Oct 172014
 

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, October 17, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Amid concerns over the increasing rate of Ebola infection in Sierra Leone, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and partners today began distributing food for 265,000 people on the outskirts of the capital.

The distribution in the suburb of Waterloo will be the biggest one-off food distribution in the country since the start of the Ebola outbreak.

WFP mobilized 700 aid workers to distribute in just one day over 800 metric tons of food – rice, pulses, vegetable oil and salt – meeting families’ food needs for 30 days. The distribution is in partnership with Caritas, Community Integrated Development Organization, civil society organizations and young volunteers.

“Providing food to such a large number of people in one day is a challenge. We have to deploy many staff and speed up the distribution process to reduce risks both for the people receiving food and for staff, as Waterloo has seen some of the highest cases of Ebola infections in recent days,” said Gon Myers, WFP Country Director in Sierra Leone.

“We are working closely with the Sierra Leone Government, NGOs and UN agencies to ensure timely delivery of food assistance to all Ebola-affected people – be it in treatment centres or in quarantined households – to prevent this health crisis from becoming a food and nutrition crisis.”

The aim of the distribution is to stabilize quarantined families by giving them enough to eat so that they do not leave their homes to look for food.

Before today’s distribution in Waterloo, WFP and its partners had provided food assistance to more than 300,000 Ebola-affected people across Sierra Leone. Given the increasing rate of infections, WFP is scaling up to reach 600,000 people affected by the crisis.

Beyond the food response, WFP is supplying vital technical assistance, particularly to medical partners, in this unprecedented health emergency. This includes construction, logistics, storage, procurement and transport.

WFP is supporting the Sierra Leone Government by procuring 74 World Bank-funded vehicles including ambulances, mortuary vehicles and pickup trucks. The first batch of 30 vehicles is expected to arrive by air in the country on 18 October.

As WFP ramps up to help fight the most severe acute public health emergency in modern times, it requires US$179.6 million to distribute food and provide common humanitarian services in the Ebola-affected countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea until February 2015. Less than a third has been received.

To ensure continued assistance over the next six months, WFP requires US$24 million for its Ebola emergency operation in Sierra Leone.

Oct 172014
 

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, October 17, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — SkyVision Global Networks Ltd. (http://www.skyvision.net), a leading global communication provider, today proudly announced that the company has been nominated for three prestigious AfricaCom 2014 Awards. SkyVision’s nominations are in the following categories: Best Connectivity Solutions for Africa, for SkyVision’s Hybrid Satellite and Terrestrial Network Solutions; Changing Lives Award, for their support of Ghana’s Crossover Academy and VSAT Innovation for Africa, for the SkyVision Active Series.

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As a leading service provider in Africa, SkyVision provides viable solutions that help African companies, organizations and service providers to increase their productivity and profitability, and the level of service they provide to their customers. SkyVision’s noted success in Africa is the result of its a widespread network of local partners and representatives and SkyVision offices in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Guinea Conakry, Nigeria, Cameroon and South Africa. For well over a decade, SkyVision has focused on enhancing connectivity in rural Africa, with the establishment of hubs and PoPs across the continent to deliver quality and last mile communications to customers nationwide.

“SkyVision has witnessed the immense growth of Africa’s telecom market and we are honored to have been chosen amongst our peers for these three esteemed awards,” said Ori Watermann, SkyVision CEO. “SkyVision continues to be an integral part of the ICT boom in Africa as we strongly support leading industries and organizations’ communications platforms. We are equally proud to have donated our services to rural academic institutions so desperately in need of viable communications networks. Contributing to educating Africa’s schoolchildren, helps build the foundation of Africa’s future.”

