Posted by: africanpressorganization | 7 July 2015

Kenya – Attaques terroristes (7 juillet 2015)


 

Kenya – Attaques terroristes (7 juillet 2015)

 

PARIS, France, 7 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ La France condamne l’attaque terroriste menée contre un village de la localité de Mandera dans le nord du Kenya, qui a coûté la vie à une quinzaine de civils.

 

Nous présentons nos condoléances aux familles des victimes. Les responsables de cet acte odieux devront être traduits en justice.

 

La France se tient aux côtés des autorités et du peuple kenyans dans la lutte contre le terrorisme.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 7 July 2015

UK providing further support to Kakuma and Daadab Refugee Camps


 

UK providing further support to Kakuma and Daadab Refugee Camps

 

LONDON, United-Kingdom, July 7, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The UK has increased its humanitarian support and will be providing Ksh 3 billion (£19m) this year to help deliver basic, life-saving assistance and protection to more than 530,000 refugees, from more than a dozen countries, in Kakuma and Dadaab. The funds will be channelled through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP), and will be used to support critical areas including health, nutrition, water and sanitation, environment, host community support, and food rations.

 

Following the announcement, the Head of the UK’s Department for International Development-Kenya, Ms Lisa Phillips, said:

 

“The UK is committed to continuing to help Kenya in providing humanitarian assistance and protection for refugees. We also share Kenya’s desire for a sustainable solution to the refugee issue, and we welcome and support the Kenyan and Somali Governments and UNHCR in their efforts at implementing the 2013 Tripartite Agreement”.

 

Ms Phillips also thanked the Government of Kenya for a long history of hosting refugees and providing protection to those fleeing persecution, conflict and other forms of insecurity.

 

The UK is also working in Somalia to create the conditions for return in Somalia, and in other countries of origin. The UK’s programme in Somalia involves the provision of a broad package of assistance from governance, peace-building and stabilization measures through to basic social service delivery and relief and resilience programmes.

 

 

Notes to Editors

 

1. The UK is contributing towards a new programme that will provide a modest, monthly electronic cash transfer to refugees to allow them to purchase some of the foods that they need. The payment will be transferred using MPESA and will help to support the local economy.

 

 

2. A Tripartite Agreement was signed on 11 November 2013 between UNHCR and the governments of Somalia and Kenya which establishes a legal framework and other support for Somali refugees in Kenya who wish to return to their homeland when conditions there are conducive for their return. The Agreement can be found at:

http://www.refworld.org/pdfid/5285e0294.pdf

 

SOURCE 

United Kingdom – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 7 July 2015

IMF Executive Board Completes Second PSI Review for Tanzania


 

IMF Executive Board Completes Second PSI Review for Tanzania

 

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, July 7, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund completed today the second review of Tanzania’s economic performance under the program supported by the Policy Support Instrument (PSI) [1].

 

The PSI for Tanzania was approved by the Executive Board on July 16, 2014 (see Press Release No. 14/350). Tanzania’s program under the PSI supports the authorities’ medium-term objectives. These include: the maintenance of macroeconomic stability, the preservation of debt sustainability, and the promotion of more inclusive growth and job creation.

 

Following the Board discussion, Mr. Min Zhu, Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair, made the following statement:

 

“Macroeconomic performance in Tanzania remains strong and medium-term prospects are favorable. Performance under the Policy Support Instrument was satisfactory through December 2014, but weakened in early 2015 due to a range of factors, including delays in mobilizing external financing and donor support. Against this backdrop, the authorities’ corrective measures aimed at achieving the 2014/15 budget deficit target are commendable, though earlier expenditure ceiling adjustments could have helped preserve development spending.

 

“The draft 2015/16 budget, which targets an underlying deficit of 3.5 percent of GDP (excluding arrears clearance), is built on more prudent revenue and foreign financing assumptions. The fiscal target also puts Tanzania on a path to a 3-percent deficit over the medium term, which is consistent with maintaining a low risk of debt distress.

 

“The authorities’ plans to address verified domestic supplier arrears transparently through the budget are welcome. Commitment controls on expenditures and related sanctions for breaching rules need to be strengthened to ensure new arrears do not accumulate. The strategy to address arrears to pension funds needs to be finalized quickly to allow for clearance of these arrears in 2015/16.

 

“The current monetary policy stance is appropriate, delivering high growth and low and stable inflation. The use of foreign exchange intervention should be restricted to smoothing volatility in the foreign exchange market, with higher reliance on domestic-currency instruments to address excess liquidity situations.”

 

SOURCE 

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 7 July 2015

IMF Staff Completes 2015 Article IV Mission to Namibia


IMF Staff Completes 2015 Article IV Mission to Namibia

 

WINDHOEK, Namibia, July 7, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ A mission of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Jiro Honda visited Namibia during June 24‒July 7, 2015 to conduct the 2015 Article IV consultation with Namibia. The mission met with the Prime Minister, Hon. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila; Minister of Finance, Hon. Calle Schlettwein; the Governor of the Bank of Namibia, Mr. Ipumbu Shiimi; other senior government officials, and representatives of the private sector and development partners. The mission would like to express its gratitude to the authorities and their staffs for the highly professional, productive, and open discussions. At the end of the mission, Mr. Honda issued the following statement:

“Namibia has broadly maintained robust growth since the global financial crisis, although growth in 2014 was somewhat weaker largely due to weak global demand for Namibia’s export items. For 2015, economic activities are expected to grow at about 5 percent, supported by mining production and strong activity in the construction sector (housing, a new mine and major infrastructure projects). Inflation remained modest at 3 percent in May 2015.

