UNICEF’s social media platform to engage communities reaches one million responders / U-Report Nigeria has the widest coverage of any country

 

ABUJA, Nigeria, August 31, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Nigeria has become the first country to reach one million responders on the SMS-based U-Report platform, designed to strengthen community-led development and citizen engagement, UNICEF announced today.

 

UNICEF’s Global Innovations team has launched U-Report in 17 countries, mostly in Africa, as a way for community members to share their opinions and drive positive change. It is a user-centred social monitoring tool based on simple Short Message Service (SMS) messages, polling opinions on issues that affect communities and sharing useful information. It relies on volunteer community members, mostly young people, serving as U-Reporters to provide information on issues that affect their communities.

 

“It is heartening to see a million young people in Nigeria becoming agents of change for their community and nation,” said Dr Sharad Sapra, Director of Global Innovations at UNICEF, when Nigeria hit the one million U-Reporter mark, “These young people and the many more who join them every day, are becoming the pillars for sustainable social development in Nigeria.”

 

With the support in Nigeria of telecommunications service providers Airtel, Etisalat, Glo and MTN, engaging with U-Report is completely free and it has grown into a vibrant tool to empower communities.

 

The first poll question from the U-Report Nigeria platform was sent out in April 2014 and since then, nearly 70 polls on topics such as health, education, safety and security, Internally Displaced Persons, water and sanitation, violence against children and trafficking in persons have been discussed on the platform, with results disseminated to Government and other relevant agencies.

 

Having over a million voices on this platform means that a significant number of Nigerians now have an opportunity to speak out on social issues in their communities and the assurance that their voices are being heard.

 

“Nigeria hitting the one million mark on the U-Report platform is a huge step in stakeholder engagement, connecting leaders with their communities to improve their standard of living,” said Jean Gough, UNICEF Nigeria Country Representative, “U-Report can significantly contribute to transparency, accountability and social justice in Nigeria”

 

To become a U-Reporter in Nigeria, text the word ‘JOIN’ to 24453 and voice your opinion. It is free.

 

NOTE

 

To access U-Report information, see http://www.nigeria.ureport.in. The website shows U-Reporter responses across Nigeria to nearly 70 polls. Questions on a wide range of topics continue to be asked to U-Reporters every week, providing a deep source of real-time information on the views and opinions of Nigerians.

 

SOURCE 

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)


 

INFORMATION SOCIETY IS WHAT WILL ENABLE AFRICA TO MAKE THE LEAP INTO THE 21ST CENTURY- AUC DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TELLS AFRICAN EXPERTS OF COMMUNICATION AND ICT

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, August 31, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The meeting of experts of the First Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Communication and ICT (CCICT) has started at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Bringing together work that falls under the African Union’s Directorate of Information and Communication (DIC) with that of the Department of Infrastructure and Energy (DIE) this is the first meeting bringing together in a united framework, issues of communication, including the media, branding and information, and Information and Communication Technologies. A total of 31 member states of the AU are attending the meeting.

 

The meeting’s opening ceremony sent a clear call to member states of the African Union to redouble efforts to give Africa the voice to tell the African story, to promote access to information and freedom of expression, to popularise African Union branding and promote Africa’s image.

 

Addressing the meeting’s opening ceremony on behalf of the African Union Commission, the DIC Director Mrs Habiba El Mejri Scheikh explained that the information society is now one of the most dynamic social and economic activities of our century. Its added value, she said is unmatched and has a catalytic impact on societal transformation, productivity and innovation; modernization of vital services, such as health, education and transport; and on science and technology. “We are here today because we firmly believe that the Information Society is what will enable Africa to make the leap into the 21st century”, said the Director.

 

Mrs El Mejri Cheikh recalled that most African countries have developed national policies and strategies to develop the Information. But she noted that, despite the many significant gains, the information society sector in most African countries and the continent in general remains a source of serious concern. There is therefore a need to catch up with the rest of the world.

 

The Commission of the African Union, in its mission of facilitating and coordinating regional initiatives and other projects, has undertaken a number of important actions, notably in the field of harmonization of the information society policies to control and encourage investments for the development of the continent.

 

The Director of Special Initiatives Division of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, Ms Fatima Denton also noted that Africa is trailing behind in terms of ICT infrastructure and services. She observed that “broadband enabled services have the potential to create economic and empowerment opportunities and improve the quality of life of millions of people across the continent”. She also commended the regional economic communities for harmonising the legal and regulatory environments.

 

The head of the Zambian delegation, which was the chair of the outgoing bureau of the STC commended the meeting for its objective of optimising the use of ICTs and communication.

 

The meeting is expected to discuss on-going projects of the AUC such as the PIDA priority action plan, the project of the Pan African TV and Radio Channels, the AU Branding Campaign, the AU Communication Strategy, the Pan African E network, DoT Africa project. Postal projects, the ICT strategy for Africa as well as internet governance issues among others.

 

From 3 to 4 September, responsible ministers will meet. They will consider the experts’ session report, hold a closed session on Internet Governance, adopt their meeting’s report and adopt the Addis Ababa Declaration on communication and ICT.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 31 August 2015

Somalia: Critical Food and Nutrition Situation Persists


 

Somalia: Critical Food and Nutrition Situation Persists

 

MOGADISHU, Somalia, August 31, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The results of the latest Food Security and Nutrition Assessment for Somalia, presented today in Mogadishu, indicate that the country’s humanitarian situation remains alarming.

 

Compared to six months ago, the number of people who face food crisis or emergency increased by 17 per cent, from 731,000 to 855,000. The number of those in food-stressed situations remained at 2.3 million. The deterioration is due in good part to an early end of Gu rains, leading to below-average cereal production. In total, 3.1 million people require humanitarian assistance.

 

“The levels of food insecurity and malnutrition are critical. Humanitarian actors and donors have prevented the situation being a lot worse than it is, but we all need to do more”, said Humanitarian Coordinator Peter de Clercq, “The situation among internally displaced people is particularly worrying”.

 

More than two thirds, or 68 per cent, of the people who are in crisis and emergency are internally displaced. Especially among them — who are already exposed to widespread human rights violations — food insecurity aggravates protection concerns: it regularly results in child labour, increased sexual and gender-based violence, and involuntary family separations.

 

Nearly 215,000 children aged under five are acutely malnourished, of whom almost 40,000 are severely malnourished and face a high risk of disease and death. In settlements for internally displaced people, global acute malnutrition rates are consistently above the emergency threshold of 15 per cent.

 

Food insecurity is likely to worsen by the end of the year. This will be due to below-average agricultural production, poor rainfall in some pastoral and agro-pastoral areas, trade disruption in the most conflict-affected areas, and continued displacement. Additionally, the El Niño phenomenon is expected to prompt heavy rains and cause flooding along the Juba and Shabelle rivers, flash floods in parts of Galgaduud, Mudug and Nugaal in Puntland, and drought conditions in parts of Somaliland. This is likely to lead to disease, loss of crops and property, and to deterioration in the food security and nutritional situations.

 

“We must continue investing in saving lives. We cannot allow a reversal in the important steps forward made on the humanitarian and development fronts”, said the Humanitarian Coordinator, “We must simultaneously address the underlying causes of the country’s predicament, and work on durable solutions that will mitigate suffering while also building a more resilient Somalia”.

 

The assessments are conducted by the Food Security and Nutritional Analysis Unit (FSNAU), managed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in collaboration with technical government and partners, twice a year: after the Deyr season around January, and after the Gu season around August.

