Statement by the Spokesperson on the indictment of the Egyptian Press Syndicate’s leadership

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The indictment of the Egyptian Press Syndicate’s Head, Secretary-General and Undersecretary is a worrying development that follows the unprecedented raid of the Egyptian security forces on the Press Syndicate’s building earlier this month.

It reflects broader limitations on freedom of expression and press freedom in Egypt. In recent weeks and months many journalists, activists, protesters and human rights defenders have been arrested, or have suffered intimidation through travel bans, court summons and the threat of asset freezes.

Egypt should act in accordance with its national and international commitments to promote and respect human rights and fundamental freedoms as guaranteed by its Constitution.

We call on the Egyptian authorities to review the charges against those arrested or prosecuted for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, and work to bring the Laws regulating Assembly and the Counter-terrorism Law into line with the Egyptian Constitution.

We call on the Egyptian authorities to review the charges against those arrested or prosecuted for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, and work to bring the Laws regulating Assembly and the Counter-terrorism Law into line with the Egyptian Constitution.

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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the trial judgment in the case against Hissène Habré

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The Secretary-General takes note of the delivery yesterday by the Extraordinary African Chambers in the Senegalese Courts of the trial judgment in the case against Mr. Hissène Habré.

The Secretary-General’s thoughts are with the victims of the crimes for which Hissène Habré has been found guilty.

Hissène Habré, former President of Chad, has been found guilty of forced sexual slavery, voluntary homicide, kidnappings of individuals followed by their disappearances, summary executions and torture.

The Secretary-General congratulates the African Union and in particular Senegal on the establishment of the Extraordinary African Chambers and expresses his gratitude to all those States who have contributed to this achievement.

The delivery of this judgment marks a historic day for the people of Chad, the region and beyond, as well as for international criminal justice. The judgment sends a strong signal to those who would perpetrate serious crimes of international concern, including those at the highest echelons of political power, that they will be held accountable for their actions.

New York, 31 May 2016

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2nd Ministerial Meeting of the AU-Horn of Africa Initiative (AU-HoAI) on Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants

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INVITATION TO MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES

What: 2nd Ministerial Meeting of AU-HoAI on Trafficking in Persons and

Smuggling of Migrants

When: 3rd Senior Officials Meeting: 2nd – 3rd June 2016

2nd Ministerial Meeting: 4th June 2016

Where: Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

Who: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt and AUC Department of Social Affairs, supported by IOM and UNHCR.

Participants: H.E. Ambassador Hisham BADR, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt and Dr. Sidiki Mustapha KALOKO, AUC Commissioner for Social Affairs.

Objectives: Strengthening collaboration and cooperation within the Initiative in dealing with human trafficking and migrant smuggling within and from the Horn of Africa.

Journalists are invited to cover the AU-HoAI on Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Meeting on 2nd – 4th June 2016

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AU welcomes the judgement of an unprecedented trial of Hissène Habré

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The African Union Commission Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has welcomed the judgement of the African Extraordinary Chambers (AEC), following the trial of the former President of Chad, Hissène Habré, in Dakar, Senegal. The judgement was delivered on Monday, 30 May 2016.

The African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson indicated that the judgment is a vivid demonstration that the AU does not condone impunity and human rights violations. Dr. Dlamini Zuma noted that the judgement comes at a time when the AU is actively fighting impunity and promoting accountability for egregious wrongs. She added that the judgement by the AEC, being an African Union mechanism, is significant in that it reinforces the AU’s principle of African solutions to African problems.

The Hissène Habré trial began on 20 July 2015, and was presided over by the AEC. It is the first time in the history of African jurisdiction that a former Head of State is being tried by an African Court.

It is worth recalling that the AEC is a special mechanism set up by the AU and the Government of the Republic of Senegal to try those most responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Chad during the reign of President Habré from 1982 to 1990.

