Equatorial Guinea scores multiple investment agreements with Chinese companies at Economic Forum in Dalian

DALIAN, China, April 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — During a historic visit to China the Government of Equatorial Guinea, represented by the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy (http://www.equatorialoil.com), has announced the signing of multiple memoranda of understanding on April 30 with Chinese companies covering large areas of cooperation in the electricity and industrial sectors. The agreements were made during the Equatorial Guinea-Asia Economic Forum, hosted by the Government of Equatorial Guinea at the Shangri-La Hotel, in Dalian. The economic forum was organized in Dalian to introduce investment opportunities in Equatorial Guinea to Chinese companies.

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The Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy was represented by H.E. the Minister, Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima. China Dalian International Cooperation Group (CDIG) was represented by the company’s president, Mr. Zhu Mingyi.

H.E. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the President of Equatorial Guinea, said: “We are aware that maximum security is needed to ensure investment. In this regard, we can confirm 45 years of experience in the cooperation between China and Equatorial Guinea; cooperation which in many ways has been possible thanks to the peace and stability that prevails in the country.”

The memoranda of understanding with Chinese companies comprise the following:

• A memorandum of understanding between CDIG and the Government of Equatorial Guinea, represented by the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy, for the execution of a study for the development of the Industrial City of Mbini. Within the agreement, CDIG will undertake preliminary technical studies and will explore key areas to promote the Industrial City of Mbini to international investors. The Industrial City of Mbini is planned to be a key reference point for investment in West Africa and an important component in Equatorial Guinea’s plans to diversify its economy.

• A memorandum of understanding between the China State Construction Engineering Corporation and the Government of Equatorial Guinea, represented by the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy, for the planning and development of the Petroleum Industrial City of Luba.

• A memorandum of understanding between Sinohydro Corporation and the Government of Equatorial Guinea, represented by the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy, for a feasibility study on the development of a new hydroelectric plant on the Wele River, in Equatorial Guinea. Sinohydro had previously been involved in the construction of the 120 MW Djibloho hydroelectric plant, as well as electrification projects in Mongomeyen and the mainland city of Bata.

• A memorandum of understanding between the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) and the Government of Equatorial Guinea, represented by the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy, for a technical and financial viability study to build a new combined cycle 100 MW power plant in the city of Kogo.

• A memorandum of understanding between the CMEC and the Government of Equatorial Guinea, represented by the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy, for a technical and financial viability study for the establishment of an interconnection electricity grid in the CEMAC region.

• A memorandum of understanding between the CMEC and the Government of Equatorial Guinea, represented by the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy for a technical and financial viability study to build street lamps and related public lighting infrastructure in the Industrial City of Mbini.

The agreements with the Chinese companies came just days following an official state visit from H.E. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the President of Equatorial Guinea, in which the Government of Equatorial Guinea reached multiple agreements with China to strengthen economic and political ties.

On April 30, the Government of Equatorial Guinea hosted the Equatorial Guinea-Asia Economic Forum in Dalian, China, where national leaders presented investment opportunities to an audience of 500 potential Chinese investors. The large turnout for the event was seen as a confirmation of strong investor interest in Equatorial Guinea as the country carries out ambitious plans to diversify and industrialize its economy.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy of Equatorial Guinea.

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Source:: Equatorial Guinea scores multiple investment agreements with Chinese companies at Economic Forum in Dalian

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Statement from Brand South Africa on the progress made by South Africa in response to the violent crimes committed in the country

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, April 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Brand South Africa (http://www.brandsouthafrica.com) has participated in a number of platforms aimed at condemning the violent crimes committed in the past few weeks and implementation of interventions to quell the violence.

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True to the spirit and letter of the South African constitution (which puts emphasis on the rule of law), all hands were on deck in the past week in acts of condemnation to the crimes committed against fellow human beings that led to the death offour nationals from various countries in our beloved continentand three South Africans.

President Jacob Zuma visited various camps, where foreign national are temporarily sheltered, to assure them that the government and the people of South Africa will do everything to ensure their safety in the country. As such the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) was deployed to the hotspots to reinforce the efforts of the South African Police Service (SAPS).

A multi stakeholder session was held with the President wherein all sectors of the South African society pledged their support to Play their Part in ensuring that South Africa is rid of all acts of criminality. The President announced the establishment of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Immigration to provide a long term solution to the challenges in the area of immigration in South Africa.

