LILONGWE, Malawi, April 1, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin is making a two-day trip to Malawi from today.

The visit comes as Malawi recovers from the devastating floods which have affected more than a million people and left some 600,000 in need of food assistance.

While in Malawi, Cousin will travel to Mangochi district to see school feeding, meet smallholder farmers supplying schools with produce and visit a flood-affected community that is receiving WFP food assistance and participating in early recovery activities.

During the visit, the WFP Executive Director will meet leading government officials, members of the donor community, WFP’s implementing partners and flood–affected people.

Cousin will be accompanied to Mangochi by journalists representing international and local media organisations.


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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Comes to New York

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Comes to New York
Europe’s leading art fair dedicated to contemporary African art to make its New York debut during Frieze Art Week, May 15-17, 2015, at Pioneer Works 

Aboudia, Untitled tête, 2014. Jack Bell Gallery, London
New York, NY1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, a leading transnational platform dedicated to promoting African and Africa related art practices and projects, will make its New York debut on May 15-17, 2015, with a press and VIP previews on Thursday, May 14. Thefair will take place at Pioneer Works | Center for Art + Innovation in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and will be designed by RA Projects, award-winning London-based architecture and design studio.  
Founded in 2013 by Touria El Glaoui, 1:54 has established itself at the forefront of the rapidly emerging contemporary African art market, with an expert selection of participating galleries and artists and its ambitious lectures and panel discussions with some of the art world’s key thinkers. The U.S edition, 1:54 NY, will showcase 15 select galleries hailing from global territories such as South Africa, Nigeria, Morocco, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, the UK and the USA to showcase over 60 emerging and established international artists.
A reference to fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent, the title of 1:54establishes the parameters of the fair’s ethos: as a platform that strives to represent multiplicity and showcase the diversity of contemporary African art and cultural production on an international stage. The New York edition will present a wide range of artistic voices including established and celebrated artists who have paved the way for future artistic generations, and a fast-growing number of promising emerging talent. Spanning several generations and diverse mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography and installation, the selection includes works by Edson Chagas, star of the Angolan Pavilion – awarded the prestigious accolade for Best National Participation at the 55th Venice Biennale; Prix Pictet shortlist photographer Sammy Baloji; Malian artist Abdoulaye Konaté; Tunisian artist and researcher Nidhal Chamekh; Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama; and Nigerian curator and artist Lavar Munroe; many of which have been selected for presentation at this year’s 56th Venice Biennale. New York art-goers will likely recognize numerous artists establishing a global presence, such as Aboudia and Boris Nzebo from Jack Bell Gallery (London),Maïmouna Guerresi and Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze from Mariane Ibrahim Gallery (Seattle), and Joël Andrianomearisoa from Primo Marella Gallery (Milan).

It gives me great pleasure to move beyond the fair’s original parameters and over geographic borders to inaugurate the New York edition this year,” says its director Touria El Glaoui. “Contemporary African art is continuing its rise to the fore as it is granted the attention it duly deserved. In light of this, it seems only right that 1:54 would spread its wings to land in New York, where established and emerging African artists and artists of the African Diaspora are leading a burgeoning contemporary art scene that communicates across international geographies. The New York edition will retain the intimacy and charm that the setting of London’s Somerset House has made possible, and as always, will showcase the highest caliber of art to date, in an unrivalled setting.”
The fair is also bringing to New York its critical conversations series, Forum, curated by Koyo Kouoh (Artistic Director, RAW Material Company). Forum looks to reexamine present and future notions of 21st century African diasporic identities as traversed, negotiated and performed in the arenas of intellectual, cultural and artistic practices. A special focus will be given to important voices active in the current millennium. Confirmed speakers across the two-day event include acclaimed artists Lyle Ashton Harris and Melvin Edwards; Professor of African and African American Art History at University of California, Los Angeles, Steven Nelson; Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Franklin Sirmans; Curator of African Art at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Ugochukwu-Smooth C.Nzewi; and Associate Professor at Cornell University, Margo Natalie Crawford, Ph.D., as the keynote speaker. Joining the panel discussion ‘Global Black Subjectivities: Here and Now’ will be Ethiopian born American artist Julie Mehretu, Associate Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Naima J. Keith, and Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at Brooklyn Museum, Rujeko Hockley. The full program details will be announced at the end of April.
For the second consecutive year, Artsy is the official online partner of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. Collectors and art enthusiasts can explore 1:54 NY, inquire on works for sale, and view special features such as highlights selected by art-world insiders on Artsy.net and the Artsy iPhone app.
Artsy’s exclusive online preview of 1:54 NY opens May 12, where users may view works and contact galleries with inquiries before the opening of the physical fair. The fair microsite will remain live on Artsy throughout the length of the fair, with new works updated daily. For those visiting the fair in person, the Artsy iPhone app functions as a personal mobile guide for navigating the fair and researching exhibitors, artists, and artworks. A quick tap displays exhibitor listings and booth locations; background information on artists and artworks – including artist biographies, articles, and price details; and lists of other complementary works at the fair.