 

In 2011, Somalia experienced a devastating famine. Things have since improved, but humanitarian needs remain vast and the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance continues to fluctuate around 3 million. The ability to absorb shocks — whether conflict or natural disasters — is very limited. About 1.1 million people are internally displaced.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS

Posted by: APO | 31 August 2015

100,000USD ONE Africa Award Deadline Extended


100,000USD ONE Africa Award Deadline Extended

Applications NOW being accepted until September 7, 2015

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 31, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The deadline for applying for the 2015 ONE Africa Award (http://www.one.org/africaaward) has been extended until midnight Monday, September 7, 2015.

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Africa-led, Africa-driven organizations now have an additional week to submit their applications for consideration for the Award.  The Award honors outstanding contributions by African based organizations leading the fight against poverty and preventable disease on the continent.

Now in its eighth year, The ONE Africa Award highlights and bolsters innovative, Africa-led and Africa-driven advocacy efforts that help advance one or more of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the world’s blueprint for fighting extreme poverty and disease. This year’s ONE Award is especially significant as it comes at a time when world leaders prepare to adopt the new Sustainable development Goals (SDGs) – the framework by which anti-poverty organizations and activists do more to encourage sustainable development by 2030. Previous winners include Friends Africa (2014), Agricultural Non-State Actors Forum (ANSAF) of Tanzania (2013), Positive-Generation from Cameroon (2012), GF2D from Togo (2011), SEND Ghana (2010), SIDAREC of Kenya (2009); and Devcoms of Nigeria (2008).

More details on ONE Africa Award and full scoring criteria for applicants can be found at www.one.org/africaaward.

1.         Who can Apply – Individuals and organizations, based in Africa, that demonstrate innovative approaches and measurable results in helping to meet one or more of the Millennium Development Goals through advocacy are invited to apply.

2.         How to Apply – Applications for the ONE Africa Award will be accepted until midnight Monday, September 7th.  Applications can be sent to one.award@one.org  or by mail to:

ONE Africa

Silver Stream Office Park

1st Floor, Main Building

10 Muswell Road South

Bryanston, Johannesburg

South Africa

3.         Announcement of the Winner – The award recipient will be announced in November 2015.

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

Contact:

Carla Walker

+27 11 706 4511

carla.walker@one.org

About ONE – Co-founded by Bono, ONE (http://www.one.org) is a campaigning and advocacy organization of nearly 7 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Half of this membership is based in Africa.  Not politically partisan, we raise public awareness and press political leaders to combat AIDS and preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency in poverty-fighting programs. Learn more at www.ONE.org.

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ONE.org


 

La Représentante spéciale du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies pour la Côte d’Ivoire appelle à la retenue

 

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 31 août 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ La Côte d’Ivoire s’achemine vers l’élection présidentielle d’octobre 2015. Ce scrutin sera l’occasion pour le peuple ivoirien de tourner définitivement la page des temps de crise et de renouer avec les principes démocratiques.

A cette occasion, la Représentante spéciale du Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies pour la Côte d’Ivoire et Chef de l’Opération des Nations Unies en Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI), Mme Aïchatou Mindaoudou, appelle les acteurs politiques, de toutes tendances, à faire preuve de retenue dans leurs propos et à tout mettre en œuvre pour contribuer au maintien d’un environnement électoral apaisé, au renforcement de la cohésion sociale et à la consolidation de la réconciliation nationale.

Elle les exhorte, en outre, à inscrire leurs militants dans cette dynamique de paix irréversible pour assurer un processus électoral réussi, à la mesure des attentes du peuple ivoirien.

L’ONUCI et la Communauté internationale restent convaincus de la lucidité et du sens de la responsabilité du peuple ivoirien. Nul doute qu’il saura faire prévaloir l’intérêt général, la démocratie et la paix avant, pendant et après le scrutin d’octobre 2015.

 

SOURCE 

NATIONS UNIES


 

Communique du Conseil de paix et de sécurité de l’Union africaine (UA), en sa 537ème réunion sur les efforts du Kenya dans la lutte contre al-Shabaab et le plan de relocalisation du camp de réfugiés de Dabaab.

 

ADDIS ABEBA, Ethiopie, 31 août 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le Conseil de paix et de sécurité de l’Union africaine (UA), en sa 537ème réunion tenue le 24 août 2015, a suivi une communication faite par l’Ambassadrice Monica Juma, Secrétaire générale du Ministère de l’Intérieur et de la Coordination gouvernementale au niveau national de la République du Kenya, sur les efforts du Kenya dans la lutte contre al-Shabaab et le plan de relocalisation du camp de réfugiés de Dabaab.

 

Le Conseil a réitéré sa profonde préoccupation face à la menace croissante du terrorisme et de l’extrémisme violent et à ses incidences sur la paix et la sécurité sur le continent. Le Conseil a exprimé la condamnation par l’UA de tous les actes de terrorisme, quels qu’en soient les auteurs, les lieux et les buts. Le Conseil a souligné l’impératif de la poursuite et du renforcement des efforts de lutte contre ce fléau sur la base des instruments africains et internationaux pertinents et de ses propres décisions, notamment le communiqué PSC/AHG/COMM.(CDLV) adopté lors de sa 455ème réunion tenue à Nairobi le 2 septembre 2014. Le Conseil a souligné la nécessité, dans la lutte contre le terrorisme, d’une approche globale et du respect des normes les plus élevées en ce qui concerne les droits de l’homme et le droit international humanitaire, en gardant à l’esprit les dispositions pertinentes du Protocole de l’UA de 2004 à la Convention de 1999 sur la prévention et la lutte contre le terrorisme.

 

Le Conseil a condamné, dans les termes les plus énergiques, les lâches et ignobles attentats terroristes perpétrés par al-Shabaab au Kenya, qui ont causé la mort d’un très grand nombre de personnes innocentes et gravement blessé plusieurs autres, entrainé une destruction massive de biens et perturbé la vie quotidienne des citoyens ordinaires. Le Conseil a exprimé l’entière solidarité de l’UA avec le Gouvernement et le peuple du Kenya, offert ses sincères condoléances aux familles de ceux qui ont perdu la vie, et souhaité un prompt rétablissement aux blessés. Le Conseil a réitéré son appui au Gouvernement du Kenya dans ses efforts de lutte contre le groupe terroriste al-Shabaab. Le Conseil a également réitéré ses remerciements au Kenya pour sa contribution à la Mission de l’UA en Somalie (AMISOM) et les sacrifices consentis dans ce cadre.

 

Le Conseil a exprimé son appréciation au Gouvernement et au peuple du Kenya pour l’hospitalité accordée à un très grand nombre de réfugiés au camp de Dabaab, depuis son établissement en 1990.

 

Le Conseil a pris note de la relocalisation prévue du camp de réfugiés de Dabaab, et ce dans le cadre des efforts globaux du Gouvernement kenyan visant à prévenir les attaques du groupe terroriste al-Shabaab. Le Conseil a convenu d’entreprendre de nouvelles consultations sur cette question avec toutes les partes prenantes concernées, en vue de contribuer à la recherche d’une solution durable qui tiendrait compte des préoccupations sécuritaires d’ensemble du Kenya, tout en respectant les instruments internationaux et africains pertinents, y compris la Convention des Nations unies de 1951 relative au statut des réfugiés et le Protocole de 1967 relatif au statut des réfugiés, ainsi que la Convention de l’Organisation de l’unité africaine (OUA) régissant les aspects spécifiques aux problèmes des réfugiés en Afrique. Le Conseil a demandé à la Commission de lui soumettre, au début du mois d’octobre 2015, un rapport sur la question, y compris des recommandations sur la marche à suivre.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


 

Press Statement of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 537th meeting on Kenya’s efforts in fighting al-Shabaab and its plan of relocating the Dabaab Refugee Camp

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, August 31, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 537th meeting held on 24 August 2015, was briefed by Ambassador Monica Juma, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government of the Republic of Kenya, on Kenya’s efforts in fighting al-Shabaab and its plan of relocating the Dabaab Refugee Camp.

