WIN an Invitation to AfricaCom 2014, Africa’s Leading Telecoms Event

APO will offer transport, accommodation and perdiem for one African journalist to attend the AfricaCom 2014

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, September 8, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ APO will offer transport, accommodation and perdiem for one African journalist to attend the AfricaCom 2014, Africa’s leading telecoms event (http://www.comworldseries.com/africa), held in Cape Town, South Africa, on 11–13 November 2014.

AfricaCom 2014 will bring together individuals and companies to debate on how to embrace innovation in Africa’s telecoms, media and ICT markets.

The deadline for entry is midnight on October 17, 2014.

Winner will be announced on October 23, 2014.

APPLY to win the invitation: http://www.apo-opa.com/application_twitter.php?L=E&vc=WIN

More information about AfricaCom 2014: http://africa.comworldseries.com

SOURCE

APO (African Press Organization)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 19 September 2014

Mali – Décès de cinq soldats tchadiens de la MINUSMA (18 septembre 2014)


 

Mali – Décès de cinq soldats tchadiens de la MINUSMA (18 septembre 2014)

 

PARIS, France, 19 septembre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay – Déclarations du porte-parole – 19 septembre 2014

 

La France condamne l’attaque qui a coûté la vie le 18 septembre à cinq soldats tchadiens de la mission des Nations unies pour la stabilisation du Mali, et fait quatre blessés.

 

Nous présentons nos condoléances aux familles des victimes ainsi qu’aux autorités tchadiennes. Nous rendons hommage au courage des soldats tchadiens, qui ont été la cible de plusieurs attaques au cours des dernières semaines. Les auteurs de ces attaques ne doivent pas rester impunis.

 

La France salue l’engagement de la mission des Nations unies. Aux côtés des autorités maliennes et de ses partenaires africains, la France est mobilisée pour contribuer à la stabilisation du Mali et à la lutte contre le terrorisme.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 19 September 2014

Ebola – Adoption de la résolution 2177 (New York, 18 septembre 2014)


 

Ebola – Adoption de la résolution 2177 (New York, 18 septembre 2014)

 

PARIS, France, 19 septembre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay – Déclarations du porte-parole – 19 septembre 2014

 

L’adoption hier à l’unanimité de la résolution 2177 par le conseil de sécurité des Nations unies confirme l’unité de la communauté internationale face à la menace globale que constitue le virus Ebola.

 

Cette résolution appelle les Etats membres à intensifier leur mobilisation et mieux coordonner leurs efforts en faveur des pays touchés, avec l’aide du Secrétaire général des Nations unies. La France salue la décision de M. Ban Ki-moon de créer une mission des Nations unies sur le terrain.

 

Comme l’a rappelé hier le président de la République, la France prend toute sa part dans ces efforts. Le plan d’action français représente aujourd’hui un effort de près de 35 millions d’euros d’aide bilatérale – chiffre doublé si l’on tient compte de nos contributions multilatérales (plus de 70 millions d’euros, tous types d’aide confondus). Ce plan d’action comprend deux priorités :

 

- apporter une aide de terrain dans l’ensemble de la région et d’abord en Guinée. Mme Annick Girardin, secrétaire d’Etat chargée du développement et de la francophonie, s’est rendue sur place les 13 et 14 septembre. La France agira directement, avec un centre de traitement Ebola prochainement déployé en Guinée forestière, comme l’a indiqué hier le président de la République. Nous soutenons aussi les autorités sanitaires guinéennes et les organisations non gouvernementales (fournitures d’équipements de protection individuelle, mise à disposition de personnels spécialisés, aide budgétaire ciblée en faveur du plan de riposte Ebola). Nous appuyons également l’Institut Pasteur (centre d’expertise régional de Conakry), qui a identifié la maladie.

 

- mobiliser l’Union européenne et les acteurs internationaux. La Commission européenne a réuni plus de 150 millions d’euros. Sous notre impulsion, la réunion de haut niveau qui s’est tenue 15 septembre à Bruxelles a également permis d’avancer vers un mécanisme européen de coordination des évacuations sanitaires et de prise en charge hospitalière.

 

Q – Est-ce que la personne qui est arrivée hier en région parisienne aura le sérum canadien ?

 

R – Je ne vais pas préciser la nature des traitements qu’elle va recevoir. Elle est prise en charge de la façon la plus efficace possible pour permettre son plein rétablissement. Elle va bénéficier des traitements les plus efficaces contre cette pandémie.

 

Q – Son rapatriement est il la conséquence d’une décision française ?

 

R – Notre compatriote a été rapatriée en concertation étroite et permanente avec médecins sans frontières, qui est l’organisation pour laquelle elle travaillait sur place. Nous rendons hommage à tous les acteurs humanitaires français et étrangers qui sont déployés aujourd’hui dans les pays affectés.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

“By Africa, for Africa?” Industrialisation and Integration for Inclusive Growth14TH International Economic Forum on Africa 6 October 2014 – OECD Conference Centre

 

PARIS, France, September 19, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Reaching an average growth rate of about 4% in 2013, compared to the 3% growth of the global economy, Africa proved again its dynamism and resilience to regional and international turmoil. Africa´s average growth is projected to accelerate to close to 5% in 2014 and 5%-6% in 2015, particularly enhanced by the vitality of West and East African economies. A fabulous window of opportunity, this solid growth must be more inclusive to achieve Africa’s economic transformation as well as political and social stability, better using the regional and global value chains to its benefits, and addressing future challenges such as the fast pace of urbanisation bringing along necessary changes in territorial policies.

 

The Africa Forum is the annual gathering where OECD and African policy-makers meet private sector representatives, academics and civil society leaders working on and with Africa to discuss the region’s main challenges and opportunities. Organised by the OECD development Centre in partnership with the African Union Commission, the 2014 edition will focus on the achievements and limits of the current transformation of African economies, notably through Africa’s insertion into the global and regional value chains, as well as the new challenges that territorial development policies and the growing discrepancy between rural and urban areas represent, in Africa

 

 

With the participation of:

•    Macky Sall, President, Senegal

•    Moussa Mara, Prime Minister, Mali

•    Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson, African Union Commission (AU)

•    Angel Gurría, Secretary General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

•    Sufian Ahmed, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Ethiopia

•    Kordje Bedoumra, Minister of Finance and Budget, Chad

•    Mo Ibrahim, Founder and President, Mo Ibrahim Foundation

•    Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

•    Aboulaye Mar Dieye, Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

•    Mario Pezzini, Director, OECD Development Centre

•    Romano Prodi, Former UN Special Envoy for Sahel

 

 

This debates will benefit from the 2014 African Economic Outlook jointly produced by the African Development Bank, the OECD Development Centre and the United Nations Development Programme.

 

Media are requested to register here by 3 October. A press card will requested to enter the Forum.

 

SOURCE 

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 19 September 2014

First Shipment of the Ramped Up U.S. Military Response to Ebola Arrives in Liberia


 

First Shipment of the Ramped Up U.S. Military Response to Ebola Arrives in Liberia

 

MONROVIA, Liberia, September 19, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A C-17 U.S. military aircraft arrived in Liberia Thursday with the first shipment of increased U.S. military equipment and personnel for the anti-Ebola fight, which was promised by President Barack Obama in a speech September 16 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

The cargo included a heavy duty forklift, a drill set and generator and a team of 7 military personnel, including engineers and airfield specialists. The personnel are here to quickly assess the payload and stability of the airport runways. The forklift will be used to offload incoming supplies.

 

Additional large military aircraft, transporting more personnel and supplies, are expected to arrive in Monrovia in the coming days.

