Ecobank chooses APO for Press Release Distribution in Africa

Ecobank’s press releases will be distributed via Africa Wire®, the newswire service for press release distribution and monitoring in Africa

DAKAR, Senegal, May 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com), the sole press release newswire in Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa, today announced it has been selected as exclusive supplier for press release wire distribution in Africa by Ecobank (http://www.ecobank.com), the leading independent pan-African banking group with a presence in 36 African countries.

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Commenting today, Richard UKU, Group Head of Corporate Communications of  Ecobank, said: “We are pleased to have APO work with us in the dissemination of our press releases. Their broad reach and knowledge of the African media landscape makes them a great partner.”

Ecobank’s press releases will be distributed via Africa Wire® (http://www.apo-opa.com/press_release_distribution.php), the newswire service for press release distribution and monitoring in Africa.

Used by some of the world’s largest companies, PR agencies, institutions and organisations, APO Africa Wire® has a potential reach of 600 million and guarantees the most extensive outreach in Africa, acting as a channel that allows APO’s clients to target audiences in all parts of the continent and also the world.

APO Africa Wire® includes:

–         UNLIMITED wording in English.

–         UNLIMITED multimedia content at no charge.

–         TRANSLATION in all languages spoken in Africa.

–         TARGETED emailing to the 54 states of Africa for a Pan-African distribution. Your press release is distributed to APO database of journalists from each country covering general news.

–         TARGETED emailing to all African and international journalists reporting on the industry or subject highlighted in your release.

–         WEB REACH. The release is posted verbatim on APO’s 50 official news website partners and more.

–         SOCIAL MEDIA REACH on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, Scoop.it!, RebelMouse and Repost.

–         INTERNATIONAL REACH via APO’s partnership with Bloomberg Professional® service (Bloomberg Terminal), Thomson Reuters professional platforms, Dow Jones Factiva, LexisNexis, Acquire Media, ProQuest, and EDD for our French content. The APO technology platform enhances the value of your Press releases by adding Metadata Taxonomies for News (NewsCodes used by the news industry).

–         MOBILE REACH. The release is made available to 250 million mobile users in Africa.

–         GLOBAL FINANCIAL COMMUNITY REACH. APO is NASDAQ GlobeNewswire Authorized Agency for Africa offering unique access to 1.5 Million financial media outlets in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and more.

–         CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY WIRE: APO is CSRwire Authorized Agency for Africa, offering access to a global wire dedicated to corporate social responsibility, health and sustainability communication. Through CSRwire, APO offers its clients comprehensive press release distribution options which include:

–         COMPLETE ONLINE MEDIA MONITORING AND SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYTICS in 5 working days following distribution.

“It gives us great pleasure to be working with the strongest pan African retail bank . This further reaffirms that financial clients can benefit from media exposure”, comments Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, APO Founder and CEO.

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This is a joint press release by Ecobank and APO (African Press Organization).

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About Ecobank

Incorporated in Lomé, Togo, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (‘ETI’) is the parent company of the leading independent pan-African banking group, Ecobank (http://www.ecobank.com). It currently has a presence in 36 African countries, namely: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Democratic Republic), Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Group employs over 20,000 people in 40 different countries in over 1,200 branches and offices. Ecobank is a full-service bank providing wholesale, retail, investment and transaction banking services and products to governments, financial institutions, multinationals, international organizations, medium, small and micro businesses and individuals.

More information can be found on the Group’s website: http://www.ecobank.com

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Joint press release by Ecobank and APO (African Press Organization)


 

The United States Provides $79 Million in Humanitarian Assistance for Displaced Persons in South Sudan

 

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United States remains deeply concerned about the widespread displacement of civilians and the denial of access for humanitarians to reach populations in need as a result of this man-made crisis.

 

Accordingly, the United States announced today nearly $79 million in additional humanitarian assistance for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in South Sudan. With this announcement, the total U.S. humanitarian assistance since the beginning of the current crisis in South Sudan is nearly $1.1 billion.

 

This additional assistance is part of the nearly $800 million the USG is contributing to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in support of its global operations. It is providing refugees and internally displaced persons in South Sudan with shelter and access to clean water and sanitation; health care and essential household items; legal assistance, and activities to prevent and respond to gender-based violence; employment training and kits; and programs to protect children, including education.

 

The United States remains committed to the people of South Sudan. Humanitarian aid is not the answer to the conflict, and the longer the fighting continues, the longer the South Sudanese people suffer. The Government and Opposition bear full responsibility for the suffering of South Sudanese people, and they must end the violence and allow immediate, full, and unconditional access for aid agencies working to help the people of South Sudan.

 

SOURCE 

US Department of State


 

Nigéria – Déplacement de M. Laurent Fabius à la cérémonie d’investiture de M. Muhammadu Buhari (29 mai 2015)

 

PARIS, France, 28 mai 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay – déclarations du porte-parole – 28 mai 2015

 

M. Laurent Fabius se rendra à Abuja, au Nigéria, le 29 mai, où il représentera le président de la République à l’investiture du président élu M. Muhammadu Buhari, en présence de nombreux chefs d’État et responsables gouvernementaux du monde entier.

 

Il rendra ainsi hommage à la démocratie du Nigéria, après des élections exemplaires qui sont un symbole fort pour l’ensemble du continent africain. M. Laurent Fabius assurera M. Muhammadu Buhari de notre engagement à continuer à soutenir le Nigéria et ses voisins du Tchad, du Niger, du Cameroun et du Bénin notamment dans leur volonté de rétablir la sécurité et de mettre fin à la menace de la secte terroriste Boko Haram.

 

Il évoquera aussi le renforcement de nos relations bilatérales. Première économie d’Afrique, le Nigéria est le premier partenaire commercial de la France au sud du Sahara, avec près de 6 milliards d’euros d’échanges annuels.

 

Cet événement sera aussi l’occasion pour M. Laurent Fabius, président de la COP21, d’aborder les enjeux de la conférence Paris climat 2015 avec le président Buhari et les responsables présents à Abuja.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

Dadaab: l’insécurité grandissante force MSF à fermer des centres de santé et à évacuer son personnel

 

GENEVE, Suisse, 28 mai 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Alors que les menaces et les violences augmentent dans la province du nord-est du Kenya, l’organisation médicale internationale Médecins Sans Frontières a évacué 42 membres de son personnel des camps de réfugiés de Dadaab.

 

Le personnel de MSF a été rapatrié à Nairobi, la capitale kenyane. Cette mesure préventive contraint MSF àlimiter son assistance essentielle aux réfugiés de Dadaab, dont la majorité est Somalien. Deux des quatre postes de santé de MSF ont été fermés, les soins prénataux ont été suspendus au sein de l’hôpital et d’autres services médicaux vont être affectés par la réduction drastique du nombre de personnel.

 

“Les réfugiés et le personnel médical paient le prix de la détérioration de l’environnement sécuritaire, explique Charles Gaudry, chef de mission de MSF au Kenya. La situation sécuritaire actuelle limite gravement notre capacité à apporter une aide humanitaire aux personnes qui en ont désespérément besoin ».

 

Afin de pouvoir reprendre ses activités le plus vite possible, MSF appelle les groupes armés à respecter le personnel et les structures médicales.

Le camp de réfugiés de Dadaab, le plus grand au monde, accueille actuellement 350 000 personnes. Depuis plus de vingt ans, des générations de Somaliens y ont trouvé refuge, alors qu’ils fuyaient leur pays en proie aux conflits. MSF gère un hôpital de 100 lits et désormais deux postes de santé à Dagahaley, un de cinq camps qui compose Dadaab.

L’assistance humanitaire dans les camps s’est réduite au fil du temps à mesure que l’insécurité augmentait et que les financements des autres organisations d’aide venaient à s’assécher. Malgré cela, Dadaab reste plus sûr que la Somalie.

MSF continuera à évaluer la situation et espère que la sécurité sera assurée pour le personnel MSF. C’est seulement une fois ces garanties obtenues que MSF envisagera de relancer ses activités médicales à Dadaab.

 

SOURCE 

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)


 

Red Cross deploys Ebola preparedness team to at-risk border area of Guinea-Bissau

 

BISSAU, Guinea Bissau, May 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has sent a team of experts to Guinea-Bissau after a rash of confirmed Ebola cases in neighbouring Guinea.

Two epidemiologists and a preparedness coordinator arrived in Guinea-Bissau on the weekend to trace contacts and prevent and prepare for a possible Ebola outbreak in the small West African country.

“The risk of a new outbreak in the region is real, so we are preparing now to be ready should the worst happen,” said Youcef Ait Chellouche, deputy head of IFRC’s regional Ebola operation.

At least one sick person is believed to have recently crossed the border several times from Guinea to Guinea-Bissau. Efforts to trace that person have so far been unsuccessful.

After more than 200 days of no cases in the northwestern Guinean prefecture of Boke, five cases were recently reported. Boke is on the border with Guinea-Bissau and many people cross the border daily to tend their fields or go to work.

“We already have a plan for trained volunteers to start social mobilization activities, and soon we will begin training teams in how to conduct safe and dignified burials,” said Ait Chellouche.

