Necotrans remporte l’appel d’offres du terminal polyvalent du port de Kribi, au Cameroun

Le groupe de logistique Necotrans va assurer l’exploitation et la maintenance du futur terminal polyvalent du port de Kribi, au Cameroun

KRIBI, Cameroun, 1er septembre 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ À l’issue d’un appel d’offres lancé en mai 2014 par les autorités camerounaises, le groupe Necotrans (http://www.necotrans.com) et le consortium Kribi Port Multi Operators (KPMO) regroupant neuf opérateurs camerounais (transitaires, manutentionnaires, agents maritimes) ont été désignés adjudicataires du contrat de partenariat pour l’exploitation et la maintenance du terminal polyvalent du port en eau profonde de Kribi, au Cameroun.

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Situé à 150 kilomètres au sud de Douala, le nouveau port de Kribi a un tirant d’eau de 17 mètres. Le terminal polyvalent concédé par le Gouvernement du Cameroun dispose dans un premier temps d’un quai de 265 mètres (2 postes à quai) équipé de deux grues sur rails et de six sur pneumatiques. Après la publication officielle du communiqué daté du 26 août du Premier Ministre et Chef du Gouvernement du Cameroun, Philemon Yang, les termes précis du contrat de partenariat vont être discutés avec les autorités camerounaises. Il prévoit une concession de 20 ans, des investissements de 26,2 millions d’euros et des redevances versées à l’État camerounais par le Groupement Necotrans/KPMO.

« Nous sommes particulièrement fiers d’avoir fédéré nos confrères camerounais autour d’un partenariat gagnant-gagnant et obtenu la confiance des autorités camerounaises. Kribi est le seul port en eau profonde en Afrique Centrale, il est donc appelé à être le poumon économique du Cameroun et de la sous-région, notamment le Tchad et la Centrafrique », explique Grégory Quérel, Président de Necotrans.

Après une première phase de cinq ans avec une activité estimée à 1,4 million de tonnes de fret par an dès la deuxième année, une seconde phase de 15 ans prévoit la mise à disposition d’un quai adjacent de 350 mètres ainsi que des installations et des équipements complémentaires pour une activité supérieure à 3 millions de tonnes par an.

« Nos investissements vont permettre d’augmenter les cadences de manutention et les zones de stockage pour que Kribi soit le plus compétitif possible, et ce en complémentarité avec le Port de Douala », ajoute Grégory Quérel. Le terminal polyvalent de Kribi va employer plus de 250 personnes. Les principales marchandises traitées seront des véhicules, le bois, le coton, des minerais et des équipements oil&gas ainsi que ceux destinés à la construction de la zone industrielle et de la future centrale électrique qui jouxteront le port de Kribi.

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Contacts

Necotrans – Direction de la communication

Stéphanie Bohn

Email : s.bohn@necotrans.com

Tel : +33 (0)1 53 83 71 89

Site : www.necotrans.com

Agence de communication 35°Nord

Philippe Perdrix

Email : pp@35nord.com

Tel : + 33 (0)6 84 24 62 96

À propos de Necotrans

Créé en 1985, le groupe Necotrans (http://www.necotrans.com) est un acteur clé de la logistique internationale. Avec plus de 3 500 collaborateurs en Afrique et 126 implantations dans plus de 40 pays, dont 31 sur le continent, le groupe Necotrans réalise plus de 95 % de son chiffre d’affaires (1 063 millions d’euros en 2014) en Afrique.

En 2014, Necotrans a connu un fort développement avec de nouveaux investissements engagés notamment sur le terminal vraquier de Dakar (Sénégal) et le port fluvial de Brazzaville (République du Congo).

Necotrans apporte des solutions logistiques adaptées aux besoins du continent avec un réseau polyvalent (activités portuaires et logistiques, commission de transport et logistique pétrolière). En 2015, Necotrans célèbre son trentième anniversaire.

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Necotrans


 

Sudan/China: World leaders must not welcome Al Bashir to commemorative event in China

 

PARIS, France, September 1, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Several high-level government representatives from State Parties to the Rome Statue and high-ranking UN officials including Ban Ki Moon have confirmed their attendance at a military parade in China on 3 September, despite the fact that ICC fugitive Omar Al Bashir will also be present at the event.

 

FIDH and its member organisations the African Centre For Justice and Peace Studies and Human Rights in China have called on these heads of state and UN officials to refuse any invitation to an event where Al Bashir will be present, as per their obligations set out in UN and Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute (ASP) guidelines. We also call on China, as a member of the UN Security Council – the body which referred the situation in Sudan to the International Criminal Court and is responsible for upholding international peace – to withdraw Al Bashir’s invitation and arrest him should he land on Chinese soil.

 

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International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH)


Nouvelle date limite d’inscription pour remporter le Prix ONE pour l’Afrique de 100 000 USD

Les candidatures sont MAINTENANT acceptées jusqu’au 7 septembre 2015

JOHANNESBURG, Afrique du Sud, 1er septembre 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ La date limite de dépôt des candidatures pour le Prix ONE pour l’Afrique (http://www.one.org/africaaward) a été repoussée au lundi 7 septembre 2015.

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Les organisations mettant l’accent sur l’Afrique et son développement ont désormais une semaine supplémentaire pour soumettre leur candidature afin de prétendre au Prix ONE pour l’Afrique 2015. Le Prix récompense les contributions exceptionnelles des organisations basées en Afrique menant un combat contre la pauvreté et les maladies évitables sur le continent.

Le Prix ONE pour l’Afrique, qui en est à sa 8e édition, distingue et soutient les efforts de mobilisation axés sur l’Afrique en vue d’atteindre un ou plusieurs Objectif(s) du Millénaire pour le Développement (OMD), le projet mondial de lutte contre l’extrême pauvreté et la maladie. Le Prix ONE de cette année revêt d’autant plus d’importance que les dirigeants mondiaux s’apprêtent en parallèle à adopter les nouveaux Objectifs de Développement Durable (ODD), le plan selon lequel les organisations et les activistes luttant contre la pauvreté s’engagent à mener davantage d’actions pour encourager le développement durable d’ici à 2030. Parmi les lauréats des années précédentes figurent Friends Africa (2014), l’Agricultural Non-State Actors Forum (l’ANSAF) en Tanzanie (2013), Positive-Generation, au Cameroun (2012), GF2D au Togo (2011), SEND Ghana (2010), SIDAREC au Kenya (2009) et Devcoms au Nigeria (2008).

Vous trouverez toutes les informations sur le Prix ONE pour l’Afrique ainsi que les critères d’attribution sur www.one.org/africaaward.

1.         Candidats éligibles : sont invitées à présenter leur candidature les personnes et les organisations basées en Afrique qui adoptent des approches innovantes et obtiennent des résultats significatifs en matière d’aide à la réalisation d’un ou plusieurs Objectif(s) du Millénaire pour le développement grâce à des programmes de plaidoyer.

