Confirmation of names of British nationals repatriated from Tunisia on Friday 3 July

 

LONDON, United-Kingdom, July 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Foreign and Commonwealth Office can confirm that eight British nationals will be repatriated from Tunisia on Friday 3 July. They will arrive on a RAF C-17 aircraft into RAF Brize Norton at approximately 1500.

 

Those being repatriated are Christopher and Sharon Bell, Scott Chalkley, Sue Davey, Angie and Ray Fisher, Eileen Swannack, and John Welch.

 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office reiterates the families’ requests for privacy at this difficult time.

 

SOURCE 

United Kingdom – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 3 July 2015

IOM Combats Irregular Somali Migration with Youth Employment


 

IOM Combats Irregular Somali Migration with Youth Employment

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ In an attempt to curb irregular youth migration from Somaliland to Europe, IOM, in partnership with local authorities, has concluded a ten-day soft skills training for 40 unemployed graduate youth from Gabiley and Borama in Somalia.

 

Through the end of May this year IOM missions in Greece and Italy have tallied nearly 6,000 Somali nationals arriving as irregular migrants by sea. Most are young men who were unable to find employment in their home communities.

 

Following this intensive training and a second one coming up in a month, 60 graduates will be placed in a six-month internship programme that is designed to help them gain competitive advantage in the work place. The internship programme is also being rolled out in Puntland’s districts of Bosaso, Garowe and Galkayo targeting another 60 unemployed graduate youths.

 

“This is a step in the right direction, but future programmes need to scale up in order to meet the need on the ground. The issue of unemployed graduate youth is a national disaster that requires a massive scale up of this internship programme,” Mustafe-shine, the Regional Governor, said at the end of the training.

 

According to a soon-to-be-released IOM-Samuel Hall 2014-2015 study on youth, employment and migration in Somaliland and Puntland, unemployed youth are more likely to plan on migrating than youth who have jobs. The desire for better employment opportunities is the biggest driver of migration abroad.

 

This is corroborated by the 2012 UNDP Human Development report on Somalia that states two-thirds of youth are unemployed in Somalia, which is one of the highest rates of unemployment in the world.

 

Owing to limited funding, only 115 unemployed graduate youth in Somaliland’s various districts have participated in IOM’s internship programme since 2013. To date, 67 per cent of this group had been employed by the government institutions and private sector. IOM’s 2014-2015 study further points out a skills mismatch between youth and employers.

 

While educated youth feel entitled and empowered by their education, they are frustrated that their education does not translate into expected work opportunities. IOM has been working with local authorities and local universities to identify skill gaps in the public sector and match these gaps with the skill set of unemployed graduate youth.

 

IOM’s Migration Crises Operations programmes in Somalia are funded by the Japanese government.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)


 

Funding from Government of Italy Strengthens Psychosocial Support for Displaced in South Sudan

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ IOM has received EUR 1 million from the Government of Italy to expand the current psychosocial support for displaced communities seeking protection in UN bases in South Sudan.

 

More than a year and a half into the crisis, many South Sudanese are unable to safely return home due to renewed conflict and unpredictable security conditions. An estimated 138,600 internally displaced persons (IDPs) continue to seek protection in UN protection of civilian (PoC) sites across the country.

 

“Nineteen months into the crisis, the fighting has stretched the coping capacities of IDPs to their limits,” said IOM South Sudan Chief of Mission David Derthick. “Limited freedom of movement in – often congested – PoC sites continues to exact a toll on IDPs’ well-being.”

 

The psychosocial impact of the crisis persists, as the experience of violence, displacement and confinement across PoC sites has contributed to community-wide emotional distress.

 

To help IDPs cope with these experiences, IOM developed a psychosocial support programme in September 2014 at the PoC site in Bor, Jonglei State, where civilians bore the brunt of some of the worst of abuses of the conflict in 2013 and 2014.

 

The IOM teams offer counselling and community activities addressing the psychosocial impact of the conflict on the lives of the nearly 2,300 people at the site in Bor. The IDPs in Bor often feel trapped, as most do not venture outside of the PoC site for fear of ethnic targeting, and fear for the welfare of loved ones in conflict-affected areas.

 

The funding from the Italian government will support a one-year project on “Enhancing the Psychosocial Well-Being of IDPs and Conflict-Affected Populations.” The project is expanding psychosocial support programming in Bor, with an increased focus on youth-oriented activities and capacity building.

 

In addition, the funding enables IOM to extend the programme to support IDPs at the PoC site in Bentiu, Unity State, where an estimated 78,000 people are seeking safety. Due to the volatile security situation in Unity, the Bentiu PoC population continues to swell, with hundreds of new arrivals each day.

 

“Fear of uncertainty leads to increased stress among the IDP community,” explains Pauline Birot, IOM Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Project Officer. “With this funding, we will restore and strengthen community grassroots support mechanisms.”

 

IOM’s psychosocial support programme is community-driven and builds capacity by establishing community-based mobile teams and resource centres. IOM will also deploy a psychologist on rotation to provide more specialized services in Bor and Bentiu.

 

Humanitarian needs within South Sudan remain immense, with more than 2.1 million forced from their homes since conflict erupted in December 2013. Of the USD 1.63 billion requested in the 2015 South Sudan Humanitarian Response plan, only 41 per cent has been funded. More support is urgently needed to provide lifesaving assistance that matches the depth of humanitarian needs throughout the country.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)


 

Les réfugiés maliens en Mauritanie menacés d’une augmentation de la malnutrition suite à l’arrêt des distributions alimentaires

 

GENEVE, Suisse, 3 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ L’arrêt de la distribution mensuelle de nourriture en juillet pour 49,500 réfugiés maliens dans le camp de Mbera risque d’augmenter les taux de malnutrition aigüe, prévient l’organisation médicale humanitaire Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), qui fournit des soins médicaux et nutritionnels dans le camp. MSF appelle les bailleurs de fonds internationaux à veiller à ce que la population du camp de Mbera ait accès à une alimentation adéquate.

 

Le Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM), qui fait face à des déficits financiers, a été incapable de trouver les fonds nécessaires à la distribution générale de nourriture ce mois-ci. Le Haut-commissariat aux réfugiés (HCR), responsable de la gestion du camp, a également invoqué le manque de financement pour proposer une solution alternative afin d’empêcher une augmentation consécutive de la malnutrition.

 

Cela vient empirer une situation déjà précarisée par la réduction des rations de riz de 12 kg à 5,4 kg par personne lors de la dernière distribution en juin. Lorsque la distribution alimentaire générale avait été annulée une première fois en mars dernier, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) avait constaté une nette augmentation du nombre d’enfants malades dans ses programmes nutritionnels, passant de 30 admissions au cours du mois précédant l’annulation à 79 le mois suivant.

