Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 February 2015

Press Availability With President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf


 

Press Availability With President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

 

WASHINGTON, February 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Availability

John Kerry

Secretary of State

Treaty Room

Washington, DC

February 27, 2015

 

SECRETARY KERRY: Good morning, everybody. I am extremely pleased to welcome Her Excellency, Dr. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia, here to America and to the Department of State. President Sirleaf is a very distinguished world leader, the deserving recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, and the first woman elected head of state in Africa. And Madam President, we’re really delighted to have you here now at a moment of great importance to your country’s history. It obviously is a bittersweet combination of great accomplishment with great tragedy. And we are particularly proud of the close relationship between our nations.

I have valued the chance to talk with you this morning about where we are with respect to the Ebola crisis and also the future development challenges of your country, which are critical to recovering from the Ebola crisis, ensuring that the epidemic, obviously, is brought to a complete close. We are not there yet. We still have a challenge, even though enormous progress has been made. And we want to review the other issues that are on our bilateral agenda and we will shortly be meeting with President Obama at the White House. So Madam President, I think you would agree with me that this past year has taught us all something; there have been some lessons we have learned from this great challenge.

Particularly, first, the need to go all-in at the earliest sign of some kind of major outbreak of any deadly or infectious disease. The most effective action is preventative action, and delay or waiting can make the challenge just that much greater. Second, the critical need to upgrade the health infrastructure ensuring that countries have the backing that they need and the support they need, because the difference between rich and poor should not spell the difference between life and death. And the third lesson I think we’ve learned is the absolute importance of teamwork in responding to this kind of a crisis.

Now the last point, the value of teamwork, has been shown dramatically in recent months. In combatting the Ebola epidemic, the United States took a very vigorous, every-hand-on-deck approach with the leadership of President Obama, in order to immediately respond as strongly as possible, combined with the leadership that President Sirleaf provided in order to maximize Liberia’s own efforts with those of our partners.

And President Obama, as I think everybody knows, made a courageous decision early on to deploy 3,000 troops – American troops – at a time where there were questions about what would specifically be needed and how much could be done – in order to build treatment centers and assist in training health workers. The State Department, the USAID, the Center for Disease Control, the Department of Health and Human Services here in America all came together to play critical roles. And our assistance, including our food aid, totaled more than $1 billion. American NGOs were incredibly helpful. And the fact that the United States made such a broad commitment actually encouraged other countries to say we, too, need to join this fight, and they stepped up.

In responding to the crisis, the global community was indispensable. This was not something any one country was able to do by itself. But let me be clear: Our efforts, all of the global community’s efforts, would never have succeeded without the strong leadership in West Africa both at the national and at the local levels. And President Sirleaf herself was at the forefront of those leadership efforts. She acted with force and determination to educate her people about this disease, to marshal the resources, and to establish the right set of priorities and to make decisions on a daily basis that empowered the people who wanted to help to actually be able to do so.

So for their part, local healthcare workers risked, and in many cases gave their lives so that they could save many other lives and ease the pain of other people. Villagers and townspeople formed committees to set up hand-washing stations, quarantine households, to shield caregivers, to supervise burials, and to screen visitors. The result, quite frankly, has been absolutely astonishing. Last September, the CDC estimated by that this time – these were the estimates we were dealing with – more than a million cases might have been diagnosed. In fact, we are roughly at 1/50th of that number, and new cases in Liberia are down by more than 95 percent.

So this is remarkable news, good news at a moment where many people wonder about the ability of governance to be able to deliver good news at all. But the truth is as long as new infections are still being recorded, at even low levels, this cannot be declared over. Careful monitoring of every Ebola case and everyone in contact with infected patients is essential, and our goal is not to contain the disease, it is to defeat the disease. And that means zero new cases.

So today we continue to mourn the loss of so many people. But we’re also inspired by the difference that these months have made. Daily existence in Liberia and elsewhere in the region is no longer being held hostage to this disease. And body collection vehicles have disappeared from the streets. Schools that were closed have resumed classes. Liberia has reopened its borders and hope has returned to its citizens. And people, when they meet each other now, have begun shaking hands again.

So earlier this week the Millennium Development Corporation in Liberia signed a $2.8 million compact to assist with the recovery. And that was part of the conversation that the President and I had this morning. This is part of America’s ongoing commitment to Liberia, and it is one of – it is sort of a recognition of the fact that Liberia is also one of our staunchest allies in Africa.

Since the end of the civil war in 2003, the United States had invested more than 2 billion to help Liberia to rebuild and go forward. And even prior to the Ebola outbreak, the United States was the largest bilateral donor to Liberia’s health sector, working to increase the health sector capacity under programs such as the President’s malaria and global health initiatives, Feed the Future and the USAID Water and Development Strategy.

So Madam President, I’m told there’s an African proverb, “Rain does not fall on one roof alone.” And the meaning of that is obviously we’re all in this together. We have to stand together, and thousands of miles may separate our two countries, but for most of the past 168 years, the United States and Liberia have stood together, and that remains the case today. We both support democratic values and the development of inclusive societies. We both seek higher living standards through sustainable growth, and we share a commitment to human dignity and to peace both within and among nations.

So it’s been a great pleasure for me to able to share thoughts with you. I have admired you greatly and watched you from the distance, and we’ve said hello a couple times before, but I thank you today for the conversation we’ve had, and I look forward to continuing it at the White House shortly. Thank you, Madam President.

PRESIDENT JOHNSON SIRLEAF: Mr. Secretary, I’d like to thank you for the opportunity to meet with you, to exchange views. I come also to express on behalf of the Liberian people our deep appreciation for the support which we have received as we continue to fight this deadly virus. We want to thank President Obama for the strong leadership which he has shown, for the call to action that he has made. We thank the Administration; we thank the Congress in a bipartisan way for the support they’ve given to the Administration’s call for their support. And we thank the many U.S. institutions – NIH, CDC, the public health service, DART – all of those; the faith-based institutions, the American public at large, that all came together in a very strong partnership with us to be able to address and to fight this disease.

Last year was a difficult year for Liberia because we had and already obtained 10 consecutive years of peace, we had solved a lot of the problems that came out of two decades of war. We had addressed our debt issue, we were rebuilding our institutions, repairing our infrastructure, putting in the laws and the strategies that would’ve enabled us to be able to meet our Vision 2030 agenda, our agenda for transformation. When Ebola struck, the chances of all of that being wiped away confronted us.

In the early days, we did not know what to do. We were fearful, people died, our nurses and doctors who tried to treat what they thought were ordinary diseases such as malaria and yellow fever were confronted with something that they had no answer for. And I’m sure many people that looked at the television screen and saw Liberia as a place of disaster, everything was going wrong. But our people were resilient, and they were determined that we were not going to die, we’re not going to lose our livelihoods, we’re not going to reverse the gains that we have made. And so we all came together. We came together with not much capacity, not much resources, but came together with a great determination to save our nation and to ensure that we seize back the future that we had so carefully built over the past years. We could not do it without the partnership.

And the partnership that came from the United States galvanized and crystallized an international partnership that joined the United States in doing this, and this is why our message – it was a bold action, as you said, for the Administration to send military people out there, to send soldiers. That’s not something – we’ve never had boots on the ground in Liberia. It was the first time. But the landing of that just sent a big message to the Liberian people that the United States was really with us, and they provided the kind of service that have enhanced the capability of our own military because they worked together in building those centers.

The United States never closed to Liberia, even though we know there were great pressure on the part of a fearful citizen here, and we understood their fears because this was an unknown enemy to all of us. But President Obama and the Administration, supported by the Congress, stood firm and said, “We will continue to work with Liberia. We’ll continue to do this.” He went to the United Nations – you were there, I believe.

SECRETARY KERRY: Yes.

PRESIDENT JOHNSON SIRLEAF: And you all took a very strong stance. That message that went to the global community also engaged them. And so today, because of this strong partnership, we can say that we haven’t reached a place where we say we’re free of this disease, because we have neighboring countries and they send you the same messages of thanks and appreciation. But we have the place where we’re now confident that going forward, we can indeed get to zero for the required period, and we can indeed rebuild our health infrastructure, start our economic recovery even now as we try to get to zero, promote the regional support that ensures that all of our countries are free as a means of removing the threat that will remain if none of our countries are free.

To you, to the American people, we say thank you.

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you very much for a very eloquent and very personal statement. We thank you, appreciate it. I think we’ll be ready to take a few questions.

MS. PSAKI: Yes. Abigail Williams from NBC will be asking the questions today.

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, what are your expectations for the second round of U.S.-Cuba talks here at the State Department today? Do you expect an embassy to be open within a matter of weeks or months? And the Cubans are saying that a precondition for opening or establishing full diplomatic relations is being removed from the state sponsor of terror list. Do you expect that to create a delay in opening the embassy, and why are they still on that list?

And Madam President, what more are you asking of the United States to help prepare for the next outbreak of a similar deadly disease?

SECRETARY KERRY: Do you want to go first? Go ahead, please.

PRESIDENT JOHNSON SIRLEAF: We’re asking for a continuation of the partnership, first to help us get to zero, and that means supporting our regional initiative. We’re asking that we work together in a dialogue to look at our economic recovery that will strengthen our health infrastructure, that will get us to continue with our prioritization of agriculture to feed ourselves. Infrastructure – making sure that we have the roads and the power systems and the clean water systems now that our schools are open. That through dialogue, through understanding, this partnership can prepare Liberia not only to prevent any possible reoccurrence, but enable us to deliver better health services and a better life to our people.

SECRETARY KERRY: Let me just say that we are very committed to working with our friends from Liberia in order to be able to maximize the possibility of economic recovery, which is critical, and it requires bringing the private sector back, it requires addressing the energy sector, building health infrastructure. There are a lot of moving parts, but we certainly feel – and I know President Obama shares this – that having put so much effort into stopping the disease, and now we really want to try to help provide the future that provides hope and a sense of possibility, and we will continue to work on that.

With respect to Cuba and the state sponsorship of terrorism, even as we are standing here now, negotiations are going on upstairs to deal with the issue of renewal of diplomatic relations. That’s one set of fairly normal negotiations with respect to movement of diplomats, access, travel, different things, the very sort of technical process. The state sponsorship of terrorism designation is a separate process. It is not a negotiation. It is an evaluation that is made under a very strict set of requirements congressionally mandated, and that has to be pursued separately, and it is being pursued separately. And we will wait for that normal process to be completed. It requires a finding that, over the course of the last six-month period, the country in question has not been engaged in supporting, aiding, abetting – different language – international terrorist acts. And that evaluation will be made appropriately, and nothing will be done with respect to the list until the evaluation is completed.

MS. PSAKI: Thank you, everyone.

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you all. Thank you, Madam President.

 

SOURCE 

US Department of State


 

Statement attributable to the Spokesman of the Secretary-General on Boko Haram Attacks

 

NEW YORK, February 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Secretary-General reiterates his strong condemnation of the continuing indiscriminate and horrific attacks by Boko Haram against civilian populations in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. The abduction and use of children, including as “suicide bombers”, is particularly abhorrent.

 

The Secretary-General is encouraged by the positive steps taken by the countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) and Benin, with the support of the African Union, towards operationalizing the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to counter the threat posed by Boko Haram in the sub-region. He calls on international partners to provide support to these regional efforts.

