Remarks at Security Council ministerial meeting: “Maintenance of International Peace and Security: settlement of conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa and countering the terrorist threat in the region”

[As delivered]

I thank the Russian Federation for organizing this very important meeting.

And I also take this opportunity to express my deep thanks to many foreign ministers who are participating in this meeting. The number of participating Foreign Minister is just impressive, I hope this kind of solidarity will be always with us in many subjects we are dealing with.

The Middle East and North Africa are in the midst of some of the deadliest conflicts and worst humanitarian emergencies of our times. Terrorist groups such as ISIL and Al-Qaida affiliates are elevating the horror and complicating the search for solutions.

While each is very different, the crises and conflicts in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen all expose similar horrors.

Syria has proven to be the most intractable. It has generated one peril after another: the use of chemical weapons, the rise of ISIL and other extremist groups, the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War and the displacement of 8 million people inside the country.

We need to take urgent measures to protect civilians from widespread violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. We have an obligation to the Syrian people to help ensure accountability for serious crimes. I appeal to the Council to strongly support my Special Envoy’s efforts to promote a comprehensive and credible political transition based on the Geneva Communiqué.

Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen are our common concern, and their resolution is our shared responsibility.

Next year, Member States will mark the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the UN’s Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. With the Strategy now long established as the accepted framework for action, we must push for more concrete implementation. Those efforts must be balanced and anchored in international human rights law. We must also have a keen sense of the need to avoid unintended consequences.

The United Nations is working with many partners to expand capacity-building assistance to Member States, including to stem the flow of foreign terrorist fighters and to address the related ills of illicit drug-trafficking and cybercrime.

It is not enough to counter terrorism; we must also prevent violent extremism, while taking care not to take steps that only breed the resentment and alienation on which violent extremism feeds.

During the course of this General Assembly, I will present to the Member States a comprehensive plan of action outlining ways we can work together in this endeavour.

The Plan of Action will recommend ways that Member States can address the drivers of violent extremism at the global, regional, national and local levels.

It will also set out how the United Nations system can support Member States through a holistic “All of UN” approach encompassing peace and security, sustainable development, human rights and humanitarian action.

The current reviews of peace operations and peacebuilding are also underscoring the importance of addressing root causes. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its focus on justice, inclusive institutions and resilience, also has a strong preventive dimension. A more sustainable world will be a safer world.

Conflicts, governance failures and systematic violations of human rights are affecting not only the Middle East and North Africa, but the world at large. Women and girls are facing systematic brutality. Young people are having their futures taken away from them before they have barely had a chance to dream.

We must work together to stop this downward spiral, using all UN tools. The people of the Middle East and North Africa deserve our full support in meeting these tests and steering the region towards a path of freedom, safety and dignity for all.

Thank you.

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Botswana National Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 30, 2015

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Botswana on the 49th anniversary of your independence on September 30.

Botswana is one of the United States’ strongest, most reliable and valued partners in Africa. The partnership between our nations is grounded in mutual respect and responsibility.

The United States applauds Botswana’s proud tradition of peace and your commitment to a democratic future that respects individual freedoms and responsible governance.

The United States’ current engagement with Botswana, across a wide range of issues, underscores our mutual commitment to supporting democracy, human rights, youth empowerment including through the Washington Mandela Fellowship, the fight against HIV/AIDS through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, promoting economic growth, and conservation and environmental issues, including ending wildlife trafficking and protecting the Okavango Delta.

Botswana has consistently been a source of hope for others, and an example of what is possible in Africa.

The people of the United States send warmest wishes to the citizens of Botswana on your national day.

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IMF Staff Holds Review Mission to Tanzania

A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Hervé Joly, visited Tanzania from September 17–30, 2015. The mission initiated the third review under the Policy Support Instrument (PSI) program that was approved on July 16, 2014. [1] It overlapped with a team from the IMF Fiscal Affairs Department that was conducting a fiscal transparency evaluation. The mission met with Hon. Saada Mkuya Salum, Minister of Finance, Professor Benno Ndulu, Governor of the Bank of Tanzania, and other senior government officials.

