The African Union strongly condemns the heinous terrorist attack in Tunisia: The AU underlines the need for enhanced inter-African cooperation in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, March 19, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has learned with dismay of the terrorist attack perpetrated today at the Bardo Museum, in Tunis, which killed several people and injured many others.

The Chairperson of the Commission strongly condemns this heinous and cowardly act. She presents AU’s heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Tunisia. She wishes speedy recovery to the injured.

The Chairperson of the Commission expresses the AU’s solidarity with Tunisia in this tragic moment and its full support to the ongoing efforts to combat the scourge of terrorism and violent extremism. She urges the people and leadership of Tunisia to persevere in their endeavor to consolidate democracy and promote tolerance in their country.

The Chairperson of the Commission stresses that the attack that struck Tunisia illustrates once again the need for renewed efforts to strengthen inter-African cooperation in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism. She underlines the relevance of the AU’s normative and institutional framework, as well as that of the communiqué adopted by the Peace and Security Council at its Summit meeting held in Nairobi on 2 September 2014, on the issue of terrorism and violent extremism in Africa.

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MCB Group teams up with Société Générale to boost operations in Mozambique

PORT-LOUIS, Mauritius, March 19, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB) Group (http://www.mcb.mu) will further its expansion in Mozambique in partnership with Société Générale. As per an agreement signed yesterday, Société Générale will become a shareholder of MCB Moçambique. This operation is subject to the approval of the central bank of Mozambique.

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A new boost

MCB Moçambique started operating in Maputo in August 1999 in order to better serve Mauritian entrepreneurs venturing into Africa. Over the years, it has widened its client base and now serves all the sectors of the Mozambican economy through two branches located in Maputo and Matola. By joining forces, MCB Group and Société Générale will provide the bank with important resources that will enable it to offer more services – particularly in terms of financing to local and international businesses – and extend its network of branches in a fast developing country.

Sustained growth

Mozambique has posted one of the strongest growth rates recorded globally over the past decade. The country has strong development potential, particularly in infrastructure further to the recent discovery of vast gas reserves. According to the International Monetary Fund, the Mozambican economy should grow by 7.5% in 2015. As Mozambique becomes one of the world’s biggest exporters of liquefied natural gas, the size of its economy is expected to increase tenfold by 2035.

Longstanding cooperation

In Mozambique, MCB Group and Société Générale will deepen a cooperation that started in 2003 with a joint-venture for the management of Banque Française Commerciale Océan-Indien (BFCOI). The latter now operates 21 branches in Réunion, seven in Mayotte and one in Paris.

An increasing presence

MCB Group is present in ten countries through the MCB and BFCOI brands as well as representative offices: Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar, Maldives, Mozambique, South Africa, Kenya, Réunion, Mayotte and France. It is the largest bank in East Africa and is firmly focused on securing new business across the continent and engaging in organic growth by increasing cross-border financing and entering into regional ventures, strategic partnerships or alliances. Reflective of its growing African aspirations, foreign-sourced income accounts for nearly half of the Group’s net profit, principally stemming from the

Indian Ocean region and the African continent. Over the past years, MCB Group has served over 100 businesses and financial institutions in 28 African countries.

Pierre Guy Noël, MCB Group Chief Executive: “This association with Société Générale, our longstanding partner in BFCOI, will provide important resources to MCB Moçambique. It will enable the bank to boost its operations and widen its network of branches while consolidating MCB Group’s footprint in Africa.”

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of The Mauritius Commercial Bank Ltd (MCB).

Contact:

Ryan COOPAMAH

Head of Communication

Communication SBU

Direct line: +230 202 5439

E-mail: ryan.coopamah@mcb.mu

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Readout of the Vice President’s Calls with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and Presidential Candidate Muhammadu Buhari

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Vice President Biden spoke today with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the Nigerian presidential election, which is scheduled for March 28. The Vice President commended President Jonathan and General Buhari for signing the Abuja Accord in mid-January as a show of their commitment to non-violence throughout the election process. The Vice President further expressed the United States’ support for the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission and its work to deliver free, fair, and credible elections, in part through its essential efforts to distribute Permanent Voter Cards and help ensure that electronic voter card readers are in place and fully operational. He also noted his concern about the violence during some recent election-related events and reiterated the need for both candidates to make clear that such violence has no place in democratic elections. Vice President Biden affirmed that the United States stands with the Nigerian people in support of credible and peaceful elections, and will continue to stand with the Nigerian people whatever the outcome.

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Nicholson Strongly Condemns Terrorist Attack in Tunisia

OTTAWA, Canada, March 19, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement condemning the terrorist attack in Tunisia:

“Canada condemns in the strongest of terms today’s terrorist attack on the Tunisian parliament and the hostage taking at the Bardo Museum in Tunis.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this brutal and senseless attack against innocent civilians and the heart of Tunisia’s democracy.

“Tunisia has made remarkable progress in its democratic transition. Any attempt to derail this progress will only strengthen the resolve of Tunisians to continue to fight for human rights, tolerance, freedom and peace. Canada stands with the people and government of Tunisia as they continue to fight against terrorism and build an open and democratic country.”

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Didier Reynders condemns Bardo Museum attack in Tunis

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, March 19, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns the attack at the Bardo Museum in Tunis today, that killed and injured numerous people. The Minister expresses his condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to the Tunisian people and government. He stresses the solidarity of Belgium with Tunisia.

Didier Reynders reiterates his confidence in the Tunisian democratic institutions. Belgium, bilaterally and within the EU, will continue to support the consolidation of democracy in Tunisia as well as the necessary reforms for its economic and social transition, to the benefit of all Tunisians.

The Minister discussed these challenges and objectives during the meeting with his Tunisian counterpart Taieb Baccouche in Brussels on Monday, March 16th.

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Didier Reynders condemns Bardo Museum attack in Tunis

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, March 19, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns the attack at the Bardo Museum in Tunis today, that killed and injured numerous people. The Minister expresses his condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to the Tunisian people and government. He stresses the solidarity of Belgium with Tunisia.

Didier Reynders reiterates his confidence in the Tunisian democratic institutions. Belgium, bilaterally and within the EU, will continue to support the consolidation of democracy in Tunisia as well as the necessary reforms for its economic and social transition, to the benefit of all Tunisians.

The Minister discussed these challenges and objectives during the meeting with his Tunisian counterpart Taieb Baccouche in Brussels on Monday, March 16th.

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