Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 July 2015

Security Council Press Statement on attacks in Mogadishu


 

Security Council Press Statement on attacks in Mogadishu

 

NEW YORK, July 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the suicide attack against the Jazeera Palace Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, on 26 July, which has caused numerous deaths, including one member of security staff from the Chinese Embassy, and injuries, and for which Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility. They expressed their deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this heinous act and wished a speedy recovery to those injured. The members of the Security Council offered their condolences to the people and Governments of the Republic of Somalia and the People’s Republic of China.

 

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to peace and security and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

 

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and all obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of this act to justice.

 

The members of the Security Council recalled the fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises, and the obligations on host Governments, including under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to take all appropriate steps to protect diplomatic and consular premises against any intrusion or damage, and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of these missions or impairment of their dignity, and to prevent any attack on diplomatic agents and consular officers.

 

The members of the Security Council underlined their enduring commitment to support peace and stability in Somalia. They underlined that neither this, nor any other terrorist attack would undermine their determination to support political and military progress. The members of the Security Council reiterated their support to all international actors working to support the people and Government of Somalia.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS


 

Le ministre Nicholson condamne fermement les attaques terroristes répétées au Cameroun

 

OTTAWA, Canada, 28 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ L’honorable Rob Nicholson, C.P., c.r., député fédéral de Niagara Falls et ministre des Affaires étrangères, a fait aujourd’hui la déclaration suivante :

« Le Canada condamne avec la plus grande fermeté la plus récente attaque terroriste au Cameroun. L’explosion d’une bombe dans une boîte de nuit populaire, samedi soir, a causé la mort de 21 personnes et blessé plus de 85 autres. L’attentat suicide a eu lieu à Maroua, une ville stratégique dans la lutte contre Boko Haram. Il s’agit du cinquième attentat suicide au Cameroun en moins de deux semaines, où de telles attaques sont sans précédent.

« Bien que Boko Haram n’ait pas revendiqué la responsabilité de cette attaque, c’est probablement cette organisation terroriste qui en est responsable.

« Ces attentats ne font que renforcer notre détermination à lutter contre le terrorisme.

« Au nom de tous les Canadiens, j’offre mes sincères condoléances aux familles et amis de ceux qui ont perdu la vie et je souhaite un prompt rétablissement aux blessés. »

Le Canada a inscrit Boko Haram sur la liste des organisations terroristes en décembre 2013.

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 July 2015

Minister Nicholson Strongly Condemns Repeated Terrorist Attacks in Cameroon


 

Minister Nicholson Strongly Condemns Repeated Terrorist Attacks in Cameroon

 

OTTAWA, Canada, July 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“Canada condemns in the strongest terms the latest terrorist attack in Cameroon. The bomb blast, which took place at a popular night spot on Saturday evening, claimed the lives of 21 people and wounded more than 85 others. The suicide attack took place in the town of Maroua, a strategic town in the fight against Boko Haram. This is the fifth suicide attack in less than two weeks in Cameroon where such attacks are unprecedented.

“Although Boko Haram has not claimed responsibility for this attack, the terrorist organization is the likely perpetrator.

“These attacks serve only to strengthen our resolve to fight terrorism.

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

Canada listed Boko Haram as a terrorist entity in December 2013.

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Impact Positif de Samsung sur la communauté de Kinshasa (RDC)

L’équipe des bénévoles de la société sud-coréenne Samsung Electronics est arrivée à Kinshasa

KINSHASA, République démocratique du Congo (RDC), 28 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Que pourrait accomplir 30 employés de Samsung Electronics (http://www.samsung.com/africa_fr), 31 ordinateurs et cours d’informatique pris de façon isolée ? Pas grand-chose. Mais mis ensemble, ils pourraient élever une communauté dans le besoin. C’est ce que l’équipe d’employés de Samsung Electronics espère réaliser pour  marquer son Programme annuel d’action d’employés bénévoles à Kinshasa, République démocratique du Congo, cette semaine.

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L’équipe des bénévoles de la société sud-coréenne Samsung Electronics est arrivée à Kinshasa, en provenance de la maison mère, pour aider à rénover les salles de classe de l’école primaire Dibua Dia Ditumba et réaliser des formations pour 30 enseignants et environ 50 élèves.

Les activités de la semaine (27-30 juillet) se concentreront sur la fourniture d’accès à la technologie par l’installation d’ordinateurs à l’école, la formation des élèves et enseignants sur les compétences informatiques de base, et l’application de peinture sur les murs des salles de classe, afin de leur redonner un coup de frais. Ces activités seront menées en partenariat avec Action de développement Communautaire Dibua (ADCD) et l’ONG Better world.

Better world fait partie du Programme des Employés Volontaires de Samsung (EVP). Elle encourage les employés à utiliser leur temps de travail pour contribuer au bien-être et au développement socio-économique de nos communautés.

Monsieur Bill Kim, directeur général de Samsung Electronics Afrique de l’Est, a déclaré:

« Le modèle d’engagement a été chaleureusement accueilli dans les communautés à travers l’Afrique. Ceci parce que les programmes sont mis en œuvre en collaboration avec les communautés et sont conçus pour répondre à leurs besoins réels. Ils développent un sentiment d’appropriation des projets. »

Abey Tau, responsable Afrique Corporate Citizenship & affaires publiques de Samsung Electronics, a pour sa part estimé que l’amélioration communautaire fait partie intégrante de la conscience de Samsung. « Samsung s’engage à créer un changement positif pour les gens partout pour qu’ils puissent vivre une vie meilleure grâce aux nouvelles opportunités offertes par la technologie ».

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Contact :

Laury MUKEBA

Samsung Electronics East Africa

Tel: +243-150-309-00

l.mulassa@samsung.com

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (http://www.samsung.com/africa_fr) qui inspire le monde et façonne l’avenir avec des idées transformatives et la technologie, redéfinir les mondes des télés, Smartphones, appareils portables, tablettes, caméras, appareils numériques, imprimantes, matériel médical, systèmes de réseau, semi-conducteurs et solutions LED. Nous sommes également en tête dans l’espace Internet des objets par le biais, entre autres, notre maison intelligente et des initiatives de santé numérique. Nous employons 307 000 personnes dans 84 pays avec des ventes annuelles d’US $ 196 milliards.

Pour en savoir plus, visitez notre site officiel : www.samsung.com et notre blog officiel sur global.samsungtomorrow.com

SOURCE

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.


Samsung positively impacts community in Kinshasa (DRC)

A team of volunteers from Samsung Electronics’ South Korean headquarters arrived in Kinshasa (DRC)

KINSHASA, Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) July 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ What could 30 Samsung Electronics employees (http://www.samsung.com/africa_en), 31 computers and Computer Classes, accomplish? If taken in isolation, not much. But combined together, it could uplift a community in need. This is what a team of Samsung Electronics employees hopes to achieve as it marks its annual Employee Volunteer Programme in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo this week.

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The team of volunteers from Samsung Electronics’ South Korean headquarters arrived in Kinshasa to help refurbish classrooms at the Dibua Dia Ditumba Primary School and conduct trainings for 30 teachers and up to 50 learners.

The week-long initiative (27- 30 July) will focus on providing access to technology by installing computers at the school, giving the learners and teachers basic computer skills, and painting the classrooms, to give it a fresh-new look. These activities will be carried out in partnership with Action de Development Communautaire Dibua (ADCD) and Better World. It forms part of Samsung’s Employee Volunteer Programme (EVP), which encourages employees to use their work-time to ccontribute towards the well-being and the socio-economic development of our communities

Bill Kim, managing director of the DRC branch, Samsung Electronics East Africa, said: “The engagement model has been warmly welcomed in communities across Africa. Because programmes are implemented in consultation with communities and are designed to meet their felt needs, they develop a sense of ownership of the projects.”

Abey Tau, Public Affairs & Corporate Citizenship Manager for Samsung Electronics Africa, said community upliftment forms an integral part of Samsung’s conscience. “Samsung is committed to creating positive change for people everywhere so that they may live better lives through new experiences infused with technology.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

CONTACT:

Laury MUKEBA

Samsung Electronics East Africa

Tel: +243-150-309-00

l.mulassa@samsung.com

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (http://www.samsung.com/africa_en) inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. We are also leading in the Internet of Things space through, among others, our Smart Home and Digital Health initiatives. We employ 307,000 people across 84 countries with annual sales of US $196 billion. To discover more, please visit our official website at www.samsung.com and our official blog at global.samsungtomorrow.com

SOURCE

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.


