Win the APO Energy Media Awards and travel to Dubai to attend the Africa Energy Forum

APO will offer transport, accommodation and perdiem for the first-place winner to attend the Africa Energy Forum held in Dubai from 8-11 June 2015

DAKAR, Senegal, April 22, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com), the sole press release wire in Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa, announced today that entry is now open for the 2015 APO Energy Media Awards (#APOEnergyMediaAward).

APO will offer transport, accommodation and perdiem for the first-place winner to attend the Africa Energy Forum (http://www.africa-energy-forum.com) held in Dubai from 8-11 June 2015, as well as one year of access to over 600 airport VIP lounges worldwide.

The Africa Energy Forum (AEF) is the only international Forum focused on power generation for Africa with attendance restricted to stakeholders (investors, consultants, developers, ministries, utilities, regulators etc.) from the power sector.

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APO Energy Media Awards celebrates brilliant and inspiring stories about Energy in Africa. The subject matter may comprise a single topic or a variety of subjects, including – but not limited to – oil, gas, electricity, geothermal energy, hydropower, solar energy, wind power, nuclear, coal, biomass and more.

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

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

Stories must have been broadcast or published between January 1, and April 30, 2015.

All stories must be submitted in electronic format:

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

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

c) Website: upload the URL.

d) TV: upload the YouTube link.

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

Online Entry Form is available here:

http://www.apo-opa.com/apo_energy_media_award.php?L=E&vc=EMA

The deadline for entries is 1 May 2015.

The finalists will be announced on 6 May 2015.

The winners will be announced during the Africa Energy Forum in Dubai.

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

Follow the hashtag: #APOEnergyMediaAward

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APO (African Press Organization)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 April 2015

Le Premier Ministre algérien Abdelmalek Sellal bientôt en Chine


 

Le Premier Ministre algérien Abdelmalek Sellal bientôt en Chine

 

BEIJING, Chine, 27 avril 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le porte-parole du Ministère des Affaires étrangères Hong Lei annonce :

 

Sur l’invitation du Premier Ministre du Conseil des Affaires d’Etat Li Keqiang, le Premier Ministre algérien Abdelmalek Sellal effectuera une visite officielle en Chine du 28 avril au 1e mai.

 

SOURCE 

China – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 April 2015

Nomads of war: perpetual displacements of South Sudanese families in Upper Nile


 

Nomads of war: perpetual displacements of South Sudanese families in Upper Nile

 

JUBA, South Sudan, April 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Continuing clashes in Upper Nile state are leading to more deaths and displacements of people, some of whom are already displaced and living in dire conditions, the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said today. In Malakal, over 6,600 people have fled their homes to seek shelter at the UN protection of civilians (PoC) base, while in Melut, a town north of Malakal; over 1,665 families have sought refuge across the river Nile since the beginning of April. The organisation further called upon all parties to the South Sudanese conflict to allow for necessary humanitarian access to all parts of the country.

This new wave of displacement, sparked by clashes that started at the beginning of this month, has pushed the total number of internally displaced people at the UN base in Malakal to 26,500, since the beginning of the conflict in December 2013 causing congestion. The new internally displaced people are living in big tents, with dozens of families sharing the same tent and sleeping on the floor. MSF continues to provide medical services at the hospital in the UN base, while other agencies are on site to ensure sufficient water supply and proper sanitation. However, with the congestion, the few existing resources are being strained.

“The rainy season is just setting in and with the congestion in the PoC, we have started to see open defecation, long queues at water points due to low water quantity and pressure. Cases of acute diarrhoea are increasing so we are reinforcing our surveillance measures to ensure that outbreaks are prevented. Last year, MSF launched a cholera intervention and cholera vaccination campaign in the camp and we are ready to replicate actions if needed,” said Juan Prieto, MSF head of mission in South Sudan. However, we are afraid that if fighting continues, there will be more displacement, further congestion in the PoC and a deterioration of health and general living conditions.

In Melut, the over 1,665 families that have fled to the west side of the Nile are mostly members of the Shilluk ethnic group who were previously displaced and living in a camp. Most of them have fled to the Noon area, about 10 km across the Nile. These families are living under trees, with extremely limited access to latrines, leading to open defecation and have to travel long distances to fetch water from the Nile. Unless the water is treated, it is not fit for drinking. Other families are scattered all over the west bank of the Nile in Kaka, Kuju and Toruguang Payams, some 80 km away from Melut. These families have no shelter either, and their food resources are slowly getting depleted as they consume what they managed to salvage when they moved at the beginning of the month.

“The biggest problem is water. I have to go to the Nile three to four times a day. It is a 25-minute walk each way,” said 17-year-old Teresa, a Shilluk who recently fled to Noon. “We are worried for our lives and for the future, if we survive.”

MSF is supplying each family with water treatment kits in order for them to have clean water, as well as using speed boats and donkeys to transport and distribute food and non-food items to families scattered in different parts of Noon. The organisation is regularly conducting mobile clinics with outpatient and emergency room services for the population in Noon, and referring acute medical cases to health facilities in the towns of Melut and Kodok. In a day, MSF treats an average of 150 patients for diseases like measles, acute watery diarrhoea, and respiratory tract infections in Melut. However, due to continued fighting in the area, MSF is sometimes forced to suspend its activities, as a preventive measure, leaving the population in an even worse position.

“The people here have been on the move since the war started, they have nowhere to call home any more as insecurity has made them nomads, moving from one place to another in search of safe havens to stay. Whenever clashes start, they are prompted to move. Children under the age of five years and pregnant women are especially vulnerable during these times,” said Joao Martins, MSF project coordinator in Melut.

The security situation in Upper Nile, and in other states severely affected by the conflict, remains unstable. Mistrust between communities leads to clashes which, in turn, have massive humanitarian consequences. People are constantly on the run and yet the areas to which they flee do not offer favourable living conditions. In some states, like Upper Nile, some people have been forced to flee so many times that they don’t have a place to call home anymore.

As many more people get displaced, some to remote areas where they have hardly anything to live on, MSF calls upon all armed groups to facilitate the free movement of humanitarian assistance and personnel to all parts affected by the South Sudanese conflict. Only in this way can lives be saved.

MSF has been working in the region that today constitutes the Republic of South Sudan since 1983. MSF responds to emergencies, including large-scale displacement, refugee influxes, alarming nutrition situations and peaks of diseases such as measles, malaria, acute watery diarrhoea and kala azar, in addition to providing basic and specialised healthcare services. Since conflict began in South Sudan in December 2013, two million people have been displaced from their homes. Some live in camps while others have fled across the border to neighbouring countries of Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudan.

 

SOURCE 

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)


 

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the presidential election in Togo

 

NEW YORK, April 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Secretary-General welcomes the peaceful conduct of the presidential election in Togo on 25 April.

As Togo awaits the final results, the Secretary-General encourages all political leaders and segments of society to continue to maintain the peaceful atmosphere that has prevailed throughout the electoral process. He urges all candidates and their supporters to resolve any disputes that might arise through established legal procedures.

 

SOURCE 

United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


World Immunization Week Aims to “Close the Immunization Gap” and Provide, in Africa, “a Gift for Life”

Cervical cancer in Kenya is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The World Health Organization’s World Immunization Week (WIW) from 24th to 30th April this year aims to raise awareness about the importance of vaccination to people of all ages and increase rates of immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases around the world. This year WIW focuses on ‘closing the immunization gap.’ African Vaccination Week is being  celebrated under the theme “Vaccination, a gift for life”.

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Despite recent progress within African countries, there is still significant opportunities provided by immunization.

Did you know that:

•          Immunization can protect against 30 different infectious diseases, from infancy to old age;

•          Vaccines are one of the most successful and cost-effective public health stories;

•          Immunization saves the lives of 2 to 3 million people worldwide each year.

In addition, the overall health benefits are significant. Immunised children have higher cognitive abilities and are more likely to attend school and go on to be productive members of their community.

By reducing illness and long-term disability, vaccines also generate savings for health systems and families. Health workers are freed up and parents spend less time looking after sick children(1).

Immunisation programs average about 80% coverage globally. South of the Sahara, the average was 80.6% for the DPT3 vaccine in 2013, with wide disparities across countries.

Africa has made several gains beyond increasing reach of immunisation; some diseases, polio for example, have been eliminated through wide-scale immunisation programmes. Vaccines are available in public vaccination programmes in the vast majority of African countries, thanks to sustained political will, international support and innovative public/private partnerships2.

Ensuring equity and coverage across the continent and within countries requires sustained effort and resources. As African countries grow economically and  actively finance vaccines and immunisation programmes(2).children and entire economies benefit. Fully-immunized African children have a better chance of living up to their full potential, both intellectually and physically3. And, by investing in immunization, African countries can make a lasting contribution to the millennium development goals (MDGs). These efforts will also advance the health and development commitments of African leaders and governments and allow children and adults to lead productive, prosperous, and healthy lives(3).

Africa and Human Papillomavirus

•          An estimated 266,000 women die every year from cervical cancer. Over 85% of those deaths occur among women in developing countries. Without changes in prevention and control, cervical cancer deaths are forecast to rise to 416,000 by 2035; and virtually all of those deaths will be in developing countries(4).

•          Cervical cancer is the most common of all cancers in Africa and thus continues to be a significant threat that demands urgent attention in the African Region. In 2012, over half a million new cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed worldwide with 1 in 5 being in sub-Saharan Africa(5).

•          The primary cause of cervical pre-cancerous lesions and cancer is persistent or chronic infection with one or more types of the high risk human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the most common sexually acquired infection and is most often acquired in adolescence and young adults upon sexual debut5.

•          The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates HPV infections cause approximately 68 000 cases of cervical cancer each year in Africa. However, these figures most likely represent a conservative estimate due to the health challenges in health information systems and cancer registries in the region(6).

•          Cervical cancer is a preventable disease.  Immunisation, together with screening and treatment, is the best strategy to rapidly reduce the burden of cervical cancer(7).

Kenya and HPV

•          Cervical cancer in Kenya is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women and the most common cancer found in women between 15 and 44 years of age(8).

•          The primary cause of cervical pre-cancer lesions and cancer is persistent or chronic infection with one or more types of the high risk human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the most common sexually acquired infection and is most often acquired in adolescence and young adults upon sexual debut(9).

•          Immunisation to protect against HPV, together with screening and treatment, is the best strategy to rapidly reduce the burden of cervical cancer(10).

•          Kenya became the first country to protect girls against cervical cancer with GAVI-supported HPV vaccines.  The first round of the HPV demonstration project took place at the Central Primary School in Kitui County in Eastern Kenya(11). If the HPV vaccine demonstration programme is successful there, it can be expanded to other regions across Kenya.

