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.

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Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 April 2015

Statement attributable to the Spokesman of the Secretary-General on Darfur


 

Statement attributable to the Spokesman of the Secretary-General on Darfur

 

NEW YORK, April 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the recent increase in attacks on peacekeepers serving in the African Union United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) and the limited cooperation provided by the Government of Sudan in addressing these incidents. The Secretary-General condemns the two successive attacks by unidentified armed groups that occurred in Kass, South Darfur, on 23 and 24 April. Six peacekeepers were wounded and four attackers killed when UNAMID troops returned fire in self-defence. The Secretary-General wishes the injured a speedy recovery.

 

The Secretary-General urges the Government of Sudan to ensure that the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice and take all necessary action to avoid further attacks on or threats against peacekeepers in Darfur. UNAMID has launched its own investigation into the incidents.

 

The Secretary-General also deeply regrets that, on 26 April, the Government of Sudan denied a flight request for the emergency medical evacuation of an Ethiopian peacekeeper injured while forming his duties in Mujkar in West Darfur. The peacekeeper died hours later. The Secretary-General conveys his condolences to the Government of Ethiopia and to the family of the deceased. He calls on the Government of Sudan to respect the Status of Forces Agreement signed with the United Nations and lift all restrictions placed on the Mission.

 

The Secretary-General underscores the need for the Government of Sudan and the United Nations to work in full cooperation, especially in the context of the ongoing discussion on the UNAMID exit strategy.

 

The Secretary-General expresses his appreciation and support to UNAMID and its troops for their tireless efforts to implement their mandate.

 

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


 

Mali / Le RSSG exhorte les parties à cesser immédiatement les hostilités à Ménaka

 

BAMAKO, Mali, 28 avril 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Aujourd’hui vers midi, la MINUSMA a été informée d’une attaque menée par le GATIA et MAA-Plateforme sur la ville de Ménaka tenue par les éléments de la Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad (CMA).

 

Des tirs ont été entendus, la MINUSMA a déployé des hélicoptères sur le terrain pour évaluer la situation.

 

Le Représentant Spécial du Secrétaire général a tenu à mettre en garde les parties prenantes sur les conséquences graves que leurs actions pourraient entraîner sur le processus de paix au Mali : « J’exhorte les parties à cesser immédiatement les hostilités et à retourner sur leurs positions. Cette résurgence de tensions met en péril les efforts de tous pour restaurer une paix durable au Mali, » a-t-il déclaré.

 

Le RSSG s’était rendu à Nouakchott le 26 avril pour rencontrer les représentants de la CMA qui ont réaffirmé leur pleine adhésion au processus de paix en cours, et ont confirmé leur intention de parapher l’Accord.

 

« Des mois de négociations intenses impliquant toutes les parties en vue de mettre un terme à la crise malienne pourraient être menacés. Ces actions constituent de graves violations des accords de cessez-le-feu, rappelées dans la déclaration du 19 février 2015, » a-t-il poursuivi.

 

Le RSSG a également rappelé la déclaration du 6 février 2015 du Président du Conseil de Sécurité des Nations Unies évoquant des mesures appropriées, y compris l’imposition de sanctions ciblées à l’encontre de ceux qui reprennent les hostilités et violent le cessez-le-feu.

 

« Je lance donc un appel au calme et à la raison pour le bénéfice de tous les Maliens. La crise qui a secoué le Mali se résoudra uniquement par la voie du dialogue. Je reste convaincu que toutes les parties feront montre de sagesse et de raison pour signer un Accord de paix historique, » a conclu le RSSG.

 

SOURCE 

NATIONS UNIES


 

Chad — IMF Executive Board Completes First Review Under the ECF Arrangement, Approves Augmentation and US$27.7 Million Disbursement

 

NDJAMENA, Chad, April 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the first review of Chad’s economic performance under the program supported by an Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement.1 It also approved the authorities’ request for an augmentation of access by SDR 26.64 million (40 percent of the country’s quota).

Completion of the review enables the immediate disbursement of SDR 19.97 million (about US$27.7 million), including SDR 6.66 million (about US$9.2 million) from the augmentation. This brings total disbursements under the arrangement so far to SDR 33.28 million (about US$46.2 million).