 

« Lorsque MSF a débuté ses activités en 2012, la malnutrition aiguë globale dans le camp était d’environ 20 pour cent », explique le Dr Mahama Gbané, coordinateur médical de MSF en Mauritanie. « Nous avons travaillé en collaboration avec des organisations comme le PAM pour ramener ce taux à environ 9 pour cent. Ce serait tragique si nous laissions la santé des personnes les plus vulnérables revenir à des niveaux catastrophiques. »

 

Ces réfugiés ont fui vers la Mauritanie en 2012 quand la guerre a embrasé le nord du Mali. Malgré la signature d’un accord de paix par certains groupes d’opposition armés maliens, les récentes attaques et pillages de villes et de villages dans le nord du pays ont confirmé qu’il faudra encore du temps avant que les réfugiés se sentent suffisamment en sécurité pour retourner chez eux. Leur survie dans le désert, où les températures atteignent 50 °C et les tempêtes de sable sont fréquentes, a depuis largement dépendu de l’aide humanitaire. Bien qu’un certain nombre d’entre eux aient réussi à conserver du bétail, les sécheresses successives ont considérablement réduit les zones de pâturage à travers le Sahel.

 

« Les réfugiés ont essayé de cultiver dans des jardins communautaires, mais la chaleur torride, les vents de sable et les insectes détruisent la plupart des plantations » raconte Maya Walet Mohamed, responsable du comité des femmes dans le camp. « Le timing de l’interruption des distributions est d’autant plus cruel que les gens jeûnent au cours de la journée pendant le mois de Ramadan. Maintenant nous n’avons presque plus de nourriture pour rompre le jeûne au coucher du soleil ».

 

Après trois années d’exil, la plupart des réfugiés ont vendu le peu qui leur restait afin d’acquérir d’autres sources de nourriture, en particulier de la viande et du lait qui constituent la base de l’alimentation des populations nomades, mais ne font pas partie des distributions du PAM. Cette ressource complémentaire s’est désormais raréfiée. Selon Maya : « Quand les animaux meurent ou perdent leur valeur à cause de la sécheresse, la situation est critique pour nous comme pour les Mauritaniens ».

 

MSF a commencé à travailler en Mauritanie en 1994. Aujourd’hui, 370 travailleurs humanitaires soutiennent le ministère de la Santé mauritanien en fournissant des services gratuits, y compris les soins primaires, la chirurgie d’urgence, les soins de santé sexuelle et reproductive dans la région sud-est du pays, précisément dans le camp de réfugiés de Mbera, dans les Centres de Santé de Bassikounou et Fassala.

 

SOURCE 

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)


 

Statement by the HR/VP Federica Mogherini on the attacks on Muslim worshippers in the north-east of Nigeria

 

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, July 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The attacks killing around 150 people in two villages in north eastern Borno state in Nigeria and targeting Muslim worshippers during the holy month of Ramadan are another attempt to destabilise the country and the region.

 

At this very moment, my thoughts go to the families of the victims. Just last month, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides provided €21 million in humanitarian aid to help displaced people in Nigeria and neighbouring countries affected by the violence of terrorist organisations.

 

The EU stands with the Nigerian people and authorities in our common fight against terrorism.

 

I am confident the Nigerian authorities will continue to fight terrorism with the utmost determination and urgency, respecting rules for engagement.

 

The EU will continue to support the country in its social and economic development, as well as to tackle urgent needs.

 

SOURCE 

European Union


 

Le ministre Nicholson condamne les attaques terroristes perpétrées tout récemment par Boko Haram au Nigéria

 

OTTAWA, Canada, 3 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ L’honorable Rob Nicholson, C.P., c.r., député fédéral de Niagara Falls et ministre des Affaires étrangères, a fait aujourd’hui la déclaration suivante :

« Le Canada condamne fermement les attaques terroristes djihadistes perpétrées tout récemment par Boko Haram dans les villes nigérianes de Munguno le 30 juin et de Maiduguri le 2 juillet.

« Au nom de tous les Canadiens, je tiens à adresser mes condoléances les plus sincères aux familles et aux amis des personnes ayant perdu la vie, et je souhaite un prompt rétablissement à celles qui ont été blessées.

« Le Canada a inscrit Boko Haram sur la liste des organisations terroristes en décembre 2013. De telles attaques ne servent qu’à renforcer notre détermination à lutter contre le terrorisme djihadiste et à poursuivre nos efforts pour protéger le droit fondamental à la liberté de religion. »

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

Minister Nicholson Condemns Boko Haram’s Latest Terrorist Attacks in Nigeria

 

OTTAWA, Canada, July 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“Canada condemns in the strongest terms Boko Haram’s latest jihadi terrorist attacks in the Nigerian towns of Monguno on June 30 and Maiduguri on July 2.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my sincere condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.

“Canada listed Boko Haram as a terrorist entity on December 2013. Attacks such as these serve only to strengthen our resolve to fight jihadi terrorism and work toward upholding the fundamental right to religious freedom.”

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 3 July 2015

Security Council press statement on Terrorist attack in Mali


 

Security Council press statement on Terrorist attack in Mali

 

NEW YORK, July 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack against a convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on 2 July 2015, in the region of Timbuktu, during which six Burkinabe peacekeepers were killed and others injured.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences to the families of the victims of this attack, as well as to the Government and people of Burkina Faso.

 

The members of the Security Council called on the Government of Mali to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice and stressed that those responsible for the attack should be held accountable. The members of the Security Council underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law.

 

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

 

The members of the Security Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.

 

The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support to MINUSMA and the French forces that support it. They reiterated their strong support for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali, Mr Mongi Hamdi, and for MINUSMA to assist the Malian authorities and the Malian people in their efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to their country, including through MINUSMA’s support to the implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, and paid tribute to the peacekeepers who risk their lives in this respect.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 3 July 2015

Canada Condemns Breakdown of Democracy in Burundi


 

Canada Condemns Breakdown of Democracy in Burundi

 

OTTAWA, Canada, July 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie and M.P. for Mégantic–l’Érable, today made the following statement:

“Canada cannot recognize the legitimacy of elections imposed by the Burundian authorities. The climate of intimidation, violence and fear imposed by the ruling party undermines any credibility in these elections. It is important to give the Burundian authorities a clear message: a forced vote is a stolen vote.

“Canada is alarmed by a level of political violence in Burundi not seen since the end of the civil war and the beginning of the very first mandate of the current government in 2005. President Pierre Nkurunziza’s actions threaten to ruin a decade of peace.

“We stand with the people of Burundi and call on the Burundian authorities to uphold the rights of their citizens and to resolve the ongoing tensions peacefully, thus demonstrating their commitment to freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.”

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 3 July 2015

Le Canada condamne la rupture de la démocratie au Burundi


 

Le Canada condamne la rupture de la démocratie au Burundi

 

OTTAWA, Canada, 3 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ L’honorable Rob Nicholson, C.P., c.r., député fédéral de Niagara Falls et ministre des Affaires étrangères, et l’honorable Christian Paradis, ministre du Développement international et de la Francophonie et député fédéral de Mégantic—l’Érable, ont fait aujourd’hui la déclaration suivante :

« Le Canada ne peut reconnaître la légitimité d’élections imposées par les autorités burundaises. Le climat d’intimidation, de violence et de peur instauré par le parti au pouvoir enlève toute crédibilité à ces élections. Il importe de donner aux autorités du Burundi un message clair : un vote forcé est un vote volé.

« Le Canada est alarmé par la violence politique au Burundi, qui a atteint un niveau sans précédent depuis la fin de la guerre civile et le début, en 2005, du premier mandat du gouvernement actuel. Les actes du président Pierre Nkurunziza menacent de ruiner une décennie de paix.

