilitação e melhoria do comércio, tanto ao nível intrarregional como global. “Embora o comércio entre os EUA e a África Subsariana tenha aumentado significativamente nos últimos anos, ainda há muito a fazer no que diz respeito ao crescimento. Em 2013, as importações dos EUA provenientes da África Subsariana representaram apenas 1,7 %(3) do total de importações dos EUA em todo o mundo. Este número mostra bem o potencial de crescimento ainda não explorado da região.”

 

As opiniões de Brewer encontraram eco no Fórum AGOA, no qual o Presidente do Grupo do Banco Mundial, Jim Yong Kim3, declarou que os esquemas de preferências comerciais, como o AGOA, podem desempenhar um papel importante ao contribuir para que África concretize as suas oportunidades de expansão da atividade comercial e que a Lei ajuda os países africanos a diversificar as suas exportações, diminuindo a sua dependência dos minerais e matérias-primas, ao encontrar fontes de crescimento em exportações mais diversificadas e inclusivas. O Presidente dos Estados Unidos, Barack Obama(4), também expressou a sua vontade em apoiar a continuação e melhoria do AGOA.

 

“África é a “última fronteira”, quanto mais nos dedicarmos coletivamente a ligá-la ao mundo, mais sustentável será a sua economia e mais empregos serão criados – dando origem a um ciclo virtuoso de sucesso,” conclui Brewer.

 

Distribuído pela APO (African Press Organization) em nome da Deutsche Post DHL.

 

 

Nota para o editor:

1 Agoa.info, Informações regionais: SADC

2 U.S. Department of Commerce – International Trade Administration: U.S. Trade with sub-Saharan Africa, January-December 2013

3 Discurso: Declarações do Presidente do Grupo do Banco Mundial, Jim Yong Kim, no Fórum AGOA

4 Blogue da Casa Branca: Presidente Obama discursa no Fórum de Negócios USA/África

 

Contacto para meios de comunicação social:

Megan Collinicos. Diretora: Publicidade e Relações Públicas, África Subsariana

DHL Express

Tel.: +27 21 409 3613 Telemóvel: +27 76 411 8570

megan.collinicos@dhl.com

 

DHL – A empresa de logística para o mundo

A DHL (http://www.dpdhl.com) é a líder mundial de mercado na indústria logística e de CEP e “A empresa de logística para o mundo”. A DHL aplica os seus conhecimentos especializados sobre transporte expresso internacional, entrega de encomendas nacional e internacional, frete aéreo e marítimo, transporte rodoviário e ferroviário, bem como sobre soluções relacionadas com contratos e comércio eletrónico em toda a cadeia de abastecimento. Uma rede global composta por mais de 220 países e territórios e com cerca de 315.000 colaboradores em todo o mundo que disponibiliza aos consumidores a melhor qualidade de serviço e conhecimento local para satisfazer os seus requisitos da cadeia de abastecimento. A DHL aceita a sua responsabilidade social ao apoiar a proteção ambiental, a gestão de catástrofes e a educação.

 

A DHL faz parte do grupo Deutsche Post DHL. O grupo gerou receitas superiores a 55 bilhões de euros em 2013.

 

Para obter mais informações: www.dpdhl.com

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Deutsche Post DHL


 

DHL estime que les entreprises africaines continuent de récolter les fruits de l’accord commercial entre les États-Unis et l’Afrique

 

DHL soutient l’appel à reconduire la loi dite African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)

 

JOHANNESBURG, Afrique du Sud, 14 août 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Tant la relation commerciale entre les États-Unis et l’Afrique que la loi dite African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), accordant aux exportateurs africains un accès exempt de droits de douane au très lucratif marché américain, ont récemment fait l’objet d’un réexamen approfondi lors de l’édition 2014 du Forum sur la coopération commerciale et économique entre les États-Unis et l’Afrique subsaharienne (Forum de l’AGOA). Ce forum s’est tenu la semaine dernière à Washington, coïncidant ainsi avec le Sommet des dirigeants des États-Unis et de l’Afrique organisé par le président Barack Obama.

 

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Photo Charles Brewer: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/photos/charles-brewer-1.jpg
(Charles Brewer, Managing Director for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa)

 

Charles Brewer, directeur général de DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa (http://www.dpdhl.com), déclare que depuis l’adoption de la loi AGOA en 2000, le groupe a enregistré une croissance significative de son volume d’affaires dans la région de l’Afrique subsaharienne en termes d’échanges commerciaux avec les États-Unis. Dans ce contexte, à l’instar de nombreux autres dirigeants mondiaux, il soutient l’appel à reconduire la loi AGOA lorsqu’elle viendra à expiration l’an prochain.

 

« La réduction des barrières commerciales a engendré une multiplication importante des voies commerciales en Afrique, ce qui a eu un impact positif sur de nombreuses entreprises locales. En stimulant le commerce et les investissements entre le continent africain et les États-Unis, la loi African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) a été l’un des facteurs clés de cette croissance. »

 

DHL a enregistré un accroissement significatif des échanges commerciaux entre l’Afrique subsaharienne et les États-Unis, ainsi qu’une croissance très positive l’année dernière.

 

M. Brewer évoque les chiffres publiés par l’AGOA(1), qui font état d’importations américaines en provenance de la région de la Communauté de développement de l’Afrique australe (CDAA) d’une valeur de 8 468 millions de dollars pour l’année 2000 et d’une valeur de 19 869 millions de dollars pour l’année 2012. Les statistiques publiées par l’Administration du commerce international du Département américain du commerce2 précisent qu’en 2013, les importations américaines d’Afrique subsaharienne bénéficiant des dispositions de la loi AGOA ont totalisé 39,3 milliards de dollars. Les trois principales routes commerciales établies entre l’Afrique subsaharienne et les États-Unis partent du Nigeria, de l’Angola et de l’Afrique du Sud. Elles représentent des volumes commerciaux qui s’élèvent respectivement à 11,72, 8,74 et 8,48 milliards de dollars.

 

M. Brewer souligne que la loi AGOA permet à près de 40 pays d’Afrique subsaharienne de bénéficier d’avantages concrets, dont notamment l’accès au marché américain en franchise de droits et sans contingentement pour certaines gammes de produits. « La législation AGOA a facilité le commerce entre l’Afrique subsaharienne et les États-Unis en permettant les échanges tout en favorisant avec succès l’intégration de l’Afrique subsaharienne dans l’économie mondiale. Grâce à ces conditions commerciales favorables, la région a également pu exploiter au maximum les possibilités disponibles et augmenter le volume de ses exportations », précise M. Brewer.

 

Le directeur général de DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa estime que depuis l’entrée en vigueur de la loi AGOA, DHL Africa a observé l’expansion d’importants secteurs commerciaux primaires tels que l’industrie manufacturière et la branche du vêtement et de la chaussure. Tous ces secteurs bénéficient directement de l’AGOA. Le groupe a également constaté une hausse dans des secteurs secondaires qui dépendent de l’agriculture, du pétrole et des gaz naturels.

 

C’est au Congrès américain qu’il appartient de décider de la reconduction ou de la modification des accords AGOA qui arriveront à expiration en 2015. M. Brewer souligne que la croissance de l’Afrique subsaharienne est encore tributaire de mesures de facilitation des échanges commerciaux ainsi que de l’intensification du commerce tant intrarégional que mondial. « Si les échanges commerciaux entre les États-Unis et l’Afrique subsaharienne connaissent depuis ces dernières années une progression sensible, un important potentiel de croissance reste à exploiter. En 2013, les importations américaines d’Afrique subsaharienne ne représentaient que 1,7%(2) du total des importations américaines en provenance du monde entier. Ceci met en évidence le potentiel de croissance encore inexploité de la région. »

 

Des points de vue semblables à ceux de M. Brewer ont été exprimés au Forum AGOA, où le président du Groupe de la Banque mondiale, M. Jim Yong Kim(3), a souligné que les régimes de préférences commerciales tels que ceux prévus par la loi AGOA peuvent contribuer grandement à aider l’Afrique à tirer profit des possibilités d’expansion de ses activités commerciales. De plus, cette législation aide les pays africains à diversifier leurs exportations ainsi qu’à réduire leur dépendance vis-à-vis des produits pétroliers et des matières premières afin que la croissance de leurs exportations repose sur des sources plus diversifiées et plus inclusives. Le président américain Barack Obama(4) a également annoncé sa volonté de soutenir la poursuite et le développement de la loi AGOA.

 

« L’Afrique est la dernière frontière à franchir : plus nous redoublerons d’efforts conjoints pour relier l’Afrique au reste du monde, plus les économies africaines seront durables et créatrices d’emplois, ce qui fera naître un cycle vertueux de croissance », conclut M. Brewer.

 

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour Deutsche Post DHL.

 

 

Note à la rédaction :

1 Site Internet agoa.info, informations régionales : CDAA

2 Administration du commerce international du Département américain du commerce : le commerce des États-Unis avec l’Afrique subsaharienne, janvier-décembre 2013

3 Discours : allocution du président du Groupe de la Banque mondiale, M. Jim Yong Kim, au Forum AGOA

4 Le blog de la Maison Blanche (http://1.usa.gov/1kmCbQn) : allocution du président Obama au Forum des entreprises États-Unis/Afrique

 

Contact pour les médias :

Megan Collinicos. Responsable : Publicité et relations publiques, Afrique subsaharienne

DHL Express

Tél. : +27 21 409 3613 ; tél. portable : +27 76 411 8570 megan.collinicos@dhl.com

 

DHL – Le Groupe de Transport et Logistique Mondial

Leader mondial des secteurs de la logistique, de la messagerie et des livraisons express, DHL est « le groupe de transport et logistique mondial ». Le groupe DHL (http://www.dpdhl.com) met au service de ses clients ses compétences dans le domaine du courrier international, de la livraison de paquets nationaux et internationaux, du fret aérien et maritime ainsi que du transport routier et ferroviaire. Il leur propose également des solutions contractuelles et de commerce électronique d’un bout à l’autre de la chaîne d’approvisionnement. DHL bénéficie d’un réseau mondial couvrant plus de 220 pays et territoires et emploie près de 315 000 personnes à travers le monde, ce qui lui permet de proposer à ses clients une qualité de service supérieure et une connaissance du marché local, afin de satisfaire leurs exigences en matière de chaîne d’approvisionnement. DHL accepte sa responsabilité sociale en soutenant la protection de l’environnement, la gestion des catastrophes et l’éducation.

 

DHL fait partie du groupe Deutsche Post DHL. En 2013, le groupe a réalisé un chiffre d’affaires de plus de 55 milliards d’euros.

 

Pour tout complément d’information : www.dpdhl.com

Catalogue d’images disponibles : http://www.dpdhl.com/en/media_relations/media_library.html

 

SOURCE 

Deutsche Post DHL


 

African businesses continue to reap benefits of US-Africa trade agreement, says DHL

 

DHL support the call for the renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)

 

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, August 14, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ The trade relationship between the United States and Africa, as well as the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) – which provides exporters duty-free access to the lucrative US market, was recently put under the microscope at the 2014 US – Sub Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (known as the AGOA Forum), which coincided with President Barack Obama’s US-Africa Leaders Summit, both held in Washington last week.

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Photo Charles Brewer: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/photos/charles-brewer-1.jpg
(Charles Brewer, Managing Director for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa)

 

Charles Brewer, Managing Director of DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa (http://www.dpdhl.com), says that the company has seen significant volume growth in the Sub Saharan Africa region, in terms of trade with the US since the introduction of AGOA in 2000 and that they, along with many world leaders, support the call for the renewal of AGOA when it expires next year.

