Richard Attias & Associates, executive produces the Egypt Economic Development Conference for the Egyptian Government (13-15 March 2015, Sharm El Sheikh)

SHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt, March 13, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Richard Attias & Associates (http://richardattiasassociates.com) is proud to have been selected to organize the Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC) (http://www.egyptthefuture.com), opening today for 3 days of exchanges in Sharm El Sheikh, under the patronage of H.E. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt. The meeting will bring together heads of state from over 20 countries and top global business leaders.

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Having pioneered country-branding meetings over 20 years ago, Richard Attias was responsible for the inaugural World Economic Forum conference in Cairo in 1996.

The primary objective of the EEDC is to tell Egypt’s new story and that the country is on a new track, with abundant opportunities for foreign investors in sectors including: Agriculture & Agri-business, Housing & Construction, ICT, Industry & Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Mining, Power, Retail and Internal Trade, Tourism, and Transportation.

The conference has gained unprecedented global attention for a country-level meeting, and attendance will include more than 2500 global leaders, including heads of state, public figures, chairmen and CEOs of multinational corporations and over 1000 media.

Institutional partners include the global consultancies McKinsey & Co., Booz Allen Hamilton, Arthur D. Little, and Strategy& (formerly Booz & Co.), Endeavor Global in addition to international media including CNN, CNBC, Thomson Reuters, Al Arabiya, and SkyNews Arabia.

The roster of speakers already confirmed to participate in the EEDC includes:

• Jeff Immelt, General Electric

• Bob Dudley, BP

• Paul Polman, Unilever,

• Mohamed El-Erian, Chair, Global Development Council for U.S. President Barack Obama

• Li Keping, China Investment Corporation, China

• Christine Lagarde, The International Monetary Fund

• Tony Blair, Former UK Prime MInister

• Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al Assaf, Minister of Finance, Saudi Arabia

• Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, United Arab Emirates

• Ken Jacobs, Lazard

• Ken Allen, DHL

• Peter Orszag, Citigroup

• Jin-Yong Cai, International Finance Corporation, World Bank

• Sir Martin Sorrell, WPP

• Mohamed Alabbar, Emaar Properties

• Lubna Olayan, Olayan Financing Company

• Arif Naqvi, The Abraaj Group

• Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, Etisalat Group

• Fadi Ghandour, Aramex

• Amr Awadallah, Cloudera Inc.

• Shayne Nelson, Emirates NBD

• Habib Haddad, Wamda

• Ahmed Heikal, Qalaa Holdings

• Naguib Sawiris, Orascom Telecom Media & Technology

For more information on the conference and to follow the live stream:

http://www.egyptthefuture.com/

https://twitter.com/egyptthefuture

https://twitter.com/EgyptFutureAR

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV0n3hp8xGaPnLF1hc2XuRQ

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Richard Attias & Associates (http://richardattiasassociates.com) helps nations, leaders and corporations build their global influence, catalyze innovation and lead the global exchange of ideas. The Founder and Chairman Richard Attias is the world’s leading advisor to heads of state and to governments on strategic communications and global positioning.

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Source:: Richard Attias & Associates, executive produces the Egypt Economic Development Conference for the Egyptian Government (13-15 March 2015, Sharm El Sheikh)

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2015: a year of more pressure on African governments to have stronger enforcement of anti-bribery and corruption regulation

LAGOS, Nigeria, March 13, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — 57.6% of companies see the development of policies and procedures that can be practically applied in all countries as the most challenging internal anti-corruption and compliance issue.* This is one of the topics discussed today at a webcast with Uche Orji, CEO and Managing Director, Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), hosted by Control Risks’ CEO Richard Fenning (https://www.controlrisks.com).

• While FCPA and UKBA still lead anti-bribery and corruption regulation, in a number of African countries the governments feel increasing pressure to join the current trend of stronger enforcement of anti-bribery and corruption regulation in developing countries

• An integrated, global approach to mitigate corruption risk is important, but local adjustment is key

• “The way that things have always been done” is changing in many African countries and often management determination and the acceptance of “wasted” time and higher costs can avoid the need for bribes to secure business.

• Only 66% of internationally operating companies have policies in place that forbid facilitation payments

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Tom Griffin, Managing Director West Africa, Control Risks, comments on the discussion:

“Often companies try to roll-out a global anti-bribery and corruption programme from Western headquarters and are then surprised that it is not effectively implemented in other markets – this is not unique to African countries. Companies need to adapt the policies and initiatives to the local culture, for example the type of training for employees. Some of our clients with their headquarters in Africa are more effective in their fight against bribery and corruption than those headquartered elsewhere, as they have an anti-bribery and corruption programme very focussed on the specific issues of their market.”