« Nous sommes solidaires des Burundais et exhortons les autorités du Burundi à respecter les droits de leurs citoyens et à résoudre pacifiquement les tensions actuelles, démontrant ainsi leur engagement envers la liberté, la démocratie, les droits de la personne et la primauté du droit. »

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 3 July 2015

Acting Assistant Secretary Bond Travel to Benin, Gabon, and Guinea


 

Acting Assistant Secretary Bond Travel to Benin, Gabon, and Guinea

 

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

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

July 2, 2015

 

Acting Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Michele T. Bond will visit Benin, Gabon, and Guinea, July 7–11.

She will visit the U.S. Embassy in Cotonou, Benin, July 7–9, and meet with the Director of Consular Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Madame Myrina Amoussouga, and the Minister of Family, Honorine Atikpa, to discuss consular issues, including adoptions, visas, and passports. In addition, she will join Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of the New Embassy Compound.

Acting Assistant Secretary Bond will then visit the U.S. Embassy in Libreville, Gabon, July 9–10, where she will meet with her counterpart, Director General for Consular Affairs Joseph Giraud Effangone-Obaghe.

From there, she will depart for Guinea, where she will discuss adoptions and other consular issues with Guinea’s National Director of Children, Ramatoulaye Camara, July 10–11.

 

SOURCE 

US Department of State


 

Burundi / The United States Urges Dialogue, Announces Additional Suspension of Assistance

 

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

John Kirby

Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC

July 2, 2015

 

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza’s continued disregard for the Arusha Agreement has resulted in dozens of deaths, the exodus of over 144,000 Burundians to neighboring countries, and a freefall in the Burundian economy causing suffering to millions of Burundians. The Burundian Government’s decision to push forward with the June 29 parliamentary elections despite the complete absence of the necessary conditions for credible elections and widespread calls, including from the African Union and United Nations, to delay the voting further exacerbated an already dire situation.

With presidential elections now scheduled for July 15, the United States joins with the African Union, the United Nations, the European Union, and other regional bodies and leaders in urging President Nkurunziza to place the welfare of Burundi’s citizens above his own political ambitions and participate in dialogue with the opposition and civil society to identify a peaceful solution to this deepening crisis. This solution should include the delay of the July 15 presidential elections until conditions are in place for free, fair, and peaceful elections.

Due to the precarious political and security situation in Burundi and the Government of Burundi’s unwillingness to engage in good faith efforts to negotiate a solution, the United States has today suspended several security assistance programs on which it has cooperated with Burundi. In response to the abuses committed by members of the police during political protests, we are suspending all International Law Enforcement Academy and Anti-Terrorism Assistance training that we provide to Burundian law enforcement agencies.

Recognizing that Burundi’s National Defense Force has generally acted professionally in protecting civilians during protests, the United States continues to value our partnership with the Burundian military and urges them to maintain professionalism and respect for the rule of law. However, due to the instability caused by the Burundian Government’s disregard for the Arusha Agreement and its decision to proceed with flawed parliamentary elections, the United States is unable to conduct peacekeeping and other training in Burundi. As a result, the United States has suspended upcoming training for the Burundian military under the Department of Defense’s Section 1206 Train and Equip program, as well as training and assistance under the Africa Military Education Program. We remain deeply concerned that the current crisis will further hamper our ability to support the important contribution of the Burundian military to international peacekeeping.

Finally, during our upcoming review of Burundi’s eligibility for the trade preferences available to it under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, we will be taking into consideration ongoing violence and instability and the Government of Burundi’s lack of respect for the rule of law in determining their eligibility for these trade preferences moving forward.

 

SOURCE 

US Department of State


Signing of MoU to clarify controversial South Africa – Mauritius treaty

International investors including South African businesses already use Mauritius as their base for their growth on the continent

PORT-LOUIS, Mauritius, July 3, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ International investors including South African businesses already use Mauritius as their base for their growth on the continent, but the proposed mutual agreement procedure will have to consider the OECD’s BEPS (Base Erosion Profit Shifting) initiative concerning taxes.

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Rules to clarify tax residence

Following the signing of a revised double-tax treaty between South Africa and Mauritius in 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding (‘MoU’) was finalised recently between the authorities of the two countries to bring more clarity to the controversial issue of residence. The MoU is designed to give some insight into the process that will be adopted by the fiscal authorities of the two countries when assessing the tax residence of a ‘person’.

‘Mutual agreement procedure’ as a tie-breaker

The new treaty allows for the two tax authorities to come to a ‘mutual agreement’ to determine which state has the first right to tax by virtue of its tax residence. The inclusion of such a mutual agreement procedure is part of a larger trend which will see more treaties featuring such clauses because of the new issues championed by the OECD’s BEPS (Base Erosion Profit Shifting) initiative and widely followed by other similar organisations worldwide.

However, the proposed mutual agreement procedure has created uncertainty and concern for international investors and businesses already using Mauritius as their base for their growth into South Africa and elsewhere on the continent, as well as for South African businesses which have already chosen to base their international expansion in the island’s financial centre.

The MoU now signed by the two countries helps by stating the factors that would be used by the authorities in determining where the ‘person’ is fiscally resident, and thus which country has the first taxing rights.

Factors to determine state of tax residence

The factors listed in the MoU are the following:

(a)       Where the meetings of the person’s board of directors or equivalent body are usually held;

(b)       Where the Chief Executive Officer and other senior executives usually carry on their activities;

(c)       Where the senior day-to-day management of the person is carried on;

(d)       Where the person’s headquarters are located;

(e)       Which country’s law govern the legal status of the person;

(f)        Where its accounting records are kept;

(g)       Any other factors listed in paragraph 24.1 of the 2014 OECD Commentary (Article 4, paragraph 3), as may be amended by the OECD/BEPS Action 6 final report; and

(h)       Any such other factors that may be identified and agreed upon by the Competent Authorities in determining the residency of the person.

With this new procedure, when a person will be deemed fiscally resident in the two countries, the fiscal authorities will seek to reach a mutual agreement by using the above factors to determine which country should have the first taxing rights.The above-listed criteria may seem onerous for some entreprises on the face of it, but it gives a roadmap of what the authorities will be looking out for, and what entreprises should be aiming at in order to affirm their tax residence.

ABAX standpoint

“The MoU brings more certainty to South African companies that wish to use the Mauritius financial centre to do business in Africa and globally. And given the business-friendly environment in Mauritius, they enjoy a significant cost advantage for their international business, coupled with financial and treasury facilities that are essential for their growth strategy.” Richard Arlove, ABAX CEO (http://www.abaxservices.com).

The new treaty as a whole is favourable to inbound investors in South Africa while South African entreprises using the Mauritius jurisdiction for their international expansion will find it a little more onerous to satisfy. However these changes are in line with global trends and with the redefined requirements of the Mauritius financial centre as a jurisdiction of substance. The treaty brings additional reasons for South African entreprises to separate their international operations from their domestic ones and to set up their regional /international headquarters in Mauritius to fully benefit from all the advantages the island’s financial centre has to offer in terms of business facilitation.

In the long run, we believe that the new treaty will be seen as a step in the right direction and will reaffirm the Mauritius positioning as a financial centre of choice for the African continent.

