High Commissioner to Mauritius

Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP:

Today I announce the appointment of Ms Jenny Dee as Australia’s next High Commissioner to Mauritius with non-resident accreditation to Comoros, Madagascar and Seychelles.

Australia and Mauritius enjoy warm relations based on strong economic and people-to-people links, particularly in education and marine economic activity. Over the last few years, education institutions in Mauritius and other Indian Ocean island states have built fruitful relationships with their Australian counterparts.

Mauritius is a growing financial hub for the African mainland and Australian businesses. Australia works closely with Mauritius and its island neighbours on maritime security, economic growth and sustainable development, including through the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), and the newly established Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub.

Ms Dee is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was most recently Director, External Budget Section. In Canberra Ms Dee has held a range of positions in DFAT, including as Director, Sri Lanka and Maldives Section; India Political and Regional Section; and Indonesia Economic and Transnational Issues Section. She has served overseas at Australia’s missions in Jakarta and Harare.

Ms Dee holds a Master of Arts (Foreign Affairs and Trade) from Monash University and a Bachelor of Business (Journalism) from the Queensland University of Technology. She is married with two children. Ms Dee is expected to take up her appointment in July 2017.

I thank outgoing High Commissioner Susan Coles for her contribution to advancing Australia’s interests in Mauritius since 2014.

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Launch of the 10YFP Sustainable Food Systems Programme Marks Major Milestone

The hosting of the 1st Global Conference of the 10YFP Sustainable Food Systems is a major milestone in the implementation of the multi-stakeholder partnership for the promotion of the more sustainable food systems. This was said by Switzerland’s Director-General for the Federal Office of Agriculture and Co-chair of the United Nations Sustainable Food Systems Programme with South Africa, Professor Bernard Lehman. Director-General Lehman was speaking at the closing session of the three-day 1st Global Conference of the 10YFP Sustainable Food Systems event in Pretoria.

“The gathering in South Africa was the first time that the entire network of over 120 members converged to showcase their achievements, exchange ideas and to forge fruitful partnerships. This conference has given us a strong impetus to make progress in developing and implementing such concrete activities and projects on the ground and I am looking forward to implementing all these activities and projects,” said Lehman.

Lehman added that Switzerland was fully committed to promoting the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals both at national and international levels.

The Director for Agro-processing at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and Co-Chair of the Sustainable Food Systems Programme, Ms Thembelihle Ndukwana echoed Professor Lehman’s commitments. Ndukwana added that she hoped the hosting of the t Conference will instil a culture of cooperation that will ensure that sustainable food methods are implemented in all the member countries.

“What is most notable about our conference is that we had an opportunity to take our delegates on a learning journey to a few of our local sites so as to enable them to see first-hand how our local businesses process and handle food. We took them to the Marabastad informal market where they engaged with the locals, to a subsistence farmer in Fourways to see ways in which they are tackling food wastage during harvest,” said Ndukwana.

In conclusion, Ndukwana expressed excitement at having to receive and implement resolutions that will have resulted from the conference.

“I am looking forward to these resolutions because they will very much be key in defining what is to take place from here on and going forward,” she said.

Distributed by APO on behalf of The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa.

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Merck Foundation Established to improve Health and Wellbeing of People

  • Rasha Kelej appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Merck Foundation
  • New Foundation aims to advance lives through science and technology in developing countries and underserved communities

Merck (www.MerckGroup.com), a leading science and technology company, today announced the establishment of the Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com). Through this foundation Merck combines many of its corporate responsibility activities under one roof and considerably expands its scope to address health, social and economic challenges of the 21st century.

“The vision of the new foundation is a world where everyone can lead a healthy and fulfilling life, also those living under disadvantaged conditions,” said Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the new foundation. “With the Merck Foundation we will continue our commitment towards improving access to innovative healthcare solutions in underserved communities, building healthcare and scientific research capacity and advancing people’s lives through science and technology.”

“The Merck Foundation will focus on initiatives that will contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goals outlined by the United Nations. To achieve the foundations’ goals, we will develop and implement coherent strategies, result-oriented programs and initiatives, provide grants to support projects and help raise funds where needed,” said Rasha Kelej, who has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Merck Foundation. Kelej (45) joined Merck in 1996, working exclusively in positions relevant to Corporate Responsibility and Market Development with a strong focus on Africa and developing countries.