The Board granted waivers for the nonobservance of the performance criteria on net domestic government financing and on poverty-reducing social spending.

In addition, the Board also agreed that Chad has taken the steps necessary to reach the completion point under the Enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative. This decision on the HIPC completion point is contingent upon the Executive Board of the World Bank concluding that Chad has reached the completion point under the Enhanced HIPC Initiative, after which a joint press release will be issued.

Chad’s three-year ECF arrangement in the amount equivalent to SDR 79.92 million (about US$110.9 million), was approved by the Board on August 1, 2014 (see Press Release No. 14/381).

Following the Executive Board’s discussion on Chad, Mr. Mitsuhiro Furusawa, Acting Chair and Deputy Managing Director, said:

“Despite the collapse in oil prices, the deterioration of regional security, and the attendant influx of refugees, performance under the Fund-supported economic program has been broadly satisfactory in 2014. In particular, the non-oil primary deficit target, the main fiscal anchor of the program, was achieved and progress on the structural agenda was in line with program objectives, with a continued focus on strengthening public financial management.

“The macroeconomic outlook for 2015 and the medium term is significantly affected by the prospects of lower oil revenues. The authorities have responded decisively, including by undertaking a sizable fiscal adjustment under the revised 2015 budget awaiting parliamentary approval, while protecting poverty-reducing spending. The revised budget is to be financed by domestic financing sources, the rescheduling of oil sale advances, and budget support from international partners as well as an augmentation of access under the current arrangement under the Fund’s Extended Credit Facility.

“Chad has made commendable progress in increasing the transparency of oil revenue flows and achieved full compliance with the standards of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. Further efforts, however, are needed to keep pace with structural changes in the oil sector. The structural reform agenda remains focused on improving public financial management and removing obstacles to private sector development, economic diversification, and inclusive growth.

“The external debt burden will fall significantly after reaching the HIPC completion point, releasing resources for investment and poverty reduction. However, Chad remains at high risk of debt distress and prudent fiscal and borrowing policies remain essential.”

1 The ECF is a lending arrangement that provides sustained program engagement over the medium to long term in case of protracted balance of payments problems.

 

SOURCE 

International Monetary Fund (IMF)


Une étude Oracle montre que les applis mobiles constituent le nouveau visage des entreprises

Cette étude révèle qu’après une mauvaise expérience sur l’appli mobile d’une entreprise, la génération du millénaire hésiterait à utiliser les produits ou les services de cette entreprise

LONDRES, Royaume-Uni, 27 avril 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Oracle (http://www.oracle.com) publie une nouvelle étude qui révèle qu’après une mauvaise expérience sur l’appli mobile d’une entreprise, près de 55% des membres de la génération du millénaire se disent moins enclins à utiliser les produits ou les services de cette entreprise.

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D’après cette enquête internationale intitulée : « Génération du millénaire et mobilité : comment les entreprises peuvent séduire la génération des applis », 39% de la génération du millénaire hésiteraient aussi à recommander les produits ou les services d’une entreprise après une mauvaise expérience avec son appli mobile, et 27% admettent qu’ils commenteraient de façon négative l’ensemble des produits et services du fournisseur concerné.

Ces résultats montrent clairement que si les entreprises sont incapables de proposer à leurs clients ou à leurs prospects une expérience mobile à la fois engageante et cohérente avec les valeurs de leur marque, elles risquent de se mettre à dos la génération du millénaire et de voir la concurrence les devancer avec des offres mobiles plus convaincantes.

Suhas Uliyar, VP Mobile Strategy and Product Management, Oracle, déclare : “L’expérience utilisateur engageante et personnalisée est devenue la nouvelle arme dans la bataille que se livrent les entreprises pour séduire et fidéliser les clients de la génération du millénaire. Les entreprises qui ne savent pas offrir une réelle valeur ajoutée à leurs clients à travers une expérience mobile plus pratique, plus fonctionnelle et plus pertinente ont bien peu de chance de remporter cette bataille.”

Ce rapport montre aussi que la génération du millénaire est rebutée par les communications non sollicitées que constituent les notifications qui ne correspondent pas à des besoins personnels, tout en se disant heureuse de recevoir l’aide des entreprises quand il s’agit de communications à forte valeur ajoutée.