Other salient points from the new treaty

•          WHT on dividends capped at 5%/10% in SA, 0% in Mauritius

•          WHT on interest capped up at 10% in SA, 0% in Mauritius

•          WHT on royalties capped at 5% in SA, 0% in Mauritius

•          CGT on sale of shares 18.65% in SA if 50% or more of the value of shares sold is derived from immovable property, otherwise 0% in SA, 0% in Mauritius

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Abax Corporate Services.

Contact:

Thierry Adolphe

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About Abax Corporate Services

Abax (http://www.abaxservices.com) is an international provider of corporate management and advisory services. We focus on delivering business solutions to multinationals and private equity funds investing in Africa and Asia. In Mauritius, where we are headquartered, we are a leading “Management Company”, duly licensed by the Financial Services Commission and with USD 20 billion of client assets under administration. We also operate offices in Kenya, India, Singapore, South Africa and United Arab Emirates. Additionally, through our international network of partners, we also provide services in many other financial centres and markets.

Under the impetus of a growing international clientele, we have expanded our offering from corporate and fund administration to a wider spectrum of services linked to technology, outsourcing, private wealth management and corporate finance advisory amongst others.

Over the last 20 years, we have earned the trust of a strong and diverse client base, involved in several industry verticals across a number of emerging markets.

Our clientele is composed mostly of large multinationals, some of them subsidiaries of Global 1000 corporations or listed on major stock exchanges, fund managers, institutional investors, development finance institutions and high net worth individuals.

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Abax Corporate Services


Orange annonce la connexion du Bénin et des Iles Canaries au câble sous-marin ACE (Africa Coast to Europe)

PARIS, France, 2 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Orange (http://www.orange.com), ainsi que tous les membres du consortium ACE, annoncent la mise en service du câble ACE à Cotonou (Bénin) et à Ténériffe (Iles Canaries, Espagne). La connexion de ces deux stations s’inscrit dans la seconde phase de déploiement du câble sous-marin ACE qui dessert aujourd’hui 18 pays : la France, le Portugal, les Iles Canaries (Espagne), la Mauritanie, le Sénégal, la Gambie, la Guinée, la Sierra Leone, le Libéria, la Côte d’Ivoire, le Bénin, le Ghana, le Nigéria, la Guinée Equatoriale, le Gabon et Sao Tomé & Principe. Deux pays sans façade maritime, le Mali et le Niger, sont connectés grâce à un prolongement terrestre.

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Le câble ACE qui étend l’accès à l’internet haut-débit en Afrique et apporte de la capacité supplémentaire aux réseaux internationaux existants, parcourra 17 000 km et sera prolongé jusqu’en Afrique du Sud au terme de la seconde phase. Des branches sont prévues pour relier le Cameroun, qui vient de signer l’accord formalisant son entrée dans le consortium ACE,  la République Démocratique du Congo, l’Angola et la Namibie.

Depuis la mise en service de la première phase, en décembre 2012, sept des pays connectés – la Gambie, la Guinée, la Guinée Equatoriale, le Libéria, la Mauritanie, Sao Tomé & Principe et la Sierra Leone – ont bénéficié pour la première fois d’une connexion directe à un câble sous-marin, leur permettant d’accéder de manière optimale au réseau haut débit international.

Pour accomplir cet ambitieux projet, Orange, accompagné de ses filiales Côte d’Ivoire Telecom, Orange Cameroun, Orange Mali, Orange Niger et Sonatel, s’est entouré de partenaires majeurs au sein d’un consortium international.

Une sécurisation accrue pour acheminer les communications

Au-delà de la connectivité Afrique  – Europe, et grâce aux interconnexions avec d’autres câbles sous-marins, ACE constitue pour l’Afrique une route supplémentaire vers l’Amérique et l’Asie. De plus, ACE constitue une alternative pour acheminer le trafic entre l’Europe et l’Asie en passant par l’Afrique. Enfin, ce câble diversifie les artères de transmission entre le Portugal et la France.

ACE bénéficie de la technologie la plus performante utilisée actuellement dans le domaine des câbles sous-marins : le multiplexage de longueur d’onde (WDM) qui permet d’augmenter la capacité en fonction des besoins sans nouvelle intervention sous-marine. La capacité totale s’élèvera à 12,8 Tbps grâce à la technologie 100 Gbps qui supporte les réseaux très haut-débit.

Un actif essentiel du réseau haut-débit du Groupe en Afrique

La construction du câble représente un investissement d’environ 700 millions de dollars américains pour le consortium dont environ 250 millions de dollars sont pris en charge par le Groupe et ses filiales. Par ces investissements majeurs, Orange concrétise deux volets de sa stratégie : démocratiser l’internet en Afrique où le Groupe est implanté dans plus de vingt pays et contribuer à développer la qualité de service de son réseau.

En développant son réseau de câbles sous-marins, Orange participe au développement d’un réseau mondial de haute qualité pour accompagner la croissance continue des volumes de données échangées.

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour Orange.

Contacts presse : +33 1 44 44 93 93

Tom Wright ; tom.wright@orange.com

Caroline Simeoni ; caroline.simeoni@orange.com

A propos d’Orange

Orange (http://www.orange.com) est l’un des principaux opérateurs de télécommunications dans le monde, avec un chiffre d’affaires de 39 milliards d’euros en 2014 et 155 000 salariés au 31 mars 2015, dont 98 000 en France. Présent dans 29 pays, le Groupe servait 247 millions de clients dans le monde au 31 mars 2015, dont 188 millions de clients du mobile et 16 millions de clients haut débit fixe. Orange est également l’un des leaders mondiaux des services de télécommunications aux entreprises multinationales sous la marque Orange Business Services. En mars 2015, le Groupe a présenté son nouveau plan stratégique « Essentiels2020 » qui vise à mettre les besoins de ses clients au centre de sa stratégie pour qu’ils puissent bénéficier pleinement du monde numérique et de la puissance de ses réseaux très haut débit.

Orange est coté sur le NYSE Euronext Paris (symbole ORA) et sur le New York Stock Exchange (symbole ORAN).

Pour plus d’informations (sur le web et votre mobile) : www.orange.com, www.orange-business.com, www.livetv.orange.com ou pour nous suivre sur Twitter : @presseorange.

Orange et tout autre produit ou service d’Orange cités dans ce communiqué sont des marques détenues par Orange ou Orange Brand Services Limited.

SOURCE

Orange


 

South Sudan – Attack against UNMISS and adoption of sanctions at the UN Security Council (July 1 2015)

 

PARIS, France, July 2, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ France condemns the attack against the UNMISS (UN Mission in South Sudan) protection of civilians site on July 1 in Malakal, which killed one person and injured several others according to provisional reports.

 

We call for an investigation to be conducted in order to ensure that the perpetrators of this attack, which could constitute a war crime, are held accountable for their acts.

 

In this context, and as called for by the African Union leaders at the summit in Johannesburg in June, France welcomes the Security Council decision to adopt targeted sanctions against six South Sudanese military officials from both sides who pose a threat to regional peace and security.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Orange announces the connection of Benin and the Canary Islands to the ACE submarine cable (Africa Coast to Europe)

PARIS, France, July 2, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Orange (http://www.orange.com), together with the other members of the ACE consortium, announces the launch of the ACE cable in Cotonou, Benin and Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. The connection of these two stations is part of the second phase of deployment of the ACE submarine cable, which now serves 18 countries: France, Portugal, the Canary Islands (Spain), Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and São Tomé and Príncipe. Two landlocked countries, Mali and Niger, are connected via a terrestrial extension.

