Ingenico Group earns Award for ‘Financial Inclusion Platform of the Year’

PARIS, France, May 21, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — At the 5th edition of the annual Mobile Money Expo in Lagos, Nigeria, Ingenico Group (Euronext: FR0000125346 – ING) (http://www.ingenico.com), the global leader in seamless payment, won the very coveted ‘Financial Inclusion Platform of the Year’ Award. In recognition of its Financial Inclusion initiatives across Africa, Ingenico Group also received the Awards for ‘Best Mobile Money/Card Combination’ and ‘Best Data Monitoring Solution’.

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The Kalahari awards are dedicated to acknowledging creativity, commitment and excellence in the mobile financial services across Africa. Each award is given based on a number of criteria, including geographic market penetration, on-going of commercial campaigns, regulatory compliance, cross-sector partnerships, active deployments and future potentials for further growth.

“We are very proud to be the ‘Financial Inclusion Platform of the Year’ Award winner, and very honored to be rewarded with 3 Kalahari awards”, commented Rachid Oulad Akdim, Africa Managing Director, Ingenico Group. “Ingenico Group leverages both its in-depth market knowledge and technology to enable its customers to have a long-lasting, positive impact on developing communities, while still growing their business and contributing to positive economic growth. These awards confirm our strategy as we are committed to pursue our vision to deepen financial inclusion and offer the African market evermore empowering services and solutions.”

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

Contacts / Ingenico Group

IR & Communication

Catherine Blanchet

VP IR & Corporate Communication

catherine.blanchet@ingenico.com

T. / +33 1 58 01 85 68

Communication

Coba Taillefer

External Communication Manager

coba.taillefer@ingenico.com

T. / +33 1 58 01 85 68

Europe & Africa

Pierre Delaunay

Head of Marketing & Communication

pierre.delaunay@ingenico.com

T. / +33 1 58 01 87 31

About Ingenico Group

Ingenico Group (Euronext: FR0000125346 – ING) (http://www.ingenico.com) is the global leader in seamless payment, providing smart, trusted and secure solutions to empower commerce across all channels, in-store, online and mobile. With the world’s largest payment acceptance network, we deliver secure payment solutions with a local, national and international scope. We are the trusted world-class partner for financial institutions and retailers, from small merchants to several of the world’s best known global brands. Our solutions enable merchants to simplify payment and deliver their brand promise.

www.ingenico.com

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African organisations under pressure to sharpen skills retention and employee engagement – Sage

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, May 21, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Businesses across major African economies such as Kenya and Nigeria are coming under increasing pressure to align their strategies for retaining talent, compensating employees and engaging with their workforces with good international practices.

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That’s according to Gerhard Hartman, Head of Department for Sage Payroll & HR’s International Division (http://www.sage.com), who says that African companies are facing stiffer competition for skills as economies grow, governments pump money into building infrastructure, and professionals are lured into the diaspora by the promise of big salaries paid in hard currencies.

One recent study conducted by EY (http://www.apo.af/DJv9Xd) found that 70% of African firms are recruiting–yet many report that they are taking longer to fill vacancies and experiencing higher staff turnover. The skills that are in short demand include engineering, technical and commercial skills, partly because of massive infrastructure products occurring across Africa, says Hartman.

“There’s a real hunger for skills in Africa, which means that businesses are demanding that HR departments step up to the plate,” he adds. “They have to craft strategies that help them to attract and retain the best talent, as well as develop human resources in a manner that delivers a high return on investment to the business. That means they need to really focus on sharpening their capabilities.”

According to a KPMG survey (http://www.apo.af/pBojFI), staff costs make up more than 25% of the total income in 34% of surveyed organisations in Nigeria. This stat seems to be broadly in line with the rest of Africa, says Hartman. There is a growing realisation that employees can be a strategic asset rather than a massive expensive if they are well managed, he adds.

Hartman says that African organisations should focus on the following areas to boost HR performance:

1. Building the employer brand

According to an EY 2014 survey (http://www.apo.af/DJv9Xd) of talent trends and practices in sub Saharan Africa, the strength of the employer brand is the most important factor in attracting talent. Companies that have a reputation as innovative, interesting and caring places to work are the best placed to attract high calibre talent. Companies must focus on creating a positive culture, a quality workplace and a good employee experience since employees value this as much as they do money.

