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Decline in political uncertainty projected to boost Kenya’s GDP growth
February 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Kenya’s GDP growth is projected to increase to 5.7% during the first quarter of 2018. This is according to ICAEW’s (the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) latest report. In Economic Insight: Africa Q1 2018, launched today, the accountancy and finance body points to the easing of political tensions within the country as the biggest factor that will contribute to this growth.

Michael Armstrong, directeur régional de l'ICAEW pour le Moyen-Orient, l'Afrique et l'Asie du Sud

Michael Armstrong, Regional Director of ICAEW Middle East, Africa and South Asia

NAIROBI, Kenya, 27 February 2018, -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- The report, commissioned by ICAEW and produced by partner and forecaster Oxford Economics, provides an analysis of the African continent’s economic performance. The report provides a regional overview, and focuses on South Africa and Zimbabwe. 

According to the report, Kenya’s GDP growth projection is expected to rise to 5.7%, an improvement from the previous quarter’s 4.6% growth projection. Despite the improved projections, Kenya’s growth is still moving at a slower pace than regional competitors Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Uganda.

“The period of political uncertainty that plagued Kenya’s economy is gradually fading and this bodes well for the country’s economic prospects. However, Kenya still has some distance to go before it matches the growth seen in other EAC nations,” said Michael Armstrong, Regional Director of ICAEW Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

Tanzania and Ethiopia are expected to remain as two of Africa’s fastest growing economies with their growth reaching 6.9% and 7.5% respectively. In Uganda, the report cites a marked recovery in the agricultural sector as the largest contributing factor to its growth from a lowly 2.5% in 2016, to an estimated 6.3% last year and a strong 6.0% this year. These numbers make for good reading for investors eyeing a piece of the East African market as the projected growth of 6.0% makes the region the fastest growing on the continent.

Further afield, growth in Southern Africa is forecast to improve to 2.2% in 2018, as the two main engines in the region, namely South Africa and Angola, are expected to record better growth this year, albeit still below potential. South Africa’s GDP is projected to grow by 1.7% in 2018, an improvement from the 1.0% projection of 2017. This may further be boosted by the recent political change which could trigger much needed recovery in confidence levels among households, corporates and foreign investors. This will in due time lead to higher spending and renewed investor interest in South Africa.

Zimbabwe underwent possibly the biggest change in its post-democratic history in November 2017, as President Robert Mugabe stepped down in the face of determined military support for his former vice-president and comrade in the liberation war, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Since then, a number of policy announcements by Mr Mnangagwa’s team have indicated that his government will be more open to foreign investors and lenders. Mr Mnangagwa also attended the World Economic Forum (WEF) gathering in Davos in January, where he sent the right signals about opening Zimbabwe up for foreign investment, and received promising feedback from potential investors in return. 

Zambia’s (4.6%) economic growth is also set to improve due to higher copper prices, whilst the Namibian economy (3.0%) is expected to rebound this year as production from new gold & uranium mines and offshore diamond operations ramp up, in addition to increase in manufacturing and retail activity. The uptick in global demand will bode well for Botswana’s diamond exports – with GDP growth forecast at 4.3% for 2018 – whilst growth in Mozambique (4.8%) is projected to increase as investment in the liquified natural gas (LNG) sector commences.

In North Africa, real GDP growth is forecast at 3.2% for this year, driven mainly by stronger growth in Egypt. Egypt’s economy is forecast to expand by 4.5% in 2018, with growth largely driven by strong exports and investment. In Morocco, which is highly dependent on the agricultural sector, a smaller harvest will see growth easing to 3.2% this year from 4.1% in 2017. The outlook for Tunisia (2.1%) is broadly unchanged from last year.

The outlook for the Franc Zone is positive: GDP growth is forecast at 4.8% for this year, from 4.0% in 2017. Growth in Cameroon (4.2%) will be supported by a rise in natural gas production, whilst the agro-industrial sector will keep Ivory Coast on a strong economic growth path of 7% this year. Gabon is projected to grow at a faster pace of 2.2% this year, thanks to higher oil prices. 

Central and West Africa’s growth for this year is projected at 3.8%, from 2.3% in 2017. The powerhouse in the region, Nigeria, is forecast to expand at a healthier 2.6% this year, from a mere 0.9% last year, as oil prices recover and forex liquidity improves. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is also expected to grow at a faster pace (3.5%) on the back of higher international copper and cobalt prices.

The full Economic Insight: Africa report can be found here: http://www.icaew.com/en/technical/economy/economic-insight/economic-insight-africa

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of ICAEW.

Media enquiries:
Jamie Douglass, ICAEW press office, +44 (0)20 7920 8718 or email James.Douglass@icaew.com 

Corazon Sefu Wandimi, Tell-Em Public Relations East Africa, +254 20 260 9990 or email Corazon.Sefu@tell-em-pr.com 

Notes to editors:

About ICAEW
1. ICAEW is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over 144,000 chartered accountants worldwide. We provide qualifications and professional development, share our knowledge, insight and technical expertise, and protect the quality and integrity of the accountancy and finance profession.

As leaders in accountancy, finance and business our members have the knowledge, skills and commitment to maintain the highest professional standards and integrity. Together we contribute to the success of individuals, organisations, communities and economies around the world.

Because of us, people can do business with confidence.

2. ICAEW is a founder member of Chartered Accountants Worldwide and the Global Accounting Alliance.

About Oxford Economics
Oxford Economics is one of the world’s foremost advisory firms, providing analysis on 200 countries, 100 industries and 3,000 cities. Their analytical tools provide an unparalleled ability to forecast economic trends and their economic, social and business impact. Headquartered in Oxford, England, with regional centres in London, New York, and Singapore and offices around the world, they employ one of the world’s largest teams of macroeconomists and thought leadership specialists.

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Nigeria’s economic diversification strategy to be highlighted at the AFRICA CEO FORUM
February 27, 2018 | 0 Comments
  •  The Africa CEO Forum, which is holding its 6th edition on 26 and 27 March in Abidjan, is devoting an exclusive panel discussion to the Nigerian economy and its diversification model. And how can it inspires other african economies ? 
  • Nigeria will be represented in full force this year, with over 80 high-level delegates attending the Forum.

 

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Alassane Ouattara, Président de la Côte d'Ivoire, Africa CEO Forum 2016

LAGOS, Nigeria, 26 February 2018, -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- At a time when Nigeria is still struggling to break free of its dependence on oil, which still accounts for more than 90% of its export earnings, its economy is starting to see an improvement and prospects are looking better for the country’s businesses. Numerous companies have emerged in the finance, technology, agriculture, entertainment and industrial sectors. From Yaba district startups to rice mills of Kano and the burgeoning automotive sector, there is a growing list of companies whose performance is no longer tied to oil prices. How is Nigeria doing it ?

 
For the first time, the AFRICA CEO FORUM is devoting an exclusive panel discussion to ‘The New Nigerian Economy’, during which the diversification model that has given Nigeria’s economy a shot in the arm will be analyzed in depth. African countries’ past attempts at diversification have not always been successful which is why the AFRICA CEO FORUM will shed light not only on the reasons for this but also on the reforms needed to overcome economic stagnation and revitalize growth prospects.
 
A number of leading Nigerian executives have already confirmed their participation in this year’s AFRICA CEO FORUM, including: Folorunso Alakija, VP of Famfa Oil Limited; Jim Ovia, Founder and President of Zenith Bank; Austin Avuru, CEO of Seplat Petroleum; Yewande Sadiku, CEO of the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission; Abdulsamad Rabiu, Executive Chairman of BUA Group; Oluwatoyin Sanni, CEO of United Capital; Tonye Cole, CEO of Sahara Group; Degbola Abudu, CEO of Capricorn Holding Limited; Juliet Ehimuan, CEO of Google Nigeria; Ken Etete, CEO of Century Group, Mitchell Elegbe, CEO of Interswitch and Wale Tinubu, CEO of Oando.
 
Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Africa CEO Forum.
 
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About the AFRICA CEO FORUM
 
The AFRICA CEO FORUM is organized by Jeune Afrique Media Group, the publisher of Jeune Afrique and The Africa Report, and by rainbow unlimited, a Swiss company specialized in event organization and economic promotion. With the success of its 2017 edition, which welcomed almost 1,200 business leaders from Africa and the world, the AFRICA CEO FORUM has established itself as the main international event for the African private sector to discuss the continent’s development in a highly professional environment ideal for business networking. The 2018 edition is co-hosted by the International Finance Corporation (IFC, part of the World Bank Group).

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www.theafricaceoforum.com 

Press officer for the AFRICA CEO FORUM: Abdoul Maïga – Tel.+33 1 44 30 18 18 – a.maiga@theafricaceoforum.com

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Landing of South Atlantic Undersea Cable in Brazil signals new chapter in Africa-America’s Telecoms
February 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

LUANDA, Angola, 22 February 2018, -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Angola Cables, a telecommunications multinational, has reported that the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) has made landfall at Fortaleza on the Brazilian coast.

