Posted by: africanpressorganization | 3 March 2015

Norway for sanctions against South Sudan


 

Norway for sanctions against South Sudan

 

OSLO, Norway, March 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Norway is co-sponsor of the resolution unanimously adopted by the UN Security Council today to impose sanctions on individuals in South Sudan. ‘After nearly 15 months of hostilities, it is a tragedy for the people of South Sudan that the parties to the conflict are not willing to pursue peace. The fact that a unified Security Council now supports sanctions shows how critical the situation is,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

 

The resolution was first proposed by the US, which together with Norway and the UK comprises the troika for South Sudan. Norway and a number of other countries co-sponsored the resolution. The sanctions include travel bans on individuals and asset freezes on individuals and entities designated by the sanctions committee that will be established by the Security Council.

 

‘The parties to the conflict have had many opportunities to end the hostilities and to agree on a political solution to the conflict and a transitional government for the period up to the next election. I am extremely disappointed that the parties to the conflict have put their own interests before the interests of the population. South Sudan fought for independence for 30 years. However, once independence was attained, the leaders of the new state soon steered it into another conflict, resulting in a humanitarian crisis that is now affecting more than 6 million civilians,’ Mr Brende said.

 

Norway has been heavily involved in the situation in South Sudan for many years, and has actively supported the regional organisation IGAD, which is leading the peace negotiations. When Foreign Minister Brende met the parties to the conflict in Ethiopia in January, he warned them that sanctions were a possible consequence if they did not show a willingness to find a peaceful solution. Today, the Security Council decided to assess the situation at regular intervals in the time ahead, and has set out in the resolution that it may introduce an arms embargo on South Sudan at a later stage if this is found to be necessary.

 

Since the conflict broke out in December 2013, tens of thousands of civilians have been killed, one and a half million people have been internally displaced, and a half a million people have fled to the neighbouring countries. Children are being used as child soldiers, and schools have been occupied by troops. Famine has been prevented only through a massive humanitarian response by the international community, to which Norway has contributed. The economy is about to collapse, and the neighbouring countries are also suffering economically because of the conflict.

 

SOURCE 

Norway – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

Le RSSG et Chef de la MINUSMA reçu aujourd’hui par le Président de la République du Mali

 

BAMAKO, Mali, 3 mars 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le Représentant Spécial du Secrétaire général et Chef de la MINUSMA, M. Mongi Hamdi, a été reçu aujourd’hui par le Président de la République du Mali, Son Excellence M. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

 

Les échanges ont porté en particulier sur le processus d’Alger et ses résultats.

 

M. Hamdi a rendu hommage à cet égard au Gouvernement et au peuple algérien pour avoir mis à la disposition des Maliens un cadre approprié pour les pourparlers de paix, ainsi que pour les efforts et moyens considérables déployés des mois durant aux fins d’assurer le bon déroulement des négociations. Il a loué la contribution de tous les membres de l’équipe de Médiation tout au long des pourparlers. Par ailleurs, il a souligné sa profonde reconnaissance aux amis de la Médiation, la France et les Etats Unis d’Amérique, pour leur apport précieux en soutien au processus.

 

M. Hamdi a souligné que l’Accord paraphé à Alger, même s’il n’est pas parfait, représente un bon compromis et une base solide sur laquelle les Maliens pourraient bâtir une paix et une stabilité durables sur l’étendue du territoire national, dans le respect des dispositions des engagements contractés dans le cadre du processus d’Alger et des différentes résolutions du Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies et de l’Union Africaine, en particulier celles relatives à la souveraineté, l’intégrité territoriale du Mali, le caractère unitaire, laïc et républicain de son Etat.

 

M. Hamdi a affirmé l’engagement de la MINUSMA à s’acquitter pleinement du mandat qui lui est confié par le Conseil de sécurité et des tâches qui lui incombent en vertu de l’Accord de Paix et de Réconciliation paraphé à Alger, en appui aux efforts du Mali à asseoir les fondations solides nécessaires à une résolution définitive de la crise malienne. Il a noté à cet égard que l’Accord représente un pas décisif dans cette voie, mais n’est que le point de départ d’un long processus, dont la mise en œuvre scrupuleuse par toutes les parties devrait mener à terme, à mettre une fin définitive à la crise malienne au bénéfice de tous les Maliens.

 

M. Hamdi a indiqué que la MINUSMA continuera ses efforts, de concert avec l’équipe de Médiation, pour obtenir la finalisation du paraphe de l’Accord, et sa signature par toutes les parties dans les meilleurs délais.

 

Il a souligné l’engagement de la MINUSMA à accompagner les efforts du Mali et de tous les Maliens dans la mise en œuvre de l’Accord. La MINUSMA continuera de mobiliser tous ses moyens pour aider les efforts nationaux visant une stabilisation durable du pays. Il a conclu en affirmant que la MINUSMA demeure résolument engagée auprès de toutes les Maliennes et les Maliens à œuvrer en faveur de la réconciliation nationale et la paix.

 

SOURCE 

NATIONS UNIES

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 3 March 2015

German Government calls on Malian parties to sign peace agreement


 

German Government calls on Malian parties to sign peace agreement

 

BERLIN, Germany, March 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A Federal Foreign Office spokesperson issued the following statement in Berlin today (3 March 2015) in response to the Malian Government and some of the armed groups signing a peace agreement in Algiers on 1 March:

The signing of this peace agreement represents a significant step towards lasting and sustainable peace in Mali, achieved in part thanks to months of effort by international mediators led by Algeria.

 

All parties which have not yet done so are now expressly called upon also to sign this hard won agreement soon. This is the best chance of peace there will be for the foreseeable future, and it will serve as a basis for reconciliation and development for the people of the whole of Mali.

 

SOURCE 

Germany – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

UN and AU envoys call for increased measures to combat sexual violence in Somalia

 

MOGADISHU, Somalia, March 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Joint statement by the UN and AU envoys to Somalia

Speaking at a high level panel discussion on sexual violence in Somalia the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), Nicholas Kay and the Special Representative of the AU Commission Chairperson (SRCC), Maman S. Sidikou made a joint call for increased measures to protect Somalia’s women and girls and reiterated their commitment to support efforts to combat sexual and gender based violence in Somalia.

 

The event was organised by an international Non-Governmental Organisation, Legal Action Worldwide in Mogadishu. Other panellists included Somalia’s Minister for Women and Human Rights Development, Hon. Minister Zahra Mohamed Ali Samantar, the European Union Special Representative for Somalia, Michele Cervone d’Urso, the Director of the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre, Ms Fartun Aden and the Executive Director of Legal Action Worldwide, Ms Antonia Mulvey.

 

“Preventing and responding to sexual violence is vital. There should be no impunity for these crimes. The United Nations is committed to working with the Somali people and authorities to increase measures to protect the rights of Somalia’s women and girls.” said SRSG Kay.

 

SRCC Sidikou reinforced AMISOM’s commitment and determination for efforts to combat sexual exploitation and abuse.”There should be no safe haven for perpetrators of such heinous crimes against some of Somalia’s most vulnerable women and girls. By working together, sharing our knowledge and our experience, mobilising resources and committing our political will we are determined to end rape and other forms of sexual violence in conflict situations. We remain committed to working with the Somali people, the Federal Government, and the United Nations to support all efforts to hold any perpetrators to account and to improve the response and support to victims and their access to Somalia’s justice system.” He said.

 

Panel members also highlighted the importance of providing better, more timely and comprehensive assistance and care to, including health and psychosocial care that addresses the long term consequences of sexual violence in conflict to victims and their families.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS


 

Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Takashi Uto to Visit Switzerland, Tunisia and Senegal

 

TOKYO, Japan, March 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — 1. Mr. Takashi Uto, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, will visit the Swiss Confederation (Geneva), the Republic of Tunisia (Tunis) and the Republic of Senegal (Dakar) from March 2 to 8.

 

2. In Geneva, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Uto is scheduled to attend the High-Level Segment of the 28th Session of the UN Human Rights Council on March 2 and deliver a statement on Japan’s human rights diplomacy, as well as have talks with UN officials and high-level attendees from other countries. Furthermore, he is scheduled to attend the Conference on Disarmament on March 3 and deliver a statement on Japan’s disarmament diplomacy.

 

3. In Tunis, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Uto is scheduled to express his congratulations to key government officials in the new administration launched in February, on the completion of a series of political processes and progress with domestic reform. He will also exchange views and seek to forge relationships that will enable closer cooperation on bilateral and multilateral frameworks, including Security Council reform.

 

4. In Dakar, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Uto is scheduled to hold meetings with key government officials in order to strengthen the bilateral relationship as well as the cooperative relationship in the international arena, including Security Council reform, with Senegal, which is one of the major countries an important country in West Africa.

 

SOURCE 

Japan – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 3 March 2015

WHO intensifies support to cholera outbreak in Malawi and Mozambique


 

WHO intensifies support to cholera outbreak in Malawi and Mozambique

 

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of the Congo, March 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The WHO Regional Office for Africa is intensifying country support to prevent cholera from reaching internally displaced person (IDP) camps along the border of Malawi and Mozambique. Since January 2015, extensive flooding has caused 230 000 IDPs to live in opportune refugee camps and temporary shelters.

As of 2 March 2015, 55 cases of cholera have been confirmed by the Malawian Ministry of Health, with two deaths. All of these cases have been identified outside IDP sites. Several cases have been linked to the Jambawe area in Mutarara district – a gold mine in Mozambique 10 km from the Malawian border, where many Malawians work.

“The WHO offices in Malawi and Mozambique are facilitating cross-border meetings for the Ministries of Health in the two countries to agree on a common approach to prevent the outbreak from spreading further,” said Dr Eugene Nyarko, WHO Representative for Malawi.

“Here in Malawi the WHO, UNICEF, Medicines Sans Frontier, Save the Children Fund and the Malawi Red Cross have mobilized and prepositioned cholera kits in all cholera prone districts. Health promotion and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) interventions are being intensified through the district health management teams and the relevant partners at district level to prevent the disease reaching the camps,” Dr Nyarko added.

The first case of cholera in Mozambique was notified on 25th December 2014 in Nampula city and has now affected over 3782 people with 39 deaths in 11 districts of four provinces. The most affected district is Tete followed by Nampula and Moatize.

Cholera can kill within hours if left untreated and thrives in areas of overcrowding, scarcity of safe water, poor sanitation and waste management, poor nutritional status as a result of food shortages, and poor access to health care services. People with low immunity such as malnourished children or people living with HIV are at a greater risk of death if infected.

The mainstay of control measures to be implemented during emergencies should remain (i) implementing interventions to improve water and sanitation, (ii) providing appropriate treatment to people with cholera and (iii) mobilizing communities to prevent transmission.

Primary prevention is possible by observing a few simple rules of good hygiene and safe water and food preparation. These rules include thorough washing of hands with safe water and soap, especially before food preparation and eating, thorough cooking of food, and consumption while hot (“boil it, peel it or leave it”), boiling or treatment of drinking water, and use of sanitary facilities. Safe water is water that has been boiled, treated with a chlorine product, or is bottled with an unbroken seal.

Promoting early detection and timely treatments

Up to 80% of cases can be successfully treated with oral rehydration salts, and early detection and effective case management reduces the case fatality rate to less than 1%. Antibiotic therapy is also recommended for severe cases.

The use of oral cholera vaccine is also being considered to prevent the spread of the outbreak to the IDP camps. If implemented, vaccination should cover as many people as possible who are eligible to receive the vaccine, and should be conducted as quickly as possible.

Oral cholera vaccines (OCVs) can provide immediate, short-term protection while improved access to safe water and sanitation are put into place. Two doses of OCV given two weeks apart are required for fully protective immunity.

The WHO Regional Office for Africa has sent experts to Malawi and Mozambique to provide technical advice and support to implement comprehensive control strategies, including OCV.