The decision was made at the Summit of AU Heads of State and Government, in Khartoum, Sudan, in January 2006. The Assembly had decided to establish a Committee of Eminent African Jurists who deliberated on the case and recommended that the AEC try the case with the help of the Government of Senegal.

The AU Commission once again, takes the opportunity to extend its sincere appreciation to President Macky Sall, the Government and people of the Republic of Senegal for accepting to host the trial, on behalf of Africa. The AU Commission Chairperson also extends appreciation to all the stakeholders for providing the needed support to facilitate the implementation of a Decision of the AU Heads of State and Government.

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Sierra Leone to host pre-Summit Workshop on Engaging Press Attaches and Focal Persons in Communication at AU Member States Embassies in Addis Ababa to broaden outreach at National level about the Union in view of Agenda 2063

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INVITATION TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA

WHEN: 6 to 7 June 2016

WHERE: Freetown, Sierra Leone

THEME: “Engaging the Directorate of Information and Communication (DIC) of the African Union with Press Attaches of AU Member State Embassies in a bid to broaden outreach and expand knowledge about the Union in view of Agenda 2063”

WHO: Organized by the Directorate of Information and Communication (DIC) of the African Union Commission (AUC).

WHY: As part of the implementation of the African Union (AU) Communication, Advocacy and Marketing Strategy 2014-2017, the Directorate of Information and Communication of the AU has embarked on narrowing the gap between the Africa citizens and the Continental Organisation by taking information about the activities of the Union to the people at national level. The workshop will bring together communication focal person from AU Member States embassies based in Addis Ababa in one of the post Ebola affected countries to exchange on how to make maximum use of the existing communication tools/ channels to communicate the vision, missions, strategic planning and activities of the Union, while ensuring mass popularization of the activities of the African Union (AU) at national, regional and continental levels.

The workshop with Press Attaches will also enhance the existing cooperation between the embassies and the AU with the view to promote the image of the continental Organisation. The DIC in collaboration with the Press Attaches will create communication activities aimed at elaborating national campaign strategies to improve the visibility of the AU in the respective member countries through national media.

Objectives: The main objective of this workshop is to consolidate a good working relationship with the focal persons responsible for communication issues in the embassies of AU Member States in Addis Ababa, so as to increase awareness about the African Union and create impact on the lives of the African citizens, so that they can own the integration process by contributing in the development of the continent at all levels, notably in view of Agenda 2063.

Specific Objectives:

The workshop on engaging Press Attaches and focal persons in Communication in embassies aims to:

Strengthen dialogue between the AU and the focal persons responsible for communication issues in the Embassies of AU Member States and between the AU and its citizens through effective information dissemination via the respective embassies;
Provide reliable, credible and source information to the national media derived from the AU headquarters;
Develop and enhance the knowledge of communications specialists in the different AU Member States Embassies on the AU activities so that they can better communicate and enlighten the population at national level through the different national media communication tools;
Devise in collaboration with the DIC accessible advocacy and publicity materials – print and audio-visual products for media, web sites, and other public outreach- that highlights the actions taken at the level of the AU to better the lives of the African population; and advocate for development actions by different stakeholders;
Establish an effective dissemination channels to bring AU related information to the diverse target and different audiences;
Establish a network and data base of national journalists throughout the continent in line with the Media Development flagship project of the AUC through the DIC.
Facilitate access to archive information and to audio-visual archive material aimed at producing historical documentaries at national levels.
Elaborate joint visibility and advocacy activities during major commemorative events of the Union and ensure their implementation at national levels.

Expected outcomes: The recommendations of the workshop shall be included as part of the action plan of the African Union Communication Strategy for implementation with the view to promote the image of the AU.

