A los obispos del Congo: Construid una fraternidad arraigada en el perdón y la solidaridad

 

VATICAN, Holy See, May 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Los obispos de la Conferencia Episcopal del Congo fueron recibidos esta mañana -al final de su visita ”ad Limina”- por el Papa Francisco, que entregó a los prelados un discurso en que destaca la vitalidad de la Iglesia Católica en ese país, que ha llevado a la creación de tres nuevas diócesis, y la entrega de los pastores a la obra de evangelización, así como la aportación de la Iglesia en los sectores de la educación y la sanidad, sin olvidar su papel en la reconciliación nacional tras la grave crisis de los años 90.

Francisco elogia la labor de la Conferencia Episcopal por lo que respecta a la misión de los laicos en la Iglesia y la sociedad y recuerda la importancia de su formación y su acompañamiento para dar testimonio cristiano en los sectores sociopolíticos, que constituyen su sector específico de apostolado. ”La pastoral de la familia -escribe- es parte integrante de este acompañamiento. La renuencia de los fieles al matrimonio cristiano revela la necesidad de una profunda evangelización, que implica no sólo la inculturación de la fe, sino también la evangelización de las tradiciones y de la cultura local”.

En estos sectores, como en muchos otros -prosigue el Pontífice- los sacerdotes son los primeros colaboradores de los obispos y en consecuencia, sus condiciones de vida y su santificación deben ser el centro de sus preocupaciones. ”Las inmensas necesidades pastorales de la propia Iglesia local -advierte- requieren un discernimiento riguroso, para que el pueblo de Dios puede contar con pastores entregados que edifiquen a los fieles a través de su testimonio de vida, sobre todo en relación con el celibato y el espíritu de pobreza evangélica”. También recuerda que algunas diócesis tienen grandes dificultades debido a la carencia de recursos materiales y financieros disponibles.

”Me doy cuenta -observa- de la gran repercusión de los problemas e inquietudes relacionados con esta situación en el corazón de un pastor. Por lo tanto, os animo a que vuestras diócesis se encaminen con decisión por la senda de la autonomía, la toma de control gradual y la solidaridad entre las Iglesias particulares en vuestros país, siguiendo la tradición que se remonta a las primeras comunidades cristianas. Al respecto, debéis estar atentos a que las ayudas económicas a vuestras Iglesias particulares para apoyar vuestra misión específica, no limiten vuestra libertad de pastores u obstaculicen la libertad de la Iglesia, que siempre debe tener las manos libres para anunciar el Evangelio con credibilidad… En cuanto a la ayuda mutua y la solidaridad entre las Iglesias locales, ésta también debe reflejarse en la promoción del espíritu misionero ante todo dentro de África”, afirma Francisco citando, a este respecto, las palabras pronunciadas por Pablo VI en 1969 en Kampala: ”Africanos, vosotros sois ya vuestros propios misioneros”.

La evangelización en profundidad es otro gran reto para los obispos ya que requiere una ” especial atención a las condiciones concretas de vida de las poblaciones, es decir, en última instancia, a la promoción de la persona humana. Aquí también, el compromiso de la Iglesia Católica en el Congo es importante: ya sea en los campos de la educación, la salud, la asistencia a diversas categorías de personas necesitadas, incluyendo refugiados de los países vecinos, a las que vuestras comunidades diocesanas contribuyen de manera significativa…. Como pastores, seguid asegurando que el ministerio social se realica cada vez más en el espíritu del Evangelio y se perciba cada vez mejor como una obra de evangelización, y no como la acción de una organización no gubernamental”.

Al final el Papa señala que en algunos sectores de la sociedad, las heridas causadas por la grave crisis que afectó al Congo a finales de 1990 han dejado profundas cicatrices que pueden no estar todavía completamente curadas. ”En este ámbito, en particular, la Iglesia, fuerte del Evangelio de Jesús -concluye- recibió la misión de reconciliar los corazones, acercar las comunidades divididas y construir una nueva fraternidad arraigada en el perdón y la solidaridad. ¡Pastores seguid siendo modelos y profetas en este sentido!”

 

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Vatican Information Service (VIS)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 4 May 2015

Visite Ad Limina des Evêques congolais


 

Visite Ad Limina des Evêques congolais

 

VATICAN, Saint-Siège, 4 mai 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le Pape François a reçu les Evêques du Congo en conclusion de leur visite Ad Limina. Dans le discours qu’il leur a remis, il a d’abord souligné que “la récente création de trois nouveaux diocèses témoigne de la vitalité de l’Eglise catholique locale, ainsi que du zèle évangélisateur dont ses pasteurs font preuve… Il est heureux que, ces dernières années, les réflexions de la conférence épiscopale aient porté sur la mission des laïcs dans l’Eglise et dans la société”. Saluant une remarquable contribution à l’évangélisation, il a recommandé à ses hôtes d’aider les “mouvements de spiritualité et d’apostolat à redécouvrir et à affermir leur vocation en vue d’un témoignage crédible des laïcs” dans l’effort de construction d’une famille humaine qui grandisse dans l’unité, la justice et la paix. “Les laïcs ont en effet besoin d’être accompagnés et d’être formés au témoignage de l’Evangile dans les domaines socio-politiques, qui constituent leur champ spécifique d’apostolat. La pastorale de la famille fait partie intégrante de cet accompagnement. Les réticences des fidèles face au mariage chrétien révèlent la nécessité d’une évangélisation en profondeur, qui implique non seulement l’inculturation de la foi mais aussi l’évangélisation des traditions et de la culture locale. A ce propos, je tiens à vous remercier pour la contribution de vos diocèses au Synode des évêques sur la famille. Vous ne manquerez pas d’en tirer profit pour mieux adapter votre pastorale familiale aux réalités locales”.

“Les conditions de vie de vos prêtres, leur sanctification et leur formation continue ne doivent pas cesser d’être au c’ur de vos préoccupations et de votre sollicitude… Je rends grâce à Dieu pour les nombreuses vocations sacerdotales et religieuses qui fleurissent dans vos diocèses… Mais l’immense besoin pastoral de l’Eglise locale exige un discernement rigoureux, afin que le peuple de Dieu puisse compter sur des pasteurs zélés, qui édifient par leur témoignage de vie, notamment en ce qui concerne le célibat et l’esprit de pauvreté évangélique.

En outre, il ne faut rien négliger pour que tous, prêtres, catéchistes, familles, jeunes, groupes de prières et d’autres encore, prennent davantage conscience de l’importance de leur contribution dans l’accompagnement et la formation des candidats au sacerdoce et en assument chacun sa part… Certes, certains diocèses éprouvent de grandes difficultés, en raison de l’insuffisance des ressources matérielles disponibles sur place. Mesurant l’ampleur des soucis et des préoccupations liées à une telle situation…je vous encourage à vous engager résolument dans la voie de l’autonomie, de la prise en charge progressive et de la solidarité entre Eglises particulières… Vous continuerez de veiller à ce que les aides économiques accordées à vos diocèses…ne limitent pas votre liberté de pasteurs ni n’entravent la liberté de l’Eglise, qui devrait toujours avoir les coudées franches pour annoncer l’Evangile… En ce qui concerne l’entraide et la solidarité entre Eglises particulières, elles doivent se traduire également dans la promotion de l’esprit missionnaire d’abord à l’intérieur de l’Afrique. Je reprends volontiers à votre adresse l’appel solennel de Paul VI à Kampala: Vous, Africains, vous êtes désormais vos propres missionnaires!… L’évangélisation en profondeur constitue un autre grand défi. Or, elle suppose nécessairement une attention particulière aux conditions concrètes de vie des populations, c’est à dire en définitive à la promotion de la personne. Sur ce plan aussi, l’engagement de l’Eglise catholique au Congo est important dans les domaines de l’éducation, de la santé, de l’assistance aux diverses catégories de personnes dans le besoin dont des réfugiés des pays voisins. Vos communautés diocésaines y apportent une contribution considérable… Continuez de veiller à ce que la pastorale sociale se réalise toujours davantage dans l’esprit de l’Evangile et se perçoive toujours mieux comme une ‘uvre d’évangélisation, et non comme l’action d’une organisation non-gouvernementale… Dans ce domaine, forte de l’Evangile, l’Eglise a reçu la mission de réconcilier les c’urs, de rapprocher les communautés divisées et de construire une nouvelle fraternité ancrée sur le pardon et la solidarité. Vous pasteurs, continuez d’être des modèles et des prophètes en ce sens!”.

 

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Vatican Information Service (VIS)


 

UN Committee hails South Sudan’s ratification of Convention on the Rights of the Child

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has welcomed South Sudan’s ratification* of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and repeated its call for universal ratification of the Convention.

“We applaud South Sudan for ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child, thus becoming the 195th State to do so.