•          This vaccination programme will help Kenya achieve its goal to prevent unnecessary deaths from cervical cancer in Kenya and support an entire generation of women to live healthy, and productive lives.

•          MSD commends the HPV immunization efforts in Kenya and supports its continued partnership with Kenya’s Ministry of Health to expand HPV vaccine coverage across the country.

“For more than 100 years, scientists at MSD has been discovering and developing vaccines to help prevent certain diseases in children, adolescents and adults,” said Farouk Shamas Jiwa, Director, Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility in Africa, MSD. “We have an important responsibility to improve access to vaccines and quality healthcare worldwide. We do this by working in partnership with others — governments, donors, patient organizations, healthcare professionals, NGOs, multilateral organizations and others in the private sector — to lend our expertise and knowledge. Our commitment is steadfast as we work to increase access to vaccines now and in the future.”

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of MSD (Merck Sharp & Dohme).

Contacts for Media:

Charlie McCurdy,

Global Communications | Eastern Europe/Middle East/Africa

T: +1 267-305-7545

E: charles.mccurdy@merck.com

Farouk Shamas Jiwa,

Director, Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility in Africa

T: +41 799623934

E: farouk.jiwa@merck.com

About MSD

Today’s MSD (http://www.merck.com) is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. MSD is a trade name of Merck & Co., Inc., with headquarters in Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer care and animal health products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. For more information, visit www.msd.com or [insert country-specific website] and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

References:

1.         http://www.gavi.org/about/value/

2.         http://sa.au.int/en/sites/default/files/2014_Status_Report_on%20MNCH%20-%20English_1.pdf

3.         www.carmma.org/download/file/fid/821

4.         http://www.gavi.org/support/nvs/human-papillomavirus-vaccine-support/?utm_source=The+Alliance+at+work&utm_campaign=c7db6ec405-The_Alliance_at_Work_Issue_7&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b075913875-c7db6ec405-407303021

5.         http://www.afro.who.int/en/media-centre/pressreleases/item/7550-implementing-cervical-cancer-interventions-key-to-save-african-women.html

6.         http://www.afro.who.int/en/media-centre/afro-feature/item/7557-cervical-cancer-common-amongst-african-women.html

7.         http://www.gavi.org/support/nvs/human-papillomavirus-vaccine-support/

8.         http://www.hpvcentre.net/statistics/reports/UGA.pdf

9.         http://www.gavi.org/Library/News/Press-releases/2013/Kenya-first-country-to-protect-girls-against-cervical-cancer-with-GAVI-support/

SOURCE

MSD (Merck Sharp & Dohme)


Internet das Coisas será responsável por um impulso de 1,9 biliões de dólares a operações de cadeias de abastecimento e logística

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, April 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/

Ÿ         O Relatório de Tendências da DHL e da Cisco sobre a Internet das Coisas revela um grande potencial para uma maior eficácia e transparência nas cadeias de abastecimento

Ÿ         Aproximadamente 8 biliões de dólares deverão ser gerados através de novas ligações na próxima década

A DHL (http://www.dpdhl.com), fornecedora líder mundial de logística, e a Cisco, líder mundial em TI, divulgaram conjuntamente um Relatório de Tendências concentrado na Internet das Coisas (IdC) na Conferência da DHL Global Technology realizada no Dubai. A DHL e a Cisco Consulting Services estão também a colaborar num projeto de inovação conjunto de IdC que irá melhorar a tomada de decisões nas operações de armazenamento, com análise de dados quase em tempo real através de dispositivos ligados por Wi-Fi.

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O Relatório de Tendências “Internet of Things in Logistics” (A Internet das Coisas em Logística) está disponível online em www.dhl.com/internetofthings

Ken Allen, Diretor-Executivo da DHL Express e Promotor do Setor das Tecnologias no Conselho Executivo, disse: “No Deutsche Post DHL Group acreditamos profundamente nas forças positivas do comércio global. Porém, como revelou o nosso Índice de Conetividade Global(1) para 2014, o nível geral de conetividade global mantém-se surpreendentemente limitado. Existe um grande potencial para que os países possam aumentar a sua conetividade e prosperar através do comércio, integração e tecnologia. Acreditamos que a Internet das Coisas será um instrumento essencial nesta transformação global.”

O Relatório de Tendências, que estima que haverá 50 mil milhões de dispositivos ligados à Internet até 2020, comparativamente aos 15 mil milhões atuais, considera o potencial impacto que esta revolução tecnológica terá nos negócios. O valor em causa, uma combinação do aumento das receitas e da redução dos custos que será criada ou migrará entre empresas e indústrias com a criação de novas ligações, revela o seu grande potencial quando a Internet e as redes expandem as suas ligações ao armazenamento, transporte de mercadorias e outros elementos da cadeia de abastecimento. Para qualquer organização com uma cadeia de abastecimento ou operações de logística, a IdC será revolucionária, desde a criação de mais opções de entrega ‘ao último quilómetro’ para clientes, até uma maior eficiência nas operações de armazenamento e no transporte de mercadorias.

De acordo com a análise económica da Cisco, a IdC irá gerar 8 biliões de dólares a nível mundial em valor em causa durante a próxima década. Este valor será atingido através de cinco principais fatores: inovação e receitas (2,1 biliões de dólares); utilização de recursos (2,1 biliões de dólares); cadeia de abastecimento e logística (1,9 biliões de dólares); melhoria da produtividade dos funcionários (1,2 biliões de dólares); e melhoria da experiência dos clientes e cidadãos (700 mil milhões de dólares).

“A revolução digital está por toda a parte e está a ter efeitos substanciais nos negócios. A digitalização e expansão da Internet das Coisas é um catalisador para o crescimento, que está a impulsionar novos modelos económicos e a permitir que as organizações se mantenham competitivas e acompanhem o ritmo de mudança que se verifica a nível mundial. Este relatório demonstra claramente que a digitalização e a IdC proporcionarão eficácia e oportunidades de crescimento a longo prazo numa grande variedade de indústrias,” comentou Chris Dedicoat, presidente da Cisco para a Europa, Médio Oriente, África e Rússia.

De acordo com o relatório, durante a próxima década, a indústria da logística deverá possibilitar maiores níveis de eficácia operacional, com a IdC a ligar diariamente e em tempo real a expedição, localização e recolha de milhões de encomendas. Nos sistemas de armazenamento, paletes e artigos ligados em rede possibilitarão uma gestão de inventário mais inteligente. No transporte de mercadorias, a localização e o acompanhamento de bens tornam-se mais rápidos, precisos, preditivos e seguros, por outro lado, os sistemas de análise de uma frota ligada em rede podem ajudar a prever falhas de equipamento e a programar automaticamente controlos de manutenção. Finalmente, a ligação de funcionários do departamento de entregas a veículos e pessoas nas proximidades pode ser uma forma de gerar receitas e otimizar a viagem de regresso, de modo a melhorar a eficiência e o serviço na entrega final. Para os clientes, isto significa que a DHL poderá fornecer um serviço ainda mais rápido, fiável e eficaz em termos de custos.

“A Internet das Coisas é a ligação de quase tudo (desde encomendas a pessoas) através de tecnologia de sensores à Internet. Tanto a Cisco como a DHL acreditam que ajudará a revolucionar os procedimentos comerciais em toda a cadeia de valor, incluindo as cadeias de abastecimento e logística. Para maximizar as vantagens económicas a nível global, precisaremos de entender como todos os componentes da cadeia de valor irão convergir, o que exigirá uma colaboração, participação e vontade de investir de todos os intervenientes de forma a se criar um ecossistema de IdC próspero capaz de suportar procedimentos comerciais sustentáveis.  O novo Relatório de Tendências representa mais um passo na determinação da DHL em oferecer os benefícios da IdC aos nossos clientes”, disse Markus Kückelhaus, Vice-Presidente da Equipa de Investigação de Tendências do Departamento de Soluções e Inovações para os Clientes da DHL.

A Cisco Consulting Services e a DHL estão também a colaborar num projeto conjunto de inovação de IdC que irá melhorar a tomada de decisões nas operações de armazenamento, com análise de dados quase em tempo real de dados de localização por Wi-Fi de dispositivos selecionados. A solução baseia-se no sistema Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) da Cisco, que usa redes sem fios de alta densidade para recolher dados de localização agregados de dispositivos ligados por Wi-Fi.

(1) Uma análise detalhada do estado de globalização em todo o mundo, em que se apresenta a conetividade global, avaliada pelos fluxos transfronteiriços de comércio, capital, informação e população.

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

O Relatório de Tendências “Internet of Things in Logistics” (A Internet das Coisas em Logística) está disponível online em www.dhl.com/internetofthings

Pode encontrar também o comunicado de imprensa disponível para download, bem como informações adicionais em http://www.dpdhl.com/pressreleases

Contacto para os meios de comunicação social:

Deutsche Post DHL Group

Comunicação social

Sabine Hartmann

Telefone: +49 228 182-9944

E-mail: pressestelle@dpdhl.com

Na Internet: www.dpdhl.de/press

Siga-nos em: www.twitter.com/DeutschePostDHL

Cisco

Comunicação social

Bessie Wang

Telefone: +1 408 646 0667

E-mail: beswang@cisco.com

Cisco Internet of Everything: www.cisco.com/go/ioe

Cisco Connected Transportation: www.cisco.com/go/transportation

Twitter: @Cisco

DHL – A empresa de logística para o mundo

A DHL (http://www.dpdhl.com) é a marca líder mundial na indústria logística. A família de divisões da DHL oferece um portefólio de serviços de logística sem rival, desde a entrega nacional e internacional de encomendas, expresso internacional, transporte rodoviário, aéreo e marítimo até gestão de cadeias de abastecimento industrial. Com cerca de 325 000 colaboradores em mais de 220 países e territórios por todo o mundo, a DHL liga pessoas e negócios de forma segura e fiável, permitindo fluxos comerciais globais. Com soluções especializadas para mercados e indústrias em expansão, incluindo comércio eletrónico, tecnologia, ciências da vida e saúde, energia, ramo automóvel e comércio a retalho, um compromisso assumido com a responsabilidade social corporativa e uma presença sem rival nos mercados em desenvolvimento, a DHL está decididamente posicionada como “A empresa de logística para o mundo”.

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

Acerca da Cisco

A Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) é a líder mundial em TI, ajudando empresas a aproveitarem as oportunidades do futuro, provando que coisas fantásticas podem acontecer quando se liga aquilo que nunca foi ligado. Para notícias atualizadas, visite http://thenetwork.cisco.com.