“Namibia’s growth prospects are increasingly clouded with downside risks. The main near-term risk is associated with the highly volatile Southern African Customs Union (SACU) revenues. In the coming years, the SACU revenues are expected to decline, reflecting the slowdown in the South African economy. Further increase in the current account deficits would continue to erode already low international reserves (currently at 9¼ percent of GDP or 1¾ months of imports) at end-April 2015.

“In light of this risk, the mission encourages the authorities to shift toward a tight fiscal policy stance. While safeguarding critical social and development needs, a tight fiscal policy is recommended to build an adequate international reserve buffer (16‒20 percent of GDP or 3‒5 months of imports) over the medium term, which would enhance Namibia’s resilience to future shocks. To this end, the mission welcomes the auhorities’ intention for fiscal consolidation. To help implement a prudent fiscal policy, the mission also encourages the authorities to enhance their efforts for public financial management reforms and to further strengthen tax administration.

“Recent housing market development is another emerging risk. Fast growth in real estate prices—combined with the high concentration of banks’ mortgage lending—pose risks to the financial sector and the economy. To address risks associated with the housing market, the mission encourages the authorities to consider various targeted macroprudential policies, as needed. The mission acknowledges that the Bank of Namibia is considering taking some policy steps.

“The mission shares the authorities’ concerns on persistent high unemployment, particularly among the youth. While acknowledging the authorities’ policy efforts to address unemployment on various fronts, the mission encourages the authorities to further step up efforts to address unskilled labor and facilitate investment in labor-intensive industries. To this end, as many initiatives are being adopted under the government, the mission calls for their effective and swift implementation.

 

SOURCE 

International Monetary Fund (IMF)


Brand South Africa hosted Africa Day Breakfast Dialogue

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, July 6, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ On Africa Day (25 May 2015) Brand South Africa (http://www.brandsouthafrica.com) hosted a two-hour Breakfast Session under the theme, Re-imaging the future towards 2063: Building Competitive African Nation Brands. The session was part of the Annual African Unity Renaissance Conference which took place from 22-24 May 2015.

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(Panelists during the session (from left to right) Dr. Petrus De Kock; Dr. Judy Smith-Höhn; Dr. Mzukisi Qobo; Prof. Chris Landsberg and Brand SA’s Acting CEO, Ms. Alice Puoane)

The main objective of the dialogue was to positively change perceptions about South Africa in the continent and build awareness of importance of positioning Africa as a competitive continent.

The session raised a number of questions about what it is that we measure when we talk about competitiveness. Whether it is not high time to consider a fundamental ‘Africanisation’ of this concept? Is it not better to celebrate, on Africa Day, the endless human and natural beauty, and hence, the great wealth of this continent? Is it not better to speak about the creative pulse that flows in the continent’s music, and the stories, both told and untold, that pass to us wisdom and knowledge pre-dating even the ancients of Egypt?

Is competitiveness not a rather problematical concept that speaks about market efficiency, and production merely for the sake of production, regardless of its associated human and environmental costs?

The discussions evolved to a probability that the answer can be found if the manner in which we approach and define competitiveness in the African context is re-thought, or at least delineated in new and inspiring ‘social ways’. This means that to the rationalism of the market logic has to be added a significant dose of human development.

The discourse shared perspectives on the role of commerce in Africa’s development considering the reality that regardless of the good policies and strategies competitiveness of the continent remains lower that desired.

In conclusion, Africa’s competitiveness should be viewed within the context of its developmental challenges that need to be put into the correct historical context as we chart the way forward in developing the continent.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Brand South Africa.

For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:

Ms. Tsabeng Nthite

Communications Officer International: Brand South Africa

Tel: +27 11 712 5000 Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810

Email: TsabengN@brandsouthafrica.com

About Brand South Africa

Brand South Africa (http://www.brandsouthafrica.com) is the official reputation management agency of South Africa internationally and locally. The organisation is mandated to build the county’s reputation, by contributing to the objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP) and contribute to improving South Africa’s global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.

SOURCE

Brand South Africa


Brand South Africa Dialogue Session on the Sidelines of WEF-Africa 2015

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, July 6, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ On the 3rd June 2015 Brand SA (http://www.brandsouthafrica.com) held a Roundtable Dialogue that was facilitated by Chris Bishop (Managing Editor of Forbes Africa) and the lead discussants were: Minister Jeff Radebe (Minister of Planning, Performance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration, South Africa); Minister Hannah Tetteh, (Minister of Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration, Ghana) and Dr. Petrus De Kock (General Manager: Research & Analysis, Brand SA).

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The main purpose of the session was to augment policy discussions on building competitive Nation Brands. The key issues that came out of the session were the following:

• Commitment to build a competitive Brand Africa includes communication of the brand reality (i.e. Africa’s reality) and this is a shared responsibility by all stakeholders in the continent.

