Tanzanian Government Confers Huawei with The Outstanding Leadership and Contribution Award

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, July 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Tanzania’s leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider (Huawei) (http://www.huawei.com) has today been conferred with the outstanding ICT leadership and contribution award during a 2 day summit dubbed (C2C) connect to connect.

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(Huawei representative received the award from Ms. Selina Lyimo, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communication, Science, and Technology of Tanzania)

The summit which kick started today at Ramada hotel, Dar Es Salaam brings together ICT practitioners, policy makers, investors and solution providers to deliberate on how to drive country to country broadband connectivity across Africa, from Coast to coast and innovations that will propel Tanzania’s economy and facilitate public service excellence.

Huawei received the award from the Ministry of Communication, Science and technology following its active participation in the ICT industry and leader position in doing research and great contribution in the evolution of broadband connectivity in Tanzania.

Speaking during the summit, Huawei’s Senior Solutions consultant Eastern and Southern Africa Dr. Bello Moussa said “The countries of Eastern and Southern Africa have shown great enthusiasm in investing and innovating within the broadband ecosystem over the past few years. These countries are of course at different stages of ICT development but unfortunately, 90% of the population of the region can still not access broadband at home so therefore we are currently far behind more advanced markets.

The summit also saw Huawei present its new LTE network titled “Huawei’s leading road to 5G network. During the presentation, Huawei showed strategic thinking on continuous developing path from 3G to 4G/4.5G and 5G.

Transition to LTE is the way to leading competitiveness. The LTE eco-system is getting mature with massive deployment of LTE network. Presenting on the new 5G network during the Connect to Connect (C2C) workshop hosted by Huawei Tanzania, The Vice president of Huawei Wireless Marketing, Alex Wang said “Huawei have helped operators build near 200 LTE networks worldwide and accumulate abundant experience on mobile network evolution. Huawei continues to pay attention to protect customer’s investment and more importantly focusing on the network evolution to help customers improve the competitiveness”.

Huawei’s contribution in the 5G research is recognized by the industry widely and was awarded “Biggest contribution to 5G Development” at 5G world summit on 26th June 2015 LTE workshop.

This is also the second time that the government of Tanzania recognizes the efforts Huawei in the country among them being the Memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Huawei and the government to deal with the ICT strategies to fulfill the country’s vision of 2025.

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

Media contact:

Phoebe Huang 黄曼

Public Affairs, Huawei Eastern & Southern Africa

Email: huangman@huawei.com

About Huawei

Huawei (http://www.huawei.com) is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Our aim is to build a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei’s 170,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world’s population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

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Posted by: africanpressorganization | 30 July 2015

Le Canada est préoccupé par le report du procès de Mohamed Fahmy


 

Le Canada est préoccupé par le report du procès de Mohamed Fahmy

 

OTTAWA, Canada, 30 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ La ministre d’État (Affaires étrangères et consulaires), l’honorable Lynne Yelich, a fait aujourd’hui la déclaration suivante :

« Nous sommes profondément préoccupés par la situation actuelle de M. Fahmy et déçus du retard qui continue de freiner son procès.

« Le Canada continue d’exhorter le gouvernement de l’Égypte à utiliser tous les outils à sa disposition pour résoudre le cas de M. Fahmy et permettre son retour immédiat au Canada. Nous demandons à toutes les entités du gouvernement égyptien de conjuguer leurs efforts afin de régler la situation à laquelle est confronté M. Fahmy.

« Des fonctionnaires canadiens continueront de fournir une aide consulaire à M. Fahmy et d’exercer des pressions sur les fonctionnaires égyptiens en vue de parvenir à une solution.

« Le Canada exhorte le gouvernement égyptien à protéger les droits de tous, y compris ceux des journalistes, conformément à la nouvelle Constitution de l’Égypte et dans la foulée de sa transition vers la démocratie. »

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 30 July 2015

Canada Concerned by Delay of Mohamed Fahmy Trial


 

Canada Concerned by Delay of Mohamed Fahmy Trial

 

OTTAWA, Canada, July 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), today released the following statement:

“We are deeply concerned over Mr. Fahmy’s current situation and disappointed by the continued delay in his trial.

“Canada calls on the Egyptian government to use all tools at its disposal to resolve Mr. Fahmy’s case and allow for his immediate return to Canada. We ask that all branches of the Egyptian government work together in a concerted manner to address the situation of Mr. Fahmy.

“Canadian officials will continue providing consular assistance to Mr. Fahmy and will continue to press Egyptian officials for a resolution on Mr. Fahmy’s case.

“Canada calls on the Egyptian government to protect the rights of all individuals, including journalists, in keeping with the spirit of Egypt’s new constitution and its transition to democracy.”

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


África 2020 apresenta oportunidades entusiasmantes para os gestores de ativos: Relatório da PwC

O relatório, denominado Gestão de Ativos em África 2020, é um estudo aprofundado que examina o setor da gestão de ativos em 12 países africanos

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, July 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Uma nova pesquisa da PwC (http://www.pwc.com) estima que os ativos sob gestão (AuM) tradicionais em 12 mercados em toda a África aumentarão para cerca de 1.098 mil milhões de dólares até 2020, levando em consideração o valor de 293 mil milhões de dólares relativo a 2008. Isto representa uma taxa de crescimento anual composta (CAGR) de praticamente 9,6%. A gestão de ativos tradicionais, em particular o setor de fundos mútuos, está a expandir-se maciçamente em África. Esta situação será sobretudo conduzida por diversos fatores: o crescimento económico e o subsequente aumento na riqueza irão estimular a procura por produtos de pensões e seguros de vida, a procura por fundos de investimento pequenos irá aumentar consequentemente e a adoção generalizada da tecnologia fará com que a oferta de novos produtos seja mais barata, levando mais consumidores para o setor financeiro formal.

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(Ilse French, Líder de Gestão de Ativos em África da PwC)

O relatório, denominado Africa Asset Management 2020 (Gestão de Ativos em África 2020), é um estudo aprofundado que examina o setor da gestão de ativos em 12 países africanos, que têm mercados financeiros em vários níveis de desenvolvimento. Os países, que representam uma amostra do norte, este, oeste e sul de África, foram avaliados através de uma série de indicadores relevantes para captar o seu verdadeiro potencial em termos de investimento. Os países foram divididos em três grupos: mercados em evolução, mercados promissores e mercados nascentes. Adicionalmente, o relatório destaca e analisa os agentes de mudança futuros para o investimento em África como um todo, para lá de abordar os impactos para estes mercados específicos.

Ilse French, Líder de Gestão de Ativos em África da PwC, afirma: “À medida que África entrou no Séc. XXI, o crescimento económico ultrapassou as expectativas e estimulou o interesse dos investidores relativamente a uma ampla gama de classes de ativos. Apesar do setor dos fundos em África, na maior parte dos países, ainda estar em desenvolvimento e ter muito que provar, é provável que os gestores de ativos globais e locais se tornem mais ativos à medida que o setor continuar a florescer.”

A PwC também prevê que:

•          O aumento global do volume dos ativos passíveis de investimento, que ocorreu ao longo das duas ou três últimas décadas, está pronto para continuar a aumentar no futuro e os ativos passíveis de investimento estão determinados a serem significativamente mais elevados em 2020 do que atualmente.

•          A pesquisa recente levada a cabo pela PwC estima que os AuM globais aumentarão cerca de 101,7 triliões de dólares até 2020. Apesar de África ser uma pequena parte do setor global, é uma região que está a registar um crescimento significativo.

É interessante notar que os pequenos investidores formam uma pequena proporção de investidores na gestão de ativos em África. Contudo, o relatório sugere que o número de pequenos investidores nestes mercados poderá ser aumentado através da educação sobre os produtos, do incentivo de uma cultura de poupança e investimento e do crescimento económico global.

Mercados de capitais em África

A regulamentação dos mercados de capitais varia consideravelmente em África, uma vez que a legislação e as estruturas regulamentares diferem entre países, refletindo o mercado e as diversas condições históricas. Em alguns países, a regulamentação dos mercados de capitais encontra-se sob o domínio do banco central, enquanto noutros, esta encontra-se sob os auspícios da comissão regulamentar independente.

Apesar da taxa de crescimento do Produto Interno Bruto (PIB) em África estar a aumentar, a cultura de poupança e investimento ainda não acompanhou este crescimento e, na sua maioria, os mercados de capitais permanecem pequenos e ilíquidos. A regulamentação para impulsionar os mercados de capitais está em debate em alguns países, tal como o incentivo dos fundos de pensões para que estes invistam em empresas cotadas localmente.

Investidores e distribuidores

Espera-se que todas as partes dos setores dos serviços financeiros continuem a expandir-se até 2020 e em diante, mas os ativos bancários irão diminuir nos próximos anos uma vez que a concorrência é alimentada pelos novos participantes e pelas reformas regulamentares.

Vários bancos estabeleceram as suas próprias subsidiárias de gestão de ativos numa tentativa de impulsionar os produtos da sua própria marca. Alguns destes bancos também estão à procura de cooperação com gestores de ativos estrangeiros para promoverem as suas estratégias de investimento africano noutras partes do mundo em troca da promoção das estratégias de investimento de outros gestores de ativos em África. Os bancos têm a melhor rede de distribuição e provavelmente continuarão a ser os principais distribuidores no futuro. O setor dos fundos de pensões nos 12 países constantes deste estudo cresceu de forma estável entre 2006 e 2014 e espera-se que continue a crescer consideravelmente. À medida que estas economias atingem a maturidade, as pensões estão a tornar-se mais significativas como uma parte do setor dos serviços financeiros, embora muitos países continuem a não ter planos de pensões privados. Contudo, a mudança está em curso com a Mauritânia e o Gana a servirem de exemplo de países que criaram planos de pensões assentes em três pilares, abrangendo um terceira escalão de planos voluntários para os trabalhadores da classe média.

O setor dos seguros também está a crescer, mas África possui uma taxa de penetração média baixa de cerca de 3,5% do PIB, à exceção da África do Sul em que é superior a 15%. Tal como acontece com os fundos de pensões, as companhias de seguros subcontratam parte da sua gestão de ativos a entidades externas.

Investimento privado

Atualmente, o investimento em capitais privados (PE) é a forma mais interessante de investimento para os investidores estrangeiros, como resultado da iliquidez existente nos mercados de capitais. Mas a falta de disponibilidade das opções de saída permanece uma preocupação para os potenciais investidores em capitais privados em África.

As infraestruturas são também consideradas como sendo uma grande oportunidade de investimento. O Banco Mundial estimou que será necessário um gasto anual no valor de 93 mil milhões de dólares para atingir os objetivos de desenvolvimento nacional em África e colmatar as lacunas em termos de infraestruturas. Muitos países africanos demoraram mais tempo para conseguirem acompanhar a nível das infraestruturas e a recente incerteza económica sublinha ainda mais a enorme necessidade de restruturar as infraestruturas africanas.

Agentes de mudança: megatendências globais

“As megatendências globais e continentais significativas, às quais nos referimos como “agentes de mudança”, irão também ajudar a conduzir o mercado e a criar oportunidades futuras”, afirma a Sra. French.

“O dividendo demográfico de África, a sua classe média em crescimento, a utilização crescente da tecnologia e a sua rápida urbanização irão ter todos um papel a desempenhar no desenvolvimento do setor de gestão de ativos em África.”

1.         Dividendo demográfico

Atualmente, África representa 15% da população mundial e 3% do PIB mundial e menos de 1% do mercado de ações mundial. Mas isto está a mudar. “Existirão diversas oportunidades e estas serão diferentes das existentes no mundo desenvolvido”, afirma a Sr.ª French. O crescimento populacional de África e o dividendo demográfico resultante poderão impulsionar o crescimento económico. O investimento é necessário em alguns setores para criar produtividade do trabalho e a diversificação económica e reduzir os índices de pobreza.

Se forem implementadas políticas para criar emprego suficiente para a força de trabalho alargada, o decréscimo das taxas de dependência deverá aumentar as poupanças e o investimento e criar uma procura substancial por produtos de poupança.

2.         Classe média em crescimento

A classe média africana aumentou substancialmente durante a última década. O relatório do Standard Bank sobre a classe média em África indica que a Nigéria adicionará 7,6 milhões de agregados familiares de classe média até 2030 e o Gana adicionará 1,6 milhões. As classes médias são associadas a uma grande ênfase sobre a educação e a poupança. Isto irá aumentar a procura por serviços financeiros e produtos de investimento sofisticados, tal como fundos de investimento pequenos, impulsionando significativamente deste modo o setor da gestão de ativos.

3.         Utilização crescente da tecnologia

A tecnologia está cada vez mais a mudar o cenário de África. Os serviços financeiros móveis progrediram, uma vez que grande parte da população acede à Internet através de dispositivos móveis comparativamente à Internet por linha fixa. A tecnologia móvel está também a melhorar os serviços financeiros em África através de um modelo não bancário e um modelo bancário. Contudo, a segurança dos dados poderá tornar-se uma preocupação central no futuro, necessitando de colaboração mais próxima entre as entidades reguladoras das telecomunicações e financeiras.

4.         Urbanização e infraestruturas

As fracas infraestruturas em África são um impedimento ao crescimento económico e são necessárias melhorias nesta área. A pesquisa da PwC sugere que os gastos em infraestruturas na África subsariana excederão os 180 mil milhões de dólares até 2025. O défice de investimento governamental cria oportunidades para o envolvimento de investidores privados, através de investimento direto ou de parcerias público-privadas.