Cisco e o logótipo Cisco são marcas comerciais ou marcas comerciais registadas da Cisco e/ou das suas filiais nos EUA e noutros países. Uma lista das marcas comerciais da Cisco pode ser encontrada em www.cisco.com/go/trademarks. As marcas comerciais de terceiros mencionadas são propriedade dos respetivos proprietários. O uso da palavra “parceiro” não implica uma relação de parceria entre a Cisco e qualquer outra empresa.

SOURCE

Deutsche Post DHL


L’Internet des Objets générera 1,9 mille milliards USD pour dynamiser la chaîne d’approvisionnement et les opérations logistiques

DHL et Cisco ont publié un nouveau rapport de tendance sur l’Internet des Objets (IdO)

JOHANNESBURG, Afrique du Sud, 27 avril 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/

Ÿ         Le rapport de tendance sur l’Internet des choses de DHL et Cisco révèle un énorme potentiel pour des chaînes logistiques plus efficaces et transparentes

Ÿ         D’après les estimations, les nouvelles connexions généreront 8 mille milliards USD au cours de la prochaine décennie

DHL (http://www.dpdhl.com), le premier fournisseur logistique mondial, et Cisco, le leader mondial des technologies de l’information, ont publié un nouveau rapport de tendance sur l’Internet des Objets (IdO) à l’occasion de la conférence sur la technologie mondiale de DHL à Dubaï. DHL et Cisco Consulting Services collaborent également à un projet d’innovation commun en matière d’IdO qui améliorera la prise de décision dans les opérations d’entrepôt avec une analyse des données en temps réel basée sur des appareils connectés en Wi-Fi.

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Photo Ken Allen: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=410

Le rapport de tendance « Internet of Things in Logistics » est disponible en ligne sur www.dhl.com/internetofthings.

Ken Allen, PDG de DHL Express et parrain du directoire du pôle Technologie a déclaré : « Chez Deutsche Post DHL, nous croyons fermement aux pouvoirs positifs du commerce mondial. Cependant, comme l’a révélé notre indice de connectivité mondiale(1) 2014, le niveau global de connectivité mondiale reste étonnamment limité. Les pays ont à portée de main un énorme potentiel pour améliorer leur connectivité et prospérer grâce aux échanges, à l’intégration et à la technologie. Nous pensons que l’Internet des Objets sera un facteur essentiel de cette transformation mondiale. »

Le rapport de tendance, qui estime que 50 milliards d’appareils seront connectés à Internet d’ici 2020 contre 15 milliards aujourd’hui, s’intéresse à l’impact potentiel de cette révolution technologique sur le commerce. La valeur en jeu, à savoir la combinaison d’une augmentation des recettes et d’une diminution des coûts qui sera créée ou migrera entre les entreprises et les secteurs quand de nouvelles connexions seront établies, révèle l’ampleur du potentiel lorsque Internet et les réseaux élargiront leurs connexions aux opérations d’entrepôt, de fret et à d’autres éléments de la chaîne d’approvisionnement. Pour toute organisation réalisant des opérations de chaîne d’approvisionnement ou de logistique, l’IdO aura des conséquences révolutionnaires, de la création d’options de livraison du « dernier kilomètre » pour les consommateurs à des opérations d’entrepôt et de fret plus efficaces.

D’après l’analyse économique de Cisco, l’IdO générera une valeur en jeu de 8 mille milliards USD dans le monde entier au cours de la prochaine décennie. Cette création de valeur aura cinq moteurs primaires : l’innovation et les recettes (2,1 mille milliards USD), l’utilisation des actifs (2,1 mille milliards USD), la chaîne d’approvisionnement et la logistique (1,9 mille milliard USD), l’amélioration de la productivité des employés (1,2 mille milliard USD) et l’amélioration de l’expérience des consommateurs et des citoyens (700 milliards USD).

« La révolution numérique est tout autour de nous et elle a d’énormes implications pour les entreprises. La numérisation et l’expansion de l’Internet des Objets sont un catalyseur de croissance, qui dynamise de nouveaux modèles économiques et permet aux organisations de rester concurrentes et de suivre le rythme du changement qui se produit à l’échelle mondiale. Ce rapport montre clairement que la numérisation et l’IdO fourniront un rendement et des opportunités de croissance à long terme dans de nombreux secteurs », a commenté Chris Dedicoat, président de la région Europe, Moyen-Orient, Afrique et Russie (EMOAR) pour Cisco.

D’après ce rapport, au cours de la prochaine décennie, le secteur de la logistique pourrait atteindre des niveaux d’efficacité opérationnelle supérieurs grâce à l’IdO qui connecte en temps réel les millions de colis qui sont déplacés, suivis et stockés chaque jour. Concernant les opérations d’entrepôt, le fait que les palettes et les objets soient connectés favorisera une meilleure gestion des stocks. En matière de fret, le suivi des articles gagne en rapidité, en précision, en intuitivité et en sécurité tandis que l’analyse d’une flotte connectée peut aider à prévoir les défaillances techniques et programmer automatiquement des contrôles de maintenance. Enfin, le fait de connecter le personnel de livraison aux véhicules et personnes alentour peut permettre de monétiser et d’optimiser le trajet retour et améliorer l’efficacité et le service grâce à des livraisons du dernier kilomètre. Pour les consommateurs, cela signifie que DHL peut fournir un service encore plus rapide, fiable et rentable.

« L’Internet des Objets connecte presque tout à Internet, des colis aux individus, grâce à la technologie des capteurs. Cisco et DHL pensent tous les deux que cela va révolutionner les processus d’affaires tout au long de la chaîne de valeur, y compris au niveau de la chaîne d’approvisionnement et de la logistique. Si nous voulons obtenir l’avantage économique mondial maximum, il nous faudra comprendre comment tous les composants de la chaîne de valeur convergent et cela ne pourra pas se faire sans une participation et une collaboration complètes, ni sans la volonté d’investir pour créer un écosystème IdO prospère pour des processus d’affaires durables. Le nouveau rapport de tendance est une nouvelle étape qui permettra à DHL de faire profiter des avantages de l’IdO à ses consommateurs », a remarqué Markus Kückelhaus, vice-président Innovation et Recherche de tendances, Solutions pour les consommateurs et Innovation de DHL.

Cisco Consulting Services et DHL collaborent également à un projet d’innovation commun en matière d’IdO qui améliorera la prise de décision dans les opérations d’entrepôt grâce à une analyse des données en temps réel basée sur les données de localisation Wi-Fi des appareils sélectionnés. Cette solution s’appuie sur les expériences mobiles connectées (Connected Mobile Experiences, CMX) de Cisco qui utilisent le réseau sans fil haute densité pour collecter des données de localisation agrégées sur les appareils connectés en Wi-Fi.

(1) L’indice de connectivité mondiale (Global Connectedness Index) de DHL est une analyse détaillée de l’état de la mondialisation. Il reflète la connectivité mondiale en mesurant les flux de commerce, de capitaux, d’information et de personnes transfrontaliers.

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

Le rapport de tendance « Internet of Things in Logistics » est disponible en ligne sur www.dhl.com/internetofthings.

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DHL – Le Groupe de Transport et Logistique Mondial

DHL (http://www.dpdhl.com) est la première marque mondiale du secteur de la logistique. Le groupe de divisions de DHL offre un portefeuille inégalé de services logistiques, qu’il s’agisse de la livraison de paquets nationaux et internationaux, de courrier express international, du transport routier, aérien et maritime ou de la gestion de la chaîne d’approvisionnement industriel. Avec près de 325 000 employés répartis dans plus de 220 pays et territoires à travers le monde, DHL met en contact les personnes et les entreprises, de manière sûre et fiable, permettant des flux commerciaux mondiaux. Avec des solutions spécialisées pour les marchés et les secteurs en croissance, dont le commerce électronique, la technologie, les sciences de la vie et les soins de santé, l’énergie, l’automobile et la vente au détail, ainsi que par son engagement prouvé en faveur de la responsabilité sociale de l’entreprise et par une présence inégalée sur les marchés en développement, DHL se positionne de manière résolue en tant que « Le groupe de transport et logistique mondial ».

DHL fait partie du groupe Deutsche Post DHL. En 2014, le groupe a réalisé un chiffre d’affaires de plus de 56 milliards d’euros.

À propos de Cisco

Cisco (NASDAQ : CSCO) est le leader mondial des technologies de l’information. Il aide les entreprises à saisir les opportunités de demain en prouvant que des choses incroyables peuvent se produire quand on connecte ce qui ne l’était pas jusque-là. Pour suivre notre actualité, rendez-vous sur http://thenetwork.cisco.com.

Cisco et le logo Cisco sont des marques de commerce ou des marques de commerce déposées de Cisco et/ou de ses filiales aux États-Unis et dans d’autres pays. La liste des marques de commerce de Cisco est disponible sur www.cisco.com/go/trademarks. Les marques de commerce tiers mentionnées sont la propriété de leurs propriétaires respectifs. L’utilisation du mot partenaire n’implique pas de relation de partenariat entre Cisco et toute autre entreprise.

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Deutsche Post DHL

 

Corne de l’Afrique : nouvelle initiative visant à réunir des familles touchées par la violence au Soudan du Sud

 

GENEVE, Suisse, 27 avril 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) a lancé une nouvelle initiative pour aider des milliers de personnes qui fuient la violence au Soudan du Sud. Une nouvelle page Web (http://familylinks.icrc.org/south-sudan) a été créée pour aider ceux qui cherchent à rétablir le contact avec des membres de leur famille.

 

« La page Web permettra aux Sud-Soudanais vivant à l’étranger, par exemple aux États-Unis, au Royaume-Uni, en Australie, au Canada et en France, de rechercher des proches déplacées par la violence », déclare Marc Studer du CICR, qui dirige le projet.

 

Les photos sont téléchargées sur le site Web. Lorsque les visiteurs de la page reconnaissent la photo d’un proche, ils peuvent cliquer dessus et envoyer un message. Ce message est ensuite remis par le CICR ou les Sociétés nationales de la Croix-Rouge ou du Croissant-Rouge à la personne qui figure sur la photo. « J’espère que cette page Web et sa promotion sur les médias sociaux aideront les réfugiés et les personnes déplacées qui recherchent désespérément leurs familles », dit M. Studer.

 

Suite à la récente flambée de violence, des centaines de milliers de personnes ont fui le Soudan du Sud pour les pays voisins (Éthiopie, Ouganda, Soudan et Kenya). Plus de 1 600 photographies de personnes déplacées ont été prises dans des camps de réfugiés à Gambella, en Éthiopie, et à Juba, au Soudan du Sud. Les photos des adultes et des enfants non accompagnés ont été prises par la Croix-Rouge éthiopienne et la Croix-Rouge du Soudan du Sud, avec le soutien du CICR.