“With the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross, we have sent four safe and dignified burials team kits to Guinea-Bissau to be placed in at-risk areas. The kits contain all the materials needed to keep our teams safe should they be called in to respond,” he added.

As part of its operations to prepare at-risk countries in the event the Ebola outbreak should spread beyond the three main affected countries, in October 2014, IFRC released 49,168 Swiss francs from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to the Red Cross Society of Guinea-Bissau. These funds were used to train 130 volunteers in social mobilization and contact tracing. The Red Cross is also planning to raise community awareness of Ebola through national radio programmes and printed materials.

“Community engagement is the key to successfully fighting Ebola, and this will be one of our priorities,” said Ait Chellouche.

 

SOURCE 

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


A Frost & Sullivan congratula a PCCW Global por abordar as exigências de conectividade da África Subsariana com a sua rede de intercâmbio de IP

Uma rede superior e uma gestão eficiente de tráfego proporcionam à PCCW Global uma vantagem competitiva

HONG KONG, May 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ A PCCW Global (http://www.pccwglobal.com), o departamento de operações internacionais da HKT (SEHK: 6823), o principal prestador de serviços de telecomunicações de Hong Kong, foi reconhecida pela Frost & Sullivan com o Prémio de Liderança na Valorização do Cliente em Soluções de Conectividade na África Subsariana de 2015. Este prestigiante reconhecimento vem no seguimento da recente análise da Frost & Sullivan sobre as soluções de conectividade no mercado.

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A PCCW Global disponibiliza várias camadas de infraestruturas fundamentais na África Subsariana, incluindo transmissão por fibra e satélite, serviços de tráfego de Internet, conectividade MPLS e Ethernet e proporciona também agressivamente redes de IPX em malha que permitem a utilização de voz sobre IPX (VoIPX). Este é um passo significativo na região, visto este serviço garantir uma melhor qualidade para os seus clientes.

“A PCCW Global é o líder no fornecimento de conectividade por fibra sólida pois detém parte dos cabos submarinos que ligam África ao resto do mundo”, afirma Vivienne Mutembwa, analista de investigação da Frost & Sullivan. “Criou um circulo de fibra em redor de África ao ligar os cabos submarinos da Costa Leste e Costa Litoral através dos centros de dados da Teraco, na África do Sul, estabelecendo assim uma rede VoIPX integrada de primeira classe.”

Mike van den Bergh, diretor de marketing da PCCW Global, afirmou “Estamos muito satisfeitos por termos recebido este prémio, o qual reconhece a nossa dedicação a longo prazo em valorizar o cliente na África Subsariana, um dos mercados mais diversos e dinâmicos do mundo. Fornecemos serviços de conectividade a esta região há mais de 20 anos, e continuamos empenhados em expandir e desenvolver a nossa rede para fornecermos comunicações fiáveis e de alta qualidade e para disponibilizarmos acesso às inovações tecnológicas mais recentes, as quais, por sua vez, nos permitem servir melhor as diferentes necessidades dos nossos clientes.”

A PCCW Global gere vários transmissores-recetores em África e mantém o acesso a várias estações terminais de cabos que proporcionam uma conectividade local ao mais alto nível. Atualmente, a PCCW Global proporciona conectividade por fibra a 40 países em África, incluindo 11 países sem litoral. A conectividade transfronteiriça ideal da PCCW Global abrange países como Maláui, Tanzânia, Moçambique, Quénia, Zâmbia, Zimbabué, Botsuana e Namíbia.

“A empresa apresenta uma das melhores redes de IP do mundo, a qual lhe permite disponibilizar uma capacidade internacional fiável e extremamente diversa a prestadores de serviço de Internet (ISP) e a operadores de rede móvel (MNO)”, afirma Vivienne Mutembwa. “Isto ajuda os ISP e os MNO a satisfazerem a procura dos clientes por serviços internacionais de voz, dados, roaming móvel, sinalização e mensagens, sem terem de realizar qualquer investimento em infraestrutura ou assinar múltiplos contratos.”

Os vários pontos de amarração da PCCW Global reduzem os custos gerais do serviço, pois eliminam os custos envolvidos na transferência de rede e também permitem manter o serviço em caso de falha de ligação num dos cabos. Esta é uma característica muito importante, pois os países como Moçambique são propícios a inundações, as quais podem danificar a infraestrutura. Através de várias consultas constantes com ISP e MNO sobre o processo de gestão da rede, a PCCW Global também superou o desafio de falta de eletricidade de alguns países, assegurando os serviços mínimos em caso de interrupção.

A ágil estrutura de rede da PCCW Global assegura que o tráfego dos clientes não tem de passar por redes, passando diretamente da origem para o destino. A sua resistente rede MPLS/IPX cobre mais de 3000 cidades em 140 países, por todo o mundo, e estabelece ligação a centenas de prestadores de serviços por todo o globo. A empresa resolve os problemas de segurança com o Serviço de Gestão de Ameaças integrado, um sistema de segurança com base na nuvem que identifica ameaças conhecidas e não conhecidas e notifica o utilizador final sobre o momento e o tipo de ataque. A PCCW Global bloqueia então o ataque na origem e mitiga o impacto para o cliente. A PCCW Global é pioneira em levar esta solução de inteligência em rede com base na nuvem para o mercado da África Subsariana.

Krishna Srinivasan, Presidente Global e Sócio-Gerente da Frost & Sullivan, resumiu “A chave do sucesso a longo prazo para qualquer empresa é ter capacidade para continuar a estimular e a melhorar o valor dos seus produtos e/ou serviços para os seus clientes. Assim, a Frost & Sullivan está entusiasmada por reconhecer a PCCW Global pelo seu foco líder da indústria em enriquecer a experiência do cliente e para aumentar o retorno sobre o investimento em relação aos seus serviços no mercado de soluções de conectividade.”

Todos os anos, a Frost & Sullivan entrega este prémio à empresa que demonstrou excelência na implementação de estratégias que criam proativamente valor para os seus clientes melhorando o retorno sobre o investimento que os clientes fazem nos seus serviços ou produtos. O prémio reconhece o grande esforço da empresa no aumento do valor oferecido aos seus clientes, além de um simples bom atendimento ao cliente, o que melhora a retenção de clientes e, em última análise, leva a uma expansão da base de clientes.

Emitido pela HKT Limited.

Distribuído pela APO (African Press Organization) em nome da PCCW Global.

Para mais informações, contacte:

Ivan Ho

Comunicações com o Grupo

Grupo PCCW

Tel.:    +852 2883 8747

E-mail:           ivan.wy.ho@pccw.com

Samantha James

Comunicações corporativas – África

Frost & Sullivan

Tel.:    +27 21 680 3574

Fax:     +27 21 680 3296

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Sobre a PCCW Global

A PCCW Global (http://www.pccwglobal.com) é o departamento de operações internacionais da HKT, o principal prestador de serviços de telecomunicações em Hong Kong, a qual é maioritariamente detida pela PCCW Limited. Em 2012, a PCCW Global adquiriu a Gateway Communications, o principal prestador de soluções de conectividade pan-africano. Cobrindo mais de 3000 cidades e 140 países, a rede da PCCW Global suporta um portefólio de soluções de comunicações globais integradas que incluem soluções de Ethernet, soluções de IP, soluções de transmissão por fibra e satélite, serviços e soluções de gestão e serviços de voz internacional e de VoIPX.

A PCCW Global mantém centros regionais em Hong Kong, África do Sul, China, Japão, Coreia, Singapura, Estados Unidos da América, Reino Unido, Grécia, França, Bélgica e Emirados Árabes Unidos. Para obter mais informações sobre a PCCW Global, visite www.pccwglobal.com.

Sobre a HKT

A HKT (SEHK: 6823) é o principal prestador de serviços de telecomunicações de Hong Kong. Satisfaz as necessidades das empresas locais, internacionais e públicas de Hong Kong com uma ampla gama de serviços, incluindo telefonia local, dados locais e banda larga, telecomunicações internacionais, serviços móveis e outras atividades de telecomunicações, tais como a venda de equipamento para os utilizadores finais, contratação externa de serviços, consultadoria e centros de contacto.

Em conjunto com a atividade de meios de comunicação de elevado sucesso da sua empresa-mãe, a PCCW Limited, a HKT disponibiliza serviços e conteúdos multimédia inovadores através das plataformas de difusão quadrupla exclusivas do Grupo PCCW – linha fixa, acesso à Internet de banda larga, televisão e dispositivos móveis.

Sobre a Frost & Sullivan

A Frost & Sullivan, a empresa de parceria de crescimento, trabalha em colaboração com clientes para tirar partido da inovação visionária que enfrenta os desafios globais e oportunidades de crescimento relacionadas que determinarão o sucesso ou insucesso dos participantes do mercado atual.

A nossa “parceria de crescimento” suporta os clientes ao abordar estas oportunidades e ao incorporar dois elementos fundamentais que conduzem a inovação visionária: a proposta de valor integrado e a infraestrutura de parceira.

A proposta de valor integrado proporciona apoio para os nossos clientes ao longo das fases da respetiva viagem até à inovação visionária, incluindo: investigação, análise, estratégia, visão, inovação e implementação.