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The ACE cable, which expands broadband internet access in Africa and provides additional capacity to existing national networks, will cover 17,000 kilometres and will be extended to South Africa by the end of the second phase. Branches are planned in order to connect Cameroon, as this country has just signed the agreement that formalizes its entry into the ACE consortium, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola and Namibia.

Since the first phase was launched in December 2012, seven of the connected countries – Gambia, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Mauritania, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Sierra Leone – have had a direct connection to a submarine cable for the first time, enabling them to access the international broadband network in an optimal manner.

To carry out this ambitious project, Orange, together with its subsidiaries Côte d’Ivoire Telecom, Orange Cameroon, Orange Mali, Orange Niger and Sonatel, combined forces with other major partners to form an international consortium.

Greater security for network traffic

Beyond the connectivity between Africa and Europe, thanks to interconnections with other submarine cables, ACE constitutes another route to the Americas and Asia for Africa. Moreover, ACE is an alternative for network traffic between Europe and Asia going through Africa. The cable also diversifies transmission arteries between Portugal and France.

ACE relies on what is currently the most advanced technology used for submarine cables: wavelength division multiplexing (WDM). With WDM, cable capacity can be increased without additional submarine work. Overall capacity will be boosted to 12.8 Tbps using 100-Gbps technology, which supports high-capacity networks.

An essential part of the Group’s broadband network in Africa

The cable’s construction amounts to a total investment of around USD 700 million for the consortium, with around USD 250 million financed by the Group and its subsidiaries. This major investment furthers two of Orange’s strategic objectives: to provide widespread access to the internet in the more than twenty African countries where the Group is present and to continue to improve the quality of its network service.

Through the development of its submarine networks, Orange is contributing to the development of a high-quality worldwide network to help service the ever-increasing volumes of data being exchanged.

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

Press contacts: +33 1 44 44 93 93

Tom Wright; tom.wright@orange.com

Caroline Simeoni; caroline.simeoni@orange.com

about Orange

Orange (http://www.orange.com) is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 39 billion euros in 2014 and 155,000 employees worldwide at 31 March 2015, including 98,000 employees in France. Present in 29 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 247 million customers worldwide at 31 March 2015, including 188 million mobile customers and 16 million fixed broadband customers. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In March 2015, the Group presented its new strategic plan “Essentiels2020″ which places customers’ needs at the heart of its strategy with the aim of allowing them to benefit fully from the digital universe and the power of its new generation networks.

Orange is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

For more information on the internet and on your mobile: www.orange.com, www.orange-business.com, www.livetv.orange.com or to follow us on Twitter: @presseorange.

Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trademarks of Orange or Orange Brand Services Limited.

SOURCE

Orange

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 2 July 2015

IMF Executive Board Completes Fourth Policy Support Instrument for Mozambique


 

IMF Executive Board Completes Fourth Policy Support Instrument for Mozambique

 

MAPUTO, Mozambique, July 2, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the fourth review of Mozambique’s economic performance under the program supported by the Policy Support Instrument (PSI). [1] In completing the review, the Board also approved the modification of three assessment criteria and one indicative target for June 2015 in line with the updated economic outlook for Mozambique.

 

The PSI for Mozambique was approved by the Executive Board on June 24, 2013 (see Press Release No. 13/231)

 

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

 

“Mozambique’s continued strong growth performance and low inflation are commendable. Investments in large coal and natural gas projects underpin a positive medium-term outlook, but low commodity prices have increased near-term risks.

 

“Recent program performance under the Fund’s Policy Support Instrument has been mixed. While structural reforms have been proceeding, there were macroeconomic policy slippages and reserve losses in late 2014. With a strong fiscal adjustment envisaged in the current budget and a recent tightening of liquidity conditions, needed steps to maintain macroeconomic stability are now in place. The decline in international reserves has largely been reversed, and greater exchange rate flexibility will help the economy to better respond to external shocks in the period ahead.

“The strong fiscal adjustment in the budget appropriately calls for revenue mobilization and expenditure restraint, while safeguarding social programs. Recent fiscal reforms have strengthened the policy framework but more needs to be done to improve public financial management, including by stronger controls over state-owned enterprises and enhanced management of fiscal risk.

 

“Ongoing progress on a broad range of structural reforms, including the passage of the new mining and hydrocarbon legislation, is encouraging. Nonetheless, further measures are needed to make poverty more responsive to growth and strengthen the business climate.”

 

 

[1] The PSI is an instrument of the IMF designed for countries that do not need balance of payments financial support. The PSI helps countries design effective economic programs that, once approved by the IMF’s Executive Board, signal to donors, multilateral development banks, and markets the Fund’s endorsement of a member’s policies (see http://www.imf.org/external/np/exr/facts/psi.htm). Details on Mozambique’s PSI program are available at http://www.imf.org/mozambique

 

SOURCE 

International Monetary Fund (IMF)


Orange lance son plus grand Challenge Développeurs en France, en Afrique et au Moyen-Orient et annonce le lancement de l’API SMS au Cameroun, au Congo, en Guinée, au Niger et au Sénégal

n         Orange annonce le lancement de son plus grand Challenge Développeurs international – dans 13 pays – afin de soutenir les start-ups locales et d’encourager l’innovation en Afrique et au Moyen-Orient

n         Orange est le premier opérateur de la région AMEA (Afrique et Moyen-Orient) à ouvrir son API SMS – le web service SMS d’Orange – au Cameroun, au Congo, en Guinée, au Niger et au Sénégal

LONDRES, Royaume-Uni, 2 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ A l’occasion du lancement de l’API SMS dans cinq nouveaux pays (Cameroun, Congo, Guinée, Niger et Sénégal), Orange (http://www.orange.com) lance aujourd’hui dans 13 pays son plus grand Challenge Développeurs international à ce jour – visant à stimuler et à soutenir la création de services locaux inédits en Afrique et au Moyen-Orient en pleine croissance dans ces pays.

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Le Challenge Développeurs AMEA Orange 2015

Le Challenge Développeurs AMEA Orange 2015 est ouvert aux start-ups d’Égypte, de Tunisie, de Jordanie, de Côte d’Ivoire, du Sénégal, du Mali, du Niger, du Congo, de Guinée Bissau, de Guinée, du Cameroun et du Botswana. Orange invite également cette année les start-ups françaises à présenter leurs projets, afin d’offrir un regard neuf sur la conception et le développement de nouveaux services destinés aux utilisateurs d’Afrique et du Moyen-Orient.

Les candidatures pour le Challenge Développeurs AMEA Orange 2015 seront ouvertes du 3 août au 15 septembre 2015. Dix start-ups seront sélectionnées dans chaque pays pour participer au concours qui s’achèvera à la fin du mois d’octobre. Orange mettra à disposition des candidats trois APIs (SMS, USSD et Direct Operator Billing) accessibles depuis une plateforme de test. Chacun des 13 pays participants choisira un projet gagnant et un grand vainqueur, qui recevra en novembre 2015 un prix de dix mille euros (10 000 €).