73% apprécient la possibilité d’acheter le produit ou le service d’une entreprise depuis une appli mobile. De même, 71% apprécient de pouvoir gérer la facturation des services, et 65% de pouvoir transmettre à l’entreprise leurs problèmes ou leurs réclamations depuis une appli mobile.

Ceci dit, plus de la moitié (56%) préfèrent ne recevoir aucune notification automatique. Le même pourcentage ne réagit que rarement aux notifications reçues, bien que 50% reconnaissent qu’elles sont personnalisées.

Suhas Uliyar précise : “Pouvoir gérer ses factures ou signaler un problème depuis une appli mobile nécessite la mise en œuvre d’une relation consentie entre le client et la marque ou le fournisseur de service. Les notifications non sollicitées se situent clairement dans un autre registre. Les entreprises doivent fournir des services basés sur des applis qui sauront se montrer utiles et pratiques, sans jamais devenir trop intrusives. Elles pourront ainsi surfer sur l’intérêt que ces jeunes portent aux applis sur mobiles et tablettes, sans pour autant les braquer.”

L’enquête révèle également une particularité régionale de la zone Asie-Pacifique : les jeunes de cette région utilisent beaucoup plus les applis mobiles que ceux des autres régions, en particulier pour le travail et les usages les plus “sérieux”.

Dans cette région, les jeunes de la génération du millénaire sont trois fois plus nombreux que dans la région EMEA à affirmer que les applis mobiles professionnelles sont absolument incontournables, de même que les applis de sécurité. De plus, alors que dans l’ensemble du monde chaque jeune a téléchargé environ 20 à 25 applis mobiles en moyenne, 40% de la génération du millénaire en Asie-Pacifique a acheté cinq fois plus d’applis, contre seulement 25% dans la zone EMEA et en Amérique du Nord.

Pour la génération du millénaire de la zone Asie-Pacifique, les applis mobiles ne sont pas seulement “sympas”, elles constituent au contraire des outils nécessaires pour leur vie quotidienne. Les jeunes de cette région recherchent constamment de nouvelles applis innovantes et se disent prêts à payer des applications apportant une réelle valeur ajoutée – ce qui est plutôt encourageant pour les entreprises.

Au niveau mondial, l’étude révèle une contradiction intéressante entre l’utilisation des applis sur smartphone et sur tablette par cette génération. Alors que les jeunes utilisent massivement les tablettes, les smartphones restent leur appareil de prédilection pour accéder aux applis mobiles. Par exemple, 61% de la génération du millénaire ont déjà transféré des contenus médias avec une appli sur smartphone, soit près de deux fois plus qu’avec une tablette (35%). Pour l’envoi d’argent à un ami, 48% ont déjà utilisé une appli sur smartphone, contre 22% sur tablette.

“Beaucoup d’innovations restent à faire sur le marché des applis sur tablettes, ainsi que sur les plus grandes phablettes, ces appareils intermédiaires entre smartphones et tablettes. Les entreprises qui répondent à ce besoin seront les mieux placées pour capitaliser sur ce marché encore en phase de maturation. Mais les applis pour smartphones et tablettes ne doivent pas être pour autant développées de façon indépendantes. Les jeunes de la génération du millénaire possèdent souvent plusieurs appareils connectés, et les entreprises doivent leur offrir une expérience applicative cohérente et de grande qualité sur tous ces appareils si elles veulent apporter à ces clients la valeur ajoutée qu’ils attendent”, déclare Suhas Uliyar.

Pour découvrir l’ensemble des résultats et des analyses de cette étude, visitez le site Web Millennials and mobility : https://go.oracle.com/LP=11235?elqCampaignID=20552

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour Oracle Corporation.

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Humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic: lack of funding threatens the free-access to healthcare

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A drastic shortage in funding is jeopardizing free access to health care services being provided by the World Health Organization and partners in the Central African Republic for horehounds of thousands people.

The WHO Representative to the Central African Republic, Dr Michel Yao, says the humanitarian crisis wracking the country has displaced approximately 200 000 people and put around 1.5 million people at risk. Increased effort and funding, he says, is needed to prevent the crisis in the Central African Republic being “forgotten crisis.”

