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May 5, 2017

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  • The Helix Institute leads the way on digital finance in emerging markets

    The Helix Institute of Digital Finance (www.Helix-Institute.com) has launched new courses in addition to its flagship offering the Agent Network Accelerator (ANA) (http://APO.af/eYtH81):

    The Helix Institute has released dates and is currently receiving applications for the following courses:

    • Risk & Fraud Management in DFS: 6th – 8th June 2017 in Kampala, Uganda
    • Rethinking Marketing for DFS Uptake & Usage: 28th August – 1st September 2017 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    • Online Course on the Core Principles of Digital Finance: 29th May – 16th June 2017

    Applications can be submitted: HERE (http://APO.af/g9jy6Q).

    The institute offers global training and provides insights on digital finance in emerging markets. The Helix Institute trainings are particularly designed to equip industry leaders with effective strategies and powerful tools to build, manage and grow digital financial services in their respective markets.

    The Helix Institute offers public classroom, online and bespoke trainings in English and French tailored to different market contexts. The trainings are founded on deep industry knowledge, drawn from extensive research and relationships with industry practitioners. The trainings are practical, market-oriented and highly interactive, thus bringing in fresh perspectives and creative thinking to address barriers that are faced by different stakeholders in the digital finance space.

    Listen to what some past participants had to say about the Helix Institute courses – https://vimeo.com/167870521.  

    The Helix Institute has trained 500+ participants from 150+ institutions across 40+ countries in Africa and Asia. In all the trainings to date, 100% of the participants confirmed that the trainings would enable them make significant changes within their organisations.

    Distributed by APO on behalf of Helix Institute of Digital Finance.

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    Evelyne Matibe 
    Evelyne@Microsave.net   

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  • FCO Press Release: Foreign Secretary visits Libya and Tunisia

    The Foreign Secretary met Libyan Prime Minister Fayyez Al-Serraj and Foreign Minister Mohamed Siala to discuss the challenges faced by Libya’s Government of National Accord and how the UK can support Libyan efforts to re-establish security, stability, and prosperity for the Libyan people 

    The Foreign Secretary also met Abdurrahman Swehli, President of Libya’s High State Council. In these meetings, Mr Johnson underlined the importance of Libya’s legitimate political institutions working together to break the political deadlock which is prolonging instability and the suffering of the Libyan people.

    Speaking after the visit to Tripoli, the Foreign Secretary said: “Libya's political and social groups need to seize the momentum offered by the welcome meeting between Prime Minister Seraj and Marshall Heftar earlier this week to set out a path towards Libyan reconciliation and unity.

    “Security, stability and prosperity can only be achieved when the country's leaders choose to get together and work out a plan for the common benefit of the Libyan people.

    “Establishing effective governance is also the key to defeating terrorism in Libya and countering illegal migration.”

    The meetings in Tripoli followed talks last night (Wednesday) in Tunis with Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui on counterterrorism cooperation, UK assistance in improving the Tunisian security situation, and boosting trade.

    On his visit to Tunisia, Mr Johnson said:

    “It was a pleasure to visit Tunisia for the first time and to meet my counterpart for our first bilateral talks. The UK is a long term partner and friend of Tunisia and will continue to cooperate closely on security, counterterrorism and trade.”

    Distributed by APO on behalf of United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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  • UNMISS peacekeepers repel attack on base in famine area

    An attack on a United Nations base has been strongly condemned by the head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer, as being carried out with callous disregard for the lives for civilians as well as UN and humanitarian workers.

    Between 11pm and midnight on Wednesday, the Mission’s Temporary Operating Base (TOB) in Leer town in the former Unity State came under small arms attack from the direction of the nearby Government-held town.

    The Ghanaian company of UNMISS peacekeeping forces based there quickly and robustly returned fire, deterring the attack.

    David Shearer praised the response of the Ghanaian forces for successfully repelling the attack and remaining on high alert throughout the night.

    “They reacted in the best possible manner, according to the true spirit of peacekeeping. Their quick defensive action secured the safety of all of the internally displaced people who had sought UN protection adjacent to the base,” he said.

    “We strongly condemn the attack, and call on all parties to the conflict to respect the sanctity of UN premises.