Um ano de: Como os Serviços Básicos Gratuitos de Internet.org do Facebook estão a atrair as pessoas online

O Facebook comemora o seu primeiro aniversário da apresentação da aplicação Internet.org com a organização do Developer Day no iHub em Nairobi, Quénia na segunda-feira, dia 27 de julho

NAIROBI, Quénia, July 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/

•          Internet.org atrai novos utilizadores para as redes móveis em média 50% mais rapidamente após o lançamento de serviços básicos gratuitos

•          Mais de metade das pessoas que se ligam através do Internet.org estão a pagar pelos dados e para aceder à Internet no primeiro mês

•          Os utilizadores do Internet.org acederam a cuidados de saúde mais de um milhão de vezes só no último mês

O Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) (http://www.facebook.com) comemora o seu primeiro aniversário da apresentação da aplicação Internet.org (http://www.internet.org) com a organização do Developer Day no iHub (http://www.ihub.co.ke) em Nairobi, Quénia na segunda-feira, dia 27 de julho.

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Ao longo do último ano, o Facebook trabalhou em estreita colaboração com mais de uma dúzia de operadoras móveis em 17 países para proporcionar às pessoas o acesso a serviços básicos na Internet relevantes sem custos de dados. Atualmente, o Internet.org está disponível para mais de mil milhões de pessoas. Os países africanos onde o Internet.org foi lançado incluem Quénia, África do Sul, Tanzânia, Senegal, Zâmbia, Gana, Angola e Malawi.

Ligar as pessoas ao poder da Internet “Ao fornecer às pessoas acesso a serviços básicos gratuitos através do Internet.org, o nosso objetivo foi atrair mais pessoas online e ajudá-las a descobrir o valor da Internet — e está a resultar”, afirmou Chris Daniels, Vice-Presidente do Internet.org.

“O Internet.org atrai novos utilizadores para as redes móveis em média 50% mais rapidamente, após o lançamento de serviços básicos gratuitos e mais de metade das pessoas atraídas online através do Internet.org estão a pagar pelos dados e pelo acesso à Internet nos primeiros 30 dias. No mês passado, as pessoas que utilizaram o Internet.org acederam a serviços de saúde mais de um milhão de vezes, o que representa o derradeiro objetivo do Internet.org — ajudar a causar impacto na vida das pessoas.”

Incrementar os serviços do Internet.org

O primeiro aniversário marca também o início de uma nova fase para os serviços básicos gratuitos do Internet.org.  A partir de hoje, o Facebook facilitou a inscrição e ligação de qualquer operador móvel ao Internet.org em novos países através de um portal de parceiros (http://www.internet.org/operators) que inclui ferramentas técnicas e boas práticas, que melhoram o processo de oferta de serviços básicos gratuitos a quem não possui ligação.

A sua recém-anunciada Plataforma Internet.org (https://www.internet.org/platform), por outro lado, simplifica a criação de serviços que se integram com o Internet.org. FbStart (http://fbstart.com) é um novo programa do Facebook concebido para ajudar as empresas recém-estabelecidas na área mobile a criarem e a desenvolverem as suas aplicações.

Em parceria com o Internet.org, o FbStart oferece um conjunto de benefícios específicos para os criadores que se focam nas áreas de responsabilidade social, bem como em oportunidades de tutoria com a equipa do Internet.org. No evento de Nairobi, o Facebook irá mostrar como as suas ferramentas e recursos do FbStart irão ajudar os criadores a construir, desenvolver e rentabilizar serviços, desenvolvidos quer para telemóveis ou smartphones.

“O nosso objetivo é trabalhar com o maior número possível de operadores móveis e criadores para alargar os benefícios da conectividade a diversas comunidades locais espalhadas por África”, afirmou Daniels. “Estamos ansiosos por trabalhar em parceria com mais operadores móveis e criadores para proporcionar o acesso à Internet e a serviços de Internet básicos relevantes às pessoas desconectadas nos próximos meses”.

O Internet.org é uma iniciativa conduzida pelo Facebook focada no fornecimento de acesso económico à Internet aos dois terços da população mundial que se encontra de momento desconectada.

Distribuído pela APO (Organização da Imprensa Africana) em nome da Facebook, Inc.

Para mais informação:

Janina Boezaart

Idea Engineers (em nome do Facebook)

Tel.: +27 72 281 2441

E-mail: janina@ideaengineers.co.za

SOURCE

Facebook


 

Government of Japan and UNDP announce launch of initiative to help South Sudan respond to food insecurity and floods

 

JUBA, South Sudan, July 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Embassy of Japan in South Sudan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are pleased to jointly announce the launch of a project in the Republic of South Sudan: “Food Security, Emergency Flood Response and Recovery” implemented under the auspices of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management.

Aligned with the needs of South Sudan, and with funding from the Government of Japan amounting to USD 4.8m, the project aims to strengthen national and local institutions as well as community capacity to respond to floods and food insecurity. Some 250,000 persons (50% female), including internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities, are expected to benefit from the project in the five states of Central Equatoria, Jonglei, Lakes, Upper Nile and Warrap.

Shocks linked with natural disasters and climate change including recurrent annual floods, decades of conflict and the current conflict-induced displacement have escalated the already high levels of food insecurity and livelihood disruption in the country.

“The Government and the people of Japan are behind your self-help efforts on resilience building in South Sudan,” says Ambassador of Japan to South Sudan, H.E. Kiya Masahiko. “This project is not only going to be about humanitarian relief but also about emerging from disasters even more strongly than before and generating livelihoods as fishermen, farmers and cattle keepers. We are pleased to have this opportunity to share the lessons that we learnt the hard way. With [the] inspiration [from Japanese communities that came under natural disasters but revived their economies every time], we hope that, through this project implemented by UNDP, the people of South Sudan, from community to government levels, gain the ideas of disaster response, establish practice of governing the annual challenges, and gear themselves to building resilient communities.”

“I am confident the current project would lay a firm foundation for the country to build on and contribute to the efforts of the Government of South Sudan in dealing with natural disasters and alleviating the worst impacts of flood and food insecurity. UNDP is privileged to be technically assisting the Ministry in developing a National Disaster Management Policy and Programme Framework to address the medium to long term needs of the country guided by the Hyogo Framework of Action and the outcomes of the Sendai Conference held in Japan earlier,” says UNDP Country Director, Mr. Balázs Horváth.

In addition to the current support in the areas of food security, emergency flood response and recovery, the Government of Japan and UNDP have been collaborating on enhancing access to justice and rule of law in South Sudan, with particular reference to women and vulnerable groups.

 

SOURCE 

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


 

Discrimination against women: UN Committee publishes findings on Senegal, Spain, The Gambia, Viet Nam, Bolivia, Croatia, Namibia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) has published its findings on women’s rights in the States it examined during its session from 6 to 24 July: Senegal, Spain, The Gambia, Viet Nam, Bolivia, Croatia, Namibia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

The reports, known as concluding observations, can be found here: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=944&Lang=en

The concluding observations contain positive aspects of a respective State’s implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, highlight main areas of concern, and detail the Committee’s recommendations for action.

The countries reviewed during the session are among the 188 States Parties to the Convention and so are required to undergo regular review by the Committee of 23 international independent experts.

 

SOURCE 

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


 

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 July 2015

British High Commission launches PPP training in Zambia


 

British High Commission launches PPP training in Zambia

 

LONDON, United-Kingdom, July 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Acting British High Commissioner Sean Melbourne today spoke at the launch of the Public Private Partnership training in Lusaka.

“First of all, I would like to thank those who have made this event possible, including everyone in the High Commission team in particular Matimba Changala our senior Prosperity Officer. These events always involve far more work than you could possibly imagine.

 

“I am delighted to be here this morning to launch the Public Private Partnership training that has attracted key stakeholders from various sectors of the economy.

 

“This training, led by British Expertise International, forms part of a wider Southern Africa regional capacity building programme funded by the UK, which will benefit Madagascar, Mauritius, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

  “Sub-Saharan Africa including Zambia has enjoyed more than a decade of high economic growth. Investment in infrastructure is an excellent way to use the benefits of this growth to lay the foundations for more diversified and sustainable future growth. Zambia has a track record of infrastructure investment over the last 5 years, but the needs – for better roads, telecommunications infrastructure, and yes, how could I forget, power infrastructure – remain great.

 

“According to the African Development Bank, as much as US$ 93bn will be required annually to meet Africa’s infrastructure needs through to 2020 with only half of that currently being met. As last week’s Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa concluded, these funds will increasingly come from the private sector and from government’s own domestic resources.

 

“This infrastructure bottleneck threatens to slow the continent’s progress and Zambia’s progress too. Diverse models of infrastructure development are essential to achieve sustainable economic growth.

 

“Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) are a powerful tool to support this process.

 

“A growing body of international evidence points to the importance of a favourable regulatory environment and robust institutional framework in developing sustainable and efficient PPP infrastructure projects.