The Convention, which is the most widely ratified international human rights treaty, was adopted more than 25 years ago and the rights it sets out are as important today as in 1989. These include children’s right to life, to health, to education and to play, as well as the right to family life, to be protected from violence, to not be discriminated against, and to have their views heard.

We urge States that have ratified the Convention, now including South Sudan, to fulfil their obligations to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of all children. Ratification is an important step that brings with it a commitment towards implementation.

We also repeat our call for universal ratification of the Convention and call on the United States and Somalia**, that have yet to ratify the Convention, to do so. We also urge States to ratify the three legal instruments that address specific areas of children’s rights, namely the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography; the involvement of children in armed conflict; and enabling children to bring complaints of serious violations of their rights to the Committee.”

The Committee also welcomed South Sudan’s recent ratification of two other key UN human rights conventions and their optional protocols. These are the Convention against Torture (CAT) and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

 

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


 

République centrafricaine – Ouverture du forum national de Bangui (4 mai 2015)

 

PARIS, France, 4 mai 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay – Déclarations du porte-parole – 4 mai 2015

La France salue l’ouverture du forum national de Bangui, étape importante du processus de dialogue et de réconciliation engagé au mois de juillet 2014 à Brazzaville, sous les auspices du médiateur, le président Sassou Nguesso.

 

Le forum est une opportunité majeure pour les Centrafricains de tourner la page de la plus grave crise de leur histoire, en dessinant les contours d’une Centrafrique pacifiée, unie et démocratique. A cet égard, la préparation des élections présidentielle et législatives qui clôtureront la transition revêt une importance particulière.

 

La France appelle tous les Centrafricains à adhérer à cette démarche de réconciliation, conduite par les autorités de transition avec l’appui de la communauté internationale et de la mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations unies pour la stabilisation en République centrafricaine.

 

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France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: APO | 4 May 2015

Prémios Power In Africa


Prémios Power In Africa

DUBAI, UAE, May 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ “Nunca fizemos um investimento tão grande numa só função na história da EnergyNet e mal posso esperar para ver a reação das pessoas quando entrarem. O Leilão fechado deverá, por si só, angariar 100 000 $, sendo que 100% desse montante será destinado a um dos presentes no jantar para que este o doe a uma instituição de caridade à sua escolha. Estamos muito empolgados!” Simon Gosling, EnergyNet (http://www.energynet.co.uk).

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Além disso, recebemos muitos pedidos para alargar o prazo de submissões para os prémios, pelo que decidimos alargar o prazo até 8 de maio para facilitar a entrada tardia de inscrições.

Os prémios inaugurais destinam-se a honrar pessoas e organizações que deram contributos significativos para o setor elétrico em todo o continente. A cerimónia terá lugar no dia 8 de junho no hotel JW Marriott Marquis, no Dubai. Será uma exibição exuberante dos incríveis êxitos do setor energético africano, possibilitando excelentes oportunidades de “networking” para as 500 vagas disponíveis.

Os prémios apresentados na noite incluirão:

•          EnergyNet Lifetime Achievement Award (prémio carreira)

•          The Investor’s Spirit of Africa Award (prémio para investidores), patrocinado pela Engro Power Services

•          African Utility Leadership Award (prémio para serviços públicos africanos), patrocinado pela Lekela

•          African MegaWatt Leader Awards (prémios para energia térmica e renovável)

•          Regulator of the Year Award for Excellence (prémio para entidades reguladoras)

•          ‘Kick-off’ Award for Development Finance (prémio para desenvolvimento financeiro)

•          Power in Africa Sustainability in Action Award (prémio de sustentabilidade)

•          EnergyNet Energy Photograph of the Year (prémio fotografia do ano)

•          Student of the Year Award (prémio aluno do ano)

•          APO Energy Media Award (prémio para imprensa energética)

Os patrocinadores dos prémios incluem:

Engro Power Services

A Engro tem cinco décadas de experiência em operações empresariais de sucesso, com excelentes competências e recursos que lhe permitem levar a cabo projetos industriais de grandes dimensões. O nosso portfólio energético internacional e diversificado inclui projetos de energias térmicas e renováveis que proporcionam satisfação a todos os níveis. Possuímos, operamos e mantemos IPP (estruturas de Produção independente de energia elétrica) e CPP (centrais elétricas cativas) com mais de 2000 MW. Além disso, por meio dos nossos parceiros estratégicos, temos interesses de manutenção, investimentos e operações em centrais energéticas com uma produção superior a 4800 MW no sudeste asiático e em África.

Lekela Power

A Lekela irá fornecer até 1000 MW de energia renovável ao longo dos próximos cinco anos em todo o continente africano.  O investimento de 685 MW da Lekela inclui: 360 MW de projetos de energia eólica na África do Sul; 225 MW de energia eólica no Gana e 100 MW de energia eólica e solar fotovoltaica no Egito (premiados no programa Feed-in-Terriff, em janeiro de 2015).  A Lekela procura mais oportunidades de energias renováveis em todo o continente africano para levar energia aos seus clientes: governos, serviços públicos e grandes consumidores de energia.

Também temos o prazer de anunciar que a receção aos convidados com champanhe será organizada por uma das entidades de África existentes há mais tempo e com projetos em mais países que qualquer outra, a Aggreko.

Encorajamo-lo a enviar a sua candidatura aos prémios no sentido de refletir o trabalho levado a cabo pela sua empresa e funcionários e descrever os seus êxitos nos últimos 18 meses. Aguardamos com expectativa a sua presença nos Oscars™ do setor energético, com lugar no grande salão do hotel mais alto do mundo.

Os critérios de inscrição nos prémios encontram-se em www.africa-energy-forum.com

Se tem perguntas relativamente aos prémios, envie um e-mail para aef@energynet.co.uk e teremos todo o gosto em responder a quaisquer dúvidas relativas à sua candidatura.

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

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Posted by: APO | 4 May 2015

Power in Africa Awards


Power in Africa Awards

The inaugural awards will honour individuals and organisations that have made significant contributions to the electricity sector across Africa

DUBAI, UAE, May 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ “We’ve never made such a massive investment in one function in the history of EnergyNet and I can’t wait to see everyone’s reaction as they walk through those doors. The Silent Auction alone should raise US$100,000, and 100% of that money will be given to one attendee of the dinner to donate to their charity of choice – yes, we’re excited!” Simon Gosling, EnergyNet (http://www.energynet.co.uk).

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Additionally we’ve had many requests to extend the entry deadline for submissions for the Awards, so have agreed to extend the deadline until 8th May to facilitate the late rush of entries.

The inaugural awards will honour individuals and organisations that have made significant contributions to the electricity sector across the continent. They will be held on the evening of 8th June at the JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai and will serve as a glittering showcase of the incredible successes in Africa’s power sector, as well offering excellent networking opportunities for the 500 places available.

Awards presented on the evening will include:

•          EnergyNet Lifetime Achievement Award

•          The Investor’s Spirit of Africa Award – Sponsored by ‘Engro Power Services’

•          African Utility Leadership Award – Sponsored by ‘Lekela’

•          African MegaWatt Leader Awards (thermal and renewable)

•          Regulator of the Year Award for Excellence

•          ‘Kick-off’ Award for Development Finance

•          Power in Africa Sustainability in Action Award

•          EnergyNet Energy Photograph of the Year

•          Student of the Year Award

•          APO Energy Media Award

Sponsors of the Awards include:

Engro Power Services

Engro has five decades of experience in conducting successful business operations with enormous depth of skill and resources to successfully deliver large industrial projects. Our international and diversified power portfolio includes thermal and renewable energy projects that deliver satisfaction at every level. We own, operate & maintain IPPs & CPPs of over 2,000 MW and through our strategic partners we have investments, operations & maintenance interests in power plants of over 4,800 MW in South East Asia and Africa.

Lekela Power

Lekela was established to deliver up to 1,000 MW of renewable energy into operation over the next 5 years across Africa.  Lekela’s project pipeline of 685 MW comprises: 360 MW of wind projects in South Africa; 225 MW wind project in Ghana and 100 MW of wind and solar PV projects in Egypt – awarded under the Feed-in-Tarriff programme in January 2015.  Lekela is seeking further renewable energy opportunities across Africa to supply its customers; government, utilities and energy intensive users.

We are also delighted that the pre-drinks champagne reception will be hosted by one of Africa’s longest serving developers with projects in more countries than any other, Aggreko.

You are encouraged to submit your awards entry to reflect the work undertaken by your company and employees and to outline your success over the past 18 months. We look forward to seeing you in the fabulous grand ballroom of the world tallest hotel, for the ‘Oscars™’ of the energy sector.

Entry criteria for the awards can be found at www.africa-energy-forum.com

If you have any questions concerning the awards please email us at aef@energynet.co.uk and we will be glad to answer any questions regarding your application.

