Oct 132014

CONAKRY, Guinea, October 13, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ -It is a great pleasure to welcome President Condé to the IMF.

Our discussion focused on how we can help Guinea respond to the devastating Ebola outbreak, a disease that poses a humanitarian and economic challenge to Guinea and its neighbors. Beyond the loss of life and social dislocation, it is threatening to reverse the advances made by these countries in recent years in economic development and poverty reduction. We all recognize that we have act decisively and urgently to stop this epidemic.

On behalf of the Fund, my main message today to President Condé and to the people of Guinea is that we stand with you in these times of trial. We have already provided $41 million to Guinea on an emergency basis. We are ready to do more if needed. And I appreciate all that President Condé is doing for his country and people.

We will continue to stand by Guinea and the Guinean people.

Oct 112014

Plano, TX, October 11, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Rovia™ (http://www.rovia.com) has been recognized as “Asia’s Leading Online Travel Agency” for 2014 by the World Travel Awards program (WTA). The World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony was held in New Delhi at The Oberoi on Friday, October 10 with hundreds of tourism professionals in attendance.

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Rovia is no stranger to the World Travel Awards, having received two nominations last year. Rovia is a leading provider of curated group travel experiences, annually producing and managing hundreds of distinct pre-packaged travel experiences for small and large groups.

“Being named ‘Asia’s Leading Online Travel Agency’ for 2014 is an honor,” Rovia President Mike Putman said. “It’s great to be acknowledged this year by our international peers as a leader in our industry. We strive to provide exceptional customer service and a unique product, so to be recognized by travel professionals and customers around the world is gratifying.”

The World Travel Awards program, celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, recognizes brands that push the boundaries of industry excellence. The program is highly comprehensive, honoring several industry segments such as “Airlines and Airports,” “Hotels and Resorts,” “Meetings and Conventions” and “Travel Technology.”

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Rovia.

For inquiries, contact:

Laura Wards

Email: press@rovia.com

About Rovia: Rovia (http://www.rovia.com) is an award-winning online travel company with offices in South Carolina and Texas. With almost 30 years of experience in the travel industry, Rovia is quickly becoming the largest provider of curated group travel experiences in the world. The company annually produces and manages hundreds of unique pre-packaged experiences for groups numbering from a few dozen to a few thousand.

Oct 112014

Plano, TX, October 11, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — DreamTrips™ vacation club (https://www.dreamtrips.com), one of the world’s leading travel and vacation club membership organizations, was recognized as “Asia’s Leading Travel Club” for 2014 as part of the World Travel Awards (WTA)—the third WTA regional award for the travel club this year. The World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony was held in New Delhi, India’s capital city, at The Oberoi, New Delhi on Friday, October 10 with hundreds of tourism professionals in attendance.

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The award acknowledges the DreamTrips (https://www.dreamtrips.com/experience-more) commitment to excellence in Asia within the past year. Industry leaders recognized DreamTrips for exceptional service and product offerings. Nominees in other Asia travel categories included Royal Caribbean International, the Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore, Abercrombie & Kent and American Express.

“This is an exciting time as DreamTrips receives its third regional World Travel Award,” WorldVentures Co-Founder and CEO Mike Azcue said. “Together with Rovia, our travel agency partner, we are committed to providing fun and fulfilling travel experiences to our members worldwide. We appreciate being recognized by our peers as an international leader in the travel industry.”

Since 1993, WTA has acknowledged and celebrated excellence across all sectors of the global tourism industry. Last year, DreamTrips was named “World’s Leading Travel Club” at the 2013 WTA Grand Finals. The annual Grand Tour visited Dubai, Greece and Ecuador earlier this year, and will arrive in Morocco for the Grand Finals in November.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of WorldVentures.

