Jul 072017

The ADIE (the state agency in charge of the information technology policy) (https://www.ADIE.sn) has formalized today the dematerialization of two procedures of the urban planning services: obtaining the certificate of conformity, an administrative act that attests the conformity of the construction work carried out following the procurement of the building permit. And, the urban planning certificate, which certifies that a proposed real estate operation on land is in conformity with the legislation and technically feasible.

The Mobilitas Group (http://www.MobilitasAfrica54.com/fr) has assisted ADIE in the effective implementation of these two approaches, which are now available on the online platform, TeleDac.

The launch ceremony was held at the Pullman Teranga Hotel in Dakar under the effective presidency of Mrs. Khoudia Mbaye, Minister in charge of teleservices of the State and Mr. Diène Farba Sarr, Minister for Urban Renewal. The event also brought together all the stakeholders of the project, particularly the APIX, the Office Organization and Method and the Order of Architects of Senegal.

With the development of TeleDAc, the Senegalese State wants to strengthen the effectiveness of public action and bring the administration closer to its users, especially through online access to the public service. “80% of the work of an administration consists in sharing information with users as well as with the other services of the State. In this respect, the implementation of TeleDAc is essential for the modernization and effectiveness of public action. The two new procedures we are putting online today are an important step towards achieving our goals, “says Cheikh Bakhoum, Director General of ADIE.

The impact of digital technology in the creation of wealth in Africa is such that some countries like Senegal outperform many Western countries in the contribution of new technologies to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). With 3.3% of its GDP from internet-related activities, Senegal does more than many Western countries, including France and Germany(1). “In ten years, the digital economy will probably weigh 10% of African GDP. The digital should be an integral part of the services provided by the public authorities. As an actor in the management and electronic archiving of documents, we are proud to contribute to the success of TeleDAc, an ambitious project to digitize public services, “said Alain Taïeb, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Mobilitas.

Since its launch, TeleDAC has made a significant contribution to improving access to public services, reducing administrative costs for users by 25% and reducing the risk of corruption. The time required to complete and issue a building has reduced from a minimum of 3 months to approximately 28 days. To date, nearly 4,000 cases have been processed in the four departments of Dakar. TeleDAC also strengthens the standardization of public electronic archiving. 200,000 applications for building permits were digitized, following the rehabilitation of the archives of the departmental departments of town planning in Dakar.

(1) McKinsey Global Institute

Distributed by APO on behalf of Mobilitas Africa.

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About the ADIE
The ADIE (https://www.ADIE.sn) is an autonomous structure, in charge of the implementation of the computerization policy of the Senegalese state. ADIE provides the Senegalese administration with a coherent system for processing and disseminating information, meeting international standards in terms of quality, safety, performance and availability.
ADIE has set up the platform Tele-Request of Authorization to Build (TeleDAC) which facilitates the conditions for obtaining the building permit, through the complete dematerialization of the procedure.

About the Mobilitas Group
Founded in Paris in 1974 under the AGS brand, the group was originally specialized in the removal activities of individuals and businesses in the Paris region. Today, Mobilitas is one of the leaders in the field of international mobility (move and support of executives) and physical and digital archiving.
The Mobilitas Group (http://www.MobilitasAfrica54.com) employs 4,325 employees in 94 countries around the world.
While its African strategy only began in 1993, Mobilitas is now located in the 54 African countries and now has 2,807 employees on the continent

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Jul 072017

Remarks by His Excellency President Jacob Zuma on the occasion of the Informal Meeting of BRICS Leaders on the margins of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany (07 July 2017):

Your Excellencies

President Xi

President Temer

President Putin

Prime Minister Modi

Honourable Ministers

I would like to express our gratitude to President Xi as current chair of BRICS for convening us today, and the excellent arrangements made in this regard.


The global economy is expected to register modest but positive growth in 2017.

However, a high degree of political and policy uncertainty create greater risk. We continue to witness manifestations of traditional and new challenges, indicative of the ever-widening disparities among the haves and have-nots.

We gather at global platforms, as today, to deal with critical issues such as migration, unequal access to technology, receding trends with respect to globalization, protectionism and global security. We must therefore continue working towards inclusive growth whilst supporting free trade in a manner that is beneficial to all.

We thus endorse efforts by the G20 to ensure “Inclusive Growth” designed to benefit all sectors of society.

As the Co-Chair of the G20 Development Working Group, South Africa will continue to highlight the concept of inclusivity, notably as it impacts on Africa and the developing world, so that it permeates throughout G20 initiatives.

Consistent with the spirit of inclusivity, any partnership with Africa must benefit the whole Continent and encompass a holistic approach. Programmes such as the G20 Africa Partnership, including the Compact with Africa (CwA), should follow a consultative process aligned with the AU’s Agenda 2063, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development and various other flagship AU programs.

We are also pleased that the Host Country Agreement for the Africa Regional Centre of the New Development Bank has been endorsed by the Board of Governors. We are currently busy with preparations for the official launch of the Africa Regional Center and wish to express our gratitude for the support received.

