Invitation: First Bi-monthly Media briefing for October 2014 On the Occasion of: “World Habitat Day: Voices from the Slums

30.September.2014 · Posted in APO-OPA

CAIRO, Egypt, September 30, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Invitation

Media Briefing

The United Nations Information Centre in Cairo cordially invites you to attend the First Bi-monthly Media briefing for October 2014

On the Occasion of:

“World Habitat Day: Voices from the Slums”


Wednesday 1 October 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Place: United Nations Information Centre, 1 Osiris Street, Garden City

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Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone – PRESS RELEASE – Binta Mansaray Appointed RSCSL Registrar

30.September.2014 · Posted in APO-OPA

THE HAGUE, Netherland, September 30, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Secretary-General of the United Nations has appointed Binta Mansaray as Registrar of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone. Ms. Mansaray made her Solemn Declaration before RSCSL President Justice Philip Waki on 29 September 2014. She had served as Acting Registrar of the RSCSL since its inception in January 2014.

The Registrar, pursuant to Article 15 of the Statute, is appointed to a three-year term and is eligible for reappointment.

Binta Mansaray previously served as Registrar of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, a post she held from February 2010 to December 2013 when the SCSL closed upon the successful completion of its mandate. From July 2007 to February 2010 she was Deputy Registrar, and while continuing to hold that post, was appointed Acting Registrar in June 2009. Ms. Mansaray first joined the SCSL in 2003 as Outreach Coordinator, during which time she designed the Court’s widely-acclaimed grassroots programme to keep the people of Sierra Leone, and later Liberia, informed about the Court and the trials.

Prior to joining the Court, Ms. Mansaray was a human rights advocate for victims and ex-combatants stemming from Sierra Leone’s civil conflict, and worked with a number of organizations. She held the post of Country Representative for the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children in Sierra Leone, worked with the Campaign for Good Governance, and served as consultant with the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) and several civil society organizations.

Ms. Mansaray is a graduate of the University of Sierra Leone, and she received her Master’s degree from Fordham University in New York, U.S.A.

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The second Africa Global Business Forum will take place in Dubai on 1st and 2nd October 2014

30.September.2014 · Posted in APO-OPA

DUBAI, UAE, September 30, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — APO (African Press Organization) ( has been invited as VIP Guest to attend the second Africa Global Business Forum (, the region’s leading international trade and investment Forum on Africa, to take place at the Atlantis The Palm, Dubai on 1st and 2nd October 2014.

Photo: (Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO (African Press Organization)

Organised by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry with content developed by The Economist Events and under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the forum will explore new business partnerships and opportunities arising between Africa and Dubai.

The 2nd Africa Global Business Forum 2014 is by invitation only and will assemble high-level decision makers on the global business scene, including African Heads of State, Ministers, prominent CEOs operating globally, heads of private banks, sovereign wealth funds and private equity firms.

International speakers include: H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda; H.E. Armando Guebuza, President of Republic of Mozambique; H.E. Amama Mbabazi, Prime Minister of Uganda; Donald Kaberuka, President, African Development Bank Group.

Emirati speakers include H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and CEO, Emirates Airline and Group; H.E. Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State and Managing Director, Dubai Expo 2020; H.E. Sultan Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy ,H.E. Mohammed I. Al Shaibani, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), H.E Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP and many more.

In its strategy of expanding into the African continent, Dubai has become a major trading partner for the region as the emirate’s non-oil trade with the continent increased by 141%, up from AED 37.9 billion in 2008 to AED 91.3 billion ($25 billion) in 2013.

According to a Dubai Chamber statistics, African companies operating in Dubai have seen a percentage growth of 171% from the period from 2008 to mid-2014.


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Intra-Africa trade key to boosting African economies – DHL

30.September.2014 · Posted in APO-OPA

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, September 30, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — While international trade agreements such as AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act) and the recently announced Economic Partnership Agreement between European Union and Southern Africa are positive for the continent and should be encouraged, more emphasis needs to be placed on trade partnerships between African countries to drive seamless intra-Africa trade.


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This is according to Charles Brewer, Managing Director of DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa (, who says that while progress is slowly being made, insufficient trade agreements exist in order to encourage and drive intra-Africa trade. As a result there tends to be a focus on doing business with regions outside of Africa, such as the United States or China.

He says that African countries desperately need to start trading amongst themselves, and that the push for trade agreements should therefore not only be with international trading partners, but amongst African countries too.

