THIRD SESSION OF THE AFRICAN UNION CONFERENCE OF AFRICAN MINISTERS OF TRANSPORT (CAMT)

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, April 3, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — THIRD SESSION OF THE AFRICAN UNION CONFERENCE OF AFRICAN MINISTERS OF TRANSPORT (CAMT) MALABO, EQUATORIAL GUINEA / 07 – 11 APRIL 2014

What: The third session of the conference of African Ministers of Transport

When Experts meeting 7th -8th

Ministerial meeting 10th -11th

Where: Ciudad de Sipopo, Malabo II, Equatorial Guinea

Theme “Speeding-up Transport Program Delivery for Facilitating

Africa’s Economic Growth”

Who: African Union Commission (AUC)

Objectives:

 To review the implementation of the various sub-sector plans of action, target specific outcomes, and identify constraints as well as new challenges to facilitate rapid implementation of transport development activities.

 Provide strategic direction to the AU Commission and all stakeholders on the appropriate actions to take for a coherent development of the transport sector on the continent.

 Elect a new Bureau to manage its activities during the period from 2014 to 2015

Participants:

 African Ministers responsible for Transport

 Senior officials of ministries and agencies responsible for transport regulation of member states of the African Union

 Heads of African regional and continental transport specialized institutions

 CEOs of national authority of road, port facilities, airports and railways

 African Union Commission

 NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency

 Regional Economic Communities (RECs)

 African Development Bank

 United Nation Economic Commission for Africa

 International technical organizations

 Regional and international financial organizations

 Various development partners

Background:

The first strategic plan of the Commission of the African Union, covering the period 2004 to 2007 provided a strong impetus on infrastructure development as a priority in its efforts to accelerate socio-economic development and integration of Africa. In that context, the transport sector has been considered as important means to establish whether special and sectorial linkages essential to achieving growth and continental integration desired. Thus a “Linking Africa” (Africa network) special thematic program was formulated within the framework of the Strategic Plan, with transport as a major component.

The transport sector continued enjoying a priority status when the Strategic plan of the AU commission entered its second phase (2009-2012). The third Strategic Plan from 2014 to 2017 gave priority to the implementation of the program of infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) which covers the sectors of Transport, Energy, ICT and Trans-Boundary Waters.

Efforts to improve infrastructure and transport services have been developed for several decades at the national, regional and continental levels. However because of the huge resource requirements and weak economies, most countries have not been able to develop transport infrastructure that would enable them to meet their development needs.

Despite significant progress made in the transport sector in general, the situation of the transport industry in Africa has not changed much. Transport costs in Africa are among the highest in the world, which obviously undermines the competiveness of African products in local and international markets. Transport costs in terms of high freight rates, delayed delivery fees, freight losses and missed opportunities. This situation is caused by mainly by inadequate, poor quality and poorly functioning transport infrastructure and related services.

The conferences resulted in the organization of the first session of the Conference of African Ministers of Transport, which took place from 21 to 25 April 2008 in Algeria. It was a historic conference that established the CAMT as a statutory conference of the African Union.

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PwC completes its acquisition of Booz & Company

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, April 3, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — PwC (http://www.pwc.com) is pleased to announce today the successful completion of its combination with Booz & Company. With the granting of all regulatory approvals for Booz & Company to join PwC, it is now officially part of the PwC Network. All closing conditions for the deal have been met.

Photo 1: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=949 (Dennis Nally, Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers International)

Photo 2: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=952 (Suresh Kana, PwC Africa Senior Partner)

Logo Strategy&: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=954 (Booz & Company has changed its name to Strategy& (pronounced Strategy and)

Logo PwC: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/pwc.png

Marking this occasion, Booz & Company has changed its name to Strategy& (pronounced Strategy and). This new name, which will be used alongside the PwC name and brand, reflects the strength in strategy consulting that Booz & Company brings to the PwC Network and the benefits this deal will bring to all clients and stakeholders. After a short grace period, Booz & Company can’t legally continue to use the Booz name following the change in ownership.

Welcoming the Strategy& team to the PwC Network, Dennis Nally, Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers International, says: “Today signifies an important step for PwC, our clients and stakeholders. Businesses are navigating unprecedented, disruptive threats and organisations increasingly want the right strategy and the ability to execute it. Together PwC and Strategy& meet this need – delivering superior value to our clients and stakeholders, attracting premium talent and helping businesses around the world build their capabilities on a global scale.

“This combination of PwC and Strategy& will see PwC lead the way in changing the landscape of the global consulting business,” adds Nally.

Suresh Kana, PwC Africa Senior Partner, says: “The addition of Strategy& increases the pool of talented people within the PwC Network. Strategy& deploys the best industry experts suited to a strategic challenge, on a global scale. Tapping into these global resources will enable PwC Africa to assist our stakeholders in solving important problems.”

“We are delighted to be joining PwC, the leading professional services network in the world, as it enables us to offer both our clients and our people a bigger, broader and better opportunity to connect strategy to impact,” says Cesare Mainardi, CEO of Strategy&.