 

Après avoir été insérées dans des « livres de photos », ces photographies ont été présentées, en janvier et février de cette année, dans des camps et autres lieux au Soudan du Sud, au Kenya et en Ouganda. « Nous sommes heureux que ces livres de photos nous aient permis de mettre en concordance quelque 150 personnes à ce jour », précise Dalila Romdhane, responsable du CICR chargée du projet au Soudan du Sud. Il s’agit à présent d’élargir la portée de cette initiative, avec le lancement de la page Web.

 

Depuis le début de la crise en décembre 2013, le CICR et les Sociétés nationales de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge de la région ont contribué de façon très active au rétablissement des liens familiaux entre réfugiés. Plus de 68 000 appels téléphoniques ont été facilités, près de 2 000 messages ont été distribués et 400 demandes de recherches ont été ouvertes.

 

SOURCE 

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 April 2015

Horn of Africa: New effort to reunite families caught up in South Sudan violence

Horn of Africa: New effort to reunite families caught up in South Sudan violence

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has launched a new initiative to help thousands of people fleeing the violence in South Sudan. A new web page (http://familylinks.icrc.org/south-sudan) has been set up which enables people to trace family members with whom they have lost contact.

 

“The web page will allow South Sudanese people living abroad in places like the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and France, look for relatives displaced by the violence,” said the ICRC’s Marc Studer, who is heading the project.

 

Photos of individuals are uploaded to the website. When visitors of the page recognize a photo of a close relative they can click on the picture and send a message. That message is then delivered by the ICRC or the national Red Cross or Red Crescent Societies to the person on the photo. “I hope the web page and its promotion on social media will help refugees and displaced people who are desperately searching for their families,” said Mr Studer.

 

Following the recent violence, hundreds of thousands of people left South Sudan and crossed into neighbouring Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan and Kenya. More than 1,600 photographs of displaced people have been taken in refugee camps in Gambella, Ethiopia, and in Juba, South Sudan. The pictures, of adults and unaccompanied children, were taken by the Ethiopian Red Cross and the South Sudan Red Cross, supported by the ICRC.

 

The photographs were originally put into so-called ‘snapshot books’ and, in January and February this year, shown in camps and other places in South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda. “Thanks to the snapshot books, we are happy to have been able to make around 150 matches so far,” said Dalila Romdhane, the ICRC official in charge of the work in South Sudan. Now the plan is to widen the reach of this initiative, with the launch of the web page.

 

Since the beginning of the crisis in December 2013, the ICRC and the National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the region have been very active in restoring family links among the refugees. More than 68,000 phone calls have been facilitated, almost 2,000 messages distributed and 400 tracing requests opened.

 

SOURCE 

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)


Tunis International Bank adopte avec succès la solution pionnière “ICS BANKS “de ICSFS

Tunis International Bank (TIB) utilise désormais la solution complète ICS BANKS® dans ses 3 agences et son siège social.

TUNIS, Tunisie, 27 avril 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Tunis International Bank (TIB) (http://www.tib.com.tn), première banque établie en Tunisie sous le régime applicable aux établissements financiers non-résidents et membre de Burgan Bank, le groupe bancaire régional appartenant au Holding koweïtien Kuwait Projects Company (KIPCO), a mis en place le logiciel ICS BANKS® de ICS Financial Systems Limited (ICSFS) (http://www.icsfs.com), fournisseur global de logiciels et de services pour les banques et les institutions financières.

Logo ICSFS: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/ics.jpg

Logo TIB: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/tib.png

Photo : http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1652
(Mr. Robert Hazboun, Directeur Général de ICSFS)

Tunis International Bank (TIB) utilise désormais la solution complète ICS BANKS® dans ses 3 agences et son siège social. Le processus de mise en place s’est déroulé dans d’excellentes conditions. Il avait débuté le 31 Juillet 2013 pour s’achever le 1er  Novembre 2014.

Grâce à ICS BANKS®, TIB a réussi à remplacer avec succès son précédent système d’exploitation, répondant ainsi aux principales exigences de la banque qui consistait à adopter une solution intégrale constituée d’une gamme complète de modules et un modèle de groupe flexible.

Mr. Mohamed Fekih, CEO de la TIB, a déclaré:

« Nous sommes ravis du succès de la mise en place de ICS BANKS® à la TIB.  La solution permettra à la banque de mieux servir sa clientèle en pleine croissance à Tunis et ce grâce à un système bancaire de pointe. La TIB a adopté la solution ICSFS dans le but de fournir à ses clients des produits modernes grâce à l’utilisation d’applications pratiques qui couvrent de manière optimale tous les modules de base notamment les transferts de fonds, la gestion des facilités et des risques, les opérations de commerce international ainsi que les opérations de trésorerie et d’investissement. De plus, ce nouveau système offre la possibilité à ses clients d’interagir en toute sécurité via internet »

Mr. Robert Hazboun, Directeur Général de ICSFS a commenté:

« ICSFS élargit son empreinte à travers l’Afrique du Nord, ICS BANKS est aujourd’hui présent en Algérie, en Egypte,  en Libye et en Tunisie. Notre solution a été adoptée par plus de 80 banques et institutions financières, démontrant ainsi sa fiabilité et sa pertinence à l’échelle mondiale. Nous sommes ravis que TIB ait choisi ICS BANKS® et nous avons hâte de soutenir la banque dans toutes ses phases futures de croissance ».

En confirmation de l’élargissement de sa présence dans le marché des TIC en Afrique, ICSFS a récemment remporté le prix du “Meilleur Fournisseur de Technologie des Core Banking Systems” pour sa solution ICS BANKS® dans le cadre du prestigieux Finance Technology World Awards, organisé par le magazine World Finance.

D’autre part, la solution phare de ICSFS, ICS BANKS® a été nommé lauréate du “Logiciel Bancaire de l’Année 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013″ par la ‘Beacon of ICT (BoICT) Awards’ institué par Communication Week Media Limited, éditeur de ‘Nigeria Communications Week.

En outre, ‘Global Banking and Finance Review’, l’un des leaders mondiaux en publications bancaires et financières en ligne, a reconnu ICSFS comme le «Meilleur fournisseur de logiciels de Technologie Bancaire 2014″. En Novembre2014, ICSFS a été élu  “Meilleur Fournisseur de Core Banking Solutions – Moyen-Orient” par le magazine ‘International Finance’.

Mr. Wael Malkawi, Directeur exécutif pour le développement des affaires de ICSFS a déclaré :

« Nous sommes convaincus que l’adoption de notre système par la TIB est une étape très importante car elle étend notre part sur le marché africain. La Clientèle de ICSFS se développe dans de nombreux pays africains tels que le Nigeria, le Ghana, la Gambie, la Sierra Leone, le Liberia, le Congo (RDC), la Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, le Kenya, le Rwanda, l’Ouganda, Tunis, l’Egypte, l’Algérie, la Libye et le Soudan »

ICS BANKS®  fournit une suite complète des modules d’affaires bancaires avec un large éventail de fonctionnalités et de caractéristiques, répondant aux besoins de l’entreprise et à l’automatisation des processus comptables afin d’améliorer la performance des entreprises. ICS BANKS® est un pionnier dans l’exploitation des dernières technologies pour servir les besoins des institutions financières. En plus de son Architecture intégré Orientée Services (SOA), le système est déployé dans une configuration à plusieurs niveaux qui s’exécute sur un web-client léger, environnement J2EE.

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour ICS Financial Systems Ltd. (ICSFS).

Contact: Rania Mansour

Communications and Marketing Department

Regional Office Tel: +962 6 534 4088, ext. 404

London Office Tel: + 44 208 681 5421

Email: rania.mansour@icsfs.com

Tunis International Bank (TIB): Tunis International Bank a été fondée en 1982, et a été la première banque installée en Tunisie sous le régime applicable aux établissements financiers non-résidents. TIB est une banque commerciale privée avec comme principal actionnaire Burgan Bank, Koweït, groupe bancaire membre de ‘Kuwait Projects Company (Holding)’ (“KIPCO”). KIPCO emploie  plus de 8000 personnes dans le monde, principalement dans le monde arabe et se place aujourd’hui comme l’un des principaux groupes privés dans le Moyen-Orient et en Afrique du Nord opérant dans divers domaines, notamment dans le secteur financier & bancaire et le secteur des médias. www.tib.com.tn

Au sujet ICS Financial Systems Ltd. – (ICSFS): Société sœur d’International Computer Systems (London) Ltd – (ICS-Londres), ICSFS (http://www.icsfs.com) est un fournisseur leader de systèmes bancaires modulaires. Le succès d’ICSFS peut être attribué à son offre clé en main, ICS BANKS® qui sert et prend en charge ses clients à travers le monde. ICS BANKS® est une application bancaire universelle, entièrement intégrée, qui déploie une solution et une gamme de services professionnels pour automatiser et rationaliser les services bancaires. www.icsfs.com

SOURCE

ICS Financial Systems Ltd. (ICSFS)


Tunis International Bank Goes Live on ICSFS’ Pioneer Solution “ICS BANKS®”

Tunis International Bank (TIB) has implemented the fully comprehensive solution ICS BANKS® in 3 Branches in addition to the Head Office

TUNIS, Tunisia, April 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Tunis International Bank (TIB) (http://www.tib.com.tn), the first bank established in Tunisia under the non-resident banking regulations and a member of Burgan Banking Group, the regional banking arm of Kuwait Projects Co. (KIPCO), went live on ICS BANKS® from ICS Financial Systems Limited (ICSFS) (http://www.icsfs.com), the global software and services provider for banks and financial institutions.

Logo ICSFS: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/ics.jpg

Logo TIB: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/tib.png

Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1652
(Mr. Robert Hazboun, Managing Director of ICSFS)

Tunis International Bank (TIB) has implemented the fully comprehensive solution ICS BANKS® in 3 Branches in addition to the Head Office. The bank experienced a smooth implementation started in on 31 July, 2013 and completed on 1 November, 2014.

TIB replaced the legacy system, as the main requirements for the bank were a fully-fledged bank -in- a- box solution that provides a full range of modules and incorporates a flexible group model.

Managing Director of TIB; Mr. Mohamad Fekih stated,

“We are delighted that TIB has successfully gone live with ICS BANKS®. The solution will enable the bank to serve its rapidly-growing customer base in Tunis with a state-of-the-art core banking system. TIB has implemented ICSFS’ solution to offer modern products through the use of the newly applied suite of applications that cover Core Banking, Remittances, Credit Facilities & Risk Groups, Lending, Trade Finance, and Treasury & Investment systems, in addition to giving our customers the possibility of securely interacting with the new system through the internet. ”

Managing Director of ICSFS; Mr. Robert Hazboun commented,

“ICSFS is expanding its footprint across North Africa, where it already exists in Algeria, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. Our solution is currently licensed to more than 80 banks and financial institutions, demonstrating its reliability and suitability globally. We are delighted that TIB has entered into live production with ICS BANKS® and we look forward to support the bank through all future phases of growth.”