• In doing that government has to lead in the implementation of the resolutions taken at various African multilateral platforms – a case in point should be the implementation of the Continental Free Trade Area (C-FTA) which aims to increase intra-Africa trade thereby building enabling infrastructure.

• Business also needs to play a critical role in building Africa’s competitiveness therefore Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) should be encouraged to take the continent forward.

• It is also important to build and support African brands in order to create an African identity that will support Africa’s growth narrative.

• African need to take a critical view on the WEF-GCI to ensure that those issues that resonate with the continent’s circumstances are taken into consideration when measuring Africa’s competitiveness (e.g. poverty reduction, industrial development, etc.)

These issues will be engaged further in the following Roundtables gain traction and feedback to policy practitioners.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Brand South Africa.

For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:

Ms. Tsabeng Nthite

Communications Officer International: Brand South Africa

Tel: +27 11 712 5000 Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810

Email: TsabengN@brandsouthafrica.com

About Brand South Africa

Brand South Africa (http://www.brandsouthafrica.com) is the official reputation management agency of South Africa internationally and locally. The organisation is mandated to build the county’s reputation, by contributing to the objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP) and contribute to improving South Africa’s global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.

SOURCE

Brand South Africa

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 6 July 2015

Comores – 40e anniversaire de l’indépendance (6 juillet 2015)


 

Comores – 40e anniversaire de l’indépendance (6 juillet 2015)

 

PARIS, France, 6 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay – Déclarations du porte-parole – 6 juillet 2015

 

À l’occasion de la fête nationale et du quarantième anniversaire de l’indépendance des Comores, la France adresse ses félicitations aux autorités et au peuple comoriens.

 

La France et les Comores sont liées par une relation ancienne et dense. Voisines dans l’Océan indien, où la France compte plus d’un million de ressortissants, nos deux pays sont aussi liés par l’importante diaspora comorienne en France. Nous avons noué un partenariat étroit au sein de la Commission de l’océan Indien. C’est dans ce cadre que le président de la République s’est rendu à Moroni en août 2014.

 

La France souhaite poursuivre avec les Comores le dialogue en cours et travailler avec elle au succès de la COP21.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 6 July 2015

France / Union Africaine


 

France / Union Africaine

 

PARIS, France, 6 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Annick Girardin : agenda de la semaine du 6 juillet 2015

 

Dimanche 12 juillet

Conférence internationale sur le financement du développement, Addis Abeba

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 6 July 2015

Ghana FA adopts FIFA TMS Intermediary Regulations Tool


 

Ghana FA adopts FIFA TMS Intermediary Regulations Tool

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 6, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ FIFA TMS announced today that the Ghana Football Association (GFA) is the first Member Association (MA) to adopt the FIFA TMS Intermediary Regulations Tool (IRT).

On 1 April 2015, FIFA’s new “Regulations on Working with Intermediaries” came into force. The regulations require all MAs to register intermediaries who are engaged in transactions involving players and clubs affiliated with their association and to annually publish aggregate figures.

In line with FIFA TMS’s goal to support MAs in fulfilling their regulatory obligations, the IRT will enable the GFA to gather the necessary information in order to comply with FIFA’s regulations. The information to be collected includes: all agreed remunerations or payments that are made or will be made to an intermediary; intermediary declarations; representation contracts and consents and declarations about conflict of interests for all involved intermediaries. Most importantly, at the end of March each year, the GFA will be able to generate a report reflecting the necessary data for publication in accordance with the Regulations on Working with Intermediaries.

The IRT is integrated with the Transfer Matching System (ITMS and DTMS). As such, the GFA has the added benefit of being able to manage professional player transfers and related intermediary involvement in one system- increasing administrative efficiency and visibility over transfer and intermediary activity within their association.

 


SOURCE 

International Federation of Football Association (FIFA)


 

Communiqué de presse de la 513ème réunion du Conseil de Paix et de Sécurité sur la situation au Mali

 

ADDIS ABEBA, Ethiopie, 6 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le Conseil de paix et de sécurité de l’Union africaine (UA), en sa 513ème réunion tenue le 3 juin 2015, a suivi une communication de la Commission sur la situation au Mali. Le Conseil a également pris note de la déclaration faite par le représentant du Mali, ainsi que de celles faites par les représentants de l’Espagne, des États-Unis d’Amérique et de la France, en leur qualité de pays membres du Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies, et par le Secrétariat des Nations unies et l’Union européenne (UE).

 

Le Conseil a rappelé ses communiqués et communiqués de presse antérieurs sur la situation au Mali, et réaffirmé son attachement à l’unité, à l’intégrité territoriale et à la souveraineté ainsi qu’au caractère laïc et à la forme républicaine de l’État malien.

 

Le Conseil s’est félicité de la signature, à Bamako, le 15 mai 2015, de l’Accord pour la paix et la réconciliation au Mali. À cet égard, le Conseil a réitéré son plein appui à l’Accord, ainsi que l’engagement de l’UA, en sa qualité de Garant de l’Accord, à assumer toutes les responsabilités qui s’y attachent et à soutenir effectivement la mise en œuvre diligente des engagements qui y sont contenus.