SACS makes landfall: The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) between Africa and South America makes landfall at Fortaleza on the Brazilian coast.

SACS makes landfall: The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) between Africa and South America makes landfall at Fortaleza on the Brazilian coast.

Company CEO, António Nunes said that the arrival and installation of SACS on the Brazilian coast was “an important strategic milestone for the company, Angola and Africa as it will be the first direct link between the Americas and the African continent, offering a faster routing with higher capacity.”

Now entering the final phase of completion, SACS is expected to be fully operational by the third quarter of 2018. The undersea cable is one of the most advanced submarine telecommunications systems and will have initial capacity of 40Tbps (100Gbps x 100 wavelength x 4 pairs of fibre).

“Once SACS has been fully commissioned, we will see a significant improvement in communications and content sharing between Angola, African countries and the Americas. With SACS, the delay in transporting digital content, known as latency, will be reduced fivefold, from the current 350 thousandths of a second to just over 60 thousandths of a second.”

Celebrating the milestone: Moroni Torgan: Deputy Mayor of Fortaleza, Manuel Homem: Angolan Secretary of State for Information and Technology, António Nunes: CEO of Angola Cables, Inácio Arruda: Secretary of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Ceará, Camilo Santana: Governor of Ceará, César Ribeiro: Secretary of Economic Development of Ceará

Celebrating the milestone: Moroni Torgan: Deputy Mayor of Fortaleza, Manuel Homem: Angolan Secretary of State for Information and Technology, António Nunes: CEO of Angola Cables, Inácio Arruda: Secretary of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Ceará, Camilo Santana: Governor of Ceará, César Ribeiro: Secretary of Economic Development of Ceará

 
“Investments made by Angola Cables and its partners in underwater cable systems, such as the West African Cable System (WACS) and Monet – connecting North and South America – combined with other investments in terrestrial infrastructure such as data centres, is opening up global communications networks. It is also reorienting worldwide internet traffic and is effectively positioning Angola as a telecommunications hub in sub-Saharan Africa,” concluded Nunes.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) for Angola Cables.

About Angola Cables
 
Angola Cables is an Angolan telecommunications multinational founded in 2009, operating in the wholesale market its business is the sale of international transmission capacity through submarine fibre optic cables and IP Transit. SACS, Monet and WACS are the three submarine cable systems operated by Angola Cables, which connect four continents (South America, North America, Africa and Europe). Angola Cables manages Angonix, an Internet hub located in Luanda and the third largest in Africa. Angola Cables also manages two data centers: one in Fortaleza (Brazil) connected to SACS and Monet and another in Luanda, connected to SACS and WACS. For more information, visit www.angolacables.co.ao

Media Contact:
Rick Robertson
Atmosphere Communications for Angola Cables
Tel: +27 (0) 83 4482484
Email: rick@atmosphere.co.za

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DHL Global Forwarding appoints Serigne Ndanck Mbaye as Cluster Head for Senegal, Ivory Coast and Ghana
February 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

* He will also assume responsibility as Country Manager for Ghana

ACCRA, Ghana, 22 February 2018, -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea and road freight services, has appointed Serigne Ndanck Mbaye as Cluster Head for Senegal, Ivory Coast and Ghana. Based in Accra, Serigne will also assume responsibility as Country Manager in Ghana. He will report directly to Daniella De Pauw, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Sub-Saharan Africa.

Serigne Ndanck Mbaye, Cluster Head for Senegal, Ivory Coast and Ghana, and Country Manager for Ghana, DHL Global Forwarding

Serigne Ndanck Mbaye, Cluster Head for Senegal, Ivory Coast and Ghana, and Country Manager for Ghana, DHL Global Forwarding

Serigne was most recently Country Manager for DHL Global Forwarding Senegal – a role he has held since 2011 – where he led the business to year-on-year double-digit growth. A DHL veteran, Serigne started his career in the logistics sector with the group’s Express division in 2004, as Gateway Manager for DHL Express Senegal. From 2008 to 2009, he took on various roles overseeing the division’s service center and operations in Angola. In 2009, he was put in charge of DHL Express operations in Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, The Gambia and Senegal, driving networks requirements in terms of volume, value and quality key performance indicators. 

Amadou Diallo, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Middle East and Africa, said, “2017 was a relatively tough year for businesses in this region but we are optimistic and look forward to a more stable and positive outlook this year. Having the right leaders in place with a winning mindset is critical for us to be ahead of the pack.”
Daniella De Pauw, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Sub-Saharan Africa, said, “There is synergy in having a veteran like Serigne oversee our business in these countries, especially for Ivory Coast where economic expansion is projected at around 7% next year1. His proven track record in growing our business in Senegal speaks for itself and I have high expectations for him to lead the teams to greater success.” 
Serigne Ndanck Mbaye, Cluster Head for Senegal, Ivory Coast and Ghana, and Country Manager for Ghana, DHL Global Forwarding, said, “Being able to contribute my expertise and knowledge to the business for more than a decade has been a rewarding journey and I’m ready to take on yet another challenge – to drive the business further in the region. I’m looking to build a fulfilling culture where we put our best foot forward each day for our customers.” 

Serigne holds a Master Degree in Economic Sciences and Logistics and Transport from the University of Litoral Cote d’Opal in Dunkerque (France). He is also an experienced trainer at Trainmar – a leading logistics training center in West Africa – for the Master Degree course “Port Management” and a lecturer at Bordeau Management School on the topic of trajectory.
 
Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) for DHL.
 
DHL – The logistics company for the world
DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 350,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.
DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 57 billion euros in 2016.

Media Contact:

DHL Asia Pacific & EEMEA 
Corporate Communications and Responsibility
Belinda Tan 
Tel: +65 6771 3332 
Fax: +65 6771 3322 
Email: apeemeamediarelations@dhl.com

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Statement of SEEG
February 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

LIBREVILLE, Gabon, February 18th 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/-SEEG regrets the sudden decision taken today by Gabon’s Ministry of Water and Energy to terminate the concession agreement and the brutal use of Gabonese forces, who requisitioned the company.  

Our thoughts are with our employees, our teams who are permanently working to provide the most efficient supply of water and electricity to the Gabonese population. SEEG has always been a responsible partner of the Gabonese state, conscious of its missions. The company has been helping and supporting Gabon’s growth for more than 20 years. Proof of this is the fact that:  

* the number of clients supplied with water and electricity has tripled, amounting to a 200% increase in 20 years; 
* The supply rate is currently 89.3% for electricity and 92.2% for water, making Gabon one of Africa’s leading providers since 2012
* 366 billion CFA francs have been invested in areas including maintenance, production capacity and networks.  

In a country facing intense population growth, water production capacity is stretched to the maximum.  We are now waiting for the Gabonese state to comply with applicable legislation. And we hope that the people of Gabon will continue to enjoy quality, healthy drinking water that meets international standards, and the highest quality of electricity with regard to working conditions in the country.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) for la SEEG.

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Gabon: serious breach of the rule of law
February 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

PARIS, France, 17 February 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Today, armed men commandeered the SEEG – Société d’énergie et d’eau du Gabon, Gabon’s Energy and Water Company, acting on a decision of the Gabon’s Water and Energy Ministry.

The Veolia Group strongly protests against this brutal action taken entirely contrary to the rule of law, and is doing everything it can to support its employees in Gabon, who for two decades have been committed to providing the best public water and electricity service to the country’s citizens.

Veolia won Gabon’s public water and electricity concession in June 1997, under the terms of a 20-year contract with the Gabonese Republic whereby the company became the majority shareholder of the SEEG.

Veolia has been established in Gabon for more than 20 years and is one of the country’s largest foreign employers and investors, having invested FCFA 366 billion, or about €558 million, since 1997. Veolia owns 51% of its subsidiary the SEEG, and manages the production and distribution of drinking water and electricity throughout Gabonese territory. Among other things, the Group’s investments in terms of human resources, training and financing have enabled Gabon to triple the number of people with a water and electricity supply, making the country one of the African continent’s leaders in this area by 2012.

Veolia and its directors and employees in Gabon have done everything possible to establish a constructive and responsible dialogue with the authorities. Having now been the victim of a brutal expropriation on the part of the Gabonese State, Veolia is examining the legal consequences of this situation and expects Gabon to comply with the rule of law and with its obligations.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Veolia.