A infraestrutura de parceria é totalmente exclusiva, visto construir a base sobre a qual é possibilitada a inovação visionária. Isto inclui a nossa investigação de 360 graus, uma cobertura abrangente da indústria, as melhores práticas de carreira, bem como o nosso impacto global de mais de 40 escritórios.

Durante mais de 50 anos, desenvolvemos estratégias de crescimento para 1000 empresas emergentes, para o setor público e para a comunidade de investimento. A sua organização está preparada para a próxima onda profunda de convergência da indústria, tecnologias insubordinadas, aumento de intensidade competitiva, megatendências, melhores práticas inovadoras, alteração de dinâmica dos clientes e economias emergentes?

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PCCW Global


Frost & Sullivan récompense PCCW Global pour sa réponse aux besoins en connectivité de l’Afrique subsaharienne avec son réseau d’échange IP

Un réseau supérieur et une gestion efficace du trafic donnent à PCCW Global un avantage concurrentiel

HONG KONG, 28 mai 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ PCCW Global (http://www.pccwglobal.com), la division opérationnelle internationale de HKT (SEHK : 6823), le premier fournisseur de services de télécommunications de Hong Kong, a reçu le prix « Sub-Saharan African (SSA) Connectivity Solutions Customer Value Leadership Award » 2015 décerné par Frost & Sullivan. Cette récompense prestigieuse fait suite à l’analyse récente de Frost & Sullivan du marché des solutions de connectivité.

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PCCW Global fournit différentes couches d’infrastructures essentielles à l’Afrique subsaharienne (ASS), parmi lesquelles la transmission par fibres et par satellite, des services de transit Internet, MPLS ainsi que la connectivité Ethernet, et facilite de façon agressive les réseaux IPX maillés qui ont permis d’utiliser la voix sur IPX (VoIPX). Il s’agit d’une démarche importante dans la région, dans la mesure où ce service garantit une meilleure qualité de service pour ses clients.

« PCCW Global est un leader dans la fourniture d’une connectivité par fibres robuste en raison du fait qu’il possède une partie des câbles sous-marins qui connectent l’Afrique au reste du monde », a déclaré Vivienne Mutembwa, analyste en recherche auprès de Frost & Sullivan. « Cette entreprise a créé un anneau de fibres autour de l’Afrique en connectant les câbles sous-marins de la côte est et de la côte ouest par le biais des centres de données de Teraco en Afrique du Sud, créant ainsi un réseau VoIPX intégré de premier ordre. »

Mike van den Bergh, responsable marketing en chef de PCCW Global, a affirmé : « Nous sommes ravis de recevoir ce prix qui reconnaît notre engagement à long terme pour offrir de la valeur à nos clients d’Afrique subsaharienne, l’un des marchés les plus variés et dynamiques au monde. Nous fournissons des services de connectivité à cette région depuis plus de 20 ans et nous maintenons notre engagement d’élargir et de faire évoluer notre réseau, de fournir des communications de qualité supérieure et fiables et de donner accès aux dernières innovations technologiques qui, en retour, nous permettent de mieux répondre aux besoins changeants de nos clients. »

PCCW Global gère de nombreux répéteurs de satellites au-dessus de l’Afrique et entretient l’accès à plusieurs stations d’atterrissage des câbles, offrant une connectivité locale de classe mondiale. Aujourd’hui, PCCW Global apporte la connectivité par fibres à 40 pays africains, parmi lesquels 11 pays sans littoral. La connectivité transfrontalière optimale de PCCW Global comprend des pays tels que le Malawi, la Tanzanie, le Mozambique, le Kenya, la Zambie, le Zimbabwe, le Botswana et la Namibie.

« L’entreprise dispose de l’un des premiers réseaux IP appairés au monde, ce qui lui permet de fournir une capacité internationale fiable et extrêmement variée aux fournisseurs d’accès à Internet (FAI) et aux opérateurs de réseau mobile (MNO) », a souligné Mme Mutembwa. « Ainsi, les FAI et les MNO peuvent répondre aux besoins des consommateurs en matière d’itinérance vocale, d’itinérance de données, d’itinérance mobile, de signalisation et de messagerie internationales, sans avoir à investir dans l’infrastructure ou à signer de multiples accords de relations. »

Les différents points d’atterrissage des câbles de PCCW Global réduisent non seulement le coût total des services, car le transfert de réseau n’entraîne aucun frais, mais permettent également de fournir un service ininterrompu en cas de problème de connexion dans l’un des câbles. Cet aspect est très important car des pays comme le Mozambique sont sujets aux inondations, qui peuvent endommager l’infrastructure. Grâce à une consultation constante avec les FAI et les MNO concernant le processus de gestion du réseau, PCCW Global a également surmonté le défi du manque d’électricité dans certains pays, réduisant au minimum les interruptions de service.

Grâce à la souplesse de la structure du réseau de PCCW Global, le trafic des clients n’a pas à transiter par des réseaux et va directement de la source à la destination. Son réseau MPLS/IPX résistant couvre plus de 3 000 villes dans plus de 140 pays dans le monde entier et est connecté à des centaines de fournisseurs de services autour du globe. L’entreprise résout les problèmes de sécurité grâce à son service de gestion de la menace intégré, un système de sécurité basé dans le cloud qui identifie les menaces connues et inconnues et informe l’utilisateur final du moment de l’attaque et de son type. PCCW Global bloque ensuite l’attaque à la source et réduit l’impact pour le client. PCCW Global a été le premier à introduire cette solution de renseignement réseau basée dans le cloud sur le marché de l’Afrique subsaharienne.

Comme le résume Krishna Srinivasan, président international et associé directeur chez Frost & Sullivan : « La clé du succès à long terme d’une entreprise, c’est sa capacité à alimenter et à améliorer en permanence la valeur de ses produits et/ou de ses services pour ses clients. À ce titre, Frost & Sullivan est heureux de récompenser PCCW Global pour l’intérêt supérieur qu’il porte à l’enrichissement de l’expérience de ses clients et du ROI des clients pour ses services sur le marché des solutions de connectivité. »

Chaque année, Frost & Sullivan décerne ce prix à l’entreprise qui a fait preuve d’excellence dans la mise en œuvre de stratégies qui créent, de manière proactive, de la valeur pour ses clients en améliorant le retour sur investissement que les clients tirent de ses services et produits. Ce prix récompense l’accent inégalé placé par l’entreprise sur l’amélioration de la valeur que ses clients reçoivent, au-delà d’un simple service clients de qualité, ce qui lui permet d’améliorer la fidélisation de ses clients et, en définitive, d’accroître sa clientèle.

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Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour PCCW Global.

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À propos de PCCW Global

PCCW Global (http://www.pccwglobal.com) est la division opérationnelle internationale de HKT, le premier fournisseur de services de télécommunications de Hong Kong, détenu majoritairement par PCCW Limited. En 2012, PCCW Global a acquis Gateway Communications, le premier fournisseur de solutions de connectivité panafricain. Le réseau de PCCW Global, qui couvre plus de 3 000 villes dans 140 pays, possède un portefeuille de solutions de communications mondiales intégrées, parmi lesquelles des solutions Ethernet, des solutions IP, des solutions de transmission par fibres et par satellite, des services et des solutions gérés ainsi que des services vocaux et VoIPX internationaux.

PCCW Global possède des centres régionaux à Hong Kong, en Afrique du Sud, en Chine, au Japon, en Corée, à Singapour, aux États-Unis d’Amérique, au Royaume-Uni, en Grèce, en France, en Belgique et aux Émirats arabes unis. Pour en savoir plus sur PCCW Global, rendez-vous sur www.pccwglobal.com.

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HKT (SEHK : 6823) est le premier fournisseur de services de télécommunications de Hong Kong. Il répond aux besoins du public et des entreprises locales et internationales de Hong Kong grâce à toute une gamme de services comprenant la téléphonie locale, les données et le haut débit locaux, les télécommunications internationales, la téléphonie mobile et d’autres activités de télécommunication telles que la vente d’équipement des locaux de clients, l’externalisation, le conseil et des centres d’appels.

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Frost & Sullivan applauds PCCW Global for addressing the connectivity demands of Sub-Saharan Africa with its IP exchange network

A superior network and efficient traffic management give PCCW Global a competitive advantage

HONG KONG, May 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ PCCW Global (http://www.pccwglobal.com), the international operating division of HKT (SEHK: 6823), Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, has been recognized by Frost & Sullivan with the 2015 Sub-Saharan African (SSA) Connectivity Solutions Customer Value Leadership Award. This prestigious recognition follows Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis of the connectivity solutions market.

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PCCW Global delivers various layers of critical infrastructure to SSA, including fiber and satellite transmission, Internet transit services, MPLS and Ethernet connectivity, and also aggressively facilitates meshed IPX networks which have enabled the use of voice over IPX (VoIPX). This is a significant move in the region, as this service ensures improved service quality for its customers.