 

“Trade lanes in Africa have increased significantly as a result of relieved trade barriers, which have had a positive impact on many local businesses. A key driver of this growth has been the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which has stimulated trade and investment between Africa and the United States.”

 

DHL has seen a significant growth in trade between Sub Saharan Africa and the US, with strong positive growth in the last year.

 

He points to figures by AGOA(1), which reveal that the US imported $8.468 million worth of goods from the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region in 2000 and $19.869 million in 2012. Figures released by the U.S. Department of Commerce – International Trade Administration2, report that in 2013, US imports from Sub Saharan, under AGOA, totalled $39.3 billion. The top three trade lanes to the US from the Sub Saharan Africa region originated from Nigeria, Angola and South Africa, who accounted for $11.72, $8.74 and $8.48 billion respectively.

 

Brewer explains that the Act offers tangible incentives to approximately 40 Sub Saharan African beneficiary countries, such as duty and quota free access to the US market for certain product lines. “AGOA has facilitated trade between Sub Saharan Africa and the US by enabling the trade process, as well as successfully promoting the integration of Sub Saharan Africa into the global economy. These favourable trade conditions have also allowed the region to maximize the opportunities available and increase exports.” says Brewer.

 

Brewer says that since the introduction of AGOA, DHL Africa has seen an increase in primary trading sectors like manufacturing, apparel and footwear – all directly supported by AGOA. In addition, they have also witnessed an increase in secondary sectors that are dependent on agriculture, petroleum and natural gases.

 

Due to expire in 2015, it is the decision of the US Congress on whether to extend or amend the AGOA agreement. Brewer says that Sub Saharan Africa’s growth is still dependent on trade facilitation and enhancing both intra-regional trade and global trade. “While trade between the US and Sub Saharan Africa has increased significantly in the last few years, there is still much room for growth. In 2013, US imports from Sub Saharan Africa represented only 1.7%(2) of total US imports from the world. This highlights the remaining untapped growth potential for the region.”

 

Brewer views were echoed at the AGOA Forum where World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim(3), remarked that trade preferences schemes, such as AGOA, can play an important role in helping Africa realize their opportunities to expand trade activity and that the Act assists African countries diversify their exports, and move away from dependence on minerals and commodities to reach more diversified and inclusive sources of export growth. US President Barack Obama(4) also announced his commitment to support the continuation and enhancement of the AGOA.

 

“Africa is the ‘last frontier’, the more we collectively focus on connecting it with the world, the more sustainable its economies will be and the more jobs we will create – creating a virtuous cycle of success,” concludes Brewer.

 

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Deutsche Post DHL.

 

 

Note to editor:

1 Agoa.info, Regional Info: SADC

2 U.S. Department of Commerce – International Trade Administration: U.S. Trade with sub-Saharan Africa, January-December 2013

3 Speech: World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim’s Remarks at AGOA Forum

4 The White House blog (http://1.usa.gov/1kmCbQn): President Obama Speaks at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum

 

Media Contact:

Megan Collinicos. Head: Advertising & Public Relations, Sub-Saharan Africa

DHL Express

Tel +27 21 409 3613 Mobile +27 76 411 8570

megan.collinicos@dhl.com

 

DHL – The logistics company for the world

DHL (http://www.dpdhl.com) is the global market leader in the logistics and CEP industry and “The logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, national and international parcel delivery, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation as well as contract and e-commerce related solutions along the entire supply chain. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and around 315,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting environmental protection, disaster management and education.

 

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenues of more than 55 billion euros in 2013.

 

For more information: http://www.dpdhl.com

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Deutsche Post DHL


 

51 países, 60 subordinados diretos, 4000 funcionários: conheça o DG que está no comando

 

51 países, 60 subordinados diretos, 60 000 clientes, 4000 funcionários, 14 aeronaves, 2 crianças e 2 cães! Charles Brewer é o DG que adora estar no comando de tudo isto

 

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, August 13, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ A DHL Express, que está presente na África Subsariana há mais de 36 anos, é a “Empresa mais internacional do mundo” e possui um volume significativo de operações em África, movimentando milhares de parcelas todos os dias.

Photo : http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1116
(Charles Brewer, Diretor-Geral da DHL Express na África Subsariana)

 

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Ao comando desta atividade está o Diretor-Geral Charles Brewer, que trabalha na DHL há mais de 30 anos, já trabalhou em todas as regiões do mundo e chegou a África pela primeira vez há três anos.

 

“Como muitas outras pessoas que ainda não estiveram em África, as minhas perceções eram muito diferentes da realidade”, afirma Brewer. “De uma forma simplista, África é a última fronteira. É a região mais bonita, dinâmica e interessante em que já tive a oportunidade de viver e trabalhar e, apesar dos desafios bastante óbvios e do risco ocasional, adoro fazer parte desta viagem tão emocionante.”

 

A sua função, enquanto DG, é “motivar e animar os meus funcionários para que prestem um serviço inesquecível e inigualável e ajudem os nossos clientes a crescer e a serem bem-sucedidos” e é notório que a experiência centrada no cliente está no sangue de Brewer.

 

O que é necessário para supervisionar tantas pessoas e tantos territórios?

 

“Preocupamo-nos muito menos com as habilitações formais e concentramo-nos bastante mais nas qualidades emocionais, experiências e competências”, o que não é nenhuma surpresa quando consideramos que Brewer passa grande parte do tempo na linha da frente e se considera o CEO da Energia.

 

Todas as semanas encontramos Charles num país diferente de África: esta semana pode estar com um mensageiro no Ruanda, na semana seguinte a acompanhar um executivo comercial no Senegal e na outra semana seguinte com um Agente de Apoio ao Cliente em Lagos. “Se quiser saber o que os clientes ou os funcionários realmente pensam sobre o produto ou a empresa, vá para o centro da ação sempre que possível.”

 

Há alguns anos, pouco depois de Brewer ter chegado a África, tomou a decisão ousada de simplificar por completo a estrutura administrativa com o objetivo de aproximar todos da “zona problemática” e de melhorar significativamente a comunicação e a velocidade da tomada de decisões.

 

“África é tão dinâmica e achei que estávamos demasiado distantes e que as operações eram demasiado lentas.” Todos os 51 países reportam agora diretamente a Brewer e a nova estrutura tem demonstrado ser um verdadeiro sucesso.

 

“A nova estrutura é muito diferente e exige um estilo de liderança muito aberto, rápido e interativo, mas está a funcionar muito bem. As decisões são tomadas com maior rapidez, as linhas de comunicação estão mais simples e o nível de comunicação por parte dos funcionários aumentou significativamente.” Por exemplo, os mensageiros, que são essenciais para a promessa de entrega de serviço da DHL, nunca estão a mais de quatro níveis de Brewer e a cinco do CEO Global.

 

Pensar globalmente, agir localmente e CONFIAR!

 

Uma das principais lições aprendidas nos últimos três anos, e particularmente com a mudança estrutural da DHL, foi a importância da confiança. “Com tantos países, todos com oportunidades e desafios diferentes, temos de confiar nas equipas no terreno.” E isso significa utilizar os processos e procedimentos globais, mas permitindo a injeção de um elevado grau de informação sobre como melhor executar localmente.

 

Para demonstrar esta questão, Brewer descreve um exemplo recente, em que estava a decorrer uma promoção nos pontos de venda a retalho da DHL para atrair novos clientes para esses pontos, que estão sempre em crescimento. A abordagem típica seria oferecer descontos e/ou ofertas para empresas para incentivar os clientes a entrar nos pontos de venda. Mas a Diretora Nacional da Etiópia sugeriu uma ideia muito melhor: oferecer uma galinha aos clientes como parte da celebração da Páscoa.

 

“Quando a Diretora Nacional sugeriu “galinhas”, tive que rir e pensei realmente que ela estava a brincar, mas ela estava a falar a sério e tinha razão, a promoção foi um sucesso estrondoso.”

 

É grande, mas é exequível

 

A sede regional subsariana da DHL está sedeada na Cidade do Cabo, mas Brewer passa bastante tempo a visitar as operações da empresa por todo o continente. “Temos de estar sempre visíveis.”

 

Numa região tão extensa como África, não é tão fácil como parece. Ao contrário da Europa, onde é raro ter de se viajar mais de quatro horas, viajar por África pode ser penoso. Só uma visita a todos os países da África Ocidental pode demorar no mínimo duas a três semanas.

 

“Tem os seus desafios a nível de horários de voos e de estar longe da família, mas é uma experiência interessante e continuo a divertir-me imenso. Desempenhar um pequeno papel na história de crescimento de África é um enorme privilégio e tenho muito orgulho nisso”, afirma Brewer.

 

Ao sairmos do escritório, ouço-o a perguntar ao assistente: “qual é o país que vai ter o prazer da minha visita na próxima semana?!”

 

Distribuído pela APO (African Press Organization) em nome da Maritz Publishing CC.

 

SOURCE 

Maritz Publishing CC


 

51 pays, 60 subalternes directs, 4 000 employés : à la rencontre d’un directeur général omniprésent

 

51 pays, 60 subalternes directs, 60 000 clients, 4 000 employés, 14 avions, 2 enfants et 2 chiens. Charles Brewer est un directeur général omniprésent

 

LE CAP, Afrique du Sud, 13 août 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Présente en Afrique sub-saharienne depuis plus de 36 ans, DHL Express est l’« entreprise la plus internationale au monde », réalisant une part importante de ses activités en Afrique, où elle prend en charge tous les jours des milliers d’envois.

Photo : http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1116 (Charles Brewer, directeur général de DHL Express Afrique subsaharienne)

Logo How we made it in Africa: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/hwma.jpg

À sa tête se trouve Charles Brewer, directeur général, qui travaille pour DHL depuis plus de 30 ans et qui, après une carrière multinationale, est arrivé pour la première fois en Afrique il y a trois ans.

« Comme la plupart de ceux qui ne se sont jamais rendus en Afrique, l’idée que j’en avais était très différente de la réalité », explique Charles Brewer. « En termes simplistes, l’Afrique est le bout du monde. Il s’agit de la plus belle, de la plus dynamique et de la plus passionnante région dans laquelle il m’ait été donné de vivre et de travailler et, malgré les évidents défis et les quelques risques qu’elle comporte, je suis ravi de faire partie de cette magnifique aventure. »

En tant que directeur général, son rôle est de « motiver et d’encourager mes employés à fournir des services d’une qualité irréprochable et inégalée ainsi que d’aider nos clients à progresser et à réussir dans leur domaine d’activité ». Il est clair que l’orientation client est une priorité essentielle de Charles Brewer.

Alors comment superviser autant de personnes sur un territoire aussi vaste ?

« Nous ne plaçons pas tant l’accent sur les qualifications officielles que sur les qualités affectives, les expériences et les aptitudes », ce qui n’est guère surprenant si l’on considère le temps qu’il passe sur le terrain et son titre auto-attribué de président directeur général de l’énergie.

À chaque semaine son pays : cette semaine au Rwanda avec un coursier, la semaine suivante au Sénégal avec un directeur commercial, et celle d’après à Lagos avec un agent du service clientèle. « Pour savoir ce que vos clients ou vos employés pensent véritablement de votre produit ou de votre entreprise, n’hésitez pas à vous rendre sur le terrain aussi souvent que possible. »

Il y a quelques années, peu après son arrivée en Afrique, Charles Brewer prit la courageuse décision d’alléger la structure de gestion en réduisant le nombre de niveaux hiérarchiques, avec pour objectif de rapprocher le personnel du « cœur de l’action » et d’améliorer la communication ainsi que la rapidité des décisions.