Organization of the Workshop:

The following issues will be discussed during the workshop:

Information on key issues and current happenings within the continent needs to be digested, simplified and published in the national media so that people can know about the efforts AU is making to promote development on the continent in various sectors.
Presentation of the Revamp AU Website and Social Media of the AUC;
Presentation on “Agenda 2063 and Ten Years Implementation Plan”,the seven Aspiration of the Agenda and flagship projects as well as the Involvement of Press Attaches to the implementation and popularization of Agenda 2063;

· Post Ebola and Investment Opportunities for Sierra Leone and the AUC achievements and actions undertaken to fight EBOLA in the Continent.

The workshop will enable the AU to get feedback and also create a platform where proposals can be tabled on how best to channel information on the activities of the AU Commission to Member States in order to create awareness and quick action on issues that require urgent implementation by the respective governments and by the AU.
Effective collaboration between the AU Information and Communication Directorate and Press Attaches will enable ordinary people in member states to have an understanding on how the AUC operates and the benefits of belonging to this continental body.
Press attaches of embassies are potential communication actors that can be good agent of relaying information from the headquarters through their respective Ministry of Communications and eventually directly to the local population through the different national media.
The partnership between Press attachés of embassies and the DIC will help complement the efforts of the DIC in ensuring a continent-wide communication strategy.
The workshop also aims to consolidate and enhance internal as well as external communication.

Participants: Participants will include: focal persons on communication issues in the Embassies of AU Member States; Resource persons and officials from the AU Commission; the media and African editors; high Government officials from Sierra Leone; invited guests; among others.

Background:

In its efforts to maximize visibility of the activities of the African Union through outreach, the Directorate of Communication and Information (DIC) has resolved to engage with press attaches of Embassies in view to increase outreach at national levels aimed at popularizing the activities of the African Union (AU). Focal persons in charge of communication in the respective Embassies of AU Member States in Addis Ababa are considered by the DIC as potential relays of information derived from the AU Headquarters destined to the national media.

As an efficient and value-adding institution, driving the African integration and development process in close collaboration with its Member States, the Regional Economic Communities and the African citizens, the African Union has the obligation to inform on its activities so that the citizen can claim ownership of their institution.

The public has to be updated on the operationalisation of the African Union and its organs, the socio-economic and political development of the continent and the efforts invested at the level of the Union to place Africa as an active player in the international scene; fighting as one and united people speaking with one voice and taking a common position to address world challenges.

A reflection was carried out to that effect by the DIC and some Press Attachés of Embassies who underscored the need to work in close collaboration in order to maximize information dissemination about the African Union continent-wide through the national and regional popularization of events organized in the different African countries by the AU Commission.

The DIC expresses satisfaction with this project which will be important in the effort of the AU to narrow the relationship between the DIC and the Member States in a bid to strengthen the working relationship of both sides for the benefit of African populations.

There is need for the DIC to design a program within the framework of the partnership with the focal persons on communication matters of Embassies to link up Press Attaches accredited to the AU with those accredited to the UN and the EU as well as other partner organisations so that they can interact and share experiences on best practices of creating awareness on the operations, achievements and challenges experienced within the respective institutions. This will bring the AU as mediator of these bodies to sale and promote the development agenda of the Union. The more these specialized communication actors are enlightened and informed about the activities of the Union, the better for the promotion of the image and activities of the AU.

The Pre-summit workshop with focal person in communication from AU Member States Embassies based in Addis Ababa is an annual event to be hosting in a rotating manner in the five regions of Africa to ensure that information from the AU headquarters in brought to the grassroots population. Sierra Leone is hosting for the West region this year. The event in Sierra Leone is symbolic because it will provide the platform for participants to share views on the post Ebola crises in the continent and showcase the joint efforts of the African Union Member States in the fight against the killer disease.

JOURNALISTS ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EVENT ON 6 JUNE 2016

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of African Union Commission (AUC).

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The power of education for building peace in Africa

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Ensuring equitable access to education is key in addressing the root causes of conflict and instability in Africa, stakeholders said today ahead of the Pan-African Symposium on Education, Resilience and Social Cohesion, at the United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa.

