Facebook deepens Nigerian partnerships at Social Media Week in Lagos

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Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) (http://www.Facebook.com) highlighted its commitment to Nigerian content partners and developers with a full calendar of workshops, masterclasses and events at Social Media Week in Lagos, held from 22 to 26 February. The weeklong conference was an ideal opportunity for Facebook to showcase its commitment to local partners as well as share its latest best practices with Nigerian content companies and developers.

Emeka Afigbo, Product Partnerhsips Manager at Facebook, said: “With 16 million people in Nigeria visiting Facebook each month, we are constantly looking for ways to deepen our partnerships in the country. Social Media Week in Lagos was a perfect opportunity for us to spend time with the Nigerian developer and content community to share expertise and get feedback to shape our strategy going forward.”

“We were inspired by the innovative thinking that we saw from the Nigerian partner community, and look forward to working with them to deliver rich, personalised services and solutions for people and businesses in West Africa. Nigeria’s agencies, people, and businesses are ahead of the curve in using mobile-first solutions to connect.”

Highlights of the week included: A Media Partnerships Masterclass; The Instawalk Walking Photo Tour – The Africa You Don’t See; a Women in Tech: Nigeria Chapter; a Masterclass on The Internet of Me – making connections, building community and sharing your voice presented with She Leads Africa and a Facebook media breakfast.

The week culminated with a Developer Day and Codelab, where Facebook experts worked with top Nigerian developers on growth hacking and the design of social apps using the Facebook platform.

Developers were given advice about how to increase their consumer base and engagement using tools such Facebook Social Graph, Analytics for Apps and other APIs. The programme included a heavy focus on mobile development, especially on the Android platform.

Facebook also updated the Nigerian market about the progress of Free Basics, a programme that brings relevant basic internet services without data charges to people in growing countries. It has added a number of new partners to the Free Basics ecosystem, including the SmartBusiness website (http://Change-Corp.com/apps/smartbusiness) that helps people get information needed to launch and run businesses using any web enabled phone or computer.

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European Union participates in dedication of the Gbarnga-Ganta-Guinea Border Road

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European Union Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Emma Sundblad, participated in the Dedication of the Gbarnga-Ganta-Guinea Border road on Monday 7 March.

Speaking at the Dedication, Mrs Sundblad said ” The European Union and other European donors are extremely proud to be part of this highly successful project managed by the Government of Liberia with the support of the World Bank: good roads are a key factor for economic and social development and also of security.”

Mrs Sundblad participated in the event and spoke as a representative of the Liberia Reconstruction Trust Fund (LRTF) donors, who include the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Sweden and Norway as well as the European Union. She underlined the EU’s continued strong commitment to the Government’s road building and maintenance programme, including through establishment of the road fund and helping the Ministry of Public Works to set in place a system for regular road maintenance practice. She explained that in addition to contributing over USD 75 million towards the construction of the road between Monrovia and the Guinea border, the EU is presently funding the maintenance of the Monrovia/Buchanan and Monrovia/Sierra Leone Border roads, as well as designing the missing links on the coastal road and testing innovative sealing techniques for dust roads.

The European Union has also included Liberia in the wider plan for completing the West African Coastal Corridor by making available funds for the Sanniquelli – Danane stretch connecting Liberia to Ivory Coast. This is a key piece in the Government’s plan to transform Ganta into a dry port serving three countries.

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Mobinil becomes Orange in Egypt

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  • The Orange brand extends, by rebranding Mobinil, its Egyptian operation
  • Long-term commitment to support growth of Egypt’s digital economy

Arrival of Orange brand set to boost company’s competitive position

Orange (www.Orange.com), one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators today announces the launch of the Orange brand in Egypt. As of today, the Orange brand replaces the Mobinil brand. Egypt is the latest subsidiary of the Orange Group to adopt the Orange brand and is the Group’s largest operation in terms of customer numbers (33.4 million customers at the end of December 2015) and contributes over 27% of its revenues for the Middle East and Africa region.

Stéphane Richard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Orange, commented: “Egypt is a vibrant market and we are delighted to bring the Orange brand to this important market on this momentous day in our history. Today Orange is a mobile operator in Egypt, but we want to be much more than that in the future. We want to be a true digital player and help the Egyptian economy and its people to draw the benefits of the digital age.”