 

Le Conseil a pris note du paraphe de l’Accord par la Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad (CMA), le 14 mai 2015. Le Conseil a également pris note des consultations lancées par la Médiation, à Alger, le 25 mai 2015, en vue notamment de parachever le processus de signature de l’Accord dans les plus brefs délais.

 

Le Conseil a, une fois encore, lancé un appel pressant à la CMA pour qu’elle signe, sans autre délai, l’Accord, dans l’intérêt des populations qu’elle affirme représenter. Le Conseil a réaffirmé la détermination de l’UA à prendre les mesures qu’appellerait la situation, y compris des sanctions, à l’encontre de tous les groupes ou individus dont l’action constituerait une entrave à la mise en œuvre de l’Accord. Le Conseil a exhorté l’ensemble de la communauté internationale, en particulier les Nations unies, à apporter son appui à l’Accord, y compris à travers la prise par le Conseil de sécurité de mesures appropriées à l’encontre de tous ceux qui saperaient les efforts de paix au Mali.

 

Le Conseil a, à nouveau, rendu hommage à l’Algérie, Chef de file de la Médiation, et aux autres membres de l’équipe de Médiation (Burkina Faso, Mauritanie, Niger, Tchad, Communauté économique des États de l’Afrique de l’Ouest – CEDEAO, Nations unies, Organisation de la Coopération islamique – OCI, UA et UE) et aux autres acteurs internationaux concernés, pour leur contribution inestimable et continue au Processus d’Alger.

 

Le Conseil a fermement condamné les attaques terroristes au Mali, et a réitéré sa grave préoccupation face à la situation sécuritaire qui prévaut sur le terrain, notamment la recrudescence des attaques terroristes au nord du Mali contre les populations civiles, l’armée malienne et les forces internationales présentes sur place, en particulier la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations unies pour la stabilisation au Mali – MINUSMA. Le Conseil a exprimé la profonde gratitude de l’UA aux pays contributeurs de troupes à la MINUSMA pour les lourds sacrifices consentis, et a renouvelé son appui à la MINUSMA, ainsi que la disponibilité de l’UA à contribuer à son renforcement en vue de lui permettre de mieux contribuer à la recherche de la paix, de la sécurité et de la stabilité au Mali.

 

Le Conseil s’est félicité des conclusions sur le Mali de la 47ème session ordinaire de l’Autorité des chefs d’État et de Gouvernement de la Communauté économique des États de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (CEDEAO), qui a, entre autres, appelé à la mise en œuvre effective et intégrale de l’Accord d’Alger et a envisagé le recours, par des canaux appropriés, à l’application de sanctions ciblées contre tous ceux qui entraveraient cette mise en œuvre ou qui tenteraient de bloquer le processus de paix au Mali.

 

Le Conseil, conformément au communique PSC/PR/COMM/2.(CDXCVI) adopté lors de sa 496ème réunion tenue le 27 avril 2015, a demandé à la Commission de le tenir régulièrement informe des développements de la situation au Mali.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


 

Press Statement of the 513th meeting of the Peace and Security Council on the situation in Mali

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, July 6, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 513th meeting held on 3 June 2015, was briefed by the Commission on the situation in Mali. Council also took note of the statements made by the representatives of Mali, as well as of France, Spain and the United States of America, as members of the UN Security Council, the UN Secretariat and the European Union (EU).

 

Council recalled its previous communiqués and press statements on the situation in Mali, and reaffirmed its commitment to the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty as well as to the secular nature and the republican form of the Malian State.

 

Council welcomed the signing, in Bamako, on 15 May 2015, of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali. In this regard, Council reiterated its full support to the Agreement and the AU’s commitment, as Guarantor of the Agreement, to assume all the related responsibilities and to effectively support the timely implementation of the commitments contained therein.

 

Council took note of the initialing of the Agreement by the Coordination of the Azawad Movements (CMA) on 14 May 2015. Council also took note of the consultations initiated by the Mediation, in Algiers, on 25 May 2015, to complete the process for the signing of the Agreement, as soon as possible.

 

Council, once again, urgently appealed to the CMA to sign, without further delay, the Agreement, in the interest of the people it claims to represent. Council reaffirmed the AU’s determination to take measures, including sanctions, as may be demanded by the situation, against all groups or individuals whose actions constitute an obstacle to the implementation of the Agreement. Council urged the international community as a whole, especially the UN, to support the Agreement, including through the adoption by the Security Council of appropriate measures against those who undermine peace efforts in Mali.

 

Council paid tribute, once again, to Algeria, Chef de file of the Mediation, and to the other members of the Mediation Team (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania, Niger, the Economic Community of West African States – ECOWAS, the UN, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation -OIC, the AU and the EU) and other concerned international actors, for their invaluable and continued contribution to the Algiers Process.

 

Council strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Mali and reiterated its serious concern about the security situation obtaining on the ground, particularly the increase in terrorist attacks in northern Mali against the civilian population, the Malian army and the international forces, in particular the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Council expressed the AU’s deep gratitude to the Troop Contributing Countries to MINUSMA for the huge sacrifices made, and renewed its support to MINUSMA and the AU’s readiness to contribute to its strengthening, with a view to enabling it to better contribute to the search for peace, security and stability in Mali.