“This year we are really suffering in terms of funding the WHO operations in the Central African Republic” Dr Yao says. “WHO has a gap of more than US$14million and have received only US$500 000 this year. The needs for the whole humanitarian health sector are even greater, with another almost US$40 million needed by Health Cluster partners, with less than US$1.5 million provided. The health sector is very challenging. The Central African Republic, for example, has among the world’s highest child and maternal mortality rates.”

Only 55% of the health facilities in Central African Republic are functioning, and they mostly rely on the support of non-governmental organizations and UN agencies like the WHO, who are collaborating has part of the Health Cluster response. In 2014, Health Cluster partners delivered medical supplies for the treatment of 800 000 patients and provided care for more than 615 000 people in the Central African Republic.

“WHO supports the people in the Central African Republic by providing free access to health care,” Dr Yao explains. “Outside the capital, Bangui, there is a real challenge to provide this care if we don’t have funding. If some of the public health facilities do not open, it will make it difficult for people who have moved to Bangui for security and economic reasons to return home. This will mean the overall crisis will not be solved.”

WHO is also filling gaps in disease surveillance, responding to outbreaks and planning health services in coordination with health humanitarian partners.

“One past donor, for example, is not providing funds for the Central African Republic this year as its funding is going towards other crises, like Syria and Yemen,” Dr Yao adds. “I am afraid that we are still a forgotten crisis and this year is even worse than before.”

Dr Yao says the reduced violence in the country means that fewer people are suffering from conflict-related injuries now than one year ago. “But today we have a large displaced population that will soon have no access to healthcare because they cannot pay for it,” Dr Yao says. “Any displacement increases the risk of communicable diseases because people are living in very poor conditions.”

Without a major injection of funding, humanitarian health services will stop delivering conflict-related injuries and they will only be delivering routine care, such as maternal and child health services and treatment for non-communicable diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

 

SOURCE 

World Health Organization (WHO)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 April 2015

Annick Girardin – Déplacement au Burkina Faso


 

Annick Girardin – Déplacement au Burkina Faso

 

PARIS, France, 27 avril 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ La secrétaire d’État chargée du développement et de la Francophonie, Mme Annick Girardin, actuellement en déplacement au Burkina Faso, a visité hier deux projets de foyers améliorés et d’adduction d’eau au nord de Ouagadougou.

Avec l’aide de l’ONG burkinabé Tiipalga et de l’Agence Française de Développement, ces deux initiatives améliorent la santé des populations, limitent la déforestation, et illustrent la volonté de la France de promouvoir des solutions africaines pour atténuer les effets du dérèglement climatique et lutter contre les émissions de carbone.

Après l’Éthiopie, la Tanzanie et le Kenya début Avril, et avant de se rendre mardi au Niger pour évoquer la lutte contre la désertification, la secrétaire d’État a souligné l’importance de valoriser les solutions concrètes permettant de concilier développement et lutte contre le changement climatique, qui seront au cœur des enjeux de la Conférence Paris Climat en décembre prochain.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 April 2015

The Pope praises the dynamism of the Church in Benin


 

The Pope praises the dynamism of the Church in Benin

 

VATICAN, Holy See, April 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The vitality of the Church, the pastoral ministry of the family, attention to priests and persons religious, and relations with the civil authorities are the central themes of the written discourse that the Pope handed to the bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Benin this morning, at the end of their “ad Limina” visit.

The Holy Father begins by praising the dynamism of parish life, the extensive participation of the faithful in ceremonies and the increase of vocations to the priesthood, but he also echoed the prelates’ reports that it is at times superficial and lacking in solidity and strength. “Therefore, it is important that the desire for a profound knowledge of the Christian mystery not be the prerogative of an elite, but instead must inspire all faithful, as everyone is called to holiness. It is imperative that the Church in Benin resists and defeats the winds to the contrary that are rising throughout the world and do not fail to blow upon you too. I know that you are vigilant in the face of numerous ideological and media attacks. The spirit of secularisation is at work in your country too, although it is not yet very visible. Only a faith profoundly rooted in the heart of the faithful, and lived in a concrete way, will enable you to face this”.