 

SOURCE 

World Health Organization (WHO)


 

Os empreendedores mais jovens de África podem ganhar 75 000 $ ao candidatarem-se ao Prémio Anzisha de 2015

 

Após o sucesso inicial, o Prémio Anzisha está em expansão para dar mais apoio a jovens empreendedores e organizações associadas de modo a impulsionar o crescimento económico pan-africano até 2020

 

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, March 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Iniciou-se a fase de candidaturas ao 5.o Prémio Anzisha (http://www.anzishaprize.org) que dá início à procura dos empreendedores sociais e empresariais mais jovens e admiráveis de África, com menos de 22 anos. África é o continente mais jovem do mundo, com mais de 600 milhões de pessoas com menos de 25 anos. O Prémio Anzisha é um programa com crescente impacto social que se concentra exclusivamente em promover o acesso de milhões de jovens africanos a oportunidades de empreendedorismo viáveis e estimulantes em sectores económicos de elevado crescimento.

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

 

Photos: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?searchterms=AnzishaPrize2014&level=search

 

O impacto e o sucesso do programa até à data incentivou os seus coorganizadores, a African Leadership Academy e a Fundação MasterCard, a prolongar a sua colaboração por mais 5 anos. O Prémio Anzisha vai fazer parte do panorama do empreendedorismo em África até 2020 e as suas atividades vão ser desenvolvidas com a máxima dedicação de modo, não só a incentivar os jovens empreendedores, mas também a reforçar e celebrar o ecossistema de organizações que desenvolvem o talento empreendedor dos jovens africanos nesta faixa etária.

 

É conhecido como #AnzishaEffect (o efeito Anzisha) e refere-se precisamente ao poder das histórias dos empreendedores mais jovens entre nós, que incentivam outros a seguir as suas pisadas. África precisa de jovens líderes empreendedores que sejam fortes e inovadores para criar postos de trabalho, resolver problemas e fomentar a economia. O futuro do continente africano será decidido por líderes empreendedores em todos os sectores.

 

“Já vimos o #AnzishaEffect em ação nas histórias inspiradoras e na liderança dos Anzisha Fellows (membros da Anzisha), como por exemplo, Laetitia Mukungu, Andrew Mupuya e Thato Kgatlhanye. Atualmente, são reconhecidos em todo o mundo e celebrados como exemplos a seguir”, afirma Reeta Roy, Presidente e CEO da Fundação MasterCard. “Estamos entusiasmados com a expansão do nosso apoio através do Prémio Anzisha de modo a permitir que muitos mais jovens empreendedores em África possam ter um impacto duradouro nas respetivas comunidades e países.”

 

Todos os anos, os 12 finalistas ganham uma viagem de duas semanas à África do Sul para a experiência de aprendizagem de uma vida na African Leadership Academy e dividem entre si mais de 75 000 dólares americanos de financiamento monetário. No jantar de gala é anunciado o grande vencedor do prémio, o qual recebe 25 000 $ para desenvolver o seu negócio. A partir de 2015, os Anzisha Fellows passam a ser apoiados ativamente através da recentemente instituída Youth Entrepreneur Support Unit (YES-U [Unidade de Apoio ao Jovem Empreendedor]), sediada na African Leadership Academy, uma colaboração com as principais incubadoras de empresas no continente. A experiência dos membros é estruturada em torno de orientação, serviços de consultadoria, reuniões de comunidades e oportunidades de viagem, enquanto desenvolvem os seus empreendimentos empresariais. Novos programas serão anunciados brevemente, os quais se concentram e investem noutras áreas da cadeia de valores dos jovens empreendedores.

 

As candidaturas encerram a 15 de abril de 2015 e todas as nomeações são muito bem-vindas. O Prémio Anzisha é uma das oportunidades pan-africanas mais acessíveis e abrangentes para todos os jovens, independentemente das suas origens. Os formulários de candidatura e as informações estão disponíveis em inglês, francês, português e árabe e a equipa da digressão do Prémio Anzisha vai visitar as principais localidades e envolver os meios de comunicação locais em todas as regiões. Além disso, mais de 25 organizações associadas de vários países estão disponíveis para ajudar os candidatos em países pelos quais a digressão não vai passar. Aceitamos candidaturas em papel e em suporte digital.

 

“Há poucos programas com o alcance e o potencial do Prémio Anzisha que se concentrem nesta faixa etária,” comenta Josh Adler, Diretor do Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership (Centro de Liderança Empreendedora) na African Leadership Academy e Diretor do programa Anzisha, “Este ano, vamos ver as diversas partes do ecossistema em que temos investido desde 2010 a começarem realmente a trabalhar em conjunto para benefício dos mais jovens empreendedores de África, independentemente do local em que se encontrem!”

 

Acompanhe a história do Prémio Anzisha deste ano online (anzishaprize.org), no Facebook (fb.com/anzishaprize), no Twitter (twitter.com/anzishaprize) e no YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/anzishaprize)

 

Distribuído pela APO (African Press Organization) em nome da Anzisha Prize.

 

 

Contacto para a imprensa:

Melissa Mbazo – responsável pela ligação com os meios de comunicação social do Prémio Anzisha

E-mail: prize@anzishaprize.org/+27 11 699 3000

 

NOTAS PARA OS EDITORES 

 

Sobre o Prémio Anzisha

O Prémio Anzisha (http://www.anzishaprize.org) é gerido pelo Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership da African Leadership Academy, que foi criado através de uma parceria de vários anos com a Fundação MasterCard. Com o Prémio Anzisha, os organizadores pretendem catalisar a inovação e o empreendedorismo entre os jovens de todo o continente.

 

Sobre a African Leadership Academy

A African Leadership Academy (ALA) procura transformar África através do desenvolvimento de uma forte rede de líderes empreendedores que irão trabalhar em conjunto para conquistar um extraordinário impacto social. Anualmente, a ALA reúne os mais promissores jovens líderes de todas as 54 nações africanas para um programa pré-universitário na África do Sul, centrado em liderança, empreendedorismo e estudos africanos. A ALA continua a cultivar estes líderes durante a sua vida ao fornecer formação contínua e contactos a redes de pessoas e capital, que podem dar origem a uma mudança em grande escala. Para obter mais informações, visite www.africanleadershipacademy.org

 

Sobre a Fundação MasterCard

A Fundação MasterCard é uma organização global independente sediada em Toronto, Canadá, com mais de 9 mil milhões de dólares em ativos.  Através de uma colaboração com organizações associadas em 57 países, esta fundação está a criar oportunidades para que todas as pessoas possam aprender e prosperar. Os programas da Fundação promovem a inclusão financeira e a aprendizagem avançada junto dos jovens, principalmente em África. Criada em 2006 através da generosidade da MasterCard Worldwide quando esta se tornou numa empresa pública, a Fundação é uma entidade distinta e independente. As políticas, operações e decisões de financiamento da Fundação são determinadas pelo seu próprio Conselho de Administração, Presidente e CEO.  Para obter mais informações sobre a Fundação, visite www.mastercardfdn.org.

 

Imagens e outros conteúdos

Um centro de multimédia completo com logótipos, fotografias e entrevistas está disponível em www.anzishaprize.org/media-centre.

 

Entrevistas exclusivas com candidatos locais promissores

Durante a fase de receção das candidaturas, a equipa do Prémio Anzisha gostaria entrasse em contacto e realizasse entrevistas com os candidatos mais promissores da sua região.  Se isto for do interesse da sua publicação, entre em contacto com a equipa do Prémio Anzisha.

 

Para obter mais informações e atualizações regulares, visite:

http://www.anzishaprize.org

 

SOURCE 

Anzisha Prize


 

Les jeunes entrepreneurs africains ont une chance de gagner 75 000 $ en participant au Prix Anzisha 2015

 

Après son succès initial, le Prix Anzisha se prolonge jusqu’en 2020 pour renforcer son soutien aux jeunes entrepreneurs et aux organisations partenaires afin de dynamiser la croissance économique panafricaine

 

JOHANNESBURG, Afrique du Sud, 3 mars 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ La phase de candidature du 5e Prix Anzisha (http://www.anzishaprize.org) vient de commencer, et avec elle la chasse aux entrepreneurs africains de moins de 22 ans les plus audacieux. Avec 600 millions de personnes âgées de moins de 25 ans, l’Afrique est le continent le plus jeune du globe. Le Prix Anzisha est un programme social dont l’objectif est d’accélérer l’accès de millions de jeunes Africains à des opportunités entrepreneuriales viables et passionnantes dans des secteurs économiques à forte croissance.

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

 

Photos: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?searchterms=AnzishaPrize2014&level=search

 

L’impact et le succès du programme ont encouragé ses organisateurs, l’African Leadership Academy et The MasterCard Foundation, à prolonger leur collaboration pendant cinq ans. Le Prix Anzisha fera partie du paysage entrepreneurial africain jusqu’en 2020. Il élargit ses activités pour encourager les jeunes entrepreneurs, mais aussi renforcer et récompenser l’écosystème des organisations qui développent le talent entrepreneurial des jeunes Africains dans cette tranche d’âge.

 

Cela s’appelle l’effet Anzisha (#AnzishaEffect). C’est le pouvoir du parcours des jeunes entrepreneurs qui encouragent les autres à suivre leurs pas. L’Afrique a besoin de jeunes leaders forts, innovants et entrepreneurs pour créer des emplois, résoudre les problèmes et diriger l’économie. L’avenir de notre continent sera déterminé par les leaders entrepreneurs dans tous les secteurs.

 

« Nous avons déjà vu l’#AnzishaEffect à l’œuvre grâce aux histoires inspirantes des Boursiers Anzisha comme Laetitia Mukungu, Andrew Mupuya et Thato Kgatlhanye. Aujourd’hui ce sont des modèles reconnus et célébrés dans le monde entier », a déclaré Reeta Roy, Président et PDG de The MasterCard Foundation. « Nous sommes heureux de prolonger le Prix Anzisha pour que plus de jeunes entrepreneurs africains puissent avoir un impact durable dans leur communauté et leur pays. »

 

Chaque année, 12 finalistes gagnent un séjour de deux semaines en Afrique du Sud pour suivre une formation à l’African Leadership Academy et se partagent une bourse de 75 000 $. Le nom du grand gagnant est annoncé lors d’un dîner de gala, où il reçoit 25 000 $ pour développer son entreprise. À partir de 2015, les Boursiers Anzisha seront activement soutenus par la Youth Entrepreneur Support Unit (YES-U), récemment créée et basée à l’African Leadership Academy et qui regroupe les principales pépinières d’entreprises du continent. Le mentorat, le conseil, les réunions communautaires et les opportunités de voyage définiront ensuite l’expérience des Boursiers tout au long du développement de leur entreprise. De nouveaux programmes consacrés à d’autres domaines de la chaîne de valeur des jeunes entrepreneurs seront bientôt annoncés.

 

La phase de candidature s’achèvera le 15 avril 2015 et les nominations sont encouragées. Le Prix Anzisha est une des opportunités panafricaines les plus accessibles et les plus ouvertes pour les jeunes de toutes origines. Les formulaires de candidature et les informations sont disponibles en anglais, français, portugais et arabe. De plus, l’équipe du Prix Anzisha se rendra dans les principales villes et sollicitera les médias locaux dans chaque région. Enfin, plus de 25 organisations partenaires sont là pour aider les candidats dans les pays où l’équipe ne pourra pas se rendre. Les candidatures papier et électroniques sont acceptées.

 

« Peu de programmes ayant la portée et le potentiel du Prix Anzisha se concentrent à ce point sur cette tranche d’âge, remarque Josh Adler, directeur du Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership de l’African Leadership Academy et responsable du programme Anzisha. Cette année, nous allons voir les différentes parties de l’écosystème dans lequel nous avons investi depuis 2010 vraiment commencer à travailler ensemble dans l’intérêt des jeunes entrepreneurs africains, où qu’ils soient ! »

 

Vous pouvez suivre l’histoire du Prix Anzisha de cette année en ligne (anzishaprize.org), sur Facebook (fb.com/anzishaprize), Twitter (twitter.com/anzishaprize) et YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/anzishaprize)

 

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour le Anzisha Prize.