 

Major General Darryl Williams, in his capacity as Commander of U.S. Army Africa and Operation United Assistance, has been in Liberia since Tuesday, meeting with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other senior Liberian government officials to discuss the stepped up U.S. response to the Ebola crisis.

 

On Thursday, Maj. Gen. Williams and U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac toured several sites where more Ebola Treatment Units are being constructed. The sites include the Defense Ministry building in Congo Town and Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex.

 

On Tuesday, President Obama announced Operation United Assistance, saying: “Our forces are going to bring their expertise in command and control, in logistics, in engineering. And our Department of Defense is better at that, our armed services are better at that, than any organization on Earth. We’re going to create an air bridge to get health workers and medical supplies into West Africa faster.”

 

SOURCE 

U.S Africa Command

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 19 September 2014

Africa / New ambassadors of Switzerland


 

Africa / New ambassadors of Switzerland

 

BERN, Switzerland, September 19, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A number of staff changes have been announced for several Swiss representations abroad and at the head office of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The changes will take place in 2015 as part of the usual transfer rotation and on the basis of appointments made by the Federal Council. The appointment of heads of mission becomes effective following approval by the respective host state. The Federal Council thanks those ambassadors entering retirement for their services.

 

Ralf Heckner, currently ambassador and head of the Crisis Management Centre in the State Secretariat of the FDFA in Bern, will become the new ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Burundi, the Republic of Uganda, the Republic of Rwanda and permanent representative to the United Nations Environment Programme, based in Nairobi.

 

Helene Budliger Artieda, currently ambassador and director-general of the Directorate for Resources in Bern, will become the new ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Republic of South Africa, the Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Mauritius, the Republic of Namibia and the Kingdom of Swaziland, based in Pretoria.

 

Eric Mayoraz, currently head of mission in Antananarivo, will also be accredited to the Republic of Seychelles, in addition to his existing accreditations to the Republic of Madagascar and the Union of the Comoros.

 

SOURCE 

Switzerland – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 19 September 2014

EU EOM deployed in Tunisia


 

EU EOM deployed in Tunisia

 

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, September 19, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — In response to an invitation by the Tunisian authorities, the European Union has deployed its

Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to observe the upcoming elections in Tunisia.

Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, appointed as Chief Observer Mrs Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroek, a Member of the European Parliament.

“The EU has received an invitation by the Tunisian authorities”, said Chief Observer Annemie Neyts. “The EU deployed an Election Observation Mission to Tunisia in 2011 and has been invited again to observe the upcoming elections in Tunisia. We are here to observe the elections and we will not interfere in the process in any way. I trust that this EU Observation Mission will be able to provide an important contribution to enhancing the inclusiveness and transparency of the election process in Tunisia. The mission complements the overall support of the EU to Tunisia in order to successfully advance its democratic transition”.

The EU EOM arrived with a Core Team of eight experts on 17 September in Tunis. A second group of 28 long-term observers will join EU EOM on 29 September and another 28 shortterm observers will be deployed on 21 October throughout the country together with a delegation of the European Parliament for the election days. Additionally, a significant number of locally recruited short-term observers from diplomatic representations of EU

Member States in Tunisia will also take part in the observation plus observers from Canada, Norway and Switzerland.

The EU EOM will conduct a comprehensive analysis of the entire electoral process based on a long-term observation in line with domestic law as well as regional and international standards. This analysis will include aspects such as the legal framework, the performance of the election administration, the campaign activities of the candidates and political parties, the respect of fundamental freedoms, the conduct of the media, the voting and the counting, the complaints and appeals process, and the announcement of the results.

The EU EOM is bound by a code of conduct which does not allow any interference in the process. The EU EOM will publish its initial findings in a Preliminary Statement, which will be presented in a press conference about two days after the election days but prior to the completion of the entire electoral process. A final report will be published at a later stage, and will include recommendations, for consideration to the authorities, for possible improvements of future elections.

Note to Editors:

The EU provides substantial financial and technical assistance to Tunisia to support its transition in all domains. In the recent past months, to support the whole electoral process, the EU has also completed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Independent electoral commission (ISIE) and the independent High Authority for Information and audio-visual Communication (HAICA) and provided technical expertise to support the ISIE in its institutional and operational capabilities as well as HAICA in creating a media component of the electoral process. The EU also supports civil society in general and in its domestic observation and monitoring activities for future elections.

The European Union has signed Memoranda of Understanding with the Government and the ISIE, guaranteeing freedom of movement to all EU EOM members and access to all polling stations and related sites and bodies and to all relevant information. This Mission is independent from any EU institutions or Member States and is obliged to remain neutral and abide by the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation and the Code of Conduct, as well as laws of Tunisia.

 

SOURCE 

European Commission

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 19 September 2014

MOE UE déployée en Tunisie


 

MOE UE déployée en Tunisie

 

BRUXELLES, Royaume de Belgique, 19 septembre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ En réponse à l’invitation formulée par les autorités tunisiennes, l’Union européenne a déployé sa mission d’observation électorale (MOE UE) pour observer les prochaines élections en Tunisie. Catherine Ashton, Haute Représentante de l’Union pour les affaires étrangères et la politique de sécurité, et vice-présidente de la Commission européenne, a nommé comme chef des observateurs, Mme Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroek, membre du Parlement européen.

“L’Union européenne a reçu une invitation des autorités tunisiennes”, a déclaré le chef des observateurs, Annemie Neyts. “L’UE a déployé une mission d’observation électorale en

Tunisie en 2011 et a été de nouveau invité à observer les prochaines élections en Tunisie.

Nous sommes ici pour observer les élections et nous n’interférerons pas dans le processus de quelque façon que ce soit. J’espère que cette mission d’observation de l’UE sera en mesure de fournir une contribution importante à l’amélioration de l’inclusivité et de la transparence dans le processus électoral en Tunisie. La mission vient compléter le soutien global de l’UE à la Tunisie afin de faire progresser avec succès sa transition démocratique “.

La MOE UE est arrivée avec une équipe centrale de huit experts le 17 Septembre à Tunis. Un deuxième groupe de 28 observateurs à long terme se joindra à la MOE UE le 29 Septembre et 28 autres observateurs à court terme seront déployés le 21 Octobre dans tout le pays.

Une délégation du Parlement européen fera partie de la MOE le jour des élections. En outre, un nombre important d’observateurs à court terme recrutés localement parmi les représentations diplomatiques des États membres de l’UE en Tunisie prendra également part à l’observation, ainsi que des observateurs du Canada, de la Norvège et de la Suisse. La MOE de l’UE procédera à une analyse complète de l’ensemble du processus électoral fondé sur une observation à long terme en conformité avec le droit national ainsi que les normes régionales et internationales. Cette analyse couvrira des domaines tels le cadre juridique, la performance de l’administration électorale, les activités de campagne des candidats et des partis politiques, le respect des libertés fondamentales, la conduite des médias, le vote et le dépouillement, les plaintes et les procédures d’appel, et l’annonce des résultats.

La MOE UE est tenue au respect d’un code de conduite qui ne permet pas une ingérence dans le processus. La MOE UE publiera ses premières conclusions dans une déclaration préliminaire, qui sera présentée lors d’une conférence de presse environ deux jours après le jour des élections, mais en tout état de cause avant l’achèvement de l’ensemble du processus électoral. Un rapport final sera publié à une date ultérieure, et comprendra des recommandations envoyées aux autorités pour examen, en vue d’améliorations possibles des futures élections.