Plus de 90 développeurs venus de quatre pays d’Afrique ont participé au Challenge l’an dernier. De nouveaux services ont ainsi été lancés, notamment le projet gagnant de mLouma, start-up sénégalaise qui a développé un portail de m-agriculture mettant en relation acheteurs et vendeurs. mLouma a utilisé les APIs Orange pour créer une version USSD et SMS de son portail et a pu procéder à la facturation des clients après intégration de l’API Carrier Billing d’Orange.

Orange, premier opérateur de la région AMEA à ouvrir son API SMS au Cameroun, au Congo, en Guinée, au Niger et au Sénégal

Pour la première fois, les start-ups du Cameroun, du Congo, de Guinée, du Niger et du Sénégal pourront, dans le courant de l’été, accéder et utiliser directement l’API SMS d’Orange via le site Orange Partner dédié aux développeurs (www.orangepartner.com). Le marché du SMS A2P (Application to Person) se développe rapidement dans la région. Les start-ups pourront, via l’API SMS conçue par le Technocentre du Groupe et par les Orange Labs, programmer rapidement de nouveaux services basés sur le SMS et bénéficier de tarifs SMS spécifiques proposés par Orange.

Pour visionner la vidéo sur les APIs d’Orange, cliquez ici : http://www.apo.af/7qca0h.

Des start-ups comme Sycelim, actuellement accélérée par le programme Orange Fab, ont déjà accès à l’API SMS qui a été lancée en Côte d’Ivoire le 9 avril (https://www.orangepartner.com/SMS-CI-API). Sycelim a développé un service d’e-santé destiné aux professionnels, permettant à leurs patients de rechercher un docteur par spécialité ou par localisation, et également de recevoir des conseils de santé par SMS.

« Plus de 100 millions de nos clients se trouvent en Afrique et au Moyen-Orient où l’usage de l’internet mobile et la pénétration des smartphones sont en plein essor. La région est prête pour l’innovation et nous voulons participer à ce mouvement d’open innovation qui aura une influence  significative et grandissante sur la vie des Africains, » a déclaré Marc Rennard, Directeur Exécutif AMEA du groupe Orange. « Les deux initiatives que nous lançons aujourd’hui ont été imaginées dans le but de stimuler les idées innovantes et de soutenir les talents locaux. Il est primordial de mettre les atouts d’Orange au service des entrepreneurs. »

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour Orange.

Contacts presse : 01 44 44 93 93

Tom Wright – tom.wright@orange.com

Caroline Simeoni – caroline.simeoni@orange.com

A propos d’Orange

Orange (http://www.orange.com) est l’un des principaux opérateurs de télécommunications dans le monde, avec un chiffre d’affaires de 39 milliards d’euros en 2014 et 155 000 salariés au 31 mars 2015, dont 98 000 en France. Présent dans 29 pays, le Groupe servait 247 millions de clients dans le monde au 31 mars 2015, dont 188 millions de clients du mobile et 16 millions de clients haut débit fixe. Orange est également l’un des leaders mondiaux des services de télécommunications aux entreprises multinationales sous la marque Orange Business Services. En mars 2015, le Groupe a présenté son nouveau plan stratégique « Essentiels2020 » qui vise à mettre les besoins de ses clients au centre de sa stratégie pour qu’ils puissent bénéficier pleinement du monde numérique et de la puissance de ses réseaux très haut débit.

Orange est coté sur Euronext Paris (symbole ORA) et sur le New York Stock Exchange (symbole ORAN).

Pour plus d’informations (sur le web et votre mobile) : www.orange.com, www.orange-business.com, www.livetv.orange.com ou pour nous suivre sur Twitter : @presseorange.

Orange et tout autre produit ou service d’Orange cités dans ce communiqué sont des marques détenues par Orange ou Orange Brand Services Limited.

SOURCE

Orange


Orange launches its largest Developer Challenge in France, Africa and the Middle East and releases its SMS API in Cameroon, Congo, Guinea, Niger and Senegal

n         Orange to announce its largest international developer challenge to date – across  13 countries – to support local start-ups and drive innovation in Africa and the Middle East

n         Orange is the first operator in AMEA to expose its SMS API – Orange SMS Web Service – in Cameroon, Congo, Guinea, Niger, Senegal for the first time

LONDON, United-Kingdom, July 2, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ To coincide with the release of its SMS APIs in five new countries (Cameroon, Congo, Guinea, Niger, Senegal), Orange (http://www.orange.com) is launching today its largest international developer challenge to date – across 13 countries –  aiming to spur and nurture the creation of unique and local services for Africa and the Middle East from the  growing entrepreneurial base developing in these countries.

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(Marc Rennard, senior executive vice president, Africa and the Middle East, Orange)

The Orange AMEA Developer Challenge 2015

The Orange AMEA Developer Challenge 2015 is launching to start-ups from Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Congo, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Cameroon and Botswana. Orange is also inviting submissions from France in this year’s challenge given the unique insight French start-ups can bring to the design and development of new services for users in Africa and the Middle East.

Submissions for the Orange AMEA Developer Challenge 2015 will be open from 3 August to 15 September 2015. 10 start-ups from each country will be selected to compete until the end of October. Orange will make a trio of APIs available (SMS, USSD and Director Operator Billing) on a test platform. Each of the participating 13 countries will identify and reward one winning project, with one global winner awarded a 10 thousand euros (10,000.00€) prize to be announced in November 2015.

Over 90 developers from four African countries participated in last year’s 2014 challenge, resulting in a range of new services being launched including the winning project mLouma, a start-up from Senegal who developed a portal for m-agriculture to connect buyers and sellers. Using Orange APIs, mLouma created a USSD and SMS version of their portal and were able to start charging customers after integrating the Orange Carrier Billing API.

Orange is the first operator in AMEA to release its SMS API – Orange SMS Web Service – in Cameroon, Congo, Guinea, Niger and Senegal

Through the Orange Partner developer website (www.orangepartner.com), enterprising start-ups from Cameroon, Congo, Guinea, Niger and Senegal will be able, in the course of this summer, to directly access and use the Orange SMS API for the first time. SMS A2P (Application to Person) is a fast growing business in the region and through the Orange SMS Web Service, designed by the Group’s Technocentre & Orange Labs, start-ups will be able to rapidly develop new SMS-based services and benefit from a special range of SMS volume discounts and tariffs offered by Orange.

To view a video about the Orange SMS Web Service click here: http://www.apo.af/7qca0h.

Start-ups like Sycelim, currently accelerated by Orange Fab, have already benefited from getting access to the Orange SMS Web Service, which was launched in the Ivory Coast on 9 April (https://www.orangepartner.com/SMS-CI-API ). Sycelim has developed an e-health service for professionals, allowing their customers to search for a specific doctor by type and location, and also receive health tips by SMS.

“Over 100 million of our customers are in Africa and the Middle East. With data usage and familiarity with smartphone services growing day by day, the region is ripe for innovation and we want to be a part of the process that makes a positive and meaningful impact on the lives of Africans,” commented Marc Rennard, senior executive vice president, Africa and the Middle East, Orange. “The two initiatives we are launching today are designed to nurture ideas generation and support local talent. Opening up Orange assets to these entrepreneurs are essential to help them innovate and succeed.”