Yves Gauthier, Chief Executive Officer, Orange Egypt, said: “We are part of a truly international group with all the backing that brings. In addition to benefiting from group-wide synergies and know-how, we are adopting the Orange strategy to place the customer experience at the heart of what we do so that we can deliver on our promise ‘to connect our customers to what is essential in their lives’. Today is a proud day for our employees who have worked hard to get to this moment and we hope our customers share our pride.”

Orange to deliver synergies and expertise to benefit its Egyptian customers

Orange will leverage its extensive technical, marketing and business know-how to benefit its Egyptian operation and improve the quality of service for customers.

Orange customers in Egypt can look forward to improvements in all areas of the customer experience including:

  • Improved retail experience: Orange’s focus on customer experience extends to the launch of its first ‘Smart Store’ in the country, in Cairo. The new Smart Store is designed around familiar environments with try-out spaces such as ‘Care’, ‘Fun’, ‘Tech’, ‘Money’ and ‘Tariff’ showcasing the solutions and services that Orange sells in these areas. This new store model is clear evidence of Orange’s desire to create a customer experience tailored to fit each person’s needs. In addition, a total of 250 retail shops and 20,000 points-of-sales in Egypt will be re-branded as part of the launch.
  • Access to Orange’s global products and services factory: bringing new and innovative services to the market such as the secure authentication solution, Mobile Connect
  • Access to Orange’s own-branded range of devices: Egyptian customers will have access to Orange’s high-quality range of affordable devices that are customised within the Orange environment and specifically tailored for the Middle East market.

Orange has operations in 27 countries worldwide, and is present in 19 countries across Africa and the Middle East.

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

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About Orange
Orange (www.Orange.com) is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 40 billion euros in 2015 and 156,000 employees worldwide at 31 December2015, including 97,000 employees in France. Present in 28 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 263 million customers worldwide at 31 December 2015, including 201 million mobile customers and 18 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 customer experience 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 Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).
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The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) Partner to Promote Gender Equality in STEM Education

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The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) (www.NextEinstein.org) and the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) (www.FAWE.org) celebrated on International Women’s Day, a joint partnership for the promotion of girls’ participation in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education across Africa.

This partnership was cemented by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the opening day of the Next Einstein Forum (NEF), Africa’s first global forum on science, taking place in Dakar. An initiative of AIMS, the NEF is a platform that brings together leading thinkers in science, policy, industry and civil society in Africa to leverage science to solve global challenges. This MoU will serve as a framework for collaboration between AIMS and FAWE to promote gender equality in STEM education at continental and country level.

“Gender equality and inclusion is of vital importance to our work at AIMS, where 30% of all of our graduates are women. It goes without saying that we believe that women can and will play a key role in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals if they are given equal access to a quality education in the STEM fields; they constitute half of our continent’s brain capacity,” said Thierry Zomahoun, President and CEO of AIMS. “Through this exciting partnership with FAWE, we will reach more girls across the continent and create enabling environments for them to study and succeed in STEM education”

The AU Agenda 2063 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 name gender equality as a key requirement for sustainable development. This AIMS-FAWE partnership will increase access and quality of STEM education for girls. Some key areas of collaboration include integrating gender responsive pedagogy in secondary school teacher training in Cameroon, joint outreach activities to encourage girls to develop an interest in mathematics and science, promoting AIMS students as mentors to FAWE beneficiaries and promoting awareness of successful African women in STEM as role models.

“Mathematical sciences is a key driver for Africa’s transformation and yet there are few students studying mathematics and even fewer girls. We are especially excited to work with AIMS to increase exposure to role models and mentors for the girls we work with in the communities and to show them that they too could be Africa’s Next Einstein. This partnership will also inform our advocacy engagement with continental and regional policy institutions on women and girls’ participation in STEM Education.’ said Hendrina Doroba, Executive Director of FAWE.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS).