2.         Modalités de présentation des candidatures : les candidatures au Prix ONE pour l’Afrique sont acceptées jusqu’au lundi 7 septembre minuit. Les candidatures peuvent être envoyées par courriel à : one.award@one.org ou par voie postale à :

ONE Africa

Silver Stream Office Park

1st Floor, Main Building

10 Muswell Road South

Bryanston, Johannesburg

Afrique du Sud

3.         Annonce du gagnant : le lauréat sera annoncé au mois de novembre 2015.

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CONTACT :

CARLA WALKER

+27 (0)11 206 4511

carla.walker@one.org

À propos de ONE : Cofondée par Bono, ONE (http://www.one.org) est une organisation de campagne et de plaidoyer soutenue par près de 7 millions de personnes dans le monde qui agissent pour en finir avec l’extrême pauvreté et les maladies évitables, particulièrement en Afrique. La moitié de ses membres sont basés en Afrique. Non partisans, nous menons campagne pour sensibiliser le public et travaillons avec les dirigeants politiques pour combattre le sida et les maladies évitables, pour développer les investissements dans l’agriculture et la nutrition et pour exiger une plus grande transparence des programmes de lutte contre la pauvreté. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur www.ONE.org.

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ONE.org


 

Report: Africa is projected to have just one low income country by 2050 / Large infrastructure gaps, climate change, high speed of urbanization, and a youthful and rapidly growing population will influence the future pace of growth

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, September 1, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Most African countries that today are considered low income will transition to middle income within 15 years, and all but one will be middle income by 2050, according to the Annual Trends and Outlook Report (ATOR), released today.

 

The ATOR, released by the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS), a program facilitated by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), examines the current and future trends that are likely to shape the trajectory of African economies. As the second-fastest growing region in the world, Africa has enjoyed robust economic growth in recent years. However, that progress has not been enough to make up for the lost decades of economic stagnation that preceded the recent recovery. And secondly, the benefits of this growth have not trickled down to the wider population. Today too many people experience poverty and food scarcity.

 

“While the recent growth performance is encouraging, African counties still face major challenges in terms of reducing poverty and eliminating hunger and malnutrition,” said Ousmane Badiane, IFPRI Director for Africa. “This report shows that policymakers need to continue to refine policies, improve institutions and increase investments to sustain and accelerate the pace of growth as well as its inclusivity or broadness—and the outcomes of their decisions can be the difference between persistent poverty and future shared prosperity for many of Africa’s most vulnerable populations.”

 

The report found:

•    Africa south of the Sahara is projected to experience more sustained economic growth in GDP per capita between now and 2030 and 2050.

•    By 2050, climate change will result in a 25% increase in cereal prices compared with a no climate change scenario.

•    Trends that are likely to influence the trajectory of African economies include:

o    more volatile food and energy prices;

o    rapid urbanization, increasing incomes, and the rise of a middle class;

o    rapid increase in a young population entering the labor force;

o    greater climate variability; and

o    agriculture as the largest source of employment.

•    African diets are changing in response to rapid urbanization and the rise of a middle class. Fifty percent of Africa’s population is projected to live in urban areas by 2020. Processed food now represents a significant share of food purchases, even for the rural poor. Diets have also diversified beyond grains into horticulture, dairy, livestock, fish, and pulses.

•    Structural change in Africa is now contributing to productivity growth. Africa’s informal goods and services sector (e.g., home goods and handicraft production, and food staples processing) is emerging steadily, and must play a major role in future growth and industrialization.

•    Industrialization in Africa has been weak, and has contributed little to Africa’s recent growth. A new industrial strategy needs to focus on investing in infrastructure, especially energy, transport, and water supply.

“As envisaged under the African Union Malabo Declaration, transforming African economies will need ensuring that future growth is broad based and inclusive, especially of women and youth, a critical component of the Africa We Want as depicted in the Africa Agenda 2063,” said Her Excellency Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission (AUC). ”This is a sure way for wealth to be created and jobs to be generated,” she added.

 

The report was released today at the ReSAKSS conference organized by AUC and IFPRI in Addis Ababa. Read the report on the ReSAKSS website.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)

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Step backwards for freedom of expression in Egypt


 

Step backwards for freedom of expression in Egypt

 

OSLO, Norway, September 1, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ ‘Yesterday’s conviction of three Al Jazeera journalists is a step backwards for freedom of expression in Egypt,’ said State Secretary Bård Glad Pedersen.

 

On Saturday 29 August, an Egyptian court sentenced Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste to three years in prison. Peter Greste, an Australian citizen, was convicted in absentia, while Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were returned to prison in Cairo following the verdict.

 

‘We have raised the cases of the Al Jazeera journalists and restrictions on freedom of expression with the Egyptian authorities on several occasions, and I am deeply disappointed by yesterday’s court decision,’ Mr Pedersen said.

 

‘A free and independent press is a cornerstone of any democratic society. Journalists must be able to work under safe conditions, and the Egyptian authorities have an obligation to protect freedom of expression. We will follow further legal processes closely, and call for the release of the journalists and for all charges against them to be dropped,’ Mr Pedersen said.

 

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Norway – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Le ministre de l’économie d’Angola, Abraão Gourgel, affirme que la diversification de l’économie exige une politique cohérente

Le processus de diversification de l’économie angolaise se fonde sur cinq objectifs principaux

LUANDA, Angola, 1er septembre 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Abraão Gourgel a concentré son intervention sur le thème de l’expérience de l’Angola en matière de transformation et de diversification de l’économie.

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Selon lui, le processus de diversification de l’économie angolaise se fonde sur cinq objectifs principaux, parmi lesquels la création d’une structure de base aux affaires.

Afin d’atteindre cet objectif, le Guichet Unique a été créé, permettant de réduire le coût des formalités liées à la création d’entreprises de 90 %.

Un autre élément fondamental a été la mise en œuvre du programme d’investissement « Angola Investe ». Selon le ministre Abraão Gourgel, l’exécutif angolais a créé un fonds de garanties de crédit afin de réduire les risques liés aux investissements.

Un autre support de diversification de l’économie consiste en la loi sur l’investissement privé.

La nouvelle loi vise à ajuster le système des allégements fiscaux à l’actuelle dynamique économique du pays.

Ces allègements et incitations, selon le ministre, s’appliquent aux investissements externes dont le montant global correspond à un montant égal ou supérieur à cent millions de kwanzas et aux investissements internes d’un montant supérieur à cinquante millions de kwanzas.

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour le Ministère des Finance de l’Angola.

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Ministry of Finance of Angola


Minister for the Economy of Angola, Abraão Gourgel, argues that the diversification of the Economy requires a consistent policy

The process of diversification of the Angolan economy is based on five main objectives

LUANDA, Angola, September 1, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Abraão Gourgel spoke during the presentation of the panel on Transformation and the Diversification of the Economy, the Angolan Experience.