I’m encouraged that the Zambian Government is keen to further enhance these frameworks and build its institutional capacities to secure private sector investment. We welcome, for example, the plan to strengthen central government coordinating functions on PPPs in order to provide policy and strategic guidance to line ministries.

 

“Partnering with the private sector, and the use of private finance, can bring significant value to complex public infrastructure projects. When well designed, with proper cost recovery, appropriate risk allocation and investor protection, Public Private Partnerships can drive essential infrastructure in a context of limited government budgets.

 

“Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen

 

“The British Government is keen to promote UK-Zambia trade for the benefit of both countries and to share its expertise in the development and successful implementation of Public Private Partnerships.

 

“This training, which will increase knowledge and understanding of PPPs, should enhance Zambia’s capacity to obtain the investment required for much needed infrastructure projects and to monitor implementation effectively. It should also lead to a more predictable and conducive business environment, which will also help to attract greater UK and foreign investment.

 

“The UK is supporting sustainable economic development in Zambia in other ways:

 

“The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) is supporting inclusive economic growth and an improved business environment in Zambia, through projects to develop agricultural markets and agri-business, increase access to finance, support the development of small and medium enterprises, and increase the productivity of poor farmers.

 

“A brief summarising the full range of DFID’s economic support to Zambia is on the table at the back of the hall.

 

“Another clear signal of the UK’s keen interest in strengthening bilateral trade and investment links was the opening of a UK Trade and Investment office in Lusaka last year. Two UK trade missions have since visited Zambia to explore the many business opportunities here.

 

“In conclusion:

 

“The UK Government remains committed to supporting the aspirations of the people of Zambia for a more prosperous Zambia. Strong partnerships between the public and private sector can help unlock growth and reduce poverty. I look forward to receiving feedback about this training with participates once it has concluded.”

 

Thank you

 

SOURCE 

United Kingdom – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


BOAD plans to raise USD 500 million in international markets in the final quarter of 2015

LOME, Togo, July 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Mr Christian Adovelande, President of the West African Development Bank (Banque Ouest Africaine de Developpement, BOAD) (http://www.boad.org), held a press conference at the BOAD headquarters in Lomé, which was attended by approximately thirty journalists representing both public and private media of WAEMU states (West African Economic and Monetary Union) as well as the international media.

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(Mr Christian Adovelande, President of the West African Development Bank (BOAD)

Discussions focused on BOAD ambitions for the coming years, as expressed in its Strategic Plan for 2015–2019. These were addressed in relation to two recent events: obtaining an international quality rating and BOAD accreditation as a regional implementation agent of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

In regards to their ratings, on 15 May and 11 June respectively, the international agencies Moody’s and Fitch had each classified BOAD within the rating category called ‘investment’. In particular, the positive assessment given by both agencies was due to BOAD’s financial performance, with the support which the institution enjoys from all its shareholders, as well as to the quality and stability of its governance.

As for their accreditation with GEF, it stepped in at the 48th session of the Global Environment Facility board of directors, held from 2 to 4 June 2015 in Washington. This reinforced the fact that that BOAD is willing to assist its member states in their efforts to promote environmental projects and programmes.  GEF grants financial help to developing countries and countries in transition to realise projects in the areas of biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.

Change in scale

“With increased international credibility, there is the possibility of a change in scale which confronts BOAD today,” declared President Christian Adovelande, before pointing out that “the international rating and accreditation with GEF should be placed within the context of implementing BOAD’s Strategic Plan for 2015–2019.” Based largely on the willingness of the Member States’ economic development, this Plan identifies four main areas:

–         Acceleration of regional integration through sustained funding of infrastructure, including the allocating of 50% of BOAD funding for regional projects;

–         Support for inclusive growth, food security, and sustainable development;

–         Support of companies and States, developing the infrastructure of financing and services, with a particular emphasis on promoting projects of public-private partnerships;

–         Delving deeper into the process of resource mobilisation.

Priority for resource mobilisation

On this last point, the Regional Financial Market will remain a refinancing base for BOAD. The institution has played a pioneering role by launching the first issuance of bond loans in this market in 1993. With 913 billion worth of CFA funds raised to date, BOAD is positioned as the first non-sovereign issuer in the WAEMU zone. However, the international financial markets will become, by volume, the main borrowing source for BOAD. President Christian Adovelande has therefore announced that BOAD plans to raise 500 million USD in these markets over the final quarter of 2015.

Furthermore, BOAD has initiated steps with the WAEMU authorities for the establishment of innovative mechanisms that may allow the exercise of internal concessional resources. This should enable it to support the development projects of its Member States better, particularly in the sectors of infrastructure and food security.

In summary, resource mobilisation, in sufficient quality and quantity will be a top priority for BOAD if it wants to turn the vision behind its Strategic Plan into reality for 2015-2019 – that is, to eventually become ‘a strong development bank for economic integration and transformation in West Africa.’ Access to international ratings of quality and accreditation such as a GEF regional implementation agent will contribute to that greatly.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the West African Development Bank (BOAD).

For further information:

Directorate of Communications,

Marketing and Public Relations (DCMRP)

Tel: +228 22 23 24 68

Fax: +228 22 23 24 38

WEB: www.boad.org

SOURCE

West African Development Bank (BOAD)


 

XIV Congreso Forestal Mundial Durban, Sudáfrica, 7–11 de septiembre de 2015 / Visión 2050 para los bosques y la silvicultura–Lanzamiento de la Evaluación de los recursos forestales mundiales 2015

 

ROME, Italy, July 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ La necesidad de que los gobiernos, la sociedad civil y el sector privado impulsen las inversiones en los bosques como elemento clave para el desarrollo sostenible, será el tema central del XIV Congreso Forestal Mundial que tendrá lugar en Durban, Sudáfrica, del 7 al 11 de septiembre de 2015.

 

Bajo el tema Los bosques y la gente: Invertir en un futuro sostenible, los participantes debatirán las maneras de aprovechar todo el potencial de los bosques para sacar a las poblaciones rurales de la pobreza, actuar como protección frente al cambio climático y estimular la creación de nuevas tecnologías y productos renovables.

 

El Congreso -que se celebra cada seis años- contará entre sus miles de asistentes con la presencia de ministros y responsables de organismos internacionales y nacionales.

 

El evento de este año está organizado por la República de Sudáfrica, con el apoyo de la FAO, y se trata de la primera vez que el Congreso se celebra en un país africano desde su creación en 1926.

 

Entre sus aspectos más destacados figura el lanzamiento de la Evaluación de los recursos forestales mundiales 2015, que explica cómo los bosques del mundo han cambiado en los últimos 25 años y ofrece la más actualizada información sobre el estado de la gestión forestal sostenible.

 

El resultado del Congreso, la Visión 2050, pretende reforzar la contribución de los bosques y la silvicultura a un futuro sostenible y ayudar a allanar el camino hacia un nuevo acuerdo sobre el cambio climático en la Conferencia de las Partes de la Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático prevista el próximo en diciembre en París.

 

Las sesiones principales del Congreso tendrán lugar en inglés, francés y español, y serán retransmitidas en directo por webcast.

 

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•    Carta en papel oficial con membrete del medio representado, escaneada

•    Completar el formulario de acreditación

 

El material debe enviarse a info@wfc2015.org.za, con copia a FAO-Forestry-Media@fao.org indicando en el asunto “Acreditación de periodistas”. Todas las solicitudes serán examinadas y verificadas, y la acreditación solo se entregará tras recibir toda la información indicada más arriba.

 

SOURCE 

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


 

XIVème Congrès forestier mondial Durban (Afrique du Sud), 7–11 septembre 2015 / Vision 2050 pour les forêts – Lancement de l’Evaluation FAO des ressources forestières mondiales 2015

 

ROME, Italie, 27 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le XIVème Congrès forestier mondial qui se tiendra à Durban (Afrique du Sud) du 7 au 11 septembre 2015 portera sur la nécessité pour les gouvernements, la société civile et le secteur privé d’accroître les investissements dans les forêts comme clé du développement durable.

 

Sous le thème Les forêts et les populations: Investir dans un avenir durable, les participants passeront en revue les moyens d’exploiter tout le potentiel des forêts pour sortir les populations rurales de la pauvreté, de servir de régulateurs du changement climatique et d’inspirer de nouvelles technologies et des produits renouvelables.

 

Des ministres et chefs d’organismes internationaux et nationaux compteront parmi les milliers de participants au Congrès qui se déroule tous les six ans.

 

La Conférence de cette année est organisée par la République d’Afrique du Sud avec le soutien de la FAO. C’est la première fois que le Congrès se tiendra sur le sol africain depuis sa création en 1926.