Note aux rédacteurs:

L’UE fournit une aide financière et technique importante à la Tunisie pour la soutenir dans sa transition dans tous les domaines. Au cours des mois passés, en matière d’appui au processus électoral, l’UE a également procédé à la signature d’un Mémorandum d’entente avec l’ISIE (Instance Supérieure Indépendante pour les élections) et l’HAICA (Haute Autorité indépendante pour l’Information et la Communication Audio-visuelle) et mis à disposition une expertise technique pouvant soutenir l’ISIE dans ses capacités institutionnelles et opérationnelles ainsi que l’HAICA dans la création d’une composante Média du processus électoral. L’UE soutient également la société civile de façon générale et dans ses activités d’observation domestique pour les futures élections.

L’Union européenne a signé des protocoles d’entente avec le gouvernement et l’ISIE, en vue de garantir la liberté de mouvement à tous les membres de la MOE UE et l’accès à tous les bureaux de vote et des sites connexes, les organismes et à toutes les informations pertinentes. Cette mission est indépendante de toute institution de l’UE ou de ses États membres et est tenue de rester neutre et de respecter la Déclaration de principes pour l’observation internationale d’élections et le Code de conduite, ainsi que les lois de la Tunisie”.

 

SOURCE 

European Commission

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 19 September 2014

Mali National Day Message


 

Mali National Day Message

 

WASHINGTON, September 19, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement

John Kerry

Secretary of State

Washington, DC

September 19, 2014

 

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States of America, I send our best wishes to the people of Mali as you celebrate your Independence Day on September 22.

The United States commends the Malian people for your peaceful return to democracy and support for the ongoing peace and reconciliation processes.

Building on the progress of the past year, we look forward to working with President Keita as he promotes national reconciliation, strengthens Mali’s democratic institutions, and undertakes security sector reform.

On the 54th anniversary of your independence, the United States stands with all Malians as you work towards a durable peace agreement and national reconciliation.

 

SOURCE 

US Department of State


 

Foreign Minister Steinmeier: We mustn’t leave the people of West Africa on their own! / Federal Foreign Office provides another five million euros for the fight against Ebola

 

BERLIN, Germany, September 19, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has decided to increase Federal Foreign Office aid for the countries affected by the Ebola virus by another five million euros.

He issued the following statement in Berlin on 18 September:

The situation in the countries affected by Ebola is dramatic. The Ebola virus is spreading even further in West Africa. We must expect a continuing rise in the number of people infected. There is no end to the emergency in sight. The countries of the region, in particular Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, are overwhelmed by the burden.

We mustn’t leave those affected on their own in this situation!

We therefore have a responsibility, along with the international community, to provide comprehensive assistance.

Tomorrow the State Secretaries of the various Federal Ministries with an interest in the matter will be meeting at the Federal Foreign Office to coordinate all the Federal Government’s next moves in the fight against Ebola.

Background information:

So far the Federal Government has made available around 12 million euros of aid, including approx. 1.8 million in Federal Foreign Office funding to support various measures in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. The money has gone to help finance projects run by Médecins Sans Frontières, Welthungerhilfe, Humedica, the Bernhard Nocht Institute and the WHO.

The Federal Government will also be putting Ebola on the agenda for the G7 Foreign Ministerial in New York on 25 September under the German G7 presidency.

 

SOURCE 

Germany – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 19 September 2014

Une mission dépêchée en Zambie pour faire avancer des cas de droits de l’homme


 

Une mission dépêchée en Zambie pour faire avancer des cas de droits de l’homme

 

GENEVE, Suisse, 19 septembre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Du 22 au 25 septembre, une délégation de l’UIP conduite par le Président du Comité des droits de l’homme des parlementaires, Juan Pablo Letelier, se rendra en Zambie, pour y parachever ses investigations sur 18 cas concernant des membres de l’Assemblée nationale siégeant dans l’opposition. Les cas de ces parlementaires doivent être replacés dans le contexte de l’arrivée au pouvoir, en 2011, du Front patriotique. L’UIP est préoccupée par des allégations selon lesquelles les parlementaires de l’opposition seraient victimes de harcèlement policier (certains auraient été arbitrairement placés en détention), et s’inquiète de ce qu’ils ne pourraient jouir de leur droit à la liberté de réunion. Dans une résolution qu’elle a adoptée en mars 2014, l’UIP souligne les cas de Kennet Konga et Garry Nkombo. Le premier aurait perdu connaissance, suite à une attaque cérébrale, lors d’un interrogatoire prolongé avec les forces de l’ordre, tandis que le second, aurait été agressé par un ministre du parti au pouvoir, sous les yeux de la police. La mission de l’UIP vise également à faire la lumière sur la situation de trois autres parlementaires de l’opposition – Dora Siliya, Maxwell Mwale et Hastings Sililo – qui ont été écartés du Parlement sur la foi d’accusations de corruption et de non-respect de la légalité. Lors de son déplacement en Zambie, la délégation de l’UIP rencontrera les autorités législatives, exécutives et judiciaires compétentes ainsi que les 18 parlementaires de l’opposition concernés. Elle remettra ses conclusions préliminaires au Comité à sa réunion d’octobre.

 

SOURCE 

Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 19 September 2014

Human rights mission to Zambia seeks to make progress on cases


 

Human rights mission to Zambia seeks to make progress on cases

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 19, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — An on-site mission to Zambia on 22-25 September led by the President of IPU´s Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians Juan Pablo Letelier will complete investigations on 18 cases involving opposition members of the National Assembly.

 

The cases followed the rise to power of the Patriotic Front in 2011. IPU is concerned by incidents of alleged police harassment, including the arbitrary detention of parliamentarians and allegations that opposition MPs cannot fully exercise their right to freedom of assembly.

 

In a resolution adopted in March 2014, IPU highlighted the cases of opposition MPs Kenneth Konga and Garry Nkombo. Konga allegedly collapsed during prolonged interrogation by law enforcers and suffered a stroke as a result whilst Nkombo, was reportedly attacked by a government minister in full view of the police.

 

The IPU mission will also seek clarification on the situation of three opposition MPs – Dora Siliya, Maxwell Mwale and Hastings Sililo – who were disqualified from parliament on grounds of corrupt or illegal practices.

 

The mission will meet relevant parliamentary, executive and judicial authorities in Zambia, as well as the 18 opposition MPs. It will submit its preliminary conclusions to the Committee when it meets in October during IPU’s 131st Assembly in Geneva.

 

SOURCE 

Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 19 September 2014

IOM South Sudan Bentiu Medical Clinic Opens Amid Flooding


 

IOM South Sudan Bentiu Medical Clinic Opens Amid Flooding

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 19, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — An IOM health clinic built in August and now fully operational is making a huge difference for the 47,000 displaced Sudanese by the fighting who have found refuge in the UN compound of Bentiu in South Sudan. The maternity unit is of particular value as the continuous flooding increases the likelihood of waterborne diseases for new born babies.

Even before the recent crisis, South Sudan had some of the worst health indicators in the world and a health care system reaching only 20 per cent of the country’s population. The heavy rains which started in June and are still going on worsened the already dire conditions of the displaced population in Bentiu and their access to life-saving health care. Health services to reduce preventable maternal and infant mortality were flooded by 70 centimetres of standing water.

The new clinic is critical as flooding has made access to the main hospital difficult. It is only accessible by foot. Furthermore, the continued presence of standing water raises many public health concerns in a highly concentrated population area. Respiratory tract infections, malaria and water borne illnesses remain the most common illnesses and IOM’s health team conducts on average over 600 consultations per week.

The new clinic provides the community with primary health care, including a larger space for confidential preventative and curative consultations, an immunization room, a laboratory and a more secure storage area for drugs and vaccines.

In addition to the new clinic building, a separate maternity wing allows IOM to provide a comprehensive package of reproductive health services, including facility based deliveries, pre- and post-natal care, as well as awareness on topics related to nutrition, child immunizations and family planning for mothers.