“Strategy& brings a 100-year heritage of practical strategy advice to PwC’s broad and deep portfolio of expert advisory services. On day one, we can meet clients’ needs for a full menu of strategy-through-execution services, and a single point of access in delivering results. We have the footprint, the scale, the resources, and the proven capabilities to help global enterprises every step of the way from strategy to outcomes. It’s an exciting prospect,” adds Mainardi.

PwC Strategy&’s Board of Directors will be chaired by Tony Poulter, a PwC partner and global consulting leader. Cesare Mainardi will be CEO of Strategy&. He has been the CEO of Booz & Company for the past two years.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC).

About PwC

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Contacts:

Suresh Kana: PwC Africa Senior Partner

Office: +27 11 797 4312

Email: suresh.kana@za.pwc.com

Or

Anne Erikssonn: PwC Senior Partner, East Africa

Office: +254 (20) 285 5000

Email: anne.eriksson@ke.pwc.com

Or

Uyi Akpata: PwC Senior Partner, West Africa

Office: +234 (0) 802 290 1194

Email: uyi.n.akpata@ng.pwc.com

Or

Lindiwe Magana: Media Relations Manager, PwC

Office: +27 11 797 5042/ +27 (83) 559 2860

Email: lindiwe.magana@za.pwc.com

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Angry Mob Attacks and beats TV Journalist in Baidoa, Southern Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia, April 3, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) denounces the increasing violations against the press in the town of Baidoa, after angry demonstrators attacked a Television journalist and beat him seriously in the town of Baidoa on Monday 31 March, 2014, the latest in string of attacks against the journalists in Somalia.

The town of Baidoa become an increasing hostile environment for the journalists following the announcement of the two opposing regional states claiming from three to six regions. The journalists increasingly become target for the supporters of the opposing administrations.

Demonstrators opposing the formation of three member regional state attacked Ali Ilyas Abdullahi, the regional correspondent of Horncable Television covering Bay and Bakool regions, on Monday morning 31 March 2014, around 10:00am after leaving his office for work. Mr. Abdullahi has been receiving serious phone call threats including death threats, after he filed story on the formation of the three region member state, according to Ali Ilyas who spoke with NUSOJ. Mr. Abdullahi also reports for Warsan Radio, based in Baidoa.

“The region is posing threats against the journalists.” Ali Ilyas Abdullahi, Horncable reporter in Baidoa said via phone interview, “We are being threatened, censored following the divisions among the people in the region.”

Mr. Abdullahi believes the mob was targeting him for his report on formation of the three member regional state.

The National Union of Somali Journalists condemns such press freedom violations and alarming conditions of the journalists in Baidoa, where the journalists are subject to forced reporting, censorship, arbitrary arrests and phone call threats and calls for the Federal government of Somalia to ensure the security of the journalists in the region and create an environment where journalists can exercise their granted freedoms.

“We are alarmed by the level of the risk our colleagues reporting from Baidoa are facing which completely undermines the freedom of the press.” Mohamed Ibrahim, Secretary General of the National Union of Somali Journalists said, “We call upon the regional administration of Bay region under the Federal government of Somalia to provide journalists full protection and create an environment where they can exercise freely.”

“Such conditions are unacceptable and should be put to a stop.” Mr. Ibrahim added.

On January 09, 2014, Police in the town of Baidoa of the Bay region arrested Abdi Nor Mayow, the correspondent of Kulmiye radio, after he filed story interview of elders opposing the formation of six (6) member regional state, outside the ADC center – the former seat of the Transitional federal parliament – where a conference to build a regional state was going on for past several weeks. He was released after spending 8 hours in prison.

Source: APO

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THE AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON SOUTH SUDAN PRESS RELEASE No 2

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, April 3, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The African Union (AU) Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan held its second meeting yesterday and today. The Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and other members of the Commission, namely Professor Mahmood Mamdani, Ms. Bineta Diop, Professor Pacifique Manirakiza and Lady Justice Sophia Akuffo were in attendance.

Following the swearing in of Lady Justice Sophia Akuffo, the President of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Commission is now fully constituted.

The second working meeting of the Commission dealt with a wide range of issues towards the fulfillment of its mandate.

The Commission of Inquiry revised and firmed up its work plan, agreeing on working methods and setting out the activities to be conducted as part of its inquiry into the crisis in South Sudan. The Commission also agreed on wide-ranging meetings and visits including leaders, victims, refugees, detainees, IDPs, and members of civil society that the Commission will engage with in the coming weeks.

With respect to the planned meetings, discussions and exchanges, the Commission has firmed up its first round of travel to South Sudan slated for before the end of April 2014. Following its planned meeting with President Salva Kiir, the Commission will engage with other actors in South Sudan, including former Vice President Riek Machar.

In the same period, the Commission has planned to meet with key leaders in the region, including Prime Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, President Omar Al Bashir of Sudan, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya.

The Commission also commenced its engagement with stakeholders and gathering of information that will inform its work. The Commission received expert information and report from several experts on matters relating to governance, institutional reforms and strengthening, one of the focal areas of the Commission’s mandate.

