On Tunisia’s Presidential Elections

16.October.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

U.S. Department of State
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By Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State

I congratulate the Tunisian people, who turned out over the weekend to exercise their hard won right to vote.  We were impressed with Tunisia’s independent elections commission, which increased voter confidence in the electoral system. Citizens choosing their next President is a milestone on Tunisia’s path to democracy.  The U.S. looks forward to working with President elect Kais Saied to continue the longstanding cooperation between our two countries.

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Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) Joint News Release: FAO & WFP mark World Food Day In Libya

16.October.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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The Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are marking World Food Day with initiatives to strengthen and support Libya’s efforts to realise the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by 2030.

“Both WFP and FAO are working with communities and the Libyan government on projects that bolster food security and resilience,” said WFP Representative and Country Director in Libya Samer AbdelJaber. “Over at WFP, a project particularly close to our hearts is the school feeding project, which we’ve launched in coordination with the Libyan Ministry of Education.”

In September, WFP and the Ministry of Education launched nutrition summer camps across Tripoli which were attended by more than 600 schoolchildren. The camps, dedicated to nutrition and health awareness activities for children and their parents, are part of the larger school feeding programme that aims to reach some 20,000 children this year. WFP hopes to scale up to 40,000 schoolchildren, starting in January next year.

FAO highlighted its partnership with WFP and other agencies as well as their collaboration with the Libyan Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Marine Resources, the Water Authority, and universities.

“While working toward Zero Hunger, FAO believes in investing in a better future in food and agriculture, in close collaboration with its partners,” said Officer in Charge of FAO Representation in Libya Mohamed Al-Ansi. “World Food Day is a wonderful reminder of this mandate as FAO celebrates its 74th anniversary. We invite all schoolchildren in Libya to participate in the WFD poster contest that is open until 8 November.”

Libya is suffering from a conflict that has destabilized its security, economic and humanitarian situation over the last eight years. Food insecurity remains a challenge due to the displacement of people, disruption to trade, and dwindling food production. Despite these challenges, the people and the Government of Libya continue to work to bring stability to their country. WFP and FAO are committed to helping build a strong Libya through initiatives and strategic partnerships such as the ones with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Agriculture.

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Sunda International Congratulates Ghana Rugby Women's Eagles

16.October.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Ghana Rugby Football Union

The Ghana Rugby Women’s Sevens National Team, the Ghana Eagles, visited Sunda International to attend an event where the long-time sponsor of Ghana congratulated the team and awarded them with winners’ parcels.

The Women’s Eagles returned from Tunisia on Monday after participating in the Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens Tournament in Monastir. Despite being its first-ever appearance at an international event the Ghana Rugby Women’s team managed to win the Challenge Trophy by beating Zambia by 21 points to 14.

Sunda International, a Chinese global company with operations in Ghana, has been supporters of Ghana Rugby for the past three years and have made regular contributions in both cash and in-kind to the development of rugby in Ghana.

According to the President of Ghana Rugby, Mr Herbert Mensah, the many achievements of Ghana Rugby in just a few years would not have been possible without the support of corporate institutions such as Sunda International.

“We have been fortunate to gain the support of Sunda International and other corporates such as the Panafrican Equipment Group, Komatsu, Interplast, the Gino brands and Societe Generale Ghana since my administration took over rugby in June 2014. Without their support, we would never have been able to compete in international competitions and achieve the successes we have had,” Mensah said.

According to Mensah, Ghana Rugby is a young yet dynamic full member of World Rugby and Rugby Africa that managed to achieve the following in fewer than five years:

  • Established first-ever 10-team Club Championship since 2004
  • Became Full Members of World Rugby on 10 May 2017
  • Hosted and won two Rugby Africa Men's 15s Tournaments in 2017 (Rugby Challenge) and in 2018 (Rugby Africa Bronze Cup with promotion to the 2019 Silver Cup).
  • Entered the Rugby Africa Men's Sevens for the first time in 2017 (Kampala-Uganda) and managed to play off for the Bronze Cup in 2018 (Monastir-Tunisia).
  • Established Audited Financial Statements, probably one of very few Unions in Africa that can boast of that
  • Implemented a comprehensive Rugby Management Online System (scrumIT) where all player registrations for both junior and senior teams as well as tournaments are managed online by Clubs
  • Qualified to play in the 2019 Rugby Africa Sevens Tournaments that serve as Japan 2020 Olympic Qualifiers
  • Won the Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens Trophy Challenge in 2019 in Monastir-Tunisia.