 

A noter à cette occasion, le lancement de la publication de la FAO Evaluation des ressources forestières mondiales 2015, qui fera le point de l’évolution des forêts de la planète au cours des 25 dernières années et fournira un état des lieux de la gestion durable des forêts.

 

L’aboutissement du Congrès, Vision 2050, sera appelé à renforcer la contribution des forêts et de la foresterie à un avenir durable et contribuer à un nouvel accord sur le climat lors de la Conférence des parties de la Convention-cadre des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques qui se déroulera à Paris en décembre prochain.

 

Les actes du Congrès, en anglais, espagnol et français, seront diffusés en direct sur le web.

 

Accréditation des médias

 

Les journalistes sont invités à s’accréditer à l’avance par courriel. Ils devront envoyer une carte de presse en cours de validité et une lettre de mission sur papier à en-tête scannées et remplir le formulaire d’accréditation. Puis envoyer le tout à: info@wfc2015.org.za, avec copie à FAO-Forestry-Media@fao.org en indiquant en objet “Accréditation médias”. Toutes les demandes feront l’objet de vérifications et l’accréditation ne sera traitée qu’à réception de l’ensemble de ces informations.

 

SOURCE 

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


 

XIV World Forestry Congress Durban, South Africa, 7–11 September 2015 / Vision 2050 for forests and forestry –Launch of Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015

 

ROME, Italy, July 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The need for governments, civil society and the private sector to boost investment in forests as a key to sustainable development will be the focus of the XIV World Forestry Congress taking place in Durban, South Africa, from 7 to 11 September 2015.

 

Under the theme Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future, participants will discuss ways to unleash the full potential of forests to lift rural populations out of poverty, act as buffers against climate change and inspire new technologies and renewable products.

 

Ministers and heads of international and national agencies will be among several thousand people gathering for the Congress, which takes place every six years.

 

This year’s event is hosted by the Republic of South Africa with support from FAO, and marks the first time the Congress will be held on African soil since its inception in 1926.

 

Highlights include the launch of FAO’s Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015, which will show how the world’s forests have changed over the last 25 years and provide the latest information on the state of sustainable forest management.

 

The Congress outcome, Vision 2050, is set to reinforce the contribution of forests and forestry to a sustainable future and help pave the road to a new climate change agreement at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris in December.

 

Main Congress proceedings will be in English, French and Spanish and will be webcast.

 

Media accreditation

 

Journalists are strongly encouraged to accredit in advance via email. Required materials:

•    Scan of a valid press card

•    Scan of letter of assignment on company stationery

•    Completed accreditation form

 

Please email all materials to info@wfc2015.org.za, copying FAO-Forestry-Media@fao.org and including “Media accreditation” in the subject line. All submissions will be checked and verified, and media accreditation will only be processed upon receipt of all the information requested above.

 

SOURCE 

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


A tecnologia avançada está a moldar cada vez mais o sector financeiro de África

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, July 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ O sector dos serviços financeiros africanos está a evoluir rapidamente como resultado dos avanços tecnológicos que estão a alimentar a inovação e o crescimento no sector. Embora o sector esteja maduro na maioria dos países desenvolvidos, encontra-se menos saturado em África, pelo que oferece muitas oportunidades aos novos concorrentes no mercado para que desafiem o status quo de como o negócio tem vindo a ser conduzido tradicionalmente.

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(Sumesh Rahavendra, Vice-Presidente de Vendas da DHL Express da África Subsariana)

Esta é a opinião de Sumesh Rahavendra, Vice-Presidente de Vendas da DHL Express da África Subsariana (http://www.dpdhl.com) que acrescenta: “A classe média burguesa e a abundância de PME em África representam oportunidades fantásticas para as empresas de serviços financeiros, podendo estas disponibilizar serviços bancários de retalho a indivíduos, bem como financiamento comercial às PME. Consideramos as PME como o motor para o crescimento em África e a falta de acesso ao financiamento pode, frequentemente, dificultar o seu desenvolvimento. Com uma das classes médias com o crescimento mais rápido do mundo, assistimos a uma onda de consumismo para todos os tipos de mercadorias e serviços, tal como bens de grande consumo, electrónica e produtos farmacêuticos.”

O relatório The future shape of financial services in Africa 20151 (O futuro formato dos serviços financeiros em África 2015) da PwC descreve o sector como um mercado sem fronteiras. Explica que quando comparado com os mercados globais – onde a perspectiva para os serviços financeiros é mais sólida – o risco de interrupção no mercado dos serviços financeiros africanos tradicionais accionou a necessidade das entidades reavaliarem as suas estratégias.

“Enquanto a maior parte dos bancos internacionais está a fazer progressos em direcção ao comércio electrónico, em África, alguns bancos locais ainda partilham informação e fazem negócio através de documentação impressa,” acrescenta o Sr. Rahavendra.

Um relatório da Accenture intitulado African financial services come of age2 (A maioridade dos serviços financeiros africanos) sugere um futuro promissor para o sector bancário da região. Revela que o desenvolvimento das redes de pagamento dos consumidores levaram anos até estarem totalmente funcionais em economias maduras, enquanto muitos países em África começam agora a expandir as suas infra-estruturas tradicionais de pagamento para se adaptarem a novas normas internacionais.

“O sector bancário de retalho local está a utilizar cada vez mais as novas tecnologias, tais como as plataformas de “dinheiro móvel”. Os consumidores começaram a preterir os cartões físicos, passando a confiar nos seus telemóveis para levarem a cabo as transacções bancárias diárias.”

“Adicionalmente às soluções de dinheiro móvel, a maior parte dos países africanos fez um esforço concertado para melhorar a sua segurança transaccional, deixando de lado a tradicional forma de cartão de banda magnética do banco de retalho, passando a optar por cartões de chip e PIN.”

“Do ponto de vista logístico, apesar dos documentos do sector bancário continuarem a representar volumes significativos de envio intra-africano, com as novas tecnologias disponíveis há uma necessidade aumentada relativamente a equipamento, tal como servidores, caixas automáticas e mercadorias a ser movidos para o continente e dentro do mesmo, à medida que os bancos se expandem para novos países e áreas rurais. Conforme as tecnologias e os requisitos mudam, também há uma mudança nas nossas cadeias de fornecimento e trabalhamos numa relação de proximidade estreita com os nossos clientes para garantir que lhes proporcionamos as melhores soluções possíveis.”

“O sector financeiro alimentou a expansão da DHL em África em 1978 quando os bancos globais necessitaram de enviar documentação para África e continua a ajudar a dar forma às nossas ofertas de serviço no continente, à medida que o sector amadurece. Como a única empresa de logística a estar presente em todos os países e territórios de África, não só estamos sentados na fila da frente a assistir ao crescimento impressionante do sector, como também temos a sorte de trabalhar com algumas das maiores e emergentes instituições financeiras do continente e desempenhar o nosso papel na sua história de crescimento”, concluir o Sr. Rahavendra.

Fonte:

1 PwC: The future shape of financial services in Africa (O futuro formato dos serviços financeiros em África): The Africa financial services journal (O jornal dos serviços financeiros de África), Abril de 2015 (http://www.pwc.co.za/en_ZA/za/assets/pdf/fs-journal-2015.pdf)

2 Accenture: African financial services come of age (A maioridade dos serviços financeiros africanos) (http://www.register.accenture.com/us-en/outlook/Pages/outlook-journal-2011-african-financial-services-come-of-age.aspx)

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

Contactos para a comunicação social:

Megan Collinicos

Responsável: Publicidade e Relações Públicas, África Subsariana

DHL Express

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

megan.collinicos@dhl.com

DHL – A empresa de logística para o mundo

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

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

Para mais informações: www.dpdhl.com

Imagens de stock disponíveis: http://www.dpdhl.com/en/media_relations/media_library.html

SOURCE

Deutsche Post DHL


Le secteur financier africain de plus en plus façonné par les technologies avancées

LE CAP, Afrique du Sud, 27 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ L’industrie africaine des services financiers connaît une évolution rapide suite au développement de technologies avancées qui alimentent l’innovation et la croissance au sein du secteur. Parvenu à maturité dans la plupart des pays développés, ce secteur présente en Afrique une saturation moins dense qui offre aux nouveaux entrants sur le marché de nombreuses opportunités de défier le statu quo de la conduite traditionnelle des affaires.

