Abidjan hosts the Inaugural General Assembly for the network of Chief Technical Officers of the cities and territories of Africa (Africa TechNet)

In collaboration with the Ministry of Interior and Security of the Republic of Ivory Coast; the Union of Towns and Municipalities of Ivory Coast (UVICOCI); and the Association of Regions of Ivory Coast (ARDCI), United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) (www.AfriqueLocale.org) will organize the Inaugural General Assembly for the network of Chief Technical Officers (CTOs) of the cities and territories of Africa (Africa TechNet), from July 03 to July 05, 2017 at Hotel Ivotel of Abidjan (Ivory Coast), with 120 CTOs from the five regions of Africa expected to attend.

The official opening ceremony will be chaired by His Excellency Hamed Bakayoko, Minister of State and the Minister of Interior and Security of Ivory Coast.

There will be an accompanying two days of training around the theme, “Development of Territories and Climate Change: Realities, constraints and opportunities”, organized in partnership with the association, “ENERGIES 2050”.

This training will be the first response by UCLG Africa to requests from African local governments to strengthen their capacities in the implementation of the Paris Accord on Climate Change and in the preparation of dossiers for access to climate finance.

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa).

For more information, please contact:
Gaëlle Yomi
+212 610 56 71 45
GYomi@UCLGA.org

About UCLG Africa:
United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (www.AfriqueLocale.org) is the umbrella organization of African local governments whose founding congress was held in the City of Tshwane, South Africa, in May 2005. Its headquarters are based in Rabat (Morocco) since January 2008. UCLG Africa brings together 44 national associations of local authorities from all parts of Africa, as well as 2,000 cities of the continent each one having more than 100,000 inhabitants. UCLG Africa is the regional chapter for the Africa of the World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).

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GROHE SPA® F-digital Deluxe – Transform your bathroom into a Home Spa

Leaving the daily stresses behind and finding some inner peace doesn’t have to mean travelling to a remote retreat. A domestic bathroom can be turned into a source of fresh energy and inspiration. You can create your own space at home dedicated to multisensory indulgence, where you can treat yourself to the feeling of a warm tropical rain on your skin while wrapping your entire body in fine steam, coloured mood lighting and atmospheric sounds. This luxurious shower experience is what the GROHE SPA® F-digital Deluxe modules are all about. Installed in combination with an arrangement of head and body showers, these lighting, audio and shower elements create the ultimate spa ambiance. What was once a standard bathroom can now be transformed into an oasis of wellbeing, ready to relax or invigorate you at any time of the day or night.

Imagine starting your day under a stimulating rain shower accompanied by your favourite album. Or what about washing off the stress of a long working week with a relaxing steam bath session enriched by softly coloured light and gentle classical music? The more fast-paced our lifestyles, the greater our longing for brief escapes from the daily grind. GROHE (www.GROHE.com), the leading supplier of digital bathroom products, offers everything it takes to create a private refuge within the comfort of one’s own home. Digitally controlled GROHE SPA® F-digital Deluxe modules for mood lighting, audio entertainment and steam bathing can be installed in custom combinations, depending on personal preferences, meaning all wishes can be catered for. A gentle mist or a powerful steam treatment? Rihanna or Mozart? A shower cabin bathed in sunny yellow, calming green or vitalising red light? All functions can be controlled and combined individually, offering a wide range of choices and settings. The result is a fully personalised shower and spa experience to calm both body and mind, and to recharge your batteries.

Complemented by products from the GROHE F-digital and Grohtherm F lines, the bathroom becomes a space offering the highest levels of comfort and aesthetics – a private haven to escape the daily routine, savour the best of the day and forget about the world outside for a few precious moments.

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About GROHE:
GROHE (www.GROHE.com) is the world’s leading provider of sanitary fittings and a global brand, dedicated to providing innovative water products. For many decades, GROHE has been committed to the brand values of technology, quality, design and sustainability that all illustrate GROHE’s commitment to creating exceptional experiences and to delivering “Pure Freude an Wasser”. With its engineering, innovation and design activities firmly anchored in Germany, GROHE products bear the badge of quality “Made in Germany”, ultimately strengthening the customers’ confidence in the brand. All plants of the GROHE manufacturing network make use of high-precision production engineering to ensure compliance with consistently high GROHE standards. This way GROHE ensures that its products live up to the most uncompromising demands in terms of workmanship and functionality. Over the past ten years alone, the success of GROHE has been confirmed by more than 240 design and innovation awards as well as several top rankings as one of “Germany’s most sustainable major companies”. Numerous high-profile projects around the globe are fitted with GROHE products, testifying to architects’, designers’ and developers’ preference for the brand. GROHE is part of the LIXIL Group Corporation, a publicly listed company on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. LIXIL is the global market leader in the sanitary ware industry, managing a broad portfolio of well-known household brands such as GROHE, American Standard, and INAX. It is also Japan’s leading provider of housing and building materials, products and services.

About LIXIL:
LIXIL (www.LIXIL.com) is the most comprehensive and connected global company in the housing and building industry, delivering human-centric innovation that enhances people’s living spaces – we call this Living Technology. Delivering core strengths in water, housing, building and kitchen technologies, our brands including LIXIL®, GROHE®, American Standard Brands, DXV, INAX® and Permasteelisa® are leaders in their industries and regions. Operating in more than 150 countries and employing more than 80,000 people, we bring together function, quality and design to provide better living solutions to the world today and for future generations. Learn more at www.LIXIL.com and follow us at www.Facebook.com/lixilgroup.

