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April 24, 2017

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  • Castle Lite Unlocks Future in Tanzania

    Cold, Snow, Freeze! A night at Next Door in Masaki, Dar es Salaam, that will go down in history as an African first, treated guests to a frosty musical announcement. The Castle Lite team revealed that Castle Lite (www.CastleLite.co.za) brings the Extra Cold Unlocks Experience to Tanzania for the first time ever, putting the country in an instant frenzy! The room was filled with excitement as Castle Lite unlocked award winning trap king – FUTURE.

    Anchored by new pop music queen and TV personality, Mimi Mars, the announcement shindig went on to reveal that the “Turn On The Lights” award winning rapper is set to perform on the 22th of July 2017 at the Leaders Club in Dar es Salaam and tickets availability to be announced at a later stage.

    Castle Lite also Unlocked that Diamond Platinumz will co-headline the Extra Cold Unlocks Experience. Diamond Platinumz is the first East African artist to sign to a deal with Universal Music, thus officially making him an international musician.

    “I promise Tanzanians the most fantastic entertainment ever”, said Diamond Platinumz, speaking about the concert.

    Supported by Tanzanian hit makers who will be unlocked in the course leading up to the concert this experience is sure to be an iced out game changer.

    “The Castle Lite Unlocks campaign has been a movement in the making for a few years now, where Castle Lite changed the game by bringing top international artists to grace Africa’s shores with Extra Cold performances at the EPIC Castle Lite Unlocks Concert.

    We understand that our consumers don’t always get an opportunity to see some of these major acts, so we want to bring this opportunity to them and continue bring them authentic, memorable and once in a lifetime event experience.

    Future’s musical sounds are cool, current and relatable and they are on the road to building some strong personal brands, which ties back to progression and that is what we’re about after-all.” – Thomas Kamphius Marketing Director EA.

    Brace yourself for the next announcement where Castle Lite will unlock FUTURE in another African country! In the meantime, grab a Castle Lite to stand a chance to win an opportunity to be a part of the Extra Cold Unlocks Experience in Dar es Salaam. 

    Distributed by APO on behalf of Tigo.

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    Corporate Affairs Director, Administration
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  • Alexander De Croo brings a working visit to Benin and Senegal together with UN Goodwill Ambassadors Goedele Liekens and Axelle Red

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo this week brings a four-day working visit to Benin and Senegal. He will be accompanied by Goedele Liekens and Axelle Red, both active as Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Nations. The four-day visit fits in with the initiative 'She Decides', which focuses on the reinforcement of rights for girls and women, and in particular with regard to their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
     

    Alexander De Croo: “I am delighted that Goedele Liekens and Axelle Red were willing to get involved. They have both fought hard for the rights of girls and women over the years, and this is a top priority in the Belgian development policy. As one of the leading countries of She Decides, Belgium will invest in the coming years even more to help create greater opportunities for women and girls. For example, to allow them to finish school and decide for themselves who they wish to marry and how many children they want.”
     
    Goedele Liekens has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, ever since the late 1990s. She appeals for better access to sexual and reproductive health, including better sex education in developing countries. Axelle Red has been volunteering as an ambassador for UNICEF Belgium, the United Nations Children's Fund, for almost twenty years. She is focused on achieving greater respect for children's rights.
     
    Goedele Liekens, Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA): “I’m very proud that Belgium is an leading country for the SheDecides initiative. This is fundamental development aid, with a positive effect in the long term. At UNFPA, we focus on spreading information for women to decide for themselves if and when they want children, and on assisting in desired pregnancies, so mother and child can look forward to a healthy future. Every minute, somewhere a woman dies because of the complications of a pregnancy. Our mission is to assure good pre- and postnatal medical assistance, even in the most remote areas, as for example with the mobile clinic boat we use in Benin.”
     
    Axelle Red, Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF Belgium: “As a UNICEF Ambassador, as a mother of 3 children and as an artist, I am very concerned with the fight against child marriage. In Benin, one in ten girls under age fifteen is married and three in ten girls marry before they are 18 years old. If we want to give more opportunities to girls, we have to stop child marriage. Therefore, I’m happy that the fight against child marriage is central in the agreement that the Belgian government and UNICEF will sign in Benin.”
     
    Family planning, maternity care and sexual education
    During their trip to Benin and Senegal, Minister De Croo, Goedele Liekens and Axelle Red are to visit a whole range of projects focused on improving sexual and reproductive health and rights. Their programme includes visits to initiatives related to family planning, maternity care, sexual education and contraception.
     
    The trip also features an official meeting with Benin's president Patrice Tallon and his wife Claudine, who set up a foundation in early March, aimed at improving the life of women in Benin. In Senegal, the delegation will meet Health Minister Awa Coll Seck.
     
    181 million awarded during Brussels conference
    This working visit is a continuation of the She Decides initiative, for which Belgium is one of the leading countries. She Decides started after the new American president early this year cancelled the funding for a number of international organisations working on sexual and reproductive health and rights in developing countries.
     