Atualmente, a população urbana de África está a aumentar 1,1% anualmente e espera-se que tenha um grande impacto sobre os imóveis e as infraestruturas até 2020. Adicionalmente, os PE estão a crescer em toda a África. Apesar da maioria dos negócios serem de pequena dimensão, parece provável que o tamanho do negócio irá aumentar para estar em maior concordância com outros mercados emergentes, à medida que as suas economias e estruturas regulamentares se desenvolvem.

Desenvolvimento do setor dos serviços financeiros africanos

Os 12 países constantes deste estudo variam desde aqueles que possuem estruturas legislativas alargadas, tal como a África do Sul, a aqueles que se encontram em fases muito iniciais do desenvolvimento das suas estruturas regulamentares, tal como Angola.

É provável que as reformas regulamentares impulsionem o crescimento económico e estimulem o apetite dos investidores. Em particular, as alterações à regulamentação dos fundos de pensões poderão ter algum efeito sobre o setor da gestão de ativos, uma vez que as pensões públicas são normalmente os maiores investidores institucionais em muitos países africanos. Estas mudanças incluem permitir que os fundos de pensões invistam numa grande variedade de ativos ou o estabelecimento de um regime de pensões de três escalões.

Adicionalmente, os fundos soberanos (SWF) podem colmatar falhas existentes no que diz respeito ao financiamento até que as estruturas legais dos países africanos estejam suficientemente desenvolvidas para que estes sejam atrativos para outros investidores. “Como grandes investidores institucionais, os SWF poderão proporcionar um aumento considerável no setor da gestão de ativos em África, em particular porque estes são investidores a longo prazo que procuram rendimentos estáveis”, acrescenta Ilse French. O facto de a maior parte dos fundos utilizar uma proporção dos seus ativos para causar impacto nos investimentos a nível interno ou regional sugere que se tornarão fatores importantes nos mercados locais.

“Uma vez que os gestores de ativos procuram por novos canais de investimento e a concorrência se torna cada vez mais intensa, compreender as características dos mercados locais será crucial para entender o potencial desta fronteira final”, conclui a Sr.ª French.

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

Contactos:

Ilse French: Líder de Gestão de Ativos de África da PwC

Escritório: + 27 (0) 11 797 4094

E-mail: ilse.french@za.pwc.com

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Jocelyn Newmarch: Gestora de Conta: Edelman, África do Sul

Escritório: + 27 11 504 4000

Telemóvel: + 27 84 462 1111

E-mail: Jocelyn.Newmarch@edelman.com

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Sanchia Temkin: Responsável pelos relacionamentos com a Comunicação Social, PwC

Escritório: + 27 (0) 11 797 4470

E-mail: sanchia.temkin@za.pwc.com

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Nonki Ndlazi: Agente de Ligação com a Comunicação Social, PwC

Escritório: + 27 11 797 0418

E-mail: nonki.ndlazi@za.pwc.com

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Posted by: africanpressorganization | 30 July 2015

EU increases humanitarian aid for Burundi refugees


 

EU increases humanitarian aid for Burundi refugees

 

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, July 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The European Commission is releasing €4.5 million in humanitarian assistance to help the increasing number of refugees from Burundi that have fled to neighbouring countries. More than 175 000 people, the majority of them women and children, are estimated to have already left the country.

 

“We cannot overlook the deteriorating humanitarian situation affecting Burundi. Refugee numbers are up in the last three months which is a serious cause of concern in an already fragile region. This additional EU humanitarian funding will help neighbouring countries accommodate refugees and meet their most urgent needs. It is a strong signal of the EU’s solidarity with the most vulnerable people caught in a difficult situation beyond their control,” said EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, underlining “the generous hospitality of the countries in the region who have welcomed their Burundian neighbours.”

 

This funding increase brings the total humanitarian aid for the Great Lakes region for 2015 to €56.5 million. The aid released mainly for Burundi refugees amounts to €9 million since the end of April, when their numbers started growing. Certain refugee camps have become overpopulated and health risks have continuously worsened.

 

 

Background:

Rwanda, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda have been experiencing flows of refugees from Burundi since April. Those arriving cite intimidation, threats and fear of violence as reasons for leaving the country.

 

Tanzania is so far the main hosting country with nearly 80 000 Burundi refugees having arrived, followed by Rwanda (71,158), the Democratic Republic of Congo (13,368), and Uganda (11,165).

 

The most urgent humanitarian needs to address are shelter, water and sanitation, as well as health assistance to stop the possible surge of diseases and epidemics, notably cholera. A key concern ahead of the rainy season is the overpopulation of certain refugee camps.

 

Following the announcement on 25 April 2015 that President Pierre Nkurunziza would seek a third mandate, provoking serious political division, Burundi has undergone a sustained political and security crisis – this crisis brought with it a surge in the number of refugees.

 

SOURCE 

European Commission


L’Afrique de 2020 présente de passionnantes opportunités pour les gestionnaires d’actifs : Rapport PwC

Le rapport Africa Asset Management 2020 est une étude approfondie qui examine l’industrie de la gestion d’actifs dans 12 pays d’Afrique

JOHANNESBURG, Afrique du Sud, 30 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ La dernière recherche de PwC (http://www.pwc.com) estime que les actifs sous gestion traditionnels dans 12 marchés d’Afrique s’élèveront à 1098 milliards USD d’ici 2020, contre un total de 293 milliards USD en 2008. Ceci représente un taux de croissance annuel composé de 9,6 %. La gestion traditionnelle d’actifs, et notamment le secteur des fonds communs, est en pleine expansion dans toute l’Afrique. Cette expansion sera de plus en plus stimulée par plusieurs facteurs : la croissance économique et l’augmentation de richesse qui s’en suivra accroitront la demande de produits de pensions et d’assurance-vie, la demande de fonds de placement de détail augmentera en conséquence et l’adoption toujours plus largement répandue de la technologie diminuera les coûts de livraison des nouveaux produits, amenant ainsi de plus en plus de clients vers le secteur financier formel.

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(Ilse French, responsable de la gestion d’actifs pour PwC Afrique)

Le rapport Africa Asset Management 2020 est une étude approfondie qui examine l’industrie de la gestion d’actifs dans 12 pays d’Afrique septentrionale, orientale, occidentale et méridionale dont les marchés financiers présentent divers niveaux de développement. Une série d’indicateurs pertinents ont été étudiés afin de comprendre le véritable potentiel d’investissement de ces marchés. Les pays ont ensuite été catégorisés en trois groupes : les marchés avancés, les marchés prometteurs et les marchés naissants. De plus, le rapport définit et analyse les futurs facteurs qui modifieront le profil global des investissements en Afrique, tout en abordant leurs impacts sur ces marchés spécifiques :

Ilse French, responsable de la gestion d’actifs pour PwC Afrique, déclare : « Alors que l’Afrique entre dans le 21e siècle, la croissance économique a surpassé les attentes et stimulé l’intérêt des investisseurs dans un grand nombre de catégories d’actifs. Même si l’industrie du fonds est en cours de développement et doit encore prouver sa valeur dans la majorité des pays d’Afrique, les gestionnaires d’actifs locaux et internationaux seront probablement de plus en plus actifs à mesure que le secteur continue à s’épanouir ».

PwC prédit également que :

•          L’augmentation globale du volume des actifs à investir qui a eu lieu ces deux ou trois dernières décennies se poursuivra immanquablement à l’avenir et les actifs à investir seront certainement plus élevés en 2020 qu’aujourd’hui.

•          Une recherche récemment menée par PwC estime que les actifs sous gestion mondiaux se monteront à 101,7 billions d’ici 2020. L’Afrique, même si elle ne représente qu’une petite partie de l’industrie mondiale, est la région présentant la croissance la plus significative.

Il est intéressant de noter que les investisseurs de détail ne représentent qu’une petite portion des investisseurs en gestion d’actifs d’Afrique. Le rapport suggère cependant que le nombre d’investisseurs de détail pourrait augmenter dans ces marchés grâce à une éducation sur les produits, à l’incitation à une culture d’épargne et d’investissement et à la croissance économique globale.

Marchés de capitaux en Afrique

Les réglementations des marchés de capitaux en Afrique varient très largement d’un pays à l’autre étant donné la diversité des législations et structures de régulation nationales, qui reflètent à la fois le marché et les conditions historiques diverses. Dans certains pays, les règlementations du marché de capitaux sont du ressort de la banque centrale tandis que, dans d’autres, elles sont coordonnées par une commission réglementaire indépendante.

Même si le taux de croissance du PIB en Afrique est à la hausse, la culture d’épargne et d’investissements n’a pas encore rattrapé son retard et la majorité des marchés de capitaux restent restreints et peu liquides. Les réglementations visant à stimuler les marchés de capitaux sont en cours de négociation dans certains pays et les fonds de pension sont notamment encouragés à investir dans des sociétés cotées localement.

Investisseurs et distributeurs

Tous les composants des secteurs de services financiers devraient poursuivre leur croissance jusqu’en 2020 et au-delà, mais les actifs bancaire seront en recul dans les prochaines années, car la concurrence est désormais alimentée par les nouveaux entrants et par les réformes réglementaires.

Un certain nombre de banques ont monté leurs propres filiales de gestion d’actifs dans le but de promouvoir leurs propres produits. Certaines d’entre elles tentent également de coopérer avec des gestionnaires d’actifs étrangers, leur proposant de promouvoir leurs stratégies d’investissement en Afrique en échange de la promotion de leurs propres stratégies d’investissement dans d’autres parties du monde. Les banques disposent du meilleur réseau de distribution qui soit et resteront très probablement les principaux distributeurs à l’avenir. La croissance dont a constamment fait l’objet le secteur des fonds de pension entre 2006 et 2014 dans les 12 pays concernés par l’étude devrait prendre de la vitesse dans les années à venir. À mesure que ces économies mûrissent, les pensions deviennent une part de plus en plus importante du secteur des services financiers, même si de nombreux pays ne disposent pas encore d’organismes de pension privés. Le changement est cependant en route : des pays comme Maurice et le Ghana ont notamment créé des systèmes de pension à trois piliers comprenant un troisième ordre de programmes volontaires pour les travailleurs de la classe moyenne.

L’industrie des assurances se développe également mais le taux de pénétration moyen en Afrique reste bas, avec environ 3-5 % du PIB (hors l’Afrique du Sud où le taux dépasse les 15 %). Tout comme les fonds de pension, les sociétés d’assurance externalisent leur gestion d’actifs à des tiers.

Investissements privés

Le capital-investissement est aujourd’hui le mode d’investissement le plus intéressant pour les investisseurs étrangers, suite au manque de liquidité des marchés de capitaux. Mais la disponibilité réduite des options de sortie reste une préoccupation pour les potentiels investisseurs privés en Afrique.

L’infrastructure est également considérée comme une opportunité de placement majeure. La Banque mondiale a estimé qu’une dépense annuelle de 93 milliards USD serait nécessaire pour réaliser les objectifs de développement nationaux en Afrique et combler l’écart infrastructurel du continent. De nombreux pays africains ont mis plus de temps à rattraper leur retard à ce niveau et l’incertitude économique actuelle souligne le besoin d’une révision massive des infrastructures africaines.

Facteurs de changement : les méta-tendances mondiales

« Les principales méta-tendances mondiales et continentales, que nous appelons “facteurs de changement”, participeront également à la stimulation du marché et à la création d’opportunités d’avenir », déclare French.

« L’atout démographique de l’Afrique, sa classe moyenne grandissante, son utilisation accrue de la technologie et son urbanisation rapide joueront un rôle important dans le développement de l’industrie de la gestion d’actifs en Afrique.

1.         Atout démographique

L’Afrique représente actuellement 15 % de la population mondiale, 3 % du PIB mondial et moins d’1 % du marché boursier mondial. Mais tout cela est en train de changer. « Les opportunités vont se diversifier et elles seront différentes de celles du monde développé », ajoute French. La croissance de la population africaine et l’atout démographique qui en résulte pourraient bien stimuler la croissance économique. Les investissements sont nécessaires dans certains secteurs pour créer une productivité de travail et une diversification économique et réduire ainsi les taux de pauvreté.

Si l’on implémente des politiques visant à créer suffisamment d’emploi pour la main-d’œuvre grandissante, la chute des taux de dépendance devrait augmenter tant les épargnes que les investissements et créer une demande importante en produits d’épargne.

2.         Classe moyenne grandissante

La classe moyenne africaine a augmenté considérablement au cours de la dernière décennie. Le rapport de la Banque Standard sur la classe moyenne en Afrique indique que le Nigéria totalisera 7,6 millions de ménages de classe moyenne d’ici 2030, et le Ghana 1,6 millions. Les classes moyennes accordent généralement une grande importance à l’éducation et à l’épargne. Il s’en suivra une augmentation de la demande de services financiers et produits d’investissements sophistiqués tels que les fonds d’investissement de détail, et donc une stimulation de l’industrie de gestion des actifs.

3.         Utilisation accrue de la technologie

La technologie modifie de plus en plus le visage de l’Afrique. Les services financiers mobiles ont décollé tandis que des portions de plus en plus larges de la population préfèrent leur appareil mobile plutôt que leur ligne fixe pour accéder à l’Internet. La technologie mobile renforce les services financiers dans toute l’Afrique à travers un modèle sans banque et un modèle bancaire. Toutefois, la sécurité des données est susceptible de devenir une grave préoccupation à l’avenir, requérant une coopération toujours plus étroite entre les opérateurs télécoms et les régulateurs financiers.