« L’Afrique est si dynamique, que j’avais l’impression que nous étions bien trop éloignés les uns des autres et que nous opérions au ralenti. » Les 51 pays rendent désormais directement compte à Charles Brewer et la nouvelle structure a remporté un franc succès.

« La nouvelle structure tranche considérablement avec l’ancienne et exige un style de leadership très ouvert, rapide et attrayant. Mais il fonctionne très bien, permet d’accélérer les prises de décision, favorise la communication et améliore grandement l’engagement des employés ».
À titre d’exemple, les coursiers, qui sont essentiels à DHL pour tenir sa promesse en termes de prestations de services, ne se trouvent jamais à plus de quatre niveaux hiérarchiques de Charles Brewer et à cinq du PDG.

Penser globalement, agir localement et FAIRE CONFIANCE

Le rôle que joue la confiance est l’une des principales leçons de ces trois dernières années, notamment tout au long de la restructuration. « Le vaste nombre de pays, dont chacun recèle des opportunités et des défis différents, oblige à avoir confiance dans les équipes qui se trouvent sur le terrain ». Cela implique le recours aux processus et procédures en vigueur à l’échelle mondiale, tout en admettant une grande marge de manœuvre en termes de mise en œuvre locale.

Afin d’illustrer ce point, M. Brewer cite l’exemple d’une récente campagne promotionnelle lancée par DHL sur son réseau croissant de points de vente au détail, afin d’attirer de nouveaux clients. L’approche typique aurait consisté à offrir des réductions et/ou des cadeaux promotionnels afin d’encourager la visite de clients occasionnels. La responsable de la succursale éthiopienne fit cependant une proposition bien plus originale : offrir à chaque client un poulet à l’occasion des célébrations de Pâques.

« Lorsque la responsable de pays suggéra des poulets, ma première réaction fut de rire. Je croyais sincèrement qu’elle plaisantait. Mais ce n’était pas le cas, et le vaste succès remporté par cette campagne lui donna raison. »

C’est grand, mais c’est faisable

Le siège régional de DHL pour l’Afrique sub-saharienne se situe au Cap. Mais Charles Brewer visite très fréquemment les autres sites d’exploitation que compte l’entreprise sur le continent. « Vous devez vous montrer. »

Dans une région aussi vaste que l’Afrique, cela est plus facile à dire qu’à faire. Contrairement à l’Europe, où les distances sont telles que la plupart des destinations se trouvent à moins de quatre heures de vols, voyager en Afrique peut être exténuant. Deux à trois semaines peuvent être requises uniquement pour se rendre dans chacun des pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest.

« Jongler avec les horaires des vols et être loin de sa famille sont deux aspects parfois difficiles à gérer. Mais l’expérience à la clé est intéressante et ces déplacements sont pour moi toujours un plaisir. C’est à mes yeux un privilège immense et une très grande fierté que de pouvoir apporter une petite contribution à la croissance de l’Afrique », explique M. Brewer.

Alors que nous quittons son bureau, je l’entends demander à son assistant : « Quel pays aura le plaisir de ma visite la semaine prochaine ? »

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour Maritz Publishing CC.

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51 countries, 60 direct reports, 4,000 employees: Meet the MD leading it all

 

51 countries, 60 direct reports, 60,000 customers, 4,000 employees, 14 aircraft, 2 young children and 2 dogs! Charles Brewer is the MD who loves leading all of that

 

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, August 13, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ DHL Express, who has been in sub-Saharan Africa for more than 36 years, is the ‘Most International Company in the World’ and has a significant operation in Africa, moving thousands of shipments every day.

Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1116
(Charles Brewer, managing director for sub-Saharan Africa at DHL Express)

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At the helm of this business is Managing Director Charles Brewer, who has been with DHL for more than 30 years, has worked in all regions of the world and found himself in Africa for the first time three years ago.

“Like many who haven’t actually been to Africa, the perceptions I had were found to be very different in reality,” Brewer says. “Simplistically, Africa is the last frontier. It is the most beautiful, dynamic and exciting region I have had the pleasure to live and work in, and despite the very obvious challenges and occasional risk, I love being part of this exciting journey.”

His role, as MD, is to “motivate and excite my employees to deliver unbelievable and unparalleled service levels and to help our customers grow and be successful” and it is clear that customer centricity is at the very core of Brewer’s DNA.

So what does it take to oversee this many people and territories?

“We worry a great deal less about formal qualifications and focus far more on emotional qualities, experiences and abilities” – not surprising when you consider that he spends huge amounts of time on the front line and considers himself the Chief Energy Officer.

Every week you will find Charles in a different country in Africa – he could be with a courier in Rwanda this week, selling with a sales executive in Senegal the next, to sitting side-by-side with a Customer Service Agent in Lagos the week after. “If you want to know what your customers or employees really think about your product or your company, get to where the action is as often as you possibly can.”

A few years ago, just after Brewer arrived in Africa, he took the bold decision to completely de-layer the management structure, with an aim to bring everyone closer to the “sharp-end” and to significantly improve communication and speed of decision making.

“Africa is so dynamic and I just felt that we were too far removed and operating far too slowly”. All 51 countries now report directly to Brewer and the new structure has proven to be really successful.

“The new structure is very different and demands a very open, rapid and engaging leadership style but it is working really well, with quicker decision making, simpler communication lines and a significantly improved employee engagement level”. As an example, the couriers, who are key to the DHL service delivery promise, are never more than four levels away from Brewer and five from the Global CEO.

Think global, act local and TRUST!

One of the key lessons learned over the past three years and specifically as DHL went through the structural change, was the importance of trust. “With so many countries, all with different opportunities and challenges, you have to trust the teams on the ground”. What that means is using the global processes and procedures, but allowing a high degree of input on how best to execute locally.

To illustrate his point, Brewer describes a recent example were DHL was running a retail point of sale promotion to attract new customers to its ever-growing retail points. The typical approach would be to offer discounts and/or corporate give-aways to incentivise walk-in customers. The country manager in Ethiopia however suggested a much better idea – giving customers a chicken as part of the Easter celebration.

“When the Country Manager first suggested ‘chickens’, I had to laugh and genuinely thought she was joking, but she was serious and right – the promotion was hugely successful”.

It is big, but doable

DHL’s sub-Saharan regional headquarters is based in Cape Town, but Brewer spends a considerable amount of time visiting the company’s operations across the rest of the continent. “You have to be very visible”.

In a region as large as Africa, this is however easier said than done. Unlike Europe where one would struggle to fly a stretch of more than four hours, travelling across Africa can be gruelling. Just visiting each of the countries in West Africa can easily take two to three weeks.

“It has its challenges in terms of flight schedules and being away from one’s family, but it makes for an interesting experience and I’m still having lots of fun. Playing a small role in the African growth story is an incredible privilege and one that I am very proud of,” says Brewer.

As we leave his office I hear him call out to his assistant, “which lucky country am I going to next week?!”

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Maritz Publishing CC.

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Délégation des Juristes Pour le Respect des Droits de L’Homme au Sénégal

 

Promouvoir le respect des droits de l’homme dans le procès enclenché contre Mr. Karim Wade

 

DAKAR, Sénégal, 13 août 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Un groupe de juristes et défenseurs des droits de l’homme a entamé une série de réunions au US Capitol avec des membres du Congrès Américains pour promouvoir le respect des droits de l’homme dans le procès enclenché contre Mr. Karim Wade, ancien Ministre de la Coopération Internationale, des Transports des Infrastructures et fils de l’ancien Président du Sénégal Mr. Abdoulaye Wade.

Le groupe de juristes, mené par Mr. O. Kane a profité du congé estival pour rencontrer quelques membres du Congrès Américain dans le cadre d’une campagne de sensibilisation et de mobilisation de l’opinion publique sur les violations des droits de l’homme et des libertés fondamentales dans le procès que l’Etat du Sénégal a enclenché contre le fils de l’ancien Président du Sénégal.

 

S’exprimant lors d’un point de presse, Mr. Kane a demandé à l’Etat du Sénégal de respecter le droit de Mr. Wade et de ses complices présumés à la présomption d’innocence et leur droit à un procès juste et équitable conformément à la Déclaration universelle des Droits de l’Homme et de la Charte africaine des Droits de l’Homme et des Peuples.

 

Selon Mr. Kane, quand les Etats Unis ont ratifié la Convention Interaméricaine Contre la Corruption (CIACC) et la Convention des Nations Unies Contre la Corruption, Ils ont en même temps émis une réserve contre la criminalisation de l’enrichissement illicite parce que selon eux elle est incompatible avec les normes des droits de l’homme y compris le principe sacrosaint de la présomption d’innocence.

 

« Notre intention n’est pas de nous prononcer sur le fond du dossier, mais plutôt de dénoncer les atteintes graves aux droits de l’homme perpétrées par la Cour de Répression de l’Enrichissement Illicite, une juridiction spéciale qui renverse la charge de la preuve et qui bafoue le droit d’être jugé par un tribunal impartial, le droit d’appel et le droit à un recours effectif entres autres » a-t-il déclaré.

 

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour Mr Ousmane Kane.

 

 

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Ideias locais a moldar as agendas nacionais de saúde relativamente à redução da mortalidade infantil nos países em desenvolvimento

 

O Prémio de Inovação em Cuidados de Saúde da GSK e da Save the Children no valor de 1 milhão de dólares continua a solicitar ideias que salvem vidas a recém-nascidos e crianças com menos de cinco anos

 

LONDON, United-Kingdom, August 12, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ A GSK (http://www.gsk.com) e a Save the Children continuam a aceitar inscrições para o seu Prémio de Inovação em Cuidados de Saúde de 2014 no valor de 1 milhão de dólares, ao mesmo tempo que os vencedores anteriores atraem o interesse e apoio dos governos nacionais para ajudar a melhorar as taxas de sobrevivência de recém-nascidos e crianças com menos de cinco anos nos países em desenvolvimento.

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Seis meses após terem recebido uma parte do Prémio de Inovação em Cuidados de Saúde de 2013, cinco organizações sedeadas em países em desenvolvimento estão a ajudar a moldar as agendas nacionais de saúde e a influenciar as abordagens nos cuidados de saúde para as crianças e os recém-nascidos.

 

Uma das vencedoras, a MicroClinic Technologies Ltd., recebeu um prémio de 100 000 dólares pelo “ZiDi™”, um sistema de gestão de saúde móvel, que foi agora adotado pelo Ministério da Saúde do Quénia. O sistema está a ser usado como parte da plataforma eletrónica de saúde nacional, devido à sua capacidade para melhorar o fornecimento de medicamentos, a qualidade dos serviços e a gestão dos recursos nos cuidados de saúde para crianças. Será implementado em 5000 instalações públicas de saúde a partir do próximo ano.

 

A Muso, uma organização com gestão comunitária no Mali que ajuda a combater o problema da mortalidade infantil relacionada com a pobreza, recebeu também 100 000 dólares para o financiamento do seu programa que visa identificar rapidamente mulheres e crianças que necessitam de cuidados de saúde. O dinheiro do prémio tem ajudado esta organização a chegar a 77 000 pessoas por toda a região e inspirou o Ministério da Saúde do Mali a convidar a Muso a participar na elaboração do seu plano estratégico de cinco anos de crescimento dos serviços de saúde de base comunitária a nível nacional.