Mr. Joly released the following statement at the end of the mission:

“Recent macroeconomic developments have continued to be broadly favorable. GDP is estimated to have grown by 6.5 percent in the first quarter of 2015, with strong performance recorded in transport, electricity generation, and information, communication, and financial services. Economic growth is expected to remain close to 7 percent in the remainder of 2015 and in 2016.

“Inflation rose gradually in the past few months to 6.4 percent in August 2015. This was largely driven by supply side factors, particularly food prices, and the exchange rate depreciation in the first half of 2015, which raised the domestic cost of imports and partly offset the relief from the fall in global oil prices. While inflation could increase somewhat more in the coming months, due to the lagged effects of the recent depreciation, it is expected to continue to remain within single digits, helped by expected stable global oil prices as well as continued tight monetary policy. It would gradually decline next fiscal year back to the authorities’ objective of 5 percent.

“The shilling depreciated rapidly against the U.S. dollar particularly in April–June 2015, as the global strength of the dollar overlapped with high liquidity in the banking system, seasonally low export earnings, and high repatriation of corporate dividends. The situation was further compounded by delays in the mobilization of external program financing, which may have fuelled a foreign exchange shortage psychology. A combination of measures, including a tightening of monetary policy and seasonally higher export earnings, subsequently helped to stabilize the shilling and have allowed a return to normal in the interbank and foreign exchange markets since August 2015. The shilling, which was assessed to be somewhat overvalued in 2014, is now closer to equilibrium.

“Performance in implementing the IMF-supported PSI program was mixed. While most end-June 2015 quantitative program targets were met, the assessment criterion on tax revenue was missed. In addition, shortfalls in external financing and insufficient commitment controls led to a large accumulation of domestic arrears. Delays were incurred in the implementation of a number of structural reforms supported under the PSI.

“While it is still early in the fiscal year, there are indications that budget implementation for 2015/16 could face challenges because of possible continued financing and revenue pressures. The mission discussed with the authorities ways to address these challenges and avoid the accumulation of more arrears. The mission and the authorities also discussed other issues, including ongoing efforts to: strengthen revenue mobilization, public financial management, and debt management; address arrears to pension funds; modernize the monetary policy framework; and develop and improve the functioning of financial markets.

“Discussions will continue in the coming weeks to reach final understandings on an economic policy framework that can underpin the completion of the third review under the PSI. The discussion of the third program review by the IMF Executive Board is expected to take place by end-2015.

“The IMF team is appreciative of the constructive and open policy dialogue and thanks the authorities for their hospitality during the visit.”

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President Michel calls for greater solidarity and climate commitment at UNGA

The President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. James Alix Michel has addressed the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, which is a momentous occasion for the international organisation as it celebrates its 70thanniversary and as an overarching tenet seeks to adopt the Post-2015 development Agenda which includes the Sustainable Development Goals.

In his speech, the President called for concerted action to address the global challenges which arise from the adverse climate change, famine, war, poverty, the development constraints faced by SIDS, and the reform process of the United Nations and post second world war institutions to make them more relevant to this era.

President Michel spoke of the fact that real ‘determination’ to solve issues concerning the entire world is sorely lacking and that inaction would certainly condemn future generations to an uncertain fate.

“ Look around us. What do we see? A world lacking in determination. A world torn apart by vicious wars and conflicts. A world where poverty, hunger, famine and epidemics continue to grow unabated. Where inequality, injustice and disparity are on the rise. A world where environmental degradation and despoliation go unchecked. A world – our world – menaced by climate change,” said President Michel.

Speaking about the United Nations, President Michel noted its important place in today’s world, however also commented on the need for deep reform to make it more representative realities facing the 21st century.

“… Its lofty ideals are as relevant today as when it was founded. However, its structures of governance – in particular, the Security Council – are not. In today’s world, it represents a fundamentally undemocratic and unrepresentative institution,” said President Michel.

The President reiterated the principle of determination with which these reforms could take place making the United Nations and other post-1945 institutions inclusive and democratic.

A central theme of the President’s speech was the need for resolute action on climate change and embracing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.He made particular reference to the fact small island states were amongst the smallest contributors to a changing climate yet were the ones to bear the full brunt of it.

