ECAir launching Brazzaville-Beirut service on 2 June

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of the Congo, May 20, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — ECAir, Equatorial Congo Airlines, (www.flyecair.com), the national airline of the Republic of the Congo, headed by Fatima Beyina‐Moussa, who is also President of the AFRAA (African Airlines Association), is adding a new destination to its network.

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As part of its expansion, ECAir is launching its Brazzaville-Beirut service on Tuesday, 2 June.

Beirut (Lebanese Republic) is a historic Middle Eastern capital, with numerous cultural, commercial and banking centres, as well as tourist sites.

This service, which will initially run bi-weekly (Tuesday and Saturday departing from Brazzaville; Wednesday and Sunday departing from Beirut), in collaboration with Trans Air Congo (TAC), responds to a growing demand from the Lebanese community living on the African continent as well as merchants. The third intercontinental route of Equatorial Congo Airlines, after Paris (2013) and Dubai (2014), will be flown on a Boeing 757.

ECAir’s Boeing 757 will take off from Brazzaville at 11:30 am, arrive in Beirut at 8:20 pm, and take off again from Beirut at 9:30 am to land in Brazzaville at 2:30 pm. The price of this long-haul round-trip flight starts at XAF 560,000, or USD 972.

“The launch of this third intercontinental route fulfils the promise we made to our passengers: to offer them the ability to connect Central Africa to the Middle East,” explains Fatima Beyina-Moussa, Managing Director of ECAir and President of AFRAA. “Opening up the Beirut destination strengthens relations between the Republic of the Congo and Lebanon. This is good news and a considerable time saver for passengers, particularly business people.”

Following the inaugural Brazzaville-Beirut flight, ECAir, official carrier of the All-Africa Games (4–19 September in Brazzaville), will extend its regional network with the opening of services to the destinations of Abidjan, Yaounde, Bangui and N’Djamena.

ECAir, which has already carried close to one million passengers, will be organising the 47th General Meeting of AFRAA from 8 to 10 November 2015 in Brazzaville.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of ECAir (Equatorial Congo Airlines).

ECAir Communications & Public Relations:

Nicolas Négoce

Tel.: +242 06 510 30 23

E-mail: Nicolas.negoce@flyecair.com

About ECAir:

ECAir, Equatorial Congo Airlines (http://www.flyecair.com), the national airline of the Republic of the Congo, was created in 2011 and employs over 500 people. In 2014, the airline transported about 400 000 passengers. ECAir operates up to 144 weekly flights from Brazzaville (Republic of the Congo) to Paris CDG, Dubai, Cotonou, Douala, Libreville, Bamako, Dakar, Pointe-Noire and Ollombo. Equatorial Congo Airlines, which has a fleet of 7 aircraft, also created a river shuttle for passengers travelling from or to Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and also a shuttle between Paris CDG and Brussels. ECAir is the first Congolese airline to connect the continent directly to the Middle East, (flights to Dubaï) and Europe (flights to Paris.

For more information, visit www.flyecair.com or telephone +(33) 01 78 77 78 77 or +(242) 06 509 05 09. Our head office is located opposite Maya-Maya Airport in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo.

For more information:

*Information and reservations: www.flyecair.com

*Visuals: www.flyecair.com/gallery

*Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/ECAir-Equatorial-Congo-Airlines

*Twitter: www.twitter.com/ECongoAirlines

*Instagram: econgoairlines

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ECAir launching Brazzaville-Beirut service on 2 June

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of the Congo, May 20, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — ECAir, Equatorial Congo Airlines, (www.flyecair.com), the national airline of the Republic of the Congo, headed by Fatima Beyina‐Moussa, who is also President of the AFRAA (African Airlines Association), is adding a new destination to its network.

Logo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/ecair.png

Photo Fatima Beynia-Moussa : http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/photos/ecair—fatima-beyina-moussa.jpg

Photo Boeing: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=2008

Visuel ECAir : http://www.apo-mail.org/ECAir.pdf

As part of its expansion, ECAir is launching its Brazzaville-Beirut service on Tuesday, 2 June.

Beirut (Lebanese Republic) is a historic Middle Eastern capital, with numerous cultural, commercial and banking centres, as well as tourist sites.

This service, which will initially run bi-weekly (Tuesday and Saturday departing from Brazzaville; Wednesday and Sunday departing from Beirut), in collaboration with Trans Air Congo (TAC), responds to a growing demand from the Lebanese community living on the African continent as well as merchants. The third intercontinental route of Equatorial Congo Airlines, after Paris (2013) and Dubai (2014), will be flown on a Boeing 757.