The President also met with representatives of foreign nationals from our continent wherein they shared with him their perspective on these crimes and possible interventions. The African Heads of Mission in South Africa will be updated on all developments with regards to immigration related matters.

Brand South Africa calls on all African Nation Brands to Play a Part in building Africa’s Competitiveness and support each other’s efforts in order for Africa to prosper collectively.

We reiterate our commitment to a better Africa and a better world.

ISSUED BY

Ms. Alice Puoane

ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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

Source:: Statement from Brand South Africa on the progress made by South Africa in response to the violent crimes committed in the country

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Ireland / Egypt / New Ambassadors present Credentials

DUBLIN, Ireland, April 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Their Excellencies, the Ambassadors of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Chile and St. Vincent and the Grenadines presented their Letters of Credence to the President at Áras an Uachtaráin today.

H.E. Ms. Soha Gendi, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt, was accompanied by Mr. Ahmed Mostafa Mohamed, Minister Plenipotentiary and Deputy Head of Mission.

H.E. Mr. Manuel Hinojosa Muñoz, Ambassador of Chile, was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Monserrat Perez, and by Mr. Renato Gomez, Deputy Head of Mission.

H.E. Mr. Cenio Elwin Lewis, Ambassador of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Ita Lewis.

Mr. Tom Hayes, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, represented the Government at the ceremony.

The following were also present: Mr. Conor Ó Raghallaigh, Deputy Secretary-General to the President; Mr. Barrie Robinson, Political Director, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Mr. Joe Brennan, Ms. Mary Cusack and Mr. Shane Stephens, Protocol, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The Ambassadors were escorted to and from Áras an Uachtaráin by an Escort of Honour consisting of a motorcycle detachment drawn from the 2nd Cavalry Squadron, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin, under the command of Second Lieutenant Stephen Bunney.

A Guard of Honour was provided at Áras an Uachtaráin by the 12th Infantry Battalion, Sarsfields Barracks, Limerick, under the command of Lieutenant Conor Kirwan.

Captain Fergal Carroll conducted the Army No. 1 Band.

Source:: Ireland / Egypt / New Ambassadors present Credentials

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Polio vaccination as a doorway to adequate health care

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The eradication of polio remains one of the most pressing health challenges in Africa, stresses an advocacy report released today by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) at the closing of the World Immunization Week.

Although Africa has gone eight months without any new cases of wild polio for the first time, the continent has witnessed the majority of global polio cases in 2013, and is home to one of the three last countries in the world where polio is still endemic, Nigeria. In 2013, sub-Saharan Africa showed the worst polio immunization record of any region. Central African Republic had the world’s lowest polio vaccination rate, with just 23 per cent of children immunized against the disease, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Increasing vaccine uptake in Africa, specifically for polio, is such a huge task. We are faced with communities living in very remote areas or nomadic, fragile and conflict situations. The issue of access is exacerbated by suspicion and socio cultural barriers,” says Dr Adinoyi Ben Adeiza, health and care coordinator, IFRC Africa. “We have seen first-hand how our Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers, who are trusted by their communities, can substantially increase vaccine uptake”.

In Burkina Faso, for example, the number of children who were not vaccinated and still susceptible to contract polio, was significantly lower in areas where the Burkinabe Red Cross Society had conducted social mobilization activities.

Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers, like the ones in Burkina, have reached more than 10 million children and more than 1 million households in 17 sub-Saharan African countries between 2009 and 2013. They are trusted leaders in their communities and can ensure greater access to a combination of essential life-saving, culturally acceptable health care services to stop the spread of infectious diseases like polio.

Polio is highly contagious and one of the most difficult diseases to eradicate. About 90 per cent of all children in any given community must receive multiple immunizations to wipe out the virus. No other global health effort in history has posed such a logistical challenge.

Violence and high levels of insecurity continue to pose a significant barrier to access to health care in general, and vaccination against polio specifically. In fragile states where health professionals are particularly scarce, harnessing community resources and strengthening community involvement in health service delivery is vital.

“We believe every child can be reached but only if we invest seriously in the capacity and sustained engagement of local organizations and our local community health workforce,” says Alasan Senghore, Director, IFRC Africa. “In order to achieve success, and prove once and for all that all children deserve the same life-saving vaccines and access to the same health services, no matter who they are or where they live, we must act quickly and in partnership with each other to dramatically increase vaccination coverage.”