President Michel noted; “Many challenges still remain. Especially for Small Island Developing States (SIDS). We are the sentinels of nature and the guardians of our oceans. But the action of inaction-as the case may be -of others threaten our livelihood and very existence.”

He further said that the entirety of the world would need to embrace the notion of sustainable development and drew on His Holiness Pope Francis’ speech earlier in the week noting “we must break the present growth model and give primacy to the protection of nature over consumerism, thereby minimising the effects of climate change.”

As the Paris climate conference approaches, President Michel emphasised that a universal and binding agreement to tackle climate change is needed.

“We cannot allow ourselves to be condemned to the wrong side of history by our collective failure to reach an agreement. The stakes are too high. An agreement is within our reach provided we are able to summon collective political will and leadership,” he said.

Speaking about the specificities of Small Island Developing States, President Michel described not only the vulnerabilities facing them but also underscored the necessity to find a tailored approach in tackling their challenges taking into account a vulnerability index which would in turn not hamper their development.

For SIDS and coastal states, President Michel opined that Goal 14 of the 2030 Agenda, which refers to conservation and the sustainable use of oceans, is primordial and provides the basis for a vibrant Blue Economy.

He said, “For oceanic nations the sea is our lifeblood and the Blue Economy the catalyst upon which we learn to thrive.”

However, he also added that without security these ends could not be achieved. The international community, as in the case of Somali piracy, would need to act together to securitise the oceans.

It was the President’s desire that the successful model of international cooperation used to end piracy, could be replicated to stop terrorism and find a viable solution to the refugee crises.

“The growing refugee crisis reminds us that we should all shoulder the burden of fighting the ideologies of hate and embrace bonds of fraternity and solidarity,” said President Michel.

President Michel also noted the primacy of diplomacy and shared his enthusiasm for the rapprochement between the United States of America and Cuba

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles.

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President Michel meets with Commonwealth SG in margins of UNGA

President James Michel has engaged in a high profile bilateral discussion with Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma on Tuesday.

They discussed way to harmonise positions for discussion ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of State Summit to be held later this year in Malta and also to address key projects between the institution and Seychelles.

President Michel thanked Mr. Sharma for the technical support Seychelles has received thus far from the Commonwealth to fulfill its developmental objectives.

He further spoke of the concrete actions that Seychelles has undertaken to promote the Blue Economy and ensure a viable and sustainable ocean primarily through initiatives like the “debt for adaptation swap” and the marine spatial plan.

“Seychelles is one of the smallest members of the Commonwealth yet we hold weight and moral authority beyond our size. Seychelles is proudly a member of this organisation and we will continue to contribute to its vibrancy,” said President Michel.

The two statesmen spoke at length on how the Commonwealth’s strengths may be utilised to influence and effect change on numerous global issues, most notably on climate change, human rights, gender equality and building strong resilience amongst small island states within the organisation and further afield.

Mr. Michel also had positive discussions the Secretary-General on the election reform process in Seychelles. Mr Sharma took noted of the positive measures taken.

On his part, Mr Sharma had solicited Seychelles support for the Commonwealth Trade Finance Facility seeking to ensure greater use of trade finance contributing to the growth of smaller economies, which would otherwise be at a disadvantage. He further added that this is in line with this year’s Commonwealth theme; ‘Adding Global Benefit.’

Also present at the bilateral meeting were the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Transport, Mr Joël Morgan, Seychelles Ambassador to the United Nations, Mrs Marie-Louise Potter and the Diplomatic Adviser to the President, Ambassador Callixte d’Offay.

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President Michel engages with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in margins of UNGA

President James Michel met with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon in the margins of the Organisation’s General Assembly on Tuesday.

President Michel spoke with the Secretary General with regards to the state of affairs governing the world and mapped out his vision for the continued relevance of United Nations Organisation in a rapidly changing world.

Mr. Michel remarked that Seychelles very much believed in the principles of the UN charter which remain relevant even as the United Nations commemorates its 70th anniversary. He said that he is confident that Mr. Ban Ki-moon would steer the UN through another year of progressive dialogue and give overall guidance.