The Merck Foundation is a non-profit limited liability company (gemeinnützige Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung / gGmbH). A Board of Trustees, chaired by Stangenberg-Haverkamp, will advise and monitor the foundation’s performance. Stefan Oschmann, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Merck, and Belén Garijo, member of the Executive Board of Merck and CEO Healthcare, are also members of the Board of Trustees.

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Datatex Announces New Version of Leading Software – AMETHYST2

Datatex (www.Datatex.co.za), the leader in innovative telephony software solutions, recently announced the official release of a fully re-engineered version of AMETHYST, its exceedingly popular, industry leading, web-based telephone call recording system and quality management software.

“The original AMETHYST which we developed 15 years ago, remains without question, a really solid software solution, but the reality is that there are only so many upgrades you can do – especially in a 15 year time frame.” says Datatex CEO, Johan Landman.

“Technology and needs have changed quite dramatically and we recognised that the time had come to essentially start afresh and create a completely new version of our software. The new version, AMETHYST2, builds on the already powerful capabilities of the original AMETHYST, while making sure that we fully capitalise on the capabilities that more modern technology offers.”

Re-designed from scratch. More features, improved functionality.

In 2015, Datatex embarked upon re-creating AMETHYST from the ground up. After two years of careful planning, programming and rigorous testing by their own team of programmers – the result is a more modern, flexible Call Recording and Quality Management platform.

“For example, we’re now offering unlimited supervisor licences which are free, while we’ve built in functions that allow for extensive group structures and access control. The way that the original AMETHYST had been developed was somewhat more restrictive. We’re now able to accommodate much more of what we know our clients need.” says Landman.

So with AMETHYST2, companies and users alike can look forward to a wide range of incredible new features that improve workflow and overall management.

Company decision makers in particular, will be pleased with key operational improvements which include the fact that AMETHYST2 is now a 64bit application. This allows for greater processing speeds. The software also provides for more efficient and cost effective scalability, and an even greater standard of reliability and redundancy.

A modern call recording and quality management solution for today’s workplace.

Many businesses today who are reliant on technology to operate, need 3 key features to remain efficient and competitive – Security, Mobility and Scalability. AMETHYST2 enables all these essentials and more, which is why it’s definitely a winning solution for both multi-office and international companies.

Landman says that Datatex recognised that they had to get rid of any limitations from the old software. “We needed to make sure that AMETHYST2 not only works seamlessly with the technology that companies use today, but we needed to also make the software easier to use and more intuitive.”

AMEHTYST2 is geared for speed, ease of use and efficiency. New features such as its fully integrated communication records which link all modes of communication such as email, call recordings and chat to one agent, make agent management more streamlined.

Reporting has received a serious overhaul and users can now look forward to extensive and detailed statistical data and reports, which can be scheduled for automatic distribution to the appropriate team members.

The upgrades within AMETHYST2 are extensive and as Landman says “Everyone that has used AMETHYST, will experience a big difference between the two versions.”

Companies familiar with Datatex can rest assured that with new protocols and settings, AMETHYST2 remains fully compliant with POPI, FICA, FAIS, SOX, PCI, NCA and PCA.

Full details regarding all the features included in AMETHYST2, can be found on the Datatex website HERE (http://APO.af/rM7h2j).

Where to get it

Acquiring AMETHYST2 involves a once off purchase, with ongoing free same version updates, and no annual fees.

Datatex provides highly personalised service and support, which existing clients of theirs, genuinely value. It is for this reason that they prefer to work with their clients personally and provide fully customised quotes that suit the specific needs of the organisation.

Ring 021 592 4033, or email sales@Datatex.co.za for more information, or to arrange a consultation.

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Founded in 1994, Datatex (www.Datatex.co.za) has been providing software solutions that meet specific telephony management needs for over 20 years. Datatex distinguishes itself from its competitors by providing premium quality software products in the telecommunications market, which are fully developed by a highly skilled team of in-house software developers. It is also a brand that is focused on constant product review, development and innovation and tailors its solutions to suit the client’s needs.

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