Posted by: africanpressorganization | 30 March 2015

Joint UK and US statement on the Nigerian elections


 

Joint UK and US statement on the Nigerian elections

 

LONDON, United-Kingdom, March 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Joint Statement by US Secretary of State John Kerry and UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

 

“Our governments welcome the largely peaceful vote on 28 March. The Nigerian people have shown a commendable determination to register their vote and choose their leaders.

 

So far, we have seen no evidence of systemic manipulation of the process. But there are disturbing indications that the collation process – where the votes are finally counted – may be subject to deliberate political interference. This would contravene the letter and spirit of the Abuja Accord, to which both major parties committed themselves.

 

The Governments of the United States and the United Kingdom would be very concerned by any attempts to undermine the independence of the Electoral Commission (INEC), or its Chairman, Prof Jega; or in any way distort the expressed will of the Nigerian people.”

 

SOURCE 

United Kingdom – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 30 March 2015

Somalie – Attaque à Mogadiscio (27 mars 2015)


 

Somalie – Attaque à Mogadiscio (27 mars 2015)

 

PARIS, France, 30 mars 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay – Déclarations du porte-parole – 30 mars 2015

 

La France condamne l’attaque perpétrée par le groupe terroriste al Shabab le 27 mars contre un hôtel de Mogadiscio, qui a fait de nombreux morts, dont l’ambassadeur somalien auprès des Nations unies en Suisse, et causé un grand nombre de blessés.

 

Nous exprimons nos condoléances aux familles des victimes et assurons les autorités et le peuple somaliens de notre solidarité. Les responsables de cet acte barbare devront être traduits en justice.

 

La France salue l’action de l’armée et des services de sécurité somaliens ainsi que celle de la mission de l’Union africaine en Somalie (AMISOM) pour restaurer la paix et la sécurité. Avec ses partenaires, elle se tient aux côtés du gouvernement dans la lutte contre le terrorisme.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: APO | 30 March 2015

ECAir relie Brazzaville à onze destinations !


ECAir relie Brazzaville à onze destinations !

ECAir, Equatorial Congo Airlines poursuit l’expansion de son réseau

BRAZZAVILLE, Congo, 30 mars 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ ECAir, Equatorial Congo Airlines (http://www.flyecair.com) poursuit l’expansion de son réseau. Après Libreville (début février), la compagnie aérienne nationale de la République du Congo, vient d’inaugurer la ligne Brazzaville-Dakar via Bamako (fin mars).

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(Fatima Beyina-Moussa, Directeur général d’Equatorial Congo Airlines)

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Flyer 1 : http://www.apo-mail.org/150330.pdf

Flyer 2 : http://www.apo-mail.org/1503301.pdf

Les vols vers Bamako et Dakar sont exploités en Boeing 757-200, d’une capacité de 148 sièges (16 en Business et 132 en Economy) jusqu’au 1er juin, puis en 737-700 (12 sièges en Business et 112 sièges en Economy). Ces deux nouvelles destinations complètent l’offre d’Equatorial Congo Airlines, qui dessert déjà sur le réseau régional, Cotonou (Bénin), Douala (Cameroun), Libreville (Gabon) et Kinshasa (RDC).

Désormais, Equatorial Congo Airlines relie Brazzaville à onze destinations :

_ Réseau domestique : Pointe-Noire et Ollombo.

_ Réseau régional : Kinshasa (navette fluviale), Libreville, Douala, Cotonou, Bamako, Dakar.

_ Réseau international : Paris, Dubaï, Bruxelles (en continuation depuis Paris).

La nouvelle desserte Brazzaville-Dakar via Bamako offre de nouvelles opportunités aux voyageurs d’affaires et de loisirs du Sénégal et du Mali qui pourront rejoindre le réseau d’ECAir sans difficulté via son hub de Brazzaville, particulièrement pour les destinations telles que Paris, Dubaï, Kinshasa, Cotonou…

« L’ouverture des lignes (Libreville, Dakar, Bamako) est la concrétisation de nos efforts dans le but de connecter les capitales économiques africaines entre elles et au reste du monde, indique Fatima Beyina-Moussa, Directrice générale d’ECAir et Présidente de l’Association des compagnies aériennes d’Afrique (AFRAA). Nous allons poursuivre notre développement avec l’ouverture des prochaines destinations (Yaounde, Abidjan, Bangui, N’Djamena et Beyrouth). Tout ceci est possible parce que nous disposons avec Maya-Maya, d’un des aéroports les plus modernes d’Afrique, avec une large capacité d’accueil. Nous bénéficions ainsi de la vision dont ont fait preuve le Président de la République, SEM Denis Sassou Nguesso et son gouvernement lorsqu’ils ont investi significativement dans la construction et la modernisation des infrastructures aéroportuaires du pays.»

Afin de de séduire de nouveaux passagers, ECAir mise sur son identité africaine, ses tarifs attractifs, ses avions fiables aux normes internationales, son personnel dynamique, qualifié et compétent. En outre, la compagnie dispose d’un des meilleurs programmes de fidélité d’Afrique, « Mboté », qui regroupe près de 30 000 membres.

Profitez des petits prix d’ECAir :

Brazzaville-Bamako : à partir de 263 000 XAF (400 euros) TTC AR.

Brazzaville-Dakar : à partir de 382 000 XAF (582 euros) TTC AR.

Brazzaville-Paris : à partir de 450 000 XAF (686 euros) TTC AR.

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour ECAir (Equatorial Congo Airlines).

Contacts Service de la Communication & des Relations publiques d’ECAir :

Nicolas Négoce

+242 06 510 30 23

Nicolas.negoce@flyecair.com

A propos d’ECAir :

Compagnie aérienne nationale de la République du Congo créée en 2011, ECAir, Equatorial Congo Airlines (http://www.flyecair.com), emploie plus de 500 collaborateurs. En 2014, la compagnie a transporté près de 400 000 passagers. ECAir opère jusqu’à 144 vols hebdomadaires depuis Brazzaville (République du Congo) vers Paris CDG, Dubaï, Cotonou, Douala, Libreville, Bamako, Dakar, Pointe-Noire, Ollombo. Equatorial Congo Airlines, qui dispose de 7 avions, a également mis en place une navette fluviale pour les passagers en provenance ou à destination de Kinshasa (République démocratique du Congo) et également une navette entre Paris CDG et Bruxelles. ECAir est la première compagnie congolaise à relier directement le continent au Moyen Orient avec un vol quotidien vers Dubaï et l’Europe avec un vol quotidien vers Paris. Pour en savoir plus : http://www.flyecair.com ou par téléphone au +(33) 01 78 77 78 77 ou au +(242) 06 509 05 09. Notre siège se situe en face de l’Aéroport de Maya-Maya, à Brazzaville, République du Congo.

Pour plus d’informations :

*Informations et réservations : http://www.flyecair.com

*Visuels : http://www.flyecair.com/gallery

*Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/pages/ECAir-Equatorial-Congo-Airlines

*Twitter : http://www.twitter.com/ECongoAirlines

*Instagram : econgoairlines

SOURCE

ECAir (Equatorial Congo Airlines)

Posted by: APO | 30 March 2015

Powering Zambia’s rapidly growing capital city


Powering Zambia’s rapidly growing capital city

Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, is regarded as the second fastest growing city in Africa

LUSAKA, Zambia, March 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Zambia Electricity Supply Commission (ZESCO) has awarded Aurecon (http://www.aurecongroup.com) a contract to provide engineering, design and construction supervision services for the USD200 million World Bank funded Lusaka Transmission and Distribution Rehabilitation Project.

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Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, is regarded as the second fastest growing city in Africa. Its electricity demand has grown at 6% per annum over the previous 10 years, with demand now outstripping the installed capacity of the power system supplying the city.

“We are excited to work with ZESCO to increase the capacity and improve the reliability of Lusaka’s electricity transmission and distribution system for the community,” Aurecon project leader Anton Harmse said.

“The creation of this transmission and distribution infrastructure will ensure the long-term sustainable operation of the network,” Harmse said.

Using experience gained on projects previously executed for ZESCO and the World Bank, the Aurecon project team will look at identifying remedial or preventative measures that can be actioned to optimise the benefits of the system upgrades.