The AfricaCom Awards, the digital industry’s celebration and recognition of world leaders in digital technology, ICT, telecom and media across Africa, will take place on November 12, 2014 in Cape Town, as part of the AfricaCom 2014 Conference. SkyVision are both exhibitors and sponsors of this landmark industry event. For more information on the show visit: http://www.africacomawards.com. To meet SkyVision or for queries contact: irist@skyvision.net

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SkyVision (http://www.skyvision.net) is a global communications service provider, offering comprehensive, integrated solutions to meet all corporate, government and telco market requirements. With an emphasis on its customers’ local or regional requirements, SkyVision offers superior network connectivity solutions. Known for its innovative approach, the company offers an extensive suite of both customized solutions and industry-standard services for end-to-end IP connectivity (http://www.skyvision.net/enterprise-solutions), managed from its international gateways and selected local hubs. SkyVision’s global-reaching network connects its customers to the Internet backbone with more than ten satellite platforms and a network of high-capacity fiber optic cables, via its gateways in Africa, Europe, North America and the Middle East as well as multiple points of presence (POPs) in Africa. SkyVision currently commands a satellite and fiber network IP connectivity (http://www.skyvision.net/service/fiber-solutions) spanning 100 countries. The company’s C-Band and Ku-Band VSAT network solutions (http://www.skyvision.net/services/lobby2/Internet%20Connectivity) draw on SkyVision’s extensive space segment inventory from leading satellite providers and its capacity is carefully tailored to customers’ individual needs for optimal cost-effectiveness. Visit http://www.skyvision.net.

Oct 172014
 

GENEVA, Switzerland, October 17, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM has opened a Country Office in Madagascar to support the Government through implementation of projects in a number of critical areas related to migration, including environmental-related internal migration, diaspora engagement and border management.

“The opening of an office in Madagascar marks the beginning of an important step that will reinforce collaboration between IOM and the Government of Madagascar in addressing migration challenges of the 21st century,” noted IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson, who was on an official visit to Antananarivo.

IOM will launch two counter-trafficking projects in response to a request from the Government of Madagascar, which has identified combating trafficking in persons as priority.

One project, funded by the IOM Development Fund, will provide the government with an assessment of human trafficking activities in the country, raise awareness among vulnerable communities, and strengthen coordination in the fight against human trafficking.

The second project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will support research and the development of referral and identification mechanisms; help improve services for victims of trafficking; and raise awareness in target areas on the dangers of irregular migration.

Despite a previous lack of a formal presence in the country, IOM has implemented activities in Madagascar since 2002 in the areas of migration and environment, migration health, labour migration, and assisted voluntary return and reintegration.

In May 2014, IOM published a Migration Profile for Madagascar to help strengthen the capacity of government institutions to develop policy and strategies on migration informed by relevant data and reliable statistics. With the establishment of an office, IOM aims to further strengthen its collaboration with the government and other partners.

Oct 172014
 

GENEVA, Switzerland, October 17, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM has opened a Country Office in Madagascar to support the Government through implementation of projects in a number of critical areas related to migration, including environmental-related internal migration, diaspora engagement and border management.

“The opening of an office in Madagascar marks the beginning of an important step that will reinforce collaboration between IOM and the Government of Madagascar in addressing migration challenges of the 21st century,” noted IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson, who was on an official visit to Antananarivo.

IOM will launch two counter-trafficking projects in response to a request from the Government of Madagascar, which has identified combating trafficking in persons as priority.

One project, funded by the IOM Development Fund, will provide the government with an assessment of human trafficking activities in the country, raise awareness among vulnerable communities, and strengthen coordination in the fight against human trafficking.

The second project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will support research and the development of referral and identification mechanisms; help improve services for victims of trafficking; and raise awareness in target areas on the dangers of irregular migration.

Despite a previous lack of a formal presence in the country, IOM has implemented activities in Madagascar since 2002 in the areas of migration and environment, migration health, labour migration, and assisted voluntary return and reintegration.

In May 2014, IOM published a Migration Profile for Madagascar to help strengthen the capacity of government institutions to develop policy and strategies on migration informed by relevant data and reliable statistics. With the establishment of an office, IOM aims to further strengthen its collaboration with the government and other partners.

