U.S. Embassy hosts Ethiopia Hacks! 5.0: River Basin Restoration

20.May.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa hosted the Fifth Hackathon as part of its Ethiopia Hacks! Program.  Participants were challenged to develop technological solutions to support the Addis Ababa river basin restoration project.

To help participants get started, the U.S. Embassy brought U.S. expert Dr. Melinda Laturi, Professor of Eco System Science and Sustainability Director at Colorado State University to share her experience using technological solutions to clean rivers and keep them clean. Addis Ababa Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Protection and Green Development Commission- Gutama Moroda also addressed participants.

At the end of the program, each team presented their concepts to a panel four judges to compete for first, second, and third place prizes. The first place team was Team Blue, a group from HiLCoE- School of Computer Science and Technology.

Team Blue’s solution would use web-based data collection with the Telegram application, which can share GPS information from where the data/information about a river is sent. The application accepts text and pictures about the river, which could be used to help target interventions and protect the river from pollution.

Ethiopia Hacks! is conducted in partnership with the Google Developers Group (GDG- Addis) and the Centre for Accelerated Women’s Economic Empowerment (CAWEE).  Each hackathon invites ten teams of five young coders to invent technological solutions to challenges in Ethiopia.

By supporting and developing an eco-system that promotes innovation, and technology, the U.S. Embassy is investing in the capacity of Ethiopians to shape their future. In total, the Ethiopia Hacks! Program will invest in the capacity of 600 tech-savvy youth, over the course of 12 Hackathons. Funding is provided jointly by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Peter Eriksson travels to Tanzania and Mozambique

20.May.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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Sweden has extensive development cooperation with both of these countries, and has been committed to helping them combat poverty since they gained independence. During his visit, Mr Eriksson will meet a range of actors, including government representatives, human rights defenders, civil society organisations and multilateral actors.

In Tanzania, Mr Eriksson will visit a number of cooperation projects targeting issues such as human rights, agricultural development, renewable energy and education. Focus will be on discussing developments in the area of democracy and human rights, the economic outlook, and natural resource management and biodiversity.

In Mozambique, Mr Eriksson will first visit Maputo, then travel to Beira, where focus will be on humanitarian efforts following cyclone Idai and reconstruction of the region. Climate and environmental issues, and enhanced resilience in the event of natural disasters will also be addressed.

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WHO announces four new goodwill ambassadors for promoting global health

20.May.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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World Health Organization today announced today the appointment of four new goodwill ambassadors, from the fields of sports, politics and community mobilization, to promote healthier lives, stronger health workforces and improved mental health globally.

The new ambassadors are:

  • Alisson Becker, goalkeeper of the Brazilian national and Liverpool football teams, and Dr Natália Loewe Becker, medical doctor and health advocate from Brazil, as WHO Goodwill Ambassadors for Health Promotion;
  • Cynthia Germanotta, President of Born This Way Foundation, which co-founded with her daughter, Lady Gaga, as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for mental health;
  • Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Health Workforce.

 
The announcements were made by WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in his speech to open the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva. 

“I welcome President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Cynthia Germanotta, Alisson Becker and Natália Loewe Becker as WHO’s new Goodwill Ambassadors and look forward to working with them over the coming years,” said Dr Tedros. “Each of our new ambassadors are champions in their own right, from helping their communities rebuild and develop sustainably, to fighting for better mental health and wellbeing, to being role models for healthier living.”

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Strategic partnership between the Federation of Monaco rugby and Rugby Union Mauritius

20.May.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Rugby Union Mauritius

A special delegation travelled with the national team to meet the Royal family and the economic authorities of Monaco.

A strategic partnership has been signed between the Rugby Union Mauritius (http://MauritiusRugby.org) and the Fédération of Monaco rugby as part of the game development and friendly exchanges between the two federations, including the Mauritius2024 Olympic program.

The President of the Rugby Union Mauritius – RUM, Kevin Venkiah termed this agreement as historic and highlighted the impact of it on both federations’ development: “This is a historic and major agreement for our federation, there has been existing partnerships and relations between Monaco and Mauritius in many sectors, the implementation of a strategic partnership between our two federations will help to better structure our common development. It is the result of a relationship of trust that we have set-up together, it is the second year that we have participated in this prestigious international tournament, Monaco is an ambitious federation that shares many common vision with Mauritius.”