In view of the 70th anniversary of the Organisation, President Michel urged that the international community renew the spirit of the Charter, and more importantly reinvigorate it in light of the trend of our times and the needs of the modern world.

Seychelles has been at the forefront in advocating solutions to problems faced by Small Island Developing States. As such, President Michel expressed his gratitude to the Secretary General for his support in that endeavour.

President Michel further added that climate change has become the foremost security challenge for SIDS. Although the SIDS community continues to be one of the smallest contributors to global emissions, small islands are the most vulnerable to the adverse effects of the phenomenon.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon shared President Michel’s hope that a binding agreement on climate change would emerge from the Paris Conference in Paris at the end of this year.

President Michel also expressed his desire that the global community unite in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, he called on all developed countries to fulfill their commitments for the mobilisation of $100 billion annually by 2020 for the operationalization of the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

President Michel briefed the Secretary-General on the Blue Economy which Seychelles is spearheading to protect its greatest natural resources- the ocean- and derive benefit from it for its people.

On his part Secretary General Ban Ki-moon spoke about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and hoped that concrete action would be taken in order to achieve its primary objectives. He expressed his desire that in the year 2030 when stock is taken, the world can safely assert that all points within the Agenda were adequately satisfied.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles.

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United Nations Press conferences and media opportunities

All press conferences and briefings will take place in the Press Briefing Room (S-237) except where noted.

This schedule is subject to change.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Rev. 1 (Change in Name of Noon Briefing Guest)

12:00 p.m. Spokesman’s Noon Briefing with guest, Mr. Toby Lanzer, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel

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All press conferences and briefings will take place in the Press Briefing Room (S-237) except where noted.

This schedule is subject to change.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Rev. 1 (Change in Name of Noon Briefing Guest)

12:00 p.m. Spokesman’s Noon Briefing with guest, Mr. Toby Lanzer, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel

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DHL Express to facilitate growth of SMEs in Sub Saharan Africa and empower them to connect globally

DHL Express (http://www.dpdhl.com), the world’s leading express logistics provider, will launch its Growing Beyond Borders entrepreneurial training program in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) in the coming weeks – an innovative programme specifically designed to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) understand the economic potential of international trade and the subsequent benefits to their businesses.

The company will be launching the program in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Mauritius in October 2015, followed shortly by South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Uganda. The program will be expanded to a further 16 markets across SSA before the end of the first quarter of 2016.

Hennie Heymans, Managing Director for DHL Express SSA, says that as Sub Saharan Africa continues to emerge as a growth market, so will the continent’s attractiveness for business expansion. He adds that the stable GDP forecasts for the Sub Saharan Africa region (4.6% in 2016 and 5% 2017(1), coupled with a booming e-commerce sector will create significant opportunities for innovative SMEs to service online-savvy customers.

“For example, in South Africa alone, the demand for online retail is growing rapidly, with significant opportunities existing to create cross-border e-commerce partnerships throughout Africa.” A recent report by Ipsos(2), on behalf of PayPal and FNB, revealed that the majority of South African online shoppers could be cross-border shoppers in the coming years. It also showed that up to 46% already shop outside of South Africa. Similarly, the research shows 30% of Nigerian cross-border shoppers (online shoppers who have made purchases online from another country) have purchased goods from South Africa in the past 12 months.

He adds however that while local entrepreneurs are identifying expansion and growth opportunities across Africa, many simply do not have the know-how to capitalise on these.

“Many SMEs develop a plan to grow their business internationally, but battle to turn this plan into a reality. Our Growing Beyond Borders program will provide practical guidance on how to make the most out of the opportunities available, and assist SMEs to grow and connect across Sub Saharan Africa.”

The free of charge workshop model explores importing and exporting in new markets, provides guidance on how to find key geographical opportunities for the business’ specific products and services, as well as how to identify different marketing avenues and ways to build long-term relationships with their target customers for long term success.