 

The Secretary-General urges the states involved to ensure that all measures taken to combat the terrorist threat of Boko Haram are conducted in line with international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law. He is concerned by the impact of combat operations on local populations in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria and calls on countries of the region to give the highest priority to the protection of refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons, including by providing them with life-saving support. The United Nations is scaling up its humanitarian operations and increasing its human rights monitoring in the affected countries.

 

The Secretary-General is convinced that a military approach alone will not suffice to counter the Boko Haram insurgency. Only through a multi-dimensional approach that addresses legitimate grievances, past and current human rights violations, and root causes of the conflict, will we be able to effectively respond to the barbaric threat posed by Boko Haram to regional peace and security and to local populations.

 

SOURCE 

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

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 February 2015

CAR refugees and host community struggling to survive in northern DRC


 

CAR refugees and host community struggling to survive in northern DRC

 

KINSHASA, Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) February 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Since December 2014, an estimated 20,000 Central Africans have fled over the river Ubangi into the Bili and Bosobolo health zones in Equateur Province, northern DRC, adding to 10,000 refugees already present in the area. The refugees have arrived with very few possessions, if any, and are heavily dependent on the local community. Available supplies of food and drinking water must be divided among an increasingly large population and the threat of malnutrition and water-borne illness looms.

 

“Food is scarce and the markets are empty. We’re seeing rates of severe malnutrition above the emergency threshold, which is of serious concern. In the first week of MSF activities in this area, we have already hospitalised 10 children for severe malnutrition,” says Nathalie Gielen, field coordinator for the MSF emergency pool.

 

The MSF emergency pool in DRC is providing emergency medical aid to refugee and host communities alike in three health centres and the general reference hospital in the area.

 

Refugees report having suffered violent attacks, kidnapping, rape, robbery and threats from armed groups on the CAR side of the border. Yet some people are so desperate for something to eat that they are choosing to go back to CAR in search of food.

 

“Life is hard here. We don’t have our fields or any money to buy things. Back home in CAR I had what I needed to work in the fields. But here, I have nothing,” says Anne Kabo, 73, a CAR refugee living in DRC with her family since last May. “Sometimes I work for the locals in exchange for sorghum leaves to feed the family. We eat whatever we can every day or two. It’s mostly sorghum leaves, with no oil.”

 

Sanitation and drinkable water are also major problems in the area. There is no source of potable water and sanitation – especially in the makeshift sites where refugees live – is very poor. Many people take their drinking water directly from the river, which could cause water-borne diseases to spread.

 

“In such conditions, the spread of disease is more or less inevitable. Last week there was a suspected case of typhoid fever in one of the makeshift sites where the refugees live – a 12-year-old boy. The family buried the body right next to their hut,” says Ms Gielen.

 

There are currently plans to relocate the refugees to a camp near Bili, 60km south of the river, starting in late February. But moving thousands of refugees could take weeks, and in the meantime, refugees and host population alike are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

 

“Though many people have just arrived in this area, there are others who have been living in these conditions for months. Refugees and the host community are struggling to find adequate food and water, supplies of which were scarce to begin with,” says Ms Gielen. “More humanitarian assistance – especially in terms of food and water and sanitation – is needed until a more durable solution is in place.”

 

SOURCE 

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 February 2015

FDFA State Secretary Yves Rossier has visited South Africa and Burundi


 

FDFA State Secretary Yves Rossier has visited South Africa and Burundi

 

BERN, Switzerland, February 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — As part of a four-day visit ending today, the State Secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Yves Rossier, has held political consultations in South Africa and Burundi. In South Africa, the two parties established a platform for cooperation in the area of human rights. In Burundi, the State Secretary met with President Pierre Nkurunziza as well as several key stakeholders in light of the elections to be held in June of this year.

 

The FDFA State Secretary was received on 24 February by the South African Deputy Foreign Minister, Luwellyn Landers, in Pretoria. Together, Mr Rossier and Mr Landers co-chaired the sixth session of annual consultations between South Africa and Switzerland. The discussions focused on peace and security policy in Africa and Europe, the management of natural resources, and investment and economic and technical cooperation. Education and vocational training were also topics discussed in depth.

 

In addition, the State Secretary and his South-African counterpart took the opportunity to launch a sub-committee to host discussions on human rights, the rule of law, support for democracy and respect for diversity. At the economic level, South Africa is Switzerland’s main trading partner on the African continent. Swiss companies are among the biggest investors in South Africa.

 

From 25 to 27 February, Mr Rossier then visited Burundi at the invitation of the Minister of External Relations and International Cooperation, Laurent Kavakure. This visit follows on from the visit that took place between Mr Kavakure and Mr Rossier in September 2014 in Bern. The FDFA State Secretary was received by the President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza. The topics discussed included strengthening political dialogue between Switzerland and Burundi.

 

Mr Rossier also took the opportunity of the visit to meet with several figures from Burundian civil society during the run-up to the June presidential election. He had personal meetings with representatives of different political parties and spoke with with members of the National Electoral Commission. Switzerland is supporting the organisation of the presidential elections in Burundi through a United Nations fund.

 

Switzerland has had an official presence in Burundi since the country’s independence in 1962. It supports development cooperation and peacebuilding activities in the country. The FDFA State Secretary visited projects in the province of Ngozi that are supporting the process of decentralisation, land reform and better access to basic services for communities. In this context, Mr Rossier signed an agreement of CHF 6 million between Switzerland and the Republic of Burundi to promote decentralisation and strengthen local communities.

 

SOURCE 

Switzerland – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

UN Envoy to Somalia welcomes release of hostages, calls for remaining captives to be freed

 

MOGADISHU, Somalia, February 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, welcomed the release on 25 February of four remaining crewmen of the FV Prantalay 12 vessel, taken hostage at sea by Somali pirates on 18 April 2010.

 

This is the longest period of captivity by any hostages of Somali pirates. The crew, all Thai nationals, were released by their captors into the hands of the Somali Regional Administration in Galmudug.

 

“I am grateful to see the longest held hostages released from Somalia, and thank all those involved who made it happen, especially the regional authorities in Galmudug,” SRSG Kay said.

 

The mission to recover the hostages was conducted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), funded by the Contact Group for Piracy off the Coast of Somalia’s Trust Fund.

 

The FV Prantalay 12 was a Taiwanese flagged fishing vessel. After being seized by the pirates in 2010 it was used by the pirates as a mother ship, before it eventually capsized in July 2011. The remaining crew were then taken ashore.

 

Of the original 24 crew members, six succumbed to illness at various stages of captivity, and 14 Myanmar crew members were released to the Puntland Maritime Police authorities. They were repatriated by the UNODC’s Hostage Support Programme in May 2011.

 

While the release of the hostages is welcome news, Somali pirates are still holding 26 more hostages, abducted from the FV Naham 3. SRSG Kay called for their immediate release.

 

“I remain deeply concerned that 26 crew members are still being held hostage in Somalia, and urge their release without further delay.”

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 February 2015

Diplomatie économique – Egypte – Extension du métro du Caire


 

Diplomatie économique – Egypte – Extension du métro du Caire

 

PARIS, France, 27 février 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ La France se réjouit de la signature, au Caire le 25 février, de près de 440 millions d’euros de contrats pour l’extension de la ligne 3 du métro du Caire. Ces contrats ont été signés entre l’autorité égyptienne des transports et un groupement d’entreprises françaises (Vinci, Bouygues, Alstom, Thales, Colas, Eurovia), en consortium avec des entreprises égyptiennes (Orascom et Arab Contractors).

 

Cette réalisation majeure de la coopération franco-égyptienne, dont les précédentes phases ont reçu un appui financier de l’Etat français et des cofinancements européens, bénéficie quotidiennement à près de 4 millions d’usagers.

 

En fournissant une solution efficace à la circulation urbaine, le métro du Caire contribue au développement durable et à l’amélioration de la vie quotidienne dans la capitale égyptienne.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 February 2015

IOM Works with Yemeni Coastal Community to Aid Migrants from Horn of Africa


 

IOM Works with Yemeni Coastal Community to Aid Migrants from Horn of Africa

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, February 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM has been working to improve water and sanitation facilities at the Al-Husna Mosque, a local mosque in Basateen, whose Imam offers a temporary safe haven to destitute migrants from the Horn of Africa stranded en route to Saudi Arabia.

 

Basateen is an impoverished area in southern Yemen, just outside Aden, that hosts thousands of Somali refugees, Ethiopian migrants and Yemeni returnees. It is one of the most underdeveloped parts of Yemen and access to basic services – including food, water, heath care and shelter – are in short supply for both migrants and the local community. An acute lack of water and sanitation infrastructure raises the risk of disease.

 

To improve conditions for both migrants and the local community, IOM has worked with the Imam, local authorities and community leaders to connect the mosque’s sanitation network and those of neighboring houses to Basateen’s main sewage system.

 

It also installed 30 water taps and entirely renovated the mosque’s toilet facilities. Another 20 taps were installed in the mosque’s absolution area and a shade canopy was built to protect people from the sun. The mosque also serves as a food distribution point that IOM has operated since April 2013. IOM provides destitute migrants with two meals a day. To date, it has distributed over 142,000 meals to over 3,000 beneficiaries.

 

IOM provides additional assistance to vulnerable cases identified at the mosque, including minors, victims of trafficking, the sick, the elderly and people with disabilities. This includes basic health care services and non-food aid items.

 

Migrants at risk are also referred to shelters or to another IOM migrant response center in Basateen, where they and other new arrivals are able to receive more comprehensive care.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)

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IOM Aids Ethiopian Minors to Return from Tanzania and Yemen


 

IOM Aids Ethiopian Minors to Return from Tanzania and Yemen

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, February 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM offices in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Yemen this week helped 125 Ethiopians – many of them unaccompanied minors – to return home from Tanzania and Yemen.

 

The 54 returnees from Tanzania, who included six unaccompanied minors, were detained by the Tanzanian authorities while trying to reach South Africa and spent over four months in detention before IOM arranged their return home.

 

The 71 returnees from Yemen, who were all unaccompanied minors, crossed the Red Sea and became stranded while trying to reach the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They spent between 2-3 months in Yemeni detention before IOM arranged their return.

 

In 2014, IOM helped 828 Ethiopian migrants to return home from Yemen, of whom 334 were unaccompanied minors. In the same year, it helped 598 Ethiopians to return from Tanzania, of whom 80 were unaccompanied minors.

 

IOM provides pre-departure medical check-ups, accommodation, food and transport in Tanzania and Yemen. IOM Ethiopia provides on-arrival assistance to all returnees, including food and onward transportation.

 

IOM, UNICEF and Ethiopia’s Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs also conduct family tracing in order to reunify unaccompanied minors with their families. The children are fed and housed at the IOM Transit Center in Addis Ababa.

 

Now safely awaiting the family reunification program, 15-year-old Wehabdela Jemal, from the Southern Nations and Nationalities Reign-Sane-Sankura Zone, remembers the journey has been very hard.

 

“I left my town five months ago to head to Saudi Arabia after crossing Yemen,” he said. “We faced hunger, and thirst. At first, I thought we were going to make it there like my friends who told me that they are working there.”