“The DHL Global Connectedness Index revealed that Africa is the world’s least connected continent, when considering the ease of moving people, trade, information and finance. All African countries should therefore be focused on developing connectedness on the continent and building trade relationships. From a DHL standpoint, we are focused on making logistics more accessible and connecting Africa, which has resulted in the expansion of our retail footprint to over 3300 outlets in less than 3 years,” adds Brewer.

When comparing intra-regional trade statistics, Africa rates amongst the lowest, with less than 20% of what is produced in the region staying within the region. This, in essence, means that over 80% of what is produced in Africa is exported, mainly to the EU, China and the US. By comparison, 60% of Europe’s trade is with its own continent, and in North America, the figure is 40%.

As is well documented, one of the region’s biggest challenge in terms of realizing its trade potential is an under developed infrastructure, but Brewer says that this is slowly improving as several Africa regions continue to invest large amounts of capital into infrastructure development.

“Under developed infrastructure directly impacts the speed at which goods are moved into, out of and across the region. It also drives up logistics costs, and it is estimated that supply chain costs are up to nine times more expensive in Africa in comparison to other regions in the world. These inflated costs also ultimately hamper economic growth in the region.”

Brewer adds that while progress on infrastructure development and investment should continue, a push now needs to be made by African countries towards developing and implementing trade agreements which will encourage trade between the regions.

“Angola is the only country in Africa that has a formal and declared de minimus, and whilst all other Sub Saharan Africa countries have informal agreements, the fiscal clearance levels vary greatly. For example, in Tanzania, anything with a value greater than USD 5 will require formal clearance, which creates an additional administrative burden and potential clearance delays with minimal returns for the government in terms of duty revenues.”

“With that said, the situation is improving, and more countries are recognising that they need to find ways to make their markets accessible and easier to do business with. A great example for the region is Rwanda, who is looking to strip away bureaucracy, remove the red tape and make their country an attractive destination for trade and investment. More African countries need to follow this example, and the region will reap the rewards,” concludes Brewer.

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UNMISS denies report of peacekeepers reinforcing SPLA garrisons

30.September.2014 · Posted in APO-OPA

JUBA, South Sudan, September 30, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The attention of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has been drawn to allegations that appeared yesterday, in an article that was posted on the pro-armed opposition website, accusing the UNMISS peacekeepers of installing barbed wire fencing around SPLA garrisons in various locations in South Sudan to prevent SPLA troops from abandoning their positions in the event of future attacks.

UNMISS categorically denies these allegations and notes that, among other inaccuracies contained in the report, there are no Rwandan peacekeepers deployed in Renk, Nasir or Bentiu as claimed in the article. The Mission also deplores the growing tendency by individuals opposed to the efforts to restore peace in South Sudan to resort to malicious propaganda intended to exacerbate tensions and conflict.

UNMISS is mandated by the UN Security Council to protect civilians; monitor, investigate and promote human rights; facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance; and support the implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement between the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the SPLA in Opposition. The Mission has consistently maintained a stance of strict impartiality in the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, in keeping with its mandate, and there is no truth whatsoever to the allegations in the article.

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averda looks to clean more cities in Africa; Casablanca is the 6th city in its expansion on the continent

30.September.2014 · Posted in APO-OPA

CASABLANCA, Morocco, September 30, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — averda (, the global provider of integrated waste management services, showcased its new equipment dedicated to serve Casablanca, during an event organised by “La Ville de Casablanca” on September 4th 2014. averda was awarded the long-term waste management contract by the city of Casablanca earlier this year.


Photo: (averda Chairman Mr Maysarah Sukkar)

averda is bringing international expertise and new technology fleet, systems and equipment to the Moroccan market to ensure the city’s waste management needs are met as efficiently as possible.

From its strong roots and beginnings in Lebanon where it started operations in 1993, averda has become an acknowledged international supplier of waste management services currently serving 14 cities in three continents. averda aims to be present in 50 cities across five continents within 10 years.

Mr Maysarah Khalil Sukkar, averda Chairman, said: “ Our debut on the African continent where we currently clean six cities, gave us the desire and confidence to play a positive role in improving the environment in other African cities as well. Our solutions are adapted to our host market and make good use of technology as do our tried and tested community engagement initiatives. We are mindful of the need for our bespoke waste management services wherever we operate and are keen to clean more cities in Africa, a market we are confident to serve with as much care and dedication as we do our other emerging cities. averda is prepared and well placed to provide African countries with innovative waste management solutions to fulfill national vision of sustainability.”

With strong access to international markets, considerable resources and accumulated knowledge of environmental services in diverse climates and cultures, averda services a client-base that includes governments & muncipalities, businesses and residential communities through partnerships and projects in the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Angola, Morocco, and Ireland.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of averda International.