           
 

As anteriores inovações reconhecidas pelo Prémio de Inovação em Cuidados de Saúde estão também a ser implementadas além-fronteiras através de colaborações, garantindo a partilha de ideias que possam ajudar a salvar a vida de crianças. O vencedor do maior prémio de 2013 foi um kit de Pressão Positiva Contínua das Vias Respiratórias (CPAP) de baixo custo, desenvolvido pela Friends of Sick Children (FOSC) no Malawi. Este dispositivo ajuda bebés prematuros e recém-nascidos que sofrem de dificuldades respiratórias a respirar mais facilmente. Com o financiamento do Prémio e o apoio do Ministério da Saúde do Malawi, a FOSC está agora a partilhar esta tecnologia com os hospitais de ensino na Tanzânia, na Zâmbia e na África do Sul. Esta tecnologia pode potencialmente salvar a vida a 178 000 crianças africanas por ano, caso seja implementada em todo o continente.

 

As organizações de países em desenvolvimento podem agora inscrever-se no Prémio de Inovação em Cuidados de Saúde deste ano. As inscrições devem apresentar abordagens inovadoras aos cuidados de saúde que tenham resultado em melhorias tangíveis na taxa de sobrevivência entre crianças com menos de 5 anos, que sejam sustentáveis e com potencial para serem reproduzidas e implementadas em grande escala. Este ano, os trabalhos desenvolvidos com vista a aumentar a qualidade dos cuidados de saúde ou o acesso aos cuidados de saúde por parte dos recém-nascidos serão recebidos com especial interesse e atenção.

 

Ramil Burden, Vice-presidente da GSK na África e Países em Desenvolvimento, disse: “As histórias de sucesso que ouvimos dos vencedores do ano passado, apenas seis meses após terem recebido o seu financiamento, são verdadeiramente inspiradoras e queremos ajudar a reproduzir este sucesso. No que diz respeito a melhorar o acesso a cuidados de saúde de qualidade, nenhuma organização tem uma solução adequada para todos os casos, por isso, temos de continuar a procurar ideias novas e diferentes, onde quer que estejam. O nosso prémio reconhece que frequentemente as melhores soluções para os desafios de desenvolvimento vêm das pessoas que vivem com esses mesmos desafios e, através de parcerias, podemos fazer crescer as soluções locais para obter impactos globais.

 

Dr. Sam Agbo, Diretor de Saúde da Save the Children disse: “Este ano estamos especialmente interessados em encontrar inovações que ajudem a melhorar a saúde dos recém-nascidos nos países em desenvolvimento. A cada ano, quase três milhões de bebés morrem durante o primeiro mês de vida. Mas muitas dessas mortes podem ser evitadas com os recursos e cuidados adequados. Para resolver este problema é preciso utilizar várias abordagens com base em experiências em primeira mão. Este Prémio cria uma plataforma para trabalharmos em equipa, o que, em última instância, irá ajudar a salvar a vida de crianças que estão entre as mais vulneráveis do mundo.”

 

Poderá obter mais informações sobre o prémio e os critérios de inscrição em http://myg.sk/HealthcareInnovationAward. As inscrições fecham a 25 de agosto, às 23:59 (GMT). Os vencedores serão anunciados em dezembro de 2014.

 

Distribuído pela APO (African Press Organization) em nome da GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

 

 

Notas para os editores:

 

Vencedores do Prémio de Inovação em Cuidados de Saúde de 2013 – atualização após 6 meses

 

Friends of Sick Children, Malawi: recebeu o maior prémio, 400 000 dólares, pela sua tecnologia que salva a vida de recém-nascidos

 

-          A Friends of Sick Children, Malawi, é uma parceria entre o Departamento Pediátrico do Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital em Blantyre, Malawi, a Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies (Instituto para Tecnologias de Saúde Globais) da Universidade de Rice, nos Estados Unidos, e a Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Malawi

-          A sua “bolha”, um dispositivo de pressão positiva contínua nas vias respiratórias (bCPAP), é um dispositivo de baixo custo que ajuda os bebés recém-nascidos com dificuldades respiratórias, expandindo os seus pulmões para facilitar a respiração.

-          Esta adaptação de baixo custo dos dispositivos CPAP tradicionais pode ser produzida por cerca de 400 dólares – um preço 15 menor do que o preço médio de dispositivos atualmente utilizados em países desenvolvidos (6000 dólares)

-          As dificuldades respiratórias tiram a vida a cerca de 1 milhão de bebés africanos por ano. Estima-se que esta tecnologia poderia salvar a vida a 178 000 crianças africanas, se fosse implementada em todo o continente

-          O prémio está a ajudar a FOSC a partilhar a sua tecnologia bCPAP e a dar formação em unidades neonatais de hospitais de ensino por todo o Malawi, em parceria com o Ministério da Saúde, na Tanzânia, na Zâmbia e na África do Sul

-          Até à data, a FOSC já criou parcerias com mais três países, além do Malawi, para a avaliação das necessidades no que diz respeito ao número de pacientes, às necessidades de formação e ao desenvolvimento do pessoal

-          A formação de funcionários de cuidados de saúde da comunidade terá lugar no outono de 2014, em hospitais regionais e centrais selecionados e foi lançado um website de formação para dar apoio aos parceiros clínicos com aplicações técnicas e práticas precisas da tecnologia, para utilizar após a formação presencial

-          No final de 2014, a formação estará concluída em todos os países no plano de expansão e 10 instituições terão 4 máquinas bCPAP, mais o equipamento associado

-          Chokonojesta é apenas um dos bebés que beneficiou do bCPAP. Nasceu prematuramente aos 7 meses, com cerca de 1 kg. Apesar de conseguir respirar sozinho, os seus pulmões estavam tão pouco desenvolvidos que ele gastava toda a sua energia para respirar. Com o apoio do bCPAP, o Chokonojesta conseguiu crescer e ganhar peso e após duas semanas passou para os cuidados com Método Mãe Canguru, em que o contacto com a pele da mãe lhe forneceu calor e o ajudou a regular o batimento cardíaco e a respiração. Agora com 6 meses, está a crescer em casa, junto da família.

 

BRAC, Bangladesh: recebeu 300 000 dólares pela colaboração sul-sul, com a qual ajuda a melhorar a saúde de mulheres e crianças, do Bangladesh até aos bairros de lata da Serra Leoa

 

-          O “Manoshi” da BRAC é um programa urbano de saúde materna, neonatal e da criança que equipa os funcionários de cuidados de saúde com software de recolha de dados para telemóveis com o qual podem registar e comunicar eficazmente as informações vitais dos pacientes, num formato simples e uniformizado. Disponibiliza um conjunto completo de serviços de saúde para mães, bebés e crianças, para satisfazer as suas necessidades e desafios de saúde de três formas:

§         salas de parto simples e limpas, para novas mães, com uma parteira formada;

§         acesso rápido a serviços de saúde de emergência para aqueles que não podem pagar;

 

§         recolha digital de dados de pacientes para prestar um serviço de saúde mais eficiente.

-          Com o dinheiro do prémio, o BRAC pôde implementar o programa Manoshi no bairro de lata Portee, em Freetown, na Serra Leoa, onde as taxas de mortalidade materna e de crianças com menos de cinco anos estão entre as mais altas do mundo. O bairro de lata tem uma população de 6049 pessoas, incluindo 2593 mulheres e crianças com menos de cinco anos

-          Os telemóveis serão usados para notificar o pessoal sobre gravidezes e partos e para partilhar eficazmente informações sobre partos complicados e situações de emergência que precisem de encaminhamento

-          Em julho de 2014, todos os funcionários de cuidados de saúde da comunidade do bairro de lata Portee receberam formação sobre questões de saúde materna, neonatal e da criança (MNCH), ministrada pela equipa de gestão de saúde da região (DHMT) no Ministério da Saúde e Saneamento da Serra Leoa

-          Como parte do programa, foram selecionados 15 funcionários de cuidados de saúde da comunidade para implementar o programa

 

MUSO, Mali: recebeu 100 000 dólares para prestar cuidados diretos em comunidades que estão entre as mais pobres do mundo

 

-          A MUSO é uma organização comunitária no Mali, que ajuda a combater o problema da mortalidade infantil relacionada com a pobreza

-          O dinheiro do prémio está a ser usado na prestação de cuidados de saúde a 77 000 pessoas por toda a região. O programa ajuda identificar precocemente mulheres e crianças que necessitem de cuidados de saúde, antes que os sintomas evoluam para uma doença mais grave.

-          A maior atenção e os recursos adicionais recebidos devido a este prémio permitirão à MUSO expandir o seu raio de ação, tanto nas áreas urbanas, onde atualmente operam, como nas áreas rurais.

-          A MUSO irá reproduzir o seu sistema de saúde rápido em 157 novas comunidades, chegando a uma população de 120 000 pessoas. Esta expansão irá triplicar o número de pessoas ajudadas pela MUSO e irá ajudar a salvar milhões de vidas.

-          O impulso gerado pelo Prémio levou a um aumento da atenção e da ação a nível político. O Ministério da Saúde do Mali convidou a MUSO para ajudar a elaborar o seu plano estratégico de 5 anos para o crescimento da prestação de cuidados de saúde de base comunitária a nível nacional, de forma a disponibilizar cuidados de qualidade a mais de três milhões de crianças com menos de cinco anos

-          A direção da MUSO foi também convidada para apresentar o seu modelo e pesquisa àqueles que trabalham para acelerar os esforços de sobrevivência de crianças a nível global no Banco Mundial, na USAID e nas Nações Unidas

-          A MUSO já começou a desenvolver a base para expandir o conjunto de serviços prestados com funcionários de cuidados de saúde da comunidade das prioridades tradicionais, como a malaria e as doenças diarreicas, para outros desafios, como a pneumonia, a saúde materna e neonatal, bem como a desnutrição, que têm impacto na sobrevivência da criança e da mãe

-          Será lançada uma parceria para tecnologias móveis entre a MUSO e a Medic, para testar e implementar um painel de desempenho de última geração que permitirá aos seus funcionários registar diretamente e transmitir os dados de consultas domiciliares nos seus telemóveis

-          Será realizado um processo de seleção de local rigoroso para identificar os oito centros de saúde que irão participar numa replicação rural no próximo ano.

 

MicroClinic Technologies, Quénia: recebeu 100 000 dólares para ajudar o setor público de saúde do Quénia a implementar um sistema digital

-          O “ZiDi™” é um sistema de gestão de saúde móvel concebido para melhorar a qualidade dos cuidados maternos e da criança, graças ao acesso a dados otimizados em tempo-real que permitem a tomada de decisões sobre o planeamento de saúde.

-          Com o dinheiro do Prémio, a MicroClinic Technologies Ltd conseguiu desenvolver uma versão melhorada do ZiDi™, chamada ZiDi™ Pro, que disponibiliza uma gama completa de módulos ambulatórios, hospitalares e de cuidados especializados que o tornam acessível a todo o tipo de instituições de saúde em África.

-          Desde que venceu o prémio, o ZiDi™ Pro foi implementado em grandes instalações de saúde, incluindo o Hospital Distrital de Gatundu, que atende mais de 3000 pacientes por mês. Além disso, o ZiDi™ foi adotado pelo Ministério da Saúde do Quénia como parte da plataforma eletrónica nacional de saúde, ajudando o setor da saúde queniano a ser o primeiro em África a entrar na era digital.