“PCCW Global is a leader in the provision of robust fiber connectivity through its partial ownership in the undersea cables connecting Africa to the rest of the world,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Ms. Vivienne Mutembwa. “It has created a fiber ring around Africa by connecting the East Coast and the West Coast undersea cables through the Teraco Data Centres in South Africa, thereby establishing an integrated first-in-class VoIPX network.”

Mr. Mike van den Bergh, Chief Marketing Officer of PCCW Global, said, “We are delighted to receive this award which recognizes our long-term commitment to delivering customer value in Sub-Saharan Africa, one of the most diverse and dynamic markets of the world. We have been providing connectivity services to this region for more than 20 years, and we remain committed to expanding and evolving our network, to delivering reliable high-quality communications, and to providing access to the latest technological innovations which in turn allow us to better serve the changing needs of our customers.”

PCCW Global manages numerous satellite transponders over Africa and it maintains access to multiple cable landing stations facilitating world-class local connectivity. Today, PCCW Global provides fiber connectivity to 40 African countries, including 11 landlocked countries. PCCW Global’s cross-border optimal connectivity includes countries such as Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.

“The company boasts one of the world’s leading peered IP networks, which lets it deliver reliable and extremely diverse international capability to Internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile network operators (MNOs),” Ms. Mutembwa said. “This helps the ISPs and MNOs meet customer demand for international voice, data, mobile roaming, signalling, and messaging services, without making any infrastructural investments or signing multiple relationship agreements.”

PCCW Global’s multiple cable landing points not only reduce overall service costs, as there is no cost involved in network transferring, but also support uninterrupted service in the event of a connection failure in one of the cables. This is a highly relevant feature, as countries like Mozambique are prone to floods, which can damage the infrastructure. Through constant consultation with ISPs and MNOs on the network management process, PCCW Global has also overcome the challenge of a lack of electricity in certain countries, ensuring minimal service disruption.

PCCW Global’s agile network structure ensures that customers’ traffic does not have to transit networks, but travels directly from source to destination. Its resilient MPLS/IPX network covers more than 3,000 cities in over 140 countries worldwide and connects to hundreds of service providers around the globe. The company resolves security issues with its integrated Threat Management Service, a cloud-based security system that identifies both known and unknown threats and notifies the end user about the time and type of attack. PCCW Global then blocks the attack at the source and mitigates the impact to the customer. PCCW Global is a pioneer in bringing this cloud-based network intelligence solution to the SSA market.

Mr. Krishna Srinivasan, Global President and Managing Partner, Frost & Sullivan, summed up, “The key to the long-term success of any company is its ability to continuously nurture and enhance the value of its products and/or services to its customers. As such, Frost & Sullivan is excited to recognize PCCW Global for its industry-leading focus on enriching customer experience and customer ROI for its services in the connectivity solutions market.”

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers by improving the return on the investment that customers make in its services or products. The award recognizes the company’s inordinate emphasis on refining the value that its customers receive, beyond simply good customer service, leading to improved customer retention and ultimately customer base expansion.

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

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About PCCW Global

PCCW Global (http://www.pccwglobal.com) is the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, which is majority-owned by PCCW Limited. In 2012, PCCW Global acquired Gateway Communications, the premier pan-African connectivity solutions provider. Covering more than 3,000 cities and 140 countries, the PCCW Global network supports a portfolio of integrated global communications solutions which include Ethernet solutions, IP solutions, fiber and satellite transmission solutions, managed services and solutions, international voice and VoIPX services.

PCCW Global maintains regional centres in Hong Kong, South Africa, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Greece, France, Belgium and the United Arab Emirates. To learn more about PCCW Global, please visit www.pccwglobal.com.

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HKT (SEHK: 6823) is Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider. It meets the needs of the Hong Kong public and local and international businesses with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecommunications, mobile, and other telecommunications businesses such as customer premises equipment sale, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centres.

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LE PAM EXHORTE A NE PAS OUBLIER LE SUD SOUDAN ALORS QUE LA FAIM ATTEINT UN NOUVEAU RECORD

 

JUBA, Sud Soudan, 28 mai 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) prévient que le Sud Soudan fait face à un des plus hauts niveaux d’insécurité alimentaire que le jeune pays n’ait jamais connu. Cela est dû à une combinaison entre le conflit, les prix élevés des denrées alimentaires, et une crise économique qui s’aggrave.

La dernière analyse du Cadre Intégré de Classification de la Sécurité Alimentaire (IPC), publiée aujourd’hui, a confirmé les craintes du PAM : le conflit incessant et le début de la saison de soudure intensifient de manière alarmante les niveaux de faim – tant dans les zones touchées par le conflit que dans d’autres parties du pays.

« Des millions de personnes au Sud Soudan sont piégées dans une terrible combinaison de conflit brutal, de hausse de la faim, et d’aggravation de la crise économique » a déclaré Joyce Luma, Représentante et Directrice pays du PAM au Sud Soudan. « Un nombre impressionnant de personnes souffrent de la faim. L’analyse IPC est un moyen effrayant de rappeler au monde que le Sud Soudan ne doit pas être oublié. »

Selon les résultats de l’IPC, environ 4,6 millions de personnes, soit 40% de la population estimée du Sud Soudan, souffriront de faim aigüe dans les trois prochains mois et nécessiteront une aide alimentaire d’urgence ou une aide aux moyens de subsistance.

Le PAM s’inquiète de la détérioration des conditions économiques qui pourrait aggraver la situation. Le PAM craint également qu’un manque de financement et que la diminution de l’accès humanitaire compromettent la capacité des agences de secours à répondre aux besoins croissants du Sud Soudan.

Les états de Jonglei, du Nil Supérieur, et d’Unité, touchés par le conflit, sont les trois états les plus durement affectés. Dans ces trois états, les combats se poursuivent et poussent un grand nombre de personnes à se déplacer dans des zones très reculées. Le conflit empêche la population de cultiver la terre et perturbe les marchés. En plus d’être harcelées par les parties au conflit, les combats limitent la capacité des agences humanitaires à atteindre ceux dans le besoin.

L’insécurité alimentaire s’étend également dans les états qui ne sont pas directement affectés par le conflit, comme Warrap ou Bahr el Gazal du Nord, où les prix élevés des denrées alimentaires, l’inflation, la dépréciation de la monnaie locale, et la baisse du pouvoir d’achat poussent de nombreuses familles vers la faillite.

« Les besoins sont énormes alors que les ressources sont très limitées. Nous avons besoin de plus de financements, de façon à pouvoir poursuivre notre aide existante mais également, alors que la situation s’aggrave, à accroître le soutien à plus de personnes » déclare Joyce Luma. « Nous sommes désormais en train de prioriser notre aide pour nous concentrer sur les besoins les plus critiques, et sans ressources supplémentaires les décisions seront toujours plus difficiles à prendre, et de plus en plus de personnes devront se passer de toute aide ».

Le PAM dispose actuellement d’un déficit de financement de 230 USD millions pour son aide alimentaire et nutritionnelle, et est en train de ré-évaluer ses besoins pour aider le nombre croissant de personnes affectées par le conflit.

Le PAM utilise tous les moyens dont il dispose – y compris des parachutages aériens, des bateaux à aubes, des distributions de vivres, d’argent liquide ou de coupons – pour fournir à ceux qui souffrent de la faim dans les zones de conflit une aide nutritionnelle et alimentaire vitale. Le PAM soutient les familles vulnérables dans d’autres parties du Sud Soudan avec des programmes visant à améliorer la sécurité alimentaire, dont des repas scolaires et des initiatives de création d’actifs.

L’IPC a été menée par des spécialistes d’évaluation humanitaire et de sécurité humanitaire issus d’un certain nombre d’agences d’aide et de développement, aux côtés de plusieurs experts du gouvernement sud soudanais. L’analyse ne prévoit pas de famine au Sud Soudan dans les trois prochains mois, mais cela deviendra un réel risque dans certaines zones durant l’année, sauf si une assistance humanitaire adéquate peut être livrée.

 

SOURCE 

World Food Program (WFP)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 May 2015

FIDH opens an office in South Africa


 

FIDH opens an office in South Africa

 

PRETORIA, South-Africa, May 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — For the first time in its history, FIDH has opened an office in Pretoria, South Africa. This office, located in the headquarters of its member organisation in South Africa, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), at the Kutlwanong Democracy Centre (KDC) in Pretoria, will be officially launched on May 29.

 

“The decision to open an office in South Africa was motivated by the inspirational human rights history and journey of this country, the leadership role it plays within regional and international institutions, as well as the human rights challenges it continues to face,” declared Karim Lahidji, FIDH President.

 

“In the Southern Africa region where discrimination, inequality and injustice are still present, we are determined to continue advocating along with our member and partner organisations from this region to ensure that the rule of law prevails over arbitrariness,” he added.

 

“We are opening our office in Pretoria the same year that South Africa will hostthe 25th African Union Summit. South Africa’s proposal to host the AU Summit must be followed by concrete and active engagement, to ensure that this continent-wide body conforms with its mandate to protect human rights, maintain peace and security, and provide justice,” declared Alice Mogwe, FIDH Deputy Secretary General and Director of DITSWHANELO – The Botswana Centre for Human Rights. “Our delegation here will pay particular attention to these goals, thus contributing to our long-standing advocacy at the AU,” she added.