 

 

Contacts pour la presse :

Melissa Mbazo – liaison média, Prix Anzisha

E-mail : prize@anzishaprize.org / +27 11 699 3000

 

NOTES AUX ÉDITEURS

 

À propos du Prix Anzisha

Le Prix Anzisha (http://www.anzishaprize.org) est géré par le Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership (centre pour un leadership entrepreneurial) de l’African Leadership Academy, qui a été fondé dans le cadre d’un partenariat pluriannuel avec The MasterCard Foundation. En instaurant le Prix Anzisha, les organisateurs ont souhaité promouvoir l’esprit d’innovation et d’entreprise auprès de la jeunesse africaine.

 

À propos de l’African Leadership Academy

L’African Leadership Academy (ALA) souhaite transformer l’Afrique en développant un réseau puissant de chefs d’entreprise qui travailleront ensemble pour avoir un impact social considérable. Chaque année, l’ALA réunit les jeunes leaders les plus prometteurs des 54 pays d’Afrique dans le cadre d’un programme pré-universitaire qui se tient en Afrique du Sud et dont les trois principales disciplines sont le leadership, l’esprit d’entreprise et les études africaines. L’ALA accompagne ces leaders tout au long de leur vie en leur fournissant des formations continues et en les mettant en relation avec des réseaux, où force humaine et capitaux se réunissent pour permettre des changements de grande envergure. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur www.africanleadershipacademy.org

 

À propos de The MasterCard Foundation

The MasterCard Foundation est une organisation indépendante internationale basée à Toronto, au Canada, et possédant plus de 9 milliards de dollars d’actifs.  En coopération avec des partenaires répartis dans 57 pays, elle offre la possibilité à ceux qui le souhaitent d’apprendre et de s’épanouir. Les programmes de la Fondation encouragent l’inclusion financière et font progresser l’apprentissage des jeunes, essentiellement en Afrique. Créée en 2006 grâce à la générosité de MasterCard Worldwide à l’occasion de sa transformation en société anonyme avec appel public à l’épargne, la Fondation est une entité distincte et indépendante. Les politiques, les activités et les décisions en matière de financement de la Fondation sont déterminées par son propre Conseil d’administration ainsi que par son PDG.  Pour en savoir plus sur la Fondation, rendez-vous sur www.mastercardfdn.org.

 

Images et contenu

Une médiathèque complète contenant des logos, des photos et des entretiens est disponible sur www.anzishaprize.org/media-centre.

 

Entretiens exclusifs avec les candidats locaux prometteurs

Lorsque nous aurons reçu les candidatures, le Prix Anzisha souhaiterait vous mettre en relation avec les candidats les plus prometteurs de votre région pour que vous puissiez les interviewer.  Si vous êtes intéressés, merci de contacter l’équipe du Prix Anzisha.

 

Pour plus d’informations et les mises à jour régulières

http://www.anzishaprize.org

 

SOURCE 

Anzisha Prize


 

Ebola : l’épidémie n’est pas encore endiguée – des points clés restent à résoudre

 

PARIS, France, 3 mars 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ L’épidémie d’Ebola dans les pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest se poursuit, mais diminue en intensité. Alors que le nombre de nouveaux patients est en baisse au Libéria, les chiffres continuent de fluctuer en Guinée et en Sierra Leone. Dans la semaine du 22 février 2015, 99 nouveaux cas confirmés ont été signalés dans les trois pays les plus touchés. Le virus a infecté plus de 23 700 personnes à travers la région depuis le début de l’épidémie, il y a 11 mois. En raison de sa nature imprévisible, les équipes de Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) maintiennent une approche flexible et continuent à intervenir dans les zones où les besoins sont les plus importants, en Guinée, au Libéria et en Sierra Leone.

 

Guinée : la population locale toujours réticente face aux messages sur la santé

 

En Guinée, 35 nouveaux cas confirmés ont été enregistrés la semaine dernière, selon l’OMS. La plupart proviennent de la capitale, Conakry. Malgré des campagnes de sensibilisation à grande échelle, bon nombre de communautés se montrent toujours réticentes quant aux messages de santé publique partagés par les autorités et les organisations internationales. Les équipes de MSF ont été confrontées à quelques incidents de sécurité en février à Faranah et dans plusieurs villages. Un véhicule de MSF a notamment été incendié, tandis que des équipes ont subi des jets de pierre. « Les gens ont peur du virus et beaucoup dans la communauté ne font plus confiance au système de santé », explique Claudia Evers, coordinatrice d’urgence pour MSF en Guinée. « Les récentes attaques contre des travailleurs humanitaires montrent que nous devons encore améliorer notre approche en matière de sensibilisation ».

 

Malgré ces difficultés, MSF a accru ses capacités et déployé deux équipes mobiles dans les préfectures de Faranah et de Boffa pour évaluer la situation épidémiologique. Ces deux régions n’ont pas été suffisamment couvertes par les systèmes de surveillance et nous savons que la résistance de la communauté y est élevée. « Nous devons poursuivre notre travail et discuter avec les personnes influentes dans la communauté afin d’avoir accès aux villages », déclare Claudia Evers. « C’est essentiel si nous voulons endiguer l’épidémie. » En Guinée, il est toujours très difficile d’identifier les personnes ayant été en contact avec des malades et les chaînes de transmission.

 

MSF gère actuellement deux centres de prise en charge d’Ebola en Guinée – l’un à Guéckédou et l’autre à Conakry – et mène aussi des activités de surveillance, de mobilisation sociale et de formation au contrôle des infections.

 

Libéria : manque d’accès aux soins de santé pour d’autres maladies mortelles

 

C’est au Libéria que la baisse du nombre de cas d’Ebola a été la plus importante, avec seulement huit cas confirmés enregistrés dans le pays à l’heure actuelle. Trois patients suspectés d’avoir été infectés par le virus sont actuellement hospitalisés dans le centre de traitement d’Ebola ELWA 3 de MSF à Monrovia. Les équipes de MSF se concentrent désormais sur les besoins des survivants, qui sont confrontés à de multiples séquelles physiques et psychologiques. Nous avons ouvert une clinique qui sert des repas spécialement adaptés à leurs besoins.

 

Le système sanitaire déjà fragile du Libéria a été terriblement affecté par l’épidémie, qui a causé la fermeture de nombreux hôpitaux. En mars, MSF va ouvert un hôpital pédiatrique de 100 lits à Monrovia pour les enfants souffrant de problèmes de santé sans lien avec Ebola.

Alors que les structures sanitaires commencent à rouvrir, le contrôle des infections sera crucial pour contribuer à restaurer la confiance du public dans le système de santé. MSF soutient la réhabilitation et les mesures de contrôle des infections à l’hôpital David Jr. Memorial à Monrovia et a déployé un médecin et deux infirmières pour y aider à améliorer la qualité des soins. Ailleurs à Monrovia, MSF gère des activités de prévention des infections dans 16 cliniques. Ces activités comprennent la mise en place de zone de triage, de zones d’isolement et la formation à la prise en charge médicale, et aux mesures en assainissement des eaux pour le personnel. Dans six autres cliniques, MSF apporte un soutien au contrôle des infections.

 

Des équipes mobiles mettent en œuvre des activités de promotion de la santé dans la banlieue de Monrovia de New Gardnersville, Bardnesville et New Georgia. Elles forment également du personnel de santé local au triage et contrôle des infections, et comblent les lacunes en matière de soins de santé de base. On observe aussi d’importantes lacunes au niveau des soins maternels et de la traumatologie d’urgence. En outre, il n’y a pas assez de lits pour hospitaliser les patients. « Pour reconstruire les systèmes sanitaires de la région, la première étape consiste à restaurer et à améliorer l’accès aux soins de santé », explique Dr Adi Nadimpalli, responsable des programmes de MSF au Libéria.

Des campagnes de vaccination contre les maladies évitables sont urgemment requises. Nous avons observé des épidémies de rougeole dans les comtés de Lofa, Margib et Montserrado, où MSF assiste le ministère de la santé dans la surveillance et la prise en charge des cas. Des cas suspects de coqueluche ont aussi été enregistrés dans le comté de Maryland. « Il est important de répondre immédiatement à ces flambées de maladies infectieuses, plutôt que d’attendre l’apparition d’une épidémie plus importante », poursuit Dr Adi Nadimpalli.

 

Sierra Leone : la priorité passe des centres Ebola à la communauté

 

La Sierra Leone reste le pays le plus touché par Ebola, avec 63 nouveaux cas confirmés signalés dans sept districts dans la semaine allant jusqu’au 25 février 2015. Il reste des zones sensibles dans le Nord-Ouest du pays ainsi qu’à Freetown, la capitale densément peuplée.

 

La semaine dernière, la réponse de MSF en Sierra Leone a pris une autre direction, avec la fermeture de deux des centres de traitement d’Ebola de MSF – l’un à Kailahun, à l’extrême-ouest du pays, l’autre à Freetown. Le centre de Kailahun a fermé ses portes le 20 février après que la fin de l’épidémie a été déclarée dans le district, plus aucun cas n’ayant été enregistré depuis le 12 décembre. Le centre « Prince de Galles », à Freetown, a mis fin à ses activités le 23 février, le gouvernement ayant demandé la démolition et la décontamination de tous les centres de traitement d’Ebola construits dans des écoles, en vue de la reprise des cours prévue à la fin du mois.

 

Étant donné que davantage de centres Ebola sont gérés par d’autres organisations dans le pays, MSF a désormais l’opportunité d’axer sa réponse là où elle est la plus nécessaire et la plus difficile à apporter, c’est-à-dire auprès de la communauté. « La fermeture des centres nous a permis de réaffecter nos ressources, qui se consacrent désormais à des activités communautaires telles que la surveillance, la recherche des personnes ayant été en contact avec des malades et la promotion de la santé », indique Dana Krause, coordinatrice d’urgence pour MSF en Sierra Leone.

 

Parallèlement, MSF a déployé des équipes supplémentaires dans les nouvelles zones sensibles apparues à Freetown, et une équipe de surveillance transfrontalière est active dans le district de Kambia, qui borde la Guinée, où quelque 10 000 personnes traversent la frontière chaque semaine.

 

« Un système élargi de surveillance sanitaire doit être mis en place à travers la région si nous voulons mettre un terme à l’épidémie », affirme Dana Krause. « Le nombre de nouveaux cas en Sierra Leone reste alarmant et les semaines à venir seront cruciales. »

 

Fin janvier, MSF a ouvert un service de maternité pour les femmes enceintes souffrant d’Ebola à Kissy, à la périphérie de Freetown. L’unité permet aux équipes médicales de fournir des soins spécialisés pour les femmes enceintes qui ont suspectés ou porteuse du virus. Le gouvernement est désireux de garder ce service spécialisé, a décidé de le transférer en dehors du Methodist Boys High School.

 

Activités de recherche et développement en cours

Un essai clinique portant sur le traitement expérimental favipiravir est en cours dans les centres de traitement d’Ebola de MSF en Guinée. Parallèlement, d’autres pistes sont étudiées. Un essai est notamment en cours à Conakry. Les patients y reçoivent du plasma sanguin de volontaires ayant survécu à la maladie. En mars, toujours en Guinée, MSF commencera l’étude d’un vaccin expérimental contre Ebola. « Tous ces efforts devraient conduire à des innovations pouvant être utilisées dans les pays concernés », indique Bertrand Draguez, directeur des opérations médicales pour MSF. « Elles seront cruciales pour protéger la population dans le cadre de cette épidémie et des épidémies futures. »

 

SOURCE 

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)


 

Bundesregierung ruft malische Parteien zu Unterzeichnung des Friedensabkommens auf

 

BERLIN, Germany, March 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Zur Paraphierung eines Friedensabkommens durch die malische Regierung und einen Teil der bewaffneten Gruppen am 1. März 2015 in Algier erklärte eine Sprecherin des Auswärtigen Amts heute (03.03.) in Berlin:

 

“Mit der Paraphierung des Friedensabkommens ist auch dank monatelanger Anstrengungen durch die internationalen Mediatoren unter Führung von Algerien ein bedeutender Schritt hin zu einem dauerhaften und nachhaltigen Frieden in Mali gelungen.