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About AIMS
The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI) (www.NextEinstein.org) is a pan African network of centres of excellence for postgraduate training, research and outreach in mathematical sciences. AIMS’ vision is to lead the transformation of Africa through innovative scientific training, technical advances and breakthrough discoveries which benefit the whole of society. Its mission is to enable Africa’s brightest students to flourish as independent thinkers, problem solvers and innovators capable of propelling Africa’s future scientific, educational and economic self-sufficiency. AIMS recruits talented students from across Africa for an intensive one year taught Master’s program and a three year PhD program (in some of its centers) in mathematical sciences.

About FAWE
FAWE (www.FAWE.org) is a pan-African Non-Governmental Organization working in 33 African countries to empower girls and women through gender-responsive education. FAWE works hand-in-hand with communities, schools, civil society, Non-Governmental Organizations and ministries to achieve gender equity and equality in education through targeted programmes. FAWE promotes gender equity and equality in education in Africa by fostering positive policies, practices and attitudes towards girls’ education. FAWE’s work is to encourage governments, international organizations and local communities to enact policies and provide positive learning environments that treat girls and boys equally.

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The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) (www.NextEinstein.org) and the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) (www.FAWE.org) celebrated on International Women’s Day, a joint partnership for the promotion of girls’ participation in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education across Africa.

This partnership was cemented by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the opening day of the Next Einstein Forum (NEF), Africa’s first global forum on science, taking place in Dakar. An initiative of AIMS, the NEF is a platform that brings together leading thinkers in science, policy, industry and civil society in Africa to leverage science to solve global challenges. This MoU will serve as a framework for collaboration between AIMS and FAWE to promote gender equality in STEM education at continental and country level.

“Gender equality and inclusion is of vital importance to our work at AIMS, where 30% of all of our graduates are women. It goes without saying that we believe that women can and will play a key role in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals if they are given equal access to a quality education in the STEM fields; they constitute half of our continent’s brain capacity,” said Thierry Zomahoun, President and CEO of AIMS. “Through this exciting partnership with FAWE, we will reach more girls across the continent and create enabling environments for them to study and succeed in STEM education”

The AU Agenda 2063 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 name gender equality as a key requirement for sustainable development. This AIMS-FAWE partnership will increase access and quality of STEM education for girls. Some key areas of collaboration include integrating gender responsive pedagogy in secondary school teacher training in Cameroon, joint outreach activities to encourage girls to develop an interest in mathematics and science, promoting AIMS students as mentors to FAWE beneficiaries and promoting awareness of successful African women in STEM as role models.

“Mathematical sciences is a key driver for Africa’s transformation and yet there are few students studying mathematics and even fewer girls. We are especially excited to work with AIMS to increase exposure to role models and mentors for the girls we work with in the communities and to show them that they too could be Africa’s Next Einstein. This partnership will also inform our advocacy engagement with continental and regional policy institutions on women and girls’ participation in STEM Education.’ said Hendrina Doroba, Executive Director of FAWE.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS).

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About AIMS
The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI) (www.NextEinstein.org) is a pan African network of centres of excellence for postgraduate training, research and outreach in mathematical sciences. AIMS’ vision is to lead the transformation of Africa through innovative scientific training, technical advances and breakthrough discoveries which benefit the whole of society. Its mission is to enable Africa’s brightest students to flourish as independent thinkers, problem solvers and innovators capable of propelling Africa’s future scientific, educational and economic self-sufficiency. AIMS recruits talented students from across Africa for an intensive one year taught Master’s program and a three year PhD program (in some of its centers) in mathematical sciences.

About FAWE
FAWE (www.FAWE.org) is a pan-African Non-Governmental Organization working in 33 African countries to empower girls and women through gender-responsive education. FAWE works hand-in-hand with communities, schools, civil society, Non-Governmental Organizations and ministries to achieve gender equity and equality in education through targeted programmes. FAWE promotes gender equity and equality in education in Africa by fostering positive policies, practices and attitudes towards girls’ education. FAWE’s work is to encourage governments, international organizations and local communities to enact policies and provide positive learning environments that treat girls and boys equally.

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New permanent observer of Organization of Islamic Cooperation presents letter of nomination to Director-general of UNOG

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Abdelouhab Derbal, the new Permanent Observer of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented his letter of nomination to Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Prior to his appointment to Geneva, Mr. Derbal, an Algerian national, had been serving as Ambassador of Algeria to Saudi Arabia and Algeria’s Permanent Representative to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation since January 2012. He served as Head of the League of Arab States’ Permanent Mission to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg from August 2005 to October 2011.