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According to Mr. Gourgel, the process of diversification of the Angolan economy is based on five main objectives including establishing support for emerging businesses.

To achieve this objective the Guiché Único (One-Stop) system was created, reducing the costs of formalising business ventures by 90 per cent.

Another fundamental factor was the implementation of the Angola Investe programme. According to Minister Abraão Gourgel, the Angolan government created a Credit guarantee fund to reduce investment risks.

Another action supporting economic diversification is the new private investment legislation.

The new law looks to adjust the tax benefits system to the current economic dynamics of the country.

According to Mr. Gourgel benefits and incentives apply to foreign investments worth one hundred million kwanzas or above and to domestic investments worth fifty million kwanzas or above.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Ministry of Finance of Angola.

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Ministry of Finance of Angola


Le vice-président de la République d’Angola prône l’intensification de l’intégration des activités économiques en Afrique

Le forum African Caucus réunit plus de dix-neuf ministres des finances et quatorze gouverneurs des Banques Centrales

LUANDA, Angola, 1er septembre 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le vice-président de la République, Manuel Vicente, a affirmé dans le cadre du forum African Caucus, que le développement durable était inexistant dans un contexte de pauvreté.

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Manuel Vicente, dans son allocution d’ouverture en représentation du président de la République, José Eduardo dos Santos, au cours de la réunion des ministres des finances et des gouverneurs des Banques Centrales africaines auprès de la Banque Mondiale et du Fonds monétaire international, a également rapporté que les pays africains devaient avoir une vision plus globale et intégrée de la diversification de l’économie fondée sur des chaînes de valeur, nationales et régionales, dans des secteurs potentiellement concurrentiels.

« Nous devons apporter davantage de valeur ajoutée à nos ressources, que ce soit dans nos activités directement productives, ou à travers des infrastructures et activités complémentaires ou de support, telles que les systèmes de transport et les télécommunications ou les systèmes bancaires et financiers gérant les pôles intégrés de développement. »

Selon un rapport sur la compétitivité en Afrique publié cette année, la faiblesse des infrastructures est l’un des facteurs expliquant la faiblesse de la diversification et la compétitivité très réduite de l’économie en Afrique.

La consultation des gouverneurs sur des thématiques telles que les perspectives économiques régionales, la transformation et la diversification économiques, le combat contre les flux financiers illicites en vue d’améliorer la mobilisation de ressources internes et les sauvegardes environnementales et sociales, ont constitué les panels de discussion au long de la journée d’ouverture de la rencontre.

Le forum réunit plus de dix-neuf ministres des finances et quatorze gouverneurs des Banques Centrales en représentation d’environ quarante pays membres de l’African Caucus, dont l’Angola.

Le forum Caucus Africain a été créé en tant qu’antichambre des Assemblées annuelles du Fonds monétaire international et de la Banque mondiale afin que ces deux organismes discutent du Mémorandum qu’ils présenteront lors de la Réunion de haut niveau des institutions de BrettonWood.

Le Caucus Africain a été créé dans le but d’éviter qu’au sein de l’Assemblée annuelle du FMI et de la BMI, les gouverneurs africains présentent, de forme isolée, les problèmes économiques et financiers qui affligent leur pays.

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Ministry of Finance of Angola


Vice-President of the Republic of Angola argues for further integration of economic activities in Africa

The African Caucus forum assembles more than nineteen Ministers of Finance and fourteen Governors of the Central Banks

LUANDA, Angola, September 1, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Angolan Vice-President, Manuel Vicente, stated in the African Caucus forum that there is no sustainable development while there is poverty.

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In his opening speech Manuel Vicente, representing the President of Angola, José Eduardo dos Santos, in the meeting of the Ministers of Finance and Governors of the African Central Banks, together with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund also noted that African countries must have a more comprehensive outlook, integrating the diversification of the economy based on national and regional value chains in potential competitive sectors.

“In truth, we have to add more value to our resources, whether in the directly productive activities, or through infrastructure and additional or supporting activities such as, transport and telecommunications systems, banking and financial systems generating integrated development hubs “.

According to a Report on Competitiveness in Africa, published this year, infrastructure vulnerability is one of the reasons for the poor diversification and weak competitiveness of the economy in Africa.

Discussion panels for the opening day include regional economic outlooks, economic transformation and diversification, combatting illicit financial flows to improve mobilisation of internal resources, environmental and social safeguards: consultations to the governors.

The forum assembles more than nineteen Ministers of Finance and fourteen Governors of the Central Banks representing approximately forty member countries of the African Caucus, including Angola.

The African Caucus was established in preparation for the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and of the World Bank. In this forum the above mentioned entities can discuss the Memorandum to be presented at the high-level meeting of the Institutions of Bretton Woods.

The African Caucus was created with the aim of preventing African Governors from presenting in the Annual Meeting of the IMF and WBG the economic and financial problems that affect the respective countries alone.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Ministry of Finance of Angola.

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Ministry of Finance of Angola


Le président du African Caucus appelle au combat contre les flux financiers illicites en Afrique

Le forum réunit plus de dix-neuf ministres des finances et quatorze gouverneurs des Banques Centrales

LUANDA, Angola, 1er septembre 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le développement du continent continue à souffrir de l’insuffisance de ressources.

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(A Gauche : Mr.  David Robinson, directeur adjoint du Département Afrique du Fonds Monétaire International (FMI); Au milieu : Mr. Armando Manuel, Présidentr du African Caucus et Minisstre des Finances de l’Angola)

Voici ce qu’a déclaré le président du Groupe africain et ministre des finances d’Angola, Armando Manuel, lors du discours de bienvenue adressé aux participants de la réunion Caucus 2015, à Luanda :

« Cet état de fait nous oblige à rechercher d’autres sources de financement, notamment les économies qui pourraient s’effectuer de la retenue des flux financiers illicites d’Afrique, à travers des mesures qui permettraient de réduire radicalement ces sorties de masse monétaire et qui garantiraient leur utilisation au profit du développement du continent africain », a-t-il rapporté.

Par ailleurs, David Robinson, directeur adjoint du Fonds monétaire international (FMI) et l’un des membres de l’African Caucus, a affirmé que la chute des prix du pétrole constituait une onde de choc négative pour les pays exportateurs contraints à procéder à un ajustement de taille.

S’étant exprimé sur le thème « Afrique : perspectives économiques régionales », David Robinson a évoqué des mesures financières publiques telles que des coupes dans le budget des dépenses 2015, surtout dans les investissements, la réforme des subventions en matière de combustibles, des mesures fiscales, notamment la hausse des impôts, ainsi qu’une plus grande flexibilité du taux de change, le cas échéant.