The IOM health team is also providing on-the-job trainings on safe deliveries to midwives and traditional birth attendants. Many women still give birth at home, but IOM is working with women’s groups and community leaders to encourage deliveries at the new clinic where women can be attended by trained midwives. Once fully operational, the maternity unit will be available for deliveries 24 hours a day.

IOM activities in Bentiu for displaced people include as well water and sanitation services, health programming, Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) and registration of displaced people.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)


 

World Must Vigorously Pursue Criminal Gangs Who Doomed Hundreds of Migrants in the Mediterranean

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 19, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — News of up to 500 seaborne migrants being tossed to their doom near Malta — deliberately, according to eyewitness accounts — is merely the latest chapter in a horrible story unfolding on Europe’s doorstep.

Criminality, on top of desperation, has been this summer’s recipe for death — even murder, according to eyewitness accounts.

This also is a tale of impunity. As lawlessness spreads across lands already beset by civil war, disease and economic hardship, criminal organizations rush in to fill an authority vacuum left by weak governments. Libya may be the most prominent example of what happens next: criminals ply a vicious trade to prey upon vulnerable migrants.

Consider the grisly details emerging from Italy, Greece and Malta. Survivors interviewed this week by investigators of the International Organization for Migration describe smugglers charging up to $4000 apiece to board an overcrowded, creaky boat leaving Egypt, and then forcing them to switch boats in mid-sea numerous times.

According to the survivors, up to 300 migrants — perhaps as many as 100 of them children under age 10 — were stuffed into one of these crafts’ lower decks, while 200 more crowded a top deck exposed to a brutal summer sun.

On the fifth day of the journey witnesses say smugglers shadowed their vessel from what has been described as a tugboat. They came alongside the migrants’ craft and demanded they switch yet again to a smaller, less sea-worthy vessel. After the skipper of the migrants’ craft, an Egyptian, balked he was threatened that his family would be killed unless he complied. Chaos soon ensued.

Migrants began jumping to the smugglers’ boat only to be forced into the water, witnesses told IOM’s investigators. Survivors say that was when the smugglers’ boat rammed their vessel.

“After they hit our boat they waited to be sure that it had sunk completely before leaving. They were laughing,” one survivor told IOM. A week later, only 11 survivors have been found.

The rest join a growing list. IOM’s Missing Migrants Project, an effort to count everyone killed annually during “irregular” journeys, calculates that already in 2014 over 2,200 migrants have died attempting to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea. That’s three times 2013’s total.

In the coming weeks IOM now expects the death toll to pass 3,000 — with a quarter of the year remaining.

How can this be avoided? First, by forging policies to enable refugees’ legal, safe migration to Europe. There, many victims of the recent Mediterranean tragedies reportedly had family members waiting to receive them.

Second, nations must join forces to vigorously prosecute offenders — an effort international law already provides tools for.

Egypt, Libya, Italy and Malta are all state parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, as well its 2000 “Palermo Protocols,” which address smuggling of migrants by sea and the trafficking in persons, especially women and children.

These international instruments provide for prosecution by many authorities: not only States of the flagship vessels may prosecute, but also States of nationality of the perpetrators and their victims. Equally empowered as prosecutors are States where criminals conspire to commit their crimes — Italy, say, or Greece, if that’s where smugglers plot to drop their victims.

A principle of universal jurisdiction applies, too.

In view of the atrocious nature of the crimes, which are so grave they harm the entire international community, prosecutors have a duty to ensure no safe havens be available for those who commit them.

In international rhetoric, politicians typically show little sympathy for smuggled migrants — who they see as economic opportunists, even willing participants in their own fate. Of course by definition, migrant smuggling involves one person helping another to travel without authorization in return for payment.

Moreover, all countries have a right to control their borders. But the fact that someone has sought to evade migration controls shouldn’t put them outside the protection of law — especially if they’re being subjected to criminal coercion.

Today the overlap between smuggling and trafficking can’t be ignored. While we don’t yet know exactly what happened to those migrants found dead off Italy and Malta, evidence indicates that their deaths involved deception, extortion and extreme violence.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)


Alcatel-Lucent vient d’être nommé Industry Group Leader du secteur Technology Hardware & Equipment dans l’évaluation Dow Jones Sustainability Indices 2014

Pour la quatrième année consécutive, Alcatel-Lucent et les Bell Labs sont salués pour leur « définition de standards robustes en matière d’éco-innovation dans le secteur des technologies de l’information et de la communication. »

PARIS, France, 19 septembre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris et NYSE : ALU) (http://www.alcatel-lucent.com) vient d’être nommé par S&P Dow Jones Indices, parmi les plus grands indices boursiers au monde, et RobecoSAM, spécialiste des investissements durables, leader du secteur Technology Hardware & Equipment dans le cadre de l’évaluation du Dow Jones Sustainability Indices 2014 avec un score de 91/100.

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Faits marquants

•          Dans son rapport de synthèse 2014 sur Alcatel-Lucent, DJSI/Robeco SAM précise qu’« Alcatel-Lucent et ses laboratoires de recherche, les Bell Labs, ont continué à mener le débat en matière d’éco-innovation pour le secteur des technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC). »

•          L’entreprise a continué à jouer un rôle actif dans la définition de standards internationaux pour le secteur des TIC en matière d’efficacité énergétique et dans l’élaboration d’une méthodologie de reporting sur les émissions de gaz à effet de serre, en travaillant avec des organisations internationales comme le WBCSD et le World Resources Institute.

•          Alcatel-Lucent s’est également appuyé sur sa position de leader pour promouvoir l’inclusion et l’éducation au numérique auprès des communautés défavorisées à travers le monde, via la Fondation Alcatel-Lucent.

•          Le Groupe s’est également vu attribuer les meilleures notes du secteur en matière de code de conduite, de conformité, de lutte contre la corruption et de gestion de la chaîne d’approvisionnement.

•          Pour la quatrième année consécutive, Alcatel-Lucent a été salué pour sa performance dans le Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. Précédemment, l’entreprise avait été nommée Technology Supersector Leader en 2012 et leader du secteur CMT Communications Technology en 2011.

•          Lancés en 1999, les indices Dow Jones Sustainability ont été des précurseurs dans l’évaluation de la performance financière des entreprises leaders en matière de développement durable. Ils reposent sur la collaboration des indices Dow Jones et de RobecoSAM et mettent à la disposition des gestionnaires d’actifs des études fiables et objectives pour la gestion de portefeuilles développement durable. L’indice évalue la performance financière des entreprises, mais aussi leur approche en matière de développement durable, en particulier dans les domaines environnementaux, la gestion des ressources humaines, le soutien aux communautés locales et la philanthropie.

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour Alcatel-Lucent.