 

After hiding in the bushes and crossing the Afar desert in Ethiopia, Wehabdela said he landed in Djibouti and boarded a boat to Yemen as he headed to Saudi Arabia. Months of hardship later, however, he was arrested upon arrival in Yemen.

 

“My friends who are already there told me there were lots of hardships they face but I wanted to take my chances anyway,” the teen said. “We were arrested right when we got there three weeks ago. Twelve of us were detained in Yemen after paying 25,000 Birr (USD 1,200). My family had to sell their plot of land to raise the money to pay for the broker.”

 

Mohammed Nur, 14, is another one of the returnees who migrated from the Silte Zone. He, too, was arrested at about the same time as Wehabdela. He said he and some of his countrymen, all teens, started their journey to Saudi Arabia three months ago. He came back to his country six months later with nothing to show for his efforts. His family members from abroad had to send 25,000 Birr (USD 1,200) for the smuggler’s fee in Yemen, as well.

 

“There was one returnee who showed us the way from Ethiopia but when we landed in Yemen, he disappeared in the middle of the way, I heard later that he has crossed to Ryadh. We were arrested,” the youth explained.

 

He described the difficult route to Yemen: “The road is treacherous, it is desert all the way; it is very hot. The whole hardship I faced on the way made me think that if I work hard in my own country I might just make better than there.”

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 February 2015

IOM Organizes Departure of Stranded Senegalese from Libya


 

IOM Organizes Departure of Stranded Senegalese from Libya

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, February 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — In what is hoped will be the first of many evacuations of stranded third country nationals in the coming weeks, IOM today organized the successful departure of 133 Senegalese men from the Karareem reception center in Misrata, Libya, and their flight home from Tunisia.

 

The evacuees are part of a group of 401 Senegalese IOM plans to return to their homeland over the next week, and perhaps the first of thousands who will be able to leave Libya safely after months of waiting.

 

For this operation, IOM worked in close cooperation with the Tunisian authorities, and with Senegal’s Tunis embassy to secure travel documents for all 401 stranded migrants. A charter airline contracted by IOM will bring the men home in three separate flights out of Djerba, Tunisia, with the first expected to arrive in Dakar this evening (27/2.)

 

The group of 133 departed Misrata on Thursday afternoon in three buses in a convoy that also included an ambulance and a two-vehicle police escort. The drive to Libya’s border with Tunisia took about six hours, with the convoy arriving shortly before midnight. The men spent the next nine hours in their buses until they cleared Tunisia’s passport control this morning.

 

“There was a bit of a delay at the border this morning, but now the men are on their way to the plane and expect to be home tonight. We are pleased things went so well,” said IOM Libya Chief of Mission Othman Belbeisi.

 

IOM coordinated the operation with Libya’s Ministry of Interior, the Libyan Red Crescent, ICRC and Libya’s Directorate for Combating Illegal Migration (DCIM). Funding was provided by IOM’s European Union-funded “START” project: “Stabilizing at risk communities and enhancing migration management to enable smooth transition in Egypt Libya and Tunisia.” START has invested nearly EUR 10 million in the region since 2012.

 

Additional funding came from a Norwegian government-funded IOM project: “Return and reintegration assistance for migrants stranded in Egypt and Libya”, which contributed NKR 4.1 million (EUR 478,000).

 

IOM has helped almost 200,000 stranded migrants to leave Libya since violence erupted there in 2011. It is a difficult process, explains Belbeisi, not just because the continuing violence hinders the organization’s presence on the ground. Many stranded migrants also no longer have their original travel documents, he notes.

 

Over a million Egyptian nationals are believed to reside in Libya and many may wish to return to Egypt. As many as 300,000 other foreign nationals from Africa, Asia and the Middle East may also be in need of assistance.

 

“Over the past month, we have seen clear signals that the situation in Libya is unraveling,” IOM Director General William Lacy Swing said this week. “We must stand ready to assist thousands of extremely vulnerable people who need our help,” he added.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)


 

Foreign Minister Steinmeier welcomes Sudanese opposition’s Berlin Declaration on National Dialogue

 

BERLIN, Germany, February 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On 25 and 26 February, representatives of Sudan’s opposition and civil society gathered in Berlin to discuss the peace process in their country. Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement in Berlin (26 February):

I welcome the willingness of the opposition to find a solution to Sudan’s problems through a National Dialogue. The fighting in Sudan must come to an end, and people in the affected regions must finally be given the prospect of peace and stability.

 

I am glad about the successful outcome of the discussions held here in Berlin. The Berlin Declaration is an important step towards reconciliation in Sudan. There is greater hope now that the Government in Khartoum and the opposition will take up serious negotiations.

Background information:

The meeting of the Sudanese opposition and civil society was held in Berlin to discuss, above all, proposals for peacebuilding measures as part of the National Dialogue. Decisions taken include sending a delegation to Addis Ababa to take part in a National Dialogue preparatory meeting to negotiate with the Sudanese Government about further cooperation.

The meeting was organised by the Berghof Foundation and the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik – German Institute for International and Security Affairs. Both institutions have been tasked by the Federal Foreign Office to support peace mediation in Sudan.

Under African Union mediation, peace talks are being held with Sudanese armed rebels in Addis Ababa. These talks are being led by Thabo Mbeki and aim to bring about a ceasefire as well as humanitarian access to the conflict zones in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan. In 2014, President Omar al Bashir invited all political forces to engage in a National Dialogue. Up until now, the opposition refused to join.

Germany supports AU mediator Thabo Mbeki in his efforts to bring the peace negotiations in Addis Ababa to a successful conclusion.

It will continue the dialogue with the Sudanese Government in order to support the peace process and bring about lasting reconciliation. In this context, Germany in particular supports the UN peace mission UNAMID in Darfur.

 

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Germany – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


DHL eleita transitário internacional número um de África

A excelência em carga aérea garantiu à DHL Global Forwarding a melhor classificação, sendo esta já a terceira vez que vence este prémio em África

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, February 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ A DHL Global Forwarding (http://www.dpdhl.com), a especialista em frete aéreo e marítimo da Deutsche Post, venceu o prémio Africa’s International Freight Forwarder of the Year (Transitário Internacional do Ano de África) pela 3.a vez. O vencedor do International Award for Excellence in Air Cargo (Prémio Internacional de Excelência em Carga Aérea) foi eleito pelos leitores do STAT Times de todo o mundo e o prémio foi atribuído à DHL na gala STAT Times Awards em Joanesburgo a 26 de fevereiro.

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Roger Olsson, Diretor-Executivo da DHL Global Forwarding da África Subsariana, que recebeu o prémio, afirmou: “A DHL oferece soluções personalizadas às empresas em África e o seu serviço não fica atrás de nenhum outro. Ser eleita número um pelos leitores do STAT Times é um tributo à forte equipa africana da DHL e à sua dedicação para atingir a excelência em serviços transitários internacionais que mereceu renovado reconhecimento. A DHL apoia as empresas em África há mais de 35 anos, mas o mais importante é que continua a antecipar, a adaptar e a criar serviços que correspondem nitidamente às necessidades em constante mudança das empresas africanas e que contribuem para que estas concretizem o seu grande potencial”.

De acordo com o relatório final relativo ao ano de 2014(1)  da Associação Internacional de Transportes Aéreos (IATA), a atividade comercial em toda a região africana manteve-se positiva, apesar do fraco desempenho de algumas das maiores economias, como a Nigéria e a África do Sul, em alguns períodos de 2014. O crescimento regional promoveu a procura de frete aéreo e a capacidade subiu apenas 0,9% durante todo o ano, o que contribuiu para reforçar os fatores de carregamento. O frete em toneladas-quilómetros (FTK) das transportadoras africanas aumentou 12,2% em dezembro e 6,7% tendo em conta o ano inteiro. Globalmente, após vários anos de estagnação, o negócio de transporte aéreo está a crescer novamente e a procura aumentou até 4,5%, em comparação com o frete em FTK calculado em 2013.

Como líder mundial de mercado, a DHL Global Forwarding tem sido a principal fornecedora de serviços na indústria de frete aéreo da região. Concentrada nos sectores de petróleo e gás e no sector mineiro nos últimos anos, a equipa de gestão de frete da DHL tem tido muito sucesso no desenvolvimento de soluções personalizadas para clientes destes sectores. A DHL Global Forwarding também verificou um aumento de volume significativo em África nas suas operações regulares e de chárter, as quais ligam todas as regiões a África, para servir os setores mineiro e de petróleo e gás. Além disso, as rotas Índia-África e China-África apresentam um crescimento sólido, impulsionadas principalmente pelos sectores de ciências da vida, farmacêutico e de alta tecnologia.

Instituído pelo STAT Times, a plataforma especializada em transporte multimodal internacional, o International Award for Excellence in Air Cargo é atribuído desde 2006, com vista a promover a excelência em diferentes sectores da indústria de transporte aéreo, durante os eventos bienais da International Air Cargo Association (Associação Internacional do Transporte Aéreo).

Os leitores do STAT Times em todo o mundo votam para eleger o líder da indústria, através de uma votação online, aberta durante um mês. O prémio foi entregue à DHL no Barnyard Theatre em Rivonia, na África do Sul, a 26 de fevereiro durante o evento AIR CARGO AFRICA 2015.

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

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DHL – A empresa de logística para o mundo

A DHL (http://www.dpdhl.com) é a líder mundial de mercado na indústria logística e de transportes e “A empresa de logística para o mundo”. A DHL aplica os seus conhecimentos especializados sobre transporte expresso internacional, entrega de encomendas nacional e internacional, frete aéreo e marítimo, transporte rodoviário e ferroviário, bem como sobre soluções relacionadas com contratos e comércio electrónico em toda a cadeia de abastecimento. Uma rede global composta por mais de 220 países e territórios e com cerca de 315 000 colaboradores em todo o mundo que disponibiliza aos consumidores a melhor qualidade de serviço e conhecimento local para satisfazer os seus requisitos no tocante a expedição e cadeia de abastecimento. A DHL aceita a sua responsabilidade social ao apoiar a protecção ambiental, a gestão de catástrofes e a educação.

A DHL faz parte do grupo Deutsche Post DHL. O grupo gerou receitas superiores a 55 mil milhões de euros em 2013.

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Deutsche Post DHL


DHL est désigné n° 1 des transitaires internationaux opérant en Afrique

Pour la troisième fois, l’excellence des services fournis dans le fret aérien permet à DHL Global Forwarding de s’assurer la première place en Afrique

JOHANNESBURG, Afrique du Sud, 27 février 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ DHL Global Forwarding (http://www.dpdhl.com), l’entité spécialisée dans les services de fret par voies aériennes et maritimes opérant au sein du groupe Deutsche Post, s’est, pour la troisième fois, vu décerner le Prix du transitaire international de l’année en Afrique. Le Prix international de l’excellence dans le domaine du fret aérien a été voté par les lecteurs du STAT Times sollicités dans le monde entier et a été attribué à DHL le 26 février, lors de la cérémonie des STAT Times Awards qui se déroulait à Johannesburg.