-          A implementação do ZiDi™ a nível nacional deve alcançar o objetivo de automatização de mais de 5000 instalações de saúde nos próximos três a cinco anos.

-          O Ministério da Saúde do Quénia, através de um acordo de parceria público-privada com a MicroClinic Technologies, está a trabalhar para assegurar a participação de intervenientes nacionais e internacionais e garantir o sucesso da implementação do ZiDi™ Pro no Quénia, com a esperança de partilhar as lições aprendidas com outros países do leste africano.

-          Em junho de 2014, o ZiDi™-Pro foi lançado como uma solução completa, disponibilizado às clínicas como um serviço de pago por utilização. As clínicas privadas rurais podem agora ter os seus serviços automatizados, beneficiando de uma maior eficiência na prestação de serviços, gestão remota das clínicas e melhor previsão dos materiais necessários numa base semanal.

 

Fundação Canguru (Fundacion Canguro), Colômbia: recebeu 100 000 dólares por especial reconhecimento do seu trabalho de divulgação do Método Mãe Canguru (MMC), de forma a melhorar os cuidados de bebés prematuros e com pouco peso, melhorando a sua qualidade de vida.

-          O Método Mãe Canguru (MMC) é uma técnica simples que promove o contato direito precoce entre as mães e os seus bebés prematuros e recém-nascidos. As mães desempenham o papel de uma incubadora humana, aquecendo os bebés, regulando o seu batimento cardíaco e criando ligação com eles.

-          Esta prática tem um grande impacto na redução das taxas de morbidade e mortalidade de bebés prematuros e com pouco peso à nascença.

-          Ao vencer este prémio e em conjunto com o apoio do Ministério da Saúde da Colômbia, a fundação conseguiu aumentar a rede de saúde MMC, ministrando formação em 22 hospitais por todo o país.

-          A Fundação Canguru está também envolvida na construção de uma plataforma de formação eletrónica que permite a divulgação dos conhecimentos de MMC além-fronteiras. Em 2015, dois países em África com as taxas de mortalidade infantil mais elevadas serão beneficiados

-          Em conjunto com os seus esforços no terreno, a Fundação Canguru está a tentar que a Colômbia se torne no primeiro país a estabelecer o MMC como política de saúde pública e que exista um centro de excelência de MMC em cada região.

 

Critérios para a inscrição – as nomeações têm de:

 

1) Ser originários de um país classificado como de rendimento “baixo”, “médio-baixo” ou “médio-alto”, pelo Banco Mundial (http://data.worldbank.org/country) e não devem pertencer à União Europeia (http://europa.eu/about-eu/countries/index_en.htm). Os países classificados como de “alto rendimento” pelo Banco Mundial ou pertencentes à União Europeia não são elegíveis

 

2)        Pertencer a uma organização sediada num país elegível e apresentar uma inovação utilizada para o benefício dos habitantes de um país elegível

 

A GSK (http://www.gsk.com) – uma empresa de cuidados de saúde e farmacêutica líder mundial em investigação – está empenhada em melhorar a qualidade da vida humana ao permitir que as pessoas façam mais, se sintam melhor e vivam durante mais tempo. Para obter mais informações, visite www.gsk.com.

 

Save the Children – A Save the Children desenvolve a sua atividade em mais de 120 países. Salvamos a vida de crianças. Lutamos pelos direitos das crianças. Ajudamo-las a aproveitar o seu potencial. www.savethechildren.org.uk  

 

 

Questões gerais dos meios de comunicação social:

                                                  Brian Sibanda                              + 27 72 020 1852                   (África do sul)

 

Questões sobre a GSK:                                

Questões dos meios de comunicação do Reino Unido:       David Mawdsley        +44 (0) 20 8047 5502       (Londres)

            Simon Steel    +44 (0) 20 8047 5502 (Londres)

            David Daley   +44 (0) 20 8047 5502 (Londres)

            Catherine Hartley      +44 (0) 20 8047 5502 (Londres)

            Sarah Hornby +44 (0) 20 8047 5502 (Londres)

                                  
 

Questões dos meios de comunicação dos EUA:      Stephen Rea   +1 215 751 4394            (Filadélfia)

            Melinda Stubbee        +1 919 483 2510        (Carolina do Norte)

            Mary Anne Rhyne      +1 919 483 0492        (Carolina do Norte)

                                  
 

 

Questões sobre a Save the Children:                       

Questões dos meios de comunicação social:           Jo Campbell   +44 (0) 20 7012 6841            (Londres)

                        j.campbell@savethechildren.org.uk

 

Declaração de precaução relativamente às declarações prospetivas

A GSK alerta os investidores que qualquer declaração prospetiva ou projeção feita pela GSK, incluindo a apresentada neste comunicado de imprensa, está sujeita a riscos e incertezas que podem originar resultados materialmente diferentes daqueles que foram projetados. Esses fatores incluem, mas não estão limitados a, os fatores descritos no ponto 3.D “Fatores de risco” do Relatório Anual da empresa, no Formulário 20-F de 2013.

 

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Des idées locales pour définir des programmes de santé nationaux visant à réduire la mortalité infantile dans les pays en développement

 

Le groupe GSK et l’ONG Save the Children renouvellent leur appel en faveur d’idées visant à sauver la vie de nouveau-nés et d’enfants de moins cinq ans pour leur Prix de l’innovation dans le domaine des soins de santé doté d’un montant de 1 million de dollars US

 

LONDRES, Royaume-Uni, 12 août 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le groupe GSK (http://www.gsk.com) et l’ONG Save the Children renouvellent leur appel à candidatures pour leur Prix 2014 de l’innovation dans le domaine des soins de santé (Healthcare Innovation Award), doté d’un montant de 1 million de dollars US et dont les anciens lauréats attirent l’attention et le soutien de gouvernements nationaux soucieux de contribuer à l’amélioration des taux de survie des nouveau-nés et des enfants de moins de cinq dans les pays en développement.

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Six mois après avoir reçu une partie du Prix 2013 de l’innovation dans le domaine des soins de santé, cinq organisations implantées dans des pays en développement contribuent à définir des programmes nationaux de santé et jouent un rôle dans la manière d’appréhender les soins de santé destinés aux enfants et aux nouveau-nés.

 

L’un des lauréats, MicroClinic Technologies Ltd, a reçu 100 000 dollars US pour sa solution « ZiDi™ », un système mobile de gestion de la santé qui vient d’être adopté par le ministère kenyan de la Santé. Du fait de sa capacité à améliorer l’approvisionnement en médicaments, la qualité de service et la transparence en matière de gestion des ressources dans le domaine des soins de santé prodigués aux enfants, ce système est ainsi utilisé dans le cadre de la plateforme nationale kenyane consacrée à l’e-santé. Il sera, dès l’année prochaine, déployé dans près de 5 000 établissements de santé publics.

 

Implantée au Mali, l’organisation communautaire Muso, qui lutte contre la mortalité infantile liée à la pauvreté, a également reçu 100 000 dollars US en vue de soutenir son programme visant à identifier rapidement les femmes et les enfants ayant besoin de soins de santé. La somme allouée dans le cadre de l’obtention du prix est utilisée pour aider à atteindre quelque 77 000 personnes vivant dans la région. Elle a par ailleurs incité le ministère malien de la Santé à demander l’aide de Muso pour mettre au point son plan stratégique quinquennal visant à renforcer la prestation de soins de santé communautaire sur le plan national.

           
 

Des innovations antérieures récompensées par le Prix de l’innovation dans le domaine des soins de santé sont également mises en œuvre sur une base collaborative et transfrontalière, permettant ainsi de partager des idées susceptibles de contribuer à sauver des vies d’enfants. Le lauréat du premier prix de l’édition 2013 était un kit de ventilation en pression positive continue (VPPC) mis au point par l’association caritative Friends of Sick Children in Malawi (FOSCiM). Ce dispositif aide les bébés prématurés et les nouveau-nés souffrant de troubles respiratoires à respirer plus facilement. Grâce à la dotation du prix et au soutien du ministère malawite de la Santé, la FOSCiM partage désormais cette technologie avec des centres hospitaliers universitaires en Tanzanie, en Zambie et en Afrique du Sud. Cette technologie pourrait sauver chaque année la vie de 178 000 enfants africains si elle était appliquée à l’échelle de tout le continent.

 

Les organisations de l’ensemble du monde en développement peuvent maintenant soumettre leur candidature pour l’obtention du Prix de l’innovation dans le domaine des soins de santé qui sera attribué cette année. Les candidatures doivent avoir trait à des approches novatrices ayant entraîné une amélioration tangible des taux de survie chez les enfants de moins de 5 ans, qui sont durables et qui sont susceptibles d’être reproduites et appliquées à plus grande échelle. Cette année, l’accent sera mis sur les travaux visant à améliorer la qualité des soins de santé aux nouveau-nés ainsi que l’accès à ces soins.

 

  « Le récit des succès dont nous font part les lauréats de l’an dernier, six mois seulement après l’obtention de leur financement, constitue une véritable source d’inspiration et nous entendons contribuer à ce que ces succès se reproduisent. Quand il s’agit d’améliorer l’accès à des soins de santé de qualité, aucune organisation ne détient, à elle seule, toutes les clés du problème. Nous ne cessons donc de rechercher des idées neuves et différentes, où qu’elles soient. Notre prix reconnaît que les meilleures solutions aux défis que pose le développement émanent souvent des personnes qui y sont confrontées. Partant de ce constat, la mise en place de partenariats peut nous permettre de donner de l’ampleur à des solutions locales et d’obtenir ainsi des résultats d’envergure globale », indique Ramil Burden, vice-président en charge de l’Afrique et des pays en développement au sein de GSK.

 

  « Cette année, nous recherchons notamment des innovations contribuant à améliorer la santé des nouveau-nés dans le monde en développement. Chaque année, en effet, près de trois millions de bébés meurent au cours du premier mois de leur vie. Un grand nombre de ces décès pourraient pourtant être évités par la mise en place de ressources et de soins adéquats. Il nous faut donc trouver des approches différentes, éclairées par des expériences de première main, pour régler cette question. Ce prix constitue une plateforme permettant de favoriser un travail collaboratif qui permettra de sauver la vie à certains des enfants les plus vulnérables de la planète », souligne, quant à lui, le Dr Sam Agbo, Directeur de la Santé de Save the Children.

 

Pour de plus amples informations sur le prix ainsi que sur les critères de candidature, veuillez consulter le site : http://myg.sk/HealthcareInnovationAward. La date limite des candidatures a été fixée au 25 août, à 23 h 59 (TUC). Les lauréats seront annoncés au mois de décembre 2014.

 

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

 

 

Notes aux rédacteurs :

 

Lauréats du Prix 2013 de l’innovation dans le domaine des soins de santé – mise à jour après 6 mois

 

Friends of Sick Children, Malawi : l’association avait reçu le premier prix doté de 400 000 dollars US pour sa technologie permettant de sauver la vie de nouveau-nés

 

-          L’association Friends of Sick Children in Malawi est le fruit d’un partenariat entre le service de pédiatrie de l’établissement Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital de Blantyre, au Malawi, le programme Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies de l’Université Rice, aux États-Unis, et le College of Medecine de l’Université du Malawi.