CONTACTS PRESSE ALCATEL-LUCENT

SIMON POULTER

simon.poulter@alcatel-lucent.com

T : +33 (0)1 55 14 10 06

RELATIONS AVEC LES INVESTISSEURS ALCATEL-LUCENT

MARISA BALDO

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T : +33 (0)1 55 14 11 20

JACQUES-OLIVIER VALLET

jacques-olivier.vallet@alcatel-lucent.com

T : +33 (0)1 55 14 12 49

TOM BEVILACQUA

thomas.bevilacqua@alcatel-lucent.com

T : + 1 908-582-7998

Liens complémentaires

Pour en savoir plus sur les performances d’Alcatel-Lucent dans l’évaluation DJSI 2014 et sur sa nomination en tant qu’Industry Group Leader du secteur Technology Hardware & Equipment, nous vous invitons à consulter le site : http://www.sustainability-indices.com/review/industry-group-leaders-2014.jsp

Le communiqué du DJSI est disponible à l’adresse suivante :  http://www.sustainability-indices.com/images/140911-djsi-review-2014-en-vdef.pdf

Pour plus d’informations sur les objectifs et programmes de développement d’Alcatel-Lucent, merci de consulter notre site dédié : http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/sustainability/

À PROPOS D’ALCATEL-LUCENT (EURONEXT PARIS ET NYSE : ALU) (HTTP://WWW.ALCATEL-LUCENT.COM)

À la pointe des technologies de communications, Alcatel-Lucent conçoit des produits et services innovants dans les domaines des réseaux IP, du cloud et de l’accès fixe et mobile très haut débit, pour les fournisseurs de services, leurs clients, les entreprises et les institutions à travers le monde. Les Bell Labs, un des centres de recherche les plus réputés au monde, à l’origine de découvertes qui ont façonné le secteur des réseaux et de la communication, sont le fer de lance d’Alcatel-Lucent en matière de transformation de la téléphonie vocale à la fourniture de données, vidéos et informations numériques très haut débit. Alcatel-Lucent figure au classement des 100 entreprises les plus innovantes au monde publié par Thomson Reuters, et des 50 entreprises les plus innovantes au monde publié par la MIT Technology Review. Alcatel-Lucent a également vu son action en matière de développement durable reconnue, notamment en étant désigné Industry Group Leader du secteur Technology Hardware & Equipment  en 2013 par l’indice Dow Jones du développement durable. Avec ses innovations, Alcatel-Lucent rend les communications plus durables, plus abordables et plus accessibles, poursuivant sa mission : révéler tout le potentiel d’un monde connecté.

Alcatel-Lucent, qui a réalisé un chiffre d’affaires de 14,4 milliards d’euros en 2013, est coté sur les marchés de Paris et New York (Euronext et NYSE : ALU). Le Groupe est une société de droit français dont le siège social est installé à Paris.

Pour plus d’informations, visitez le site d’Alcatel-Lucent à l’adresse http://www.alcatel-lucent.fr. Découvrez également les dernières actualités du Blog http://www.alcatel-lucent.fr/blog et suivez-nous sur Twitter http://twitter.com/Alcatel_Lucent.

SOURCE

Alcatel-Lucent

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 19 September 2014

Bring “Mediterranean mass murderers” to justice – UN Human Rights Chief


 

Bring “Mediterranean mass murderers” to justice – UN Human Rights Chief

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 19, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday urged Egypt and other North African and European States with relevant information to make a concerted effort to bring to justice the people smugglers who allegedly deliberately sank a boat causing the deaths of between 300 and 500 refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean last week.

 

High Commissioner Zeid stressed that it was crucial to bring to an end the prevailing impunity surrounding such crimes and urged States to do more to address the root causes driving people to make such dangerous journeys.

 

“This is a truly horrendous incident,” Zeid said. “It is the duty of States to investigate such atrocious crimes, bring the perpetrators to justice, and even more importantly to do more to prevent them from happening in the first place. All the countries in the Mediterranean must make a concerted effort to clamp down on the smugglers who are exploiting one of the most vulnerable groups on the planet and endangering their lives, virtually on a daily basis, purely for financial gain.”

 

“The callous act of deliberately ramming a boat full of hundreds of defenceless people is a crime that must not go unpunished. If the survivors’ accounts are indeed true – and they appear all too credible – we are looking at what amounts to mass murder in the Mediterranean.”

 

Similar efforts, he said, should also be made to punish and deter such crimes in other parts of the world, including the Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Caribbean as well as those carried out against migrants and refugees using land routes.

 

“All countries would throw the full weight of their police forces and justice systems behind an investigation if the victims were their own citizens and were killed by criminal gangs on their own soil,” Zeid said. “The reaction should not be any less rigorous just because the victims are foreigners and the crime took place on the high seas. Yet very few people who kill, rape or rob migrants during their journeys end up in court.”

 

According to the 11 survivors interviewed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the migrants and refugees first embarked on a boat in the Egyptian port of Damietta. The passengers included a substantial number of Palestinians, many of them from Gaza, along with Egyptians, Syrians, Sudanese and possibly other nationalities.

 

All witnesses interviewed so far told IOM staff that the smugglers who deliberately rammed the boat far out to sea between Malta and Greece were either Egyptian or Palestinian. The High Commissioner urged the Greek, Maltese and Italian authorities to share information on the identity of the smugglers with the Egyptian authorities, who he said should immediately also launch a full and thorough investigation. “You cannot transport large quantities of foreigners in buses into a major port and cram them on board a ship without the port authorities and other witnesses being aware of what is going on,” Zeid said.

 

While recognizing the complexity of modern migration movements, Zeid urged all States to remember that migrants have the same rights as all other human beings. He stressed that the root causes of such tragedies must be tackled by the relevant States and by the international community.

 

“Far too many refugees and migrants are dying all across the world in an effort to flee conflict, systematic political oppression and human rights violations, including economic deprivation. These root causes in their countries of origin must be tackled in a concerted manner,” Zeid said.

 

“We also need a renewed effort to find ways to manage refugee and other migratory movements in an orderly manner that reduces the need for people to resort to unscrupulous people smugglers. The European Union, other destination States, transit countries and countries of origin must do more to address the range of factors pushing so many people into the arms of the smugglers. The focus, at every stage of the process needs to be on respect for the rights and inherent dignity of every human being.”

 

Zeid warned that xenophobia-driven politics continue to undermine Governments’ determination to find real solutions to an increasingly desperate situation in many parts of the world. He stressed that it is essential that refugees are able to escape to safety, and that States do not penalize them for taking irregular routes, as well as taking more robust steps to protect them when they do.

 

“There were refugees as well as economic migrants on board this boat,” Zeid said. “The largest and fastest-growing group of people claiming asylum in Europe in 2014 are Syrians – a clear manifestation of the deplorable failure to bring that conflict to an end, and of increasing pressures, frustrations and loss of hope on the part of the more than 3 million Syrian refugees, the great majority of whom are still in over-burdened neighbouring States,” the High Commissioner added. Other major groups of asylum seekers that have been rising sharply in Europe over the past year include Iraqis and Eritreans, many of whom are escaping systematic political oppression and forced conscription.

 

SOURCE 

United Nations – Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)


Alcatel-Lucent named Industry Group Leader for Technology Hardware & Equipment sector in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices review

Recognition for the fourth year running of Alcatel-Lucent and Bell Labs’ “consistent definition of standards in eco-innovation in the information and communications technology industry”

PARIS, France, September 19, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) (http://www.alcatel-lucent.com) has today been named by S&P Dow Jones Indices, one of the world’s largest providers of financial market indices, and RobecoSAM, the investment specialist focused exclusively on sustainability investing, as leader of the Technology Hardware & Equipment industry group in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices review with an overall score of 91/100.

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Key Facts

•          In its 2014 report on Alcatel-Lucent, DJSI/Robeco SAM said: “Alcatel-Lucent and its research organization Bell Laboratories have continued to lead the discussion on eco-innovation and communications technology (ICT) industry.”

•          The company continued its active role in defining international standards in ICT energy efficiency and developing a greenhouse gas emissions reporting methodology through collaboration with global institutes such as the WBCSD and the World Resources Institute.

•          Alcatel-Lucent also leveraged its leadership position to promote digital inclusion and digital literacy among disadvantaged communities throughout the world in particular through the work of Alcatel-Lucent Foundation.

•          The company also received top industry scores in Code of Conduct/Compliance/Corruption&Bribery as well as in Supply Chain Management.

