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April 22, 2017

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  • UN refugee agency sending urgent relief items for Congolese civilians fleeing to Angola

    The United Nations refugee agency is shipping tents, mosquito nets and other essential relief items to Angola, where some 9,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have fled this month alone.

    “Refugees reported fleeing attacks from militia groups, who are targeting police, military officials, and civilians who they believe are supporting or representing the Government,” Babar Baloch, spokesperson at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters at the UN's Geneva Office.

    The civilians arrive mainly in Dundo, the capital of Angola's north-eastern Luanda Norte Province.

    UNHCR is sending an additional emergency team to the town tomorrow, to support relief efforts.

    There are concerns that the situation will worsen as Angola's wet season peaks in April, further complicating living conditions and the health of refugees, particularly women, children, the elderly and the disabled.

    The refugees are fleeing from the Kasai region, a formerly peaceful area that turned violent in mid-2016, after a traditional leader, Kamuina Nsapu, was killed in fighting with security forces. Since then, the fighting has displaced more than one million civilians.

    “The new arrivals are terrified and still fear for their lives and mentioned they do not have any immediate plans to return home,” Mr. Baloch said. “Some parents have reportedly sent their children across the border, worrying they would be forcibly recruited by the militias if they had stayed in the DRC.”

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    There is particular concern about the situation of children in Kasai. An estimated 2,000 children were being used by the militias in the affected region and were yet to return to their homes, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

    “These children were being killed or injured in the fighting, and were often arrested and imprisoned,” UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac said in Geneva.

    More than 4,000 children had been separated from their families and at least 300 seriously injured, according to the UN agency.

    “Those children should be safe in their homes, schools and playgrounds, not forced to fight on the battlefield or wounded or killed in the violence,” Mr. Boulierac added.

    The violence in the region had also had a devastating impact on education and health systems in the region. More than 350 schools had been destroyed in the provinces of Kasai Central and Kasai Oriental, and one out of three health centres no longer function.

    The UN refugee agency echoed this concern, saying many of the children arriving in Angola are malnourished and sick “suffering from diarrhoea, fever and malaria.” 

    Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations (UN).

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  • Commonwealth Secretary-General to visit Lesotho

    Secretary-General Patricia Scotland will meet with political leaders in Lesotho to reaffirm the Commonwealth’s support to the country ahead of general elections on 3 June.

    Her visit from 24 -27 April is part of the Commonwealth’s long-standing engagement with Lesotho. Assistance to the country has included support with the development of Lesotho’s parliamentary governance, observation of elections, and the follow up of observer group recommendations to strengthen democracy and improve electoral processes.

    This is the second time a coalition government in Lesotho has collapsed since the 2012 elections. The last coalition fell on 1 March after a no confidence vote. Secretary-General Scotland said: “My aim is to determine how the Commonwealth can support the peace-building agenda and assist the country to implement reforms and recommendations from observers and envoys. There is good practice in effective coalition governance throughout the Commonwealth that we can draw upon.”

    During the mission, Secretary-General Scotland will explore how the Commonwealth can work with the Southern African Development Community, other development partners, faith-based organisations and other NGOs to promote peaceful elections and implementation of reforms. “This is a critical time for Lesotho as it prepares for elections. It is important that we reassure the country of our firm commitment to continue supporting its democracy and development,” she said.

    The Secretary-General’s engagement is in line with the 2017 Commonwealth theme ‘A peace-building Commonwealth’.

    She said, “Our theme this year is about building democratic institutions, holding credible elections, upholding human rights and promoting good governance. I firmly believe that, while politicians, government agencies and development organisations play a critical role in achieving and maintaining peaceful societies, every citizen is a stakeholder in the peace-building process. This is the message that I hope will come across loud and clear during my visit to the Kingdom of Lesotho.”

    Immediately after her mission to Lesotho, the Secretary-General will travel to Malawi for a meeting with the President and officials in Lilongwe.

    Distributed by APO on behalf of Commonwealth Secretariat.

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  • WFP Air-Lifts Life-Saving Supplies to People Struck by Drought in Somalia

    The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today air-lifted life-saving food supplies to drought-stricken Somalia for the most vulnerable people, particularly children, who are displaced from their homes and have no access to food or cooking facilities.