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Photo Sumesh Rahavendra: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/photos/sumesh_rahavendra.jpg
(Sumesh Rahavendra, vice-président des ventes pour DHL Express en Afrique subsaharienne)

Tel est l’avis de Sumesh Rahavendra, vice-président des ventes pour DHL Express en Afrique subsaharienne (http://www.dpdhl.com), qui ajoute : « L’émergence de la classe moyenne et l’abondance des PME en Afrique représentent pour les sociétés de services financiers de précieuses opportunités de proposer tant des services de banque de détail aux particuliers que des services de finance commerciale aux PME. Les PME sont selon nous le moteur de la croissance en Afrique, mais leur développement est souvent entravé par le manque d’accès aux facilités de financement. La classe moyenne africaine connaît l’une des plus rapides croissances du monde et l’on constate une vague de consumérisme pour les biens et services de tous types : alimentaires, électroniques, pharmaceutiques, etc. »

Le rapport The future shape of financial services in Africa 2015(1) (« L’avenir des services financiers en Afrique 2015 ») établi par PwC décrit le secteur comme un marché sans limites. Il explique que, par rapport aux marchés mondiaux qui présentent des perspectives plus solides pour les services financiers, le risque de perturbation dans le marché des services financiers traditionnels en Afrique a poussé les entreprises à réévaluer leurs stratégies.

« Tandis que la majorité des banques internationales se tournent vers l’e-commerce, un certain nombre de banques en Afrique continuent à partager les informations et à faire leurs affaires sur base de documentation papier », ajoute Rahavendra.

Un rapport d’Accenture intitulé African financial services come of ag(2), (« Les services financiers d’Afrique parviennent à maturité ») annonce un avenir prometteur pour le secteur bancaire de la région. Il révèle que les réseaux de paiement grand public ont mis des années à être pleinement fonctionnels dans les économies en pleine maturité, alors que de nombreux pays d’Afrique commencent aujourd’hui à adapter leurs infrastructures de paiement traditionnelles aux nouvelles normes internationales.

« Le secteur local de la banque de détail fait de plus en plus appel aux nouvelles technologies telles que les plateformes « Mobile Money ». Un nombre croissant de consommateurs délaissent leurs cartes bancaires et se tournent vers leur téléphone portable pour les transactions bancaires du quotidien.

« Outre les solutions d’argent mobile, la majorité des pays africains se sont employés de façon concertée à améliorer leur sécurité transactionnelle en préférant le système de code PIN à la carte magnétique traditionnelle.

« D’un point de vue logistique, même si les documents bancaires représentent toujours d’importants volumes d’expédition au sein de l’Afrique, la disponibilité des nouvelles technologies augmente le besoin en équipements tels que serveurs bancaires, distributeurs automatiques et fournitures dans l’ensemble du continent, et ce, à la mesure du développement des banques dans les nouveaux pays et dans les zones rurales. Nos chaînes d’approvisionnement évoluent en même temps que les technologies et les besoins, et nous travaillons au plus près de nos clients pour être sûrs de leur offrir les meilleures solutions qui soient.

« Le secteur financier a nourri l’expansion de DHL en Afrique en 1978, lorsque les banques mondiales avaient besoin de faire parvenir leurs documents en Afrique. En pleine maturation, il continue aujourd’hui à façonner notre offre de services sur le continent. En tant qu’unique société de logistique présente sur chacun des pays et territoires de l’Afrique, nous sommes non seulement au premier rang pour constater l’impressionnante croissance du secteur, mais nous avons également la chance de travailler avec certaines des institutions financières les plus importantes et les plus prospères du continent, et de participer à leur croissance », conclut Rahavendra.

Source :

1 PwC : The future shape of financial services in Africa: The Africa financial services journal April 2015 (http://www.pwc.co.za/en_ZA/za/assets/pdf/fs-journal-2015.pdf)

2 Accenture : African financial services come of age (http://www.register.accenture.com/us-en/outlook/Pages/outlook-journal-2011-african-financial-services-come-of-age.aspx)

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

Contact médias :

Megan Collinicos

Directrice Publicité et Relations publiques, Afrique subsaharienne

DHL Express

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

megan.collinicos@dhl.com

DHL – Le spécialiste mondial de la logistique

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

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

Pour plus d’informations : www.dpdhl.com

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SOURCE

Deutsche Post DHL


Advanced technology increasingly shaping Africa’s financial sector

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, July 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The African financial services industry is rapidly evolving as a result of advancing technology which is fueling innovation and growth in the sector. While the sector is mature in most developed countries, it is less saturated in Africa, therefore offering many opportunities for new market entrants to challenge the status quo of how business has traditionally been conducted.

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(Sumesh Rahavendra, Vice President of Sales for DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa)

This is according to Sumesh Rahavendra, Vice President of Sales for DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa (http://www.dpdhl.com) who adds, “The burgeoning middle class and abundance of SMEs in Africa present great opportunities for financial services companies to provide retail banking services to individuals, as well as trade finance to SMEs. We see SMEs as the engine for growth in Africa and the lack of access to finance can often hinder their development. With one of the fastest growing middle classes in the world, there is a wave of consumerism for all types of goods and services such as FMCG, electronics and pharmaceuticals.”

The future shape of financial services in Africa 2015(1) report by PwC describes the sector as a marketplace without boundaries. It explains that compared to global markets – where the outlook for financial services is more solid – the risk of disruption in traditional African financial services market has triggered the need for entities to reassess their strategies.

“While most international banks are moving towards e-commerce, in Africa, a number of local banks still share information and conduct business with hard copy documentation,” adds Rahavendra.

An Accenture report titled African financial services come of age(2), suggests a promising future for the region’s banking sector. It reveals that the development of consumer payment networks took years to become fully functional in mature economies, while many countries in Africa are now beginning to expand their traditional payments infrastructure to adapt to new international standards.

“The local retail banking sector is increasingly making use of new technology such as ‘Mobile Money’ platforms. Consumers have started to move away from physical cards, instead relying on their mobile phones to conduct day-to-day banking transactions.”

“In addition to mobile money solutions, most African countries have made a concerted effort to improve their transactional security by moving from the traditional ‘swipe card’ form of retail banking to chip and pin.”

“From a logistics point of view, while banking sector documents continue to present significant shipment volumes intra-Africa, with the new technologies available, there is an increased need for equipment such as servers, ATMs and supplies to be moved into and around the continent, as banks expand into new countries and rural areas. As technology and requirements change, so do our supply chains, and we work very closely with our customers to ensure that we offer them the best possible solutions.”

“The financial sector fueled DHL’s expansion into Africa in 1978 when global banks needed to get documentation to Africa, and it continues to help shape our service offerings on the continent as the sector matures. As the only logistics company to be present in every country and territory in Africa, we not only have front row seats to witness the impressive growth of the sector, but are fortunate enough to work with some of the largest and emerging financial institutions on the continent and play our part in their growth story,” concludes Rahavendra.

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

Source:

(1) PwC: The future shape of financial services in Africa: The Africa financial services journal April 2015 (http://www.pwc.co.za/en_ZA/za/assets/pdf/fs-journal-2015.pdf)

(2) Accenture: African financial services come of age (http://www.register.accenture.com/us-en/outlook/Pages/outlook-journal-2011-african-financial-services-come-of-age.aspx)

Media Contact:

Megan Collinicos

Head: Advertising & Public Relations, Sub-Saharan Africa

DHL Express

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megan.collinicos@dhl.com

DHL – The logistics company for the world

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

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

For more information: www.dpdhl.com

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

SOURCE

Deutsche Post DHL

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 July 2015

Norway / US$ 6.6 million to the Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund for 2015


 

Norway / US$ 6.6 million to the Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund for 2015

 

KHARTOUM, Sudan, July 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Government of Norway has contributed US $6.6 million to the 2015 Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF). Norway has been a committed and a major donor to the Sudan CHF since its inception in 2006.

“Norway is concerned about the humanitarian situation in Sudan,” said Norway’s ambassador to Sudan, Morten Aasland. “We are particularly concerned because the number of people in need of assistance is increasing. Continued conflict in Darfur has forced tens of thousands of families to flee their homes and villages, and they need help. Norway is therefore pleased to support the Common Humanitarian Fund, together with other donors. While needs are on the rise, the available humanitarian funding for Sudan has been decreasing over the last few years. We are seeing a record number of refugees and humanitarian urgencies around the world, and therefore pressure on funding for humanitarian needs worldwide.”

With limited funding available for humanitarian action in Sudan, the Humanitarian Response Plan 2015 targets some 5.4 million people in the greatest need of life-saving humanitarian assistance. The Sudan CHF has further prioritised humanitarian activities, in view of the critical funding gaps across life-saving sectors, to target the most vulnerable people and locations. This is in addition to supporting a coordinated, inclusive, effective and principled humanitarian response in the country.

“The humanitarian community in Sudan, including partners and donors alike, are driven by the principle of humanity to protect life and health and ensure respect for human beings,” said Adnan Khan, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan a.i. “Predictable funding such as Norway’s contribution helps CHF partners maintain their humanitarian response capacity to the most vulnerable people.”