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World Bank $500 Million Facility and Improving Maternal and Child Health in Nigeria

ABUJA, Nigeria, May 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/

By Chinedu Moghalu

The Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank Group, last month, approved a $500 million International Development Association (IDA) credit for Nigeria. The IDA is the window of the World Bank which offers grants and low- to zero-interest loans for projects and programmes that boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve standard of living. The facility granted Nigeria was designed to bring about significant improvements in maternal, child, and nutrition health services for women and children in the country.

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(Dr. Mohammad Ali Pate)

Domestic reforms aimed at improving cogent primary healthcare indicators in the country and engagements with multilateral funding agencies and donors fructified the credit. In 2012, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway and Chelsea Clinton, in her capacity as Board Member of Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), arrived in Nigeria to join President Goodluck Jonathan and (then) Honourable Minister of State for Health, Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, to launch the Saving One Million Lives (SOML) initiative with support from CHAI. The rationale for the initiative was that in Nigeria, an estimated one million mothers and children die each year from preventable causes. As a result, the Federal Ministry of Health decided to set new goals to improve quality healthcare from 2013 and save the lives of Nigerian mothers and children.

Health sector experts and stakeholders credit Dr. Pate as the initiator of the SOML initiative. He had come into Nigeria’s healthcare limelight following his trailblazing work at the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), where he served as the Executive Director from 2008 to 2011. Prior to his appointment, Nigeria was one of the four polio endemic PAIN countries; the others being Pakistan, Afghanistan and India. Dr. Pate tackled the polio epidemic headlong. By June 2009, he had instigated a grassroots-oriented campaign of engaging respected traditional rulers in the North, under the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto, to assist with delivery of the immunisation programme messages in combination with the development of an effective primary healthcare system. A decade earlier, the national immunisation programme had suffered severe setbacks, especially in the North.

The effectiveness of the strategic approach adopted by Dr. Pate caught the attention of the international and local stakeholders in less than two years of his appointment. In 2010, incidences of the Wild Polio Virus (WPV) fell to only 11 cases from a staggering figure of 803 in 2008. His work also entailed the consolidation of the National Programme on Immunisation (NPI) into the broader framework of NPHCDA, in line with international best practices. The merger sought to address old issues of structural constraint, fiscal decentralisation, mismatched burden of disease and low quality spending.

This effort resulted in the strengthening of core diagnostics, systems development and human resources capacity development within the new NPHCDA. With the critical arms of the agency thus strengthened, the national Midwives’ Service Scheme (MSS) was launched, to mobilise midwives to selected primary healthcare facilities in rural communities to increase the pool of skilled birth attendants and boost delivery of services. The overarching objective of this programme was to significantly reduce high maternal and child mortality and morbidity. The level of work done to achieve the targets of the MSS paved the way for the Saving One Million Lives initiative.

Subsequently, at the time of his appointment as Minister of State for Health by President Goodluck Jonathan in July 2011, Dr. Pate already had a clear focus on what his priorities were, namely continued fight for polio eradication and mobilization of public-private coalition for SOML. Nigeria is now at the verge of being declared polio-free by the World Health Organisation. However, Dr. Pate resigned his appointment in 2013 to take up a professorial chair at the United States’ Duke University’s Global Health Institute. The position enabled him to serve as Senior Adviser to the Seattle-based Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (a major player in Nigeria and other developing countries in the fight against major diseases like Polio), among other high-level engagements.

Nevertheless, this high profile exit from Nigeria’s health policy sector, raised concerns on continuity of some of the programmes that had begun to gain traction under the purview of Dr. Pate. To address the concerns, he offered to continue to provide his services on part-time basis as chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Polio Eradication and the public-private coalition for Saving One Million Lives initiative, in fulfilment of his previous commitments to “see to conclusion of these important national priorities.”

It becomes obvious that Dr. Pate, a consummate Nigerian health professional, has a strong passion and exceptional commitment to improvements in healthcare delivery in Nigeria, especially to the most vulnerable groups. It always instils confidence when donors are able to associate someone of this quality with a development programme they are giving funding consideration. The $500 million credit will serve as a necessary fillip to the policy drive towards a Nigeria where maternal, child, and nutrition health services for women and children would be significantly improved. Not least because of the existing constraint in the fiscal space as a result of the sharp drop in oil prices.

The healthcare challenges the $500 million credit is supposed to help address are enormous. Nigeria accounts for 14% of all annual maternal deaths worldwide, second only to India at 17%. Similarly, the country accounts for 13% of all global deaths of children under the age of five years, again second only to India at 21%.

To address the challenge of estimated annual 900,000 maternal and child deaths, SOML focuses on increasing the use of high-impact reproductive and child health and nutrition interventions, and improving the quality of these services; strengthening monitoring and evaluation systems and measurement data; encouraging private sector innovation; and increasing transparency in management and budgeting for Primary Health Care (PHC) in the country.

The World Bank Group says it is expected that the new health operation will start implementation on August 1, 2015 and run till December 2019. The Bank’s support for SOML will utilize the Programme-for-Results (PforR) instrument to encourage a greater focus on results, increase accountability, improve measurements, strengthen management, and foster innovation. Importantly, the PforR funds will only be disbursed to the Federal and State governments for independently verified improvements in key services such as vaccination coverage among young children, rates of contraceptive use, Vitamin A supplementation, skilled birth attendance, HIV counselling and testing among women attending antenatal care, and preventing new malaria infections among children by using insecticide-treated bed nets. Also, the Federal and State governments will receive incentive payments for effective tackling of governance and management issues in the health sector and for improving the quality of basic health services.

The incoming administration of General Muhammadu Buhari now has the responsibility of successful utilisation of the IDA credit. Based on the passion of the President-elect to serve, there is high hope that the $500 million funding will deliver its objectives, and that further general improvement in healthcare delivery in Nigeria will be realised over the next four years. Appointment of a competent Nigerian with experience in result-based budgeting as Minister of Health will boost the chances of success in the implementation of health policies and foster judicious use of available resources. The need for such a professional to have exposure to the international health policy community and global funding agencies cannot be overemphasized, considering the significant international resources to be mobilized for healthcare under the Sustainable Development Goals which will replace the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.

The WHO asserts that “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being.” This means children should have access to healthcare when they need it. It also implies that pregnant women should be able to receive antenatal care and deliver safely with the assistance of skilled birth attendants.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Nigeria Development and Finance Forum (www.myndff.com).

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Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) gets a new Executive Director

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, May 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Board of Trustees of the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) (http://www.esrftz.org) announces the appointment of Dr. Tausi Mbaga Kida as the new Executive Director of the Foundation with effect from 1st May 2015.

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She will be the fourth Executive Director since ESRF was established in 1994 under the leadership of Prof. Samuel Wangwe.

She takes over from Dr. Hoseana Bohela Lunogelo, whose tenure of office ended on the 30th April 2015. Dr. Hoseana Bohela Lunogelo will continue to be a Senior Advisor and Principal Research Associate to ESRF.

Dr. Tausi Mbaga Kida is a Development Economist by profession with over 15 years of experience in programme management, capacity development and socio-economic research. She holds a PhD in Development Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands and MA in Economics (University of Dar es Salaam). She also holds BA Degree in Economics (University of Dar es Salaam).

Prior to her appointment to the post of Executive Director, Dr. Kida was the Director of Programmes at ESRF since February 2011. Dr. Kida has authored a number of publications including chapters in books and articles in international journals. Some of her recent engagements include taking leading role in consultation process in the development of Post MDGs Agenda in Tanzania. Dr. Kida played a technical and coordination role in directing the process of producing Tanzania Human Development Report 2014 “Economic Transformation for Human Development” for which she was the Project Manager. She is also a member of Regional Steering Committee for developing East Africa Vision 2050.

Her main challenges at ESRF will be to continue consolidating the Foundation’s mandate as the centre of excellence in policy research relevant for guiding sustainable growth and development in Tanzania and the region. She will be out for collaboration with stakeholders in the public and private sectors. ESRF is actively engaged in social economic policy research, policy dialogue and programmes for capacity development of both government and non-state actors in Tanzania.

We congratulate and wish her all the best in the new responsibility.

ISSUED BY

Mr. Philemon Luhanjo

CHAIRMAN – BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF).

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Immense Potential of $80 Billion African Aviation Market in the Spotlight at Inaugural Event in Dubai

First-ever Aviation Africa to bring together world’s leading airlines, ministers and authorities including IATA, Rwandair, CAA Ghana, to discuss untapped market’s significant opportunities

DUBAI, UAE, May 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Aviation Africa 2015 (http://www.aviationafrica.aero) which opens on 10th May at Le Meridien Hotel, Dubai will underscore the immense potential of the African aviation market. The two-day event, held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum, President of Dubai’s Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Airline, has been established to forge a crucial dialogue among the aviation industry’s leading stakeholders on the social, economic and political benefits to be gained from wide-ranging improvements to the infrastructure in Africa.