Contacts
Veolia Group Press Relations
Sandrine Guendoul
Tel. + 33 6 25 09 14 25 sandrine.guendoul@veolia.com

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FarEye To Benefit 175 Million Online Shoppers of Africa With Its Parcel Shop Technology – ‘Drop&Pick’
February 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Key Highlights:

• The internet penetration in the African markets is 16% today and is set increase by 50% in 2025. There are 57 million people who have smartphones in Africa and there will be 360 million in 2025.
• eCommerce-logistics companies of the region must adapt to new technologies in order to support their delivery infrastructure.
• Parcel shops to book, manage, track and deliver to the end customer – making eCommerce convenient for the seller and consumer. Mobile Application enables already established local stores to become pickup and drop points for parcels – saving time, reducing cost and increasing revenue.
• FarEye’s technology is enabling paperless delivery of parcels to companies and homes alike, across the world this holiday season.
• FarEye’s technology is aimed towards major enterprises and logistics firms globally – sees strong enterprise demand.
• Technology has been designed to meet the huge demand for fast parcel facilitation in the logistics sector, as well as for end users – particularly with the growth of eCommerce and online shopping, providing major benefits to e-tailers, and SMEs who demand fast and convenient delivery services.

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, February 16th, 2018 -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- FarEye, a digital logistics platform, is pleased to announce the successful introduction of its new parcel shop technology – ‘Drop&Pick’. Launched in January 2017 the technology is already being incorporated by various large businesses like DHL, DTDC, First Flight and many others to facilitate paperless, high speed and secure dispatch/delivery of parcels through its parcel shop network.

FarEye’s ‘Drop&Pick’- aimed at major enterprises and logistics firms globally is built to fulfil the need for fast and convenient dispatch/delivery of parcels with minimal cost of infrastructure. Its successful roll out is now revolutionizing traditional dispatch/delivery processes into efficient and customer-centric approaches.

‘Drop&Pick’ follows a key three phased – book, manage and deliver process, which is based around a simple to use and intuitive mobile application. The app enables any parcel shop to quickly register a parcel, and the sender’s details (including capturing handwritten information), followed by scanning the shipment and adding recipient name, delivery details and parcel size. It then calculates shipping fees which the sender can pay in multiple ways – prepaid, wallets, cash or card. The parcel shop personnel can also book multiple parcels under one sender ID. In the back end – data entry processes convert images to actual data. The parcel is then handed over to the courier and electronic proof of transfer is collected, who then delivers to the end customer and once again, receives electronic proof of delivery from the customer.

This technology while enables quick and seamless dispatch and receiving of parcels – has two additional benefits:
1. SME Ecosystem development – The technology is providing significant benefits for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and micro-SMEs who want to sell their products online but cannot build an in-house delivery infrastructure. Their hence need fast and convenient delivery services for their customers. The sellers may easily deposit their parcels at selected parcel shops or they can also raise a parcel booking request online (and prepay it). It generates a ‘parcel label’ which then acts as a unique order ID.
2. Reduced carbon emissions: Door to door delivery can waste a lot of time and fuel in finding home addresses, while if parcel is dropped at a network shop, it saves resources. The customer can later collect the parcel at his or her convenience.
This technology is also targeted towards logistics businesses offering franchise models. While this model has been available since a long time to book parcels, the need now is to add a layer of visibility and efficiency to the processes to help businesses make real-time data backed decisions and in parallel empower the customers with easy deliveries, event alerts & notifications. The customer gets an option of getting parcel delivered to a nearby ‘parcel shop’, both -during the time of order placement as well as before the actual delivery.

Kushal Nahata, Co-Founder and CEO, responsible for driving the vision, strategy and growth at FarEye

Kushal Nahata, Co-Founder and CEO, responsible for driving the vision, strategy and growth at FarEye

Kushal Nahata, Co-Founder and CEO, FarEye says, “The reaction to FarEye’s parcel shop technology – ‘Drop&Pick’ has been exceptional. The product is built to enable fast & convenient delivery/dispatch of parcels which provides logistics companies innovative and value-added services, thus increasing their revenue streams while enhancing their customers’ experience.”

Kushal further adds, “There is a sharp increase in online transactions and both sellers & buyers require smart and efficient dispatch & delivery of goods as quickly as possible. The global ecommerce market is about 2 trillion USD and FarEye with its technology excellence is integrating into the systems of major logistics service providers, helping them capture this market. Our Mobile Application for Parcel Shop Delivery is a key aspect of the technology, which is being used by many of our clients including DHL. We expect to see the use of this technology across many key markets in 2018.”

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) for FarEye.

About FarEye

FarEye is a carrier agnostic SaaS platform that digitalizes logistics by integrating and optimizing business processes and adding a predictability layer to make them more efficient. FarEye has designed the world’s first BPM Engine for the modern-age logistics function, enabling companies to become agile and reduce their go-to-market time.

The solution uses a blend of mobility and geo-intelligence to provide real-time multi-enterprise visibility of logistics function.

FarEye empowers the logistics & distribution wings of over 75 large organizations across 15 countries globally. With a growth rate of over 360%, FarEye aims to break down operational silos and enables multi-enterprise collaboration thus helping organizations to champion operational efficiency and customer experience. FarEye executes more than 500 million shipments annually and has increased the first-time successful delivery attempts by 25%, reduced the fuel expenses by 28% and increased the successful customer visits by 66%. FarEye has saved 45,000 million sheets of paper & more than 620 million miles of travel in its quest to promote sustainable logistics.

For More Details Contact:
Komal Puri
Senior Marketing Manager
FarEye.
Mo: +9718049526

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Discovery Channel Don’t Stop Wondering Award returns for a second year
February 15, 2018 | 0 Comments
JFF 2018
 
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, February 15th, 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Following the success of 2017, the ‘Discovery Channel Don’t Stop Wondering Award’ is back for a second consecutive year. After receiving over 200 entries from all over the continent in 2017, Discovery is renewing its partnership with the Jozi Film Festival once again to find its next great African filmmaker. 
 
Submissions for the ‘Discovery Channel Don’t Stop Wondering Award’ open on Monday, 19 February and close on Monday 28 May, calling for 2-5 minute documentaries from filmmakers across Africa which showcase and celebrate unique African stories and capture Discovery Channel’s ethos of sparking curiosity. 
 
“Last year’s entries blew us away, with their creative, emotive and thought-provoking portrayals of the diversity of Africa’s culture and people,” said Amanda Turnbull, VP & Country Manager for Discovery Networks Middle East and Africa. “This year, alongside the Jozi Film Festival, we are excited to once again to recognize and reward Africa’s talented filmmakers, and showcase even more creative stories that fulfill Discovery Channel’s ethos of sparking curiosity.” 
 
“Partnering with Discovery Channel was a wonderful success and thanks to this award we were able to showcase some amazing African talent. This year we look forward to the entries we will be receiving”, said Lisa Henry, Jozi Film Festival Founder and Organiser.
 
This year’s prize from Discovery Channel will include a Canon XF-405 video camera with Singer Photographic camera accessories worth over $5,800 in order for the winner to use for their next filming project. “We are so pleased to be able to contribute to such an incredible initiative and provide aspiring filmmakers with our equipment which is specifically designed to help them create more of their memorable stories,” said Roger Machin, Canon Product Manager – Professional Imaging Products. 
 
“We believe that given the correct tools and production equipment, these innovative and determined individuals will be able to create even more amazing work and ensure that the continent gets to see high quality story telling”, said Kevin Singer, Singer Photographic Managing Director. 
 
The Top 10 films, as selected by a Discovery and Jozi Film Festival jury, will be broadcast on Discovery Channel in July and August and later at the seventh annual Jozi Film Festival in September. The winning film will be selected by popular vote via the voting tool on Discovery’s website: www.discoverychannelafrica.com and the winner will be flown to Johannesburg to receive their prize at the Jozi Film Festival awards to be held on Sunday, 30 September 2018. 
 
Entrants must be 18+ and be an African resident. Submitted films must be in English or include English subtitles. To enter go to discoveryafrica.com, terms and conditions apply. The closing date is the 28th of May 2018 at 19:00 CAT. 
 
In 2017 Discovery Channel launched its partnership with the Jozi Film Festival with its Discovery Channel Don’t Stop Wondering award. After over 200 entries and over 2000 votes received from across the continent, the inaugural award went to Dusty Van Niekerk’s The Tragedy of Africa, which depicted the sad reality of rhino poaching across Southern Africa, and encouraged viewers to take action to help save our rhinos.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Discovery Communications.

For further media queries contact: 
Thembi Mtiya 
FleishmanHillard 
Tel: (011) 548 – 2027 

 

ABOUT DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS 
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) satisfies curiosity and engages superfans with a portfolio of premium nonfiction, sports and kids programming brands. Reaching 3 billion cumulative viewers across pay-TV and free-to-air platforms in more than 220 countries and territories, Discovery’s portfolio includes the global brands Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Science and Turbo/Velocity, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports content across Europe. Discovery reaches audiences across screens through digital-first programming from Discovery VR, over-the-top offerings Eurosport Player and Dplay, as well as TV Everywhere products comprising the GO portfolio of TVE apps and Discovery K!ds Play. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.  
 