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Seven Local Startups to Represent Egypt in Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) 2019

20.May.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

U.S. Embassy - Cairo

Seven Egyptian startups have been selected to represent the country in the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in The Hague, Netherlands, June 3-5. While in the Netherlands, representatives of the seven firms will have opportunities to network with over 1,000 other entrepreneurs and over 300 investors from around the world.

The annual GES conference brings together top entrepreneurs, investors, thought leaders, corporate partners, and policy makers. This year’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit will focus its activities on five critical areas: Agriculture/Food, Connectivity, Energy, Health, and Water.

At a May 20 press conference hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Charge d’Affaires Thomas Goldberger noted, “These seven Egyptian companies were selected because of their drive, vision, and readiness to meet the challenge of scaling up regionally and globally to maximize their impact. We look forward to these startups showcasing their accomplishments on the world-wide stage of GES.”

The following Egyptian startups were selected:

  • SWVL, an app that allows Egyptians to book fixed-route buses between neighborhoods for a fixed fare and without surge pricing.
  • Elves, an artificial intelligence powered personal concierge app that can do everything from getting items delivered to your front door to booking flights or restaurant reservations.
  • SmartCare, a startup that focuses on corporate health care insurance products.
  • Breadfast, a food delivery services company that delivers fresh food overnight and to your doorstep.
  • Al-Mouneer, Egypt’s first specialized diabetic eye care clinic that helps preserve the vision of Egyptians through specialized quality services and secure electronic health records.
  • Chitosan, a company focusing on developing an organic, safe, and high quality supply of marine based chitin and chitosan, which are used in a variety of industries including pharmaceuticals to treat high cholesterol and obesity.
  • Agrimatic Farms, a startup commercializing an innovative approach to farming not requiring soil.

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ECA pledges practical support to Angola’s economic reform

20.May.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has established three work streams aimed at supporting Angola on its sustainable development trajectory and macroeconomic reform agenda, following the accession to power of President João Lourenço in September 2017.

A series of high-level talks with Angolan authorities culminated with discussions at the Presidential palace in which four main areas of cooperation were agreed.

These include: supporting Angola restore macroeconomic stability and diversify its economy within the context of the country’s National Development Plan 2018-2022, improving public debt management, increasing the share of renewable energy in the country’s energy mix and capitalizing on the opportunities of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

President João Lourenço’s reform agenda comprises a series of measures to render Angola’s economy more diversified and less oil dependent – including a demarche to restructure inefficient state corporations, strengthen the country’s fiscal sustainability, reduce inflation, improve overall macroeconomic fundamentals, foster social inclusion, stem corruption and improve the business environment to stimulate foreign and local investments.

ECA’s Vera Songwe therefore congratulated the Angolan President for the bold reform measures and progress achieved so far, which if sustained, could cement Angola’s position as a leading economy in Africa.

“ECA is ready to work with you in your efforts to improve domestic resource mobilization, debt management and crowding in the private sector,” Ms. Songwe assured President João Lourenço. 

“We hope that Angola will be part of the community of African nations which would have ratified the AfCFTA when we meet in Niamey, next July”, she added.

In her meeting with the Minister of Finance of Angola, Mr. Archer Mangueira, Ms. Songwe indicated that though ECA is not a financing institution, it could work with the Angolan authorities to offer smart solutions which would help the country to save money that can then be channeled towards other development priorities, especially those that would contribute to social inclusion and promote inclusive growth.

She acknowledged the positive steps Angola had already taken to broaden its tax base while making a call for serious work towards improving public debt management including the use of local-currency denominated debt.

Analysts have estimated Angola’s public debt burden to be as high as 60% of its GDP.

Ms. Songwe suggested to Angolan authorities to embrace the digital economy, including Fintech as a means to explore the creative potential of the youth and generate jobs in the service and other sectors.  

In a discussion with Angola’s Minister of Trade, Jofre Van-Dúnem Júnior, ECA’s Executive Secretary was elated to learn that the country plans to ratify the AfCFTA agreement before the African Union Summit in Niamey – Niger, next July.