4.         Urbanisation et infrastructures

La pauvreté des infrastructures en Afrique est une entrave à la croissance économique et des améliorations sur ce plan sont indispensables. Le rapport PwC suggère que les dépenses en infrastructures de l’Afrique subsaharienne dépasseront les 180 milliards USD d’ici 2025. L’insuffisance des financements par les gouvernements représente pour les investisseurs privés une occasion de s’impliquer par le biais d’investissements directs ou de partenariats publics-privés.

Aujourd’hui, la population urbaine de l’Afrique augmente d’1,1 pourcent par an et devrait avoir un impact majeur sur le développement de l’immobilier et des infrastructures d’ici 2020. De plus, le capital privé est en croissance dans l’ensemble du continent. Si la taille de la majorité des transactions reste réduite, il est probable que cette taille augmentera pour correspondre davantage à celle des autres marchés émergents, à mesure que les économies et cadres réglementaires se développent.

Développement de l’industrie des services financiers africains

Parmi les 12 pays étudiés par PwC, certains disposent de cadres législatifs très complets, comme l’Afrique du Sud, tandis que d’autres n’en présentent qu’une ébauche, comme l’Angola.

Les réformes des cadres réglementaires stimuleront probablement la croissance économique et les appétits des investisseurs. En particulier, les changements apportés aux règlementations sur les fonds de pension pourraient avoir un effet sur l’industrie de la gestion d’actifs, car les pensions publiques sont généralement les principaux investisseurs institutionnels dans de nombreux pays d’Afrique. Ces changements incluent l’autorisation aux fonds de pension d’investir dans un large éventail d’actifs ou l’établissement d’un système de pension à trois piliers.

En outre, les fonds souverains peuvent combler les écarts de financement existants jusqu’à ce que les cadres légaux des pays d’Afrique se soient suffisamment développés pour attirer les autres investisseurs. « En tant qu’investisseurs institutionnels importants, les fonds souverains peuvent donner un élan considérable à l’industrie de la gestion d’actifs en Afrique, notamment parce qu’ils sont des investisseurs à long terme qui comptent sur des rendements stables », poursuit French. Le fait que la plupart des fonds utilisent une part de leurs actifs pour réaliser des investissements d’impact aux niveaux domestique et régional suggère que ces fonds deviendront des acteurs importants dans les marchés locaux.

« Tandis que les gestionnaires d’actifs recherchent de nouveaux canaux de distribution et que la concurrence s’intensifie, il devient crucial de comprendre les caractéristiques des marchés locaux pour se rendre compte du potentiel de cette dernière frontière », conclut French.

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC).

Contacts :

Ilse French, responsable de la gestion d’actifs, PwC Afrique

Bureau : + 27 (0) 11 797 4094

Email : ilse.french@za.pwc.com

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Jocelyn Newmarch, directrice des comptes, Edelman, Afrique du Sud

Bureau : + 27 11 504 4000

Portable : + 27 84 462 1111

Email : Jocelyn.Newmarch@edelman.com

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Sanchia Temkin, responsable des relations médias, PwC

Bureau : + 27 (0) 11 797 4470

Email : sanchia.temkin@za.pwc.com

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Nonki Ndlazi, relationniste des médias, PwC

Bureau : + 27 11 797 0418

Email : nonki.ndlazi@za.pwc.com

À propos de PwC :

PwC (http://www.pwc.com) aide les organisations et les particuliers à créer la valeur dont ils ont besoin. Notre réseau compte 195 000 personnes dans 157 pays, toutes engagées à offrir des services de qualité en matière d’audit, de fiscalité et de conseil. Apprenez-en plus et dites-nous ce qui vous importe en visitant notre site www.pwc.com

PwC fait référence au réseau PwC network et/ou à l’une ou plusieurs de ses filiales, dont chacune constitue une entité juridique distincte. Consultez notre site www.pwc.com/structure pour de plus amples détails.

SOURCE

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 30 July 2015

Secretary’s Remarks: Morocco National Day


 

Secretary’s Remarks: Morocco National Day

 

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement

John Kerry

Secretary of State

Washington, DC

July 30, 2015

 

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States of America, I offer my best wishes to King Mohammed VI and the Moroccan people as you celebrate the Feast of the Throne on July 30.

The United States is proud to partner with Morocco on a broad spectrum of issues ranging from cultural and educational exchanges to military cooperation. Ours is a strategic partnership, and we work together daily to advance our common priorities of a secure, stable, and prosperous North Africa and Middle East. We share a strong commitment to improving economic opportunity and prosperity for all Moroccans through efforts to develop its entrepreneurial ecosystem and educational resources.

We applaud recent commitments by Morocco’s public and private sectors to create more job opportunities for young Moroccans. Our constructive engagement with the Government of Morocco and Moroccan youth, the private sector, and civil society are helping the Moroccan people realize their civic aspirations.

More broadly, we are pleased with our expanding collaboration with Morocco as we seek to address global and regional security challenges and applaud Moroccan leadership on efforts to counter violent extremism.

In the spirit of friendship between our people and governments, we look forward to deepening our strong relationship that has endured for over two centuries. I wish the people of Morocco a joyful celebration and prosperity in the year to come.

 

SOURCE 

US Department of State


 

Tanzania: 130,000 refugees vaccinated against cholera in the overcrowded Nyarugusu camp

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ A cholera vaccination campaign to protect Burundian and Congolese refugees in the overflowing Nyarugusu camp in Tanzania has been completed by the international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) this week. However, with people still living in very precarious conditions, there is a parallel urgent need to improve the sanitary situation in the camp.

The second round of the campaign, in response to an outbreak that occurred among the refugees in May this year, was finalised on Monday 27 July. More than 130,000 refugees were vaccinated in this round. The oral cholera vaccine, which must be administered in two doses, offers a high level of protection against the disease. However vaccination should be carried out together with other prevention and control measures, which are severely lacking today in the camp.

“Vaccination is an urgent and essential response to prevent lives being lost, but to reduce the risk of new epidemics, sanitary conditions in the camp must be rapidly improved,” says Sita Cacioppe, Emergency Coordinator for MSF.

The vaccination campaign was conducted in collaboration with the Tanzanian Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). In the first round in June, 107,000 people – equivalent to 92 percent of the population at the time – received a first dose of the vaccine. But insecurity around the elections in Burundi continues to push thousands of people across the Tanzanian border, and since the first round of vaccination, around 20,000 more people have been transported to the camp according to the UNHCR. A catch-up round will soon be organized to give a second dose to the newcomers whose overall vaccination status is unclear.

The number of people living in Nyarugusu has more than doubled in three months, with political unrest and violence in Burundi driving some 82,000 Burundians to cross the Tanzanian border and join the 64,000 Congolese who have been living in the camp for nearly twenty years. This rapid influx of refugees has overwhelmed all services and humanitarian organizations are still struggling to provide enough water, food and shelter.

“People are living in dusty overcrowded conditions; they endure cold nights and have to queue for hours for water. Although malaria is the main condition we treat, we also see also see a high number of respiratory infections and diarrhoea related to the poor sanitary situation,” Cacioppe continues. “Such precarious living conditions give rise to the potential risk of epidemics. And with the rainy season coming, the situation may deteriorate even further, as many tents have been built in flood-prone areas.”

Alongside its medical activities, MSF has set up a system for pumping and treating water and each day is distributing more than 280,000 litres in five locations in the camp. But gaps remain in terms of sanitation. “We keep explaining to families the need to wash hands with soap to protect against disease, but some have not received a single bar since their arrival. We expect to carry out a distribution, but we need other organisations to step up to help us improve this situation so we can focus on the medical needs,” concludes Cacioppe.

MSF, present in the camp since May, is working in collaboration with the Tanzanian Red Cross in two clinics. Teams have recently increased the capacity of the Intensive Therapeutic Feeding Centre to support severely malnourished children who were screened during the vaccination campaign. All children under five were systematically screened in the twenty vaccination sites.

 

SOURCE 

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)


Windows 10 disponível em 190 países como uma atualização gratuita

As pessoas e as organizações podem fazer grandes coisas com a Cortana, o Microsoft Edge, a Xbox App, as novas apps Universais do Office e mais

REDMOND, Wash., July 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ A Microsoft Corp. (http://www.microsoft.com)  anunciou que o Windows 10 ficaria disponível na quarta-feira como uma actualização gratuita(1) ou com novos PCs e tablets. O Windows 10 inclui inovações tais como a Cortana,(2) uma app Xbox e o Microsoft Edge para uma experiência familiar, mas mais pessoal e produtiva. O Windows mais seguro de sempre, o Windows 10 é fornecido como um serviço e mantido actualizado automaticamente com inovações e atualizações de segurança. O Windows 10 oferece uma experiência que se tornará disponível na mais ampla gama de dispositivos, incluindo PCs, tablets, telemóveis, Raspberry Pi, Xbox One, HoloLens e mais — com mais de 2.000 dispositivos ou configurações já em teste. A nova Windows Store e o Kit de Desenvolvimento de Software Windows também ficaram disponíveis na quarta-feira, abrindo as portas a novas e inovadoras experiências app no Windows 10.

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As pessoas em todo o mundo irão celebrar o lançamento do Windows 10 na quarta-feira em celebrações de fãs em 13 países e através de uma nova iniciativa com duração anual que servirá para celebrar as pessoas e as organizações que fazem uma diferença em todo o mundo. A Microsoft encoraja as pessoas a partilhar a forma como planeiam #UpgradeYourWorld (atualizar o seu mundo) e a votarem para que uma organização sem fins lucrativos global receba um donativo em dinheiro bastando para isso nomear a organização numa publicação no Instagram, Facebook ou Twitter e usar as hashtags #UpgradeYourWorld e #vote. Poderá encontrar mais informações sobre a iniciativa Atualizar o Seu Mundo em http://www.windows.com/upgradeyourworld.

“Uma nova era de Windows começa hoje. Desde o princípio o Windows 10 tem sido único — construído com o feedback de mais de 5 milhões de fãs, fornecido como um serviço e oferecido como uma atualização gratuita,” disse Terry Myerson, vice-presidente executivo, Grupo Windows e Dispositivos, na Microsoft. “O Windows 10 cumpre a nossa visão da computação mais pessoal, com uma experiência móvel natural e fiável. Junto com os nossos parceiros, estamos entusiasmados em oferecer o melhor Windows de sempre, que irá capacitar as pessoas e as organizações de todo o mundo a fazerem grandes coisas.”

Windows 10: O Melhor Windows de Sempre

O Windows 10 é rápido e familiar — com o regresso do menu Iniciar e os Mosaicos Dinâmicos para poder receber atualizações instantâneas, em streaming do que mais lhe interessar. O Windows 10 é o Windows mais seguro que a Microsoft já lançou, com melhoramentos no Windows Defender e no SmartScreen para ajudar a proteger contra vírus, malware e phishing e inovações tais como o Windows Hello, que oferece uma forma rápida, segura, livre de palavra-passe de iniciar sessão.(3) Manter-se atualizado também é simples, já que as atualizações gratuitas ajudarão as pessoas a manterem-se atualizadas com as últimas funcionalidades e atualizações de segurança durante a vida útil suportada do dispositivo.

O Windows 10 é mais pessoal e produtivo, com entradas por voz, caneta e gestos para uma interação natural com os PCs. Está concebido para trabalhar com o Office e o Skype e permite-lhe alternar entre apps e manter-se organizado com o Snap e a Vista de Tarefas. O Windows 10 oferece muitas experiências e dispositivos inovadores, incluindo as seguintes:

•       Cortana, o assistente digital pessoal, que faz com que encontrar a informação certa no momento certo seja simples.

•       O novo browser Microsoft Edge permite navegar de forma rápida, ler e anotar e partilhar a Web.

•       A App Xbox integrada fornece a experiência Xbox no Windows 10, juntando os amigos, jogos e feitos entre a Xbox One e os dispositivos Windows 10.

•       Continuum optimiza as apps e experiências de forma atraente entre os modos tátil e desktop.

•       Apps integradas incluindo a Photos; Maps; a nova app de música da Microsoft, o Groove; e Filmes & TV que oferecem opções de entretenimento e produtividade. Com o OneDrive, os ficheiros podem ser facilmente partilhados e mantidos actualizados entre todos os dispositivos.

•       Uma app Microsoft Phone Companion que permite que iPhones, telemóveis Android ou Windows trabalhem perfeitamente com dispositivos Windows 10.

•       As totalmente novas apps Office Mobile para tablets Windows 10 estão disponíveis já hoje na Windows Store.(4) Concebidas para trabalho em movimento, as apps Word, Excel e PowerPoint oferecem uma experiência consistente, preferencialmente tátil para pequenos tablets. Para as necessidades de anotação digital, a app com funcionalidades completas OneNote é fornecida pré-instalada com o Windows 10. O futuro lançamento das apps desktop Office (Office 2016) irão oferecer o mais rico conjunto de funcionalidades para a criação de conteúdos profissional. Concebidas para a precisão de um teclado e rato, estas apps serão optimizadas para PCs com grandes ecrãs, portáteis e dispositivos 2-em-1 tais como o Surface Pro.