Mr. Derbal served as an Adviser to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika from June 2004 to July 2005, and was a member of his presidential electoral campaign in 1999, 2004 and 2009. He was elected as a member of Algeria’s parliament from 1997 to 1999. From 1982 to 1997, Mr. Derbal worked at the University of Annaba in several capacities, including as Deputy Dean for scientific research and member of the Scientific Council. He also worked as a lawyer.

Mr. Derbal was born in 1952 in Robbah, El-Oued, Algeria. He has a Master of Laws from Queen’s University of Belfast (1981). He also has a Diploma of Advanced Studies from the same University (1979) and a degree in law from the Faculty of Law, Sciences and Economy, the University of Constantine in Algeria (1977).

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AUC Leadership Nominated for the New African Woman Awards

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The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and two others in the leadership of the AU Commission have been nominated for the prestigious New African Woman Awards 2016.

The AU Commission Chairperson was nominated alongside the AUC Commissioner for Trade and Industry, H.E Fatima Haram Acyl and the AU Special Envoy on women peace and security, Ms. Benita Diop. They are among the few exemplary women leaders that are up for the award in the Politics and Public Office category.

The African Woman Award (AWA) that will be held under the theme; “Changing the Game” is one of the most prestigious awards globally, dedicated to recognizing the achievements of African Women. The Award ceremony is set to take place on 10th March 2016, in London, United Kingdom.

The AWA is organized by the New African Woman magazine, the world’s widest read magazine for women of African descent, in honor of all women making exceptional contributions to social economic development on the continent as well as setting the example for future generations to come.

The award ceremony is held primarily to celebrate the success of African women on the continent and promote empowerment of women in all sectors

Among the other categories where other exemplary African women are nominated are business, education, science, technology and innovation, finance, banking, media, sports, arts and culture, civil society, rising star and New African Woman of the Year.

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2nd permanent secretaries’ leadership retreat on CAADP implementation

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INVITATION TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA

What: 2nd Permanent Secretaries’ Retreat on the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Implementation

Who: African Union Commission (AUC) in partnership with the NEPAD Agency

When: March 10-11, 2016

Where: Accra, Ghana (La Palm Beach Hotel)

Objectives:

a) Reflect on thematic and policy factors and issues presenting either opportunities or challenges to delivering on the Malabo commitments;

b) Validate the revised Country CAADP Implementation Guidelines;

c)Solicit country perspectives on (i) the CAADP-Malabo Financing Architecture; (ii) the technical Networks arrangement to mobilise and make accessible expert support arrangements; and (iii) the revised CAADP Partnership architecture.

Background: Permanent Secretaries (PSs) are the primary custodians of Government Policy and the policy practice as well as being the overall accounting officers in Government Ministries.

The 2014 AU Malabo Declaration on Agriculture’s emphasis on implementation and delivering results and impact implies critical attention to agricultural transformation programmes. Sustained agriculture transformation is unlikely without pro-active leadership and involvement of primarily the Ministry of Agriculture Permanent Secretaries.

It is in this context that CAADP recognises the office of the PS as the authority responsible for coordinating and facilitating implementation of CAADP and ensure delivery on its value addition to national agricultural transformation agenda.

The 1stPS CAADP Retreat identified key implementation aspects crucial to galvanise national action necessary to domesticate and operationalise the Malabo commitments and the CAADP Results Framework. More importantly, the Retreat reaffirmed the authority and leadership role of Permanent Secretaries in championing national actions in pursuit of the Malabo Commitments.

The 2nd PS CAADP Retreat comes at the pinnacle of the renewed launch of CAADP country implementation. The Retreat is therefore key in providing senior country input and endorsement on critical components and milestones in the country CAADP implementation process, renewed on the basis of the Malabo commitments and expected to systematically build on what countries are already doing on CAADP implementation and agriculture transformation.

Journalists are invited to cover the opening session and press conference on Thursday 10, 2016 at La Palm Beach Hotel, Accra, Ghana.