 

Alle Parteien, die dies noch nicht getan haben, sind nachdrücklich aufgefordert, das schwer errungene Abkommen nun ebenfalls schnell zu paraphieren. Das ist auf absehbare Zeit die beste Chance für Frieden und eine Grundlage für Versöhnung und Entwicklung für die Menschen in ganz Mali.”

 

SOURCE 

Germany – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

Climat – Afrique – Participation de Mme Annick Girardin à la conférence ministérielle africaine sur l’environnement (Le Caire, 4 mars 2015)

 

PARIS, France, 3 mars 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay – Déclarations du porte-parole – 3 mars 2015

 

Mme Annick Girardin, secrétaire d’Etat chargée du développement et de la Francophonie, se rendra au Caire les 4 et le 5 mars pour participer à la conférence ministérielle africaine sur l’environnement.

 

Mme Annick Girardin soulignera, conformément à l’appel de Manille lancé par le président de la République et son homologue philippin le 26 février, la nécessité d’agir de manière efficace dans la solidarité et la justice. L’accord attendu en décembre à Paris devra répondre aux attentes de tous les pays, notamment des plus vulnérables. Il devra faciliter une réduction des émissions compatible avec l’objectif des 2°C, mais également permettre aux pays de s’adapter aux effets du dérèglement climatique, notamment par des financements appropriés.

 

L’Afrique est le continent qui a le moins contribué aux émissions de gaz à effet de serre, mais c’est aussi un de ceux qui en subissent le plus les conséquences, notamment en termes de désertification, de montée des eaux ou de déforestation.

 

Lors de son déplacement, Mme Annick Girardin s’entretiendra également avec les ministres égyptiens de l’environnement et de la coopération, et débattra avec des étudiants francophones des enjeux du développement et du dérèglement climatique.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


2014 sees flydubai achieve increased revenues of USD 1.2 billion up 19.1% and profits of USD 68 million

•          14% increase in passenger numbers between 2013 and 2014 in Africa

•          100% increase in number of routes in Africa

•          Schedule increased to 63 flights a week across 12 points in North and East Africa

Dubai, UAE, March 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ flydubai (http://www.flydubai.com), in its fifth year of operation, today announced its Annual Results for 2014 and reported a net profit of AED 250 million (USD 68 million) an increase of 12.3% compared to 2013 with total revenue of AED 4.4 billion (USD 1.2 billion) for the 12-month period, ending 31 December.

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(Chief executive Officer of flydubai, Ghaith Al Ghaith)

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(flydubai fleet 2015)

Last year saw flydubai, in support of the economic development of the UAE, remain focused on its long-term strategy to open up new routes by expanding opportunities for travel, maintaining efficient operations across its network and continuing to deliver a better customer experience.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of flydubai, said: “the UAE has firmly established itself as a centre of gravity for aviation.  We have long recognised the importance of aviation to our economic growth.  flydubai continues to make a key contribution to our economy in particular as a result of its strategy to open up previously underserved routes.”

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of flydubai, commenting on the Annual Results added: “recording its profitability for the third consecutive full year, the 2014 Results show that the recent order for more aircraft as well as investments in the offering on the ground and in the air have been the right strategy for the airline. flydubai’s role in the aviation sector is now being recognised beyond the region.”

Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of flydubai, reflecting on last year, said: “2014 saw flydubai open up a record number of new routes in what was a demanding year. To have achieved what we have achieved is significant. The continued investment in our people and operations has strengthened our business and ensures that we are well positioned for sustained growth in the future.   It is good to see that more passengers than ever before are travelling with us.”

Operational Performance

Passenger numbers: showing growing demand for its services from its passengers across its network, flydubai carried 7.25 million passengers in 2014 and has carried 24.3 million since it launched its operations.  It saw an increase in passenger numbers between 2013 and 2014 in Africa (14%), Central Asia (57%), Europe (11%) and the Subcontinent (11%).

Network: in a year that saw the airline add 23 new routes, creating a network of 86 destinations, flydubai also increased frequency on many of its existing routes. Weekly flight frequencies to Beirut increased from 14 to 21, to Kuwait from 53 to 77, to Muscat from 28 to 41, to Salalah from 3 to 5 and Tbilisi which went to a daily service. The airline now operates 1,400 flights per week.

Its network across its geographic focus grew by the number of routes in Africa (100%), in Central Asia (66%), Europe including Russia (40%), the GCC (7%), Middle East (30%) and in the Subcontinent (38%).

flydubai offers one of the most comprehensive networks in the GCC with 608 weekly flights across 16 points in the region.

Having recognised the potential of the emerging markets in North and East Africa the schedule increased to 63 flights a week across 12 points.

Flights started to the regional economic hubs of Almaty and Moscow further strengthening trade and tourism opportunities with the UAE and onwards to Africa and the Subcontinent.

With the launch of four new points in India, flydubai saw 70% growth in passenger numbers and there remains much opportunity.

Aircraft deliveries: All aircraft delivered since August 2013 have been configured with Business Class. flydubai took delivery of eight new Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft  and ended the year with a fleet of 43 aircraft.

In October, it completed to schedule its rolling retrofit programme to configure the existing aircraft in its fleet with Business Class. The first seven aircraft it received between 2009 and 2010 were not part of the retrofit programme.

Business Class: flydubai ended the year with 70% of its routes offering Business Class.  During the course of the year ahead, it will announce the remaining routes to receive this service and together with the successful completion of the 12-month retrofit programme flydubai will be able to offer a consistent product for its passengers across its network. It also enhanced the business class offering on the ground with the opening of the flydubai Business Lounge at Terminal 2, Dubai International.

Results from the onboard survey and 35 customer touch point measures have shown that 99% of Business Class passengers would fly again and 93% would recommend flydubai. In line with the strategy that led to the launch of Business Class 38% of passengers chose flydubai due to the direct air link. The reason for travel was 37% for business and 39% for leisure with 39% of Business Class passengers being repeat flyers.

Terminal 2, Dubai International: The extension and refurbishment of Terminal 2 has provided a better customer experience. To further enhance the convenience of the airport 15 self-service kiosks have been opened for all passengers travelling to the routes that allow this facility.

Al Maktoum International: the 80-day period of the runway enhancement project between May and July at Dubai International saw flydubai operate a number of flights from this airport ensuring additional capacity for its passengers during this period.  With the successful completion of the project all of flydubai’s operations resumed from Terminal 2, Dubai International on schedule.

Staff numbers: flydubai continued to strengthen its experienced team increasing the number of staff to 2,883 including 571 pilots, 1,235 cabin crew and 221 engineers representing more than 111 nationalities across flydubai’s workforce.

Awards: flydubai received a number of Awards during the year recognising its easy to use, technically advanced inflight entertainment system, the achievement of its Cargo division to introduce electronic Air Waybills (e-AWB) across its operations, two Awards for the debut Sukuk issuance as well as the recognition for excellence in its sector by CAPA, the Centre for Aviation.

Ghaith Al Ghaith commenting on flydubai’s operational performance said, “the changing economic landscape not only makes demands on the business but also provides us with opportunities. Achieving a balance as a result of the speed with which we are able to respond to the changing global economic environment is reflected in our operational performance as we are well set to create a network of more than 100 destinations. It is important for us to continue to recognise this global rebalancing as we grow our fleet, expand our network and evolve our business model.”

Cost Performance

Total revenue and operating income increased by 19.1% to AED 4.4 billion (USD 1.2 billion) with a capacity increase (ASKM) of 9.3%.

EBITDAR(1) growth is in line with the increase in revenue and is at a healthy rate of revenue at 22.1%.

Fuel remains the single largest cost at 36% of the total operating costs and though lower than the previous year has benefited from the downward trend in fuel prices starting from the last quarter of 2014.  Currently 30% of fuel requirements for 2015 are hedged.

Other ancillary revenue items including inflight entertainment, onboard sales, seat preferences, checked baggage allowance, car rental, hotel bookings, travel insurance and visa facilitation services continue to be strong and comprise 14.4% of total revenue.

flydubai Cargo has secured ACC3 EU certification which will allow the airline to transport Cargo to the new European routes.   The busiest cargo routes include Colombo, Doha, Juba, Kiev, Kuwait and Muscat. Continued demand for cargo services saw an average of 3,000 tons carried each month and revenue growth was 11.8% compared to 2013.

Financing: flydubai continued its strategy to diversify its sources of funding. In November it issued a landmark debut Sukuk transaction successfully raising $500 million.  The 5-year Sukuk was six times oversubscribed demonstrating the strong international investor appetite for this paper.   Funds will be used for general corporate purposes and refinancing.

Outlook for 2015

2015 will continue to be a demanding year due to the global socio-economic landscape.  flydubai will see the remaining aircraft from its 2008 order delivered. As in 2014, flydubai launched its first new service of the year to Saudi Arabia.  This saw the first international flight land at Nejran on 10 January and became flydubai’s 12th point in Saudi Arabia.  In March, a three times a week service to Chennai in India will start.

Ghaith Al Ghaith, commenting on the outlook for flydubai, said: “we will end 2015 with a fleet of 50 aircraft. Together with the new route launches this is an endorsement of the strategy we set out at the beginning and underlines the achievements of the past six years. I’m grateful to the team at flydubai for helping us to ensure that we are well positioned for sustained growth in the years ahead as we start to prepare for the new deliveries in 2016 and the first deliveries of the 737 MAX 8s in 2017 bringing further efficiency to our fleet.”

(1) EBITDAR is calculated as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortisation and rental costs.

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

For further information, please contact:

Houda Al Kaissi, Senior Press officer; (+971) 56 683 0336; Email: houda.alkaissi@flydubai.com

About flydubai:

Dubai-based flydubai (http://www.flydubai.com) strives to remove barriers to travel and enhance connectivity between different cultures across its ever-expanding network. Since launching its operations in 2009, flydubai has:

•          Created a network of more than 90 destinations in 46 countries, with 23 new routes launched in 2014.

•          Opened up 57 new routes that did not previously have direct air links to Dubai or were not served by a UAE national carrier from Dubai.

•          Built up a fleet of more than 45 new aircraft and will take delivery of more than 100 aircraft by the end of 2023, all of which will be Boeing 737-800s.

In addition, flydubai’s agility and flexibility as a young airline has enhanced Dubai’s economic development, in line with the Government of Dubai’s vision, by creating trade and tourism flows in previously underserved markets.

For more information about flydubai services, please visit flydubai.com.

SOURCE

flydubai

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 3 March 2015

Vatican / Visite Ad Limina des Evêques nord-africains


 

Vatican / Visite Ad Limina des Evêques nord-africains

 

VATICAN, Saint-Siège, 3 mars 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le Pape François a reçu les Evêques d ‘Afrique du Nord (Maroc, Algérie, Tunisie et Libye), en conclusion de leur visite Ad Limina. Dans le discours qu’il leur a remis, il a d’emblée évoqué l’histoire d’une région marquée par de nombreuses figures de sainteté depuis Cyprien et Augustin, patrimoine spirituel de toute l’Eglise, jusqu’au bienheureux Charles de Foucauld, dont on fêtera l’an prochain le centenaire de la mort: “Depuis plusieurs années l’Afrique du Nord connaît des évolutions significatives, qui permettaient alors d’espérer voir se réaliser certaines aspirations à une plus grande liberté et à la dignité et favoriser une plus grande liberté de conscience. Mais parfois aussi ces évolutions ont conduit à des déchaînements de violence. Je voudrais saluer particulièrement le courage, la fidélité et la persévérance des évêques de Libye, ainsi que des prêtres, des personnes consacrées et des laïcs qui demeurent dans le pays malgré les dangers multiples. Ils sont d’authentiques témoins de l’Evangile. Je les en remercie vivement, et je vous encourage tous à poursuivre vos efforts pour contribuer à la paix et à la réconciliation dans toute” l’Afrique du Nord. Votre Conférence, poursuit-il, “est un lieu d’échange et de concertation important, mais elle doit aussi être un instrument de communion qui permet d’approfondir des relations fraternelles et confiantes entre vous. Votre pèlerinage à Rome est une heureuse occasion pour renouveler votre engagement commun au service de la mission de l’Eglise dans chacun de vos pays. Cette mission vous l’accomplissez avec vos prêtres, vos collaborateurs directs. Originaires de nombreux pays, il leur est parfois difficile de s’adapter à des situations très nouvelles pour eux. Il est donc particulièrement nécessaire que vous soyez proches de chacun d’entre eux et attentifs à leur formation permanente pour qu’ils puissent vivre leur ministère pleinement et sereinement… Les religieuses et les religieux ont aussi une place de choix dans la vie et la mission de vos Eglises. Je leur suis reconnaissant de leur témoignage de vie fraternelle et de leur engagement si généreux au service de leurs frères et soeurs”.