For inquiries, contact:

Laura Wards

Email: press@worldventures.com

About DreamTrips

DreamTrips delivers high-quality, one-of-a-kind curated travel and vacation experiences to its vacation club members. More information can be found at


About World Travel Awards

The World Travel Awards was launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognize excellence in the global travel and tourism industry. Now celebrating its 21st anniversary, it is regarded as the highest achievement a travel product or service could hope to receive. More information can be found at http://www.worldtravelawards.com.

Oct 102014

NEW YORK, October 10, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Bonjour,

Je suis ravi d’être de retour en Tunisie. Je remercie le Gouvernement et le peuple tunisiens de leur accueil chaleureux.

Le Président et moi-même venons de tenir une réunion très productive. J’ai salué la façon dont il dirige le pays, sans transiger sur les principes, en cette période critique de l’histoire de la Tunisie.

Les élections marqueront une étape importante dans la démocratisation de la Tunisie. L’Organisation des Nations Unies fera tout son possible pour veiller à ce qu’elles soient ouvertes à tous, transparentes et pacifiques. J’engage tous les Tunisiens

à exercer leur droit de citoyen en allant voter.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

President Marzouki and I discussed what more the United Nations can do for Tunisia. We also addressed the many challenges ahead. Tunisia deserves the international community’s full support as it works to solidify its democracy, create jobs and achieve economic growth.

The President and I are both deeply concerned about the situation in Libya. I thanked the President for supporting United Nations efforts to facilitate a political dialogue. We discussed how we can better cooperate to advance progress.

Tunisia is an important country for the region, the United Nations and the world.

Tunisia raised hopes across North Africa, the Middle East and the globe when the Arab Spring was born here. And Tunisia has risen to high expectations by staying true to its ideals. Here we see that with integrity, leadership, civic engagement and commitment, peaceful revolution leads to promising stability.

The United Nations has been Tunisia’s proud partner on this journey. Your values of democracy, freedom and human rights are our values. We have actively supported the democratic transition with technical assistance on elections, transitional justice and Tunisia’s extremely valuable Constitution.

I applaud the Tunisian Government and people for the great success you have achieved. Tunisians have shown the power of inclusive national dialogue. This is an important example for countries of this region. When leaders listen to their people, respond to their needs and work for their aspirations, countries enjoy peace and prosperity.

The United Nations will remain at Tunisia’s side as you continue to build on your many impressive accomplishments.

Thank you.

Oct 102014

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, October 10, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will sign today the National Indicative Programmes (NIP) for development cooperation with Belize, Lesotho, Togo and Zambia in the 2014-2020 period, which amount to €869 million. The signing ceremony with representatives of those countries will take place in the margins of the annual meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in Washington. Commissioner Piebalgs said: “The programmes that we will sign are the fruit of close cooperation with the four partner countries and reflect their own policies, strategies, and needs as they have defined them. I am particularly pleased to see that energy and governance are key priorities for these countries, as clear drivers for sustainable development and growth. Our support will target EU resources where they are most needed and most effective.”

Oct 102014

GENEVA, Switzerland, October 10, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Comorian Foreign and Cooperation Ministry and the ICRC have signed an agreement on humanitarian work for detainees. The agreement, which was signed in Moroni on 10 October,…

Oct 102014

GENEVA, Switzerland, October 10, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — This week, over 450 Ethiopian migrants held in Tanzanian prisons for immigration offenses will take a step closer to returning home to their families with the help of IOM and the Government of Japan.

The operation, in close cooperation with the Tanzanian Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is part of IOM’s Japanese-funded ‘Voluntary Return Assistance to Migrants in Tanzania’ project.

Over the next two weeks, representatives of IOM Dar es Salaam and IOM Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian Consulate-General in Tanzania and Tanzania’s Prisons and Immigration Departments will visit six prisons in Tanzania’s Pwani, Tanga, Morogoro, Iringa, Mbeya and Kilimanjaro regions. At the prisons, the team will verify the nationality of detained Ethiopian migrants.

