New Permanent Representative of South Africa

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Nozipho Joyce Mxakato-Diseko, the new Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented her credentials to Michael Møller, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Prior to her appointment to Geneva, Ms. Mxakato-Diseko had been the Deputy Director General for Global Governance and Continental Agenda at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation since 2012. In 2015 and 2016, she was also the chair of the Group 77 and China, and South Africa’s lead negotiator, in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations, which had resulted in the Paris Agreement. Between 2012 and 2016, Ms. Mxakato-Diseko served as sherpa for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, G20, and the Nuclear Security Summit. She had been an Ambassador at Large for climate change since 2011.

Between 2009 and 2012, Ms. Mxakato-Diseko worked as the Deputy Director General for the Americas and the Caribbean at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation. Prior to that, from 2004 to 2009, she was the National Commissioner to the Public Service Commission. Between 2000 and 2003, she performed the roles of the Chief Commissioner of the International Trade Administration Commission and the Vice Chairperson of the Board of the National Nuclear Regulatory Authority. From 1996 to 2000, Ms. Mxakato-Diseko concurrently served as the South African Ambassador to Austria, the United Nations Office at Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization. Between 1994 and 1996, she was the Chief Director for Policy Planning at the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Before the 1994 elections in South Africa, Ms. Mxakato-Diseko worked with Thabo Mbeki, the then National Chairman of the African National Congress. From 1989 to 1991, she was the Chairperson of the African National Congress for the United Kingdom and Ireland. In 1986 and 1987, Ms. Mxakato-Diseko worked as the Director of the Oxford Development Education Centre, and between 1980 and 1988 she served as an Executive Committee Member at the South African Congress of Trade Unions. Ms. Mxakato-Diseko started her career as a secondary school teacher in Johannesburg in 1975.

Born on 1 November 1956 in Johannesburg, Ms. Mxakato-Diseko holds graduate and post graduate degrees from Oxford University.

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U.S. Embassy Sponsors Voluntary Principles and Human Rights Workshop

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Thirty participants from 13 Ghanaian government ministries and agencies spent this week in a four-day Voluntary Principles and Human Rights Workshop sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Accra, U.S. AFRICOM, and the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). The training is designed to help government establish best practices in the extractive industries.

During the workshop participants gained tools that can be used to implement a multi-faceted security sector response to conflict that arises in communities around the extractive industries. Participants also visited Newmont Ghana’s Akyem mine site to learn how the company implements the Voluntary Principles in practice. The participants will take the knowledge acquired from the workshop and implement it into the strategic plans of their respective ministries and agencies, which will help further Ghana’s comprehensive Voluntary Principles National Action Plan.

Established in 2000, the Voluntary Principles are the only human rights guidelines designed specifically for oil, gas and mining companies. The Voluntary Principles guide companies in conducting a comprehensive human rights risk assessment in their engagement with public and private security providers to ensure human rights are respected in the protection of company facilities and premises. Participants in the Voluntary Principles Initiative—including governments, companies, and NGOs—agree to proactively implement or assist in the implementation of the Voluntary Principles.

Ghana became the first African country to sign on to the Voluntary Principles in 2014; subsequently, government worked closely with civil society and the private sector to develop a Voluntary Principles National Action Plan.

“The Voluntary Principles have been recognized as a global standard in the oil, gas, and mining industries,” said U.S. Ambassador Robert Jackson, speaking at the workshop opening. “The initiative has led to better security and safety for people living in countries that have extractive industries. Since the 2014 signing, the government of Ghana has made significant progress in this area. Further progress, however, will require more hard work and collaboration. The U.S. Embassy has pledged its support to help Ghana achieve the goals stated in its National Action Plan. We look forward to the continued partnership with the Government of Ghana in implementing better security and human rights protections across the country.”

Learn more about the Voluntary Principles at http://www.state.gov/j/drl/vp/.

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Thirty participants from 13 Ghanaian government ministries and agencies spent this week in a four-day Voluntary Principles and Human Rights Workshop sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Accra, U.S. AFRICOM, and the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). The training is designed to help government establish best practices in the extractive industries.

