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

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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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Global Health Strategies (GHS)


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.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Global Health Strategies (GHS).

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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

 

SOURCE 

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.

 

SOURCE 

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”.

 

SOURCE 

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.”

 

SOURCE 

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.

 

SOURCE 

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.

 

SOURCE 

Présidence de la République française

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 March 2015

UK Minister for Africa condemns latest Boko Haram abductions


 

UK Minister for Africa condemns latest Boko Haram abductions

 

LONDON, United-Kingdom, March 25, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Africa Minister James Duddridge appalled by abhorrent abduction of women and children in northern Nigeria

 

Following reports of the further abductions from Damask, Northern Nigeria, the Minister for Africa, James Duddridge MP said:

 

“I am appalled at reports that up to 500 young women and children have been abducted from the town of Damask in northern Nigeria. I condemn Boko Haram’s abhorrent practice of abduction in the strongest terms and call for all those taken to be released immediately. The UK stands with Nigeria and its people at this difficult time, and will continue to support the region in countering the threat posed by Boko Haram.”

 

SOURCE 

United Kingdom – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 March 2015

IMF Staff Concludes Visit to the Republic of Congo


 

IMF Staff Concludes Visit to the Republic of Congo

 

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of the Congo, March 25, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A team of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Dalia Hakura, visited Brazzaville during March 17-23, 2015. The mission reviewed recent macroeconomic developments and the near-term outlook, and sought the authorities’ input on the agenda for the 2015 Article IV consultation, planned for May 2015. The mission also took part in the joint BEAC/IMF regional conference on “Finance for All: Promoting Financial Inclusion in Central Africa,” chaired on the IMF side by African Department Deputy Director Anne-Marie Gulde-Wolf.

At the end of the mission, Ms. Hakura made the following statement:

“In recent years, the Republic of Congo benefited from high oil prices. Government spending doubled between 2010 and 2013. This provided support for economic growth which averaged close to 5 percent, while fiscal and external buffers were built up.

“The current low international oil prices, if sustained, would alter the Republic of Congo’s outlook. This would add urgency to the IMF recommendations made in the context of the 2014 Article IV consultation. Ensuring macroeconomic stability in the near- and medium-term requires accelerating the pace of fiscal consolidation in view of the limited remaining lifetime of oil reserves, while at the same time enhancing the efficiency of government spending.

“The 2015 budget is based on an oil price assumption of U.S. $70 per barrel. While considerably less than the oil price assumption in the 2014 supplementary budget (U.S. $105.2 per barrel), this now seems over optimistic considering the level of oil prices during the first quarter of the fiscal year and the uncertain outlook. The Republic of Congo authorities remain under pressure to raise spending for the All Africa Games in the fall of 2015 and other priority expenditure.

“While welcoming the authorities’ intention to monitor the situation closely, the mission encourages them to expedite preparation and submission to parliament of a supplementary budget that reflects the new reality of substantially lower fiscal revenues. It is important that line ministries work with realistic spending budgets.

“The mission also recommends that steps be taken to further strengthen public financial management and improve the quality of government spending, including by prioritizing capital spending to maximize its impact on longer-term growth and poverty reduction. In this regard, the authorities are encouraged to follow up on recommendations from the ongoing Public Expenditure Management and Financial Accountability Review by the World Bank and other development partners.

“The mission met with the State Minister of Economy, Finance, Planning, Public Portfolio and Integration, Mr. Ondongo; Deputy Minister in Charge of Planning and Integration, Mr. Mokoko; National Director of the Central Bank, Mr. Ondaye; and other senior officials. Meetings were also held with representatives of the private sector and development partners.

“The mission thanks the authorities for their hospitality and looks forward to continue working with them in the near future.”

 

SOURCE 

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 March 2015

Japan-Kenya Foreign Ministers’ Meeting


 

Japan-Kenya Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

 

TOKYO, Japan, March 25, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On March 15, commencing at 10:40 a.m. for approximately 35 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a meeting with Ambassador Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary (CS) of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Kenya, during her stay in Sendai to attend the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

 

1. Minister Kishida welcomed CS Amina to Japan, and stated that Japan and Kenya enjoy an amicable relationship including in the field of economy, and expressed his will to build a win-win relationship via cooperation in public and private sectors. In response, CS Amina expressed her gratitude for Japan’s warm welcome, and renewed her sympathy for those who suffered as a result of the Great East Japan Earthquake. CS Amina stated that the bilateral relationship between Japan and Kenya is extremely good and that they are most important partners. She expressed appreciation for the support Japan has extended to Kenya thus far, and stated expectation for Japan’s support on developing infrastructure and promoting trade.