En effet, le représentant du FMI au sein de l’African Caucus a signalé que les pays producteurs de pétrole faisaient face à l’application ordonnée des dépenses, à leur application prioritaire dans les secteurs sociaux et les infrastructures, ainsi qu’à la mobilisation des recettes non liées au pétrole, la faible liquidité sur les marchés de change dans les pays avec des régimes flexibles et, finalement, l’absence d’instruments de change dans les pays dont la monnaie est indexée à l’euro.

Le jeudi après-midi, l’accent a été mis sur le combat contre les flux financiers illicites afin d’améliorer la mobilisation des ressources internes, thème présenté par Thabo Mbeki, ancien président de l’Afrique du Sud.

Le forum réunit plus de dix-neuf ministres des finances et quatorze gouverneurs des Banques Centrales en représentation d’environ quarante pays membres de l’African Caucus, dont l’Angola.

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour le Ministère des Finance de l’Angola.

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Ministry of Finance of Angola


President of the African Caucus urges the combat of illicit financial flows in Africa

The forum assembles more than nineteen Ministers of Finance and fourteen Governors of the Central Banks

LUANDA, Angola, September 1, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The development of the continent continues to be affected by insufficient resources.

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(On the Left: Mr. David Robinson, ‎Deputy Director, African Department at International Monetary Fund (IMF); in the middle: Mr. Armando Manuel, Chair of the African Caucus and Minister of Finance of Angola)

The President of the African Group and Minister of Finance of Angola, Armando Manuel, declared in the welcoming speech to the participants at the Luanda Caucus- 2015 meeting.

“This obliges us to look for other sources of financing including savings that can be made from restricting illicit financial flows from Africa, especially measures that can be taken to radically reduce these mass monetary outflows and guarantee that they are used for development in the African continent”, he noted.

Meanwhile, David Robinson, the Vice-Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and one of the speakers at the African Caucus said that the fall in oil prices is a significant negative shock for the oil exporting countries which have had to make marked adjustments.

David Robinson, who presented the theme “Africa: Regional Economic Outlooks”  pointed to the following public financial measures:  budget cuts  in the 2015 expenditure, above all in investments, fuel subsidies reform, taxation measures, including tax rate increases, and greater exchange rate flexibility wherever possible.

Indeed, the representative of the IMF to the African Caucus noted that the oil producing countries have to tackle issues such as the orderly implementation of spending cuts, prioritise social sectors and infrastructure and mobilise non-oil revenues. It is necessary to address low liquidity in the foreign exchange markets in countries with flexible arrangements and the absence of foreign exchange instruments in countries whose currency is indexed to the Euro.

The emphasis of this Thursday afternoon fell on combatting illicit financial flows to improve the mobilisation of internal resources, a topic addressed by Thabo Mbeki, the Ex-President of South Africa.

The forum assembles more than nineteen Ministers of Finance and fourteen Governors of the Central Banks representing approximately forty member countries of the African Caucus, including Angola.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Ministry of Finance of Angola.

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Ministry of Finance of Angola


 

AUC to Develop a Partnership Programme with the World Food Programme Centre For Excellence Against Hunger in Brazil

 

BRASILIA, Brazil, September 1, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ At the conclusion of the successful mission of the AU to Brazil last week, it was agreed that the AUC and the Centre for Excellence against Hunger in Brazil would develop a working partnership in order to share the Brazilian experience with the African union systematically. Launched by World Food Programme and the Government of Brazil, the Centre of Excellence is a joint initiative which aims to help countries expand their school meal programmes so as to improve the food security of children.

The mission to Brazil was led by HRST Commissioner Dr Martial De Paul Ikounga; and included a high level delegation of Minister for Education of Niger; Minister for Agriculture, Mechanisation and Development of Zimbabwe; Minister of State from the Northern Region of Ghana; Counsellor of the Embassy of Cameroon in Brazil representing the Cameroon Minister for Basic Education; and senior officials representing Ministers from Malawi and Kenya. SADC was also represented, as well as the department for Rural Economy and Agriculture. The mission was organized by the World Food Programme Centre of Excellence for Fight Against Hunger, and WFP offices to the African union and to Niger.

The partnership will also facilitate collaborative research towards building a robust body of knowledge to inform policy and practice in eradication of hunger; establish and strengthen management information systems to enable systematic monitoring and evaluation in order to inform policy interventions and ensure that all those in need are reached. This will help more African countries implementing school feeding programmes to graduate methodically from depending on external aid, to building homegrown and self-sufficient programmes.

Earlier in the week, the acting minister for Education Luiz Claudio Costa had explained to the AU delegation that the school feeding programme in Brazil also started with a model based on international aid, with partners such as WFP, UNICEF and USAID, back in the 1950’s, moved to a national model only in the 1990’s, and has only become self-sufficient over the last decade. Procuring food produced by smallholder farmers to supply school feeding programmes as an example of an effective and successful way to achieve food security, while promoting income generation, entrepreneurship and innovation within local communities. The acquisition of food from smallholder farmers for the school feeding programme is determined by law in Brazil.

 

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African Union Commission (AUC)


Ministro da Economia de Angola, Abraão Gourgel, defende que a diversificação da Economia requer uma política consistente

LUANDA, Angola, August 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Abraão Gourgel falava durante a apresentação do tema sobre a Transformação e a Diversificação da Economia, a Experiência de Angola.

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De acordo com prelector, o processo de diversificação da economia angolana assenta em cinco objectivos principais, de entre os quais a criação de um suporte para a realização de negócios.

Para alcançar este objectivo foi criado o Guiché Único, que permitiu reduzir em 90 por cento os custos da formalização do empreendimento.

Outro Item fundamental foi a implementação do programa Angola Investe. Segundo O Ministro Abraão Gourgel o executivo angolano criou m fundo de garantias de Crédito para reduzir os riscos dos investimentos.

Outro suporte a diversificação da economia, a lei do Investimento privado.

A nova lei visa adequar o sistema de benefícios fiscais á actual dinâmica económicos do país.

Os referidos benefícios e incentivos de acordo com o Ministro aplicam-se aos investimentos externos, cujo montante global corresponda ao valor igual ou superior a cem milhões de kwanzas e aos investimentos internos, ao valor superior a cinquenta milhões de kwanzas.

Distribuído pela APO (African Press Organization) em nome da Ministérios das Finanças de Angola.

SOURCE

Ministry of Finance of Angola


Vice Presidente da República de Angola defende intensificação da integração das actividades económicas em África

LUANDA, Angola, August 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ O Vice Presidente da República, Manuel Vicente, afirmou esta quinta- feira, no fórum ÁfricanCaucus, que não há desenvolvimento sustentável inclusivo com pobreza.

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(Mr. Manuel Vicente – O Vice Presidente da República)

Manuel Vicente, ao proferir o discurso de abertura em representação do Presidente da República, José Eduardo dos Santos, na reunião dos Ministros das Finanças e Governadores dos Bancos Centrais Africanos junto do Banco Mundial e do Fundo Monetário Internacional referiu igualmente que os países africanos devem ter uma visão mais abrangente, integrada de diversificação da economia baseada em cadeias de valor, nacionais e regionais em sectores que podem ter condições para competir.

