Posted by: africanpressorganization | 5 May 2015

Guinée – Manifestation à Conakry (4 mai 2015)


 

Guinée – Manifestation à Conakry (4 mai 2015)

 

PARIS, France, 5 mai 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay – Déclarations du porte-parole – 5 mai 2015

 

La France déplore les violences qui se sont produites à Conakry le 4 mai à l’occasion de manifestations de l’opposition non autorisées par les autorités.

 

Dans la perspective des prochaines échéances électorales, nous appelons les acteurs politiques guinéens à la retenue et au dialogue dans le respect de la constitution.

 

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France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 5 May 2015

Nigéria – Libération d’otages


 

Nigéria – Libération d’otages

 

PARIS, France, 5 mai 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay – Déclarations du porte-parole – 5 mai 2015

 

La France salue les avancées récentes dans la lutte contre Boko Haram dans la forêt de Sambisa au Nigéria. La libération de plusieurs centaines de femmes et enfants jusqu’alors otages des terroristes constitue un soulagement. Les auteurs de ces actes devront être traduits en justice. Nos pensées vont vers les personnes toujours retenues dont nous espérons la libération rapide.

 

Nous encourageons les autorités nigérianes à apporter tout le soutien nécessaire aux personnes libérées. Pour sa part, la France contribue, en partenariat avec l’Allemagne, à des actions de soutien psycho-social mises en œuvre par l’organisation internationale des migrations au profit des victimes du terrorisme.

 

La France soutient le Nigéria et ses voisins, le Tchad, le Niger et le Cameroun, qui continuent d’être durement frappés par Boko Haram, par un appui logistique et en matière de renseignement.

 

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France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Les villes d’Accra au Ghana, de Kinondoni en Tanzanie et de Praia au Cap-Vert remportent les premiers Trophées des maires africains ‘José Eduardo dos Santos’

Les Cités et gouvernements locaux unis d’Afrique (CGLU–A) annoncent les lauréats des premiers Trophées des maires africains à Luanda, en Angola

LUANDA, Angola, 5 mai 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Les lauréats des premiers Trophées des maires africains ‘José Eduardo dos Santos’ 2015 (http://africanmayorawards.com)  ont été annoncés lors du gala de vendredi dernier à Luanda, en Angola. Ces trophées récompensent le leadership et la contribution des maires de grande, moyenne et petite ville, et rendent hommage aux succès et à l’excellence du développement urbain en Afrique.

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Les villes gagnantes recevront un total de 350 000 $ qui sera utilisé pour des initiatives spécifiques. 50 000 $ iront à la ville de Praia au Cap-Vert (gagnant dans la catégorie « petite ville »), 100 000 $ à Kinondoni en Tanzanie (gagnant dans la catégorie « ville moyenne ») tandis qu’Accra au Ghana (gagnant dans la catégorie « grande ville ») recevra 200 000 $.

Edeltrudes Maurício Fernandes Gaspar da Costa, ministre d’État et Chef de cabinet au bureau du Président, a accueilli la cérémonie de présentation officielle et le dîner de gala, auxquels ont participé 350 invités, notamment des représentants de gouvernement, des dirigeants municipaux, des maires africains, des investisseurs et des chefs d’entreprise. Les Trophées ont eu lieu conjointement avec le 2e Forum sur les investissements dans les infrastructures urbaines en Afrique, qui s’est déroulé les 29 et 30 avril 2015 à Luanda, en Angola.

Lors de la cérémonie, l’organisateur des Trophées et éditeur du magazine African Business, Omar Ben Yedder, a précisé que les Trophées des maires africains récompensaient les maires ou gouverneurs qui contribuent à transformer les métropoles africaines : « Les villes lauréates sont dirigées par des personnes qui possèdent des qualités de leadership essentielles et permettent de bâtir des villes efficaces. Pour bâtir les villes de demain, nous allons avoir besoin d’autres leaders exemplaires, de bonne gouvernance et d’innovation, tout en veillant à préserver notre culture et notre mode de vie. Nos dirigeants doivent être près des gens. Nos gagnants ce soir ont affiché ces qualités. »

Les villes lauréates ont été sélectionnés par un jury composé de Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi, secrétaire-général des Cités et gouvernements locaux unis d’Afrique (CGLU-A),Tokunbo Omisore, président de l’Union africaine des architectes, Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, secrétaire générale adjointe et directrice exécutive adjointe à ONU-Habitat, Vitor Leonel Miguel, président de l’Union des architectes d’Angola et Gaetan Siew, président du Secteur de l’industrie de la construction à Maurice.

S’exprimant à propos des Trophées, le secrétaire général de CGLU-A, Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi a déclaré : « L’objectif des Trophées ‘José Eduardo dos Santos’  est de mieux faire connaître les maires africains en faisant honneur à ceux qui ont apporté une contribution majeure à leur ville et élaboré une nouvelle vision de la vie, du travail et des séjours dans les villes d’Afrique. Chaque année, des maires africains et des dirigeants municipaux de grande ville (au moins 1 000 000 de résidents), de ville moyenne (moins d’1 000 000 et plus de 200 000 résidents) et de petite ville (jusqu’à 200 000 résidents) ont l’opportunité de remporter les prestigieux Trophées qui, cette année, ont été parrainés par le gouvernement d’Angola, ONU-Habitat, le groupe IC Publications et ma propre association, Cités et gouvernements locaux unis d’Afrique (CGLU-A). »

M. Elong Mbassi a ajouté : « Nous espérons que ces Trophées encourageront d’autres maires à réfléchir aux villes qu’ils veulent bâtir, à s’impliquer auprès de leurs communautés et à développer des villes durables en Afrique ».

Pour ces premiers Trophées, les organisateurs ont demandé à un artiste angolais renommé de créer une sculpture originale qui évoque le passé, le présent et l’avenir des villes africaines, ainsi que le courage et la détermination des maires africains face aux défis urbains qu’ils doivent relever.

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour IC Publications.