Ghana Rugby will be taking part in two more international tournaments in 2019 that include the Rugby Africa Men’s Sevens Tournament on 8 and 9 November 2019 in South Africa as well as the hosting of the elimination match in Ghana against Botswana on 23 November in Elmina-Ghana.

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Leading financiers to attend global Affordable Housing Conference in Cape Town from 4-6 November

16.October.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

African Union of Housing Finance (AUHF)

Taking place at Cape Town’s Westin Hotel from 4-6 November, this year’s joint African Union for Affordable Housing Finance (AUHF) (https://AUHFconference.com) and International Union for Housing Finance (IUHF) Conference is “international in best practice and African in execution” says its organizer and host Kecia Rust, of the AUHF Secretariat.

With more than 300 delegates drawn from 30 African and international countries; this year’s conference theme is, “Realising Affordability in Global Markets.”

According to Rust, the joint conference has attracted speakers from leading DFIs, mortgage refinancers, local and regional banks, and multi-laterals such as the African Development Bank and the International Finance Corporation, which is indicative of the growing interest in affordable housing, as an attractive and necessary asset class globally. 

African Development Bank

As one of this year’s participants, the African Development Bank (AFDB), views the conference as a key platform for designing innovative financing schemes to resolve Africa’s housing challenges, says AFDB’s Chief Capital Markets Officer – Financial Sector Departments, Ahmed Attout.

Adding that the conference will help to “Identify new business opportunities in the housing sector that match the Bank’s Ten-year Strategy and its High 5s Priority Agenda which is chiefly to ‘Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa’ and ‘Industrialize Africa.’

The value of the conference according to Attout, who was speaking ahead of this year’s conference, is that it helps to unify the sector and creates a unique platform for different players from across the value chain to address challenges and access opportunities.

“One of the critical issues facing Africa’s housing finance ecosystem is the capability to bring together key market players, policy makers, and institutional investors to share their views and brainstorm on possible solutions to address market challenges,” says Attout. 

With affordable housing becoming one of the most pressing social needs and future opportunities in Africa for real estate investors, Rust believes that Africa needs a multiplicity of innovative solutions due to the sheer scale of demand and opportunity. 

A perspective which Attout agrees, and why the AFDB has been focused on developing alternative solutions designed to improve greater access to more capital in Africa.

Market Solutions

“The market is changing, and we are seeing more participants actively engaged in the sector to overcome affordable housing challenges in Africa.”

As he notes, the scale of the challenge in AFDB’s Regional Member Countries necessitates the “need for MDBs and other financiers to pool resources to tackle the affordable housing challenges through the introduction of new asset classes that depend on innovations and capital market solutions.”

These developments have included the promotion of long-term local currency funding using alternative capital markets solutions, and innovation has become an integral part of the AfDB strategies.

Developing New Finance Infrastructure

As Attout explains, “The AFDB has been leading initiatives tailored to mobilize long-term finance for housing development in Africa, crowd in pension funds money, and assist private and public sector institutions in identifying, financing and implementing affordable housing finance schemes and related infrastructure.”

Some of the most notable interventions and development by the AFDB has been in the development of mortgage financing products for affordable housing, and it has “directly intervened in several African markets including Zambia, Kenya, South Africa, and Ghana as well strengthening other regional players,” says Attout.  

According to Attout, “Each intervention has assisted in lengthening tenors of mortgage financing as well as improving the stock of affordable housing available for eventual securitization and capital markets (re)financing. Securitization of housing assets is a process, usually taking up to 3-5 years after the creation of the original mortgage and for attracting private sector investors into the eventually securitized mortgage assets.”

A timeline, which makes the timing of this year’s Global conference as particularly fortuitous and impactful for the sector says Attout.

“The upcoming joint IUHF and AUHF Conference is timely and deemed to be an excellent opportunity to share our experiences and to foster collaboration between all parties involved in the development of an affordable housing finance market in Africa. We are excited to showcase our structures and experience at the event, and actively present our views in changing the perception by investing in affordable housing as a profitable and secured asset class for investment.”