Lavar Munroe. Silent screams, 2014. NOMAD Gallery, Brussels

Wayne Barker, Heal II, 2015. CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg
Press Preview: Thursday, May 14, 10 am – 12 noon.
Press can pre-register via email: 1-54@susangrantlewin.com.
Please include name, address, phone number and affiliation.
VIP and Collector’s Previews: Thursday, May 14
Patrons of Institutions and Museums: 12 pm – 3 pm
Collectors: 3 pm – 6:30 pm
Cocktail Vernissage: 6:30 pm – 9 pm
Pioneer Works | Center for Art + Innovation
159 Pioneer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Opening Hours:
Friday, May 15        12-8 pm
Saturday, May 16    12-8 pm
Sunday, May 17      12-6 pm
Day pass: $10
Week pass: $20
Students: $5
Participating galleries:


A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia / Afronova, Johannesburg / Art Twenty One, Lagos / ARTCO Gallery, Aachen / Axis Gallery, New York / Bennett Contemporary, Cape Town / CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg / Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan / Jack Bell Gallery, London /Magnin-A, Paris / Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle / NOMAD Gallery, Brussels / Primo Marella Gallery, Milan / SMAC Gallery, Cape Town / VOICE Gallery, Marrakech


About Touria El Glaoui – Founder of 1:54
Born and raised in Morocco, Touria El Glaoui is the daughter of one of the most revered living Moroccan artists, Hassan El Glaoui. She has organised and co-curated significant exhibitions of her father’s work including a major retrospective in Casablanca and Meetings in Marrakech, a joint exhibition with Winston Churchill’s paintings hosted in Leighton House, London. She has a life-long passion for African art.
Touria holds an MBA in Strategic Management and International Business from
 Pace University, New York. She began her career in the banking industry as a wealth management consultant before moving to London in 2001 where she undertook various business development positions in the Telecom/IT industry. She has spent over five years working between London, various African countries and the Middle East in a business development capacity, and is a member of the Executive Committee of The Friends of Leighton House, London and a trustee of the Marrakech Biennial.
About Pioneer Works
Pioneer Works, Center for Art and Innovation is dedicated to the creation, synthesis and discussion of art, science and education. Located in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the Center gathers artists, scientists and creative thinkers to collaborate outside the boundaries of traditional institutions where specialization often limits the application of ideas across disciplines. Through a community devoted to creative discourse and collaboration, Pioneer Works is a platform where ideas can manifest into their fullest expression. The Center enacts its vision for a more complex, creative and productive society through educational programming, exhibitions, publications, residencies, lectures and performances. Housed in a reclaimed former iron works factory, Pioneer Works is a non-profit organization.
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Second Katanga Business Meeting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

KINSHASA, Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) April 1, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Katanga Business Meeting (KBM) (http://www.katanga-bm.com), the region’s largest business meeting, is held in the DRC, a dynamic country where GDP grew by 8.3% in 2013. This event aims to offer a meeting space for small and medium-sized businesses as well as large enterprises in order to generate concrete business opportunities and promote the emergence of a versatile and complementary professional network.

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The KBM, organised by Musal Sarl with the support of the Government of the Province of Katanga, offers a 7000-square-metre exhibit space, made fully available to the 5000 visitors and 160 enterprises expected at the trade fair.

The 9 most emerging business sectors in the region are represented: agriculture, automotive and equipment, banking and finance, infrastructure and construction, IT and telecom, mining and industry, services to individuals, services to professionals, transport and logistics. This trade fair addresses both the need expressed by small and medium-sized businesses for a space to raise awareness of their services, and the need identified by large businesses for accessible and competent local subcontractors and partners.

Alongside the exhibit spaces, visitors and exhibitors at KBM will also be able to take part in conferences and workshops organised on themes that directly concern businesses active in the DRC, such as legal and regulatory issues, energy supply, human resource management, the business climate, public-private partnerships, the development of key industrial segments, and many more.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Katanga Business Meeting (KBM).

For more information:

 The KBM (http://www.katanga-bm.com) is organised by Musal SARL, a dynamic communications agency based in Lubumbashi since 2008, which offers its customers useful promotional products for the development and growth of their businesses. Musal’s approach is based on an analysis of the needs and specifications of each customer, combined with a thorough knowledge of the Congolese market.

 Contacts:

– Telephone: +243 825129716

– E-mail: info@katanga-bm.com

– Website:www.katanga-bm.com

– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katangabusinessmeeting

– Twitter: @KatangaBM, #KatangaBusinessMeeting, #KBM2015, #Musal

– LinkedIn: Musal Communication SARL

– A look back at Katanga Business Meeting 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IejjJjUkx-Q

Source:: Second Katanga Business Meeting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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FAO and government team up to restore food security in northern Mali / 33,000 families to benefit from new agricultural production rehabilitation programme – World Bank supporting activities

ROME, Italy, April 1, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The government of Mali and FAO have launched the implementation phase of a $5 million project aimed at restoring the livelihoods of households affected by the armed conflicts and climate change in the northern part of the country.