The three-day event shares evidence and best practices from UNICEF’s Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy Programme (PBEA), and the Inter-Country Quality Node (ICQN) on Peace Education, established by the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA). In doing so, the Symposium will seek to assess how inclusive, equitable and innovative education policy and programmes can contribute to sustainable peace and development across the continent. Currently, three out of 10 children in Africa are living in conflict-affected settings and exposed to numerous risks.

“The capacity of education to support children develop and thrive is well documented, however we now also know that education can prevent and reduce the impacts of conflict,” said UNICEF’s Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala. “If the right policies and interventions are in place, together with financial investment, education can be a driving force in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.”

In Sub-Saharan Africa, 36 out of 45 countries are at medium or high risk of experiencing manmade disasters, the highest rate globally. Moreover, at least 327 million children in Sub-Saharan Africa live in fragile contexts and the majority of the estimated 29 million primary school aged children who are out of school are primarily found in fragile settings and are particularly at risk or threatened by conflict.

“We need to reorient Africa’s education and training systems to meet the knowledge, competencies, skills, innovation and creativity required to nurture the continent’s core values,” said Dr Martial de Paul Ikounga, African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology. “We will then promote sustainable development at the national, sub-regional and continental levels.”

The African Union Commission, under the Agenda 2063 “The Africa We Want”, envisions that by 2020 “all guns will be silent and a culture of peace and tolerance would be nurtured in Africa´s children and youth through peace.”

Oley Dibba-Wadda, the Executive Secretary of ADEA, sees education as “a key tool against all kinds of violence” and strongly appeals to African governments to “endorse and develop integrated, peaceful, inclusive approaches and strategies that support the implementation of a comprehensive program on non-violence, tolerance and peace, especially for the young generation.”

The high-level event in Addis Ababa, which is being attended by Ministers of Education from 16 African countries, including conflict-torn states, will close with concrete recommendations on how to strengthen education sector policy and programmes in Africa to address the risks faced by children and to support sustainable peace and development across Africa. The symposium will also provide evidence to inform both donor and public funding strategies and investment priorities.

“Education can play both a protective and preventative role. In doing this, education’s power is transformative and serves as a peace dividend, reducing inequities and grievances between groups and strengthening social cohesion” said the Ethiopian Minister of Education, Ato Shiferaw Shigute.

The symposium is co-organized by the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education, UNICEF, the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), and the Inter-Country Quality Node (ICQN) on Peace Education.

Note for the editors

The Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy Programme (PBEA), or ‘Learning for Peace Programme’, is funded by the Dutch government and managed jointly by UNICEF and partner governments across Eastern and Southern Africa as well as Western and Central Africa. The initiative is now into its final year of implementation and will be closing at the end of June 2016.

About ADEA and the ICQN on Peace education

The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) is a network that brings together Ministries of Education, development partners and other education stakeholders to coordinate efforts aimed at creating successful and transformative education policies based on effective African leadership. ICQNs are established with the approval of the ADEA Bureau of African Ministers of Education and serve as catalysts in the process of accumulating information on innovative educational experiences and drawing from those experiences to improve country programs. The ICQN Peace education brings together African countries to share experiences and learn collaboratively on promoting peace through the education sector.

For further information on ADEA and ICQN PE visit: www.adeanet.org/

About UNICEF

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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Standard Chartered launches Africa’s most extensive roll out of mobile and online banking

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Standard Chartered Bank (www.SC.com) is bringing its newest mobile and online banking platform to 1 million clients across 8 African markets, the most extensive digital rollout of its kind in Africa by an international bank. Supported by the Bank’s global-standard technology, clients will enjoy a consistent online experience across laptops, tablets or mobile phones, and the convenience of banking from the location of their choice. After the rollout to Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe in the first half of 2016, the Bank will launch fingerprint recognition technology in these markets later in the year, giving clients a more secure and convenient way to log in to their accounts.

