ACCRA, Ghana, October 31, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — ” Ensuring effective disclosure and access to information, accountability and transparency processes in Bank financed projects
The AfDB sensitizes and informs regional stakeholders in Accra on its disclosure and access to information policy, accountability and transparency efforts
Italian Economic Diplomacy/Sole 24 Ore – African Union: tenders for Eastern Africa geothermal facility
ROME, Italy, October 31, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — On 21 October a workshop was held at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa to present the “Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility for Eastern Africa”to investors wishing to participate in the call for tenders. To register consult the following webpage:http://www.grmf-eastafrica.org/events/registration_informati onworkshop_2013.
The Facility was launched in April 2012 thanks to funding from the German government, in partnership with the AU Commission, for the purpose of financing geothermal projects in Eastern Africa Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda; as of May also Burundi, the Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea and Zambia). The Facility will be funding €50 million in programmes through a series of calls for tender, the first of which took place last autumn, and the second of which will begin on 28 October 2013 and conclude the following 22 November. All related information can be found athttp://www.grmf-eastafrica.org/.
BERLIN, Germany, October 31, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Minister Westerwelle issued the following statement today on the situation in Tunisia:
I am shocked by the attempted attacks carried out in Tunisia today. The crisis unit at the Federal Foreign Office has met to look at the situation of German tourists in the country and, if necessary, to be able to provide swift assistance.
If political stability is to return to Tunisia, it is vitally important that the national dialogue continues. All political forces must now work together to find pragmatic solutions so that Tunisia can master the challenges ahead, including the fight against Islamist terrorism.
Minister Westerwelle spoke on the phone this afternoon with Tunisia’s Foreign Minister Othman Jarandi. He assured the Minister of Germany’s solidarity and reaffirmed the German Government’s readiness to continue actively supporting the transition process in Tunisia.
The Federal Foreign Office amended its travel and security advice for Tunisia today: Travellers in the Sousse area are advised not to leave their hotels for the time being and to be vigilant. The latest travel advice can be viewed at www.diplo.de
PARIS, France, October 31, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Agenda de M. Laurent FABIUS du 4 au 10 novembre 2013
Lundi 4 novembre
10h30 – Entretien avec Mme Amina Mohamed, ministre des affaires étrangères du Kenya, Quai
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, October 31, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is promoting increased participation of women in Africa’s private sector, helping them overcome long-standing barriers that prevent them from starting businesses or gaining employment opportunities open to their male counterparts.
As part of this effort, IFC hosted an Africa Gender Forum in Addis Ababa that brought together more than 50 women leaders, IFC clients, members of civil society, and development partners to discuss best practices and challenges to scaling successful approaches. Discussions also focused on ways to increase access to training and finance for women entrepreneurs, who own or partially own only about one third of Africa’s smaller businesses.
“Women’s economic empowerment is essential to achieving sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. When women entrepreneurs are supported with loans and new skills, they are able to turn their ideas into small and medium-sized businesses that generate economic benefits for their families and communities. An investment in women is an investment in the community,” said David Usher, Canadian Ambassador to Ethiopia.
“IFC recognizes the need to tap the vast potential of women as drivers of inclusive economic growth and shared prosperity, and has made gender one of its cross-cutting strategic priorities. We need to support and harness the positive effect that women’s economic empowerment and leadership can have on our economy,” said Adamou Labara, IFC Resident Representative in Ethiopia.
A recently-published IFC report, ‘Investing in Women’s Employment – Good for Business, Good for Development’, found that investing in women’s employment and improved working conditions can bring dramatic benefits to both women and businesses. IFC also runs a number of programs that promote increased participation of women in business, including Women in Business which has helped over 3,000 African women entrepreneurs gain access to
$27.5 million in financing.
During the Gender Forum, several women spoke of how they or their employers are helping women gain a foothold in the private sector.
One female business owner, Constance Swaniker, explained how she benefited from a collateral lending system IFC helped establish in Ghana. She said that the registry allowed her to use her machinery to access finance, which helped her create thirty new jobs.
Brenda Ochieng, Human Resources Manager of Finlays Kenya, a horticulture company, highlighted Finlays strategic approach to promoting greater gender equality among its employees. Finlays achieved cultural change in the workplace by developing clear policies, training for supervisors, vocational health and safety training and support from senior management.