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Visit was first step in assessing human rights in Burundi: UN independent experts

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After eight days of meetings, interviews, and exchanges with a wide range of actors, the United Nations Independent Investigation on Burundi (UNIIB), created by the Human Rights Council last December, ended its first country visit today.

Speaking to the press in Bujumbura, Pablo de Greiff, one of the three members of the investigation noted that, “this visit was a first step in our effort to gather information and views from all relevant actors. Nothing is better than coming here, to see by ourselves and meet with various actors.”

During their visit (1-8 March), the experts met with government officials – including one of the country’s two Vice Presidents – political leaders, civil society groups, and victims of human rights violations. They also visited a prison in Gitega, two hours away from the capital Bujumbura, and met with detainees allegedly involved in a failed coup d’état in May 2015.

“Overwhelmingly, what we take away is the sense that Burundi is at a crossroad, but also the hope shared by most people that the current situation will improve,” noted Maya Sahli-Fadel, also an expert with the team. Christof Heyns, the third expert, insisted that “The future of Burundi – internally and as part of the international community – will depend on its performance in the field of human rights.”

‪Following their visit to Burundi, on 21 March 2016‪, one of the three experts will update the Human Rights Council on the team’s initial findings. The three experts are scheduled to visit Burundi again in June and in July 2016. Meanwhile, as part of the investigation, a team of monitors will also deploy to Burundi in coming weeks. Lastly, in September, the experts will issue their final report to the Human Rights Council.

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Mothers in South Sudan’s War-Torn Bentiu Town Regain Access to Maternal Care

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Maternal health care services are now available in South Sudan’s Bentiu town for the first time in nearly two years with the opening of an IOM maternity ward at the Bentiu Hospital on 29th February.

At the maternity ward, IOM midwives provide mothers with ante-natal and post-natal care, facility-based deliveries, family planning support and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

The Bentiu Hospital, once a prized medical facility, witnessed some of the most gruesome fighting during the two-year civil war. Armed conflict in early 2014 left much of the clinic destroyed—the maternity ward was ransacked and critical infrastructure, such as delivery chairs and incubation units, was damaged.

As the population increases in Bentiu town, IOM, health partners and the Bentiu Ministry of Health have identified a need for maternity and neonatal care services, with nearly 22,700 people registering for assistance in Bentiu town and surrounding areas since July 2015.

In the coming weeks, IOM plans to assume responsibility for a mobile clinic on the hospital grounds, currently managed by the International Rescue Committee, as the larger facility undergoes rehabilitation.

“IOM is committed to helping reestablish essential health care services at the hospital. Access to maternal and neonatal care is critical to the welfare of mothers and babies, especially those who are displaced or living in unpredictable environments,” said Dr. Beldina Gikundi, IOM Migration Health Officer in Bentiu.

With support from the UN Population Fund and the UN World Health Organization, IOM has equipped the maternity ward with furniture, equipment and medical supplies. The State Minister of Health has indicated plans to assign additional midwives to enable the ward to run 24-hours a day.

IOM has also extended its tuberculosis (TB) testing and treatment programme to Bentiu hospital to help with early diagnosis and treatment of TB cases for people who cannot access health services at the nearby UN protection of civilians (PoC) site, where IOM recently opened a TB testing laboratory.

Beyond Bentiu, IOM health teams provide primary and maternal health care assistance at the UN PoC site in Malakal and in Renk County, near the border with Sudan. Efforts in Malakal have been particularly challenging since IOM’s clinics, including a brand-new maternity ward, were burned to the ground during an attack on the PoC site on 17 and 18 February 2016.

Since December 2013, the civil war in South Sudan has displaced more than 2.3 million people. The UN estimates that 6.1 million South Sudanese will be in need of assistance this year as living conditions and security deteriorate in flashpoint areas across the country.

IOM health efforts in Bentiu town are made possible by support from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, the Government of Japan and the Common Humanitarian Fund.

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Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Partners with ExxonMobil Foundation to Empower Women Business Owners in Nigeria through Financial Literacy Initiative

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Today, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women (http://www.CherieBlairFoundation.org) celebrated an innovative new initiative to empower women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Developed with the support of the ExxonMobil Foundation, the Road to Women’s Business Growth project aims to inspire women owners of small businesses in Nigeria by building their management and financial literacy skills.