 

Council reiterated its deep concern at the growing threat of terrorism and violent extremism and the resulting impact on peace and security on the continent. Council expressed the AU’s condemnation of all acts of terrorism by whomever, wherever and for whatever purposes. Council stressed the imperative for continued and enhanced efforts to combat this scourge, on the basis of the relevant African and international instruments and its own decisions, notably communiqué PSC/AHG/COMM.(CDLV), adopted at its 455th meeting held in Nairobi, on 2 September 2014. Council underlined the need, in fighting terrorism, for a comprehensive approach and to uphold the highest standards in terms of human rights and international humanitarian law, bearing in mind the relevant provisions of the AU 2004 Protocol to the 1999 Convention on the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism.

 

Council condemned, in the strongest terms, the cowardly and heinous terrorist attacks committed by al-Shabaab in Kenya, resulting in large numbers of deaths and serious injuries, causing massive destruction of property and disrupting the daily life of ordinary Kenyans. Council expressed the AU’s full solidarity with the Government and people of Kenya and its condolences to the families of the dead, and wished speedy recovery to the injured. Council reiterated its support to the Government of Kenya in its efforts to combat the al-Shabaab terrorist group. Council also reiterated its appreciation to Kenya for its contribution to the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the sacrifices made in this respect.

 

Council expressed its appreciation to the Government and people of Kenya for hosting large numbers of refugees at the Dabaab camp, since its establishment in 1990.

 

Council took note of the planned relocation of the Dabaab refugee camp, as part of the Kenyan Government overall efforts to prevent attacks by the al-Shabaab terrorist group. Council agreed to undertake further consultations on this issue with all concerned stakeholders, with a view to contributing to the search for a sustainable solution that would take into account Kenya’s overall national security concerns, whilst respecting relevant international and African instruments, including the 1951 United Nations (UN) Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 UN Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, as well as the Organization of Africa Unity (OAU) Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa. Council requested the Commission to submit to it a report on the issue, with recommendations on the way forward, by early October 2015.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


 

Singapore / State Visit of His Excellency Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, 30 August to 1 September 2015

 

SINGAPORE, Singapore, August 31, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, His Excellency Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, called on President Tony Tan Keng Yam and met with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, following the Welcome Ceremony at the Istana today.

President Al Sisi and our leaders affirmed the historical friendship between Singapore and Egypt as we look forward to commemorating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2016. President Tan noted that Egypt was the first Arab state to recognise Singapore’s independence and Singapore had established one of its first embassies in Cairo. President Tan highlighted that people-to-people ties have grown steadily over the decades with many Singaporeans studying at Al Azhar University. President Tan congratulated President Al Sisi on the successful completion of the expanded Suez Canal project in one year. He welcomed more cooperation with Egypt in areas of water resource management, education and port management.

Prime Minister Lee noted that many leaders of Singapore’s Muslim community were alumni of Al Azhar University. Welcoming President Al Sisi’s call for a firm stance against religious extremism, Prime Minister Lee said that Singapore and Egypt should work together to counter extremism by exchanging experiences in promoting inter-faith dialogue and religious harmony, and enhancing information sharing. He agreed with President Al Sisi that this was a serious challenge affecting many countries.

President Al Sisi attended a roundtable lunch with business leaders jointly organised by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, International Enterprise Singapore and the Singapore Business Federation, where he highlighted business opportunities in Egypt, including the next phase of the Suez Canal re-development plan.

Earlier today, President Al Sisi attended an Orchid Naming Ceremony at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, where an orchid, Dendrobium Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, was named after him.

 

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

SINGAPORE

31 AUGUST 2015

 

SOURCE 

Singapore – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 31 August 2015

Algérie – Accueil par la ville d’Oran des Jeux méditerranéens de 2021


 

Algérie – Accueil par la ville d’Oran des Jeux méditerranéens de 2021

 

PARIS, France, 31 août 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ La France adresse toutes ses félicitations à la ville d’Oran qui a été choisie pour accueillir, en 2021, la dix-neuvième édition des “Jeux méditerranéens”.

 

Ce succès est le résultat de la mobilisation exceptionnelle des autorités algériennes.

 

Nous souhaitons à l’Algérie et tout particulièrement à la ville d’Oran un plein succès dans l’organisation de ces jeux.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 


Johannesburg Stock Exchange launches JSE Eris Interest Rate Swap Futures

The new JSE Eris Interest Rate Swap (IRS) Futures will be based on the Johannesburg Interbank Agreed Rate (JIBAR) and denominated in South African Rand (ZAR)

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 31, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) (http://www.jse.co.za), the continent’s largest exchange, today have officially launched JSE Eris Interest Rate Swap (IRS) Futures.

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The new JSE Eris Interest Rate Swap (IRS) Futures will be based on the Johannesburg Interbank Agreed Rate (JIBAR) and denominated in South African Rand (ZAR).

The product will follow the standard South African swap market conventions while using the Eris MethodologyTM, allowing the contracts to replicate the cash flows of over the counter (OTC) swaps. The new product offering will be available for trading by all registered Interest Rate market members and their clients and will be cleared through JSE Clear.

“Bringing this product to market has been a collaborative effort between us, our clients and our partnership with Eris.  After significant engagement with market participants we took a global product and modified it to make it a truly South African product relevant to the South African market needs,” says Warren Geers, Head: Interest Rates and Currencies at the JSE.

“Eris congratulates the JSE on today’s launch of JSE Eris Swap Futures, which utilise the Eris Methodology to offer the South African market the cash flows of interest rate swaps in a capital-efficient futures form,” said Neal Brady, CEO of Eris Exchange. “We look forward to growth in JSE Eris Swap Futures similar to what we have seen in the U.S., where year-to-date volumes are twice that of last year.”

The new IRS Swap Futures will be competitively priced; clients will be charged R1 per contract (R100 000) for 1 and 2 year tenors and R2 for any tenors greater than 2 years.  The JSE will make appropriate pricing alignment as the product gathers more trading momentum.

The swap futures which are based on the Eris Methodology remain futures throughout the full lifecycle of the contract with no risk of physical delivery and can be held to their maturity date.

In a first of its kind and truly innovative move, the JSE will use a portfolio VaR framework to determine the amount of initial margin participants should post for position in the swap futures product suite, instead of the traditional portfolio scanning framework (j-SPAN) that is used for all other futures at the JSE.  Portfolio level initial margin will thus recognise the offsets associated with trading long and short positions across the curve.

“We believe that providing these swap futures products via the JSE will offer our clients the regulatory certainty of futures and allow market participants to operate within the familiar eco-system of exchange traded futures,” concludes Geers.