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The cities of Accra, Kinondoni and Praia win the inaugural José Eduardo dos Santos African Mayor Awards

United Cities and Local Governments-Africa (UCLG–A) announces the winners of the first ever “African Mayor Awards” in Luanda, Angola

LUANDA, Angola, May 5, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The winners of the inaugural 2015 “José Eduardo dos Santos African Mayor Awards” (http://africanmayorawards.com) were announced last week during a gala dinner in Luanda, Angola. These awards acknowledge the leadership and contribution made by Mayors of large, medium and small cities and celebrate achievements and excellence in urban development in Africa.

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The winning cities received prize money totalling $350,000 will be disbursed for specific initiatives. US$50,000 went to the city of Praia in Cape Verde (winner in the small city category), $100,000 went to Kinondoni in Tanzania (winner in the medium city category) and Accra in Ghana (winner in the large city category) received $200,000.

The formal presentation ceremony and a Gala dinner was hosted by Angola’s Minister of State and Chief of Civil House in the office of the President, Hon Edeltrudes Maurício Fernandes Gaspar da Costa and attended by over 350 guests comprising government officials, city leaders, African mayors, investors and business leaders. The Awards took place in conjunction with the 2nd Africa Urban Infrastructure Investment Forum held from 29-30 March 2015 in Luanda, Angola.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Awards organiser and Publisher of African Business magazine, Omar Ben Yedder, said that the African Mayor Awards recognise, celebrate and reward City leaders or Governors who are helping transform Africa’s growing metropolises. “The winning cities tonight are being led by individuals who are showing essential leadership qualities as they help build cities that work. And we will need more exemplary leadership, good governance and innovative thinking, whilst paying close attention to our culture and way of living when dreaming of the cities of tomorrow. Our leaders need to be close to the people, and our winners tonight are demonstrating these qualities.”

The winners were selected by a judging panel comprising of Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, General-Secretary of United Cities and Local Governments-Africa (UCLG-A),Tokunbo Omisore, Chairman of the African Union of Architects, Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for UN-Habitat, Vitor Leonel Miguel, Chairman of the Angolan Architects Union and Gaetan Siew, Chair, Construction Industry Sector of Mauritius.

Also speaking at the awards UCLG-A Secretary General, Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi Mbassi said: “The José Eduardo dos Santos African Mayor Awards aim to raise the profile of Africa’s Mayors by honouring those who have made an outstanding contribution to their communities and developed a vision for urban living, working and travelling across Africa. Each year, outstanding African Mayors and municipal professionals from a large metropolis (1,000,000 residents or more), intermediate city (less than a 1,000,000 and more than 200,000 residents) and small cities (up to 200,000 residents) have the opportunity to win the prestigious Awards, which, this year are being supported by the Government of Angola, the UN-Habitat, the IC Publications Group and my own organisation, the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-A).

Mr Elong Mbassi added: “We hope that these awards will encourage other Mayors to think long and hard about what sort of cities they want, to engage with their communities and to contribute to developing sustainable urban cities in Africa”.

In this inaugural year, the organisers commission a renowned Angolan artist to design a unique and inspirational trophy to capture the past, present and future of African cities. The piece represents courage and conviction as well as the urban challenges that African Mayors face in the future.

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

For media enquiries please email Ana Candido at a.candido@icpublications.com, or Audrey Mpunzwana at a.mpunzwana@icpublications.com

NOTE TO EDITORS

About the African Mayor Awards

United Cities and Local Governments-Africa (UCLG–A) launch first ever “African Mayor Awards” (http://africanmayorawards.com) in Luanda to celebrate the achievements and excellence in the development of African cities. The African Mayor Awards programme recognises, celebrates and rewards City leaders who display exemplary qualities in leadership and vision, innovative thinking, management capabilities and integrity, social awareness, foster economic growth and development, ability to provide security and to protect the environment as well as the will and ability to foster good relations between communities from different cultural and social backgrounds. For further information please visit http://africanmayorawards.com

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IC Events has established itself as one of the leading organisers of African business and economic events. From small workshops and round-tables, to large business conferences and awards ceremonies, our events are recognised as some of the premier fixtures on the international calendar, and provide an excellent opportunity to network with the current decision makers and leaders from around the world.

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Posted by: africanpressorganization | 5 May 2015

Secretary Kerry Travel to Mogadishu


 

Secretary Kerry Travel to Mogadishu

 

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On May 5, Secretary Kerry landed in Mogadishu, Somalia to reinforce the United States commitment to supporting Somalia’s ongoing transition to a peaceful democracy. In his meetings with federal and regional government officials, he will discuss security cooperation and Somalia’s progress towards meeting its reform and development benchmarks in view of its 2016 elections. He will also meet with civil society leaders to discuss the importance of a vibrant NGO sector and thank African Union troops for their role in stabilizing Somalia. This is the first ever Secretary of State visit to Somalia.

 

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US Department of State


 

La FAO, la BERD et l’UpM cherchent à renforcer la sécurité alimentaire dans la région méditerranéenne / La mobilisation d’investissements publics et privés pour améliorer la production agricole et la sécurité alimentaire est essentielle

 

ROME, Italie, 5 mai 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le développement d’une production et d’un commerce durables dans le secteur agricole constitue une des grandes priorités pour la partie méridionale et orientale du bassin méditerranéen, où la plupart des pays produisent des quantités insuffisantes de denrées alimentaires.

 

L’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO), la Banque européenne pour la reconstruction et le développement (BERD) et l’Union pour la Méditerranée (UpM) ont donc conjointement organisé le Forum sur la contribution du secteur privé à la sécurité alimentaire dans la partie méridionale et orientale du bassin méditerranéen, une conférence de deux jours (5-6 mai) pour approfondir les relations entre les secteurs public et privé – que cela concerne les agriculteurs et leurs organisations, ou les petites, moyennes et grandes entreprises agroalimentaires – et pour développer les initiatives en vue d’augmenter les investissements dans les systèmes agricoles et alimentaires.