ABOUT THE JOZI FILM FESTIVAL 
The Jozi Film Festival was initially created to provide a platform for local filmmakers in Johannesburg, and to develop an audience for South African films. While still prioritizing local film, JFF now accept films from around the world – features, short films, documentaries and student films. We are the longest running multi-genre festival in the City of Gold and our motto remains the same from Day One: We Love Jozi. We Love Film. 
 
The Jozi Film Festival strongly supports independent films.  
 
CONTACT: 
Lisa Henry 
+27 83 410 2664
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A DHL Global Forwarding nomeia Daúdo Vali para o cargo de Diretor Geral em Moçambique
February 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

MAPUTO, Moçambique, 13 fevereiro 2018, -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- A DHL Global Forwarding, líder mundial na prestação de serviços de transporte aéreo, marítimo e rodoviário, nomeou para o cargo de Diretor Geral para Moçambique Daúdo Vali. Com esta nomeação, Daúdo irá liderar e gerir as operações do país, assim como assumir a responsabilidade pelo crescimento do negócio da empresa em Moçambique.

Daúdo Vali, Diretor Geral em Moçambique, DHL Global Forwarding

Daúdo Vali, Diretor Geral em Moçambique, DHL Global Forwarding

 
O Daúdo trabalha na DHL Global Forwarding há mais de cinco anos, tendo ocupado anteriormente os cargos de Director de Vendas em Moçambique, Director de Operações Aéreas em Angola e Analista de Estratégia no escritório regional da África Subsariana. Em Angola, o Daúdo conduziu a excelência operacional de mais de 4,500 toneladas de carga por ano. Mais recentemente, Daúdo aumentou o volume de negócios e clientes em mais de 50% como Diretor de Vendas em Moçambique.

O Daúdo estará baseado em Maputo (Moçambique) reportando à Daniella De Pauw, Diretora Regional para a DHL Global Forwarding na África Subsariana. 

“No âmbito coletivo, a região continua a apresentar um crescimento positivo, em parte devido à estabilização governamental e às favoráveis condições econômicas dos países”, afirmou Amadou Diallo, Diretor Executivo da DHL Global Forwarding no Oriente Médio e África. “Tenho grande convicção de que os líderes dotados de conhecimentos aprofundados sobre o modo de funcionamento da região estarão melhor posicionados para estimular resultados vantajosos, tanto para a empresa quanto para os clientes.”

“O Daúdo tem provado ser um profissional de logística competente, com conhecimentos regionais sólidos, continuando a representar uma peça fundamental para os planos de crescimento da empresa”, afirmou Daniella De Pauw, Diretora Executiva da DHL Global Forwarding na África Subsariana. “Ao longo dos anos, o Daúdo adquiriu um leque diversificado de experiência e conhecimentos das operações empresarias diárias – tendo observado um crescimento de carreira admirável nos últimos cinco anos, nos vários degraus da hierarquia da DHL. A sua nomeação à nova função representa uma mais valia para a DHL, numa altura em que continuamos a investir e expandir o nosso negócio em África. Através do seu forte conhecimento da realidade local, estou convicta de que o Daúdo contribuirá para o crescimento do negócio, concretizando o desejado aumento no volume de fretes internacionais e na nossa quota de mercado.”

“É uma honra assumir a nova função, de modo a implementar mudanças positivas que contribuam para melhores resultados da empresa”, afirmou Daúdo Vali, o recém-nomeado Diretor Geral em Moçambique da DHL Global Forwarding. “Como cidadão moçambicano, acredito no enorme potencial do mercado do meu país, e irei aplicar o meu conhecimento da realidade local para liderar o crescimento sustentável da empresa. Perspectivo poder continuar a oferecer os mais elevados padrões de excelência aos nossos clientes, com o apoio de uma equipa comprometida e talentosa.”

Nativo de Moçambique, Daúdo traz consigo mais de dez anos de experiência em várias funções nos sectores corporativo e não-corporativo. A sua carreira profissional iniciou-se com a expansão da maior organização internacional liderada por jovens para Moçambique – a AIESEC – de modo a incentivar o empreendedorismo e liderança entre os jovens moçambicanos. Daúdo tem um Mestrado em Administração de Empresas (MBA) pela Universidade da Cidade do Cabo e é membro da Comunidade Young Global Shapers, uma iniciativa do Fórum Económico Mundial.

Distribuído pela African Media Agency (AMA) em nome do DHL.

 
DHL – A companhia logística para o mundo 

DHL é a marca líder mundial no setor de logística e transporte. A família de divisões da DHL proporciona uma incomparável carteira de serviços logísticos que vão desde a entrega de pacotes nacionais e internacionais, as soluções avançadas para o e-commerce, o transporte express internacional, o transporte por estrada e a carga aérea e marítima, até à gestão de toda a cadeia de fornecimento. Com mais de 350.000 empregados em mais de 220 países e territórios de todo o mundo, a DHL liga as pessoas e as empresas de forma segura e fiável facilitando assim o comércio mundial. Com soluções especializadas para mercados em crescimento e setores como a tecnologia, as ciências da saúde, a energia, o automobilismo e o setor retalhista, com um sério compromisso para com a responsabilidade corporativa e uma forte presença nos mercados emergentes, a DHL está posicionada de forma decisiva como “A companhia logística para o mundo”.

A DHL faz parte do grupo Deutsche Post DHL Group. Em 2016, o Grupo teve uma faturação de mais de 57.000 milhões de euros.

Contactos para comunicação social:

DHL na Ásia-Pacífico e EOMA (Europa, Oriente Médio e África) 
Comunicados e Responsabilidade Corporativa:
Belinda Tan
Tel: +65 6771 3332
Fax: +65 6771 3322
Email: apeemeamediarelations@dhl.com 

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Disrupt or be disrupted: it’s do-or-die for African telcos in 2018
February 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Mariam Abdullahi, Telco Industry Lead at SAP Africa

Mariam Abdullahi

Mariam Abdullahi

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 14 February 2018, -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- No industry will remain undisrupted in 2018 and the years to come. But for African telco providers, who have feasted on near-uninterrupted subscriber and revenue growth over the past two decades, the need to adapt is paramount. In a market where the average business lifespan is 12 years (compared to 25 years in the last two decades) the objective is not to simply improve that which is already working. African telcos need radical transformation of entire business models in order to become digital supply networks and re-imagine work, resources management, and contingent worker management.

Since the advent of the Internet and the more recent emergence of technologies that include machine learning, IoT, cloud computing, and predictive analytics, businesses with exponential growth models such as Amazon, Uber, Airbnb and MPESA have entirely transformed their industry sectors almost overnight.

Thanks at least in part to these companies, customer expectations have ballooned, with modern consumers demanding personalised, efficient service at low cost and with added convenience. Talented employees have also increasingly gravitated toward these companies, putting further pressure on incumbents who suddenly are outperformed and out-innovated at every turn. “Too big to fail” in today’s market is a near-certain recipe for decline and eventual disaster.

Telco execs heeding the call

Telco executives across Africa and other emerging markets have scrambled to reinvent their business models in the face of shifting customer demands and the arrival of agile, customer-centric competitors. Airtel Africa merged its Ghana operations with Tigo Ghana and sold off operations in Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso to adapt to rapidly changing market conditions. South Africa’s Cell-C is seeking investments into fibre-to-the-home providers to enable its diversification into new service offerings including insurance and media.

Further afield in India, LTE and Voice-over-LTE operator Jio acquired 100 million subscribers in only six months by offering free voice services for life to its customers, prompting a sudden merger between Vodafone India and Aditya Birla Group’s Idea operations to form India’s largest telecoms company.

Kenya’s Safaricom is building on its much-lauded MPESA platform by diversifying into new revenue streams, including Uber competitor Little and e-commerce portal Ma Soko to claim a greater share of its customers’ wallets.

These companies have already felt the effects of declining traditional revenue streams as disruption from the likes of OTT players such as WhatsApp, Skype and YouTube put pressure on what was until recently primary (and highly dependable) sources of revenue. According to PwC, many telco operators globally are seeing revenue drop-offs of as much as 30% in SMS, 20% in international voice, and 15% in international roaming. Incremental improvements and operational changes are no longer enough. Those that can adapt to take advantage of technology megatrends such as hyper connectivity, cloud computing, and IoT are far better placed to reinvent their business models and can further incorporate Software Defined Networks and Network Function Virtualisation to speed up the innovation cycle.

The nature of transformation in 2018

Digital transformation in 2018 is not about cutting costs or optimising existing processes. It is a relook of the entire telco business model. It is asking the hard questions: Am I serving my customers in the right way? Are my operations efficient? Is cost-cutting adequate and sustainable? Am I able to hire the correct staff, attract the best talent, and empower them to contribute to an inclusive and innovation-focused workplace?