2. Remuneration and rewards

Of course, the importance of a competitive benefits and compensation package cannot be overestimated. High quality employees know their value and expect employers to provide packages that compare favourably to standards in the profession or industry. As such, employers should benchmark their rewards against the rest of the market.The basic salary or wage is important, but savvy employees also want to know about benefits such as medical cover and retirement planning as well as perks such as flexible hours, on-site facilities such as canteens and gyms, and their 13th cheque or performance bonus. It’s important to have a documented reward philosophy to ensure consistency.

3. Learning and development opportunities

Employees place a high value on learning and development opportunities, especially the ambitious high performers who want to improve themselves and move up the ladder. It is important to have a formal learning and training strategy – perhaps mapped to career paths – so employees feel they have structured opportunities for self-improvement. Those that want to study independently should also be supported and encouraged. Of course, it’s also important to create an environment where there is support from mentors to help younger employees learn on the job.

4. Performance management

A fair and transparent performance management process can help organisations boost employee satisfaction while optimising performance. Formal performance management enables organisations to align the individual’s career goals with the strategy of the business.

5. Employee engagement

Employee engagement is about the techniques, tools and strategies organisations use to get employees motivated about their work and engaged in the business’s strategy, values and culture. HR departments can use instruments such as employee satisfaction surveys, exit interviews and informal feedback to discover how engaged employees feel so that they can find opportunities for improvement.

6. Leveraging IT tools and HR data

Many of the above strategies can be boosted or enabled through the use of IT. For example, organisatons could use cloud-based solutions to automate manual processes. They could further benefit from better access to information they can use to make better HR decisions. Employee self-service can also give better service to employees—for example, by letting apply for leave or retrieve payslips online—thereby improving employee engagement.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Sage HR & Payroll – International Division.

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About Sage HR & Payroll – International Division

Sage HR & Payroll (previously Sage HR Africa) is a leading supplier of payroll and human resource management solutions for businesses of all sizes in Africa and the Middle East. We offer easy-to-use, efficient and secure payroll and HR software solutions under the Sage One, Sage VIP and Sage Pastel Payroll & HR brands.

Our solutions – for organisations ranging from start-ups, small to medium-sized companies and large multinational corporations – ensure that businesses are kept up-to-date and fully compliant with ever changing legislative requirements. From the intuitive design of our software to the expertise of our people, we focus on giving businesses the confidence and control they need to achieve their business ambition.

We have an African footprint of 36 countries that includes an extensive network of Strategic and Business Partners that assists with installation, training and any on-site support businesses require.

About The Sage Group plc

We provide small and medium sized organisations, and mid-market companies with a range of easy-to-use, secure and efficient business management software and services – from accounting, HR and payroll, to payments, enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management. Our customers receive continuous advice and support through our global network of local experts to help them solve their business problems, giving them the confidence to achieve their business ambitions. Formed in 1981, Sage was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and entered the FTSE 100 in 1999. Sage has millions of customers and circa 13,000 employees in 23 countries covering the UK & Ireland, mainland Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia, Asia and Brazil. For further information please visit www.sage.com

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EU steps up engagement in support of Somali culture

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, May 21, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On the occasion of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, the EU Delegation to Somalia wants to reiterate its commitment to strengthen Somali efforts to rebuild cultural heritage.

Indeed, moving out of conflict is not just about rebuilding infrastructure & security which is important.

It’s a broader process whereby communities reflect on how their identity and heritage brings them together and how it can help them to thrive as a society.

It enables communities to heal the scars of war and to create spaces for dialogue, exchanges and tolerance.

The EU has been a steadfast supporter of Somali culture by publishing with Unesco a “Scoping Study on the Somali Culture Sector” and by supporting cultural centres in Hargeisa and Mogadishu.

Moreover, on May 7th, the EU Delegation has gathered the “Friends of Somali Culture”, a wide range of Somali culture actors who will now reflect on how the international community can contribute to the revival of the Somali culture. On the World day for Cultural Diversity, culture brings the Somali people together.

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Media advisory: Launch of the African Economic Outlook 2015

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, May 21, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Launch of the African Economic Outlook 2015

9 a.m. GMT/Abidjan (5 a.m., New York; 11 a.m., Paris) on Monday, 25 May 2015.