We’re bringing the best in mobile banking to Africa – consumers across the continent are increasingly affluent and tech-savvy and they want convenient access to their bank, wherever they happen to be,” said Karen Fawcett, Standard Chartered’s CEO for Retail Banking. “Africa is important to Standard Chartered and this launch is another demonstration of that.

We are committed to making banking easier, faster and safer for our more than 1 million retail clients across Africa,” commented Jaydeep Gupta, Standard Chartered’s regional head of Retail Banking for Africa and the Middle East. “This multi-country roll-out is in line with our promise to bring world-class products and functionality to Africa, consistent with the trends and progress we are making in our international markets in Asia and the Middle East. By early next year, we expect at least 35% of all client transactions to be done through online channels; significantly advancing the transformation of banking in Africa.

The launch is central to Standard Chartered’s strategy of using digital technology to deliver the future of banking to clients in Africa. The Bank last year announced it will invest $1.5bn in technology globally over three years.

With Africa’s mobile penetration estimated to be around 67%, the launch brings Standard Chartered Mobile, Standard Chartered’s mobile banking application to Botswana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe for the first time. In Nigeria and Ghana, mobile banking clients will move to the Bank’s standard global platform. Through Standard Chartered Mobile, clients can check balances, transfer money and pay bills securely, all through their smartphones.

Standard Chartered is also upgrading its online banking platform in these eight markets, so clients will benefit from improved navigation and user-friendly interfaces on the Bank’s websites. Clients will soon be able to use a new self-service option for wealth management that lets them set up their investment profiles online and find out which products are most suitable by answering a series of questions on their financial position, investment objectives and risk tolerance.

Overall, clients will enjoy a consistent mobile and online banking experience: usernames and passwords, beneficiaries, standing instructions and bill payees are replicated across both channels. Paying bills is easier too as the revamp comes with an expanded list of utility companies, cable TV and internet providers.

Bringing the future of banking to Africa – This online and mobile banking platform puts Standard Chartered at the forefront of digital banking technology in Africa and the first international bank to extend a brand-new global platform to eight countries in one rollout. In Kenya and Nigeria, the bank also recently launched the Retail Workbench, a tablet-based sales-and-service tool that “brings the bank to clients.” Retail Workbench allows sales staff can open an account for a client in any location and makes banking services like loan approvals and credit card issuance fast, simple and completely paperless. Zimbabwe and Zambia have also launched digital branches, revolutionising traditional branch formats.

Standard Chartered’s retail banking business serves the banking needs of nearly 10 million individual and business clients across more than 30 markets in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, through more than 1,000 branches, 5,000 ATMS and a range of digital and staff-assisted channels. In 2015, Global Finance named Standard Chartered the World’s Best Consumer Digital Bank and Best Regional Consumer Digital Bank for Africa and the Middle East.

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

For further information please contact:
Lauren Callie – External Communications, Africa & Middle East
Mobile: +27 (0)63 404 2978 / [email protected]

Note to Editors:

Standard Chartered
We are a leading international banking group, with around 84,000 employees and a 150-year history in some of the world’s most dynamic markets. We bank the people and companies driving investment, trade and the creation of wealth across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, Here for good.

Standard Chartered PLC (www.SC.com) is listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges as well as the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India.

For more information please visit SC.com. Explore our insights and comment on our blog, BeyondBorders (bit.ly/27YHD1e). Follow Standard Chartered on Twitter (bit.ly/24giYAP), LinkedIn (bit.ly/1TQEfhA) and Facebook (bit.ly/1TH7ykx).

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Standard Chartered Bank (www.SC.com) is bringing its newest mobile and online banking platform to 1 million clients across 8 African markets, the most extensive digital rollout of its kind in Africa by an international bank. Supported by the Bank’s global-standard technology, clients will enjoy a consistent online experience across laptops, tablets or mobile phones, and the convenience of banking from the location of their choice. After the rollout to Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe in the first half of 2016, the Bank will launch fingerprint recognition technology in these markets later in the year, giving clients a more secure and convenient way to log in to their accounts.