    “We are here to protect and support the people of South Sudan. The base is located at Leer for that reason. The people are hungry and deprived as the result of the famine. However, it is clear the attackers have no consideration for their plight, given those who most desperately need help will suffer more because of a likely resulting delay of humanitarian aid,” said David Shearer.

    There were no UNMISS or other casualties within the base from the attack.

    Currently, there is no confirmation of which party to the conflict carried out the attack. UNMISS is continuing to investigate the incident and will examine whether the TOB needs to be further strengthened. 

    Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

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  • Chairperson of the African Union Commission receives the President of Somalia, His Excellency Mohammed Abdullahi Mohamed

    The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), His Excellency, Moussa Faki Mahamat welcomed the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, His Excellency, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, to the African Union Commission Headquarters, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This meeting was preceded by an earlier visit to Mogadishu by His Excellency, Moussa Faki Mahamat on 18 March 2017, following his inauguration as the Chairperson of the AUC. The official visit by the President of Somalia presented an opportunity to renew the strong partnership that has been forged between the African Union and the Federal Government of Somalia in the political, security and humanitarian areas, and in the overall promotion of peace, stability and reconciliation in Somalia.

    The Commission welcomed the political reconciliation process initiated by the Federal Government of Somalia with the federal member states and expressed its full support to the Government’s efforts to consolidate agreements on resource allocation, corruption and the development of robust and inclusive national security institutions. The Commission further expressed support to and the need for the completion of the constitutional review process and, the implementation of local reconciliation processes including those associated with border disputes between communities.

    The Federal Government of Somalia and the Commission expressed concern that Al Shaabab remained a serious threat to the country and the region. In this respect, they underscored the importance of international support to Somalia Security forces and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in regaining territorial control of Al Shaabab held areas especially in the Jubba Valley Corridor and the North East Coastline. The Commission congratulated the Federal Government of Somalia on the recent signing of the Somali National Security Architecture, which offers a sound foundation for the establishment of capable national security institutions.

    The Commission further stressed the need for continuous political dialogue, and the central role of the African Union, working with international partners, in the effective implementation of the Architecture. As part of these efforts, the Federal Government of Somalia and the Commission also called for the lifting of the United Nations Security Council authorized arms embargo taking into account relevant accountability and compliance measures. This is consistent with calls made by the AU Peace and Security Council and is an important step for building viable national security institutions in Somalia, which will in turn accelerate AMISOM’s exit strategy.

    The Commission further expressed its determination to mobilise the continent and the international community to provide additional assistance to address the dire humanitarian situation in Somalia. The Commission expressed its commitment to work with other strategic partners in ensuring a holistic response to the humanitarian crisis.

    The Government of Somalia expressed its deep appreciation to the African Union and the Troop and Police Contributing Countries for the sacrifices made over the last decade in the restoration of peace, security and stability in Somalia. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed further expressed his full support to AMISOM in its role in the political process and the operations against Al Shaabab. In this respect, both the Federal Government of Somalia and the Commission agreed to finalise and endorse the revised Status of Mission Agreement for AMISOM by July 2017.

    Finally, the Federal Government of Somalia and the Commission agreed to reinforce their partnership in pursuit of sustainable peace and security in Somalia by establishing a Joint African Union-Somalia Taskforce to follow up and report on the implementation of agreed outcomes of the meeting. It was also agreed that the upcoming London conference offers a platform to ensure that there is a clear recognition and common understanding of the centrality of the African Union-Somalia partnership in the coordinated support by international partners to the Somali Security sector and the broader peace and stabilization efforts in Somalia.  

    Distributed by APO on behalf of African Union Peace and Security Department.

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  • Russian United Engine Corporation to present its latest industrial and energy gas turbine equipment in Iran

    Russian United Engine Corporation (UEC) (www.UECrus.com), an integrated company providing solutions in development, serial production and service of gas turbine engines for customers engaged in oil & gas, power generation, civil and defense aerospace, as well as marine and railways, will participate in the Iran Oil Show 2017 (6th – 9th May, Tehran) and will present its most up-to-date gas compressor and gas turbine power generating sets, which are especially suitable for the Iranian market.