    A Boeing 747, donated by UPS Foundation, arrived in Mogadishu from Dubai this morning carrying 47 metric tons of high-energy biscuits (HEBs) – enough to assist 31,000 people for three days – as well as critical medical supplies on behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO). The shipment was arranged by the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Dubai.

    As the drought intensifies, particularly in parts of south and north-eastern Somalia, severe food insecurity has spread. Half of the population, including 330,000 acutely malnourished children, are in need of urgent assistance.

    “A rapid response is crucial to support drought-affected families across Somalia,” said WFP Representative and Director of Gulf Office Abdallah Alwardat. “This airlift is a great example of WFP and its partners coming together to reach those furthest behind with life-saving assistance.”

    HEBs are ideally used in emergency situations as they are rich in minerals and vitamins and do not require preparation. Following consumption of HEBs over three days, WFP then provides other types of live-saving food assistance.

    Over the past three years, an emergency food assistance response by WFP and its partners has supported drought-affected people with vital supplies, such as specialized nutritious foods, school meals programmes and cash-based transfers.  

    Distributed by APO on behalf of World Food Programme (WFP).

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  • The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mario Giro, on mission in Chad

    The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mario Giro, accompanied by Italian Ambassador Samuela Isopi, will be on mission in Chad from 18 to 21 April.

    In the course of the visit, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Giro met with the President of Chad, Idriss Déby and with Foreign Minister Hissein Brahim Taha, highlighting the fact that Chad needs international support in order to face up to the continuous attacks of Boko Haram terrorists, more effectively control the transit of migration flows heading towards the Mediterranean and tackle the environmental and humanitarian crisis that affects the Chad Basin, where nearly 50,000 people have been struck by the famine caused by the lake’s lowering water level. Within this context, Deputy Minister Giro specified that Chad is Italy’s natural interlocutor in guaranteeing the security of the Sahel region, of the Mediterranean and ultimately of Europe, underscoring Italy’s commitment at the Oslo Conference to support the Country with 30 million euros over a period of 3 years.  

    Distributed by APO on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy.

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  • HM Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday celebrated in Ethiopia

    The British Embassy in Addis Ababa marked Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 91st birthday on 18 April 2017. The celebration was attended by high level government and military officials, the diplomatic community and friends of the British Embassy.

    The event was colourfully celebrated with special guest Lemn Sisay – the celebrated British poet, who has Ethiopian heritage as well as various activities including a photographic exhibition of key iconic and candid moments in the UK-Ethiopia relationship and an art exhibition by three Ethiopian artists (Yonatan Wondwossen, Wondewossen Melakeselam and Yared Oliveli).

    Ambassador Susanna Moorehead said: “Both our countries have agreed an innovative jobs compact that will create jobs for Ethiopians and for vulnerable refugees who might otherwise be tempted to put their lives in the hands of people traffickers and head for Europe. We have worked together to educate Ethiopian children, to provide healthcare and to respond to the drought that has hit the East African region for the second year in a row. We have also worked together to improve the quality of global peacekeeping, through the courses that are run here at the Ethiopian Peace Support Training Centre and through our co-operation in the run up to Ethiopia joining the UN Security Council – for which we offer our congratulations and support.”

    “As a friend of Ethiopia and the Ethiopian people, we want to see this country be stable in order to thrive, both today and the long term. We continue to offer our support.”

    Speaking about the African Union, Ambassador Moorehead said: “We wish the new commission every success and look forward to working with it and with Member States on the challenges and opportunities in Africa today –especially in the areas of peace and security, trade and migration.”

    Ambassador Susanna extended her sincere gratitude to Globeleq, leading innovators and investors in power production in Africa, for being a Gold sponsor. Corbetti, Unilever, Diageo being Silver sponsors and Cluff Geothermal, KPMG and Dashen brewery for being bronze sponsors of the event.

    Distributed by APO on behalf of British Embassy Addis Ababa.

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  • The Nigerian Stock Exchange X-Gen News Alert – Cornerstone Insurance Company Plc.