Global Best Practice

And while the development of Affordable Housing as an asset class is long-term, it’s role in the development of vibrant capital markets is pivotal says Attout. “While noting the important role of capital markets in creating alternative structures for mortgage and housing availability, the Bank is also drawing on lessons learned from the global financial crisis and is, therefore, encouraging global best practices while providing facilities to commercial banks and specialized financial institutions to increase the supply of affordable mortgage finance products.”

Visit the website: https://AUHFconference.com to register.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of African Union of Housing Finance (AUHF).

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About the AUHF:
The African Union for Housing Finance (https://AUHFconference.com) is a member-based association of mortgage banks, building societies, housing corporations and other organisations involved in the mobilisation of funds for shelter and housing on the African continent. Established in 1984, the AUHF currently has 45 members across 17 countries in Africa.

The AUHF has a vision of an enabled and productive housing finance sector across Africa where governments and the private sector work together to develop and maintain efficient and effective housing markets and access to adequate and affordable housing for all.

The mission of the AUHF is to support its members in realising their vision, through networking and investor access, information and data collection and dissemination, lobbying and advocacy, capacity building and training, and member showcasing.

About the IUHF:
Established in 1914, the International Union for Housing Finance (IUHF) (http://HousingFinance.org) is a worldwide housing finance network organisation which enables its members to:

1. keep up-to-date with the latest developments in housing finance from around the world; and
2. learn from each other’s experience.

The Union covers 49 different countries through its 108 members, which range from national banking associations or mortgage lending institutions to independent consultants, academics, government agencies and international institutions specialised in housing finance.

Being an international body, the Union is not a lobbying organisation, thus its members do not sign-up to any agreed common policy positions in the name of the Union.

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Internet of Things (IoT) under fire: Kaspersky detects more than 100 million attacks on smart devices in H1 2019

16.October.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA


Kaspersky (www.Kaspersky.co.za) honeypots – networks of virtual copies of various internet connected devices and applications – have detected 105 million attacks on IoT devices coming from 276,000 unique IP addresses in the first six months of the year. This figure is around nine times more than the number found in H1 2018, when only around 12 million attacks were spotted originating from 69,000 IP addresses. Capitalising on weak security of IoT products, cybercriminals are intensifying their attempts to create and monetise IoT botnets. This and other findings are a part of the ‘IoT: a malware story’ report on honeypot activity in H1 2019.

Cyberattacks on IoT devices are booming, as even though more and more people and organisations are purchasing ‘smart’ (network-connected and interactive) devices, such as routers or DVR security cameras, not everybody considers them worth protecting. Cybercriminals, however, are seeing more and more financial opportunities in exploiting such gadgets. They use networks of infected smart devices to conduct DDoS attacks or as a proxy for other types of malicious actions. To learn more about how such attacks work and how to prevent them, Kaspersky experts set up honeypots – decoy devices used to attract the attention of cybercriminals and analyse their activities.

Based on data analysis collected from honeypots, attacks on IoT devices are usually not sophisticated, but stealth-like, as users might not even notice their devices are being exploited. The malware family behind 39% of attacks – Mirai – is capable of using exploits, meaning that these botnets can slip through old, unpatched vulnerabilities to the device and control it. Another technique is password brute-forcing, which is the chosen method of the second most widespread malware family in the list – Nyadrop. Nyadrop was seen in 38.57% of attacks and often serves as a Mirai downloader. This family has been trending as one of the most active threats for a couple of years now. The third most common botnet threatening smart devices – Gafgyt with 2.12% – also uses brute-forcing.

In addition, the researchers were able to locate the regions that became sources of infection most often in H1 2019. These are China, with 30% of all attacks taking place in this country, Brazil saw 19% and this is followed by Egypt (12%). A year ago, in H1 2018 the situation was different, with Brazil leading with 28%, China being second with 14% and Japan following with 11%.

“As people become more and more surrounded by smart devices, we are witnessing how IoT attacks are intensifying. Judging by the enlarged number of attacks and criminals’ persistency, we can say that IoT is a fruitful area for attackers that use even the most primitive methods, like guessing password and login combinations. This is much easier than most people think: the most common combinations by far are usually “support/support”, followed by “admin/admin”, “default/default”. It’s quite easy to change the default password, so we urge everyone to take this simple step towards securing your smart devices” – said Dan Demeter, security researcher at Kaspersky.