Looking forward, the JSE expects trading of the IRS Swap Futures to pick up in the last quarter of 2015 as clients are in the process of ensuring their systems are equipped to start trading the new Eris Interest Rate Swap (IRS) futures.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

Media contacts:

Pheliswa Mayekiso

(011) 520 7495

Pheliswam@jse.co.za

ABOUT JSE

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (http://www.jse.co.za) is based in South Africa where it has operated as a market place for the trading of financial products for 125 years. It connects buyers and sellers in equity, derivative and debt markets. The JSE is one of the top 20 exchanges in the world in terms of market capitalisation and is a member of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE). The JSE offers a fully electronic, efficient, secure market with world class regulation, trading and clearing systems, settlement assurance and risk management. www.jse.co.za

Eris and Eris Methodology are trademarks of Eris Exchange and/or its affiliates.

SOURCE

Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)


Capitalizar o mercado de trabalho atual em mudança para impulsionar o sucesso empresarial

Tal como em muitos outros setores, o setor da logística tem sido tradicionalmente dominado pelo sexo masculino, mas este domínio tem vindo a mudar ao longo do tempo

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, August 31, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ O panorama do mercado de trabalho evoluiu significativamente ao longo das últimas décadas, tendo as mulheres na liderança e os mileniais (Geração Y) tomado os lugares centrais como impulsionadores do desempenho empresarial no futuro.

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(Charles Brewer, Diretor-Geral da DHL Express na África Subsariana (SSA)

Tal como em muitos outros setores, o setor da logística tem sido tradicionalmente dominado pelo sexo masculino, mas este domínio tem vindo a mudar ao longo do tempo. Charles Brewer, Diretor-Geral da DHL Express na África Subsariana (SSA) (http://www.dpdhl.com), afirma que a empresa realizou grandes progressos na evolução das suas estruturas de liderença na SSA e desde 2011 o número de colaboradoras nos cargos de liderança duplicou.

“Há quatro anos, 15% dos nossos cargos de liderança em toda a SSA eram preenchidos por mulheres, em comparação com mais de 35% na atualidade e estamos comprometidos em continuar a aumentar o número de membros do sexo feminino ao nível da gestão. De forma similar, parece haver um debate contínuo sobre como gerir e liderar a geração do milénio – para nós, perspetivamos a geração mais jovem como aqueles que irão desenvolver a nossa empresa, reconhecendo e aceitando assim que as diferenças e similitudes entre eles e a Geração X são cruciais para o sucesso da empresa.”

“Longe vão os tempos da abordagem hierárquica à liderança, sendo necessário manter a flexibilidade e abrir as linhas de comunicação. Os colaboradores da atualidade pretendem ter um equilíbrio positivo entre o trabalho e a vida pessoal, executar trabalho frutuoso e compreender os caminhos de crescimento que estão ao seu dispor. Se for capaz de capitalizar as suas ambições e objetivos, a sua empresa verá os benefícios”, afirma Brewer.

A pesquisa realizada pela empresa de consultoria de gestão do desempenho global Gallup revela que os colaboradores mais empenhados estão psicologicamente mais comprometidos com o seu trabalho do que aqueles que não estão. “Na DHL acreditamos que ter uma mão-de-obra motivada levará a uma maior qualidade do serviço, o que irá traduzir-se em clientes leais e operações empresariais sustentáveis e rentáveis.”

“As análises do desempenho longas e rígidas também deixaram de ser eficazes – num ambiente acelerado como o nosso, consideramos a micro-orientação mais eficaz. Focamo-nos em sessões de retorno mais pequenas e mais regulares que podem consistir numa discussão de cinco minutos durante o almoço mas que possui uma estrutura e é mais curta, menos formal e mais frequente. A orientação inversa é de igual modo importante – no momento existe uma geração dinâmica com conhecimentos técnicos na ponta dos dedos, é importante aprender com ela e obter ideias inovadoras.”

“Consideramos valioso expor os colaboradores com elevado potencial no palco global. Como empresa em rede encontramo-nos na posição afortunada de proporcionar oportunidades para os colaboradores aprenderem as melhores práticas com os diversos escritórios internacionais e implementá-las no seu trabalho em toda a região da SSA”, acrescentou Brewer.

O foco na motivação do colaborador e no compromisso recompensou. No início deste ano, o Top Employers Institute atribuiu à DHL Express a certificação de Top Employers Africa e Top Employers Global de 2015. Esta atribuição complementou as certificações de Melhor Empregador para a DHL em seis países africanos individualmente. “Somos uma de apenas cinco empresas no mundo que atingiram o estatuto de Melhores Empregadores Globais”, acrescentou Brewer.

“Agora, mais do que nunca, é importante liderar os seus colaboradores em oposição a meramente geri-los. Eles pretendem aprender consigo, sabendo no entanto que os seus pensamentos e opiniões são importantes. Se conseguir alavancar as suas atitudes positivas proativas, tal irá afetar diretamente o sucesso da sua empresa ‘”, conclui Brewer.

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

Contacto dos meios sociais:

Megan Collinicos

Diretora de Publicidade e Relações Públicas, África Subsariana

DHL Express

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

megan.collinicos@dhl.com

DHL – A empresa de logística para o mundo

A DHL (http://www.dpdhl.com) é a marca global líder no setor da logística. A família de divisões da DHL oferece uma carteira de serviços de logística sem precedentes que variam entre entrega de encomendas nacional e internacional, transporte expresso internacional, rodoviário, aéreo e marítimo e gestão da cadeia de fornecimento industrial. Com mais de 325.000 colaboradores em mais de 220 países e territórios em todo o mundo, esta família de divisões liga pessoas e empresas de forma segura e fiável, permitindo fluxos de comércio globais. Com soluções especializadas para os mercados e setores em crescimento, incluindo comércio eletrónico, tecnologia, ciências da vida e cuidados de saúde, energia, indústria automóvel e venda a retalho, um compromisso comprovado para com a responsabilidade empresarial e uma presença ímpar nos mercados em desenvolvimento, a DHL encontra-se decisivamente numa posição de “A empresa de logística para o mundo”.

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

Para mais informações: www.dpdhl.com

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Tirer parti de l’évolution de la main-d’œuvre d’aujourd’hui pour faire prospérer nos entreprises – DHL

Tout comme beaucoup d’autres secteurs, l’industrie logistique a traditionnellement été dominée par les hommes, mais cela a changé avec le temps

LE CAP, Afrique du Sud, 31 août 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ La composition de la main-d’œuvre a beaucoup évolué au cours des dernières décennies, avec l’apparition des femmes aux postes de direction et la Génération Y sur le devant de la scène comme moteur des performances commerciales futures.

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(Charles Brewer, directeur général de DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa (SSA)

Tout comme beaucoup d’autres secteurs, l’industrie logistique a traditionnellement été dominée par les hommes, mais cela a changé avec le temps. Charles Brewer, directeur général de DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) (http://www.dpdhl.com), déclare que la société a fait de grands progrès en faisant évoluer ses structures de direction en Afrique subsaharienne, et que depuis 2011, le nombre de femmes employées à des postes de direction a plus que doublé.

« Il y a quatre ans, 15 % de nos postes de direction en Afrique subsaharienne étaient occupés par des femmes ; aujourd’hui, nous dépassons les 35 % et nous nous engageons à encore augmenter le nombre de femmes dans notre personnel de direction. De même, il semble y avoir débat sur la manière dont gérer et diriger la Génération Y. Selon nous, c’est la jeune génération qui fera avancer notre entreprise. Par conséquent, le fait de reconnaître et accepter les différences et points communs entre les Générations X et Y est essentiel à la réussite de l’entreprise.