“Na verdade, temos de acrescer mais valor aos nossos recursos, seja nas actividades directamente produtivas, seja através de infra – estruturas e actividades complementares ou de suporte como, por exemplo, os sistemas de transporte e telecomunicações ou sistemas bancário e financeiro gerando polos integrados de desenvolvimento”.

De acordo com um Relatório sobre Competitividade em África, publicado este ano a fraqueza das infra-estruturas é um dos factores explicativos da fraca diversificação e débil competitividade da economia em África.

Perspectivas económicas regionais, transformação económica e diversificação, combate aos fluxos financeiros ilícitos para melhorar a mobilização de recursos internos, salvaguardas ambientais e sociais: consultas aos governadores são os painéis em discussão para o dia de abertura do encontro.

O fórum junta mais de dezanove Ministros das Finanças e catorze Governadores dos Bancos Centrais em representação de cerca de quarenta países africanos, incluindo Angola.

O Caucus Africano, é um fórum criado como antecâmara das Assembleias Anuais do Fundo Monetário Internacional e do Banco Mundial, com o objectivo destas entidades discutirem o Memorando a ser apresentado à reunião de alto nível das Instituições de BrettonWood

O Caucus Africano foi criado com o objectivo de se evitar que na Assembleia Anual do FMI e BMl, os Governadores Africanos apresentem de forma isolada, os problemas económicos e financeiros que afligem os respectivos países.

Distribuído pela APO (African Press Organization) em nome da Ministérios das Finanças de Angola.

SOURCE

Ministry of Finance of Angola


Presidente do Caucus apela ao combate dos fluxos financeiros ilícitos em África

LUANDA, Angola, September 1, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ O desenvolvimento do continente contínua a ser afectado por recursos insuficientes.

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(À esquerda: Mr. David Robinson, Vice – Director do Fundo Monetário Internacional, (FMI); Em meio: Mr. Armando Manuel – Presidente do Grupo Africano e Ministro das Finanças de Angola)

Declarou o Presidente do Grupo Africano e Ministro das Finanças de Angola, Armando Manuel (http://www.minfin.gv.ao), no discurso de boas vindas aos participantes à reunião de Luanda Caucus- 2015.

“Esta realidade obriga-nos olhar para outras fontes de financiamento incluindo as poupanças que podem ser realizadas a partir da contenção dos fluxos financeiros ilícitos de África, especificamente medidas que possam ser tomadas para reduzir radicalmente estas saídas de massa monetária e garantir que as mesmas sejam utilizadas para o desenvolvimento no continente africano”, referiu.

Noutra vertente, David Robson, Vice – Director do Fundo Monetário Internacional, (FMI) e um dos prelectores ao African Caucus disse que a queda do preço do petróleo constitui um choque negativo significativo para os países exportadores que tiveram de realizar ajustamento expressivo.

David Robson, que apresentou o tema “África: Perspectivas Económicas Regionais” apontou como medidas financeiras públicas, os cortes no orçamento por via das despesas de 2015, sobretudo nos investimentos, reforma dos subsídios dos combustíveis, medidas tributárias, incluindo a elevação das taxas dos impostos, e haver maior flexibilidade cambial sempre que possível.

Com efeito, o representante do FMI ao African Caucus, referiu que os países produtores de petróleo enfrentam a aplicação ordenada de despesas, a sua priorização nos sectores sociais e infra-estruturas, bem como na mobilização de receitas não relacionadas ao petróleo, baixa liquidez nos mercados cambiais nos países com regimes flexíveis e por fim a ausência de instrumentos cambiais nos países cuja moeda está indexada ao Euro.

O destaque da tarde desta quinta-feira recaiu para o combate aos fluxos financeiros ilícitos para melhorar a mobilização de recursos internos, tema apresentado por ThaboMbeki, Ex-Presidente da África do Sul.

O fórum junta mais de dezanove Ministros das Finanças e catorze Governadores dos Bancos Centrais em representação de cerca de quarenta  países membros do African Caucus, incluindo Angola.

Distribuído pela APO (African Press Organization) em nome da Ministérios das Finanças de Angola.

SOURCE

Ministry of Finance of Angola

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 September 2015

South Sudan / Press release on relocation of foreign nationals out of PoC 2 site


 

South Sudan / Press release on relocation of foreign nationals out of PoC 2 site

 

JUBA, South Sudan, September 1, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) wishes to announce the start of a relocation programme for 510 foreign nationals who have been living at one of the UNMISS protection-of-civilians (PoC) sites at UNMISS headquarters along the Yei Road in Juba. The process began on 27 August with the transfer of 97 foreign nationals to Juba Town, and another 16 were transported to Juba Town on Friday, 28 August.

 

The relocation programme is being conducted by UNMISS in conjunction with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The Mission is also coordinating closely with the national government’s Commission for Refugee Affairs of South Sudan.

 

The outbreak of the conflict in South Sudan in December 2013 triggered an influx of hundreds of foreign nationals into the PoC sites established by UNMISS in the opening days of the fighting to fulfill its protection-of-civilians mandate. Most of these foreign nationals come from Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia.

 

With the change in the security situation, there is no need for the foreign nationals to continue to reside in the UNMISS camp. UNMISS has worked with the foreign nationals, relevant UN agencies and national partners to identify other options for their continued stay in South Sudan.

 

Earlier this year, the Relief, Re-integration and Protection Section of UNMISS alongside IOM and UNHCR engaged with the foreign nationals and encouraged them to seek living options outside the PoC site at UN House that had been assigned to them. Specifically, IOM provided passports to foreign nationals upon request and UNHCR facilitated the provision of asylum-seeking certificates that will enable them to remain legally in South Sudan while their individual applications for refugee status are reviewed.

 

Some foreign nationals opted to seek formal refugee status in South Sudan, and their applications will be subject to a Refugee Status Determination process.

 

The 510 foreign nationals who registered for the relocation programme were given three options from which to choose: a move to Juba Town; a transfer to the Western Equatoria State capital of Yambio; or a move to the UNHCR-administered Makpandu refugee settlement in Yambio. To date, 264 of them have made their selections, and 104 have voluntarily signed up for relocation to Yambio, which is expected to commence on Tuesday, 1 September.

 

UNMISS will continue to fulfill its mandate to protect civilians in imminent threat of physical danger.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS


 

IMF Completes First Review of Ghana’s ECF and Approves US$116.6 Million Disbursement

 

ACCRA, Ghana, September 1, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the first review of Ghana’s economic performance under the program supported by an Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement.1 Completion of the review enables the disbursement of SDR 83.025 million (about US$116.6 million), bringing total disbursements under the arrangement to SDR 166.05 million (about US$233.1 million).