She noted that the continental trade agreement was an investment opportunity for Angola to build a diversified and competitive economy and that Angola should use it as an opportunity to fast-track its horizontal and vertical economic diversification program. Accordingly, ECA will work with Angola to formulate national AfCFTA strategies. 

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Federal Foreign Office on emergency aid to contain Ebola in eastern Congo

20.May.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (19 May) on stepping up assistance measures to combat the world’s second largest outbreak of Ebola:

“The Federal Foreign Office is now providing the WHO with a further four million euros for immediate humanitarian relief in eastern Congo to contain the Ebola outbreak. Germany is thus making a crucial contribution towards curbing this outbreak. The funds will be used to support the treatment of those infected and to finance prevention measures such as vaccinations for those at immediate risk as well as measures in the sphere of hygiene and drinking water supplies. This will complement humanitarian projects run by international organisations or German NGOs and funded by Germany aimed at prevention in neighbouring countries Uganda, Burundi and South Sudan (e.g. regular health screenings at border crossings). To date, there have been no cases of Ebola there.”

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HELLO KITTY appointed as Special Envoy (Mascot Character) for TICAD (Tokyo International Conference on African Development)

20.May.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

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On May 20, 100 days to go until the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) scheduled to be held in Yokohama from August 28, 2019,HELLO KITTY was appointed as Special Envoy (Mascot Character) for the TICAD. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs thereby ask her cooperation in actively conducting public relations on Japan's activities contributing to the development of cooperation in Africa.

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Canon expands UVgel printer series with new Océ Colorado 1650 for optimal flexibility

20.May.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA)

Canon Central and North Africa (www.Canon-CNA.com), leader in imaging solutions, today launches the new Océ Colorado 1650 printer, extending customer choice by expanding the series of roll-to-roll large format devices featuring Canon UVgel technology. The Océ Colorado 1650 introduces a new flexible ink and Océ FLXfinish, meeting the needs of customers wanting increased media versatility to fuel business growth.

The new 64” production printer builds on the breakthrough productivity, output quality and media versatility of the Océ Colorado 1640, while delivering optimal performance for print service providers (PSPs) producing high volumes of applications such as self-adhesive vinyls, wall coverings, canvasses, soft signage and front- and back-lit graphics requiring a high degree of flexibility for mounting and framing.

The Océ Colorado 1650 works with a new version of Canon UVgel ink, designed for maximum flexibility by increasing the ‘stretchability’ of each cured ink droplet. Output from the printer can be bent and folded for soft signage applications, without risk of cracking.

In addition, the Océ Colorado 1650 incorporates Océ FLXfinish, a new approach to LED curing which allows the user to choose between matte or gloss modes for each individual print to achieve different aesthetic finishes, without the need to change inks or media. A gloss finish gives visual impact to applications such as banners and posters, while a matte appearance is particularly appealing for high quality indoor applications viewed in artificial light, such as wall coverings or premium instore Point-Of-Sale (POS) materials.

Océ FLXfinish technology also enables printing on porous media, such as uncoated papers, as well as soft signage materials such as textiles and silicon edged graphics, by enabling each ink droplet to be ‘fixed’ immediately on jetting, preventing absorption by the substrate.

The Colorado Series features exact positioning enabling near perfect registration for double-sided printing and ‘inside out’ printing for media wound with the printable surface facing in, further boosting productivity and versatility.

Somesh Adukia B2B Sales and Marketing Director, Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) explains: “When we launched the Océ Colorado 1640 at FESPA in 2017, we were convinced that our Canon UVgel technology had to be a platform for an extended family of products, designed to give customers the optimal blend of high productivity, broad colour gamut, wide applications range and low cost of ownership.”

“Based on the positive feedback from our customers and channel partners, we have channeled our R&D efforts over the last two years into delivering a second 64” printer that maximises the very popular production advantages of the gel technology, while elevating performance for media and applications such as self-adhesive vinyls, which account for an increasing proportion of customer output.”

Somesh Adukia adds: “The fact that we can now also offer the additional choice of matte and gloss prints at the push of a button is a very exciting development for graphics producers, enabling them to unlock new business opportunities in premium interior POS and décor, with a single printer and without switching media or inks.”