AfDB Annual Meetings, Sofitel Hotel Ivoire, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

The African Development Bank (AfDB), the OECD Development Centre and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will publish their joint African Economic Outlook 2015, a yearly report containing projections, analyses and 54 country notes on macroeconomic, finance, trade and human development trends in Africa.The report will be launched on the first day of the 50th AfDB Annual Meetings , which will take place from May 25-29, 2015 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

This 2015 Outlook’s thematic chapter will focus on regional development and spatial inclusion. It takes an analytical perspective at how the continent’s demographic pressures combined to the growth of cities pose important challenges and opportunities, while bringing forward innovative approaches to better tap the assets of African regions and secure the continent’s transformation by 2050.

The report will be launched by:

• Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, Acting Chief Economist and Vice-President, AfDB Group

• Mario Pezzini, Director, OECD Development Centre

• Ayodele Odusola, Chief Economist, UNDP Africa

Media contacts for interview and information requests:

• African Development Bank: Olivia Ndong Obiang, o.ndong-obiang@afdb.org; T. +225 01 56 05 05 (Abidjan) or Joyce Mulama, j.mulama@afdb.org, T. +225 46 10 24 49 (Abidjan)

• OECD Development Centre: Bochra Kriout, Bochra.Kriout@oecd.org T: +33 (0) 6 26 74 04 03 (Paris/Abidjan)

• UNDP Nicolas Douillet, Nicolas.Douillet@undp.org, T: +1 (212) 906-5937 (New York); Youssouf Diarra youssouf.diarra@undp.org T : +225 08 92 48 51 (Abidjan)

The African Economic Outlook 2015 and 54 country notes will be available in English and French from 9 a.m. GMT (Abidjan time) and 11 a.m., Paris time for immediate release on the African Economic Outlook website http://www.africaneconomicoutlook.org/en/.

The presentation will be webcast live (www.afdb.org/am) – Join the debate #AEO2015 and #AfDBAM2015.

Journalists requesting an electronic version in advance of the release time and agree to respect OECD embargo conditions.

Please note: The OECD’s embargo rules prohibit any broadcast, news wire service or Internet transmission of text or information about this report before the stated release time. They also prohibit any communication of the contents of the report or any comment on its forecasts or conclusions to any outside party whatsoever before the stated release time. News organisations receiving OECD material under embargo have been informed that if they breach the OECD’s embargo rules they will automatically be excluded in the future from receiving embargoed information.

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Uganda will host the Kampala Private Equity and Venture Capitalist Conference 2015 from 24th to 25th June 2015

KAMPALA, Uganda, May 21, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) (http://www.ugandainvest.go.ug) announces that Uganda will host the Kampala Private Equity and Venture Capitalist Conference 2015 from 24th to 25th June 2015. This will be the first of its kind and will focus on providing alternative sources and financing for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

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The growth and development of SMEs, is among Government’s key priority areas which has been hampered by lack of affordable and appropriate finance for the investment growth and expansion of businesses. This state necessitates alternative funding solutions which should be more appropriate and more affordable than traditional funding options. These solutions are from another section of the private sector; and they provide a win win situation. In this case, private equity firms and venture capitalists (individual or firms) look for viable businesses in which to invest their capital and business management practices, while SMEs looking for more than capital in form of money benefit from the partnership, through access to new technology markets and better management practices.

The SME focus of Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) is to strengthen the existing businesses and encourage start ups through strategies that strengthen the competitiveness of SMEs and encourage the consumption of locally produced goods and services. One of the ways to do this is to provide alternative solutions for the funding problem, hence the upcoming Kampala Private Equity and Venture Capitalist Conference 2015. This conference will provide a platform to enable networking with a high quality mix of venture capitalists and private equity firms so that deals can get done. Ugandan SMEs in attendance will benefit from experts and regulatory professionals who will provide an insight into the status of their businesses and possibilities on what can be done to tap into all opportunities presented by the market. We hope funding arrangements between the SMEs and PE and VC firms will be concluded during the conference.

UIA invites interested Private Equity and Venture Capitalist Firms in Africa to attend this conference and get an insight into this unexplored viable investment opportunity.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA).

