Reaction to the press release published by Katanga Mining on April 22, 2018 concerning the proceedings to dissolve KCC initiated by Gécamines

On April 20, 2018, Gécamines (http://Gecamines.cd) summoned Kamoto Copper Company SA (KCC) and its majority shareholders group controlled by Glencore before the Commercial Court of Kolwezi, in order to request from the latter the dissolution of KCC for failure to restore shareholder’s equity within the legal time period. KCC is a joint company held at 25% by the Gécamines Group and at 75% by the Glencore Group.

On April 22, 2018, Katanga Mining, subsidiary of Glencore, took the initiative of making public and commenting on the procedure thus initiated by Gécamines.

Gécamines wishes, for its part, to add the following clarifications:

1. Gécamines was forced to initiate this procedure, as the situation justifying a judicial dissolution has now persisted for more than 10 years, without any regularization despite several warnings.

2. On the contrary, it appears that, during this period, through a series of intragroup financial and commercial agreements, the majority shareholders group implemented a policy that resulted in draining, to its own benefit, the treasury and the wealth of the joint company.

3. Indeed, based only on the last four years, the financial debt has thus increased from USD 3,233,736,880 to USD 4,572,497,908 and the commercial debt from USD 1,967,255,847 to USD 4,473,525,056, so that the company found itself indebted to the Glencore Group for the amount of 9 billion USD at the end of 2017, with annual interest rates reaching 14%, far from the conditions under which the parent company borrows, to then lend to the joint company. It is thus hundreds of millions of dollars of interests which are due each year by KCC to the majority shareholders group.

4. The policy on service and sub-contracting agreements, organized in favor of the companies affiliated with the Glencore Group, constituted another type of practice at the expense of Gécamines and SIMCO, which contributed to affecting the performance of this joint company, which never distributed any dividends.

5. Thus, although for 10 years, in accordance with the law, the company could have been dissolved and the mining rights recovered by Gécamines without any financial compensation, a form of management was perpetuated which severely harmed the interests of Gécamines and more generally of the DRC, and which it is now critical to end.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Gécamines SA.

Press contact:
Karl LAWSON KLawson@HopscotchAfrica.com

About GÉCAMINES:
GÉCAMINES (http://Gecamines.cd) is a private limited commercial company, a leading actor in the mining sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani to meet Prime Minister of Tunisia Youssef Chaded in Brussels

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, will welcome the Prime Minister of Tunisia, Youssef Chaded, at the European Parliament in Brussels tomorrow (April 24, 2018) at 18:00.

The meeting will follow up on the meeting of Tajani and Chaded in Tunis on 31 October last year where President Tajani met the highest levels of government and representatives of civil society over a two day visit.

In view of the meeting with Prime Minister Chaded, President Tajani declared:

“In my last meeting with Prime Minister Chaded, we both underlined our sterling relationship as the means to overcome our challenges: economic development, solutions to unemployment, security and the strategic management of migration flows.

Tunisia is an example to others in the region. We must act together for stability in the Mediterranean. The Tunisian efforts on Libya show us that political solutions can go far also to manage migration. We have a moral obligation to fight the traffic of human beings as much as we have to manage migration flows.

The European Union and Tunisia are tied in a common destiny. It is now imperative that we follow up on our commitments and step up our ambition to work in partnership.”

The meeting of the two leaders will be followed by a press point at 18:30 outside the Grand Salon Protocolaire of the European Parliament at level 9, PHS.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of European Parliament – The President.

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Publishing Our Internal Enforcement Guidelines and Expanding Our Appeals Process

One of the questions we’re asked most often is how we decide what’s allowed on Facebook (www.Facebook.com). These decisions are among the most important we make because they’re central to ensuring that Facebook is both a safe place and a place to freely discuss different points of view. For years, we’ve had Community Standards that explain what stays up and what comes down. Today we’re going one step further and publishing the internal guidelines we use to enforce those standards (https://goo.gl/hRfK1G). And for the first time we’re giving you the right to appeal our decisions on individual posts so you can ask for a second opinion when you think we’ve made a mistake.

We decided to publish these internal guidelines for two reasons. First, the guidelines will help people understand where we draw the line on nuanced issues. Second, providing these details makes it easier for everyone, including experts in different fields, to give us feedback so that we can improve the guidelines – and the decisions we make – over time.