“The large number of sub-projects and the sequential implementation of the various components of the project will require significant effort during the project planning and scheduling stages,” Harmse added.

The project is expected to be completed in 2019.

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

Contact details

Jody Boshoff, Communication Manager

T +27 12 427 2066 I F +27 86 606 0671 I M +27 83 275 2526

E Jody.Boshoff@aurecongroup.com

About Aurecon

Aurecon (http://www.aurecongroup.com) provides engineering, management and specialist technical services for government and private sector clients globally. With an office network extending across 26 countries, Aurecon has been involved in projects in more than 80 countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas and employs around 7 500 people across 11 industry groups including: Construction, Data &Telecommunications; Defence; Energy; Government; Manufacturing; Oil & Gas; Property; Resources; Transport; Water.

Please visit www.aurecongroup.com for further information.

Aurecon South Africa (Pty) Ltd is committed to the implementation of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) and has been verified as a Level 2 contributor to BBBEE.

SOURCE

Aurecon


TI Sparkle partners with DE-CIX in Palermo and launches Sicily Hub

DE-CIX to establish neutral Internet exchange at key landing site for Mediterranean, Africa and Middle East Internet traffic at TI Sparkle’s latest Next Generation Data Center in Palermo

ROME, Italy, March 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ TI Sparkle (http://www.tisparkle.com), the International Services arm of Telecom Italia Group, is announcing a new partnership with the world’s leading Internet exchange provider, DE-CIX (https://www.de-cix.net), who will establish an Internet exchange (IX) in “Sicily Hub,” TI Sparkle’s latest Next Generation Data Center in Palermo.

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DE-CIX provides premium IX services to all kinds of networks and operates numerous carrier-neutral and data center-neutral Internet exchanges around the world, including its flagship exchange, DE-CIX Frankfurt. The new exchange will be based on DE-CIX’s leading APOLLON platform, which provides unmatched scalability and performance.

DE-CIX’s new exchange at Sicily Hub was designed to allow carriers that land their IP backbones in Sicily to directly interconnect with each other and to other providers that have a presence in the facility. These other providers include some of the world’s most well-known and largest content players.

The new TI Sparkle facility is located closer to North Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East than any other European peering point. It is also connected to all cable landing stations in Sicily and served by the TI Sparkle tier 1-grade IP Transit service, Seabone.

In addition, Sicily Hub’s open and resilient configuration supports carriers and ISPs that want to enhance the redundancy of their networks, while enjoying a rich ecosystem and market place of multi-breed interconnected players.

“Our partnership with DE-CIX and their new IX node in our Sicily Hub is the most important milestone in the creation of a massive IP gravitational center in the middle of the Mediterranean,” says Alessandro Talotta, TI Sparkle CEO. “We will be able to better serve ISPs in the area, including Africa and the Middle East, by bringing worldwide content directly to their doorsteps. The presence of DE-CIX’s leading global carrier-neutral Internet exchange as well as the most relevant global content providers that deliver media, gaming, e-commerce, social networks and video platforms, make Sicily Hub the best location for top-quality and cost-efficient public and private peering in the region.”

“There is an intense need in the region to bring content closer to the end users,” confirms Harald A. Summa, DE-CIX President. “The powerful combination of Sicily Hub and DE-CIX’s APOLLON platform will support Internet growth in this region so that end users will have a better Internet experience, better security and a lower risk of network outages.”

TI Sparkle’ Sicily Hub (http://www.tisparkle.com/default.aspx?Lang=ENG&idPage=2509) has been designed with the most advanced technologies and follows the most restrictive technical parameters typical of Telecom Italia Group’s Next Generation Data Centers.

This partnership between TI Sparkle and DE-CIX represents a first step towards a wider collaboration that will extend to other locations in the Mediterranean.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Telecom Italia Sparkle S.p.A. (TI Sparkle).

TI Sparkle Media Contact:

Filippo Sanpaolesi

TI Sparkle Communication

+390652745037

tisparkle.communication@telecomitalia.it

DE-CIX Media Contact:

Christine Keck

+1 301-801-4414

press-intl@de-cix.net

About DE-CIX

DE-CIX is provider of premium Internet exchange (IX) services and operates several carrier-neutral and independent Internet exchanges internationally, including DE-CIX Frankfurt, Germany; DE-CIX New York, USA; and UAE-IX in Dubai, UAE. With 3.8+ Terabits per second of peak traffic, DE-CIX Frankfurt is the world’s leading Internet exchange. Founded in 1995, DE-CIX has established an environment for the bilateral settlement-free exchange of Internet traffic, called peering. The company is serving 600+ carriers, ISPs and content networks from 60+ countries including all leading international players. In addition to Frankfurt, New York and Dubai, DE-CIX operates Internet exchange points in Hamburg and Munich. DE-CIX is your one-stop-shop for Peering, Interconnections and additional IX services. For more information, please go to www.de-cix.net

About Telecom Italia Sparkle

Telecom Italia Sparkle S.p.A. (TI Sparkle) (http://www.tisparkle.com) is the wholly owned subsidiary of Telecom Italia Group (NYSE:TI) with the mission to develop and consolidate the Italian telco’s international services business.  As a leading global carrier, TI Sparkle offers a full range of IP, Data, Mobile Data and Voice solutions to fixed and mobile operators, Internet service providers, Media and Content providers and to Multinational enterprises. Its sales force is active worldwide and distributed over 39 countries.

Find out more about Telecom Italia Sparkle at www.tisparkle.com or www.world.tisparkle.com

For more info on Sicily Hub please check www.tisparkle.com/default.aspx?Lang=ENG&idPage=2509

SOURCE

Telecom Italia Sparkle S.p.A. (TI Sparkle)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 March 2015

FCO Press Release: Kenya Travel Advice Update


 

FCO Press Release: Kenya Travel Advice Update

 

LONDON, United-Kingdom, March 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The UK has updated its travel advice for Kenya, extending advice against all but essential travel for the coast.

 

The FCO has updated its travel advice to Kenya, adding advice against all but essential travel to:

 

•    Within 15km of the coast from the Tana River down to and including Tiwi

This means the FCO now advises against all but essential travel to the coast from Tiwi (just south of Mombasa) all the way up to the border with Somalia. This area includes Mombasa Island, Moi International Airport (Mombasa Airport), Malindi, Kilifi and Watamu but does not include Diani. Full travel advice to Kenya and a map can be found on the FCO website.

 

Our travel advice for other parts of the country, beyond the coast, has not changed. The vast majority of Kenya falls outside of our advice against all but essential travel. This includes Kenya’s safari destinations in the national parks, reserves and wildlife conservancies; including the Aberdare National Park, Amboseli, Laikipia, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, Meru, Mount Kenya, Samburu, Shimba Hills, Tsavo.

 

The Travel Advice now reads:

 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to

•    areas within 60km of the Kenya-Somali border

•    Garissa County

•    the Eastleigh area of Nairobi

•    Lamu County and those areas of Tana River County north of the Tana river itself

•    Within 15km of the coast from the Tana River down to and including Tiwi (this area includes Mombasa Island, Moi International Airport, Malindi, Kilifi and Watamu)

If you’re currently in an area to which we now advise against all but essential travel you should consider whether you have an essential reason to remain. If not, you should leave the area.

 

The UK has a responsibility to inform British citizens of the potential threats aimed at both Kenya and the international community. Our travel advice solely reflects our objective assessment of the security position. It is kept under constant review.

 

Terrorism represents a shared threat and requires a shared response. The UK provides an extensive and ongoing programme of counter-terrorism assistance to the Kenyan Government, and is working closely with the Kenyan security agencies to counter this shared threat through assistance on investigating, prosecuting and detaining terrorists in line with international Human Rights standards.