Ouvert par Carlos Cabanas Godino, Secrétaire général du Ministère espagnol de l’agriculture, de l’alimentation et de l’environnement, le Forum rassemble des hauts responsables des politiques publiques, ainsi que des représentants d’institutions financières, du secteur privé, de centres de recherche et des milieux universitaires. Le Forum offre une opportunité pour discuter des collaborations possibles entre les secteurs public et privé pour renforcer la sécurité alimentaire localement en permettant des investissements privés durables dans une région qui se caractérise par la croissance de sa population, les contraintes pesant sur les ressources naturelles et un déficit structurel dans la production d’aliments de base.

Échanges commerciaux

Les pays de la région méridionale et orientale du bassin méditerranéen importent la moitié de leurs produits alimentaires de base. Les importations de produits agricoles alimentaires dans la région ont augmenté de 69 milliards d’USD (soit 63 %) de 2002 à 2013. Parallèlement, les exportations ont quintuplé depuis 2000, atteignant 31 milliards USD, ce qui reflète notamment des hausses spectaculaires de livraisons de fruits et de légumes à destination des marchés du Moyen Orient et d’Afrique du Nord.

En 2013, la région a importé 29 millions de tonnes de blé. Elle est de plus en plus tributaire des importations de produits de base essentiels comme les céréales, le sucre et l’huile végétale, qui fournissent la majorité des calories consommées. En outre, le transport de céréales du port à la meunerie peut représenter un coût quatre fois supérieur à la norme mondiale, en raison de la lenteur des durées d’escale des navires, des frais d’entreposage et des pertes élevées de produits.

Cette forte demande de produits alimentaires de base est due essentiellement à la croissance rapide de la population dans une région qui dispose de ressources naturelles limitées et fragiles – en particulier, les terres et l’eau – et qui est extrêmement vulnérable au changement climatique. La région souffre aussi d’un sous-investissement dans l’agriculture et d’une participation insuffisante du secteur privé.

Pendant ce Forum de deux jours, les participants définiront les moyens de relever ces défis. Les discussions porteront sur le développement de la production locale de fruits et de légumes pour l’exportation; la diversification accrue des fournisseurs de produits importés et des marchés d’exportation; une amélioration des politiques de passation de marchés complétée par des politiques bien conçues de réserves stratégiques; une meilleure structuration des filières du secteur alimentaire; une augmentation des investissements dans la recherche-développement; et la réduction des coûts des processus d’importation. En outre, une plus forte intégration régionale des marchés agricoles aiderait les pays à faire face aux chocs du côté de l’offre et atténuerait les fluctuations des prix des produits alimentaires.

«Ces dernières années, la sécurité alimentaire est devenue une des priorités de la BERD. Une industrie agroalimentaire dynamique, concurrentielle et inclusive, stimulée par la participation du secteur privé, peut être une force puissante en faveur de la sécurité alimentaire. Durant les trois prochaines années, la BERD envisage d’investir plus de 300 millions d’euros dans les entreprises du secteur agroalimentaire de la région, qu’il s’agisse de PME et d’exploitations agricoles familiales ou d’entreprises plus grandes de transformation de produits agricoles, pour renforcer le rôle du secteur privé dans l’amélioration de la sécurité alimentaire. Nous unissons également nos efforts pour mettre en place des politiques qui encouragent les investissements, afin de créer des filières d’importations plus efficaces et de favoriser les échanges inter- et infra-régionaux, une approche qui contribuera à réaliser ce potentiel», a déclaré Philippe le Houérou, Vice-Président de la BERD, à l’occasion de ce Forum.

Les pays de la partie méridionale et orientale du bassin méditerranéen pourraient renoncer à un modèle d’autosuffisance alimentaire, dans le cadre duquel les pays cherchent à produire l’ensemble des aliments dont ils ont besoin, en faveur d’un modèle d’autosuffisance agricole fondé sur l’utilisation d’avantages comparatifs. Selon ce dernier modèle, les revenus à l’exportation générés par les produits alimentaires adaptés à la région servent à acheter des produits alimentaires importés qui ne conviennent pas à une production locale.

Utilisation efficace de l’eau, une ressource précieuse

Bien que la région méditerranéenne ait été de tout temps un vivier agricole, ses ressources naturelles sont confrontées à des contraintes grandissantes. La population de la région SEMED devrait connaître une forte croissance, atteignant 360 millions de personnes d’ici 2030. De plus, d’après les prévisions concernant le changement climatique, les précipitations dans la région pourraient diminuer de 10 % à 40 % d’ici 2050.

«Afin de devenir aussi efficaces que possible, les investissements dans le secteur aricole doivent utiliser au mieux les rares ressources naturelles dans la région. Il faut par exemple utiliser chaque goutte d’eau avec la plus grande précaution et générer le plus de valeur possible», a souligné Laurent Thomas, Sous-Directeur général en charge de la coopération technique, à la FAO.

«Dans le cadre de ses priorités pour la région, la FAO donne des conseils sur les politiques à mener et les aspects techniques aux pays membres confrontés à une pénurie d’eau, et je félicite tous ceux qui investissent dans des technologies économes en eau. La FAO a aussi pour priorité dans la région d’accroître la résistance de la sécurité alimentaire et de la nutrition et de soutenir l’agriculture à petite échelle pour un développement inclusif», a-t-il ajouté.

Dans une étude à venir, la FAO montrera que les contraintes en matière de ressources naturelles peuvent favoriser l’avantage comparatif de la région qui réside dans les cultures à plus forte valeur ajoutée, telles que les olives et d’autres fruits et légumes. L’augmentation des exportations de produits pour lesquels la région bénéficie d’un avantage comparatif aiderait à atténuer les effets d’une éventuelle flambée des prix des produits alimentaires, comme celle qui a ébranlé une bonne partie de la région en 2008.

Mobilisation de tous les intervenants du secteur privé, recensement des initiatives prioritaires

Bien que l’activité agricole dans la région soit de plus en plus dynamique, les participants au Forum ont convenu qu’elle se caractérisait aussi par une multitude de petits exploitants et de petites entreprises rurales. Ce profil soulève un défi particulier pour les responsables des politiques.