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Women entrepreneurs worldwide face significant barriers to accessing financial services. Research shows that women-owned entities represent more than 30 percent of registered businesses globally, but only 10 percent of women entrepreneurs have access to the capital needed to grow their businesses(1). In Nigeria, there is a persistent gender gap in financial inclusion, with only 34 percent of women having access to a bank account versus 54 percent of men(2).

The Road to Women’s Business Growth initiative aims to address this gap by building the business management and financial literacy skills of women entrepreneurs, empowering them with the knowledge and tools they need to grow profitable and sustainable businesses. The project is implemented in collaboration with the Enterprise Development Centre of Pan-Atlantic University, Diamond Bank and Emerging360.

The initiative kicked off at the end of 2015 in Lagos, Abuja and Uyo. To date, 500 women small business owners have received training in business management and financial literacy. The custom-built curriculum, which combines in-class instruction and online learning, is specifically designed to meet the needs of women owners of small businesses in Nigeria. Over the next six months, the women entrepreneurs will continue to receive support to build their businesses, with 100 of them receiving more intensive business support, including workshops, mentoring, and linkages to financial services, investment, and markets.

The Road to Women’s Business Growth initiative was celebrated today at a special event to mark International Women’s Day at the Enterprise Development Centre of Pan-Atlantic University in Lagos. Cherie Blair, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and wife of the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, said, “Women entrepreneurs play a powerful role in their societies and economies, often succeeding against huge odds. My Foundation is committed to supporting women in developing and emerging markets to access the skills, networks, technology and financial services they need to establish and grow successful businesses.” She continued, “Our Road to Women’s Business Growth initiative will empower Nigerian women entrepreneurs to unlock the skills and tools they need to drive growth in their businesses and communities.”

Government officials, community leaders and women entrepreneurs attended the special event. Approximately 250 women business owners participating in the program were also present, and celebrated completing the first phase of training in an afternoon graduation ceremony with their families.

Nolan O’Neal, chairman and managing director of ExxonMobil Upstream Nigeria, was also present for the celebration and spoke about the company’s commitment to help women fulfill their economic potential. “Research shows that expanding economic opportunities for women is integral to global development and broader economic progress,” he said. “Today less than 35 percent of women in Nigeria have access to a bank account and many lack the capital needed to grow their businesses. This initiative takes an important step toward increasing financial literacy and access for women business owners.”

For more information about the Road to Women’s Business Growth project, please visit http://www.CherieBlairFoundation.org/road-to-growth-in-nigeria/.

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Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.

More images: http://www.apo.af/v1Jv8F

Images and footage of the ‘Road to Women’s Business Growth’ initiative are available on request.

For more information please contact:

Tallulah Perez-Sphar, Communications Manager, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
[email protected]
+44 (0)20 7258 3139

About the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women (http://www.CherieBlairFoundation.org) provides women entrepreneurs in developing and emerging markets with the skills, technology, networks and access to financial services that they need to become successful small and growing business owners, so that they can contribute to their economies and have a stronger voice in their societies. Working in partnership with local and international non-profit organisations, the private and public sector, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women develops projects with sustainable solutions to the challenges women entrepreneurs face through three programmes: Enterprise Development, Mentoring and Mobile Technology. To read more about the Foundation’s projects in Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Tanzania please visit: www.CherieBlairFoundation.org.

About the ExxonMobil Foundation
For more than a decade, ExxonMobil has invested in programs that advance economic opportunities for women around the world. In 2005, the ExxonMobil Foundation launched the Women’s Economic Opportunity Initiative (WEOI) to help women fulfill their economic potential and drive economic and social change in their communities. To date, ExxonMobil has invested more than $100 million to help community-based and global partner implement programs, improving the lives of tens of thousands of women in more than 90 countries.