We’re bringing the best in mobile banking to Africa – consumers across the continent are increasingly affluent and tech-savvy and they want convenient access to their bank, wherever they happen to be,” said Karen Fawcett, Standard Chartered’s CEO for Retail Banking. “Africa is important to Standard Chartered and this launch is another demonstration of that.

We are committed to making banking easier, faster and safer for our more than 1 million retail clients across Africa,” commented Jaydeep Gupta, Standard Chartered’s regional head of Retail Banking for Africa and the Middle East. “This multi-country roll-out is in line with our promise to bring world-class products and functionality to Africa, consistent with the trends and progress we are making in our international markets in Asia and the Middle East. By early next year, we expect at least 35% of all client transactions to be done through online channels; significantly advancing the transformation of banking in Africa.

The launch is central to Standard Chartered’s strategy of using digital technology to deliver the future of banking to clients in Africa. The Bank last year announced it will invest $1.5bn in technology globally over three years.

With Africa’s mobile penetration estimated to be around 67%, the launch brings Standard Chartered Mobile, Standard Chartered’s mobile banking application to Botswana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe for the first time. In Nigeria and Ghana, mobile banking clients will move to the Bank’s standard global platform. Through Standard Chartered Mobile, clients can check balances, transfer money and pay bills securely, all through their smartphones.

Standard Chartered is also upgrading its online banking platform in these eight markets, so clients will benefit from improved navigation and user-friendly interfaces on the Bank’s websites. Clients will soon be able to use a new self-service option for wealth management that lets them set up their investment profiles online and find out which products are most suitable by answering a series of questions on their financial position, investment objectives and risk tolerance.

Overall, clients will enjoy a consistent mobile and online banking experience: usernames and passwords, beneficiaries, standing instructions and bill payees are replicated across both channels. Paying bills is easier too as the revamp comes with an expanded list of utility companies, cable TV and internet providers.

Bringing the future of banking to Africa – This online and mobile banking platform puts Standard Chartered at the forefront of digital banking technology in Africa and the first international bank to extend a brand-new global platform to eight countries in one rollout. In Kenya and Nigeria, the bank also recently launched the Retail Workbench, a tablet-based sales-and-service tool that “brings the bank to clients.” Retail Workbench allows sales staff can open an account for a client in any location and makes banking services like loan approvals and credit card issuance fast, simple and completely paperless. Zimbabwe and Zambia have also launched digital branches, revolutionising traditional branch formats.

Standard Chartered’s retail banking business serves the banking needs of nearly 10 million individual and business clients across more than 30 markets in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, through more than 1,000 branches, 5,000 ATMS and a range of digital and staff-assisted channels. In 2015, Global Finance named Standard Chartered the World’s Best Consumer Digital Bank and Best Regional Consumer Digital Bank for Africa and the Middle East.

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

For further information please contact:
Lauren Callie – External Communications, Africa & Middle East
Mobile: +27 (0)63 404 2978 / [email protected]

Note to Editors:

Standard Chartered
We are a leading international banking group, with around 84,000 employees and a 150-year history in some of the world’s most dynamic markets. We bank the people and companies driving investment, trade and the creation of wealth across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, Here for good.

Standard Chartered PLC (www.SC.com) is listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges as well as the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India.

For more information please visit SC.com. Explore our insights and comment on our blog, BeyondBorders (bit.ly/27YHD1e). Follow Standard Chartered on Twitter (bit.ly/24giYAP), LinkedIn (bit.ly/1TQEfhA) and Facebook (bit.ly/1TH7ykx).