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Aviation in Africa currently supports more than 6.9 million jobs and over $800 billion in GDP across African nations. But this is nothing compared with what it can become. Annually, a further 155,000 jobs and $1.3 billion in GDP can be added through the effective liberalisation of just 12 key markets, including Ghana, Kenya and South Africa among others, according to an independent report published by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

“If you look at the sheer potential of just a handful of African airlines, routes and airports, you realise just how enormous an impact Africa can have on the future of aviation, and moreover you can clearly see just how beneficial a progressive aviation industry can be for the socio-economic future of the continent,” says Alan Peaford MBE, event organiser and summit Chairman.

“Geographically, it’s ideally located right next to well-established hubs in the Gulf, and is able to capitalise on the passenger and cargo traffic already streaming through the region.

“Aviation Africa 2015 will fill a void in the aviation calendar and give Africa a real chance to progress quickly, effectively and safely,” he adds.

Africa’s prospective growth, as well as the potentially vital role the Middle East’s aviation industry can play in the creation of a burgeoning African market will be the focal point of the various case studies and panels at Aviation Africa 2015.

Hon. Dzifa Aku Attivor, Minister of Transport for Ghana, will present the Keynote Address. The Ghanian transport minister is one in a long list of top-level industry speakers, delegates and experts who will share ideas and experiences with their Middle Eastern counterparts to bring Africa’s inevitably pivotal role in the future of aviation front and centre.

“There are many striking similarities between the Middle Eastern aviation market of 20 years ago and the African market of today,” says Alan Peaford

“The many experiences Gulf carriers, airports and regulators underwent as they grew to become the centre-ground of the global aviation space are bound to be similar to the issues that will arise in Africa as the continent’s nations begin to put their efforts and resources behind their aviation industry. Africa would do well to discuss, listen and learn from their Middle Eastern counterparts,” Peaford adds.

Discussing the role of the regulators at Aviation Africa 2015 will be Laila Ali Hareb Al Muhairi, Assistant Director General for Strategy and International Affairs, of the UAE’s civil aviation authority (the GCAA), Dr Hamdi Chaouk, former director general for aviation in Lebanon; Abdulai Alhassan, director general, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and Mohamed Rahma, Undersecretary for international affairs, Egypt.

Speakers confirmed from African and Middle East airlines already include Girma Wake, chairman, RwandAir (formerly CEO, Ethiopian Airlines); Yves Naninque, CCO ECAir; Many other CEOs and COOs are attending including Africa’s leading cargo operator Astral Aviation, South African Airlines and Daallo Airlines.

One session of particular note will see Ed Winter, CEO of Fastjet – Tanzania’s low cost carrier which has been enjoying great success since its launch in 2011 – he is on a panel with Air Arabia’s group chief executive, Adel Ali, exploring the impact LCCs have had on the aviation industry in the region.

Alan Peaford, said: “We are really pleased with the support we are getting from the industry across all levels of government, as well as airlines of all shapes and sizes.

“This is going to be a great networking event and an intriguing summit. Of course there is a frisson between many African carriers and the local airlines in the Middle East but it wasn’t that long ago that the likes of Emirates and Qatar Airways were in the same position as the African carriers are now and they have found many different ways around global and regional challenges,” Peaford says.

“It’s really exciting to see some of the new and smaller carriers represented at the event. There is a great hunger for the knowledge that will get this growth challenge right.”

Dr Nicklas Dahlstrom, human factors manager, Emirates Airline, will be discussing the challenges of multi-cultural workforces and the threat to safety of human performance.

There are also senior figures from aviation authorities and associations, who include Hussein Dabbas, VP Africa & Middle East, IATA; Tawanda Gusha, Director Airports, Civil Aviation Authority, Zimbabwe and Paul Murphy, vice president, Africa, SITA.

The event also features an exhibition with over 40 companies including Boeing, Jeppesen, African Open Sky, Ethiopian Airlines and Astral Aviation.  The event is supported by AFRAA – African Airlines Association, AfBAA – African Business Aviation Association and the Gold Sponsors are UAE International Trip Support and DAE – Dubai Aerospace Enterprise.  For information and to register visit www.aviationafrica.aero.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Aviation Africa 2015.

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About Aviation Africa 2015

Aviation Africa 2015 (http://www.aviationafrica.aero) will take place at Le Meridien Hotel, Dubai on May 10-11.

AVIATION AFRICA 2015 will bring together government and civil aviation authorities; senior airline management; business aviation operators and specialists; financial and industry consultants and leasing companies; airport management and service company management and leaders from maintenance, training and flight support.

Aviation Africa 2015 has been launched to change the perception of aviation on the continent. The panel sessions will deal with the opportunities and issues challenging the growth of the African aviation market, tackling liberalisation, training, safety, human factors, finance and business aviation.

The summit and exhibition takes place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, The event is designed to be a meeting place for African aviation business and Middle East business. For press information please contact Alison Weller Alison@accessgroup.aero +971 561162453

For more information on this new, fast-growing event and to register for the Summit please go to www.aviationafrica.aero

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Declaração da Brand South Africa sobre o progresso na resposta da África do Sul aos crimes violentos cometidos no país

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, April 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ A Brand South Africa (http://www.brandsouthafrica.com) participou em vários plataformas com o objetivo de condenar os crimes violentos cometidos durante as últimas semanas e implementar intervenções para mitigar a violência.

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Mantendo-se fiel ao espírito e à letra da constituição sul-africana (na qual o estado de direito é enaltecido), todos os nossos membros mobilizaram-se para condenar os crimes cometidos por algumas pessoas contra os seus semelhantes que reclamaram a vida de quatro cidadãos estrangeiros no nosso amado continente e de três sul-africanos.

O Presidente Jacob Zuma visitou vários campos onde muitos cidadãos estrangeiros estão temporariamente alojados para lhes garantir que o governo e o povo da África do Sul farão tudo para assegurar a sua segurança no país. Para este fim, as Forças Armadas de Defesa da África do Sul (SANDF) foram enviadas para os principais pontos de conflito, com vista a reforçar os esforços da Polícia Sul-africana (SAPS).

O Presidente reuniu-se com vários intervenientes numa sessão em que todos os setores da sociedade sul-africana se comprometeram a apoiar a iniciativa Play Your Part, cujo objetivo é garantir que a África do Sul elimina todos os atos criminosos. O Presidente anunciou a criação de uma Comissão Interministerial (IMC) para a imigração com vista a encontrar uma solução a longo prazo para os desafios da imigração na África do Sul.

O Presidente também se reuniu com representantes de cidadãos estrangeiros africanos dando a estes a oportunidade de partilhar a sua perspetiva sobre estes crimes e de propor possíveis soluções. Os Chefes de Missão africanos presentes na África do Sul serão informados sobre todos os desenvolvimentos nas questões relacionadas com a imigração.

A Brand South Africa apela a todas as marcas das nações africanas para que adiram à iniciativa Play Your Part e juntos possamos elevar a competitividade de África e trabalhar para que todos os africanos prosperem em conjunto.

Reiteramos o nosso compromisso de melhorar África e o mundo.

PUBLICADO POR

Sra. Alice Puoane

DIRETORA-EXECUTIVA INTERINA

Distribuído pela APO (African Press Organization) em nome da Brand South Africa.

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Brand South Africa


Déclaration de Brand South Africa concernant les progrès réalisés en Afrique du Sud pour lutter contre les crimes violents perpétrés dans ce pays

JOHANNESBURG, Afrique du Sud, 30 avril 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Brand South Africa (http://www.brandsouthafrica.com) a participé à plusieurs réunions destinées à condamner les crimes violents perpétrés au cours des dernières semaines et à mettre en œuvre des interventions afin de réprimer cette violence.

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Conformément à l’esprit et à la lettre de la constitution sud-africaine (qui insiste sur la suprématie du droit), toutes les voix du pays se sont élevées ces dernières semaines pour condamner les crimes commis envers d’autres êtres humains et qui ont entraîné la mort de quatre ressortissants de différents pays de notre continent adoré et de trois Sud-Africains.

Le Président Jacob Zuma s’est rendu dans différents camps d’accueil temporaire des ressortissants étrangers pour leur assurer que le gouvernement et le peuple d’Afrique du Sud feront tout pour garantir leur sécurité dans le pays. Dans ce contexte, les forces de défense sud-africaine (South African National Defence Force, SANDF) ont été déployées dans les endroits sensibles afin de renforcer les moyens de la police nationale (South African Police Service, SAPS).

Une séance réunissant des groupes à intérêts multiples s’est tenue avec le Président au cours de laquelle tous les secteurs de la société sud-africaine ont affirmé leur soutien pour l’initiative Play your Part et se sont engagés à jouer leur rôle pour que l’Afrique du Sud ne soit plus le théâtre de ces actes criminels. Le Président a annoncé la mise en place d’un Comité interministériel sur l’immigration afin de trouver une solution à long terme aux défis de l’immigration en Afrique du Sud.