In completing the review, the Executive Board also granted waivers for the nonobservance of performance criteria regarding gross credit to government, and non-accumulation of external arrears, based on their minor and temporary nature and the corrective measures put in place by the authorities. The Executive Board also approved the authorities’ request for modifications of performance criteria.

Ghana’s three-year arrangement for SDR 664.20 million (about US$918 million or 180 percent of quota) was approved on April 3, 2015 (see Press Release No.15/159). It aims to restore debt sustainability and macroeconomic stability in the country to foster a return to high growth and job creation, while protecting social spending.

Following the Executive Board’s discussion on Ghana, Mr. Zhu, Acting Chair and Deputy Managing Director, said:

“Implementation of the ECF-supported program by the Ghanaian authorities has been broadly satisfactory, despite an unfavorable economic environment. In particular, the government’s fiscal consolidation efforts are on track and it is encouraging that the government decided to liberalize the prices of fuel products, which bodes well for expenditure control, eliminating the need for fuel subsidies and the incurrence of arrears.

“The government should firmly continue with its fiscal consolidation efforts to fully restore macroeconomic stability and mitigate financing risk. In this regard, it is crucial to continue the policy of controlling the wage bill by adhering to the net hiring freeze, excluding for health care and education, while further implementing the payroll clean-up plan. The government should continue to adhere to the domestic arrears clearance plan and avoid incurring any new arrears. Implementing structural reforms to strengthen expenditure control will support these efforts. At the same time, the government should use the resulting fiscal space to enhance its social protection programs to mitigate the potential impact of the fiscal consolidation on the poor.

“To avoid the risk of fiscal overruns in connection with next year’s election, it is imperative to identify the full cost related to the elections as early as possible and provision for it in the 2016 budget, while ensuring that the fiscal targets will be achieved. It is also important that the ongoing wage negotiations result in a wage agreement consistent with the medium-term wage bill envelope. Further enhancing revenue performance will also be key for continued fiscal consolidation.

“The government’s medium-term debt management strategy is a welcome step to help reduce near-term financing risks. The externally-oriented financing envisaged in 2015 will help reduce the pressure on the domestic debt market. However, the government should complement this strategy by striving to deepen the domestic debt market, as well as by seeking to borrow externally on concessional terms as much as possible.

“The monetary policy stance will have to remain tight to help bring inflation down, against the background of exchange rate volatility. Bank of Ghana (BoG) should stand ready to tighten monetary policy further if inflationary pressures do not recede as expected. The decision to introduce new liquidity management instruments is encouraging, as it will improve monetary policy transmission and make the inflation targeting framework more effective. Moreover, prompt implementation of two new banking laws currently under review by Parliament will help safeguard financial sector stability.”

1 The ECF is a lending arrangement that provides sustained program engagement over the medium to long term in case of protracted balance of payments problems.

 

SOURCE 

International Monetary Fund (IMF)


 

UNICEF’s social media platform to engage communities reaches one million responders / U-Report Nigeria has the widest coverage of any country

 

ABUJA, Nigeria, August 31, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Nigeria has become the first country to reach one million responders on the SMS-based U-Report platform, designed to strengthen community-led development and citizen engagement, UNICEF announced today.

 

UNICEF’s Global Innovations team has launched U-Report in 17 countries, mostly in Africa, as a way for community members to share their opinions and drive positive change. It is a user-centred social monitoring tool based on simple Short Message Service (SMS) messages, polling opinions on issues that affect communities and sharing useful information. It relies on volunteer community members, mostly young people, serving as U-Reporters to provide information on issues that affect their communities.

 

“It is heartening to see a million young people in Nigeria becoming agents of change for their community and nation,” said Dr Sharad Sapra, Director of Global Innovations at UNICEF, when Nigeria hit the one million U-Reporter mark, “These young people and the many more who join them every day, are becoming the pillars for sustainable social development in Nigeria.”

 

With the support in Nigeria of telecommunications service providers Airtel, Etisalat, Glo and MTN, engaging with U-Report is completely free and it has grown into a vibrant tool to empower communities.

 

The first poll question from the U-Report Nigeria platform was sent out in April 2014 and since then, nearly 70 polls on topics such as health, education, safety and security, Internally Displaced Persons, water and sanitation, violence against children and trafficking in persons have been discussed on the platform, with results disseminated to Government and other relevant agencies.

 

Having over a million voices on this platform means that a significant number of Nigerians now have an opportunity to speak out on social issues in their communities and the assurance that their voices are being heard.

 

“Nigeria hitting the one million mark on the U-Report platform is a huge step in stakeholder engagement, connecting leaders with their communities to improve their standard of living,” said Jean Gough, UNICEF Nigeria Country Representative, “U-Report can significantly contribute to transparency, accountability and social justice in Nigeria”

 

To become a U-Reporter in Nigeria, text the word ‘JOIN’ to 24453 and voice your opinion. It is free.

 

NOTE

 

To access U-Report information, see http://www.nigeria.ureport.in. The website shows U-Reporter responses across Nigeria to nearly 70 polls. Questions on a wide range of topics continue to be asked to U-Reporters every week, providing a deep source of real-time information on the views and opinions of Nigerians.

 

SOURCE 

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)


 

INFORMATION SOCIETY IS WHAT WILL ENABLE AFRICA TO MAKE THE LEAP INTO THE 21ST CENTURY- AUC DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TELLS AFRICAN EXPERTS OF COMMUNICATION AND ICT

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, August 31, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The meeting of experts of the First Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Communication and ICT (CCICT) has started at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Bringing together work that falls under the African Union’s Directorate of Information and Communication (DIC) with that of the Department of Infrastructure and Energy (DIE) this is the first meeting bringing together in a united framework, issues of communication, including the media, branding and information, and Information and Communication Technologies. A total of 31 member states of the AU are attending the meeting.

 

The meeting’s opening ceremony sent a clear call to member states of the African Union to redouble efforts to give Africa the voice to tell the African story, to promote access to information and freedom of expression, to popularise African Union branding and promote Africa’s image.

 

Addressing the meeting’s opening ceremony on behalf of the African Union Commission, the DIC Director Mrs Habiba El Mejri Scheikh explained that the information society is now one of the most dynamic social and economic activities of our century. Its added value, she said is unmatched and has a catalytic impact on societal transformation, productivity and innovation; modernization of vital services, such as health, education and transport; and on science and technology. “We are here today because we firmly believe that the Information Society is what will enable Africa to make the leap into the 21st century”, said the Director.

 

Mrs El Mejri Cheikh recalled that most African countries have developed national policies and strategies to develop the Information. But she noted that, despite the many significant gains, the information society sector in most African countries and the continent in general remains a source of serious concern. There is therefore a need to catch up with the rest of the world.