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Roger Olsson, PDG de DHL Global Forwarding Afrique subsaharienne, qui a reçu le prix, s’est exprimé en ces termes : « DHL propose des solutions sur mesure aux entreprises opérant en Afrique, ce qui constitue un service véritablement hors pair. Le fait d’être désignés n° 1 de notre catégorie par les lecteurs de STAT Time constitue un hommage appuyé à la solide équipe africaine de DHL qui voit ainsi récompensé une nouvelle fois l’attachement qui est le sien à l’excellence dans le domaine des services transitaires internationaux. Voilà maintenant plus de 35 ans que DHL soutient cette activité en Afrique, mais ce qui compte aujourd’hui le plus réside dans le fait que nous n’avons jamais cessé d’anticiper, d’adapter et de créer des services répondant clairement à l’évolution rapide des besoins commerciaux de l’Afrique, tout en favorisant ainsi l’exploitation du potentiel immense de ce secteur. »

Selon le rapport 2014(1) publié en fin d’année par l’Association du transport aérien international (International Air Transport Association, IATA), les activités commerciales réalisées dans la région africaine sont restées positives malgré les contreperformances enregistrées par les grandes économies que sont le Nigeria et l’Afrique du Sud au cours d’une partie de l’année 2014. La croissance régionale a soutenu la demande portant sur le fret aérien, et les capacités ont progressé de 0,9 % sur l’ensemble de l’année, contribuant ainsi au renforcement des coefficients de charge. Les tonnes-kilomètres de fret (freight tonne kilometers, FTK) réalisées par les transporteurs africains ont progressé de 12,2 % au mois de décembre et de 6,7 % sur l’ensemble de l’année. Au final, le secteur du fret aérien renoue avec la croissance après plusieurs années de stagnation, et la demande a augmenté de 4,5 % par rapport à 2013 en termes de FTK réalisées.

DHL Global Forwarding a, en sa qualité de leader mondial du marché, été le principal fournisseur de services dans le secteur du fret aérien de la région. L’équipe de gestion du fret de DHL a mis l’accent sur les secteurs pétroliers, gaziers et miniers, et a su y mettre au point et proposer des solutions sur mesure pour ses clients opérant dans ces secteurs. DHL Global Forwarding a également enregistré une croissance significative des volumes traités en Afrique, tant dans ses services réguliers que sur les charters reliant toutes les régions avec l’Afrique pour les secteurs pétroliers, gaziers et miniers. À cela s’ajoute le fait que les voies reliant l’Inde à l’Afrique et la Chine à l’Afrique enregistrent une forte croissance essentiellement portée par les secteurs des sciences de la vie, de la pharmacie et de la haute technologie.

Organisé par le magazine STAT Times, média consacré au transport multimodal international, le Prix international de l’excellence dans le domaine du fret aérien a été lancé en 2006 afin de favoriser l’excellence au sein de différents secteurs de l’industrie du fret aérien durant ses événements biennaux consacrés au fret aérien international.

Sollicités dans le monde entier par le biais d’un sondage en ligne accessible pendant une durée d’un mois, les lecteurs de STAT Times expriment leur suffrage pour l’entreprise qu’ils estiment être le leader du secteur. Le prix a été remis à DHL le 26 février au Barnyard Theatre de Rivonia, en Afrique du Sud, dans le cadre de l’événement AIR CARGO AFRICA 2015.

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DHL – Le Groupe de Transport et Logistique Mondial

Leader mondial du secteur de la logistique et des transports, DHL (http://www.dpdhl.com) est « Le Groupe de Transport et Logistique Mondial ». Le groupe DHL met au service de ses clients ses compétences dans le domaine du courrier international, de la livraison de paquets nationaux et internationaux, du fret aérien et maritime ainsi que du transport routier et ferroviaire. Il leur propose également des solutions contractuelles et de commerce électronique d’un bout à l’autre de la chaîne d’approvisionnement. DHL bénéficie d’un réseau mondial couvrant plus de 220 pays et territoires et emploie près de 315 000 personnes à travers le monde, ce qui lui permet de proposer à ses clients une qualité de service supérieure et une connaissance du marché local, afin de satisfaire leurs exigences en matière d’expédition et de chaîne d’approvisionnement. DHL accepte sa responsabilité sociale en soutenant la protection de l’environnement, la gestion des catastrophes et l’éducation.

DHL fait partie du groupe Deutsche Post DHL. En 2013, le groupe a réalisé un chiffre d’affaires de plus de 55 milliards d’euros.

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Deutsche Post DHL


DHL Named Africa’s Number One International Freight Forwarder

Excellence in air cargo secures DHL Global Forwarding top ranking in third award win in Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, February 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ DHL Global Forwarding (http://www.dpdhl.com), the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post, has scooped the award for Africa’s International Freight Forwarder of the Year for the 3rd time. The International Award for Excellence in Air Cargo was voted by STAT Times’ readers worldwide and given to DHL at the STAT Times Awards in Johannesburg on February 26.

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Roger Olsson, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Sub Saharan Africa, who received the award, said: “DHL offers tailor-made solutions to businesses in Africa and it’s a service that’s second to none. It’s a tribute – to be named number one by STAT Time’s readers – to DHL’s strong African team that their dedication to excellence in international freight forwarding has been recognised yet again. DHL has been supporting the business in Africa for more than 35 years now but what’s most important is that we have continued to anticipate, adapt and create services that clearly meet Africa’s fast evolving business needs and help fulfill its vast potential.”

According to the 2014 year-end report(1) by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), trade activity across the African region remained positive despite major economies Nigeria and South Africa underperforming for parts of 2014. Regional growth supported demand for air freight and capacity rose just 0.9% for the year as a whole, helping to strengthen load factors. African carriers’ freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) grew by 12.2% in December and 6.7% for the year as a whole. Globally, the air cargo business is growing again after several years of stagnation with demand growth up 4.5% compared to 2013 measured by freight FTKs.

As a global market leader, DHL Global Forwarding has been the leading service provider in the region’s air freight industry. With a focus on the Oil and Gas and the Mining sectors in the past few years, DHL’s freight management team has been very successful in developing customized solutions for customers in these sectors. DHL Global Forwarding also saw significant volume growth in Africa in both its regular and charter operations connecting all regions with Africa for the Oil and Gas and the Mining sectors. In addition, the India-Africa and China-Africa lanes are growing strongly, driven mainly by the life sciences, pharmaceutical and high tech sectors.

Organized by STAT Times, the international multimodal transport media, the International Award for Excellence in Air Cargo was launched in 2006 to support excellence across different sectors of the air cargo industry during its biennial International Air Cargo events.

Worldwide readers of STAT Times vote for the industry leader through an online poll, spanning a month. The award was presented to DHL at the Barnyard Theatre in Rivonia, South Africa, on February 26 as part of the AIR CARGO AFRICA 2015 event.

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DHL – The Logistics company for the world

DHL (http://www.dpdhl.com) is the global market leader in the logistics and transportation industry and “The logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, national and international parcel delivery, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation as well as contract and e-commerce related solutions along the entire supply chain. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and around 315,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting environmental protection, disaster management and education.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenues of more than 55 billion euros in 2013.

For more information: www.dpdhl.com

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Deutsche Post DHL


 

CAR refugees are threatened by malnutrition in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo

 

KINSHASA, Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) February 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Thousands of refugees who have fled violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are now struggling to survive in desperate conditions in Equateur province, northeastern DRC. Life in DRC is hard for refugees and host communities alike, as food and clean water are scarce, and humanitarian assistance has so far been minimal. Initial evaluations show that levels of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) are already high.

“There is no drinkable water, no latrines, no access to healthcare. Food is scarce and the markets are empty. We are seeing rates of severe malnutrition above than the emergency threshold, which is of serious concern,” says Nathalie Gielen, field coordinator for the MSF emergency pool. “Refugees report having suffered violent attacks, kidnapping, rape, robbery and threats from armed groups on the CAR side of the border. Yet some people are so desperate for something to eat that they are choosing to go back to CAR in search of food.”

An estimated 20,000 Central Africans have fled over the Ubangi river, which separates the CAR from the DRC, to the Bili and Bosobolo health zones in the north of DRC, adding to 10,000 refugees already present in the area. The refugees have arrived with very few possessions, if any, and are heavily dependent on the local community. They live in makeshift settlements and in villages along the Ubangi river. In some places, like in the area around Sidi, refugees outnumber local people two to one and more continue to arrive. Available supplies of food and drinking water must be divided among an increasingly large population.

“Life is hard here. We don’t have our fields, or any money to buy things. Back home in CAR I had what I needed to work in the fields. But here, I have nothing,” says Anne Kabo, 73, a CAR refugee living in the DRC with her family since last May. “Sometimes I work for the locals in exchange for sorghum leaves to feed the family. We eat whatever we can every day or two. It’s mostly sorghum leaves, with no oil.”

The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) plans to relocate the refugees to a camp near Bili, 60 km south of the river, starting in late February. But moving thousands of refugees could take weeks, and in the meantime, refugees and host population alike are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

“Though many people have just arrived in this area, there are others who have been living in these conditions for months. Refugees and the host community alike are struggling to find adequate food and water, supplies of which were scarce to begin with. More humanitarian assistance is needed until a more durable solution is in place,” says Ms Gielen.

 

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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)


Nielsen: PIB, dados demográficos e de governação não são suficientes para prever o sucesso de uma marca em África

Um novo relatório revela que os dados de venda a retalho, necessidades e comportamento dos consumidores, juntamente com conjuntos de dados macroeconómicos, são os melhores indicadores de oportunidade e sucesso nos mercados africanos

NAIROBI, Kenya, February 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ As marcas que pretendem explorar os mercados africanos em expansão, com cerca de 350 milhões de consumidores da classe média, baseando-se apenas em dados macroeconómicos, como o crescimento do PIB, tendências demográficas e dados regulamentares de governação, para identificar oportunidades e prever o sucesso, podem cometer erros dispendiosos, segundo um novo relatório da Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) (http://www.nielsen.com).

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(Allen Burch, diretor da divisão africana da Nielsen)

As conclusões apresentadas em Africa: How to navigate the retail distribution labyrinth (África: Como percorrer o labirinto da distribuição de vendas a retalho), um novo relatório emitido hoje, mostram que as empresas que conjugam os dados das vendas do comércio moderno e tradicional, bem como o comportamento dos consumidores, com indicadores macroambientais mais amplos estão mais bem colocadas para identificar os mercados , produtos e estratégias de execução de marketing e vendas que possibilitem um crescimento sustentável e rentabilidade em África.

“O conhecimento convencional defende que uma marca pode ser bem-sucedida no seu lançamento no mercado onde haja crescimento demográfico e do PIB, e um meio empresarial estável. Mas estes critérios não são suficientes para termos uma visão completa das possibilidades do consumo em África,” disse Allen Burch, diretor da divisão africana da Nielsen. “Constatámos que as marcas de consumo mais bem-sucedidas em África dominam três informações chave sobre as vendas a retalho: quem compra onde e para quê, que estabelecimentos retalhistas são melhores para gerar vendas do produto e como gerar procura junto de retalhistas e consumidores.”