“Au coeur de votre mission et à la source de votre espérance, il y a d’abord la rencontre personnelle avec Jésus Christ et la certitude qu’il est à l”uvre dans le monde où vous avez été envoyés en son nom. La vitalité évangélique de vos diocèses dépend donc de la qualité de la vie spirituelle et sacramentelle de chacun”. Au long des siècles, nombre de fidèles “ont tout donné à Dieu et à leurs frères jusqu’au sacrifice de leur vie. Il vous revient de développer cet héritage spirituel d’abord parmi vos fidèles, mais aussi en l’ouvrant à tous. Je me réjouis d’ailleurs de savoir que ces dernières années, plusieurs sanctuaires chrétiens ont pu être restaurés en Algérie. En y accueillant chacun avec bienveillance et sans prosélytisme, vos communautés manifestent qu’elles veulent être une Eglise aux portes ouvertes, toujours en sortie… L’universalité est aussi une caractéristique de vos Eglises, dont les fidèles viennent de nombreuses nations pour former des communautés bien vivantes… C’est aussi pour vous une occasion de vous émerveiller devant l”uvre de Dieu, qui se répand parmi tous les peuples et dans toutes les cultures. Je voudrais apporter mes encouragements aux nombreux jeunes étudiants venant d’Afrique sub-saharienne, qui forment une partie importante de vos communautés. En demeurant forts dans la foi ils seront capables d’établir avec tous des liens d’amitié, de confiance et de respect et ils contribueront ainsi à l’édification d’un monde plus fraternel”.

Passant au dialogue inter-religieux, il souligne ensuite combien il constitue une part importante de la vie de l’Eglise catholique nord-africaine: “L’imagination de la charité sait ouvrir d’innombrables chemins pour porter le souffle évangélique dans les cultures et dans les milieux sociaux les plus divers… Vous savez combien la méconnaissance mutuelle est la source de tant d’incompréhensions et parfois même d’affrontements. Pourtant, comme l’a écrit Benoît XVI dans l’exhortation Africae Munus, si nous tous, croyants en Dieu, désirons servir la réconciliation, la justice et la paix, nous devons ‘uvrer ensemble pour bannir toutes les formes de discrimination, d’intolérance et de fondamentalisme confessionnel. L’antidote le plus efficace contre toute forme de violence est l’éducation à la découverte et à l’acceptation de la différence comme richesse et fécondité. Aussi est-il indispensable que dans vos diocèses prêtres, religieuses et laïcs soient formés dans ce domaine. Et à ce propos, je suis heureux de relever que l’Institut pontifical d’études arabes et islamiques, qui célèbre cette année son cinquantième anniversaire, est né à Tunis. Soutenir et utiliser cette institution si nécessaire pour s’imprégner de la langue et de la culture permettra d’approfondir un dialogue en vérité et dans le respect entre chrétiens et musulmans. Le dialogue, vous le vivez aussi au jour le jour avec les chrétiens de diverses confessions”. Citant également l’Institut oecuménique Al Mowafaqa (Maroc) qui promeut le dialogue oecuménique et inter-religieux, le Pape rappelle que ses hôtes animent une Eglise de la rencontre et du dialogue, au service de tous sans distinction. “Avec des moyens souvent modestes, vous manifestez la charité du Christ et de l’Eglise auprès des plus pauvres, des malades, des personnes âgées, des femmes dans le besoin ou des prisonniers. Je vous remercie vivement pour la part que vous prenez afin de venir en aide aux nombreux migrants originaires d’Afrique qui cherchent dans vos pays un lieu de passage ou d’accueil. En reconnaissant leur dignité humaine, et en travaillant à réveiller les consciences face à tant de drames humains, vous manifestez l’amour que Dieu porte à chacun d’entre eux”. Assurant enfin les évêques du soutien de toute l’Eglise, il redit à ses hôtes qu’ils ont une mission de périphérie: “Votre témoignage de vie dans la simplicité et la pauvreté est un signe éminent pour toute l’Eglise. Soyez sûrs que le Successeur de Pierre vous accompagne sur votre rude chemin et qu’il vous encourage à être toujours des hommes de l’espérance”.

 

SOURCE 

Vatican Information Service (VIS)


 

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 3 March 2015

The United States Congratulates Lesotho on Peaceful Election


 

The United States Congratulates Lesotho on Peaceful Election

 

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement

John Kerry

Secretary of State

Washington, DC

March 2, 2015

 

The United States congratulates the people of Lesotho for participating peacefully in Lesotho’s snap parliamentary election on February 28.

The U.S. Embassy deployed 18 American and Basotho staff as observers to six of Lesotho’s ten districts, where they witnessed the opening, voting, closing, and counting in approximately 80 polling stations. Every vote counts and every vote was a victory for Lesotho.

The United States shares the hopes of the Basotho that these elections will allow Lesotho to move beyond a period of political uncertainty and strengthen national unity. This commitment is essential to provide a foundation for an effective, accountable government that serves the needs of the people.

We commend Lesotho’s Independent Electoral Commission for organizing a professional and well-run poll, especially in light of the compressed timeline. We encourage all candidates and political parties to accept the election results when they are announced and to call on their supporters to do so as well.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) deserves great credit for supporting Lesotho’s peaceful election. We welcome SADC’s ongoing commitment to helping Lesotho strengthen its democratic institutions and rule of law.

The United States remains committed to our strong partnership with Lesotho and to achieving our shared objectives of improved health, shared prosperity, and effective and accountable government.

 

SOURCE 

US Department of State

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 3 March 2015

Secretary Kerry on South Sudan Negotiations


 

Secretary Kerry on South Sudan Negotiations

 

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement

John Kerry

Secretary of State

Washington, DC

March 2, 2015

 

The warring parties in South Sudan must seize the current and final round of negotiations to deliver a sustainable peace. We are well past the point where enough is enough. Leaders must put the interests of their people above their own. The violence must end. A negotiated conclusion to this conflict is required now.

Legitimacy is not a presumed right of any government. It is conferred by the people, and it is sustained only by demonstrating leadership to protect and serve all citizens—responsibilities the government has neglected. The opposition has likewise failed to choose peace or make the hard choices required of leaders. Both President Kiir and Riek Machar have promised time and again that they would negotiate a transitional government under the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) process, but have failed to make the compromises needed.

The world is watching to see what the leaders of South Sudan will do. IGAD has outlined the way forward to a transitional government and necessary reforms, but the two sides continue to obfuscate and delay. The parties have until March 5 to secure an agreement that is inclusive, that initiates a broad range of transitional reforms and that ensures those responsible for human rights abuses are held to account.

The United States will work with our international partners, including in the region, the UN Security Council, and beyond, to take further concerted action against those who do not demonstrate a willingness to make the difficult decisions needed for peace.

Leaders can choose to do the hard work of implementing peace—or they can all too easily drift back into the nightmare of war. The choice is clear, and for the sake of all the people of South Sudan, I urge them to choose peace.

 

SOURCE 

US Department of State

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 3 March 2015

U.S. and Djibouti Launch Binational Forum of Cooperation


 

U.S. and Djibouti Launch Binational Forum of Cooperation

 

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

March 2, 2015

 

On February 25 and 26, in Washington, DC, senior officials of the United States and the Republic of Djibouti Governments met to launch the inaugural U.S.-Djibouti Binational Forum, a key outcome of the historic May 5, 2014, White House meeting between U.S. President Obama and Djiboutian President Guelleh. Deputy Secretary Blinken welcomed the Djiboutian delegation and opened the Binational Forum. The senior-level delegations addressed a range of important issues including security cooperation, economic development, energy exploration, and education.

The ministerial-level meetings, led by Secretary of State John Kerry and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, H.E. Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, indicate the strong commitment by both nations to continue a strategic dialogue on key priorities. The two countries work closely on countering violent extremism and terrorism in the East Africa region. The Republic of Djibouti hosts the only enduring U.S. military presence in Africa at Camp Lemonnier near Djibouti City. The delegations announced a new state partnership between the U.S. National Guard and the Djiboutian Armed Forces. Under the program, the Kentucky National Guard will partner with the Djiboutian Armed Forces to strengthen cooperation between the two militaries. The official launch of the program will take place in Djibouti later this year. In his first bilateral meeting at the Pentagon as Secretary of Defense, Secretary Ash Carter lauded Djibouti’s decision to deploy additional forces to Somalia, emphasizing the importance of continued bilateral and regional cooperation in operations to defeat al-Shabaab.

To strengthen economic partnership, the delegations pledged to work together to implement recent legislation – “Djibouti First” – that seeks to give preference to Djiboutian companies to win goods and services contracts at Camp Lemonnier. The Forum concluded with the two sides agreeing to regular meetings throughout the coming year to prepare for the second Binational Forum in 2016, which will be hosted by the Government of Djibouti in Djibouti. USAID Assistant to the Administrator Eric Postel chaired an economic roundtable, where the Djiboutian delegation and U.S. Government agencies highlighted areas of focus for economic development in Djibouti, such as energy development, education, and workforce development.

The Forum included high level officials from several government agencies, including on the U.S. side: the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the National Security Council. The Djiboutian delegation included the following high level officials: H.E. Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; H.E. Hassan D. Houffaneh, the Minister of Defense; H.E. Ilyas M. Dawaleh, Minister of Economy and Finance; H.E. Roble Olhaye, the Djiboutian Ambassador to the United States; Mr. Aboubaker Hadi, the President of Djibouti Ports and Free Zone Authority; Mr. Youssouf M. Dawaleh, the President of the Djiboutian Chamber of Commerce; Secretary General Haroun Omar Aden of the Ministry of Education and Professional Training; Secretary General Hibo Osman Ahmed of the Chamber of Commerce; Mr. Mohamed-kadar A. Guedi, Director of Taxation, Ministry of Budget; and Lt. Colonel Fouad Waiss of the Djiboutian Armed Forces.

 

SOURCE 

US Department of State


 

IMF Executive Board Approves US$114.63 Million in Financing and Debt Relief for Sierra Leone

 

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, March 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today approved a disbursement of SDR 60.74 million (about US$85.45 million) under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) 1 arrangement, as well as an augmentation of access under the ECF arrangement of 50 percent of Sierra Leone’s quota, equivalent to SDR 51.85 million (about US$72.94 million). The Executive Board approved also a request for SDR 20.74 million (about US$29.18 million or 20 percent of the country’s quota) in immediate debt relief under the catastrophe containment window of the Catastrophe Containment and Relief (CCR) Trust2.

The additional IMF financing follows the completion by the IMF Executive Board, of the second review of Sierra Leone’s financial program supported by the IMF through the Extended Credit Facility arrangement. The ECF funds will support the authorities fight against the Ebola outbreak by covering urgent budgetary and balance of payments needs and strengthening international reserves. This additional IMF financing should help catalyze further financial assistance from the international community, preferably through grants. The CCR funds will be applied to immediately repay debt service obligations due to the IMF, up to the equivalent of 20 percent of Sierra Leone’s quota.