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averda International ( is the largest environmental solutions provider in the MENA region, specializing in integrated resources management. averda is at the forefront of innovation in the regional market, providing sustainable solutions and more than 35 years of experience in the effective management of waste for both private and public sector clients across pedestrian, residential, commercial and industrial areas.

averda’s extensive portfolio of services ranges from street cleaning through to waste collection, treatment, disposal and recycling. The company’s capabilities also include the development of solutions for water, wastewater and solid waste of public, residential, commercial, and industrial sectors, all within a sustainable framework that respects the natural environment. averda also designs and implements full-scale solutions to recover valuable and recyclable resources like paper, metals, and water.

With more than 10,000 employees serving millions of people every day, averda operates in full compliance with international standards for quality control throughout Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Morocco and Angola. averda is supported by GrowthGate Capital Corporation since 2008.

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IMF Staff Concludes Mission for a Staff-Monitored Program to Zimbabwe

30.September.2014 · Posted in APO-OPA

HARARE, Zimbabwe, September 30, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Mr. Domenico Fanizza visited Harare from September 17 to October 1, 2014 to conduct the third and last review under the Staff Monitored Program (SMP) approved by management in June 2013 and to hold discussions on a 15-month successor SMP. The authorities met all end-June 2014 quantitative targets and structural benchmarks under the program and the mission reached a staff level agreement on policies for a successor SMP. The mission met with Mr. Chinamasa, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Sibanda, Chief Secretary to the President’s and Cabinet, Dr. Mangudya, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ), other senior government officials, and representatives of the private sector, civil society and development partners. The team wishes to thank the authorities for their warm hospitality and the constructive discussions.

At the conclusion of the visit, Mr. Fanizza issued the following statement:

“The Zimbabwe government has redoubled its efforts to rebalance policies toward a stable macroeconomic environment conducive to private sector-led growth. Nonetheless, economic conditions remain difficult. Growth has slowed down because of inadequate financial flows, despite a very favorable agricultural season. This and the appreciation of the South African Rand, the major currency of Zimbabwe’s trading partner, has caused a liquidity crunch that has weakened economic activity. The external position remains precarious with low levels of international reserves, a large current account deficit, and external arrears. The authorities took decisive fiscal measures on the revenue and expenditure sides to keep fiscal policy on track and to protect social expenditures, despite the large civil service wage increase earlier in 2014. The authorities intend to re-engage with the international community. The mission welcomes Zimbabwe’s decision to start working with the international financial institutions to prepare a plan for clearing the outstanding arrears, as a step toward resolving the country’s debt challenge.

“The reform efforts have started to lay the ground for stronger, more inclusive, and lasting economic growth and addressing the economic challenges remains a priority for the government. It is encouraging that the authorities have come to the conclusion that Zimbabwe cannot address these challenges without the support of the international financial community. The authorities’ policy reform agenda, which they will monitor with the help of IMF staff under a proposed new 15-month SMP to end December 2015, consist of the following major areas:

Balancing the primary fiscal budget. This will send a strong signal that Zimbabwe’s government intends to live within its means. Moreover, fiscal policy will focus on raising the efficiency and quality of public spending and rebalancing the expenditure mix toward infrastructure and social outlays. Scarce public resources need to be used appropriately, underscoring the importance of containing pressures on the wage bill, stepping up reforms in the taxation of the mining sector, amending the Public Finance Management and Procurement Acts and approving the Public Debt Management Bill.

Restoring confidence and stability in Zimbabwe’s financial sector. The approval of the draft operational framework for the acquisition of nonperforming loans by the Zimbabwe Asset Management Company and other private asset management companies by the RBZ Executive Committee/Board, submission to Parliament of amendments to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Act, and amendments to the Banking Act, will be instrumental in restoring confidence and bringing stability to the sector.

Addressing the country’s debt challenge by stepping up re-engagement with all creditors with the objective to normalize relations. To this purpose gathering support to define a strategy for clearing arrears with multilateral institutions will be essential.

Clarifying the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Laws. This will encourage mutually beneficial partnerships between domestic and foreign investors. This step will go a long way toward allaying negative perceptions on the security of investments and property rights, provide legal transparency and predictability, and reassure markets of the government’s open invitation to invest in Zimbabwe.”

Upon return to Washington, the mission will submit its report and propose Management approval by November 2014.

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FCO Press Release: UK Minister welcomes start of Libya peace talks.