 

The office opening on May 29, 2015, will coincide with the launch of the KDC, in the presence of Karim Lahidji, FIDH President, Alice Mogwe, FIDH Deputy Secretary General (Bostwana), Arnold Tsunga, Former FIDH Vice President and member of LHR Board (Zimbabwe), and Jacob Van Garderen, LHR National Director.

 

“The Kutlwanong Democacy Centre provides a convenient and collaborative space in which NGOs can operate. FIDH is a welcome addition and we look forward to continuing our work with them as a member organisation,” explained Jacob van Garderen.

 

FIDH has 40 member organisations in Africa, with offices in Conakry (Guinea), Bamako (Mali), Abidjan (Ivory Coast) and now Pretoria (South Africa). FIDH’s board members from Africa are based in Uganda, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo and Botswana.

 

SOURCE 

International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 May 2015

Ireland / New Ambassadors present Credentials


 

Ireland / New Ambassadors present Credentials

 

DUBLIN, Ireland, May 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Their Excellencies, the Ambassadors of the Republic of Uganda, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and the Republic of Ghana presented their Letters of Credence to the President at Áras an Uachtaráin today.

 

H.E. Ms. Joyce Kakuramatsi Kikafunda, Ambassador of the Republic of Uganda, was accompanied by Mr. Innocent Opio, Second Secretary at the Embassy.

 

H.E. Mr. Sayakane Sisouvong, Ambassador of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Somsanith Sisouvong, their son, Mr. Sayasone Sisouvong and by Mr. Soutsady Khamphanthong, Deputy Chief of Mission.

 

H.E. Mr. Victor Emmanuel Smith, Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana, was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Adwoa Fewaa Smith, their son, Master Victor Emmanuel Smith and by Mr. Peter Kobina Taylor, Minister-Counsellor at the Embassy.

 

Mr. Simon Harris, T.D., Minister of State at the Departments of Public Expenditure and Reform, Finance, and An Taoiseach represented the Government at the ceremony.

 

The following were also present: Mr. Art O’Leary, Secretary-General to the President; Mr. John Conlan, Assistant Secretary, Mr. Joe Brennan, Mr. Michael Lonergan and Ms. Catherine Campbell, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

 

The Ambassadors were escorted to and from Áras an Uachtaráin by an Escort of Honour consisting of a motorcycle detachment drawn from the 2nd Cavalry Squadron, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin, under the command of Lieutenant Fionn McCaffrey.

 

A Guard of Honour was provided at Áras an Uachtaráin by the Air Corps, Baldonnel Aerodrome, Dublin, under the command of Lieutenant Neil Dunne.

 

Captain Fergal Carroll conducted the Army No. 1 Band, Cathal Brugha Barracks.

 

SOURCE 

Ireland – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

Sudan: UN human rights expert deeply concerned about an uncertain future for IDPs in the Darfur

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The newly appointed UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, called on the Government of the Sudan and the international community to create and maintain a safe and secure environment for the internally displaced communities in North and South Darfur.

 

“I visited IDP camps in North and South Darfur States, namely Abou Shouk, Otash and Dereige IDP camps, and I am concerned not only of the ongoing displacement of the residents and the attendant humanitarian crisis, but also of the future of the IDPs,” Mr. Nononsi said* after his first mission to the country (13-23 May).

 

“These camps receive some humanitarian assistance both from the Government and from UN agencies, but it is essential to see these actions are in response to the rights of civilians and again study ways of making them sustainable,” the expert noted, urging them support the IDPs who live in very precarious conditions and respond in the process to the economic, social and cultural rights of these civilians.

 

The UN Independent Expert drew special attention to the fact that the IDPs live in a state of insecurity due to the presence of various armed elements and criminality that occur within the region. “I strongly urge all parties to the conflict to respect international human rights and international humanitarian law and to ensure humanitarian access and at all time and the protection of civilians,” he said.

 

“Most of the IDPs have expressed their willingness to return to their homeland if there is an improvement of the security situation,” he stated. “I urge the Government in Khartoum to create the necessary conditions for the return of the IDPs to their ancestral homeland and the international community to support this process.”

 

“Many interlocutors, whom I met, in particular in North and South Darfur States, remain anxious about the security situation in their areas of origin to enable effective sustainable return as well as the restoration of a sustainable peace in the region,” Mr. Nononsi said.

 

The expert stressed that the key to the resolution of ongoing conflicts and to the improvement of the human rights situation lies in an enabling environment through political engagement between the parties and the end of impunity for violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.

 

“In this regard, I urge the parties to put the people of Sudan’s interest first and return to the negotiation table to resolve their outstanding differences so as to bring peace and stability in the region,” he said. “I also encourage the Government to resume its efforts to put an end to impunity for those perpetrators of human rights and international humanitarian law violations.”

 

Mr. Nononsi carried out his first visit to the Sudan to assess and verify the situation of human rights with the view to making recommendations on technical assistance and capacity-building for addressing human rights in the country.

 

During his ten-day mission to Khartoum and Darfur, the expert noted some level of consensus amongst all relevant stakeholders of the need for capacity building in the form of relevant human rights training for members of the judiciary, the National Human Rights Institution, the police and security forces and non-governmental human rights organisations, amongst others.

 

“The need for public awareness and human rights empowerment initiatives were also identified,” he said, stressing that technical assistance and capacity building initiatives are, however, capital-intensive and require high levels of funding, which must be sourced both internally from the Government itself and externally from different cooperating partners within the donor community and institutions.

 

(*) Check the Independent Expert’s end-of mission statement: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=15993&LangID=E

 

SOURCE 

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

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 May 2015

Kenya: MSF relocates 42 staff from Dadaab to Nairobi


 

Kenya: MSF relocates 42 staff from Dadaab to Nairobi

 

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Following a series of recent incidents in the area of Dadaab, 42 staff (one third of the staff living in the MSF compound in Dadaab) has been relocated to Nairobi today. This is a preventive measure, which will unfortunately have a direct impact on our ability to provide the much needed medical assistance to the refugees.

Two health posts out of four have already been closed as a result and some medical services such as antenatal care have been suspended.

MSF will continue to evaluate the situation hoping that security in the camps for the refugees and our staff can be assured. Once guarantees have been obtained, MSF can return to full activities as soon as possible.

For background information: MSF has been working in Dadaab for 20 years and is currently the only provider of medical care in Dagahaley camp. In 2014, MSF provided 180,000 outpatient consultations, admitted 12,000 people as inpatients, provided 12,000 antenatal consultations and delivered 3,240 babies in Dagahaley camp. In the aftermath of the Garissa University attacks on 2 April, MSF deployed a team from Dadaab to support Garissa hospital in treating the wounded, and provided medical assistance at Garissa airport, to where hundreds of students had been evacuated.

 

SOURCE 

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)


 

Le gouvernement Harper signe un accord sur l’investissement avec la Guinée / L’accord protège les investissements canadiens à l’étranger, tout en créant des emplois et en favorisant la croissance économique au Canada

 

OTTAWA, Canada, 28 mai 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le ministre du Commerce international, l’honorable Ed Fast, a annoncé aujourd’hui que le Canada et la Guinée ont signé un accord sur la promotion et la protection des investissements étrangers (APIE). Cet accord a été signé par l’ambassadeur du Canada en Guinée, M. Philippe Beaulne, et par le ministre du Commerce de la Guinée, M. Marc Youmbouno, à Conakry, en Guinée.

Les APIE permettent d’assurer un traitement équitable aux investisseurs et d’instaurer un climat des affaires plus prévisible et transparent au moyen de dispositions réciproques juridiquement contraignantes. Ils procurent aux entreprises le niveau de protection et de confiance dont elles ont besoin pour investir à l’étranger, et contribuent à créer des emplois au Canada en attirant des investissements étrangers.

Maintenant que l’accord est signé, le Canada et la Guinée entreprendront leur processus respectif de ratification.

Les faits en bref

•    Les investisseurs canadiens sont actifs en Guinée, en particulier dans les secteurs des mines et de l’infrastructure. En 2013, les actifs miniers canadiens en Guinée étaient évalués à 27 millions de dollars.

•    En 2014, le commerce bilatéral de marchandises entre le Canada et la Guinée s’est chiffré à 61,2 millions de dollars.

•    Le Canada compte actuellement 29 APIE en vigueur dans le monde et mène des négociations en vue d’en conclure de nombreux autres. De plus, le Canada a signé récemment la Convention de Maurice sur la transparence, mettant ainsi à jour ses accords de plus longue date.

•    En Afrique sub-saharienne, le Canada a des APIE en vigueur avec la Tanzanie et le Bénin, et a conclu des négociations ou signé des accords avec le Burkina Faso, le Cameroun, la Côte d’Ivoire, la Guinée, Madagascar, le Mali, le Nigéria, le Sénégal et la Zambie.