One of the challenges to the Church in Benin is family pastoral ministry, to which the upcoming Synod will seek to respond. The Pope thanks the prelates of Benin for their prayers for this assembly, and for their mobilisation of the dioceses to participate in such important event. “I can only encourage you to continue with determination in the efforts you have undertaken to support families, both in their faith and in their daily life. I know that the pastoral ministry of marriage remains difficult, considering the real social and cultural situation of the people. However, do not be discouraged, but persevere tirelessly as the family in defence of the Catholic Church is a reality willed by God; it is a gift of God that brings joy, stability and happiness to people and to societies. It is an important challenge since the family, as the basic unit of both society and of the Church, is the place where authentic human and Gospel values are transmitted”.

The bishop of Rome then turns to the theme of the education of the younger generations, who must bring solidarity, justice and mutual respect to the society of the future. “It is necessary to promote in your country – without of course renouncing any of the Truth as revealed by the Lord – the encounter between cultures and dialogue between religions, especially with Islam. It is well known that Benin offers an example of harmony between the religions present in her territory. It is however wise to be vigilant, considering the current world climate, in order to conserve this fragile heritage. I am particularly pleased that an international colloquium on interreligious dialogue has been held, under the presidency of Cardinal Tauran, which was widely appreciated”.

“Your local Churches have a key role in promoting harmony and justice in the progress of the country”, Pope Francis observes. “But it is a role they also play in healthcare and human development. How much work is carried out in the name of the Gospel in your dioceses! While the global crisis is affecting many countries, it is necessary to go against the grain with courage, fighting against the throwaway culture that reaches everywhere and spreading the Gospel values of hospitality and encounter. The service of charity is a constitutive dimension of the mission of the Church, and it is an expression of her essence. However, it should be borne in mind that the spirit of the works accomplished by the Church has a specific nature that must be clearly identified: she never acts as a form of simple social aid, but rather as the manifestation of the tenderness and mercy of Jesus Himself, who tends to the wounds and weaknesses of His brothers. The joy of the Gospel is thus announced to humanity in the most effective way”.

The Pope thanks the priests of Benin for their generous service into the Gospel and mentions again the great number of vocations, a blessing from the Lord, and encourages the Church in Benin to share her resources with the Churches of other regions which are lacking. However, he writes, “when you send your priests to study or on missions elsewhere, do so with judgement, without forgetting the needs of your own Churches”.

The final paragraphs of the text are dedicated to the good relationship between the Church and the civil authorities in the country. “The voice of the Church is listened to and her action is appreciated. I invite you to continue to take your place fully in the public life of the country, especially in these times. I know you are engaged in constant work to encourage relations between the different components of society. I invite you to continue along this path, taking care not to enter directly into the political arena or party disputes. The conduct of public affairs remains the duty of the laity, whom you have the important duty of ceaselessly educating and encouraging”.

 

SOURCE 

Vatican Information Service (VIS)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 April 2015

El Papa elogia el dinamismo de la Iglesia en Benin


 

El Papa elogia el dinamismo de la Iglesia en Benin

 

VATICAN, Holy See, April 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — La vitalidad de la Iglesia, la pastoral de la familia, la atención a los sacerdotes y religiosos y las relaciones con las autoridades civiles son los temas centrales del discurso que el Papa ha entregado esta mañana a los obispos de la Conferencia Episcopal de Benin al final de su visita ”ad Limina”.

El Santo Padre elogia en primer lugar el dinamismo de la vida parroquial, la numerosa participación de los fieles en las ceremonias y el aumento de las vocaciones al sacerdocio, pero haciéndose eco de los informes de los prelados advierte de que la fe que anima todas estas manifestaciones, si bien cada vez es más generalizada, pueda adolecer de superficialidad y carecer de fuerza. ”Por eso es importante -escribe- que el deseo de un conocimiento profundo del misterio cristiano no sea prerrogativa de una élite, sino que se difunda a todos los fieles, ya que todos están llamados a la santidad. Es capital para que la Iglesia en Benin pueda resistir y dominar los vientos que se levantan en todo el mundo y que no dejaran de soplar sobre vosotros. Se que estáis alerta ante los muchos ataques ideológicos y mediáticos. El espíritu de secularización obra también en vuestro país, aunque todavía no sea visible. Sólo una fe profundamente arraigada en el corazón de los fieles, y concretamente vivida, permitirá hacerle frente”.