Windows 10: A melhor plataforma para as empresas

O feedback de milhões de profissionais de TI estabeleceu a estrutura do Windows 10, a versão Windows mais testada de sempre. Pronto para implementações corporativas, o Windows 10 irá ajudar as empresas a protegerem-se contra os ataques cibernéticos modernos, fornecer experiências que os seus funcionários irão adorar e permitir a inovação contínua com uma plataforma que mantém as empresas atualizadas com a tecnologia mais recente. As empresas poderão controlar a frequência das suas atualizações e selecionar as características e funcionalidades que são mais corretas para cada grupo dos seus funcionários.

O Windows 10 inclui segurança integrada de grau corporativo, para que os clientes possam substituir palavras-passe com opções mais seguras, proteger dados corporativos e identidades corporativas, e executar apenas o software em que confiam. As novas ferramentas de gestão e implementação simplificam a gestão de dispositivos, ajudam a reduzir os custos e permitem que as empresas capacitem o seu negócio com a força corporativa da cloud Microsoft Azure.

Apps de Topo disponíveis no Windows 10

A nova Windows Store irá abrir na quarta-feira e começará a aceitar novas apps para o Windows 10. A Windows Store oferece uma opção única de compra para populares apps gratuitas e pagas, jogos, filmes, séries de TV e a música mais recente, que podem funcionar em todos os dispositivos Windows 10. A nova Windows Store é a única loja onde é possível usar a Cortana para controlar as apps por voz(5) e obter notificações em tempo-real nos seus mosaicos dinâmicos. Todo o conteúdo da Windows Store é certificado pela Microsoft para ajudar a manter os dispositivos mais seguros. Adicionalmente às apps Windows 8.1 existentes tais como o Netflix, Flipboard, Mint.com, “Asphalt 8: Airborne” e The Weather Channel, a Windows Store fornece um fluxo constante de Apps novas e atualizadas e Jogos Windows Universais, incluindo o Twitter, “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta,” Hulu, iHeartRadio, USA TODAY, “Candy Crush Saga” e outras incluindo a WeChat e a QQ, que serão lançadas em breve.(6)

Atualização fácil, dispositivos já disponíveis

A atualização para o Windows 10 é fácil para clientes que possuam um PC ou tablet Windows 7 ou Windows 8.1 genuíno. A partir de quarta-feira, as pessoas que reservaram a sua atualização para o Windows 10 serão notificadas por fases quando a sua atualização estiver pronta para ser instalada. Para clientes corporativos, o Windows 10 está disponível para iniciar a implementação nos seus ambientes de trabalho, e a partir de 1 de Agosto as organizações que possuam licenciamento de volume podem atualizar para o Windows 10 Enterprise e Windows 10 Educação.

Os parceiros retalhistas estão prontos para ajudar com a atualização do Windows 10 com o nosso maior programa de bancada técnica de sempre, incluindo mais de 100.000 retalhistas formados e dezenas de milhares de lojas em todo o mundo. Estarão disponíveis programas gratuitos de atualização a partir de quarta-feira, com o software Windows 10 a tornar-se amplamente disponível nas lojas retalhistas em todo o mundo entre meados de Agosto e Setembro. Estarão disponíveis dispositivos com o Windows 10 em algumas lojas retalhistas a partir de quarta-feira, com muitos, muitos mais dispositivos a serem disponibilizados nas semanas e meses seguintes.

A Microsoft também tem trabalhado em proximidade com os retalhistas para introduzir programas que ajudem as pessoas a fazerem a atualização de forma fácil, incluindo a Best Buy, Bic Camera, Croma, Currys/PC World, Darty, Elkjøp, Fnac, Jarrir, Incredible Connection, Media Markt, Staples, Yamada Denki, Yodobashi e muitos mais retalhistas de topo em todo o mundo.

Poderá encontrar informação sobre a atualização, dispositivos novos e compatíveis e apps para o Windows em http://www.windows.com. Está disponível informação adicional e ativos de media em http://blogs.windows.com/launch.

A Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) é a empresa de plataforma e produtividade líder para o mundo móvel-primeiro, cloud-primeiro, e a sua missão é de capacitar todas as pessoas e organizações no globo a conseguirem fazer mais.

1 Oferta de atualização gratuita limitada no tempo para dispositivos Windows 7 e 8/8.1 genuínos e que se qualifiquem. Sujeito a requisitos de hardware e software; consulte http://www.windows.com/windows10upgrade para obter mais pormenores.

2 Cortana disponível em mercados selecionados aquando do lançamento; a experiência pode variar consoante a região e o dispositivo.

3 O Windows Hello requer hardware especializado, incluindo leitor de impressões digitais, sensor IR iluminado ou outros sensores biométricos.

4 É necessária uma assinatura Office 365 para editar apps Office em PCs ou tablets de maior dimensão com Windows 10.

5 Dependente do hardware.

6 Algumas apps e conteúdos são vendidos separadamente. A disponibilidade e experiência da app e do conteúdo pode variar consoante a região e o dispositivo.

Distribuído pela APO (African Press Organization) em nome da Microsoft Corporation.

Para mais informações, basta pressionar:

Equipa de Resposta Rápida, Waggener Edstrom Communications, (503) 443-7070, rrt@waggeneredstrom.com

Nota aos editores: Para mais informações, notícias e perspectivas da Microsoft, por favor visite o Centro de Notícias Microsoft em http://www.microsoft.com/news. As ligações Web, números de telefone e títulos estavam correctos no momento da publicação, mas podem ter sido alterados. Para obter apoio adicional, os jornalistas e analistas podem contatar a Equipa de Resposta Rápida da Microsoft ou outros contatos apropriados indicados em http://news.microsoft.com/microsoft-public-relations-contacts.

SOURCE

Microsoft Corporation


 

Department of State and USAID Officials to Deliver Remarks at the Presidential Summit of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

 

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Notice to the Press

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

July 29, 2015

 

Several Department of State and USAID officials will provide remarks at the Presidential Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, August 3-5, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington. The three-day Summit will bring together 500 of sub-Saharan Africa’s most promising young leaders to meet with President Obama and leading U.S. entrepreneurs, government officials, and civil society representatives.

Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan will call the Summit to order onMonday, August 3 at 9:00 a.m. Heather A. Higginbottom, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, and Eric Postel, Associate Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development, will give remarks during the Private Sector and Civil Society Partnership Expo on Tuesday, August 4 at 3:00 p.m. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield will offer closing remarks on Wednesday, August 5 at 3:30 p.m.

The event will also feature a town hall with President Obama, a plenary session with Members of Congress, and breakout discussions with leaders in business, government, international development and non-governmental organizations.

The Presidential Summit follows six weeks of academic study and leadership training for the 500 Fellows at 20 higher education institutions across the United States as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

For more information and to request credentials for open-press events, please submit the online form.

Media representatives may attend these events upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver’s license, passport).

For further information from the Department of State, please contact ECA-Press@state.gov. Participants and those watching the livestream are encouraged to use the hashtag #YALI2015 when discussing the events.

Monday, August 3, 2015

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Call to Order by Assistant Secretary of State Evan Ryan Open Press Coverage. Press Entrance: West Lobby Glass Doors This session will be streamed live at http://www.irex.org.

Preset for video cameras: 4:00-5:00 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 8:30 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Congressional Forum on Investing in the Next Generation of Africa, with remarks by U.S. Representative Hank Johnson (GA) and other invited speakers.

Open Press Coverage. Press Entrance: West Lobby Glass Doors

This session will be streamed live at http://www.irex.org.

Preset for video cameras: 4:00-5:00 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 8:30 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

11:10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Young African Leaders Town Hall with President Obama

Media determined by White House. Press Entrance: West Lobby Glass Doors

The town hall will be streamed live at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live.

Preset for video cameras: 4:00-5:00 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 8:30 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Private Sector and Civil Society Partnership Expo with remarks by Heather A. Higginbottom, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, and Eric Postel, Associate Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development. Open Press Coverage. Press Entrance: West Lobby Glass Doors

Preset for video cameras: 2:00 p.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 2:30 p.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks by Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel and Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

Open Press Coverage. Press Entrance: West Lobby Glass Doors

This session will be streamed live at http://www.state.gov.

Final access time: 3:00 p.m. in the Regency Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

 

SOURCE 

US Department of State


 

Tanzanie / Plus de 130 000 personnes vaccinées contre le choléra dans le camp surpeuplé de Nyarugusu

 

GENEVE, Suisse, 30 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ L’organisation médicale internationale Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) a terminé cette semaine une campagne de vaccination contre le choléra pour l’ensemble de la population burundaise et congolaise du camp de Nyarugusu, dans l’ouest de la Tanzanie. Toutefois les conditions de vie des personnes réfugiées sont très précaires et il est urgent d’améliorer la situation sanitaire dans le camp.

Le second tour de la campagne, mené en réponse à une épidémie de choléra qui a touché les populations réfugiées en mai, a été finalisé ce lundi 27 juillet. Plus de 130 000 personnes ont été vaccinées pendant ce tour. Le vaccin oral contre le choléra doit être pris en deux doses et confère un niveau de protection élevé contre cette maladie, mais la vaccination doit être effectuée en complément d’autres mesures de prévention et de contrôle, qui font aujourd’hui défaut dans le camp.

« La vaccination que nous avons menée est une réponse urgente et essentielle pour éviter que des vies ne soient perdues à cause du choléra, mais pour réduire le risque de nouvelles épidémies, il faut que les acteurs de l’aide poursuivent leurs efforts et améliorent les conditions sanitaires à Nyarugusu », explique Sita Cacioppe, coordinatrice d’urgence de MSF.

Cette campagne de vaccination a été menée en collaboration avec le ministère de la Santé tanzanien, l’organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS) et le Haut Comité pour les Réfugiés des Nations Unies (HCR). Lors du premier tour de vaccination en juin, 107 000 personnes avaient reçu une première dose de vaccin (soit 92% de la population du camp à l’époque). Mais l’insécurité autour des élections au Burundi continue à pousser des milliers de personnes à franchir la frontière, et depuis le premier tour de vaccination, environ 20 000 nouvelles personnes ont été transportées dans le camp, selon le HCR. Un tour de rattrapage aura également lieu prochainement pour administrer la deuxième dose aux nouveaux arrivants, dont le statut vaccinal global est souvent inconnu.

Le nombre de personnes vivant à Nyarugusu a plus que doublé en trois mois, depuis que les troubles politiques et les violences au Burundi ont poussé 82 000 Burundais à passer la frontière tanzanienne et rejoindre les 64 000 Congolais qui y sont installés depuis près de vingt ans. Ce rapide afflux de population a congestionné tous les services et pris de court les organisations humanitaires, qui peinent encore à fournir suffisamment d’eau, de nourriture et d’abris aux réfugiés. Les nouveaux arrivants vivent dans des conditions inhumaines, entassés dans des abris surpeuplés, ce qui a un impact sur leur santé et fait craindre la propagation d’épidémies.

« Les gens vivent dans la poussière, dans des tentes surpeuplées, souffrent du froid la nuit et doivent faire la queue pendant des heures pour l’eau. Le paludisme est la maladie la plus fréquente mais nous voyions aussi un grand nombre d’infections respiratoires et de diarrhées, qui sont liées aux conditions sanitaires précaires », poursuit-elle. « Des conditions de vie si précaires font craindre la propagation d’épidémies. Et avec la saison des pluies qui arrive, la situation risque de se dégrader davantage, d’autant que de nombreuses tentes ont été construites en zones inondables ».

En parallèle des activités médicales, MSF a mis en place un système de pompage et de traitement de l’eau, et distribue quotidiennement plus de 280 000 litres d’eau traitée dans cinq localités du camp, mais les besoins sanitaires ne sont pas intégralement couverts. « On ne cesse d’expliquer aux familles qu’il faut se laver les mains au savon pour se protéger des maladies, mais certains n’en ont pas reçu une seule barre depuis leur arrivée. Nous prévoyions d’en effectuer une distribution, mais il faut que d’autres acteurs prennent le relais pour que nous puissions nous focaliser sur les besoins médicaux », conclut Sita.

MSF, présente depuis le mois de mai, travaille en collaboration avec la Croix Rouge tanzanienne dans deux cliniques. L’organisation a récemment augmenté les capacités du Centre Nutritionnel Thérapeutique Hospitalier pour pouvoir prendre en charge les enfants sévèrement malnutris dépistées lors de la campagne de vaccination. Tous les enfants de moins de cinq ans ont été systématiquement dépistés sur la vingtaine de sites répartis dans le camp.

 

SOURCE 

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 30 July 2015

Rwanda / Singapore / Presentation of Credentials Ceremony, 30 July 2015


 

Rwanda / Singapore / Presentation of Credentials Ceremony, 30 July 2015

 

SINGAPORE, Singapore, July 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The following foreign Ambassador presented its credentials to President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam in ceremony at the Istana today:

 

The High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda

His Excellency Guillaume Kavaruganda

 

HE GUILLAUME KAVARUGANDA

 

HIGH COMMISSIONER TO THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE

 

REPUBLIC OF RWANDA

 

 

BORN:

13 February 1969, Nyarugenge-Kigali, Rwanda

 

AGE:

46

 

MARITAL

STATUS:

Married to Alda Ntezilizaza

 

 

EDUCATION:

Master Degree in International Law and European Union Laws, Louvain la Neuve, Belgium, 1997

 

Undergraduate in Law, University of Perugia, Italy, October 1995

 

Secondary School, College Saint Andre, Rwanda, 1989

 

CAREER:

Apr 1999 –

July 2002

First Secretary, Rwanda Embassy in Washington DC, USA

 

July 2002 –

Dec 2005

Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Rwanda in Geneva and Rwandan Embassy in Switzerland

 

2006 – 2010

Lecturer in International Law for Development, Kigali Independent University

 

28 Jan 2006 –

15 Sep 2009

Director of Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation

 

CAREER:

(cont’d)

15 Sep 2009 –

28 May 2010

In charge of Northern Europe. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Rwanda

 

May 2010 –

July 2015

Minister Counsellor in Netherlands

 

July 2015

High Commissioner to Singapore

 

LANGUAGE :

Fluent in Italian, French, English and Kinyarwanda.