“Knowing the local market and the country you are operating in is key to implementing a successful anti-bribery and corruption programme.”

“Control Risks sees a change in ‘how things have always been done’ in many African countries. The fight against corruption is higher on the political agenda than ever before and when we discuss the corruption problems in operating in these countries, we need to acknowledge this.

For more information and to receive the recording of the webcast, please click here: http://goo.gl/IZjnLF

* Source: International business attitude to corruption, Control Risks, 2015: https://www.controlrisks.com/en/services/integrity-risk/international-business-attitudes-to-corruption-2014

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Friederike Brinker

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About Control Risks

Control Risks (https://www.controlrisks.com) is a global risk consultancy specialising in political, security and integrity risk that has more than 30 years of experience working in Africa. Control Risks serves global companies that are new to Africa and organisations that know the continent well and are looking to expand their African business. With a team of over 150 consultants in West Africa, Control Risks has unrivalled experience in helping organisations throughout their investment and operational cycle in Africa and provides clients with high-quality support in entering new markets, realising opportunities and building resilience capabilities to manage risk in rapidly changing environments.

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Mauritius’ National Day

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement

John Kerry

Secretary of State

Washington, DC

March 12, 2015

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Mauritius as you celebrate the 47th anniversary of independence on March 12.

Mauritius is an example to other nations in the region your most recent election demonstrates your legacy of peaceful democratic transitions, good governance, and the power of the vote which Mauritian citizens have exercised time and time again.

The United States and Mauritius work together to advance regional security, enhance trade and investment, and defend human rights.

On this day of celebration, I wish the people of Mauritius continued peace and prosperity.

Source:: Mauritius’ National Day

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UN Special Representative for Somalia condemns attack in Baidoa

MOGADISHU, Somalia, March 12, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, condemns, in the strongest terms, today’s attack in Baidoa town in Somalia’s Interim South West Administration, which resulted in the death and injury of security personnel and civilian bystanders.

“I condemn today’s attack in Baidoa town. I have spoken to President Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan today and offered my deepest condolences for the tragic loss of life.” SRSG Kay said. “We remain resolute in our support for the Somali people. Despite such atrocities, Somalis are successfully rebuilding their government institutions and security forces with the full support of the international community. The United Nations will continue to work to help Somalis realise their hopes and aspirations for a peaceful and stable future.”

SRSG Kay offers his sincere condolences to the families and friends of those affected by today’s attack.

Source:: UN Special Representative for Somalia condemns attack in Baidoa

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Mozambique – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Mozambican counterpart (Paris, March 12, 2015)

PARIS, France, March 12, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Quai d’Orsay

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will today receive his Mozambican counterpart, Oldemiro Baloi.

The ministers will focus on preparations for the visit to France by new Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, as well as on ensuring the success of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference.

They will review the strengthening of our bilateral relations, notably in the economic and maritime cooperation fields. They will also discuss the ongoing investigation into the murder of our compatriot Gilles Cistac on March 3 in Maputo.

Lastly, Mr. Fabius and Mr. Baloi, whose country is a member of the African Union Peace and Security Council, will discuss key African regional issues.

Source:: Mozambique – Meeting between Mr. Laurent Fabius and his Mozambican counterpart (Paris, March 12, 2015)

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European Parliament / Human rights: Tanzania; South Sudan

STASBOURG, France, March 12, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — European Parliament passed resolutions on Thursday: strongly condemning the practice of land grabbing in Tanzania and calling on all sides in South Sudan to form a transitional government of national unity.

The issue of land grabbing in Tanzania

MEPs strongly condemn the “illegal displacement of local rural communities, the destruction of their villages and traditional way of life, and the violation of their basic human rights” and actions that do not recognise the legitimacy of customary tenure arrangements that provide statutory rights for individuals and communities. They call on the Tanzanian government to immediately implement the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)’s Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT).

They ask the Commission to ensure the alignment of its land policy guidelines with the VGGT, and to report to Parliament on expenditure under development programmes and the EU budget related to land governance, with a view to ensuring that those programmes promote human rights.

The resolution was passed by show of hands.

South Sudan

Parliament is deeply concerned by the worsening security and humanitarian situation in South Sudan which could destabilise the whole East Africa region and calls on all sides to “form a transitional government of national unity and allow for full access to humanitarian assistance”. It also calls for an “unconditional, complete and immediate ceasefire” and for the immediate release and safe return of all children recruited by armed forces since the beginning of the conflict in December 2013

MEPs call on the Commission to help mobilise resources to support the long term reintegration of children recruited into armed forces and those affected by the conflict and underline the need for the adoption of a comprehensive arms embargo at regional and international level.

The resolution was passed by 626 votes to 4, with 11 abstentions.

Source:: European Parliament / Human rights: Tanzania; South Sudan

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