-          Son dispositif de ventilation en pression positive continue à « bulles » (‘bubble’ Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, bCPAP) est un dispositif à faible coût qui aide les nouveau-nés en détresse respiratoire à garder leurs poumons gonflés afin qu’ils puissent respirer plus facilement.

-          Cette adaptation à bas coût des dispositifs VPPC traditionnels peut être produite pour une somme d’environ 400 dollars US, soit un montant 15 fois inférieur au coût moyen de dispositifs actuellement utilisés dans les pays développés (6 000 dollars US).

-          La détresse respiratoire coûte, chaque année, la vie à près de 1 million de bébés africains. On estime que cette technologie pourrait sauver la vie de près de 178 000 enfants africains si elle était mise en œuvre sur l’ensemble du continent.

-          Le prix aide la FOSCiM à partager sa technologie bCPAP et à proposer des formations au sein de services de néonatalogie de centres hospitaliers universitaires dans tout le Malawi, et ce, en partenariat avec le ministère de la Santé, la Tanzanie, la Zambie et l’Afrique du Sud.

-          À ce jour, la FOSCiM a conclu des partenariats avec les trois autres pays afin de procéder, hors des frontières du Malawi, à l’évaluation des besoins en matière de charge de patients, de formation et de perfectionnement du personnel.

-          La formation des agents de santé communautaire aura lieu à l’automne 2014 dans une sélection d’hôpitaux de district et d’hôpitaux centraux. Un site Web de formation a en outre été lancé afin de fournir aux partenaires cliniques des applications techniques et pratiques précises de la technologie sur la base d’une formation en face-à-face.

-          À la fin de l’année 2014, tous les pays du plan d’expansion auront suivi une formation et 10 sites disposeront de 4 machines bCPAP ainsi que de l’équipement associé.

-          Chokonjesta est précisément l’un des petits garçons à avoir bénéficié de la technologie bCPAP. Né prématurément à 7 mois, il pesait à peine 1 kg. Bien qu’il ait été capable de respirer par lui-même, ses poumons étaient tellement immatures que cet exercice absorbait la quasi-totalité de son énergie. Grâce au dispositif bCPAP, Chokonjesta a pu grandir et prendre du poids. Au bout de deux semaines, il a pu bénéficier de la méthode « mère kangourou » dans le cadre de laquelle le contact peau contre peau avec sa mère lui a fourni de la chaleur et l’a aidé à réguler les battements de son cœur et sa respiration. Maintenant âgé de 6 mois, il s’épanouit à la maison, avec sa famille.

 

BRAC, Bangladesh : l’ONG avait reçu 300 000 dollars US pour une coopération Sud-Sud visant à améliorer la santé des femmes et des enfants du Bangladesh aux bidonvilles de la Sierra Leone

 

-          Mis au point par l’ONG BRAC, « Manoshi » est un programme de santé maternelle, néonatale et infantile en milieu urbain qui équipe les agents de santé d’un logiciel de collecte de données sur téléphone mobile afin de les aider à enregistrer et à rendre compte plus efficacement des informations vitales du patient dans un format simple et standardisé. Il comprend un ensemble complet de services de santé aux mères, aux bébés et aux enfants en vue de répondre de trois façons aux besoins et aux défis que pose la santé de ceux-ci :

§         des chambres d’accouchement simples et propres pour les nouvelles mères avec une sage-femme qualifiée ;

§         un accès rapide aux services de santé d’urgence pour ceux qui ne peuvent pas se le permettre ;

§         la collecte de données numériques relatives au patient afin de fournir des services de santé plus efficaces.

-          La dotation du prix a permis au BRAC d’implanter le programme Manoshi dans le bidonville de Portee, à Freetown, en Sierra Leone, où le taux de mortalité des mères et des enfants de moins de cinq ans est l’un des plus élevés au monde. La population totale vivant dans ce bidonville est de 6 049 personnes, dont 2 593 femmes et enfants de moins de cinq ans.

-          Les téléphones mobiles seront utilisés pour informer le personnel des grossesses et des naissances et pour partager l’information de manière efficace quant aux accouchements difficiles et aux orientations en cas d’urgence.

-          En juillet 2014, les agents de santé communautaires opérant dans le bidonville de Portee ont tous reçu une formation sur les questions de santé maternelle, néonatale et infantile (SMNI) dispensée par l’équipe de gestion sanitaire de district du ministère sierra-léonais de la Santé et de l’Hygiène.

-          Dans le cadre de ce programme, 15 agents de santé communautaires ont été sélectionnés au sein de la communauté pour mettre en œuvre le programme.

 

MUSO, Mali : l’organisation avait reçu un prix doté de 100 000 dollars US pour la prestation de soins dans certaines communautés parmi les plus démunies au monde

 

-          MUSO est une organisation communautaire implantée au Mali qui lutte contre la mortalité infantile liée à la pauvreté.

-          La dotation du prix qui lui a été décerné est utilisée pour fournir des soins de santé à près de 77 000 personnes vivant dans la région. Le programme prend en charge l’identification précoce des femmes et des enfants nécessitant des soins de santé, avant que leurs symptômes ne s’aggravent. 

-          Le renforcement de l’attention et des ressources obtenu grâce au prix permettront à l’organisation MUSO d’élargir son rayon d’action tant dans les zones urbaines, où elle opère actuellement, que dans les zones rurales.

-          MUSO entend répliquer son système de santé rapide dans 157 nouvelles communautés, correspondant à une population de 120 000 personnes. Cette expansion multipliera par trois le nombre de personnes bénéficiant actuellement des services de l’organisation et permettra de sauver des millions de vies.

-          La dynamique créée par le prix a engendré un regain d’attention et d’action au niveau où sont prises les décisions. Le ministère malien de la Santé a convié MUSO à l’aider à définir son plan stratégique quinquennal visant à amplifier la prestation de soins de santé communautaire sur le plan national afin de fournir des soins de qualité à plus de trois millions d’enfants de moins de cinq ans.

-          La direction de MUSO a également été invitée à présenter son modèle et ses recherches aux personnes œuvrant à l’accélération des efforts mondiaux déployés en matière de survie de l’enfant au sein de la Banque mondiale, de l’USAID et des Nations Unies.

-          MUSO a commencé à jeter les bases d’un élargissement de son offre de prestation de services d’ASC au-delà du domaine traditionnel que sont le paludisme et les maladies diarrhéiques pour relever d’autres défis, tels que la pneumonie, la santé maternelle et néonatale, et la malnutrition, qui pèsent sur la survie des enfants et des mères.

-          Un partenariat mobile MUSO-Medic sera lancé afin de tester et de déployer un tableau de bord de performances de pointe visant à permettre aux ASC d’enregistrer et de transmettre directement les données des visites effectuées à domicile sur leurs téléphones mobiles.

-          Un processus complet de sélection de site sera entrepris afin d’identifier huit centres de santé qui participeront à une extension du projet en milieu rural au cours de l’année prochaine.

 

MicroClinic Technologies, Kenya : la société avait reçu un prix doté de 100 000 dollars US pour aider le secteur public des soins de santé kenyan à passer à l’ère numérique

 

-          « ZiDi™ » est un système mobile de gestion de la santé conçu pour améliorer la qualité des soins maternels et infantiles en donnant accès à des données en temps réel optimisées pour les décisions relatives à la planification des soins de santé.

-          Avec la dotation de son prix, MicroClinic Technologies Ltd a pu mettre au point une version améliorée de ZiDi™, ZiDi™ Pro, qui offre une gamme complète de modules de soins spécialisés pour patients en consultation externe ou hospitalisés et qui permet l’accès à ces modules à tous les niveaux des établissements de soins et de santé en Afrique.

-          Depuis que le prix lui a été décerné, ZiDi™ Pro a été déployé dans de grands établissements de santé, y compris au sein de l’hôpital du district de Gatundu, qui traite plus de 3 000 patients par mois. ZiDi™ a en outre été adopté par le ministère kenyan de la Santé dans le cadre de la plateforme nationale consacrée à l’e-santé, ce qui contribue à faire du secteur kenyan de la santé le premier à entrer dans l’ère numérique en Afrique.

-          La mise en œuvre du système ZiDi™ à l’échelle nationale devrait permettre d’atteindre l’objectif visant à automatiser plus de 5 000 établissements de santé au cours des trois à cinq prochaines années.

-          Le ministère kenyan de la Santé œuvre, par le biais d’un contrat de partenariat public-privé conclu avec MicroClinic Technologies, à emporter l’adhésion d’acteurs nationaux et internationaux afin d’assurer le succès de la mise en œuvre de ZiDi™ Pro au Kenya, et espère ensuite pouvoir partager les enseignements qui en auront été tirés avec d’autres pays d’Afrique de l’Est.

-          En juin 2014, le système ZiDi™ Pro a été lancé sous la forme d’une solution complète et de bout en bout et a été proposé aux cliniques sur la base d’un paiement à l’usage. Les cliniques rurales privées peuvent désormais automatiser leurs services et bénéficier ainsi d’une efficacité accrue dans la prestation de leurs services tout en gérant leurs cliniques à distance et en prévoyant mieux leurs besoins en matières consommables sur une base hebdomadaire. 

 

Fondation Kangourou (Fundación Canguro), Colombie : la fondation avait reçu un prix doté de 100 000 dollars US en guise d’hommage spécial pour ses travaux de diffusion de la méthode de soins « Mère Kangourou » (MMK) visant à améliorer les soins apportés aux bébés prématurés et aux nouveau-nés ayant un poids insuffisant à la naissance ainsi qu’à améliorer la qualité de vie de ceux-ci.

 

-          La Méthode « Mère Kangourou » (MMK) est une technique simple favorisant le contact peau contre peau précoce entre les mères et leurs bébés prématurés et nouveau-nés. Les mères y agissent comme des incubateurs humains, en gardant leurs bébés au chaud, en régulant les battements de cœur de ceux-ci et en tissant des liens avec eux.

-          Cette pratique a un effet remarquable sur la réduction des taux de morbidité et de mortalité pour les bébés prématurés et les nouveau-nés ayant un poids insuffisant à la naissance.

-          L’attribution de ce prix et le soutien du ministère colombien de la Santé ont permis à la fondation d’élargir le réseau de santé MMK en procédant à la formation de 22 hôpitaux dans tout le pays.

-          La Fondation Kangourou participe également à la mise en place d’une plateforme d’e-apprentissage permettant la diffusion des connaissances relatives aux MMK au-delà des frontières. En 2015, les deux pays d’Afrique présentant les taux de mortalité infantile les plus élevés en bénéficieront.

-          Outre les efforts qu’elle déploie sur le terrain, la Fondation Kangourou s’engage pour que la Colombie soit le premier pays à intégrer les MMK à sa politique officielle de santé publique et pour que chaque district dispose d’un centre d’excellence en MMK.

 

Critères d’inscription – les candidatures doivent :

 

1)        provenir d’organisations dont le siège se trouve dans des pays classés dans la catégorie des revenus « faibles », « intermédiaires, tranche inférieure » ou « intermédiaires, tranche supérieure » par la Banque mondiale (http://donnees.banquemondiale.org/pays) et ne peuvent pas provenir de l’Union européenne (http://europa.eu/about-eu/countries/index_fr.htm). Les pays classés dans la catégorie des « revenus élevés » par la Banque mondiale ou faisant partie de l’Union européenne ne pourront pas participer.

 

2)        provenir d’une organisation dont le siège se trouve dans un pays pouvant participer, faisant valoir une innovation bénéficiant à la population d’un pays pouvant participer.