Oct 172014
 

JUBA, South Sudan, October 17, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — PRESS BRIEFING
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) will hold a press briefing on Tuesday, 21st October 2014 to update the news media on the Mission’s Protection o…

Oct 172014
 

JUBA, South Sudan, October 17, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — PRESS BRIEFING
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) will hold a press briefing on Tuesday, 21st October 2014 to update the news media on the Mission’s Protection o…

Oct 172014
 

JUBA, South Sudan, October 17, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — PRESS BRIEFING
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) will hold a press briefing on Tuesday, 21st October 2014 to update the news media on the Mission’s Protection o…

IMF Statement on Ghana

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Oct 172014
 

ACCRA, Ghana, October 17, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A Ghanaian delegation led by Mr. Kwesi Botchwey and including Finance Minister Seth Terkper, Minister of Employment and Labor relations, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, and Bank of Ghana Governor Kofi Wampah held discussions with International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff on a possible IMF program during October 14-16 in Washington.

Mr. Joel Toujas-Bernate, the IMF Mission Chief for Ghana, issued the following statement today: “We had a productive dialogue and made further progress on identifying economic and policy reforms that could form the basis of a possible Fund-supported program. We are also working in close collaboration with other multilateral partners, including the World Bank and the African Development Bank. Discussions will continue in the coming weeks and an IMF mission is expected to visit Accra in November.”

Oct 162014
 

ROME, Italy, October 16, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — After her visit to Tripoli on Saturday 11 October, Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini spoke on the phone today with the United Nations Special Envoy for Libya, Bernardino Leon. In the…

Oct 162014
 

ROME, Italy, October 16, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — “Today in Khartoum we have achieved a hugely important advance in relations with the African countries for stronger and more effective cooperation in combating the trade in and trafficking of human beings in the Mediterranean, and irregular migration”.

The Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Lapo Pistelli, has returned to Sudan to take part in the Regional Conference on Human Trafficking and Smuggling in the Horn of Africa. The Conference was organised by the African Union (AU) with support from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Deputy Minister Pistelli was attending in his dual role as Head of the Italian Delegation and Representative of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This was his second visit to Sudan this year, following his mission a few months ago to bring Meriam Ibrahim, the young woman condemned to death for apostasy, to Italy.

The Conference marked the opening of an enhanced dialogue between the countries of Africa and the European Union, at the initiative of the Italian Presidency, which has made migration a priority issue. The “Khartoum Process”, as it is now informally called, echoing the Rabat Process, will be launched in Rome on 28 November 2014 during a ministerial conference. The conference will be attended by representatives of the countries of origin and transit on the main route for migrants heading for Europe: the “Horn of Africa Migratory Route”.

Pistelli underscored that the Khartoum Process will provide a framework of reference – which so far has been lacking – with a view to developing a structured policy and operational dialogue on how best to manage migration between the European Union and the countries of the Horn of Africa.

In his speech, the Deputy Minister also recalled – to the applause of all participants – Italy’s commitment to search and rescue (SAR) activities, most notably the Mare Nostrum operation. Since it was launched in the wake of the Lampedusa tragedy, Mare Nostrum has saved over 100,000 people and arrested over 500 traffickers. At Italy’s initiative, it will soon be supplemented by “Triton”, an operation launched by the European Union’s Frontex agency.

“Let’s be brave, let’s go together”. With these words, addressed as much to the EU member states as to the African countries, Deputy minister Pistelli concluded by reiterating the importance of continuing along the pathway opened up by Italy. A pathway that at last sees the countries of origin, destination and transit of migratory flows working together.

Addressing the countries of origin, he underscored that combating people trafficking and smuggling is just the first step in a more ambitious course that aims to tackle the deeper causes of unregulated migration. In this respect, he underlined the close link between migration and development. “Italy and the European Union view development cooperation as the best route to limit migration flows. Working to provide better living conditions also gives Africans the right to stay in their own land”, concluded Pistelli.