«Le chômage des jeunes représente un problème majeur dans la région. Nous voyons dans l’agriculture une partie de la solution, car elle peut générer des sources durables de revenus et des emplois dans les régions rurales», a déclaré Fathallah Sijilmassi, Secrétaire général de l’UpM. «Les producteurs et les entreprises de petite taille doivent être intégrés comme il se doit dans les filières agroalimentaires». Il a par ailleurs souligné que le Forum s’inscrivait dans la stratégie de l’UpM en faveur du développement du secteur privé, en tant que force stimulant l’intégration régionale dans la région méditerranéenne.

L’expérience montre que la croissance économique dans le secteur agricole est plus efficace quand elle est inclusive, car elle permet aux petits exploitants d’accéder au crédit et aux opportunités se présentant sur les marchés. Les participants ont exploré le rôle que peuvent jouer les coopératives en fournissant les intrants essentiels, et ont reconnu que le secteur privé à l’échelle nationale peut apporter une grande diversité de solutions innovantes à l’équation sur la sécurité alimentaire dans la région.

Pour contribuer à réaliser ce potentiel, la FAO, la BERD et l’UpM ont réitéré leur volonté d’assurer que les voix des organisations du secteur privé et des agriculteurs soient entendues dans les forums sur les politiques à l’échelon régional et national.

En complément des engagements pris par les BERD en termes d’investissements, les institutions ont affirmé leur volonté de mobiliser une assistance technique qui puisse appuyer les plateformes d’orientations politiques. Ces plateformes examineraient des questions comme l’infrastructure des importations de céréales en Égypte, le secteur de l’huile d’olive en Tunisie, le secteur horticole au Maroc, le rôle des coopératives, ainsi que les technologies économes en eau et les pratiques agricoles dans toute la région.

 

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


 

FAO, EBRD and UFM seek to boost food security in the Mediterranean region / Unleashing public and private investment to enhance agricultural production and improve food security essential for the southern and eastern Mediterranean

 

ROME, Italy, May 5, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Boosting sustainable agricultural production and trade is one of the main priorities for the southern and eastern rim of the Mediterranean, where most countries produce insufficient quantities of food staples.

For this reason, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) co-organised the “Private Sector Forum on Food Security in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Region”, a two-day conference (5-6 May) to deepen relationships between the public and private sector – from farmers and their organisations to small, medium and large agribusiness enterprises – and to develop initiatives to increase investment in agricultural and food systems.

Opened by Carlos Cabanas Godino, Secretary General at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment in Spain, the Forum has gathered high-level policy-makers, financial institutions and representatives from the private sector, research centres and academia.

The Forum offers the opportunity to discuss how the public and private sectors can collaborate to bolster food security in the region by enabling sustainable private investment in a region characterised by population growth, natural-resource constraints and a structural deficit in the production of staple foods.

Trade flows are growing

The countries of the southern and eastern Mediterranean region import half of their basic crops. Imports of agricultural food products to the region have risen by $69 billion, or 63 percent, between 2002 and 2013. Meanwhile, exports have risen fivefold since 2000, to $31 billion, including dramatic increases in fruit and vegetable shipments to the Middle East and North African markets.

In 2013 the region imported 29 million tonnes of wheat. It is increasingly dependent on imports for key staples such as grains, sugar and vegetable oil, which supply the majority of calories consumed. Furthermore, moving grain from port to mill can cost up to four times more than the global standard, due to slow turnaround times for vessels, storage costs, and high product losses.

This high demand for basic food products is mainly due to rapid population growth in a region which has limited and fragile natural resources – in particular, land and water – and an acute vulnerability to climate change. The region also suffers from under-investment in agriculture and insufficient private sector participation.

During the Forum, participants will examine ways to tackle these challenges. Discussions will focus on how to boost local production of fruit and vegetables for export; further diversify import suppliers and export markets; enhance procurement policies supplemented by well-designed strategic-reserve policies; better structure food value chains; increase investment in research and development; and make import processes cheaper. Furthermore, stronger regional integration of agricultural markets would help countries cope with supply shocks and would mitigate changes in food prices.

At the Forum, EBRD Vice President Philippe le Houérou noted: “In recent years, food security has become one of the EBRD’s priorities. A dynamic, competitive and inclusive agribusiness industry, driven by private sector participation, can be a powerful force to promote food security. In the next three years, the EBRD aims to invest over €300 million in the region’s agribusinesses, from SMEs and family farms to larger agro-processing companies, to reinforce the private sector role in enhancing food security. We are also combining our efforts to put in place policies that encourage investment, to build more efficient import value chains, and to encourage more inter- and intra-regional trade, which will help achieve this potential.”

Southern and eastern Mediterranean countries could shift shift from a model in which they seek to meet all of their own food needs, to an agricultural self-reliance model based on using comparative advantages. Under this model, export earnings generated by food products appropriate to the region are used to purchase imports of food goods that are not suited for local production.

Making the most of valuable water

While the Mediterranean region is an ancient agricultural heartland, it faces growing constraints on natural resources. Its population on the Southern and Eastern rim is expected to grow significantly, reaching 360 million by 2030. At the same time, climate-change forecasts suggest that precipitation levels in the region could decline by 10 to 40 percent by 2050.

“To become as efficient as possible, investments in the agricultural sector must make the best use of scarce natural resources in the region. For example, every drop of water has to be used with extreme care and to generate the highest possible value,” said Laurent Thomas, FAO Assistant Director-General for Technical Cooperation.

He further noted: “FAO is active in providing policy and technical advice to member countries dealing with water scarcity as a corporate priority for the region, and I praise all actors investing in water-saving technologies. Other FAO priorities for the region include building resilience for food security and nutrition and supporting small-scale agriculture for inclusive development.”

A forthcoming FAO analysis will show that natural-resource constraints support the region’s comparative advantage in growing higher-value crops such as olives and other fruit and vegetables. Higher export levels of products in which the region enjoys a comparative advantage would also help cushion the effects of potential global food-price inflation such as the increases that shook much of the region in 2008.

