Assisting African countries make the most of their commodities is ECA’s key priority says Karingi

Assisting African countries to make the most of their commodities, particularly in industrializing to promote growth, job creation and economic transformation is now a strategic priority of the Economic Commission for Africa says Stephen Karingi, Director of the ECA’s Regional Integration and Trade Division (RITD).

Mr. Karingi said this in opening remarks to an expert group meeting on the “Petrochemicals Cluster for Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Member Countries”, focusing on “Regional Survey of Potentials, Trends and Possible Operational and Policy Measures” in Addis Ababa yesterday.

He said value addition in the petrochemicals sector has a huge potential to contribute to Africa’s industrialization, especially given the continent’s endowment in crude oil and natural liquid gas, which are increasingly being discovered in IGAD countries.

“It has always been the view of ECA, and I believe everyone here also shares the same view, that although Africa’s starting point is unfavourable, its potentials in industrial development are tremendous,” said Mr. Karingi, adding some other developing regions, like East Asia, had proven such potentials by their successful industrialization.

“Their success is an encouragement for us, that Africa also has the possibility to make significant progresses in industrialization given proper strategy, policies and efforts.”

Citing the success of Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote and the Dangote Group, Mr. Karingi said the importance of petrochemicals is not going unnoticed in the continent.

“Dangote Group is an African industrial conglomerate. It feels that the big growth opportunities are mainly in Africa,” he said.

The Dangote Group is expanding with a market capitalization of about US$25 billion in 2015, aiming to reach US$100 billion by the year 2020 and it operates from Nigeria, the biggest oil exporter of the continent.

The group is building an oil refinery, with an output of 650,000 barrels per day, which will be the biggest petrochemical complex in the world in one single location. It will cost US$12 billion to build, and will generate a turnover of US$24 billion per year.

“This example could certainly be replicated in the IGAD region, where many countries are still net importers of refined petroleum products. Not to mention the opportunities provided by downstream activities,” said Mr. Karingi.

He added that intra-African trade could be a springboard to wider economic diversification and industrialization if regional integration recorded decisive progress.

The RITD Director said Africa has felt the pains of the major challenges confronting the global economy, adding these “challenges remind us of the urgency for Africa to achieve economic diversification to more value-adding sectors, in order to become less vulnerable to external shocks and promote sustainable development.”

“This era also presents Africa potential opportunities. The shift of global economic power opens a new gate for Africa to find access to additional resources for industrial development and lift itself from the risk of being marginalized in the global production chain,” said Mr. Karingi.

He told participants that new technologies, like mobile communication devices, were helping Africa business and industries to operate in a cheaper and more innovative way.

Mr. Karingi said the IGAD report being considered at the meeting draws on IGAD member States’ experiences to date with cluster-based economic development.

“It is my hope that this meeting will brainstorm on some of the key issues relating to the development of a petrochemical cluster the IGAD region. It will also contribute to the development of analytical framework for designing a competitive industrial economy in the continent,” he said.

IGAD was created in 1996 to succeed the Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development that was founded in 1986 to deal with issues related to drought and desertification in the Horn Africa.

The regional block came to existence with a new name, organizational structure and a revitalized ambition of expanded cooperation among its member States with a mission to assist and complement the efforts of the member States to achieve food security and environmental protection, peace and security, and economic cooperation and integration in the region.

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

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Meeting on the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the margins of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

1. On 19 September 2017, the United Nations convened a meeting on the preparations for the elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, in the margins of the General Debate of the seventy-second session of the United Nations General Assembly. The meeting agreed on a coordinated approach involving the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, the Organisation internationale de La Francophonie, and the Southern African Development Community, including through the establishment of a coordinated team of experts, to facilitate the mobilization of the required political, technical, financial and logistical support, in accordance with resolution 2348 (2017), to assist the Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante (CENI), and sustain progress for the preparations of the elections.

2. The meeting welcomed the expressed commitment of the authorities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to respect the Constitution and stressed the need for further confidence building measures to create conducive conditions for the pursuit and successful conclusion of the electoral process. Participants reaffirmed the centrality of the 31 December 2016 agreement and the necessity for its full implementation to pave the way for the timely holding of free, fair, peaceful and credible elections in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

3. The meeting underscored that the swift and complete implementation of the 31 December 2016 agreement is critical in supporting the legitimacy of the transitional institutions. In this regard, participants urged Congolese stakeholders to redouble their efforts to prepare for the timely holding of free, fair, peaceful and credible presidential and legislative elections, in accordance with the provisions of the 31 December 2016 agreement, and in parallel take additional confidence building measures, in line with the agreement, in order to create a conducive environment for the successful conclusion of the electoral process.

4. The meeting acknowledged the progress made by the CENI in the voter registration, with the assistance of MONUSCO and the monitoring of the Organisation internationale de La Francophonie, and stressed the need for the early publication of an electoral calendar and a budget, as per the 31 December 2016 agreement. The meeting takes note of the repeated commitment by the authorities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo authorities to fund the upcoming electoral cycle, despite the budgetary difficulties faced by the Government. Participants also encouraged donors to fund the multi-partner fund for the Projet d’Appui au Cycle Electoral au Congo (PACEC) to support the electoral process as soon as these essential elements are agreed and formalized.