Telco executives must ensure their companies’ day-to-day culture drives innovation across the entire business. The aim should be on developing personalised services and to deliver such services in a way to meets the demands of an empowered customer base. The only way to do that is to have access to the correct customer insights – such as data usage and consumption habits, call volumes, area of residence – and to act on such insights in a humane and personalised manner. For this, analytics and data are key, especially when matched to an in-memory computing platform that enables real-time actionable insights.

At a time when telco offerings are highly commoditised and there’s not too much distinguishing one operator from the other, telcos need to simplify their core business operations to allow for the development of a clear unique value proposition for sustainable growth that takes local conditions into account. For example, with so many African countries not yet fully adopting 4G technology, does it truly make sense to invest heavily in emerging 5G technology?

The African telco market has moved away from improvement to large-scale disruption and transformation. Telcos who embark on a process of total business model change underpinned by powerful exponential technologies will be far better placed to withstand and overcome the challenge posed by the new breed of disruptors.

2018 will determine who adapts, maximises on operational efficiencies, leverages innovation for new revenue streams and who relies on old ways of doing businesses that negatively impacts their Go To Market offerings.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of SAP Africa.

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Bill and Melinda Gates Release 2018 Annual Letter: “The 10 Toughest Questions We Get”
February 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

SEATTLE, United States of America, February 13, 2017,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Today, Bill and Melinda Gates share their 2018 Annual Letter, “The 10 Toughest Questions We Get.” In this year’s letter, the tenth one that they’ve written, Bill and Melinda respond to 10 tough questions they’ve received over the years from nonprofit partners, government leaders, the general public – and supporters and critics alike. 

They open the letter by noting that while the majority of headlines focus on the negative, they see a world that’s getting better, citing that the number of children who die every year has been cut in half since 1990 and extreme poverty has declined by nearly half in just 20 years. 

The letter also includes tough questions that are relevant to their work in Africa, including questions about the foundation’s influence and why they are giving away their wealth. 

In relation to their work in Africa and other regions, the co-Chairs of the foundation were asked whether they were imposing their values on other cultures. In their answer, Bill and Melinda outlined their commitment to listening and learning from their local partners in an effort to avoid the mistakes of past development programs, and the shared common values that unite the world. 

“We’re acutely aware that some development programs in the past were led by people who assumed they knew better than the people they were trying to help. We’ve learned over the years that listening and understanding people’s needs from their perspective is not only more respectful-it’s also more effective,” said Melinda Gates. 

“The idea that children shouldn’t die of malaria or be malnourished is not just our value. It’s a human value. Parents in every culture want their children to survive and thrive,” said Bill Gates. 

The 10 questions in the letter touch on a variety of topics ranging from education and climate change, to politics and partnership. To read the letter in its entirety, visit www.gatesletter.com. 
  
To watch and download videos of Bill Gates answering tough questions related to the foundation’s work in Africa, follow this link.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of  The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
 
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@BillGates @MelindaGates @GatesAfrica @GatesFoundation

About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people-especially those with the fewest resources-have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works with partners in more than 45 African countries to reduce poverty and improve health. Some of the major areas of investment include agriculture, child health and nutrition, family planning and financial services for the poor. Between 2001 and 2016, the foundation invested more than $9 billion across Africa.

About Bill Gates 

Bill Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Along with co-chair Melinda Gates, he shapes and approves grant-making strategies, advocates for the foundation’s issues, and helps set the overall direction of the organization. 

Bill and Melinda Gates work together to expand opportunity to the world’s most disadvantaged people by collaborating with grantees and partners. They also participate in national and international events and travel extensively to focus attention on the issues the foundation champions. 

Gates began his major philanthropic efforts in 1994, when he created the William H. Gates Foundation, which focused on global health. Three years later, he and Melinda created the Gates Library Foundation, which worked to bring public access computers with Internet connections to libraries in the United States. Its name changed to the Gates Learning Foundation in 1999 to reflect its focus on ensuring that low-income minority students are prepared for college and have the means to attend. In 2000, to increase efficiency and communication, the two groups merged into the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

In 1975, Gates left Harvard University in his junior year to focus on Microsoft, the company he founded with his childhood friend Paul Allen. As chief software architect and chairman, Gates led the company to become the worldwide leader in business and personal software, services, and solutions. In July 2008, Gates transitioned into a new role as chairman of Microsoft and advisor on some key development projects. 

He is a member of the board of directors of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. 

Gates grew up in Seattle with his two sisters. His father, William H. Gates Sr., is a co-chair of the foundation and a retired attorney. His late mother, Mary Gates, was a schoolteacher, University of Washington regent, and chairwoman of United Way International. The Gateses have three children. 

About Melinda Gates 

Melinda Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Along with Bill, she shapes and approves the foundation’s strategies, reviews results, and sets the overall direction of the organization. Together, they meet with grantees and partners to further the foundation’s goal of improving equity in the United States and around the world. 

Through her work at the foundation over the last fifteen years, Melinda has seen first-hand that empowering women and girls can bring transformational improvements in the health and prosperity of families, communities and societies. In 2012, Melinda spearheaded the London Summit on Family Planning, which adopted the goal of delivering contraceptives to an additional 120 million women in developing countries by 2020. Her work has led her to increasingly focus on gender equity as a path to meaningful change. 

The second of four children, Melinda grew up in Dallas, Texas. She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and economics from Duke University in 1986 and a master’s in business administration from the Fuqua School of Business in 1987. 

After joining Microsoft Corp. that year, she distinguished herself as a leader in the development of multimedia products and was later appointed Microsoft’s General Manager of Information Products. In 1996, Melinda left Microsoft to focus on her philanthropic work and family. 

Melinda lives with her husband and three children in Seattle, Washington.

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DHL Global Forwarding appoints Daúdo Vali as Country Manager in Mozambique
February 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

MAPUTO, Mozambique, 13 February 2018, -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea and road freight services, has appointed Daúdo Vali as Country Manager, Mozambique. With the appointment, Daúdo will lead and manage the country’s operations and be responsible for driving its business growth.

Daúdo Vali, Country Manager for Mozambique, DHL Global Forwarding

Daúdo Vali, Country Manager for Mozambique, DHL Global Forwarding

 
Daúdo has been with DHL Global Forwarding for the last five years, and had previously taken on the roles of Head of Sales in Mozambique, Head of Airfreight Operations in Angola, and Business Strategy Analyst for Sub-Saharan Africa where he drove operational excellence for over 4,500 tons of shipment per annum. Most recently as Head of Sales in Mozambique, Daudo grew the company’s turnover by over 50%.
Based in Maputo, Daúdo will report to Daniella De Pauw, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Sub-Saharan Africa. 
Amadou Diallo, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Middle East and Africa, said, “Collectively, the region continues to present a positive growth story, in part due to stabilizing governance and healthy economic conditions. I’m a strong believer that leaders with a strong understanding of how the region works, are best positioned to drive win-win outcomes for the company and for our customers.”

Daniella De Pauw, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Sub-Saharan Africa, said, “Daúdo has proven to be a capable logistics professional who knows the region well, and remains a key asset for our business. Over the years, he has built a wealth of experience and first-hand knowledge of day-to-day operations – having risen through the ranks in DHL over the last five years. His appointment to this new role is a valuable addition to the business, as we continue to expand our footprint in Africa. With his strong understanding of the local business and cultural practices, I’m confident that Daúdo will help us realize this market’s full potential, amid the anticipated growth in freight volumes.”

Daúdo Vali, the newly-appointed Country Manager for Mozambique, DHL Global Forwarding, said, “I am honored to take on this new role, to drive positive change and business outcomes for Mozambique. As a citizen, I believe in the market’s tremendous potential and will apply my strong understanding of the local culture and business practices to lead the organization. I look forward to continue delivering the highest standards of excellence to our customers, with the support of a talented and committed team.”
A native of Mozambique, Daúdo brings over ten years of experience across various roles in non-profit as well as corporate sectors. He started his professional career by setting up the world’s largest youth-run non-profit organization AIESEC in Mozambique to encourage entrepreneurship among young Mozambicans. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) with the University of Cape Town, and is part of the Young Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of DHL.

DHL – The logistics company for the world

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 350,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 57 billion euros in 2016.

Media Contact:
DHL Asia Pacific & EEMEA 
Corporate Communications and Responsibility
Belinda Tan 
Tel: +65 6771 3332
Fax: +65 6771 3322
Email: apeemeamediarelations@dhl.com 

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Gemalto high speed passport readers for Cairo International Airport
February 12, 2018 | 0 Comments
* Rapid scanning of passports will mean shorter border control queues for travelers at Africa’s second busiest airport 
 
* Homeland security strengthened by fast, accurate detection of fraudulent documents * Enhanced border crossing experience for millions of visitors
 
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, February 12, 2018 -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, is supplying Cairo International, the second busiest airport in Africa, with automated document readers that will enable faster border crossings for millions of travellers, whilst ensuring rigorous security checking of passports and other identity credentials.