Citations

« Notre gouvernement est résolu à assurer la protection des investissements canadiens sur les marchés mondiaux. Le Canada, qui compte 29 accords sur les investissements en vigueur et qui mène actuellement des négociations en vue d’en conclure plusieurs autres, continue de jouer un rôle prépondérant à l’échelle mondiale pour l’ouverture de nouveaux marchés et la promotion du libre-échange.

« Le Canada est reconnu comme un chef de file international dans la promotion d’un commerce plus libre et plus ouvert. Grâce à notre plan ambitieux axé sur le commerce et la création d’emplois, nous créons de nouvelles possibilités pour les travailleurs canadiens et leur famille dans toutes les régions du pays. »

– Ed Fast, ministre du Commerce international

 

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Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

Harper Government Signs Investment Agreement with Guinea / Agreement protects Canadian investments abroad, creating jobs and economic growth across Canada

 

OTTAWA, Canada, May 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today announced that Canada and Guinea have signed a foreign investment promotion and protection agreement (FIPA). The agreement was signed by Philippe Beaulne, Canada’s Ambassador to Guinea, and Marc Youmbouno, Guinea’s Minister of Trade, in Conakry, Guinea.

FIPAs help ensure fair treatment for investors and create a more predictable and transparent business environment through reciprocal, legally binding provisions. FIPAs give businesses the protection and confidence they need to invest abroad, and help create jobs by attracting foreign investment to Canada.

With the signing of the agreement, Canada and Guinea will now proceed with their respective ratification processes.

Quick Facts

•    Canadian investors are active in Guinea, especially in the mining and infrastructure sectors. In 2013, Canadian mining assets in Guinea were valued at $27 million.

•    In 2014, two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Guinea amounted to $61.2 million.

•    Canada currently has 29 FIPAs in force around the world, and is negotiating many others. Canada also recently signed the Mauritius Convention on Transparency, updating older agreements.

•    In sub-Saharan Africa, Canada has FIPAs in force with Tanzania and Benin, and has concluded negotiations or signed agreements with Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Zambia.

Quotes

“Our government is committed to ensuring that Canadian investments are protected in global markets. With 29 investment agreements in force and ongoing negotiations for many others, Canada continues to be a leader in opening new markets and promoting free trade on the world stage.

“Canada is recognized as a world leader in promoting freer and more open trade. Through our ambitious pro-jobs, pro-trade plan we are creating new opportunities for hard-working Canadians and their families in every region of the country.”

 

– Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade

 

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Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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France / Maroc


 

France / Maroc

 

PARIS, France, 28 mai 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ ADDITIF AGENDA DU PRESIDENT DE LA REPUBLIQUE

 

VENDREDI 29 MAI

 

 

9h30 Le Président de la République recevra M. Abdelilah BENKIRANE, Premier ministre du Maroc, pour un entretien à l’Elysée.

 

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Présidence de la République française


Les entreprises de technologie égyptiennes renforcent leur présence en Afrique avec des contrats d’affaires attendus d’une valeur de 7 millions USD

L’initiative gouvernementale Africa Together renforce la position de l’Égypte comme plateforme régionale d’approvisionnement et de services de TIC

LE CAIRE, Egypte, 27 mai 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Dans le cadre des efforts nationaux destinés à augmenter les exportations liées aux technologies de l’information (TI) et à atteindre des objectifs économiques ambitieux, l’Agence égyptienne pour le développement de l’industrie des technologies de l’information (ITIDA) (http://www.itida.gov.eg) a participé à la mise en place de plusieurs protocoles de partenariat et à la signature d’accords commerciaux entre les entreprises égyptiennes et 17 grandes entreprises de télécommunication, institutions financières et entreprises spécialisées dans les TIC de 6 pays d’Afrique dans le cadre du deuxième volet du programme « Africa Together ».

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Ce programme reflète l’engagement du gouvernement qui souhaite accélérer la croissance économique en augmentant les exportations de ses entreprises nationales tout en les aidant à s’implanter dans différentes régions de ce continent en plein essor. Les entreprises égyptiennes commencent à récolter les fruits de ce programme, spécialement conçu pour accroître leurs exportations, grâce à plusieurs contrats d’un montant total estimé à 7 millions USD.

Une visite de trois jours, financée par la délégation africaine, a été rythmée par plusieurs réunions individuelles programmées ainsi que par la visite des locaux de plusieurs entreprises égyptiennes. Le dernier jour, la visite s’est achevée par un dîner de gala, organisé sous les auspices de Khaled Negm, ministre égyptien des Communications et des Technologies de l’information, au cours duquel l’ITIDA a présenté un film résumant le programme, énonçant les initiatives prévues afin de développer le secteur local des TI et contenant deux allocutions du PDG de l’ITIDA, Hussein El-Gueretly, et du vice-président et directeur général régional du groupe IDC pour le Moyen-Orient, la Turquie et l’Afrique, Jyoti Lalchandani.

De nombreuses entreprises égyptiennes de TI à fort potentiel d’exportation souhaitent élargir leur couverture du marché. De ce fait, l’ITIDA, en collaboration avec IDC, a mis en œuvre une initiative clé en main axée sur la recherche afin d’améliorer la connaissance des marchés africains pour les approcher de manière efficace.  Les entreprises égyptiennes ont ainsi eu accès à l’analyse de 9 marchés africains et à l’analyse de la demande de plus de 160 entreprises africaines. Elles ont ensuite participé à un voyage de rapprochement au Kenya au cours duquel les entreprises égyptiennes ont participé à plus de 800 entretiens commerciaux individuels avec plus de 130 entreprises et clients africains sur trois jours.

« L’agence ne néglige aucun détail lorsqu’il s’agit d’explorer les marchés africains des TIC en termes de perspectives et de défis », a déclaré le PDG de l’ITIDA, Hussein El-Gueretly, avant d’ajouter : « Dans leur quête de croissance, les entreprises égyptiennes n’ont pas ménagé leur peine pour étudier ces opportunités et en tirer de véritables avantages commerciaux. »

Parmi les accords conclus, Raya Corporation, la plus grande entreprise de TIC du Moyen-Orient basée au Caire, a signé des contrats d’affaires dans le domaine de l’intégration des systèmes avec les Éthiopiens d’IE Networks, Tahses ICT et Consultancy, ainsi qu’avec les Nigérians de Mayakorp.

Dans le domaine de l’automatisation des équipes de terrain (Force Field Automation) et des plateformes d’intervention d’urgence coordonnée, Softec International s’est associée à IPMC (Ghana). Par ailleurs, Smartec a signé un contrat avec le Ghanéen Batitech pour l’optimisation des réseaux et la domotique ainsi qu’avec le groupe hôtelier kenyan Sarova. L’éditeur de logiciels égyptien IT Blocks a signé des contrats avec Afcor (Éthiopie) et Dhanush Infotech (Kenya) concernant le déploiement de logiciels IBM. BI Technologies a signé des contrats avec les Éthiopiens d’Exceed IT Systems et les Ghanéens d’IPMC. Softlock a signé des accords avec Mayakorp et SystemTrust (Nigeria) et Exceed IT Systems (Éthiopie).

De plus, l’Agence de gestion de l’espace aérien nigériane (Nigerian Airspace Management Agency) et le Kenyan Dhanush Infotech se sont associés à Zas Soft dans le domaine de l’ERP.  Bsystems Ltd (Ghana) a signé un contrat avec Infasme tandis qu’EME International a signé des accords concernant la fourniture de solutions mobiles aux entreprises aux Nigériens Netplus et Ouranos Technology Limited, ainsi qu’aux Ghanéens de Bsystems. Sumerge fournira des solutions d’entreprise à Mayakorp (Nigeria) et Websprix (Éthiopie). Link Development proposera des solutions dans le domaine de la banque, du secteur public et des télécommunications au Kenyan Masterpiece Fusion.

Hitekenofal, l’un des principaux fournisseurs de solutions intégrées pour les réseaux de communication en Égypte depuis 1987, a accepté de fournir des services de réseau de communication à Batitech (Ghana), Websprix et Exceed IT Systems (Éthiopie) ainsi qu’à Even Data et Hamms Engineering (Zambie). Soft Trend a signé avec Mayakorp (Nigeria) pour la fourniture de solutions de sécurité.

L’ITIDA a lancé le programme « Africa Together » en août 2014 afin de soutenir l’exportation des services et produits de TI des entreprises égyptiennes sur les marchés africains. International Data Corporation (IDC), leader mondial de veille des marchés, a travaillé main dans la main avec l’ITIDA, l’organe exécutif en matière de TI du ministère égyptien des Communications et des Technologies de l’information, afin d’aider les entreprises égyptiennes spécialisées dans les TIC à pénétrer des marchés africains à forte croissance, notamment l’Ouganda, l’Éthiopie, le Kenya, la Tanzanie et le Nigeria, grâce à des efforts communs de développement du partenariat et du marché.

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour l’Agence égyptienne pour le développement de l’industrie des technologies de l’information (ITIDA).