The Océ Colorado 1650 has been tested by several existing Canon UVgel customers in EMEA who have reported excellent results across a range of applications including wall coverings, labels and promotional graphics.

Canon presented the new solution this week at FESPA Global Print Expo 2019 in Munich, where it produced live applications such as wall coverings and self-adhesive vinyls.

The Océ Colorado 1640 model is also on display, producing POS materials such as posters with automated inline cutting using technology from Canon finishing partner Fotoba (see separate Canon at FESPA 2019 overview release).

The Océ Colorado 1640 printer is the recommended choice for PSPs whose output is dominated by floor graphics, posters and signage and vehicle graphics requiring the most robust performance. Customers benefit from reduced time to market as Canon UVgel prints are instantly dry, while the increased media choice enables them to produce high quality stand-out indoor applications using Machine Coated Offset paper. The original ink offers strong durability, with exceptional inherent resistance to scratches, abrasion, washing and scrubbing, as well as chemicals and solvents, without the need for additional lamination.

There are over 800 placements of the Océ Colorado 1640 printer worldwide to date, 500 of which are in the EMEA region, with more than 25 customers working with multiple devices. Data from the customer base shows that each Colorado engine is printing on average more than 14,600 sqm per year, with 12% of units producing in excess of 25,000 sqm. This underlines the outstanding productivity achievable with these printers, thanks to the combination of exceptional output speed, automated nozzle maintenance and ease of media loading.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA).

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Canon Central & North Africa (CCNA):
Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) (www.Canon-CNA.com) is a division within Canon Middle East FZ LLC (CME), a subsidiary of Canon Europe. The formation of CCNA in 2016 is a strategic step that aims to enhance Canon’s business within the Africa region – by strengthening Canon’s in-country presence and focus.

CCNA also demonstrates Canon’s commitment to operating closer to its customers and meeting their demands in the rapidly evolving African market. Canon has been represented in the Africa continent for more than 15 years through distributors and partners that have successfully built a solid customer base in the region.

CCNA will ensure the provision of high quality, technologically advanced products that meet the requirements of Africa’s rapidly evolving marketplace. With over 100 employees, it will manage sales and marketing activities across 44 countries in Africa.

Canon’s corporate philosophy is Kyosei – ‘living and working together for the common good’.

For more information, log on to: www.Canon-CNA.com

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Canon brought game-changing large format graphics innovations to FESPA 2019 to fuel customer ambitions

20.May.2019 · Posted in APO-OPA

Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA)

Last week at FESPA 2019 (14th-17th May 2019, Messe Munich, Germany), Canon (www.Canon-CNA.com) presented game-changing innovations designed to help signage and graphics producers create high margin end-user products and improve operational efficiencies to fuel business growth.

The highlights of the Canon stand were as follows:

  • the newly launched Océ Colorado 1650 64” roll-to-roll printer featuring new Canon UVgel ink and Océ FLXfinish technology (see separate release)
  • the Océ Colorado 1640 with automated inline print-and-cut workflow
  • the first viewing of the Océ Arizona 1300 UV-flatbed printer series at an international event (see separate launch release)
  • the Océ Arizona 6170 with High Flow Vacuum (HFV) for precise registration when working with rigid media
  • the imagePROGRAF PRO-2000 24” large format printer using Water Resistant Media

Driving new opportunities

Visitors to the Canon stand discovered new technologies, stand-out creative applications and seamless end-to-end workflows designed to help them fuel their growth through improved production efficiency and by differentiating their product offering.

To help customers unlock new application opportunities, Canon launched the Océ Colorado 1650 roll-to-roll printer at FESPA 2019. The new printer optimises productivity and performance of self-adhesive vinyls, wall coverings, canvasses, soft signage materials, front- and back-lit graphics as well as non-coated paper, and incorporates Océ FLXfinish technology, giving customers the choice of matte or gloss modes on the same media type without changing ink on one single machine for increased application versatility.