30.September.2014 · Posted in APO-OPA

LONDON, United-Kingdom, September 30, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Tobias Ellwood MP, Minister for North Africa, welcomes UN-led peace talks and underlines need for ceasefire and start of political dialogue in Libya.

Commenting today, Tobias Ellwood said:

“I welcome the start of UN-sponsored peace talks in Ghadames today. Libya faces serious political and security challenges which can only be addressed through an urgent ceasefire and political dialogue. I welcome the UN leadership in bringing the parties together, and the courage and conviction of the Libyans who have come to the negotiating table. This process will require time, patience and compromise from all sides. Those looking to undermine prospects for peace through violence and extremism should be in no doubt that the international community will not hesitate in taking action against them.

“The Libyan revolution of 2011 was about giving the people of Libya the opportunity to decide their future without fear of violence or persecution. These talks are an important reminder that these aspirations continue to this day.”

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Europe can stop deaths and suffering and regain control of its borders, says UN human rights expert

29.September.2014 · Posted in APO-OPA

GENEVA, Switzerland, September 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Attempts at ‘sealing’ borders and preventing at any cost irregular migrants from entering the European Union will continue to fail, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, has warned today.

The UN estimates that more than 130,000 migrants and asylum seekers have arrived in Europe by sea so far this year, compared with 80,000 last year. It is also estimated that over 800 people have died in the Mediterranean so far this year.

Despite good initiatives like the increase in search and rescue operations which have saved many lives, the emphasis remains on restricting the entry of migrants rather than on creating new legal channels for migration.

“Sealing international borders is impossible, and migrants will continue arriving despite all efforts to stop them, at a terrible cost in lives and suffering,” the human rights expert warned in an Open Letter* made public today, ahead of a key hearing of the European Parliament’s Committee on Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, on 30 September, to confirm the appointment of a new European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs.

“If Europe is to witness a significant reduction of human suffering at borders, it must bank not on strict closure, but on regulated openness and mobility,” Mr. Crépeau stressed, otherwise “the number of migrants risking their lives on unseaworthy vessels over perilous sea routes can only increase.”

The UN Special Rapporteur cautioned that the absence of regulated open migration channels for much needed low-wage migrants in several economic sectors (agriculture, construction, hospitality, to name a few) drives migration further underground, increases the precariousness of their situation, and entrenches smuggling mafias and exploitative employers, resulting in more deaths at sea and more human rights violations.

“It is paradoxical that, in the name of securing borders, European States are actually losing control over their borders, as mafias will often be ahead of that game. Moreover, the increasing number of persons fleeing from conflict, violence and oppression requires a new and concerted strategic approach by European States towards asylum seekers,” he said.

“While it needs to continue attempting to bring unscrupulous smugglers to trial for the suffering they inflict on migrants and asylum seekers, Europe will find it difficult to defeat resourceful and adaptable mafias unless one destroys their business model, which was created when barriers were erected and which thrives at evading restrictive migration policies of many EU Member States,” the human rights expert emphasized.

Mr. Crépeau also called for more concerted efforts by EU Member States to assist frontline countries such as Italy, Malta, Greece and Spain. “The search and rescue programmes cannot be the sole responsibility of the frontline countries,” he noted.

In 2012, the Special Rapporteur undertook a one-year comprehensive study to examine the rights of migrants in the Euro-Mediterranean region, focusing in particular on the management of the external borders of the European Union. Starting with a visit to the EU authorities in Brussels, Mr. Crépeau also visited Turkey, Tunisia, Greece and Italy. (His reports can be found at:

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Baird Discusses Counterterrorism Cooperation and Trade Ties with Algerian Counterpart

29.September.2014 · Posted in APO-OPA

OTTAWA, Canada, September 29, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement after meeting with Ramtane Lamamra, Algeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs:

“Canada and Algeria are determined partners in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism. As co-chairs of the Global Counterterrorism Forum’s Sahel Working Group, our two countries are mobilizing states and other stakeholders in North Africa and the Sahel to confront the scourge of extremism.

“Security partnerships like these are essential to confronting emerging threats, such as the increase in foreign terrorist fighters, including those joining the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. I look forward to continued engagement with our Algerian partners to build a safer world for Canadians and Algerians alike.

“We also discussed the potential for growth in our trade relationship. Canada is ready to increase trade and investment with emerging markets in the Middle East and North Africa. Canadian companies are well placed and keen to help Algeria achieve its new five-year economic development program, particularly in sectors where Canada has significant experience, such as mining, agriculture and agri-food, and oil and gas.”

While in Ottawa, Minister Lamamra also met with the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, the Honourable Andrew Scheer, Speaker of the House of Commons, and members of the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association.

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