Orange celebrates the 10 millionth Orange Money customer

DAKAR, Sénégal, April 17, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Stéphane Richard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orange (http://www.orange.com), gave a bonus to the 10 millionth customer of Orange Money in Dakar, Senegal: Ms Kanny G., who had gone to an Orange Money outlet to open an account, was surprised to learn that she had won a smartphone with an Orange Money credit of 100,000 FCFA (152 euros).

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Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=999 (Stéphane Richard (on the right), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orange, gave a bonus to the 10 millionth customer of Orange Money in Dakar, Senegal)

“Orange Money is a revolution in terms of customer experience, and the appeal of this service is the best proof that we made the right choice when we decided to offer mobile payment services in 2008. I am very proud to be in Dakar today to meet our 10 millionth Orange Money customer. While making a strong contribution to economic and social development, mobile financial services also represent a major growth engine in Africa and the Middle East as well as in Europe for Orange,” said Stéphane Richard.

Orange Money has seen exponential growth since it was launched. The service is now available in 13 countries: Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt (under the name Mobicash), Guinea, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Niger, Senegal and Uganda. In 2013, more than 2.2 billion euros in transactions were conducted through Orange Money. The ten million mark has just been hit, and in some countries, such as Côte d’Ivoire, more than 40% of all Orange customers have an Orange Money account.

The success of the Orange Money service is closely linked to that fact that it meets strong expectations by people in Africa and the Middle East. It adapts to lifestyles in countries where only a minority of inhabitants have bank accounts yet the majority have a mobile phone. It makes life easier for users every day by giving them a way to keep their money safe or by saving time on all of their transactions.

Subscription to Orange Money is free of charge. After opening their accounts, customers have access to three types of services:

- money transfers, allowing them to send and receive money by phone;

- easy remote payment for goods and services, whether to pay bills from partner companies (e.g. water, electricity or TV service) or to buy airtime;

- financial services enabling them to wire money to and from a bank account, pay wages, etc.

Orange Money is a major source of innovation for the Group, which is broadening its offer by developing an ecosystem of services and partnerships. For example, Orange recently launched several flagship projects:

- Orange Money International Transfer for mobile-to-mobile money transfers between Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal, which has achieved a market share of 15% in a matter of months;

- a partnership with Visa in Botswana, giving Orange Money subscribers easy access to new transaction options at Orange outlets, online and in licensed vending machines;

- a partnership being deployed with Total on distribution and merchant payment in service stations for greater access to Orange Money.

A number of other projects are planned for 2014: the opening of additional corridors for international transfers, the creation of services for customers with bank accounts, and the development of new interfaces for smartphones, which are becoming more widespread. Moreover, the Group is continuing its efforts to build up its distribution network, especially in the most remote regions, as proximity is a key success factor for Orange Money.

Orange’s ambition is to support the anticipated growth of the mobile payment market in the coming years. The Group also plans to expand its range of affordable financial and banking services and give as many people as possible access to them. Its objective is to turn them into indispensable services in the years to come, just as voice services, text-messaging and Internet access are today.

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

Press contacts:

France

01 44 44 93 93

Mylène Blin, mylene.blin@orange.com

Tom Wright, tom.wright@orange.com

UK

Vanessa Clarke

vanessa.clarke@orange.com

+44 (0)7818 848 848

About Orange

Orange (http://www.orange.com) is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 41 billion euros in 2013 and has 165,000 employees worldwide at 31 December 2013, including 102,000 employees in France. Present in 30 countries, the Group has a total customer base of more than 236 million customers at 31 December 2013, including 178 million mobile customers and 15 million broadband internet customers worldwide. Under the Orange Business Services brand, Orange is also one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.

Orange is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris (ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (ORAN).

For more information (on the web and on your mobile): www.orange.com, www.orange-business.com, www.orange-innovation.tv or to follow us on Twitter: @presseorange.