ECAir’s Boeing 757 will take off from Brazzaville at 11:30 am, arrive in Beirut at 8:20 pm, and take off again from Beirut at 9:30 am to land in Brazzaville at 2:30 pm. The price of this long-haul round-trip flight starts at XAF 560,000, or USD 972.

“The launch of this third intercontinental route fulfils the promise we made to our passengers: to offer them the ability to connect Central Africa to the Middle East,” explains Fatima Beyina-Moussa, Managing Director of ECAir and President of AFRAA. “Opening up the Beirut destination strengthens relations between the Republic of the Congo and Lebanon. This is good news and a considerable time saver for passengers, particularly business people.”

Following the inaugural Brazzaville-Beirut flight, ECAir, official carrier of the All-Africa Games (4–19 September in Brazzaville), will extend its regional network with the opening of services to the destinations of Abidjan, Yaounde, Bangui and N’Djamena.

ECAir, which has already carried close to one million passengers, will be organising the 47th General Meeting of AFRAA from 8 to 10 November 2015 in Brazzaville.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of ECAir (Equatorial Congo Airlines).

ECAir Communications & Public Relations:

Nicolas Négoce

Tel.: +242 06 510 30 23

E-mail: Nicolas.negoce@flyecair.com

About ECAir:

ECAir, Equatorial Congo Airlines (http://www.flyecair.com), the national airline of the Republic of the Congo, was created in 2011 and employs over 500 people. In 2014, the airline transported about 400 000 passengers. ECAir operates up to 144 weekly flights from Brazzaville (Republic of the Congo) to Paris CDG, Dubai, Cotonou, Douala, Libreville, Bamako, Dakar, Pointe-Noire and Ollombo. Equatorial Congo Airlines, which has a fleet of 7 aircraft, also created a river shuttle for passengers travelling from or to Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and also a shuttle between Paris CDG and Brussels. ECAir is the first Congolese airline to connect the continent directly to the Middle East, (flights to Dubaï) and Europe (flights to Paris.

For more information, visit www.flyecair.com or telephone +(33) 01 78 77 78 77 or +(242) 06 509 05 09. Our head office is located opposite Maya-Maya Airport in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo.

For more information:

*Information and reservations: www.flyecair.com

*Visuals: www.flyecair.com/gallery

*Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/ECAir-Equatorial-Congo-Airlines

*Twitter: www.twitter.com/ECongoAirlines

*Instagram: econgoairlines

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UNMISS CONDEMNS HEAVY FIGHTING IN THE VICINITY OF ITS BASE IN MELUT

JUBA, South Sudan, May 20, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) strongly condemns the recent upsurge in fighting which has a direct impact upon UMISS, especially as seen yesterday in Melut.

Two mortar bombs landed within the UNMISS compound and the protection of civilians’ site yesterday evening, resulting in the deaths of 4 civilians, including a woman and a child and severely injuring another 8 civilians who are currently receiving treatment for their wounds.

UNMISS is deeply concerned by the disregard for civilian lives, UN personnel and facilities. “I want to remind the parties of their obligation to take all measures not to harm civilians and guarantee the safety of international aid organizations and United Nations personnel and assets” says Ellen Margrethe Løj, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (SRSG) and Head of the Mission in South Sudan. “I call upon them to respect the sanctity of UN installations and staff, so the United Nations can continue to implement its activities and UNMISS its protection of civilians’ mandate”

Until the outbreak of the recent fighting, UNMISS had been protecting almost 1,000 civilians on its base in Melut. A further 270 displaced persons arrived yesterday on the UNMISS base while another 250 to 350 are currently staying in an area adjacent to the compound.

UNMISS is deeply concerned by the overall escalation of the conflict, and once again calls on the Government and Opposition leadership to immediately cease all hostilities and resume negotiations with a view to signing a comprehensive peace agreement.

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As cholera confirmed among Burnundian refugees in Tanzania, Oxfam delivers water and sanitation to reduce spread of disease

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, May 20, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Overcrowding, lack of clean water and sanitation facilities among Burundian refugees in Tanzania means risk of disease outbreak is alarmingly high, particularly among the estimated 40,000 refugees at the border town Kagunga.

Already 20 cases of cholera have been confirmed in Kagunga and Nyarugusu refugee camp, where new arrivals are being transported. The UN reports that 1057 cases of acute watery diarrhoea have been recorded at Kagunga, where refugees wait for boat transportation to the camp, Lake Tanganyika Stadium and Nyarugusu camp.