 

The Commission of the African Union, in its mission of facilitating and coordinating regional initiatives and other projects, has undertaken a number of important actions, notably in the field of harmonization of the information society policies to control and encourage investments for the development of the continent.

 

The Director of Special Initiatives Division of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, Ms Fatima Denton also noted that Africa is trailing behind in terms of ICT infrastructure and services. She observed that “broadband enabled services have the potential to create economic and empowerment opportunities and improve the quality of life of millions of people across the continent”. She also commended the regional economic communities for harmonising the legal and regulatory environments.

 

The head of the Zambian delegation, which was the chair of the outgoing bureau of the STC commended the meeting for its objective of optimising the use of ICTs and communication.

 

The meeting is expected to discuss on-going projects of the AUC such as the PIDA priority action plan, the project of the Pan African TV and Radio Channels, the AU Branding Campaign, the AU Communication Strategy, the Pan African E network, DoT Africa project. Postal projects, the ICT strategy for Africa as well as internet governance issues among others.

 

From 3 to 4 September, responsible ministers will meet. They will consider the experts’ session report, hold a closed session on Internet Governance, adopt their meeting’s report and adopt the Addis Ababa Declaration on communication and ICT.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 31 August 2015

Somalia: Critical Food and Nutrition Situation Persists


 

Somalia: Critical Food and Nutrition Situation Persists

 

MOGADISHU, Somalia, August 31, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The results of the latest Food Security and Nutrition Assessment for Somalia, presented today in Mogadishu, indicate that the country’s humanitarian situation remains alarming.

 

Compared to six months ago, the number of people who face food crisis or emergency increased by 17 per cent, from 731,000 to 855,000. The number of those in food-stressed situations remained at 2.3 million. The deterioration is due in good part to an early end of Gu rains, leading to below-average cereal production. In total, 3.1 million people require humanitarian assistance.

 

“The levels of food insecurity and malnutrition are critical. Humanitarian actors and donors have prevented the situation being a lot worse than it is, but we all need to do more”, said Humanitarian Coordinator Peter de Clercq, “The situation among internally displaced people is particularly worrying”.

 

More than two thirds, or 68 per cent, of the people who are in crisis and emergency are internally displaced. Especially among them — who are already exposed to widespread human rights violations — food insecurity aggravates protection concerns: it regularly results in child labour, increased sexual and gender-based violence, and involuntary family separations.

 

Nearly 215,000 children aged under five are acutely malnourished, of whom almost 40,000 are severely malnourished and face a high risk of disease and death. In settlements for internally displaced people, global acute malnutrition rates are consistently above the emergency threshold of 15 per cent.

 

Food insecurity is likely to worsen by the end of the year. This will be due to below-average agricultural production, poor rainfall in some pastoral and agro-pastoral areas, trade disruption in the most conflict-affected areas, and continued displacement. Additionally, the El Niño phenomenon is expected to prompt heavy rains and cause flooding along the Juba and Shabelle rivers, flash floods in parts of Galgaduud, Mudug and Nugaal in Puntland, and drought conditions in parts of Somaliland. This is likely to lead to disease, loss of crops and property, and to deterioration in the food security and nutritional situations.

 

“We must continue investing in saving lives. We cannot allow a reversal in the important steps forward made on the humanitarian and development fronts”, said the Humanitarian Coordinator, “We must simultaneously address the underlying causes of the country’s predicament, and work on durable solutions that will mitigate suffering while also building a more resilient Somalia”.

 

The assessments are conducted by the Food Security and Nutritional Analysis Unit (FSNAU), managed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in collaboration with technical government and partners, twice a year: after the Deyr season around January, and after the Gu season around August.

 

In 2011, Somalia experienced a devastating famine. Things have since improved, but humanitarian needs remain vast and the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance continues to fluctuate around 3 million. The ability to absorb shocks — whether conflict or natural disasters — is very limited. About 1.1 million people are internally displaced.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS

Posted by: APO | 31 August 2015

100,000USD ONE Africa Award Deadline Extended


100,000USD ONE Africa Award Deadline Extended

Applications NOW being accepted until September 7, 2015

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 31, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The deadline for applying for the 2015 ONE Africa Award (http://www.one.org/africaaward) has been extended until midnight Monday, September 7, 2015.

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Africa-led, Africa-driven organizations now have an additional week to submit their applications for consideration for the Award.  The Award honors outstanding contributions by African based organizations leading the fight against poverty and preventable disease on the continent.

Now in its eighth year, The ONE Africa Award highlights and bolsters innovative, Africa-led and Africa-driven advocacy efforts that help advance one or more of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the world’s blueprint for fighting extreme poverty and disease. This year’s ONE Award is especially significant as it comes at a time when world leaders prepare to adopt the new Sustainable development Goals (SDGs) – the framework by which anti-poverty organizations and activists do more to encourage sustainable development by 2030. Previous winners include Friends Africa (2014), Agricultural Non-State Actors Forum (ANSAF) of Tanzania (2013), Positive-Generation from Cameroon (2012), GF2D from Togo (2011), SEND Ghana (2010), SIDAREC of Kenya (2009); and Devcoms of Nigeria (2008).

More details on ONE Africa Award and full scoring criteria for applicants can be found at www.one.org/africaaward.

1.         Who can Apply – Individuals and organizations, based in Africa, that demonstrate innovative approaches and measurable results in helping to meet one or more of the Millennium Development Goals through advocacy are invited to apply.

2.         How to Apply – Applications for the ONE Africa Award will be accepted until midnight Monday, September 7th.  Applications can be sent to one.award@one.org  or by mail to:

ONE Africa

Silver Stream Office Park

1st Floor, Main Building

10 Muswell Road South

Bryanston, Johannesburg

South Africa

3.         Announcement of the Winner – The award recipient will be announced in November 2015.

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

Contact:

Carla Walker

+27 11 706 4511

carla.walker@one.org

About ONE – Co-founded by Bono, ONE (http://www.one.org) is a campaigning and advocacy organization of nearly 7 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Half of this membership is based in Africa.  Not politically partisan, we raise public awareness and press political leaders to combat AIDS and preventable diseases, increase investments in agriculture and nutrition, and demand greater transparency in poverty-fighting programs. Learn more at www.ONE.org.

SOURCE

ONE.org


 

La Représentante spéciale du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies pour la Côte d’Ivoire appelle à la retenue

 

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 31 août 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ La Côte d’Ivoire s’achemine vers l’élection présidentielle d’octobre 2015. Ce scrutin sera l’occasion pour le peuple ivoirien de tourner définitivement la page des temps de crise et de renouer avec les principes démocratiques.

A cette occasion, la Représentante spéciale du Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies pour la Côte d’Ivoire et Chef de l’Opération des Nations Unies en Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI), Mme Aïchatou Mindaoudou, appelle les acteurs politiques, de toutes tendances, à faire preuve de retenue dans leurs propos et à tout mettre en œuvre pour contribuer au maintien d’un environnement électoral apaisé, au renforcement de la cohésion sociale et à la consolidation de la réconciliation nationale.