Moderate in Swahili

 

HOBBIES :

Reading fiction and non-fiction, writing articles on social issues and cinema

 

SOURCE 

Singapore – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Africa 2020 presents exciting opportunities for asset managers: PwC report

New research from PwC projects that traditional assets under management (AuM) in 12 markets across Africa will rise to around $1,098 billion by 2020, from a 2008 total of $293 billion

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, July 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ New research from PwC (http://www.pwc.com) projects that traditional assets under management (AuM) in 12 markets across Africa will rise to around $1,098 billion by 2020, from a 2008 total of $293 billion. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 9.6%. Traditional asset management, in particular the mutual fund industry, is expanding aggressively across Africa. This will largely be driven by a number of factors: economic growth and the subsequent rise in wealth will boost the demand for pensions and life insurance products, the demand for retail investment funds will consequently increase, and the widespread adoption of technology will make delivery of new products cheaper, bringing more consumers into the formal financial sector.

Download the report : http://www.apo-mail.org/150730PwC-report.pdf (8,28 Mo)

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(Ilse French, PwC Africa Asset Management Leader)

The report, Africa Asset Management 2020, is an in-depth study which examines the asset management industry across 12 African countries which have financial markets of varying levels of development.  The countries, which represent a sample from Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern Africa, were assessed by a range of relevant indicators in order to capture their true investment potential.  The countries were categorised into three groups: advancing markets, promising markets, and nascent markets. In addition, the report outlines and analyses the future game changers for investment into Africa as a whole as well as addressing the impacts for these specific markets.

Ilse French, PwC Africa Asset Management Leader, says:  “As Africa has entered the 21st century, economic growth has surpassed expectations and stimulated investor interest across a broad range of asset classes. Although the fund industry in Africa is, in most countries, still developing and has much to prove, global and local asset managers are likely to become more active as the industry continues to flourish.”

PwC also predicts that:

•          The global rise in the volume of investable assets which has taken place over the last two or three decades is set to continue to increase in the future and investable assets are set to be significantly higher in 2020 than today.

•          Recent research conducted by PwC projects that global AuM will rise to around $101.7 trillion by 2020. Although Africa is a small part of the global industry it is a region that is experiencing significant growth.

It is interesting to note that retail investors form a small proportion of investors in asset management in Africa. However, the report suggests that the number of retail investors in these markets could be increased by way of education about products, encouragement of a savings and investment culture, and overall economic growth.

Capital Markets in Africa

Capital market regulation varies widely across Africa as legislation and regulatory structures differs between countries, reflecting both market and varied historical conditions. In some countries, capital market regulations falls under the realm of the central bank, while in others they are under the auspices of the independent regulatory commission.

Although the GDP growth rate in Africa is on the rise, the savings and investment culture has not yet caught up and for the most part, capital markets remain small and illiquid. Regulations to boost the capital markets are under discussion in some countries, such as encouraging pension funds to invest in locally listed companies.

Investors and distributors

All parts of the financial services sectors are expected to continue to expand to 2020 and beyond, but bank assets will wane in the coming years as competition is fuelled by new entrants and regulatory reforms.

A number of banks have set up their own asset management subsidiaries in a bid to push their own proprietary products. Some of these banks are also seeking cooperation with foreign asset managers to promote their African investment strategies in other parts of the world in exchange for promotion of other asset managers’ investment strategies in Africa. Banks have the best distribution network and they will likely remain the main distributors in the future. The pension fund sector in the 12 countries in this study has grown steadily from 2006 to 2014 and is expected to continue to grow considerably. As these economies mature, pensions are becoming more significant as a part of the financial services sector, although many countries still have no private pension schemes.  However, change is underway with Mauritius and Ghana serving as examples of countries that have created three pillar pension schemes encompassing a third tier of voluntary schemes for middle class workers.

The insurance industry is also growing but, Africa has a low average penetration rate of about 3.5% of GDP, with the exception of South Africa which is over 15%. As with pension funds, insurance companies outsource part of their asset management to third parties.

Private investment

Currently private equity (PE) investment is the most interesting form of investment for foreign investors as a result of illiquidity in the capital markets. But the lack of availability of exit options remains a concern for potential private equity investors in Africa.

Infrastructure is also considered to be a major opportunity for investment. The World Bank has estimated that an annual spending of $93 billion would be required to achieve national development targets in Africa and close the infrastructure gap. Many African countries have taken longer to catch up on infrastructure and the recent economic uncertainty further underscores the need for a massive need to overhaul Africa’s infrastructure.

Game changers: global megatrends

“Significant global and continent megatrends, we refer to as the ‘game changers’, will also help drive the market and create future opportunities,” says French.

“Africa’s demographic dividend, its growing middle class, its increased use of technology, and its rapid urbanisation will all have a part to play in the development of the asset management industry in Africa.”

1.         Demographic dividend

Africa currently represents 15% of the world’s population and 3% of the world’s GDP and less than 1% of the world’s stock market. But that is changing. “There will be diverse opportunities and these will be different to those in the developed world,” adds French. Africa’s population growth and the resulting demographic dividend could boost economic growth. Investment is necessary in some industries in order to create labour productivity and economic diversification, and reduce poverty rates.

If policies are implemented to create enough employment for the enlarged workforce, the falling dependency rates should increase both savings and investment and create a substantial demand for savings products.

2.         Growing middle class

Africa’s middle class has increased substantially over the past decade. Standard Bank’s report on the middle-class in Africa indicates that Nigeria will add 7.6 million middle class households by 2030, while Ghana will add 1.6 million. The middle classes are associated with a great emphasis on education and saving. This will increase demand for sophisticated financial services and investment products such as retail investment funds, thereby significantly boosting the asset management industry.

3.         Increased use of technology

Technology is increasingly changing the face of Africa. Mobile financial services have taken off as larger portions of the population access the web by way of mobile devices compared to fixed line internet. Mobile technology is also enhancing financial services across Africa by way of a non-banked model and a banking model. However, data security may become a key concern in the future requiring closer collaboration between telecoms and financial regulators.

4.         Urbanisation and infrastructure

Poor infrastructure in Africa is an impediment to economic growth and improvements in this area are required. PwC research suggests that infrastructure spending in sub-Saharan Africa will exceed $180bn by 2025.The shortfall in government funding creates opportunities for private investors to get involved either through direct investment or public-private partnerships.

Currently Africa’s urban population is increasing by 1.1 percent annually and is expected to have a major impact on real estate and infrastructure by 2020. In addition, PE is growing across Africa. Although the majority of deals are small in size, it seems likely that deal size will grow to be more in line with other emerging markets as their economies and regulatory frameworks develop.

Development of the African financial services industry

The 12 countries in this study vary from those with extensive legislative frameworks, such as South Africa, to those in much earlier stages in the development of their regulatory frameworks, such as Angola.

Regulatory reform is likely to boost economic growth and stimulate investor appetite. Changes to regulations to pension funds in particular could have an effect on the asset management industry as public pensions are usually the largest institutional investors in many African countries. These changes include allowing pension funds to invest in a wide range of assets or the establishment of a three tier pension system.

In addition, sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) can fill existing funding gaps until the legal frameworks of African countries develop sufficiently to make them appealing to other investors. “As large institutional investors, SWFs could provide a considerable boost to the asset management industry in Africa, particularly because they are long-term investors who seek stable returns,” adds French. The fact that most of the funds use a proportion of their assets to make impact investments domestically or regionally suggests that they will become big players in local markets.

“As asset managers look for new investment channels and competition becomes increasingly intense, understanding the characteristics of the local markets will be crucial to grasp the potential of this final frontier,” concludes French.

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

Contacts:

Ilse French: PwC Africa Asset Management Leader

Office: + 27 (0) 11 797 4094

Email: ilse.french@za.pwc.com

OR

Jocelyn Newmarch: Account Manager: Edelman, South Africa

Office: + 27 11 504 4000

Mobile: + 27 84 462 1111

Email: Jocelyn.Newmarch@edelman.com

OR

Sanchia Temkin: Head of Media Relations, PwC

Office: + 27 (0) 11 797 4470

Email: sanchia.temkin@za.pwc.com

OR

Nonki Ndlazi: Media Liaison Officer,PwC

Office: + 27 11 797 0418

Email: nonki.ndlazi@za.pwc.com

About PwC:

PwC helps organisations and individuals create the value they’re looking for. We’re a network of firms in 157 countries with more than 195,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services. Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at www.pwc.com

PwC refers to the PwC network and/or one or more of its member firms, each of which is a separate legal entity. Please see www.pwc.com/structure for further details.

SOURCE

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 30 July 2015

France / Déplacement du Président de la République en Egypte


 

France / Déplacement du Président de la République en Egypte

 

PARIS, France, 30 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le Président de la République se rendra le jeudi 6 août 2015 en Egypte à l’occasion de l’inauguration du nouveau Canal de Suez, à l’invitation du Président égyptien, M. Abdel FATTAH AL-SISSI.

Cette cérémonie, dont le Président de la République est l’invité d’honneur, consacrera la réussite de ce grand projet qui multipliera par deux la capacité de transport dans le canal et stimulera les projets de développement dans les zones économiques attenantes.

Ce déplacement sera aussi l’occasion d’évoquer les sujets d’intérêt commun sur le plan bilatéral et régional, lors d’un entretien entre les deux Présidents.

 

SOURCE 

Présidence de la République française


 

Lancement du projet d’assistance préparatoire au Recensement Général de l’Agriculture aux Comores / La mise en œuvre de la SCA2D et de plusieurs politiques sectorielles a plus que jamais besoin de disposer des statistiques multisectorielles fiables

 

MOHELI, Comores, 30 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ La Ministre comorienne de la Production, de l’Environnement, de l’Energie, de l’Industrie et de l’Artisanat : Madame SITI KASSIM, et la Représentant Assistante de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO) à Madagascar – Comores – Maurice – Seychelles : Madame Yannick RASOARIMANANA, ont procédé au lancement du projet d’assistance préparatoire au recensement général de l’Agriculture, ce jour.

Le dernier recensement de l’agriculture aux Comores a été réalisé en 2004. Les données agricoles de référence nécessaires pour les prises de décision à tous les niveaux sont aujourd’hui devenues obsolètes, insuffisantes et de faible fiabilité.

« La réalisation de ce nouveau recensement constitue un facteur de base pour orienter les décisions en matière de planification agropastorale et de formulation de politique de sécurité alimentaire, mesurer l’impact des différentes actions pour le développement du secteur rural», souligne la Ministre de la Production, de l’Environnement, de l’Energie, de l’Industrie et de l’Artisanat.

 

Les bénéficiaires immédiats des produits du projet sont les cadres et les techniciens des directions et services du Ministère de la Production, de l’Environnement, de l’Energie, de l’Industrie et de l’Artisanat. Ils verront leurs capacités techniques et opérationnelles renforcées, et à travers eux, l’ensemble du système de planification sectorielle et de suivi-évaluation du Gouvernement de l’Union des Comores ainsi que la gouvernance de l’espace rural. Par exemple l’utilisation du GPS et d’autres outils de nouvelles technologies sera requise pour les travaux de collecte des données auprès des exploitations agricoles ; et pour assurer l’accessibilité des données à tous les utilisateurs, producteurs et les preneurs des décisions, le projet fera recours au système moderne d’archivage et de diffusion des données qu’est la plateforme CountrySTAT.

 

L’objectif du projet est de contribuer à la réduction de la pauvreté et de l’insécurité alimentaire grâce à des stratégies et politiques plus efficaces, définies et mises en œuvre sur la base d’informations statistiques structurelles fiables, pertinentes et actuelles. L’Union des Comores sera accompagnée dans l’exécution du projet par la FAO, qui dispose d’une longue expérience dans l’assistance aux pays en développement pour la réalisation des recensements agricoles et du cheptel, ainsi que dans la préparation, la collecte, l’exploitation, l’analyse et la diffusion des résultats de telles opérations statistiques.

Ce projet préparatoire est financé par la FAO à hauteur de 390 000 USD et durera 2 ans.