Mobilising all private players, mapping priority initiatives

Although agriculture in the region is increasingly dynamic, it is also characterised by a myriad of smallholders and small rural enterprises. This profile poses a particular challenge for policy-makers.

“Youth employment is a burning issue in the region. We see agriculture as part of the solution because it can generate sustainable sources of income and jobs in rural areas,” said UfM Secretary-General Fathallah Sijilmassi. “Small producers and enterprises should be properly included in agricultural food chains.” He also noted that this Forum falls within the UfM strategy for private-sector development as a driving force to foster regional integration in the Mediterranean region.

As experience shows, agricultural economic growth is most effective when it is inclusive, allowing smallholders access to credit and market opportunities. Participants explored the role that cooperatives can play in procuring key inputs, and agreed that the domestic private sector can bring an array of innovative solutions to the region’s food security equation.

To help realise that potential, FAO, the EBRD and the UfM have reiterated their willingness to ensure that the voices of the private-sector and farmers’ organisations are heard in policy forums at regional and national levels.

Complementing the EBRD’s promise of investment, the institutions are committed to mobilising technical assistance that can support policy platforms.

These platforms would consider issues such as Egypt’s grain import infrastructure, Tunisia’s olive oil sector, Morocco’s horticultural sector, the role of cooperatives, as well as water-efficient technologies and agricultural practices across the region.

 

SOURCE 

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 5 May 2015

WCC and AACC call for peaceful dialogue in Burundi after violent protests


 

WCC and AACC call for peaceful dialogue in Burundi after violent protests

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 5, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) have expressed their profound concern over reports of widespread and violent demonstrations in the nation of Burundi. The fellowship of churches represented by these bodies is alarmed at the recent violent clashes in relation to forthcoming presidential elections.

In a statement issued in Geneva and Nairobi on 5 May by the general secretary of the WCC Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit and the general secretary of AACC Rev. Dr André Karamaga, the two leaders noted that “These protests are by far the most intense that Burundi has experienced since 2005 and the end of the civil war. We mourn those who have lost their lives during these troubled times, and together we call for peaceful dialogue.”

The statement continued, “We call on churches and all religious leaders in Burundi to renew their commitment to peace, and actively to discourage any form of violence. We call on the leaders of all faiths to support a nationwide dialogue based on mutual respect among all parties.”

The World Council of Churches and the All Africa Conference of Churches invite the people of their member churches, and all people of good will, to pray for those in Burundi, for justice, and for peace.

 

SOURCE 

World Council of Churches (WCC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 5 May 2015

IOM Uses Biometrics to Aid Displaced in Democratic Republic of the Congo


 

IOM Uses Biometrics to Aid Displaced in Democratic Republic of the Congo

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 5, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM has initiated the biometric verification of internally displaced people (IDPs) during food assistance in displacement sites in North Kivu province in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC.)

 

The verification exercise, designed to increase accountability and combat fraud, started in February 2015 and will cover displacement sites in Nzulo, Buhimba and Shasha.

 

The lack of identity documents for IDPs in the Eastern DRC poses a challenge in targeting humanitarian assistance. Almost 80 per cent of adults living in sites having no form of identity documents. In response, IOM launched a biometric registration pilot project in eight displacement sites around the city of Goma in June 2014.

 

Between June 2014 and April 2015, IOM took the fingerprints of nearly 16,000 IDPs. In the context of food distributions, the collected information is used to ensure that humanitarian aid reaches the most vulnerable and avoids duplication and fraud.

 

“Taking fingerprints allows unique identification of each beneficiary to avoid double registration or fraud,” said Flora Camain, Information Management Officer at IOM North Kivu. “The aid goes to those registered in the database. That way we can ensure that the aid benefits the individuals for whom it is meant.”

 

The project was developed to ensure accountability to affected populations, after concerns had been voiced over double registrations benefiting some IDPs, at the expense of others in need of assistance.

 

The biometric verification operations are implemented in close collaboration with partners, including the World Food Programme (WFP) and World Vision International (WVI), which respectively provide and distribute food. Première-Urgence – Aide Médicale Internationale (PU-AMI), IOM’s camp manager partner and the Commission Nationale pour les Réfugiés (CNR), which represents the Congolese authorities in displacement sites.

 

The project will be extended to other IOM-coordinated displacement sites in North Kivu and partnerships will be expanded to include other service providers operating in displacement sites.

 

In DRC, IOM jointly leads the Displacement Sites Working Group (DSWG) with UNHCR, representing the Camp Coordination and Camp Management sector in the country.

 

IOM ensures effective management and coordination of the humanitarian response for 69,000 IDPs in 29 displacement sites. This includes advocating for more humanitarian assistance and the development of strategies for reliable identification and registration of IDPs.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 5 May 2015

IOM Helps Chadian Migrants Stranded in Cameroon to Return Home


 

IOM Helps Chadian Migrants Stranded in Cameroon to Return Home

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 5, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Three years since the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) began, IOM is continuing to help stranded Chadian migrants in Cameroon, who fled CAR and wish to return home. Over the weekend of May 2nd and 3rd, IOM transported 179 Chadian migrants from Cameroon to Chad by road.

 

The migrants were accommodated at the Djako transit site in the south of Chad. The site is managed by IOM. WFP provides food, UNICEF provides Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) provides medical services.

 

As the result of the CAR crisis in December 2013, hundred thousands of migrants were forced to flee for their lives, either by returning to their countries of origin, or by seeking refuge in neighboring countries, including Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Congo Brazzaville.

 

Migrants of Chadian origin were the most affected by the crisis. Many succeeded in returning to Chad independently, while others were assisted by the Chadian government or by IOM.

 

At the request of various governments, IOM has also been facilitating the return home of their stranded nationals from countries neighboring CAR, mainly Cameroon and Congo Brazzaville.

 

“Throughout last year we ensured the safe transportation and return home of hundreds of migrants back to their countries of origin either by road or by air,” said Dr. Qasim Sufi, IOM Chief of Mission in Chad.