 

SOURCE 

United Kingdom – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 March 2015

Solidaridad del Papa con las familias de Iraq y Nigeria


 

Solidaridad del Papa con las familias de Iraq y Nigeria

 

VATICAN, Holy See, March 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — La solicitud del Papa es constante por la situación de las familias cristianas y de otros grupos que son víctimas de la expulsión de sus hogares y de sus pueblos, en particular en la ciudad de Mosul y en la llanura de Nínive, muchas de las cuales se han refugiado en la región autónoma del Kurdistán iraquí. El Santo Padre reza por ellas y espera que regresen y reanuden su vida en las tierras que son suyas y en los lugares donde, durante siglos, han vivido y establecido relaciones de buena convivencia con todos.

En Semana Santa, que ya está muy cerca, estas familias comparten con Cristo la injusta violencia de la que son víctimas y participan en el dolor de Jesús. Para estar a su lado, el cardenal Fernando Filoni regresa a Iraq en señal de cercanía, de afecto y de unión en la oración con ellas.

Las familias de la diócesis de Roma, unidas a su obispo en los sentimientos de cercanía y solidaridad con las de Iraq, a través de una colecta especial en las parroquias, les mandan un dulce pascual (colomba, ”paloma”) para compartir la alegría de la Pascua y como deseo de bien basado en la fe en la resurrección de Cristo.

El Santo Padre, además, se hace presente de forma concreta con un signo de solidaridad tangible. Y, no olvidándose de los sufrimientos de las familias en el norte de Nigeria, les envia tambien, a través de la Conferencia Episcopal local un igual signo de solidaridad.

 

SOURCE 

Vatican Information Service (VIS)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 March 2015

Solidarité du pape avec les familles d’Irak et du Nigeria


 

Solidarité du pape avec les familles d’Irak et du Nigeria

 

VATICAN, Saint-Siège, 27 mars 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ La sollicitude du Pape est constante pour la situation des familles chrétiennes et des autres groupes victimes de l’expulsion de leurs maisons et de leurs villages, en particulier dans la ville de Mossoul et la plaine de Ninive, dont nombre desquels s’étaient réfugiés dans la région autonome du Kurdistan irakien. Le Pape prie pour eux et souhaite qu’ils puissent revenir et reprendre leur vie sur les terres et dans les lieux où, pendant des centaines d’années, ils ont vécu et tissé des relations de bonne coexistence avec tous. Au cours de la Semaine sainte désormais proche, ces familles partageront avec le Christ la violence injuste dont elles sont victimes, et participeront à la douleur du Christ lui-même. Souhaitant être proche de ces familles, le Cardinal Fernando Filoni retourne en Irak en signe de proximité, d’affection, et d’union de prière avec eux. Les familles du diocèse de Rome, unies à leur évêque par les sentiments de proximité et de solidarité avec ces familles, grâce à une collecte spéciale dans les paroisses, leur envoient un dessert italien pascal (la colombe) pour partager la joie de Pâques et leurs v?ux sur la foi en la Résurrection du Christ. Le Saint-Père participe aussi concrètement avec un signe tangible de solidarité. Pour ne pas oublier la souffrance des familles du nord du Nigeria, le Souverain Pontife leur a aussi envoyé, via la Conférence épiscopale, un signe de solidarité.

 

SOURCE 

Vatican Information Service (VIS)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 March 2015

Pope Expresses Solidarity with Families in Iraq and Nigeria


 

Pope Expresses Solidarity with Families in Iraq and Nigeria

 

VATICAN, Holy See, March 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Pope Francis has a constant concern for the situation of Christian families and other groups of victims who have been expelled from their homes and villages, particularly in the city of Mosul and the Nineveh plains, many of whom have taken refuge in the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. The Pope prays for them and hopes they can return and resume their lives in the lands and places where they have lived and built good relationships for hundreds of years.

In this coming Holy Week, these families are sharing together with Christ the unjust violence of which they have been made victims, participating in the suffering of Christ himself.

In a desire to be close to these families, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, is returning to Iraq as a sign of nearness, affection, and unity in prayer with them.

The families of the Diocese of Rome, united with their bishop in the feeling of nearness and solidarity with these families, through a special collection in the parishes, are sending the traditional Easter cakes in the shape of a dove (colomba cake) to share the joy of Easter and as a herald of good based on the faith in the Resurrection of Christ.

The Holy Father, moreover, makes himself present in a concrete way with a tangible sign of solidarity. Not wanting to forget the suffering of the families in northern Nigeria either, he has also sent a similar sign of solidarity through the local Bishops Conference.

 

SOURCE 

Vatican Information Service (VIS)


Expectativas da DHL para África: projeções para 2015

A DHL prevê que 2015 seja um ano de crescimento para a indústria logística no continente africano

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, March 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ De acordo com as projeções do crescimento económico para a África Subsariana (ASS) de 4,9%(1) no ano corrente, o dobro da projeção para economias avançadas (2,4%1), a DHL ASS (http://www.dpdhl.com) prevê que 2015 seja um ano de crescimento para a indústria logística no continente africano, motivado em grande parte pelo aumento da procura dos consumidores e pelo rápido desenvolvimento da indústria do comércio eletrónico.

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(Charles Brewer, Diretor-Geral da DHL Express ASS)

Isto de acordo com Charles Brewer, Diretor-Geral da DHL Express ASS, que comentou sobre os resultados anuais do Deutsche Post DHL Group divulgados em março. O DPDHL Group fechou o ano de 2014 com receitas de 56,6 mil milhões de euros, um aumento de 3,1% comparativamente a 2013. Brewer diz que a maior atenção dedicada ao comércio eletrónico e aos mercados emergentes, incluindo o africano, fez com que o grupo conseguisse obter um aumento de volume e receitas em 2014.

Um novo relatório da yStats.com(2) revelou que, apesar do atraso de África em relação a outras regiões no desenvolvimento de infraestruturas online, as vendas diretas entre empresas e consumidores crescerão para valores de dois dígitos na ordem dos milhares de milhões de euros, nos próximos três anos.

Brewer diz que, como tal, uma das prioridades para a DHL Express África Subsariana em 2015 é continuar a reforçar a conectividade, tanto no continente como a nível global. Esta estratégia será crucial para acompanhar o crescimento do mercado do comércio eletrónico no continente e ajudar a promovê-lo.

“O mercado de comércio eletrónico entre empresas e consumidores em África está em expansão, fruto do desenvolvimento e acessibilidade dos meios tecnológicos no continente. Já não são apenas as grandes empresas que precisam de recorrer à logística e a serviços de entregas, mas também os consumidores privados e as pequenas empresas. O nosso objetivo é desenvolver as infraestruturas necessárias em África para tornar o mercado global mais acessível. A estratégia de expansão agressiva fez crescer a nossa presença no comércio a retalho de 300 para 3800 pontos de venda em apenas três anos.”

Brewer acredita que o comércio intra-africano continuará a crescer em 2015 e continuará a superar o crescimento do grupo verificado em 2014. “Há vários blocos comerciais de sucesso que se dedicam a uma melhor interligação da região. Um bom exemplo disto é o recente progresso rápido da Comunidade da África Oriental (Quénia, Uganda, Tanzânia, Ruanda e Burundi) que está a trabalhar arduamente no desenvolvimento de uma série de áreas essenciais e que motivem o comércio. Estão, por exemplo, a trabalhar para melhorar estradas, portos, vias ferroviárias e, acima de tudo, o ambiente fronteiriço aduaneiro com a introdução recente de um visto comum para a região.” A Comunidade Económica dos Estados da África Ocidental (CEDEAO) e a Comunidade Económica Africana (CEA) são outros bons exemplos,” acrescenta Brewer.

Brewer refere as estatísticas da International Data Corporation (IDC) que preveem um comércio intra-africano mais intenso em 2015, promovido por iniciativas nas TIC como sistemas de pagamento, iniciativas de inclusão financeira e pagamentos transfronteiriços.

“Os mercados em África oferecem muitas oportunidades, mas também desafios. Infraestruturas subdesenvolvidas, a falta de ligações aéreas e inconsistências a nível aduaneiro são problemas que podem comprometer o crescimento no continente. Dito isto, a situação está a melhorar e mais países estão a reconhecer a necessidade de encontrar formas de tornar os seus mercados acessíveis e criar maiores facilidades de comércio. Continuaremos o nosso investimento agressivo e estratégia de expansão no continente, com vários melhoramentos previstos para 2015, incluindo os mais modernos scanners para smartphone para aumentar a nossa capacidade de localização.”