To keep your devices safe, Kaspersky recommends users:

  • Install updates for the firmware you use as soon as possible. Once a vulnerability is found, it can be fixed through patches within updates.
  • Always change preinstalled passwords. Use complicated passwords that include both capital and lower-case letters, numbers and symbols if it’s possible.
  • Reboot a device as soon as you think it’s acting strangely. It might help get rid of existing malware, but this doesn’t reduce the risk of getting another infection.
  • Keep access to IoT devices restricted by a local VPN, allowing you to access them from your “home” network, instead of publicly exposing them on the internet.

Kaspersky recommends companies to take the following measures:

  • Use threat data feeds (www.Kaspersky.co.za) to block network connections originating from malicious network addresses detected by security researchers.
  • Make sure all devices software is up to date. Unpatched devices should be kept in a separate network inaccessible by unauthorised users.

Read the full text of the report on Securelist.com (https://bit.ly/32k5v1j).

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Increased production sees Ghana raise its hydrocarbon profile

16.October.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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When you think of the top oil and gas nations in Africa, Ghana is not one that traditionally comes to mind, but it is one of the rising stars. In the past, Ghana has been one of the smaller oil and gas producers on the continent but that production is expected to grow rapidly over the next five years.

The organisation charged with developing the West African nations’ hydrocarbon assets is the national oil company, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC). The rise in Ghana’s production is expected to come from the growth of existing offshore fields such as Twenboa-Enyenra-Ntomme (TEN) and Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP).

First oil flowed from the Tullow operated TEN fields offshore Ghana to the FPSO Professor John Evans Atta Mills in August 2016. OCTP is an integrated deepwater project in Ghana split into two stages: the development of first oil, then gas deposits operated by Eni Ghana. OCTP is around 60km from Ghana’s western coast and boasts approximately 40bn m3 of non-associated gas reserves and 500m barrels of oil.

Mohammed Amin Adam, Ghana's Deputy Minister of Energy in charge of petroleum, is confident that the country's energy sector is on the brink of something big. He says the country can expand oil production from 180,000–-200,000bl/d now to 500,000bl/d within six years, and is targeting up to 1mn bl/d beyond that. “If we want to sustain or increase production, we will have to be very aggressive in exploration,” he said.

The average production for TEN field in 2017 was 56,000 b/d whilst production for the OCTP field is expected to peak this year at 45,000 b/d. In addition to the two established fields there are other developments that are moving ahead rapidly such as the Teak, Akasa and Mahogany East discoveries where test wells have indicated sizeable reserves.

Another major scheme is the Ghana 1000, a multi-phase greenfield gas-to-power project located near Takoradi in the western regions of Ghana. This will consist of approximately 1,300MW of combined cycle power generation technology once fully built and will support Ghana’s burgeoning domestic natural gas industry by purchasing natural gas from the Sankofa gas field, part of the OCTP field. A subsea pipeline will link a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) to onshore facilities which will then supply the project. It’s expected that the FSRU will start up sometime in 2020.

Ghana completed its first oil and gas licencing round earlier this year with two of the five blocks on offer being awarded. First Exploration and Petroleum Development, in partnership with Elandel Energy (Ghana) emerged as winners of block WB02 while Eni Ghana and Vitol Upstream Tano claimed block WB03. Block WB03 is located in the medium deep waters of the prolific Tano Basin, offshore Ghana. Following the success of this round, a second licensing round is being planned.

Sharing the talent

Throughout the oil and gas industry, collaboration is the name of the game and that is no different in Ghana. GNPC recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share expertise with three of its neighbours, Sierra Leone, Gambia and Liberia. “We believe that we need to share experience from other countries as a way of improving what we do,” chief executive of the GNPC, Dr Kofi Kodua Sarpong, said. “Our organization has been there for nearly four decades and we have the expertise, we can export talent, so we are looking at all these opportunities. In fact, I can say that our brothers and sisters in other countries are knocking on our doors for advice and that is precisely what we want.”

Ensuring local benefit from oil boom

The development of these assets means that it is important that Ghana, in common with many other African nations, ensures that local workers and industry benefit from increased oil and gas activity. “There is a recognised need to develop local capacity in all aspects of the oil and gas value chain through education, skills and expertise development, transfer of technology and know-how and promote an active research and development regime through collaborative efforts locally and internationally,” Dr Kofi Koduah Sarpong, said.