 

“It took longer for the Chadian authorities to approve this group’s request for repatriation because of security concerns due to the Boko Haram insurgency in the sub-region, which has forced the Government of Chad to officially close all its borders with the neighbouring countries.”

 

In December 2014, IOM Cameroon received additional funds from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to facilitate the return of 600 Third Country Nationals (TCNs) and migrants from Chad, Mali, Senegal, Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who had fled the CAR crisis. The TCNs and migrants were stranded in Kentzou, Libongo, Bela, Yokadouma and Garoua Boulai in the East of Cameroon.

 

IOM, the Chadian Embassy in Cameroon, the Cameroonian and the Chadian authorities worked together to ensure the safe return of the migrants back to Chad.

 

The Government of Chad and the humanitarian community are seeking to reintegrate and stabilize the tens of thousands of returnees who fled CAR and have since returned to Chad. The majority of more than 100,000 Chadians who returned from CAR are currently hosted in temporary sites in N’Djamena and in the south of the country. Some 30,000 have returned to their homes in Chad.

 

IOM is still looking for additional funding to address the ensuing mid- and longer term needs of returnees in Chad, including reintegration, community stabilization, social cohesion, psychosocial support and family reunification.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)


Conférence de l’Alliance Borderless 2015 : Commerce Régional et Sécurité Alimentaire

La Conférence 2015 de l’Alliance Borderless se déroulera en Côte d’Ivoire du 19 au 21 mai 2015

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 5 mai 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ La conférence annuelle de l’Alliance Borderless (http://www.borderlesswa.com) est la principale plateforme de dialogue public-privé de  haut niveau et de plaidoyer créée par l’Alliance, pour réunir les différentes parties prenantes autour de thématiques liées à la facilitation du commerce et des transports, pour une meilleure intégration économique de l’Afrique de l’Ouest.

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Télécharger le document “Une plateforme électronique pour signaler et suivre les barrières non tarifaires dans la sous-région” : http://www.apo-mail.org/150505fr.pdf

Télécharger le document “Rejoignez l’Alliance Borderless” : http://www.apo-mail.org/1505052fr.pdf

A l’instar des précédentes éditions, des dizaines d’entreprises et des organisations professionnelles de premier plan du secteur privé, intervenant dans les domaines du transport, du commerce et de la logistique, des représentants des Communautés Economiques Régionales, des Gouvernements et des partenaires de la région convergeront à Abidjan, en Côte d’Ivoire, pour la 4ème Conférence annuelle de l’Alliance Borderless. Placée sous l’égide du Ministère en charge du Commerce, de l’Artisanat et de la Promotion des PME de Côte d’Ivoire, la Conférence 2015 de l’Alliance Borderless se déroulera du 19 au 21 mai 2015 à l’Hôtel Palm Club sous le thème « Commerce régional et sécurité alimentaire ».

En effet, l’Afrique de l’Ouest dispose d’abondantes ressources naturelles et humaines. Pourtant, elle demeure l’une des régions les plus pauvres du monde. Représentant environ 35 % du PIB de la région et employant environ 60 % de la population active, le secteur agricole est essentiel à une croissance économique durable  en Afrique de l’Ouest. Malheureusement, la productivité agricole reste limitée par l’insuffisance de liens entre les producteurs et les marchés, la faiblesse des entreprises agricoles, l’accès limité aux facteurs de production (semences et engrais de qualité à des prix abordables), ainsi que le manque d’informations sur les nouvelles technologies et meilleures pratiques agricoles.

En outre, le commerce des produits agricoles reste miner par de  nombreuses difficultés, au nombre desquelles : la persistance des barrières non tarifaires liées à la libre circulation des produits agricoles, nonobstant les protocoles de la CEDEAO et de l’UEMOA ; les difficultés d’accès aux marchés en raison du mauvais état de l’infrastructure routière ; les coûts du transport et le manque d’information sur les marchés.

La conférence offre deux jours de partage de connaissances et d’expériences, des opportunités de réseautage. Elle devra surtout être l’occasion d’interpeler les décideurs politiques sur la nécessite de mettre en œuvre des politiques favorables à la promotion des échanges commerciaux et aussi de formuler des recommandations fortes visant à atteindre les objectifs de sécurité alimentaire de la région.

L’Alliance Borderless est une association de droit privé constituée en 2011, avec pour objectif de catalyser les efforts du secteur privé ouest africain et de ses partenaires, afin de proposer et de promouvoir des améliorations concrètes à la libre circulation des personnes et des marchandises.

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour Borderless Alliance.

Contact: Andrew Nantogmah

Borderless Alliance

Cell: +233 302 762935

Email:anantogmah@borderlesswa.com

www.borderlesswa.com

www.tradebarrierswa.org

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Borderless Alliance


Borderless 2015 Conference: Regional Trade and Food Security

Borderless 2015 Conference has been scheduled to take place from 19th to 21st May 2015 in Côte d’Ivoire under the theme: “Regional Trade and Food Security”

ACCRA, Ghana, May 5, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Borderless Annual Conference (http://www.borderlesswa.com) is the main platform for public-private dialogue, and a high-level advocacy platform instituted by Borderless Alliance to bring together the different stakeholders around themes related to trade facilitation and transport for better economic integration of West Africa.

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Download the document “The Borderless e-Platform for reporting and monitoring non-tariff barriers in West Africa”: http://www.apo-mail.org/150505en.pdf

Download the document “Why join the Borderless Alliance”: http://www.apo-mail.org/1505052en.pdf

Like in previous editions, dozens of companies and leading professional organizations in the private sector involved in the areas of transport, agribusiness, trade and logistics, and representatives of regional economic communities, governments and partners in the region have converged here in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, for the 4th edition of Annual Conference of Borderless Alliance. Under the auspices of the Ministry of Trade, Handicraft and Small Scale Enterprises Promotion of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Borderless 2015 Conference has been scheduled to take place from 19Th to 21St May 2015 at the Palm Club Hotel under the theme: “Regional Trade and Food Security “.