Your Excellencies,

I am pleased to note the good progress made in the intra- Brics collaboration over the past decade. Given the current difficult and challenging global environment we need to do more to strengthen and deepen our partnership for the mutual benefit of all our peoples.

We look forward to attending the Xiamen Summit in September 2017, where we will further engage and deliberate on our expanding intra-BRICS work programme. We wish to assure China of our full support for the success of the Summit and to jointly harvest the fruits of China’s Chairship.

I thank you

Distributed by APO on behalf of Republic of South Africa: The Presidency.

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Jul 072017

The economy of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is losing 1,637 billion Congolese francs, or more than a billion dollars a year, to the effects of child undernutrition. This is equivalent to as much as 4.5 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).*

The social and economic costs of undernutrition are revealed in a new study released in Kinshasa today.

The Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) study was undertaken by the government of DRC in collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the African Union Commission (AUC), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

The study shows that the losses are incurred each year through increased healthcare costs, additional burdens to the education system and reduced workforce productivity.

“I welcome this important joint initiative which will contribute significantly to the government’s efforts to minimize the loss of human and economic potential to malnutrition,” said DRC Prime Minister and Head of Government Bruno Tshibala Nzenzhe, at the launch ceremony in Kinshasa. “Malnutrition is a silent emergency, accounting for nearly half of all infant deaths. For the country to develop, we need to address this situation urgently.”
According to the report, DRC could save up to CDF355 billion (around US$383 million) by 2025 if the prevalence of underweight children is reduced from 11 to 5 percent and if stunting (low growth for age) is reduced from 43 to 10 percent.

“These results call on all of us to act now to avoid future losses caused by hunger,” said WFP Country Director in DRC, Claude Jibidar. “I’m convinced that with the understanding we now have of the terrible economic and social impact of malnutrition on children, we and our partners can work with the government to make a real difference to this alarming situation.”
“In line with Agenda 2063 – ‘The Africa we want’ – we seek to completely eliminate hunger and food insecurity on this continent during coming decades,” said Kefilwe Moalosi, speaking on behalf of the African Union Commission and NEPAD. “Africa has the potential to reap a demographic dividend from a young, educated and skilled workforce. But this potential can only be harnessed if we continue to invest in the health and nutrition of its people, particularly its women and children, and secure the necessary economic growth”.

The Cost of Hunger in Africa study has so far been conducted in 11 countries. The economies of these countries suffer an estimated annual loss associated with child undernutrition that is equivalent to between 1.9 percent and 16.5 percent of GDP. Results of recently undertaken COHA studies are due to be released soon in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Similar studies are being planned for Mali and Mauritania.

*Data and exchange rates from 2014 (year of research).

For the full report, please click here: http://www.costofhungerafrica.com/s/DRC_Reportfinal-2.pdf

Distributed by APO on behalf of World Food Programme (WFP).

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Jul 072017

On 5 and 6 July, the Government of Zimbabwe, with support from IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the European Union, convened a high level discussion to develop the country’s 2017–2022 National Diaspora Policy Implementation Action Plan. The Plan will serve as a framework for engaging with the Zimbabwean diaspora worldwide.

Eighty participants took part from government ministries, the UN and the private sector, as well as diaspora representatives and other non-state actors.

The operationalization of the 2016 adopted National Diaspora Policy through a well-defined action plan comes against a background of increasing government acknowledgement of the potential of the Zimbabwean diaspora in contributing towards national development.

The action plan comprises of eight priority areas that relate to policies and legislation, the intra-governmental-diaspora relationship, institutional engagement, diaspora investment, remittances, national socio-economic development, knowing the diaspora and diaspora’s rights.

“The Government recognizes that beyond the remittances from abroad, our diaspora presents social, economic, intellectual and political capital, a pool of knowledge and expertise which must be harnessed for the benefit of the country,” said Judith Kateera, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Macro Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, in a speech read on her behalf at the meeting.

The Government of Zimbabwe has demonstrated commitment to creating institutional structures that promote diaspora engagement in the national development agenda. The adoption of the National Diaspora Policy in July 2016 and the establishment and launch of the Diaspora Directorate in September 2016 are testimony of such commitment. In addition, with support from IOM and the EU, the Government of Zimbabwe conducted in October 2016 initial Zimbabwean Diaspora Engagement meetings in the United Kingdom, Canada and South Africa to move towards building mutual trust between the Government and members of the Zimbabwean diaspora.

“As a partner in migration management, IOM congratulates the Government of Zimbabwe for this important milestone,” said Lily Sanya, IOM Zimbabwe Chief of Mission. “IOM takes this opportunity to also thank the European Union for it generous support to the process. The Organization encourages the Government to establish sound mechanisms to ensure smooth implementation of the action plan and remains committed to providing needed technical support towards operationalization of the action plan.”

IOM’s support is being provided within the framework of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) project, “Promoting Migration Governance in Zimbabwe”. The project seeks to contribute to the establishment of a migration governance framework in Zimbabwe that supports state and non-state actors to manage migration in a migrant- and development-oriented manner. One of the four key results of the project is improved neutral platforms for dialogues and schemes through which Zimbabweans in the diaspora contribute to decision-making and national development.

Distributed by APO on behalf of International Office of Migration (IOM).

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