 

SOURCE 

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


Africa50 mobilise 830 millions de dollars pour les infrastructures en Afrique

La nouvelle plate-forme innovante d’investissement dans les infrastructures soutenue par la Banque africaine de développement a tenu son Assemblée Générale Constitutive le 29 Juillet 2015

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 30 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Africa50 (http://www.Africa50.com), la nouvelle plate-forme innovante d’investissement dans les infrastructures soutenue par la Banque africaine de développement a tenu son Assemblée Générale Constitutive le 29 Juillet 2015 à Casablanca (Maroc). Vingt (20) pays africains et la Banque africaine de développement ont souscrit pour un montant total initial de 830 millions de dollars en capital. Ces pays africains fondateurs sont le Bénin, le Cameroun, la République du Congo, Djibouti, l’Égypte, le Gabon, le Ghana, la Côte-d’Ivoire, Madagascar, le Malawi, le Mali, la Mauritanie, le Maroc, le Nigeria, le Niger, le Sénégal, la Sierra Leone, le Soudan, la Gambie et le Togo. Bien que cette première clôture était réservée aux pays africains, il est prévu que les prochaines levées de fonds seront ouvertes non seulement aux pays africains qui n’ont pas encore contribué, mais aussi aux investisseurs non-souverains en Afrique et hors d’Afrique. Le deuxième closing est prévu avant la fin de 2015.

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Prenant la parole lors de cet événement historique, M. Donald Kaberuka, Président de la Banque africaine de développement et actuel président des conseils d’administration de Africa50, a déclaré : « La forte présence des États africains et leurs engagements financiers témoignent d’une vision commune de trouver de nouveaux moyens d’accélérer la construction d’infrastructures. Africa50 est une nouvelle étape pour le financement et le développement des infrastructures en Afrique ».

La raison d’être de Africa50 est de mobiliser l’épargne à long terme au sein et en dehors de l’Afrique pour le financement de projets d’infrastructures commercialement viables à travers l’Afrique. Grâce à une approche intégrée, Africa50 investira dans des projets d’infrastructure africains sur l’ensemble de la chaîne de valeur du financement de projets en s’appuyant sur ses deux structures : la Société de financement de projets d’une part et la Société de développement de projets d’autre part. La très forte expression d’engagement de la part des pays africains est une première étape indispensable pour attirer des investisseurs institutionnels, y compris des fonds souverains, des fonds de pension et des sociétés d’assurance ainsi que d’autres sources de financement à long terme issues du monde entier. À moyen terme, la capitalisation de Africa50 devrait atteindre 3 milliards de dollars.

Lors de l’Assemblée Générale Constitutive, les membres fondateurs de Africa50 ont également signé les statuts de la société qui consacrent les normes les plus élevées en termes de gouvernance. Africa50 est basé à Casablanca (Maroc). Un accord de siège a été signé avec le Royaume du Maroc qui confère à Africa50 une gamme de privilèges et immunités similaires à celle dont dispose la Banque africaine de développement. Les AG ont également permis de nommer les membres des Conseils d’administration des deux véhicules de financement de projet et de développement de projet ainsi que le cabinet KPMG en tant qu’auditeur externe.

M. Mohamed Boussaid, ministre des Finances du Maroc, a déclaré que Africa50 est « une idée dont l’heure est venue et que l’Assemblée générale constitutive est une première étape importante pour sa concrétisation ».

Les Conseils d’administration nouvellement élus se sont réunis après l’Assemblée Générale Constitutive et ont lancé le recrutement du directeur général de Africa50 selon un processus de sélection concurrentiel international. Dans l’intervalle, le Conseil a nommé M. Alassane Bâ en tant que directeur général intérimaire, dans le cadre de mesures visant à opérationnaliser immédiatement Africa50. Africa50 entend commencer à développer et à financer des projets avant la fin de 2015.

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour Africa50.

Contact presse :

Mme Amina HAOUAS

Tel : +212 (0) 530 177 300

Mail : a.haouas@afdb.org

À propos de Africa50 :

Africa50 (http://www.Africa50.com) est un véhicule innovant soutenu par la Banque africaine de développement et conçu pour accélérer le développement des infrastructures en Afrique. Africa50 comporte deux principales structures d’exploitation : une Société de développement de projets et une Société de financement de projets, toutes deux incorporées à Casablanca (Maroc) et jouissant de certains privilèges et immunités. Tout en adoptant une forte approche public privé dans le développement de son activité, Africa50 est fondé sur les standards les plus exigeants en matière de gouvernance d’entreprise ainsi que de responsabilité éthique, financière, environnementale et sociale.

Pour plus d’informations, rendez-vous sur le site www.africa50.com

SOURCE

Africa50


Africa50 raises USD 830 million for infrastructure in Africa

The new and innovative infrastructure investment platform promoted by the African Development Bank held its Constitutive General Assembly on the 29th of July 2015

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, July 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Africa50 (http://www.Africa50.com), the new and innovative infrastructure investment platform promoted by the African Development Bank held its Constitutive General Assembly on the 29th of July 2015 in Casablanca, Morocco. Twenty (20) African countries and the African Development Bank have subscribed for an initial aggregate amount of USD 830 million in share capital. These founding African countries are Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, The Gambia and Togo. While this first closing was available only to African countries, it is anticipated that the second and subsequent closings will be available not only to African countries that are yet to invest in Africa50, but also non-sovereign investors both in Africa and outside Africa. The second closing is expected before the end of 2015.

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Speaking at this historic event, Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of African Development Bank (http://www.afdb.org) and current Chairman of the Boards of Directors of Africa50, said “the large presence of African States and their financial commitments are a testimony to a shared vision to find new ways to accelerate the provision of infrastructure. Africa50 will be a step change for infrastructure financing and development in Africa”.

Africa50’s raison d’être is to mobilize long-term savings within and outside Africa for the financing of commercially viable infrastructure projects across Africa. Through an integrated approach, Africa50 will invest in African infrastructure projects at scale along the entire project finance value chain leveraging its innovative Project Finance and Project Development windows. The strong expression of commitment today by the African countries is a necessary first step towards attracting institutional investors, including sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, insurance companies and other sources of long-term finance around the world. Africa50’s medium term capitalization is projected to reach USD 3 billion.

During the Constitutive General Meeting, Africa50’s founding members signed the articles of incorporation, which enshrine the highest standards of corporate governance. Africa50 is headquartered in Casablanca, Morocco. A headquarters agreement was signed with the Kingdom of Morocco that confers upon Africa50 a range of privileges and immunities similar to those enjoyed by the African Development Bank. Other decisions taken at the meeting included the appointments of the members of the Boards of Directors of the Project Finance and Project Development vehicles and also the appointment of KPMG as external auditors.

Mr. Mohamed Boussaid, the Minister of Finance for the Kingdom of Morocco stated that Africa50 is an idea whose time has come and that the Constitutive General Assembly is an important first step towards making it a reality.

The newly elected Boards of Directors met after the Constitutive General Assembly and have launched the recruitment of the Chief Executive Officer of Africa50 through an international competitive selection process. In the meantime, the Board has appointed Mr. Alassane Ba as the acting Chief Executive Officer, as part of measures to immediately operationalize Africa50. Africa50 expects to start developing and financing projects before the end of 2015.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Africa50.

Media contact:

Amina HAOUAS

Tel: +212 (0) 530 177 300

E-mail: a.haouas@afdb.org

About Africa50:

Africa50 (http://www.Africa50.com) is an innovative vehicle promoted by the African Development Bank (http://www.afdb.org) and designed to help accelerate infrastructure development in Africa. Africa50 has two main operating windows: Project Financing and Project Development. Both are incorporated in Casablanca, Morocco and enjoy certain privileges and immunities. While adopting a strong public private sector approach in the development of its business, Africa50 is founded on the highest corporate governance, ethical, financial, environmental and social responsibility frameworks.

For more information please visit www.africa50.com

SOURCE

Africa50

Posted by: APO | 30 July 2015

O que querem realmente os clientes?


O que querem realmente os clientes?

Um estudo comprova que a experiência do cliente irá ultrapassar o produto e o preço como fator diferenciador da marca até 2020

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, July 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Num mundo em constante mutação e com um ritmo acelerado onde as alternativas são imensas, a experiência do cliente está a tornar-se rapidamente um dos elementos mais importantes do sucesso de um negócio. De acordo com o Institute of Customer Service (Instituto do Serviço ao Cliente)(1), o fator impulsionador que irá determinar a tomada de decisões será o nível de envolvimento intelectual e emocional de um cliente relativamente à compra.

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Photo Fatima Sullivan: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=2328
(Fatima Sullivan, Vice-presidente dos Serviços de Apoio ao Cliente da DHL Express da África subsariana)

Fatima Sullivan, Vice-presidente dos Serviços de Apoio ao Cliente da DHL Express da África subsariana (http://www.dpdhl.com), afirma: “Se o cliente não for a principal área de centralização em todas as atividades, quer diga respeito a melhorias nos tempos de entrega quer a processos de resolução de problemas, os esforços são desperdiçados. Os clientes sabem o que querem e como querem. Apenas precisamos de os ouvir.”

A Sr.ª Sullivan refere o relatório publicado recentemente pela Walker, intitulado Customers 2020 (Clientes 2020)(2), que revela que até 2020, a experiência do cliente irá ultrapassar o produto e o preço como fator diferenciador da marca e, desta forma, deverá ser dada mais ênfase à experiência que uma empresa proporciona para criar uma vantagem competitiva.

“A voz do cliente é, por isso, um elemento importante a considerar quando planeamos as nossas estratégias. Os clientes querem estabelecer um envolvimento com as empresas que possam não só fornecer um serviço, mas que também sejam capazes de proporcionar soluções personalizadas e responder rapidamente às exigências em mudança. No setor da logística, onde podem surgir atrasos imprevistos, é importante ser capaz de reagir rapidamente e comunicar de forma proativa com os nossos clientes. Os clientes que estabelecem um envolvimento compreendem que as coisas às vezes correm mal, mas eles precisam de confiar que somos capazes de recuperar dessa situação de uma forma rápida e profissional”, acrescentou Fatima Sullivan.

Não se trata apenas da resolução dos problemas, mas, ainda mais importante, trata-se da determinação da origem dos mesmos e da garantia que o problema não acontece novamente.

“Os clientes também deverão conseguir aceder facilmente a vários canais de escalonamento: não há nada pior do que as situações onde os níveis de frustração são elevados e não conseguimos saber quem é a pessoa que nos pode ajudar. No caso da DHL, introduzimos uma funcionalidade topo de gama no nosso website, à qual nos referimos como Straight to the Top (Fale Diretamente com a Direção) (STTP). Esta funcionalidade permite aos clientes terem acesso à equipa de gestão executiva da DHL Express, incluindo o Conselho de Administração de África. Tudo gira em torno da acessibilidade e da velocidade de resolução dos problemas.

“Temos de nos certificar de que todas as pessoas que compõem o negócio compreendem o impacto que podem ter na experiência do cliente e que se centram nos pequenos pormenores que conduzem à qualidade. Uma cultura incrivelmente centrada no cliente apenas pode ser alcançada se todos os colaboradores tiverem o mesmo objetivo em mente: encantar o cliente em todas as oportunidades.”

“Prestamos serviços a mais de 40.000 clientes em toda a África subsariana e a única forma de sermos capazes de proporcionar a qualidade de serviço que os nossos clientes estão habituados é ter uma equipa composta por mais de 3.500 Especialistas Internacionais Certificados, todos eles centrados na mesma coisa. Os nossos colaboradores são o fio de ouro que mantém a união. Podemos ter as melhores ferramentas de feedback do cliente e sistemas de gestão do relacionamento com o Cliente (CRM), mas se não tivermos as pessoas certas a analisarem os dados e a implementarem as soluções, o nosso negócio não pode avançar”, conclui a Sr.ª Sullivan.

(1) Institute of Customer Service – The changing face of customer service: https://www.instituteofcustomerservice.com/files/The_fog_is_lifting_white_paper_on_customer_service_trends.pdf

(2) Walker Information – Customers 2020 Report: http://www.walkerinfo.com/Customers2020/

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

Contactos para a comunicação social:

Megan Collinicos

Responsável: 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 marca global líder no setor da logística. A família de divisões da DHL disponibiliza uma carteira inigualável de serviços de logística que varia desde a entrega de encomendas nacionais e internacionais, transportes expresso internacionais, transportes terrestres, aéreos e marítimos até à gestão da cadeia de fornecimento industrial. Com mais de 325.000 colaboradores em mais de 200 países e territórios em todo o mundo, estes ligam as pessoas e os negócios de forma segura e fiável, possibilitando a existência de correntes comerciais globais. Com soluções especializadas para o crescimento de mercados e setores, incluindo comércio eletrónico, tecnologia, ciências da vida e cuidados de saúde, energia, indústria automóvel e retalho, um compromisso comprovado perante a responsabilidade corporativa e uma presença inigualável nos mercados em desenvolvimento, a DHL está decisivamente posicionada como a “A empresa de logística para o mundo”.

A DHL faz parte do Grupo Deutsche Post DHL Group. O Grupo gerou rendimentos superiores a 56 mil milhões de euros em 2014.

Para mais informações: www.dpdhl.com

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SOURCE

Deutsche Post DHL

Posted by: APO | 30 July 2015

Que veulent réellement les clients ?


Que veulent réellement les clients ?

Une étude a démontré que, d’ici 2020, l’expérience du client prévaudra sur le produit et le prix en termes de différenciateurs de marque

LE CAP, Afrique du Sud, 30 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Dans un monde qui change toujours plus et toujours plus vite et où l’embarras du choix est omniprésent, l’expérience du client est en passe de devenir l’un des plus importants facteurs de succès des entreprises. Si l’on en croit l’Institute of Customer Service(1), l’élément moteur qui déterminera les décisions d’achat sera le niveau d’engagement intellectuel et émotionnel du client.