Elle les exhorte, en outre, à inscrire leurs militants dans cette dynamique de paix irréversible pour assurer un processus électoral réussi, à la mesure des attentes du peuple ivoirien.

L’ONUCI et la Communauté internationale restent convaincus de la lucidité et du sens de la responsabilité du peuple ivoirien. Nul doute qu’il saura faire prévaloir l’intérêt général, la démocratie et la paix avant, pendant et après le scrutin d’octobre 2015.

 

SOURCE 

NATIONS UNIES


 

Communique du Conseil de paix et de sécurité de l’Union africaine (UA), en sa 537ème réunion sur les efforts du Kenya dans la lutte contre al-Shabaab et le plan de relocalisation du camp de réfugiés de Dabaab.

 

ADDIS ABEBA, Ethiopie, 31 août 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le Conseil de paix et de sécurité de l’Union africaine (UA), en sa 537ème réunion tenue le 24 août 2015, a suivi une communication faite par l’Ambassadrice Monica Juma, Secrétaire générale du Ministère de l’Intérieur et de la Coordination gouvernementale au niveau national de la République du Kenya, sur les efforts du Kenya dans la lutte contre al-Shabaab et le plan de relocalisation du camp de réfugiés de Dabaab.

 

Le Conseil a réitéré sa profonde préoccupation face à la menace croissante du terrorisme et de l’extrémisme violent et à ses incidences sur la paix et la sécurité sur le continent. Le Conseil a exprimé la condamnation par l’UA de tous les actes de terrorisme, quels qu’en soient les auteurs, les lieux et les buts. Le Conseil a souligné l’impératif de la poursuite et du renforcement des efforts de lutte contre ce fléau sur la base des instruments africains et internationaux pertinents et de ses propres décisions, notamment le communiqué PSC/AHG/COMM.(CDLV) adopté lors de sa 455ème réunion tenue à Nairobi le 2 septembre 2014. Le Conseil a souligné la nécessité, dans la lutte contre le terrorisme, d’une approche globale et du respect des normes les plus élevées en ce qui concerne les droits de l’homme et le droit international humanitaire, en gardant à l’esprit les dispositions pertinentes du Protocole de l’UA de 2004 à la Convention de 1999 sur la prévention et la lutte contre le terrorisme.

 

Le Conseil a condamné, dans les termes les plus énergiques, les lâches et ignobles attentats terroristes perpétrés par al-Shabaab au Kenya, qui ont causé la mort d’un très grand nombre de personnes innocentes et gravement blessé plusieurs autres, entrainé une destruction massive de biens et perturbé la vie quotidienne des citoyens ordinaires. Le Conseil a exprimé l’entière solidarité de l’UA avec le Gouvernement et le peuple du Kenya, offert ses sincères condoléances aux familles de ceux qui ont perdu la vie, et souhaité un prompt rétablissement aux blessés. Le Conseil a réitéré son appui au Gouvernement du Kenya dans ses efforts de lutte contre le groupe terroriste al-Shabaab. Le Conseil a également réitéré ses remerciements au Kenya pour sa contribution à la Mission de l’UA en Somalie (AMISOM) et les sacrifices consentis dans ce cadre.

 

Le Conseil a exprimé son appréciation au Gouvernement et au peuple du Kenya pour l’hospitalité accordée à un très grand nombre de réfugiés au camp de Dabaab, depuis son établissement en 1990.

 

Le Conseil a pris note de la relocalisation prévue du camp de réfugiés de Dabaab, et ce dans le cadre des efforts globaux du Gouvernement kenyan visant à prévenir les attaques du groupe terroriste al-Shabaab. Le Conseil a convenu d’entreprendre de nouvelles consultations sur cette question avec toutes les partes prenantes concernées, en vue de contribuer à la recherche d’une solution durable qui tiendrait compte des préoccupations sécuritaires d’ensemble du Kenya, tout en respectant les instruments internationaux et africains pertinents, y compris la Convention des Nations unies de 1951 relative au statut des réfugiés et le Protocole de 1967 relatif au statut des réfugiés, ainsi que la Convention de l’Organisation de l’unité africaine (OUA) régissant les aspects spécifiques aux problèmes des réfugiés en Afrique. Le Conseil a demandé à la Commission de lui soumettre, au début du mois d’octobre 2015, un rapport sur la question, y compris des recommandations sur la marche à suivre.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


 

Press Statement of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 537th meeting on Kenya’s efforts in fighting al-Shabaab and its plan of relocating the Dabaab Refugee Camp

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, August 31, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 537th meeting held on 24 August 2015, was briefed by Ambassador Monica Juma, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government of the Republic of Kenya, on Kenya’s efforts in fighting al-Shabaab and its plan of relocating the Dabaab Refugee Camp.

 

Council reiterated its deep concern at the growing threat of terrorism and violent extremism and the resulting impact on peace and security on the continent. Council expressed the AU’s condemnation of all acts of terrorism by whomever, wherever and for whatever purposes. Council stressed the imperative for continued and enhanced efforts to combat this scourge, on the basis of the relevant African and international instruments and its own decisions, notably communiqué PSC/AHG/COMM.(CDLV), adopted at its 455th meeting held in Nairobi, on 2 September 2014. Council underlined the need, in fighting terrorism, for a comprehensive approach and to uphold the highest standards in terms of human rights and international humanitarian law, bearing in mind the relevant provisions of the AU 2004 Protocol to the 1999 Convention on the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism.

 

Council condemned, in the strongest terms, the cowardly and heinous terrorist attacks committed by al-Shabaab in Kenya, resulting in large numbers of deaths and serious injuries, causing massive destruction of property and disrupting the daily life of ordinary Kenyans. Council expressed the AU’s full solidarity with the Government and people of Kenya and its condolences to the families of the dead, and wished speedy recovery to the injured. Council reiterated its support to the Government of Kenya in its efforts to combat the al-Shabaab terrorist group. Council also reiterated its appreciation to Kenya for its contribution to the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the sacrifices made in this respect.

 

Council expressed its appreciation to the Government and people of Kenya for hosting large numbers of refugees at the Dabaab camp, since its establishment in 1990.

 

Council took note of the planned relocation of the Dabaab refugee camp, as part of the Kenyan Government overall efforts to prevent attacks by the al-Shabaab terrorist group. Council agreed to undertake further consultations on this issue with all concerned stakeholders, with a view to contributing to the search for a sustainable solution that would take into account Kenya’s overall national security concerns, whilst respecting relevant international and African instruments, including the 1951 United Nations (UN) Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 UN Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, as well as the Organization of Africa Unity (OAU) Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa. Council requested the Commission to submit to it a report on the issue, with recommendations on the way forward, by early October 2015.

 

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