The move was announced by Mali’s Minister for Rural Development, Bokary Treta, and FAO-Director-General José Graziano da Silva during an official visit here.

|Agriculture in parts of Mali, particularly the north, has been seriously affected in recent years by civil strife and related impacts such as labor shortages due to population displacements, lack of agricultural support services and fragmentation of markets. Although last season’s rains have been good, in recent years erratic weather, dry spells, and flooding have exacerbated these problems.

This new project will seek to immediately restore production assets to families in the Goa, Mopti and Timbuktu regions. Activities will focus on assisting 25,000 households to restart food and horticultural production and providing 8,000 pastoralist families with feed and veterinary products for their cattle. Beneficiaries will also receive training in farming and nutritional good practices, with emphasis on the needs of women’s groups engaged in horticulture.

“This work represents a contribution to Mali’s peace process, because without security there cannot be food security and where there’s food insecurity, conflicts often erupt,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

“Our goal is to feed 16 million Malians,” added Minister Treta. “FAO has always stood with Mali — in hard times as well as now, when we are seeing real progress in reducing the numbers of the hungry,” he said.

This project is part of a $100 million -World Bank Economic Recovery and Reconstruction Programme in Mali. FAO is implementing the agricultural component in the north of the country at the request of the government of Mali.

“The partnership between the World Bank and FAO is win-win, because it allows for FAO’s technical know-how to be deployed to support the investments that Mali so very much needs,” Graziano da Silva noted.

Strategic framework for the Sahel

FAO is working with Mali and other countries in Africa’s Sahel region to build the resilience of rural livelihoods and local food and nutrition security systems. FAO is working to combine humanitarian assistance and development actions in order to help the countries deal with threats and disasters that affect agriculture, food security and nutrition in a proactive and efficient way.

In 2015, under the United Nations Strategic Response Plan for the Sahel region, FAO launched an appeal for $116 million in support of 5.4 million people. The FAO’s $ 15.4 million strategic response plan for Mali aims at improving the living conditions of about 400,000 people facing food insecurity and to ensure a sustainable return of the displaced persons and refugees in the best possible conditions, while supporting host communities.

Source:: FAO and government team up to restore food security in northern Mali / 33,000 families to benefit from new agricultural production rehabilitation programme – World Bank supporting activities

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Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the announcement of election results in Nigeria

NEW YORK, April 1, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Secretary-General takes note of the results of the Nigerian presidential and parliamentary elections announced yesterday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He has spoken to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and Major General (Rtd) Muhammadu Buhari.

The Secretary-General congratulates President-elect Buhari. He commends President Jonathan for his leadership throughout the electoral process and his statesmanship in upholding the democratic process. He also applauds the INEC for having organized and carried out the elections in a professional manner under challenging circumstances. He calls on all Nigerians to accept the outcome of the elections. He also appeals to them to address any complaints they may have through existing legal and constitutional channels.

The Secretary-General believes the successful conduct of these polls is a testament to the maturity of Nigeria’s democracy. He hopes that the same democratic spirit will prevail in the conduct of the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections on 11 April.

Source:: Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the announcement of election results in Nigeria

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The fifth edition of “Tunisia Investment Forum (TIF)” 2015 will be held on 11th -12th June 2015 in Tunis

TUNIS, Tunisia, April 1, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The fifth edition of “Tunisia Investment Forum (TIF 2015)”: “Invest in TUNISIA, Join the Growing Success” (http://www.tunisiainvestmentforum.tn), will be held on 11th -12th June 2015 in Tunis – El Mouradi Hotel – Gammarth.

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Watch the video Best of TIF 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faDpuW8Ib9o

TIF 2015 will highlight the new characteristics of the Tunisian business environment, measures implemented to sustain inward investment and bring together industry leaders, key decision makers, senior Government officials and foreign companies from both emerging and developed countries. This will provide a platform for a positive interactive discussion which is essential to the sustainable development of Tunisia as well as international business circles.

It will mainly focus on the qualified HR, modern technologies and Tunisia’s major factors of competitiveness that have contributed to moving up in the global value chains and the prospects for development in Offshoring and Nearshoring, Renewable Energies and Biotechnology: promising sectors that will foster the process of structural transformation and become a dynamic source of growth and job creation, especially for university graduates.

TIF 2015 is also an opportunity of a paramount importance for pre-arranged B2B meetings based on an online catalogue containing detailed profiles of companies and specifying the desired type of business partnerships.

Last but not least, during this year’s Forum, FIPA-Tunisia will celebrate its 20th anniversary and will mark this event by organizing a cocktail reception on the evening of Thursday 11th June 2015.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Foreign Investment Promotion Agency (FIPA-Tunisia).

Media contact:

Mr Beligh Ben Soltane

International Marketing Director

Tel: +216 71 75 11 24

Mob: +216 25 086 415


Source:: The fifth edition of “Tunisia Investment Forum (TIF)” 2015 will be held on 11th -12th June 2015 in Tunis

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