During the workshop participants gained tools that can be used to implement a multi-faceted security sector response to conflict that arises in communities around the extractive industries. Participants also visited Newmont Ghana’s Akyem mine site to learn how the company implements the Voluntary Principles in practice. The participants will take the knowledge acquired from the workshop and implement it into the strategic plans of their respective ministries and agencies, which will help further Ghana’s comprehensive Voluntary Principles National Action Plan.

Established in 2000, the Voluntary Principles are the only human rights guidelines designed specifically for oil, gas and mining companies. The Voluntary Principles guide companies in conducting a comprehensive human rights risk assessment in their engagement with public and private security providers to ensure human rights are respected in the protection of company facilities and premises. Participants in the Voluntary Principles Initiative—including governments, companies, and NGOs—agree to proactively implement or assist in the implementation of the Voluntary Principles.

Ghana became the first African country to sign on to the Voluntary Principles in 2014; subsequently, government worked closely with civil society and the private sector to develop a Voluntary Principles National Action Plan.

“The Voluntary Principles have been recognized as a global standard in the oil, gas, and mining industries,” said U.S. Ambassador Robert Jackson, speaking at the workshop opening. “The initiative has led to better security and safety for people living in countries that have extractive industries. Since the 2014 signing, the government of Ghana has made significant progress in this area. Further progress, however, will require more hard work and collaboration. The U.S. Embassy has pledged its support to help Ghana achieve the goals stated in its National Action Plan. We look forward to the continued partnership with the Government of Ghana in implementing better security and human rights protections across the country.”

Learn more about the Voluntary Principles at http://www.state.gov/j/drl/vp/.

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Jumia Becomes the One Stop Online Destination in Africa

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Africa Internet Group is today connecting its companies into Jumia’s (www.JUMIA.com.ng) ecosystem with a new vision, “Expand your horizons”. The new Jumia ecosystem will give access to products and services from its 8 leading platforms.

After 4 years of successfully establishing and growing its online services as leaders in their markets, Africa Internet Group, now Jumia, has become the N°1 E-commerce platform in Africa.

“We founded our companies with a very strong belief: Internet can improve people’s lives in Africa. Uniting all services allows us to better help our customers fulfill their daily aspirations. This is all possible because people connect to our platform to access those services and products in an environment that we have designed for them, addressing their needs and expectations on quality, choice, price, trust and convenience.” said Sacha Poignonnec and Jeremy Hodara, founders and co-CEOs of Jumia.

People can now find on Jumia all their needs ; branded products with Jumia, local sellers with Jumia Market (prev. Kaymu), hotel booking with Jumia Travel (Jovago), food delivery with Jumia Food (Hellofood), classifieds with Jumia Deals (Vendito), Jumia House (Lamudi) and Jumia Car (Carmudi), and lastly logistics services with Jumia Services (AIGX).

Furthermore, sellers will also benefit from this move, by getting access to more traffic and to a greater world of opportunities. Every day, Jumia helps and encourages restaurants, hotels, local sellers, brands, real estate agents, car dealers, large companies and logistic companies to become better, bigger, more performant, thus creating positive impact for Africa.

The founders reiterated that, “Operating under the same brand name reinforces the legitimacy of proposing other services to our customers and to our sellers. We want to have one strong brand that is trusted and loved by our customers across Africa”.

Jumia’s new vision, “Expand your horizons”, expresses the group’s ambition to transform people’s lives through internet, overcoming the ground market challenges of the continent and giving all Africans the opportunity to access high quality services and products everywhere.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Jumia.

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About Jumia:
Jumia (www.JUMIA.com.ng) aims at creating a connected digital Africa to improve people’s lives on the continent, thanks to the Internet. Therefore, Jumia’s mission is to connect African consumers and entrepreneurs to do better business together. Founded in 2012, with a presence all over Africa, the group has MTN, Rocket Internet, Millicom, Orange & Axa as investors. Jumia has been creating a sustainable ecosystem of digital services and infrastructures through online and mobile marketplaces and classifieds to expand your horizons.