Entre los desafíos de la Iglesia en Benin, está el de la familia al que el próximo Sínodo intentará dar respuesta. De ahi que el Papa agradezca a los prelados benineses sus oraciones por esa asamblea y la movilización de la que están dando prueba en sus diócesis para participar en una reflexión tan importante. ”No puedo por menos -dice ? que animaros en vuestra determinación de apoyar a las familias, tanto en su fe como en su vida diaria. Sé que la pastoral del matrimonio sigue siendo difícil, dada la situación concreta, social y cultural de vuestro pueblo. Pero no hay que desanimarse, sino perseverar constantemente porque la familia, así como la defiende la Iglesia católica es una realidad querida por Dios; es un don de Dios que aporta, a las personas y las sociedades, la alegría, la paz, la estabilidad, la felicidad. Es un reto importante porque la familia, por ser la unidad básica de la sociedad como de la Iglesia, es el lugar donde se transmiten los auténticos valores humanos y evangélicos”.

El Obispo de Roma aborda a continuación el tema de la educación de las jóvenes generaciones que deberían aportar a la sociedad futura solidaridad, justicia y respeto recíproco. ”Es necesario, efectivamente promover en vuestro país – por supuesto, sin renunciar en nada a la verdad revelada por el Señor – el encuentro entre culturas así como el diálogo entre las religiones, sobre todo con el Islam – Se sabe que Benin es un ejemplo de armonía entre las religiones presentes en su territorio. Hay que prestar atención, dado el clima global actual, a preservar este patrimonio frágil. Estoy particularmente satisfecho de que recientemente se haya celebrado bajo la presidencia del cardenal Tauran, un simposio internacional sobre el diálogo interreligioso, que ha sido apreciado por todos”.

”Vuestras Iglesias locales, al fomentar la armonía y la justicia desempeñan un papel principal en el progreso del país -observa Francisco- Pero es un papel, que también se acompaña con la labor sanitaria y la promoción humana.¡ Cuánto trabajo realizado en nombre del Evangelio en vuestras diócesis! Si bien la crisis económica mundial está afectando a muchos países, es necesario ir con valentía a contracorriente, luchando contra la cultura del ”descarte” extendida por todas partes y difundiendo los valores evangélicos de la hospitalidad y de encuentro. El servicio de la caridad es una dimensión constitutiva de la misión de la Iglesia, y es una expresión de su esencia. Sin embargo, hay que tener muy en cuenta el espíritu con que se llevan a cabo porque tienen una especificidad que debe ser claramente identificada: no se trata nunca de una simple asistencia social, sino de la manifestación de la ternura y la misericordia de Jesús que se inclina sobre las lesiones y las debilidades de sus hermanos. Es así cómo la alegría del Evangelio se anuncia de la forma más eficaz a la humanidad”.

El Papa agradece la generosa entrega de los sacerdotes de Benin al servicio del Evangelio y reitera que el gran número de vocaciones, que es una bendición del Señor, lleva a la Iglesia beninesa ”a compartir generosamente sus recursos con otras regiones que carecen de iglesias. No obstante, cuando se envía a los presbíteros a estudiar fuera o en misión externa, hay que hacerlo con discernimiento sin olvidar las necesidades de las propias iglesias”.

Los últimos párrafos del discurso están dedicados a la buena relación de la Iglesia en con las autoridades civiles del país. ”La voz de la Iglesia se escucha y su acción es apreciada -nota el Pontífice- Os invito a seguir ocupando el lugar que os corresponde en la vida pública del país, especialmente en estos tiempos. Sé que estáis involucrados en una constante tarea para fomentar las relaciones entre los diferentes componentes de la sociedad. Os aliento a continuar por este camino, teniendo cuidado de no entrar directamente en el juego político ni en las querellas de partido. La guía de los asuntos públicos compete a los laicos, a los que tenéis el importante deber de formar y alentar sin cesar”.