« L’époque d’une approche hiérarchique de la direction est révolue ; il nous faut rester souple et ouvrir les voies de la communication. Les employés d’aujourd’hui souhaitent avoir un équilibre positif entre le travail et la vie privée, faire un travail intéressant et comprendre les  parcours professionnels qui leur sont proposés. Si vous savez tirer profit de leurs ambitions et de leurs objectifs, votre entreprise en récoltera les fruits, » explique M. Brewer.

Une recherche de Gallup, société mondiale de conseil en gestion des performances, montre que les employés qui se sentent plus engagés sont psychologiquement plus dévoués à leur travail. « Chez DHL, nous estimons qu’avoir une main-d’œuvre motivée nous permettra d’obtenir une grande qualité de service qui se traduira elle-même par des clients fidèles et des opérations commerciales rentables et durables.

« Les évaluations de performance conduites de manière rigide et fastidieuse ne sont plus efficaces aujourd’hui ; dans un environnement qui avance aussi rapidement que le nôtre, nous trouvons en effet que le micro-tutorat a plus d’impact. Nous nous concentrons sur des séances de rétroaction plus courtes et plus régulières qui peuvent prendre la forme d’une discussion de cinq minutes au cours du déjeuner, mais celles-ci sont structurées, plus courtes, moins formelles et plus fréquentes. Le tutorat inversé est tout aussi important. Vous avez aujourd’hui à portée de main une génération dynamique et douée en technologie. Il est important d’apprendre de ces jeunes esprits et d’aller à la recherche d’idées nouvelles.

« Exposer les employés à fort potentiel sur la scène internationale révèle pour nous des avantages notables. En tant qu’entreprise disposant d’un vaste réseau, nous avons la chance de pouvoir envoyer nos employés dans divers bureaux internationaux pour qu’ils y apprennent les bonnes pratiques professionnelles et les appliquent ensuite dans leur travail, et ce, dans toute l’Afrique subsaharienne, » ajoute-t-il.

Cet intérêt porté à la motivation et à l’engagement des employés a fini par payer. Plus tôt cette année, le Top Employers Institute a décerné à DHL Express les certifications Top Employers Africa 2015 et Top Employers Global 2015. Celles-ci s’ajoutent aux certifications Top Employers que DHL a également reçues dans six pays africains. « Nous faisons partie des cinq seules entreprises à avoir atteint le statut Top Employers Global, » ajoute M. Brewer.

« Maintenant plus que jamais, il est important de savoir diriger vos employés plutôt que de simplement les gérer. Ils veulent apprendre de vous, tout en sachant que leurs pensées et leurs opinions comptent. Si vous pouvez tirer profit de leur attitude positive, cela aura un impact direct sur la réussite de votre entreprise, » conclut-il.

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

Contact médias :

Megan Collinicos

Directrice Publicité et Relations publiques, Afrique subsaharienne

DHL Express

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

megan.collinicos@dhl.com

DHL – Le spécialiste mondial de la logistique

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

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

Pour plus d’informations : www.dpdhl.com

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Deutsche Post DHL


Capitalize on today’s changing workforce to drive business success – DHL Africa

As with many other industries, the logistics industry has traditionally been male-dominated, but this has been changing over time

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, August 31, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The workforce landscape has evolved quite significantly over the last few decades, with women in leadership and milliennials (Generation Y) taking centre stage as the drivers of business performance in the future.

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(Charles Brewer, Managing Director for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa)

As with many other industries, the logistics industry has traditionally been male-dominated, but this has been changing over time. Charles Brewer, Managing Director of DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) (http://www.dpdhl.com), says that the company has made great strides in evolving their leadership structures in SSA and since 2011, the number of female employees in leadership roles have more than doubled.

“Four years ago, 15% of our leadership roles across SSA were filled by women, compared to over 35% now and we are committed to further increase the number of female staff members at management level. Similarly, there seems to be an ongoing debate about how to manage and lead the millennial generation – for us, we see the younger generation as the ones who will move our business forward, therefore recognizing and accepting the differences and similarities between them and Generation X is crucial to business success.”

“Gone are the days of a hierarchical approach to leadership, you have to keep things flexible and open the lines of communication. Employees of today want to have positive work-life balance, do meaningful work and understand the growth paths available to them. If you are able to capitalize on their ambitions and goals, your business will see the benefits,” says Brewer.

Research by the global performance-management consulting company Gallup shows that employees, who are more engaged, are psychologically more committed to their job than those who are not. “At DHL, we believe that having a motivated workforce will lead to great service quality which will translate into loyal customers and sustainable and profitable business operations.”

“Lengthy and rigid performance reviews are also no longer effective – in a fast paced environment such as ours, we find micro-mentoring more effective. We focus on smaller and more regular feedback sessions that may be a five minute discussion over lunch but it has a structure and it is shorter, less formal and more frequent. Reverse mentoring is just as important – you now have a dynamic, tech-savvy generation at your fingertips, it’s important to learn from them and get some fresh new ideas.”

“We find significant value in exposing high potential employees to the global arena. As a network business, we are in the fortunate position to provide opportunities for employees to learn best practices from various international offices and implement them in their work across the SSA region,” adds Brewer.

The focus on employee motivation and engagement has paid off. Earlier this year, the Top Employers Institute awarded DHL Express the 2015 Top Employers Africa and Top Employers Global certification. This is in addition to Top Employer certifications for DHL in six individual African countries. “We are one of only five companies in the world that have achieved Global Top Employers status,” adds Brewer.

“Now more than ever, it is important to lead your employees as opposed to merely managing them. They want to learn from you, while knowing that their thoughts and opinions are important. If you can leverage their positive can-do attitudes, it will directly affect your business’ success,” concludes Brewer.

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

Media Contact:

Megan Collinicos

Head: Advertising & Public Relations, Sub-Saharan Africa

DHL Express

Tel +27 21 409 3613 Mobile +27 76 411 8570

megan.collinicos@dhl.com

DHL – The logistics company for the world

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

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

For more information: www.dpdhl.com

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SOURCE

Deutsche Post DHL


SimbaPay announces Instant Deposit Service to all Choice Bank accounts in Kenya

SimbaPay has partnered with Choice Microfinance Bank a microfinance institution founded by Kenyans abroad

NAIROBI, Kenya, August 31, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ SimbaPay (http://www.simbapay.com) – a leading digital money transfer provider – today announced the expansion of its free instant deposit service to Choice Microfinance Bank in Kenya. SimbaPay has partnered with Choice Microfinance Bank a microfinance institution founded by Kenyans abroad.

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Money transfers made to Choice Microfinance Bank by Kenyans living abroad using SimbaPay will be free of transfer fees. In addition, the recipient Choice Microfinance Bank accounts will be credited instantly.

Victor Karanja, Head of Operations for SimbaPay commented that “Our customers who already bank with Choice Microfinance Bank or have friends & family using the bank will be glad to see their transfers being credited instantly”.

Stanley Kasyoka, Deputy CEO at Choice Microfinance Bank added that “We are very excited about this new partnership with SimbaPay which is heavily engaged with the economic force that is Kenyans living abroad. Kenyans abroad are the country’s largest earner of foreign exchange today”.

SimbaPay and Choice Microfinance Bank announced the partnership on 29 Aug 2015 in London at the annual “Kenya in the Park” event where they also exhibited the service. The two companies jointly sponsored the event together with other businesses targeting Kenyans abroad. The event is an annual celebration of Kenya’s rich vibrant culture.