West Africa is noted to have abundant natural and human resources yet remains one of the poorest regions in the world. Accounting for approximately 35 percent of the region’s GDP and 60 percent of the active labor force, the agricultural sector is key to achieving food security and broad-based economic growth across the region. Agricultural productivity is constrained by poor linkages between farmers and markets, the vulnerability of the agricultural businesses, limited access to affordable and reliable high quality seeds and fertilizer, and lack of information on new agricultural technologies and best practices.

In addition, the commercialization of agricultural products is fraught with many difficulties; among these include: the persistence of non-tariff barriers related to free movement of agricultural products despite the existence of various ECOWAS protocols relative to the free movement of goods and services including agricultural products, lack of access to markets due to poor state of road infrastructure and lack of market information.

The conference will feature two days of experience-based knowledge sharing, scheduled interaction, networking opportunities and evidence-based advocacy methodologies to produce recommendations to achieve these objectives.

Borderless Alliance, founded in 2011 with the support of the USAID West Africa Trade Hub, is an association of companies and institutions in West Africa working together to strengthen regional trade by reducing transportation costs and delays across the region.

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

Contact: Andrew Nantogmah

Borderless Alliance

Cell: +233 302 762935

Email:anantogmah@borderlesswa.com

www.borderlesswa.com

www.tradebarrierswa.org

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Borderless Alliance


 

EUROPEAN COMMISSION RELEASES EUR 1.5 MILLION HUMANITARIAN FUNDS FOR BURUNDI REFUGEES

 

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, May 5, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The European Commission is releasing EUR 1.5 million to meet the immediate needs for assistance and protection of Burundi refugees in neighbouring countries. The funding is part of the EUR 47 million of total humanitarian aid foreseen for the Great Lakes region for 2015, and follows the increase in number of refugees from the country in the last weeks.

“Such sudden and massive displacement is a humanitarian tragedy and a serious challenge to neighbouring countries’ capacities to accommodate refugees. It is a serious concern in an already fragile region” said EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides.

Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania are experiencing flows of refugees from Burundi, who cite intimidation, threats, or fear of violence as reasons for fleeing. Over 30,000 people, the majority of whom women and children, are estimated to have fled already, with more feared to follow suit. More than 24,700 new refugees were reported by 3 May in Rwanda alone.

The surge follows last week’s clashes in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura between police and opposition to President Nkurunziza, after he announced his candidacy for a third term as president at the upcoming elections in June.

The European Commission is closely monitoring the situation and has expressed its concern at the increasing number of refugees.

 

SOURCE 

European Commission


 

La Commission européenne débloque 1,5 million d’euros d’aide pour les réfugiés Burundais.

 

BRUXELLES, Royaume de Belgique, 5 mai 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ La Commission européenne alloue 1,5 million d’euros en réponse aux besoins humanitaires immédiats en termes d’assistance et de protection des réfugiés Burundais dans les pays avoisinants.

Conséquence du nombre rapidement croissant de réfugiés fuyant leur pays vers des pays voisins durant les dernières semaines, ce financement fait partie des 47 millions d’euros prévus pour la région des Grands Lacs en 2015.

“Ce déplacement soudain et massif, très préoccupant pour une région déjà fragilisée, est une

tragédie humanitaire et un défi pour les pays voisins quant à leur capacité à accueillir les réfugiés,” a déclaré le Commissaire européen chargé de l’aide humanitaire et de la gestion des crises, Christos Stylianides.

Le Rwanda, la République démocratique du Congo et la Tanzanie font face à un flux de réfugiés qui invoquent l’intimidation, les menaces, ou la peur de la violence comme motifs de fuite. On estime à plus de 30.000 le nombre de personnes, majoritairement des femmes et des enfants, ayant déjà fui, avec la crainte que ce chiffre puisse encore croître. Rien qu’au Rwanda, plus de 24 700 nouveaux réfugiés étaient déjà comptabilisés au 3 mai.

La flambée fait suite aux affrontements ayant eu lieu la semaine passée à Bujumbura, la capitale du Burundi, entre la police et les opposants au Président Nkurunziza, ce dernier ayant annoncé sa candidature pour un troisième mandat à l’élection présidentielle de juin.

La Commission européenne suit de près l’évolution de la situation et exprime son inquiétude face aux nombre croissant de réfugiés.

 

SOURCE 

European Commission


Philips to embark on annual roadshow across the African continent for sixth consecutive year – covering 12,000 km, 11 cities and 8 countries

•          Philips’ Cape Town to Cairo roadshow retains a strong focus on advancing healthcare, and energy efficient lighting solutions;

•          Roadshow demonstrates Philips commitment to Africa, and its ambitions to further progress its business footprint across the continent;

•          Over the past five years the roadshow has championed the UN Millennium Development Goals (4 and 5) with many successes along the way – in 2015, maternal and child health and non-communicable diseases will continue to remain a focus, aligned to the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);

•          Since 2010 the roadshow has spread light across Africa– improving and beautifying cities, illuminating iconic landmarks and extending the day for rural life with solar lighting; new LED innovations will be introduced once again this year.

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, May 5, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Cape Town, South Africa – Philips’ Cape Town to Cairo roadshow (http://www.philips.com/C2CAfrica) is back for the sixth consecutive year! On Monday 11th May, Philips will embark on its annual journey across the African continent, covering 12,000 km, 11 cities and 8 countries over a period of 4.5 months.

Logo Royal Philips: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/philips-1.jpg

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(High-tech Medical Simulation Lab, Johannesburg)

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(Hands-on clinical training in progress)

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(Philips VISIQ – Tablet-sized miniaturized ultrasound)

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(Ambulance project, Johannesburg)

Photo 5: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1932
(Baron Palace, Cairo; illuminated by Philips LED Lighting)

The roadshow has gained significant momentum over the past five years, and as a result Philips has got to the very heart of some of the key issues facing Africa. This year too, the roadshow will continue to listen to the markets and focus on advancing healthcare and energy efficient lighting solutions.