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Jumia Becomes the One Stop Online Destination in Africa

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Africa Internet Group is today connecting its companies into Jumia’s (www.JUMIA.com.ng) ecosystem with a new vision, “Expand your horizons”. The new Jumia ecosystem will give access to products and services from its 8 leading platforms.

After 4 years of successfully establishing and growing its online services as leaders in their markets, Africa Internet Group, now Jumia, has become the N°1 E-commerce platform in Africa.

“We founded our companies with a very strong belief: Internet can improve people’s lives in Africa. Uniting all services allows us to better help our customers fulfill their daily aspirations. This is all possible because people connect to our platform to access those services and products in an environment that we have designed for them, addressing their needs and expectations on quality, choice, price, trust and convenience.” said Sacha Poignonnec and Jeremy Hodara, founders and co-CEOs of Jumia.

People can now find on Jumia all their needs ; branded products with Jumia, local sellers with Jumia Market (prev. Kaymu), hotel booking with Jumia Travel (Jovago), food delivery with Jumia Food (Hellofood), classifieds with Jumia Deals (Vendito), Jumia House (Lamudi) and Jumia Car (Carmudi), and lastly logistics services with Jumia Services (AIGX).

Furthermore, sellers will also benefit from this move, by getting access to more traffic and to a greater world of opportunities. Every day, Jumia helps and encourages restaurants, hotels, local sellers, brands, real estate agents, car dealers, large companies and logistic companies to become better, bigger, more performant, thus creating positive impact for Africa.

The founders reiterated that, “Operating under the same brand name reinforces the legitimacy of proposing other services to our customers and to our sellers. We want to have one strong brand that is trusted and loved by our customers across Africa”.

Jumia’s new vision, “Expand your horizons”, expresses the group’s ambition to transform people’s lives through internet, overcoming the ground market challenges of the continent and giving all Africans the opportunity to access high quality services and products everywhere.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Jumia.

Media Contact:
Bertille GUITTON
Head of Communication & Public Relations JUMIA Group
Phone NG: +234.817.223.5608 | FR: +33.629.832.731
[email protected]

About Jumia:
Jumia (www.JUMIA.com.ng) aims at creating a connected digital Africa to improve people’s lives on the continent, thanks to the Internet. Therefore, Jumia’s mission is to connect African consumers and entrepreneurs to do better business together. Founded in 2012, with a presence all over Africa, the group has MTN, Rocket Internet, Millicom, Orange & Axa as investors. Jumia has been creating a sustainable ecosystem of digital services and infrastructures through online and mobile marketplaces and classifieds to expand your horizons.

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IOM Strengthens Government Response to Humanitarian Crisis in North East Nigeria

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IOM has conducted a four-day training from 20 to 23 June in Maiduguri Borno state on Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) for government agencies and organizations responsible for camp management and emergency response. It is intended to build the capacity of CCCM actors, with a focus on Camp Management Agencies (CMAs) and to raise standard in the sector in order to ensure an appropriate response to needs and gaps in protection and assistance of the internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Participants were trained on specific issues such as Global Trends on Displacement, Introduction to CCCM with a Focus on Camp Management, Roles and Responsibilities, IDPs Participation, Coordination and Information Management, Protection in Sction, Standard and Site Planning, and Camp Closure.

Fifty-four representatives of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Ministry of Health, Ministry of Women Affairs, and Red Cross from Borno, Yobe, Gombe, and Abuja camps participated in the training as part of IOM’s effort towards strengthening the capacities of the relevant government agencies to prepare and respond to humanitarian crisis in the North East.

Likewise in May 2016, four training sessions on Psychological First Aid (PFA) were conducted in Maiduguri, Yola, and Kaduna states. A total of 103 representatives from NEMA HQ, NEMA Zonal and Operations Offices, SEMA as well as local partners in 13 states participated in the training.