Contact :

Pour toute demande, merci de contacter :

T : +202 35 34 20 00

E : Itida_portal@itida.gov.eg

À propos de l’ITIDA :

L’Agence égyptienne pour le développement de l’industrie des technologies de l’information (ITIDA) (http://www.itida.gov.eg) est une entité gouvernementale affiliée au ministère égyptien des Communications et des Technologies de l’information. Elle est responsable de la croissance et du développement de la position de l’Égypte en tant que destination de délocalisation mondiale de premier plan en attirant des investissements étrangers directs au sein de l’industrie et en maximisant l’exportation de services et d’applications des technologies de l’information.

Établie au cœur de l’environnement commercial moderne du Smart Village, le parc d’affaires de six cents hectares situé dans la banlieue du Caire, l’ITIDA est une entité autonome qui stimule le secteur des technologies de l’information en Égypte et sensibilise le peuple égyptien aux bénéfices et à l’utilisation des TIC au profit du bien-être socio-économique de toute la communauté.

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O Africa Energy Forum – uma plataforma importante para investimento em projetos

O Fórum de Energia de África decorrerá no Dubai daqui a apenas duas semanas

DUBAI, UAE, May 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ O Africa Energy Forum (Fórum de Energia de África) (http://www.africa-energy-forum.com) decorrerá no hotel JW Marriott Marquis no Dubai, daqui a apenas duas semanas, de 8 a 11 junho.

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Com os investidores globais cada vez mais atentos às oportunidades que o continente oferece, é com agrado que recebemos as 456 empresas inscritas até à data vindas de 63 países, abrangendo toda a cadeia de valores do setor energético de África; 28 desses países são africanos, o maior número até à data nos 17 anos de história do Fórum.

O Fórum conta com 11 ministros confirmados; entre os quais os Ministros da Energia, Infraestruturas e Finanças do Benim, Gana, Guiné, Maurícia, Moçambique, Nigéria, Senegal, Serra Leoa, Ruanda, Uganda e Zâmbia, bem como diretores de serviços e entidades reguladoras de toda a África.

Novidades para 2015

•          O Fórum deste ano apresenta os prémios “Power In Africa” e um jantar de gala – um “Banquete nos Emirados”, em homenagem a figuras e empresas com projetos em decurso no continente.

•          12 resumos de projetos ministeriais e de serviços públicos de países africanos específicos estarão em destaque, os quais irão fornecer perspetivas detalhadas sobre a indústria e o conhecimento nos países.

•          O Africa Energy Yearbook (Anuário Energético de África), a publicação oficial do Fórum, conta agora com opiniões dos principais investidores e participantes do setor energético.

•          Salas privadas para mais de 530 reuniões à porta fechada entre investidores e participantes.

•          Patrocinada pela Aggreko e pela Norton Rose Fulbright, a “EnergyNet Student Engagement Initiative” (Iniciativa de Envolvimento de Estudantes EnergyNet – ESEI) convida 32 dos melhores engenheiros químicos e estudantes de Economia e Direito da África do Sul, Nigéria, Gana, Moçambique, Tanzânia, Quénia e Zâmbia ao Dubai para conhecerem investidores e darem o passo seguinte rumo a um maior desenvolvimento e criação de emprego.

•          Este ano assiste também ao lançamento da “Plataforma de Inovação ESEI”, que apresentará tecnologias renováveis criativas e escaláveis, destinadas a melhorar o acesso a soluções de energia alternativas em África.

•          A não perder, a “Access Power” apresenta o “Access Co-development Fund” (Fundo de Codesenvolvimento Access – ACF); uma competição ao estilo de “Dragon’s Den” (programa de televisão em que os concorrentes apresentam ideias para novos negócios a investidores) para um investimento inicial em projetos, que dará a quatro projetos pré-selecionados a hipótese de ganharem até 5 milhões de dólares americanos em financiamento, atribuídos durante o Fórum no Dubai, para o seu desenvolvimento.

Simon Gosling, da EnergyNet, comentou: “Estamos felizes por trazer o AEF ao Dubai, para que os participantes se apercebam do enorme potencial de investimento no Médio Oriente.    A resposta dos investidores regionais foi extraordinária e estamos ansiosos por aprender com eles como os Emirados usaram os seus recursos naturais para transformarem a economia num império global em expansão.”

Quer tenha um projeto e esteja à procura de investimento ou seja um investidor à procura de um projeto, o AEF é uma plataforma sólida para conhecer futuros parceiros e entender as oportunidades em África.

Para saber como se inscrever no Fórum:

Datas das reuniões: 8 a 11 de junho de 2015

Local do evento: Hotel JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai

Site: www.africa-energy-forum.com

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

Contacto: Michael Cluskey, Diretor de Marketing

Telefone: +44 (0)20 7384 7833

E-mail: Michael.cluskey@energynet.co.uk

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EnergyNet Ltd.


Egyptian Tech Firms Expand Footprint in Africa with Expected Business Deals Worth USD 7 Million

The Government’s Africa Together Initiative Strengthens Egypt’s Position as a Regional Sourcing and ICT Services Hub

CAIRO, Egypt, May 27, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ As a part of the country’s efforts to increase IT exports and achieve ambitious economic goals, Egypt’s Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) (http://www.itida.gov.eg) helped setting out a number of partnership protocols and concluding business agreements between Egyptian companies and 17 leading African telecom companies, financial institutions and ICT enterprises, in 6 different African countries, in the framework of “Africa Together” program, Round II.

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The program reflects the government commitment to accelerate economic growth by expanding the export footprint of its domestic enterprises and help them penetrate different regions in this fast growing continent. The Egyptian companies began to reap the fruits of the program, custom-tailored to increase their exports, by a number of deals totaling an estimated USD 7 million.

Over a three-day visit paid by the African delegation, a number of prescheduled one-to-one meetings were held, and site visits to the premises of Egyptian companies were made. On the last day, the visit was finished off with a gala dinner held under the auspices of H.E. Khaled Negm, the Egyptian Minister of ICT, during which ITIDA presented a movie that recapped the program, highlighted the planned initiatives for developing the local IT industry, and featured two keynote speeches by ITIDA’s CEO, Eng. Hussein El-Gueretly and Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC’s group vice president and regional managing director for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa.

As many IT Egyptian enterprises with high potential for exports seek to broaden their market exposure, ITIDA in cooperation with IDC implemented a research led Go-To-Market initiative to build up knowledge of African markets and how to approach them effectively.  This included providing Egyptian companies with market analysis of 9 African markets, demand analysis of 160+ African enterprises followed by a matchmaking trip in Kenya where Egyptian companies conducted 800+ one to one business meetings with over 130 African enterprises and customers over 3 days.

“The agency leaves no stone unturned in exploring the ICT African markets in terms of prospects and challenges” ITIDA’s CEO, Eng. Hussein El-Gueretly said. “In pursuit of growth, Egyptian companies made unremitting efforts in studying these opportunities and bringing about real business benefits” he added.

Among the signed agreements, Raya Corporation, the Middle East’s largest CIT company based in Cairo, signed business agreements in the field of systems integration with IE Networks as well as Tahses ICT and Consultancy from Ethiopia and the Nigerian Mayakorp.

In the area of field force automation & unified emergency response platform, Softec International partnered with IPMC from Ghana. Also, Smartec inked a contract with the Ghanaian Batiletch in network optimization and home automation while contracted with the Kenyan Sarova Group of Hotels. IT Blocks, the Egyptian software company, agreed with Afcor from Ethiopia and Dhanush Infotech from Kenya on IBM software deployment. BI Technologies signed agreements with Exceed IT Systems from Ethiopia and IPMC from Ghana. Softlock signed with the Nigerian Mayakorp and SystemTrust as well as the Ethiopian Exceed IT Systems.

Additionally, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency and Dhanush Infotech from Kenya partnered with Zas Soft in the area of ERP.  Bsystems Ltd from Ghana signed with Infasme while EME International signed agreements to provide enterprise mobile solutions to the Nigerian Netplus and Ouranos Technology Limited as well as the Ghanaian Bsystems. Sumerge will provide enterprise solutions to Mayakorp from Nigeria and the Ethiopian Websprix. Link Development will provide banking, public sector and telecom solutions to Masterpiece Fusion from Kenya.

Hitekenofal, a leading provider of integrated communication network solutions since 1987 in Egypt, agreed to provide communications networking services to Batitech from Ghana, the Ethiopian Websprix and Exceed IT Systems as well as Even Data and Hamms Engineering from Zambia. Soft Trend signed with Mayakorp from Nigeria to provide security solutions.

Africa Together, one of ITIDA’s programs, was launched in last August to support Egyptian companies’ exports of IT services and products targeting the African markets. The premier global market intelligence firm, International Data Corporation (IDC) worked hand-in-hand with ITIDA, the executive IT arm of the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, to give a leg up to Egyptian ICT companies in penetrating high-growth markets across Africa – especially in Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria – through joint partnership and market development efforts.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA).

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About ITIDA:

The Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) (http://www.itida.gov.eg) is a governmental entity affiliated to Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. It is responsible for growing and developing Egypt’s position as a leading global outsourcing location by attracting foreign direct investment to the industry and maximizing the exports of IT services and applications.

Located in the heart of the modern business environment at Smart Village, the six hundred acre business park on the outskirts of Cairo, ITIDA is a self sustainable entity that drives the IT industry in Egypt and raises awareness among the Egyptian people of the benefits and use of ICT to advance socioeconomic welfare of the whole community.