    UEC considers Iran, with its booming oil & gas industry, one of the most promising future partners in the field of gas compressor and energy equipment. Technically modern Russian gas turbine units meet all the modern standards, while the price can be considerably lower compared to its competitors.

    “In Tehran, we are aiming to find new partners, as well as foster current cooperation,” says Alexander Karaoglanov, sales director of industrial and energy equipment and head of the UEC delegation at the Iran Oil Show 2017. “The corporation is already negotiating with a number of Iranian companies. Also, we are ready to assess the possibility of localizing production in Iran. According to our estimates, having highly reliable gas compressor equipment in the power range of 16–25 MW, is especially important for Iran. That is why we are anticipating interest in our gas compressor sets and units for power generation with rated power of up to 25 MW such as GPA-16 and GPA-25.”

    The guests of the UEC stand (Hall 38, 1718) at the exhibition will see the GPA-16, an automated outdoor gas compressor set rated at 16 MW, along with the mock-up of an energy complex equipped with the newest Russian gas turbine units. 

    “Apart from the gas compressor sets, in Iran UEC is marketing its gas turbine power generating sets with a rated power of up to 25 MW – such as GTA-25 and combined cycle power plants up to 30 MW. We are offering long term maintenance and service assistance for all our products,” says Karaoglanov.  

    The major advantage of GPA-16 for Iran lies in its power rate itself – the Iranian market needs 16 MW gas compressor sets, while other major producers do not have the units in such a power range at all. The unit is pre-fabricated, providing minimization of assembly pieces for shipment. Such a design allows reducing transportation and installation costs on site. This gas compressor set stands out among similar products in terms of operation and maintenance in severe weather conditions. Also, comparatively, the general cost of life cycle management is very low.

    GTA-25 is an automated 25 MW gas turbine power generating set of either outdoor or indoor design. A highly efficient UEC’s PS-90GP-25 gas turbine engine, based on the PS-90A aero engine (powers Il-76 transport aircrafts and Il-96 airliners etc.), can be used as a drive. UEC considers the unit’s power range as very relevant to Iranian needs. The GTA-25 set can be operated as a stand-alone unit or as a part of power generating plant. Following a customer request, the units can be completed with hot water-heating boilers or waste heat recovery units and a booster compression station.

    Distributed by APO on behalf of United Engine Corporation (UEC).

    Contact:
    JSC United Engine Corporation
    Tel./ Fax: +7 (499) 558-38-83
    press@UECRus.com  

    About the Russian United Engine Corporation:
    UEC (www.UECrus.com) unites all the main Russian companies specializing in design and serial production of gas turbine engines of different applications – some of them have  more than 100 years’ experience in this business. One of the priorities of UEC is the implementation of company development programs within the industry with introduction of new technologies according to international standards.

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  • Tunisian week: a stronger EU – Tunisia partnership

    “Cooperation between our two parliaments has emerged stronger from this Tunisian week”, said European Parliament Vice-President David-Maria Sassoli as the event closed on Thursday. “We must now give concrete form to the shared experiences and good practices, to benefit all our citizens”, he added.

    From 2 to 4 May, Members of the European Parliament (EP) and their counterparts from the Assembly of Representatives of the People (ARP) shared their experiences of parliamentary, legislative and representative good practices. In various workshops, they debated, in particular:

    ARP President Mohammed Ennaceur said “Stepping up European aid to the new Tunisia will be crucially important and will be a big help in laying the foundations of a real and effective strategic partnership that matches the challenges that Tunisia faces”.

    “You can count on our support; we are in favour of stepping up European Union assistance under the various partnership instruments. It is important not only to consolidate economic growth, but also to ensure that it is sustainable”, said European Parliament President Antonio Tajani at the 2 May opening of the Tunisian week at the European Parliament. 

    Distributed by APO on behalf of European Parliament.

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  • GE to supply power generation technology for Ghana’s 400 MW Bridge Power project
    • 400 megawatt (MW) greenfield project will be Africa’s first liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) fired power plant and world’s largest plant of its kind
    • Project will provide enough electricity for the equivalent of up to 17 percent of Ghana’s capacity and address the long-term energy requirements of the country
    • Fuel-flexible plant can run on LPG, natural gas and diesel

    GE (NYSE: GE) (www.GE.com) announced today that it will supply the power generation equipment for the Bridge Power plant project in Tema, Ghana. The equipment, which will be used in the first phase of the project, will collectively generate 200 MW of power. An additional 200 MW of power will be deployed in stage two of the project.