Heymans explains that the Growing Beyond Borders workshop is unique in that it was borne out of the same vein as the DHL Express Certified International Specialist (CIS) programme – an internal learning and development platform which has seen nearly 4,000 DHL employees in 51 countries in SSA and 100,000 employees globally, receive comprehensive training on the fundamentals of international shipping. “CIS equips our employees with the specialised knowledge they need to do their job competently and confidently. Similarly, the Growing Beyond Borders workshop seeks to pass on logistics knowledge to our customers, equipping them with expertise on growing their business across borders.”

“We pride ourselves on being Certified International Specialists. DHL has been shipping across the globe since 1969, and the workshop takes entrepreneurs through the entrepreneurial history of DHL and lessons learnt from dealing with a multitude of customers along the way. DHL was founded by three far-sighted Californian businessmen, it was the potential of international trade they saw, coupled with a pioneering spirit and customer dedication focus, that has helped grow DHL into the world’s most international company,” adds Heymans.

Since entering Africa in 1978, he says that the company has witnessed the continent develop into the emerging economic powerhouse it is today through continued foreign and local investment in the region. “SMEs are the lifeblood of the continent in stimulating continued economic activity, and we believe that by empowering SMEs to seize the numerous opportunities available to them, the African continent will continue to flourish,” concludes Heymans.

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

Sources:
(1) The World Bank: Global Economic Prospects, Sub-Saharan Africa (http://www.apo.af/F6A0qF) June 2015
(2) Ipsos, on behalf of PayPal and FNB: http://www.bdlive.co.za/business/technology/2015/08/17/online-cross-border-shopping-on-the-increase-in-sa-study-shows

Media Contact:
Megan Collinicos
Head: Advertising & Public Relations, Sub-Saharan Africa
DHL Express
Tel +27 21 409 3613 Mobile +27 76 411 8570
megan.collinicos@dhl.com

DHL – The logistics company for the world

DHL (http://www.dpdhl.com) is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. DHL’s family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With more than 325,000 employees in over 220 countries and territories worldwide, they connect people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including e-Commerce, technology, life science and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 56 billion euros in 2014.

For more information: www.dpdhl.com

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DHL Express to facilitate growth of SMEs in Sub Saharan Africa and empower them to connect globally

DHL Express (http://www.dpdhl.com), the world’s leading express logistics provider, will launch its Growing Beyond Borders entrepreneurial training program in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) in the coming weeks – an innovative programme specifically designed to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) understand the economic potential of international trade and the subsequent benefits to their businesses.

The company will be launching the program in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Mauritius in October 2015, followed shortly by South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Uganda. The program will be expanded to a further 16 markets across SSA before the end of the first quarter of 2016.

Hennie Heymans, Managing Director for DHL Express SSA, says that as Sub Saharan Africa continues to emerge as a growth market, so will the continent’s attractiveness for business expansion. He adds that the stable GDP forecasts for the Sub Saharan Africa region (4.6% in 2016 and 5% 2017(1), coupled with a booming e-commerce sector will create significant opportunities for innovative SMEs to service online-savvy customers.

“For example, in South Africa alone, the demand for online retail is growing rapidly, with significant opportunities existing to create cross-border e-commerce partnerships throughout Africa.” A recent report by Ipsos(2), on behalf of PayPal and FNB, revealed that the majority of South African online shoppers could be cross-border shoppers in the coming years. It also showed that up to 46% already shop outside of South Africa. Similarly, the research shows 30% of Nigerian cross-border shoppers (online shoppers who have made purchases online from another country) have purchased goods from South Africa in the past 12 months.

He adds however that while local entrepreneurs are identifying expansion and growth opportunities across Africa, many simply do not have the know-how to capitalise on these.

“Many SMEs develop a plan to grow their business internationally, but battle to turn this plan into a reality. Our Growing Beyond Borders program will provide practical guidance on how to make the most out of the opportunities available, and assist SMEs to grow and connect across Sub Saharan Africa.”

The free of charge workshop model explores importing and exporting in new markets, provides guidance on how to find key geographical opportunities for the business’ specific products and services, as well as how to identify different marketing avenues and ways to build long-term relationships with their target customers for long term success.