 

2. Minister Kishida explained that Discussions are currently underway to hold the next TICAD in Africa for the first time in 2016 and requested cooperation toward its success. CS Amina replied that she herself is fully committed to ensure a successful TICAD.

 

3. Minister Kishida said that he would like to cooperate with Kenya on the UN Security Council reform, to which CS Amina indicated her engagement on the issue.

 

4. It was also confirmed that the two countries will both make an effort to ensure the success of the WTO Ministerial Conference, which is scheduled to be held in Nairobi, Kenya in December this year.

 

SOURCE 

Japan – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Recente fusão dos Ministérios dos Recursos e Energia de Moçambique oferecem novas oportunidades para investimento estrangeiro

A EnergyNet será a anfitriã da 4.ª Conferência Anual “Powering Africa Mozambique” em Maputo, entre 7 e 8 de maio de 2015

MAPUTO, Mozambique, March 25, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Com a fusão dos Ministérios dos Recursos e Energia de Moçambique, o país deu outro grande passo na direção da sua visão para o desenvolvimento de gás e energia até 2025. Sua Ex.ª Dr. Pedro Couto, antigo Vice-Ministro das Finanças e atual Ministro dos Recursos e Energia, terá certamente um plano para promover parcerias sustentáveis para o comércio, com um ênfase na balança comercial do país. No entanto, será que existirá um ênfase extra na partilha do gás regional e no investimento no setor energético?

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Com o início dos projetos de exportação de gás natural liquefeito agendado para 2019, Moçambique tem grandes expetativas para o setor do gás. Para além disso, as perspetivas para a energia renovável afiguram-se promissoras, com mais de 23 TW de possíveis projetos renováveis para breve.

No entanto, apesar de um investimento em projetos energéticos superior a 3,238 mil milhões de dólares norte-americanos em 2014, o congestionamento na transmissão continua a ter um impacto no desenvolvimento social e económico da região, ameaçando a viabilidade de projetos energéticos em desenvolvimento. A Eskom, Banco Africano de Desenvolvimento, IFC e Southern African Power Pool estão entre os parceiros que irão abordar a questão da transmissão e distribuição regional para acelerar o desenvolvimento industrial do país.

A EnergyNet será a anfitriã da 4.ª Conferência Anual “Powering Africa Mozambique” (http://www.poweringafrica-mozambique.com) em Maputo, entre 7 e 8 de maio de 2015. Os participantes terão a oportunidade de contactar com mais de 150 participantes seniores, incluindo promotores de energia, financiadores, instituições de investimento direto e parceiros de transmissão para debater desenvolvimentos de mercado, oportunidades de investimento e a viabilidade do financiamento de projetos em linha com os objetivos da visão do país para 2025.

Entre os intervenientes e grandes investidores respeitados que confirmaram a sua presença estão a Eskom, Sasol, AIIM, ACWA Power, SMBC, Banco Europeu de Investimento, Banco Africano de Desenvolvimento e Tractebel Engineering. Visite www.poweringafrica-mozambique.com para mais informações.

Os tópicos abordados irão centrar-se nas estratégias do novo ministério para encorajar o investimento, recursos naturais e geração de energia para apoiar os planos de Moçambique de fazer disparar o acesso à eletricidade em sintonia com a sua futura economia de gás.

Para mais informações sobre “Powering Africa: Mozambique 2015″

Datas da conferência: 7 e 8 de maio de 2015

Local: Hotel Polana Serena, Maputo

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

Se considera que poderia contribuir para os tópicos da agenda, contacte: Amy Offord, Diretora de Marketing

Tel.: +44 (0)20 7384 8068 E-mail: amy.offord@energynet.co.uk Visite: www.poweringafrica-mozambique.com

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EnergyNet Ltd.


Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) and Arab Investment Bank (AIB) Sign Shareholders Agreement to Collaborate in the Leasing Business in Egypt

Enmaa Leasing have an authorized capital of 150 million Egyptian pounds

SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt, March 25, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) (http://www.icd-idb.com), the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IDB), and the Arab Investment Bank (AIB) signed a Shareholders Agreement to establish “Enmaa Leasing Company” a Sharia-compliant leasing company in Egypt. Enmaa Leasing have an authorized capital of 150 million Egyptian pounds and expect to commence its operations during the third quarter of 2015.