    During an international conference in Brussels, organised by minister De Croo and his colleagues from the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark, donor countries and private foundations agreed to donate a total of 181 million euros in additional funding for initiatives aimed at improving the sexual and reproductive rights and health for girls and women in poor countries. Belgium also released an additional ten million euros. In total, 450 representatives from over 50 countries and organisations came to Brussels to demonstrate their support for She Decides.
     
    A wider movement
    The four ‘founding’ countries have now decided to extend She Decides and to turn it into a wider movement. Countries, organisations, businesses and individuals will soon be able to become a member by signing the She Decides manifesto. The movement will be led by a core team of countries in the North and South, the United Nations Population Funds (UNFPA) and the international NGO International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).

    Distributed by APO on behalf of Kingdom of Belgium – Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.

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  • Germany and IMF Strengthen Capacity Development Cooperation in Africa

    The IMF welcomes Germany’s commitment to strengthening its collaboration with the IMF on capacity development. Wolfgang Schäuble, Germany’s Federal Minister of Finance and Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), today signed a Letter of Understanding whereby the German Ministry of Finance will provide €15 million in support of the IMF’s capacity development activities across Africa in the context of the G-20 Compact with Africa.

    The Compact with Africa is an initiative launched under Germany’s G-20 Presidency in December 2016 and aims to boost private investment and increase infrastructure development in Africa.

    Resilient macroeconomic institutions are critical for attracting more foreign direct investment. IMF capacity development supports African policymakers’ efforts to address reform challenges in areas such as strengthening domestic resource mobilization, implementing fair tax systems, achieving good financial governance, and fostering financial stability and inclusion, in support of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    Initially, five countries are joining the Compact with Africa: Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, and Tunisia, with another group of countries expected to join later this year.

    Germany’s Federal Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble commented: “Capacity development is important to improve conditions for private investment in Africa. This is why we support the IMF's very valuable efforts both financially and conceptually.”

    IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde made the following statement at the signing ceremony: “I want to commend the German government for making the Compact with Africa a G20 priority this year. This compact has the potential to mobilize investment and energize inclusive economic growth in Africa. The IMF greatly appreciates the support of the German government for our capacity-building efforts in Africa and we are very pleased to participate in this important initiative.”

    Distributed by APO on behalf of International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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  • Hilton powers GCC hotel expansion
    • STR data[1] shows Hilton has largest active pipeline in the GCC with 16,000+ rooms
    • Hilton has the most rooms under construction in four of six Gulf markets

    Hilton (http://Hilton.com) CEO Chris Nassetta will be heading to the Arabian Hotel International Conference in Dubai this year, underlining the importance of the region to his company’s ambitious expansion plans. 

    Following another year of landmark growth under the leadership of Carlos Khneisser, Hilton has over 21,000 rooms in its pipeline across the Gulf more than 16,000 of which are already under construction and scheduled to open before 2020. The six markets of the GCC contribute more than a third of Hilton’s pipeline rooms across the Europe Middle East Africa – where the company is active in over 60 countries. 

    Carlos Khneisser, vice president, development, Middle East, North Africa & Turkey, Hilton said: “Our active pipeline of 16,000 rooms under construction in the GCC is more than double the number of our nearest competitor. The deals we are signing are not just there on paper, they are quickly progressing through design and construction. The value we drive for our owners facilitates the speed of this growth as owners want to come back for more. 60% of the hotels in our pipeline are being developed together with existing Hilton owners and our team look forward to progressing further projects next week during AHIC.”

    Hilton has the largest active pipeline in the GCC both in terms of the number of rooms and properties in construction. Saudi Arabia is the market undergoing most extensive growth with the 7,900 rooms Hilton is developing there set to near triple the company’s presence in the market. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait and Oman all count Hilton as the hotel company with largest number of rooms under construction.

    Hilton’s GCC active pipeline in numbers

    • GCC 16,000+ rooms under construction (#1 in the region)
    • Saudi Arabia 7,900+ rooms under construction (#1 in the market)
    • UAE 5,000+ rooms under construction (#1 in the market)
    • Qatar 1,800+ rooms under construction (#2 in the market)
    • Kuwait 750+ rooms under construction (#1 in the market)
    • Oman 420+ rooms under construction (#1 in the market)
    • Bahrain 350+ rooms under construction (#3 in market)

    [1] All data referenced in this press release is taken from STR March 2017. 

    Distributed by APO on behalf of Hilton.

    Contact:
    Huw Harrow
    Hilton Communications – EMEA
    Huw.Harrow@Hilton.com
    +971 (0) 4 4464 934

    About Hilton:
    Hilton (NYSE: HLT) (http://Hilton.com) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 4,900 properties with over 800,000 rooms in 104 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit Newsroom.Hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook (http://APO.af/KEf74R), Twitter (http://APO.af/jrzz8b), LinkedIn (http://APO.af/NP80Nx), Instagram (http://APO.af/UJf6xC) and YouTube (http://APO.af/LzywDo).  

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