As a proof of ICSFS highlighting its footprints in the African ICT Market, ICSFS has won recently “Best Core Banking Systems Technology Provider” in Africa and globally for its ICS BANKS® solution at the prestigious World Finance Technology Awards that was organized by World Finance magazine. It is also worth mentioning that ICSFS flagship solution, ICS BANKS® was named the winner of “Banking Software of the Year 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013″ from the Beacon of ICT (BoICT) Awards that are instituted by Communication Week Media Limited, publishers of Nigeria Communications Week. Furthermore, Global Banking and Finance Review, one of the worlds’ leading global banking and finance online publications has recognised ICSFS as the “Best Banking Technology Software Provider 2014″. And recently, ICSFS has been awarded “Best Core Banking Solutions Provider – Middle East” by International Finance Magazine on November 2014.

Mr. Wael Malkawi; Executive Director for Business Development of ICSFS said,

“We believe that our implementation at TIB is highly significant as it extends our share in the African market. ICSFS’ customer base is expanding in many African countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Congo (RDC), Côte D’Ivoire, Djibouti, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tunis, Egypt, Algeria, Libya and Sudan.”

ICS BANKS® provides a complete suite of banking business modules with a rich sweep of functionality and features, addressing business needs and automating accounting processes, as needed, to improve a bank’s business performance. ICS BANKS® has always been a pioneer in utilizing the latest technology to serve financial institutions. In addition to its embedded Service-Oriented-Architecture (SOA), the system is deployed in a multi-tiered setup that runs on a web thin client, J2EE environment.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of ICS Financial Systems Ltd. (ICSFS).

Contact: Rania Mansour

Communications and Marketing Department

Regional Office Tel: +962 6 534 4088, ext. 404

London Office Tel: + 44 208 681 5421

Email: rania.mansour@icsfs.com

Tunis International Bank (TIB): Tunis International Bank (http://www.tib.com.tn) was constituted in 1982 and was the first bank established in Tunisia under the non-resident banking regulations. It is a private commercial bank with main shareholder Burgan Bank, Kuwait, which is the Commercial Banking Arm of the Kuwait Projects Company (Holding)  (“KIPCO”). KIPCO employs more than 8000 people worldwide, principally in the Arab world and is one of the leading private groups in the Middle East and North Africa operating in various fields, with particular interests in the Financial & Banking sector and the Media sector. www.tib.com.tn

About ICS Financial Systems Ltd. – (ICSFS): sister company of International Computer Systems (London) Ltd – (ICS-London) is a leading provider of modular, core banking systems. ICSFS’ success can be attributed to our turnkey offering, ICS BANKS® that serves and supports customers across the globe. ICS BANKS® is a fully integrated universal, banking application that deploys a solution and a range of professional services to automate and streamline banking services. www.icsfs.com

SOURCE

ICS Financial Systems Ltd. (ICSFS)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 April 2015

U.S. Deeply Regrets Burundi’s Disregard for the Arusha Agreement


 

U.S. Deeply Regrets Burundi’s Disregard for the Arusha Agreement

 

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement

Marie Harf

Acting Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

April 25, 2015

 

 

The United States deeply regrets the decision by Burundi’s ruling party, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy–Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), to disregard the term-limit provisions of the Arusha Agreement by naming President Pierre Nkurunziza as its candidate for a third presidential term. With this decision, Burundi is losing an historic opportunity to strengthen its democracy by establishing a tradition of peaceful democratic transition.

The United States continues to support the Burundian people’s peaceful pursuit of their democratic rights and freedoms. We regret this significant missed opportunity, but the hard work of building democratic practices and institutions must continue. In that spirit, we urge all parties to participate in the legislative and national elections and ensure these electoral processes are inclusive, transparent, credible, free and conducted in an environment without threats, intimidation, or violence.

We specifically call on the Burundian government to respect the rights of all peaceful political parties and their candidates to campaign, hold meetings and rallies, and express their views. We also call on the Burundian government to respect the right of the media to report freely on the electoral process and campaigns. We further urge the government to cooperate fully with the UN Electoral Observer Mission (MENUB) and all international and domestic electoral observers throughout the entire electoral process, as well as on the election days.

The United States calls on all parties in Burundi to abide by the non-violence charter signed March 9 and refrain from any violent acts, including hate speech or other provocations, that could feed the climate of fear and instability. We renew our calls on all candidates, their supporters, and Burundian citizens to reject all forms of violence, and on the national police, the Burundian military, and all security force personnel to provide security in an impartial manner throughout the electoral processes.

We commend the neighboring countries for their efforts to receive the almost 15,000 Burundians who have fled the country over the past month, and encourage their continued close coordination with UNHCR and support to provide asylum to those fleeing political violence and persecution. We urge all regional actors to refrain from any acts that could contribute to the climate of instability in Burundi.

The United States will continue to monitor the situation in Burundi closely and take targeted measures, including, where appropriate, by denying U.S. visas, to hold accountable those individuals who participate in, plan, or order violence against the civilian population. Violence has no place in democratic elections, and perpetrators of such violence will not be welcome to travel to the United States and risk being held accountable in a court of law for any crimes for which they are responsible.

 

SOURCE 

US Department of State

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 April 2015

IMF Staff Concludes Visit to Mali


 

IMF Staff Concludes Visit to Mali

 

BAMAKO, Mali, April 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Christian Josz, held discussions with the Malian authorities in Washington D.C. during March 25-April 7 and on the sidelines of the IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings. Discussions were also held in Bamako in March and April 11, 23-24, in preparation of the third review of the government’s economic program supported under the IMF’s Extended Credit Facility (ECF) approved in December 2013.

“The mission met with Modibo Keita, Prime Minister; Issaka Sidibe, President of the National Assembly; Mamadou Igor Diarra, Minister of Economy and Finance; Abdine Koumare, President of the Finance Commission of the National Assembly; Konzo Traoré, National Director, Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO); representatives from the National Assembly, civil society, unions, the private sector, and Mali’s development partners.

At the conclusion of the discussions, Mr. Josz issued the following statement:

“In 2014 Mali’s economy returned to strong growth, with an increase in real gross domestic product (GDP) of 7.2 percent. This contrasted with 2012 when growth was zero due to the security crisis, and 2013 when a poor harvest reduced growth to 1.7 percent. Inflation remains low, at 0.9 percent after -0.6 percent in 2013. For 2015, real growth is projected to continue at 5.0 percent and inflation is expected to remain well below the region’s 3 percent target.

“The last quarter of 2014 was marked by important efforts to strengthen public financial management, including strict adherence to budget and procurement rules. However, the objectives for end-2014 relating to tax revenue, the basic fiscal balance and bank and market financing were not met. Tax revenue was lower than programmed (by 0.7 percent of GDP) in 2014 due to weaknesses in customs administration, and combined with higher spending and a delay in budget support, led to a wider basic fiscal deficit (by 0.6 percentage points of GDP) and higher bank and market financing (by 1.6 percent of GDP) than programmed. Since the beginning of 2015, the government has implemented measures to put in place results-based management in the tax and customs directorates, which have already succeeded to put the tax revenue back on track at the end of the first quarter.

“We reached an agreement with the authorities that will permit proposing the conclusion of the third review of the ECF arrangement to the IMF Board. We welcome the government’s commitment to submit a new supplementary budget to the National Assembly. This supplementary budget will be the basis for the ECF program in 2015. It targets an increase of tax revenue by 1.8 percent of GDP and an overall fiscal deficit (cash basis) of 5.0 percent of GDP, half of which will be financed by donor support and the balance in the regional financial market. This supplementary budget makes room for additional spending to implement the multi-year military programming law elaborated with the assistance of the European Training Mission of the Malian army (EUTM), the Algiers Peace Agreement, a long delayed agreement with the trade unions to raise wages in the civil service, and the payment of arrears owed to government suppliers.

“The mission also welcomes the steps that the government is taking to implement results-based management in the tax and customs administrations, to strictly adhere to budget and procurement rules, to tighten cash management, to strengthen debt management, and to consolidate financial sector stability.

“The IMF Executive Board is tentatively scheduled to discuss the review in June 2015.

 

“The mission thanks the authorities for the provision of ample information and the frank and fruitful exchanges.”

 

SOURCE 

International Monetary Fund (IMF)


 

MSF South Sudan: As violence re-erupts in Malakal town, more than 25,000 people are sheltering in Protection of Civilians site

 

JUBA, South Sudan, April 24, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Fresh fighting took place overnight on 21 April in Malakal between armed groups, causing some 900 people to flee to the Protection of Civilians site in Malakal, bringing the number of displaced people in the compound to more than 25,000. Two people were killed in the violence and an unknown number were injured. With tensions in the area still high, MSF’s team in Malakal is preparing for a potential influx of wounded. Due to the extremely volatile situation, the team has been forced to suspend some of its mobile clinics in remote areas where displaced people are sheltering.

Some 4,600 people have fled to the Protection of Civilians site in Malakal since violence re-erupted at the start of April, putting further strain on the already limited resources within the site.

In Mellut, some 1,000 families, mostly of the Shilluk ethnic group, have fled their camp and sought refuge across the Nile in the Noon area, some 10 km from Mellut. MSF, one of few organisations working in Mellut, is running a mobile clinic to provide them with medical care and is preparing to do a supplementary food distribution.

MSF calls upon all parties to the conflict to respect and facilitate humanitarian assistance to people affected by the civil war in South Sudan.

 

SOURCE 

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 24 April 2015

On the Occasion of the United Republic of Tanzania’s Union Day


 

On the Occasion of the United Republic of Tanzania’s Union Day

 

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement

John Kerry

Secretary of State

Washington, DC

April 24, 2015

 

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Tanzania as you celebrate the 51st anniversary of the union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar.

Deep bonds of friendship unite the people of the United States and the people of Tanzania. The first class of Peace Corps volunteers traveled to your country to build roads connecting your cities. And soon after, President John F. Kennedy and Prime Minister Julius Nyerere shook hands in Washington, where both men reaffirmed our commitment to equality and opportunity for all our citizens.

Today, Tanzania is a model in the region of good governance, democratic ideals, and individual freedoms. We remain committed to working with you to build on your achievements in health care, access to electricity, gender equality, and in safeguarding Tanzania’s rich natural heritage for generations to come.

As Tanzanians celebrate Union Day at home and abroad, I wish you peace and prosperity in the year ahead.