Le Président a également rencontré les représentants des ressortissants étrangers de notre continent qui lui ont fait part de leur point de vue sur ces crimes et sur les interventions possibles. Les chefs de missions africains déployés en Afrique du Sud seront informés de tous les développements concernant les questions relatives à l’immigration.

Brand South Africa invite toutes les marques nationales africaines à apporter leur pierre à l’édifice de la compétitivité africaine et à se soutenir mutuellement pour permettre à l’Afrique de prospérer de manière collective.

Nous renouvelons notre engagement envers une Afrique meilleure et un monde meilleur.

PUBLIÉ PAR

Mme Alice Puoane

DIRECTRICE GÉNÉRALE PAR INTÉRIM

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Déclaration attribuable au porte-parole du Secrétaire général de l’ONU sur le Mali

 

NEW YORK, 30 avril 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Le Secrétaire général appelle à une cessation immédiate des hostilités au nord Mali.

 

Le Secrétaire général est profondément préoccupé par les graves violations du cessez-le-feu qui ont eu lieu au Mali ces derniers jours, à un moment critique dans le processus de paix et alors que des efforts sont en cours pour amener toutes les partie maliennes à signer un projet d’accord de paix.

 

Le 27 avril, des éléments du Groupe d’auto-défense touareg imghad et alliés (GATIA) et du Mouvement arabe de l’Azawad – Plateforme (MAA-Plateforme) sont entrés dans la ville de Ménaka (région de Gao) qui, en vertu des arrangements du cessez-le-feu, est sous le contrôle du Mouvement national de libération de l’Azawad (MNLA). Les combats ont continué dans les environs de Ménaka le 28 avril.

 

Le 29 avril, des éléments de la Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad (CMA) ont attaqué des baraquements de la Garde nationale à Goundam (région de Tombouctou) tuant deux Gardes nationaux et un enfant.

 

Le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général pour le Mali, Mongi Hamdi, et la Mission des Nations unies pour la stabilisation au Mali (MINUSMA) sont en pourparlers avec toutes les parties pour faire diminuer les tensions et pour promouvoir la poursuite du dialogue.

 

Le Secrétaire général exhorte les parties à démontrer leur attachement au processus de paix et à mettre en œuvre leurs obligations conformément à l’accord de cessez-le-feu du 23 mai 2014 et aux déclarations de cessation des hostilités du 24 juillet 2014 et 19 février 2015.

 

New York, 29 avril 2015

 

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

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Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Mali


 

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Mali

 

NEW YORK, April 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Secretary-General calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities in northern Mali.

 

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the serious ceasefire violations that have occurred in Mali in recent days, at a critical moment in the peace process and as efforts are underway to bring all Malian parties to sign the draft peace agreement.

 

On 27 April, Groupe Auto-défense Touareg Imghad et Alliés (GATIA) and Mouvement Arabe de l’Azawad – Plateforme (MAA-Platform) elements entered the town of Ménaka (Gao region) which, under ceasefire arrangements, is under the control of the Mouvement National de Libération de l’Azawad (MNLA). Fighting continued in the vicinity of Ménaka on 28 April.

 

On 29 April, Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad (CMA) elements attacked Malian National Guard quarters in Goundam (Timbuktu region) killing two National Guards and one child.

 

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali, Mongi Hamdi, and the UN Stabilization Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, are engaging with all parties to de-escalate tensions and encourage continued dialogue.

 

The Secretary-General urges the parties to demonstrate their commitment to the peace process and adhere to their obligations under the cease fire agreement of 23 May 2014, and the declarations of cessation of hostilities of 24 July 2014 and 19 February 2015.

 

New York, 29 April 2015

 

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


 

PRE-ELECTION VIOLENCE ENDANGERS BURUNDI’S YOUNG DEMOCRACY, UNITED NATIONS RIGHTS EXPERTS WARN

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A group of United Nations experts* today condemned the violence in Burundi and urged the authorities to uphold human rights, including freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly. They also called for a thorough and independent investigation into the human rights violations so that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

 

Over the past days, Burundi has suffered a wave of killings, arbitrary arrests, intimidation, the closure of media outlets, and the targeting of human rights defenders. This has taken place in the context of peaceful protests against the decision of the ruling party to have incumbent President Nkurunziza run for a third presidential term. In response, security forces violently cracked down on the protesters with live ammunition, grenades and tear gas. Most recent reports indicate that the internet is now being blocked throughout the country.

 

“We urge all parties to resolve differences through dialogue, avoid using inflammatory language or hate speech, and to refrain from violence. This call is also made to various parts of the country’s security sector, which should fulfil their role in a non-partisan manner,” they said.

 

The international experts emphasised that the troubling events of the past days should also be seen against the increasingly important role that youth militias have played for more than a year. “Authorities must urgently intervene to stop these activities and youth militias of all sides should be immediately disarmed,” they said, warning that “the actions of harassment, intimidation and violence of one militia – the Imbonerakure – are openly condoned by the ruling party.”

 

“An electoral process that lacks credibility – not to speak about one that triggers outright violence – is a huge setback for Burundi”, the human rights experts highlighted.

 

Burundi has taken important steps to preserve peace with the Arusha Agreement in 2000, and in particular the adoption of the 2005 Constitution which institutionalizes a power-sharing arrangement between ethnic groups. This has significantly contributed to the transformation of relations between different communities in Burundi.

 

Massive demobilisation and reintegration efforts, combined with agreed ethnic representation in all official institutions, including across the security sector, have further enabled the country to ensure a degree of stability since 2009.

 

“These significant achievements made over the past 15 years will be put in jeopardy if the authorities fail to take measures to prevent further violations,” the experts warned. “Burundi must also break with its ‘tradition of impunity’ that has reigned for much too long.”

 

“In a society, which has witnessed cycles of recurring violence on a massive scale for close to 50 years, and in which victims have seen no redress for the violations suffered, no one can afford another conflict,” they concluded.

 

(*) The experts: Mads Andenas, Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; Pablo de Greiff, Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence; Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; Christof Heynes, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; Maina Kiai, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.

 

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


 

SIX EXPERTS DES DROITS DE L’HOMME PRÉVIENNENT QUE LA JEUNE DÉMOCRATIE DU BURUNDI EST MENACÉE PAR LES VIOLENCES PRÉ-ÉLECTORALES

 

GENEVE, Suisse, 30 avril 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Un groupe d’experts de l’ONU* a condamné aujourd’hui les violences au Burundi et a exhorté les autorités à respecter les droits de l’homme, y compris la liberté d’expression et le droit de réunion pacifique. Ils ont également demandé qu’une enquête approfondie et indépendante soit menée sur les violations des droits de l’homme commises afin que les auteurs soient traduits en justice.

 

Au cours des derniers jours, le Burundi a subi une vague de morts violentes, d’arrestations arbitraires et d’intimidation, y compris contre des défenseurs des droits de l’homme, ainsi que la fermeture de médias. Ceci se serait produit dans le contexte de manifestations pacifiques contre la candidature du président sortant, Pierre Nkurunziza pour briguer un troisième mandat présidentiel. En réponse, les forces de sécurité auraient violemment réprimé les manifestants avec des armes à feux à balles réelles, des grenades et des gaz lacrymogènes. Les récentes informations indiquent que l’internet serait bloqué dans le pays.

 

« Nous exhortons toutes les parties à résoudre leurs différends par le dialogue, à éviter d’utiliser un langage incendiaire ou des discours haineux, et à renoncer à la violence. Cet appel est également fait aux différentes parties des forces de sécurité du pays, lesquels doivent remplir leur fonctions d’une manière non partisane », ont souligné les experts internationaux.

 

« Les événements troublants de ces derniers jours devraient également être considérés en prenant compte du rôle croissant joué par des milices de jeunes depuis plus d’une année. Les actions de harcèlement, d’intimidation et de violence d’une de ces milices – les Imbonerakure – sont ouvertement cautionnées par le parti au pouvoir. Nous exhortons les autorités à intervenir pour faire cesser ces activités. Les milices, quel que soit leur bord, devraient être immédiatement désarmées », ont indiqué les experts indépendants.

 

« Un processus électoral qui manque de crédibilité, et encore plus qui déclenche la violence, est un énorme revers pour le Burundi », ont-ils souligné.

 

Le Burundi a pris des mesures importantes pour préserver la paix depuis l’Accord d’Arusha en 2000 et en particulier depuis l’adoption de la Constitution de 2005 qui institutionnalise un accord de partage du pouvoir entre les groupes ethniques. Cela a considérablement contribué à la transformation des relations entre les différentes communautés au Burundi. Les efforts importants en vue de la démobilisation et la réinsertion, combinés à une représentation ethnique convenu dans toutes les institutions officielles, y compris dans le secteur de la sécurité, ont permis au pays d’assurer une certaine stabilité depuis 2009.

