Life-threatening consequences awaits hundreds of refugees if Dadaab is closed within 3 months

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 16, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Calls by Kenyan officials to close Dadaab refugee camp, in northeastern Kenya, within three months and forcibly return its residents to Somalia would have dramatic and life-threatening consequences for hundreds of thousands of people, warns the international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) today.

Current conditions do not allow for a safe and dignified return of the refugees to Somalia, says MSF, while urging the Kenyan government and the international community to increase aid and security for Somali refugees living within Kenya’s borders.

“Such a drastic measure in an impossibly short timeframe would deprive generations of refugees of any choices for their future,” says Charles Gaudry, MSF’s head of mission in Kenya. “This is a move that would punish hundreds of thousands of people, forcing them to return to a country where safety and medical care is far from guaranteed, and in some places is non-existent.”

Dadaab refugee camp, currently home to some 350,000 people, is the largest in the world. For more than 20 years, it has been home to generations of Somalis who have fled a country embroiled in conflict. MSF runs a 100-bed hospital and four health posts in Dagahaley camp, one of the five camps that make up the complex.

Humanitarian assistance in the camps has been reduced over recent years due to increasing insecurity and a decrease in the funding received by many aid organisations working there. Despite this, Dadaab still offers a safer refuge than Somalia.

“Somalia is no place to return to,” says Abdul Hussein, a refugee who spoke with MSF in late March. “The same problem that brought us to Dadaab still exists there. People have nowhere to live. They have nothing.”

“Forcibly returning refugees to a wartorn country is not a solution,” says Gaudry. “Instead, the Government of Kenya and the international community must work together to help and protect Somali refugees who have sought shelter in Kenya.”

MSF has been working in Dadaab for 20 years and is currently the only provider of medical care in Dagahaley camp. In 2014, MSF provided 180,000 outpatient consultations, admitted 12,000 people as inpatients, provided 12,000 antenatal consultations and delivered 3,240 babies in Dagahaley camp. In the aftermath of the Garissa University attacks on 2 April, MSF deployed a team from Dadaab to support Garissa hospital in treating the wounded, and provided medical assistance at Garissa airport, to where hundreds of students had been evacuated.

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Louis Berger selected to oversee construction of one of the most important roads in the Côte d’Ivoire

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, April 16, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Ivorian Ministry of Economic Infrastructure has awarded a Louis Berger-led consortium (http://www.louisberger.com) a 1.65 million euro ($1.76 million USD) construction supervision contract financed through the French Agency for Development’s debt relief and development program for Côte d’Ivoire.

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The consortium will supervise the construction of a 45 kilometer (28 miles) road between Ferkessédougou, the second largest town in northern Côte d’Ivoire, and Ouangolodougou, a northern town near the country’s border with Burkina Faso. Work also will include the rehabilitation of various road crossings.

“This road, when complete, will help local Ivorian producers transport their products to market faster and under better conditions,” said Jean-Pierre Dupacq, head of Louis Berger’s operations in Africa. “The road also will generate additional regional trade and economic benefits because it links the Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Mali.”

Louis Berger has more than 50 years of experience in Africa and 20 years of experience working in the Côte d’Ivoire, where the firm has implemented nearly 15 projects covering a broad range of professional services in the agriculture and transportation sectors.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Louis Berger

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About Louis Berger

Louis Berger (http://www.louisberger.com) is a $1 billion global professional services corporation that helps infrastructure and development clients solve their most complex challenges. We are a trusted partner to national, state and local government agencies; multilateral institutions; and commercial industry clients worldwide. By focusing on client needs to deliver quality, safe, financially-successful projects with integrity, we are committed to deliver on our promise to provide Solutions for a better world.

Louis Berger operates on every habitable continent. We have a long-standing presence in more than 50 nations, represented by the multidisciplinary expertise of 6,000 engineers, economists, scientists, managers and planners.