•          This is the fourth year in a row, Alcatel-Lucent has been recognized in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. The company was named Technology Supersector Leader in 2012 and leader of the CMT Communications Technology Sector in 2011.

•          Launched in 1999, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices pioneered tracking of the financial performance of the world’s leading sustainability-driven companies. Based on the cooperation of Dow Jones Indexes and RobecoSAM, it provides asset managers with reliable and objective benchmarks to manage sustainability portfolios. In addition to financial performance, the index assesses a comprehensive range of sustainability areas, including environmental, management of human resources, community support and philanthropic.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Alcatel-Lucent.

ALCATEL-LUCENT PRESS CONTACTS

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ALCATEL-LUCENT INVESTOR RELATIONS

MARISA BALDO

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T : +33 (0)1 55 14 11 20

JACQUES-OLIVIER VALLET

jacques-olivier.vallet@alcatel-lucent.com

T : +33 (0)1 55 14 12 49

TOM BEVILACQUA

thomas.bevilacqua@alcatel-lucent.com

T : + 1 908-582-7998

Useful links

To read full details of how Alcatel-Lucent performed in the 2014 DJSI review, and how it achieved its status as Industry Group Leader to Technology Hardware & Equipment, please visit: http://www.sustainability-indices.com/review/industry-group-leaders-2014.jsp

Read DJSI’s full press release:  http://www.sustainability-indices.com/images/140911-djsi-review-2014-en-vdef.pdf

For more information on Alcatel-Lucent’s Sustainability priorities and activities, please visit:
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/sustainability

ABOUT ALCATEL-LUCENT (EURONEXT PARIS AND NYSE: ALU) (HTTP://WWW.ALCATEL-LUCENT.COM)

We are at the forefront of global communications, providing products and innovations in IP and cloud networking, as well as ultra-broadband fixed and wireless access to service providers and their customers, and to enterprises and institutions throughout the world. Underpinning us in driving the industrial transformation from voice telephony to high-speed digital delivery of data, video and information is Bell Labs, an integral part of the Group and one of the world’s foremost technology research institutes, responsible for countless breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry. Our innovations have resulted in our Group being recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Top 100 Global Innovator, as well as being named by MIT Technology Review as amongst 2012’s Top 50 “World’s Most Innovative Companies”. We have also been recognized for innovation in sustainability, being named Industry Group Leader in the Technology Hardware & Equipment sector in the 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices review, for making global communications more sustainable, affordable and accessible, all in pursuit of the Group’s mission to realize the potential of a connected world.

With revenues of Euro 14.4 billion in 2013, Alcatel-Lucent is listed on the Paris and New York stock exchanges (Euronext and NYSE: ALU). The company is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com, read the latest posts on the Alcatel-Lucent blog http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/blog and follow the Company on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Alcatel_Lucent.

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Alcatel-Lucent

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 19 September 2014

NEW PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF EGYPT PRESENTS CREDENTIALS


 

NEW PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF EGYPT PRESENTS CREDENTIALS

 

NEW YORK, September 19, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The new Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations, Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 4 September 2014.

 

Since September 2013, Mr. Abdellatif has been Assistant Foreign Minister and Head of the Diplomatic Personnel Department of his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to that, he was Assistant Foreign Minister and Permanent Representative of Egypt to the League of Arab States.

 

From September 2008 to August 2012, Mr. Abdellatif was Egypt’s Ambassador to Jordan, after a one-year stint as Deputy Assistant for International Political Affairs and the United Nations of the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

 

From 2002 to 2006, he was Egypt’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, following postings as a Counsellor at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and at the Egyptian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

 

Mr. Abdellatif has a Masters of Arts degree from the International Institute of Public Administration in Paris. He is fluent in Arabic, French and English.

 

Married with one daughter, he was born on 10 November 1957 in Giza.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS


 

Le Canada soutient la croissance économique durable en Afrique subsaharienne / Une croissance durable mue par le secteur privé est primordiale pour briser le cycle de la pauvreté

 

OTTAWA, Canada, 19 septembre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ L’honorable Christian Paradis, ministre du Développement international et de la Francophonie, a prononcé aujourd’hui le discours de clôture du premier Sommet des affaires Canada-Afrique, organisé par le Conseil canadien pour l’Afrique (CCAfrique).

« La croissance de l’Afrique ne se résume pas qu’à la seule question fondamentale de la croissance économique, il s’agit également d’une question de développement, a déclaré le ministre Paradis. C’est une question d’emploi, d’éducation et d’accès à la formation et aux services de soins de santé. C’est une affaire de croissance durable et de répartition de la richesse. Lorsqu’elles investissent, les entreprises canadiennes sont des modèles de pratiques exemplaires. Elles ont recours à des stratégies novatrices et à des instruments financiers et technologiques aptes à renforcer les capacités locales et à générer des avantages pour les collectivités. Leur présence s’avère très positive pour les pays hôtes, et certainement encore plus pour leur population. »

Les taux actuels de croissance économique observés dans l’ensemble de l’Afrique sont en mesure de réduire la pauvreté de manière durable à l’échelle du continent. Dans son allocution, le ministre Paradis a annoncé que le Canada participera à la treizième reconstitution du Fonds africain de développement pour offrir aux pays les plus pauvres et les plus vulnérables de l’Afrique des subventions et des prêts à faible taux d’intérêt. Le Canada est résolu à soutenir le développement de l’Afrique subsaharienne, et il continuera à jouer un rôle de premier plan dans les programmes pour la santé des mères, des nouveau-nés et des enfants et dans le soutien de la croissance économique durable.

« Les pays d’Afrique ont clairement exprimé leurs priorités et leurs besoins en matière de développement, a ajouté le ministre Paradis. Le Canada et les entreprises canadiennes ont les capitaux, les technologies et les compétences entrepreneuriales nécessaires pour les aider à mettre en œuvre leur vision. Pour éliminer les derniers obstacles persistants à l’éradication de la pauvreté dans le monde, le Canada doit diversifier ses programmes de développement. Nous devons nous doter de méthodes de financement novatrices qui appuient une croissance mue par le secteur privé, qui débouchent sur des solutions viables et qui créent des emplois et de la richesse dans les deux hémisphères. »

À Toronto, le ministre a également rencontré M. Tolesa Shagui, ministre au sein du ministère des Mines de l’Éthiopie, pour discuter d’une augmentation de la coopération et de ses résultats. Les deux ministres ont annoncé le lancement d’une initiative ayant pour but de renforcer la formation pour les travailleurs du secteur minier de l’Éthiopie, en offrant une formation technique professionnelle à la main-d’œuvre locale et en préparant les étudiants, autant les hommes que les femmes, à occuper des emplois dans le secteur extractif. Cette initiative élargira l’accès à des domaines d’études de pointe en géologie et en génie minier, par exemple.

Les faits en bref

•    Le Conseil canadien pour l’Afrique (CCAfrique) est un organisme sans but lucratif ayant pour mission de promouvoir le commerce et le développement économique entre le Canada et l’Afrique.

•    L’Éthiopie, le Ghana, le Mali, le Mozambique, la Tanzanie, le Sénégal, le Burkina Faso, le Bénin, la République démocratique du Congo et le Soudan du Sud sont des pays ciblés par le Plan d’action du Canada pour accroître l’efficacité de l’aide.

•    Douze pays de l’Afrique subsaharienne sont désignés comme marchés prioritaires dans le Plan d’action sur les marchés mondiaux du Canada.