The Océ Arizona 1380 GT model, part of the Océ Arizona 1300 printer series, has been presented for the first time at an international event following its January 2019 launch (see separate release). The UV-flatbed printer printed live both rigid and flexible media at FESPA 2019. It has also produced textured applications reliably and cost-effectively using Océ Touchstone, showing visitors how they can offer sophisticated and easy-to-use elevated printing, adding exciting tactile elements to print projects to achieve higher margins. The Océ Arizona 1380 GT is powered by Océ Arizona Xpert, a unique workflow software solution that allows you to create recipes for complex projects that can be repeated for true efficiency, helping customers to improve time to market.

Accelerating operational efficiency

Consistent with its commitment to help customers to optimise operational efficiencies, Canon has collaborated closely with finishing partner Fotoba to design a new automated print-and-cut solution for roll-to-roll applications produced using the Canon UVgel printers (Océ Colorado 1640 and 1650). Building on the technology preview shared at FESPA 2018, the solution – which will be commercially available later in 2019 – integrates the Océ Colorado roll-to-roll printer with the Fotoba XLD series cutter, enabling automated finishing of printed output, resulting in full-bleed applications without manual operation.

An auto-loading module feeds the printed media roll from the printer into the cutter. This enables cutting to proceed automatically, eliminating manual operator intervention and production downtime from manual feeding. The 18 metre-per-minute operating speed achievable with the Fotoba XLD device is well matched to the ultra-fast printing speed of the Océ Colorado printers, enabling exceptional productivity for high-volume graphics applications, such as full-bleed posters.

For customers seeking to streamline production with challenging media, such as corrugated board and plywood, the Océ Arizona 6170 was  demonstrated with High Flow Vacuum (HFV) which keeps substrates flat to the flatbed for precise registration, while reducing preparation time for operators. Linked with Océ ProCut workflow software, it showed visitors how automated cutting can remove the need for manual intervention and speed up production, enabling skilled resources to be redeployed in other areas of the business.

As part of Canon’s extensive large format portfolio, stand visitors were able to see the 24” imagePROGRAF PRO-2000 printing on Water Resistant Media for signs, banners, posters, self-adhesive graphics and pop-up displays. There is no need for lamination when using Canon’s Water Resistant Media, thanks to its ink-receiving layer that consists of a binder with low water solubility. With a choice of options including matte polypropylene, self-adhesive and banner vinyl, the Water Resistant Media range offers an easy, quick and cost-effective choice for customers to produce indoor and outdoor prints that can last up to six months.

Visitors to the Canon stand were also able to explore a range of graphics and retail décor elements which were created to support the promotion of coffee table book ‘Speed’, showing how brands can use print to create consistent and emotionally engaging experiences for their end customers, encouraging new and repeat business. From POS to encourage purchase, through to interior décor to enhance the customer’s brand experience, the ‘Speed’ campaign applications demonstrate print’s role as part of a multi-channel launch.

Somesh Adukia B2B Sales and Marketing Director, Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) comments: “Large format graphics print service providers continue to look for ways to diversify, manage an evolving product mix, and handle growing volumes. With the launch of the Océ Arizona 1300 earlier this year and the introduction of the Océ Colorado 1650 at FESPA 2019, we’ve focused our innovation efforts on addressing these challenges and helping customers to manage and stimulate growth.”

“At FESPA, customers were able to see how to achieve operational excellence with new digital print technology innovations, supported closely by our workflow partners. We also inspired visitors with the lucrative possibilities that come from taking existing applications and transforming them into something that offers even more value, with the potential to differentiate and propel their business forward.”

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA).

Media Contact:
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Canon Central & North Africa (CCNA):
Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) (www.Canon-CNA.com) is a division within Canon Middle East FZ LLC (CME), a subsidiary of Canon Europe. The formation of CCNA in 2016 is a strategic step that aims to enhance Canon’s business within the Africa region – by strengthening Canon’s in-country presence and focus.

CCNA also demonstrates Canon’s commitment to operating closer to its customers and meeting their demands in the rapidly evolving African market. Canon has been represented in the Africa continent for more than 15 years through distributors and partners that have successfully built a solid customer base in the region.

CCNA will ensure the provision of high quality, technologically advanced products that meet the requirements of Africa’s rapidly evolving marketplace. With over 100 employees, it will manage sales and marketing activities across 44 countries in Africa.

Canon’s corporate philosophy is Kyosei – ‘living and working together for the common good’.

For more information, log on to: www.Canon-CNA.com

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