For ease of use, Choice Bank has been pre-loaded on to the SimbaPay platform which eliminates the need for customers having to remember the Choice Bank pay bill details. At the time of making a money transfer using SimbaPay, customers will be required to select the bank from a database of Pay Bill businesses and then enter the destination account number and amount.

Kenyans living in the UK with a bank account, debit card or credit card are now able to use the SimbaPay app to make money transfers from any mobile phone, tablet or computer. The service will be rolled out to Kenyans living in other EU countries in the near future.

SimbaPay also launched free, instant transfers to all Nigerian banks in May 2015.  In June it became the first platform in the world to allow Kenyans living abroad to make M-Pesa Pay Bill payments and continues to disrupt the cross-border remittance industry with its focus on speed and convenience.

The SimbaPay app can be downloaded for free from the Apple or Android app stores.

Visit http://www.SimbaPay.com for more information.

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

To learn more about this announcement, please contact:

SimbaPay:

            Alex Maganga

            Email:             alex@SimbaPay.com

            Tel:                 +44 (0)20 3137 8517

About SimbaPay

SimbaPay (http://www.simbapay.com) is a mobile app transforming the international remittance space. With a focus on breakneck speed, convenience and constant innovation, users are able to send money to loved ones or even vendors in Africa, from wherever they are at any time of day or night.

The company is headquartered in London and can be found online at www.SimbaPay.com .

Twitter:          @SimbaPay    www.twitter.com/SimbaPay

Facebook:       www.facebook.com/SimbaPay

Blog:               http://blog.SimbaPay.com

About Choice Microfinance Bank

Choice Microfinance Bank is incorporated in Kenya and regulated by the Central Bank of Kenya. Choice Microfinance Bank started as a diaspora story that has evolved to become a local story as well.

It is a link of Kenyan Diaspora Investments to the local people’s need of small credit facilities to improve their livelihood and break the poverty cycles. The idea traces its roots to the mid 1990’s & 2000’s when Kenyans migrated in masses to the Europe & North America in search of opportunity. After years of being in the land of opportunity there was a strong desire to create opportunities for Kenyans back home.

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Twitter:          @ChoiceMFBank      www.twitter.com/ChoiceMFBank

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Leading dentistry experts exhibit in 2nd edition of Dental Africa

Hands on workshops and experts provide attendees with latest dental technologies and updates in the industry

LAGOS, Nigeria, August 31, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos, Nigeria will once again host the 2nd annual Dental Africa Exhibition & Conference (http://www.dentalafrica.com). The only specialised dental event to benefit from the privilege support of the Nigerian Dental Association. The exhibition will host some of the region and world’s well-known names in dentistry to bring the best practices, technology and innovation together under one roof.

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(Dental Africa Conference 2014)

The event will feature hands on workshops and a conference that will highlight the latest technology, procedures and developments in the field of dentistry. Dental Africa Exhibition will showcase the latest products by the frontrunners in the field from Africa and beyond. Attendees will benefit from the opportunity to network with some of the biggest local and international names, including Casa Dente Nigeria LTD, Oral B, S&S Biomat, Trinity Dental Supplies and more.

According to Roland Yammine, Managing Director, Casa Dente Nigeria LTD, “This is our first official presence within the Nigerian dental field, and as a newly established dental company that is specialized in oral implantology, Dental Africa is an excellent opportunity to gain exposure and recognition in the Nigerian dental industry .As for the workshop, we will include an interactive hands on and lecture about MEGAGEN as well as a product introduction on the features and benefits of this exciting system.”

Casa Dente Nigeria LTD will offer dental implantation workshops during the Dental Africa Exhibition & Conference. The event, organised by Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, will take place from 7-9 October 2015 at the Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos, Nigeria.

“The workshop will demonstrate innovatively inducing Calcium Phosphate nano-particles to the Titanium layer of the implant and the unique implant design that eliminates the loss of crestal bone/biological width. This will lead to a faster loading period and faster treatment and recovery,” highlighted Mr Yammine.

The event will host more than 2000m2 of exhibition space, more than 1500 participants, 25 local and international speakers, and a 3 day CPD accredited conference all dedicated to the dental industry in West Africa and Nigeria.

“We chose to set up in Nigeria because we wanted to be in a growing market in its early stages, where the sector is healthy and developing steadily. We have strategically chosen to be present here after conducting several market studies for over a year. This is a promising opportunity because we can have the chance to operate in a low competitive market and grow simultaneously with our customers, creating strong bonds and customer loyalty, which will pay off on the long run,” says Mr Yammine.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions.

For media enquiries please contact:

Weaam El Ataya

Public Relations and Social Media Executive

Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions

T: +971 4 408 2813

F: +971 4 336 4021

Weaam.elataya@informa.com

Note to Editors

Dental Africa Exhibition and Conference (http://www.dentalafrica.com) is organised by Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions (http://www.informalifesciences.com) and will be held at the Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos, Nigeria on 7-9 October 2015. The event will provide a platform for companies to interact with professionals from the West African dental industry. It will provide a combination of business networking and trade opportunities along with high quality workshops.

About Dental Africa Exhibition and Conference:

For more information, please visit www.dentalafrica.com

About Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions:

For more information, please visit www.informalifesciences.com

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Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions


 

AU Launches Internet Exchange Point in Mauritius: “Keeping intra-country internet traffic within the country”

 

PORT-LOUIS, Mauritius, August 31, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The African Union Commission (AUC), through the Infrastructure and Energy Department, in collaboration with the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation today officially operationalized the Internet Exchange Point in Mauritius.

 

After the launch H.E. Dr. Elham Ibrahim, African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, paid a courtesy call to H.E. Bibi Ameenah Firdaus Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius.

 

H.E. Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy congratulated H.E. President of Mauritius on her recent appointment that happened during the AU year for women for empowerment. She further briefed the President on the AU Agenda 2063, the Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa and the African Internet Exchange System Project.

 

Through the African Internet Exchange System (AXIS) project, the African Union Commission has extended capacity building support to facilitate the establishment of internet exchange points in 30 Member States including Mauritius.

 

Following the capacity building support, the following twelve Member States have since set up their Internet Exchange Points (IXPs): Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Congo Republic, Cote D’Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Liberia, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles and Swaziland.

“The Government of Mauritius has adopted Vision 2030 as the country’s economic blue print and the ICT sector is expected to drive the economy. I therefore wish to thank the African Union Commission for supporting the operationalization of the Mauritius Internet Exchange Point, said Mr. Jugdish .D. Phokeer, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation.”

An Internet Exchange Point (IXP) is a neutral physical infrastructure whose purpose is to facilitate the exchange of Internet traffic between different Internet Service Providers (ISPs) within a given territory, thereby keeping local Internet traffic local to that territory

“Africa is currently paying overseas carriers to exchange intra- continental traffic on our behalf. This is both costly as well as an inefficient way of handling exchange of local Internet traffic. I look forward to the advancement of the internet exchange point in Mauritius to be able to put its potential at the service of citizens in Mauritius and Africa.” Said H.E. AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy.”

 

A recent impact assessment on the African Union supported internet exchange point in Namibia indicated an estimated cost saving of USD 1.8 Million and reduction of latency from 300ms to 2ms. For the Serekunda internet exchange point in Gambia, an estimated cost saving of USD 100,000 and reduction of latency from 100ms to 2ms.