The Sudan CHF is a multi-donor pooled fund that assists the timely allocation and disbursement of funds to Sudan’s most critical humanitarian needs. In 2015, the Sudan CHF has allocated funding to international and national NGOs and UN Agencies to enable them to implement urgent and life-saving projects.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 July 2015

UN HUMANITARIAN CHIEF CALLS FOR END TO FIGHTING IN SOUTH SUDAN


 

UN HUMANITARIAN CHIEF CALLS FOR END TO FIGHTING IN SOUTH SUDAN

 

JUBA, South Sudan, July 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, concluded a four-day visit to South Sudan today, calling on all parties to lay down their arms and commit to sustainable peace to halt the rapidly spiralling humanitarian crisis.

 

During his mission, Mr. O’Brien met with humanitarian partners, Government officials and the diplomatic community, and visited communities affected by the conflict in Juba and Unity State.

 

“I am deeply shocked by what I have seen. Innocent civilians are bearing the brunt of this brutal war,” stated the Emergency Relief Coordinator. “Families have endured horrendous atrocities – including killing, abduction, and the recruitment of children into armed groups. Women and girls have been beaten, raped and set on fire. Entire communities have lost their homes and their livelihoods. Many people are starving, living in swamps or in bushes, hiding in fear of their lives. This senseless cycle of violence must stop.”

 

The UN humanitarian chief called on the leaders of the warring factions to take responsibility for their own actions and for those who act in their name: “I call on the leadership of South Sudan to listen to their people and lay down their arms, to stop the violence, reconcile their differences and commit to peace.”

 

The humanitarian consequences of the nearly 20-month long conflict in South Sudan are grave: Some 4.6 million people are severely food insecure, with a quarter of a million children at risk from rapidly worsening nutrition. Massive displacement continues – over two million people, half of whom are children – have fled their homes. This includes some 1.6 million people displaced inside South Sudan and almost 600,000 who have fled to neighbouring countries.

 

“Humanitarian needs are higher now than ever and we cannot wait to respond, to do even more than brave humanitarians are already delivering. I appeal to the international community to act now to avert an even greater humanitarian tragedy in South Sudan,” noted Stephen O’Brien.

 

The South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan for 2015 is currently only 42 per cent funded, leaving a gap of nearly $1 billion dollars.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 July 2015

CAMEROUN – ATTENTAT SUICIDE A MAROUA


 

CAMEROUN – ATTENTAT SUICIDE A MAROUA

 

PARIS, France, 27 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ La France condamne avec fermeté l’attaque qui a causé la mort de plusieurs personnes à Maroua, dans le quartier du Pont vert.

 

Cet acte barbare intervient après un double attentat suicide commis dans la même ville le 22 juillet.

 

Nous exprimons toute notre solidarité aux familles des victimes ainsi qu’aux autorités et au peuple camerounais. Nous nous tenons à leurs côtés dans la lutte contre le terrorisme.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

IMF Executive Board Completes the Second Review of the Current PLL Arrangement for Morocco and the Ex Post Evaluation of the First PLL

 

RABAT, Morocco, July 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ On July 24, 2015, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the second review of Morocco’s economic performance under a program supported by a two-year Precautionary and Liquidity line (PLL) arrangement and the Ex Post Evaluation of exceptional access (EPE) under the 2012-14 PLL arrangement.

The current PLL arrangement was approved in July 2014. (See Press Release No. 14/368). Access under this arrangement in the second year is equivalent to SDR 3.2351 billion (US$5 billion, or 550 percent of Morocco’s quota at the IMF). Morocco’s first 24-month PLL arrangement was approved on August 3, 2012, with an access equivalent to 700 percent of the quota.

The PLL arrangement has provided insurance against external risks. The Moroccan authorities are treating the arrangement as precautionary, as they did with the 2012-14 PLL, and do not intend to draw under the arrangement unless Morocco experiences actual balance of payments needs from a significant deterioration of external conditions.

The PLL facility, which was introduced in 2011, provides financing to meet actual or potential balance of payments needs of countries with sound policies, and is intended to serve as insurance or help resolve crises under wide-ranging situations. Fund policy calls for an EPE within one year of the end of an arrangement with exceptional access.

Following the Executive Board discussion on Morocco, Mr. Min Zhu, IMF Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair of the Board, made the following statement regarding the second review of the current arrangement:

“Morocco’s overall economic performance has been strong. Following a slowdown in 2014, growth is expected to pick up in 2015. Policy action has helped reduce fiscal and external vulnerabilities and significant progress has been achieved on reforms. In an environment that remains subject to important downside risks, sustaining the momentum will be important to reduce remaining vulnerabilities and achieve higher and more inclusive growth.

“The arrangement under the Fund’s Precautionary and Liquidity Line (PLL), which the authorities continue to treat as precautionary, has provided insurance against external risks. The program remains on track.

“Fiscal developments have been consistent with the authorities’ objective to reduce the deficit to 4.3 percent of GDP in 2015. Progress continued on the subsidy reform, while support to the most vulnerable has expanded. The recent adoption of a new organic budget strengthens the fiscal framework. The timely adoption of the pension reform will be key to ensure the viability of the system.

“Progress has also been made in upgrading the financial policy framework, including by moving to Basel III standards and implementing the new banking law. An important further step should be the timely adoption of a new central bank law. Ongoing work toward a more flexible exchange rate regime and a new monetary policy framework, in coordination with other macroeconomic and structural policies, is welcome.

“Morocco’s external position has continued to improve owing to strong export performance and lower oil prices. Further progress on structural reforms, including improving the business environment, governance, transparency and the job market will help strengthen competitiveness, growth and employment and enhance the economy’s resilience to shocks.”

Regarding the ex post evaluation of the first PLL arrangement, Executive Directors considered that the 2012–14 PLL arrangement appropriately provided temporary insurance against exogenous shocks and signaled Morocco’s sound economic fundamentals to meet potential balance-of-payments needs at a time of significant external risks. They agreed that the arrangement was consistent with the PLL qualification standards and requirements under the exceptional access policy, while commending the authorities for not drawing on the arrangement in spite of external economic headwinds. Directors concurred that the authorities’ policies helped reduce fiscal and external vulnerabilities, with subsidy reform as a major achievement. Directors noted that Morocco still faced a number of medium-term policy challenges at the end of the arrangement given external risks and remaining vulnerabilities. With the benefit of hindsight, Directors also noted some useful lessons learned with regard to program design and implementation.

 

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International Monetary Fund (IMF)


 

IMF Executive Board Concludes Annual Discussions on CEMAC Countries’ Common Policies

 

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ On July 17, 2015, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the annual discussions on Common Policies and Challenges of Member Countries with the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC). [1]

CEMAC growth remained robust in 2014, but the full effect of the oil-price shock will be felt in 2015. Regional growth is estimated to have reached 4.7 percent, driven by an increase in oil production and the continuation of public investment programs. Nonetheless, growth in 2015 is projected to slow down to 2.8 percent, mostly because of lower public investment. Inflation remains below the regional inflation criterion of 3 percent. The regional fiscal deficit is estimated to have widened to 5.0 percent of regional GDP in 2014 and is projected to deteriorate to 5.7 percent in 2015. The current account deficit, meanwhile, is estimated to have reached 3.8 percent of GDP in 2014 and is projected to widen to 5.8 percent in 2015, as oil exports are expected to decline and investment-related imports to remain significant. Reserve adequacy remains adequate.

CEMAC countries have reacted differently to this new economic context with most countries scaling back their spending plans by reducing public investment and limiting current expenditure. All countries have also sought advances from the regional central bank. As a result of these and other debt-related developments, regional public debt is rising.

Medium-term prospects for CEMAC are uncertain. Despite their recent stabilization, oil prices are projected to remain well below pre-shock levels in the medium term. In addition, oil production is projected to start falling after 2017. This puts the burden of ensuring macroeconomic sustainability on boosting non-oil revenue, prudent public spending, and improving the competitiveness of the non-oil economy. The fall in imports related to the public investment programs will contribute to improving current accounts. Because of the magnitude of the required adjustment, maintaining this course of action will be a challenge. Moreover, a relapse in the security situation in the Lake Chad region or in the Central African Republic could curtail efforts to invest in regional infrastructure—a key factor for non-oil growth—and could weaken an already difficult business climate. In this context, CEMAC’s main challenge is to embark on an ambitious reform agenda to underpin macroeconomic stability and better support sustainable and inclusive growth. The regional institutions should be the cornerstones of this effort.