Those heard from were: former Director of Political Affairs of United Nations Mission in Sudan in Juba, former Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian Defence Forces; Chief of Staff of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel on Sudan and South Sudan; a civil society expert working in South Sudan and Gen former United Nations Force Commander in Abyei.

As the Commission prepares for its forthcoming meetings and field missions, it continues to receive information from the public in and out of South Sudan by way of memoranda on various aspects of its mandate.

To keep the public informed, the Commission resolved to hold periodic media briefings and to issue regular press releases. The Commission also resolved to create a website for this purpose.

The Commission of Inquiry agreed to reconvene before the end of April 2014.

Source: APO

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Central African Republic: Massacres in Remote Villages / Attacks Show Urgent Need to Protect Civilians

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, April 3, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Anti-balaka fighters killed at least 72 Muslim men and boys, some as young as nine, in two recent attacks in southwestern Central African Republic, Human Rights Watch said today. The assaults, on February 1 and 5, 2014, were in the village of Guen, in a region where abuses have been rampant, but not widely reported. Human Rights Watch interviewed survivors who had fled to a nearby village.

In a separate attack in the southwest, armed Seleka fighters, supported by Peuhl cattle herders, killed 19 people on February 22 in the village of Yakongo, 30 kilometers from Guen. Both villages are near a main road between the larger towns of Boda and Carnot. Although French and African Union (AU) peacekeeping forces are deployed in those larger towns, they do not regularly patrol the road between them. Minimal help is being sent to villages in the region to prevent attacks on civilians.

“These horrendous killings show that the French and AU peacekeeping deployment is not protecting villages from these deadly attacks,” said Lewis Mudge, Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The Security Council shouldn’t waste another minute in authorizing a United Nations peacekeeping mission with the troops and capacity to protect the country’s vulnerable people.”

A Human Rights Watch researcher spent several days in Djomo, east of Carnot, where he spoke at a Catholic mission with survivors of the Guen attacks. Lacking any humanitarian support, these victims – all Muslims, and mostly the elderly, women, and children – had sought refuge at the mission, where, even there, the anti-balaka continued to assault them.

The anti-balaka militias rose up across the country to fight the Seleka, a predominantly Muslim coalition that took control of the capital, Bangui, on March 24, 2013. The anti-balaka quickly began to target Muslim civilians, particularly in the west, equating them with Seleka or the coalition’s sympathizers. While some anti-balaka possess heavy arms, the majority of the fighters in the southwest are poorly armed with either homemade hunting shotguns or machetes. The anti-balaka often kill their victims with machetes.

Witnesses told Human Rights Watch that anti-balaka forces from the north entered Guen in the early morning of February 1. They set upon the Muslim neighborhood of the town and immediately started to shoot people as they fled.

A widow in Guen told Human Rights Watch: “My husband ran away with our four-and-a-half year old son … but he [the husband] was shot in the stomach. I ran and took our child, and the anti-balaka fell upon him [my husband] with their machetes. I wanted to stay with my husband, but my brother pulled me away into the bush.” The child survived.

The anti-balaka did not spare children in the February 1 attack. The father of 10-year-old Oumarou Bouba told Human Rights Watch:

“I took my son when the anti-balaka attacked. As we were running away, he was shot by the anti-balaka. He was shot in the right leg and he fell down, but they finished him off with a machete. I had no choice but to run on. I had been shot too. I later went to see his body and he had been struck in his head and in the neck.”

On February 5, after looting Guen’s Muslim neighborhoods, the anti-balaka attacked a property where hundreds of Muslims had sought refuge. In this attack, the anti-balaka divided approximately 45 men into two groups, led them out of the compound, forced them to lie on the ground, and executed them. The anti-balaka spared women, small children, and the wounded.

One man who had managed to hide among the wounded told Human Rights Watch: “They divided the men into two groups and shot them. Then they cut them with machetes. There was nothing the victims could do; they were killed like wild dogs. They lay there and they were shot.”

The attack on Guen occurred in a context of widespread insecurity in the southwest, particularly on the road between Boda and Carnot, where the Seleka and allied Peuhl fighters attacked the village of Yakongo on February 22.

The transitional government of President Catherine Samba-Panza should investigate these killings and hold to account the attackers and those orchestrating the violence. The international community should also improve the protection for civilians and fast-track the authorization and deployment of a UN peacekeeping force. On April 1, the European Union confirmed it would send 1,000 peacekeepers to the Central African Republic to provide support to the AU and an eventual UN mission. These peacekeepers should be deployed as soon as possible.

“The massacres in the southwest demonstrate the utter lawlessness of both the anti-balaka and the Seleka,” Mudge said. “Both the government and the peacekeepers need to act quickly and effectively to protect civilians, promote security, and enforce the rule of law.”

For more Human Rights Watch reporting on the Central African Republic, please visit:

• https://www.hrw.org/africa/central-african-republic

• http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/related_material/car0314compendium_web.pdf

Source: APO

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