Cairo International Airport currently welcomes 15 million passengers every year. With global air travel continuing to grow, authorities are under intense pressure to reduce queues at border control and strengthen protection against threats such as illegal immigration.

 
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Addressing both of these challenges, the Gemalto document reader AT9000 MK2 rapidly authenticates ICAO-compliant passports as well as other official documents such ID cards, visas and driver’s licenses. A simple scanning of documents at virtually any orientation enables quick operation by staff. The reader automatically detects and checks document security features, including those visible under UV and IR light. Anti-glare technology minimizes the interference that can be caused by materials such as shiny laminates.

“Cairo International Airport is Egypt’s most important gateway for business visitors, tourists and citizens returning home,” Magdy Ishak, Chairman of Cairo Airport Co. “Investment in Gemalto’s highly efficient document readers demonstrates our commitment to both enhancing the traveler experience and protecting Egypt against ID fraud.”

 
Mohamad Eit, Regional Manager for Identity Management System in Middle East for Gemalto

Mohamad Eit, Regional Manager for Identity Management System in Middle East for Gemalto

 
“Border control is an important first impression that a country makes on its overseas visitors,” said Mohamad Eit, Regional Manager for Identity Management System in Middle East for Gemalto. “The automated document readers will put Cairo International airport at the leading edge of fast, accurate authentication of travel documents, helping authorities strike the right balance between a warm welcome for legitimate passengers and water-tight defence against security threats.”
Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Gemalto.
 
About Gemalto
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the global leader in digital security, with 2016 annual revenues of €3.1 billion and customers in over 180 countries. We bring trust to an increasingly connected world.

From secure software to biometrics and encryption, our technologies and services enable businesses and governments to authenticate identities and protect data so they stay safe and enable services in personal devices, connected objects, the cloud and in between.

Gemalto’s solutions are at the heart of modern life, from payment to enterprise security and the internet of things. We authenticate people, transactions and objects, encrypt data and create value for software – enabling our clients to deliver secure digital services for billions of individuals and things.

Our 15,000+ employees operate out of 112 offices, 43 personalization and data centers, and 30 research and software development centers located in 48 countries.

For more information visit www.gemalto.com, or follow @gemalto on Twitter.

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DHL Global Forwarding makes key appointments in Cameroon and Ivory Coast
February 12, 2018 | 0 Comments
* Appoints Alassane Mare as Country Manager in Cameroon
* Theophile Boutamba assumes role of Country Manager in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, 12 February 2018, -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea and road freight services, has appointed Alassane Mare and Theophile Boutamba as Country Manager in Cameroon and Ivory Coast respectively. Both of them will report to Daniella De Pauw, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Sub-Saharan Africa.
 
(left) Alassane Mare, Country Manager for Cameroon, DHL Global Forwarding and (right) Theophile Boutamba, Country Manager for Ivory Coast, DHL Global Forwarding

(left) Alassane Mare, Country Manager for Cameroon, DHL Global Forwarding and (right) Theophile Boutamba, Country Manager for Ivory Coast, DHL Global Forwarding

 

Amadou Diallo, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Middle East and Africa, said, “Africa and Middle East are important regions for our network and we are optimistic of its growth potential. Middle East for example is projected to grow by 3.7% this year and a similar upward trend is predicted for the African region. Therefore, putting in place the right leaders to capitalize on this growth trajectory is crucial, as they have full understanding of the markets to deliver best business results for our customers. We are excited to further collaborate with our customers to harness more positive business prospects and drive growth for the region.”

Daniella De Pauw, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Sub-Saharan Africa, said, “I am positive that these key appointments will drive continued growth for the company in the region. Both Alassane and Theophile are DHL veterans who have been with us for more than a decade, and have proven their expertise in various roles within the organization. The wealth of experience they have gained throughout the years will enable them to steer the business and we value them very much.”

Alassane Mare appointed as Country Manager to oversee operations in Cameroon

Alassane has been with DHL for about 20 years, of which he spent almost 10 years with DHL International Sénégal in various functions including operations performance, quality and security, as well as project management for key initiatives – implementation of Global Standard Operating Procedure and Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) certifications. His deep experience within DHL Global Forwarding division in the last eight years puts him in good stead to fully understand the business and industry, from his earlier roles as Head of Sales, Air Freight Manager, and Head of Operations, Head of Ocean Freight Products.

Alassane Mare, Country Manager for Cameroon, DHL Global Forwarding, said, “Over the years, I am honored to be given various opportunities and was able to deliver results, thanks to the excellent teams I work with. This new role is a continued positive momentum for me, and I am excited to raise the bar further, for the business in the region. This market still presents tremendous potential and I look forward to continue delivering the highest standards of excellence to our customers, with the support of a talented and committed team.”

Theophile Boutamba officially assumes role of Country Manager in Ivory Coast

In this role, Theophile is tasked to lead and manage the country’s operations and is responsible for driving its business growth.

A respected industry veteran who has been with DHL for more than a decade, Theophile first joined DHL in Gabon in 2005 to synergize operations and propel business development for Danzas – which was acquired by DHL in 2002. In 2008, he took on the role of operations manager for DHL Global Forwarding Gabon where he leveraged his expertise to drive growth for the market. In recognition of his strong capabilities, Theophile assumed the dual role of sales and marketing, as well as branch manager in Gabon between 2012 to July 2017. During this time, he led the opening of Port-Gentil Station to focus on the oil and gas business and also secured key customer contracts.

Theophile Boutamba, Country Manager for Ivory Coast, DHL Global Forwarding, said, “This new role has been extremely rewarding. I have been hugely encouraged by the enthusiasm of my highly-competent team here in Ivory Coast and we continue to stand ready to deliver the highest standard for our customers.”

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of DHL.

DHL – The logistics company for the world

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 350,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 57 billion euros in 2016.

Media Contact:
DHL Asia Pacific & EEMEA
Corporate Communications and Responsibility
Belinda Tan
Tel: +65 6771 3332
Fax: +65 6771 3322
Email: apeemeamediarelations@dhl.com

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DHL Global Forwarding appoints veterans to lead operations in Kenya and Nigeria
February 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

LAGOS, Nigeria, 6 February 2018, -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- DHL Global Forwarding, the leading provider of air, sea and road freight services has appointed Agnaldo Laice and Maureen Adibuah as Country Managers in Kenya and Nigeria respectively. Both of them are industry veterans who possess strong local market knowledge and have been with DHL for almost two decades – having risen through the ranks in different portfolios. They will report directly to Daniella De Pauw, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Sub-Saharan Africa.

Amadou Diallo, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Middle East and Africa, said, “Both Africa and Middle East are dynamic regions which are of strategic importance to our global network. Economic growth in Africa for example, is expected to rise to 3.2% in 2018 and 3.5% in 2019, due to an increase in commodity prices and favorable global financing condition. In view of the positive business and investment climate, we want to seize the opportunity to grow business prospects for our customers here, by leveraging our expertise and full understanding of these markets.”

Daniella De Pauw, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Sub-Saharan Africa, said, “As one of the fastest growing and largest economies in Sub-Saharan Africa respectively, Kenya and Nigeria are both poised for positive growth amid stable business climates. Therefore, it is crucial that we have veterans like Agnaldo and Maureen to lead the teams with their keen understanding of local business and cultural practices in these countries. Their strong credentials and track records in the logistics industry will serve our customers well and I have full confidence in their capabilities to bring our operations in Kenya and Nigeria to greater heights.”

(left) Agnaldo Laice, Country Manager for Kenya, DHL Global Forwarding and (right) Maureen Adibuah, Country Manager for Nigeria, DHL Global Forwarding

(left) Agnaldo Laice, Country Manager for Kenya, DHL Global Forwarding and (right) Maureen Adibuah, Country Manager for Nigeria, DHL Global Forwarding

Agnaldo Laice leads operations in Kenya

With more than 15 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry, Agnaldo has taken on various functions including sales and marketing, operations, business development and general management within DHL. With this appointment, Agnaldo will leverage his expertise to further strengthen the performance of DHL Global Forwarding in Kenya.

Agnaldo started his professional career with Deutsche Post DHL Group in January 2013, as Country Manager, DHL Global Forwarding in Mozambique – his home country. During his time in Mozambique, Agnaldo guided the business to achieve consistent growth in revenue and profits, by implementing standardized and robust operational processes aligned to global standards, to deliver high quality services to customers. He was also instrumental in driving greater customer centricity in the organization and developing logistics solutions that best addressed their needs and challenges.

Agnaldo Laice, Country Manager for Kenya, DHL Global Forwarding said, “I am looking forward to hit the ground running, to seize new opportunities, and also to ensure we continue to deliver the highest standards of excellence to our customers. Of course, this is only achievable with the support of a talented and committed team which we have in Kenya, and a robust industry network.”