 

« Ces progrès importants réalisés au cours des 15 dernières années risquent d’être compromis si les autorités choisissent de ne pas prendre les mesures nécessaires pour empêcher de nouvelles violations. Ceci principalement implique de rompre la ‘tradition d’impunité’ qui règne dans le pays depuis trop longtemps », ont mis en garde les experts.

 

«Dans une société qui a été témoin des cycles de violence récurrente à une échelle massive pour près de 50 ans, et pour lesquels les victimes n’ont reçu aucune réparation ou recours pour les violations subies, personne ne peut se permettre qu’éclate un nouveau conflit », ont-ils conclu.

 

(*) Les experts: Mads Andenas, Président-Rapporteur du Groupe de travail sur la détention arbitraire; Pablo de Greiff, Rapporteur spécial sur la promotion de la vérité, de la justice, de la réparation et des garanties de non-répétition; Michel Forst, Rapporteur spécial sur la situation des défenseurs des droits de l’homme; Christof Heynes, Rapporteur spécial sur les exécutions extrajudiciaires, sommaires ou arbitraires; David Kaye, Rapporteur spécial sur la promotion et la protection du droit à la liberté d’opinion et d’expression; Maina Kiai, Rapporteur spécial sur le droit de réunion pacifique et d’association.

 

SOURCE 

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


Equatorial Guinea scores multiple investment agreements with Chinese companies at Economic Forum in Dalian

DALIAN, China, April 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ During a historic visit to China the Government of Equatorial Guinea, represented by the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy (http://www.equatorialoil.com), has announced the signing of multiple memoranda of understanding on April 30 with Chinese companies covering large areas of cooperation in the electricity and industrial sectors. The agreements were made during the Equatorial Guinea-Asia Economic Forum, hosted by the Government of Equatorial Guinea at the Shangri-La Hotel, in Dalian. The economic forum was organized in Dalian to introduce investment opportunities in Equatorial Guinea to Chinese companies.

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The Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy was represented by H.E. the Minister, Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima. China Dalian International Cooperation Group (CDIG) was represented by the company’s president, Mr. Zhu Mingyi.

H.E. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the President of Equatorial Guinea, said: “We are aware that maximum security is needed to ensure investment. In this regard, we can confirm 45 years of experience in the cooperation between China and Equatorial Guinea; cooperation which in many ways has been possible thanks to the peace and stability that prevails in the country.”

The memoranda of understanding with Chinese companies comprise the following:

• A memorandum of understanding between CDIG and the Government of Equatorial Guinea, represented by the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy, for the execution of a study for the development of the Industrial City of Mbini. Within the agreement, CDIG will undertake preliminary technical studies and will explore key areas to promote the Industrial City of Mbini to international investors. The Industrial City of Mbini is planned to be a key reference point for investment in West Africa and an important component in Equatorial Guinea’s plans to diversify its economy.

• A memorandum of understanding between the China State Construction Engineering Corporation and the Government of Equatorial Guinea, represented by the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy, for the planning and development of the Petroleum Industrial City of Luba.

• A memorandum of understanding between Sinohydro Corporation and the Government of Equatorial Guinea, represented by the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy, for a feasibility study on the development of a new hydroelectric plant on the Wele River, in Equatorial Guinea. Sinohydro had previously been involved in the construction of the 120 MW Djibloho hydroelectric plant, as well as electrification projects in Mongomeyen and the mainland city of Bata.

• A memorandum of understanding between the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) and the Government of Equatorial Guinea, represented by the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy, for a technical and financial viability study to build a new combined cycle 100 MW power plant in the city of Kogo.

• A memorandum of understanding between the CMEC and the Government of Equatorial Guinea, represented by the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy, for a technical and financial viability study for the establishment of an interconnection electricity grid in the CEMAC region.

• A memorandum of understanding between the CMEC and the Government of Equatorial Guinea, represented by the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy for a technical and financial viability study to build street lamps and related public lighting infrastructure in the Industrial City of Mbini.

The agreements with the Chinese companies came just days following an official state visit from H.E. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the President of Equatorial Guinea, in which the Government of Equatorial Guinea reached multiple agreements with China to strengthen economic and political ties.

On April 30, the Government of Equatorial Guinea hosted the Equatorial Guinea-Asia Economic Forum in Dalian, China, where national leaders presented investment opportunities to an audience of 500 potential Chinese investors. The large turnout for the event was seen as a confirmation of strong investor interest in Equatorial Guinea as the country carries out ambitious plans to diversify and industrialize its economy.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy of Equatorial Guinea.

Contact:

Cesar Hinestrosa

chinestrosa@mmie.gob.gq

+86 15842619287

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Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy of Equatorial Guinea


Statement from Brand South Africa on the progress made by South Africa in response to the violent crimes committed in the country

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, April 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Brand South Africa (http://www.brandsouthafrica.com) has participated in a number of platforms aimed at condemning the violent crimes committed in the past few weeks and implementation of interventions to quell the violence.

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True to the spirit and letter of the South African constitution (which puts emphasis on the rule of law), all hands were on deck in the past week in acts of condemnation to the crimes committed against fellow human beings that led to the death offour nationals from various countries in our beloved continentand three South Africans.

President Jacob Zuma visited various camps, where foreign national are temporarily sheltered, to assure them that the government and the people of South Africa will do everything to ensure their safety in the country. As such the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) was deployed to the hotspots to reinforce the efforts of the South African Police Service (SAPS).

A multi stakeholder session was held with the President wherein all sectors of the South African society pledged their support to Play their Part in ensuring that South Africa is rid of all acts of criminality. The President announced the establishment of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Immigration to provide a long term solution to the challenges in the area of immigration in South Africa.

The President also met with representatives of foreign nationals from our continent wherein they shared with him their perspective on these crimes and possible interventions. The African Heads of Mission in South Africa will be updated on all developments with regards to immigration related matters.

Brand South Africa calls on all African Nation Brands to Play a Part in building Africa’s Competitiveness and support each other’s efforts in order for Africa to prosper collectively.

We reiterate our commitment to a better Africa and a better world.

ISSUED BY

Ms. Alice Puoane

ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Brand South Africa.

SOURCE

Brand South Africa

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 30 April 2015

Ireland / Egypt / New Ambassadors present Credentials


 

Ireland / Egypt / New Ambassadors present Credentials

 

DUBLIN, Ireland, April 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Their Excellencies, the Ambassadors of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Chile and St. Vincent and the Grenadines presented their Letters of Credence to the President at Áras an Uachtaráin today.

 

H.E. Ms. Soha Gendi, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt, was accompanied by Mr. Ahmed Mostafa Mohamed, Minister Plenipotentiary and Deputy Head of Mission.

 

H.E. Mr. Manuel Hinojosa Muñoz, Ambassador of Chile, was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Monserrat Perez, and by Mr. Renato Gomez, Deputy Head of Mission.

 

H.E. Mr. Cenio Elwin Lewis, Ambassador of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Ita Lewis.

 

Mr. Tom Hayes, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, represented the Government at the ceremony.

 

The following were also present: Mr. Conor Ó Raghallaigh, Deputy Secretary-General to the President; Mr. Barrie Robinson, Political Director, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Mr. Joe Brennan, Ms. Mary Cusack and Mr. Shane Stephens, Protocol, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

 

The Ambassadors were escorted to and from Áras an Uachtaráin by an Escort of Honour consisting of a motorcycle detachment drawn from the 2nd Cavalry Squadron, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin, under the command of Second Lieutenant Stephen Bunney.

 

A Guard of Honour was provided at Áras an Uachtaráin by the 12th Infantry Battalion, Sarsfields Barracks, Limerick, under the command of Lieutenant Conor Kirwan.

 

Captain Fergal Carroll conducted the Army No. 1 Band.

 

SOURCE 

Ireland – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 30 April 2015

Polio vaccination as a doorway to adequate health care


 

Polio vaccination as a doorway to adequate health care

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The eradication of polio remains one of the most pressing health challenges in Africa, stresses an advocacy report released today by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) at the closing of the World Immunization Week.

 

Although Africa has gone eight months without any new cases of wild polio for the first time, the continent has witnessed the majority of global polio cases in 2013, and is home to one of the three last countries in the world where polio is still endemic, Nigeria. In 2013, sub-Saharan Africa showed the worst polio immunization record of any region. Central African Republic had the world’s lowest polio vaccination rate, with just 23 per cent of children immunized against the disease, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

“Increasing vaccine uptake in Africa, specifically for polio, is such a huge task. We are faced with communities living in very remote areas or nomadic, fragile and conflict situations. The issue of access is exacerbated by suspicion and socio cultural barriers,” says Dr Adinoyi Ben Adeiza, health and care coordinator, IFRC Africa. “We have seen first-hand how our Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers, who are trusted by their communities, can substantially increase vaccine uptake”.

 

In Burkina Faso, for example, the number of children who were not vaccinated and still susceptible to contract polio, was significantly lower in areas where the Burkinabe Red Cross Society had conducted social mobilization activities.