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Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA)


MNCapital Africa Advisors Facilitates SPEAR Capital Investment in Zimbabwe’s Second Largest Dairy Producer, Dendairy

The deal, which was a combined debt/equity transaction, had a value of $6 million

HARARE, Zimbabwe, May 26, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Scandinavian-backed private equity investment company, SPEAR Capital (Pty) Ltd (“SPEAR”) (http://www.spearcapital.co.za), acquired 27% of Zimbabwe’s second largest dairy producer, Dendairy (http://www.dendairy.com). The deal, which was a combined debt/equity transaction, had a value of $6 million.

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MNCapital Africa Advisors (“MNCAA”) was responsible for the introduction of the Dendairy opportunity to SPEAR and assisted SPEAR in its initial assessment of the opportunity.

Commenting on the transaction, MNCAA Managing Partner, Mr. Mansur Nuruddin, stated: “Our combined 100+ years’ experience in the industry has ensured that we have access to numerous funders and are a ‘go to’ partner for sourcing capital. Assisting in this transaction has enabled us to participate in the growth of a local Zimbabwean owned entity. The funding will go a long way to assist Dendairy’s expansion plans, and we are pleased to have helped to facilitate this growth.”

Mr. Martin Soderberg, a SPEAR Capital Partner, stated: “We are pleased that MNCAA brought the Dendairy transaction to us. We were impressed by their effectiveness and efficiency throughout the transaction. We trust our business relationship will grow into the future”.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of MNCapital Africa Advisors (MNCAA).

Contact:

Mansur Nuruddin

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MN Capital Africa Advisors

E-Mail: mansur@mncapital-africa.com

About MNCapital Africa Advisors:

MNCapital Africa Advisors (“MNCAA”) (http://www.mncapital-africa.com) is an African focused financial advisory firm offering corporate advisory, capital raising and market entry services. MNCAA has partners in key African markets, i.e., Nigeria, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South Africa, and key financial centers across the globe, i.e., London, Paris, Dubai, New York, Singapore, Miami and South Africa. MNCAA has assembled a world-class interdisciplinary team of driven professionals, which includes certified accountants, financial analysts, bankers, lawyers and marketing professionals. Collectively, MNCAA’s senior management has over 100 years of hands on experience and an expansive network throughout Africa, Europe, North America and Asia. With respect to its capital raising services, MNCAA has strong relationships with key decision makers at African focused private equity firms, Sovereign Wealth Funds, all of the African focused DFIs and numerous family offices, HNWIs and strategic investors. For more information contact or visit: info@mncapital-africa.com or www.mncapital-africa.com.

About SPEAR Capital

SPEAR Capital (“SPEAR”) (http://www.spearcapital.co.za)  is a pioneering Scandinavian backed Sub-Saharan Africa focused Private Equity investment company seeking to invest in businesses that are positioned to benefit from the continued economic growth in Sub-Saharan African countries. SPEAR explores possibilities within the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Manufacturing & Processing, Financial Services and Telecom/Media/Technology. SPEAR Capital makes investments on behalf of SPEAR Africa Holdings, a Mauritian registered investment company. For more information contact or visit: info@spearcapital.co.za or www.spearcapital.co.za

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MNCapital Africa Advisors (MNCAA)


The Africa Energy Forum – an important platform for project investment

456 unique companies have registered to date from 63 countries worldwide

DUBAI, UAE, May 26, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Africa Energy Forum (http://www.africa-energy-forum.com) arrives at the JW Marriott Hotel Marquis Hotel in Dubai in just two weeks’ time, from 8-11 June.

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With global investors clearly looking closer at the opportunities on the continent, it’s exciting that already 456 unique companies have registered to date from 63 countries worldwide, spanning the value chain of Africa’s power sector – 28 of those are African countries; the largest number to date in the Forum’s 17 year history.

The Forum has 11 Ministers confirmed; among those are Ministers of Energy, Infrastructure and Finance from Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia, as well as heads of utilities and regulators across Africa.

New for 2015:

•          This year’s Forum introduces the ‘Power In Africa Awards’ & Black Tie Gala Dinner – an ‘Emirati Banquet’ honouring people and businesses with actual projects in operation on the continent.

•          12 Ministerial and Utility-led country specific project briefings will shine the spotlight onto unique countries in Africa to provide detailed industry insights and in-country knowledge.

•          Africa Energy Yearbook- the official publication of the Forum now featuring insights from the most prolific investors and important stakeholders in the energy space.

•          Private meeting rooms for over 530 closed door meetings between investors and stakeholders.

•          Sponsored by Aggreko and Norton Rose Fulbright, the ‘EnergyNet Student Engagement Initiative (ESEI)’ brings 32 of the brightest chemical engineers and economics and law students from South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia to Dubai to meet investors and take that next step towards further development and employment.

•          This year also sees the launch of the ‘ESEI Innovation Hub,’ showcasing creative exciting and scalable renewable technology destined to impact Africa’s access to alternative energy solutions.

•          Not to be missed – ‘Access Power’ present the ‘Access Co-development Fund (ACF)'; a live ‘Dragon’s Den’ style competition for early stage project investment, enabling four shortlisted projects to pitch for up to US$5m of development finance which will be awarded during the Forum in Dubai.

EnergyNet’s Simon Gosling commented; “We’re delighted to bring AEF to Dubai to enable stakeholders to capture the massive potential of Middle Eastern investment.  The response from regional investors has been unprecedented and it will be exciting to learn from them how the Emirates has successfully used its natural resources to turn its economy into a booming global empire.”

Whether you are a project looking for investment or an investor looking for project, AEF is a very strong platform to engage future partners and understand the opportunities across Africa.

To find out how to register for the Forum:

Meeting dates: 8-11 June 2015

Venue: JW Marriott Hotel Marquis Hotel, Dubai

Website: www.africa-energy-forum.com

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

Contact:

Michael Cluskey, Marketing Director

Tel: +44 (0)20 7384 7833

Email: Michael.cluskey@energynet.co.uk

SOURCE

EnergyNet Ltd.


 

Côte d’Ivoire / Célébration de la Journée internationale des casques bleus en présence du Chef de l’Etat ivoirien, le jeudi 28 Mai 2015 à Sebroko

 

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 26 mai 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Les Casques bleus seront célébrés ce jeudi 28 Mai 2015 à Sebroko au siège de l’Opération des Nations Unies en Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI) , en présence du Chef de l’Etat, le Président Alassane Ouattara.

 

La Journée internationale des Casques bleus des Nations Unies est dédiée à tous les hommes et toutes les femmes qui ont servi et servent encore dans des opérations de maintien de la paix des Nations Unies, en raison de leur niveau exceptionnel de professionnalisme, de dévouement et de courage, et à la mémoire de ceux qui ont perdu la vie au service de la paix.

 

l’ONUCI invite la presse nationale et internationale à prendre les dispositions utiles en vue d’assurer la couverture médiatique de cet évènement et vous prie de confirmer votre présence.

 

 

Date : Jeudi 28 Mai 2015

 

Heure : 08 heures

 

Lieu : Espace hélipad de l’ONUCI

 

 

PS: Un bus assurera le transport des journalistes, de l’entrée principale au lieu de la cérémonie.

 

SOURCE 

NATIONS UNIES


 


 

Mali / Entretien entre le RSSG et le ministre des affaires étrangères algérien

 

BAMAKO, Mali, 26 mai 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le Représentant Spécial du Secrétaire Général et Chef de la MINUSMA, M. Mongi Hamdi, s’est entretenu lundi 25 mai 2015 à Alger avec le ministre d’Etat, ministre des Affaires étrangères et de la Coopération internationale, Ramtane Lamamra, sur le processus de paix au Mali et la situation actuelle dans ce pays.

 

Les discussions ont porté sur la nécessité de restaurer le calme, maintenir le cessez-le-feu et encourager la Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad (CMA) à se joindre à l’accord de paix, signé le 15 mai 2015 à Bamako par les autres parties maliennes.

 

Les deux responsables ont exprimé leur inquiétude à l’égard de la dégradation de la situation sécuritaire au nord du Mali, tout en insistant sur la nécessité d’arrêter impérativement et immédiatement les conflits entre la Coordination et la Plateforme.

 

Ils ont également insisté sur l’urgente nécessité de multiplier les efforts de la Médiation internationale en vue d’encourager la Coordination à signer l’accord de paix dans les plus brefs délais.

 

SOURCE 

NATIONS UNIES

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 26 May 2015

Central African Republic: MEPs to debate with interim president


 

Central African Republic: MEPs to debate with interim president

 

STRASBOURG, France, May 26, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The foreign affairs committee meets Catherina Samba-Panza, interim president of the Central African Republic (CAR), at 16.15 on Tuesday. They are expected to debate the recently concluded national reconciliation forum in Bangui, preparations for the general and presidential elections, the political transition, the EU military advisory mission (EUMAM) in CAR and security-sector reform.

The meeting will take place in the József Antall building, in room 2Q2. Follow it live on EP Live.

 

SOURCE 

European Parliament

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