“Acreditamos que África é a aposta certa e que oferece oportunidades de crescimento ilimitadas. Pretendemos impulsionar este crescimento com investimentos e programas estratégicos que tornarão o mercado global mais acessível. Estamos empenhados em ligar África ao mundo e o mundo a África,” conclui Brewer.

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

Notas para o editor:

1 IMF World Economic Outlook Update – Janeiro de 2015 : https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2015/update/01/pdf/0115.pdf

2yStats.com: Africa B2C E-Commerce Market : https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/1930492/africa-b2c-e-commerce-market-2015.html

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

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DHL – A empresa de logística para o mundo

A DHL (http://www.dpdhl.com) é a marca líder mundial na indústria logística. A família de divisões da DHL oferece um portefólio de serviços de logística sem rival, desde a entrega nacional e internacional de encomendas, expresso internacional, transporte rodoviário, aéreo e marítimo até gestão de cadeias de abastecimento industrial. Com 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.

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Deutsche Post DHL


Attentes de DHL pour l’Afrique : Perspectives pour 2015

DHL s’attend à ce que 2015 soit une année de croissance pour le secteur logistique sur le continent africain

JOHANNESBURG, Afrique du Sud, 27 mars 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Conformément à la croissance économique prévisionnelle de l’Afrique subsaharienne (ASS) estimée à 4,9 %1 cette année, soit deux fois plus que celle des économies avancées (2,4 %)(1), DHL Afrique subsaharienne (http://www.dpdhl.com) s’attend à ce que 2015 soit une année de croissance pour le secteur logistique sur le continent africain. Cette croissance devrait être fortement stimulée par l’augmentation de la demande des consommateurs et par le développement rapide du secteur du commerce électronique.

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Telle est la teneur des propos qu’a tenus Charles Brewer, directeur général de DHL Express Afrique subsaharienne, alors qu’il s’exprimait sur les résultats annuels du groupe Deutsche Post DHL publiés en mars. Le groupe DPDHL a terminé l’année 2014 avec un chiffre d’affaires de 56,6 milliards d’euros, en hausse de 3,1 % par rapport à 2013. Selon lui, l’intérêt accru qu’a porté l’entreprise au commerce électronique et aux marchés émergents, notamment africains, a permis au groupe de progresser en termes de volume et de chiffre d’affaires en 2014.

Un nouveau rapport publié par yStats.com(2) a révélé que bien que l’Afrique soit en retard par rapport à d’autres régions en matière de développement de l’infrastructure en ligne, les ventes du commerce électronique de détail (B2C) devraient progresser pour se compter en milliards d’euros à deux chiffres au cours des trois prochaines années.

M. Brewer a déclaré que, dans ce contexte, l’un des principaux objectifs de DHL Afrique subsaharienne pour 2015 est de renforcer la connectivité, à la fois sur le continent et à l’échelle mondiale. Selon lui, cette démarche sera essentielle pour répondre au marché du commerce électronique qui est en plein essor sur le continent et contribuer à dynamiser la croissance.

« Le marché du commerce électronique B2C est en plein essor en Afrique en raison du développement et de l’accessibilité de la technologie sur le continent. Les grandes entreprises ne sont donc plus les seules à avoir besoin d’utiliser des services de logistique et de livraison. Cela concerne également les consommateurs individuels et les petites entreprises. Notre objectif est de développer les infrastructures nécessaires en Afrique pour rendre le marché mondial plus accessible. Notre stratégie d’expansion agressive nous a permis d’augmenter notre présence sur le marché de détail de 300 à plus de 3 800 points de vente en à peine 3 ans. »

M. Brewer est convaincu que le commerce intra-africain continuera à progresser en 2015 et à améliorer la croissance enregistrée par le groupe en 2014. « Il existe plusieurs zones économiques en plein essor dont l’objectif est de mieux connecter la région. Les progrès récents et rapides enregistrés par la Communauté de l’Afrique de l’Est (Kenya, Ouganda, Tanzanie, Rwanda et Burundi) illustrent bien cette évolution. Les États membres de la CAE travaillent d’arrache-pied pour développer un certain nombre de zones critiques et de stimulation des échanges, afin par exemple d’améliorer les infrastructures routières, portuaires et ferroviaires, et surtout l’environnement frontalier des douanes. Ces États ont en outre récemment instauré un visa commun pour la région. La Communauté économique des États de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (CEDEAO) et la Communauté économique africaine (CEA) sont d’autres excellents exemples », ajoute Charles Brewer.

M. Brewer renvoie aux statistiques d’International Data Corporation (IDC), qui prévoient un resserrement du commerce intra-africain en 2015, encouragé par des initiatives TIC telles que des systèmes de paiement, des initiatives d’inclusion financière et des paiements transfrontaliers.

« Si les marchés au sein de l’Afrique offrent de nombreuses opportunités, ils représentent également des défis. Le sous-développement des infrastructures, le manque de connectivité aérienne et les incohérences douanières sont autant de problèmes très concrets susceptibles de freiner la croissance sur le continent. Ceci dit, la situation s’améliore, et un nombre croissant de pays reconnaissent qu’il leur faut trouver des moyens de rendre leurs marchés accessibles et plus ouverts à la réalisation d’affaires commerciales. Nous allons poursuivre notre stratégie d’investissement et d’expansion agressive sur le continent, avec plusieurs améliorations prévues pour 2015, telles que des scanners de smartphones de pointe pour améliorer nos capacités de suivi. »

« Nous sommes fermement convaincus que l’Afrique est l’endroit où il faut être et qu’elle offre des opportunités de croissance infinies. Notre objectif est d’encourager cette croissance grâce à des investissements et des programmes stratégiques pour rendre le marché mondial plus accessible. Nous nous engageons à connecter l’Afrique au monde et le monde à l’Afrique », conclut M. Brewer.

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

Note à la rédaction :

(1)  FMI Mise à jour des Perspectives de l’économie mondiale – Janvier 2015 : https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2015/update/01/pdf/0115.pdf

(2)  yStats.com : Africa B2C E-Commerce Market : https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/1930492/africa-b2c-e-commerce-market-2015.html

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DHL – Le Groupe de Transport et Logistique Mondial

DHL (http://www.dpdhl.com) est la première marque mondiale du secteur de la logistique. Le groupe de divisions de DHL offre un portefeuille inégalé de services logistiques, qu’il s’agisse de la livraison de paquets nationaux et internationaux, de courrier express international, du transport routier, aérien et maritime ou de la gestion de la chaîne d’approvisionnement industriel. Avec 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.

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Deutsche Post DHL


 

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL TO HOLD SPECIAL SESSION ON TERRORIST ATTACKS, ABUSES AND VIOLATIONS COMMITTED BY BOKO HARAM

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Human Rights Council will hold its twenty-third special session on Wednesday, 1 April 2015, “in light of the terrorist attacks and human rights abuses and violations committed by the terrorist group Boko Haram”.

 

The special session will start at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, 1 April in Room XX at the Palais des Nations. The meeting will be webcast live at webtv.un.org.

 

The President of the Human Rights Council received a letter on 26 March by the Permanent Mission of Algeria, on behalf of the African Group in Geneva, containing the request to convene the special session.

 

In order for a special session to be convened, the support of one-third of the Council – 16 or more – is required. This request was thus far supported by the following States Members of the Council (20): Algeria, Botswana, Brazil, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Russian Federation, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Venezuela.

 

The request was also supported by the following observer States (four): Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Djibouti and Mozambique. The list of signatories remains open up to the holding of the special session.

 

In connection with the special session, the Human Rights Council will hold an organisational meeting on Monday, 30 March, at 3 p.m. in Room XX. This meeting is also open to the media.

 

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UNITED NATIONS


 

LE CONSEIL DES DROITS DE L’HOMME TIENDRA UNE SESSION EXTRAORDINAIRE SUR LES VIOLATIONS COMMISES PAR LE GROUPE TERRORISTE BOKO HARAM (1ER AVRIL)

 

GENEVE, Suisse, 27 mars 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Le Conseil des droits de l’homme tiendra sa vingt-troisième session extraordinaire le mercredi 1er avril 2015, «à la lumière des attaques terroristes et des violations des droits de l’homme commises par le groupe terroriste Boko Haram».