 

SOURCE 

Vatican Information Service (VIS)

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Visite Ad Limina des Evêques du Bénin


 

Visite Ad Limina des Evêques du Bénin

 

VATICAN, Saint-Siège, 27 avril 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ La vitalité de l’Eglise, la pastorale de la famille, l’attention aux prêtres et religieux et les relations avec les autorités civiles étaient au c’ur du discours du Pape François remis ce matin aux évêques de la Conférence épiscopale du Bénin au terme de leur visite ad limina. Le Saint-Père les a d’abord remercié du dynamisme de leur vie paroissiale, de la participation nombreuse des fidèles aux cérémonies et des vocations toujours plus nombreuses au sacerdoce, avant de souligner, se faisant l’écho de ce que les évêques rapportent, que cette foi, de plus en plus répandue, est parfois superficielle et manque de solidité. “Or il est important -écrit-il- que le désir d’une connaissance profonde du mystère chrétien ne soit pas l’apanage d’une élite, mais anime tous les fidèles, car tous sont appelés à la sainteté. Ceci est capital pour que l’Eglise au Bénin puisse résister et vaincre les vents contraires qui se lèvent partout dans le monde et qui ne manqueront pas de souffler chez vous. Je sais que vous êtes vigilants face aux multiples agressions idéologiques et médiatiques. L’esprit de sécularisation est à l”uvre aussi dans votre pays, même si cela est encore peu visible. Seule une foi profondément enracinée au c’ur des fidèles, et concrètement vécue, permettra d’y faire face”.

Parmi les défis de l’Eglise au Bénin, se trouve celui de la famille auquel le prochain Synode tentera de répondre. Les remerciant de leurs prières à cette intention, et de la mobilisation dont ils font preuve, avec leurs diocèses, pour participer à cette réflexion si importante, le Pape ajoute: “Je ne peux que vous encourager à poursuivre avec détermination les efforts entrepris pour soutenir les familles, tant dans leur foi que dans leur vie quotidienne. Je sais que la pastorale du mariage reste difficile, compte tenu de la situation concrète, sociale et culturelle, de votre peuple. En revanche il ne faut pas se décourager, mais persévérer sans cesse, car la famille telle que la défend l’Eglise catholique est une réalité voulue par Dieu. Elle est un don de Dieu qui apporte, aux personnes comme aux sociétés, la joie, la paix, la stabilité, le bonheur. L’enjeu est important, car la famille étant la cellule de base de la société comme de l’Eglise, c’est en son sein que se transmettent les authentiques valeurs humaines et évangéliques”. Le Pape a ensuite évoque l’éducation des jeunes générations qui devraient apporter à l’avenir de la société leur précieuse contribution, notamment en matière de solidarité, de justice et de respect de l’autre. “Il est nécessaire, en effet, de favoriser dans votre pays, bien sûr sans renoncer en rien à la Vérité révélée par le Seigneur, la rencontre entre les cultures ainsi que le dialogue entre les religions, notamment avec l’islam. Il est connu que le Bénin est un exemple d’harmonie entre les religions présentes sur son territoire. Il convient d’être vigilant, compte tenu du climat mondial actuel, afin de conserver ce fragile héritage. J’ai été particulièrement heureux de la tenue récemment, sous la présidence du Cardinal Tauran, d’un colloque international sur le dialogue interreligieux, qui a été apprécié de tous. Favorisant la concorde et la justice, vos Eglises locales ont donc, chers frères, un rôle de premier plan à jouer pour la marche en avant de votre pays. Mais ce rôle, elles le remplissent aussi par les ‘uvres sanitaires et de promotion humaine. Que de travail accompli au nom de l’Evangile dans vos diocèses! Alors que la crise économique mondiale affecte un grand nombre de pays, il convient d’aller courageusement à contre-courant, en luttant contre la culture du déchet partout répandue, et en diffusant les valeurs évangéliques de l’accueil et de la rencontre. Le service de la charité est une dimension constitutive de la mission de l’Eglise, et il constitue une expression de son essence-même. Il faut cependant bien garder à l’esprit que les ‘uvres accomplies par l’Eglise ont une spécificité qui doit être clairement identifiée. Il ne s’agit jamais d’une simple assistance sociale, mais de la manifestation de la tendresse et de miséricorde de Jésus lui-même qui se penche sur les blessures et les faiblesses de ses frères. C’est ainsi que la joie de l’Evangile est annoncée de la manière la plus efficace aux hommes”.