Clean water, medical care and proper sanitation are urgently needed. Oxfam is working with local partner TWESA to fix existing tap stands at Kagunga beach, as well as to build additional latrines to reduce the risk of disease spreading among the refugee population. Oxfam will also begin work at Nyarugusu to increase clean water supply and build emergency latrines to cope with the huge numbers.

Approximately 22,000 refugees have been transported from Kagunga to Nyarugusu camp, where they are being temporarily being housed in schools and churches, as aid agencies source supplies needed to build appropriate shelter. Medical facilities at the camp have been overwhelmed by the number of sick people.

Early and rapid response is essential in containing the spread of water-borne diseases such as cholera.

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Launch of report on energy and climate change by Kofi Annan’s Africa Progress Panel

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, May 20, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Launch of report on energy and climate change by Kofi Annan’s Africa Progress Panel

What: Launch of report on energy and climate change by Kofi Annan’s Africa Progress Panel (http://www.africaprogresspanel.org)

When: 5 June 2015

Where: World Economic Forum, Press Conference Room, Convention Center, Cape Town, South Africa.

Who: The Africa Progress Panel is chaired by former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan. The other panel members are Michel Camdessus, former Managing Director of the IMF; Peter Eigen, founder of Transparency International; Bob Geldof, musician, businessman and campaigner; Graça Machel, social and political activist; Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman and Chief Executive of Econet Wireless; Linah Mohohlo, Governor of the Bank of Botswana; Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria; Robert E Rubin, former Secretary of the US Treasury; and Tidjane Thiam, incoming Chief Executive of Credit Suisse.

The 2015 Africa Progress Panel report, “Power, People, Planet, Seizing Africa’s Energy and Climate Opportunities” details how climate change demands that we rethink the relationship between energy and development in Africa and globally.

Panel members will address the media at the launch in Cape Town and will be available for interviews in the preceding days.

The embargo will lift at 00:01GMT on 5 June. T

Please RSVP at moliehi@magna-carta.co.za / +27 11 784 2598 if you will be attending the APP 2015 report launch event on the 5th June 2015, at CTICC, at 10:15.

The African Progress Panel 2015 report will be available on the website http://www.africaprogresspanel.org from 5 June 2015.

Join the conversation using the hashtag #ClimateChange #WEF15 and follow our twitter handle @africaprogress or join us on our Facebook page via https://www.facebook.com/africaprogresspanel

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For more information contact:

Max Bankole Jarrett

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Office: + 41 22 919 75 31

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“Donors can do more to support small-scale farmers and ecological farming in Africa”

MILAN, Italy, May 20, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foundations and international donors can play a greater role in providing assistance to scale-up ecological farming initiatives in Africa, according to a report released today by Greenpeace Africa. The report entitled Financing Ecological Farming in Africa – a Guide for International Donors spells out the crucial financial, technical, capacity and network-building support that donors can provide.

Over recent years there has been an upsurge of investment into the agriculture sector in developing countries by governments, development co-operation agencies, philanthropies and the private sector. But more needs to be done.

“The donor community must be more courageous in its support of Africa’s small-scale farmers,” said Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo, ahead of a meeting in Milan of the European Foundation Centre, at which he will be giving the closing address. “Foundations and donor organisations should seek out and invest in ecological farming initiatives that value the crucial role of farmers, promote food resilience in times of climate change and contribute to better rural livelihoods.”

The Greenpeace guide builds upon the mounting body of evidence that achieving long-lasting improvements in the livelihoods of small-scale farmers in East Africa and the rest of the world requires building ecological farming systems that create new livelihood opportunities, improve productivity, improve food and nutritional security and provide greater resilience against the impacts of climate change.

The guide, that follows an earlier Greenpeace report entitled “Fostering Economic Resilience – The financial Benefits of Ecological Farming in Kenya and Malawi”, highlights that with successful donor innovations and interventions farmers can increase yields significantly, on average by 79% across a wide variety of crops.

“A major shift in donor financing towards more ecological and climate resilient forms of agriculture is required to end the detrimental impacts of destructive agriculture,” said Naidoo. “This can break the cycle of dependency on large quantities of chemical fertilisers and pesticides and address the multiple challenges facing small-scale producers.”

Greenpeace Africa is calling on governments and the community of financial donors to support small-scale farmers through four primary channels that include: research and training institutions; community seed banks and exchange networks; public procurement schemes; and producer organisations and co-operatives.

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