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Standard Chartered Bank (www.SC.com) is bringing its newest mobile and online banking platform to 1 million clients across 8 African markets, the most extensive digital rollout of its kind in Africa by an international bank. Supported by the Bank’s global-standard technology, clients will enjoy a consistent online experience across laptops, tablets or mobile phones, and the convenience of banking from the location of their choice. After the rollout to Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe in the first half of 2016, the Bank will launch fingerprint recognition technology in these markets later in the year, giving clients a more secure and convenient way to log in to their accounts.

We’re bringing the best in mobile banking to Africa – consumers across the continent are increasingly affluent and tech-savvy and they want convenient access to their bank, wherever they happen to be,” said Karen Fawcett, Standard Chartered’s CEO for Retail Banking. “Africa is important to Standard Chartered and this launch is another demonstration of that.

We are committed to making banking easier, faster and safer for our more than 1 million retail clients across Africa,” commented Jaydeep Gupta, Standard Chartered’s regional head of Retail Banking for Africa and the Middle East. “This multi-country roll-out is in line with our promise to bring world-class products and functionality to Africa, consistent with the trends and progress we are making in our international markets in Asia and the Middle East. By early next year, we expect at least 35% of all client transactions to be done through online channels; significantly advancing the transformation of banking in Africa.

The launch is central to Standard Chartered’s strategy of using digital technology to deliver the future of banking to clients in Africa. The Bank last year announced it will invest $1.5bn in technology globally over three years.

With Africa’s mobile penetration estimated to be around 67%, the launch brings Standard Chartered Mobile, Standard Chartered’s mobile banking application to Botswana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe for the first time. In Nigeria and Ghana, mobile banking clients will move to the Bank’s standard global platform. Through Standard Chartered Mobile, clients can check balances, transfer money and pay bills securely, all through their smartphones.

Standard Chartered is also upgrading its online banking platform in these eight markets, so clients will benefit from improved navigation and user-friendly interfaces on the Bank’s websites. Clients will soon be able to use a new self-service option for wealth management that lets them set up their investment profiles online and find out which products are most suitable by answering a series of questions on their financial position, investment objectives and risk tolerance.

Overall, clients will enjoy a consistent mobile and online banking experience: usernames and passwords, beneficiaries, standing instructions and bill payees are replicated across both channels. Paying bills is easier too as the revamp comes with an expanded list of utility companies, cable TV and internet providers.

Bringing the future of banking to Africa – This online and mobile banking platform puts Standard Chartered at the forefront of digital banking technology in Africa and the first international bank to extend a brand-new global platform to eight countries in one rollout. In Kenya and Nigeria, the bank also recently launched the Retail Workbench, a tablet-based sales-and-service tool that “brings the bank to clients.” Retail Workbench allows sales staff can open an account for a client in any location and makes banking services like loan approvals and credit card issuance fast, simple and completely paperless. Zimbabwe and Zambia have also launched digital branches, revolutionising traditional branch formats.

Standard Chartered’s retail banking business serves the banking needs of nearly 10 million individual and business clients across more than 30 markets in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, through more than 1,000 branches, 5,000 ATMS and a range of digital and staff-assisted channels. In 2015, Global Finance named Standard Chartered the World’s Best Consumer Digital Bank and Best Regional Consumer Digital Bank for Africa and the Middle East.

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

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10 Year Celebration of the African Youth Charter

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Banjul+10, a youth celebration to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the African Youth Charter (AYC), was officially opened with a statement by the Vice President of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia, HE. Dr. Aja Isatou Njie-Saidy in Banjul, The Gambia on the 24th of May 2016. Other keynote speakers present were: H.E Mr. Alieu Jammeh, the Gambian Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Mabingue Ngom, UNFPA Regional Director for West and Central Africa (WCARO), Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST) at the African Union Commission (AUC), H.E. Dr. Martial De Paul Ikounga and Pan African Youth Union President (PYU), Ms. Francine Muyumba.