Heymans explains that the Growing Beyond Borders workshop is unique in that it was borne out of the same vein as the DHL Express Certified International Specialist (CIS) programme – an internal learning and development platform which has seen nearly 4,000 DHL employees in 51 countries in SSA and 100,000 employees globally, receive comprehensive training on the fundamentals of international shipping. “CIS equips our employees with the specialised knowledge they need to do their job competently and confidently. Similarly, the Growing Beyond Borders workshop seeks to pass on logistics knowledge to our customers, equipping them with expertise on growing their business across borders.”

“We pride ourselves on being Certified International Specialists. DHL has been shipping across the globe since 1969, and the workshop takes entrepreneurs through the entrepreneurial history of DHL and lessons learnt from dealing with a multitude of customers along the way. DHL was founded by three far-sighted Californian businessmen, it was the potential of international trade they saw, coupled with a pioneering spirit and customer dedication focus, that has helped grow DHL into the world’s most international company,” adds Heymans.

Since entering Africa in 1978, he says that the company has witnessed the continent develop into the emerging economic powerhouse it is today through continued foreign and local investment in the region. “SMEs are the lifeblood of the continent in stimulating continued economic activity, and we believe that by empowering SMEs to seize the numerous opportunities available to them, the African continent will continue to flourish,” concludes Heymans.

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

Sources:
(1) The World Bank: Global Economic Prospects, Sub-Saharan Africa (http://www.apo.af/F6A0qF) June 2015
(2) Ipsos, on behalf of PayPal and FNB: http://www.bdlive.co.za/business/technology/2015/08/17/online-cross-border-shopping-on-the-increase-in-sa-study-shows

Media Contact:
Megan Collinicos
Head: Advertising & Public Relations, Sub-Saharan Africa
DHL Express
Tel +27 21 409 3613 Mobile +27 76 411 8570
megan.collinicos@dhl.com

DHL – The logistics company for the world

DHL (http://www.dpdhl.com) is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. DHL’s family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With more than 325,000 employees in over 220 countries and territories worldwide, they connect people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including e-Commerce, technology, life science and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 56 billion euros in 2014.

For more information: www.dpdhl.com

Stock images available: http://www.dpdhl.com/en/media_relations/media_library.html

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South Africa Rises 7 Places in Annual WEF Global Competitiveness Index

Brand South Africa (http://www.brandsouthafrica.com) today welcomed the 2015/16 results of the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Competitiveness Index which sees South Africa rise seven places from 56 to 49 of 140 countries.

Speaking about South Africa’s significantly improved performance in the Global Competitiveness Index, Brand South Africa’s CEO Kingsley Makhubela said, “Building a country’s competitiveness is a collective endevour involving the collaboration of government, business and civil society. Ultimately it involves all South Africans to coalesce around this national objective.”

“The results of the 2015/16 Global Competitiveness Index shows that South Africa has made significant improvements towards ensuring we are a globally competitive destination. The report resonates with our own assessment that we must work towards strengthening, amongst others, the education and health sectors to ensure our sustained competitiveness. The National Development Plan outlines the steps we need to take to achieve this.”

“We thank all South Africans for your contribution to building South Africa’s competitiveness and look forward to further improvements in the next year,” concluded Mr Makhubela.

[Multimedia Content] South Africa’s Achievements in the 2015/16 Global Competitiveness Index

South Africa’s biggest improvements come in the areas of: infrastructure (up 8 places), health and primary education (up 6 places), labour market efficiency (up 6 places), technological readiness (up 16 places), and innovation (up 5 places).

South Africa has also improved in the areas of: macro-economic environment (up 4 places), higher education and training (up 3 places), and business sophistication (up 2 places).

South Africa has dropped in the area of institutions (down 2 places), goods market efficiency (down 6 places), financial market development (down 5 places) and market size (down 4 places).Top of Form

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

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Notes to the Editor

For more on the 2015/16 WEF Global Competitiveness Index: http://reports.weforum.org/global-competitiveness-report-2015-2016/report-highlights/#ranking

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Possible protest action around UKinSouthAfrica, Pretoria, Hill Street

There are reports of possible protest action in the area surrounding the British High Commission in Hill Street, Pretoria. This could result in road closures and members of the public are advised to monitor local media for developments.

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