Similarly, in collaboration with UNHCR, IOM organized two sessions of Training of Trainers (ToT) on CCCM. The training sessions were carried out in Maiduguri and Gombe reaching out to 28 representatives from NEMA, SEMA, other relevant government and non-governmental institutions. Participants of the ToT were to pass their knowledge and skills on camp management to various relevant stakeholders through facilitating trainings or workshops.

Husnur Esthiwahyu, IOM Capacity Building Project Coordinator, stated that these trainings were based on the results of Learning Needs Assessment (LNA) conducted by IOM at the national and state level in 13 states including Federal Capital Territory (FCT) upon the request of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and State Emergency management Agency (SEMA).

Speaking about the benefit of the training, Nuradeed Abdulahi, NEMA Principal Training Officer and Camp Manager in Maiduguri said, “With my ten years’ experience in camp management, I have never been trained in camp management other than the one organized by UNHCR and this one conducted by IOM. It is really important as it exposes us both NEMA and SEMA officers to the rudiments and expected standards of camp management.”

Abdulahi also advocated for the inclusion of security agencies such as police and the military, in camp management training particularly on areas of ethics, protection and human rights.

Timothy Tile, NEMA Camp manager in Yobe said, “This is the best training I have received since I have been posted to the North East over a year ago. Constant training such as this will help us surmount numerous practical challenges we encounter in camp management. We really appreciate the effort of IOM.”

The training was funded by USAID/OFDA under the project “Strengthening the humanitarian response to the displacement crisis in North East Nigeria / Emergency mental health and psychosocial support for affected population in North East of Nigeria”.

A major outcome of this training is the enhanced capacity of the government of Nigeria through its agencies such as NEMA and SEMA for effective leadership in camp coordination and camp management, information management, and disaster risk reduction.

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Zambia: Ethiopian Migrants Die in Containerized Truck

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At least 19 Ethiopians suffocated and died in a containerized truck that was carrying 95 Ethiopians from Tanzania into Zambia.

“The discovery of 19 bodies of those who died in the containerised truck is devastating,” said Abibatou Wane, IOM Zambia Chief of Mission.

The deaths occurred as the victims were being transported by a suspected human trafficking syndicate in Chembe district in Luapula Province of Zambia. The victims were bundled in the lorry which also contained bags of beans and groundnuts. In coordination with the Zambian authorities, the 76 Ethiopians who survived, including children under the age of 18, have been transferred to a protective shelter where they are receiving required assistance.

Wane stated that there has been a recent rise in the number of irregular migrants, particularly from the Horn of Africa, entering Zambia. Irregular migrants in Zambia are detained and put in prisons. These individuals largely are from Ethiopia, but other nationalities include Somalia, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Zimbabwe.

Recently, a group of 21 Ethiopians unaccompanied children en route to South Africa were intercepted in the Central Province of Zambia, after which they were detained, along with adults who were traveling with them. Due to training that IOM had recently delivered to first-line officials (including immigration officials), these migrants were released before their cases were taken to court and they since have been returned to their homes with support from IOM.

Furthermore, a group of 40 Ethiopian minors who were already sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in Central Province for consenting to being smuggled were – after months of advocacy by IOM and the UN Human Rights Commission and others partners – issued a presidential pardon on 25th May 2016 by the President of the Republic of Zambia on the occasion marking Africa Freedom Day. The 40 children have now been released from detention and IOM Zambia has organized their transfer to safe shelter where they are currently receiving medical and psychosocial support. They, too, await assistance for their voluntary return to their country of origin as well as reintegration support.

Currently, the total number of Ethiopians in protective shelter comes to 116 (76 survivors of the truck tragedy and the 40 minors). The 40 minors will be returned to Ethiopia in coming days.

The direct assistance and return of the Ethiopian minors is made possible with support from a regional PRM project, JTIP Emergency Fund and the IOM Global Assistance Fund (GAF).

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 214,861; Deaths: 2,861

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IOM reports an estimated 214,861 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 22 June, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

Deaths so far this year are 2,861 compared with 1,838 through the first six months of 2015. In other words, fatalities on the Mediterranean Sea in 2016 stand over 1,000 ahead of last year’s mid-year total, with one week remaining before 2016’s mid-year point.