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Photo Fatima Sullivan: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=2328
(Fatima Sullivan, vice-présidente du Service Clientèle chez DHL Express en Afrique subsaharienne)

Fatima Sullivan, vice-présidente du Service Clientèle chez DHL Express en Afrique subsaharienne (http://www.dpdhl.com), déclare : « Tous les efforts sont perdus si le client n’est pas la priorité clé de toutes les activités, qu’il s’agisse d’améliorer les temps de livraison ou les procédures de résolution des requêtes. Les clients savent ce qu’ils veulent et comment ils le veulent. Il suffit de les écouter. »

Elle évoque le dernier rapport Walker intitulé Customers 2020(2) qui révèle que, d’ici 2020, l’expérience du client prévaudra sur le produit et le prix en termes de différenciateurs de marque et qu’il s’agit donc de veiller toujours plus à la qualité de l’expérience proposée par une entreprise pour créer un avantage concurrentiel.

« La voix du client est dès lors un élément important à prendre en compte lorsque l’on planifie ses stratégies. Les clients veulent s’engager avec des sociétés qui non seulement leur fournissent un service mais sont également capables de leur tailler des solutions sur mesure et de répondre rapidement à leurs besoins en constant changement. Les industries logistiques comme la nôtre, où les retards imprévus ne sont pas impossibles, doivent être en mesure de réagir rapidement et de communiquer pro-activement avec les clients. Des clients engagés comprennent qu’il peut y avoir des problèmes mais doivent pouvoir se fier à notre capacité à y faire face de manière rapide et professionnelle », ajoute Sullivan.

Il ne s’agit pas uniquement de résoudre des problèmes mais surtout d’en établir les causes profondes et de faire en sorte qu’ils ne se reproduisent plus.

« Les clients doivent également pouvoir accéder facilement à divers canaux d’assistance – il n’y a rien de pire que les situations où le client se sent terriblement frustré parce qu’il ne parvient pas à contacter la bonne personne pour l’aider à résoudre son problème ou répondre à sa question. Dans le cas de DHL, nous avons introduit dans notre site web une fonctionnalité exceptionnelle que nous appelons Straight to the Top (STTT). Elle permet aux clients d’accéder à l’équipe de direction senior de DHL Express, y compris le Conseil d’administration pour l’Afrique. Ce qui nous importe avant tout, c’est l’accessibilité et la rapidité de résolution des requêtes.

« Nous devons être sûrs que tout un chacun dans notre entreprise comprend l’impact qu’il peut avoir sur l’expérience du client et se concentre sur les moindres détails qui peuvent en améliorer la qualité. Nous ne réaliserons une culture parfaitement orientée client que si tous les employés poursuivent le même objectif : ravir le client en toute occasion.

« Nous servons plus de 40 000 clients en Afrique subsaharienne et la seule manière pour nous d’assurer la qualité de service dont nos clients ont l’habitude est d’avoir une équipe de plus de 3500 Spécialistes internationaux certifiés, tous concentrés sur le même but. Nos employés sont le fil d’or qui maintient la cohésion de la machine. Nous aurons beau avoir les meilleurs outils de feedback client et les meilleurs systèmes CRM, si nous n’avons pas de bons travailleurs qui analysent les données et implémentent les solutions, notre entreprise ne pourra pas aller de l’avant. » conclut Sullivan.

(1) Institute of Customer Service – The changing face of customer service: https://www.instituteofcustomerservice.com/files/The_fog_is_lifting_white_paper_on_customer_service_trends.pdf

(2) Walker Information – Customers 2020 Report: http://www.walkerinfo.com/Customers2020/

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

Contact médias :

Megan Collinicos

Directrice Publicité & Relations publiques, Afrique subsaharienne

DHL Express

Tél. : +27 21 409 3613 Mobile : +27 76 411 8570

megan.collinicos@dhl.com

DHL – Le spécialiste mondial de la logistique

DHL (http://www.dpdhl.com) est le leader mondial dans l’industrie de la logistique. La famille de divisions DHL représente un portefeuille inégalé de services logistiques allant de la livraison nationale et internationale de colis au transport international express par route, air et mer pour les chaînes d’approvisionnement des industries. Avec plus de 325 000 employés dans plus de 220 pays et territoires à travers le monde, DHL connecte les personnes et les entreprises d’une façon sûre et fiable en facilitant les flux de commerce au niveau mondial. Ses solutions spécialisées pour les marchés et industries en croissance, notamment l’e-commerce, la technologie, les sciences de la vie et les soins de santé, l’énergie, le secteur automobile et la distribution, son engagement manifeste envers la responsabilité d’entreprise et sa présence inégalée dans les marchés en développement permettent à DHL de se positionner clairement comme « le spécialise mondial de la logistique ».

DHL fait partie du groupe Deutsche Post DHL. Ce groupe a généré plus de 56 milliards d’euros de revenus en 2014.

Pour plus d’informations : www.dpdhl.com

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

SOURCE

Deutsche Post DHL

Posted by: APO | 30 July 2015

What do customers really want?


What do customers really want?

Study shows customer experience will overtake product and price as a key brand differentiator by 2020

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, July 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ In an ever changing and fast paced world where alternatives are rife, customer experience is rapidly becoming one of the most important elements of a business’ success. According to the Institute of Customer Service(1), the driving factor that will determine decisions going forward will be the level of a customer’s intellectual and emotional engagement with the purchase.

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Photo Fatima Sullivan: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=2328
(Fatima Sullivan, Vice President of Customer Services for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa)

Fatima Sullivan, Vice President of Customer Services for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa (http://www.dpdhl.com), says, “If the customer is not the key focus in all activities, whether it is improvements in delivery times or query resolution processes, efforts are wasted. Customers know what they want, and how they want it. You just need to listen to them.”

She points to the recently released Walker report titled Customers 2020(2), which reveals that by 2020, customer experience will overtake product and price as the key brand differentiator, and therefore more emphasis will need to be placed on the experience a company delivers to create a competitive advantage.

“The voice of the customer is therefore an important element to consider when planning your strategies. Customers want to engage with companies who can not only provide a service, but are able to tailor-make solutions and respond quickly to changing demands. In the logistics industry, where unforeseen delays may arise, it’s important to be able to react quickly and proactively communicate with your customers. Engaged customers understand that things go wrong sometimes, but they need to trust that you are able to recover from it in a fast and professional manner,” added Sullivan.

It’s not just about problem resolution, but more importantly, about determining the root-cause, and to ensure that the problem does not occur again.

“Customers should also be able to access various escalation channels easily – there’s nothing worse than situations where frustration levels are high and you cannot track down the right person to assist you. In DHL’s case, we introduced a best-in-class feature to our website which we refer to as Straight to the Top (STTT). This allows customers to have access to the DHL Express Senior management team, including the Africa Management Board. It’s all about accessibility and speed of query resolutions.”

“We need to make sure that every individual in the business understands the impact they can have on the customer experience, and focus on the smaller details that drive quality. An insanely customer-centric culture can only be achieved if all employees have the same goal in mind – to delight the customer at every opportunity.”

“We service over 40,000 customers across Sub Saharan Africa and the only way we are able to provide the service quality that our customers have been accustomed to is by having a team of 3500+ Certified International Specialists, all focused on the same thing. Your people are the golden thread that keeps it all together. You can have the best customer feedback tools and CRM systems, but if you don’t have the right people analyzing the data and implementing the solutions, your business cannot move forward,” concludes Sullivan.

(1) Institute of Customer Service – The changing face of customer service: https://www.instituteofcustomerservice.com/files/The_fog_is_lifting_white_paper_on_customer_service_trends.pdf

(2) Walker Information – Customers 2020 Report: http://www.walkerinfo.com/Customers2020/

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

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 leading global brand in the logistics industry. DHL’s family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With more than 325,000 employees in over 220 countries and territories worldwide, they connect people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including e-Commerce, technology, life science and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 56 billion euros in 2014.

For more information: www.dpdhl.com

Stock images available: http://www.dpdhl.com/en/media_relations/media_library.html

SOURCE

Deutsche Post DHL


Promouvoir La Voix Africaine – Une chance pour les acteurs médiatiques de façonner l’avenir du continent

L’Afrique doit pouvoir raconter sa propre histoire.

LE CAP, Afrique du Sud, 29 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Promouvoir La Voix Africaine – Une chance pour les acteurs médiatiques de façonner l’avenir du continent

QUOI :            Radio 786 (http://www.radio786.co.za), un radiodiffuseur de premier plan en Afrique du Sud, organise un colloque médiatique sous le thème : Promouvoir la voix africaine. Le colloque rassemblera des experts internationaux américains, latino-américains, asiatiques et africains et représentera une occasion exceptionnelle pour se rencontrer, dialoguer et coopérer en faveur du développement des médias. Les parties prenantes sont également invitées à soumettre des projets de présentations au colloque.

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Download the Media Symposium invite: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/photos/150729inv.jpg

Download the Call for Papers: http://www.apo-mail.org/150729cfp.pdf

Download the Symposium Media Pack: http://www.apo-mail.org/150729smp.pdf

QUI :   Professeur Seif Dana                         Professeur et président du département de sociologie et d’anthropologie à l’Université du Wisconsin-Parkside  (USA)

Professeur Steven Friedman Directeur du Centre pour l’Étude de la Démocratie aux Universités de Rhodes et de Johannesburg

Professeur Saths Cooper       Activiste anti-apartheid

                                              Président de l’Union de la Psychologie panafricaine (PAPU)

Professeur Peter Alexander   Chaire de recherche sur le Changement social à l’Université of Johannesburg (Afrique du Sud)

Divers médias d’Amérique latine, du Pacifique, du Moyen-Orient et de l’Afrique

OÙ :    Old Mutual Conference Room, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Town, Afrique du Sud

QUAND :       le jeudi 10 septembre 2015 de 9h à 16h

            La participation est GRATUITE et comprend un accès au dîner de gala de Radio 786

POURQUOI : À cette époque de renaissance africaine où l’intérêt pour l’Afrique se renouvelle de l’orient comme de l’occident, l’Afrique doit pouvoir raconter sa propre histoire. À mesure que le paysage médiatique se développe, les médias africains doivent  développer un modèle propre, qui reflète les aspirations, les idéaux et les défis du continent. Le colloque médiatique Radio 786 se veut une opportunité de développer cette stratégie en s’inspirant de l’expertise de ses confrères médiatiques du monde entier.

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour Radio 786.

Contact médias :

Rushni Allie ou Hassen Seria

Tél. : +27 21 699 1786

Email : rushni@radio786.co.za

Web : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Radio-786/150319911731317

Bibliothèque audio : https://soundcloud.com/radio-786-100-4fm

À propos de Radio 786

Radio 786 (http://www.radio786.co.za) est une station de radiodiffusion primée sur la scène internationale et basée à Cape Town, en Afrique du Sud. Radio 786 est la plus importante station du pays et est renommée pour sa couverture des actualités et des questions actuelles tant locales qu’internationales. Sa programmation variée aborde également les questions sociales, la démarginalisation des femmes, l’emploi, les sports et les arts. Par sa devise « Informer, Éduquer, Élever », Radio 786 se veut un radiodiffuseur qui ait un impact sur les communautés qu’elle dessert et en Afrique du Sud en général.

SOURCE

Radio 786


Bolstering the African Voice – A chance for African media stakeholders to shape the continent’s future

Africa should be telling its own story

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, July 29, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Bolstering the African Voice – A chance for African media stakeholders to shape the continent’s future

WHAT:           Radio 786 (http://www.radio786.co.za), a leading South African broadcaster will be hosting a media symposium under the theme: Bolstering the African Voice. The symposium will bring together international experts from America, the Pacific, Latin America and Africa and offer an exciting opportunity to network, dialogue and collaborate in media development. Stakeholders are also invited to submit papers for presentation at the symposium.

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Download the Media Symposium invite: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/photos/150729inv.jpg

Download the Call for Papers: http://www.apo-mail.org/150729cfp.pdf

Download the Symposium Media Pack: http://www.apo-mail.org/150729smp.pdf

WHO: Professor Seif Dana               Professor and Chair: Department of Sociology and                                                                        Anthropology at University of Wisconsin-Parkside (USA)

            Professor Steven Friedman   Director: Centre for the Study of Democracy at

                                                           Rhodes University and University of Johannesburg

            Professor Saths Cooper         Anti-Apartheid activist

                                                           President: Pan-African Psychology Union (PAPU)

            Professor Peter Alexander     South African Research Chair in Social Change at                                                            University of Johannesburg

            Media from Latin America, the Pacific, Middle East, Africa

WHERE:        Old Mutual Conference Room, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa

WHEN:           Thursday, 10 September 2015 from 9am to 4pm

            Participation is FREE and includes complementary access to the Radio 786 Gala Dinner

WHY: In an era of the African renaissance and with renewed interest in Africa from both the east and west, Africa should be telling its own story. As the media landscape develops, African media must develop their own model to reflect the aspirations, ideals and challenges of the continent. The Radio 786 Media Symposium offers the opportunity to develop this strategy and borrow from the expertise of fellow media in other parts of the world.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Radio 786.