Finalement, le Saint-Père remercie l’engagement des prêtres du Bénin au service de la Bonne Nouvelle, avant de rappeler que le grand nombre de vocations qui est une bénédiction du Seigneur, invitent l’Eglise béninoise “à partager généreusement ses ressources avec les Eglises d’autres régions qui en sont dépourvues. Il convient, cependant, lorsque vous envoyez des prêtres en études ou en mission extérieure, de le faire avec discernement, n’oubliant pas les nécessités de vos propres Eglises”. La fin du discours est consacrée à la bonne relation de l’Eglise avec les autorités locales civiles du pays. “La voix de l’Eglise est écoutée et son action est appréciée -relève le Pape-. Je vous invite à continuer de prendre toute votre place dans la vie publique du pays, particulièrement en ces temps. Je sais que vous êtes impliqués dans un constant travail pour encourager les relations entre les différentes composantes de la société. Je vous invite à persévérer dans cette voie, tout en prenant garde de ne pas entrer directement dans le jeu politique ni les querelles de parti. La conduite des affaire publiques revient aux laïcs, qu’en revanche, vous avez l’important devoir de former et d’encourager sans cesse”.

 

SOURCE 

Vatican Information Service (VIS)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 April 2015

African leaders to develop common plan for stopping wildlife crime


 

African leaders to develop common plan for stopping wildlife crime

 

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of the Congo, April 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — African Heads of State, government representatives and experts are gathering at the International Conference on Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora in Africa where they will develop a common roadmap to end wildlife trafficking on the continent.

 

The Conference will seek to advance the first-ever Africa-wide strategy and action plan to tackle the illegal trade in wild fauna and flora, to be further considered at the next African Union Heads of State Summit later this year.

 

The four-day event is organised under the leadership of the Republic of Congo, in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC), and with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the African Development Bank, the Lusaka Agreement Task Force and the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC), among others.

 

“Forests and wildlife are part of our common African heritage but are disappearing at an alarming pace,” said His Excellency Denis Sassou Nguesso, the President of the Republic of Congo. “We have a duty to work together, as a continent, to safeguard our unique biodiversity for present and future generations and to craft strong collective solutions to address this calamity.”

 

The value of wildlife crime, comprising fauna and flora, and including logging, poaching and trafficking of a wide range of animals, amounts to many hundreds of billions of US dollars a year, according to estimates of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNEP and INTERPOL.

 

Wildlife trafficking destroys biodiversity and ecosystems, undermining development and eroding livelihoods for millions of African citizens. It also creates insecurity, fuelling conflicts and corruption, depriving countries of their assets, compromising the rule of law and dividing societies.

 

“By the end of this event, we envisage to have a clear roadmap toward a strategy that is strong, Africa-owned and Africa-led,” noted Her Excellency Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, the AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture. “The document will aim to galvanize collective action across borders and it will offer practical, home-grown solutions towards decisively eliminating poaching and illegal wildlife trade.”

 

Following the Brazzaville conference, the draft strategy and associated action plan will be further developed in consultation with all African Member States, and progress on the strategy will be reviewed when the continent’s leaders gather at their bi-annual meeting, this June, in South Africa.

 

“An African strategy developed by the African Union and its Member States, and focused on the needs of the continent is an extremely important step forward,” said Achim Steiner, the Executive Director of UNEP.

 

“Its development will require full engagement of Member States, and its implementation will require enhanced and sustained international support, strong information networks, better public advocacy and accountability, as well as adequate laws and mechanisms to fully address the problem.”

 

The International Conference on Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora in Africa builds on the momentum and outcomes of the 2014 London and 2015 Kasane High Level Conferences on Illegal Wildlife Trade, and comes on the heels of the 23rd African Union Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, which urged African nations to apply zero tolerance approaches, to take action to strengthen laws and policies, and to engage communities to combat illegal wildlife trafficking and related criminal activities.

 

“Trafficking in wildlife and forest products poses serious security, environmental, and development challenges”, said Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator. “Addressing rural poverty, strengthening governance and the rule of law, and eradicating illicit trade in wildlife are key to addressing these threats and are essential for achieving Africa’s vision for sustainable development.”

 

SOURCE 

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

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).

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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

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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.

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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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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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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.

 

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International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

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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.

 

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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.

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(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.

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(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

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