IOM Libya Chief of Mission Othman Belbeisi reported on Thursday (23 June) that Libya’s Coast Guard indicated five migrant boats were rescued off the coast near Zawiya with approximately 1,000 migrants on board, with one casualty reported. IOM Libya is currently working to find out more information about the incident and provide those in need with Non-Food Item relief kits and hygiene kits.

Belbeisi noted that May 2016 saw a spike in the number of maritime incidents off the Libyan coast, making it the deadliest month to date this year, with 1,086 migrants reported as dead or missing. Between 22 and 28 May alone, over 3,600 migrants were rescued at sea and brought back to Libya.

IOM’s spokesman in Rome Flavio Di Giacomo reported Friday that the Italian Navy and international vessels rescued some 5,000 migrants in the Channel of Sicily in 40 separate operations since early yesterday morning. Those rescued remain en route to various Italian ports.

IOM estimates that from 1 January to 22 June 2016 at least 55,563 migrants have arrived in Italy via sea routes. Adding the 5,000 being reported today, IOM’s latest total is 60,563 or some 10,000 shy of the total through the end of June 2015, when arrivals totalled 70,354 – an indication that traffic this year from Libya and Egypt, while robust, remains almost identical with last year’s totals during a similar period.

IOM Athens reports that, since Monday, a total of 117 migrants or refugees arrived on various islands from Turkey. For the month – through June 22 – IOM Athens estimates 1,095 migrants or refugees have arrived by sea along the Mediterranean’s eastern route – compared with almost 157,000 arriving through the end of May.

Since the start of 2015, IOM estimates a total of 1,011,568 have arrived in Greece via so-called “blue borders” – a daily average of about 1,800 men, women and children over nearly 18 months. IOM notes the average daily arrival since the late March implementation of an accord between Turkey and the European Union to limit arrivals has dropped to fewer than 100 per day, and fewer than 50 per day this month.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 214,861; Deaths: 2,861

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IOM reports an estimated 214,861 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 22 June, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

Deaths so far this year are 2,861 compared with 1,838 through the first six months of 2015. In other words, fatalities on the Mediterranean Sea in 2016 stand over 1,000 ahead of last year’s mid-year total, with one week remaining before 2016’s mid-year point.

IOM Libya Chief of Mission Othman Belbeisi reported on Thursday (23 June) that Libya’s Coast Guard indicated five migrant boats were rescued off the coast near Zawiya with approximately 1,000 migrants on board, with one casualty reported. IOM Libya is currently working to find out more information about the incident and provide those in need with Non-Food Item relief kits and hygiene kits.

Belbeisi noted that May 2016 saw a spike in the number of maritime incidents off the Libyan coast, making it the deadliest month to date this year, with 1,086 migrants reported as dead or missing. Between 22 and 28 May alone, over 3,600 migrants were rescued at sea and brought back to Libya.

IOM’s spokesman in Rome Flavio Di Giacomo reported Friday that the Italian Navy and international vessels rescued some 5,000 migrants in the Channel of Sicily in 40 separate operations since early yesterday morning. Those rescued remain en route to various Italian ports.

IOM estimates that from 1 January to 22 June 2016 at least 55,563 migrants have arrived in Italy via sea routes. Adding the 5,000 being reported today, IOM’s latest total is 60,563 or some 10,000 shy of the total through the end of June 2015, when arrivals totalled 70,354 – an indication that traffic this year from Libya and Egypt, while robust, remains almost identical with last year’s totals during a similar period.

IOM Athens reports that, since Monday, a total of 117 migrants or refugees arrived on various islands from Turkey. For the month – through June 22 – IOM Athens estimates 1,095 migrants or refugees have arrived by sea along the Mediterranean’s eastern route – compared with almost 157,000 arriving through the end of May.