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South Africa / U.S. Condemns Violence against Foreigners

PRETORIA, South-Africa, April 16, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The U.S. Embassy joins the South African government and other civil society leaders in condemning the violence against foreigners taking place in KwaZulu-Natal and other parts of South Africa. We remain concerned at the loss of innocent lives, destruction of property, and impact on families and communities, and we urge individuals involved to refrain from all forms of violence, exercise restraint, and rely on peaceful dialog to resolve any differences.

“The U.S. government has long recognized the challenges posed by an influx of migrants and refugees throughout southern Africa and provides various forms of assistance in South Africa,“ said Patrick H. Gaspard, U.S. Ambassador to South Africa. “As an immigrant to my own country, my heart goes out to those who have been attacked for being different.”

In remarks today before the South African Parliament on this topic, President Zuma concluded by saying, “Let us work together to provide support to all foreign nationals who have been affected by this violence.”

The United States stands ready to help and has provided assistance through the following initiatives:

• The U.S. is the largest single donor to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (ICRC), directly funding approximately 40% of these organizations’ budgets in the Africa region.

• In 2014, the U.S. funded projects totaling over $700,000 to provide job skills training for refugees, migrants and South Africans including English, Xhosa and Zulu language training; provide psycho-social support for refugees who experienced severe trauma; supported conflict mediation and reintegration services; and supported social cohesion efforts.

• In 2015, we plan to award an additional $25,000 in small grants to community organizations to tackle social cohesion issues in Eastern Cape and Western Cape.

• We recently released a call for proposals that will provide up to an additional $1 Million of funding for non-governmental organizations working with urban refugees. This will bring our total funding for refugee programs in South Africa to approximately $1.3 million in 2015.

• The U.S. has welcomed approximately 70,000 refugees annually to be resettled in the United States at our own expense, including 1,200 refugees per year living in South Africa who faced protection challenges including sexual and gender-based violence, inadequate livelihoods or repeated physical violence.

• We intend to continue offering resettlement to the U.S. for refugees in dire circumstances from South Africa when necessary. As part of our continuing commitment to resettlement as one of the three durable solutions, in 2014 we funded an NGO to open a Resettlement Support Center in Pretoria. This center will support U.S. resettlement operations in Southern Africa, including South Africa.

For more information on U.S. government assistance on international population, refugee, and migration issues please go to: http://www.state.gov/j/prm/

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Uncharted African regions and sectors offer growth opportunities for SMEs – DHL

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, April 16, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Despite the recent prediction by the World Bank(1) that economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa will slow in 2015, the region is still home to one of the fastest-growing middle class in the world. As a result, there are vast opportunities on the continent for progressive African entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to take advantage of.

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Charles Brewer, Managing Director of DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) (http://www.dpdhl.com), says one sector providing plentiful prospects is the agricultural industry, which is Africa’s largest economic sector representing 15% of the continent’s total GDP and more than $100 billion per year(2). “It is estimated that more than 60% of the globe’s available and vacant land is situated in SSA(3), which suggests that the sector still offers incredible growth.”

Another industry seeing significant growth is the banking sector, which has grown extensively over the last decade and has become a substantial player in emerging-market banking2. Brewer says that the rising middle class and ‘unbanked’ African consumers should continue to drive the industry. “Other industries experiencing growth and offering prospects on the continent include technology, consumer goods and telecommunications.”

In addition to these thriving industries, Brewer identifies five unexpected ‘boom towns’ and cities that are enjoying growth on the back of these industries, therefore providing opportunities for African businesses:

• Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso: This second city is blossoming due to substantial growth in the food and agriculture sector. Many small and medium enterprises are setting up factories to locally produce products for both the domestic and export markets, with the main products being fruits, cereals, cotton, vegetable oil, soap and other artisanal products.

• Ebène, Mauritius: This is an up and coming technology hub which, due to its advanced infrastructure and facilities, has attracted many financial institutions and international legal firms.

• Mbarara, Uganda: Mbarara is a growing industrial town 280km from Uganda’s capital Kampala, which is located in the center of the dairy farming district. As a result of its location, favourable climate and abundant land availability, it has attracted investors involved in the manufacturing of dairy products, as well as breweries and beverage companies expanding to the area.