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As a strategic partner in Enmaa Leasing Company, ICD will utilize its extensive experience in the leasing sector, which have accumulated over the course of establishing more than ten similar leasing companies across the Islamic and Arab world, to ensure that the Company meets its stated goals and objectives

The shareholders’ agreement was signed between Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Ali, ICD Board Chairman, and Mr. Mohammed Hani Saif El Nasr, AIB Board Chairman, during the recent Egypt Economic Development Conference in Sharm Al Shaikh, in the presence of the Minister of International Cooperation, Dr. Naglaa Al Ahwani.

The Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of ICD, Mr. Khaled Al Aboodi, commented “Egypt is one of the main shareholders of ICD, and has always been one of the key countries for our investments. ICD is pleased to collaborate with a leading Egyptian bank such as the Arab Investment Bank to contribute and develop the private sector in Egypt. Through this partnership, we aim to assist Egyptian SMEs in achieving their growth potential by offering them Sharia-compliant financing products. I am confident that Enmaa Leasing Company will help add depth and diversity to the Egyptian financial services sector.”

From his side, the Chairman of the Arab Investment Bank, Mr. Mohammed Hany Seif El Nasr commented: “The idea of founding Enmaa Leasing Company came after noticing the growing demand for leasing activity and the ability of the market to welcome new companies offering this service. Enmaa Leasing Company is expected to add value to Egypt Leasing sector especially by targeting the small and medium enterprises sector, which represents one of the most important pillars of the national economy”.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD).

About the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)

The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) (http://www.icd-idb.com)  is a multilateral organization, part of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group. ICD was established in November 1999 to promote economic development of its member countries in accordance with the principles of the Sharia through private sector development. ICD encourages the establishment, expansion and modernization of private enterprises through financing private sector enterprises or projects. Projects are selected on the basis of their contribution to economic development considering factors such as creation of employment opportunities and contribution to exports. ICD also provides advice to governments and private sector groups on policies to encourage the establishment, expansion and modernization of private enterprises, development of capital markets, best management practices and enhance the role of market economy. ICD operations complement the activities of the IDB.

About the the Arab Investment Bank

A Federal joint stock company of Egyptian Nationality Established by Presidential council decree No.1 Of 1974. An Investment and business bank registered and is Operating under the Supervision of central bank of Egypt.

The Bank provides banking services for its client through a group of selective correspondents worldwide and offers full range of banking services in both local & foreign currencies and contribute to national economy development and investment ,through its head office in Cairo and 18 branch in Arab Republic of Egypt, including the 2 Islamic branch.

The Bank is represented as a financial institute in the Egyptian Market by its contribution in the capital of many companies spread over aspects of economic activity represented by the (tourism – industrial – housing -food security – financial – trade – service),sectors which has contributed to highlighting the bank as a financial institution in the Egyptian market, Bank’s management is seeking all efforts to place the Bank in the position that allows it to compete with other banks in terms of diversifications of products, and geographically expansion.

With a long – term plan geared towards satisfying our customers, Arab Investment Bank aims to diversify all banking service and increase banks market share, maintain a balanced growth in terms of loans and deposits, achieve high efficiency and sustain superior asset quality and satisfactory capital adequac.

The plan is also considering the development of SMES and will continue to focus and expanding retail services as well as Islamic products.

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Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)


 

Japan Announces Support to WFP, WHO and UNHCR to Assist South Sudanese Refugees and Ethiopian Host Community in Gambella

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, March 25, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) today thanked the government of Japan for its generous and timely donation of US$11.8 million to assist South Sudanese refugees and the host community in Gambella regional state in western Ethiopia.

 

The three UN agencies acknowledged the Japanese Ambassador in Ethiopia, His Excellency Mr. Kazuhiro Suzuki, for the crucial contribution to deliver life-saving assistance and services to refugees and the host community.

 

“This generous donation from the government of Japan will enable UNHCR to deliver protection and assistance to the most vulnerable of refugees. Over 90 percent of new arrivals are women and children and this funding means that we can provide them with a roof over their heads, protection and education,” said Valentin Tapsoba, UNHCR Director for the Regional Bureau of Africa.

 

The US$5.8 million donated to UNHCR will allow the agency to establish and develop a new camp called Jewi, where almost 50,000 South Sudanese refugees are being relocated from Leitchuor camp, which was flooded in last year’s rains. Services such as reception, registration, protection against sexual and gender-based violence, health, shelter and education will be provided thanks to this grant.

 

WFP received US$5 million, which will be used to provide food assistance every month for 240,000 refugees as well as school meals.