•    La valeur des exportations de pétrole et de minerais de l’Afrique, de l’Asie, de l’Amérique centrale et de l’Amérique du Sud s’est chiffrée à plus de 1,35 billion de dollars américains en 2012, soit un montant plus de quinze fois supérieur au montant de l’aide officielle au développement fournie à ces mêmes régions au cours de cette année.

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

Canada Promoting Sustainable Economic Growth in sub-Saharan Africa / Private-sector-led, sustainable growth key to breaking the cycle of poverty

 

OTTAWA, Canada, September 19, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, delivered closing remarks at the first Canada-Africa Business Summit, hosted by the Canadian Council on Africa (CCAfrica).

“Africa’s development is not only an important economic growth story, it is also a development story.” said Minister Paradis. “It’s about jobs, education, access to training and health care services. It’s about sustainable growth and wealth distribution. As investors, Canadian businesses are models of best practice. They use innovative approaches, financial instruments and technologies to build local capacity and create benefits for communities. Their presence is positive for the countries in which they operate, and perhaps even more importantly, for those who live there.”

Current rates of economic growth across Africa have the potential to bring sustainable poverty reduction across the continent. In his remarks, Minister Paradis announced that Canada is providing funding to the 13th replenishment of the African Development Fund to help Africa’s poorest and most vulnerable countries receive grants and low-interest loans. Canada is committed to supporting development in sub-Saharan Africa, and will continue to play a leadership role in maternal, newborn and child health and in supporting sustainable economic growth.

“African states have made their development needs and priorities clear,” added the Minister. “Canada, and Canadian businesses, have the capital, technology, and entrepreneurial expertise to help them implement their vision. If we are to break down those last, persistent barriers to eliminating global poverty, Canada needs to diversify its development programming. We need innovative funding mechanisms that support private-sector-led growth that lead to sustainable solutions and that create jobs and wealth on both sides of the world.”

While in Toronto the Minister also met with Mr. Tolesa Shagui, Minister of the Ministry of Mines of Ethiopia, where they discussed increased cooperation and results. Together the Ministers announced an initiative to strengthen education for mining in Ethiopia, by providing technical vocational training for the community-based workforce and by preparing graduates—both men and women—for employment in the extractive sector. This initiative will increase access to cutting-edge fields such as geology and mining engineering.

Quick Facts

•    The Canadian Council on Africa (CCAfrica) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote trade and economic development between Canada and Africa.

•    Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Mozambique, Tanzania, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Benin, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan are development countries of focus under Canada’s Aid Effectiveness Agenda.

•    There are 12 sub-Saharan African countries listed as priority markets under our Global Markets Action Plan.

•    Exports of oil and minerals from Africa, Asia, and Central and South America in 2012 were worth more than US$1.35 trillion—more than 15 times the amount of official development assistance provided to these same regions in that year.

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 19 September 2014

Remarks With Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra Before Their Meeting


 

Remarks With Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra Before Their Meeting

 

WASHINGTON, September 19, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Remarks

John Kerry

Secretary of State

Treaty Room

Washington, DC

September 18, 2014

 

 

SECRETARY KERRY: Good evening, everybody. Thank you very much. I’m sorry to keep you waiting. I apologize for running a little late. But it’s a great pleasure for me to be able to welcome the foreign minister of Algeria here to Washington. Foreign Minister Lamamra and I are getting to be old friends, if not a little older, and I’m enormously appreciative of the wonderful visit that I had to Algeria where we talked about a great many of the regional issues.

Today I want to particularly thank the Government of Algeria for their very prompt and strong support for the coalition to deal with the problem of ISIL. We’re appreciative of their efforts in counterterrorism particularly.

And also in the course of the next days in New York I will be hosting a small meeting of key nations that have an interest in Libya. We all know that Libya is challenged right now. A near neighbor, Algeria has critical relationships, and together with Egypt the region is working very hard to help deal with this issue. We want to be supportive and we want to work cooperatively, and I look forward to not just the discussion we have today but to furthering our efforts in this small group meeting that takes place in New York.

So these are important days; there’s a lot happening. All of us need to rely on each other and work together cooperatively, and I’m glad we have a friend and a partner in Algeria. Thank you.

FOREIGN MINISTER LAMAMRA: Thank you very much. Well, back in the month of April President Bouteflika and I were very much pleased to receive John Kerry. It was his first official visit to Algeria, building on the solid foundations that our predecessors did put for our strategic partnership. I believe that the meeting was fruitful; it has opened very, very numerous avenues for us to work closely together. Our bilateral partnership is promising; it encompasses so many areas of business. It is not anymore limited to energy; it covers so many areas, and it is really a good terrain and good ground for American companies to come and to contribute in the development of Algeria.

In the political area, I believe that we have been developing the strategic partnership which covers so many areas. We work closely together. We share values and interests, and I believe that our consultations have always the impact of moving forward issues in a way that contributes to ensuring the blessings of a normal life to our people in our region and beyond our region.

Algeria and the U.S. have been developing a very effective and action-oriented counterterrorism partnership. I think it has proven to be very serious. Algeria, as you know, can be counted among the few countries that have effectively defeated terrorism. We have paid the very high price for that, but we enjoy today security, a very reasonable level of security and a quietness in our country. And we do contribute; as I say, we are a security and stability exporting countries. We work with our neighbors, we develop very good relations and partnership, and as the Secretary said, Libya as well as Mali, immediate neighboring countries to Algeria, where as you know, terrorism and instability prevail. They are the focus of our immediate diplomatic action, while of course contributing our share to resolving other issues beyond our borders.

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you, my friend. Very important.

FOREIGN MINISTER LAMAMRA: Thank you.

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you all.

 

SOURCE 

US Department of State


 

Le ministre Fast souligne les liens avec l’Afrique en matière de commerce et d’investissement / L’ouverture de nouveaux marchés pour stimuler les exportations canadiennes est essentielle à la création d’emplois et d’opportunités pour les travailleurs canadiens de toutes les régions du pays

 

OTTAWA, Canada, 19 septembre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le ministre du Commerce international, l’honorable Ed Fast, a incité aujourd’hui les entreprises canadiennes à saisir les occasions qu’offre l’essor du commerce et de l’investissement dans les marchés émergents en Afrique. Dans son discours à des entreprises canadiennes et africaines, à des organisations non gouvernementales et à des représentants d’États africains à l’occasion du Sommet des affaires Canada-Afrique, à Toronto, le ministre Fast a rappelé les relations de longue date qui unissent le Canada et les pays africains dans les domaines du commerce, de l’investissement, du développement, de l’éducation et de la culture. Ces liens continuent de favoriser une réussite économique.

L’engagement du Canada en matière de responsabilité sociale des entreprises et de développement durable est un élément important de notre engagement en Afrique. À cela s’ajoute notre soutien au secteur canadien de l’extraction minière afin qu’il œuvre de façon responsable et transparente en Afrique, ainsi que notre collaboration avec les pays hôtes pour les aider à développer leurs capacités de gérer leurs ressources naturelles.

Lors de sa mission commerciale en Afrique en juin, le ministre Fast a annoncé qu’Exportation et développement Canada aura une présence accrue à l’ambassade du Canada à Johannesburg, en Afrique du Sud, afin d’offrir un appui sur le terrain dans le sud de l’Afrique et d’aider les entreprises canadiennes, en particulier les petites et moyennes entreprises (PME), à accroître leurs exportations.

Dans le cadre du Plan d’action sur les marchés mondiaux, le gouvernement du Canada est résolu à fournir les outils dont les entreprises ont besoin pour réussir, y compris des accords de libre-échange, des accords sur la promotion et la protection des investissements étrangers (APIE) et des accords sur le transport aérien. Les entreprises canadiennes peuvent aussi compter sur le soutien de la Banque de développement du Canada, de la Corporation commerciale canadienne et du Service des délégués commerciaux, ces derniers s’occupant des besoins des entreprises canadiennes dans 16 pays africains.