The Executive Board approved the ECF arrangement for Sierra Leone on October 21, 2013 for the equivalent of SDR 62.22 million (about US$95.84 million) (see Press Release No. 13/410).

At the conclusion of the Executive Board’s discussion, Mr. Min Zhu, Chair and Deputy Managing Director issued the following statement:

“Implementation of the Fund-supported program has been satisfactory despite a challenging environment. The Sierra Leonean economy is battling two severe exogenous shocks with dramatic social and economic repercussions. The Ebola epidemic and the sharp decline in iron ore prices are weighing heavily on the economy and have the potential for significant output contraction, continued price pressures, and increased fiscal and balance of payments deficits in 2015. Debt relief under the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust combined with augmented IMF financing under the Fund-supported program will help cover balance of payments and fiscal financing needs, and catalyze further support from the international community.

“The economic impact of the dual shock has made the 2015 fiscal objectives more challenging. Therefore, it will be critical for the authorities to continue enhancing efficiency in tax administration and to broaden the tax base to support the revenue target. On the expenditure side, policy priorities include improving capital expenditure management, maintaining a prudent wage policy, making further progress in public financial management reforms, and strengthening budget execution to avoid accumulation of arrears. In this regard, full resumption of Cash Management Committee meetings, which were interrupted because of the Ebola outbreak, will be essential.

“Sierra Leone’s risk of debt distress remains moderate. Therefore, continued prudent borrowing policies are critical in view of the economy’s vulnerability to exogenous shocks and the fragile fiscal position. Financing needs, particularly for large-scale investment projects, should continue to be covered with grants and concessional loans to the extent possible.

“Some easing of monetary policy will help the Bank of Sierra Leone (BoSL) in supporting the economy, as long as inflationary pressures continue to be driven by supply shocks and second-round inflationary pressures remain contained. Being more active in the secondary market for government securities and continuing to improve liquidity forecasting will increase the BoSL’s ability to modify its policy stance when needed. Preserving foreign exchange reserves and ensuring that the exchange rate continues to be market-determined is also 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.

2 The Catastrophe Containment and Relief (CCR) Trust provides grant assistance to be used as debt relief for eligible countries confronting major natural disasters, including public health disasters.

 

SOURCE 

International Monetary Fund (IMF)


 

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Parliamentary Elections in Lesotho

 

NEW YORK, March 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Secretary-General congratulates the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho on the peaceful conduct of the parliamentary elections on 28 February.

 

The Secretary-General commends the work of the Independent Electoral Commission of Lesotho in preparing for the elections, as well as the Southern African Development Community, which has led efforts to peacefully resolve political challenges in the country. The successful completion of this process will be an important step in Lesotho’s return to political normalcy.

 

The Secretary-General reaffirms the readiness of the United Nations to continue to support efforts in Lesotho to consolidate democracy and advance justice and development for the benefit of all the people of the country.

 

SOURCE 

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


APO to Provide Africa-Related News Releases to Millions of Students and Researchers Around the World

APO Announces an Alliance with NewsBank, one of the world’s premier information providers

DAKAR, Senegal, March 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com), the sole press release newswire in Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa,  announced today an alliance with NewsBank (http://www.newsbank.com), one of the world’s premier information providers for more than 40 years, to provide Africa-related news releases to millions of students, colleges and universities, schools, public and private libraries, professionals, and researchers around the world.

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“NewsBank is proud to add the high-quality news content published by APO to our growing collection of Africa-related content,” says Chuck Palsho, Chief Content Officer at NewsBank. “Millions of students and library patrons around the world will be able to use this content for their studies of the African nations, global policies and finance, and more. We are looking forward to partnering with APO.”

APO feed contains news releases related to entrepreneurial and listed companies, government ministries, political and economical institutions, NGOs, concerning the continent’s social, economical, political, and legal affairs.

“APO is an excellent addition to NewsBank,” says Tim Russell, Vice President of International Markets. “As the largest provider of African news information worldwide, NewsBank is pleased to offer its customers the benefit of APO’s unique content in support of the growing global research in Africa.”

APO’s strategic alliance with NewsBank further confirms the need for credible news sources. Over the years, APO has made specific choices of partners in order to further add value to its clients Africa-related press releases.

“This is very exciting for us, as we never thought of communicating to students before. In a way APO is contributing to providing information to future leaders of Africa”, said Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder & CEO of APO. “The partnership with NewsBank is timely for the fact that so much information is coming out of the continent; and there is a high demand for a direct stream of information”, he added.

APO is the creator of Africa Wire® (http://www.apo-opa.com/press_release_distribution.php), the newswire service for press release distribution and monitoring in Africa. APO Africa Wire® has a potential reach of 600 million people and guarantees the most efficient media influence in Africa; in turn, this is how APO’s clients can directly target audiences in all corners of the continent and the world.

APO is a NASDAQ GlobeNewswire Authorised Agency for Africa offering unique access to 1.5 million financial and trade media outlets in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East (http://www.apo-opa.com/press_release_distribution.php#anchor2a).

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NewsBank, inc., has been a premier information provider for more than 40 years. NewsBank’s comprehensive resources meet the diverse research needs of public libraries, colleges and universities, schools, government libraries, genealogists, and professionals around the world.

NewsBank consolidates current and archived information from more than 9,000 publishers worldwide, including newspapers, newswires, Web editions, blogs, videos, broadcast transcripts, business journals, periodicals, government documents and other publications. Using these online resources, researchers in libraries around the world can easily explore billions of current and archived news articles and obituaries in order to pinpoint information from primary sources at the local, state, regional, national and international levels.

About APO:

APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com) is the sole press release newswire in Africa and is a global leader in media relations relating to Africa.

With offices in Senegal, Switzerland, Dubai, Hong Kong, India and Seychelles, APO owns a media database of over 150,000 contacts and is the main online community for Africa-related news.

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

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Press Briefing: RiskMap 2015 – politics will remain a key factor driving risk for investors in Africa

Global business risk consultancy Control Risks will launch its annual “RiskMap” publication on Thursday, March 12 with a press briefing in Lagos, Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria, March 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Global business risk consultancy Control Risks (https://www.controlrisks.com) will launch its annual “RiskMap” publication on Thursday, March 12 with a press briefing in Lagos, Nigeria.

Date:               Thursday, March 12

Time:              08.00-09.30 am WAT

Attendees:

Richard Fenning, CEO Control Risks

Tom Griffin, Managing Director, Control Risks West Africa

Roddy Barclay, Senior Consultant, West Africa

Thomas Hansen, Senior Analyst, West Africa

Control Risks’ annual publication RiskMap is an established authoritative guide and a key reference point for policy makers and business leaders seeking to plot global trends over the coming year. RiskMap highlights the most significant underlying trends in global risk and security, and provides a detailed view from the markets that will matter most in 2015.

At this press briefing, Control Risks presents the major trends for global businesses in the upcoming year, as well as a view on current developments that pose a risk to international companies – in West Africa, in the rest of Africa and around the world.

Only accredited journalists and technical staff may access the venues.

APPLY FOR ACCREDITATION: http://www.apo-opa.com/application.php?L=E&vc=CR

Learn more about RiskMap here: https://riskmap.controlrisks.com

Download the biographies: http://www.apo-mail.org/150227.doc

Control Risks is one of the world’s leading risk management consultancies, working in Africa for over 30 years. More information at www.controlrisks.com

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

Press contact:

Friederike Brinker

Marketing Director, Europe & Africa

Tel: +49 30 533 288 55

Email: friederike.brinker@controlrisks.com

SOURCE

Control Risks


 

Participation d’Annick Girardin à la Conférence de haut niveau sur Ebola, Bruxelles, 2 mars 2015

 

PARIS, France, 2 mars 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Mme Annick Girardin, secrétaire d’Etat chargée du développement et de la Francophonie, sera aujourd’hui et demain à Bruxelles pour participer à une conférence de haut niveau sur Ebola, qui réunira près de 80 délégations et 600 participants, dont les chefs d’Etat de Guinée, du Liberia et de Sierra Leone.

 

Cette conférence vise à maintenir la mobilisation internationale et à évaluer les mesures nécessaires au redressement des pays touchés. Mme Girardin insistera notamment sur l’investissement dans les secteurs de la santé et de l’agriculture.

 

La France a mobilisé à ce jour près de 160 millions d’euros ainsi que des moyens humains et scientifiques conséquents. L’ensemble des efforts des institutions européennes et des Etats membres font de l’Union européenne, avec 1,3 milliards d’euros annoncés, le premier bailleur mondial d’aide contre Ebola.

 

 

Programme du 2 mars :

 

20H00 : Diner en présence des chefs d’Etats des pays affectés

 

Programme du 3 mars :

 

9H00 – 12H00 : Participation et intervention à la conférence « Ebola, de l’urgence à la reconstruction »

 

13H30 – 15H30 : Entretien avec les ministres du développement d’Allemagne, du Royaume-Uni et des Pays-Bas

 

15H45 : Intervention à la session « reconstruction en Guinée »

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

Projeto pan-africano concentra-se no potencial do comércio de peixe como forma de melhorar a nutrição e os rendimentos

 

O continente produz 9,9 milhões de toneladas de peixe por ano, mas a sua quota no comércio global deste bem essencial é de apenas 4,9%

 

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 2, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Com vista a reforçar o enorme potencial para o aumento do comércio de peixe no continente foi criado um novo projeto pan-africano. Apesar de África beneficiar de uma grande abundância de recursos de pesca nos oceanos, rios, lagos, planícies aluviais e unidades de aquacultura, o continente representa apenas 4,9% do comércio de peixe a nível mundial. Melhorar a eficiência do comércio poderia melhorar os rendimentos e a nutrição de milhões de pessoas em África, especialmente dos 12,3 milhões de pessoas que trabalham diretamente nos setores da pesca e da aquacultura.

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O comércio é limitado pela falta de infraestruturas a nível dos mercados e do comércio e pela fraca implementação das políticas. Os elevados custos do transporte, as regras comerciais complexas e descoordenadas e a falta de informação sobre os mercados também impedem que África otimize os benefícios sociais e económicos disponíveis.

 

O “FishTrade for a Better Future” (Comércio de peixe por um futuro melhor) (http://www.worldfishcenter.org/content/fish-trade-better-future-program-brochure), um projeto fundado pela Comissão Europeia (http://ec.europa.eu/index_en.htm) e implementado pela WorldFish (http://www.worldfishcenter.org), pela Nova Parceria para o Desenvolvimento da África (NEPAD) (http://www.nepad.org) e pelo Bureau Interafricano para Recursos Animais da União Africana (UA-BIRA) (http://www.au-ibar.org) pretende reforçar as cadeias de valor, concentrando-se na sustentabilidade, e melhorar o acesso aos mercados intrarregionais de modo a conseguir melhorar a segurança alimentar e nutricional e os rendimentos na África Subsariana.

 

Stephen J. Hall, Diretor-geral da WorldFish afirmou: “África tem potencial para desenvolver as suas zonas de pesca e a aquacultura de modo a poder desempenhar um papel muito mais relevante na promoção da segurança alimentar, para gerar meios de subsistência e apoiar o crescimento económico. O consumo per capita diminuiu, apesar da grande abundância de recursos aquáticos de África. O FishTrade vai criar as bases para um crescimento mais sólido, produtivo e sustentável deste excelente e abundante recurso em todo o continente.”

 

Hamady Diop, Gestor de Programa de Pescas e Aquacultura na NEPAD: “O crescimento da aquacultura tem acelerado nestes últimos anos. Com o FishTrade será possível aprender com os sucessos e fracassos do passado e os governos terão acesso às informações certas necessárias para criar os incentivos e as infraestruturas de que os investidores precisam para satisfazer a procura local e entrar nos mercados de exportação de valor acrescentado.”