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IMF Executive Board Completes Fourth Review Under the Policy Support Instrument (PSI) and Extends Arrangement for Senegal

  • The program aims to implement economic policies and structural reforms needed to sustain strong growth and ongoing fiscal consolidation to meet the regional fiscal criteria.
  • The Policy Support Instrument with Senegal has supported the authorities’ reform efforts to increase growth.
  • Under the Plan Sénégal Emergent (PSE), growth has increased steadily to 6.7 percent in 2016, while inflation has remained low and the fiscal deficit fell to 4.2 percent of GDP in 2016.

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the fourth review of Senegal’s economic performance under a program supported by the Policy Support Instrument (PSI).[1] The aim of the program is to implement economic policies and structural reforms needed to sustain strong growth and ongoing fiscal consolidation to meet the regional fiscal criteria.

In completing the review, the Board also approved the authorities’ request for a one-year extension of the PSI arrangement. The PSI for Senegal was approved on June 24, 2015 (see Press Release No. 15/297).

Following the Executive Board discussion, Mr. Mitsuhiro Furusawa, Deputy Managing Director and Acting Chair, made the following statement:

Executive Board Assessment[2]

“The Policy Support Instrument with Senegal has supported the authorities’ reform efforts to increase growth, while maintaining economic stability. Under the Plan Sénégal Emergent (PSE), growth has increased steadily to 6.7 percent in 2016, while inflation has remained low. The fiscal deficit fell to 4.2 percent of GDP in 2016 and Senegal is projected to meet the West African and Monetary Union convergence criteria of 3 percent of GDP in 2018, one year earlier than mandated. Continued implementation of sound policies reforms is important to sustain high growth and meet Senegal’s development objectives.

“To achieve the PSE goals of sustaining high growth and reducing poverty over the medium term, the authorities are committed to undertaking further reforms to facilitate private investment. This requires implementation of high quality infrastructure projects and strengthening the business environment through continued efforts to reduce energy costs, strengthen governance and implement judicial and land reforms. A Special Economic Zone (SEZ) with high standards of economic governance and low tax rates could act as a catalyst to attract high levels of private investment.

“The authorities have implemented important fiscal reforms to support ongoing consolidation while increasing public investment. This has been achieved through containment of public consumption, including the wage bill. To create further fiscal space for much needed infrastructure spending, the authorities are committed to increasing revenues through improving revenue administration and lowering tax exemptions.

“The authorities recognize the importance of strengthening debt management to support fiscal sustainability. This requires reforms to address weaknesses in Treasury operations and contain additional financing needs from the Post Office and civil service pensions, as well as improving public financial management.

“Senegal’s economic outlook is broadly positive and risks remain manageable. However, to enhance growth prospects, it is important to strengthen the implementation of reforms to improve the quality of public investment and promote private investment. Priority should also be given to addressing weakness in Treasury operations to ensure fiscal sustainability.”

[1] The PSI is an instrument of the IMF designed for countries that may not need, or want, IMF financial assistance, but still seek IMF advice, monitoring and endorsement of their policies. The PSI helps countries design effective economic programs that, once approved by the IMF’s Executive Board, signal to donors, multilateral development banks, and markets the Fund’s endorsement of a member’s policies (see www.imf.org/external/np/exr/facts/psi.htm).

[2] At the conclusion of the discussion, the Managing Director, as Chairman of the Board, summarizes the views of Executive Directors, and this summary is transmitted to the country’s authorities. An explanation of any qualifiers used in summings up can be found here: www.imf.org/external/np/sec/misc/qualifiers.htm.

Distributed by APO on behalf of International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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The powerful Y’ello Box is bringing 24/7 electricity to Nigeria via your mobile phone

In a world first, Nigeria is pioneering a new solar electricity service and it is already transforming lives.

The Y’ello Box is a solar electricity system that officially launched earlier this year and allows families and business owners to harness the power of the sun cheaply and efficiently, in a way we’ve never seen before.

In homes, clinics, schools and businesses across Nigeria, people are running fans, charging phones, watching TVs and lighting rooms, all using affordable, reliable, clean electricity. The Y’ello Box is already powering the lives and businesses of more than one hundred thousand Nigerians.

Designed and operated by Lumos Mobile Electricity Service (www.Lumos-Global.com), the Y’ello Box provides electricity to customers 24 hours a day, which people pay for using their MTN mobile phone.

It has proved itself to be the most reliable and affordable service on the market, with customers delighted at the switch from traditional fuel.

Yuri Tsitrinbaum, CEO of the Lumos Mobile Electricity Service said: “People don’t have access to the power they need. Fuel is very expensive and other services are unreliable. The Y’ello Box saves customers money all while providing better and more reliable electricity. As Nigeria modernizes, our demand for power increases. It’s time we did more to harness the power of the sun. That is why the Y’ello Box is changing so many lives. It is affordable, it is reliable and paying by mobile phone makes it easy.

“Lumos is growing rapidly across Nigeria, as we invest more money, create business opportunities for Nigerians and employ more and more people. Equally important is the fact that the service is improving the everyday operations of community centers like schools, health clinics and religious institutions,” added Tsitrinbaum.

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About Lumos:
Working in partnership with MTN and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation of the US Government, Lumos (www.Lumos-Global.com) has committed 80M USD to deployment in Nigeria, half of which has already been invested. In Nigeria Lumos employs more than 450 people, including technicians, engineers and a large sales force. There are ambitious plans to grow and provide power to 1m Nigerians by the end of 2017.

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