 

“These South Sudanese refugees depend on the food and nutrition support that we provide, and we cannot allow them to go hungry,” said Mohamed Diab, WFP’s acting country director for Ethiopia. “We are very grateful to the government of Japan for this timely and generous contribution, which will help us ensure the refugees continue to receive life-saving assistance.”

 

There are currently 250,000 South Sudanese refugees living in camps in Gambella and among the host community, who are generously sharing natural resources with the refugees. The burden and risk of both vaccine-preventable and communicable diseases is also high in Gambella. In order to provide health services to the vulnerable host community and refugees in the region, WHO will use its contribution of US$1 million from Japan to provide essential vaccines and build the capacity of local health workers on disease surveillance and outbreak management, infection control and management of acute malnutrition, as well as improve cold chain management.

 

“WHO’s partnership with Japan will help to ensure that the refugees and vulnerable host community in Gambella are protected from communicable diseases and receive the care and support that they urgently need,” said Dr. Pierre M’pele-Kilebou, WHO Representative to Ethiopia.

 

Ethiopia is currently home to 676,000 refugees, the highest number in any refugee-hosting country in Africa. UN agencies and NGOs are working in collaboration with the national refugee agency ARRA to provide assistance to all refugees.

 

SOURCE 

World Food Program (WFP)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 March 2015

GERMANY SUPPORTS VOLUNTARY RETURN OF REFUGEES TO SOMALIA


 

GERMANY SUPPORTS VOLUNTARY RETURN OF REFUGEES TO SOMALIA

 

MOGADISHU, Somalia, March 25, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Today, the Head of German Development Cooperation for Somalia, Ms Julia Kronberg, met with the Somali Minister of Interior, Abdirahman Mahamad Xusein, in order to discuss a project aiming at facilitating the voluntary return of refugees to Somalia.

 

Germany provides 5 million Euros to the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to implement the project which will help to improve the livelihoods of returning refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the local population in selected host communities.

 

On this occasion Ms Kronberg said:

 

“The project underlines Germany’s renewed commitment to strengthen development cooperation with Somalia. It also symbolizes the return of German Development Cooperation to South and Central Somalia where the GIZ had been active until 2011 providing development-oriented transitional aid.”

 

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Germany – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

Biodiversité – Conférence de Kasane sur le commerce illicite d’espèces sauvages – (Botswana, 25 mars 2015)

 

PARIS, France, 25 mars 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay – Déclarations du porte-parole – 25 mars 2015

 

La France participe aujourd’hui à Kasane, au Botswana, à la conférence internationale de suivi organisée un an après la déclaration de Londres sur le commerce illicite d’espèces sauvages, qui réunit 42 États. L’objectif de la conférence de Kasane est d’accroître la mobilisation collective contre le braconnage et les trafics internationaux, alors que des espèces emblématiques restent menacées de disparition.

 

La France prend toute sa part à cet effort, dans le prolongement du plan d’action approuvé lors du sommet de l’Élysée sur la paix et la sécurité en Afrique, en décembre 2013.

 

Le projet de loi pour la reconquête de la biodiversité, de la nature et des paysages, voté en première lecture à l’Assemblée nationale le 24 mars, prévoit ainsi des sanctions d’une ampleur considérablement accrue en cas de trafic. Par ailleurs, les autorités françaises ont suspendu en janvier 2015 la délivrance de certificats d’exportation d’ivoire brut pour peser sur le marché.

 

Enfin, des projets de coopération spécifiques pour lutter contre le braconnage et le commerce illicite et protéger la faune sauvage dans son milieu naturel seront financés par l’Agence française de développement, notamment au Gabon.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 March 2015

Nigéria – Enlèvements dans la ville de Damasak


 

Nigéria – Enlèvements dans la ville de Damasak

 

PARIS, France, 25 mars 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay – Déclarations du porte-parole – 25 mars 2015

 

La France condamne avec la plus grande fermeté l’enlèvement par le groupe terroriste Boko Haram de plusieurs centaines de femmes et enfants dans la ville nigériane de Damasak.

 

Nous appelons à leur libération immédiate et assurons les familles et les autorités nigérianes de toute notre solidarité. Les responsables de ces actes ignobles devront être traduits devant la justice.

 

Avec ses partenaires internationaux et africains, la France demeure aux côtés du Nigeria et des États du bassin du lac Tchad engagés dans la lutte contre le terrorisme et appuie les efforts régionaux de coordination en ce sens.

 

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France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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