 

Council welcomed the Conclusions of the 47th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government on Mali, which, among others, called for the effective and full implementation of the Algiers Agreement and envisaged the imposition, through the appropriate channels, of targeted sanctions against those who hinder the implementation of the Agreement or who try to block the peace process in Mali.

 

Council, in conformity with communiqué PSC/PR/COMM/2.(CDXCVI) adopted at its 496th meeting held on 27 April 2015, requested the Commission to keep it regularly informed of the evolution of the situation in Mali.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


 

Le Canada accueille favorablement les sanctions imposées par l’ONU contre certains citoyens du Soudan du Sud

 

OTTAWA, Canada, 6 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ L’honorable Rob Nicholson, C.P., c.r., député fédéral de Niagara Falls et ministre des Affaires étrangères, a fait aujourd’hui la déclaration suivante :

« Le Canada accueille favorablement les sanctions imposées par le Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies contre six citoyens sud-soudanais qui ont contribué à l’enlisement du conflit de 18 mois au Soudan du Sud. Ce conflit a entraîné la mort de milliers de personnes et le déplacement de plus de 2 millions de personnes.

« Le Canada demeure profondément perturbé par les renseignements émanant de la mission de l’ONU au Soudan du Sud qui indiquent des enlèvements répétés, des actes de violence sexuelle ainsi que des assassinats horribles de femmes et de filles. Nous exhortons le gouvernement du Soudan du Sud à mettre fin à cette violence épouvantable et à traduire les responsables en justice. Le gouvernement sud-soudanais doit assurer l’arrivée sûre de l’assistance humanitaire afin que celle-ci puisse être acheminée aux personnes qui en ont besoin. »

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 6 July 2015

Canada Welcomes UN Sanctions on South Sudanese Individuals


 

Canada Welcomes UN Sanctions on South Sudanese Individuals

 

OTTAWA, Canada, July 6, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“Canada welcomes the imposition of sanctions by the United Nations Security Council on six South Sudanese individuals for helping to fuel the 18-month conflict in South Sudan. This conflict has resulted in the deaths of thousands of people and the displacement of more than 2 million others.

“Canada remains deeply disturbed by the UN Mission in South Sudan’s reports of the widespread abductions, sexual abuse and the horrific killings of women and girls. We call on the Government of South Sudan to put an end to this appalling violence and hold the perpetrators accountable. The Government of South Sudan must ensure safe passage for humanitarian assistance, so it can reach those most in need.”

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 6 July 2015

Nigeria: United States Condemns Recent Attacks by Boko Haram


 

Nigeria: United States Condemns Recent Attacks by Boko Haram

 

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Press Statement

John Kirby

Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC

July 5, 2015

 

The United States strongly condemns the recent attacks in northeastern Nigeria inflicted by Boko Haram that took the lives of six people in a church in Potiskum, as well as more than 140 lives near a Mosque in Kukawa. We offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families and the friends of the victims. We will continue to support Nigeria’s efforts to bring those responsible for these attacks, as well as previous attacks, to justice.

As we have said before, the people of northern Nigeria deserve to live free from violence and from terror. The United States continues to provide counterterrorism assistance to help Nigerian authorities develop a comprehensive approach to combat the threat posed by Boko Haram. We commend the efforts by the Nigerian military, as well as the militaries of Chad, Niger, and Cameroon for the gains they have made fighting against Boko Haram.

 

The United States stands with the Nigerian people in their struggle against violent extremism. We will continue to work closely with the Nigerian Government and our international partners to combat Boko Haram and assist its many victims.

 

SOURCE 

US Department of State

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 6 July 2015

France / Afrique / Agenda de Monsieur le Président de la République


 

France / Afrique / Agenda de Monsieur le Président de la République

 

PARIS, France, 6 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Agenda de Monsieur le Président de la République

 

MARDI 07 JUILLET

15H00 Entretien avec M. Denis SASSOU-NGUESSO, Président de la République du Congo.

 

JEUDI 09 JUILLET

15H30 Entretien avec M. Jean-Louis BORLOO, Président de la Fondation Energies pour l’Afrique.

 

SOURCE 

Présidence de la République française


Africa Finance & Investment Forum 2015 Names APO as Official Newswire

THE annual pan-African forum will focuses on strengthening Africa’s private sector through a pragmatic and business oriented approach

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, July 6, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ EMRC (http://www.emrc.be) has named APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com) as Official Newswire of the Africa Finance & Investment Forum 2015 (AFIF) (http://www.emrc.be/en/events/afif-2015.aspx), THE annual pan-African forum, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 24th to 26th November 2015.

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

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AFIF 2015 entitled “Access to Finance & Entrepreneurship” is organized in collaboration with the European Investment Bank (EIB), DEG (German Development Finance Institution) and in partnership with ECOWAS-TEN, Agri Academy (South Africa), Pfizer, BlueCloud (United Kingdom) amongst others.

The Africa Finance & Investment Forum is a platform which accommodates innovation and brings to the table financiers who are looking to find real projects, investment opportunities and long-term partnerships. There is a spirit to get things done and have real and effective B2Bs. At EMRC we measure the success of our conferences through the partnerships that are forged during/after our Forums.… and fortunately we have great success stories. The pragmatic side of our events is what makes partners/speakers/participants keep coming back year after year,” Ines Bastos, EMRC Senior Project Manager. “So, it was logical to link up with APO which has such a strong network itself and a similar vision to what EMRC wants to achieve. ”

With an expected 300 people from all over the world, the three days event will see North & South policymakers, financiers, bankers and private sector entrepreneurs discuss and find practical business solutions. It will focuses on strengthening Africa’s private sector through a pragmatic and business oriented approach.