The Policy Development Process

The content policy team at Facebook is responsible for developing our Community Standards. We have people in 11 offices around the world, including subject matter experts on issues such as hate speech, child safety and terrorism. Many of us have worked on the issues of expression and safety long before coming to Facebook. I worked on everything from child safety to counter terrorism during my years as a criminal prosecutor, and other team members include a former rape crisis counsellor, an academic who has spent her career studying hate organizations, a human rights lawyer, and a teacher. Every week, our team seeks input from experts and organizations outside Facebook so we can better understand different perspectives on safety and expression, as well as the impact of our policies on different communities globally.

Based on this feedback, as well as changes in social norms and language, our standards evolve over time. What has not changed – and will not change – are the underlying principles of safety, voice and equity on which these standards are based. To start conversations and make connections people need to know they are safe. Facebook should also be a place where people can express their opinions freely, even if some people might find those opinions objectionable. This can be challenging given the global nature of our service, which is why equity is such an important principle: we aim to apply these standards consistently and fairly to all communities and cultures. We outline these principles explicitly in the preamble to the standards, and we bring them to life by sharing the rationale behind each individual policy.

Enforcement

Our policies are only as good as the strength and accuracy of our enforcement – and our enforcement isn’t perfect.

One challenge is identifying potential violations of our standards so that we can review them. Technology can help here. We use a combination of artificial intelligence and reports from people to identify posts, pictures or other content that likely violates our Community Standards. These reports are reviewed by our Community Operations team, who work 24/7 in over 40 languages. Right now, we have 7,500 content reviewers, more than 40% the number at this time last year.

Another challenge is accurately applying our policies to the content that has been flagged to us. In some cases, we make mistakes because our policies are not sufficiently clear to our content reviewers; when that’s the case, we work to fill those gaps. More often than not, however, we make mistakes because our processes involve people, and people are fallible.

Appeals

We know we need to do more. That’s why, over the coming year, we are going to build out the ability for people to appeal our decisions. As a first step, we are launching appeals for posts that were removed for nudity/sexual activity, hate speech or graphic violence.

Here’s how it works:

  • If your photo, video or post has been removed because it violates our Community Standards, you will be notified, and given the option to request additional review.
  • This will lead to a review by our team (always by a person), typically within 24 hours.
  • If we’ve made a mistake, we will notify you, and your post, photo or video will be restored.

This post (https://goo.gl/MXwD94) shows an example that could have been incorrectly removed and can now be appealed.

We are working to extend this process further, by supporting more violation types, giving people the opportunity to provide more context that could help us make the right decision, and making appeals available not just for content that was taken down, but also for content that was reported and left up. We believe giving people a voice in the process is another essential component of building a fair system.

Participation and Feedback

Our efforts to improve and refine our Community Standards depend on participation and input from people around the world. In May, we will launch Facebook Forums: Community Standards, a series of public events in Germany, France, the UK, India, Singapore, the US and other countries where we’ll get people’s feedback directly. We will share more details about these initiatives as we finalize them.

As our CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at the start of the year: “we won’t prevent all mistakes or abuse, but we currently make too many errors enforcing our policies and preventing misuse of our tools.” Publication of today’s internal enforcement guidelines – as well as the expansion of our appeals process – will create a clear path for us to improve over time. These are hard issues and we’re excited to do better going forward.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Facebook.

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Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations provides Training for Libyan Officials in Communication and reporting on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) concluded a ten-day training program to officers from the Libyan Ministry of Agriculture, Animal and Marine Wealth. This program, delivered from 09 to 19 April, focused on communication and data collection, in line with the recently announced program related to strengthening national capacities in the agricultural sector in Libya.

Mr. Michael Hage, FAO sub-regional coordinator for North Africa, inaugurated the program by affirming FAO’s readiness to contribute towards strengthening the capacity of national counterparts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The training program focused on two main components, communication and statistics and data collection.

In addition to the theoretical aspect, the training program provided the participants with a hands-on experience in using FAO tools in statistics and data collection, which will enable them to perform their duties with a high level of professionalism.

These training sessions are part of a two-year ambitious training project, covering various topics such as: learning needs assessment; learning plan designing and learners’ evaluation; veterinary service planning, development and management; fisheries law enforcement planning and strategy development; agriculture sector planning and organizational restructuring; plant production and plant protection; integrated pest management; mapping of natural resources using GIS and Remote Sensing Technology; agricultural marketing and market infrastructure; agricultural policy development; support, analysis and evaluation, in addition to other Food and Agriculture related fields.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

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