    The equipment scope includes GE’s TM2500 gas turbine generator sets (http://APO.af/NLoyzW) and GE’s steam turbines in a combined cycle (CC) configuration. This will be the first time the TM2500 gas turbines will be used in a combined cycle configuration globally and marks a milestone for the technology, which was also selected this week for Angola’s ambitious electrification program (http://APO.af/n16rSu) led by PRODEL.

    “The Bridge Power plant successfully brings together the need for a cost-effective fuel solution, in this case liquefied petroleum gas, with an integrated power solution driven by GE’s latest flexible technology” said Leslie Nelson, CEO, GE’s Gas Power Systems for Sub Saharan Africa.

    The 400 megawatt (MW) Bridge Power and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) import, storage, and transportation infrastructure project will address Ghana’s long-term energy requirements by providing enough electricity for the equivalent of up to 17 percent of the country’s capacity. Upon completion, it will be Africa’s first LPG fired power plant and the world’s largest plant of its kind. The fuel-flexible plant will also be capable of being fueled by LPG, natural gas or diesel.

    Bridge Power is being developed by the Early Power Limited (“EPL”) consortium under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Electricity Corporation of Ghana (ECG). The EPL consortium comprises of Endeavor Energy, a leading independent power development and generation company focused on Africa; Sage, a leading independent trading firm in Ghana; and GE (General Electric).

    The Bridge power plant project will bring much needed electricity to Ghana and is expected to have an immediate positive impact on the reliable operation of schools, factories, offices, other local businesses, hospitals, and households. The project is another example of how GE works with the government, corporate customers and other stakeholders in Ghana. Together, GE and its customers in Ghana support economic growth through infrastructure development in the power, oil & gas and healthcare sectors. In March this year, GE opened a 5,600 square meter oil & gas facility in Takoradi, that will serve as a primary service center for deep-water offshore projects. 

    Distributed by APO on behalf of GE.

    For more information, please contact:
    Anne Ezeh
    Communications Manager, GE Africa
    +234 7031779857
    Anne.Ezeh@GE.com

    Thomas Millas 
    Communications Manager, GE Power
    +1 910 515 7873
    Thomas.Millas@GE.com

    About GE:
    GE (NYSE: GE) (www.GE.com) is the world's Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the “GE Store,” through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry.  

    About GE Power:
    GE Power is a world leader in power generation with deep domain expertise to help customers deliver electricity from a wide spectrum of fuel sources. We are transforming the electricity industry with the digital power plant, the world’s largest and most efficient gas turbine, full balance of plant, upgrade and service solutions as well as our data-leveraging software. Our innovative technologies and digital offerings help make power more affordable, reliable, accessible and sustainable.

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  • Greenpeace concludes months long ship tour with strong recommendations to West African states

    11 arrests of vessels fishing illegally have occurred in just three weeks of joint surveillance with local authorities in West African waters. This is out of 13 fishing regulation infractions identified during the two month ‘Hope in West Africa’ ship tour, which also included fisheries monitoring and civil society and political engagement in a total of six countries. The results of Greenpeace’s (www.Greenpeace.org/Africa/en) ship tour, which ends this weekend in Dakar have been compiled in a preliminary report released today. The findings are symptomatic of West African fisheries’ desperate need for effective regulations at a regional level.

    In total, Greenpeace and inspectors from Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone and Senegal boarded and inspected 37 industrial fishing vessels in the region. In Mauritania Greenpeace conducted its own monitoring and presented the findings to the Minister of Fisheries, Mr. Nani Chrougha. The 13 infractions included shark finning, incorrect net mesh sizes, transshipment at sea, lack of documentation and fishing outside of permits.[1] The infractions were committed by fishing vessels with Chinese, Italian, Korean, Comoros and Senegalese flags.

    Pavel Klinckhamers, Hope in West Africa project leader, said:

    “After two months at sea documenting and inspecting industrial fishing vessels in the waters of West Africa, it is clear that illegal fishing is worryingly common. We also found an eagerness among local fishermen, civil society and governments across the region to address the situation and move towards a sustainable fisheries system. The next step is for these stakeholders to show real commitment in working together towards that goal. We look forward to supporting that process.”