This year, with AFIF being held in Africa for the first time, the meaning of North & South and South & South partnerships will be truly put into practice. This is the essence of AFIF and we expect that strong business partnerships and results are established. We already have some strong partners and speakers confirmed, which shows how important investing and finance in Africa has become,” Idit Miller, EMRC Vice President and Managing Director.

AFIF regroups three key target groups: Entrepreneurs (project owners, CEO etc..), financial institutions (Banks) and investors interested in investing directly in banks or projects (DFIs/IFIs/Foundations).

We are delighted to form this partnership. The Africa Finance & Investment Forum is one of the most important event where stories unfold and financial actors put words to action“, said Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, APO Founder and CEO.

AFIF’s press releases will be distributed via Africa Wire® (http://www.apo-opa.com/press_release_distribution.php), the newswire service for press release distribution and monitoring in Africa and beyond.

Used by some of the world’s largest companies, PR agencies, institutions and organisations, APO Africa Wire® has a potential reach of 600 million and guarantees the most extensive outreach in Africa, acting as a channel that allows APO’s clients to target audiences in all parts of the continent and also the world.

APO is NASDAQ GlobeNewswire Authorized Agency for Africa offering unique access to 1.5 Million financial media outlets in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and more. APO is also CSRwire Authorized Agency for Africa, offering access to a global wire dedicated to corporate social responsibility, health and sustainability communication.

More information about Africa Wire®, the service for newswire press release distribution in Africa, is available at http://www.apo-opa.com/services.php

This is a joint press release by EMRC and APO (African Press Organization).

APO Contact:

Aïssatou Diallo, bdm@apo-opa.org, +41 22 534 96 97

EMRC Contact:

For further information concerning speaking opportunities and sponsorship, please contact:

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Email: ib@emrc.be

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About APO

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APO has a media database comprising over 150,000 contacts and is the main online community for news relating to Africa.

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

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About EMRC

Established in 1992 in Brussels, EMRC (http://www.emrc.be) is a non-profit International Association composed of a network of entrepreneurs, financiers, consultants and officials based throughout the world. EMRC’s mission is to lead the private sector in Africa to sustainable economic development and to drive regional change via partnerships.

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About AFIF

The Africa Finance & Investment Forum (AFIF) (http://www.emrc.be/en/events/afif-2015.aspx) is an annual business event organized in the framework of EMRC International’s activities, aimed at strengthening the private sector in Africa, encouraging entrepreneurship and attracting investment to the African continent. AFIF has a double objective: to strengthen the financial capacities of Africa’s private sector and to promote the creation of new partnerships through the encouragement of joint projects and trade relations North-South & South-South.

SOURCE

EMRC and APO (African Press Organization)


 

Confirmation of names of British nationals repatriated from Tunisia on Friday 3 July

 

LONDON, United-Kingdom, July 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Foreign and Commonwealth Office can confirm that eight British nationals will be repatriated from Tunisia on Friday 3 July. They will arrive on a RAF C-17 aircraft into RAF Brize Norton at approximately 1500.

 

Those being repatriated are Christopher and Sharon Bell, Scott Chalkley, Sue Davey, Angie and Ray Fisher, Eileen Swannack, and John Welch.

 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office reiterates the families’ requests for privacy at this difficult time.

 

SOURCE 

United Kingdom – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 3 July 2015

IOM Combats Irregular Somali Migration with Youth Employment


 

IOM Combats Irregular Somali Migration with Youth Employment

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ In an attempt to curb irregular youth migration from Somaliland to Europe, IOM, in partnership with local authorities, has concluded a ten-day soft skills training for 40 unemployed graduate youth from Gabiley and Borama in Somalia.

 

Through the end of May this year IOM missions in Greece and Italy have tallied nearly 6,000 Somali nationals arriving as irregular migrants by sea. Most are young men who were unable to find employment in their home communities.

 

Following this intensive training and a second one coming up in a month, 60 graduates will be placed in a six-month internship programme that is designed to help them gain competitive advantage in the work place. The internship programme is also being rolled out in Puntland’s districts of Bosaso, Garowe and Galkayo targeting another 60 unemployed graduate youths.

 

“This is a step in the right direction, but future programmes need to scale up in order to meet the need on the ground. The issue of unemployed graduate youth is a national disaster that requires a massive scale up of this internship programme,” Mustafe-shine, the Regional Governor, said at the end of the training.

 

According to a soon-to-be-released IOM-Samuel Hall 2014-2015 study on youth, employment and migration in Somaliland and Puntland, unemployed youth are more likely to plan on migrating than youth who have jobs. The desire for better employment opportunities is the biggest driver of migration abroad.

 

This is corroborated by the 2012 UNDP Human Development report on Somalia that states two-thirds of youth are unemployed in Somalia, which is one of the highest rates of unemployment in the world.