Source:: Polio vaccination as a doorway to adequate health care

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Aviation Africa – Just Watch This Space

DUBAI, UAE, April 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Organisers of the event, which brings together the aviation industry from the Middle East and the fast developing African market, have secured a sponsorship deal with luxury Swiss watch brand and aviation chronograph specialists, Breitling. One of the last remaining, independent family owned and COSC certified brands, Breitling will be giving two attending delegates the opportunity to win a model from their Aerospace collection over the two days of the conference.

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Taking place at Le Meridien Hotel and Conference Centre in Dubai, Aviation Africa 2015 (http://www.aviationafrica.aero) will be attracting attendees from Africa and the Middle East with two days of panel sessions discussing the growth potential for the aviation industry in Africa. Participants will debate the opportunities, issues and lessons learnt to find real solutions and progress for this important growth market. All attendees will be able to enter the prize draw each day to win one of the two Breitling Aerospace chronographs.

Aed Adwan, Breitling Middle East, said, “Breitling’s heritage lies firmly in aviation and providing the most precise and highly functional chronographs to aviation professionals and enthusiasts. In 1952, Breitling launched its legendary Navitimer wrist chronograph featuring a circular slide rule serving to perform all navigation-related calculations. A cult object for pilots and aviation enthusiasts, it has been continuously manufactured for almost 60 years – making it the world’s oldest mechanical chronograph still in production. We continue to introduce collections of the most stylish, innovative and functional watches in the world while breaking ground across the exciting world of aviation.”

High level industry guests include CEOs and Senior Executives from airlines including Rwandair, Air Arabia, South African Airways, Daallo Airlines, Jubba Airways, ECAir, Emirates Airline, flydubai, Arik Air, Astral and many more including Aviation Associations AFRAA – African Airlines Association and AfBAA – African Business Aviation Association.

The associated exhibition will feature up to 40 companies showcasing the latest technologies and services to help develop and invest in the future of the industry in Africa. Gold Sponsors for the event are Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) and UAS International Trip Support. The Official Airline is Ethiopian Airlines.

AVIATION AFRICA 2015 will provide connectivity – it’s about people doing business, products moving to new markets, investment and new opportunities being discussed and discovered. An exciting new event in a growing Middle East and African region.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Aviation Africa 2015.

For press information please contact Alison Weller Alison@accessgroup.aero +971 561162453

About Aviation Africa 2015

AVIATION AFRICA 2015 (http://www.aviationafrica.aero) aims to bring together government and civil aviation authorities; senior airline management; business aviation operators and specialists; financial and industry consultants and leasing companies; airport management and service company management and leaders from maintenance, training and flight support.

The summit and exhibition takes place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, The event is designed to be a meeting place for African aviation business and Middle East business.

Source:: Aviation Africa – Just Watch This Space

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Human Rights Commissioner Strässer on LGBTI rights in Kenya

BERLIN, Germany, April 30, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Christoph Strässer, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid, issued the following statement today (29 April) on the Kenyan High Court’s decision on the rights of an LGBTI organisation:

I warmly welcome the decision by the High Court of Kenya. It is a groundbreaking acknowledgement that the right to freedom of assembly and the rights of minorities, including sexual orientation minorities, must be guaranteed full protection, even in the face of widespread existing prejudice. The Federal Government calls upon the Kenyan Government to continue to work towards ensuring LGBTI equality and to resolutely counter all attempts at discrimination.

Background information:

In a historic judgement on 24 April 2015, after considering the case for more than a year and a half, the High Court of Kenya ruled that the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) must be registered as a non-governmental organisation by the NGO Coordination Board. Over five such applications from the NGLHRC had already been rejected by the NGO Coordination Board since 2012, on the grounds that registration was impermissible because gay and lesbian relationships were a criminal offence and offended Kenyans’ moral and religious convictions. In its judgement, the High Court of Kenya said that a refusal to register the organisation violated the right to freedom of assembly anchored in Article 36 of the Kenyan constitution and emphasised that neither the fact that homosexual acts were a criminal offence nor an alleged rejection of homosexuality by the population on moral or religious grounds justified any restriction of this fundamental right.

Source:: Human Rights Commissioner Strässer on LGBTI rights in Kenya

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