 

The launch was officiated by Mr. Jugdish .D. Phokeer, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation and H.E. Dr. Elham Ibrahim, African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy and attended by Senior Ministry Officials, and Leaders of the Industry.

 

For more information on the African Internet Exchange System Project of the African Union, visit http://www.au.int/axis

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


Investment community to gather in Abuja led by IFC and World Bank

The 1st Annual Powering Africa: Nigeria meeting is fast approaching

ABUJA, Nigeria, August 31, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The 1st Annual Powering Africa: Nigeria meeting (http://www.poweringafrica-nigeria.com) is fast approaching and despite no sign of the new APC cabinet, the Nigerian power sector is still gaining momentum. In fact, President Buhari ensured that the government signed the World Bank Partial Risk Guarantees which will enable the 450MW Azura project to move forward swiftly!

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The international investment community is surely taking notice. This week, EnergyNet is pleased to announce that the International Finance Corporation and World Bank Group are confirmed as participants at the meeting on 14 and 15 September at the Hilton Transcorp in Abuja.

Of course, the name of the game is investment – it is very clear however, that investors are sitting back, waiting for a success story before getting involved in the market and with this show of good faith and commitment by the President, the sector seems poised for take-off.

To guide these discussions and give investment advisement, the newly appointed Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission, Ms U. Aisha Hassan-Baba will join the delegation, as well as the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority represented by Obinna Ihedioha.

Development financiers are also making a strong show at the meeting with the FMO, GIZ and KfW confirmed, and of course the African Finance Corporation, who will lead discussion on releasing private sector capital.

Beyond the obvious case for increasing gas to power generation in the country, there has been an overwhelming interest in making a case for renewable integration, particularly from the solar developers – Pan Africa Solar and Access Power will fly the flag for cleantech to discuss the rich landscape for development of sustainable resources in Nigeria. FMO and GIZ (aka the Nigerian Energy Support Programme backed by the European Union) have stressed their support for promoting this side of the energy mix.

For a full list of speakers and for more information on how to join the meeting in Abuja, please see www.poweringafrica-nigeria.com or reach out directly to:

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

Event Information

Date: 15 – 16 September 2015

Venue: Transcorp Hilton, Abuja

Contact: Michael Cluskey

Tel:  +44 (0) 207 384 7833

Email: michael.cluskey@energynet.co.uk

SOURCE

EnergyNet Ltd.


 

1st Meeting of the Specialized Technical Committee on Communication and Information Technologies (STC-CCICT)

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, August 31, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ INVITATION TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA

 

What: Meeting of the Specialized Technical Committee on Communication and Information Technologies (STC-CCICT)

 

Who: The meeting is organized by the Directorate of Information and Communication and the Department of Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union Commission

 

When: 31st August – 4th September 2015 divided as follows:

Highlights for media include the official opening of the experts meeting on 31 August 2015 at 09:00; the ministerial meeting on 3 September at 09:00, the Round table discussion on 3 September at 11:00 and the closing ceremony followed by a press conference at 15:30 on 4 September.

 

Time: 09:00 A.M

 

Where: African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 

Objectives: The main activities and aims of the CCICT in its areas of concern are:

•    Prepare projects and programmes of the Union and submit them to the Executive Council;

•    Ensure the supervision, follow-up and evaluation of the implementation of adopted programmes decisions taken by the organs of the Union;

•    Ensure the coordination and harmonization of projects and programmes of the Union;

•    Submit to the Executive Council either on its own initiative or at the request of the Executive council reports and recommendations on the implementation of the AU programmes;

•    Carry out any other functions assigned to it for the purpose of ensuring the implementation of the provisions of the African Union Constitutive Act;

•    Establish African Common e-strategies;

•    Establish Pan-African TV and Radio Channels;

•    Discuss resources mobilization and capacity building for the implementation

•    Oversee the promotion, co-ordination and the strengthening of CIT programmes for the accelerated economic growth of Africa;

•    Develop mechanisms through which CIT contributes to the establishment of the African information Society;

•    Promote public investments on CIT infrastructure services and applications;

•    Develop frameworks for the harmonization policies and regulations in the Continent.

 

Outcome: Ministerial declaration with recommendations drawn from the reports, strategies and action plans for projects and programs implementation

 

Background: The Specialized Technical Committees (STCs), which constitute an important technical organ of the African Union (AU), were established under Article 25 of the African Economic Community Treaty (the Abuja Treaty). The STCs are expected to work in close collaboration with the various departments of the AU Commission (AUC) so as to provide well-informed inputs in their areas of specialization to the work of the Executive Council. They should also, be involved in monitoring programme development and implementation by the AUC and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) on behalf of the Executive Council.

Therefore, the early operationalization of the STCs becomes imperative, given the overall objective of accelerating continental integration and the importance attached to the effective implementation of programmes and projects of the Union. To this end, the Assembly of the Union adopted The Decision; Assembly/AU/Dec.227 (XII) reconfiguring the existing STCs and created one on Communication and Information Technologies called Committee on Communication and ICT (CCICT);

 

 

Media representatives are invited to cover the official opening of the experts meeting on 31 August 2015 at 09:00; the ministerial meeting on 3 September at 09:00, the Round table discussion on 3 September at 11:00 and the closing ceremony followed by a press conference at 15:30 on 4 September.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


 

Mohamed Ibn Chambas reiterates the support of the UN to a successful conclusion of the transition in Burkina Faso

 

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina-Faso, August 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, conducted a three-day mission to Ouagadougou from 25 to 27 August 2015, to hold consultations in the context of the ongoing electoral process in Burkina Faso.

During his visit, Mr. Chambas met with the transitional authorities, national institutions of defense and security, leaders of political parties as well as representatives of Burkina Faso civil society organizations.

Following the announcement of the decision of the Constitutional Council regarding the ineligibility for some candidates to the polls of 11 October 2015, Mr. Chambas encourages all political actors to express their positions through legal and political channels and in peaceful manner, taking into account the overall interest of the people of Burkina Faso, and in compliance with their commitments towards the Agreement of good conduct adopted on 21 August 2015.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General reiterates the United Nations commitment to support the electoral process based on broad popular support, a pledge of the enhancement of participatory democracy in Burkina Faso.

Mr. Chambas therefore calls on everyone to continue working toward peace and social cohesion, to allow that Burkina Faso remains a pole of stability in the West African region.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS


 

Mohamed Ibn Chambas réitère le soutien de l’ONU à un aboutissement heureux de la transition au Burkina Faso

 

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina-Faso, 28 août 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le Représentant Spécial du Secrétaire général de l’ONU et Chef du Bureau des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique de l’ouest (UNOWA), M. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, a effectué une mission à Ouagadougou, du 25 au 27 aout 2015, pour mener des consultations dans le cadre du processus électoral en cours au Burkina Faso.

 

Au cours de son séjour, M. Chambas a eu des entretiens avec les autorités de la transition, les institutions nationales de défense et de sécurité, les leaders des partis politiques, ainsi que des représentants des organisations de la société civile burkinabé.

 

Suite à l’annonce de la décision du Conseil Constitutionnel relative à l’inéligibilité de certains candidats aux compétitions électorales du 11 octobre 2015, M. Chambas encourage tous les acteurs politiques à exprimer leurs positions par des voies légales et politiques et de manière pacifique, tenant compte de l’intérêt général du peuple burkinabé, et en conformité avec les engagements qu’ils ont pris dans le cadre du Pacte de bonne conduite adopté le 21 aout 2015.