 

Owing to limited funding, only 115 unemployed graduate youth in Somaliland’s various districts have participated in IOM’s internship programme since 2013. To date, 67 per cent of this group had been employed by the government institutions and private sector. IOM’s 2014-2015 study further points out a skills mismatch between youth and employers.

 

While educated youth feel entitled and empowered by their education, they are frustrated that their education does not translate into expected work opportunities. IOM has been working with local authorities and local universities to identify skill gaps in the public sector and match these gaps with the skill set of unemployed graduate youth.

 

IOM’s Migration Crises Operations programmes in Somalia are funded by the Japanese government.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)


 

Funding from Government of Italy Strengthens Psychosocial Support for Displaced in South Sudan

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ IOM has received EUR 1 million from the Government of Italy to expand the current psychosocial support for displaced communities seeking protection in UN bases in South Sudan.

 

More than a year and a half into the crisis, many South Sudanese are unable to safely return home due to renewed conflict and unpredictable security conditions. An estimated 138,600 internally displaced persons (IDPs) continue to seek protection in UN protection of civilian (PoC) sites across the country.

 

“Nineteen months into the crisis, the fighting has stretched the coping capacities of IDPs to their limits,” said IOM South Sudan Chief of Mission David Derthick. “Limited freedom of movement in – often congested – PoC sites continues to exact a toll on IDPs’ well-being.”

 

The psychosocial impact of the crisis persists, as the experience of violence, displacement and confinement across PoC sites has contributed to community-wide emotional distress.

 

To help IDPs cope with these experiences, IOM developed a psychosocial support programme in September 2014 at the PoC site in Bor, Jonglei State, where civilians bore the brunt of some of the worst of abuses of the conflict in 2013 and 2014.

 

The IOM teams offer counselling and community activities addressing the psychosocial impact of the conflict on the lives of the nearly 2,300 people at the site in Bor. The IDPs in Bor often feel trapped, as most do not venture outside of the PoC site for fear of ethnic targeting, and fear for the welfare of loved ones in conflict-affected areas.

 

The funding from the Italian government will support a one-year project on “Enhancing the Psychosocial Well-Being of IDPs and Conflict-Affected Populations.” The project is expanding psychosocial support programming in Bor, with an increased focus on youth-oriented activities and capacity building.

 

In addition, the funding enables IOM to extend the programme to support IDPs at the PoC site in Bentiu, Unity State, where an estimated 78,000 people are seeking safety. Due to the volatile security situation in Unity, the Bentiu PoC population continues to swell, with hundreds of new arrivals each day.

 

“Fear of uncertainty leads to increased stress among the IDP community,” explains Pauline Birot, IOM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Project Officer. “With this funding, we will restore and strengthen community grassroots support mechanisms.”

 

IOM’s psychosocial support programme is community-driven and builds capacity by establishing community-based mobile teams and resource centres. IOM will also deploy a psychologist on rotation to provide more specialized services in Bor and Bentiu.

 

Humanitarian needs within South Sudan remain immense, with more than 2.1 million forced from their homes since conflict erupted in December 2013. Of the USD 1.63 billion requested in the 2015 South Sudan Humanitarian Response plan, only 41 per cent has been funded. More support is urgently needed to provide lifesaving assistance that matches the depth of humanitarian needs throughout the country.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)


 

Les réfugiés maliens en Mauritanie menacés d’une augmentation de la malnutrition suite à l’arrêt des distributions alimentaires

 

GENEVE, Suisse, 3 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ L’arrêt de la distribution mensuelle de nourriture en juillet pour 49,500 réfugiés maliens dans le camp de Mbera risque d’augmenter les taux de malnutrition aigüe, prévient l’organisation médicale humanitaire Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), qui fournit des soins médicaux et nutritionnels dans le camp. MSF appelle les bailleurs de fonds internationaux à veiller à ce que la population du camp de Mbera ait accès à une alimentation adéquate.

 

Le Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM), qui fait face à des déficits financiers, a été incapable de trouver les fonds nécessaires à la distribution générale de nourriture ce mois-ci. Le Haut-commissariat aux réfugiés (HCR), responsable de la gestion du camp, a également invoqué le manque de financement pour proposer une solution alternative afin d’empêcher une augmentation consécutive de la malnutrition.

 

Cela vient empirer une situation déjà précarisée par la réduction des rations de riz de 12 kg à 5,4 kg par personne lors de la dernière distribution en juin. Lorsque la distribution alimentaire générale avait été annulée une première fois en mars dernier, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) avait constaté une nette augmentation du nombre d’enfants malades dans ses programmes nutritionnels, passant de 30 admissions au cours du mois précédant l’annulation à 79 le mois suivant.

 

« Lorsque MSF a débuté ses activités en 2012, la malnutrition aiguë globale dans le camp était d’environ 20 pour cent », explique le Dr Mahama Gbané, coordinateur médical de MSF en Mauritanie. « Nous avons travaillé en collaboration avec des organisations comme le PAM pour ramener ce taux à environ 9 pour cent. Ce serait tragique si nous laissions la santé des personnes les plus vulnérables revenir à des niveaux catastrophiques. »

 

Ces réfugiés ont fui vers la Mauritanie en 2012 quand la guerre a embrasé le nord du Mali. Malgré la signature d’un accord de paix par certains groupes d’opposition armés maliens, les récentes attaques et pillages de villes et de villages dans le nord du pays ont confirmé qu’il faudra encore du temps avant que les réfugiés se sentent suffisamment en sécurité pour retourner chez eux. Leur survie dans le désert, où les températures atteignent 50 °C et les tempêtes de sable sont fréquentes, a depuis largement dépendu de l’aide humanitaire. Bien qu’un certain nombre d’entre eux aient réussi à conserver du bétail, les sécheresses successives ont considérablement réduit les zones de pâturage à travers le Sahel.