Em 2013, a Nielsen iniciou uma análise trimestral de dados de consumo, retalho e empresariais, bem como dos dados macroeconómicos de sete países subsarianos (Nigéria, Quénia, Gana, África do Sul, Tanzânia, Uganda e Zâmbia) com planos de expansão gradual para outros países. Historicamente, um dos problemas tem sido a falta de dados sobre o mercado em África. Sem essa perceção, mesmo as empresas com os produtos certos para o mercado certo podem não conseguir colocá-los nas lojas certas, o que resulta num fraco crescimento das vendas.  Conjugando os indicadores macroeconómicos com dados mais detalhados sobre o consumo, o retalho e as empresas, é possível resolver as dificuldades de distribuição essenciais para o sucesso em África.

Entender os hábitos retalhistas dos consumidores africanos

As empresas que entendem quem compra onde, para quê e quando, podem aplicar esse conhecimento em estratégias para os seus recursos e distribuição.

Na maior parte do continente africano, a percentagem de vendas através de comércio moderno ainda é baixa. Enquanto os retalhistas internacionais investem em formatos de comércio moderno, a maioria das transações retalhistas ocorre em pontos de retalho tradicionais, como quiosques e “table tops” (bancas montadas à beira da estrada ou no mercado local para atraírem os clientes). Mesmo na África do Sul, que tem a maior percentagem de comércio moderno na África subsariana, 40% das vendas ocorrem nos retalhistas tradicionais. Apesar de os pontos preferidos de comércio retalhista variarem de acordo com o país (por exemplo, “table tops”, quiosques, bancas de mercado, mercearias, etc.), o retalho tradicional fora da África do Sul representa cerca de 90% dos gastos com bens de consumo na região.

Os produtos armazenados, a quantidade, o preço, o fornecedor e a frequência com que se reabastece, tudo depende do formato do retalhista. Estes fatores também influenciam o motivo e a frequência da procura dos consumidores. Dependendo do país ou da zona urbana, os consumidores podem fazer compras em mercearias ou supermercados com menos frequência devido a dificuldades de transporte, mas visitam os “table tops” locais diariamente para se abastecerem de produtos essenciais.

Entender o interesse dos consumidores africanos em experimentar novos produtos também é essencial. Há uma grande preferência dos consumidores por marcas e produtos que conhecem, já experimentaram ou que lhes foram recomendados por uma fonte de confiança, mas o nível de abertura varia de acordo com o país. A análise da Nielsen revela que, por exemplo, na Nigéria, o interesse dos consumidores em experimentar novos produtos aumentou para 73% no terceiro trimestre de 2014, mas desceu para 53% no Gana.

Identificar os retalhistas certos

Mesmo com um conhecimento das preferências e do comportamento dos consumidores em África, as marcas continuam a ter de identificar os melhores estabelecimentos retalhistas para um produto. Na verdade, uma pequena proporção de estabelecimentos pode representar uma percentagem desproporcional das vendas.

Por exemplo, a pesquisa e análise da Nielsen sobre a distribuição e volume de negócios de determinados bens e produtos mostra que, em Lagos, os detergentes para a roupa estão disponíveis em 100 000 estabelecimentos, mas 80% de todas as vendas de detergentes para a roupa são realizadas em 35 000 desses estabelecimentos e 50% são realizadas em apenas 10 000 estabelecimentos retalhistas.

Com este tipo de dados, as empresas podem não só identificar os canais, grupos de lojas, estabelecimentos, formatos e tamanhos de produtos certos para satisfazer as necessidades dos consumidores africanos, mas também otimizar cadeias de abastecimento melhorando o planeamento de introdução no mercado e a disponibilidade, evitando desperdícios e eliminando custos desnecessários para os consumidores, que poderão reforçar o mercado.

Criar procura entre os retalhistas e consumidores

Muitas marcas têm experiência de trabalho com retalhistas modernos para criar estratégias de stock, fixação de preços e promoção que podem aumentar a procura numa determinada localização. Mas aplicar a mesma abordagem ao retalho tradicional não terá os mesmos resultados. Entender o ambiente do retalhista (com que frequência se reabastecem de certos produtos, como selecionam novos produtos para o stock, o uso de grossistas, capacidade de refrigeração, etc.) pode ajudar as marcas a aumentarem as vendas.

O vendedor toma a decisão final sobre como e quando os produtos serão introduzidos no mercado, além da apresentação e fixação de preço de um artigo.  Nalguns casos, se uma marca embalada for demasiado dispendiosa, o retalhista pode abrir a embalagem e dividir o produto. O fabricante pode não ter perdas nas receitas, mas a identidade e intenção da marca tornam-se mais fracas.

Por isso, é essencial igualar a flexibilidade do vendedor nas estratégias para os produtos e a fixação de preços, para aumentar gradualmente a procura e as vendas. Aconselham-se medidas como fornecer embalagens térmicas aos vendedores de “table tops” para artigos que requerem refrigeração, ou oferecer amostras gratuitas de acordo com a altura do dia e a forma como um estabelecimento é usado pelo consumidor.

“Com seis das 10 economias com maior crescimento localizadas na África Subsariana e o crescimento das populações e do seu poder de compra, África oferece grandes oportunidades às marcas de consumo. Quer sejam multinacionais ou façam parte do grupo de marcas africanas em rápida expansão, as empresas que olharem para além dos dados macroambientais estarão mais bem posicionadas para satisfazer as necessidades dos consumidores nesta importante região,” disse Burch.

A Nielsen promoverá uma conversa no Twitter sobre o relatório Africa: How to navigate the retail distribution labyrinth na quinta-feira, 5 de março às 08h00 ET/11h00 GMT com Allen Burch (@allenburch), através da tag #NielsenAfrica. As perguntas poderão ser apresentadas antecipadamente enviando um tweet  para @Nielsen com a referência #NielsenAfrica.

A Nielsen disponibilizou uma cópia completa do relatório em http://www.nielsen.com/ssa/en/insights/reports/2015/africa-how-to-navigate-the-retail-distribution-labyrinth.html.

A Nielsen tem recursos em mais de 40 países na África Subsariana , incluindo grandes operações comerciais na África do Sul, Quénia, Nigéria, Camarões e Gana. Como parceira estratégica de várias marcas globais e locais, a empresa tem apresentado estudos sobre a diversidade dos consumidores e mercados africanos há mais de 20 anos, possuindo um vasto conhecimento sobre o comércio tradicional e moderno. Os dados comerciais da Nielsen fornecem uma visão abrangente do panorama retalhista em África, incluindo estudos de avaliação de universos retalhistas em 14 países e dados de consumo de mais de 1,5 milhões de estabelecimentos em 30 cidades e 10 países.

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Nielsen : Le PIB, la démographie et la gouvernance ne suffisent pas à prédire le succès d’une marque en Afrique

Selon un nouveau rapport, les données dures relatives à la vente au détail, les besoins et le comportement des consommateurs combinés à des ensembles de données macro-économiques sont de meilleurs indicateurs d’opportunité et de succès sur les marchés africains

NAIROBI, Kenya, 27 février 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Selon le nouveau rapport de Nielsen (NYSE : NLSN) (http://www.nielsen.com), pour les marques qui souhaitent profiter des marchés africains en plein essor et, selon les estimations, des 350 millions de consommateurs appartenant à la classe moyenne de la région, se fier uniquement aux données macro-économiques comme la croissance du PIB, les tendances démographiques et les données relatives à la gouvernance et la régulation pour identifier les opportunités et prédire le succès peut mener à des erreurs coûteuses.

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(Allen Burch, responsable Afrique chez Nielsen)

Ces conclusions, publiées dans Africa: How to navigate the retail distribution labyrinth, un nouveau rapport paru aujourd’hui, montrent que ce sont les entreprises qui combinent les données concernant la vente au détail du commerce moderne et traditionnel et le comportement des consommateurs à des indicateurs concernant le macro-environnement plus large qui sont les mieux placées pour identifier les bons marchés, produits et stratégies marketing et de vente pour avoir une croissance durable et être rentable en Afrique.

« On pense souvent qu’une marque peut réussir en s’introduisant sur un marché caractérisé par un accroissement de la population et du PIB et un environnement commercial stable. Ces éléments ne permettent pas à eux seuls de fournir une image complète des opportunités de consommation en Afrique », souligne Allen Burch, responsable Afrique chez Nielsen. « Nous avons observé que les marques grand public qui réussissent en Afrique sont celles qui ont compris trois éléments essentiels en matière d’information sur les ventes : qui achète où et quoi, quels points de vente sont les mieux adaptés pour permettre au produit de générer un chiffre d’affaires et comment créer la demande chez les détaillants et les consommateurs. »

En 2013, Nielsen a commencé à procéder à une analyse trimestrielle des données relatives aux consommateurs, à la vente de détail et aux perspectives commerciales ainsi que des données macro-économiques de sept pays subsahariens (Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Afrique du Sud, Tanzanie, Ouganda et Zambie), avec l’intention d’ajouter d’autres pays à la liste au fil du temps. Le manque de données sur le marché africain est un reproche récurrent. Sans ces informations, même les entreprises ayant les bons produits pour le bon marché peuvent ne pas parvenir à les placer dans les bons magasins, ce qui se traduit par une mauvaise croissance des ventes. En combinant les indicateurs macro-économiques traditionnels à des données plus précises concernant les consommateurs, la vente au détail et le commerce, il est possible de résoudre les défis de distribution qui sont la clé du succès en Afrique.

Comprendre les habitudes des consommateurs africains

Les entreprises qui comprennent qui achète où, quoi et quand peuvent utiliser ces informations pour élaborer leurs stratégies de recrutement et de distribution.

Globalement, en Afrique, le pourcentage des ventes réalisées dans le commerce moderne est encore limité. Tandis que les détaillants internationaux investissent dans les formats de commerce moderne, c’est le commerce traditionnel, comme les kiosques et les étals installés au bord des routes ou sur les marchés locaux pour attirer les acheteurs de passage, qui génère la majorité des transactions. Même en Afrique du Sud, qui a le commerce le plus moderne de toute l’Afrique subsaharienne, 40 % des ventes proviennent de détaillants traditionnels. Bien que le réseau de vente au détail traditionnel préféré varie d’un pays à l’autre (étals, kiosques, épiceries, etc.), en dehors de l’Afrique du Sud, le commerce traditionnel représente près de 90 % de toutes les dépenses en biens de consommation de la région.

Les marchandises stockées par un détaillant, leur quantité, leur prix, le fournisseur et la fréquence de renouvellement des stocks dépendent du type de commerce. Cela influence également le but et la fréquence des visites des consommateurs. D’un pays ou d’une zone urbaine à l’autre, les consommateurs vont peut-être moins souvent chez l’épicier ou au supermarché en raison des difficultés de transport, mais ils vont tous les jours à l’étal local pour s’approvisionner en articles du quotidien.

Il est également essentiel de comprendre la volonté des consommateurs africains d’essayer de nouveaux produits. Les consommateurs préfèrent les marques et les produits qu’ils connaissent, qu’ils ont déjà essayés ou qui leur ont été recommandés par une source fiable, mais le degré d’ouverture varie selon le pays. L’analyse de Nielsen montre, par exemple, que la volonté des consommateurs nigérians d’essayer de nouveaux produits a augmenté de 73 % au troisième trimestre 2014, mais a diminué de 53 % au Ghana.

Identifier les bons détaillants

Même en ayant compris les préférences des consommateurs africains et leur comportement, les marques doivent quand même identifier les meilleurs points de vente d’un produit. En fait, une petite part des points de vente peut générer un nombre disproportionné de ventes.