 

Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers, like the ones in Burkina, have reached more than 10 million children and more than 1 million households in 17 sub-Saharan African countries between 2009 and 2013. They are trusted leaders in their communities and can ensure greater access to a combination of essential life-saving, culturally acceptable health care services to stop the spread of infectious diseases like polio.

 

Polio is highly contagious and one of the most difficult diseases to eradicate. About 90 per cent of all children in any given community must receive multiple immunizations to wipe out the virus. No other global health effort in history has posed such a logistical challenge.

 

Violence and high levels of insecurity continue to pose a significant barrier to access to health care in general, and vaccination against polio specifically. In fragile states where health professionals are particularly scarce, harnessing community resources and strengthening community involvement in health service delivery is vital.

 

“We believe every child can be reached but only if we invest seriously in the capacity and sustained engagement of local organizations and our local community health workforce,” says Alasan Senghore, Director, IFRC Africa. “In order to achieve success, and prove once and for all that all children deserve the same life-saving vaccines and access to the same health services, no matter who they are or where they live, we must act quickly and in partnership with each other to dramatically increase vaccination coverage.”

 

SOURCE 

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Posted by: APO | 30 April 2015

Aviation Africa – Just Watch This Space


Aviation Africa – Just Watch This Space

Delegates to the Aviation Africa 2015 Summit and exhibition taking place on 10-11 May in Dubai, could have the time of their lives thanks to a new sponsorship deal

DUBAI, UAE, April 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Organisers of the event, which brings together the aviation industry from the Middle East and the fast developing African market, have secured a sponsorship deal with luxury Swiss watch brand and aviation chronograph specialists, Breitling. One of the last remaining, independent family owned and COSC certified brands, Breitling will be giving two attending delegates the opportunity to win a model from their Aerospace collection over the two days of the conference.

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Taking place at Le Meridien Hotel and Conference Centre in Dubai, Aviation Africa 2015 (http://www.aviationafrica.aero) will be attracting attendees from Africa and the Middle East with two days of panel sessions discussing the growth potential for the aviation industry in Africa. Participants will debate the opportunities, issues and lessons learnt to find real solutions and progress for this important growth market. All attendees will be able to enter the prize draw each day to win one of the two Breitling Aerospace chronographs.

Aed Adwan, Breitling Middle East, said, “Breitling’s heritage lies firmly in aviation and providing the most precise and highly functional chronographs to aviation professionals and enthusiasts. In 1952, Breitling launched its legendary Navitimer wrist chronograph featuring a circular slide rule serving to perform all navigation-related calculations. A cult object for pilots and aviation enthusiasts, it has been continuously manufactured for almost 60 years – making it the world’s oldest mechanical chronograph still in production. We continue to introduce collections of the most stylish, innovative and functional watches in the world while breaking ground across the exciting world of aviation.”

High level industry guests include CEOs and Senior Executives from airlines including Rwandair, Air Arabia, South African Airways, Daallo Airlines, Jubba Airways, ECAir, Emirates Airline, flydubai, Arik Air, Astral and many more including Aviation Associations AFRAA – African Airlines Association and AfBAA – African Business Aviation Association.

The associated exhibition will feature up to 40 companies showcasing the latest technologies and services to help develop and invest in the future of the industry in Africa. Gold Sponsors for the event are Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) and UAS International Trip Support. The Official Airline is Ethiopian Airlines.

AVIATION AFRICA 2015 will provide connectivity – it’s about people doing business, products moving to new markets, investment and new opportunities being discussed and discovered. An exciting new event in a growing Middle East and African region.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Aviation Africa 2015.

For press information please contact Alison Weller Alison@accessgroup.aero +971 561162453

About Aviation Africa 2015

AVIATION AFRICA 2015 (http://www.aviationafrica.aero)  aims to bring together government and civil aviation authorities; senior airline management; business aviation operators and specialists; financial and industry consultants and leasing companies; airport management and service company management and leaders from maintenance, training and flight support.

The summit and exhibition takes place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, The event is designed to be a meeting place for African aviation business and Middle East business.

SOURCE

Aviation Africa 2015

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 30 April 2015

Human Rights Commissioner Strässer on LGBTI rights in Kenya


 

Human Rights Commissioner Strässer on LGBTI rights in Kenya

 

BERLIN, Germany, April 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Christoph Strässer, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid, issued the following statement today (29 April) on the Kenyan High Court’s decision on the rights of an LGBTI organisation:

I warmly welcome the decision by the High Court of Kenya. It is a groundbreaking acknowledgement that the right to freedom of assembly and the rights of minorities, including sexual orientation minorities, must be guaranteed full protection, even in the face of widespread existing prejudice. The Federal Government calls upon the Kenyan Government to continue to work towards ensuring LGBTI equality and to resolutely counter all attempts at discrimination.

Background information:

In a historic judgement on 24 April 2015, after considering the case for more than a year and a half, the High Court of Kenya ruled that the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) must be registered as a non-governmental organisation by the NGO Coordination Board. Over five such applications from the NGLHRC had already been rejected by the NGO Coordination Board since 2012, on the grounds that registration was impermissible because gay and lesbian relationships were a criminal offence and offended Kenyans’ moral and religious convictions. In its judgement, the High Court of Kenya said that a refusal to register the organisation violated the right to freedom of assembly anchored in Article 36 of the Kenyan constitution and emphasised that neither the fact that homosexual acts were a criminal offence nor an alleged rejection of homosexuality by the population on moral or religious grounds justified any restriction of this fundamental right.

 

SOURCE 

Germany – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 30 April 2015

ENDING EBOLA BEFORE RAINY SEASON IMPERATIVE SAYS NEW ACTING HEAD OF UNMEER


 

ENDING EBOLA BEFORE RAINY SEASON IMPERATIVE SAYS NEW ACTING HEAD OF UNMEER

 

CONAKRY, Guinea, April 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — In his first week as the Secretary-General’s Acting Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Peter Jan Graaff affirmed his commitment to stopping the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, but said the timeline for doing so is tight.

 

“We have made great progress in fighting the virus, but we are not done yet,” said Graaff. “The rainy season is fast approaching, which will complicate efforts to contain the disease. We have a very small window of opportunity and that window is closing fast. We can’t risk falling behind the virus again. We need to stay ahead of it, and eliminate it before it is too late.”

 

Graaff has since October 2014 served as Ebola Crisis Manager for Liberia, during which time the country’s Ebola case numbers dropped to zero. Liberia is currently counting down to 9 May, when it will be declared free of the Ebola Virus Disease if no new cases present themselves.

 

“Until we reach zero cases in every country, Ebola still poses a threat to the region, and to the world. We must keep up our efforts over the next few weeks to trace and treat every last case.”

 

As of 24 April, a total of 26,101 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola have been reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with 10,824 deaths. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the decline in confirmed cases has halted over the last three weeks. In the week to 19 April, 33 confirmed cases were reported, compared with 37 and 30 in the preceding weeks.

 

Graaff succeeded Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania, who had served in the role since 4 January 2015. Ould Cheikh Ahmed was recently appointed the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen.

 

“Peter led Liberia to much success and I’m confident he can achieve the same results in Guinea and Sierra Leone,” said Ould Cheikh Ahmed. “The world is behind UNMEER, and UNMEER is behind the Ebola affected countries. Together, we will get to zero cases.”

Prior to joining UNMEER, Graaff had worked extensively with the WHO across Africa, in Afghanistan and in Haiti. He also led the Civil Affairs and Development team for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS


A entrega é crucial para as transações eletrónicas, afirma a DHL

O comércio eletrónico poderá representar 10% das vendas a retalho nos maiores países do continente africano

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, April 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ À medida que o comércio eletrónico continua a ganhar popularidade por todo o continente africano é preciso fazer mais para garantir que não existem falhas na entrega aos clientes. Esta conclusão é apoiada pelo relatório Global e-Commerce Logistics 2015(1), no qual se revela que a logística do comércio eletrónico está em rápida mudança para se manter a par deste mercado em rápida evolução.

Logo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/dhl_logo2.jpg

Photo Sumesh Rahavendra: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/photos/sumesh_rahavendra.jpg
(Sumesh Rahavendra, Diretor de Vendas da DHL Express da África Subsariana)

Sumesh Rahavendra, Diretor de Vendas da DHL Express da África Subsariana (http://www.dpdhl.com) afirma que a entrega dos bens comprados online é um dos elementos mais importantes da experiência do cliente que faz compras online, mas que é muitas vezes negligenciado por parte dos comerciantes.

Um relatório recente da McKinsey & Company(2) revelou que, em 2025, o comércio eletrónico poderá representar 10% das vendas a retalho nos maiores países do continente africano. O aparecimento do comércio eletrónico está a revolucionar as práticas de logística a nível local e as redes de distribuição.