 

« Les réfugiés ont essayé de cultiver dans des jardins communautaires, mais la chaleur torride, les vents de sable et les insectes détruisent la plupart des plantations » raconte Maya Walet Mohamed, responsable du comité des femmes dans le camp. « Le timing de l’interruption des distributions est d’autant plus cruel que les gens jeûnent au cours de la journée pendant le mois de Ramadan. Maintenant nous n’avons presque plus de nourriture pour rompre le jeûne au coucher du soleil ».

 

Après trois années d’exil, la plupart des réfugiés ont vendu le peu qui leur restait afin d’acquérir d’autres sources de nourriture, en particulier de la viande et du lait qui constituent la base de l’alimentation des populations nomades, mais ne font pas partie des distributions du PAM. Cette ressource complémentaire s’est désormais raréfiée. Selon Maya : « Quand les animaux meurent ou perdent leur valeur à cause de la sécheresse, la situation est critique pour nous comme pour les Mauritaniens ».

 

MSF a commencé à travailler en Mauritanie en 1994. Aujourd’hui, 370 travailleurs humanitaires soutiennent le ministère de la Santé mauritanien en fournissant des services gratuits, y compris les soins primaires, la chirurgie d’urgence, les soins de santé sexuelle et reproductive dans la région sud-est du pays, précisément dans le camp de réfugiés de Mbera, dans les Centres de Santé de Bassikounou et Fassala.

 

SOURCE 

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)


 

Statement by the HR/VP Federica Mogherini on the attacks on Muslim worshippers in the north-east of Nigeria

 

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, July 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The attacks killing around 150 people in two villages in north eastern Borno state in Nigeria and targeting Muslim worshippers during the holy month of Ramadan are another attempt to destabilise the country and the region.

 

At this very moment, my thoughts go to the families of the victims. Just last month, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides provided €21 million in humanitarian aid to help displaced people in Nigeria and neighbouring countries affected by the violence of terrorist organisations.

 

The EU stands with the Nigerian people and authorities in our common fight against terrorism.

 

I am confident the Nigerian authorities will continue to fight terrorism with the utmost determination and urgency, respecting rules for engagement.

 

The EU will continue to support the country in its social and economic development, as well as to tackle urgent needs.

 

SOURCE 

European Union


 

Le ministre Nicholson condamne les attaques terroristes perpétrées tout récemment par Boko Haram au Nigéria

 

OTTAWA, Canada, 3 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ L’honorable Rob Nicholson, C.P., c.r., député fédéral de Niagara Falls et ministre des Affaires étrangères, a fait aujourd’hui la déclaration suivante :

« Le Canada condamne fermement les attaques terroristes djihadistes perpétrées tout récemment par Boko Haram dans les villes nigérianes de Munguno le 30 juin et de Maiduguri le 2 juillet.

« Au nom de tous les Canadiens, je tiens à adresser mes condoléances les plus sincères aux familles et aux amis des personnes ayant perdu la vie, et je souhaite un prompt rétablissement à celles qui ont été blessées.

« Le Canada a inscrit Boko Haram sur la liste des organisations terroristes en décembre 2013. De telles attaques ne servent qu’à renforcer notre détermination à lutter contre le terrorisme djihadiste et à poursuivre nos efforts pour protéger le droit fondamental à la liberté de religion. »

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

Minister Nicholson Condemns Boko Haram’s Latest Terrorist Attacks in Nigeria

 

OTTAWA, Canada, July 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“Canada condemns in the strongest terms Boko Haram’s latest jihadi terrorist attacks in the Nigerian towns of Monguno on June 30 and Maiduguri on July 2.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my sincere condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.

“Canada listed Boko Haram as a terrorist entity on December 2013. Attacks such as these serve only to strengthen our resolve to fight jihadi terrorism and work toward upholding the fundamental right to religious freedom.”

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 3 July 2015

Security Council press statement on Terrorist attack in Mali


 

Security Council press statement on Terrorist attack in Mali

 

NEW YORK, July 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack against a convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on 2 July 2015, in the region of Timbuktu, during which six Burkinabe peacekeepers were killed and others injured.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences to the families of the victims of this attack, as well as to the Government and people of Burkina Faso.

 

The members of the Security Council called on the Government of Mali to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice and stressed that those responsible for the attack should be held accountable. The members of the Security Council underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law.

 

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

 

The members of the Security Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.

 

The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support to MINUSMA and the French forces that support it. They reiterated their strong support for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali, Mr Mongi Hamdi, and for MINUSMA to assist the Malian authorities and the Malian people in their efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to their country, including through MINUSMA’s support to the implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, and paid tribute to the peacekeepers who risk their lives in this respect.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS

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