 

Le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général de l’ONU réitère l’engagement des Nations Unies à accompagner le processus électoral fondé sur une large adhésion populaire, gage de l’enracinement de la démocratie participative au Burkina Faso.

 

M. Chambas en appelle donc à tous pour continuer à œuvrer dans la voie de la paix et de la cohésion sociale, afin que le Burkina Faso demeure un pôle de stabilité dans la région ouest africaine.

 

SOURCE 

NATIONS UNIES

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 August 2015

Déclaration sur le Burundi attribuable au porte-parole du Secrétaire général


 

Déclaration sur le Burundi attribuable au porte-parole du Secrétaire général

 

NEW YORK, 28 août 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Aujourd’hui, le Burundi commémore le quinzième anniversaire de la signature, en Tanzanie, de l’Accord d’Arusha pour la paix et la réconciliation. Ce processus a vu naître la première génération de Burundais sans aucune expérience directe de la guerre depuis l’indépendance du pays.

 

Jamais l’esprit de l’Accord d’Arusha n’aura été autant remis en cause qu’au cours des cinq derniers mois.

 

Le Secrétaire général encourage le peuple burundais à renouer avec l’esprit de dialogue, de consensus, de démocratie et de résolution pacifique des différends incarné par l’Accord d’Arusha. Il appelle les dirigeants burundais à travers tout l’échiquier politique à faire preuve de courage et de clairvoyance en renouant le dialogue avec leurs adversaires politiques et en transcendant leurs différends. Aussi grands que ces différends politiques puissent sembler, ils sont bien plus modestes que le prix d’un retour à la violence.

 

Un mois après la signature de l’Accord d’Arusha, le Facilitateur du processus de paix burundais, l’ancien Président de l’Afrique du Sud, Nelson Mandela, a déclaré au Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies : “Le Burundi est sur le point d’aborder un chapitre tout à fait nouveau de son histoire. L’histoire jugera très durement ceux qui ont délibérément choisi de barrer la route de la paix et du progrès.”

 

Aujourd’hui, le Secrétaire général fait écho à ce message. Il espère sincèrement que tous les dirigeants politiques burundais, y compris ceux qui sont en exils, pourront trouver un terrain d’entente et faire preuve de leur engagement à consolider la paix et la stabilité que l’Accord d’Arusha a apporté au pays.

 

SOURCE 

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

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 August 2015

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Burundi


 

Statement Attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Burundi

 

NEW YORK, August 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Today, Burundi marks the fifteenth anniversary of the initial signing of the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement in Tanzania. This process gave birth to the first generation of Burundians with no direct experience of war since independence.

 

Never has the spirit of Arusha been as sorely tested as in the past five months.

 

The Secretary-General encourages the people of Burundi to recapture the spirit of the Arusha Agreement, based on dialogue, consensus, and the peaceful settlement of disputes. He calls on all leaders from across the political spectrum to show the courage and vision to resume dialogue with their rivals and look beyond their political differences. No matter how great these difference may seem, they are smaller than the price of returning to violence.

 

A month after the signing of Arusha Agreement, the Facilitator of the Burundian Peace Process, the late President of the Republic of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, stated before the United Nations Security Council that “Burundi stands at the threshold of a completely new chapter in its history. That history will judge very harshly those that deliberately choose to obstruct the road to peace and progress.”

 

Today, the Secretary-General echoes that message. He expresses his sincere hope that all of Burundi’s political leaders, including those in exile, will find common cause and show their commitment to build on the peace and stability that the Arusha Agreement has brought to the country.

 

New York, 28 August 2015

 

SOURCE 

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


 

La Présidente de la Commission de l’Union africaine fait ses adieux au Président sortant de la Banque africaine de dèveloppement , Donald Kaberuka

 

ADDIS ABEBA, Ethiopie, 28 août 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ La Présidente de la Commission de l’Union africaine, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, arrive à Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, ce vendredi 28 août 2015, pour faire ses adieux au Président sortant de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD), Donald Kaberuka.

 

La Présidente de la Commission de l’Union africaine sera rejointe par le Secrétaire exécutif de la Commission économique des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique (CEA), Dr. Carlos Lopes. Les deux dirigeants des principales institutions continentales africaines auront une réunion à huis clos avec Dr Kaberuka et prendront également la parole à une des fonctions d’adieu organisée pour le Président sortant de la BAD.

 

Depuis sa prise de fonction à la Commission de l’Union africaine au cours du dernier trimestre de 2012, Dr. Dlamini Zuma a œuvré en étroite collaboration avec Dr Donald Kaberuka sur un vaste éventail d’enjeux d’intérêt continental. La Commission de l’Union africaine, la CEA et la BAD ont collaboré sur divers programmes, projets et activités pour faire avancer le programme d’intégration de l’Afrique, y compris pour élaborer le plan directeur de développement pour l’Afrique, notamment Agenda 2063.

Cette collaboration au niveau de ces dirigeants est illustrée dans la lutte contre la maladie due au virus Ebola et dans les visites de solidarité qu’ils ont effectuées conjointement aux pays affectés.

 

Dr Donald Kaberuka quitte la BAD le 1er septembre 2015 après y avoir fourni 10 années des service remarquable et de leadership.

 

Dr Akinwumi Adesina, ancien Ministre de l’Agriculture du Nigéria, succède au Dr Donald Kaberuka. Dr Adesina a été élu en mai 2015 lors de la 50e réunion annuelle de la Banque africaine de développement.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 August 2015

IOM, UNICEF Host Mozambique Emergency Response Workshop


 

IOM, UNICEF Host Mozambique Emergency Response Workshop

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, August 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ IOM, UNICEF and Mozambique’s National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) yesterday (27/08) convened a workshop, attended by 35 government officials and NGO representatives, to revise the current system of assessing humanitarian needs in emergencies.

 

As one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change and environmental hazards, Mozambique faces major humanitarian crises almost every year in the form of extreme floods and cyclones.

 

The workshop, which was facilitated by emergency assessment specialists, Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS), responds to calls from the government to improve the way humanitarian needs are monitored and assessed, drawing on the lessons learnt from Zambezia’s flooding emergency in January this year.

 

Yesterday’s participants included members from the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), and directors from INGC, humanitarian organizations, and from various ministries including Education and Public Affairs.

 

“Under the current system, critical information on the ground must pass through a series of levels of government before it reaches the National Emergency Operations Centre (CENOE), by which point it can be outdated,” says IOM Project Officer Joczabet Guerrero.

 

“In addition, the current form used by local leaders to collect population data during the first 72 hours of the emergencies is very lengthy and technical, often leading them to misinterpret questions or leave sections blank, creating issues with data consistency.”

 

IOM has developed a revised rapid assessment form as a proposal to replace the current one, which will be piloted by INGC in a nation-wide emergency simulation in October this year. Government members yesterday agreed that other measures must be taken to streamline the system, such as investing in mobile phone and other messaging technologies to allow information to flow more quickly.

 

The workshop was part of IOM’s ongoing programme to facilitate the Mozambican government’s decentralization of its emergency response, as well as to improve disaster response capacity. The programme was launched shortly after the passing of new disaster legislation in April 2014, which sought to increase the autonomy and capacity of local government to implement preventative or rescue measures in their localities.

 

“The participation of IOM is very important for us,” said CENOE Information Analyst Igor Honwana. “And the fact that IOM has already developed a tool that will be tested in the simulation is a significant step for us,” he added.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)

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