    Company Name: Cornerstone Insurance Company Plc. (www.Cornerstone.com.ng) 
    Company Symbol: CORNERST
    [CONERST]>> Company Report
    2016 Market Summary
     

    Audited Financial Statement for Year Ended 31 December, 2016
    FY 2016 FY 2015
    N'000 N'000

    Revenue 9,190,675 7,331,632
    Profit before Tax (1,264,660) 1,843,054
    Taxation (470,563) (212,300)
    Profit after Tax (1,735,223) 1,630,754 
    Earnings Per Share (K) (12) 11
    Dividend Per Share (K) Nil Nil

    Distributed by APO on behalf of The Nigerian Stock Exchange Corporate News.

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  • The Nigerian Stock Exchange X-Gen News Alert – Africa Prudential Registrars Plc

    Company Name: Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (http://APRegistrars.com)
    Company Symbol: AFRIPRUD
    [AFRIPUD]>> Company Report
     

    Africa Prudential Registrars Plc First Quarter 2017 Result Highlights of The Statement of Comprehensive Income

    Revenue: Mar 2017 N647.5m; 2016 N400.6m
    Expenses: Mar 2017 N245.2m; 2016 N165.6m
    Profit before Tax: Mar 2017 N402.3m; 2016 N235.0m
    Tax: Mar 2017 N24.6m; 2016 N43.0m
    Profit after Tax: Mar 2017 N377.7m; 2016 N191.9m
    Earnings per Shares: Mar 2017 N19k; 2016 N10k

    Distributed by APO on behalf of The Nigerian Stock Exchange Corporate News.

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  • The Nigerian Stock Exchange X-Gen News Alert – Trans-Nationwide Express Plc.

    Company Name: Trans-Nationwide Express Plc. (http://TranEx-Ng.com)
    Company Symbol: TRANSEXPR
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    Trans-Nationwide Express Plc 
     

    Summary of Results for the Period Ended March 31, 2017 

    The Directors of Trans-Nationwide Express Plc Announce the Unaudited Financial Result for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2017 as Follows:
    March 31, 2017 March 31, 2016 Growth Rate
    =N='000 =N='000 %

    Revenue 183,554 213,329 (13.95)
    Profit before Tax 2,220 24,201 (90.82)
    Profit after Tax 1,670 17,701 (90.56)

    By Order of the Board
    Cautious Services Limited
    Company Secretary
    April 20, 2017

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  • ‘Sports for all’: Opening of Decathlon's first store in Accra

    Decathlon, a world giant in sports goods and equipments retail and manufacture, is coming to Ghana

    Decathlon is a helping to develop sport and industry globally. Decathlon operates in over 50 countries worldwide with over 1200 stores providing sport goods and equipment in 70+ sports disciplines and is among the few world class eco – friendly organizations. Their choice to set-up West Africa’s biggest sports store in Ghana is in appreciation of the many strides Ghana has chalked over the past 60 years.

    The opening of the Decathlon store at the Junction Shopping Mall, Nungua in Accra marked the first of many. Decathlon intends to open over 50 stores and factories across the country in order to produce locally a major part of what will be sold in their shops.

    The Minister of Trade and Industry Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen said: “I welcome Decathlon's development prospects in Ghana which ties into the government’s ‘one district, one factory’ project.”  The French ambassador extended: “I am pleased with the contribution of a French company to the development of added value and employment in Ghana.”

    Decathlon’s sports for All campaign echoes France’s overall approach to sports and Paris’ bid for the 2024 Olympics

    Decathlon is committed to making sports accessible and affordable to every Ghanaian by launching the Sports for All Campaign (#sports4all), a campaign dedicated to encouraging every Ghanaian to pick up sports as a lifestyle.

    This event takes place at the outset of a series of economic, cultural and educational events under the theme “France and Ghana 1957-2017: moving forward together”. It illustrates the commitment of French people, and economic and social actors to sport in general. This commitment is a driving force behind Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics. As the French ambassador said: “For France sport is a key element of the development of any human society. This is why we support Paris bid for the 2024 Olympic Games: Made for sharing.”

    Distributed by APO on behalf of Embassy of France to Ghana.

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