Source:: Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Partners with ExxonMobil Foundation to Empower Women Business Owners in Nigeria through Financial Literacy Initiative

Categories: AFRICA

Africa Oil & Power Names APO as Official Newswire

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APO (http://www.APO-opa.com), the sole press release newswire in Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa, today announced it has been named as Official Newswire of the Africa Oil & Power (http://www.AfricaOilandPower.com), Africa’s exclusive energy event, which takes place June 6-7, 2016, in Cape Town, South Africa.

The event has confirmed an impressive lineup of speakers, including energy ministers and international deal-makers. These include oil ministers from Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana along with Varsha Singh (PetroSA), Derek Campbell (TransGen Energy Inc.), Igor Hulak (A.T. Kearney Africa), Dolapi Ono (Ecobank, Head of Energy Research) from the private sector.

Guillaume Doane, CEO of the Africa Branding Corporation, the organizer of Africa Oil & Power says: “APO is the undisputed leader in media relations in Africa. Their participation with Africa Oil & Power as Official Newswire will guarantee this conference reaches a large and targeted audience. We are especially excited to work with APO on technological offerings like the online press conference that ensure our sponsors and partners will benefit from a wider reach.”

Africa Oil & Power is the benchmark for top-tier networking and high-level discussion on a multitude of issues concerning the African energy and electricity landscape. The 2016 Africa Oil & Power event is a first of its kind, gathering ministers, heads of national oil and electricity companies, business leaders and policy makers to exchange on a collaborative panel discussion platform. Endorsed by the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy of Equatorial Guinea, this conference promises to be a game-changer for African energy events.

Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, Founder and CEO of APO (http://www.APO-opa.com) says: “We are pleased to have been selected as Official Newswire for this exclusive oil and energy event on the continent; where great global minds meet to discuss the future of the industry. Our Online Press Conferencing tool will ensure the maximum media attention globally.”

APO online press conferencing solution allows a large number of professional journalists from different countries to participate in your press conferences without travelling: http://www.APO.af/ezrxEp.

To view the Africa Oil & Power press releases, please visit www.Africa-Newsroom.com.

Used by some of the world’s largest companies, PR agencies, institutions and organisations, APO Africa Wire® has a potential reach of 600 million and guarantees the most extensive outreach in Africa, acting as a channel that allows APO’s clients to target audiences in all parts of the continent and also the world.

Download brochure: http://www.apo-opa.com/African-Press-Organization-Press-Release-Africa.pdf

More information about the competitive advantages of Africa Wire®: http://goo.gl/KYKZ7d

More information about APO Media Reach: http://goo.gl/eEKlQh

More information about Africa Wire®, the service for newswire press release distribution in Africa, is available at http://www.APO-opa.com/services.php

This is a joint press release by Africa Oil & Power and APO (African Press Organization).

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

Contact APO:
Aïssatou Diallo
[email protected]
+41 22 534 96 97

About APO:

APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.APO-opa.com) is the sole press release newswire in Africa and is a global leader in media relations relating to Africa.

With offices in Senegal, Switzerland, Dubai, Hong Kong, India and Seychelles, APO owns a media database of over 150,000 contacts and is the main online community for Africa-related news.

It offers a complete range of services, including press release distribution and monitoring, online press conferences, interactive webcasts, media interactions, strategic advice, public diplomacy, government relations and events promotion. To find out more, please visit http://www.apo-opa.com.

Follow APO on Twitter: https://twitter.com/apo_source
Follow APO on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/african-press-organization
Follow APO on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/africanpressorganization

About Africa Oil & Power:

Africa Oil & Power (www.africaoilandpower.com) is an inaugural event that draws a premier lineup of ministers, senior level government officials and top executives of private sector companies spanning the energy value chain. The event is organized by the Africa Branding Corporation (ABC), an integrated creative and marketing agency specializing in brand building and management.

ABC brings together a multitude of print, digital and event management tools to strengthen African brands and enable them to reach their target audience. Services offered by ABC include brand evaluation and strategy, corporate and brand identity design, direct and content marketing, web design and development, and event organization and management. To find out more please visit www.africabranding.com.

Visit Africa Oil & Power’s website: http://www.africaoilandpower.com
Follow Africa Oil & Power on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Africaoilpower
Follow Africa Oil & Power on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/africa-oil-&-power

Source:: Africa Oil & Power Names APO as Official Newswire

Categories: AFRICA