“Os consumidores têm acesso e podem comprar uma grande variedade de produtos com um simples clique e querem cada vez mais que a entrega seja imediata, o que significa que a logística é cada vez mais importante. O que por sua vez faz com que os comerciantes e as empresas de logística lancem novas iniciativas para oferecer melhores entregas e vantagens competitivas, como entrega no mesmo dia e condições de devolução flexíveis.”

O próprio estudo da DHL, Global E-Tailing 2025(3), analisou o papel que o comércio eletrónico vai desempenhar na vida do consumidor em 2025 e como este tipo de comércio vai influenciar o consumo, o comércio a retalho e a logística. O estudo concluiu que à medida que o comércio a retalho online continua a ganhar popularidade nos mercados desenvolvidos e nos mercados emergentes, as empresas de logística irão desempenhar um papel crucial no fornecimento de soluções essenciais para a gestão da cadeia de abastecimento e que possam evoluir à medida que os hábitos de compra dos consumidores evoluem.

“Com o comércio eletrónico rapidamente a ganhar terreno no continente, muitas empresas ainda estão a avaliar o impacto desta expansão nas infraestruturas das suas redes de distribuição. Quando o comércio eletrónico chegou ao mercado o seu ponto forte era a possibilidade de encomendar um produto a partir de casa e esperar que a encomenda lhe fosse entregue à porta. O prazo de entrega podia demorar alguns dias ou até semanas. Hoje em dia, a classe média de todo o continente quer uma maior variedade de produtos e serviços com tempos de entrega mais curtos. Atualmente, os tempos de entrega medem-se em minutos ou horas e a entrega tem de ser feita a uma hora e num local convenientes, indicados pelo consumidor.”

“O comércio eletrónio é também a salvação dos consumidores em zonas periféricas que tradicionalmente teriam dificuldade em aceder a lojas físicas. Os comerciantes eletrónicos internacionais e domésticos oferecem uma grande variedade de produtos de alta qualidade com entrega à porta.”

“Estes comerciantes devem, por isso, escolher uma empresa de logística de confiança e com boa reputação, pois, em última análise, estas empresas são uma extensão do seu próprio negócio e um importante ponto de contacto para os clientes finais na fase final da transação. A competição na indústria do comércio eletrónico é feroz e é, por isso, importante que os clientes fiquem satisfeitos com todas as transações, de forma a encorajá-los a voltar,” conclui Rahavendra.

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

(1) Transport Intelligence (Inteligência no transporte): Global e-Commerce Logistics 2015 : http://www.reportlinker.com/p02837006-summary/Global-e-commerce-Logistics.html

(2) McKinsey & Company – Lions go digital: The Internet’s transformative potential in Africa (Leões digitais: o potencial transformador da Internet em África): http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/high_tech_telecoms_internet/lions_go_digital_the_internets_transformative_potential_in_africa

(3) O estudo Global E-Tailing 2025 foi iniciado pela Deutsche Post DHL e contou com a participação das instituições de investigação Z_punkt e See More e de inúmeros especialistas internacionais do sector do comércio a retalho, logística e universidades – Para consultar o relatório completo, clique aqui : https://www.dpdhl.com/content/dam/global_etailing_2025/pdf/dpdhl-study-global-e-tailing-2025.pdf

Contacto para os meios de comunicação social:

Megan Collinicos

Diretora: Publicidade e Relações Públicas, África Subsariana

DHL Express

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

megan.collinicos@dhl.com

DHL – A empresa de logística para o mundo

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

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

Para obter mais informações: www.dpdhl.com

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

SOURCE

Deutsche Post DHL


La livraison est un facteur crucial des transactions d’achats en ligne, indique DHL

Le commerce électronique pourrait représenter 10 % des ventes au détail des plus grandes économies du continent africain d’ici 2025

LE CAP, Afrique du Sud, 30 avril 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Alors que le succès du commerce électronique ne cesse de croître à travers le continent africain, les efforts déployés afin de favoriser une livraison irréprochable des marchandises aux clients doivent être intensifiés. Cette constatation est confirmée par le rapport « Global e-Commerce Logistics 2015 »(1), qui révèle que la logistique du commerce électronique évolue vivement au rythme de ce marché en rapide mutation.

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Photo Sumesh Rahavendra: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/photos/sumesh_rahavendra.jpg
(Sumesh Rahavendra, Responsable des ventes auprès de DHL Express pour l’Afrique subsaharienne)

Sumesh Rahavendra, Responsable des ventes auprès de DHL Express pour l’Afrique subsaharienne (http://www.dpdhl.com), indique que la livraison des marchandises achetées en ligne, quoique l’un des éléments les plus importants de l’expérience d’achat électronique du client, est souvent négligée par les détaillants.

Un récent rapport publié par McKinsey & Company(2) a révélé que le commerce électronique pourrait représenter 10 % des ventes au détail des plus grandes économies du continent africain d’ici 2025. La naissance du commerce électronique révolutionne les pratiques logistiques locales et les réseaux physiques de distribution.

« Les consommateurs ont désormais accès à toute une série de produits qu’ils peuvent acheter sur un simple clic. Ils sont par ailleurs de plus en plus nombreux à s’attendre à une livraison immédiate, ce qui accroît l’importance de la logistique. Cette situation encourage à son tour les détaillants et les fournisseurs de logistique à rechercher de nouvelles initiatives pour améliorer les services de livraison et offrir des avantages compétitifs, tels que par exemple la livraison le jour même ou une politique flexible pour le retour des marchandises. »

L’étude « Global E-Tailing 2025 »(3) réalisée par DHL a analysé le rôle du commerce électronique dans la vie des consommateurs à l’horizon 2025, ainsi que son impact sur le consumérisme, la vente au détail et la logistique. L’étude a révélé qu’avec la poursuite du succès de la vente en ligne sur les marchés développés et sur les marchés émergents, les entreprises de logistique joueront un rôle clé dans la fourniture de solutions cruciales de gestion de la chaîne d’approvisionnement qui soient capables de s’adapter à l’évolution des habitudes d’achats des consommateurs.

« Le commerce électronique progressant rapidement sur le continent, de nombreuses entreprises cherchent encore à déterminer ce que cet essor signifiera pour les infrastructures de leur réseau de distribution. Lorsque le commerce électronique a fait son entrée sur le marché, le côté pratique consistant à pouvoir acheter un produit sans sortir de chez soi prévalait. Une fois l’achat effectué, il suffisait d’attendre que le paquet soit livré à domicile. Les délais de livraison s’élevaient à quelques jours, voire semaines. Aujourd’hui, la classe moyenne, en augmentation d’un bout à l’autre du continent, souhaite une plus grande variété de produits et de services assortie de délais de livraison plus courts. Les délais de livraison sont désormais mesurés à la minute et à l’heure près. Les livraisons doivent par ailleurs être effectuées à des heures et à des endroits appropriés, définis par le client ».

« Le commerce électronique fait en outre le bonheur des consommateurs vivant dans des zones périphériques et ayant sinon difficilement accès à des magasins traditionnels. Les cyberdétaillants internationaux et nationaux proposent désormais la livraison à domicile d’un vaste éventail de produits de grande qualité ».

« Leur choix devrait donc se porter sur des fournisseurs de logistique fiables et réputés, ces derniers représentant en définitive une extension des activités des cyberdétaillants et un point de contact important avec lequel les clients interagissent directement en fin de transaction. La concurrence dans le secteur du commerce électronique est féroce. Il est donc important de satisfaire pleinement le client à chaque transaction, afin de l’encourager à renouveler son expérience d’achat », conclut M. Rahavendra.

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

(1) Intelligence du transport : Global e-Commerce Logistics 2015 : http://www.reportlinker.com/p02837006-summary/Global-e-commerce-Logistics.html

(2) McKinsey & Company – Lions go digital: The Internet’s transformative potential in Africa: http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/high_tech_telecoms_internet/lions_go_digital_the_internets_transformative_potential_in_africa

(3) L’étude intitulée « Global E-Tailing 2025 » a été réalisée sur l’initiative de la société Deutsche Post DHL, avec la participation des agences d’analyse de tendances Z_punkt et See More, ainsi que de nombreux experts internationaux des secteurs du commerce de détail, de la logistique et du milieu universitaire. Pour consulter le rapport complet, veuillez cliquer ici : https://www.dpdhl.com/content/dam/global_etailing_2025/pdf/dpdhl-study-global-e-tailing-2025.pdf.

Contact médias :

Megan Collinicos

Responsable : Publicité et relations publiques, Afrique subsaharienne

DHL Express

Tél. : +27 21 409 3613 ; tél. portable : +27 76 411 8570

megan.collinicos@dhl.com

DHL – Le Groupe de Transport et Logistique Mondial

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

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

Pour tout complément d’information : www.dpdhl.com

Catalogue d’images disponibles : http://www.dpdhl.com/en/media_relations/media_library.html

SOURCE

Deutsche Post DHL

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