• Farafenni, the Gambia: Situated on the north bank of the Gambia River, about 120km inland from the capital Banjul, the town is home to numerous banks and insurance firms. It is experiencing fast growth mainly due to its geographical location on the main road between Dakar and Casamance (the southern area of Senegal), and its close proximity to the ferry to cross the Gambia River.

• Konza Techno City, Kenya: Having just finished its infrastructure phase, the new technology city is situated 60km southeast of Nairobi and will focus on four economic sectors; namely education, life sciences, telecommunications and business process outsourcing. It is predicted to significantly stimulate technology spending, investment and growth in Kenya.

“DHL is present in every African country and territory, with 37 years of express logistics experience on the continent. With our extensive footprint in Africa, we are uniquely positioned to service these ‘boom towns’ and burgeoning industries,” concludes Brewer.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Deutsche Post DHL.

(1) The World Bank: http://www.worldbank.org/en/region/afr/overview )

(2) McKinsey & Company, Africa’s path to growth: Sector by sector: http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/economic_studies/africas_path_to_growth_sector_by_sector

(3) KPMG, Agriculture in Africa: https://www.kpmg.com/Africa/en/IssuesAndInsights/Articles-Publications/General-Industries-Publications/Documents/Agriculture%20in%20Africa.pdf

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Megan Collinicos. Head: Advertising & Public Relations, Sub-Saharan Africa

DHL Express

Tel +27 21 409 3613 Mobile +27 76 411 8570

megan.collinicos@dhl.com

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DHL – The logistics company for the world

DHL (http://www.dpdhl.com) is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. DHL’s family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With more than 325,000 employees in over 220 countries and territories worldwide, they connect people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including e-Commerce, technology, life science and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 56 billion euros in 2014.

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Uncharted African regions and sectors offer growth opportunities for SMEs – DHL

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, April 16, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Despite the recent prediction by the World Bank(1) that economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa will slow in 2015, the region is still home to one of the fastest-growing middle class in the world. As a result, there are vast opportunities on the continent for progressive African entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to take advantage of.

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Photo Charles Brewer: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/photos/charles-brewer-1.jpg (Charles Brewer, Managing Director for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa)

Charles Brewer, Managing Director of DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) (http://www.dpdhl.com), says one sector providing plentiful prospects is the agricultural industry, which is Africa’s largest economic sector representing 15% of the continent’s total GDP and more than $100 billion per year(2). “It is estimated that more than 60% of the globe’s available and vacant land is situated in SSA(3), which suggests that the sector still offers incredible growth.”

Another industry seeing significant growth is the banking sector, which has grown extensively over the last decade and has become a substantial player in emerging-market banking2. Brewer says that the rising middle class and ‘unbanked’ African consumers should continue to drive the industry. “Other industries experiencing growth and offering prospects on the continent include technology, consumer goods and telecommunications.”

In addition to these thriving industries, Brewer identifies five unexpected ‘boom towns’ and cities that are enjoying growth on the back of these industries, therefore providing opportunities for African businesses:

• Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso: This second city is blossoming due to substantial growth in the food and agriculture sector. Many small and medium enterprises are setting up factories to locally produce products for both the domestic and export markets, with the main products being fruits, cereals, cotton, vegetable oil, soap and other artisanal products.

• Ebène, Mauritius: This is an up and coming technology hub which, due to its advanced infrastructure and facilities, has attracted many financial institutions and international legal firms.

• Mbarara, Uganda: Mbarara is a growing industrial town 280km from Uganda’s capital Kampala, which is located in the center of the dairy farming district. As a result of its location, favourable climate and abundant land availability, it has attracted investors involved in the manufacturing of dairy products, as well as breweries and beverage companies expanding to the area.

• Farafenni, the Gambia: Situated on the north bank of the Gambia River, about 120km inland from the capital Banjul, the town is home to numerous banks and insurance firms. It is experiencing fast growth mainly due to its geographical location on the main road between Dakar and Casamance (the southern area of Senegal), and its close proximity to the ferry to cross the Gambia River.