Since the start of 2015, IOM estimates a total of 1,011,568 have arrived in Greece via so-called “blue borders” – a daily average of about 1,800 men, women and children over nearly 18 months. IOM notes the average daily arrival since the late March implementation of an accord between Turkey and the European Union to limit arrivals has dropped to fewer than 100 per day, and fewer than 50 per day this month.

For the latest Mediterranean Update infographic, please go to:
https://missingmigrants.iom.int/sites/default/files/Mediterranean_Update…

For the latest arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean, please visit: http://migration.iom.int/europe

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IOM reports an estimated 214,861 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 22 June, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

Deaths so far this year are 2,861 compared with 1,838 through the first six months of 2015. In other words, fatalities on the Mediterranean Sea in 2016 stand over 1,000 ahead of last year’s mid-year total, with one week remaining before 2016’s mid-year point.

IOM Libya Chief of Mission Othman Belbeisi reported on Thursday (23 June) that Libya’s Coast Guard indicated five migrant boats were rescued off the coast near Zawiya with approximately 1,000 migrants on board, with one casualty reported. IOM Libya is currently working to find out more information about the incident and provide those in need with Non-Food Item relief kits and hygiene kits.

Belbeisi noted that May 2016 saw a spike in the number of maritime incidents off the Libyan coast, making it the deadliest month to date this year, with 1,086 migrants reported as dead or missing. Between 22 and 28 May alone, over 3,600 migrants were rescued at sea and brought back to Libya.

IOM’s spokesman in Rome Flavio Di Giacomo reported Friday that the Italian Navy and international vessels rescued some 5,000 migrants in the Channel of Sicily in 40 separate operations since early yesterday morning. Those rescued remain en route to various Italian ports.

IOM estimates that from 1 January to 22 June 2016 at least 55,563 migrants have arrived in Italy via sea routes. Adding the 5,000 being reported today, IOM’s latest total is 60,563 or some 10,000 shy of the total through the end of June 2015, when arrivals totalled 70,354 – an indication that traffic this year from Libya and Egypt, while robust, remains almost identical with last year’s totals during a similar period.

IOM Athens reports that, since Monday, a total of 117 migrants or refugees arrived on various islands from Turkey. For the month – through June 22 – IOM Athens estimates 1,095 migrants or refugees have arrived by sea along the Mediterranean’s eastern route – compared with almost 157,000 arriving through the end of May.

Since the start of 2015, IOM estimates a total of 1,011,568 have arrived in Greece via so-called “blue borders” – a daily average of about 1,800 men, women and children over nearly 18 months. IOM notes the average daily arrival since the late March implementation of an accord between Turkey and the European Union to limit arrivals has dropped to fewer than 100 per day, and fewer than 50 per day this month.

For the latest Mediterranean Update infographic, please go to:
https://missingmigrants.iom.int/sites/default/files/Mediterranean_Update…

For the latest arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean, please visit: http://migration.iom.int/europe

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Governments and Telecoms Top Targeted Sectors for Cyber Attacks in East Africa

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In East Africa, governments are the top target sector for cyber attacks (33%). Telecommunications (22%) and financial services (17%) follow in close succession. Contrary to the perception that cyber breaches are a problem unique to the large multinational companies based in developed markets, East African organisations are fast becoming a target for attacks with local subsidiaries particularly attractive as the ‘cyber’ route into these multinationals.

According to Control Risks’ (www.ControlRisks.com) cyber threat intelligence team:

  • Attacks are increasing rapidly and in severity: Globally there has been a 42% increase in the number of targeted attacks reported between 2015 and Q1-Q2 2016
  • For East Africa, Advanced Persistent Threat and Criminal Targeted Attacks are the most impactful cyber attack techniques in 2016
  • In Kenya alone, the estimated costs for the country due to cyber crime costs sums up to 2 billion Kenyan shillings ($23m) +
  • The Kenyan Government has made great strides with the formation of Kenya National Computer Incident Response Team Coordination Centre (KE_CIRT/CC) launched in 2012 and the development of the national cyber security strategy in 2014, it is however key for the public and private sector organisations to interpret what the policies mean for them; essentially adopt a “paper to practice” model for their organisation

Patrick Matu, Compliance, Forensics and Cyber expert for East Africa comments:

“Despite a growing number of media headlines about US or EU based companies falling victim to a cyber breach, the lack of obligation in many emerging markets to report on incidents is creating a false illusion that businesses operating in these markets are not subject to cyber attacks. In fact many organisations with bases in these emerging markets are prime targets and seen as the ‘weak underbelly’ when it comes to an organisation’s cyber security.”