 In Ghana in recent years, attention has been focused on the need to have a portion of locally produced materials, personnel, financing, goods and services rendered to the oil and gas industry with measurable monetary impact. “In tandem with this goal is the pursuit of local content participation, which refers to the level of Ghanaian equity ownership in the oil and gas industry,” Sarpong added. “Ghanaian-owned businesses in the energy sector must be encouraged to increase their participation in this emerging and growing sector. This, surely, will be a more sustainable way of realigning the sector to the needs of the country in terms of employment creation and economic growth whilst reducing the impact of capital flight on the economy.”

Ghana’s oil and gas industry continues to attract key global industry players on the back of sustained investor interest, due largely to the favourable investment climate and stable democracy. “The potential of the sector to be a driver for Ghana’s desired economic growth is evident,” Sarpong concluded. “But I hold the view that true benefits of the oil and gas sector and ultimately economic growth can be obtained only when Ghanaians capture a respectable level of value from the sector.  For a country pushing for self-dependency; a Ghana beyond aid, this noble call is not misplaced, and the time to act is now.”

Ghana at Africa Oil Week

Reflecting its growing importance, Ghana will be well represented at Africa Oil Week with a triumvirate of high-profile speakers in Benjamin Kwame Asante, director of petroleum at the Ministry of Energy, Egbert Isaac Faibille, petroleum commissioner at Ghana Petroleum Commission and the Hon John Peter Amewu, minister for energy.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Africa Oil Week.

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About Africa Oil Week:
Africa Oil Week is the leading oil and gas event for the continent, with over 1500 key executives attending from around the world to broker new deals. The global E&P community – government, NOCs, international oil companies, independents, investors and service providers – is brought together here like no other event. This unique event is a hub for deal making and building networks with senior decision-makers.

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Nokia collaborates with two leading universities in Ethiopia to promote digital skills and innovation

16.October.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA


Nokia (www.Nokia.com) will collaborate with two of the most recognized universities for science and engineering in Ethiopia, the Addis Ababa Science and Technology University (AASTU) and the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAiT), to provide training on the latest technologies and industry trends: The collaboration is in line with the Ethiopian government’s vision of encouraging the use of ICT to transform the country into a knowledge economy: Nokia is committed to working with Ethiopia to pave the way for world-class telecommunication services with advanced technologies including 4G and 5G

Nokia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Addis Ababa Science and Technology University and Addis Ababa Institute of Technology in order to collaborate and provide high-level technical skills to students in line with rapidly changing market needs.

As part of the agreement, Nokia will work with the two universities to provide tailored training and coaching programs and share the latest technical and business practices in the ICT sector in line with global developments and market demands. The collaboration supports the Ethiopian government’s objective of using ICT as an enabler of overall socio-economic transformation.

The collaboration will support the students in acquiring the right competencies and the necessary skills to succeed in a fast-changing labor market. Furthermore, a special emphasis will be put on providing equal opportunities to female students.

The agreement was signed by Dr Esayas Gebre Yohannes, Scientific Director at Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, Dereje Engida, President of Addis Ababa Science and Technology University, and Daniel Jaeger, Head of the Central East and West Africa (CEWA) Market Unit, Nokia.

Dereje Engida (PhD.), President of Addis Ababa Science and Technology University, said: “We are committed to providing a world-class education to our students. Collaboration with Nokia is a crucial initiative in this regard and will allow us to impart the latest technical education and introduce them to global best practices and trends and prepare them for the job market. We are delighted to collaborate with Nokia to expand our teaching capabilities and help build the skills to take Ethiopia forward.”

Dr. Esayas Gebreyohannes, Scientific Director at Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, said: “We are excited to collaborate with global technology leader, Nokia, for the skill development of our students and beyond. We strive to be a top university in Africa and collaboration with Nokia is an excellent opportunity to reach our goals. Through this collaboration, our students will have access to a world leader with proven expertise in the fields of information and communications technologies.”  

Daniel Jaeger, Head of Central East and West Africa Market Unit at Nokia, said: “We are excited to support the universities in Ethiopia in their objectives to play a leading role in setting standards in the quality of engineering education, research, innovation and business incubation. We look forward to helping students acquire the necessary skills in the latest technologies, such as 5G, cloud computing and data analytics.”