 

GSK (http://www.gsk.com) est l’un des leaders mondiaux de la recherche pharmaceutique et de la fabrication de produits de soins de santé. La société s’est fixée comme objectif d’améliorer la qualité de vie des êtres humains en leur permettant d’entreprendre davantage, de se sentir mieux et de vivre plus longtemps.  Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez consulter le site suivant : www.gsk.com.

 

Save the Children – L’organisation Save the Children opère dans plus de 120 pays. Nous sauvons des vies d’enfants. Nous nous battons pour leurs droits. Nous les aidons à exploiter leur potentiel. www.savethechildren.org.uk  

 

 

Contact presse :

                                                  Brian Sibanda                              + 27 72 020 1852                   (Afrique du Sud)

 

Service de renseignements pour GSK :                               

Service de renseignements pour les médias, Royaume-Uni :         David Mawdsley        +44 (0) 20 8047 5502        (Londres)

            Simon Steel    +44 (0) 20 8047 5502 (Londres)

            David Daley   +44 (0) 20 8047 5502 (Londres)

            Catherine Hartley      +44 (0) 20 8047 5502 (Londres)

            Sarah Hornby +44 (0) 20 8047 5502 (Londres)

                                  
 

Contact presse, États-Unis :   Stephen Rea   +1 215 751 4394            (Philadelphie)

            Melinda Stubbee        +1 919 483 2510        (Caroline du Nord)

            Mary Anne Rhyne      +1 919 483 0492        (Caroline du Nord)

                                  
 

Contact presse pour Save the Children :                         

Service de renseignements pour les médias :          Jo Campbell   +44 (0) 20 7012 6841            (Londres)

                        j.campbell@savethechildren.org.uk

 

Mise en garde concernant les énoncés de nature prospective

GSK met les investisseurs en garde contre le fait que les énoncés de nature prospective présentés par GSK, y compris ceux qui sont contenus dans le présent communiqué, sont assujettis à des risques et à des incertitudes qui pourraient faire en sorte que les résultats réels diffèrent sensiblement de ceux qui sont attendus. De tels facteurs peuvent inclure, sans s’y limiter, ceux décrits à la rubrique 3.D portant sur les facteurs de risque de son rapport annuel 2013 présenté sur formulaire 20-F.

 

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Local ideas shaping national health agendas to reduce child deaths in developing countries

 

GSK and Save the Children $1 million Healthcare Innovation Award continues to call for life-saving ideas for newborns and under-fives

 

LONDON, United-Kingdom, August 12, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ GSK (http://www.gsk.com) and Save the Children continue to call for applications for their 2014 $1 million Healthcare Innovation Award, as previous winners attract interest and support from national governments to help improve survival rates of newborns and children under five in developing countries.

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Six months after receiving a share of the 2013 Healthcare Innovation Award, five organisations based in developing countries are helping shape national health agendas and influencing approaches to healthcare for children and newborns.

 

One of the winners, MicroClinic Technologies Ltd., was awarded $100,000 for ‘ZiDi™, a mobile health management system, which has now been adopted by the Kenya Ministry of Health. The system is being used as part of the national e-health platform due to its ability to improve medicine supply, service quality and resource accountability for child healthcare. It will be rolled out across 5,000 public health facilities starting next year.

 

Muso, a community-led organisation in Mali that helps tackle the issue of poverty-related child mortality, also received $100,000 to support its programme which aims to quickly identify women and children in need of healthcare. The award money is being used to help reach 77,000 people across the region and has inspired the Mali Ministry of Health to invite Muso to help draft its five-year strategic plan for scaling up national community-based healthcare delivery.

           
 

Previous innovations recognised by the Healthcare Innovation Award are also being implemented across borders through collaboration, ensuring that ideas that may help save children’s lives are being shared. The top-prize winner from 2013 was a low cost Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) kit, developed by Friends of Sick Children (FOSC) in Malawi. This device helps premature and newborn babies suffering from distress breathe more easily. With funding from the Award, and backing from the Ministry of Health in Malawi, FOSC is now sharing this technology with teaching hospitals in Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa. This technology has the potential to save the lives of 178,000 African children each year if implemented continent-wide.

 

Organisations from across the developing world can now apply for this year’s Healthcare Innovation Award. Applications must be for innovative healthcare approaches that have resulted in tangible improvements to under-5 child survival rates, which are sustainable and have the potential to be scaled-up and replicated. This year, special interest and attention will be given to work that aims to increase the quality of, or access to, healthcare for newborns.

 

Ramil Burden, Vice President, Africa and Developing Countries, GSK, said: “The success stories we’re hearing from last year’s winners, just six months since receiving their funding, are truly inspiring and we want to help replicate this success. When it comes to improving access to quality healthcare, no single organisation has all the answers and we need to continuously look for new and different ideas, wherever they might be. Our award recognises that often the best solutions to development challenges come from people living with them and through partnerships we can help scale up local solutions to create global impacts.

 

Dr Sam Agbo, Head of Health, Save the Children said: “This year we’re particularly searching for innovations that are helping to improve the health of newborns in the developing world. Every year, almost three million babies die during their first month of life. But many of these deaths are preventable with the right resources and care in place. We must find different approaches, informed by first-hand experience, to address this issue. This Award provides a platform for working in collaboration, which will ultimately help to save the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.”

 

More information on the award and application criteria can be found at http://myg.sk/HealthcareInnovationAward. Entries close on 25th August at 11:59pm (GMT). Winners will be announced in December 2014.

 

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

 

 

Notes to Editors:

 

2013 Healthcare Award Innovation Winners – 6 month update

 

Friends of Sick Children, Malawi: Awarded top prize of $400,000 for their life-saving technology for newborns

 

-          Friends of Sick Children, Malawi is a partnership between the Paediatric Department at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, Rice University’s Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies in the United States, and University of Malawi College of Medicine

-          Their ‘bubble’ Continuous Positive Airway Pressure ‘bCPAP’ device is a low-cost device that helps newborn babies in respiratory distress to keep their lungs inflated so they can breathe more easily

-          This low-cost adaptation of traditional CPAP devices can be produced for around $400 – a 15-fold reduction from the average cost of devices currently used in developed countries ($6000)

-          Respiratory distress claims the lives of about 1 million African babies each year. It is estimated that this technology could save the lives of 178,000 African children if implemented across the continent

-          The Award is helping FOSC to share their bCPAP technology and provide training in teaching hospital neonatal units across Malawi, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa

-          To date, FOSC have partnered with the additional three countries, outside of Malawi, to undertake needs assessments regarding patient load, training needs and staff development

-          Community healthcare worker training will take place in the Autumn of 2014 in select district and central hospitals and a training website has been launched to support clinical partners with accurate technical  and practical applications of the technology following in-person training

-          By the end of 2014, all countries in the expansion plan will have undergone training and 10 sites will have 4 bCPAP machines plus associated equipment

-          Chokonojesta is just one of the baby boys to have benefited from bCPAP. He was born prematurely at 7 months, weighing just over 2lbs. Although he was able to breathe on his own, his lungs were so immature it took nearly all his energy to do so. With the support of bCPAP, Chokonjesta was able to grow and gain weight and after two weeks he graduated to Kangaroo Mother Care, where skin-to-skin contact with his mother provided warmth and helped him to regulate his own heart beat and breathing. Now 6 months old, he is thriving at home with his family.

 

BRAC, Bangladesh: Awarded $300,000 for South-South collaboration, helping to improve women and children’s health from Bangladesh to the slums of Sierra Leone

 

-          BRAC’s ‘Manoshi’ is an urban maternal, neonatal and child health programme that that equips healthcare workers with mobile phone-based data collection software, allowing them to more efficiently record and report vital patient information in a simple and standardised format. It offers a comprehensive package of health services to mothers, babies and children to meet their health needs and challenges in three key ways:

§         Simple, clean delivery rooms for new mothers with a trained birth attendant

§         Quick access to emergency health services for those who cannot afford it

 

§         Patient digital data collection for more efficient health service delivery

-          The Award money enabled BRAC to bring the Manoshi programme to the Portee slum of Freetown, Sierra Leone, where under-five and maternal mortality rates are among the highest in the world. The total population in the slum is 6,049 people, including 2,593 women and children under five years of age

-          Mobile phones will be used to notify staff about pregnancies, births and for sharing information efficiently about complicated deliveries and emergency referrals

-          In July 2014, all community healthcare workers in the Portee slum received training on maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) issues , from the District Health Management Team (DHMT) at the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation

-          As part of the programme, 15 community healthcare workers have been selected from the community to implement the programme

 

MUSO, Mali: Awarded $100,000 for delivering care to the doorsteps of some of the world’s most impoverished communities

 

-          MUSO is a community-led organization in Mali that helps tackle the issue of poverty-related child mortality

-          Their Award money is being used to deliver healthcare to 77,000 people across the region. The programme supports the early identification of women and children in need of healthcare, before their symptoms escalate to a more serious condition. 

-          The increased attention and resources made possible through the award will enable MUSO to expand their reach, both in the urban areas, where they currently operate, and into rural areas.

-          MUSO will replicate their rapid health system in 157 new communities, reaching a population of 120,000. This expansion will triple the number of people currently served by MUSO and help save millions of lives.

-          The momentum generated by the Award has led to increased attention and action at a decision making level. The Malian Ministry of Health invited MUSO to help draft its 5-year strategic plan for scaling up national community-based healthcare delivery to provide quality care for more than three million children under the age of five

-          MUSO’s leadership has also been invited to present its model and research to those working to accelerate global child survival efforts at the World Bank, USAID, and the United Nations

-          MUSO have begun laying the groundwork to expand its CHW service delivery package beyond the traditional focus on malaria and diarrheal diseases to other challenges, such as pneumonia, maternal and neonatal health, and malnutrition, that impact child and maternal survival

-          A MUSO-Medic mobile partnership will be launched to test and deploy a cutting-edge performance dashboard to enable CHWs to directly record and transmit data from home visits on their mobile phones

-          A comprehensive site selection process will be undertaken to identify eight health centres that will participate in a rural replication next year.

 

MicroClinic Technologies, Kenya: Awarded $100,000 to help Kenyan public sector healthcare go digital

 

-          ‘ZiDi™’ is a mobile health management system designed to improve the quality of maternal and child care by providing access to real-time data optimized for health planning decisions.

-          With their Award money, MicroClinic Technologies Ltd, was able to develop an enhanced version of ZiDi™ called ZiDi™ Pro, which offers a full range of outpatient, inpatient and specialty care modules enabling it to be accessible at all levels of care and health facilities in Africa.

-          Since winning the Award, ZiDi™ Pro has now been deployed in larger health facilities, including the Gatundu District Hospital, which serves more than 3,000 patients monthly.  Furthermore, ZiDi™ has been adopted by The Kenya Ministry of Health as part of the national e-health platform, helping the Kenyan health sector to become the first in Africa to launch into the digital era.

-          Implementation of ZiDi™ at national scale should achieve the target of automating over 5,000 health facilities within the next three to five years.

-          The Kenya Ministry of Health through a public private partnership agreement with MicroClinic Technologies is working to secure buy-in from national and international stakeholders to ensure a successful implementation of ZiDi™ Pro in Kenya, with the hope of sharing lessons learned with other East Africa countries.

-          In June 2014, ZiDi™-Pro was launched as a total end-to-end solution offered as a pay-as-you-go service to clinics.  Private rural clinics can now afford to automate their services, benefit from improved efficiency in service delivery, remote management of their clinics and better forecast supplies on a weekly basis. 