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

Press contacts:
orangegroup.pressoffice@orange.com / service.presse@orange.com

Emma Ralphson, emma.ralphson@orange.com +44 7746 515 781

Vanessa Clarke, vanessa.clarke@orange.com +44 7818 848 848

About Orange

Orange (http://www.orange.com) is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 39 billion euros in 2014 and 155,000 employees worldwide at 31 March 2015, including 98,000 employees in France. Present in 29 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 247 million customers worldwide at 31 March 2015, including 188 million mobile customers and 16 million fixed broadband customers. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In March 2015, the Group presented its new strategic plan “Essentials2020″ which places customers’ needs at the heart of its strategy with the aim of allowing them to benefit fully from th+44 7746 515 781e digital universe and the power of its new generation networks.

Orange is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

For more information on the internet and on your mobile: www.orange.com, www.orange-business.com, www.livetv.orange.com or to follow us on Twitter: @orangegrouppr.

Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trademarks of Orange or Orange Brand Services Limited.

SOURCE

Orange


 

Soudan du Sud – Attaque contre la MINUSS et adoption de sanctions au conseil de sécurité des Nations unies (1er juillet 2015)

 

PARIS, France, 2 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay – Déclarations du porte-parole – 2 juillet 2015

 

La France condamne l’attaque contre la base de protection des civils de la mission des Nations unies au Soudan du Sud (MINUSS) le 1er juillet à Malakal, qui a fait un mort et plusieurs blessés selon un bilan provisoire.

 

Nous demandons qu’une enquête soit conduite afin que les responsables de cette attaque, qui pourrait constituer un crime de guerre, répondent de leurs actes devant la justice.

 

Dans ce contexte, et comme cela avait été demandé par les dirigeants de l’Union africaine réunis au sommet de Johannesburg au mois de juin dernier, la France salue la décision du conseil de sécurité d’adopter des sanctions ciblées contre six responsables militaires sud-soudanais des deux camps, qui représentent une menace à la paix et à la sécurité régionales.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 2 July 2015

Federal Foreign Office condemns series of attacks in the Sinai Peninsula


 

Federal Foreign Office condemns series of attacks in the Sinai Peninsula

 

BERLIN, Germany, July 2, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ On 1 July, a Federal Foreign Office spokesperson issued the following statement on the attacks in the Sinai Peninsula in which, according to the Egyptian authorities, more than 70 people were killed:

Today’s series of attacks are the latest in a chain of fatal assaults on Egyptian security forces, especially in the north of the Sinai Peninsula. The fact that the terrorist militia ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks highlights once more the terrorist group’s ruthless willingness to use violence for its ends. The German Government condemns the series of attacks in the Sinai Peninsula in the strongest possible terms. Our thoughts and heartfelt sympathy are with those whose loved ones have been murdered and with the Egyptian people.

 

SOURCE 

Germany – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 2 July 2015

UK Foreign Secretary confirms 30 British victims of Tunisia attack


 

UK Foreign Secretary confirms 30 British victims of Tunisia attack

 

LONDON, United-Kingdom, July 2, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Foreign Secretary has announced that all 30 British nationals killed in the Tunisia attack have now been positively identified by the police.

 

The Foreign Secretary said:

 

“We now have all 30 British victims positively identified and we can say with a high degree of confidence that is now the final death toll of British nationals killed in this incident.

 

“We will be repatriating another 9 bodies today, and there will be two further repatriation flights tomorrow and Saturday. Tomorrow is also a week from the date of the attack, and we will be holding a minute’s remembrance at noon across the UK as well as in British embassies and posts around the world.”

 

SOURCE 

United Kingdom – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

Afrique de l’Ouest: des opportunités sans précédent en matière de croissance agricole / Un nouveau rapport identifie le renforcement de l’intégration régionale comme un levier majeur pour profiter des évolutions de la demande en produits alimentaires et de la croissance démographique

 

ROME, Italie, 2 juillet 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ L’Afrique de l’Ouest dispose d’opportunités sans précédent de croissance agricole, mais pour en tirer le meilleur parti, il apparaît nécessaire de renforcer l’intégration régionale, indique un rapport publié par la Banque africaine de développement (BAD), l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO) et la Communauté Économique des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (CEDEAO).

Pour rester compétitive vis-à-vis des grands pays et acteurs mondiaux, l’agriculture ouest africaine doit parvenir à des économies d’échelle dont jouissent déjà ces autres pays, notamment sur les marchés des engrais et des semences, ainsi que dans la recherche et la technologie agricoles, ajoute le rapport.

Si d’importants progrès vers l’intégration régionale ont été accomplis au cours des vingt dernières années, leur mise en œuvre efficace à l’échelle nationale demeure une gageure, comme en témoignent les barrages routiers et les embargos commerciaux qui entravent encore les échanges intra-régionaux, ainsi que les normes nationales disparates sur les semences et les engrais, en dépit des protocoles adoptés à l’échelle régionale.

Le rapport intitulé Croissance agricole en Afrique de l’Ouest: facteurs déterminants de marché et de politique est publié à point nommé, dans une époque on l’on observe une dynamique rapide d’évolution de la demande en produits alimentaires en Afrique.

La population ouest africaine s’établit désormais à 300 millions d’habitants et devrait atteindre les 490 millions d’habitants d’ici 2030. La sous-région est déjà la plus urbanisée d’Afrique subsaharienne, avec près de la moitié de la population vivant dans des agglomérations urbaines, et elle est appelée à croître au rythme de 3,8 pour cent par an entre 2015 et 2030.

Ce facteur, associé au développement d’une classe moyenne, engendre une diversification de la demande en produits alimentaires de la part des consommateurs, pour lesquels les considérations pratiques, de valeur nutritionnelle, de salubrité des aliments et de présentation et emballage viennent s’ajouter à celles de prix. Répondre à cette demande croissante et diversifiée offre des opportunités de création de valeur ajoutée, d’emplois, d’intégration et de diversification économiques et de substitution des importations, souligne le rapport.

De nombreux pays d’Afrique occidentale sont de plus en plus tributaires des importations de produits alimentaires pour répondre aux besoins de leurs marchés urbains en plein essor, traduisant l’incapacité des filières alimentaires nationales à satisfaire la demande en pleine évolution des acteurs des filières et des consommateurs, que ce soit en termes de qualité, de volumes, de prix que de régularité des approvisionnements.

Une part croissante de la population ouest africaine est constituée d’acheteurs nets de produits alimentaires, lesquels y consacrent une grande partie de leurs revenus monétaires. Le seul moyen de garantir à ces consommateurs l’accès à des aliments à bas prix tout en améliorant les revenus des producteurs est d’accroitre la productivité et l’efficacité de tout le système agroalimentaire. Pour y parvenir, il est nécessaire de garantir un contexte stratégique plus stable et prévisible, de recentrer les investissements publics sur les actions essentielles pour favoriser une croissance durable sur le long terme, et d’améliorer les capacités de mise en œuvre de tous les acteurs concernés.

Augmenter la valeur ajoutée post-récolte

Le rapport souligne que si accroître les rendements agricoles reste fondamental, il faut également consacrer plus d’attention aux segments en aval de la production au sein des chaînes de valeur agroalimentaires: assemblage, stockage, transformation et distribution (en gros et au détail).