Orange and any other Orange product or service cited in this press release are trademarks held by Orange or Orange Brand Services Limited.

Source: APO

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FCO Press Release: Foreign Secretary condemns abduction of school girls in northern Nigeria

LONDON, United-Kingdom, April 17, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Secretary appalled by the abduction of up to 100 school girls in northern Nigeria, offers UK help.

Reacting to the abduction, Foreign Secretary William Hague said:

“I am appalled by the abduction of up to 100 school girls in Borno State, in northern Nigeria. My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with them, and with their families.

I condemn this cowardly act and those responsible for it. We stand ready to provide assistance to help the Nigerian government ensure that these children can be returned to their families in safety, and to bring to justice those responsible.

This attack follows other reports of Boko Haram’s abduction of women and girls, the barbaric murder of schoolchildren and the use of sexual violence. There is no possible justification for such callous acts, that intentionally target the most vulnerable people in the cruellest way.

The UK is a firm ally and friend of the people of Nigeria and we will continue to offer staunch support and assistance as they combat the threat posed by Boko Haram, and address the wider issues raised by this attack.”

Source: APO

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African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) Announces 2nd International Conference; Call for Abstracts

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, April 17, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The importance of laboratory research and quality diagnostics cannot be overstated, especially at a time when Africa is challenged by disease outbreaks. Opportunities to publicise research findings among a global audience are uniquely available to African scientists, researchers and policymakers at the second international conference of the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM), http://www.ASLM2014.org.

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The ASLM conference, ASLM2014, is a platform for the global laboratory community to share best practices, acquire knowledge and debate innovative approaches for tackling major health challenges. The conference theme is “Innovation and Integration of Laboratory and Clinical Systems: Reshaping the Future of HIV, Tuberculosis (TB), Malaria, Influenza, Neglected Tropical Diseases and Emerging Pathogens in Africa.”

Abstract submission remains open until 30 April 2014.

ASLM2014 will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, on 30 November – 4 December 2014, and it will serve to highlight ASLM’s pan-African efforts to improve quality patient care and disease control through improved laboratory systems and networks in Africa.

“Laboratories play a strategic role in global health security,” said Dr. Tsehaynesh Messele, ASLM Chief Executive Officer. “Sharing best practices allows the African health community to capitalise on the historical movement to improve laboratory efficiency, lower costs and develop sustainable local capacity. Through events such as ASLM2014, we can expand our knowledge and charter new territory to advocate for the critical role and advancement of laboratory medicine in Africa.”

To learn more about the second international conference of the African Society for Laboratory Medicine, visit http://www.ASLM2014.org.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM).

Media contact: Corey White, cwhite@aslm.org, (+251) 11-557-1021

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Senator Larry Smith to highlight Canada’s support for poverty-reduction efforts in Ghana

OTTAWA, Canada, April 16, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Honourable Larry Smith, Senator (Québec – Saurel), will highlight Canada’s support for sustainable livelihoods and health programming in Ghana, during an address at McGill University’s Macdonald Campus.

During the address, Senator Smith will make an announcement about a programming partnership between the Government of Canada and McGill University, and highlight support for other food-security initiatives in Ghana.

DATE: Thursday, April 17, 2014

TIME: 10:30 am

LOCATION: Macdonald Stewart Building, Room MS2-022

McGill University, Macdonald Campus

21111 Lakeshore Road

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec

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Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the bombing incident in the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria

TOKYO, Japan, April 16, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — 1. The Government of Japan deeply regrets the bombing incident in the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria on April 14, 2014, which caused many casualties. Japan expresses its deep condolences for those who have been killed and the bereaved families, and also extends its heartfelt sympathy to those wounded in the incident.

2. Terrorism cannot be justified on any ground or for any purpose. The Government of Japan firmly condemns every act of terrorism.

3. Japan strongly hopes that the Government of Nigeria and its people overcome ethnics and religious differences, and continue making efforts toward the stabilization of the security situation.

Source: APO

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