Consultations with youth from all over the continent were held for three days prior to the official opening of the event to gather a general overview of the most pressing and fundamental problems young Africans face – from a youth perspective – and ways in which the demographic dividend can be harnessed. Key areas of deliberation were youth participation in governance and decision-making on the continent, health, education and skills development and employment and entrepreneurship for youth economic empowerment. Banjul+10 is essentially is a platform to review progress that has been made, the challenges involved in the implementation of the Charter, and to chart a future course of action.

H.E. Dr. Njie-Saidy in her opening address highlighted the importance of the African Youth Charter and encouraged Member States which have not ratified the Charter to do so urgently. She further stated that the youth cannot be excluded from decision making processes and “should be involved in decision making right from the beginning” because young people are “an asset and not a liability” and the “most critical investment in Africa must be made in women and youth.”

AUC Commissioner, H.E De Paul Ikounga, reminded the auditorium that there are still States which have not ratified the Charter and urged the Gambian Vice President to call on the outstanding Member States to sign and ratify the Charter by December 2016. Representing the UNFPA, Mr. Mabingue Ngom in his address lauded the African Youth Charter as a great legal and political document for youth development in Africa. The Minister of Youth and Sports in the Islamic Republic of The Gambia in his speech stated that it is time African States recognize the inherent potential of young people on the continent and do what is necessary to accelerate the process of youth empowerment and development.

The President of the Pan African Youth Union (PYU), Ms. Francine Muyumba highlighted that the success in fighting against terrorism and youth radicalization relies on the capacity of the African societies to create adequate opportunities that will address the issue of youth unemployment and entrepreneurship. She recalled that the coming African Youth Entrepreneurship Summit in Algeria and the World Entrepreneurship in Kenya will provide a forum for dialogue in order to accelerate the implementation of the Charter. Moving forward, she emphasized the need for more resources to be allocated towards the implementation of African youth development programs. Indeed, dependence on partners is not sustainable. It is in this vein that she urged African leaders to establish an African Youth Development Fund by the year 2017 to fast track African youth socio-economic integration and empowerment.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of African Union Commission (AUC).

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New Algerian Ambassador to Seychelles accredited 31.05.2016

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The new Algerian Ambassador to Seychelles, H.E. Mr. Mokaddem Bafdal, presented his credentials to President James Michel at State House this morning.

President Michel thanked Algeria for the many years of cooperation and friendship, as well as the extensive support Algeria had given to Seychelles in its development following its independence, particularly in the fields of media and education.

They discussed the possibilities of new cooperation in the fields of environment, training, the Blue Economy, and sports.

Ambassador Bafdal told the national media after the ceremony said that there is particular significance to develop further relations in the field of sport, as the Algerian national football team is in Seychelles this week to play a match with the Seychelles national team on Thursday. He added that more cooperation can be developed between the two football federations.

The Algerian ambassador is based in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Also present at the meeting were the President’s Diplomatic Adviser, Ambassador Callixte D’Offay and the Director General for Treaties and Consular Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Transport, Mr. Ralph Agrippine.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles.

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Cypriot Ambassador to Seychelles accredited

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The new Cypriot Ambassador to Seychelles, H.E. Mr. Andreas Panayiotou,presented his credentials to President James Michel at State House this morning.

The two countries have strong historical links dating back to the mid-1950s when Archbishop Makarios, who later became the President of Cyprus, was exiled in Seychelles.

President Michel said that Seychelles values greatly its relationship with Cyprus and they agreed that the two countries would continue to support one another in bilateral and multilateral matters.

Ambassador Panayiotou told the national media after the ceremony said that his further talks with the Seychelles government will centre on the development of cooperation in air services, tourism promotion, investment, commerce, trade, the Blue Economy and the environment.

The Cypriot ambassador is based in Muscat, Oman.

Also present at the meeting were the President’s Diplomatic Adviser, Ambassador Callixte d’Offay, the Director General for Treaties and Consular Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Transport, Mr. Ralph Agrippine and the Honorary Consul for Cyprus to Seychelles, Mrs. Georgia Van Heyste.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles.

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