 

SOURCE 

US Department of State


 

RCA : L’adoption de la loi sur la Cour pénale spéciale est une importante avancée vers la justice / Le gouvernement et ses partenaires doivent maintenant assurer sa mise en place rapide

 

BANGUI, République Centrafricaine, 24 avril 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le Conseil national de transition (CNT) de la République centrafricaine a pris une mesure décisive en faveur de la justice pour les victimes d’atrocités en adoptant une loi créant une Cour pénale spéciale au sein du système judiciaire national, ont déclaré aujourd’hui 23 organisations de défense des droits humains centrafricaines et internationales.

 

Le projet de loi, qui avait été déposé au parlement de transition par le gouvernement le 6 février dernier, a été adopté le 22 avril en plénière à une très grande majorité des voix. La Cour pénale spéciale sera chargée d’enquêter sur les crimes les plus graves et de poursuivre les auteurs de crimes de guerre et de crimes contre l’humanité commis sur le territoire de la Centrafrique depuis 2003.

 

« En validant la création de la Cour pénale spéciale, le Conseil national de transition a dit « assez c’est assez » de l’impunité et s’est résolument positionné du côté de la justice et des victimes qui ont perdu la vie ou souffert de crimes atroces », ont déclaré les organisations de défense des droits humains. « Il n’y a maintenant aucun temps à perdre pour que le gouvernement et ses partenaires internationaux rendent la Cour pénale spéciale opérationnelle dès que possible ».

 

La Cour pénale spéciale telle que décrite dans la loi adoptée sera un mécanisme judiciaire hybride – c’est-à-dire composé de magistrats centrafricains et internationaux – établi au sein du système judiciaire centrafricain pour une période de 5 ans, renouvelable. Le président de la cour sera centrafricain et le procureur spécial sera international. Il y aura une majorité de magistrats nationaux.

 

Les organisations signataires ont noté que les autorités centrafricaines avaient reconnu à plusieurs reprises les faiblesses du système judiciaire national. Celui-ci a été, ravagé par des années de conflit, et n’a pas toutes les ressources humaines et matérielles, ainsi que l’expertise pour gérer des enquêtes difficiles portant sur des crimes complexes. Etant donné que les enquêtes porteront sur des atrocités commises par des groupes armés encore actifs en République centrafricaine, la Cour pénale spéciale permettra également de renforcer la sécurité et la protection du personnel judiciaire et des victimes et témoins.

 

« Les crimes de masse sont d’une extraordinaire complexité et ne peuvent être traités comme un simple vol », ont déclaré les organisations. « La Cour pénale spéciale sera un outil adapté qui viendra renforcer le système judiciaire centrafricain pour enquêter sur ces violations graves des droits humains et assurer la sécurité des juges et des témoins ».

 

La loi sur la Cour pénale spéciale doit maintenant être promulguée par la cheffe de l’État de transition, Catherine Samba-Panza. Une mise en place progressive de la juridiction est prévue dans la loi, avec l’opérationnalisation immédiate de la police judiciaire, des cabinets d’instruction, et du Parquet afin que les enquêtes puissent démarrer dès que possible.

 

De nombreuses victimes de crimes graves commis depuis 2012 en République centrafricaine attendent que justice soit faite, ont souligné les organisations signataires. De plus, la MINUSCA, la force de maintien de la paix de l’ONU en République centrafricaine, a procédé à l’arrestation de plusieurs présumés responsables de crimes graves au cours des derniers mois, parmi lesquels trois leaders de la milice anti-balaka, et les procédures à leur encontre doivent avancer. Les organisations signataires ont ajouté que pour devenir une réalité, prête à enquêter et juger les atrocités qui continuent d’être commises dans le pays, la Cour pénale spéciale avait maintenant besoin de personnel qualifié, de financement, et de soutien politique au niveau national et international.

 

Le Mémorandum d’entente signé entre le gouvernement et la MINUSCA ainsi que la loi sur la Cour pénale spéciale, prévoient que la MINUSCA fournira une assistance importante à la nouvelle juridiction, notamment en termes d’appui logistique, d’enquêtes, d’arrestation, et de nomination du personnel. Le Conseil de Sécurité de l’ONU devrait favoriser le soutien financier et logistique à la Cour pénale spéciale dans le mandat de la MINUSCA, qui sera renouvelé à la fin du mois d’avril.

 

Il est crucial pour le succès de la cour que les experts et magistrats internationaux qui viendront appuyer le personnel national soient dotés d’une véritable expérience en matière de poursuites des crimes les plus graves et de la volonté de travailler étroitement avec leurs pairs centrafricains, ont estimé les organisations signataires.

 

Les organisations ont pris note du fait que la plénière du CNT avait retiré du projet de loi un article prévoyant qu’aucune immunité ne s’appliquerait devant la Cour pénale spéciale, qui était pourtant en accord avec le droit international concernant les graves crimes internationaux. Toutefois, l’article 162 du code pénal centrafricain prévoit clairement qu’aucune immunité n’est applicable pour les poursuites en matière de crimes de guerre, crimes contre l’humanité, et crimes de génocide. Les immunités ne sont pas non plus reconnues par la Cour pénale internationale. Les organisations signataires ont également noté que les procès en révision sur la base de faits nouveaux devraient être exceptionnels, soumis à des conditions strictes et relever de la compétence de la Cour pénale spéciale.

 

La loi sur la Cour pénale spéciale prévoit également sa coopération avec la Cour pénale internationale (CPI), qui a ouvert une seconde enquête en République centrafricaine en septembre 2014. Ce sera la première fois qu’une cour hybride est établie dans une situation où la CPI est également active.

 

La République centrafricaine est plongée dans une crise profonde depuis le début de l’année 2013, quand les rebelles de la coalition Séléka, majoritairement issus des provinces du Nord, se sont emparés du pouvoir à l’issue d’une campagne caractérisée par des meurtres généralisés de civils, des incendies et pillages d’habitations, et d’autres crimes graves. Vers le milieu de l’année 2013, des milices se dénommant anti-balaka se sont organisées pour combattre la Séléka, commettant des représailles à grande échelle contre les civils, en particulier musulmans, identifiés comme soutenant la Séléka. Des milliers de personnes ont été tuées et des centaines de milliers ont été déplacées par ce conflit.

 

« Avec un renvoi à la CPI et la création d’une cour hybride, la Centrafrique innove et démontre son engagement fort en faveur de la lutte contre l’impunité pour les crimes les plus graves », ont déclaré les organisations. « Les deux cours devront se partager le travail et élaborer les modalités de leur coopération afin de maximiser leur efficacité et multiplier les opportunités de justice ».

 

Organisations signataires :

Action des Chrétiens pour l’Abolition de la Torture (ACAT-RCA)

Amnesty International (AI)

Association des Femmes Juristes de Centrafrique (AFJC)

Association des victimes de la LRA en RCA (AVLRAC)

Avocats Sans Frontières Centrafrique (ASF/RCA)

Bureau Information des Droits de l’Homme (BIDH)

Coalition centrafricaine pour la Cour Pénale Internationale (CCCPI)

Civisme et Démocratie (CIDEM)

Commission Episcopale Justice et Paix (CEJP)

Enfants Sans Frontières (ESF)

Fédération internationale des ligues des droits de l’Homme (FIDH)

Femme Action et Développement en Centrafrique (FADEC)

Human Rights Watch

Initiative pour le Développement de Centrafrique (IDC)

Lead Centrafrique (Lead)

Ligue Centrafricaine des Droits de l’Homme (LCDH)

Mouvement des Droits de l’Homme et Action Humanitaire (MDDH)

Observatoire Centrafricain des Droits de l’Homme (OCDH)

Observatoire Centrafricain pour les Elections et La Démocratie (OCED)

Observatoire pour la Promotion de l’Etat de Droit (OPED)

Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA)

Réseau des ONGs de Promotion et Défense des Droits de l’Homme (RONGDH)

Réseau national de la Jeunesse pour les Droits de l’Homme (RNJDH)

 

SOURCE 

International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH)


 

Continued detention of Ethiopian journalists unacceptable – UN human rights experts

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 24, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, and the Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, today said the detention of the six so-called “Zone Nine” bloggers and three other journalists in Ethiopia over the past year has been “absolutely unacceptable”.

 

The bloggers, who used an online platform to report on social and political issues in Ethiopia, were arrested on April 25 and 26 last year and have remained in detention ever since. The Federal First Instance Court of Ethiopia reportedly charged them under the 2009 Anti-Terrorism Proclamation for “working with foreign human rights organizations and inciting violence through social media to create instability in the country.” Their trial has been adjourned several times.

 

“The continued detention of these journalists is absolutely unacceptable and particularly worrying as the country prepares to hold parliamentary elections on May 24. The open public debate that should mark any democratic process is obviously undermined if journalists are silenced through harassment or detention,” Kaye said.

 

“Muzzling the media and limiting public debate is never a good response to the threats of violence and terrorism,” continued Kaye. “Prosecuting journalists who are legitimately exercising their right to freedom of expression creates a system of self-censorship in which journalists must choose between limiting their speech, living in exile, or facing years in prison.”

 

“To comply with its obligations, Ethiopia must respect the rights to assemble peacefully and associate freely, online as well as offline, including those of people expressing dissenting views,” added Kiai.

 

The Special Rapporteurs noted that the Ethiopian authorities had already publicly recognized the need to ensure freedom of the press.

 

“During the last Universal Periodic Review of Ethiopia’s record in the UN Human Rights Council, the Government accepted a number of recommendations relating to the promotion of freedom of expression and encouraging political debate ahead of elections. Fulfilling these commitments is essential for the promotion of democracy and the rule of law.”

 

SOURCE 

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

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 24 April 2015

IOM Assists Victims of Migrant Attacks in South Africa


 

IOM Assists Victims of Migrant Attacks in South Africa

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 24, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Responding to the recent spate of the violence against migrants in South Africa, largely in KwaZulu Natal (KZN) and Gauteng provinces, IOM is assisting victims of the violence. Over 8,000 migrants have been displaced since the violence broke out three weeks ago and they are currently accommodated in various shelters operated by the government, churches, mosques and NGOs.

 

Governments from several neighbouring countries have sent buses to help their citizens to return home. IOM is supporting these returns by providing expertise on the eligibility of the travellers and ensuring that all returns are voluntary. In addition, IOM is facilitating the return of unaccompanied minors, medical cases and migrants in other vulnerable categories.

 

IOM is also helping the government with the organization of social cohesion events, in order to facilitate dialogue between migrant and host communities. It is also calling for stabilization of the affected areas, a return to the rule of law, protection of migrants, and the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators through national and local media.

 

In partnership with 18 media outlets, IOM is also broadcasting a campaign of tolerance and social cohesion, called: “I Am a Migrant Too”.