 

La session extraordinaire se tiendra à partir de 9 heures le mercredi 1er avril en salle XX du Palais des Nations. La réunion sera retransmise en direct sur webtv.un.org.

 

Le Président du Conseil de droits de l’homme a reçu une lettre le 26 mars de la part de la Mission permanente de l’Algérie, au nom du Groupe africain à Genève, dans laquelle figure la demande de convocation de la session extraordinaire.

 

La demande a reçu à ce jour le soutien de 20 États membres du Conseil: Afrique du Sud, Algérie, Botswana, Brésil, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Éthiopie, Fédération de Russie, France, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Maroc, Namibie, Nigéria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Sierra Leone et Venezuela. La convocation d’une session extraordinaire du Conseil exige le soutien d’au moins 16 États membres.

 

La demande est également appuyée, à ce jour, par les quatre États observateurs suivants: Cameroun, Djibouti, Mozambique et République centrafricaine.

 

La liste des signataires reste ouverte jusqu’à la tenue de la session extraordinaire.

 

Dans le cadre de la session extraordinaire, le Conseil des droits de l’homme tiendra une réunion d’organisation le lundi 30 Mars, à 15 heures, en salle XX. Cette réunion est également ouverte à la presse.

 

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NATIONS UNIES


La Chine et l’Afrique étudient des axes de coopération pour des soins de santé accessibles à tous

Les hauts responsables chinois et africains de la santé appellent à renforcer le partenariat pour une couverture médicale universelle et l’accès aux médicaments essentiels

PEKIN, Chine, 27 mars 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Plus de 350 hauts responsables de la santé de Chine et d’Afrique, dont des représentants des gouvernements, des universitaires ainsi que des représentants du secteur privé et d’organisations internationales, se sont réunis cette semaine à Pékin dans le cadre de la 5e Table ronde internationale sino-africaine sur la coopération pour la santé. Cette rencontre visait à explorer les moyens de tirer parti des ressources et des expériences des deux pays pour favoriser le développement en matière de santé.

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Aujourd’hui, les participants ont publié Les Recommandations Stratégiques de Beijing, un document qui présente dans les grandes lignes la manière dont la coopération intercontinentale peut être renforcée afin de parvenir à un impact durable, tout en mettant l’accent sur le thème de la contribution à la couverture médicale universelle et du développement de l’accès aux médicaments essentiels.

S’appuyant sur des décennies d’efforts communs dans le domaine de la santé, ce document appelle à un approfondissement du dialogue entre les acteurs chinois, africains et internationaux, à l’accroissement des investissements dans le secteur de la santé et à un alignement sur les stratégies régionales et nationales africaines. Les recommandations soulignent les différents engagements pris, notamment en matière de couverture médicale universelle (CMU) et d’accès à des médicaments et vaccins sûrs et de qualité, ainsi que la nécessité d’accroître la responsabilisation des gouvernements en améliorant la surveillance et l’évaluation.

« La coopération entre la Chine et l’Afrique en matière de santé remonte à plus de 50 ans. Notre partenariat avec l’Afrique met l’accent sur une coopération mutuellement bénéfique qui réponde aux besoins des pays africains tout en apportant une contribution au secteur de la santé et au développement chinois », déclare Ren Minghui, directeur général du Département pour la coopération internationale auprès de la Commission nationale chinoise pour la planification familiale et sanitaire (NHFPC). « Grâce à ses avancées dans la recherche et le développement ainsi que dans la production de médicaments et de vaccins de grande qualité à faible coût, la Chine a un rôle unique à jouer pour soutenir les progrès du secteur de la santé en Afrique. Ces innovations vitales représentent une formidable occasion d’avoir un impact positif sur les pays en développement. »

La Table ronde intervient au moment où la Chine définit sa stratégie intégrée concernant d’autres pays en voie de développement pour les cinq à dix années à venir. Cette rencontre fournit un cadre pour des consultations de haut niveau entre la Chine et l’Afrique sur des priorités spécifiques de santé présentant un intérêt mutuel. Cette coopération constitue un complément important aux investissements réalisés par les gouvernements africains et aux aides des donateurs traditionnels. Elle reflète par ailleurs le développement de la coopération Sud-Sud dans un certain nombre de secteurs.

« Plus que jamais, les pays africains et la Chine ont la possibilité de travailler ensemble sur des questions allant du contrôle des maladies infectieuses à des systèmes de santé solides et durables », indique S.E. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, Commissaire aux affaires sociales de l’Union Africaine. « Alors que nous mettons à profit les progrès réalisés à travers le continent et que nous œuvrons pour atteindre nos objectifs de santé pour l’après-2015, la coopération internationale avec des pays tels que la Chine peut amplifier l’impact des investissements des pays africains. »

Faisant écho aux engagements pris par la Chine et les gouvernements africains dans la Déclaration de Pékin de 2013, la table ronde a jeté un nouvel éclairage sur la recherche de stratégies efficaces pour parvenir à une couverture médicale universelle et pour garantir à tous l’accès aux services de santé dont ils ont besoin, à des prix abordables. Les participants ont discuté des stratégies novatrices pour une CMU dans plusieurs pays africains ainsi que de la réforme de santé publique chinoise. Ils ont par ailleurs exploré de nouvelles pistes pour parvenir à une couverture universelle.

Les participants ont également abordé d’autres domaines susceptibles de bénéficier considérablement d’une coopération entre la Chine et l’Afrique. Les présentations se sont concentrées par exemple sur l’élargissement de l’accès aux fournitures de santé, notamment par le biais de partenariats public-privé et d’accords de transfert de technologie. Une séance spéciale a en outre été dédiée à la vaccination, reconnaissant le rôle croissant de la Chine en tant que fournisseur mondial de vaccins et son récent engagement d’un montant de 5 millions de dollars US en faveur de Gavi, l’Alliance pour les vaccins. Sur fond d’épidémie d’Ebola, les discussions ont porté sur les systèmes de santé et le développement des capacités africaines en matière de santé publique. La Chine a contribué à hauteur de 120 millions de dollars US à la lutte contre Ebola et a déployé près de 1 000 professionnels de santé dans les zones touchées.

« La Chine dispose de l’expérience et des capacités pour être un partenaire clé de l’Afrique dans ses efforts pour développer l’accès aux soins médicaux, et fournir des médicaments et vaccins vitaux à ceux qui sont dans le besoin », indique Mark Suzman, président de la division Politique mondiale, plaidoyer et programmes pays de la Fondation Bill et Melinda Gates. « Nous sommes ravis de travailler en étroite coopération avec la Chine et les pays africains afin d’identifier des solutions pour la santé et le développement susceptibles d’améliorer la vie de millions de personnes. La Table ronde est une composante essentielle de nos efforts pour définir des priorités communes en matière de collaboration, en veillant à ce que les besoins et les capacités de tous les partenaires soient pris en compte dans les stratégies à venir. »

La Table ronde et les recommandations stratégiques prépareront le terrain pour le forum ministériel sino-africain sur le développement de la santé, qui s’inscrit dans le cadre du Forum sur la coopération sino-africaine (FOCAC), qui se tiendra dans le courant de l’année.

« Cette rencontre nous offre la possibilité de partager nos expériences, de discuter de nouvelles formes de coopération et de fixer une ligne de conduite commune pour l’avenir. Les recommandations stratégiques publiées aujourd’hui serviront de base aux prochains entretiens entre les ministres de la Santé et contribueront à orienter l’engagement bilatéral liant la Chine et les pays africains en matière de santé », déclare Cheng Feng, professeur au Centre de recherche pour la santé publique de l’université Tsinghua et coprésident de la Table ronde.

Cet événement est organisé conjointement par le Centre de recherche pour la santé publique de l’université Tsinghua et par la Chambre de commerce chinoise pour l’importation et l’exportation de médicaments et de produits de santé, qui relève du ministère du Commerce.