 

Steve Wathome, Gestor de Programa na Delegação de Agricultura e Desenvolvimento Rural da Comissão Europeia, União Europeia, no Quénia: “A UE está confiante de que o programa dedicado ao comércio do peixe irá contribuir de forma significativa para o setor das pescas em África. O comércio foi identificado como um dos maiores obstáculos para o crescimento do setor das pescas em África, tendo como principais desafios o comércio dentro do continente africano e o acesso aos mercados globais.”

 

Prof. Ahmed El Sawalhy Diretor do AU-IBAR: “O comércio desempenha um papel fundamental na indústria das pescas enquanto criador de emprego, fornecedor de alimentos, gerador de rendimentos e contribuidor para o crescimento e desenvolvimento económico em vários países africanos. O comércio doméstico e intrarregional de peixe (de águas marítimas e interiores) é muito importante devido ao seu grande potencial para aumentar a integração regional e melhorar a segurança alimentar e nutricional. Contudo, muitos Estados Membros da UA ainda enfrentam vários constrangimentos no melhoramento do comércio de peixe e do setor do marketing. Este projeto vai possibilitar a coordenação de políticas a nível continental e abrir o comércio de peixe, o que acreditamos terá um enorme impacto na redução da pobreza em algumas das nossas regiões mais pobres.”

 

O FishTrade vai trabalhar com quatro “corredores” para gerar informações sobre a estrutura, os produtos e o valor do comércio de peixe intrarregional e o seu contributo para a segurança alimentar na África Subsariana. Serão preparadas recomendações sobre políticas, diretrizes de certificação do pescado e normas de qualidade e segurança, assim como regulamentos. A segunda fase irá focar-se em reforçar as competências comerciais das associações do setor privado, especialmente das mulheres responsáveis pela transformação e pelo comércio do peixe e de todos os aquicultores, para que aprendam a aproveitar melhor as crescentes oportunidades comerciais através de empreendimentos de pequena e média escala.

 

Por último, o Fish Trade for a Better Future irá apoiar a adoção e implementação de políticas adequadas, procedimentos de certificação do pescado, normas e regulamentos por parte dos principais intervenientes no comércio intrarregional.

 

O programa vai equipar os governos com as competências necessárias para implementar o Quadro Pan-africano de Política e Estratégia para a Reforma do Setor Africano das Pescas e da Aquacultura da União Africana. Além disso, foi concebido para apoiar o trabalho de governos com vista à implementação da Declaração de Malabo sobre a Aceleração do Crescimento e Transformação da Agricultura para a Prosperidade Comum e Melhoria dos Meios de Subsistência (http://www.au.int/en/content/malabo-26-27-june-2014-decisions-declarations-and-resolution-assembly-union-twenty-third-ord).

 

Factos sobre o FishTrade:

         
 

•         O peixe contém micronutrientes importantes e ácidos gordos ômega 3, que são especialmente importantes em África, onde uma em cada três crianças sofrem de atraso no crescimento devido à má nutrição (http://www.who.int/nutgrowthdb/publications/stunting1990_2020/en/). (Quase 40%)

 

•         O peixe representa um pouco mais de metade (http://pubs.worldfishcenter.org/Naga/na_2351.pdf) do consumo de proteína na África Subsariana, mas o consumo de peixe per capita estagnou e está agora a níveis que são menos de metade da média mundial (http://www.africaprogresspanel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/APP_APR2014_24june.pdf). (NOTA – O texto da ligação indica que o peixe representa 22% do consumo de proteína na África Subsariana, não 50%)

 

•         O continente produz 9,9 milhões de toneladas de peixe por ano, mas a sua quota no comércio global deste bem essencial é de apenas 4,9% (http://www.infopesca.org/sites/default/files/complemento/actividadesrecientes/adjuntos/1221/Future%20role%20of%20seafood%20in%20global%20food%20security.pdf).

 

•         Em 2011, África tornou-se um importador líquido de peixe.

 

•         Das 9,9 milhões de toneladas de peixe produzidas em 2010, um terço teve origem em zonas de pesca do interior e 1,49 milhões de toneladas em aquacultura (criação de peixes) (http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2013/jun/05/aquaculture-africa-fishing-crisis-marine). (NOTA: 1,28 milhões de toneladas)

 

•         Em 2011, o valor do comércio de peixe pan-africano era de 24 mil milhões de dólares americanos (http://www.fao.org/3/d1eaa9a1-5a71-4e42-86c0-f2111f07de16/i3720e.pdf), o equivalente a 1,25% do produto interno bruto de todos os países africanos.

 

•         O setor das pescas em África emprega 12,3 milhões de pessoas (http://www.fao.org/fishery/nems/40619/en), o que representa 2% da população africana entre os 15 e os 64 anos, destas pessoas 27% são mulheres.

 

•         Estima-se que o custo da pesca ilegal e não regulada em África seja superior a 1 bilião de dólares americanos por ano (http://theguardianmobile.com/readNewsItem1.php?nid=26178).

 

Distribuído pela APO (African Press Organization) em nome da WorldFish.

 

 

Para mais informações ou solicitar uma entrevista:

 

Contacto: Toby Johnson, Gestor Sénior de Relações com os Meios de Comunicação Social

Telemóvel: +60 (0) 175 124 606

E-mail: t.johnson@cgiar.org

Internet: worldfishcenter.org

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Sobre a WorldFish

WorldFish (http://www.worldfishcenter.org) é uma organização internacional de investigação sem fins lucrativos que explora o potencial das pescas e da aquacultura para reduzir a fome e a pobreza. A nível mundial, mais de mil milhões de pessoas pobres obtêm a maior parte da proteína animal que ingerem a partir de peixe e 800 milhões dependem das pescas e da aquacultura para o seu sustento. A WorldFish é membro da CGIAR, uma pareceria de investigação global para um futuro alimentar seguro.

 

Sobre o AU-IBAR

O Bureau Interafricano para Recursos Animais da União Africana (AU-IBAR) é um departamento técnico especializado do Departamento de Economia Rural e Agricultura (DREA) da Comissão da União Africana (CUA). O mandato do AU-IBAR é apoiar e coordenar a utilização de gado, pescado e vida selvagem como recursos para o bem-estar humano e o desenvolvimento económico nos Estados Membros da União Africana (UA).

         
 

Sobre a NEPAD

A Nova Parceria para o Desenvolvimento da África (NEPAD) é o braço técnico da União Africana, responsável por promover o Quadro Estratégico da União Africana para o desenvolvimento socioeconómico pan-africano, que é tanto uma visão como um quadro de políticas para a África do século XXI. A NEPAD é uma intervenção radicalmente nova, encabeçada por líderes africanos, para enfrentar desafios críticos que afetam o continente: a pobreza, o desenvolvimento e a marginalização internacional de África.

 

Sobre a CGIAR

CGIAR (http://www.cgiar.org) é uma pareceria de investigação global para um futuro alimentar seguro. A investigação científica é realizada pelos 15 centros de investigação que são membros do consórcio CGIAR em colaboração com centenas de parceiros.

 

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WorldFish


 

Le potentiel du commerce de la pêche au cœur d’un projet panafricain pour une meilleure nutrition et de meilleurs revenus

 

Le continent produit 9,9 millions de tonnes de poissons par an, mais sa part ne représente que 4,9 % du commerce mondial de cette denrée précieuse

 

NAIROBI, Kenya, 2 mars 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Un nouveau projet panafricain a été lancé afin de renforcer l’immense potentiel du continent pour améliorer le commerce de la pêche. L’Afrique, qui possède d’importantes ressources en poissons grâce à ses océans, fleuves, lacs, plaines alluviales et installations piscicoles, ne représente que 4,9 % du commerce mondial de la pêche. Un commerce plus efficient pourrait améliorer de manière significative le revenu et la nutrition de millions d’Africains, notamment des 12,3 millions qui sont directement employés dans le secteur de la pêche et de l’aquaculture.

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Le commerce de la pêche est limité en raison d’un marché et d’une infrastructure commerciale inadaptés ainsi que d’une mauvaise mise en œuvre des politiques. Des frais de transports élevés, des règles commerciales complexes et non alignées ainsi qu’un manque d’informations sur le marché empêchent également l’Afrique d’optimiser les bénéfices sociaux et économiques disponibles.

 

« Fish Trade for a Better Future » (Le Commerce de la pêche pour un meilleur avenir) (http://www.worldfishcenter.org/content/fish-trade-better-future-program-brochure), un projet financé par la Commission européenne (http://ec.europa.eu/index_en.htm) mis en place par WorldFish (http://www.worldfishcenter.org), le Nouveau Partenariat pour le développement de l’Afrique (NEPAD) (http://www.nepad.org) et le Bureau interafricain des ressources animales de l’Union africaine (UA-BIRA) (http://www.au-ibar.org), permettra de renforcer les chaînes de valeur et, en se concentrant sur la durabilité, de donner un meilleur accès aux marchés intra-régionaux et par conséquent d’améliorer la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle et les revenus en Afrique subsaharienne.

 

Comme l’a déclaré Stephen J. Hall, Directeur général de WorldFish : « L’Afrique a le potentiel pour développer sa pêche et son aquaculture afin de jouer un plus grand rôle dans la promotion de la sécurité alimentaire, l’offre de moyens de subsistance et le soutien de la croissance économique. La consommation par habitant a chuté, malgré l’abondance des ressources aquatiques africaines. Le programme Fish Trade apportera les bases pour accroître de manière solide, productive et durable cette grande ressource disponible sur tout le continent. »

 

« Nous avons assisté ces dernières années à une augmentation de l’aquaculture », indique Hamady Diop, responsable de programme pour la pêche et l’aquaculture auprès du NEPAD. « Le programme Fish Trade permettra d’apprendre des succès et des échecs du passé. De plus, les gouvernements auront accès aux informations nécessaires pour pouvoir créer les motivations et les infrastructures dont les investisseurs ont besoin pour répondre à la demande locale et pénétrer des marchés d’exportation à plus forte valeur ajoutée. »

 

Steve Wathome, responsable de programme auprès de la Délégation de l’Union européenne pour l’agriculture et le développement rural au Kenya (Commission européenne), a expliqué que « l’UE est convaincue que le programme Fish Trade contribuera de manière significative au secteur africain de la pêche. Le commerce a été identifié comme l’un des plus grands défis qui affectent la croissance du secteur de la pêche en Afrique. Ces défis sont importants en ce qui concerne le commerce intra-africain et l’accès aux marchés mondiaux. »

 

« Le commerce joue un rôle majeur dans l’industrie de la pêche en créant des emplois, en approvisionnant en nourriture, en générant des revenus et en contribuant à la croissance et au développement économiques dans plusieurs pays africains », indique Ahmed El Sawalhy, Directeur de l’UA-BIRA. « Le commerce national et intra-régional du poisson (d’eau de mer et d’eaux intérieures) est important et comporte un potentiel considérable pour améliorer l’intégration régionale ainsi que la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle. Cependant, de nombreux États membres de l’UA sont encore confrontés à plusieurs contraintes en ce qui concerne l’amélioration de leur commerce du poisson et de leur secteur marketing. Ce projet permettra d’aligner les politiques à l’échelle du continent et d’ouvrir le commerce de la pêche, ce qui, selon nous, aura un effet important sur la réduction de la pauvreté dans certaines de nos régions les plus pauvres. »

 

Le programme Fish Trade travaillera selon quatre « axes » pour générer des informations sur la structure, les produits et la valeur du commerce intra-régional de la pêche et sa contribution à la sécurité alimentaire en Afrique subsaharienne. Il préparera des recommandations concernant les politiques, les lignes directrices de certification de la pêche et les normes de qualité et de sécurité, ainsi que la réglementation. Dans un deuxième temps, Fish Trade se concentrera sur le renforcement des capacités commerciales des associations du secteur privé, notamment celles des femmes chargées de la préparation et du commerce des poissons et celles de tous les producteurs aquacoles, afin de leur permettre de mieux exploiter les opportunités commerciales grâce à des petites et moyennes entreprises compétitives.

 

Enfin, « Fish Trade for a Better Future » soutiendra l’adoption et la mise en œuvre de politiques, procédures de certification de la pêche, normes et réglementations adaptées par les principaux acteurs du commerce intra-régional.