 

IOM, together with UN agencies, NGO and academic partners, is proposing to address the issue comprehensively by analysing the root causes of violence against migrants; improving the image of migration; coming up with government policy recommendations to address the issue; and involving civil society in promoting peaceful and productive cohabitation.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 24 April 2015

Migrants Leaving Yemen for Horn of Africa Top 10,000


 

Migrants Leaving Yemen for Horn of Africa Top 10,000

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 24, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM is continuing its humanitarian assistance to migrants, refugees and Third Country Nationals (TCNs) arriving in the Horn of Africa, fleeing the crisis in Yemen.

 

This week the total arrivals in the Horn of Africa, including Djibouti, Somaliland and Puntland, since the start of the conflict, are approximately 10,263.

 

Djibouti is receiving the bulk of the people, with arrivals increasing to 8,344 this week. Of these, over 60 per cent are TCNs in need of assistance to return home.

 

“Djibouti has the biggest burden with 5,104 TCNs, 2,151 Yemenis, and 1,089 Djibouti nationals having arrived in the country,” said Craig Murphy, IOM’s Mixed Migration Project Coordinator.

 

“Most of the people escape Yemen by boat, crossing the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea from Aden, and finally arriving in Djibouti at Obock Port or Djibouti Port.”

 

On April 23, one boat arrived at the Djibouti Port carrying some 145 people. Most of the passengers on the boat were Yemeni nationals, but there were also American and British citizens.

 

A 29-year-old Yemeni, who asked not to be named, said: “We decided to leave because the situation in Yemen got so hard. We saw people injured and dying in our neighborhood in Aden. There were many snipers on the buildings and it was too dangerous.”

 

Yesterday he decided to escape by boat with his mother and two siblings, and they endured a 14-hour boat crossing to Djibouti. He said: “Thank God, the sea was calm, so we didn’t have problems.”

 

At the time of their escape, his father was in a different city looking after other family members. They got separated and he was not able to join them due to road blocks.

 

He said: “I want to go to another country because I have many ideas, but my country [Yemen] cannot support me.”

 

Another 66-year-old Yemeni, who arrived on the same boat, also did not want his name to be used. He was working as a security guard at the port in Aden.

 

He said: “Snipers were shooting everywhere. They were shooting at us. They want to kick us out from our country, but they cannot!”

 

He arrived with only the clothes he was wearing. The price for the boat trip from Aden to Djibouti is usually about USD 50 per person. Now the price has gone up to USD 200 as more people continue to flee Yemen. However, since he had no money, the operators of the boat let him on board without payment and other passengers gave him food and water.

 

IOM Djibouti has so far assisted 156 TCNs with visa support, transfer, transit accommodation, booking and onward air and ground transportation. Some 98 Ethiopian migrants were transferred back to Ethiopia in an IOM operation on 23 April.

 

On the outskirts of Obock, IOM is running a Migration Response Center which provides temporary accommodation for migrants and TCNs. UNHCR is also constructing a refugee camp in Obock for Yemeni refugees.

 

In the rest of the region, Puntland, Somalia has so far received 1,132 people. Many of them arrive at Bossaso. In Berbera, Somaliland 787 people have so far arrived. There were no registered arrivals this week in Somalia.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 24 April 2015

IOM Welcomes EU Council Decision on Migrants in Mediterranean


 

IOM Welcomes EU Council Decision on Migrants in Mediterranean

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 24, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM has welcomed the decision of the Special European Council of Heads of State and Government to put saving lives at the heart of the European response to ending the unacceptable loss of lives of migrants in the Mediterranean.

 

“IOM believes that the primary objective of any action has to be saving lives, and we very much look forward to seeing the strengthening in that direction of current operations at sea, in order to fulfill the international community’s moral obligation to safeguard and protect the fundamental human rights of all migrants,” said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.

 

Calling the situation in the Mediterranean “a tragedy,” the EU said it would “mobilize all efforts at its disposal to prevent further loss of life at sea and to tackle the root causes of the human emergency,” adding “Our immediate priority is to prevent more people from dying at sea.”

 

Following the unprecedented loss of migrant lives during the month of April – IOM’s Missing Migrants Project (mmp.iom.int) calculates over 1,000 new deaths at sea since April 1st – the organization has appealed to the EU to restore a comprehensive life-saving mission throughout the Mediterranean. IOM believes that ending the Mare Nostrum rescue at sea mission last year was premature and applauds the EU’s conclusions that saving lives must be the priority.

 

IOM is gratified that the EU Council has specifically identified the organization as its strategic partner and welcomes the recognition that the migration situation goes far beyond border security.

 

The organization views the EU conclusions as an important initial step towards improving governance of migratory flows towards Europe and looks forward to the development of a bold EU migration agenda.

 

IOM has declared itself ready to work with EU partners to develop a robust international response to put an end to trafficking and smuggling, undercutting forces that are driving so many migrants to their deaths.

 

For the fight against smuggling and trafficking to be effective, legal and safe avenues must be identified and put in place for migrants to avoid resorting to transnational criminal organizations.

 

IOM proposes that a migrant response and resource mechanism be created with immediate effect along the migratory routes in key countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The mechanism will provide a comprehensive range of services to identify persons in need of help, counselling, referral and assistance, including voluntary return for economic migrants, among other solutions.

 

Successful reintegration of returned migrants in the countries of origin must form part of a strategy to address the root causes of migration. IOM advocates that such assistance should also be placed in a wider context of addressing the needs and concerns of the communities of origin and return, in order to effectively tackle the push factors of irregular migration, as well as avoid creating disadvantages for local, non-migrant populations.

 

The long term commitment to forge links between effective reintegration schemes and local development potential in communities of return is of paramount importance for any meaningful strategy to govern migratory flows.

 

IOM welcomes the fact that many elements mentioned above are part of the EU Council conclusions and stands ready to extend its full and committed support to their swift implementation.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)


Tigo launches bid to become biggest 4G network in Tanzania

Tigo new 4G technology makes Tigo the fastest Internet network in the country

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, April 24, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ TIGO Tanzania (http://www.tigo.co.tz) has today launched a brand new 4G LTE technology that will make it the biggest and fastest Internet network in the country.

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(From Left: Tanzanian Socialite Abby Platjes and Musician Vanessa Mdee getting schooled on how 4G LTE technology works by Tigo representatives)

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(Tanzania’s Minister of Communications, Science and Technology Professor Makame Mbarawa (Guest of Honour) addressing stakeholders during the launch of 4GLTE technology by Tigo Tanzania)

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(Ag Tigo Tanzania General Manager Cecile Tiano making her key-note speech during the launch of the fastest Network in Tanzania 4GLTE in Mlimani City, Dar es Salaam)

Speaking at the launch, Tigo Interim General Manager Cecile Tiano said: “This once again demonstrates our company’s commitment to the digital lifestyle transformation and its leadership in delivering cutting edge technology and innovation in this market.”

The 4G LTE network means faster speeds to surf and download content from the Internet and make Skype calls. It also significantly enhances the customer experience for video streaming or conferencing. The new technology is about 5 times faster than the 3G technology currently available in the market.

The 4G LTE technology is a standard for wireless communication of high-speed data. It has the capacity to efficiently transfer large amounts of data at an unparalleled speed. It can also accommodate more applications such as video conferencing, high definition content, video blogs, interactive games and video downloads on social networking sites.

With the surging use of smartphones among the Tanzania population, 4G technology will enable Tigo customers to enjoy a world class experience of increased speed and quality of internet access through the network.

“Today’s launch covers Masaki and Mlimani City areas within Dar es Salaam but our plan is to fully cover the city by end of July, ensuring quality coverage in Kinondoni, Ilala and Temeke in places such as Upanga, Posta, Tegeta, Mbagala, Tabata, Kimara, Mbezi, Ukonga, Salasala, Mikocheni, Msasani, Sinza and so on,” Ms Tiano explained.

“We will also launch 4G in Arusha, Dodoma, Morogoro, Moshi, Mwanza and Tanga by end of August. This will make us by far the biggest 4G network in Tanzania,” she added.

The 4G technology launch is part of Tigo’s commitment to continue improving the quality and coverage of its network and bring world class products and services to Tanzanians.

Tigo recently announced plans to invest US $120 million in 2015 on its network expansion and improvement. The investment includes scaling up its 3G sites and fibre network countrywide to make the internet accessible to more users.

FACT BOX:

•          Tigo new 4G technology makes Tigo the fastest Internet network in the country

•          The company is investing $ 120 million on network improvement and expansion in 2015

•          Network has 8.5million total subscribers

•          4G will increase internet speed by 5 times from the current 3G technology

•          4G launch covers Masaki, Mlimani city areas in Dar

•          4G to cover whole city and six regional capitals by August 2015

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

For further information visit:  www.tigo.co.tz or contact:

John Wanyancha – Corporate Communications Manager

Mobile: 0658 123 089

About Tigo:

Tigo Tanzania (http://www.tigo.co.tz) is the leading innovative telecommunication company in the country, distinguished as a fully-fledged digital lifestyle brand. Offering a diverse product portfolio in voice, SMS, high-speed internet and mobile financial services, Tigo has pioneered innovations such as Facebook in Kiswahili, Tigo Pesa App for Android & iOS users, and East Africa’s first cross-border mobile money transfer with currency conversion.

The Tigo 3G network guarantees the best services to its subscriber’s in all regions across the country.  Between 2013 and 2014 alone the company launched over 500 new network sites and plans to double its investment by 2017 in terms of coverage and additional capacity networks for deeper penetration in rural areas. With over 8.5 million registered subscribers to their network, Tigo directly and indirectly employs over 100,000 Tanzanians including an extended network of customer service representatives, mobile money merchants, sales agents and distributors.

Tigo is the biggest commercial brand of Millicom, an international company developing the digital lifestyle in 44 countries with commercial operations in Africa and Latin America and corporate offices in Europe and the USA. With the certain knowledge that only constant innovation will keep them on top, Millicom keeps creating greater shareholder value; applying their concept of “demand more” is how they do business and retain their position as digital lifestyle leaders in some of the most unique and challenging markets.

SOURCE

Tigo Tanzania


 

WCC urges South African government to demonstrate leadership after recent xenophobic attacks

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 24, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The World Council of Churches (WCC) has taken a clear stand against recent violent attacks against migrants in South Africa, reaffirming churches’ positions against racist, ethnocentrist and xenophobic acts of violence.

Noting the special vulnerability of migrants and migrant workers, a statement issued in Geneva on 24 April by the general secretary of the WCC urges leaders in South Africa, as well as in other countries in the region, to promote the observance of human rights at all times.

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the WCC, commented that “The spasm of violent attacks against migrants in South Africa has a special poignancy, in light of South Africa’s historic leadership in fighting against racial discrimination and exclusion.”