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We create the technology to connect the world. We develop and deliver the industry’s only end-to-end portfolio of network equipment, software, services and licensing that is available globally. Our customers include communications service providers whose combined networks support 6.1 billion subscriptions, as well as enterprises in the private and public sector that use our network portfolio to increase productivity and enrich lives.

Through our research teams, including the world-renowned Nokia Bell Labs, we are leading the world to adopt end-to-end 5G networks that are faster, more secure and capable of revolutionizing lives, economies and societies. Nokia adheres to the highest ethical business standards as we create technology with social purpose, quality and integrity. www.Nokia.com

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Beginning of October the GreenTec Capital Africa Foundation (GCAF) and the Land of African Business (Le LAB) co-organized the #EntrepreneursOnTheMove conference in Abidjan to catalyze investments for African entrepreneurs

16.October.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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#EOM is a new platform for building capacity of entrepreneurs while mobilizing key enablers and investors in the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems in Africa: Start-ups, business leaders, investors, and government officials involved in entrepreneurship participated in this 3 days event: Signing of a MoU between GCAF ( https://GreenTec-Foundation.org/) and Digital Africa, an initiative brought to life by the French President Emmanuel Macron.

The vibrancy and powerful spirit of the entrepreneurial and technology ecosystems of the African continent was on full display in the capital of Côte d’Ivoire earlier this month. Under the banner EntrepreneursOnTheMove: Investing in Africa’s future (#EOM), key players from African entrepreneurship ecosystems came together to develop new initiatives and find answers to the most pressing topics and questions facing  African entrepreneurship today.

An unprecedented and innovative event

From 2nd to 4th October the #EntrepreneursOnTheMove conference, co-organized by the GreenTec Capital Africa Foundation (GCAF), a German non-profit organization created in 2018 by the investment company GreenTec Capital Partners, and the Land of African Business (LAB), one of the most active players in African entrepreneurship, was held in Abidjan with the support of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Côte d'Ivoire and Incub’Ivoir.

In its first edition, this collaborative format exceeded the expectations of a diverse audience of start-ups, business leaders, investors, and government officials involved in entrepreneurship. Among them, Minister Euphrasie Yao, President of the Women's Compendium as well as representatives of the World Bank, African Development Bank, and International Finance Corporation. In total, more than 300 stakeholders from more than 20 countries came together at the conference.

During #EOM, entrepreneurs had the opportunity to connect with their peers from other countries as well as investors and pan-African enablers who can support them.

A delegation of investors invited to attend #EOM took part in an ecosystem tour of Côte d’Ivoire to get to know the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and engage in match making with potential investees. “Finance in Motion”, the largest German impact investment fund was among the investors exploring the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Abidjan during #EOM.

A special focus of the event was on youth and female entrepreneurship because female entrepreneurs have proven to be successful, driven, and to be potent drivers of economic impact with their businesses. Altogether, more than 70 Start-ups benefitted from #EOM with prize money, capacity building, shared learnings, and international exposure.

Africa – the continent on the way to becoming a fertile ground for entrepreneurship

#EOM embodies this bold vision of the continent striving to be the leading platform representing Africa’s bright future. A new generation of ideas, initiatives, and willpower, redefining the frame of what is possible.

The aim of #EOM19  was to serve as a catalyst for initiatives that enable young African entrepreneurs to develop and replicate their businesses on the continent. The pan-African approach taken by #EOM brought together stakeholders from across the continent and the diaspora.

The collaborative approach of #EOM was emphasized by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between GCAF and Digital Africa, an initiative brought to life by the French President, Emmanuel Macron. This new collaboration between GCAF and Digital Africa shall serve to further improve the conditions under which African entrepreneurs work and generate more attention for the important role that entrepreneurs play with regards to the achievement of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. 

#EOM19, was a co-production between Ivorians, Germans, and French to create synergies between all relevant stakeholders and serve as a connecting point between enablers, startups, investors, and political leaders, so that joint actions can be developed.

“#EOM will be an annual event aiming to become the reference platform for building the capacity of entrepreneurs while mobilizing key investors and enablers in the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems across Africa. Because we believe in ecosystem collaboration, we partnered with key organizations such as Incub'Ivoir, Jokkolabs, Fondation Jeunesse Numérique, SeedSpace, Women in Tech Africa, and we are looking forward to joining forces with more partners who want to make a change.” says Thomas Festerling, CEO, GreenTec Capital Africa Foundation.