For more details:

Ms Yvonne Munabi – ymunabi@ugandainvest.go.ug

Mr Eria Kaweireku – ekaweireku@ugandainvest.go.ug

Source:: Uganda will host the Kampala Private Equity and Venture Capitalist Conference 2015 from 24th to 25th June 2015

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Orange launches the 2015 Orange African Social Venture Prize

PARIS, France, May 21, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Orange (http://www.orange.com) is launching the call for applications for the 5th edition of the Orange African Social Venture Prize. This initiative aims to encourage innovative start-up projects which help to accelerate development on the African continent.

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The prize will recognize three projects with grants of 10,000, 15,000 and 25,000 euros, along with six months of support from Orange experts. The first prize will also be offered a patent registration in the country of the project’s deployment.

Internet users are also invited to vote online for their favourite project on Orange’s entertainment portal in Africa, StarAfrica.com. The winner of the “Favourite Project” will have its project submitted directly to the jury along with the other project finalists.

Serving development by stimulating innovation

The Orange African Social Venture Prize showcases entrepreneurs offering innovative products or services that meet the needs of Africans in fields such as health, agriculture, education, energy, industry or trade.

Over the past four years, 2,000 projects have been submitted for the Orange African Social Venture Prize, reflecting the dynamism of African entrepreneurs and the potential of the telecommunications sector in Africa.

Supporting African entrepreneurship

Operating in 19 countries in Africa and the Middle East, Orange serves more than 100 million customers in the region. Given the positive impact that digital services have on peoples’ daily lives, this presence means that the Group plays a major role in Africa’s economy and future development.

As a result, one of Orange’s main priorities is to improve connectivity, particularly in rural areas, and to introduce value-adding mobile services. The Group also supports entrepreneurs by offering a variety of support programmes, both to entrepreneurs seeking to create their own company and to mature start-ups. To achieve this, Orange is sharing its experience and know-how by offering access to its networks and platforms, and by facilitating the creation of new services by making available its Application Programming Interface (API) catalogue. In addition, the Group has created special mechanisms for acceleration or incubation such as the Orange Fab programme in Côte d’Ivoire, as well as supporting structures for financing and management. Since 2010, Orange is a partner of the CTIC Dakar incubator, a reference in Western Africa. In April 2014, the CIPME Niger incubator, which was initiated by Orange, opened its doors to start-ups in the fields of renewable energy and the environment.

Who can enter?

Any entrepreneur (aged 21 or over) or legal entity that has been in existence for fewer than three years may participate at no cost and with no restriction on nationality. Submitted projects must be designed to be deployed in at least one of the 17 African countries in which Orange operates and must use information and communications technology in an innovative way to help improve the living conditions of the populations in these countries. Applications are accepted from 21 May to 18 September 2015 on Orange’s pan-African web portal, www.starafrica.com.

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

Press contacts:

+33 1 44 44 93 93

Tom Wright; tom.wright@orange.com

Caroline Simeoni; caroline.simeoni@orange.com

About Orange

Orange (http://www.orange.com) is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 39 billion euros in 2014 and 155,000 employees worldwide at 31 March 2015, including 98,000 employees in France. Present in 29 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 247 million customers worldwide at 31 March 2015, including 188 million mobile customers and 16 million fixed broadband customers. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In March 2015, the Group presented its new strategic plan “Essentials2020” which places customers’ needs at the heart of its strategy with the aim of allowing them to benefit fully from the digital universe and the power of its new generation networks.

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

For more information on the internet and on your mobile: www.orange.com, www.orange-business.com, www.livetv.orange.com or to follow us on Twitter: @orangegrouppr.

Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trademarks of Orange or Orange Brand Services Limited.

about StarAfrica.com

StarAfrica.com is Orange’s entertainment portal in Africa that aggregates content from all countries.

With more than 1.2 million visitors in October 2013, available in French, English and Arabic, StarAfrica.com is the reference portal for youth in Africa with its flagship channels: football, music and education. StarAfrica.com offers 9 channels: news, football, more sports, music, education, jobs, classifieds, entrepreneurship and diaspora shop.

Find StarAfrica on the internet

www.StarAfrica.com

Facebook: starafrica

Twitter: star_africa

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