Ainsi, les entreprises agro-alimentaires nationales préfèrent souvent importer des matières premières (telles que le blé, les huiles végétales ou du concentré de jus de fruit) plutôt que de se les procurer sur place ou d’acheter des produits de substitution issus des matières premières disponibles localement, car les chaînes d’approvisionnement locales sont souvent trop faibles et fragmentées pour être fiables.

Les politiques appropriées pour y parvenir varient d’un pays à l’autre et selon les segments de marché, mais il semble essentiel de redoubler d’effort pour renforcer les capacités techniques et en gestion des petites et moyennes entreprises de transformation agro-alimentaire, les liens entre les exploitations agricoles familiales orientées vers le marché (et leurs organisations), d’une part, et les entreprises agroalimentaires de toutes dimensions, d’autre part ; ceci afin d’améliorer l’accès aux marchés, aux intrants et aux services d’appui. Il conviendra également d’attacher une attention particulière à soutenir les femmes chefs d’entreprise qui jouent un rôle essentiel dans les systèmes agro-alimentaires, depuis le travail de la terre jusqu’à la vente au détail, ainsi qu’aux jeunes.

Accorder plus d’importance aux segments post récolte des chaînes de valeur agroalimentaires nécessite des actions et politiques plus diversifiées afin de répondre aux besoins d’une plus large palette d’acteurs au sein des filières. Cela exige de dépasser les mandats traditionnels des ministères de l’agriculture pour se concentrer sur les interactions entre des questions aussi diverses que la recherche, l’investissement dans les transports, les politiques commerciales et l’éducation nutritionnelle.

Le rapport effectue une analyse approfondie de ces interactions. Par exemple, les prix de transport des produits agricoles en Afrique de l’Ouest sont beaucoup plus élevés que dans d’autres régions en développement, entravant le commerce intra-régional et portant préjudice tant aux producteurs qu’aux consommateurs. Pour pallier à cette situation, une panoplie de mesures de politique et d’investissements sont nécessaires, allant d’investissements dans les infrastructures routières à la réforme des règlementations de transport routier en passant par l’amélioration de la gouvernance du secteur de transport, dans le but d’insuffler un plus grand dynamisme au secteur.

Plus de biens publics, moins de subventions

Sur la base d’une analyse détaillée des facteurs clés et tendances déterminant le développement des systèmes agroalimentaires en Afrique de l’Ouest et de leurs capacités d’adaptation et d’évolution à date, le rapport suggère des actions clés en matière de réforme des politiques agro-alimentaires et d’investissement agricole. Ces analyses et propositions contribueront à informer les délibérations et les nouvelles orientations de la politique agricole commune de la sous-région (ECOWAP-10), l’actualisation (en cours) de la politique agricole de la CEDEAO.

Il est aussi important d’améliorer la diversité des investissements publics dans l’agriculture régionale que d’en accroître le niveau, selon le rapport. L’étude encourage les gouvernements à réorienter leurs dépenses vers des biens publics (par exemple routes, réseau électrique fiable, recherche et éducation) plutôt que de subventionner les biens privés et intrants tels que les engrais et les outils de mécanisation agricole (comme les tracteurs).

 

SOURCE 

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


 

Huge opportunities for agricultural growth in West Africa / New report sees regional integration as high road to making the most of changing food patterns and dynamic populations

 

ROME, Italy, July 2, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ West Africa has unprecedented opportunities for agricultural growth, but making the most of them will require more effective regional integration, says a new report by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

To be competitive with large global actors, West African agriculture needs to capture some of the economies of scale that those countries enjoy in the markets for fertilizers and seeds as well as in agricultural research and technology development, adds the report.

While important progress towards regional integration has been made over the past two decades, effective implementation at national level has remained a challenge, as evidenced by roadblocks and trade bans hindering intraregional trade, along with continued use of disparate national standards for seeds and fertilizers despite regionally agreed-upon common protocols.

The report, “Agricultural Growth in West Africa: Market and Policy Drivers” (AGWA), comes at a time of great dynamism in the patterns of food demand in Africa.

West Africa’s population, now 300 million, is expected to grow to 490 million by 2030. The subregion is already the most urbanized part of Sub-Saharan Africa, with nearly half the population living in urban centres, and the urban population is projected to continue to grow at a rate of 3.8 percent per year between 2015 and 2030.

That, along with an expanding middle class, is catalysing greater diversity in consumer food demands, with convenience, nutritional quality, food safety and presentation gaining importance alongside affordability. Serving this growing demand provides great opportunities for value addition, job creation, economic integration and diversification and import substitution, says the report.

Many West African countries have been increasingly relying on food imports to meet their burgeoning urban food markets, reflecting the inability of their domestic food value chains to meet the evolving consumer demand in terms of quality, volumes, prices and consistency of supply.

A growing proportion of the West African population is made up of net food buyers who spend large shares of their incomes on food. The only way to ensure these consumers’ access to low-priced food while simultaneously enhancing producers’ incomes is through raising productivity and efficiency throughout the agrifood system. Achieving these gains in efficiency and productivity requires a more stable and predictable policy environment, refocussing of public investments on the critical building blocks for sustainable long-term growth, and stepping up implementation capacity.

Adding more value after harvest

The report stresses that while increasing agricultural yields is essential, more attention needs to be placed on the downstream segment of the agrifood system: assembly, storage, processing, wholesaling and retail.

For example, domestic food processing companies often prefer to import raw materials such as fruit juice concentrate, wheat and vegetable oil rather than sourcing them domestically or developing substitutes based on local raw materials because local supply chains are too weak and fragmented to provide them reliably.

Appropriate policies will vary by country and market segment, but broad efforts to upgrade small and medium enterprises in food processing should be a policy priority, along with strengthening the linkages between market-oriented family farms and their organizations with agribusiness of all sizes to enhance access to markets, inputs and support services. Special attention should be placed in supporting women entrepreneurs, who play a key role in the agrifood system from farming through retail, and to youth.

As the post-harvest segments of the agrifood system grow ever-more important, addressing the varied demands on the system will require going beyond the traditional mandates of Ministries of Agriculture to focus on interconnections among issues as diverse as research, transport investments, trade policies, and nutrition education.

The report contains in-depth analysis highlighting these interconnections. For example, transport prices for farm produce in West Africa are much higher than in other developing regions, hampering intraregional trade and harming producers and consumers alike. Addressing this situation requires a combination of measures ranging from investments in road infrastructure through improved road governance to reforming trucking regulations to instill greater competition.

More public goods, fewer subsidies

Based on a detailed analysis of the drivers and trends shaping the development of West Africa’s agrifood system and the system’s response so far, the study identifies key implications for policies and agricultural investments. These findings will help inform the deliberations on and new orientations of “ECOWAP-10″, ECOWAS’ forthcoming update to the current West African agriculture policy, ECOWAP/CAADP.

Improving the mix of public investments in agriculture in the region is as important as increasing their level, the report finds. It encourages governments to shift spending towards public goods such as roads, reliable electricity supply, research and schooling rather than towards subsidizing private goods such as fertilizer and tractors.


SOURCE 

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

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