Media Contact:

Rushni Allie or Hassen Seria

Tel: +27 21 699 1786

Email: rushni@radio786.co.za

Web: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Radio-786/150319911731317

Audio library: https://soundcloud.com/radio-786-100-4fm

About Radio 786

Radio 786 (http://www.radio786.co.za) is an international award-winning station based in Cape Town, South Africa. As the largest talk radio station in its broadcasting locale, it is renowned for its news and current affairs coverage of both local and international topics. Its extensive range of programming also addresses social issues, women’s empowerment, labour matters, sports and the arts. Through its motto: Inform, Educate, Uplift; Radio 786 views its role as a broadcaster which can effect change in the communities it serves and South Africa more broadly.

SOURCE

Radio 786

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 29 July 2015

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2015 Article IV Consultation with Somalia


 

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2015 Article IV Consultation with Somalia

 

MOGADISHU, Somalia, July 29, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ On July 27, 2015, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Somalia. 1

Since 1991, Somalis have suffered greatly from civil war. The economy deteriorated as the physical infrastructure was destroyed. In addition to the loss of lives, the war worsened the population’s living conditions, now among the lowest in the world. Even though the political and security situations remain challenging, Somalia has made tremendous progress since resuming relations with the IMF on April 12, 2013. The IMF has been actively involved in providing technical assistance and policy advice in its key areas of expertise, which laid the groundwork for this Consultation. While Somalia has been welcomed back as an active member of the Fund, it remains ineligible for financial assistance pending the clearance of its longstanding arrears. Arrears clearance will be an important part of normalizing relations with the international community and establishing a roadmap to debt sustainability.

As a result of the civil war, all Somali state institutions are severely impaired. Improving governance in key state institutions is critical for progress on economic reconstruction and development. The federal government, working with the international community, has taken steps to improve governance based on the rule of law and the application of international good practices for fiscal and financial operations. IMF technical assistance is largely devoted to enhancing governance in the ministry of finance and the central bank. Rebuilding critical infrastructure and delivering basic social and economic services will be crucial for the new government to gain the trust of the Somali people, advance the process of national reconciliation, and to extend federal government authority over all parts of the country.

Economic activity is estimated to have expanded by 3.7 percent in 2014, driven by growth in agriculture, construction, and telecommunications. Consumer price inflation was 1.3 percent. For 2015, real growth is projected at 2.7 and inflation should remain subdued at about 4 percent. With modest progress on the security front and an absence of drought, medium-term annual growth should be about 5 percent. Nevertheless, growth will remain inadequate to redress poverty and gender disparities.

Budget preparation and implementation is fraught with difficulty due to deficiencies in revenue mobilization and expenditure pressures that exceed available resources. The budget consists largely of salary and security expenditures contained by strict cash rationing. Deficits have been financed mostly through arrears accumulation. Similarly, the 2015 budget was prepared on a zero cash balance basis with optimistic revenue forecasts and weak commitment control, leading the federal government to ration cash and incur arrears to the defense forces, civil servants, and suppliers. On July 19, an extraordinary session of the Cabinet, chaired by the President, approved and sent to Parliament a revised budget for 2015.

The formal financial sector consists of the central bank, six banks with provisional licenses, and nine licensed money transfer firms. The sector is small and nascent while there is reportedly a large informal sector. The central bank of Somalia (CBS) faces challenges in building financial sector supervision due to technical and human resource constraints. The economy is predominantly dollarized and cash is scarce, particularly in lower denominations. Somali banknotes are not readily available, creating problems for the poorest.

The 2014 current account deficit is estimated at US$644 million (11.3 percent of GDP). Trade consists mostly of exports of livestock to Gulf Cooperation Council countries and imports of foodstuffs from neighboring countries and the Indian subcontinent. The trade and income deficits were US$2,663 million and US$450 million, respectively, partially covered by remittances of US$1,333 million and other transfers of US$1,137 million. The deficit was financed by foreign direct investment of US$434 million, especially in telecommunications, electricity, and hotels, and donor capital transfers of US$150 million.

External debt was estimated at US$5.3 billion (93 percent of GDP) at end-2014, preponderantly arrears. Debt data covers most creditors, excludes commercial debt, and shows obligations to: (i) multilaterals (US$1.5 billion); (ii) Paris Club creditors (US$2.3 billion); and, (iii) Non-Paris Club creditors (US$1.5 billion). Based on a preliminary assessment, Somalia lacks the ability to service its debt in the medium term.

Executive Board Assessment2

Executive Directors welcomed Somalia’s reengagement with the Fund, setting the stage for its first Article IV consultation since 1989. Directors agreed with the thrust of the staff appraisal. They noted that, following the protracted civil war, the country is facing daunting challenges. The first priority is to continue building institutions and administrative capacity, while undertaking key structural reforms to spur inclusive growth and reduce poverty. Directors underscored the importance of continued assistance from the international community to support the authorities’ efforts. They welcomed the launch of the Trust Fund for Capacity Development, and highlighted the important role of Fund policy advice and technical assistance.

Directors stressed the need for decisive steps to build fiscal discipline, underpinned by realistic budgeting and effective implementation systems. They welcomed cabinet approval of a revised budget for 2015 that will avoid new arrears by raising revenues and rationalizing wages and services and other recurrent spending. Going forward, Directors stressed the importance of budgeting within a medium-term fiscal framework, based on sound fiscal principles and transparent reporting, and a public expenditure review to promote the allocation of resources towards investment in human capital and infrastructure.

Directors encouraged the adoption of sound mechanisms to ensure effective and transparent management of prospective natural resource wealth. They recommended building institutions consistent with international best practices to ensure that natural resource exploitation maximizes benefits for Somalis. They also stressed the need for clarity regarding the delineation of authority between the federal government and sub-national entities.

Directors supported ongoing efforts to strengthen the Central Bank of Somalia’s capacity and governance structure, with support from the Fund and development partners. They cautioned that currency reform should not be implemented until all prerequisites are in place, in order to safeguard policy credibility.

Directors stressed that elaboration of a financial sector roadmap will be a critical first step to build credibility in licensing and supervising money transfer firms, in order to help channel remittances through the international banking system. They also recommended bringing the AML/CFT framework in line with international standards. Other priorities include preparing and approving additional prudential regulations, and strengthening compliance.

Directors encouraged the authorities to improve statistical capacity, in order to enhance the scope, quality and timeliness of economic data compilation, with technical assistance from the Fund and development partners.

Directors noted Somalia’s longstanding arrears to the Fund and other creditors, and encouraged the authorities to continue to work towards a pathway for arrears clearance and eventual debt relief. They noted that, in due course, the establishment of a track record of cooperation with the Fund on policies and payments in the context of a well-designed staff-monitored program (SMP) would be a key step in the process of arrears clearance and normalization of relations with the international community as a whole. Directors stressed the need for sustained international support and cooperation, and welcomed the formation of the Technical Working Group on Somalia’s Debt.

 

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International Monetary Fund (IMF)


Windows 10 available in 190 countries as a free upgrade

People and organizations can do great things with Cortana, Microsoft Edge, Xbox App, new Office Universal apps and more

REDMOND, Wash., July 29, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Microsoft Corp.  (NASDAQ:MSFT)  (http://www.microsoft.com) announced that Windows 10 will become available Wednesday as a free upgrade(1) or with new PCs and tablets. Windows 10 includes innovations such as Cortana,(2) an Xbox app and Microsoft Edge for a familiar, yet more personal and productive, experience. The most secure Windows ever, Windows 10 is delivered as a service and kept automatically up-to-date with innovations and security updates. Windows 10 offers one experience that will become available on the broadest range of devices, including PCs, tablets, phones, Raspberry Pi, Xbox One, HoloLens and more — with more than 2,000 devices or configurations already in testing. The new Windows Store and Windows Software Development Kit also become available Wednesday, opening the door to new and innovative app experiences on Windows 10.

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People around the world will celebrate the launch of Windows 10 Wednesday at fan celebrations in 13 countries and via a new yearlong initiative to celebrate people and organizations making a difference around the world. Microsoft encourages people to share how they plan to #UpgradeYourWorld and to vote for a global nonprofit to receive a cash donation by simply mentioning the nonprofit in a post on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and using the hashtags #UpgradeYourWorld and #vote. More information on Upgrade Your World can be found at http://www.windows.com/upgradeyourworld.

“A new era of Windows starts today. From the beginning, Windows 10 has been unique — built with feedback from over 5 million fans, delivered as a service and offered as a free upgrade,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president, Windows and Devices Group, at Microsoft. “Windows 10 delivers on our more personal computing vision, with a natural, mobile and trusted experience. Along with our partners, we’re excited to deliver the best Windows ever, which will empower people and organizations around the world to do great things.”

Windows 10: Best Windows ever

Windows 10 is fast and familiar — with the return of the Start menu and Live Tiles for instant, streaming updates of what matters most. Windows 10 is the most secure Windows Microsoft has ever released, with enhancements to Windows Defender and SmartScreen to help safeguard against viruses, malware and phishing and innovations such as Windows Hello, which offers a fast, secured, password-free way to log in.(3) Keeping up-to-date is also simple, as free updates will help people stay current with the latest features and security updates for the supported lifetime of the device.

Windows 10 is more personal and productive, with voice, pen and gesture inputs for natural interaction with PCs. It’s designed to work with Office and Skype and allows you to switch between apps and stay organized with Snap and Task View. Windows 10 offers many innovative experiences and devices, including the following:

•       Cortana, the personal digital assistant, makes it easy to find the right information at the right time.

•       New Microsoft Edge browser lets people quickly browse, read, and mark up and share the Web.

•       The integrated Xbox app delivers the Xbox experience to Windows 10, bringing together friends, games and accomplishments across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices.

•       Continuum optimizes apps and experiences beautifully across touch and desktop modes.

•       Built-in apps including Photos; Maps; Microsoft’s new music app, Groove; and Movies & TV offer entertainment and productivity options. With OneDrive, files can be easily shared and kept up-to-date across all devices.

•       A Microsoft Phone Companion app enables iPhones, Android or Windows phones to work seamlessly with Windows 10 devices.

•       The all new Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 tablets are available today in the Windows Store.(4) Built for work on-the-go, the Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps offer a consistent, touch-first experience for small tablets. For digital note-taking needs, the full-featured OneNote app comes pre-installed with Windows 10. The upcoming release of the Office desktop apps (Office 2016) will offer the richest feature set for professional content creation. Designed for the precision of a keyboard and mouse, these apps will be optimized for large-screen PCs, laptops and 2-in-1 devices such as the Surface Pro.

Windows 10: Best platform for businesses

Feedback from millions of IT pros has shaped Windows 10, the most extensively tested version of Windows ever. Ready for corporate deployments, Windows 10 will help companies protect against modern cyberattacks, deliver experiences their employees will love and enable continuous innovation with a platform that keeps companies up-to-date with the latest technology. Businesses will be able to control the frequency of their updates and select the features and functionality that are right for each group of their employees.

Windows 10 includes built-in, enterprise-grade security, so customers can replace passwords with more secure options, protect corporate data and corporate identities, and run only the software they trust. New management and deployment tools simplify device management, help lower costs, and enable companies to power their business with the enterprise strength of the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Top apps available on Windows 10

The new Windows Store will open Wednesday and begin accepting new apps for Windows 10. The Windows Store offers one-stop shopping for popular free and paid apps, games, movies, TV shows and the latest music, which can work across all Windows 10 devices. The new Windows Store is the only store where people can use Cortana to control apps with their voice(5) and get real-time notifications on their app tiles. All Windows Store content is certified by Microsoft to help keep devices safer. In addition to existing Windows 8.1 apps such as Netflix, Flipboard, Mint.com, “Asphalt 8: Airborne” and The Weather Channel, the Windows Store provides a constant stream of new and updated Universal Windows Apps and games, including Twitter, “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition beta,” Hulu, iHeartRadio, USA TODAY, “Candy Crush Saga” and  others including WeChat and QQ, which will launch soon.(6)

Easy upgrade, devices now available

Upgrading to Windows 10 is easy for customers running a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC or tablet. Starting Wednesday, people who reserved their upgrade to Windows 10 will be notified in waves when their upgrade is ready to be installed. For business customers, Windows 10 is available to start deploying within their work environments, and starting Aug. 1, organizations that have volume licensing can upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education.

Retail partners are ready to help people upgrade to Windows 10 with our largest tech bench program ever, including more than 100,000 trained retailers and tens of thousands of stores around the world. Free upgrade programs will be available Wednesday, with Windows 10 software becoming broadly available in retail stores around the world between mid-August and September. Devices running Windows 10 will be available in some retail stores on Wednesday, with many, many more devices to become available in the weeks and months ahead.

Microsoft has also worked closely with retailers to introduce programs to help people easily upgrade, including Best Buy, Bic Camera, Croma, Currys/PC World, Darty, Elkjøp, Fnac, Jarrir, Incredible Connection, Media Markt, Staples, Yamada Denki, Yodobashi and many more leading retailers from around the world.

Information on upgrading, new and compatible devices, and apps for Windows can be found at http://www.windows.com. Additional information and media assets are available at http://blogs.windows.com/launch.

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

(1) Limited time free upgrade offer for qualified and genuine Windows 7 and 8/8.1 devices. Hardware and software requirements apply; see http://www.windows.com/windows10upgrade for details.

(2) Cortana available in select markets at launch; experience may vary by region and device.

(3) Windows Hello requires specialized hardware, including fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors.

(4) An Office 365 subscription is required to edit Office apps on Windows 10 PCs or larger tablets.

(5) Hardware dependent.

(6) Some apps and content sold separately. App and content availability and experience may vary by region and device.

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