Highlights and key areas of focus

The roadshow’s ambition from the beginning has been to collaborate and engage with customers, government, NGOs and media on challenges facing Africa. This has included – Mother and Child Care, the rise of non-communicable diseases, energy efficient LED and solar lighting solutions, as well as shining a spotlight on the need for clinical education and training.

Since 2010, the roadshow has evolved and advanced considerably, however the ethos and focus remains the same.  Over the past 5 years Philips has advanced many of its goals, and reached countless milestones along the way.

Clinical Education and Training

During the 2014 roadshow, Philips and the University of Johannesburg (UJ) inaugurated a high-tech Medical Simulation Lab (http://www.philips.com/content/corporate/en_AA/cape-town-cairo-roadshow-2015/homepage/press-releases/release-2.html) to support clinical education; providing medical students direct access to real life situations, and technical know-how behind medical equipment in a contained setting.

Since the roadshow began in 2010, Philips has trained over 3,100 healthcare professionals across Africa, organizing structured training workshops around maternal and child care, training practitioners where to look and what to look for, and preparing them on how to use this information to guide diagnoses and treatment decisions.

In 2015 clinical education and healthcare training will continue to remain a priority.

Ongoing commitment to maternal and child health

Since the inception of the roadshow, Philips has championed the UN Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 (http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/bkgd.shtml), related to reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. Several innovations and partnerships have resulted from this dedicated commitment.

Philips introduced its innovative ultra-mobile ultrasound system “VISIQ” (http://www.philips.com/content/corporate/en_AA/cape-town-cairo-roadshow-2015/homepage/press-releases/release-7.html) during the roadshow in 2014. VISIQ is the size of a tablet and has been designed specifically to address the critical issue of maternal and infant care in remote areas.

During the 2013 roadshow the Gauteng Department of Health, University of Johannesburg, and Philips launched a life-saving ambulance and response vehicle pilot project in South Africa.

These are some amongst several successes.  As the Sustainable Development Goals supersede the Millennium Development Goals in September 2015, Philips will continue to advance the healthcare agenda for Africa, providing solutions, innovations and collaborations – with a strong focus on Mother and Child Care and Non Communicable Disease (NCDs).

Spearheading the LED and solar lighting revolution

As the number one LED lighting company in the world, Philips has spearheaded the LED lighting revolution in Africa – enabling efficient energy management, reducing costs, improving city life, and extending the day for rural areas with solar lighting. The roadshow has provided the forum for introducing several breakthrough energy-efficient LED lighting innovations.

In 2012, Philips announced an initiative to provide solar powered LED lighting for 100 small football  pitches or “light centers” for rural communities across Africa;  to date 85 “light centers” have been inaugurated in off-grid communities.

Last year, Philips illuminated one iconic monument in every city visited during the roadshow with the latest LED technology leaving behind a permanent legacy and enhancing the attractiveness of these stunning monuments while reducing energy consumption by up to 80%.

Following the 2015 journey

The sixth Cape Town to Cairo roadshow (http://www.c2cafrica.philips.com) will kick off on 11th May in Cape Town, concluding in Cairo on 15th October 2015. Throughout 2015 the priorities will remain the same, to revitalize Africa’s healthcare system with a strong focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); lead the way for the LED lighting revolution, and provide products and solutions that meet the aspirational needs of the rising middle class in Africa.

Commenting on the 2015 Cape Town to Cairo roadshow, JJ van Dongen, Senior Vice President and CEO Philips Africa said, “It is with great honor and pride that we bring the sixth consecutive Cape Town to Cairo roadshow to Africa. I never imagined how successful this project would be when we embarked on it five years ago. During this time we have consistently engaged in an open dialogue with the people of Africa, and we have sought to adapt our technologies and services to better serve the continent.”

“We have learned an enormous amount, our focus has not wavered, and we will continue to play an integral role in the development of Africa. We are hugely excited about the 2015 roadshow, and we look forward to launching even greater innovations, products and partnerships that precisely address and get to the heart of Africa’s needs.”

For more information please follow the Cairo to Cape Town roadshow on: www.philips.com/C2CAfrica

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

For further information, please contact:

Radhika Choksey

Philips Group Communications – Africa

Tel: +31 62525 9000

E-mail: radhika.choksey@philips.com

About Royal Philips:

Royal Philips (http://www.philips.com) (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2014 sales of EUR 21.4 billion and employs approximately 108,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.

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Royal Philips


 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SOURCE 

Vatican Information Service (VIS)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 4 May 2015

Visite Ad Limina des Evêques congolais


 

Visite Ad Limina des Evêques congolais

 

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

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

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

 

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Vatican Information Service (VIS)


 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: APO | 4 May 2015

Prémios Power In Africa


Prémios Power In Africa

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

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

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

Os prémios apresentados na noite incluirão:

•          EnergyNet Lifetime Achievement Award (prémio carreira)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

•          APO Energy Media Award (prémio para imprensa energética)

Os patrocinadores dos prémios incluem:

Engro Power Services

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

Lekela Power

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

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

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

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

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

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

Para comunicação social ou questões de inscrição

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Posted by: APO | 4 May 2015

Power in Africa Awards


Power in Africa Awards

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

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

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

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

Awards presented on the evening will include:

•          EnergyNet Lifetime Achievement Award

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

•          African Utility Leadership Award – Sponsored by ‘Lekela’

•          African MegaWatt Leader Awards (thermal and renewable)

•          Regulator of the Year Award for Excellence

•          ‘Kick-off’ Award for Development Finance

•          Power in Africa Sustainability in Action Award

•          EnergyNet Energy Photograph of the Year

•          Student of the Year Award

•          APO Energy Media Award

Sponsors of the Awards include:

Engro Power Services

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

Lekela Power

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Chinedu Moghalu

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

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(Dr. Mohammad Ali Pate)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ISSUED BY

Mr. Philemon Luhanjo

CHAIRMAN – BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About Aviation Africa 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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