La réunion a été planifiée par un groupe de travail comprenant des représentants de la NHFPC, du ministère du Commerce, de l’Alliance chinoise pour la recherche en coopération Sud-Sud dans le domaine de la santé, des ambassades d’Éthiopie et d’Afrique du Sud à Pékin, de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS), du Fonds des Nations Unies pour l’enfance (UNICEF), du programme commun des Nations Unies sur le VIH/SIDA (ONUSIDA), du Fonds des Nations Unies pour la population (UNFPA), de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour le développement industriel (ONUDI), du Département du Royaume-Uni pour le développement international (DFID), de l’Agence des États-Unis pour le développement international (USAID) et de la Fondation Bill et Melinda Gates.

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour Global Health Strategies (GHS).

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China, Africa Explore Opportunities for Collaboration on Health Care for All

Chinese and African global health leaders call for strengthened partnership around universal health coverage and access to essential medicines

BEIJING, China, March 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ More than 350 health leaders from China and Africa — including government officials, academics, and representatives from the private sector and international organizations — convened in Beijing this week at the 5th International Roundtable on China-Africa Health Collaboration. The meeting explored how Chinese and African resources and experiences can be leveraged to mutually support greater health development.

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Today, meeting participants officially published the Beijing Policy Recommendations, a document outlining how intercontinental cooperation can be strengthened to drive sustainable impact, with a focus on the theme, “Contributing to Universal Health Coverage, Expanding Access to Essential Medicines.”

Drawing on decades of joint health efforts, the Policy Recommendations called for deepened dialogue between Chinese, African and international stakeholders, increased investments in health, and alignment with African regional and national strategies. The Recommendations emphasized commitments to a variety of issues including universal health coverage (UHC) and access to safe, high-quality drugs and vaccines, as well as the need for improved government accountability through better monitoring and evaluation.

“China and Africa have a long history of health cooperation going back more than 50 years. Our partnership with Africa is focused on mutually beneficial collaboration that meets the needs of African countries while also contributing to China’s health and development,” said Dr. Ren Minghui, Director General of the Department of International Cooperation at China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC). “China has a unique role to play in supporting Africa’s health progress, thanks to our advances in R&D and production of high-quality, low-cost medicines and vaccines. These lifesaving innovations have tremendous opportunity to make a positive impact in the developing world.”

The Roundtable comes at a crucial time, as China develops its integrated strategy toward other developing countries for the next 5-10 years. The meeting provides a platform for high-level consultation between China and Africa on specific health priorities of mutual interest. China-Africa collaboration on health is an important complement to investments made by African governments and aid from traditional donors, and reflects growing South-South cooperation in a number of sectors.

“More than ever before, African countries and China have the opportunity to work together on issues ranging from infectious disease control to strong, sustainable health systems,” said H.E. Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, Commissioner of Social Affairs of the African Union. “As we build on progress made across the continent and work to achieve our post-2015 health goals, international cooperation with countries like China can amplify investments being made by African countries for greater impact.”

Building on commitments made by China and African governments in the 2013 Beijing Declaration, the Roundtable focused new attention on exploring effective tactics to achieve universal health coverage, and ensuring that all people are able to obtain the health services they need without falling into poverty. Participants reflected on innovative policies for UHC in several African countries, as well as China’s domestic health reform, and explored new paths for making universal coverage a reality.

Meeting participants also discussed a cross-section of other issues in which China and African cooperation have unique potential to make an impact. For example, presentations focused on increasing access to health commodities, including through public-private joint ventures and technology transfer agreements. A special session was also held on immunization, recognizing China’s growing role as a worldwide supplier of vaccines and its recent $5 million USD commitment to Gavi, the vaccine alliance. The Ebola outbreak provided context for conversations on health systems and building African health capacity. China provided $120 million USD in Ebola aid and deployed nearly 1,000 medical workers to affected areas.

“China has the experience and capacity to be a key partner in African efforts to expand health access and provide life-saving medicines and vaccines to those in need,” said Mark Suzman, President of Global Policy, Advocacy, and Country Programs for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “We’re excited to be working closely with China and African countries to identify and invest in health and development solutions that have the potential to improve the lives of millions of people. The Roundtable is an important part of our ongoing efforts to identify shared priorities for collaboration, ensuring that all partners’ needs and capacities are reflected in future policies.”

The Roundtable and the Policy Recommendations will lay the groundwork for the Ministerial Forum of China-Africa Health Development, part of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), to be held later this year.

“This meeting is an opportunity for us to share expertise, discuss new forms of cooperation and chart a common course forward. The policy recommendations released today will inform upcoming conversations between health ministers and will help shape the future of China and African countries’ bilateral engagement on health,” said Professor Cheng Feng from the Tsinghua University Research Center for Public Health, who is the co-chair of the Roundtable.

The Roundtable is co-hosted by the Tsinghua University Research Center for Public Health and the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Medicines and Health Products (CCCMHPIE) under the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM).

Planning of the meeting was run by a Task Force that included representation from NHFPC, MOFCOM, the China Alliance for South-South Health Cooperation Research, the Ethiopian and South African Embassies in Beijing, the World Health Organization (WHO), U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Joint U.N. Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), U.N. Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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IMF Mission Commends Seychelles’ Macroeconomic Performance, Encourages Reforms to Safeguard Progress

 

VICTORIA, Mahe, March 26, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff mission led by Marshall Mills visited Victoria from March 11-26, 2015 to conduct the 2015 Article IV consultation discussions and assess performance under the second review of the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) Arrangement with Seychelles.1

At the conclusion of the visit, Mr. Mills issued the following statement:

“The resilience of the Seychellois economy continues to strengthen, with an improvement in the external sector starting late last year. The strong fiscal position kept public debt on track to fall below 50 percent of GDP by 2018. Monetary policy targets were tightened significantly in the fourth quarter of last year in response to exchange rate depreciation (11 percent against a trade-weighted basket of currencies) and the inflationary pressures anticipated as a result. The authorities successfully met all but one of their quantitative program targets for end-December 2014. The targets for the fiscal primary surplus and increase in international reserves were surpassed comfortably last year, boosting the resilience of the economy. The reserve money ceiling was exceeded by a very small margin, which was later corrected.

“By December, the balance of payments pressures had largely abated following the monetary tightening, the dampening impact of the depreciation on imports, and positive external developments, notably the fall in fuel prices and a partial recovery in tourism. Estimated growth last year reached 3.3 percent, slightly higher than expected, while end-year inflation was 0.5 percent (year-on-year). Inflation subsequently ticked up to 3.7 percent in February 2015, as expected. The external stabilization demonstrated the appropriateness of the authorities’ policy response and the importance of continuing exchange rate flexibility.

“The outlook for 2015 remains positive. The current account deficit is expected to contract as imports fall with both lower demand and lower fuel and commodity prices. Although the weak Euro is putting some pressure on yields, tourism arrivals are rising moderately, and growth is projected at 3.5 percent, higher than previously expected. The primary surplus targeted by the budget remains attainable and appropriate. Continued tight monetary policy is needed to rein in inflationary pressures and help moderate rapid credit growth; end-year inflation is expected to come in under 5 percent. International reserves are expected to rise modestly in 2015, maintaining adequate import coverage. The Central Bank of Seychelles stands ready to adjust policies in light of developments.

“The medium-term outlook is upbeat, following Seychelles’ strides since the 2008 debt crisis, but challenges remain. Seychelles’ highly open economy is inherently vulnerable to external shocks, while some deep-rooted structural weaknesses have not yet been fully addressed. Continued public debt reduction underpins the growing resilience of the economy, while the increasingly forward-looking monetary policy framework and strong international reserve position will reinforce confidence.

“Like many small middle-income economies, sustaining rapid growth and achieving high-income status in Seychelles will require continuing structural reforms that enhance competitiveness and reduce risks. Staff welcomed measures to foster an environment conducive to private sector led growth and encouraged further measures. Noting the weak operating results of certain public enterprises, staff stressed the burden and risks that they can pose to the public finances. Staff highlighted that safeguarding the hard-won economic gains of the past six years requires strengthening the governance and oversight of public enterprises, including ensuring a focus on core mandates, minimizing risk to the public finances from any new mandates, and preserving the space for private sector development.