    Without decision making powers current managing bodies for the seas, from Cabo Verde to Sierra Leone, including the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) and the Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic (CECAF), can only perform insufficient advisory roles. A lack of transparency on fisheries policies and practices also blights the region. Fisheries authorities’ vessel lists are often incomplete or inaccurate, and the numbers and details of joint venture companies and fisheries access agreements in the region remains opaque.

    Ahmed Diame, Greenpeace Africa Oceans campaigner, said:

    “With West African fish stocks already in freefall, governments must act right now to ensure food security is no longer threatened by overfishing and illegal fishing. Fish stocks are not restricted to national boundaries, and that is why the solutions to end the overfishing of West Africa’s waters can only come from joint efforts between the countries of this region. Governments must work together to set up and implement an effective regional fisheries management system to safeguard these precious resources now and for generations to come.”

    In the latest round of joint surveillance, in Senegal, from 25 to 29 April, Greenpeace and inspectors from the Office of Fisheries Protection and Surveillance (DPSP) identified two cases of illegal fishing. The Marcantonio Bragadin, owned by a Senegalese-Italian joint venture, and Kanbal III, owned by a Senegalese-Spanish joint venture, were both caught using methods to constrict the mesh size of their nets, effectively making the net mesh smaller than the permitted size. The Marcantonio Bragadin reportedly paid a deposit of West African CFA 30 million (€ 45,700) one day later in order to continue fishing. The Kanbal III will be further investigated by the DPSP.

    Greenpeace is handing its report to government representatives from Cape Verde, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Senegal with strong recommendations as to how West African governments can live up to their responsibility and jointly manage both foreign and local fishing activities in order to safeguard their waters and ensure a fair and sustainable distribution of resources at sea. In the coming months, Greenpeace will also share its findings concerning the poor working conditions on board many foreign fishing vessels, where drinking water is often in scarce supply and many local crew are left to sleep, eat and wash outside.

    Greenpeace is advising that an effective regional fisheries management body be established and national fisheries policies harmonised. Transparency, including bilateral fisheries agreements, the sharing of resources to optimise Vessel Monitoring Systems for tracking fishing vessels, and the setting up of a black list of IUU vessels and non-cooperating captains in the region must be adopted by all countries. There is an urgent need to establish a committee to monitor stock assessment and catches to bring fisheries capacity in balance with available resources. In addition, the voices of local fishing communities, those hit hardest by industrial fishing in the region, must be made central to the planning and implementation of fisheries management. With West African fish stocks plummeting, the need for such a system is urgent.

    Distributed by APO on behalf of Greenpeace.

    Notes to Editor:

    [1] The Esperanza has been on a two month long expedition in West Africa to document the threat from overfishing to the marine environment and food security for millions of Africans depending on fish. The crew on board, with the support of fishing authorities from coastal countries in the West Africa, aim to reduce the number of vessels fishing illegally or committing different offense.

    Contacts:
    ● Contact onboard the Esperanza: Pavel Klinckhamers, project leader, Greenpeace Netherlands, PKlinckh@Greenpeace.org, +31 107130874
    ● International media enquiries: Christina Koll, communications coordinator, Greenpeace Nordic, CKoll@Greenpeace.org, +45 28109021
    ● African media enquiries: Bakary Coulibaly, communications officer, Greenpeace Africa, Senegal office, BKouliba@Greenpeace.org, +221 773336265
    ● Chinese media enquiries: Tengfei Xu, communications officer, Greenpeace East Asia Beijing Office, Xu.Tengfei@Greenpeace.org, +86 18601277872

    Photos and video footage available here (http://act.gp/2miRN9f). 
    Please also find Greenpeace briefing here (http://APO.af/ZMkvey). 