Par exemple, les recherches et les analyses de Nielsen concernant la distribution et le chiffre d’affaires de certains produits ont montré qu’à Lagos les lessives sont disponibles à la vente dans 100 000 points de vente, mais que 80 % de toutes les ventes de lessives proviennent de 35 000 de ces points de vente et que 50 % proviennent de seulement 10 000 points de vente.

Grâce à ce type de données, les entreprises peuvent non seulement identifier les bons réseaux, zones commerciales, magasins, formats et tailles des produits pour répondre aux besoins des consommateurs africains, mais elles peuvent aussi optimiser les chaînes d’approvisionnement en améliorant la planification du canal de distribution et la disponibilité, en réduisant les déchets et en éliminant les coûts superflus pour les consommateurs, ce qui peut renforcer l’ensemble du marché.

Créer la demande chez les détaillants et les consommateurs

De nombreuses marques ont essayé de travailler avec des détaillants modernes pour élaborer des stratégies de gamme, de fixation des prix et de promotion capables d’améliorer la demande à un endroit donné. Mais appliquée au commerce traditionnel cette approche n’aura pas les mêmes résultats. Comprendre l’environnement du détaillant (fréquence de réapprovisionnement de certains produits, manière dont les nouveaux produits sont sélectionnés, utilisation de grossistes, capacités de réfrigération, etc.) peut aider les marques à augmenter leurs ventes.

C’est le détaillant qui prend la décision finale quant à comment et quand les produits sont proposés aux consommateurs et quant à la manière de présenter un article et à quel prix. Dans certains cas, si le conditionnement de la marque est trop cher, le détaillant peut l’ouvrir et le diviser. Même si cela ne fait pas perdre d’argent au fabricant, cela peut affaiblir l’identité et l’intention de la marque.

C’est pourquoi il est essentiel d’adapter la flexibilité du détaillant en termes de stratégie de produit et de prix pour augmenter la demande et les ventes. De la même manière, il est important de fournir des glacières au nom de la marque aux détaillants possédant un étal pour les produits qui doivent être réfrigérés ou de proposer des échantillons gratuits adaptés au moment de la journée et à la manière dont le consommateur utilise un point de vente donné.

« Avec six des dix économies ayant la croissance la plus rapide au monde situées en Afrique subsaharienne et des populations en pleine croissance en termes de taille et de pouvoir d’achat, l’Afrique offre des promesses et des opportunités exceptionnelles aux marques grand public. Les entreprises, qu’il s’agisse de multinationales mondiales ou de la liste en pleine expansion des marques africaines, qui voient au-delà du macro-environnement seront les mieux placées pour répondre aux besoins des consommateurs dans cette région importante », souligne Allen Burch.

Nielsen organisera une discussion en direct sur Twitter sur Africa: How to navigate the retail distribution labyrinth le jeudi 5 mars à 12h CET avec Allen Burch (@allenburch) avec le hashtag #NielsenAfrica. Vous pouvez envoyer vos questions dès maintenant à @Nielsen en indiquant #NielsenAfrica.

Le rapport est disponible dans son intégralité sur le site de Nielsen à l’adresse http://www.nielsen.com/ssa/en/insights/reports/2015/africa-how-to-navigate-the-retail-distribution-labyrinth.html.

Nielsen opère dans plus de 40 pays d’Afrique subsaharienne et s’intéresse notamment aux grandes opérations commerciales en Afrique du Sud, au Kenya, au Nigeria, au Cameroun et au Ghana. En tant que partenaire stratégique de plusieurs marques mondiales et locales, le groupe fournit des informations sur la diversité des consommateurs et des marchés africains depuis plus de 20 ans grâce à son expertise et sa connaissance des formes de commerce traditionnel et moderne. Les données commerciales de Nielsen offrent une vision complète de l’environnement de la vente au détail en Afrique, avec la mesure continue des univers de la vente au détail dans 14 pays et le recensement de plus de 1,5 million de points de vente dans 30 villes et 10 pays.

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The Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) signs agreement for US$302,000 financial grant under the Nigerian Technical Cooperation Fund (NTCF) managed by African Development Bank (AfDB)

ABUJA, Nigeria, February 26, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The efforts of the Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM Bank) (http://neximbank.com.ng) to facilitate the establishment of a regional maritime company, The Sealink Project, has received a fresh boost with the signing of a financial grant with the African Development Bank (AfDB) for US$302, 000 under the aegis of the Nigerian Technical Cooperation Fund (NTCF).

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The objective of the Sealink Project is to promote intra and inter- African trade, thereby fostering regional integration, economic growth and development in the West and Central African sub-regions. This is in line with the Government’s transformational policy on trade and transport as articulated in the Regional Trade component of the New Trade Policy.

Speaking at the event, the Resident Representative for the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group in Nigeria, Mr. Ousmane Dore, reiterated AfDB’s commitment to promoting infrastructure development in Africa as being in line with the Bank’s overarching objective to spur sustainable economic development, social progress and poverty reduction in the regional member countries (RMCs). He indicated that an innovative maritime initiative such as the Sealink Project would greatly assist in bridging the artificial boundaries that have hitherto prevented trade, economic integration and a seamless logistic services within the region. He was particularly impressed that NEXIM deemed it strategic enough to enlarge the scope of the project to include the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) region (for which feasibility study part of the grant shall be applied), and expressed the hope that eventually the project would cover the entire region and enhance trade, free movement of persons, goods and services.

Also, the Acting Director-General of the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA), Mr. Suleiman Shuaibu stated that the aim of his Directorate (which is under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) is to enhance Africa’s development and integration by creating the enabling environment and opportunity for Nigerian professionals and indeed those of African descent to invest their immense intellect, expertise and skills in the economies of Africa towards bridging the widening economic and scientific gap between Africa and the rest of the world. Continuing, he indicated that the financial grant of US$ 302, 000 to NEXIM Bank for the Sealink project is in line with the Directorate’s interest to facilitate cooperation and integration in Africa through the mechanism of technical assistance and better cooperation with other African countries, especially given Nigeria’s role as leader in Africa.

In his remarks, Mr. Roberts Orya, the MD/CEO of NEXIM Bank thanked the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA) and African Development Bank (AfDB) for the Nigerian Technical Cooperation Fund (NTCF) grant to NEXIM.

According to Mr. Orya, “The release of this financial grant of US$302,000 to NEXIM Bank under the Nigerian Technical Cooperation Fund (NTCF) (which is) managed by African Development Bank is an attestation of the confidence the Federal Government of Nigeria as well as other key stakeholders in our commitment, especially through the SEALINK Project, to facilitate the free movement of persons, goods and services within the West and Central African sub-regions.…”

The US$302, 000 grant would be used to conduct further feasibility studies on the project to extend it to the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), as well as enhance the Sealink promotional activities and assist in the development of human capital and corporate governance structure of the the Sealink Promotional Company Limited (SPV) which was incorporated to facilitate the project implementation. The SPV is being promoted by the Federation of West African Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FEWACCI), Nigerian Export – Import Bank (NEXIM) and Transimex, S. A, Cameroun.

Mr. Orya used the opportunity of the event to provide an update on the Sealink Project implementation and maintained that the Sealink is a private sector-driven project and that NEXIM Bank is only facilitating its establishment in line with its mandate, as the Trade Policy Bank of Nigeria, to promote and deepen non-oil sector export trade. He indicated that the project’s promotional phase and capital raising exercise are still ongoing with a pilot implementation phase expected to commence in the Q2 Y2015; while full project implementation would be initiated by the Q4 2015.

The NEXIM MD reiterated that the Sealink project would assist in regional integration by mitigating some of the non-tariff barriers in intra/inter-regional trade in Africa. Specifically, the project will assist in reducing the high transportation costs as well as the excessive transit time which make intra-regional trade within West and Central Africa non-competitive and among the most expensive in the world, in terms of logistic costs.

Mr. Orya believes that the upon full implementation, the Sealink project will assist in improving the current low level of export trade between Nigeria and other countries within the ECOWAS and ECCAS sub-regions.

It is noteworthy that the Board and Management of NEXIM Bank and that other relevant stakeholders such as the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), ECOWAS Parliament, Federal Ministry of Finance, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Federal Ministry of Transport, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, and the Organized Private Sector – FEWACCI, NACCIMA and MAN Export Group, among others fully support the Sealink project.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM).

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About NEXIM Bank - The Nigerian Export-Import Bank (http://neximbank.com.ng) was established by Act 38 of 1991 as an Export Credit Agency with the broad mandate to promoting the diversification of the Nigerian economy and deepening the external sector, particularly the non-oil through the provision of credit facilities in both local and foreign currencies; risk-bearing facilities through export credit guarantee & export credit insurance; business development and financial advisory services etc.

In pursuit of its mandate of promoting export diversification and deepening the non-oil sector, the Bank’s current strategic initiatives are targeted towards boosting employment creation and foreign exchange earnings in the Manufacturing, Agro-processing, Solid Minerals and Services (Tourism, Transportation and Entertainment) industries.

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IMF Mission Reaches Staff-Level Agreement with Ghana on an Extended Credit Facility Arrangement

 

ACCRA, Ghana, February 26, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Joel Toujas-Bernaté, visited Accra during February 19−26, 2015 to discuss the authorities’ economic and financial program and possible financial support by the IMF. The mission reached staff-level agreement with the authorities, subject to approval by IMF Management and the Executive Board, on an economic program that could be supported by a three-year Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement. Proposed access could total SDR 664 million (around US$940 million), or 180 percent of Ghana’s IMF quota. Consideration by the Executive Board is tentatively scheduled in early April 2015.”

Mr. Toujas-Bernaté released the following statement at the end of the mission:

“The IMF mission and the Ghanaian authorities reached staff-level agreement on an economic program aimed at overcoming the country’s economic challenges, supporting stronger economic growth and lower inflation.

“Ghana experienced three difficult years characterized by declining economic growth, increasing inflation rates, rising debt levels and financial vulnerabilities. In 2014 economic growth reached its lowest level in many years, with non-oil GDP growing at 4.1 percent, in the context of high interest rates, a fast depreciating currency, low aggregate demand and a deepening energy crisis. Inflation reached 17 percent, well above the central bank’s inflation target. Large fiscal deficits caused by a ballooning wage bill, poorly targeted energy subsidies and commodity price shocks pushed government debt and financing costs to very high levels, and made the economy more vulnerable to roll-over risks, despite the implementation of corrective measures in the last couple of years. These domestic imbalances resulted in a weakened external position and pressures on the exchange rate, with net international reserves covering just a few days of import coverage in September 2014, before rebounding on account of the issuance of a Eurobond and a syndicated loan obtained by the Ghana Cocoa Board.

“The main priority of the program is to restore debt sustainability through a sustained fiscal consolidation, and to support growth with adequate capital spending and a reduction in financing costs. The program rests on three pillars – restraining and prioritizing public expenditure with a transparent budget process; increasing tax collection; and strengthening the effectiveness of the central bank monetary policy. The program explicitly accommodates for the expansion and the safeguard of priority spending, in particular social protection programs such as the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP).