Executive Board Assessment [2]

Executive Directors welcomed CEMAC’s robust growth performance in 2014, but noted that the region’s prospects have been adversely impacted by the slump in oil prices and heightened security risks. Directors agreed that to deal with this challenging situation, ambitious reforms are needed to strengthen the macroeconomic and financial policy mix, facilitate the transition to more broad based and inclusive growth, and boost CEMAC countries’ external competitiveness and resilience to shocks. Fund and development partners’ technical assistance will need to support the region’s reform efforts.

Directors stressed the importance of timely fiscal consolidation to ensure macroeconomic stability. They welcomed the efforts already being made by many CEMAC members, and emphasized that the adjustment should be growth friendly, with careful investment prioritization, while improving efficiency and safeguarding priority social spending. Directors agreed that the regional surveillance framework needs to be strengthened. They welcomed ongoing reform efforts, and encouraged the authorities to aim for a budget rule that is simple and transparent, and a lower public debt ceiling, consistent with safeguarding sustainability. Creation of a regional fiscal unit to help monitor, evaluate, and coordinate national policies will also be important. Directors also called for continued progress with the implementation of CEMAC wide public financial management directives.

Directors encouraged the authorities to accelerate the reform of the monetary policy framework to improve transmission channels and better manage systemic liquidity. They welcomed progress in establishing a liquidity forecasting framework and efforts to reactivate the interbank market, and noted that the transition toward a market based monetary policy should be aided by the development of local debt markets and a more active interbank market. Although reserve levels remain broadly adequate, Directors stressed the importance of full compliance with the pooling of foreign exchange earnings with the regional central bank (BEAC). They also called for stepped up efforts to implement outstanding safeguards recommendations.

Directors acknowledged progress in adopting new banking regulations, and looked forward to a well sequenced plan to implement the recommendations of the 2015 FSAP Update. They advised continued upgrading of prudential regulations and their prompt publication; undertaking an asset quality review of bank assets; introduction of a new bank resolution mechanism; and strengthened cross border supervision and enforcement. Directors also encouraged efforts to promote financial sector development and inclusion. They welcomed the provision of increased human and financial resources for the regional bank regulator (COBAC), and supported capacity building assistance.

Directors highlighted the important role that greater regional integration could play in boosting non oil growth and accelerating poverty reduction. Trade within CEMAC should be facilitated by reducing non trade barriers, and harmonizing customs procedures, taxes on goods and services, and technical standards. Concerted national and regional efforts to improve competitiveness and the business climate, enhance investor protections, and strengthen regional institutions should also be important priorities.

Directors emphasized the need to improve the quality and timeliness of regional and national statistics, and supported the provision of technical assistance.

The views expressed by Executive Directors today will form part of the Article IV consultation discussions on individual members of the CEMAC that take place until the next Board discussion of CEMAC common policies.

 

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International Monetary Fund (IMF)


One year in: How Facebook’s Internet.org Free Basic Services are bringing people online

Facebook is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the introduction of the Internet.org app by hosting a Developer Day at iHub in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday, 27 July

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/

•          Internet.org brings new users onto mobile networks on average over 50% faster after launching free basic services

•          More than half of the people who come online through Internet.org are paying for data and accessing the internet within the first month

•          Internet.org users accessed health services more than a million times just in the past month

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) (http://www.facebook.com) is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the introduction of the Internet.org app (http://www.internet.org) by hosting a Developer Day at iHub (http://www.ihub.co.ke) in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday, 27 July.

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(Chris Daniels, Vice President of Internet.org)

Over the last year, Facebook has worked closely with more than a dozen mobile operators across 17 countries to give people access to relevant basic internet services without data charges. Today Internet.org is available to more than a billion people. African countries where Internet.org has been launched include Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Senegal, Zambia, Ghana, Angola and Malawi.

Connecting people to the power of the Internet “By providing people with access to free basic services through Internet.org, our goal was to bring more people online and help them discover the value of the internet — and it’s working,” says Chris Daniels, Vice President of Internet.org.

“Internet.org brings new users onto mobile networks on average over 50% faster after launching free basic services, and more than half of the people who come online through Internet.org are paying for data and accessing the internet within the first 30 days. In the past month people using Internet.org accessed health services more than a million times, which speaks to the ultimate goal of Internet.org — helping to make an impact in people’s lives.”

Scaling up Internet.org services

The one anniversary also marks the start of a new phase for Internet.org free basic services.  From today, Facebook has made it easier for any mobile operator to sign up for and turn on Internet.org in new countries through a partner portal (http://www.internet.org/operators) that includes technical tools and best practices, improving the process to offer free basic services to the unconnected.

Its recently announced Internet.org Platform (https://www.internet.org/platform), meanwhile, makes it simple for any developer to create services that integrate with Internet.org. FbStart (http://fbstart.com) is a new program from Facebook designed to help early stage mobile start-ups build and grow their apps.

In partnership with Internet.org, FbStart offers a set of benefits specific to social good developers, as well as mentorship opportunities with the Internet.org team. At the Nairobi event, Facebook will show how its FbStart tools and resources will help developers to build, grow and monetise services whether developing for feature phones or smartphones.

“Our goal is to work with as many mobile operators and developers as possible to extend the benefits of connectivity to diverse, local communities across Africa,” says Daniels. “We look forward to working in partnership with more mobile operators and developers to bring internet access and relevant basic internet services to the unconnected in the months to come.”

Internet.org is a Facebook-led initiative focused on providing affordable internet access to the two thirds of the world’s population that is currently unconnected.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Facebook, Inc.

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Janina Boezaart

Idea Engineers (on behalf of Facebook)

Tel: +27 72 281 2441

Email: janina@ideaengineers.co.za

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GE and Partners Announce New Renewable Energy Project to Boost Kenya’s Power Grid

Project follows a successful run of more than $2.5 billion worth of booked orders across Africa in the last year

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 26, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/

•          100MW wind farm near Nairobi will contribute to installed energy capacity in Kenya

•          $2.5 billion in new orders serve transport, aviation, healthcare and energy sectors

•          Deal lands as GE makes substantial progress on its 2014 commitment to invest $2 billion in Africa by 2018

GE Africa (NYSE: GE) (http://www.ge.com) announced today that it is partnering with Kipeto Energy Limited to build a new wind farm in Kenya’s Kajiado County. GE will be the sole equipment supplier for the 100MW project, some 50 kilometres from the capital Nairobi. The local power deal caps off a successful run of more than $2.5 billion in booked orders on the Africa continent across transport, aviation, healthcare and energy sectors.

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The Kipeto project, announced during President Obama’s visit to Kenya, is expected to make a significant contribution to the installed energy capacity in Kenya, where up to 80% of the population currently lacks electricity access. The $155 million contract will include 60 GE 1.7-103 wind turbines, as well as a 15-year service agreement.

Kipeto Energy Limited shareholders include Africa Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), Craftskills Wind Energy International Limited, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Maasai community of Kipeto. The project will be financed by Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) as sole lender to the project. OPIC is the US government’s development finance institute and is part of the Power Africa Initiative.

Continued growth across Africa

The Kipeto wind farm project will add to an existing $2.5 billion in orders that GE Africa has received over the past year. These new orders have come from across Sub-Saharan Africa, in transportation, oil and gas, power generation, healthcare and aviation. They have included:

•          Oil and Gas equipment for Eni Ghana: The $850 million order incorporates both turbomachinery and subsea elements for the offshore project. The order includes three gas turbines for power generation and four centrifugal compressors. The first shipment is scheduled for the end of 2015 and the project is planned to deliver first oil by 2017.

•          Locomotive contract in Angola: GE is to supply 100 locomotives to the Angolan National Railways (INCFA). The contract demonstrates Angola’s commitment to diversify its economy into new sectors such as mining, agriculture and energy.

•          Kenya Healthcare Modernization Programme: GE was selected in February 2015 by the Kenyan Ministry of Health as a key technology partner for its wide-scale infrastructure modernisation programme aimed at transforming 98 hospitals across Kenya’s 47 counties. The radiology modernisation contract awarded to GE Healthcare is the largest of seven tranches of Kenya’s ~$420 million health development plan, aimed at delivering sustainable healthcare development, in line Kenya’s Vision 2030 Plan.

Delivering on commitments

In August 2014 GE committed to invest $2 billion in facility development, skills training, and sustainability initiatives across Africa by 2018. The commitment was made during the US-Africa

Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC. Substantial investment and progress has been made against those commitments, and this week GE announced its involvement in several new projects in Kenya.

“GE has made significant progress against the investment commitments made last August,” said Jay Ireland, president and CEO of GE Africa. “Skills training and capacity building are critical, not only for developing African economies, but also for growing GE’s footprint in the region. We consider this a major priority.”