  • Siemens signs agreements with Uganda and Sudan
    • Memoranda of Understanding to cooperate in the areas of power supply, industry, transportation and healthcare
    • Focus on infrastructure investments and partnerships between public and private sectors
    • Participation in “Make IT Alliance” to promote start-ups and technology companies in Africa

    Siemens (www.Siemens.com) will work more closely with the African countries Uganda and Sudan in the areas of power supply, industry, transportation and healthcare. The African states signed the corresponding Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) at the World Economic Forum 2017 in the South African city of Durban. The documents were signed in the presence of Brigitte Zypries, German Federal Minister for Economics and Energy, Joe Kaeser, President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens AG and further high-ranking personalities.

    “Africa’s economies are gaining ground and can develop their full potential with the right partner. Siemens wants to support their sustainable development – with solutions and projects in Africa, for Africa. The agreements with our African partners are important steps along this path,” said Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG. “Our goal is to double our order intake in Africa to more than €3 billion by the year 2020.”

    Brigitte Zypries, German Federal Minister for Economics and Energy, said: “Africa is a continent with economic opportunities and the German industry is an outstanding partner for the countries of Africa to realize these opportunities. I am very pleased that with the agreements signed today, good progress is being made towards the goal of better infrastructure and thus more growth and employment. I particularly welcome the training program because well-trained skilled workers are a key pillar of prosperity and development. And it is precisely these elements that I also support with the ‘Pro! Africa’ plan.”

    “Siemens is a company that invests for the long term, and we are interested in the long-term fundamentals of these markets and the diversification of their economies,” said Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO of Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa. “The opportunity for industrialization in Africa is now. It is estimated that Africa imports one-third of the food, beverages and other similar processed goods it consumers. The potential exists for Africa-based companies to meet this domestic demand and in so doing create sustainable revenue streams and opportunities for job creation.”

    Under these agreements, Siemens and its partners will develop solutions in the areas of power supply, transportation, industry and healthcare. Another key point in the agreements relates to continuing training programs for various technical fields in order to create a pool of well-trained local workers. Furthermore, Siemens is joining the “Make IT Alliance” of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development to promote start-ups and technology companies across the African continent. The agreement was signed in the presence of Guenter Nooke, German Chancellor's Personal Representative for Africa in the ministry.

    Africa possesses vast economic potential with forecasted growth rates of up to five percent. Spending on African infrastructure has more than doubled to $80 billion over the last 15 years, and the aspiring urban centers offer growth opportunities for the entire continent. More than a billion people worldwide have no access to electric power, and half of those people live in Africa. In Uganda and Sudan, Siemens’ primary goal is to increase national power generating capacities and to connect the local population to the power grids. A reliable and extensive power supply system is the fundamental prerequisite for economic growth.

    African countries need infrastructure and industrial projects that generate sustained income streams to fully exploit their own economic potential. New financing concepts and long-term investment guidelines that will remain in effect for 30 years will create a stable investment climate for international investors and help to implement planned infrastructure projects.

    Siemens has already developed financing solutions for its megaproject in Egypt and power plant projects in Nigeria and is supporting its African partners’ efforts to implement these major infrastructure projects. Siemens promotes economic growth in Africa through far-reaching partnerships in the competence fields of power generation, transportation and healthcare, as well as the digitalization of industry.

    Siemens has been active in Africa for more than 157 years. Today, with more than 3,600 employees based in a total of 15 African countries, the company contributes decisively to the continent’s economic development. In addition, Siemens is investing an average of €10 million per year for training programs and is promoting programs to increase integrity in politics and society. In the spirit of Germany’s current presidency of the G20 group and the recently published Marshall Plan for Africa, Siemens is developing new projects for the continent, with the long-term goal of promoting the African economy and creating local jobs.

    For further information on Siemens in South Africa, please visit www.Siemens.com/za/en/home.html.
    For further information on the Siemens’ “Business to Society” program, please see http://APO.af/4y33jq. 

    Distributed by APO on behalf of Siemens AG.

    Contact for journalists:
    Keshin Govender
    Head of Corporate Communications
    Siemens, Southern and Eastern Africa
    Phone: +27 654 2412
    E-mail: Keshin.Govender@Siemens.com

    Follow us on Twitter at: www.Twitter.com/SiemensAfrica

    About Siemens AG:
    Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) (www.Siemens.com) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generated revenue of €79.6 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.Siemens.com.

    This document contains statements related to our future business and financial performance and future events or developments involving Siemens that may constitute forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by words such as “expects,” “looks forward to,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” ….

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