“The victims of these attacks represent the same neighbouring countries and people who stood with the marginalized majority of South Africans during the dark days of the Apartheid era,” Tveit observed, and he asked, “Where is the recognition of that African solidarity, and the commitment to the philosophy of ‘Ubuntu’?”

“We urge the South African government to demonstrate leadership to bring the situation under control and promote the observance of human rights and adherence to the standards and norms as contained in international human rights instruments,” stated Tveit.

“We are in solidarity with all the affected individuals and their families, and call for their protection, restitution, and for the criminal accountability of those responsible for the attacks against them,” he added.

 

SOURCE 

World Council of Churches (WCC)


 

Visita ad Limina de los obispos de Lesoto y Namibia: Sed generosos a la hora de llevar la ternura de Cristo a los que sufren

 

VATICAN, Holy See, April 24, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — El Papa Francisco recibió hoy a los obispos de Lesoto y Namibia, -”tierras conocidas por su floreciente fe cristiana”- al final de su visita ”ad Limina”. En el discurso que entregó a los prelados el Papa recuerda la tarea y los sacrificios de muchos misioneros, cuya labor fue sostenida por generaciones de compañeros indígenas, en una región que presenta a menudo grandes retos, tanto ambientales como sociales pero que es conocida por sus iglesias, parroquias y centros que dibujan una vida comunitaria centrada en la oración y el trabajo.

Tambien son renombradas las numerosas escuelas, clínicas y hospitales, ”construidos con el amor y la fidelidad de los materiales del suelo de Namibia y de las montañas de Lesoto”, por lo que Franciso anima a los obispos a ”seguir apoyando y nutriendo estas grandes bendiciones, incluso cuando escasean los recursos porque el Señor promete que no dejará de bendecirnos”.

”Sé que vuestras comunidades se enfrentan a diario a muchos desafíos, y estoy seguro de que esto pesa en vuestros corazones -señala – Fortalecedlas en el amor para superar el egoísmo en la vida pública o privada; sed generosos a la hora de llevar la ternura de Cristo allí donde se dan amenazas a la vida humana, desde el seno materno hasta la vejez – y pienso especialmente en los que sufren a causa del VIH o el SIDA… Por vuestra entrega a ellos, “no sólo los ganaréis para la causa de Cristo, sino que los convertiréis en protagonistas de una sociedad africana renovada”.

El Papa cita a continuación a las familias cristianas fragmentadas a causa del empleo lejos de casa, o por la separacióny el divorcio y exhorta a continuar ofreciéndoles ayuda y orientación así como a cuidar la preparación de las parejas para el matrimonio cristiano, y a sostener asiduarmente a las familias con los sacramentos, sobre todo con el Sacramento de la Misericordia. ”Os doy las gracias -añade- por vuestros esfuerzos en la promoción de una vida familiar sana frente a las concepciones distorsionadas que surgen en la sociedad contemporánea… La familia es el mejor entorno para aprender y practicar la cultura del perdón, la paz y la reconciliación… y… de las familias sanas vendrán numerosos vocaciones sacerdotales.. porque en ellas los hombres han aprendido “a amar en la medida en que han sido amados incondicionalmente… han aprendido el respeto y la justicia… el papel de la autoridad expresado por los padres y la atención por los demás”.

”En una época de disminución de las vocaciones al sacerdocio y a la vida religiosa -nota el Papa- es importante hablar abiertamente de la experiencia gratificante y alegre de ofrecer la propia vida a Cristo. Cuando vuestras comunidades cristianas se asienten sobe vuestro ejemplo continuo de “vivir en la verdad y la alegría el compromiso sacerdotal, la castidad en el celibato y el desapego de los bienes materiales” , las vocaciones al sacerdocio y a la vida consagrada abundarán”. En este contexto el Papa da gracias a Dios ”por el testimonio y el servicio continuado de tantas comunidades de religiosos y religiosas que son vitales para el corazón orante de la Iglesia, junto con las muchas cofradías comprometidas y otras asociaciones laicales en la Iglesia de Lesotho y Namibia” y reitera, por otra parte que a la hora de elaborar planes pastorales es necesario prestar gran atención a los más pobres de la sociedad . ”Os pido -dice- que os preocupéis especialmente por los más necesitados en vuestras Iglesias, confiando todas las iniciativas al cuidado de Dios”.

Por último, exhorta a los obispos a perseverar ”como hombres de oración profunda y constante, en el camino del beato José Gerard, que siguió las sugerencias del Espíritu Santo en todas las materias. La oración precede y conduce a la auténtica evangelización. ”Como sabéis por experiencia -concluye- cuando la Iglesia convoca a la tarea evangelizadora, no hacemás que indicar a los cristianos el verdadero dinamismo de la realización personal .Es decir, nos está mostrando el camino hacia nuestra felicidad más profunda”.

 

SOURCE 

Vatican Information Service (VIS)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 24 April 2015

Vatican / Visite Ad Limina des Evêques de Namibie et du Lesotho


 

Vatican / Visite Ad Limina des Evêques de Namibie et du Lesotho

 

VATICAN, Saint-Siège, 24 avril 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le Pape François a reçu les Evêques de Namibie et du Lesotho en conclusion de leur visite Ad Limina. Dans le discours qu’il leur a remis, il a d’abord évoqué les sacrifices de nombreux missionnaires, soutenus par des générations d’indigènes. Leur région, qui connaît de grands enjeux environnementaux est sociaux, dispose d’un réseau vivant de paroisses et de centres de vie communautaire. Elle est renommée aussi, écrit-il, pour ses nombreuses écoles et hôpitaux, bâtis dans le respect de l’environnement et l’emploi de matériaux locaux: Si vos communautés, doivent faire face quotidiennement à de nombreux problèmes, “renforcez vous dans l’amour pour surmonter l’égoïsme, privé comme collectif. Soyez généreux en imitant la tendresse du Christ lorsque la vie est menacée, de la conception à la mort naturelle. Je pense en particulier aux malades du SIDA… En les assistant, vous les rapprocherez de la cause du Christ. Vous en ferez ainsi des acteurs d’une société africaine rénovée”. Parlant ensuite des familles éclates à cause du travail ou séparées par le divorce, le Pape encourage ses hôtes à soutenir les fidèles dans leurs choix, et à préparer notamment les jeunes au mariage chrétien. Saluant ensuite les efforts déployés par les évêques pour promouvoir une vie familiale saine, capable de s’opposer aux conceptions faussées de la société, le Saint-Père rappelle que la famille est la meilleure école pour apprendre et pratiquer le pardon, la paix et la réconciliation. C’est de ces familles saines que viendront de nombreuses vocations… Dans un moment de baisse des vocations au sacerdoce et à la vie religieuse, il est important de raconter l’expérience féconde, joyeuse et gratifiante qui consiste à offrir sa vie au Christ… Tant que vos communautés chrétiennes continueront de vivre dans la vérité, imprégnées par l’engagement sacerdotal, la chasteté et le célibat, le détachement des biens matériels, les vocations seront nombreuses”. Et à ce propos, le Pape a tenu à remercier les nombreuses communautés religieuses qui, avec les organisations laïques, soutiennent activement les projets pastoraux tant en Namibie qu’au Lesotho, de manière prioritaire à l’attention des plus besogneux. Le Pape a enfin encouragé ces évêques à être toujours “des hommes de prière, profonde et constante, à la suite du bienheureux Joseph Gérard, qui suivit en toute circonstance les suggestions de l’Esprit. “C’est la prière qui conduit à la véritable évangélisation… Lorsque l’Eglise appelle les chrétiens à raviver leur esprit missionnaire…elle montre le chemin vers le bonheur suprême de chacun de nous”.

 

SOURCE 

Vatican Information Service (VIS)


 

“Ad Limina” visit of the bishops of Lesotho and Namibia: be generous in bringing Christ’s tenderness to those who suffer

 

VATICAN, Holy See, April 24, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Today Pope Francis received in audience the bishops of Lesotho and Namibia, “lands known for their flourishing Christian faith”, at the end of the “ad Limina” visit. In the written discourse he handed to the prelates, the Pope recalled the labours and sacrifices of many missionaries, who were supported by generations of indigenous companions in lands which have often presented great challenges, both environmental and social, but which are known for their churches and chapels, parishes, mission stations and outstations, “which draw many to a community life centred on prayer and work”.

“Renowned too are your numerous schools at every level, your clinics and hospitals, built with love and faithfulness from the materials of Namibia’s soil and Lesotho’s mountains. I encourage you to continue supporting and nurturing these great blessings, even when resources are sparse, for the Lord promises that he will not fail to bless us”.

He continued, “I know that your communities face many challenges daily, and I am sure that this weighs heavily on your hearts. Strengthen them in love to overcome selfishness in private or public life; be generous in bringing them the tenderness of Christ where threats to human life occur, from the womb to old age – and I think particularly of those suffering with HIV and AIDS”. He encouraged them to “not only win them to the cause of Christ but also make them protagonists of a renewed African society”.

The Pope goes on to mention Christian families that are fragmented due to employment far away from home, or because of separation or divorce and urged the bishops to continue offering them help and guidance, preparing couples for Christian marriage, and constantly sustaining families by offering generously the Church’s Sacraments, especially the Sacrament of mercy. “I thank you for your efforts in promoting healthy family life in the face of distorted views that emerge in contemporary society. … The family is the best setting for learning and applying the culture of forgiveness, peace and reconciliation. … From healthy families will come numerous priestly vocations, families where men have learned to love inasmuch as they have been unconditionally loved …having learned respect, justice, the role of authority expressed by parents and loving concern”.

“In a time of an apparent decrease in vocations to the priesthood and to religious life, it is important to speak openly about the fulfilling and joyful experience of offering one’s life to Christ”, continues the Holy Father. “For when your Christian communities are built up by your own continued example of ‘living in truth and joy your priestly commitments, celibacy in chastity and detachment from material possessions’, then vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life will most certainly abound”. He thanks God for “the continued witness and service of so many communities of religious brothers and sisters who are vital to the praying heart of the Church, along with the many committed sodalities and other lay associations of the Church in Lesotho and Namibia”. He also notes, when developing pastoral plans, in paying careful spiritual attention to the poorest in society. “I ask you to be particularly mindful of those most in need in your Churches, entrusting all your initiatives to God’s care”.

Finally, he exhorts the bishops to “persevere as men of deep and constant prayer, in the way of Blessed Joseph Gerard, who listened to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in all matters. Prayer precedes and leads to authentic evangelisation. As you know from experience, when the Church summons all Christians to constantly take up anew the task of evangelising the world, ‘she is simply pointing to the source of authentic personal fulfilment'; that is, she is showing us the path to our deepest happiness”.

 

SOURCE 

Vatican Information Service (VIS)

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