Matu continues:

“Cyber security still isn’t given enough priority by business leaders in the region as it’s often seen as an isolated IT problem and not a business issue. It’s important that cyber security is demystified at that senior level. Rather than being perceived as this elusive dark art, cyber security needs to be incorporated into the whole business and not left isolated with the IT team. As the world of cyber criminality continues to evolve, it’s important that businesses continually review their IT security measures. This should include an on-going review of the cyber threat landscape to understand what kinds of threats your business might face and adjusting your security measures accordingly – not forgetting making sure all employees are aware of the potential threats and how to respond.”

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Control Risks Group Holdings Ltd.

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Source:: Governments and Telecoms Top Targeted Sectors for Cyber Attacks in East Africa

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Governments and Telecoms Top Targeted Sectors for Cyber Attacks in East Africa

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In East Africa, governments are the top target sector for cyber attacks (33%). Telecommunications (22%) and financial services (17%) follow in close succession. Contrary to the perception that cyber breaches are a problem unique to the large multinational companies based in developed markets, East African organisations are fast becoming a target for attacks with local subsidiaries particularly attractive as the ‘cyber’ route into these multinationals.

According to Control Risks’ (www.ControlRisks.com) cyber threat intelligence team:

  • Attacks are increasing rapidly and in severity: Globally there has been a 42% increase in the number of targeted attacks reported between 2015 and Q1-Q2 2016
  • For East Africa, Advanced Persistent Threat and Criminal Targeted Attacks are the most impactful cyber attack techniques in 2016
  • In Kenya alone, the estimated costs for the country due to cyber crime costs sums up to 2 billion Kenyan shillings ($23m) +
  • The Kenyan Government has made great strides with the formation of Kenya National Computer Incident Response Team Coordination Centre (KE_CIRT/CC) launched in 2012 and the development of the national cyber security strategy in 2014, it is however key for the public and private sector organisations to interpret what the policies mean for them; essentially adopt a “paper to practice” model for their organisation

Patrick Matu, Compliance, Forensics and Cyber expert for East Africa comments:

“Despite a growing number of media headlines about US or EU based companies falling victim to a cyber breach, the lack of obligation in many emerging markets to report on incidents is creating a false illusion that businesses operating in these markets are not subject to cyber attacks. In fact many organisations with bases in these emerging markets are prime targets and seen as the ‘weak underbelly’ when it comes to an organisation’s cyber security.”

Matu continues:

“Cyber security still isn’t given enough priority by business leaders in the region as it’s often seen as an isolated IT problem and not a business issue. It’s important that cyber security is demystified at that senior level. Rather than being perceived as this elusive dark art, cyber security needs to be incorporated into the whole business and not left isolated with the IT team. As the world of cyber criminality continues to evolve, it’s important that businesses continually review their IT security measures. This should include an on-going review of the cyber threat landscape to understand what kinds of threats your business might face and adjusting your security measures accordingly – not forgetting making sure all employees are aware of the potential threats and how to respond.”

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Control Risks Group Holdings Ltd.

Media Contacts:
Control Risks
Charity Kahuki
Marketing Executive, East Africa
[email protected]
+254 709666634
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About Control Risks:
Control Risks (www.ControlRisks.com) is an independent global business risk consultancy with 36 offices across the globe. Control Risks has over 30 years of experience working in Africa. With regional offices in Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya, we provide clients with high quality support in understanding and managing the business risks they face. To learn more about Control Risks’ capabilities in Africa, click here.
www.controlrisks.com

Source:: Governments and Telecoms Top Targeted Sectors for Cyber Attacks in East Africa

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