5. Regarding the security situation, the meeting stressed the need for the scrupulous respect of human rights, and for renewed efforts in the fight against impunity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, especially in view of the killing of civilians by state and non-state actors, while the UN underlined its commitment to work constructively with the Congolese authorities to address continuing challenges in this regard.

6. Participants also expressed concern about the security and humanitarian crisis in the DRC exacerbated by the destabilizing activities of foreign and domestic armed groups, and encouraged renewed regional cooperation to address recurring cycles of violence, including through the next Regional Oversight Mechanism scheduled to take place on 19 October in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. They encouraged sustained international support for humanitarian assistance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and further stressed the need for comprehensive support to alleviate the suffering of people and to provide relief to host countries receiving Congolese refugees. The meeting further called for a more diverse group of donors, including Member States from emerging economic regions, to provide assistance commensurate with the challenges at hand.

Participants: African Union, Democratic Republic of the Congo, European Union, Economic Community of central African States (ECCAS), Southern African Development Community (SADC), International Conference for the Great Lakes Region, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, France, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, U.S.A., Russian Federation, People’s Republic of China, International Contact Group Representative (Netherlands), United Nations.

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Baker Hughes, a GE company awarded contract by Nigeria LNG in milestone digital agreement for Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) will provide Asset Performance Management (APM) software services to reduce unplanned outages and trips for LNG trains
  • This deal marks the first BHGE Turbomachinery & Process Solutions APM offering in the Sub-Saharan Africa region
  • Agreement leverages the GE store with a strong support also from GE Digital and GE Power Services
  • Announcement was released during BHGE UNIFY Digital User Conference in Paris

Baker Hughes, a GE company (NYSE: BHGE) (www.BHGE.com) has signed an agreement for the provision of Asset Performance Management (APM) software and services for LNG trains and related Balance of Plant (BoP) by Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG). NLNG shareholders are Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (49%), Shell Gas B.V. (25.6%), Total Gaz Electricite Holdings France (15%), and Eni International (N.A). NVSL (10.4%). This deal marks the first APM solution sold and executed both in the LNG market and in Sub-Saharan Africa by BHGE.

BHGE was asked by NLNG to develop a solution to enhance the performance of LNG trains at its gas liquefaction plant in Bonny Island, Nigeria. Using proven APM software, BHGE developed an outcome based solution with a digital trip reduction program and has committed to a reduction of 20 percent of trips on the LNG trains and related BoP within three years.

“APM and similar digital solutions are crucial to securing the future of operations within the oil and gas industry, particularly in the LNG market.” said Maria Sferruzza, President, LNG & Global Service for Turbo machinery & Process Solutions, BHGE. “This deal marks milestone digital advancements in Sub-Saharan Africa and is a strong demonstration of BHGE’s APM solutions. This strategy, jointly developed with our partners in GE Digital and GE Power Services, shows how we can leverage strong links within the business to meet our customers’ needs.”

Asset Performance Management (APM) is a GE enterprise software solution that leverages sensors, connectivity, data and analytics to improve the reliability and availability of our customers’ assets, minimizing total cost of ownership. APM enables intelligent asset strategies to help optimize performance to make operations safer by helping to predict and prevent failures, thereby mitigating risk and increasing overall efficiency. Within the LNG market, this and other digital solutions can enhance production and perform predictive analysis on turbo machinery equipment and operations related to the balance of plant.

BHGE will supply the bundle of its software services, powered by GE’s Predix, the platform for the industrial internet, in a multi-year agreement that includes support from GE Power Services and GE Digital. BHGE is the main contractor of the project’s LNG trains, power generation and electrical motors units and has had a Contractual Service Agreement in place with NLNG since 2003.

The announcement was made during UNIFY, BHGE’s first-ever Digital User Conference dedicated to productivity-driving software applications for the oil and gas industry that was hosted in Paris and saw the participation of around 200 professionals from the oil & gas and digital industry.

Distributed by APO on behalf of GE.

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Following deadly clashes, MONUSCO provides support to Burundian refugees in Kamanyola

The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has been providing life-saving support to Burundian refugees following deadly clashes that occurred last Friday in Kamanyola (South Kivu province) in which 38 refugees (24 men, 13 women, and one child) and one Congolese military officer were killed with more than one hundred injured.

MONUSCO provided immediate first-aid and initial distributions of food and water as well as protection for the estimated 1,500 refugees gathered outside the MONUSCO base. The following day, MONUSCO and UNHCR immediately deployed teams on the ground to assist and evacuate the wounded, with UNHCR also providing psychosocial counselling.

MONUSCO evacuated 32 of the seriously injured Burundian refugees from Kamanyola by helicopter and road to Goma and Bukavu hospitals.

“We will continue to provide protection to those that need it and encourage dialogue in order to facilitate a peaceful and dignified resolution to the situation” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Maman Sidikou.

MONUSCO also provided support to initial mediation efforts which was further reinforced by the visit to Kamanyola, yesterday, of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, David Gressly, who spoke with the local authorities as well as Burundian refugees, together with UNHCR, to resolve the issue of the full registration and subsequent relocation of the refugees away from the Burundian border in accordance with international and national laws and policies.

MONUSCO is also conducting investigations, including a human rights investigation, to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the violence.

MONUSCO condemns the use of excessive force that resulted in the high number of civilian casualties, including women and children. MONUSCO reiterates that security forces should have the means and training to use non-lethal methods for public order management.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Mission de l’Organisation des Nations unies en République démocratique du Congo (MONUSCO).

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