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About GCAF:
Founded in 2018, the GreenTec Capital Africa Foundation (https://GreenTec-Foundation.org/) is a non-profit organization that promotes the development of investment in African entrepreneurship with the goal of driving the creation of local economic and social added-value. With offices on both continents – Africa and Europe – the foundation aims at creating synergies between different stakeholders to mutual benefit. In order to achieve its goals, the GreenTec Capital Africa Foundation collaborates with partners in the entrepreneurship ecosystem, investors and SMEs as well as public and private institutions.

More information on: https://GreenTec-Foundation.org/

About Le LAB:
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Invitation to cover the visit of the United Nations Security Council to South Sudan

15.October.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)
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A delegation of members of the United Nations Security Council, led by South Africa and the United States, will visit South Sudan on Sunday 20 October 2019.

The delegation will meet with President Salva Kiir and other signatories to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan as well as civil society, women’s representatives and other stakeholders in the peace process.

Journalists are kindly invited to attend the following media opportunities:

  1. Film/photograph the arrival and greeting of the UNSC delegation
  • Location: Juba International Airport Presidential VIP Terminal
  • Time: 0840-0930

  1. Press conference with the UNSC
  • Location: Juba International Airport Presidential VIP Terminal
  • Time: 1645-1715
  1. Film/photograph the departure of the UNSC
  • Location: Juba International Airport Presidential VIP Terminal
  • Time: 1715-1730

Please note that media must provide their names and details of the media house they represent by 1600 on Wednesday 16 October in order to access these events. Journalists are also requested to attend these events with a valid press card.

For registration and further information, please contact Taban Kenyi at kenyit@un.org

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
Source: Apo-Opa

European Union Ambassador Statement to the press on the occasion of handing over of credentials

15.October.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Delegation of the European Union to Sudan
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By European Union Ambassador

Today I had the honor to present my credentials as the new European Union Ambassador to the President of the Sovereign Council of Sudan, First Lieutenant –General Abdel Fattah Al Burhan.

I congratulated the President with the achievements so far of the council and the transitional government in progressing the transition to a democratic government along the lines of the constitutional agreement signed on 17 August 2019.

I assured the president that the European Union and its member states are very keen on being a key partner for the transitional authorities.

I informed him that we are eager to hear more about the policy priorities of the government and that we welcome the first indications of these priorities, such as peace, economy, women, youth, human rights and humanitarian aid.

Particularly the appointment of the government with four female ministers and the first female chief of justice in Africa are important signals that the new Sudanese government is making important efforts towards equal rights for men and women.

I also told the president that we welcome the efforts to reach out to armed groups to bring about sustained and sustainable peace in the country, as an important prerequisite to succeed.

Expectations are high and I assured the President that the EU stands ready to play its role in the international efforts to support the transitional process.

We hosted the last encounter of the “Friends of Sudan” last July, and remain closely engaged in the coordination process of international support. We are happy that Sudan will join the next “Friends of Sudan” meeting in Washington next week.

I informed the president that we are preparing an EU support package to the transition and we hope to continue discussions on support and the transition agendas with the appropriate ministries.

This EU package stands in a long history of support to the Sudanese people. The EU is one of the biggest humanitarian donors to Sudan.

Since 2011, the European Union provided around half a billion euro to humanitarian organisations to respond to the various crises in the country.

I mentioned that we appreciate the Sudanese interest in ratifying the revised Cotononu Agreement as this would be an important step for cementing the relations between Sudan and the European Union as well as for opening up opportunities for important financial support such as for example the European Investment Bank investments and for regular political dialogue.

I also expressed our support for delisting Sudan from the US state Sponsors of terrorist List.

In conclusion, I reiterated the need for Sudan to create a completely new enabling environment based on the humanitarian principles and relevant legal frameworks.

In this regard, the EU welcomes the recent announcement by the Humanitarian Aid Commissioner on the facilitation of movement of humanitarian workers and the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

I am honored and proud to have been welcomed by the President of the Sovereign Council to the country and I am eagerly looking forward to represent the European Union as Ambassador in this all important period of transition in the country.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Delegation of the European Union to Sudan.
Source: Apo-Opa