 

Grâce à ce programme, les gouvernements bénéficieront des capacités nécessaires pour mettre en œuvre le « Cadre politique et la stratégie de réforme de la pêche et de l’aquaculture en Afrique » de l’Union africaine. Ce programme a également été élaboré afin de soutenir le travail des gouvernements dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre de la « Déclaration de Malabo sur une croissance accélérée de l’agriculture et une transformation pour une prospérité partagée et des moyens d’existence améliorés » (Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity And Improved Livelihoods) (http://www.au.int/en/content/malabo-26-27-june-2014-decisions-declarations-and-resolution-assembly-union-twenty-third-ord).

 

Le commerce de la pêche en chiffres :

           
 

•          Les poissons contiennent des micronutriments essentiels et des acides gras oméga-3 particulièrement importants en Afrique, où un enfant sur trois présente un retard de croissance lié à la malnutrition. (Environ 40 %.) (http://www.who.int/nutgrowthdb/publications/stunting1990_2020/en)

 

•          La pêche représente à peine plus de la moitié de l’apport en protéines de l’Afrique subsaharienne (http://pubs.worldfishcenter.org/Naga/na_2351.pdf), mais la consommation de poissons par habitant stagne et est aujourd’hui inférieure à la moitié de la moyenne mondiale (http://www.africaprogresspanel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/APP_APR2014_24june.pdf). (REMARQUE : le lien suggère que les poissons fournissent 22 % de l’apport en protéines en Afrique subsaharienne, pas 50 %.)

 

•          Le continent produit 9,9 millions de tonnes de poissons par an, mais sa part ne représente que 4,9 % du commerce mondial de cette denrée précieuse (http://www.infopesca.org/sites/default/files/complemento/actividadesrecientes/adjuntos/1221/Future%20role%20of%20seafood%20in%20global%20food%20security.pdf).

 

•          En 2011, l’Afrique est devenue un importateur net de poissons.

 

•          Sur les 9,9 millions de tonnes de poissons produites en 2010, un tiers provenait de la pêche intérieure et 1,49 million de tonnes provenait de l’aquaculture (pisciculture) (http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2013/jun/05/aquaculture-africa-fishing-crisis-marine). (REMARQUE : 1,28 million de tonnes.)

 

•          En 2011, la valeur du commerce panafricain de la pêche s’est élevée à 24 milliards USD (http://www.fao.org/3/d1eaa9a1-5a71-4e42-86c0-f2111f07de16/i3720e.pdf), soit 1,25 % du produit intérieur brut de tous les pays africains.

 

•          En Afrique, le secteur de la pêche emploie 12,3 millions de personnes (http://www.fao.org/fishery/nems/40619/en), soit 2 % de la population africaine âgée de 15 à 64 ans. 27 % des personnes employées sont des femmes.

 

•          Le coût de la pêche illégale et non régulée en Afrique est estimé à plus d’1 milliard USD par an (http://theguardianmobile.com/readNewsItem1.php?nid=26178).

 

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour WorldFish.

 

 

Pour plus d’informations ou pour toute demande d’interview :

 

Contact : Toby Johnson, Responsable des relations avec les médias

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À propos de WorldFish

WorldFish (http://www.worldfishcenter.org) est une organisation de recherche internationale à but non lucratif qui mobilise le potentiel de la pêche et de l’aquaculture pour lutter contre la faim et la pauvreté. À l’échelle mondiale, le poisson est la principale source de protéines animales pour plus d’un milliard de personnes. En outre, le nombre de personnes dépendant de la pêche et de l’aquaculture pour leur subsistance s’élève à 800 millions. WorldFish est membre du GCRAI (Groupe consultatif pour la recherche agricole internationale), un partenariat de recherche mondial pour un avenir assurant la sécurité alimentaire.

 

À propos de l’UA-BIRA

Le Bureau interafricain des ressources animales de l’Union africaine (UA-BIRA) est un bureau technique spécialisé du Département de l’Économie rurale et l’Agriculture de la Commission de l’Union africaine. Le mandat de l’UA-BIRA est de soutenir et de coordonner l’utilisation des cheptels, de la pêche et de la faune sauvage en tant que ressources aussi bien pour le bien-être de l’être humain que pour le développement économique des États membres de l’Union africaine (UA).

           
 

À propos du NEPAD

Le Nouveau Partenariat pour le développement de l’Afrique (NEPAD) est le bras technique de l’Union africaine chargé de la promotion du cadre stratégique de l’Union africaine pour le développement socioéconomique panafricain. Il constitue aussi bien une vision qu’un cadre d’action pour l’Afrique au 21e siècle. Le NEPAD est une intervention entièrement nouvelle menée par des dirigeants africains afin de relever les défis critiques auxquels le continent est confronté : la pauvreté, le développement et la marginalisation de l’Afrique au niveau international.

 

À propos du GCRAI

 

Le GCRAI (http://www.cgiar.org) est un partenariat de recherche mondial pour un avenir assurant la sécurité alimentaire. Ses activités scientifiques sont effectuées dans 15 centres de recherche qui sont membres du consortium du GCRAI, en coopération avec des centaines de partenaires.

 

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WorldFish


 

Pan-Africa Project to Focus on Potential of Fish Trade for Increased Nutrition and Income

 

Africa produces 9.9 million tonnes of fish a year and yet its share of global trade in this valuable commodity is just 4.9%

 

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 2, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ A new pan-African project has been launched to strengthen the continent’s great potential for increased trade in fish. Africa, a continent that is endowed with plentiful fish resources in oceans, rivers, lakes, floodplains and fish farms accounts for just 4.9% of global fish trade. More efficient trade could significantly improve income and nutrition for millions of Africans, particularly those 12.3 million that are directly employed in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

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(Mr. Felix Kosgey, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Kenya, officially addresses participants at the launch of the FishTrade for a Better Future programme)

 

Trade is constrained by inadequate market and trade infrastructure and poor policy implementation. High transport costs, complex and unaligned trade rules and poor market information also prevent Africa from optimizing the social and economic benefits available.

 

‘FishTrade for a Better Future’ (http://www.worldfishcenter.org/content/fish-trade-better-future-program-brochure), a European Commission (http://ec.europa.eu/index_en.htm) funded project implemented by WorldFish (http://www.worldfishcenter.org), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) (http://www.nepad.org) and the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) (http://www.au-ibar.org) will strengthen value chains and, with a focus on sustainability, give better access to intra-regional markets and subsequently improve food and nutritional security and income in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Stephen J Hall, Director General, WorldFish: “Africa has the potential to develop its fisheries and aquaculture to play a much greater role in promoting food security, providing livelihoods and supporting economic growth. Per capita consumption has fallen, despite Africa’s great abundance of aquatic resources. FishTrade will create the foundations for a more solid, productive and sustainable building-up of this great, continent-wide, resource.”

 

Hamady Diop, Programme Manager Fisheries and Aquaculture, NEPAD: “Recent years have seen increased growth in aquaculture. FishTrade will provide the opportunity to learn from past successes and failures and governments will be given the right information to be able to create the incentives and infrastructure that investors need to meet local demand and penetrate higher value-added export markets.”

 

Steve Wathome, Programme Manager, Agriculture and Rural Development Delegation of the European Union to Kenya, European Commission: “The EU is convinced that the Fish Trade programme will significantly contribute towards the fisheries sector in Africa. Trade has been identified as one of the major challenges affecting growth of the fish sector in Africa, with challenges being notable with regard to intra-Africa trade and accessing global markets.”

 

Prof.  Ahmed El Sawalhy Director AU-IBAR: “Trade plays a major role in the fishery industry as a creator of employment, food supplier, income generator, and contributor to economic growth and development in several African countries. Domestic and intra-regional trade of fish (both marine and inland waters) is important with great potential for enhancing regional integration and food and nutrition security. However many AU Member States still face several constraints in improving their fish trade and marketing sector. This project will enable alignment of policies at the continental level and open-up fish trade that we believe will have a strong effect on the alleviation of poverty in some of our poorest regions.”

 

FishTrade will work in four ‘corridors’ to generate information on the structure, products and value of intra-regional fish trade and its contribution to food security in sub-Saharan Africa. Recommendations will be prepared on policies, fish certification guidelines and quality and safety standards, as well as regulations. A second stage will focus on strengthening the trade capacities of private sector associations, in particular of women fish processors, women traders and all aquaculture producers, in order for them to make better use of expanding trade opportunities through competitive small- and medium-scale enterprises.

 

Finally Fish Trade for a Better Future will support adoption and implementation of appropriate policies, fish certification procedures, standards and regulations by key stakeholders in intra-regional trade.

 

The program will equip governments with the capacities needed to implement the African Union Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa. In addition, it has been designed to support the work of governments towards implementation of the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agricultural Growth And Transformation for Shared Prosperity And Improved Livelihoods (http://www.au.int/en/content/malabo-26-27-june-2014-decisions-declarations-and-resolution-assembly-union-twenty-third-ord).

 

FishTrade Facts:

           
 

•          Fish contains important micronutrients and omega-3 fatty acids that are particularly important in Africa where one in three children (http://www.who.int/nutgrowthdb/publications/stunting1990_2020/en/) are stunted as a result of poor nutrition. (Nearly 40%)

 

•          Fish accounts for just over one half (http://pubs.worldfishcenter.org/Naga/na_2351.pdf) of sub-Saharan Africa’s protein intake but per-capita fish consumption has stagnated and is now under half the global average (http://www.africaprogresspanel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/APP_APR2014_24june.pdf). (NOTE – The link suggests that fish provides 22% of the protein intake in sub-Saharan Africa’s, not 50%)

 

•          The continent produces 9.9 million tonnes of fish a year and yet its share of global trade in this valuable commodity is just 4.9% (http://www.infopesca.org/sites/default/files/complemento/actividadesrecientes/adjuntos/1221/Future%20role%20of%20seafood%20in%20global%20food%20security.pdf).

 

•          In 2011, Africa became a net importer of fish.

 

•          Of the 9.9 million tonnes of fish produced in 2010, one third came from inland fisheries and1.49 million tonnes came from aquaculture (fish farming) (http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2013/jun/05/aquaculture-africa-fishing-crisis-marine). (NOTE: 1.28 million tonnes)

 

•          In 2011 the value of pan-African fish trade was US$24bn (http://www.fao.org/3/d1eaa9a1-5a71-4e42-86c0-f2111f07de16/i3720e.pdf), equivalent to 1.25% gross domestic product of all African countries.

 

•          The fisheries sector in Africa employs 12.3 million (http://www.fao.org/fishery/nems/40619/en); accounting for 2% of Africa’s population between 15 and 64 years old; and of whom 27% are women.

 

•          The cost of illegal and unregulated fishing in Africa is estimated to be over US$1bn a year (http://theguardianmobile.com/readNewsItem1.php?nid=26178).

 

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

 

 

For more information or to request an interview:

 

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About WorldFish

WorldFish (http://www.worldfishcenter.org) is an international, nonprofit research organization that harnesses the potential of fisheries and aquaculture to reduce hunger and poverty. Globally, more than one billion poor people obtain most of their animal protein from fish and 800 million depend on fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihoods. WorldFish is a member of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future.

 

About AU-IBAR

The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is a specialized technical office of the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA) of the African Union Commission (AUC). AU-IBAR’s mandate is to support and coordinate the utilization of livestock, fisheries and wildlife as resources for both human wellbeing and economic development in the Member States of the African Union (AU).

           
 

About NEPAD

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), is the technical arm of the African Union, responsible for promoting the African Union strategic framework for pan-African socio-economic development, is both a vision and a policy framework for Africa in the twenty-first century. NEPAD is a radically new intervention, spearheaded by African leaders, to address critical challenges facing the continent: poverty, development and Africa’s marginalization internationally.

 

About CGIAR

CGIAR (http://www.cgiar.org) is a global research partnership for a food-secure future. Its science is carried out by the 15 research Centers that are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partners.

 

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WorldFish

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