 

Kangaroo Foundation (Fundacion Canguro), Colombia: Awarded $100,000 in special recognition of its work spreading the Kangaroo Mother Care Method (KMC), to improve the premature and low birth weight babies’ care, for a better quality of life

 

-          Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) is a simple technique which promotes early skin-to-skin contact between mothers and their premature and newborn babies. Mothers act as human incubators, keeping their babies warm, regulating their heartbeats and bond with them.

-          This practice has a dramatic impact on reducing morbidity and mortality rates for premature and low birth weight babies.

-          By winning this award and along with the support of the Health Ministry of Colombia, the Foundation has been able to widen the KMC health network by training 22 hospitals across country.

-          The Kangaroo Foundation is also involved in building an e-learning platform which allows the dissemination of KMC knowledge across borders. In 2015, two countries in Africa, with the highest infant mortality rates, will benefit

-          Along with their efforts on the ground, the Kangaroo Foundation is advocating for Colombia to be the first country to have KMC established as an official public health policy and for each district to have a KMC centre of excellence.

 

Criteria for entry – nominations must:

 

1)        Be from a country classified as ‘low’, ‘lower-middle’, or ‘upper-middle’ income by the World Bank (http://data.worldbank.org/country), and not be from the European Union (http://europa.eu/about-eu/countries/index_en.htm). Countries classified as ‘high income’ by the World Bank or that are in the European Union are not eligible

 

2)        Come from an organisation based in an eligible country, with an innovation used for the benefit of the people in an eligible country

 

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Moçambique: nova clínica de oftalmologia para servir dois milhões de pessoas

 

A cerimónia de lançamento da primeira pedra de uma nova clínica oftalmológica da LIGHT FOR THE WORLD, uma confederação europeia de ONG para o desenvolvimento, decorreu na capital da província Beira

 

MAPUTO, Mozambique, August 12, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Há poucos dias, o Hospital Central da Beira, em Moçambique, assistiu à cerimónia de lançamento da primeira pedra da nova Clínica Oftalmológica Invicta, que servirá como centro oftalmológico para dois milhões de pessoas. “Os cuidados de saúde são um fator essencial para o desenvolvimento socioeconómico. A cerimónia de hoje aproxima-nos um pouco mais do nosso objetivo: ninguém, seja aqui em Moçambique ou em qualquer outra parte do mundo, deveria perder a visão por falta de tratamento. Na Clínica Oftalmológica Invicta, poderemos realizar 1200 cirurgias e tratar 25 000 pacientes por ano”, anunciou na cerimónia o Prof. Gerhard Schuhmann, oftalmologista austríaco e membro da direção da LIGHT FOR THE WORLD (http://www.light-for-the-world.org). A nova clínica recebeu o seu nome em homenagem à fundação Invicta de Peter von Bertalanffy, os quais contribuíram de forma significativa para o projeto.

 

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Um centro para cuidados oftalmológicos e formação profissional

 

Em Moçambique, existem apenas 18 médicos oftalmologistas e 54 enfermeiras de oftalmologia para uma população de 23 milhões, em teoria, cada oftalmologista seria responsável por 1,3 milhões de pacientes. Por isso, a formação de profissional é um passo vital na missão da LIGHT FOR THE WORLD de melhorar a saúde ocular de todos. O conceito da nova clínica de oftalmologia é o reflexo disso mesmo: possuirá instalações de formação que irão permitir a formação de dez profissionais de cuidados de saúde ocular de dois em dois anos. “Temos muito orgulho no facto de a Clínica Oftalmológica Invicta vir a ser o primeiro centro de formação deste tipo em Maputo”, afirmou Zacharias Zicai.

 

A LIGHT FOR THE WORLD tem estado ativa em Moçambique desde 2003. Em cooperação com o Hospital Central da Beira, a organização está a implementar um programa extensivo de prevenção contra a cegueira nas regiões central e norte de Moçambique, que incluem programas de assistência, unidades de cuidados primários oftalmológicos e formação profissional. A LIGHT FOR THE WORLD e os seus programas fazem parte da iniciativa Vision2020, cujo objetivo é eliminar a cegueira que pode ser evitada em todo o mundo até 2020.

 

Distribuído pela APO (African Press Organization) em nome da Light for the World.

 

 

Contacto:

Andrea Zefferer, LIGHT FOR THE WORLD

Telemóvel: +447546873619

E-mail: a.zefferer@light-for-the-world.org

 

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Sobre:

A LIGHT FOR THE WORLD (http://www.light-for-the-world.org) é uma confederação de ONG para o desenvolvimento nacional comprometida em melhorar a saúde ocular e promover a educação inclusiva, a reabilitação centrada na comunidade, o desenvolvimento inclusivo e os direitos das pessoas com deficiência nos países parceiros.

Em 2013, foram realizadas mais de 56 300 cirurgias às cataratas que resultariam em cegueira. 15 100 cirurgias às pálpebras aliviaram dores e travaram o processo de cegueira em pessoas com tracoma. 73 500 crianças com deficiência tiveram acesso a vários tipos de reabilitação. No total, a LIGHT FOR THE WORLD chegou a 1,18 milhões de pessoas nas regiões em desenvolvimento por todo o mundo, na maioria em África e na Ásia.

 

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Mozambique: New Eye Clinic To Serve Two Million


 

Mozambique: New Eye Clinic To Serve Two Million

 

Groundbreaking ceremony for new eye clinic of LIGHT FOR THE WORLD, a European confederation of development NGOs, took place in the provincial capital Beira

 

MAPUTO, Mozambique, August 12, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ A few days ago the Central Hospital in Beira, Mozambique, saw the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Invicta Eye Clinic, which will serve as eye-care hub for two million people. “Healthcare is a key factor in socio-economic development. Today’s ceremony brings us a step closer to our goal: nobody, neither here in Mozambique nor anywhere else, should lose their eye-sight to preventable blindness. At Invicta Eye Clinic, we will be able to perform 1,200 surgeries and treat a total of 25,000 patients per year”, announced Prof. Gerhard Schuhmann, ophthalmologist from Austria and board member of LIGHT FOR THE WORLD (http://www.light-for-the-world.org), at the ceremony. The new clinic is named after Peter von Bertalanffy’s Invicta foundation, who both contributed significantly to the project.

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A hub for both eye-care and professional training

 

In Mozambique, just 18 ophthalmologists and 54 ophthalmic nurses serve a population of 23 million – so theoretically one ophthalmologist is responsible for 1.3 million patients. Therefore the training of professionals is a crucial milestone towards LIGHT FOR THE WORLD’s mission of improving eye health for all. The concept for the new eye clinic reflects this: it will house training facilities that will enable the graduation of ten eye care professionals every two years. “We are very proud that the Invicta Eye Clinic will be the first training centre of its kind outside of the capital Maputo”, Zacharias Zicai said.

 

LIGHT FOR THE WORLD has been active in Mozambique since 2003. In cooperation with Beira Central Hospital the organisation is implementing a comprehensive blindness prevention programme for Central and Northern Mozambique including outreach programmes, primary eye care units and professional trainings. LIGHT FOR THE WORLD and its programmes form part of the Vision2020 initiative aiming to eliminate preventable blindness globally by 2020.

 

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Light for the World.

 

 

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LIGHT FOR THE WORLD (http://www.light-for-the-world.org) is a confederation of national development NGOs committed to improving eye health and to promoting inclusive education, community based rehabilitation, livelihood and access to disability rights in the partner countries.

In 2013, more than 56,300 sight saving cataract surgeries were carried out. 15,100 eye lid surgeries relieved pain and stopped the process of persons suffering from trachoma from losing their sight. 73,500 children with disabilities accessed various kinds of rehabilitation. In total LIGHT FOR THE WORLD reached 1.18 million persons in developing regions across the world, most of them in Africa and Asia.

 

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Swala Oil and Gas (Tanzania) Plc Debut on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange

 

The first public owned Oil and Gas Company in East Africa

 

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, August 12, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Swala Oil & Gas (Tanzania) Plc (“Swala” or “the Company”) (http://www.swala-energy.co.tz) today listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (“DSE”) becoming the first public owned Oil and Gas Company in East Africa.  The company is the 20th to list on the DSE and the 2nd to list under the Enterprise Growth Market (“EGM”), an equity market specifically intended for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups.

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(His Excellency the former president of the United Republic of Tanzania, Alhaji Ali Hassan Mwinyi, rings the bell officiating the first trading day of Swala Oil & Gas Tanzania Plc on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE). With him Swala CEO, Mr. David Mestres Ridge (L) and Swala Chairman, Mr. Ernest Massawe (R)

 

The company listed on the EGM with 99 million shares after a very successful Initial Public Offer (“IPO”) which raised 6,650,000,000 Billion TZS. This IPO was oversubscribed by nearly 4 million shares and has raised nearly 2 billion TZS more than the maximum subscription of 4.8 billion TZS.

 

The momentous event took place at the DSE offices and was graced by His Excellency the former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Ali Hassan Mwinyi who rang the bell at 10:30 am EAT to officiate the event, the traditional symbol signifying the opening of Swala’s first trading day.

 

Former president Mwinyi asserted that Swala’s oversubscription shows a great investment appetite amongst Tanzanians in investing in their country’s economy and a growing confidence in the national Stock Exchange.

 

Mr. Moremi Marwa, CEO of the DSE remarked, “In October of 2013, the DSE introduced the EGM segment at the Exchange whose main objective is to enable Small and Medium Sized business access to the capital market. Swala is the second company to list on EGM within a year of its launching. Listing on DSE comes with transparency, good corporate practices and proper disclosures. Swala has made the right decision to join the family of companies aiming at being open and transparent to their shareholders, the public and the world at large”.

 

Chairman of Swala, Mr. Ernest Massawe further added, “Today’s listing on the EGM marks a new chapter for our company and another step forward in realizing our ambition to achieve a successful venture based on private and public partnership. We wish to extend our thanks to all those who have made this possible: the regulators, our advisors and, most importantly, our new investors. The company is now ready to commence its 2014 seismic programme and we look forward to fruitful results. I am confident that Swala, as a public company, will be able to capitalize on its achievements to date and continue to deliver for all its stakeholders”.

 

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Swala Oil and Gas Tanzania Plc.

 

 

For Further information please contact:

 

Swala Oil & Gas (Tanzania) Plc

David Mestres Ridge (CEO)

T: +61 8 6270 4700

david.mestres@swala-energy.com

www.swala-energy.co.tz

 

Frontline Porter Novelli

Irene Kiwia (MD)

T: +255 658870114

Irene@frontline.co.tz

 

About Swala:

Swala (http://www.swala-energy.co.tz) is the first oil and gas company to list on an East African stock exchange. It is an affiliated company to Swala Energy Limited, a company in turn listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) with ticker “SWE”. Swala holds assets in the world-class East African Rift System with a total net land package in excess of 17,500km2. Swala has an active operational and business development programme to continue to grow its presence in the hydrocarbon provinces of East Africa.

About The Entrepreneurship Growth Market (“EGM”):

EGM is an equity market specifically intended for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups. With the liberalization of the Tanzanian economy, entrepreneurship is growing more and more; the number of SMEs has been increasing and is expected to increase further. However, both the government’s policy and strategic studies and CMSA’s capital markets studies have unequivocally shown that access to capital has been a key hindrance to the development of entrepreneurship and growth of SMEs.

 

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