“The mission met with His Excellency President James Michel, Vice President Danny Faure, Minister of Finance, Trade, and the Blue Economy Jean Paul Adam, and Governor of the Central Bank of Seychelles Caroline Abel, as well other members of government, members of the National Assembly, and representatives of the private sector and civil society.

“Staff expects the IMF Executive Board to discuss the completion of the review in June. The mission appreciates the high-quality discussions and thanks the authorities for their hospitality, as well as the open and constructive dialogue.”

1 The Extended Fund Facility under the Extended Arrangement is an instrument of the IMF designed for countries facing serious medium-term balance of payments problems because of structural weaknesses that require time to address. Assistance under the extended facility features longer program engagement—to help countries implement medium-term structural reforms—and a longer repayment period. (See http://www.imf.org/external/np/exr/facts/eff.htm). Details on Seychelles’ current arrangement are available at http://www.imf.org/seychelles

 

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International Monetary Fund (IMF)


 

The African Union calls for the universalization and full implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, March 26, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Today marks the 40th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction. The Convention imposes a total ban on the development, production and stockpiling of biological weapons, and calls for the fullest possible exchange of equipment, materials and scientific and technological information for the use of bacteriological (biological) agents and toxins for peaceful purposes.

 

The Chairperson of the Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, emphasizes the contribution of the Convention’s national implementation measures to strengthening public health, particularly those relating to training and capacity building, improving bio-safety and bio-security, and enhancing capacities for surveillance and detection of disease outbreaks. She stresses that these measures will contribute to the improvement of the response to disease outbreaks.

 

In this regard, the Chairperson of the Commission stresses the importance of enhancing international cooperation, assistance and exchange in biological sciences and technology for peaceful purposes, calling on Member States and international partners to promote capacity building in the fields of training and education, disease surveillance, detection, diagnosis, and containment of communicable diseases. Referring to the recent Ebola virus disease outbreak, she stresses the critical need for such effective cooperation under the Convention, emphasizing that in an increasingly interconnected world, such outbreaks poses a threat not only to health but also to regional economy and security.

 

The Chairperson of the Commission seizes this opportunity to call on Member States that have not yet done so to ratify and accede to the Convention without further delay. She further calls on all Member States to implement the necessary national measures in compliance with its provisions. She stresses the importance of such measures for the strengthening of the effectiveness and authority of the Convention, as well as for the transparency, confidence-building measures and non-proliferation assurances they are meant to provide.

 

The Chairperson of the Commission reiterates the Commission’s continued commitment, within the framework of the Common African Defence and Security Policy adopted by the 2nd Extraordinary Session of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government, held in Sirte, Libya, on 28 February 2004, to support Member States in effectively implementing their obligations pursuant to the Convention and in fully taking advantage of the benefits of the peaceful applications of life sciences and biotechnology.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


 

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Former South African President Thabo Mbeki

 

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Vice President Biden called the Chairperson of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and South Sudan and former President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki today to discuss Sudan. Vice President Biden thanked President Mbeki for his leadership and his efforts to bring the many Sudanese groups together, and the two discussed the importance of establishing one nation-wide approach to ending the conflicts in Sudan. Vice President Biden and President Mbeki discussed the urgent need for continued pressure on the Sudanese government and opposition leaders, as well as civil society groups, to begin the process of a national dialogue. The Vice President emphasized that African Union leadership will be crucial to promoting inclusive governance, ensuring respect for human rights, and urgently bringing the conflicts in Blue Nile, Southern Kordofan, and Darfur to a peaceful end. They agreed to continue closely coordinating African Union and U.S. efforts.

 

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The White House


 

WCC general secretary and Ellen Margrethe Løj discuss peace process in South Sudan

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 26, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The peace process in South Sudan and efforts from churches towards reconciliation were the focus of a meeting between Ellen Margrethe Løj, special representative and head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, and Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

The meeting was held on 25 March at the WCC headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

“I have had a very useful meeting with the staff members of the World Council of Churches, where we have discussed the absence of the peace agreement in South Sudan,” shared Løj.

“A peace agreement in South Sudan is needed. And I can only encourage all parties to contribute to the achievement of a peace agreement for the benefit of the people of South Sudan,” she added.

In the meeting, the WCC general secretary highlighted the churches’ commitment towards a “just peace” in South Sudan, mentioning initiatives undertaken by the South Sudanese churches.

“We would like to confirm our commitment as the World Council of Churches to accompany the churches in the country and the South Sudan Council of Churches – as they speak on behalf of the people and call their leaders to make peace,” said Tveit.

“For us it is also important to work with the UN and see how we can take new initiatives to support churches and help in the progress of peace negotiations – something desperately needed by the churches and the people of South Sudan,” he added.

The WCC has been deeply engaged in the peace process in South Sudan. The country has suffered conflict since December 2013. The WCC has been supporting the local churches engaged in peace talks to resolve the crisis. The WCC Executive Committee issued a Minute on South Sudan in 2014 asking all the stakeholders to “recommit themselves to a sustained and long term process of reconciliation and healing, in order to build confidence among citizens, restore trust and to promote peace”.

 

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World Council of Churches (WCC)


 

Attentat de Tunis – Cérémonie d’accueil des dépouilles de nos compatriotes (Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle, 26 mars 2015)

 

PARIS, France, 26 mars 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay – Déclarations du porte-parole – 26 mars 2015

 

Mme Annick Girardin, secrétaire d’État au développement et à la Francophonie, représentera le gouvernement lors de la cérémonie d’accueil organisée en l’honneur de nos trois compatriotes assassinés lors de l’attentat de Tunis, qui aura lieu aujourd’hui à 14h à l’aéroport Roissy-Charles-de Gaulle. L’Ambassadeur de Tunisie en France, M. Mohamed Ali Chihi, y participera.

 

Une des familles s’exprimera devant la presse à cette occasion, aux côtés de la secrétaire d’État et de l’Ambassadeur de Tunisie.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: APO | 26 March 2015

DHL expectations for Africa: 2015 outlook


DHL expectations for Africa: 2015 outlook

DHL expects 2015 to be a year of growth for the logistics industry on the African continent

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, March 26, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ In line with Sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA) projected economic growth of 4.9%(1) this year, which is double the projection for advanced economies (2.4%)(2), DHL SSA (http://www.dpdhl.com) expects 2015 to be a year of growth for the logistics industry on the African continent, largely driven by increased consumer demand and the rapidly developing e-commerce industry.

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This is according to Charles Brewer, Managing Director of DHL Express SSA, who was commenting against the backdrop of Deutsche Post DHL Group’s full year results released in March. DPDHL Group ended 2014 with revenues of EUR 56.6 billion, up 3.1% compared to 2013. He says that the company’s increased focus on e-commerce and emerging markets, including Africa, has led the group to achieve growth in both volume and revenue in 2014.

A new report by yStats.com2 revealed that despite Africa lagging behind other regions when it comes to the development of online infrastructure, business-to-consumer (B2C) sales will grow to double-digit numbers in EUR billions in the next three years.

Brewer says that as such, a key focus for DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa in 2015 is to further strengthen connectivity, both within the continent and globally. He says that this will be crucial to meeting the growing e-commerce market on the continent, and assist in driving further growth.

“There is a growing B2C e-commerce market in Africa due to the development and accessibility of technology on the continent, so it is no longer just the larger corporations that need to make use of logistics and delivery services, but individual consumers and small businesses too. Our goal is to develop the necessary infrastructure in Africa to make the global market more accessible. Our aggressive expansion strategy has seen us grow our retail presence from 300 outlets to over 3,800 outlets in just over 3 years.”

Brewer believes that intra-African trade will continue to grow in 2015, and continue to improve on the growth witnessed by the group in 2014. “There are a number of successful trade blocs in place which focus on better connecting the region. A good example of this is the recent and rapid progress made by the East Africa Community (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi) who are working incredibly hard on developing a number of critical and trade boosting areas, for example, they are working to improve the roads, ports, rail and critically, the customs border environment and have recently introduced a common visa for the region. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and The African Economic Community (AEC) are other prime examples,” adds Brewer.