“In the context of the program, total GDP growth is expected to decline further in 2015 to 3½ percent on the back of a severe energy crisis and fiscal consolidation. Growth is expected to rebound over the medium term on account of an improved macroeconomic environment and cost effective solutions to address the energy crisis. Inflation should decelerate substantially, while the stronger fiscal consolidation will stabilize the debt ratio to GDP. The external current account deficit is projected to decline to 7 percent of GDP in 2015, which, together with increased donor support, should contribute to start rebuilding reserves.

“The 2015 Budget adopted by Parliament included a strong set of measures. Swift implementation of these measures, in particular the elimination of distortive and inefficient energy subsidies, the new tax on petroleum products, and stronger containment of the wage bill should contribute to a significant reduction in the fiscal deficit over the medium term, with the fiscal deficit projected to decline from 9½ percent of GDP in 2014 to 7½ percent in 2015 and about 3½ percent in 2017, including the repayments of all arrears outstanding at end-2014.

“Since the budget was adopted, the substantial decline in oil prices is projected to result in a shortfall of budget revenue of about 2 percentage points of GDP. To mitigate this shortfall, the government recently approved a set of additional measures totaling 1.2 percent of GDP through a reduction in budget ceilings for current and capital spending. The remainder of the revenue shortfall will be covered by drawings from the oil stabilization fund – in line with the Petroleum Revenue Management Act. The mission welcomed these additional efforts, including the safeguards put in place to ensure that line ministries’ spending commitments remain within the new ceilings.

“The government’s ambitious reform agenda will support fiscal discipline and economic growth over the medium term. Key elements of the reforms include improving transparency in the budget process to prioritize spending, enhancing revenue mobilization and strengthening fiscal institutions, including through the review of possible fiscal rules. Additional public and financial management (PFM) reforms should contribute to improve predictability and control in budget execution. Tax administration reforms are underway, in particular to improve the effectiveness of the large taxpayer office and to streamline and accelerate VAT refunds. The government also initiated a review of existing tax exemptions with a view to reducing them. Public debt management will continue to be strengthened to ensure that financing needs and payment obligations are met at the lowest possible cost, consistent with a prudent degree of risk.

“To strengthen its control on the wage bill and address payroll irregularities, the government started implementing a detailed and time-bound action plan to detect and remove ghost workers, to secure and unify payroll databases, and to sanction those responsible of fraud. In addition, strict control on new hiring and the reduction in the number of subvented agencies will further help contain the wage bill.

“Monetary policy aims at achieving a single digit inflation rate over the medium-term, with the support of the government’s fiscal consolidation. The independence of Bank of Ghana (BOG) will be strengthened, with central bank financing of the government gradually reduced to zero in 2016. BOG reviewed its monetary operations to enhance monetary policy transmission and the efficiency of the inflation targeting framework, and took steps to unify the BOG and interbank exchange rates. Despite a challenging economic environment, compounded by low commodity prices, BOG assessed that the financial and banking sectors remain sound- with systemic risks remaining low.

“The ambitious economic reform program is supported by Ghana’s international partners. The authorities have made significant progress in firming up financing assurances from their main bilateral donors and other international financial organizations.”

The mission met with Dr. Kwesi Botchwey, Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission; Finance Minister Seth Terkper; Bank of Ghana Governor Kofi Wampah; other senior officials, and the donor community. The mission team wishes to thank the authorities for their warm hospitality, the excellent collaboration, and the high-quality discussions.

 

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Außenminister Steinmeier begrüßt “Berliner Erklärung” der sudanesischen Opposition zum “Nationalen Dialog”

 

BERLIN, Germany, February 26, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — In Berlin sind gestern und heute Vertreter der Opposition und Zivilgesellschaft Sudans zusammengekommen, um über den Friedensprozess zu beraten. Dazu erklärte Außenminister Steinmeier heute (26.02.) in Berlin:

 

“Ich begrüße den Willen der Opposition, eine Lösung der Probleme Sudans in einem “Nationalen Dialog” zu suchen. Die Kämpfe im Sudan müssen ein Ende finden und die Menschen in den betroffenen Gebieten endlich Aussicht auf Frieden und Stabilität bekommen.

Ich freue mich, dass die Gespräche in Berlin erfolgreich waren. Die “Berliner Erklärung” ist ein wichtiger Schritt in Richtung einer Aussöhnung im Sudan. Es gibt nun mehr Hoffnung, dass ernsthafte Verhandlungen zwischen der Regierung in Khartum und der Opposition aufgenommen werden.”

 

Hintergrund:

Das Treffen der sudanesischen Opposition und Zivilgesellschaft in Berlin diente insbesondere der Diskussion von Vorschlägen für friedensstiftende Maßnahmen im Rahmen des “Nationalen Dialogs”. Die Beschlüsse umfassen die Entsendung einer Delegation zu einem Vorbereitungstreffen des “Nationalen Dialogs” nach Addis Abeba, um dort mit der Regierung des Sudan die weitere Zusammenarbeit zu verhandeln.

 

Die Berghof Stiftung und die Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik hatten das Treffen organisiert. Beide Institutionen sind vom Auswärtigen Amt beauftragt, die Friedensvermittlung im Sudan zu unterstützen.

 

Unter der Vermittlung der Afrikanischen Union und unter Leitung von Thabo Mbeki werden Friedensgespräche mit den bewaffneten Rebellen aus dem Sudan in Addis Abeba mit dem Ziel geführt, einen Waffenstillstand und humanitären Zugang zu den Kampfgebieten in Darfur, Blauer Nil und Südkordofan zu erhalten. Präsident Bashir hat alle politischen Kräfte 2014 zu einem “Nationalen Dialog” eingeladen. Bisher hatte die Opposition eine Teilnahme abgelehnt.

 

Deutschland unterstützt den von der Afrikanischen Union als Vermittler beauftragten Thabo Mbeki in dem Bemühen, die Friedensverhandlungen in Addis Abeba erfolgreich abzuschließen.

 

Deutschland wird den Dialog mit der Regierung im Sudan fortsetzen, um den Friedensprozess weiter zu begleiten und eine nachhaltige Aussöhnung zu erreichen. Deutschland unterstützt dabei insbesondere auch die Friedensmissionen der Vereinten Nationen UNAMID im Darfur.

 

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Germany – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs to win $75,000 by applying to 2015 Anzisha Prize

The Anzisha Prize is expanding, after initial success, to provide increased support to entrepreneurial youth and partner organisations to drive pan-African economic growth to 2020

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, February 26, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The 5th Anzisha Prize application phase is now open (http://www.anzishaprize.org), and the search is on to find Africa’s youngest, most exciting social and business entrepreneurs under 22 years of age. Africa is the world’s youngest continent, with over 600m people under the age of 25. The Anzisha Prize is a growing social impact program entirely focused on accelerating the entry of millions of young Africans into viable and exciting entrepreneurship opportunities within high growth economic sectors.

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The impact and success of the program to date has encouraged co-hosts African Leadership Academy and The MasterCard Foundation to extend their collaboration for a further 5 years. The Anzish Prize will be a feature of the entrepreneur landscape in Africa until 2020, and aggresively expand its activities to not only encourage young entrepreneurs, but strengthen and celebrate the ecosystem of organisations that develop young African entrepreneurial talent in this age group.

They call it the #AnzishaEffect (https://twitter.com/search?q=%23AnzishaEffect&src=typd), and it is the power of stories about the very youngest entrepreneurs among us to encourage others to follow in their footsteps. Africa needs strong, innovative entrepreneurial young leaders to create jobs, solve problems and drive our economies. Our continent’s future will be determined by entrepreneurial leaders across all sectors.

“We have already seen the #AnzishaEffect at work through the inspirational stories and leadership of Anzisha Fellows like Laetitia Mukungu, Andrew Mupuya and Thato Kgatlhanye. They are now globally recognized and celebrated role models,” says Reeta Roy, President and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation. “We’re excited about expanding our support of the Anzisha Prize so that many more young entrepreneurs in Africa can make a lasting impact in their communities and countries.”

Each year, 12 finalists win a two-week trip to South Africa for a learning experience of a lifetime at African Leadership Academy, and share over $75,000 USD in cash funding. At a Gala Dinner, the grand prize winner is announced and recieves $25,000 with which to grow their business. From 2015, Anzisha Fellows will be actively supported through the recently launched Youth Entrepreneur Support Unit (YES-U), based at African Leadership Academy, which is a collaboration with leading business incubators on the continent. Mentorship, consulting services, community gatherings and travel opportunities will now define the fellow experience as they grow their business ventures. New programs will be announced soon that focus on and invest into other areas of the youth entrepreneur value chain.

Applications close on April 15th, 2015, and nominations are encouraged. The Anzisha Prize is one of the most accessible and inclusive pan-African opportunities for youth from any background. Application forms and information are available in English, French, Portuguese and Arabic, and the Anzisha Prize Tour team will visit key hubs and engage local media in every region. There are also over 25 country partner organisations who are available to assist applicants in countries where the tour does not reach. Both paper and electronic applications are accepted.

“There are few programs with the reach and potential of the Anzisha Prize that are so focused on this age group,” comments Josh Adler, Director for the Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership at African Leadership Academy, and Manager of the Anzisha program, “This year, we will see the various parts of the ecosystem we’ve been investing into since 2010 begin to really work together for the benefit of Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs, wherever they may be!”

Follow the story of this year’s Anzisha Prize online (anzishaprize.org), on Facebook (fb.com/anzishaprize), Twitter (twitter.com/anzishaprize) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/anzishaprize)

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Anzisha Prize.

Media Contact:

Melissa Mbazo – media liason, Anzisha Prize

Email: prize@anzishaprize.org   /  +27 11 699 3000

NOTES TO EDITORS

About the Anzisha Prize

The Anzisha Prize (http://www.anzishaprize.org) is managed out of African Leadership Academy’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership, which was established through a multi-year partnership with The MasterCard Foundation. Through the Anzisha Prize, the organisers seek to catalyse innovation and entrepreneurship among youth across the continent.

About African Leadership Academy

African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to transform Africa by developing a powerful network of entrepreneurial leaders who will work together to achieve extraordinary social impact. Each year, ALA brings together the most promising young leaders from all 54 African nations for a pre-university program in South Africa with a focus on leadership, entrepreneurship and African studies. ALA continues to cultivate these leaders throughout their lives by providing ongoing training and connections to networks of people and capital that can catalyze large scale change. For more information visit www.africanleadershipacademy.org

About The MasterCard Foundation

The MasterCard Foundation is an independent, global organization based in Toronto, Canada, with over US $9 billion in assets.  Through collaboration with partner organizations in 57 countries, it is creating opportunities for all people to learn and prosper. The Foundation’s programs promote financial inclusion and advance youth learning, mostly in Africa. Established in 2006 through the generosity of MasterCard Worldwide when it became a public company, the Foundation is a separate and independent entity. The policies, operations and funding decisions of the Foundation are determined by its own Board of Directors and President and CEO.  For more information on the Foundation, please visit www.mastercardfdn.org.

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A full media centre with logos, photos and interviews is available at www.anzishaprize.org/media-centre.

Exclusive media interviews with promising local applicants

As applications are recieved, the Anzisha Prize would like to connect you with the most promising applicants from your region for interviews.  If this is of interest to your publication, please reach out to the Anzisha Prize team.