Before joining DHL, Agnaldo worked for the A.P Moller-Maersk Group from 2001 to 2012, where he held several senior positions, including the role of Cluster Sales Manager for Maersk Line (Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe). He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Damco Mozambique, a division of the Maersk Group.

Maureen Adibuah takes the lead for the business in Nigeria

Maureen first joined the DHL family in 2001, taking on various roles within the DHL Express business division. These included Credit Control, Sales, Customer Service, Customer Management and Operations roles. She also played an instrumental role in growing the oil and energy sector during her time with the division, including the introduction of cross-border trucking for key customers.

In September 2013, Maureen expanded her foray in the logistics industry by joining DHL Global Forwarding as Branch Manager for Port Harcourt in Nigeria. Under her leadership, she positively transformed the business to target the oil and energy sector more effectively, leading to positive growth results. From an Operations’ perspective, she streamlined and reorganized the station to achieve operation excellence, and year-on-year revenue growth of 300%. In recognition of her capabilities, she was a part of the Regional High Potentials and joined the Build Your Skills Program (BYS) in 2015. Her most recent role saw her taking on the helm as Operations Manager for the Middle East and Africa region from 2016 to 2017.

Maureen Adibuah, Country Manager for Nigeria, DHL Global Forwarding said, “It is an honor to be appointed for this role as it marks another career milestone. I’m excited to work with my team of committed logistics experts, to drive business success for our customers. Most importantly, I will leverage my industry know-hows and experience to add value to the business.”

Maureen holds a Degree in Law, Higher National Diploma in Fine and Applied Arts from University of Calabar and Institute of Management and Technology Enugu, Nigeria. She is also enrolled as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of DHL.

DHL – The logistics company for the world

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Mali human rights situation still a concern – UN report
February 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

More than 600 cases of human rights violations and abuses were committed between January 2016 and June 2017 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, February 5, 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Despite the signing of a 2015 Peace Agreement, the human rights situation in Mali still remains a concern, according to a United Nations report published on Thursday.
It found that more than 600 cases of human rights violations and abuses were committed between January 2016 and June 2017: an interim period established under the peace deal aimed at laying the foundations for a democratic and unified country.

“This report provides useful insights on the challenges and progress in the human rights situation in northern and central Mali,” said Mahamat Saleh Annadif, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), which issued the report together with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

“It also demonstrates that respect for human rights, far from being a generator of tension, may contribute, on the contrary, to creating an environment that is conducive to the implementation of the Peace Agreement.”

The Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali signed by the authorities, a rebel alliance from the north and a pro-government armed coalition, was finalized in June 2015.

The UN study showed that more than 800 other incidents involving unidentified armed elements and which put the lives of civilians at risk also took place during the reporting period.

Overall, these acts of violence impacted more than 2,700 victims, the majority of whom were men and children.

They include 441 individuals who were killed.

Nearly 80 per cent of violations, abuses and other incidents that put civilians at risk involved armed movements that were signatories to the Peace Agreement, those which had not signed it, or unidentified armed elements.

Perpetrators also included elements affiliated with Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Ansar Dine and other similar groups.

Meanwhile, the Malian defence and security forces, and other state actors, were involved in 20 per cent of the cases, while international forces, including MINUSMA, were involved in two per cent.

The report said primary factors which led to the violations include confrontations between signatory armed groups in the Kidal region, the expansion of activities of AQIM, Ansar Dine and other similar groups, and increasing armed robberies and other violent crime in the central regions of the country, as well as counter-terrorism operations conducted by the state.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of United Nations (UN).

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Rwanda: Signing Ceremony of the Project for the Improvement of Karate Equipment
February 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

This is the first grant assistance project in the framework of Japan’s Cultural Grant Assistance in Rwanda 

KIGALI, Rwanda, February 5, 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- On January 26, H.E. Mr. Takayuki Miyashita, Ambassador of Japan to Rwanda, and Mr. Theogene Uwayo, President of the Rwanda Karate Federation (FERWAKA), signed a Grant Contract amounting up to USD 67,372 for the provision of karate equipment including 400 tatami mats. This is the first grant assistance project in the framework of Japan’s Cultural Grant Assistance in Rwanda.

Ambassador Miyashita said in his remarks: “FERWAKA has more than 3,000 karate practitioners and I am delighted to learn that many Rwandan people like and practice karate. The Embassy of Japan holds the Karate Ambassador’s Cup in collaboration with the federation, which would use Taekwondo’s mats. I am pleased that this grant project now provides the federation with necessary equipment such as tatami mats.” Karate is stepping into the spotlight because it becomes an additional event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. “I hear that Rwanda hosts the African Karate Championship this year. I expect that the new tatamis will be utilized for the event,” he added.

Mr. John Ntigengwa, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Sports and Culture (MINISPOC), noted that the Government of Rwanda makes use of sports for the country’s development. He expressed his appreciation for the support of the Government of Japan, stressing the significance of this grant project for the further mutual understanding between Japan and Rwanda.

Mr. Theogene Uwayo, President of FERWAKA, said that he is sure that the new equipment will enable them to train well qualified karate players, promising the appropriate maintenance and good use of the equipment which is to be provided through this project.

This signing ceremony was covered by several local media, including the New Times.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Embassy of Japan in Rwanda.

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Zambia: Contract Signing Ceremony with Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP) for the Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects by the Government of Japan
February 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Promotion of Women’s Health throughout the Life Cycle at One-Stop Service Site in Zambia 

LUSAKA, Zambia, February 5, 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- On 26th January, Mr. Hidenobu Sobashima, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, and Ms. Amane Funabashi, Program Manager of Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP), signed a grant contract amounting to up to 685,167 United States Dollars, or approximately 6.8 million Zambian Kwacha, for the implementation of a project of the Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects “Promotion of Women’s Health throughout the Life Cycle at One-Stop Service Site in Zambia (Phase One)”. The contract covers the first year of the three-year development cooperation project targeting 11 areas of Masaiti District, Mpongwe District and Lufwanyama District in Copperbelt Province.
During Phase One of the project, JOICFP will develop One Stop Service facilities at existing Rural Health Centres to include a maternity waiting house and a youth centre, among others, to provide comprehensive services. JOICEF will also undertake capacity improvement activities for the staff of health offices and those responsible for health services in the Districts concerned so that they may appropriately train members of Safety Motherhood Action Groups (SMAGs) and Peer Educators (PEs).

Through the “Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO projects” scheme, the Government of Japan provides grant assistance to Japanese NGOs which implement economic and social development projects in developing countries.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Embassy of Japan in Zambia.

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Morocco: Ambassador Rachad Bouhlal visited Fukushima
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TOKYO, Japan, February 5, 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Ambassador Bouhlal joined the study tour organized by Fukushima Prefecture on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

This is his second visit, and on the first day, he visted Centre for Environmental Creation, Kawamata Orimono Museum, etc. On the second day he visited the Port of Soma, and Naraha Remote Technology Development Center to see the status of recovery from the Great Earthquake.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Japan.

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Ethiopia: U.S.-funded Preservation of Bete Golgotha Mikael Church in Lalibela Launched
February 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

The project will invest a total of $500,000 dollars (about 13.7 million Birr) with an additional $119,500 dollars in matching funds from the World Monuments Fund 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, February 5, 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- U.S. Ambassador Michael Raynor and Minister for Culture and Tourism, Dr. Hirut Woldemariam, jointly launched a new project for the preservation of Bete Golgotha Mikael Church in Lalibela, on Saturday, February 3, 2018.
The preservation work is funded with a grant from the U.S. Embassy through the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The project will invest a total of $500,000 dollars (about 13.7 million Birr) with an additional $119,500 dollars in matching funds from the World Monuments Fund.

This project will utilize innovative, non-intrusive, and proven techniques which were piloted during a previous AFCP project in 2016 at Lalibela. Local craftsmen will be trained in these techniques so that they can be shared and replicated for future projects.

In remarks during the launch ceremony, Ambassador Raynor hailed the living culture represented by Lalibela’s historic churches saying, “These churches are as vibrant and relevant today as they have ever been, and taking steps to preserve them now will help them remain vibrant and relevant in perpetuity. We’re working to restore structures that are not only integral to Ethiopia’s past, but that represent a religion and culture that are very much alive and active today.” He added, “Ethiopian culture is remarkable for many reasons, including its diversity – and its tolerance of diversity. But in seeking to preserve the symbols of Ethiopian culture, through projects like the one we’re celebrating today, we must also work to redouble our appreciation for the timeless values that underlie Ethiopian culture: values that include peaceful political expression and peaceful tolerance of such expression.”

Since 2003, the U.S Embassy has supported the renovation of nine historical heritages throughout Ethiopia, including most recently the restoration of Bete Gabriel Rafael in Lalibela.