Key progress over the past year includes:

•          GE Manufacturing and Assembly Facility in Nigeria: GE has awarded Nigerian construction company, Julius Berger the contract to build its manufacturing and assembly facility in Calabar, Cross River State. Another Nigerian company, Banyan Tree has been contracted to build a training facility at the Calabar site and for the refurbishment, teacher training and curriculum development of the Cross River State Technical College. GE has also commenced fabrication of subsea well heads and refurbishment of Christmas trees at its Onne facility. Upon completion, these projects make up GE’s $250 million capital expenditure investment commitment to Nigeria. This investment is expected to create 2,300 direct and indirect jobs. The Calabar facility is expected to be a regional manufacturing and assembly hub for GE Oil & Gas as well as other GE industrial businesses. The first of its kind site will include training facilities to enable knowledge transfer and career advancement opportunities for local talent.

•          Nigeria Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET): GE Foundation has funded a biomedical training program in Nigeria to equip technicians with the skills to fix devices ranging from blood pressure cuffs to X-rays. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), between 50- 80% of medical equipment is out of service in low-income countries). In partnership with Engineering World Health, 19 students have been trained to date. The goal is to train 60 students by year end 2017..

•          Mozambique Graduate Engineering Training Programme: GE has enrolled 20 Mozambican graduate engineers in the company’s Graduate Engineering Training Program (GETP), a “best in class” development program designed to prepare engineers to join GE’s global field service engineering team after successful completion of an intense

24-month curriculum. The engineers concluded phase 1 of the program at the Mozal

Artisan Training Center in Maputo, and Phase 2 in South Africa. They have now started a 12-month, on-the-job training program to gain hands-on experience with GE Oil & Gas subsea and rotating equipment products.

“We are exceptionally proud of the progress made against our commitment and the impact these initiatives will have on Africa’s workforce,” Ireland added.

Additional investments announced this week in Kenya include:

•          GE Garages skills building programme: GE is collaborating with Gearbox and Seven Seas Technologies to bring its successful GE Garages skills building programme to Kenya to help build a skilled workforce and drive entrepreneurial development in the country. The facility in Nairobi will help students, entrepreneurs, makers and other learn about advanced manufacturing processes, software programming and business development through the use of advanced manufacturing innovations like 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC mills.

•          Kenya Healthcare Training Center: As a cornerstone of our healthcare modernization programme, we have announced the GE Healthcare Skills and Training Institute in Kenya. The Institute represents a long-term investment of more than $13 million over the next 10 years. The centre is set to become GE’s first dedicated skills development facility in Africa when inaugurated in Q4 2015. Our goal is to train more than 1,000 healthcare professionals over the next 3 years.

•          Round 3 of the Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge: GE Africa, in collaboration with the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), have announced the expansion of Round III of the Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge. This third round of the challenge is open to entrepreneurs and energy companies in Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia with a sum total of up to $1.1 million in grants to be awarded. The three-year initiative has extended $5 million and 50 awards to energy entrepreneurs in eleven African countries across the Continent.

“GE’s capability and global expertise in power generation, healthcare, rail transportation, water, oil and gas, and aviation industries allows us to play a significant role as a partner in the development of Africa,” Ireland said. “This expertise also allows us to share knowledge and build skills of local employees in this critical sectors. We have an opportunity and a responsibility.”

A high-level GE delegation, led by Jay Ireland, participated in and hosted events in Nairobi during President Obama’s visit to Kenya for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of General Electric Company.

Media Contact:

Patricia Obozuwa

Director, Communications and Public Affairs, GE Africa

Telephone: +234-1-460-7305

patricia.obozuwa@ge.com

Note to Editors:

More details on the projects outlined are available upon request.

Photos and video b-roll of the event in Nairobi is also available upon request.

About GE

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Brian Chesky, PDG d’Airbnb, assiste au Sommet Mondial de l’Entrepreneuriat à Nairobi en compagnie des Présidents Obama et Kenyatta

La plateforme de location de logements entre particuliers va poursuivre son expansion sur le continent africain

NAIROBI, Kenya, 25 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Airbnb (https://airbnb.com), leader mondial de la location de logements entre particuliers annonce que son PDG, Brian Chesky, participera aujourd’hui au Sommet Mondial de l’Entrepreneuriat (GES 2015). Il y rencontrera des entrepreneurs du monde entier pour discuter de l’impact et de l’expansion de l’économie collaborative, en particulier sur le continent africain, qui représente une énorme opportunité pour Airbnb. Sur les douze derniers mois, l’offre de logements Airbnb disponibles en Afrique a doublé.

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(Brian Chesky, PDG de Airbnb)

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(Nicola D’Elia, directeur général pour le Moyen-Orient et l’Afrique de Airbnb)

« La volonté d’entreprendre est le dénominateur commun qui unit la communauté Airbnb à travers le monde », a déclaré Brian Chesky. « Je suis ravi de rencontrer aujourd’hui au GES tant d’entrepreneurs qui construiront et développeront cette communauté à travers l’Afrique. Et je suis impatient de voir comment Airbnb va permettre aux Africains de gagner un revenu supplémentaire tout en offrant aux voyageurs une expérience véritablement authentique. »

En tant qu’Ambassadeur Présidentiel pour l’Entreprenariat Mondial (PAGE), Brian Chesky rejoint un groupe de chefs d’entreprise américains engagés à contribuer au développement de la prochaine génération d’entrepreneurs dans le monde. Au Sommet Mondial de l’Entrepreneuriat (GES 2015), il participera à une table ronde aux côtés d’autres membres du PAGE et de fonctionnaires de l’administration américaine, dont le Secrétaire au commerce, Penny Pritzker. Il participera également à une discussion en compagnie de Steve Case sur le thème « Se préparer à la croissance », et présidera un Challenge Hack sur l’économie collaborative.

Airbnb parrainera également des prix destinés aux gagnants du “Concours GES Spark the Fire Pitch des jeunes et des femmes”, et fournira aux gagnants des prix “Impact Africain” et “Meilleure Entreprise appartenant à une Femme Africaine”, ainsi qu’aux autres vainqueurs, des séjours sur Airbnb afin de leur permettre de soutenir les communautés historiquement marginalisées durant leurs déplacement professionnels.

En tant que membre de PAGE, l’initiative phare de Chesky a consisté à soutenir la croissance de l’entrepreneuriat à Cuba, où Airbnb a été lancé en avril dernier et qui est d’ores et déjà devenu le marché enregistrant la plus forte croissance sur la plateforme.

Plusieurs mesures prises à Cuba pour surmonter les défis liés à l’accessibilité d’Internet et à l’infrastructure de paiement mobile fourniront des enseignements importants pour la croissance d’Airbnb en Afrique. Le voyage de cette semaine, qui inclut une visite à l’incubateur iHub à Nairobi, est aussi l’occasion d’écouter les entrepreneurs locaux, et de comprendre les possibilités et les défis auxquels font face Airbnb et d’autres leaders de l’économie collaborative.

Après avoir enregistré des succès remarquables sur des marchés clés à travers le monde, Airbnb prévoit désormais d’accroître de manière significative ses activités en Afrique, où la société a déjà connu une croissance impressionnante. Rien que sur la dernière année:

● Le nombre d’annonces en Afrique a plus que doublé

● Le nombre de voyageurs séjournant sur Airbnb dans la région a augmenté de 145%

● Le nombre d’Africains utilisant Airbnb pour voyager a augmenté de 139%

Afin d’accompagner cette croissance, Airbnb a également nommé Nicola D’Elia en tant que Directeur Général pour le Moyen-Orient et l’Afrique. Auparavant, Nicola était responsable de la croissance et des partenariats de Facebook en Europe, au Moyen-Orient, et en Afrique. D’Elia établira une équipe pour accélérer la croissance d’Airbnb dans la région.

Au Kenya, il existe actuellement plus de 1 400 annonces disponibles sur Airbnb, avec une forte concentration à Nairobi (788). Les voyageurs Kenyans adoptent également Airbnb, leur nombre ayant triplé au cours des 12 derniers mois.

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour Airbnb.

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A propos de Airbnb :

Fondée en août 2008 et basée à San Francisco, en Californie, Airbnb (https://airbnb.com) est une plateforme communautaire de confiance qui permet de proposer des logements uniques à travers le monde, de les découvrir et de les réserver ; en ligne, sur un téléphone mobile ou une tablette.

Qu’il s’agisse d’un appartement pour une nuit, d’un château pour une semaine ou d’une villa pour un mois, Airbnb offre des expériences de voyage exceptionnelles, à tous les prix, dans plus de 34 000 villes et 191 pays. Avec une assistance utilisateurs ultra compétente et une communauté d’utilisateurs qui ne cesse de croître, Airbnb est le moyen le plus facile de monétiser un espace inoccupé et de le mettre en avant auprès de millions d’utilisateurs.

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