Brewer points to International Data Corporation (IDC) statistics, which predict that closer intra-Africa trade will be witnessed in 2015, promoted by ICT initiatives such as payment systems, financial inclusion initiatives, and cross-border payments.

“While markets within Africa offer numerous opportunities, there are also challenges. Underdeveloped infrastructure, lack of air connectivity and customs inconsistencies remain very real issues that can hamper growth on the continent. With that said, the situation is improving, and more countries are recognising that they need to find ways to make their markets accessible and easier to do business with. We will continue our aggressive investment and expansion strategy on the continent, with a number of planned upgrades scheduled for 2015, including state of the art smartphone scanners to further enhance our tracking capabilities.”

“We firmly believe that Africa is the place to be and that it offers unlimited growth opportunities. We aim to drive this growth with strategic investments and programs that will make the global market more accessible. We are committed to connecting Africa to the world, and the world to Africa,” concludes Brewer.

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

Notes to editor:

(1) IMF World Economic Outlook Update – January 2015: https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2015/update/01/pdf/0115.pdf

(2) yStats.com: Africa B2C E-Commerce Market: https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/1930492/africa-b2c-e-commerce-market-2015.html

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Deutsche Post DHL


 

Nigeria: At Least 1,000 Civilians Dead Since January / Urgent Need for Aid, Protection for Fleeing Civilians

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 26, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Attacks by the Islamist armed group Boko Haram killed more than 1,000 civilians in 2015, based on witness accounts and an analysis of media reports, Human Rights Watch said today. Boko Haram fighters have deliberately attacked villages and committed mass killings and abductions as their attacks have spread from northeast Nigeria into Cameroon, Chad, and Niger since February.

 

Human Rights Watch interviews in late January with people who fled Yobe, Adamawa, and Borno states in northeastern Nigeria revealed horrific levels of brutality. Since mid-2014, Boko Haram fighters have seized control of scores of towns and villages covering 17 local government areas in these northeastern states, some of which were recaptured by Nigerian and Chadian forces in March 2015.

 

“Each week that passes we learn of more brutal Boko Haram abuses against civilians,” said Mausi Segun, Nigeria researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The Nigerian government needs to make protecting civilians a priority in military operations against Boko Haram.”

 

The findings underscore the human toll of the conflict between Boko Haram and forces from from Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency says that nearly one million people have been forced to flee since the Islamist rebel group began its violent uprising in July 2009. During 2014, Human Rights Watch estimates that at least 3,750 civilians died during Boko Haram attacks in these areas. Attacks in the first quarter of 2015 have increased compared to the same period in 2014, including seven suicide bombings allegedly using women and children.

 

The group also abducted hundreds of women and girls many of whom were subjected to forced conversion, forced marriage, rape, and other abuse. Scores of young men and boys were forced to join Boko Haram’s ranks or face death, according to Human Rights Watch research. Hundreds of thousands of residents were forced to flee the area, either because Boko Haram fighters ordered them to leave or out of fear for their lives.

 

Displaced people told Human Rights Watch they had fled with only the clothes on their backs after witnessing killings and the burning of their homes and communities by Boko Haram, and in one case by Nigerian security forces.

 

“As bombs thrown up by Boko Haram started exploding around us on the hills, I saw body parts scatter in different directions,” one witness of attacks in the Gwoza hills in Borno State told Human Rights Watch in late January. “Those already weakened by starvation and thirst coughed repeatedly from the smoke of the explosions until they passed out… I escaped at night.”

 

Displaced people also described targeted burning of schools by Boko Haram, and a few instances in which government forces took over schools. Deliberate attacks on schools and other civilian structures not being used for military purposes are war crimes. Attacks on schools by Boko Haram, displacement as a result of attacks on villages, and the use of schools by Nigerian army soldiers not only damage schools but interfere with access to education for thousands of children in the northeast.

 

According to Human Rights Watch research, Nigerian security forces failed to take all feasible precautions to protect the civilian population in their military operations against Boko Haram.

 

In December, Nigerian security forces attacked and burned down the village of Mundu near a Boko Haram base in Bauchi State, witnesses told Human Rights Watch, leaving 5 civilians dead and 70 families homeless. Villagers told Human Rights Watch that Boko Haram was not present in the village when it was attacked.

 

“The soldiers were shouting in what sounded like English, which most of us did not understand,” the village leader told Human Rights Watch. “We all began running when the soldiers started shooting and setting fire to our homes and other buildings. We returned two days later to find five bodies.” The dead included an 80-year-old blind man burned in his home, a homeless woman with mental disabilities, two visitors attending a wedding in the village, and a 20-year-old man, all of whom were shot.

 

Army authorities in Abuja said they were unaware of the incident when presented with Human Rights Watch’s findings on March 11, but said they had ordered military police to investigate the claims.

 

According to media reports, between September and March, Nigerian military authorities charged and tried 307 soldiers who had been on operations in the north for “cowardice,” mutiny, and other military offenses, sentencing 70 of them to death. Human Rights Watch opposes the death penalty in all circumstances because of its inherent cruelty. No military personnel have faced prosecution for human rights abuses against civilians in the northeast.

 

“Civilians in the northeast desperately need protection from Boko Haram attacks and they should never be targeted by the very soldiers who are supposed to be defending them,” Segun said. “The military’s decision to investigate the alleged violations in Mundu is an important first step toward ensuring accountability and compensation for the victims.”

 

In January, the African Union (AU) endorsed a multinational task force comprising of troops from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger to fight Boko Haram after the insurgents increased cross border attacks into Cameroon, Niger, and Chad. The action followed attacks on numerous villages and towns in northeastern Nigeria.

 

The AU is seeking a United Nations Security Council resolution to endorse the task force. Since early March, Nigerian security forces aided by forces from Cameroon, Chad, and Niger have dislodged Boko Haram from some areas of Nigeria’s northeast.

 

The situation in Nigeria is under preliminary examination by the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor. Preliminary examination may or may not lead to the opening of an ICC investigation. The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on February 2, 2015, warned that persons inciting or engaging in acts of violence in Nigeria within the ICC’s jurisdiction are liable to prosecution by Nigerian Courts or the ICC. The ICC is a court of last resort, which intervenes only when national courts are unable or unwilling to investigate and prosecute serious crimes violating international law.

 

Nigerian authorities should ensure that the December 6 attack on Mundu is effectively investigated and that any military personnel, including commanders, responsible for human rights abuses and war crimes are held to account. War crimes by Boko Haram should be properly investigated and the perpetrators held to account in fair trials, Human Rights Watch said.

 

“The increased military effort has not made the situation for civilians in northeastern Nigeria any less desperate,” Segun said. “Without a stronger effort to protect civilians and accountability for abuses, the situation can only get worse.”

 

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Human Right Watch (HRW)


 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Nigerian Minister of Defense Aliyu Mohammed Gusau

 

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice met today with Defense Minister Aliyu Mohammed Gusau of Nigeria. Ambassador Rice noted Nigeria’s upcoming presidential elections on March 28, and, echoing President Obama’s message to the Nigerian people earlier this week, she underscored the importance of a transparent, free, fair, and inclusive electoral process without violence. She also highlighted the critical need for the Nigerian security forces to remain apolitical while providing election security. Additionally, Ambassador Rice noted recent progress Nigeria and its neighbors have achieved in the campaign against Boko Haram. She reaffirmed the United States’ support for a regional campaign to counter the terrorist group while respecting human rights and addressing the underlying causes of Boko Haram’s founding and territorial expansion. Ambassador Rice reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to continue to support Nigeria and its regional partners in their efforts to end Boko Haram’s deplorable violence, protect civilians, and restore security throughout the Lake Chad Basin region.

 

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The White House

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 26 March 2015

France / Déplacement du Président de la République à Tunis


 

France / Déplacement du Président de la République à Tunis

 

PARIS, France, 26 mars 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le Président de la République se rendra dimanche 29 mars à Tunis pour participer à la « grande marche républicaine contre le terrorisme » organisée par les autorités tunisiennes, à l’invitation du Président Béji Caïd Essebsi, à la suite de l’attentat terroriste qui a eu lieu au musée du BARDO le 18 mars.

 

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Présidence de la République française

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