For more information and regular updates visit:

http://www.anzishaprize.org

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Posted by: africanpressorganization | 26 February 2015

Cholera outbreak challenges relief efforts in Malawi’s flood-affected communities


 

Cholera outbreak challenges relief efforts in Malawi’s flood-affected communities

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, February 26, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A cholera outbreak is further jeopardizing the health of 230,000 people recently displaced by floods in Malawi. The majority of those affected are living in temporary camps where access to safe water and improved sanitation, both essential for the prevention of an epidemic, is an immediate challenge. The Red Cross, through its solid network of volunteers, is on the ground, constructing new latrines and repairing damaged boreholes, however, without an influx of resources, there is concern that the caseload will increase, increasing the vulnerability of already fragile families.

 

“The Red Cross is extremely worried that this cholera outbreak will put flood-affected communities at further risk,” said Erin Law, regional health delegate, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). “This outbreak makes it essential that we secure safe water and sanitation facilities for everyone who was left homeless by the floods as soon as possible. It is also vital that we establish detection and referral mechanisms for cholera patients and promote proper hygienic behaviour.”

 

The Ministry of Health has confirmed 24 cases of cholera in Nsanje district, with one death attributed to the outbreak. Nsanje has been the region hardest by the recent floods which began in early January. Flash flooding and storm damage have destroyed crops, buildings, latrines and water sources, leaving over 146,000 people in the district, homeless.

 

Displaced communities have gathered in makeshift camps where the high water table has made it almost impossible to excavate latrine pits which are also liable to collapse given the saturated state of the soil. Because the latrines are not always safe or are not available, open defecation has become commonplace in flood-affected areas.

 

This, combined with rising flood waters, provides an environment rich for the spread of cholera. It is extremely difficult for affected people to ensure their waste water is kept separate from water used for drinking and cooking.

 

“Basic hygiene practices, such as hand washing, become essential life-saving measures in an emergency like this,” said Law. “The administration of simple oral rehydration therapy to those infected with cholera becomes more important than any other medical intervention.”

 

Through an emergency appeal, volunteers with the Malawi Red Cross Society, supported by IFRC, have been carrying out hygiene promotion activities in temporary camps in Nsanje. Five cholera kits have been sent to camps in the region. Each kit provides sufficient oral rehydration solution to treat 30 patients suffering from cholera-related dehydration per day. Further community mobilization and sensitization activities focusing on the basics of cholera prevention are also planned.

 

Malawi Red Cross Society is also working to improve the water and sanitation situation in the camps and surrounding areas, by desludging flooded latrines, constructing new latrines and repairing boreholes. To date, no cases of cholera have been reported inside the camps where the Red Cross is working.

 

“A lot of work is happening at the grassroots level to prevent this outbreak from growing,” said Michael Charles, acting regional representative, IFRC. “To ensure all flood-affected families receive the emergency life-saving support they so desperately need, we are going to need to scale up our response efforts. We cannot afford to turn a blind eye and let this become another silent disaster.”

 

In neighbouring Mozambique, also affected by the Zambezi flood crisis, 3,478 cholera cases have been recorded with a death toll of 37. “Cholera is endemic in Mozambique and, while the number of cases is higher than last year, the outbreak is currently being controlled in flood-affected areas,” said Law. “However, there is great concern, due to the relatively easy transmission of the disease and the current flood environment, that the outbreak could spread.”

 

The Mozambique Red Cross Society, together with Movement partners and through an emergency appeal, is supporting cholera prevention and referral activities, including health education and prevention activities for over 6,000 people, support to the Ministry of Health at cholera treatment centres, and the provision of soap and chlorine water treatment.

 

Cholera is a bacterial disease which is transmitted via water polluted with human waste, unwashed hands, and contaminated food. Once infected, cholera causes diarrhoea and vomiting that can lead to severe dehydration and death in some cases. Children under five, pregnant and lactating women, and the elderly are most at risk.

 

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


APO to launch an African dedicated access for Corporate Social Responsibility press release distribution

APO has become the authorized agency in Africa for CSRwire, the Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire

DAKAR, Senegal, February 26, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com), the sole press release wire in Africa, and the global leader in media relations related to Africa, announces today that it has become the authorized agency in Africa for CSRwire (http://www.csrwire.com), the Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire.

With over 70,000 readers per month, 60,000 News Alert subscribers, 36,100 followers on Twitter, 12,700 on Facebook and 10,000 on Linkedin, CSRwire is the most trusted brand for quality Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability content distribution with 25 categories and multimedia channels.

Through CSRwire, APO will offer its clients comprehensive press release distribution options which include:

−          Targeted distribution: Engaging over 163,000 active users

−          Syndicated distribution: Over 6.5 million yearly views

−          International distribution: Reaching over 224 countries and territories

−          Social Media: Averaging 8 to 12 million impressions a month and 4,000 retweets.

−          Daily News Alert sent to approximately 20,000 opt-in subscribers

−          Dedicated Media Outreach: News organizations regularly pick up CSRwire’s press releases

−          A remarkable and continually growing Partner Network

−          Custom RSS feeds and the popular CSRwire widget

“We are excited about offering CSRwire’s services to APO clients,” said APO Founder and CEO, Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard.

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APO is the creator of Africa Wire® (http://www.apo-opa.com/press_release_distribution.php), the newswire service for press release distribution and monitoring in Africa. This reaches over 50,000 media outlets, bloggers and social networks, and redistributes content to more than 50 African websites, as well as to Bloomberg Terminal, Thomson Reuters, LexisNexis, Dow Jones Factiva, 250 million mobile subscribers in 30 countries and more.

APO Africa Wire® has a potential reach of 600 million people and guarantees the most efficient media influence in Africa; in turn, this is how APO’s clients can directly target audiences in all corners of the continent and the world.

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

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More information about Africa Wire®, the service for newswire press release distribution in Africa, is available at http://www.apo-opa.com/services.php

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About CSRwire

A trusted voice since 1999, CSRwire is a digital media platform for the latest news, views and reports in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability. CSRwire has helped to pave the way for new standards of corporate citizenship, earning the international respect of thought leaders, business leaders, academics, researchers, activists and the media. The CSRwire team works on a wide range of traditional and social media services and solutions to support its members’ marketing and communications strategies.

CSRwire.com, along with Justmeans.com, SocialEarth.org and 3blmedia.com, are all part of the 3BL Media family of companies and platforms, raising awareness for CSR and sustainability initiatives around the globe.

About APO

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

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

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

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La SID et le Gouvernement du Niger signent un accord pour la mise en place d’un programme quinquennal de Soukouk (2015-2020)

Ce programme de Soukouk est le premier de son genre au Niger

NIAMEY, Niger, 26 février 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ SE Dr. Amadou Boubacar CISSE, Ministre d’Etat, Ministre du  Plan, de l’Aménagement  du Territoire et du Développement Communautaire du Niger et M. Khaled Al Aboodi,  le Président directeur général de la Société islamique pour le développement du secteur privé (SID) (http://www.icd-idb.com), fenêtre du secteur privé du Groupe de la Banque Islamique de Développement (BID) ont signé un accord pour la mise en place d’un programme de Soukouk de 150 milliards de francs CFA. Ce programme quinquennal (2015-2020) sera mis en œuvre en deux phases égales de 75 milliards de CFA chacune.

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La SID  agira en tant que conseiller et coordinateur global de l’opération de l’offre des soukouk de 75,0 milliards francs CFA (ou équivalent) pour le gouvernement du Niger. A cet effet, la SID  aiderait le Gouvernement du Niger en termes de coordination entre les conseillers, consultants, agents et fonctionnaires du gouvernement du Niger et les arrangeurs chefs de file mandatés et superviserait l’offre de Soukouk en général.

La SID  a pour mandat de soutenir le développement économique de ses pays membres par l’octroi de services de financement et de conseil aux entreprises et du secteur privé et aux gouvernements conformément aux principes de la Chari’a.

A cette occasion, M. Khaled Al Aboodi, PDG de la SID, a déclaré: “La SID fera de son mieux pour garantir le succès de cette émission et espère qu’elle contribuera à transformer le marché des capitaux de l’Union économique et monétaire ouest-africaine (UEMOA) “.

Pour sa part, SE Dr. Amadou Boubacar CISSE a déclaré: «Ce programme de Soukouk est le premier de son genre au Niger. Nous avons déjà un certain nombre de projets que nous aimerions financer par cette émission de Soukouk».

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour la Société islamique pour le développement du secteur privé (SID).

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


The Africa Best Practices Forum opens today in Lomé – Best practices at the heart of the transformation of Africa

An arena for discussions among public and private sector decision-makers in Africa

LOME, Togo, February 26, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The first Africa Best Practices Forum (http://www.africabestpractices.com) opens today in Lomé. Organised jointly by Ellipse Communication and the specialised recruitment agency AfricSearch, this forum brings together economic and political decision-makers to promote the dissemination of best practices. “This forum will be an arena for discussions among public and private sector decision-makers in Africa. Because the level of investment depends on reforms undertaken by African states, there is an urgent need to accelerate these reforms to promote social and economic change, with the private sector acting as a lever,” explains Didier Acouetey, president of AfricSearch.

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In addition to delegations from Morocco, Rwanda and Singapore, heads of some of the biggest Pan-African development institutions will be in attendance. These include Jean-Louis Ekra, President of Afreximbank, Bassary Touré, Vice-President of BOAD, Hervé Assah, World Bank representative for Togo, and Félix Edoh Kossi Amenounve, General Manager of the Bourse régionale des valeurs mobilières in Abidjan. They will focus in particular on new approaches to investment financing and innovative reforms. Many political decision-makers are also expected, including Kwesi Ahoomey-Zunu, Prime Minister of Togo, who will be accompanied by Adji Otéth Ayasor, Minister of the Economy and Finance, and by Kako Nubukpo, Minister for Forecasting and Evaluation of public policies.

Representing the private sector, Charles Kie, executive director of the Corporate & Investment departments at Ecobank, will speak on the reforms needed to enable African economies to harness more of the continent’s resources. Other guests will be Amadou Kane, President of AK Associates and former Minister of Finance of Senegal, Stanislas Zeze, CEO and Chairman of the rating agency Bloomfield, Cheick-Oumar Sylla, CEO Africa at Contour Global. Many big names in private equity will attend, such as Jean-Marc Savi de Tové, a partner at Cauris.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Africa Best Practices Forum.

Media contact :

Hervé PANA

Communications and Public Relations Officer

E-mail: infos@africabestpratices.com

Tel.: +228 90 04 80 81

About best practices (http://www.africabestpractices.com)

Africa has experienced immense economic progress over the past decade. Six of the ten economies with the highest growth rates are in Africa, and close to 10% of foreign direct investments worldwide have been directed to the continent. Thanks to a policy of improving the macroeconomic environment and implementing socio-political reforms, two-thirds of African economies have enhanced their business climate, according to the World Bank in its “Doing Business 2015″ report. Among the ten economies showing the strongest growth since the previous edition of this document, which measures the ease of doing business in 189 countries, five are African.

However, Africa still needs to tackle a number of challenges to extend and consolidate this trajectory. Best practices, a set of methods and techniques that have proven effective elsewhere in the world (business and trade law, taxation, legal stability, etc.) are one of the most powerful levers for change.

Register at www.africabestpractices.com

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