• Konza Techno City, Kenya: Having just finished its infrastructure phase, the new technology city is situated 60km southeast of Nairobi and will focus on four economic sectors; namely education, life sciences, telecommunications and business process outsourcing. It is predicted to significantly stimulate technology spending, investment and growth in Kenya.

“DHL is present in every African country and territory, with 37 years of express logistics experience on the continent. With our extensive footprint in Africa, we are uniquely positioned to service these ‘boom towns’ and burgeoning industries,” concludes Brewer.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Deutsche Post DHL.

(1) The World Bank: http://www.worldbank.org/en/region/afr/overview )

(2) McKinsey & Company, Africa’s path to growth: Sector by sector: http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/economic_studies/africas_path_to_growth_sector_by_sector

(3) KPMG, Agriculture in Africa: https://www.kpmg.com/Africa/en/IssuesAndInsights/Articles-Publications/General-Industries-Publications/Documents/Agriculture%20in%20Africa.pdf

Media Contact:

Megan Collinicos. Head: Advertising & Public Relations, Sub-Saharan Africa

DHL Express

Tel +27 21 409 3613 Mobile +27 76 411 8570

megan.collinicos@dhl.com

Follow us: www.twitter.com/DHLAfrica

DHL – The logistics company for the world

DHL (http://www.dpdhl.com) is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. DHL’s family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With more than 325,000 employees in over 220 countries and territories worldwide, they connect people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including e-Commerce, technology, life science and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 56 billion euros in 2014.

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Jordan Awards ICD Sukuk Mandate

AMMAN, Jordan, April 16, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Ministry of Finance of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan signed an advisory agreement with the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) (http://www.icd-idb.com), the private sector arm of IDB Group. The Ministry has mandated ICD as a Transaction Technical Support in the proposed debut Domestic Sukuk offering. The Mandate Letter was signed between H.E. Dr. Umayya Toukan, Minister of Finance and ICD’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Khaled Al Aboodi.

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“The dinar-denominated Sukuk, expected to be issued this year, would be used as an instrument to absorb excess liquidity (estimated to be 1.4 billion dinars) held by the Kingdom’s for Islamic banks”, said Dr. Toukan. “I would like to thank the Islamic Development Bank Group (“IDBG”) for their long-standing support and valuable contribution to enhance the development process in the Kingdom. We would like to express our appreciation to the Islamic Research and Training Institute (“IRTI”), a member of IDBG, for reviewing the Kingdom’s Sukuk capacity needs and holding in last January Sukuk Training for government staff in Amman” he added.

ICD aims to develop member countries’ capital markets, specifically Islamic debt capital markets through Sukuk. Last year, ICD acted as Joint Lead Manager for debut regional currency Sukuk by the Republic of Senegal, which was closed with oversubscription. The deal was Africa’s first and largest sovereign Sukuk to the international capital market.

“We are very proud and honored to be mandated by the Hashemite Kingdom” Mr. Al Aboodi said. “By creating domestic Islamic capital market, the member country would be able to provide an alternative to its treasury bills for Islamic Financial Institutions to invest in. Although it is not practically common for global Sukuk arrangers, we took responsibility to fill this gap in the market which naturally falls within the developmental principals of ICD”, he added.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD).

For further information, please contact:

Nabil El-Alami

Head, Marketing and Communication Division

Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector

E-mail: nalami@isdb.org

Website: www.icd-idb.org

About the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)

The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) is a multilateral organization, part of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group. ICD was established in November 1999 to promote economic development of its member countries in accordance with the principles of the Sharia through private sector development. ICD encourages the establishment, expansion and modernization of private enterprises through financing private sector enterprises or projects. Projects are selected on the basis of their contribution to economic development considering factors such as creation of employment opportunities and contribution to exports. ICD also provides advice to governments and private sector groups on policies to encourage the establishment, expansion and modernization of private enterprises, development of capital markets, best management practices and enhance the role of market economy. ICD operations complement the activities of the IDB.

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