Les faits en bref

•    Selon le Fonds monétaire international, l’économie de l’Afrique subsaharienne devrait progresser de 5,4 p. 100 en 2014 et de 5,5 p. 100 en 2015.

•    Le commerce du Canada avec l’Afrique continentale a atteint 13,3 milliards de dollars en 2013.

•    Dans le cadre de la promotion et de la protection des investissements canadiens en Afrique subsaharienne, le Canada a des APIE en vigueur avec le Bénin et la Tanzanie. Il a aussi signé des accords avec le Cameroun et le Nigéria, et conclu des négociations avec le Burkina Faso, la Côte d’Ivoire, la Guinée, Madagascar, le Mali, le Sénégal et la Zambie. Des négociations en vue de la conclusion d’APIE sont en cours avec le Ghana et le Kenya.

•    Au cours des trois dernières années, le ministre Fast a dirigé trois missions commerciales dans huit pays d’Afrique.

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

Minister Fast Highlights Trade and Investment Ties with Africa / Opening new markets to boost Canadian exports is key to creating jobs and opportunities for hard-working Canadians in every region of the country

 

OTTAWA, Canada, September 19, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today called on Canadian businesses to seize the opportunities that more trade and investment with emerging markets in Africa offers. In his address to Canadian and African businesses, non-governmental organizations and African government representatives during the Canada-Africa Business Summit in Toronto, Minister Fast pointed to the long-standing trade, investment, development, education and cultural ties between Canada and African countries that continue to foster economic success.

Canada’s commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainable development is an important element of our engagement with Africa. This includes supporting the Canadian extractive sector in its responsible and transparent operations in Africa and working with host countries to develop capacities to manage their natural resources.

During his trade mission to Africa in June, Minister Fast announced that Export Development Canada is expanding its presence at the Canadian embassy in Johannesburg, South Africa, providing on-the-ground support in southern Africa and assisting Canadian businesses, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in boosting their exports.

Under the Global Markets Action Plan, the Government of Canada is committed to providing the tools to help businesses succeed, including free trade agreements, foreign investment promotion and protection agreements (FIPAs) and air transport agreements. Canadian businesses can also count on the support of the Business Development Bank of Canada, Canadian Commercial Corporation and Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, with trade commissioners serving Canadian business needs in 16 African countries.

Quick Facts

•    The International Monetary Fund expects the sub-Saharan economy to grow by 5.4 percent in 2014 and by 5.5 percent in 2015.

•    Canada’s bilateral trade with continental Africa was $13.3 billion in 2013.

•    As part of its plan to promote and protect Canadian investments in sub-Saharan Africa, Canada has FIPAs in force with Benin and Tanzania; has signed agreements with Cameroon and Nigeria; and has concluded negotiations with Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Senegal and Zambia. FIPA negotiations are under way with Ghana and Kenya.

•    Minister Fast has led three trade missions to Africa over the last three years, visiting eight countries.

Quote

“Increased trade and investment is transforming countless lives and communities across Africa, just as it is creating jobs and generating economic growth in Canada and African countries alike. We are committed to opening new markets for our exporters and ensuring that Canadian companies, especially SMEs, take advantage of the opportunities our ambitious pro-trade, pro-export plan creates for them. Our FIPAs and sector-focused trade missions, along with help from our trade commissioners and close cooperation with Export Development Canada and the Canadian Commercial Corporation, are part of the many ways we are supporting Canadian SMEs as they grow, expand and succeed around the world.”

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

Le ministre Fast souligne les liens grandissants en matière d’investissement avec le Cameroun / Une fois en vigueur, l’APIE Canada-Cameroun offrira une protection accrue aux entreprises canadiennes qui mènent des activités dans ce pays

 

OTTAWA, Canada, 18 septembre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le ministre du Commerce international, l’honorable Ed Fast, rencontre le secrétaire général des Services du premier ministre du Cameroun, M. Louis-Paul Motazé, en marge du Sommet des affaires Canada-Afrique, où le ministre Fast a prononcé une allocution. Les deux ministres ont discuté des liens grandissants en matière d’investissement entre les deux pays et de l’avancement de leur processus de ratification respectif pour mettre en vigueur l’Accord sur la promotion et la protection des investissements étrangers (APIE) entre le Canada et le Cameroun. Lorsqu’il sera en vigueur, l’accord favorisera l’investissement bilatéral et assurera une meilleure protection aux entreprises canadiennes présentes au Cameroun au moyen de dispositions réciproques juridiquement contraignantes.

Des entreprises canadiennes mènent déjà des activités au Cameroun. En 2012, les intérêts miniers canadiens dans ce pays étaient évalués à 61,3 millions de dollars. Dans son récent Plan d’action sur les marchés mondiaux, le Canada a désigné le Cameroun comme un marché émergent offrant des occasions particulières aux entreprises canadiennes dans des secteurs comme l’infrastructure et l’éducation, les mines, ainsi que le pétrole et le gaz. Le commerce bilatéral de marchandises entre le Canada et le Cameroun se chiffrait à environ 53,5 millions de dollars en 2013, ce qui constitue une hausse de 5,7 p. 100 par rapport à l’année précédente.

Aux termes de son plan de promotion et de protection des investissements canadiens à l’étranger, le Canada a conclu, signé et mis en œuvre des APIE avec 10 pays en 2013 — un record pour une seule année. Sept de ces accords ont été signés avec des pays africains : le Bénin, le Cameroun, la Côte d’Ivoire, la Guinée, le Nigéria, la Tanzanie et la Zambie. Le Canada a des APIE en vigueur avec le Bénin, l’Égypte et la Tanzanie, et il mène actuellement des négociations en vue de conclure de tels accords avec le Ghana, le Kenya et la Tunisie. À l’heure actuelle, le Canada compte 27 APIE en vigueur à l’échelle mondiale.

Pour de plus amples renseignements, prière de consulter la page APIE Canada-Cameroun.

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 18 September 2014

Minister Fast Highlights Growing Investment Ties with Cameroon


Minister Fast Highlights Growing Investment Ties with Cameroon

OTTAWA, Canada, September 18, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Once in force, the Canada-Cameroon FIPA will offer greater protection for Canadian companies operating there.

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, meets Louis-Paul Motazé, Secretary General, Office of the Prime Minister of Cameroon, on the margins of the Canada-Africa Business Summit, where Minister Fast delivered a keynote address. The two ministers discussed growing investment ties between the two countries and the progress on their respective ratification processes to bring into force the Canada-Cameroon Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA). When in force, the FIPA will promote two-way investment and offer greater protection to Canadian companies operating in Cameroon through reciprocal, legally binding provisions.

Canadian companies are already active in Cameroon. In 2012, Canadian mining assets in Cameroon were valued at $61.3 million. In its recently launched Global Markets Action Plan, Canada identified Cameroon as an emerging market with specific opportunities for Canadian businesses in sectors such as infrastructure and education, as well as mining, and oil and gas. Two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Cameroon was valued at nearly $53.5 million in 2013, an increase of 5.7 percent from the previous year.

As part of its plan to promote and protect Canadian investments abroad, Canada concluded, signed or brought into force FIPAs with 10 countries in 2013—a record for a single year. Seven of these were with African countries: Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zambia. Canada has FIPAs in force with Benin, Egypt and Tanzania, and FIPA negotiations are under way with Ghana, Kenya and Tunisia. Canada currently has 27 FIPAs in force around the world.

For further information, please see Canada-Cameroon FIPA.

SOURCE

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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