Ethiopia’s Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ARCCH) and the World Monuments Fund (WMF) signed the commencement for the project in the presence of the Ambassador and the Minister.

This project is supported by the United States Embassy; the World Monuments Fund; the Ministry of Culture and Tourism; the Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage; the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church; the Administration of Lalibela Town; the Amhara Region Bureau of Culture and Tourism; and Addis Ababa University.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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South Africa: Police Committee Condemns Killing of Two Off-Duty Police Officers
February 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

The proliferation of firearms and the use of illegal firearms in the attacks of police officers is an issue of high concern to the Committee

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, February 5, 2018/APO Group/ — The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police Mr. Francois Beukman condemns the killing of a Police sergeant in Khayelitsha, Cape Town and a sergeant attached to the Bainsvlei Police Station in the Free State Province over the weekend.
“The Committee is very concerned that the South African Police Services (SAPS) officers may have been targeted by criminals while they were off-duty. The SAPS should prioritize the investigations to determine the motive behind the two incidents” said Mr. Beukman.

“The Committee is concerned by the high murder rate, but even more so by the killing of police officers as this undermines the fight against the crime and the ability of the state to deal with crime effectively” stressed Mr Beukman.

He said: “We send our condolences to the families of both sergeants in this difficult time”.

“The proliferation of firearms and the use of illegal firearms in the attacks of police officers is an issue of high concern to the Committee. Thus, the Committee will continue to monitor the SAPS and the DPCI to crack down on the distribution and usage of illegal firearms” emphasised Mr Beukman.”

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Republic of South Africa: The Parliament.

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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims February 2018 as National African American History Month
February 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, February 5, 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- This February, we celebrate National African American History Month to honor the significant contributions African Americans have made to our great Nation — contributions that stand as a testament to their resolve, resilience, and courage. Over the course of our Nation’s history, African Americans have endured egregious discrimination and bigotry. They have, nevertheless, always been determined to contribute their earnest efforts to America’s greatness.
This annual observance is an opportunity to remember the challenges of our past, but also to honor countless African-American heroes who inspire us to shape our country’s future. This year’s theme, “African Americans in Times of War,” calls our attention to the heroic contributions of African Americans during our Nation’s military conflicts, from the Revolutionary War to present-day operations.

Throughout our history, members of the Armed Forces have fought to secure freedom and liberty for all, defending our country both on our shores and in foreign lands. African Americans have shouldered an enormous share of the burden of battle in every American military engagement, donning our Nation’s military uniforms to answer the call of duty. For far too long, African Americans bravely fought and died in the name of freedom, while at the same time struggling to attain equality, respect, and the full privileges of citizenship. Because of their love of country, these heroes insisted on serving and defending America despite racial prejudice, unequal treatment, diminished opportunities, and segregation. Their valorous acts in the face of grave injustice revealed the true meaning of American patriotism — service before self.

It was not until 1948 that President Harry S. Truman ordered desegregation of the military, providing “equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the Armed Forces without regard to race, color, religion or national origin.” It took another 5 years before the Secretary of Defense abolished the last segregated African-American military unit. These hard won victories for justice catalyzed other victories, as they cast a harsh light on aspects of our social and civic lives that remained segregated. Those who fought against and ended segregation in the military reminded the Nation of its obligation to the self-evident truth of equality written into the Declaration of Independence.

We remember soldiers like Sergeant Henry Johnson of the Harlem Hellfighters, the all-black National Guard unit that was among the first American forces to arrive in France during World War I. Johnson suffered 21 wounds during front-line combat and received France’s highest award for valor. To acknowledge his exceeding bravery, he was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and a Purple Heart. We remember pilot Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., who commanded the famed Tuskegee Airmen and became the first African American General in the United States Air Force. We remember soldiers like Major Charity Adams Earley, who was commander of the only all‑African American Women’s Army Corps unit that served overseas during World War II. She was a trailblazer in her efforts to recruit more women to military service in spite of rampant racism and segregation.

These and countless other African Americans triumphed over ignorance, oppression, and injustice to make indelible contributions, not only to our military history, but even more importantly to our American history. They are an integral part of our Nation’s story. We are indebted to the individual and collective perseverance and patriotism of these outstanding men and women, as we are to all African Americans who have served, and continue to serve in the Armed Forces of this great Nation.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim February 2018 as National African American History Month. I call upon public officials, educators, librarians, and all the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

DONALD J. TRUMP 

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of The White House.

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Statement of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sierra Leone
February 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, February 1, 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Statement of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sierra Leone: 

The United Nations in Sierra Leone expresses its sincere concerns over the recent violence in Freetown and elsewhere, which has caused loss of life, injury and damage to property. The United Nations deeply condemns all forms of violence and extends its sincere condolences to the victims and their families.

As Sierra Leone moves towards the elections in March, prevention of all forms of violence, respect for human rights, and ensuring a level playing field for all political actors, should be priorities for all institutions and individuals concerned in enabling peaceful and credible elections, and in sustaining democracy and development.

The United Nations, therefore, calls on all parts of society – including national and local institutions, political leaders, traditional leaders, and citizens in general – to work together and commit to a spirit of tolerance before, during and after the polling day.

The United Nations in Sierra Leone underlines its confidence in the democratic system of Sierra Leone and its capability to organize peaceful and credible elections. The 2018 elections in Sierra Leone, significantly, will follow a series of successful elections in West Africa, and we call upon all political leaders and other stakeholders to exert all efforts to maintain this positive trend in the region.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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President of Human Rights Council Appoints New Chairperson of Commission of Inquiry on Burundi
February 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Commissioners, who serve in their personal capacities, are mandated to investigate human rights violations and abuses in Burundi since April 2015 

GENEVA, Switzerland, February 1, 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- The President of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Vojislav Šuc (Slovenia), announced today the appointment of Mr. Doudou Diène (Senegal) to serve as a member and new chairperson of the Council-mandated Commission of Inquiry on Burundi.

Mr. Diène, who has a distinguished career in human rights having previously served as Special Rapporteur on racism and racial discrimination and Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Côte d’Ivoire, will replace Fatsah Ouguergouz (Algeria) who announced in late November that he would not be in a position to serve on the Commission beyond 31 January 2018 for “personal reasons”. Ambassador Šuc extends his gratitude to Mr. Ouguergouz for his dedicated service in carrying out the tasks mandated by the Council.

As Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry, Mr. Diène will work with Francoise Hampson (United Kingdom) and Reine Alapini Gansu (Benin), who have been serving as members of the Commission since shortly after it was established in September 2016. Ms. Gansu also announced that she would be stepping down as a member of the Commission in early March this year following her recent election as judge at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The Commissioners, who serve in their personal capacities, are mandated to investigate human rights violations and abuses in Burundi since April 2015 with a view to contributing to the fight against impunity and identifying alleged perpetrators of such acts with a view to ensuring full accountability.

On 29 September 2017, the Council decided to renew the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry for a period of one year, asking it to present oral briefings at its 37th and 38th sessions in March and June 2018, respectively, and a final report at its 39th session in September this year.

Biographies of the Members of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

Doudou Diène (Senegal) was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance from 2002 to 2008 and the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Côte d’Ivoire from 2011 to 2014. He is also a former member of the United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza conflict. He is a former Director of the Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue Division of UNESCO. He is currently a Member of the Board of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. Mr. Diène holds a doctorate in public law from the University of Paris and a diploma in political science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris.

Reine Alapini Gansu (Benin) is lawyer to the Bar of Benin since 1986 and has been Law Teacher at the University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin) since 2000. Currently she is the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights (since 2012) of the African Union. She has also been a member of the Commission of Human and People’s Rights since 2005 and a member of the UN Permanent Court of Arbitration since July 2011. She was the laureate of the Prize of Human Rights for the fiftieth year of African Countries independence in 2010. She also served as a member of the Human Rights Council-mandated International Commission of Inquiry on post-electoral violence in Cote d’Ivoire (May-June 2011). She holds two High Level University degrees, in Common Law at University of Lyon in 2007 (DU), and in Environmental Law and Politic at University of Lomé, Maastricht and Bhutan in 1999. She is author and co-author of research papers in human rights and in Law.

Francoise Hampson (United Kingdom) is Professor of International Law of Armed Conflicts and Human Rights at Essex University. She served as an independent expert member of the UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights from 1998-2007. She has litigated numerous cases before the European Court of Human Rights particularly concerning Turkey. She has taught, researched and published widely in the fields of the law of armed conflict, international humanitarian law and on the European Convention on Human Rights. For her work representing Turkish Kurds she was awarded the title of Human Rights Lawyer of the year in 1998. She is currently working on autonomous weapons, investigations into alleged violations in situations of armed conflict and on the use of an individual petition system to address what are widespread or systematic human rights violations.

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG).

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