Following verification, the migrants will be issued with travel documents that will allow them to return home by air with IOM at the end of this month. Japanese embassy officials will join the verification visit to Pwani to assess conditions in the prison.

Since 2009, over 2,500 Ethiopian detainees have been helped to return home from Tanzania under the IOM project. This year 220 departed in April, 450 will depart later this month and a further 130 are expected to leave by year end.

IOM Tanzania Chief of Mission Damien Thuriaux hopes that the migrants, most of whom were trying to reach South Africa, will talk to family and friends about their experiences and warn them of the risks associated with irregular migration.

“The risks are enormous – injuries, disease, exploitation and detention are just some of the hazards that these migrants face when they leave home without proper travel documents,” said Mr. Thuriaux. “We are happy that, at least for this group, the suffering is over and they can return to their families.”

Every year thousands of Ethiopian irregular migrants risk their lives trying to enter South Africa through the southern corridor. Most are transported by well-paid smugglers, who benefit from the fact that there are few legal migration options. Tanzania has become a transit country to Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia, en route to South Africa.

Due to limited reception capacity, migrants who are caught in Tanzania often end up in overcrowded prisons, where they are locked up with common criminals, often for as long as two years.

Although most are young men looking for job opportunities in South Africa, a growing number are women, children and unaccompanied minors.

Last month IOM Tanzania assisted an Ethiopian mother and her three children to return home after they had been refused entry into Mozambique and repatriated back to Tanzania.

Oct 102014

PARIS, France, October 10, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Today at the Gala event of The 11th Annual International Business Awards held at the Westin Vendôme Hotel in Paris, France, Movitel (http://movitel.co.mz/en)- subsidiary of Viettel Group in Mozambique is presented to be the Gold Winner of “Fastest Growing of the Year in Middle-East and Africa” Award.

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Movitel, SA – joint venture between of Viettel in Mozambiuqe gains its second honorable international prize in the year by winning Golden Globe of “Fastest Growing of the Year in Middle-East and Africa” at the International Business Award 2014.

The Award is attributed to Movitel for its outstanding development and achievements in Mozambique and the area.

Within only one year, Movitel has increased its coverage area from 60% to 80% and doubled the number of covered people from 35% to 85%. Nearly 600,000 people in at least 5 rural districts in Mozambique have been covered and served telecom services for the first time in life. Movitel has had over 5 million users, taking the leading position in the mobile market.

By the end of 2012, only 6 months from launching, Movitel made total revenue of USD 69.7 million. The next year saw significant rise in revenue, USD 154.5 million, of which, USD 102.3 million was recorded in the second half of the year, which was an increase of 65.8% year-on-year.

Movitel has improved its successful business strategy as a caring and innovative network for every Mozambican. Especially, Movitel is becoming the favorite operator among the youth and urbanites.

The Stevie Awards is the second prize presented to Movitel in 2014 after the first one in July: “Best Mobile Innovation Award”. In 2012, Movitel won the Rural Telecom Award of the AfricaCom Awards. In 2013, it was presented the Competitive Strategy Leadership award by The American Research and Consulting firm Frost and Sullivan.

Viettel has been granted telecommunications in 9 countries with total population of over 160 millions, total investment value of USD 1.5 billions. 5 subsidiary companies in Cambodia, Laos, Haiti, Mozambique and Timor have provided services. 2 companies in Peru and Cameroon is going having official launching on October 2014. The other 2 in Burundi and Tanzania are under infrastructure deployment of their networks.

Total revenue from overseas business of Viettel reached USD 1 billion in 2013 with around 11.5 million subscribers, bringing in more than USD 180.5 million accumulated profits.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Viettel.

Media Contact:

Bui Thi Phuong Thao (Ms)

Communications Executive

Email: thaobtp@viettel.com.vn/ buithaoiir@gmail.com

Tel: +84 979438100

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Oct 102014

WASHINGTON, October 10, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 9, 2014

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Uganda as yo…